Five recent books on religion from Springer

Springer has recently published five books on various aspects of religion.  Click the links to see details.


(Editor’s note: Thanks to Springer for contributing to the ISA-RC22 Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars!)

Two new books on religion from Springer

Springer has just published the two new books on religion:

Pagan Ethics is ​he first comprehensive presentation of contemporary, classical, and indigenous pagan ethics.

The 2015 edition of the American Jewish Year Book continues a 100+ year tradition of leading academics publishing long review chapters on topics of interest to the American Jewish community.

You can get details at the Springer website:


      American Jewish Year Book

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Springer for contributing to the ISA-RC22 Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars!)

New book in the series “ Muslims in Global Societies” (Springer)

Springer has published a new book in the series “ Muslims in Global Societies”, edited by Bryan Turner

Visit the series website at

Muslims in Global Societies Series

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Springer for contributing to the ISA-RC22 Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars!)

A new book in the series “Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach” (Springer)

Springer has published a new book in the series “Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach”, edited by Adam Possamai

Visit the series website at

Popular Culture, Religion and Society. A Social-Scientific Approach

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Springer for contributing to the ISA-RC22 Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars!)

Four New Books from the series “Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies” (Springer)

Springer has published four new books in the series “Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies”, edited by Lori G. Beaman, Anna Halafoff, and Lene Kühle

Visit the series website at

Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies

(Editor’s note: Thanks to Springer for contributing to the ISA-RC22 Varga Prize for New Generation Scholars!)

Public Lecture and Film Showing, Sept 7th: University of Western Sydney

Dear Colleagues,

You are welcomed to join our next Religion and Society Research Public Lecture and Film Showing on “T.G.H. Strehlow and Movements to Repatriate Knowledge in Central Australia.” The event will focus on the process of repatriation of sacred knowledge to indigenous societies in Alice Springs. It will put forward the theory that religious knowledge is best defined as a ‘chain of memory’.

Guest Speaker: James L. Cox is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies in the University of Edinburgh and Adjunct Professor in the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University.

The event will also include a showing of the film “Mr Strehlow’s Films” by Hart Cohen, who is Associate Professor in Media Arts in the School of Humanities and Communication Arts at Western Sydney University.

Event Details,

Date: Wednesday, 7th September 2016

Time: 12.00 – 14.00pm

Room: Building 3, Room G.55

Campus: Bankstown

Rsvp: By Friday 2nd September, 2016 to:  email:

PS: please see attached flyer for more information.


Associate Professor Cristina Rocha

ARC Future Fellow

Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster

Western Sydney University

Thank you from the organizers of the Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion

Thank you!

We, the whole organizing team, wish to thank all the conference participants!

From our distinguished keynote speakers Anne Birgitta Pessi, Courtney Bender, Jörg Stolz and Nancy Ammerman to students and first time attendees, you were the ones who made the conference possible!

We also want to thank our supporters, who helped to make the conference an enjoyable experience:

  • Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
  • Church Research Institute
  • Helsinki Parish Union
  • Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • RelSoc

And finally, thank you to each and everyone of you and us, the friends of Nordic Sociology of Religion – whether you made it to this year’s meeting or not! We’re looking forward to the next conferences  – and all the fruitful collaboration in-between the meetings!
On behalf of the Finnish organizing team,

Kati Tervo-Niemelä and Jenni Spännäri

Nordic Journal of Religion and Society is happy to consider your articles for publication! Deadline for submissions November 15th. Click the link for more information!

The next NCSR will be organized in Oslo, 2.-4. August 2018. See you there!

CFP: Open Theology Journal issue on: Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations

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).


After the boom of traditional religions (i. e. prevailing national religions or those that have a relatively long history in a particular country) and alternative religious movements (i. e. religious movements that offer an alternative to the traditional religion(s) in a particular country) in post-communist/post-socialist countries, the religion(s) of this area have gained increasing scholarly attention. Research on the religious situation during the prior communist/socialist period is primarily focused on restrictions placed on traditional religions and their survival strategies, while the corresponding phenomena of the alternative religious of that time still lack proper analysis.

The special issue invites papers that address alternative religiosities in the communist/socialist countries up to 1990. Due to Soviet control, they mostly existed underground and could remain only if expressed clandestinely. Beside the officially-established Soviet culture, connected with the Communist Party’s aim to control all aspects of the public sphere, there was an unofficial cultural field that was very receptive to the arrival, formation, spread and expressions of diverse alternative religiosities and spiritualities. The disappointment with the existing narrowness of the official communist ideology and the loss of the absolute allegiance to it led to the formation and rise of unofficial socio-cultural alternatives within the system. The underground activities, including access to alternative spiritual and esoteric ideas and practices, generally existed in parallel, or even jointly, with the official culture and institutions.

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

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:
    · transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
    · efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
    · no publication fees,
    · free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.


Submissions are due November 30, 2016. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at:
Please choose as article type: “Special Issue Article: Alternative Religiosities”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Rasa Pranskevičiūtė at or Dr. Eglė Aleknaitė at In case of technical questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at

Job Opening: South Asian Religions

The Department of Historical Studies, at the University of Toronto, Canada, one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, invites applications for a tenure-stream position in South Asian Religions at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD with a focus on South Asian religions by the date of appointment or shortly thereafter. We seek applicants whose scholarly record demonstrates expertise in the study of primary sources within their historical, philosophical, devotional, aesthetic, and/or performative contexts and whose work is also situated within the broader study of religion. Candidates must demonstrate strong linguistic skills in the primary source language(s) of their research.

We seek a candidate whose research complements and enhances existing strengths in the Department of Historical Studies. The successful candidate will join a vibrant intellectual community of world-class scholars at Canada’s largest university. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) is one of the most fascinating, diverse and “livable” places in the world. The successful candidate will have the ability to teach a range of thematically focused courses engaging with the study of religion, contributing to the undergraduate program on the Mississauga campus, and will hold a graduate appointment at the Department for the Study of Religion on the St. George campus of the University of Toronto. Information about these two departments is available at:  and

Applicants are invited to apply online at the following web site: Applications must be submitted by October 17, 2016, and include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample of academic writing such as representative articles, statement of research interests, academic transcripts, and a teaching dossier (teaching evaluations; sample syllabi, assignments and tests; descriptions of teaching strategies and innovations, etc.).

Details are in the attachment.  All queries can be directed to

7th International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

Imperial College London, London, UK
17-18 April 2017


2017 Call for Papers

We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia addressing one of the following themes:

  • 2017 Special Focus: Respecting Difference, Understanding Globalism

For information: