International Doctoral Conference
in Religious Studies
CEU/ELTE/MUNI PhD Conference
Resistance to Order and Authority in Religion (ROAR)
15-17 October 2020
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.
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, this conference took place as a hybrid event on the campuses of Central European University and Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. For those who were unable to travel to join the conference in person, the entire event was also hosted on the on-line platform, Zoom, too.