NZASR Conference 2022

Call for Papers

Te Herenga Waka / Victoria University of Wellington
5-6 December 2022

We invite proposals from a range of methods, theories and approaches to the academic study of religion exploring diverse topics, traditions, periods, and regions. We encourage both individual and panel submissions. We warmly welcome presentations from postgraduate students as well as established researchers.

We especially encourage papers that address themes and issues in the study of religion in Aotearoa New Zealand. The 2022 conference is aimed at providing a timely and fresh reconsideration of the contested locations and diverse expressions of religion and spirituality in this country.

Most conference papers will take the form of 20-minute presentations, which are grouped into appropriate 90-minute panels. However, we also encourage panel proposals that use creative and alternative formats.

The conference committee has decided to host the 2022 event in a hybrid format, combining an in-person conference with a virtual component. We strongly encourage in-personal attendance, but we will also offer a chance for remote presenters to participate via a pre-recorded presentation and live Q&A. Lastly, while we absolutely plan on holding this conference both in person and online, if Covid-19 surges disrupt our plans again we will switch to a fully virtual conference. We will keep you informed as appropriate.

Submissions can be made here. Paper proposals should include a title, abstract (100 words), and a brief bio which includes your affiliation (50 words). The call for papers closes on 30th of September 2022. All papers will be reviewed by the organising committee. We aim to respond by the 7th of October at the latest to advise whether your paper has been accepted to be part of the conference. Title, abstract, bio, can also be emailed to Sara Rahmani at sara.rahmani@vuw.ac.nz.

The registration page can be found here. Early bird registration ends on the 1 November 2022. Everyone should be registered by the 28th of November 2022. We look forward to seeing you in Wellington in December.

Registration Type Early Bird Price
(if applicable)
Full Price
Full registration $210 (NZD) $300 (NZD)
Student/unwaged $100 (NZD) $150 (NZD)
Virtual Conference $100 (NZD) $100 (NZD)


Past conferences

In 2020. the NZASR was set to host the 22nd Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR at the University of Otago. Unfortunately, this event was cancelled due to COVID-19.

In 2018, the NZASR met jointly with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, at the University of Auckland on 29-30 November 2018. The conference schedule and abstract book are available from the conference website: http://www.nzasr.ac.nz/conference/index.php.

In 2017, the NZASR met in Sydney on 7-8 December 2017, in conjunction with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. The programme is available from the AASR website: https://www.aasr.org.au/conference-program/.

In 2015, the NZASR met jointly with the Australian Association for the Study of Religions, in Queenstown from 8-10 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

In 2013 the NZASR met at the Wellington Campus of Massey University from from 9–10 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

In 2011 the NZASR met jointly with the Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies, in Queenstown from 7-9 December. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

The XXth Quinqennial World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions took place in Toronto, August 15-21 2010. The theme of the Congress was Religion: A Human Phenomenon.

The 2010 NZASR conference, 'A Century from Durkheim: Perspectives from the Pacific', was held at Victoria University of Wellington, from 30 June-2 July. The conference programme with abstracts of papers delivered is available as a PDF file.

Towards a Unified Science of Religion
University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, 12-14 February 2010. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, University of Otago.

The Bible and Critical Theory seminar
Dunedin, 7-8 February 2010. The conference programme is available online.

The 2008 NZASR conference, 'Being Heard, Being Engaged: Religious Diversity and the Diversity of Religious Studies Research', was held in Rotorua from 2-4 July. Abstracts of papers delivered are available as a PDF file.

The 2007 NZASR conference, 'The Conference without a Theme', was held in Queenstown from 6-8 June. The 2007 NZASR Conference Programme is available as a PDF file.