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Call for book proposals

Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK).

    • This is the first book series dedicated exclusively to studies in material religion. Within the field of lived religion, the series is concerned with the material things with which people do religion, and how these things – objects, buildings, landscapes – relate to people, their bodies, clothes, food, actions, thoughts and emotions. The series engages and advances theories in ‘sensuous’ and ‘experiential’ religion, as well as informing museum practices and influencing wider cultural understandings with relation to religious objects and performances. Books in the series are at the cutting edge of debates as well as developments in fields including religious studies, anthropology, museum studies, art history, and material culture studies.
    • Forthcoming titles: Christianity and the Limits of Materiality,Minna Opas and Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku, Finland) Materiality, Practice, and Performance at Sacred Sites in India and Pakistan, Navtej K. Purewal (SOAS, University of London, UK) and Virinder S. Kalra (University of Manchester, UK) Food, Festival and Religion, Francesca Ciancimino Howell (Naropa University, USA) Museums of World Religions, Charles Orzech (University of Glasgow, UK).

    Please send initial enquiries to Amy Whitehead, Managing Editor ( or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (

    Invitation for Submissions

    The British Academy is working with The Faith & Belief Forum to commission a Companion Review on Cohesive Societies that will sit alongside the programme’s existing Literature Review and Policy Review. This will explore the connection between faith and belief and social cohesion in the UK, with a particular focus on practice.

    The aim of this review is to examine the social cohesion policy and practice landscape to understand where this policy and practice include and exclude faith and belief groups, and why.

    For information about the program, see

    Applications should be emailed to Tim Mortimer on by Wednesday 28 August.  You may also direct questions to him.

    Conference Call for Papers: The Ahmadiyya In Scholarly Perspective.

    We are interested in organizing a conference on the Ahmadis and Ahmadiyya in which the speakers examine

    • – Its theology- Christology
    • – Its history,
    • – Its organization, governance and associated groups,
    • – Membership: numbers, growth, sociological profile. International expansion,
    • – Iconography,
    • – Their original territories and their international developments, as well as their various types of changes,
    • – Judicial issues addressing its status; prosecution in certain countries,
    • – Media relations and media coverage,
    • – Impact on humanitarianism, art and culture in general,
    • – Influences in popular culture,
    • – The peculiar way of placing itself within the Islamic world, from which it is considered “heretical”
    • – Relationship with the broader society.

    This list of topics above is not exhaustive. We welcome additional studies or surveys completed or in process on the Ahmadiyya and its followers. 

    As for our previous conferences, we will prepare the publication of the best papers, once the scientific committee has reviewed them. You may see our publications on

    We plan our conferences on one or two days, presuming there will about 12 speakers.  Our requirement is to make sure speakers have a scholarly record and training even if they do not work in an academic background. Doctoral students are welcome. We do not offer grants or stipends to participants, and every participant has to pay registration fees.

    Organized By: The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism (Laïcité) in partnership with Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), CLIMAS (Bordeaux), Cesnur (Turin).

    Practical Information

    • Venue: Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG)
    • Bist 164 – B-2610 Wilrijk-Antwerpen. Belgium. Tel.: +32 (0)3 830 51 58. E-mail:
    • Date of the conference: October 24-25, 2019.
    • Language of the conference: English.

    Submitting: Send a 10 line abstract, with a 5 lines résumé of your previous work and a short biography to:

    • Régis Dericquebourg, Associate Professor at the FVG and President of the European Observatory of Religions and laïcité (secularism): Associate member of the Group of Sociology of Religion and Laicité. CNRS: Paris. France.
    • and/or to Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor in North American Studies, Université Michel de Montaigne, member de CLIMAS (Culture et littératures du monde anglo saxon), Bordeaux. France Vice-President of the Observatory of Religion and Laicité.
    • and/or Chris Vonck, rector of the Faculty for Comparative religion and Humanism (FVG). fvg.faculteit@skynet.b
    • And/or Willy Fautre. Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers,

    Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details given during the conference. It is understood that each presenter must submit his or her paper first to the organizers for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. When submitting the abstract, please inform the committee whether the paper has been submitted for review or publication in another venue.

    Registration and Transportation:

    • Registration Fee: 100 euros and 15 euros for each lunch.
    • Students: 30 euros and 10 euros each lunch.
    • There are many hotels in Antwerp and a few in the nearby town of Mortsel, which are discoverable online, and each attendee should book directly. FVG is located off of a bus line to downtown Antwerp.

    Proposal Deadline: July 1 st , 2019

    Scientific Committee:

    • Raffaella Di Marzio, managing director LIREC;
    • Massimo Introvigne, managing director, CESNUR;
    • Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor in North American Studies, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, member de CLIMAS (Culture et littératures du monde anglo saxon), France
    • Régis Dericquebourg, Associate Professor at the FVG and President of the European Observatory of Religions and laïcité (secularism), France and Belgium
    • Chris Vonck, Professor in Religious Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions, (FVG), Wilrijk (Antwerpen), Belgium


    Seeking submissions for an edited volume on Islam and Humour.

    We propose a pioneering essay collection on a topic of great scholarly and public interest, aimed at exploring in greater depth the links between Islam and humour.

    The idea that Islam resists and perhaps even opposes humour is widespread in the West. This view is based in part on the public outrage in Muslim countries over the Jyllands Posten *caricatures of 2006 (also known as the Muhammad
    cartoons controversy) and the deadly attacks on cartoonists at *Charlie Hebdo
    in 2015. Strict blasphemy laws and other restrictions on free speech in Muslim countries have further nurtured the idea that Islam is averse to humour, an outlook compounded and reinforced by persistent stereotypes that frequently circulate throughout western media.

    Against this backdrop, we invite contributors to address a range of themes  on this topic, including the following:

    • – humour in the lives of Muslims around the world
    • – joking as an oppositional strategy in Muslim contexts
    • – how Muslim comics use jokes to counteract oppression, in either Muslim majority or minority contexts
    • – how Muslim comics use humour as a tool for social integration into new communities
    • – the historical role of humour in Arabic culture and other Muslim contexts
    • – systematic study of the kinds of humour that are tolerated and those that are not tolerated in Muslim societies, including discussions on the distinction between “permissible” and “impermissible” laughter
    • – what Muslim scriptures say about laughter
    • – comparing and contrasting what constitutes a “sense of humour” with respect to Muslim and non-Muslim communities
    • – the role and/or presence of humour in contemporary mass media in Muslim countries
    • – laughter in formal religious settings such as mosques and madrasas
    • – manifestations of “Muslim humour” in western countries (USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, etc.), such as Muslim stand-up comedians and TV shows with Muslim settings and/or themes

    Authors are invited to submit by 1st August 2019 a 500-word chapter proposal and a short bio to the two editors listed below. The deadline for chapter submissions is 1st June 2020. Final chapters are expected to be between 5,000-8,000 words (including all notes and references).

    We look forward to hearing from you and to receiving your submissions!

    Thank you.

    Lina Molokotos-Liederman:

    Bernard Schweizer:

    Co-founders of Humour and Religion Network:

    Appel à contribution – « Repenser le martyre par le biais des femmes »

    Cher(e)s Collègues,

    Vous trouverez ci-dessous un appel à contribution pour un numéro thématique de la revue Religiologiques.  S’il vous plait, auriez-vous l’amabilité d’acheminer cet Appel à contribution aux personnes et vos réseaux susceptibles d’être intéressés.  En vous remerciant de votre généreuse assistance.

    Avec nos sentiments les plus cordiaux
    Roxanne D. Marcotte
    Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM
    (pour la rédaction de Religiologiques)




         « Repenser le martyre par le biais des femmes »

    Le « martyre » désigne à la fois l’acte de mise à mort pour motifs religieux ou politiques, ainsi que le récit de ce drame. L’objectif de ce numéro thématique est de (re)penser le martyre par le biais de « figures de femmes », ces « martyres » qui résistent et s’opposent jusqu’à la mort – ultime témoignage de leurs convictions religieuses (mourir pour sa foi) ou politiques (mourir pour une idéologie, une cause, sa patrie, etc.).

    Il conviendra, dans un premier temps, d’interroger la notion même de « martyre », cette mort qui se montre publiquement et qui incarne une contestation de légitimité religieuse ou politique.  Puis, dans un deuxième temps, il sera opportun d’étudier des cas particuliers de martyre de femmes qui, de tout temps (de l’antiquité jusqu’à aujourd’hui) et qu’elles soient d’ici ou d’ailleurs, ont contesté et « témoigné » par l’ultime sacrifice de leurs vies.

    Au cœur de la problématique entourant les figures de femmes martyres résident les questions du genre (Butler), de sa construction et des dynamiques de rapports de genre (Bourdieu ; Woodhead ; Grosjean). S’attarder à ces questions et ces dynamiques permettra de proposer de nouvelles pistes de réflexion pour mieux saisir le phénomène du martyre des femmes, et contribuer ainsi à la production de nouvelles interprétations, analyses et théories. Trois pistes d’exploration seront privilégiées :

    I – Les femmes martyres de l’Antiquité et du Moyen-Âge (du deuxième siècle avant notre ère à la Renaissance), que celles-ci appartiennent aux traditions juives (Haber ; Lemelin), chrétiennes (Amat ; Cardman ; Salisbury) ou musulmanes (Aghaie), et que les représentations de ces femmes martyres (Joslyn-Siemiatkoski ; Tolonen) soient issues des textes hagiographiques de la martyrologie (Destephen) ou de l’histoire de la réception de ces représentations (Baslez ; Doran ; Sei). Comment les martyres de jadis peuvent-elles nous aider à penser les femmes martyres d’aujourd’hui, voire à penser ce qui advient au phénomène même du martyre ?

    II – Femmes martyres de la modernité, que celles-ci s’inscrivent dans une trajectoire mortifère religieuse ou politique, quelles que soient la nature de leurs motivations – femmes kamikazes des Tigres Tamouls du Sri Lanka, séparatistes kurdes du PKK en Turquie (Grosjean), kamikazes du Caucase (Larzillière ; Campana) et du Proche-Orient (Blom ; Straub ; Sela-Shayoritz ; Vuillemenot), les djihadistes de Daesh (Khosrokhavar et Benslama), etc.–, et quel que soit le genre de culte qui leur est voué. En quoi ces femmes se ressemblent-elles et se différencient-elles des martyres d’autrefois ? Que nous apprennent les études scientifiques qui leur sont dédiées ou encore les représentations qui en sont proposées par les médias traditionnels ou numériques ?

    III – Représentations des femmes martyres dans la culture : que celles-ci aient été le sujet d’œuvres littéraires, d’arts visuels ou de musique, de jadis ou d’aujourd’hui. Comment ces femmes martyres (saintes, shahidat, kamikazes, bouddhistes tibétaines immolées, figures de luttes nationales, etc.) sont-elles (re)présentées ?

    Les contributions pallieront l’invisibilité de ces femmes martyres (vies, représentations, discours, analyses, théories, etc.) en les (ré)inscrivant dans l’histoire. Ceci pourra s’entreprendre à partir d’un regard disciplinaire (sociologie ; anthropologie ; psychanalyse ; psychologie ; religiologie, etc.) ou interdisciplinaire, ou à partir de différentes approches (diachroniques, synchroniques ou comparatives) – qu’elles s’appliquent aux objets, aux périodes, aux traditions ou aux médiums – pour explorer l’intersection de la notion de martyre avec celles du genre et du sacré.

    Longueur des articles

    Les articles doivent être de 6 000 à 8 000 mots, en format WORD (.doc) et conformes aux « Consignes de présentation » qui sont disponibles sous l’onglet « Soumission d’articles » du site Web de Religiologiques(

    Soumission des articles

    Les textes sont soumis à l’adresse courriel suivante


    Les manuscrits sont à soumettre avant la fin du mois de décembre 2019. Avant de soumettre un texte pour évaluation, il est possible d’acheminer une proposition d’article (de 300 à 400 mots) à la direction du numéro thématique.

    Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter

    Isabelle Lemelin (PhD, UQAM), la direction du numéro thématique

    Département de sciences des religions, Université du Québec à Montréal

    Courriel :


    RELIGIOLOGIQUES est une revue de sciences humaines qui s’intéresse aux multiples manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes. Elle s’intéresse également au domaine de l’éthique. Les articles qu’elle publie font l’objet d’une évaluation des comités de lecture spécialisés (à double insu ; habituellement sollicitation de trois expertises) et indépendants de son comité de rédaction.RELIGIOLOGIQUES est la revue phare de la recherche francophone en sciences des religions en Amérique du Nord publiée de 1990 à 2005 (31 numéros, la majorité des articles étant disponible dans leur intégralité en ligne sur le site de la revue : et qui a repris, depuis 2015, sa tradition de publication de numéros thématiques (qui peuvent être proposés), d’articles hors thèmes (acceptés en tout temps) et de numéros varia.

    RELIGIOLOGIQUES : Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Département de sciences des religions, Courriel:

    Call for Contributions on Religion for the Encyclopaedia for African Studies


    I have been assigned to be the subject editor of African Religions section of The Encyclopaedia for African Studies. This is a proposed resource centre for people interested in the study of Africa. As we all know, African religion(s) is a significant part of this. We hope that this will serve African scholars, advanced researchers, professors, and specialists and especially undergraduate and graduate students taking courses or doing research on Africa. The entries should include articles and multimedia resources on different aspects of the African continent, and should also provide direction to other related content within the encyclopaedia. When we speak about African religions, we cover content about African indigenous religions, and Africanized religions including African Christianity and African Islam, and African religions in the Diaspora. This is an opportunity for us to contribute to this important volume. Entries vary from 1,500 to 8,000 words depending on significance/relevance and topic of discussion.

    Entries should be meticulously and academic, thus it is important that guidelines related to copyright infringements are followed as well as intellectual property rights. As an editor on the subject area of religion, my job is to suggest a list of themes for the discipline, once approved the writing process will commence. We hope that the proposed Routledge Online Encyclopaedia will be one of the top reference resource for students, professors and professionals interested in African studies.

    I have suggestions for entries, or you may propose your own.  If interested, let me know as soon as possible. All entries should be submitted latest by July 15, 2019. Contact me at  if you have any further questions on this.

    Thank you,
    Mary Nyangweso

    Call for papers: Special journal issue on ‘Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities’

    Special Issue of the journal ‘Religions’

    Following our very successful one-day conference on ‘Leadership, Authority and Representation in British Muslim Communities’ at Cardiff University last month, we are now actively seeking articles for a Special Issue of the international peer-review journal Religions<> on the same conference theme. This edition of the journal is being co-edited by Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Dr Riyaz Timol.
    We are inviting articles of 5,000-8,000 words (including all references and footnotes) by 25th April, though there may be scope to extend that deadline by a few weeks (only) if this makes the difference in terms of potential contributions.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like further information. We very much hope you will consider the submission of a paper. Please do circulate to your networks.

    With thanks
    Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Riyaz Timol

    Call for Papers: Human Rights Working Paper Series

    Dedicated to interdisciplinary and critical dialogue on international human rights law and discourse, the Rapoport Center’s Working Paper Series (WPS) publishes innovative papers by established and early-career researchers as well as practitioners. The goal is to provide a productive environment for debate about human rights among academics, policymakers, activists, practitioners, and the public.

    Authors from all disciplines and institutions are welcome to submit papers on any topic related to human rights.
    Submissions undergo a rigorous selection process by the WPS interdisciplinary editorial committee, which includes graduate students and faculty from across the University of Texas. The WPS committee provides detailed comments and feedback to authors before the paper is published online.

    Publication in the WPS does not preclude future publication elsewhere; in fact, many of our working papers have since been published in academic journals and edited volumes.

    For the 2018-9 series, the Editorial Committee is accepting submissions on a rolling basis.
    For more information, please visit: or contact

    Journal of Dharma Studies

    Journal of Dharma Studies

    Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture

    Journal of Dharma Studies Philosophy, Theology, Ethics, and Culture

    We are delighted to announce the inaugural issue of the Journal of Dharma Studies.

    The concept of the Journal of Dharma Studies arose from the scholarship produced by a learned society, the Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM), which has been meeting annually for over fifteen years in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). Over this time, nearly a thousand scholars have participated in or attended the conferences of DANAM and helped foster analytical-constructive and translational research and scholarship on various fields and sub-disciplines. All of which comprise the diverse expressions of the Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist religious traditions.

    All articles published with Dharma Studies will be free to access until 2020. We hope you will enjoy the first issue and will sign up to receive the table of contents of every new issue published.

    If you have any questions about the journal do not hesitate to contact the editors-in-chief.

    Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
    Purushottama Bilimoria , Graduate Theological Union and University of California, Berkeley, USA; The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

    CFP: “Gendering Jesus”

    Special Issue of Religion and Gender

    Guest editors Jamie Pitts (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, US) and Peter-Ben Smit (Free University Amsterdam/Utrecht University, the Netherlands) have just issued a call for papers for the Religion and Gender special issue entitled ‘Gendering Jesus’.

    We invite you to review the call for papers at, or check it in attachment.
    Please, do forward the call for papers in your networks and/or feel warmly invited to consider submitting a manuscript.
    Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,