Religions journal

Dear Colleagues,

Religions (ISSN 2077-1444, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions) feels honored to be announced at the ISSR website.

Religions is an international, open access scholarly journal, publishing peer reviewed studies of religious thought and practice. It is indexed in the ATLA Religion Database, Web of Science, Scopus, etc. Religions is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), and, accordingly, submissions are peer reviewed rigorously to ensure that they conform to the highest standards in their field.

Religions publishes regular research papers, reviews, communications and reports on research projects. We dedicate to research of religion and sociology, as a result, we have published some papers in this filed. You may go to our website to have a look at the manuscripts that we published so far http://www.mdpi.com/search?journal=religions&section=97

We wish the conference will be a fabulous success. We sincerely hope we will have the opportunity of working with the conference participants in the near future.

On behalf of the editorial team,

Kind regards,
Jie Gu
Senior Assistant Editor


Ms. Jie Gu
MDPI Branch Office, Beijing
Religions Editorial Office
Tel. + 86 10 81521170
E-mail: religions@mdpi.com
http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions
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CFP: Developing a sense of belonging in diverse societies: Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe

Call for Paper: Developing a sense of belonging in diverse societies: Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe
14-15 May 2014
Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
KU Leuven University, Belgium
www.gcis-kuleuven.com

Keynote Speakers: Hui-Muslims in China, Li Zhinong, Yunnan University Muslims in Europe: Jorgen Nielsen, Copenhagen University

Key words: Citizenship, Immigration, Translocality, Nation-State, Ethnic-religious identity, Memory

The aim of this workshop is to gather scholars who work on Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe to compare the similitudes and differences of identity practices. Hui are predominantly Chinese speaking Muslims in China’s vast territory. With a population of 10 million, they are also the most numerous recognized ethnic group in China. Muslims in Europe are hardly featured in international media, domestic politics, and scholarly discussions. Multiculturalism, radicalisation, immigration, integration, forced marriage are discussed through the Muslim visibility and presence in Europe. Recent debates on integration and secularism are focused on the ‘Muslim question’. In contrast to the focus on Muslims in Europe, there is a notable lack of interest in Muslims in China with the exception of the Uyghur community.

In this workshop, we want to study the impact of ethnic-religious interactions, state integration positions and policies to grasp the increasing influence of religious-collective-national expression of Muslims in the public sphere. We would like to examine the new patterns of expression and visibility of the Muslims in China and Europe. Tracing Muslim’s interaction with non-Muslims, this workshop investigates how Muslims encounters, accommodates and negotiates into different socio-political contexts in China and Europe.
A comparison between China and Europe provides a guide for analysis of different models. The workshop looks at the modes of organization of Muslims, their identity demands, social-cultural and religious dynamics of solidarity.

To examine Muslims’ ethnic-religious identifications in contemporary China and Europe, and trace in which ways Muslims develop a sense of belonging to the wider society, this international workshop will broadly focus (but also restrain the focus) on two topics: (1) the collective memory and identification of Muslims and (2) the interaction of Muslims with the local communities and the State.

– Creating Collective Memory and Identity (through festivals, food, other trivial identity markers): This part looks at the Muslim way of life and their practices within different contexts to understand how a Muslim memory is shaped and constructed. In this regard, we want to analyze the circulation of narratives, translocal practices among Muslims in Europe and in China to seek whether they create new patterns-mixtures of their self-presentation. As Muslims are not homogeneous groups both in Europe and China, ethnic-religious diversity enforces the diversification of Muslim identity and practices within various secular-national contexts. The aim is to observe the daily practices, narratives and strategies to figure out the dynamics through which Muslims formulate their self.

– Relations with other local ethnic-religious communities and with the State (exchange with different faith people, institutions, public authorities, citizenship models etc.) In this part, we want to understand the interaction of Muslims with non-Muslims, local communities and the state to adjust and to maintain their cultural-religious identity. The capacity of adjusting religious-political identity enables to study the citizenship rhetoric, community dynamics, and institutional structures. The different modes of dynamics between Muslims, non-Muslims and the State constitute the possible ways of pluralism and co-existence of differences. We examine the specific strategies and policies developed by Muslims and authorities to negotiate the citizenship and integration models.

Tuition Fees

There is no tuition fee for participants in the workshop programme. However, presenters and participants are expected to pay the costs of their travel and accommodation. The organizers have a reduced prize from ‘La Royale’ hotel in Leuven. The GCIS covers the meals and transportation in Belgium during the workshop.

