I send notice of the High Training School in Sociology of Religion, which will take place in Rome from 27 to 30 December 2017, in collaboration with the International Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) and the Section of Sociology of Religion of the Italian Sociological Association. Applications will expire on 30 September 2017. Participation is free of charge. For board and lodging at special prices see attachment.
I also attach the School’s provisional programme. The basic idea of SAFSOR is to make a review of the state of the art (as far as possible) of the sociology of religion, to propose some classics, to bring together young scholars, to offer some examples of research, to reflect on a theoretical level about the sociological approach to the religious phenomenon, to create communities among experts of the sector belonging to different generations.
A warm greeting.
invio il bando della Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione che si svolgerà a Roma dal 27 al 30 dicembre 2017, in collaborazione fra l’international Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) e la Sezione di Sociologia della Religione dell’AIS. La scadenza delle domande è il 30 settembre 2017. La partecipazione è gratuita. Per vitto ed alloggio a prezzi convenzionati vedi in attachment.
Allego altresì il programma della Scuola. L’idea di base della SAFSOR è di fare una rassegna sullo stato dell’arte (per quanto possibile) della sociologia della religione, di riproporre alcuni classici, di far incontrare fra loro i giovani studiosi, di offrire qualche esempio di ricerca, di riflettere sul piano teorico in merito all’approccio sociologico al fenomeno religioso, di creare comunità fra i cultori del settore appartenenti a generazioni diverse.
Un caro saluto.
An international exploratory workshop, 24-25 August 2017, University of Amsterdam
Organized by Annelies Moors (AISSR, UvA) and Yafa Shanneik (University of Birmingham), this workshop brings together researchers working on Iran, Oman, Lebanon, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, the UK, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It focuses on various strands of Twelver Shia Islam – defined by doctrinal differences and sources of clerical authority, legal and ethical practices, rituals and everyday lived experience – and investigates how different forms of Shia marriage are debated and concluded.
For more information see http://aissr.uva.nl/content/events/workshops/2017/08/global-dynamics-of-shia-marriages.html
You are invited to join us at the symposium ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’ The symposium is convened by Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, scholars at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfred Laurier University). It will take place on 11-12 August at WSU Parramatta city campus.
Registration is free, but needed for catering purposes. For the programme, registration, and more details see https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University
Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit
Centre for Education Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences University of Warwick
‘Divine Word in a Secular World’ Developing Contextual Pedagogies of the Qur’an within the European Muslim Diaspora
The second Islamic Education Summer School will focus on exploring the challenges informing the teaching and learning of the Qur’an within the minority Muslim context of the European Muslim diaspora. The aim is to create an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on their experience of teaching the Qur’an by critically considering the strength and weaknesses in their underlying models of teaching the Qur’an and thereby identifying areas for further research and development. This reflective dialogue will include perspectives of RE practitioners, specialists in Religious Studies, Islamic/Qur’anic Studies and the wider community of researchers and educators interested in exploring different aspects of traditional and contemporary pedagogies of the Qur’an.
Further information on how to apply:
- Cost: £375 including accommodation and food. £175 excluding accommodation.
- Venue: Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.
- Please note the number of places are strictly limited to 25 bookings allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wish to make a presentation please submit an outline (max 500 words) of your paper.
- Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by 18 August 2017 to reserve a place.
Details and registration are available at:
Forced migration is not a new phenomenon. Today we are witness to a situation where forced migration puts many people in terrible and life-threatening conditions, with severe consequences for several generations. Proportionally a big number of refugees from the Middle East have an ethno-religious minority background, such as Assyrians (including the different branches), Armenians, Mandaeans, and Yazidis.
This workshop aims to bring researchers, practitioners, community stakeholders and policymakers together in order to
- develop an interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge exchange about the ‘untold’, mainly ignored experiences of minority refugee populations with departure from the case of Assyrian, Armenian, Yazidi and Mandaean refugees;
- form a highly needed international network among researchers working on these and similar topics;
- establish dialogue channels between the scientific community, practitioners, community organizations and policy makers.
The organizers invite researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to present their latest studies and partake in discussions on these or similar themes, delaminated to vulnerable refugee populations:
- Traumatic experiences, memory, and uprootedness
- Dealing with displacement, pre- and post-migration
- Fear of extinction
- Resilience and coping mechanisms
- Processes of reconciliation and liberation from past experiences and trauma
- The idea of “return to home”
Those interested are asked to send their abstract of about 500 words to Dr. Önver Cetrez at email@example.com no later than August 1, 2017. Attached is the longer cfp description.
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