The 6th EASR and IAHR Special Conference
Bucharest, 20-23 September 2006
RELIGIOUS HISTORY OF
Welcome to a very special academic opportunity offered with the occasion of this 6th EASR and IAHR Special Conference on “Religious History of Europe and Asia”. The Conference will take place from the 20th to the 23rd of September 2006 in Bucharest, which will be the first East-European capital to act as host for such a major event in the life of this academic discipline. In previous years, the conference took place in Cambridge (2001), Paris (2002), Bergen (2003), Santander (2004) and Turku/Åbo (2005).
The local organisers of the conference include members of The Romanian Association for the History of Religions (RAHR), who wish to promote the study of the history of religions, in collaboration with allied disciplines. Since 2002, RAHR has been a member of the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) and since March 2005 a member of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).
The conference has the scientific support of a distinguished Committee and enjoys the high patronage of Mr Traian Băsescu, president of Romania. This event has been recognised as part of the ‘Mircea Eliade Year (1906-2006)’, prefacing shortly the Sommet mondial de la francophonie (28-29 September 2006) to be held at Bucharest. The conference organizers have been supported in their efforts by the following home institutions: University of Bucharest, Romanian Cultural Institute, New Europe College. On the international level, the organisers have received the scholarly and financial support of the École Pratique des Hautes Études (Sorbonne, Paris), Agence universitaire de la francophonie, and Pasts Inc. (Budapest).
The theme of the Conference guarantees both its international profile and rich academic substance. This has already attracted a large number of professionals: PhD students, postdoctoral fellows, together with senior scholars in the field. We estimate the number of participants to be above 150 from more than 20 countries, including colleagues working in the Central and Eastern European area.
We are also glad to inform that the venues destined for the Conference meetings include historical sites, such as the “Athenaeum” and the “Cotroceni Palace.” As many of its visitors witness, Bucharest has become again a bustling city, offering a great mixture of cultural trends and flavours.
RAHR Team very much hopes that your participation at the Conference will be a rewarding experience.
President of the Romanian Association for the History of Religions