Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

  • 2015 Special Focus: Social Movements and Faith
  • 16–17 April 2015
  • University of California at Berkeley, USA

At a Glance...

2

Days of paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters, and colloquia.

305+

Delegates from all over the world who attended the Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society.

39

Countries represented.

2015 Special Focus: Social Movements and Faith

Religious commitments are, as often as not, social commitments. In addition to its usual range of themes, this year’s special focus of the Religion and Society knowledge community is the relation of religion to social movements, ranging from movements for nominally “progressive” or “liberal” social change, to “fundamentalisms” whose religious practices are often explicitly or implicitly social and political. The conference will ask the questions: under what conditions and to what extent are religious communities socially activist, either in their doctrine or their practices? How do religious communities, support or align with other social movements?

Plenary Speakers

The Fifth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society featured plenary sessions by some of the world’s leading thinkers and innovators in the field.

Steven Pfaff

Steven Pfaff

Professor of Sociology, University of Washington, USA

"Religious Virtuosity, Spiritual Privilege and the Birth of the Modern Social Movement"

Rhys H. Williams

Rhys H. Williams

Professor and Chair of Sociology, Loyola University, Chicago, USA

"Religious Activism and the Making of 'American Exceptionalism'"

Graduate Scholar Awardees

For each conference, a small number of Graduate Scholar Awards are given to outstanding graduate students who have an active academic interest in the conference area. The Award with its accompanying responsibilities provides a strong professional development opportunity for graduate students at this stage in their academic careers. The 2015 Graduate Scholar Awardees are listed below.

Jon Burrow-Branine

Jon Burrow-Branine

University of Kansas, US

Charis Cheung

Charis Cheung

University of Hong Kong, China

Haley Feuerbacher

Haley Feuerbacher

Baylor University, US

Tuhina Ganguly

Tuhina Ganguly

University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Kyung S. Hong

Kyung S. Hong

Drew University, US

Asima Iqbal

Asima Iqbal

University of Warwick, UK

Rachel Lim

Rachel Lim

University of California, US

Jeremy Jacob Peretz

Jeremy Jacob Peretz

UCLA, US

Trevor B. Williams

Trevor B. Williams

Pepperdine University, US