79th Annual Meeting

79th Annual Meeting

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August 13-14, 2017 (with Opening Reception on Aug. 12th)

InterContinental Montreal Hotel

InterContinental Montreal Hotel Reservations

Montreal, Quebec

PROGRAM CHAIR: Di Di, Rice University, dd20@rice.edu


Nearly daily, it seems, religion makes news across the globe.  From long-term conflicts, to terrorist acts, to racial segregation, to conflict with other social institutions, to intra-religious battles, we witness the dividing power of religion. But though perhaps reported less, religion also daily counters division.  From movements to create diverse congregations, to peace movements, to non-violence, to demonstrations of forgiveness, to massive movements for justice, we witness the uniting power of religion.

What is the impact of religion on division and unity?  Why and when does one or the other occur? The very same religion can be used for divergent purposes.  As social scientists of religion, our responsibility is to understand the role of religion in the social world.  We must understand when it tends toward division and conflict, why, and the implications.  And we must understand when religion tends toward unity, peace, and justice, why this occurs, and the implications.

This year’s annual meeting is open to all topics within the sociology of religion, but especially welcomes sessions and papers focusing on any aspects of religion and division, conflict, or violence; religion and unity, peace, justice, and other social movements. In so doing we can move to greater knowledge on these central issues, issues impacting humanity around the globe.


DEADLINES:  Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2017  (submit to dd20@rice.edu)

Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2017

Meeting registration is due by July 1, 2017

Hotel reservation is due by July 11, 2017



(1)  Because 2017 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 Di Di, Rice University, dd20@rice.edu by March 31, 2016, 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, 2016, 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, 2016, 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.



For details about hotel reservations, please click here.

*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.