ISA RC-22 mid term conference will take place on November 11-14, 2021 in Vilnius, Lithuania as hybrid event (live and virtual). We invite sociologists of religion and scholars of religion of other disciplines throughout the world to take part in it.
Religion has always been an important resource helping people in times of uncertainty. The current world is rife with uncertainty: throughout the world societies struggle with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, recent waves of migration and a torrent of human rights violations of large scale, as well as threatening processes indicated by manifestations of climate change and the like. In these circumstances, religion remains important both in the private life of many believers and in public for a variety of actors, and often enjoys new opportunities to engage in a variety of public roles. Accordingly, we can observe a vigorous return of religion into public space and policies on local, regional, national, transnational and global levels evidenced, for example, by a growing role of religion in implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals.
With questioning of the secularization thesis and a broadening scope of research to include a variety of non-Western contexts prompted, a public role of religion in modern societies has already been recognized. However, emergent social and political contexts raise new challenges in understanding and conceptualizing religious and secular actors, actions, politics and ideologies, their interactions and boundaries between them. How scholars and various other actors redefine religion in the context of increasingly conspicuous fluidity of boundaries between religion and politics on the transregional, transnational and global levels? How religion is transformed and relocated by diverse and shifting interactions of secular and religious actors, secular and religious ideologies and politics of the past and memory? What impact different historical contexts and their interactions have on the role of religious communities in relation to the increasingly international or global nature of policies and implementing communities? These and other issues related to religions, politics and uncertainty in contemporary societies we invite to discuss during the conference this year.
Submission of paper and session / panel proposals – September 1, 2021
Notification to authors – September 15, 2021
Early bird registration deadline – September 30, 2021
Registration deadline for presenting authors – September 30, 2021
Final program – October 15, 2021
Registration deadline for non-presenting participants – November 9, 2021
Conceptualizations of Boundaries of the Public and the Private in the Context of Religion
Religion and Politics in Regional, National and International Communities
Religion and International Relations
Religion and Politics of Climate Change
Religion and Politics of Gender
Religion, Power and Politics
Religion and Human Rights
Religion, Populism and Ideologies
Religion and Politics of Migration
Religion, Ethnicity, Politics and Citizenship
Religion and National Identity
Religion and Politics of Past and Memory
Religion and History of Colonialism and Socialism
Religion, Politics and Media
Religion and Public Policy
Public Sociology of Religion
Religion and Science in Contemporary World
Religion and the Pandemics
Early bird registration deadline is September 30, 2021
Vilnius – Lithuania’s capital, has been quietly charming tourists and conference delegates for years, drawing in visitors with the largest baroque Old Town in eastern Europe, then wowing them with an offbeat elegance, a complex history and a cultural scene that’s uniquely Lithuanian. Vilnius under-promises and over-delivers.