Irene Becci holds, as an assistant professor, the chair of Emerging Religions and New Spiritualities at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Her main research interests are the implications of religious and spiritual diversity in specific contexts, such as marginal urban areas, post-socialist areas, or state institutions as well as epistemological and methodological issues of qualitative research.
She is member of different research networks such as the working group of the sociology of religion at the European Sociological Association (ESA) and the International Society for the Study of Religion (SISR/ISSR).
Her most recent publications include:
- Becci I., “La Régulation de la pluralité religieuse contemporaine. Les institutions pénitentiaires entre sécurisation et spiritualisation”. In: Barras, Amélie & Dermange, François & Nicolet, Sarah (eds.) Réguler le religieux dans les sociétés libérales ? Labor et Fides, pp. 23-43, 01-2016
- Becci I., Khalid M. Rh., Schiavinato V., Appréhension et expérience de la pluralité religieuse dans les prisons de Suisse et d’Italie : une approche par l’ethnographie. Critique Internationale 3(72), pp. 73-90, 2016
- Becci I., Roy O. (eds.) , “Religious Diversity in European Prisons: Challenges and Implications for Rehabilitation”. Springer, 232 p., 05-2015
Christian Joppke is a political sociologist, Professor and chair in General Sociology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. His fields of expertise include the study of Islam in Western countries of immigration, international comparative immigration policy, as well as citizenship and multiculturalism. He is the author of more than one hundred publications, monographs and manuscripts, and among the most widely cited authors in the field of immigration. Essentially a critic of multiculturalism, Joppke is self-defined “a reactionary liberal”. He holds a PhD degree from the University of California at Berkeley, United States. Previous appointments include the University of Southern California, the European University Institute, the University of British Columbia, and International University Bremen.
His most recent publications include:
- Joppke C. “Essays on Inequality and Integration” (co-edited with Axel Franzen, Ben Jann, and Eric Widmer). Zürich: Seismo, 2016
- Joppke C. “Terror and the Loss of Citizenship”, Citizenship Studies 20(6-7), 2016, 728-748
- Joppke C. “The Secular State Under Siege: Religion and Politics in Europe and America”. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015.
Jean-François Mayer is the author of over ten books (in six languages) and numerous articles, primarily dealing with religious developments in the contemporary world. He also provides services as a consultant and runs Religioscope website, created in 2002. He taught at the University of Fribourg as a lecturer in religious studies from 1999 to 2007. He is frequently invited to lecture at foreign universities. In addition, Jean-François Mayer worked from 2006 to 2010 as a scientific advisor to a new project, “Religion and Politics”, currently hosted by the Centre on Conflict, Development and Peacebuilding (CCDP), at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva). More information is available on his personal website.
His most recent publications include:
- Mayer J.-F. L’évolution des chrétiens évangéliques et leur perception en Suisse romande (préface de Norbert Valley), Genève, Réseau Évangélique Suisse, 2016
- Mayer J.-F. “Millennialism: New Religious Movements and the Quest for a New Age”, in James R. Lewis et Inga B. Tøllefsen (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of New Religious Movements, vol. II, New York, Oxford University Press, 2016, pp. 401-413
- Mayer J.-F. “Change in Religions and New Religions”, in Will Deming (eds.), Understanding the Religions of the World: An Introduction, Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell, 2015, pp. 449-480