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Call for Papers
In this section, you will find opportunities related to submissions of articles, chapters or books. The opportunities listed under the section 'Religion and Diversity Project' are opportunities that are either directly related to the Religion and Diversity Project or led by team members. In the 'Other' category, you will find other opportunities that are not related to the Religion and Diversity Project. Click on the links provided to learn more about those opportunities.
Religion and Diversity Project Opportunities
Boundaries of Religious Freedom
Edited by Lori G. Beaman (University of Ottawa), Lene Kühle (Aarhus University) and Anna Halafoff (Deakin University)
Announcing the new Springer Book Series, Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies. Book proposals are invited for research monographs and edited collections. Find out more about this opportunity.
International Studies in Religion and Society
Edited by Lori G. Beaman and Peter Beyer, University of Ottawa
The Brill series, International Studies in Religion and Society (ISRS), publishes social scientific volumes that focus critically on research, debates, and theories in the forms, role, and relations of religion in contemporary society. Book proposals are invited for volumes directed at a broad audience, research monographs and edited collections. To find out more about this opportunity and how to submit proposals, please click here.
Journals are listed in alphabetical order.
Comparative Islamic Studies
The journal Comparative Islamic Studies is inviting colleagues to submit articles for publication. It is a refereed journal that is published twice a year and the timeline for peer review and publication is in the range of 3-4 months. Colleagues interested in guest editing an issue on a topic or to publish the proceedings of a conference are also welcomed.
Comparative Islamic Studies focuses on integrating Islamic studies into the more general theoretical and methodological boundaries of liberal arts disciplines with an emphasis on those disciplines most closely aligned with the contemporary study of religion (e.g. anthropology, art history, classics, comparative literature, history, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology). Particular attention will be given to articles and reviews which reflect how Islamic materials can challenge and contribute to generic categories, theories and questions of method in the general study of religion. The journal provides the opportunity for expert scholars of Islam to demonstrate the more general significance of their research both to comparativists and to specialists working in other areas.
Articles are to be explicitly comparative in their focus and scope, and should clearly articulate both the reasons for selecting to compare certain phenomena and the theoretical conclusions to be drawn from the comparison. Comparisons may be between Islamic and non-Islamic materials or within and among Islamic materials. Some examples include analyses of Bible and Quran along with Jewish, Christian and Muslim exegesis; studies of rituals, canonical texts, myths, and ideeologies; sociological categories investigating prophet figures, holy people, saints and sufis; and comparisons of theology, philosophy and mysticism.
Attention to Islamic materials from outside the central Arabic lands is of special interest, as are comparisons which stress the diversity of Islam as it interacts with changing human conditions. Articles may also concentrate on the methodological and theoretical implications of doing comparative analysis.
Please visit the website for more information and to submit your articles: https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/CIS
Contributions to Humanities - Gender and religions in Central and Eastern Europe
The relationship between gender and the field of religion in broad terms (religious culture, institutions, organizations and identities or religiosity) in the context of contemporary cultures is rarely a subject of systematic and in-depth reflection. The existing studies concentrate mostly on the Muslim context. Furthermore, sociological and feminist perspectives often perceive the relationship between gender and religion as a unidirectional impact, interpreting the religious field as imposing restrictions on and determining gender practices, identifications and views. The planned issue ofContributions to Humanities will be an attempt to problematize these encounters and present a more nuanced view on this. Attention will be paid to the complexity, multidimensionality and recurrence of relations between gender and the religious field as well as to their consequences and outcomes in the micro, meso and macro dimensions. The discussion on these issues will be located in the context of Central and Eastern European societies. In these countries, on the one hand, religion occupies a different place than in the political and social life of the Western European societies. On the other hand, research on this topic in the CEE region remain scarce. In addition, we welcome theoretical contributions.
The issue will focus on the following problems and general research questions:
- How does gender differentiate the religious experience?
- How do various religious traditions construct and reproduce the gender rules in symbolic, institutional and experiential dimensions?
- How does gender function in the religious field as an intersectional category in interactions with such dimensions as sexuality, age, class, ethnicity and race?
As well as the above, we will be happy to receive or discuss potential contributions focusing on additional topics related to the theme of the issue.
The deadline for submitting as abstract (approx. 500 words) along with initial reference list is January 15, 2015. Please send your proposal along with a short author(s) note to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org We will notify the authors of accepted proposals by February 1. The deadline for submission of the full articles will be July 31, 2015. Please note that each article will be subject of double-blindreview process and the positive reviews will be a condition for the publication.
The full articles need to be sent to both editors. The length of the article should not exceed 7000 word (the standard page written in Times New Roman, font 12, 1.5 line spacing). The papers should be in English or Polish. The tables, pictures and photos should be referenced and included in the text. Guidelines for submission can be found at: http://journals.agh.edu.pl/human/about/submissions#authorGuidelines
Journal of Culture and Religion
Journal of Culture and Religion is open to submissions from fields of religious and cultural studies. Cultural studies are understood in their widest sense and encompass media and cultural studies, women’s studies, history, music studies, identity studies, etc. The founding research questions this journal will address are: how religion and culture affect our everyday lives and how history affects the present.The Journal wants to explore plurality of influences in fields of religion and culture that form our daily lives. Epistemological foundation of the journal is rejection of meta-narratives, and generation of knowledge and increasing of understanding of these complex issues. All papers are subject to two blind peer-reviews, and papers have to be proofread. Papers that do not follow these guidelines can be rejected. Depending on the topic of the paper, the evaluation process might take several months. Please, be patient. Journal will consider individually submitted papers, as well as conference papers from conferences organised by the Centre for Research in Social Sciences and Humanities. In the latter, contributors will have to edit their papers for publication in the journal. Journal will be assigned international ISSN number by Croatian National and University Library. ISSN number will be assigned after submitting table of contents for the first number (pre-approval obtained). Journal will be published as an online, open access, journal in the first instance. When funding will be obtained, it will be published in print form too. We are working on obtaining funding for the print version.
All articles must be the author’s original work, previously unpublished, and not being reviewed for publication with another journal. After submission, the article will be peer-reviewed by qualified academics in the field. Based on this evaluation, you will receive one of the following responses: accepted as it is, accepted after minor revision, accepted after major revision, rejected. Responses will be accompanied by the reviewer’s comments and reasons for the decision (if negative). We will publish original papers (research and theoretical), review papers, essays, and book reviews. All papers must be formatted to Times New Roman, size 12, no line spacing, and must have a complete list of references of all sources cited. Papers should not be longer than 7,000-8,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding references). Papers should have abstracts of approximately 100 words, and up to 5 keywords. Abstracts should be written as a brief summary of the key points of the article. If you are using copyrighted material, please provide a copy of permission to use the material. Papers will be subject to two (2) blind peer reviews. Please, remove obvious remarks that can identify the author of the article (i.e. As I have argued before (XY, year)).
Please send papers to: email@example.com
Journal of Social Inclusion - Special Issue on Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion
Special Issue Title: Religious Diversity and Social Inclusion
Gary D. Bouma
Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UNESCO Chair in Interreligious and Intercultural Relations-Asia Pacific, Monash University, Australia
Deadline for Abstracts: 30 June 2015
Deadline for Full Papers: 31 October 2015
Publication of the Special Issue: April 2016
As societies have become religiously diverse in ways and extents not familiar in the recent histories of most, the issues of how to include this diversity, how to manage it, that is, how to be a religiously diverse society have come to the fore. As a result religion has become part of the social policy conversation in new ways. This special issue of Social Inclusion explores these issues of social inclusion in both particular settings and in cross-national comparative studies by presenting research and critical thought on this critical issue facing every society today. Social inclusion refers to the processes, structures and policies instituted by a society to promote the degree of social cohesion required to be sufficiently productive to achieve sustainability. Each society does this but often in quite different ways. Some see control and the enforcement of a dominant ideology as critical, others see the release of creative energies enabled by greater freedom to be the best way. There are other mixed modes and may be ways yet to be described. Religious diversity has been seen to challenge social cohesion both in classical sociology emerging in a Europe redolent with memories of violent conflict among religious groups and the violent imposition of religious order. Maintaining religious homogeneity is not an option for most societies today. There is no single answer to the social inclusion of many religions. Moreover, as religion continues to be or re-enters the field of social policy it does so in four basic ways—as an object of policy, as a source of policy, as an implementer of policy and as a critic of policy.
Keywords: interreligious relations; multiculturalism; multi-faith; religion; religions and violence; religious diversity; social cohesion; social control; social inclusion; social policy
Instructions for Authors: Authors interested in submitting a paper for this Special Issue are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to send their abstracts (about 200-250 words, with a tentative title) by email to Mr. António Vieira (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 30 June 2015. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs.
Migration Studies showcases scholarship that builds connections across the distinctive field of migration studies. Migration Studies welcomes high quality research on human migration in all its manifestations, and particularly work that presents:
- comparative findings with relevance beyond a single case study
- new methodological techniques and insights, or
- new theoretical takes on the drivers, dimensions and impacts of migration.
Reviewers are asked to evaluate whether or not submissions meet at least one of these criteria.
All submissions are reviewed through a Global Editorial Board of leading migration scholars in Anthropology, Demography, Economics, Forced Migration Studies, Geography, History, Psychology, Political Science, International Relations, and Sociology.
The journal welcomes research that is anchored in a discipline whilst also engaging across disciplinary boundaries with other migration researchers.
To learn more about this new journal or to submit an article, please click here.
Open Access book - New Religious Movements
De Gruyter Open, a part of De Gruyter publishing group, invites book proposals for the new Open Access book series on New Religious Movements.
The series welcomes written or edited monographs and anthologies on new religious movements (NRMs) and alternative spiritualities – both empirical and theoretical with interdisciplinary approaches. Of particular interest are those that combine perspectives and methods drawn from all social sciences and humanities on the present, historical and newly emerging NRMs, as well as research methods, issues and problems, and new directions in study of NRMs.
More information about the series to be found at: http://degruyteropen.com/oatheologynrm/
Rasa Pranskeviciute, PhD
Series Editor, OA New Religious Movements
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Open Theology - "Cognitive Science of Religion"
Open Theology - the online journal published by De Gruyter Open (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue "Cognitive Science of Religion", under the general editorship of Dr. Jason Marsh (St. Olaf College, USA).
In the last couple of decades, the cognitive science of religion (CSR) has established itself as a major area within the scientific study of religion. According to this general approach, if we want to understand religion – and specifically why human beings tend to be religious – then in addition to doing what traditional scholars of religion do, we also need to think about the nature of human cognition. For, goes the claim, various cognitive structures and habits naturally give rise to a belief in supernatural agents in diverse environments. This approach to the study of religion, though it does not pretend to answer every question about religion, nonetheless raises a number of important questions for science, philosophy, theology and their various relationships. We invite submissions that address one or more of these relationships. Some possible questions are as follows, though we welcome papers that address other topics related to CSR:
Philosophical and Theological Questions
- Much recent work in CSR suggests that people distrust atheists. What are the moral or political implications of such claims, if they are true? Can anything be done to change this pattern?
- Does CSR threaten to undermine or explain away religious belief or the reliability of religious testimony? Might it be supportive of religious claims?
- Can one think that CSR debunks religious beliefs without also thinking that CSM (cognitive science of morality) debunks moral beliefs?
- How might CSR shape the challenge of religious diversity? Does CSR support the idea that the divine, if such there be, isn’t too concerned about the specifics of people’s religious outlooks?
- What is the relationship between CSR and the problem of divine hiddenness? Is the so-called ‘problem of natural nonbelief’, according to which some nonbelief in God naturally occurs, answerable?
- Many theologians want to resist the idea that the divine is literally a person. Does CSR pose a cultural challenge to their claims? Does it show that abstract conceptions of the divine (i.e. that God is the ground of being or the Ultimate nonpersonal reality) will not likely enjoy cultural success? If so, does this matter?
- How far has CSR gone in explaining religion? And how far might it reasonably be expected to go?
- What is the cognitive and/or evolutionary relationship between religion and morality? Did one evolve first?
- Is the common selection versus by-product dichotomy in the scientific study of religion a false one?
- CSR has had a lot to say about religious belief, ritual, and morality. But has it paid insufficient attention to religious experience? If so, how might CSR fruitfully incorporate investigation into religious experience?
- Are we really natural born dualists, as Paul Bloom has claimed?
- What is the relationship between religious belief and autism?
Questions for Religious Studies
- Can CSR help to illuminate the vexing question of what religion is, or is the latter question entirely immune to scientific investigation?
- Some within CSR (e.g. Cohen, Lanman, and Whitehouse 2008) have suggested that standard criticisms of CSR (e.g. it is irrelevant, reductionist, ethnocentric, narrow-minded etc.,) voiced within religious studies are unjustified and unfair. Are they right?
- Does CSR have any interesting implications for recent discussions about religious pluralism or religious dialogue?
How to submit
Submissions are due by August 30, 2015. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the on-line submission system http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/ choosing as article type: ‘Special Issue Article: Cognitive Science of Religion’. All contributions will undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.
Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to Dr. Jason Marsh at email@example.com. In the case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The journal, which is rigorously peer-reviewed, invites submissions that pursue the methods and methodologies by which we attempt to approach original research in Islam in performance studies, and the study of the performativity inherent in the Islam-related cultural production. Contributions which share research interests and experiences in interrelated areas of performative, homeland and diasporic negotiations, and the complexities of contemporary Islam are particularly welcomed.The journal is uniquely positioned to disseminate the groundbreaking work of genuinely international dimensions. Articles that encourage challenging debate on problem areas within this new developing field are also welcomed to the journal's open forum, as are high quality articles usually published as peripheral items in journals from other disciplines. Proposals for special or themed issues will be considered.
To learn more about this new journal or to submit an article, please click here.
Religion Beat - Religion in the Public Sphere Initiative
The University of Toronto’s Religion in the Public Sphere initiative is proud to present Religion Beat, an online publication that occupies the space between a blog and an academic journal. To readers inside and outside of the academy, it is a curated collection of articles from writers passionate and knowledgeable about religion in society. To writers, and particularly to young scholars, it is a forum for sharing interests and expertise with a broader audience while maintaining a commitment to intellectual writing.
Academic and non-academic articles relating to religion in the public sphere are welcome, as well as book reviews or responses to public talks, community events, conferences or current affairs. The Religion Beat podcast series is also accepting proposals for topics, panels or interviews.
For more information, please click here.
Thank you for submitting your applications for the postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Religion and Diversity Project, at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société. Please click here for more information.
Are you between the ages of 18 and 40 and Living in Canada? Interested in participating in a survey regarding cultural and religious identity? Please click here for more information.