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18Jun

Cfp: Religion, Diversity and Governance

Religion, Diversity and Governance

Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR)

in partnership with the

Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University

School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Deakin University

Religion and Society Research Centre, University of Western Sydney

Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry, Australian Catholic University

Deakin University Melbourne City Centre Campus 3 - 5 December 2014

Keynote Speakers

Professor Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa Professor Gary D. Bouma, Monash University Professor Matthew Clarke, Deakin University Dr Cathy Byrne, Southern Cross University

Many countries, such as Australia, are becoming increasingly religiously diverse and, at the same time, non-religious. This has resulted in a re-thinking of the place of religion in late modernity and of what constitutes a secular society. These developments have also led scholars to devise frameworks for the management (Bouma 1995, 1999) or governance (Bader 2007) of religious diversity. This conference will explore the following research areas:

  • Religion and Education
  • Interreligious Relations
  • Religion and Gender
  • Religion and Sexuality
  • Spirituality
  • Indigenous Culture
  • Religion and Authority
  • Religion and Development
  • Religion and the Environment
  • Digital Religion
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • New Atheism

Call for papers

Please submit a 250 word abstract with your name, title, and affiliation to anna.halafoff@deakin.edu.au by June 30, 2014. Please indicate if you are a PhD student, and if so, at which University. We will consider abstracts on the above themes and also the wider field of religion research.

Participants will be notified whether their paper has been accepted or not by July 31, 2014.

Post-Graduate Essay Prizes

The AASR and Equinox both award a post-graduate prize of $500 to the two best abstracts submitted by PhD students to assist them to attend the conference. The winners' full papers will also be considered for publication in the AASR's Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, which is published by Equinox.

18Jun

Cfp: Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the US and Beyond

Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network - 3rd International Conference Call for Papers | 19-20 November 2014, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

EXPLAINING NONRELIGION AND SECULARITY IN THE U.S. AND BEYOND Conveners: Ryan Cragun (ryantcragun@gmail.com), Christel Manning (manningc@sacredheart.edu), and Phil Zuckerman (phil_zuckerman@pitzer.edu)

Keynote speakers: Professor Darren Sherkat (Sociology, Southern Illinois University) Professor Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottowa)

The study of nonreligion and secularity, long neglected by religion researchers, has recently become a growing field of inquiry. The NSRN is an international, interdisciplinary association of scholars from various fields (religious studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, history, etc.) who are interested in nonreligion, atheism, secularity, secularism, secularization – and related issues. Since the NSRN convened its first international conference in 2009 at the University of Oxford, UK, research and publications dealing with nonreligion and secularity have continued to increase and diversify. The third NSRN conference will reflect upon accumulated and newly emerging empirical work and focus attention on how these diverse phenomena can be explained. To what extent do they fit into existing theoretical frameworks, such as secularization theories, ‘desecularization’ theories and pluralist or ‘postsecular’ models? Do we need to refine these models, or even generate new theories altogether in order to understand the occurrence and nature of contemporary secular populations and nonreligious cultures?

The conference welcomes papers that further expand our understanding of nonreligion and secularity, including topics such as:

Theoretical development in the study of secularity and nonreligion The explosion of the so-called “Nones” in the United States in the last two decades Nonreligion and secularity in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East Cross-cultural comparisons/contrasts of nonreligion and secularity Secularism and politics in the USA and around the world Intersections of non-religion and secularity with race, class, and gender The varieties of nonreligious experience Typological development in the analysis of secular people and secular movements Neurological and emotional aspects of secularity Secularity and sexuality Prospects for the further development of secular studies Ritual and community within secular culture Secular-religious conflict and cooperation Apostasy and religious rejection

Abstracts for panels and presentations should be submitted to Ryan Cragun by 1 June 2014. Abstracts should be 250 words long and accompanied by a short biographical note.

Registration will open in April 2014. Full conference (includes all meals, does not include accommodations) is $155.

17Jun

Cfp: Global Halal

Global Halal

An International Conference on Muslims and the Cultural Politics of the Permissible

February 19-21, 2015

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan

Global Halal is an international conference organized by the Muslim Studies Program at Michigan State University in partnership with the UK-based Muslim, Trust and Cultural Dialogue Program. The conference topic addresses a range of cultural, economic and political concerns associated with the principle of halal, especially in relation to contemporary food, banking, and lifestyle. Often associated with Muslim dietary practices, the concept of halal applies to that which is permissible to Muslims and serves as one of the key ethical concepts in Islamic theological doctrines. Yet as with any religious principle, concepts like halal and its antithesis haram, are subject to interpretation and variation, especially in the contemporary global era. Muslim practices today are conditioned by a wide-range of technological and contextual influences that raise many questions about what constitutes halal. While the term halal refers to all that is permitted, its specific associations with Islamic restrictions underscore the cultural politics of religious practices at a time of growing awareness among Muslims of the ethics of consumption, the diversity of cultural values, the changing nature of interpersonal relations, and the globalization of financial interactions.

In the majority Muslim regions of the world, halal is embedded in daily life, but it nevertheless raises other issues, for example in regard to the rights of non-Muslim minorities. In contexts where Islam is the minority religion, adaptations of daily practices have been historically necessary to the establishment of Muslim communities. With the growing number of Muslims in Europe and North America, there has been increased demand for halal options, especially with regard to the availability and marketing of halal meats, which has caused some controversy in the United States, Britain, France, among other countries. These controversies illustrate the centrality of the halal concept in contemporary discussions of Muslimness, national belonging and ethics.

This conference will provide a forum for exploring the principle of halal within a global context, emphasizing the complexities of the permissible and the impermissible (haram).

Please send abstracts in MS Word or PDF format to the organizers at the following addresses: hassans3@msu.edu and khalilmo@msu.edu.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words, and should include a title, correspondence address, and institutional affiliation. Deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 November 2014.

15May

Cfp: SISP Conference - Panels on Religion and Politics

XVIII SISP ANNUAL CONFERENCE

UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA – Department of Political Science - UNIVERSITY FOR FOREIGNERS OF PERUGIA - Department of Human and Social Studies

11 – 13 September 2014

Deadline for paper proposals: 15 May 2014

http://www.sisp.it/conference

Panels on Religion and Politics:

1) Religion and Political Parties (Luca Ozzano and Massimiliano Livi)

2) Religion and International Relations (Valter Coralluzzo)

3) Religion and Local Politics (Xabier Itzcaina and Alberta Giorgi)

4) Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st Century Turkey (Luca Ozzano)

For more information on the section, see the website:

http://www.religione-politica.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=228:conferenza-sisp-sezione-politica-e-religione&catid=4:conferences&Itemid=4

08Apr

Cfp: Addressing the Asylum Crisis

CALL FOR PAPERS: Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics

A British Council-sponsored workshop (Bridging Voices program)

University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, Brussels, 26th and 27th of June 2014

Deadline for abstract submission (250 words max): April 24, 2014

Convenors: Luca Mavelli (Kent) and Erin Wilson (Groningen)

We are organizing a British Council-sponsored workshop (Bridging Voices program) on ‘Addressing the Asylum Crisis: Religious Contributions to Rethinking Protection in Global Politics’. The workshop which will take place at the University of Kent, Brussels School of International Studies, Brussels on the 26th and 27th of June 2014.

This event will be the second of two transatlantic academic and policy dialogues (the first workshop will take place at Georgetown University, Washington DC, in May 2014) which aim to explore the current and potential future contribution of religious groups and traditions to addressing the asylum crisis and the development of policy strategies which may complement current modes of protection and asylum. In particular, the workshop aims to explore:

a. The role of religious traditions in promoting forms of solidarity that transcend state-centric approaches centred on border protection, legal rights and security. Are religious argumentations in the public sphere contributing to redefine the debate on migration? Is it possible to identify forms of convergence between different religions in their approach to the global migration crisis? Can religious approaches to migration promote inclusion, but also different forms of exclusion?

b. The role that religious organisations and institutions play in the global migration crisis. What are they approaches and how do they differ from state-centric approaches? To what extent do religious organisations fill gap left by states in the provision of asylum and protection? What are the existing forms of practice and cooperation between religious and secular organisations?

c. The crisis of secular modes of protection, based on logics of securitization, but also of profit, as witnessed by the proliferation of immigration detention centres run by private security firms. Is it the case, as Loïc Wacquant suggest, that multinational corporations are increasingly competing against ‘benevolent associations delivering services to the poor’? Can postsecular approaches to asylum act as a source of resistance against the pathologies of neoliberal modernisation?

The workshop will involve a selected group of scholars, policy makers, practitioners, and refugees with expertise and experience in religion, asylum, foreign policy, development and humanitarianism.

Among the confirmed speakers are: · John Milbank, Christian theologian and the Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics at the University of Nottingham; · Alexander Betts, Director, Global Migration Governance project, University of Oxford · Katharina von Schnurbein, Adviser for the Dialogue with Churches, Religions and Philosophical and Non-Confessional organisations, European Commission; · Nava Hinrichs, Director, The Hague Process for Refugees and Migration · Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Senior Research Officer at the University of Oxford and Research Fellow in Refugee Studies at Lady Margaret Hall. · Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer at the University of Kent · Sadia Kidwai, Policy and Research Analyst at Islamic Relief

We particularly welcome submissions from practitioners working with secular and faith-based NGOs in this sector, reflecting on the place of faith and spirituality.

PUBBLICATION OUTCOME: We are planning to publish the papers presented at the workshop in one special issue of an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal or edited volume. In addition to academic publication outputs, we will produce a report and list of recommendations to be distributed to participants and interested stakeholders, as well as disseminating the findings of the two dialogues in a variety of media outlets including newspapers and blog posts.

Limited funding is available as a partial contribution to travel and accommodation expenses.

The deadline for abstract submission (250 words max) is April 24, 2014. Please send your abstract together with a short biographical note to Luca Mavelli (L.Mavelli@kent.ac.uk) and Erin Wilson (e.k.wilson@rug.nl).

