Religions and Spirituality

1st National  Phd Conference in Social Sciences

Padua 23rd-25th June 2016

In a century characterized by a relevant media globalization the forms of Religion and Spirituality that can be interpreted either by a psychological, social and anthropological standpoint are growing. Religious and Spiritual Identity construction processes understanding, as well as the socio-cultural transformation of Religions and religious institutions can be improved by the integration of psychological, sociocultural, political and economic factors. Individual beliefs are growing up through horizontal syncretisms, conversions, radicalizations. At the same time old religions are de-institutionalized proliferating in social entities, associations linked to ascetic, esoteric, contemplative practices and rituals of different derivation, together with religious integralism activism. All these phenomena are pertinent in the Italian social and institutional settings. Mass-media and the social networks amplify the complexity of the change and its evolving speed. The aim of this session is to deepen the religious-spiritual thematic in its whole declinations: psychological, social, political, cultural, institutional. Are welcome both theoretical and empiric-applicative accounts, fostering critical approaches.

The thematic areas of the contributes will pertain to one or more of the following topics:


  1. Integration and Assimilation: community, practices and rituals
  2. Religious and Political Radicalization
  3. Confessions and Conversions
  4. Syncretism and New Age Spirituality


  1. Marketing and Consumerism (effects, dynamics, transformations about religions, associations and individuals)
  2. Marketing, Branding and Religions
  3. Halal and Islam


  1. ISIS, Islam and Communication
  2. Audio-video-images, Emotions and Religious Experiences
  3. Media and religions representations
  4. Social Network and second generations


  1. Religious associationism and local/national/transnational religious movements
  2. Education and social rehabilitation
  3. Training, discipline, spiritual comfort and healing, religious membership in military and clerical contexts
  4. Medical (hospitals, clinics) and judiciary (prisons) Institutions


  1. Mindfulness in its different clinical, therapeutic declination
  2. Integrative Medicine and Contemplative Practices
  3. Contemplative, spiritual or religious based psychotherapy
  4. Bioethic, euthanasia, palliative care, end of life


  1. Mind-body, soul-body dualisms: metaphysical and operative implications
  2. Spiritual healing and spiritual care through body awareness
  3. Near Death Experiences and Out of Body Experiences: state of the art and relative interpretations
  4. Body training through both spiritual and religious contemplative practices

Please specify the identification number and letter (a, b, c, d) of the topic.


Abstracts should be up to 300 words (bibliography not included), and be written either in Italian or in English and must be sent by February 20, 2016 via email to: adding the title of the session in the subject of the email: Spirituality and Religion”.

Abstracts must have the following structure:

title, author(s)*, text, keywords.

* author’s contact details and a short biography (up to 100 words).

The result of the evaluation will be notified to authors by 20 March 2016. Please note that to participate to the conference you need to sign up (free) which will be available on the appropriate form on the website from March 20, 2015 until 30 April, 2015. For organizational reasons we invite applicants to register by the deadline[1] .

Authors of selected abstracts have to send a paper up to 35,000 characters (including spaces and bibliography) by 31 May 2016 to the same e-mail address.

At the end, contribution may be collected for scientific publications cured by the referee of the session together with the author(s).


Alice Broggio, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Maria Bombardieri, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Stefano Poletti, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova

Youssef Sbai, PhD Student in Social Sciences, FISPPA Department – University of Padova


[1] Coffee break e spritz-time sono inclusi.

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