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23rd Nordic conference for the Sociology of Religion
2016-08-17 to 2016-08-19
University of Helsinki, Finland

We are pleased to invite you to the 23rd Nordic conference for the Sociology of Religion. The conference will be held on the 17th–19th of August in 2016 at the University of Helsinki, Finland.

 

The theme of the conference is: Wellbeing, leadership and the lifespan – Current trends in the sociology of religion

The subjective turn has made the individual the centre of attention in debates on current religious and spiritual change. The customisation of religious belief, ritual and thought often centres around individual wellbeing. At the same time, religious organisations are redrafting their management and leadership strategies and have shifted their attention from classic teaching and worship to new forms of individualised and experience-centred formats. Individuals and their lifespan have increasingly become the centre of focus in religion. These changes also tend to raise tensions in religious organisations, and the polarisation between extremes seems to be increasing. The changes are linked to changes in society at large, including demographic changes, generational changes, changes in the role of the media and changes in the role of religious authority. Religion is increasingly a matter of personal choice and is given no automatic authority at any level.

The 23rd Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion seeks more understanding, both theoretically and empirically, on the changes in the religious field and their meaning for the individual, for religious and secular organisations, and for society at large. Contributions addressing these developments and changes at different levels and broadening the understanding of the role of religion in society today are warmly welcome. Other current topics within the sociology of religion will also be discussed. We encourage proposals for both sessions and individual papers.

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Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies
2017-07-03 to 2017-07-07
Melbourne, Australia
Next ISSR conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia, 3-7 July, 2017 under the title Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies.

Religion’s role in conflict has been the subject of recent media and academic scrutiny, while religion’s part in peace building has received comparatively less attention. This conference analyzes the multiple ways in which religion may contribute to fostering cooperation and conflict in diverse societies. Religion can be a source of tension and conflict just as it can be a resource for resolving societal tensions. And cooperation and conflict on a societal level may have themselves important impacts on the emergence or diminishing of religious diversity and vitality. Some of the questions examined at the conference are:
•    What different kinds of influence can religion (religious ideology, religious groups, individual religiosity, lived religion) have on the creation or resolution of societal tensions and conflicts? Under what political/economic conditions are such influences to be observed?
•    How and under what conditions does religion intersect with other factors (e.g. ethnicity, gender, politics, social structure, social closure) in creating or resolving such tensions and conflicts?
•    What are the specific potentials of religion for the furthering of cooperation and peace in society and under what conditions may such potentials be activated?
•    What different types of influence can religious diversity have under different conditions on the creation of tension and conflict or the cooperation and peace?
•    How does religious diversity intersect with other factors in its influence on cooperation or conflict under different conditions?
•    How, and under what conditions, can the state, politics, communities and law govern tensions in religiously diverse societies?
•    What is the relationship between religious cooperation/conflict and religious vitality under different societal conditions?
•    How do various religions interact with democratic ways of political participation, in secular or non-secular arenas within diverse societies?
•    Do different ways of emergence of religious and cultural diversity (e.g. migration, globalization, post-colonial state-formation) correlate with different types of conflict / cooperation between religions?

These questions, and others like them, will be the focus of our 2017 conference. We welcome papers on these and other topics of interest to sociology of religion and the social sciences of religion more generally.
The call for thematic session proposals is now open. You may propose a Thematic session, Working Group session, New Research Forum, and Author Meets Critics session HERE.
Before doing so, please consult the instructions for registration at the online conference system and for submitting proposals.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 15th September 2016.

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