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Visualising Cultures: Media, Technology and Religion Conference BASR 2019

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​Leeds Trinity University is proud to host the 2019 British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) Visualising Cultures: Media, Technology and Religion conference.

What's happening?

Taking place from Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 September, the annual event will be held in collaboration with documentary film makers from Leeds Trinity University's Media, Film and Culture team and IRIS (International Research Centre for Interactive storytelling) and will include the screening of several documentary projects.

Monday 2 September

  • 11.00am – 12.45pm Registration and Buffet lunch (from 12.00), Conference Suite
  • 12.45 – 1.30pm Welcome (Professor Ray Lloyd, Dr Suzanne Owen and Dr Stefano Odorico), Conference Suite
  • 1.30 – 3.30pm Session 1
  • 3.30 – 4.00pm Tea and Coffee, Conference Suite
  • 4.00 – 5.30pm Session 2
  • 5.35 – 7.00pm Keynote: Dr James Kapaló, 'Performing Clandestinity: The Religious Underground, the Secret Police and the Media in Eastern Europe,' followed by a drinks reception, Conference Suite. Please see below for keynote outline.
  • 7.00 – 8.30pm Evening meal, The Lounge
  • 8.30 – 9.30pm Religious Studies Project Special 2019: Only 60 Seconds*, Conference Suite
    (The bar in the Lounge will remain open until 12.00pm)

Tuesday 3 September

  • 8.00 – 9.00am Breakfast, The Lounge
  • 9.00 – 11.00am Session 3
  • 11.00 – 11.30am Tea and Coffee, Conference Suite
  • 11.30am – 1.00pm Session 4
  • 1.00 – 2.00pm Buffet Lunch, Conference Suite
  • 2.00 – 3.30pm Session 5
  • 3.30 – 4.00pm Tea and Coffee
  • 4.00 – 5.30pm BASR AGM, Conference Suite – including the L&T award presentations
  • 5.45 – 7.00pm Contemporary Documentary Showcase – International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS) at Leeds Trinity University*, introduced by Prof. Graham Roberts, with films by Tom Pollard and Ilaria Vecchi, Conference Suite
  • 7.00 – 8.30pm Conference Dinner, The Lounge
  • 9.00 – 10.00pm The Battle for the Field – beta-test a new religious studies card game by David Robertson and Anja Pogacnik, The Lounge
    (The bar in the Lounge will remain open until 12.00pm)

Wednesday 4 September

  • 8.00 – 9.00am Breakfast
  • 9.30 – 11.00am Session 6
  • 11.00 – 11.30am Tea and Coffee
  • 11.30am – 1.30pm Plenary session and closure, Conference Suite
  • 1.00 – 2.00pm Buffet Lunch, Conference Suite
  • 2.00 – 5.00pm Optional trip to Salts Mill and Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site*
*See Conference Events below for further detail

Where?

Leeds Trinity University, Brownberrie Lane, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 5HD

Cost?

For conference delegate rates/discounts, accommodation (if required) and catering, please click here for more information or to make a purchase.

Conference events

Monday 8.30 – 9.30pm 

Religious Studies Project Special 2019: Only 60 Seconds, Conference Suite
This will be a BASR-themed mock-game show with contestants and a live audience, which will be recorded for a podcast by the Religious Studies Project. You are welcome to bring a drink from the bar with you.

Tuesday 5.45 – 7.00pm 

Contemporary Documentary Showcase – International Research Centre for Interactive Storytelling (IRIS) at Leeds Trinity University
Introduced by Prof. Graham Roberts, with films by Tom Pollard and Ilaria Vecchi

Wednesday 2.00 – 4.00pm 

Optional trip to Salts Mill and Saltaire Village, World Heritage Site
If you haven't let the conference team know in advance, you may need to make your own way there by car or train (Horsforth – Leeds – Saltaire).

Keynote information

Guests will enjoy a keynote from Dr James Kapalo, University College, Cork, entitled Performing Clandestinity: The Religious Underground, the Secret Police and the Media in Eastern Europe

Keynote overview

The religious underground in communist-era Central and Eastern Europe had both a metaphorical and literal meaning. With the opening of the secret police archives in the region, scholars of religions have been presented with important new sources to understand the relationship between anti-religious propaganda, western projections and the actual clandestine practices of underground religious groups.

Whilst the textual materials found in the archives have been the primary focus of attention for both historians and transitional justice projects, the search for "truths" about the past has largely overlooked the visual materials produced by and about religious groups. In the context of the recent on media channels of footage of renewed Russian state security operations against religious groups, in this lecture Dr Kapalo will explore examples of photographic and filmic representations of religious clandestinity produced by the secret police in Central and Eastern Europe. These materials illustrate how secrecy was 'performed' during totalitarian rule by both the state security and by religious groups.

This serious game of 'hide and seek' which was dramatised in the media, Dr Kapalo will argue, has had a lasting effect on societies in the region. This research is based on the ongoing findings of his European Research Council Project, Creative Agency and Religious Minorities: Hidden Galleries in the Secret Police Archives in Central and Eastern Europe (project no. 677355).

Further information

For any queries regarding the BASR 2019 events at Leeds Trinity University, please contact any of the conference team below:

Dr Suzanne Owen, Reader in Religious Studies (contact for conference queries)
Dr Stefano Odorico, Reader in Contemporary Screen Media
Ilaria Vecchi, PGR in the School of Arts and Communication