Fellowship Programme, University of Durham

New fellowship programme – calling for applications for the first fellow (deadline 30 September 2018).

Durham University has just launched the Mohamed Ali Foundation Fellowship programme, linked to the Abbas Hilmi II Papers which are deposited at Durham University Library. Digital copies of the Papers are also held at the American University and CULTNAT in Cairo. The fellowship carries a grant, accommodation and meals, and the first residency (14 Jan-22 Mar 2019) will be a valuable research and publication opportunity for an established specialist on 19th and early 20th-century Egypt: more details are provided in the attached notices.
Attached are a media release, an advert for the role of the first fellow, and a document more fully describing the role and responsibilities of this position. The deadline for applications is 30 September 2018. Enquiries may be directed to maf.fellow@durham.ac.uk.
This information is also available online at https://www.dur.ac.uk/library/asc/abbashilmi/

Preliminary Announcement: Conference on “Religiosity East and West”

Religiosity in East and West: Conceptual and Methodological Challenges

The chair of the sociology of religion at University Münster and the chair of practical theology at University Siegen are organizing the conference “Religiosity in east and West – Conceptual and Methodological Challenges” in Münster, Germany, on 25-27th June 2019. The conference results from collaboration between Dr. Sarah Demmrich(psychologist of religion, Post-Doc at the chair of sociology of religion) and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Riegel (Professor for practical theology and religious education).

The official call for papers will go forth in October, 2018.  In the meantime, please read the conference announcement at https://www.uni-muenster.de/Soziologie/organisation/arbeitsgruppen/index.shtml

CALL FOR Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet


  • recherches en sciences sociales sur internet
  • social scienceresearch on the internet

ISSN 4939–0247


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/submissions  (please write the editors for details)

  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: reset@openedition.org.

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 reset@openedition.org




Revised Program for Nordic Conference on the Sociology of Religion

A revised version of the preliminary conference program is posted on the conference website. Here you will find information about the program and the paper sessions. The paper abstracts are also posted.


We would like to remind you of the Welcome Reception on July 31st from 20:30-22:00 at Oslo City Hall.
We hope you will have a nice summer and look forward to seeing you in Oslo!

Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

Free Virtual Journal Issue: Celebrating the work of Saba Mahmood

Springer has just released a virtual issue of Contemporary Islam, with selected articles temporarily (and freely) available online for all to download:


Contemporary Islam

From the Introduction:

  • When Saba Mahmood recently passed away, I reflected on how she had influenced this journal. I know she was involved in the early discussions about its creation. Curious as to how she might have influenced its pages, I did a word search of all articles published in the journal. No fewer than fourteen articles cited her and several engage her work more fully. I have selected here those articles that engaged her the most and which allow us to reflect on her intellectual legacy. When it came to writing a treatment of Professor Mahmood and her work, I reached out to Robert Hefner who considered her a friend and colleague. Professor Hefner has written a reflection on her work and its influence not only on the pages of this journal but on Islamic studies, anthropology, and the social sciences more generally.

A full introduction by editorial board member Robert W. Hefner can be read here.

PhD fellowship in Tromsø, Norway: Indigenous Religion(s) in the Media

A doctoral research fellowship (PhD) in religious studies is available at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. 

Topic: Indigenous religion(s) in the media. Applicants should propose a case study of how indigenous practices from one particular indigenous community are articulated or represented as religious and/or spiritual in one or more media and broadcasted locally, nationally, regionally, and/or globally. Which translations do the practices then undergo? Who controls these translations? What do they generate? The research project should also shed light on the broader political and social situation of the indigenous community and ask how such articulations or representations in different media have both political and religious significance.

The PhD project will be part of the research group “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks” (INREL) that studies articulations of indigenous religion(s) in different contexts around the world and explores the relations between local and globalizing discourses of indigeneity and religion.

The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of four years, includes teaching and administration duties, and comes with a salary.

Deadline for application 20 August 2018.

For more information, see the full announcement at https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/154628/doctoral-research-fellowship-in-religious-studies-at-uit-the-arctic-university-of-norway

For questions about the position, please contact professor Siv Ellen Kraft (siv.ellen.kraft@uit.no / +47-77644390) or professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord (bjorn.tafjord@uit.no / +47-77645289)

Conference: “Sources of Pluralism in Islamic Thought”, 9-11 July, 2018 in Casablanca

Casablanca Seminars International Conference, 9-11 July, 2018

As a global religion, Islam and its jurisprudence have offered heterogeneous responses to a range of questions facing different faiths and communities. Modernity imposed new questions upon religious scholars, theologians and philosophers, demanding of them a new version of pluralism in the theological and political arenas. While doctrinal or philosophical exclusivism rejects “the other” in theory — and frequently in practice, too — inclusivism connotes the accommodation and toleration of difference. But if that means the reluctant acceptance of difference within a hierarchy of worldviews, inclusion may not be enough to create more egalitarianism within modern multicultural societies. Modern pluralism might come to mean, instead, a robust appreciation of human diversity and values.

Reset Dialogues in partnership with the King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences and the Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research are pleased to present this international symposium that was made possible also thanks to the support of Henry Luce Foundation’s Initiative on Religion in International Affairs, Nomis Foundation and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Conference Program

Monday, July 9

2.30-3.00 PM: Registration and Welcome coffee

3.00-3.30 PM: Welcome Session

  • Ahmed Toufiq, Director, King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca
  • Giancarlo Bosetti, Director, Reset DOC
  • Mohammed Bensalah, Director, Granada Institute

3.30-3.45 PM: Conference Introduction: On Pluralism and the Islamic Traditions

  • Mohammed Hashas, LUISS University, Rome

3.45-5.15 PM : Session 1 – Pluralism in the Quran and the Prophetic Tradition

Panel 1

  • Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana University), Valorizing Religious Dialogue and Pluralism within the Islamic Tradition
  • Mohsen Kadivar (Duke University), Genealogies of Pluralism in Islamic Thought: Shia Perspective
  • Shabbir Akhtar (Oxford University), Reading the Rival’s Scripture in the Open Society: Western Christians and the Quran
  • Chair: Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies EDHH, Rabat)

5.15-5.30 PM: Coffee Break

5.30-6.30 PM: Roundtable 1 – Modernization of Civil Rights and Family Law in Islamic Contexts

  • Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca), Fadma Ait Mous (Hassan II University, Casablanca), Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC), Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Rome), Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London)
  • Chair: Armando Barucco, Head, Unit for Analysis and Planning, Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Tuesday, July 10 

10.00-11.30 AM : Session 2 – Pluralism and Universalism in Classical Islamic Scholarship

Panel 2

  • Mariam al-Attar (Sharjah University), Theories of Ethics in Islamic Thought and the Question Of Moral Pluralism
  • Oliver Leaman (University of Kentucky), Pluralism and Islamic Law: Why the Past is Better than the Present
  • Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Universalism and Cosmopolitanism in Islam: The Idea of the Caliphate
  • Chair: Asma Afsaruddin (Indiana)

11.30-11.45 AM: Coffee Break

11.45 AM- 1.15 PM

Panel 3

  • Mohammed Mahjoub (University of Tunis), On the Possible Hermeneutical Interpretation of Pluralism in Islamic Thought: From Truth to Meaning
  • Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Religious Plurality and Kalam Perspective on Diversity of the Creed: al-Ash‘ari, al-Shahrastani and al-Razi
  • Fouad Ben Ahmed (EDHH, Rabat), Philosophy in the Hanbali Contexts: Ibn Taymiyya as a Reader of Ibn Rushd
  • Chair: Mohammed Bensalah (Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Rabat)

1.15-2.15 PM: Lunch Break

2:15-3:45 PM : Session 3 – Insights from Multicultural Societies, Sufism and Politics

Panel 4

  • Amin Abdullah (State Islamic University, Indonesia), Islamic Political Theology for a Global Age: Indonesian Religious Experience in Reforming Islamic Political Thought
  • Imtiyaz Yusuf (Mahidol University, Bangkok), Islamic Theology of Religious Pluralism:  Building Islam-Buddhism Understanding
  • Moin Nizami (Oxford University), The Limits of Pluralism in South Asian Sufism

Chair: Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)

3.45-4.00 PM: Coffee Break

4.00-5.00 PM: Roundtable 2 – Modern theologians and reforms | Book launch discussion

  • Abdallah Seyid Ould Bah (University of Nouakchott), Massimo Campanini (University of Trento), Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)
  • Chair: Mohamed – Sghir Janjar (Casablanca)
  • Book: Mohamed Haddad, Le réformisme musulman: Une histoire critique (Mimesis, 2013)

Wednesday, July 11

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 4 – Political philosophy, politics, Sufism and education

Panel 5

  • Abdelwahab El-Affendi (Doha Institute), Tahkeem as an Islamic Democratic Precedent: Towards a New Look at One of Islam’s Formative Episodes
  • Anthony Booth (University of Sussex), Rawlsian Liberalism and Political Islam: Friends or Foes?
  • Emmanuel Karagiannis (King’s College), The Environmental Policy of the Muslim Brotherhood
  • Chair: Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

11:30-11:45 AM: Coffee Break

11:45 AM -1:15 PM
Panel 6

  • Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Educating Muslim Children Towards Plurality
  • Clinton Bennett (SUNY, New York), On Sufism and Politics
  • Meriem el-Haitami (International Univeristy of Rabat IUR, Rabat), Morocco’s Religious Policy: A Post-Sufi Turn?
  • Chair: Fadma Ait Mous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)

1:15-2:15 PM: Lunch Break

2:15-3:30 PM: Roundtable 3: Religious authority and education in plural societies|Book launch discussion

  • Ednan Aslan (University of Vienna), Mohammed Khalid Rhazzali (University of Padova), Jonathan Laurence (Boston College), Amin Abdullah (Islamic State University, Indonesia), Mohammed Hashas (LUISS, Rome)
  • Chair: Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC)
  • Book: Mohammed Hashas, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, Niels Valdemar Vinding, eds., Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges(Amsterdam UP, 2018)

Scientific Committee

  • Fouad Ben Ahmed (Dar el-Hadith el-Hassania Institute for Higher Islamic Studies EDHH, Rabat)
  • Mohammed Bensalah (Granada Institute for Higher Education and Research, Granada)
  • Giancarlo Bosetti (Reset DOC, Milan)
  • Abdou Filali-Ansary (Aga Khan University, London)
  • Nouzha Guessous (Hassan II University, Casablanca)
  • Mohamed Haddad (University of Carthage, Tunis)
  • Mohammed Hashas (LUISS University, Rome)
  • Mohamed-Sghir Janjar (King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences, Casablanca)
  • Jonathan Laurence (Boston College)
  • Conference Scientific Coordinator
  • Mohammed Hashas (LUISS University, Rome)

The conference is held at King Abdul-Aziz Al Saoud Foundation for Islamic Studies and Human Sciences

Rue du Corail, Ain Diab, Casablanca, Morocco

Tel. : 05 22 39 10 27/30 Fax : 05 22 39 10 31


Attendance is free and open to the public. Working languages: English and Arabic.  A simultaneous translation from English to Arabic and vice-versa will be provided. For information, please contact us at events@resetdoc.org

Coloque / Appel à contribution: Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques. Projet Eurel

26-27 sept. 2018 Oslo (Norvège)

Ce colloque est organisé par le projet Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA) de l’Université d’Oslo, et le projet Eurel

Calendrier du colloque:

  • date limite de contribution 28 février 2018
  • notification des réponses 31 mars 2018
  • colloque 26-27 septembre 2018

Le colloque Formatage de la non-religion dans la société post-moderne – perspectives institutionnelles et juridiques invite les chercheurs de toutes disciplines à se pencher sur la conceptualisation et la connaissance de la non-religion dans la société moderne tardive. Le colloque part de l’idée que la non-religion est un concept culturellement contingent, qui connaît des variations socioculturelles selon les régions géographiques et les systèmes sociopolitiques. Du fait de la croissance numérique de la population non religieuse, les cartes d’appartenance religieuse doivent être repensées, ce qui pourrait aussi avoir un impact sur la façon dont les affiliations religieuses et non religieuses sont reconnues par l’État. 

Deux conférences plénières seront présentées durant le colloque, par le professeur Lori Beaman (Université d’Ottawa) et le professeur Lois Lee (Université du Kent).

Le colloque appelle à des communications fondées sur les sciences politiques, la sociologie et le droit. Les approches sociologiques peuvent s’appuyer aussi bien sur des méthodes de recherche quantitatives que qualitatives. Les communications aborderont l’une ou l’autre des questions suivantes: 

  • Comment définir la non-religion et comment les “sans religion” peuvent-ils être appréhendés et pris en compte dans les études sur la religion?
  • Comment le contexte socioculturel et religieux des différents pays influe-t-il sur la réglementation et la représentation de la non-religion dans l’élaboration des lois et des politiques?
  • Où et comment les individus et les collectifs non religieux s’intègrent-ils dans les institutions des sociétés contemporaines?
  • De quelle manière les services développés pour satisfaire les besoins existentiels des citoyens fournis par l’État à travers le droit et la politique (“d’en haut”) reconnaissent-ils les visions du monde et les sentiments autres que religieux? Comment les croyances non religieuses peuvent-elles être abordées par la loi?
  • Comment la non-religion “d’en haut” affecte-t-elle les notions de citoyenneté et d’appartenance nationale?

Les propositions d’articles, ne dépassant pas 300 mots, peuvent être soumises ici avant le 28 février 2018. Les propositions doivent préciser lequel des thèmes proposés est pris en compte par la présentation, et indiquer les coordonnées de l’auteur et son affiliation institutionnelle.

Le prix Eurel sera remis lors de la conférence 2018. Il est ouvert aux doctorants et jeunes chercheurs (moins de 3 ans après la soutenance du doctorat). Précisez dans votre proposition si vous vous trouvez dans une telle situation.

Les auteurs seront avisés avant le 31 mars 2018 si leur proposition est acceptée. Les  frais d’hébergement (pour une nuit) et les repas seront pris en charge par les organisateurs pour les contributeurs. Les frais de transport ne sont pas pris en charge.

Les communications, d’une durée de 20 minutes maximum, doivent être présentées soit en français soit en anglais. Si possible, les documents de présentation seront alors proposés dans l’autre langue; cela sera un apport apprécié mais n’est pas obligatoire.

Comité scientifique du colloque: Helge Årsheim (Norvège), Erlend From (Norvège), Sylvie Toscer-Angot (France), Michał Zawiślak (Pologne), Anne-Laure Zwilling (France).


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Conference / Call for Papers: Formatting Nonreligion in Late Modern Societies – Institutional and Legal Perspectives

26-27 sept. 2018 Oslo (Norway)

The conference is jointly organised by the research project Good Protestant, Bad Religion? Formatting Religion in Modern Society (GOBA) at the University of Oslo and the Eurel project.

Conference deadlines:

  • submission of abstracts 28 February 2018
  • notification of results 31 March 2018
  • Conference 26-27 September 2018

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Formatting Non-religion in Late Modern Society – Institutional and Legal Perspectives invites scholars across disciplines to address the conceptualisation and knowledge of nonreligion in the late modern society. The starting point of the conference is that nonreligion is a culturally contingent concept that displays sociocultural variations across different geographical regions and socio-political systems. With an increasing nonreligious population, the maps of religious belonging needs to be reconfigured, which also could impact how both religious and nonreligious affiliations are recognised by the state. 

The conference features keynote speeches by Professors Lori Beaman (University of Ottawa) and Lois Lee(University of Kent).

The conference invites papers with approaches based in political science, sociology, and law. Sociological approaches can draw on both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Papers will address any of the following questions: 

  • How can nonreligion be defined, and how can the “nones” be grasped and taken into account in studies on religion?
  • How does the sociocultural and religious backdrop of different countries affect the regulation and representation of nonreligion in law and policymaking?
  • Where and how do nonreligious individuals and collectives fit into institutions in contemporary societies?
  • In which ways do services developed to satisfy the existential needs of citizens provided by the state through law and politics (“from above”) – recognise worldviews and sentiments that are something other than religious? How can nonreligious beliefs be addressed by the law?
  • How does nonreligion “from above” affect notions of citizenship and national belonging? 

Paper proposals of no more than 300 words can be submitted here by February 28th, 2018. Proposals must specify which conference theme the paper addresses, and indicate the author’s contact information and institutional affiliation.

The Eurel prize will be awarded at the 2018 conference. It is open to PhD students and young researchers (less than 3 years after defence of the doctorate). Specify in your proposal if you are in such a situation.

Authors will be notified by March 31st 2018 if their proposal has been accepted. The organizers will cover accommodation for one night and all meals for presenters. Transportation fees will not be taken in charge.

Papers must be presented in English or French, normally no more than 20 minutes. If possible, the presentation documents will be in the language not used for the presentation. Although not not mandatory for participation, this would be appreciated.

Scientific Committee: Helge Årsheim (Norway), Erlend From (Norway), Sylvie Toscer-Angot (France), Michał Zawiślak (Poland), Anne-Laure Zwilling (France).


Conference Announcement / Call for Papers: Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference 2018

START: September 11, 2018 – 11:00 am

END: September 13, 2018 – 1:30 pm

ADDRESS: St John’s College, 3 South Bailey, DH1 3RJ   VIEW MAP

This is the annual conference for the network bringing together scholars working on ethnographic approaches to ecclesiology.

It is is a wide ranging conference, and part of the joy is discovering a diversity of specialisms and learning.  Past papers have included ethnography, anthropology, systematic theology, ecclesiology, practical theology and social science approaches.  Attendees range from professors to local ministers and this is an excellent place to present as a post graduate or early career researcher, or as a pastor/scholar in ministry.  Learning is generously shared and critiques are supportive.  We encourage single and multi-authored papers.  All papers are to be circulated prior to the event to enhance conference conversations and interaction. Established scholars, doctoral students as well as pastor/scholars working in church settings are welcome to propose papers.

If you are interested in proposing a paper, please click here to find more information and a proposal form.

The Conference is run in association with The Department of Theology and Religion and St John’s College, Durham University and is based in St John’s College, in the centre of historic Durham. Our meals and accommodation will also be within the college. There will be the usual folk music evening on 12th September.  A limited number of en-suite rooms are available, allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please email avril.c.baigent@durham.ac.uk with any dietary restrictions that you may have. If you require an additional night of accommodation, please email Sue Hobson at the college directly at s.l.hobson@durham.ac.uk. Please also let Sue know if you will be arriving later in the evening.  St John’s College is about a fifteen minute walk from Durham Rail Station. From Newcastle airport you can ride the Metro to Newcastle Central Station, where you can find frequent trains to Durham. Otherwise, you can book a car with Airport Express to take you from the airport directly to St John’s College.

Booking is now open: please click here to register.

Click HERE to see a conference timetable.