Call for Session Proposals: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities
Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018

RESEARCH COMMITTEE 22: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION: Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World

NOW OPEN – Call for Session Proposals: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22): https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/rc/cfs.cgi?

Program Coordinators:

  • Anna Halafoff, Deakin University, Australia
  • Sam Han, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Caroline Starkey, University of Leeds, UK

Current environmental, economic, social, and political challenges indicate that people are losing faith in existing power structures and mechanisms for coping with crises. This creates increasingly divided societies, riven by ideological battles for the future of the human and the more than human world. Religion has a place in this picture. Not only is it often a source of divisions; it can also be a source for alternative means of addressing them.

These divisions take new and as yet unclear shapes, which sociologists are only now beginning to comprehend. It is not enough to refer to the struggle between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, terms that dominated sociology through the 1970s. Nor do the tropes ‘colonialism vs. anti-colonialism’ and the ‘clash of civilizations’ adequately explain what is going on. Nor, arguably, does ‘populism vs neo-liberalism’ fully capture such things as the recent clashes between cosmopolitan and anticosmopolitan actors in the major Western democracies. Each of these has a piece of the picture; none of them captures it all.

What is religion’s role in this situation: as a creator of divisions, as a locus of power, and as a ground of resistance?  How does religion influence our divided societies? How is religion influenced in turn?

We invite proposals for RC22 sessions that focus on religion, power, intersectional violence, and social divisions, and also resistance to power, violence, and division. We encourage sessions that explore the nexus between:

  • religion and global capitalism;
  • religion and colonialism;
  • religion and nationalism;
  • religion and racism;
  • religion and violent extremism;
  • religion and gender inequality;
  • religion and sexuality inequality;
  • religion and environmental crises;
  • religion and resistance to power and violence; and
  • other topics that speak to religion’s role in a divided world.

We particularly encourage a focus on new ideas. We thus encourage sessions on:

  • post-colonial, Southern and Eastern social theories;
  • gender and sexuality equality;
  • violent and nonviolent social movements;
  • human rights and peacebuilding;
  • third spaces, digital activism, and other new phenomena.

Above all, we seek new ways of understanding religion in our divided world.

The ISA CONFEX website site will be open to session proposals between 2 February and 15 March, 2017 24:00 GMT.

https://isaconf.confex.com/isaconf/wc2018/rc/cfs.cgi?

We welcome both pre-organised invited sessions, topical sessions that will be open to paper proposals by individuals, and poster sessions and roundtable proposals.

Once the sessions are chosen, individuals will have an opportunity to propose individual papers for those sessions, from April 25 to September 30, 2017 24:00 GMT, also at the CONFEX website.

Please address any questions to the Program Coordinators:

A two-day conference at the University of York: Fresh Perspectives on Pilgrimage and Place

‘Fresh Perspectives on Pilgrimage and Place’

A two-day conference at the University of York July 18-19, 2017 

Background In autumn 2017 an interdisciplinary team (History, Social Anthropology, Religious Studies, Theology, Archaeology, Art History and 3D visualisation) from the University of York, Open University and University of Toronto will complete a 3 year Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project on ‘Pilgrimage and England’s Cathedrals, Past and Present’. The project focuses on cathedrals as unique ‘laboratories’ in which to examine wider questions about the meanings and experience of pilgrimage and sacred space through the centuries.

 

Conference This conference is designed as an opportunity to share project research outcomes in conversation with others working in the fields of pilgrimage and both journey- and place-related spirituality. We therefore invite proposals from individuals (20 minute papers) or groups/networks (90 minute sessions). Proposals (up to 250 words) should be sent to Dr Dee Dyas (dee.dyas@york.ac.uk) by March 1, 2017. Those invited to present papers will be notified by March 21.

 

Seminar at University of Agder, Kristiansand

The Repstad Seminar: Studying Religion in Contemporary Society

This open seminar takes the scholarly work of our colleague professor Pål Repstad as its point of departure. As he is about to retire from his ordinary position at the University of Agder, we give him and ourselves this opportunity to discuss some of his main scholarly interests and perspectives. The seminar concentrates on a further clarification of the social science contribution to the understanding of religiousness in late modern societies. The symposium will also discuss the relevance of social science studies of religion for other scholarly disciplines.

Pål Repstad is professor in sociology of religion at University of Agder, Norway. He has written extensively on changes in contemporary religion, especially about religion in the Nordic countries. Books by him have been translated into Swedish, Danish, English, Bosnian, Turkish and Persian. He has been editor of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society for many years. His most well-known book in English is An Introduction to the Sociology of Religion (2006, co-authored with Inger Furseth). He is an honorary doctor at Uppsala University.

Program

Tuesday May 23, 2017

1015 Welcome

1025: Pål Repstad, University of Agder: Sociology of religion in contexts

1045: Jim Beckford, University of Warwick: Religious diversity: Sociological issues and perspectives

1130: Lunch

1215: Mia Lövheim, Uppsala University: Mediatization and religion: reflections on the usefulness of a difficult word

1245: Inger Furseth, University of Oslo: Religious complexity. Using complexity theory to understand multiple trends

1315: Anne Løvland, University of Agder: Social semiotics in the study of religion

1335: Break

1350: Ida Marie Høeg, University of Agder: Lived religion – a tool in theorizing varieties of religion, spirituality and non-religion? The case of new death rituals

1415: Jan-Olav Henriksen, MF Norwegian School of Theology/University of Agder and Paul Leer-Salvesen, University of Agder: Empirically informed theology

1500: Coffee Break

1530: Former Master and PhD candidates supervised by Pål Repstad present their work (10 minutes each):

Nils Justvik: Sports among Conservative Christians – from sin to a gift from God

Irene Trysnes: Camping with God. Roles and rituals at Christian summer festivals for young people

Tomas Rasmussen: Street Religion – Faith among Romanian beggars in Kristiansand

Kristina Grundetjern: The trek and the target. A pilgrimage in Norway

Bjarte Leer-Helgesen: Preaching to Mourners

Tale Steen-Johnsen: Is anyone listening? Religious leaders building peace in times of violent conflict

1645: Pål Repstad: Summing Up

1700: End of seminar

1900: Dinner

Exhibition

Pål Repstad has for many years been an eager collector of small commercial religious objects. After the seminar, an exhibition based on his collection will open in the university library, with a brief reflection from Pål about what such objects can tell us about contemporary religious trends. After that, there will be mingling and a dinner.

Practicalities

Venue

University of Agder, Campus Kristiansand

http://www.uia.no/en/about-uia/campus-kristiansand

Accommodation

The University of Agder has agreements with the following hotels

  • Thon Hotel Kristiansand
  • Scandic Dyreparken Kristiansand
  • Comfort Hotel, Kristiansand
  • Scandic Kristiansand Bystranda
  • Radisson Blue Caledonien Krs
  • Clarion Hotel Ernst

When booking be sure to mention that you will participate at a conference at the University of Agder to get a reduced price.

A low-cost alternative may be

  • Sjøgløtt Hotell Kristiansand

Registration

https://eras.uia.no/reg.php?id=1903

Please register before April 1, 2017

There is no conference fee and the dinner is complementary of the University of Agder.

Contact and further information:

Hans Hodne, Head of Department

Telephone: 38 14 20 66

Mobile: 416 75 581

hans.hodne@uia.no

 

 

Call for Papers for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, November 2017

AAR Annual Meeting
Boston, MA
November 18-21, 2017

https://papers.aarweb.org/content/sociology-religion-unit

Sociology of Religion as part of a larger discipline is marked by a canonization of its theory and its division by paradigms and methodologies–whether these be the classics (Weber and Durkheim), the old paradigm (functionalism and social constructionism), or the new paradigm (rational choice) on the one hand or quantitative, qualitative, or historical-comparative sociology on the other. As it intersects with sociology of religion, the study of religion has drawn from theories and methodologies in conversation with sociology, anthropology, critical theory, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. We are interested both in papers that utilize the methods and theories in the study of religion and bring them into the sociological canon as well as those that help religious studies gain a better grasp of the sociological theory of religion. We encourage papers that exploit both the theory and methodology of sociology of religion and religious studies and use them as frames for analysis of concrete cases. We are interested in historical topics in the sociology of religion as well as contemporary ones. In particular, we request papers that touch upon social divisions examining race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, region, age, etc.

