NSRN Annual Lecture 2015: Outline of a Theory of Religious-Secular Competition

We are delighted to announce our 2015 Annual Lecture, presented in cooperation with the Department of Social Anthropology & Cultural Studies (ISEK) at the University of Zurich, and the Emmy Noether-project “The Diversity of Nonreligion.”

Outline of a Theory of Religious-Secular Competition

Prof. Dr. Jörg Stolz (University of Lausanne)

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 6pm

Venue: University of Zurich (UZH) Oerlikon Campus Andreasstr. 15, 8050 Zurich Room: AND 3.02/06 (3rd floor)

A flyer can be downloaded here (pdf).

NSRN Annual Lecture

New Books in NSRN Book Series

The NSRN and De Gruyter are pleased to announce the first three publications in their book seriesReligion and its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion, and Secularity:

For more on the series, see here: http://nsrn.net/book-series/

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NSRN Series 2

289 new additions to our bibliography of relevant publications

After a long hiatus, 289 new items have been added to the NSRN bibliography. These new items can be viewed here:


The bibliography can also be viewed in a list organised by author surname or publication date.

As ever, the bibliography is a collaborative enterprise and we cannot claim that it is comprehensive of all relevant NSRN related publications. If you spot any gaps, at any point, you can let us know via this comment form on the website and we will add the publication at our next update.

Registration Now Open for NSRN 2014 Conference

Registration is now open for the NSRN 3rd International Conference

19-20 November 2014, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

“Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the U.S. and Beyond”

Delegates mingling at the NSRN 2012 Conference in London.

Delegates mingling at the NSRN 2012 Conference in London.

See the conference page for further details and registration form.

We hope to see many of you there!

Recruiting New Members to join the NSRN blog Editorial Team

Do you enjoy reading posts on the NSRN blog Nonreligion and Secularity?
Do you have a keen interest in nonreligion and secularity research?
Would you like to join the blog’s editorial team?

We are currently looking to expand and are seeking enthusiastic people to join Nonreligion and Secularity’s editorial team.

As well as helping to build upon the initial success of the blog, new team members will have the opportunity to play a dynamic role in the blog’s ongoing development and its vision for the future.

Visit the blog for more details and application information

Postdoc: Studying New Atheism at Uppsala University

The Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral fellow studying New Atheism for a period of two years, beginning as soon as possible and April 1, 2014 at the latest. Application is due on January 15, 2014.The Faculty is looking for a project with a critical scientific focus on New Atheism/contemporary atheistic positions or groups. What characterizes the phenomenon in question? What historical roots does it have? How does it relate to earlier forms of atheism and critique of religion? What understanding of religion and which ideological assumptions does it presuppose? Towards which forms of religions and ideologies is the atheistic criticism directed? What are the arguments for atheism and against religion, and what weight should be awarded to these arguments? How does the phenomenon relate to the contemporary criticism of secularization theses and secularism? What normative grounds and political ambitions does it have? What role does the phenomenon play in today’s society and politics?




Event: Church Growth and Decline in a Global City: London, 1980 to the Present

Church Growth and Decline in a Global City: London, 1980 to the Present
A Colloquium organised by the Centre for Church Growth Research
Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham University and
by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London
Date: 2 May 2014, 10 am to 4 pm
Venue: Room 349 Senate House, University of London
Cost: £50 (£35 for post- and under-graduate students)
Speakers include:
Professor David Martin (LSE)
Professor John Wolffe (Open University)
Dr Peter Brierley (Brierley Consulting)
Dr Lois Lee (University College, London)
Dr Alana Harris (Lincoln College, Oxford)
Dr Andrew Rogers (University of Roehampton)
Rev Dr Babatunde Adedibu (RCCG)
For detailed information and to book a place, visit: www.durham.ac.uk/churchgrowth.research

CFP: BSA Annual Conference 2014: Changing Society

BSA Annual Conference 2014: 
Changing Society
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
Jo McKenzie   E: j.m.mckenzie@durham.ac.uk
Titus Hjelm   E: t.hjelm@ucl.ac.uk
Alternatively, contact the BSA Events Team   E: events@britsoc.org.uk

Funding opportunity: The John Templeton Foundation is launching a competition to advance the scientific study of religious cognition.

The John Templeton Foundation is launching a $3m funding competition to
advance the scientific study of religious cognition.

Purpose and scope: Scientific descriptions of how people think about God
and gods are currently fragmented across sub-disciplines of the
psychological, cognitive, and social sciences. This competition is
designed to promote integration of ten existing lines of research and to
generate and test new hypotheses that emerge from this integration.
Applicants may request up to $250,000 for empirical or conceptual projects
of up to 30 months in duration.

Eligibility: The competition is open to researchers worldwide. Proposals
are encouraged from — but not limited to — scholars in the disciplines
of psychology, cognitive science, anthropology, religious studies,
sociology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science.

Deadline for online funding inquiries (letters of intent): October 1, 2013

Full details are available at

NSRN members: note that this special call includes how atheists think
about supernatural agents; note also the general open-submission call for
grant proposals, to which proposals on all aspects of non-religion are
Note also that the Fall Funding Cycle for open submission is now open, and
that proposals relating to all topics within the Foundation’s core funding
areas (which range from quantum physics to religious nones to archaeology)
are also welcome; visit https://portal.templeton.org/login to apply. The
deadline for core area online funding inquiries is also October 1.

Learn more about JTF’s grantmaking process here:

Learn more about Sir John Templeton’s philanthropic vision here: