12th ISORECEA conference & ESA RN34 mid-term conference

International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association


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


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"

The Clash of Civilisations in the 21st Century HSD 1It 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. 



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

Towards a European Society HSD

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

Extended deadline for conference 'Towards a European Society? Boundaries, Borders, Barriers'

The deadline for the abstract submission for the international conference 'Towards a European Society? Boundaries, Borders, Barriers' that will take place in Zagreb, Croatia, 13 – 15 June 2014 is extended to 3rd of March 2014.
More information can be found at the following link.