To bring together scholars who explain historical phenomena using the methods of the social sciences

Religion

As religions and spiritualities have inspired and motivated the lives and acting of millions everywhere on this planet, and continue to do so, this network discusses all forms of spiritual beliefs and behaviour as well as practices inspired by ideologies explicitly acting against expressions of religious or spiritual engagement.

Chairs: 
Silvia Evangelisti
University Of East Anglia, School of History, UK
Patrick Pasture
Leuven University, Department of History, Belgium

 

Call for Papers / Call for Session Organisers

 

As religions and spiritualities have inspired and motivated the lives and acting of millions everywhere on this planet, and continue to do so, this network discusses all forms of spiritual beliefs and behaviour as well as practices inspired by ideologies explicitly acting against expressions of religious or spiritual engagement. In this perspective we want to create crossovers and exchanges that cut through traditional divisions between disciplines, denominations, periods and regions. Hence we call upon you to formulate proposals for individual papers, panels (consisting of three papers and a comment), roundtables (more oriented to discussion than the formal presentation of panels) and 'meet the author' sessions. They can deal with any historical era and any religious expression or denomination, in Europe or elsewhere. We particularly welcome comparative and transnational approaches.

Please, do not hesitate to formulate bold proposals, and do not hold back from suggesting ‘incomplete’ sessions of only two presentations. Just to help you to formulate your thoughts but without any intention of limitation we would particularly welcome paper and session proposals on:

the question how the historiography and historical theory of religion responded to the challenges of globalisations past and present

  • the way religions and secular ideologies interact in plural societies.
  • The impact of religion or secularism on national and international policies and politics (including the EU and its predecessors)
  • Cultures of mission and proselytization
  • Religions as source of conflict or appeasement, war or peace (incl. the role of religions in and after wars)
  • Secularization and re-enchantment
  • Secularism as religion
  • Religion and migration; Religious interactions with, between and within migrant communities
  • Gender and religion
  • Cultures of martyrdom
  • Religion and material culture
  • Religion and non-textual evidence: viewing, listening, touching and performing
  • Ascetiscm, food cultures,
  • ‘Secular spiritual’ practices: yoga, meditation, healing, food cultures (Ayurveda),

The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2017.

One copy of the panel proposal should be sent to the conference secretariat via the online registration form and one copy to each of the co-chairs of the network:

              

Professor Patrick Pasture

MoSa - Department of History

e-mail: Patrick.pasture@arts.kuleuven.be

 

Dr. Silvia Evangelisti

University Of East Anglia, School of History, UK

s.evangelisti@uea.ac.uk