(Past) 2014 World Congress of Sociology

Sessions on the Sociology of Religion at the 2014 World Congress of Sociology, Yokohama, Japan, July 13-19

Theme: “Religion in an Unequal World”

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Presidential Session:

  • “Facing an Unequal Post-Secular World” organized by Adam Possamai, University of Western Sydney

Regular Sessions: (listed alphabetically by title): each with 4-5 oral presentations and 4-6 distributed papers

  • The Impact of Neoliberal Policies, Practices and Ideas on Religious Organizations.  – organized by Tuomas MARTIKAINEN, University of Helsinki, Finland ]
  • Locating Religion in Civilizational Analysis” – organized by Edward Tiryakian, Duke University; Said Arjomand, SUNY Stoneybrook
  • Multiculturalism and Religion: Contemporary Challenges and Future Opportunities.  Joshua M. ROOSE, University of Western Sydney
  •  New Forms of Religious Organization.  – organized byThomas KERN, Heidelberg University, Germany
    Insa PRUISKEN, Heidelberg University, Germany,
  • Non-Religion in Question: Ethics, Equality, and Justice. – organized by Susanne SCHENK, Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany; Cora SCHUH, , Goethe-University Frankfurt, Germany
  • Religion and Countering Gender Inequality” – organized by Anna Halafoff, Deakin University; Emma Tamalin, Universit of Leeds; Caroline Starkey, University of Leeds
  • Religion and the Transition to Adulthood. – organized byKati NIEMELA, Church Research Institute, Finland
  • Religion as a Factor in the Composition and Decomposition of Ethnic Identities. – organized by Miroljub JEVTIK, University of Belgrade, Serbia
  • Religion, Immigrants, and Health (joint session with RC15 & RC31). – organized by Ephraim SHAPIRO, Columbia University, USA
  • Religious Diversity and Social Change in Contemporary East Asia.  – organized by Michiaki OKUYAMA, Nanzan University, Japan
  • “Religion, Nationalism and Transnationalism” – organized by Patrick Michel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales;  Adam Possamai, University of Western Sydney; Brian Turner, Australian Catholic University & City University of New York
  • The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere. – organized byInger FURSETH, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Sociology of Religion in Africa: Challenges and Prospects.  – organized by Afe ADOGAME, University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Spiritual and Religious Capital. – organized by Christo LOMBAARD, University of South Africa, South Africa
    Maria HAMMERLI, Université de Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Uses of the Past: The Politics of Religion and Collective Memories.  – organized by Marian BURCHARDT, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany; Mattias KOENIG, Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany
  • Welfare and Civil Society: The Role of Religion.  – organized by Per PETTERSSON, Karlstad University, Sweden

Roundtables: ((listed alphabetically by title: each with 4-6 oral presentations and some also with distributed papers )

  • The Best of All Gods: Sites and Politics of Religious Diversity in Southern Europe.  – organized by Jose MAPRIL, New University of Lisbon, Lisbon
  • Facing Inequality from the Perspective of Islamic Organizations. – organized by Kerstin ROSENOW-WILLIAMS, Institute for International Law of Peace and Armed Conflict, Germany;
    Mattias KORTMANN, University of Munich, Germany,
  • Issues of Secularization — chaired by Virgilio Rivas, Philippines Association for the Sociology of Religion
  • “Lessons for Studying Religion in the African Diaspora” – organized by Jualynn Dodson, University of Michigan
  • “Religion, State, and Law”  — chaired by Sinisa ZRINSCAK
    University of Zagreb
  • “Religion and Politics”  — chaired by Roberto BLANCARTE, El Colegio de México
  • “Religion and Media”  — chaired by Eloísa MARTIN
    Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
  • “The Sociology of Orthodoxy: The Study of Church Life in Contemporary Russia” – organized by Igor Ryazantsev, St.Tikhon’s Orthodox University;  Maria Podlesnaya, St.Tikhon’s Orthodox University

Other Sessions:

  • Poster Session: Topics in the Sociology of Religion: 25 individual presentations in poster format — organized by Jim Spickard, University of Redlands (USA), and Esmeralda Sanchez, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  • Film Session: Haifa’s Answer: a film about religious complexity in Haifa, Israel, with a discussion focused on issues related to visual sociology — organized by Roberto Cipriani, University of Rome, Italy; Emanuela Del Re, Unicusano Rome, Italy
  • RC22 Business Meeting

 Program Coordinators:
Jim Spickard, University of Redlands, USA
Esmeralda Sanchez, University of Santo Tomas, Philippines