Welcome to the 22nd Nordic Conference for
Sociology of Religion 2014
CHANGE AND CONTINUITY - RELIGION, STATE, CIVIL SOCIETY
Programme and book of abstracts (pdf file)
Across the world, in the last two decades of the twentieth century religions have been increasingly visible in public space as influential discursive and symbolic systems partly beyond the control of either traditional religious authorising institutions or states. Different theories articulate this involvement as related to the globalisation of media, migration, and the intensified demographic mobility of the last half century. All of these processes, however, seem to further an ongoing differentiation of religion from traditional institutions and a more varied religious presence in public space. Consequently, religion may be found and studied in both overt and concealed forms in many matters conventionally categorised as secular. This situation carries new challenges for democracy, (welfare) state systems and civil society.
The 22nd Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding - theoretically as well as empirically - of the dynamic interrelations of religion, state and civil society. In short, we would like to find out how this interrelation is part of processes of change and continuity in society today. In line with the traditions of the Nordic conferences, contributions addressing this scope as well as other topics within the sociology of religion are welcome!
The language of the conference is English.