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AASR May Newsletter

Call for Papers:

Conferences

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 21 June 2020. More info 

Publications
Call for papers on Religions special issue: Islamic and Muslim Studies in Australia.Deadline 31 May 2020. 

Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.Call for paper on ‘Religion and the Coronavirus Pandemic‘ for Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture. Deadline 15 June 2020. 

Call for proposal on ‘Jews and Muslims in Europe: Between Discourse and Experience’. Abstract deadline 30 June 2020.

Call for chapters on Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Deadline 30 June 2020. Call for submission on ‘The Effects of Pandemics on Religious History‘. Deadline 1 July 2020. 

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 
Other Opportunities:

The Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion 2020
The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History hereby calls for nominations for its annual prize for outstanding research into religion. The nominations should be submitted by 31 May 2020. More info

ABC’s TOP 5 Media Residency Program: giving a voice to early-career researchersApplication closes 1 June 2020. More info
 
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.  

APPG on Religion in the Media – Call for evidence: Inquiry into religious literacy in print and broadcast media

Submit your response by Friday 24 April, 23:59.

Scope of Inquiry:

The APPG recognises that religion continues to play a crucial role in public life. Traditional religious adherence is declining in the UK and new forms of spirituality are becoming increasingly prominent. The APPG believes that it is essential that the media provides a balanced portrayal of faith groups and an accurate reflection of the diversity of religious belief and practice in the UK. While journalists must be free to report accurately on matters relating to faith without fear or censure, the APPG emphasises that where nuanced representations of faith groups can promote mutual understanding and social harmony, reductive, distorted or misleading depictions can provoke or aggravate social tensions.

Religious literacy can play a key role in ensuring religion and belief receives balanced coverage in all forms of media. However, while it is widely agreed that religious literacy involves both a level of competence and knowledge when discussing specific religious matters and a wider sensitivity to the nuances of faith and the complicated ways in which belief systems relate to society more generally, the term itself is contested. The APPG is undertaking this inquiry to examine how different groups, such as faith communities and media professionals, understand religious literacy and what steps can be taken to cultivate a media environment which is religiously literate.

This is particularly important because the media landscape is rapidly changing and there are many factors which influence religious literacy. This inquiry will focus specifically on print and broadcast media and aim to explore good practice and learn about potential areas for improvement and change. The inquiry aims to improve policymakers understanding of:

  • How different groups understand the phrase ‘religious literacy’, with particular reference to the media
  • What role higher education plays in fostering religious literacy which continues to improve through a journalist’s career (eg through CPD programmes)
  • How public policy decisions and initiatives by media organisations have affected religious literacy
  • What steps (either by central government, universities, the BBC, media organisations – publishers and broadcasters, regulators such as OFCOM and IPSO, or other agencies) could improve religious literacy in print and broadcast media.       

Terms of reference

The APPG invites responses to answer any or all of the following questions:

  1. What do you understand by the term ‘religious literacy’?
  2. What effect does a lack of religious literacy have on broadcast and/or print media?
  3. When, where and how is religious literacy learnt?
  4. What effect does religious illiteracy have on decisions journalists make when assigning, researching, and reporting news stories?
  5. What methods can be used by journalists to engage with faith groups sensitively? Please illustrate your answers where possible.
  6. What steps should be taken to better equip journalists when engaging with issues relating to faith?
  7.  Over the last decade, has religious literacy in the media improved, remained the same or deteriorated? If it has changed for the better or worse, please explain how?
  8. What steps can a) universities, b) journalists, c) publishers, d) broadcasters and e) regulators take to improve religious literacy in media?
  9. What public policy changes could improve religious literacy in the media?     

When submitting a response, please ensure:

  • You specify which of the questions above you are addressing;
  • You make clear whether you are referring to print media and/or broadcasting. If your answers relate to a particular organisation or publisher (e.g. OFCOM), please specify;
  • Your submission is no more than 3,000 words in length;
  • You state clearly who the submission is from, i.e. whether you are writing in a personal capacity or on behalf of an organisation;
  • You include a brief description of yourself/ organisation you are writing on behalf of;
  • You state clearly if you wish for your submission to be confidential. If this is not indicated, the APPG reserves the right to make explicit reference to your submission in its report and online;
  • You email your submission in Word or Pdf format to appg.contact@gmail.com;
  • You submit your response by Friday 24 April, 23:59.

