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European Association for the Study of Religions Czech Association for the Study of Religions and Department for

the Study of Religions at Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, Brno CALL FOR CONFERENCE PAPERS

“ TIME OF DECLINE, TIME OF HOPE : SCIENTIFIC, CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT OF THE STUDY OF RELIGIONS ”
7 to 11 September 2008, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic Conference is held under the Patronage of the Mayor of Brno Mr Roman Onderka and the Rector of Masaryk University Prof. Petr Fiala Proposals for papers may be submitted via the online registration form — http://www.phil.muni.cz/relig/easr2008/registration.php Proposals for organised panel sessions are to be submitted individually to Dr David Vaclavik — vaclav@phil.muni.cz
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We encourage participants to submit their proposals early, even though the deadline for submission of abstracts and panel sessions is 16 May 2008. The conference language is English. Each presentation/paper will be given 30 minutes, including discussion. Suggested topics to which panels and papers may relate: 1. Is theory and methodology of academic study of religions in crisis?

2. Crossroads in the history of academic study of religions (events, reversions, persons). 3. Academic study of religions in Central and Eastern European countries and its place in European research. 4. Academic study of religions and multiculturalism: principles of coexistence of religions in one political and legal area. 5. Contemporary religious situation in Europe and its reflection from the point of view of academic study of religions.

6. Value neutrality and externality in the academic study of religions. 7. Experience and reflection: religious experience and experience in the academic study of religions.

8. Religion in the public sphere. 9. Religions in contact: encounter, communication and mission. 10. Reading between the lines: textual sources and the study of religions. 11. Approaches of academic study of religions in the study of archaic religions. 12. Reconsidering identities: religion, nation and politics. For more information and a more detailed concept see the web of the conference — http://www.phil.muni.cz/relig/easr2008 Conference fees Standard fee Before 30 April 2008 — 70 EUR Before 30 June 2008 — 80 EUR In cash at conference desk — 90 EUR Student fee Before 30 April 2008 — 35 EUR Before 30 June 2008 — 40 EUR In cash at conference desk — 45 EUR

For more information on payment see http://www.phil.muni.cz/relig/easr2008/registration.php If you have questions concerning the payment, please contact Mr Ales Chalupa, M.A. — chalupa.ales@volny.cz If you have questions concerning the academic programme of the conference, please contact Dr David Vaclavik — vaclav@phil.muni.cz If you have questions concerning the general organization of the conference, please contact Mrs Lucie Celkova — celkova@phil.muni.cz On behalf of the conference organizing committee Yours sincerely, Prof. Bretislav Horyna, President of Czech Society for the Study of Religions Dr David Vaclavik, General Secretary of Czech Society for the Study of Religions