Research groups and blog networks

Birkbeck Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society
The Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society was formed in March 2008 to bring together researchers from across Birkbeck College who share interests in the social, cultural, political and legal  significance of religion in the contemporary world.

Center for Atheist Research
The Center serves as a nonpartisan Internet hub for social science research on atheism and secularity, and invites individuals from across the religious/spiritual/secular spectrum to participate in their current online research studies.

Critical Religion Category Network (CRCN)
The term ‘critical religion’ is shorthand for the theoretical and methodological practice of taking ‘religion’ not as an isolated stand-alone category but as a term in a configuration of related categories. The purpose of this network and the workshops and conferences which it organises and promotes is to explore modern constructions of ‘religion’, ‘politics’, ‘the state’, economics’ in different sites of contestation to reveal their ideological function in the legitimation of the rationality of global capitalism.

Diversity of Non-Religion Research Group
Run by Dr. Johannes Quack, the Emmy Noether “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” Research Group is located at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, based at the Institut für Ethnologie (Social Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy und History). The Research Group is organized around the assumption that a comprehensive understanding of the role of religion(s) within contemporary societies has to take the “diversity of non-religiosity” into consideration.

European Observatory of Religions and Secularism (Observatoire Européen des religions et de la laïcité)
Bruxelles-based research group led by Régis Dericquebourg. Its mission is “to bring together scientific research in sociology and anthropology of religions at the European level.” Although the focus is on new religious movements, unstructured forms of religiosity, esotericism and mysticism, it also monitors the various facets of management of religions in European countries. The activities incude facilitation of networking, organization of conferences and publication of relevant studies.

The Immanent Frame
A collective blog established in conjunction with projects on religion and the public sphere at the Social Science Research Council.

Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC)
The Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) was established in 2005 to advance understanding of the role of secular values and the process of secularization in contemporary society and culture. Nonpartisan and multidisciplinary, the Institute conducts academic research, sponsors curriculum development, and presents public events.

Investigating Atheism
The purpose of this site is to set these contemporary ‘God Wars’ in their historical context, and to offer a range of perspectives (from all sides) on the chief issues raised by the ‘new atheists’. The site contains a definition and historical contextualisation of contemporary atheism, an account of atheist organisations and demographics, an overview of the current controversies, and includes orientation to discussion on issues felt to be central to the current controversies.

Multiple Secularities
Based at the University of Leipzig, this project aims to develop a conceptual framework that allows for a better understanding of contemporary and historical contestations over relationships between religion and secularity.

Religious-Secular Distinctions
A discussion forum on the topic of distinctions between the religious and the secular.

The Religion and Secularism Network
This has been set up by a Cambridge-based group with wide international experience, including social scientists, a historian and a political philosopher. The aim of the network is to contribute conceptual clarity and high quality information to debates about the state-religion relationship, by bringing to light the multiplicity of arrangements which govern it in different countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas.

UTC Atheism research
The website presents a study on the complexities of nonbelief identity in the United States performed by a research group at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) (Psychology, Learning and Leadership).

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