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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  

Brill Yearbook of International Religious Demography 2017

The Yearbook of International Religious Demography presents an annual snapshot of the state of religious statistics around the world. Every year large amounts of data are collected through censuses, surveys, polls, religious communities, scholars, and a host of other sources. These data are collated and analyzed by research centers and scholars around the world. Large amounts of data appear in analyzed form in the World Religion Database (Brill), aiming at a researcher’s audience. The Yearbook presents data in sets of tables and scholarly articles spanning social science, demography, history, and geography. Each issue offers findings, sources, methods, and implications surrounding international religious demography. Each year an assessment is made of new data made available since the previous issue of the yearbook.
Call for papers deadline: September 30, 2016

For more details, please click here.

Central and Eastern European Migration Review

Religion and Gender in Migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe

The Special Issue will focus on the following topics and general research questions:
1. How does the interplay between gender and religion influence the migratory experience? How doesreligion shapethe individual and collective experience of migrants, in particular, with regard to the formation of their genderedsocial, class, ethnic, civic and work identities and practices? How do various religious traditions construct and reproduce the gender rules in the symbolic, institutional and experiential dimensions of migration?
2. How does the activity of religious organisationsand their personnel contribute to creation of various forms of capital supporting (or inhibiting) migrants’ adaptation, integration, andmulticultural identity? How do religious organisations mediate migrants’ adaptation to their new social conditions? How do religious organisationsform bonds and networks of relationships between the cultures of the country of origin and country of settlement?
3. How (if at all) do the gender patterns and identities embedded in religious organisations transform in various migratory contexts? In which directions do the institutional rules concerning the place of men and women characteristic of conservative gender orders changeas a consequence of migrationinvolvingencounters with multicultural and secular socio-cultural environments as well as with more conservative ones?

Submission of abstracts: January 10, 2017
Submission of articles: March 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

Global Orthodoxy: Religion, Politics, and Human Rights 

May 12, 2017
Padua, Italy

Participants are invited to address these issues and propose papers in line with the conference rationale, particularly in relation to the following topics:
• Orthodox churches as stakeholders in international relations;
• The role of Orthodox churches in European integration;
• Challenges for the established model of Church-state relations in Orthodox countries and the process of globalization;
• Orthodox diaspora: between new homeland and traditional roots;
• Modes of hybridization and innovation in Orthodox churches in the diaspora: organizational, community, and individual practices;
• Demography of Global Orthodoxy;
• Patterns of relationship between Orthodox Christianity and human rights: comparative perspectives on different countries;
• Church-state relations and the human rights agenda: contentions and challenges for Orthodox Christianity;
• Human rights and inter-Orthodox dialogue;
• After the Pan-Orthodox Council: the future of human rights in the Orthodox world.

Deadline to submit an abstract: January 15, 2017
To be sent to: Giuseppe Giordan 

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

International Seminar: Gendering Qualitative Methods: People, Power and Place

Endorsed by the International Geographical Union Commission on Gender and Geography
December 12-13, 2016
Manipal University, Manipal, India

A deeper understanding of how people experience their social worlds, the manner in which they negotiate agency through the structures that frame their life worlds, their own understandings of realities and meaning-making processes necessitates the use of qualitative methods (QM). Since the cultural turn of the 80’s QM have been increasingly gaining ground within the social sciences. Parallel to these developments there has also been a deeper exploration of gender and identities, space and place, power and agency.

We invite papers with a focus on gendering methods in relation to
• Health, illness and wellbeing
• Identities, sexualities and rights
• Age, ageism and intergenerational relations
• Reproduction, reproductive rights and parenting
• Marriage, Migration, mobility and transnational families
• Discrimination, violence and safety
• Media representations and gender in social media
• Care, caring and the care industry

Please submit a 300 words abstract highlighting the topic, the theoretical focus, methods and findings/reflections. Selected abstracts will be sent more information on the guidelines for submitting full papers. We will circulate the papers in advance and expect that the participants read the papers before the seminar. This will facilitate a deeper discussion and provide excellent feedback for the authors. A selection of papers will be invited to join a publishing project.

Call for papers deadline: September 1, 2016

Abstracts & papers may be sent to: tcqmmanipal@gmail.com


Dr. Ajay Bailey, Dr. TMA Pai Endowment Chair in Qualitative Methods, Manipal University
& Assistant Professor, Faculty of Spatial Sciences, University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Dr. Anindita Datta, Associate Professor, Department of Geography, Delhi School of Economics , University of Delhi.

Prof. Sreekumaran Nair, Director, Public Health Evidence South Asia, Manipal University, Manipal.

ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology
Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities
Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018

We invite proposals for RC22 sessions that focus on religion, power,
intersectional violence, and social divisions, and also resistance to
power, violence, and division. We encourage sessions that explore the
nexus between:

• religion and global capitalism;
• religion and colonialism;
• religion and nationalism;
• religion and racism;
• religion and violent extremism;
• religion and gender inequality;
• religion and sexuality inequality;
• religion and environmental crises;
• religion and resistance to power and violence; and
• other topics that speak to religion’s role in a divided world.

The ISA CONFEX website site will be open to session proposals between 2 February and 15 March, 2017. 

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.

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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

NordHOME: Racism and Anti-racism in the Nordic Societies (exploratory workshop)

June 1-2, 2017, Södertörn University, Stockholm, Sweden

This workshop will examine the patterns and changes of racist discourses, as well as the role of politics, policies and media coverage in producing and distributing such notions in current Nordic societies. Moreover, the workshop will explore the different responses and ways of organising that civil society actors have developed to counteract racism, including Islamophobia, and to develop ideas of a future beyond hierarchical divisions related to race, ethnicity, religion, class, gender and sexuality.

We are now inviting applications from scholars and PhD students affiliated with Nordic and Estonian universities, who wish to take part in the Stockholm workshop. A short abstract (max. 200 words) including name, e-mail address and institutional affiliation should be sent to the following address: nordhomeworkshops@gmail.com. Most participants should cover the travel and accommodation expenses by themselves. The organisers will be able to provide compensation on travel and accommodation costs to some of the accepted participants. In case you are interested in applying funding to attend the workshop, please send a travel plan with your application.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: January 31st, 2017
Acceptance notification: by February 10th, 2017

For more information, 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
T +48 22 701 50 15


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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  invites submissions for the topical issue "Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations", under the general editorship of Dr. Rasa Pranskevičiūtė and Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė (Vytautas Magnus University).

We invite religious scholars, historians, anthropologists, as well as authors representing other disciplines, to submit both empirical and theoretical papers including, but not limited to the following topics:
• Networks and inter-community connections
• Flows of ideas within the Soviet Union and communist East-Central Europe and from the outside
• Centers and peripheries of the milieu of alternative religiosity in the region
• Politics and actions of the regime towards alternative religiosity
• Restrictions, repressions and survival strategies of practitioners of alternative religiosity
• Milieu of alternative religiosity as a space of resistance
• Relationships of communities of alternative religiosity with dominant religious traditions
• Theoretical frameworks and methodological problems in research on alternative religiosities within the Soviet Union and the communist East-Central European region

How to submit
Submissions are due July 20, 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/

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Rasa Pranskevičiūtė at Rasa.Pranskeviciute@degruyteropen.com or Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė at ealeknaite@yahoo.com. In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at katarzyna.tempczyk@degruyteropen.com

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.

Performance Matters

Special issue on “Performing Religion”

Performance and religion, both as practices and as fields of study, overlap. In religious studies, performance theory has provided a way to understand ritual as action with performative force (Tambiah 1979; Hollywood 2002), while a shared interest in ritual fueled the exchanges between Richard Schechner and Victor Turner from which grew one branch of performance studies as a discipline. Less explicitly, a reverence among performance theorists for theater’s transformational potential and performance’s politically liberatory power inspires some of the field’s foundational work (Dolan 2005; Phelan 1993). These commitments in turn draw strength from a long scholarly tradition that traces the mutually constitutive histories of theater and religion. In performance studies, a growing body of recent scholarship has reinvigorated the question of what it means to perform religion. Unlike earlier performance research which tended to downplay the religious aspects of ritual practice, this newer work focuses directly on religious activities like worship, private devotion, preaching, evangelization, and veneration. Whether analyzing onstage manifestations of Krishna (Mason 2009), evangelical dramaturgy (Stevenson 2013), proselytization as activist performance (Fletcher 2013), or occult theater (Lingan 2014), this work examines the theatrical and performance strategies of religious communities and movements. In doing so, it raises a series of disciplinary and methodological questions. What are the advantages and pitfalls of using theater and performance as analytical frameworks for studying religious activity? To what degree does ritual still occupy the middle ground between religious studies and performance studies? How might greater dialogue between scholars in these two fields enrich research on religious performance? In the interest of pursuing these and other related questions, Performance Matters invites papers that draw on performance theory, theater metaphors and the tools of performance analysis or creation to conduct research on religious practices, texts, histories, philosophies, or phenomena.

Interested contributors are asked to send short abstracts and paper proposals (250 words) to joy_palacios@sfu.ca by July 30, 2016.
Reviews of relevant performances or theatrical productions, as well as of books related to the theme of religious performance, are also invited, as are short position statements for a forum section featuring scholars in performance studies who work on religion and scholars in religious studies who think about performance.

Invited full papers will then be due by November 30, 2016. 

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.

Religio et Lex: Contemplations on Religion & Law

A new on-line liberal arts journal under the auspices of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom at Virginia Wesleyan College – seeks submissions of quality papers on any aspect of the intersection of religion(s) and law, including the experience of religious adherents under secular legal systems and examinations of religious legal systems (Canon, Halakhah, Sharia, etc.).

Papers accepted for publication will be placed in one of three sections:
-High-quality undergraduate student research papers, including papers submitted for
undergraduate classes or independent studies;

-High-quality graduate student papers, from all disciplines (all areas of the liberal arts, law,
and theology), including papers submitted for seminars or derivatives from longer works
(theses, dissertations); and

-Faculty papers on religion & law pedagogy, from all disciplines (all areas of the liberal arts,
law, and theology), including case studies and discussions of classroom issues specific to the
topic of religion(s) and law.

Papers of no more than 8,000 words should be submitted as email attachments (as WORD or PDF files) to the journal’s Faculty Advisor (Eric Mazur: emazur@vwc.edu). Please indicate institutional affiliation and education level. Undergraduate papers should be submitted with a faculty recommendation; graduate and faculty papers will be subject to appropriate peer review.

For more information, 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.

Religion, State and Society

Call for Papers: Religion and the Rise of Populism: Migration, Radicalism and New Nationalisms
This special issue of Religion, State and Society is planned for publication in the first half of 2018.

Areas of investigation can include but are by no means limited to:
•Religious dimensions of populism in national contexts, including comparative perspectives
•The migration crisis and its implications for religion-based identity politics in European societies and beyond
•The ‘crisis’ of the European Union following the Brexit referendum, and its broader implications with relevance to religion
•Religious dimensions of radicalism: discourses, movements, and politics
•Religiously-based conservative and traditionalist movements in Europe, the United States, India, Russia, or other parts of the world, including comparative studies
•Fringe and far-right political and vigilante groups and movements, and their politics of religion
•Religious dimensions of the securitisation of borders and the ‘othering’ of excluded groups
•Theoretical, legal, or discourse-based work on the role of religious, such as ‘Christian’ or ‘Hindu’, affinities in constructions of national identity and the operation of national institutions

Deadline: August 15, 2017

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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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