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CFP: Journal Sections on “Cultural Blindness in Psychology of Religion” & “Religion or Belief in Higher Education”

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, volume 32, ( will have special sections on Cultural Blindness in Psychology and Religion or Belief in HE. It will also have its regular open section for papers on any subject within the socio-scientific study of religion. We welcome your proposals .

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion. 

RSSR usually includes one or more guest-edited special sections that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas.  For 2021, RSSR will include the following special sections

Special section 1: Cultural Blindness in Psychology. Guest Editor Dr. Louise Sundararajan, has collected several papers documenting cultural blindness in psychology beginning with her own paper, “Cultural blindness in psychology: Implications for studies of religion.”

Special section 2: Religion or Belief in Higher Education. In this section, we will explore religious and non-religious identities on university campuses anywhere in the world. Chapter may interrogate how these identities are ‘lived’ on campus and how these are dealt with in university policy, practice, management and curricula.  This section will explore the diversity of ways in which religious and non-religious identities are experienced, encountered and catered for on higher education campuses. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of religion or non-religion on campuses in any geographical context, focusing on a particular tradition, group or movement or on the interactions between different parties, or on broader cultural or political changes impacting upon how religion is expressed within campus contexts. We hope that the special section will attract a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints.

Submitting Proposals

We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSSR – RSSSR 32. This will be published by autumn 2021. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students.

For Open Chapters

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.

  • Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of paper: 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020
  • If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 12th March 2021

Proposals for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (

For Special Section Proposals

We welcome enquiries for guest edited special sections for RSSSR 32 and also for future editions. Special section proposals can emerge from conference proceedings or from other forms of academic collaboration around a specific subject area. To suggest a special proposal please contact the editors Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor ( in the first instance, with the following information:

  • Theme / Title of the special section
  • Short rationale of the special section (no more than 500 words)
  • Guest editor/s name and short bio (150 words) for each editor
  • List of potential contributors
  • If accepted timelines for special sections will be discussed with editors

For more information and submission guidelines please check the author guidelines ( or contact the editors.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Professor Ralph Hood and Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor