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CFP: Journal Sections on “Cultural Blindness in Psychology of Religion” & “Religion or Belief in Higher Education”

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, volume 32, ( will have special sections on Cultural Blindness in Psychology and Religion or Belief in HE. It will also have its regular open section for papers on any subject within the socio-scientific study of religion. We welcome your proposals .

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion. 

RSSR usually includes one or more guest-edited special sections that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas.  For 2021, RSSR will include the following special sections

Special section 1: Cultural Blindness in Psychology. Guest Editor Dr. Louise Sundararajan, has collected several papers documenting cultural blindness in psychology beginning with her own paper, “Cultural blindness in psychology: Implications for studies of religion.”

Special section 2: Religion or Belief in Higher Education. In this section, we will explore religious and non-religious identities on university campuses anywhere in the world. Chapter may interrogate how these identities are ‘lived’ on campus and how these are dealt with in university policy, practice, management and curricula.  This section will explore the diversity of ways in which religious and non-religious identities are experienced, encountered and catered for on higher education campuses. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of religion or non-religion on campuses in any geographical context, focusing on a particular tradition, group or movement or on the interactions between different parties, or on broader cultural or political changes impacting upon how religion is expressed within campus contexts. We hope that the special section will attract a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints.

Submitting Proposals

We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSSR – RSSSR 32. This will be published by autumn 2021. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students.

For Open Chapters

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.

  • Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of paper: 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020
  • If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 12th March 2021

Proposals for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (

For Special Section Proposals

We welcome enquiries for guest edited special sections for RSSSR 32 and also for future editions. Special section proposals can emerge from conference proceedings or from other forms of academic collaboration around a specific subject area. To suggest a special proposal please contact the editors Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor ( in the first instance, with the following information:

  • Theme / Title of the special section
  • Short rationale of the special section (no more than 500 words)
  • Guest editor/s name and short bio (150 words) for each editor
  • List of potential contributors
  • If accepted timelines for special sections will be discussed with editors

For more information and submission guidelines please check the author guidelines ( or contact the editors.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Professor Ralph Hood and Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Journal of Sociology: Renewed call for an editorial team for 2021 – 2024

The expression of interest deadline has been extended to August 10. For the full details, read on…

The Australian Sociological Association Executive have extended the call for expressions of interest (EoI) to edit the Journal of Sociology (JoS). EoIs are requested from a group of members who will comprise the editorial team (including Editors-in-Chief and an Editorial Board of approximately 8-10 members). The successful team will be appointed for a four-year term 2021–2024. JoS is the flagship journal of TASA and the major Australian outlet for sociology. Editing the journal is an opportunity to shape the development of sociology in Australia and publish the leading work produced by your colleagues.

As previously noted, our term ends this year, although copy for the first issue of 2021 will be organised. The journal team receives financial ($20,000) and administrative assistance from TASA and from the publisher, Sage. Manuscript submission is on-line through the ScholarOne system.  

If you are interested in finding out more, we invite you to contact us directly for a confidential chat.

You can also contact Dan Woodman, TASA President and Sally Daly, TASA Admin.  

Warm regards, Kate and Steve, JoS Editors-in-Chief

Journal Special Issue – ‘Religions’: Religion in the contemporary transformation society.

Deadline: 15 January 2021


Society is constantly transforming, but there are historical periods when the transformation is so intense that it becomes explosive. Such a concentration of changes taking place at the same time allows us to say that society is passing through a bifurcation point, acquiring a new quality of evolution of a dynamic system, society is moving into a new format for its development. Today’s transformation of society is the imposition (or bifurcation point) of the rapid development of smart technologies, leading to the transition to a smart society; globalization processes and increased resistance to national identity; secularization and post-secularization processes. The focus of our issue is religion, its state in this transformational pressure.

The purpose of the special issue is to unite the efforts of scientists of various disciplines to comprehend the place and role of religion in the intensive process of transformation of society.

The purpose of the special issue is to unite the efforts of scientists of various disciplines to comprehend the place and role of religion in the intensive process of transformation of society. Modern studies of the last ten years are more focused on specific problems that arise “here and now”: religion and migration processes, religion and gender, secularization and new religions, etc. We propose to summarize these topics and try to build a unified view of the significance of religion in this whirlpool of transformations and threats to religion and societylurking in the consequences of unpredictable results. Special attention will be paid to contributions that offer evidence of potential or real social impact that guarantees the improving of people’s lives.       

Dr. Svetlana Sharonova

Guest Editor

Keywords: religion, transformational society, perspectives and threats of intense transformation for religion

the following link:

Call for Papers: Special Issue of Journal ‘Religions’ – “Religion and Ethics in Digital Culture”

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

The study of media, religion, and culture has emerged as an important subfield in communication, media studies, and religious studies. The study of digital religion is an especially active area of research. While many studies show how traditional religious institutions adapt to online environments, or how new religious movements emerge organically through social media, fewer studies focus on the religious and ethical dimensions of putatively secular institutions, brands, and products that define digital culture: Google, Apple, Facebook, etc. Yet the headquarters and retail spaces of such institutions arguably serve as churches for congregations of employees and customers; developers and users relate to devices like the iPhone as sacred or magical objects; video game players look to tournament champions as moral or spiritual exemplars.

This Special Issue will explore the religious, spiritual, and ethical dimensions of digital culture in its more popular and ostensibly secular forms. Articles will examine manifestations of religion in institutions, devices, and content generally regarded as non-religious in design, intent, or purpose. These manifestations can be discursive, appearing in news interviews with CEOs or YouTube parodies of tech enthusiasts. They can be material, appearing in the design of branded devices and the architecture of commercial spaces. They can be intentional and explicit, as in marketing strategies that aim to mimic “successful” religions or employee workplace programs that integrate Buddhist mindfulness practices; or they may be unintentional or implicit, as in the devotional and ritualistic behavior of customers searching for their favorite product’s latest release.

Articles for this Special Issue may focus on one or more of the following aspects of digital culture: First, they may identify specific case studies (businesses, product design or content, marketing campaigns), demonstrating the presence of beliefs and practices that broadly qualify as religious in nature. Second, they may examine the cultural, historical, or economic implications of the religious and ethical dimensions of digital culture (impact on consumer behavior, citizenship, and other forms of social engagement). Third, articles may offer critical moral, ethical, or theological evaluations of digital culture, outlining strategies for transformation (more sustainable business practices and product designs, attention to the integrity of spiritual practices adapted in the workplace, etc.).

Through these explorations, this Special Issue will draw attention to, and deepen our understanding of, the often surprising ways religion, spirituality, and ethics appear in contemporary digital culture.

Dr. Kevin Healey
Associate Professor
Department of Communication
University of New Hampshire

Call for Papers: Inaugral issue of ‘The Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association’ (JMSSA)

The Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association (JMSSA) is accepting submissions for our inaugural issue in 2021. Papers accepted for publication will receive a $500 honorarium. JMSSA is a peer-reviewed academic journal sponsored by the Mormon Social Science Association. Founded in 1979, the MSSA is an interdisciplinary scholarly society promoting the study of social life within the Latter Day Saint movement.

Aims and Scope

The Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association publishes original research, synthetic reviews, and theoretical or methodological essays on topics relevant to the Latter Day Saint movement from a social science perspective. We welcome papers from all social science disciplines, as well as work in other disciplines with a social science approach. We encourage submissions from students, junior scholars, and underrepresented voices in Mormon Studies. The journal is atheological and nonpolemical. The journal does not consider previously published work except by invitation. The journal does not consider papers simultaneously submitted elsewhere for review.


Journal of the Mormon Social Science Association accepts papers of any length, including research notes. All submissions are screened by the editor or editorial board to determine their suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are forwarded for peer-review. Subsequent to peer-review, papers may be rejected, returned for revision, or accepted for publication.

The journal conforms to the “author-date” citation system outlined in The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition (Chapter 15). All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract not to exceed 250 words. Abstracts should state the research question(s), identify basic methods, and summarize main findings. Footnotes should be used for essential clarification only, and not for excurses.

Send submissions in MS Word format to:
For more information, contact Rick Phillips,

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 »