CEU/ELTE/MUNI PhD Conference: ROAR 2020

International Doctoral Conference 
in Religious Studies


CEU/ELTE/MUNI PhD Conference

Resistance to Order and Authority in Religion (ROAR)

15-17 October 2020
Budapest, Hungary

Organized by

Centre for the Study of Religion
Eötvös Loránd University

Department for the Study of Religions
Masaryk University (MUNI), Brno


Center for Religious Studies
Central European University

About this Event

Religion has served to legitimize political power, but it has also been a basis for resistance against order and authority. Be it the Maccabean revolt, Gandhi's practice of non-violence resistance, contemporary neo-pagan religions, or the counter-system movements portrayed by Mark Juergensmeyer in his 2001 book Terror in the Mind of God, religious beliefs have motivated people to reject social order that they deem as unjust, and possibly rise against it. Even in today’s secularized societies, religion has served as the ground for social movements and manifestations addressing pressing socio-economic threats such as climate change, social inequality, authoritarian governments and minority discrimination. These observations have encouraged new trends in scholarly debate, especially regarding the emergence of alternative religious ideas and rituals in modern societies. How have old and new religious convictions legitimized various resistance movements among different communities? Which causes have influenced violent mobilizations against established social order, non-violent struggle, or the establishment of alternative community frameworks? What can these movements and ideas tell us about the role that religion plays today both in secularized and nonsecularized societies? The conference invites contributions studying the conceptualization, management and instrumentalization of religious ideas and beliefs with regard to past and contemporary resistance movements.

Zoom Format

The conference will take place on the campuses of Central European Univeristy and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. For those who are unable to travel to join the conference in person, we will be running the entire event on the on-line platform, Zoom, too.

Zoom Link: https://ceu-edu.zoom.us/j/99817585403
Meeting ID: 998 1758 5403  
Passcode: 337111

If you would like to participate as an online viewer only (without a paper) do not hesitate to register by sending an email (your name, affiliation) at crsconference2020@ceu.edu


For further information, please address the student organizers

Juan Manuel Rubio Arevalo
Krisztina Bodzásné Csényi-Nagy
Jan Trtílek

by e-mail at