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Sociology of Religion Thematic Group

Creative Methods Workshop

 As part of the 2023 TASA Conference at the University of Sydney, the Sociology of Religion Thematic Group is running an interactive workshop on Creative Methods or Arts-based Inquiry in the study of religion, and we are searching for people to be on the panel.

Arts-based inquiry or creative methods help researchers to explore unique ways of gathering, representing, and sharing research. These approaches allow for a variety of voices to speak through the research and thus provide richer understandings of human experience. It is a cross-disciplinary and versatile field that utilizes creative mediums such as art, poetry, photography, film, theatre, and creative writing to engage with and present research.

Date: Thursday 30th November 2023
Time:10am- 12pm


We are looking for panelists who have done or are currently doing a creative research method in the study of religion, or a related field. They will be asked to give a very short (5 minutes) presentation on their creative method, engage in a panel discussion, and then facilitate an interactive workshop using their method. The event will run for approximately 2 hours. We want this to be an interactive event where the audience gets to have a go at creative methods themselves or do an activity that might inspire further exploration. For example, if you are expert in poetic inquiry, you could run an activity where audience members write poetry. The TG Co-convenors will be there to help you plan, prepare, and facilitate your activity.

As creative methods are about challenging dominant narratives in academia, we would like to have a diverse panel. Therefore, we encourage you to contact us if you are coming from First Nations’, LGBTIQ+, people with disability, religious, and/or culturally diverse perspectives. We would also like to encourage HDRs and ECRs. If you are not in permanent full-time academic work (i.e., HDR/ECRs) we will give you a small bursary for your time.

If you are interested in being a panelist for this event, please send a short (200 word) pitch, to Gerry at, by 30th June 2023

We’re also happy to discuss your ideas or answer any questions.

The Religion TG team


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