John D. Boy

John D. Boy is a doctoral candidate at the Graduate Center and an instructional technology fellow in the Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York, as well as a contributing editor at The Immanent Frame and an associate editor for Frequencies. His work is on religion and secularity, social theory, and historical sociology. For his dissertation, he is investigating the so-called church-planting movement and its impact on the religious landscape of the European metropolis.

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Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Debating secularities

In H-Soz-u-Kult, Susanne Kimmig-Voelkner reports from the closing conference of the University of Leipzig-based program on “Secularities: Configurations and Developmental Paths.”

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Monday, August 26th, 2013

CFP: Post-Secularism Between Public Reason and Political Theology

Guest Editors Camil Ungureanu and Lasse Thomassen are requesting submissions for a special issue of the journal The European Legacy scheduled for late 2014.

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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Egypt’s 18th Brumaire

In an essay published in the New York Times, Sheri Berman sees history repeating itself, tragically and farcically, in Egypt.

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Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Essays on Religion in Human Evolution

Cambridge University Press is currently offering free access to the three essays in the review symposium on Robert Bellah’s Religion in Human Evolution from the December 2012 issue of the European Journal of Sociology.

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Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Upcoming talks by Robert Bellah

Robert Bellah, the eminent American sociologist whose latest book, Religion in Human Evolution, was the subject of a recent discussion series on this blog, will be delivering two talks in the coming week.

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Friday, November 30th, 2012

Islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe

The latest issue of the journal of the Jewish Museum Berlin features an article by Yasemin Shooman, a German historian, comparing anti-Muslim racism (Islamophobia) and antisemitism.

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012

A postcolonial genealogy of secularism and sexuality

A public lecture recently delivered by Saba Mahmood at the London School of Economics entitled “Secularism, Religion and Sexuality: A Postcolonial Genealogy” is now available as an audio podcast.

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Thursday, October 18th, 2012

Subjects, spirituality, and smoking: An interview with Hubert Knoblauch

After discussing the general contours of the sociology of religion in Germany today (see part 1), I had a chance to ask Hubert Knoblauch about some of his own research. In recent years, Knoblauch, who works in the phenomenological tradition started by Alfred Schütz, has been preoccupied with spirituality, popular religion, and near-death experiences.

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Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

The view from Berlin: An interview with Hubert Knoblauch

Hubert Knoblauch is a professor of sociology at the Technical University of Berlin, where he specializes in general sociological theory, sociology of knowledge, and the sociology of religion. A student of Thomas Luckmann, he is among the most distinguished representatives of the sociology of religion in Germany today. This summer, we sat down together over some of Berlin’s famously bad Indian food to discuss the sociology of religion in Germany, the influence of Jürgen Habermas, the meaning of spirituality, and ways to quit smoking.

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Monday, September 24th, 2012

New journal: Critical Research on Religion

Sage Publishers has announced the launch of Critical Research on Religion.

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