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SocRel Annual Conference 2021: Beyond Binaries in the Sociology of Religion

13-15 July 2021

Keynote Speakers

  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)
  • Dr Sarah Jane Page (Aston University)
  • Dr Sam Perry (University of Oklahoma)


  • Professor Eileen Barker (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Jim Beckford (Warwick University)
  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)
  • Professor Grace Davie (Exeter University)
  • Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)

About the Event

For the first time in the history of the SocRel, we were devastated to have cancelled the SocRel Annual Conference 2020 earlier this year due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and due to the uncertainty of the pandemic and social distancing, we are unable to continue with plans for hosting this in-person in 2021. However, we are now preparing to welcome you back at the first ever virtual SocRel Annual Conference in 2021 which we hope will be bigger and better than ever!

The SocRel Annual Virtual Conference 2021 will take place online during the original dates from 13-15 July 2021 and we have a fantastic line up of keynote speakers and panels

Sociological writing about religion is replete with binaries: secular/post-secular, sacred/profane, religion/non-religion, western/non-western, spiritual/religious, theistic/non-theistic, cognitive/corporeal and private/public, to name just a few. Theories that consider the relationship between these seemingly opposing concepts have shaped the evolution of the discipline, reflected changing social realities, and supported the production of new knowledge.


Registration rates are:

  • BSA Member Full Conference: £20
  • SocRel Study Group Member Full Conference: £25
  • Non-Member Full Conference: £40

Key Dates

  • Early bird registration opens: 20 January 2021
  • Abstract submission closes: 10 February 2021
  • Decision notification: 11 March 2021
  • Presenter registration closes: 9 April 2021
  • Registration closes: 30 June 2021

Contact the Organiser

Should you have other questions about the conference please contact the conference organiser, Dr Rachael Shillitoe, University of Birmingham.