Contact Information

Roman R. Williams, Ph.D.

Calvin College
Department of Sociology
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

(616) 526-6026


Call for Presentation Proposals: Survey Research and the Study of Religion in East Asia Back to List
East Asia, a region rich with diverse religious traditions, presents exciting opportunities as well as unique challenges for survey researchers interested in religion questions. On October 11-12, 2017, Pew Research Center will host a small conference to advance the state of the art in the study of religion using surveys in East Asia (focusing particularly on China, South Korea, Japan and Taiwan).

The conference will be a gathering of survey researchers based in East Asia as well as those based outside the region. Survey researcher and Confucianism scholar Anna Sun will be our keynote speaker. Plenary sessions will feature survey researchers and religion scholars invited to discuss what it means to be religious in East Asia and the major challenges of conducting survey research on the topic. Breakout sessions will feature presentations submitted in response to this call for papers.

Breakout sessions will be composed of 10-minute presentations. With limited time, presenters are encouraged to get straight to the most interesting kernel of their work. This efficient format permits more presentations and discussion than would otherwise be possible and creates opportunity for follow-up conversations during breaks.

Proposals that focus on the methodology of how survey work can be improved are particularly welcome. Presentations could assess existing survey measures of a concept and present a new alternative. They might focus on an important religious practice or belief that tends not to be measured in surveys, particularly if one has suggestions for how this practice/belief could be captured with surveys. Presentations that describe interesting findings from existing surveys are also welcome, particularly if they point toward how future survey work might be improved.

Space is limited for this event, both on the program and in the meeting facilities at our Washington, DC headquarters. Thanks to the generous support of the Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project, there is no cost to attend the event. Additionally, thanks to a grant from the Global Religion Research Initiative, airfare and lodging expenses will be covered for a limited number of scholars based in East Asia traveling to the conference from Asia. Some participants may wish to stay for the annual conference of the Scientific Study of Religion, which will be held nearby October 13-15.

To propose a 10 minute presentation, please email a title and abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short statement about why you are interested in this conference to Conrad Hackett ( by June 20.

Key dates
June 20 Deadline for presentation proposals
June 30 Proposal decision notification
July 1 Registration opens (if space permits, those not presenting can apply to participate in the conference)
August 1 Registration closes
October 11 Day 1 of conference 9 am – 6:30 pm
October 12 Day 2 of conference 9 am – 5 pm

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