Book release: Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Hashas, de Ruiter, and Vinding (eds), Amsterdam University Press, 2018


Buddhism & Australia 2019: Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

’History, current presence and future directions for Buddhism in Austral-Asian region’

7-9 February, 2019

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 7-9 February 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasia and is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their latest researches on Buddhism. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

The main themes of the Buddhism & Australia 2019 are

*Buddhism and its History in India

*Buddhism and its History in Sri Lanka

*Buddhism and Computers

*Buddhism in Our Days Tibet


What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:
*author(s);
*affiliation as you would like it to appear in program
*email address,
*title of proposal,
*body of proposal; no more than 300 words,
*up to 10 keywords.
*CV max 2 pages

Proposals should be submitted by October 20, 2018 by the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by December 20, 2018.  We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.


Registration

To participate in the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia, please contact Marju Broder by the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com

For more information: www.buddhismandaustralia.com

Marju Broder
Organizing Chair
Mob + 610405549923
info@buddhismandaustralia.com
www.buddhismandaustralia.com

Registration for NCSR 2018 is now open!

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018) ~ 1-3. August 2018.

Dear all,
Conference registration to the Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion 2018 is now open! Welcome!

The total conference fee is 1830 NOK. Please note that registration is divided into two separate payments and will take place in two steps. Step 1: Registration fee (900 NOK), Step 2: NJRS subscription (848 NOK). Both payments must be made before you are registered as a participant at the conference.

Accompanying persons, who would like to attend the reception, fjord cruise, and conference dinner, are warmly welcome. They only need to complete Registration Step 1 (900 NOK).

Please note that all paper presenters must register and pay their fee by June 15th, otherwise their right to present their paper is withdrawn.

The total conference fee includes:

  • Access to all scientific events at the conference
  • Welcoming reception hosted by the City of Oslo July 31st
  • Lunch and coffee/tea/fruit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Evening fjord cruise with shrimp buffet on Wednesday (drinks must be purchased individually)
  • Conference dinner on Thursday evening
  • A two-year subscription of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society (issue 2/2018-1/2020)

In order to register and pay your conference fee, please click on the link below:

REGISTER FOR NCSR 2018 HERE
Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

Workshop on religious urbanization in Africa, 11 May

Moral economies of ‘development’ in urban Africa

 

An international research workshop funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the RUA project and hosted by SSPSSR, University of Kent

 

Friday 11 May 2018 | The Common Room, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, Kent

Programme:

https://rua-project.ac.uk/international-symposium-may-2018/

Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:   ruaproject@kent.ac.uk

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars from three continents to discuss the intersections and tensions between moral economies of ‘development’, religious urbanisation and social change in contemporary Africa. How are visions of the ‘ideal city’ materially articulated in religious imaginaries, experiences and concrete urban developments? What kind of centralities and peripheries are produced and reproduced through mega-urbanisation and religious place-making? How should development policies and analyses take account of religious dynamics and religious actors in African urban contexts?

 

Speakers include:

Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

Immaculata Nwokoro (University of Lagos)

Paul-Francois Tremlett (Open University)

Xavier Moyet (University of Toronto)

Aurélien Mokoko-Gampiot (GSRL/CNRS, Paris)

Ben Jones (University of East Anglia)

Marloes Janson (SOAS, London)

Gareth Millington (University of York)

Thomas Akoensi (University of Kent)

Organiser:

David Garbin (SSPSSR, University of Kent)

 

Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:   ruaproject@kent.ac.uk

Book release: Imams in Western Europe

Hashas, Mohammed, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and Niels Valdemar Vinding (eds), Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018 doi: 10.5117/9789462983830/ch01

http://en.aup.nl/books/9789462983830-imams-in-western-europe.html

This book presents an omnibus academic inquiry into contemporary Islamic religious authority with a focus on imams and the imamate – on which, until now, not much has been written in English. Our ambition is to contribute deeper and more fruitful analyses of the changes and challenges experienced by this source of religious authority in the context of the secular-liberal societies of Western Europe since the Second World War and the subsequent migration and refugee flows. At the same time, this research also serves to highlight secular-liberal institutions and their adaptation, or lack thereof, to the multiculturalism that characterizes Western European states. The social facts of globalization, transnational migration, and various interpretations of secularism have challenged the visibility of religion in the public sphere in Western societies. This has most importantly and urgently required religious authorities to revisit their organization, governance, and internal hierarchy, and Islamic religious authority is no exception. Throughout the Muslim-majority countries and in Europe, Islamic religious authority is still struggling to negotiate its place among the institutions of the modern state in the ‘secular age’ in the words of Charles Taylor (2007). The imamate is one of the institutions that are currently experiencing a shift of roles and functions in society. Scholars and historians of religion in particular are attentive to this shift.
“This fascinating book on imams in Western Europe is well timed to respond to the European discourse on Islam and Muslims, coming at a time of remarkable developments in the imam as a concept, as a religious institution, and as an authority for the Muslims of Western Europe.” – Jørgen S. Nielsen, Professor, Universities of Birmingham and Copenhagen.

The book is the result of our conference on imams from 2014, held in Rome at LUISS Guido Carli University & John Cabot American University

Here is a link to the introduction, preface and list of contents: https://www.academia.edu/36638452/Imams_in_Western_Europe_-_Developments_Transformations_and_Institutional_Challenges

ASR Meeting registration now open

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) welcomes you to attend our 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Our 2018 theme, “Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines,” highlights the meeting overlap with the American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), and other sociological associations.  Furthermore, the ASR Annual Meeting schedule maximizes participation opportunities for those who are interested in both the ASR and the ASA Religion Section activities.

Jennifer Glass will be our featured speaker and will discuss religion and politics in everyday life.

Please visit our website at https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/annual-meeting/ for more information, including registration and hotel reservation instructions.   We welcome non-ASR members to attend our annual meeting.

You may pay a reduced registration rate if you would like to become an ASR member (visit our home page  https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/ for membership information).

Please contact ASR Executive Officer, Rachel Kraus, at ASREO@bsu.edu with any questions.  We hope to see you in Philly!

New book reporting a survey of Asian Muslims

New from RC22 member Hiroshi KOJIMA:

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).

This is downloadable from https://www.waseda.jp/inst/ias/assets/uploads/2016/07/RP5.pdf

You can see the full list of Institute publications here: https://www.waseda.jp/inst/ias/en/publication/institute-for-asian-muslim-studies/

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/1) published: The history of modern Western esotericism

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/1 of our journal Approaching Religion.

Theme: The history of modern Western esotericism
Guest editors: Dr Tiina Mahlamäki & Dr Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

You find the journal open access at https://journal.fi/ar

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

International Conference: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism – May 17-18, 2018 SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY TK

ORIENTALISM, NEO-ORIENTALISM AND POST-ORIENTALISM

IN AFRICAN, MIDDLE EAST, LATIN AMERICAN, ASIAN/CHINESE STUDIES

15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003)

and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978)

 

MAY 17 – 18, 2018

CENTER FOR GLOBAL STUDIES, SHANGHAI UNIVERSITYCHINA

PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE PROGRAM

https://orientalismconference.blogspot.com/2018/04/international-conference-orientalism.html

A New Issue: Sociology of Islam – Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

Sociology of Islam

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22131418/6/1

A Manifesto: The Meaning of Sociology of Islam, Muslim Societies, the “Middle East” and the Human Rights Industry
Islam. The Meaning of Style
African American Twelver Shia Community of New York
Society in Qatar before the Oil Industry in Light of Archaeological Evidence
Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration
·  Book Review
Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey, written by Jeremy F. Walton
·  Book Review
Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace, written by Sloane-White, Patricia