Srdjan Sremac

Srđan Sremac  (Ph.D)
Email: srdjansremac@yahoo.com

SRDJAN SREMAC is a research fellow at the Department of Theology at VrijeUniversiteitAmsterdam and a research member at the Amsterdam Center for the Study of Lived Religion at the same university. He is also the co-founder of the Centre for the Study of Religion, Politics and Society in Novi Sad. Srdjan is the author of Addiction and Spiritual Transformation (2013), and co-editor of Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging (2014), Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments  (2015)and Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance (forthcoming).

Srdjan is the managing editor of Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan). Within the project Contested Privates he focuses on religious and sexual nationalisms in the post-Yugoslav space.

Research Interest

Srdjan’s broad research interests include lived religion, narrative psychology of religion, biographical-reconstructive research, spiritual transformation andaddiction, lived religion of marginalized groups, sexually related trauma, religious and sexual nationalism and post-conflict reconciliation.

Recent Publications

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS [selected]

Igrutinović, D., Sremac, S &van den Berg, M. (2015). Pride parades and/or prayer processions: Contested public space in Serbia#Belgrade Pride 2014. Journal of Empirical Theology29 (2) (in print).

Sremac, S. (2014). Conversion as testimony: Reliability, objectivity and other methodological challenges. FactaUniversitatis: Series Philosophy, Sociology, Psychology and History, 13 (2), 65-76.

Sremac, S. (2014). “Faith, hope and love: A narrative theological analysis of recovering drug addicts’ conversion testimonies”. Practical Theology 7(1), 34-49.

Sremac, S., & R. R. Ganzevoort. (2013). “Addiction and spiritual transformation: An empirical study on narratives of recovering addicts’ conversion testimonies in Dutch and Serbian contexts”. Archive for the Psychology of Religion 35 (3), 399-435.

Sremac, S. (2012). “Kritički pregled interdisciplinarnih istraživanja religijske konverzije: Teorijski i metodološki pristupi“ [A critical review of interdisciplinary study of religious conversion: Theoretical and methodological approaches]. Antropologija 12 (10), 107-127.

Koopmans., F., & Sremac., S. (2011). “Addiction and autonomy: Are addicts autonomous?”. Nova prisutnost, 9 (1), 171-188.

Sremac, S., &Mijić., E. (2011). „Protestantskaetikakao model lečenja: ulogareligioznostii/iliduhovnosti u rehabilitacijizavisnikanaprimeruRetocentra” [Protestant ethics as a model for treatment: the role of religiosity and/or spirituality in the rehabilitation of heroin addicts in the case of the Reto-center] Teme, 3 (35), 969-991.

Sremac, S. (2011). “Testimoniokaoumjetnostistrategijanarativnogidentiteta: Ricouerovahermeneutikasvjedočanstvaipitanjekonverzijebivšihovisnika„ [Testimonio as an art and a strategy of narrative identity: Ricoeur’s hermeneutics of testimony and the question of conversion for recovering drug addicts]. Bogoslovskasmotra81(2), 377-395.

Sremac, S. (2010). “Addiction, narrative and spirituality: Theoretical-methodological approaches and overview”. Religion and Tolerance 8 (14), 255-273.

Sremac, S. (2010). “Converting into a new reality: Social constructionism, practical theology and conversion”. Nova Prisutnost8, 7-27.

Sremac, S. (2009). “Voices from a junky limbo and the heaven afterwards: Proposal for a narrative investigation of addicts’ conversion testimonies”. Religion and Tolerance, 7 (11), 73-90.

Sremac, S. (2008). “Theoretical approaches to coping with crises and conversion”. Religion and Tolerance, 6 (10), 55-70.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS [selected]

Sremac, S. (2015). “‘With God’s help I’ll beat this disease’: The role of narrative identity in the religious outcomes of recovering drug addicts” in: Complex Identities in a Shifting World: Practical Theological Perspectives (Münster: LIT Verlag) (eds. P. Couture, R. Mager, P. McCarroll& N. Wigg-Stevenson), 77-87.

Sremac, S., Ganzevoort, R. R. (2015). “The interplay of Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe” in: Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments.(Brill: Leiden, Boston) (eds. S. Sremac & R. R. Ganzevoort), 1-14.

Sremac, S., Popov-Momčinović, Z., Jovanović, M., Topić, M. (2015). “For the Sake of the Nations: Media, homosexuality andreligio-sexual nationalisms in the Post-Yugoslav Space”. In: Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments. Brill: Leiden, Boston. (eds. Sremac, S & Ganzevoort, R.R), 52-73.

Valić-Nedeljković., Ganzevoort, R. R., Sremac, S. (2015). “The patriarch and the pride: Discourse analysis of the online public response to the Serbian Orthodox Church condemnation of the 2012 gay pride.” In Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance (eds. R. R. Ganzevoort & S. Sremac). (accepted in print).

Ganzevoort, R. R., Sremac, S. (2015). Maculinity, spirituality, and male wartime sexual trauma. In: Springer Handbook of Trauma and Culture, New York, Springer(eds. YochaiAtaria, David Gurevitz, HavivaPedaya, Yuval Neria(submitted).

Berg van der, M., Bos, J.D., Jovanovic, M., Derks, M., Ganzevoort, R.R &Korte, A.M., Sremac, S. (2014). ”Religion, homosexuality, and contested social orders in the Netherlands, the Western Balkans, and Sweden” in: Religion in Times of Crisis (Leiden: Brill) (eds. Gladys Ganiel, Christophe Monnot&HeidemarieWinkel), 116-134.

Topić, M. & Sremac, S. (2014). “Introduction: Europe as a multiple modernity” in: Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing (eds. Topić, M. & Sremac, S),  1-20.

Sremac, S. &Topić, M. (2014). “Are contested identities in the public sphere sacred or secular?” in: Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (eds. Topić, M. & Sremac, S), 358-361.

Ocokoljić, V., Sremac, S., T. Cvetkovski. (2014). “Media representation of Serbian and Croatian postwar identities: A selected examples from Serbian and BBC News” in: Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, (eds. Topić, M. & Sremac, S), 339-357.

Knežević N. & Sremac, S. (2014). “Uvod: Ulogareligija u procesima tranzicione pravde” [Introduction: The role of religion in transitional justice processes] in: Religija, odgovornost i tranziciona pravda [Religion, Responsibility and Transitional Justice]. Novi Sad – Belgrade: CIRPD (eds. Knežević, N. Pantelić, B. & Sremac, S.), 7-11.

Sremac, S., & R., R. Ganzevoort. (2013). “Testimony and transformation: Addiction, meaning and spiritual change” in: Constructs of Meaning and Religious Transformation: Current Issues in the Psychology of Religion. Vienna University Press, Wien, 223-238. (ed. Herman Westerink).

Beuk, S., & Sremac, S. (2013). “Od krstakahermeneuticitela” [From the cross to the hermeneutics of the body] in: Religija, medijiinasilje [Religion, Media and Violence], Otačnik, Beograd, 143-147 (eds. Sremac S., Knežević, N., & Valić-Nedeljković, D).

Sremac, S. & Beuk, S. (2012). “Religija, duhovnostiposttraumatskosećanje” [Religion, Spirituality and Post-traumatic Memories] in: Opasnasećanjaipomirenje [Dangerous Memories and Reconciliation], Ex libris, Rijeka, (eds. Sremac, S., Knežević N., &Grozdanov Z), 267-284.

Sremac, S. (2011). “The Dark Side of the Spoon: Narrating and Reconstructing the Self from Addiction Experience” in: Antropologija, religijeialternativnereligije:Kulturaidentiteta, Beograd, GenaloškicentarzaetnologijuiantropologijuFilozofskogfakulteta u Beogradu, 123-155. (ed. DanijelSinani).

Sremac, S., Beuk, S. &Ocokoljić, V. (2010). “Religija, medijiikultura: Medijizacijareligijei/ilireligizacijamedija [Religion, media and culture: mediatization of religion]” in: Religijskaimaginacijaisavremenimediji: Medijatizacijareligijei/ilireligizacijamedija, [Religious Imagination and Contemporary Media] CEIR, Novi Sad, (eds. Kuburić Z., Sremac, S. &Beuk,. S), 19-35.

Reprint in: Religion and Tolerance 8(14). 2010, 423-436.

Sremac, S. &Beuk, S. (2010). “ŠtaimazajedničkoHolivudsaJerusalimom? Film, teologijaireligijskoiskustvo” [What has Hollywood to do with Jerusalem? Film, Theology and Religious Experience] in: Religijskaimaginacijaisavremenimediji: Medijatizacijareligijei/ilireligizacijamedija, [Religious Imagination and Contemporary Media] CEIR, Novi Sad, (eds. Kuburić Z., Sremac, S. &Beuk,. S), 197-207.

Sremac, S. (2009). “Socijalnakonstrukcijakonverzije: primer narativneanalizesvedočanstvakonverzijekodbivšihzavisnika” [The social construction of conversion: Narrative analyses of the conversion testimonies of recovering drug addicts] Konverzijaikontekst, (eds. Kuburić Z. & Sremac, S), 75-103.

BOOKS

 

Authored  

Sremac, S. Addiction and Spiritual Transformation (2013).  Münster: LIT Verlag, pp. 200 (PhD dissertation). 

Sremac, S., &Beuk, S. (2013). SvetiSveto: Odabraniteološkieseji[The Sacred and the World: The selected theological essays], Beograd: Otačnik, 2013, pp. 190.

Sremac, S. (2012). Zavisnost, religijaiidentitet [Addiction, Religion and Identity], IzdavačkaknjižarnicaZoranaStojanovića, SremskiKarlovci-Novi Sad, pp. 231.

Sremac, S. (2007). Fenomenologijakonverzije [Phenomenology of Conversion],CEIR, Novi Sad, pp. 214.

 

Edited Volumes  

Sremac, S. & Ganzevoort, R. R. (2015). Religious and Sexual Nationalisms in Central and Eastern Europe: Gods, Gays, and Governments.Brill: Leiden, Boston.

Sremac, S. &Mandy Robbins. (2015). Guest editor of the special issue of Journal of Empirical Theology - ‘Religion in Cultural Perspective’, 28 (2), (Brill). (forthcoming).

Ganzevoort, R. R. & Sremac, S. (2015). Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance (Palgrave Macmillan forthcoming).

Topić, M. & Sremac, S. (2014). Europe as a Multiple Modernity: Multiplicity of Religious Identities and Belonging. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 370.

Valić-Nedeljković, D., Sremac, S., Knežević, N. &Gruhonjić, D. (2014). The Role of Media in Normalizing Relations in the Western Balkans. Novi Sad: University of Novi Sad Press, pp. 394.

Knežević, N. Pantelić, B. & Sremac, S. (2014). Religija, Odgovornost i tranziciona pravda [Religion, Responsibility and Transitional Justice]. Novi Sad – Belgrade: CIRPD. pp. 138.

Sremac S., Knežević, N., & Valić-Nedeljković, D. (2013). Religija, mediji i nasilje [Religion, Media and Violence], Beograd: Otačnik. pp. 174.

Knežević, N., Sremac, S., &Golubović, G. (2012). Demitologizacija religijskih narativa na Balkanu[Demythologization of Religious Narratives in the Balkans] Novi Sad: CIRPD. pp. 250.

Sremac, S., Knežević N., &Grozdanov Z. (2012). Opasnasećanjaipomirenje [Dangerous Memories and Reconciliation: A Contextual Exploration of Religion in Post-Conflict Society] Rijeka: Ex Libris. pp. 374.

Kuburić Z., Sremac, S. &Beuk,. S. (2010). Religijskaimaginacijaisavremenimediji: medijizacijareligijei/ilireligizacijamedija [Religious Imaginations and Contemporary Media: Mediatization of Religion], CEIR, Novi Sad. pp. 270.

Kuburić, Z. & Sremac, S. (2009). Konverzijaikontekst [Conversion and Context: Theoretical, Methodological and Practical Approaches to Religious Conversion], CEIR, Novi Sad. pp. 244.

 

RESEARCH PAPERS AND SCHOLARLY PRESENTATIONS [selected]

Sremac, S. “The interplay between religious and sexual nationalisms.” Paper presented at the conference Religion and Transitional Justice in the Post-Yugoslav Space: A Media Analysis in a Comparative Perspective. University of Novi Sad, May 22-23, 2015, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Sremac, S. “Lived religion and lived (in)tolerance” Paper presented at the workshop Transforming Religious Identities and Communities at the Intersections of the Rural, Urban, and Virtual. July 13-15, 2015, Pretoria, South Africa.

Sremac, S. “Author meets critics session and the presentation of the volume Gods, Gays, and Governments” at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), August 20-22, 20015, Chicago, IL. 

Sremac, S. “Religion, nationalism and sexuality in the post-Yugoslav space.” Paper presented at the workshop "Religious claims, nationalism, and human suffering in political conflict: The Former Yugoslavia in a comparative perspective”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 11-12 October 2014.

Sremac, S. “Eros vs Agape: Religion, sexuality and politics in the Western Balkans.” Paper presented at the ESA RN 34 Sociology of Religion, midterm conference – Religion in the Public Domain, Belfast, Northern Ireland, 3-5 September 2014.

Sremac, S. Round table participant “The ways and form of the theology in ex-Yugoslavian countries” at the Concilium conference – Religion and Identity, Franciscan Theology, Sarajevo, 9-12 June, 2014. 

Ganzevoort, R.R. & Sremac, S. “Religion and sexual diversity as markers of cultural identity”. Paper presented at the conference Religion in Cultural Perspective, ISERT, York St John University, York, UK, 3-5 April 2014.

Sremac, S. “On the possibility of dialogue between practical-empirical theology and social science: An example of the social construction of conversion” Lecture delivered at the Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory, University of Belgrade, Serbia, October, 3, 2013. 

Sremac, S. “Eros, Agape and Ethnos: A proposal for critical public discourse analysis on religious and sexual nationalism in the Western Balkans.” Paper presented at The Role of Media in Normalizing Relations in the Western Balkans, University of Novi Sad, Serbia, October 5-6, 2013.

Sremac, S. “Ecumenism, Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in the Western Balkans”. Paper presented at the Global Ecumenical Theological Institute, Hanshin University, Seoul, South Korea, October 27, 2013.

Sremac, S. “Religion, trauma and transitional justice”. Paper presented at the conference The Role of Religion in the Process of Reconciliation and Transitional Justice in the Context of the Western Balkans”, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 21-23 2013.

Sremac, S. “Voices from a junky limbo and the heaven afterwards: Addiction and spiritual transformation” Paper presented at 11th Conference of the International Academy of Practical Theology (IAPT), University of Toronto, Canada, April 11-15 2013.

Sremac, S. &Todorović, D. “Spreading the tongues of fire among Roma Pentecostals in Southeastern Serbia” Paper presented at ESA RN 34 Sociology of Religion, midterm conference - Transformations of the Sacred in Europe and Beyond, Potsdam University, Potsdam, Germany, 3-5 September 2012.  

Sremac, S. “Children, drugs and violence: An overview of children and current drugs situation in Serbia” Paper presented at the core group meeting of the Global Network of Religions for Children (GNRC), Porto, Portugal, 30-31 March 2012.

Sremac, S. “Trauma, religion and identity: Post-traumatic spirituality and war trauma” Paper presented at the conference Dangerous Memories and Reconciliation: A Contextual Exploration of Religion in Post-Conflict Society, Paper presented at Dom Omladine, Belgrade, Serbia, 10-11. June, 2011.

Sremac, S. “The dark side of the spoon: Narrating and reconstructing the self from addiction experience” Paper presented at the conference The Culture of Identity: Anthropology, Religions and Alternative Religions. University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, 5-6 November, 2010.

Sremac, S. “Peace, justice and reconciliation: An example of the Western Balkans” Paper presented at The Global Institute of Theology, Grand Rapids (USA), Calvin Theological Seminary, June 28, 2010.

Sremac, S. “Koinonia instead of xenophobia: Theological exploration of the Serbian church context”, presentation at the Program of the Theological Consultation (European and Dutch Theological Faculties and Churches - Protestant Church in the Netherlands) ”Ministry and Leadership: What kind of spiritual leadership do our churches need?”, Feketić, Serbia, 29 June-3 July, 2006.

Sremac, S. The place and role of emotions as aspect of Imago Dei: Practical Theological Perspective”, Paper presented at the Text and Context Symposium, at the Faculty of Theology, VrijeUniversiteit, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 12 November, 2004.