Call for Papers

Religion and Cultural Change

The summer school and conference 

 (7–9 June, 2021)

Please submit your paper proposal through this link (deadline 30 January 2021): https://survey.abo.fi/lomakkeet/13032/lomake.html

Due to the changes of the dates of the event, the conference committee is opening an additional call for papers for new participants. The summer school and conference will take place 7–9 June 2021, and will be organized as an online event.

The aim of this summer school and conference is to bring together doctoral candidates and researchers from various academic fields that engage with the study of religion, such as theology, religious studies, history, philosophy, the arts, social and political sciences and other. We invite papers that engage with the theme Religion and Cultural Change from both historical and contemporary perspectives, also looking to the future where possible. We understand cultural change both as dramatic breaking points in history and as slowly evolving transformations and will address past, present and emerging trends and trajectories within culture, society and the scholarly community. The societal relevance and impact of our research is also an important theme.
 
The summer school will consist of working groups, tutored by the keynote presenters and other academic teachers, where doctoral candidates are given the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing PhD work in a cross-disciplinary, international setting. Postdoctoral and senior researchers will present their papers in sessions running parallel to the summer school. Additionally, thematic discussion groups open for all participants will be organized.
 
Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of the peer-reviewed open access journal Approaching Religion, published by the Donner Institute: https://journal.fi/ar. For further information, please see the conference publication page.
 
To apply, please send an abstract of approximately 150 words no later than 30 January, 2021. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 28 February, 2021. Upon acceptance to the summer school, doctoral candidates will furthermore be asked to submit a 500-word synopsis of their research theme no later than 1 May, 2021.