Key speakers and discussants:
Our major question is how can one present church/ religious history of
19th-20th centuries to students in such a way that it constitutes a
meaningful and indeed necessary part of the curriculum, and to assess
how it is currently integrated in historical/ sociological framework
dominant in university curricula (here we can use our “real life
The following issues are planned to be discussed in detail:
1. Secularization theory and its impact on how modern (East) European history is researched and taught.
Approaching religion from a secular perspective (or from a “church” one
– if somebody is doing that): how it fits/ doesn't fit into
master-narrative of the particular scholarly discipline?
Mapping of church/religious history: dominant concepts of the relations
between religion and politics/nationalism and their role in the "social
construction of (East European) space".
Besides 2-3 major texts
that address these issues in general, we shall dwell on our own
research in (or just interest in some aspect of) the field of
religious/ church history and analyze how it can/ should be integrated
into somewhat wider regional/ national / whatever else context.