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MATERIAL RELIGION- BSA SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION STUDY GROUP ANNUAL CONFERENCE

09 April 13

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE BRITISH SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION STUDY GROUP THEME: MATERIAL RELIGION Venue: Durham University, UK Date: 9 – 11 April 2013 Postgraduate Study Day: 8 April 2013

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Dr Marion Bowman (Department of Religious Studies, Open University)

Professor David Morgan (Department of Religion, Duke University)

Professor Veronica Strang (Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University)

This conference will focus on the physical, material dimension of religious life and practice, one of the major themes of religious research over the last decade. Material forms express and sustain the human search for holiness, transcendence and identity, and attention to the physical can lead scholars to unique and valuable insights. Commitment to religious communities is learned and displayed through relationships to clothing, food, ritual and decoration, in the home, workplace, street or place of worship. This event will encourage interdisciplinary discussion of the significance of material culture in contemporary religion, including the images and architecture of sacred places and the objects and practices of everyday life.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

-         Material religion in everyday life

-         The materiality of gender, class, age and ethnicity

-         Sacred objects: statues, icons, relics, holy books, architecture

-         Sacred objects in museums and galleries

-         Religion, landscape and the environment

-         Religion and the arts

-         Marketing and consuming religion

-         Religion and the body: ritual, experience and emotion

-         Health, sickness, disability, death and bereavement

-         The materiality of religious media and technologies

-         Research methods for the study of material religion

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered.

Abstracts must be submitted by MONDAY NOVEMBER 19th 2012 to Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie at materialreligionconference@gmail.com.

Bursaries are available for postgraduate and early career scholars. For further details, see http://socrel.org.uk/members/socrel-conference-bursaries/.

For more details about this conference, please visit http://socrel.org.uk/call-for-papers-socrel-annual-conference-material-religion/.

SOCREL is the British Sociological Association’s study group on Religion. For more details about the study group please visit www.socrel.org.uk.

Professor Morgan presented at the Religion and Society Innovative Methods conference in March 2010. Read a summary of the conference here and keep an eye out for the book from the conference featuring a contribution from David to be published by OUP in 2013. You can also listen to David Morgan presenting at the Programme findings conference Sacred Practices Everyday Life and access further podcasts from the event here: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/events/programme_events/show/sacred_practices_of_everyday_life

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