NCSR2016 – Preliminary Program & Call For Sessions

Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion 2016

Wellbeing, leadership and the lifespan – Current trends in the sociology of religion”

Proudly presents the preliminary program:

Location: University of Helsinki, Main Building

Program and call for papers on our web page:
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ncsr-2016/

The call for sessions is open until November 31, 2015!

We encourage timely and timeless session topics, where researchers from different countries could share their ideas.

Please submit your session using THIS LINK!

Or email your proposal to Kati Niemelä (kati.niemela@helsinki.fi)

The call for individual papers will be opened in January 2016.

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Call for panels and Papers: Populism as movement and rhetoric (Jyväskylä, Finland 17-19 March 2016)

CALL FOR PANELS AND PAPERS

Populism as movement and rhetoric

International conference

Jyväskylä, Finland on 17–19 March 2016

Venue: University of Jyväskylä, Seminarium (S)

Period for applying until October 7th 2015

In Finland as elsewhere in Europe, rapid social change, multicultural challenges, social inequality, and the way different kinds of threat are disseminated by the media for public imagination, have given rise to populist protests and appeals to cultural values usually combining anti-elite and anti-immigrant nationalism with nationally and locally bounded demands of social justice. In the conference, the populist movement and populist rhetoric are in the focus. We invite papers that study populism as a phenomenon with multiple sources and multiple agendas. Issues of nationality, Europeanness, ethnicity, gender, and environmental issues can be explored against the backdrop of the new public sphere and the intermingling of the private and the public in it.

 

Keynote speakers:

Yannis Stavrakakis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Ruth Wodak, professor emerita, Lancaster University

Eoin Devereux, University of Limerick,

Mikko Lehtonen, University of Tampere

 

Coordinators of the conference: PhD Urpo Kovala and PhD Tuija Saresma, Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Conference secretary: Irma Hirsjärvi populistrhetoric2016@jyu.fi  Tel +358 40 8053518

Possible topics of the panels and presentations include, but are not limited to:

  • abusive empowerment in the rhetoric of protest
  • articulations of religion in populist agendas
  • from protest to power: populism in the margin and in the centre
  • cultural expressions of populism; cultural populism
  • politics and culture of populism
  • populist discourse
  • populist movements
  • populist rhetoric
  • populism and the ‘people’

 

Participation

Submissions for panel sessions
The deadline for proposals for panel sessions is October 7th 2015. The proposal has to include the title and a general description of the panel as well as the names of the individual contributors and the titles of their presentations. The maximum length is 300 words, excluding possible references.

 

Submissions for individual paper presentations
Individual paper presentations are organized in parallel sessions with 30 minute slots that include discussion time. The deadline for individual paper proposals is October 7th 2015. The maximum length is 300 words, excluding possible references. The acceptance will be notified in two weeks after the deadline

If you wish to participate without presenting a paper, please contact the conference secretary.

Submissions and registration https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/populistrhetoric2016 (will open 22.9.2015)

Fees, scholarships and grants

Early bird fee is 140 euro (students 40 euro) until February 14th. Lunches, refreshments and conference dinner are included. Further information about travel and accommodation in Jyväskylä can be found in the conference website https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/populistrhetoric2016

A number of scholarships and grants for PhD students and those coming from the low income countries and are in need of financial support will be provided. They consist in a reduction of the participation fee and include all meals. Please note that the deadline for applying for a scholarship or grant is October 7th. The application process and criteria are explained in greater detail on the website: https://www.jyu.fi/en/congress/populistrhetoric2016

Practical information

The conference takes place in the city of Jyväskylä (http://visit.jyvaskyla.fi/en). It is organized by the research project Populism as Movement and Rhetoric, funded by the Academy of Finland (2014–2016) together with the Department of Art and Culture Studies, University of Jyväskylä (https://www.jyu.fi/en)

About the research project: https://www.jyu.fi/hum/laitokset/taiku/opiskelu/nykykulttuuri/tutkimus/projektit/populismi

Email:populistrhetoric2016@jyu.fi

 

Facebook: Populism as movement and rhetorics

 

Web page: https://populismasmovementandrhetoric.wordpress.com/

 

Twitter: during the conference #populistculture

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CFP: Zürich conference, June 2016

Please consider submitting proposals for this conference:

Pray without Ceasing: Spiritual Wisdom and the Practice of Theology

Second International Conference and inauguration of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality will be held June 20-23, 2016 in Kappel, Switzerland.

Dr. Rebecca A. Giselbrecht
rebecca.giselbrecht@theol.uzh.ch
Director of the Center for the Academic Study of Christian Spirituality
University of Zurich
Theological Faculty
Kirchgasse 9
8001 Zürich

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CFP: 4th Annual “Ways of Knowing: The Graduate Conference in Religion at Harvard Divinity School”

We wanted to remind you that proposals are due by Friday, July 17th, for the 4th Annual “Ways of Knowing, The Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School,” October 22-24, 2015, open to all graduate and post-doctoral early career scholars. Our call for papers (attached) is open to all work related to the study of religion, broadly conceived. In addition, we are featuring four special topic modules with targeted calls: 1) Religion and Crisis, 2) The Promise and Peril of Textual Religion, 3) Magic/Science/Religion, and 4) Food Practices Across Religious Traditions.
Our keynote speaker will be Kathryn Lofton, Professor of Religious Studies, American Studies, History and Divinity at Yale University. Her address will be titled “A Problem of Culture: The Goldman Sachs Group in Crisis.”
In addition, we will feature a faculty panel on Religion and the Media, and two professionalization panels with Harvard faculty and alumni: The Academic and Non-Academic Job Markets, and Building a Family and an Academic Career.

Once again, the deadline for submissions is Friday, July 17. Check our website for updated information and for the submission form, http://hds.harvard.edu/gradreligionconference.

Don’t hesitate to email Kirsten Wesselhoeft at gradreligionconference@hds.harvard.edu with any questions.

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Call for communications: International and Interdisciplinary Colloquium – Religious facts and media

Religious Facts and Media International and Interdisciplinary Conference
March 23-24, 2016
Paris
École Pratique des Hautes Études
Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités

The Ph. D. candidates of the Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités (EPHE-CNRS) organise a colloquim, devoted to Religious Facts and Media. It will take place in Paris, at the GSRL, on the 23rd and 24th of March 2016.

This colloquium will open for discussion the processes and issues at stake related to the mediatization of religion in a French society that largely considers itself to be secular. It will focus on the mainstream news media, both in their conventional and digital forms. It aims to encourage reflection about the mechanisms of information production on religious facts and to question the specificity of the media coverage of religious facts in France compared to foreign media practices.

It is opened to researchers, post-doctoral fellows and ph. D. candidates, French and foreign, from all fields.

The communications proposals, written in French or English, must contain the following elements: LAST NAME, First name, electronic adress, statute and academic institution of belonging of the author(s). They must indicate the direction(s) into which they fit. They must count 3000 characters (with spaces). They must be at the formats .rtf ou .doc. They must be received by September 15, 2015, with the following object: “colloquium proposal“, at this address: faits.religieux.et.medias@gmail.com.

Learn more at https://faitsreligieuxetmedias.wordpress.com

 

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23rd Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd Nordic conference for the Sociology of Religion. The conference will be held on the 17th–19th of August in 2016 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ncsr-2016/

The theme of the conference is: Wellbeing, leadership and the lifespan – Current trends in the sociology of religion

The subjective turn has made the individual the centre of attention in debates on current religious and spiritual change. The customisation of religious belief, ritual and thought often centres around individual wellbeing. At the same time, religious organisations are redrafting their management and leadership strategies and have shifted their attention from classic teaching and worship to new forms of individualised and experience-centred formats. Individuals and their lifespan have increasingly become the centre of focus in religion. These changes also tend to raise tensions in religious organisations, and the polarisation between extremes seems to be increasing. The changes are linked to changes in society at large, including demographic changes, generational changes, changes in the role of the media and changes in the role of religious authority. Religion is increasingly a matter of personal choice and is given no automatic authority at any level.

The 23rd Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion seeks more understanding, both theoretically and empirically, on the changes in the religious field and their meaning for the individual, for religious and secular organisations, and for society at large. Contributions addressing these developments and changes at different levels and broadening the understanding of the role of religion in society today are warmly welcome. Other current topics within the sociology of religion will also be discussed. We encourage proposals for both sessions and individual papers.

Call for papers is now published!! See more under the ‘Call for papers’ tab! http://blogs.helsinki.fi/ncsr-2016/callforpapers/ 

Important dates:The dead line for session proposals is Nov 31, 2015. The dead line for paper proposals is March 15, 2016.

The confirmed keynote speakers are:

  • Nancy Ammerman, Boston University
  • Jörg Stolz, University of Lausanne
  • Coutney Bender, Columbia University
  • Anne Birgitta Pessi, University of Helsinki

Language of the conference is English.

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Conference & Call for Papers: ““Religiones en cuestión: campos, fronteras y perspectivas””

XVIII Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas en América Latina
Mendoza, Argentina, Nov 16-19, 2015

Las XVIII Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas en América Latina son realizadas por la Asociación de Cientistas Sociales de la Religión del Mercosur (ACSRM). La organización local estará a cargo de la Facultad de Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Nacional de Cuyo. Las XVIII Jornadas se realizarán en la ciudad de Mendoza, Argentina, entre los días 16 y 19 de noviembre de 2015.

A lo largo de los cuatro días, se desarrollarán mesas redondas, grupos de trabajo, coloquios, presentaciones de libros y actividades culturales. Normas para la presentación de propuestas de Grupos de Trabajo: Los Grupos de Trabajo deberán contar con dos coordinadores, de preferencia provenientes de dos países diferentes de América Latina. Al menos uno de los coordinadores deberá poseer el título de doctor y ambos deben ser, hasta el inicio del evento, asociados de la ACSRM.

Las propuestas deberán incluir:

  • Nombre del Coordinador/a 1:
  • Adscripción Institucional:
  • Título Académico:
  • Nombre del Coordinador/a 2:
  • Adscripción Institucional:
  • Título Académico:
  • Título del GT:
  • Fundamentación: (Entre 200 y 250 palabras )

Las propuestas de GT deben enviarse hasta el 31 de marzo de 2015 al siguiente correo electrónico: jornadas.acsrm@gmail.com

 

 

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ISA RC-22: Call for Session Proposals (3rd Forum of Sociology)

RC–22 Call for Sessions:
“Religion, Secularity and Post-Secularity:
Crafting Meaningful Futures”

The Third ISA Forum of Sociology
“The Futures we want: Global Sociology and the
Struggles for a Better World’’
to be held in Vienna, 10-14 July, 2016.

Programme Co-ordinator: Vineeta Sinha (University of Singapore: socvs@nus.edu.sg)
Assisted by Olga Breskaya (European Humanities University, Luthuania: olga.breskaya@ehu.lt)

PROGRAM  THEME: The world’s current socio-economic and political turmoil has a profound impact on religious expressions, sensibilities and worldviews.  Religious expressions and worldviews also affect the surrounding socio-economic and political spheres.   Such dramatic changes produce disquiet, tumult and agitation but also open opportunities to question the status and create novel social possibilities.
Sociologists of religion face a number of challenges in understanding these interactions.  Among these is the need to develop new theoretical and empirical approaches to our subject.  Sociologists have long argued about the continuing place and value of religions in a secularizing and globalizing world .  Although the notion of ‘post-secularity’ is hardly new, it has recently emerged forcefully (and somewhat fashionably) in attempts to theorise the visibility and relevance of religiosity in the world today.  This raises serious questions that deserve sociological attention.   Among these:

  • Do recent developments signal to some extent the passing of a ‘secularist’ moment?
  • What is meant by ‘post-secularity’?
  • Are we living in a post-secular age?  Or are we merely looking forward to one?
  • If so, what would religion look like is such a context?
  • What effect religion could religion have in a rapidly changing world?

The objective of these thematic sessions is to theorise the complex religious landscapes in the present and to contemplate if, where, how and with what effect religions will manifest and organize themselves in a rapidly changing socio-political landscape.

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS:  We invite RC 22 members to propose sessions that deal with these complex issues.  We especially welcome sessions that include cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons.   Besides the thematic topics above, we also seek sessions that contribute to other recent debates within the field.  Here are some ideas:

  • any of the thematic ideas listed above
  • religion in the public sphere
  • popular religion
  • religion, gender and feminism
  • urban forms of religiosity
  • material religion
  • religious commodification and consumption
  • religious revivalism and religious innovation in a global context
  • other topics of interest.

Both thematic proposals and non-thematic proposals should address the multiple, complex and sometimes opposing strands and arguments on their topics in the social-scientific study of religion.

HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION:

  • If you wish to propose a session before February 2nd, please send an abstract (no more than 300 words), your full name, institutional affiliation, e-mail and a short bio to Vineeta Sinha (socvs@nus.edu.sg)
  • Starting 2 February, 2015, you can submit your proposals online at the International Sociological Association’s website.  A link will appear at http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/
  • Session proposals must be in English, French, or Spanish.

Please also note that you must become an RC22 member to have your session proposal accepted; you can join the Research Committee through the ISA website at http://www.isa-sociology.org/memb_i/index.htm

In order to be included in the programme, all participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) must join the ISA and register for the Forum by the early registration deadline of 1 April, 2016. Without early registration and membership, presenters, chairs, etc. will not appear in the Programme Book or in the Abstracts Book.

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Call for Session Proposals: 3rd Forum of Sociology in Vienna, July 2012. Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion

RC 22: Research Committee for the Sociology of Religion Call for Sessions:
“Religion, Secularity and Post-Secularity: Crafting Meaningful Futures”

The Third ISA Forum of Sociology “The Futures we want: Global Sociology and the struggles for a better world’’ to be held in Vienna, 10-14 July, 2016. (International Sociological Association)

Programme Co-ordinator: Vineeta Sinha (socvs@nus.edu.sg)

PROGRAM  THEME:  The world’s current socio-economic and political turmoil has a profound impact on religious expressions, sensibilities and worldviews.  Religious expressions and worldviews also affect the surrounding socio-economic and political spheres.   Such dramatic changes produce disquiet, tumult and agitation but also open opportunities to question the status and create novel social possibilities.
Sociologists of religion face a number of challenges in understanding these interactions.  Among these is the need to develop new theoretical and empirical approaches to our subject.  Sociologists have long argued about the continuing place and value of religions in a secularizing and globalizing world .  Although the notion of ‘post-secularity’ is hardly new, it has recently emerged forcefully (and somewhat fashionably) in attempts to theorise the visibility and relevance of religiosity in the world today.  This raises serious questions that deserve sociological attention.   Among these:

  • Do recent developments signal to some extent the passing of a ‘secularist’ moment?
  • What is meant by ‘post-secularity’?
  • Are we living in a post-secular age?  Or are we merely looking forward to one?
  • If so, what would religion look like is such a context?
  • What effect religion could religion have in a rapidly changing world?

The objective of these thematic sessions is to theorise the complex religious landscapes in the present and to contemplate if, where, how and with what effect religions will manifest and organize themselves in a rapidly changing socio-political landscape.

CALL FOR SESSION PROPOSALS:  We invite RC 22 members to propose sessions that deal with these complex issues.  We especially welcome sessions that include cross-cultural and cross-national comparisons.   Besides the thematic topics above, we also seek sessions that contribute to other recent debates within the field.  Here are some ideas:

  • any of the thematic ideas listed above
  • religion in the public sphere
  • popular religion
  • religion, gender and feminism
  • urban forms of religiosity
  • material religion
  • religious commodification and consumption
  • religious revivalism and religious innovation in a global context
  • other topics of interest.

Both thematic proposals and non-thematic proposals should address the multiple, complex and sometimes opposing strands and arguments on their topics in the social-scientific study of religion.

HOW TO PROPOSE A SESSION:

  • If you wish to propose a session before February 2nd, please send an abstract (no more than 300 words), your full name, institutional affiliation, e-mail and a short bio to Vineeta Sinha (socvs@nus.edu.sg)
  • Starting 2 February, 2015, you can submit your proposals online at the International Sociological Association’s website.  A link will appear at http://www.isa-sociology.org/forum-2016/
  • Session proposals must be in English, French, or Spanish.

Please also note that you must become an RC22 member to have your session proposal accepted; you can join the Research Committee through the ISA website at http://www.isa-sociology.org/memb_i/index.htm 

In order to be included in the programme, all participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) must join the ISA and register for the Forum by the early registration deadline of 1 April, 2016. Without early registration and membership, presenters, chairs, etc. will not appear in the Programme Book or in the Abstracts Book.

The Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22) is the section of the International Sociological Association tasked with advancing theory and research in the sociology of religion, in the context of world sociology.  Please visit our website at www.ISA-RC22.org for information about us and about our programs.  Visit the ISA’s website at www.isa-sociology.org for information about our parent organization.  Information about the Third Forum of Sociology can be found at http://www.isa-sociology.org/vienna-2016/

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