16th ISORECEA conference “Religious Diversity and Social Cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond”

Oct 27, 2023

The International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA), in cooperation with University College Bedër, Tirana and COST Action “Connecting Theory and Practical Issues of Migration and Religious Diversity” CA20107 (COREnet), presents CALL FOR PAPERS for the 16th ISORECEA conference on the topic “Religious Diversity and Social Cohesion in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond“. The conference will be held in Tirana, Albania, April 25–27, 2024.

Religious diversity has traditionally been an important feature of Central and Eastern European (CEE) societies. The different denominations of Western and Eastern Christianity, as well as Islam, have a long history in the region, going back many centuries. In addition, new religious movements and spiritual phenomena took root after 1990 and in many places even before.

Religion may play an important role in the integration of society. However, religious diversity, often linked to different national identities, poses a number of challenges for societies in the region. The war in Yugoslavia in the 1990s is the most prominent example, but religious differences are also at play in the aggressive Russian war in Ukraine, despite being between two countries where Orthodoxy plays an important role. Global migration patterns have also contributed to the emerging religious diversity. Another potential cleavage of religious differences is the one between the religious and non-religious sections of these societies. The full picture of religious diversity also includes emerging different forms of non-religion.

This conference will explore the complex interplay between religious diversity and social cohesion in the dynamic context of Central and Eastern European societies and beyond. We invite scholars from the humanities and social sciences to discuss the processes of religious diversification, the changing religious composition of societies, and the social impact of these changes. How do general processes of religious change and religious individualization affect religious diversity? What are the prevailing public attitudes towards religious diversity, and what social and political factors influence them? How do religions and religious diversity contribute to or hinder social cohesion? What are the key factors for the peaceful coexistence of religions in contemporary societies?

Submission of papers and session proposals – December 15, 2023

The full Call is presented here.

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