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Call For Papers: Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR)

Professor Ralph Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor welcome your proposals for the Journal Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR)

Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Monday 13th January 2020

For more information, please visit

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion.

RSSR usually includes a guest-edited special section that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas. For 2020, RSSR will include a special section on Feminist Approaches to the Sociology of Religion. This section will include chapter about research that utilises feminist epistemological frameworks to study lived experiences of religion or belief. For this issue we define feminist approaches broadly as those that

·         use a gendered lens

·         privilege lesser-heard voices including women

·         reflect on researcher positionality

·         seek societal transformation as an integral aspect of research.

Submitting Proposals: We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSR. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.

·         Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Monday 13th January 2020

·         Notification of acceptance of paper: 30th January 2020

·         If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 31st April 2020

Manuscripts for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood ( & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (

For more information and submission guidelines please visit the Instructions for Authors document on, or contact the editor.