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.

  • 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.

    Please click HERE to register for the workshop.

    Keynote Speaker: Dr Fiona Bowie, Kings College London  (fiona.bowie@kcl.ac.uk)

    Convened by Katie Aston Goldsmith’s University

    When working with human subjects, or with secondary sources and ideas that can have an impact on people’s lives, we need to be aware of what we write or put into the public domain. There are certain moral and ethical imperatives and guidelines we can follow, but in the end each researcher remains responsible for the decisions they make, and for the effect that their work might have on others. In this workshop we will look at some of the issues around the ethics of representation, including topics such as our relationship with participants, issues of power and consent, legality and morality. The sessions will be interactive, and will enable attendees to think critically and creatively about their own on-going research, or future research projects.

    10.00-10.30 Introductions and identifying the issues. Interactive sessions.

    10.30-10.45 Professional guidelines and negotiating the ethics committee.

    10.45-11.15 Thinking through the issues of representation. Powerpoint presentation and discussion.


    11.45-12.30 learning from case studies: Interactive group session

    12.30-1.00 Feedback from groups and general discussion.


    2.00-3.45 Personal research dilemmas: Peer-to-peer small group discussion.

    4.00 -5.00 Plenary/Wrap up

    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.

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

    Glasgow Caledonian University, April 15-17 2015


    Steve Bruce has been Professor of Sociology at Aberdeen since 1991. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the relationship between religion and politics in Britain and is a leading theorist and historian of secularization. His recent books include Scottish Gods: Religion in Modern Scotland (Edinburgh University Press 2014), Politics and Religion in the United Kingdom (Routledge 2012) and Secularization: In Defence of an Unfashionable Theory (Oxford University Press 2011).

    This year’s BSA Annual Conference calls on sociologists “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.” This stream will explore the contribution that the sociology of religion can make to this discussion, by analysing the changing role and voice of religion in society.

    Possible topics could include (but are not limited to) the following:

    • The role of religion in times of social transition
    • The changing place of religion in society
    • Faith communities and social action
    • Religion and politics
    • Religion and education
    • Religion, media and the press
    • Theoretical perspectives on religion and social change

    All paper abstracts and proposals for other events can be submitted online at:

    If you would like your abstract to be considered within the Sociology of Religion stream, please type SOCREL in capital letters at the top of your abstract.

    The deadline for submission of abstracts is 17 OCTOBER 2014.

    For further information contact the Sociology of Religion stream coordinator, Tim Hutchings, at t.r.b.hutchings@dur.ac.uk. Alternatively, contact the BSA Events Team: events@britsoc.org.uk

  • Socrel 2015: Call for Papers Extended to January 5th 2015.

    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

    *** Call for Papers Deadline Extended to January 5th 2015 ***

    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 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.



    -David Martin will be in conversation with Linda Woodhead about his career and recent books, ‘The Education of David Martin: The Making of an Unlikely Sociologist’, and ‘Religion and Power: No Logos without Mythos’.

    -Grace Davie will be addressing the religious situation in twenty-first century Britain, drawing from her new book, ‘Religion in Britain: A Persistent Paradox’ (February 2015). This builds on her highly successful ‘Religion in Britain since 1945: Believing without Belonging’, now 20 years in print.

    -Nancy Ammerman, James Beckford and Linda Woodhead will be bringing important reflections on the status of religion in sociology, and in society.


    Abstracts for individual papers (250 words max.) and panels (500 words max.) are invited by 5 January 2015. 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: 5 January 2015

    -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 5th January 2015.