80th Annual Meeting

80th Annual Meeting

Call for Papers

80th Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

 Date: August 11-13, 2018 (welcome reception on the 11th)

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Hotel: Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S 17th St

Program Chair: Jerry Z. Park, Baylor University, (jerry_park@baylor.edu)


Theme:  Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines

The sociology of religion is sometimes accused of being isolated by relatively low levels of mutual influence between itself and other sociological subdisciplines. Assuming that disciplines and subdisciplines benefit from exposure to alternative schools of thought, frames of reference, concepts, social networks, data, and theories, the 2018 program theme aims to strengthen our theoretical and social ties to other sociological subdisciplines. As always, we invite sessions and papers dealing with any topic of interest to sociologists of religion.


Appeal for Papers with Links to Other Subdisciplines

We especially invite papers that utilize approaches, theories, data, and insights developed outside of the sociology of religion to help explain religious phenomena or use aspects of religion to explain non-religious social phenomena. Some examples might be religion AND . . . adolescent development, crime, culture, demography, economics, environment, family, gender, immigration, inequality, aging, health, mental health, race, rural sociology, sexualities, theory, etc.


Appeal for Sessions with Presenters/Discussants from Other Subdisciplines

We especially invite proposals for sessions with invited presenters or panelists whose research identities are not primarily within the sociology of religion but who can discuss mutually beneficial linkages of data, theories, and insights between the sociology of religion and other subdisciplines.


DEADLINES:  Session Proposals should be emailed to Jerry Park, 2018 Program Chair, at jerry_park@baylor.edu by March 31, 2018.  Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2018.  


PLEASE REMEMBER: Membership in the ASR is generally required of anyone who wishes to have his/her session or paper proposal considered by the Program Committee. Anyone who presents a paper, organizes and/or convenes a session, serves as a session panelist, or is part of the ASR Program is typically expected to both be a member of the ASR and register for the conference by July 1, 2018.  When asking people to participate in a session you wish to organize, please be sure they are aware of these guidelines. Please contact the 2018 Program Committee with any questions about these guidelines prior to your submission or agreement to participate in a session.  You may email Dan Olson (dsolson@purdue.edu), Jerry Park(jerry_park@baylor.edu), or Rachel Kraus (ASREO@bsu.edu).


DEADLINES:  Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2018  (submit to jerry_park@baylor.edu)

Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2018

Meeting registration is due by July 1, 2018

Hotel reservation is due by July 11, 201



(1)  Because 2018 membership in ASR is required for program consideration (one author, for multi-authored papers), if you haven’t joined or renewed your membership in the Association, please do so before attempting to submit a proposal.  Please DO NOT submit a proposal if you cannot arrange to be available during any of the time slots that the Program Chair may assign your paper presentation during any of the days of the conference.  Anyone who will present a paper or serve as a panelist or discussant during the conference must be an ASR member and be willing to register for the conference.*  Session organizers should make this clear to anyone they invite to participate in a session or serve on a panel.

(2)  Email your session/panel proposals to Jerry Park, Baylor University, jerry_park@baylor.edu by March 31, 2018, using the following format:  Place the title of the proposal first, followed by a one paragraph description of the panel proposal, then names, affiliations, and email addresses of all presenters/authors.  If the session includes papers, provide titles for all the papers in the session and a 300-word abstract of each paper, in which each presenter/author describes the paper’s research question(s), research methodology, and preliminary results.   Each presenter/author must also submit his/her abstract through the Member Portal of this website by April 30, 2018, in order to verify membership in the Association.

(3)  For individual paper proposals, simply go to the Member Portal of this website (using your email address and password to login), and complete all of the fields.  Be prepared to provide the title of your paper, your name, affiliation, and email address (and the names, affiliations, and email addresses of any co-authors), and a 300-word abstract, in which you describe your research question(s), research methodology, and preliminary results.



Everyone whose paper or session has been approved by the Program Chair must submit their registration fee ($95 for general members; $40 for student members) using the Member Portal on this website by July 1, 2018, to guarantee their place on the program.  Registration fees are nonrefundable.  We also invite everyone, especially the new members of our Association, to sign up for the New Attendees Welcoming Breakfast, which will be held the first morning of the conference.  This is a great way to meet members before the sessions begin!  You can sign up for this breakfast using the same registration form available in the Member Portal of this website.  Tickets for this breakfast, which are $15 for first time attendees and $30 for others, will be distributed to members at the ASR registration desk upon their arrival at the hotel.

Although everyone is asked to complete their registration using the Member Portal on this website before July 1, those who are not members and those who do not make the July 1 deadline may register by mail or on-site by using this Registration Form for Non-Member and On-Site Registration.   Please note that registration fees are higher for non-members and on-site registrants.

*Rare exceptions to the membership requirement are made when:  (a) the person is part of a session that is jointly sponsored with ASA or another academic association, and he/she is a member of that other association, and he/she has no other role in ASR’s Annual Meeting other than in the jointly sponsored session;  (b) an undergraduate student is the co-author or co-presenter of a paper with a faculty adviser who is an ASR member, or (c) when a session panelist or discussant does not specialize in the sociology of religion or a cognate field but nevertheless is believed by the Program Committee to contribute uniquely to the session.  Exceptions to the registration requirement are made only when the person is part of a session that is jointly sponsored with ASA or another academic association, and he/she is registered for that other association’s meeting, and he/she has no other role in ASR’s Annual Meeting other than in the jointly sponsored session.  All exceptions are determined by the Program Chair and Executive Officer in consultation with each other and the President, if necessary.  Please contact Dan Olson, Jerry Park, and/or Rachel Kraus with any questions regarding exceptions.