SSSR Annual Meeting
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Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

Annual Meeting

October 23-25, 2009

Westin Tabor Center
Denver, Colorado

Discoveries in the Scientific Study of Religion

This is an exciting and productive time for the scientific study of religion. Researchers are studying an ever changing religious landscape using new concepts and theoretical ideas, sharper analytical tools, and increasingly rich, sophisticated, and accessible quantitative and qualitative data. Discoveries abound.

Proposals for sessions and papers on any topic in the scientific study of religion are welcome. We particularly invite proposals for sessions and papers that present discoveries. We hope to showcase many different types of discoveries, including but not limited to new evidence bearing on important questions and debates in the scientific study of religion, new observations of emerging or established religious movements or institutions, innovative conceptualizations, and advances in methodology. Discoveries might emerge from experiments, computer simulations, or the analysis of written or oral narratives. They might be based on historical or ethnographic investigation of a single case or analysis of large data sets. Proposals are welcome from researchers pursuing the scientific study of religion using these or other methods, and from scholars based in any discipline.

All session and paper proposals must be submitted via the on-line submission system. Please go to and follow the links to the submission pages. In addition to the first author's full contact information, paper proposals require abstracts of not more than 150 words that succinctly describe the question(s) motivating the research, the data and methods used, and what the paper contributes or expects to contribute to our knowledge or understanding of religion. The submission deadline is April 15, 2009.

Please direct questions to:
Kraig Beyerlein, Program Chair
Sociology Department
University of Arizona

Important Dates:
Submissions Open: January 15, 2009
Submissions Close: April 15, 2009
Decision Notification: July 1, 2009
Papers to Discussants: September, 30, 2009