Sunday, November 15, 2009

Innovative Methods Conference

As part of the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme's public events, it, with Norface's Re-emergence of Religion as a Social Force in Europe Programme, is hosting a conference on Innovative Methods in the Study of Religion in March next year. Running over March 29/30 2010, the conference will be at London's Dexter House Conference Centre (The Royal Mint, Tower Hill). Here's the call for papers:

"The study of religion lends itself to methodological innovation for a number of reasons. 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 relfection and change, and an edited volume will result from it.

"Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Visual and patial methods,
  • Participatory / action research,
  • Combining methods: mixes and rationales,
  • Research with new media,
  • Sensitie research
  • Innovation in survey design, and use of survey data on religion,
  • New approaches to quantitative analysis - regression analysis and beyond,
  • Comparative case studies,
  • Integrating historical research.

"Individual paper proposals (max. 200 words) or proposals for panels of three or four related papers (max. 300 words) should be submitted to: Peta Ainsworth: by December 15 2009.

The deadline for registration is Friday January 15 2010, and you can download the registration form here.


Katharine Moody said...

Also, the conference fee is £40 (£20 for postgrads). There is overnight accommodation for £140 (B&B), and a conference dinner (£25).

Anonymous said...

Would love to attend this but Renewing the European Catholic Social Conscience - Evidence And Inspiration is in Oxford a week earlier and I don't think it will be possible to attend both. I'm speaking at the Blackfriars event you see. Looks like a great event though....

Katharine Moody said...


I just checked Renewing event out. It looks great. What are you going to be speaking on?

Katharine Moody said...

Have you read any Margaret Archer? I did a bit a few years ago on transcendence in critical realism, thinking it would be useful but I went in a different direction. Ho hum!