Call for Papers: Ecclesiology & Ethnography Conference

Durham University, September 17-19, 2019

This is the annual conference for the network bringing together scholars working on ethnographic approaches to ecclesiology. It is is a wide ranging conference, and part of the joy is discovering a diversity of specialisms and learning, from ecclesiology and systematic theology to sociology, anthropology and human geography.  We welcome papers from scholars across the disciplines. Early career scholars and those in ministry are also welcome. 
To download information about types and lengths of paper, click here.  General information about the conference and St John’s College can be found here.  To propose a paper, click here and fill in the form by May 31st.

Call for conference organisers – Socrel 2020

Dear colleagues,

Socrel invites proposals for an organising team, theme and venue for the Annual Conference in July 2020. If you would like to host Socrel’s next conference at your university or a suitable conference centre, we encourage you to submit a proposal by May 24th 2019

This is an excellent opportunity to host a prestigious and fully-supported conference (including international keynotes and bursaries).

About Socrel and the annual conference
Socrel is the Sociology of Religion Study Group of the British Sociological Association (BSA). It is the second largest study group in the BSA and has been in operation for over 40 years. Socrel currently has over 200 active members and organises a range of events each year, including the annual conference, a Socrel response day focused on an issue of particular current relevance and a study day for postgraduate and early career researchers. Socrel publishes one edited volume each year with Routledge.
The theme of a Socrel conference should be distinctive enough to form a focus for discussion, but broad enough to allow a wide range of sociologists of religion, postgraduates, and other scholars interested in social scientific study of religion to relate the conference to their own work. Over the last ten years Socrel conference themes have included: On the Edge? Centres and Margins in the Sociology of Religion (2017), Construction and disruption: The power of religion in the public sphere (2016), Foundations and Futures (2015), Religion and Crisis (2014), Material Religion (2013), Religion and Inequalities (2012), Religion and Social Theory (2011), The Changing Face of Christianity (2010), Religion and Knowledge (2009), Religion and Youth (2008), Religion and Media (2007) and Religion and the Individual (2006).

The Annual Conference will take place over three days in early -mid July. Socrel’s annual conferences attract 100-140 participants. Your venue should be able to provide lecture or seminar rooms for at least four parallel sessions and accommodation for at least 100 overnight guests.

Your organising team will be supported by the Socrel committee and the BSA Events Team.

Please visit:  for more information about this year’s conference and the group.

Proposal details
Your proposal should include the following headings:

  1. Conference title and theme, with an explanation (no more than 300 words) of why you believe this theme will make for an interesting and successful conference
  2. Suggested dates for the conference, which should be held in July
  3. Your proposed venue for the conference, including a brief explanation of why you believe this venue is appropriate
  4. A list of the team members who will help you to organise this conference (the principal organisers must be Socrel members).
  5. Suggested keynote speakers
  6. A list of the major sub themes you hope to include among the conference presentations. What will people be talking about at your event?

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss your ideas before submitting a formal proposal, please contact the Socrel Conference and Events Officer, Rachael Shillitoe, at

Church of England, Research & Statistics Unit presents Faith in Research 2019

Wednesday 19th June 2019
9.30am – 4.45pm,
Novotel Hotel, Birmingham

This exciting conference will provide you with insights from keynote speakers: Professor Christopher Southgate (“How can congregations be helped in times of tragedy?”) and Dr Kathryn Kissell (“Boundaries in Ministerial Life? The Why, Where and How for Longevity in Ministry”).

You will also be able to attend two of four breakout sessions which will tackle:
  *   Clergy and wellbeing
  *   Social action
  *   Church and culture
  *   Children and young people

Book your ticket here

Booking closes Friday 7th June 2019
For further information please contact

Charlotte Sibtain
Statistical Researcher
Church House
Great Smith Street
London SW1P 3AZ

Religious Communities in the Age of Migration, October 24-25, 2019, Kaunas

Vytautas Magnus University Research Cluster “Church Relations with State and Society in Lithuania”
is pleased to invite you to the international conference

Religious communities in the age of migration: challenges, experiences and opportunities
October 24-25, 2019

Migration is an inherent part of global history, as well as a component of the modern world that influences politics, economics, social life, as well as religious communities.
Lithuania’s geopolitical location between the East and the West, the periods of its independent development and experiences of many occupations have led to the fact that Lithuanian society and its religious communities have a rich heritage of migration-related background. After 1990 when Lithuania regained its independence, and become a member of the European Union and the Schengen area, the challenges posed by migration became an integral part of public debate and decision-making by policy makers.
In the times of value pluralism, the position of religious communities towards the challenges caused by migration, their historical experience becomes particularly relevant to the general and academic communities of Lithuania and other countries.

• Theology and ecclesiology of migration and diaspora.
• Migration and development of religious communities’ structures (history and modern experience)
• Religion / religious practices in the migration process.
• Diaspora pastoralism: history and the possibilities of modern technology.
• Religion of migrants and change of ethnic identity in the process of integration.
• Religious art and migration experiences.

Especially welcome are papers on broader, problematic, interdisciplinary, and comparative aspects of topics related to religion, diaspora and migration research.
The organizers invite proposals for individual 20 minutes papers from established scholars, early career academics and postgraduates alike. The Ph.D. students are also encouraged to submit proposals.
The languages of the conference are English and Lithuanian.
Paper proposals must include: Name, affiliation and e-mail address of the participant | Title of the abstract | An abstract of 300-500 words | Short biographical note.
This information should be sent to the conference coordinator Inga Puidokiene at
The deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2019.
We very much look forward seeing you this October in Kaunas!

Diaspora: 22 March 2019 University of Leicester conference on migrants’ rights, the UN Global Compact on Migration & the SDGs 2030

Dear All, 
please find attached the programme for a very exciting conference, generously supported by the Modern Law Review, to be held at the University of Leicester on Friday 22 March on the prospects for migrants’ rights protection in light of the UN Global Compact and the SDGs 2030. 
To register for the conference, please follow this link:’ Rights at a Crossroads | shop@leSeizing the Moment(um) of the Global Compact and the SDGs 2030 to forge a new path for the protection of migrants’ rights One-day conference, supported by the Modern Law Review, on migrants’ rights in the context of the UN Global Compact and the SDGs 2030 The conference will take place from 9am – 5.15pm on 22 March 2019 in Council Suite Rooms 1 & 2 in the Fielding Johnson Building at the …

“Mosques, familiies and Islamic Law” in Göteborg 21-23 August 2019

Dear all,


It is with great pleasure that I can distribute this call for papers on,


Mosques, families and Islamic Law


‘Danish Mosques – Significance, Use and Influence’ together with the ‘Nordic Mosques Research network’ invites papers and applications for participation. This will be the first workshop as part of the HS-NOS funding and the mid-term conference in the Danish Mosques research project.


The workshop will take place at in Göteborg in Sweden at the Hotel Panorama from 21st to 23rd August 2019.


The deadline for the call for papers is May 1st, 2019.


All contact should be addressed to Niels Valdemar Vinding,



Call for Papers

For this workshop, we invite scholars and researchers in the Nordic countries (and beyond) that work in the intersection of mosques, family and Islamic law. Mosques are widely understood as Muslim institutions in the discursivity of Islam. Similarly, Islamic law is widely defined as Islamic ethics, norms and practice. In our view and in legal terms, the biggest challenge for mosques and Muslims in the Nordic countries is building authentic and responsive legal institutions that may help Muslims in their ethnic, social and legal dilemmas and problems, where Western society seems to disappoint. There is a significant degree of experimentation and different attempts at articulating a religious legal identity and institutions amongst Muslims in the Nordic countries. This has been going on for a number of years, but now seems to be quasi-institutionalised to point where we are able to find legal documents, interview people and observe the process of legal institutionalization.


However, currently Muslim legal institutions are reaching out to governments and courts to better regulate and establish their practices to mitigate the significant risk of having their work deemed illegitimate and even illegal. The most significant legal concern by far is Muslim family law with the fear of parallel legal orders and subversive counter-normativity.


The operable questions for the workshop are; how are Muslims in mosques (and beyond) articulating their legal, ethical and normative identities? What kind of institutions are being build? How many so-called Islamic councils are there in the Nordic countries? How are they seen and used by Muslims? What kind of Islamic law and ethics issues are seen by the courts and quasi-courts in the Nordic countries, such as family matters, divorce, mediation, inherence, honour, polygamy? How do the courts and the legal systems in general approach and address these issues?


We are inviting submissions for papers as well as for participation in the workshop. We will give preference to papers to be presented during the workshop. For paper presentations, we are expecting written contributions to either an upcoming special issue of a leading journal or to a concluding anthology on Nordic Mosques in Context.


