Australian Association for the Study of Religions (AASR) – July Newsletter

A final reminder that the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion has a special issue call for paper on ‘Religion, Spirituality and the New African Diaspora’ which might be of interest to you. Deadline 31 July 2020. More details here

Call for Papers:


36th ISSR/SISR ‘Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation’ Conference, 12-15 July 2021, Taipei, Taiwan. Call for sessions: 15 July to 15 September 2020. Call for papers: 1 October to 15 November 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2021 (new date). Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 


Call for paper: Embracing religion as counter-conduct: Ethics and “political spirituality” among western youth. Deadline 15 July 2020. 

Call for paper: Religions‘ special issue: “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”Deadline 31 August 2020. 

Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. 

Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 

PhD/Job Opportunities:

PhD Scholarship in Religion, Materiality and the African Diaspora in Australia, Western Sydney University

PhD Scholarship in Social Science for Migration, Mixed Marriage and Integration in Australia, Monash University

Acting Professorship of Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg Faculty for Humanities

Professorship of Jewish Religion, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Professorship of Theology, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Professorship for Islamic Theology in contemporary and Historical Perspective, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Junior Professorship of Theology of Alevism, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Junior Professorship of Islamic Philosophy and Normative Teaching, University of Hamburg Faculty of Humanities

Acting Professorship of Islamic Studies, University of Hamburg Faculty for Humanities

Professor of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, Harvard University Harvard Divinity School

Latest Publications:

Kim, David W. (2020) “A Transnational Grassroots Movement: Jinja Shintō and Japanese Religions in the Pre-Colonial Joseon Society,” The Review of Korean Studies, 23, 1: 211-235. 

Weng, Enqi and Halafoff, Anna. (2020) ‘Media Representations of Religion, Spirituality and Non-Religion in Australia’Religions 11, 332.

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.  

Call for Proposals: Small Grants for Research in Religion and Politics

Call for Proposals:
Small Grants for Research in Religion and Politics
Due August 15, 2020

The Religion and Politics section of the American Political Science Association is requesting proposals for small grant awards of up to $3,000 for research on religion and politics. Proposals may address any topic of theoretical, empirical, and practical significance for the study of religion and politics.

Effective proposals will make clear what the author(s) intend to do, why that research is important, and how the project will be executed.

Proposals should have the following components:

  1. Cover Page: This should contain project title, author(s), institutional affiliation(s), title(s), email address(es), and a project abstract of 250 words or less.
  2. Narrative: This text should be no more than three pages, single-spaced, in a standard font. The narrative should have (at a minimum) the following sections:
    • Project Overview
    • Background and Literature Review
    • Research Design and Analysis Plans
      • In the current context of COVID-19, please address the feasibility of any travel plans, and discuss possible modifications that you might need to make.
  1. Brief Budget and Narrative Explaining Budget: Authors may request up to $3,000, though smaller budgets may be viewed favorably.
    • Please note that funds may be used for research purposes, such as hiring of research assistants, survey data collection and interviews, purchasing of data, or travel expenses (e.g., travel, lodging, food, ground transportation).
    • Funds may not be used for salary or honoraria for the researcher. University indirect costs (NDCs) will not be allowed.
  2. Bibliography containing only references cited within the proposal.
  3. Biography(ies): Please limit each author’s biography to no more than 200 words.
  4. CV(s) of author(s)
  5. Applicants who have not completed their PhDs should request a letter of support from their advisor. Letters should be emailed to

Award terms and requirements:

  • Please submit proposals to by 11:59 PM on August 15, 2020.
  • Awards will be announced by September 30, 2020.
  • Funds may be spent through September 30, 2021.
  • Applicants must be members of the Religion & Politics section (note that section membership is free to graduate students).
  • Preference will be given to graduate students, recent PhDs, and untenured faculty.
  • Questions may be addressed to Amy Erica Smith,

Call for Proposals: Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology

The Nagel Institute, with generous support from the Templeton Religion Trust, invites project proposals for “Engaging African Realities: Integrating Social Science within African Theology.” Its aim is to support African theologians to engage in fresh social scientific integrated approaches with the goal of producing creative and original projects in grounded theology. We understand grounded theology as an attempt at realizing the potential of theological creativity from the bottom-up, as opposed to a top-down approach. The project seeks to emphasize how grounded theology is compatible with grounded theory in social sciences as a method for seeking hidden patterns and meanings through ethnography, a way to unearth stories and enable answers to questions from African realities. The 12 awards, of not more than $50,000 USD each, will enable grantees to participate in three intensive workshops on social science theory, methods and skills needed for grounded theology, and provide support for research on one of two topical areas:

  • African traditional values and spirituality with reference to religious experience
  • Religious innovation and competition focusing on African resources for innovation

Visit for a comprehensive list of key questions and complete RFP instructions.

