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EuARe wishes to provide a common voice to all the disciplines holding an academic status in universities or research centres while enabling them to express their own specific, distinctive epistemological traditions. This is the reason why EuARe promotes academic and interdisciplinary exchange and mutual respect among individuals and communities of diverse religions or beliefs and provides a real, open space to those who work in the production and/or dissemination of knowledge in and of the religious field.

EuARe is constantly working to involve all academic disciplines and European countries while establishing ties with scholars from nearby regions and other continents. Such a variety of disciplinary, methodological and geographical approaches is reflected in the lectures hosted at EuARe annual conferences.
Each lecturer is a leading scholar within his or her own field of expertise and guides us through the themes which set the pace of recent scholarly debates.

The heterogeneity of the topics is a distinctive mark of EuARe: we support the study, research, and collaboration of religious topics across disciplines at the intersection of religion and social, cultural, and political issues.


The EuARe Lectures Series collects all keynote lectures of EuARe annual conferences. Since 2023 the Series has been published by De Gruyter.

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EuARe Lectures 2022

Diversity characterises internal dynamics and external relations of all religious faiths in their different dimensions: texts – in their origins, exegesis, hermeneutics, critical editions; cults – in their anthropology, aesthetics, adaptations; norms – in their sources, implementation, collection; doctrines – with their languages, narratives, transmissions; practices – in their motivation, evolution, connection or antagonism with other societal actors. A complex system with multiple variants which finds its most visible reasons and outcomes in the way societies transform and represent it into their political, juridical, social systems, but also in the ways that the faith communities generate dialogue or conflict within themselves and towards other communities (religious and non-religious).

The four lectures here presented offer insights on some of these outcomes: the power balances between majoritarian, privileged communities and minoritarian, discriminated ones; the role of religious education for today’s European society; the challenges faced by academia in understanding change in religion and theology; the chances that religions may offer in supporting agency and resilience for refugees.


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EuARe Lectures 2021

Are religions like everything else in the world subject of permanent change – in their practices and doctrines – or are they the perhaps only one stable element for people in a world of permanent change? Within the wide field of this discourse alternative, the five authors – Rowan Williams, Judith Wolfe, Guy G. Stroumsa, Vassilis Saroglou and Azza Karam – of the book are discussing various constellations, in which the relation of religion and change with its diverse aspects is illuminated.

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EuARe Lectures 2020

How does the powerful effect that religion has on public and personal life relate to the various spheres of our culture? Is the relationship between power and religion always negative or can religion also affect individuals and societies positively? This volume of the EuARe Lectures, edited by Herman Selderhuis, collects the texts of the lectures delivered at the Third Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion (2020) on the topic “The Power of Religion / Religion and Power”. Scott Appleby explores the connection, in the religious imagination, among glorifying the divine, sanctifying the mundane and exercising political and cultural power. Cyril Hovorun addresses the issue of the politicization of religion, focusing in particular on Eastern Christian cases. Susanne Schröter offers an insight into the current debate on Islam in Germany. Finally, Kristina Stoeckl analyses the complex relationship among Europe’s new religious conflicts, Russian orthodoxy, American Christian conservatives and the emergence of a European populist right-wing.

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EuARe Lectures 2019

The volume, edited by Jocelyne Cesari, collects the lectures delivered at the Second Annual Conference of the European Academy of Religion (2019) on the topic "Empowering the Individual, Nurturing the Community". Tackling the theme from the different perspectives of their fields of study, Craig Calhoun (Arizona State University) explores the meaning of secularisation for the individual and the community and the challenges resulting from the reorganisation of human existence on a global scale and new technologies; Maureen Junker-Kenny (Trinity College Dublin) analyses different approaches to the relationship between individuality and sociality, and the consequences of this for people’s views of religion; Sophie Nordmann (École Pratique des Hautes Études) discusses the contribution of Jewish philosophers to political theory in the twentieth century, and how they developed their conceptions of the way in which individuals belong to social, political, and cultural communities; finally, Tim Winter (University of Cambridge) surveys foundational Islamic assumptions about human diversity and measures their intelligibility to modern positivism.

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EuARe Lectures 2018

This volume, edited by Francesca Cadeddu, is the first in a series whose aim is to keep track of the topics and changes which guide research, understanding and dissemination within the many disciplines involved in the study of religion in Europe. The volume collects some of the lectures delivered at the Ex Nihilo Zero Conference (2017) and the First Annual Conference (2018), while the following issues will be dedicated to one annual conference each. Authors are leading European scholars within their own field of expertise and will guide the reader through the themes which set the pace of recent scholarly debates.

The volume collects the contributions of Saverio Campanini (University of Bologna), Pierre Gisel (University of Lausanne), Enzo Pace (University of Padova), Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki), Heinz Schilling (Emeritus, Humboldt University of Berlin), Perry Schmidt-Leukel (University of Münster), Lieve Teugels (Utrecht University), Else Marie Wiberg Pedersen (Aarhus University).

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