IV ISA Forum of Sociology Update – Managing Covid-19 Risk

Dear all,

Greetings and salutations! In modern history, the world has never seen a global situation of the magnitude that we are witnessing these days. A serious threat emerged from coronavirus generating worries and even public panic. Yet, as Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization pointed out: “Our greatest enemy right now is not the virus itself. It’s fear, rumors and stigma. And our greatest assets are facts, reason and solidarity.”

The ISA is monitoring the updates from the World Health Organization with regards to the health risks associated with coronavirus and will act accordingly for the ISA Forum in July 2020. So far, we have adopted the following measures:

  1. Extension of the deadline for presenters’ registration to 19 April 2020
  2. Registration fees will be reimbursed:
    • To presenters who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions, unless they want to present their papers in virtual format
    • To attendees who will not be able to attend because of state-mandated travel restrictions
    • To everyone in case the Forum is finally cancelled for sanitary safety reasons

We will of course keep you informed of further developments.

Best regards,

Sari Hanafi
President, International Sociological Association
Professor of Sociology, American University of Beirut

Call for Expressions of Interest: Journal of Sociology Editorship 2021 – 2024

Expressions of interest should be emailed to TASA Admin by  9am Monday June 1, 2020.

You can read more about the Journal of Sociology here and keep up-to-date via Twitter: @JSociology

The TASA Executive seeks to appoint a new editorial team for the Journal of Sociology for the four-year term 2021–2024.

Journal of Sociology features high quality sociological scholarship in all its forms. We are dedicated to showcasing theory as well as applied sociology, quantitative and qualitative research. Interdisciplinary pieces are welcome, as are submissions from outside the academy. Based in the Southern Hemisphere and committed to intellectual works from the Asia-Pacific region, including Indigenous scholarship, we also encourage submissions from across the globe. 

The term of the current editors expires at the end of this year, although copy for the first issue of 2021 will be organised. The journal receives financial and administrative assistance from TASA and from the publisher, Sage. Manuscript submission is done on-line through ScholarOne.

All members of the editorial team (Editors-in-Chief and Associate Editors) must be TASA members and ideally will be located within a department of sociology or a School/unit that offers a major sequence of sociology, including doctoral studies. The Executive are willing to consider applications from an editorial team at a single university or a consortia of staff at two or more universities. Such consortia will be required to demonstrate that they have the capability to work effectively across locations. TASA will provide the Managing Editor with a complimentary TASA membership.

Applicants are also required to show that they have institutional support for the management of the journal, and to specify the nature of this support. Selection protocols and application instructions are available here.

Further information is available from the TASA President, Associate Professor Dan Woodman or from the current Editors in Chief, Associate Professor Kate Huppatz and Associate Professor Steve Matthewman.

ISAGRAM issue 182, March 2020


Feminist Approaches to Justice: Sexual Violence and
the Peace-to-War Continuum

UN Commission on the Status of Women
ISA Parallel event
New York, USA
March 11, 2020

Democracy in Crisis
International Social Theory Consortium
University of South Florida, USA
May 14-16, 2020
Abstracts March 15, 2020
Multidimensional Risks in the XXI Century
ISA TG04  – ESA RN22 Risk & Uncertainty
Joint Midterm Conference
Narni and Perugia, Italy
October 13-14, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures
ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law
Lund University, Sweden
August 24-26, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Max Weber Around the World
A Workshop in Commemoration of the 100th
Anniversary of his Death
Istanbul, Turkey
October 19-20, 2020
Abstracts: March 20, 2020

Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era
Chicago Ethnography Conference
DePaul University, USA
April 25, 2020
Abstracts: March 25, 2020

 Rethinking the free time/work time divide
Université Paris-Est Créteil, France
October 8-9, 2020
Proposals: April 1, 2020


 The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems
Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Oxford Handbook of the Power, Politics and Social

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Elgar’s Handbook of Global Aging and Welfare

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Creating Mixed Communities through Housing
Policies: Global Perspectives

Call for papers
Special Issue of Journal of Urban Affairs
Abstracts: March 31, 2020


RC33 Best Paper Award and Best Paper by a Young
Scholar Award 2020

Research Committee on Logic and Methodology in
Sociology (RC33)
Submissions: March 31, 2020

VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021


Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2020
Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Berlin, Germany
July 20-30, 2020
Applications: March 22, 2020

4 Ad Astra PhD Scholarship
University College Dublin, Ireland
Applications: March 31, 2020

Travel Grant for Starting Scholars from Overseas
The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological
Matsuyama University, Japan
October 31- November 1, 2020
Applications: April 16, 2020

Full-time Assistant Professor in International

Central European University
Vienna, Austria
Applications: March 31, 2020

Call for Papers: International Journal of Religion (IJOR)

Deadline for papers, of between 4,000-5,000 words, is 31 July 2020.

Jeffrey Haynes, Eric Trinka and Tuomas Martikainen have founded a journal regarding the role of religion in global politics.

International Journal of Religion (IJOR) is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal aiming to offer a venue for scholarly discussion on religion in reference to the social sciences and humanities. International Journal of Religion aims to fulfil the need for critical discussion on how religion affects economics, society, politics, international relations, geography, anthropology, education, business and management, health, and the arts. International Journal of Religion invites articles with rigorous analysis, reflecting theoretical insights or persuasive empirical evidence. The journal aims to bring into mutually beneficial dialogue, all those – including, policy makers, practitioners, educators, scholars, researchers, and students – interested in these crucial, controversial and topical conversations. The overall objective is to inform understanding of how religion impacts on many areas of human interaction. 

 Editorial Board

  • Nassef Manabilang Adiong, University of the Philippines, Philippines
  • Samim Akgonul, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Deina Abdelkader, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
  • Tuncay Bilecen, Regent’s University London, UK
  • Benjamin Bruce, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico
  • Jocelyne Cesari, University of Birmingham, UK
  • Sabine Dreher, York University, Canada
  • Jonathan Fox, Bar Ilan University, Israel
  • Mehmet Gurses, Florida Atlantic University, USA
  • Erhan Kurtarir, Yildiz Technical University, Turkey
  • Tuomas Martikainen, Migration Institute of Finland, Finland
  • Raffaele Mauriello, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Iran 
  • Paulette K. Schuster, AMILAT, Israel
  • Chris Shannahan, Coventry University, UK
  • Hakan Yavuz, The University of Utah, USA

International Advisory Board:

  • Muqarrab Akbar, Bahauddin Zakariya University, Pakistan
  • Sariya Cheruvalil-Contractor, Coventry University, UK
  • Austin Cheyeka, University of Zambia, Zambia
  • Katarzyna Dośpiał-Borysiak, Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland
  • Toyin Falola, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Petr Kratochvil, Institute of International Relations, Czech Republic
  • Vendulka Kubolkova, Miami University, USA
  • Sabrina Ramet, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • John Rees, University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Pedro dos Santos, College of Saint Benedict, Saint John’s University, USA
  • Christine Schliesser, Zurich University, Switzerland
  • Ibrahim Sirkeci Regent’s University London, UK
  • Ignatius Swart, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • La Toya Waha, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Singapore

Call for papers: ‘The politics of religious dissent’

The first issue of International Journal of Religion is a special issue. It seeks to compare and contrast differing religious perspectives on the topic of politics and religious dissent. Its focus is on: key tenets of belief of a particular religious faith; examples of dissent from core beliefs; the elasticity of religious traditions; consequences of dissent; diversity within religious faiths; how religions manage or fail to manage dissent; ethical treatment of dissent in religious traditions; and whether religious faiths prescribe clear ways to manage dissent.

