CFP: “Gendering Jesus”

Special Issue of Religion and Gender

Guest editors Jamie Pitts (Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, US) and Peter-Ben Smit (Free University Amsterdam/Utrecht University, the Netherlands) have just issued a call for papers for the Religion and Gender special issue entitled ‘Gendering Jesus’.

We invite you to review the call for papers at https://www.religionandgender.org/announcement/, or check it in attachment.
Please, do forward the call for papers in your networks and/or feel warmly invited to consider submitting a manuscript.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

Journal Issue: Religion and Gender

Religion and Gender has just published its latest issue at https://www.religionandgender.org/. We invite you to review the new issue Contents here and visit our web site to review articles and other items of interest.

Religion and Gender
Vol 8, No 1 (2018): Christianity, Gender, Sexuality and the Law in Latin America
Table of Contents
https://www.religionandgender.org/jms/issue/view/583
Editorial
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Editorial (1-3)
        Journal Editors
Guest Editorial
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Introduction: Christianity, Gender, Sexuality and the Law in Latin America (4-13)
        Macarena Sáez,  José Manuel Morán Faúndes
Articles (special issue)
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Sexuality, Law, and Religion in Latin America: Frameworks in Tension (14-31)
        Juan Marco Vaggione
The Crusade against Same-Sex Marriage in Colombia (32-49)
        Mauricio Albarracín,    Julieta Lemaitre
The Development of “Pro-Life” NGOs in Argentina: Three Strategic Movements (50-67)
        José Manuel Morán Faúndes
The Regulation of Abortion in Chile: The Failure of the Separation of Church and State (68-83)
        Macarena Sáez
Sexual rights, Religion and Post-Neoliberalism in Argentina (2003-2015) (84-101)
        Daniel Jones,   Lucía Ariza,    Mario Pecheny
Pentecostals and Human Rights Controversies in Brazil (102-119)
        Maria das Dores Campos Machado

Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies has been published

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 29/2 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies
Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, by reviewing recent literature, and compiling bibliographies. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy. It is published open access online.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Karin Hedner Zetterholm & Ruth Illman
Editors of Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies
 

Dr Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi
http://www.abo.fi/forskning/ruth

Dr Ruth Illman
Director, the Donner Institute
Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University
http://www.abo.fi/donnerinstitute

CFP: Special journal issue on “Fashion/Religion Interfaces”

Call for papers for a special issue of the journal Religions

The complex interconnections between religious beliefs and fashion in clothing have been increasingly recognised by researchers, journalists and fashion producers. At the same time, fashion has begun to be a force that can shape religious communities and create debates, often of a controversial nature, within and between faiths. This special issue of Religions will explore these matters, focusing on sartorial fashion/religion interfaces in their diverse and multiple forms across the world today.

Fashion scholarship has long claimed that no-one exists fully outside of fashion systems. Yet many religious believers, especially those with more conservative mindsets, think that they are not influenced by secular and commercial fashion trends. So, who is right? At the same time, some religiously-oriented individuals may embrace fashion fully, while others might seek to balance fashionability with religious precepts and forms of conduct. Which sorts of balancing and mediating are occurring across the world today, among different religious groups in diverse locations? Which social and cultural forces and contexts shape these balancing acts? What are the differences between religiously-oriented dress practices in ‘home’ countries and in diasporic contexts? How are these matters bound up with globalization processes?

Most scholarly attention on fashion/religion interfaces has been on women’s dress practices, but what about men? In what ways do dynamics to do with sexualities, ethnicities, classes, disabilities, and other social factors impact on religiously-aware dress choices?

While the major scholarly and political focus has recently been on the relations between Islam and fashion, especially in terms of veiling, people with other religious affiliations must also make choices regarding fashion and dress issues. Papers focusing on any religion and belief system, and on any geographical (and/or virtual) location, are welcomed for this special edition. Articles comparing different religious and/or sectarian groups are also invited.

