From Fenggang Yang:
Call for Papers
ASSOCIATION FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION
2008 Annual Meeting
Boston • 31 July to 2 August
RELIGION CROSSING BOUNDARIES
Religion solidifies groups, but it also transcends them. It situates people in communities of meaning and memory, but also leads them beyond their everyday lives. Indeed, it transforms those lives both inwardly (such as through prayer and conversion) and outwardly (through ecumenism, social activism, and the like). Not only must scholars think about religious differences; they must also understand people who encounter each other across religious divides. They must learn what it means for people to cross religious boundaries as well as what it means to stay inside them. And they must, themselves, often cross disciplinary boundaries to accomplish any of these tasks. This year‚s ASR Annual Meeting encourages scholars to reflect on such issues, both as they affect religions and as they affect their own scholarly work.
Papers and discussions are invited on a broad range of issues in the sociological study of religion relating to the meeting theme, including but not limited to the following:
– Religious boundaries of all types, including (but not limited to) theological, organizational, political, racial/ethnic, sexual, cultural, and geographic
– Shifting boundaries between Œreligion‚ and Œspirituality‚
– Shifting boundaries between religion/spirituality and non-religion
– Internal religious life, its boundaries, shapes, and transcendences
– Boundaries within and between religious organizations
– Religions‚ changing relationships with external agencies, authorities, structures
– Religious bricolage, personal, organizational, and societal
– Religious groups‚ efforts to reshape, reinforce, or erase boundaries of all kinds
– Religions‚ relationships with the social boundaries surrounding race, class, gender, and sexuality
– Religious alternatives and alternatives to religion at various points in history
– Scholarly boundaries in the study of religion and their shifts over time
And, as always, we seek an inclusive mix of substantive, theoretical, and methodological approaches. Therefore, proposals for sessions and papers that fall outside the formal theme are also welcomed.
– Session Proposals are due by 31 January 2008
– Paper Abstracts are due by 29 February 2008
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: (1) Submit your proposal by email as a Word attachment. Include the names, affiliations, and email addresses of all authors on the same sheet as your abstract/proposal. (2) Limit paper abstracts to a maximum of 150 words. (3) Membership in ASR is required for program consideration (one author, for multi-authored papers). See the ASR website (www.sociologyofreligion.com) for information.
PROGRAM CHAIR: Jim Spickard, Professor of Sociology, University of Redlands. Jim is on on sabbatical and away from Redlands this year, so please use his ASR e-mail address: