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The British Academy Networks Project on Modes of Religiosity

Conferences and Additional Funding
   
The project’s steering committee first met in at the Queen’s University of Belfast in December 2000, to plan a series of international conferences on ‘modes of religosity’ focusing on data from a number of disciplines, as follows :
 
  1. The Evidence from Social and Cultural Anthropology (held at King’s College, Cambridge, 20-22 December 2001 and organized by Dr James Laidlaw)
  2. The Evidence from Historiography and Archaeology (held at the University of Vermont, 1-5 August 2002 and organized by Professor Luther H. Martin)
  3. The Evidence from Cognitive Science (held at Emory University, 14-17 August 2003 and organized by Professor Robert N. McCauley)
 
All three conferences attracted papers of exceptionally high quality, and a larger number of participants than originally anticipated. In addition, an unexpected number of non-presenting participants attended and subsequently offered to contribute draft chapters to the project’s publications. The costs of the Cambridge conference were offset by the availability of subsidized facilities at King’s College. The costs of the enlarged conference in Vermont were covered by top-up funding from the Templeton Foundation, amounting to $12,000.00, and additional support from the University of Vermont, amounting to $2,335.00. In addition to the British Academy grant, the Emory conference was supported by another grant from the Templeton Foundation for $12,000.00 and a grant from the Emory University Subvention fund for $50,000.00.
 
At the annual meetings of The North American Association for the Study of Religion (NAASR)/American Academy of Religion (AAR)/Society of Biblical Literature (SBL) held in Toronto, 22-26 November 2002, two panels were held as follow-ups to the August Vermont conference. The first was a panel on the "Implication of the Modes Theory for the Academic Study of Religion" sponsored by NAASR. Panelists specifically addressed issues in the comparative study of religion, in the historical study of religion, and in the scientific and the social scientific study of religion; Harvey Whitehouse, the propounder of the ‘modes’ theory, responded to this panel. A second panel, on ‘Imagistic Traditions in the Graeco-Roman World’, sponsored by SBL, focused on the Roman cult of Mithraism, on the imagistic traditions of early Christians, and on the Dionysian cult with a focus on the frescoes of the Villa dei Misteri from Pompeii; again Whitehouse offered a response to the panel.
 
Modes of Religiosity
h.whitehouse@qub.ac.uk