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.

  • Registration Now Open - 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.

    Conference registration is now open – for further information and bookings please click HERE.

    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

    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: events@britsoc.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)191 383 0839

  • Socrel 2014 Annual Conference: Bursary Scheme - Deadline Extended to 22nd April

    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.

    *** Please note that the deadline for bursary applications has been extended to 22nd April ***

    Qualification Criteria

    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.

    ECS Definition

    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