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ISSR Elections 2019

The elections for ISSR Officers and Council members is now open. We invite all of you to vote to elect new members of the Council for which, when possible, two candidates for each role have been nominated.

Please find a short presentation of each candidate:

Vice President

Irene Becci

Irene Becci, holds a Ph.D. in social and political sciences from the European University Institute. Since 2012 she is professor at the Institute for the Social Scientific Study of Contemporary Religion, University of Lausanne. She has studied in Lausanne, Rome, Florence and New York and has worked in Germany, at the Max-Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle/S.,  Bielefeld and Potsdam University. In her research she focuses on religious diversity and new spiritual practices in particular settings, such as total institutions, and post-socialist urban spaces or ecological activism. Together with Olivier Roy she has published Religious Diversity in European Prisons - Challenges and Implications for Rehabilitation (Springer, New York 2015). Her publications can be found in particular in Archives des sciences sociales contemporaines, Critique internationale, Social Compass, Tsantsa, Women's Studies

Adam Possamai

Adam Possamai is Professor of Sociology at Western Sydney University and the Deputy Dean of Research and International at the School of Social Sciences and Psychology. He is a former President of the Research Committee 22 on the Sociology of Religion from the International Sociological Association, and of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. His recent monographs are Sociology of Exorcism in Late Modernity (with Giuseppe Giordan, 2018, Palgrave), The I-zation of Society, Religion, and Neoliberal Post-Secularism (2018, Palgrave); and his recent edited books are Religions, Nations and Transnationalism in Multiple Modernities (with Patrick Michel and Bryan Turner, 2017, Palgrave), Religion and Non-Religion among Australian Aboriginal Peoples (with James Cox, 2016, Routledge) and The Sociology of Shari’a: Case Studies from Around the World (with James Richardson and Bryan Turner, 2015, Springer). He is currently editing with Anthony Blasi the Sage Encyclopaedia of Sociology of Religion (2020) which will include the works of more than 200 international contributors. He was a visiting Professor at the Graduate Centre of the City University of New York, and at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. He has organised more than 600 papers as Chair of conferences/symposia across 4 continents, and has judged more than 125 PhD theses as Chair of consecutive Australian Sociological Association’s Jean Martin Award Panels. He is an engaged academic who is regularly sought out by journalists for comments on religious and social issues. He is concerned about the impact of research metrics on our discipline and on its researchers, and as Vice-President of the association, he will lobby for a more adequate assessment of the sociology of religion field of research, and for a stronger recognition of research in other languages than English. He is Belgo-Australian and also a dark fantasy fiction writer in his native language, French.

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Société Internationale de Sociologie des Religions

International Society for the Sociology of Religion