Karel Dobbelaere#


Centrum voor sociologisch Onderzoek (CESO) (Centre for Sociological Research)
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University Leuven)
Parkstraat 45 Bus 3601
B-3000 LEUVEN, Belgium
Phone: +-32-(0)16-32.32.03
Fax: +-32-(0)16-32.33.65

Born in Nieuwpoort (Belgium) on the 16th of September 1933
Married to Liliane Voyé, Professor Emeritus at the Catholic University of Louvain

PRESENT POSITIONS
  • Professor emeritus of Sociology and Sociology of Religion, Catholic University of Leuven
  • Professor emeritus of Sociological Research, University of Antwerp
  • Erelid van de Klasse der Menswetenschappen van de Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten (Honorary Member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, section Human Sciences).
  • Honorary Member of the Academia Europaea, section Human Sciences
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Soka University (Tokyo, Japan)
  • Honorary President of the International Society for the Sociology of Relgions
  • Elected Fellow of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
  • Member of the research group GERICR (Groupe Européen de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur le Changement Religieux)

EDUCATION
  • Candidate Catholic University of Leuven (Social Sciences) 1954
  • Licentiate Catholic University of Leuven (Social Sciences) 1956
  • Post-graduate studies University of California (Berkeley) (Sociology) 1963-64
  • Doctorate Catholic University of Leuven (Social Sciences) 1966

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS AND GRANTS
  • Fellow of the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) (1957-60)
  • Fullbright-Hays Travel Grant (1963)
  • Scholarship of the Belgian Ministry of National Education and Culture (1963-64); and Grant from the Rockefeller Foundation (1964)
  • Jean-Marie Huyghe Award (1967)
  • Travel grant from the Belgian Ministry of National Education and Culture (1968)
  • Travel grant from the United States Educational Foundation in Belgium (1969)
  • Travel grant from the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) (1974)
  • Research grants from the Fund for Joint Basic Research (Belgium) (1970-74, 1981-82, 1985-89)
  • Research grant from the Belgian National Bank (1998)
  • Research grants from the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) (1977, 1983-84, 1984-85, 1995)
  • Sabbatical Leave Fellowships from the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) (1977-78, 1995)
  • Grants from the British Council (1977, 1987)
  • Exchange grant from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science and the National Fund for Scientific Research (Belgium) (1978-79, 1984)

WORK EXPERIENCE
  • Researcher, Algemeen Christelijk Werknemersbond, Brussels, 1956-57
  • Researcher, National Fund for Scientific Research, Louvain, 1957-60
  • University Assistant, Catholic University of Leuven, 1960-62
  • Teaching Assistant, Catholic University of Leuven, 1962-63
  • Academic Secretary, School of Political and Social Sciences, 1962-68
  • Project leader, Catholic University of Leuven, 1963-65
  • Lecturer, Catholic University of Leuven, 1965-66
  • "Docent" (Associate professor), Catholic University of Leuven, 1966-68
  • "Docent" (Associate professor), College of St. Ignatius (University of Antwerp), 1966-70
  • Professor, Catholic University of Leuven, 1968-1998
  • Professor, College of St. Ignatius (University of Antwerp), 1970-1997
  • Chairman of the Committee for the Foundation of the Sub-Faculty of Social Sciences, 1969-70
  • Chairman, Sub-Faculty of Social Sciences, 1970-71
  • Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, 1971-75 and 1990-93
  • Member of the Academic Council of the Catholic University of Leuven, 1971-75 and 1990-93
  • Member of the XXI Commission for Economic, Political and Social Sciences of the National Fund for *Scientific Research, 1969-87
  • Chairman of the XXVI Commission for Social, Political and Communication Sciences of the National Fund for Scientific Research, 1988-93
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of Leuven, 1973-75
  • Member of the Board of Trustees of the Fund for Joint Basic Research (Belgium), 1971-73
  • Member of the Board of the Hoger Instituut van de Arbeid, 1974-85
  • Chairman, Department of Sociology, 1977-83
  • Chairman, Division of Sociology of Religion and Culture, 1984-1994.
  • President, Catholic Documentation Center (KADOC), 1978-85; Vice-president 1986-97
  • Member of the Scientific Commission, Catholic Documentation Center (KADOC), 1978-97
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Catholic Documentation Center (KADOC), 2003-
  • Representative of the Catholic University of Leuven at the International Federation of Catholic Universities, 1980-90
  • Coordinator of the Exchange Program: Catholic University of Leuven and Kent State University, USA, 1982-90

PROFESSIONAL, ACADEMIC AND COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES
  • Co-founder and first Chairman, Organisatie voor Vlaamse Sociologen (Organization for Flemish Sociologists), 1962-63
  • Member of Council of ISSR/SISR (International Society for Sociology of Religion), 1969-95, 1998-99, and from 2001 on
  • President of ISSR/SISR (International Society for Sociology of Religion), 1983-91; Past-President: 1991-95
  • Invited editor of the ISSR/SISR congress proceedings in Social Compass, 1989-94.
  • Secretary General of ISSR/SISR (International Society for Sociology of Religion), 2001-2009.
  • Founder and first Chairman of Politica, alumni-organization of students in the Social Sciences, 1968-76
  • Vice-Chairman of the Belgian Federation of Sociological Associations, 1974-78
  • Chairman of the Belgian Federation of Sociological Associations, 1978-82
  • Representative of Belgium at the International Sociological Association, 1974-78
  • Secretary of the Research Committee 22: Sociology of Religion; International Sociological Association, 1974-78
  • Chairman of the Research Committee 22: Sociology of Religion; International Sociological Association, 1978-82
  • Member of the Executive Committee of the Research Committee 22: Sociology of Religion; International Sociological Association, 1974-86, and 1998-2002.
  • Member of the Research Council of the International Sociological Association, 1978-82
  • Member of the Committee of experts to nominate professors at the Department of Political and Social Sciences of the new University of Antwerp (1972)
  • Co-founder and first Chairman, Vereniging voor Sociologie (Sociological Association), 1976-80
  • Member of the Advisory Scientific Committee on the Health Program of the King Beaudoin Foundation, 1977-81
  • Co-founder of Tijdschrift voor Sociologie (Journal for Sociology), 1979
  • Member of the Editorial Board of Tijdschrift voor Sociologie (Journal for Sociology), 1982 86
  • Editor of Tijdschrift voor Sociologie (Journal for Sociology), 1982-84
  • Advisory Editor of The International Journal of Sociology and Social Policy, 1981-88
  • Consultant to the Catholic Hospital Association and Chairman of the Committee for the Promotion of the Humanization of Hospitals, 1973-1989
  • Member of the Beliefs in Government Project, European Science Foundation, Group: The Impact of Values, 1989-93
  • Member of the Steering Committee European Values Studies, 1984-90
  • Co-chairman of the Research Committee RAMP (Religious and moral pluralism), a joint European Research Projet supported by the European Science Foundation and the national Societies for the Promotion of Sciences of more than ten european countries, 1993 - 2002.
  • Member of the Review Committee Theological Research, The Netherlands, 1994-95
  • Member of the Review Committee Sociological Research, Portugal, 1999, 2000, 2003 and 2007
  • Chairman of the Section Human Sciences of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts, 2007
  • Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Delta, The National Sociological Honor Society (USA) (since 1989
  • Professional Association Memberships: American Sociological Association (1964-82); Association *Internationale des Sociologues de Langue Française; Association for the Sociology of Religion; *International Society for the Sociology of Religion; International Sociological Association; Society for the Scientific Study of Religion; Vereniging voor Sociologie.
  • Member of the Bestuurscommissie of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and Arts 2006-2008
  • Honorary member of the Academia Europaea, section Human Sciences

VISITING PROFESSORSHIPS, FELLOWSHIPS, and LECTURERSHIPS
  • All Souls College (Oxford, England), Trinity term 1977, Michaelmus term 1990, Trinity term 1991
  • Kent State University (Kent, Ohio, USA), Spring and Summer 1969, Second term (1988 89)
  • Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture (Nagoya, Japan), October 1984
  • Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan), November - December 1984
  • Institut de Recherche sur les Sociétés Contemporaines (IRESCO), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (Paris, France), first term 1994

Universities: Kent State (USA), 1971, 1973, 1977, 1985 and 1987; Union Graduate School (USA), 1973; Marquette (USA), 1973; Zaïre, 1974; Akron (USA), 1977; Oxford (England), 1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991; Minnesota (USA), 1977; Loyola (USA), 1977; Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium), 1980 and 1988; Lund and Uppsala (Sweden), 1982; Liège (Belgium), 1984 and 1996; Nanzan, Tokyo, Sophia and Soka (Japan), 1984; London: LSE (England), 1987; Gent (Belgium), 1987 and 1998; Tilburg (The Netherlands), 1987; Padova (Italy), 1991; Bielefeld (Germany), 1992; Helsinki (Finland), 1993; Köln (Germany), 1994; EHESS and IRESCO (France), 1994; Firenze (Italy), 1994; Surrey (England), 1994; Institute for Oriental Philosophy (Japan), 1995; Marburg: Philipps-Universität (Germany), 1996; Florianopolis: Universidade Federal Santa Catarina (Brazilië), 1997; Arhus University (Denmark), 1998. Université Laval (Canada), 2004; Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain), 2005, Univesity of Moscow, 2010.
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