The three Romees, pilgrimages to City of St. Peter and Paul between past and future

October 9, 2019

The Pontifical Council of Culture and the Italian Geographical Society announce the conference A day of study in Rome on the three Romee maiores. The three Romees, pilgrimages to City of St. Peter and Paul between past and future.


The conference will take place in Rome at Palazzetto Mattei in Villa Celimontana (Via della Navicella, 12) on November 14, 2019.

Call for Papers. Nationalism, Populism and Protestant Political Thought

October 7, 2019

Many Protestant communities are divided over nationalism and populism. Some scholars have claimed that Protestant theological undercurrents legitimise support for right-wing populism, whereas others believe that their theology prohibits such associations. This international conference convenes scholars, church leaders and other practitioners to discuss ways in which Protestant political thought might be related to these burgeoning political movements. What strands within Protestant political thought have been and are being enlisted to legitimise nationalism or populism? Why has there been a close historical association between both Protestantism and the nation-state, and Protestantism and democracy, and do these associations persist today? What resources within Protestantism have been, are being or might be invoked to critique nationalism and populism? How does Protestant political thought compare with Catholic social teaching on this question?


The Cambridge Institute on Religion and International Studies (CIRIS) invites proposals for the international conference 'Nationalism, Populism, and Protestant Political Thought', hosted by CIRIS for April 15-17, 2020.


Paper proposals will be received before 18 November 2019.


More information on the project is available on ciris.org.uk/ppt.

Religious minorities and the law. Past and future perspectives

September 5, 2019

The legal protection of religious minorities in democratic systems is an increasingly relevant issue. Gaining a deeper knowledge about how to handle it is nowadays one of the most challenging topic in law and religion studies.

The conference (Department of Law of the University of Bergamo, Friday, 27th September 2019) will offer both an historical and contemporary overview of the issue and will provide new inputs and fresh thinking about how to protect and promote religious minorities in Italy and Europe.

Call for applications. Executive Training Seminar on “What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society”

June 19, 2019

The Florence School of Advanced Studies for Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue with the support of the EUI’s School of Transnational Governance (STG) organizes an Executive Training Seminar on the topic: “What Is the Problem with Religion? A New Approach for an Inclusive Society”.

The seminar will take place from 11th to 15th November 2019 in Florence at the European University Institute and it is a relevant educational opportunity for those who (for work or study) are in contact with different religions.

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 September 2019. Fee-waivers and partial fee-waivers are available.

Detailed information about the conference are available at this address: http://www.scuolafiorentinadialogo.org/seminario/seminario-11-15-novembre-what-is-the-problem-with-religion-a-new-approach-for-an-inclusive-society/

Journalism and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe

June 6, 2019

Issues related to religion show up frequently in news coverage in European media. News reports regularly describe the intertwining of religion with migration, politics, culture and public life. Faith plays a role in the growing polarization in society, the rise of populist parties in almost every country, and the challenges posed by fake news and hate speech. In this context, journalists in Europe face an increasingly complex task in their newsrooms.

To explore these complex topics, the International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) is holding a regional conference in Warsaw (Poland) on June 13-14 under the title Journalism and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe.

The conference, hosted by the Faculty of Journalism, Information and Book Studies of the University of Warsaw (UW), is organized under the patronage of the European Academy of Religion.

Detailed information about the conference are available at this address: https://www.theiarj.org/blog/2019/06/08/iarj-conference-explores-journalism-and-religion-in-central-and-eastern-europe/

Plures – Master in Pluralismo religioso e sapere storico

May 7, 2019

La Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII avvia un Master in Pluralismo religioso e sapere storico (Plures).

Il nuovo percorso formativo di Fscire intende offrire ai partecipanti, provenienti da percorsi formativi e professionali diversi, un ampio spettro di conoscenze nell'ambito delle scienze storico-religiose, fornendo contenuti, metodi e strumenti per la comprensione dei testi, delle culture, delle dottrine, delle tradizioni e delle pratiche dei tre monoteismi: ebraismo, cristianesimo e islam.

Ricercatori e docenti universitari di fama internazionale sono stati invitati a tenere le lezioni e i seminari di discussione, con l'obiettivo di fornire ai partecipanti gli strumenti per interpretare i fenomeni storico-religiosi del passato e comprendere le dinamiche del presente, in vista anche dei loro prevedibili sviluppi per il futuro.

Le lezioni si terranno tra novembre 2019 e aprile 2020 presso la Fondazione per le scienze religiose Giovanni XXIII (via San Vitale, 114 – Bologna 40125) per un totale di 120 ore, distribuite su 11 fine settimana. Iscrizioni entro l'11 ottobre 2019.

Call for Papers. Re-Enchanting the World: Spiritualities and Religions of the Third Millennium

April 1, 2019

The Center for Study of New Religions (CESNUR), the research center CRAFT (Contemporary religions and faith and transition), the Italian Association of Sociology (AIS), the Center of religious sciences "Erik Peterson", and the International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) organize the conference Re-Enchanting the World: Spiritualities of the Third Millennium.

The conference (Turin, 5-7 September 2019) will: assess the international, global-local, and local dimensions of religious change, religious pluralism, spirituality, minority religions, new religious movements, new movements within Islam and Christianity, Esotericism and the New Age; survey the current situation; consider the fate of religious and spiritual groups as they change and relate to everyday life in an increasingly multi-cultural and trans-national world.

Papers will be accepted from a variety of perspectives (sociology, history, anthropology, psychology, law, religious studies).

Those who wish to present papers are invited to submit their proposals by April 10, 2019. Speakers will be allocated 20 minutes for their talks.

Call for Applications. ReIReS School in Sofia

March 22, 2019

ReIReS Course: Digital Humanities and Religious Studies in Italy

February 5, 2019

The University in Sofia is pleased to announce the ReIReS School 22-27 September 2019 on the use and study of special documents. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome, both from ReIReS partners and other institutions.

The school in Sofia will make scholars familiar with special, less known and remote collections like the unique collection of Greek, Arabic and Slavonic manuscripts in Center Dujcev, the digital version of the Zographou manuscripts collection, which is not accessible in situ (on the Mount Athos in Greece) to female researchers; with the history of Bulgarian Church and religious literature and the history of the oldest and biggest Bulgarian monastery and its role for preserving the religious identity of the Bulgarian population.

The school is open to scholars affiliated to the ReIReS consortium and to max. five persons from outside the consortium. Scholars from outside the consortium will pay a registration fee of € 395.00.

You will find more information on the school, its aims and objectives on the ReIReS website:

Applications are welcome via the online application form by August 31, 2019.

The Fondazione per le scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII in Bologna is pleased to announce the next ReIReS Course on digital humanities and religious studies, 3-5 July 2019 in Bologna. Especially – but not only – PhD students and postdocs are welcome, both from ReIReS partners and other institutions.

The course offers a perspective on excellence in Italian DH and on pioneering studies in the European and international context. In particular, it focuses on digital libraries and other features of Italian research, with special regard to religious studies. The expertise of the scholars offering lessons and training activities will be matched by theoretical and technical transfer on specific topics, such as analysis of Conciliar texts and Qur’anic palimpsests and manuscripts.

We welcome your application by June 10, 2019 via the online application form available here: https://reires.eu/2313/reires-course-digital-humanities-and-religious-studies-in-italy/24/#more-2313. The course is open to scholars affiliated to the ReIReS consortium and to max five persons from outside the consortium.

Call for Applications. ReIReS Transnational Access to Special Collections and Archival Documents

January 7, 2019

The EU funded project “Research Infrastructure on Religious Studies” (ReIReS) offers scholars the opportunity to spend two weeks in one of fourteen outstanding European research centres (libraries and archives) in Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, and Italy to carry out their research project in Historical Religious Studies.


The sources available include all kinds of material about the history of Christianity in Europe and also some of the most relevant collections of Jewish and Muslim documents and books.


Applications are welcome before February 18, 2019. Scholars, experts in historical religious studies or curators of special collections and archives are encouraged to apply.

More information about the call are available at this address: https://reires.eu/2253/call-for-applications-reires-scholarships-for-transnational-access/07/


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