The Modern State and Religious “Dissent”
Place and time: Ekaterinburg, Russia, 25-26 September 2017
Venue: Ural Federal University, Ekaterinburg, Russia
During its long history, the modern state has domesticated both mainstream and marginal religious identities through a variety of approaches: for instance, policies of religious toleration (J. Locke), the ‘privatization of religious differences’ (B. Barry), and the ‘politics of recognition’ (A. E. Galeotti). Today, however, it is encountering new challenges.
Religious dissent has a long history on the Eurasian continent. The events of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, such as the Reformation, the subsequent religious wars in Europe, and the Old Believer schism in Russia, influenced the development of modern states. However, religious dissidents had an impact not only on the political sphere. They created their own idioms, literature, art, and philosophy, which expressed their self-understanding and views on the world, society, and other religions. The study of the radicalisation and de-radicalisation of religious movements can shed light on a variety of historical processes as well as the contemporary post-secular situation.
Presentations on the following topics are welcome:
- relations between the state and religious minorities in the early modern, modern and contemporary periods;
- policies towards various confessions in multi-confessional societies: history and modernity;
- resistance of religious minorities to the state: history, language, art;
- radicalisation and de-radicalisation of religious movements;
- religious fanaticism: theory, history and current debates;
- politicisation of religion in the contemporary world: pro et contra;
- mainstream religions and religious dissent in the public sphere;
- interpretive and normative resources of contemporary political theory in making sense of religion in the post-secular world;
- reflection of religious dissent and fanaticism in mass media.
We look forward to receiving your abstracts (no longer than 250 words). Please include your full name, institutional affiliation, contact details (including email address), and academic status. The deadline for abstract submission is 30th April 2017. Please submit your abstract via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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