2nd Global Conference
Spirituality And….Culture

Saturday 13th April 2019 – Sunday 14th April 2019
Bruges, Belgium


Saturday 13th April 2019

8:30-9:00 Registration

9:00-9:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:30-10:30 Session 1: Round Table: What are Spirituality and Culture?
Chair: Seán Moran

10:30 – 11:00 Tea and Coffee

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2: Searching for the Spiritual
Chair: Seán Moran

The Spiritual Trouble: Modern Man’s Dilemma 
Huai Bao

From ‘Worried Moderns’ to ‘New Mevlevis’: a Case of Spiritual Search in Turkey
Hande Gür

Identity of the Embodied Self with the Transcendental Self: Ultimate Spiritual Realisation
V. Sujata Raju

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Session 3: Spirituality and Gender
Chair: John Dayton

Becoming a Wild Woman: The Redefinition of Femininity in Contemporary Women’s Spirituality
Carine Plancke

HIV/AIDS: The Power of Religion, History, Social Class & Gender
Coralie Gauvin-Bélair

15.30 – 16.00 Tea and Coffee

16:00 – 17:00 Session 4: Buddhist Spiritualities
Chair: Erin Kavanagh

Queer Spirituality: The Buddhist Approach as Lived Out in East Asia
Wei-cheng Chu

Literary Reinvention of the Buddhist Identities: Lay Interpretations of Spirituality in Contemporary Poetry
Junfu Wong

17.00 – 17.30 Cross Session Issues: End of Day Consolidation

17:30 Wine and Drinks Reception


Sunday 14th April 2019

09.00 – 10.30 Session 5: Spirituality in Books
Chair: Monica Prabhakar

Inventing a Religion: Fictional Religions in Creative Writing
Carole Hailey

On Reality, Sin and Identity: Phenomenological Insights into Experience of Julian of Norwich
Jana Trajtelova

Alternative to the modern age? Nostalgia and authenticity in spiritual and religious self-help books in Turkey
Gökçe Baydar Çavdar

10.30 – 11.00 Tea and Coffee

11.00 – 12.30 Session 6: Spirituality and Cultures
Chair: Jana Trajtelova

Domestication and Spirituality in the Cannibalism Taboo
John Dayton

Title To Be Confirmed
Flora Mostafavi

Transcendence on the Cut-Rate: A Friendly Critique of Oliver Sacks’ ‘The Lost Mariner’
Regan Lance Reitsma

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Session 7: Gita Guidelines … and Graphics
Chair: Huai Bao

The Spiritual and Pragmatic Wisdom of Bhagavadgita: A Continued Guideline to Managing Life-skills
Rekha Navneet

Bhagavadgītā on Spiritual Progress through the Practice of Virtues
Monica Prabhakar

Spirituality and Culture: Portraits
Erin Kavanagh

15.30 – 16.00 Tea and Coffee

16.00-16.30 Session 8: Cross Session Issues: End of Day Consolidation

16:30 – 17:00 Where Now? What Next?

Closing Remarks, Photographs, Goodbyes