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AASR September 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. Please check out our website for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.

Call for Papers:

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

A Continuing Legacy of Persian Poetry and Music, Australian National University, 27 November 2020. Submission deadline 20 September 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2021 (new date). Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 

Call for Chapters: Exploring multilingualism, religion and spirituality in Australian life. Deadline 15 September 2020. 

Call for paper: Religions‘ special issue: “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”Deadline 31 August 2020. 

Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. 

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 
Virtual Events
Please note some activities from IAHR that may be of interest:
1. Virtual Book Fair 

2. The IAHR webinar: “Reflections on the Study of Religion in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Past, Present, and Prospect”Roundtable participants, in order of speaking: Profs. Paul Morris, Will Sweetman, John Shaver, and Ben Schonthal. Chair: Prof. Ann Taves (IAHR Vice-President)
Time: Sep 16, Wed, 8:00PM-9:30PM GMT  (=Sep 17, 08:00AM in Auckland, New Zealand)
Meeting ID: 998 7571 5215, Passcode: 882084

3. The IAHR-WSN webinar: “Announcing a New IAHR Women Scholars Network Webinar Series”Presenters: Profs. Rosalind Hackett, Morny Joy (founders), Jenny Berglund, Jay Johnston (outgoing coordinators), Milda Ališauskienė, Amy Allocco, (incoming coordinators)Program:Introducing the IAHR-WSNPresentation of founders and coordinatorsPlanned future activitiesSuggestions from members on future activitiesQuestions & Answers
Time: Sep 21, Mon, 2:00 PM-3:00PM GMT
Meeting ID: 949 3297 3049, Passcode: 465973
Grant/PhD/Job Opportunities:
Research Fellow in Ecotheology / Philosophy of Religion, University of Oslo Faculty of Theology

PhD Position in Framing of Apocrypha in Coptic Manuscripts, University of Oslo The Faculty of Theology
Latest Publications:
Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Anne Hamilton-Byrne and the Family: Charisma, Criminality, and Media in the Construction of an Australian ‘Cult’ Leader‘, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 24(1): 31-54. 

Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘The Enneagram: G. I. Gurdjieff’s Esoteric Symbol‘, Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 20(1): 31-54. 
Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Leaving New Religious Movements’, in Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson, and Teemu T. Mantsinen (eds), Handbook of Leaving Religion, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 231-241. 

Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Esoteric Tourism in Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel, The Da Vinci Code, and the Appeal of the ‘New Age’’, in Jonathan M. Wooding and Lorna Barrow (eds), Prophecy, Memory and Fate in the Early and Medieval Celtic World, Sydney Series in Celtic Studies, Sydney University Press, 247-270. 

Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Fiction and the Memory of ‘Cultic Violence’: Charisma, Power and Gender in Peoples Temple and the Manson Family’, New Literary Observer, No. 163 (Russian). 

Kim, David W. (ed)(2020) New Religious Movements in Modern Asian History: Sociocultural Alternatives. Rowman & Littlefield. 

Rane, Halim et al (2020), ‘Islam in Australia: A National Survey of Muslim Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents’Religions, 11, 419.
Milani, Milad (2020), ‘The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim’, Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, Routledge 9781138615038.

Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Shariati, Ali’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Neo-Sufism’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Sufism’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

Trompf, G. and Milani, Milad (2019), ‘From “Zurvanism” to Mazdak’, The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.

Milani, Milad (2019), ‘Classic Sufism and Gnosis’, The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.

Catolicismo y globalización: Nuevas perspectivas de las Misiones Jesuitas

Formulario de inscripción a la conferencia a cargo de José Casanova.

Si ud ya se inscribió a esta conferencia en el formulario correspondiente a todo el ciclo de conferencias, no es necesario volver a hacerlo.

La conferencia se realizará el jueves 24 de setiembre a las 17 hs (Uruguay)

Por favor asegúrese de escribir bien su correo electrónico, ya que se le enviará por esa vía el link a la reunión de Zoom.

Por consultas, escribir a:

Call for Papers: "Digitalization of society and the future of Christianity”

Dear colleagues!

We invite you to participate in the VII International Conference of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the Orthodox St. Tikhon’s University for the Humanities “Digitalization of society and the future of Christianity. On the issue of transformation of the value-normative system of the society”.

During the conference, it is proposed to address the following issues:

  1. problems of digitalization in the light of the Christian future world;
  2. philosophical and anthropological understanding of the place of Christianity in the digital future of society;
  3. value-normative system and technological development (technology);
  4. Christian culture in the era of digitalization;
  5. virtual worlds and the spiritual world of Christianity: the conflict of meanings;
  6. Christianity and the transformation of the value bases of power in a digital society;
  7. digital religions in the light of the Christian tradition;
  8. regional features of the Christian world in the digital age.

Articles of all speakers of the conference will be published in its final collection.

Applications for participation and abstracts (approximately 80 words) are accepted until November 1, 2020 at

It is possible face-to-face or remote speech at the conference. The form of the speech should be written in the application.

Conference working languages: Russian and English.

Time and place of the conference:
On February 18-19, 2021, 10.00-17.00.
6 Likhov pereulok, Moscow

Call for Papers: British Muslims and Covid-19: Impacts, Experiences and Responses

8th December 2020     

A free MBRN online symposium

Last date for submission of abstracts: 30th October 2020

Research on Covid-19 has highlighted its disproportionate impact on Black and Asian Minority Ethnic groups (BAME) communities (Public Health England, 2020). However, these studies only offer a limited understanding of the particularity of experiences within the umbrella category BAME. For instance, there is only limited discussion around faith in relation to Covid-19, its impacts and the socio-economic fall-outs of lockdown. This MBRN symposium will redress this gap by taking an intersectional perspective in mapping and analysing the impact of Covid-19 on British Muslim communities. By bringing together practitioners and academics, we will examine how diverse British Muslim communities have experienced the pandemic, how their lives have been impacted during and after lockdown and how they responded.

During the lockdown, we have witnessed unprecedented impacts on British Muslims including the closing of mosques and madrassas, cancellation of Friday congregational prayers, Ramadan in lock-down and a significantly limited Hajj. Muslim faith and community leader have played important roles in translating theological rulings into practical guidance, which have largely been adhered to within Muslim communities. Similarly, children and young Muslims, like all young people have experienced the impact of Covid-19 in relation to their education (Children’s Commissioner, 2020). High levels of socio-economic disadvantage amongst British Muslim households mean that we can expect a disproportionate effect of lockdown and Covid-19 on British Muslims. Home learning during school closure, for instance, brought to the surface as well as enhanced the disparities in access to education for disadvantaged pupils, especially those who are known to be at risk of falling behind such as British Muslim pupils.

By focusing on the experiences of British Muslims, this online symposium will enable us to examine the interplay of ethnicity, religion and deprivation, in negotiating the particular challenges of living through Covid-19. It will explore the diversity of ways in which British Muslims have experienced and responded to Covid-19, and seek to understand its ongoing impacts. Our aim is to suggest answers for the question, “How are diverse British Muslims living through, and responding to the challenges of, Covid-19?”.

We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of Muslim identity / lived experiences in relation to the pandemic, lockdown and subsequent socio-economic implications of Covid-19 in Britain. We hope that the symposium will attract academics and practitioners from a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints. Possible themes and topics include (but not limited to):

  • · the intersections of religion, ethnicity and gender in experiences of and responses to Covid-19
  • · inclusion and critical engagement of religion as part of the national response to Covid-19
  • · disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on British Muslim communities
  • · racism and prejudice (including Islamophobia) linked to Covid-19
  • · responses of British Muslim charitable and volunteering organisations
  • · responses of British Muslim faith leaders and scholars
  • · support for bereaved families
  • · Islamic theological perspectives on quarantine
  • · impact on lived experiences British Muslim families (home-schooling, multi-generational families)
  • · media representations of Muslims in relation to Covid-19
  • · counter-terrorism and surveillance during a pandemic
  • · the negotiation of cultural, religious and moral values while socially-distancing
  • · the role of young people in shaping the British Muslim responses to Covid-19
  • · methodological reflections on working with Muslims during the pandemic

To submit a proposal:

  • · Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words) of the presenter/s, institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.
  • · We also welcome proposals from postgraduate researchers, independent scholars and practitioners.
  • · Proposals should be sent to
  • · Academic enquiries should be sent to Dr. Khadijah Elshayyal,
  • · Deadline: 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020
  • · Successful presenters will be notified by Friday 6th November 2020


· This is a free event, further details about the registration process will be circulated and posted on the MBRN website soon

Conference Organisers

Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (Chair), Dr Khadijah Elshayyal (General Secretary), Dr Sufyan Dogra, Sadiya Ahmed, Dr Jawiria Naseem and Dr Asma Khan (Committee Members)

MBRN Executive Committee Twitter: @MuslimsInBritRN;

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

March 25-27, 2021 – Warsaw, Poland

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

During the Covid-19 pandemic, most Churches and believers worldwide resorted to the media to build and maintain their communities, identities, and share their beliefs, which has shown how important media has been for religious organizations and individuals. Analyzing the pre-pandemic context, and inspired by the transformations of mediatized religion landscape, we are excited to open 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” 


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 for 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 see the attached file and/or visit the conference website:

Conference organisers 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:

They will continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will comply with any relevant administrative regulations. They will also consider hosting a partially or fully online conference if that is the best solution. 

Call for Papers: Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Call for Papers: 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)

The Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) has been fostering the development of high quality scholarship on religion since its establishment in 1975, seeking to create a strong sense of community and mutual opportunity for established and emerging voices across Australia and the wider Asia-Pacific region.

In this current time of crisis, in which community is at a premium, the AASR will meet online for our 45th annual conference, joined by our colleagues from the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions. Current and prospective AASR and NZASR members are warmly encouraged to apply to present their ongoing research in any field of the study of religion. Meeting in Zoom webinars on 11-12 December 2020, the conference program will highlight the strength and diversity of the study of religion, in Australia and New Zealand especially, expanding networks of scholarship and support.

In this current time of crisis, in which community is at a premium, the AASR will meet online for our 45th annual conference, joined by our colleagues from the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions. Current and prospective AASR and NZASR members are warmly encouraged to apply to present their ongoing research in any field of the study of religion. Meeting in Zoom webinars on 11-12 December 2020, the conference program will highlight the strength and diversity of the study of religion, in Australia and New Zealand especially, expanding networks of scholarship and support.

We particularly welcome PhD students and will be hosting specific events targeted towards creating connections across disciplines and universities during the conference for Higher Degree Researchers and early career academics.

We welcome both individual papers as well as panel submissions relevant to religion. Proposals can be submitted in the traditional panel format as well as roundtable discussions, information sessions and interactive media. In addition, presentations which focus on methods and tools on teaching and learning in an online environment in higher education are encouraged.

Proposals of up to 300 words and additional questions may be sent to until 31 October 2020, to be reviewed on an ongoing basis by members of the AASR executive. Please include relevant affiliation and contact information in a single Word Document or PDF. Panel proposals should be submitted as a single document with a short abstract for the panel as well as individual abstracts and author information. Panels may consist of 3 or 4 participants. Paper presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.

All presenters will be required to be members of the AASR by 30 November 2020. NZASR members and PhD candidates at Australian and New Zealand universities are exempt from this requirement.

Membership details are available on the AASR website via this link.

Specific technical information and timings will follow closer to the conference date and will be updated on our conference webpage.

ASA Section on the Sociology of Religion–Virtual Conference on Monday, August 10th

Although the ASA Religion Section is not meeting at the ASA meetings in person this year, we have a slate of virtual sessions and meetings on Religion Day (Monday, Aug 10th) that I am excited to share below.

FREE registration for ASA members ($25 for non-members) is required to obtain access to these virtual events, so please register here ASAP:

Once you register and log in to the ASA website, when you visit the virtual program (shortcut web links provided below), you should see a black “View or Join Online” button for any virtual session of interest and clicking on it will reveal directions for joining that meeting/session/table on Zoom.

Our program team (Andrea Henderson, Grace Yukich, Simon Brauer, and Bo Hyeong Jane Lee) worked very hard to first prepare the original slate of sessions, and then pivoted to organize which sessions would move forward virtually and how. I greatly appreciate their dedication to making all of this happen in the midst of a global pandemic. Many thanks also to our presiders, presenters, and discussants for providing us this opportunity for intellectual engagement.

I hope to “see” many of you around at our virtual sessions and roundtables, and I invite you all to participate in our Section Business Meeting, where we will talk about the state of the section, introduce new officers and council members, and present our book and article awards.

Please mark your calendars now for the events below

Lisa Pearce, ASA Religion Section Chair

ASA 2020 : Section on Sociology of Religion

Virtual Activities
Monday, August 10


    8:30 to 9:10 am PT
    Summary of year’s activities and finances, award presentations, and introduction of new officers and council members. All are welcome!


    Roundtable Organizers: Simon Brauer and Bo Hyeong Jane Lee
    9:10 to 10:10 am PT
    Topics, papers, and authors listed here:


    Global Religion

    10:30am to 12:10 pm PT

    Andrea K. Henderson, University of South Carolina & Grace B. Yukich, Quinnipiac University

    Presider and Discussant:
    Brandon Vaidyanathan
    Barriers to Racial Integration in British Evangelicalism: Colonialism, Classism, and Marginalization
    Jessamin Birdsall, Princeton University
    Belonging, Believing, Behaving and Brexit: How Religion Shapes Support for Leaving the European Union
    Siobhan McAndrew, University of Bristol
    From Sacred to Secular: Trend in Values in Egypt, Tunisia, and Turkey
    Mansoor Moaddel, University of Maryland-College Park
    Reconceptualizing Global Religion: Characteristics of Grave-Sweeping in China Becky Yang Hsu, Georgetown University

    Populism and Religion: Comparative-Historical Approaches

    Co-Sponsored by Comparative-Historical Section and Section on Sociology of Religion
    10:30am to 12:10 pm PT

    Efe Peker, University of Ottawa & Gulay Turkmen, University of Goettingen

    Efe Peker, University of Ottawa

    Shai M. Dromi, Harvard University
    Religion and Gender in the European Populist Right
    Ayse Serdar, Instanbul Technical University;
    Ebru Öztürk, Mid Sweden University’
    Katarina Giritli Nygren, Mid Sweden University
    Religion, Populism, and Nationalism in Nine Eastern European States
    Pamela Irving Jackson, Rhode Island College;
    Peter E. Doerschler, Bloomsburg University
    Religious Populism in America and the Possibility for Democratic Politics
    Rhys H. Williams, Loyola University-Chicago

The Call for Sessions Proposals for the 36th SISR/ISSR Conference in Taipei, Taiwan (12-15 July 2021

THEME: Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation

Call for sessions: 15 July to 15 September 2020 – Do not wait the last minute to submit your proposal!

Last conference, three quarters of paper proposals (hence more than 300) were submitted 3 days prior to the deadline. This generates an important flow of emails in a short period of time, which limits our ability to respond to your queries in a timely fashion. In order to avoid last hours of panic, we strongly advise you to submit your proposal well before the deadline, 15 September 2020.

To submit a session, please click here.

IMPORTANT! You need to be an ISSR member, or renew your membership to submit a proposal, otherwise you will not be able to access the submission page.

To check your membership, please click here.

Note: Your ISSR membership last for 2 years. No matter which date you have paid your membership, it starts on the 1st January of the year following an ISSR conference and ends on 31 December of the year of the next conference. For example, those who paid their membership at the conference in Barcelona, have been ISSR members from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2019.

In case of any issue, please click here.

ISSR Conference 2021 and COVID-19

For the time being, we have decided for now to keep our plans. However, we remain entirely flexible and we do envisage the possibility of postponing the conference if need be, the health and safety of all being the obvious priority. We will continue to monitor the situation and, of course, comply with any relevant regulations. We will also contact you as new information becomes available that is pertinent to our conference.

We would like to encourage all of you to submit session and paper proposals so that, if everything goes according to plan, we can hold our conference as planned during summer 2021. If we have to postpone the conference to 2022, we will secure the proposals already made.


L’appel à session pour la 36e conférence SISR/ISSR à Taipei, Taiwan (12-15 juillet 2021) sur

La religion dans une perspective globale/locale : Diffusion, Migration, Transformation

Appel de sessions : 15 juillet au 15 septembre 2020 – N’attendez pas la dernière minute pour soumettre votre proposition !

Lors de la dernière conférence, les trois quarts des propositions de communication (soit plus de 300) ont été soumises 3 jours avant la date limite. Cela génère un flux important de courriels dans un court laps de temps, ce qui limite notre capacité à répondre à vos demandes en temps voulu. Afin d’éviter les dernières heures de panique, nous vous conseillons vivement de soumettre votre proposition bien avant la date limite, le 15 septembre 2020.

Pour soumettre une session, cliquez ici.

IMPORTANT ! Vous devez être membre de la SISR, ou renouveler votre adhésion pour soumettre une proposition, sinon vous ne pourrez pas accéder à la page de soumission.

Pour vérifier votre adhésion, veuillez cliquer ici.

Note : Votre adhésion à la SISR dure 2 ans. Quelle que soit la date à laquelle vous avez payé votre adhésion, elle commence le 1er janvier de l’année suivant une conférence de la SISR et se termine le 31 décembre de l’année de la conférence suivante. Par exemple, ceux qui ont payé leur cotisation à la conférence de Barcelone, ont été membres de la SISR du 1er janvier 2018 au 31 décembre 2019.

En cas de problème, veuillez cliquer ici.

Conférence de la SISR 2021 et COVID-19

Pour l’instant, nous avons décidé de maintenir nos plans. Toutefois, nous restons entièrement flexibles et nous envisageons la possibilité de reporter la conférence si nécessaire, la santé et la sécurité de tous étant la priorité évidente. Nous continuerons à suivre la situation et, bien entendu, à nous conformer à toute réglementation. Nous vous contacterons également dès que de nouvelles informations pertinentes pour notre conférence seront disponibles.

Nous aimerions vous encourager tous à soumettre des propositions de sessions et de documents afin que, si tout se passe comme prévu, nous puissions tenir notre conférence comme prévu pendant l’été 2021. Si nous devons reporter la conférence à 2022, nous garantirons des propositions déjà faites.

Save the Date: Socrel Annual Conference- 13-15 July 2021

The Socrel conference is now due to take place on Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th July 2021 at the University of York. Our invited speakers (Sam Perry, Sarah-Jane Page, Colin Campbell, Linda Woodhead, Grace Davie, Eileen Barker and Jim Beckford) who were due to participate in the 2020 conference are all able to make this new date, and we will also work towards having the postgraduate study day on Monday 12th July 2021.

A call for papers will be circulated this autumn and we will be honouring those bursary recipients who were awarded bursaries in 2020 for Socrel 2021. Should any bursary recipient have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or our PGR Liaison officers, Joanna Malone and Emily Lynn.

So please save 13-15th July 2021 in your diaries and all being well, we will see each other again then!