Loughborough University’s Centre for Research in Communication and Culture is organising an event on Religion as Political Communication on 7th June 2018. There will be four speakers (see programme below). You are all welcome to attend. The event is free with refreshments provided, but please book your place in advance (via the link below) for catering purpose:
Religion as Political Communication: A Symposium
10:00 – 16:00, 7th June 2018
Religion is communicated politically in multiple ways: by religious institutions and individuals, by governments with different approaches to religion, via various artistic and cultural expressions, by secular news media, and via digital platforms and communities (Lundby 2017). The types and contents of politically communicated religion are diverse and complex, ranging from the Church of England’s conservative stance on marriage as reserved for heterosexual couples, French lawmakers interpreting religious symbols such as the veil as ‘too political’, the West-End musical success ‘The Book of Mormon’, terrorist acts of violence committed in the name of religion, to representations of ‘Muslims’ as a non-diversified group. Religion can communicate political stances in both direct and indirect ways, such as when drawings of the Prophet Mohammad are considered as unacceptably irreverent expressions of free speech, or when specific positions on abortion, creationism, stem-cell research and euthanasia are inferred when someone declares their stance as ‘religious’. In this symposium, internationally leading scholars on religion and politics are invited to address and debate religion as political communication.
10:00 Welcome and introductions
10:15 Dr Elizabeth Poole (Keele University): Contesting #stopislam: Political frictions and appropriation in online spaces
10:45 Professor Jolyon Mitchell ((University of Edinburg): The Ambivalent Role of Religion and the Media Arts as Political Communication in Israel /Palestine
11:15 Q & A session
11:45 Lunch and networking
13:00 Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds): The construction of ‘Sikh radicalisation’ in Britain
13:30 Professor Mia Løvheim (Uppsala University, Sweden): Religion, mediatization and a changing political landscape
14:00 Q & A
14:30 Coffee break and networking
15:00 Roundtable discussion
15:45 End of programme
Symposium organisers: Dr Line Nyhagen (Social Sciences), Dr Alexandre Christoyannopoulos (Politics, History and International Relations), PhD student Xinan Li (Social Sciences), Loughborough University.
For speakers’ abstracts, please see:
Abstract submission and Registrations are now open for our 2018 Symposia.
The Spring meeting will be held at Queens College – 19, 20 & 21 March.
Abstract Submission Deadline – 5 March.
Early Registration Deadline – 14 February.
Future Symposia Dates
30 July to 1 August – Oxford.
December 5 – 7 December – at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church, Oxford.
The meetings will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary. Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.
The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr Mountford is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.
You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The symposium is interdisciplinary and has a broad-based theme.
Consult the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies website for registration deadlines and publication information.
The International Society of Media, Religion & Culture will be hosting a Pre-Conference for doctoral students on the day before the ISMRC bi-annual conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
This pre-conference will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges, as well as network with other peers.
Interested students should prepare a) 1-2 page (500-800 word) extended abstract of the student’s thesis/major research project and b) a sample paper/chapter (up to 5000 words) of writing related to the topic.
All materials are to be prepared in English and are due on or before 15th of January 2018.
Please send all applications to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Associate Professor Heidi Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org), with subject: ISMRC doctoral colloquium application.
Questions may also be directed to the same email.
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: email@example.com
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.