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AASR July Newsletter


Revised The second part of a Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2021; Vol. 34, No. 1) is now published with the Journal of the Academic Study of Religion. This Special Issue is guest edited by Dr Kathleen McPhillips, with the following papers:

Kathleen McPhillips — Introduction to Special Issue on Religion and Violence
Kathleen McPhillips — Mobilising for Justice: The Contribution of Organised Survivor Groups in Australia to Addressing Sexual Violence against Children in Christian Churches
Erin Martine Sessions —Watching the Watchmen: How Does the Violence in Song of Songs 5:7 Speak to Australia’s Problem with Violence against Women and vice versa?
Filippo Rutto, Erica Viola & Maria Grazia Monaci — The Role of Religion in Social and Democratic System Justification: The Case of Italian Catholicism
Adam Possamai, Gary Long & Victor Counted — An Analysis of Australian Research Council’s Grants in Religion
Philip Hughes — Do Religion and Spirituality Make a Contribution to the Public Good? The Association of Religion and Spirituality with Volunteering
Book Reviews: Faggioli’s The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity reviewed by John A. Rees; Pippin’s Metaphysical Exile: On J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Fictions reviewed by Ibrahim Abraham


National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info. 

46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion on ‘Hope’, 9-10 December 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2021. More info. 

New TASA Thematic Week (Religion Thematic Group), 22-26 Nov 2021. Abstract deadline extended 26 July 2021. More info

New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion Conference on ‘Aotearoa Spirit’, Victoria University of Wellington, 29-30 November 2021. Abstract deadline: 3 September 2021. More info. 

Upcoming Event:

Flows of Innovation in Fo Guang Shan Oceania: transregional dynamics behind the Buddha’s Birthday Festival. 15 July 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Director for research, study and innovation: Religious studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

Members’ Publications:

Rayson, Dianne. 2021. Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene. Lexington/Fortress Academic.

Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.