Filozofická fakulta Univerzita Mateja Bela v Banskej Bystrici

Call for papers

Etnologické rozpravy/Ethnological Debates 2018 / 2

Religion and spirituality in social and individual narratives

The place of religion in social, economic and political processes has been a vital theme in the social sciences. The intensive attention to religious beliefs and practices in ethnology and anthropology has led to the creation of important theories and has initiated numerous empirical studies which have profoundly affected the development of the disciplines. The alleged retreat of religion in the modern western societies has been usually linked to the concept of progress, the development of the natural sciences and secularization. Despite these processes, religion remains one of the most important spheres of human life. At the same time, there have been significant changes: the traditional religious systems have been going through transformation and new religious movements have emerged. People’s interest in spiritual development appears as a substantial trend in these changes. Spirituality can be understood as part of religious faith as well as an individual advance which is not necessarily connected to the religious confession. The relationship between spirituality and religion is ambiguous. However, the engagement in spiritual practices – either within religious system or not – can express rejection of commercialization, resistance against the spiritual regress of modern society, or a reference to the ethnic, national and other identity. Therefore, spirituality reveals a certain political attitude which can play an important role in people’s lives.

The prepared second issue of the journal Etnologické rozpravy in the year 2018 is aimed to draw attention to various aspects of religious life and spirituality in contemporary society as they appear in social and individual narratives. The editors invite analytic, theoretical or synthetic articles, research reports, essays and discussions, focused especially (not, however, exclusively) on narratives related to the following issues:

Please send your abstract as an e-mail attachment to the editors, at, until 15. 4. 2018.

Final date for papers: 30. 6. 2018.