Call for Papers: Waikato Islamic Studies Review

On behalf of the University of Waikato Islamic Studies Group, I warmly invite submissions of papers which examine Islam in the widest sense to the Waikato Islamic Studies Review for publication consideration.

Articles can be as short as 2000 words and up to a maximum of 5000. For full details regarding paper guidelines and submissions and the Waikato Islamic Studies Review please see:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me asap if you think that you might like your work considered; the next edition is due for publication in March 2021. 

Kind regards,
Abdullah Drury
Editor: Waikato Islamic Studies Review

PhD Scholarship Funding

An ESRC funded PhD studentship is now available for a project that researches Muslim women in higher education institutions in Britain. The project is jointly supervised by Dr Khursheed Wadia (Warwick University)  and Line Nyhagen (Loughborough University). The application deadline is Friday, March 5th, 2021.

The announcement for this position can be found at:

Call for Papers: Transformations of Latin American Catholicism

Call for Papers: Transformations of Latin American Catholicism since the mid-20th Century for International Journal of Latin American Religions

Call for Papers: Transformations of Latin American Catholicism since the mid-20th Century

The International Journal of Latin American Religions (JLAR) invites researchers to submit manuscripts to a thematic section focused on considerable relatively recent changes in Latin American Catholicism. The pluralization of the religious field that has marked most Latin American countries and the new social dynamic that has led to new political experiences and ideological spectrums both present themselves as important ingredients of the analytical background in Latin American Catholicism transformations. Under the impact of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) and countless socio-economic transformations, Catholicism in the region has also experienced significant mutations, presenting new amalgamations and social expressions. The thematic section will gather articles presenting research results from various disciplines and academic perspectives dealing with many contemporary expressions of Catholicism in the Latin American region since the mid-20th century.

This thematic section will be part of the second issue of volume 5, to be published in December 2021, and will have as guest editors Dr. Renata Siuda-Ambroziak, American Studies Center, University of Warsaw, Poland, and Dr. Rodrigo Coppe Caldeira, Pontifical University of Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Submissions are due by June 30, 2021.

Call for Sessions & Papers: Association for the Sociology of Religion, August 2021

82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion

Call for Sessions and Papers

Theme: “Communicating Religion’s Relevance”

Location: A specially designed virtual conference platform (see note 1 below)
Dates: 3 days between August 7 – August 10 (see note 2 below)
Program Chair: Brian Starks, Kennesaw State University (

Although scholars of religion are keenly aware of the relevance of religion in today’s world, too many social elites and academics diminish religion’s importance. Even scholars who know better sometimes fail to explain how religion permeates nearly every aspect of contemporary life. As sociologists of religion, we understand religion’s relevance to individuals and its consequences in the social, cultural, political, and economic spheres. This year’s conference invites scholars to reflect on religion’s continuing – and in some areas increasing – relevance to society.

We invite session and paper proposals on several key topics:

  • · What can sociologists of religion do to communicate religion’s relevance to their (our) fellow academics and to the broader public?
  • · Are there ways that various sectors of our society have misunderstood, or failed to fully understand, religion? How can sociologists of religion speak to this problem?
  • · How do social and political elites, as well as ordinary citizens, employ religion when communicating about, or working to address, issues of local, national, or international concern?
  • · How do social actors, including social movement leaders, draw upon religion and religious narratives to frame social problems and/or appeal to human cognition, emotion, and morality?
  • · What are religion’s unique features that distinguish it from other social phenomenon and help explain its distinct capacity to influence human and social life?
  • · How, and under what circumstances, does religion contribute to new forms of identity, community, meaning, expression, moral conviction, and social control? How do we, as sociologists of religion, communicate religion’s relevance in these facets of our lives, to others?

Paper and session proposals may speak to these themes, or they may engage with any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. We especially encourage proposals that pursue and stimulate new avenues of research and/or innovative theoretical and/or methodological approaches. Specialty sessions are also welcome, including book salons, teaching and professional development, and discussions that focus on a particular question of interest.

We are very excited about our upcoming conference and the opportunities it will provide for intellectual interchange. Indeed, if people are interested in developing and structuring sessions in an especially creative manner, we are open to different (but feasible) approaches. Please email Program Chair Brian Starks to discuss any ideas you have and how we might accommodate them.


