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Britain’s New Religious Landscape Speaker: Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University) Chair: Dr Matthew Engelke (LSE) Date and Time: 7 November 2012, 16.30-18.00 Venue: Seligman Library, Old Building, LSE Professor Woodhead argues that a profound shift has taken place in the religious landscape of Great Britain since the late 1980s, a shift whose significance has been … Continue reading

CFP: What place, if any, does religion have in a secular research university?

Organisers of the Religion and the Idea of a University Conference are inviting proposals for twenty minute papers that engage with the broad question of ‘what place, if any, does religion have in a secular research university?’ . Topics might include: the research university as a secular space; intellectual and religious virtue; the university and the … Continue reading

Events: IWM Series “Colloquia on Secularism”

Monday, November 12, 4:30pm Series “Colloquia on Secularism” Endre Sashalmi Professor of History and Deputy-Chairman of the Department of Medieval and Early Modern History, University of Pécs, Hungary FROM TSAR TO EMPEROR The Secularization of the Public Image of the Ruler in Russia under Peter the Great With the kind support of the Austrian Science … Continue reading

Event: Can the World Afford Religion?

As part of the Faith Interviews, organised by the the Religion and Society programme, Professor Sir John Sulston (humanist and Nobel Prize Winner for work on the genome) will be interviewed by Andrew Brown of The Guardian. WEDS, 7TH NOVEMBER 2012, 5.30 – 7.00 RUSI, 61 Whitehall, London, SW1A 2ET To register for a free … Continue reading

NSRN Annual Lecture Announced: Dr Matthew Engelke, ‘In Spite of Christianity: Humanism and Its Others in Contemporary Britain’

NSRN Annual Lecture 2012 28 November 2012 Doors from 6pm, lecture at 6.30pm, Followed by a drinks reception Conway Hall, London This event is free but places are limited. To register, please email Lois Lee at l.a.lee@kent.ac.uk We are very happy to annouce that Dr Matthew Engelke will be our guest speaker at our annual lecture, this year to … Continue reading

News: New survey – religion and politics in the US

Please see below details of a report released by Juhem Navarro-Rivera, who has worked on a number of reports about the nonreligious, in conjunction with the Public Religion Research Institute on the connections between religion and politics in the US.  The report focuses on the nonreligious (a.k.a. religiously unaffiliated): http://publicreligion.org/research/2012/10/american-values-survey-2012/

Event: Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

Please note that alongside general interest for the network there are also some streams here also for studying digital nonreligion. http://www.derby.ac.uk/digital-methodologies-in-the-sociology-of-religion 16th November 2012, Enterprise Centre, University of Derby Organised by the Centre for Society, Religion & Belief (SRB), University of Derby Funded by Digital Social Research (DSR) Book your place This conference is generously subsidised by Digital Social Research. … Continue reading

Event: Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion, 2nd Annual Symposium: Religion and Citizenship: Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Religion and the Secular

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London 13 December 2012, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Religions today are implicated in a wide variety of publics. From contests over the environment and democracy to protests against capitalism, religions remain important factors in political and public life across diverse, and interconnected, global contexts. A variety of diverse responses … Continue reading


Joseph H. Hammer, Ryan T. Cragun, Karen Hwang, Jesse M. Smith are published in the current volume of Secularism and Nonreligion. Abstract: The nationally representative 2008 American Religious Identification Survey found that 41% of self-identified atheists reported experiencing discrimination in the last 5 years due to their lack of religious identification.  This mixed-method study explored the … Continue reading

CFP: Deadline Extended, Engaging Sociology of Religion – BSA Conference

Please note the change of deadline for abstracts is now 15th October especially of interest to those researching Secularism and secularisation Call for Papers: Engaging Sociology of Religion BSA Sociology of Religion conference stream, Annual Conference of the British Sociological Association Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 3-5 April 2013 How does sociology of religion engage with topical … Continue reading

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