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Welcome to the website of the XXI IAHR World Congress 2015 in Erfurt

 Find here all the latest news and information about the Congress, the university and the hosting city!

Delay in Registration Start
Registration for the XXI IAHR World Congress

Due to technical problems, we are currently unable to launch our registration as planned on August 1, 2014. Registration for the XXI IAHR World Congress will now begin September 1, 2014, where you will also be able to book your hotel and Congress tour via the form provided on our website.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Coming to the XXI IAHR World Congress
Registration Beginning


Registration for the XXI IAHR World Congress opens on September 1, 2014 right here on our website. Please use the registration form provided by our organizing partner, Thuringia Tourism, to register for the Congress. Using the same form, you will also be able to book your hotel and Congress tour.

Registration is open until June 30, 2015.

Registration fees

August 1, 2014 to March 15, 2015    € 150,00
March 16, 2015 to May 15, 2015*  € 180,00
May 16, 2015 to June 30, 2015  € 200,00
On site registration (full week)  € 230,00
On site registration (one day)  € 80,00
* all speakers must be registered as Congress participants to be included in the Congress program

Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present
Call for Papers - Call for Panels

The organizers of the XXI IAHR World Congress, Congress directors Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (Erfurt) and Prof. Dr. Christoph Bochinger (Bayreuth) and Congress coordinator Dr. Elisabeth Begemann (Erfurt), invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the Congress topic. Proposals should address one of the four thematic Congress areas.

Propose a Paper

Papers should be limited to 20 minutes. Individual papers on related topics will be joint into a panel of 120 minutes. Panel chairs will have to make sure that a minimum of 30 minutes is reserved for discussion. We strongly suggest to further academic exchange by forming trans-national and trans-continental panels.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Monday, December 15, 2014.

Propose a Panel

Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of panel participants (three to four). Panel conveners are asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Peer Review

All proposals will be evaluated by the IAHR XXI World Congress Academic Program Committee to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. Proposals should not exceed 150 words, as indicated on the proposal form.

You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program.

Kim Knott

Kim Knott researches the intersections between religion and migration, ethnicity, community, identity, the secular, the media and public life. She focusses on the development of a spatial approach for locating religion and its relationship to other social and cultural institutions and issues. She has examined the location of religious and secular values in the left and right hands, in an English medical centre and high school, in urban multicultural landscapes, academic disciplines, and in media discourse.


Dianne Diakité

Dianne Diakité is Professor of Religious Studies at Emory University, Atlanta, GA (USA). She specializes in African Diaspora Religious Thought and Cultures with a focus on African-American and Caribbean religious histories, black Christian thought, and religion in Africa. At the 2015 Congress, she will present a lecture titled “From Syncretism to Social Belonging: Retheorizing African Heritage Religious Cultures in the Caribbean and the Americas”.


Kalpana Ram

Kalpana Ram is an associate professor of anthropology and has recently published on activism and modernity among Dalit women, as well as on Tamil religious cinema, and the marginalisation of certain forms of ritual dance in the construction of Indian nationalism. A series of papers deal in various ways with politics of knowledge, while a number of recent publications reflect a fresh research commitment to integrating emotion and affect into our understanding of politics and social life.



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