Category Conferences, Education, Research Events
Sixth International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality (BASS)
This interdisciplinary and inter-professional conference is designed to bring together a broad range of scholars and practitioners from around the world who have interests in the theory and practice of spirituality.
The conference title reflects the three key elements in the study of spirituality that underpin the work of BASS: Research, Education, Practice. Five internationally-renowned keynote speakers will each highlight what they see as significant aspects of spirituality within their own disciplinary/professional context, including particular challenges to, and opportunities for, the development of research, professional practice and/or education in the field of spirituality.
Parallel sessions will enable participants to showcase their own work in the form of a presentation, workshop or poster. The conference will provide an exciting opportunity for conversations and syntheses across international, academic and professional boundaries in ways that will enhance the future development of the study of spirituality.
We are welcoming submissions of abstracts to contribute to this conference. Abstracts are invited for:
- Individual oral paper presentations
- 'Dialogue pairs' (two people jointly presenting a topic in dialogue with one another)
These may present accounts and findings from theoretical research and reflection, studies in professional settings and/or in contexts involving learning, teaching or facilitation in the field of spirituality. They may be from any academic, professional or community setting in which the study and practice of spirituality plays a part.
Doctoral students and new researchers in the field are warmly invited to participate and will have an opportunity to join the BASS Spirituality Scholars Network.
Please see attached BASS 2020 - Call for Abstracts (pdf. 0.3MB) for further details on the process and how to submit.
*Due to popular demand the call for abstracts deadline for BASS 2020 has been extended to 2 December 2019*
Delegate Fees & Bookings
Please register in advance using the booking link at the top of the page to secure your place at this conference.
Bookings will close on Thursday 21st May 2020.
|Early Bird rates are only available for bookings up until 15th December 2019||
|Early bird delegate rate - Full conference||£160.00 per person|
|Standard delegate rate - Full conference||£185.00 per person|
|Conference Dinner - Optional Extra (Day 2)||£32.00 per person (+VAT)|
Please find attached the BASS 2020 - Booking Cancellation Policy (pdf 0.1 MB).
Please note this programme is subject to change.
Monday 1 June 2020
|From 12 noon||Registration and Refreshments|
|12.00pm - 1.00pm||Meeting of the Spirituality Scholars' Network (Doctoral students and new researchers) - TBC|
|1.15pm - 1.30pm||Opening Remarks|
|1.30pm - 2.20pm||Keynote 1 - Professor Julian Stern - 'The Spirit of Education and Professional Practice'|
|2.30pm - 4.00pm||Parallel Sessions (1)|
|4.00pm - 4.30pm||Refreshments|
|4.30pm - 6.00pm||Parallel Sessions (2)|
|6.00pm - 6.30pm||Free Time|
|6.30pm - 7.45pm||Buffet Supper|
|8.00pm - 8.50pm||Keynote 2 - Dr Oliver Robinson - 'Spirituality and the pursuit of wholeness: The transition out of modernity and the integration of opposites'|
Tuesday 2 June 2020
|8.15am - 8.45am||Meditation (optional)|
|9.00am - 10.30am||Parallel Sessions (3)|
|10.30am - 11.00am||Refreshments|
|11.00am - 12.30pm||Parallel Sessions (4)|
|12.45pm - 2.00pm||Lunch|
|2.00pm - 2.50pm||Keynote 3 - Professor Tove Giske - '"I had to dare to go beyond my comfort zone": Ways to promote lifelong learning of spiritual care'|
|3.00pm - 4.30pm||Parallel Sessions (5)|
|4.30pm - 5.00pm||Refreshments|
|5.00pm - 6.00pm||Poster Session|
|[5.00pm - 6.30pm||JSS Editorial Board meeting - Closed Session]|
|6.00pm - 7.15pm||Free time|
|7.15pm - 8.00pm||Drinks Reception and Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Journal for the Study of Spirituality|
|8.00pm||Conference Dinner (Optional - extra charge applies)|
Wednesday 3 June 2020
|8.15am - 8.45am||Meditation (optional)|
|9.00am - 9.50am||Keynote 4 - Professor Bernadette Flanagan - 'The Research Revolution: Emerging Discourses in Spirituality Studies'|
|10.00am - 11.30am||Parallel Sessions (6)|
|11.30am - 11.50am||Refreshments|
|11.50am - 12.30pm||BASS AGM (Everyone welcome to attend)|
|12.30pm - 1.45pm||Lunch|
|1.45pm - 3.15pm||Parallel Sessions (7)|
|3.20pm - 4.15pm||Closing Plenary|
Please find attached the BASS 2020 Keynote Abstracts (pdf 0.3MB).
Accommodation is available to book for this event at the Double Tree by Hilton on a Bed and Breakfast rate of £90.00 per night. Please quote 'BASS 2020' when booking to ensure you are offered this special reduced rate. Rooms available on this rate are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. The hotel is located a short 5 minute walk away from the university.
Delegates are responsible for booking their own overnight accommodation and should contact the hotel directly to book. Please contact the Reservations team, T: 01904 667701 or E: firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
Alternative accommodation can also be booked at:
- Travel Lodge (York Central Layerthorpe) 0.6 miles from YSJU (15 minutes walk)
- Dean Court Hotel, York, 0.4 miles from YSJU (9 minutes walk)
- The Visit York website
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