Category Archives: Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: Special Journal Issue: “Religion and Public Health Threats in the 21st Century”

Special Issue on Religion and Public Health in the journal Religions is seeking papers. The call for papers can be found here: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/Religion_Century. Submission deadline for completed papers is June 1, 2021, but we encourage early submissions. Religions is an open access journal, but a 50% discount on publication fee (final cost approx. 500CHF) will be offered to selected good quality papers. If you don’t have funding support and have concerns about the fees, please state so in your cover letter. In addition to the Special Issue online, accepted papers (if 10 or more) will be published in printed book format. Please direct any inquiries to Magdalena Szaflarski, PhD, Guest Editor, at szaflam@uab.edu.

Call for Abstracts: RESEARCH COMMITTEE 22: SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION: “Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion”

Program Coordinators:

  • Eloísa Martín, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Juan Cruz Esquivel, University of Buenos Aires/ CONICET, Argentina
  • Mar Griera, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

The debate on religion, its role, its development, and its future has been intense, extensive and sophisticated during the last few decades. Religion is both a central phenomenon itself and a key variable that can be used to explain economic, social, and political phenomena. Both facets require continuous in-depth research. In recent years, many sociologists have begun to identify limits to the current approach to religious phenomena, and especially to the definitions of religion developed in the West. A number of authors have extended this critique to the ways sociologists currently explain and interpret “religion” in the 21st Century. Though still emerging, such accounts have opened new paths by which sociologists of religion can face both the empirical and theoretical challenges of our era.

  • Entanglements among science, religion and spirituality in COVID times
  • Wtf? (“What the Faith?”) – Peering Anew into the Conceptual Domains of “Religion”, “God”, “Spirituality”, “Faith” and Related Constructs
  • Religious, Spiritual and/or Non-religious young people
  • Religion, Environment, and Social Movements
  • Revisiting ‘religion’ from a Gender Perspective
  • The Public Role of Religion
  • Beyond Western Centrism of Religion: To Study Africa Inspired Religions in the 21st Century
  • Civil Society and Religion

The ISA CONFEX website is now open for abstract submissions from October 26 – November 12, 2020, 24:00 GMT

Submission of new abstracts via online platform.

Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

A person may be listed in the Program:

  • up to 2 times as author or co-author (oral or poster presentation, distributed paper, roundtable presenter)
  • up to 2 times as chair or co-chair, panelist, critic, discussant

To be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay full registration fees by December 15, 2020. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book.

ISA offers registrations grants to those persons that need it. Please, let us know if you would like to be considered for a registration grant.

Please address any questions to any of the Program Coordinators:

  • Juan Cruz Esquivel, jucesquivel@gmail.com
  • Eloísa Martín, eloisamartin@hotmail.com
  • Mar Griera, mariadelmar.griera@uab.cat

Reminder: Call for Papers “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues” Conference

March 25-27, 2021 – Warsaw, Poland

The organisers would like to remind us about the Call for Papers for the
conference “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues”, organized by the team of the DFG and NCN funded research project “Minorities and the media. The communicative construction of religious identity in times of deep mediatisation”
https://www.uni-bremen.de/en/religionswissenschaft/forschung/forschungsprojekte/minorities-and-the-media

The conference theme discusses the manifold relationships between creating, negotiating, maintaining and challenging religious and religion-related identities, and various types of media and forms of media use.

It will be hosted by the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The keynote lectures will be held by Mia Lövheim (Uppsala University) and Christoph Günther (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz).

For the CALL FOR PAPERS visit the conference website: https://media.religion2021.uni-bremen.de/WordPress/

The deadline for paper proposals is *November 1st, 2020*.

We are able to financially support two PhD students with the amount of up to 300€ for travel and accommodation costs. For more information on the travel allowance visit:
https://media.religion2021.uni-bremen.de/WordPress/travel-allowance/

Organizing committee:

Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, head of project (University of Bremen)

Dorota Hall, head of project (Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of
the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Łukasz Fajfer, research associate (University of Bremen)
fajfer@uni-bremen.de

Marta Kołodziejska, research associate (Institute of Philosophy and
Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences)

Carolin Müller, research assistant

Call for Papers: Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) Conference (2021)

16-18 June, 2021

The growing number of nonreligious individuals poses new challenges for societies experiencing simultaneous intensification of religious diversity and renewed presence of religion in the public sphere. The impact of this shift is profound, contributing to social anxiety and divisions as societies become both more and less religious. These tensions are likely to deepen as the nonreligious play a more significant political role. Consequently, we need a better understanding of the moral and social dimensions of nonreligion and secularity, the socio-cultural circumstances of their emergence, and how nonreligion, secularity, spirituality and religion are negotiated simultaneously in social institutions such as in health, the law, education, the economy, politics, the environment, culture, recreation and leisure, as well as migration. Given that the nonreligious populations of many countries are growing rapidly, understanding the implications of this shift is key to addressing the pressing issue of how complex diversities can coexist in positive ways.

The Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN) invites both paper and session proposals for its 2021 conference titled Nonreligion in a Complex Future. The 2021 NSRN conference will be held in partnership with the Nonreligion in a Complex Future (NCF) project, based at the University of Ottawa (Canada) and led by Professor Lori Beaman.

Given the ongoing travel and gathering restrictions related to COVID-19, the 2021 NSRN conference will be delivered using a virtual format. This format has the benefits of potentially allowing for more international attendees, no monetary costs for attendees and participants (the virtual NSRN 2021 conference will be free to attend and participate in!), lower health risks, and a positive impact on the environment as no travel is required. Reasonable daily time slots will be found for conference presenters from all global time zones.

Please see the attached Call for Papers here for more information and instructions on how to submit paper and session proposals.

All paper and session proposals must be e-mailed to nsrnconference2021@gmail.com by the end of the day on Monday the 1st of February 2021. For any questions, please contact the programme chair Dr. Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme by e-mail at sarah.wilkinslaflamme@uwaterloo.ca

Call for Papers: https://nonreligionandsecularity.files.wordpress.com/2020/10/nsrn-2021-conference-call-for-papers.pdf

AASR October Newsletter

The Call for Paper for the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) is now open. Submission for abstracts is open till 31 October 2020. We strongly encourage postgraduate students to participate (free registration). Please check out our website for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Call for Papers:

Conferences
36th ISSR/SISR ‘Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation’ Conference, 12-15 July 2021, Taipei, Taiwan. Call for sessions: 15 July to 15 September 2020. Call for papers: 1 October to 15 November 2020. More info
Center for Critical Research on Religion and Queens University Belfast, conference on “Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion”, 11-14 June 2021. Proposal deadline 15 January 2021. More info
.3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 ecember 2021. Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 

Publications
Call for papers for the International Journal for the Study of New Religions
Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. Call for paper for a thematic issue of Religion: Emic Categories and New Paths / Case Studies in the Scholarly Use of Indigenous Concepts (working title). Deadline Feb 2021. 
Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 

Latest Publications:
Faber, Roland (2019), Ocean of God: On the Transreligious Future of Religions. Anthem Press.
Foroutan, Yaghoob (2020), Ethnic or Religious Identities?: Multicultural Analysis in Australia from Socio-Demographic PerspectiveJournal of Ethnic and Cultural Studies, 7 (1): 1-19.
Kim, David (2020), Daesoon Jinrihoe in Modern Korea: The Emergence, Transformation and Transmission of a New Religion. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 

CFP: Journal of Religion & Demography

CALL FOR PAPERS (2020)

There is still time to submit! In Volume 7, Issue 1 (May 2020), the Journal of Religion and Demography published papers on:

Are you sitting on a treasure trove of quantitative analysis of religion? We want to hear about it! Submissions are open for the next issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Demography.

For more information, please email gzurlo@bu.edu. Papers are submitted via Brill’s Editorial Manager.

Submit a Paper Here

Workshop: “Research Slam”

DEADLINE APPROACHING! The International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG), the Centre for Gender and Diversity of Maastricht University, and the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender of Ghent University invite PhD students to participate in the workshop

“Research Slam”

In association with the symposium “Gender and Diversity in Contemporary Yoga”

Friday, 23 October 2020, 15.00-17.00 (GMT +1)



The global COVID-19 pandemic poses great challenges and new responsibilities for academic institutions and researchers. Worldwide, universities have stopped their activities and ongoing research has been put on hold. The pandemic is affecting many of us in the academic community, especially graduate students: from transitioning to online teaching and learning, canceling research trips and fieldwork to delays in research funding applications, many of us are worried about the effects of the shutdown on our research, and our future in academia, bearing in mind the potential gendered implications of the pandemic. Practicing self-care in such uncertain times has become extremely important. But how do we do it? Social distancing and stay-at-home orders should not prevent us from taking care of ourselves and each other. This workshop is a platform to meet, share and reflect on our experiences with the aim to foster a collective and supportive community for members of the IARG. We invite you to join our two-hour online workshop.
Prof. Ulrike Auga (President of IARG), Prof. Chia Longman (Ghent University), Prof. Lies Wesseling (Maastricht University) and Prof. Maria del Mar Griera (Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona) will share their own thoughts and experiences during this crisis and reflect on different ways that (self) care can bring us together. After a short break we invite you to share with us and other members of the IARG your reflections on how the crisis affects your life and study, in a 2-minute slot. Knowing you’re not alone and that others are sharing similar struggles will help us connect and develop self-compassion.
For registration, please send an email with your name and university affiliation to:
lana.sirri@maastrichtuniversity.nl by 10 October 2020. 
There are two forms of registration:
Option 1 – attendance as a listening participant
Option 2 – contribution to the discussion by giving a 2-minute talk on your own reflections and challenges as an academic.
Please mention your chosen option in your registration email so that we can facilitate a smoother moderation and dialogue among all participants online.

Call for Papers: Review of Religious Research

Review of Religious Research (RRR)

publishes empirical social-science research on religion, primarily in sociology and social psychology, and scholarly literature reviews of religious research in these fields. In keeping with its mission, the Religious Research Association (RRA), which sponsors RRR, encourages research that has practical implications for denominations and religious bodies.

