FES | Federación Española de Sociología

Call for Paper for the Session Qualitative Methods in the Sociology of Religion

Deadline: 15 December 2011

  • Joint Session

by RC 33 (Research Committee on Logic an Methodology),

RC22 (Sociology of Religion) and

ESA RN 34 (Sociology of Religion)

at the 2nd ISA Forum of Sociology (Social Justice and Democratization)

August 1st 4th, 2012, Buenos Aires, Argentina 

  • Session Organizers:

Eloísa Martín (eloisamartin@hotmail.com, University of Brasilia, Brazil),

Bernt Schnettler (schnettler@uni-bayreuth.de, Bayreuth University, Germany) and

Regine Herbrik (regine.herbrik@tu-berlin.de, Berlin Institute of Technology, Germany) 

Presently, the 'return of religion' is intensely discussed among scholars. This includes the public face and the social forms of contemporary religion as well as its individual dimension. Over the past years, we are witnessing a growing number of empirical studies all over the world concerned with religious phenomena. However, most of these studies employ quite conventional methodology. Therefore, the session will focus on qualitative methods for studying religious phenomena.

We encourage participants to present papers concerned with methodological questions related to the specific problems of empirical research in the Study of Religions. This includes a discussion of appropriate and effective methods for researching religion and may encompass a critical discussion of methodological issues concerning qualitative inquiry in the field of religion, e.g. can we transfer methods from other fields of research to the sociology of religion or do we need special, field-specific methods? What can we learn from methods used in neighbouring disciplines? Which sets of methods can be recommended for empirical analyses targeting micro-macro issues in understanding religion? What role does the gender issue play in this? We are especially interested in papers reporting empirical research finding in the sociology of religion using qualitative research methods in combination with methodological reflections. The topics include: religious experience; spirituality; the transformation of contemporary religion; religion in the public sphere and the impact of religion on private life; religion and emotion; religion, migration and ethnicity; social memory and religious identities; the changing role of religious organization; religion, communication, and media; dynamics and transformation of beliefs. 

  • Submission

Please submit an abstract online to the centralized conference website created by Congrex. Please note that only abstracts submitted online can be incorporated in the sessions, and no changes/updates to the submitted abstract will be allowed. It is the author`s responsibility to submit a correct abstract any errors in spelling, grammar, or scientific fact will be reproduced as typed by the author.

  • Deadlines:

Submission of abstracts: December 15th, 2011

Notification of authors: January 31st, 2012

Registration for the Conference: April 10th, 2012

Further Information

On the Conference: http://www.isa-sociology.org/buenos-aires-2012/

On ISA: http://www.isa-sociology.org/

On RC 33: http://www.isa-sociology.org/rc33.htm