Remembering N.J. Demerath III

N.J. Demerath III (‘Jay’), former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (1997-99), and winner of two SSSR distinguished publication awards (article 1992; book 2002), passed away February 5, 2021 in Leeds, Massachusetts.

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Remembering Wendy Griffin

Wendy Griffin (September 23,1941-February 12, 2021), a longtime member of the SSSR died peacefully at home. Wendy is best known for her research on the Goddess movement and her work in establishing contemporary Pagan studies as its own interdisciplinary field. She published numerous articles and book chapters, and was the editor of Daughter of The Goddess: Studies of Healing, Identity, and Empowerment (AltaMira, 2000).

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West Virginia University 2022-2023 Graduate Student Cohort

West Virginia University’s Sociology Ph.D. Program is recruiting graduate students for our 2022-2023 cohort. Our program has four research specializations: Sociology of Religion; Crime, Law, and Deviance; Inequality, Diversity, and Equity; and Social Psychology and Group Processes. The Sociology of Religion specialization covers a variety of subareas including religious identity and behavior; religion and communities; religion, science, and society; religion and crime, discrimination, and victimization; and religion and health. Students in this area have the opportunity to collaborate on publications and conference presentations, have access to unique data, and opportunities for funded research assistantships. For more information check out our program website https://soca.wvu.edu/students/graduate-students and our Religion & Society research group page https://www.raswvu.com/

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Remembering James A. Beckford

James Arthur Beckford FBA (December 1, 1942 - May 10, 2022) was a British sociologist of religion. He was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1988/1989, he served as President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and from 1999 to 2003, as the President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. He was President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in 2010. Apart from general writings on the sociology of religion, Beckford was a prolific author of books and articles on new religious movements and society's responses to them. He also researched and wrote about religious issues affecting prison inmates.

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Remembering James D. Davidson (1942-2022)

A native of Massachusetts, James D. Davidson earned his Ph.D. at University of Notre Dame in 1969. He specialized in the sociology of religion, studying religious stratification and trends among American Catholics.

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Webinar: Registered Reports and Funding in Consciousness and Religion Research

Webinar: Registered Reports and Funding in Consciousness and Religion Research Date/Time: Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 9:00 am EDT Join David Mellor, Director of Policy at the Center for Open Science (COS), and Michiel van Elk, Associate Editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion and Associate Professor at Leiden University, for a webinar to provide an overview of the Registered Reports process. Register at: https://cos-io.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H91tNXFhS8Ccz5mL16WzkA?hsCtaTracking=43e148c7-57f1-4020-be78-f00d6fd82ecf%7C70b544c8-703b-4081-a174-78f4dffebb54

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2022 International eConference on Holocaust Studies

In collaboration with the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is proud to announce the 2022 International eConference on Holocaust Studies. The conference will bring together historians, specialists, and researchers from all over the world to discuss the need to preserve Holocaust memories.

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New ARDA Website

On August 13th, the Association of Religion Data Archives will launch a completely redesigned website that offers enhanced reports, improved mapping, updated and expanded GIS tools, and more detailed information on religious groups, including greatly expanded and now interactive family trees.

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Louisville Institute Seeks Executive Director

The Louisville Institute seeks as its next Executive Director a visionary and energetic leader who is committed to advancing the vitality of faith communities and theological education in North America. The Executive Director of the Institute should be a person of passion, insight, and intellectual thoughtfulness, with experience and expertise in theological education, a dedication to the church, and the capacity to engage others in collaborative ventures.

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Visiting Lectureship Programme Winter 2023/2024

Six or twelve months teaching period in Kassel (Germany) at YMCA University September 2023 to February 2024 or September 2023 to August 2024 For university lecturers or professors from outside Germany Deadline for application: 6 November 2022

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