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Call for Manuscripts: The Changing Faces of Catholicism


Volume 9: The Changing Faces of Catholicism
Forthcoming 2018
Edited by:
Solange Lefebvre (Université de Montréal, Canada) and
Alfonso Pérez-Agote (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Catholicism represents an important area of research in sociology as
well as across a number of disciplines. As literature on Catholicism in
certain contexts substantially expands, there still remains the need for
recent qualitative and quantitative data in specific national contexts
via a comparative perspective. In the discussion on secularism and
diversity, there exist open questions on the way culture, heritage, and
religion intersect or differentiate (political regulation of diversity).
Law, education, religious heritage, chaplaincies, collaborations between
state and civil society—these are just a few areas of social life where
these dimensions are rapidly changing. The relation between Catholicism
and the media poses a number of questions as well.

As a global religion, with the pope being a religious leader as well as
a head of state of the Vatican, Catholicism has developed, especially
since the 1980s, a new way of conducting diplomatic relations and
interfering with national and international policies. Pope Francis’
papacy is revealing a divided Church on many matters, globally and at
the Curia, between the centre and the local Churches. Catholic leaders
have been involved in many contentious debates on sexuality and gender,
with different legal, social, and religious impacts (biopolitics).
Transnational networks and religious mobility are creating new forms of
popular religion and Catholic movements.

To explore these issues we propose to include articles around the
following themes:

  1. Catholicism and culture
  2. Catholicism and media
  3. Catholicism and international relations
  4. Transnational practices, movements, and popular religion
  5. Catholicism, gender, sexuality, and biopolitics
  6. Catholicism, public policies, and institutions
  7. Catholicism and other religions

The editors will seek out contributors who can address questions raised
in the sociology of religion about Catholicism with authors representing
regional and cultural variation.

Please send all proposals (300 words) to


Submission of proposals: June 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2016
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): June 30, 2017