Proposals accepted in English, French, or Portuguese.

We encourage you to forward this announcement to any early-career (having received their PhD in the past 10 years) African theologian interested in the use of social science research methods in pursuit of grounded theological research.


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Call for Papers on Religion and Digital Media

Dear Colleagues,
Do you work in the field of religion and digital media? With Dr.Marco Túlio de Sousa and Dr. Mihaela Alexandra Tudor we are launching a special issue in the journal “Tropos: Communication, Culture and Society”

Call is in English, Portuguese and Spanish, but we also accept submissions in Italian and French.

Full paper submission until December 2020 and publication in June 2021 after peer review.

You can find more info here: Or you can ask for information at midiareligiaos@gmail.comCapture

Call for chapters: The lived religious lives of women in 21st century Britain

Dr Rachael Shillitoe is putting out a call for papers for a book on the lived religious lives of women in 21st century Britain. The term lived religion is being described as the ways in which religion is practiced and applied in everyday lives. This may or may not include worship in a religious setting and can be formal or informal.

This topic will be examined across religions and religious denominations. This can include atheism, spirituality, humanism etc. This may include topics such as:

  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Prayer
  • Female Ordination
  • Navigating the patriarchy in conservative religious denominations
  • Ritual
  • Women only religious spaces
  • Solidarity and support through religion
  • Family worship and religious observation

Chapter lengths should be around 6000 – 8000 words.

Please submit an abstract no longer than 500 words by September 30th 2020 to:

Yvonne Bennett<>
Canterbury Christ Church University

The book has been commissioned by Vernon Press.

Save the Date: Socrel Annual Conference- 13-15 July 2021

The Socrel conference is now due to take place on Tuesday 13th – Thursday 15th July 2021 at the University of York. Our invited speakers (Sam Perry, Sarah-Jane Page, Colin Campbell, Linda Woodhead, Grace Davie, Eileen Barker and Jim Beckford) who were due to participate in the 2020 conference are all able to make this new date, and we will also work towards having the postgraduate study day on Monday 12th July 2021.

A call for papers will be circulated this autumn and we will be honouring those bursary recipients who were awarded bursaries in 2020 for Socrel 2021. Should any bursary recipient have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with me or our PGR Liaison officers, Joanna Malone and Emily Lynn.

So please save 13-15th July 2021 in your diaries and all being well, we will see each other again then!

Life on the Breadline Conference [Online]: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain – Registration open

11th September 2020

Registration is now open for the Life on the Breadline Conference: Faith-Based Activism in Austerity Britain – an online half day academic conference exploring faith-based responses to poverty and austerity.

The conference is free to attend but please register in advance through Eventbrite –

The workshop will take place online starting at 9.30am and finishing at 12.40pm BST.  The link to attend will be sent to people who have registered.  

Conference Overview:

How has austerity impacted people in the UK? What are the implications of this for theology and faith-based social action? Two years into the Life on the Breadline research, this conference grapples with these questions with a particular focus on Christian responses to UK poverty and austerity.  In addition to presentations from the Life on the Breadline team, we are pleased to announce two keynote speakers: Human geographer Dr Sarah Marie Hall from the University of Manchester speaking on the legacies of austerity from her recent ethnographies of everyday austerity, and theologian Professor Rachel Muers from the University of Leeds speaking on Christian social action and class.

Inform Seminar [Online]: Sexual Abuse framed by Faith or Belief – Exploring boundaries and contexts

Wednesday 22 July 7-8:30pm (in London – British Summer Time)The next Inform seminar will be held online

Please register your attendance by making a voluntary donation to Inform from the link on the website here:

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

If you cannot make a donation at this time, but would still like to attend, please email directly.

Overview of the Seminar

Many of the cults and new religious movements of the 1970s were assumed to be awash with abusive behaviour. However, high profile cases of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have highlighted the pervasive potential of religious groups to be affected by behaviour understood as sexual abuse. This is a problem not confined to any particular religious context.

The dynamics of sexual exploitation of minors have now been well explored and safeguarding frameworks are becoming more standard. Are there lessons that can be learned from working with children which can be applied to situations involving adults?

In many cases abuse appears to be incidental to the theological and ethical frameworks; in other cases, the sexual activity has explicit justification within a belief framework that is later framed as abuse by outsiders or ‘survivors.’

Does the framing of the behaviour make a difference for understanding the harm caused? To what extent are concepts like ‘spiritual abuse’, ‘fraud’ or ‘moral injury’ helpful in understanding the dynamics of adult sexual abuse in religious contexts?

This online Inform seminar will consider the issue of sexual abuse occurring within religious contexts in hopes of identifying new ways of considering the problem and potential ways of mitigating harm. There will be a series of short presentations by speakers, followed by informed responses and then a general discussion.

 Confirmed speakers and respondents include: 

  • Eileen Barker, professor emeritus of sociology with special reference to the study of religion, London School of Economics
  • Leethen Bartholomew, head of the National FGM Centre at Barnardo’s
  • Amanda Lucia, associate professor, University of California-Riverside, USA
  • Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey professor of modern theology at the University of Kent
  • Lisa Oakley, associate professor of applied psychology at University of Chester and chair of National Working Group for child abuse linked to faith or belief
  • Michelle Tonkin, Rigpa whistle-blower and former Buddhist nun
  • Theo Wildcroft, visiting fellow, The Open University and
  • Belinda Winder, professor of Forensic Psychology at specialist sexual crime unit at Nottingham Trent University
  • Linda Woodhead, distinguished professor, department of politics, philosophy and religion, University of Lancaster

In the organisation of this seminar, we are grateful for the support of the Religion and Sexual Abuse Project, funded in part by the Henry Luce Foundation.

The event will be officially recorded by Inform. Guests may NOT record, film or take screenshots of the seminar without prior permission.

We hope that some of you can make the event! 

ISA Newsletter: ISAGRAM issue 186, July 2020

Call for Editor e-Symposium
International Sociological Association
Applications: July 20, 2020



Theatre and Public Space
Free University of Bozen-Bolzano and
Teatro Stabile di Bolzano, Italy
December 4-5, 2020
Abstracts: July 30, 2020

Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19 Pandemic
and its Consequences

Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global
Human Capital
Vienna, Austria
November 30 – December 1, 2020
Submissions: July 31, 2020


A City in the Center of Europe
Summer School
Adam Mickiewicz University
Poznan, Poland
Applications: July 15, 2020

CRSH/FRQSC Postdoctoral Fellowships
Québec, Canada
Submissions: August 28, 2020


Dimensiones sociales de la pandemia COVID-19
en nuestra América

Call for papers
Submissions: July 20, 2020

Digital technologies, power relations, and
participation in organizing processes

Call for papers
Special issue of Studi Organizzativi
Submissions: September 28, 2020

Glocalization and Everyday Life
Call for papers
Special issue of Glocalism
Submissions: September 30, 2020

In Search of Rights: Social Movements, Judicial
Institutions and Public Policies

Call for papers
Special issue of Ciências Sociais Unisinos
Submissions: August 20, 2020

 Group Focused Enmity – Conceptual,
Longitudinal, and Cross-National Perspectives
Based on Pre-registered Studies

Call for papers
Special issue of International Journal of Conflict
and Violence

Submissions: August 30, 2020

Violence and Environmental Crisis
Call for papers
Special issue of Violence: An international journal
Abstracts: October 1, 2020

Book Series: Navigating Careers in Higher

Purdue University, USA
Call for proposals
Submissions: Evaluated on a rolling basis


Call for papers
Fondation pour les Sciences sociales
Submissions: July 15, 2020


Professor of Sociology
Södertörn University, Sweden
Applications: August 17, 2020

Job Opening: Research Manager – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to RC22 members:

Job ID: 16410
Institution: Brandeis University
Department: Department of Sociology – Chaplaincy Innovation Lab
Title: Research Manager
Position/Rank: Sociological Practice/Applied/Other: Other
Areas/Special Programs: Open to All Specialty Areas, Open to All Specialty Areas

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at