Three questions frame the topic in the special issue:

  • How do religious leaders respond to dissent within their faiths?
  • How does the state respond to religious dissent?
  • How do religions react to dissent from feminist and gay activists?

Examples may be drawn from the following: Judaism focuses more on belonging than believing and may consequently be relatively open to pluralism and tolerant of diversity. Christianity has a long history of violence in the context of dissent, suggesting a relatively high degree of intolerance. Nevertheless, Christianity developed into a relatively diverse religion, the default faith of Western modernity, linked to individuals’ right to be free, including their choice of faith. Islam is more heterogeneous, divided and intolerant of dissent, a situation aggravated by the consequences of colonialism. Hinduism developed via diverse traditions which existed long before ‘construction’ of Hinduism during colonialism, with the result that Hinduism is often thought of as both a tolerant and accommodative religious tradition. Sikhism is strongly linked to maintenance of identity, focused on both rigid boundaries and exclusiveness, a process linked to politics and power. Confucianism is a contested term used to describe a wide variety of rituals and convictions, sometimes adopted by those in power to justify national unity and stability via a ‘Confucian’ culture, sometimes employed by the powerful to stifle dissent. Buddhism is often said to both tolerant and able to adapt to an environment where it is practised, yet the faith also may exhibit intolerance in relation to expressions of dissent.

Interdisciplinary perspectives are welcome, as are those from political science, international relations, sociology, philosophy, history, and ethical and religious studies.

For details please contact with Jeffrey Haynes; tsjhayn1@londonmet.ac.uk or A. Erdi Ozturk e.ozturk@londonmet.ac.uk 

New Journal Issue: Sociology of Islam Volume 8 (2020): Issue 1 (Feb 2020)

This issue will be comparative in scope on several dimensions: From regional identities to perception of Islam in a non-Muslim populated country; from religiosity and alcohol consumption to Islamic State;  from radical secularism to Islamic Nationalism and democracy in Turkey.  Contributions from a variety of disciplines that focus on assessing and explaining the role of Islam in diverse societies and countries.

Our next issue will be a special issue on “Science and Scientific Production in the Middle East” edited by Professor Eyman Shabana from Georgetown University.  

We will have another special issue soon: “Halal Economies in Non-Muslim Secular Countries” edited by Rano Turaeva and Michael Brose from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Please submit your article or proposal for a special issue: https://brill.com/view/journals/soi/soi-overview.xml  

Best to all, Tugrul

Sociology of Islam  Volume 8 (2020): Issue 1 (Feb 2020)


The Arabs and Iranians What Went Wrong? And Why?

By: Mahjoob Zweiri and Ismail Zahirovic

Pages: 1–16

Before isis: What Early America Thought of Islam

By: Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet

Pages: 17–52

Religiosity, Social Influence, and Drinking Among Iranians

By: Bashir Tofangsazi

Pages: 53–79

The Problem of the Islamic State

By: Milad Dokhanchi

Pages: 80–109

From Radical Secularism to Islamic NationalismThe Historical Evolution of Politico-Religious Relationship in Turkey

By: Yang Chen

Pages: 110–126

Erdogan’s Train to Authoritarianism

By: Michael M. Gunter

Pages: 127–149

Call for Papers: Sovereignty, Legitimacy and Authority in Twelver Shia Islam: Clerics and the State, Past and Present

10-11 September 2020

University of Birmingham Conference at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) Berlin

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2020

The question of what constitutes legitimate authority – both religious and secular – has been a core theological concern of Twelver Shia Islam. Emerging with the question of the succession of the Prophet Muhammad, Twelver Shia theological discourse invested sole sovereignty and legitimate authority with the Imams, the male members of the ahl al-bayt, designated to lead the Muslim community. The occultation (ghayba) of the Twelfth Imam led to the emergence of the notion of the collective deputyship (al-niyaba al-‘amma) of the learned class within Twelver Shia Islam, the ‘ulama’, who assume some of the prerogatives of the Imam. From the period, Twelver Shia clerical authorities had to address the question to what extent secular political authority is legitimate and how to relate to it.

