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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.


Other Opportunities

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 of Contributions 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:

  1. How does gender differentiate the religious experience?
  2. How do various religious traditions construct and reproduce the gender rules in symbolic, institutional and experiential dimensions?
  3. 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.

Author’s guidelines:

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 leszczynska.katarzyna@gmail.com and katarzyna.zielinska@uj.edu.pl 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-blind review 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 organized 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.

Submissions guidelines

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: info@socialsciencesandhumanities.com

Migration Studies

To learn more about this new journal or to submit an article, please click here.


 Open Access book - New Series on 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
T +48 22 701 50 15



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Open Theology journal - "Violence of Non-Violence"

Open Theology (http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/opth) invites submissions for the topical issue "Violence of Non-Violence", under the general editorship of Margo Kitts (Hawai’i Pacific University) and Michael Jerryson (Youngstown State University).

We invite submissions that explore the ambiguous violence implicit in some acts of religious nonviolence, such as strict forms of asceticism and activist, conceivably militant, movements for nonviolence. Examples include civil disobedience and a variety of forms of staged protest, self-inflicted bodily harm, self-immolation, religiously-informed refusal to politically engage, etc. The field of focus is open. Papers might offer comparative studies, but also studies rooted in Western, Asian, African, or other religious traditions.

Submissions are due by February 20, 2015. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, please use the online submission system http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/  choosing as article type: “Special Issue Article: Violence of Non-Violence.”

All contributions undergo a critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about the thematic issue can be sent to Michael Jerryson at mjerryson@gmail.com. In case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com.

Authors publishing in the special issue will benefit from:
- transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
- efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
- no publication fees,
- free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.


Performing Islam

To learn more about this new journal or to submit an article, please click here.

Religiologiques - Religion, droit et l’État : interférence, intersection et interface


Depuis plusieurs années, les rapports complexes et souvent tendus entre la religion, le droit et l’État n’ont cessé d’être propulsés à l’avant-scène de l’actualité politique (québécoise, canadienne, américaine, européenne et internationale), de défrayer les manchettes, et de soulever de nombreux et nouveaux défis au « vivre ensemble », ici comme ailleurs.  Dans l’état actuel des choses, l’État ne peut ignorer le fait religieux (Koussens 2011). Cependant, comment l’État devrait-il s’en saisir sans que la liberté de conscience et de religion de ses citoyens et citoyennes soit entravée (Prélot 2013) ?  Les tribunaux sont fréquemment interpellés et sommés de se prononcer sur diverses questions, certaines demeurant, à l’occasion, sans réponses :  Peut-on permettre, au nom de principes religieux, le non-respect d’une entente contractuelle librement négociée ?  Une compagnie de transport aérien peut-elle interdire le port de signes religieux visibles (ex. une croix) à ses employés ?  Peut-on permettre à une adolescente d’aller à l’école avec un petit kirpan, fût-il inoffensif, mais investi d’une forte charge symbolique religieuse ?  Peut-on interdire le port de signes ostentatoires (ex. kippa juive, turban sikhe, ou voile musulman) dans la fonction publique ou dans les écoles publiques financées par l’État, même si cela doit aller à l’encontre de droits individuels garantis par différentes chartes ?  Comment aborder la question de la polygamie ou de l’arbitrage religieux (ex. dans les cas de divorce) ou encore la finance islamique ?  Peut-on utiliser les deniers publics pour financer des écoles confessionnelles ou la construction de lieux de culte ou pour encadrer la formation de rabbins, d’imams ou de prêtres ?  L’État doit-il octroyer des exemptions fiscales aux Églises et aux organisations et institutions religieuses ?  (Messner 2012).  Toutes ces questions soulèvent fort éloquemment la problématique des rapports complexes et tendus qu’entretiennent la religion, le droit et l’État. Demeurés encore fort trop peu étudiés, ces rapports interpellent pourtant les substrats culturels, sociaux, économiques et politiques dans lesquels s’inscrivent les systèmes normatifs que proposent le religieux et le droit contemporain avec leurs mécanismes respectifs de régulation sociale (constitutions, chartes, lois, jurisprudence ; valeurs et codes moraux, interdits et lois religieuses).

Pour ce numéro thématique, Religiologiques sollicite des contributions qui proposeront soit des réflexions sur la question de l’intersectionalité du religieux, du droit et de l’État, soit des études sur les défis et problématiques religio-légales émergentes, soit des analyses des tensions et conflits normatifs engendrés par les rapports de ces trois éléments (Ferrari et Cristofori 2010; Durham et al. 2012).  Il est espéré que d’innovatrices réflexions interdisciplinaires sur les rapports complexes qu’entretiennent ces trois éléments permettront d’élucider de nombreuses interférences, intersections et interfaces, voire inter-normativités, du fait religieux, du droit et de l’État et des milieux culturels, sociaux, économiques et politiques dans lesquels ils s’inscrivent.  À travers le prisme de ces études, un nouvel éclairage pourra être apporté à un certain nombre d’enjeux contemporains :  statut juridique de la famille et des différents types d’unions, l’éducation, la sphère médicale, le travail, les soins de santé, l’alimentation, les calendriers, les tenues vestimentaires, les ententes contractuelles, les enjeux de fin de vie, etc.

Notons quelques axes (non exhaustives) de réflexion, d’exploration et d’analyse possibles des rapports entre religion, droit et l’État :

-   Nouveaux interdits :  mouvements contre le halal, la circoncision, le voile, la construction de lieux de culte, etc.
-   Types de neutralité religieuse au sein de différents États
-   Constitutions, chartes et droits individuels et/ou collectifs
-   Liberté de religion et de croyance et espace publique
-   Rapports entre différentes normes :  religieuses, sociales, juridiques, etc.
-   Voies de conciliation :  pratiques d’harmonisation ou d’accommodements
-   Institutions et organismes de soutien et de recours

Longueur des articles

Les articles devront être de 6,000 à 8,000 mots et soumis en format WORD (.doc) à l’adresse courriel suivante religiologiques@uqam.ca.  Les consignes de présentation des textes se trouvent sous la rubrique « Soumission d’articles » sur le site internet de la revue (http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca).


Vous êtes invités à nous faire parvenir titres et résumés de vos propositions. Les articles devront être soumis fin décembre 2014 pour une publication prévue à l’automne 2015.

Pour de plus amples renseignements, veuillez cliquer ici.


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.

Religion and the Global City

Abstracts are invited for a volume on Religion and the Global City, edited by David Garbin and Anna Strhan (University of Kent, UK). The volume will explore how religious movements and actors shape and are shaped by particular aspects of global socio-spatial landscapes. These might include (but are not limited to): migration, transnationalism, superdiversity, urban interconnections and nodes, media and publics, socio-economic polarization, centre-periphery dynamics, urban restructuring, privatization, globalized convergent geographies and architectural aesthetics, urban economies and city branding, and modes of urban visibility and invisibility.

The focus of the book will be Religion and the Global City - not simply religion in the city - and will adopt a non-reductive stance in exploring ‘global city’ dynamics of religious presence, in both Global North and Global South contexts. The proposal for this volume has been invited for a new Bloomsbury Academic book series on ‘Place, Disruption and Religion’.

We welcome empirically-grounded case study chapters, comparative approaches, or chapters exploring connections between religious global city spaces within wider cartographies. Theoretical chapters critically engaging with the relevance of a 'global city lens' to make sense of contemporary religious lifeworlds will also be considered.

Please submit abstracts of up to 300 words no later than 5 January 2015 to David Garbin (D.Garbin@kent.ac.uk) and Anna Strhan (A.H.B.Strhan@kent.ac.uk). Accepted chapters in full (6000-7000 words) will be due by 1 November 2015.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship - Winter/Spring 2015

We invite you to learn more about the competition opening for a 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.


E-Journal Regulating Religion

Where do we draw the line between a parent’s right to educate their child in accordance with their religious beliefs and the child’s best interest? Dia Dabby, draws on a recent Canadian decision: Director and Family services v. D.M.P et al, [2010] MBQB 32 to propose that we adopt a new lens to help us analyze the web of relationships and competing claims that structure this question. Building on the work of Jennifer Nedelsky, she explores the limits of boundaries and bounded metaphors to grasp the complexities of relationships in religious freedom cases, and invites us to think of the human skin as an alternative spatial metaphor to better appreciate the nuances of these relationships. To read Dia Dabby's article, please click here.


Elisabeth Arweck Lecture ♦ Videos and Pictures
We are please to announce that the videos and pictures of Elisabeth Arweck's lecture entitled "Religious Diversity in the UK: How the Attitudes and Views of 13–16-Year-Old Students Interact with their Own (Non-)Religious Identities," given on October 16, 2014, at the University of Ottawa, are now available. Please visit our "2014 Event Photo Gallery" or our RelDivProject YouTube channel to view them.


Cultural and Religious Identity among 18-40 Year-olds in Canada

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.