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SPIN will co-organize a conference on “Religious Dimensions of Nationalism: Interdisciplinary Perspectives”


6-28 November 2020 in Venice at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini.


Nationalism and religion are deeply entangled, not only in the crossover field of “political / secular religion” but by way of charismatic leadership, prophetism, messianism, millennialism, and more generally mysticism, esotericism and alternative spirituality. The concept of a divine covenant with a “chosen people” takes new shapes in nationalist, but also imperialist and colonialist, discourses. And the global spread of nationalism, and its role in the decolonization process, is often far from merely secular; indeed alliances with religious fundamentalism are now a prominent feature.
The conference aims at bringing together scholars coming from different disciplines who are interested in this entangled relationship.


Abstracts up to 300 words, accompanied by a CV, should be submitted in English by the 1st of May to

A notification of acceptance will be forwarded by the 1st of June. A few months after the Conference, we will ask participants to send us their full paper, to be published in an edited book. We welcome submissions from doctoral students, early career researchers and established scholars.

Fondazione Giorgio Cini, the University of Amsterdam, and the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents will provide accommodation on San Giorgio Island, coffee breaks and lunches for all participants. Participants will arrange and pay for their own transportation, and will be requested to donate to the Cini Foundation Library Civiltà e Spiritualità Comparate one book related to religious studies they authored or in which they have participated. Extra funding is available to cover the travel expenses of a limited number of scholars who cannot obtain funding from their own institutions. If extra funding is needed, please indicate this in the email with which you submit your abstract.

The full Call for Papers is online here.

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