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Call for Papers: ISA-RC22 Mid Term Conference – “Religion, Politics and Uncertainty: Shifting the Boundaries”

Vilnius, Lithuania – November 11th  to 14th


Please submit an abstract of your presentation through the website of the conference by September 1, 2021

Religion has always been an important resource helping people intimes of uncertainty. The current world is rife with uncertainty:throughout the world societies struggle with the ongoing COVID-19pandemic, recent waves of migration and a torrent of human rightsviolations of large scale, as well as threatening processes indicatedby manifestations of climate change and the like. In thesecircumstances, religion remains important both in the private life ofmany believers and in public for a variety of actors, and often enjoysnew opportunities to engage in a variety of public roles.Accordingly, we can observe a vigorous return of religion into publicspace and policies on local, regional, national, transnational andglobal levels evidenced, for example, by a growing role of religion inimplementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

With questioning of the secularization thesis and a broadeningscope of research to include a variety of non-Western contextsprompted, a public role of religion in modern societies has alreadybeen recognized. However, emergent social and political contextsraise new challenges in understanding and conceptualizingreligious and secular actors, actions, politics and ideologies, theirinteractions and boundaries between them. How scholars andvarious other actors redefine religion in the context of increasinglyconspicuous fluidity of boundaries between religion and politics onthe transregional, transnational and global levels? How religion istransformed and relocated by diverse and shifting interactions ofsecular and religious actors, secular and religious ideologies andpolitics of the past and memory? What impact different historicalcontexts and their interactions have on the role of religiouscommunities in relation to the increasingly international or globalnature of policies and implementing communities? These and otherissues related to religions, politics and uncertainty in contemporarysocieties we invite to discuss by presenting papers based on bothempirical (case or comparative) and/or theoretical studies.

Sub Themes

  • Conceptualizations of Boundaries of the Public and the Private in the Context ofReligion
  • Religion and Politics in Regional, National and International Communities
  • Religion and International Relations
  • Religion and Politics of Climate Change
  • Religion and Politics of Gender
  • Religion, Power and Politics
  • Religion and Human Rights
  • Religion, Populism and Ideologies
  • Religion and Politics of Migration
  • Ethnicity, Politics and Citizenship
  • Religion and National Identity
  • Religion and Politics of Past and Memory
  • Religion and History of Colonialism and Socialism
  • Religion, Politics and Media
  • Religion and Public Policy
  • Public Sociology of Religion
  • Religion and Science in Contemporary World
  • Religion and the Pandemics

AASR May Newsletter


The Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2020; Vol. 33, No. 3) is now published with the Journal of the Academic Study of Religion. This Special Issue is guest edited by Dr Kathleen McPhillips, with the following papers:


National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info. 

46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion on ‘Hope’, 9-10 December 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2021. More info. 

Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 May 2021. More info. 

Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), online: “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”. 14-16 September 2021. Proposals due by 1 June 2021. More info.

New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion Conference on ‘Aotearoa Spirit’, Victoria University of Wellington, 29-30 November 2021. Abstract deadline: 3 September 2021. More info. 


Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Upcoming Event:

Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion. 17 June 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

Selby Old Fellowship in Religious History of the Orthodox Christian Faith, University of Sydney

New Publications:

Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff and Gary Bouma (2021). Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity. Bloomsbury. 

Enqi Weng and Fethi Mansouri (2021). ‘‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia’Continuum

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Cao Đài and Gucheon Sangje: Ethnical Grassroots Religious Movements in Colonial Vietnam and Korea’InternationalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 11, 2: 81-101.

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Public Trust Lost and a Sign of Retroflexion: The Socio-Political Ecology of the Korean Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic’Journal of Church and State,

Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? 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: Open Theology Journal – The Bible and Migration – new deadline May 31, 2021

Edited by: C. L. Crouch (Fuller Theological Seminary)


New dealine: May 31, 2021


“Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “The Bible and Migration”, prepared in collaboration with the conference “The Bible on the Move: Toward a Biblical Theology of Migration,” held at Fuller Theological Seminary in January 2020.