Outcome

A proceedings book of the workshop will be printed and distributed in advance of the workshop itself.

Within six months à maximum 1 year of the event, an edited book will be produced and published by the GCIS with Leuven University Press, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the Workshop, at the condition that they pass a peer review organized by the publisher. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed by the Editorial Board. Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the GCIS.

Selection Criteria

The workshop will accept up to 15 participants, each of whom must meet the following requirements:
– have a professional and/or research background in related topics of the workshop; – be able to attend the entire programme.

Since the Workshop expects to address a broad range of topics while the number of participants has to be limited, writers submitting abstracts are requested to bear in mind the need to ensure that their language is technical only where it is absolutely necessary and the language should be intelligible to non-specialists and specialists in disciplines other than their own; and present clear, coherent arguments in a rational way and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work.

Timetable

1. Abstracts (300-500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 1st October 2013.
2. Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers invited by 7th October 2013. 3. Papers (3,000 words minimum – 5,500 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be received by 1st March 2014.
4. Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted, by 20th March 2014. 5. Final papers to be received by 15th April 2014.

Workshop Editorial Board
Johan Leman, KU Leuven
Li Zhinong, Yunnan University
Erkan Toguslu, KU Leuven
Ching Lin Pang, KU Leuven

Workshop Co-ordinator
Erkan Toguslu, KU Leuven
Ding Yuan, Yunnan University – KU Leuven

Venue
KU Leuven University
The international workshop is organized by KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies and Research Center for Studies of Chinese Southwest’s Borderland Ethnic Minorities of Yunnan University. It will be entirely conducted in English and will be hosted by KU Leuven Gülen Chair in Leuven.

Papers and abstract should be sent to Erkan Toguslu: erkan.toguslu@soc.kuleuven.be

For more information plz contact:
Erkan Toguslu
KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies Parkstraat 45 – box 3615 3000 Leuven

Post-Secularism: Between Public Reason and Political Theology

Post-Secularism: Between Public Reason and Political Theology

A Special Issue of THE EUROPEAN LEGACY
http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cele20/current

Guest Editors:
Camil Ungureanu (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona) Lasse Thomassen (Queen Mary, University of London)

This special issue is scheduled for late 2014.

CALL FOR PAPERS

In recent years, leading philosophers, including Jürgen Habermas, Charles Taylor, and or John D. Caputo, have criticized “old-style”
secularism and proposed instead a post-secular model for understanding the relation of religion and democracy, faith and reason. There are however profound theoretical and practical divergences in the post-secular models proposed. First, what are the precise characteristics of post-secularism as a philosophical alternative? In what sense could it be said to break with secularism? Second, what are the practical political and legal consequences of adhering to a post-secular approach? From a critical theoretical perspective, Habermas focuses on a revised concept of public reason and deliberation in promoting an active interaction of democracy and religion. From a hermeneutical perspective, Taylor’s recent work centres on the new “conditions of belief” and the dilemmas inherent to both religious and atheist experience. In contrast, Caputo and Richard Kearney develop a Derridean aporetic understanding of the nexus of democracy and religion, faith and reason, whereas Hent de Vries, William Connolly and Simon Critchley reject Habermas’s rationalist approach and propose a distinct understanding of post-secularism by focusing on Schmitt’s and Benjamin’s re-appropriation of the tenets of Saint Paul in their political-theological works. Although these trends have been studied to some extent, there has been no sustained attempt so far to subject them to a comparative analysis that would more fully address the issue of “post-secularism.”

Our “Call for Papers” invites scholars to submit a study, with a comparative dimension, that addresses both the philosophical import and the practical-political effects of the post-secular alternative. The work of the following authors will be at the centre of our proposed special issue: Habermas, Taylor, Caputo, Critchley, Connolly, Gianni Vattimo, Jacques Derrida, Slavoj Žižek, Giorgio Agamben, and Jean-Luc Nancy. Comparative studies that focus on various religious traditions (Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Buddhist, Confucian, etc.) and theologians, and those that focus on the public role of religion in democracy (e.g., Rawls, Weithman, Wolterstorff) are particularly welcome.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
– Significance and varieties of post-secularism
– Open secularity, post-secularism or political theology?
– Deliberative post-secularism or political liberalism
– Post-secularism: religious imagination and practice (Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Confucian, Buddhist, etc.)
– Discussion of (legal, moral or political) practical cases from a post-secular perspective – Is political theology useful for re-thinking democracy?
– Varieties of political theology today
– Re-thinking the legacy of Saint Paul
– Visions of sovereignty: between proceduralism and political theology – Faith: religious? secular?
– Post-secularism and feminism
– The state of exception between deliberation and political decision – Rethinking solidarity from a post-secular perspective

Deadline for submissions: 27 October 2013 Length of essay: 6,000-8,000 words, including notes. (For the referencing style, please consult http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cele20/current).
Potential contributors are welcome to contact the editors to discuss their proposed essay.

