FINAL REMINDER – Call for Papers/Abstracts: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

Abstracts due by 30 September, 2017 24:00 GMT.

XIX ISA World Congress of Sociology

Power, Violence and Justice: Reflections, Responses and Responsibilities

Toronto, Canada, July 15-21, 2018


Religion, Power, and Resistance: New Ideas for a Divided World

Current environmental, economic, social, and political challenges indicate that people are losing faith in existing power structures and mechanisms for coping with crises. This creates increasingly divided societies, riven by ideological battles for the future of the human and the more than human world. Religion has a place in this picture. Not only is it often a source of divisions; it can also be a source for alternative means of addressing them.

These divisions take new and as yet unclear shapes, which sociologists are only now beginning to comprehend. It is not enough to refer to the struggle between ‘tradition’ and ‘modernity’, terms that dominated sociology through the 1970s. Nor do the tropes ‘colonialism vs. anti-colonialism’ and the ‘clash of civilizations’ adequately explain what is going on. Nor, arguably, does ‘populism vs neo-liberalism’ fully capture such things as the recent clashes between cosmopolitan and anticosmopolitan actors in the major Western democracies. Each of these has a piece of the picture; none of them captures it all.

What is religion’s role in this situation: as a creator of divisions, as a locus of power, and as a ground of resistance?  How does religion influence our divided societies? How is religion influenced in turn?

We invite paper abstract submissions for the following RC22 sessions:

  • Religion and National Identity
  • Religion and Secularity
  • Religion and Non-Violent Social Movements
  • Religion, Gender and Family Violence
  • Religion in the East Asian Public Sphere
  • Religion in the Public Square
  • Social Theory and Religion
  • Religion and Migration: Contrasting First and Second Generations
  • Dynamics of Gender, Religion and Intersectionality
  • Prejudice, Exclusion and Violence in a Transnational World
  • Media and Religious Radicalization: Gatekeeping and the Construction of Extremism
  • Gender, Feminism, and Islam and the West
  • Religious Texts of Diversity Vs Exclusion

We will also be including the following invited sessions in our RC22 program:

  • Presidential Address: The Sociology of Religion in a Post-Colonial Era (Invited Session) Session Organizer: James SPICKARD, University of Redlands, USA
  • Religion and Diversity: An International Study (Invited Session) Session Organizer: Lori BEAMAN, University of Ottawa, Canada
  • Diffused Religion. Beyond Secularization – Author Meets Critic Session (Invited Session) Session Organizer: Roberto CIPRIANI, University Roma Tre, Italy
  • The Case for an Indeterminate Sociological Theory of Religion (Invited Session) Session Organizer: Tak-ling WOO, York University, Canada

The ISA CONFEX website site is now accepting paper abstracts between 25 April and 30 September, 2017 24:00 GMT.

Please address any questions to the Program Coordinators:

     Anna Halafoff:

     Sam Han:

     Caroline Starkey:

ISA RC-22 Newsletter #16: Call for Paper Proposals for the 2018 Toronto World Congress

Dear Colleagues,

I have attached a copy of the latest RC-22 newsletter.  It is short, focused on the Call for Paper Proposals for the 2018 ISA World Congress in Toronto, Canada.

As usual, the deadline for proposals is early: September 30, 2017, at 24:00 GMT.  The ISA uses a computer-based system for accepting papers, so I urge you to submit your proposals early.  Computers always seem to fail at the last minute, and I cannot guarantee to fix technical problems for you.

The newsletter also contains information about the Varga Prize — an award for the best new paper by a young scholar.  That award provides money plus funding to present the paper at the World Congress. 

Please circulate this newsletter widely.

Best wishes,

Jim Spickard
RC-22 President

(If you have trouble viewing the newsletter, there is a copy online at

List of Members of the New ISA-RC22 Board

Dear RC22 friend and colleagues,

Please find below the new membership of the 2014-2018 RC22 board.  Congratulations to all of them for their election and I am glad to see that with such an astonishing new board, RC22 will certainly be looked after very well. Please welcome them in their new capacity.

Adam Possamai
Past President, ISA-RC22

Board 2014-2018

President: James SPICKARD, University of Redlnads, USA

Vice-President: Per PETTERSSON, Upsala University, Sweden

Secretary/Treasurer: Eloísa MARTIN, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Board Members


  • Lovemore NDLOVU, Zimbabwe
  • Michael OKYEREFO, University of Ghana, Ghana


  • Yoshihide SAKURAI, Hokkaido University, Japan
    Seyed Hossein SERAJZADEH. Kharazmi University of Tehran, Iran


  • Olga BRESKAYA, European Humanities University, Lithuania
  • Miroljub JEVTIC, University of Belgrade, Serbia

Latin America:

  • Eloísa MARTIN, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Hugo José SUAREZ, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México

North America:

  • Jualynne DODSON, Michigan State University, USA
  • Ephraim SHAPIRO, Columbia University, USA

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