2022 Conference CFP for the Sociology of Religion Unit at the American Academy of Religion

Call for Proposals

The purpose of the Sociology of Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion is to generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

Topics related to the AAR presidential theme of “Religion and Catastrophe.”

  • Including religion and climate change, religion and the environment, inequality and climate change, migration and the environment, migration and violence, racial violence, religion, and economic inequality, apocalypticism, etc.

Religion, race, and ethnicity.

  • Including biracial or multiracial people and spaces, intersectional identities, religio-racial identifications, and related themes.

Sociology of Science, Technology, and Religion (Co-sponsored with the Science, Technology, and Religion Unit)

  • Including vaccines (and vaccine skepticism), virology, climate science, surveillance, virtual ritual/worship, social/digital media, big data, etc.  

Invited roundtable on applied sociology of religion.

  • Its history and its prospects for the future.
  • How will applied sociology of religion look like in the next twenty years considering the ongoing processes of secularization, individualization, pluralization, diversification, polarization, as well as the decline of mainline and evangelical denominations and recurring financial and sexual abuse scandals?

Invited roundtable on Joseph Blankholm’s The Secular Paradox (2022) (Co-sponsored with the Secularism and Secularity Unit).

Asian American Religions and New Works in the Sociology of Religion (Co-sponsored with the Asian North American Religion, Culture, and Society Unit)

Invited roundtable on recent books in the sociology of religion, with particular attention to works exploring Asian American religions and communities.

Statement of Purpose

The Sociology of Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion serves as a bridge between religious studies and the subdiscipline of sociology of religion. It functions as a two-way conduit not only to import sociological research into religious studies but also to export the research of religious studies into both the subdiscipline and the broader field of sociology. Only through a cross-fertilization transgressing departmental boundaries can there be breakthroughs in research in both fields. The unit has a wide conception of sociology of religion. It is open to a multiplicity of paradigms and methodologies utilized in the subfield and sociology more broadly: theoretical as well as empirical, quantitative, qualitative, and historical. By liaising with other Program Units, the Sociology of Religion Unit is able to bring the rich diversity of critical and analytical perspectives that are housed in the American Academy of Religion into mainstream sociology of religion. Conversely, it aims to provide scholars of the study of religion with a deeper understanding of the landscape of sociology of religion.


  • Elaine Howard Ecklund, Rice University
    1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
  • Dusty Hoesly, University of California, Santa Barbara
    1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025

Steering Committee Members



Review Process

Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection.