Balkan and Baltic States in United Europe – History, Religion, and Culture IV
Religiosity and Spirituality in the Baltic and Balkan Cultural Space: History and Nowadays

International Conference,
November 11-13, 2020.
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Institute of Philosophy and Sociology University of Latvia
Institute of Ethnology and Folklore Studies with Ethnographic Museum Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
International Society for Balkan and Baltic Studies

  • Call for papers
  • Our fourth conference marks the thirteen year of our meetings and discussions on the Balkans and the Baltic region in the United Europe. What has changed in the Balkan-Baltic region? This theme continues to be an actual topic in the European Research Area. The dynamics of geopolitical processes in Europe and the world (Brexit, USA-EU-Russia-Chine relations, religious and church conflictsetc.) gives a new dimension to this topic. On the other hand, what happens with the ‚cultural intimacy“ (M. Hertzfeld) of the individuals and communities in the region? So why to our traditional questions: how is history interpreted and re-written? What is the situation with ethnic and religious communities? What are the new problems and topics in the Baltic and Balkan, European and World Research Area? We added new topics: what are the changes and conflicts in the religious landscapes in both regions? What are the new dimensions in spirituality? What is new in the Balkan-Baltic axiology? How church(es) and state communicate in the Balkan-Baltic (and large) region?

  • Paper topics can include (but are not limited to) the following topics:

  • • Local, regional and global religious space (traditional, modern and postmodern religious movements and forms);
    • Religious diversity and inter-religious relations;
    • Religion and Nationalism;
    • Traditional confessions, new dimensions and new religious movements;
    • Religiosity and Spirituality;
    • Migration, mobility, and refugees: chance or trouble?;
    • Identity and its representations;
    • Social interaction and cultural expression: everyday life, festivities and ritual forms;
    • Culture in all its aspects: traditional, contemporary, cultural heritage, sub-cultures etc;
    • Climate, ecology and climate changes in the public and individual discourse.
  • Languages:

  • The working languages of the conference are English and Russian. Applications and presentations can be made in either language. We intend to publish the conference papers (after editing and peer review) in a special publication of our journal ‘Yearbook of Balkan and Baltic Studies’, indexed by SCOPUS.


    Dr. Ekaterina Anastasova and Dr. Solveiga Krūmiņa-Koņkova (heads).
    Dr. Nadežda Pazuhina and Dr. SvetoslavaToncheva (secretaries).
    Dr. Māra Kiope, Dr. Irina Kolarska-Mladenova, Dr. Inese Runce, Dr. Evegenia Troeva-Grigorova


    The conference is supported by the

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