1st Global Conference
Spirituality And….Culture

including a guided tour of Belém and the Jeronimos Monastery, Lisbon

Saturday 17th March 2018 – Sunday 18th March 2018
Lisbon, Portugal

Final Conference Programme

Saturday 17th March 2018
08.30 – 09.00

09.00 – 09.30
Welcome and Opening Remarks

09.30 – 10.30
Session 1: Round Table ‘What is Spirituality?’

10.30 – 11.00
Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 12:30
Session 2: Spirituality and Humanity
Chair: Seán Moran

To Prefer a Preference for the Poor
Benny Mattis (USA)

Can a Black Nationalist Spirituality Advance Equality in the Face of Rising White Nationalism?
Alan Scot Willis (USA)

Capitalist Colonialism, Social Change, Healing, and the Resurgence of Critical Spirituality
Taqdir Bhandal (Canada)

12.30-14.00 Lunch

Session 3: Dysfunctional Spirituality?
Chair: Erin Kavanagh

Spirituality Gone Wrong?
Dominic Kirby (Ireland)

Disparities Between Spirituality and Religiosity in African Culture and its influence on African Social-Political Development
Ilemobayo John Omogunwa (Nigeria)

Research Insights into Demonic Possession and Effective Exorcism Techniques
Jayant Athavale (India)

15.30-16.00 Tea and coffee

Tour (circa 3 hours)
The bus will leave promptly at 15.45 from outside the conference hotel. At the end of the tour you have the option to either catch the bus back to the conference hotel or remain in Lisbon city centre.

Sunday 18th March 2018
09.30 – 10.30
Session 4: Women and Spirituality
Chair: Dominic Kirby

Doors of Hope – Baha’i Western-Women Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Shay Rozen (Israel)

Religious Portraits: British Women and their Encounters with Persian Islam and Zoroastrianism
Serena Vianello (Italy)

10.30 – 11.00 Tea and coffee

11.00 – 12.30
Session 5: Spirituality, Global Rights and Travel
Chair: Vengala Sujata Raju

A Buddhist Perspective on Global Warming – Our Irresistible Fate?
Shimo Sraman and Abhijeet Chowdhury (Thailand)

Swami Vivekananda’s Spiritual Universalism: Uniting All Cultures in the Modern Global Village
Monica Prabhakar (India)

Travel and Spirituality: A North African Perspective
Mohamed Laamiri (Morocco)

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.00
Session 6: Spirituality, Consciousness and Peace
Chair: Erhabor Idemudia

The Pertinence of the Upanisadic Understanding of Consciousness in the Contemporary World
Vengala Sujata Raju (India)

The Pragmatic Relevance of Traditional Indian Philosophies in the Contemporary Meaning of Spirituality and Cultural World-views
Rekha Navneet (India)

15.00 – 16.00
Session 7: Spirituality, Illness and Death
Chair: Emma Sdegno

Culture, Spirituality and Health Illness Behaviour: An African perspective
Erhabor Idemudia (South Africa)

The Structure of Illness Space: Video and Illness Experience as Spiritual Practice
Nicholas Serenati (USA)

16.00 – 16.20 Tea and coffee

Session 8: Spirituality and the Arts
Chair: Benny Mattis

John Ruskin’s Art Criticism and Spirituality
Emma Sdegno (Italy)

Spirituality and Culture: Drawing Between the Lines
Erin Kavanagh (UK)

Final Remarks and Call to Action

Goodbyes, Photographs, Departures