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Challenges of the 21st Century for Sociology of Religion

23 May, 2019 20:26
Challenges of the 21st Century for Sociology of Religion

4th ISA Forum of Sociology

Call for Papers

Date: July 14-18, 2020

Venue: Porto Alegre, Brazil

Abstract Submission Deadline: September 30, 2019

The debate on religion, its role, its development, and its future has been intense, extensive and sophisticated during the last few decades. Religion is both a central phenomenon itself and a key variable that can be used to explain economic, social, and political phenomena.  Both facets require continuous in-depth research. In recent years, many sociologists have begun to identify limits to the current approach to religious phenomena, and especially to the definitions of religion developed in the West. A number of authors have extended this critique to the ways sociologists currently explain and interpret “religion” in the 21st Century. Though still emerging, such accounts have opened new paths by which sociologists of religion can face both the empirical and theoretical challenges of our era.

Please consider proposing papers for the following Sessions: (click on the link to see session details)

Beyond Western Centrism of Religion: To Study Africa Inspired Religions in the 21st Century
Civil Society and Religion
Culture, Religion, and Gender Inequality
Early Career Sociologists of Religion Session
Overlapping Trajectories: Religion, Migration and Health Paths.
Religion and Practical Ethics: Bioethics, Environmental Ethics and Legal Ethics
Religion, Environment, and Social Movements
Religion, Spirituality and Morality in a Post-Secular Age
Religions, Social Movements and Politics Circulation, Production and Politics of Knowledge in the “Christianisms of Liberation” and Its Adversaries
Religiosity in Transition; Change of Roles Over the Time
Religious Dynamics in the Public Sphere in Latin America
Religious, Spiritual and/or Non-Religious Young People
Revisiting ‘religion’ from a Gender Perspective
The Public Role of Religion
The Reciprocal Influence of Religion and Demography
Where Is Religion in Popular Religion? New Approaches for an Old Debate
Wtf? (“What the Faith?”) – Peering Anew into the Conceptual Domains of “Religion”, “God”, “Spirituality”, “Faith” and Related Constructs

The ISA CONFEX website will be open for paper proposals until September 30, 2019 24:00 GMT. Sessions may only be submitted through the CONFEX site.

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