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Call for Papers: Open Theology Journal – The Bible and Migration – new deadline May 31, 2021

Edited by: C. L. Crouch (Fuller Theological Seminary)

Flyer: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_CFP%20The%20Bible%20and%20Migration.pdf

New dealine: May 31, 2021

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“Open Theology” (https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/OPTH/html) invites submissions for the topical issue “The Bible and Migration”, prepared in collaboration with the conference “The Bible on the Move: Toward a Biblical Theology of Migration,” held at Fuller Theological Seminary in January 2020.

This special issue asks how cutting-edge biblical scholarship should inform conversation about and action relating to migration in the twenty-first century, bridging the gap between biblical studies, theology, and activism. Articles should examine how the biblical texts reflect diverse migrant experiences, as well as ways in which these texts reflect theologically on migration and appropriate responses to it among migrants and host communities. Articles may also critically interrogate the Bible’s use in arguments over migration and migrants’ reception by host communities. For purposes of this issue, ‘migration’ is understood to include refugee movements, internal and external displacements, and a wide spectrum of voluntary and involuntary migration motivated by famine, war, economics, and other causes. Contributions from the perspective of the Hebrew Bible / Old Testament or the New Testament are welcome, as are contributions that seek to take the perspective of both into account.

Authors publishing their articles in the topical issue will benefit from:

– transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review,

– free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Because “Open Theology” is published in Open Access model, as a rule, publication costs should be covered by so called Article Publishing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors.

Authors without access to publishing funds are encouraged to discuss potential discounts or waivers with Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk (katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com) before submitting their manuscripts.

HOW TO SUBMIT

Submissions will be collected by May 31, 2021, via the on-line submission system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/

Choose as article type: “The Bible and Migration”

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: https://www.degruyter.com/publication/journal_key/OPTH/downloadAsset/OPTH_Instruction%20for%20Authors.pdf

All contributions will undergo critical peer-review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Carly Crouch at clcrouch@fuller.edu. In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyter.com

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Call for Papers: ‘Religions’ Journal Special Issue “Exploring Atheism” with APC Waiver

The open access journal Religions (ISSN 2077-1444, indexed in A&HCI and SCOPUS) is pleased to announce an upcoming Special Issue, titled “Exploring Atheism”. We will be serving as the Guest Editors for this issue. 

Considering the relevant expertise among psychologists of religion, we would like to cordially invite you to contribute an article to this Special Issue. For more information on the issue, please visit the Special Issue website.

The journal editors are waiving APCs on submissions received between 1 June and 1 September 2021 (if accepted for publication).  We hope that you can contribute, and that you will be able to submit your articles during this window of time. 

Papers may be submitted from now until 31 January 2022, as papers will be published on an ongoing basis. Submitted papers should not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 

If you would like to contribute, please email one of the guest editors no later than 1 September 2021 with a title and abstract.

We hope this invitation receives your favorable consideration and look forward to our future collaboration! 

Best wishes, 

F. LeRon Shults, Ph.D., Ph.D. 

Professor, Institute for Global Development, University of Agder 

Research Professor, NORCE Center for Modeling Social Systems

Joseph Langston, BS, BA, MA 

Psychology PhD Student, Ohio University

Announcement: Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts

We would like to bring to your attention the launch of the electronic Journal of Gandhāran Buddhist Texts. The main objective of this peer-reviewed journal, which is hosted by the University of Sydney, is to make available ‘threshold’ editions of Gandhāran textual materials more quickly and in a dynamic and interactive manner. The journal is in part a response to the enormous amount of new Gāndhārī and Sanskrit manuscripts and inscriptions from the Greater Gandhāran region that remain unpublished, and in part a response to the desire to make that material available in a more comprehensive form than is possible in conventional print publications. The editorial board is made up of scholars working in the field.

The first three articles provide digital editions of sutras from the Robert Senior collection of Kharoṣṭhī manuscripts: 

  1. Aṇatvalakṣaṇa-sutra (RS22.02), a Gāndhārī version of the second discourse of the Buddha known in Pali as the Anattalakkhaṇa-sutta, by Mark Allon, Stephanie Majcher, and Ian McCrabb: online article.
  2. Suhadukha-sutra (RS20.01), a Gāndhārī sutra without an exact parallel, by Joe Marino: online article.
  3. Mahaparaḍaha-sutra (RS20.02), a Gāndhārī parallel to the Pali (Mahā)-Pariḷāha-sutta, by Joe Marino: online article.

For these first articles, the framing content for each is minimal with the reader being referred to print publications for further details and analysis. Future articles may be stand-alone publications.

Some of the features and resources provided by the digital editions are:

  • ability to switch between diplomatic, reconstruction, and hybrid editions
  • ability to easily align the edition, English translation and Sanskrit chāyā
  • full glossary
  • interactive image and text with a word selected in the edition being highlighted by segments in the image
  • ability to reveal the grammatical status, Pali and Sanskrit cognates, etc., of each word by double clicking on each word in the text
  • palaeographic report
  • ability to export the editions in standards-based formats (TEI, HTML, etc.)
  • additional resources such as downloadable colour and infrared images of the manuscript or inscription, images of select reconstructed sections, and related images such as historical images and images of the manuscript in the process of being conserved
  • reference to a companion print publication, such as a journal article or a volume in the Gandhāran Buddhist Text (GBT) series (University of Washington Press). Companion publications may have a DOI link to this electronic publication  
  • facility for readers’ comments/feedback to be added.

The platforms involved are listed here.

We invite submissions of textual material (manuscripts, inscriptions, etc.) from the Greater Gandhāran region. Guidelines for submission, with various options for authors to onboard their texts into the journal are available upon application. For further details, contact Mark Allon: mark.allon@sydney.edu.au.

Respectfully,

Editors: Mark Allon, Paul Harrison, Richard Salomon
Management Board: Andrew Glass, Stephanie Majcher, Joe Marino, Ian McCrabb

New issue of Politics and Religion Journal(PRJ) is online

RELIGION AND POLITICS IN NORTH-EAST AFRICA

https://www.politicsandreligionjournal.com/index.php/prj/issue/view/35

EDITORIAL

TOPIC OF THIS ISSUE

ANALYSES

REVIEWS, CRITICAL VIEWS AND POLEMICS

Call for Manuscripts: Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Volume 14 (Forthcoming 2023)

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion, Volume 14 (Forthcoming 2023)

The Sociology of Yoga, Meditation, and Asian Asceticism

Edited by Lionel Obadia (University of Lyon 2) and Enzo Pace (University of Padova)

The irresistible yet unexpected diffusion at a global scale and appropriation of yoga, meditation and ascetic practices are undoubtedly key features of the changing landscape of religion at the turn of the 20th and 21st centuries. It comes under a variety of forms, from traditional and community-based ritualized practices to individualized and secularized techniques of well-being. These techniques have infused first alternative religiosities and finally mainstream religions, beyond all geographic, social and cultural boundaries, and affected them more or less deeply. The ascetic techniques definitely lie in the heart of the “spiritual revolution” described by Heelas and Woodhead in the mid-2000s, and the “spiritual turn” operating in religious studies in parallel.

For the moment, research devoted to yoga, meditation, and introspective bodily techniques have mainly been conducted in the domain of psychology and mind sciences, history and cultural areas. Sociological approaches remain scarce and disseminated. Yet, since Weber’s pioneering works, asceticism is far from being unknown in sociology. This special issue aims at mapping the empirical forms of yoga, meditation and introspective techniques expanding worldwide; exploring new conceptual and methodological discussions in sociology of religions; questioning the possibility to circumscribe a specific sub-field in the sociology of religions, devoted to modern Asian-inspired ascetic practices.

