INTERNATIONAL LIAISON COMMITTEE
The International Liaison Committee is "responsible for promoting
participation in the activities of the Association by scholars from outside the
United States, coordinating activities of the Association with those of
international associations, and facilitating international communication among
scholars in the sociology of religion."
In practice the International Liaison Committee has had two primary
- Arranging joint sessions across the programs of the various societies and
subgroups interested in the sociology of religion throughout the world--though
in practice primarily between ASR, SISR/ISSR, and RC22. Ideally we would like
to have jointly sponsored sessions across each other's program at each meeting
of each of these groups. At times such efforts have led to such publications
as special issues of journals or free-standing collections.
- Working to ensure that calendars of other such groups (including smaller
regional/national groups and interdisciplinary groups) do not conflict with
the calendar of ASR. Because the ASR meets on a fixed schedule with respect to
ASA and ASA plans approximately four years in advance (sometimes more), ASR
deems it desirable that other groups who plan on a shorter lead time work to
take into account the dates that our historic relationship to ASA dictates for
Ideal members of the committee will be persons who are well networked into
the international meetings scene. They will also know a sufficient number of
colleagues so that they can take a leadership role in arranging joint sessions.
The committee meets primarily through emails, which its chair should take the
lead in initiating.