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- BSA Annual Conference 2014 - Call for Papers NOW CLOSED BSA Annual Conference 2014: Changing Society
Sociology of Religion StreamKeynote Plenary: Professor Adam DinhamAdam Dinham is director of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he is Professor of Faith & Public Policy. He is policy advisor to a number of faith-based agencies and policy bodies, including the Faith Based Regeneration Network and the CoExistence Trust in the House of Lords, and has advised central government on issues of public faith. Professor Dinham’s recent publication Faith and Social Capital After the Debt Crisis (2012) examines the impact of viewing faiths as social capital, exploring whether faith can help rebalance society by drawing communities together.
The Call for Papers is now closed.
- 3rd Annual Socrel/HEA Symposium: Islam and the University Curriculum: Experiences of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
In a fast-changing, multi-faith context, the incorporation of Islam on the curriculum is a salient issue for higher education disciplines. Religious diversity is growing, highlighted in the recently-released 2011 Census figures detailing the re-configuration of religious identification in England and Wales. According to the Census data, Muslims constitute the third largest grouping, after Christianity and No Religion, and the number of the population identifying as Muslim is increasing. This raises debate and discussion about how Islam is integrated into teaching and learning contexts in higher education settings. In recent years there has been widening interest about the place, or even non-place, of Islam on the curriculum, not only because of increases in Muslim students, but also because of the (often negative) discourses circulating about Islam. Debate has occurred around the need for greater religious literacy around religion more generally, and Islam in particular. To what extent are higher education institutions responding to these issues? How do Muslim students feel Islam is represented in higher education? Does a Christianised curriculum still dominate? How do non-Muslim students respond to the religious content of courses? And how do teachers respond to a more diverse student body? This symposium aims to address such questions, to understand the relationship between Islam and university curricula.
BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London
7 December 2013, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Registration starts at 9.30 a.m.)
Please join us on December 7th 2013 at the BSA Meeting Rooms in London to find out more about how participants from a variety of disciplines and contexts have engaged with these issues. This BSA Socrel symposium is organized by Dr Abby Day (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London) and Dr Sarah-Jane Page (School of Languages and Social Sciences, Aston University). Short summaries of the presentations will be distributed to all participants in advance, in order that brief presentations will be followed by active discussion. All participants will be expected to read the summaries and come prepared for a full day of engaging in vibrant exchanges across disciplines, countries, methods and other conventional boundaries.
Total delegate numbers are restricted to 35. Last year’s symposium was oversubscribed, and early registration is encouraged. Registration for the symposium is now available on the BSA website at http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10300
Information on the venue location and transport links, is available at http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/london-meeting-room.aspx
For any further information, please contact Sarah-Jane Page (email@example.com) and Abby Day (firstname.lastname@example.org). The full programme for the day will be published on the BSA Socrel website: http://www.socrel.org.uk/
Keynote lectures by Saeed Khan, Wayne State University, and Farid Panjwani, Institute of Education, University of London.
Abby Day (Goldsmiths, University of London) – What’s Religious about Religious Identity?
Adam Dinham (Goldsmiths, University of London) Universities: Christian, Muslim, Secular and Plural – but do they know it?
Muhammed Haron (University of Botswana) Islam in Southern African Universities’ Curriculum: Challenges and Opportunities
Rana Jawad (University of Bath) Islam and the Teaching of Social Policy
Sandra Maurer (Cardiff University) Studying British ISOC students – an ethnographic experience of a Non-Muslim.
Mariam Motamedi-Fraser (Goldsmiths, University of London) “But God is Neither Like Politics nor Birds”: Islam in the University, and in the University Classroom
Amr Osman (Qatar University) Is Teaching Islam in a Muslim Country any Easier from Teaching it in a Non-Muslim Country?
Laurens de Rooij (Durham University) Islam in the British Education System as the Locus of Both Recognition and Integration
Alison Scott-Baumann and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (University of Derby) Collaborative Partnerships between Universities and Muslim Institutions: Dismantling the Roadblocks
- Socrel 2014 Annual Conference: Bursary Scheme
These bursaries have been created with the aim of helping Postgraduate students (PGs) and Early Career Scholars (ECS) with the costs associated in attending the annual conference (University of Sussex 2-4 July 2014). These bursaries are exclusively for the annual conference.
The bursary application form can be download HERE.
The bursaries are open to both PGs and ECS (please see below for a definition of ECS). They are open to part-time PGs, as well as full-time registered students. Priority will be given to applicants who have not recently received BSA/Socrel bursaries. To qualify for a bursary, you must:
- Be either a PG or ECS (according to our working definition).
- Indicate why you need this award (i.e., demonstrate financial need) and show that you have exhausted other avenues of funding.
- Be either a BSA/Socrel member or a Socrel-only member. The bursary is open to either forms of membership, but priority will be given to BSA/Socrel members. Under this scheme, one joins the BSA (for PGs and the unwaged, there is a concessionary rate), it is then free to join Socrel. There are lots of benefits of membership in the BSA, including a subscription to Sociology and bursaries to attend the BSA annual conference. See http://www.britsoc.co.uk/join.aspx and http://socrel.org.uk/members/join-socrel/ for information on joining.
- Attend the full annual conference (you cannot just attend for one day, for example).
- Give a paper at the annual conference.
- Be willing to write something about your experience of the conference, if asked, for publication in our newsletter or Network (the BSA’s magazine).
- PG recipients must attend the annual Aspiring Academics postgraduate event, held the day before the annual conference begins. ECS recipients are welcome to attend this event also.
- Have a working interest in the sociology of religion.
The bursaries will cover:
The full conference fee: attendance at panels, meals, accommodation. The fee waiver will be applied when you register, so do not register until you hear from us regarding a decision on the bursaries. If you are not successful in being awarded a bursary, you will be able to register at a concessionary rate.
If you are a PG, the bursary will also cover the cost of attendance at Aspiring Academics, the postgraduate event held before the annual conference, including accommodation and evening meal.
An Early Career Scholar is someone who:
Has been awarded their PhD within the last five years
May be employed on either a full- or part-time basis, on a permanent basis or on contract, or is unemployed or under-employed
- Call for Papers - Socrel 2014: 'Religion and Crisis'. 2-4 July 2014 at the University of Sussex
A long-standing assumption in the sociology of religion is that there is a correlation between religious resurgence and intense moments of political, economic and socio-cultural crisis. We are living at such a moment of crisis now. A crisis of trust between experts, leaders, elites and emergent publics has led to a moment of profound disjuncture and given rise to possibilities for new religious and spiritual solidarities and connectivities as well as conflict. This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the sociology of religion and related disciplines that address, in innovative and imaginative ways, the following themes:
Religion and austerity * Religion and debt * Religion and money * Religion and the gift * Religion and capitalism/neo-liberalism * Religion and the state * Religion and the environment * Religious resurgence, religious decline * Religion and critical theory * Religion, citizens and publics * Religion and social movements * Religion and media * Religion, space and place.
Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014
(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)
University of Sussex, Brighton, UK
Keynote speakers: Professor Manuel Vásquez,
Professor Sophie Watson and Professor John Wolffe
We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered.
Abstracts must be submitted by FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2014 to Dr Marion Bowman and Dr Paul-François Tremlett at Arts-SocrelReligionandCrisis2014@open.ac.uk.
Bursaries are available for postgraduate/early career scholars. For further details, visit the Socrel website: www.socrel.org.uk. For further details about the BSA visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk. Contact the BSA Events Team, Email: email@example.com Tel: +44 (0)191 383 0839