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Secularization, Mysticism and Religious Hybridities in the Mediterranean

An International Conference being organized by The Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, Malta and The Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Busan University of Foreign Studies,South Korea

7-9 February, 2013

University of Malta Valletta Campus, Malta

The Mediterranean Institute at the University of Malta and the Institute for Mediterranean Studies at Busan University of Foreign Studies announce their first combined international conference on religious hybridities in the Mediterranean which will be held at the University of Malta Campus in Valletta, Malta’s capital city, from 7-9 February 2013.

The aim of this International Conference is to bring leading international experts from diverse humanistic and social sciences to discuss both the historical and the contemporary aspects of religion in the Mediterranean. The theme of Secularization, Mysticism and H
ybridities will be explored through the continuous interplay and/or influence that exists between Religion and Society in Mediterranean Cultures.

The conference organisers invite academics and other experts who would like to act as panel convenors to submit proposals for panels for consideration by the organizing committee. Panels should be composed of 3-5 contributors with each contribution not exceeding 30 minutes in length. Panel convenors should identify the topic and the contributors and will be responsible for the organization of the panels. Furthermore, the panel convenors will be invited to act as reviewers in the call for contributions from individual academics and researchers who would like to participate in this conference.

The panels will discuss themes ranging from Inter-religious Dialogue and Extremism (Fundamentalism), Pilgrimages and Places of Worship, Secularization versus Religious H
ybridities, Mysticism and Popular Religion, Conflict and Gender Identities within Religions. The panels will be expected to focus on specific aspects since the subjects per se are vast.

More often than not, contemporary dialogue forgets the origins of secularism, which comes from the dichotomy or differences within religion itself; separating the priest (secular) from the religious (monk and/or friar). This form of separation has taken the word secularism to a further extreme, meaning the separation between the lay and the religious. Religious is here understood as meaning both secular and regular clergy as well as all type of believers. By mysticism we understand popular religion, pilgrimages, while 
hybridities comprise places of worship, gender and conflict.
Papers will be selected for publication in an edited collection.

Those who are interested in submitting a paper are invited to fill in the online paper proposal form by not later than 31 October 2012. Two forms must be filled in in order to submit your paper and register for the conference: the paper proposal form and the registration form.

Address any academic queries to
Dr Simon Mercieca
Mediterranean Institute
University of Malta
Msida 2080,


Tel: +356 2340 2097
Tel: +356 2340 2985
Tel: +356 2134 6580

Last Updated: 16 November 2012

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