SAFSOR: Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione — Roma, 19-21 dicembre 2018

ICSOR, viale delle Milizie 108, scala A, interno 1 (metro A: Ottaviano), tel. 3475160442


Mercoledì, 19 Dicembre

  • 9:30 – 10:00: Inaugurazione e saluti, Roberto Cipriani, Cecilia Costa ed Emanuela C. del Re
  • 10:00 – 11:00: Relazione introduttiva del Presidente Onorario dell’ICSOR, Franco Ferrarotti, su “Sacro e religioso”
  • 11:00 – 12:00: Relazione di Cristián Parker, Università di Santiago del Cile, “Popular cultures and religions in the context of multiple modernities: a southern vision”
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “Economia e grandi religioni orientali: una rilettura di Max Weber”, Carlo Prandi
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “La ricerca qualitativa per studiare la religiosità”, Rita Bichi
  • 18:00 – 19:00: “Il Sinodo dei Giovani”, Cecilia Costa
  • 19:30: Visita alla Sinagoga ed al Museo Ebraico
  • 20:30: Cena Sociale: Nonna Betta (via del Portico d’Ottavia 16, quota individuale: 20 euro)

Giovedì, 20 Dicembre

  • 9:00 – 10:00: “Heidegger ed alcuni aspetti degli atteggiamenti religiosi contemporanei”, Paolo Montesperelli
  • 10:45 – 11:45: “Una nuova ‘ora di punta degli dei’. La fioritura delle nuove religioni in Corea del Sud”, Massimo Introvigne
  • 12:00 – 13:00: “Problemi metodologici della ricerca empirica in sociologia della religione”, Enzo Campelli
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “Il divino femminile in Italia: post-shamanism, neo-shamanism e femminismo spirituale”, Enrica Tedeschi
  • 16:45 – 17:45: Presentazione del volume Women and religion. Contemporary and future challenges in the global era, edited by Elisabetta Ruspini, Glenda Tibe Bonifacio, and Consuelo Corradi, Policy Press
  • 17.45-18:45: Cocktail’s lifestyle. Alcool, religioni e nuove ritualità (workshop), Simona Scotti
  • 18.45-19:45: Incontro conviviale con la Comunità Sikh

Venerdì, 21 Dicembre

  • 9:00 – 10:00: “La ‘politicità’ delle religioni assiali. A partire da S. Eisenstadt”, Pietro De Marco
  • 10:45 – 11:45: “Populismo e religione”, Monica Simeoni
  • 12:00 – 13:00: “Imam d’Italia: una ricerca sulle guide spirituali musulmane”, Paolo Naso
  • 15:00 – 16:00: “L’evoluzione della religione nella società digitale”, Costantino Cipolla
  • 16:45 – 17:45: “Minoranze e religioni”, Emanuela C. Del Re
  • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito. A seguire: Cerimonia di chiusura e Consegna degli attestati

Useful links to Pew Research Center reports and data

Conrad Hackett, Senior Demographer & Associate Director, Pew Research Center

Pew Research Center has a wealth of data about religion around the world. It can be hard to keep track of all our products, even for those of us who work at the Center. Here is an incomplete list of links to reports, quizzes and data resources that may be of interest for research and teaching purposes:

Survey reports on religion in: Western Europe Central and Eastern Europe Sub-Saharan Africa Latin America Israel Muslim majority countries (religion report) Muslim majority countries (politics report) Orthodox Christians

Religious demography reports on: The Future of World Religions The Changing Global Religious Landscape The Gender Gap in Religious Commitment The Age & Geography Gap in Religious Commitment Religion and Educational Attainment The Growth of the Muslim Population in Europe Global migrant stocks by religion Religious diversity

Religious restrictions Latest annual report

US religion reports Religious Landscape Study Religious Typology Jews Muslims Mormons Catholics Knowledge Feelings toward religious groups

Quizzes Religious knowledge Typology

Useful data Download our datasets Current and projected religious composition of each country Religion and education data Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures site

15e anniversaire du SoDRUS

Quel sens peut-on donner à l’évolution religieuse québécoise des deux dernière décennies ? Où le Québec s’en va-t-il ?

Date : Le mardi 2 octobre 2018

Heure : De 16 h 00 à 18 h 00

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, Centre judiciaire, local A9-130

Ce débat sera animé par le professeur Sami Aoun (Professeur titulaire, département de politique appliquée, Université de Sherbrooke et directeur de l’Observatoire du Moyen-Orient et l’Afrique du nord (OMAN) à la Chaire Raoul-Dandurand en études stratégiques et diplomatiques de l’UQAM). Trois personnes qui ont été placées directement au cœur de cette évolution québécoise par leurs recherches et/ou par des mandats publics reçus, agiront à titre de panélistes, l’honorable Louis Lebel (Juge à la retraite de la Cour suprême du Canada et juge en résidence à la Faculté de droit de l’Université Laval), le professeur Joseph-Yvon Thériault (Professeur titulaire, département de sociologie, Université du Québec à Montréal) et la professeure Deirdre Meintel (Professeure titulaire, département d’anthropologie, Université de Montréal et directrice du Centre d’études ethniques des universités montréalaises CEETUM).

Pour vous désabonner de la liste d’envoi du SoDRUS, merci de cliquer sur le bouton suivant : Se désabonner


Audrey Anne Blanchet

-Étudiante à la maîtrise en études politiques appliquées, cheminement recherche appliquée (mémoire)

-Coordinatrice du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS)

Call for Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet

Journal: RESET: recherches en sciences sociales sur internet / social science research on the internet
ISSN 4939–0247

CALL FOR Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet

Deadline for abstract submissions: SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018

Special issue edited by Fabienne Duteil-Ogata (Clare EA4596, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne / IIAC [EHESS/CNRS]) and Isabelle Jonveaux (CéSor, EHESS)

In the past few years, when tragic events have been associated with religious radicalization, the Internet has been often pointed out. For instance, for fundamentalist groups such as Daesh or Al Qaida, digital social networks may be an opportunity to recruit people beyond geographical borders (Udrescu 2013, Torok 2010, 2011). Nevertheless, behind such specific and highly mediatized cases, it must not be forgotten that the Internet’s uses have grown in almost any religious group, to become today something as common as unavoidable (Dawson & Cowan, 2004, Knoblauch, 2009, Campbell, 2010, Cheong et al., 2012, Jonveaux, 2013).

This special issue precisely aims at exploring how the Internet affects religion or conversely, how religion can transform digital media. These questions may be discussed at least from two standpoints. On the one hand, one can consider that religions have always used media and that there is in fact no religion without media (Krotz, 2007). This theory relies on the conceptualization of religions as communication systems. The use of digital media by religious institutions is consequently unsurprising, because throughout history and often very fast, they have invested the major communication developments, such as the printing press in the Middle Age (Eisenstein, 2005 [1983]) or telephone and then television since the end of the 19th century (Sastre Santos, 1997). In this perspective, digital media has brought nothing really new to religions and what is observed online is nothing but an extension or the reflection of the current trends related to religious matters and its modernity (Jonveaux, 2013). On the other hand, the opposite position considers that new media transform both religions’ contents and practices (Hjarvard, 2013). They lead precisely to the creation of new religious forms or “cyberreligions” (Hojsgaard, 2005) in which religious institutions as well as religious practices exist only online, like in the case The Church of the Blind Chihuahua or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for example, even though some of these religions have clearly a parodic dimension (Obadia, 2015). In this perspective, the Internet can be seen as a tool that has carried something original and exclusive to the practice of religions, far from only reproducing online offline practices.

To go beyond these seemingly antithetical approaches, a solution may be to go back to the classic categories of the sociology of religion and ask how much the Internet has (or not) transformed them. Simultaneously, this implies to lead empirical studies dedicated to the description of religions as lived by online users or to the religious institutions which observe and integrate digital uses to a certain extent. For this special issue, we have therefore identified at least four research directions (detailed below) in which potential contributors could inscribe their article proposals.

Areas of research

  1. Rituals, Worship, Prayers and Celebrations

  2. Identities, Belongings, Avatars and Communities
  3. Asceticism, Fasting and Prohibitions

  4. Conversion, Education and Transmission

Calendar and practical information

The abstracts (500 words maximum) are due by September 7th, 2018. They should be sent to the following address:

Proposals may be written either in English or in French, and should state the research question, the methodology, and the theoretical framework. They will focus on the scientific relevance of the proposed article in light of the existing literature and the call for papers, and may be accompanied by a short bibliography. We also would like to draw the authors’ attention to a special section in the journal called “Revisiting the Classics”, devoted to new readings of classical authors and theories in the context of digital media: for this special issue, papers centered on the re-exploration of classical authors and categories from the social sciences of religion will be particularly appreciated.

The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the issue editors and the members of the journal editorial board. Authors of submissions selected at this stage will be asked to e-mail their full papers by November 12th, 2018 for another double-blind peer review evaluation.

The journal RESET also accepts submissions for its “Varia” section, open to scholarly works in the Humanities and Social Sciences dealing with Internet-related objects or methods of research.

Calendar :

Deadline for abstract submission (500 words maximum, plus references): September 7th, 2018.
Responses to authors: September 20th, 2018.
Deadline for full papers (6 000 to 10 000 words, plus references): November 12th, 2018.


Editorial board


Postdoc: The Study of Islam and Muslims in Canada

Institute of Islamic Studies, University of Toronto


Description of duties: The Institute of Islamic Studies invites applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship on the study of Islam and Muslims in Canada. This post-doctoral fellow will be primarily responsible for pursuing independent scholarship and research on the study of Islam and Muslims in Canada. The post-doctoral fellow would also organize a monthly research-oriented workshop on the central theme; and support Institute research incubation on the central theme. The normal hours of work are 40 hours per week for a full-time postdoctoral fellow recognizing that the needs of the employee’s research and training and the needs of the supervisor’s research program may require flexibility in the performance of the employee’s duties and hours of work.

Salary: $45,000 CAD plus benefits per year.

Please note that should the minimum rates stipulated in the collective agreement fall below the rates stated in this posting, the minimum rates stated in the collective agreement shall prevail.

Required qualifications: The successful applicant should have high level interdisciplinary analytic capability related to the theme, a demonstrated ability of independent research excellence, and the capacity to work collaboratively on a team of researchers. Applicants in the humanities and social sciences that examine the core thematic area are preferred. The final candidate must have a PhD by 1 July 2019.

Application instructions: For full consideration, applications must be submitted electronically to by the application closing date. Applications must include: (1) a cover letter with a research statement; (2) a complete curriculum vitae; (3) a writing sample; (4) names and email addresses for three references. After initial review, letters of recommendation will be requested for selected applicants. Applications will be reviewed as received and the position will remain open until filled. However, no hiring decision will be made prior to ten working days following the date the vacancy was posted.

To ensure full consideration, applicants should be received by the closing date of October 1, 2018.

Supervisor: Anver M. Emon, Director, Institute of Islamic Studies

Expected start date: August 15, 2019
Term: two-year term, ending August 14, 2021

Employment as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto is covered by the terms of the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.  This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 5 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

New Book: “Beyond Accommodation: Everyday Narratives of Muslim Canadians”

By Jennifer Selby, Amelie Barras and Lori G. Beaman

Problems – of integration, failed political participation, and requests for various kinds of accommodation – seem to dominate the research on minority Muslims in Western nations.Beyond Accommodation offers a different perspective, showing how Muslim Canadians successfully navigate and negotiate their religiosity. The authors critique the model of reasonable accommodation, suggesting that it disempowers religious minorities by implicitly privileging Christianity and by placing the onus on minorities to make formal requests for accommodation. Through interviews, Muslim Canadians show that informal negotiation takes place all the time; scholars, however, have not been paying attention. This book proposes an alternative picture of how religious difference is woven into the fabric of Canadian society.

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Four Job Openings in the U.K., Canada, and Finland

Lecturer in Public Policy
Lancaster University, Department of Politics Philosophy and Religion

Lecturer in International Relations and Diplomacy
Lancaster University, Department of Politics Philosophy and Religion

Assistant Professor in Indigenous Spiritualities
University of Toronto, Department for the Study of Religion

Assistant Professor / Associate Professor / Professor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Arts

New Book: British Muslims: New Directions in Islamic Thought, Creativity and Activism

By Philip Lewis, Sadek Hamid
Foreword by Baroness Warsi

Edinburgh University Press:

Explores how a new generation are redefining what it means to be a Muslim in Britain today.

A new generation of Muslims – activists, academics, religious scholars and professionals – are drawing on contemporary reformist thinking emerging from outside their parents’ or grandparents’ tradition and are using this to inform their activism. This positive new thinking is traced as it impacts and shapes the burgeoning field of Muslim women’s activism, the formation of religious leaders, what is to count as ‘Muslim politics’, the dynamics of de-radicalisation and what has been dubbed the ‘New Muslim Cool’ in music, fashion and culture.

A collaboration between two academics, one Muslim and one not, the book gives a distinctive take on understanding Islam and Muslims in Britain today.


  • Preface
  • CHAPTER 1: Muslims in Britain: A Changing Landscape
  • CHAPTER 2: The Islamic Seminary: Between Crisis and Renewal
  • CHAPTER 3: Engaging Democracy and Debating Islam
  • CHAPTER 4: Radicals, Extremists and Terrorists: Contextualising the Challenge of Radicalisation
  • CHAPTER 5: Creating Culture: Emergence of the New “Muslim Cool”
  • An Annotated Bibliography

Sacred Journeys: 6th Global Conference

Maynooth University, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Wednesday 10 July – Thursday 11 July 2019

Call for Papers

More than 400 million people embark annually on pilgrimages with numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. As a global phenomenon, pilgrimage facilitates interaction between and among diverse peoples from countless cultures, occupations, and walks of life. In the 6th Global Conference, we will continue to explore pilgrimage’s personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions. This includes similarities and differences in the practice in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other traditions, as well as secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery. Other potential topics include: (1) pilgrimage and the marketplace (2) the metaphor of the journey as explored by writers, artists, performers, and singers, including humanists, agnostics, atheists, and musicians (3) pilgrimage and ‘miracles’ and the related topic of thanksgiving, and (4) ‘dark’ pilgrimages to sites of remembrance and commemoration.

Submitting Your Abstract

Proposals should be submitted no later than Thursday, 28 February 2019 to:

E-Mail Subject Line: Sacred Journeys 6 Proposal Submission

The following information must be included:

  • Author(s), Affiliation as you would like it to appear in the conference program, Email address, Title of proposal, Abstract (maximum of 300 words), Keywords (maximum of ten)

Evaluating Your Proposal

All abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed and you will be notified of the Organizing Committee’s decision no later than Thursday, 14 March 2019. When a positive decision is made, you will be asked to promptly register online. Accommodation is available onsite. The conference registration fee is $250 US and $200 for students. You will be asked to submit a draft paper of no more than 3000 words by Saturday, 01 June 2019.

Publishing Your Work

We have established linkages with the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, the journal Religions, and the University of the Philippines Manila’s The Reflective Practitioner. You will have the opportunity to expand your draft paper for submission to one of these three journals. If there are sufficient papers on a single theme or group of themes, we can consider a book proposal to a major publishing house.

International Conference on ‘Jihadi Audiovisualities: Meanings, Aesthetics, Appropriations’

Dear colleagues,

Remember to register for our International Conference on ‘Jihadi Audiovisualities: Meanings, Aesthetics, Appropriations’ on 4-5 October in Mainz.

We focus on audio-visual Jihadist offers, their figurations and aesthetics, and various forms of appropriation. Our event brings together scholars and practitioners from multiple disciplines to assess Jihadi audio-visuals and their surroundings in all their complexity. We will explore the acoustic dimension of Jihadi videos, focus on cinematic means and the creative power involved in Jihadi audio-visuals, and examine artivist modes of engaging with these communicative offers.
Please find a detailed programme and further information at

Due to a great interest in the conference and limited seating capacity we kindly remind you to register now. Registration is open until 26 September.

Best regards,

Dr. Christoph Günther  
Principal Investigator - Junior Research Group  Jihadism on the Internet  
Department of Anthropology and African Studies, University of Mainz 
Forum Universitatis 6 
D-55099 Mainz