Boundaries of Religious Freedom – New Springer Book Series – Call for Proposals

Announcing the new Springer Book Series Boundaries of Religious Freedom: Regulating Religion in Diverse Societies

Prof. Lori G. Beaman University of Ottawa, Canada | Department of Classics and Religious Studies
Assoc. Prof. Lene Kühle Aarhus University, Denmark | Department of Culture and Society – Study of Religion
Dr. Anna Halafoff Deakin University, Australia | Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation

Call for Book Proposals:
Book proposals are invited for research monographs and edited collections that fit within the series’ scope and themes. Please email your initial book proposals to the Series Editors.
Processes of globalization have resulted in increasingly culturally and religiously diverse societies. In addition, religion is occupying a more prominent place in the public sphere at the turn of the 21st Century, despite predictions of religious decline. The rise in religious diversity, and in the salience of religious identity, is posing both challenges and opportunities pertaining to issues of governance. Indeed, a series of tensions have arisen between state and religious actors regarding a variety of matters including burial rites, religious education and gender equality. Many of these debates have focused on the need for, and limits of, religious freedom especially in situations where certain religious practices risk impinging upon the freedom of others. Moreover, different responses to religious pluralism are often informed by the relationship between religion and state in each society. Due to the changing nature of societies, most have needed to define, or redefine, the boundaries of religious freedom reflected in laws, policies and the design and use of public spaces. These boundaries, however, continue to be contested, debated and reviewed, at local, national and global levels of governance.

Themes: This series will publish monographs and edited collections on how various societies deal with religious diversity and the limits of religious freedom within social structures and social institutions, including law, education, prisons, hospitals, as well as in the day to day negotiations around religious difference that take place in civil society. The publications included in this series will contain either case studies on specific geographical regions or comparative studies on certain themes as they relate to different local, national or international contexts.
The series will be multi- and interdisciplinary, and welcomes contributions from various disciplines such as religious studies, sociology (of religion), history, political science, law, gender studies, education and economics.

Possible themes for monographs and edited collections will include:
Governance and Religion; Shari’a Law; Religious Education; Gender and Sexual Discrimination in Religious Groups; Violence Against Women; Religious Exemptions; Missionizing; Regulating Death and Dying; Faith and Citizenship; Religious Organisations and Welfare Provision; Anti-multiculturalism and Islamophobia; Chaplaincy in Prisons; Religion in the Military; and Limits of Religious Freedom.

Anita Fei van der Linden
Springer | Philosophy & Religious Studies