CFP : Beyond Secularization. Religion in Culture, Society and Politics in Central Europe during the 19th and 20th Centuries

Deadline : 31 December 2017

Publication languages: Czech, English, German
Journal Website: stred-centre-casopis-pro- mezioborova-studia-stredni- evropy-19-a-20-stoleti-113
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Abstracts: http://cejsh.icm.

Religion’s role and influence in the public sphere rises and falls in all
socioeconomic contexts – pre-industrial, industrial, and post-industrial –
something the inhabitants of Central Europe have once more become aware of,
whether from a global or a local perspective. The mission and impact of
religion are not necessarily connected and contingent on the growth of human
knowledge, rationality, or technology. In fact, the retreat of religion from
the public space and the privatization of religious values and practises did
not imitate the processes of industrialization, urbanization, or political
processes and changes. A critical view of the secularization paradigm is thus
an integral part of current academic discussions. These are the perspectives
through which the theme of the next Střed/Centre issue would like to examine
the role of religion and the development and trajectory of the historiography
of religion.

The field of inquiry should not be limited only to traditional institutional
entities, but should also focus on smaller and peripheral religious
communities and sects (spiritism, atheist movements). With the theme of this issue we
would like to go beyond the traditional and dominant topics of the establishment of
national churches, political catholicism, diplomatic relations, and
biographies of religious community leaders towards a consideration of religious thought
and practise within regions, industrial areas, among social groups, generations,
and in terms of gender. Also welcome are contributions that connect social and
cultural history with religious history and other historical and social
sciences. We will appreciate contributions on how society was shaped according
to the religious and confessional principle, the relationship between religion
and violence, the transfer of modern religious movements and currents,
reactions to social and economic problems and changes, or different types of
religiosity (among workers, women, young people, veterans, in pastors’
appeals to industrial society, the life of smaller and marginal religious
communities and sects). We are also interested in how religious motifs and
practices are imprinted upon the relationships that form identities, everyday
life, inform decision-making processes, or the methodological reflection of
the (Central) European historiography of religion.

Author: Aisseco

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