CfP: Religion, Law and Policy Making

Religion, Law and Policy Making: European Norms and National Practices in Eastern Europe and the Russian Federation
Conference venue: Tartu, Estonia
Period: June 13-14, 2013
Deadline for submitting full papers: Feb. 11, 2013

The complex interplay among European and national law, and law, policy and religion at the levels of nationand European Union is approached from jurisprudential, religious, sociological, cultural, historical, and political (comparative politics, political theory, IR) perspectives.
Eligible topics for the conference

Within the overall guidelines of the 2013 workshop, all proposals will be given serious consideration even if the topics are not explicitly included in theareas of special interest listed below.

How do the national (regional and sub‐national) policies related to ‘religion and law’ interact with supranational (European, international and universal) norms, ideas, discourses, principles and practices?;
Does the European Union advance a well defined position regarding religion in the spheres of law, cultural values and collective identity defining—in these realms—what it means to be ‘European’?;
Have the attempts at cultural, political and legal Europeanization resulted in increasing ‘divergence or convergence’ of national patterns of religion, policy making and law’? How have the outcomes of the processes of Europeanization differed in pre‐ and post‐accession periods, and in countries within and outside of EU?;
Have organized religious actors perceived the processes of Europeanization in positive or negative terms? Have they condoned or resisted the processes of cultural Europeanization? Are the secularist elements of the ‘Europeanness’ of the European Union being questioned by versions of ‘Europeanness’ as defined by transnational religious cultural traditions (such as Catholicism and Orthodoxy)? If so, how have the questions played out on the legal stage?;
At the level of nation‐states, how are the rights of traditional religious communities, their cultural and political status(es), balanced with the democratic rights of religious associations, cultural rights of minorities, and moral rights and freedoms of individuals? At what dimensions and policies have these ‘national patterns’ diverged from norms and practices of the European Union?;
How have the religious leaders and institutions conceptualized (European) law? How have religious actors and their secular allies reacted to the Europeanization of the national system of law?;
Have the states utilized law as a means of social control of religion and religious groups—under the banner of protecting national security and other purposes—in ways diverging from norms and practices condoned by the EU?;
How are religion and policy‐making affected by the layering of legal and other international codes? Are the stipulations of the UN (and its agencies), the OSCE, the Council of Europe, the EU (with its various specific programs and initiatives), NATO, CIS, and the like, working consistently with each other or are there contradictions and conflicts?;
The Centre for EU‐Russia Studies ( at the University of Tartu, Estonia, brings together scholars and experts who share an interest in the evolving relationship between the European Union and the Russian Federation. CEURUS coordinates and sponsors a variety of activities relating to research, teaching and public outreach in the area of EU‐Russia relations. CEURUS provides stipends to Ph.D. students, enrolled in a doctoral programme at the University of Tartu, who conduct research relevant to EU‐Russia relations. The University of Tartu (the Faculties and the Centre for EU‐Russia Studies) acts as a host institution for externally funded post‐doctoral fellowships. CEURUS maintains a visiting scholar scheme and welcomes applications from individual researchers based outside of Estonia who wish to visit the University of Tartu for purposes of research, teaching, or institutional collaboration;
Are there effects of general globalization on legal and policy development vis‐a‐vis religion? What are they and how important are they?;
Empirical, methodological, and theoretical, as well as inter‐disciplinary, comparative and case studies are welcomed. Case studies have to be analytical, empirical data‐based analyses and must relate the case study to international norms or broader theoretical frameworks. Descriptive case‐studies will not be considered;

Papers must have the following structural components: introduction, where the scientific problem is formulated; a well‐defined research object, the subject, aim and tasks as well as the methodology of the research; and the results of the research and conclusions. Papers are invited from established scholars as well as from PhD students and scholars at the early stages of their careers.
Scholars from CIS and post‐communist member states of the EU are particularly welcome.
Guidelines for submission

11 February 2013: potential participants should contact Alar Kilp ( to indicate their interest in participating in the Workshop by providing a preliminary paper title, an abstract of 300‐600 words and a short bio of up to 100 words.

28 February 2013: the workshop committee has considered all the abstracts and notifies the applicants about the status of their paper proposals.

30 April 2013: the participants will be required to submit full papers to

7 May 2013: participants whose full papers are accepted to the program will be notified. The program of the Workshop will be released including only those who have presented a qualifying full paper at the required time. All accepted papers will be made accessible to all the participants.

31 May 2013: participants are expected to provide an outline of reactions and comments on the other papers of their panel in a written form to , who will gather the feedback and relay it to the paper‐givers.

13‐14 June 2013: workshop.

10 July 2013: final submission of revised drafts to the editors of the Special issue. Papers are expected to be copy‐edited for appropriate English‐language usage. Submissions with poor English will not be considered. All papers must conform to the style guide of the journal, which will be given to all participants.

Papers will go through a refereeing process .

Center for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), Universityof Tartu, Estonia
Wittenberg University, United States
University of Tartu

Information & contacts

Dr. Alar Kilp (University of Tartu)

Prof. Jerry G. Pankhurst (Wittenberg University, USA)

Prof. William B. Simons (University of Tartu)

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