MAJORITY RELIGIONS AND NON-RELIGION
This session invites papers that explore any aspects of the interaction between majority religions and non-religion, both historical and contemporary, theoretical and empirical.
Over the course of the last decades, studies of non-religion, lived secularity, atheism and irreligion have grown into a distinctive field of inquiry, with its own academic networks, research centers, book series and journals. While the field has so far been dominated by an understanding of non-religion as an antithesis, lack of or opposition to the beliefs of majority religions, researchers have yet to pay sufficient attention to the ways in which the organizations, doctrines and practices of majority religions provide templates or "formats" for the modalities of non-religion, both as a theoretical, practical, political and organizational phenomenon. This session invites papers that explore any aspects of the interaction between majority religions and non-religion, both historical and contemporary, theoretical and empirical. The session particularly welcomes comparative research that examines how the majority religion/non-religion relationship plays out in different geographical, social and political contexts.
University of Oslo, Norway