Call For Papers - The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism

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  • OrphanCrow

    This may interest someone who has the background and maybe the resources to participate in some way.

    There is time to submit a paper and maybe attend for all you scholars out there!

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses in Scholarly Perspective: What is new in the scientific study of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

    April 21-22 2016
    Antwerp, Belgium
    In the past 50 years, scholarly research has gone from relative ignorance of the Jehovah’s Witnesses to profound curiosity. While in the 1970s there were few serious studies of the movement, the bibliography is now extremely rich. Parallel with the evolution of the scholarly gaze, the group itself has considerably evolved in the last decades.
    The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism feels that it is time to bring together scholars and students who have studied the group, in order to compare and combine their works and provide our community with an up to date state of the arts analysis of this most significant minority religion.
    All features of Jehovah’s Witnesses can be presented: history, relations with the outside world, international settlements, theology, sociology of the members, iconography, publications…
    Practical information:
    There are many hotels in Antwerp and a few in Wilrijke and Mortsel: check on the Internet and do the booking yourself. FVG is on a bus line to downtown Antwerp.
    Registration fee: 50 euros and 10 euros for each lunch.
    Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details given during the conference. It is understood that presenters must submit their paper first to the organizers before submitting it to other publishers.
    Unfortunately, no funding will be available to cover travel and accommodation expenses.
    Deadline for submission: February 29, 2016.
    Send your abstract with a 10 line CV to both addresses:
    Régis Dericquebourg and Bernadette Rigal-Cellard
    [email protected], [email protected]
  • nonjwspouse
    Birdie, set up a go fund me page for your own trip out there! You So need to be there.
  • OrphanCrow

    My wheels are churning, Nonnie.

    I wonder if I could submit a paper and not have to travel to present it...I am thinking "Iconography". It isn't much time to get something together. Hmmm....

    And it is too far to crate and ship my paintings across the Big Pond. An exhibition could be fun.

  • umbertoecho

    I'll pay my own bloody way!! Got those addresses saved now. Wouldn't it be interesting to see what such a convention would be like and what language would dominate.

    Thanks OrphanCrow how are you going?

  • Ruby456

    on this site we've seen that there's lots that's new in the scientific study of Jehovahs witnesses.

    orphancrow you seem to have an interesting perspective in your study of blood transfusions and its relationship to monetary interest when witnesses are taught to preach and practice love disinterestedly (without interest).

    I was also reading on here about something from psychotherapy that makes a connection to PTSD when an individual tries to leave the witnesses.

    then there is the clash over child sexual abuse and how the org deals with victims that is occurring in the legal world.Of course a scientific study would need to be objective, giving equal weight to positive points as well

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