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First Academic Journal Dedicated to Secular Studies to be Launched International Publication will be titled “Secularism and Nonreligion”

HARTFORD, CT, July 25, 2011 – The world’s first journal dedicated to the

exploration of secularism and nonreligion will begin publication in

January 2012. The new journal is a partnership of the Institute for the

Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College in

Hartford, Conn., and the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network

(NSRN), an international and interdisciplinary network of researchers

founded in 2008.

The journal will be co-edited by Ryan T. Cragun, Assistant Professor of

Sociology at the University of Tampa, and Barry A. Kosmin, Research

Professor of Public Policy & Law and director of the ISSSC at Trinity

College. Lois Lee of NSRN and the University of Cambridge, England will

be Associate Editor.

The scope of the international academic journal, to be called Secularism

and Nonreligion, will be interdisciplinary. Its aim is to advance

research regarding all of the various aspects of “the secular” across

societies and cultures.

Articles, written in English, will be accepted from experts in the

social science disciplines of psychology, sociology, political science,

women’s studies, economics, geography, demography, anthropology, public

health, public policy, law and religious studies. However, contributions

also will be considered from researchers in the fields of history,

neuroscience, computer science, biology, philosophy and medicine.

Articles published in the new journal will focus on the secular at one

of three levels: the micro or individual level, the meso or

institutional level, or the macro or national and international level.

Submissions should explore all aspects of what it means to be secular at

any of the above-cited levels, what the lives of nonreligious

individuals are like, and the interaction between secularity,

nonreligion and other aspects of the world. Articles will explore the

ideology and philosophy of the secular, secularism, nonreligion and atheism.

Although Secularism and Nonreligion will adhere to a traditional blind,

peer-review referee process, it will be an open-access journal, meaning

all articles will be freely available and able to be downloaded on the

journal’s Web site:

The editors are now accepting submissions of academic articles and book

reviews, with the first volume of the journal to be published in 2012.

Additional information about how to submit papers and publication

procedures can be found on the Web site.

Members of the journal’s international editorial board include Kada

Akacem at the University of Algiers in Algeria; Andrew Singleton at

Monash University in Australia; Nathalie Caron at the Universite de

Paris-Est Creteil in France; Stacey Gutkowski at the King’s College,

London in the UK; Stephen Bullivant at St. Mary’s University College,

Twickenham in the UK; David Voas at the University of Manchester in the

UK; Will Gervais at the University of British Columbia in Canada; and

Guy Ben-Porat at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.

The editorial board members from the United States are John Alcorn at

Trinity College; Daniel Blackburn at Trinity College; Deborah Cragun at

the University of South Florida; Joseph Hugh Hammer at Iowa State

University; Karen Hwang Center for Atheist Research; Ariela Keysar at

Trinity College; Juhem Navarro-Rivera at the University of Connecticut;

Terry Parssinen at the University of Tampa; Frank Pasquale at the

Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture; Darren

Sherkat at Southern Illinois University; Donald Westbrook at Claremont

Graduate University; David Wulff at Wheaton College; and Phil Zuckerman

at Pitzer College.

For more information, contact Barry Kosmin at:, or Ryan Cragun at: