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

Tuomas Martikainen tmartika at abo.fi
Fri Apr 11 13:42:59 EDT 2008

Third Call for papers

19th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion

13 - 15 August, 2008
Abo Akademi Univeristy, Abo/Turku, Finland


Paper deadline 30.4.2008

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 Illinois at Chicago, USA), Professor Inger Furseth (Centre for Church 
Research, Norway) and Doctor Pasi Mäenpää (University of Helsinki, 

Currently accepted sessions:

* Children’s negotiations on religions in diaspora and transnational space
* Local and regional secularization
* Management of religious pluralism by public institutions
* Perspectives to religion and religious education in schools
* Religion and mass media
* Religion and politics
* Religion and social problems
* Religion as entertainment and pastime
* Religion, gender and agency
* Religion, migration and diaspora
* Social capital and religion
* Welfare, Religion and Values in Europe


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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