Paper abstracts of 300 words or expressions of interest in participation and a short CV to be submitted to Niels Valdemar Vinding,, on May 1st 2019 at the latest. 

Workshop Series Theme

This is the first in a series of three workshops on Nordic Mosques in Context – On the institutional embeddedness of Islam in the Nordic countries sponsored by a NOS-HS Workshop Grant. The second is on ”Mosques, power and politics,” in Copenhagen, Denmark, in January 2020, and the third is on ”Mosques, communities and finance,” in Oslo, Norway, August 2020. The purpose of the workshops is to investigate the dimensions of institutional embeddedness of Islam in the Nordic countries as mosques seek to be responsive institutions for the needs of Muslims, challenged by economic, legal and political alternatives. We are considering mosques as the focal point of Islam in economic, legal and political terms, the primary objective of this research project is to study the institutional strategies of mosques and Muslims in embedding Islam in the Nordic wider societies. The key here is to see to what extend mosques are responsive institutions for the needs of Muslim in soliciting the wider public, or if Muslims go beyond the mosque in the pursuit of other more apt forms of institutionalised religious life such as invoking Islamic economic, legal and political responses. We argue that the entire future of mosques depends on whether they can give and refine responsive and meaningful answers and make them coherent with the economic, legal and politics questions that Muslims seek the answers to. As such, this may result in the secularisation of mosques as they negotiate and find their place in society. Will these new or re-interpreted institutional expressions clash with the general public, will they fail Muslims or will they be viable alternatives for embedding Islam in the Nordic countries?


Workshop structure

We are aiming to conduct this workshop from the afternoon on Wednesday 21st August and finish with lunch on Friday 23rd August. All accepted participants will have flights, trains and other public transportation and hotel costs covered. We are organising a programme with keynotes, paper sessions with 20 minutes presentation and 10 minutes Q&A, as well as an afternoon open to the public and local stakeholders.



Brian Arly Jacobsen, assoc. professor, Sociology of Religion, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Torkel Brekke, Research Professor, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO), Norway

Göran Larsson, Professor in Religious Studies, Göteborg University, Sweden

Niels Valdemar Vinding, post.doc., Islamic Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark



Niels Valdemar Vinding

ph.d., post.doc


Københavns Universitet

Det Humanistiske Fakultet

Karen Blixensvej 8

2300 København S


DIR 51217682




Lecture + Policy Roundtable: Refugee Crisis and The Future of Human Rights – 18th March, London

International Politics – Annual Lecture 

Monday 18th March, 2019


Policy Roundtable

3.00pm – 4.30pm

“The Present & Future of the Refugee Crisis”

With panellists:

  • Elvana Thaci (Council of Europe, Office of the Secretary General’s Special Representative on Migration and Refugees)
  • Catriona Jarvis&Syd Bolton (leaders of the NGO ‘Last Rights’)
  • Liza Schuster (City, UoL)
  • Glenda Cooper (Moderator,
    City, UoL)

For details, and to register 
for the Roundtable, 
please see here

Annual Lecture

5.00pm – 6.30pm

“The Future of Human Rights”


Alison Brysk
(University of California, Santa Barbara)


For details, and to register
for the Lecture, 
please see here

Is there a future for human rights in the era of Trump and Brexit?  The post-crisis policies of austerity, coupled with the electoral rise of populist leaders, and the EU’s management of the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean have posed novel challenges for the most vulnerable groups.  Moreover, the application of new technologies presents both challenges and opportunities for human rights advocates.  Professor Alison Brysk will address these pressing issues in her keynote lecture. 

Northampton Suite, University Building, 
City, University of London

followed by refreshments
Events are Free and Open to All 

            For further details, email     

Registered Address: City, University of London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB

General Enquiries: 020 7040 0056


Diaspora: CIS Public Talks – Laleh Khalili – Thinking about Tankers: Labour, Port-Making, and Capitalism

Thinking about Tankers: Labour, Port-Making, and Capitalism

Thursday 7 Mar 2019 from 5:15pm to 6:45pm


Who: Laleh Khalili


Where: Rooms 8 and 9, Centre of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, University of Cambridge


Thinking about Tankers: Labour, Port-Making, and Capitalism


Laleh Khalili


Recent research on containerisation and logistics has shown the transformations these new modalities of disciplining trade have wrought not only in the circulation of goods but also the processes of production, since the 1950s when containers were invented. However, many of the practices we now associate with containerisation go back at least two decades before the 1950s, to the legal, engineering, and financial innovations around petroleum tankers.


By focusing on the tanker terminals of the Arabian Peninsula since the 1930 and the subsequent burgeoning trade between the Peninsula and the rest of the world, I will illuminate the radical transformations the tanker trade has anticipated. These include early automated workplaces; terminals isolated from public scrutiny; and disciplining of workers aboard tankers. Further the shift in ownership structures and financing of tanker trades over the last one-hundred years either foreshadows or dramatically illuminates the transformations in financial capital itself. Finally much of lex petrolea, the legal and arbitral corpus that sets the parameter of extraction and circulation of oil, itself provides the ground on which late capitalist legal property regimes are founded.



Laleh Khalili is a professor in Middle East Politics at SOAS University of London, and the author of Heroes and Martyrs of Palestine (Cambridge 2007) and Time in the Shadows (Stanford 2013). Her new book – Sinews of War and Trade – about the politics of maritime transportation in the Arabian Peninsula – will be published by Verso in Autumn 2019.



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Registration Open: The Future of British Muslim Studies: Cardiff, 24 April

Dear list members,
We are very pleased to say that registration is now open for the next MBRN conference at Cardiff on 24 April. Further details can be found below and at the following link:  
Best wishes,Stephen

The Future of British Muslim Studies

A one-day Muslims in Britain Research Network conference organised in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University

Since the Muslims in Britain Research Network was established over 25 years ago, British Muslim studies has grown exponentially. Yet despite this, the field faces significant challenges and uncertainty about its future direction. With so much of the focus on British Muslims being driven – both in academia and in wider society – by instrumental concerns about security and terrorism, much needed debates about the field’s core goals and purpose have often been obscured. The near constant use of research reports and polls on British Muslims in service of political agendas has meant that not only do those researching British Muslims often struggle to get their voices heard, but they are also forced to face difficult questions about their positioning and politics.

This one day event will bring together those from within and outside of academia who have an interest in shaping the study of Muslim Britain in order to discuss and debate the challenges facing the field and where it should go from here. What should British Muslim studies do, and who should it be for? Should it be seen as part of a project of improving Muslims’ rights and representation, as with the case of comparable fields like Black Studies, or remain at a critical distance from Muslim politics? Is the field itself sufficiently inclusive of the diversity of Muslim and non-Muslim voices, and is sufficient recognition given to those outside the academy producing research into Muslims? When, and how, should academics partner with Muslim and community and activist groups? With researchers in the field scattered across disciplines, and with religion increasingly marginalised in the academy, how can the field cohere and have a positive impact?

This conference seeks to create a space to present new research and debate issues relating to the study of British Muslims. It will cover:

  • Emerging research agendas in, and challenges for, the field of British Muslim studie
  • The politics of producing knowledge about Muslims in the West

  • The relationship between academic scholarship and Muslims’ presence, voice and activism

  • Partnerships between academic and Muslim community groups in the UK

  • ‘Insider’ and ‘outsider’ dynamics in the study of British Muslims

  • Complementarities and tensions between disciplinary approaches to the study of Muslims and Islam

  • Securing the study of Muslims and Islam within and beyond UK higher education

Speakers so far confirmed include:

Professor Sophie Gilliat-Ray, Cardiff University
Dr Sundas Ali, University of Oxford
Dr Therese O’Toole, University of Bristol
Muhammed Reza Tajri, Al-Madhi Institute

Dr Sadek Hamid, MBRN
Dr Fauzia Ahmad, Goldsmiths, University of London
Dr Stephen Jones, University of Birmingham
Professor Alison Scott-Baumann, SOAS

Conference Organisers:
Dr Stephen Jones (MBRN)
Professor Alison Scott-Baumann (MBRN)
Abdul-Azim Ahmed (Cardiff University)
Ayesha Khan (Cardiff University and MBRN)

The conference is being organised by the Muslims in Britain Research Network in partnership with the Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK, Cardiff University. With a particular emphasis on sociological and anthropological methodology, the Islam-UK Centre aims to promote scholarly and public understandings of Islam and the life of Muslim communities in the UK.

The Muslims in Britain Research Network (MBRN) has been promoting the multidisciplinary study of Muslims and Islam in Britain for over twenty years – bringing together leading academics, researchers and professionals, and encouraging a new generation of students and practitioners to discuss, inform and collaborate.

Any general questions should be sent to the conference organisers at