Conference of the Society for Tantric Studies

Flagstaff, Arizona

Deadline: 31 maggio 2019

The Society for Tantric Studies invites papers for its next conference, to be held in Flagstaff, Arizona from Friday September 27 through Sunday September 29, 2019.  The Society for Tantric Studies (STS), founded in 1985, is a forum of exchange for scholars engaged in the academic study of Tantra both in its traditional Asian contexts and more recently in diverse global manifestations.  The conference provides an opportunity for scholars to collaborate across traditional boundaries of religious traditions (e.g. Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism), present-day nation-states and geography (e.g. India, Tibet, China, Japan), and academic disciplines (e.g. history of religions, anthropology, art history, linguistics, sociology).  Above all, the STS is committed to critical and creative inquiry.  It is not an advocacy forum for Tantric practice and neither endorses nor prohibits particular approaches to either the study or the practice of Tantra.   Scholars with doctorates in relevant academic disciplines (such as Religion, Asian Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, Art History, History, Philosophy, or Women’s Studies) who are researching and/or teaching in relevant areas of Tantric Studies are encouraged and invited to present, attend, and/or participate in the conference.  Graduate students in any of these, or related, disciplines are also encouraged to present and attend the conference.  Scholars and graduate students are welcome to attend without presenting.

FEES:  The STS is a volunteer-run, non-profit, and has no outside sources of funding.  The conference fees will be used strictly for conference expenses, such as room use, AV equipment, and support for a keynote speaker.  For 2019 the suggested conference fees are $150 for working scholars, $50 for graduate students, and $75 for retired scholars.

We invite fully formed panels and individual papers.  Proposals should be no longer than 1,000 words.  Abstracts should be no longer than 150 words.  In addition, all participants should include a CV.    Digital versions (.pdf format) of proposals and abstracts, as well as CVs should be emailed to Glen A. Hayes, Professor Emeritus of Religion, Bloomfield College at

SUBMISSION and ACCEPTANCE DEADLINE:  Proposals must be submitted no later than May 31, 2019.  The Steering Committee will send out notices of acceptance by June 30, 2019.  Participants are asked to confirm their attendance and submit the registration fee no later than July 31, 2019.

Some of the themes suggested by members of the Society include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

  • Tantra and Power (royal, spiritual, magical)
  • Tribal Elements in Tantra
  • Women in Tantra (symbolically, literally, textually, ethnographically)
  • Tantric Art and Tantric Texts
  • Tantric Textual Theories of Practice and their Limits
  • Tantra and Yoga
  • The Hatha Yoga Project at SOAS
  • Body Practice in Tantra
  • Tantra and Aesthetics
  • Tantra, Physiology, and Landscape
  • Texts and Translations
  • Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, and the Study of Tantra
  • Tantric Philosophical Traditions
  • Tantric Typologies of Self
  • Tantric Studies in 2018: The State of the Field
  • Critical Reflections on Western Approaches to Tantric Studies.
  • The Psychologizing of Tantra in the West.
  • Tantra and Science Fiction

LOCATION: The conference and accommodations will be at the High Country Conference Center, adjacent to the campus of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Here is their link: Lodging will be at the Drury Hotel, across the street from the conference center. A restaurant and coffee shop are located on the premises.  Special conference room rates begin at $143 for a single, and $153 for a double.  A block of rooms will be held for conference attendees until September 7, 2019. You may visit their website at:   The link for booking rooms for the conference is at:  Attendees should fly into Phoenix and either drive up to Flagstaff (approximately 2 hours) or take a connecting flight into Flagstaff airport.  We recommend staying for an extra day or two to arrange for visits to the Grand Canyon (2 hours), Sedona (1 hour), and Meteor Crater (1 hour), among the many local attractions.

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