12th ISORECEA conference & ESA RN34 mid-term conference

International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association
and
European Sociological Association Research Network 34 (Sociology of Religion)
in cooperation with
Department of Sociology, University of Zadar and Croatian Sociological Association

welcome you to the

12th ISORECEA conference & ESA RN34 mid-term conference

RELIGION AND NON-RELIGION IN CONTEMPORARY SOCIETIES
Theoretical, Empirical and Methodological Challenges for Research in Central and Eastern Europe and Beyond

Zadar, Croatia, April 21-23, 2016

Both religion and non-religion are subjected to remarkable changes in today’s world. Interplay between historical, cultural, and political occurrences and religion and non-religion challenge theoretical considerations of ongoing processes. Faced with different empirical data around the world secularisation theses have been contested for decades; theoretical debates about religious changes have occupied sociologists of religion. They have sought to better and more accurately understand and explain religious changes in different parts of the globe contemporary. Their points of view differ: privatization thesis, de-privatization thesis, religious economies thesis, religious bricolage, multiple secularities thesis. One angle, non-religion as religious counterpart, has been neglected in sociological research. Indeed, until the end of the 20th century, it was only Campbell (1971) who gave a comprehensive insight into the sociology of non-religion, while many scholars wrote and published within the strand of the sociology of religion.

Non-religion started to occupy attention of sociologists since the beginning of this century especially in UK and USA influenced by different appearances in Western world: the rise of declared non-religious people, the appearance of so-called a New atheism movement (inspired by books by R. Dawkins, S. Harris, D. Dennett, and C. Hitchens), numerous organizations and associations of non-religious people and their enhanced activities as an alternative to religious conservativism, growing influence of religion in public sphere and fundamentalist expressions of religion connected to terrorism. Researchers mostly based their work on theories of subcultural identities, identity politics and new social movements; yet, some authors also drew on the theory of religious economies. In spite of this strands, non-religion remains theoretically underdeveloped and under-researched. Interesting is the fact that this particularly refers to former communist countries where atheism was enforced as part of the official ideology; more research would have been expected on non-religiosity and atheism there. Independently of the exact geopolitical context, non-religion and in particular the interplay between religion and non-religion in different dimensions seem to be a key for understanding contemporary religious changes.

Scholars from various parts of the world will share their theoretical, empirical and methodological considerations on religion and non-religion and take part in discussion on different related topics, like:

  • Social theory of religion and non-religion
  • Comparative empirical data on religion and non-religion
  • Methodological challenges of research on religion and non-religion
  • Historical development of religion and non-religion
  • Non/religious minority and majority
  • Human rights, religion and non-religion
  • Religion, non-religion and State
  • Religion, non-religion and social inclusion/exclusion
  • Religion and non-religion in the intersectional perspective (involving gender, age, socio-economic aspects, etc.)
  • Religion and non-religion in everyday life
  • Religious and non-religious activism

Final Conference programme

Invitation to the conference “The Clash of Civilisations in the 21st Century”

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the International Scientific Conference “The Clash of Civilisations in the 21st Century” that will take place in Dubrovnik April 24 – 25 2015. The Conference is organized by Croatian Sociological Association, under the auspices of the International Sociological Association. Conference programme can be dowloaded here.

CFP “The Clash of Civilisations in the 21st Century”

The conference takes place in the Inter-University Centre (IUC), Dubrovnik, Croatia, 24 – 25 April 2015.

The conference description and the detailed information can be found at the following link.

Please send the title and abstract (200 words) of your presentation by 15th February 2015 to iuc.conference@hsd.hr.

For any further information please contact the conference organiser Margareta Gregurović at: iuc.conference@hsd.hr.

Invitation to Conference “Towards a European Society? Boundaries, Borders, Barriers”

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the International Scientific Conference “Towards a European Society? Boundaries, Borders, Barriers.”

The Conference is organised by the Croatian Sociological Association (Hrvatsko sociološko društvo, HSD), under the auspices of the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the President of the Republic of Croatia, prof. dr. sc. Ivo Josipović.

On the occasion of the first anniversary of Croatia’s admittance into the European Union, this Conference seeks to discuss a wide variety of topics related to the present and future of European societies, European citizenship, varying attitudes towards the European integration project, and the nature of emerging European social spaces.

The Conference programme is available at the following link.

Please register your attendance here.

Working language if Conference is English. Attendance is free of charge.

We hope you will be able to join us!