Topics might include, but are by no means limited to:  
– the role of new technologies in the diffusion and transformation of yoga and meditation
– the impacts of meditative and introspective techniques on representations and uses of the body in modernity
– the role of orientalism and eastern imagination in the transformation of religious practices, beliefs, and religious systems
– sociological variations among users (class, gender, regions, cultural backgrounds…)
– moral and symbolic economies of well-being and spirituality in relation to ascetic techniques
– impacts on the conception of religion, adherence, commitment and other dimensions of religious life
– transformations of broader sociological theories 

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Lionel Obadia ( lionel.obadia@univ-lyon2.fr )

Deadline Submission of proposals: June 30, 2021

Deadline Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2021

Deadline completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2022

Call for Papers: “The Family in Chinese Christianity”

“Generational Legacies:
The Family in Chinese Christianity”

Special Issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society

Though the vast majority of Christians in China today are converts, or first-generation Christians, a significant and influential number of Chinese Christians trace their faith back to earlier generations. Some Chinese families count a Christian heritage six, seven, or even more generations back. In the contemporary Western tradition, Christianity is often framed as an individualized religion—conversion is an individual’s choice and having a “personal relationship” with God is emphasized. However, outside of the West where Christianity has experienced rapid growth, particularly in collectivist cultures, such a framing may not fit. In China, the family, rather than the individual, has traditionally been the most basic unit. The family is integral to the understanding of Chinese religious life, but this has not been a major focus of much of the research on Chinese Christianity, particularly Protestantism. By focusing on the importance of the family in Chinese Christianity, we see that this religion is not simply a Western implant, but truly a Chinese religion.
This special issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society will publish select articles that provide fresh perspectives on how understandings of the family may shed new insights onto Chinese Christianity. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Commemoration of family history by Chinese Christian families
  • How Chinese Christianity is linked to kinship or lineage networks
  • Religious influence of (great) grandparents on young generations
  • “Sinification” of Chinese Christian families
  • Intergenerational challenges for Chinese Christian families
  • Multi-religious or mixed religious Chinese families
  • How Chinese Christian families perform life course rituals
  • How Chinese Christian families express their religious identity

Important Dates:

  • Complete drafts: March 20, 2021. Drafts should be 5,000-8,000 words (including bibliography and notes). Please refer to the RRCS Instructions for Authors for paper formatting details. Also, please include abstract (100-200 words) and a brief CV. Submit these materials and any questions to Chris White: chrismwhite@purdue.edu.
  • Decisions will be made by April 1. Those selected will be invited to participate in a workshop that will take place on April 26, 2021, 9:00-11:30 am EST. The goal of this workshop is for all contributors to offer constructive suggestions on the papers and better allow the articles to dialogue with each other. (Attendance at the workshop is not mandatory for consideration.)
  • Final draft: May 31, 2021. After final submission, all papers will go through the normal, rigorous blind peer-review process with the journal. The tentative plan is that the special issue will be published in late 2021 as issue 8.2 of Review of Religion and Chinese Society.

Annual Review: “Chinese Religions Going Global”

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
Volume 11:
Chinese Religions Going Global

Edited by Nanlai Cao, Giuseppe Giordan, & Fenggang Yang

Cover Chinese Religions Going GlobalAs China is being increasingly integrated into the global economy, more and more Chinese people live transnational lives and practice religion globally. So far scholarship of the relationship between religion and globalization in the Chinese religious field has primarily been set in the historical context of the encounter between Western Christian missionaries and local Chinese agents, and little is known about a global Chinese religious field that is in the making. The Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion Volume 11: Chinese Religions Going Global seeks to challenge the dichotomous ordering of the western global and the Chinese local, and to add a new perspective for understanding religious modernity globally. Contributors from four continents who represent a range of specialisms apply social scientific methods in order to systematically research the globalization of Chinese religions.

