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

The ISORECEA governing bodies are

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RELIGION AND POWER RELATIONS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

The conference will take place in Iaşi, Romania, 19-21 April 2012. It will be organized by ISORECEA in cooperation with the “Petre Andrei” University of Iaşi. The deadline for paper proposals is 15 November 2011.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS

10th ISORECEA conference

RELIGION AND POWER RELATIONS IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Iaşi, Romania, 19-21 April 2012

 

Religious changes in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) have been studied extensively during the past twenty years from different points of view, such as: the revitalization of religion, new social and political roles of religion, the position of different religions in society, (re)secularization as a part of modernization, and the Europeanization process of former communist societies, religions and values, etc. However, there is a challenge to rethink religious changes in connection with the concept of power, which has been increasingly employed as an explorative concept in the social sciences. The role of religion in individual life or, more importantly, the meaning and use of religion by individuals is difficult to understand without relation to the concept of power. Religion can also inspire social processes, but the modern social arena is crowded with different agents, different positions, interests and strategies of acting, and the different networks inside which they operate. Some fundamental questions are: “What are the positions of different religious communities within modern social arenas?”, “How do various social and political powers (mis)use religions?”, and “How do religions mis(use) their power?”.

The Conference organizers invite you to address such questions and propose your paper in line with the Conference title, particularly in relation to the following subthemes:

- Religion and empowerment
- Religion and power: institutional vs. individual perspectives
- Power in relation to majority and minority religions
- Religion, power, and gender
- Religion, power and well-being
- Democratization, the restructuring of power, and religiosity in CEE
- Religion and secular power
- Religious practice among different confessional traditions
- State control and religions in CEE

Please submit a 250-300 words abstract of your presentation to the e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by November 15, 2011. If you are interested in another topics related to the study of religion in CEE, we encourage you to organize a session/panel. In this case, please submit a 200-300 words proposal to the same email address.

Key dates

Submission of proposals – November 15, 2011
Notification of acceptance – December 15, 2011
Registration for the conference – January 15, 2012
Final programme – February 15, 2012

Please, note that in order to present a paper you need to be a member of ISORECEA for the years 2012-2013.

For more information, including the amount of conference fees, click HERE.