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Conference Registration Open: British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum

We are very pleased to announce that registration for the next MBRN conference, ‘British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum’, is now open. Tickets can be booked at the link below:

A one-day conference organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network in partnership with the Muslim Charities Forum and the Humanitarian Academy for Development

This event is for scholars and practitioners working in, working with or researching Muslim charities that are based in the United Kingdom but conduct charitable activities throughout the world. British Muslim INGOs have been in operation in the UK since the early eighties. Since then, the sector has grown and now includes over a hundred charities which have a total spend of just under half a billion pounds annually.

These charities have been at the forefront of providing aid in times of crisis and in supporting long term economic development in some of the poorest parts of the world. At this conference, scholars and practitioners from across this sector will showcase their work from the field and discuss and debate the challenges the sector faces, whether to do with fundraising, policy contexts, or working internationally. Papers will either focus on a specific aspect of British Muslim charity that presenters wish to highlight as best practice, or seek to open debates about working in any aspect of development work. The conference organisers intend to collect all or part of the proceedings of the conference to be published in book form.

The call for papers for this event has now closed, but all are welcome to register to attend.

The Muslims in Britain Research Network is a network of academics, researchers and practitioners that specialises in studying and supporting the development of the British Muslim community. The Muslim Charities Forum has been studying the sector for the past year and will be launching its research into the charity sector at this event. The Humanitarian Academy for Development is a centre of excellence serving the leadership, research and talent development needs of the humanitarian sector.

Job – Lecturer (Maternity Cover) in Ethnicity/Ethnic Politics/Sociology of Religion/Multiculturalism – University of Bristol

Job number



School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies

Contract type

Fixed Term Contract

Working pattern

Full time


£38,017 – £42,792 per annum

Closing date for applications


SPAIS is seeking to appoint a Lecturer (maternity cover) for the School.

The successful applicant will contribute fully to the life of the School and Faculty through teaching on our undergraduate/postgraduate programmes and undertaking associated administrative duties. The ability to contribute both to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching on the SPAIS Politics and IR programmes and the Sociology programmes as per the profile below is an essential requirement. Applicants should have a PhD and relevant teaching experience.   Applicants must have expertise in the areas indicated below:

Ethnicity, Ethnic Politics, the Sociology of Religion, Multiculturalism

The post is located on Pathway Three and will be appointed on Profile Level (b) (Lecturer grade J) of the University’s Academic Pathway.

This is a fixed term post, running from 1 January 2020 (or agreed start date) to 30 June 2020. Enquiries about the post should be directed to Prof. Michelle Cini –

Closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 11th December 2019

We anticipate interviews will be held on Friday 20th December (to be confirmed)


Issue 179, December 2019

If you prefer, you can read this issue online


Expected Inequalities and Unintended Symmetries
Warsaw, Poland
May 11-12, 2020
Abstracts: December 15, 2019

Decent Care Work? Transnational Home Arrangements
Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, Germany
May 27 -29, 2020
Abstracts: December 31, 2019

Making Home Away: Displacement, Migration, and

University of Reading, United Kingdom
June 12, 2020
Abstracts: January 2, 2020

Exploring Postgender
Malta Sociological Association
March 14, 2020
Abstracts: Januarty 6, 2019

 Structures in Contexts.  Understanding Relations in
European Societies and beyond

Centre for German and European Studies
St. Petersburg, Russia
July 7-9 2020
Abstracts: January 13, 2020


‘Urban Social Movements’ or/and ‘Right to the City

Social dynamics of self-organization processes and
contemporary urban regimes
Call for papers
Special issue of Society Register
Abstracts: December 15, 2019

Global Social Science
Call for papers
Special issue of Rassegna italiana di sociologia
Abstracts: January 15, 2020


VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021


Title VIII CEE Area Studies Fellowship Program
Center for European Policy Analysis
Applications: December 31, 2019

10 Fellowships
The Berggruen Institute
University of Southern California, USA
Applications: January 6, 2020

 Assistant Professor of Sociology
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
University of Navarra, Spain
Applications: December 10, 2019

Tenure-track Research Fellows in Sociology
Institute of Sociology
Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan
Applications: December 25, 2019

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong
Applications: December 31, 2019

Assistant Professor in Sociology
School of Sociology
Higher School of Economics University
Moscow, Russia
Applications: January 12, 2020

ISSR Newsletter

Autumn greetings from the ISSR executive!

Please find the minutes of the last ISSR General Assembly that took place in Barcelona, July 2019 here.

Call for workshop proposals

In light of its mission to foster international exchange in the sociology of religion, the ISSR invites proposals for international workshops on innovative research topics in the field to be held in 2020 or 2021. ISSR will provide co-funding to a maximum of EUR15,000.

Proposals may be submitted by a group of a minimum of three ISSR members in good standing, who come from at least three different countries;
Proposals should include confirmed and significant co-funding from at least one other source (e.g. universities, research institutes).

Application Submissions:
Proposals shall consist of

  1. a concise explanation of the scientific purpose and potential publication plans (three pages maximum);
  2. a list of potential participants to be invited and/or to be addressed through an open Call for Papers;
  3. a detailed budget plan and timeline of organization;
  4. confirmation letter(s) from co-funding source(s).

Winners of the grant have to send a written and financial report on the workshop not later than 6 months after the workshop has taken place.

Proposals should be sent in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Workshop Committee, Ekaterina Teryukova ( by the 15 February 2020.

Following previous calls, the deadline for the committee to evaluate the applications and report would be 3 months later (April 2020).

Best wishes
V. Altglas, ISSR General Secretary

Chers collègues,

Salutations d’automne de l’exécutif de la SISR!

Veuillez trouver le procès-verbal de la dernière Assemblée générale de la SISR qui s’est tenue à Barcelone en juillet 2019 ici.

Appel à propositions d’ateliers

Dans le cadre de sa mission de favoriser les échanges internationaux en sociologie des religions, la SISR lance un appel à propositions pour la tenue d’ateliers internationaux sur des thèmes de recherche novateurs dans ce domaine en 2020 ou 2021. La SISR fournira un cofinancement d’un montant maximum de 15 000 euros.

Les propositions peuvent être soumises par un groupe d’au moins trois membres en règle de la SISR, provenant d’au moins trois pays différents;
Les propositions doivent inclure un cofinancement confirmé et important provenant d’au moins une autre source (p. ex. universités, instituts de recherche).

Soumission des demandes:
Les propositions comprennent

  1. une explication concise de l’objectif scientifique et des plans de publication potentiels (trois pages au maximum);
  2. une liste de participants potentiels à inviter et/ou à aborder dans le cadre d’un appel à communications ouvert;
  3. un plan budgétaire détaillé et le calendrier de l’organisation;
  4. lettre(s) de confirmation de la (des) source(s) de cofinancement.

Les lauréats de la subvention doivent envoyer un rapport écrit et financier sur l’atelier au plus tard 6 mois après la tenue de l’atelier.

Date limite:
Les propositions doivent être envoyées en format électronique à la présidente du Comité de l’atelier de la SISR, Ekaterina Teryukova ( avant le 15 février 2020.

À la suite des appels précédents, la date limite pour l’évaluation des demandes et l’établissement du rapport par le comité est fixée à trois mois plus tard (avril 2020).

meilleurs vœux
V. Altglas, Secrétaire général de la SISR

Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 32 (1)

The latest Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 32(1) has been published. It includes research articles by the following authors:

For book reviews, click here.

Book – “(Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty”

Sam Han. 2019. (Inter)Facing Death: Life in Global Uncertainty. Abingdon, Oxon and New York: Routledge.

In modern times, death is understood to have undergone a transformation not unlike religion. Whereas in the past it was out in the open, it now resides mostly in specialized spaces of sequestration—funeral homes, hospitals and other medical facilities. A mainstay in so-called traditional societies in the form of ritual practices, death was usually messy but meaningful, with the questions of what happens to the dead or where they go lying at the heart of traditional culture and religion. In modernity, however, we are said to have effectively sanitized it, embalmed it and packaged it—but it seems that death is back. In the current era marked by economic, political and social uncertainty, we see it on television, on the Internet; we see it almost everywhere. (Inter)Facing Death analyzes the nexus of death and digital culture in the contemporary moment in the context of recent developments in social, cultural and political theory. It argues that death today can be thought of as “interfaced,” that is mediated and expressed, in various aspects of contemporary life rather than put to the side or overcome, as many narratives of modernity have suggested. Employing concepts from anthropology, sociology, media studies and communications, (Inter)FacingDeath examines diverse phenomena where death and digital culture meet, including art, online suicide pacts, the mourning of celebrity deaths, terrorist beheadings and selfies. Providing new lines of thinking about one of the oldest questions facing the human and social sciences, this book will appeal to scholars and students of social and political theory, anthropology, sociology and cultural and media studies with interests in death.

For review copies:

CALL FOR PAPERS – Religious Freedom: Social-Scientific Approaches

International Conference in Padova (Italy), May 14-15, 2020

Abstracts (400 words) due by December 20, 2019 – Send to Olga Breskaya (

Notification of acceptance: January 15, 2020

Over the past three decades, issues related to religious freedom have become increasingly important across a global spectrum, prompting a growing interdisciplinary area of study. The discourses on religion and human rights, citizenship, and religion and state relations have become intertwined due to the shared centrality of the struggle over religious freedom. Scholars in political science, international relations, judicial studies and sociology have all contributed theoretical discussions, case studies and extensive empirical analysis.

Recent developments involving social and religious dynamics related to migration, societal restrictions placed on religious freedoms, interaction between religious social movements and religious freedoms, and increasing visibility of religion in global politics are several examples where diverse theoretical approaches and analytical tools of social sciences can complement and challenge each other. While modern societies advance human rights promises by various legal and social mechanisms, they nevertheless face basic challenges of how these promises are to be defended, especially when ethnic, religious or class differences are factored into the picture. The promise of religious freedom has become a burgeoning social issue, which asks for both the social scientific answers and, in particular, for understandings of how different scientific outlooks see and interpret the current situation.

In order to better address the issues, we invite participants to contribute theoretical perspectives, social science concepts and empirical analyses that highlight the development of religious freedom as an area of study in the social sciences. Considering these matters, participants are welcome to propose papers in line with the conference rationale, particularly in relation to the following topics:

  • Theories of religious freedom in social sciences
  • Religious freedom and pluralism
  • Religious freedom, spirituality and interfaith dialogue
  • Religious freedom and secularism
  • Cross-national studies on religious freedom
  • Sociology of human rights and religious freedom
  • Religious freedom and social conflicts
  • Religious freedom and socio-economic development
  • Congregations, human rights and religious freedom

Confirmed keynote speakers:
Nanlai Cao, Renmin University, China
Mark Chaves, Duke University, USA
Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University, USA
Jonathan Fox, Bar-Ilan University, Israel
Damon Mayrl, Colby College, USA
James T. Richardson, University of Nevada, USA
Jörg Stolz, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

The international conference is organized by the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Pedagogy and Applied Psychology (FISPPA) at the University of Padova in Italy and the International Joint Doctorate (PhD) Program in “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-Level Governance,” coordinated by the University of Padova in partnership with the University of Nicosia in Cyprus, Western Sydney University in Australia and the University of Zagreb in Croatia.

Scientific Committee:
Olga Breskaya, University of Padova
Roger Finke, Pennsylvania State University
Giuseppe Giordan, University of Padova
Adam Possamai, Western Sydney University
Siniša Zrinščak, University of Zagreb