All sessions will take place in the auditorium of the Notre Dame Conference Center (McKenna Hall), with the exception of the Friday evening session which will be held across the street in the William and Mary Ann Smith Ballroom at The Morris Inn.

Please note Notre Dame is in the Eastern Time Zone.

Thursday, May 7

11:00am   Welcome

11:10am - 12:30pm     Amber Griffioen – University of Konstanz
“Religious Experience Without Belief? Faith, Imagination, and Emotion”

12:30pm - 2:30pm   Lunch Break (on own)

2:30pm - 3:50pm     Paul Gavrilyuk – University of St. Thomas
“Understandings of Spiritual Perception”

  • Commentator: Allison Thornton – Baylor University
  • Chair: Andrea C. White – Emory University, Candler School of Theology

4:00pm - 5:20pm     Rebecca Chan – University of Notre Dame
“Religious Experience and Voluntarist Reasons: Shedding Light on the Transformative Experience Puzzle”

5:30pm   Bus departs the conference center to transport speakers, commentators, and chairs to the Speakers’ Dinner.

Friday, May 8

11:10am - 12:30pm      Mark Wynn – University of Leeds
“Locating Religious Experience in the Context of Religious Life”

  • Commentator: Evan Fales – The University of Iowa
  • Chair: Jerome Gellman – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, and honorary affiliate, Australian Catholic University

12:30pm - 2:30pm   Lunch Break (on own)

2:30pm - 3:50pm     Ann Taves – University of California, Santa Barbara
Experience as Event: Event Cognition and the Study of (Religious) Experience

  • Commentator: Helen De Cruz – Somerville College, University of Oxford
  • Chair: Timothy Pawl – University of St. Thomas

4:00pm - 5:20pm     Sameer Yadav – Indiana Wesleyan University
“Mystical Experience and the Apophatic Attitude”

5:30pm – 6:00pm   Cocktail Reception (pre-registration & payment required)
            The Morris Inn

6:00pm   Buffet Dinner (pre-registration & payment required)
            William and Mary Ann Smith Ballroom, The Morris Inn

7:15pm     L.A. Paul – The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Transformative Preference Capture"

  • Chair: Hud Hudson – Western Washington University

(This talk is open to anyone registered for the conference, regardless of whether they registered for the dinner.)

Saturday, May 9

10:40am - 12:00pm     Hugh Burling – University of Cambridge
“Divine Immutability and 'Mystical Perception'”

  • Commentator: Kathyrn Pogin – Northwestern University
  • Chair: Brian Leftow – Oriel College, University of Oxford

12:00pm - 2:00pm   Lunch Break (on own)

2:00pm - 3:20pm     Andrew Dole – Amherst College
“What is ‘Religious Experience’ in Schleiermacher’s Dogmatics, and Why Does it Matter?”

3:30pm - 4:50pm     Shannon Craigo-Snell – Louisville Seminary
“Training for Ecstasy”

  • Commentator: Terence Cuneo – The University of Vermont
  • Chair: Lacey Hudspeth - Harvard Divinity School