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

POSTPONED! (17th-19th August 2020) Gothenburg, Sweden

The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion

Location: the Faculty of Humanities ("Humanisten")


Due to the continued uncertainty associated with the global Covid-19 pandemic, the planning committee for NCSR2020 has decided to postpone the 2020 conference. Although no definitive decision has been made on the issue, our intention is to arrange the conference in Sweden in 2022.

We are thankful for all the abstracts that we have received. However, new abstracts will be requested for the future conference. Please feel free to present the work highlighted in your abstracts at other venues. We recommend that you reach out to the contact person for your session if you are interested in sharing your research with researchers within the same field.

The registration fee will be fully refunded to all participants that have already made the payment. We will do our best to handle the refunds as soon as possible. If you do not receive your refund in a timely fashion, please email us at NCSR2020@lir.gu.se

We appreciate your patience while we deal with the extraordinary circumstances that we are all negotiating at this time. More details will be released about future NCSR-conferences at a later date.


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

April 1, 2020

Abstract submission


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

Sidansvarig: Elin Widfeldt|Sidan uppdaterades: 2020-05-13

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