Call for Papers "Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte" / "Revue suisse d'histoire religieuse et culturelle" / "Rivista Svizzera di storia religiosa e culturale" 2014:
Religion and the soldier - War and piety in the First
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Religion and the soldier - War and piety in the First World War
The year 2014 marks one hundred years since the outbreak of the First World War. For the issue which coincides with this anniversary, the Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte has chosen to focus on forms of piety in the First World War. The Christian churches in the West, the Orthodox Church, Islam and Judaism all had their own forms of devotion. During the war these forms were put to use and further developed, critiqued, and then transferred and transformed.
During the war religious devotion affected the inner worlds of language and feeling but it also led to a variety of observable practices: cartridge cases assembled into altars in the trenches, cults such as the ultramontane cult of the Sacred Heart with its French origins, war sermons, field services, and not least the emotional attachment of emigrants to one or other of the warring parties. Piety created relationships across great distances, and not only during the war. But between 1914 and 1918 the recodings, sym¬bolization, ritualization, and iconography of religious practices were crucially marked by the war.
- What were the roles played by piety, both at the front and back at home?
- How did the history of religious devotion play out differently in the First World War compared to earlier 'world' wars like the Thirty Years War or the Seven Years War?
- Is it possible to speak of a 'total piety' analogous to total mobilization? What happened to the notion of war as a 'divine judgement'?
- In which cases did religious devotion become an ideal resource for the warring states, and where did it have anti-war potential?
- Which devotional forms became important? Examples for the Catholic sphere include the cult of the Sacred Heart, Marian devotions, collective devotion and private devotion. Did the war produce new forms of religious devotion or merely reproduce the existing repertoire? Were there proportionally more reports of miracles during the war? To what extent did the male-conducted war interrupt the nineteenth century trend to a feminization of piety?
War and piety is also an important issue in the history of theology. Gott mit uns (God with us) has been a traditional topos for theologians in wartime. What differences can be identified for the various confessions and religions? What relationships between war and piety are transmitted by pastoral letters and texts by bishops, theologians and other important representatives of religion? To what extent did the unimaginable sufferings of war lead to a discrediting of religion? Did their need teach people to pray? Or given the huge numbers of deaths, was it rather a force promoting alienation from religion?
SZRKG 2014 will focus on the history of piety with varying perspectives and methodological approaches. The volume shall be multilingual (German, French, English, Italian). Contributions are par¬ticularly welcome from the Orthodox regions, such as Russia and the Balkans, and in connection with Islam.
The issue «Religion and the soldier. War and piety in the First World War» will accept articles in German, French, English and Italian. Articles should be between 25,000 and 40,000 characters in length (including spaces). All contributions will be submitted to a doubly anonymous peer review. Publication will be in late autumn 2014.
Contributions may be submitted up to the end of April 2014. They should be sent to: Dr. Franziska Metzger, Chief Editor SZRKG, email@example.com. We would be especially grateful for a little advance notice of submission.
Dr. Franziska Metzger
Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Religions- und Kulturgeschichte
University of Fribourg
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Fax: 0041 26 300 97 16 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the website at http://www.unifr.ch/szrkg
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