ISA-RC22 Newsletter #14–September, 2016

The ISA’s Research Committee 22 (Sociology of Religion) has just issued its 14th newsletter.  It is available on the RC22 website at: http://www.isa-rc22.org/newsletters/  It contains a report from the recent ISA 3rd Forum of Sociology (in Vienna), news about the next ISA World Congress, a guide to how to publish in ISA journals (by one of the journal editors), a report on the state of sociology of religion in Latin America, and a discussion-starter about the current state of theory in the sociology of religion.

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Issue 14

(For those who don’t know, RC22 hosts this news and events blog.)

Jim Spickard
RC22 President
University of Redlands
president@isa-rc22.org

Calling All Scholars of Religion: A (Free) Invitation to Comment on a Paper Summarizing the Role of Religion in the Contemporary World

Dear RC22 Colleagues (and others who are on this mailing list)

We need your help commenting on a paper, which we — Grace Davie (University of Exeter, UK) and Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, US), and a team of twelve have prepared for the International Panel on Social Progress.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). You can find more about the IPSP and its ways of working here: https://www.ipsp.org/.  You will see that it exists to:

  • “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to
  • “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change”.

We and our team have written the chapter on religion, entitled ‘Religions and social progress: Critical assessments and creative partnerships’.  

Here is our Abstract:

  • This chapter starts from the premise that some 80 percent of the world’s population affirms some kind of religious identification, a proportion that is growing rather than declining. Emphasizing the significance of belief and practice in everyday lives and local contexts, we analyze the impact of religion and its relevance to social progress in a wide variety of fields. These include the family, gender and sexuality; differences and diversity; democratic governance; violence and peace-making; health and economic well-being; and care for the earth.
  • We argue that researchers and policy makers pursuing social progress will benefit from careful attention to the power of religious ideas to motivate, of religious practices to shape ways of life, of religious communities to mobilize and extend the reach of social change, and of religious leaders and symbols to legitimate calls to action. All of that, however, can be put to either good or ill, for which reason assessment of particular religions in specific contexts is essential.

Running through the chapter are five interconnected themes:

  1. the persistence of religion in the twenty-first century;
  2. the importance of context in discerning outcomes;
  3. the need for cultural competence relative to religion;
  4. the significance of religion in initiating change;
  5. and the benefits of well-judged partnerships.

The continuing need for critical but appreciative assessment and the demonstrable benefits of creative partnerships are our standout findings.

The IPSP process – see https://www.ipsp.org/process – mirrors that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and includes a period of public comment in the autumn of 2016.  The ‘Commenting Platform’ is now open – see comment.ipsp.org

It would be hugely helpful if members of RC22 could take part in this.

The IPSP website will indicate how you access our chapter and how you make your comments.  Or if you prefer you can simply send us (g.r.c.davie@exeter.ac.uk; nta@bu.edu) an e-mail.

International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP)

Dear SISR Colleagues

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). You can find more about the IPSP and its ways of working here: https://www.ipsp.org/. You will see that it exists to ‘harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues’ and to ‘deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change’.

We Grace Davie (University of Exeter, UK) and Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, US), are the Coordinating Lead Authors (CLAs) for the chapter on religion, entitled ‘Religions and social progress: Critical assessments and creative partnerships’. Altogether we are a team of twelve. Here is our Abstract:

This chapter starts from the premise that some 80 percent of the world’s population affirms some kind of religious identification, a proportion that is growing rather than declining. Emphasizing the significance of belief and practice in everyday lives and local contexts, we analyze the impact of religion and its relevance to social progress in a wide variety of fields. These include the family, gender and sexuality; differences and diversity; democratic governance; violence and peace-making; health and economic well-being; and care for the earth.

We argue that researchers and policy makers pursuing social progress will benefit from careful attention to the power of religious ideas to motivate, of religious practices to shape ways of life, of religious communities to mobilize and extend the reach of social change, and of religious leaders and symbols to legitimate calls to action. All of that, however, can be put to either good or ill, for which reason assessment of particular religions in specific contexts is essential.

Running through the chapter are five interconnected themes: the persistence of religion in the twenty-first century; the importance of context in discerning outcomes; the need for cultural competence relative to religion; the significance of religion in initiating change; and the benefits of well-judged partnerships. The continuing need for critical but appreciative assessment and the demonstrable benefits of creative partnerships are our standout findings.

The IPSP process – see https://www.ipsp.org/process – mirrors that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and includes a period of public comment in the autumn of 2016. The ‘Commenting Platform’ is now open – see comment.ipsp.org. It would be hugely helpful if members of SISR could take part in this. The IPSP website will indicate how you access our chapter and how you make your comments. Or if you prefer you can simply send us (g.r.c.davie@exeter.ac.uk; nta@bu.edu) an e-mail.

