Call for Papers
“Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture
in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds” conference
at Indiana University Bloomington, February 28-March 2, 2013
The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University invites advanced graduate students and recent PhDs (those who received their degrees in 2009 or after) to submit proposals for a conference to be held at Indiana University Bloomington February 28-March 2, 2013. Pending funding, REEI will cover travel and housing expenses for 8-10 selected scholars. They will join a smaller group of senior scholars who have been invited to present their work at the conference.
The aim of this conference is to examine common assumptions about the limits to democratic practices in societies that are largely Orthodox or Islamic. Within this comparative framework, we aim to move beyond generalities about religion, religious institutions, and politics to consider what specifically might be the relationship between religion and political culture. We expect that panels at this conference will focus on:
- the roles that religious institutions, religious movements, and their leaders play in civil society and democratic processes;
- the ways that religious tradition and beliefs impact ideas about and practices of democracy;
- the significance of religious rituals in shaping the practices of the public sphere.
We hope that this conference will offer scholars ― from a variety of disciplines interested in these two religious traditions and their political contexts ― an opportunity to compare notes and perhaps develop common frameworks for speaking about religion’s place in the debates about democracy that have become more intense in the wake of the Arab Spring and the recent Russian protests. Publication of a volume based upon the conference will be considered.
Topics in any field will be considered; however, preference will be given to those proposals that deal explicitly both with 1) aspects of the religions themselves, as outlined above, and 2) questions of democracy and civil society. Geographically, preference will be given for work focusing on Russia/CIS, the Balkans, Central Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa. Comparative and global research is also welcome.
Proposals must include 1) a paper title, 2) an abstract (minimum 300 words),
and 3) complete contact information. Submit all proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than Saturday, September 15, 2012; direct inquiries to Padraic Kenney, Director, Russian and East European Institute, at email@example.com .