I had a fabulous time in Seattle at the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) annual conference, held this past weekend. I presented a paper and had the privilege of serving as a critic on an author-meets-critic panel.
I'll be writing more about this meeting in the coming days and weeks as I reflect upon information shared and connections made. One of my key takeaways, however, was that the field of the scientific study of religion is as vibrant and diverse as ever. While the main focus of this conference was the balance of study between religious and non-religious persons, I had conversations about contemporary American Mormonism, prayer as coping mechanism for women with breast cancer, Muslim women reading romance novels, and the impact of Brexit upon Northern Irish human rights.
Thanks to all my brilliant colleagues who shared their time and wisdom.
All the best,