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Caldera FestCaldera Fest



Comment: Born of one man’s vision, this festival will take place at Cherokee Farms in LaFayette Georgia over the Memorial Day Weekend, 2016. We will have almost 30 Pagan acts, close to 100 vendors, and an amazing array of workshops that are being presented by our musical talent.

South Coast Celtic FestSouth Coast Celtic Fest

Hanneke Cassel, Mike Block and Chris Lewis were the headline act at the evening concert in 2015.

The sixth South Coast Celtic Fest will take place May 7, 2016 at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay.

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September 30 – October 2, 2016

A weekend festival of myth, music, and magic Isis Oasis, Geyservile, CA

Pandemonaeon, Wendy Rule, Sj Tucker, and.. Much more!

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Calls for Papers

CSRESCSRES Call for Proposals

Extended deadline for abstract submissions: March 1, 2016

Notification emailed by: April 1, 2016

Registration deadline: all presenters will be expected to register for the conference by May 1, 2016.


Conference start date: Monday, June 20, 2016

Proposal submission guidelines

Established in 2013, the Indiana University Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society (CSRES) is an interdisciplinary association of scholars, academic programs, and research centers from the eight campuses of Indiana University. Our mandate is to aid in the development of research and scholarship to better understand religion, ethics, values, and spirituality in society and to promote collaboration among constituents at IU and beyond. CSRES utilizes and builds upon IU’s extensive strengths in religion and ethics to advance research in key themes.

Conference Theme: Aristotle famously observed that philosophy originates in wonder. Descartes considered wonder the first of all the passions, a “sudden surprise of the soul” that moves the mind toward understanding and away from ignorance. Others have considered wonder a defective state, a stunned response that impedes rather than facilitates the acquisition of knowledge.   Wonder is the province of the wide-eyed child in the woods, and the wild-eyed scientist in the lab. Scientific wonder beckons us into mystery but may also banish the mysterious and drain away its power.  Its virtuous dimensions are said to shade into generosity, humility, and compassion, while its shadow side suggests the lure of unwholesome enchantments and hubristic trespass into forbidden knowledge.  Wonder can engender moral caution and respect for otherness—what R.W. Hepburn calls the “concern not to blunder into a damaging manipulation of another”—but it may also foster the will to mastery and domination. Wonder has also played an important role in the environmental movement since its inception and it remains central to discourse about the planetary future.


If you have questions about your submission, contact:

CSRES Director Lisa Sideris: (812.855.5200)

More information about the conference is available here:

More information about CSRES can be found at the on the CSRES Facebook page and on Twitter @IUCSRES.

mindfullnessCall For Papers Performance and Mindfulness Symposium 2-5 June 2016

Performance and Mindfulness Symposium

Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research University of Huddersfield Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June, 2016.

Proposals should include:

  • Your name, address and academic position/affiliation (if any);
  • A short bio (up to 200 words);
  • Category of proposal (ie. paper, workshop, etc.);
  • Title of paper; a synopsis of the content of the proposed contribution that demonstrates its relevance to the theme of the conference (not more than 400 words).

You may apply for more than one category (e.g. a paper and a workshop). More information at

Proposals will be considered between 1st and 15th March 2016, and decisions communicated by 4 April. Please email proposals or enquiries to

Since Stanislavski in the late nineteenth century, Western theatre practitioners have demonstrated a fascination with Eastern philosophies and with mindfulness practices. Lee Worley, Nicolás Núñez, Meredith Monk, Marina Abramovic and Pasquale Esposito are some of the contemporary artists who have been exploring the theoretical and practical relations between theatre and aspects of meditation, including mindfulness. Whilst there is now a growing body of research into applications of mindfulness in clinical and educational contexts, there are few studies explicitly examining the role of mindfulness and meditation in theatre and performance. Aiming to gather together scholars, practitioners and artists interested in this study and practice, the Centre for Psychophysical Performance Research at the University of Huddersfield invites proposals for a Symposium on Performance and Mindfulness.

At the Centre, we work from an understanding of mindfulness that derives from the Buddhist term, sati, but are also open to proposals based in practices drawn from other contemplative traditions. The Symposium offers an opportunity to discuss various approaches to integrating mindfulness practices in performance contexts, and to explore new perspectives that studies on mindfulness and meditation can offer to theatrical practice and research. We are also interested in the question of how art can affect the practice of mindfulness in its various forms.

We invite proposals in four different categories:

Papers: 30 minute presentations followed by 15 minutes’ discussion.

Working Groups: Short papers, to be circulated within the group in advance, presenting statements of practice or provocations relating to one of the following themes. The working groups will be chaired and tasked with feeding back to the whole conference in a closing plenary.

  1. Research Methodology and Evaluation: Which research methods can best interrogate and capture experiences and articulations relating to mindfulness and performance? What contribution might source traditions, such as Buddhism, offer to the development of methodologies for research in mindfulness-based performance practices?
  2. Ethical Considerations: In what ways do the ethics of various meditational source traditions play out when mindfulness practices are transposed to the secular context of theatrical performance?
  3. Creative Practices: An exploration of the role and practice of mindfulness forms in generative creative processes (including, but not limited to, improvisation, devising, performance writing, collaborative practice).
  4. Contemplative Performance: How might meditative experience be invited or generated through theatrical performance experiences, for both performers and audiences? Is it possible to conceive of a contemplative mode of spectatorship?

Performances: We invite proposals for performance pieces requiring only basic technical resources. We particularly welcome short performances (20 – 30 minutes) but can consider performances suitable for studio theatres or non-conventional spaces.

Workshops: Three hour practical workshops, exploring integrations of meditation/mindfulness and performance practice.

Contemporary Pagan Studies GroupCFP for the Contemporary Pagan Studies Group within the American Academy of Religion for the next annual meeting

Dates: November 19-22 , in San Antonio

Contemporary Pagan Studies Website:

Statement of Purpose:

This Group provides a place for scholars interested in pursuing studies in this newly developing and interdisciplinary field and puts them in direct communication with one another in the context of a professional meeting. New scholars are welcomed and supported, while existing scholars are challenged to improve their work and deepen the level of conversation. By liaising with other AAR Program Units, the Group creates opportunities to examine the place of Pagan religions both historically and within contemporary society and to examine how other religions may intersect with these dynamic and mutable religious communities.

Call for Papers:

  • Contemporary Paganisms are experiencing an internal conversation and debate about routinization, or the need to establish institutions and a degree of legitimate cultural and social integration beyond the structure of small groups and umbrella organizations. While many Pagans believe that these structures will provide the conditions for sustainability, others believe that institutionalization is contrary to the nature of Pagan practice. We seek papers which explore various facets of routinization in contemporary Paganisms. Topics can include the changing nature of Pagan leadership, support for or resistance to institution building, perceptions of standardization of Pagan religious culture through publishing, recording etc., and professionalization of leadership. Comparative perspectives are always encouraged.


Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection



  • Chas Clifton,
  • Jone Salomonsen,

Steering Committee

  • Amy Hale,
  • Barbara A. McGraw,
  • Douglas Ezzy,
  • Sabina Magliocco,
  • Shawn Arthur,

HolocaustCall for Applications: “Good, Evil, and the Grey Zone: Religion’s Role in Genocide from the Holocaust to ISIS” faculty seminar 

Dates: June 27–July 1, 2016

Submission form:

This is a one-week seminar for faculty from all disciplines. In the fields of Holocaust and genocide studies, theological and historical studies of the role played by Christianity in the Holocaust have led to broader study and analysis of the role of religious narratives, groups, institutions, and leaders in genocidal situations. The application deadline is April 1, 2016. For additional information about the seminar and application process, please see the webpage or contact Vicki Barnett at

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The Creative SoulCall for Artists The Creative Soul: Art, Play & Ritual

The second in a series of three multiarts shows exploring what art is and why it’s important: to awaken sentient experience; to create other worlds through art, play & ritual; and to communicate with the many levels of self

Exhibit runs May 6 – September 20, 2016 Deadline for submissions: Monday, March 21, 2016

Celebrate the human powers of imagination, invocation and creation as we explore the relationship of art, play and ritual as Life Force Arts Center presents the art exhibit and multiarts show The Creative Soul: Art, Play & Ritual, running May 6 – September 20, 2016 at Life Force Arts Center, 1609 W. Belmont, Chicago IL 60657. Opening Reception is Friday, May 6 , 2016 from 7 – 10 PM. Closing Reception is Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 7 – 9 PM. Open Gallery Hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:30 – 6:30 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free to the exhibit and Opening and Closing Receptions. Workshops, performances and other events related to the theme will be held as part of the show. For more information, please contact Joan Forest Mage, Executive Director, 773-327-7224,


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