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Sociology of Religion

Aims and Objectives:

A revitalisation of religions has occurred throughout the world at the beginning of the 21st Century. Religions have also played an increasingly prominent role in both creating and alleviating social problems. In response to these changes, sociology of religion in Australia has also been revitalised, particularly as scholars have examined the role of religion in promoting or countering risks such as terrorism and climate change. The role and diversity of religion and spirituality in Australia is moving in a number of different, and sometimes contradictory directions. The rise of fundamentalist and evangelical forms of religions contrasts with the increasingly secular multifaith character of Australian society. The increasing importance of religions linked with ethnic identities as a product of Asian and African migrations contrasts with the decline of traditional forms of Christianity. The dramatic rise of atheism and of those professing ‘no-religion’ in Australia contrasts with the growth of spiritualities and Pagan religions that celebrate experience and experimentation. The TASA sociology of religion thematic group seeks to create a community of Australian scholars to: analyse the role of religion in both Australian and global life; share our research findings; encourage the development of emerging scholars; strengthen the discipline of sociology of religion in Australia and to contribute to public policy where necessary.

Year Established:

July 2011


David Radford & Anna Halafoff

2012: End Times or New Beginnings?

The Sociology of Religion Thematic Group’s Seminar
2012: End Times or New Beginnings?

State Library of Victoria – 29th May 2012, Melbourne
RSVP by May 25th, 2012. Read on…

A Media Release is available.

Age article

Photos of the event can be viewed here.

To view the segment on the Project go to click on Full Episodes (RH side menu) and scroll down to Tuesday 29 Seg 4 (fast forward to 2.00 minutes in).















Group members:

  • Andrew Metcalfe
  • Adam Possamai
  • Farida Fozdar
  • Gil-Soo Han
  • Jason Prior
  • Christopher Glasspool
  • Jack Barbalet
  • Marea Capell
  • David Radford
  • Douglas Ezzy
  • Robin Smilovitis
  • Rosemary Aird
  • Phillip Ablett
  • Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • Juliette Grey
  • Nicole Stirling
  • Gary Bouma
  • Luke Gahan
  • Lisa Worthington
  • Naama Carlin
  • Angela Coco
  • Jennifer Cheng
  • Joshua Roose
  • Curtis Dickson
  • Alex Norman
  • Matthew Wade
  • Kim Lam
  • Cameron West
  • Alan Nixon
  • Peter Jones
  • kwasi tettey
  • Tessa Moodie
  • Oznur Sahin
  • Emma Clare Eastwood
  • Jenny Ferguson
  • Rhys Gower
  • Liang Jiang
  • Stephen de Weger
  • Kieran Hegarty
  • Scott Doidge
  • Enqi Weng
  • Ben Kristian Citto Laksana
  • Blessing Uchenna Enyi
  • Antonia Canosa
  • Rosemary Hancock
  • Fadi Baghdadi