Publication: Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe?

Please see below for details of an electronic advance publication of Tariq Modood’s talk at the the annual conference at Chester SocRel.  On a personal note I can attest to how thought provoking and insightful I found this lecture, Modood invites comments and it would be interesting to hear people’s thoughts via the NSRN-Discuss.

2011 Paul Hanly Furfey Lecture

Is There a Crisis of Secularism in Western Europe?

Tariq Modood
Sociology of Religion 2012

Submission of abstracts and online registration has started: Transformations of the Sacred in Europe and Beyond

ESA Mid-term Conference: Research Network 34 – Sociology of Religion

University of Potsdam, Germany, 3-5 September 2012
in cooperation with the German Section for the Sociology of Religon in the DGSYou will find the registration form on:

Plenary Speakers:

Schirin Amir-Moazami, Institute for Islamic Studies, Free University of Berlin
Hubert Knoblauch, Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Berlin
Gordon Lynch, Religious Studies School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent

Eva-Maria Schrage, Graduate School “Religion and Politics in the Cultures of Pre-modernity and Modernity”, University of Münster

Panel: Religions on the Move/Changes in Religious Cultures
Inger Furseth, Director of the Nordic Research Program NOREL, Oslo
Dorota Hall, Ass. Professor at the Dep. of Religious Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw
Volkhard Krech, Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions and speaker of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at the University of Bochum
Siniša Zrinščak, Department of Social Work, University of Zagreb

CFP 21st Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion, August‏

Please se below for details of the 21st Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion will take place at Umeå

University, Sweden, August 15-17, 2012.

We invite submissions for the following session:

The Role of Religion in the OrganiSation of Health and Welfare

The session will focus on the role of religion in the organization of health and welfare provision at local, national and global level. Current changes in welfare systems against the background of global economic pressures and changes in the role of nation states are intricately bound up with issues of collective and individual value systems. This session welcomes papers addressing the role of religion in these processes. Contributions may address evidence from empirical research and/or theoretical reflection on issues of religious majority and minority cultures as upholders or challengers of value systems in welfare, individual religiosity in the encounter with healthcare services, faith-based organisations as actors in civil society in the welfare arena (and not least the role such activity can play in religious socialization) or other related issues.

Abstracts (200 words maximum) should be submitted via the conference website no later than January 31st, 2012. See to submitt an abstract and for links to more details on the conference as a whole. For questions about the session please do not hesitate to contact the session organisers via email.

Session organisers

Annette Leis-Peters, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre, Uppsala

University SE & Diakonhjemmet University College, Oslo NO, &

Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre,

Uppsala University SE,


Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon


Centrum för Forskning om Religion och Samhälle/

Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre,

Faculty of Theology, Uppsala University

Box 511, SE-751 20, Uppsala, Sweden

Tel:+46(0)18 471 2246

Mobil: +46(0)18 734231374