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Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) November Newsletter

The latest JASR issue (Vol. 34 No. 2) has been published with the following articles:

A Tribute to Professor Gary Bouma, MDiv, MA, PhD, AM (1942–2021) by Marion Maddox, Anna Halafoff, Kathleen McPhillips 

The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Political Power: Sociopolitical Conditions Underlying the Development of Calvinism by Milan Zafirovski 

The Momo Challenge: Exploring the Emergence of a Major Online Demonic Hoax Zoe Alderton 

The Quakers: LGBTIQ+ Activism and Institutional Cohesion Joshua Boland 

Classification of Theories about the Origin of Religions David Alvargonzález

See here for all articles and book reviews.


ICA Pre-conference Event on The Secular and/or Religious Nature of Technologies: Exploring the Boundaries of Human Communication in a Networked World, 26 May 2022. Abstract deadline: 7 January 2022. More info

Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion Conference, Belfast, Queens University Belfast, 10-13 June 2022. Abstract deadline: 15 January 2022. More info


Call for Papers on ‘Religion and Digital Cultures in Africa & Oceania’. Deadline: 28 Feb 2022.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue on “Between the Opium of the People and the Quest for Salvation: Approaches to Lived Religion in Latin America” on Revista de Estudios Sociales. Deadline: 13 February 2022. 

Call for Papers: 2022 Inaugural IssuesAustralian Journal of Law and Religion. Deadline: 1 March 2022. 

Upcoming Event:

New Constitutionalism and Civil Religion ADI Workshop, 8-9 Dec 2021. Online. More info

New  Politics, Religion and Hope: Theoretical Perspectives. Melbourne 8-10am (Dec 15-16). Online. More info

Members’ Publications:

David W. KIm (2021), “Patriotic Daejongkyo: The New Geopolitical Dangun Religion in Modern Sino-Korean History,” Religiski-filozofiski raksti XXX, 1: 108-134 

Elizabeth Poole and Enqi Weng (2021), ‘Introduction: Religion on an Ordinary Day: An International Study of News Reporting’, Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 10 (Special Issue), pp. 165-78. [open access] 

Enqi Weng and Anna Halafoff (2021), ‘Religion on an Ordinary News Day in Australia: Hidden Christianity and the Pervasiveness of Lived Religion, Spirituality and the Secular Sacred’Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture, 10 (Special Issue), pp. 225-49. 

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.