Virtual Book Launch – Civil Religion and the Enlightenment in England

Virtual book launch next week. The book is Civil Religion and the Enlightenment in England: 1707-1800 . This is by a colleague of mine here at Cardiff University, Ashley Walsh. He’s an historian and treats the subject historically, but with interest in the question of civil religion among sociologists of religion.

Along with Walsh, the event will feature Rachel Hammersley (Newcastle) and Stephen Taylor (Durham), and another Cardiff historian, Lloyd Bowen, will host the event. It’s 4pm on Tuesday 8 September, and this is the Zoom link.

For more details on the book itself, here’s a link to the publisher’s site:

ISAGRAM – issue 187, September 2020

 Call for Editor e-Symposium
International Sociological Association
Deadline extended: September 18, 2020

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



Social Inclusion in the Global Era: Sustainable
post-COVID-19 Society

Science Council of Japan
September 3-4, 2020

Los desafíos institucionales de la sociología y las
ciencias sociales en el mundo de hoy

Asociación Latinoamericana de Sociología
September 7, 2020

Studies of Belonging
Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study
June 9-11, 2021
Proposals: October 1, 2020

7th EU-Microdata User Conferences
Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
Mannheim, Germany
March 25-26, 2021
Proposals: October 15, 2020

Religious Identity and the Media. Methods,
Concepts, and New Research Avenues

Polish Academy of Sciences
Warsaw, Poland
March 25-27, 2021
Proposals: November 1, 2020


6 Doctoral Research Positions in Law, Ethics and
Economics for Sustainable Development

University of Milan, Italy
Applications: September 14, 2020

31 Fellowships
French Institutes for Advanced Study
Applications: September 15, 2020


 Corruption and Development in Nigeria
Call for book chapters
Submissions: September 30, 2020

 Youth and Global Movements
Call for book chapters
Azores Youth Observatory
University of the Azores, Portugal
Abstracts: October 15, 2020

 Bicentenario y pandemia
Call for book chapters
Colegio de Sociólogos del Perú
Submissions: October 31, 2020

 Pandemic, Economic Crisis and Social Unrest:
What is the Future?

Call for paper proposals
ISA Research Committee on Futures Research
Submissions: October 31, 2020

Articulating Continuity, Documenting Change:
Life-Storytelling in Oral History and Folklore

Call for papers
Special issue of Genealogy
Submissions: October 31, 2020

The Newnormers: A Crowd Ethnology

Call for research proposals


Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Inequality and

The University of Western Ontario, Canada
Applications: Review will begin after September 30,
2020 and will continue until the position is filled

Call for Papers: Conference on “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues”

March 25-27, 2021 – Warsaw, Poland

The deadline for paper proposals is November 1st, 2020.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, most Churches and believers worldwide resorted to the media to build and maintain their communities, identities, and share their beliefs, which has shown how important media has been for religious organizations and individuals. Analyzing the pre-pandemic context, and inspired by the transformations of mediatized religion landscape, we are excited to open the Call for Papers for the conference “Religious Identity and the Media. Methods, concepts, and new research avenues”, organized by the team of the DFG and NCN funded research project “Minorities and the media. The communicative construction of religious identity in times of deep mediatisation” 


The conference theme discusses the manifold relationships between creating, negotiating, maintaining and challenging religious and religion-related identities, and various types of media and forms of media use. 

It will be hosted by the Institute for Philosophy and Sociology of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. The keynote lectures will be held by Mia Lövheim (Uppsala University) and Christoph Günther (Johannes Gutenberg Universität Mainz).

For the CALL FOR PAPERS see the attached file and/or visit the conference website:

Conference organisers are able to financially support two PhD students with the amount of up to 300€ for travel and accommodation costs. For more information on the travel allowance visit:

They will continue to monitor the situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and will comply with any relevant administrative regulations. They will also consider hosting a partially or fully online conference if that is the best solution. 

