ISSR Goes Digital - 12-15 July 2021

International Society for the Sociology of Religion 36th Conference

12 July - 15 July 2021

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.


Conference Documents

The indicated times are Dublin time.

Please check your paper and session as soon as you can!

If you notice any mistake in the program, or if you are no longer able to present in your session, please e-mail ASAP the General Secretary, Véronique Altglas to let her know:

We will send you a daily link for Zoom sessions with the program of the day, the night before; so check your mailbox and (and possibly junkmail) and write to us if you haven’t received it.


Technical Support

If you have technical issues, please email our webmaster, Colin, at
If you email him at those dedicated times, he’ll most likely be online and will be able to answer to your request swiftly:

The indicated times are Dublin time.

Pre-conference9th July11.30am-1.00pm
Conference Day 112th July8.00-9.30am
Conference Day 213th July11.30am-1.00pm
Conference Day 314th July8.00-9.30am
Conference Day 415th July11.30am-1.00pm


Financial Support

If you have issues regarding your membership and registration to the conference, please email Bérénice at

If you email her at those dedicated times she’ll be online and will be able to answer to your request swiftly:

The indicated times are Dublin time.

Conference Day 112th July1.00-2.30pm
Conference Day 213th July9.00-10.30am
Conference Day 314th July1.00-2.30pm
Conference Day 415th July9.00-10.30am



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.

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