77th Annual Meeting

77th Annual Meeting






August 20-22, 2015

Renaissance Blackstone Chicago Hotel

Chicago, Illinois

PROGRAM CHAIR: Grace Yukich, Quinnipiac University, Grace.Yukich@quinnipiac.edu

NOTE: Our annual meetings take place immediately prior to the meetings of ASA’s Religion Section, but will not overlap with those sessions. This will allow members to attend sessions at both meetings in a shorter window than previous years.

THEME:  Within the sociology of religion, religion is most often studied in relation to the effects it has on individuals and groups. But religion is shaped by other social structures.  This is relevant both in terms of how religion is reproduced, and how it changes.  We are interested in all research that examines the causes or implications of religious change.  We are particularly interested in research that investigates how religious change intersects with other social structures such as race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, and political and economic systems (both domestic and global).   General questions include: How and why does religious change happen? How do intentional efforts to create religious change differ from unintentional forms of religious change in their social contexts and their effects? Why do some religious traditions adapt to social change while others resist?  Why do religions change on some issues more readily than others?   How does social change, such as changing norms surrounding gender, challenge religious institutions?  How does social conflict, particularly ethnic, political or economic conflict, affect religion? Conversely, what external contexts or internal characteristics make religious institutions, practices, and beliefs less responsive to change?

Papers and discussion sessions on all topics within the sociology of religion are welcome, but especially those related to the meeting theme, including, but not limited to the following:

  • Religion and inequality; religion and education; religion and globalization; religion and the world system; religion and conflict; religion and politics; religion and social movements; religion and violence; religion and the environment; religion and race; religion and ethnicity; religion and immigration; religion and gender, religion and sexuality.

DEADLINES:  Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2015  (submit to Grace.Yukich@quinnipiac.edu)

Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2015  (submit through the Member Portal of this website)

Meeting registration is due by July 1, 2015  (complete registration using the Member Portal of this website)

Hotel reservation is due by July 15, 2015  (click on the “2015 Hotel Registration” on the sidebar of this page)



(1)  Because 2015 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 Grace.Yukich@quinnipiac.edu by March 31, 2015, 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.  Also provide titles for all the papers in the panel 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, 2015, 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 ($70 for general members; $25 for student members) using the Member Portal on this website by July 1, 2015, 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, 2015, 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.



For details about hotel registration, please click on the “2015 Hotel Registration” here or on the sidebar of this page.

*Rare exceptions to the membership requirement are made:  (a) when 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;  (b) when 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 to contribute uniquely to the session.   Exceptions are determined by the Program Chair and Executive Officer in consultation with each other and the President, if necessary.