Camil Ungureanu (camil.ungureanu@upf.edu)
Lasse Thomassen (l.thomassen@qmul.ac.uk)

Announcing a New Series: Religion in Modern Africa

Announcing a New Series “Religion in Modern Africa”
Published by Ashgate

Ashgate Publications announces the launching of a new series entitled ?Religion in Modern Africa?. Series editors are James L. Cox, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies in the University of Edinburgh, and Gerrie ter Haar, Emeritus Professor of Religion and Development in the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam.

The editors invite proposals containing innovative research relevant to the diverse and changing religious situation in contemporary Africa. One of the principal aims of the series is to facilitate the dissemination of research by young African scholars. “Religion in Modern Africa” is fully interdisciplinary and will include books from a range of disciplines, such as: the academic study of religions, anthropology, sociology and related disciplines in the human and social sciences.

In the first instance, authors should send a one-page proposal outlining the main content of their manuscript to the editors, with a copy to Sarah Lloyd (the Ashgate Religion Editor) at the emails noted below. If the editors consider the proposal appropriate to the aims of the series, they will invite the author to complete a full proposal, which will be reviewed and submitted to Ashgate for final approval.

Please direct initial proposals or questions regarding the series to:

James L. Cox (J.Cox@ed.ac.uk)
Gerrie ter Haar (terhaar@iss.nl)
Sarah Lloyd (SLloyd@ashgatepublishing.com)

Seeking Expressions of Interest

I am seeking an expression of interest from authors who might be willing to contribute to the edited collection, The Brill Handbook of Christianity: Movements, Institutions & Allegiance, on the topic of Seventh-Day Adventism to complete a full complement of chapters. In brief, I am seeking a paper of around 8000 words by 31 January 2014. For more details please contact

Stephen Hunt, Associate Professor

University of the West of England

UK

e-mail: Stephen3.Hunt@uwe.ac.uk

Call for Papers: Developing a sense of belonging in diverse societies: Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe

14-15 May 2014
Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
KU Leuven University, Belgium
www.gcis-kuleuven.com 

Keynote Speakers:     

  • Hui-Muslims in China: Li Zhinong, Yunnan University
  • Muslims in Europe: Jorgen Nielsen, Copenhagen University

The aim of this workshop is to gather scholars who work on Hui-Muslims in China and Muslims in Europe to compare the similitudes and differences of identity practices. Hui are predominantly Chinese speaking Muslims in China’s vast territory. With a population of 10 million, they are also the most numerous recognized ethnic group in China. Muslims in Europe are hardly featured in international media, domestic politics, and scholarly discussions. Multiculturalism, radicalisation, immigration, integration, forced marriage are discussed through the Muslim visibility and presence in Europe. Recent debates on integration and secularism are focused on  the ‘Muslim question’. In contrast to the focus on Muslims in Europe, there is a notable lack of interest in Muslims in China with the exception of the Uyghur community. In this workshop, we want to study the impact of ethnic-religious interactions, state integration positions and policies to grasp the
increasing influence of religious-collective-national expression of Muslims in the public sphere. We would like to examine the new patterns of expression and visibility of the Muslims in China and Europe. Tracing Muslim’s interaction with non-Muslims, this workshop investigates how Muslims encounters, accommodates and negotiates into different socio political contexts in China and Europe.

A comparison between China and Europe provides a guide for analysis of different models. The workshop looks at the modes of organization of Muslims, their identity demands, social-cultural and religious dynamics of solidarity.

To examine Muslims’ ethnic-religious identifications in contemporary China and Europe, and trace in which ways Muslims develop a sense of belonging to the wider society, this international workshop will broadly focus (but also restrain the focus) on two topics: (1) the collective memory and identification of Muslims and (2) the interaction of Muslims with the local communities and the State.

