Monday, August 8, 2022

Religion and Human Rights in Post-Communism

 Special issue of Religions


The collapse of the communist regimes in Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union ushered in a complete overhaul of life in those countries. Self-declared atheistic regimes made way to incipient democracies that have struggled not only to accommodate diversity in all its forms, including freedom of religion, but also to recognize and respect the fundamental human rights of all citizens. The link between organized religion and human rights has been examined in-depth in some countries and areas of life more than in others, leading to a patchy/ inconsistent understanding of post-communist developments regarding religion and human rights. This is the reason why we are seeking contributions that would shed new light on neglected aspects of religion and human rights in post-communist countries.


Contributions can investigate one country, event, right or several. They can be case or comparative studies in nature, relying on theoretical and methodological perspectives drawn from disciplines like history, political science, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, and interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary approaches. Manuscripts, up to 8,000 words in length, will undergo a double-blind peer-review process before being accepted for publication.


Contributors should signal their interest in participating in this special issue of Religions by sending a 500-word abstract and a short bio to the co-editors of the special issue by October 1, 2022. The deadline for submitting the manuscript is March 1, 2023. We anticipate that peer-reviewing will take up to two months. Publication of the special issue is scheduled for June 1, 2023.


We look forward to receiving your contributions.


Dr. Lavinia Stan ( & Dr. Ines Muzaku (

Guest Editors

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