Announcing a new journal: Journal of Dharma Studies

The journal’s mission is to employ theoretical and empirical methodologies for the intersubjective understanding of, and real-world applications of the conceptual resources, textual sources, and experiential practices—including ritual, social, ethical, liturgical, contemplative, or communitarian—to foster critical-constructive reflections on Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist traditions: what is now referred to as Dharma Studies.

Editors-in-Chief: Rita D. Sherma, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA
  • Investigates, presents, interprets, and envisions the shared and distinct categories of the life-worlds of the Indic Religions globally
  • In a multidisciplinary format with articles from religious studies, philosophy, ethics, cultural studies, musicology, film, contemporary issues, sociology, anthropology, and the arts
  • Within a structure that maintains the rigor of conventional academic discourse, but adds methodological contextualization and investigative, epistemic, hermeneutical and evaluative perspectives from these religious and cultural traditions.

Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference


This is meant to share some “good news” coming from a region in conflict:
Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference (By Mohammed Hashas, 03 May 2018)
“I was very pleased to participate in a lively and timely international conference (and congress), entitled “Arab Renaissance: Renewing the Civilizational Message,” organized in Amman, Jordan, on 25-26 April 2018, in the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Arab Renaissance Foundation for Democracy and Development (ARDD), directed by a young lady, the lawyer Samar Muhareb, and whose board of trustees is presided over by Zaid Eyadat, a professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan. The conference took part in collaboration with the University of Jordan, Arab Thought Forum, and the American University of Beirut.

Prominent Arab philosophers and thinkers took part in the conference, which was attended by a large audience during the two days of the proceedings; these scholars include Hassan Hanafi (Egypt), despite his old age and move in wheelchair, Abu Yaareb al-Marzuki (Tunisia), Muhammad Shahrur (Syria), Ali Oumlil (Morocco), Abdeljabbar al-Rifai (Iraq), Abdellah Seyyid Ould Bah (Mauritania),  Ridwan el-Sayyid (Lebanon), besides many others; female scholars and activists, like Fahima Sharafeddine, Suad Joseph, Magda Essanoussi, underlined especially gender issues and their challenges in the Arab world, and beyond. Youth voices were very present during the discussion sessions and contributed to energetic debates.

Hanafi centralized the role of human change and perpetual interpretations of religion and the tradition, and asked the youth to rebel whenever their rights and aspirations are not met by the ruling class or are threatened by external hegemons; he demanded an urgent revival of the humanist spirit in the tradition; al-Marzuki underlined the role of history and economics in human growth, and challenged the idea of renaissance and awakening, saying that without strong and independent economies and serious ethics of work, social growth may remain a wishful thinking; at the same time he enumerated the various benefits of the early Arab Renaissance of the 19th and early 20th century, among which the revival of the Arabic language and literatures; ultimately, he said that the current catastrophes in the Arab world reflect the crises of not only the Arabs but those of the modern world as well; the Arab world has a civilizational mission, and should not be eclipsed by the ongoing ruins and wars; this region has a place in world history and it can always revive it, differently, creatively, he said. Al-Rifai called for reinvigorating the humanist aspect of religion, and argued that religion is not only law; law is a very small aspect of which, and it is historical; Shahrur went so far as to say that the Muslim legal scholars have misunderstood the Islamic message, and made of law its core; he also said that early Muslim theologians and legal theorists centralized the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions, in mimicry of Christianity and the centrality of Jesus Christ, at the expense of the Quran, whose central place has to be reclaimed for renewal. As for

Ould Bah and Oumlil, they both read the current political crisis as a return to pre-modern notions of sectarian politics by which the established institutions of the modern states are put to the ground in a number of Arab countries and capitals. El-Sayyid, after having critically examined the Quranic studies literature in Western academia, went back to the Arab world to say that the current young generations of Arabs at the university for example lack interest in local issues and in the ideas of reform and renaissance because they belong to a more digital and global generation; their concerns are different, and it is challenging to expect them to have the same concerns as those of the pioneers of reforms.

In sum, these big figures that represent the 1967 generation of Arab philosophers and intellectuals all emphasized the need of real ethical work to not only save what could be saved but importantly to renew the old hopes of the Arab Renaissance of the 19th century, by underlining human rights, humanist values, pluralism, rule of law, and economic growth. The congress ended by launching the birth of Arab Renaissance Center for Thought, as part of ARDD foundation.

One could not but be optimist despite the dark present in the region and around the world! Arab scholars have given this message of hope as a moral duty for the locals first, and for the world outside as well.”

