Author Archives: katieaston

Reflections on Socrel 2015 – Foundations and Futures

In this post Katie Aston summarises just some of the presentations delivered at the 2015 Socrel conference, which may be of interest to researchers in the field the Nonreligion and Secularity. Established in 1975, the Sociology of Religion Study Goup (Socrel) celebrated … Continue reading

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Event Report: Dispatches from Baylor’s End of Religion Symposium 

In this post Paul McClure reports on the End of Religion Symposium. He outlines contributions from Rodney Stark, Phillip Jenkins, Jeff Levin, Bryon Johnson and J. Gordon Melton who contributed to the symposium from multiple disciplinary perspectives. McClure, however, notes the … Continue reading

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Review: Atheists in America (2014), edited by Melanie E. Brewster

In this post Hannah Scheidt  reviews Melanie E. Brewster’s  edited volume Atheists in America. Scheidt focuses on the ways in which Brewster’s deals with the issue of ‘coming out’ as an atheist and he focus on ‘New Atheist’ phenomenon. Melanie Brewster’s edited volume … Continue reading

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Meaning and Purpose in Non-Religious Societies

In this blog post, Gleb Tsipursky asks questions about ‘meaning’ and purpose in the lives of the nonreligious. Often religion is associated with ‘big questions’. However, his research with nonreligious and secular populations suggests these questions are more than simply religious … Continue reading

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It’s not all about Islam: misreading secular politics in the Middle East

In this post Stacey Gutkowski discuss western secular politic habitus and it’s affect when intervening in, and understanding, recent uprisings in the Middle East and the rise of Islamic State. This post was originally published on Open Democracy 25 April 2015. Much western, particularly French, media … Continue reading

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Time to name a movement?

In this post, Ryan Cragun asks if it is time to give nonreligious movements a name. If so, what might this name be? And how, as an academic, can he avoid the pitfalls of labeling a group from the outside – rather than … Continue reading

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“Non-event” report: Why the Sunday Assembly event did not launch in Japan

In this post, Yutaka Osakabe and Isaac Gagné explore what we can learn from the absence of the Sunday Assembly [SA] in Japan, despite some interest in setting it up. What can a lack of interest in a Japanese SA tell us about … Continue reading

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‘She has forgotten her sex’: On the history of women and non-religion

Suvi Karila discusses the historical roots of the problematic intersection of womanhood and non-religion in the context of the 19th century United States. Karila suggests that the actual experiences of unbeliever women not only in the present, but also in … Continue reading

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The Blind Spot in the Study of Religion

Religion’s Impact on the Nonbelievers In this post [i],  Petra Klug, discusses what questions may be raised regarding the definition of religion, in light of a recent focus on, and understandings of, nonreligious and irreligious populations.  In recent years, we’ve … Continue reading

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Event Report: The American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting 2014

In this post  Dusty Hoesly outlines papers presented at the American Academy of Religion annual meeting, 2014. The focus is on the growing awareness of the study of the secular, religious and nonreligion, in particular the shifting boundaries between these categories.  … Continue reading

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