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Oct 25, 2012

2012 Annual Meeting "Religion and Social Cohesion: Challenges and Perspectives"

 

 25–26 October 2012, University of Groningen

 

2012 Annual Meeting of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG)

Theme: Religion and Social Cohesion: Challenges and Perspectives

 

 

Outline of conference theme

The 2012 Annual Meeting of the NGG uses the 100th anniversary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912) as an opportunity to look critically at the concept of ‘social cohesion’ and the many, often conflicting ways in which scholars, politicians, and others have correlated religion to values of equality, solidarity, democracy, and tolerance (or their opposites) in contemporary Western societies. We want to raise the question whether religion(s) and discourses on religion(s) promote social cohesion or social conflict in multicultural and plural modern societies. The conference will combine sociological, anthropological, and historical approaches to the theme of social cohesion and will provide a contribution to the ongoing debates in Europe regarding the benefits and problems of religious convictions.

 

We invite proposals for papers, panels, and posters from all disciplinary perspectives on religion and social cohesion. Proposals may also address other aspects of Durkheim’s legacy in the study of religion. In addition, PhD and MA students are given the possibility to present their ongoing research in a paper session that is not related to the conference theme or with a poster. Deadline for all proposals is 1 July 2012. See detailed calls for papers, panels, and posters below.

 

We are honoured to present two distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Lori Beaman, Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, University of Ottawa.
  • Prof. Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Department of Culture and Society – Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark.

 

A. Call for individual papers

 

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

 

We invite proposals from various disciplinary perspectives (academic study of religion, sociology, anthropology, historiography, etc.) on religion and social cohesion (or conflict) in groups and society. Topics can include (but are not restricted to):

  • Empirical studies on religion as a source of social cohesion or social conflict;
  • Critical analyses of discourses on the relation between religion and values of equality, solidarity, democracy, tolerance (or their opposites) in contemporary Western, multicultural societies;
  • The notion of ‘social cohesion’ as an analytical concept.

 

We also invite proposals that engage with Durkheim’s ideas and with his legacy in the academic study of religion. Topics can include (but are not restricted to):

  • Durkheimian ideas (such as anomie, effervescence, religion as objectification of social ties, etc.) in relation to empirical studies;
  • Robert Bellah, Mary Douglas, Roy Rappaport, and other Durkheimian sociologists, anthropologists, and scholars of religion;
  • ‘The New Durkheim’: The recent revitalisation of Durkheim in the study of religion (and beyond).

 

Deadline for submitting an abstract (of max. 200 words) for an individual paper is 1 July 2012. Abstracts should be emailed to NGG secretary Dr. Elizabeth den Boer (e.p.den.boer@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

 

B. Call for PANELS

 

Groups of scholars are invited to submit 3 to 5 papers on similar topics as one coherent panel (1.5–2 hours length, depending on the schedule). Panels should fit into the perspectives outlined above.

 

Deadline for submitting a panel is 1 July 2012. When submitting a panel, please include in one document both individual abstracts for the papers (max. 200 words), as well as a panel abstract (max. 200 words). Please send the panel proposal to NGG secretary Dr. Elizabeth den Boer (e.p.den.boer@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

 

C. Call for papers and posterS for off-theme PhD and MA student session(s)

 

PhD students are invited to propose papers for the perspectives outlined above. Additionally, both PhD students and MA students are cordially invited to submit a paper or a poster for a separate off-theme session. This can be a great chance, for instance, for MA students to report on the results of their MA thesis and for PhD students to present some of their preliminary conclusions.

 

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion. Posters should be A1 size and should not include too much text. Make sure to include pictures, graphs etc. to enhance readability. We suggest that posters are accompanied with a number of handouts for people to take. Unfortunately, we cannot help with the printing of the poster.

 

Abstracts for papers and poster proposals (max. 200 words) for the off-theme session(s) should be sent no later than 1 July 2012 to NGG secretary Dr. Elizabeth den Boer (e.p.den.boer@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

 

Other practical details

Organisers

The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) in cooperation with The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen.

 

Organising committee

Prof. Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad (president, NGG), Markus Altena Davidsen, MA (PhD representative, NGG), Dr. Elizabeth den Boer (secretary, NGG).

 

Venue

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen.

 

Time

25–26 October 2012. The conference will begin around 14.00 on Thursday the 25th and end around 17.00 on Friday the 26th.

 

Deadline

Deadline for all proposals is 1 July 2012. Proposals should be sent to the secretary of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion, Dr. Elizabeth den Boer (e.p.den.boer@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

 

Registration

Registration costs will be kept as low as possible (and depend on further funding that the organisers applied for). Discounts will be available for members of the NGG and for students. Registration includes coffee/thee breaks, the conference dinner on Thursday evening, and a lunch on Friday. The organisers will help with finding accommodation in various categories. Please check the website for updates and further information.

 

Homepage

For updates and information, please see the website of the NGG at www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl or follow us on Twitter at @NGG_nl.