Category Archives: Calls for Papers

Call for Papers: “Religiosity in East and West – Conceptual and Methodological Challenges”

In Munster (Westphalia), Germany; June, 25th– 27th, 2019

Organizers: Dr. Sarah Demmrich (University of Munster) & Prof. Dr. Ulrich Riegel  (University of Siegen)

The concept of religiosity as a highly individual aspect of religion and its research was shaped in Protestant circles in the Western context (Belzen, 2015). It inspired a huge body of research and further developments in the psychology of religion, the sociology of religion, and theology. In non-Western contexts, however, this concept has been proven only partially effective for the description and measuring of religiosity. This observation raises the question if research on religiosity is a science of Western Christianity (Cutting & Walsh 2008; Hill & Hood, 1999). Even within the Western context the present concepts and instruments are only partially applicable to measure religiosity in highly religious individuals adequately. For example, an orthodox belief, which is practiced in some Protestant Free Churches, often does not contradict with life in a modern society (Vermeer & Scheepers, 2017). This observation raises the question if the contemporary conceptualizations and operationalization of religiosity are too strongly oriented towards the ideal of an enlightened and individualized belief.

In light of these two observations, the Munster conference discusses the established concepts of religiosity and aims to expand them by alternative concepts where appropriate. For example, genuine approaches from non-Western cultures can add to the contemporary discourse of religiosity research (e.g., concepts of Muslim or Hindu religiosity). Similarly, a new understanding of highly religious milieus, which are – against the secularization theory – growing in modern societies, can stimulate a new concept of religiosity beyond individualized belief (e.g., Fresh Expressions, Mega Churches).Besides conceptualizing non-individualized religiosity, another challenge is the application of measures that grew out of the classic concepts of religiosity to the non-Christian and/or non-Western context (Dover, Miner, & Dowson, 2007; Ghorbani, Watson, Sarmast, & Chen, 2018).

However, first approaches of religion-and culture-sensitive measures for different contexts have been developed during the last years (e.g., Abu-Raiya & Pargament, 2011; Ağılkaya-Şahin, 2015; Kamble, Watson, Marigoudar, & Chen, 2014; Loewenthal & Solaim, 2016; Ok, 2016). These do not only allow a more differentiated description of such religiosities, but also facilitate a valid research on its correlates. However, there has been only a few of such alternative measures of non-individualized religiosity until today and more instruments of this kind are needed which proof appropriate to various cultural contexts. In view of the above considerations, the Munster conference wants to create an interdisciplinary scientific forum with scholars from diverse religious and cultural contexts. It aims to stimulate an international and intercultural scientific discourse on concepts and measures of individual religiosity and induce further conceptual developments in this kind of research. We, therefore, encourage scholars.

  • to share both empirical insights in and theoretical reflections on non-individualized religiosity within and outside Western contexts,
  • to critically assess the applicability of existing instruments in both non-Western and orthodox Western contexts, and
  • to present and discuss alternative instruments to measure individual religiosity without an individualization bias

We welcome contributions with a scope on the psychology of religion, the sociology of religion as well as on theology. Additionally, we would be glad to attract scholars from different cultural backgrounds.

Please submit a paper abstract (250 – 300 words) to Sarah Demmrich ( by January 15, 2019.

For further details on the conference, including information on registration, please check:


Dear Members and Friends of The Ritual Year,   

The paper submission for the 14th SIEF congress in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (14-17 April 2019), “Track Changes: Reflecting on a Transforming World” is currently ongoing.

You are all warmly invited to submit your papers to the panel organized by our working group:

Tracking the ritual year on the move in different cultural settings and systems of values
Convenors: Irina Sedakova and Laurent Fournier

Looking forward to seeing you in Bucharest, in a couple of months, and next year in Santiago,

Irina Stahl,
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy

Secretary of “The Ritual Year” Working Group,

The Ritual Year


CALL FOR PAPERS: The Fifth Biennial
Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference 

Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom

30 July-2 August 2019
Congregational music-making is a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. It reflects, informs, and articulates convictions and concerns that are irreducibly local even as it flows along global networks. The goal of the Christian Congregational Music conference is to expand the avenues of scholarly inquiry into congregational music-making by bringing together world-class scholars and practitioners to explore the varying cultural, social, and spiritual roles music plays in the life of various Christian communities around the world. We are pleased to invite proposals for the fifth biennial conference at Ripon College in Cuddesdon, near Oxford, United Kingdom between Tuesday, July 30 and Friday, August 2, 2019. The conference will feature guest speakers, roundtables and workshops that reflect the ever-broadening scope of research and practice in Christian congregational music-making around the world.  
Paper proposals on any topic related to the study of congregational music-making will be considered, but we especially welcome papers that explore one or more of the following themes:  
Congregational music and the Black Atlantic
Choir and congregation 
Voice and vocality 
Beyond the congregation
Practices of power
Comparative religious musical ontologies
We are now accepting proposals (maximum 250 words) for individual papers and for organised panels consisting of three papers. The online proposal form can be found on the conference website: Proposals must be received by 14 December 2018. Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 31 January 2019, and conference registration will begin on 15 February 2019. Further instructions and information is available on the conference website at

CFP:International Conference on Honour Related Conflicts in Copenhagen

Extended call for paper

 International Conference on Honour Related Conflicts on the 22nd and 23rd of November 2018 in Copenhagen

Notice: Due to many requests, we are delighted to announce that the abstract submission deadline for the conference has been extended to the 17th of September!

