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Congress Program
Developing the Congress Program

The IAHR seeks to promote the activities of all scholars, member and affiliate associations and societies who contribute to the historical, social, and comparative study of religion. As such, the IAHR is the preeminent international forum for the critical, analytical and cross-cultural study of religion, past and present. The IAHR is not a forum for confessional, apologetical, or other similar concerns.

The Quinquennial World Congresses of the IAHR aim to further the international academic study of religions. To ensure a high quality of the Congress program, the Academic Program Committee will evaluate all submissions as to their contribution to the academic value of the study of religions. The Academic Program Committee is constituted by distinguished scholars outstanding in their various fields, aiming, as near as possible, at regional and gender balance.

The Congress Program is now available. It includes keynote lectures, organized panels, individual paper sessions and open sessions. All presenters must have registered until May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program. Accepted papers whose authors did not register before this date are not included in the final program.

Academic Program

The Academic Program addresses the Congress topic "Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present" in four related areas: Religious Communities in Society: Adaptation and Transformation - Practices and Discourses: Innovation and Tradition - The Individual: Religiosity, Spiritualities and Individualization - Methodology: Representation and Interpretations. The topics will be addressed in different formats of presentation and discussion. Browse the Academic Program.

Congress Tour

Join us for the traditional Congress tour to Thuringia's famous sites! Find more information about the Congress tour, which will take place Wednesday, August 26, 2015. The Congress tour can be booked until June 30, 2015. Sightseeing tours of Erfurt may be booked on site.

Business Meetings

The Quinquennial IAHR World Congress offers the possibility for all national and regional member associations, affiliates associations and networks to conduct their business meetings at the XXI World Congress in Erfurt. Please contact the organizers to plan your business meetings at the Congress and arrange for time and venue.  






   Erfurt University

The XXI Quinquennial IAHR World Congress is sponsored by

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Thuringia Tourism - holiday (vacation) and travel in Thuringia

The XXI IAHR World Congress cooperates with Thuringia Tourism in booking the Congress and providing accommodation and the Congress tours.

The IAHR 2015 World Congress partners with myclimate to aim at a net zero carbon footprint.