SOCREL, the British Sociological Association’s study group on Religion, is now accepting abstract submissions for its 2012 annual conference. The conference will be held at the University of Chester, UK, March 28-30, 2012. Plenary speakers include Tariq Modood (University of Bristol), Elaine Graham (University of Chester), and Sean McCloud (University of North Carolina). According to the call for abstracts, the conference is on religion and (in)equalities:

This interdisciplinary conference gathers academics and practitioners to discuss the complex ways religion interacts with systems of power and/or categories of difference that affect experiences of equality and/or inequality in individuals, groups and spaces. The intersections of gender, race and class are typically part of the mutually constitutive ‘matrix’ of social categories that contribute to identities and power relations, however religion is often overlooked. Such oversight can only result in limited analyses and leaves pathways to social inclusion and exclusion concealed. Through this conference we seek to bring together research that explores the ways religious beliefs, identities, practices, communities and institutions can contribute to both experiences of belonging and marginalization. Abstracts are invited on the conference theme, especially on the interaction of religious beliefs, traditions, practices and identities with: Class, Gender, Economics, Multicultural politics, Education, Social justice, Race,  Dis/abilities, Public policy, Healthcare and Well-being, Sexuality.

Abstracts are due by October28,  2011 to Dr. Dawn Llewellyn (University of Chester) and Dr. Sonya Sharma (Durham University) at

Read more about the conference here.