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Call for Abstracts “Religious Fundamentalism: New challenges in Theory and Empirics across Religions and Cultures“

International and interdisciplinary workshop at Cluster of Excellence “Religion & Politics”, University of Munster, Germany

Date: October 16th – 17th, 2020

The project team “Religious Fundamentalism” at Cluster of Excellence “Religion & Politics”, chair of sociology of religion at University of Munster (Germany) organizes a workshop on “Religious Fundamentalism: New Challenges in Theory and Empirics across Religions and Cultures“.

The central aim of this workshop is to create a platform of interaction and dialogue between the project team of the Cluster of Excellence (see below) and external experts in the field of religious fundamentalism. By taking part in presentations and discussions, the participants will not only get a deep insight into research on fundamentalism in various world religions and cultural contexts but will also receive constructive feedback from this team of experts for his/her own studies.

Recent contributions to the field have been challenging common definitions, measurements, as well as explanatory approaches of religious fundamentalism especially against the backdrop of various world religions and of an increasing globalized world. On one hand, this calls into question the relationship between religious traditionalism, fundamentalism, and (acceptance of) violence. On the other hand, research on religious fundamentalism beyond Christianity and Islam as well as beyond the North-American and Western-European context is usually neglected. In this workshop, we want to bring experts together, who contribute to these contemporary issues of fundamentalism research from a theoretical or an empirical perspective.

With this announcement, we want to call for abstracts from scholars, who are highly motivated to present and discuss their scholarly work by participating in a two-day interdisciplinary and international workshop of experts in this field. We are interested in both papers that deal with the phenomenon of fundamentalism on a theoretical level and papers that empirically approach the phenomenon on the basis of (a) selected case(s). Contributions from sociology, psychology, religious studies, political science, theology, or related fields are highly welcome. With this workshop, our objective is to constitute a starting point for future collaborations and dialogue from which the participants can sustainably benefit (e.g., future research projects, publications).

Together with a CV, a convincing abstract of a maximum of 500 words is requested by April 15, 2020 and should be submitted by email to:

  • Dr. Sarah Demmrich, project leader of “Religious Fundamentalism“ at Cluster of Excellence “Religion & Politics“:

Successful applicants are going to be informed shortly after. All expenses for attendance, travel, and accommodation of accepted participants are going to be covered by the project. For any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the project leader. We are looking forward to your applications.

With our very best regards,
Dr. Sarah Demmrich
Prof. Dr. Detlef Pollack
Dr. Olaf Müller

Call For Papers Extended Deadline – AAA 2020 Meeting: Laboring Hearts: Religion, Humanitarianism, and Volunteering in Uncertain Times

Abstract deadline extended to April 8, submit to Tatiana Rabinovich (

Please consider submitting an abstract for the proposed panel “Laboring Hearts: Religion, Humanitarianism, and Volunteering in Uncertain Times” at the AAA Meetings in St. Louis, MO, Nov 18-22, 2020.

This panel is organized by Dr. Tatiana Rabinovich (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University). Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.  Please send your abstract to Tatiana Rabinovich ( by April 8. We will let you know if your paper has been selected for inclusion in the panel by April 13. Please see description below. We would be happy to answer any questions about the panel as it develops.

In times when many states are redefining their social responsibilities and embracing austerity, individuals are often called upon to help vulnerable populations by giving  their time, money, and labor to help those in need. Some who respond to these calls are driven by faith. This proposed panel studies intersections between religion, social justice, and power to understand the kinds of ethical subjectivities that are constituted through faith-driven volunteering, charity, and humanitarian work, broadly defined. The goal is to theorize how faith-inspired giving of time, resources, expertise, and labor illuminates the exigencies of late capitalism, as it pertains to citizenship, belonging, justice, and collective life. We will examine how political mobilizations, moral economies, and social imaginaries emerge from faith-inspired social justice work. We will analyze how those who give in the name of faith carve out spaces and resources for themselves and precarious others in ways that forge connections between the material and affective; the personal and political; and the intimate and global. We are interested in faith-driven giving practices that are structured by religious institutions or faith traditions, as well as those shaped within secular contexts and agencies. We welcome papers from scholars working  on a wide range of topics across the globe. 

The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion – Call for Papers deadline extended

The planning committee for The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion is monitoring the situation and development for the Corona virus closely, and will be following all the recommendations concerning travel and public events given by Swedish authorities. We will accordingly take any measures needed and publish our decisions promptly on our website. However, we are presently continuing the preparation process and are hopeful that the conference will take place as planned.

We realize that some of you might be concerned whether you will be able to attend. In order to give you all time to thoroughly evaluate the situation, we will be extending the deadline for abstracts until April 15. We will also not be accepting any payments for the conference until May 11.

We will keep you all updated on our website.

Call for papers – Conference: Migrant Belongings Digital Practices and the Everyday

4-6 November 2020, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Submissions for panels should be submitted via e-mail to by 15 May 2020.

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line
submission system<> by 15 June

Convenor: Sandra Ponzanesi

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Paul Gilroy (University College London)

Engin Isin (Queen Mary, University of London)

Nicholas de Genova(University of Houston)

Larissa Hjorth(RMIT University, Melbourne)

Saskia Witteborn (Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Migrant belonging through digital connectivity refers to a way of being
in the world that cuts across national borders, shaping new forms of
diasporic affiliations and transnational intimacy. This happens in ways
that are different from the ways enabled by the communication
technologies of the past. Scholarly attention has intensified around the
question of how various new technical affordances of platforms and apps
are shaping the transnationally connected, and locally situated, social
worlds in which migrants live their everyday lives.

This international conference focuses on the connection between the
media and migration from different disciplinary vantage points.
Connecting with friends, peers and family, sharing memories and
personally identifying information, navigating spaces and reshaping the
local and the global in the process is but one side of the coin of
migrant-related technology use: this Janus-faced development also
subjects individual as well as groups to increased datafied migration
management, algorithmic control and biometric classification as well as
forms of transnational authoritarianism and networked repression.

This conference pays particular attention to the everyday use of digital
media for the support of transnational lives, emotional bonds and
cosmopolitan affiliations, focusing also on the the role digital media
play in shaping local/urban and national diasporic formations. This is
because it becomes increasingly important to give everyday digital media
usage a central role in investigations of transnational belonging,
digital intimacy, diasporic community (re)production, migrant subject
formation, long-distance political participation, urban social
integration and local/national self-organization.

Therefore we need to examine individual and collective user practices
within the wider historical and cultural contexts of media studies,
cultural studies and postcolonial cultural studies scholarship, attuned
to issues of politics and power, identity, geographies and the everyday.
This also creates new challenges for cross-disciplinary dialogues that
require an integration of ethnography with digital methods and critical
data studiesin order to look at the formation of identity and
experience, representation, community building, and creating spaces of

Contributions are welcome from any field of study that engages with
questions about how technology and social media usages mediate
contemporary migration experiences, not only within media and
communication studies, or digital and internet studies but also in
neighbouring disciplines such as anthropology, postcolonial studies,
gender studies, race studies, psychology, law, visual studies, conflict
studies, criminology, sociology, critical theory, political theory and
international relations.

Contributions that explore non-media-centric entry points by focusing on
users’ digital practices and foregrounding ethnographic exploration as a
uniting framework are especially welcome.

The conference is part of the ERC project CONNECTINGEUROPE, /Digital
Crossings in Europe: Gender, Diaspora and Belonging/:

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

   * Affective digital practices and the politics of emotion
   * Digital diaspora
   * Cosmopolitanism
   * Cities and urban belonging
   * Translocality and translationalism
   * Co-presence and togetherness
   * Cultural capital
   * Migrant visualization
   * Appification of migration
   * Platformization of migrant lives
   * Gender and critical race studies
   * The migration industry of connectivity
   * Digital ethnography
   * Transnational authoritarianism
   * Networked conflicts
   * Datafication and surveillance


Submissions for panels should be submitted via e-mail to
<> by 15 May 2020.

   * Submission for panels should include a chairperson, a rationale for
     the panel (250 words), and the names of three speakersincluding
     their abstract (250 words) and biographical note (150 words).

Abstracts should be submitted electronically, using the on-line
submission system<>*by 15**June

   * Submissions for papers should include an abstract (max 300words) and
     short biographical note (150 words) about the author including
     her/his current position and interest in the field of digital media
     and migration.

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For further question please mail: 

Call for Papers: International Journal of Religion (IJOR)

Deadline for papers, of between 4,000-5,000 words, is 31 July 2020.

Jeffrey Haynes, Eric Trinka and Tuomas Martikainen have founded a journal regarding the role of religion in global politics.

International Journal of Religion (IJOR) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal aiming to offer a venue for scholarly discussion on religion in reference to the social sciences and humanities. International Journal of Religion aims to fulfil the need for critical discussion on how religion affects economics, society, politics, international relations, geography, anthropology, education, business and management, health, and the arts. International Journal of Religion invites articles with rigorous analysis, reflecting theoretical insights or persuasive empirical evidence. The journal aims to bring into mutually beneficial dialogue, all those – including, policy makers, practitioners, educators, scholars, researchers, and students – interested in these crucial, controversial and topical conversations. The overall objective is to inform understanding of how religion impacts on many areas of human interaction. 

 Editorial Board

  • Nassef Manabilang Adiong, University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Samim Akgonul, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Deina Abdelkader, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
  • Tuncay Bilecen, Regent’s University London, UK
  • Benjamin Bruce, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico
  • Jocelyne Cesari, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Sabine Dreher, York University, Canada
  • Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Erhan Kurtarir, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
  • Tuomas Martikainen, Migration Institute of Finland, Finland
  • Raffaele Mauriello, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran 
  • Paulette K. Schuster, AMILAT, Israel
  • Chris Shannahan, Coventry University, UK
  • Hakan Yavuz, The University of Utah, USA

International Advisory Board:

  • Muqarrab Akbar, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan
  • Sariya Cheruvalil-Contractor, Coventry University, UK
  • Austin Cheyeka, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Petr Kratochvil, Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
  • Vendulka Kubolkova, Miami University, USA
  • Sabrina Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • John Rees, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Pedro dos Santos, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, USA
  • Christine Schliesser, Zurich University, Switzerland
  • Ibrahim Sirkeci Regent’s University London, UK
  • Ignatius Swart, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • La Toya Waha, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore

Call for papers: ‘The politics of religious dissent’

The first issue of International Journal of Religion is a special issue. It seeks to compare and contrast differing religious perspectives on the topic of politics and religious dissent. Its focus is on: key tenets of belief of a particular religious faith; examples of dissent from core beliefs; the elasticity of religious traditions; consequences of dissent; diversity within religious faiths; how religions manage or fail to manage dissent; ethical treatment of dissent in religious traditions; and whether religious faiths prescribe clear ways to manage dissent.

Three questions frame the topic in the special issue:

  • How do religious leaders respond to dissent within their faiths?
  • How does the state respond to religious dissent?
  • How do religions react to dissent from feminist and gay activists?

Examples may be drawn from the following: Judaism focuses more on belonging than believing and may consequently be relatively open to pluralism and tolerant of diversity. Christianity has a long history of violence in the context of dissent, suggesting a relatively high degree of intolerance. Nevertheless, Christianity developed into a relatively diverse religion, the default faith of Western modernity, linked to individuals’ right to be free, including their choice of faith. Islam is more heterogeneous, divided and intolerant of dissent, a situation aggravated by the consequences of colonialism. Hinduism developed via diverse traditions which existed long before ‘construction’ of Hinduism during colonialism, with the result that Hinduism is often thought of as both a tolerant and accommodative religious tradition. Sikhism is strongly linked to maintenance of identity, focused on both rigid boundaries and exclusiveness, a process linked to politics and power. Confucianism is a contested term used to describe a wide variety of rituals and convictions, sometimes adopted by those in power to justify national unity and stability via a ‘Confucian’ culture, sometimes employed by the powerful to stifle dissent. Buddhism is often said to both tolerant and able to adapt to an environment where it is practised, yet the faith also may exhibit intolerance in relation to expressions of dissent.

Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are those from political science, international relations, sociology, philosophy, history, and ethical and religious studies.

For details please contact with Jeffrey Haynes; or A. Erdi Ozturk 

New Journal Issue: Sociology of Islam Volume 8 (2020): Issue 1 (Feb 2020)

This issue will be comparative in scope on several dimensions: From regional identities to perception of Islam in a non-Muslim populated country; from religiosity and alcohol consumption to Islamic State;  from radical secularism to Islamic Nationalism and democracy in Turkey.  Contributions from a variety of disciplines that focus on assessing and explaining the role of Islam in diverse societies and countries.

Our next issue will be a special issue on “Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East” edited by Professor Eyman Shabana from Georgetown University.  

We will have another special issue soon: “Halal Economies in Non-Muslim Secular Countries” edited by Rano Turaeva and Michael Brose from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Please submit your article or proposal for a special issue:  

Best to all, Tugrul

Sociology of Islam  Volume 8 (2020): Issue 1 (Feb 2020)

The Arabs and Iranians What Went Wrong? And Why?

By: Mahjoob Zweiri and Ismail Zahirovic

Pages: 1–16

Before isis: What Early America Thought of Islam

By: Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Pages: 17–52

Religiosity, Social Influence, and Drinking Among Iranians

By: Bashir Tofangsazi

Pages: 53–79

The Problem of the Islamic State

By: Milad Dokhanchi

Pages: 80–109

From Radical Secularism to Islamic NationalismThe Historical Evolution of Politico-Religious Relationship in Turkey

By: Yang Chen

Pages: 110–126

Erdogan’s Train to Authoritarianism

By: Michael M. Gunter

Pages: 127–149

Call for Papers: Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Authority in Twelver Shia Islam: Clerics and the State, Past and Present

10-11 September 2020

University of Birmingham Conference at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2020

The question of what constitutes legitimate authority – both religious and secular – has been a core theological concern of Twelver Shia Islam. Emerging with the question of the succession of the Prophet Muhammad, Twelver Shia theological discourse invested sole sovereignty and legitimate authority with the Imams, the male members of the ahl al-bayt, designated to lead the Muslim community. The occultation (ghayba) of the Twelfth Imam led to the emergence of the notion of the collective deputyship (al-niyaba al-‘amma) of the learned class within Twelver Shia Islam, the ‘ulama’, who assume some of the prerogatives of the Imam. From the period, Twelver Shia clerical authorities had to address the question to what extent secular political authority is legitimate and how to relate to it.

With the establishment of the first Twelver Shia state in Iran in the 16th century, clerics had to define their relationship to the Safavid dynasty and the extent of their support for it. During the Qajar period in 19th century Iran, Twelver Shia clerics assumed a more pro-active political role, considering themselves as mediators between the ruler and the people. The rise of the modern nation-state in the Middle East in the early 20th century led to debates around the role of the clergy in the state and the nature of an Islamic state. While Khomeini’s understanding of the “guardianship of the jurisconsult” (wilayat al-faqih) has been the most prominent and influential intervention, other models of clergy-state relations, that have emerged, do not advocate direct clerical involvement in the affairs of the government. Clerical figures nevertheless play a central role in Shia Islamist parties, networks and movements across the Middle East and South Asia, remaining thereby important political actors in the context of weak or failed nation-states, ripped by sectarian divisions, civil conflict and corruption.

This conference invites papers on the topic of clergy-state relations in Twelver Shia Islam, from the post-ghayba period (ca. 941 CE) to the present. Placing clergy-state relations in the context of Twelver Shia discourses on sovereignty, legitimacy and authority, the conference seeks to investigate clerical positions towards secular authority and power in different historical periods. While the focus of the conference will be the Middle East, it intends to adopt a wider geographical perspective with contributions welcome on similar debates in South Asia and other parts of world where Shia clerics were or have become influential political actors.

Papers can address – but are not restricted to – the following issues:

  • definitions of sovereignty in Twelver Shia theological and jurisprudential discourse
  • conceptions of legitimate political authority in Twelver Shia Islam
  • approaches and conceptions of clerical authority and its relation to secular power in Twelver Shia Islam
  • case studies of clergy-state relations from past and present
  • binary between clerical quietism and activism and its validity and relevance
  • clerical responses to the rise of the modern nation-state
  • role and position of Twelver Shia seminaries (hawza) in the context of the modern nation-state
  • conceptions of an Islamic state in modern and contemporary Twelver Shia discourse
  • role of clerical leadership in modern and contemporary Twelver Shia political movements
  • transnational and diasporic reach of clerical movements and networks
  • mediatisation of clerical authority as actors within the state and transnationally

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof Andrew J. Newman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof Rula Abisaab (McGill University)

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2020. Abstracts of up to 300 words and a short bio of (up to 200 words) should be sent in MS Word format as an email attachment to For enquiries about the conference, contact Prof Oliver Scharbrodt (

The conference is part of the Alterumma project, funded by the European Research Council and hosted at the University of Birmingham. The conference will take place at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin.

A number of travel bursaries are available for conference presenters. Enquiries should be made to Prof Oliver Scharbrodt.


  • Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 3 April 2020
  • Dates of the conference: 10-11 September 2020

Call for Papers: Implicit Religion Conference 2020 – “Implicit Religion, Race, and Representation”

In support of the UCU strike we are extending the deadlines for the UK and US IR conferences to March 31.

This conference takes place against the backdrop of increased political authoritarianism and a noticeable rise in racial and religious intolerance across the world. Yet we increasingly find ‘race’ being dismissed or diminished as a category of oppression within wider social problems, dynamics, and understandings such as class, and at the expense of understanding the lives, cultures, and histories of people of color (Bhambra, Fields & Fields, Gilroy, Hill Collins, and Heng.) To understand how assertions of identity function at the same time as racism, nationalism, and exclusion we need to view these developments as intertwined with religion and in the development of definitions of religion and religiosity (Nye, Weisenfeld, and Moultrie.) The burning of the Amazon, attempts to lay pipelines in North Dakota, or conduct scientific experiments on indigenous sacred lands and responses to other acts of neo-colonialism might be productively analyzed in terms of race, religion, and implicit religion.

Respectability politics has a significant role in the interaction between race and religion and so must be brought into analysis with those categories (Pitcan.) For centuries people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Indigenous peoples, and Black Atlantic Religions have been denied the status of respectability whilst simultaneously having to continue to conform to white, Christian norms in attempts to attain that status (Long, Rafiq, and Eddo-Lodge.) How can we acknowledge these problematic lenses but also move beyond them? Can we productively talk about how race functions (or has functioned) in societies in terms of commitment, integrating foci, and intensive concerns with extensive effects, the three axioms of Implicit Religion?

Implicit Religion was founded in the UK and as such is shaped by the social history of it, which includes colonising lands and peoples, the slave trade, selling arms and having a punitive relationship with immigration. As such then it is important that we consider how race and racism has influenced, shaped, and interacted with Implicit Religion. It is also important that we ask ourselves what role the axioms of Implicit Religion can play in future analyses with race and representation, be that in academia or public life.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for consideration on the theme of “Implicit Religion, Race, and Representation”. These might include, but are not limited to:

  • Presence, absence, and resistance in representations of race
  • New social movements, resistance, and counter movements (civil rights, indigenous rights, anti-apartheid movements, Black Lives Matter, Say Her Name etc.)
  • Womanist analysis, thinking, being, and doing
  • Agency and social otherness
  • Embodying and embracing difference
  • Technologies (visual, material, and sound) and racial categories in culture
    memory and the formation of identity
  • Racialisation of religion and religious racism
  • Methodologies for decolonising teaching and curricula in the study of religion
  • Political and religious authoritarianism: past, present, and future

Proposal Submissions

We invite submissions for proposals for either a paper or a scratch session on these themes, elaborated below (CFP-UK-A4), for #IR43, May 15-17th, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK, by 31 March, 2020.

The submission form is now available. You will be asked to indicate if you are submitting a paper or scratch session, and to provide an abstract (with references to secondary literature and sources) and other information as specified below, and what we need to know in order to accommodate your participation if your proposal is accepted.

