Conference. Church Relations with State and Society in Lithuania


Vytautas Magnus University Research Cluster “Church Relations with State and Society in Lithuania” is pleased to invite you to the international conference Religious communities in the age of migration: challenges, experiences and opportunities, which will take place on October 24-25, 2019 in Kaunas at Vytautas Magnus University.

The conference will be an interdisciplinary forum for religious researchers, theologians, historians, political scientists, sociologists, cultural scientists, public communication researchers, art historians, exploring the history and contemporary processes of the Church, religious communities, migration, and diasporas.

Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Theology and ecclesiology of migration and diaspora.
  • Migration and development of religious communities’ structures (history and modern experience)
  • Religion / religious practices in the migration process.
  • Diaspora pastoralism: history and the possibilities of modern technology.
  • Religion of migrants and change of ethnic identity in the process of integration.
  • Religious art and migration experiences.

Especially welcome are papers on broader, problematic, interdisciplinary, and comparative aspects of topics related to religion, diaspora and migration research.
The organizers invite proposals for individual 20 minutes papers from established scholars, early career academics and postgraduates alike. The Ph.D. students are also encouraged to submit proposals.

The languages of the conference are English and Lithuanian.

Paper proposals must include:

  • Name, affiliation and e-mail address of the participant.
  • Title of the abstract.
  • An abstract of 300-500 words.
  • Short biographical note.

This information should be sent to the conference coordinator Inga Puidokiene at

The deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2019.