Category Archives: Workshops

Call for Papers: Differentiation Theory and the Sociology of Religion and Secularity. Part II: Boundaries of Religion: Demarcations and Negotiations

Workshop at the Centre for Advanced Studies “Multiple Secularities – Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”, Leipzig University 03./04.06.2021

The second workshop on the usability of differentiation theory for research on secularity turns to the meso and micro level of social differentiations and conceptual distinctions in relation to ‘religion’. It explores concrete empirical and historical cases that are instructive for the demarcation and negotiation of boundaries between ‘religion’ and other social spheres and practices. What are the activities and spheres between which the drawing of boundaries becomes visible? Which actors are involved? Which conflicts does the process evoke? And what are the underlying social problems and dynamics to which differentiation processes are related?

By putting both structural and conceptual boundaries of religion centre stage, we also want to address the relation between social and epistemic structures: Which semantics and interpretations (positive and negative) accompany (underlie, follow from etc.) the practical and institutional processes of differentiation? To what extent do conceptual demarcations and the shifting of semantic distinctions possibly also follow a logic of their own, which then affects structural patterns of societies?

Finally, research on processes of societal or institutional differentiation, on the one hand, and conceptual or semantic distinctions, on the other, also require attention to oppositional and adversary tendencies: Are there contrasting cases in which such differentiation and distinction would, in principle, be possible, but in fact does not take place? Are there cases in which previously existing differentiations are again dissolved? Do we find cases in which differentiation is introduced only on the surface level? And, if so, what are the reasons for that?

The workshop aims at a comparative perspective by bringing different regional and historical constellations of religion and its respective others together. This does not imply that the single papers need to be explicitly comparative. However, our goal is to relate papers on different contexts to one another and to discuss them in a comparative perspective.

We plan to publish selected contributions.

Costs for travel and accommodation will be covered. In the event of travel restrictions due to corona-virus, the workshop will be held in a hybrid format, allowing for virtual participation. Please send your contribution and direct all inquiries to: judith.zimmermann@uni-leipzig.deTimeline

  • 26 March 2021: Deadline for abstract (250–350 words) and short biography
  • 2 April 2021: Notification of acceptance
  • 14 May 2021: Deadline for draft of full paper
  • 3-4 June 2021: Workshop

Call for papers: AHRC Minorities on Campus – Workshop 2: ‘Existing Intellectual Paradigms of HE and social mobility of women and minorities’

AHRC GCRF Minorities on Indian Campus Research Network Event

Thursday 27th May 2021

Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Ashok Kumar Mocherla and Alison Halford

Project Website:

After the success of our first workshop, the AHRC GCRF Minorities on Campus in India research network invites you to our second workshop that explores lived experiences on campus. The AHRC GCRF Minorities on Campus network aims to examine how wider political discussions around nationalism, citizenship and international relations shape the identity of students categorised as minorities because of their religion, ethnicity or gender and their experiences of discrimination and equality.

This second workshop aims to open up the opportunity for scholars from India and beyond to build a corpus of scholarship on the lived experience of minority religion and gender on campus. In the India Higher Education sector, there are concerns around academic freedoms, gender-based discrimination, religious intolerance and the marginalisation of minority groups that need to be critically interrogated. Universities arguably have the potential to transform inter-religious relations on campus (and beyond), shifting the narrative from exclusion and deprivation to inclusion and social mobility. The workshop will examine the intellectual and practical changes necessary to enable this shift in the long run. While a panacea is impossible, it is possible to develop practical ways for universities to better manage diversity and build inclusive campuses.

Call for Papers

This call for papers seeks submissions that examine the complex underpinnings of student activism on campus, laying particular emphasis on the political culture of social spaces in HE to analyse intersectionality in students’ identity and (on-campus and off-campus) stimuli. The papers will help map locally-contextualised experiences of belief, explore inter-religious relations on campus and analyse the impact of students’ intersectional identities on their sense of belonging, or alienation, on campus. Thus, we hope to collectively interrogate HE’s impact as a tool for the social and economic mobility of minority students and their communities.

We ask participants to plan to include a range of disciplinary, methodology and subject expertise. Reflections on positionality will be a key element of workshops proceedings. We invite participants to speak not just as experts but also as living participants on diverse yet unequal campuses. Workshops will give equal weight to academic expertise as well as the lived experience of delegates. We aim to include an equal number of male and female participants and participants who speak from a range of minority positionalities. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career including senior academics, early career researchers and PhD students in an advanced stage of their work (3rd year or further in their research). Key dates:

  • Workshop date: Thursday 27th May 2021
  • Launch CFP: Thursday 28th January 2021
  • Call for Papers deadline: Friday 5th March 2021
  • Confirmation of papers: Friday 12th March 2021
  • Delegates to produce short 1500 words papers by Thursday 29th April 2021

PhD Workshop: Emergent Themes in the Study of Science & Belief in Society

Online workshop, 12-16 April 2021

The International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS) will be running an international PhD workshop online from 12-16 April 2021. The workshop is open to anyone currently enrolled on a PhD programme and conducting research on any social or cultural aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) in relation to any religious, spiritual or non-religious tradition, position or worldview, including unbelief.
We welcome PhD candidates from all regions and countries worldwide and from a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, including (but not limited to): sociology of religion, psychology of religion, science and technology studies, sociology of health/medicine, media and cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, the history and philosophy of science/religion and religious studies.

In keeping with the aim of INSBS, to support the growth of high-quality international research examining the relationship between science and belief in relation to cutting edge social issues and individuals’ lived experiences, the workshop seeks to introduce PhD candidates from a range of disciplines and geographical contexts to foundational readings on science and belief in society.

The PhD Workshop will focus on cutting-edge research in the study of science and belief in society, introducing PhD students to key themes including:
The challenges and benefits of incorporating multidisciplinary perspectives into your work

  • Internationalising perspectives beyond Western conceptions of science and belief
  • The difficulties of categorisation in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to studying science and belief in society

The workshop will take the form of a series of five daily workshops and reading groups. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss readings and content with the academic authors of the work. We will be running each session twice (at different times on the same day), to accommodate as best as possible those in different time zones. Participants will be expected to read/listen to a maximum of 10 pieces of academic work (articles, chapters, podcasts) in advance of the workshop – all of which will be provided by INSBS.

INSBS is based at the University of Birmingham, and led by team members from the Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society Research Group.

Honorariums: We have a limited number of small honorariums to help cover any costs associated with attending this online workshop. For example, these could be used to cover the cost of purchasing mobile data where wifi access is unreliable or the cost of additional childcare or dependent care.

To apply to participate in the workshop please send a short biography (maximum five hundred words) outlining your research interests and your interest in the workshop, along with a short Curriculum Vitae/Resume (maximum two pages). If you require an honorarium to help support your attendance at the workshop, please add a short statement (maximum two hundred and fifty words) outlining the reason for requiring an honorarium (internet access, childcare etc.) and the amount you are requesting (maximum £100 GBP).

Please note honorariums cannot be used to cover salaries or wages.

Please email applications to Paula Brikci (
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9th February 2021.


The ASA Religion Section is teaming up with The Aggie Research Program (ARP) at Texas A&M University to create a research mentoring community. Through a series of three online workshops hosted by the ARP, participants will:

  • form a research-intensive community of their peers,
  • facilitate the creation of team-based research projects using their own research agenda,
  • recruit 3-5 undergraduate researchers,
  • learn mentoring and leadership strategies to help guide students engaging in authentic research experiences, and
  • collaborate with each other to overcome challenges and develop best practices for research mentoring.

These interactive workshops will guide participants through the process of creating, managing, and developing a research team while simultaneously fostering the development of the research-intensive community.

Any graduate student, any methodology, and any stage of research will benefit from the skills and community developed in this pilot program.

Please join us for Workshop #1—Building a Research-Intensive Community on Friday, December 11 @ 3-4:30pm CST.

To register, please RSVP using this link:

Upon submission, you will receive an email with the Zoom link for the workshop. If you do not receive a Zoom link, please contact Andrew McNeely (

Call for Papers: Workshop 1: AHRC GCRF Minorities on Indian Campuses Research Network

10th December 2020

Short proposals by 5th October 2020

Organisers: Dr Ashok Kumar Mocherla and Dr Alison Halford

This project examines minority students’ lived experiences of discrimination and marginalisation on higher education campuses in India. As a research network, we will run two workshops and a conference to facilitate academic discussions around religion or belief in the HE sector in India. For further details –

For this first project workshop we seek to explore the intellectual paradigms that shape how minority-ness if intellectualised in the Indian HE sector. We welcome your proposals (details of the CFP and key dates to bear in mind are appended below).

Please send us your short proposals by 5th October 2020. Due to the current pandemic we plan to organise this first event virtually, however future network events will be undertaken in person (pandemic permitting!) Future events will examine lived experiences of equality and diversity, as well as possibilities for inclusivity within HE. We will update you about these future event in due course. We will also gradually be building a virtual network of academics and practitioners in this field, so please also get in touch if you would like to be part of this network.

Call for Papers: Workshop on religion, state and society in post-communist countries

Tartu, Estonia – February 12-13, 2021

31 July 2020 – deadline for application submission

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, and with it the communist camp ceased to exist. All the post-communist states of the Soviet bloc have experienced enormous social, political, economic, and legal transformations and reforms, including the rejection of both official atheism and religious suppression. The collapse has led to a great religious comeback. Traditional religions of majority populations have expanded their holds and have been institutionally strengthened; in many post-communist countries, belonging to a certain religion is seen an essential characteristic of being a good citizen, as it had previously (Pew Research Center, 2017).

Many religious minorities that had gone underground were afforded the opportunity to have legalstatus and have flourished. Further, especially in the immediate aftermath of the communist collapse, religious freedom has allowed for the emergence of new religions and belief systems in these countries. Religions triumphantly returned to the public space with restored and increased influence over public morality, politics, and human
rights discourse, such as debates over same-sex marriage that have divided Western and Eastern Europe.

Nevertheless, different post-communist countries have taken significantly different paths through these thirty years. In some nation-states atheist and secular sentiments have strengthened (Czech Republic) or spirituality of people has become more individualistic (Estonia); some have seen the majority religion split into several churches (Ukraine, Moldova) and then overcome this split (Bulgaria); and, of course, in postcommunist countries the relationship between spiritual and temporal authorities varies significantly. Finally, in many countries in the region, especially in the post-USSR space, the relatively free 1990s gave way to a decline in religious freedom in the 2000s and 2010s, correlating with a decline in political liberalism in Central and Eastern Europe.

In this project, we propose to study the relationship between religion, state, and society in post-communist countries over the past thirty years, including:

  • Religion-state conflicts and alliances
  • Religion, populism and ideologies
  • Legal and political aspects of religion and human rights
  • Interreligious relations and dialogue, including between the majority religion and religious minorities
  • Religion, society and spirituality
  • Religions and social activism, including relations between religious communities and civil society organizations.

We do not seek overviews of religious issues in each of the post-communist states. Rather, we are looking for papers studying the specificities and peculiarities of the region as a whole and the most striking countryspecific cases. Comparative studies are also welcome.

The organizers invite scholars of sociology of religion, religious studies, law and religion, religion and politics, and other relevant studies to submit their abstracts of no more than 300 words and a one-page CV by July 31, 2020 to (Dmytro Vovk).

Selections will be made by August 15, 2020. The authors of accepted proposals will be invited to present at a workshop at University of Tartu (Estonia) on February 12-13, 2021. The BYU International Center for Law and Religion Studies will cover travel and lodging expenses for selected participants. Presented papers will be published in a volume by an authoritative international publisher.

Confirmed speakers:

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies at Pennsylvania State University

Lucian N. Leustean, Reader in Politics and International Relations at Aston University, Birmingham

If the COVID-19 pandemic does not allow an in-person conference, then a series of online meetings with participants will be held to discuss their papers.

Important dates:

31 July 2020 – deadline for application submission

15 August 2020 – results notification

5 January 2021– first drafts must be submitted for dissemination among participants

Project leaders:

Elizabeth Clark, Associate Director of Brigham Young University Law School’s International Center for Law and Religion Studies

Merilin Kiviorg, Senior Research Fellow in Public International Law at University of Tartu, School of Law

Dmytro Vovk, Director of the Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University Center for Rule of Law and Religion Studies

Early Career Researcher Workshop: “STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts”

29-30 June, 2020, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Send expressions of interest to Paula Brikci ( no later than Sunday 1st March, 2020.

Organised by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS) in association with the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa.

We invite expressions of interest to participate in the fully-funded, STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts Early Career Researcher (ECR) Workshop.

The workshop, which will take place immediately prior to the conference STEMM and Belief in Diverse Contexts: Publics, Praxis, Policy and Pluralism (1-3 July), is aimed at any early career researcher whose work explores any social or cultural aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) in relation to any religious, spiritual or non-religious tradition, position or worldview, including unbelief.

The workshop is open to any researcher who holds a PhD in a relevant subject area, but does not yet have a permanent position in academia, and is no more than 10 years post PhD. The workshop and network is open to researchers from a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, including (but not limited to) sociology of religion, psychology of religion, science and technology studies, sociology of health/medicine, media and cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, the history and philosophy of science/religion and religious studies.

Those interested in participating should send the following information to Paula Brikci ( no later than Sunday 1st March, 2020.

  1. A short biography (max. 200 words)
  2. A short paragraph about how your own research intersects with the research interests of INSBS(max. 200 words)
  3. A short paragraph about why you feel the early career workshop would be beneficial to your career development (max. 200 words)
  4. A short paragraph outlining what kind of sessions, subjects, skills training etc. you would most benefit from at the workshop (max. 200 words)

For those selected to participate, all accommodation and food during the workshop and subsequent conference will be provided, and we will provide participants with an honorarium, which will help to cover the other costs associated with attending the workshop.

Everyone who submits an application will be notified of the decision, and the accompanying honorarium by no later than Thursday 5th March, 2020.

The event is organized by the International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society, in association with the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology at Stellenbosch University, South Africa, and is generously funded by the Templeton Religion Trust.

For more information see:

BSA Socrel Chair’s Response Day: Teaching Religion

20 March 2020 (10am–4pm)

Teaching and Learning Building, Room E06 at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Nottingham, NG7 2RD.

Abstracts should be up to 300 words long.  Submission deadline:  24 February 2020.

Event Site

Speaker: Dr Dawn Llewellyn, University of Chester

Dr Llewellyn is Senior Lecturer in Christian Studies at the University of Chester and author of Reading, Feminism, and Spirituality (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). She is a longtime member of Socrel and the current holder of the Teaching and Learning Fellowship awarded by the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR). Her presentation will take the form of an interactive workshop, designed as an opportunity to share good practice around building learning communities in the study of religion. 

About the Event

This one-day event will gather new ideas, experiences and critiques of the current state of the teaching of religion in the UK and internationally. We will focus primarily on the challenge of teaching the sociological study of religion to undergraduate and graduate students, but we welcome teachers working in any discipline that shares an interest in religion-related topics. Teachers working outside university contexts are also welcome, from those working on knowledge exchange and public education projects to religious educators working in schools.

Possible topics for discussion include (but are not limited to):

  • Radical teaching for the study of religion.
  • Decolonizing the religious studies curriculum.
  • Teaching beyond World Religions.
  • Teaching on strike: teach-outs, picket lines and student responses.
  • Supporting students from diverse backgrounds in the classroom.
  • Positive and negative student experiences of religion on campus.
  • Building a learning community in a TRS department.
  • Students as researchers and teachers.
  • Teaching outside the university.
  • Key factors influencing the status of the sociology of religion within the university.
  • Distance, online and blended learning in the study of religion.
  • Teaching digital skills, using digital resources and employing digital technologies.
  • Training students for the future workplace.

We will also offer time to workshop module ideas, classroom challenges and plans for new activities in small group conversations.

We welcome all papers that enable scholarly reflection on the future shape of pedagogy. Each paper should last 20 minutes, and an additional 10 minutes will be allotted for questions. Proposals for alternative styles of presentation are encouraged.

Contact the Organisers


Bookings are now OPEN.

BSA Member£36
SocRel Member£41
BSA Concessionary Member£15
SocRel Concessionary Member£20
Full-time Student Non-member£25

AASR January Newsletter

Please note that these special Call for Papers are due on 15 January 2020:

Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion and Violence’ on the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion

Religion and Gender Journal on the Call for manuscripts: special issue on ‘Religion, Gender and Violence’
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 extended 14 January 2020. More info.

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.

Perception and Reception of Persia research unit (EABS, Wuppertal, August 3rd-6th 2020). Submission deadline: 20 February 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info

PublicationsCall 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.

7th UN interfaith Harmony lecture in conjunction with Melbourne University Chaplaincy. ‘Pope Francis: His Interfaith and Environmental Perspectives’ by Mr David Schütz on Tuesday 4 February at Melbourne University, 5.30 – 7.30pm. More info
Funding Opportunities:

Call for proposals: The Religion and Sexual Abuse Project. Deadline 1 February 2020. More info
Postgrad/ECR Opportunities:

PhD on Extreme Beliefs, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

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

Also if you’re on Facebook, we have a postgrad page so do join us 🙂 
New Publications:

Alphia Possamai-Inesedy and Alan Nixon (2019)(eds). The Digital Social: Religion and Belief. de Gruyter.

Milad Milani (2019) ‘The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim‘, in Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, edited by Sarwar Alam. Routledge: Abingdon.

Praveena Rajkobal (2020), The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka. Routledge: London.

Enqi Weng (2020), Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity. Routledge: London.
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our now fortnightly newsletter. Thank you.