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.
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* 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:
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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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.
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.
Call for Papers
Future of Salafism
Conference, University of Oxford, 5-6 December 2018
(Jointly hosted by Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford, and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies)
Like all ideologies and movements, Salafism— one of the most influential Islamic movement of the last century— is not monolithic. Not only have Salafi inspired groups evolved in different ways across different countries and contexts, in the same space Salafi reasoning can find multiple expressions or one mode of Salafi reasoning can give way to another in response to the changing context. Scholars widely recognise four visible expressions of Salafism: scholastic Salafis (those who focus on the scholarship); Salafi jihadis (those who use aspects of Salafi thought to justify militant Islam); political Salafis (those who use the Salafi thought to justify political action such as Surooris or Sahawis in Saudi Arabia or Al-Nour Party in Egypt), and Madkhalis (the quietest Salafis who accept the secular form of government). Right now, however, all these multiple expressions of Salafism are exposed to new pressures due to changing contexts. We have seen the impact of the Arab Spring on Salafi groups in the Middle East and Gulf regions especially Yemen, Libya and Syria; in the first two the Madkhalis have adopted a more jihadist approach and developments in the latter have created a space for merging of Salafi jihadists of different orientation. Juxtaposed against the recent shifts in Saudi Arabia1 — which along with Qatar is the only state to officially endorse Salafism — the future of Salafism is unpredictable. This conference isaimed at bringing together established scholars, post-doctoral researchers, as well as doctoral students who can offer original insights into how Salafi thought, and the diverse set of groups inspired by it, are evolving in different contexts in light of the post-Arab Spring developments and the changes unfolding within Saudi Arabia. This conference thus welcomes empirically rich case studies from different country contexts, which can shed light on any of the following questions:
– What changes has the Arab Spring triggered within different categories of Salafi groups in the Arab world? What lines of reasoning have different groups adopted to justify change in their approach or strategies? Have Salafi groups in one country context been influenced by groups in another country or region or have their responses to the Arab Spring been very localised?
– What is the Saudi state’s conception of ‘moderate Islam’? How does this conception of moderate Islam relate to Salafi and Wahhabi teachings? How are the leading Salafi and Wahhabi scholars within Saudi Arabia and beyond responding to the Saudi state’s call for a ‘return to moderate Islam’? Papers that can draw on detailed interviews with leading Salafi scholars in different contexts or on their writings or speeches to analyse how Salafi scholars and other Salafi movements are responding to changes within Saudi Arabia are very welcome.
The conference is being jointly hosted by the Oxford Department of International Development, University of Oxford and the King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies and will result in an edited volume.
Those interested to participate in the conference are requested to submit a 500 word abstract to Professor Masooda Bano, Associate Professor, Oxford Department of International Development (firstname.lastname@example.org) and cc Dr Abdullah Bin Khalid Al-Saud, Director of Research, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies (email@example.com) by 15th June 2018. Selected participants will be informed of the outcome by the end of June 2018.
I’d like to invite you to submit abstracts to the interdisciplinary symposium *Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Oceania.* More information below and in the attached flyer. Please circulate this widely.
Date: 17-18 of August, 2018
Venue: Alphacrucis College, Parramatta
Abstracts due: 30 April, 2018 (title, 250-word abstract, short bio)
Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Keynote Speaker: Debra McDougall (Melbourne University)
‘Crashing waves: The transnational force of Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in Oceania and beyond’
This symposium will explore the growth, movement and influence of Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities in Oceania. It will consider PCCs as a powerful cultural force within Australasian and Oceanic communities and their role in reconfiguring spatial, social, political and cultural relationships. While the causative influences of PCCs in Oceania are contemplated, the symposium will also look at the overarching cultural, economic and political milieus in which PCCs are embedded. Additionally, a consideration of PCC’s broader transnational scope of influence will enrich this cross-cultural and interdisciplinary dialogue.
· Historical developments
· Transnational Networks
· Settler colonial/Postcolonial studies
· Missionary activities
· Cultural translation, negotiation, adaptation
· Politics in Oceania and beyond
· Media, music, Information Communication Technologies
· Branding and marketing
· Late modernity and global capitalism
· Material culture and lived experiences
· Aesthetics and embodied practices
· Social justice movements/activism
· Migration and (im)mobility
· Gender, class, ethnicity
· Youth cultures
Associate Professor Cristina Rocha|ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University
Editor: Journal of Global Buddhism
New book: John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing (OUP, 2017)
Dr. Jeanne Rey
Department of Anthropology and Sociology of Development
Chemin Eugène-Rigot 2
Case Postale 136
CH-1211 Genève 21
We are now inviting papers for our panel at the EASA Conference:
Divine Mobilities: How Gods and Spirits Move Through the World (P102)
- Stephan Palmie (University of Chicago)
- Roger Canals (University of Barcelona)
- Ruy Blanes (University of Gothbnburg)
This panel seeks a debate on mobility in religious/spiritual contexts beyond the usual tropes of “diaspora” or “de/reterritorialization”. Calling for papers based on current ethnographies in the anthropology of religion, we aim to explore new approaches to religious mediation and transmission.
Ever since the time of Imperial Roman complaints about invasive cults from Asia Minor (such as Christianity) making their home in the metropole as a result of population movements, the notion that deities follow their worshipers has been an established trope in aiming to understand what we, today, are wont to call the religious concomitants of globalization. It is a view of the movement of numinous entities based on what we might call a paradigm of endemic range (in the zoological sense), and the effects of “invasive” collective representations on prior human-divine ecologies. Tired of concepts such as diaspora or de/reterritorialization, this panel aims to rethink how deities, spirits, and other entities move through, and transform in, space and time. It does so by focusing on how their devotees not only think such movements occur, but how they actively bring these into being. We ask how people imagine numinous entities to move in time/space/http, what storage media they use, how they are activated, and what may stand in the way of doing so. Drums, relics, possessed bodies, amulets, books, prayer, images, audio or video recordings, apps and social media – and other techniques and media platforms to work the gods into presence in new surroundings – are all par for the course: as “low” or “high tech” as the case may be. We invite ethnographically grounded analyses of divine mobilties, but also historical case studies.
*To propose a paper:*
9 April 2018
We look forward to receiving your paper proposals!
All best wishes,
For the EASA2018 conference: Staying, Moving, Settling (Stockholm August 14-17) we will convene a panel entitled
The Impact of Law on Transnational Families’ Staying, Moving and Settling.
Law shapes people’s decisions to stay, move, or settle. Institutions interpret international treaties and domestic legislation producing dynamic categories of deserving and undeserving migrants. Transnational families use, avoid or subvert this law to facilitate migration and maintain kinship.
To propose a paper please use the EASA conference website: https://nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2018/conferencesuite.php/panels/6592
Deadline for paper proposals is April 9
Law and routine legal practice fundamentally shape people’s attitudes towards staying in a country, their choices about moving overseas, and their options for settling abroad.
Individual migrants’ interactions with bureaucrats, lawyers, advocacy organizations, and judges produce dynamic categories of deserving and undeserving migrants. The resulting legal statuses create, reunite or break transnational families, reconfiguring kin relations across borders.
This panel will bring together empirical research on the impact that family, citizenship and immigration, criminal, and human rights and refugee law has on family ties within differently positioned transnational families. Research sites might include CSOs, lawyers, government bureaucracies and families in any transnational context. We are interested in research focusing on either privileged or disadvantaged transnational family members; intersectional analyses of the legal production of categories of deserving and undeserving migrant kin; and critical enquiries into the concept of the transnational family.
Papers could discuss:
- How migrants’ sources and levels of legal knowledge shape their use, avoidance or subversion of the law;
- The “legal work” required to maintain family ties across borders;
- The impact of international human rights law (eg. the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child) in lived experiences of attempting to reunite and settle;
- The role of law breaking in sustaining the transnational family;
- When law allowing or preventing migration contributes to power relations within transnational families;
- The successes and failures of lobbying towards changing legal categorisations relevant to transnational families;
- How transnational families’ experiences reflect, or do not, reflect political and public discourse about them.
· Jessica Carlisle (Newman University)
· Iris Sportel (Radboud University Nijmegen)
The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) invites you to submit a paper and/or session proposal for our 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. Our 2018 theme, “Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines,” highlights themeeting overlap with the American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), and other sociological associations. Furthermore, the ASR Annual Meeting schedule maximizes participation opportunities for those who are interested in both the ASR and the ASA Religion Section activities.
Please visit our website at https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/annual-meeting/ for more information. To submit a paper and/or session proposal, log into your ASR member account. If you are not a current ASR member, you may join the association by visiting our home page at https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/.
Please contact Program Chair Jerry Park at email@example.com with any ASR Annual Meeting questions.