I’m in Muenster today and tomorrow for a workshop on ‘Nones’ in selected countries in Western and Eastern Europe and the US: A Comparison. It’s hosted by the ‘Religion and Politics’ Cluster of Excellence at Muenster University.
I’m presenting my paper today on ‘Nones’ in Ireland, North and South: Has the End of Ethno-Religious Violence and Institutional Abuse Contributed to the Rise of ‘No Religion’?
I must say that in recent casual conversations when I’ve told people I’m presenting a paper on Nones in Ireland, they assume I’m talking about the nuns who wear habits – or at least used to. Hence a bit of levity in illustrating today’s blog post with an image of said nuns.
In the coming days I will post more detail about my own and others’ presentations at the workshop, which deals with the following questions:
Who are the ‚none’s‘? What is their social-structural profile? What can we say about their religious attitudes? To what extent have withdrawals from church and to what extent have omissions of baptism contributed to the rise of ‘none’s’?
The papers of the workshop concentrate on the influence religious socialization in families exerts on church ties? They also should focus on motives for leaving the church.
One further point of the workshop pertains the question to what extent we can attribute religious attitudes to non-affiliated people. Are they as religious as church members, but in a different, more individualistic, alternative and syncretistic way? Are they looking for quasi-religious substitutes? Do they still have high expectations towards the church?
By raising these analytical questions the workshop will contribute to a better understanding of processes of secularization and re-sacralization in Western European countries by identifying causal mechanisms which foster these ongoing processes.
This is the full programme:
|Thursday, May 4th|
Detlef Pollack, Muenster
David Voas, London
Gladys Ganiel, Belfast
|3.30–4 pm||Coffee Break|
Joep de Hart, Leiden
Jörg Stolz, Lausanne
|Friday, May 5th|
|9 am||[West and East Germany]
Detlef Pollack, Muenster
Gregory A. Smith, Pew Research Center, Washington, D.C.
|10.30–11 am||Coffee Break|
|Nonreligion in a nonreligious environment: Estonian perspective
Olga Schihalejev and Atko Remmel, Tartu
Gergely Rosta, Muenster/Budapest
|Conclusion, new insights, prospects for further research
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster
photo from Wikicommons, nuns form the Convent of the Holy Faith Ireland, 1915