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Book release: Imams in Western Europe

Hashas, Mohammed, Jan Jaap de Ruiter, and Niels Valdemar Vinding (eds), Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2018 doi: 10.5117/9789462983830/ch01

This book presents an omnibus academic inquiry into contemporary Islamic religious authority with a focus on imams and the imamate – on which, until now, not much has been written in English. Our ambition is to contribute deeper and more fruitful analyses of the changes and challenges experienced by this source of religious authority in the context of the secular-liberal societies of Western Europe since the Second World War and the subsequent migration and refugee flows. At the same time, this research also serves to highlight secular-liberal institutions and their adaptation, or lack thereof, to the multiculturalism that characterizes Western European states. The social facts of globalization, transnational migration, and various interpretations of secularism have challenged the visibility of religion in the public sphere in Western societies. This has most importantly and urgently required religious authorities to revisit their organization, governance, and internal hierarchy, and Islamic religious authority is no exception. Throughout the Muslim-majority countries and in Europe, Islamic religious authority is still struggling to negotiate its place among the institutions of the modern state in the ‘secular age’ in the words of Charles Taylor (2007). The imamate is one of the institutions that are currently experiencing a shift of roles and functions in society. Scholars and historians of religion in particular are attentive to this shift.
“This fascinating book on imams in Western Europe is well timed to respond to the European discourse on Islam and Muslims, coming at a time of remarkable developments in the imam as a concept, as a religious institution, and as an authority for the Muslims of Western Europe.” – Jørgen S. Nielsen, Professor, Universities of Birmingham and Copenhagen.

The book is the result of our conference on imams from 2014, held in Rome at LUISS Guido Carli University & John Cabot American University

Here is a link to the introduction, preface and list of contents:

New book reporting a survey of Asian Muslims

New from RC22 member Hiroshi KOJIMA:

Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Proceedings of the International Workshop on Halal Food Consumption in East and West (with Appendix of Survey Report), Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Research Paper Series, Vol.5. Institute for Asian Muslim Studies, Waseda University, Tokyo, March 2018 (ISBN: 9784990740245).

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No 35 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES disponible en ligne

La revue québécoise de sciences humaines, RELIGIOLOGIQUES, qui s’intéresse aux manifestations du sacré dans la culture ainsi qu’au phénomène religieux sous toutes ses formes, a le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication en ligne du No 35 (printemps / automne 2017) intitulé, « Pérennité du mythe ». Les textes sont disponibles dans leur intégralité sur le site Internet de la revue.

Roxanne D. Marcotte

Pour le comité de rédaction de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 35, printemps / automne 2017

Pérennité du mythe

Sous la direction scientifique de Geneviève PIGEON


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— Genviève Pigeon

      Présentation. Perspectives sur la pérennité du mythe

— Stéphanie Chifflet

Des réminiscences mythiques dans Le cœur cousu de Carole Martinez

— David Laporte

Origines d’un mythe, mythe des origines : l’américanité des commencements dans La saga des Béothuks de Bernard Assiniwi

— Jean-Pierre Thomas

La cosmogonie inédite de Sylvain Trudel

— Mathilde RoussignÉ

« La femme à face de femme » : reprises et détournements du mythe de Méduse en littérature contemporaine

— Igor Fiatti

Le mythe habsbourgeois, contours et précisions : une lecture mythocritique à travers Joseph Roth et la saga des Trotta

— Léa Lefevre-Radelli

Renouvellement et transformation des versions anishinaabeg du déluge : les interprétations du mythe par Peter Jones et Edward Benton-Banai

— Fabio Armand, Marie-Agnès Cathiard et Chirstian Abry

Permanences des éléments trichologiques issus du sensorium de la paralysie du sommeil : cauchemars pilosi en expérience decorps fantômes

— Nadine Boudou

La société du risque : de la réalité à la fiction

— Gaël Hily et Geneviève Pigeon

L’Halloween : de l’Irlande à Montréal

International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

Call for Papers

We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the Ninth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society, held 25–26 April 2019 at the University of Granada in Granada, Spain.
We invite proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, colloquia, innovation showcases, virtual posters, or virtual lightning talks.

Call for Papers

Presentation Types
Scope & Concerns

Returning Member Registration
Conference History

Would you like to present at the 2019 Conference?

Submit your proposal by 25 May 2018.*

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*We welcome the submission of proposals to the conference at any time of the year before the final submission deadline. All proposals will be reviewed within two to four weeks of submission.

7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

Dear colleagues,

The 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place 02-24 August at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. The program is online, and registration is open at
15 scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available. For more information on scholarships please visit
15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. Below is a list of all courses – including three new courses [NEW] and two courses that are back [BACK] to our program.

  • _Short courses (02 – 03 August)
    Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner) | NEW
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/Danner)
    Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)
  • _Week 1 (06 – 10 August)
    Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/Struminskaya)
    Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (Reinecke/Kessler)
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/Murray-Waters)
    Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig) | NEW
  • _Week 2 (13 – 17 August)
    Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)
    Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch) | BACK
    Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer) | BACK
  • _Week 3 (20 – 24 August)
    Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)
    Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)
    Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing of Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)
  • [20-21 Aug] Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath) | NEW

Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.
Participants are invited to attend several plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.

There is no registration deadline, but to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.

We would be very happy if you could forward this announcement to other potentially interested parties.

Thank you and best wishes,
Your GESIS Summer School team

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

Summer School: “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations”, University of Groningen (Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

This is a reminder of the invitation to apply for the summer school “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations” that I am organising, with the support of CRCG and ISOR-UAB, at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

The summer school addresses a topic that generates heated political debates and that is increasingly discussed in the social sciences. It will provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies.

The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) theoretical perspectives to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2018.

Confirmed guest lecturers are:

  • Dr. Avi Astor (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Dr. Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig)
  • Dr. Mar Griera (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (University of Göttingen)
  • Dr. Joram Tarusarira (University of Groningen)
  • Dr. Stefania Travagnin (University of Groningen).

You can find further information about the preliminary program and lectures on our homepage:—contested-presences-contested-regulations

Please, feel free to share this information with your colleagues and students.

Kind regards,

Julia Martínez

Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño
Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion
Department of the Comparative Study of Religion
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen

Conférence: L’influence étatsunienne sur le droit canadien des religions – 28 mars 2018

Le cycle de conférences du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) se poursuit. Nous vous invitons à notre dernière conférence publique de cette session qui aura lieu le mercredi 28 mars 2018.

L’influence étatsunienne sur le droit canadien des religions

Date : Le mercredi 28 mars 2018

Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30

Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Cette conférence sera présentée par Stéphane Bernatchez, professeur titulaire à la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Sherbrooke.

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante :

Call for Papers: ASR 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia

The Association for the Sociology of Religion (ASR) invites you to submit a paper and/or session proposal for our 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.  Our 2018 theme, “Strengthening Weak Ties to other Sociological Subdisciplines,” highlights themeeting overlap with the American Sociological Association (ASA), Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP), Association of Black Sociologists (ABS), and other sociological associations.  Furthermore, the ASR Annual Meeting schedule maximizes participation opportunities for those who are interested in both the ASR and the ASA Religion Section activities.

Please visit our website at for more information.  To submit a paper and/or session proposal, log into your ASR member account.  If you are not a current ASR member, you may join the association by visiting our home page at

Please contact Program Chair Jerry Park at with any ASR Annual Meeting questions. 

Conférences: La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Le cycle de conférences du Centre de recherche Société, Droit et Religions de l’Université de Sherbrooke (SoDRUS) se poursuit. Nous vous invitons à une conférence publique qui aura lieu le mercredi 7 mars 2018. Intitulée La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux, cette conférence sera présentée par Michel Seymour, professeur titulaire au département de philosophie de l’Université de Montréal.

 La nation, la laïcité et le pluralisme religieux

Date : Le mercredi 7 mars 2018
Heure : De 12 h 00 à 13 h 30
Lieu : Campus principal de Sherbrooke, Faculté de droit, local A9-162

Pour plus d’information sur la conférence, visitez la page suivante :  

International Journal of Latin American Religions

 Frank Usarski
Launched in 2017

  • A publication committed to the epistemological and methodological standards of the non-theological, multidisciplinary study of religions
  • Contributes to the investigation of religions and religious phenomena in Latin America and among Latin American minorities in different parts of the world
  • Provides an international forum for scholars of different academic fields engaged in the research of Latin American religions

Enjoy free access to all articles 

To help build a strong readership for the journal, all articles published in 2017 and 2018 are freely available to read until the end of 2018.

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