"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: firstname.lastname@example.org by December 15 2009.
The deadline for registration is Friday January 15 2010, and you can download the registration form here.