The International Society for Empirical Research in Theology (ISERT) promotes networking and activities to implement the application of empirical methods and approaches in theology and religious studies. We welcome and encourage all those who apply such research methods to meet in this virtual forum, to learn about past and ongoing projects, and to share your current ideas and developments.
Update on the ISERT Conference, Assisi, 11-14 April 2021
The ISERT board met on a few occasions to discuss the future of the Assisi conference since the 2020 conference was postponed. We quickly realised that it was unlikely to hold our Assisi conference in 2020, and therefore opted to postpone the conference to 11-14 April 2021, whilst keeping in mind other conferences such as the IAPT conference scheduled for July 2021. We communicated these dates to you via email, the conference webpage and social media.
Now, six months later after the initial postponement, we realise that COVID-19 is going to be around for some time to come and that it may continue to have a negative impact on our activities until an affordable vaccine is publicly available. Many of our members are in the higher risk group that make COVID-19 a real threat. We therefore decided at a recent board meeting to take a cautious approach and to postpone a final decision about the Assisi conference until 15 January 2021. By that time we should have a much clearer picture of the situation regarding COVID-19 and the state of international travel. If we then consider it feasible to hold the conference in Assisi on 11-14 April 2021, we shall do everything possible to host a successful conference. We shall immediately inform you of all the practicalities and due dates. However, if it the reality is that at the beginning of 2021 it is still too risky to hold the conference in Assisi in April 2021, we will postpone the Assisi conference to 2022 rather than replacing it with an online conference. The board did, however, decide that in that case we shall organise an online symposium (most probably two morning or two afternoon sessions) during the period set aside for the conference in April 2021. This will at least afford our members the possibility to share their research and to keep our network going.