Call for the papers for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 70, number 4/2022

Call for the papers for the special issue of Slovak Ethnology/Slovenský národopis, volume 70, number 4/2022, on the topic
Anthropological aspects of Recent Czech, Slovak, and Polish experience with secularism and nonreligion
The guest editors of the issue are Juraj Majo (Department of Economic and Social Geography, Demography and Territorial Development, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Comenius University in Bratislava)and Tomáš Kubisa (Institute of Ethnology and Social Anthropology of Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava).

Each of these three Central Eastern European countries has been recently experiencing a specific relationship with the transformation of their religious landscape. The historical background of each of these countries still plays a decisive role in how they react to the retreat of the organized religion from various sectors of their societies. This societal transformation can have several aspects - such as increasing religious diversity, different levels of the decline of religious activities, or the emergence and establishment of various nonreligious and secular worldviews in society.
In a dedicated issue of Slovenský národopis / Slovak Ethnology, we would like to create a platform of diversified approaches and experience in the research field of nonreligion and secularism in Czechia, Slovakia, and Poland. We welcome theoretical and empirical studies related to the subject from these (but not limited to these) areas:

  • Lived experience of nonreligion, disbelief, and disaffiliation (ethnography of life trajectories)
  • Nonreligion as social identity (stigma or freedom from ideologies)
  • Secular and nonreligious landscapes (visible forms of disaffiliation in urban/rural spaces)
  • Ethnography of secular, atheist, humanist, or nonreligion societies and clubs
  • Structural aspects of nonreligion and disbeliefs (gender, age, educational attainment)
  • Nonreligion, disbelief, disaffiliation in the time of the pandemic
  • Theoretical approaches of nonreligion, secularism, and disbelief from the perspectives of social anthropology, religious studies, cultural geography, sociology, and others. (focussing on the Central Eastern region)

In addition to research articles, also essays and discussion papers are welcome.

Submission date for abstracts: May 30, 2022
Submission date for manuscripts: July 31, 2022
Language: English

Instruction for authors: 
Contributors are kindly requested to submit their abstracts and keywords directly through the editorial system of Slovenský národopis/Slovak Ethnology (CLICK HERE) no later than May 30, 2022.

The selected manuscripts are expected no later than July 31, 2022. The text should not exceed 6,250 words or 45,000 characters, including spaces, notes and references, and should follow the Journal´s guidelines for authors accessible HERE.
The issue is outcome of the scientific project VEGA 2/0060/19 Ethnographic research of non-religion and secularism in modern Slovak society (life-trajectories and stories).