BASS 2020: Spirituality in Research, Professional Practice and Education

De Grey Court, York St John University, Lord Mayor's Walk, York, YO31 7EX
Event Time
Monday 1 June, 12.00pm - Wednesday 3 June 2020, 4.15pm

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.


Abstract Submissions

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)
  • Workshops
  • Posters

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 31st 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).

Provisional Programme 

Please note this programme is subject to change.

Day 1

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'
Day 2

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)
Day 3 

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
4.15pm Depart

Keynote Speakers

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: to book.

Alternative accommodation can also be booked at:


Directions & Further information:

Directions to York St John University.

York St John University Campus Map.


For more information about this conference please contact the York St John University Events team, T: +44(0)1904 876654, E:

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