Roberto Blancarte Pimentel, is currently a research professor at the Center for Sociological Studies of El Colegio de Mexico. It is also Associate Group Sociology of Religions and Secularism (GSRL), the Practical School of Higher Studies (EPHE) at the Sorbonne (Paris), and founder and advisor of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Religions Research (PIER ) of the Mexico State College. Member of the National System of Researchers (Level III). He has been a member of the Board of the National Bioethics Commission and the Governing Board and the Consultative Assembly of the National Council to Prevent Discrimination (CONAPRED). He was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, on 29 August 1957. BA in International Relations from El Colegio de Mexico (1981). MA in History and Civilizations (1983) and PhD in Social Sciences (1988) from the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS) in Paris, France. Founder of the Center of Studies of Religions in Mexico (CEREM), has been a member of the Executive Committee of the International Society of Sociology of Religions (RSIS) and is currently Chairman of the Research Committee on Sociology of Religion of the International Association Sociology (ISA). He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). He is director of the Latin American Network of Lay Liberties. March 1995 to January 1998 he was Counsellor at the Embassy of Mexico to the Holy See. February 1998 to June 1999 was Chief of Staff of the Secretariat for Religious Affairs of the Ministry of the Interior, a position he left to enter the Center for Sociological Studies of El Colegio de Mexico. From 2006 to March 2012 he was Director of the Center for Sociological Studies of El Colegio de Mexico and from 2001 to 2006 he was coordinator of the center. He has taught various subjects related to the history and sociology of religions in Mexico State College, El Colegio de Mexico, the EPHE (Paris) and Dartmouth College (NH, USA). From 2001 to date secular state directs investigations and sexual and reproductive rights and Secularism and secularization in Mexico, El Colegio de Mexico. He is a member of the faculty in "Dynamics and actors of democratization in Mexico and Latin America" training Program Improvement Teacher (PROMEM) of the Ministry of Public Education (SEP), working the research "Politics Religion & democracy; secularization, political and religious identities and cultures.
Robert Charles Elliot,
Sunshine Coast University, Australia
Robert Holton is Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Dublin. He is author of a number of books and articles on globalization, social theory, historical sociology, immigration and ethnicity, including Cities, Capitalism, and Civilization (1986), Talcott Parsons on Economy and Society (1986) and Max Weber on Economy and Society (1989) (both with B.S. Turner), Economy and Society (1992) ‘Classical Social Theory’ in The Blackwell Companion to Social Theory (1996), Globalization and the Nation-State (1998), and Making Globalization (2005). He is currently researching global networks, and cosmopolitanism.