BSA Sociology of Religion Annual Conference: Religion, Justice, and Social Action

Event Serial92844
Event TypeConference
Event Date from2024-07-08 to 2024-07-10
Event Categories
Organizing Society BSA
Website:  https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/sociology-of-religion-conference-2024/
Deadline for abstracts/proposals 2024-02-09
Location London, United Kingdom

Religion, Justice, and Social Action

BSA Sociology of Religion Annual Conference

8-10 July 2024
University of Northumbria, Newcastle, UK

Call for Papers

After the success of our 2023 conference in Bristol, we are delighted to announce the 2024 SocRel Annual Conference. We will gather at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle and we look forward to once again reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new ones. The theme for 2024 is Religion, Justice, and Social Action.

Religion is embedded in forms of justice and social action. Driven by teachings, philosophical ideals, or socialized norms, religion can galvanize change, limit social and political freedoms, and serve the suffering. Religion, when intertwined with justice and social action, can be observed in the organization of events and activities, the participation in protests, marches and sit-ins, the sharing of information among local and global communities, and in the bringing of individuals and groups together to provide food, shelter, care, connection, and subsistence. Yet religious movements can also act as a barrier to social and ethical progress, hindering justice, obstructing action, and delegitimising dissent, discouraging followers – and seeking to actively stop others – from enabling change. Religion can operate a mechanism for transformation and a means of bolstering the status quo, with some movements jostling for influence at the heart of institutions while others seek to build new social structures set apart from the world according to their own frames of justice. As society has experienced and witnessed the pandemic, the cost-of-living and climate crises, and government decisions on war and violence, how have religion, justice and social action converged to bring about change and alternate responses? This conference invites papers that explore these dynamics, and religions’ role in creating and hindering opportunities for response and action as well as the critiques they conjure.

We invite papers that address (but are not limited to) the following areas:

Care and action: motivations, emotions, and ethics
Power, abuse, and conflict
Gender, race, sexuality, class, disability: intersectional considerations
Environmental emergencies
Peace, resolution and reconciliation
Activisms: individual and collective
Social movements and forces
Digital forms and responses
Arts and alternative forms of resistance
Papers on other topics in the sociology of religion

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