Religion in the Public Square II

Thursday, 19 July 2018: 08:30-10:20
RC22 Sociology of Religion (host committee)

Language: English

The persistence of religion in modernity, despite the expectation that it would fade away, challenges the notion that religion is retreating to private life.  Religions presently continue to occupy the Public Square in politics, science, law, non-religious art, cyberspace, and the marketplace.  In politics, we see churches trying to impose their religious conceptions on others; in science, we see religious opposition to evolution and the religious denials of climate change; in the marketplace, we witness the intense commercialization of religious goods and services.  This session welcomes proposals that examine religions’ presence in the Public Square and the tensions and debates that this presence has produced in diverse contexts globally.
Session Organizers:
Orivaldo LOPES JR, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and Vincenzo PACE, University of Padua, Italy
Vincenzo PACE, University of Padua, Italy
Oral Presentations
Power, Domination and Intolerance: The Conflict between Fundamentalists and Sociologists in Contemporary Brazil
Roberto MOTTA, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco at Recife (Brazil), Brazil
I Am a Witch for Jesus! Ritual, Symbolic Violence and Trauma in African Pentecostalism
Afe ADOGAME, Princeton Theological Seminary, USA; Hannah TAYLOR-ABDULAI, Accra Technical University, Ghana
Diffused Religion Theory
Roberto CIPRIANI, Università Roma Tre, Italy
Distributed Papers
Religion, the Churches, and Political Power in Hungary
Marton CSANADY, Karoli Gaspar University of the Reformed Church in Hungary, Hungary
From ‘Islamism’ to ‘Spiritualism’? the Individualisation of ‘Religion’ in Iran
Hossein GODAZGAR, Al-Maktoum College of Higher Education, United Kingdom; Shiva VELAYATI, Nabi Akram University, Iran