Bio

Born in 1953, grown up in Belgium and since 1996 working in the Netherlands. Education: 1990: PhD in Sociology, KULeuven 1982-1988: Research Assistant (AIO) in the Sociology of Religion, KULeuven 1980-1982: MA Third World Studies, UCLouvain and the University of Algers (Algeria) 1979-1980: Statistical Researcher, Departement of Linguistics, KULeuven 1975-1978: Studies with a DAAD Scholarship in Sociology and Political Sciences, University of Bielefeld (Germany) 1971-1975: MA Sociology and Studies in History and Philosophy, KULeuven Academic positions: - Since 2007: Full Professor in the Sociology of Religion, University of Tilburg - 1996-2006: Full Professor in the Sociology of Religion, Katholieke Theologische Universiteit te Utrecht - 1993-1996: Assistant Professor in Comparative Politics, Humboldt University Berlin - 1990-1993: Associate Professor in Sociology, University of Hasselt - 1988-1993: Assistant Professor in Sociology, Antwerp Business School

Expertise

Sociology of religion: theories, religion and modernity, evolution of Catholicism (19th - 21st century)

Pillarization 

 

 

Collaboration

 I've worked together with researchers - other than my own university - from, among others, KULeuven (Jan de Maeyer, Marc Hooghe, Patrick Pasture),  Duke University (Herbert Kitschelt), Bochum University (Wilhelm Damberg) and Mirfield College (Anthony J. Carroll).

Recent publications

  1. Afterword: From Catholic Modernity to Religious Modernities

    Hellemans, S., & Carroll, A. J. (2021). Afterword: From Catholic Modernity to Religious Modernities. NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 75(3/4), 508.
  2. Introduction: Modernity and Transcendence

    Hellemans, S., & Carroll, A. J. (2021). Introduction: Modernity and Transcendence. NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion, 75(3/4), 303.
  3. Modernity and Transcendence - A Dialogue with Charles Taylor

    Hellemans, S., & Carroll, A. J. (2021). Modernity and Transcendence: A Dialogue with Charles Taylor. Amsterdam University Press.
  4. Introduction - On the Processing of Society and Religion by Religious…

    Hellemans, S., & Rouwhorst, G. (2020). Introduction: On the Processing of Society and Religion by Religious Agents. In The Making of Christianities in History: A Processing Approach (Vol. 106, pp. 7-22). (Bibliothèque de la Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique). Brepols.
  5. Pillarization ('Verzuiling') - On Organized 'Self-Contained Worlds' i…

    Hellemans, S. (2020). Pillarization ('Verzuiling'): On Organized 'Self-Contained Worlds' in the Modern World. The American Sociologist, 51(2), 124-147.

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