Una identitŕ in movimento

Sixth International Meeting on Socio-Religious Studies. "Religion, hegemony and values in the complex contemporary processes" (Havana, July 5-8, 2010)

Ofelia Pérez Cruz

First Announcement

The Department of Socio-religious Studies of the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of Cuba, calls all experts on religion, -academics and religious-to participate in the SIXTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

Near the closing of the first decade of the 21rst century, humankind is still facing a social, economic, political, cultural and environmental crisis, whose impacts have become more dramatic during the last years. The concentration of economic and political power is ever more marked, the struggle for power is acquiring greater complexity, and the gap between the rich and poor is deeper.

In the midst of such a serious situation, religion acquires significance both at the personal and the social level, and is undergoing inner transformations due to the emergence of new trends, functions and organization ways.

Papers will be presented and discussed in oral presentations, panels, round tables, lectures, posters and videos on the following topics:

  • Religion and political power
  • Religion, social heterogeneity and social networks
  • Religion, poverty, marginality and inequality
  • Role of Religion in the Latin American integration processes
  • Religion and ethics
  • Multiculturalism and ethnic-religious diversity. Dialogues and conflicts.
  • Influence of the so-called New Religious Movements in the Latin American and Caribbean religious context.
  • Ecumenism in the current debate
  • Religion, gender and family
  • Religious plurality, religious freedom and secularism
  • Impact of Eastern religions in the West
  • Religion and migration

The experience accumulated from the 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004 and 2007 meetings attended by religion scholars from all over the world, including outstanding personalities specialized in religion from the social sciences' approach, guarantees the continuity of fruitful opinion exchanges from different viewpoints, in a favorable atmosphere for discussions full of scientific rigor and respect for each other's opinion. All participants are warmly welcomed to Havana, the capital of Cuba.

English and Spanish are the official languages of the meeting. The participants will receive information on the event and on Havana and Cuba. Foreign participants can contact travel agencies for accomodations, etc.

Those interested in participating or in suggesting panels or workshops to be assessed by the Organizing Committee, please, contact:

    Dr. Ofelia Pérez Cruz
    Head of the Organizing Committee
    6th International Meeting on Socio-religious Studies
    Calle B No. 352 esquina a 15, El Vedado
    Ciudad de La Habana
    CP 10400, Cuba
    Telephone: (53-7) 831-3610 y 833-5366
    FAX: (53-7) 833-4327
    Web Site:

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