Kind regards,


The journal of ‘Sociology of Social Institutions

We are pleased to invite interested scholars to submit papers for possible publication in the journal of Sociology of Social Institutions (SSI). The journal of SSI is essentially in Persian language (Farsi) published by The University of Mazandaran, Iran. Detailed information of this journal is available at this link:

We plan to allocate one special issue of the SSI in English language. This will be a primary attempt for possibly further developments in future. The submissions to this special issue should focus principally on the context of Iran, while comparative studies between Iran and other countries are also acceptable. This special issue covers a wide range of topics from a sociological perspective. The topics, for instance, can include (but, not limited to) issues such as social institutions, social capital, family, social deviances, gender, population, migration, youth, etc. Again, the submissions need to have a central focus on Iran from a sociological perspective.

 At this stage, we accept abstracts with maximum 500 words. The abstract should clearly indicate the aim, methodology, data, and key results. Also, a short bio of the authors with max 500 words including university affiliation and contact details need to be added into abstracts.

Abstracts Submission Deadline: May 30, 2018.

For more information and inquiries, please contact Dr Yaghoob Foroutan (

 The authors of accepted abstracts will be notified and informed about the detailed instructions of full articles by June 20, 2018. The deadline for the submission of full articles will be August 30, 2018.

 Abstracts Submission Deadline: May 30, 2018

 Please send abstract (simultaneously) to:

–          Professor Akbar Aliverdinia (

–          Associate Professor Dr Heidar Janalizadeh (

–          Associate Professor Dr Yaghoob Foroutan (

Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences,

The University of Mazandaran, IRAN,

Politology of Religion: A Biannual Conference”, November 23-24th 2018

Dear members of ISA’s RC 22, 

It is my great pleasure to share a CfP for “Politology of Religion: A Biannual Conference”. to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, November 23-24th 2018. 
Deadline for proposing a paper/panel is June 30th 2018. You can find more information about the conference here, or in the attached file. 
We are looking forward to your proposals!

Workshop on Transnational and Multicultural Nationalisms

Workshop on Transnational and Multicultural Nationalisms


27 April 2018

 Transnationalism has become an inevitable development in human experiences imposed by globalization and concerns domains going from the distribution of natural resources to organized crimes and terrorism. Studies for a least two decades have explored transnational phenomenon as migrants’ experiences « here and there », « at home and abroad » and have spread to an interdisciplinary approach. All sorts of networks – economic, cultural and political –connect home and host countries. These networks ensure the transfer of norms, values, and rights and foster a transnational solidarity and where new forms of interaction occur, creating new symbols and engendering identities which seek to assert themselves beyond borders. Transnationalism raises the question of nationalism and territoriality of belonging. Transnational communities are guided by a de-territorialized “imagined geography” that gives rise to a form of transnational nationalism, non territoiral, not bounded.


Among many aspects of transnationalism, in particular is of interest for this one day workshop is to clarify what this phenomenon encompasses in terms of nationalism and national identity; how the modes of attachment that we find here relate to the relevant political authorities and how transnationalism relates to multiculturalism. To some the emergence of transnational communities appears as a logical next step to multiculturalism defined as a “politics of recognition”. But for scholars who is advocating a multicultural nationalism, like Tariq Modood for Britain, the key political challenge today is monocultural, populist nationalism and they think that the multiculuralising of national citizenship is a more feasible response than cosmopolitianism or other post-national tendencies.


If these variations of nationalism are perceived as challenge to states, studies show that states following their migrants in movement intervene in order to “reterritoiralize” globalized identities. In doing so they compete with a more bottoms-up transnationalism or a vernacular cosmopolitanism as well as with polities re-asserting their national identities, in monocultural or multicultural ways. We seek to understand these alternative and competing nationalisms as responses to migration-based diversity and the interactive dynamics between these political ideas and movements.


This one day workshop will bring together scholars who have been working on transnationalism in realtion to multiculturalism, nationalism, and citizesnhip.


 10h00 – 12h30

Panel 1: Transnationalism with regard to state and nationalism : conceptual and methodological framework

Tariq Modood, University of Bristol: Multicultural nationalism and citizenship

Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS: Transnational nationalism and the state

Thomas Faist, University of Bielefeld: Transnational civil society and sate and citizenship

Discussant: Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS

Pause déjeuner

14h30 – 17h30

Panel 2: Transnational and multicultural politics of integration

Ruud Koopmans, WZB : Assimilation and Multiculturalism

Marco Antonsich, Loughborough University : Multicultural Nationalism : connecting the macro and the micro

Thomas Lacroix : From simultaneity to plurality. Transnationalism in action

Discussant : Hélène Thiollet, Sciences Po, CERI – CNRS


Responsables Scientifiques: Riva Kastoryano, Sciences Po – CERI – CNRS et Tariq Modood, Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship, SPAIS, University of Bristol


Venue details:

Tariq Modood, MBE, FBA, FAcSS, FRSA

Professor of Sociology, Politics and Public Policy,

Director, University of Bristol Research Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship

School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS)

NEW C0-EDITED BOOK: ‘The Problem of Religious Diversity: European Challenges, Asian Approaches’:

NEW PAPER: ‘Must Interculturalists Misrepresent Multiculturalism?’



