British Sociological Association

Sociology of Religion Study Group


The Changing Face of Christianity in the 21st Century

University of Edinburgh

April 6-8

 

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Confirmed Keynote Speakers:
Prof. Jacob Olupona (Harvard)
Prof. Kim Knott (Leeds)
Prof. Pål Repstad (Agder, Norway)

Christianity in the 21st century is characterised by rapid change, by both steep decline in membership in some areas, but resurgence in other contexts. At the same time, contemporary Christianity incorporates (sometimes uncomfortably) new forms and hybridisations. The lived experience and performance of Christianity in the West appears to be shifting according to influences from late-modern consumer and media cultures. World Christianities are increasingly influential and migration and diaspora Christianities are (re) shaping Christianity in the West. Meanwhile, far from disappearing from the agendas and language of the public arena, Christianity continues to excite debates around the place and importance of religion in the public arena, as well as discourses of citizenship, equality and well-being.

We invite proposals for papers which explore issues surrounding the broad theme of the conference. We particularly welcome papers which fall into three sub-themes we have identified:
1. Contemporary Christian Performance and Belief;
2. World Christianities and migration or diaspora Christianities;
3. Christianity in the Public Arena.

Individual paper proposals (max. 200 words) or proposals for panels of three or four related papers (max. 300 words) should be submitted by October 31st, 2009.

Topics may include: World Christianities; post-Christianity; decline of Christianity, as well as Christian growth or resurgence; mission and reverse mission; Christianity and young people; the influence of alternative spiritualities on Christianity; hyphenated Christian identities (Buddhist-Christians, Pagan-Christians, etc.); new Christian movements; contemporary pilgrimage or (youth) festivals; Christianity in areas of social deprivation; social movements and Christianity; Christianity and the (new) media; Christianity and popular culture; Christianity and gender; Christianity and sexuality; Christianity and other religions, including indigenous religions; contemporary Christian ritual; Christianity and economics; Christianity and politics; Christianity and education; Christianity and the law; migration and diaspora Christianities; Christianity and healthcare; Christianity and public life.

The conference for 2010 is co-hosted by the University of Edinburgh Institute of Geography and the School of Divinity (Religious Studies/the Centre for the Study of World Christianity). The academic organising committee are:

Giselle Vincett (gvincett@ed.ac.uk)
Afe Adogame (a.adogame@ed.ac.uk)
Betsy Olson (eolson@ed.ac.uk)
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