ISORECEA

The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association

ISORECEA

The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA) is an international scientific association established in December 1995, after a series of conferences organized since 1991 and focused on the religious change in Central and Eastern Europe.

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the General Assembly
summoned during ISORECEA
bi-annual conferences

the Executive Board
elected by the General Assembly
for the term of four years

the Audit Commission
elected by the General
Assembly for the term of four years

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CALL FOR PAPERS SZEGED CONFERENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

for the 13th Conference of International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association

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Special Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR)

UN(B)LOCKING RELIGION.

STUDYING RELIGION IN TODAY’S CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

University of Szeged, Hungary

May 24-26, 2018

How can we move forward with the study of religion in Central and Eastern Europe? The Szeged conference takes stock of recent theoretical, empirical, and methodological developments; it brings together different perspectives and types of material, from ethnography and everyday religion to surveys and discourse via visual [photography, films, comics] and literary analysis to sound out contemporary religion.

The title of the conference, “Un(b)locking religion” provides a variety of potential perspectives to study religious developments in the region. Almost three decades ago, religion became un(b)locked in CEE in terms of a new religious freedom. Furthermore, religion became a social factor beyond church walls. However, as a number of studies have shown, religious processes after the fall of Communism were quite diverse; there is no single path of development characteristic of the entire former Eastern Bloc. This is another way to interpret “un(B)loc[k]ing”. And looking at the current situation, “un(b)locking” could also refer to the similarities and differences between blocs of confessions, and types of religion. These are just three different ways to look at “un(b)locking religion”; other interpretations are of course also warmly welcome.

We encourage authors to submit paper proposals addressing empirical cases as well as methodological and theoretical aspects of the study of religion in Central and Eastern Europe, but also on other parts of the world, and to take part in discussion on different topics, such as:

  • Methodological challenges in the research of religion
  • "Soft" methodology in the investigation of religion
  • Limits of theoretical approaches to religious changes in CEE
  • Images of religion in CEE
  • Religion in everyday life
  • Comparative empirical data on religion in CEE
  • Non/religious minorities and majorities
  • Social inequality and religion
  • Religious discourse on Eastern and Western Europe
  • Religious education in public and religious schools
  • Transformations of religious pluralisms in CEE societies
  • Religion and refugee crisis in the public discourse of CEE
  • Religions and integration of migrants in CEE

 

Keynote speakers:

1. Detlef Pollack (University of Münster)

2. Agnieszka Pasieka (University of Vienna)

Please submit a 200-300 words abstract of your presentation and a 100-word bio by e-mail to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 1, 2017.

If you are interested in a specific topic related to the theme of un(b)locking religion we encourage you to organize a session/panel. In this case, please submit a 300-400 words proposal with full session details (names and affiliation of contributors, titles of their presentations) by December 1, 2017 to the same email address.

 

Key dates

Submission of paper and session/panel proposals: December 1, 2017.

Notification of acceptance and opening of the registration: February 15, 2018.

The final date of the registration for the conference: March 31, 2018.

Final program: April 15, 2018.

 

Fees

 

MEMBERSHIP FEES are as follows (in EURO):

 Please note that in order to present a paper you need to be a member of ISORECEA for the years 2017-2018.

 

List of Countries*

Categories of membership

A

B

C

Regular members

40

30

20

Retired

30

20

10

Students and unemployed

20

12

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* This is according to the Table of Economies used by the International Sociological Association:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/table_c.htm

 

 

 

THE CONFERENCE FEES are as follows (in EURO):

 

 

 List of Countries*

Categories of conference fees

A

B

C

Regular members

80

60

40

Retired

40

30

20

Students and unemployed

30

18

12

 

 

CONFERENCE FEES FOR NONMEMBERS are as follows (in EURO):

 

 

 List of Countries**

Categories of conference fees*

A

B

C

Regular members

160

120

80

Retired

80

60

40

Students and unemployed

80

60

40

* Only those who do not present a paper can participate in the conference as non-members.

** This is according to the Table of Economies used by the International Sociological Association:
http://www.isa-sociology.org/table_c.htm

 

Conference fee paid on the spot is 25% higher (each category).

 

Those accepted for the conference will be asked to pay their fees through the PayPal system at the ISORECEA website. For the information on how to become a member of ISORECEA or renew the membership, please visit the organisation’s website: http://isorecea.net/. The information about accommodation and the conference venue will be given in the second half of December 2017. In case of any earlier questions, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Alternatively, you may pay the membership and/or conference fee directly to the ISORECEA bank account:

International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association
Address: Amruševa 11, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
IBAN: HR9123900011100349840
BIC code: HPBZHR2X
Name of the bank: Hrvatska Poštanska Banka
Address of the bank: Jurišiceva 1, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia

 

Miklós Tomka Award

The ISORECEA Board has established the Miklós Tomka Award to honour Miklós Tomka, the internationally acknowledged and widely esteemed scholar of religion specializing in the Central and Eastern European region, who died unexpectedly in 2010.

The Award is granted based on a competitive basis for the best conference paper submitted to the Award Committee. The paper should refer to the conference theme. The competition is open to early career scholars, with a special focus on PhD students. The Award comprises:

- The publication of the paper in the ISORECEA on-line journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe;

- Exemption from the conference fee;

- Covering accommodation costs at the conference.

Early career scholars interested in entering the competition are invited to submit their full papers to the email address This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by February 15, 2018. The winner will be announced by March 15, 2018, which is the final date for registration for being on the program of the conference. Papers submitted for the Award should be between 5000 and 7000 words long and should strictly follow the rules applying to papers submitted to the ISORECEA journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe.

For details see:

http://www.rascee.net/index.php/rascee/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

 

We are looking forward to receiving your papers!

 

ISORECEA President: President of the Local Committee:
Dinka Marinović Jerolimov András Máté-Tóth