Call for Comments: IPSP report on “Rethinking Society for the 21st Century”

The International Panel on Social Progress invites comments on its first draft until the end of Dec. 2016

Browse the report on https://comment.ipsp.org/

The first draft of the report of the International Panel of Social Progress (IPSP), “Rethinking Society for the 21st Century”, is out now! We welcome comments on the online platform  https://comment.ipsp.org/

This report is a product of a global initiative. It is the first comprehensive synthesis of state-of-the-art social sciences knowledge about key issues facing humankind today, and the first collaborative and participatory initiative of its kind. 

Key features include:

  • Written by more than 250 leading academics from all around the world 
  • Takes a holistic approach to social progress: not only the economy, but health, education, gender relations, political participation
  • Focuses on the consequences of globalization and inequality, with a normative focus on the pursuit of justice broadly understood
  • Identifies scholarly consensus as well as disagreements
  • Each chapter concludes with advice to change-makers

The first international collaborative document of its kind, the report highlights the direct relevance of scholarly knowledge to social and political change, and is eventually to be published by Cambridge University Press.

In the meantime, it is open to wide public discussion. We invite comments from all concerned citizens – including, but not exclusively, NGOs, think tanks, and social entrepreneurs. Comments entered on the online platform before the end of 2016 will feed the final version of the report. Please comment, circulate and advertise widely!

Calling All Scholars of Religion: A (Free) Invitation to Comment on a Paper Summarizing the Role of Religion in the Contemporary World

Dear RC22 Colleagues (and others who are on this mailing list)

We need your help commenting on a paper, which we — Grace Davie (University of Exeter, UK) and Nancy Ammerman (Boston University, US), and a team of twelve have prepared for the International Panel on Social Progress.

We would like to take this opportunity to introduce the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). You can find more about the IPSP and its ways of working here: https://www.ipsp.org/.  You will see that it exists to:

  • “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to
  • “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change”.

We and our team have written the chapter on religion, entitled ‘Religions and social progress: Critical assessments and creative partnerships’.  

Here is our Abstract:

  • This chapter starts from the premise that some 80 percent of the world’s population affirms some kind of religious identification, a proportion that is growing rather than declining. Emphasizing the significance of belief and practice in everyday lives and local contexts, we analyze the impact of religion and its relevance to social progress in a wide variety of fields. These include the family, gender and sexuality; differences and diversity; democratic governance; violence and peace-making; health and economic well-being; and care for the earth.
  • We argue that researchers and policy makers pursuing social progress will benefit from careful attention to the power of religious ideas to motivate, of religious practices to shape ways of life, of religious communities to mobilize and extend the reach of social change, and of religious leaders and symbols to legitimate calls to action. All of that, however, can be put to either good or ill, for which reason assessment of particular religions in specific contexts is essential.

Running through the chapter are five interconnected themes:

  1. the persistence of religion in the twenty-first century;
  2. the importance of context in discerning outcomes;
  3. the need for cultural competence relative to religion;
  4. the significance of religion in initiating change;
  5. and the benefits of well-judged partnerships.

The continuing need for critical but appreciative assessment and the demonstrable benefits of creative partnerships are our standout findings.

The IPSP process – see https://www.ipsp.org/process – mirrors that of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and includes a period of public comment in the autumn of 2016.  The ‘Commenting Platform’ is now open – see comment.ipsp.org

It would be hugely helpful if members of RC22 could take part in this.

The IPSP website will indicate how you access our chapter and how you make your comments.  Or if you prefer you can simply send us (g.r.c.davie@exeter.ac.uk; nta@bu.edu) an e-mail.

More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church

Religions News Service
More Catholics, fewer receiving sacraments: A new report maps a changing church
Cathy Lynn Grossman | Jun 1, 2015

A new report issued Monday (June 1) mapping the Catholic Church of more than 1.2 billion souls – on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 – holds some surprises.  And not all bode well for the church’s future as it faces major demographic and social shifts.

“Global Catholicism Trends & Forecasts,” created by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, looks at seven regions of the world, wrapping the United States, Mexico and Canada in with Central and South America as simply the Americas. The focus is on “the three most important indicators of ‘vitality’ for the Catholic Church… the number of Catholics, the number of parishes, and the number of priests.”

– See more at:
http://cathylynngrossman.religionnews.com/2015/06/01/more-catholics-fewer-receiving-sacraments-a-new-report-maps-a-changing-church/#sthash.Kpolf6RX.dpuf

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CRS Newsletter Online

The latest issue of the CRS Newsletter (Uppsala University project on religion) is available at http://www.anpdm.com/newsletterweb/434459417844425F4677464159/414B594474494259467343445E4A71 .  It contains reports of the CRS projects, workshop announcements, and many other things.

(We would reproduce it here, but our blogging software messes up the formatting. – JS)

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Call for Applications: European Islamophobia Report

Call for Applications: European Islamophobia Report

EIR will be authored by leading experts in the field of Islamophobia Studies and/or NGO-activists committed to the documentation of racism in respective nation states.

The aim of the yearly ‘European Islamophobia Report’ (EIR) is to document and analyze trends in the spread of Islamophobia in various European nation states. Every year at the beginning of February before the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (21 March), reports will be published online and hardcopy and disseminated among leading stakeholders, politicians, NGO’s, and anti-racist organizations.

EIR will be authored by leading experts in the field of Islamophobia Studies and/or NGO-activists committed to the documentation of racism in respective nation states. One person will author one report of his/her country of expertise. These reports will be also published online to be easily accessible. The full report will also be translated into Turkish.  The executive office will disseminate the reports among key policy makers, journalists and NGO activists from the local, national and European level. A recommended structure for a national report is to contain the following chapters:

  1. Executive Summary in native language and in English
  2. Table of Contents
  3. Introduction
  4. Significant incidents and developments in the country during the period under review
  5. Discussion of Islamophobic incidents and discursive events in various fields: a. Employment; have there been any discrimination in the job market  based on (assumed) Muslimness of a person? b. Education; has Islamophobic content become part of any curricula, text books, or any other education material? c. Politics; has Islamophobia played any role in politics (election campaigns, political programs, personal utterings, etc.) on a regional or national level? d. Media; which media events have focused on Islam/Muslims in an Islamophobic way? e. Justice System; have there been any laws and regulations argued with Islamophobic arguments or any laws restricting the rights of Muslims in their religious lifestyle? f. Cyber-Space; which webpages and initiatives have spread Islamophobic stereotypes? g. Central Figures in the Islamophobia Network; which institutions and persons have fostered Islamophobic campaigns, stirred up debates, lobbied for laws, etc.
  6. Observed civil society and political assessment and initiatives undertaken to counter Islamophobia in the idem fields
  7. Conclusion: Policy Recommendations for politics and NGO’s
  8. Chronology
  9. CV

It is recommended to collect information via (critically) analyzing media reports, contacting offices and NGO’s who combat discrimination, doing expert interviews with leading scholars and policy makers in the field.

Language: English.

Dissemination: Reports will be accessible online via an extra web-page for the project. In addition, all reports will be translated into Turkish and published online and in print.

Countries:

Long report (6.000 words): Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Russia, Bosnia Herzogovina, Norway, Sweden, Finland.

Short report (3.000 words): Croatia, Serbia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo

Professional fee:
– 1.000 € for a long report
– 500 € for a short report

Deadlines: Call for Applications until: 10 May 2015.

Application should entail:

  • – CV
  • – Expertise in the field of racism studies, including Islamophobia Studies (list of publications)
  • – List of NGO’s in the country, with whom one would cooperate to get information on Islamophobic incidents on the ground

Send email to: islamophobia@setav.org

10 January 2016: Deadline for single reports
10 February 2016: Review of single reports
15 March 2016: Publication

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Ethnographic project on Muslim-Christian relations in SW Nigeria

Dear Colleagues,

We have carried out a large-scale ethnographic survey on Muslim-Christian relations in Southwest Nigeria. For those who are interested, a first blog post (on views on inter-religious marriage is published at:

http://www.knowingeachother.com/2015/03/25/who-is-most-likely-to-be-in-favour-of-inter-religious-marriage-in-southwestern-nigeria/.

Best wishes, Insa

Dr Insa Nolte, M.I.Nolte@bham.ac.uk
Department of African Studies and Anthropology
University of Birmingham, B15 2TT, UK

“Knowing Each Other: Everyday religious encounters, social identities and tolerance in SW Nigeria”

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Pew Report: Decline in Europe’s Jewish Population

Pew Research Center
Fact Tank – Our Lives in Numbers
February 9, 2015
The continuing decline of Europe’s Jewish population
By Michael Lipka

Jewish Population in EuropeIt’s been seven decades since the end of the Holocaust, an event that decimated the Jewish population in Europe. In the years since then, the number of European Jews has continued to decline for a variety of reasons. And now, concerns over renewed anti-Semitism on the continent have prompted Jewish leaders to talk of a new “exodus” from the region.

There are still more than a million Jews living in Europe, according to 2010 Pew Research Center estimates. But that number has dropped significantly over the last several decades – most dramatically in Eastern Europe and the countries that make up the former Soviet Union, according to historical research by Sergio DellaPergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1939, there were 16.6 million Jews worldwide, and a majority of them – 9.5 million, or 57% – lived in Europe, according to DellaPergola’s estimates. By the end of World War II, in 1945, the Jewish population of Europe had shrunk to 3.8 million, or 35% of the world’s 11 million Jews.

About 6 million European Jews were killed during the Holocaust, according to common estimates.

Since then, the global Jewish population – estimated by Pew Research at 14 million as of 2010 – has risen, but it is still smaller than it was before the Holocaust. And in the decades since 1945, the Jewish  population in Europe has continued to decline. In 1960, it was about 3.2 million; by 1991, it fell to 2 million, according to DellaPergola’s estimates. Now, there are about 1.4 million Jews in Europe – just 10% of the world’s Jewish population, and 0.2% of Europe’s total population.

Read the full story:
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/02/09/europes-jewish-population/?utm_source=Pew+Research+Center&utm_campaign=68566b4d8e-Religion_Weekly_Feb_12_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3e953b9b70-68566b4d8e-399907533

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