News, September 2018

We would like to announce that ISHASH, the International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism, has new directors. Dr. Tina Block, of Thompson Rivers University, Canada, and Dr. Anton Jansson, of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, are taking over from the founding directors, Dr. Nathan Alexander and Dr. Elliot Hanowski.

ISHASH is primarily a forum for bringing together scholars working on the history of atheism, secularism and humanism, and for spreading news about emergent and ongoing research within this expanding field. We will continue to post the occasional interview on the website, disseminate information about new, interesting books and articles through our website, and on Facebook and Twitter. We are also discussing the possibility of convening another ISHASH conference in the coming years.

In this work, we invite and encourage the collaboration and input of ISHASH members. Please direct us to new and exciting publications, your own and others, and we will spread the word about them through our various channels and add them to our bibliography. We also invite our members to conduct their own interviews with scholars working in this field, and we will post them to our homepage. Feel free to contact us if you have ideas for new ISHASH initiatives, collaborations, or conferences, or with any questions you might have. Please also contact us if you would like to be added to our member list, or to have your existing information updated.We look forward to hearing from you! Please direct your queries to our e-mail: ishashmail[a]gmail.com or the contact form on the webpage.

Tina Block is a social historian of religion and irreligion in postwar Canada. You can read more about Tina’s research on her faculty homepage and there is also an excellent interview with Tina on the ISHASH website conducted by Elliot Hanowski. Anton Jansson is an historian of ideas, at the moment working on two smaller projects about the history of atheism in Sweden. You can read more about him here.

Lastly, we would like to thank Nathan Alexander and Elliot Hanowski for initiating this network and for the marvelous work they have conducted so far.



The International Society for Historians of Atheism, Secularism, and Humanism was formed in 2014 by Nathan Alexander and Elliot Hanowski to provide a forum for academics working on any historical aspect of atheism, secularism, or humanism, broadly defined. This society will give the growing number of scholars in this area the means to communicate and collaborate with others who share their interests. Previously, only a handful of academics have dealt with the history of unbelief in any sustained way, but in recent years this has begun to change. The society will therefore encourage and facilitate the growth of this vibrant new field.

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