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AASR February Newsletter

Call for Papers:


Call for Abstracts for a Thematic Session on Humour and Religion, International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) in Bologna, Italy, June 29-July 3, 2020. If you are interested, please send an abstract/outline to Lina Molokotos-Liederman: Deadline: 20 Feb 2020

Perception and Reception of Persia research unit (EABS, Wuppertal, August 3rd-6th 2020). Submission deadline: 20 February 2020. More info

12th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Conference, 24th – 27th June 2020, Braga, Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal). Abstract deadline 21 Feb 2020. More info

Worship and the Megachurch: Australasia and Beyond, 18-10 September 2020, Melbourne. Abstract deadline: 31 March 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info 

Call for chapters on Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Deadline 31 April 2020. 

Call for papers on Religions special issue: Islamic and Muslim Studies in Australia.Deadline 31 May 2020. 

Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.
CISAC Islamic Studies Colloquium for 2020, 28 Feb 2020, 3-5pm, RSVP by 22 Feb. Online participation via Zoom. More info.
Job Opportunities
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catholic Studies, Durham University

Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Freiburg

Research Assistant in Jewish-Christian Relations in Past and Present, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Faculty of Theology

University Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, University of Helsinki

Lecturer in Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies
Australian National University, College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research and Outreach Associate (Fixed Term), Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University

Research Associate. Islamic Art (Fixed Term), Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University

Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with AASR? 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 Papers: Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender, and Sexuality

Proposals Due: April 31st 2020

Acceptance Response: June 31st 2020

Contributors’ Chapters Due: February 28th 2021

Editors: Dawn Llewellyn, Sian Hawthorne, and Sonya Sharma

We are seeking papers for a new peer-review edited volume The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender, and Sexuality:

The aim is to generate a globally diverse, interdisciplinary and intersectional collection that captures emerging and contemporary themes and questions for the study of religions, genders, and sexualities.

We are looking for in-depth, scholarly essays, from a range of theoretical, methodological and disciplinary perspectives (conceptual and empirical). The Handbook aims to be a reference point for scholars and students searching for innovative engagements with critical issues relating to religion, gender, and sexuality.

We are seeking:

  • to raise future-forming questions and provocations for religions, genders, and sexualities
  • to represent themes and issues emerging from broad geographical contexts
  • to explore religion and spirituality within and beyond institutional and historical settings;
  • to promote the intersectional analyses of religion, gender, and sexuality with different identities and social locations
  • such as race, nationalism, embodiment, class, economic status, and disability/ableness
  • to advocate that religion is significant for gender, feminist and women’s studies, and is a crucial social and political force in everyday life.

This is, genuinely, an open call for papers, and indicative topics can include but are not limited to:

  • politics and activism
  • migration, diaspora, and transnational networks
  • material cultures and products
  • texts (literatures, scriptures, digital media, archives,
  • documents, popular culture, arts, visual cultures, for example)
  • well-being and healthcare
  • the body and embodiment
  • intimacies and relationships
  • individual, communal, and social identities
  • practices, beliefs, and experiences
  • violence, oppressions and emancipations
  • technologies
  • spaces

Proposals for chapters between 8,000 – 10,000 words (depending on the topic)

Please send proposals to all three editors:

Please including the following:

  • name, affiliation (if relevant), and any other helpful information
  • an abstract (max 200 words)
  • a proposal (max 1000 words)
  • anticipated word count for completed chapter

We welcome contributions from independent scholars, authors at all career stages and collaborative pieces. Please do feel free to contact the editors with any questions, at any stage.

Goldsmiths BA Religion and Society International Annual Lecture: “‘The Accidental Pilgrim: On Ritual Risk, Lateral Participation, and Other Semiotic Hazards’”

26th March 2020 | 6.00pm – 8.00pm
Richard Hoggart Building (RHB) 137
Goldsmiths, University of London
London SE14 6NW

This event is free to attend but booking is required –

Talk, Q&A and wine reception – refreshments will be provided.

The Accidental Pilgrim: On Ritual Risk, Lateral Participation, and Other Semiotic Hazards

Simon Coleman, University of Toronto

“Within European Christianity, participation in local congregations is generally apathetic, with the exception of some of the newer charismatic churches. Pilgrimage sites, however, have never been more popular. My interest in juxtaposing these two trends has little to do with debates over the reality or otherwise of secularization, or even the benefits of transport infrastructures. I am much more concerned with what we can learn about current forms of ritual from examining what happens when seemingly uncommitted people go to pilgrimage sites—often unwillingly, and possibly dragged there by friends or family. Such scenarios are not peripheral to contemporary religious and ritual participation: they constitute a highly significant dimension of what happens at and around shrines.

My observations are based on long-term fieldwork at the pilgrimage site of Walsingham, North Norfolk, as well as a number of cathedrals around England. In exploring ritual behaviours that are generally ignored by researchers, I tell a story of how ritual becomes entangled with kinship, friendship, memories of childhood, and commemoration of the dead.”

Simon Coleman is Chancellor Jackman Professor at the Department of the Study of Religion, University of Toronto. He is past-president of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion and co-editor of the journal Religion and Society. His research interests include Pentecostalism and pilgrimage and he has worked in Sweden, the UK, and Nigeria. Currently, he is working on the intersections between religious movements and urban infrastructures in Lagos. He is also completing a book on the contemporary study of pilgrimage. His most recent volume is the co-edited Pilgrimage and Political Economy: Translating the Sacred (2018).

Organised by Professor Abby Day (Sociology)

Call for Papers and Call for Panels: 3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy

Call for Papers and Panels (

Please send paper and panel proposals to Dr David W. Kim at by 30 April 2020

Forms of human movement including global immigration, asylum-seeking, climate migration, and the internal migration accompanying mass urbanization, have radically altered religious cultures around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this 3rd ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena related to religion and migration; the political and social transitions impacting upon the transnational religiosity of contemporary communities. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 papers that address the conference theme, particularly the themes in the streams below. Papers and panels relevant to the main conference theme but not aligned to these streams are also very welcome.

Proposed streams:

  1. Human movement and religious encounters: Migration and other forms of human movement bring us face-to-face with the other. How does religious identity shape the migrant experience? How is religious coexistence and conflict shaped by human movement?
  2. Religion, migration and cultural change: Migration reconfigures relationships between religion, identity and culture. How do diasporic religious communities negotiate belonging? How are continuity and change reflected in the religious and cultural practices of migrant communities?
  3. Immigration, religion and securitisation: Immigration, especially asylum-seeking, is increasingly approached as a matter of national security. How does religion interact with immigration and national security law? How have religious actors responded to the securitisation of immigration?
  4. Multiculturalism, religion and law: Multiculturalism pluralises public life. How is religion practiced within multicultural societies? How are religious rights balanced against competing rights in secular multicultural societies?
  5. Transnational religions in the Asia-Pacific region: Transnational religions have transformed cultures and regional customs, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. How are local religions mobilised in our transnational era? How have local cultures been altered by the impact of transnational religions?
  6. Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Migration: Religion and migration have been approached from diverse perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, theology, law and policy. How have established theories aided or hindered the study of religion and migration? How can new theories and methodologies enlighten experiences of religion and migration 


Please send paper and panel proposals to Dr David W. Kim at by 30 April 2020, including the following information: (1) paper title, (2) nominated stream, (3) name and affiliation, (4) contact details, (5) abstract of 150-200 words, (6) biography of 50-80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications. Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Confirmed keynote speakers

Professor Sharon Erickson Nepstad (University of New Mexico)

Professor Mike Smith (Australian National University and National Museum of Australia)

Professor Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia)

Registration fees

Full registration: AU$ 275.00

Student/part-time/unwaged/religious leaders: AU$ 175.00

Registration includes participation in all conference sessions, lunch, morning tea and afternoon tea on each day, conference reception on the first evening, registration pack, and conference tour of sites in Canberra relevant to the theme of religion and migration.

The conference dinner must be paid for separately, cost to be determined.

Please note that travel and accommodation are the responsibility of conference participants.

Key dates:

Proposal deadline:  30 April 2020

Notification:  30 June 2020

Registrations open:  14 July 2020

Registrations close:  10 September 2020

Conference:  08-10 December 2020

3rd ANU Religion Conference Committee:     

Dr David W. Kim, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific (Co-chair)

Dr Ibrahim Abraham, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences (Co-chair)

A/Professor Ven. Alex Bruce, ANU College of Law

Ms Lina Koleilat, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

Dr Duncan Wright, ANU College of Arts & Social Sciences


Please address all inquiries to  Dr David W. Kim at

This conference is organised with the support of ANU’s Humanities Research Centre and the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Project. The Conference committee acknowledges the First Australians on whose traditional lands we shall meet, and pays respect to the elders of the Ngunnawal people past and present.

Early Career Researcher Workshop: “STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts”

29-30 June, 2020, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Send expressions of interest to Paula Brikci ( no later than Sunday 1st March, 2020.

Organised by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS) in association with the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

We invite expressions of interest to participate in the fully-funded, STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop.

The workshop, which will take place immediately prior to the conference STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts: Publics, Praxis, Policy and Pluralism (1-3 July), is aimed at any early career researcher whose work explores any social or cultural aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) in relation to any religious, spiritual or non-religious tradition, position or worldview, including unbelief.

The workshop is open to any researcher who holds a PhD in a relevant subject area, but does not yet have a permanent position in academia, and is no more than 10 years post PhD. The workshop and network is open to researchers from a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, including (but not limited to) sociology of religion, psychology of religion, science and technology studies, sociology of health/medicine, media and cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, the history and philosophy of science/religion and religious studies.

Those interested in participating should send the following information to Paula Brikci ( no later than Sunday 1st March, 2020.

  1. A short biography (max. 200 words)
  2. A short paragraph about how your own research intersects with the research interests of INSBS(max. 200 words)
  3. A short paragraph about why you feel the early career workshop would be beneficial to your career development (max. 200 words)
  4. A short paragraph outlining what kind of sessions, subjects, skills training etc. you would most benefit from at the workshop (max. 200 words)

For those selected to participate, all accommodation and food during the workshop and subsequent conference will be provided, and we will provide participants with an honorarium, which will help to cover the other costs associated with attending the workshop.

Everyone who submits an application will be notified of the decision, and the accompanying honorarium by no later than Thursday 5th March, 2020.

The event is organized by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society, in association with the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and is generously funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

For more information see:

Book: Beit-Hallahmi, B. Flesh and Blood: Interrogating Freud on Human Sacrifice, Real and Imagined. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Fears and stories about an underground religion devoted to Satan, which demands and carries out child sacrifice, appeared in the United States in the late twentieth century and became the subject of media reports, supported by some mental health professionals. Looking at these modern fantasies leads us back to ancient stories which in some cases believers consider the height of religious devotion.

Horrifying ideas about human sacrifice, child sacrifice, and the offering to the gods of a beloved only son by his father appear repeatedly in Western traditions, starting with the Greeks and the Hebrews. Flesh and Blood: Interrogating Freud on Human Sacrifice, Real and Imagined, focuses on rituals of violence tied to religion, both imagined and real. The main question of this work is the meaning of blood and ritual killing in the history of religion. The book examines the encounter with the idea of child sacrifice in the context of human hopes for salvation.

Appel à contribution: Conférence internationale – “Islam et Pudeur”

Universite Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgique, 3-4 décembre 2020

Dans la cadre de la démarche interreligieuse de la Chaire tolérance de l’Université catholique de Louvain, diverses thématiques sont approchées comme autant de lieux sensibles dans les relations entre christianisme et islam et avec une attention particulière aux attitudes de la jeunesse. La présente conférence se centrera sur le thème de la pudeur (hayâ’) dans l’Islam, ses conceptions, ses réceptions et ses perceptions dans le monde musulman et le monde occidental. Comment comprendre les tensions majeures qui surviennent aujourd’hui sans une compréhension plus précise et mieux ancrée de la tradition islamique et de ses contextes, mais aussi dans ses lectures croisées et ses réinterprétations externes ?

Dans l’orthodoxie musulmane, la pudeur constitue une valeur religieuse fondamentale: juridique, mystique, et théologique. Elle est un élément central de la justification éthique et morale de chaque individu, hommes et femmes. Étonnamment, pendant ces dernières décennies, la pudeur n’a apparemment plus visé que les femmes musulmanes. Pourquoi ? Au moment où l’Occident est ébranlé par les mouvements #metoo, comment analyser aussi le statut des hommes en Islam ?

La question de la pudeur féminine en islam s’est progressivement durcie depuis une trentaine d’années. Les controverses, nombreuses et difficiles, sont souvent liées aux significations contradictoires qui sont prêtées aux attitudes de pudeur. Le foulard, le niqab ou le burkini, sont-ils conçus pour protéger ou soumettre les femmes ? Sont-ils un enjeu de piété ou d’islamisation politique, voire tout simplement économique et commercial pour l’industrie du mode ? Comment analyser de nombreuses attitudes liées à la pudeur, comme le refus de serrer la main d’une personne de l’autre sexe, la ségrégation entre hommes et femmes en certains lieux d’intimité, la réprobation des représentations sexuelles au cinéma ou dans les clips vidéo ? La pudeur des musulmans, telle qu’elle est conçue ou perçue, est-elle incompatible avec des valeurs européennes occidentales ?

Dans la multiplicité des facteurs interprétatifs de ces tensions (traditionnelles, culturelles, civilisationnelles, politiques, économiques, genres, etc.), comment analyser l’incidence d’une meilleure compréhension des référents religieux et des espaces discursifs qu’ils ouvrent ? Que signifierait ainsi que la mystique musulmane place la pudeur dans une relation d’intériorité du cœur, comme une purification existentielle? Peut-on dire, et avec quelle portée, que la pudeur devient une catégorie théologique dans la foi musulmane ? Comment l’Islam conçoit-il plus largement le corps des êtres humains et les relations entre les personnes ?

La conférence se saisira somme toute de la question suivante: comment une meilleure connaissance des traditions et de leur sens permettrait-elle de construire un dialogue des raisons plutôt qu’une disqualification mutuelle et abrupte des styles de vie ?

Les chercheurs à toutes les étapes de leur carrière, y compris des chercheurs en début de carrière (les post-doctorants) et les doctorants, en études islamiques (Coranhadithfiqhkalamtasawuf et falsafa) et en sciences humaines et sociales ou autres disciplines connexes sont invités à soumettre des propositions de communications individuelles. Les communications sont souhaitées en français ou en anglais. Les organisateurs prendront en charge l’hébergement et les repas des présentateurs sélectionnés. Les papiers acceptés seront mis en circulation entre les participants afin que la conférence se déroule comme un lieu de débat en vue de préparer la soumission de ces textes pour publication.


Le nom, l’institution/affiliation, une courte biographie, les coordonnées (adresse, courriel, et téléphone portable avec numéro WA) avec une photo récente (format passeport) doivent être soumises avec le résumé en français ou anglais (300 mots). Tous les résumés doivent être envoyés à au plus tard le lundi 1er juin 2020 à 07h00. Veuillez enregistrer les documents comme suit: “votre prénom_votre nom_résumé”, par exemple ayang_yakin_résumé.


L’article complet doit être écrit en français ou anglais, 25 pages maximum (entre 8.000-10.000 mots en 12 Times New Roman, 1,5 espace). Le nom, l’adresse électronique, l’institution, l’adresse, et une courte biographie doivent être joints. Toutes les notes doivent être des notes de bas de page et une bibliographie doit être incluse. Tous les articles complets doivent être envoyés en format Word (ext. doc/docx) à : au plus tard le lundi 26 octobre 2020 à 07h00. Veuillez enregistrer les documents comme suit : “votre prénom_votre nom_titre de l’article”, par exemple ayang_yakin_pudeur-dans-le-Coran.


L’hébergement et les repas seront offerts aux conférenciers pendant la conférence. Les frais de déplacement ne sont pas couverts et aucune autre aide financière ne peut hélas être offerte. Pour vous rendre à Louvain-la-Neuve, veuillez consulter: ou


Les articles sélectionnés seront soumis à un examen par les pairs en double aveugle pour publication par un éditeur réputé afin d’atteindre un plus large public. Nous avons prévu de lancer le livre avant la fin de l’année 2021.


Date limite pour la soumission des résumés : lundi 1er juin 2020, 07h00.

Acceptation de la notification des résumés  : lundi 15 juin 2020, 23h00.

Date limite pour la soumission de l’article complet : lundi 26 octobre 2020, 07h00.

Dates de la conférence : Jeudi-Vendredi, 3-4 décembre 2020.

Les orateurs principaux et les orateurs des communications sélectionnées devront être en Belgique le jeudi 3 décembre 2020 pour participer activement à l’ensemble de la conférence à partir du 14h du 3/12/2020 jusqu’à 18h00 du vendredi 4/12/2020.


Dr. Ayang Utriza Yakin (professeur invité en études arabes et islamiques à l’Université du Gand) et Prof. Dr. Louis-Léon Christians (professeur en droit des religions à l’Université Catholique de Louvain).


Dr. Ayang Utriza Yakin
Research Associate
Chaire de la Tolérance
Chaire des droits et des religions
Institut des Religions, Spiritualités, Cultures, Sociétés (RSCS)
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)

Adresse postale et courriels : voir dans l’appel à télécharger


Call for Papers: Special Panel at International Conference on “Society and Culture in the Muslim World”

International Conference  on “Society and Culture in the Muslim World” (SCMW) to be held on 30-31 May 2020 in Tehran –

Panel on: Population Dynamics and Policies in the Muslim World

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 20, 2020

At the second round of call for participation (until 20 February 2020), SCMW welcomes paper abstracts and proposals for closed panels. To submit a paper abstract, you can choose one of the ‘Open Panels’ from the list of accepted panels ( or submitting it generally if no panel is related to your proposed abstract. These abstracts will be framed into new panels alongside other relevant papers.

To submit a closed panel proposal please fill the Panel Proposal Form and email it to us while writing the ‘Closed Panel Proposal’ in the subject area of the email:

Please do not hesitate to email us ( if you need any further information which could not be found in the conference website.

Postdoctoral research post: Sex Abuse within the Catholic Church

Three-year postdoctoral research vacancy at Durham University, UK, on the project: Boundary Breaking: Exploring the Ecclesial Implications of Sex Abuse within the Catholic Church.   

This is an excellent opportunity for an ECR. The candidate needs a thorough knowledge of Catholic ecclesial systems and a competence in the scholarly analysis of the doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church. In the light of the experienced difficulties facing the church, how might positive change be facilitated? Candidates will be required to work with a broad range of people, and with complex and sensitive issues; candidates will also need to be sensitive to gender and power dynamics. A job share will also be considered. Please see below for more details:

Call for Papers: ‘Regulating religions? Legal and social status in contemporary Europe’

1-2 October 2020, University of Porto.

Deadline to submit your abstracts: 29 February 2020.

The EUREL network and the University of Porto are putting together an international conference to discuss social, political and legal challenges of religion in Europe – so this might be relevant to your research as well as something to help with post-Brexit blues. 

Call for Papers is now open and further information is available on the conference website.