Religion and the Public from 1989/1991

Date: 27–28 January 2015 at Justus-Liebig Universität Gießen

Keynote speaker Prof. Dr. Chris Hann, director of Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology,
editor of the volume “Religion, Identity, Post-Socialism”, The Halle Focus Group 2003–2010

Religion and the Public from 1989/1991 discusses the displays of increasing religiosity in post-socialist states. The workshop focuses on the question whether the phenomenon of a so-called “religious revival” has actually been provoked by the transition from socialism to post-socialist societies. Departing from questions raised by the early-career researchers attending the workshop, we will commonly seek to trace the multi-faceted public religiosity found in post-socialist countries by placing the renunciation of state atheism in the context of global geopolitical changes after the end of the Cold War.

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