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CALL FOR PAPERS: International Conference “Churches and religious associations behind the ‘Iron Courtain’ part one: 1945–1956”, 24–25 XI 2020, Warsaw (The deadline for the submission of abstracts: June 30, 2020)

Institute of National Remembrance (Poland), Nation‘s Memory Institute (Slovakia), Committee of National Remembrance (Hungary) have the honour to invite you to an international conference “Churches and religious associations behind the ‘Iron Courtain’ part one: 1945–1956, November 24–25, Warsaw.

As a result of World War II in 1945, Europe was divided into two parts: the west and the countries under the domination of the Soviet Union, or how it was assumed to be behind the “Iron curtain”. The conference organizers decided to take a closer look at the broadly understood situation of Churches and religious associations in the European countries of the Eastern Bloc in 1945-1956. We will try to look for similarities and differences between their activities, religious policy of the authorities, and the situation of the followers of particular Churches. We are interested in how churches and religious associations found themselves in the realities of functioning in an extremely hostile political environment, in countries whose ideological assumption was to fight with every religion.

The topics of the papers may relate to the following issues:

  • international context of churches and religious associations situation
  • activities of the Holy See in the countries of the Eastern Bloc and its attitude to the Soviet Union.  
  • religious policy of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries
  • persecution against the church hierarchy and believers
  • the internal situation of individual Churches and religious associations
  • position and attitudes of the church hierarchy
  • position and attitudes of the clergy and the faithful
  • position and attitude of individual Churches and religious associations to the activities of the political opposition
  • important events in the internal life of the Churches
  • relations between individual Churches and religious associations
  • relations of emigration to Churches activities

Language of conference it is English.

Coordinators: Rafał Łatka, Gergely Isó, Peter Jašek

The deadline for the submission of abstracts: June 30, 2020

Please send paper proposals consisting of paper title, a brief (up to 250 words) abstract and a short biographic entry (up to 100 words) to rafal.latka@ipn.gov.pl; jasek@upn.gov.sk; gergerly.iso@neb.hun

 

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