29th Conference of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion
July 23 - 27, 2007 in Leipzig, Germany
 
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Plenary sessions

Opening session: Secularity and religious vitality: the two germanys and their international context

Secularization as Conflict: the East-German Case
Prof. Dr. Monika WOHLRAB-SAHR, Institute of Cultural Studies, University of Leipzig

How secularized is Germany?
PD Dr. Christof WOLF, GESIS Mannheim

Holistic movements, spirituality and popular religion in Germany
Prof. Dr. Hubert KNOBLAUCH, Institute of Sociology, TU Berlin

Plenary one: New theoretical approaches to secularity and religious vitality

Within a comparative and/or global perspective, this session will elaborate the relationship between processes of secularization, patterns of societal change and manifestations of religious vitality. It will present new models, theories and critiques.

Speakers:

The secularization thesis revisited: Theoretical considerations and empirical results
Prof. Dr Detlef. POLLACK ,Frankfurt Institute for Transformation Studies, European University Viadrina, Frankfurt (Oder), Germany

Beliefs, Transcendences, Meaning of Life in a Pluralistic Context.
Prof. Dr Anne-Sophie LAMINE, Laboratoire Cultures et Sociétés en Europe, Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France

Gendering Secularization Theory
Prof. Dr Linda WOODHEAD, Department of Religious Studies, Lancanster University, United Kingdom

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Jörg STOLZ, Observatoire des Religions en Suisse, Université de Lausanne, Suisse

 

Plenary two: Case studies of religious vitality and secularity around the world

This session will focus on empirical studies of religious movements and secular conditions in different regions. It will deal with relations between religious vitality and secularity in both conflict and negotiation.

Speakers:

Religious vitality and the mechanisms of institutional secularization in Europe: a historical-comparative analysis
Prof. Dr. Matthias KOENIG, Department of Sociology, University of Göttingen, Germany

Secularism and Religious Conflict in the Age of Democratisation: Evidence from India
Prof. Dr Badrinath RAO, Dept. of Liberal Studies, Kettering University, Flint MI, USA

Closing ranks: religion, society and politics today
Prof. Dr Rita Laura SEGATO, Depto. de Antropologia, Universidade de Brasília, Brasília

Discussant: Prof. Dr. Jean-Pierre BASTIAN, Directeur de recherche ŕ l'IHEAL (Paris III) et Directeur du Centre de Sociologie des Religions (CSRES), Université Marc Bloch, Strasbourg, France.