CFP: Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’


Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’

Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, 14-15 December 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval)

This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the relationship between religion and free speech. This relationship is complex. On the one hand, it has been central to recent discussions of hate speech and offensive speech targeting religious believers, and especially members of religious minorities. For example, the current wave of Islamophobia across Europe, prompted by migratory pressure, an unstable Middle East, and the backlash from the recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, has brought the issue of hate speech directed at religious minorities back to the forefront of public debate in western liberal democracies. Furthermore, the tension between freedom of speech and blasphemy continues to elicit public and academic debate, as shown by the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and, more recently, by the Charlie Hebdo controversies and attack. On the other hand, religious believers sometimes defend their use of derogatory and extreme speech against members of other religious faiths, or people with a certain sexual orientation, as part of their religious freedom. Recent examples include Swedish Pastor Ake Green’s likening of homosexuals with ‘cancer’; Tunisian preacher Muhammad Hammami’s anti-semitic remarks; Belfast Pastor James McConnell’s description of Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘satanic’; and American conservative Evangelical Christian TV evangelist Andrew Wommack’s claim that gay people are ‘not normal’. Religious believers, therefore, can be both victims and instigators of hate speech and offensive speech, and this renders an examination of the relationship between these kinds of speech and religion especially important.

Contributions addressing the following questions are particularly welcome:

  • Should hate speech and/or offensive speech be regulated and, if so, why?
  • Is there a clear distinction between hate speech and offensive speech?

  • What is the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of speech?

  • Is religion unique in often being both the target and the source of hate speech and offensive speech?

  • Should hate speech and offensive speech be legally regulated, or should speakers only have a moral duty to refrain from using them?

If you would like to present a paper, please send a paper abstract (300-400 words) to Matteo Bonotti ( The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 15 October 2016. Acceptance will be notified by 20 October 2016. Each accepted paper will be presented in a plenary session, and it will be allocated 60 minutes (30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for in-depth discussion).

There will be a registration fee of £50, including registration, tea/coffee breaks and lunches for both days.

Call for papers: Workshop on the representation of religion(s) and the “World Religions Paradigm”

Organised by the EASR Working Group on Religion in Public Education

13. and 14. December 2016, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

In contrast to other existing networks and organizations dealing with religious education (RE) in Europe at various levels and in various ways, the EASR Working Group on Religion in Public Education intends to establish a firm basis for and further develop study-of-religions research on RE as well as a basis for specific “RS-based RE didactics and school subjects”. That means a form of RE based on the academic study of religions, independent from any kind of promotion of religion, interreligious dialogue, or support of religious institutions or communities.

The EASR working group invites to a workshop on the representation on religion(s) and the “World Religions Paradigm”. We invite researchers to present papers on the complexities involved in dealing with representation of religion(s) in teaching contexts. Papers are invited to discuss how recent criticisms of “The World Religions Paradigm” is relevant for teaching about religion(s) in RE. In addition to theoretical reflections, presentations that focus on ‘dead religions’, new religious movements, popular culture or indigenous religions in RE are particularly welcome.

The workshop will take place in Tromsø (Norway) and be organized in cooperation with the Research group for Religion Education in Public Education at the UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The first day (13. December) of the workshop will take place at Tromsø Villmarkssenter (Tromsø Wild Life center,, a 25 minute drive outside Tromsø city center.

Transportation from the hotels to the Wild Life center will be organized (free of charge) for all participants.

UiT will also cover coffee, lunch and dinner at the Wild Life Center. On December 14 the workshop will take place at the university campus. Participants will have to find their own funding for travel and accommodation.

Deadline for abstracts: October 15 Notification about the acceptance of papers: November 1 The abstracts will be read and evaluated by several referees. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words (and possible queries about this workshop) to Bengt-Ove Andreassen (email:

Call for Papers: Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestation

Dr Rajnaara Akhtar, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Annelies Moors, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for
Social Science Research

Venue and date: De Montfort University, Leicester, 24-25 April 2017

Theme: Non-state registered Muslim marriages

Non-state registered Muslim marriages or ‘unregistered marriages’ have increasingly become the focus of public policy debates both in Muslim-majority countries and in settings where Muslims are a minority. While the regulation and registration of marriages have a long history tied up with the emergence of the modern nation-state, during the last decades both state institutions and religious authorities have shown a renewed interest in debates about registration, the validity of non state-registered marriages and the effects of non-registration.  An often-simultaneous discourse has also emerged pertaining to the private informal space occupied by couples who choose to circumvent registration, and the manner and form of intervention within this private space by other interested parties, including by parents, kin, community and/or religious bodies.

This two-day multidisciplinary symposium will bring together researchers who have engaged in concrete empirical research on unregistered marriages.

For more information, see:
Best regards,
Martijn de Koning

Call for Abstracts: Pilgrim economies at University of Sussex

We are pleased to announce a one day workshop on :

 Pilgrimages, Ontologies, and Subjectivities in Neoliberal Economies,  

to be held at the School of Global Studies, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK on July 18th 2016.

Sites of pilgrimage and heritage tourism are often sites of social inequality, volatility, and

impaired by historical hostilities between historical, ethnic and competing religious discourses

of morality, personhood, culture, as well as imaginaries of nationalism and citizenship. These

pilgrim sites are often much older in national and global history than the country as a modern

sovereign nation-state. Underlying these sites of worship, pilgrimage, religion and piety are also

pertinent issues to do with finance such as local regimes of taxation, livelihoods, and the wealth

of regional and national economies where these pilgrimage sites are located.

In this workshop, we discuss the ways pilgrimages are imbricated in local, national and

transnational economies. We ask questions such as:

1. What are pilgrimage travel arrangements comprised of, and who has control over the distribution of public resources and facilities such as roads, housing, accommodation, and transportation?

2. What do such developments reveal about recent changes in these historical places?

3. How are discourses and practices about money interrelated with those about religion and divinity in pilgrimage sites?

4. How are neoliberal economies bolstered by these pilgrim sites through heritage tourism?

5. How are subjectivities transformed in the context of pilgrimage in neoliberal economies?

The workshop will also focus on the worshippers’ own subjectivity especially of holy sites as being situated in their imaginations of historical continuity and discontinuity  and their transformative experiences of worshiping using both modern and traditional forms of infrastructures.

We would like to discuss the infrastructures that facilitate ͚the holy experiences͛  of the pilgrim

sites while also appropriating local and international demands for modernizing pilgrimage

experiences for visitors who range from being local, national, international, tourists, and the

diaspora. We welcome papers that are situated and/or ethnographic.

Please send an abstract upto 300 words,  queries for being discussants,  or propose panels to by 10th June, 2016.

Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies Workshop

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München is pleased to announce a call for papers for the workshop
“Evolving through Context: The Transformation of Buddhism(s) and their Legitimation(s),”
to be held on March 24-25,2017 in Munich, Germany, with keynote addresses by Prof. Peter Schwieger (Bonn) and Prof. Stefano Zacchetti (Oxford).

We invite applications from early-career researchers. The application deadline is September 4, 2016,

Please find the call for papers on the following website:

We would ask you to forward it to any parties that might be interested. Thank you very much.

Workshop – Translations: indigenous, religion, tradition, culture

PhD course / workshop at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway

August 17–19, 2016

Translations: indigenous, religion, tradition, culture

Translations may be linguistic, cultural, corporeal, spatial, temporal, and much more. Today this concept is used in a wide variety of ways within and across different academic disciplines to describe or explore processes of replacement or exchange. It brings attention to moves that are made to make something available, by at once transporting and transforming this something, from one frame and form to another. For example, according to the anthropologist and historian James Clifford (2013: 48):

Translation is a term for cultural processes that are profoundly dialogic and, like articulation, without closure or guarantee. [—] The theory/metaphor of translation keeps us focused on cultural truths that are continuously “carried across,” transformed and reinvented in practice.

Both scholars and others perform translations regularly as part of shifts between different vantage points, modes, codes, and contexts. The purposes of translations may be multiple, in academic projects as well as in daily life. They may be made to communicate, to bridge, to compare, to analyze, or to constitute, implement, change, sponsor, or shield something, or for numerous other reasons. Translations may be disputed or taken for granted, but, as Clifford (2013: 48) also points out, they are “always uneven.”

This PhD course focuses on translations that are performed by means of the category “indigenous” in combination with categories like “religion,” “spirituality,” “tradition,” “knowledge,” and “culture,” as well as associated vocabularies and schemata of classification.

The category “indigenous” plays highly significant roles in a broad range of contexts today, not just in numerous local, national, and regional settings but also on a global scale. The categories “religion,” “spirituality,” “tradition,” “knowledge,” and “culture” are perhaps even more common in contemporary hegemonic ways of speaking about the orders of the world. Academicians, politicians, and ordinary people alike make frequent use of these tags in diverse projects of translation. Studies of particular instances or trajectories of translation in which “indigenous” is used in combination with any of these other categories, as academic apparatuses, as political instruments, or as everyday tools of orientation, identification, and communication, may shed new light on creative and critical processes of entity-formation, entity-maintenance, and entity-questioning.

This course includes perspectives from the study of religions, history, cultural history, anthropology, indigenous studies, and philosophy, but the foundational issues that are raised makes it relevant also for PhD students from other academic disciplines. Students with research projects that do not contain translations with “indigenous” may participate with papers that focus on comparable translations by means of other categories. The discussions of case studies and theories of translation will enable the students to bring more reflexivity to their own projects, and aid them in developing critical approaches to both empirical matters and theories.

Keynote by Marisol de la Cadena (California, Davis) and lectures by Greg Alles (McDaniel), Greg Johnson (Colorado, Boulder), Arkotong Longkumer (Edinburgh), Kari Aga Myklebost (Tromsø), Nils Oskal (Kautokeino), Olle Sundström (Umeå), Bjørn Ola Tafjord (Tromsø), and John Ødemark (Oslo).

PhD students are required to present a paper in which they relate their own research to the topic of this workshop.

ECTS credits: 5

A list of readings will be distributed in advance.

Deadline for registration: June 1, 2016.

For more details and registration, contact Bjørn Ola Tafjord ( or Siv Ellen Kraft (

This PhD course / workshop is part of the activities of the research project “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks”

Practices towards good life? The role of religion and faith in the integration process of immigrants – is it threat or possibility?

18th Nordic Migration Conference Oslo 11 – 12 August 2016


Welcome to our workshop:


Practices towards good life?

The role of religion and faith in the integration process of immigrants – is it threat or possibility?



Dr. Ulla Siirto, Principal lecturer, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences

Dr. Sari Hammar, Specialist, Diaconia University of Applied Sciences


There are rapid changes going on in Europe due to the influx of migrants. In many countries we are facing a challenge to live together in culturally – and religiously – diverse societies in different scale than before. It is largely agreed that some new practices are needed to promote integration of the newcomers. But how ready we are to open up the discussion about the role of the religion(s) and faith(s) in this context?

We express that dialogue between the representatives of different religions and faiths is essential to build mutual understanding and cohesion. But before the parties are capable to start the dialogue they might need some new tools to help the process to begin.

Religious literacy is our contribution to introduce one practice to improve the competence of meeting and cooperate with people with different backgrounds. To join us in this workshop we are welcoming all who have practices or examples or other interests concerning religion/faith and integration.

More about the conference and registration:


Intensive Training Programme: Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Intensive Training Programme, 8th-11th March 2016

Canterbury, Kent

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent is again offering its annual intensive methods training programme which is open to doctoral researchers based at any university within the EU. The sessions will run at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge conference centre, in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, and will cover:

  • Key elements of research design
  • The politics and ethics of research

  • The role of social theory in social research

  • Rigour and validity in research

  • Public engagement with research on religion

  • Conceptualising religion for research

  • Conducting research interviews

* Ethnographic research

  • Using visual methods
  • Researching religion and media

  • Researching objects and spaces

  • Reflexivity and the role of the researcher’s ‘self’

  • The process of research supervision

  • Sessions will be delivered by researchers who have engaged with these issues specifically in the context of research on religion. Confirmed speakers are: Prof Gordon Lynch, Dr Abby Day and Dr Anna Strhan (University of Kent), Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds), Dr Steph Berns (University of Lancaster), Dr Ruth Sheldon (Birkbeck College) and Dr Katherine Robinson (Goldsmiths)

    This is the fifth year that this programme has been run with more than 70 doctoral and early-career researchers having previously undertaken this training from across the UK and continental Europe.
    To apply for this programme, please email Gordon Lynch ( stating where you are currently studying, giving a brief description(no more than 150 words) of your current research project and a short explanation of how this training would be relevant to it by Friday 5th February​.
    The registration fee for this programme is £100. Meals and accommodation are not included in this. The Cathedral Lodge is in the centre of Canterbury and there are a number of good hotels and guest-houses within a short walking distance. Canterbury is less than an hour from London by train and so daily commuting to the programme from London would also be possible.
    If you have any further questions on this, please email Professor Gordon Lynch.

    Christmas in the Multicultural City: Public and Private Rituals between Culture, Religion and Consumption

    Christmas in the Multicultural City: Public and Private Rituals between Culture, Religion and Consumption

    A workshop of the Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies Project

    Christmas is a not a holiday just for Christians anymore, if it ever was. Embedded in calendars around the world and long a lucrative merchandising opportunity, the festive season of Christmas enters multicultural, multi-religious public spaces through decorative displays, ritual activities and collective gatherings. The presence of Christmas in the public sphere also affects what goes on in private homes: many non-Christians get caught up in the celebration of Christmas, adapting and transforming it, adding new layers of meaning to it. In the process, Christmas becomes a contested political object, particularly when various social players begin to articulate their claims to Christmas: Is it a religious holiday, as the churches would have it – and should it therefore be ‘secularized’ in the public sphere, as the secularist view would have it? Or is it ‘cultural’ – as many different groups argue – and what does this claim entail? This workshop takes a comparative historical and ethnographic perspective on the affective and political significance of Christmas in the multicultural city.  Based on a workshop model with pre-circulated papers, the two-day gathering will include scholars working on diverse regions who have considered the ways that Christmas has served as a catalyst of conflict and compromise in the “secular” yet religiously diverse city.

    10. – 12.12.2015  — Tübingen, Neue Aula, Kleiner Senat und Raum 236 
    Chair: Prof. Dr. Monique Scheer, University of Tübingen, Ludwig Uhland Institute for Historical and Cultural Anthropology; Prof. Dr. Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto; supported by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation

    If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send an email


    Thursday, 10 December


    14:00 – 14:15


    Official welcome (Pamela Klassen, Monique Scheer)


    14:15 – 15:15

    Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto // Monique Scheer, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen: 

    Religion and Public Memory in Multicultural Societies


    15:15 – 16:00

    Isaac Weiner, Ohio State University: 

    And then! Oh, the noise! Oh, the Noise! Noise! Noise! Noise!’: Listening to Christmas in the Multicultural City”


    COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)


    16:30 – 17:15 

    Juliane Brauer, Max-Planck-Institut für Bildungsforschung Berlin: 

    Christmas Songs and Christmas Feelings – Music, Emotion and Remembrance 


    17:15 – 18:00

    Andreas Bandak, University of Copenhagen: 

    The Nativity Crib and the Scenery of Good Tidings; or on Celebrating Christmas Damascus’ Style





    Friday, 11 December


    9:00 – 9:45 


    Yaniv Feller, Jüdisches Museum Berlin: 

    “O Tannenbaum, O Tannenbaum”: The Role of a Christmas Tree in a Jewish Museum


    9:45 – 10:30

    Helen Mo, University of Toronto: 

    The Christmas Crisis: Lessons from a Canadian Public School’s Seasonal Skirmish



    COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)


    11:00 – 11:45

    Christian Marchetti, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen:

    German Volkskunde, Christmas and Southeastern Europe


    11:45 – 12:30

    Pamela Klassen, University of Toronto: 

    ‘The First White Christmas’: Settler Odes and Nisga’a Hospitality on the Nass River



    LUNCH BREAK (1h 30 minutes)


    14:00 – 14:45

    Amy Fisher, University of Toronto: 

    Sleeping Rough and Feeling Stuffed: A “Homeless” Christmas in Toronto


    14:45 – 15:30

    Sophie Reimers, Viadrina University, Frankfurt/Oder: 

    “What Exactly Do You Celebrate on Christmas?”: Different Perceptions of Christmas Among German-Turkish Families in Berlin


    COFFEE BREAK (30 minutes)


    16:00 – 16:45

    Simon Coleman, University of Toronto: 

    The Walsingham Cathedral


    16:45 – 17:30 

    Katja Rakow, Utrecht University: 

    Christmas on Orchard Road in Singapore: Celebrating the Gift of Jesus Christ among Gucci and Tiffany’s stores


    17:30 – 18:00





    Saturday, 12 December



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    CFP: Co-IRIS Workshop and Panel

    We would like to invite you to participate in our Co-IRIS workshop at EISA’s EWIS and Co-IRIS panel at IPSA.
    The call for papers for the Co-IRIS workshop entitled “Worlding beyond the Clash of Civilizations: An Agenda for an International Relations-Islam Discourse” is available at
    The call for papers for the Co-IRIS panel entitled “Khaldunian Civilizational Analysis in International Relations” is available at

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