17 11, 2020

William H. Swatos, Jr. (1946 – 2020), former Executive Officer of ASR, by Kevin J. Christiano, Barbara Jones Denison, and Peter Kivisto

2020-11-17T17:15:54-05:00

William H. Swatos, Jr. (b. September 25, 1946 – d. November 9, 2020)

William H. (Bill) Swatos, former Executive Officer of the Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR), passed away on November 9, 2020, at the Community General Hospital Medical Center in Sterling, Ill.  He was 74 years old.  The immediate cause of death was complications from COVID-19, though Bill had been struggling for several years with neurological impairment and with the onset of memory loss and dementia.

Professor Swatos received his bachelor’s degree in sociology with honors (1966) from Transylvania University in Kentucky, and his M.A. (1969) and Ph.D. (1973) in the same subject from the University of Kentucky.  The Department of Sociology at Kentucky named Bill its distinguished alumnus in […]

William H. Swatos, Jr. (1946 – 2020), former Executive Officer of ASR, by Kevin J. Christiano, Barbara Jones Denison, and Peter Kivisto2020-11-17T17:15:54-05:00
13 08, 2020

ASR News & Announcements

2020-08-13T16:33:08-04:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

Typically, around this time of year, our News and Announcements would include highlights from our Annual Meeting.  Unfortunately, we are all aware that Covid-19 has led the ASR Council to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting.  The ASR Council recognizes that not having a conference this year may be very disappointing.  Every year, we look forward to intellectually stimulating research and conversation, sharing teaching experiences, and navigating grant opportunities.  The ASR Council will begin preparations for our 2021 Annual Meeting in the coming weeks.  Our Chicago hotel is conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile between the ASA hotel and the heart of Chicago.

Congratulations, again, to the winners of ASR’s 2020 election.  Gerardo Marti will serve […]

ASR News & Announcements2020-08-13T16:33:08-04:00
24 05, 2020

News and Announcements Summer 2020

2020-05-24T15:53:16-04:00

Typically, around this time of year, our News and Announcements would include highlights from our Annual Meeting.  Unfortunately, we are all aware that Covid-19 has led the ASR Council to cancel our 2020 Annual Meeting.  The ASR Council recognizes that not having a conference this year may be very disappointing.  Every year, we look forward to intellectually stimulating research and conversation, sharing teaching experiences, and navigating grant opportunities.  The ASR Council will begin preparations for our 2021 Annual Meeting in the coming weeks.  Our Chicago hotel is conveniently located on the Magnificent Mile between the ASA hotel and the heart of Chicago.

Congratulations, again, to the winners of ASR’s 2020 election.  Gerardo Marti will serve as President-Elect.  Tricia C. Bruce, Damon […]

News and Announcements Summer 20202020-05-24T15:53:16-04:00
13 02, 2020

ASR News & Announcements

2020-02-13T16:33:44-05:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

Preparations for this summer’s 82nd Annual Meeting are in full swing.  The meeting will be held August 7-9, 2020 at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, located in Union Square and around the corner from the ASA hotel.  We will begin with a Welcoming Reception on the evening of Friday, August 7th.  Similar to last year, we are planning a joint Closing Reception with the ASA Religion Section for the evening of Sunday, August 9.  The Presidential Address will be given by James C. Cavendish, and the Furfey Lecture will be delivered by Kelsey Burke.  The ASA Sociology of Religion Section day is Monday, August 10th.

The hotel reservation link, meeting registration page, and information about […]

ASR News & Announcements2020-02-13T16:33:44-05:00
13 01, 2020

ASR News & Announcements

2020-01-13T16:34:33-05:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

The theme for this year’s annual meeting is “Communicating Religion’s Relevance.” The meeting will be held August 7-9, 2020 at the Hotel Nikko San Francisco, located in Union Square and around the corner from the ASA hotel.  Our President, James C. Cavendish, and Program Chair, Brian Starks, have promised to make this year’s meeting unique in terms of both its intellectual content and social gatherings.  We can look forward to unique Presidential sessions, our Presidential and Furfey (Kelsey Burke) lectures, and receptions.  As usual, we will begin our meeting with an Opening Night Reception on Friday, August 7, and we are working with the ASA Religion Section on another joint reception for Sunday, August […]

ASR News & Announcements2020-01-13T16:34:33-05:00
13 03, 2019

ASR News & Announcements

2019-03-13T16:22:11-04:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

Thank you to everyone who attended our 81th annual meeting in New York City and helped make it a great success.  I hope you all found intellectually engaging conversations, met some new people, and enjoyed NYC sites.  Highlights of this year’s meeting included Paula Nesbitt’s Presidential Address, Peter Beyer’s Furfey Lecture, “Religion in Interesting Times: Contesting Form, Function, and Future,” two joint ASR-ASA Sessions, five book salons and discussions, and a joint ASR-ASA Religion Section Reception.  The annual meeting also featured two professionalization workshops focusing on teaching sociology of religion and Louisville Institute research funding opportunities for social scientific studies of religion.  Along with our McNamara and Distinguished Article Awards, we also presented our […]

ASR News & Announcements2019-03-13T16:22:11-04:00
13 01, 2019

ASR News & Announcements

2019-01-13T16:35:37-05:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

The theme for this year’s annual meeting is “Engaging Religion in a Contested Age.” The meeting will be held August 11-13, 2019 at the Park Central Hotel, located steps away from the ASA hotel and a few blocks from Times Square.  Our President, Paula D. Nesbitt, and Program Chair, Holly Folk, have promised to make this year’s meeting unique in terms of both its intellectual content and social gatherings.  We can look forward to two joint ASR-ASA sessions, and our Presidential and Furfey lectures and receptions.  As usual, we will begin our meeting with an Opening Night Reception on Sunday, August 11, which will include an awards ceremony recognizing the winners of the McNamara […]

ASR News & Announcements2019-01-13T16:35:37-05:00
13 01, 2019

ASR News & Announcements

2019-01-13T16:23:46-05:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

The theme for this year’s annual meeting is “Engaging Religion in a Contested Age.” The meeting will be held August 11-13, 2019 at the Park Central Hotel, located steps away from the ASA hotel and a few blocks from Times Square.  Our President, Paula D. Nesbitt, and Program Chair, Holly Folk, have promised to make this year’s meeting unique in terms of both its intellectual content and social gatherings.  We can look forward to two joint ASR-ASA sessions, and our Presidential and Furfey lectures and receptions.  As usual, we will begin our meeting with an Opening Night Reception on Sunday, August 11, which will include an awards ceremony recognizing the winners of the McNamara […]

ASR News & Announcements2019-01-13T16:23:46-05:00
13 01, 2019

News 2019

2019-01-13T15:38:24-05:00

ASR NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Rachel Kraus

In many ways, the Association for the Sociology of Religion has enjoyed much success over the past year and is in excellent shape as we enter 2019.  The planning for our 2019 meeting in New York – “Engaging Religion in a Contested Age”- is well underway, and we continue moving forward with Oxford University Press as the publisher of our journal and Gerardo Marti as its editor.

ANNUAL MEETING

The 2018 is being organized by our Program Committee, ASR 2019 President, Paula D. Nesbitt, our Program Chair, and me as your Executive Officer.  Our hotel will be the Park Central Hotel New York, located at 870 Seventh Ave., just steps away from the ASA hotel.  The area is […]

News 20192019-01-13T15:38:24-05:00
13 03, 2018

ASR News & Announcements

2018-03-13T16:24:41-04:00

ASR News & Announcements

Rachel Kraus, Executive Officer

Thank you to everyone who attended our 80th annual meeting in Philadelphia and helped make it a great success.  I hope you all found intellectually engaging conversations, met some new people, and enjoyed Philadelphia sites.  Highlights of this year’s meeting included Daniel V.A. Olson’s Presidential Address, Jennifer Glass’s Furfey Lecture on religion and politics, seven Author Meets Critics sessions, and four Presidential Sessions.  The annual meeting also featured two professionalization workshops focusing on teaching sociology of religion, and Louisville Institute research funding opportunities for social scientific studies of religion.  Along with our McNamara and Distinguished Article Awards, we also presented our second Lifetime Achievement Award.  Congratulations to our award winners:  Helana Darwin (McNamara Award), […]

ASR News & Announcements2018-03-13T16:24:41-04:00
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