The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) is Going Virtual

We are living through a public health emergency unprecedented in our lifetimes. This has thrown our inherent connection and the inequalities that fracture our societies into stark relief. It is changing many aspects of how we live and work and it will change the way that The Australian Sociological Association operates. 

TASA will be going virtual. Resources we put towards face-to-face activities will be redeployed towards virtual initiatives. Unfortunately, our 2020 TASA Conference scheduled for November at the ANU is postponed. We will announce a new date as soon as we can.
We will not be doing less this year, however. Hopefully we will be doing more. Many of us will need a moment to pause, to take in what is going on and adjust the way we live, including more time physically on our own or with family and the consequences that come with this.
As many have pointed out, this is a time when physical distancing is crucial but where we should remain as socially connected as we can. In the coming weeks we will announce how we will reshape our support for our members and for Thematic Group, Social Sciences Week and other TASA events.
Many of us need a moment to catch our breath but soon we will return to our sociology, whether concretely contributing to understanding the inherent social dimensions of the current crisis or the other important questions about how we live together that we will continue to pursue. We will need to work together to do this and TASA will facilitate it.
We will also need to laugh with each other and share experiences of the changes we face. So, we are also looking at how we keep the social dimension of TASA going in virtual platforms across the coming weeks and months.
At this stage I want to highlight

  • Our upcoming special section of Health Sociology Review on Sociology and the COVID-19 Pandemic, edited by Professor Deborah Lupton.
  • The first of our new lunch-time online seminars, Peta Cook on ‘Ageism and COVID-19’, April 23rd, 12:30pm – 1:30pm via Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/979751205 (will also be recorded and uploaded to TASA’s YouTube channel.)
  • Our Nexus blog is ready to receive your pandemic or non-pandemic related reflections. 
  • Our new all-member forum for your contributions on ‘Doing sociology in unsettled times’ 
  • We have also purchased a Zoom account that supports virtual events up to 100 participants. If you are a TASA member planning an event and would like to use this resource, please contact Sally Daly

We will announce other opportunities soon. 

Yours in sociology 

Dan Woodman (on behalf of the TASA Executive Committee) 

Call for Papers – Celebrating SocRel at 45: Beyond Binaries in the Sociology of Religion

14–16 July 2020 – University of York, UK

Abstracts (250 words), Special panel proposals (500 words) and Bursary applications must be submitted by 24 January 2020.

Please submit abstracts via the online portal, click here for submission guidelines.  Selected authors will be asked to contribute to an edited volume.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Dr Sarah Jane Page (Aston University)
  • Professor Sam Perry (University of Oklahoma)
  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)

Special 45th Anniversary Panel:

  • Professor Eileen Barker (London School of Economics)
  • Professor Jim Beckford (Warwick University)
  • Professor Grace Davie (Exeter University)
  • Professor Linda Woodhead (Lancaster University)
  • Professor Colin Campbell (University of York)

Sociological writing about religion is replete with binaries: secular/post-secular, sacred/profane, religion/non-religion, western/non-western, spiritual/religious, theistic/non-theistic, cognitive/corporeal and private/public, to name just a few. Theories that consider the relationship between these seemingly opposing concepts have shaped the evolution of the discipline, reflected changing social realities, and supported the production of new knowledge.

Although many of these binaries have become highly fashionable within the contemporary study of religion, does the use of these types of analytical frames limit our capacity for critical sociological engagement? Do our understanding of the lived realities for individuals across different communities support or reject the use of binary concepts? In this conference that celebrates 45 years of SocRel, we invite you to consider the possibilities for the sociology of religion ‘beyond binaries’. We encourage you to think about the relationships that you make in your own research with these, and other, binary frames, and the ways in which you find them both useful and limiting to think with.

See BSA website for further details

AASR December Newsletter

Thank you for those who were part of the AASR Conference this year! A shout out to the amazing 85 delegates (and especially those who made special trips from the UK, New Zealand and Nepal) who engaged with discussions across all sessions. A special mention to Dr Kathleen McPhillips and team who made all this possible, with thanks to the University of Newcastle for hosting. If you missed the conference, here are snapshots of the conference (and papers presented) captured on Twitter.

Also, do consider these special call for papers as part of our conference:Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion and Violence’ on the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion
Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion, Gender and Violence’ on the Religion and Gender Journal
Call for Papers:

Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities.
 Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.

International Communication Association Preconference on Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion & Gender, Gold Coast, Australia, May 2020. Deadline extended 14 Jan 2020. More info

The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info + latest newsletter

Navigating the non/confessional in university Islamic studies. University of Birmingham. 20-22 April 2020. Submission deadline 17 January 2020. More info

“Religion and the urban, natural and virtual environments”, Bi-Annual Conference of the ESA RN34- Sociology of Religion, Groningen (Netherlands), 26-28 August 2020. Abstract deadline 31 January 2020. More info. 

PublicationsCall for Essays: Handbook on Religion and the Body. Deadline 15 December 2019. More info

Call for Papers on Digital Visibilities of the Religious. Deadline 15 January 2020. More info

Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.
Funding OpportunitiesCall for proposals: The Religion and Sexual Abuse Project. Deadline 1 February 2020. More info
Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

4 PhD scholarships at the University of Queensland, Atlas of Religion Project

Postdoc positions at the Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University

Postdoc Fellowship, The Center for Religion and the Human (CRH) at Indiana University

Call for Papers from Sociology of Religion for Advanced Graduate Students

Call for Applications: Workshop “Public Scholarship of Religion in an Age of Hypermediation”

Summer School on Religion and Cultural Change

Researcher, Center for Religious Studies (FBK-ISR), Trento, Italy

Also if you’re on Facebook, we have a postgrad page so do join us 🙂 
Job Opportunities

Temp Full-time Lectureship (Ethnicity, Ethnic Politics, the Sociology of Religion, Multiculturalism)
New Publications

Lam, K (2019) Young Buddhists and the cosmopolitan irony of belonging in multicultural AustraliaJournal of Intercultural Studies, 40(6): 720-735.

Milani M (2019) The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim, in Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, edited by Sarwar Alam. Routledge: Abingdon.Oosterbaan, M., van de Kamp, L. and Bahia, J. (2019), Global Trajectories of Brazilian Religion: Lusospheres, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Singleton, A., Rasmussen, M.L., Halafoff, A., et al. (2019), ‘The AGZ Study: Project Report.

‘The latest Journal for the Academic Study of Religion 32(1) is out!

It includes:

Enqi Weng’s Through a National Lens Darkly: Religion as a Spectrum     

Kathleen Openshaw’s The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God in Australia: Local Congregants and a Global Spiritual Network       

Anna Lutkajtis’ ‘The Answer to All Your Problems?’ The Overly Positive Presentation of Meditation in the Media

Douglas Hynd’s Church-related Welfare Agencies in Australia: Contracting and Institutional Secularisation

For book reviews, click here.

ISSR Newsletter

Autumn greetings from the ISSR executive!

Please find the minutes of the last ISSR General Assembly that took place in Barcelona, July 2019 here.

Call for workshop proposals

In light of its mission to foster international exchange in the sociology of religion, the ISSR invites proposals for international workshops on innovative research topics in the field to be held in 2020 or 2021. ISSR will provide co-funding to a maximum of EUR15,000.

Eligibility:
Proposals may be submitted by a group of a minimum of three ISSR members in good standing, who come from at least three different countries;
Proposals should include confirmed and significant co-funding from at least one other source (e.g. universities, research institutes).

Application Submissions:
Proposals shall consist of

  1. a concise explanation of the scientific purpose and potential publication plans (three pages maximum);
  2. a list of potential participants to be invited and/or to be addressed through an open Call for Papers;
  3. a detailed budget plan and timeline of organization;
  4. confirmation letter(s) from co-funding source(s).

Reporting:
Winners of the grant have to send a written and financial report on the workshop not later than 6 months after the workshop has taken place.

Deadline:
Proposals should be sent in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Workshop Committee, Ekaterina Teryukova (eaterioukova@mail.ru) by the 15 February 2020.

Following previous calls, the deadline for the committee to evaluate the applications and report would be 3 months later (April 2020).

Best wishes
V. Altglas, ISSR General Secretary


Chers collègues,

Salutations d’automne de l’exécutif de la SISR!

Veuillez trouver le procès-verbal de la dernière Assemblée générale de la SISR qui s’est tenue à Barcelone en juillet 2019 ici.

Appel à propositions d’ateliers

Dans le cadre de sa mission de favoriser les échanges internationaux en sociologie des religions, la SISR lance un appel à propositions pour la tenue d’ateliers internationaux sur des thèmes de recherche novateurs dans ce domaine en 2020 ou 2021. La SISR fournira un cofinancement d’un montant maximum de 15 000 euros.

Admissibilité:
Les propositions peuvent être soumises par un groupe d’au moins trois membres en règle de la SISR, provenant d’au moins trois pays différents;
Les propositions doivent inclure un cofinancement confirmé et important provenant d’au moins une autre source (p. ex. universités, instituts de recherche).

Soumission des demandes:
Les propositions comprennent

  1. une explication concise de l’objectif scientifique et des plans de publication potentiels (trois pages au maximum);
  2. une liste de participants potentiels à inviter et/ou à aborder dans le cadre d’un appel à communications ouvert;
  3. un plan budgétaire détaillé et le calendrier de l’organisation;
  4. lettre(s) de confirmation de la (des) source(s) de cofinancement.

Rapports:
Les lauréats de la subvention doivent envoyer un rapport écrit et financier sur l’atelier au plus tard 6 mois après la tenue de l’atelier.

Date limite:
Les propositions doivent être envoyées en format électronique à la présidente du Comité de l’atelier de la SISR, Ekaterina Teryukova (eaterioukova@mail.ru) avant le 15 février 2020.

À la suite des appels précédents, la date limite pour l’évaluation des demandes et l’établissement du rapport par le comité est fixée à trois mois plus tard (avril 2020).

meilleurs vœux
V. Altglas, Secrétaire général de la SISR

Humour and Religion Network

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are delighted to launch the Humour and Religion Network aiming to bring together and connect both scholars and practitioners who work at the intersections of humour and religion.

This is a niche but growing area of research and practice exploring in different ways the multifaceted links between humour and religion. Here are a few examples:

The Humour and Religion Network aims to foster the exchange of ideas and forge interdisciplinary and international collaborations between humanities researchers and social scientists; interfaith leaders and social action stakeholders; as well as comedians and humourists, who all share a common interest in cross-cutting issues at the intersections of humour, satire and comedy, with religion, faith and belief. Some of the themes that may be of particular interest to the members of this Network include:

  • – Humour about religion in the context of blasphemy/free speech
  • – Humour and religion in popular culture
  • – Laughter and interfaith engagement
  • – Humour traditions in different religions
  • – Practices and lineages of religious humour, past and present
  • – Scriptural humour
  • – Philosophies and theories of religious humour
  • – Social science approaches to humour and religion

As part of this initiative, we are also aiming to eventually build a public archive of works by scholars who have published on humour and religion in the last 15-20 years. Our goal is to create a comprehensive, organised and searchable open archive of the study of humour and religion, which we hope will become a port of call for anyone interested in past and ongoing research projects and practical work at the intersections of humour and religion. It will be an ongoing work-in-progress.

The Network will further serve as a portal for discussion and information exchange about humour and religion, including calls for papers and upcoming conferences publications, public events, comedy work and the like.

To become a member (recommended!) you can simply register with Yahoo Groups and ask to join the Network by going to: https://groups.yahoo.com/humour-religion

In case you only want to receive e-mails from group members, you can send an e-mail from your personal account to: humour-religion-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and confirm the electronic response.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Roald Dijkstra, Ph.D.         

Lina Molokotos-Liederman, Ph.D.           

Bernard Schweizer, PhD

ICSOR NEWSLETTER (2/2018)

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May-August 2018: Study Visits

The ICSOR hosted at its headquarters two scholars: Nanlai Cao of the Renmin University of Beijing and Renée de la Torre of the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (Mexico). The two scholars have stayed in Rome for visiting studies, participation in national and international conferences, bibliographic and field research. The ICSOR has always encouraged these activities by providing its headquarters for short and long stays and promoting exchanges and relationships between scholars, academics and researchers. In the coming months the ICSOR will open its doors to Cristián Parker, Vice Rector of the University of Santiago de Chile.

August 2018: International Summer School on Religions

On the occasion of the XXV Edition of the International Summer School on Religions organized by CISRECO and held in San Gimignano and Tavarnelle Val di Pesa (Italy) from 22 to 25 August 2018, the ICSOR has provided 3 scholarships for 3 young researchers: Martina Lippolis, Davide N. Carnevale and Cecilia Galera.

As in previous editions of the Summer School, a space has been dedicated exclusively to young researchers and promoted and maintained by the Section of Sociology of Religion of the Italian Association of Sociology, in collaboration with the EPOS Agency and the ICSOR. The Sociology of Religion Section has offered 2 scholarships and the EPOS Agency 4.

The young scholars presented their research and discussed it with the scholars, teachers, experts and academics.

Renée de la Torre, guest of the ICSOR, also took part in the Summer School of San Gimignano with her paper.

SECOND EDITION OF THE SAFSOR, SCHOOL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION

After the success of the first edition, the ICSOR has organized, in cooperation with the Section of Sociology of Religion of the AIS and as part of its research and training activities, the SCHOOL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR) to be held at its headquarters, in Viale delle Milizie 108, in Rome, from 19 to 21 December 2018.

The School intends to offer a particularly thorough and updated preparation specifically aimed at scholars of sociological disciplines who want to improve their theoretical, methodological, empirical and applicative knowledge in the field of research on religious phenomena.

The participation to the SAFSOR is foreseen for graduates and professionals with a university degree of at least four years in the disciplines of social sciences, for a maximum of 15 students, which can be increased to 20.

At the end of the activities of SAFSOR the ICSOR will issue a Certificate of Attendance and Participation. Attendance is free of charge, while travel and accommodation expenses will be borne by the participants.

Also for this edition, the SAFSOR will cover the areas of sociological theories, methodology and techniques, qualitative and quantitative empirical research.

The SAFSOR call can be consulted and downloaded at: http://www.icsor.it/blog/bando-safsor-2018/

The detailed programme can be consulted and downloaded at: http://www.icsor.it/blog/programma-safsor-scuola-di-alta-formazione-in-sociologia-della-religione-2018/

Registration is open until September 29.

ICSOR – Application for Membership

You can download the application to join the ICSOR from http://www.icsor.it/blog/icsor-domanda-di-adesione/. The application must be completed, signed and sent to rciprian@uniroma3.it

Please note that the ordinary fee is € 10 to be paid by bank transfer to INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION – IBAN: IT57R052160322900000000015096

The Junior registration, provided for those who have a maximum age of 39 years, is free. 

ISCOR Newsletter

Number 1, 2017

Editors: Katiuscia Carnà, Nicolamaria Coppola

January 2017

ICSOR, International Center for the Sociology of Religion, was founded in Rome in January 2017. On the 5th January 2017, ICSOR’s Board of Directors – convened via computer – made the following appointments:

  • Secretary and Delegate of the Board of Scientific Advisors: Cecilia Costa
  • Treasurer: Maria Mansi
  • President: Roberto Cipriani

Katiuscia Carnà and Nicolamaria Coppola were co-opted as members of the Board. Professor Franco Ferrarotti is Honorary President of ICSOR. Professor José Casanova chairs the International Board of Advisors.

On the 26th January 2017, beginning at 6 pm, at the ICSOR headquarters in Rome, viale delle Milizie 108, the Institute officially began its activities with a paper by Professor Emanuela C. Del Re, sociologist of religion, Professor of the Sociology of Middle-Eastern Political Phenomena and of the Sociology of Cultural Processes, expert in Geopolitics and National Coordinator of the Italian Association of Sociology, AIS’s National Section the Sociology of Religion. Her paper was entitled: “Yazidi e minoranze religiose in Medio Oriente” [Yazidi and religious minorities in the Middle East]. A documentary made by Professor Del Re in the KRG entitled La festa negata [The feast denied] was screened. This film is available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b01BXvxoK28

In October 2013, Professor Emanuela Del Re, President of the EPOS organisation, filmed one of the most important Yazidi festivity, Jazhna Jamaye (Feast of the Assembly), held at the temple in Lalish, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Last year the feast was cancelled and the motivation given was for “reasons of public safety”. In effect, in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the month of September there had been an attack that heightened security awareness considerably. The Kurdistan authorities thought it would be better to avoid large-scale crowds like that which the Yazidi festival would have attracted therefore, they forbade its celebration. The temple was placed under imposing security measures with strict controls. Following the screening of the film all those present took part in a debate with Professor Del Re. Some light refreshment was then provided.

February 2017

On the 21st February 2017, beginning at 6 pm, at the ICSOR headquarters in Rome, viale delle Milizie 108, Nicolamaria Coppola, PhD Candidate in Applied Social Sciences at Rome’s La Sapienza University, Doctor in Multimedia Publishing and New Information Professions, General Secretary of the EPOS non-profit Organisation, presented his book Omosessualità in Medio Oriente. Identità gay tra religione, cultura e politica [Homosexuality in the Middle East. Gay identity amid religion, culture and politics], published by Aracne. The author was present and sociologist, Professor Massimiliano Ruzzeddu, acted as moderator.   . . .

[This interesting newsletter continues for two more pages.  The entire newsletter is attached as a PDF file]

Call for Papers: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)