The Global Philosophy of Religion Project Conference 2022

University of Birmingham
Wednesday 15 June (09:00) - Friday 17 June 2022 (18:00)

The theme of our 2022 conference is Death and Immortality. Many of the major world religions address death and the possibility of existence beyond death.

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This conference will address philosophical issues concerning death and immortality by discussing questions such as whether there is a coherent model of immortality, whether belief in the afterlife requires supernaturalism, whether such a belief has implications for the metaphysics of the human person, and whether such a belief can be justified through empirical evidence or philosophical arguments.

Call for papers

We welcome submissions on the conference theme from researchers and students from all religious and non-religious traditions. We particularly welcome submissions addressing underrepresented religious traditions or traditions in underrepresented geographical regions. Each speaker must deliver a 20-minute presentation, followed by a 10minute discussion. Please send an abstract of no more than 500 words, prepared for blind review, via Google Forms using this link by 13 February 2022. We expect to notify presenters regarding the outcome by 04 March 2022. 

Travel bursary competition

We will offer a limited number of travel bursaries for junior or midcareer researchers on a competitive basis. Please read our Travel Bursary Competition information sheet for details on how to apply. If you wish to progress with your application, please download and submit our Travel Bursary Application form. The deadline for applications is 13 February 2022.

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We look forward to welcoming you to the campus of the University of Birmingham in June 2022 for the second Global Philosophy of Religion Conference. The conference will be held at our Edgbaston Park Hotel and Conference Centre. We are also delighted to be able to hold the conference dinner at The Exchange in Birmingham, the university’s new city centre hub. 

This conference will be held as part of the Global Philosophy of Religion Project, a major initiative that aims to make philosophy of religion a truly global field of study. It is supported by funding from the John Templeton Foundation and the Dynamic Investment Fund (DIF) at the University of Birmingham. 

Closer To Truth

The conference will be hosted in partnership with Closer To Truth, an internationally acclaimed TV and digital media series created, written, and hosted by Dr Robert Lawrence Kuhn and co-created, produced, and directed by Peter Getzels. The show is based on conversations with distinguished scholars worldwide on fundamental questions in the Cosmos (cosmology/physics, philosophy of science), Consciousness (brain/mind, philosophy of mind), and Meaning/God (theism/atheism, philosophy of religion, critical thinking). It features over 4,000 video interviews and over 300 TV episodes. Closer To Truth is broadcast weekly on over 200 PBS and public television stations in the US, and the Closer To Truth YouTube channel has over 20 million views and 190 million minutes of watch time annually. The Closer To Truth team will be present at the conference, hosting some of the keynote sessions and recording material for their TV episodes and web videos that will feature the Global Philosophy of Religion Project.  See Closer To Truth’s interviews and panels on the Global Philosophy of Religion’s first theme: The Existence and Nature of God/Deities

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project

The Global Philosophy of Religion Project is a major initiative that aims to make the philosophy of religion a truly global field. It is supported by funding totalling £2.15 million from the John Templeton Foundation and the Dynamic Investment Fund (DIF) at the University of Birmingham. It is led by Professor Yujin Nagasawa and hosted by the Birmingham Centre for Philosophy of Religion in the School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham.

Philosophy of religion addresses the most fundamental issues concerning religious concepts, beliefs, and practice. Among these are the existence and nature of deities, death and immortality, evil and suffering in the world, and religious and mystical experiences. These issues are relevant to a variety of religious traditions and geographical locations. The scale and diversity of philosophy of religion, however, have both been limited compared to those of other fields of study.


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