08Apr

Conference: Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the US and beyond

NONRELIGION AND SECULARITY RESEARCH NETWORK

3rd INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Call for Papers| 19-20 November 2014, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA

EXPLAINING NONRELIGION AND SECULARITY

IN THE U.S. AND BEYOND

Conveners: Ryan Cragun (ryantcragun@gmail.com), Christel Manning (manningc@sacredheart.edu), and Phil Zuckerman (phil_zuckerman@pitzer.edu)

Keynote speakers:

Professor Darren Sherkat (Sociology, Southern Illinois University)

Professor Lori Beaman (Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottowa)

The study of nonreligion and secularity, long neglected by religion researchers, has recently become a growing field of inquiry. The NSRN is an international, interdisciplinary association of scholars from various fields (religious studies, sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, history, etc.) who are interested in nonreligion, atheism, secularity, secularism, secularization – and related issues. Since the NSRN convened its first international conference in 2009 at the University of Oxford, UK, research and publications dealing with nonreligion and secularity have continued to increase and diversify. The third NSRN conference will reflect upon accumulated and newly emerging empirical work and focus attention on how these diverse phenomena can be explained. To what extent do they fit into existing theoretical frameworks, such as secularization theories, ‘desecularization’ theories and pluralist or ‘postsecular’ models? Do we need to refine these models, or even generate new theories altogether in order to understand the occurrence and nature of contemporary secular populations and nonreligious cultures?

The conference welcomes papers that further expand our understanding of nonreligion and secularity, including topics such as:

· Theoretical development in the study of secularity and nonreligion

· The explosion of the so-called “Nones” in the United States in the last two decades

· Nonreligion and secularity in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East

· Cross-cultural comparisons/contrasts of nonreligion and secularity

· Secularism and politics in the USA and around the world

· Intersections of non-religion and secularity with race, class, and gender

· The varieties of nonreligious experience

· Typological development in the analysis of secular people and secular movements

· Neurological and emotional aspects of secularity

· Secularity and sexuality

· Prospects for the further development of secular studies

· Ritual and community within secular culture

· Secular-religious conflict and cooperation

· Apostasy and religious rejection

Abstracts for panels and presentations should be submitted to Ryan Cragun at ryantcragun@gmail.com by 1 June 2014. Abstracts should be 250 words long and accompanied by a short biographical note.

Registration will open in April 2012. Full conference (includes all meals, does not include accommodations) is $155.

14Feb

Cfp: Rethinking Political Catholicism

Call for Papers - Rethinking Political Catholicism: Empirical and Normative Perspectives Rethinking Political Catholicism

International Conference John Cabot University Rome, May 22-23, 2014

Call for Papers

Although the study of religion and politics has blossomed over the past decade, the normative debates over the appropriate place of religion in modern democracies often remain divorced from the study of the actual practices and meanings of religion in these democracies. Consequently, many new normative concepts and arguments have not filtered down to the empirical study of religion, while normative debates are often inadequately informed by the empirical realities of contemporary religious practices and beliefs.

Rethinking Political Catholicism aims to bridge this divide by focusing on the fertile case of political Catholicism in Italy. Empirically, the conference aims to take stock of political Catholicism in Italy today, compare it with Catholic and Muslim politics elsewhere, and use contemporary theoretical and normative insights to better understand its post-secular dynamics. Normatively, the conference aims to evaluate the practices of contemporary political Catholicism in Italy and elsewhere, and thus contribute to developing a more sophisticated debate about the proper roles of religious politics in contemporary democracies.

The empirical papers of the conference are invited to analyse the project and impact of political Catholicism in Italy and elsewhere today. Suggested themes include the following.

Current Catholic political groups, claims, or activism, in Italy or elsewhere; The normative meaning and grounds of ‘political Catholicism’; Catholic analyses of contemporary political issues; New challenges posed by Catholic political thought and practice to liberal democratic theory; The significant of the church-state relationship in Italy for theories of post-secularism; Comparisons with recent trends in Islamic political thought and practice.

Normative contributions to the conference are instead invited to consider such themes as the following:

Current Catholic political groups, claims, or activism, in Italy or elsewhere; The normative meaning and grounds of ‘political Catholicism’; Catholic analyses of contemporary political issues; New challenges posed by Catholic political thought and practice to liberal democratic theory; The significant of the church-state relationship in Italy for theories of post-secularism; Comparisons with recent trends in Islamic political thought and practice.

The working language of the conference will be English, and a collection of papers based on the conference will also be published.

The conference is part of the John Cabot University Summer Institute for Religion and Global Politics (May 19-June 20, 2014).

Confirmed speakers:

Paola Bernardini (Contending Modernities Project) Luca Diotallevi (Roma Tre) Agostino Giovagnoli (Cattolica, Milan) Paul Weithman (Notre Dame)

Submission guidelines

A 500-word abstract, of a paper suitable for presentation in 20 minutes, should be sent by March 15, 2014, to the organizers, Tom Bailey (tbailey@johncabot.edu) and Michael Driessen (mdriessen@johncabot.edu). Notice of acceptance will be provided by March 22.

Selected papers will be considered for publication in a collected volume.

Registration fee (includes lunches and refreshments): Faculty € 50, Students € 25

The conference is funded by John Cabot University.

05Feb

Cfp: The Politics and Poetics of Managing Tourism in Sacred Cities

Call for Papers for a Special Session:

The Politics and Poetics of Managing Tourism in Sacred Cities

Amos S. Ron - Ashkelon Academic College, Israel Daniel H. Olsen - Brandon University, Canada

RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014

26 to 29 August 2014, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London

Sacred cities are one of the oldest and most prevalent forms of urban organization and can be found in several cultures and locations throughout human history. Cities such as Varanasi, Lourdes, Mecca, Lalibela and Jerusalem have long attracted pilgrims, merchants, and other tourists. However, although there has been much written on sacred cities from various disciplines, such as comparative religion (e.g. Diana Eck on Varanasi), history (e.g. Ruth Harris on Lourdes) and anthropology (e.g. Abdellah Hammoudi on Mecca), very little has been written by geographers and tourism scholars. Furthermore, in studies on sacred cities the focus has been descriptive and case study-oriented with little focus on the management of pilgrimage and other forms of tourism.

This session therefore aims to bring together a range of papers that examine sacred cities from various theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives, in different historical, cultural and geographical contexts with a focus on tourism management. Submissions can be case study oriented, comparative or conceptual, and may address, but are not be limited to, the following areas:

  • The history of sacred site management
  • Challenges, problems and solutions in management of sacred destinations
  • Modern mass tourism to ancient sacred cities
  • Modernity, technology and visiting the sacred
  • Contested spaces in sacred cities
  • Sustainable development of sacred cities
  • Commodification in sacred cities
  • The resilience of sacred cities
  • The shared characteristics of sacred cities
  • Patterns of globalization in sacred cities
  • Spatial patterns of beggars and begging in sacred cities

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted by Sunday 23 February, 2014. For more details, and to submit an abstract, please contact:

Dr. Amos S. Ron, Department of Tourism and Leisure Studies, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel: amosron@gmail.com

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada: olsend@brandonu.ca

05Feb

Cfp: Moderation and its Discontents

Moderation and its Discontents: religion, rights and social justice

Organiser: Dr Alexander Smith Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Monday, 23 June - Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Keynote speakers Professor Bob Antonio (Sociology, University of Kansas) Professor Danielle Allen (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton) Professor John Holmwood (Sociology, University of Nottingham) Dr Rowan Williams (ex-Archbishop of Canterbury)

Workshop With the rise of neoliberal globalisation in the early 21st Century, the world is undergoing complex and rapid economic and political transformations. The apparent arrival of a 'post-secular' moment in the West, in which religion has re-entered the public square in multicultural liberal democracies like Britain and further unsettled debates about rights, secularism and 'truth', further signals a world 'in flux'. The threat of both 'home-grown' terrorism and racist violence, as witnessed last year with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and Pavlo Lapshyn's attempted bombings of mosques in the West Midlands, intensifies again these anxieties and uncertainties. This has prompted some now to argue for a project of moderation to mitigate the effects of crisis and indeterminacy associated with market-based policies and the so-called 'culture wars' they have provoked. Indeed, moderation has been fiercely argued in relation to combating Islamic extremism and finding an enduring peace in the Middle East. It has also been the subject of US debate in relation to issues of electoral polarisation and Church-State separation.

But what does 'moderation' actually mean? And what might a reasoned project of moderation look like - intellectually, politically and in practice? This interdisciplinary workshop builds on the arguments of Alex Smith and John Holmwood in their edited volume Sociologies of Moderation: problems of democracy, expertise and the media (2013, Wiley Blackwell) to suggest that moderation is better understood as a disciplined engagement with divided publics rather than a doctrine devoid of intellectual commitment or moral courage. Papers are therefore invited from scholars working in any field of the arts, humanities and social sciences on issues relating to the conference theme. Working with an expanded definition of moderation, contributions on the following topics would be particularly welcome:

  • Democracy, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue
  • Citizenship, human rights and social justice
  • Education, expertise and the media
  • Publics versus markets
  • Pragmatism and social theory
  • Religion, secularism and science

Please send abstracts to Dr Alexander Smith at alexander.smith@warwick.ac.uk no later than 17.00 on Friday, 7 February 2014. Those selected to give papers will be informed by the end of February. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be attached as a Word document with your institutional affiliation and position.

05Feb

Cfp: Social Science History Association Religion Network

Call for Papers: Social Science History Association Religion Network

Social Science History Association 2014 Annual Conference Toronto, Ontario, Canada, November 6-9, 2014 Conference Theme: "Inequalities: Politics, Policy, and the Past"

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 14, 2014

The Religion Network of the Social Science History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, and book sessions for the 39th annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Toronto, Ontario, November 6-9, 2014. We also are looking for volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants.

The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US, providing a stimulating venue for explorations of how social processes unfold over time. The Religion Network serves as the home within the organization for scholars interested in religious history, religious mobilization, religious change, and religion's effect on social and political processes. Our network is interdisciplinary and cross-national in scope, and embraces all scholarship that examines how religion intersects with other social processes in historical perspective.

We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more established scholars from a wide range of disciplines and departments. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting (see http://www.ssha.org/grants). Further details about the association, the 2014 annual meeting, and the call for proposals are available on the SSHA website: www.ssha.org.

The deadline for paper and/or panel submissions is February 14th, 2014.

We welcome and encourage papers and panel proposals on a wide array of issues related to the historical study of religion and religious movements. While complete panel proposals (consisting of 4-5 individual papers, a chair, and a discussant) are preferred, we also seek out high-quality individual paper submissions. Panels and papers may address the topics below, or any other relevant and related topic examining religion in a historical context:

  • Religion and Policy Development
  • Church/State Relations
  • Religion and Social Inequality
  • Religion and Politics
  • Religion and Social Movements
  • Religion and Law
  • Religion, Migration, and Identity
  • Religion and Nationalism
  • Secularization and Secularism
  • Religion and Empire
  • Missionaries and Social Change
  • Religion and Space

Please use the SSHA's web conference management system to submit your papers and panel proposals. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted on the site http://conference.ssha.org/.

Damon Mayrl (dmayrl@clio.uc3m.es) Sam Nelson (scnelson0@gmail.com) SSHA Religion Network Representatives

05Feb

Cfp: Muslims in UK and Europe

"Muslims in UK and Europe" Postgraduate Symposium, University of Cambridge, 17-18 May 2014 Organised by the Centre of Islamic Studies at the University of Cambridge

The University of Cambridge Centre of Islamic Studies invites applications from current Masters and PhD candidates to present their research on issues pertaining to Muslims in the UK and Europe, from any discipline. The postgraduate symposium, taking place over 17-18 May 2014, will be a platform for students to present and exchange current research on any topic in this field in a lively and dynamic forum. The symposium will take place at The Moller Centre, Cambridge. All travel and accommodation expenses will be covered by the Centre of Islamic Studies.

To apply please submit a 500-word abstract, with curriculum vitae outlining current research interests, to cis@cis.cam.ac.uk by *14 February 2014*.

Successful candidates will be notified by 28 February 2014 and invited to submit draft papers of no more than 5000 words by 10 May 2014.

For further information, please contact cis@cis.cam.ac.uk

For more information about the Centre of Islamic Studies please visit: www.cis.cam.ac.uk

05Feb

Conference: Missio Dei? Evangelicalism and the New Politics

Missio Dei? Evangelicalism and the New Politics

University of Chester, Hollybank

12th June, 2014, 10.00 – 4.00 pm

2nd Call for Papers – Deadline March 31st 2014

Aim and Context

The aim of this conference is to facilitate a space whereby the innovative mission, praxis and ecclesiologies of evangelical Christianity (including inner-urban areas and including Pentecostal and charismatic contributions) is enabled to enter into dialogue with emerging themes within contemporary Evangelical theology including new understandings of the concepts of Missio Dei, Kingdom of God, Incarnation, Atonement and Trinity.

The overall trajectory observable in many disciplines outside systematic theology (especially sociology of religion and human geography and public policy) suggests a shift within the evangelical Christian communities towards more activist and holistic models of mission, which are also characterised by a willingness to experiment in new ways of ‘being church’. There are also shifts in a different direction where instead of forms of rapprochement with the public sphere, a certain bifurcation emerges as a response to the new complexity and plurality of the public space. It is fair to say that both trajectories within contemporary British Evangelicalism (including Pentecostalism and Charismatic traditions) are having an increasing strategic impact on the political and social fabric of British society and public policy.

This conference will represent a unique opportunity to track and debate this shift at both theological and missional/ecclesiological levels, as well as from perspectives that lie outside the Christian tradition. Relevant perspectives or ‘lenses’ by which to track these shifts include doctoral level research from urban and missional practitioners within contemporary British evangelicalism, systematic and practical theologians and interdisciplinary perspectives. The event concludes with a public lecture by Revd Steve Chalke MBE and Founder of Oasis Trust on the theme of The Progressive Power of Religion in the Public Sphere from within the framework of a contemporary evangelical perspective. This lecture will be open to both conference delegates and the wider public.

Although emerging primarily from a British context, papers are welcomed from other contexts and situations outside the UKwhich reflect the ongoing and dialectical relationship between evangelicalism (including Pentecostalism and Charismatic experience), urbanisation, culture and politics.

Structure

The conference will feature 3 keynote lectures of 30 minutes reflecting the three perspectives of the conference:

Practitioner - Krish Kandiah, Evangelical Alliance;

Theology - Dr Stephen Holmes, University of St Andrews;

Sociology of Religion/Public Policy – Dr Anna Strhan, University of Kent

In between these lectures will be parallel paper sessions which further reflect on the theme of Missio Dei – Evangelicalism and the New Politics from the following perspectives: a missional/urban/ practitioner/integral mission strand; a theological strand; and a sociology of religion/public policy strand.

Central to the aims and outcomes of the conference will be papers on:

· New directions in evangelical theology

· New emphases in doctrine and biblical theology including Missio Dei, Kingdom of God, Incarnation, Trinity, atonement, Holy Spirit

· Influence of evangelicalism on politics – both past and present

· Spectrums within Evangelical practice, belief and ecclesiology

· Cutting edge issues within evangelicalism

· Role of evangelical worship and ecclesial/political formation

· Evangelicalism, politics and integral mission

· Emerging church and emerging Christianity

· New expression of urban mission and evangelical identity

· Black majority churches and the public sphere

· Charismatic churches and the public sphere

· Quantitative measurement of evangelicalism and its social impact

· Post evangelicalism and the new politics

· Evangelicalism and culture

· Evangelical/post evangelical geographies of religion

Call for Papers

For this call we are looking for 20 minute papers that respond to any of the above themes and can be accommodated into one of the disciplinary strands outlined above. This is a second call for papers – deadline for submission: March 31st, 2014.

Some papers from non-UK contexts on the themes of the conference will be welcomed. Please send an abstract of ca. 250 - 300 words to Dr Chris Baker (chris.baker@chester.ac.uk) or Dr Ben Fulford (b.fulford@chester.ac.uk)

Registration and enquiries

Please register by the 30th May, 2014. Secure online registration is available at:

http://storefront.chester.ac.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=289&zenid=npral1rnoj5jk7svqv28tccf65

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: c.mcevoy@chester.ac.uk +44 1244 511031

Please visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us and click ‘Chester Campus’ for travel and location instructions

05Feb

Conference: Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

2014 Annual Meeting Call for Papers

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 31-November 2, 2014

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

Building Bridges

SSSR's current web site notes:

The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was founded in 1949 by scholars in religion and social science. Its purpose is to stimulate and communicate significant scientific research on religious institutions and religious experience. Scholars from all fields of study who are interested in the scientific exploration of religion are invited to join the Society. Membership in the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion gives scholars the opportunity to share their research and ideas with other scholars.

Our theme for the 2014 conference is “Building Bridges” between all those interested in the study of religion. This includes any disciplines that focus upon the study of religion as well as scholars from the widest possible geographical and cultural areas. Our intent is to build bridges between disciplines and cultures that have become isolated and communicate only among themselves and not to others with similar interests but from different perspectives. Suggestions for contributions include:

· the study of religion in diverse cultures and regions (Eastern, Central Europe, Asia, South America, etc.)

· the study of religion within diverse faith traditions (Islam, Christianity, Paganism, NRMs, etc.)

· inter-disciplinary studies of religion (religious studies & the social and behavioral sciences, etc.)

· new disciplines that study religion (cognitive science, evolutionary psychology, etc.)

· methodology interaction in the study of religion (quantitative, qualitative, creative, etc.)

· the study of non-belief and atheism

All session and paper proposals must be submitted via the on-line submission system that will be available on the SSSR’s web site, http://www.sssrweb.org. In addition to the session proposer’s full contact information, a session proposal requires a session title and an abstract of not more than 150 words describing the goal of the session and how the proposer expects the session to contribute to scientific knowledge about religion. Individual paper proposals require the name(s) of the author(s), first author’s full contact information, an abstract of not more than 150 words that succinctly describes the question(s) motivating the research, the data and methods used, and what the paper contributes or expects to contribute to the knowledge or understanding of religion. PLEASE NOTE NEW POLICY ON PREREGISTRATION OUTLINED BELOW.

Submissions Open: February 03, 2014 (see http://www.sssrweb.org)

Submissions Close: March 31, 2014

Decision Notification: April 30, 2014

In 2014, the SSSR/RRA Annual Meeting will require all program participants to preregister for the meeting, and to pay the non-refundable fees, by May 31, 2014. For submitted papers, the presenting author must pre-register, although co-authors not attending the meeting are not required to do so. For submitted sessions, the organizer and all presenters must pre-register and pre-pay. Online registration will open immediately after decision notifications are emailed. Those presenters and organizers who do not preregister will be dropped from the program.

Please direct questions to: Ralph Hood (UTC), Program Chair (Ralph-Hood@utc.edu)

Co-chair for Asia-Pacific region: Alphia Possamai-Inesedy (Alphia.Possamai@uws.edu.au)

Co-Chair for Western, Central, and Eastern Europe: Elisabeth Arweck (Elisabeth.arweck@warwick.ac.uk)

Special assistant for developing sessions on Islam: Besheer Mohamed (BMohamed@PewResearch.org)

Graduate Student Representative: Christopher F. Silver (Christopher-Silver@utc.edu)

22Nov

Cfp: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Call for Papers International Society for Media, Religion and Culture 4-6 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 7 August 2014

Over the past decade the study of media, religion and culture has broadened out from interests in media representation to thinking about the religious uses and aesthetics of media, the significance of media for religion in public life, and the role of media technologies for new forms of religious life and practice.

Building on this, the biannual conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which religious life takes place through a multiplicity of mediated practices and networks. It will explore questions such as what difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood and practiced? And how do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jonathan Walton (Harvard), author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, Associate Professor Kathryn Lofton(Yale), author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, with an address also given by the inaugural President of the Society, Professor Stewart Hoover (Colorado).

Key information about the conference, including the call for papers which is open until 3 December 2013, registration and accommodation details and the conference programme, is available here. If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email IMRC 2014.

We are accepting paper proposals of up to 350 words; panel proposals (which must include paper titles, 150 word abstracts for each paper, and names and titles of four participants plus a moderator/respondent); and proposals for exhibitions and/or workshops of up to 350 words. Sessions will be 1½ hours in length.

Some of the questions that may be addressed in paper, panel, workshop, or exhibition proposals include:

- The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings - Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power - Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and media - The role of religious and humanitarian organizations in cross-national justice and media initiatives - Media and human rights - Media, religion, and authority - Religious conflict and media representation - Religion and film - Growing up multi-cultural and multi-religious in a mediated world - Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism - The role of media in the emergence of global religious and cultural movements - Diasporic media and transnational religious communities - Media, religion and global politics - The mediatization of religion - Religion, media, and the global marketplace

Proposals should be sent to Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver (Lynn.Clark@du.edu) by 3 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent out from 15th January 2014.

22Nov

Cfp: 'New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Peace'

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the panel on 'New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Peace' to be presented at the Joint conference of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) and the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), also ranked as special conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) "Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge". University of Groningen, 11-15 May 2014.

Short Abstract:

The study of the religious involvement in conflict, peacemaking and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the role of religion in good governance issues, such as state building in the so-called track II or non-official diplomacy. In addition, interreligious dialogue, faith-based diplomacy, and the role of religion in restorative justice and reconciliation have been some of the main concerns in the field. The majority of these studies have considered religion as an ally to liberal peacebuilding models.

The purpose of this panel is to challenge some of the dominant views in the study of religion and peace by proposing alternative paths of analysis. The papers will enhance the field through the proposal of critical analysis of concepts and theories through theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers include research on grassroots experiences of peacebuilding, religion and transformative reparation, religion and social justice, and religion and transitional justice from below.

More information about the panel can be found at http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/media/images/Open%20proposals%20EASR14/New%20Approaches%20to%20the%20Study%20of%20Religion%20and%20Peace.pdf

Details about the conference here http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

The deadline is 1 December 2013. Please email to the following address if you are interested in participating: smroyola@abdn.ac.ukl or sriosoyola@gmail.com

22Nov

Cfp: Sacred or Secular: Politics, Policy, Practice

CALL FOR PAPERS Sacred or Secular: Politics, Policy, Practice

January 8th, 2014, 9am-4:30pm RHB 137, Goldsmiths, University of London

The last ten years has seen a reawakening to religion and its public role. The AHRC and ESRC funded Religion and Society programme especially has revealed a complex religious and nonreligious landscape in terms of the nature, manifestation and influence of belief.

Religion and belief are now widely recognised in the public sphere, but not fully comprehended in terms of politics, policy and practice. These spheres are still framed by an older, secular context, which now seems unsuitable.

We now have a much better idea of the religious and nonreligious landscape. The question is how to move forwards, knowing what we do.

By way of exploring this question, Sacred or Secular: Politics, Policy, Practice, seeks to highlight the multi-disciplinary array of research already underway at Goldsmiths. It intends to build relationships with key academics around the UK and researchers at Goldsmiths, as well as strengthening internal links between departments at Goldsmiths itself.

The day will include keynotes and panel discussions. Panel discussions will consist of three ‘lightning’ presentations of 10 minutes each, highlighting research and posing key questions and challenges for policy, politics and practice. These will stimulate broader debate from the floor and in panels.

To contribute a ‘lightning’ presentation, please submit a 1-paragraph outline to t.stacey@gold.ac.uk

08Oct

Workshop: Did You Mean Halal? 
Islamic Normativities, Globalization and Secularization

International Colloque: "Did You Mean Halal? 
Islamic Normativities, Globalization and Secularization", Collège de France, Paris, 7-8 November 2013

The study of Islamic normative dynamics will be at the heart of this conference that will focus on ‘halal’ qualification / disqualification processes in all areas: how and by whom, for whom, for what reasons objects, discourses, practices can or are actually called "halal" or "haram"? What methods, institutions, arguments of Islamic legitimation / de-legitimation are used? What are the procedures for monitoring compliance with the standard and how and by whom are they developed or institutionalized?

The seven sessions will question the issues of qualification and disqualification through objects, practices, behaviours qualified as halal or haram in areas such as: food, matrimonial relationships , sexualities, finance, tourism etc. The selected contributions will cover different fields of social sciences and humanities, history and law, philosophy, they are based on empirical studies, survey, archival research, comparisons and syntheses that take a deconstructive perspective Presentation

Information http://colloquehalal.sciencesconf.org/?lang=en

08Oct

Cfp: Identity and Conflict in the Middle East and its Diasporic Cultures

International Conference: “Identity and Conflict in the Middle East and its Diasporic Cultures”, University of Balamand, Lebanon, 20-22 March 2014

This conference will consider the ways that representations of conflict through word, sound, and image have reconceptualized histories, geographies, religions, cultures, and political and economic systems, and affected peoples’ identities and lived experiences, across the Middle East and Middle Eastern diasporas.

Submission of abstracts will be accepted from scholars of literature, film, media, and music, as well as history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, linguistics, translation and political science. Deadline for submission of abstracts 20 October 2013. For information and call for papers please visit: http://home.balamand.edu.lb/english/Arts.asp?id=15162

08Oct

Cfp: Media, Religion and Culture

The next biennial conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture will be held be hosted by the University of Kent in Canterbury on 4-6 August 2014, followed by a post-conference workshop on the mediation and mediatization of religion on 7 August.

Over the past decade the study of media, religion and culture has broadened out from interests in media representation to thinking about the religious uses and aesthetics of media, the significance of media for religion in public life, and the role of media technologies for new forms of religious life and practice.Building on this, this conference will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which religious life takes place through a multiplicity of mediated practices and networks. It will explore questions such as what difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood and practiced? And how do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jonathan Walton (Harvard), author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, with an address also given by the inaugural President of the society, Professor Stewart Hoover (Colorado). Further details about the conference are available at http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html

The conference organisers are now accepting paper proposals of up to 350 words; panel proposals (which must include paper titles, 150 word abstracts for each paper, and names and titles of four participants plus a moderator/respondent); and proposals for exhibitions and/or workshops of up to 350 words. Sessions will be 1½ hours in length.

Some of the issues that may be addressed in paper, panel, workshop, or exhibition proposals include:

· The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings

· Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power

· Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and media

· The role of religious and humanitarian organizations in cross-national justice and media initiatives

· Media and human rights

· Media, religion, and authority

· Religious conflict and media representation

· Religion and film

· Growing up multi-cultural and multi-religious in a mediated world

· Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism

· The role of media in the emergence of global religious and cultural movements

· Diasporic media and transnational religious communities

· Media, religion and global politics

· The mediatization of religion

· Religion, media, and the global marketplace

Proposals should be sent to Prof. Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver (Lynn.Clark@du.edu) by 3 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent out from 15th January 2014.

08Oct

Cfp: Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge

2014 EASR/IAHR/NGG conference on "Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge"
to be held in Groningen from11-15 May 2014, are 15 October (for panel themes) and 1 December (for papers). Please submit your proposals to: easr2014.thrs@rug.nl.

We invite contributions from various disciplines and perspectives to explore the nexus of religion, pluralism, and knowledge. We encourage a conversation among theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers and panels may address topics such as the following:

The pluralistic nature of knowledge about religion, including different disciplinary perspectives and new concepts: history as imaginative knowledge, sociology of knowledge, knowledge and space, materiality of knowledge (goods, objects, machines, instruments), aesthetics of knowledge, knowledge as related to gender and race, etc.;

Various forms of knowledge about religion: rational knowledge, imaginative and poetic knowledge, explicit and implicit knowledge, embodied knowledge, ritual knowledge, etc.;

Historical developments, changes, and reconfigurations of knowledge systems that relate to the field of religion;

Procedures and politics in the organization of knowledge about religion: production, reception, circulation, transmission, (de)legitimization, (de)canonization, traditionalization, but also the rejection, marginalization, and exclusion of knowledge.

In addition to these subtopics and approaches, we encourage contributions that address other aspects of the conference theme. Proposals of contributions and panels that are not directly linked to the conference theme will also be considered. There will be panels for the presentation of ongoing doctoral research.

Requirements for proposals

Proposals for individual papers and for pre-arranged sessions need to consist of an abstract of no more than 150 words (to be used in the program book, should the paper and/or session be accepted) and an outline of the proposed paper and/or session with no more than 500 words. We also welcome suggestions for open panels, asking for submission of individual papers to fit with the proposed panel. Proposals will have to provide names of presenter(s)/convenors and their email address(es).

Deadline for submitting themes for open panels and pre-arranged sessions: 15 October 2013 Announcement of approved panels and sessions: 1 November 2013 Deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers: 1 December 2013 Notification of acceptance individual papers: 15 January 2014

Please indicate clearly whether you are applying for an individual paper fitting in with the conference theme, a pre-arranged session, an open panel or the presentation of ongoing doctoral research. All proposals should be sent as an e-mail or as a Word document attached to an e-mail to easr2014.thrs@rug.nl.

There will be a double-blind peer-review process. All proposals will be evaluated by an independent committee, consisting of members of the organization committee and the scientific advisory board.

For more information, please visit: http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

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