Call for Papers for 2011 SSSR
Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting
October 28-30, 2011
Hyatt Regency Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Research in the Scientific Study of Religion: from the Local to the Cross-National
Research on religion from social scientific perspectives takes many different forms. It varies by discipline, theoretical orientation, research questions, methodological strategy, available funding, and so on. This year’s meeting will focus on the question of how the processes of research take place at levels ranging from the local to the cross-national.
Following the emphasis in last year’s call for papers on religion in global perspective, the aim will be to examine the challenges that face researchers working at the local, national, international, and cross-national levels. This will involve discussion of the material, academic, political, legal and intellectual conditions that help to frame religion as an object for research at these levels. With these themes in mind, a special plenary session will examine two large-scale programs of research on religion in the UK and Canada. Other sessions will explore the variety of approaches to research in the scientific study of religion in different regions of the world.
Proposals for sessions and papers on any topic in the scientific study of religion are welcome. We particularly invite proposals that shed light on the opportunities and challenges of researching religion. This year’s meeting will showcase the diversity of scholarly debates about the concepts, theories, and methods that inform research. It will also highlight the opportunities for collaborative work, the training of researchers, and the limitations imposed on their investigations. As usual, presentations on the findings of research on any aspect of religion are strongly encouraged.
All session and paper proposals must be submitted via the on-line submission system that will be available on the SSSR’s web site, www.sssrweb.org, beginning January 15, 2011. In addition to the session proposer’s full contact information, a session proposal requires a session title and an abstract of not more than 150 words describing the goal of the session and how the proposer expects the session to contribute to scientific knowledge about religion. Paper proposals require the name(s) of the author(s), first author’s full contact information, an abstract of not more than 150 words that succinctly describes the question(s) motivating the research, the data and methods used, and what the paper contributes or expects to contribute to the knowledge or understanding of religion. The submission deadline is March 1, 2011.
Submissions Open: January 15, 2011 (see http://www.sssrweb.org)
Submissions Close: March 1, 2011
Decision Notification: April 5, 2011
Please direct questions to:
Stephen McMullin, Program Chair
Acadia University, Nova Scotia, Canada