Contributions are sought from diverse disciplinary and inter-disciplinary backgrounds across the social sciences and humanities. Papers which report novel empirical findings, and innovate in theoretical and methodological terms, are particularly encouraged.

Special issue website with submission instructions: https://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues/fashion

Submission deadline: 1 April 2019

Queries: Anna-Mari Almila a.almila@fashion.arts.ac.uk

Journal Issue: Sociology of Islam

Volume 6, Special Issue: Unregistered Muslim Marriages: Regulations and Contestations, 2018

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22131418/6/3

Appel è contribution pour un numéro thématique: « Religiosités, sexualités et identités LGBTQI »

La revue RELIGIOLOGIQUES –  APPEL À CONTRIBUTION pour un NUMÉRO THÉMATIQUE :

« Religiosités, sexualités et identités LGBTQI »

http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca/Appel-2018-07.pdf

Depuis le début des années 2000, la recherche en sciences des religions se penche sur les rapports de pouvoir en société liés aux identités LGBTQI, tant sexuelles que de genre, cherchant à mettre en relief les écarts, en termes de pouvoir, de subjectivation et de marginalisation, entre les effets des religiosités et spiritualités contemporaines sur les individus et leurs communautés et l’impact de ces dernières sur les normes sociales et leurs modes de transmission. McGuire démontre que certaines alternatives spirituelles, qu’elles soient à l’extérieur ou à l’intérieur des traditions judéo-chrétiennes, sont souvent perçues comme faisant la promotion de la diversité sexuelle et de l’égalité homme-femme. Étant le produit d’une recherche identitaire attentive au corps, à la sexualité et au genre, leurs pratiques offrent une perspective nouvelle qui permet de « négocier de nouvelles identités et de forger de nouvelles sociabilités qui ont le potentiel de surpasser les balises conceptuelles dictées par d’anciennes normes sociales sexistes, racistes et classistes » (McGuire, 2008).

Une forte adhésion d’individus LGBTQI – lesbiennes, gais, bisexuels/bisexuelles, transgenres, queer et intersexués/intersexuées – à ces nouvelles religiosités et spiritualités pousse la recherche à s’intéresser aux identités sexuelles et de genre non-binaires, car celles-ci reflètent ou reconduisent souvent des rapports de domination et de hiérarchie tels qu’ils ont cours en société (Fedele et Knibbe, 2013). Si ces pratiques religieuses et spirituelles contemporaines répondent à un besoin de réconciliation avec la tradition pour plusieurs, pour d’autres, en réaction à des expériences personnelles de souffrance ou de discrimination liées au sexisme et à l’hétéronormativité, elles mènent à une reconstruction de leur religiosité personnelle et au remodelage de leur sociabilité en attribuant une place primordiale, dans leurs pratiques religieuses, aux notions d’identités LGBTQI sexuelles et de genre.

Ce numéro thématique de Religiologiques palliera à une carence au sein des études queer et LGBTQI qui s’attardent trop peu à la dimension religieuse et au caractère spirituel de l’agentivité du sujet. À partir d’approches interdisciplinaires, les auteurs peuvent mettre en lumière les diverses manières dont ces nouvelles religiosités, certaines plus individuelles, d’autres plus holistiques (Heelas et Woodhead 1996; York 1995), s’inscrivent en continuité ou en rupture avec les traditions religieuses dominantes. Ce sera également l’occasion d’observer ces phénomènes au sein et/ou en marge de traditions qui imposent plus souvent une norme hétéronormative et de genre binaire. Plus spécifiquement, les autrices peuvent mettre en rapport les théories et pratiques d’intériorisation de la sexualité et du genre comme catégories identitaires LGBTQI et les théories des religiosités contemporaines et/ou alternatives comme lieu de performance de ces identités où s’opère l’agentivité du sujet sur sa propre position dans, et voire sur, un système symbolique social donné. Parmi les pistes possibles, mais non exhaustives, d’exploration du religieux, des religiosités et des identités LGBTQI sexuelles et de genre, notons les suivantes :

· La construction des rapports entre religion (traditions religieuses occidentales et orientales ; nouveaux mouvements religieux, etc.) et identités sexuelles et de genre ;

· Le rapport entre la pratique rituelle et la performance identitaire ;

· Le rapport entre les multiples dimensions du religieux et les expériences queer ;

· Le rapport entre pratiques religieuses et identité LGBTQI ;

· L’apport des sciences des religions à l’étude de l’agentivité et des rapports de pouvoir en société et leur contribution à la théorie queer.

