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RC22 Call for Session Proposals and Organizers

V ISA Forum of Sociology

Rabat, Morocco 6-11 July 2025  


This is a call to propose sessions for Research Committee 22 Sociology of Religion at the International Sociological Association Forum that will take place in Rabat, Morocco, on July 6-11, 2025.


The theme of the V ISA Forum of Sociology is “Knowing Justice in the Anthropocene”. In line with the theme, we welcome sessions that explore topics related to religion and social justice in the context of rapid and planet-wide environmental changes, including topics listed below. We also welcome sessions in other topical themes in the sociology of religion.   


At this point, we seek proposals for thematic sessions, which can be either closed or open. Closed session proposals include the convener and the speakers. Open sessions proposals are advertised later in an open call for papers. For both types, we encourage diversity and sessions that can potentially attract scholars from across the globe. 

Possible themes include:

  • Climate Change and religion 
  • Religion and migration 
  • Interreligious conflict and cooperation
  • Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
  • Religion and discrimination 
  • Social movements, politics and religion
  • Secularism and non-religion
  • Heritage, religion and the uses of the past
  • Planetary wellbeing and religion/spirituality 
  • Moral and religious controversies in the public sphere
  • Religious change in Africa
  • Religion in the Mediterranean
  • Critical theoretical approaches to the study of religion
  • Methodological innovations in the social scientific study of religion

Each session is 110 minutes and can accommodate 5 papers and time for collective discussion. There are a variety of possible session formats, as explained in this link. For example, we could have an author meets critics session on a book, if such discussion would be of wide interest.

We also encourage you to submit Joint Sessions organized in collaboration with members of two or more RCs, or an RC combined with a WG or TG on a theme of overlapping interest. 


  • Sessions can be proposed in any of the ISA official languages (English, French or Spanish)
  • You need to prepare a Session Title and Session Description (max 250 words)
  • Submit through the Confex Site here. Then click ‘Research Committees” and then “RC22 Sociology of Religion.”


  • The deadline is July 1st, 24:00 GMT. No extensions. 
  • This deadline is ONLY for proposing sessions. The call for papers will be open from August 05 – October 15, 2024. 


  • For further information about RC22 Sessions contact any member of the Program Committee 
  • If you have questions about the application procedure, here you can find a step-by-step manual.
  • Membership fees are based on the country of current residence. Countries are classified into 3 categories, A, B and C, according to the Gross National Income of the economy of countries.
  • There are a limited number of registrations grants for participation. More information can be found here:
  • For further information about the application procedure, contact the ISA RC22 Secretary Olga Olivas, 
  • For questions regarding ISA membership, please contact

RC 22 Program Committee

Nadia FADIL, KU Leuven, Belgium | 

Titus HJELM, University of Helsinki, Finland |

Maria GRIERA, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain | 

Olga OLIVAS, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Mexico | 

Please, feel free to distribute the call among colleagues.