Waikato Islamic Studies Review – Call for Papers

Waikato Islamic Studies Review – Call for Papers  : http://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/UWISG/review.shtml

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:http://www.waikato.ac.nz/fass/UWISG/review.shtml

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 September or November 2021. 

Kind regards,

Abdullah Drury
Editor: Waikato Islamic Studies Review
Email: abdullah@xtra.co.nz

Aziz Foundation Scholarships at the Centre for Trust, Peace, & Social Relations–Deadline 26 July

Deadline – 26th July 2021

The Aziz Foundation is offering 9 scholarships to study at the brilliant Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations where I work.  I would be delighted to mentor future Aziz Scholars.

Peace Studies is a wide discipline, which has significant overlaps with British Muslim Studies. I would be keen to see dissertation proposals on marginalisation, Islamophobia, Human Rights, inter-religious relations, parliamentary lobbying, social activism and unheard voices.

Study Peace and make a difference. Details here: https://www.azizfoundation.org.uk/2021/01/scholarships-application-cycle-open-for-2021-22/

Please share this widely.

I hope to see your applications

With best wishes and thanks

Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Associate Professor | Research Group Lead | Faith and Peaceful Relations

Call for Papers: Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty (ISA-RC22 Mid Term Conference, Nov 11-14 2021)

Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty:
Shifting Boundaries
ISA RC22 Mid-Term Conference

Dear Colleagues,
ISA RC22 mid-term conference Religion, Politics, and Uncertainty: Shifting Boundaries will take place on November 11-14, 2021, in Vilnius, Lithuania as a hybrid event (live & virtual). This is an invitation for sociologists of religion and scholars of religion of other disciplines throughout the world.
Please, find all the information on the Conference Website www.isarc-22vilnius.com, and submit your abstract presentation through it by September 1, 2021.

We appreciate your support to share this call for papers in your social networks and any groups that may be interested.

See you in Vilnius!
Cecilia Delgado-Molina
Secretary-Treasurer ISA RC22

Obituary: Professor Maria Immacolata Macioti (8 December 1942-10 July 2021)

Gentile Collega,

dolente, annuncio la scomparsa della Professoressa Maria Immacolata Macioti, studiosa e docente della Sapienza, Università di Roma. Roberto Cipriani

Maria Immacolata Macioti (8 dicembre 1942-10 luglio 2021), membro dell’International Advisory Board dell’ICSOR e già professore ordinario di Processi Culturali alla Sapienza, dove ha insegnato per oltre trent’anni, soprattutto Sociologia della religione e Istituzioni di sociologia, ma anche Sociologia della comunicazione e altro. Si è interessata, al di là di queste materie, di processi migratori e di rifugiati e richiedenti asilo, di periferie urbane e di esclusione sociale, di memoria e di sociologia qualitativa. Negli anni 2009 e 2010 è stata vicepresidente del SUAA, Ateneo Federato di Scienze Umane, Arti e Ambienti. Oltre ad occuparsi del trimestrale «La critica sociologica», è responsabile dell’Osservatorio Permanente Rifugiati Vittime di Guerra dell’ANRP. Inoltre, è stata professore straordinario in Sociologia presso la Facoltà di Scienze della Comunicazione dell’Università telematica internazionale Uninettuno.

Dear Colleague,

with sorrow, I announce the passing of Professor Maria Immacolata Macioti, scholar and lecturer at the Sapienza, University of Rome.Roberto Cipriani 

Maria Immacolata Macioti (8 December 1942-10 July 2021), member of the International Advisory Board of ICSOR and former full professor of Cultural Processes at the Sapienza, where she taught for over thirty years, especially Sociology of Religion and Institutions of Sociology, but also Sociology of Communication and others. In addition to these subjects, she has been interested in migration processes and refugees and asylum seekers, urban peripheries and social exclusion, memory and qualitative sociology. In 2009 and 2010 she was vice-president of SUAA, the Federated University of Humanities, Arts and the Environment. In addition to editing the quarterly “La critica sociologica”, she is in charge of the Permanent Observatory for Refugee Victims of War of the ANRP. In addition, she was extraordinary professor in Sociology at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the International Telematic University Uninettuno.

AASR July Newsletter


Revised The second part of a Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2021; Vol. 34, No. 1) 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:

Kathleen McPhillips — Introduction to Special Issue on Religion and Violence
Kathleen McPhillips — Mobilising for Justice: The Contribution of Organised Survivor Groups in Australia to Addressing Sexual Violence against Children in Christian Churches
Erin Martine Sessions —Watching the Watchmen: How Does the Violence in Song of Songs 5:7 Speak to Australia’s Problem with Violence against Women and vice versa?
Filippo Rutto, Erica Viola & Maria Grazia Monaci — The Role of Religion in Social and Democratic System Justification: The Case of Italian Catholicism
Adam Possamai, Gary Long & Victor Counted — An Analysis of Australian Research Council’s Grants in Religion
Philip Hughes — Do Religion and Spirituality Make a Contribution to the Public Good? The Association of Religion and Spirituality with Volunteering
Book Reviews: Faggioli’s The Liminal Papacy of Pope Francis: Moving toward Global Catholicity reviewed by John A. Rees; Pippin’s Metaphysical Exile: On J.M. Coetzee’s Jesus Fictions reviewed by Ibrahim Abraham


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. 

New TASA Thematic Week (Religion Thematic Group), 22-26 Nov 2021. Abstract deadline extended 26 July 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. 

Upcoming Event:

Flows of Innovation in Fo Guang Shan Oceania: transregional dynamics behind the Buddha’s Birthday Festival. 15 July 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Director for research, study and innovation: Religious studies, Fondazione Bruno Kessler.

Members’ Publications:

Rayson, Dianne. 2021. Bonhoeffer and Climate Change: Theology and Ethics for the Anthropocene. Lexington/Fortress Academic.

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 enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.  

PPRI Public Fellowships

PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute), a Washington, DC-based non-profit, non-partisan research organization focused on the intersection of religion, politics and culture, is seeking a diverse cohort of 16 PRRI Public Fellows who are engaged in public scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. The non-residential, 10-month renewable fellowship includes a $5,000 annual stipend, access to additional funding for course buyouts, and four annual microgrants of $12,000 each for new interdisciplinary scholarly projects within the cohort. 

PRRI will select four Public Fellows from each of the following areas of scholarship that align with the organization’s ongoing research: religious, racial, and ethnic pluralism; racial justice; immigration and migration studies; and LGBTQ rights. Additional information is available on PRRI’s website at https://www.prri.org/about/careers/, or by contacting public.fellows@prri.org. Applications are due by July 31, 2021; forwarding this information to your academic networks is appreciated.

Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network: July 2021 Newsletter

Happy July! Please find below the NSRN’s July 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 editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

NSRN Conference 2021

Thank you to all those who participated and attended the NSRN’s 2021 conference from June 16-18. The conference was a huge success – we could not have done it without you. For those who presented and would like to turn their paper into a blog post for the NSRN’s blog, please contact the NSRN Managing Editors at editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

Secularism and Nonreligion Journal

Secularism and Nonreligion is the world’s first journal dedicated to the investigation of secularism and nonreligion in all forms. Articles are published on a continuous basis, ensuring publication as soon as submissions are accepted and formatted. Secularism and Nonreligion is an interdisciplinary, fully open access, peer-reviewed journal with the aim of advancing research on various aspects of ‘the secular.’ The journal is welcoming contributions. Please visit https://www.secularismandnonreligion.org/ for more information.

Call for Submissions: Secularism and Non-Religion in Canada

This edited volume contributes to the literature on secularism, non-religion, and atheism in contemporary Canada. Non-belief and non-believers are often given secondary consideration in broader explorations of religion and religiosity, and, as a result, remain under-examined, particularly in the Canadian context. This multidisciplinary book provides a broad exploration of issues relating to secularity, irreligion, non-religion, non-belief, atheism, and separation of religion and government in Canada.

We are calling for contributions from the fields of:

·         Law – explorations of recent, current, and emerging legal cases and issues relating to non-religion and the separation of religion and government.

