ESA RN34 – Midterm Conference: Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis

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In the framework of the ESA RN34 Mid-term Conference entitled “Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis”, AIS-Section of Sociology of Religion, in cooperation with ESA RN34, has organized a panel on Religion and religiosity of migrants: what is the role of the social remittances?

Contemporary studies have mainly examined the economic consequences and impact of remittances in the sending countries, but left unnoticed the deep influence of Social Remittances. Social Remittances are ideas, practices, identities and social capital that flow from host country to receiving country.  No attempt has been made so far to explore how migratory movements and remittances affected religion and religious practices thus leading to a subsequent social transformation. The literature on religion consists of a number of studies that have documented the correlation between religiosity and various social and political behaviors (Gruber, and Hungerman, 2008; Cadge and Ecklund, 2007; Ecklund, 2006; Ellison 1991). Nevertheless, there is no empirical evidence on the relationship between religiosity and remittances sending behavior.
This panel intends to address the impact that international migration is having in terms of religious patterns worldwide. The contributions of the panelists seek to examine the transformations – if any – in the religious practices of migrants in the destination countries and if they affect the countries of origin as well. If religiosity and religious practices facilitate the adaptation of immigrants into a new society and what are the consequences of religious influences between home and host countries.

Moderators
Prof. Emanuela C. Del Re and Prof. Roberta Ricucci

Panelists/Speakers
Francesca Rosati, University of Leiden
Giulia Marroccoli, University of Turin
Nicolamaria Coppola, La Sapienza – University

AIS Mid-term conference, Catania 5-6 ottobre 2018 – Call for Papers

CALL FOR PAPERS

Europa e religioni: dinamiche sociali, politiche ed economiche tra pace, guerre e autonomizzazione

Scadenza 15 giugno 2018

In occasione della mid-term conference dell’AIS che si terrà a Catania nei giorni 4-5-6 ottobre 2018, la Sezione di Sociologia della Religione lancia una Call for Papers per la sessione da noi organizzata dal titolo Europa e religioni: dinamiche sociali, politiche ed economiche tra pace, guerre e autonomizzazione-

Dal Trattato di Roma del 1957 che istituì la Comunità Economica Europea (CEE) e avviò il processo di integrazione europea tuttora in atto, le società del Vecchio Continente hanno subito un rapido e apparentemente irreversibile processo di laicizzazione. Tale laicizzazione dell’Europa è un fatto sociale innegabile. Una maggioranza crescente della popolazione europea ha smesso di partecipare, almeno regolarmente, alle pratiche religiose pur mantenendo ancora un livello relativamente alto di credo religioso individuale e privato. Molti europei, anche nei paesi più laici, si identificano come religiosi, evidenziando un’implicita, diffusa e sommersa identità culturale religiosa.

La carta socio-religiosa dell’Europa sta gradualmente mutando: da continente a maggioranza cristiana, l’Europa sta diventando una società caratterizzata da una diversità religiosa molto articolata e, per alcuni versi, inedita. Leggere la nuova mappa delle fedi religiose in Europa non è facile. I mutamenti nella composizione delle nostre società non sono un fenomeno transitorio e reversibile, ma un dato di fatto che è andato negli anni radicandosi e che ha inevitabilmente ridefinito il nostro Paese e l’Europa intera in senso sempre più multiculturale e multireligioso. Inoltre, i processi di deistituzionalizzazione e di soggettivizzazione che caratterizzano la società in epoca di globalizzazione rendono ancora più complesso questo panorama in cui la sete di spiritualità, prima ancora che di religione, viene colmata da scelte personali e da adesioni a orizzonti di significato plurimi. In questa ricerca di senso assolutamente autonoma e personale si delineano Lifestyles vari, come insieme di pratiche condivise e finalizzate a trovare appartenenza e condivisione di un cosmo simbolico cui fare riferimento.

Con questa realtà le democrazie debbono necessariamente trovare il modo di confrontarsi, dato che lo scenario europeo si caratterizza sempre più per la presenza di spinte contrapposte e oscillanti tra il riconoscimento delle crescenti istanze identitarie dei singoli e la volontà di mantenere inalterati i tratti caratteristici dell’identità costituzionale degli Stati, anche in tema di disciplina dell’esperienza religiosa e di rapporti con le confessioni religiose.