Critics of sociology of religion have pointed out that the field is dominated by North American scholars primarily interested in Protestantism. The discipline of religious studies provides a clear antidote to these perceived limitations. Therefore, we encourage contributions from academics who study the various religious traditions around the world as well as those studying North American religious communities. In particular, we would like submissions from scholars from all academic ranks across the lines of nationality, region, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

The purpose of the Sociology of Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion is to bridge the gap and create cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. One way to do so is to break down each of these fields into their core component: theory, methods, and data. Comparing sociology of religion and religious studies: First, what are the core canons in each field? Sociological Theory of Religion (SOR) and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion (RS). What are their central theories? Second, what are the main methodologies that each field primarily relies upon? Finally, what count as data in each of these fields?

Along these lines, we are interested in the following topics:
• The intersection of theory, methods and data in Religious Studies and Sociology of Religion

• Bringing non-western theory into Sociological Theory of Religion and the Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

• Core Canons: Sociological Theory of Religion and Method and Theory in the Study of Religion

• Core Theories: Secularization Theory (or Religious Pluralism) and Critical Religion

• Comparative Methodologies: Sociology of Religion vs. Religious Studies

• What counts as data in Religious Studies and Sociology of Religion?

• Assessments of how “religion” is operationalized in quantitative sociology

Beyond this, we are particularly interested in the following more substantive topics. This is not an exclusive list and we encourage submissions on other topics as well.
• Peter Berger’s The Sacred Canopy at 50: Future Directions for a Sociological Classic

• Social and Religious Movements (along racial, ethnic, national, regional, or class lines)

• Sociology of Religion from Unheard Voices

In addition to this, the Sociology of Religion Unit is inviting proposal for a co-sponsored panel with the Anthropology of Religion Unit. Below is the description of the panel:
For a special panel co-sponsored with the Anthropology of Religion and Sociology of Religion program units, we invite papers that examine problems encountered or mistakes made in the context of ethnographic fieldwork. Papers should present the context of the research and the specific details of the problem/mistake that arose and how it was addressed. Extra time will be allotted to brainstorm additional solutions and to thinking broadly about a “methodology of/for mistakes.”

Symposium” “Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia”

I’d like to invite you to submit abstracts to the symposium Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Australia, which I am convening with Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University.

  • Date: 11-12 of August, 2017
  • Abstract submission date: Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Submit to: Kathleen Openshaw   k.openshaw@westernsydney.edu
  • Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfrid Laurier University)

Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities (PCC) have grown significantly worldwide, particularly in the Global South. In Australia, the latest National Church Life Survey has shown they have overtaken Anglicans as the second largest religious group by attendance, behind the Catholic Church. Data also points to PCC adherents’ higher educational attainment, now higher than among Anglicans. Moreover, Australia’s location in Oceania, the ‘most Christian part of the world,’ means that many migrants from the region are Pentecostal and Charismatic.

On the other hand, Australian megachurches such as Hillsong, Planetshakers, COC and C3 have been influencing churches in many parts of the world, including the USA and even Brazil, the largest Pentecostal country in the world. In this symposium we are interested in teasing out the remarkable growth of PCC in Australia, a country considered largely secular. We are hoping to discuss the following questions: How have PCC grown from their humble origins to become such a force in Australia? What makes Australians join a PCC movement? What is the relationship between PCC and Australian politics? How do migrants and refugees negotiate identity, belonging and home-making in Australia through Pentecostal/Charismatic churches? How can we account for the remarkable rise of PCC in Australia in a post-secular world? How do PCC expand in and out of the country?

This call for papers seeks authors on topics which include the connections between Australian PCC and:

  • Historical developments
  • Australian politics
  • Media, music, Information Communication Technologies
  • Branding and marketing
  • Late modernity and global capitalism
  • Material culture
  • Aesthetics and embodied practices
  • Lived experiences
  • Social justice movements/activism
  • Chaplaincy in schools
  • Aboriginal Peoples
  • Migration
  • Gender and class
  • Youth and celebrity cultures

The conveners are planning to publish chapters in an edited volume after the symposium.

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University
Editor: Journal of Global Buddhism
Editor: Religion in the Americas series, Brill
http://www.uws.edu.au/religion_and_society/people/researchers/dr_cristina_rocha

Call for Abstracts: Conference on Trauma and the Spirituality of Children and Youth

Conference: 27 & 28 July 2017
University of South Africa, Muckleneuk Campus Pretoria, South Africa

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

Abstracts must be received by 31 March 2017. Abstracts received after the deadline will not be considered. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Organising Committee and authors will be notified via e-mail regarding the status of their abstract acceptance. Presenting authors of papers must be registered and paid participants. Abstracts must be submitted in English and have a word count of no more than 250 words.

Please submit your abstract to oberhae@unisa.ac.za  as well as aposta1@unisa.ac.za

For further information or assistance you are welcome to contact

Trauma can affect children and youth on a physical, emotional, social and spiritual level, causing distress in all of these areas. However, not enough emphasis has been placed on the spiritual consequence of trauma on children and youth. This conference will aim to bring together scholars from various disciplines in order to present research, encourage conversations and critically reflect on the impact of trauma on the spirituality of children and youth.

We invite papers from multiple disciplines, addressing the spiritual trauma children and youth can experience when faced with adversities such as violence and crime, the death of a loved one, accidents, life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses and other healthcare experiences, bullying and cyber bullying, abuse and sexual abuse and pornography.

Call for Papers: First International Congress of the Chilean Society for the Sciences of Religions Dialog, education and religious tolerance

Call for Papers
December 1, 2016

With a total of 22 symposia approved, we invite both Chilean and foreign researchers to present their papers in the diverse thematic lines available. Here you can see the list of symposia: http://www.schcr.cl/simposiosaceptados.html

In order to send a proposal, you must contact the symposium coordinators directly. In case your paper proposal does not fit any of the symposia, it must be sent as a free paper, which will be assessed by the Scientific Committee of the Congress, and included in special symposia (1, 2 and 3) coordinated by the Organizing Committee. The e-mail for sending free papers is: schcr2017@gmail.com

Thematic lines for the symposium papers

  • Theory and methodology in the study of religions
  • Phenomenology of religions
  • Symbology and Art in religion
  • Islam and Islamophobia
  • Modern religious movements
  • Anthropology and sociology of religions
  • History of religious institutions
  • Literature and religion: Sacred texts
  • Religion, politics and gender studies
  • Psychology of religions
  • Education and religion
  • Ecclesiastical law
  • Religions in classical antiquity
  • Church-state relationships in Latin America
  • Archeology and religiosity in prehistoric times
  • Iconography and religious cultural heritage
  • Religions and human rights
  • Far East Religions
  • Philosophy of religions
  • Popular and ethnic religiosity in Latin America

The specific contact information for the symposium organizers is in the attached PDF file.

Call for Papers: First International Congress of the Chilean Society for the Sciences of Religions Dialog, education and religious tolerance

Call for Papers
December 1, 2016

With a total of 22 symposia approved, we invite both Chilean and foreign researchers to present their papers in the diverse thematic lines available. Here you can see the list of symposia: http://www.schcr.cl/simposiosaceptados.html

In order to send a proposal, you must contact the symposium coordinators directly. In case your paper proposal does not fit any of the symposia, it must be sent as a free paper, which will be assessed by the Scientific Committee of the Congress, and included in special symposia (1, 2 and 3) coordinated by the Organizing Committee. The e-mail for sending free papers is: schcr2017@gmail.com

Thematic lines for the symposium papers

  • Theory and methodology in the study of religions
  • Phenomenology of religions
  • Symbology and Art in religion
  • Islam and Islamophobia
  • Modern religious movements
  • Anthropology and sociology of religions
  • History of religious institutions
  • Literature and religion: Sacred texts
  • Religion, politics and gender studies
  • Psychology of religions
  • Education and religion
  • Ecclesiastical law
  • Religions in classical antiquity
  • Church-state relationships in Latin America
  • Archeology and religiosity in prehistoric times
  • Iconography and religious cultural heritage
  • Religions and human rights
  • Far East Religions
  • Philosophy of religions
  • Popular and ethnic religiosity in Latin America

The specific contact information for the symposium organizers is in the attached PDF file.

Call for Papers: SISR/ISSR Conference “Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies” (Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-7 July 2017)

The online facility for submitting paper proposals for the ISSR Conference “Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies” (Lausanne, Switzerland, 4-7 July 2017) is now open and available at this link: https://www.sisr-issr.org/en/conference/the-call-for-papers-for-the-issr-conference-religion-cooperation-and-conflict-in-diverse-societies-lausanne-switzerland-4-7-july-2017-is-now-open-the-deadline-for-submitting-paper-proposals

There, you can find a document describing the sessions (list of titles below).   Please have a look and decide to which session you would like to submit your paper. When submitting the paper, please use the same link and the online form. The proposal (title and abstract up to 250 words) should be only in one language – English or French – in which you would like to present your paper.  Please note that you can submit only one paper proposal!

The deadline for submitting paper proposals is 10 January 2017.

For more information on the conference: https://wp.unil.ch/issr2017conference

List of Session Titles:


STS #1
Convener(s) Jörg Stolz, David Voas, Pierre Bréchon
Title Religiosity : Analysis of international and national quantitative surveys

STS #2
Convener(s) Irene Becci, Marian Burchardt, Mariachiara Giorda
Title Reshaping the secular in religious superdiverse societies

STS #3
Convener(s) Géraldine Mossière, Christophe Monnot
Title Conversion and socio-political commitment

STS #4
Convener(s) Pascal Tanner
Title Diversity within Non-Religion

STS #5
Convener(s) Jens Koehrsen, Alexandre Grandjean
Title Turning «green»: When religious actors get involved in sustainability agendas

STS #6
Convener(s) Roberto Cipriani
Title Homosexuality and religion

STS #7
Convener(s) Sarah-Jane Page, Anna Halafoff
Title Global Flows of Contemporary Buddhism

STS #8
Convener(s) Stéphanie Tremblay, Marie-Andrée Roy
Title Religious Diversity: Between the Majority Perceptions and Strategies of Religious Groups

STS #9
Convener(s) Kati Tervo-Niemelä
Title Religion and non-religion across generations

STS #10
Convener(s) Roberto M.C. Motta, Claude Ravelet, Léa Freitas Perez
Title Religious and Cultural Syncretism, Interpenetration, Fundamentalism, Intolerance, and Conflict in Brazil, France and Elsewhere: Comparative Views

STS #11
Convener(s) Sylvie Poirier, Françoise Dussart
Title Indigenous Contemporary Religiosities. Between Solidarity, Contestation, Convergence and Renewal

STS #12
Convener(s) Audrey Lim
Title Religion’s use of social media in society

STS #13
Convener(s) Yaghoob Foroutan
Title Muslims in the West: Patterns and Differentials

STS #14
Convener(s) Mina Shojaee, Yaghoob Foroutan
Title Gender and Religion: Correlates and Causes

STS #15
Convener(s) David Lehmann
Title Religion of the others : mimicry and ritual reworking

STS #16 Abstract
Convener(s) Mark R. Mullins
Title Neo-nationalism, Politics, and Religion in the Public Sphere in Japan and East Asia

STS #17
Convener(s) Gang-Hua Fan
Title Religiosity and Subjective Well-Being

STS #18
Convener(s) Wei-hsian Chi, Yoshihide Sakurai
Title Media and Religion in East Asia

STS #19
Convener(s) Julia Martínez-Ariño
Title Governing religious diversity and conflict in the city

STS #20
Convener(s) Cristina Rocha, Paul Freston, Kathleen Openshaw
Title Global Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities

STS #21
Convener(s) Norihito Takahashi, Tatsuya Shirahase
Title The Multicultural Engagement of Religious Organisations in the East Asian Context

STS #22
Convener(s) Elisabeth Arweck
Title Young People’s Attitudes to Religious Diversity

STS #23
Convener(s) Philip Hughes
Title Pentecostalism, cooperation and conflict in diverse societies

STS #24
Convener(s) Tadaatsu Tajima, Yu-shuang Yao
Title New Religious Movements and Established Religions vs. Globalisation/Glocalisation in the Asia Context

STS #25
Convener(s) Magdalena Nordin, Lene Kühle
Title Religion in public institutions

STS #26
Convener(s) Nonka Bogomilova Todorova
Title “God’s Chosen Nation”: A Mythological Construct and Conflict-generating Potential

STS #27
Convener(s) Mia Lövheim
Title Media and Religious Diversity; conflict and cooperation

STS #28
Convener(s) Elisabeth Arweck
Title Religious Socialisation and Education: Ways to Promote Co-operation and Reduce Conflict in Diverse Societies?

STS #29
Convener(s) Zoran Matevski
Title Faith Communities and Religious Groups and the Principle of Religious Tolerance within South-Eastern Europe

STS #30
Convener(s) Elena Lisovskaya
Title Towards a sociology of the icon and iconography

STS #31
Convener(s) Conrad Hackett
Title Religion and educational attainment around the world

STS #32
Convener(s) Conrad Hackett
Title Opportunities and Challenges in Studying Asian Religions

STS #33
Convener(s) Kees de Groot
Title Religion in Prison

STS #34
Convener(s) Michele Dillon
Title Post-secular Catholicism

STS #35
Convener(s) Vyacheslav Karpov
Title Secularizations and Counter-secularizations: Theoretical and Comparative Perspectives.

STS #36
Convener(s) Giuseppe Giordan, Siniša Zrinščak
Title Religions and Human Rights

STS #37
Convener(s) Yoshihide Sakurai, Kikuko Hirahuji
Title Religious Research and Religious Education in Contemporary Asia-Pacific Regions

STS #38
Convener(s) Heiner Meulemann
Title Celebration of life course transitions: A cultural residuum of religion after secularization

STS #39
Convener(s) Roberto Cipriani
Title Diffused Religion. Beyond secularization

STS #40
Convener(s) Torkel Brekke
Title Love thy neighbour? The roles of Christianity in shaping attitudes and policies to Muslim immigrants in Europe

STS #41
Convener(s) Victor Roudometof
Title The Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Churches

STS #42
Convener(s) Joëlle Allouche-Benayoun
Title Judaism, judaicities. Mutations and evolutions of the contemporary jewish world

STS #43
Convener(s) Suzana Ramos Coutinho
Title Migration, Religion and Identity

STS #44
Convener(s) Dorota Hall, Dinka Marinović Jerolimov
Title “Refugee crisis” in Central and Eastern Europe

STS #45
Convener(s) Juliette Galonnier
Title Muslims and Race in Europe

STS #46
Convener(s) Vivarelli Clementine, Massignon Bérengère
Title Atheisms and religions in conflict ? Beliefs, paths, organisations

STS #47
Convener(s) Robert Dixon
Title Current Concerns in Parish and Congregational Research

STS #48
Convener(s) Pål Ketil Botvar, Ann Kristin Gresaker
Title Religion and humor – negotiation and conflict

STS #49
Convener(s) Irena Borowik, Katarzyna Zielinska
Title Religion in the public sphere: social discourses on biopolitics

STS #50
Convener(s) Frank Usarski, Edin Sued Abumanssur
Title Cooperation and conflicts among Latin American Religions

STS #51
Convener(s) Yannick Fer, Véronique Altglas, Hicham Benaissa, Juliette Galonnier, Gwendoline Malogne-Fer
Title Agenda for a Critical Sociology of Religion: subjective experience and social determinants

STS #52
Convener(s) Antonius Liedhegener, Anastas Odermatt, Conrad Hackett
Title Contested Religious Belonging in Europe. Measuring Old Traditions and New Identities in Comparative Perspective

STS #53
Convener(s) Anna Halafoff, Gary Bouma, Elisabeth Arweck
Title Worldviews of Millennials: Education, Social Inclusion and Countering Violent Extremism

STS #54
Convener(s) Louis Audet Gosselin
Title Media and Religious Radicalization: Gatekeeping and the Construction of Extremism

STS #55
Convener(s) Olaf Glöckner, Karine Michel
Title Conflicts, cooperation and completion among Jewish religious groups worldwide

STS #56
Convener(s) Andrea Rota, Rafael Walthert
Title Religious communities: Between public participation and internal tension

STS #57
Convener(s) Effie Fokas, Alexia Mitsikostas
Title The European Court of Human Rights at the Grassroots Level: exploring the Court’s role in governing religion-related tensions on the ground

STS #58
Convener(s) Heinrich W. Schäfer, Jens Koehrsen, Cecilia A Delgado-Molina
Title Religion and Social Inequality: Empirical Insights and Theoretical Reflections

STS #59
Convener(s) Rodrigo Toniol, Brenda Poveda Carranza, Mari Sol Garcia Somoza
Title Body, Politics and Religion. Theoretical approach, methodological articulations and ethnographic studies in Latin America

STS #60
Convener(s) Ludovic Bertina, Anahita Grisoni, Jean Chamel, Mathieu Gervais, Luis Martinez Andrade
Title Ecology, religions and spiritualities: from socio-environmental conflicts to cosmopolitcs

STS #61
Convener(s) Leni Franken, Sivane Hirsch
Title Religion and education in contemporary plural societies: a matter of neutrality?

STS #62
Convener(s) Titus Hjelm, James V. Spickard
Title Social Theory and Religion

STS #63
Convener(s) Inger Furseth
Title Religious Radicalism and Extremism

STS #64
Convener(s) Thea D. Boldt, Hubert Knoblauch
Title Religion as Communication: Materiality, Mediatization and Objectivation

STS #65
Convener(s) Uta Karstein, Thomas Schmidt-Lux
Title Architecture as a Medium of Religious Conflicts

STS #66
Convener(s) Carlo Nardella
Title Pope Francis and the Crisis

STS #67
Convener(s) Sara Teinturier
Title Schools and religions : methodological challenges

STS #68
Convener(s) Anne Lancien
Title “Laicity”: an answer to conflicts in diverse societies?

STS #69
Convener(s) Igor Bahovec
Title Thomas Luckmann, Religion and Society: 50 Years of The Invisible Religion

NRF #1
Convener(s) Mari Sol Garcia Somoza
Title Body, Politics and Religion. Theoretical approach, methodological articulations and ethnographic studies in Latin America

Conference: The Life and Legacy of Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Movements in Scholarly Perspective

Call for Papers


The Life and Legacy of Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Movements in Scholarly Perspective


29-30 May 2017

Antwerp, Belgium 


Organized By

The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism (Laïcité) in partnership with Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), CESNUR and CLIMAS (Bordeaux) 


Venue

Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG) 

Bist 164 – B-2610 Wilrijk-Antwerpen. Belgium. Tel.: +32 (0)3 830 51 58

E-mail: info@antwerpfvg.org

www.antwerpfvg.org

2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of Exposition of the Divine Principle, written by Sun Myung Moon (1920-2012), founder of the Unification Church that has its roots in South Korea (1954). Since that time, the Unification Church—or Unificationism/Unification Movement(s), among other names and affiliated organizational entities—has spread worldwide and expressed itself in a variety of international contexts. The original Unification Church is a case study of a new religious movement that claims Christian roots but contains a unique and evolving theology, set of practices, and community life that set is apart from the majority Christendom (Catholic, Protestant, and Orthodox traditions). In this way it may be comparable to say Mormonism or Christian Science, though of course the Unification Movement has its origins outside the United States, and not surprisingly most of its members reside in Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and throughout East Asia. With the death of Rev. Moon in 2012, the Unification Church has fractured and a number of rival groups—in addition to dozens of smaller schismatic groups—now claim to be the rightful heirs of the founder’s theological mission and institutional legacies. 

Thirty-three years after the publication of Eileen Barker’s groundbreaking book The Making of a Moonie (Oxford, Blackwell Publishers, 1984), we invite religious studies scholars to join us in Antwerp to focus on the Unification Church and Movement(s)—their evolution and possible transformations— over the course of 60+ years of existence. 

The list of topics below is not exhaustive: 

• – Evolution of the governance of the Unification Church/Movement(s), 

• – Organization and associated groups, 

• – Membership: numbers, growth, sociological profile. International expansion, 

• – History, theology, and practices, iconography, 

• – Perception in the world as a South Korean-born new religion, 

• – Judicial issues addressing its status; prosecution in certain countries, 

• – Impact on humanitarianism, art and culture in general, 

• – Media relations and media coverage, 

• – Influences in popular culture, 

• – Relationship with the broader society. 

Practical Information

Language of the conference: English. 

Send a 10 line abstract, with a 5 line résumé of your previous work to: 

Régis Dericquebourg, Associate Professor at the FVG and President of the European Observatory of Religions and laïcité (secularism) redericq@netcourrier.com

and/or to Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor at Université Bordeaux Montaigne, Vice-President of the Observatory. 

bcellard@numericable.fr

and /or Massimo Introvigne : maxintrovigne@gmail.com

and/or Donald Westbrook : westbrook@humnet.ucla.edu

and/or Chris Vonck : fvg.faculteit@skynet.b 

Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details given during the conference. It is understood that each presenter must submit his or her paper first to the organizers for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. When submitting the abstract, please inform the committee whether the paper has been submitted for review or publication in another venue.