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.
- 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 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.
Steering Committee Members
Wendy Cadge, Brandeis University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Jonathan Calvillo, Boston University1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Rebecca Catto, Kent State University1/1/2019 - 12/31/2024
Di Di, Santa Clara University1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Amidu Elabo, Princeton Theological Seminary1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026
Warren S. Goldstein, Center for Critical Research on Religion1/1/2020 - 12/31/2025
Gustavo Morello, Boston College1/1/2021 - 12/31/2026