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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.

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).

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.

Proposals should be sent in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Workshop Committee, Ekaterina Teryukova ( 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.

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.

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 ( 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:

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

We look forward to hearing from you!

Roald Dijkstra, Ph.D.         

Lina Molokotos-Liederman, Ph.D.           

Bernard Schweizer, PhD



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.


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:

The detailed programme can be consulted and downloaded at:

Registration is open until September 29.

ICSOR – Application for Membership

You can download the application to join the ICSOR from The application must be completed, signed and sent to

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

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)

New Resource Website:

Sociology of Religion Resources —

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new website of online resources for scholars and students: Sociology of Religion Resources. The site is still in its early stages, but already we have:

  1. A list of sociologists working in the field with links to their webpages
  2. Lists of relevant scholarly associations, journals and useful websites
  3. We’re particularly pleased with the beginnings of our library of key and up-to-date bibliographies by experts on a range of topics in the sociology of religion. We’re delighted to have a number of bibliographies available already, with more to follow shortly.

Bibliographies available already online are:

  • Michael Wilkinson on Pentecostalism
  • Paul-François Tremlett on  The Philippines and South East Asia & Structuralism and Post-Structuralism
  • Marta Trzebiatowska on Gender and Religion & Afterlife
  • Andrew McKinnon on Classical Sociology

Forthcoming bibliographies include:

Ateş Altınordu on Historical Comparative Sociology

  • Brian Conway on Catholicism
  • Daniel DeHanas on Islam in Britain
  • Titus Hjelm on Social Problems
  • Lois Lee on Secularism and Non-Religion
  • Dawn Llewellyn on Feminism
  • Joel Thiessen on Canada
  • Andrew Singleton on Australia

We hope that Sociology of Religion Resources will provide a useful service for students and scholars with an interest in the field; we’ll be very happy to hear suggestions for what kinds of resources that you think might be useful, or suggestions for what you might be able to contribute. So please feel free to get in touch!

Andrew McKinnon and Marta Trzebiatowska
Department of Sociology, University of Aberdeen
Sociology of Religion Resources —

News from the ISSR

We would like to inform you about the following:

  • The registration for the ISSR conference to be held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, 2-5 July 2015 is now open. Please go to the ISSR web site and follow the link to be found on the home page or under “Conferences’. The deadline for registration is May 15, 2015.
  • The deadline for proposals for the ISSR Best Article Award and the ISSR Student Paper Award has been extended to February 28, 2015. For more details, please go the ISSR web site. The link is on the home page (
  • We would like to remind you that we are still seeking nominations for Council members to represent various countries / regions. Nominations should be sent to the General Secretary no later than March 15, 2015. Elections will be held in April 2015. For further details about the procedures to follow and the Council positions to be filled, please see Network 48, available on the web-site (“Newsletters”).
  • Please note also that only members in good standing can participate in the conference, be nominated or vote. If you have not yet paid your membership fee for the 2014-2015 period, we encourage you to do so as soon as possible.You may pay your membership through the web site, under “Join”.

Kind regards,

Siniša Zrinščak

ISSR General Secretary

Call for Papers: Sociology of Religion Group of the American Academy of Religion

American Academy of Religion Annual Conference
Atlanta, Georgia
November 21-24, 2015

Sociology of Religion Group

Call for Papers:

The Sociology of Religion Group (SOR) aims to bridge the gap between sociology of religion and religious studies. For the most part, these fields have been isolated from each other with scholars from each existing in separate departments, attending different meetings, and publishing in different journals. We believe that this cloistering has hindered the development of both fields and that only a cross-fertilization that transgresses departmental boundaries can foster progress in research. Therefore, we invite scholars from both sociology of religion and religious studies to submit innovative papers pushing the boundaries of both fields.

We are open to both panel and paper proposals across a wide range of topics of interest to both the sociology of religion and religious studies and are particularly interested in papers, which speak to both thereby encouraging increased dialogue between them.

Theory, Method, and their Application

Sociology of Religion as part of a larger discipline is marked by a canonization of its theory and its division by paradigms and methodologies–whether these be the classics (Weber and Durkheim), the old paradigm (functionalism and social constructionism), or the new paradigm (rational choice) on the one hand or quantitative, qualitative, or historical-comparative sociology on the other. As it intersects with sociology of religion, the study of religion has drawn from theories and methodologies in conversation with sociology, anthropology, critical theory, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. We are interested both in papers that utilize the theories of religious studies and bring them into the sociological canon as well as those that help religious studies gain a better grasp of the sociological theory of religion. We encourage papers that exploit both the theory and methodology of sociology of religion and religious studies and use them as frames for analysis of concrete cases. In particular, we request papers that touch upon social divisions examining race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, region, age, etc.

Internationalism and Diversity

Critics of sociology of religion have pointed out that the field is dominated by North Americans scholars primarily interested in Protestantism. The discipline of religious studies provides a clear antidote to these perceived limitations. Therefore, we encourage contributions from academics not only studying Protestantism in North America but those who study the various religious traditions around the world. In particularly, we would like submissions from scholars from all academic ranks across the lines of nationality, region, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.


Below is a list of potential topics in which we are interested. These are merely suggestions, and we are open to a broad range of topics as discussed above. Suggested topics are alphabetized to indicate no particular preference. We encourage submissions on any topic deemed relevant.

  • Critical Religion
  • Critical Sociology of Religion
  • Critical Theory and Religion
  • Feminism and Religion
  • Marxism and Religion
  • Postcolonialism and Religion
  • Queer Studies and Religion
  • Religion and Class
  • Religion and Conflict
  • Religion and Environmental Sociology
  • Religion and Gender
  • Religion and Ideology
  • Religion and Inequality
  • Religion and Political Power
  • Religion and Social Stratification
  • Religious Movements and Social Movements
  • Religion and Race
  • Secularization Theory
  • Sociology of Islam

Co-Sponsored Session

“No Method to the Madness? Sociological Approaches to the Study of Black Expressive Cultures”

We request paper submissions for a possible co-sponsored session with the Critical Approaches to Hip Hop and Religion Group. Topics should explore theory and method in the academic study of religion, in particular, sociological approaches to religion, with attention to race and class in urban contexts, in the domains of hip hop and black expressive cultures. We encourage proposals that consider/make use of varying cultural practices/data, cartographies and formats. The interpretation of cultural products and the analyses that come to bear on them have a tendency to rely on “meaning” (and religion) as/in self-evident ways. As such, this session proposes to wrestle with the challenges faced, overcome and unearthed through the scholarly handling of such materials through sociological/social scientific means.


The Sociology of Religion Group of AAR regularly co-sponsors panels with the peer-reviewed print and online journal Critical Research on Religion (CRR) ( Published by SAGE Publications, over 2500 libraries worldwide have subscriptions to the journal. Presenters of promising papers in SOR panels will be invited to turn their papers into articles and submit them for peer review to CRR.


Please submit paper and panel proposal through on-line system at:

Proposal Deadline: March 2, 2015

For further information, please contact SOR co-chairs: