Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Religion and the formation of new publics

A Mid-term International Conference

January 24 - 25, 2008
University of Santo Tomas
Espana, Manila

For the first time, an international conference on the sociology of religion will occur in the Philippines. “Religion and the Formation of New Publics: A Mid-term International Conference” will be held on January 24-25, 2008 (Thursday – Friday). This international conference will be hosted by the oldest Catholic university in Asia, the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Manila.

The speeches and sessions of this conference intend to draw attention to the role of religion in fostering these “formations of new publics,” as the impact of religion goes beyond the boundaries of its accepted turfs and forges new bonds, aspirations and problem-solving perspectives in society. This international conference is organized by the International Sociological Association (ISA) - Research Committee (RC 22) on Sociology of Religion and the Philippine Association for the Sociology of Religion (PASR) in cooperation with UST’s Institute of Religion (UST-IR).

RC22 was founded “with the intention of opening up a broader range of opportunities for participation in the activities of the ISA in the field of the Sociology of Religion.” For more information about ISA and RC22, go the ISA Home Page at http://www.isa-sociology.org

PASR aims to pioneer the institutional practice of the sociology of religion in the Philippines through research, publications, conferences, and forging international linkages. This professional association also intends to bring the sociology of religion and its broader implications on cultures and social worlds to public awareness.

PASR members come from the ranks of the different disciplines in the academe, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), all motivated by the interest to explore the dynamics of religion in the different facets and areas of Philippine society. PASR’s Founding President is Prof. Esmeralda F. Sanchez, Ph.D. (faculty, UST-IR). The other Founding Board Members of PASR are the following: Vivencio O. Ballano, M.A.; Emmanuel D. Batoon, M.A.; Patria Gwen M.L. Borcena, M.A.; Emanuel C. De Guzman, M.A.; Alon D. de los Reyes, M.A. Cand.; Eduardo M. Domingo, Ed.D.; Cristita A. Mallari, M.A.; Virgilio A. Rivas, M.A.; Manuel Victor J. Sapitula, M.A.; and Precious E. Velasquez.

Prof. Bryan S. Turner, PhD. will deliver the ISA-PASR Conference’s key note address, “Public Space and Social Conflict: Some Sociological Approaches.” Dr. Turner was a former professor of sociology at the University of Cambridge (1998 - 2005) and is currently professor of sociology in the Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore (NUS).

During this international conference, sociologist Prof. Emma Porio, Ph.D. (faculty, Ateneo’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology), as a Member of ISA’s Executive Committee, will give the opening remarks. One of the Plenary Speakers, anthropologist Jesuit priest Fr. Albert Alejo, S.J., Ph.D. (Director, Mindanawon Initiatives for Cultural Dialogue, Ateneo de Davao) will be give a talk about “Religion and Corruption in Philippine Church and Society.”

Participants from the Philippines are required to pay the Conference Fee which covers the conference kit and meals for 2 days. The fees are as follows: PhP 3,500.00 for residents of Metro Manila and PhP 3,000.00 for residents outside Metro Manila. Registration will begin at 8 in the morning of January 24 (Thursday) at the Thomas Aquinas Research Center (TARC), UST, Espana, Manila. Other information about the upcoming ISA-PASR Conference 2008 (i.e. Conference Programme) and other activities of PASR are available in the following website, www.pasronline.org

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