Soul Search (Radio Program): Max Weber at 100: On modernity and a disenchanted world

100 years ago, during the last great pandemic, German intellectual Max Weber caught influenza and died.

He was only fifty-six at the time, but he left behind several landmark works and a whole new discipline — sociology — that still affects how we view religion and society now. 

Adam Possamai is a Professor of Sociology at Western Sydney University. He explains more about Webers legacy, and why he still matters a century on. Why was Weber’s work The Protestant Ethic so influential? What’s the relationship between Christianity and capitalism? And how has capitalism in turn, shaped how we see religion and spirituality today?

Portrait of man with facial hair and combed wavy hair wearing a suit and standing out in the sun.
Adam Possamai is a Professor in Sociology at Western Sydney University.Image: Supplied
Portrait of causasian woman with dark blonde hair and navy blouse smiling.
Anna Halafoff is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University.Image: Supplied

Then we hear from Anna Halafoff, Associate Professor of Sociology at Deakin University, who is part of a team that’s studying how Gen-Z thinks and behaves in relation to religion. She tells Meredith Lake what makes Gen-Z more religiously diverse than previous generations.

Utopian Worlds: Participatory Online Exhibition Starts

In these days the online project “Utopian Worlds” starts! On the website and on Instagram under @utopian_worlds Silke Steets and Silke Guelker, two social scientists from Germany, collect and present ideas of a better world in photos and stories of people from all over the world. There are still only a few examples, but the site should grow quickly! The project is part of the 40th Congress of the German Sociological Association, which will take place in September in digital form.

The concept of utopia had no place in postmodern thinking for a long time. It is certainly no coincidence that it is being reconsidered in many different ways right now – in view of crises felt worldwide. The aim of the project is to reconstruct the ideas of “good” self-, world- and social relations contained in utopian world concepts – and thus to sound out the current potential of utopian thinking for social criticism.

The curators are counting on your support for this: the more diverse the contributions, the more meaningful the project can become. The site is currently available in French, German, English, Spanish and Brazilian Portuguese, with further languages planned. I would be delighted if you would both participate in the collection yourself and invite your colleagues, family and friends – all information can be found at

A live digital presentation of the project will be given during the congress of the German Sociological Association on Tuesday, 15 September 2020 from 13.30 to 14.30. The complete programme of the congress can be found here:

Call for entries: IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science

Submission deadline: 15 January 2021

The International Union of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology (IUHPST) invites submissions for the 2021 IUHPST Essay Prize in History and Philosophy of Science. This biennial prize competition seeks to encourage fresh methodological thinking on the history and philosophy of science and related areas.

Entries in the form of an essay of 5,000–10,000 words in English are invited, addressing this year’s prize question: “What can history and philosophy of science, technology and medicine contribute to our current global challenges?” What constitutes a current global challenge is left to the judgment of the authors, but examples include the coronavirus pandemic, climate change, socioeconomic inequality, racism, the refugee crisis, and science denialism.

All entries should consist of original work that has not previously been published. Entries written originally in another language should be submitted in English translation, along with the name and contact details of the translator. Entries will be judged on the following criteria, in addition to general academic quality: direct engagement with the prize question, effective integration of historical and philosophical perspectives, and potential to provide methodological guidance for other researchers in the field.

The author of the winning entry will be invited to present the work at the 26th International Congress of History of Science and Technology (ICHST) to be held in Prague, Czechia, 25–31 July 2021. Presenting at the Congress will be a condition of the award.

The award will carry a cash prize of 1,000 US dollars and a waiver of the Congress registration fee.

Other strong entries will also be considered for presentation at the Congress. In order to ensure this consideration, entrants should submit the entry also as a standalone paper abstract for the Congress by the deadline for that, following the standard instructions indicated on the Congress website:

Entries are invited from anyone, without restriction of age, nationality or academic status. Co-authored work will be considered; if the winning entry is a co-authored work the cash prize will be shared out among the authors.

This prize is administered by the Joint Commission of the IUHPST, whose remit is to make links between the work of the two Divisions of the IUHPST: the DHST (Division of History of Science and Technology) and the DLMPST (Division of Logic, Methodology and Philosophy of Science and Technology).  For further information about IUHPST, see:

Entries for the prize competition should be submitted in pdf format by e-mail to the Chair of the Joint Commission, Prof. Hasok Chang, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge ( Any queries should also be directed to him. The deadline for submission is 15 January 2021.

The call can be downloaded at:

It is also posted on the DHST website:

Lesley Cormack

Professor Emerita of History

Online Lecture: The Religious and Secular Sources of Democracy and Nationalism:A Conversation with Craig Calhoun

Craig Calhoun speaking at a strategy workshop in 2017.

August 27, 2020
12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. EDT RSVP Required
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Craig Calhoun is an American sociologist who has had a long and esteemed career. In his role as head of the Social Science Research Council, he co-edited and promoted important works on religion and secularism, including Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. His own work has included a focus on these topics as well, including how forces of secularism and religion have contributed to political and cultural transformations. As director of the London School of Economics he helped inaugurate their Religion and Global Society program.

This conversation will build on three others in the Global Religious and Secular Dynamic Discussion Series, including the inaugural talk with Charles Taylor. Calhoun will join Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova to discuss debates on nationalism and cosmopolitanism, receding hopes for a global fourth wave of democracy and specifically for democratization in China, and the COVID-19 pandemic and the contemporary global condition, with a special attention to its effects on universities and social science research.

This event is co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

The Zoom Webinar link and instructions to join the call will be sent via email at 10:00 a.m. EDT on August 27 to anyone who has filled out the RSVP form. This event will be recorded and posted to this page after the event date. Please RSVP to receive an email notification once it is posted.

CFP: Journal Sections on “Cultural Blindness in Psychology of Religion” & “Religion or Belief in Higher Education”

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, volume 32, ( will have special sections on Cultural Blindness in Psychology and Religion or Belief in HE. It will also have its regular open section for papers on any subject within the socio-scientific study of religion. We welcome your proposals .

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion. 

RSSR usually includes one or more guest-edited special sections that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas.  For 2021, RSSR will include the following special sections

Special section 1: Cultural Blindness in Psychology. Guest Editor Dr. Louise Sundararajan, has collected several papers documenting cultural blindness in psychology beginning with her own paper, “Cultural blindness in psychology: Implications for studies of religion.”

Special section 2: Religion or Belief in Higher Education. In this section, we will explore religious and non-religious identities on university campuses anywhere in the world. Chapter may interrogate how these identities are ‘lived’ on campus and how these are dealt with in university policy, practice, management and curricula.  This section will explore the diversity of ways in which religious and non-religious identities are experienced, encountered and catered for on higher education campuses. We invite proposals for papers that explore any dimension of religion or non-religion on campuses in any geographical context, focusing on a particular tradition, group or movement or on the interactions between different parties, or on broader cultural or political changes impacting upon how religion is expressed within campus contexts. We hope that the special section will attract a range of epistemological positions and disciplinary standpoints.

Submitting Proposals

We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSSR – RSSSR 32. This will be published by autumn 2021. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students.

For Open Chapters

Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.

  • Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Friday 30th October 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of paper: 5pm on Friday 13th November 2020
  • If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 12th March 2021

Proposals for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (

For Special Section Proposals

We welcome enquiries for guest edited special sections for RSSSR 32 and also for future editions. Special section proposals can emerge from conference proceedings or from other forms of academic collaboration around a specific subject area. To suggest a special proposal please contact the editors Ralph Hood ( and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor ( in the first instance, with the following information:

  • Theme / Title of the special section
  • Short rationale of the special section (no more than 500 words)
  • Guest editor/s name and short bio (150 words) for each editor
  • List of potential contributors
  • If accepted timelines for special sections will be discussed with editors

For more information and submission guidelines please check the author guidelines ( or contact the editors.

We look forward to receiving your work.

Professor Ralph Hood and Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor