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Call for Book Chapters on Sociological Theory

CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS

SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Expected Date of Publication: 28th February, 2020
PUBLISHER: A University Press in Nigeria

This is to invite submissions of chapters on Sociological Theory and Practice from scholars across the world. This book intends to contribute to the understanding of theories of Sociology and their usefulness and application, not only within the academic space but also, in business and practical development of Africa. The cutting edge/niche and research questions of this book are: what are these sociological theories? How applicable and useful are they in explaining Africa? To what extent, and how, can they be applied in business realities of Africa in practical terms? Are they mere theories for theories or theories for real life business and national/continental development? This book leverages on and breaks classrooms as well as established disciplinary boundaries in an attempt to contribute to what are already known, and what should be known to further bridge the gaps between gown and town. This is to bring Sociology to the business and development spaces for appreciated relevance and applicability. In this manner, this book will answer the common age long questions among students and many (non)sociologists about what sociologists do and how relevant Sociology and sociologists are/should be especially in the development and business of Africa. All submissions must be related and relevant to Africa.

In case you are interested in contributing chapter(s) to this book, kindly send a 250-word abstract and your main submission(s) (chapter[s]) to lantopamtu@yahoo.com and yakanle@yahoo.com .

The language of communication and publication is English. It is expected that abstracts and final manuscripts/submissions would be submitted in English language. Submissions should please indicate the names of all authors and co-authors (in cases of multiple author’s submissions), affiliations, email addresses and titles of chapters. Originality is very central to this book and we expect all contributors to check their submissions through antiplagiarism software(s) and strive to achieve not more than maximum of 15% Similarity Index (SI) including references.

Original chapters are invited on the following topics:

  1. Defining sociological theory
  2. The central problem of sociological theory
  3. Historical and contemporary issues in sociological theory and practice
  4. Broad types of sociological theories
  5. Functionalism
  6. Conflict theory
  7. Marxism
  8. Social action theory
  9. Asuwada Theory of Sociation
  10. Rational choice theory
  11. The Macdonaldization thesis
  12. Structuration
  13. The Actor Network Theory
  14. Control and Opportunity Theory
  15. Protestant ethics and the spirit of capitalism: Lessons for wealth creation in Africa
  16. Symbolic interactionism
  17. Ethnomethodology
  18. Social Exchange Theory
  19. Feminist theory
  20. The relationship between theory and research
  21. Sociological theory and employment creation
  22. Theorising Africa: Issues, Debates, Challenges and Prospects
  23. The Future of Sociology and Sociological Theory

The above list of topics are however indicative and not exhaustive. Preference will however be given to these topics. It may be very important to state that this Call for Proposal is intended to be very competitive and chapters will be accepted based on strength, originality, relevance, timeliness and conformity with the Call. Authors can generally propose new chapter(s) but they must be related to the book title/focus/objective and the suggested topics.

Every chapter should be 5000 to 6000 words and straight to the point, engaging, well exemplified and easy to read. Every chapter should be arranged according to the following:

  • Title of Chapter
  • Name of author(s)
  • Abstract of the chapter (250 words maximum)
  • Keywords of not more than 5 words
  • Introduction and Background: problematisation and focus of chapter
  • Body of the essay
  • Application to business and development of Africa including well blended case studies
  • Conclusions
  • References (please include only those cited in the body of the chapter). Please use APA style for references, headings and sub-headings. You may wish to visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for guidance.

Deadline for submission of chapter is 10th December 2019

CFP, Events, & Job Announcements from the AASR

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  Publications

  • 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). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Mirrors of Iran: A Continuum of Architectural Heritage. 2019 Iranica Conference on 28 September 2019. More info.
  • ‘The Islamist Paradox’ by A/Prof William Shepard, University of Canterbury (NZ). Organised by the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University on 4 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Hans Mol Memorial Lecture: “Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of ‘Asian Religion’ and Australian Federation” by Professor Marion Maddox, 18 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Freilich Lecture of Bigotry and Tolerance: “An Australian Story: The Politics of Bigotry in a Tolerant Country” by David Marr. 31 October 2019. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.

Job Opportunities

Announcements from the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

The AASR 2019 Conference on ‘Religion and Violence’ is now open for registration. Early bird registration ends 30 September 2019. Four postgraduate bursaries are offered (worth $500 each). Application deadline: 30 September 2019. More info.

Call for Papers: Conferences:

  • 2019 Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar: Girard, Gender, Victims and Violence, 4-5 Oct 2019. Proposal deadline: 18 September 2019. More info.
  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Calls for Papers: Publications

  • 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). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects. AAIMS Second Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies, September 30th- October 1st, 2019, Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.
  • “Researching New Religions: Qualitative Methods in a Controversial Field” by guest instructor, Susan J. Palmer. Run by the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC) at Western Sydney University. 19 September, 1-4pm. More info.

Job Opportunities

New Publications

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 (a.whitehead@yahoo.com) or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (Lalle.Pursglove@bloomsbury.com).

    CFP for Advanced Graduate Students

    The editors of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review are now soliciting essays (25-page maximum or 7,000 words, all inclusive) built on dissertations in process.  Focusing on advanced graduate students, the essay should speak to your scholarship, yet generally to sociologists interested in religion by presenting a central idea of relevance to our readership and rooted in the research process.

    The essay should include a clear focus on religion, which may include observations on how “sociology of religion” as a sub-field is currently being shaped, where it is heading, and why that matters, etc.  While the essay may address one’s own experiences and be written in the first person, all aspects of the essay should remain of relevance and interest to rigorous scholarship, which therefore should focus on presenting research findings and include things like conceptual breakthroughs and empirical surprises.  While conceptual and methodological rigor should be evident, a separate “Theory” or “Methods” section is not required.

    All manuscripts should follow standard author guidelines (e.g., 12-point, Times Roman, double space throughout) and be submitted through Manuscript Central, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/socrel. Be sure to cite sources and develop arguments, ideas, and explication of findings adequate to the high standards of our journal.

    The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019.

    Any questions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Gerardo Marti, sorjournal@davidson.edu

    CFP for Advanced Graduate Students

    The editors of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review are now soliciting essays (25-page maximum or 7,000 words, all inclusive) built on dissertations in process.  Focusing on advanced graduate students, the essay should speak to your scholarship, yet generally to sociologists interested in religion by presenting a central idea of relevance to our readership and rooted in the research process.

    The essay should include a clear focus on religion, which may include observations on how “sociology of religion” as a sub-field is currently being shaped, where it is heading, and why that matters, etc.  While the essay may address one’s own experiences and be written in the first person, all aspects of the essay should remain of relevance and interest to rigorous scholarship, which therefore should focus on presenting research findings and include things like conceptual breakthroughs and empirical surprises.  While conceptual and methodological rigor should be evident, a separate “Theory” or “Methods” section is not required.

    All manuscripts should follow standard author guidelines (e.g., 12-point, Times Roman, double space throughout) and be submitted through Manuscript Central, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/socrel. Be sure to cite sources and develop arguments, ideas, and explication of findings adequate to the high standards of our journal.

    The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019.

    Any questions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Gerardo Marti, sorjournal@davidson.edu

    CFP: On Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context

    Dear Colleagues,

    We are soliciting proposals for 8000-10,000-word contributions to a roundtable or special issue on religion, economy, and class in global context to submit to a leading US journal in Religious Studies. In particular, we seek contributions examining the ways that religion and economy co-produce one another in non-Western and non-Christian contexts in the current moment of late capitalism. See the abstract below.

    300-word abstracts are due on October 15, 2019 and full articles are due April 1, 2020.  We have received positive interest from journal editors and expect the roundtable to be published by early 2021.

    Please email the editors Kirsten Wesselhoeft (kwesselhoeft@vassar.edu) and Deonnie Moodie (dmoodie@ou.edu) with submissions and questions.

    All best,
    Kirsten Wesselhoeft and Deonnie Moodie

    Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context

    Neoliberal capitalism shapes social and religious life worldwide, and yet theoretical work analyzing it draws disproportionately on North Atlantic contexts and Christian or Christian-secular traditions.  Scholars of religious studies, for example, have begun to examine the ways Christian ideas and practices have both produced and responded to capitalist economic conditions (Bowler 2013; Hulsether 2019; Singh 2018; Porterfield 2018).  Important recent work has also shown how practices of capitalist consumption in the US both reanimate Christian theological categories and, more broadly, constitute domains of effervescent religious activity (Gonzalez 2015; Lofton 2017; Moreton 2010; Vaca 2019).  While individual studies of religion in diverse global contexts attend to economy and class in important and novel ways (Ahmad 2017; Birla 2009; Rudnyckyj 2018), these works are rarely taken up as part of a shared conceptual conversation about economy and class in the study of religion.

    This special issue seeks to address this lacuna by bringing together scholarship that examines the multitude of ways that communities in non-Christian and non-Western contexts respond to the idioms, practices, and infrastructure of the global capitalist economic order. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research, contributors address the following questions:  How do religious and economic ideas and practices produce one another in the present economic moment?  In what ways do religious idioms become intertwined with ideas about economic value and class status?  How are religious practices used to address problems of inequality inherent in neoliberal capitalism?  And how are religious idioms deployed to reproduce certain economic conditions? The editors’ introduction to the special issue will not only draw together the individual contributions, but will offer a ‘state of the field’ analysis of contemporary conversations about religion, economy, and class, taking into account the global range of work in these areas.

    Kirsten Wesselhoeft, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor of Religion
    Vassar College
    845.437.7586

    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 (a.whitehead@yahoo.com) or Lalle Pursglove, Senior Commissioning Editor (Lalle.Pursglove@bloomsbury.com).

      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 https://faithbeliefforum.org/tender-for-submissions-cohesive-societies-companion-review/

      Applications should be emailed to Tim Mortimer on tim@faithbeliefforum.org 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 www.antwerpfvg.org.

      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: info@antwerpfvg.org www.antwerpfvg.org
      • 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. redericq@netcourrier.com
      • 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. bcellard@numericable.fr
      • 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, w.fautre@hrwf.org

      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