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Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) – July Newsletter

A final reminder that the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion has a special issue call for paper on ‘Religion, Spirituality and the New African Diaspora’ which might be of interest to you. Deadline 31 July 2020. More details here

Call for Papers:


36th ISSR/SISR ‘Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation’ Conference, 12-15 July 2021, Taipei, Taiwan. Call for sessions: 15 July to 15 September 2020. Call for papers: 1 October to 15 November 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2021 (new date). Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 


Call for paper: Embracing religion as counter-conduct: Ethics and “political spirituality” among western youth. Deadline 15 July 2020. 

Call for paper: Religions‘ special issue: “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”Deadline 31 August 2020. 

Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. 

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 

PhD/Job Opportunities:

PhD Scholarship in Religion, Materiality and the African Diaspora in Australia, Western Sydney University

PhD Scholarship in Social Science for Migration, Mixed Marriage and Integration in Australia, Monash University

Acting Professorship of Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg Faculty for Humanities

Professorship of Jewish Religion, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Professorship of Theology, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Professorship for Islamic Theology in contemporary and Historical Perspective, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Junior Professorship of Theology of Alevism, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Junior Professorship of Islamic Philosophy and Normative Teaching, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Acting Professorship of Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg Faculty for Humanities

Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, Harvard University Harvard Divinity School

Latest Publications:

Kim, David W. (2020) “A Transnational Grassroots Movement: Jinja Shintō and Japanese Religions in the Pre-Colonial Joseon Society,” The Review of Korean Studies, 23, 1: 211-235. 

Weng, Enqi and Halafoff, Anna. (2020) ‘Media Representations of Religion, Spirituality and Non-Religion in Australia’Religions 11, 332.

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.  

Call for chapters: The lived religious lives of women in 21st century Britain

Dr Rachael Shillitoe is putting out a call for papers for a book on the lived religious lives of women in 21st century Britain. The term lived religion is being described as the ways in which religion is practiced and applied in everyday lives. This may or may not include worship in a religious setting and can be formal or informal.

This topic will be examined across religions and religious denominations. This can include atheism, spirituality, humanism etc. This may include topics such as:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Prayer
  • Female Ordination
  • Navigating the patriarchy in conservative religious denominations
  • Ritual
  • Women only religious spaces
  • Solidarity and support through religion
  • Family worship and religious observation

Chapter lengths should be around 6000 – 8000 words.

Please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words by September 30th 2020 to:

Yvonne Bennett<>
Canterbury Christ Church University

The book has been commissioned by Vernon Press.

Save the Date: Socrel Annual Conference- 13-15 July 2021

The Socrel conference is now due to take place on Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th July 2021 at the University of York. Our invited speakers (Sam Perry, Sarah-Jane Page, Colin Campbell, Linda Woodhead, Grace Davie, Eileen Barker and Jim Beckford) who were due to participate in the 2020 conference are all able to make this new date, and we will also work towards having the postgraduate study day on Monday 12th July 2021.

A call for papers will be circulated this autumn and we will be honouring those bursary recipients who were awarded bursaries in 2020 for Socrel 2021. Should any bursary recipient have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or our PGR Liaison officers, Joanna Malone and Emily Lynn.

So please save 13-15th July 2021 in your diaries and all being well, we will see each other again then!

Life on the Breadline Conference [Online]: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain – Registration open

11th September 2020

Registration is now open for the Life on the Breadline Conference: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain – an online half day academic conference exploring faith-based responses to poverty and austerity.

The conference is free to attend but please register in advance through Eventbrite –

The workshop will take place online starting at 9.30am and finishing at 12.40pm BST.  The link to attend will be sent to people who have registered.  

Conference Overview:

How has austerity impacted people in the UK? What are the implications of this for theology and faith-based social action? Two years into the Life on the Breadline research, this conference grapples with these questions with a particular focus on Christian responses to UK poverty and austerity.  In addition to presentations from the Life on the Breadline team, we are pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Human geographer Dr Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester speaking on the legacies of austerity from her recent ethnographies of everyday austerity, and theologian Professor Rachel Muers from the University of Leeds speaking on Christian social action and class.

Inform Seminar [Online]: Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief – Exploring boundaries and contexts

Wednesday 22 July 7-8:30pm (in London – British Summer Time)The next Inform seminar will be held online

Please register your attendance by making a voluntary donation to Inform from the link on the website here:

Please make sure that you share your contact details with Inform so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting. 

If you cannot make a donation at this time, but would still like to attend, please email directly.

Overview of the Seminar

Many of the cults and new religious movements of the 1970s were assumed to be awash with abusive behaviour. However, high profile cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have highlighted the pervasive potential of religious groups to be affected by behaviour understood as sexual abuse. This is a problem not confined to any particular religious context.

