John Shaver is a Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Postdoctoral Fellow in the Religious Studies Programme at Victoria University of Wellington. His research is concerned with understanding how and why religions unite and divide groups of people, the effects of inequality on decision-making, and religious change in Oceania. To investigate these issues, he has conducted research in the Czech Republic, Fiji, Mauritius, New Zealand and the United States. Email address: email@example.com
The biennial conference of the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions (NZASR) and the annual conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) were held together in Queenstown, New Zealand from December 8-10 2015. Interdisciplinary perspectives and theoretical approaches across the humanities and social sciences were evident in the wide-range of papers presented. Islam, and Asian religions more generally, were the most consistent objects of focus, perhaps unsurprising given Australasia’s proximity to Asia and recent increased media attention to the Islamic State.