REL was created in 2013. It came about due to a felt need for such a focus in ISA.
This was reflected in the number/quality of papers on religion and IR at ISA annual conventions, about 3-5% of papers presented annually. Until REL, they lacked organisational focus. REL has more than 200 members and every year sponsors 20+ panels and roundtables at annual ISA conventions.
But we want more members! Please join!!
REL's four goals:
1. Promote exchange of ideas among REL-interested scholars across disciplinary and international boundaries;
2. Support a scholarly community and promote REL-related studies;
3. Facilitate networking and cooperation among scholars and students working on religion and International Relations.
4. Strengthen research and teaching in the field and attract talented new scholars to it.