Friday 2 May 2014, Queen’s University Belfast (Senate Room)

09.00 – 09.30 Welcome and introduction by symposium organisers

Véronique Altglas, Eric Morier-Genoud and Matthew Wood

09.30 – 10.45 Understanding Faiths and Theologies

Christophe Monnot (University of Lausanne, Switzerland)

Does being a good sociologist of religion mean being a specialist in a specific faith?

Gwendoline Malogne-Fer (Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, CNRS, France)

Protestant churches and the ‘marriage for all’: ‘theological’ criteria and the sociological approach

10.45 – 11.15 Break for refreshments

11.15 – 12.30 Understanding Mysticism and Spirituality

Alix Philippon (Institut d’Études Politiques d’Aix-en-Provence, CHERPA, France)

Essentialization, idealization and vilification: a reassessment of axiological neutrality in the sociological study of ‘mystical’ and ‘political’ Islam in Pakistan

Véronique Altglas (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

Spirituality and discipline: not a contradiction in terms

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 14.30 Ethnographic film: Laatoo: Dance and Spirituality in Pakistan

Directed by Alix Philippon and Faizaan Peerzada (2003)

14.30 – 15.45 Understanding Emotions and Behaviours

Yannick Fer (Groupe Sociétés, Religions, Laïcités, CNRS, France)

Studying religious emotions as a social fact: from pre-notions to the (re)shaping of a sociological object

Matthew Wood (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

Congregational studies, worship, and region behaviour

15.45 – 16.15 Break for refreshments

16.15 – 17.30 Understanding Mission and Secularisation

Eric Morier-Genoud (Queen’s University Belfast, UK)

Reverse mission? A critical approach

Christopher Bunn (University of Glasgow, UK)

Foucault’s neglected secularisation: new pastoralism, confession and messianic managerialism

17.30 – 18.45 Ethnographic film: Bread or Coconut: Moorea and the Two Traditions

Directed by Yannick Fer and Gwendoline Malogne-Fer (2010)

18.45 – 19.00 Closing remarks


Registration is free (includes lunch) but must be booked before 11 April 2014:

please contact Véronique Altglas (