Seminars

Registrations now open for next Inform Seminar on Saturday 1 February 2020 at Bush House, Aldwych!

Early bird reduction til 12 January 2020!

Immortality: Beliefs and Practices

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

Seminar Ticket

£48

Student / Unwaged

£28

A-Level students

£20