RRR provides a forum for applied and academic research across multiple disciplines and approaches, including research on the following topical areas: Clergy; Church programs; Comparative analyses of religious denominations and institutions; Denominational and congregational growth, decline, and vitality; Denominational and congregational conflict, competition, and cooperation; Ethnicity/race and religion; Generational and personal religious change; New religious movements; Personal spiritual and religious beliefs and practices; Religion and attitudes; Religion and family; Religion and gender, Religion and social behavior; Religion and well-being; and Research methodology.

Four types of articles are included in this Call for Papers:

  • Original Research Articles
  • Research Notes
  • Review Articles, and
  • Applied Research Abstracts.

Original Research Article: This type of article must be a scholarly and methodologically sophisticated empirical study that provides a comprehensive literature review of the relevant topics related to the research question, and it should have a strong theoretical foundation. The final section of the manuscript should be labeled Conclusions and Implications. A 250-350 word structured Abstract is also required, which contains the following five section headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions and Implications, especially implications for religious organizations and/or practitioners when appropriate. Submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced and be no more than 10,000 words, excluding the title page, abstract, tables, figure captions, and references.

Research Note: This type of article must also be a scholarly and methodologically sophisticated empirical study, but its research question does not have to be theory based, and its literature review should be shorter and more focused. The final section of the manuscript should be labeled Conclusions and Implications. A 250-350 word structured Abstract is also required, which contains the following five section headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions and Implications, especially implications for religious organizations and/or practitioners when appropriate. Submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced and be no more than 7,500 words, excluding the title page, abstract, tables, figure captions, and references.

Review Article: Authors should send an email directly to the RRR Editor-in-Chief (kjflannelly@gmail.com) describing the nature and scope of a proposed literature review to see if it is suitable for publication in RRR before they submit it. The final section of the manuscript should be labeled Conclusions and Implications. A 250-350 word structured Abstract is also required, which contains the following five section headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions and Implications, especially implications for religious organizations and/or practitioners when appropriate. The manuscript should also contain a methodology section that explains how the literature search was conducted and how articles were selected for inclusion in the review. Submitted manuscripts should be double-spaced and be no more than 10,000 words, excluding the title page, abstract, tables, figure captions, and references.

Applied Research Abstract: This type of article consists of a 350-550 word summary (without any references) of an applied research study in the form of a structured abstract with the following five section headings: Background, Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions and Implications, followed by 3-4 keywords. The author(s) may include a footnote that states: (a) whether a complete report exists and how it can be obtained; (b) whether the raw data are available in electronic form and how they can be obtained if the authors wish to make them available to other researchers; and/or (c) whether the authors would like to collaborate with other researchers to further analyze the data and write a full report for possible journal publication as a peer-reviewed manuscript.

GUIDELINES

  • Statistical Methodology – Original Research Articles/Research Notes: Quantitative studies should use the most appropriate statistical procedures needed to answer the research question, which include adequate statistical controls (e.g., using demographic variables as covariates that are known to be associated with the religious variables in the study).
  • Sampling Methodology – Original Research Articles/Research Notes: Both quantitative and qualitative studies should meet sociological standards of representativeness (RRR does not publish studies based solely on convenience sampling). Therefore, qualitative studies published in RRR must employ more systematic and representative approaches to sampling than most qualitative studies do. Convenience sampling can only be employed during the last step in the sampling process, usually after (a) drawing random samples from national or regional surveys, or datasets maintained by religious or other kinds of organizations, or (b) sampling congregations from different cities, states, or regions, or (c) selecting church programs, denominations, congregations, or other social groups that meet specified inclusion criteria.

Editorial Decision-making Process

All four types of manuscripts are initially read by the Editor-in-Chief to determine if they are generally appropriate for publication in RRR based on the guidelines described in this Call for Papers. All manuscripts that are deemed to be appropriate, except Applied Research Abstracts, then undergo blind peer-review by two or more qualified researchers. The Editor-in-Chief is solely responsible for publication decisions about Applied Research Abstracts. Editorial decisions are based on whether a manuscript: (a) poses a clear and valid research question; (b) makes a meaningful contribution to the field; (c) provides appropriate evidence or reasoning for its conclusions; (d) is written in an intelligible fashion in standard English; and (e) conforms to the guidelines described herein.

Your manuscript should be submitted at https://www.editorialmanager.com/rorr/default.aspx

After you login and select “New Manuscript Submission,” you need to select the appropriate type of article and follow the rest of the directions.

Manuscript Submission and Processing Fee: Authors who are not RRA members are required to pay a $35 manuscript processing fee before their manuscript undergoes peer-review. This fee can be paid by joining the RRA, whose annual membership is $35.

  • Authors must submit a cover letter with their submission that covers: (a) RRA membership and this fee; (b) the topical areas with which the manuscript fits; (c) and some other items about the manuscript.
  • Please see the “Cover Letter” and “Fee” sections of the RRR “Instructions for Authors” for more details (https://www.springer.com/journal/13644/submission-guidelines#Instructions%20for%20authors ), including examples of cover letters.