The 36th Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion

Conference Theme: Religion in Global/Local Perspective: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation

12-15 July 2021, will be a fully digital conference.

The content, boundaries and role of religion vary across the globe. Globalization brings about the encounter and transfiguration of worldviews and ways of life and yet religion, like much else, is a glocal phenomenon, as the local context is still determinative. Migration, labor mobility and travel lead to the diffusion of religion, but also to the questioning of religious boundaries and their potential transformation. The difference between religion, spirituality, culture, and nonreligion become themselves diffuse and even blurred. People feel, rediscover and redefine their religious and non-religious horizons in new ways through their everyday lives. This conference highlights the transnational, global and local character of these issues and aims to explore the nature of religious diffusion, encounters, and transformation.

Submit a paper proposal, deadline 28 February 2021, here:

This year, due to the special conditions of an online conference, you will be asked to register as a member or renew your membership before 1 March 2021 to confirm your submission (in the eventuality of your paper being rejected by the conference, your membership fees will be reimbursed).

50% Digital Conference fees!

  • Ordinary members: 70 Euros (to benefit from this preferential rate, it is indispensable to become a member)
  • Reduced fee: 35 Euros
  • Non-members: 85 Euros

Call for the ISSR Best Article Award

The ISSR invites nominations for an award for the best article in the sociology of religion. Journal articles published in 2019 or in 2020 in French or English may be nominated by the author(s) or ISSR members by sending a nomination letter and the article in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Best Article Award Committee, Yannick Fer (yannick.fer@ens.fr).

Call for the ISSR Student Paper Award:

The ISSR invites nominations for an award for the best first published paper by a graduate student or candidate who has received their doctorate in the last five years. Papers published in 2019 or in 2020 in French or English may be nominated by the author(s) or ISSR members by sending a nomination letter and the article in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Student Paper Award Committee, Jörg Stolz (joerg.stolz@unil.ch). 

The new deadline for both article awards is now 28 February 2021.

The winner or winners will receive their awards at the 2021 ISSR Conference. They will be reimbursed their registration fees and receive a 500 Euro reward. Candidates must be in good standing for the current membership period.