XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018
RESEARCH COMMITTEE 22: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World
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 paper abstract submissions for the following RC22 sessions:
Religion and National Identity
Religion and Secularity
Religion and Non-Violent Social Movements
Religion, Gender and Family Violence
Religion in the East Asian Public Sphere
Religion in the Public Square
Social Theory and Religion
Religion and Migration: Contrasting First and Second Generations
Dynamics of Gender, Religion, and Intersectionality
Prejudice, Exclusion, and Violence in a Transnational World
Media and Religious Radicalization: Gatekeeping and the Construction of Extremism
Gender, Feminism, and Islam and the West
Candlelight Revolution and Religion in South Korea
Religious Texts of Diversity Vs Exclusion
We will also be including the following invited sessions in our RC22 program:
Presidential Address: Whither the Sociology of Religion? (Invited Session)
Session Organizer: James SPICKARD, University of Redlands, USA
Religion and Diversity: An International Study (Invited Session)
Session Organizer: Lori BEAMAN, University of Ottawa, Canada
Diffused Religion. Beyond Secularization – Author Meets Critic Session (Invited Session)
Session Organizer: Roberto CIPRIANI, University Roma Tre, Italy
The Case for an Indeterminate Sociological Theory of Religion (Invited Session)
Session Organizer: Tak-ling WOO, York University, Canada
The ISA CONFEX website site is now accepting paper abstracts between 25 April and 30 September 2017 24:00 GMT.
Please address any questions to the Program Coordinators:
Anna Halafoff: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sam Han: HanSam@ntu.edu.sg
Caroline Starkey: C.Starkey@leeds.ac.uk
The Special Programme Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements has entered its final phase. The next and penultimate deadline for applications is May 24, 2017.
The funding initiative is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. The programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regards to global influences and processes of cultural exchange. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
The individual research areas are:
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world
5. Islamic states in the international world system.
Further information on the research areas, the nature and scope of support as well as the application procedure is available online at:
We would be grateful if you could please draw attention to the funding initiative through other suitable means. Please contact us at any time with any queries.
Gender and Muslim Spaces – One Day Seminar
University of Leeds – Wed 29 March 2017
Register now via: https://gender-and-muslim-spaces.eventbrite.co.uk
The question of gender inclusion among British Muslims is currently a high profile debate. This conference aims to unpack the many facets of this debate from a range of methodological, theoretical and community perspectives. There are three main strands to the theme:
– Academic Research and Gender Inclusion:
What theoretical work needs to be done to highlight gender exclusion or inclusion more concretely? What impact can gender inclusion or exclusion have upon research methodologies, ethical issues, questions of access and questions of academic representation?
– Politics of Gender Inclusion and Exclusion:
What role does the issue of gender inclusion now play in questions of state policies regarding Muslims? How far is it tied to questions of securitisation and extremism? How central an issue is it in terms of discourses of Islamic reform or notions of personal authenticity in terms of new Islamic gender theology and everyday Muslim practices?
– Gender Inclusion in British Muslim Institutions, Networks and Movements:
How extensive is the drive towards gender inclusion? What enhances and retards gender inclusion? What modalities of inclusion are being undertaken? How is gender exclusion being defended or problematised?
10.30-11.00 Arrival and Networking (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
11.00-11.15 Welcome and Introduction (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Dr Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds) and Dr Carl Morris (MBRN)
11.15-12.15 Plenary Session 1:
Community perspectives: How can Muslim institutions and networks become more gender inclusive? (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Chair: Yahya Birt (University of Leeds)
– Bana Gora (Muslim Women’s Council, Bradford)
– Imam Qari Asim (Makkah Mosque, Leeds)
– Dr Siema Iqbal (MEND, Muslim Engagement and Development)
Followed by Q&A
12.15-13.30 Lunch / Prayer / Networking
MBRN AGM (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– New Team Announcement/Future Events
13.30-14.30 Plenary Session 2:
Academic perspectives: how can research on British Muslims become more gender sensitive? (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
Chair: Dr Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds)
– Poles Apart: Reflections on Fieldwork with Salafi Women and Tablighi Men – Dr Anabel Inge (King’s College London) and Riyaz Timol (University of Cardiff)
Followed by Q&A
14.30 – 16.00 Parallel Panels
Panel 1: Negotiating Gendered Muslim Spaces: Theoretical Approaches (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– Muslim Women in Britain c. 1890 to 1948: Historical Grounding for Contemporary Debate – Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (University of Coventry)
– Dual-gendered Ethnography in Segregated Spaces – Chris Moses (University of Cambridge) and Alyaa Ebbiary (SOAS)
– Experiences of First and Second Generation Pakistani Women in Areas of High Muslim and Co-Ethnic Density – Asma Khan (University of Cardiff)
– British Muslim Woman, Building British Muslim Lives – Saleema Farah Burney (SOAS)
Panel 2: Gender, Securitization and Representation (Michael Sadler SR LG.16)
– The Transformation of British Islamic Institutions and Its Consequences for Muslim Women’s Representation in Public Life – Dr Stephen H. Jones (Newman University)
– The Securitization of British Muslim Women – Shahnaz Akhtar (University of Warwick)
– The Prevent Duty and the Securitization of the Muslim Girl and the Muslim Boy – Natalie James (University of Leeds)
Panel 3: Negotiating Access in Public and Private Spaces (Michael Sadler SR LG.17)
– Uncertain Futures? Perspectives of Female Muslim Students on Life in Britain – Dr Naomi Thompson (Goldsmiths) and Dr Stephen Pihlaja (Newman University)
– Gender, Inclusivity and UK Mosque Experiences – Dervla Shannahan (Inclusive Mosque Initiative)
– Ethnic’ Space as ‘Religious’ Space in Queens, New York: Questioning the Meaning of Secular Space – Muntasir Sattar (Independent Researcher)
– No More A Shadow: Making Space for Muslim Mothers’ Narratives – Suma Din (Independent Researcher)
16.00 – 16.30 Conclusion (Michael Sadler SR LG.10)
– Summary of day and Q&A
16.30 End of Day Seminar
16.30 – 18.00 (Informal) Networking Time
18.00 – 20.00 Film Showing and Discussion
Blessed are the Strangers (2016) – documentary screening. (University of Leeds, venue TBC)
“Over thirty years, two very different groups of British people become Muslim and come together to form one of Britain’s oldest and most diverse communities of Muslim converts.”
Followed by discussion and Q&A – Yahya Birt speaks with Ahmed Peerbux, Abdalhaqq Bewley.
Watch the trailer here: http://www.thestrangers.co.uk/
Register now via: https://gender-and-muslim-spaces.eventbrite.co.uk