 The conference aims to bring together leading researchers and research scholars from all of Northern Europe to exchange and share experiences and research on different aspects of so called honour related conflicts.

Our hope is that the conference will help sharpening access to and understanding of what we define as honour related conflicts. In order to strengthen the overall research field the conference deliberately strives to open the door for reflections and different perspectives from adjacent research areas. In doing so, we hope to gain insights into research that can help nuance the understanding of the field and contribute with new angles and interpretations of the subject and its context in a northern european country.

 Therefore, we call for everyone across disciplines to join us with your aspects. Submit your paper to no later than the 17th of October.

Register, and view the programme as well as the call for paper here!

 NB: It is not required to contribute with a paper to attend either of the two conference days. Deadline for registering is the 22nd of October.

Best regards

 Katrine Juul Dyrlund


Division for Prevention and Civic Citizenship

Phone: +45 72 14 28 39


 Ministry for Immigration and Integration

Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration

Philip de Langes Palæ

Strandgade 25 C

1401 København K


Call for Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet

Journal: RESET: recherches en sciences sociales sur internet / social science research on the internet
ISSN 4939–0247

CALL FOR Papers: Religious Practices and the Internet

Deadline for abstract submissions: SEPTEMBER 7th, 2018

Special issue edited by Fabienne Duteil-Ogata (Clare EA4596, Université Bordeaux-Montaigne / IIAC [EHESS/CNRS]) and Isabelle Jonveaux (CéSor, EHESS)

In the past few years, when tragic events have been associated with religious radicalization, the Internet has been often pointed out. For instance, for fundamentalist groups such as Daesh or Al Qaida, digital social networks may be an opportunity to recruit people beyond geographical borders (Udrescu 2013, Torok 2010, 2011). Nevertheless, behind such specific and highly mediatized cases, it must not be forgotten that the Internet’s uses have grown in almost any religious group, to become today something as common as unavoidable (Dawson & Cowan, 2004, Knoblauch, 2009, Campbell, 2010, Cheong et al., 2012, Jonveaux, 2013).

This special issue precisely aims at exploring how the Internet affects religion or conversely, how religion can transform digital media. These questions may be discussed at least from two standpoints. On the one hand, one can consider that religions have always used media and that there is in fact no religion without media (Krotz, 2007). This theory relies on the conceptualization of religions as communication systems. The use of digital media by religious institutions is consequently unsurprising, because throughout history and often very fast, they have invested the major communication developments, such as the printing press in the Middle Age (Eisenstein, 2005 [1983]) or telephone and then television since the end of the 19th century (Sastre Santos, 1997). In this perspective, digital media has brought nothing really new to religions and what is observed online is nothing but an extension or the reflection of the current trends related to religious matters and its modernity (Jonveaux, 2013). On the other hand, the opposite position considers that new media transform both religions’ contents and practices (Hjarvard, 2013). They lead precisely to the creation of new religious forms or “cyberreligions” (Hojsgaard, 2005) in which religious institutions as well as religious practices exist only online, like in the case The Church of the Blind Chihuahua or the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster for example, even though some of these religions have clearly a parodic dimension (Obadia, 2015). In this perspective, the Internet can be seen as a tool that has carried something original and exclusive to the practice of religions, far from only reproducing online offline practices.

To go beyond these seemingly antithetical approaches, a solution may be to go back to the classic categories of the sociology of religion and ask how much the Internet has (or not) transformed them. Simultaneously, this implies to lead empirical studies dedicated to the description of religions as lived by online users or to the religious institutions which observe and integrate digital uses to a certain extent. For this special issue, we have therefore identified at least four research directions (detailed below) in which potential contributors could inscribe their article proposals.

Areas of research

  1. Rituals, Worship, Prayers and Celebrations

  2. Identities, Belongings, Avatars and Communities
  3. Asceticism, Fasting and Prohibitions

  4. Conversion, Education and Transmission

Calendar and practical information

The abstracts (500 words maximum) are due by September 7th, 2018. They should be sent to the following address:

Proposals may be written either in English or in French, and should state the research question, the methodology, and the theoretical framework. They will focus on the scientific relevance of the proposed article in light of the existing literature and the call for papers, and may be accompanied by a short bibliography. We also would like to draw the authors’ attention to a special section in the journal called “Revisiting the Classics”, devoted to new readings of classical authors and theories in the context of digital media: for this special issue, papers centered on the re-exploration of classical authors and categories from the social sciences of religion will be particularly appreciated.

