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CFP: Special issue on Religion & Ecology

Call for Papers: A special issue of the journal Religions on Religion & Ecology.  The Special Issue aims to assess the current explanations for the role of religion in addressing climate change and offer new analyses about religion and climate change from the perspectives of social sciences and humanities.

As the pace and intensity of climate changes increases, so too does the peril it poses to earth and all who live in it. Many religions follow an ethic of caring for those most strongly impacted by the effects of events like climate change and bear the moral legitimacy to mobilize millions to act in order to ameliorate climate change. Historically, many religions have been silent, indifferent, and even hostile to environmentalism, but over the past 25 years, religious communities and organizations have developed green theologies, ethics, and rituals, and have spoken prophetically in defense of nature. But how effective have religions been in mobilization action and persuading individuals, communities, and governments to take action against climate change?

The purpose of this Special Issue is to assess the current state of religious involvement to address climate change and the effects we are already experiencing. What are religions actively doing to combat climate change and has it made a difference? What are the limits on religions’ involvement in and work towards climate justice? Why have some religions taken action to combat climate change while others refuse to engage? The issue will be comparative in scope on several dimensions: From local religious congregations to national bodies; from religions of the book to dark green and eco-spirituality communities; from the developed west to the developing south. Contributions from a variety of disciplines that focus on assessing and explaining the role of religions in addressing climate change are welcome.

Stephen Ellingson Guest Editor
Professor and Chair
Department of Sociology
Hamilton College
198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page.Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charges (APCs) of 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs) per published paper are partially funded by institutions through Knowledge Unlatched for a limited number of papers per year. Please contact the editorial office before submission to check whether KU waivers, or discounts are still available. Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI’s English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • · religion and the environment
  • · climate change
  • · climate justice
  • · green religion
  • · ecopolitics
  • · environmental ethics

ISA-RC22 Call for Papers


Call for Abstracts
“Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion”

Program Coordinators:

  • Eloísa Martín, United Arab Emirates University, UAE
  • Juan Cruz Esquivel, University of Buenos Aires/ CONICET, Argentina
  • Roberta Bivar Carneiro, Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil

The debate on religion, its role, its development, and its future has been intense, extensive and sophisticated during the last few decades. Religion is both a central phenomenon itself and a key variable that can be used to explain economic, social, and political phenomena. Both facets require continuous in-depth research. In recent years, many sociologists have begun to identify limits to the current approach to religious phenomena, and especially to the definitions of religion developed in the West. A number of authors have extended this critique to the ways sociologists currently explain and interpret “religion” in the 21st Century. Though still emerging, such accounts have opened new paths by which sociologists of religion can face both the empirical and theoretical challenges of our era.

We invite abstracts for the following sessions:

We will also be including the following invited sessions in our RC22 program:

The ISA CONFEX website is now open for abstract submissions from April 25 – September 30, 2019 24:00 GMT. Abstracts may only be submitted through the CONFEX site. Programme coordinators cannot include abstracts sent by email or include abstracts submitted after the CONFEX system is closed.

Go to to enter the CONFEX site and click on Begin a Submission. Abstracts must be submitted in English, French or Spanish.

A person may be listed in the Program:
•    up to 2 times as author or co-author (oral or poster presentation, distributed paper, roundtable presenter)
•    up to 2 times as chair or co-chair, panellist, critic, discussant

To be included in the program the participants (presenters, chairs, discussants, etc.) need to pay full registration fees by March 19, 2020. If not registered, their names will not appear in the Program Book and in the Abstracts Book.

Please address any questions to any of the Program Coordinators:

Narrating the pilgrimage to Mecca: experiences, emotions, and meanings


Narrating the pilgrimage to Mecca: experiences, emotions, and meanings

Conveners: Prof. Dr. Marjo Buitelaar (University of Groningen) & Dr. Richard van Leeuwen (University of Amsterdam).

Date: 12 & 13 December 2019.

Venue: University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Key note speakers:

  1. Professor Seán McLoughlin (University of Leeds)
  2. To be announced


Professor Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

Given the centrality of Mecca and the hajj in the Islamic tradition and its increasing popularity as a religious travel-destination since the nineteenth century, it seems surprising that Meccan pilgrimage – including both hajj and umra – has virtually escaped the attention of scholars on modern Muslim life. While a number of recent studies focus on the history of the hajj, particularly in colonial times, pilgrims’ personal experiences have not yet received much attention. This conference endeavors to remedy this neglect by exploring how pilgrims from different times and places in the world have narrated their experiences of the hajj and umra.


The main focus of this conference is on the pilgrims’ lived engagement with the rituals of the hajj,  Meccan space and their fellow pilgrims. It studies how pilgrims have made sense of Meccan pilgrimage by asking how their in what ways do they select from and creatively combine cultural discourses and emotional repertoires in their stories about expectations, experiences and recollections of Muslim pilgrimage ?  How do these stories relate to the wider sets of social relations, cultural contexts and power structures they are embedded in?  


Additionally, it explores the ways this engagement is informed by the various cultural discourses in which Muslims have performed the pilgrimage to Mecca and articulated their experience of it. In particular, the conference explores the ways in which the experience the pilgrimage to Mecca, most specifically but not exclusively the hajj,  has been articulated in relation to the self and society. We are especially interested in oral and written accounts on the impact of modernity on the pilgrimage experiences of individual Muslims in the period from 1850 until the present day, but  do not exclude the exploration of earlier sources and texts.

For more information:





The Marie Curie ITN ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA): 15 research positions

The Marie Curie ITN proposal ‘Mediating Islam in the Digital Age’ (MIDA) has been launched end of March 2019.


The MIDA-project rests on the premise that digitisation and technological innovation do have a tremendous impact on Islam, the effects of which are diverse and ubiquitous, and they are reminiscent of technical revolutions in the past such as print technology. The rapid changes that are already occurring are generating a sense of loss of control and instability among the general public, politicians, journalists, academics, and, not least, among Muslims themselves. The spread of modern digital media and new technologies of communication, production and dissemination, prompts researchers and social actors, Muslims and non-Muslims alike, to make sense of and understand these developments.


An international consortium of research institutes, universities and non-academic partners in six European countries will conduct research in the next four years and address a broad spectrum of issues related to the general theme. MIDA is coordinated by the ‘Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique’ (CNRS) in Paris.


We are now searching for young researchers for all 15 research positions within the lager project. For more information about the positions and the conditions, please check the following websites:



A New Issue of Sociology of Islam Journal: Volume 7 (2019): Issue 1 (Mar 2019)

Sociology of Islam Journal: Volume 7 (2019): Issue 1 (Mar 2019)


·  Outside of the Law: Khomeini’s Legacy of Commanding Right and Forbidding Wrong in the Islamic Republic

By: Alexander Nachman


Reevaluating Sectarianism in Light of Sufi Islam

The Case-Studies of the Naqshbandiyya and Qadiriyya in Syria and Iraq

By: Elisheva Machlis


Beyond the Enigma of the Veil: Representation of Women’s Status in Post-revolutionary Iran by Iranian–American Memoirs 

By: Zeinab Ghasemi and Seyed Mohammad Marandi


Competing Frames of the Gülen Movement

The Case of Malaysia 

By: Saleena Saleem and Mohamed Nawab Mohamed Osman

Event for posting

“Theory and Practice in Amish Research”

Friday, August 2, 2019

Millersburg, Holmes County, OH

Conference hosted by the Amish & Plain Anabaptist Studies Association


Proposals are due by Friday, April 5; registration will follow.


For more details, see:


The ongoing growth of the plain people—the Amish, Mennonites, Hutterites, German Baptists, Apostolic Christians, and others—means that more and more people are encountering these subcultures in the public sphere. For this reason, those who specifically study or work with the plain people—including health practitioners, public servants, and social researchers—must continue advancing our bodies of knowledge and best practices through critical evaluation of old paradigms and introduction of new concepts. The goal of this conference is to discuss advances in theory—the conceptual understanding of the plain people—and practice—the hands-on experiences of practitioners working with the plain people. We will also explore the connection between the two, how the lessons of one can be used by the other. For the convenience of attendees, the bi-annual Amish Health Conference of the Center for Appalachia Research in Cancer Education (CARE) will be held back-to-back, on Thursday, August 1, with this conference.


Call for manuscripts RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Call for Manuscripts

Volume 12 (Forthcoming 2021)

Edited by
Olga Breskaya (University of Padova, Italy), Roger Finke (Pennsylvania
State University, USA) and Giuseppe Giordan (University of Padova,

Over the past three decades, issues related to religious freedom have increasingly come to the fore. The European Court of Human Rights ruled the landmark case on religious freedom in 1993, the U.S. passed the International Religious Freedom Act in 1998, and the King of Morocco hosted a major international conference in 2016 on promoting the rights of religious minorities in Muslim majority countries. Religion and state relations, with a focus on religious freedoms, has now become a growing interdisciplinary area of study. The Religion and State project has produced three waves of data and many other international initiatives put religious freedom at the center of their studies. Scholars in political science, international relations, and judicial studies have all contributed theoretical discussions, case studies and extensive empirical analysis. Sociologists have contributed too, but they have far more to offer.
The multidimensionality of religious freedom and its rootedness in historical, socio-legal and socio-political contexts, make it an area where sociology can make significant contributions. The social and religious dynamics related to migration, the societal restrictions placed on religious freedoms, the interaction between religious social movements and religious freedoms, and the increasing visibility of religion in global politics are a few of the areas where sociology’s well-established theoretical discourse and analytical tools can complement and challenge other disciplines. We invite the authors of this volume to contribute theoretical perspectives, sociological concepts and empirical analyses that highlight the development of religious freedom as an area of study in the social sciences. Listed below are a few of the many additional areas authors might address.

1.      Theories of religious freedom in social sciences
2.      Religious freedom and pluralism
3.      Religious freedom, spirituality, and interfaith dialogue
4.      Religious freedom and secularism
5.      Cross-national studies on religious freedom
6.      Sociology of human rights and religious freedom
7.      Religious freedom and social conflicts
8.      Religious freedom and socio-economic development

Please send proposals (400 words) and a brief bio to Olga Breskaya
Submission of proposals: June 30, 2019
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2019
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): April 30, 2020

Call for Book Proposals: Anthropology of Religion series with Palgrave MacMillan Press

Hello everyone,

Contemporary Anthropology of Religion is the official book series of the Society for the Anthropology of Religion, a section of the American Anthropological Association. We are actively seeking proposals from emerging and senior scholars for monographs or edited volumes that contribute broadly to the anthropological study of religious experience, cultures and practice. The books in the series offer vibrant ethnography, thoughtful debate, and insightful analysis on a variety of issues relating to current theoretical or comparative issues in anthropology of religion. We are especially interested in texts that promote sustained conversation with allied fields, including medical and psychological anthropology, theology, history, and culture studies.

Palgrave Macmillan books are distributed to universities worldwide and are available as printed and e-books. We are also pleased to accept proposals for Palgrave Pivots. This short format (20,000-50,000 words) provides accelerated publishing on topics of special interest.

Please forward this call to your networks too. Potential authors are encouraged to correspond with one of the series editors, Don Seeman (Emory University) and Hillary Kaell (Concordia University), before submitting proposals for review.
dseeman AT emory.eduand hillary.kaell AT

CFP_ International Conference on Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh

Dear Colleagues,

Hope you are doing well. We are going to organise an international conference on Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh at North South University, Bangladesh. Please find the call for paper attached and below. 

Apology for cross posting


Title of Conference: “International Conference on the Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions”

Venue:  North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Date: July 27-28, 2019


The influx of a large number of Rohingya population into Bangladesh over last few years has become a critical concern for both the host and international communities. Many of the incidents of forced displacement and migration remain underexplored or understudied, leaving searches for sustainable solutions to those issues at a dearth. The multifarious issues associated with the Rohingya influx into Bangladesh such as social, cultural, political, legal, health and environment require a comprehensive understanding to develop a durable solution for overcoming the crisis.


From both humanitarian and national security perspectives, it is imperative that if the on-going mechanisms function properly, the displaced Rohingya people would get their rights back. The rights don’t necessarily mean only the repatriation of those who have been displaced but also ensuring their citizenship rights and living in their land with all fundamental rights and dignity. On the other hand, Bangladesh has been bearing a heavy burden of a huge Rohingya population. In such a context, the questions remain: How long will these displaced and stateless people stay in their temporary shelters in Bangladesh? What are the prospects of a safe repatriation of Rohingya people? Will Myanmar take them back and give their rights and allow them to live with dignity? How significant is the local and global response to this crisis? Does the Rohingya crisis pose a direct threat to national and regional security? What are the socioeconomic challenges both host and the Rohingya communities face in the shelter areas? What types of health hazards may arise in the Rohingya camps? How vulnerable are the women and children in these camps? What are the environmental impacts in the camp areas? How can the on-going peacekeeping and peacebuilding efforts lead to a durable conflict resolution? In order to develop sustainable solutions to the Rohingya displacement crisis, both the intellectual and the development community need to find answers to the above questions. At present, it is evident that an immediate solution is far from a reality, as on-going negotiations have been futile and the repatriation of the dislocated Rohingya population to Myanmar has not been forthcoming. Considering this uncertainty, both the host and Rohingya communities may face further complex situations, where some of the options may not be effective at all. Therefore, a rigorous and comprehensive analysis of all the facets of the Rohingya crisis is essential in order to find a practical solution before it is too late.


Under this backdrop, Center for Peace Studies (CPS), the Department of Political Science and Sociology (PSS) and South Asian Institute of Policy and Governance (SIPG) of North South University (NSU), Dhaka, Bangladesh are organizing an international conference on “Rohingya Crisis in Bangladesh: Challenges and Sustainable Solutions” on July 27-28, 2019 in collaboration with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).



The conference committee is inviting papers from scholars, researchers and graduate students across the globe to critically assess the whole issue and to develop sustainable policy recommendations in the broader thematic areas outlined below. However, the conference committee may consider papers that focus on the Rohingya crisis but fall outside of the following thematic areas:

 Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution

 National and Regional Security

 Forced Displacement and Human Rights

 Socio-cultural Problems and Dimensions

 Economic Impacts

 Physical and Mental Health Issues of Rohingya people

 Environmental Impacts and Remedy

 Legal Issues Associated with Rohingya Crisis

 Rohingya Language, Literature, and Culture

 Rohingya Identity and Historical Perspectives

 Gender and Vulnerability



A 300-word paper abstract, along with a short biography of 200 words, should be submitted by April 30, 2019. Abstracts should be written in English using Times New Roman font and submitted in MS Word doc/docx format. Notifications on decisions about acceptance of paper abstracts will be given by May 15, 2019. Selected papers will be published in an edited book and a peer-reviewed journal. The papers should be properly referenced with APA style.


Please visit for abstract submission and other information regarding the conference.




Deadline for Abstract Submission

April 30, 2019 

Notification of Abstract Acceptance

May 15, 2019 

Early Bird Registration Deadline

May 30, 2019 

Regular Registration Deadline

June 15, 2019 

Deadline for Full Paper Submission

July 15, 2019