April 9-10, 2016 : The University of Texas at Austin
A fascination with the “otherworldly” pervades the religious imaginaries of nearly all societies and cultures whether it be via the allure of saints, superheroes, transcendent deities, ghosts, or magic spells. The continuing appeal of such beings and events is a testimony to how notions of the miraculous and the paranormal inform our place in the cosmic order. The prevalence of supernatural phenomena in religious discourse speaks to a preoccupation with an order of existence beyond the observable universe which invokes imagery that appears to transcend the laws of nature. This interdisciplinary conference is focused on representations of magic, miracles, and the supernatural in a variety of religious traditions throughout the course of history. We encourage paper submissions that address the weird and anomalous aspects of religion, ranging from marvels to paranormal encounters to spirit possession, and mystical experiences.
Julius Glickman Conference Center
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis