European Academy of Religion
Bologna, June 22-25 2020
Negotiating the Soviet Past: Comparative Perspectives on Mass Atrocity and Oppressive Regimes
Proponents: Katja Tolstaja (INaSEC), Marianna Napolitano (Fscire)
The proposal is a continuation of the Interdisciplinary Working Group’s project “Negotiating the Soviet past” launched by Fscire (Bologna) and INaSEC (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) at the EuARe 2019.
In the scope of the conference we will continue our interdisciplinary Working Group “Negotiating the Soviet past” launched by INaSEC (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) and Fscire (Bologna) at the EuARe 2019, and organizes a panel on the overall theme Negotiating the Soviet Past: Comparative Perspectives on Mass Atrocity and Oppressive Regimes.
While the atrocities associated with the Holocaust continue to spawn a rich body of philosophical and legal thought, art and literature and religious practices, the Soviet legacy has provoked far less comparable reflection and academic attention. To further such reflection a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective is key. Our panel engages with other contexts coping with a legacy of oppressive regimes; in particular we learn from what we call “theologies after”, for example in post-Nazi Germany and post-Apartheid. South Africa, as well as from theories of transitional justice. These offer specific insights into socio-political issues, intergenerational trauma, complicity and guilt, means of reconciliation, and theological “ultimate questions” such as God’s existence and religious experience after radical evil. Papers are welcomed on legacies of mass atrocity from theological and religious studies perspectives as well as sociological, historical, arts and political science perspectives. We invites proposals for papers in the panel titles you find below.
The proceedings of these panels will be published in a high ranked journal.
Please send a 450/500 words abstract and a brief CV to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, January 8.
More information is available on the Conference website (https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/euare2020).