Call for Papers: Women, Abortion, & Religioins



The Program on Gender Studies (PEG by its acronym in Spanish)- San Marcos National University and Flora Tristan Center of Peruvian Women are pleased to invite scholars and activists to submit articles for our editorial project Women, abortion and religions: debates on sexual policy, subjectivities and religious field.


Over the last decades, we are more aware on abortion as a social complex issue with a field developed by a group of historical, cultural and politic processes, existing within global and local dynamics, as poverty, inequality, public health, secrecy, legality/illegality and also, without any doubt, religion thus establishing the characteristics of its practice, penalization and decriminalization. We consider that abortion as a social issue is a symptom of the infrastructure of sexual policy, that is, of the mechanisms through which sexual difference is developed in all societies. Therefore, to analyze the dynamics of abortion in contemporary societies is crucial to establish a genealogical exercise regarding the views and responses of women towards the place “assigned” to them, to their bodies and undoubtedly to their contribution on the development of citizenship. The abortion and women relationship displays a multitude of strengths, always starting and ending in their own bodies.

Several research studies point out religions have been one of those privileged fields for such processes. Evidently, from the post secular debate, religions have not stopped influencing neither the history of governmentality nor the construction of concrete forms of subjectivity, particularly related to abortion. This publishing aims at reflecting, analyzing and questioning these relations.

Religions can be analyzed as a place of control or also action (or both at the same time) related to the construction of women (spiritual, politic, cultural, human rights) demands. In this regard, studying the religious phenomenon from an intersectional gender perspective is a way to track the situation of women today, especially through the analysis of circumstances surrounding their abortions. Therefore, we are particularly interested in inquiring about those historical, political and social processes where religions support or oppose abortion and their effects in the lives of women. We look for papers with a profound investigation on one of these aspects (or both) based on the analysis of historical, ethnographic, legal material, among others. We focused on the existing interaction among different religious traditions (such as, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, indigenous world views, among others) and said phenomenon.

This invitation seeks papers with an analysis on the role religions play in the history of governmentality regarding abortion. That is, we aim at studying the mechanisms, strategies, representations (among others), developed by religious fields and capitals existing within processes of influence and intervention of the religious discourse in States and also in the international policy (multilateral organisms, international cooperation) within the contemporary world.

This invitation also aims at analyzing the construction of corporalities, subjectivities and identities of women who experienced abortions, related to religious fields and capitals. In particular, their spiritual and/or religious or atheist practices, their experiences and perceptions. Within this framework, papers on world views/theologies, rites, mysticism, moral and memory can be included. We are also interested in exploring articles with a reflection on religious groups and collectives linked negatively or positively with abortion.

Beyond the post secular debate, the encounter with religions within the international scenario leads us to think on policies dynamics and new subjective constructions where religions are introduced as an important device on social analysis. In this regard, we are deeply interested in inquiring about the work of women or women movements (for example, Islamic, Catholic, Christian,

Jew women or with alternative beliefs) who have underwent abortion within their own spiritual traditions and ritualized practices, within each and every cultural and social context where traditions result transformed by their own demands.


The goals of this publishing aim at:

  1. Building a comparative and systematic perspective of the relation between religious discourses and abortion within contemporary societies.
  2. Analyzing the construction of subjectivities on women with abortion stories related to the religious phenomenon within local and regional specific contexts.

  3. Studying the historical, social and cultural dynamics where religious traditions play an important role on the promotion or rejection of abortion in contemporary societies.

  4. Reflecting on spiritual productions (practices, rituals, perceptions, among others) developed by women with abortion stories in different regions of the whole world in or out of religious traditions, with particular emphasis on the South-South dialogue.


Papers should include these thematic lines, although they are not restricted to:

  1. Religious traditions (Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Shintoism, Taoism, indigenous world views, among others), abortion and women within contemporary societies.
  • Local stories on the relation between abortion and women with different religious traditions.

