Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

The Religion in Society Research Network was founded on a commitment to providing innovative spaces for members to interact, converse, and learn from each other. In this critical moment, we must re-imagine the scholarly conference. We should consider our climate impacts, public health obligations, the need to dismantle the enduring blockages of access and participation for segments of our local and global communities, while at the same time supporting the development of meaningful personal relationships.
We are taking on these challenges by offering a blended conference experience, with session types explicitly designed to make the most of both online and in-person social knowledge processes. In conversation with our Research Network Members, we have been reflecting upon the kinds of scholarly conferences we need for our sustainable social futures.
You do not need to commit either to a place-based or virtual presentation at the time of submission. You can present both ways, or change your mode of the presentation if your preferences change. The choice to participate virtually could also be a moral decision – for the planet, for security, or when the financial burden of travel is too great. We aim to foster spaces that align with principles of social justice and community development.
This way we build for our Research Network Members flexible, and at the same time resilient, spaces for communication, engagement, and participation.

Themes and Special Focus

Founded in 2011, the Religion in Society Research Network explores the relationship between religion in society and the changing nature of spirituality. We seek to build an epistemic community where we can make linkages across disciplinary, geographic, and cultural boundaries. As a Research Network, we are defined by our scope and concerns and motivated to build strategies for action framed by our shared themes and tensions.

The Twelfth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2022 Special Focus—Traveling Texts: From Traditions to Religions
  • Theme 1: Religious Foundations
  • Theme 2: Religious Community and Socialization
  • Theme 3: Religious Commonalities and Differences
  • Theme 4: The Politics of Religion​

2022 Plenary Speakers

Antonio Piñero Sáenz

Antonio Piñero Sáenz

Professor Emeritus of Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

"Historical and Literary Issues regarding the Pseudo-Clementine Writings"

Frank Feder

Frank Feder

Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Göttingen, Germany

"Non-Canonical Texts and Canonicity in the Eastern Churches"

Conference Chair

Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala

Juan Pedro Monferrer Sala

Full Professor, Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Córdoba, Spain

Host Partner

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