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Religion and Social Theory: Developing a New Agenda for the Sociology of Religion

Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th April 2011         

Woodbrooke Conference Centre, Birmingham


Keynote Speakers:

Professor Bryan Turner (City University of New York)

Professor Steve Bruce (University of Aberdeen)

An engagement with sociological theory holds great promise for the study of religion. The founders of sociological thought gave a great deal of attention to the questions of religion in modernity; after this golden age for the sociology of religion, mainstream sociology and sociological theorising seemed to lose interest in these questions. Of late, religion seems to be back on the agenda, although often such reflections are not well informed by the kinds of substantive expertise that sociologists of religion are able to offer. This presents sociologists of religion with real opportunities to engage in new ways with the core of the sociological enterprise. This conference will begin to develop a new agenda for sociology of religion and its engagement with social theory, both in its more abstract and concrete empirical forms. As such, the conference aims to promote an engagement with theory-which by no means suggests a wish to neglect empirical concerns.

SOCREL is the British Sociological Association’s study group on Religion.

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For Conference booking enquiries please contact:  Telephone: (0191) 383 0839

For further details about the study group please visit

Please direct any enquiries to Andrew McKinnon ( or Marta Trzebiatowska (

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