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Religious Organisation(s) - challenges and changes in contemporary society


17th-19th August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion

Location: the Faculty of Humanities ("Humanisten")

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The planning committee for The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion is monitoring the situation and development for the Corona virus closely, and will be following all the recommendations concerning travel and public events given by Swedish authorities. We will accordingly take any measures needed and publish our decisions promptly on our website. However, we are presently continuing the preparation process and are hopeful that the conference will take place as planned.

We realize that some of you might be concerned whether you will be able to attend. In order to give you all time to thoroughly evaluate the situation, we will be extending the deadline for abstracts until April 15. We will also not be accepting any payments for the conference until May 11.

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In today’s globalised and fast changing society, religious organisation and religious organisations face several challenges. Globalization, migration and different secularisation processes, together with political, technological and environmental changes/issues, influence, not only society in general, but also religious organisations and the ways in which religion is practiced and expressed in contemporary society.

This situation prompts questions such as: How do religious organisations handle an influx of new members from other parts of the world and at the same time, an increased loss of members who have been there for a long time? How do religious organisations react to new technology such as digital communication instead of face-to-face interaction, and web-broadcasted religious meetings?

Other questions of interest are for example: how do religious groups and organisations handle the late modern individual who has little need of belonging to religious groups, and who is sceptical of religious authority? And, on the other hand, how can we explain why late modern individuals choose to belong to conservative and fundamentalist religious groups?

These, and other, questions concerning how religion is organised in contemporary society will be addressed at the 25th NCSR conference held in Gothenburg 17th-19th August 2020, which includes a pre-conference for doctoral students in the morning of the 17th August.

We are happy to announce the following distinguished keynotes for the conference:

• Professor Masooda Bano, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK
• Professor Mitsutoshi Horii, Shumei University, Japan, and Shumei Representative, Chaucer College Canterbury, UK
• Professor Detlef Pollack, Department of Sociology, University of Münster, Germany

Dates
April 1, 2020

Abstract submission

Sessions

We look forward to seeing you in Gothenburg,

Magdalena Nordin, magdalena.nordin@lir.gu.se

Daniel Enstedt, daniel.enstedt@lir.gu.se

Fredrik Portin (conference secretary), NCSR2020@lir.gu.se

Mia Lövheim, mia.lovheim@teol.uu.se

Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon, martha.middlemiss@teol.uu.se

Christoffer Tidelius (pre-conference doctoral students): cristoffer.tidelius@teol.uu.se

Abstracts

Deadline for abstracts: April 15, 2020. Submit here.

Registration

Deadline for registration: 15th of May 2020. Register here:

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