Thank you to everyone to attended the XXth IAHR Congress!

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Aug. 15, 2010 – Evening/opening address – Catherine L. Albanese:

Aug. 16, 2010 – Morning – David Sloan Wilson:

Aug. 16, 2010 – Afternoon – William Arnal:

Aug. 17, 2010 – Morning – R. Dale Guthrie:

Aug. 17, 2010 – Afternoon – Robert McCauley:

Aug. 19, 2010 – Morning – Jean Grondin:

Aug. 19, 2010 – Afternoon – Meera Nanda:

Aug. 20, 2010 – Morning – Jacques Berlinerblau:

Aug. 20, 2010 – Afternoon – Susan Haack:

Aug. 21, 2010 – Morning or closing session – Hans Kippenberg:


… to the 2010 International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) World Congress website. You will find here information about the IAHR, the Congress venue, the general organizational structure for the Congress and the Congress Secretariat, the hosts and supporting societies, the structure of the academic program, and the patrons and sponsors of the Congress.  The Congress Secretariat now announces the “Call for Papers” and you will find in the following pages information about the structure of the academic program for the Congress as well as details regarding the submission of proposals for papers and panels and about registration and payment of fees.

The World Congresses constitute the primary public event sponsored by the International Association of the History of Religions. Originally held every four years, World Congresses are now organized quinquennially and bring together scholars interested in the academic and scientific study of religions to share the results of their research and to engage in discussion and debate of the major issues and concerns in the field. Workshops, panels, and symposia, as well as the presentation of individual papers, will provide ample opportunity for this kind of engagement of various new developments in the study of religion in diverse venues around the world.

Religion: A Human Phenomenon – the theme for the Congress has been chosen to encourage discussion of religions and religious phenomena across traditional geographical and temporal boundaries. Its broad scope is an invitation to scholars in various fields with diverse interests to present the results of their research on religion in history, society, and the life of the individual. Although broad in scope, the theme is nevertheless also meant to place constraints on the discussion by focusing attention on religions insofar as they are “publicly available” to the research tools and techniques of the historical, social, and natural sciences; this will allow for the emergence of a common scholarly/scientific framework within which discussion, debate, and testing of scholarly claims and scientific hypotheses can take place. The structure of the academic program has been devised to complement the objectives of the Congress theme. Although participants will be free to submit proposals for working groups, seminars, and colloquia, we seek to avoid the traditional program structures of sections on particular traditions, a regional classification of religions, a historical periodization of religions, or some combination of such sections. The structure adopted here, we believe, will facilitate a bridging of traditional specializations in the field by encouraging scholars to present their research in an academic framework of well-defined methodological approaches (see Academic Program).