The EASA Conference 2008 focuses on topics that may be of interest to psychologists of religion. The anthropologists are examining spirit possession, and begin the conference announcement by citing William James. They want "to explore the processes through
which this human experience becomes religious or dissociative
(disorder), as negotiated between cultural frames and individual
insight.... We are interested, among others, in the role of cognition
and imagination in creating an experience of dissociation and in the
role of emotions as somatic markers for 'recognizing' possession."
The call for papers continues through March 31, 2008. Details are available at www.easa2008.eu.