Call for Papers: Deadline October 1, 2008!

Religion, Society and Participation

August, 20-22, 2009, University of Tampere, Finland
Organized by: Trivium Centre for Classical, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Department of History and Philosophy, University of Tampere in collaboration with the Finnish Historical Society and the Classical Association of Finland
Abstract deadline: October 1, 2008

The fourth international Passages-conference focuses on religion in its social context. Religion is seen as an active, ongoing process involving society and community. We welcome papers which focus on different religious acts and actors - communities, families or individuals - and with sensitive approach to social differences: gender, age and status. Important themes in the conference are the differences and similarities between elite culture and popular religion in Classical and Medieval society.

The conference aims at broad coverage not only chronologically but also geographically and disciplinary (all branches of Classical and Medieval Studies). We strongly encourage contributions from a comparative and/or interdisciplinary perspective.

The conference will concentrate on:

? Religious rituals in everyday life
? Writing and reading religion vs. oral religious culture
? Devotional groups and their functions in society
? Official and nonofficial religious practices and practitioners
? Gendered participation
? Forms of devoted life: e.g. living as devoted child/man/woman/couple
? Sacrifice and self sacrifice

A one-page abstract (setting out thesis and conclusions and containing name, academic affiliation, postal adress, e-mail) should be submitted preferably by mail-attachment to the conference secretary, passages AT, or to the address below. The deadline for abstracts is October, 1. 2008, decisions on the acceptance of papers will be made in December 2008. Presentation of conference papers preferably in English, although papers in other major scientific languages are accepted if provided with English summary or translation. Registration fee for all those attending or participating: 60 ? (post-graduate students: 30 ?). For further information, please contact passages AT or visit (see there also for information on previous Passages-conferences).

On behalf of the Organizing Committee
Prof. Christian Krötzl & Assoc.Prof. Katariina Mustakallio
Department of History and Philosophy
FIN - 33014 University of Tampere, Finland