Conference Organizing Committee

CONFERENCE CALL FOR PROPOSALS

The Croatian Sociological Association is pleased to announce the organisation of its international conference:

Towards a European Society? Boundaries, Borders, Barriers

The conference will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, 13 – 15 June 2014.

Theme

European society, with its inherent dilemmas, discontents, and horizons of opportunity, urgently demands the attention of the social sciences in general and sociology in particular. As the depth and breadth of cultural, social, economic and political ties across the boundaries of European national spaces increases at a greater velocity, the need for diverse representations of European citizens on the European and global level concomitantly grows. However, European social spaces emerge in multiple and fragmented forms, which necessarily contest the idea of cultural, territorial and political unity inherent in, and enforced by, the concept of “Europe” itself. Transnational spaces in Europe do not overlap simply with national domains; nor do they correspond to administratively determined regions of the EU. The challenges of imagining a European-wide public sphere or European civil society, as well as the idea of European integration through multi-level governance, have only increased as European political and economic boundaries widen and shift. Additionally, the entry of new member states has increased the range of social and economic inequality throughout the European Union by producing new political hierarchies and new barriers to the social integration of Europe. The political landscape of Europe might very well become even more complex if some ‘old’ member states seriously consider opting out even as new countries enter the EU. The first anniversary of Croatia’s admittance in the EU is an appropriate occasion to discuss the present and future of European society, European citizenship, support for and alienation from the European integration project and the nature of emerging European social spaces.

The conference is organised under the auspices of

Croatian Sociological Association (HSD)
European Sociological Association (ESA)
President of the Republic of Croatia

Academic Board:
Saša Božić (Croatian Sociological Association)
Roberto Cipriani (European Sociological Association – Council of National Associations)
Noémi Lendvai (University of Bristol, UK)
Vjeran Katunarić (University of Zadar, Croatia)
Manja Klemenčič (Harvard University, USA)
Paul Stubbs (Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia)

Keynote speakers:
Roberto Cipriani (Università Roma Tre, Italy)
Gerard Delanty (University of Sussex, UK)
Vjeran Katunarić (University of Zadar, Croatia)
Chris Rumford (Royal Holloway, University of London, UK)

Conference fee: 70 €

Please send the title and abstract (200 words) of your presentation by 17th of February 2014 to info@hsd.hr.

For any further information please contact the Secretariat of the Croatian Sociological Association at: info@hsd.hr.

Public lecture “Urban Cultural Policies In Touristic City – Sociological Approach”, Zadar, 29. 4. 2013.

On Monday, 29. 4. 2013. Croatian Sociological Association – Zadar Branch and Department of Sociology, University of Zadar organized a public lecture entitled „Urban Cultural Policies In Touristic City – Sociological Approach “. The lecture was given by mr. sc. Mirko Petrić, senior lecturer from the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar.

CONFERENCE CALL for PROPOSALS ‘Sociology at Sea. Culture, Economy and Society in a Maritime Perspective’, Zadar, 27 – 29 September 2013

Open CALL for PROPOSALS for conference ‘Sociology at Sea. Culture, Economy and Society in a Maritime Perspective‘, Zadar, 27 – 29 September 2013.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is 17. 5. 2013.

Place: Department of Sociology University of Zadar, Obala kralja Petra Krešimira IV, br. 2, 23000, Zadar, Croatia

Under the auspices of: European Sociological Association (Research Stream “Maritime Sociology), Croatian Sociological Association, Italian Sociological Association (Section “Environment and Territory), Mediterranean Association of Sociology of Tourism, Central European Initiative (CEI), Adriatic-Ionian Initiative (AII).

Local convener: Emilio Cocco (ecocco@unite.it)

Contact person: Željka Tonković (ztonkovi@unizd.hr)

Detailed Call for proposals is available for download here.

Conference website is available at this address.

HOUSEHOLDS IN DEBT CRISIS: CASE OF LOANS ISSUED IN SWISS FRANCS IN CROATIA

Public lecture by Petra Rodik

On Friday, January 11, 2013 Croatian Sociological Association – Zadar Branch and Department of Sociology, University of Zadar have organized a public lecture given by Petra Rodik, PhD, from the Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities and Social Siences, Zagreb „Households in Debt Crisis: Case of Loans Issued in Swiss Francs in Croatia“.

The lecture is based on a research conducted in early 2012 on people who have loans in Swiss Francs in Croatia.