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European Forum on the History of Religious Institutes in the 19th and 20th Centuries

The Forum, established in 2001 aims to foster international comparative research on religious institutes in (Western) Europe and to encourage interaction between the scholars involved. Find out more about new conferences, call for papers, publications and much more...

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CFP. [29 July 2016] Benedictine Cultures


This 3-day interdisciplinary conference, hosted at Downside Abbey,  27th – 29th October 2016, is part of the Heritage Lottery funded 'Beacon of Learning' project which marked the dawn of wider access to their internationally important collections. The conference will examine all aspects of Benedictine life in the period 800 – 1900 and welcomes papers from researchers in fields including History, Literary Studies, Theology, Philosophy, Musicology and Art History.

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CONFERENCE. Monasteries in the New Reality (late 18th–early 20th century) [15-17 September 2016 - Pelplin (Poland)]


The conference is organised by the Friends of History Society in Wrocław, branch of the Polish Historical Society, in collaboration with the Institute of History, University of Wrocław, and Institute of History, University of Opole. General topics are:

1. Enlightenment, Romanticism and Positivism, and monastic life. Changes in its perception as well as social and cultural roles attributed to it.

2. The attitude of “modern” nation states and monastic life. Changes in the place and role of religious orders and monasteries in the 19th century, also in connection with the social, economic and cultural transformations taking place at the time. Monastic life and new needs of the state

3. Changes in the social and cultural needs of as well as expectations for monastic life.

4. The attitude of the papacy and diocesan Church to monastic life.

5. The impact of internal and external (outside Europe) missionary activity on monastic life.

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PUBLICATION. Universität und Kloster


Sonderband UNIVERSITÄT und KLOSTER. Melk als Hort der Wissenschaft im Bannkreis der Universität Wien - fruchtbarer Austausch seit 650 Jahren.

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CFP. [15 June 2016] The Critical Role of Religious Community Life: A World Between Tradition and Innovation


On October 19th – 21st 2016, UCSIA organizes the academic workshop The Critical Role of Religious Community Life: A World Between Tradition and Innovation at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. The workshop consists of a two-day international meeting (preceded by a public opening lecture) with specialized lectures, presentations and debates by invited senior and junior scholars. The aim is to offer a platform to scholars to present their research on the topic and exchange their ideas on research findings. Such a meeting may open up new multidisciplinary horizons to think about the topic.

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CONFERENCE. Le patrimoine des communautés religieuses : empreintes et approches [2-3 June 2016 - Quebec]


Le colloque Le patrimoine des communautés religieuses : empreintes et approches cherche à identifier les traces et les formes des héritages légués par les congrégations religieuses aux sociétés contemporaines. Il cherche également à prendre la mesure des approches actuelles, d’ici et d’ailleurs, en matière d’étude, de conservation et de mise en valeur du patrimoine religieux et à cibler leurs apports tout comme leurs limites.

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CONFERENCE. Whither Women Religious: Analyzing the Past, Studying the Present, Imagining the Future [26-29 June - Santa Clara (California)]


The Tenth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious, “Whither Women Religious: Analysing the Past, Studying the Present, Imagining the Future” will be held from June 26-29, 2016, at Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, California.

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CONFERENCE. Women & The Franciscan Tradition. Franciscan Women: Medieval & Beyond [12-15 July 2016 - Saint-Bonaventure University (Allegany - New York)]


From July 12-15, 2016, the Franciscan Institute at Saint Bonaventure University will host a major conference dedicated to women and the Franciscan Tradition, ranging from the Middle Ages to the contemporary world.  The organizers seek to bring together women and men who are living the Franciscan tradition in various ways — as members or associates of the three Franciscan orders, coworkers in Franciscan institutions, etc. — with academic scholars who want to bring their research into a mutually enriching conversation with a broader audience. 

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CONFERENCE. Hommes et femmes en mission. Entre partage et confrontation (XIXe-XXe siècle) [23-28 August 2016 - Paris]


Ce colloque s’inscrit dans le sillage de trois colloques précédents du CREDIC sur L’appel de la mission, formes et évolutions (1988), Femmes en mission (1990), Jeux et enjeux identitaires des acteurs de la mission (2014) et de la collection des Anthologies missionnaires (2007-2015) du GRIEM. Le colloque du CREDIC de 2016 entend examiner et comprendre les types de liens tissés entre hommes et femmes dans l’œuvre missionnaire contemporaine. Conscient du fait que le statut de missionnaire a été initialement pleinement accordé aux hommes et progressivement aux femmes, le colloque entend explorer dans toute sa complexité la construction de la communauté missionnaire où hommes et femmes cohabitent et/ou collaborent, se distinguent et/ou se complètent sur la base de vocations, de situations matrimoniales, de fonctions, de rôles, d’origines, de destinations et de confessions différentes.

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CFP. [30 December 2016] North Atlantic Catholic Communities in Rome, 1622-1939


For a conference that which will be held at Notre Dame’s Rome Global Gateway on 6 and 7 June 2017, the Cushwa Center invites interested scholars to submit proposals for papers dealing with any aspect of the presence in the Eternal City of individuals as well as communities originating from present-day England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, English- and French-speaking Canada, and the United States. 

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CONFERENCE. 59th Annual Conference of the Catholic Record Society [Cambridge - 25-27 July 2016]


The Catholic Record Society’s fifty-ninth annual conference will be held at Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, 25-27 July 2016. Confirmed keynote speakers are Alison Shell (UCL), Mary Heimann (Cardiff), and Alban Hood (Douai Abbey). Our draft programme is now up, and is a testament to the exciting directions research on Catholics in Britain and Ireland is currently taking.

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PUBLICATION. Churches and Religion in the Second World War


Despite the wealth of historical literature on the Second World War, the subject of religion and churches in occupied Europe has been undervalued – until now. This critical European history from Jan Bank and Lieve Gevers is unique in delivering a rich and detailed analysis of churches and religion during the Second World War, looking at the Christian religions of occupied Europe: Catholicism, Lutheranism, Calvinism, and Orthodoxy.

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CFP. [15 July 2016] Clercs entre Europe et Amérique latine


Les 1 et 2 juin 2017, se tiendra à Lyon un colloque international portant sur la question des Clercs entre Europe et Amérique latine : acteurs, circulations engagements (des années 1950 à la fin des années 1990).

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