Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) Annual Meeting

Location: Montreal, Quebec

August 13-14, 2017  (with Opening Reception on Aug. 12th)


Nearly daily, it seems, religion makes news across the globe.  From long-term conflicts, to terrorist acts, to racial segregation, to conflict with other social institutions, to intra-religious battles, we witness the dividing power of religion. But though perhaps reported less, religion also daily counters division.  From movements to create diverse congregations, to peace movements, to non-violence, to demonstrations of forgiveness, to massive movements for justice, we witness the uniting power of religion.

What is the impact of religion on division and unity?  Why and when does one or the other occur? The very same religion can be used for divergent purposes.  As social scientists of religion, our responsibility is to understand the role of religion in the social world.  We must understand when it tends toward division and conflict, why, and the implications.  And we must understand when religion tends toward unity, peace, and justice, why this occurs, and the implications.

This year’s annual meeting is open to all topics within the sociology of religion, but especially welcomes sessions and papers focusing on any aspects of religion and division, conflict, or violence; religion and unity, peace, justice, and other social movements. In so doing we can move to greater knowledge on these central issues, issues impacting humanity around the globe.


DEADLINES:  Session Proposals are due by March 31, 2017  (submit to

Paper Proposals and abstracts are due by April 30, 2017

Meeting registration is due by July 1, 2017

Hotel reservation is due by July 11, 2017