NCSR 2008 - Urban Diversity and Religious Traditions
13-15 August 2008, Åbo Akademi University

Welcome to the 19th Nordic Conference in Sociology of Religion


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The theme of the conference is religion in a contemporary urban setting. How are religious traditions and practices influenced by the contemporary city, and what is the role of religion in the late modern "cityscape"? The pluralistic situation in a modern city is characterized by ethnic minorities, but also by various other subcultures. The role of media and consumption is most evident in urban settings. And in the centre of town, we find a cathedral. What are the strategies of the mainstream churches amidst the new urbanism? In short, how does religion fit into the contemporary city and what happens with religion in this environment?

The plenary speakers of the conference are Professor Linda Woodhead (University of Lancaster, UK), Professor R. Stephen Warner (University of Illinois at Chicago, USA), Professor Inger Furseth (Centre for Church Research, Norway) and Doctor Pasi Mäenpää (University of Helsinki, Finland).

The language of the conference is English.

The conference will be held at Arken, the Faculty of Arts building of Åbo Akademi University.

Special conference offer to order Nordic Journal of Religion and Society.


Call for sessions, deadline February 29th, 2007 (Extended)
Call for papers, deadline May 31st, 2008 (Extended)
Registration, deadline May 31st, 2008 (Extended)


Department of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University
Department of Sociology, Åbo Akademi University
Department of Comparative Religion, University of Turku
Department of Sociology, University of Turku
Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History