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AASR May Newsletter


The Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2020; Vol. 33, No. 3) 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:


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. 

Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 May 2021. More info. 

Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), online: “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”. 14-16 September 2021. Proposals due by 1 June 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. 


Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Upcoming Event:

Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion. 17 June 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

Selby Old Fellowship in Religious History of the Orthodox Christian Faith, University of Sydney

New Publications:

Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff and Gary Bouma (2021). Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity. Bloomsbury. 

Enqi Weng and Fethi Mansouri (2021). ‘‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia’Continuum

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Cao Đài and Gucheon Sangje: Ethnical Grassroots Religious Movements in Colonial Vietnam and Korea’InternationalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 11, 2: 81-101.

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Public Trust Lost and a Sign of Retroflexion: The Socio-Political Ecology of the Korean Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic’Journal of Church and State,

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.