The Edward Bailey Centre for the Study of Implicit Religion at Bishop Grosseteste University, serves as a hub for a wide range of activities, including the Implicit Religion conference each May, working in local schools, university modules, research projects, and free public events.
Since 1978, scholars gather from around the world to discuss questions and ideas of what we mean when we talk about terms such as ‘religion’, ‘secular’, ‘sacred’ and ‘profane’. Each conference has a theme highlighted on the call for papers that scholars and students from a range of disciplines coalesce around and engage with.Learn More
The IR US conference serves as a scaffolding for emerging and marginalised students and scholars. Early career and independent scholars can present and develop their work with supportive feedback and experiment with how using Implicit Religion as a methodological tool can enhance their research projects.Learn More
Developed by Edward Bailey, Implicit Religion is a set of axioms with which to observe and analyze how people develop "true / authentic selves," meaningful lives, and undertake decision making when their passion lay in areas commonly called secular rather than the religious.
“Implicit Religion begins with a simple question: would our understanding of the secular and everyday life benefit from asking if it has a religion of its own?”
Francis Stewart, (2017) Punk Rock is my Religion: Straight Edge Punk and ‘Religious’ Identity.
– the aspects or rituals or material artefacts of the wider aspects of the commitment that enables the individual to bring the various aspects of their lives and / or identities into a coherent, meaningful whole.
that to which the person, group or community is committed to the level of being willing to make sacrifices in some regards for it.
with EXTENSIVE EFFECTS – what issues or causes arise from the commitment that the individual or community is willing to repeatedly act upon, even at great cost to themselves?
The (US)Implicit Religion conference takes a more practical and holistic approach to academic conferences. It also provides a community setting aimed at educating presenters and participants about specific elements of scholarship, publishing, and articulating career growth. There is a sense of "agency" and collaboration that I have benefitted from tremendously and I wish I had found this group earlier.
The 2019 IR US Conference provided me the opportunity, as a disabled student just out of undergrad, to present emerging ideas in a generous, collaborative, accessible, and community-focused space. This venue and its leadership model the care and collegiality, coupled with sharp and productive critique, that we desperately need but so rarely see elsewhere.
"Attending the Implicit Religion conference not only facilitated my growth and development as a religion scholar, but also provided a supportive community that continues to enrich my academic career. The conference allowed me to expand my network and make connections with scholars from different institutions and disciplines, fostering a sense of camaraderie and collaboration. Overall, it has had a lasting impact on my life, as the connections and insights gained from the conference continue to shape my ongoing research and community involvement."
A global community of scholars
The axioms of Implicit Religion have been used to explore how people act through ideologies, passions, and collective self-identificationLearn More
“At its core, Implicit Religion is an analytical tool that coalesces around three criteria; commitment, integrating foci, and intensive concerns with extensive effects.”
“Viewing religious meaning systems from the broader perspective of implicit religion opens the door to considering a variety of implicit-religious topics as meaning systems and examining their functioning in both everyday life and in times of crisis.”
“What the perspectives of implicit religion and post-modern analysis both highlight, with amazing eloquence, is the explosion of religion into an incredible fragmentation of crystallizations that are more or less volatile, and more or less shared.”
“Culture, religion, society and its attendant expressions is not static, but rather continually evolves, adapts and renegotiates itself.... how we understand those varying elements of organisation, structure and expression must equally continue to develop… Implicit Religion is one such important step in the methodology of doing so.”
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