We hope this international academic society can encourage meaningful communications among social scientists who study religion from East Asia, and facilitate further development of the scientific study of religion in this region. In the world today, East Asia posits as a hot spot of religious changes. Religious groups in societies experiencing radical changes often occur, grow, and disperse with contextual social changes. Similar to previous cases in Korea and Japan, Chinese religious groups exhibit certain features that are common to transitioning societies, while pertaining particular characteristics. The empirical studies of those changes will certainly enhance and contribute to the development of general theories and methods of social scientific study of religion in East Asia. As taken initially and impressively  by Max Weber (1915) and Robert N. Bellah (1957), Asian religions, e.g., Confucianism, Taoism,  and Tokugawa religion have usually been examined in terms of the large-scale comparative perspective whose framework was primarily based upon the lens of Western religion, that is, Protestantism. This methodological tradition has continued to influence ordinary social scientific studies of religion. As noted, this confronts many challenges in contemporary East Asian religious situations. This society aims to provide an academic platform, in which all scholars of religion can extend the boundaries of social scientific understanding of religions by communicating and exchanging their ideas and knowledge about religious situations of East Asian societies.

News & Community

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[Call for Papers] Extension of Submission Deadline

Dear members and friends of EASSSR, Due to the fact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic remains uncertain on some aspects and in multiple societies, we have decided to extend the deadline of submitting proposals for paper presentation at the annual conference of EASSSR to the end of March 2020. Consequently, the decision of acceptance has […]

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Newly Elected Leaders of EASSSR

We officers are very glad to announce that the below candidates were finally elected in the 2019 EASSSR election for new leadership with almost 100 % support, as you see in the attached file. Although only 55 of 168 eligible voters participated in the voting, we believe that the high level of support is reflecting a […]

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Call for Papers (The 3rd Annual Meeting of EASSSR in Jeju)

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) “Religion and Peace in East Asia: Reconsideration of Roles of Religion in the Post-Secular Age” July 23 to 25, 2020 Jeju National University, Republic of Korea Call for papers   Religion has always played an important central role in promoting hope […]

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EASSSR Election in 2019

Dear all paid members of EASSSR, We officers are pleased to let you know that the election for new vice president and council members should be made from November 1 to 15, 2019. All cadidates for this election were recommended by other members and gratefully showed their willingness to serve EASSSR  especially for their term. I.  Candidate for the […]

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The Book: Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East

Dear members of EASSSR, A year has passed since the inaugural conference of EASSSR, which was held on July 3-5, 2018 at Singapore Management University. As you may remember, the theme of the conference was “Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East.” As we are preparing for the second annual conference of EASSSR under the theme “East-West Encounters and Religious […]

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The 2nd Annual Conference of EASSSR (Call for Papers)

Call for Papers   The 2nd Annual Conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Theme: “East-West Encounters and Religious Change in Modernizing East Asia” Dates:   July 27-28, 2019 Place:   Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan   East Asia has undergone globalization and modernization in the last five hundred years. The first encounter […]

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Relevant Journals

In order to help you publish your paper, EASSSR introduce the following journals:

You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the Asian Journal of Religion and Society issued by the Korean Association for the Sociology of Religion
Launched in 2014, Review of Religion and Chinese Society is an international peer-reviewed journal publishes articles and book reviews in the social sciences and certain humanities disciplines.
The Japanese Journal of Religious Studies is a semi-annual journal dedicated to the academic study of Japanese religions.

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