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					UNIVERSITY OF PARDUBICE FACULTY OF ARTS Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy And CERES (CENTRAL EUROPEAN RELIGIOUS STUDIES)
CALL FOR PAPERS TO CONFERENCE:

“VARIOUS INTERPRETATIONS OF RELIGIONS: METHODS & HISTORY”
9 to 11 October 2007, Chateau of Pardubice, Czech Republic

Conference is under the Patronage of the Council of Pardubice Province and Ing. Jaroslav Deml, Chief Magistrate of the Town Pardubice
What is CERES? Central European REligious Studies platform emerged as an initiative of scholars from the departments of Religious studies from three universities: Comenius University in Bratislava, Masaryk University in Brno and University of Pardubice. Formally established in 2004, this platform aims at cooperation and discussion in the field of Study of Religions. Four annual conferences were already organised by the departments above mentioned; since the last conference “Religious Change” (Bratislava, October 2006) the language of conferences has been English. Various Interpretations of Religions: Methods & History conference will be an opportunity to present and discuss your opinions, positions and results of your research. We wish to invoke again the crucial question of our field of studies: How could religion be defined? What has been the context of various definitions, interpretations, and theories about it? Religious studies emerged as a discipline within the Western development of thought and has been institutionalised there, connected with philosophy, theology, history, sociology, anthropology, studies of languages, archeology, and other disciplines. Historical conditioning, presumptions and metastructures of different approaches and methods in the field has been discussed during the last decades. There were quite some attempts to define “religion”; to explain its origin, developments, and so on. There are discussions about the role of personality, importance of particular situation, and of cultural patterns, in the work of a researcher. We invite scholars of different views and areas of interest to come and share their thoughts. Both theoretical and/or field-research based presentations are welcomed from senior scholars and posgraduates working in the field of Study of Religions. Program: Each conference day starts with presentation by one keynote speaker, and then continues with paper presentations, and each panel session concludes with a discussion. We wish to divide the contributions to five broad cathegories: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What is(are) Religion(s)? Study of Religions in historical perspective Theories and methods – how are they connected? Hermeneutical challenges of the Studies of Religions Interdisciplinary approaches to Religions and to their Studies

There will be a dinner for the speakers of the conference in the evening of the first day, and an excursion around the historical centre, chateau and its museum in the following two days. We plan to finish the timetable and to send it to the participants at the end of May 2007. Place and time: The conference will take place at Chateau of Pardubice, in its two historical halls from the 16th century; it is planned since 9th till 11th of October 2007. Pardubice is historical town situated on Labe river, little more than one hundred kilometres to the East from Prague. It is easily accesible by car, train or airplane. For more informations you can visit the web of the town: www.pardubice.cz . Registration: If you are interested to contribute, please complete the registration form attached and send it to the conference coordinator via e-mail: farek.martin@centrum.cz. We ask you to send us the title and abstract of your presentation (abstract should not be longer than 500 characters) – as a part of your registration form. Registration form should be sent to the conference coordinator no later than 30 of April 2007. The proceedings of the conference will be released in 2008. Publication of the proceedings will be subject to the decision of the editorial board of CERES. If you wish to have your paper based on the conference presentation published, send your contribution no later than 31 of November 2007. Registration fees: Speaker: EUR 45 Postgraduate student speaker: EUR 25 Attendance of non-speakers is free. There is enough space for 150 people together in two halls of Pardubice Chateau; however, if you plan to come with a group of students larger than ten people, please let us know till the end of August. Payment: Conference fee should be payed in cash at the registration desk at the beginning of the conference. If you plan to come later, or on another day, please let us know till the end of September. Accomodation: Please find out different possibilities at the Pardubice town web pages: www.pardubice.cz (English, German version). There is also limited number of rooms at the Students dormitory in the university campus that can be booked for you on a reasonable price (7-15 Eur/person/one night). If you wish to book accomodation at the Students dormitory, write it in the registration form (there is option to mark). If you have any questions regarding details of the conference, or the travell informations, please do not hesitate to contact Martin Fárek, the conference coordinator, on e-mail: farek.martin@centrum.cz. On behalf of the conference planning committee, Yours sincerely, Martin Fárek, Ph.D. Tomáš Bubík, Ph.D. Pavel Titz, Ph.D. Department of Religous Studies and Philosophy, Faculty of Arts, University of Pardubice, Czech Republic

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