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[Image] Dexter House, Royal Mint where the conference is being held

Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion

29 March 10

29-30th March 2010, London

*Please see the bottom of this page for the programme and abstracts.*

Jointly sponsored by: the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme and Norface "Re-emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe?" Programme

The study of religion lends itself to methodological innovation. Religion is a complex phenomenon with various social locations and faces. Its forms are constantly changing, as has become very evident in recent decades.  Growing interest in religion and a growing appreciation of its many dimensions – including the material and spatial, emotional and bodily, mediated and virtual, transnational and political – call for fresh reflection on methods.  This conference offers a unique opportunity for such reflection and exchange, and an edited volume will result from it.

The conference will take place in London at Dexter House Conference Centre, Royal Mint, Tower Hill, London EC3N 4QN,  from 29th March (10.30am) - 30th March (5pm) 2010.  The conference is  subsidised by the sponsors and costs £40 per delegate, £20 for postgraduates (for the entire conference). Overnight accommodation is available (£140 b&b), as is a conference dinner (£25).

Speakers include:

Lori Beaman “Researching Religion through a Legal Lens” 

Andrew Todd “Discourse Analysis and the Re-contextualisation of Biblical Interpretation”

John Wolffe “Integrating Historical Research” 

Gordon Lynch Searching for Religion and the Sacred in Media and Popular Culture”

David Morgan “Studying Religion and Material Culture”

Sophie Gilliat-Ray “Doing ‘Sensitive’ Research: some methodological, security, and spiritual implications of research with South Asian Muslim chaplains in Britain”

Gill Valentine “Researching global faith networks: a framework for transcending conventional perspectives on international comparative research”

Elizabeth Poole “Researching Media Portrayals of Religion and the Secular Sacred”

Nicola Madge “Youth On Religion: The Use of an Online Questionnaire to Investigate the Role of Religion in Young People’s Lives”

Anders Vassenden “When an Image becomes Sacred – Photo Elicitation with Images of Holy Books”

Andrew Sayer and Ole Riis “Closing Reflections on the Conference”



Associated file:
Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion March 2010 Programme and Abstracts.pdf

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