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IACSR at IAPR

The IACSR will also host events in conjunction with the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) in Hamar, Norway from August 21-24. At the IAPR meetings, the IACSR will host an invited panel that showcases cutting edge research and the diversity of methods employed by the IACSR membership. The IACSR will also host a reception. We encourage IACSR members to submit their own proposals for posters, papers and panels through the IAPR submission window. In the coming weeks, we will send out additional information through the CSR listserv.


IACSR Workshop at CSS

IACSR invites members and interested scholars to submit proposals for posters for an IACSR workshop on the Computational Foundations of Religious Cognition. Accepted proposals will be part of a workshop, submitted on behalf of the IACSR, to the Cognitive Science Society meetings to be held in London, July 26 - 29, 2017. http://www.cognitivesciencesociety.org/conference/cogsci2017/

The poster session will take place during the second half of the workshop, after the delivery of three invited talks from leaders in the field. Poster proposals will be anonymously reviewed by members of the Executive Committee of the IACSR. Reviewers will give priority to submissions related to the workshop theme.

Proposals should consist of two pages. The cover page should include the following items ONLY:

1. poster title
2. word count of the proposal
3. all authors’ names
4. all authors’ email addresses (posters with multiple authors should explicitly indicate which of the addresses should serve as corresponding author)

On a subsequent page, the substantive section of the poster proposal should, again, include the title of the poster, an abstract of 300 words or less, and should not contain either footnotes or endnotes or the author’s name(s).

Proposals should be attached as a PDF formatted document in an email with “IACSR 2017” in the subject line, sent to john.shaver@otago.ac.nz. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, January 18th, 2017.


IACSR at the AAR

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IACSR at the AAR

Call for Proposals for Presentations at the 2016 meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR) in conjunction with the American Academy of Religion (AAR)

November 17-20, 2016 in San Antonio (expected date of session: Friday 18, 2016 TBC).
https://papers.aarweb.org/2016_Preliminary_Program.pdf

The IACSR, which seeks to advance the naturalistic study of religion, invites interested scholars to submit proposals for presentations (lasting no more than 20 minutes) for possible inclusion on the program at its upcoming meeting for 2016 in San Antonio. Submissions are welcome on any topic in the cognitive science of religion. The IACSR recognizes that the cognitive sciences encompass a wide array of disciplines and methods, including, among others, experimental research in psychology and neuroscience, computational modeling, ethnographic, historical, archaeological, and comparative studies of religious cognition, and the survey techniques of the social sciences. Presentations advancing new cognitive theories of diverse religious phenomena are also welcome.

Proposals should consist of two pages. The cover page should include the following items ONLY:

1. presentation title

2. word count of the proposal

3. all authors’ names

4. all authors’ email addresses (papers with multiple authors should explicitly indicate which of the addresses should serve as the one to which all subsequent communications about this submission should be sent)

On a subsequent page, the substantive section of the proposal should, again, include the title of the presentation, should not exceed 500 words, and should not contain either footnotes or endnotes or the author’s name(s). The author’s name(s) should only appear on the cover page.

Proposals should be attached as an MS Word file in emails with “IACSR submission” in their subject lines to be sent to the IACSR Publications Officer, Claire White at clairejwhite81@gmail.com.

You should receive receipt of your submission within 5 working days.

The deadline for submission is August 1st, 2016

Successful proposals will be notified by September 1, 2016.

Questions about proposals should be directed to Claire White at clairejwhite81@gmail.com

Please note that you must be an existing IACSR member to participate in the conference sessions, or you can register. Membership costs 30 USD (15 USD for students).

http://www.iacsr.com/Membership.html


 

IACSR 2016 at UBC, Vancouver

Our 2016 conference program is now available for download!

6th biennial meeting of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion Vancouver, August 22-24, 2016.

Vancouver

Sponsored by the Centre for Human Evolution, Cognition, and Culture (HECC), and the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC), funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

Keynote speakers:
Joseph Henrich, Harvard University
Cristine Legare, The University of Texas at Austin

Featured panel:
Hacking the mind: Using computer models to study religious minds in silicon sponsored by the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion

Student awards:
The IACSR will sponsor two student awards. The best paper and the best poster submitted by a student will each receive free registration and accommodation at the Sheraton Wall Centre.

Submissions:
To submit a proposal for a paper, panel, or poster, please email our Secretary General, Dimitris Xygalatas with your full affiliation and an abstract of no more than 250 words.
All submissions will be peer-reviewed.

The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2016.

The Cognitive Science of Religion is an interdisciplinary research area. We therefore encourage empirical and theoretical papers representing the current state-of-the-art research on religion and cognition from all areas of the humanities, social, and natural sciences.

accommodation The conference will take place at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard St. To get the special rates reserved for attendees, go to www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/HECC


 

Past Events at the 2015 AAR in Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Official IACSR sponsored panels are marked with ***

For more information see the AAR program guide HERE.

Title Date & Time Location Program Code
Theory in a Time of Excess: What the Cognitive Science of Religion Is (And Is Not) Friday, 2:00 PM–3:50 PM Hilton-311 (Level 3) P20-215
Theory in a Time of Excess: Of Cognitive Science, Bricolage, and Brandom Friday, 4:00 PM–5:50 PM Hilton-311 (Level 3) P20-314
Morality Without Religion: Empathy, Fairness, and Prosocial Primates Saturday, 9:00 AM–11:30 AM Hyatt-Regency (Ballroom Level) A21-118
Cross-Cultural and Cognitive Approaches to Changes in Sense of Self Saturday, 4:00 PM–6:30 PM Hilton-Grand Ballroom C (Level 2) A21-313
Current Approaches to Religious Cognition*** Sunday, 10:00 AM–12:30 PM Marriott-M102 (Marquis Level) P22-109
Religion, Emotion, and Cognition Sunday, 3:00 PM–4:30 PM Marriott-International 9 (International Level) A22-265
How We Got This Way: Cognitive and Evolutionary Approaches to Religious Ideology Monday, 1:00 PM–3:30 PM Hilton-Crystal CD (Level 1) A23-221
Critical Perspectives on the Cognitive Science of Religion Monday, 4:00 PM–6:30 PM Hilton-401-402 (Level 4) A23-321

 

IACSR 2015 at the IAHR in Erfurt, Germany

The IACSR is pleased to report that they had many panels and meetings during the IAHR conference. We can expect new collaborations and outputs from the conference. They will be posted to our website and Facebook page as they become available


 

IACSR 2014 at LEVYNA, Brno, Czech Republic

The IACSR 2014 conference was held in Brno, Czech Republic, hosted by the LEVYNA lab at Masaryk University. It was a great success and we look forward to a productive and busy 2015.