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.

Research Network Chairs

We are thankful for the leadership of the following Research Network Chairs.

Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Current Chair and Editor

(2018 - )

Sasa Nedeljkovic

Sasa Nedeljkovic

Founding Chair, Editor

(2011-17)

Spanish Research Network Chair

Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Luis G. Roger-Castillo

Current Chair and Editor

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
  • 2018 - University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, USA
  • 2019 - University of Granada, Granada, Spain
  • 2020- UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada (Virtual)
  • 2021- University of Córdoba Córdoba, Spain (Virtual)

Plenary Speakers

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

David J. O'Brien

David J. O'Brien

University of Missouri, Columbia, USA
(2017)

Desmond Cahill

Desmond Cahill

RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
(2012)

Francisco Mena

Francisco Mena

National University of Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica
(2014)

Gary T. Gardner

Gary T. Gardner

Worldwatch Institute, Washington D.C., USA
(2016)

Norbert M. Samuelson

Norbert M. Samuelson

Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
(2013)

Rhys H. Williams

Rhys H. Williams

Loyola University, Chicago, USA
(2015)

Robert McKim

Robert McKim

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign-Urbana, USA
(2011)

Steve Knowles

Steve Knowles

University of Chester, Chester, UK
(2014)

Steven Pfaff

Steven Pfaff

University of Washington, Seattle, USA
(2015)

Tracy Fessenden

Tracy Fessenden

Arizona State University, Tempe, USA
(2013)

Wendy Doniger

Wendy Doniger

University of Chicago Divinity School, Chicago, USA
(2011)

Partners

Over the years, the International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society has had the pleasure of working with the following organizations: