Call for papers: The Impact of Religion Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy

The second international conference on: The Impact of Religion Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy at Uppsala University, Sweden, April 24-26th 2018 

The Impact of Religion conference offers an interdisciplinary forum for sharing recent research on the role of religion in both the public and the private sphere – locally, nationally and internationally.

Particular attention is paid to the links between religion, the law and wider social developments.

The religious landscape of Europe is continually changing. Migrations, provoked by international conflicts and poverty, have brought new challenges to secular states regarding the handling of religious and cultural pluralism. Religious traditions and convictions raise new issues for states, local governments, lawyers, healthcare workers, and teachers – in practice for all citizens. At the same time secularist counter-reactions oppose religious visibility in the public sphere and religious/ethnic pluralism is questioned by right wing groups. Increasing racism related to religion and religiously motivated terror, adds energy to growing polarizations. Additionally new existential issues appear due to feelings of insecurity arising from war, terror, global warming and advancing technology. In such circumstances, religion appears in a positive as well as negative light.

These ongoing changes provoke new questions regarding the role of religion in democracy, human rights, law, family life, healthcare, well-being, welfare and science. Religion has become a crucial research area in a wide variety of academic disciplines. Thus there is a need to reconsider the concept of religion and to rethink theoretical and methodological approaches.

The Uppsala conference provides an opportunity to disseminate, share and discover a wide range of data and ideas within this expanding field. We expect contributions from lawyers, human rights experts, social scientists, specialists in social policy, health and welfare, philosophers and scientists, as well as those engaged directly in theology and religious studies. We are particularly interested in how religion (in all its diversity) influences different sectors of society and how they in turn influence religion. The conference marks the end of the 10 year research programme The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy, and the merging of the Impact programme with Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre. Results from the IMPACT programme will be presented and discussed in joint sessions along with contributions from other researchers attending the conference.

Call for papers

The second international interdisciplinary conference on:The Impact of Religion Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy. Uppsala University, Sweden, April 24-26th 2018.

Abstracts for paper presentations are invited on the following themes:

  • Religion and migration
  • Religion in the public sphere, media and politics

  • Religious diversity, non-religion, secularism

  • Religious freedom versus other human rights

  • Religion and youth, family, gender, sexuality

  • Religion and racism, discrimination, segregation

  • Religion and violence, terror and the security state

  • Faith based organisations as welfare providers, civil society, social capital

  • Existential health and well-being

  • Science and religion, relativism and absolutism

  • and other related themes….

Comparative papers are particularly welcome. Theoretical, methodological and substantive issues will be given equal consideration. Thematic sessions will be developed as submitted abstracts arrive. The conference language is English. Selected papers will be published!

Suggestions for special thematic sessions are welcome; please send an email to by May 31st 2017

Deadline for the submission of abstracts (max 200 words): October 31st 2017

The conference is hosted by The Impact of Religion Programme and Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre at Uppsala University.

Information on abstract format and delivery, programme, registration, venue etc. will be available at:

Call for Papers: Surveillance and Religion

Call for Papers: Surveillance and Religion

Special Issue of ‘Surveillance and Society’ journal

Edited by Eric Stoddart, University of St Andrews, UK, and Susanne  Wigorts Yngevesson, Stockholm School of Theology.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2017

Publication date: early 2018

This special issue will be one of the outputs of the AHRC funding of the network  during 2016 & 2017.


This issue of Surveillance & Society is seeking papers and other submissions that examine the interplay between religion and surveillance.

Religious communities are targets, as well as consumers, of surveillance. This may occur as the securitization of religious identity. Cultures of surveillance develop with societies where religion remains a significant player and/or where religious themes continue to influence as part of the broader heritage. Political rhetoric may draw  upon concepts of the eye of God, popular culture may appeal to fears and/or reassurances of a divine and omnipresent gaze. Religious traditions also have the potential to contribute to discussions of the ethics of surveillance, whether in the realm of national security, human rights, trust, privacy or human flourishing in general.

This issue seeks to explore the ways in which particular religious communities are subjects of surveillance and invites critical attention to the ways that religious communities deploy surveillance strategies. It aims to scrutinize how religious themes circulate within discourses that attempt to legitimate or resist surveillance. Furthermore, this issue seeks to articulate particular religious and theological insights and perspectives on the contemporary debate around surveillance.

Possible research areas might include (but are not limited to):

Religions under surveillance.
Religious practice and identity as surveillance.
Religions consuming surveillance.
Religious ethics and surveillance.
Religion and surveillance in films.
Religion and surveillance in novels.
Religion and surveillance in art.
Religion in the political discourses of surveillance.

We also welcome other subjects not outlined above, opinion pieces and research notes, as well as art, new media and other cultural responses. Please contact the guest-editors in advance to discuss proposed topics:

Eric Stoddart, University of St Andrews, UK,
Susanne Wigorts Yngevesson, Stockholm School of Theology,

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Ottoman Sufism: Scholars, Works, and Problems

09.12.2017 – 10.12.2017

Ottoman Sufism: Scholars, Works, and Problems
The established understanding dominated by academic studies on Islamic culture and civilization rests on the assumption that Islamic thought had lost its productivity from the middle ages onwards. As a result of this perspective, it became widely accepted that the field of Islamic sciences during the Ottoman epoch which spanned from the middle ages continuing on until the modern era was, with the most optimistic of expressions, a stationary period. In recent years, however, revisionist/critical studies have begun to question these assumptions. Beyond reductionist conceptualizations as in productivity and stagnation of the knowledge and cultural heritage of the Ottoman period, there is a need for studies which aim to understand the Ottoman tradition in its own context. ISAR put together a series of scholarly forums aimed at redefining the place of the Ottoman scientific tradition by considering the Ottoman scholarly tradition as an extension of this approach with a multi-layered understanding. The first two symposiums of the series were devoted to the sciences of kalām and fiqh. The third forum of the series will focus on the sufi tradition of the Ottoman period. Sufism (Taṣawwuf) is a sphere of activity that reinterprets issues of metaphysics as well as reconstructs morality from the viewpoint of sincerity and rectitude in relation to the relationship between God and the human being, and is thus a source of different perspectives within the aggregate formed by Islamic sciences. Sufism which has become an integral part of social structure with the spread of the ṭarīqahs (Sufi currents), and has developed reflexes in response to the multi-faceted expectations of the social segments oriented towards itself, and thus has been active in political relations as much as in everyday relations alongside in the forms of religiousness and the issues of Islamic theoretical heritage. The Sufi experience which has left a mark in all cultural manifestations stands as an area of research that is suitable for rereading, taking into consideration various stages in the history of Islamic sciences. The Ottoman phase in the history of Islamic sciences corresponds to a historical range which reflects the fundamental characteristics of sufism in a multi-faceted way with its theoretical and practical aspects. As a matter of fact, Ottoman Sufis have on the one hand kept alive the conceptual repertoire of the theoretical heritage with the works they wrote, and on the other hand created an educational field that found their institutional identities in the tekkes (Sufi lodges) and practically exemplified sufi perspective of the human being. From today’s perspective, whether with its conceptual expansions or its discovered areas of application in history, evaluating the Ottoman Sufi tradition requires an interdisciplinary effort. This study does not stop at simply making an important contribution to Sufi studies, but will also broaden the perspective of researchers who study Ottoman history by noting the widespread influence sufism has. For this reason, the examination of the religious and social dimensions of sufism in the Ottoman Empire can only be possible through the joint efforts of different disciplines such as history, literature, and philosophy. This symposium, which focuses on the Ottoman period of Sufi history and aims to open up new viewpoints to the present scholarship, will accept original and high quality papers within the following sample headings:
  •  The Ottoman Sufi experience in general and its place in Sufi history and thought
  •  Textual and ritual contributions to the theory and practice of sufism in the
           Ottoman geography
  • Commentaries, glosses, treatises and translations of classical texts into Ottoman
  • The basic polemics that took place within Sufi thought and institutions: Debates
           of oneness of being (waḥdat al-wujūd), discussions of sema-devran, the orthodoxy-heterodoxy dilemma
  • Relations between Sufi groups and other scholars
  •  The harmony and tension between Sufi circles and the ruling elite
  • The interaction between sufism and the Ottoman political tradition
  •  Perception of sufism in texts of other Islamic sciences (kalām, philosophy, fiqh, etc.)
  • The science of taṣawwuf in relation to the place of Sufis in Ottoman social life
Following the symposium, only papers selected from those presented will be published as a separate work.
The languages that shall be used for the symposium in Istanbul are Turkish, English and Arabic.
Abstracts must be written with a maximum of 250 words. Abstracts – together with applicants’ contact information and academic CVs – should be sent to
Important Dates:
Submission of Abstracts: April 15, 2017
Announcement of Accepted Presentations: April 30, 2017
Submission of Completed Papers: October 15, 2017
Date of Symposium: 9-10 December 2017

Paper Submissions: Inequalities Conference MSU

Inequalities Conference
MSU College of Education 
June 12 -13,
 Our multidisciplinary conference will bring together researchers and practitioners in dialogue to address pressing issues of inequality.  Among our invited dialogue participants are sociologists Richard Alba from CUNY – The Graduate Center, Cornelia Kristen from University of Bamberg, Germany, and Stephanie Nawyn from Michigan State University.  
For more detailed description please see below as well as the attached conference brochure.  We are currently accepting paper submissions until April 1 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time. 

Call for Papers: International Migrants in China

Please consider submitting a paper for this panel on international migrants China and forward this call to others who might be interested.

We are looking forward to receiving your paper proposals (max. 250 words) until March, 24th 2017.

 Please do not make your own paper submission first as we will submit it as a panel. After the conference, we will explore the possibility of publishing the panel papers in a special/themed issue in Transitions: Journal of Transient Migration (,id=252/) – a dynamic, emerging interdisciplinary journal published by Intellect Books, UK. 

Panel Proposal for the 2017 AAA Meeting (November 29 – December 3 2017, Washington DC):

 International migrants in China: Infrastructures, trajectories and positionalities

 Convenors: Ka-Kin Cheuk (Leiden University) and Aldina Camenisch (University of Basel)

This panel explores the increasingly numerous and diverse international migration to China through the combined lens of infrastructure, trajectory, and positionalities. Drawing on ethnographic studies of several foreign migrant groups, the panel seeks to trace the intersecting forces shaping the migration trajectories and positionalities of foreigners in China.

Hereby, the panel unpacks 1) how they imagine, create and encounter opportunities and negotiate their position as international migrants in China, and 2) how these efforts are configured and mediated by an array of structural factors at work both in China and the sending countries; these forces can be understood as the ‘migration infrastructure’ that takes on various forms and can lead to rather surprising consequences of migration (Xiang and Lingquist).

The panel looks at several frontiers of such migration infrastructure, including everyday local-global encounters, cross-border mobilities, grassroots entrepreneurship and international trade practices. Analyzing migrants’ lifeworlds and the global change at the same time, our panel aims to capture the emerging dynamics and diversity of international migration to China.

Best regards, Kin and Aldina and

La conférence: Les racines religieuses de la radicalisation: fait ou fiction? Autopsie interdisciplinaire des phénomènes de radicalisation menant ou non à la violence

C’est avec un immense plaisir que le SoDRUS vous annonce la tenue de son colloque international 2017. Intitulé « Les racines religieuses de la radicalisation : fait ou fiction? Autopsie interdisciplinaire des phénomènes de radicalisation menant ou non à la violence », ce colloque réunira 24 spécialistes, à savoir des professeurs-chercheurs provenant de différentes disciplines (droit, psychologie, sociologie, criminologie, science politique, études religieuses), des juristes, des intervenants ainsi que les membres du SoDRUS et de nombreux autres centres de recherche qui aborderont leurs réflexions tant dans un contexte nord-américain (Canada, États-Unis) qu’international (Europe, Moyen-Orient, Asie du Sud-Est). Tous se questionneront sur les fondements de la radicalisation qui mène ou non à la violence, tout en cherchant à identifier, en complémentarité, des avenues et des moyens pour mieux la prévenir.
La conférence inaugurale « Is religion the problem ? » sera prononcée par l’éminent professeur Mark Juergensmeyer, le jeudi 4 mai 2017 à 14h30.
Je  vous invite à assister à cet événement de grande envergure qui aura lieu du 4 au 6 mai 2017 au Campus de Longueuil de l’Université de Sherbrooke et à le diffuser dans vos réseaux. L’événement est gratuit. Toutefois, comme les places sont limitées, il faut s’inscrire à l’adresse suivante :
Ci-dessous le lien sur la page de l’événement, où vous trouverez les affiches du colloque, de la conférence inaugurale ainsi que le programme provisoire de l’événement :
La page Facebook de l’événement est la suivante :
Je reste disponible pour toute information complémentaire.

Call for Papers: Displaced Narratives: Story-telling in studying war and displacement

PACSA Meeting 2017 – Amsterdam
The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security
Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion
6th Bi-annual Peace and Conflict Studies in Anthropology meeting (PACSA)
28-30 August 2017, Amsterdam

Call for Papers for a Panel:
Displaced Narratives: Story-telling in studying war and displacement
Katarzyna Grabska, Senior Research Fellow, The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva,
Cindy Horst, Research Professor and Research Director, Peace Research Institute Oslo,
There is increasing attention to the power of individual and collective stories in academia and beyond. Stories inform the actions of human beings and impact where they are moving, individually and as a society. Individuals – including researchers and their informants – activate new stories that transport others to new points of view and can change meaning, action and thus the future. As bell hooks argues, theorizing about personal experience not only posits the personal as critical to understanding socio-political social boundaries; but makes it possible to consider how the personal provides room to create alternative narratives. To what extend can storytelling be used as a method to study war, peace and displacement? We invite contributions that use different story-telling methods to unravel the complexities of inclusion and exclusion that accompany the trajectories of refugees and displaced people, including, but not limited to, innovative use of graphic design, literature and poetry, film and therapeutic performance, and the traditional life history method. In what ways do these methods reveal different understandings of the temporal and spatial aspects of displacement? What are the challenges in designing such research, and what type of insights can we develop as researchers? What are the limits in using a story-telling approach? How is this approach a way of excavating both hidden agency and power hierarchies in displacement?
To submit your paper proposals, please follow the instructions on the PACSA conference website:
The deadline for paper submissions is Sunday 2 April, 2017.
A pdf-version of the call for papers is available on PACSA’s website.

Muslims in the UK and Europe Postgraduate Symposium, University of Cambridge

Muslims in the UK and Europe
Postgraduate Symposium, University of Cambridge, 12-13 May 2017
Organised by the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies invites applications from current Masters and PhD candidates to present their research on issues pertaining to Muslims in the UK and Europe, from any discipline. The postgraduate symposium, taking place from 12-13 May 2017, will be a platform for students to present and exchange current research on any topic in this field in a dynamic forum. While historical or theoretical context is valuable, we invite papers also to present, analyse or interpret research findings, data or material. The symposium will take place at The Moller Centre, Cambridge.
Accommodation will be covered by the Centre of Islamic Studies and bursaries will be available for travel within the UK.
To apply please submit a 500-word abstract, with curriculum vitae outlining current research interests, to by 13 March 2017.
Successful candidates will be notified by 20March 2017 and invited to submit draft papers of no more than 3000 words by 5 May 2017.
Click here to read about the Annual Muslims in the UK and Europe Postgraduate Symposium.

Call for Papers: Refugees Welcome? The politics of hospitality and care in Turkey and Europe

Refugees Welcome? The politics of hospitality and care in Turkey and Europe
Convenors: Dr. Hilal Alkan (EUME Fellow, Forum Transregionale Studien/ZMO, Berlin) and Dr. H. Pınar Şenoğuz (Philipp Schwartz Fellow, Georg-August-Universität, Göttingen)
This panel aims to critically explore the welcoming responses refugees, fleeing from violent conflicts in their own countries, receive from the members of the host societies upon immigration to Europe, including Turkey. These responses are not solely determined by government policies regarding migration, border control and inclusion; yet they are always in dialogue with them. However, it is still possible to identify grassroots efforts to smoothen the transition of refugees and provide them with vital assistance and aid; as well as tensions in local communities while receiving the refugees.
Drawing on Derrida’s notion of hospitality as an inherently conflictual relation, we argue against an understanding of hospitality as an ethical comparative tool (i.e. more welcoming vs. less welcoming), and rather want to emphasize a conflicted politics of gift and exchange, solidarity and hostility, beyond the binary nature of guest-host relationship. This approach provides tools that allow us to situate the refugees and the locals at the same level, and reveal the workings of power, inequality, indebtedness and patronage as well as care and discipline in every encounter. All these intricate and intimate aspects of welcoming refugees have unforeseeably drastic effects on the questions of inclusion and exclusion, both in the present and in the future of the host countries.
We particularly welcome submissions of papers based on ethnographic research and deal with the questions of hospitality/hostility, care and compassion in the context of the refugee influx with a critical eye. Please send abstracts to and/or or alternatively use the link
Deadline is 2 April 2017