Immortality: Beliefs and Practices
1 February 2020, 10:00 to 17:00
Bush House, Strand Campus , London
The lure of immortality has been an inspiration for many people in both religious and secular contexts. But what does immortality mean? This seminar will explore some of the range of beliefs and practices which are closely associated with immortality in comparative context. We will investigate the idea of immortality by looking more closely at how it is directly applied in people’s lives. What happens when immortality is understood as a possibility – or even a reality? We will be considering beliefs and practices relating to immortality in the context of AI, near-death experiences, Christianity, Buddhism, Freezone Scientology, spiritualist mediums and contemporary yoga movements.
This project is partially funded through the ERC Horizon 2020 Project AYURYOG Grant No. 639363 which is exploring the entanglements of yoga, ayurveda and rasaśastra (alchemical and longevity practices) in South Asia.
It is held in association with the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College, London.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Mikel Burley, University of Leeds
- Susannah Crockford, Ghent University
- Peter Fenwick, King’s College London
- Tobi Olujinmi, The W-Talk
- Mark Singleton, SOAS, The University of London
- Aled Thomas, The Open University
Please visit https://inform.ac/seminars to book tickets via Paypal or credit/debit card.
- Standard: £38
- Unwaged/ university student: £18
- A-Level student: £10
*Please note: After 12 January, ticket prices will increase by £10, across all three categories and refunds will not be offered.
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