The Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) is an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers; the network was founded in 2008 to centralise existing research on the topic of nonreligion and secularity and to facilitate discussion in this area.
This website is our home on the internet. To find out more about the changes to the site, please have a look around, or see the About Us section for more information. Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the site and welcome your feedback and suggestions for additions and improvements.
During February 2016 NSRN Online is going through a complete redesign. Please bear with us during this transitional period! To browse blog articles published before year 2016, see here. New blog articles are published here.
What we do
Nonreligion and Secularity is the official blog of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network. Its purpose is to provide a platform for the publication of short articles on a broad range of topical issues relevant to the academic study of nonreligion and secularism.
By combining the high professional standards associated with academic publishing with the more conversational tone of a blog, Nonreligion and Secularity aims to deliver an informative resource for both scholars and professionals working within this field, and also offers a space for the dissemination of research related information to a wider audience with an interest in the academic study of these topics.
NSRN Events and Conference
NSRN organizes and sponsors various scholarly events with its partners. The year 2016 marks the fourth installment of the NSRN International Conference, which is held in Zürich, Switzerland, on 7-9 July. The conference is co-hosted by the ‘Diversity of Nonreligion’ Research Project. This year’s theme is Approaching Nonreligion: Conceptual, methodical, and empirical approaches in a new research field. For more information, see the conference page.
NSRN and De Gruyter publish a book series Religion and Its Others: Studies in Religion, Nonreligion and Secularity (RIO). It considers the multiple relations between religion, nonreligion, and secularity. The series explores apparently nonreligious or ‘irreligious’ phenomena that are significantly related to religion as well as modes of differentiation between religion and its various others, often institutionalized in cultural, legal, and political orders. For more information, see book series website.
In partnership with the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC), Trinity College, CT, the NSRN has launched an academic journal for the field, Secularism and Nonreligion.
We accept submissions of scholarly articles in the diverse areas of secularism, secularity, nonreligion and atheism research. The journal is social scientific and submissions will be accepted from all social science subjects; we also welcome relevant contributions from other subject areas, including history, philosophy, cognitive science and so on. Full details for how to submit and author guidelines are available at the journal’s dedicated website.