ISAGRAM issue 197, July 2021

Global sociology and the coronavirus


The Sociology of Vulnerabilities and

Philippine Sociological Society
October 1-5, 2021
Submissions: July 15, 2021

Building Equity and Resilience

Association for Applied and Clinical Sociology
Louisville, USA
October 7-9, 2021
Submissions: July 18, 2021

Research Methods in the Digital Society:
Areas and Practices

International Lab for Innovative Social Research
University of Salerno, Italy
November 24-25, 2021
Abstracts: July 26, 2021

Bodies in the Pandemic Context

ISA RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences
Online Conference
September 2-4, 2021
Abstracts: July 30, 2021

Education and Culture in Contemporary

Albanian Sociological Association
University Fan S. Noli of Korca, Albania
November 5-6, 2021
Abstracts: September 6, 2021

Sexy Trends for an Emerging Global
Governance System

World Complexity Science Academy
Lisbon, Portugal
April 20-22, 2022
Panel proposals: September 13, 2021

For World Balance: With All and for the Good
of All

The José Martí Project for World Solidarity
Havana, Cuba
January 25-28, 2022
Abstracts: November 30, 2021


Abel Prize 2022
Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Nominations: September 15, 2021


Crowdwork and Platform Work in Europe
Special Issue of the Journal of Labor and Society
Abstracts: July 31, 2021

Mediation in the process of exiting political

Theme section of Violence: An international

Submissions: September 30, 2021 


Directors for Research, Study, and

Evaluation of Public Policies (FBK-IRVAPP) and
Religious Studies (FBK-ISR)
Fondazione Bruno Kessler, Italy
Applications: July 30, 2021

Professor of Politics and Gender

Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Vienna, Austria
Applications: September 29, 2021

Invitation to Tender: Clergy wellbeing study for Church of England

Key dates: 

Deadline for submissions: 6th August 2021
Project completion: 31st January 2022 

Tenders for bids to conduct a research project with the Church of England’s National Ministry Team, supported by the Clergy Support Trust are now being taken. They are seeking an individual or team to carry out some research.

Full details will soon be available at the Living Ministries web page, at this link:


Please send submissions via email to, including the following information: 

  • A detailed method for undertaking the study; 
  • An indication of what a practical resource might look like; 
  • Details of the researcher or team, including relevant experience, allocation of time and roles where appropriate, and main contact; 
  • Details of how personal information and confidential data will be handled; 
  • A timescale for the project; 
  • A breakdown of costs, including daily rates. 

CFP: “Religion and Public Health Threats in the 21st Century”


Religions Special Issue: “Religion and Public Health Threats in the 21st Century”

The focus of this issue is on the role of religion in addressing public health threats plaguing societies in the 21st century. Past books or edited volumes provide overviews of religion as a social determinant of public health; scientific evidence of the religion–health link; spirituality’s role in medicine; and religion connections with specific health areas (e.g., mental health, adolescent health). This volume will emphasize religion connections to key public health challenges in the last two decades, including but not limited to the current COVID-19 crisis. NOTE: Invited papers will be published free of charge. Read more here

Magdalena Szaflarski, Ph.D. | Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Sociology
UAB | The University of Alabama at Birmingham

SocRel conference details–13-15 July (online)

Dear colleagues,

Hope everyone is keeping well. I just wanted to circulate the programme overview for our socrel annual conference, taking place between 13-15th July (online/zoom). The full programme (with abstracts and zoom link) will be circulated to registered delegates later this week, but for those who aren’t registered, this link provides some detail on what to expect at this year’s annual conference:

Also, the conference registration deadline will be extended by one week, so do ignore the 30th June deadline.

Conference rates are as follows:

  • · BSA Member Full Conference: £20
  • · SocRel Study Group Member Full Conference: £25
  • · Non-Member Full Conference: £40

Please follow this link to register for the conference

If you have any questions or queries, then please do not hesitate to get in touch.

Dr Rachael Shillitoe, Research Fellow
Conference and Events Officer for the British Sociological Association, Sociology of Religion Group (SocRel)
School of Philosophy, Theology and Religion
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

Book announcement: “The Transformation of Religious Orders in Central and Eastern Europe: Sociological Insights”

A new book that explores Catholic consecrated religious life in Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic and Eastern Orthodox monasticism in Russia:

“The Transformation of Religious Orders in Central and Eastern Europe: Sociological Insights” , Routledge, 2021


1. Introduction


2. Changes in religious life since the 1970s in quantitative terms – situation in the CEE countries in the context of global transformations


3. Clericalisation and the search for identity in Roman Catholic religious institutes in Poland at the turn of the 21st century


4. Female religious congregations in Poland in the face of changes from Communism to the transformation period (1945–2000)


5. The economy of Polish monasteries: Between the charismatic and routinisation stage


6. The reinvention of tradition: The moral economy of monastic life in the Czech Republic


7. New Monastic Communities in Poland


8. The presence of religious orders in Hungarian society


9. Orthodox monasteries as pilgrimage sites in contemporary Russia

Ksenia Medvedeva

Webinars: Dipartimento scienzeformazione fenomenoreligioso

Gentile Collega,

mercoledì 30 giugno 2021 alle ore 18.00 (CET), in collaborazione fra l’ICSOR (International Center for the Sociology of Religion) e l’Istituto Tevere di Roma, si terrà il webinar in lingua inglese (con scorrimento dei sottotitoli di trascrizione in diretta) su “Religioni ai tempi di Covid-19” con la partecipazione del prof. José Casanova, intervistato da Cenap Aydin. 

Giovedì 1° luglio 2021 alle ore 18.00 (CET), in collaborazione fra l’ICSOR (International Center for the Sociology of Religion) e l’Istituto Tevere di Roma, si terrà il webinar in lingua italiana per la presentazione del volume di Yahya Pallavicini, Contemplare Allâh. Regole sulla Via interiore di maestri musulmani, Mimesis, Sesto San Giovanni, 2021, pp. 314. Interverranno: Roberta Ricucci – Università di Torino, Arnaldo Nesti – Università di Firenze e ASFER, Massimo Introvigne – CESNUR, Emanuela C. Del Re – Uninettuno e European Union Special Representative for the Sahel, Cenap Aydin – Istituto Tevere. Sarà presente l’autore.

Per partecipare: vedi i collegamenti nelle locandine in allegato.

Cordiali saluti.

Roberto Cipriani

Dear Colleague

on Wednesday 30 June 2021 at 6 p.m. (CET), in collaboration between ICSOR (International Center for the Sociology of Religion) and the Istituto Tevere in Rome, there will be an English-language webinar (with live transcription subtitles) on “Religions in the time of Covid-19” with the participation of Prof. José Casanova, interviewed by Cenap Aydin. 

On Thursday 1 July 2021 at 6 p.m. (CET), in collaboration with ICSOR (International Center for the Sociology of Religion) and the Istituto Tevere in Rome, there will be a webinar in Italian for the presentation of the book by Yahya Pallavicini, Contemplare Allâh.Regole sulla Via interiore di maestri musulmani, Mimesis, Sesto San Giovanni, 2021, pp. 314. Speakers: Roberta Ricucci – University of Turin, Arnaldo Nesti – University of Florence and ASFER, Massimo Introvigne – CESNUR, Emanuela C. Del Re – Uninettuno and European Union Special Representative for the Sahel, Cenap Aydin – Tevere Institute. The author will be present.

To participate: see links in the attached posters.

Best regards.

Roberto Cipriani

Call for Papers: May 2022 Yoga Conference

The Jagiellonian University Institute for the Study of Religions and the SOAS Centre of Yoga Studies invite you to participate in the international academic conference: Yoga darśana, yoga sādhana: methods, migrations, mediations in Kraków from 18th-21st May 2022.

The YDYS conference is aimed at reviewing and discussing recent developments in the field of Yoga Studies. It follows on from the successful 2016 conference.

During the last five years we have witnessed an increasing amount of state-of-the-art research on yoga, employing methods from humanities, social sciences, and beyond. The application of new theories and methods to the study of yoga has been accompanied by the emergence of new research areas. Emerging areas of interest include explorations of the sociopolitical entanglements of yoga, social dynamics of yoga communities, local (especially non-anglophone) transformations of yoga, and technologies mediating the transmission of yoga.

We believe it is time once again to come together as an international community of academics to continue interdisciplinary dialogue on yoga in all of its manifestations. Together we will discuss the methods applied in yoga studies, the pathways of yoga’s migration across the globe, the social and technological factors mediating its transnational flow, as well as yoga’s role as a mediator in social relations and social change.

We plan to meet once again in the very centre of Kraków to share our research during face-to-face interactions, in a hopefully post-pandemic reality. However, we would like to make the conference accessible to those who are not able to attend in person. Please let us know if attending in person is not likely to be possible to you when you submit your abstract.

The conference will feature keynote lectures by: Amanda Lucia, University of California-Riverside; Meera Nanda, Formerly IISER Pune; Shameem Black, Australian National University.

The conference website, including a link to our submission site, and a downloadable .pdf of the call for papers, is here:

Job Opening: 3-year Social Anthropology Lecturer

Department of Theology and Religious Studies at King’s College London

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies (TRS) welcomes applications for fixed-term position as lecturer in Social Anthropology (Academic Education Path, or AEP). This position is to cover for Dr Katherine Swancutt who is currently on Research Leave as Principal Investigator for her European Research Council Funded project ‘Cosmological Visionaries’.  The subject field is open, though we particularly welcome applicants who have interests in the global South, Asian or other non-Western societies, and/or in Black/minority ethnic experience within Europe or North America.  Social Anthropology, and in particular the Anthropology of Religion, is a key and thriving subject in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at King’s. Anthropology is central to both of the undergraduate programmes in the Department – BA in Religion, Politics & Society and BA Religion Philosophy & Ethics – as well as to its postgraduate MA in Religion. You will have the opportunity to use your previous research expertise and expand your teaching skills at both levels.  In addition to teaching in Social Anthropology, you will be able to contribute to dissertation supervision at undergraduate, postgraduate and, potentially, doctoral levels. You will gain experience in being a personal tutor to students and in having an administrative role within the Department. 

