Religion and Spirituality in a Frightening World – Call for Papers

SSSR – Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 23-25, 2020 | Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

We are living in frightening times. The World Health Organization reports that rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise as people around the globe are bombarded by a wide range of circumstances that may evoke fear. What roles might religion—variously defined—and spirituality play in causing and ameliorating anxieties in today’s world?

Social scientists across disciplines who study religion and spirituality are remarkably well situated to add essential layers to our understanding of frightening social forces. For example, we cannot fully understand the rise of authoritarian nationalism, or efforts to resist it, without interrogating religion’s power as a social identity. We also need to understand when and how religion might bolster resistance to change. Many of today’s deepest divisions between and among humans are essentially different reactions to change. How does religion fuel—and try to bridge—divisions in attitudes about changing social norms, migration, new means of communication, and climate change? And how might religion contribute to perpetuating and challenging social and economic inequalities?

Meanwhile, religion itself is changing in myriad ways. How do forces such as declining rates of religious participation, state suppression of religion, and the increasing relevance of the internet to religious and spiritual practice affect religion’s capacity to help people and societies to cope? How well do 21st-century religions and spiritualities work to support mental health, provide meaning in everyday life, build communities rooted in social trust, and promote prosocial behavior and civic engagement?

Submissions Open: February 1, 2020

Submissions Close: March 31, 2020

Decision Notification: April 30, 2020

Please submit proposals for individual papers, full panels, author-meets-critics sessions, and roundtables via the online portal at, choosing the SSSR option on the submission form.

Please direct all inquiries to the SSSR 2019 Program Chairs Job Chen (Department of Psychology, Clemson University) and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme (Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo) at

American Academy of Religion – Sociology of Religion


Call for Proposals

The purpose of the Sociology of Religion program Unit of the American Academy of Religion is to bridge the gap and generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

• Topics related to Boston (and the contributions of prominent sociologists in the region)
• Links between capitalism, consumerism, neoliberalism and climate change issues
• Conflicting identities (intersectional identities in conflict)
• Disciplinary boundaries between sociology of religion and religious studies
• Sociology of knowledge – especially an exploration of the relationship between religion and STEM
• In anticipation of the 2020 US Election, we are interested in panels that are NOT about Trump and do not perpetrate a narrative of American exceptionalism (i.e. panels that explore religion alongside politics, elections, national identity, race, and populism in a global context)

We are also in the process of planning sessions on the following topics:
• Revisiting Religion and the Public Sphere (prearranged session on Habermas’ new work)
• Co-sponsored with the Critical Theory and Discourses on Religion Program Unit: Putting the social back into the sociology of religion (and religious studies in general): a round table with Veronique Altglas (invited panel discussion)

The Sociology of Religion Group of AAR regularly co-sponsors panels with the peer-reviewed print and online journal Critical Research on Religion (CRR) ( Published by SAGE Publications, the journal is ranked as first tier by Scopus and has over 10,000 subscriptions worldwide. Presenters of promising papers in SOR panels will be invited to turn their papers into articles and submit them for peer review to CRR.

Guidelines for Submitting Proposals

• Step 1: Find a topic in the general Call for Proposals or Call of a specific Program Unit that interests you.

• Step 2: Determine which type of proposal you wish to submit.

  • Paper proposal — A paper written by you (and possibly a coauthor) that you will present in response to a theme within a Program Unit’s Call.
  • Papers session proposal — A proposal of a complete session of different papers on a theme, complete with its own description, abstract, a presider, paper presentations, and (optionally) a respondent. Presenters in a papers session must submit their proposals to the papers session organizer, who in turn is responsible for inputting them into the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission (PAPERS) System .
  • Roundtable session proposal — A proposal of a complete session, including a presider, list of panelists, and (optionally) a respondent; all of whom will speak (ex tempore) on a common theme.

• Step 3: Write your 7,500 character (including spaces) proposal and 1200-character (including spaces) abstract. Paper sessions require a separate7,500 character proposal and 1200-character abstract for each paper in the session. The abstracts will be listed in the Online Program Book.

• Step 4: Submit your proposal via the method requested by the Program Unit no later than Monday, March 2. Most Program Units have elected to use the online PAPERS system only. Carefully note any audiovisual equipment you require before you submit your proposal.

  • PAPERS: Submit your 7,500 character (including spaces) proposal and 1200-character (including spaces) abstract via the Program Administration Proposal, Evaluation, Review, and Submission (PAPERS) system. NB: Do not place your name or other identifying remarks in the body of the proposal field or abstract field in PAPERS; this may endanger the anonymous review process of the Unit and acceptance of your proposal may be jeopardized. Your name and contact information is sent automatically with the proposal. For help using the PAPERS system, please consult the PAPERS User Manual or if you still require assistance, email
  • E-mail: Submit your 7,500 character (including spaces) proposal and 1200-character (including spaces) abstract within the BODY of ONE single e-mail to the contacts listed in the Program Unit’s call (usually the Chairs). Attach the Participant Form for E-mail Submission. Please be sure you use the exact same title on the Participant Form for E-mail Submission as you do on the e-mailed proposal. Proposals received without the participant forms will be disqualified. Participant forms received without proposals or abstracts will also be disqualified. If you are requested by the Program Unit to submit a copy to both co-Chairs or Steering Committee members, follow the instructions listed. If no one person is specified, send your complete proposal to either one of the co-Chairs.
  • E-mail with Attachments: Submit your 7,500 character (including spaces) proposal and 1200-character (including spaces) abstract, and Participant Form as attachments in one single e-mail to the contacts listed in the Program Unit’s call (usually the Chairs). Attach the Participant Form for E-mail Submission. Be sure you use the exact same title on the Participant Form for E-mail Submission as you do on the attached proposal you e-mail. Proposals received without the participant forms will be disqualified. Participant forms received without proposals or abstracts will also be disqualified.

• Step 5: Notification of your proposal’s acceptance status for the Annual Meeting program will be sent by April 1, 2020.


L’entrée en fonction est prévue au 1er juin 2020 sous réserve des autorisations budgétaires requises.

L’UQAM recherche des candidates et candidats qualifiés afin de renouveler son corps professoral et assurer un développement de qualité́ dans tous les domaines d’activités.


  • Enseignement et encadrement aux trois cycles d’études

  • Recherche dans le domaine

  • Services à la collectivité́


  • Doctorat en sciences des religions ou en philosophie ou dans une discipline connexe

  • Connaissance approfondie des théories de la religion et de leurs fondements philosophiques

  • Capacité́ d’articuler des lectures critiques du fait religieux

  • Compétence en herméneutique des manifestations contemporaines du religieux

  • Capacité́ d’élaborer et de maintenir un programme de recherche subventionnée

  • Solide dossier de recherche et de publications scientifiques

  • Expérience en enseignement

  • Aptitudes dans le domaine du service à la collectivité́

  • Maitrise du français tant à l’oral qu’à l’écrit


TRAITEMENT : Selon la convention collective UQAM-SPUQ

L’Université́ du Québec à Montréal souscrit à un programme d’accès à l’égalité́ en emploi. De ce fait, elle invite les femmes, les autochtones, les membres des minorités visibles, des minorités ethniques et les personnes en situation de handicap qui répondent aux exigences du poste à soumettre leur candidature. Nous encourageons les personnes qui s’identifient à l’un ou l’autre de ces groupes à remplir le Questionnaire d’identification à la présente adresse et à le joindre à leur dossier de candidature : Nous encourageons toutes les candidates, tous les candidats qualifiés à postuler; la priorité́ sera toutefois accordée aux Canadiennes, Canadiens ainsi qu’aux résidentes, résidents permanents.

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Religious Organisation(s):Challenges and changes in contemporary society

17th-19th August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion

In today’s globalised and fast changing society, religious organisation and religious organisations face several challenges. Globalization, migration and different secularisation processes, together with political, technological and environmental changes/issues, influence, not only society in general, but also religious organisations and the ways in which religion is practiced and expressed in contemporary society.

This situation prompts questions such as: How do religious organisations handle an influx of new members from other parts of the world and at the same time, an increased loss of members who have been there for a long time? How do religious organisations react to new technology such as digital communication instead of face-to-face interaction, and web-broadcasted religious meetings?

Other questions of interest are for example: how do religious groups and organisations handle the late modern individual who has little need of belonging to religious groups, and who is sceptical of religious authority? And, on the other hand, how can we explain why late modern individuals choose to belong to conservative and fundamentalist religious groups?

These, and other, questions concerning how religion is organised in contemporary society will be addressed at the 25th NCSR conference held in Gothenburg 17th-19th August 2020, which includes a pre-conference for doctoral students in the morning of the 17th August.

We are happy to announce the following distinguished keynotes for the conference:
• Professor Masooda Bano, Department of International Development, University of Oxford, UK
• Professor Mitsutoshi Horii, Shumei University, Japan, and Shumei Representative, Chaucer College Canterbury, UK
• Professor Detlef Pollack, Department of Sociology, University of Münster, Germany

15th November 2019 Deadline for submission of session proposals (paper sessions, panels, posters, authors-meets-critics, workshops etc):
15th Mars 2020 Deadline for submission of abstracts for papers:

Information on abstract format and delivery, progamme, registration, venue etc. will be available at the conference website :

We look forward to seeing you in Gothenburg,

Magdalena Nordin,
Daniel Enstedt,
Mia Lövheim,
Martha Middlemiss Lé Mon,

Pratiques religieuses dans l’espace urbain Approches géographiques et sociologiques

Atelier du programme PSL

« Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions »

9 octobre 2019, 14h-18h30 ENS – Salle R2-02 48 bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris


14h-14h50. Hugo Suarez (IIS-UNAM, IHEAL Sorbonne Nouvelle). La religion dans les rues : analyse des expressions religieuses dans un quartier populaire de Mexico City.

14h50-15h40. Julie Picard (Université de Bordeaux). Les territorialités religieuses des migrants africains chrétiens : entre dynamiques identitaires et recompositions urbaines discrètes


16h-16h50. David Garbin (University of Kent). Espace-temps de l’urbanisation religieuse et visions territoriales dans les mega-cities.

16h50-17h40. Irene Becci (Université de Lausanne). Les parcs publics comme hétérotopies religieuses.

17h40-18h30. Discussion générale.


Hugo Suarez. La religion dans les rues : analyse des expressions religieuses dans un quartier populaire de Mexico City.

Cet exposé présente les données ethnographiques issues d’une recherche menée dans le quartier populaire d’Ajusco, au sud de Mexico. Il montre la manière dont la religion s’exprime dans l’espace public dans deux situations distinctes : d’une part, les espaces officiels des entrepreneurs du salut (temples et églises) ; et d’autre part, les manifestations populaires qui ne relèvent pas des autorités ecclésiales mais plutôt de l’initiative des croyants (chapelles, croix). Je m’intéresserai en particulier au Monumento a la Piedra, un rocher devenu lieu de réunion pour plusieurs expressions religieuses populaires et un monument public qui a finalement disparu en l’espace de dix ans. J’expliquerai en quoi ce processus fait partie d’une resémantisation de l’espace par les croyances, qui construisent un environnement assignant de nouvelles significations au territoire. De même, j’évoquerai l’importance des images et des pèlerinages dans l’élaboration d’un réseau de significations religieuses ancrées territorialement.

Suarez, H., 2015. Creyentes urbanos. Sociologia de la experienca religiosa en una colonia popular de la ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, UNAM. Suarez, H., 2018. “Socioantropología de la religión en México. Historia y horizontes”, en Revista Cultura y Representaciones Sociales, 12, (24) : 9-16. Site Internet :

Julie Picard. Les territorialités religieuses des migrants africains chrétiens : entre dynamiques identitaires et recompositions urbaines discrètes

Cette intervention s’appuie sur nos travaux de recherche en géographie, réalisés au Caire et à Toulouse, et portant sur les processus d’ancrage urbain – temporaire ou durable – de migrants africains chrétiens (notamment protestants évangéliques). Elle propose d’interroger à la fois les liens entre géographie, pratiques, croyances et mobilités religieuses, ainsi que la place et le rôle des territoires religieux, matériels et symboliques, dans les parcours et la vie quotidienne de migrants de confession chrétienne, originaires du sud du Sahara. Nous tenterons de démontrer que ces Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions (micro)territoires, qu’ils soient produits par les migrants eux-mêmes ou co-produits, peuvent servir de ressource, de leviers d’ancrage urbain afin de mieux vivre l’attente et d’affirmer, ou de réviser, leurs appartenances identitaires. Si l’espace urbain d’accueil peut participer à la redéfinition des identités des personnes en exil, ces dernières recomposent également, souvent de manière discrète et précaire, les territoires urbains qu’elles habitent (ce qui interroge par la même occasion la méthodologie du chercheur, soucieux de mieux saisir les liens entre migrations, religions et espaces urbains).

Bava S. et Capone S., 2010 – « Religions transnationales et migrations : regards croisés sur un champ en mouvement », Autrepart n°56, p. 3-15. Bava S. et Picard J., 2010. « Les nouvelles figures religieuses de la migration africaine au Caire », Autrepart 56(4) : 153-170. Dejean F., Endelstein L., 2013, « Approches spatiales des faits religieux. Jalons épistémologiques et orientations contemporaines », Carnets de Géographes n°6. Endelstein L., Fath S., Mathieu S. (dir.), 2010, Dieu change en ville. Religion, Espace et immigration, Paris, L’Harmattan. Picard J., 2016. « De lieu de passage au territoire d’ancrage : les Églises du Caire et les migrants africains chrétiens », Les Cahiers d’Outre-mer 2016/2 (274) : 133-160.

David Garbin. Espace-temps de l’urbanisation religieuse et visions territoriales dans les mega-cities.

Cette communication a pour objet d’examiner la relation entre l’urbain et le religieux en considérant les dynamiques liées à l’économie morale de la production des espaces, plus spécifiquement en relation avec les enjeux politiques de la pluralité, du développement et de l’aménagement urbain. On prendra pour exemples plusieurs terrains récents effectues dans des ‘villes globales’ (Londres, Atlanta, Lagos, Kinshasa) pour discuter des notions de ‘religion urbaine’ (urban religion, Robert Orsi) et ‘d’urbanisation religieuse’ (religious urbanisation) en utilisant de façon critique le concept de spatial fix développé par David Harvey. En focalisant plus particulièrement sur Lagos au Nigeria nous montrerons également comment une mise en lumière des espace-temps religieux (vision, projection, aspiration) peut nous permettre d’envisager les stratégies de territorialisation sous l’angle particulier des infrastructures matérielles et spirituelles, dans un contexte de ‘mega-urbanisation’ et de concurrence intense pour les ressources foncières.

Garbin, D., « Visibility and invisibility of migrant faith in the city: diaspora religion and the politics Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions of emplacement of Afro-Christian churches », Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(5) : 677-696. Garbin D. et A. Sthran (eds.), Religion and the Global City, Londres, Bloomsbury. Harvey, D. (2001) Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; New York: Routledge. Orsi, R. (1999), ‘Introduction: Crossing the City Line’, in R. Orsi (ed.), Gods of the City. Religion and the American Urban Landscape, 1–78, Bloomington: Indianapolis University Press.

Irene Becci. Les parcs publics comme hétérotopies religieuses

Les parcs publics des sociétés modernes sont souvent conceptualisés comme des espaces sociaux hétérotopiques (Gandy, 2015). À partir d’observations empiriques et de réflexions théoriques menées dans le cadre d’une étude sur le militantisme écologique en Suisse et d’une autre recherche sur la diversité religieuse en Allemagne, cette présentation porte sur les pratiques religieuses qui se déroulent dans des parcs publics urbains. Qu’il s’agisse de festivals, de réunions régulières ou de pratiques individuelles, des pratiques liées à la religion ou la spiritualité sont de fait présentes dans les parcs publics urbains. Je m’intéresserai à l’importance symbolique de ce type de lieux ainsi qu’aux discours qui accompagnent ces pratiques. Les références à la spiritualité ou à la nature varient considérablement. Les parcs publics urbains sont en effet pour les habitants des villes les réceptacles symboliques d’un imaginaire de la nature et des espaces contestés, exposés à différentes appropriations séculières ou religieuses.

Becci, I., Burchardt, M. et Casanova, J. (eds.), 2013. Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces, Leiden, Brill. Becci, I., Fahramand, M. et Grandjean, A., (à paraître). « The (b)earth of a gendered eco-spirituality : globally connected ethnographies between Mexico and the European Alps », in A. Fedele et K. Knibbe (eds.), Secular Society, spiritual selves ? Gendering the overlaps and boundaries between religion, spirituality and secularity, Londres, Routledge. Gandy, M., 2015. Écologie queer. Nature, sexualité et hétérotopies, Paris, Eterotopia.

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Obituary: Wade Clark Roof

The Department of Religious Studies announces with deep sadness the sudden passing of our colleague Wade Clark Roof on August 24th in his sleep. Professor Roof, who was J.F. Rowny Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society from 2013, joined the department in 1989 as J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society, at that time already a compelling figure in the sociology of religion. Previously, he had been Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Raised in rural South Carolina, he graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College in Spartanburg, went on to Yale Divinity School, where he received a master of divinity degree in 1964, and subsequently received a master’s and then doctoral degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971.

Professor Roof’s record of publication, leadership, grant administration, and mentoring have been truly stellar, as has been his contribution to the public understanding of religion. He became a towering figure in the sociology of religion as he marked the growth of the “unchurched,” the phenomenon of multiple memberships in religious or quasi-religious organizations, the religious odysseys of so-called “baby-boomers,” and—always and especially—the impact of an increasing religious pluralism on the shape of religion in the United States. He excelled at the statistical research that characterizes sociological study, but he was also, and as much, engaged in the human stories behind membership statistics. He offered models to make sense of the data, and the models followed people into their public and political expressions of private commitments and beliefs. With funding to study religious pluralism in the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), the resulting multi-year project led to two transformational works in the field. A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation in 1993 and Spiritual Marketplace and the Remaking of American Religion in 1999 shed a new, clear light on American spiritual experience with their attention to “quest culture” and “reflexive spirituality.” Professor Roof presented narratives that unpacked the statistical numbers, creating a ground-breaking paradigm for the sociological study of religion. Even before his books were published, his work with the baby boomers had attracted the editors of Newsweek magazine, who made Professor Roof’s research a cover story. Later, A Generation of Seekers was reviewed in major national newspapers, with a New York Times profile for Professor Roof himself in 1993. His work sparked national conversations regarding the decline of organized religion in many quarters and the forms of spiritual seeking and renewal that were rising instead. President Bill Clinton quoted from the book in one of his State of the Union addresses.

As major as baby boomer research was, however, it existed as only part of Professor Roof’s scholarly legacy. The author or co-author of five books since the 1970s, Professor Roof also co-edited six books, two encyclopedias, and five special issues of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. With sixty journal articles and forty-five chapters in edited volumes, he contributed as well a plethora of book reviews to academic journals. His success in attracting grants became almost legendary in the department, with almost 2.2 million dollars awarded as principal or co-principal investigator for over twenty research grants. In addition, he presented his work over one hundred times at major academic conferences, universities, theological centers, and public policy forums. Meanwhile, Professor Roof became a

tireless advocate for the public understanding of religion, granting media interview after media interview in leading venues such as NBC Nightly News, CBS News, CNN, the BBC, Good Morning America, MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, U.S. News and World Report, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and numerous others.

Professor Roof’s seminal book from 1987, American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future (with William McKinney) first signaled the emerging voluntarism that was growing in the nation, unraveling old boundaries and creating new ways of being religious. As he scrutinized the developing situation in the country, however, Professor Roof brought to it an abiding comparative perspective. He had had years of turning toward Europe—teaching and lecturing there and looking toward other cultures and their religious expressions. In these situations, he learned as much as he taught, and through the years he continued to be interested in the striking connections and differences between societies in their religious arrangements. As a natural outgrowth, he began to teach French high school teachers about religious pluralism in the United States through an annual university program that offered them a month-long visit. The project soon morphed into connections with the U.S. State Department and success in obtaining a continuing series of grants that brought foreign scholars to UCSB through the Fulbright Summer Institutes (Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence). So from 2002 until 2016, he directed (and from 2011 co-directed) month-long seminars for eighteen foreign scholars annually at UCSB. Subsequently, he took them on a road trip to religious sites throughout the nation, ending in Washington, D.C. The number of Muslim scholars in attendance was consistently high; people of color were a strong presence, and so were women. Professor Roof generated through these summer institutes an outstanding laboratory for studying American religious pluralism and for living out experimentally an international pluralism. Supported by some 3.5 million dollars in federal grants over the years, more than 250 people participated in the summer institutes representing over eighty nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and Oceania.

Alongside this achievement, Professor Roof, from 2002 to 2017, directed the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, housed in the Department of Religious Studies. The center was named for our renowned colleague Walter Capps, who became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives until a heart attack cut short his life in 1997. With the help of Capps’s widow Lois Capps (who served in the U.S. House from 1998 to 2017), the center received an initial grant from the UC Office of the President and later a sizable grant from the U.S. Congress, help from local donors, and then support from the NEH, amassing a 4 million dollar endowment. With this aid, from 2002 the Capps Center began to offer a wide range of programming to improve the public understanding of religion and ethics in public life, to stress its importance, and to work to bridge the worlds of academia and the wider public. Programs featured public humanities lectures, bringing to campus and the larger community in off -campus venues over 400 pre-eminent speakers. These included such well-known figures as Bill Moyers, Martin Marty, Garry Wills, Diana Eck, Karen Armstrong, Elaine Pagels, Sister Joan Chittister, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Morris Dees, Eric Foner, Daniel Ellsberg, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Thich Nhat Hanh, Hans Küng, Richard Rodriguez, Gustav Niebuhr, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Nobel Peace Prize winners Sherin Ebadi and Towakkol Karman. With five named lecture series annually, the center also offered one-time lecture series as well as a host of other special events.

It sponsored undergraduate student internship programs with public officials and NGOs in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Santa Barbara, five undergraduate courses in social ethics, including the much-acclaimed Henry Schimberg -supported course on “Ethics, Enterprise, and Leadership,” and annual graduate fellowships in cultural literacy.

This ambitious record of national and international achievement did not lead Professor Roof to neglect the specific work of the department, the university, his professional societies, and— especially—his students. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies for five years from 1999 to 2004, leading the department through a period of strategic growth and increasing the department’s endowments. Likewise, he served on a host of university committees including the Graduate Council, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Arts and Lectures Committee. Nationally, he held the office of president for the Religious Research Association from 1990 to 1992 and for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion from 1995 to 1997. Moreover, he served on advisory committees for the American Academy of Religion and on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Roof was also editor, reviewer, or referee for over two dozen journals and monograph series, as well as grant referee for the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Swedish Research Council. At UCSB, he advised numerous graduate students who earned their PhDs with his mentoring, and he served as a committee member for another huge number of graduate students, all of whom remember him with deep appreciation, warmth, and enthusiasm. In his work with students, he trained a generation of scholar-teachers in religious and sociological studies to attend to fluidity in religious identity, and to look for reflexivity, experimentalism, self-expression, and the questioning of authority in contemporary American religion. He was the recipient of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year. He is the recipient, this year, of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, which will be presented to him posthumously in November.

Professor Roof is survived by his daughter Katherine Brandts, by six grandchildren, and by other family members. He lost both his wife, Terry, and a second daughter, Jennifer Guilford, to cancer, his wife only a year ago. Our hearts go out to Katherine, to the grandchildren and other family members, and to his many colleagues and friends on their loss.

(Catherine Albanese, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)

New issue of Politics and Religion Journal(PRJ)is online

New issue of Politics and Religion Journal(PRJ)is online.
Please do put this infrmation at site of ISSR          
New Issue
Volume VII (No. 1) – Spring 2013.

Table of contents
The word of guest editor


C.N. Venugopal
Polity, religion and Secularism in India: A Study of Interrelationships
Anantna Kumar Giri
The  Politics of Religion and the Complex Spirituality of Religious Encounters and Co – Realizations: The Multiverse of Hindu Engagement with Christianity in India
Paramjit S. Judge
Community within Community: Politics of Exclusion in the Construction of Sikh Identity
Ashish Saxena and Vijaylaxmi Saxena
Religious Landscape, Low Caste Hindus and the Identity Politics: Configuration of Socio – Religious Space for Weaker Sections in Jammu City, J&K (India)
Ajay I Choudhary
Buddhist Identity: A Case Study of Buddhist Women’s Narratives in Nagpur City
Ramanuj Ganguly
Social Dynamics in a Religious Milieu: The Sevayats of the Jagannath Temple at Puri
Susan Visvanathan
Sacred rivers: Energy Resources and People’s Power

Jerold Waltman
Church Autonomy, Sexual Orientation, and Employment Policy in Britain: A legislative History of the Employment Provisions of the Equality Act 2010
Marko Nikolić and Duško Dimitrijević
”Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC)” in Former Yugoslav State
Sunčica Mitrović
The Problems of Politology of Religion

Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West

The following special issue of International Migration may be of interest to readers:

International Migration Special Issue:
Incorporating Faith: Religion and Immigrant Incorporation in the West
June 2013 (Volume 51, Issue 3)

Guest editor: Phillip Connor

Articles include:
God Can Wait – New Migrants in Germany Between Early Adaptation and Religious ReorganizationClaudia Diehl and Matthias Koenig
God Bless Our Children? The Role of Generation, Discrimination and Religious Context for Migrants in Europe Koen Van der Bracht, Bart Van de Putte and Pieter-Paul Verhaeghe
Intergenerational Change in Religious Salience Among Immigrant Families in Four European Countries
Konstanze Jacob and Frank Kalter
Piety in a Secular Society: Migration, Religiosity, and Islam in Britain
Valerie A. Lewis and Ridhi Kashyap
Intermarriage Attitudes Among Minority and Majority Groups in Western Europe: The Role of Attachment to the Religious In-Group
Sarah Carol
Religious Dimensions of Contexts of Reception: Comparing Two New England Cities
Wendy Cadge, Peggy Levitt, Bernadette Nadya Jaworsky and Casey Clevenger
Religion as A Context of Reception: The Case of Haitian Immigrants in Miami, Montreal and Paris
Margarita A. Mooney

Currents of faith, places of history, 3 PhD Scholarships, 1 Postdoc position

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – 3 PhD Scholarships, 1 Postdoc position

Joint Research Programme: Currents of faith, places of history: religious diasporas, connections, moral circumscriptions and world-making in the Atlantic space

Starting date: October 1st, 2013

Duration: 3 years (36 months), fulltime for PhD-projects, part-time for postdoc-project

The JRP Currents of faith, places of history: religious diasporas, connections, moral circumscriptions and world-making in the Atlantic space, coordinated by Ruy Blanes (ICS Lisbon, Univ. Bergen) with Birgit Meyer (Utrecht U.), David Berliner (Univ. Libre de Bruxelles) and Ramon Sarró (Univ. Oxford), is an international HERA-funded Joint Research Project that brings together a multidisciplinary team of scholars. The central foci of this program are the interconnections between religion, mobility, place and heritage in the Atlantic space. We aim to rethink theories of Atlantic history by exploring three dimensions of ‘religious diasporas’: connections, moral circumscriptions and world-making.

Based on a partnership between universities in Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway and the UK, the program brings together a team of senior and junior scholars. Combining problems and methodologies sprung from social anthropology, history and religious studies, we seek to synthesize an empirical ethnographic methodology with a historical-comparative approach so as to explore ‘meaningful histories’ in their cultural and religious manifestations.

The CURRENTS JRP is offering 3 PhD positions for students interested in conducting field research and writing PhD theses on the topics under focus. Next to this, it offers one postdoc position. PhD-project 1 will be located at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon, Portugal, under the research theme Encounters, Historical Acknowledgements and Moral Landscapes Across the Atlantic (chaired by Ruy Blanes). More specifically, s/he will conduct research on “grassroots prophetism, political interventions and territorial heritagizations in contemporary South America”. For more information, contact Ruy Blanes (

PhD-project 2 will be located at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, UK, under the research theme A King in the Atlantic: Centripetal and Centrifugal Forces in the Making of a Kongo Heritage. S/he will conduct research on how the historical connections between the Kindgom of Kongo and the South American continent, which started with the Atlantic slave trade, are remembered and recreated in today’s Brazil, a country today discovering and reassessing its African heritage. For more information, contact Ramon Sarró ( or visit

PhD-project 3 will be located at the Laboratoire d’Anthropologie des Mondes Contemporains, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, under the research theme Slave Trade Transatlantic Heritagescapes. Reconnections and World- Making in Guinea-Conakry and the Mexican Gulf. More specifically, s/he will conduct research on “Heritagized religious traditions in the Mexican Gulf / Caribbean”. For more information, contact David Berliner (

The postdoc-project (part-time) will be located at the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, under the research theme Atlantic spirits. Religion, Heritage, and the Making of the Atlantic World through Winti and Candomblé (chaired by Birgit Meyer). The research project will focus on “Candomblé in Brazil”.
For more information, contact Birgit Meyer (

The 3 PhD students and the postdoc will conduct field research in different locations. They will be based in their respective host institution, and will be supervised by the project’s Principal Investigator in that institution. They will be expected, however, to actively engage in JRP meetings, intellectual exchanges, and academic events bringing the entire international team together. Applicants should therefore be enthusiastic, well motivated and able to work independently and as part of a collaborative research team.

Applicants are expected to hold a very good MA, MSc, or MPhil degree in anthropology or a cognate field by the start of the three-year project.  The post-doc will have completed a PhD dissertation in anthropology, religious studies or a cognate field by the start of the three-year project. Fieldwork experience and familiarity with ethnographic research methods will be highly valued.
Relevant research experience in one of the contexts or topics of the Joint Research Project will be particularly advantageous.

Informal enquiries about the overall Joint Research Project should be addressed to Please contact each chair for specific instructions on applications.

Applicants interested in either of these four positions will need to send the respective chair a personal statement indicating why they think they are particularly well prepared to undertake this research, a short research proposal, letters of recommendation (two or three, depending on the University they are applying for) and a sample of written work.
Furthermore they will need to satisfy the criteria for acceptance to the PhD programmes of each of the universities involved. They will need to complete the respective application forms available on the links provided by each chair upon initial contact.

Deadline: Friday 21 June 2013 (noon).

Shortlisted candidates may be invited for an interview.