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Frequently Asked Questions:

What is the topic of the conference?

The topic and theme is “Relocating Religion”. We welcome sessions and individual proposals from a various range from the study of religions that fits into this perspective. The President of the Conference Tuula Sakaranaho elaborates on the topic in her opening abstract. The organizing committee approves the session and individual proposals.

Where is the Conference in social Media?




Official hashtag: #easr2016

When does the conference start on 28th June and when does it end on 1st July?

The conference starts on 28th June at 13:00 and ends on 1st July at afternoon.

Will you recruit volunteers and when will it begin?

The volunteers schedule is under construction. There will be a general recruiting for student volunteers in early spring 2016. Follow the updates from our website.

Can I still submit a paper proposal?

Deadline for the individual papers and open session proposals was 31/12/2015. Because we received a huge amount of abstracts, we need to stay with the original deadline and unfortunately cannot take any late submissions.

What are the different Call for Papers or Call for Sessions?

  • The first CfP or Call for Sessions (1.9.-30.10.2015) of call for sessions is for closed and open sessions only.¬†

A closed session consists of a chair and appointed panelists, who the chair has organized to present on a set topic of the chairs choosing that relates to the conference theme. The chair organizes the whole session.

An open session means, that the chair proposes only a topic and abstract of their theme. The Easr conference organizers will then after the cfp for individual papers forward the abstract application submissions to the chair who will make the selection of panelists for their session. These open session topics will be published at the same time as the CfP for individual papers/abstracts. You may apply for an open session through the individual papers cfp e-form.

  • The second CfP (15.11.-31.12.2015) for call for papers is for individual abstracts on individual conference papers. The proposals for individual papers can be submitted in two ways:

1) You can submit an abstract of a paper that relates in general to the conference theme Relocating religion.

2) You can submit an abstract of a paper that is intended to one of the open sessions, listed on the conference website under the topic Call For Papers.

The sessions approval notifications will be sent to the chairs in the beginning of November 2015. The abstract approval notifications will be sent in February 2016.

What does the e-forms sentence: “You may fill the e-form only once!” mean?

You have one chance technically to fill in the e-form submission and you cannot re-edit your submission later. If there are changes or other requirements to your proposal in general, please inform the conference secretary via email easr2016@helsinki.fi.

Can I propose multiple sessions or individual abstracts?

Yes you may. The conference organizing committee will make the final selection and confirmation on which proposals will go through to the conference.

What are the opportunities to exhibit at the conference?

There will be a book exhibition in the conference venue. We are in the process of deciding about the details. We encourage publishers to organize reception and/or book launch during the conference.

Publishers interested in the event, please email teemu.taira[at]helsinki.fi for further information.

I am a graduate student – can I attend and propose an abstract?

You are most welcome to propose an abstract! Contact your department or supervisor for guidance and instructions. The conference also offers student prices.

Does the Conference offer Participation Grants?

Yes we do, for specifically qualified participants. Here are the instructions.

EASR 2016 Helsinki Participation Grant

The conference organizers are offering to participants from Eastern European countries six (6) scholarships that will cover the Early bird conference fee. Applicants should have their conference paper accepted in order to be awarded a scholarship.

Applications should be addressed to the Organizing Committee of the EASR 2016 Conference and sent to the conference email: easr2016@helsinki.fi

*Applications are to be sent in pdf-format and attached to the email*

Please, give only the following information in your application:

1) name, title, and institution

2) title of your paper

3) reasons for applying for a scholarship

4) means that you have in order to cover travel and accommodation expenses.

The application period for the Grant opens after 15.02.2016 and will end 4.03.2016 16:00 o’clock. The Conference Organizers hold rights for changes.


How can open sessions Chair(s) submit their abstracts, if they also wish to present a paper in their own session?

We recommend that the Chair(s) submit their individual abstracts via the same the e-form so that their contact e-mail and abstracts are in our system in similar formats. The organizing committee would then forward the preliminary approved abstracts to the contact Chair in January, so the Chair(s) can accept the abstracts they wish. We ask to indicate that you are the chair or co-chair of the session in the abstract e-form.