Since we first announced the Conference at the End of the World, we were met with an amazing outpouring of interest, more than we had even hoped. All of us at alt-ac are so excited to find many people interested in the type of academia we have envisioned.
Because alt-ac.uk believes in being fully interdisciplinary, we have elected to host, in lieu of a keynote speaker, a roundtable of scholars from a variety of academic backgrounds.
David G. Robertson is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the Open University, co-founder of the Religious Studies Project, and co-editor of the journal Implicit Religion. His work applies critical theory to the study of alternative and emerging religions, “conspiracy theory” narratives and the disciplinary history of the study of religions. He is the author of UFOs, the New Age and Conspiracy Theories: Millennial Conspiracism (Bloomsbury 2016) and co-editor of After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies (Equinox 2016) and the Handbook of Conspiracy Theories and Contemporary Religion (Brill 2018).
Sitna Quiroz is an Assistant Professor in the Study of Religion at Durham University. She is an anthropologist and specialist in the study of religion, particularly of Christianity, and its relation to other aspects of social life such as kinship, gender, political and economic relations. She has particular expertise in the study of Pentecostalism in the Republic of Benin, West Africa, and of ‘Popular’ Catholicism in the Huasteca region in Mexico. She studied her first degree in Ethnohistory at the National School of Anthropology and History (ENAH) in Mexico. She completed her postgraduate education at the London School of Economics (LSE), where she did an MSc in Anthropology and Development and a PhD in Anthropology. You can follow her on twitter @sitnaqu
Meg-John Barker is the author of a number of popular books on sex, gender, and relationships, including Queer: A Graphic History, Gender: A Graphic Guide, How To Understand Your Gender, Life Isn’t Binary, Enjoy Sex (How, When, and IF You Want To), Rewriting the Rules, The Psychology of Sex, and The Secrets of Enduring Love. They have also written a number of books for scholars and counsellors on these topics, drawing on their own research and therapeutic practice. Websites: rewriting-the-rules.com, megjohnandjustin.com. Twitter: @megjohnbarker, Instagram: @meg_john_barker.
Matt Coward-Gibbs is an Associate Lecturer and PhD student in Sociology at the University of York and is the editor of the forthcoming volume Death, Culture and Leisure: Playing Dead (Emerald, 2020). His work focuses around: death and dying; culture and community; pleasure and leisure; and deviance and transgression. Matt is a steering group member of DaCNet and is currently working as part of an interdisciplinary team to develop a national hub for research sensitivities. @MattCowardGibbs.
Remember, there are just a few days left for you to submit your abstract for the Conference at the End of the World! Make sure you submit on our website.
We so look forward to seeing you all on July 14!