Call for papers “RELIGIOUS CHANGE AND THE SHAPING OF SOLIDARITY AND  SOCIAL PARTICIPATION IN A TROUBLED EUROPE” per un numero speciale della Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia curato da Ferruccio Biolcati-Rinaldi (Università di Milano), Ruud Luijkx (Università di Tilburg, Olanda) e Cristiano Vezzoni (Università di Trento).


The theme of religious change is crucial in public and scientific debates and has relevant social and  political implications. Nowadays, there are different and partly conflicting trends going on in
Europe. On the one hand, the process of secularization is proceeding with the only exception of a few Eastern European countries; moreover, religiosity seem to acquire a more private dimension,
with individual religiosity and practices (like praying) prevailing over belonging to a Church and participating to religious services. On the other hand, new religious movements born both inside
and outside the traditional denominations are gaining momentum and extensively spreading. Next to these changes that are endogenous to European societies, other exogenous factors drive religious change and represent potential sources of conflicts. Among them the most significant seems to be the intensification of global migrations that increases religious diversity and pluralism of the European societies, challenging their social cohesion. As to these exogenous factors, the key question is how migrants’ religious background and practice favors or hinders the integration into host societies.
The call is looking for contributions dealing with the role played by religious change in shaping  solidarity and social participation. Editors are equally interested in longitudinal approaches that link religious change to changing forms of solidarity and social participation and in cross-sectional  approaches dealing with the relationship between solidarity, social participation and individual
religiosity. Although in partially different ways, the issue involves both the native and the migrant population.   Among the native population, individual religiosity affects attitudes towards redistribution and welfare state, social capital and opinions on migration (both extra- and intra-EU). Inside this broad  field, specific research questions can be addressed: e.g., is religiosity a driver rather than a constraint to the development of a European identity supporting social solidarity? Is there room for  the emergence of a new religious cleavage, linked to nationalism and populism? Are attitudes towards redistribution and welfare state changing for religious and non-religious people and in  different religious denominations? Is the relationship between trust and religiosity changing over time?

Among the migrant population, individual religiosity can affect the opportunities of social  participation in the labor market, in education, in the other realms of social life and the overall
degree of social integration in the host society. Divergent outcomes can arise among national groups characterized by different prevailing denominations as well as individuals with different
religious belonging within the same national group, for example in areas like education, labor  market and political participation.
It goes without saying that the triangle religiosity-solidarity-participation is exposed to the tensions activated by the ongoing European crisis and international conflicts. Both the economic and the
refugees crisis trigger geographical cleavages that partially overlap with well-known religious cleavages (Catholicism Vs. Protestantism, Catholicism and Protestantism Vs. Orthodoxy, etc.). The
economic crisis brought out contrasting views on solidarity among member states between Northern and Southern countries and also tensions on intra-EU migration between Western and Eastern European countries. The refugee crisis created an atmosphere of suspicion between Mediterranean and the other European countries, and even stronger friction between Western and Eastern countries.
On these premises, the call looks for contributions in English dealing, both empirically and theoretically, with the relationship between religiosity, solidarity and social participation within European countries. The call is keen on a variety of methodological perspectives: qualitative and/or quantitative, longitudinal and/or cross-sectional, comparative and/or national designs as well as case  studies are welcome and encouraged.

Deadlines and guideline

Abstracts due by November 15, 2016. All abstracts (500 words), with 5 keywords, should be sent as e-mail attachments to:
Communication from the Editors concerning the selection of articles by December 15, 2016.
Submission of first versions of articles to the editors by March 31, 2017.
Articles – written in English – should follow the journal guidelines and sent to:
Communication from the Editors concerning the peer-review process by June 30, 2017.
Revised versions sent to the editors by September 15, 2017.

Publication on issue 4/2017.

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Call for papers



Shaping and Defining the Notion of “Religion”

Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”


Shaping and Defining the Notion of “Religion”

July 12-13-14-15-16 2016
Velletri (Rome)
Call for Papers

Our conference aims to provide an occasion of reflection and interdisciplinary discussion about the concept of religion and the notions related to this topic. The aim of this meeting is to investigate the shaping and the development of the notion of religion in western thought. We plan to research and analyze the various ways in which specialized literature posed the concept of religion as the object of study, together with the phenomena that have been attributed to such concept and the properties that have been deemed peculiar to this sphere, according to the views and positions of each single scholar. We will pay attention to the aims these scholars had, the classifications and theories they elaborated and the historical context they worked in.

Papers submitted may deal with the following topics:

  1. The meaning and development of the Latin word religio as it emerges from the sources at our disposal.
  2. The study of the terms in extra-European cultures usually deemed to indicate specifically the religious sphere, as dharma, din etc. Analysis of their meanings and historical  development, based on the sources at our disposal
  3. How did historical religions obtain their current denomination? How has this denomination been interpreted?
  4. How did western thought and in particular specialized studies approach the possibility of:
    • defining the concept of religion.
    • finding the characteristics that define a religious experience as such.
    • identifying the characteristics that qualify a religious individual as such.
    • idefining which peculiar traits of a religious group are elements that qualify it as such.
    • idefining the notion of “folk religion”.
    • describing and differentiating “sacred” and “profane”.
  5. What are the peculiarity of religions “invented” by scholars, e.g., animism, manism, shamanism etc.? What are the theoretical backgrounds for creating those categories?
  6.  Birth and development of the classification of religions, e.g. “monotheism” and “polytheism”.

References: M. Eliade, Traité d’histoire des religions, Paris 1949; E. de Martino, Furore Simbolo Valore, Milano 1962; C. Lévi-Strauss, La pensée sauvage, Paris 1962; A. Brelich, Introduzione alla
storia delle religioni, Roma 1966; T. Luckmann, The Invisible Religion: The Transformation of Symbols in Industrial Society, New York 1967; P. Bourdieu, Genèse et structure du champ religieux, “Revue française de sociologie” 12 (3), 1971, pp. 295-334; C. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures, New York 1973; Th.P. van Baaren – H.W.J. Drijvers (eds.), Religion, Culture and Methodology. Papers of the Groningen Working-group for the Study of Fundamental Problems and Methods of Science of Religion, Paris 1973; J.Z. Smith, Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown, Chicago-London 1982; B. Morris, Anthropological Studies of Religion, Cambridge 1990; D. Sabbatucci, Sommario di storia delle religioni, Roma 1991; E.T. Lawson – R.N. McCauley, Rethinking Religion. Connecting Cognition and Culture, Cambridge 1993; T. Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, London 1993; U. Bianchi (ed.), The Notion of “Religion” in Comparative Research. Selected Proceedings of the XVI IAHR Congress, Rome 1994; T. Fitzgerald, A Critique of ‘Religion’ as a Cross-Cultural Category, “Method and Theory in the Study of Religion” 9 (2), 1997, pp. 91-110; A. Simonicca – F. Dei, Simbolo e teoria nell’antropologia religiosa, Lecce 1998; D. Sabbatucci, La prospettiva storico-religiosa, Formello (RM) 2000; M. Nye, Religion, Post-Religionism, and Religioning: Religious Studies and Contemporary Cultural Debates, “Method and Theory in the Study of Religion” 12, 2000, pp. 447-476; W. Braun – R.T. McCutheon (eds.), Guide to the Study of Religion, New York 2000; P. Boyer, Et l’homme créa les dieux, Paris 2001; A.L. Greil – D.G. Bromley (eds.), Defining Religion: Investigating the Boundaries between the Sacred and Secular, Oxford 2003; J. Corrigan, Religion and Emotion. Approaches and Interpretations, Oxford-New York 2004; G. Filoramo, Che cos’è la religione. Temi metodi problemi, Torino 2004; M. Stausberg (ed.), Contemporary Theories of Religion: a Companion, London 2009; P. Scarpi, Si fa presto a dire Dio. Riflessioni per un multiculturalismo religioso, Milano 2010; L. Berzano – A. Castegnaro – E. Pace, Religiosità popolare nella società post-secolare. Nuovi approcci teorici e nuovi campi di ricerca, Padova 2014; E. Pace, Una religiosità senza religioni. Spirito, mente e corpo nella cultura olistica contemporanea, Napoli 2015.

Our conference will be structured in the following sections:
1. Religious Anthropology (coordinator/supervisor Alessandra Ciattini – Sapienza Università di
2. Philosophy of Religion (coordinator Paolo Vinci – Sapienza Università di Roma)
3. Sociology of Religion (coordinator Enzo Pace – Università degli Studi di Padova)
4. History of Religions (coordinator Paolo Scarpi – Università degli Studi di Padova)

Administrative office: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”)

Please send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, the director of the museum, ( by April 15.
Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; the chosen area; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number.

Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

The acceptance of papers will be communicated only to the selected contributors by 2016, April 25.

Please send the complete paper not later than June 26. The delivery of the paper is required to
participate in the conference.

Important deadlines: Closing for call for papers: April 15th, 2016.
Admission: April 25th, 2016.
Delivery of paper: June 26th, 2016.
Conference: July 12-13-14-15-16th, 2016

There is no attendance fee. The participants who don’t live in Rome or surroundings will be accommodated in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts which have an agreement with the Museum of
Religions Raffaele Pettazzoni to offer discounted prices. Papers will be published on Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar), and in specialized journals. All the papers will be peer-reviewed. The conference will be associated to the cultural event “Castelli Romani. Mito, Religioni e Tradizioni Eno-Gastronomiche” organized by the Fondazione “Museo delle Religioni Raffaele Pettazzoni”. The town of Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Artena, Castelgandolfo, Genzano, Lanuvio, Lariano, Monte Porzio Catone, Nemi, Rocca di Papa and Velletri also patronize the event.

The conference participants are offered the opportunity to visit each evening one of these towns and participate in the cultural activities organized in occasion of the cultural exhibition for free. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information: email:


International conference


Padua (Italy), April 14-15, 2016

The relationship between religion and human rights is controversial and debated. The aim of the  international conference is to take stock of the complex connections between religion and
human rights, emphasizing that both the definition and the application of these two concepts are  influenced by the different social and cultural contexts within which they are placed.
Starting from the geopolitical changes which have involved contemporary society on a global scale, the conference intends to critically evaluate the two main narratives on this topic: on the
one hand religions understood as an element opposing the affirmation of human rights, and on the other religions considered as agencies facilitating the implementation of human rights.
Religious rights, understood as individual and/or collective rights, are disputed as well.
How do religious traditions and new religious communities approach human rights issues? How do states manage religious traditions and religious diversification? How are human rights
discourses and practices affected by the social context?
Participants are invited to explore from different disciplinary perspectives the following topics:

  • freedom of expression,
  • speech, choice, association;
  • non-discrimination;
  • gender issues;
  • religionstate relations;
  • violence;
  • conflict;
  • peace.

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Eileen Barker, London School of Economics
Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa
Willy Fautré, Human Rights Without Frontiers International
Silvio Ferrari, University of Milan
Enzo Pace, University of Padua
James Richardson, University of Nevada
Hans-Georg Ziebertz, University of Wuerzburg

The international conference is organized by the Joint PhD Programme on “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level Governance” (Universities of Athens-Panteion, Padua, Western Sydney, Zagreb).

Scientific Committee:
Giuseppe Giordan, University of Padua; Adam Possamai, Western Sidney University;
Constantin Preda, University of Bucharest; Siniša Zrinščak, University of Zagreb.

Abstracts (300 words) should be sent to Giuseppe Giordan ( no later  than January 15th, 2016.

Acceptance notification will be sent by January 25th, 2016.

There are no fees for attendance.

Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Religion today lies at the heart of a cultural and political debate, related to immigration, human  rights, the role of women and democracy in general. Various questions are asked about what criteria define a lay, pluralistic space and its physical and symbolical boundaries. From this point of view examination of multiple expressions of religiosity in the human body, in physical and symbolic spaces and in the relationship among individuals, and between individuals and space, assumes critical importance.

For over a century, social sciences have been highlighting that “religion” is a plural category, a composite set of organizations, actors, practices, beliefs, meanings, relations, values and traditions.
Since the 1980s, the concept of “lived religion” has expressed a living, fluid, pluralistic and everyday dimension of religions: religion is part of daily life; religiosity is expressed through a
variable set of collective and individual, institutionalised and informal, hybrid and codified practices.

We believe that an ethnographical prospective allows us productively to examine such religious ecology and with this end in view we invite contributions dealing with the theme of religion in daily
life – lived religion – based on solid empirical analysis. The areas in which the theme may be declined include:

  • Native religions in today’s world;
  • Religious tradition and innovation;
  • Female religious experience, for example in churches, in alternative spirituality, in religious  groups/movements and in politics;
  • Mobile religion including pilgrimages and religious tourism;
  • Religion, economics and consumption;
  • Religion, the human body and mass media.