  • Mechanisms, strategies and representations created by religious leaders or religious discourses existing or affecting the penalization or legalization of abortion within States or the international policy.

  • Spiritual practices of women on abortion in contemporary societies, in particular dialogues and resistances regarding their own religious traditions.

  • Analysis on any aspect regarding spiritual practices (such as divinity and rituality) from a feminist theological perspective.

  • Feminist theological production on abortion and women on each religious tradition.

  • Ability of women and groups of women to take action within the context of spiritual production regarding abortion.

  • Spiritual expressions related to non confessional practices, secularism, atheism and other contemporary spiritual manifestations on abortion.

  • Intersection among religious practices with sexuality, gender, race and social class within the women movement.

  • Relationship among spiritual production, ethical discourses and supporting practices from women, with particular emphasis on the South-South dialogue.

  • Relevant information To participate send an abstract with a maximum of 350 words until November 30th 2017 to Martin Jaime ( and Fátima Valdivia (, academic editors of this compilation. Please include any questions or doubts.

    Once proposals are accepted you will receive a written notification. All articles will follow the APA (American Psychiatry Association) style and should have 8 000 to 10 000 words, without bibliography. All papers will be peer-reviewed by double blind pairs. Articles can be written either in English or in Spanish. Complete articles must be sent until June 30th 2018 to Martin Jaime and Fátima Valdivia, academic editors of this compilation, to the following e-mail addresses: and

    Senior scholar position at Notre Dame in the study of global religion. Application deadline: August 25

    The Keough School of Global Affairs invites applications for a senior faculty position in the study of global religion, with a focus on how the world’s religions contribute to integral human development, broadly understood to encompass peacebuilding, human rights, health care, education and other social goods. The successful candidate will also serve as the inaugural director of the Rafat and Zoreen Ansari Institute for Global Engagement with Religion.

    The mission of the Ansari Institute is to engage the world’s religions in collaborative efforts to reduce poverty, mediate conflict, build peace, promote human rights and in other ways advance integral human development. Reflecting the values of Notre Dame as a leading faith-based university, the Ansari Institute is dedicated to research and scholarship that will inform public education about religions’ roles in human development and shape critical, constructive engagement with religious actors.

    More information here.

    Assistant Professor of Religion and Society, Boston University

    BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for a full-time tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin in Fall 2018. The candidate should be a scholar working at the intersections of religion, theology, and the social sciences, with methodological competencies in areas such as qualitative methods, ethnography, and lived religion. A PhD or ThD in an appropriate discipline is required, and the candidate must have potential for a strong record of publications in their chosen field. An additional seminary degree (e.g., MDiv, MTS, MAR) is highly desirable. Areas of expertise are open, but candidates who address congregational or community studies, human diversity in local and global contexts, sexuality, ecology, social transformation, and/or political and ethical engagement are particularly encouraged to apply. Candidates must be competent to teach master’s level theology students. They must be able to teach social science research methods and guide students through research protocols. Responsibilities include teaching and advising doctoral students in areas such as practical theology, congregational studies, ethics, religious leadership, and church and society. The School has committed to the formation of intercultural competence and social justice in all aspects of our learning community, and we seek candidates who are eager and skilled in providing leadership to realize these goals.

    Workshop: Global Dynamics of Shia Marriages

    An international exploratory workshop, 24-25 August 2017, University of Amsterdam

    Organized by Annelies Moors (AISSR, UvA) and Yafa Shanneik (University of Birmingham), this workshop brings together researchers working on Iran, Oman, Lebanon, Pakistan, Indonesia, Ghana, the UK, Norway, Belgium, and the Netherlands. It focuses on various strands of Twelver Shia Islam – defined by doctrinal differences and sources of clerical authority, legal and ethical practices, rituals and everyday lived experience – and investigates how different forms of Shia marriage are debated and concluded.

    For more information see

    Job Opening: Anthropology of Islam

    The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, seeks to appoint an an anthropologist or a scholar from a closely related discipline with expertise in the field of Contemporary Islam (0.8 fte) for a period of 5 years.

    The candidate should have a competence in the fields of Islam in relation to migration and identity also with regard to the MENA region in order to be able to teach courses on these themes. Language of instruction is English.

    Beside these teaching related competences the faculty is looking for a scholar whose research lies preferably in the field of contemporary Islam in Asia so as to contribute to the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture in Asia (see of the faculty.

    Early career scholars are explicitly encouraged to apply. For more information, see:

    Conference CFP: The New Subjectivities of Global Capitalism


    Guest speakers:

    Emma BELL (The Open University, UK)
    Ekaterina CHERTKOVSKAYA (Lund University, Sweden)
    François GAUTHIER (University of Fribourg, Switzerland)
    Scott TAYLOR (University of Birmingham, UK)

    Conference organized by the Sociology Department of Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj- Napoca, Romania1

    Conference Dates: 18th – 20th of September, 2017
    Venue: Cluj-Napoca, Romania, Sociology Department, BBU Deadline for abstract submission: 7th of August 2017Notification for acceptance: 15th of August, 2017

    Abstracts of papers should be submitted to the following email addresses: Sorin Gog ( or Anca Simionca (

    The current neo-liberal transformations of global capitalism have produced throughout the world lasting and significant changes. At the same time, they have generated new cultural ontologies, institutions and social practices which are embedded, appropriated and sometimes resisted in local political, religious and social contexts. This conference focuses on the emergence of new forms of subjectivities that encourages individuals to govern themselves by becoming more creative, competitive and entrepreneurial. An important  aspect of the contemporary neo-liberal governmentality is represented by the role played by the various embodiments of a new spirit of capitalism based on an ethic of self- transformations that instills in its subjects a sense of responsibility, autonomy and most of all an immanent desire for authenticity. In this context we have witnessed in the past decade the emergence of new alternative religions and spiritualities, workshops for personal development, integrative and trans-personal psychologies, popular therapeutic expertise on management of the self; these new technologies of care for human resources that aim at socializing new subjectivities have spread not only in work environments and governmental agencies but also in educational establishments, healthcare and social work programs.
    The aim of this conference is to explore on one hand the religious changes in contemporary society and the way these new spiritualities (yoga, theta healing, meditation, holotropic breathing, familial constellations, reiki. etc.) are becoming an important component not only of popular culture but of various professional fields (management, psychology, psychotherapy, medicine, sport, etc.) and shape a culture of neo-liberal subjectivities. On the other hand we want to analyze the transformative changes of the neo-liberal economic environment, especially those sectors that experiment with a new spirit of capitalism through innovative forms of management of individuals and creative policies for developing human resources.
    This conference aims to bring together scholars from a broad field of social sciences (anthropology, sociology, religious studies, political science, critical management studies) that are interested in the contemporary flourishing of new forms of subjectivities and in the role they play in contemporary capitalist societies. The goal of the conference is to discuss local instances of how neo-liberalism is reproduced through what appears as transformative ethics of self-realization and to analyze the mechanisms of generating ‘enterprising’ and ‘competitive’ subjectivities that are engaged in transforming their inner selves and their social environments in accordance with the prevailing economic rationalities.

    We welcome papers that:

    • explore the new landscapes of religion and spirituality and ways in which these new cultural ontologies are appropriated by global capitalism;

    • explore the role played by the spiritual and personal development programs in shaping a new sense of self that is adapted to the contemporary social and economic conditions;

    • explore how the neoliberal economic transformations are contested and resisted by traditional religions and the way moral communities are creatively reframed in order to engage with these vast social and economic transformations.

    • explore the transformations within the psy-disciplines and the role they have played in the implementation of technologies of intervention and in the popularization of devices self-production through the mass consumption of psychological expertise (therapies, clinical mediation, self-help literature);

    • explore the role played by the spiritual and personal development sector in further legitimizing the understanding of individuals as fully responsible for their employability and the outcome of their attempts to better position themselves within organizations or in the labor market.

    • explore changes in the world of work through recent processes like de- proletarianisation or re-proletarianisation and the subsequent transformations of the workers’ sense of the self; analyze how the reconfiguration of regions as economic units transform the nature and experience of work.

    • any other topic related to neoliberal subjectivities in religions, organizations, work environments and popular culture.

      Participation, abstracts and registration

      The conference is open to all academics, researchers and MA/PhD Students working on related topics. Please submit an abstract of no more than 200 words before 7th of August 2017 to the following email addresses: Sorin Gog ( or Anca Simionca ( The authors will be notified about the acceptance of their abstracts before 15th of August 2017. There is no registration fee for this conference. Participants are expected however to cover for their travel to Cluj-Napoca, Romania. Upon request, the organizers can provide accommodation for a limited number of participants. ​

    CFP: Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

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    Call for Papers

    We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Eighth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, held 17–18 April 2018 at the University of California at Berkeley in Berkeley, USA.
    Founded in 2011, the conference brings together scholars, teachers, and practitioners to reflect on the relationships of religion and spirituality to society. The conference aims to provide a space for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue.
    We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks. The conference features research addressing the annual themes.

    For more information regarding the conference, use the links below to explore our conference website.

    Call for Papers

    Presentation Types
    Scopes & Concerns

    List of Accepted Proposals
    Emerging Scholar Awards

    Submit a Proposal

    Submit your proposal by 17 September 2017.

    We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.
    If you are unable to attend the conference in person, you may present in a virtual poster session or a virtual lightning talk. Virtual Sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar.
    As virtual participants, presenters are scheduled in the formal program, have access to select conference content, can submit an article for peer review and possible publication, may upload an online presentation, and can enjoy Annual Membership to the research network and subscriber access to The International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.


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    CFP: Islamic Legal Studies Conference


    The IX Islamic Legal Studies Conference, convened by the International Society of Islamic Legal Studies (ISILS) under the auspices of the Universities of Helsinki and Tampere, Finland, June 6–9, 2018

    ISILS invites paper proposals for its ninth Islamic Law and Society conference, to be held in Finland, June 6–9, 2018. Unlike previous conferences, the conference will be open topic—presentations on all aspects of Islamic law, from earliest to most recent times, are welcome.

    The conference will be divided into two parts. In the first, which will take place in Helsinki, a keynote address and an invited panel of five speakers will present on “Islamic Law and the Relationship between Ruler and Ruled.” The keynote will be given by Frank Vogel (Cambridge, MA), who will explore Sharia doctrine regarding legal status of the governed. It will be followed by a panel made up of Lena Salaymeh (Tel Aviv), Christian Müller (Paris), Evgenia Kermeli (Ankara), Rob Gleave (Exeter), and Mulki al-Sharmani (Helsinki), who will each present case studies from different periods evidencing the shaping and reconstituting of subjecthood in legal practice.

    The second part, which will take place in Tampere over two-and-a-half days, will consist of 20-minute presentations; preference is given to discussions based on primary text analysis or fieldwork. The conference language is English. Abstracts of up to 400 words, clearly presenting and contextualizing the argument, methodology, sources used, and historiographical importance, are due by July 31, 2017; please send to The abstracts, from which twenty will be chosen, will be read by an ISILS committee. Acceptance letters will be sent out by September 1, 2017. Speakers must be ISILS members.

    Speakers are expected to attend the entirety of the conference. Lodging, meals, and transportation between Helsinki and Tampere will be covered by our Finnish hosts. Some assistance may be available for help with travel costs, but speakers should work on the assumption that funds for travel to and from the conference will be unavailable.

