Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who (Conference Announcement and Call for Papers)

Time, Space, and Faith: Religion and Doctor Who

John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 2nd November 2013

Doctor Who is a cultural phenomenon in both the UK and the United States, continuing to go from strength-to-strength as it celebrates its 50th anniversary in November 2013. Over the show’s long history on television—and in various spin-off TV shows, audio adventures, novels and comic books—religion and religious themes have consistently been a subject of interest. From early depictions of Buddhism and pagan religion to recent years when the show has attracted everything from Church of England conferences dedicated to its use in preaching to guest appearances by Richard Dawkins, religion has always had some role within the universes of Doctor Who. Proposals for 20 minute papers are therefore invited for a day conference on this theme to be held at the historic John Rylands Library at the University of Manchester on November 2nd 2013. Possible subjects include, but are not limited to:

• Religious or mythic themes (salvation, return, ritual etc.) in the series.

• Critiques and deconstructions of religion in Doctor Who.

• The use of Doctor Who to chart British religious history from 1963 to the present.

• Death and the afterlife in Doctor Who and Torchwood.

• The Doctor as a Christ figure.

• Portrayals of non-Christian religion in the classic series or BBC revival.

• Fan response to “religious” episodes.

• The use of Doctor Who by religious organisations.

• Religion in audio adventures, comic books and novels.

• Canonicity and Doctor Who as a surrogate religion.

• Doctor Who as a tool for theological reflection.

• Using Doctor Who to teach Religious Studies.

Abstracts should be 250 words in length, and include a short biography of the author. Abstracts should be sent to DrWhoReligion@gmail.com. Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 16th August 2013.

 

  • Jack Collins

    I am so all over this.

  • theominai

    It says the deadline for abstracts is August 16, 2012, I assume 2013 was meant? Otherwise it would be too late for me to contribute!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      Thanks for spotting that. I fixed it!

  • http://algol.wordpress.com/ SororAyin

    As a stained glass enthusiast, I really love that window. Is it a real window (as opposed to a Photoshop), and if so, where does this window exist?

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I wasn’t able to track down its place of origin. I found it in a Syfy forum here: http://forums.syfy.com/index.php?showtopic=2273522&page=8

      It sounds like it was cover art for some fan-made audio stories.

      Sorry that I do not have more information!

      • http://algol.wordpress.com/ SororAyin

        Aww, and I was hoping that it was real. Oh well.
        Thanks for getting back to me.

  • Stephen Garner

    Curses! Just about to fly halfway around the world to a conference in that neck of the woods. Would have been good to combine the two events. I guess I need a TARDIS now to do that. :-)

    Hope it goes well.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      If we hold another conference in the US at some later point, is there any chance you could make it to that one, even without a TARDIS?

  • Nermal146

    I have to have this

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      The book Time and Relative Dimensions in Faith is available for pre-order via Amazon!

      • Nermal146

        I can’t wait! What would I do without Amazon! thanks for the info.


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