  • Creating Collective Memory and Identity (through festivals, food, other trivial identity markers): This part looks at the Muslim way of life and their practices within different contexts to understand how a Muslim memory is shaped and constructed. In this regard, we want to analyze the circulation of narratives, translocal practices among Muslims in Europe and in China to seek whether they create new patterns-mixtures of their self-presentation. As Muslims are not homogeneous groups both in Europe and China, ethnic-religious diversity enforces the diversification of Muslim identity and practices within various secular-national contexts. The aim is to observe the daily practices, narratives and strategies to figure out the dynamics through which Muslims formulate their self.
  • Relations with other local ethnic-religious communities and with the State (exchange with different faith people, institutions, public authorities, citizenship models etc.) In this part, we want to understand the interaction of Muslims with non-Muslims, local communities and the state to adjust and to maintain their cultural-religious identity. The capacity of adjusting religious-political identity enables to study the citizenship rhetoric, community dynamics, and institutional structures. The different modes of dynamics between Muslims, non-Muslims and the State constitute the possible ways of pluralism and co-existence of differences. We examine the specific strategies and policies developed by Muslims and authorities to negotiate the citizenship and integration models.

Tuition Fees: There is no tuition fee for participants in the workshop programme. However, presenters and participants are expected to pay the costs of their travel and accommodation. The organizers have a reduced prize from ‘La Royale’ hotel in Leuven. The GCIS covers the meals and transportation in Belgium during the workshop.

Outcome:

  • A proceedings book of the workshop will be printed and distributed in advance of the workshop itself.
  • Within six months à maximum 1 year of the event, an edited book will be produced and published by the GCIS with Leuven University Press, comprising some or all of the papers presented at the Workshop, at the condition that they pass a peer review organized by the publisher. The papers will be arranged and introduced, and to the extent appropriate, edited, by scholar(s) to be appointed by the Editorial Board.
  • Copyright of the papers accepted to the Workshop will be vested in the GCIS.

Selection Criteria:
The workshop will accept up to 15 participants, each of whom must meet the following requirements:

  • have a professional and/or research background in related topics of the workshop;
  • be able to attend the entire programme.

Since the Workshop expects to address a broad range of topics while the number of participants has to be limited, writers submitting abstracts are requested to bear in mind the need to ensure that their language is technical only where it is absolutely necessary and the language should be intelligible to non-specialists and specialists in disciplines other than their own; and present clear, coherent arguments in a rational way and in accordance with the usual standards and format for publishable work.

Timetable

  1. Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 1st October 2013.
  2. Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers invited by 7th October 2013.
  3. Papers (3,000 words minimum – 5,500 words maximum, excluding bibliography) to be received by 1st March 2014.
  4. Papers reviewed by the Editorial Board and classed as: Accepted – No Recommendations; Accepted – See Recommendations; Conditional Acceptance – See Recommendations; Not Accepted, by 20th March 2014.
  5. Final papers to be received by 15th April 2014.

Workshop Coordinators: Erkan Toguslu, KU Leuven; Ding Yuan, Yunnan University – KU Leuven

Venue: KU Leuven University
The international workshop is organized by KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies and Research Center for Studies of Chinese Southwest’s Borderland Ethnic Minorities of Yunnan University. It will be entirely conducted in English and will be hosted by KU Leuven Gülen Chair in Leuven.

Papers and abstract should be sent to Erkan Toguslu: erkan.toguslu@soc.kuleuven.be

For more information please contact:
Erkan Toguslu
KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
Parkstraat 45 – box 3615
3000 Leuven

“Social Compass: Appel a contributions de la conférence de 2013”.

Le Comité éditorial de la SISR vous encourage à soumettre le(s) papier(s) que vous avez présenté(s) en français ou en anglais à la 32ème Conférence de la SISR à Turku, en vue d’une éventuelle publication dans Social Compass 2015 (2).

Veuillez noter que Social Compass publie exclusivement des articles originaux, c’est-à-dire des papiers qui n’ont encore fait l’objet d’aucune autre publication et ce, en quelque langue que ce soit.

Lors de la préparation de votre papier, veuillez suivre les instructions qui suivent :

Envoyez une version électronique avant le 15 novembre 2013 à la Présidente du Comité éditorial Véronique Altglas (v.altglas@qub.ac.uk).

  1. La première page doit contenir le titre du papier, le nom de l’auteur, son affiliation institutionnelle, son adresse postale, ses numéros de téléphone et de fax en son adresse mèl.
  2. Les articles d’une longueur totale maximale de 6.000 mots, compris : le résumé/the abstract (150 mots en français et anglais), la notice biographique de l’auteur (100 mots), les notes, la bibliographie et les tableaux. Les tableaux doivent être présentés sur des feuilles séparées, attachées à la fin du texte. Tapé ou imprimé votre texte en double interligne dans un caractère qui ne peut pas être plus petit que 12.
  3. Les références dans le corps du texte doivent suivre le système ‘nom +date’. Veuillez suivre le modèle utilisé dans Social Compass.

