Upcoming Conference: Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives (5 April 2018)

5-7 April 2018, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific,

The Australian National University, Canberra, ACT, Australia

The study of sacred sites is a prominent feature in a number of disciplines. Sacred sites and stories and pilgrimage are the theme of the conference. Topics of enquiry range from the role of sacred sites in religious traditions, through to how sacred sites form part of the development of modern tourist industries, the role of sacred sites in international relations and the ways in which sacred sites can be the focus for disputes. At a time when many sacred sites and their stories face challenges due to economic development, environmental change and the impact of mass pilgrimage and tourism the conference offers an opportunity for wide-ranging discussions of the past, present and future of sacred sites and stories and their significance in the world today.

The conference will have the following panels:

• Pilgrimage and Tourism
• Historical Perspectives
• Visual Arts and Architecture
• Indigenous Traditions
• Competition and Contestation


Registrations now open – register here.


Dr David W. Kim (Australian National University) Email: davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk

Dr Peter Friedlander (Australian National University) Email: peter.friedlander@anu.edu.au

A/Prof McComas Taylor (Australian National University) Email: mccomas.taylor@anu.edu.au

Dr Barbara Nelson (Australian National University) Email: barbara.nelson@anu.edu.au

Dr Yuri Takahashi (Australian National University) Email: yuri.takahashi@anu.edu.au

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