  • Session proposals: March 31, 2021
  • Paper abstract submissions: April 30, 2021
  • All submissions should be made through the ASR website at

ASR Membership is required for organizing a session, presenting a paper, serving as a panelist, or holding another role in the program. All are expected to register for the meeting by July 1, 2021. For questions, contact Brian Starks (, James Cavendish (, or Rachel Kraus (

Note 1: Because of the pandemic, our meeting this year will be a virtual conference. We have been working hard to design a stimulating experience that allows the intellectual interchange, the networking, and the chance to catch up with old and new friends that make our in-person conferences so enjoyable.

I am happy to report that we will be using a major platform with previous experience running other academic conferences. This platform organizes all sessions into a single attractive, easy-to-access online hall. The platform will also host our major plenary sessions and allow publishers to hold virtual book exhibits. To this, we are excited to be incorporating a virtual café that will remain open throughout the conference. This will allow private conversations and will let people meet and network easily with other participants during the conference at any time.

Our goal is to have each session include not only a traditional facilitator, but also a technological convener who could help individual participants with any technology related issues or questions. This will allow facilitators to focus on time-keeping and substantive conversation, as they usually do. Towards that end, if there are grad students or others interested in earning a little extra money by serving as technological conveners for several sessions, please email me at

Note 2: We do not yet know our exact dates, as we are still waiting for the ASA to confirm the date of the Religion Section’s session. We want to avoid overlapping with them, so people can participate in both conferences. We simply ask you to keep August 7-10 open in your schedules. We will let you know exact dates as soon as we can.

Call for Papers: American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, August 2021


Deadline to Submit to the 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting is February 3

ASA invites you to submit proposals for its 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting, August 6-10, 2021. The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 11:59 p.m. (Eastern). We are accepting submissions for:

  • Papers, which have four outlets, including Regular Sessions, Section Sessions, Roundtables, and the Student Forum. You may elect to a submit either a full paper (15-35 pages) or an extended abstract (3-5 pages)—a new feature this year. If you submit an abstract and it is accepted, plan to send the full paper to session participants at least a month before the annual meeting .
  • Courses, which are half- or full-day opportunities for sociologists to gain new skills and knowledge
  • Workshops, including: (1) Departmental Leadership and Management; (2) Professional Development; (3) Research and Policy; and (4) Teaching.
  • Preconferences, which provide an opportunity for disciplinary peers to gather for an extended period to discuss their work related to a particular field of study, theory, perspective, question, controversy, or professional context.
  • Ideas for Future Research, which are primarily networking roundtables valuable to those who are developing a new set of ideas or formulating issues and who would like to have these explored further by colleagues with similar interests.
  • The Sociology in Practice Settings Symposium, where sociologists employed in government, non-profit organizations, commercial industry, research centers, and other practice settings can present abstracts that address the context-specific opportunities and challenges of their work.
  • The Teaching and Learning in Sociology Symposium, which will advance the conference theme of “Emancipatory Sociology: Rising to the Du Boisian Challenge.”

Review the Call for Submissions for details. Contact if you have questions.

New Book: Fighting in God’s Name


Edited by Afe Adogame, Olufunke Adeboye, and Corey L. Williams

image  November 2020

Fighting in God’s Name provides a critical, inter-disciplinary exploration of the relationship between religion, conflict, violence, and tolerance from local-global perspectives. It highlights theoretical issues and approaches with contrasting case studies drawn from Africa, Europe, the Middle East, North America, and South Asia.

Hardback: ISBN 978-1-4985-3993-7   
E-book:  ISBN 978-1-4985-3994-4    

ISAGRAM Issue 191, January 2021


Social Justice in Times of Uncertainty
Swiss Sociological Association
Geneva, Switzerland
June 28-30, 2021
Abstracts: January 29, 2021

Science Communication: Take a Step Back to
Move Forward

Université de Lorraine, France
November 16-19, 2021
Proposals: February 1, 2021


VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior

International Sociological Association
Submissions: March 31, 2021

ISA Award for Excellence in Research and

International Sociological Association
Submissions: May 30, 2021


CRIDAQ Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2021-2022
Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada
Applications: January 27, 2021

