Category Archives: Conferences

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

ISAGRAM: issue 195, May 2021

On its meeting held on May 1, 2021 the Assembly
of Councils of the ISA has reached the decision to
postpone to June 25-July 1, 2023 the XX ISA World
Congress of Sociology
. Further information will be
provided in due course.

ISA approves policy statement against mandatory
retirement from employment because of age


Global Studies Colloquium
University of California, USA
April 7-June 2, 2021

Reconsidering Forms of Enslavement
and Subjection

University of Warwick
Coventry, United Kingdom
June 24-26, 2021
Proposals: May 10, 2021

(Re)Contextualising the Discursive Construction
of Europe

University of Cyprus
Nicosia, Cyprus
November 25-26, 2021
Abstracts: May 15, 2021

Where City and Territory Meet…
Institute of Urbanism, TU Graz
Graz, Austria
September 16-17, 2021
Submissions: May 16, 2021

The ‘Future of Work’: Examining Discourses
and Social Practices

Laboratoire de Changement Social et Politique,
Univ. Paris 7
Paris, France
November 25-26, 2021
Proposals: May 30, 2021

The Causes and Consequences of Depopulation
Wittgenstein Centre Conference 2021
Vienna, Austria
November 29–December 01, 2021
Submissions: June 15, 2021

Comparative Sociology & Social Science

ISA RC 20 and RC33
Japan’s Women University
Tokyo, Japan
September 12-16, 2022
Session proposals: July 30, 2021


7 Post-Doctoral Fellowships
Center for the Study of Violence
University of São Paulo, Brazil
Applications: May 14, 2021

15 PhD Scholarships
Doctoral School of Social Sciences
University of Trento, Italy
Applications: May 26, 2021

Associate Directors of Studies Program

Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme
Paris, France
Applications: June 30, 2021


Children and Youths’ Migration in a Global

Call for papers
Edited volume of Sociological Studies of Children
& Youth
Submissions: May 23, 2021

Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19
Pandemic and its Consequences

Call for papers
Special Issue of the Vienna Yearbook of Population

Submissions: May 31, 2021

Youth and Varieties of Globalism in Asia
Call for papers
Special issue of Youth and Globalization
Abstracts: June 30, 2021

Precarious Employment and Well-Being during
the COVID-19 Pandemic

Call for papers
Special Issue of Work and Occupations
Submissions: November 15, 2021


Instructor (two-year, limited term) in
Quantitative Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Calgary, Canada
Applications: May 13, 2021
Assistant Professor in Nationalism and Social

Central European University
Vienna, Austria
Applications: May 31, 2021

Recordings from the (Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium are now available.

(Con)spirituality – the merger of conspiracy theories and spirituality – has attracted significant media and academic attention globally during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This colloquium was the first to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia to examine themes of (con)spirituality, science, QAnon, the Far Right, vaccine hesitancy and COVID-19.

All session recordings are now available at: To stay updated on this project, follow on Twitter @conspiritualaus or check back on the project website:

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

AASR April Newsletter

Book Reviews Editor Wanted

The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, is seeking a book reviews editor from April 2021 to April 2022, while Rosemary Hancock is on leave. The position involves soliciting and editing academic book reviews from scholars around the world; the journal is published 3 times per year and each issue publishes 4 or 5 reviews. The position does involve posting books, so it is important to have the approval of your university for that task. Please contact Rosemary Hancock if you are interested:

Books  for Review

Please find the current list of books available for review on the Journal. 

Call for Papers:


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.

Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2021, 20-22 September 2021. Abstract deadline 3 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 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. International seminar series on “Religion, Crisis and Disaster”. Upcoming: ‘Religion and Crisis in Nepal’, by Prof. David Gellner, University of Oxford on 7 April 2021. 
Talks will be online between February 24 – April 28, always on Wednesdays at 7pm in Sydney/4pm Perth (to allow for time difference with Europe and the Americas). More info

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

PhD opportunity:

Religion, Society and Culture Network, Deakin University
Religion — beliefs and believers, institutions, social justice contributions, personal spirituality — plays a crucial role in areas of health, well-being, and safe and secure communities. While so-called secular Australia is in constant dialogue (and sometimes tension) with religion at the institutional level (child abuse, inter-faith disputes, the roles of women, other beliefs which seem to contradict the public policies of society), the contributions of religious leaders and believers are multiple. The Network is concerned with how such debates can be more fully acknowledged and considered, especially in relation to the growing recognition of Indigenous Australian spiritual beliefs, and in the increasing presence of Moslem, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious faiths.
What does “Australia” have to say in the dialogue between faiths and between secular and religious worldviews? Proposals for a PhD project that would investigate the role played by religion either historically and/or in contemporary cultures are sought. It might be based in sociological and policy-making approaches (potential supervisors are Anna Halafoff and Andrew Singleton), educational studies, ideological or theological approaches (Lyn McCredden, Ly Hon Tan). Supervisors in the Network for Religion, Society and Culture have a range of expertise in religious studies, with particular strengths in Buddhist studies (John Power, Anna Halafoff), Indigenous and postcolonial studies (Joanna Cruickshank, Lyn McCredden, Gillian Tan), fundamentalisms, religion and conspiracy theories (Geoff Boucher, Anna Halafoff, Andrew Singleton), evangelicalism, media and religion. (Enqi Weng), religion and education (Brendan Hyde, Dawn Joseph)
Application details, application due 1 May 2021.

Webinar: Quali-Quantitative Research on Religiosity in Italy


Webinars di presentazione delle pubblicazioni

(con il patrocinio dell’Associazione Italiana di Sociologia e delle Sezioni di Metodologia e Sociologia della Religione)

Ventidue anni dopo la ricerca su La religiosità in Italia (V. Cesareo, R. Cipriani, F. Garelli, C. Lanzetti, G. Rovati: Mondadori, Milano, 1995), l’indagine condotta nel 2017 riguarda 3238 intervistati con questionario e 164 soggetti (opportunamente selezionati) interpellati con interviste aperte (tipo UNI) o semidirettive (tipo MIX).

La stratificazione del campione qualitativo ha riguardato tre categorie relative al titolo di studio (livello dell’obbligo, diploma medio-superiore, laurea), alla distinzione di genere, alla residenza (piccoli comuni, comuni medi, grandi città), alla distribuzione geografica (nord, centro, sud e isole) ed all’età (giovani, adulti, anziani). Si è testata la soluzione di un’intervista completamente aperta, senza domande predefinite (tipo UNI): per quasi la metà del campione, cioè 78 casi, gli intervistatori hanno cercato di ottenere narrazioni, riflessioni, valutazioni ed interpretazioni non sollecitate attraverso domande specifiche sulla religiosità; per gli altri 86 soggetti consultati, la prima parte dell’intervista è stata interamente libera e la seconda ha riguardato alcuni concetti-stimoli (tipo MIX): la vita quotidiana e festiva, la felicità ed il dolore, la vita e la morte, Dio, la preghiera, le istituzioni religiose e papa Francesco.

I risultati dell’analisi qualitativa sono stati corroborati anche da sofisticati strumenti analitici (alcuni anche quantitativi), tra cui: il programma T2K (Text to Knowledge), l’analisi delle corrispondenze lessicali, la procedura VoSpec (Vocabulaire Spécifique des Groupes d’individus), la social network analysis e la grounded theory. Inoltre un foglio di analisi simile ad un questionario semi-strutturato è stato applicato ai testi delle interviste, con l’intenzione di individuare modelli, valori e rappresentazioni ricorrenti.

In definitiva è stata implementata una serie di soluzioni che rientrano fra i mixed methods.





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Sabato 10 aprile 2021, ore 10-12

Franco Garelli, Gente di poca fede. Il sentimento religioso nell’Italia incerta di Dio, il Mulino, Bologna, 2020, pp. 256.

Moderatore: Vittorio Cotesta

Relatori: Giuseppe Giordan, Roberta Ricucci

Correlatrice: Sonia Stefanizzi

Sabato 17 aprile 2021, ore 10-12

Roberto Cipriani, L’incerta fede. Un’indagine quanti-qualitativa in Italia, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020, pp. 500.

Moderatore: Enzo Pace

Relatori: Maria Carmela Agodi, Costantino Cipolla

Correlatore: Marco Marzano

Venerdì 14 maggio 2021, ore 17-19

Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello (a cura di), Incerta religiosità. Forme molteplici del credere, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020, pp. 256.

Moderatrici: Cecilia Costa, Barbara Morsello

Relatrici: Milena Gammaitoni, Katiuscia Carnà, Eleonora Sparano, Martina Lippolis

Correlatrice: Verónica Roldán

Venerdì 21 maggio 2021, ore 17-19

Alberto Quagliata (a cura di), Il dogma inconsapevole. Analisi del fenomeno religioso in Italia: il contributo qualitativo della Grounded Theory costruttivista, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020, pp. 146.

Moderatore: Alberto Quagliata

Relatrici: Lavinia Bianchi, Patrizia Ascione

Correlatrice: Martina Lippolis

Venerdì 28 maggio 2021, ore 14,30-16,30

Roberto Cipriani, Maria Paola Faggiano, Maria Paola Piccini, La religione dei valori diffusi. Intervista qualitativa e approccio misto di analisi, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020, pp. 190.

Moderatore: Maria Paola Faggiano

Relatrici: Raffaella Gallo, Maria Dentale, Marina Lippolis

Correlatore: Gianni Losito

Sabato 29 maggio 2021, ore 10-12

Gabriella Punziano, Le parole della fede. Espressioni, forme e dimensioni della religiosità tra pratiche e sentire in Italia, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2020, pp. 178.

Moderatrice: Enrica Amaturo

Relatori: Antonio Camorrino, Amalia Caputo, Augusto Cocorullo

Correlatrice: Rita Bichi

Martedì 8 giugno 2021, ore 10-12

Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi (a cura di), La fede dichiarata. Un’analisi linguistico-computazionale, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2021.

Moderatrice: Simonetta Montemagni

Relatori: Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi

Correlatori: Domenico Schiattone, Martina Lippolis 

Per ulteriori informazioni sulle pubblicazioni:

Life on the Breadline End of Project Conference

Life on the Breadline End of Project Conference – online, 24-25th June 2021, 10am to 4.15pm UK-time

A two-day online conference from the Life on the Breadline project team as the culmination of three years of research into Christian responses to UK poverty in the context of austerity.

The conference will combine sessions with presentations and Q&A, and interactive workshops.  Sessions at the conference will include presentations from the Life on the Breadline project team – Chris Shannahan, Robert Beckford, Peter Scott and Stephanie Denning – on the research findings, plus interactive workshops on researching poverty, asset-based community development, and Black Church responses to austerity, and guest speakers Dr Naomi Maynard (Together Liverpool) and P​rofessor Anthony Reddie (University of Oxford and University of South Africa).  At the conference we will also be launching the Anti-Poverty Charter which is being developed in consultation with research participants in the Life on the Breadline research.

The anticipated audience for the conference is theology and social science academics, church leaders, and practitioners in church and poverty response settings.  The majority of sessions are aimed at all three audiences, and the target audience is noted alongside each session in the provisional conference programme.

To find out more including the provisional conference programme, and to book your free place visit the Life on the Breadline website at

Neutralité du Liban: pourquoi le patriarche de l’Église catholique maronite a-t-il proposé cette solution ?

Date 24 mars 2021 

Heure 11h55 à 13h00 

Lieu : En ligne, sur TEAMS 

Le Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) vous invite à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 24 mars 2021.

Cette conférence sera donnée par Sylvana Al Baba Douaihy, docteure en Études du religieux contemporain et coordonnatrice générale de la Chaire UNESCO-PREV. 

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