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Webinar: Freedom of Religion – Liberty in a Secular Society

Religious Freedom in Australia has long been taken for granted. Recent debates over social issues from Gay Marriage to Education have led to proposals for new legislation. As religious adherence in Australia diversifies and declines, is there need for a deeper conversation? What issues are at stake?Affinity proudly presents to you ‘Freedom of Religion: Liberty in a Secular Society’. Discussing their recently published books, retired bishop Robert Forsyth and Dr Joel Harrison will be in conversation with John Cleary.Time:7 pm – 8 pm Wednesday 02 December

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International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology – October 2020 Table of Content

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

International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes the submission of manuscripts via its online  Manuscript Management System 
Read some of IJSA latest articles
What Transformative Leaders do: Emerging Perspectives in the 21st Century

This paper examines the call for transformative leadership in the 21st century. It explores recent published articles on the subject matter in order to establish the expectations of a transformative leader. The turn of the century heralded a call for the adoption of a transformative agenda on the African continent. Nonetheless, the turbulent political, dynamic economic shifts and disruptive global events, such as posed…

Author(s): Allan D. M. Bukusi
Article Number: D8BFAA764995


Jungle justice in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria

Jungle justice has added another dimension to the neigbourhood insecurity challenge in Lagos metropolis. The reoccurring lynching of suspect(s) in a crime scene, in Lagos metropolis and Nigeria, as well as, the dearth of empirical studies on this heinous crime in Nigeria motivated this study. Thus, this study anchored on Social Disorganisation Theory (SDT) of the Chicago School of Criminology, which identified…

Author(s): Ayomide Ilori
Article Number: 217039964279


‘They deceived us’: Narratives of Addis Ababa development-induced displaced peasants

This paper explores the impacts of the fast spatial expansion of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, on the suburb small-scale farming community. Recently, combined with rapid population growth and booming economy, the city experienced a rapid physical expansion without proper urban planning. The sprawl of the city has dislocated small-scale farming communities in the suburbs and led to one of the major deadly…

Author(s): Bula S. Wayessa
Article Number: 44B3AF864483


Queer spirituality of black lesbians in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Research on lesbian women and their sexuality has increased since the adoption of a democratic constitution in South Africa. Yet a large part of the research has focused more on the prevalence of rape on Black lesbians in South African townships, while a substantial amount focused more on the lived experiences of Christian gays. The available body of work above has been taken into consideration and, therefore, this…

Author(s): Ntombana Luvuyo, Nombulelo Towa and Nobubele Phuza
Article Number: D90225564489


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


Read full text of all IJSA Articles

AASR November Newsletter

Call for Papers:

36th ISSR/SISR ‘Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation’ Conference, 12-15 July 2021 (digital only), Taipei, Taiwan. Call for sessions extended till 14 December 2020. Call for papers revised: 8 January to 28 February 2021. More info
Center for Critical Research on Religion and Queens University Belfast, conference on “Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion”, 11-14 June 2021. Proposal deadline 15 January 2021. More info.
3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2021. Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 

Call for Book Proposals in Modern East Asian Religion and Culture
Call for papers for the International Journal for the Study of New Religions
Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. 
Call for paper for a thematic issue of Religion: Emic Categories and New Paths / Case Studies in the Scholarly Use of Indigenous Concepts (working title). Deadline Feb 2021. 
Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 

Teaching Resources
Adeana McNicholl and Ann Gleig are looking for material to include in their co-directed project “Teaching Resources for Buddhism, race and racism,” which is being hosted at and funded by The Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation at the University of Toronto.  Our aim is to compile and provide a comprehensive list of primary and secondary material as well as teaching resources, including syllabi, lesson plans, and strategies, when teaching issues of race and racism in Buddhist Studies courses. Topics can include Orientalism, decolonization, race, and ethnicity anywhere in the Buddhist world. 

Please send any relevant material to Adeana McNicholl at and Ann Gleig at
Dr Anna Halafoff will be speaking at an international workshop Religion and Science in Covid Times: Research Perspectives, organised by UAB Barcelona and the International Organization of Scientific Research: November 19th & 20th, 2020 | Central European Time (UTC +1)The Australian Sociology Association (TASA) has a series of presentations on Religion. Registration and details.‘Religion and Public Life in Australia’ on 24 Nov 2020, 1-2.30pm.’Grants Capture in the Australian Research Council’s “Religion and Religious Studies” Field Code’ on 24 November 2020, 3.30-5pmBook Launch – The Sage Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, 25 Nov 2020, 2-2.30pm
Latest Publications:
Sarah K. Balstrup (2020), Spiritual Sensations: Cinematic Religious Experience and Evolving Conceptions of the Sacred. Bloomsbury Academic. 
Kim, David W. (2020), Daesoon Jinrihoe in Modern Korea: The Emergence, Transformation and Transmission of a New Religion. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

ISAGRAM: Issue 189, November 2020

Some Research Committees, Working and Thematic
Groups opened a new Call for Abstracts
Submission deadline: November 12, 2020, 24:00 GMT

VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior

International Sociological Association
Submissions: March 31, 2021

ISA Award for Excellence in Research and

International Sociological Association
Submissions: May 30, 2021



 Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
International Max Planck Research School, Germany
March 24-26, 2021
Submissions: November 8, 2020

Comparative Studies in Modern Society: Balkans
in European and Global Context

Albanian Sociological Association
University of Prizren Ukshin Hoti, Kosovo
March 19-20, 2021
Abstracts: January 19, 2021


Postdoctoral Fellowships
Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”
University of Konstanz, Germany
Applications: December 13, 2020

 Doctoral Fellowship on Coping with Instability
in Market Societies

Max Planck Sciences Po Center
Paris, France
Applications: January 21, 2021


 Managerial Culture and Work Identity in
Education Systems

Call for papers
Special issue of Sociologia del lavoro
Deadline: December 15, 2020

Reconstructing Social Space: Spatial Dynamics
through Gendered, Cultural and Emotional

Call for papers
Deadline: December 20, 2020

Pandemic Politics
Call for papers
Special Issue of Acta Academica
Submissions: February 28, 2021

Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19
Pandemic and its Consequences

Call for papers
Special issue of the Vienna Yearbook of
Population Research

Submissions: March 31, 2021


Lecturer of Sociology
Dept. of Anthropology, Sociology and
Troy University, USA
Applications: Open till the position is filled.

 Assistant Professor of Urban Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Toronto, Canada
Applications: November 23, 2020

 Associate Professor or Professor of Urban

Department of Sociology
University of Toronto, Canada
Applications: November 23, 2020

 2 Associate Researchers on Sustainability
National Autonomous University of Mexico,
Applications: November 26, 2020

Call for Abstracts: RESEARCH COMMITTEE 22: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION: “Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion”

Program Coordinators:

  • Eloísa Martín, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Juan Cruz Esquivel, University of Buenos Aires/ CONICET, Argentina
  • Mar Griera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The debate on religion, its role, its development, and its future has been intense, extensive and sophisticated during the last few decades. Religion is both a central phenomenon itself and a key variable that can be used to explain economic, social, and political phenomena. Both facets require continuous in-depth research. In recent years, many sociologists have begun to identify limits to the current approach to religious phenomena, and especially to the definitions of religion developed in the West. A number of authors have extended this critique to the ways sociologists currently explain and interpret “religion” in the 21st Century. Though still emerging, such accounts have opened new paths by which sociologists of religion can face both the empirical and theoretical challenges of our era.

  • Entanglements among science, religion and spirituality in COVID times
  • Wtf? (“What the Faith?”) – Peering Anew into the Conceptual Domains of “Religion”, “God”, “Spirituality”, “Faith” and Related Constructs
  • Religious, Spiritual and/or Non-religious young people
  • Religion, Environment, and Social Movements
  • Revisiting ‘religion’ from a Gender Perspective
  • The Public Role of Religion
  • Beyond Western Centrism of Religion: To Study Africa Inspired Religions in the 21st Century
  • Civil Society and Religion

The ISA CONFEX website is now open for abstract submissions from October 26 – November 12, 2020, 24:00 GMT

Submission of new abstracts via online platform.

Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

A person may be listed in the Program:

  • up to 2 times as author or co-author (oral or poster presentation, distributed paper, roundtable presenter)
  • up to 2 times as chair or co-chair, panelist, critic, discussant

To be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay full registration fees by December 15, 2020. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book.

ISA offers registrations grants to those persons that need it. Please, let us know if you would like to be considered for a registration grant.

Please address any questions to any of the Program Coordinators:

  • Juan Cruz Esquivel,
  • Eloísa Martín,
  • Mar Griera,

Reminder: Call for Papers “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues” Conference

March 25-27, 2021 – Warsaw, Poland

The organisers would like to remind us about the Call for Papers for the
conference “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues”, organized by the team of the DFG and NCN funded research project “Minorities and the media. The communicative construction of religious identity in times of deep mediatisation”

The conference theme discusses the manifold relationships between creating, negotiating, maintaining and challenging religious and religion-related identities, and various types of media and forms of media use.

It will be hosted by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The keynote lectures will be held by Mia Lövheim (Uppsala University) and Christoph Günther (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz).

For the CALL FOR PAPERS visit the conference website:

The deadline for paper proposals is *November 1st, 2020*.

We are able to financially support two PhD students with the amount of up to 300€ for travel and accommodation costs. For more information on the travel allowance visit:

Organizing committee:

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, head of project (University of Bremen)

Dorota Hall, head of project (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of
the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Łukasz Fajfer, research associate (University of Bremen)

Marta Kołodziejska, research associate (Institute of Philosophy and
Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Carolin Müller, research assistant

AHRC Midlands4cities PhD scholarship opportunities

Please see below for information re PhD funding at Coventry University (and other university across the Midlands, UK). These are funded PhD opportunities both for specific projects as well as open call scholarships.

There is an opportunity to study with me on a specific project that will Uncover the history of inter-religious relations in Coventry, details here:

Further open call opportunities are also available and I am happy to take enquiries about student-led projects. See links below for further details:

Coventry University is proud to be one of eight universities in the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The Midlands4Cities DTP will fund and train the next generation of highly skilled arts and humanities researchers through PhD Scholarships:

AHRC Midlands4cities scholarships