 Demography & Social Inequality
Doctoral Scholarship
University of Cologne, Germany
Applications: March 1, 2021
New Approaches to Using Media in Social
Science Classes

Call for papers
Special issue of Sociological Imagination
Submissions: February 1, 2021

 Time in Childhood and Adolescence
Call for papers
Special issue of Sociedad e Infancias
Submissions: February 15, 2021

Global Sociology and the Coronavirus


 Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of
International Studies

University of San Francisco, USA
Applications: January 15, 2021

 Social Research and Public Policy Professor,
Tenure-Track – Open Rank

Division of Social Science
NYU Abu Dhabi, UAE
Applications:  Review will begin on February 1,

Reminder: 2021 NSRN Conference Call for Papers

This is a friendly reminder that session and paper proposals for the Non-Religion and Secularity Research Network’s (NSRN) 2021 conference are due February 1, 2021. More information can be found here:


Cory Steele (NSRN Managing Editor)

The Ilkley Group at 50 – A reunion conference weekend – Online and Free

Registrations are now being taken via Evenbrite — Please book here.. and share this with anyone you think may be interested.

Date and Time

Fri, 16 Apr 2021, 17:30 –

Sun, 18 Apr 2021, 22:00 BST

About this Event

In 1971 a gathering of (then) young sociologists who were followers of Jesus Christ met together in the Yorkshire town of Ilkley. Their concern was to reconcile their Christian faith and values with the overwhelmingly secular ethos of the social sciences, to discover how to pursue faithfully their calling as academics and researchers and to influence the future of their chosen discipline. The “Ilkley Group” continued to meet twice yearly at Mill Grove into the early 2000s.

Fifty years on the group invites you to this virtual conference (free of charge). The sessions will include informal gatherings and conversations in plenary and breakout sessions, as well as presentations from Christian sociologists at various stages of their careers.

The sessions will be scheduled during the afternoons and evenings British time over the weekend in an effort to make sure they are accessible across the world’s time zones.

We will hear a keynote presentation from David Lyon, Director of the Surveillance Studies Centre and Professor of Sociology and Professor of Law at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.

Other contributors include Professor Howard Davis, Professor Haddon Willmer, Keith White, Greg Smith, Bruce Wearne and Matthew Barber-Rowell We also hope (subject to final confirmation) to be joined by Grace Davie, Elaine Storkey and Tony Walter among others.

The two major themes we will address are:

Looking back and looking forward: The environment in the academy, the church and society, for Christian and other faith based sociological perspectives over between 1971 and 2021. What are / have been the opportunities and constraints for Christians in sociology, what changes are discernible over that period and how might trends progress into the future? These themes will be discussed in the context of participants’ experiences, through their careers, reflecting on intellectual and spiritual journeys.

The New Normal in Church and Society : The Covid-19 global pandemic has been a major disruption to social and religious life. Other disruptions have been happening in the same period, for example the financial crash of 2008, the wave of populist and anti-globalist politics, the refugee crisis, and rapid technological, cultural and religious change. What is the impact on the societies and communities in which we live, and on the churches that worship and serve among us?

An Outline Structure for the event

Friday 16th April .. Evening…6pm – 10pm BST (GMT+1)

Introductions… and nostalgia… family and professional news, what we want out of the weekend.

Informal plenary and breakout room sessions,

Bring your own coffee, tea, beer, malt whisky, G&T, cakes, popcorn or chips.. to the comfort of your own home.

Saturday 17th April… from 1pm BST (GMT+1)

Looking Back on 50 Years of Christian Sociology : Papers and Presentations

Starting with David Lyon’s keynote address .. followed by four shorter papers.

4pm BST (GMT+1) There will be a break of 90 mins but Zoom will remain open for conversation. Participants may can come and go to eat, rest, pray, care for your family or walk the dog.

Saturday evening 5.30 – 10pm BST (GMT+1)

paper presentations in two sessions with questions and discussion

  • Overseas perspectives
  • Covid, church and community in the new normal…

Sunday evening from 6pm BST (GMT+1)

Shared Reflection on Christianity and Sociology today and in the future.

Concluding from 8pm with a short time of worship and prayer (Compline?)

Please book your places as soon as possible. Registrations close on 10th April and places are limited to 50 zoom connections. We will email you a week or so before the event with a final programme and the zoom link.

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.