The SSHA Religion Network is open to all historically oriented scholarship on religion and society. We welcome contributions from historians, sociologists, political scientists, anthropologists, geographers, religious studies scholars, gender and sexuality studies scholars, and those in related fields. Some of the themes typically addressed in network sessions include religion and politics; religion, race, and ethnicity; religion, gender, and sexuality; religion and law; religious nationalism; religion and violence; religion and social movements; religion and state formation; religion and immigration; global religions; conversion and missionary activity; historical patterns of secularization; and secularism.

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Highlights from the 42nd SSHA Annual Meeting Program (coming up in November 2017!):

  • Charles Taylor’s ‘A Secular Age’ at Ten (Book session)
    Organizer: Samuel Nelson (McGill University)
    Chair: Damon Mayrl (Colby College)
    Author: Charles Taylor (McGill University)
    Discussants: José Casanova (Georgetown University); Philip Gorski (Yale University); Winnifred Sullivan (Indiana University Bloomington); Mirjam Künkler (University of Göttingen)

  • Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion, and Secularism in Quebec (Book session)
    Chair & Organizer: Samuel Nelson (McGill University)
    Author: Geneviève Zubryzcki (University of Michigan)
    Discussants: Philip Gorski (Yale University); Claudio Benzecry (Northwestern University); Marcel Fournier (Université de Montréal)

  • Revisiting Secularization and Secularism in Quebec
    Organizer: Samuel Nelson (McGill University)
    Chair: Ateş Altınordu (Sabancı University)
    Discussant: Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Universität Leipzig)

    • Marian Burchardt (Max Planck Institute), “Exculturation or Culturalization of Religion? Catholicism, Secularization and the Heritage Field in Quebec.”
    • Jennifer Guyveri (McGill University), “History and Teleology: Re-interpreting Charles Taylor’s Narrative of Secularity.”
    • Samuel Nelson (McGill University), “Parish-building and Secularization in Urban Ecology: Montreal in Comparison.”
    • Jean-François Laniel (Université du Québec à Montréal), “Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Interpreting Secularization and Religious Vitality in Quebec.”

Network Representatives


Apply for the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award by June 30th.

The deadline to apply for the President’s Book Award has been extended to July 20th.

View the preliminary program for SSHA 2019.

SSHA 2019 will be held in Chicago, November 21-24, 2019.

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