Call for Papers: Ritual Year Working Group Conference on City Rituals

The Call for the 13th conference of The Ritual Year WG is now open!
Our 13th conference will take place in Bucharest, 7-9 November 2018.
Paper submission deadline 15 April 2018.

The conference theme is City Rituals

Click here to download the Cfp.

For the 2018 conference of The Ritual Year Working Group, we ask ethnologists, anthropologists, sociologists and scholars in related fields to reflect on the following questions and topics in relation with the ritual year:

• The ritual year in the city (life cycle customs, calendric customs, other customs);
• Differences and similarities between the ritual year of multicultural urban and traditional rural societies;
• Religious versus non-religious rituals in the city;
• Urban holidays, celebrations and ceremonies;
• Urban feasts, festivals, events, carnivals;
• Cityscape before-during-after the celebration;
• Advertising city celebrations (media channels, actors, implications);
• Actors of city celebrations (organizers, performers, spectators, inhabitants);
• City celebrations and their multiple implications (political, social, economic, religious);
• The use of rituals in city planning and place marketing;
• The use of public urban space in the performance of rituals;
• Any other subject connected to the ritual year;

PAPER SUBMISSION
Please submit the title of your paper, an abstract of no more than 250 words, together with your name, academic affiliation, postal address and e-mail to ritualyear@siefhome.org. A confirmation message will be sent to you upon arrival, if you do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours of your submission, please resubmit. The papers must be written and presented in English or French. The conference papers will be published in a volume (as part of The Ritual Year Working Group’s yearbook series).

CONFERENCE VENUE
Romanian Academy (Casa Academiei – The House of the Academy) Calea 13 Septembrie nr.13 050711 Bucharest ROMANIA 44°25’20.6″N 26°05’13.6″E

Looking forward to being your host, in Bucharest,

Irina Stahl
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Secretary of The Ritual Year Working Group (SIEF)
ritualyear@siefhome.org

CALL FOR PAPERS: Religion and Poverty

Thematic Collection in Palgrave Communications

Editors: Dr Gottfried Schweiger and Dr Helmut P Gaisbauer (University of Salzburg); Prof Clemens Sedmak (University of Notre Dame).

Website: https://www.nature.com/palcomms/for-authors/call-for-papers#religion-poverty

Submissions welcome on a rolling basis throughout 2018!

Poverty and religion are interrelated in different ways. On the one hand, for various religious traditions poverty is both an aspect of a particular faithful life (e.g. monastic communities) and giving to the poor is seen as a religious duty. Such traditions have evolved over time and expanded the role of faith-based organisations nowadays play in welfare provision and international development. Faith-based organizations play an important role in poverty alleviation both in rich and poor countries. These actions and practices, as well as their religious and theological underpinnings, deserve scrutiny. On the other hand, religion plays an important role in the life of people living in poverty: how they experience and shape their living, and how they find their place in society and the communities in which they. The role of religion in justifying certain inequalities and processes of exclusion (e.g. in India) and thus contributing to the sustainability of poverty is another important theme worth reflection.

We invite papers, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, that consider the following overarching question: how can religion be used as a vehicle to overcome structures of poverty, and how does it sometimes hinder such processes?

Contributions from sociology, development studies, religious studies, economics, theology, and other social sciences and humanities are welcomed; as are insights from different geographical settings, forms of poverty, and religious traditions.

This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.

This special issue is run in collaboration with the 2017 Salzburg Conference on Interdisciplinary Poverty Research, organised by the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg: www.poverty-conference.org

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.

CHOOSE A SESSION AND SUBMIT YOUR PAPER

Deadlines:

  • Paper proposals are due on April 6. 2018
  • Decision Notification: April 30. 2018
  • Registration open: April 30. 2018
  • Registration closes: June 15. 2018

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE:

KEYNOTE #1
Mark Juergensmeyer,
University of California at Santa Barbara, USA

The Global Rise of Religious Violence.
KEYNOTE #2
Line
Nyhagen,
Reader in sociology, Loughborough University, UK

Contestations of Feminism, Secularism and Religion.
KEYNOTE #3
Lorne
Dawson,
University of Waterloo,
Canada

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

PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Ecclesiology and Ethnography Conference, Winnipeg, June 2018.

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Christopher Brittain, formerly of Aberdeen, and now Dean of Trinity College University of Toronto, will be keynote presenter at the inaugural Canadian Conference on Ecclesiology and Ethnography. We have had an excellent response to our first CFP as well as sustained interest in the conference. We are therefore sending out this second Call For Papers for the conference for those who might still be interested. Please pass it on to any students, scholars, and others who might want to participate and/or present.

Details for submission for papers and can be found here: http://www.ecclesiologyandethnography.com/event/ecclesiology-and-ethnography-canada/

For further information contact the organising group at eande2018@cmu.ca

Call for papers Religious identity and education

Call for papers Religious identity and education: A response to contemporary global pressures A special issue in the Forum for International Research in Education slotted for publication in fall 2018. One of the challenges and pressures which globalization has engendered for national education systems, schools, and classrooms worldwide is the growth of religious diversity. Thus, in many places, religious diversity has become a new reality of schooling, to which educators do not necessarily know how to properly respond. Moreover, in the context of religious resurgences around the globe, the growth of religious diversity is often associated with the increase in significance of one’s religious identity and its ardent embrace. By contrast, in secularized settings, there is often resistance and animosity to open manifestations of religious identities. Furthermore, as is true with any social identity, religious and secular identities often become markers that differentiate “us” and “them,” and, therefore, may breed inter-group tensions and conflicts. This special issue addresses this new social reality and its educational implications. We invite papers, which discuss if and how educational establishments worldwide, whether public or private, religious or secular, respond to the problems associated with the surge in diversity and significance of religious identity in the age of globalization and its pressures. We especially welcome papers which comparatively examine if and how teaching of, about, or from religious or spiritual traditions reflects, aggravates, or alleviates social, cultural, economic, or political inter-group tensions inside or outside school walls. Keywords: religious diversity; religious identity; secular identity; education; secularization; religious tradition; spiritual tradition
Deadline: February 9, 2018. In your submission, please include:
• A 250 word abstract to describe and clarify the article you would like to contribute. To submit a book review, please select one of the books listed below (or a recent publication of your preference) and explain why it may be important to review.
• 5-6 key words in relation to your abstract
• The professional name(s), institutional affiliation(s), and email address(es) of the author(s).
• FIRE accepts manuscripts in other languages, so long as an English translation of the full manuscript is submitted as well. If you would like to submit in this format, please let us know when you submit the abstract. Note: The English and non-English manuscripts will both be reviewed.
Please send all submissions to W. Y. Alice Chan at alice.chan@mail.mcgill.ca. Please feel free to share this with others in your network as well.
Potential books for review:
Collet, B. A. (2017). Migration, Religion, and Schooling in Liberal Democratic States. London, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/Migration-Religion-and-Schooling-in-Liberal-Democratic-States/Collet/p/book/9781138651098
Hilton, J. III. (Ed.) (2018). Teaching Religion Using Technology in Higher Education. London, UK: Routledge. Retrieved from https://www.routledge.com/Teaching-Religion-Using-Technology-in-Higher-Education/III/p/book/9781138087224
McGill, J. (2016). Religious Identity and Cultural Negotiation: Toward a Theology of Christian Identity in Migration (American Society of Missiology Monograph Series).Pickwick Publications. Retrieved from https://wipfandstock.com/religious-identity-and-cultural-negotiation.html
Sivasubramaniam, M. & Hayhoe, R. (Eds.). (2017). Religion and Education: Comparative and International Perspectives. Oxford, UK: Symposium Books. Retrieved from http://www.symposium-books.co.uk/bookdetails/101/
If you wish to submit a book review, FIRE can obtain a free copy that will be sent to you for review.
Timeline for issue:
• February 9, 2018 – Interested authors submit abstract to guest editors.
• February 23, 2018 – Guest editors contact authors to confirm acceptance or decline.
• April 30, 2018 – Deadline for authors to submit articles for guest editor review.
• June 30, 2018 – Guest editors return initial manuscript to authors.
• September 1, 2018 – Deadline for authors to resubmit edited papers based on our comments from June. Guest editors to submit manuscript to FIRE on behalf of authors.
Guest editors: W. Y. Alice Chan, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, alice.chan@mail.mcgill.ca Elena Lisovskaya, Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology, Western Michigan University, elena.lisovskaya@wmich.edu Bob Osburn, Executive Director, Wilberforce Academy, St Paul MN bob@wilberforceacademy.org

Call for Papers: Social Science History Association Religion Network

Social Science History Association 2018 Annual Conference

Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11, 2018

Conference Theme: “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The Religion Network of the Social Science History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, and book sessions for the 43rd annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11, 2018. We are also looking for volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants.

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US, providing a stimulating venue for explorations of how social processes unfold over time. The Religion Network serves as the home within the organization for scholars interested in religious history, religious mobilization, religious change, and religion’s effect on social and political processes. Our network is interdisciplinary and cross-national in scope, and embraces all scholarship that examines how religion intersects with other social processes in historical perspective.

We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more established scholars from a wide range of disciplines and departments. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting. Further details about the association, the 2018 annual meeting, and the call for proposals are available on the SSHA website: www.ssha.org.

The deadline for paper and/or panel submissions is February 16, 2018.

We welcome and encourage papers and panel proposals on a wide array of issues related to the historical study of religion and society. While complete panel proposals (consisting of 4-5 individual papers, a chair, and a discussant) are preferred, we also seek out high-quality individual paper submissions. Panels and papers may address the topics below, or any other relevant and related topic examining religion in a historical context:

·      Religion across Boundaries

·      Religion and Populism

·      Religion and Gender

·      Religion and Contemporary Geopolitics

·      Religion and State Formation

·      Secularizations, Secularisms, Secularities

·      Religion and Law

·      Religion and the Arts

·      Religion and Social Movements

·      Religion and Science

·      Religion and Field Theory

Please use the SSHA’s web conference management system to submit your papers and panel proposals. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted at http://prd.sshaconference.org/. Please do not hesitate to contact the Religion Network representatives with any questions, comments, or for help with submissions.

Thank you, and we look forward to a stimulating set of panels at this year’s SSHA meeting.

Ateş Altınordu (atesaltinordu@sabanciuniv.edu)

Sam Nelson (samuel.nelson@mcgill.ca)

Sadia Saeed (ssaeed3@usfca.edu)

Philip Gorski (philip.gorski@yale.edu)

SSHA Religion Network Representatives

Call For Papers: Religion and Poverty

CALL FOR PAPERS:
Religion and Poverty
Thematic Collection in Palgrave Communications
Editors: Dr Gottfried Schweiger and Dr Helmut P Gaisbauer (University of Salzburg); Prof Clemens Sedmak (University of Notre Dame).
Submissions welcome on a rolling basis throughout 2018!
Poverty and religion are interrelated in different ways. On the one hand, for various religious traditions poverty is both an aspect of a particular faithful life (e.g. monastic communities) and giving to the poor is seen as a religious duty. Such traditions have evolved over time and expanded the role of faith-based organisations nowadays play in welfare provision and international development. Faith-based organizations play an important role in poverty alleviation both in rich and poor countries. These actions and practices, as well as their religious and theological underpinnings, deserve scrutiny. On the other hand, religion plays an important role in the life of people living in poverty: how they experience and shape their living, and how they find their place in society and the communities in which they. The role of religion in justifying certain inequalities and processes of exclusion (e.g. in India) and thus contributing to the sustainability of poverty is another important theme worth reflection.
We invite papers, from a range of disciplinary perspectives, that consider the following overarching question: how can religion be used as a vehicle to overcome structures of poverty, and how does it sometimes hinder such processes?
Contributions from sociology, development studies, religious studies, economics, theology, and other social sciences and humanities are welcomed; as are insights from different geographical settings, forms of poverty, and religious traditions.
This is a rolling article collection and as such submissions/proposals will be welcome throughout 2018.
This special issue is run in collaboration with the 2017 Salzburg Conference on Interdisciplinary Poverty Research, organised by the Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research of the University of Salzburg: www.poverty-conference.org

Call for Papers: 2018 International Conference on Religion & Film

Papers for the 2018 International Conference on Religion & Film may be on any topic related to religion and film. Papers may explore the religious meaning or significance of individual films, provide a historical perspective on religion and film, examine methodologies for religion and film studies, or analyze film genres in relation to religion. We encourage a discussion of films from around the world.

Proposals should include a title and a 350-word description of the paper, and also indicate whether visual media will be used and in what way(s). Papers will be accepted for inclusion in the program based on the description provided. On a separate page, proposals should identify the author and the author’s home institution. The official language of the Conference is English

https://digitalcommons.unomaha.edu/jrf/cfp2018.pdf

Call for Papers: Sociology of Religion Unit

Call for Papers
Sociology of Religion Unit,
American Academy of Religion
Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2018
https://papers.aarweb.org/content/sociology-religion-unit

Statement of Purpose:

The Sociology of Religion Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion serves as a bridge between religious studies and the subdiscipline of sociology of religion. The group operates as a two-way conduit to bring sociological research into the field of religious studies and to make findings in the broader study of religion available to sociologists. Through cross-fertilization transgressing disciplinary boundaries there can be breakthroughs in research in both fields. The group has a wide conception of sociology of religion. It is open to a multiplicity of approaches utilized in the discipline of sociology. We work to cultivate theoretical contributions founded upon empirical data from a variety of established methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and comparative-historical approaches. By liaising with other Program Units, the Sociology of Religion Group is able to bring the rich diversity of critical and analytical perspectives that are housed in the American Academy of Religion into mainstream sociology of religion. Concurrently, it aims to provide scholars of the study of religion with a deeper understanding of the landscape of sociology of religion.

Call for Papers:

Sociology of Religion as part of a larger discipline is marked by a canonization of its theory and its division by paradigms and methodologies–whether these be the classics (Weber and Durkheim), the old paradigm (functionalism and social constructionism), or the new paradigm (rational choice) on the one hand and quantitative, qualitative, or historical-comparative sociology on the other. As it intersects with sociology of religion, the study of religion has drawn from theories and methodologies in conversation with anthropology, critical theory, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. We are interested in papers that utilize the methods and theories in the study of religion and bring them into the sociological canon as well as those that help religious studies gain a better grasp of the sociological theory of religion. We encourage papers that draw from both the theory and methodology of sociology of religion and religious studies and use them as frames for analysis of concrete cases. We invite papers covering both historical and contemporary topics pertinent to the sociological study of religions. In particular, we request papers that touch upon social divisions examining race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, region, age, etc.

Critics of sociology of religion have pointed out that the field is dominated by North American scholars primarily interested in Protestantism. The discipline of religious studies provides a clear antidote to these perceived limitations. Therefore, we encourage contributions from academics who study the various religious traditions around the world as well as those studying North American religious communities. In particular, we would like submissions from scholars from all academic ranks across the lines of nationality, region, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.