To submit your proposal please send an e-mail to conveners Alberta Giorgi, Stefania Palmisano, Giovanna Rech and to the conference committee (, indicating the title of the chosen session. Please send:

  •  the title of your talk and an abstract of maximum 1000 words (.doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf);
  • your contact details (full name, e-mail, post address and affiliation) and those of your co-author/s, if any;
  • if you like, a short videotalk (2 min. max.). More info here .

Abstracts (and video talks) must be submitted in English. The official languages of the conference, however, are Italian, English, and French; for each session, languages will be used depending on the participants composition.

Proposal must be submitted by January 15, 2016.

Call “Sfide per il nuovo Papato” – Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia

Numero monografico di Rassegna Italiana di Sociologia
Sfide per il nuovo Papato – Studi sociologici 

Gli autori che intendano proporre un contributo al numero monografico (cfr. allegato) sono invitati a presentare un abstract (di circa 300 parole), redatto in italiano o in inglese e corredato di 5 parole chiave, entro il 15 novembre 2015 ai curatori tramite mail:, Gli articoli selezionati, che non dovranno eccedere la lunghezza complessiva di 50.000 battute (spazi inclusi e compresa la bibliografia), dovranno essere inviati entro il 15 marzo 2016 ai medesimi indirizzi.

2016 CESNUR Conference

The 2016 CESNUR Conference


Daejin University – 1007 Hoguk Road, Pocheon City, Republic of Korea
5 July – 10 July 2016

Co-organized by:
Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR)
Korean Academy of New Religions (KANR)
Department of Daesoon Theology, Daejin University


The 2016 CESNUR Conference will go to Asia for the second time, after CESNUR 2011 in Taiwan. We welcome papers especially on this year’s theme: «Religious Movements in a Globalized World: Korea, Asia, and Beyond».

As the 2014 CESNUR Conference in Waco (Texas), focused on globalization and how religious movements adapt to external and societal changes, in 2016 we plan to discuss how global is globalization, and how it affects internal changes in the movements and religious innovation. With this theme in mind, we will welcome especially papers on recently born new religious movements, new forms of religious innovation, and on religious movements in Asia and of Asian origin, particularly Korea.

Papers will also be welcome on:

  • Change in “old” new religions
  • New religious movements and the visual arts
  • Esoteric movements and innovation
  • New religions operating as global networks
  • and all those topics upon which you are currently conducting research in our usual, larger area.

Papers and sessions proposals should be submitted by E-mail before the close of business on 15 February 2016 to, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV of no more than 200 words.
Proposals may be submitted either in English or in French.

Religion, Social Inequalities, Differences and Sociological Imagination – Call ESA Conference

12th Conference of the European Sociological Association

25 – 28 August 2015, Prague, Czech Republic

After decades of critical discussion, the social significance of religion in Europe is an accepted and empirically grounded fact today. Whether it concerns political attitudes, economic orientation or other social fields of life like education, culture and the media or the private sphere, manifold empirical studies demonstrate the sustaining influence of religion on preferences, practices and identity formation. At large, it is undisputed that (structural) secularization does not diminish, but rather nourishes religious pluralization as well as the development of new spiritualities and popular forms of religion in Europe.

This development is – among other things – a consequence of global dynamics; they accelerate social, cultural and economic transformations, and more recently radical political changes. This raises questions about how religion is involved and affected by these changes in the neo-liberal era (whether on the local, the national or the supra-national level) and how religion reacts to these all-encompassing transformations and turmoil.

A particular interest concerns religion’s social forms of organization and practice that respond to the increase of social inequalities and asymmetries; the latter are often trapped in power relations like in the case of neo-liberal economics and politics. Another concern is how religion is acting on the various forms of social difference and discrimination that are recently unfolding with new life. For example Islamophobia is one of the new ways in which racism is expressed in contemporary Europe next to older forms of discrimination like anti-semitism, sexism and the growth of right-wing extremism. This finally leads to the question how religion itself has become a (constant) source of social friction and exclusion, whether on a macro or on a micro scale, for example regarding access to political, economic and civil rights. This is intertwined with an interest in the social practices of religious actors and the ways they strive to strengthen their agency in European societies under the conditions of growing inequality and social discrimination.

All these questions concern politically and morally contested issues. This additionally centers the focus of interest towards how religious groups, organizations and individuals are included in civic debates about social discrimination and inequality, i.e. poverty and inequality of income, unemployment, the cutback of the welfare system, educational inequality, refugee and asylum policy, women’s rights and gender inequality, homophobia, racism etc. From this perspective, social conflicts about inequality and social differences are increasingly religious conflicts, where religion is often invoked by various parties.

This situation calls for a critical sociological investigation that studies the social reality of religion and its relation to inequality and difference from various theoretical and analytical perspectives, questioning the multiple realities of discrimination and exclusion and the various forms of social legitimation and symbolic representations. Against this background, the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion calls for papers on ‘Religion, Social Inequalities, Differences, and Sociological Imagination’ for the 12th ESA Conference in Prague in August 2015. In particular papers are welcomed that discuss the following topics:

  • 01 RN34 Studies focusing on religion as a category of social inequality from a micro as well as from a macro-perspective, e.g. when religious belonging leads to social exclusion and discrimination, culturally, legally, politically and/or economically
  • 02 RN34 Studies focusing on the intersection of religion with other forms of social inequality and difference, like sex, ethnic belonging, sexual orientation, age etc. and their relation to asymmetry of power
  • 03 RN34 Studies dealing with how religions act on the vicissitudes of life in various social fields and how religion provides answers to social inequality and difference, i.e. how and why Islam, Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and other religious-spiritual groups formulate a critique of and alternatives to inequality and discrimination, e.g. in the welfare system, in the political system, the neo-liberal market, the (new) media, the pluralization of living forms in the private sphere etc.
  • 04 RN34 Studies focusing on the effects of inequality and discrimination for the religious individual, her/his self-understanding and conduct of life, and that reveal how religious actors struggle with inequality and discrimination and for agency
  • 05 RN34 Studies focusing on social structures and practices of inequality and social difference in the religious sphere
  • 06 RN34 Studies focusing on the social forms in which religious actors are responding to the various forms of social difference and discrimination, e.g. with social protest, creative forms of cooperation, new forms of dialogue, new theological approaches and forms of knowledge production etc.
  • 07 RN34 Studies focusing on the relationships between religion, inequality, difference and violence; and/or religion’s contribution to conflict transformation in divided societies
  • 08 RN 34 For a special session, we invite PhD students working within the field of sociology of religion to submit their papers focusing on the issues highlighted in this CfP. The aim of this session is to provide an environment of intellectual exchange between young researchers wishing to share their work. Interdisciplinary approaches will also be encouraged, so researchers approaching the topic of religion from other perspectives (i.e. cultural studies, gender studies, media studies, etc.) are invited to submit their individual or joint proposals. (Please take note: this session is organized for PhD students only.)
  • 09 RN 34 As a follow-up to the PhD students’ session, we invite all young researchers participating in the RN’s sessions to join a networking meeting. It would be a great opportunity to find out more about your colleagues’ current projects and research interests, and to hear more about ESA RN 34 and other international associations or networks which you may be interested in joining. Specific time and date to be announced in due course.

Additionally, we invite papers for Joint Sessions with

03JS34 Joint Session with RN 3 Biographical Perspectives on European Societies on Biography, Religion and Social Differences and Inequalities:

Biography research is crucial to understand the effects of growing inequalities as well as the new shapes of discrimination and social difference in the social field of religion. And religion has become a relevant indicator of exclusion on a personal level. Religious belonging can shape the life course – across disruptions or as part of critical experiences, and it forms the individual self-understanding. Thus we invite papers that focus on the relation between biography, social experiences of difference and/or inequality and religion from various perspectives.

11JS34 Joint Session with RN 11 Sociology of Emotions on Emotions, Religion and Social Differences and Inequalities:

In times of growing inequalities and the resurgence of newly shaped differences, like anti-Judaism, Islamophobia, homophobia, sexism etc., research on emotions is crucial for the understanding of religious life in Europe. This concerns the coexistence of different religious groups as well as their relation to non-religious groups. Thus we invite papers that consider the relevance of emotions for the social construction of religion and the understanding of religious life in Europe. What can be said about the shapes, characteristics and forms of relationships in these times? And what role do emotional regimes and feeling rules play with regard to the formation of emotional cultures in religious contexts on the macro- as well as on the micro-level?

