Letter of the President

                     After the exceptional success achieved at the First World Conferences for Religious Dialogue and Cooperation (from a scientific and organizational point of view), the Centre for Intercultural Studies and Research at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje organize the Second World Conference for Religious Dialogue and Cooperation. This conference will be attended by eminent professors and researchers in the field of religion and culture who will be representatives of the largest number of countries from all continents of the world. We expect around 100 participants from all regions of the world to participate in the Second World Conference for Religious Dialogue and Cooperation. The latest research results in the field of intercultural and religious dialogue and cooperation in the world will be presented at the Conference. We expect answers to the following questions:

Do sociological, psychological, and theological indicators of stable religious identity influence the process of (de)secularization in global society?

Is the process of (de)secularization dependent on the degree of religious identification of believers in the world?

Is the degree of (de)secularization dependent on the social position of religious communities and religious groups in the world?

Does the monopolized position of religious institutions, its status and social potential affect the process of (de)secularization in the world?

Are political parties, as indicators of the process of (de)secularization, in a dependent relationship with the social position of religious institutions in the world?

Does the process of secularization, which in certain countries in the world was manifested through forms of atheism, affect the revitalization of religion at the social and individual level?

Do conflict situations in certain regions of the world affect the re-actualization of religious patterns of behavior in global society?

Does the pluralism of ideas and beliefs that are characteristic of modern globalized societies, influence the increase of elements of individualized religion in the world?

Does the reality of living in a global village in which information is intertwined and spread rapidly affect the emergence of small religious communities and new religious movements in the world?

It is understood that the participants of the Second World Conference foe religious dialogue and cooperation can offer answers to many other questions related to the phenomenon of (de)secularization which we will analyze from a sociological, historical, psychological, philosophical, anthropological, cultural, religious and theological aspect.

                      All the papers will be published in the Journal Religious Dialogue and Cooperation. Certain authors who we consider to have had the best presentations will receive an invitation to be a part (with their own book chapters) in the book (edit collection) that will be published by one of the eminent publishing houses in Europe. Through these papers, we will send a clear message to the political and religious elite in the world. In addition, we will use the presence of the participants at the Second World Conference for their networking, which will lead to the realization of numerous scientific research projects in the field of religion and culture.