[URBANTH-L]Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions, NCSR conference 2008

Tuomas Martikainen tmartika at abo.fi
Tue Jun 5 11:39:49 EDT 2007

1st call for sessions


Abo Akademi University, Abo/Turku, Finland
13 – 15 August 2008


Welcome to the 19th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion

The theme of the conference is religion in a contemporary urban setting. 
How are religious traditions and practices influenced by the 
contemporary city, and what is the role of religion in the late modern 
"cityscape"? The pluralistic situation in a modern city is characterized 
by ethnic minorities, but also by various other subcultures. The role of 
media and consumption is most evident in urban settings. And in the 
centre of town, we find a cathedral. What are the strategies of the 
mainstream churches amidst the new urbanism? In short, how does religion 
fit into the contemporary city and what happens with religion in this 

The plenary speakers of the conference are Professor Linda Woodhead 
(University of Lancaster, UK), Professor R. Stephen Warner (University 
of Chicago, USA), Doctor Inger Furseth (Centre for Church Research, 
Norway) and Doctor Pasi Mäenpää (University of Helsinki, Finland).

The language of the conference is English.

The conference will be held at Arken, the Faculty of Arts building of 
Åbo Akademi University.


Call for sessions, deadline December 15th, 2007
Call for papers, deadline April 30th, 2008
Registration, deadline April 30th, 2008


Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University
Department of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University
Department of Comparative Religion, University of Turku
Department of Sociology, University of Turku
Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History

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