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Call for Papers on Religion and Digital Media

Dear Colleagues,
Do you work in the field of religion and digital media? With Dr.Marco Túlio de Sousa and Dr. Mihaela Alexandra Tudor we are launching a special issue in the journal “Tropos: Communication, Culture and Society”

Call is in English, Portuguese and Spanish, but we also accept submissions in Italian and French.

Full paper submission until December 2020 and publication in June 2021 after peer review.

You can find more info here: Or you can ask for information at midiareligiaos@gmail.comCapture

Journal Latest Issue: International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology

The latest issue of International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology  (IJSA) is available online. See table of content below.

Moral panic and social order: Analysis of Akwa Ibom street children

The incidence of street children around the world had raised concern about social order. Scholars have paid attention to socioeconomic and psychological implications ignoring the cultural dynamics that contribute to this development. This paper focuses on a category of street children in Akwa-Ibom state of Nigeria. They are the child-witches, thrown to the street due to witchcraft label masterminded by parents and…

Author(s): Lydia Isioma Chineyemba

Article Number: F4FD98063378


Knowledge and perceptions of female genital mutilation among African immigrant women in Windsor, Canada

The objective of this is to investigate African immigrant women’s perceptions of female genital mutilation (FGM) within the Canadian Criminal Code. Ten African immigrant women resident in Windsor, Canada were selected using snowball sampling for interviews. These women were of four African nationalities, namely Nigeria, Ghana, Somalia and Sudan. Semi-structured interview protocol with open answer possibilities…

Author(s): Francisca Isi Omorodion

Article Number: B83F93C63627


Challenges faced by the Bhotias for their livelihood and preservation of culture

We frequently hear about the significance of cultural heritage. And while discussing humanitarian efforts, we might hear the phrase “cultural preservation.” The term encompasses several activities surrounding maintaining ancient cultures from large nations all the way down to small indigenous tribes. However, the meaning of cultural heritage and its preservation needs to be ascertained. Heritage is an asset,…

Author(s): Nirmesh Sharma

Article Number: 13DD4B963943


Possible selves of a hashtag: Moving from the theory of speech acts to cultural objects to interpret hashtags

In recent years hashtag studies have increased their numbers. The role of hashtags becomes increasingly predominant in social media studies. Many researchers wonder how to study them, ending up treating them in an aggregate way and turning to big data and static-mathematical modeling. This type of studies seem to consider hashtags as tools, favoring a single analysis perspective. In fact, The studies and the research…

Author(s): Gevisa La Rocca

Article Number: 31E6E0B63132


Home truths behind closed doors: Reciting the lived experiences of child domestic workers in selected towns of Gedeo Zone, Southern Ethiopia

This qualitative study was aimed at looking into the lived experiences of child domestic workers in the selected towns of Gedeo Zone. A triangulation of key informant interviews, in-depth interviews, focus group discussions, informal conversations, non-participant observations, and life histories were employed to collect the required data from child domestic workers, brokers, urban residents, police officers, and…

Author(s): Alemayehu Anja Aboye and Fekadu Israel Alambo

Article Number: C23EF1862536


Anthropometric measurements for young males in Saudi Arabia

The purpose of this study was to fill the gap of not having enough anthropometric data for young males in Saudi Arabia. Developing an anthropometric database on Saudi adults will help the local designers, manufactures and producers to create more efficient industrial applications, and products for Saudi population. The study was performed in the Riyadh city, the capital and the largest city in Saudi Arabia, among a…

Author(s): Waleed Basuliman

Article Number: F3A257957952


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International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes the submission of manuscripts via its online  Manuscript Management System

Call-for-Reading: [Religions] Special Issue “Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World”

The following Special Issue has been published in the open access journal Religions (ISSN 2077-1444) with members of ISA RC22.

“Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World”
Guest Editor(s): Anna Halafoff, Sam Han, Caroline Starkey, James Spickard.

All articles can be accessed freely online. For your convenience, we attach
below a consolidated table of contents.

Spickard, J.V. The Sociology of Religion in a Post-Colonial Era: Towards
Theoretical Reflexivity. Religions 2019, 10(1), 18;
Views: 1051, Downloads: 1379, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Settler, F. Curating Violence: Reflecting on Race and Religion in Campaigns
for Decolonizing the University in South Africa. Religions 2019, 10(5), 310;
Views: 684, Downloads: 948, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Woo, T.-L.T. A Flexible Indeterminate Theory of Religion: Thinking through
Chinese Religious Phenomena. Religions 2019, 10(7), 428;
Views: 658, Downloads: 783, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Cazarin, R. The Social Architecture of Belonging in the African Pentecostal
Diaspora. Religions 2019, 10(7), 440;
Views: 855, Downloads: 911, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 14

Beyer, P.; Beaman, L.G. Dimensions of Diversity: Toward a More Complex
Conceptualization. Religions 2019, 10(10), 559;
Views: 534, Downloads: 744, Citations: 1, Altmetrics: 0

Parker, C. Popular Religions and Multiple Modernities: A Framework for
Understanding Current Religious Transformations. Religions 2019, 10(10), 565;
Views: 515, Downloads: 789, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Clot-Garrell, A.; Griera, M. Beyond Narcissism: Towards an Analysis of the
Public, Political and Collective Forms of Contemporary Spirituality.
Religions 2019, 10(10), 579;
Views: 525, Downloads: 568, Citations: 1, Altmetrics: 11

Okyerefo, M.P.K. Scrambling for the Centre: Ghana’s New Churches as an
Alternative Ideology and Power. Religions 2019, 10(12), 668;
Views: 506, Downloads: 1453, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Godazgar, H. From ‘Islamism’ to ‘Spiritualism’? The Individualization
of ‘Religion’ in Contemporary Iran. Religions 2020, 11(1), 32;
Views: 468, Downloads: 500, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Nixon, A.G. ‘Non-Religion’ as Part of the ‘Religion’ Category in
International Human Rights. Religions 2020, 11(2), 79;
Views: 484, Downloads: 906, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 5

Halafoff, A.; Shipley, H.; Young, P.D.; Singleton, A.; Rasmussen, M.L.;
Bouma, G. Complex, Critical and Caring: Young People’s Diverse Religious,
Spiritual and Non-Religious Worldviews in Australia and Canada. Religions
2020, 11(4), 166;
Views: 479, Downloads: 334, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 2

Halafoff, A.; Han, S.; Starkey, C.; Spickard, J.V. Introduction to the
Special Issue: Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided
World. Religions 2020, 11(6), 306;
Views: 109, Downloads: 46, Citations: 0, Altmetrics: 0

Journal ‘Approaching Religion’ Vol. 10/1 published

Theme:  “Approaching Laestadianism. Research perspectives on the Laestadian movement”

Guest editors: Bengt-Ove Andreassen, Roald E. Kristiansen and Rolf Inge Larsen, UiT The Arctic University of Norway

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review. 

RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 39 – « Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe »

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 39 (automne 2019) « Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe » (208 p.). Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.


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—- Abdelwahed MEKKI-BERRADA

« Islamophobie viriliste et radicalisation islamophobe. Prolégomènes à une réhabilitation de la notion d’islamophobie »


—- Maryse POTVIN et Mélanie BEAUREGARD

« L’attentat à la mosquée de Québec dans la presse écrite québécoise entre le 30 janvier et le 1er mars 2017 »


« “Mon homme me bat, il boit de l’alcool et il joue au jeu !”. (Dé)construction narrative de l’islamophobie genrée au Québec : entre stratégies, pratiques et lieux communs »

—- Mondher KILANI

« Les femmes comme enjeu de contrôle. Penser et accompagner la subjectivation du sujet féminin et spirituel : l’étude de cas de Soraya »

—- Keira MECHERI

« Penser et accompagner la subjectivation du sujet féminin et spirituel : l’étude de cas de Soraya »


—- Gilles BIBEAU

« La “cité assiégée”, racine de la peur de l’autre »

Call for Papers: Journal ‘Religions’ – Special Issue “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”

The deadline for submitting proposals is 31 August 2020

The deadline for final manuscript submissions is 31 March 2021

This Issue on cultural and religious diversity is intended to mobilize knowledge and experiences in relation to the coronavirus pandemic on a global level, from an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. It will reflect on the way individuals, groups, and nations are addressing the crisis from non-religious or religious perspectives. Articles could offer empirical data (history, interviews, media analysis, contextual analysis) or theoretical analysis. We hope to receive proposals from many countries and in multiple disciplines. Historical as well as contemporary perspectives are welcome. Potential themes are as follows:

1) Creating meaning

How are nones, religious individuals and groups, and science making sense of the pandemic? What kind of rituals are being created to get through these difficult times? How is death ritualized and understood? How are employees who are risking their lives to save others reflecting about their involvement? What about fear, sickness, suffering, arts, and faith in the future?

2) Innovations, imagination, and conflicts

How are religions celebrating or communicating virtually? What are the contributions of religions during the crisis? How are nones and religions uniting around the same fight? How are some fundamentalists resisting the recommendations of authorities? What kind of intergenerational relations and critical discourses are emerging from the crisis?

3) Apocalyptic and conspiracy theory viewpoints

What kind of apocalyptic and conspiracy theorist views are circulating? How are relationships between science, health, and religions/nonreligion being developed?

4) Changes in perception of religious institutions

How are religious people and nones perceiving religious institutions during this time? How are their decisions and involvement in helping people being evaluated? To what extent is new media being used successfully by religious leaders, and what lessons can be learned from this for the future?

5) Other major themes

What does the crisis say about globalization, economy, the environment, animals, and humans?

Prof. Dr. Solange Lefebvre
Prof. Dr. Roberta Ricucci
Guest Editors

Journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies (Vol. 31/1) has been published

Vol. 31/1 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies has been published. The issue includes articles by Maja Hultman, Jens Carlesson Magalhães and several articles relating to the theme “1989-2019: Jews in post-Communist Europe”. Guest editors: Lukasz Gorniok & Lena Roos.

You find the journal at

Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, essays and conversations as well as by reviewing recent literature. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy.

NJ is published open access online. 

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (May 2020) of Sociology of Islam journal has been published

A quarterly  Sociology of Islam journal has been published, collaboration with Georgetown University in Qatar. We have a special issue on Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East and a guest editor for this issue is Professor Ayman Shabana.

You will find the link below:

Volume 8 (2020): Issue 2 (May 2020): CIRS Special Issue of Sociology of Islam edited by Ayman Shabana

  1. Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East Past and Present By: Ayman Shabana
  2. The Increasing Prevalence of Girls in stem Education in the Arab World What Can We Learn? By: Rana Dajani, Sonali Dhawan and Sara M. Awad
  3. A Cruel Innovation: Israeli Experiments on Gaza’s Great March of Return By: Tariq Dana Pages: 175–198 Publication Date: 01 May 2020 Restricted Access Sciences, Technology, and Social Inequality in the Arab World An Analysis from the Maghreb By: Abdelkader Djeflat
  4. Sanctions and the Scientific Community of Iran By: Parviz Tarikhi
  5. Islamic Ethics and the Legitimacy of Scientific Innovation Reproductive Genetic Counseling within the Muslim Context By: Ayman Shabana  

Call for Papers: Journal “Religions” – special issue on religion, law, and politics

Contributions due by 18 December 2020

A new call for a special issue on religion, law, and politics for those of you who might be interested:

Religion, law, and politics are bodies of knowledge and institutionalized rules that generate order and control uncertainty. With modernity, the dominant liberal paradigm is aimed at differentiating categorically between them (M. Weber, J. Habermas, J. Rawls), separating their respective logics and “places” in society. In times of transformation and crisis, however, this “art of separation” (M. Walzer) cannot be taken for granted. For instance, religion has taken new political forms and entered into legal battles in the public sphere (L. Zucca and C. Ungureanu). Conversely, political and legal groups have become ever more involved in regulating moral-religious conflicts that divide people living under both democratic and non-democratic regimes. Nationalist-populist forces have often articulated their rhetoric by drawing on religious topoi and myths and galvanizing religious groups in society (C. Bottici; B. Challand). These phenomena have been articulated differently depending on the socio-historical context, and recent challenges have blurred and complexified the relation between religion, law, and politics. It is reasonable to assume, moreover, that the current COVID-19 crisis will further fuel religious effervescence and reactions, as well as new forms of authoritarianism.

This Special Issue contributes to the advancement of a renewed hermeneutics focused on the complexities of the relation between politics, law, and religion in the current “unsettled” times (A. Swidler), marked by multifaceted crises (ecological, democratic, epidemical), impacts of both migratory flows and situations of immobility, and the consequent rise in uncertainty. We welcome both theoretical and empirical (case or comparative) studies taking into consideration different historical contexts, religions, and spiritualities. This Special Issue is interdisciplinary and open to contributions from the social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science, anthropology), the humanities (e.g., religious studies, philosophy, history, critical theory, gender studies), and the arts (e.g., literature). It also welcomes contributions from decolonial and postcolonial studies that question the actual links between religion, law, and politics and propose new articulations for our understanding of religion and society.

We look forward to receiving contributions by 18 December 2020.

Call for papers: Journal -“Transformation in Afro American Religions”

Abstract and a short bio statement by 1st of November at the latest

Here is a Call for Papers for a special issue of the Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society. The topic of the special issue which will be guest edited by Gerald Hödl (Vienna) and myself, is the transformation of African derived American religions. The journal is published by Brill, fully open access (no costs for the authors as the journal is sponsored by the research centre Religion and Transformation at the University of Vienna). More information in the link:

If you are interested please email us ( and We will need abstract and a short bio statement by 1st of November at the latest. The article (if accepted) will be due in July 2021. Feel free to circulate the CfP. Thank you.