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Officers + Committees

  • The ISSR is governed by a General Assembly of members, which meets at biennial conferences.  
  • More frequent governance is provided by an elected Council, which meets yearly. 
  • Decisions between these meetings are taken by an Executive Committee, consisting of the organization's main officers.
  • Day-to-day operation of the Society is handled by the General Secretary, assisted by the Treasurer.


Inger Furseth, University of Oslo, NorwayPresident (2023)
Irene Becci, University of Lausanne - SwitzerlandVice-President
Véronique Altglas, Queen's University Belfast, Northern IrelandGeneral Secretary (2021, first mandate)
Olivier Servais, Catholic University of Louvain, BelgiumTreasurer (2021, second mandate)


  • Jörg Stolz (2023)

Newly elected

  • Manéli Farahmand (Switzerland) (2023, first mandate)
  • Gergely Rosta (Central Europe) (2023, first mandate)
  • Norihito Takahashi  (East Asia and Japan) (2023, first mandate)
  • Ekaterina Teryukova (Eastern Europe) (2023, first mandate)

Members who accepted to hold a second mandate

  • Lori G. Beaman (Canada) (2023, second mandate)
  • Giuseppe Giordan (Italy) (2023, second mandate)
  • Ana Halafoff (Australasia) (2023, second mandate)
  • Mia Lövheim (Nordic Countries) (2023, second mandate)
  • Mary Jo Neitz (USA) (2023, second mandate)

Members whose first mandate run until 2021 and can be renewed

  • Kees de Groot (Benelux) (2021, first mandate)
  • Yannick Fer (France) (2021, first mandate)
  • Heidemarie Winkel (Germany) (2021, first mandate)
  • Rosa Maria de Aquino (Brazil and South America) (2021, first mandate)

Members who will step down at the 2021 conference

  • Cristina Gutierrez Zuňiga (Mexico) (2021, second mandate)
  • Helena Vilaça (Iberic Peninsula) (2021, second mandate)
  • David Voas (United Kingdom) (2021, second mandate)
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Société Internationale de Sociologie des Religions

International Society for the Sociology of Religion