Reimagining the Scholarly Conference

To support the range of options, and flexibility needed in our current climate, we will offer a blended conference experience. 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.
We also want to be ready for the possibility of place-based postponement due to COVID-19. If we are forced to postpone, the online engagement will still go ahead, and your registration will allow you to join the conference in person in a later year.
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 Eleventh International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society calls for research addressing the following annual themes and special focus:

  • 2021 Special Focus—Modeling Traditions from the Margins: Non-Canonical Writings in Religious Systems
  • Theme 1: Religious Foundations
  • Theme 2: Religious Community and Socialization
  • Theme 3: Religious Commonalities and Differences
  • Theme 4: The Politics of Religion​

2021 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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