IQSA 2022, Travel Grant

May 18, 2022


The host of the 2022 IQSA Annual Meeting, FSCIRE (La Pira Library), will offer travel grants up to € 500 to students, PhD students, post-docs, and scholars participating in the Conference to cover travel, accommodation and subsistence costs and conference fees. The grants are also accessible to those who would like to attend the meeting as auditors, i.e., without offering a conference paper.


Applicants can submit their requests May 15th-June 15th to and will receive a notification from the Secretariat by June 20th.

More information on how to apply is available here.

Twelfth Annual REFORC Conference

May 18, 2022

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KU Leuven will be hosting the Twelfth Annual REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity, which will take place May 11-13, 2023. 


The REFORC conference in Leuven starts from the idea that early modern Catholic doctrines postulating human agency vis-à-vis God’s salvatory initiative, tended to valorize humans’ autonomy to take action, not least in the realms of commerce and banking. But equally widespread is the view that the Calvinist ethics of assiduous labor, thrift, and sobriety, and the ensuing prosperity, was considered a token of God’s election. Recent scholarship discusses, moreover, the relationship between Lutheran Protestantism and the emergence of the modern Nordic welfare state. In any case, the Early Modern Era saw intensive debates between theological currents emphasizing human agency, and others attributing justification and salvation solely to God. This also raises the question of how these debates related to the rise of free entrepreneurship and the birth of the welfare state in Western Europe. The right to charge interest on borrowed money is only one, albeit important, aspect of the discussion. Theologians, moralists, and legalists also took into account rich and successful people’s anxiety for their own salvation, and held them to duties towards the poor, orphans, and widows, i.e. the biblical-juridical category of the “miserabiles personae.”

The REFORC conference in Leuven takes the four-hundredth anniversary of the death of the Jesuit Leonard Lessius — one of the founders of modern contract law and free economic initiative — as an occasion to open up the discussion to include the Jewish tradition and the various Christian confessions. Questions that can be discussed at the conference include: How did early modern Jewish and Christian thinkers see the relationship between theology of salvation, economic entrepreneurship, and social welfare? How did they view interest on borrowed money? And how did they define the responsibility of successful Christian entrepreneurs for the poor and destitute? What were the internal discussions within the various confessional groups – also with their own institutional authorities – and with other confessions? And how does all this relate to Max Weber’s now hundred-year-old theory of the spirit of Protestantism and the emergence of capitalism in Western Europe?


Go here to read more.


May 16, 2022


RESILIENCE, the European Research Infrastructure for Religious Studies, is proud to offer its first service to the Religious Studies community: the Transnational Access (TNA) Program. Users of this program will gain direct, fast, and effective access to the collections of seven leading research institutions and universities in Europe, guided by experts in the field.


Transnational Access is the first service offered by RESILIENCE to the Religious Studies community. Users of this program will gain direct and effective access, both physical and virtual, to the unique collections and expertise of seven leading research institutions and universities in Europe. In addition, for the user, a TNA stay means faster access to resources, which means more effective use of research time. Each host institution also offers a place to work, help in navigating physical and digital collections, provides locally tailored travel and accommodation tips, as well as additional benefits unique to the institution. Crucially, the TNA user will enjoy expert guidance provided by senior scholars from the host institution, incorporating valuable networking opportunities during the research visit.


TNA Hosts

Current TNA hosts are RESILIENCE’s coordinator FSCIRE (IT), KU Leuven (BE), the Theological University of Apeldoorn (NL), the University of Sarajevo (BIH), Volos Academy for Theological Studies (GR), Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Muenster (DE), and Sofiiski Universitet Sveti Kliment Ohridski (BG). In the future, other institutions may also become TNA hosts.


Call for Applications

The current call for applications is open from May 16 to July 1, 2022. Scholars at all career levels can apply for a short research visit to the host of their choice and on the conditions of that host during the academic year 2022-2023.


Go here to read the call.


April 21, 2022


The University of Sarajevo (UNSA) invites all interested in its libraries and collections to a one hour webinar on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 12:00-13:00 CEST.

This seminar aims to present the Gazi Husrev-beg Library collections in Sarajevo, the oldest public library in Bosnia and Herzegovina. GHB’s manuscript collection consists of 10,585 codices of unique manuscripts which comprise about 20,000 texts of varying length in the fields of Islamic sciences, oriental languages, belles-lettres, philosophy, logic, history, medicine, veterinary science, mathematics, astronomy and others, dating from between the 12th and 20th centuries. This collection was included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register in 2017 (Manuscript collection of the Gazi Husrev-Beg Library | UNESCO). UNSA will also briefly present other special collections of GHB, such as the Ottoman archive collection and the Archives of the Islamic Community in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants of the webinar will have the opportunity to hear more about the efforts of the library management and staff to preserve books and other library treasures during the last war in Bosnia, from 1992 to 1995. At that time GHB Library also made the first steps in the field of conservation and digitization of its library materials. Therefore, this webinar will also include a story about the conservation, restoration, and digitization of GHB library collections, as well as the possibilities of using the GHB Digital Repository.

You can register for the webinar by filling in this form. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link.

The webinar is part of a series of RESILIENCE webinars focusing on its future TNA (Transnational Access) program. Read more about the series here.


April 4, 2022


RESILIENCE Coordinator FSCIRE invites all interested in its libraries and collections to a one hour webinar on Monday, April 11, 2022, 13:00-14:00 CET.

The webinar, Tradition and Innovation. The FSCIRE Libraries and Their Collections, will introduce the participants to the book and archival collections held by FSCIRE in its research facilities in Bologna and Palermo. In this webinar, participants will discover the wealth and diversity of these collections and how to access them and learn about some of the projects undertaken by FSCIRE to enhance their fruition.

You can register for the webinar by filling in this form. Upon registration, you will receive a Zoom link.


The webinar is part of a series of RESILIENCE webinars focusing on its future TNA (Transnational Access) program. Read more about the series here.

Call for Application. La Pira Library

March 13, 2022


FSCIRE is hiring two librarians with expertise in Arabic and Persian language for its Giorgio La Pira Library and Research Center in Palermo.

Candidacies will be received until April 10, 14:00 CET at the following address:

The Call for Application (only in Italian) is also available here.

Call for Candidates. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Week

March 3, 2022


Eurac Research organizes the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Week (23-27 May 2022) on “Cancel culture”, iconoclastic movements and cultural heritage: A minority rights perspective.


The MSC Week will offer postdoctoral researchers from across the globe the opportunity to work together with Eurac Research on their applications for the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship. During the MSC Week, researchers will develop their fellowship proposal together with senior researchers from Eurac, learn from current MSCA Fellows, and be trained by MSCA experts and an MSCA evaluator on the dos and don’ts of the MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowship proposal. After the MSC Week, the trainers will accompany the researchers in writing and fine-tuning their fellowship proposals until the submission deadline.

The programme is open to PhD-degree holders who want to apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship at Eurac Research. If you are interested, please send your research proposal and your academic CV by 28 March 2022 to Roberta Medda.


Further information is available here.

Call for Papers. Eleventh Annual REFORC Conference, Extended Deadlines

February 28, 2022


The short paper submission deadline of the Eleventh Annual REFORC Conference on Early Modern Christianity, May 4-6, 2022 at the Freie Universität in Berlin, has been extended to April 1, 2022.


The topic of the plenary lectures is Body and Soul. Comparative Studies on the Body-Soul Concept in the Pre-Modern Era.

The conference is open to individual short paper presentations (20-minute presentations) and to thematic sessions of two or three short papers. Papers can focus on all disciplines related to Early Modern Christianity, ca. 1400-1700, such as philosophy, law, history, theology, etc., independent of the theme of the plenary papers.

t is also possible to attend the conference without giving a paper.


Go here to read more information about the conference.

Call for Papers. IQSA 2022, Extended Deadlines

February 21, 2022


The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) has delayed paper submission deadlines for its fifth international conference.

The 2022 Annual Meeting (Palermo, 5-7 September 2022) welcomes papers on any topic within the range of the Quranic text’s interests, encouraging, in particular, the submission of panels that gather selected speakers invited by a presenter. Individual papers will be accepted as well.

Proposals should be submitted to by March 7, 2022.


If you require further information about the submission process and the organization of the panels, please contact Alba Fedeli and Devin Stewart. Any other questions concerning the practicalities of the conference in Palermo should be addressed to Francesca Badini. Finally, if you have questions regarding registration and payment should go to

Call for Papers. Series of Conferences on Stephan Báthory

February 15, 2022


A series of conferences on Stephen Bathory, Prince of Transylvania, King of Poland, and Grand Duke of Lithuania is in preparation. The organizers welcome short paper proposals for the first conference, which will take place in Budapest, September 14-16, 2022.

Stephen Bathory (1533-1586) is known in historiography as Prince of Transylvania, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. Until recently, his figure and actions were described separately in the Hungarian, Romanian, Polish and Lithuanian contexts, so that the impression could arise that Stephen Báthory, Bátory István and Stefan Batory were three different persons, who each conducted different policies in their domains.

The first conference in Budapest will focus on the political, military and diplomatic historical dimensions, economic and social historical aspects, and the Báthory family. Under the perspectives outlined above, we request innovative contributions and thematic proposals for the forthcoming conference. Further research foci, as well as supplementary questions, will be dealt with at the follow-up conferences in Warsaw and Sibiu (2023).


The deadline for abstract submissions is March 15th, 2022.

The conferences are organised by REFORC, University of Eötvös Loránd (Budapest), Institute of European History (Mainz), Institute of Protestant Theology, Landau Campus, Institute of Social Sciences and Humanities Sibiu, Association of Transylvanian Studies (Sibiu).

Please, visit the REFORC website for more information.


February 15, 2022


KU Leuven is inviting interested scholars to its TNA Webinar on The Cardinal Willebrand Papers and Digital Archive Training, February 28, 2022, 13.00-14.00 CET.


The webinar is of interest to Vatican II, Catholic, and ecumenism historians and scholars. It is also useful for those interested in or working with digital archives and digitization, and larger research infrastructures in general.


You can register until February 25, 2022 by filling in the registration form. The webinar will take place via Zoom, and you will be notified of the Zoom link after your registration.


The webinar is part of a series of RESILIENCE webinars focusing on its future TNA (Transnational Access) program. Read more about the series here.

Research News for Münster

February 7, 2022


Find out the latest research news from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the University of Münster:


Latest newsletter of the Cluster of Excellence published

The newsletter of the WWU Cluster of Excellence "Religion and Politics" has been published. It presents the Cluster's second annual theme and gives information about current research results, new publications and conferences at the Cluster of Excellence.

Find the newsletter here.


New research projects expand the Cluster of Excellence’s spectrum of themes

The Cluster of Excellence has expanded its research programme with seven new projects from the disciplines of history, Slavic studies, Protestant theology, Coptic studies, and Arabic studies. The new projects range from religion in the ancient Mediterranean to secularism in France in the 20th century. The seven University of Münster professors took part in an ideas contest organized by the Cluster of Excellence to establish new research projects on “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.


Right-wing Christians exploit theology for their own ideas of the social order

According to research, new right-wing Christians are using theological ideas to bolster their political positions. “In this way, they legitimize their striving for an anti-plural social order that they claim used to exist in earlier epochs. But this order never in fact existed“, says social ethicist and Protestant theologian Prof. Dr. Arnulf von Scheliha from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”. “That such religious notions are prevalent in right-wing politics has received little attention so far.”

Read the full article here.

“Looking into the future when it’s hard to bear the present”

Molybdomancy on New Year’s Eve, annual horoscopes, tarot cards – divination has always been an attempt to deal with the uncertain future. “Divination has been especially popular in times of crisis, when worry about the future is difficult to bear, as in the pandemic today. In the face of epidemics, religious conflict, bad harvests, or times of war, for example, people in the early modern period urgently sought predictions. But people also consulted supernatural powers about their personal fate, too”, explains historian Prof. Dr. Ulrike Ludwig from the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.

Recent escalation of violence in Myanmar reveals complex struggles over identity

Destruction of entire villages, blockades by the military junta of international aid deliveries: according to religious studies scholar Prof. Dr. Perry Schmidt-Leukel and theologian Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Großhans, complex struggles over identity that have been unresolved for decades are behind the latest escalation of violence in Myanmar. The researchers of the Cluster of Excellence have published one of the most comprehensive books to date on the connections between ethnic and religious identities, and the identity politics, of Myanmar

Read the full article here.


Maltreated imperial corpses and digital cemetery events: Historical practices of caring for the dead

Dismembering corpses, boiling down mortal remains, politically critical inscriptions on gravestones – past practices of caring for the dead often seem strange today, but, according to historians, they can be understood in the context of their time. “Care of the dead in earlier epochs was not irreverent, but rather an expression of care and appreciation for the deceased person”, explains the byzantinist Prof. Dr. Michael Grünbart from the University of Münster’s Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics”.

