New books from the Center for Religion and Civic Culture

We are excited to announce that two books from our Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative were published this summer:

Congrats to all the authors!

Job Opening: Assistant Professor in Catholic Studies, (including the social-scientific study of Catholicism)

Dear colleagues,

Follow this link for information about an exciting new job opportunity in the Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University. Please note: while the title refers to Catholic Studies/Theology, one of the preferred specialisms is the social scientific study of Catholicism. In other words, sociologists of religion are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mathew Guest

from the site:

Assistant Professor in Catholic Studies or Theology

The role

This is an excellent opportunity to join a truly world-leading Department of Theology and Religion. Not only was the Department recognised in the last two UK assessments of research as being the best in the country; it was also named third in the world in the recent QS rankings.  Extending our existing strengths in Catholic Studies research, you will find our home next to Durham Cathedral an inspiringly beautiful place to work.  You may specialise in any areas of this broad field of enquiry, but we are particularly keen to hear from you if you are working in ethics/moral theology or the social scientific study of aspects of Catholicism.  Other areas that are under-represented in the Department include the history of modern Catholicism, Catholic spirituality, and the interface between Catholic thought and world religions. Whatever your interests, you will play a key role in both teaching and the development of further world-class research.

High Training School in Sociology of Religion in Rome, Dec 27-30, 2017

Dear Colleague, 

I send notice of the High Training School in Sociology of Religion, which will take place in Rome from 27 to 30 December 2017, in collaboration with the International Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) and the Section of Sociology of Religion of the Italian Sociological Association. Applications will expire on 30 September 2017. Participation is free of charge. For board and lodging at special prices see attachment.

I also attach the School’s provisional programme. The basic idea of SAFSOR is to make a review of the state of the art (as far as possible) of the sociology of religion, to propose some classics, to bring together young scholars, to offer some examples of research, to reflect on a theoretical level about the sociological approach to the religious phenomenon, to create communities among experts of the sector belonging to different generations. 

A warm greeting. 

Roberto Cipriani

Gentile Collega,

invio il bando della Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione che si svolgerà a Roma dal 27 al 30 dicembre 2017, in collaborazione fra l’international Center for the Sociology of Religion (ICSOR) e la Sezione di Sociologia della Religione dell’AIS. La scadenza delle domande è il 30 settembre 2017. La partecipazione è gratuita. Per vitto ed alloggio a prezzi convenzionati vedi in attachment.

Allego altresì il programma della Scuola. L’idea di base della SAFSOR è di fare una rassegna sullo stato dell’arte (per quanto possibile) della sociologia della religione, di riproporre alcuni classici, di far incontrare fra loro i giovani studiosi, di offrire qualche esempio di ricerca, di riflettere sul piano teorico in merito all’approccio sociologico al fenomeno religioso, di creare comunità fra i cultori del settore appartenenti a generazioni diverse. 

Un caro saluto. 

Roberto Cipriani

CFP: Multiple Religious Identities – Individuals, Communities, Traditions

16th Annual Conference of the EASR
Regional Conference of the IAHR
17-21 June 2018, Bern/Switzerland

The organisers of the conference invite contributions from all areas and disciplines of the study of religion to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the conference topic

Multiple Religious Identities – Individuals, Communities, Traditions

More information on the conference theme can be found on the website (

The deadline for submission of pre-arranged session proposals: October 1, 2017.

  • · Your proposal will be forwarded to the Program Committee for evaluation to ensure a high academic standard of the conference program.
  • · To submit for a pre-arranged session (panels of 90 minutes), you will be asked to give the title of the session, an abstract of its content and purpose (max. 500 words), the designated format, the name of the chair and, if already fixed, the speakers and preliminary titles of their papers.
  • · Papers should be limited to 20 minutes. Panel chairs should make sure that there is time reserved for discussion. For encouraging academic exchange, please consider trans-national panels.
  • · The complete list of all proposed open sessions will be made available as from November 15, 2017 for individuals to submit matching papers.

Post-Doc & Two PhD Studentships on the transformation of Shii Islam since the 1950s

The Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Birmingham seeks to appoint 1 Post-doctoral Research Fellow and to award 2 PhD studentships to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt. This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The project begins in January 2018 and will in the course of its five-year duration include four post-doctoral researchers and three PhD students.

The Research Fellow and PhD students will work on the first thematic area of the project which begins in January 2018. As part of this thematic area, the various ways in which Shii clerical authorities in Iran and Iraq have positioned themselves towards the modern nation-state are explored.

Further information about the project, see:

New Book: Religion and welfare in Europe: gendered and minority perspectives

(Policy Press, September 2017)

Edited by Lina Molokotos-Liederman with Anders Bäckström and Grace Davie

Using welfare as a prism, Religion and welfare in Europe explores regional conceptions and variations in welfare and religion across Europe.

Methodological approaches to research and practice draw thematic comparisons on these issues using case studies focused on gendered and minority perspectives as they relate to the varied provision of social welfare in selected European countries.

Contributors offer comparative insights on majority-minority relations concerning practices, patterns and mechanisms of social welfare provision, explaining how these lead to conflict, cohesion or – as is so often the case – the grey area in between.

Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, 4-6 December, 2017

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. Abstract submission and Registrations are now open for our 4–6 December 2017 session.

The meetings will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary.  Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.

The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr Mountford is a Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.

You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer. The symposium is inter-disciplinary and has a broad-based theme.

The abstract submission deadline 10 November. Early registration expires 16 October, and the last payment date is 15 November 2017.

Consult the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies website for registration deadlines and other information.

CFP: Special Issue “Interfaith on the World Stage”

Special Issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs

We are pleased to announce the call for papers for the upcoming special issue of The Review of Faith & International Affairs on the theme of ‘Interfaith on the World Stage’. This special issue will be co-edited by John Fahy (Georgetown University, Qatar & Woolf Institute, Cambridge) and Jeffrey Haynes (London Metropolitan University). Please send abstracts (up to 200 words) to John Fahy by September 1st 2017.

Key words: Religion, international relations, interfaith, multifaith, interreligious, faith-based diplomacy


In the wake of the events of 9/11 there has emerged a now significant body of literature that seeks to account for the ‘return’ or ‘resurgence’ of religion in international relations (Fox & Sandler 2004, Snyder 2011, Fitzgerald 2011, Haynes 2012, Sandal & Fox 2013, Hunter 2016). Against a backdrop of secularisation theory, and often framed by historical processes such as globalisation and democratisation, this literature typically attributes religion’s marginalisation in global politics to Westphalian-informed assumptions that continue to pervade international relations today. Arguing that religion’s role in international relations can no longer be ignored, scholars have engaged with case studies as diverse as Buddhism in Sri Lanka, Shi’a Islam in Iran and Christian fundamentalism in the United States, to name but a few examples. Insofar as this literature focuses on particular religious traditions, however, a critical blind spot has developed whereby the contemporaneous proliferation of transnational interfaith (or multifaith, interreligious) initiatives has often been overlooked (cf. Braybrooke 1992, Marshall 2013). This special issue addresses this oversight by exploring the role of interfaith actors, organisations and initiatives in the broader re-emergence of religion in international affairs.

Although the interfaith movement can be traced back to the late 19th century, it gained unprecedented prominence in the years following 9/11. Interfaith initiatives were enlisted as part of wider multiculturalist responses to the threat of radicalisation in liberal democracies such as the United States, the UK and Australia. In the Middle East interfaith events came to represent important platforms for the promotion of ‘true’ or ‘moderate’ Islam, and continue to serve as valuable opportunities to counter the ‘clash of civilisations’ discourse that informs relations between the Islamic world and the West. In the last decade or so the United Nations has recognised interfaith actors and organisations as close allies, passing several important resolutions, for example, on ‘the promotion of interfaith dialogue’ (2004). Since 2011 the first week of February every year marks U.N. World Interfaith Harmony Week.

There are today dozens of interfaith organisations whose activities and agendas transcend national borders. Although their goals are as diverse as peace-building, conflict resolution, combating extremism, tackling poverty and addressing climate change, they share a common commitment to the idea that the world’s most pressing issues must be responded to not by side-lining, but by engaging, the world’s religious traditions. Interfaith has come to represent a particular mode of faith-based diplomacy (Johnston 2003), or what we might call ‘faiths-based diplomacy’, within which religion occupies a privileged rather than a peripheral place in international relations. There remains significant disagreement, however, as to the effectiveness of interfaith efforts. In contributing to debates that cohere around the broader resurgence of religion in international relations, this special issue fills an important gap in the literature by exploring the emergence of interfaith on the world stage.

Journal: No 34 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

No 34 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 34 (automne 2016) intitulé, « Religion, droit et État : interférence, intersection et interface ». Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.

Roxanne D. Marcotte, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Pour le comité de rédaction de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 34, automne 2016

Religion, droit et État : interférence, intersection et interface

Sous la direction scientifique de Roxanne D. MARCOTTE, Jean-René MILOT et Rachel CHAGNON


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— Roxanne D. MARCOTTE, Jean-René MILOT et Rachel CHAGNON

Perspectives sur la religion, le droit et l’État : interférence, intersection et interface


— Marie-Ève Melanson: Liberté de religion et laïcité au Canada: analyse des discours légaux eu égard au cas du kirpan sikh dans les écoles publiques québécoises

— Bernard Lavoie: Comment le juge délimite-t-il les frontières entre croyants et non-croyants. Une analyse wébérienne de la liberté de religion en droit canadien

— José Woehrling: Liberté de religion, accommodements raisonnables et neutralité de l’État: les fluctuations de la jurisprudence de la Cour suprême du Canada

— Jean-René Milot: La Cour suprême du Canada et la liberté de religion : regard religiologique sur un parcours sinueux

— Gilles Gauthier: Le débat sur la Charte québécoise de la laïcité : un brouillage produit par la diversité des conceptions du rapport entre espace public et espace civique

— Kornel Zathurecky et Jack Laughlin: La légalisation du pluralisme religieux : la normativisation du paradigme des grandes religions mondiales au sein du programme Éthique et culture religieuse au Québec

— Claude Proeschel: L’objection de conscience pour motifs religieux : un impossible défi démocratique

— Pascale Fournier et Victoria Snyers: Le statut juridique des femmes musulmanes d’Israël à travers l’expérience du divorce : statique ou dynamique ?

— Roy JREIJIRY: La monté de l’intégrisme religieux au Proche-Orient : l’État libanais sous l’emprise des groupes confessionnels

— David BRÊME: L’État indien et le statut « spirituel » d’Auroville