Véronique Altglas, Présidente du Comité Editorial de la SISR
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,
Queen’s University Belfast,
Belfast BT7 1NN,
United Kingdom

Social Compass: Call for Papers from the SISR/ISSR 2013 Conference

The ISSR Editorial Board invites you to submit your paper presented in French or in English at the 32nd Conference in Turku, to be published in Social Compass 2015 (2).

Social Compass is a fully peer-review international journal that publishes original research and review articles on the sociology of religion, i.e. we don’t accept those articles that have been published in another journal or book and in another language.

Preparing your text, please pay attention to the following rules:

  1. Please, send one copy by email before November 15th, 2013 to the President of the Editorial Board, Véronique Altglas, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast BT7 1NN, United Kingdom (v.altglas@qub.ac.uk).
  2.  In the first page, please write the title, your name and surname, your institutional affiliation, mail, address, telephone/fax numbers.
  3. Full-length articles should be no more than 6.000 words, all included, with a 150-word abstract (in English) and résumé (in French), 5 key words, and a 100-word biographical, tables and references. Please, send a text double spaces, Times 12. If your article includes tables, please prepare that in a separate file.
  4. For the references, please follow the rules of Social Compass (name+date).

Véronique Altglas
President of the Editorial Board
School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work,
Queen’s University Belfast,
Belfast BT7 1NN,
United Kingdom

Religions in Digital Games – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet

Dear Colleagues,

The editors of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet” (http://www.online.uni-hd.de/) are pleased to announce the relaunch of the journal. It will come up with a new design as well as improved navigation and search functions. By establishing a peer-review system, we will renew our mission of publishing articles of a high academic standard from a multitude of disciplines.
We herewith invite researchers of all disciplines to hand in articles on their research dealing with religions on the internet. We are currently planning to publish 2 issues a year, one of which will be a special issue addressing a certain topic. The next issue to be published in December 2013 will broach the issues of “Religion in Digital Games” (for further information see Call for Papers below).
The journal is always keen to collect high quality scholarship on issues relating to religions on the Internet and welcomes submissions pertaining to all aspects of theses matters anytime to be published in a future issue! Submissions and queries should be send to the following address:
online.religion@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de.

Best regards,
Simone Heidbrink (in behalf of the editorial team)
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Call for Papers
Religions in Digital Games
Multi-perspective and Interdisciplinary Approaches

Special issue of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet”
(http://www.online.uni-hd.de/), due for publication in December 2013!

Over the past few years, the scientific analysis of digital games and their cultural and social impact has become a growing field of research in various scientific disciplines. Sadly, the issue of religion as an (explicit or implicit) factor in the construction and reception of game worlds, rules and mechanics has been vastly underrepresented in most studies on the field. This negligence seems rather unjustified given the vast presence of e.g. religious symbols, narratives and player actions in popular games like The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim , Bioshock: Infinite and many others.

The special issue on “Religion in Digital Games” seeks to contribute to filling this gap in games research through a multi-perspective and interdisciplinary approach. We herewith invite scholars from Religious Studies, Cultural Studies, Social Studies, Media Studies, Game Studies, Educational Studies, Economics, Theology and other related disciplines to hand in proposals for possible articles which deal with all kind of religious aspects in the context of digital games, i.e. computer games, console games, mobile games.

The articles could (among others) broach the issue of
* game aesthetics
* gaming culture
* reception and recipient research
* ludology
* narratology
* content analysis

In order to present a broad insight into the aspects of religion in digital games, we invite theoretical, methodical and empirical studies referring to these or related topics. We are looking forward to receive the title and a short abstract (max. 250 words) of the planned article until June 30th 2013. The language of the Journal is English, for proposals in other languages please contact the editors beforehand.

Further important dates and deadlines are:
July 15th Notification on the acceptance of your proposal by the editors.
September 30th Submission deadline for full article.
October 15th Deadline for comments, requests of revisions by the editors (if necessary).
November 15th Submission deadline for revised articles.
December 1st Publication of the Online Journal.

Please send your abstract and / or further inquiries to the following e-mail address:
online.religion@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de.
— online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet
http://www.online.uni-hd.de/
Institute for Religious Studies
University of Heidelberg
Akademiestraß 4-8 D – 69117 Heidelbergphone ++49-(0)6221-547482