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Dear all,
I would like to draw attention to the intensive training program for the study of contemporary religion  I am organizing between 25th Feb to 1st of March.
It is a great program designed for masters and PhD students investigating aspects of contemporary religion.
I would be happy if you could circulate among your networks.
Thank you!
All the best,




Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

25th of February to the 1st of March



This training programme is available for doctoral students registered at any higher education institution in the UK/EU and abroad. It is based on previous training developed by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, funded by the AHRC, which led to the development of the Religion Methods website, and aims to provide students with a core training in fieldwork approaches to the study of religion.


Topics covered by the training will include:


–       Conceptualising religion for research

–       Key elements and processes of research design

–       The role of theory in social research

–       The politics and ethics of research

–       Rigour and validity in research

–       Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

–       Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

–       Developing research interviews

–       Applying Gender and Sexuality perspectives in the study of religion

–       Comparative sociological methods

–       Historical methods in the study of religion

–       Writing journal articles and Book proposals


To attend this training programme, students not registered at the University of Kent will be required to pay a £100 registration fee, which would cover attendance at all sessions and the costs of training materials. Delegates would need to make their own arrangements for accommodation, and there is a wide selection of affordable B&B provision in the Canterbury area. For those planning to commute on a daily basis, Canterbury is now less than an hour from London St Pancras on the high speed train link.


Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Tuesday 25 of January . To register your interest, please email Manoela Carpenedo ( with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.



Manoela Carpenedo

Lecturer in Religious Studies
School of European Cultures and Languages
University of Kent

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/2) published: Transformations of Identity and Space in the Middle East and North Africa

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/2 of our journal Approaching Religion, which has been produced as a co-operation between the Donner Institute and the Finnish Institute in the Middle East.

Theme: Transformations of Identity and Space in the Middle East and North Africa
Guest editors: Docent Raija Mattila

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Ruth Illman
Editor of Approaching Religion

A New Issue of Sociology of Islam : Volume 6 (2018 ): Issue 4 (Dec 2018)

A New Issue of Sociology of Islam : Volume 6 (2018 ): Issue 4 (Dec 2018)

Identity, Community and Belonging in gcc States 

Reflections on the Foreigner 

By: Miriam R. Lowi

Pages: 401–428 

China’s Favored Muslims? The Complex Relationship between the Chinese Communist Party and the Hui Ethnic Group 

By: Erik Durneika

Pages: 429–448 

Western Sufism: From the Abbasids to the New Agewritten by Sedgwick, Mark 

By: Kameliya Atanasova

Pages: 449–453 

China and Islam: The Prophet, The Party, and Lawwritten by Erie, Matthew 

By: Carsten Vala

Pages: 454–459 

Publication Date: 04 Dec 2018 


Tugrul Keskin


Director of Center for the Global Governance 

Shanghai University  


Recent Books:

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)

Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)

Open session call EASR: Alternative Religiosities in the Communist Regime and Post-Communist East-Central European Countries: Emerging Diversities within (Trans)Formations, Disruptions, Continuations

Dear colleagues,

We are welcoming submission for the open session “Alternative Religiosities in the Communist Regime and Post-Communist East-Central European Countries: Emerging Diversities within (Trans)Formations, Disruptions, Continuations” for the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR) conference “Religion – Continuations and Disruptions” from June 25 to June 29, 2019 in Tartu, Estonia.

The deadline for individual papers is December 15, 2018.

OPEN SESSION (R.Pranskevičiūtė-Amoson)

Alternative Religiosities in the Communist Regime and Post-Communist East-Central European Countries: Emerging Diversities within (Trans)Formations, Disruptions, Continuations 

The panel addresses the dynamics of diverse alternative religiosities starting from the communist regime period up to today. It deals with the processes of (trans)formation of changeable and instable religious/spiritual ideas and groups all over East-Central Europe during this time. It also studies the past and current socioreligious processes, discussing diverse manifestations, changes and disruptions of religious phenomena concerning individual religiosities in (trans)regional and (trans)national levels.

In times of Soviet regime, atheism was the officially established ideology and alternative religiosities were mostly active underground. There was as well an unofficial cultural field that was very receptive to the arrival, formation, spread and expressions of diverse alternative religiosities and spiritualities. During the post-communist period, local alternative identities were challenged to adapt to a new situation and rich market of religious demands. In addition, newly arrived religiosities, as well as locally emerged and actively borrowing variously expressed western ideas spiritualities raised current topics among post-communist societies.

