More than 20 years ago, Jim Beckford who was president of the ISSR at the time asked Véronique Altglas to start a forum devoted to New Researchers working in the area of sociology of religion in order to promote the work of postgraduate students and academics at the beginning of their career. It was initially set up as a Yahoo group. Obviously, this is not fit for purpose anymore.

In order to revive the network dedicated to research students and early career researchers, the ISSR will relaunch specific sessions at its conferences, both on site and online, so that those who do not have funding to support their travel can participate.

In addition, this online platform of discussions and presentations in various formats in order to facilitate exchanges of ISSR members and early career scholars of religion in particular. We would like to encourage all of you to explore the forum, make use of it, and let us know what works well, what is missing and could be added or improved by emailing us at