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Announcement: Visualizing Faith, Trauma and Conflict through Art

Visualizing Faith, Trauma, and Conflict through Art: The Work of Marcello Silvestri

“In a fast-paced world saturated by flashy images and by the monotonous black and white colour of the written words of experts or pseudo experts, I have opted to pause and stay away from the frantic international travel and glamour of my early career. I like to observe and meditate and then to engage, away from the spotlight, on a local level, with many of those that have been left behind or have experienced all sorts of traumas in their life.

With my artwork I reflect on the dramatic yet extraordinary beautiful mystery of human life – and God’s deeds in it. With the naivety of a baby taking its first steps ‘sensing’ the world, and inspired by my post-WWII rural upbringing steeped in simple pious religious practices, I explore human journeys through life. I like to wonder at how the Divine is present throughout our experiences, as a ray of hope, even in the most tragic situations – and how the material earth is responding to these traumas alongside human beings. With the use of humble waste materials I also want to show how nothing is worthless and can be Beautiful in the eyes of God.

While I believe that art is there to be enjoyed intuitively and not to be explained, I have always felt the urgency to translate, through my multi-media artistic expressions, my existential dilemmas and concerns relating to thorny societal problems. Hence my paintings, sculptures and murals seek to bring out the lived traumas and denunciating societal hypocrisy that emerge through conflict, migration, refuge, detention, drug addiction, and execution. These choices have naturally led me to become involved as a volunteer in a range of educational and interfaith and rehabilitation projects addressed to youth, orphans and children from deprived backgrounds as well as with mental health problems, recovering drug addicts, and other marginalised groups, such as my current art and faith workshops with (immigrant) detainees in Civitavecchia.” – Marcello Silvestri

Call for Papers: Eighth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

April 17-18, 2018

University of California at Berkeley, USA

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, virtual posters, or visual lighting talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

Call for papers

Presentation Types

Emerging Scholar Awards


Scope and Concerns

Conference History

Submit your proposals by April 17th, 2017.

We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

Announcement: Hungarian Government

The Hungarian government has proposed amendments to the National Higher Education Law that would make it impossible for Central European University – and possibly other international institutions – to continue operations within the country. These changes would endanger the academic freedom vital for CEU’s continued operation in Budapest and would strike a blow against the academic freedom that enables all universities to flourish.
I appeal here to you as fellow academics to defend our institution and the independence of higher education institutions around the globe. If you are ready to help, please visit to read about possible ways of supporting CEU and academic freedom in Hungary. Please also check out the petition at .
Thank you in anticipation for your support!
Eszter Spät, Cultural Heritage Studies, CEU, Budapest

Call for Papers: Religion in Social Movements, Rebellions and Revolutions

Call for Papers: Religion in Social Movements, Rebellions and Revolutions

Panel proposal to the Association for Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting Montreal, Canada August 13-14, 2017

Karl Marx’s quotation that religion is the “opium is the people” is frequently taken out of context and misunderstood. In the same passage, he also wrote religion is “an expression of real suffering and a protest against” it. Historically, religion has not only been a source of domination but also an instrument of social change.

A classic example of this is the English Revolution, which was the first political revolution and otherwise known as the Puritan Revolution. However, successful revolutions, as Charles Tilly has pointed out, have only taken place under monarchies and dictatorships. In modern democratic societies, protest against the dominant power structure has often taken the form of social movements.

For this panel, we invite papers that explore the relationship between religion, social movements, rebellion and revolutions. We are interested in the role that religion has played in: peasant, slave, and plebeian rebellions; modern revolutions including but not limited to the English, French, Russian, Chinese and Iranian; and social movements. This includes but is not limited to prophetic and messianic movements, heretical sects, religious communism, secular religions, and liberation theology.

The intent of this panel is for papers to be turned into manuscripts to ultimately be published in an edited volume or a special issue of a journal.

Deadline for Proposals: March 15, 2017

Please send them in MS Word by e-mail to:  Jean-Pierre Reed, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and Warren S. Goldstein, Center for Critical Research on Religion,

Newsletter Nro 33 :: Mayo 2016 > “La visita del Papa Francisco a México”

La recientemente publicada Newsletter de la ACSRM.

En esta oportunidad María Eugenia Patiño se ha encargado de coordinar la edición de los textos en torno al tema de la última visita del Papa Francisco a México.
Encontrarana la versión PDF disponible tanto en la página web de la ACSRM como a través de su cuenta Academia:ón_en_PDF_

Crisi di governabilità e mondi vitali Riflessione sul libro di Achille Ardigò dopo 25 anni

Crisi di governabilità e mondi vitali
Riflessione sul libro di Achille Ardigò dopo 25 anni
Camera dei deputati, Sala della Regina
giovedì 17 marzo 2016, ore 14,30 -17
Interventi di Roberto Cipriani,
Paola Di Nicola e Pierpaolo Donati
Riflessione di Mario Monti

Conclusioni di Renato Balduzzi
Roberto Cipriani, ordinario senior di Sociologia nell’Università Roma Tre, è Presidente dell’Associazione italiana docenti universitari (AIDU). È stato Presidente dell’Associazione italiana di sociologia (AIS) e del Consiglio europeo delle Associazioni nazionali di Sociologia..
Paola Di Nicola, ordinario di Sociologia dei processi culturali e comunicativi, insegna Sociologia dei sistemi simbolici e Sociologia della famiglia nell’Università di Verona. Direttrice della rivista Italian Sociological Review, è attualmente Presidente dell’Associazione italiana di sociologia (AIS).
Pierpaolo Donati, ordinario di Sociologia dei processi culturali, dirige il Centro studi sulla innovazione sociale (Cesis) dell’Università di Bologna. Già Presidente dell’Associazione italiana di sociologia (AIS) e consigliere dell’International Institute of Sociology (IIS), è il fondatore di un’originale “sociologia relazionale”.
Mario Monti, professore emerito di Economia politica e senatore a vita, è stato membro della Commissione Europea con deleghe al mercato interno dal 1995 al 1999 e alla concorrenza dal 1999 al 2004. Presidente del Consiglio dei Ministri dal novembre 2011 all’aprile 2013, presiede il Consiglio di amministrazione dell’Università Commerciale “Luigi Bocconi”.
Renato Balduzzi, ordinario di Diritto costituzionale nell’Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, è componente del Consiglio superiore della magistratura. È stato Ministro della salute nel Governo Monti e presidente della Commissione parlamentare per le questioni regionali. È tra i fondatori dell’Associazione Mondi Vitali.