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
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.
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
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
DE GRUYTER OPEN
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Katarzyna Tempczyk at email@example.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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. In the case of technical questions or problems please contact Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at email@example.com.
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.
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