Religious Utopias

Please feel invited to our conference "Religious Utopias" in Berlin, from March 16th to March 18th, organized by the SIEF-Working Group on Ethnology of Religion @siefhome; free registration until 10 March 2023


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Die SIEF-Working Group "Ethnology of Religion" lädt Sie herzlich zu ihrer internationalen Konferenz "Religious Utopias" in Berlin vom 16. bis 18. März ein.

Please feel invited to our conference "Religious Utopias" in Berlin, from March 16th to March 18th, organized by the SIEF-Working Group on Ethnology of Religion. Das Programm und die kostenlose Registrierung (bis zum 10.3.) findet sich unter der Webseite/program and free registration until March 10th:

Conference — Institut für Europäische Ethnologie (

Tagungsort/conference' venue: Humboldt-University of Berlin, Institute for European Ethnology, Møhrenstr. 40, 10117 Berlin, room: 408


Thursday     16.03.


Registration open

16.30 – 17.00

Welcome address: Victoria Hegner

Welcome address: Alessandro Testa

17.00 - 18.30

Session 1/8


Köllner, Tobias: Utopias in Contemporary Russia and its Relation to Orthodox Christianity: Legacies and Anti-Western Sentiments

Hankollari, Blerina: The One-world Man of the Albanian Totalitarian State, disappearing world configurations and the disclosure of the multiple worlding's political potential

Ozhiganova, Anna: Swim into the New Civilization: Late-Soviet Utopia of Giving Birth to Babies-dolphins



Reception with book launch: buffet and music

Let's celebrate the Working Group's latest publication: Politics of Religion. Authority, Creativity, Conflicts" and bring your own latest publication along – let's have a book banquet!!


Friday         17.03.

09.30 – 11.00

Session 2/8




Bianchi, Emily: Monastic Memories at Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village

Margry, Peter Jan: A Hidden Paradise: the Utopian Cosmology of the Damanhurian Community

Wojcik, Daniel: Visionary Art and Otherworldly Utopias


11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00

Session 3/8


Rwangmei, Peter Dichunlung: Conceptualizing "Baanru," as Paradise of the Past, Present, and Future among the Rongmei indigenous community of Northeast India

Angelova, Iliyana: 'Till all nations hear': evangelism and constructions of ideal Christian futures among minority Christian migrants in New Delhi, India

Lowenthal, Manuela: Evangelical Churches in Brazil: space of welcome and belonging

Wettich, Thorsten: Reconciling in Christ – A Lutheran Utopia?


13.00 – 14.30    

Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00   

Session 4/8


Kozik, Ewa: A vision of Catholic Poland as a utopia in Polish alternative media

Rogaar, Eva: Healing Russia with Islam: Morality, Re-Enchantment, and Utopianism in the Muslim Media, 1980s-2000s

Zasanska, Nadia, "Sacred Rus" as a religious utopia: legitimation of Russia's aggression in the social media of the ROC


16.00 – 16.30    

Coffee break

16.30 - 18.00     

Session 5/8


Bagh, Shankar Narayan: Begumpura and the Idea of India: utopian Vision and Imaginations

Lutz, Martin: A Utopian Moral Economy Meets Modern Capitalism: Communitarian Hutterites in 20th Century America

Testa, Alessandro, The Twilight of Cockaigne: The Decline of a Once Powerful European Popular Utopia





Saturday     18.03.

09.30 – 11.00    


Session 6/8


Otčenášek, Jakub: Taiping, or the Great Peace, as an ontological challenge

Gülüm, Erol, Fairytale, Religion, and Utopia: Goethe's The Green Snake and the Beautiful Lily

Andreeva, Julia: Creating a New World: Embodiment of Utopia in Kin's Domains


11.00 – 11.30    

Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00    

Session 7/8


Csáji, László Koppány: Fundamentalism, historical re-enactment, and nature-based utopia

Aleknaitė, Eglė: Imagine there's no church, Ikea and gender ideologists – it's easy if you join Lithuanian Pagans singing around fire on castle hills

Klein Schaarsberg, Suzanne: In search of the New Age: political esotericism, conspirituality and the transformation of sociopolitical order


13.00 – 14.30    

Lunch break

14.30 – 16.00   

Session 8/8


Akpinar, Müge: Imagining "the Age of Bliss" as Lived Utopia

Willms, Claudia, Revealing "Alternative and Utopian Visions" in the Critical Theories and Ethical Lives of Religious Actors

Saraiva, Clara: Can Sintra magic save Ukraine? Utopian appropriations of local imaginaires


16.00 – 16.30

Closing remarks