Read the full article here.


Lecture series “Tradition(s)”

The second annual theme opened with an interdisciplinary lecture series dealing with tradition(s) in the course of history. Ranging from antiquity to the present, the seven lectures used the example of various traditions to show the importance of transmission processes and to explore how different actors interact in such processes. The lectures ranged thematically from the ancient Egyptian god Amun, to tradition and innovation in Arabic literature, and to the transmission of religious traditions in families today. The series featured members of the Cluster of Excellence and the University of Münster from the disciplines of Egyptology, Arabic studies, Catholic theology, philosophy, law, Romance studies, and sociology.

Read the full article here.

The lectures in the lecture series “Tradition(s)” can be viewed as videos in German on the Cluster of Excellence website.


February 1, 2022


Albanian University in collaboration with the General Directorate of Archives, Albania, invites you to join the upcoming webinar The Central State Archive of Albania. A short history and its collection of religious documents.

The webinar, promoted by RESILIENCE, will be held online on February 17, 2022, 14:00 (CET).


The Microsoft Teams meeting is open to anyone (academics, researchers, Religious Studies scholars, journalists, policymakers etc.) interested in the study of religion today. You will receive a link to the online meeting room after your registration.

Visit the RESILIENCE website to know more about the Archives of Albania, the goals of the webinar and how to participate.

Call for Papers. IQSA 2022

February 1, 2022


The International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) is happy to announce its fifth international conference, September 5-7, 2022, hosted by the “Giorgio La Pira” Library (Palermo, Italy).


The 2022 Annual Meeting welcomes papers on any topic within the range of the Quranic text’s interests, encouraging, in particular, the submission of panels that gather selected speakers invited by a presenter. Individual papers will be accepted as well.


Proposals should be submitted to by February 21, 2022.


More details are available here.

Call for Papers. St. Symeon, the New Theologian

January 26, 2022


On the occasion of the millenary anniversary of the dormition of St. Symeon, the New Theologian (1022-2022), the Volos Academy for Theological Studies organizes an international conference to commemorate his personality, thought, and contribution to Orthodox theology and spirituality, which will take place in Volos, Greece, in a physical form, May 26-29, 2022, in compliance with all the enforced by the European and state sanitary measures.

Junior and early career scholars are invited to submit proposals for short papers (15 min.) which preferably should be related to one of the thematic axes of the conference.


The working languages of the conference are English and Greek (simultaneous translation to be provided). Provisional title, abstract (max. 350 words) and a concise CV (max. 200 words) should be submitted to Dr Nikos Kouremenos by March 4, 2022.


For more information about the conference, submission and evaluation process, travel and accommodation, and publication of the conference proceedings, please visit:

Call for Papers. Living Tradition

January 17, 2022

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Societas Oecumenica welcomes paper proposals for its 21st Academic Consultation “Living Tradition: Continuity and Change as Challenges to Churches and Theologies.”

The Consultation will take place in Malta, May 5-10, 2022.

Junior and senior scholars are invited to submit proposals for short papers (20 minutes) which preferably address the theme of the conference and its sub-themes.


Abstract proposals (approximately 250 words) should be submitted by the deadline of
January 30, 2022 to

Read the call for papers in full to know more about the topic of the conference, how to apply, and the evaluation process.

Alberigo School for Advanced Religious Studies. Seminars

January 15, 2022


We are pleased to share the schedule of the 2022 research seminars organised by FSCIRE in the frame of the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies.

The seminars are held by internationally renowned scholars and cove a wide range of interests and research lines, both in the history of Christianity and in the history and doctrines of Islam.

Students and scholars who wish to attend (either online or in-person) are invited to email Notifications about possible re-schedulings or cancellations will be advertised here.

More information about the «Giuseppe Alberigo» School for Advanced Religious Studies is available at this link.

Call for Applications. Three Post-Doc Positions at Trento, Innsbruck, and Brixen

January 12, 2022


The Center for Religious Studies at the Bruno Kessler Foundation in Trento has just announced a two-year post-doc position for a research project funded by the Euregio Science Fund and focused on the resistance of beliefs, especially, but not just religious beliefs, to change.


Candidacies will be accepted until February 11th.


The project includes three coordinated postdoc positions. The other two are at the University of Innsbruck and the Philosophical Theological College of Brixen/Bressanone.

Read the call in full for more information on the "Resilient Beliefs" research project and how to apply.