Call for papers

The 9th ISERT conference welcomes presentations addressing borderlines and their transition, as well as presentations and perspectives on methodological issues.

Paper and panel proposals can now be submitted through the University of Helsinki electronic form
Please note that the deadline for submission was the 11th of March.

Presentations addressing borderlines and their transition: Cultural, geographical and historical boundary shifts from the point of view of empirical theology are desirable approaches. Recently, the borders are revised and transposed between traditional Christian theology and theology of many/other religions, mono- and multidisciplinary theology. What is empirical theology in changed circumstances? On the one hand, the boundaries between religions and theological trends decrease, and on the other hand, they can become critical. The multi-faceted religious world and the theologies of many religions challenge scientists. The conference welcomes empirical contributions on the self-understanding and challenges of empirical theology in today's world, with new kinds of borders and borderlines.

Presentations and perspectives on methodological issues: Borders and shifts between and within empirical methods are welcomed. Particularly desirable are the new, bold methods of analysing empirical material, as well as the data gathering methods. Empirical methods are traditionally, and simply, divided into quantitative and qualitative methods. As the latter developed strongly in the 1990s, a principle and a clear boundary between the qualitative and quantitative approach was sought. On the one hand, the boundary between methods has decreased, and on the other hand, there are new boundaries within the quantitative methods. Univariate descriptive examination or even studying the association of independent and dependent variable is insufficient. Many scientific journals require multivariate methods, and modelling to publish an article. Broad and comprehensive ways of presenting material are required.