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Call for Papers: Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty (ISA-RC22 Mid Term Conference, Nov 11-14 2021)

Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty:
Shifting Boundaries
ISA RC22 Mid-Term Conference

Dear Colleagues,
ISA RC22 mid-term conference Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty: Shifting Boundaries will take place on November 11-14, 2021, in Vilnius, Lithuania as a hybrid event (live & virtual). This is an invitation for sociologists of religion and scholars of religion of other disciplines throughout the world.
Please, find all the information on the Conference Website, and submit your abstract presentation through it by September 1, 2021.

We appreciate your support to share this call for papers in your social networks and any groups that may be interested.

See you in Vilnius!
Cecilia Delgado-Molina
Secretary-Treasurer ISA RC22

AASR July Newsletter


Revised The second part of a Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2021; Vol. 34, No. 1) 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:

Kathleen McPhillips — Introduction to Special Issue on Religion and Violence
Kathleen McPhillips — Mobilising for Justice: The Contribution of Organised Survivor Groups in Australia to Addressing Sexual Violence against Children in Christian Churches
Erin Martine Sessions —Watching the Watchmen: How Does the Violence in Song of Songs 5:7 Speak to Australia’s Problem with Violence against Women and vice versa?
Filippo Rutto, Erica Viola & Maria Grazia Monaci — The Role of Religion in Social and Democratic System Justification: The Case of Italian Catholicism
Adam Possamai, Gary Long & Victor Counted — An Analysis of Australian Research Council’s Grants in Religion
Philip Hughes — Do Religion and Spirituality Make a Contribution to the Public Good? The Association of Religion and Spirituality with Volunteering
Book Reviews: Faggioli’s The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity reviewed by John A. Rees; Pippin’s Metaphysical Exile: On J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Fictions reviewed by Ibrahim Abraham


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 TASA Thematic Week (Religion Thematic Group), 22-26 Nov 2021. Abstract deadline extended 26 July 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. 

Upcoming Event:

Flows of Innovation in Fo Guang Shan Oceania: transregional dynamics behind the Buddha’s Birthday Festival. 15 July 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Director for research, study and innovation: Religious studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

Members’ Publications:

Rayson, Dianne. 2021. Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene. Lexington/Fortress Academic.

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.  

ISAGRAM issue 197, July 2021

Global sociology and the coronavirus


The Sociology of Vulnerabilities and

Philippine Sociological Society
October 1-5, 2021
Submissions: July 15, 2021

Building Equity and Resilience

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
Louisville, USA
October 7-9, 2021
Submissions: July 18, 2021

Research Methods in the Digital Society:
Areas and Practices

International Lab for Innovative Social Research
University of Salerno, Italy
November 24-25, 2021
Abstracts: July 26, 2021

Bodies in the Pandemic Context

ISA RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences
Online Conference
September 2-4, 2021
Abstracts: July 30, 2021

Education and Culture in Contemporary

Albanian Sociological Association
University Fan S. Noli of Korca, Albania
November 5-6, 2021
Abstracts: September 6, 2021

Sexy Trends for an Emerging Global
Governance System

World Complexity Science Academy
Lisbon, Portugal
April 20-22, 2022
Panel proposals: September 13, 2021

For World Balance: With All and for the Good
of All

The José Martí Project for World Solidarity
Havana, Cuba
January 25-28, 2022
Abstracts: November 30, 2021


Abel Prize 2022
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Nominations: September 15, 2021


Crowdwork and Platform Work in Europe
Special Issue of the Journal of Labor and Society
Abstracts: July 31, 2021

Mediation in the process of exiting political

Theme section of Violence: An international

Submissions: September 30, 2021 


Directors for Research, Study, and

Evaluation of Public Policies (FBK-IRVAPP) and
Religious Studies (FBK-ISR)
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Applications: July 30, 2021

Professor of Politics and Gender

Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Vienna, Austria
Applications: September 29, 2021

SocRel conference details–13-15 July (online)

Dear colleagues,

Hope everyone is keeping well. I just wanted to circulate the programme overview for our socrel annual conference, taking place between 13-15th July (online/zoom). The full programme (with abstracts and zoom link) will be circulated to registered delegates later this week, but for those who aren’t registered, this link provides some detail on what to expect at this year’s annual conference:

Also, the conference registration deadline will be extended by one week, so do ignore the 30th June deadline.

Conference rates are as follows:

  • · BSA Member Full Conference: £20
  • · SocRel Study Group Member Full Conference: £25
  • · Non-Member Full Conference: £40

Please follow this link to register for the conference

If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Rachael Shillitoe, Research Fellow
Conference and Events Officer for the British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Group (SocRel)
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Call for Papers: May 2022 Yoga Conference

The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions and the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies invite you to participate in the international academic conference: Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: methods, migrations, mediations in Kraków from 18th-21st May 2022.

The YDYS conference is aimed at reviewing and discussing recent developments in the field of Yoga Studies. It follows on from the successful 2016 conference.

During the last five years we have witnessed an increasing amount of state-of-the-art research on yoga, employing methods from humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The application of new theories and methods to the study of yoga has been accompanied by the emergence of new research areas. Emerging areas of interest include explorations of the sociopolitical entanglements of yoga, social dynamics of yoga communities, local (especially non-anglophone) transformations of yoga, and technologies mediating the transmission of yoga.

We believe it is time once again to come together as an international community of academics to continue interdisciplinary dialogue on yoga in all of its manifestations. Together we will discuss the methods applied in yoga studies, the pathways of yoga’s migration across the globe, the social and technological factors mediating its transnational flow, as well as yoga’s role as a mediator in social relations and social change.

We plan to meet once again in the very centre of Kraków to share our research during face-to-face interactions, in a hopefully post-pandemic reality. However, we would like to make the conference accessible to those who are not able to attend in person. Please let us know if attending in person is not likely to be possible to you when you submit your abstract.

The conference will feature keynote lectures by: Amanda Lucia, University of California-Riverside; Meera Nanda, Formerly IISER Pune; Shameem Black, Australian National University.

The conference website, including a link to our submission site, and a downloadable .pdf of the call for papers, is here:

Conference booking now open: Durham Conference 2021

We are delighted that we can gather once again, 21-23 September, for the annual Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference hosted by St. John’s College, Durham! This year’s conference is accessible both physically and virtually. For the first time, we offer ‘online only’ booking options for everyone who wishes to participate virtually. We look forward to meeting you.
This year, taking over for Avril Baigent, we have Gretchen Schoon Tanis helping with conference coordination. If you have questions please email:
Assisting her with queries is also Jasper Bosman:
As always, papers and the organization of presentations for the conference are directed by Knut Tveitereid. You can reach him by email:

Book Conference!

More information

Call for Papers / Contributions: Living with More Than One Tradition

We are calling for contributions to this free online event on Monday 18th and Thursday 21st October (afternoon and evening sessions UK time).Living with more than one tradition can take many forms. Our interest began with religious traditions but includes as traditions faiths, spiritualities, philosophies, practices, and more. This gathering will enable people who have personal experience of living in interfaith settings or belonging to more than one tradition to come together with academics who research multiple religious belonging and interfaith matters to explore what it’s really like.

We invite contributions that address the following questions or related issues:

  • What is it like to live with more than one tradition?
  • What is it like to belong to more than one religion?
  • What is it like to have a family which includes multiple faiths? How does it feel? What are the social implications?
  • How do religious traditions respond to individuals or families who also have connections to other traditions?
  • What happens when terms like ‘convert’, ‘seeker’, or ‘hybrid identity’ are used?
  • Who is welcomed or excluded and why?
  • How does being part of one or more traditions relate to other identities?
  • What happens at the intersection of religious or spiritual identity and race, class, gender, disability, sexuality, and other social power dynamics?
  • What patterns emerge when we look at the big picture?
  • Where in the world is it normal to participate in more than one tradition?
  • Where is it seen as exceptional and why?
  • Which religions are commonly combined and which combinations of traditions are rare?

Contributions could take many forms, including:

  • A poetry reading, film, dance, song, play or similar
  • A workshop or discussion session
  • A presentation
  • An essay
  • A visual artwork such as a painting or poster

Contributions could be static (shared on a password protected website), delivered live by video conferencing, or combine these approaches (something to read, listen to, or look at in advance followed by a discussion). We can be flexible about time but expect that contributions offered live will normally last from 10 minutes to 30 minutes.

To offer a contribution, please send a title and a short description (50-100 words) to by 31st July 2021.

REGISTRATION OPEN: STEMM & Belief in Diverse Contexts, Online Conference

7-9 July 2021

Registration is now open for the annual conference of the International Research Network for the Study of Science & Belief in Society which this year will be wholly online from 7-9 July 2021 on the theme of “STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts: Publics, Praxis, Policy and Pluralism”.

Register at the following link to attend this conference:

This conference is free to registered delegates

In the last decade, there has been significant growth in social scientific and humanities research focusing on science, religion and belief in society. Greater attention is being paid to the varied ways in which perceptions of different aspects of STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics) have been, or are, influenced by religious and non-religious belief, identity, community and conflict in different geographical, cultural and historical contexts.

The conference will feature:

  • Plenary panels such as Intersectional Approaches to Diversity in STEMM and Science, Belief and Society in the Covid-19 Pandemic
  • A wide range of papers on science and belief in society by leading academics from over 26 countries
  • Professional development sessions

A draft programme can be found at the following link:


This conference will bring together international researchers with backgrounds in sociology, science and technology studies, psychology, political science, history, social anthropology, and related humanities or social science disciplines, to discuss perspectives on the overarching topic of science and belief in society. Due to constraints imposed by COVID 19, this conference will be entirely online. Sessions are being held throughout the day in order to enable people from different time zones to participate.

In the last decade, there has been significant growth in social scientific and humanities research focusing on science, religion and belief in society. Greater attention is being paid to the varied ways in which perceptions of different aspects of STEMM subjects (science, technology, engineering, medicine, and mathematics) have been, or are, influenced by religious and non-religious belief, identity, community and conflict in different geographical, cultural and historical contexts.

As this field of research has grown it has engaged in myth busting popular perceptions and stereotypes about the relationship between science and religion, which treat both science and religious/spiritual populations as monolithic. To date, much of this foundational research has focused on North American contexts or debates. This conference seeks to build on this essential work and address future avenues for research within the social scientific and historical study of science, religion and belief in society to examine the practical implications and applications of research in this field. Expanding the geographical focus, the conference will encompass a range of issues at global, or local levels around four interlinked areas:

  • PUBLICS: Diverse (non)religious publics’ engagement with, and perceptions of, STEMM
  • PRAXIS: Issues relating to religion and (non)belief in scientific research or STEMM communication practices
  • POLICY: Public policy analysis, exploring concerns with the development of, or implementation of, policy connected to STEMM, and religion or belief in society
  • PLURALISM: Research on STEMM in pluralistic or religiously diverse societies

For an online version of this announcement that can be shared among your networks and on social media see:

Kind Regards,

Dr Alexander Hall

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