This special issue asks how cutting-edge biblical scholarship should inform conversation about and action relating to migration in the twenty-first century, bridging the gap between biblical studies, theology, and activism. Articles should examine how the biblical texts reflect diverse migrant experiences, as well as ways in which these texts reflect theologically on migration and appropriate responses to it among migrants and host communities. Articles may also critically interrogate the Bible’s use in arguments over migration and migrants’ reception by host communities. For purposes of this issue, ‘migration’ is understood to include refugee movements, internal and external displacements, and a wide spectrum of voluntary and involuntary migration motivated by famine, war, economics, and other causes. Contributions from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament or the New Testament are welcome, as are contributions that seek to take the perspective of both into account.

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because “Open Theology” is published in Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their manuscripts.


Submissions will be collected by May 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at

Choose as article type: “The Bible and Migration”

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Carly Crouch at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at

Call for Papers – Enshrining the Past: Religion and Heritage-Making in a Secular Age

Workshop at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig University

27 – 29 October 2021

Marian Burchardt and Nur Yasemin Ural (both Leipzig University)

As the intensity of the politics around cultural identity is growing across the world, the notion of heritage-making, or “heritagisation”, has acquired new political urgency. At the same time, these politics have animated far-flung controversies over the religious and secular sources of belonging along with the values of ethnic, religious and racial majorities, minorities and the states that are supposed to represent them. This raises an intriguing set of questions: Under what conditions and with what consequences are certain religious artefacts, rituals and worldviews framed as heritage? Whose religious heritage is considered worthy to be selected, canonised and ennobled as elementary for nations’ collective memory? Who is systematically excluded and left to oblivion in the politics of religious and secular heritage? Which social groups are central to these processes?

This workshop seeks to explore the contours of the politics around cultural heritage and the ways it is enmeshed with the religious-secular dynamics in societies past and present. We suggest that these concerns manifest in three substantive ways, each provoking suggestive research questions: legal frames, immaterial values, and material patrimony. In 2003, the question of whether and how Europe’s religious heritage, which is largely Christian, should appear as the basis for common values and norms in the European Constitution was highly controversial. Religious heritage as a legal concept also appears in the national constitutions of many countries. Such legal frames have a direct influence on the way public authorities enshrine certain aspects of religion and culture as heritage while denying the status and value accruing from such enshrinement to others. For this reason, it is essential to address the way in which legal definitions of religious heritage have historically emerged. Certain places and practices considered sacred, such as temples, cemeteries, and prayers, are transformed into tangible and intangible national cultural heritage, sometimes receiving World Heritage status. The inclusion of float festivals in Japan, held annually to honour deities to prevent natural catastrophes, on UNESCO’s intangible cultural heritage list is a case that drew fierce criticism from priests and traditionalists alike, while exposing the political implications of heritagisation. What is at stake when cultural goods are defined as religious or non-religious cultural heritage? In the latter case, heritagisation means that religious items are culturalised and thus secularised thereby acquiring the status of secular-sacred. This raises the question how the redesignation of cultural goods from religious-sacred to secular-sacred shapes people’s affects as they engage with them.

Material artefacts – monuments, architectures, but also statues and objects – give tangible shape to otherwise abstract values, imagined histories or codes of belonging. Religious pluralism, secularisation but also national/cultural identities are often the backdrop against which controversies over what to preserve and who is in charge of preservation emerge. Sacred objects such as amulets or beads used in religious rituals in different parts of Africa, for instance, come to occupy a prominent discursive and material place within visual culture, art and fashion as part of the traditional African heritage, whose contours are under constant negotiation. Material artefacts imbue these politically and economically motivated negotiations with affective and sensorial dimensions. In a similar vein, both religious and non-religious people often develop affective attachments to religious artefacts and architectures as heritage. Religious heritage thus invites a reconsideration of the affective and performative politics of the secular that often raises distinctions between “religion as belief” and “religion as culture/heritage”, which play out differently in different parts of the world.

Focusing on these three axes of legal frames, immaterial values, and material patrimony that contribute and shape the discursive and affective assemblages of heritage, we invite contributors from around the world and various disciplines (including sociology, anthropology, history, heritage studies, geography, and religious studies) to participate in the call for papers. Please send an abstract of maximum 300 words by 13 June to Selected participants will be informed by 12 July.

Depending on the state of the COVID-19 pandemic, the workshop will be carried out in a hybrid format. We are able to cover costs for travel and accommodation for those presenting on-site in person.

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AASR May Newsletter

Call for Papers:


National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info.

46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion on ‘Hope’, 9-10 December 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2021. More info.

New Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 May 2021. More info.

Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), online: “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”. 14-16 September 2021. Proposals due by 1 June 2021. More info.

New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion Conference on ‘Aotearoa Spirit’, Victoria University of Wellington, 29-30 November 2021. Abstract deadline: 3 September 2021. More info. 


Call for papers for the International Journal for the Study of New Religions. Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 


1. ICA 2021 Preconference Program: Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion and Gender. May 27, 2021. More info

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

Call for Papers: ‘Religions’ Journal Special Issue “Exploring Atheism” with APC Waiver

The open access journal Religions (ISSN 2077-1444, indexed in A&HCI and SCOPUS) is pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue, titled “Exploring Atheism”. We will be serving as the Guest Editors for this issue. 

Considering the relevant expertise among psychologists of religion, we would like to cordially invite you to contribute an article to this Special Issue. For more information on the issue, please visit the Special Issue website.

The journal editors are waiving APCs on submissions received between 1 June and 1 September 2021 (if accepted for publication).  We hope that you can contribute, and that you will be able to submit your articles during this window of time. 

Papers may be submitted from now until 31 January 2022, as papers will be published on an ongoing basis. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

If you would like to contribute, please email one of the guest editors no later than 1 September 2021 with a title and abstract.

We hope this invitation receives your favorable consideration and look forward to our future collaboration! 

Best wishes, 

F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D., Ph.D. 

Professor, Institute for Global Development, University of Agder 

Research Professor, NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems

Joseph Langston, BS, BA, MA 

Psychology PhD Student, Ohio University

Announcement: Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts

We would like to bring to your attention the launch of the electronic Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts. The main objective of this peer-reviewed journal, which is hosted by the University of Sydney, is to make available ‘threshold’ editions of Gandhāran textual materials more quickly and in a dynamic and interactive manner. The journal is in part a response to the enormous amount of new Gāndhārī and Sanskrit manuscripts and inscriptions from the Greater Gandhāran region that remain unpublished, and in part a response to the desire to make that material available in a more comprehensive form than is possible in conventional print publications. The editorial board is made up of scholars working in the field.

The first three articles provide digital editions of sutras from the Robert Senior collection of Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts: 

  1. Aṇatvalakṣaṇa-sutra (RS22.02), a Gāndhārī version of the second discourse of the Buddha known in Pali as the Anattalakkhaṇa-sutta, by Mark Allon, Stephanie Majcher, and Ian McCrabb: online article.
  2. Suhadukha-sutra (RS20.01), a Gāndhārī sutra without an exact parallel, by Joe Marino: online article.
  3. Mahaparaḍaha-sutra (RS20.02), a Gāndhārī parallel to the Pali (Mahā)-Pariḷāha-sutta, by Joe Marino: online article.

For these first articles, the framing content for each is minimal with the reader being referred to print publications for further details and analysis. Future articles may be stand-alone publications.

Some of the features and resources provided by the digital editions are:

  • ability to switch between diplomatic, reconstruction, and hybrid editions
  • ability to easily align the edition, English translation and Sanskrit chāyā
  • full glossary
  • interactive image and text with a word selected in the edition being highlighted by segments in the image
  • ability to reveal the grammatical status, Pali and Sanskrit cognates, etc., of each word by double clicking on each word in the text
  • palaeographic report
  • ability to export the editions in standards-based formats (TEI, HTML, etc.)
  • additional resources such as downloadable colour and infrared images of the manuscript or inscription, images of select reconstructed sections, and related images such as historical images and images of the manuscript in the process of being conserved
  • reference to a companion print publication, such as a journal article or a volume in the Gandhāran Buddhist Text (GBT) series (University of Washington Press). Companion publications may have a DOI link to this electronic publication  
  • facility for readers’ comments/feedback to be added.

The platforms involved are listed here.

We invite submissions of textual material (manuscripts, inscriptions, etc.) from the Greater Gandhāran region. Guidelines for submission, with various options for authors to onboard their texts into the journal are available upon application. For further details, contact Mark Allon:


Editors: Mark Allon, Paul Harrison, Richard Salomon
Management Board: Andrew Glass, Stephanie Majcher, Joe Marino, Ian McCrabb

Call for Manuscripts: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Volume 14 (Forthcoming 2023)

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Volume 14 (Forthcoming 2023)

The Sociology of Yoga, Meditation, and Asian Asceticism

Edited by Lionel Obadia (University of Lyon 2) and Enzo Pace (University of Padova)

The irresistible yet unexpected diffusion at a global scale and appropriation of yoga, meditation and ascetic practices are undoubtedly key features of the changing landscape of religion at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. It comes under a variety of forms, from traditional and community-based ritualized practices to individualized and secularized techniques of well-being. These techniques have infused first alternative religiosities and finally mainstream religions, beyond all geographic, social and cultural boundaries, and affected them more or less deeply. The ascetic techniques definitely lie in the heart of the “spiritual revolution” described by Heelas and Woodhead in the mid-2000s, and the “spiritual turn” operating in religious studies in parallel.

For the moment, research devoted to yoga, meditation, and introspective bodily techniques have mainly been conducted in the domain of psychology and mind sciences, history and cultural areas. Sociological approaches remain scarce and disseminated. Yet, since Weber’s pioneering works, asceticism is far from being unknown in sociology. This special issue aims at mapping the empirical forms of yoga, meditation and introspective techniques expanding worldwide; exploring new conceptual and methodological discussions in sociology of religions; questioning the possibility to circumscribe a specific sub-field in the sociology of religions, devoted to modern Asian-inspired ascetic practices.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:  
– the role of new technologies in the diffusion and transformation of yoga and meditation
– the impacts of meditative and introspective techniques on representations and uses of the body in modernity
– the role of orientalism and eastern imagination in the transformation of religious practices, beliefs, and religious systems
– sociological variations among users (class, gender, regions, cultural backgrounds…)
– moral and symbolic economies of well-being and spirituality in relation to ascetic techniques
– impacts on the conception of religion, adherence, commitment and other dimensions of religious life
– transformations of broader sociological theories 

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Lionel Obadia ( )

Deadline Submission of proposals: June 30, 2021

Deadline Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2021

Deadline completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2022

Call for papers: 46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

9-10 DECEMBER 2021


“The whole of history is about hopes being sustained, lost, renewed,” wrote John Berger, reflecting on the life and work of the poet Nâzım Hikmet. “And with new hopes come new theories.”

In December 2021, the Australian Association for the Study of Religion and the Australian National University invite scholars from across the country and across the world to join us online to reflect upon the significance of hopes sustained, lost, and renewed across religions, theories, cultures, and scholarly disciplines.

We also invite papers and panels on the full range of topics and issues that reflect the diverse fields of specialization, disciplinary approaches, and research interests of scholars of religion.

Through individual presentations and panels, we invite participants to ask how the principle of hope has informed religious belief and practice in the past and present. For while hope has been understood as a Christian virtue, like faith and love, hope has also been seen as deceptive, the ambiguous contents of Pandora’s Box. Hope can even be cruel; following Lauren Berlant’s notion of “cruel optimism,” our hope may be holding us back. Whether spiritual, medical, technological, or political, one person’s hope may also be another person’s fear in our increasingly diverse and unstable societies.

Proposals of may be sent to until 31 October 2021.

Please include relevant affiliation and contact information in a single document. Individual paper proposals may be up to 250 words. Panel proposals should be submitted as a single document with a short abstract for the panel as well as individual abstracts up to 250 words and individual author information. Panels may consist of 3 or 4 participants. Individual presentations will be 20 minutes, plus 10 minutes for questions and answers, panels may be up to 120 minutes in total.

All presenters will be required to be members of the AASR by 30 November 2021. Members of the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion are exempt from this requirement.

The conference will be held online, over Zoom, on Australian Eastern Daylight Time (GMT/UTC + 11).

Keynote speakers, including presenters of the Penny Magee Memorial Lecture, the Herbert & Valmae Freilich Lecture, and the Hans Mol Memorial Lecture, will soon be confirmed.

All inquiries may be directed to