The Archives at Conway Hall

Liz Lutgendorff, Phd student at Oxford Brookes and Chair of Conway Hall Ethical Society, has provided the NSRN with an informative overview of the archive facilities offered by Conway Hall in London which may be helpful to researchers of secularism and nonreligion.

As part of my research into the history of atheism and secularism in the UK, I’ve become involved with Conway Hall Ethical Society (CHES) and I am currently the chair of Trustees. CHES may be better known to some as the South Place Ethical Society or South Place Chapel. It started as a radical Unitarian church in the eighteenth century and gradually evolved into a secular, ethical society in the late nineteenth century. It is now the only Ethical Society remaining in the UK and only one of two freethought and secular organisations in the UK with a hall purposely built for the promotion of ethical, secular, or humanist principles in the UK (the other being Leicester Secular Hall). Continue reading

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CFP: Atheism: Psychological Perspectives – Secularism & Nonreligion Journal Symposia

The journal Secularism & Nonreligion is planning to propose a symposium of 3-4 individual papers for the upcoming 2015 International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR) World Congress. We invite you to submit proposals falling under the broad theme of psychological perspectives on atheism for consideration as part of the proposed symposia. Some topics and perspectives include, but are not limited to: cognitive science, qualitative/quantitative methods, psychological-anthropology, phenomenology, ethnography, cultural psychology, and philosophy of science. We are particularly interested in papers covering atheism outside of the Western context. Continue reading

Call for Papers: Atheism, Secularism, and Science

Announcing CFP: Atheism, Secularity, and Science, a special journal issue in Science, Religion & Culture
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Guest edited by: John R. Shook Ph.D., Ralph W. Hocfpod Jr.
Ph.D., and Thomas J. Coleman III.
Over the past 10 years research and scholarship on secularity in general, and atheism in particular, has increased significantly. Moreover, these phenomena have been researched, studied and documented by multiple
disciplines ranging from cognitive science to religious studies, and from anthropology to sociology. The study of atheism and secularity is of high interest to not only scholars, but also the public in general.
Atheism and secularity are often seen as two constructs that are intimately related with a third, that of ‘science’. Where one finds the scientific method, positivist epistemology and naturalism in general, one typically finds atheism and secularism. Continue reading

Recruiting New Members to join the NSRN blog Editorial Team

Do you enjoy reading posts on the NSRN blog Nonreligion and Secularity?
Do you have a keen interest in nonreligion and secularity research?
Would you like to join the blog’s editorial team?

We are currently looking to expand and are seeking enthusiastic people to join Nonreligion and Secularity’s editorial team.

As well as helping to build upon the initial success of the blog, new team members will have the opportunity to play a dynamic role in the blog’s ongoing development and its vision for the future.

Visit the blog for more details and application information

Nonreligion and Secularity, the Official Blog of the NSRN

We are thrilled to announce that Nonreligion and Secularity, the official blog of the NSRN, is now live!

You can view the blog and read NSRN founder and director Lois Lee’s introductory post here: http://blog.nsrn.net/

The aim of Nonreligion and Secularity 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.

We are really excited about this latest NSRN development and the blog’s potential to expand the field of N&S research in new directions and to reach new audiences.

Over the coming weeks we will be publishing an exciting line up of blog articles on a variety of topics related to N&S research so be sure to bookmark the page or sign up for email alerts of new content.

If you would be interested in writing an article for Nonreligion and Secularity we would love to hear from you. See the Submissions page on the blog website for more information and author guidelines. Additionally if you would be interested in becoming a member of our editorial review board please contact blog editor Lorna Mumford at lorna.mumford.10@ucl.ac.uk for more information.