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Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday Lives, Vienna, Austria, 28-29.03.2014. (deadline extended)

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

http://www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

is inviting paper/panel proposals for

 

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives to be held in

Vienna, Austria, 28-29. 03. 2014.

Conference venue: ***** Hotel Ambassador Vienna, A-1010 Wien, Kärntner Straße 22 / Neuer Markt 5, Austria, http://www.ambassador.at/

 

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, the Arab Spring, breakup of former Yugoslavia, current economic crisis that is shaking the world 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, therefore, seeking 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

 

Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia

 

Religion and the Idea of Europe

 

Religion and ethnicity

 

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

 

Submissions of abstracts (up to 500 words), short bios (up to 100 words), and email contact should be sent to Dr Martina Topić

(martina@socialsciencesandhumanities.com) by 1st March 2014. Decisions will be made by 5th March, and payment of the conference fee has to be made by 15th March.

Finalised Conference programme will be available by 20th March.

 

The Centre established a peer review journal, and a working paper series. Conference papers will be considered.

 

We welcome paper proposals from scholars, NGO activists, Master and PhD students, and independent researchers.

 

Conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes

 

The registration fee

 

Conference bag and folder with materials

 

Conference publication

 

Access to the newsletter, and electronic editions of the Centre

 

Opportunity for participating in future activities of the Centre (research & co-editing volumes)

 

Discount towards participation fee for future conferences

 

Conference drinks (mineral water and fruit juices)

 

Coffee-break morning with drinks and pastries

 

Buffet Lunch (Hotel Ambassador)

 

Coffee-break afternoon with drinks and pastries

 

Buffet Dinner (Hotel Ambassador)

 

WLAN during the conference

 

Conference rate for rooms at Hotel Ambassador

 

Certificate of attendance

 

Centre for Research in Humanities and Social Sciences is a private institution founded in December 2013 in Croatia (EU).

We selected Austria as a place for hosting conferences due to Austria’s favourable geographic position, and liberal Visa regime for conference participants with EU Visa requirements.

 

Unfortunately, the Centre has no available funds for covering transport and accommodation in Austria. Participants are responsible for finding funding to cover transportation and accommodation costs during the whole period of the conference.

 

The Centre will not discriminate based on the origin and/or methodological/paradigmatic approach of prospective conference participants.

 

Conference drinks, coffee breaks, lunches and dinners are covered for both days of the conference.