The purpose of the Sociology of Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion is to bridge the gap and generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

1) Measuring Religiosity and Secularity
2) Religion in the Public Sphere (theme of the conference)
3) Appropriation and Limitations of Western Sociological Theory
4) Politics and Religious Demographics (Demography of Religion) (i.e., voting)
5) Regionalism: Issues relevant to Colorado (water rights, religion and ecology, indigenous religions, etc.)
6) Networks approach (metatheoretical analysis)
7) Global Religions and the Media
8) Christian Nationalism
9) Discourse, Religion, and Law

The Sociology of Religion Group of AAR regularly co-sponsors panels with the peer-reviewed print and online journal Critical Research on Religion (CRR) (http://crr.sagepub.com). Published by SAGE Publications, the journal has over 8000 subscriptions worldwide. Presenters of promising papers in SOR panels will be invited to turn their papers into articles and submit them for peer review to CRR.

Please submit paper and panel proposal through on-line system at: http://papers.aarweb.org

Call for Papers

Call for Papers
Sociology of Religion Unit, 
American Academy of Religion
Denver, Colorado, November 17-20, 2018
 
Statement of Purpose:
 
The Sociology of Religion Program Unit of the American Academy of Religion serves as a bridge between religious studies and the subdiscipline of sociology of religion. The group operates as a two-way conduit to bring sociological research into the field of religious studies and to make findings in the broader study of religion available to sociologists. Through cross-fertilization transgressing disciplinary boundaries there can be breakthroughs in research in both fields. The group has a wide conception of sociology of religion. It is open to a multiplicity of approaches utilized in the discipline of sociology. We work to cultivate theoretical contributions founded upon empirical data from a variety of established methodologies such as quantitative, qualitative, and comparative-historical approaches. By liaising with other Program Units, the Sociology of Religion Group is able to bring the rich diversity of critical and analytical perspectives that are housed in the American Academy of Religion into mainstream sociology of religion. Concurrently, it aims to provide scholars of the study of religion with a deeper understanding of the landscape of sociology of religion.
 
Call for Papers:
 
Sociology of Religion as part of a larger discipline is marked by a canonization of its theory and its division by paradigms and methodologies–whether these be the classics (Weber and Durkheim), the old paradigm (functionalism and social constructionism), or the new paradigm (rational choice) on the one hand and quantitative, qualitative, or historical-comparative sociology on the other. As it intersects with sociology of religion, the study of religion has drawn from theories and methodologies in conversation with anthropology, critical theory, psychology, history, and other related disciplines. We are interested in papers that utilize the methods and theories in the study of religion and bring them into the sociological canon as well as those that help religious studies gain a better grasp of the sociological theory of religion. We encourage papers that draw from both the theory and methodology of sociology of religion and religious studies and use them as frames for analysis of concrete cases. We invite papers covering both historical and contemporary topics pertinent to the sociological study of religions. In particular, we request papers that touch upon social divisions examining race, class, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, region, age, etc.
 
Critics of sociology of religion have pointed out that the field is dominated by North American scholars primarily interested in Protestantism. The discipline of religious studies provides a clear antidote to these perceived limitations. Therefore, we encourage contributions from academics who study the various religious traditions around the world as well as those studying North American religious communities. In particular, we would like submissions from scholars from all academic ranks across the lines of nationality, region, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.
 
The purpose of the Sociology of Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion is to bridge the gap and generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:
 
1) Measuring Religiosity and Secularity
2) Religion in the Public Sphere (theme of the conference)
3) Appropriation and Limitations of Western Sociological Theory
4) Politics and Religious Demographics (Demography of Religion) (i.e., voting)
5) Regionalism: Issues relevant to Colorado (water rights, religion and ecology, indigenous religions, etc.)
6) Networks approach (metatheoretical analysis)
7) Global Religions and the Media
8) Christian Nationalism
9) Discourse, Religion, and Law
 
The Sociology of Religion Group of AAR regularly co-sponsors panels with the peer-reviewed print and online journal Critical Research on Religion (CRR) (http://crr.sagepub.com ). Published by SAGE Publications, the journal has over 8000 subscriptions worldwide. Presenters of promising papers in SOR panels will be invited to turn their papers into articles and submit them for peer review to CRR.
 
Please submit paper and panel proposal through on-line system at: http://papers.aarweb.org