2nd Olomouc Religious Studies Conference

20. September 2017 - 21. September 2017

International conference

Information on the conference is available at
The second annual of the conference on religious studies in Olomouc is divided into two sections:

1) Interdisciplinary Section of Magic and Witchcraft (20 September 2017)

This international interdisciplinary seminar provides an opportunity to meet for scholars studying witchcraft, magic, vampirism, and related topics both in the context of European history and their transformations within the contemporary world, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa. It aims to search for intellectual parallels within the humanities, different theoretical approaches, and culture areas. We welcome scholars of medieval and regional history, cultural anthropology, religious studies, and folklore studies to participate in the seminar. The seminar will be divided into two main panels, a historical panel (in German and Czech, interpretation provided) and an anthropological panel (in English, without interpretation).
Keynote speaker of the historical panel: Univ. Doz. Manfred Tschaikner, University of Vienna
Keynote speaker of the anthropological panel: Dr. Isak Niehaus, Brunel University London

2) General Section of Religious Studies (21 September 2017)

The objective of the general section of religious studies is to stimulate discussion among scholars representing different theoretical views within the academic study of religion. The conference conceives religious studies as a wide intellectual field where scientists of different disciplines that share an interest in the study of religion can exchange and mutually enrich their knowledge. The conference offers an opportunity to present research results related to the religious situation in the Czech and Slovak republics, religion and spirituality in the contemporary world, recent methodological approaches in the field of religious studies and critical reflexion of the history of religious studies. The languages of the section are Czech and English (without interpretation).
Keynote speaker: prof. Milan Kováč, Comenius University in Bratislava
Keynote speaker: prof. Josef Kandert, Charles University in Prague


Department of Sociology, Andragogy and Cultural Anthropology, Palacký University Olomouc


Palacký University Arts Centre, Corpus Christi Chapel (Univerzitní 3, Olomouc)