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Roman R. Williams

Public Sociology

From Evaluation to Engagement

Roman R. Williams Originally published on January 22, 2015 in Studying Congregations. Just as the fall semester was coming to an end, I received an email from Program Officer (and friend) Khary Bridgewater that was simultaneously exciting and daunting: KB:   I am at the Grand…
July 3, 2019

Picturing Religion in Everyday Life

Roman R. Williams Originally published in the ASA Sociology of Religion Section Newsletter from November 2009. The gazebo at Wellington Cove (above) immediately caught my attention as I shuffled through an intervieweeʼs pictures. I was struck by the way the sunlight illuminated the gazebo and…
July 1, 2019
Public Sociology

Walking with Cameras

Roman R. Williams Originally published on April 20, 2016 in Studying Congregations. A variation of the walking tour is a great way to explore a congregation’s context: walking with cameras. These days most people have access to photographic equipment in the form of a mobile…
June 28, 2019

Why Study Religion Visually?

Roman R. Williams Originally published on May 8, 2015 in Seeing Religion: Toward a Visual Sociology of Religion. A rationale for studying religion visually On a hot afternoon in London, England, during the 2013 International Visual Sociology Association annual meeting, three other contributors (Catherine Holtmann,…
June 26, 2019