13JS34 Joint Session with RN 13 Sociology of Family and Intimate Life on Religion, Family and Intimate Life:

Intimate living forms are undergoing epochal changes under the influence of different variables, among which are global migration and scientific advancements. Families, men and women as well as religious institutions and movements are constantly challenged to foster and adapt to modernity while preserving their own faith tradition and identities. The education of the new generation, the pluralization of living forms, interfaith marriages and the changing roles of mothers and fathers within the modern family are some of the issues facing those who belong to traditional religions. The scope of this joint session is to examine commonalities and differences between different religious traditions and conceptions of the modern family. Some questions arise from this issue: What is changing and what are the ever present features which make the family and religions changes a challenge for the contemporary society? How do global migrations impact the boundaries between faith traditions within interfaith marriages? In what ways do biotechnological developments challenge the idea of family and partnership? What is the role of education and value transmission of religious aspects?

33JS34 Joint Session with RN 33, Sociology of Gender on Gender and Religion in Times of Growing Social Inequalities and Differences:

In times of growing social inequalities and differences, not least due to transnationalization and migration, religion’s analysis from a gender perspective is essential. Religion is predominantly characterized by a firm symbolization of gender based on hegemonic masculinity; consequently, the relation between women’s and men’s religious agency is asymmetric. This leads e.g. to the question how religion provides answers to its own regimes of inequality as well as in other social fields of life, how demands for gender justice are negotiated, and how far power and knowledge structures are challenged. Another question is how religious actors respond to gender inequality and develop dynamics of change, e.g. regarding the discrimination of sexual orientation, the various gender gaps in society and institutionalized gender asymmetry in the religious sphere.

20JS34 Joint Session with RN 20 on Qualitative Research on Religion from a Perspective of Social Inequality and Difference

We call for papers concerned with methodological insights and questions arising from the study of religions in a perspective of social inequality and difference. Related questions are e.g.: Are there field-specific problems pursuant to qualitative methods? Which methods can be recommended for the empirical analyses of micro-macro issues in understanding religion and religious inequality? We also welcome papers dealing with other topics related to qualitative research in the study of religion(s). We are especially interested in papers on empirical findings in the sociology of religion using qualitative research methods in combination with methodological reflections.

Notes for authors

Authors are invited to submit their abstract either to the general session or any specific session. Please submit only to one session. After abstract evaluation, coordinators will have the chance to transfer papers between sessions where applicable.

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Each paper session will have the duration of 1.5 hours. Normally sessions will include 4 papers.

Abstracts must be submitted online to the submission platform, see below. Abstracts sent by email cannot be accepted. Abstracts will be peer-reviewed and selected for presentation by the Research Network; the letter of notification will be sent by the conference software system in early April 2015.

Abstract submission deadline: 1st February 2015

Abstract submission platform:

Call of papers 2015 CESNUR Conference – Religious Innovation and Religious Change in the 21st Century

Tallinn University, Tallinn (Estonia), 18-20 June 2015

co-organized by

Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR)
International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR)
Estonian Institute of Humanities, Tallin University


The 2015 CESNUR Conference will return to the Baltics, where it will be hosted by the University of Tallinn. We welcome papers especially on this year’s theme:

“Religious Innovation and Religious Change in the 21st Century”

As the 2014 CESNUR conference in Waco, Texas focused on globalization and how religious movements adapt to external and societal changes, in 2015 we plan to discuss internal changes in the movements and religious innovation. With this theme in mind, we will welcome especially papers on recently born new religious movements, new forms of religious innovation, and on religious movements in Eastern and Central Europe, particularly in the Baltic Sea Region.

Papers will also be welcome on:
– Change in “old” new religions
– New religious movements and the visual arts
– Esoteric movements and innovation
– New religions operating as global networks

and all those topics upon which you are currently conducting research in our usual, larger area.

Papers and sessions proposals should be submitted by e-mail before the close of business on 23 January 2015 to, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV of no more than 200 words. Proposals may be submitted either in English or in French.

The conference will begin on Wednesday evening with a reception and opening session. Conference sessions will run through the day on Thursday and Friday, through Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon will be a time for a local tour, which will focus on Estonian religion.


Call 33° conferenza SISR-ISSR

Dal 2 al 5 luglio dell’anno prossimo a Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgio)si terrà la 33° conferenza della Société Internationale de Sociologie des Religions/International Society of Sociology of Religion a Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgio).
“Eprouver le religieux / Sensing Religion”.
Gli abstract di max 350 parole in inglese e in francese sono da inviare al seguente indirizzo entro il 15 dicembre 2014:

Per dettagli e programma:

Per inviare un abstract: