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Workshop - Confessionalization vs Secularization paradigm?

Wann 25.05.2018 um 17:00 bis
26.05.2018 um 15:00
Wo FRIAS, Albertstr. 19, Seminarraum
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Confessionalization vs Secularization paradigm? Comparative perspectives from Western and Eastern/Southeastern Europe

Τhe Confessionalization Paradigm was constructed to doubt a linear historical approach which connected directly the secularization process of the modernity with the Reformation and Counter-Reformation. But as long as we have to stand critical against an idealized version of Secularizationʼs paradigm (as for example it took place in 1905 France) we have already to deal with the following question: the contribution of the political elites to the formation of religious identities was also pivotal for controlling and manipulating the interests of powerful religious elites? If Confessionalization was a field of continuous negotiation between political and religious elites, the secularization could be perceived as a progressive marginalization of the clergy not only to the civil society but also in the interior of the state mechanisms.



Dimitris Stamatopoulos, Professor of Balkan and Late Ottoman History, University of Macedonia/FRIAS


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Friday, May 25th




Dimitris Stamatopoulos

Professor in Balkan and Late Ottoman History, University of Macedonia/FRIAS

Introduction: Confessionalization vs Secularization paradigm? Comparative perspectives from the Western and Eastern/Southeastern Europe.


Wolfgang Reinhard

Professor emeritus of Modern History, Freiburg University

Keynote Lecture: Confession and Confessionalization in Europe. The State of Art

18.10-18.30        Discussion and Break

1st Session

Chair: Dietmar Neutatz


Ronald G. Asch

Historisches Seminar, Freiburg University 

Coming to terms with multiconfessionalism: Europe at the beginning of the 17th century?


Mihai-D. Grigore

Leibniz-Institut fur Europäische Geschichte, Universität Mainz

Is there an Orthodox Confession? Considerations on Confession and Confessionalisation in the Eastern European Christianity

2nd Session

Chair: Vasilios N. Makrides


Bernard Heyberger

Directeur d'Etudes, Ecole des hautes Etudes en sciences sociales, Paris

Processes and limits of Catholic confessionalisation in the Eastern Mediterranean




Jan Kusber

Arbeitsbereich Osteuropäische Geschichte, Historisches Seminar, Universität Mainz


The Challenges of "Raskol": May we speak of religious wars in the Russian Tsardom in the second  of the 17th and the beginning of the 18th century?

Dinner in a restaurant at Freiburg’s Altstadt

Saturday, May 26th

3rd Session

Chair: Ronald G. Asch


Vasilios N. Makrides

Chair of Religious Studies (Orthodox Christianity), University of Erfurt

Nationalization as Confessionalization and Secularization? Modern Developments within the Eastern Orthodox World




Heiner Grunert

LMU Munich

Confessionalization and secularization in Bosnia under Habsburg rule

4th Session

Chair: Jan Kusber




Dora Dimanopoulou

Ecole des hautes Etudes en sciences sociales, Paris,

The paradox secularization process in interwar Greece:
Anglicans and Orthodox, confessionalization and State building.


Nenad Živković

Kulturgeschichte des Orthodoxen Christentums, University of Erfurt

The struggle for ecclesiastical autocephaly of the Macedonian orthodox church: nation as confession?

12.00-12.30        Break

5th Session

Chair: Bernard Heyberger


Lucian Leustean

Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University

Secularisation and Confessionalisation in the Making of Modern Romania


Nikos Christofis

University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki,

Politics and Religion under AKP Rule: The Sacrelization of Politics or the Politicization of Religion?