·         Sociology – exploring broader trends in irreligion and non-belief in Canadian society.

·         Politics – studies of political conflicts, campaigns, and issues relating to separation of religion and government and non-belief in Canada. Chapters focusing on individual provinces or campaigns are welcome.

·         Anthropology – ethnographic studies of atheist movements, organizations, or communities.

·         History – historical trends, case studies, intellectual histories examining issues pertaining to non-religion and secularity that continue to impact Canadian politics and society today.

·         Emerging and future issues in secularism, non-religion, and the separation of religion and government in Canada.

Both qualitative and quantitative studies are welcome. While the focus of the books is Canada, comparative approaches are equally welcome, though Canada should be the focus of these studies. Submissions from fields other than those outlined above (such as philosophy, psychology, economics, or literature/communications) will also be considered.

Author’s Guidelines: 

Submissions must include the proposed chapter title, 5 keywords and an abstract of maximum of 500 words. Please also include the author’s name, designation, affiliation, address, and contact information. The editor will assess all submissions and select the most promising abstracts, which are then developed further into full chapters of between 7,000 to 10,000 words.

Deadline for abstract submissions is October 14, 2021. If your abstract is accepted, we would expect a full draft by April 2022 (date TBD). Please email your abstracts as Word documents to the project coordinator and editor, Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff: teale@bchumanist.ca. Please also contact Dr. Phelps Bondaroff if you have any questions.


Dr. Teale Phelps Bondaroff, Research Coordinator, BC Humanist Association

Dr. Katie Marshall, Professor of Zoology, UBC and Board Member, BC Humanist Association

Adam P. Strömbergsson-DeNora, Freelance researcher and writer

About the BC Humanist Association:

The BC Humanist Association has been providing a community and voice for Humanists, atheists, agnostics, and the non-religious of British Columbia for over 30 years. We support the growth of Humanist communities across BC, provide Humanist ceremonies, and campaign for progressive and secular values. The BC Humanist Research Team has a long history of producing cutting edge research on a wide range of issues relating to humanism, non-religion, and the separation of religion and government, which include books, reports, and peer reviewed articles.

Publications and Resources

·         Patterns articleby Dominik Balazka, Dick Houtman and Bruno Lepri: “How can big data shape the field of non-religion studies? And why does it matter?” https://www.cell.com/patterns/fulltext/S2666-3899(21)00089-1. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.patter.2021.100263

·         Secularism and Nonreligion article by Carlos Lemos and Ivan Puga-gonzalez: “Belief in God, Confidence in the Church and Secularization in Scandinavia.” https://www.secularismandnonreligion.org/articles/10.5334/snr.143/

·         Secularism and Nonreligion article by Luke Galen, Ross Gore, and F. LeRon Shults: “Modeling the Effects of Religious Belief and Affiliation on Prosociality.” https://www.secularismandnonreligion.org/articles/10.5334/snr.128/

·         Secularism and Nonreligion article by David Speed and Melanie Brewster: “Love thy Neighbour… or not: Christians, but not Atheists, Show High In-Group Favoritism.” https://www.secularismandnonreligion.org/articles/10.5334/snr.136/

If you have resources you would like to share in our next newsletter, or would like to announce other publications, please email editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

Book Announcement: Polish Catholicism between Tradition and Migration – Agency, Reflexivity and Transcendence

Routledge 2021. Foreword by Margaret Scotford Archer.

From a critical realist perspective, this book examines the manner and the extent to which religion is shaped by modernity. With a focus on Poland, one of the most monolithic and religiously active Catholic societies in the world – but which has undergone periods of intense transformation in its recent history – the author explores the transformations that have affected Catholicism from a position of reflexivity. Viewing Catholicism as a system of ideas elaborated by tradition, the author considers the relationship between human subjectivity and social structure by examining the shift from traditional religious practice to modern religious observance, particularly in an era of migration in which many Polish Catholics have relocated to western European countries, with profound changes in their religious outlook. Presenting a new approach to understanding religious change from the perspective of religious reflexivity, Polish Catholicism between Tradition and Migration will appeal to scholars across the social sciences with interests in religion, research methods, social change and critical realist thought.