CFP for Second Panel on Religion in post-Communist Europe

Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities


Second Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday Lives


Vienna, Austria, Hotel Le Meridien, Opernring 13-15, A-1010


Second International Panel Religion in post-Communist Europe

Call for Papers


Communist regimes expressed hostility toward religion in public and political sphere, and the official doctrine was atheism. After the fall of Communism, religion emerged as an important factor in public spheres, and in some countries religious organizations participate in political decision-making processes. For example, religious leaders sit in committees for radio-diffusion, or in committees for approving the official history textbooks. Religion also often serves as a demarcation for othering members of religious, national and gender minorities. On the other hand, level of religiosity increased up to the level that, in some post-Communist countries, religious institutions enjoy the highest level of trust among citizenry. Religion is, thus, described as revitalized and as influential as ever.


This panel concentrates on the role of religion in politics and society in the post-Communist Europe. Some examples of topics include (but are not limited to):


Religion during Communist rule (general)

Religion in former Yugoslavia

Religion in Yugoslav successor states

Religion in the Soviet bloc

Religion in post-Soviet sphere

Religion in Communist and post-Communist Central Europe

Religion and othering in post-Communist Europe

Religion in educational materials in post-Communist Europe

Religion and the rights of minorities in post-Communist Europe

Religion and freedom of speech in Communism and now

Religion and women in post-Communist Europe: past and present


Paper proposals should be sent to by 10 March 2015.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.


The conference fee is EUR 290, and it includes


The registration fee

Conference bag and folder with materials

Conference publicationAccess 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

Meals during both days of the conference

WLAN during the conference

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. The Centre is eligible for providing Visa letter for Austria to non-EU conference participant s, and we are pleased to emphasise that all Visa applications in 2014 were successful.


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, lunch es and dinners are covered for both days of the conference.






*** OPEN CALLS ***


Journal of Religion and Culture: submissions are opened!


Working Paper Series: submissions are opened! 






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Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities is a private institution registered in Croatia.


Our goal is to encourage work in fields of religion and wider cultural studies by organizing conferences, and through our publishing activities.


We are registered, among others, for conducting research in fields of History, Sociology, Religion, Culture, and Musicology, organizing conferences and seminars, as well as publishing activities.








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