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Call for Papers: Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives to be held in

Vienna, Austria, 21-22.03.2015.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Le Meridien Wien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010, Vienna, Austria (Room Happy Green)

Religion is often discussed through the eyes of secularisation theory; however, there is no agreement on what secularisation is, or to what extent religion is present in our present lives even though religion is as influential as ever. Whether we understand secularisation as a decline of religious beliefs, privatization of religion, or as differentiation of the secular spheres and emancipation (Casanova 2006; Berger 2001), we still have to ask ourselves to what extent religion shapes our present lives. Many scholars believed religion will eventually loose importance and that societies will face decline of religious beliefs, but by the end of the 20th century many changed their views and acknowledged that secularisation theory does not work, and that religion is as important as ever (Berger, 1999). Nonetheless, we can agree with a view “religious communities have survived and even flourished to the degree that they have not tried to adapt themselves to the alleged requirements of a secularised world” (Berger, 1999: 4).

Recently, scholars also advocated that religion emerges in times of crisis such as, for example, events in the Middle East, breakup of former Yugoslavia, economic crisis, etc. It is questionable whether we can truly discuss secularisation as a phenomenon, or we should simply turn our attention to the notion of religion in all of its aspects, and try to increase understanding of this complex phenomenon.

We are inviting papers from social sciences and humanities that address religion and its influence on our present reality, and its growing importance.

Papers are invited (but not limited to) for the following panels:

  • Secularisation vs sacralisation
  • Methodology in researching religion
  • Spirituality
  • Pilgrimage
  • Religious practices
  • Religion and culture
  • Religion and the media
  • Religious subjectivity
  • Material religion
  • Religion and childhood
  • Religion and critical theory
  • Religion and discrimination
  • Religion and identity
  • Religion and education
  • Religion and belonging
  • Religious Anti-Semitism
  • Studies in Judaism
  • Religion and the Idea of Europe
  • Religion and ethnicity
  • Studies in Islam

Prospective participants are also welcome to submit proposals for their own panels.

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words) with an email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić

( by 10 March 2015.