BSA Annual Conference 2014:
Sociology of Religion Stream
Keynote Plenary: Professor Adam Dinham
Adam 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.
Call for Papers
The role of religion in social change has been one of the key questions in sociology ever since Weber’s The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. What role is religion currently playing in producing change in contemporary society? And how are religious individuals, communities and institutions responding to recent changes in society? What might such responses suggest about the future of religion in the public sphere? How might this reconfigure the religious/secular divide? This event will encourage discussion of the particular religious contributions, and responses, to a changing society.
We invite papers on topics that may include (but are not limited to) the following:
· Relationship between religious and secular institutions
· Religion in the public square
· Evolving role and status of religious organisations
· Faith communities and social action
· Religion and welfare
· Religion and politics
· Religion and education
· Religion and technology
· Theoretical perspectives on religion and social change
How to submit
All paper abstracts and proposals for other events can be submitted online at:
The deadline for submission of abstracts is 18 October 2013.
For further information contact the Sociology of Religion stream coordinators