Sorin Gog is a sociologist and anthropologist working at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca where he teaches courses on social theories, methodology of sociological research and sociology of religion. He has been a research fellow at Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies (Finland), CEU-IAS (Hungary), New Europe College (Romania), Institut für Wissenschaft der Menschen (Austria), Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany) and University of Fribourg (Switzerland). His recent publication includes a co-edited volume on spirituality, work and neo-liberalism, titled ‘Spirituality, Organization and Neoliberalism, Understanding Lived Experiences’, Edward Elgar, published in 2020.
Period of affiliation:
2020 - 2021
Psychotherapy, Spirituality and the Inner Self: Post-secular Subjectivities among the Romanian Middle Class
This research project focuses on the emergence of spiritualized forms of psychotherapy and self-help psychologies that have become an important component of the booming industry of personal and spiritual growth in Romania and throughout Western and Eastern Europe and aims at analyzing the paradigmatic shift taking place in psychology and in psychotherapeutic practices that are employed in modeling a new form of subjectivity. By drawing on Michel Foucault's, Nikolas Rose's and Charles Taylor's work Gog's research looks at how these emergent psychotherapies are producing bio-political technologies that attempt to governmentalize both old and new capitalist societies. The research is interested in analyzing the way these new spiritual psychotherapies operate and how they generate a new subjective interiority based on self-development and self-realization and on a new understanding of personal authenticity that is becoming increasingly popular, first in Western Europe and gradually in Eastern Europe as well, through academic and professional networks, books, digital media and public lectures and the establishment of new psychological associations.