Book Launch: ‘Urban Secularism: Negotiating Religious Diversity in Europe’ by Julia Martínez-Ariño

Event by Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization


Price: Free

Public · Anyone on or off Facebook

On Thursday 24th June at 4pm (CET), Dr Julia Martínez-Ariño will present her new publication, Urban Secularism: Negotiating Religious Diversity in Europe (Routledge). She will be joined by Dr Gorka Urrutia Asua and Dr Joram Tarusarira. The event is organised by the CRCG

Online Seminar Series: Buddhism in the Sea of Islands

You are invited to the online seminar series Buddhism in the Sea of Islands convened by Western Sydney University and colleagues at Deakin University and the Nan Tien Institute.

This series will focus on the flows of Buddhism across Australia, New Zealand and Hawaii. The first seminar is titled “Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion”, presented by Anna Halafoff, Kim Lam, Enqi Weng and Sue Smith, and will be on June 17, 2021 at 4pm AEST. For more details, see below and the flyers attached.

Please register at:

For updates on the full webinar series, please visit:

It will be wonderful if you can join us and share the information with colleagues, students and friends.


Prof Cristina Rocha

Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster | School of Social Sciences

Western Sydney University

Call for Papers: ISA-RC22 Mid Term Conference – “Religion, Politics and Uncertainty: Shifting the Boundaries”

Vilnius, Lithuania – November 11th  to 14th


Please submit an abstract of your presentation through the website of the conference by September 1, 2021

Religion has always been an important resource helping people intimes of uncertainty. The current world is rife with uncertainty:throughout the world societies struggle with the ongoing COVID-19pandemic, recent waves of migration and a torrent of human rightsviolations of large scale, as well as threatening processes indicatedby manifestations of climate change and the like. In thesecircumstances, religion remains important both in the private life ofmany believers and in public for a variety of actors, and often enjoysnew opportunities to engage in a variety of public roles.Accordingly, we can observe a vigorous return of religion into publicspace and policies on local, regional, national, transnational andglobal levels evidenced, for example, by a growing role of religion inimplementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals.

With questioning of the secularization thesis and a broadeningscope of research to include a variety of non-Western contextsprompted, a public role of religion in modern societies has alreadybeen recognized. However, emergent social and political contextsraise new challenges in understanding and conceptualizingreligious and secular actors, actions, politics and ideologies, theirinteractions and boundaries between them. How scholars andvarious other actors redefine religion in the context of increasinglyconspicuous fluidity of boundaries between religion and politics onthe transregional, transnational and global levels? How religion istransformed and relocated by diverse and shifting interactions ofsecular and religious actors, secular and religious ideologies andpolitics of the past and memory? What impact different historicalcontexts and their interactions have on the role of religiouscommunities in relation to the increasingly international or globalnature of policies and implementing communities? These and otherissues related to religions, politics and uncertainty in contemporarysocieties we invite to discuss by presenting papers based on bothempirical (case or comparative) and/or theoretical studies.

Sub Themes

  • Conceptualizations of Boundaries of the Public and the Private in the Context ofReligion
  • Religion and Politics in Regional, National and International Communities
  • Religion and International Relations
  • Religion and Politics of Climate Change
  • Religion and Politics of Gender
  • Religion, Power and Politics
  • Religion and Human Rights
  • Religion, Populism and Ideologies
  • Religion and Politics of Migration
  • Ethnicity, Politics and Citizenship
  • Religion and National Identity
  • Religion and Politics of Past and Memory
  • Religion and History of Colonialism and Socialism
  • Religion, Politics and Media
  • Religion and Public Policy
  • Public Sociology of Religion
  • Religion and Science in Contemporary World
  • Religion and the Pandemics

Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network – June 2021 Newsletter

Please find below the NSRN’s June 2021 newsletter. News and announcements made by the NSRN and submitted by NSRN members are distributed monthly in this newsletter. To submit an announcement, news, or other relevant information to the next newsletter, please contact the NSRN Managing Editors at

Launch of new newsletter – June 2021

Welcome! The NSRN is pleased to announce the launch of its new monthly newsletter. This newsletter replaces the old NSRN Listservs. The old Listservs are no longer monitored and will be deleted at the end of June. Moving forward, this newsletter will contain information about NSRN events and announcements as well as information and announcements submitted by network members. The newsletter is very much intended as a way for network members to share resources and news with one another. To submit content to the newsletter, please contact the NSRN Managing Editors at

NSRN 2021 Conference – June 16-18, 2021

The NSRN’s 2021 conference will be taking place (online via Zoom) June 16-18. The event is free for all to attend. A copy of the preliminary conference program can be found here. A final version of the program will be emailed to all those who have registered for the event.

Registration for the event is open until June 11. To register, please complete the registration form available here.

Paid postdoctoral opportunity with the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project

The Nonreligion in a Complex Future (NCF) project is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is fluent in English and has proficiency in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose research relates to the study of society and social change. Time will be allocated for the candidate to work on their own research, but the primary responsibilities will be to assist in supporting the ongoing international research of the NCF project.

The duration of this position is one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a salary of $36,000 CAD per year and will begin no later than September 1, 2021.

More details, including application instructions can be found here.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Publications and Resources

·         Secular Studies 3(1)- This issue was guest edited by NSRN members Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Zachary Munro. Several other NSRN members also contributed to this issue.

·         Secularism & Nonreligion article by Malcolm Katrak and Shardool Kulkarni: “Unravelling the Indian Conception of Secularism: Tremors of the Pandemic and Beyond.”

If you have resources you would like to share in our next newsletter, or would like to announce other publications, please email

Inform June seminar – ‘Cult’ Rhetoric in the 21st Century

Places are still available for Inform’s June seminar, which will take place via Zoom on Thursday 24th June, from 5.30 to 7.30pm BST.

The seminar will explore the term ‘cult’, reflecting on the history of its usage, how it is currently used in different contexts, and the implications this has for contemporary society. Presenters will contextualise their specific context by reflecting on this term through their own experiences and research. The seminar will be multi-disciplinary with a view to capturing a wider snapshot of the usage of the term, informing the academy with suggestions of how we might move forward.  

Guest hosts will be Edward Graham-Hyde and Aled Thomas, and speakers will include:  

Rod Dubrow-Marshall, PhD, MBPsS
Title TBC 

Erin Prophet, Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Department of Religion – 
“Rhetoric and Stigma: Lessons from the ‘Cult Wars'” 

J. Gordon Melton, Distinguished Professor of American Religious History, Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University –  “Christians, Californians and Communists — Inadequacies in Using the C-word in Describing Religions.” 

Philip Deslippe, PhD Candidate, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara –
“Uses and Applications of the Word “Cult” in American Newspapers in the 1990s.” 

Moojan Momen, Independent Scholar –
“Sect, cult or world religion: positioning the Baha’i Faith.” 

Respondent: Catherine Wessinger, Rev. H. James Yamauchi, S.J. Professor of the History of Religions, Loyola University, New Orleans. 

We hope to see you there! You can register your attendance by making a voluntary donation to Inform, though the Seminars page of our website: . If you cannot make a donation at this time, but would still like to attend, please email directly.

Please make sure that you share your contact details so that we can send you a link to the Zoom meeting. 

Best wishes, 

The Inform Team 

ISAGRAM: Issue 196, June 2021


Connecting Time Use Research with Public
Policies, Organizations and Society

International Association for Time Use Research
Barcelona, Spain
October 27-29, 2021
Abstracts: Extended to June 18, 2021

Bodies in the Pandemic Context
ISA RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences
Online Conference
September 2-4, 2021
Abstracts: July 30, 2021

Conflict, Confinement & Immorality
(In)justice International
National Pingtung University of Science and
Technology, Taiwan
March 22-25, 2022
Abstracts: September 10, 2021


Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sociology of

Department of Sociology at Unicamp
Campinas, Brazil
Applications: June 20, 2021

21 PhD Scholarships in Sociology

Network for the Advancement fo Social and
Political Studies
University of Milan, Italy
Applications: June 28, 2021

28 Fellowships
French Institutes for Advanced Study
Paris/ Lyon/ Marseille/ Montpellier/ Nantes, France
Applications: July 6, 2021


Covid-19 and Crime Landscape in Africa
Call for papers
Special Issue of International Journal of
Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Submissions open, till an issue is completed

Policy Transfer and Learning in the Context of
COVID-19 Pandemic

Call for papers
Thematic issue of Public Policy Studies
Abstracts: July 15, 2021

 Children, Youth and Time
Call for papers
Edited volume of Sociological Studies of
Children & Youth

Submissions: August 15, 2021


Two Assistant Professors in Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Applications:  June 14, 2021

5 PhD positions in Analysis of Social and
Economic Processes

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Applications: June 16, 2021

Tenure-track Positions for Assistant, Associate
or Full Research Fellows

Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan
Applications: June 30, 2021

 Full-time Tenure-Track Sociology Professor
The Social Sciences Department
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Lima, Peru
Applications: August 1, 2021

Webinar: Religiosità in Italia

Gentile Collega,

martedì 8 giugno 2021, ore 10-12, si concluderà il ciclo di webinars di presentazione e discussione delle pubblicazioni relative alla ricerca sulla “Religiosità in Italia”.
Il settimo ed ultimo webinar sarà dedicato al volume di Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi, La fede dichiarata. Un’analisi linguistico-computazionale, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2021. Moderatrice: Simonetta Montemagni. Relatori: Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi. Correlatori: Domenico Schiattone, Martina Lippolis.  

Per partecipare:

In allegato il programma completo.

Le registrazione dei precedenti webinars si possono trovare qui di seguito.

Costa, Morsello:
Cipriani, Faggiano, Piccini:  

Cordiali saluti.

La Segreteria Organizzativa
Ricerca sulla Religiosità in Italia

Dear Colleague,

Tuesday 8 June 2021, 10am-12pm, the cycle of webinars for the presentation and discussion of publications related to the research on “Religiosity in Italy” will be concluded.
The seventh and last webinar will be devoted to the volume by Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi, La fede dichiarata. Un’analisi linguistico-computazionale, FrancoAngeli, Milano, 2021. Chairperson: Simonetta Montemagni. Speakers: Andrea Cimino, Felice Dell’Orletta, Giulia Venturi. Co-rapporteurs: Domenico Schiattone, Martina Lippolis.  

To participate:

The complete programme is attached.

The recordings of the previous webinars can be found here below.

Costa, Morsello:
Cipriani, Faggiano, Piccini:

Kind regards,

The Organising Secretariat
Research on Religiosity in Italy

Registration reminder: Socrel annual conference

Registration is still open for the Socrel annual conference taking place 13-15 July 2021. This year we will be hosting the conference on zoom and our invited speakers include: Sam Perry, Sarah-Jane Page, Colin Campbell, Linda Woodhead, Grace Davie, Eileen Barker and Jim Beckford.

A conference programme will be circulated in early June (week commencing 7th June) and conference rates are as follows:

  • BSA Member Full Conference: £20
  • SocRel Study Group Member Full Conference: £25
  • Non-Member Full Conference: £40

Please follow this link for more information and to register for the conference

There is also PG workshop scheduled for 9th July organised by Joanna Malone called: Paths In And Beyond Academia with speakers: Manoela Carpenedo, Jo Bryant and Rachael Shillitoe. This workshop will discuss decolonising the sociology of religion; thinking with an ‘intersectional eye’; and post-PhD careers outside HE. Joanna will be emailing more information about this in the next few weeks.

If you have any questions or queries, please email directly to (please ignore any email that said email to And should any presenters have any last-minute scheduling requests, please get this to her no later than Thursday 3rd June.

AASR May Newsletter


The Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2020; Vol. 33, No. 3) is now published with the Journal of the Academic Study of Religion. This Special Issue is guest edited by Dr Kathleen McPhillips, with the following papers:


National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info. 

46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion on ‘Hope’, 9-10 December 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2021. More info. 

Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 May 2021. More info. 

Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), online: “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”. 14-16 September 2021. Proposals due by 1 June 2021. More info.

New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion Conference on ‘Aotearoa Spirit’, Victoria University of Wellington, 29-30 November 2021. Abstract deadline: 3 September 2021. More info. 


Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Upcoming Event:

Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion. 17 June 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

Selby Old Fellowship in Religious History of the Orthodox Christian Faith, University of Sydney

New Publications:

Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff and Gary Bouma (2021). Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity. Bloomsbury. 

Enqi Weng and Fethi Mansouri (2021). ‘‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia’Continuum

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Cao Đài and Gucheon Sangje: Ethnical Grassroots Religious Movements in Colonial Vietnam and Korea’InternationalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 11, 2: 81-101.

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Public Trust Lost and a Sign of Retroflexion: The Socio-Political Ecology of the Korean Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic’Journal of Church and State,

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 newsletter. Thank you.