Category Archives: Calls for Session Proposals

Graduate Student Workshop on Religion, Law, and Politics in the Middle East

Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, US – 23 April 2020

Applicants should send proposals by December 15, 2019

On 23 April 2020, the Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University will host a one-day interdisciplinary graduate student workshop on religion, law, and politics in the Middle East. The workshop will serve as a venue for advanced graduate students (ABDs) to meet and share their work-in-progress and receive extensive feedback on their dissertation projects from a panel of interdisciplinary experts. The workshop welcomes research conducted on a broad range of topics that addresses the historical and contemporary interactions between religious, legal and political institutions in the Middle East and North Africa region. Students from related disciplines using all types of theoretical and methodological approaches are welcome to apply. Topics include but are not limited to state-religion relations, secularism, religious movements, religious law and courts, religious authority, social movements, political violence, democratization, political parties, gender, sectarianism, colonialism, political systems, migration, and refugees.

During the workshop, participants will also meet with editors from Syracuse University Press and attend a presentation about transforming doctoral dissertations into successful book manuscripts.

The Middle Eastern Studies Program at Syracuse University will cover airfare (up to $750), accommodation (for two nights), and most meals for participants.

Proposals should include 250-word abstract, a short bio, institutional affiliation, contact information, location from which you would be traveling if chosen to attend the workshop, and the estimated cost of travel support you will request.

Applicants should send their proposals by December 15, 2019, to SUMESPGradWorkshop@gmail.com. Acceptance decisions will be made by January 15, 2020. All participants must submit their full papers by March 15, 2020.

Co-Sponsored by:

  • The Middle Eastern Studies Program, Syracuse University,
  • The Daniel Patrick Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs,
  • Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University and
  • Syracuse University Press

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy

Australian National University, Canberra, 08-10 December 2020

Call for Papers and Panels: 

Forms of human movement including global immigration, asylum-seeking, climate migration, and the internal migration accompanying mass urbanization, have radically altered religious cultures around the world, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of this 3rd ANU Religion Conference is to explore the various phenomena related to religion and migration; the political and social transitions impacting upon the transnational religiosity of contemporary communities. We welcome proposals for individual papers and panels of 3-4 papers that address the conference theme, particularly the themes in the streams below. Papers and panels relevant to the main conference theme but not aligned to these streams are also very welcome.

1. Human movement and religious encounters: Migration and other forms of human movement bring us face-to-face with the other. How does religious identity shape the migrant experience? How is religious coexistence and conflict shaped by human movement?

2. Religion, migration and cultural change: Migration reconfigures relationships between religion, identity and culture. How do diasporic religious communities negotiate belonging? How are continuity and change reflected in the religious and cultural practices of migrant communities?

3. Immigration, religion and securitisation: Immigration, especially asylum-seeking, is increasingly approached as a matter of national security. How does religion interact with immigration and national security law? How have religious actors responded to the securitisation of immigration?

4. Multiculturalism, religion and law: Multiculturalism pluralises public life. How is religion practiced within multicultural societies? How are religious rights balanced against competing rights in secular multicultural societies?

5. Transnational religions in the Asia-Pacific region: Transnational religions have transformed cultures and regional customs, especially in the Asia-Pacific region. How are local religions mobilised in our transnational era? How have local cultures been altered by the impact of transnational religions?

6. Theory and Method in the Study of Religion and Migration:  Religion and migration have been approached from diverse perspectives in the humanities, social sciences, theology, law and policy. How have established theories aided or hindered the study of religion and migration? How can new theories and methodologies enlighten experiences of religion and migration?

Proposals:

Please send paper and panel proposals to Dr David W. Kim at davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk by 30 April 2020, including the following information: (1) paper title, (2) nominated stream, (3) name and affiliation, (4) contact details, (5) abstract of 150-200 words, (6) biography of 50-80 words highlighting teaching and research interests and publications. Proposals for panels of 3 or 4 papers must include the above information for all papers and a brief description of the panel itself of 100 words.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Professor Sharon Erickson Nepstad (University of New Mexico)

Professor Mike Smith (Australian National University and National Museum of Australia)

Professor Richard Vokes (University of Western Australia)

Registration fees:

Full registration: AU$ 275.00

Student/part-time/unwaged/religious leaders: AU$ 175.00

Please visit the conference website for futher details: https://hrc.cass.anu.edu.au/events/religion-and-migration-culture-and-policy 

Contact Info: 

Please address all inquiries to Dr David W. Kim at davidwj_kim@yahoo.co.uk

URL: 

https://hrc.cass.anu.edu.au/events/religion-and-migration-culture-and-policy

Events from ACSRM: Religious Alternatives in Latin America

ACSRM NEWSLETTER

Number 17 | September 2019

The September 2019 newsletter reinforces the call for proposals for Round Table and Working Groups proposals for XX Days on Religious Alternatives in Latin America. It is also possible to register for the event and make the payment in cash  https://www.jornadasacsrm2020.sinteseeventos.com.br/site/capa
We invite everyone to visit the ACSRM website. To subscribe to this newsletter, simply sign up at the location indicated on our site. http://www.acsrm.org/ In
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Lanzamiento de las

XX Days of the ACSRM 2020 # Days2020

Visit the website of the Conference on Religious Alternatives in Latin America –  https://www.jornadasacsrm2020.sinteseeventos.com.br/site/capa
This edition marks a new stage for the Mercosur Association of Social Scientists of Religion. Twenty-eight years after the first meeting, we will celebrate the twentieth at the Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo. It will be a moment of reflection on these almost three decades of intense dialogue and also of prospecting debates for the future of the social science field of religion in Latin America.
Journeys 2020 is being prepared since the beginning of this year to be a time for fruitful academic meetings. Aiming at a more dynamic format, capable of instigating dialogue between researchers from different countries, we open the submission of proposals for round tables and working groups. We invite all academic community to participate in this event.
IMPORTANT: The deadline for submission of working group proposals in the Days has been extended to 16/09.
We look forward to meeting you in São Paulo,
Rodrigo Toniol
President of ACSRM

Call for Papers: “Communicating Religion’s Relevance”

82ND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

Program Theme: “Communicating Religion’s Relevance”

Location: San Francisco, California
Hotel: Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street

Date: August 7 (welcome reception) – August 9 Program

Program Chair: Brian Starks, Kennesaw State University

Although scholars of religion are keenly aware of the relevance of religion in today’s world, too often social elites and academics diminish the importance of religion. Even scholars who are well aware of religion’s relevance sometimes do an inadequate job explaining how religion permeates practically every aspect of social life. As sociologists of religion, we understand the relevance of religion to individuals as well as its consequences in the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of modern societies. The 2020 annual meeting’s thematic sessions will focus on several key topics:

  • What is the role of sociologists of religion in communicating the relevance of religion to their (our) fellow academics and to the broader public?
  • Are there ways that various sectors of our society have misunderstood, or failed to fully understand, religion, which sociologists of religion can remedy?
  • How do social and political elites, as well as ordinary citizens, employ religion when communicating about, or working to address, issues of local, national, or international concern?
  • How do social actors, including social movement leaders, draw upon religion and religious narratives to frame social problems? To appeal to human cognition, emotion, and morality?
  • What are religion’s unique features that distinguish it from other social phenomenon and help explain its distinct capacity to influence human and social life?
  • How, and under what circumstances, does religion contribute to new forms of identity, community, meaning, expression, moral conviction, and social control? How do we, as sociologists of religion, communicate religion’s relevance in these facets of our lives, to others?

Papers and sessions may be thematic or focus on any topic within the sociology of religion. Those that pursue and stimulate new avenues of research and innovative theoretical and methodological approaches are especially encouraged.

Specialty sessions, including book salons, teaching and professional development, and discussions that focus on a particular question, are also welcome.

DEADLINES:

  • Session proposals: March 31, 2020
  • Paper abstract submissions: April 30, 2020

All submissions should be made through the ASR website at www.sociologyofreligion.com

ASR Membership is required for organizing a session, presenting a paper, serving as a panelist, or holding another role in the program. All are expected to register for the meeting by July 1, 2020.

For questions, contact:

Invitation & CFP: : XX Jornadas sobre Alternatives Religiosas na América Latina

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Envie sua colaboração!

A XX Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas na América Latina recebe até o dia 30/08/2019 propostas de grupos de trabalho para compor a programação do evento. A XX Jornadas Religiosas na América Latina acontecerá de 30 de junho a 03 de julho de 2020, na Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Para conferir as normas para envio de propostas de GT, acesse a chamada de trabalhos.

Acesse o site da jornada e encaminhe sua proposta!

Inscreva-se, contate suas redes, e venha fazer conosco desta XX Jornadas!

Atenciosamente,

Comissão Organizadora
XX Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas na América Latina

www.jornadasacsrm2020.sinteseeventos.com.br

ASYM conference Helsinki April 2020: “Cultivating Youth Spirituality: Faith, Nurturing and Youth Ministry”

The IASYM European biennial conference 2020 will be held in Helsinki 15-18 April 2020. We invite all those involved in youth and emerging/young adult ministry as researchers, teachers, lecturers or thoughtful practitioners to join the conference. This four-day conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Scholars and practitioners are welcome to submit their papers that may address a wide variety of aspects related to Youth and/or Youth Ministry. The theme of the conference “Cultivating youth spirituality: Faith, nurturing and Youth Ministry” highlights both the role of many actors in the spiritual growth of the youth and the active role of the young people themselves in constructing their religious lives and seeing the youth as active constructers of theology. The topics may include various research related to youth and youth ministry, for example:

  • youth constructing theology\
  • religious growth and nurturing in childhood and adolescence
  • families, communities and faith
  • leaving religion and religious distancing in the youth
  • religion, youth and the media
  • children and youth-based theology
  • worship life and youth participation
  • secularization, liquid religion and the youth
  • youth diaconia and young people on the edge
  • religious development in childhood and youth
  • faith communities and their role in youth spirituality and spiritual development
  • youth ministry in public institutions e.g. schools, Universities and hospitals
  • Other topical issues in youth ministry including:
    o   eco-anxiety
    o   sexual identities and faith in youth
    o   digital youth work
    o   diversity and pluralism
    o   pastoral care in adolescence
    o   ethical questions
    o   emerging faith communities
    o   the aim and the role of youth ministers
    o   new innovations in youth ministry
    o   people on move and transnationalism
    o   crisis and conflicts and youth ministry

We also invite papers on other themes that meet the IASYM’s stated aim to further the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry to raise the profile of youth ministry as a calling, career and/or professional enterprise, and to encourage the reflection on youth ministry and academic discipline that will support the practice of youth ministry.

The program for 2020 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research and workshops:

  • Research Papers present new research in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session the presentation will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion.
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Workshops offer professional development opportunities to assist delegates in the craft of research and the teaching of ministry to children, youth and emerging/young adults.

Proposals for Research papers and Emerging research should include a 200-word abstract, along with the author’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Proposals for Workshops should include a description of the workshop content of no more than 200 words and may include suggested workshop leader if other than the person proposing the workshop. The proposal should include the proposer’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Submit your proposal by October 30th, 2019 using this link: CLICK HERE

Venue of the Conference
Kyläsaarenkuja 2
00580 Helsinki
Finland

CFP: Ritual Year Working Group Conference, 3-6 June 2020

The Call for papers for the 14th meeting of the Ritual Year Working Group has just been released!  Our next year’s meeting will be held in Riga, 3-6 June 2020.

THEME: Commerce and Traditions

Please submit your paper proposals before 30 November 2019, at:
https://ej.uz/RYRIGA2020.

The impact of product marketing is visible in everyday life, including a wide range of traditions and festivities, which have lately become highly commercialized. In marketing terms, the values of traditional culture are considered “products” to be branded, marketed and sold. We have all experienced the pre-Christmas gift buying madness and have visited souvenir counters at major historical sites and cultural venues in different countries, each promoting their “brands”. Historically, annual church markets, fairs and pilgrimages attracted people from great distances, providing opportunities to buy, sell, and trade durable goods in addition to food and drink required by pilgrims and merchants. Additional items, such as religious symbols, protective objects, and healing substances were available much as in modern souvenir shops. The means for advertising such objects for sale were, at that time, limited. Today advertising and marketing campaigns appear everywhere. Many people protest against what they perceive as excessive commercialization of their favourite secular or religious festivals.

However, marketing practices attract larger crowds and help to preserve and popularize traditions that might otherwise be lost. Commercialization has made the sale of traditional crafts financially viable, preserving them for future generations. Thus, it is possible for craftspeople to continue practicing their traditional arts and crafts. Not only have the traditional artisans benefited, but religious institutions have witnessed an increase in income, which is needed to maintain the facilities visited by the growing numbers of visitors. New forms of commercialization of rituals with the developing practices of creating new festivals and making them local tourist brands can be seen in many geographical areas.The aim of this conference is to investigate and evaluate the impact of marketing practices on traditions and rituals, and to consider the changes commercialization has brought about ‒ both positive and negative ‒ in the past, as well as in the present. Applicants are encouraged to focus on the following topics:

  • the viability of traditions in terms of economics;
  • changes in tradition caused by marketing practices;
  • the role of marketing in preserving traditional culture;
  • the commercialization of state and national holidays;
  • the commercialization of religious celebrations;
  • the impact of commerce on holy places and pilgrimages;
  • the marketing of ritual and magical practices and objects;
  • annual fairs and markets past and present;
  • the commercialization of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • changes in traditional rituals and celebrations due to marketing;
  • any other subject related to the ritual year (i.e. to calendric or life cycle celebrations and rituals)

For more information about the theme, costs, submission and conference programme, download the Cfp here.

We are thankful to the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia), the Archives of Latvian Folklore and Aigars Lielbardis, for organizing this event.

Let’s meet in Riga next summer!

Irina Stahl,
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Secretary of “The Ritual Year” Working Group,
ritualyear@siefhome.org

ASYM conference Helsinki April 2020: “Cultivating Youth Spirituality: Faith, Nurturing and Youth Ministry”

The IASYM European biennial conference 2020 will be held in Helsinki 15-18 April 2020. We invite all those involved in youth and emerging/young adult ministry as researchers, teachers, lecturers or thoughtful practitioners to join the conference. This four-day conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Scholars and practitioners are welcome to submit their papers that may address a wide variety of aspects related to Youth and/or Youth Ministry. The theme of the conference “Cultivating youth spirituality: Faith, nurturing and Youth Ministry” highlights both the role of many actors in the spiritual growth of the youth and the active role of the young people themselves in constructing their religious lives and seeing the youth as active constructers of theology. The topics may include various research related to youth and youth ministry, for example:

  • youth constructing theology\
  • religious growth and nurturing in childhood and adolescence
  • families, communities and faith
  • leaving religion and religious distancing in the youth
  • religion, youth and the media
  • children and youth-based theology
  • worship life and youth participation
  • secularization, liquid religion and the youth
  • youth diaconia and young people on the edge
  • religious development in childhood and youth
  • faith communities and their role in youth spirituality and spiritual development
  • youth ministry in public institutions e.g. schools, Universities and hospitals
  • Other topical issues in youth ministry including:
    o   eco-anxiety
    o   sexual identities and faith in youth
    o   digital youth work
    o   diversity and pluralism
    o   pastoral care in adolescence
    o   ethical questions
    o   emerging faith communities
    o   the aim and the role of youth ministers
    o   new innovations in youth ministry
    o   people on move and transnationalism
    o   crisis and conflicts and youth ministry

We also invite papers on other themes that meet the IASYM’s stated aim to further the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry to raise the profile of youth ministry as a calling, career and/or professional enterprise, and to encourage the reflection on youth ministry and academic discipline that will support the practice of youth ministry.

The program for 2020 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research and workshops:

  • Research Papers present new research in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session the presentation will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion.
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Workshops offer professional development opportunities to assist delegates in the craft of research and the teaching of ministry to children, youth and emerging/young adults.

Proposals for Research papers and Emerging research should include a 200-word abstract, along with the author’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Proposals for Workshops should include a description of the workshop content of no more than 200 words and may include suggested workshop leader if other than the person proposing the workshop. The proposal should include the proposer’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Submit your proposal by October 30th, 2019 using this link: CLICK HERE

Venue of the Conference
Kyläsaarenkuja 2
00580 Helsinki
Finland

Invitation & CFP: : XX Jornadas sobre Alternatives Religiosas na América Latina

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Envie sua colaboração!

A XX Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas na América Latina recebe até o dia 30/08/2019 propostas de grupos de trabalho para compor a programação do evento. A XX Jornadas Religiosas na América Latina acontecerá de 30 de junho a 03 de julho de 2020, na Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUC-SP), São Paulo, SP, Brasil.

Para conferir as normas para envio de propostas de GT, acesse a chamada de trabalhos.

Acesse o site da jornada e encaminhe sua proposta! 

Inscreva-se, contate suas redes, e venha fazer conosco desta XX Jornadas!

Atenciosamente,

Comissão Organizadora
XX Jornadas sobre Alternativas Religiosas na América Latina 

www.jornadasacsrm2020.sinteseeventos.com.br

Call for Papers: “Communicating Religion’s Relevance”

82ND ANNUAL MEETING OF THE ASSOCIATION FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 

Program Theme: “Communicating Religion’s Relevance”

Location: San Francisco, California
Hotel: Hotel Nikko San Francisco, 222 Mason Street

Date: August 7 (welcome reception) – August 9 Program

Program Chair: Brian Starks, Kennesaw State University

Although scholars of religion are keenly aware of the relevance of religion in today’s world, too often social elites and academics diminish the importance of religion. Even scholars who are well aware of religion’s relevance sometimes do an inadequate job explaining how religion permeates practically every aspect of social life. As sociologists of religion, we understand the relevance of religion to individuals as well as its consequences in the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of modern societies. The 2020 annual meeting’s thematic sessions will focus on several key topics:

  • What is the role of sociologists of religion in communicating the relevance of religion to their (our) fellow academics and to the broader public?
  • Are there ways that various sectors of our society have misunderstood, or failed to fully understand, religion, which sociologists of religion can remedy?
  • How do social and political elites, as well as ordinary citizens, employ religion when communicating about, or working to address, issues of local, national, or international concern?
  • How do social actors, including social movement leaders, draw upon religion and religious narratives to frame social problems? To appeal to human cognition, emotion, and morality?
  • What are religion’s unique features that distinguish it from other social phenomenon and help explain its distinct capacity to influence human and social life?
  • How, and under what circumstances, does religion contribute to new forms of identity, community, meaning, expression, moral conviction, and social control? How do we, as sociologists of religion, communicate religion’s relevance in these facets of our lives, to others?

Papers and sessions may be thematic or focus on any topic within the sociology of religion. Those that pursue and stimulate new avenues of research and innovative theoretical and methodological approaches are especially encouraged.

Specialty sessions, including book salons, teaching and professional development, and discussions that focus on a particular question, are also welcome.

DEADLINES:

  • Session proposals: March 31, 2020
  • Paper abstract submissions: April 30, 2020

All submissions should be made through the ASR website at www.sociologyofreligion.com

ASR Membership is required for organizing a session, presenting a paper, serving as a panelist, or holding another role in the program. All are expected to register for the meeting by July 1, 2020.

For questions, contact: