Call for Applications: Faith and Power Undergraduate Conference | CEU, Budapest (Deadline: April 1, 2016)

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Call for Papers
April 1, 2016
Subject Fields: 
Religious Studies and Theology, Political History / Studies, Cultural History / Studies, World History / Studies

Faith and Power: Undergraduate Conference in History

Call for Applications | April 1, 2016, Central European University

Over the last few decades, a number of experiences have shown that modern politics has by no means become entirely secular. Such experiences were the Islamic Revolution in Iran, the active role of the Vatican in world politics, the renewed political influence of Orthodox clergy in Russia and elsewhere, multiple forms of religious terror and violence, the proclamation of a caliphate in the Middle East, the growing power of Buddhist and Hindu political movements in East and Southeast Asia, and the politicization of evangelical Christianity in Africa and the Americas. As in many other academic disciplines, such experiences have also led to reconsiderations in historiography. A new sensitivity emerged for the relations between religion and politics, between motives of faith and motives of power.

The Department of History and the Department of Medieval Studies at Central European University in Budapest take this as an occasion to invite applications for an Undergraduate Conference on August 4-7, 2016 under the theme “Faith and Power.” We are seeking paper proposals from undergraduate students from around the world who are interested in any aspect of religion and politics from a historical perspective. We will consider proposals from all subdisciplines (political history, social history, economic history, military history, cultural history, gender history, religious history, intellectual history, art history, etc.) and all historical periods. However, preference will be given to proposals with interesting approaches and well-defined research questions, objectives, and findings.

The conference is supported by the following research entities:



  • The language of the conference and the papers is English.
  • Proposals should not exceed 250 words.
  • Deadline: FridayApril 1, 2016. Late applications will be considered on a case by case basis.
  • Students will be notified about the acceptance of their proposal by April 30, 2016.



  • Papers should be 2000 to max. 3000 words long.
  • Submission Deadline: Monday, July 25, 2016.
  • At the conference, participants will present a 10-12 minute summary of their papers in thematic panels.
  • Guidelines for writing papers.



Conference participants must register for the conference by Tuesday, May 31, 2016 by paying the conference fee (payment instructions will follow soon). The conference fee is 75 EUR and includes:

  • Accommodation for three nights in single rooms in the CEU Residence Center 
  • Breakfast
  • Coffee breaks
  • Receptions
  • Guided tours
  • 72-hour public transport pass
  • Free Wi-Fi



After the conference, a committee will select the five best papers, which will be published in a special issue of the Annuals of Medieval Studies at CEU ( 



  • Matthias Riedl, Head of Department of History
  • Daniel Ziemann, Head of Department of Medieval Studies
  • Nikola Pantic, PhD student, Department of History / Center for Religious Studies
  • Dóra Mérai, PhD student, Department of Medieval Studies / Coordinator, Cultural Heritage Studies Program
  • Harrison King, MA Alumnus, Department of History




For inquiries, please e-mail