    New Issue of Critical Research on Religion

    We are pleased to announce the publication of the August 2017 issue of Critical Research on Religion (Volume: 5, Number: 2)

    Below you will find the table of contents:

    Special Section: Foucault and religion: Critical engagements:

    • “A genealogy of critique: From parrhesia to prophecy” Tom Boland, Paul Clogher
    • “Reexamining Foucault on confession and obedience: Peter Schaefer’s Radical Pietism as counter-conduct” Elisa Heinämäki
    • “Pastoral power, sovereignty and class: Church, tithe and simony in Quebec” Bruce Curtis


    • “Contextualizing “religion” of young Karl Marx: A preliminary analysis” Mitsutoshi Horii
    • “Nomad self-governance and disaffected power versus semiological state apparatus of capture: The case of Roma Pentecostalism” Cerasela Voiculescu

    Response to April 2017 Editorial:

    • “On neither burying nor praising religion” Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi

    Book Reviews:

    • “Donovan O. Schaefer, Religious Affects: Animality, Evolution, and Power” Lucas Scott Wright
    • “Carlin A Barton and Daniel Boyarin, Imagine No Religion: How Modern Abstractions Hide Ancient Realities” Nickolas P Roubekas
    • “Vincent L Wimbush (ed), Scripturalizing the Sacred: The Written as Political” Michael J Altman

    Editorial Team: Warren S. Goldstein, Jonathan Boyarin, and Rebekka King
    Critical Research on Religion Editorial Office

    ISCOR Newsletter

    Number 1, 2017

    Editors: Katiuscia Carnà, Nicolamaria Coppola

    January 2017

    ICSOR, International Center for the Sociology of Religion, was founded in Rome in January 2017. On the 5th January 2017, ICSOR’s Board of Directors – convened via computer – made the following appointments:

    • Secretary and Delegate of the Board of Scientific Advisors: Cecilia Costa
    • Treasurer: Maria Mansi
    • President: Roberto Cipriani

    Katiuscia Carnà and Nicolamaria Coppola were co-opted as members of the Board. Professor Franco Ferrarotti is Honorary President of ICSOR. Professor José Casanova chairs the International Board of Advisors.

    On the 26th January 2017, beginning at 6 pm, at the ICSOR headquarters in Rome, viale delle Milizie 108, the Institute officially began its activities with a paper by Professor Emanuela C. Del Re, sociologist of religion, Professor of the Sociology of Middle-Eastern Political Phenomena and of the Sociology of Cultural Processes, expert in Geopolitics and National Coordinator of the Italian Association of Sociology, AIS’s National Section the Sociology of Religion. Her paper was entitled: “Yazidi e minoranze religiose in Medio Oriente” [Yazidi and religious minorities in the Middle East]. A documentary made by Professor Del Re in the KRG entitled La festa negata [The feast denied] was screened. This film is available on Youtube at

    In October 2013, Professor Emanuela Del Re, President of the EPOS organisation, filmed one of the most important Yazidi festivity, Jazhna Jamaye (Feast of the Assembly), held at the temple in Lalish, in Iraqi Kurdistan. Last year the feast was cancelled and the motivation given was for “reasons of public safety”. In effect, in Erbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, in the month of September there had been an attack that heightened security awareness considerably. The Kurdistan authorities thought it would be better to avoid large-scale crowds like that which the Yazidi festival would have attracted therefore, they forbade its celebration. The temple was placed under imposing security measures with strict controls. Following the screening of the film all those present took part in a debate with Professor Del Re. Some light refreshment was then provided.

    February 2017

    On the 21st February 2017, beginning at 6 pm, at the ICSOR headquarters in Rome, viale delle Milizie 108, Nicolamaria Coppola, PhD Candidate in Applied Social Sciences at Rome’s La Sapienza University, Doctor in Multimedia Publishing and New Information Professions, General Secretary of the EPOS non-profit Organisation, presented his book Omosessualità in Medio Oriente. Identità gay tra religione, cultura e politica [Homosexuality in the Middle East. Gay identity amid religion, culture and politics], published by Aracne. The author was present and sociologist, Professor Massimiliano Ruzzeddu, acted as moderator.   . . .

    [This interesting newsletter continues for two more pages.  The entire newsletter is attached as a PDF file]