The latest issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society is available online

Review of Religion and Chinese Society
Volume 7, Issue 2

The latest issue of Review of Religion and Chinese Society has been published and is now available online. Edited by Anna Sun, Volume 7 Issue 2 is a special issue entitled “Confucianism and Daoism: From Max Weber to the Present” which gathers scholars of Confucianism and Daoism to have a open conversation. The articles included in RRCS 7.2 are listed below.

Editorial
Confucianism and Daoism: From Max Weber to the Present
Anna Sun
Articles
“The Last Confucian” in the Rice Paddy of Java: Toward Constructing an Anthropology of Confucianism
Yong Chen
From Female Daoist Rationality to Kundao Practice: Daoism beyond Weber’s Understanding
Robin R. Wang
From Alchemy to Science: Daoist Healthcare in Contemporary China
Jonathan Pettit
Religion and the Chinese Diaspora in Southeast Asia
Kenneth Dean
Thinking with Weber’s Religion of China in the Twenty-First Century
Anna Sun
Book Reviews
The Politics of Protestant Churches and the Party-State in China, written by Carsten T. Vala
Marie-Eve Reny
China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church, written by Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye
Alexander Chow
Buddhism after Mao: Negotiations, Continuities, and Reinventions, edited by Ji Zhe, Gareth Fisher, and André Laliberté
Tzu-Lung Chiu
Family Sacrifices: The Worldviews and Ethics of Chinese Americans, written by Russel M. Jeung, Seanan S. Fong, and Helen Jin Kim
Steven Hu

International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology – October 2020 Table of Content

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

International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology welcomes the submission of manuscripts via its online  Manuscript Management System 
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What Transformative Leaders do: Emerging Perspectives in the 21st Century

This paper examines the call for transformative leadership in the 21st century. It explores recent published articles on the subject matter in order to establish the expectations of a transformative leader. The turn of the century heralded a call for the adoption of a transformative agenda on the African continent. Nonetheless, the turbulent political, dynamic economic shifts and disruptive global events, such as posed…

Author(s): Allan D. M. Bukusi  

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2020.0871
 
Article Number: D8BFAA764995

Abstract

Jungle justice in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria

Jungle justice has added another dimension to the neigbourhood insecurity challenge in Lagos metropolis. The reoccurring lynching of suspect(s) in a crime scene, in Lagos metropolis and Nigeria, as well as, the dearth of empirical studies on this heinous crime in Nigeria motivated this study. Thus, this study anchored on Social Disorganisation Theory (SDT) of the Chicago School of Criminology, which identified…

Author(s): Ayomide Ilori  

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2020.0845
 
Article Number: 217039964279

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‘They deceived us’: Narratives of Addis Ababa development-induced displaced peasants

This paper explores the impacts of the fast spatial expansion of Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia, on the suburb small-scale farming community. Recently, combined with rapid population growth and booming economy, the city experienced a rapid physical expansion without proper urban planning. The sprawl of the city has dislocated small-scale farming communities in the suburbs and led to one of the major deadly…

Author(s): Bula S. Wayessa
 
https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2020.0862
 
Article Number: 44B3AF864483

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Queer spirituality of black lesbians in Bloemfontein, South Africa

Research on lesbian women and their sexuality has increased since the adoption of a democratic constitution in South Africa. Yet a large part of the research has focused more on the prevalence of rape on Black lesbians in South African townships, while a substantial amount focused more on the lived experiences of Christian gays. The available body of work above has been taken into consideration and, therefore, this…

Author(s): Ntombana Luvuyo, Nombulelo Towa and Nobubele Phuza

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2020.0865
 
Article Number: D90225564489

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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

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2019.0829
 
Article Number: F4FD98063378

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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

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2019.0839
 
Article Number: B83F93C63627

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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  

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2020.0841
 
Article Number: 13DD4B963943

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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

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2019.0833
 
Article Number: 31E6E0B63132

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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

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2019.821
 
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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

https://doi.org/10.5897/IJSA2016.0693
 
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