Call for Papers: Religion in an Age of Austerity

BSA Sociology of Religion conference stream, Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association

University of Leeds, 11–13 April 2012

The apparent re-emergence of religion as a social force has been highlighted by the economic downturn of recent years: religious communities are increasingly perceived as filling in the gaps left by the ailing welfare state. Some argue that individuals turn to religion—or away from it—prompted by economic hardship, and the meeting of religion and global capitalism has emerged as a source of both conflict and peace building. These developments, among others, touch upon many core issues in the sociology of religion. This call is for papers which advance ongoing sociological research and reflection on themes including, but not limited to, the following:

* Religion and (Political) Economy

* Religion and Welfare

* Faith-Based Organisations

* Religion and State in the 21st Century

* Social Theory and Religion

* Religion and inequalities (gender, ethnicity, class)

* Secularism and secularisation

* Global re-emergence of religion

* Religion and media

* Religion and youth

Abstract submission to be completed at:

www.britsoc.co.uk/events/Conference

Deadline for abstract submission: 7 October 2011.

E-mail: bsaconference@britsoc.org.uk for conference enquiries;

t.hjelm@ssees.ucl.ac.uk or mat@mat-francis.org for stream enquiries. Do NOT send abstracts to these addresses.