The 5th Congress of Russian Scholars of Religion, November 26–28, 2020, St. Petersburg

Posted on 2020-03-14

Association for Russian Centers for the Religious Studies announces The 5th Congress of Russian Scholars of Religion, to be held in St. Petersburg on November 26–28, 2020. The 5th Congress continues the series of scholarly events being started at the 1st Congress (St. Petersburg, 2012) and afterwards kept up at the 2nd (St. Petersburg, 2014), the 3d (Vladimir, 2016) and the 4th (Blagoveshchensk, 2018) Congresses.

The Congresses provides an interdisciplinary platform to discuss a great variety of problems, trends and phenomena in the field of contemporary Religious Studies, being the complex research area, methodologically based on humanities, social sciences and also, particularly during the last decades, on natural science.

Previous Congresses took in participants from many cities of Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Arkhangelsk, Barnaul, Blagoveshchensk, Chita, Elista, Kazan, Khabarovsk, Krasnoyarsk, Murmansk, Nizhny Novgorod, Novgorod Veliky, Novosibirsk, Omsk, Oryol, Perm, Ryazan, Saratov, Sevastopol, Tambov, Tomsk, Tyumen, Ufa, Vladimir, Vladivostok, Volgograd, Voronezh, Yakutsk, Yaroslavl, Yekaterinburg.

The scholars from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Denmark, Germany, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Sweden, Ukraine and United Kingdom have traditionally contributed to the Congresses work.

The Organizing Committee of the 5th Congress of Russian Scholars of Religion is happy to welcome all the scholars interested in Religious Studies from Russian Federation and other countries. Young scholars, postgraduate and graduate students are especially encouraged to contribute to the 5th Congress work.

We should like to highlight the following themes:

  • Post-postsecularism: crisis of faith or modernization?
  • Privatization of religion or new publicity?
  • New Age and religious syncretism
  • Religion and contemporary natural science: convergence, co-existence or conflict?
  • Naturalistic approaches to consciousness and contemporary science of religion
  • Archeology, paleogenetics and modern concepts of the origin of religion
  • Religion, atheism, indifferentism and problems of identity
  • New Humanism and religious values. Does atheism have moral values?
  • History of atheism and contemporary philosophy
  • Belief and unbelief in contemporary fiction
  • Religious artifacts in secular museum space
  • Religious and anti-religious motives of folklore and post-folklore
  • Religious images and contemporary art
  • Religious and postreligious in contemporary cinematography
  • Historians of religion and atheism: biobibliographical and prosopographical studies

For more information, please see the announcement.