The dynamics of sexual exploitation of minors have now been well explored and safeguarding frameworks are becoming more standard. Are there lessons that can be learned from working with children which can be applied to situations involving adults?

In many cases abuse appears to be incidental to the theological and ethical frameworks; in other cases, the sexual activity has explicit justification within a belief framework that is later framed as abuse by outsiders or ‘survivors.’

Does the framing of the behaviour make a difference for understanding the harm caused? To what extent are concepts like ‘spiritual abuse’, ‘fraud’ or ‘moral injury’ helpful in understanding the dynamics of adult sexual abuse in religious contexts?

This online Inform seminar will consider the issue of sexual abuse occurring within religious contexts in hopes of identifying new ways of considering the problem and potential ways of mitigating harm. There will be a series of short presentations by speakers, followed by informed responses and then a general discussion.

 Confirmed speakers and respondents include: 

  • Eileen Barker, professor emeritus of sociology with special reference to the study of religion, London School of Economics
  • Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM Centre at Barnardo’s
  • Amanda Lucia, associate professor, University of California-Riverside, USA
  • Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey professor of modern theology at the University of Kent
  • Lisa Oakley, associate professor of applied psychology at University of Chester and chair of National Working Group for child abuse linked to faith or belief
  • Michelle Tonkin, Rigpa whistle-blower and former Buddhist nun
  • Theo Wildcroft, visiting fellow, The Open University and
  • Belinda Winder, professor of Forensic Psychology at specialist sexual crime unit at Nottingham Trent University
  • Linda Woodhead, distinguished professor, department of politics, philosophy and religion, University of Lancaster

In the organisation of this seminar, we are grateful for the support of the Religion and Sexual Abuse Project, funded in part by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The event will be officially recorded by Inform. Guests may NOT record, film or take screenshots of the seminar without prior permission.

We hope that some of you can make the event! 

ISA Newsletter: ISAGRAM issue 186, July 2020

Call for Editor e-Symposium
International Sociological Association
Applications: July 20, 2020



Theatre and Public Space
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and
Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, Italy
December 4-5, 2020
Abstracts: July 30, 2020

Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
and its Consequences

Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global
Human Capital
Vienna, Austria
November 30 – December 1, 2020
Submissions: July 31, 2020


A City in the Center of Europe
Summer School
Adam Mickiewicz University
Poznan, Poland
Applications: July 15, 2020

CRSH/FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Québec, Canada
Submissions: August 28, 2020


Dimensiones sociales de la pandemia COVID-19
en nuestra América

Call for papers
Submissions: July 20, 2020

Digital technologies, power relations, and
participation in organizing processes

Call for papers
Special issue of Studi Organizzativi
Submissions: September 28, 2020

Glocalization and Everyday Life
Call for papers
Special issue of Glocalism
Submissions: September 30, 2020

In Search of Rights: Social Movements, Judicial
Institutions and Public Policies

Call for papers
Special issue of Ciências Sociais Unisinos
Submissions: August 20, 2020

 Group Focused Enmity – Conceptual,
Longitudinal, and Cross-National Perspectives
Based on Pre-registered Studies

Call for papers
Special issue of International Journal of Conflict
and Violence

Submissions: August 30, 2020

Violence and Environmental Crisis
Call for papers
Special issue of Violence: An international journal
Abstracts: October 1, 2020

Book Series: Navigating Careers in Higher

Purdue University, USA
Call for proposals
Submissions: Evaluated on a rolling basis


Call for papers
Fondation pour les Sciences sociales
Submissions: July 15, 2020


Professor of Sociology
Södertörn University, Sweden
Applications: August 17, 2020

Job Opening: Research Manager – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to RC22 members:

Job ID: 16410
Institution: Brandeis University
Department: Department of Sociology – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Title: Research Manager
Position/Rank: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other: Other
Areas/Special Programs: Open to All Specialty Areas, Open to All Specialty Areas

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Job Opening: Financial and Grants Administrator – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to RC22 members:

Job ID: 16411
Institution: Brandeis University
Department: Department of Sociology – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Title: Financial and Grants Administrator
Position/Rank: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other: Other
Areas/Special Programs: Open to All Specialty Areas

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at

Call for Papers: The Sacred and The…Profanity – Online Symposium

8th September 2020

To submit a proposal, please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to: Dr Paul Martin: and Nicole Graham: by 15th July 2020.

Building on the recent growth of scholarship in the field of humour and religion, this interdisciplinary online symposium aims to bring together scholars from a wide range of fields to explore the multifaceted relationship between humour, obscenity, and religion, and to consider what happens when these worlds collide.

There are many examples that seem to support the view that religion and humour have a tense relationship; whether it be ‘comic’ representations of religious figures in the media, jokes about God, or films and television which focus on religion and morality that are considered blasphemous or offensive. These occurrences are often enthusiastically cast as a conflict between religious freedom and the right to dignity in belief, on the one hand, and freedom of expression and the right to offend, on the other. However, the intersection of humour, obscenity, and religion is much more complex than this, and this symposium invites participants to work through various aspects of this relationship. Of particular interest is the place of humour and the obscene in religion, the positive functions it can serve and ultimately its value. We want to ask: what role can humour play in the sphere of religion, and how comfortably? Even if joking might be allowed, can it ever truly fit in? Who decides on the value of humour for religion?

We welcome submissions which consider these, and other, questions in relation to a number of topics including, but not limited to:

  • Historical or contemporary examples of humour or obscenity in religion
  • Gendered experiences of laughter, humour, and joke-telling
  • Ritual
  • Joke-telling
  • Satire
  • The Media
  • Blasphemy
  • The usefulness of humour and the obscene
  • Limits of humour
  • The policing of humour

In addition to the panel of papers, the symposium will include a round table entitled: “Exploring Religion and Ritual in Humour and the Obscene”. Confirmed speakers for this round table are: Professor Bernard Schweizer (Co-Founder of the Humour and Religion Network), Dr Emily Selove (Senior Lecturer of Medieval Arabic Language and Literature), Dr Lieke Stelling (Assistant Professor in English Literature), and Dr Simon Weaver (Senior Lecturer in Media and Communications).

We welcome papers that address one of these themes in a 15-minute talk. The organisers will review all submissions anonymously.

All papers will be presented remotely and observed online. Each talk will be followed by a discussion.

Journal Latest Issue: International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

The latest issue of International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology  (IJSA) is available online. See table of content below.

Moral panic and social order: Analysis of Akwa Ibom street children

The incidence of street children around the world had raised concern about social order. Scholars have paid attention to socioeconomic and psychological implications ignoring the cultural dynamics that contribute to this development. This paper focuses on a category of street children in Akwa-Ibom state of Nigeria. They are the child-witches, thrown to the street due to witchcraft label masterminded by parents and…

Author(s): Lydia Isioma Chineyemba

Article Number: F4FD98063378


Knowledge and perceptions of female genital mutilation among African immigrant women in Windsor, Canada

The objective of this is to investigate African immigrant women’s perceptions of female genital mutilation (FGM) within the Canadian Criminal Code. Ten African immigrant women resident in Windsor, Canada were selected using snowball sampling for interviews. These women were of four African nationalities, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia and Sudan. Semi-structured interview protocol with open answer possibilities…

Author(s): Francisca Isi Omorodion

Article Number: B83F93C63627


Challenges faced by the Bhotias for their livelihood and preservation of culture

We frequently hear about the significance of cultural heritage. And while discussing humanitarian efforts, we might hear the phrase “cultural preservation.” The term encompasses several activities surrounding maintaining ancient cultures from large nations all the way down to small indigenous tribes. However, the meaning of cultural heritage and its preservation needs to be ascertained. Heritage is an asset,…

Author(s): Nirmesh Sharma

Article Number: 13DD4B963943


Possible selves of a hashtag: Moving from the theory of speech acts to cultural objects to interpret hashtags

In recent years hashtag studies have increased their numbers. The role of hashtags becomes increasingly predominant in social media studies. Many researchers wonder how to study them, ending up treating them in an aggregate way and turning to big data and static-mathematical modeling. This type of studies seem to consider hashtags as tools, favoring a single analysis perspective. In fact, The studies and the research…

Author(s): Gevisa La Rocca

Article Number: 31E6E0B63132


Home truths behind closed doors: Reciting the lived experiences of child domestic workers in selected towns of Gedeo Zone, Southern Ethiopia

This qualitative study was aimed at looking into the lived experiences of child domestic workers in the selected towns of Gedeo Zone. A triangulation of key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, informal conversations, non-participant observations, and life histories were employed to collect the required data from child domestic workers, brokers, urban residents, police officers, and…

Author(s): Alemayehu Anja Aboye and Fekadu Israel Alambo

Article Number: C23EF1862536


Anthropometric measurements for young males in Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this study was to fill the gap of not having enough anthropometric data for young males in Saudi Arabia. Developing an anthropometric database on Saudi adults will help the local designers, manufactures and producers to create more efficient industrial applications, and products for Saudi population. The study was performed in the Riyadh city, the capital and the largest city in Saudi Arabia, among a…

Author(s): Waleed Basuliman

Article Number: F3A257957952


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