The panel aims to discuss a wide range of questions related to an emerging diversity of alternative religiosities in the countries during/past the regime and their attendant fields of influence: e.g. politics and strategy of activity of communist regime towards alternative religiosities; restrictions, repressions, survival ways and resistance of representatives of alternative religiosities; (trans)forming diversities within alternative religiosities under/past the regime (individual/group alternative religiosity values, identities and practices); the milieu of alternative religiosity as a space of plurality, diversity, flow, action and resistance; alternative religiosity networks and inter-community relations; formation and transfer of religious/spiritual ideas within the communist/post-communist societies and from the outside; oppositions and connections as a response to the past (images of tradition, traditional religious institutions, post-communist cultural heritage, etc.); memory, continuity and changes within alternative religiosities, etc.

Deadline: 15th Dec 2018

Chair email:

For more information about the call for papers please see:

A minority within a minority?: the complexity and multilocality of transnational Twelver Shia networks in Britain OS

Dear all,
the attached article might be of interest to subscribers of the list:
With best wishes,
Oliver Scharbrodt
Professor of Islamic Studies
University of Birmingham

VENUE CHANGED: CIS Public Talks: “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi CA

CIS Public Talks:  “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi

When: Thursday, 8 November, 2018 from 5:00pm to 6:45pm


Speaker:  Madawi Al-Rasheed

Registration is necessary for this event:

** “Rogue Elements” or Rogue State: Saudi Arabia after Khashoggi **

In the light of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October, the Saudi regime faced a serious, unprecedented crisis; mainly the collapse of its reputation as a benevolent monarchy. In the literature on authoritarianism, the monarchy is classified as one that uses more carrots than sticks with critics and dissidents. However, the consulate incident exposed this persistent myth and undermined Saudi credibility at the domestic and international levels. This presentation explores the consequences and assess future prospects.

Dr Madawi Al-Rasheed is a visiting professor at the Middle East Centre at LSE. She has written extensively about the Arabian Peninsula and her most recent book is Salman’s Legacy: the Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia, Hurst, 2018.

New publication: Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism and Psychiatry

Dear Colleagues,

*apologies for cross-posting*

 I am happy to announce the publication of my book, Tibetan Medicine, Buddhism and Psychiatry: Mental health and healing in a Tibetan exile community, published by Carolina Academic Press as part of their Ethnographic Studies in Medical Anthropology Series.

 For more information, please visit:

 The publisher is currently kindly offering a 10% discount on the purchase price when ordered directly from their website.

 Brief description:

This book presents research based on two six-month periods of ethnographic fieldwork conducted within a Tibetan exile community in Darjeeling, northeast India. It utilises four case studies to illustrate lay perceptions of different mental health conditions and their causes and treatments in a culturally- and medically-pluralistic area, juxtaposed with Tibetan textual and biomedical explanations. These explanations combine with background interviews of lay Tibetans, as well as monastic practitioners, Tibetan amchi, and biomedical doctors, to help draw out the complexities of the situation for individuals affected by different experiences of mental illness.

Best wishes,



Dr Susannah Deane

British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Buddhist Studies
Department of Religion and Theology
School of Humanities
University of Bristol
Book reviews editor, Himalaya and Central Asia section, Asian Medicine: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (JIASTAM)

Body, Health and Religion Research Group (BAHAR)

Thinking about Governance Through Diasporas

Dear colleagues,
I am happy to share that my working paper ‘Thinking about Governance Through Diasporas: Decentering the State and Challenging the External/Internal Binary’ was recently published by the Free University of Berlin’s Collaborative Research Centre “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”. The working paper builds on a workshop that was held at the FU Berlin in November 2017 on “Diasporas and Homeland Governance”. It discusses the relationship (or lack thereof) between existing governance and diaspora scholarship and suggests that governance researchers may need to rethink their concepts if they want to better grasp the realities of the contributions that diasporas make to governance in their homelands.
I look forward to any comments and feedback.
Best wishes,
Catherine Craven

Your are invited to a Panel Discussion on Wael Hallaq’s new book ‘Restating Orientalism

What: A Panel Discussion with Wael Hallaq on his new book ‘Restating Orientalism – A Critique of Modern Knowledge’

When: Friday, 5 October, 2018 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm (Time zone: London)

Where: Room 8&9, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge

Convenor: Dr. Humeira Iqtidar, Kings College London


·         Professor Wael Hallaq (Columbia University)

·         Professor Sarah Radcliffe (Geography)

·         Professor Khalid Fahmy (FAMES)

The panel will discuss with Wael Hallaq, the import of his latest book ‘Restating Orientalism – A Critique of Modern Knowledge’

Wael hallaq's new book 'Restating Orientalism'

Since Edward Said’s foundational work, Orientalism has been singled out for critique as the quintessential example of Western intellectuals’ collaboration with oppression. Controversies over the imbrications of knowledge and power and the complicity of Orientalism in the larger project of colonialism have been waged among generations of scholars. But has Orientalism come to stand in for all of the sins of European modernity, at the cost of neglecting the complicity of the rest of the academic disciplines?

In this landmark theoretical investigation, Wael B. Hallaq reevaluates and deepens the critique of Orientalism in order to deploy it for rethinking the foundations of the modern project. Refusing to isolate or scapegoat Orientalism, Restating Orientalism extends the critique to other fields, from law, philosophy, and scientific inquiry to core ideas in modern thought such as sovereignty and the self. Hallaq traces their involvement in colonialism, mass annihilation, and systematic destruction of the natural world, interrogating and historicizing the set of causes that permitted modernity to wed knowledge to power. Restating Orientalism offers a bold rethinking of the theory of the author, the concept of sovereignty, and the place of the secular Western self in the modern project, reopening the problem of power and knowledge to an ethical critique and ultimately theorizing an exit from modernity’s predicaments.

Entry is free and this event is open to members of the public

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Coloque / Appel à contribution: Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques. Projet Eurel

26-27 sept. 2018 Oslo (Norvège)

Ce colloque est organisé par le projet Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA) de l’Université d’Oslo, et le projet Eurel

Calendrier du colloque:

  • date limite de contribution 28 février 2018
  • notification des réponses 31 mars 2018
  • colloque 26-27 septembre 2018

Le colloque Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques invite les chercheurs de toutes disciplines à se pencher sur la conceptualisation et la connaissance de la non-religion dans la société moderne tardive. Le colloque part de l’idée que la non-religion est un concept culturellement contingent, qui connaît des variations socioculturelles selon les régions géographiques et les systèmes sociopolitiques. Du fait de la croissance numérique de la population non religieuse, les cartes d’appartenance religieuse doivent être repensées, ce qui pourrait aussi avoir un impact sur la façon dont les affiliations religieuses et non religieuses sont reconnues par l’État. 

Deux conférences plénières seront présentées durant le colloque, par le professeur Lori Beaman (Université d’Ottawa) et le professeur Lois Lee (Université du Kent).

Le colloque appelle à des communications fondées sur les sciences politiques, la sociologie et le droit. Les approches sociologiques peuvent s’appuyer aussi bien sur des méthodes de recherche quantitatives que qualitatives. Les communications aborderont l’une ou l’autre des questions suivantes: 

  • Comment définir la non-religion et comment les “sans religion” peuvent-ils être appréhendés et pris en compte dans les études sur la religion?
  • Comment le contexte socioculturel et religieux des différents pays influe-t-il sur la réglementation et la représentation de la non-religion dans l’élaboration des lois et des politiques?
  • Où et comment les individus et les collectifs non religieux s’intègrent-ils dans les institutions des sociétés contemporaines?
  • De quelle manière les services développés pour satisfaire les besoins existentiels des citoyens fournis par l’État à travers le droit et la politique (“d’en haut”) reconnaissent-ils les visions du monde et les sentiments autres que religieux? Comment les croyances non religieuses peuvent-elles être abordées par la loi?
  • Comment la non-religion “d’en haut” affecte-t-elle les notions de citoyenneté et d’appartenance nationale?

Les propositions d’articles, ne dépassant pas 300 mots, peuvent être soumises ici avant le 28 février 2018. Les propositions doivent préciser lequel des thèmes proposés est pris en compte par la présentation, et indiquer les coordonnées de l’auteur et son affiliation institutionnelle.

Le prix Eurel sera remis lors de la conférence 2018. Il est ouvert aux doctorants et jeunes chercheurs (moins de 3 ans après la soutenance du doctorat). Précisez dans votre proposition si vous vous trouvez dans une telle situation.

Les auteurs seront avisés avant le 31 mars 2018 si leur proposition est acceptée. Les  frais d’hébergement (pour une nuit) et les repas seront pris en charge par les organisateurs pour les contributeurs. Les frais de transport ne sont pas pris en charge.

Les communications, d’une durée de 20 minutes maximum, doivent être présentées soit en français soit en anglais. Si possible, les documents de présentation seront alors proposés dans l’autre langue; cela sera un apport apprécié mais n’est pas obligatoire.

Comité scientifique du colloque: Helge Årsheim (Norvège), Erlend From (Norvège), Sylvie Toscer-Angot (France), Michał Zawiślak (Pologne), Anne-Laure Zwilling (France).