Religion, Society and Participation
Passages from Antiquity to the Middle Ages IV
Tampere, Finland, August 20-22, 2009, International Conference
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: November 1st, 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 a 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 November, 1st 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).