Sacred Journeys 9th Global Conference

Sacred Journeys 9th Global Conference

July 6-8, 2022

Hybrid venue: Piran & Portorož, Slovenia

Hosted by Turistica, University of Primorska, Slovenia

Sponsored by Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the University of the Philippines Manila

Call for Papers

More than 400 million people embark annually on pilgrimages with numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs, and sacred geographies. As a global phenomenon, pilgrimage facilitates interaction between and among diverse peoples from countless cultures, occupations, and walks of life. In this 9th Global Conference, we will continue to explore pilgrimage’s personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions. This includes similarities and differences of the practices in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other traditions, as well as secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage and tourism, and pilgrimage and peacebuilding, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery. Potential topics are virtually unlimited and include: (1) pilgrimage and the marketplace; (2) the metaphor of the journey as explored by writers, artists, musicians, performers, and singers, including humanists; (3) pilgrimage, miracles, and the related topic of thanksgiving; and (4) ‘dark’ pilgrimages to sites of remembrance and commemoration etc.

Submitting Your Abstract

Abstracts of no more than 300 words must be in Microsoft Word (DOCx) format and include the following:

  • Author(s)
  • Affiliation
  • Email address
  • Title
  • Keywords (maximum of five)

The abstract should be sent no later than 31 January 2022 to:

Ian McIntosh (, Director of International Partnerships, IUPUI

Chadwick Co Sy Su (, Associate Professor of Organizational Communication and Philippine Arts at the University of the Philippines Manila

Please use the following format in the subject line:

[SJ9 ABSTRACT] First Author/Author’s Last Name – Short Title

Evaluating Your Proposal

Abstracts addressing the conference themes (making reference to the relevant literature) will be double-blind peer reviewed by pilgrimage scholars and you will be notified of the Organizing Committee’s decision no later than February 15, 2020. When a positive decision is made, you will be asked to promptly register online. Accommodation is available very near the conference venue in the heart of the old city. The conference registration fee is $250 US and $200 for students/Slovenian residents. Submitting a draft paper of no more than 3000 words by 1 June 2020 is recommended if you intend to publish.

Publishing Your Work

Abstracts addressing the conference themes (referencing the relevant literature) will be double-blind peer reviewed by the project's Academic Advisory Board. You will be notified of the Board’s decision no later than 31 March 2022. Submitting a full paper of no more than 7000 words two months after the end of the conference is recommended if you intend to have your work considered for publication. We have an established linkage with the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage for publication of papers. Also, if there are sufficient papers on a single theme or group of themes, we can consider a book proposal to a major publishing house such as CABI or Peter Lang Publishing.


$250 for international participants

$150 for students and residents of the Balkan Peninsula

Additional Information: Visit the CN site for details on past and future conferences, publications, registration, and testimonials.