Key topics

1. Denominational structure

(a) factors determining the presence and spatial distribution of various religions in cities

(b) transformation of denominational structures in the short and long term

(c) number and origin of churches and religious organizations

(d) identification of religious organizations functioning in cities and their historical and geographic characteristics

(e) geographic distribution of major religions, including the issue of segregation

(f) various aspects of secularization in cities

(g) impact of globalization on the denominational structure of cities

(h) religious diversity and pluralism in the global context

2. Religious landscape

(a) analysis of factors determining the establishment and development of key religious organizations as well as the location of their basic administrative units and sacred sites across urban space

(b) opportunities for the religions of immigrants (Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism) to establish sacred and non-sacred facilities such as mosques, schools, etc.

(c) establishment and development of monasteries

(d) establishment and development of cemeteries


3. Religious functions

(a) examples of exogenous and endogenous religious function of cities

(b) the city as a pilgrimage center

(c) frequency of participation in prayer, religious celebration, religious holy days


4. Relationships between religions and churches and local municipal authorities

(a) impact of religious organizations on the development of urban space

(b) social attitudes toward churches and religious organizations

(c) participation in organized religion and civic life – elections, volunteering, charities