Ci si chiede, dunque, quale sia il rapporto tra l’Europa del XXI secolo, in cui insoddisfazione e protesta si sono rapidamente diffuse a tutti gli ambiti della vita sociale, andando a rimettere in discussione l’idea stessa di Europa e i suoi valori fondanti, e le religioni. Ci si interroga sulle interazioni, sulle sfide e sugli effetti dell’Europa delle religioni e delle religioni in Europa tra dinamiche sociali, politiche ed economiche, pace, guerre e spinte all’autonomizzazione.

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EuARE Annual Conference – Bologna, 5-8 Marzo 2018

EuARE-AIS

In occasione della EuARE Annual Conference organizzata dalla European Academy of Religions, la Sezione di Sociologia delle Religioni ha organizzato un workshop dal titolo “World of Religions. Meet the Religions of the World”. Il Workshop, nato da un’idea della Prof.ssa Emanuela Del Re, Coordinatrice Nazionale della Sezione di Sociologia delle Religioni, e della Prof.ssa Roberta Ricucci, membro del Consiglio Scientifico e Coordinatrice della Sezione RN34 dell’ESA, European Sociological Association, è da intendersi come uno spin-off del Festival Mondoreligioni che si è tenuto a Roma dal 7 al 9 dicembre 2017. Il Workshop prevede 4 tavoli di lavoro presenziati ciascuno da almeno un esponente di 4 comunità religiose. Parteciperanno la comunità degli Ahmadi, GMI – Giovani Musulmani d’Italia, la Sikh Sewa Society e il Movimento dei Focolari. Il workshop è aperto a tutti, e principalmente a docenti, studenti, accademici, giornalisti.

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Concept Note del Workshop

WORLD OF RELIGIONS. MEET THE RELIGIONS OF THE WORLD

World of Religions. Meet the religions of the World is a workshop organized by Prof. Emanuela C. Del Re, National Coordinator of the Section of the Sociology of Religion, Italian Association of Sociology, in cooperation with Prof. Roberta Ricucci, University of Turin. The workshop is meant as the natural continuation of the homonymous event that took place in Rome in December 2017. Mondoreligioni is an exclusive and unique festival created by Emanuela C. Del Re that gathers in the same place different religious groups and communities providing information stands managed by the religious communities themselves, roundtables with experts, scholars, and representatives of the religions, presentation of books, documentaries and musical concerts and performances organized by the communities.
The workshop we propose is aimed at enhancing a deep understanding of the religions professed in Italy through the voices of the representatives of the religious communities who will share with the audience their experiences, challenges and vision for the future. The workshop will involve the participants in an interactive dialogue, with the main goal of raising awareness on the different religions in Italy, for a better coexistence in our multi-religious and multi-faiths society.

Participants
The workshops is designed and addresses to teachers, professors, professionals, business people, religious leaders, social workers, and all those who are engaged in dealing with the other in their daily life

 

Call genere e religioni e religioni ed educazione

In occasione del  prossimo Convegno nazionale dell’AIS, che si svolgerà a Verona, 10-12 Novembre del 2016

(http://www.ais-sociologia.it/event-items/disuguaglianze-giustizia-equita-nel-contesto-globale-xi-convegno-ais/),

 

la sezione ha promosso due call in collaborazione con AIS Educazione e AIS Studi di genere.

Di seguito i dettagli e in allegato le call.

Si prega di prestare attenzione alle scadenze (differenti) e agli indirizzi mail cui mandare le proposte.

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Scadenza invio abstract: 30 luglio 2016

Indirizzo cui inviare l’abstract:  genere.religione.ais@gmail.com

Notifica accettazione:  30 agosto 2016.

Scaricare la call Genere e religione

 

AIS_EDUCAZIONE_RELIGIONE

Scadenza invio abstract: 30 luglio 2016

Indirizzo cui inviare l’abstract:  religione.educazione.ais@gmail.com

Notifica accettazione: 30 agosto 2016.

Scaricare la call Religione ed educazione

Shaping and Defining the Notion of “Religion”

Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”

Religio

Shaping and Defining the Notion of “Religion”

July 12-13-14-15-16 2016
Velletri (Rome)
Call for Papers

Our conference aims to provide an occasion of reflection and interdisciplinary discussion about the concept of religion and the notions related to this topic. The aim of this meeting is to investigate the shaping and the development of the notion of religion in western thought. We plan to research and analyze the various ways in which specialized literature posed the concept of religion as the object of study, together with the phenomena that have been attributed to such concept and the properties that have been deemed peculiar to this sphere, according to the views and positions of each single scholar. We will pay attention to the aims these scholars had, the classifications and theories they elaborated and the historical context they worked in.

Papers submitted may deal with the following topics:

  1. The meaning and development of the Latin word religio as it emerges from the sources at our disposal.
  2. The study of the terms in extra-European cultures usually deemed to indicate specifically the religious sphere, as dharma, din etc. Analysis of their meanings and historical  development, based on the sources at our disposal
  3. How did historical religions obtain their current denomination? How has this denomination been interpreted?
  4. How did western thought and in particular specialized studies approach the possibility of:
    • defining the concept of religion.
    • finding the characteristics that define a religious experience as such.
    • identifying the characteristics that qualify a religious individual as such.
    • idefining which peculiar traits of a religious group are elements that qualify it as such.
    • idefining the notion of “folk religion”.
    • describing and differentiating “sacred” and “profane”.
  5. What are the peculiarity of religions “invented” by scholars, e.g., animism, manism, shamanism etc.? What are the theoretical backgrounds for creating those categories?
  6.  Birth and development of the classification of religions, e.g. “monotheism” and “polytheism”.

References: M. Eliade, Traité d’histoire des religions, Paris 1949; E. de Martino, Furore Simbolo Valore, Milano 1962; C. Lévi-Strauss, La pensée sauvage, Paris 1962; A. Brelich, Introduzione alla
storia delle religioni, Roma 1966; T. Luckmann, The Invisible Religion: The Transformation of Symbols in Industrial Society, New York 1967; P. Bourdieu, Genèse et structure du champ religieux, “Revue française de sociologie” 12 (3), 1971, pp. 295-334; C. Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures, New York 1973; Th.P. van Baaren – H.W.J. Drijvers (eds.), Religion, Culture and Methodology. Papers of the Groningen Working-group for the Study of Fundamental Problems and Methods of Science of Religion, Paris 1973; J.Z. Smith, Imagining Religion: From Babylon to Jonestown, Chicago-London 1982; B. Morris, Anthropological Studies of Religion, Cambridge 1990; D. Sabbatucci, Sommario di storia delle religioni, Roma 1991; E.T. Lawson – R.N. McCauley, Rethinking Religion. Connecting Cognition and Culture, Cambridge 1993; T. Asad, Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, London 1993; U. Bianchi (ed.), The Notion of “Religion” in Comparative Research. Selected Proceedings of the XVI IAHR Congress, Rome 1994; T. Fitzgerald, A Critique of ‘Religion’ as a Cross-Cultural Category, “Method and Theory in the Study of Religion” 9 (2), 1997, pp. 91-110; A. Simonicca – F. Dei, Simbolo e teoria nell’antropologia religiosa, Lecce 1998; D. Sabbatucci, La prospettiva storico-religiosa, Formello (RM) 2000; M. Nye, Religion, Post-Religionism, and Religioning: Religious Studies and Contemporary Cultural Debates, “Method and Theory in the Study of Religion” 12, 2000, pp. 447-476; W. Braun – R.T. McCutheon (eds.), Guide to the Study of Religion, New York 2000; P. Boyer, Et l’homme créa les dieux, Paris 2001; A.L. Greil – D.G. Bromley (eds.), Defining Religion: Investigating the Boundaries between the Sacred and Secular, Oxford 2003; J. Corrigan, Religion and Emotion. Approaches and Interpretations, Oxford-New York 2004; G. Filoramo, Che cos’è la religione. Temi metodi problemi, Torino 2004; M. Stausberg (ed.), Contemporary Theories of Religion: a Companion, London 2009; P. Scarpi, Si fa presto a dire Dio. Riflessioni per un multiculturalismo religioso, Milano 2010; L. Berzano – A. Castegnaro – E. Pace, Religiosità popolare nella società post-secolare. Nuovi approcci teorici e nuovi campi di ricerca, Padova 2014; E. Pace, Una religiosità senza religioni. Spirito, mente e corpo nella cultura olistica contemporanea, Napoli 2015.

Our conference will be structured in the following sections:
1. Religious Anthropology (coordinator/supervisor Alessandra Ciattini – Sapienza Università di
Roma)
2. Philosophy of Religion (coordinator Paolo Vinci – Sapienza Università di Roma)
3. Sociology of Religion (coordinator Enzo Pace – Università degli Studi di Padova)
4. History of Religions (coordinator Paolo Scarpi – Università degli Studi di Padova)

Administrative office: Igor Baglioni (Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni”)

Please send a one-page abstract (max 2.000 characters) to Igor Baglioni, the director of the museum, (igorbaglioni79@gmail.com) by April 15.
Attached to the abstract should be: the title of the paper; the chosen area; a short biography of the authors; email address and phone number.

Papers may be written and presented in English, French, Italian and Spanish.

The acceptance of papers will be communicated only to the selected contributors by 2016, April 25.

Please send the complete paper not later than June 26. The delivery of the paper is required to
participate in the conference.

Important deadlines: Closing for call for papers: April 15th, 2016.
Admission: April 25th, 2016.
Delivery of paper: June 26th, 2016.
Conference: July 12-13-14-15-16th, 2016

There is no attendance fee. The participants who don’t live in Rome or surroundings will be accommodated in hotels and bed-and-breakfasts which have an agreement with the Museum of
Religions Raffaele Pettazzoni to offer discounted prices. Papers will be published on Religio. Collana di Studi del Museo delle Religioni “Raffaele Pettazzoni” (Edizioni Quasar), and in specialized journals. All the papers will be peer-reviewed. The conference will be associated to the cultural event “Castelli Romani. Mito, Religioni e Tradizioni Eno-Gastronomiche” organized by the Fondazione “Museo delle Religioni Raffaele Pettazzoni”. The town of Albano Laziale, Ariccia, Artena, Castelgandolfo, Genzano, Lanuvio, Lariano, Monte Porzio Catone, Nemi, Rocca di Papa and Velletri also patronize the event.

The conference participants are offered the opportunity to visit each evening one of these towns and participate in the cultural activities organized in occasion of the cultural exhibition for free. The excursion programme will be presented at the same time as the conference programme.

For information: email: igorbaglioni79@gmail.com

Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Lived Religion. An ethnographical insight

Religion today lies at the heart of a cultural and political debate, related to immigration, human  rights, the role of women and democracy in general. Various questions are asked about what criteria define a lay, pluralistic space and its physical and symbolical boundaries. From this point of view examination of multiple expressions of religiosity in the human body, in physical and symbolic spaces and in the relationship among individuals, and between individuals and space, assumes critical importance.

For over a century, social sciences have been highlighting that “religion” is a plural category, a composite set of organizations, actors, practices, beliefs, meanings, relations, values and traditions.
Since the 1980s, the concept of “lived religion” has expressed a living, fluid, pluralistic and everyday dimension of religions: religion is part of daily life; religiosity is expressed through a
variable set of collective and individual, institutionalised and informal, hybrid and codified practices.

We believe that an ethnographical prospective allows us productively to examine such religious ecology and with this end in view we invite contributions dealing with the theme of religion in daily
life – lived religion – based on solid empirical analysis. The areas in which the theme may be declined include:

  • Native religions in today’s world;
  • Religious tradition and innovation;
  • Female religious experience, for example in churches, in alternative spirituality, in religious  groups/movements and in politics;
  • Mobile religion including pilgrimages and religious tourism;
  • Religion, economics and consumption;
  • Religion, the human body and mass media.

To submit your proposal please send an e-mail to conveners Alberta Giorgi, Stefania Palmisano, Giovanna Rech and to the conference committee (erq.conference@unibg.it), indicating the title of the chosen session. Please send:

  •  the title of your talk and an abstract of maximum 1000 words (.doc, .docx, .odt, .txt, .rtf);
  • your contact details (full name, e-mail, post address and affiliation) and those of your co-author/s, if any;
  • if you like, a short videotalk (2 min. max.). More info here http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?page_id=27 .

Abstracts (and video talks) must be submitted in English. The official languages of the conference, however, are Italian, English, and French; for each session, languages will be used depending on the participants composition.

Proposal must be submitted by January 15, 2016.