Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline


SORAAAD was created as a means to further the reach of the best qualitative analytical work in the study of religion. Our objective has been to function as both a workshop and a medium of scholarly exchange respecting critical and social theories, methodology, conceptualization and research design. Having served as SORAAAD’s primary sponsor since 2014, as of 2017 The University of Regina Religion Department is now the official institutional center for SORAAAD’s activities. This alliance has been designed to sustain the innovation of research design, proliferate techniques, and further the immediate integration of findings into the training of graduate students and undergraduate curriculum.

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SORAAAD Workshop 2018: Race (and Racialization) and the Analytical Study of Religion

In its 8th annual workshop, SORAAAD will focus on race. How do we design research and collect data on race, the processes of racialization, and religion? How do we trace their intersections with disability, gender, orientation, and class while also challenging the idea that race or phenotypic preoccupation is a universal mode of human aggregation? How do we rejoin attention to these issues along with different scales of social and political aggregation and power? SORAAAD asserts that all discussions of race, racialization, and religion necessarily factor into larger social scientific discussions regarding principles of representation and responsible uses of evidence.

SORAAAD Workshops (2011-2017)

  • 2011 The Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline?

SORAAAD Committee

  • Ipsita Chatterjea - Executive Director
  • William E. Arnal - Director - Professor, Head of Department, Religious Studies, University of Regina
  • David Walker - Editorial Director - Assistant Professor,  Religion Department, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Rebecca Raphael - Editorial Director - Professor,  Philosophy Department, Texas State University
  • Sean McCloud, Professor of Religious Studies,  Department of Religious Studies, University of North Carolina, Charlotte.
  • Randall Styers, Associate Professor, Head of Department, Religion Department, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Jens Kreinath, Associate Professor, Anthropology Department, Wichita State University
  • Jamel Velji, Associate Professor, Religious Studies, Claremont-McKenna College
  • Edward Silver, Assistant Professor, Religion Department, Wellesley College