Please note while you can edit your entries before you select the submit button, the form does not allow the submission to be saved and edited later. We suggest looking at the form for context and then composing the abstract and the notes regarding accommodating your participation in a word processing document and then cutting and pasting these elements of the proposal into the form.


Please select the option “Paper” on the form. Those
submitting papers are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words.


There will be a dedicated panel for undergraduates, MA and early stage PhD students to present at – called a scratch session. These will be shorter papers and rather than the usual practise of asking questions of the presenters, the audience will make suggestions for further reading, pathways for improvement, scholars to explore etc. If you wish to apply for the scratch session, please select that option on the submission form and submit a 250 – 300 word abstract. 


The 2020 Edward Bailey Lecture, “Designing for Humans, Designing Research on Human Subjects: Race, Representations, and Rights” will be delivered by Dr Ipsita Chatterjea, Executive Director of the Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline Workshop.

Please note we are a small organisation and as such are not in a position to provide bursaries, travel grants or funds for visa applications. We can provide you with an official letter of invite and a subsequent letter of participation if your university or funding body requires it or if it is necessary for travel or visa requirements.


  • Baker, Kelly J. Gospel According to the Klan, The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2011
  • Bhambra, Gurminder. Decolonising the University, London: Pluto Press, 2015.
  • Eddo-Lodge Reni. Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Fields, Karen E., Barbara Jean Fields. Racecraft : The Soul of Inequality in American Life. London ; New York :Verso, 2012.
  • Gilroy, Paul. There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
  • ⏤  The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. London: Verso, 2007.
  • Heng, Geraldine. The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Hill Collins, Patricia. Black Feminist Thought : Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990
  • Long, Charles H. Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion, Aurora, CO: The Davies Group Publishers, 1999.
  • Moultrie, Monique N. Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017
  • Nye, Malory. Multiculturalism and Minority Religions in Britain. Routledge Curzon, 2001.
  • Pitcan Mikaela, Alice E Marwick, and danah boyd. 2018. “Performing a Vanilla Self: Respectability Politics, Social Class and the Digital World.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 23 p 163 – 179
  • Rafiq Raifa. “Not Just A Black Muslim Woman.” in It’s Not About The Burqa, edited by Mariam Khan, London: Picador, 2019.
  • Weisenfeld, Judith, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration, New York City: NYU Press, 2016.

Call for Papers: AAA – “Laboring Hearts: Gender, Religion, and Volunteerism in Uncertain Times”

Please send your abstract to Tatiana Rabinovich ( by March 15

American Anthropological Association Meeting panel organized by Dr. Tatiana Rabinovich (North Carolina State University) & Dr. Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University)

Please consider submitting an abstract for the proposed panel “Laboring Hearts: Gender, Religion, and Volunteerism in Uncertain Times” at the AAA Meetings in St. Louis, MO, Nov 18-22, 2020. This panel is organized by Dr. Tatiana Rabinovich (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University). Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.  Please send your abstract to Tatiana Rabinovich by March 15.  We will let you know if your paper has been selected for inclusion in the panel within one week after our deadline. Please see description below. We would be happy to answer any questions about the panel as it develops.

In times when many states are redefining their social responsibilities and embracing austerity, individuals are often called upon to help vulnerable populations by volunteering their time, money, and labor. Some who respond to these calls are driven by faith. This proposed panel studies intersections between religion, volunteerism, and power to understand the kinds of ethical subjectivities that are constituted through faith-driven volunteerism. The goal is to theorize how faith-inspired and gendered volunteer work illuminate the exigencies of late capitalism, as it pertains to citizenship, belonging, justice, and collective life. We will examine how political mobilizations, moral economies, and social imaginaries emerge from hands-on, faith-based giving. We will analyze how volunteers carve out spaces and resources for themselves and precarious others in ways that forge connections between the material and affective; the personal and political; and the intimate and global. We are interested in faith-driven giving practices that are structured by religious institutions or faith traditions, as well as those shaped within secular contexts and agencies. We welcome papers from scholars working across the globe, and particularly those focusing on contexts in which volunteers engage in activities that bring them in direct contact with members of the populations that they wish to serve.