The Religion in Society Research Network

Conference

Founded in 2011, the International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society brings scholars, teachers and practitioners together to reflect on the relationships of religion and spirituality to society. The conference aims to provide a space for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue.

The International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society is built upon four key features: Internationalism, Interdisciplinarity, Inclusiveness, and Interaction. Conference delegates include leaders in the field as well as emerging scholars, who travel to the conference from all corners of the globe and represent a broad range of disciplines and perspectives. A variety of presentation options and session types offer delegates multiple opportunities to engage, to discuss key issues in the field, and to build relationships with scholars from other cultures and disciplines.

Publishing

The Religion in Society Research Network enables members to publish through two media. First, network members can enter a world of journal publication unlike the traditional academic publishing forums—a result of the responsive, non-hierarchical, and constructive nature of the peer review process. The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society provides a framework for double-blind peer review, enabling authors to publish into an academic journal of the highest standard. The second publication medium is through the Religion in Society Book Imprint, publishing cutting edge books in print and electronic formats. Publication proposal and manuscript submissions are welcome.

Community

The Religion in Society Research Network offers several opportunities for ongoing communication among its members. Any member may upload video presentations based on scholarly work to the network YouTube channel. Quarterly email newsletters contain updates on conference and publishing activities as well as broader news of interest. Join the conversations on Facebook and Twitter, or explore our new social media platform, Scholar.

Past Conferences and Speaker Highlights

Past Conferences
  • 2011 - University Center, Chicago, USA
  • 2012 - University of British Columbia-Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2013 - Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
  • 2014 - Universidad Nacional Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica
  • 2015 - University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
  • 2016 - The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. , USA
  • 2017 - Imperial College London, London, UK
Past Plenary Speakers

The International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society has a rich history of featuring leading and emerging voices from the field, including:

  • David J. O'Brien, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA (2017)
  • Desmond Cahill, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia (2012)
  • Francisco Mena, National University of Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica (2014)
  • Gary T. Gardner, Worldwatch Institute, Washington D.C., USA (2016)
  • Norbert M. Samuelson, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA (2013)
  • Rhys H. Williams, Loyola University, Chicago, USA (2015)
  • Robert McKim, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, USA (2011)
  • Steve Knowles, University of Chester, Chester, UK (2014)
  • Steven Pfaff, University of Washington, Seattle, USA (2015)
  • Tracy Fessenden, Arizona State University, Tempe, USA (2013)
  • Wendy Doniger, University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, USA (2011)



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