Dear Colleague,

In the name of the Hungarian Association for the Academic Study for Religions, and the SIEF Working Group on The Ritual Year, we have the honour to invite you to Dobogókő, Hungary, for the sixth annual conference of the ritual year working group.


The Ritual Year Working Group ( was established in 2004 under the aegis of SIEF, Societé Internationale d’Ethnologie et de Folklore ( The Executive Board consists of Emily Lyle (President), Irina Sedakova (Secretary) and Aude Le Borgne (Treasurer).


The general theme is NEOPAGAN RITUALS AND TRADITIONAL COSMOLOGIES. The language of presentations at the conference will be English, but discussion may take place also in other languages with the help of colleagues prepared to offer instant translation.

After the fall of the communist regimes, several neopagan movements gained special strength in Eastern Europe. These movements prepared the new renaissance of the national identity, and their ideological background is the prechristian (or thought to be prechristian) religious ideas. As social censure ended, there was an opportunity to organise the rituals openly, and they attracted more and more participants. Of course the process of the re-invention or re-creation of “pagan” rituals is well known from other parts of the world as well. Research into these modern rituals and comparative studies are welcome These and many other topics related to the ritual year will be discussed during the conference.

Papers are invited on:
A. Neopagan Rituals.
B. Traditional Cosmologies.
C. The Ritual Year in the Carpathian Basin.

D. Any other subject concerning the theory or practice of the ritual year.

Proposals for contributions to this conference are invited from around the world. The presentations will normally be allowed 30 minutes, including discussion. If you are interested in offering a paper, please send the following information to:

1. Paper title and the section (A, B, C or D) into which it falls.

2. An abstract in English of 70 - 120 words. 

3. Name (with your family name in capital letters), affiliation, postal address, e-mail address, phone and fax numbers.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1 October 2009. The Conference Committee will respond with acceptance or rejection of your paper in early December 2009.

Only the abstracts tightly linked to the topics of the conference will be accepted.


It will be possible for additional short presentations to be made by participants in forums or workshops focused on digital resources for our field of study or an individual day of the year. A workshop on St George’s Day is suggested to complement earlier discussion of 1 May.


There will also be scope for showing some films or videos. More details will be given in the first circular, but those interested are welcome to send suggestions to the organiser when submitting the abstract.

Conference Programme.

Papers will be given, and general meetings held, on Friday, 4 June; Saturday, 5 June, and Monday, 7 June. We plan several cultural programs for the evenings. On 6 June there will be excursions to Esztergom, to the castle of Vishegrad in the Danube Curve, and to the Open Air Ethnographic Museum of Szentendre, and on 8 June we offer an optional sightseeing tour of Budapest. (The excursion program is not final. More information will follow in the first circular.)


Dobogókő is situated on the highest peaks of Pilis mountain, 700 m above sea level. It is a charming holiday village, offering peace and the silence of nature. It lies not far away from the capital city, Budapest, only 30 km. We will organise special buses for the participants to get there.


Information on accommodation and costs will follow in the first circular.


Papers from the conference will appear in The Ritual Year 6: Neopagan Rituals and Traditional Cosmologies. The Hungarian Association for the Academic Study for Religions will seek possibilities to publish this volume.


For further information contact Virag Dyekiss:

We look forward to see you in Dobogókő!
Mihály Hoppál

Head of the Hungarian Association for the Academic Study for Religions