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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.

Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

Volume 9: The Changing Faces of Catholicism
Forthcoming 2018

Edited by Solange Lefebvre (Université de Montréal, Canada) and Alfonso Pérez-Agote (Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain)

Catholicism represents an important area of research in sociology as well as across a number of disciplines. As literature on Catholicism in certain contexts substantially expands, there still remains the need for recent qualitative and quantitative data in specific national contexts via a comparative perspective. In the discussion on secularism and diversity, there exist open questions on the way culture, heritage, and religion intersect or differentiate (political regulation of diversity). Law, education, religious heritage, chaplaincies, collaborations between state and civil society—these are just a few areas of social life where these dimensions are rapidly changing. The relation between Catholicism and the media poses a number of questions as well.

As a global religion, with the pope being a religious leader as well as a head of state of the Vatican, Catholicism has developed, especially since the 1980s, a new way of conducting diplomatic relations and interfering with national and international policies. Pope Francis’ papacy is revealing a divided Church on many matters, globally and at the Curia, between the centre and the local Churches. Catholic leaders have been involved in many contentious debates on sexuality and gender, with different legal, social, and religious impacts (biopolitics). Transnational networks and religious mobility are creating new forms of popular religion and Catholic movements.

To explore these issues we propose to include articles around the following themes:

1. Catholicism and culture
2. Catholicism and media
3. Catholicism and international relations
4. Transnational practices, movements, and popular religion
5. Catholicism, gender, sexuality, and biopolitics
6. Catholicism, public policies, and institutions
7. Catholicism and other religions

The editors will seek out contributors who can address questions raised in the sociology of religion about Catholicism with authors representing regional and cultural variation.

Please send all proposals (300 words) to solange.lefebvre@umontreal.ca


Submission of proposals: June 30, 2016
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2016
Completed manuscripts (7,000 words): June 30, 2017

For more information, please click here  

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

Culture and Society: Journal of Social Research

Special Issue: Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere of Eastern Europe

Guest Editors:

Milda Alisauskiene, Department of Sociology, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania (m.alisauskiene@smf.vdu.lt)
Panagiotis Pentaris, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Department of Social, Therapeutic & Community Studies, Goldsmiths University of London, UK (p.pentaris@gold.ac.uk )


The role of religion in Eastern Europe has seen recent and most significant changes. The atheist doctrine of the socialist period was overcome between the years 1989 and 1991 (Gerlach & Töpfer 2015). Such change interplayed with public life, while religion and belief found various and different roles in society, usually more apparent. This period enhanced the notion of ‘freedom of religion and belief’ (Gerlach & Töpfer 2015). Nonetheless, contemporary societies in Eastern Europe experience a heterogeneous religious landscape. The population’s religious and belief identities grow diverse as we move on in the 21st century. The current makeup of the society also depicts new challenges and controversies in different spheres of public life. The role of religion and belief has also changed while non-belief and the contested notions of secularity have gained much attention in discourse and personal belief, both.

In light of the changes mentioned above, legislation should be addressing these exigent issues and provide appropriate frameworks to accommodate the religious difference in the public sphere. Nonetheless, social policy need be informed by current and ever-changing demographics, as well as how the current religious landscape is playing out in different spheres of public life (also see, Dinham & Francis 2015).

The present special issue draws attention to the growing religious diversity in Eastern Europe and its implications in public life. The collection of the articles calls for enhancement of the discourse in the sociology of religion and study of religions in Eastern Europe.

The aim of this special issue is dual; to further explore the changing religious landscape in Eastern Europe. Also, it seeks to unpack the role of religion and belief in public life, and how that plays out in politics, policy, and everyday practices. Therefore, the guest-editors are inviting papers that will address these issues, and will add to the discourses of the sociology of religion in Eastern Europe.

Please express your interest by submitting a 300-word abstract of your proposed work to the guest editors (contact details provided above), by the 28th of February 2016. With your submission, please include your affiliation and contact details. Notifications of acceptance and invitations to submit the first draft will follow in March 2016.


25/01/16: CFPs is disseminated/published.
28/02/16: Expression of interest from potential contributors & submission of 300 word abstracts to guest editors.
March 2016: Notification of acceptance & invitations to submit first draft.
30/06/16: 1st draft submission for internal reviews.
31/07/16: notifications of reviewers’ comments to authors.
30/09/16: Submission of final version of manuscripts for publication.
30/11/16: Final special issue manuscript submission to Culture and Society.
Spring 2017: Publication of the special issue.

For more information about the journal, see: http://culturesociety.vdu.lt.

Milda Ališauskienė
Head of Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Vytautas Magnus University
Jonavos str. 66-302
LT 44191 Kaunas

tel. +370 37 32 78 22
fax.:+370 37 32 78 23

email: m.alisauskiene@smf.vdu.lt
website: http://sociologija.vdu.lt

ISORECEA General Secretary
website: http://www.isorecea.net

GOLEM: Journal of Religion and Monsters

GOLEM: Journal of Religion and Monsters is a forum for scholars from a variety of disciplines to share their thoughts about ...monsters, religion and belief. This involves a remarkable diversity of approaches, topics and fields of interests that confirms monsters are significant in a broad array of interdisciplinary areas, including religious studies, folklore, philosophy, psychology, anthropology, theology, and sociology. 

GOLEM: Journal of Religion and Monsters is currently accepting scholarly articles on topics related to religion and monsters.

Submissions using methodology from a variety of fields are welcome. The editors maintain a broad definition of religion as culture, but the connection to religion should be clear in all submissions. Articles are peer-reviewed.

Submission Guidelines for GOLEM:

Limit papers to 7,000 words in length.
Include a 100 word abstract at the beginning of the submission.
Number all paragraphs in the following format: [1], [2], etc.
Use MLA format for endnotes and bibliography.

Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word attachments and send to ruby_ramji@cbu.ca, using "GOLEM" as the subject line.

Or, send as a paper copy to:

Rubina Ramji
Religious Studies
Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia

Founding Editor:

Frances Flannery, Ph.D.,
Department of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University

Senior Editors:

Rubina Ramji
Religious Studies, Cape Breton University

Heather Shipley
University of Ottawa

Book Review Editor:

Kim Paffenroth
Professor of Religious Studies, Iona College

For more information, please click here


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.

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  

Media and Communication, Volume 4, Issue 4

Title: Religious Communication of, about, and for Women

Editors: Valerie Hobbs (University of Sheffield, UK) and Mark A. Garcia (Greystone Theological Institute, USA, and University of East Anglia, UK)

Deadline for Submissions: May 31, 2016 
Publication of the Issue: August 2016

Information: Research about women in religious communities is growing rapidly, particularly in the fields of gender studies, sociology, theology, history, and journalism. At this confluence of research fields, however, much remains to be explored. Clashes over the role of religious women in marriage and in society; the nature and dynamics of domestic abuse; fertility, childbearing and motherhood; women and work; and women, their bodies, and sexuality are frequently rooted in interpretation of religious texts and realized in religious discourse. In some cases, it is not only how communities, including women themselves, talk about such matters but also whether or not women have access to certain types of discourse and/or the extent to which their discourse may be restricted. Communication therefore performs a vital role in the creation and perpetuation (or overthrow) of perspectives and practices which concern the lives of religious women. This thematic issue on religious communication seeks contributions, particularly those interdisciplinary in nature, analyzing ways in which varieties of religious discourse represent and affect women. 

For this thematic issue, we welcome papers from a variety of perspectives and methodologies which advance or report on research findings about religious communication in the areas noted above. We are also interested in contributions in the form of book reviews, commentaries, reviews, and short notes. We have a special interest in questions such as the following: 

- With regard to our understanding of religious communication of, to and about women, what is the state of play? 
- To what extent do religious communities include or exclude the voices of women in issues about women? 
- In what ways are issues affecting religious women talked about publicly and by whom? 
- What is the role of sociocultural, historical, and doctrinal phenomena in the development of religious discourse about women? 
- What are the religious or philosophical foundations for what qualifies as healthy verbal or printed discourse regarding men and women?

Instructions for Authors: Authors are asked to consult the journal's editorial policies and to submit their full papers through the journal's online submission system by 31 May 2016. Authors are also kindly asked to check with their institutions if funds are available to cover open access publication costs. Further information about the journal's open access charges and institutional memberships can be found in the "About" webpage.

For more information, please click here

Migration Studies

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:

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

New Secular Studies Book Series, NYU Press



There are more secular people in the world than ever before. And various forms and manifestations of secularity—atheism, agnosticism, humanism, skepticism, and anti-religious movements—are enjoying increased attention and scrutiny. The scholarly examination of secular identity, secular groups, secular culture(s), and political/constitutional secularisms—and how these all relate to each other, as well as to the broader social world—is thus more timely than ever. Moreover, studying secularism also teaches us about religiosity; as secularism is almost always in reaction to or in dialogue with the religious, by studying those who are secular we can learn much, from a new angle, about the religion they are rejecting.

The Secular Studies series is meant to provide a home for works in the emerging field of secular studies. Rooted in a social science perspective, it will explore and illuminate various aspects of secular life, ranging from how secular people live their lives and how they construct their identities to the activities of secular social movements, from the demographics of secu- larism to the ways in which secularity intersects with other social processes, identities, patterns, and issues.

Call for paper

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
T +48 22 701 50 15


Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DeGruyterOpen

Subscribe our Newsletters and Alerts: www.degruyter.com/newsletter

Open Theology - Journal

Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue "Religious Recognition",under the general editorship of Heikki J. Koskinen, Ritva Palmén and Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki / Academy of Finland, Centre of Excellence Reason and Religious Recognition).

They invite contributions from various disciplines discussing the concepts and phenomena of recognition and tolerance in religion or religiously relevant contexts. Topics may include, but need not be limited to:
•Historical analyses of the encounters and forms of recognition in religions and between representatives of different religions
•Systematic discussions of recognition in the field of religion

How to submit:
Submissions are due July 30, 2016. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/openth/
Please choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Religious Recognition”.
Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at: http://www.degruyter.com/view/supplement/s23006579_Instruction_for_Authors.pdf
All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Heikki J. Koskinen at heikki.koskinen@helsinki.fi or Ritva Palmén at ritva.palmen@helsinki.fi.

Open Theology - Journal

Open Theology journal invites groups of researchers, conference organizers etc. to submit their proposals of
edited volumes to be considered as topical issues for vol. 2017.

Uncoming titles (2016):
* Is Transreligious Theology Possible? (ed. Jerry L. Martin)
* Psychotherapy and Religious Values (ed. P. Scott Richards)
* Bible Translation (ed. Mark L. Strauss)
* Religious Recognition (ed. Heikki Koskinen, Ritva Palmen and Risto Saarinen)

For more information on how to submit, please click here.

Performing Islam

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.

Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics Book Series

Temple University Press

The Religious Engagement in Democratic Politics series will collect work that explores in theoretically and empirically rigorous ways variations in and determinants of religious presence in the politics of democratic nations — from those with a long history of institutionalized democracy to those struggling to establish free, contested elections and systems of rights and liberties. Books in the series will demonstrate application of one or more of a variety of quantitative and qualitative methodologies to explore the robust and highly variable presence of religion in democracies.

If you have a manuscript or an idea for a manuscript that would be a good fit for this series, please contact me by email at djupe@denison.edu.

Religious Studies and Theology

You are invited to submit a paper for possible inclusion in the peer-reviewed international journal Religious Studies and Theology. The journal publishes in June and December; however manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Religious Studies and Theology welcomes original research pertinent to the contemporary world from a range of disciplines, with a particular interest in Canadian perspectives and/or studies of Canada from abroad and in relation to global contexts.

Manuscript submission is easily completed at this link:

Submissions are sent by the Editor to two peer-reviewers in a double-blind process. You will be notified within one week of submission if your manuscript has been sent for review. You will be notified of the decision within approximately three months and will be provided with a copy of reviewer comments.

Women's Health & Urban Life

Papers are invited for the on-line journal, Women's Health & Urban Life. Manuscripts may address a full range of local, regional, and global health topics as they pertain to women’s and children's health, including SOGI (sexual orientation and gender identity). We particularly welcome papers that address the structural and social determinants of health and the dimensions of gender, social class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national affiliation and other social locations. We also welcome manuscripts that address issues relating to public education as well as health care systems, programs, and services that address (or fail to address) the specific needs of diverse groups living and working in urban or urbanizing areas. The aim of the journal is to provide a vehicle for innovative critical thinking and action to promote social justice and policy change in the area of women’s health.

To submit a manuscript, please click here to register .

For more information, you may also contact the editors:

Dr. Toba Bryant, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Dr. Elizabeth McGibbon, St. Francis Xavier University

Papers should not exceed 25 pages including all references, tables and footnotes. All submissions will be peer reviewed by anonymous reviewers.

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May 2016
April 2016 September 2016


When Prayers Are Not Enough: Religion, Gender and Family Violence Workshop

Religion and Diversity Project Team Member Nancy Nason-Clark and Research Associate Cathy Holtmann are organising a workshop entitled “When Prayers Are Not Enough: Religion, Gender and Family Violence.” On September 13-14, 2016, scholars and practitioners will come together at the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Centre for Family Violence Research at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton for a workshop focused on issues arising at the intersection of religion, gender and family violence.

For more information, please click here.



University of Prince Edward Island: Centre for Christianity and Culture

Hosted at the University of Prince Edward Island, the Centre for Christianity and Culture is a research and study centre focusing on Christianity’s impact and perspective on the intellectual and cultural life of Western civilization. Most importantly the Centre coordinates the intellectual life of those students who are interested in Christianity. It addresses their continued concerns and education on a daily basis, fosters dialogue, encourages engagement with political and social issues, and creates a genuine community. The Centre is primarily a concrete way of ensuring a lively presence of the Christian intellectual, cultural, and spiritual heritage in the life of the University, and PEI’s community.

For more information, please click here.


Team Members' Publications

Numerous publications including books, edited volumes, journal articles, and reports have been written or edited by our Religion and Diversity Project team members. Please visit our recently updated “Team Members' Publications” page to obtain a detailed list of these publications and their bibliographic references. 


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