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  • Socrel 2015 Conference

    Sociology of Religion Study Group (Socrel) Annual Conference

    Tuesday 7 – Thursday 9 July 2015 hosted by Kingston University London
    High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, UK

    11th May – Early bird registration closes 

    15th June – Registration closes

    The final conference programme is available HERE.

    Travel and venue information can also be accessed HERE.

    Keynote Speakers:

    Professor Nancy T. Ammerman (Boston University)

    Professor James Beckford (University of Warwick)

    Professor Grace Davie (University of Exeter)

    Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray (Cardiff University)

    Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)

    Since its foundation in 1975, the Sociology of Religion Study Group has become one of the largest in the British Sociological Association (BSA). Its membership includes educators and researchers from across the UK and internationally, and in 2015 the Sociology of Religion Study Group will be celebrating 40 years!

    Given this occasion, it is an opportune moment to reflect on religion in society, and religion in sociology. From its foundation, Socrel has fore grounded research on secularisation, gender, spiritualities, embodied and lived accounts, materiality, generational innovations, atheism, social difference, migration, institutions, politicised expressions and methodologies in the study of religion. While this list does not account for all the many ways scholars have been investigating religion in social life – its various forms, intersections and spaces – it does speak to how religions continue to be important subjective and collective experiences that are stable and continuous, resistant and shifting. This conference will bring together scholars who have shaped and are shaping the discipline. It will be an opportunity to pay heed, not only to the Study Group’s and discipline’s accomplishments, but also an opportunity to address questions that are emerging to inform future agendas and areas of concern and study, such as:

    - What are the key points of continuity and innovation in theorising religion?

    - How are methodologies emerging and informing research on religion?

    - How are new approaches adapting and transforming old practices?

    - What are the key controversies that will occupy sociologists of religion?

    - What are the pedagogical challenges and innovations in teaching the sociology of religion?

    We invite you to celebrate with us by engaging in the conference questions from your particular area of research in the Sociology of Religion.
    The conference will take account of the needs of those observing Ramadan during the event. Please let us know if you have any special requirements in this regard.

    Should you have other questions about the conference please also contact the conference organisers, Dr Sylvie Collins-Mayo (Kingston University London), Dr Sonya Sharma (Kingston University London) and Dr Luke Doggett (Kingston University London), at socrel2015@gmail.com.

    There are also a number of sponsorship and marketing opportunities available at the Socrel annual conference – please click HERE to find out more.

    Socrel is the British Sociological Association’s study group on Religion. For more details about the study group and conference please visit www.socrel.org.uk.