Longueur des articles

Les articles doivent être de 6,000 à 8,000 mots, en format WORD (.doc) et conforme aux « Consignes de présentation » disponibles sous l’onglet « Soumission d’articles » du site Web de Religiologiques (http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca).

Soumission des articles

Les textes sont soumis à l’adresse courriel suivante religiologiques@uqam.ca.

Échéances

Les manuscrits sont à soumettre avant la fin du mois de février 2019. Avant de soumettre un texte pour évaluation, il est possible de d’acheminer une proposition d’article (de 300 à 400 mots).

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter 

Martin Lepage (PhD), la direction du numéro thématique

Département de sciences des religions

Université du Québec à Montréal

Courriel : martinlepage26@me.com

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INFORMATION sur la revue RELIGIOLOGIQUES

RELIGIOLOGIQUES___est une revue de sciences humaines qui s’intéresse aux multiples manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes.  Elle s’intéresse également au domaine de l’éthique. Les articles qu’elle publie font l’objet d’une évaluation des comités de lecture spécialisés (à double insu ; minimum deux évaluatrices, évaluateurs) et indépendants de son comité de rédaction.

RELIGIOLOGIQUES___est la revue phare de la recherche francophone en sciences des religions en Amérique du Nord publiée de 1990 à 2005 (31 numéros, dont la majorité des articles est disponible dans leur intégralité en ligne sur le site de la revue : http://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca) et qui a repris, depuis 2015, sa tradition de publication de numéros thématiques, d’articles hors thèmes – acceptés en tout temps – et de numéros varia. 

RELIGIOLOGIQUES
Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Département de sciences des religions
Courriel: religiologiques@uqam.ca

CALL FOR Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet

RESET:

  • recherches en sciences sociales sur internet
  • social scienceresearch on the internet

reset@openedition.org
http://reset.revues.org
ISSN 4939–0247

CALL FOR Papers

Religious Practices and the Internet

Deadline for abstract submissions: SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018

Special issue edited by Fabienne Duteil-Ogata (Clare EA4596, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne / IIAC [EHESS/CNRS]) and Isabelle Jonveaux (CéSor, EHESS)

In the past few years, when tragic events have been associated with religious radicalization, the Internet has been often pointed out. For instance, for fundamentalist groups such as Daesh or Al Qaida, digital social networks may be an opportunity to recruit people beyond geographical borders (Udrescu 2013, Torok 2010, 2011). Nevertheless, behind such specific and highly mediatized cases, it must not be forgotten that the Internet’s uses have grown in almost any religious group, to become today something as common as unavoidable (Dawson & Cowan, 2004, Knoblauch, 2009, Campbell, 2010, Cheong et al., 2012, Jonveaux, 2013).

This special issue precisely aims at exploring how the Internet affects religion or conversely, how religion can transform digital media. These questions may be discussed at least from two standpoints. On the one hand, one can consider that religions have always used media and that there is in fact no religion without media (Krotz, 2007). This theory relies on the conceptualization of religions as communication systems. The use of digital media by religious institutions is consequently unsurprising, because throughout history and often very fast, they have invested the major communication developments, such as the printing press in the Middle Age (Eisenstein, 2005 [1983]) or telephone and then television since the end of the 19th century (Sastre Santos, 1997). In this perspective, digital media has brought nothing really new to religions and what is observed online is nothing but an extension or the reflection of the current trends related to religious matters and its modernity (Jonveaux, 2013). On the other hand, the opposite position considers that new media transform both religions’ contents and practices (Hjarvard, 2013). They lead precisely to the creation of new religious forms or “cyberreligions” (Hojsgaard, 2005) in which religious institutions as well as religious practices exist only online, like in the case The Church of the Blind Chihuahua or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for example, even though some of these religions have clearly a parodic dimension (Obadia, 2015). In this perspective, the Internet can be seen as a tool that has carried something original and exclusive to the practice of religions, far from only reproducing online offline practices.

To go beyond these seemingly antithetical approaches, a solution may be to go back to the classic categories of the sociology of religion and ask how much the Internet has (or not) transformed them. Simultaneously, this implies to lead empirical studies dedicated to the description of religions as lived by online users or to the religious institutions which observe and integrate digital uses to a certain extent. For this special issue, we have therefore identified at least four research directions (detailed below) in which potential contributors could inscribe their article proposals.

Areas of research/submissions  (please write the editors for details)

  1. Rituals, Worship, Prayers and Celebrations

  2. Identities, Belongings, Avatars and Communities

  3. Asceticism, Fasting and Prohibitions

  4. Conversion, Education and Transmission

Calendar and practical information

The abstracts (500 words maximum) are due by September 7th, 2018. They should be sent to the following address: reset@openedition.org.

Proposals may be written either in English or in French, and should state the research question, the methodology, and the theoretical framework. They will focus on the scientific relevance of the proposed article in light of the existing literature and the call for papers, and may be accompanied by a short bibliography. We also would like to draw the authors’ attention to a special section in the journal called “Revisiting the Classics”, devoted to new readings of classical authors and theories in the context of digital media: for this special issue, papers centered on the re-exploration of classical authors and categories from the social sciences of religion will be particularly appreciated.

The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the issue editors and the members of the journal editorial board. Authors of submissions selected at this stage will be asked to e-mail their full papers by November 12th, 2018 for another double-blind peer review evaluation.

The journal RESET also accepts submissions for its “Varia” section, open to scholarly works in the Humanities and Social Sciences dealing with Internet-related objects or methods of research.

Calendar :

Deadline for abstract submission (500 words maximum, plus references): September 7th, 2018.

Responses to authors: September 20th, 2018.

Deadline for full papers (6 000 to 10 000 words, plus references): November 12th, 2018.

Contact:

Editorial board reset@openedition.org

Coordinators:

fabienne.duteil-ogata@u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr

isabellejonveaux@yahoo.fr

Free Virtual Journal Issue: Celebrating the work of Saba Mahmood

Springer has just released a virtual issue of Contemporary Islam, with selected articles temporarily (and freely) available online for all to download:

https://www.springer.com/social+sciences/sociology/journal/11562

Contemporary Islam

From the Introduction:

  • When Saba Mahmood recently passed away, I reflected on how she had influenced this journal. I know she was involved in the early discussions about its creation. Curious as to how she might have influenced its pages, I did a word search of all articles published in the journal. No fewer than fourteen articles cited her and several engage her work more fully. I have selected here those articles that engaged her the most and which allow us to reflect on her intellectual legacy. When it came to writing a treatment of Professor Mahmood and her work, I reached out to Robert Hefner who considered her a friend and colleague. Professor Hefner has written a reflection on her work and its influence not only on the pages of this journal but on Islamic studies, anthropology, and the social sciences more generally.

A full introduction by editorial board member Robert W. Hefner can be read here.

A New Issue of the Sociology of Islam

Sociology of Islam: Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East

Volume 6, Issue 2, 2018

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/22131418/6/2

Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East
Spiritual Elite Communities in the Contemporary Middle East
Continuity and Change in Religious Authority among Sunni Arabs
The Making of a Marjaʿ: Sīstānī and Shiʿi Religious Authority in the Contemporary Age
The ‘Alawī Shaykhs of Religion
Sufi Religious Leaders and Sufi Orders in the Contemporary Middle East
Transformations in Minority Religious Leadership
Leading the Faithful: Religious Authority in the Contemporary Middle East
  • pp.: 261–262 (2)