With the establishment of the first Twelver Shia state in Iran in the 16th century, clerics had to define their relationship to the Safavid dynasty and the extent of their support for it. During the Qajar period in 19th century Iran, Twelver Shia clerics assumed a more pro-active political role, considering themselves as mediators between the ruler and the people. The rise of the modern nation-state in the Middle East in the early 20th century led to debates around the role of the clergy in the state and the nature of an Islamic state. While Khomeini’s understanding of the “guardianship of the jurisconsult” (wilayat al-faqih) has been the most prominent and influential intervention, other models of clergy-state relations, that have emerged, do not advocate direct clerical involvement in the affairs of the government. Clerical figures nevertheless play a central role in Shia Islamist parties, networks and movements across the Middle East and South Asia, remaining thereby important political actors in the context of weak or failed nation-states, ripped by sectarian divisions, civil conflict and corruption.

This conference invites papers on the topic of clergy-state relations in Twelver Shia Islam, from the post-ghayba period (ca. 941 CE) to the present. Placing clergy-state relations in the context of Twelver Shia discourses on sovereignty, legitimacy and authority, the conference seeks to investigate clerical positions towards secular authority and power in different historical periods. While the focus of the conference will be the Middle East, it intends to adopt a wider geographical perspective with contributions welcome on similar debates in South Asia and other parts of world where Shia clerics were or have become influential political actors.

Papers can address – but are not restricted to – the following issues:

  • definitions of sovereignty in Twelver Shia theological and jurisprudential discourse
  • conceptions of legitimate political authority in Twelver Shia Islam
  • approaches and conceptions of clerical authority and its relation to secular power in Twelver Shia Islam
  • case studies of clergy-state relations from past and present
  • binary between clerical quietism and activism and its validity and relevance
  • clerical responses to the rise of the modern nation-state
  • role and position of Twelver Shia seminaries (hawza) in the context of the modern nation-state
  • conceptions of an Islamic state in modern and contemporary Twelver Shia discourse
  • role of clerical leadership in modern and contemporary Twelver Shia political movements
  • transnational and diasporic reach of clerical movements and networks
  • mediatisation of clerical authority as actors within the state and transnationally

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Prof Andrew J. Newman (University of Edinburgh)
  • Prof Rula Abisaab (McGill University)

The deadline for abstract submission is 15 March 2020. Abstracts of up to 300 words and a short bio of (up to 200 words) should be sent in MS Word format as an email attachment to alterumma@contacts.bham.ac.uk. For enquiries about the conference, contact Prof Oliver Scharbrodt (o.scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk).

The conference is part of the Alterumma project, funded by the European Research Council and hosted at the University of Birmingham. The conference will take place at the Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient (ZMO) in Berlin.

A number of travel bursaries are available for conference presenters. Enquiries should be made to Prof Oliver Scharbrodt.


  • Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2020
  • Notification of acceptance: 3 April 2020
  • Dates of the conference: 10-11 September 2020

Call for Papers: Implicit Religion Conference 2020 – “Implicit Religion, Race, and Representation”

In support of the UCU strike we are extending the deadlines for the UK and US IR conferences to March 31.

This conference takes place against the backdrop of increased political authoritarianism and a noticeable rise in racial and religious intolerance across the world. Yet we increasingly find ‘race’ being dismissed or diminished as a category of oppression within wider social problems, dynamics, and understandings such as class, and at the expense of understanding the lives, cultures, and histories of people of color (Bhambra, Fields & Fields, Gilroy, Hill Collins, and Heng.) To understand how assertions of identity function at the same time as racism, nationalism, and exclusion we need to view these developments as intertwined with religion and in the development of definitions of religion and religiosity (Nye, Weisenfeld, and Moultrie.) The burning of the Amazon, attempts to lay pipelines in North Dakota, or conduct scientific experiments on indigenous sacred lands and responses to other acts of neo-colonialism might be productively analyzed in terms of race, religion, and implicit religion.

Respectability politics has a significant role in the interaction between race and religion and so must be brought into analysis with those categories (Pitcan.) For centuries people of colour, Jews, Muslims, Indigenous peoples, and Black Atlantic Religions have been denied the status of respectability whilst simultaneously having to continue to conform to white, Christian norms in attempts to attain that status (Long, Rafiq, and Eddo-Lodge.) How can we acknowledge these problematic lenses but also move beyond them? Can we productively talk about how race functions (or has functioned) in societies in terms of commitment, integrating foci, and intensive concerns with extensive effects, the three axioms of Implicit Religion?

Implicit Religion was founded in the UK and as such is shaped by the social history of it, which includes colonising lands and peoples, the slave trade, selling arms and having a punitive relationship with immigration. As such then it is important that we consider how race and racism has influenced, shaped, and interacted with Implicit Religion. It is also important that we ask ourselves what role the axioms of Implicit Religion can play in future analyses with race and representation, be that in academia or public life.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for consideration on the theme of “Implicit Religion, Race, and Representation”. These might include, but are not limited to:

  • Presence, absence, and resistance in representations of race
  • New social movements, resistance, and counter movements (civil rights, indigenous rights, anti-apartheid movements, Black Lives Matter, Say Her Name etc.)
  • Womanist analysis, thinking, being, and doing
  • Agency and social otherness
  • Embodying and embracing difference
  • Technologies (visual, material, and sound) and racial categories in culture
    memory and the formation of identity
  • Racialisation of religion and religious racism
  • Methodologies for decolonising teaching and curricula in the study of religion
  • Political and religious authoritarianism: past, present, and future

Proposal Submissions

We invite submissions for proposals for either a paper or a scratch session on these themes, elaborated below (CFP-UK-A4), for #IR43, May 15-17th, at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK, by 31 March, 2020.

The submission form is now available. You will be asked to indicate if you are submitting a paper or scratch session, and to provide an abstract (with references to secondary literature and sources) and other information as specified below, and what we need to know in order to accommodate your participation if your proposal is accepted.

Please note while you can edit your entries before you select the submit button, the form does not allow the submission to be saved and edited later. We suggest looking at the form for context and then composing the abstract and the notes regarding accommodating your participation in a word processing document and then cutting and pasting these elements of the proposal into the form.


Please select the option “Paper” on the form. Those
submitting papers are asked to submit an abstract of no more than 400 words.


There will be a dedicated panel for undergraduates, MA and early stage PhD students to present at – called a scratch session. These will be shorter papers and rather than the usual practise of asking questions of the presenters, the audience will make suggestions for further reading, pathways for improvement, scholars to explore etc. If you wish to apply for the scratch session, please select that option on the submission form and submit a 250 – 300 word abstract. 


The 2020 Edward Bailey Lecture, “Designing for Humans, Designing Research on Human Subjects: Race, Representations, and Rights” will be delivered by Dr Ipsita Chatterjea, Executive Director of the Study of Religion as an Analytical Discipline Workshop.

Please note we are a small organisation and as such are not in a position to provide bursaries, travel grants or funds for visa applications. We can provide you with an official letter of invite and a subsequent letter of participation if your university or funding body requires it or if it is necessary for travel or visa requirements.


  • Baker, Kelly J. Gospel According to the Klan, The KKK’s Appeal to Protestant America, 1915-1930, Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2011
  • Bhambra, Gurminder. Decolonising the University, London: Pluto Press, 2015.
  • Eddo-Lodge Reni. Why I Am No Longer Talking to White People About Race. London: Bloomsbury, 2017.
  • Fields, Karen E., Barbara Jean Fields. Racecraft : The Soul of Inequality in American Life. London ; New York :Verso, 2012.
  • Gilroy, Paul. There Ain’t no Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991.
  • ⏤  The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. London: Verso, 2007.
  • Heng, Geraldine. The Invention of Race in the European Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018.
  • Hill Collins, Patricia. Black Feminist Thought : Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1990
  • Long, Charles H. Significations: Signs, Symbols, and Images in the Interpretation of Religion, Aurora, CO: The Davies Group Publishers, 1999.
  • Moultrie, Monique N. Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women’s Sexuality, Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2017
  • Nye, Malory. Multiculturalism and Minority Religions in Britain. Routledge Curzon, 2001.
  • Pitcan Mikaela, Alice E Marwick, and danah boyd. 2018. “Performing a Vanilla Self: Respectability Politics, Social Class and the Digital World.” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 23 p 163 – 179
  • Rafiq Raifa. “Not Just A Black Muslim Woman.” in It’s Not About The Burqa, edited by Mariam Khan, London: Picador, 2019.
  • Weisenfeld, Judith, New World A-Coming: Black Religion and Racial Identity during the Great Migration, New York City: NYU Press, 2016.

New book on “Faith-Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practice”

Open-access volume edited by Jens Koehrsen and Andreas Heuser can be accessed via https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9780429351211

This book explores faith-based organizations (FBOs) in current developmental discourses and practice. It presents a selection of empirical in-depth case-studies of FBOs and assesses the vital role credited to FBOs in current discourses on development. The contributions stress the agency of FBOs in diverse contexts of development policy, both local and global. It is emphasised that FBOs constitute boundary agents and developmental entrepreneurs: they move between different discursive fields such as national and international development discourses, theological discourses, and their specific religious constituencies. By combining influxes from these different contexts, FBOs generate unique perspectives on development: they express alternative views on development and stress particular approaches anchored in their theological social ethics.

Call for Papers: AAA – “Laboring Hearts: Gender, Religion, and Volunteerism in Uncertain Times”

Please send your abstract to Tatiana Rabinovich (trabino@ncsu.edu) by March 15

American Anthropological Association Meeting panel organized by Dr. Tatiana Rabinovich (North Carolina State University) & Dr. Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University)

Please consider submitting an abstract for the proposed panel “Laboring Hearts: Gender, Religion, and Volunteerism in Uncertain Times” at the AAA Meetings in St. Louis, MO, Nov 18-22, 2020. This panel is organized by Dr. Tatiana Rabinovich (North Carolina State University) and Dr. Alisa Perkins (Western Michigan University). Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words.  Please send your abstract to Tatiana Rabinovich by March 15.  We will let you know if your paper has been selected for inclusion in the panel within one week after our deadline. Please see description below. We would be happy to answer any questions about the panel as it develops.

In times when many states are redefining their social responsibilities and embracing austerity, individuals are often called upon to help vulnerable populations by volunteering their time, money, and labor. Some who respond to these calls are driven by faith. This proposed panel studies intersections between religion, volunteerism, and power to understand the kinds of ethical subjectivities that are constituted through faith-driven volunteerism. The goal is to theorize how faith-inspired and gendered volunteer work illuminate the exigencies of late capitalism, as it pertains to citizenship, belonging, justice, and collective life. We will examine how political mobilizations, moral economies, and social imaginaries emerge from hands-on, faith-based giving. We will analyze how volunteers carve out spaces and resources for themselves and precarious others in ways that forge connections between the material and affective; the personal and political; and the intimate and global. We are interested in faith-driven giving practices that are structured by religious institutions or faith traditions, as well as those shaped within secular contexts and agencies. We welcome papers from scholars working across the globe, and particularly those focusing on contexts in which volunteers engage in activities that bring them in direct contact with members of the populations that they wish to serve.

ISSR Book Prize

Deadline for nominations – 11 March 2020.

The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) has announced an annual book prize for best publications in the field of science and religion, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Please click here for further details about how to nominate a text for consideration. The deadline is 11 March 2020.