Upcoming Events

The study group organises a number of events and activities throughout the year, these are listed on this page. If you would like to organise an event with the study group, please use the form on the Contact Us page.

  • BSA Annual Conference (Sociology of Religion Stream): Societies in Transition - Progression or Regression?

    15th-17th April 2015, Glasgow Caledonian University. Abstracts due 17 October 2014.

    Visit www.britsoc.co.uk for more information and online abstract submission.

    2014 was a year of ‘anniversaries’ commemorating various aspects of the global wars that scarred the early 20th century. By contrast, 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the dawning of the ‘post-war era’, the introduction of the UK Welfare State, and the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s ‘Great Society’ State of the Union address which endorsed many of the socially progressive aspirations of the times. In qualification, it is important not to depict this era as a lost ‘Golden Age’, as many social problems and inequities remained and the period was also overshadowed by the Cold War and the various regional ‘proxy wars’ that it fostered. Nonetheless, there was an emerging ethos that a better future was achievable; one that challenged many of the socio-economic, ethnic and gender inequalities that had blighted the lives of earlier generations.

    In recent decades, this era has given way to one dominated by an increasing sense of fatalism, division and anxiety. Numerous injustices and deprivations persist, while some that were considered to have been irrevocably consigned to the past have re-emerged and appear to be intensifying. Yet, as sociologists are acutely aware, nothing is inevitable and social progress is often only achieved by informed and critical challenging of the powerful discourses that support the status quo. Given the latter, this is clearly a time for sociology, as our societies continue to confront many of the same issues that engaged its earliest practitioners. Once more we are called upon to ask ourselves how our research and knowledge base might allow us to address a broad range of multi-dimensional social ills and to consider how our work might inform the construction of a ‘Good Society’ for the 21st century.

    Suggestions for grouped sessions within all streams are welcomed. All BSA Study Groups are encouraged to contribute posters/papers and other activities. There will also be an opportunity for study groups to meet independently.

  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN - Socrel Response Event: Achieving Gender Equality in the Academy

    Registration is now open for the 2014 Socrel Response Study Day – to book a place please click HERE.

    Last years event was oversubscribed and early registration is encouraged.

    Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London
    Date:  Saturday 4 October 2014
    10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    We are delighted to have as our keynote speakers:

    Professor Heidi Safia Mirza, Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London
    Professor Helen Beebee, Philosophy, University of Manchester

    In response to a recent report on issues of gender and women’s career progression within the disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies (www.trs.ac.uk), this symposium aims to not only explore issues of gender particular to these disciplines, but also those that were raised in the report that affect women across disciplines within the academy.

    Achieving gender equality is a continuing concern in both society and academia. Many women are attracted to a career in higher education because of its autonomy, collaboration and intellectual rewards. In light of the much welcomed and recent efforts by academics and administrators, universities have been slow to institutionalise gender equality. In recent studies that address issues of gender in the academy, particularly within the humanities and STEM subjects, women scholars, at varying stages of their careers continue to encounter an environment where they are in the minority among men, confront the difficulties of balancing caring responsibilities with the demands of academia, and where they experience bullying and challenges to promotion. Importantly, religion, race and class have also impacted on women’s experiences in the academy, resulting in multiple forms of inclusion and exclusion.

    As such, women’s experiences of higher education have demonstrated both the rewards and costs of pursuing a career in academia. The aim of the symposium is to discuss and interrogate how these issues are being addressed, experienced and resisted in academic spaces. Some of the questions we hope to explore on the day are: how do religion, race and class interact with gender to affect women’s experiences of the academy? How is gender inequality resisted in everyday academic life? How is gender equality being taught? What are students’ experiences of gender inequality amongst the student body and/or with staff? What equality and diversity initiatives are being instituted to shift academic cultures? We welcome women at all stages of their career. We welcome papers that provide intersectional analyses of gender, along with working and outline papers based not only on research but also reflexive accounts based on personal experience.

    Topics include:

    - Religion and gender in the academy

    - Gender in the curriculum

    - Women’s experiences of gender in/equality

    - Lived experiences

    - Intersectional analyses and approaches

    - Career progression

    - Power, resistance and change in institutional contexts

    - Feminism in the academy

    - Researching gender in/equality

    - Racialised and classed experiences of gender in the academy

    The day will be highly participative and engaged. The symposium will be organised as a single stream so that the day is as much about discussion as it is about presentation. We invite individual papers that are 10 minutes in length and roundtable formats that consist of short papers, all with the aim to encourage interaction and sharing of knowledges and accounts.

    Costs: £36.00 for BSA members; £41 for Socrel members; £46.00 for non-members; £15 for BSA Postgraduate members; £20.00 for Socrel Postgraduate members; £25.00 for Postgraduate non-members.

  • The Ethics of Representation: Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Study Day

    The 2015 PG and ECS workshop will held on 8th January, 2015 at Imperial Wharf. The times for the event will be 10 am – 5 pm and lunch will be provided.

    The theme of the day will be the Ethics of Representation and the morning workshop will be run by anthropologist of religion, Dr Fiona Bowie, King’s College London.

    At the most recent PG/ECS day there were a number of concerns raised about the ethics of representing the people with whom we work or writing about sensitive information that is raised in the research setting. Further issues have been raised about the issues of being insiders or outsiders when we are researching.

    Please click HERE to register for the workshop.

    Cost of the event:
    Early Bird BSA members: £10 (till November 30th, thereafter £15)
    Socrel Members: £15 (till November 30th, thereafter £20)
    Non-members: £35 (details of Socrel and BSA membership are here).

    Please contact katie.socrel@gmail.com if there are any pressing issues in this area that you would like covered. There will be a peer-to-peer led session in the afternoon, which we can tailor to suit your needs.

  • Socrel 2015 Call for Papers - Sociology of Religion: Foundations and Futures

    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

    Keynote Speakers:
    Professor Nancy T. Ammerman (Boston University)
    Professor James Beckford (University of Warwick)
    Professor Grace Davie (University of Exeter)
    Professor David Martin (London School of Economics)
    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 foregrounded 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 still need answering, and 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.

    Abstracts for individual papers (250 words max.) and panel proposals (500 words max.) are invited by 1 December 2014. Panels may take a standard 20-minute paper format or take alternative modes such as pre-circulated papers/work in progress/or ‘points of view’ that are 10-minutes long. Submissions should be made in Word format and include in the following order: Name, institutional affiliation, email address and paper title.

    **All presenters must be members of Socrel **

    Abstracts will be subject to peer review. Please note, presenters will be limited to one paper per person at the conference, but you may also organise a panel.

    - Abstract submissions open: 1 September 2014
    - Early bird registration opens: 1 September 2014
    - Abstract submissions close: 1 December 2014
    - Decision notification: 15 January 2015
    - Presenter registration closes: 16 March 2015
    - Draft programme online: 16 April 2015
    - Early bird registration closes:  11 May 2015
    - Registration closes: 15 June 2015

    Please send abstracts to the attention of the conference organisers:

    Dr Sylvie Collins-Mayo (Kingston University London) and Dr Sonya Sharma (Kingston University London) at: socrel2015@gmail.com.

    Should you have other questions about the conference please also contact the conference organisers at the above email address.

    Online Registration: http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10391

    A limited number of bursaries are available to support postgraduate, early career, low income or unwaged Socrel members to present at the conference. Please visit HERE for instructions, and to download an application form, and submit your bursary application along with your abstract by 1 December 2014.