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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    Workshop: Religious diversity in Asia

    Workshop: 7.-8. December 2015. Organised by the Centre for Contemporary Religion, Aarhus University, funded by the Danish Research Council.


    Applications are invited for a limited number of people to participate in the two days’ workshop in Aarhus, Denmark. Expenses for travel, food, and accommodation will be covered.

    The study of religious diversity has in recent years been rising on the agenda. Focus has almost exclusively been on North America, Europe and Australia and issues concerned with maintaining cohesion in these societies. It is however obvious that religious diversity is not a phenomenon confined to the west. Especially in Asia religious diversity at both individual and institutional level has a long history with many examples of both syncretic traditions and religious divisions of labour. Yet the concepts associated with research on religious diversity are clearly drafted in a Western context. This means that they are constructed upon concepts of membership and adherence, with a strong Christian and Western bias not necessarily fitting Eastern models of multiple and contextual affiliations.

    Previously, the Critical Analyses of Religious Diversity (CARD) have met for two workshops in Denmark ( This network explores ways in which research could proceed in order to craft concepts and models of understanding religious diversity which will allow fitting representations of religious diversity in Asia, and in a broader sense create new perspectives for understanding religious diversity globally.

    A workshop on the topic was held in Delhi in May 2015, and the network will have two more workshops in Kyoto and Nagoya in October before this final one in Aarhus in December, where a limited number of Asian scholars are invited to continue the scholarly discussions and make strategic plans for future cooperation and publication of an anthology on religious diversity.

    The network is be led by Jørn Borup, Lene Kühle, and Marianne Qvortrup Fibiger, Aarhus University.

    Invitees are expected to pesent a paper and be prepared to engage in a critical discussion of their work. In addition, we want our participants to think critically about the assumptions that have been made about religious diversity in their research methods/context.

    Some of the topics that we hope to have included in the workshop are:

    –       Terminology; do you (your colleagues) use “religious diversity”, “religious pluralism” and/or other concepts?

    –       Methods; Are you using quantitative data, qualitative data, census data, or micro, macro?

    –       Empirical data; Is your research focused on specific geographical areas, or do you engage in comparative work? Are there specific points about religious diversity in Asia compared to the West?

    –       Specific topics; do you investigate religious diversity in relation to demography, ethnicity, nationality, gender, human rights, diaspora, media, law, politics?

    If interested in joining the workshop, please send a 250 word abstract by Oct 1st  2015 to Jørn Borup,

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    CFP: Muslim and Sports

    In the recent years, there have been an increasing number of studies on
    the physical activity of muslim youth and especially on Muslim
    schoolgirls in Europe. The researches on physical activity have expanded
    in new domains such as sports activities during the month of Ramadan,
    wearing headscarf in olympic games and footbal matches, halal meals in
    football training camps, mixed-sex swimming lessons and dancing clubs.
    Sports are also at the centre of the debates on Islamic expressions of
    identity and diversity. These researches on life experiences of Muslims
    in different contexts reveal how sports constitute a terrain for
    identity making, empowerment, and religious plurality particulary with
    regards to Islam.

    The visibilty of Muslim and the presence of Islam in sports need
    specific attention. On the one hand, there is an increase in social
    mobility, socialisation and participation in the society via sport; on
    the other hand, research has indicated that this participation in sports
    reveals some particularities in Islamic codes of living. These
    particularities and religious expressions in sports are seen as a means
    of defying secular values and life.

    This workshop attempts to provide more insight on the relationship
    between Muslims who live in Europe and sports-physical activity. We
    would like to examine how Muslims make sense of religion and their
    religious identity in sportive activities and how public policies are
    organized vis-a-vis the needs of the Muslim populations in Europe.
    During this workshop we want to adress a range of issues such as space,
    gender, social inclusion, multiculturalism, citizenship, politics of
    identity and secularism.

    Tuition Fees

    There will be no tuition fees.


    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 10 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.


    Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be
    received by 20th September 2015.
    Abstracts to be short-listed by the Editorial Board and papers
    invited by 30th September 2015.
    Conference: 7 December 2015

    Workshop Editorial Board and Organizers

    Joyce Koeman, KU Leuven

    Pascal Delheye, KU Leuven

    Erkan Toğuşlu, KU Leuven


    KU Leuven University, Belgium.

    The international workshop is organized by KU Leuven Gülen Chair for
    Intercultural Studies and Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation
    Sciences (FaBeR). The language of the workshop is English and will be
    hosted by KU Leuven Gülen Chair in Leuven.

    Papers and abstract should be sent to :

    For more information plz contact:

    Erkan Toguslu

    KU Leuven Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies

    Parkstraat 45 – box 3615
    3000 Leuven

    Dr. Erkan Toguslu
    Gülen Chair for Intercultural Studies
    IMMRC – Anthropology
    KU Leuven

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    CFP: Liberal Rights for Illiberal Purposes? Workshop 15-17 Oct 2015

    Call for Papers for the Workshop

    Liberal Rights for Illiberal Purposes? Comparing Discursive Strategies of Conservative Religious and Right-wing Actors in the Public Spheres

    October 15-17 2015

    European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder (Germany) and Słubice (Poland)

    A battle between institutions expanding liberal rights  and  conservative or right-wing forces has flared in most western societies since the mid-nineties. Whereas the promotion of gender mainstreaming, the recognition of cultural and sexual diversity or of „reproductive rights“ is naturally seen as part of a liberal agenda and as reliable tool for combating discrimination, also conservative coalitions base their claims on liberal argumentation. This is a novum in this debate.

    Instead of opposing gay-marriage on religious grounds, coalitions against the political implementation of gay rights increasingly formulate their demands on the basis of respect for freedom of expression or religious liberty. In a similar vein, political groups and parties opposing Muslim immigrants,  also claim to  defend the „western heritage“ of liberalism.

    In the light of these observations, we invite scholars from different disciplines such as social science, philosophy or communication studies to an international workshop. The aims of the workshop are:

    a)   a) To map and compare the public rhetoric or discursive strategies of conservative religious and right-wing actors on liberal norms:

    b)    b) To investigate the implications the mentioned empirical insights have for liberal thinking – taking into account that liberal theory considers the translation of religious reasons into a secular language before entering the public sphere a desirable condition for „post-secular“ societies (Habermas);

    c)   c) To analyze the effects such clashing interpretations of or reference to fundamental liberal democratic values (equality and liberal freedom) have for politics, society and research as well.

    d)    d) To think about publishing and further research on that issue.

    Against this background, paper-givers should address one or more of the following questions:


    In which ways, under which conditions and for which ends do conservative religious and/or right-wing groups apply a secular language of liberal rights in the public spheres?

    Conceptual and Methodological:

    How to conceptualize and methodologically approach the public reference to “liberal rights for illiberal purposes”?


    Which normative implications does the apparently strategic use of liberal rights language have for liberal theory on the one hand and the use of political/liberal concepts on the other?


    What are effects or implications of such „liberal“ rhetoric for politics, society and academic research alike? To what extent does it trigger the formation of new patterns of conflict or cleavages? In the case of religious groups: What are the effects for boundaries between religion and politics?

    The workshop is organized by the Chair of Comparative Politics at the Faculty of Social and Cultural Science at European University Viadrina. It will take place from October 15-17, 2015 at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt/Oder and Słubice on the other side of the river Oder. The European University Viadrina is situated approximately 1h (by local train) from Berlin.

    Please send your abstract (300 words), and a short bio note, to Anja Hennig ( by August 4 2015. Applicants will be informed about the acceptance of their submission no later than September 1 2015.

    Travel costs and accommodation of a few selected participants can be covered.

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