"Securitizing the Sacred" Symposium - Pilgrimage and Human Mobility

When and Where

Thursday, August 22, 2024 9:00 am to Saturday, August 24, 2024 1:00 pm
University of Toronto


"Securitizing the Sacred: Pilgrims' Trails Across Digital Landscapes" Symposium

August 22-24, 2024 • University of Toronto • Registration (free but mandatory) now open


Co-organized by the DSR's Professor Simon Coleman and the Faculty of Information's Professor Nadia Caidi, this three-day international symposium invites an open, multi-sided dialogue on pilgrimage as a continually evolving catalyst of human mobility across the world. The event brings together academics, data and technology specialists, and other (religious) tourism professionals to address pilgrimage in the light of current ethical and informational challenges relating to transnational mobility, digital technologies and global security.

The symposium features plenary speakers who are leaders in their fields, including Dr. Deena Abul-Fottouh (Dalhousie), Dr. Steve Jackson (Cornell), Dr. Ellie O'Keeffe (NCSR-UK), PhD candidate Sananada Sahoo (Western) and Dr. Jake Metcalf (Data & Society). They will be joined by academics, community organizers and stakeholders for a wide-ranging conversation. 

→ Symposium Details and Registration

Register by August 10th for the opportunity to be entered in a special draw, but registrations at any time are welcome.

Travel and Accommodations

Find out more about accommodation options at: securitizingthesacred.org/hotel-accommodation/

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