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Lived Catholicism from the Balkans to the Baltics

International Conference
March 9-10, 2018
Pázmány Péter Catholic University
1088 Budapest, Mikszáth Kálmán tér 1. Sophianum

Europe’s history is permeated with the rich array of rituals and world views of Catholicism. On a local level, this history continues to inform the ways individual Catholics experience and understand the diverse practices and values that define Catholicism in various communities. This is no less true in the region of Europe stretching from the Balkans to the Baltics, where Catholicism both as lived practice and as institutionally-supported cultural heritage are becoming increasingly visible to the public. This conference will study the diversity of Catholic practices and the meaning of Catholicism in its various relationships with cultures.

Friday, March 9, 2018

8:30 a.m.: Registration, Coffee and Refreshments

9:30 a.m.: Opening Ceremonies & Welcoming Remarks

Dr. Máté Botos, Department of International Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)
Dr. Thomas M. Landy, Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

9:50 a.m.: Overview of the Conference

Dr. Marc Roscoe Loustau, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)
Dr. Mathew N. Schmalz, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

10:10-11 a.m.: Plenary Address

Dr. Mathew N. Schmalz, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

11 a.m.-Noon: Panel 1 / 20th-Century Hungarian Catholic Social Thought and the Family

Moderator:
Dr. Zsuzsanna Bögre, Department of Political Theory, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Presenters:
Dr. Péter Krisztián Zachar, National University of Public Service (HU)
"Theory and Practice in Catholic Social Teaching in the Interwar Period in Hungary"

Dr. József Benda, Institute of Education and Development, Károly Eszterházy University (HU)
"Faith Life and Transgenerational Inheritance"

Discussant:
Dr. Katya Dunajeva, Department of International Studies and Political Science, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Noon-1:30 p.m.: Lunch

1:30-2:30 p.m.: Panel 2 / Biography and the Lived Practice of Greek Catholicism

Moderator:
Rev. Dr. György Fodor, Dean, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Presenters:
Dr. Sándor Földvári, Department of Baltic Studies, Debrecen University (HU)
"Rev. Nikefor Petrashevich (1915–2013): Witness, Choirmaster, and Recognized Ethnographer"

Dr. Tünde Komáromi, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Ethnography (HU)
"Underground Greek Catholicism in Socialist Romania: Strategies of Survival and Integration"

Discussant:
Dr. Vlad Naumescu, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University (HU)

2:30-2:45 p.m.: Break

2:45-4:15 p.m.: Panel 3 / Catholic Pilgrimage and Performance in Context of Diversity

Moderator:
Egor Novikof, Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Central European University (HU)

Presenters:
Dr. Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences (PO)
"Managing Flock of Souls: On the Role of Pilgrimage Guides in Peregrination to Kalwaria Pacławska"

Dr. Ksenia Trofimova, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences (RU)
"'Majka': Localizing a 'Mixed' Pilgrimage Tradition in Macedonia"

Dr. Rasa Balockaite, Department of Social and Political Theory, Vytautas Magnus University (LV)
"Marian Apparitions in the Soviet Lithuania as a Form of Low Profile Resistance"

Discussant:
Dr. Sorin Gog, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University (RO)

4:15-4:30 p.m.: Break

4:30-6 p.m.: Panel 4 / Intersections of Local and Global in Hungarian Catholic Communities

Moderator:
Dr. Róbert Keményfi, Department of Ethnology, Debrecen University (HU)

Presenters:
Sándor Cecília, School of Social Communication, Corvinus University (HU)
"The Study of Local Religion in Csíkszentsimon: Sanctification and Agricultural Magic in Economic Practices"

Dr. Marc Roscoe Loustau, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)
"The Absence of Tragedy in Rogers Brubaker's Nationalist Politics and Everyday Ethnicity: A Proposal for Understanding Far-Right Nationalism"

Kinga Povedák, University College Cork (IE)
"'Rocking' the Church: Vernacular Catholic Musical Practices"

Discussant:
Simion Pop, Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Central European University (HU)

Saturday, March 10, 2018

9-10:15 a.m.: Keynote Address

Dr. Agnieszka Pasieka, Institute for East European History, University of Vienna (AU)
"Lived Catholicism, Invisible Catholicism"

Introduction and Moderator:
Dr. Marc Roscoe Loustau, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

10:15-10:30 a.m.: Break

10:30 a.m.-Noon: Panel 5 / Lived Catholicism, Politics and History in Central Europe

Moderator:
Dr. Zoltán Hidas, Institute of Sociology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Presenters:
Dr. Katalin Mária Kincses, History Department, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (HU)
"Cult-forming Historiographic Elements and Denominational Identity of Prince Ferenc Rákóczi II"

Dr. Marius Eppel, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University (RO)
"Secularizing Sacraments: Debates on the Ecclesiastical-Political Laws in Upper House of the Hungarian Parliament during the Final Decade of the Nineteenth Century"

Dr. Máté Botos, Department of International Studies, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)
"Faith, Commitment and Attitude of the Hungarian Political Elite Between 1990 and 2017"

Discussant:
Dr. Tamás Nyirkos, Department of Political Science, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Noon-1 p.m.: Lunch

1-2:30 p.m.: Panel 6 / Catholicism and Secularism in Question

Moderator:
Dr. Gergely Rosta, Institute of Sociology, Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU)

Presenters:
Dr. Zoran Turza and Dr. Anto Čartolovni, The Catholic University of Croatia (HR)
"Lived Catholicism in Croatia: Secularization and Secularism"

Dr. Jakub Štofaník, Masaryk Institute and Archives of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic (CZ)
"Lived Catholicism in the Czech Industrial Working Class"

Dr. Sorin Gog, Faculty of Sociology and Social Work, Babeș-Bolyai University (RO)
"From Meister Eckhart to Eckhart Tolle: Anthropologies of Neo-liberal Spiritualities and the Religious Genealogy of the Inner Power of the Self"

Discussant:
Dr. Marius Eppel, Centre for Population Studies, Babeș-Bolyai University (RO)

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Closing Discussion and Synthesis

Moderator:
Dr. Marc Roscoe Loustau, Department of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

3:15-3:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks

Dr. Thomas M. Landy, Director, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture, College of the Holy Cross (USA)

This conference is organized by Catholics & Cultures and Pázmány Péter Catholic University (HU). Please direct general questions to livedcathconference@holycross.edu or to the conference co-organizers: Marc Roscoe Loustau, College of the Holy Cross, and Katya Dunajeva,  Pázmány Péter Catholic University.
 

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