The 8th Annual Graduate Student Symposium

"Identity, Boundaries and Movement in Religion"

February 20-22, 2009

The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its eighth annual Graduate Student Symposium, to be held February 20-22, 2009.

Graduate students are invited to submit proposals that engage this year's theme, "Identity, Boundaries and Movement in Religion." Topics may include but are not limited to: mirroring, pilgrimage, polemics, migration of ideas and peoples, and inter-religious dialogue. Other papers relevant to the study of religion are also welcome under an open call.

Submissions are encouraged from all graduate students in religion or other fields with interdisciplinary interest in the study of religion. We welcome a variety of approaches, with particular interests in papers pertaining to the following subfields: 1) Religion, Ethics, and Philosophy; 2) American Religious History; 3) Religions of Asia; 4) Religions of Western Antiquity. Presentations should be approximately 15 to 20 minutes in length and will have faculty responses at the conclusion of the panel. An award will be given for the best paper.

Submission of an abstract (roughly 300 words) is required for review. Abstracts must be accompanied by a CV.

Proposals should be sent by e-mail to Lauren Gray at The deadline for proposal submission is December 1, 2008. Final papers should be submitted by January 15, 2008.

Please continue to check this page for updated information about the keynote speaker, conference schedule, and film screening.


Conference Location

Most conference events will be held in the Student Life Building on Florida State University's campus. Please see the comprehensive building map for building locations. The Student Life Building is building number 260.

Flying to Tallahassee 

Once participants have their flight details and hotel arrangements, please email them to Richard Harry so that we may assist you with transportation. Transportation from the airport to your chosen hotel may be provided by FSU graduate students. 

Driving Directions and Getting Around Tallahassee

The conference will be held on the campus of Florida State University. Please visit the Florida State University Visitor's site for information, including driving directions.


The two nearest hotels to campus are the new Residence Inn on the corner of Gaines and Railroad Ave, and the University Inn, located on Tennessee Street.