RELIGION AS A SOCIAL FORCE
August 13-15, 2014
San Francisco, California
PROGRAM CHAIR: Jeremy Uecker, Baylor University, Jeremy_Uecker@baylor.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: Over the past three decades, a number of scholars have underscored the apparent role of religious institutions, practices, beliefs, and values in shaping social institutions and human behavior. This strand of work has been collectively labeled the “strong program” in the sociology of religion. Theorists and researchers working within this program have explored the role of religion with regard to a wide array of domains, including social movements and politics, social stratification, immigration, health and well-being, and many others. Notable contributions have come from scholars whose main specialization is the sociology of religion, and from others who are known for their scholarship in other areas, but who have come to recognize the relevance of religion for their own work. Others have critiqued the “strong program” on a number of important grounds. The 2014 ASR meeting will explore what can be learned by viewing religion and spirituality as independent influences in social life, as well as the potential pitfalls of doing so, along with the many other approaches that flourish within the highly pluralistic sociology of religion.
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 demographic processes; Religion and globalization; Religion and politics; Religion and social movements; Religion and education; Spirituality and religion; Religion and socioeconomic inequality; Religion, spirituality, and health/well-being; Religion, race, and ethnicity; Religion, gender, and sexualities; Religion and immigration; Non-western religion and social change; Religion, terrorism, and violence; Religion and pro-social attitudes and behavior; Religion in adolescence and emerging adulthood; Religion, marriage, and family life; Religion, biology, and the body; Religion, crime, and deviance; Religion, spirituality, and emotions.
DEADLINES: Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2014 (submit to Jeremy_Uecker@baylor.edu)
Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2014 (submit through the Member Portal of this website)
Meeting registration is due by July 1, 2014 (complete registration using the Member Portal of this website)
Hotel registration is due by July 1, 2014 (click on the “2014 Hotel Registration” on the sidebar of this page)
(1) Because 2014 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 Jeremy_Uecker@baylor.edu by March 31, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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, 2014, 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 “2014 Hotel Registration” 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.