In an article that appears in the open access online journal Sociological Science, sociologists Michael Hout and Claude Fisher take a look at the relationship between religious disaffiliation and backlash against right-wing religio-political movements.Read the rest of Political backlash and the rise of “nones”.
John D. Boy
John D. Boy is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Amsterdam as well as a contributing editor at The Immanent Frame and an associate editor for Frequencies. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York.
Posts by John D. Boy:
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.”Read the rest of Debating secularities.
Guest Editors Camil Ungureanu and Lasse Thomassen are requesting submissions for a special issue of the journal The European Legacy scheduled for late 2014.Read the rest of CFP: Post-Secularism Between Public Reason and Political Theology.
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.Read the rest of Essays on Religion in Human Evolution.
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.Read the rest of Islamophobia and antisemitism in Europe.
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.Read the rest of Subjects, spirituality, and smoking: 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.Read the rest of The view from Berlin: An interview with Hubert Knoblauch.
Sage Publishers has announced the launch of Critical Research on Religion.Read the rest of New journal: Critical Research on Religion.
In a talk prepared last year for a symposium on the life and work of his father, the anthropologist Talal Asad lays out Muhammad Asad’s intellectual contribution.Read the rest of Muhammad Asad and the concept of an Islamic politics.
In The New Inquiry, Adam Kotsko reviews Quentin Meillassoux’s The Number and the Siren, a study of Mallarmé’s last poem, Un Coup de Dés jamais n’abolira le Hasard (A Throw of Dice Will Never Abolish Chance).Read the rest of Contingency, divinity, and revelation.
In The New Yorker, Joan Acocella gives a favorable review of Tanya M. Luhrmann’s When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God.Read the rest of Experiences with evangelical congregations.
This Friday, March 30, at 12:30pm, the Committee for the Study of Religion at the City University of New York Graduate Center is hosting a lecture by Steven Lukes with the title “Is Durkheim’s Understanding of Religion Compatible with Believing?” The lecture marks the centenary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s classical work, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.Read the rest of Durkheim and belief.
The latest issue of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion contains the presidential address of British sociologist James Beckford. In it, Beckford critically reflects on the concepts of public religion and the postsecular.Read the rest of Public religions and the postsecular.
At Harvard Law School, faculty members Noah Feldman and Duncan Kennedy recently debated the question “Can Israel Be Both Jewish and Democratic?”Read the rest of Israel, secularism, and democracy.
Reuters reports that banks in the U.S. are foreclosing on churches in record numbers.Read the rest of Religious foreclosures: where religion and finance meet.
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life published yesterday a new report, “Faith on the Move: The Religious Affiliation of International Migrants.”Read the rest of The religious affiliation of international migrants.
The New York Times reports on a member of an Amish community in Ohio accused of running a Bernie Madoff-like Ponzi scheme involving numerous fellow believers that wiped out 16 million dollars in savings.Read the rest of The Amish Madoff.
Fred Clark on evangelicals and the view that human life begins at conception.Read the rest of Reconceiving human life.
Ta-Nehisi Coates comments on the New York Police Department’s profiling of Muslim student populations throughout the northeastern U.S.Read the rest of The NYPD’s religious profiling.
Last month, Eurochurch.net published a report on the state of missional church-planting activities in Europe authored by Darrell Jackson and Tim Herbert.Read the rest of Missions and church-planting in Europe.
In the latest issue of the European Journal of Sociology, José Casanova reviews two recent works by eminent British sociologists: Religion and Modern Society by Bryan Turner and The Future of Christianity by David Martin.Read the rest of Globalization and secularization.
Today begins a discussion series at the collaborative theology blog An und für sich on Daniel Barber’s recent book, On Diaspora: Christianity, Religion, and Secularity. Daniel Whisper from the University of Liverpool makes the start in the AUFS series.Read the rest of The cry for immanence.
Just out from Verso Press, Simon Critchley’s The Faith of the Faithless: Experiments in Political Theology investigates the role of religion in the postsecular twenty-first century.Read the rest of After the secular age.
Reviewing Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists for the Guardian, Terry Eagleton expresses his distaste for the tradition of “reluctant nonbelief”—thinkers who do not themselves believe, but find some sort of social utility in belief.Read the rest of Eagleton against reluctant nonbelief.
A call for papers for a conference on “Thinking the Absolute” at Liverpool Hope University in the UK, June 29–July 1, 2012, co-sponsored by the Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion.Read the rest of CFP: Speculation, philosophy, and the end of religion.
On September 17, protesters heeded the call to occupy Wall Street and set up camp in a semi-public park in downtown Manhattan’s Financial District that is once again known as Liberty Plaza. In the roughly three weeks since the Occupy Wall Street protests began, several commentators have begun reflecting on the place of faith in the movement. The meditation area on Liberty Plaza is only the most overt of the influences of faith or spirituality on the protest movement.Read the rest of #OccupyWallSt, spirituality, and faith.
Today marks the twentieth entry in Frequencies.Read the rest of Frequencies, twenty transmissions in.
The Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at the University of Kent in the UK recently launched an online training resource on research methods in the study of religion.Read the rest of Methods for the study of religion.
But Sweet Heaven When I Die is, first and foremost, a book about loss, about death, transience, neglect, and quitting. These are the recurring themes in almost every one of the book’s thirteen chapters. The loss of the American west to real estate developers, the loss of a beloved uncle to a meaningless war, the killing of veteran activist Brad Will in Oaxaca in 2006, the neglect of the Yiddish language and its masterful authors, or the devastation of a writer failing to find an audience. In one chapter, Sharlet notes that all things we become invested in and pin our identities on have a half-life. With his consciousness of the inevitable decay befalling all things, Sharlet proves he has taken Cornel West’s lesson of the “death shudder” to heart. “To learn how to die in this way,” Sharlet quotes West in a chapter on the philosopher, “is to learn how to live.” And although the final chapter of When I Die is called “Born, Again,” Sharlet resists the temptation to end on an upbeat note, leaving us instead with a blues note.Read the rest of America plus nothing.
Last month, Wikileaks released a confidential 2005 U.S. embassy cable that provides an inside perspective on the Vatican’s views of Latin America’s leftward drift in recent years following the election of Hugo Chavez et al. The cable, entitled “Vatican Weary of Leftist Latinos,” summarizes the views of Cardinal Leonardo Sandri (then an archbishop) expressed in conversation with the American ambassador.Read the rest of The Vatican and the Bolivarian revolution.
Ever since he told a Guardian reporter last weekend that the idea of an afterlife is a “fairy story,” Stephen Hawking has been in the religion news. The author of A Brief History of Time isn’t the only physicist making religion headlines. Not long ago, a paper presented at the American Physical Society’s annual meeting led the BBC to report: “Religion may become extinct in nine nations, study says.” Finally, the ongoing work on particle physics at CERN prompted its director to tell an interviewer: “we are crossing the boundary between knowledge and belief.”Read the rest of Physicists making religion headlines.
Mahmood Mamdami places the Egyptian revolution and other protest movements in the historical context of popular struggle in Africa.Read the rest of Mamdani on the African uprisings.
This Friday, as soon as you are done filing your taxes, consider attending a very interesting event at Marymount Manhattan College called “Talking About Religion: Contested Meanings.” It features two sessions of presentations by scholars of religious studies and anthropology (including Immanent Frame contributor Gil Anidjar) followed by a keynote address by Eugene Gallagher entitled “What is Religion? Who’s Asking?”Read the rest of Talking about religion.
A few days ago, the Al-Jazeera program Empire assembled a high-profile panel to discuss the future prospects of the Muslim Brotherhood movement. The 25-minute program is available online and worth watching for some background and a diverse array of views on this influential movement in Egypt and throughout the Middle East.Read the rest of Debating the Muslim Brotherhood.
The term “postsecular” is quickly becoming a keyword for scholars of religion and public life. So what is it all about? An overview of its uses and meanings.Read the rest of What we talk about when we talk about the postsecular.