A Personal and Scholarly Reflection on Sociology of Religion, Peacebuilding and Spaciousness

Authors

  • Anna Halafoff Deakin University

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.40154

Keywords:

Religion, diversity, sociology, peacebuilding, education

Abstract

This invited paper is a personal and scholarly reflection on how I, AnnaHalafoff, became a sociologist of religion in Australia and also presents anoverview of my and my colleagues' contributions to this field. I begin withproviding some background about my upbringing in a Russian household,and my education at Methodist Ladies College and Wesley College, in Melbourne,Australia. I then recount my formative early adult years of exploringspirituality, nature and activism in Northern New South Wales andQueensland and how it led me to enrol in a Master of Letters at the Universityof New England, focusing on religion and peacebuilding. The nextsection discusses our work at Monash and Deakin Universities researchingreligious diversity, countering violent extremism and worldviews education,including our international collaborations. Finally, I describe my currentinterests in Buddhism in Australia and my continued commitment toapplied research that makes a positive difference to society.

Author Biography

Anna Halafoff, Deakin University

Anna Halafoff is an Associate Professor in Sociology and a member of theAlfred Deakin Institute at Deakin University. She is also a Research Associate of theUNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations-Asia Pacific, at MonashUniversity. Her current research interests include religious diversity, interreligiousrelations, religious education, preventing violent extremism, and Buddhism inAustralia.

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Published

2020-01-24

How to Cite

Halafoff, A. (2020). A Personal and Scholarly Reflection on Sociology of Religion, Peacebuilding and Spaciousness. Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, 32(2-3), 234-247. https://doi.org/10.1558/jasr.40154