ISSR Goes Digital - 12-15 July 2021

International Society for the Sociology of Religion 36th Conference

12 July - 15 July 2021

Call for papers: 8 January to 28 February 2021

Call for Sessions

You can submit proposals until 14th December 2020 (200-250 words in English; please also provide a French translation):

  • Thematic session – A session with papers on a common theme. If the theme attracts many papers, the thematic session may stretch over several slots.
  • Working Group session – A session of papers presented by those who work together on a specific project.
  • New Research Forum – Intended for students and young researchers (PhDs). The NRF usually have two sessions with a common theme and a session for free papers that do not fit into the other ISSR thematic sessions.
  • Author Meets Critics session – A session in which an author meets scholars who criticize his/her book and responds.

This is not yet the call for individual paper proposals. The call for paper proposals will be opened in mid-January.

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Religion in Global/Local Perspective: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation

As you know, the next ISSR conference was to be held in Taipei in 2021. For a long time, we hoped to stick to our plan. However, the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic shows a rise in infections in many countries, stricter travel restrictions and uncertainties about the time of the end of this global pandemic. In collaboration with the chair of the local committee in Taipei Associate Research Fellow/Professor Wei-hsian Chi, the Executive Committee has decided to postpone the conference in Taiwan until 2023. Instead, the ISSR conference July 12-15 2021 will be a fully digital conference.

The Call for Session is reopened until December 14th.

This gives you the opportunity to:

The call for papers will be opened from January 8th to February 28th 2021.

New deadlines:
Opening of new session proposals: November 10th 2020
Closing of session proposals:  December 14th 2020

Opening of paper submission: January 8th 2021
Closing of paper proposals: February 28th 2021

Conference Theme

Religion in Global/Local Perspective: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation

The content, boundaries and role of religion vary across the globe. Globalization brings about the encounter and transfiguration of worldviews and ways of life and yet religion, like much else, is a glocal phenomenon, as the local context is still determinative. Migration, labor mobility and travel lead to the diffusion of religion, but also to the questioning of religious boundaries and their potential transformation. The difference between religion, spirituality, culture, and nonreligion become themselves diffuse and even blurred. People feel, rediscover and redefine their religious and non-religious horizons in new ways through their everyday lives. This conference highlights the transnational, global and local character of these issues and aims to explore the nature of religious diffusion, encounters, and transformation.