2018: The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion.

Welcome to the 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion ( NCSR 2018) in Oslo, Norway: Religion, politics and boundaries.


Growing religious diversity characterizes most countries across the world, often linked to the globalization of migration, politics, economies, and the media. The diversity offers new challenges of managing religion in countries that previously were more religiously homogenous. As many countries are characterized by complex patterns of both increasing public visibility of religion and secularization, religion is often at the center of political contestations. On the one hand, politicians struggle to develop public policies that balance human rights, equal opportunities for religious minorities, and the continuation of older religious traditions. On the other hand, various groups and political parties use religion to draw social, political, and symbolic boundaries – and some take extreme measures and use violence strategically to make themselves visible and enact their policies.

The 24th Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding, theoretically as well as empirically, of religion, politics, and boundaries. While sociologists often have attempted to understand these developments in terms of single dimension theories, we would like to find out how this complexity is part of processes of change and continuity in contemporary society. Contributions addressing these and other topics in the sociology of religion are welcome!

 Please contact Inger Furseth for more information.

Published May 19, 2017 12:57 PM - Last modified June 14, 2017 12:41 PM