“Young people, religion, politics, and education” – International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR) Conference 2019, Barcelona

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Young people, religion, politics, and education

CFP for sessions at the international society for the sociology of religion conference.

Please join us in Barcelona

Deadline is 16 dec – 250word abstracts

Proposal (title and abstract up to 250 words)

mary lou rasmussen, australian national university

elisabeth arweck, university of warwick

abstract (english)

Organized religion is currently experiencing profound generational change in europe and the anglophone world. Young people are increasingly identifying as non-religious. What does this mean for the sociology of religion and education? Political debates about religion, politics and education often exclude the voices of children and young people. Do young people still want to get educated about religion? What is the relevance of education about religion when increasingly young people are declaring themselves as having no faith? What does this mean for future imaginings of education about religion? Through social media and digital cultures contemporary teenagers are exposed to diverse perspectives on religion, politics and education. How are their experiences mediated by where they go to school, their faith, their politics, their gender and sexual identity and their geographic location and ethnic identity? How is this shaping their worldviews? What is taking the place of religion in young people’s lives in relation to education about ethics/spirituality/morality? Education about gender, and sexuality is being weaponized by the recent resurgence of nationalism and populism in some european countries – take recent debates in hungary over attempts to ban gender studies. How are young people mobilized and mobilizing in these political struggles and what can this tell us about their changing worldviews? How do religious prescriptions of normative gender and sexualities in education become proxies for broader political debates about young people and education?

Mary Lou Rasmussen
Professor, School of Sociology
Research School of Social Sciences
Haydon Allen Building
Australian National University
Acton, ACT 2601
612 6125 2659

Visiting Professor
School of Education
University of Strathcylde

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