2nd International Congress on Spiritual/Religious Counselling and Care


For deadlines, paper guidelines, and conference details, please visit: http://mdrk.org/en


has contributed to society and individual in variety of areas like psycho-social, cultural, economic, solidarity/cooperation and humanitarian aids etc. It has been a source of inspiration and motivation to mobilize individuals, communities and institutions in order to cooperate, make solidarity, and social and moral support.

This international congress, entitled Spiritual Counselling and Care (SCC), emphasizes the human aspects of religious beliefs and moral values; to appreciate the contributions they make to individual and social life, and to raise a popular and academic awareness of the perception of religion that is touched by human life. In this context, it aims particularly to examine the place, role, function and contribution of religion and spirituality in family therapy, in reforming and rehabilitation of inmates in prisons, for being a source of hope and morale to patients in health care services in hospitals, in the formation of moral and motivation in the military, in creating spiritual atmosphere for elderly and disadvantaged groups in social services.

The first spiritual counselling and care scholarly gathering within the scope of this congress as planned series of conferences was held in April 2016 in Istanbul, Turkey. The main theme of the ‘1 st International Congress on Religious-Spiritual Counselling and Care’ was ‘The Place and Function of Spiritual Counselling and Care in Human Life’ aiming to give a broad coverage of all issues, practices and problems in the field. This upcoming and subsequent congressional themes will be continued in more specific areas. In the context of institutionalized service unit thematisation, the main theme of the ‘2 nd International Congress on Spiritual/Religious Counselling and Care’ that is scheduled to be held on November 22-24, 2018 will be on ‘Spiritual/Religious Counselling and Care in Prison and Healthcare Services.

By organising such a congress, it is expected to shed light on the future studies of spiritual and religious counselling and care by taking into account the rapidly developing field of expertise in Turkey from an interdisciplinary perspective at international platform.

Conference ‘Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace’

Good afternoon,

I’d like to share with you the forthcoming conference ‘Religion and Culture in Conflict and Peace’ organised by the centre of Religion Reconciliation and Peace at the University of Winchester, 20-21 June 2018, I think the programme may be of interest to you. We’d be most grateful if you could share this information with anyone you know who could be interested.

Key speakers include Mohammed Abu-nimer and Susan Hayward. As well as some fascinating papers looking at conflicts from around the world, we have also built in a history walk of the City of Winchester.

More information and booking via the conference website:https://www.winchesterpeaceconference.com/

With best wishes,

Rebecca Bellamy

Centre Coordinator & Partnerships Officer

On part-time secondment to the European Council of Religious Leaders

Winchester Centre of Religion, Reconciliation and Peace (WCRRP)

The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

’History, current presence and future directions for Buddhism in Austral-Asian region’  7-9 February, 2019

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 7-9 February 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasia and is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their latest researches on Buddhism. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.
The main themes of the Buddhism & Australia 2019 are
Buddhism and its History in India
*Buddhism and its History in Sri Lanka
  *Buddhism and Computers
  *Buddhism in Our Days Tibet

What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:
affiliation as you would like it to appear in program
email address,
title of proposal,
body of proposal; no more than 300 words,
up to 10 keywords.
CV max 2 pages
Proposals should be submitted by October 20, 2018 by the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by December 20, 2018.  We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.


To participate in the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia, please contact Marju Broder by the following email: info@buddhismandaustralia.com
For more information: www.buddhismandaustralia.com
Marju Broder
Organizing Chair
Mob + 610405549923

Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).   This is downloadable from here:


24th Nordic Conference Program is Posted

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018) ~ 1-3. August 2018.

Dear all,
The conference program is now posted on the conference website. Here you will find information about the program and the paper sessions. The paper abstracts are also posted.
For those of you who have organized sessions, we ask that you chair the sessions as well. If there are more than one organizer, it is up to you to decide who will function as chair.
For those who chair sessions and/or present papers, please check that the information about you is correct. If you find any mistakes, let us know.
Click here to see the program.
Please note that there is a welcome reception on July 31st from 20:30-22:00 at Oslo City Hall! Welcome!
Finally, we would like to remind you that all paper presenters must register and pay the conference fee by June 15th, otherwise their right to present a paper is withdrawn.
In order to register and pay the conference fee, please click on this link:


Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

Registration for NCSR 2018 is now open!

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018) ~ 1-3. August 2018.

Dear all,
Conference registration to the Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion 2018 is now open! Welcome!

The total conference fee is 1830 NOK. Please note that registration is divided into two separate payments and will take place in two steps. Step 1: Registration fee (900 NOK), Step 2: NJRS subscription (848 NOK). Both payments must be made before you are registered as a participant at the conference.

Accompanying persons, who would like to attend the reception, fjord cruise, and conference dinner, are warmly welcome. They only need to complete Registration Step 1 (900 NOK).

Please note that all paper presenters must register and pay their fee by June 15th, otherwise their right to present their paper is withdrawn.

The total conference fee includes:

  • Access to all scientific events at the conference
  • Welcoming reception hosted by the City of Oslo July 31st
  • Lunch and coffee/tea/fruit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Evening fjord cruise with shrimp buffet on Wednesday (drinks must be purchased individually)
  • Conference dinner on Thursday evening
  • A two-year subscription of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society (issue 2/2018-1/2020)

In order to register and pay your conference fee, please click on the link below:

Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

ASR Meeting registration now open

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) welcomes you to attend our 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Our 2018 theme, “Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines,” highlights the meeting 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.

Jennifer Glass will be our featured speaker and will discuss religion and politics in everyday life.

Please visit our website at https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/annual-meeting/ for more information, including registration and hotel reservation instructions.   We welcome non-ASR members to attend our annual meeting.

You may pay a reduced registration rate if you would like to become an ASR member (visit our home page  https://www.sociologyofreligion.com/ for membership information).

Please contact ASR Executive Officer, Rachel Kraus, at ASREO@bsu.edu with any questions.  We hope to see you in Philly!

International Conference: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism – May 17-18, 2018 SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY TK



15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003)

and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978)


MAY 17 – 18, 2018




Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference


This is meant to share some “good news” coming from a region in conflict:
Optimism Reigns Over Arab Renaissance Amman Conference (By Mohammed Hashas, 03 May 2018)
“I was very pleased to participate in a lively and timely international conference (and congress), entitled “Arab Renaissance: Renewing the Civilizational Message,” organized in Amman, Jordan, on 25-26 April 2018, in the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Arab Renaissance Foundation for Democracy and Development (ARDD), directed by a young lady, the lawyer Samar Muhareb, and whose board of trustees is presided over by Zaid Eyadat, a professor of Political Science at the University of Jordan. The conference took part in collaboration with the University of Jordan, Arab Thought Forum, and the American University of Beirut.

Prominent Arab philosophers and thinkers took part in the conference, which was attended by a large audience during the two days of the proceedings; these scholars include Hassan Hanafi (Egypt), despite his old age and move in wheelchair, Abu Yaareb al-Marzuki (Tunisia), Muhammad Shahrur (Syria), Ali Oumlil (Morocco), Abdeljabbar al-Rifai (Iraq), Abdellah Seyyid Ould Bah (Mauritania),  Ridwan el-Sayyid (Lebanon), besides many others; female scholars and activists, like Fahima Sharafeddine, Suad Joseph, Magda Essanoussi, underlined especially gender issues and their challenges in the Arab world, and beyond. Youth voices were very present during the discussion sessions and contributed to energetic debates.

Hanafi centralized the role of human change and perpetual interpretations of religion and the tradition, and asked the youth to rebel whenever their rights and aspirations are not met by the ruling class or are threatened by external hegemons; he demanded an urgent revival of the humanist spirit in the tradition; al-Marzuki underlined the role of history and economics in human growth, and challenged the idea of renaissance and awakening, saying that without strong and independent economies and serious ethics of work, social growth may remain a wishful thinking; at the same time he enumerated the various benefits of the early Arab Renaissance of the 19th and early 20th century, among which the revival of the Arabic language and literatures; ultimately, he said that the current catastrophes in the Arab world reflect the crises of not only the Arabs but those of the modern world as well; the Arab world has a civilizational mission, and should not be eclipsed by the ongoing ruins and wars; this region has a place in world history and it can always revive it, differently, creatively, he said. Al-Rifai called for reinvigorating the humanist aspect of religion, and argued that religion is not only law; law is a very small aspect of which, and it is historical; Shahrur went so far as to say that the Muslim legal scholars have misunderstood the Islamic message, and made of law its core; he also said that early Muslim theologians and legal theorists centralized the life of the Prophet Muhammad and his Companions, in mimicry of Christianity and the centrality of Jesus Christ, at the expense of the Quran, whose central place has to be reclaimed for renewal. As for

Ould Bah and Oumlil, they both read the current political crisis as a return to pre-modern notions of sectarian politics by which the established institutions of the modern states are put to the ground in a number of Arab countries and capitals. El-Sayyid, after having critically examined the Quranic studies literature in Western academia, went back to the Arab world to say that the current young generations of Arabs at the university for example lack interest in local issues and in the ideas of reform and renaissance because they belong to a more digital and global generation; their concerns are different, and it is challenging to expect them to have the same concerns as those of the pioneers of reforms.

In sum, these big figures that represent the 1967 generation of Arab philosophers and intellectuals all emphasized the need of real ethical work to not only save what could be saved but importantly to renew the old hopes of the Arab Renaissance of the 19th century, by underlining human rights, humanist values, pluralism, rule of law, and economic growth. The congress ended by launching the birth of Arab Renaissance Center for Thought, as part of ARDD foundation.

One could not but be optimist despite the dark present in the region and around the world! Arab scholars have given this message of hope as a moral duty for the locals first, and for the world outside as well.”

Kind regards,

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018)

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



Mark Juergensmeyer,

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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