[Scripta] New Issue Published

Dear Colleagues

We are happy to announce the publication of: Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis Vol. 28 (2018)

Theme: The Ethnic and Religious Future of Europe

Available in open access at:

The current issue consists of articles based on presentations given at the conference with the same name arranged in Turku/Åbo, Finland in June, 2017.

Scripta is published by the Donner Institute in Åbo, Finland. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Ruth Illman
The Donner Institute


Table of Content (Vol. 28)


The ethnic and religious future of Europe



The demographic factors that make Islam the world’s fastest-growing major religious group


The NPW framework in future-oriented studies of cultural agency


Legitimacy for some


Humanity and hospitality


Islam’s increased visibility in the European public sphere


A critical discourse analysis of the media coverage of the migration crisis in Poland


Reconsidering the modern nation state in the Anthropocene


From Yidishe khasene to civil marriage


Income inequality and religion globally 1970–2050



Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies Summer Session

You may present a paper, or you may wish to attend as an observer/panel member. The symposium is interdisciplinary and has a broad-based theme but will include the special topic session “Do You Need God to Be Good?”  We welcome submissions on religion and ethics.
The Summer Session will be held at the Ioannou Centre for Classical and Byzantine Studies,  located on St Giles’ near the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.
The session 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.
The abstract submission deadline for the August session is 10 July.
Consult the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies website for registration deadlines and other information.
Note that abstract submissions for the December 5–7 Session is also open.

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018)

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018)

 August 1-3, 2018 in Oslo, Norway.

Growing religious diversity characterizes most countries across the world, often linked to the globalization of migration, politics, economies, and the media. The diversity offers new challenges of managing religion in countries that previously were more religiously homogenous.

 The 24th Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding, theoretically as well as empirically, of religion, politics, and boundaries. While sociologists often have attempted to understand these developments in terms of single dimension theories, we would like to find out how this complexity is part of processes of change and continuity in contemporary society.

 We invite papers that focus on these and other topics in the sociology of religion.




*                        Paper proposals are due on April 6. 2018

*                        Decision Notification: April 30. 2018

*                        Registration open: April 30. 2018

*                        Registration closes: June 15. 2018



Mark Juergensmeyer,

University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

The Global Rise of Religious Violence.




Reader in sociology, Loughborough University, UK

Contestations of Feminism, Secularism and Religion.




University of Waterloo,


 Understanding the Role of Religion in the Radicalization of Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq.



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Reconfiguring Muslim pilgrimage through women’s new mobilities

Call for Papers (deadline April 9)
EASA Panel 100: Migration, tourism, business: Reconfiguring Muslim pilgrimage through the lens of women’s new mobilities cf.

Short abstract

In this panel, possibilities to reconfigure modern Muslim pilgrimage through women’s new mobilities will be discussed. The main focus will lie on a new sense of reflecting Muslim pilgrimage in relation to globalized mobility, commercialization and processes of feminization.

Long abstract

The explosive growth of the Mecca pilgrimage is a distinctively Muslim contribution to globalization with far-reaching political, economic and social ramifications. Integrated into local tourism industries, Meccan, but also local pilgrimage gets absorbed by a market-driven economy and Islamic consumerism. The latter is above all served by the new urban middle -classes in many parts of the Muslim world including diaspora societies in Europe. These new Muslim middle-classes are, in turn, mainly involved in the commodification and marketization of the Hajj and the Umrah pilgrimage and certain local pilgrimage sites. Most strikingly, in some parts of Asia, and beyond, transnational labor migration, mobile entrepreneurship and new urban middle-class religiosities are highly feminized.

Taking these interlinkages between globalized mobility, commercialization as well as processes of feminization as a starting point, the panel aims at reconfiguring our understanding of modern Muslim pilgrimage through the lens of women’s new mobilities. We welcome papers with a gender perspective on topics such as moral economies, social mobility/class matters, evolving job markets for women in the Mecca pilgrimage business, or the re-framing of religious experience through transport infrastructure, consumerism and new media technologies. We also invite papers addressing the related processes of ‘moving’, ‘dwelling’ and ‘crossing’ in order to tackle the ‘rootedness’ of Muslim women’s pilgrimage experiences in various backgrounds and contexts. Finally, we will look at the long-term implications of Muslim women’s new mobilities on the refashioning of identity and multiple forms of belonging.


Manja Stephan-Emmrich; Marjo Buitelaar; Viola Thimm