CFP: Religion and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Call for Paper Proposals, Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture.  Proposals due June 15, 2020

A PDF of the full CFP is available via bit.ly/CV19pdf and via the website of the International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture at bit.ly/CV19cfp

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Short précis

The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature, and Culture (JSRNC) is calling for paper proposals exploring the entanglements of religion, the Coronavirus, and socioecological (aka biocultural) systems. We seek scholarly work that explores how the virus, and religious dimensions of the response to it are influencing, and may decisively reshape socioecological systems, including religious perceptions and practices.

Pandemics are nothing new in human and religious history, of course. Indeed, religion and disease have long been entwined as people struggled to understand the mysterious origins of diseases and why they sometimes cause mass deaths and concomitant social and ecological disasters. Unsurprisingly, invisible spiritual beings or forces, which influence if not control environmental conditions, have often been postulated to explain the invisible-to-the-naked eye organisms that precipitate diseases and disasters. Some theorists even contend that the roots of religion may lie in the existential crises precipitated by disease and death.

Although the history of religion is replete with examples in which disease has played an important role, there may be novelty in the current pandemic and fresh insights about the diversity of religion-related responses to it. Indeed, if apocalypse means the end of the world as we know it, the current pandemic may well precipitate profound, destructive changes. Yet as with much apocalyptic expectation, perhaps after its tribulations new and positive ways of being in the world will emerge that were previously hidden from human imaginations – or only envisioned by previously marginalized individuals and groups.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of the JSRNC please share this CFP in all relevant scholarly networks


CFP: Journal: Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Professor Ralph Hood and I, welcome your proposals for the Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR). The ‘Call for Papers’ is appended below. We both look forward to your responses
Many thanks
Sariya
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Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion
Edited by Ralph Hood & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
For more information, please visit brill.com/rssr
ISSN 1046-8064
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion.
RSSR usually includes a guest-edited special section that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas. For 2020, RSSR will include a special section on Feminist Approaches to the Sociology of Religion. This section will include chapter about research that utilises feminist epistemological frameworks to study lived experiences of religion or belief. For this issue we define feminist approaches broadly as those that
*         use a gendered lens
*         privilege lesser-heard voices including women
*         reflect on researcher positionality
*         seek societal transformation as an integral aspect of research.
Submitting Proposals: We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSR. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.
*         Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Monday 13th January 2020
*         Notification of acceptance of paper: 30th January 2020
*         If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 31st April 2020
Manuscripts for both the main and special sections should be send to the editors, Ralph Hood (ralph-hood@utc.edu<mailto:ralph-hood@utc.edu>) & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (ac0967@coventry.ac.uk<mailto:ac0967@coventry.ac.uk>). For more information and submission guidelines please visit the Instructions for Authors document on brill.com/rssr, or contact the editor.
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Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Assistant Professor | Research Group Lead | Faith and Peaceful Relations
Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University

News & Opportunities from the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

The AASR 2019 Conference on ‘Religion and Violence’ is open for registration. Presenters: please ensure you register by 4 November 2019 to be included in the program. A conference schedule is nowavailable with exciting pre-conference workshops on 4 December that include:

The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion has a new list of books up for review. More info.

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • Artificial Intelligence and Religion – AIR2020, 3 – 5 March 2020, Fondazione Bruno Kessler (FBK), Trento. Abstract deadline: 21 October 2019. More info.
  • What’s God got to do with it? Debating religion and forced migration entanglements, July 27-30, 2020, Accra, Ghana. Abstract deadline: 25 October 2019. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.

  Publications

  • Call for book proposals: Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK). More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • The 2019 Hans Mol Memorial Lecture: “Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of ‘Asian Religion’ and Australian Federation” by Professor Marion Maddox, 18 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Freilich Lecture of Bigotry and Tolerance: “An Australian Story: The Politics of Bigotry in a Tolerant Country” by David Marr. 31 October 2019. More info.
  • Religion in Contemporary Society – What do we need to know to manage complexity?
    31 October 2019, Turku/Åbo, Finland. More info.
  • Migrant Youth in Multicultural Cities: Comparative Perspectives on Culture, Religion and Identity. 31 October 2019, Deakin University. Panellists: Prof Lori Beaman, A/Prof Serena Hussain and Prof Fethi Mansouri. More info.

Job Opportunities

Revised Call for Book Chapters: “Sociological Theory and Practice”

SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Editors: Professor A.O. Olutayo, Professor of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria & Dr. Olayinka Akanle, Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and Research Associate, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, South Africa.

Deadline for submission of chapter is 10th December 2019
Expected Date of Publication: 28th February, 2020

This is to invite submissions of chapters on Sociological Theory and Practice from scholars across the world. This book intends to contribute to the understanding of theories of Sociology and their usefulness and application, not only within the academic space but also, in business and practical development of Africa.

FOR DETAILS, PLEASE CONSULT THE ORIGINAL POSTING AT https://isa-rc22.org/call-for-book-chapters-on-sociological-theory/

In case you are interested in contributing chapter(s) to this book, kindly send a 250-word abstract and your main submission(s) (chapter[s]) to lantopamtu@yahoo.com and yakanle@yahoo.com

Appel à contribution – « Repenser le martyre par le biais des femmes »

Cher(e)s Collègues,

Vous trouverez ci-dessous un appel à contribution pour un numéro thématique de la revue Religiologiques.  S’il vous plait, auriez-vous l’amabilité d’acheminer cet Appel à contribution aux personnes et vos réseaux susceptibles d’être intéressés.  En vous remerciant de votre généreuse assistance.

Avec nos sentiments les plus cordiaux
Roxanne D. Marcotte
Université du Québec à Montréal, UQAM
(pour la rédaction de Religiologiques)

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    APPEL À CONTRIBUTION : NUMÉRO THÉMATIQUE

     « Repenser le martyre par le biais des femmes »

Le « martyre » désigne à la fois l’acte de mise à mort pour motifs religieux ou politiques, ainsi que le récit de ce drame. L’objectif de ce numéro thématique est de (re)penser le martyre par le biais de « figures de femmes », ces « martyres » qui résistent et s’opposent jusqu’à la mort – ultime témoignage de leurs convictions religieuses (mourir pour sa foi) ou politiques (mourir pour une idéologie, une cause, sa patrie, etc.).

Il conviendra, dans un premier temps, d’interroger la notion même de « martyre », cette mort qui se montre publiquement et qui incarne une contestation de légitimité religieuse ou politique.  Puis, dans un deuxième temps, il sera opportun d’étudier des cas particuliers de martyre de femmes qui, de tout temps (de l’antiquité jusqu’à aujourd’hui) et qu’elles soient d’ici ou d’ailleurs, ont contesté et « témoigné » par l’ultime sacrifice de leurs vies.

Au cœur de la problématique entourant les figures de femmes martyres résident les questions du genre (Butler), de sa construction et des dynamiques de rapports de genre (Bourdieu ; Woodhead ; Grosjean). S’attarder à ces questions et ces dynamiques permettra de proposer de nouvelles pistes de réflexion pour mieux saisir le phénomène du martyre des femmes, et contribuer ainsi à la production de nouvelles interprétations, analyses et théories. Trois pistes d’exploration seront privilégiées :

I – Les femmes martyres de l’Antiquité et du Moyen-Âge (du deuxième siècle avant notre ère à la Renaissance), que celles-ci appartiennent aux traditions juives (Haber ; Lemelin), chrétiennes (Amat ; Cardman ; Salisbury) ou musulmanes (Aghaie), et que les représentations de ces femmes martyres (Joslyn-Siemiatkoski ; Tolonen) soient issues des textes hagiographiques de la martyrologie (Destephen) ou de l’histoire de la réception de ces représentations (Baslez ; Doran ; Sei). Comment les martyres de jadis peuvent-elles nous aider à penser les femmes martyres d’aujourd’hui, voire à penser ce qui advient au phénomène même du martyre ?

II – Femmes martyres de la modernité, que celles-ci s’inscrivent dans une trajectoire mortifère religieuse ou politique, quelles que soient la nature de leurs motivations – femmes kamikazes des Tigres Tamouls du Sri Lanka, séparatistes kurdes du PKK en Turquie (Grosjean), kamikazes du Caucase (Larzillière ; Campana) et du Proche-Orient (Blom ; Straub ; Sela-Shayoritz ; Vuillemenot), les djihadistes de Daesh (Khosrokhavar et Benslama), etc.–, et quel que soit le genre de culte qui leur est voué. En quoi ces femmes se ressemblent-elles et se différencient-elles des martyres d’autrefois ? Que nous apprennent les études scientifiques qui leur sont dédiées ou encore les représentations qui en sont proposées par les médias traditionnels ou numériques ?

III – Représentations des femmes martyres dans la culture : que celles-ci aient été le sujet d’œuvres littéraires, d’arts visuels ou de musique, de jadis ou d’aujourd’hui. Comment ces femmes martyres (saintes, shahidat, kamikazes, bouddhistes tibétaines immolées, figures de luttes nationales, etc.) sont-elles (re)présentées ?

Les contributions pallieront l’invisibilité de ces femmes martyres (vies, représentations, discours, analyses, théories, etc.) en les (ré)inscrivant dans l’histoire. Ceci pourra s’entreprendre à partir d’un regard disciplinaire (sociologie ; anthropologie ; psychanalyse ; psychologie ; religiologie, etc.) ou interdisciplinaire, ou à partir de différentes approches (diachroniques, synchroniques ou comparatives) – qu’elles s’appliquent aux objets, aux périodes, aux traditions ou aux médiums – pour explorer l’intersection de la notion de martyre avec celles du genre et du sacré.

Longueur des articles

Les articles doivent être de 6 000 à 8 000 mots, en format WORD (.doc) et conformes aux « Consignes de présentation » qui sont disponibles sous l’onglet « Soumission d’articles » du site Web de Religiologiques(https://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 décembre 2019. Avant de soumettre un texte pour évaluation, il est possible d’acheminer une proposition d’article (de 300 à 400 mots) à la direction du numéro thématique.

Pour de plus amples informations, veuillez contacter

Isabelle Lemelin (PhD, UQAM), la direction du numéro thématique

Département de sciences des religions, Université du Québec à Montréal

Courriel : isabellelemelin@gmail.com


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 ; habituellement sollicitation de trois expertises) et indépendants de son comité de rédaction.RELIGIOLOGIQUESest la revue phare de la recherche francophone en sciences des religions en Amérique du Nord publiée de 1990 à 2005 (31 numéros, la majorité des articles étant disponible dans leur intégralité en ligne sur le site de la revue : https://www.religiologiques.uqam.ca) et qui a repris, depuis 2015, sa tradition de publication de numéros thématiques (qui peuvent être proposés), 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 Book Chapters on Sociological Theory

CALL FOR BOOK CHAPTERS

SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY AND PRACTICE

Expected Date of Publication: 28th February, 2020
PUBLISHER: A University Press in Nigeria

This is to invite submissions of chapters on Sociological Theory and Practice from scholars across the world. This book intends to contribute to the understanding of theories of Sociology and their usefulness and application, not only within the academic space but also, in business and practical development of Africa. The cutting edge/niche and research questions of this book are: what are these sociological theories? How applicable and useful are they in explaining Africa? To what extent, and how, can they be applied in business realities of Africa in practical terms? Are they mere theories for theories or theories for real life business and national/continental development? This book leverages on and breaks classrooms as well as established disciplinary boundaries in an attempt to contribute to what are already known, and what should be known to further bridge the gaps between gown and town. This is to bring Sociology to the business and development spaces for appreciated relevance and applicability. In this manner, this book will answer the common age long questions among students and many (non)sociologists about what sociologists do and how relevant Sociology and sociologists are/should be especially in the development and business of Africa. All submissions must be related and relevant to Africa.

In case you are interested in contributing chapter(s) to this book, kindly send a 250-word abstract and your main submission(s) (chapter[s]) to lantopamtu@yahoo.com and yakanle@yahoo.com .

The language of communication and publication is English. It is expected that abstracts and final manuscripts/submissions would be submitted in English language. Submissions should please indicate the names of all authors and co-authors (in cases of multiple author’s submissions), affiliations, email addresses and titles of chapters. Originality is very central to this book and we expect all contributors to check their submissions through antiplagiarism software(s) and strive to achieve not more than maximum of 15% Similarity Index (SI) including references.

Original chapters are invited on the following topics:

  1. Defining sociological theory
  2. The central problem of sociological theory
  3. Historical and contemporary issues in sociological theory and practice
  4. Broad types of sociological theories
  5. Functionalism
  6. Conflict theory
  7. Marxism
  8. Social action theory
  9. Asuwada Theory of Sociation
  10. Rational choice theory
  11. The Macdonaldization thesis
  12. Structuration
  13. The Actor Network Theory
  14. Control and Opportunity Theory
  15. Protestant ethics and the spirit of capitalism: Lessons for wealth creation in Africa
  16. Symbolic interactionism
  17. Ethnomethodology
  18. Social Exchange Theory
  19. Feminist theory
  20. The relationship between theory and research
  21. Sociological theory and employment creation
  22. Theorising Africa: Issues, Debates, Challenges and Prospects
  23. The Future of Sociology and Sociological Theory

The above list of topics are however indicative and not exhaustive. Preference will however be given to these topics. It may be very important to state that this Call for Proposal is intended to be very competitive and chapters will be accepted based on strength, originality, relevance, timeliness and conformity with the Call. Authors can generally propose new chapter(s) but they must be related to the book title/focus/objective and the suggested topics.

Every chapter should be 5000 to 6000 words and straight to the point, engaging, well exemplified and easy to read. Every chapter should be arranged according to the following:

  • Title of Chapter
  • Name of author(s)
  • Abstract of the chapter (250 words maximum)
  • Keywords of not more than 5 words
  • Introduction and Background: problematisation and focus of chapter
  • Body of the essay
  • Application to business and development of Africa including well blended case studies
  • Conclusions
  • References (please include only those cited in the body of the chapter). Please use APA style for references, headings and sub-headings. You may wish to visit http://www.apastyle.org/ for guidance.

Deadline for submission of chapter is 10th December 2019

CFP, Events, & Job Announcements from the AASR

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.

  Publications

  • Call for book proposals: Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Mirrors of Iran: A Continuum of Architectural Heritage. 2019 Iranica Conference on 28 September 2019. More info.
  • ‘The Islamist Paradox’ by A/Prof William Shepard, University of Canterbury (NZ). Organised by the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University on 4 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Hans Mol Memorial Lecture: “Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of ‘Asian Religion’ and Australian Federation” by Professor Marion Maddox, 18 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Freilich Lecture of Bigotry and Tolerance: “An Australian Story: The Politics of Bigotry in a Tolerant Country” by David Marr. 31 October 2019. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.

Job Opportunities

Announcements from the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

The AASR 2019 Conference on ‘Religion and Violence’ is now open for registration. Early bird registration ends 30 September 2019. Four postgraduate bursaries are offered (worth $500 each). Application deadline: 30 September 2019. More info.

Call for Papers:

Conferences

  • 2019 Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar: Girard, Gender, Victims and Violence, 4-5 Oct 2019. Proposal deadline: 18 September 2019. More info.
  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.

Publications

  • Call for book proposals: Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects. AAIMS Second Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies, September 30th- October 1st, 2019, Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.
  • “Researching New Religions: Qualitative Methods in a Controversial Field” by guest instructor, Susan J. Palmer. Run by the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC) at Western Sydney University. 19 September, 1-4pm. More info.

Job Opportunities

New Publications

CFP for Advanced Graduate Students

The editors of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review are now soliciting essays (25-page maximum or 7,000 words, all inclusive) built on dissertations in process.  Focusing on advanced graduate students, the essay should speak to your scholarship, yet generally to sociologists interested in religion by presenting a central idea of relevance to our readership and rooted in the research process.

The essay should include a clear focus on religion, which may include observations on how “sociology of religion” as a sub-field is currently being shaped, where it is heading, and why that matters, etc.  While the essay may address one’s own experiences and be written in the first person, all aspects of the essay should remain of relevance and interest to rigorous scholarship, which therefore should focus on presenting research findings and include things like conceptual breakthroughs and empirical surprises.  While conceptual and methodological rigor should be evident, a separate “Theory” or “Methods” section is not required.

All manuscripts should follow standard author guidelines (e.g., 12-point, Times Roman, double space throughout) and be submitted through Manuscript Central, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/socrel. Be sure to cite sources and develop arguments, ideas, and explication of findings adequate to the high standards of our journal.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019.

Any questions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Gerardo Marti, sorjournal@davidson.edu

CFP: On Religion & Economy in Late Capitalism

Dear Colleagues,

We are soliciting proposals for 8000-10,000-word contributions to a roundtable or special issue on religion, economy, and class in global context to submit to a leading US journal in Religious Studies. In particular, we seek contributions examining the ways that religion and economy co-produce one another in non-Western and non-Christian contexts in the current moment of late capitalism. See the abstract below.

300-word abstracts are due on October 15, 2019 and full articles are due April 1, 2020.  We have received positive interest from journal editors and expect the roundtable to be published by early 2021.

Please email the editors Kirsten Wesselhoeft (kwesselhoeft@vassar.edu) and Deonnie Moodie (dmoodie@ou.edu) with submissions and questions.

All best,
Kirsten Wesselhoeft and Deonnie Moodie

Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context

Neoliberal capitalism shapes social and religious life worldwide, and yet theoretical work analyzing it draws disproportionately on North Atlantic contexts and Christian or Christian-secular traditions.  Scholars of religious studies, for example, have begun to examine the ways Christian ideas and practices have both produced and responded to capitalist economic conditions (Bowler 2013; Hulsether 2019; Singh 2018; Porterfield 2018).  Important recent work has also shown how practices of capitalist consumption in the US both reanimate Christian theological categories and, more broadly, constitute domains of effervescent religious activity (Gonzalez 2015; Lofton 2017; Moreton 2010; Vaca 2019).  While individual studies of religion in diverse global contexts attend to economy and class in important and novel ways (Ahmad 2017; Birla 2009; Rudnyckyj 2018), these works are rarely taken up as part of a shared conceptual conversation about economy and class in the study of religion.

This special issue seeks to address this lacuna by bringing together scholarship that examines the multitude of ways that communities in non-Christian and non-Western contexts respond to the idioms, practices, and infrastructure of the global capitalist economic order. Drawing on ethnographic and historical research, contributors address the following questions:  How do religious and economic ideas and practices produce one another in the present economic moment?  In what ways do religious idioms become intertwined with ideas about economic value and class status?  How are religious practices used to address problems of inequality inherent in neoliberal capitalism?  And how are religious idioms deployed to reproduce certain economic conditions? The editors’ introduction to the special issue will not only draw together the individual contributions, but will offer a ‘state of the field’ analysis of contemporary conversations about religion, economy, and class, taking into account the global range of work in these areas.

Kirsten Wesselhoeft, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion
Vassar College
845.437.7586