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.

  • SocRel Chair's Response Day 2016: Connecting for Change: emerging research and policy on religion and belief in the public sphere

    Friday 21st October, 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

    BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

    Keynote speaker: Professor Tariq Modood (University of Bristol)

    Lunch is provided

    The public sphere has been both prominent and turbulent in recent times, and in common with other interests and disciplines, the study of religion and belief has been exploring the questions which are raised. From the role of faith in public life, to media representations, legal cases and controversies, and the future of school RE, a plethora of research and reports has been underway which connect religion and belief with policy and practice. This event will present key examples, with an emphasis on sociology of religion, including as it connects with other disciplines, and with policy and practice.

    The goal is to explore the connections between religion and belief research, policy and the public sphere through presentations, questions and discussions. We invite proposals for papers and/or (small) panels of 40 minutes (including time for questions), which present research which has connected with - or is planned to – any aspect of policy or practice (such as education, health, housing, welfare, law, employment, politics, government and others).

    Key Dates:

    Abstract submission opens:  12th July 2016

    Registration opens: 22nd July 2016

    Abstract submission closes: 2nd September 2016

    Decision notification: 6th September 2016

    Registration closes: 7th October 2016

    To deliver a paper, please send an abstract of no more than 250 words, alongside a biographical note of no more than 50 words. To deliver a panel, please send an abstract of no more than 500 words alongside a biographical note of no more than 50 words for each contributor. Please send abstracts to Professor Adam Dinham at a.dinham@gold.ac.uk by Friday 2nd September 2016.

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

    Should you have any queries about the day, please do not hesitate to contact the event organisers, Professor Adam Dinham a.dinham@gold.ac.uk or Rachael Shillitoe r.shillitoe@worc.ac.uk. For further details, visit the SocRel website: www.socrel.org.uk.  For further details about the BSA visit www.britsoc.co.uk.

  • Religion and the Media: A postgraduate and early careers training day

    Following a recent sociological interest in religion and the media, coupled with the need for academic public engagement, this year’s training workshop theme is: ‘Religion and the Media’.

    Professor Reina Lewis & Michael Wakelin

    BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

    Wednesday 2nd November 2016, 10am – 5pm

    In our morning session, you will have a chance to explore recent research and ethics in the field of religion and media with Professor Reina Lewis. Reina is Artscom Centenary Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Her new book Muslim Fashion: Contemporary Style Cultures was published by Duke University Press in 2015. She is also author of Rethinking Orientalism: Women, Travel and the Ottoman Harem (2004), and Gendering Orientalism: Race, Femininity and Representation (1996) and is editor of a number of key texts on modest fashion, dress cultures, cultures in dialogue, feminism and post colonialism, gender and modernity, and lesbian and gay visual cultures.

    Reina is a frequent media commentator – most recently for the New York Times, BBC World, BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio1, The Guardian, The Times, Marie-Claire magazine, Elle Brazil, Businessoffashion.com, Fortune.com. Reina also convenes the public talks series Faith and Fashion at the London College of Fashion.

    In the afternoon, you will be led through a practical media engagement workshop by Michael Wakelin. Michael is a religion expert and media consultant, and until recently worked as Head of Religion and Ethics for the BBC. He is now Executive Associate in Public Education for the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge, Director Coexist Programmes for Coexist House and Exec Producer TBI Media and has worked with a number of academic, policy and religious organisations.

    Registration Rates:

    BSA Members £10 // Socrel Members £15 // Non-members: £30

    Please click HERE to register for the workshop.

    Details for joining Socrel and BSA membership

    Please contact katie.socrel@gmail.com if there are any questions.