We invite you to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Religion and Diversity Project, to be held at the University of Ottawa and supervised by our Project Director Lori G. Beaman. The project will examine the local regulation of religion, including resistance, negotiation and navigation of that regulation by religious groups. Please submit a complete application no later than 5pm (EST) July 17, 2015. For more information, please click here.
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.
Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion
Volume 8: Pentecostals and the Body
Edited by: Michael Wilkinson (Trinity Western University, Canada) andPeter Althouse (Southeastern University, USA)
The body is an important area of research in sociology as well as across a number of disciplinesincluding religion. The intersection of religion, sexuality, gender studies, queer studies, disabilitystudies, health and illness, pain, death and dying, emotions, and embodiment, or more specifically thesocial and cultural meanings of the body are especially insightful. While literature on embodimentcontinues to expand, to date, there is no sustained examination of Pentecostalism and the themesassociated with research on the body. And yet, Pentecostals offer some very interesting observationsabout religion, religious experience, religious embodiment, healing, sexuality and notions of control,holiness, and celebration. Pentecostals are well known for overt bodily expressions of religiousexperience, spirituality that includes kinaesthetic worship such as speaking in tongues, dancing,twirling, and falling down. Among Pentecostals there is also considerable debate about bodies, therelationship between bodies and the Holy Spirit, possession of evil spirits, deliverance and exorcism.Pentecostalism also has a long history of claiming divine healing for the body and emotions. Believingthat healing is a sign of divine power and presence raises a certain tension with bodies that neverexperience healing or face some type of disability. Pentecostalism is also associated with notions ofsexuality, and gender roles that are liberating and limiting. Generally, we intend to explore thefollowing: How and by what means is Pentecostalism embodied? What debates highlight the tensionsover bodies and so called authentic expressions of Pentecostalism vis-ˆ-vis the body and the politics ofthe body? What is the social processes and social interactions by which bodies embody religion?To explore these issues we propose to include articles around the following themes.1. The Kinaesthetic Body Ð Pentecostals and charismatic worship, speaking in tongues, dreams, andvisions.2. Bodies and Spirit(s) Ð Pentecostal notions of being filled with the Holy Spirit and deliverance ofother spirits.3. Health, Illness, and Disability Ð Pentecostals and the practice of healing and discourses aroundillness and death.4. The Politics of Sexuality and Gender Roles Ð Pentecostalism as liberating and limiting for bodies,social control and gender roles, sexuality and notions of holiness/purity of body.The editors will seek out contributors who can address questions raised in the sociology of religionabout Pentecostalism and the sociology of the body with authors representing regional and culturalvariation.
Please send all proposals (300 words) to Michael.Wilkinson@twu.caDeadlines:Submission of proposals: July 30, 2015
Notification of acceptance: September 30, 2015
(7,000 words): June 30, 2016
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
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: , , etc.
Use MLA format for endnotes and bibliography.
Submit manuscripts as Microsoft Word attachments and send to email@example.com, using "GOLEM" as the subject line.
Or, send as a paper copy to:
Cape Breton University
1250 Grand Lake Road
Sydney, Nova Scotia
CANADA B1P 6L2
Frances Flannery, Ph.D.,
Department of Philosophy and Religion, James Madison University
Religious Studies, Cape Breton University
University of Ottawa
Book Review Editor:
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Journal of Muslims in Europe - Mapping Shia Muslim Communities in Europe: Local and Transnational Dimensions
The current political situation in the Middle East influences and shapes the perception of Islam and of Muslims in Europe. The ambitions of Iran and its use of Shia Islam to mobilise Shia minority communities in the region, not least since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, have been, a major focus of academic research. In Europe, however, although Islam and Muslims more generally have received extensive attention by the media, the wider public and in academic research in recent decades, Shia Muslims have only very lately attracted the attention of some scholars working on Shia communities in Europe and their transnational links.
This planned special issue intends to fill this gap in academic research and aims at mapping Shia communities in various European countries. Shia Muslims in Europe constitute a minority within a minority and are characterised by being highly diverse in terms of their ethnic background, ideological orientation and socio-political and migratory status. The purpose of this issue is to bring articles together that discuss the presence of Shia Muslims in Europe and to cover a broad range of topics which include mapping the historical development of Shia Muslim communities and changing demographics as well as investigating their local- and trans-local communal and organisational connectivities and religious ritual practices within a European context.
Submission guidelines and procedure
The articles should be between 5000-7000 words (including notes and references). Article proposals may engage with the overall topic of Shia Islam and Shia Muslims in Europe from any discipline on the following topics (not exhaustive):
- Shia communities in different European contexts
- Shia ritual practices in Europe
- Shia Islam and gender in Europe
- Demotic processes in the articulation and performance of Shia identities in Europe
- Shia Muslims of diverse backgrounds (Iranian, Iraqis, Pakistanis, Indians, Khojas, Lebanese, Saudi-Arabian, Bahraini, Kuwaiti etc.) and their relationship to each other in European minority contexts
- Generational dynamics within European Shia communities
Articles can discuss Shia communities in a broader European context across different nation-states or focus on case studies within a particular European country. We also welcome abstract submissions that explore various transnational links between European and other Shia Muslim communities across the world.
Individuals who are interested in submitting an article for consideration should submit an abstract between 300-500 words in a Microsoft Word or pdf document together with a short bio (not more than 300 words) to email@example.com. We encourage PhD students and early-career researcher to submit proposals as well.
- Abstract deadline: July 1, 2015
- Notification of abstract acceptance: July 17, 2015
- Submission deadline of full articles: February 1, 2016
- Planned publication: Spring 2017
The editors are seeking original research only. Articles submitted must therefore not have been published, accepted for publication or currently be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Article guidelines will be sent upon acceptance notification. The editors are seeking to publish a special edition in the Journal of Muslims in Europe published by Brill: www.brill.com/jome.
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.
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 email@example.com.
We are pleased to have added Jasjit Singh, University Academic Fellow at the University of Leeds, to our "Scholars as Resources" page. Jasjit's research examines religious identity and processes of religious and cultural transmission among members of minority religious communities. To find out more about Jasjit Singh's research interests and publications, please click here.
We invite you to visit our newly created "Youth, Religion and Identity Workshop" web page. This workshop was held at the University of Ottawa on October 16-18, 2014, and was organised by Peter Beyer, Paul Gareau and Spencer Bullivant.
This new page includes:
- a description and the themes of the workshop;
- a list of the participants;
- videos of the discussions;
- and videos of the presentations.
To access the page, please click here.
How does religion adapt to traffic laws? And how do traffic laws adapt to religion? Raphaël Mathieu Legault Laberge explores these original questions through his study of the Old Order in Ontario, who travel by carriage as they are prohibited from owning a car. The article clearly outlines the negotiation process between the members of the Old Order and the provincial government, both called upon to make concessions. Please click here to read this article.