Category Archives: Sociology of Religion

Buddhist Christian Studies conference

The next European Network of Buddhist-Christian Studies‘s conference will be held on the 10-13 June 2005 at the Benedictine Abbey of St Ottilien, outside Munich. The theme is “Conversion and Religious Identity”, and it will feature a session with Paul Williams, who announced a rather spectacular conversion from Buddhism to Catholicism a couple of years ago. Ruben Habito and Jose Cabezon of the American counterpart, the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies, will also be speaking.Further info from
Br Josef Goetz OSB,
D-86941 St. Ottilien, Germany,

Multicultural Politics: Racism, Ethnicity and Muslims in Britain

Published by Edinburgh University Press this book (by Tariq Modood) combines a discussion of racism and Muslim politics in Britain, offers an interdisciplinary combination of empirical sociology with political theory of multiculturalism and challenges the secularist bias of liberals and social scientists.There is an official launch of the book associated with the following lecture:
British Multiculturalism: Where Do Muslims Fit In?
2pm, Monday, 14 March, 2005
Barber Lecture Theature,
Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham

LGBT Religious History Award

The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Religious Archives Network (LGBTRAN) at Chicago Theological Seminary announces the establishment of an annual LGBT Religious History Award to honor outstanding research and writing. Papers are welcome from established and junior scholars, independent scholars, and graduate and undergraduate students. Deadline for submissions in this first year is October 11, 2005. A jury of prominent scholars will determine the honored paper(s) that will receive a monetary award and public recognition at LGBTRAN’s annual dinner in April, 2006.Complete details

Conference on Esoteric Buddhism

Koyasan University, Japan, is scheduling an International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies for Sept. 2006.Theme: The Scope of Esoteric Buddhism: Identity in Diversity

An International Conference on Esoteric Buddhist Studies is to be held at Kôyasan, which maintains the Shingon Mikkyô Esoteric Buddhist tradition spanning 1200 years. Through studies of Esoteric Buddhism and its culture as it developed in many regions, we hope to establish Kôyasan as a center for the advancement of information exchange among researchers, while simultaneously considering the directions of Esoteric Buddhist Studies in the 21st century.

Indigenous Religious Studies

September 16-18, 2005, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UKAn international three-day conference to examine the state of the study of indigenous religions. Increased interest in indigenous religions – contemporary and historical – has led to a number of significant publications recently. This conference is intended to debate the value, methods and results of current academic research, especially in the Study of Religions but also in cognate disciplines. It will ask what contribution the study of indigenous religions might make to the broader discipline. Papers and panels are invited to discuss the study of ritual, performance, identity construction, diaspora, the vitality of tradition, and more. It is intended to organise a series of publicly accessible performance events and possibly an indigenous film series to coincide with the conference.

Further info:
Belief Beyond Boundaries Research Group

U2’s religion

This would be might kind of class: the “spiritual significance of U2”. It is taught at Calvin College a Christian U. This article pointed me one hand to a collection of sermons, based on their lyrics, titled Get Up Off Your Knees: Preaching the U2 Catalog and to Walk On: The Spiritual Journey of U2, which is about the band member’s personal faith. Appearently they are worthy enough to become subject of scholarhsip.

Map and Reality

American Academy of Religion, Nov. 19-22 2005, Philadelphia PA
Theme: “Map and Reality: Evolving Sacred Spaces in Asia.”This consultation solicits various methodological approaches to topics such as:

1) UNESCO World Heritage Sites (especially their early modern history and religious context before WHS designation, conservation, the effects of international recognition, contemporary economics and relations amongst males/females, pilgrims, tourists, vandals, clerics, local communities, government officials). Other relevant areas of inquiry will also be considered. Continue reading

Fichter grant

One learns about grants in mysterious places. For example I just camme across of the Fichter research grant in a Guardian article about about the European Union’s information network aimed at luring researchers back from the US. BTW the deadline for the grant is March 1, it is offered by the Association for the Sociology of Religion and will be for projects on gender issues or race and ethnicity.