Sacred Waters

Call for Papers – Sacred Waters: an International and Transdisciplinary Conference

The Sacred Waters conference invites paper abstracts of 200 words by February 20th, 2024. The international and transdisciplinary conference will be organized by Sewanee: The University of the South, Durham University, and the Folklore Museums Network.

Suggested themes for papers:

considering holy wells and sacred springs, pools, rivers, lagoons and lakes:

  •  in terms of archaeological and hydrogeological characteristics
  • as therapeutic landscapes
  • in relation to medical humanities and the folklore of healing waters
  • their pilgrimage traditions and folk liturgies
  • their histories and use
  • their associated saint cults or numens
  • as a focus of social relations between humans and non-human persons
  • as ecosystems
  • their associated trees, rocks and sacred topographies
  • as sites of Biocultural Diversity

The Sacred Waters conference aims to gather an interdisciplinary perspective for a better understanding of Sacred Natural Sites.  It will will be held June 30th – July 3rd, 2024 in Buxton, England.

More details as well as the link to submit abstracts can be found at the conference website.


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