This is a fixed-term 36 months full-time appointment.

Closing date: 2 July

Conference booking now open: Durham Conference 2021

We are delighted that we can gather once again, 21-23 September, for the annual Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference hosted by St. John’s College, Durham! This year’s conference is accessible both physically and virtually. For the first time, we offer ‘online only’ booking options for everyone who wishes to participate virtually. We look forward to meeting you.
This year, taking over for Avril Baigent, we have Gretchen Schoon Tanis helping with conference coordination. If you have questions please email:
Assisting her with queries is also Jasper Bosman:
As always, papers and the organization of presentations for the conference are directed by Knut Tveitereid. You can reach him by email:

Book Conference!

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Call for Papers: Power, Bodies & Regulation within the Context of Religion & Spirituality

Special Issue of Society & Social Change 

Power, Bodies and Regulation within the context of Religion and Spirituality 

Special Issue Editors: Dr Katy Pilcher (Aston University, UK) & Dr Sarah-Jane Page (Aston University, UK) 

Embodied and intersectional feminist approaches have emphasised the regulation of bodies (Davis, 1997; Howson, 2004), yet far less attention has been paid to the dynamics of power, regulation and embodiment within religious and spiritual contexts (Page and Pilcher, 2021). This Special Issue seeks to address this gap, taking an intersectional focus to explore the plethora of ways in which people navigate the operation of power and regulation of their bodies within religious and spiritual contexts. In doing so, we invite papers that explore the intersections of gender, class, race and racism, disabilities, sexualities, age(ing), parenthood and childhood, across a variety of religious and spiritual beliefs, practices and spaces. We aim to build upon important work within the sociologies of religion and spirituality which centre intersectionality (Toft, 2012; Page and Yip, 2021) as a mechanism to understand people’s ‘lived’ (McGuire, 2008) experiences of religion and spirituality. We are interested in the ways that regulation may operate at the legal level; within the everyday ‘policing’ of bodies by others; and through the self-surveillance and personal regulation that people practice in relation to their own bodies. In creating this Call, we seek papers that recognise the complexities of navigating power and regulation, and which consider that people’s embodied resistance strategies may not always appear in neat, familiar packages. As Mahmood (2005) has rightly questioned – why do we only recognise embodied agency when people are explicitly resisting, particularly in religious environments? 

Articles could consider (although they are certainly not limited to) the following themes: 

  • Religious leadership inclusions and exclusions 
  • Exclusion/inclusion of trans and non-binary people within religious/spiritual contexts 
  • Violence, abuse, coercive control 
  • Identity construction 
  • Space, time and embodied context 
  • Racism and resistance to racism 
  • Religion/spirituality as a resource or sanctuary 
  • Queer sexualities 
  • Disabilities 
  • Legal regulations, power and restrictions 
  • Pleasure and regulation 

Deadline for Abstract Submission: 3rd September 2021. Please submit abstracts of up to 250 words to and 

Deadline for Full Paper Submission (for accepted abstracts): 31st July 2022 

Article Style Guidelines: 

We are looking for original research articles, which will be subject to peer-review. If your article contains original data/fieldwork, please ensure a methodology section is present. 

Articles have a maximum word count of 12,000 and may contain no more than 15 Figures/Tables. 

Please see the Frontiers webpage for full information on style guidelines: 

About Society & Social Change journal: Society & Social Change is a new, cutting-edge, feminist journal, co-founded by Dr Sharron FitzGerald (University of Oslo, Norway/University of Munich, Germany) and Dr Anna Carline (University of Liverpool, UK). Society & Social Change is a platform for feminist academics and researchers interested in developing and supporting trans and interdisciplinary scholarship located at the intersection of law, gender and sexuality. A core component of our editorial vision entails a commitment to the feminist principles of social justice, ethics, equality and rights. Our mission is to champion innovative feminist analyses of the intersections of law, gender and sexuality at the domestic, international and transnational levels, drawing upon a range of disciplines. We aim is to publish feminist scholarship that raises new questions in the field, and that promotes new ways on ‘thinking’ and ‘doing’ research. What makes Society & Social Change cutting edge is not just that it aims to advance trans and interdisciplinary feminist thinking on law, gender and sexuality analyses, but rather it is its effort to stimulate new conceptual and methodological approaches to feminist research that serve as catalysts for social justice and social transformation through our commitment to ‘good trouble’.