Parution du No 33 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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 du numéro 33 (printemps 2016) intitulé, « Mutations :
croyances et pratiques religieuses migrantes ». Les textes son 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*

*RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 33, **printemps 2016 *
Mutations : croyances et pratiques religieuses migrantes
Sous la direction scientifique de Roxanne D. MARCOTTE
http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca/

SOMMAIRE
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PRÉSENTATION

Roxanne D. MARCOTTE
Perspectives sur les nouvelles modalités des croyances et pratiques
religieuses migrantes

ARTICLES

Christophe MONNOT
Institutionnalisation des pratiques collectives bouddhistes et hindoues en
Suisse

Hicham BENAISSA
Le « prêt à intérêt » ou la pratique économique symbolique  d’une économie
des pratiques

Béatrice HALSOUET
Des réfugiés népalo-bhoutanais au Québec : comment être hindou dans une
ville moyenne, en région ?

Elisabeth MAREELS
Des portes de la ville à la conquête des nations : spiritualisation du
local et du global chez les pentecôtistes brésiliens de Bruxelles

Francesco PIRAINO
L’héritage de René Guénon dans le soufisme du XXIe siècle en France et en
Italie

Felicia DUMAS
Retransmission numérique de la Divine Liturgie et le confort du croire

Thank you from the organizers of the Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion

Thank you!

We, the whole organizing team, wish to thank all the conference participants!

From our distinguished keynote speakers Anne Birgitta Pessi, Courtney Bender, Jörg Stolz and Nancy Ammerman to students and first time attendees, you were the ones who made the conference possible!

We also want to thank our supporters, who helped to make the conference an enjoyable experience:

  • Federation of Finnish Learned Societies
  • Church Research Institute
  • Helsinki Parish Union
  • Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church
  • RelSoc

And finally, thank you to each and everyone of you and us, the friends of Nordic Sociology of Religion – whether you made it to this year’s meeting or not! We’re looking forward to the next conferences  – and all the fruitful collaboration in-between the meetings!
On behalf of the Finnish organizing team,

Kati Tervo-Niemelä and Jenni Spännäri

Nordic Journal of Religion and Society is happy to consider your articles for publication! Deadline for submissions November 15th. Click the link for more information!

The next NCSR will be organized in Oslo, 2.-4. August 2018. See you there!

European Academy of Religion launching event, Bologna, 5 December, 2016

Hon. Valerio Onida and Professor Alberto Melloni on behalf of the Foundation for Religious Studies, together with the Rector of the University of Bologna Francesco Ubertini and the Minister for Education, University and Research Stefania Giannini, are glad to invite you to join the launching event of the European Academy of Religion in Bologna, on December 5th 2016, under thePatronage of the European Parliament.

Scholars, Representatives of Scientific Societies and Academies, Research Centers, Journals,Publishers and Political Authorities are invited to the meeting,which will be honored by the presence and the keynote addresses of Commissioner Carlos Moedas, Special Envoy Ján Figel’, Professor Romano Prodi and Vice President David Sassoli.

The agenda of this meeting is very simple. Several thousands of Scholars coming from Europe and the Mediterranean Countries participate in the Fall to the Annual Convention of the American Academy of Religion. They are independent esteemed scientist, working in the field of law, history, philosophy, archeology, psychology, sociology, etc., concerning the religious experience in its variety and diachronic extension. As specialists, they are a real resource for the Euro-Med Countries, Unions and cultures, and their research can emerge if a research framework is available. The purpose of a Eu/ARE and the Bologna event is to make them visible and offer them a common framework, with an Annual Convention, to be held in the Spring, as a place of research, exchange and public engagement.

Therefore we kindly ask you: – to join us and the Bologna initiative, also giving a short address supporting this gathering of scholars, academic societies, research centers –to encourage in the most proper and persuasive way the participation/endorsement of national societies and academies as well as the greatest research institutions, scientific journals and specialized publisher which must be part of the initiative. To join the meeting please register at http://forms.fscire.it/app/form/ or write to melloni@fscire.it or events@fscire.it

Religions journal

Dear Colleagues,

Religions (ISSN 2077-1444, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions) feels honored to be announced at the ISSR website.

Religions is an international, open access scholarly journal, publishing peer reviewed studies of religious thought and practice. It is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, Web of Science, Scopus, etc. Religions is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and, accordingly, submissions are peer reviewed rigorously to ensure that they conform to the highest standards in their field.

Religions publishes regular research papers, reviews, communications and reports on research projects. We dedicate to research of religion and sociology, as a result, we have published some papers in this filed. You may go to our website to have a look at the manuscripts that we published so far http://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=religions&section=97

We wish the conference will be a fabulous success. We sincerely hope we will have the opportunity of working with the conference participants in the near future.

On behalf of the editorial team,

Kind regards,
Jie Gu
Senior Assistant Editor


Ms. Jie Gu
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
Religions Editorial Office
Tel. + 86 10 81521170
E-mail: religions@mdpi.com
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions
MDPI AG
Klybeckstrasse 64, 2nd Floor, Basel CH-4057, Switzerland
Tel. +41 61 683 77 34; Fax. +41 61 302 89 18

Call for papers: “The Marketing and Consumption of Spirituality and Religion”, Special Issue of Journal of Management, Spirituality & Religion. Deadline for full paper submission: January 10, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

With this special issue, the Journal of Management, Spirituality &
Religion extends an invitation to scholars in the field of marketing,
consumer research and related disciplines to contribute to the journal with
their best work on the marketing and consumption of spirituality and
religion.

While not exhaustive, the following list suggests possible issues that we
would like to address in this special issue:

  • The consumption of spirituality and religion
  • Identity, community and religious/spiritual consumption
  • The impact of religious ideologies and values on the marketing and consumption of profane goods
  • The material culture of religion and spirituality
  • Religion/religiosity, spirituality and consumer wellbeing
  • The marketization of religious/spiritual holidays, rituals and rites de passage
  • Spiritual materialism
  • Religious/spiritual consumption across the consumer lifecycle
  • The marketing strategies of religious organizations and new religious/spiritual movements (and its discontents); the organization of marketing in these domains
  • Religious history from a marketing perspective
  • The marketing management of religious/spiritual products, services
    and experiences
  • The role of spirituality and religiosity in the marketing and consumption of ‘mundane’ brands, products, and experiences
  • The marketing behavior of religiously aligned organizations
  • Entertainment brands as sources of spiritual meaning (e.g., sport brands, Star Wars, Star Trek)
  • Gender and sexuality issues in the marketing and consumption of
    religion and spirituality
  • The globalization of religious/spiritual marketing and consumption:
    orientalism, postcolonialism, creolization/syncretization, cultural
    appropriation
  • Tourism, immigration
  • Religion and spirituality in the digital age

This special issue welcomes empirical, methodological, and conceptual papers. In terms of methods, we are open to both qualitative and quantitative research designs, as long as data gathering and analysis procedures are rigorous. Similarly, we welcome positivist, interpretive, and critical approaches alike. We also want to encourage work based on theoretical reflection on religion and spirituality outside of marketing, consumer research, organization studies and management (e.g., psychology, sociology, anthropology, theology, cultural studies, political science, history, geography, etc.)*. Methodological and conceptual papers are also encouraged, provided that they make appropriate contributions. Finally, we will consider both theoretical work and managerially oriented
contributions.

As a guide, papers should be of no more than 9,000 words (excluding references, tables, figures, etc.). More information in the call for paper (can be downloaded here: http://brandaka.com/cfp/). Early expressions of interests and enquiries can be directed to the guest editors.

Guest editors contact details:

Diego Rinallo, Kedge Business School and CERGAM, France (diego.rinallo@kedgebs.com)

Mathieu Alemany Oliver, Aix-Marseille Graduate School of Management – IAE
and CERGAM, France (mathieu.alemany@iae-aix.com)

Bourse postdoctorale — Fonds Gérard-Dion – Concours 2016 / Postdoctoral Fellowship – Fonds Gérard-Dion — 2016 edition

Le Fonds Gérard-Dion <http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org>, consacré à la
recherche portant sur les faits religieux, annonce l’ouverture du concours
annuel de la bourse postdoctorale. D’une durée de 12mois, la bourse
s’adresse notamment à une personne provenant de l’extérieur et détentrice
depuis moins de trois ans d’un doctorat d’une université reconnue au Canada
ou à l’étranger. Les qualités recherchées sont l’aptitude au développement
d’un projet de recherche comparée (autre pays / Canada , Canada / Québec)
et le désir de se constituer chercheur ou chercheuse en résidence de
l’Université Laval (Québec, Canada).

Pour plus ample information : www.fonds-gerard-dion.org
<http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org/prog_aide_recherche.aspx>
Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : 1er mars 2016.

 

Dedicated to research on religion, ‘Fonds Gerard-Dion’
<http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org/> currently invites applications for its
annual post-doctoral Fellowship. Eligible candidates to this twelve-month
fellowship must have obtained a PhD within the past three years from any
internationally recognized university.  Relevant qualifications are
interest in developing research project (comparative, Canada / Québec ) and
the desire to be an in-residence researcher at Université Laval in Québec
city, Canada.

For more information :   www.fonds-gerard-dion.org
<http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org/prog_aide_recherche.aspx>
<http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org/prog_aide_recherche.aspx>
*Deadline: March 1, 2016.*

Professorship ‘Religion and Society’ (W3/W2) / Professur ‘Religion und Gesellschaft‘ (W3/W2)

The Forum International Science (FIW), University of Bonn, invites applications for a professorship (W3/W2) in ‘Religion and Society’ (professorship starting at the earliest possible date in 2016). The FIW which already has departments in science studies and the comparative study of political regimes will add a third department for the comparative study of religions.

Applicants for the professorship are expected to have competences (documented in teaching, research and publications) in the following fields: comparative study of religions in modern society; research on globalization and world society; comparison of religion with other function systems in society. The professorship will build up the department for comparative religion in close cooperation with the two other departments.

Cooperation will especially focus on proposals for third-party funding. We prepare a cooperative research project on “System/environment relations of the modern system of science, 1750 – 2015”. Therefore, applicants should be interested in interrelations of religion and science and should propose a project in this field. The other focus of cooperation will be a common master curriculum of the three departments to be designed in the next two years.

Precondition for an appointment is a habilitation thesis or similar qualifications. Formal requirements are regulated by § 36 Hochschulgesetz (HG NRW).

The University of Bonn is an equal opportunity employer. Preference will be given to suitably qualified women or handicapped people, all other considerations being equal.

Please submit your electronic application including a CV, a list of publications, a letter explaining your motivations for the application and the contours of your research program, and add three representative publications.

Applications should be sent via e-mail as a single PDF to Prof. Rudolf Stichweh (fiw@unibonn.de). Further information about the FIW can be found at www.fiw.uni-bonn.de or may be obtained from Prof. Rudolf Stichweh (rstichweh@yahoo.de). Closing date: January 31st, 2016.

Das ‚Forum Internationale Wissenschaft‘ lädt zu Bewerbungen für eine Professur ‚Religion und Gesellschaft‘ (W3/W2) ein. Das FIW wird den beiden vorhandenen Abteilungen für Wissenschaftsforschung und für das vergleichende Studium politischer Regimes in der ersten Hälfte 2016 eine weitere Abteilung für vergleichende Religionsforschung hinzufügen.

Von den Bewerberinnen und Bewerbern wird erwartet, dass sie in Lehre, Forschung und Publikation dokumentierte Kompetenzen auf folgenden Gebieten besitzen: Vergleichende Erforschung der Religionen der Moderne; Forschung über Globalisierung und Weltgesellschaft; Vergleich der Religion mit anderen Funktionssystemen der Gesellschaft. Die hauptsächliche Aufgabe der Professur ist der Aufbau der Abteilung für vergleichende Religionsforschung in möglichst enger Kooperation mit den beiden anderen Abteilungen.

Kooperation schließt insbesondere die für das FIW zunehmend wichtige Drittmitteleinwerbung ein. Zur Zeit bereitet das FIW ein größeres Drittmittelprojekt zu den ‚System/Umwelt-Beziehungen des Wissenschaftssystems der Moderne, 1750-2015‘ vor. Deshalb ist es wichtig, dass Bewerberinnen und Bewerber sich für die Interaktion von Wissenschaft und Religion interessieren und ein Projekt in diesem Bereich skizzieren. Der andere Schwerpunkt der Kooperation im FIW wird ein gemeinsamer Masterstudiengang sein, der in den nächsten beiden Jahren zu entwerfen ist.

Voraussetzung für die Einstellung sind eine Habilitation bzw. gleichwertige wissenschaftliche Leistungen. Die Einstellungsvoraussetzungen richten sich nach § 36 Hochschulgesetz (HG NRW).

Chancengleichheit ist Bestandteil unserer Personalpolitik.

Bitte reichen Sie eine elektronische Bewerbung ein, die Folgendes beinhaltet: CV, Publikationsverzeichnis, ein Schreiben zu den Motivationen für die Bewerbung und zu den Umrissen Ihres Forschungsprogramms, und fügen Sie drei repräsentative Publikationen hinzu. Die Unterlagen sollten in einem einzigen PDF an Prof. Rudolf Stichweh (fiw@uni-bonn.de) geschickt werden. Weitere Informationen zum FIW finden Sie auf www.fiw.uni-bonn.de oder erhalten Sie direkt von Prof. Rudolf Stichweh (rstichweh@yahoo.de). Ende der Bewerbungsfrist 31.01.2016