Research in Sociology of Religion

Rafael Cazarin joins ISOR with a Juan de la Cierva Fellowship


Last week Dr Rafael Cazarin has joined the ISOR team as Juan de la Cierva postdoctoral fellow. The fellowship was granted by the Spanish Ministry of Science for a period of 3 years (Ref.: JC2018-035409-I). During this time, Dr Cazarin will develop his fellowship in two research strands:

The first area concerns to contemporary public debates around “Science and Religion” in Spain. Cazarin will carry on fieldwork and analysis for the project “Science and Religion Exploring the Spectrum: The Relationship between Evolutionary Science and Religious Belief in Global Perspective (SRES2). The project aims to explore the relationship between science and religion, especially focusing on the intersection between evolutionary science and religion in public space. In particular, Dr Rafael Cazarin will look at the social construction of gender at the crossroads between religion and science. In this way, he aims to map the current public debates about science and religion regarding gender in Spain in the last twenty years. The SRES2 is funded by the Templeton Religion Trust and involves a multidisciplinary team in the social sciences from 9 universities around the world. This team will examine social and cultural perspectives on evolution and religion in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Germany, Spain, Sri Lanka, the United States and the United Kingdom.

The second research strand examines the notion of gender and its tensions as evoked in partnerships between religious and development actors. In this line, Rafael follows up with his previous work analysing NGOs and development programmes designed to prevent sexual and gender-based violence in religious communities throughout southern Africa. The research comprised two years of fieldwork in South Africa funded by the Department of Universities and Research of the Basque Government / Eusko Jaurlaritza (Ref .: POS_2016_01_0022)

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