The abstracts will be reviewed anonymously by the issue editors and the members of the journal editorial board. Authors of submissions selected at this stage will be asked to e-mail their full papers by November 12th, 2018 for another double-blind peer review evaluation.

The journal RESET also accepts submissions for its “Varia” section, open to scholarly works in the Humanities and Social Sciences dealing with Internet-related objects or methods of research.

Calendar :

Deadline for abstract submission (500 words maximum, plus references): September 7th, 2018.
Responses to authors: September 20th, 2018.
Deadline for full papers (6 000 to 10 000 words, plus references): November 12th, 2018.


Editorial board


Sacred Journeys: 6th Global Conference

Maynooth University, Maynooth, County Kildare, Ireland
Wednesday 10 July – Thursday 11 July 2019

Call for Papers

More than 400 million people embark annually on pilgrimages with numbers steadily increasing. Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual traditions, beliefs and sacred geographies. As a global phenomenon, pilgrimage facilitates interaction between and among diverse peoples from countless cultures, occupations, and walks of life. In the 6th Global Conference, we will continue to explore pilgrimage’s personal, interpersonal, intercultural, and international dimensions. This includes similarities and differences in the practice in Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, Taoism, and other traditions, as well as secular pilgrimage. The impact of the internet and globalization, pilgrimage as protest, and pilgrimage and peace building, among others, are all topics of interest, as are the concepts of the internal pilgrimage and the journey of self-discovery. Other potential topics include: (1) pilgrimage and the marketplace (2) the metaphor of the journey as explored by writers, artists, performers, and singers, including humanists, agnostics, atheists, and musicians (3) pilgrimage and ‘miracles’ and the related topic of thanksgiving, and (4) ‘dark’ pilgrimages to sites of remembrance and commemoration.

Submitting Your Abstract

Proposals should be submitted no later than Thursday, 28 February 2019 to:

E-Mail Subject Line: Sacred Journeys 6 Proposal Submission

The following information must be included:

  • Author(s), Affiliation as you would like it to appear in the conference program, Email address, Title of proposal, Abstract (maximum of 300 words), Keywords (maximum of ten)

Evaluating Your Proposal

All abstracts will be double-blind peer reviewed and you will be notified of the Organizing Committee’s decision no later than Thursday, 14 March 2019. When a positive decision is made, you will be asked to promptly register online. Accommodation is available onsite. The conference registration fee is $250 US and $200 for students. You will be asked to submit a draft paper of no more than 3000 words by Saturday, 01 June 2019.

Publishing Your Work

We have established linkages with the International Journal of Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage, the journal Religions, and the University of the Philippines Manila’s The Reflective Practitioner. You will have the opportunity to expand your draft paper for submission to one of these three journals. If there are sufficient papers on a single theme or group of themes, we can consider a book proposal to a major publishing house.

Call for chapters: “Doing Diversity in Teaching, Writing, and Research”

A proposed volume edited by Abby Day, Lois Lee, and Jim Spickard
working with Policy Press

Concerns are growing about the dominance of a narrow set of perspectives and interests across all areas of society. For universities, debates have centred on the ways in which people from specific identity-categories dominate the production and dissemination of academic knowledge in teaching, writing, and research. The dominance of such elites – crudely equated to ‘white men of the Global North’ – poses challenges to how all supposedly democratic institutions function. It hits at the heart of the academy. There, it distorts the knowledge universities produce, it disserves students from non-dominant groups, and it threatens the humanistic values on which the modern university is founded.

Elite domination affects the academy on many levels – ethical, epistemic, and economic among others. It includes the dominance of perspectives from particular gender, ethnicity, sexuality and class positions, as well as issues such as of Eurocentrism, androcentrism, Westernization, indigenization, and colonialism . These affect everyone working in the academy, elites included.

Building on the remarkable achievements of the recent wave of critique and the emergence of new initiatives responding to it, this new volume aims to gather, consolidate, and share practical actions that institutions and individuals within the academy – staff and students alike – can take to address issues of elitism. It seeks to encourage positive and decisive steps beyond critique and towards the growth of ‘pluriversity’ – processes of knowledge production that are, in Achille Mbembe’s words:

‘open to epistemic diversity … [pluriversity] does not necessarily abandon the notion of universal knowledge for humanity, but … embraces it via a horizontal strategy of openness to dialogue among different epistemic traditions.[*]

Our proposed volume focuses on what we can all actually do, both practically and theoretically, to bring about the change that is needed. What visions do we need? How can we each contribute to attaining them?

Doing Diversity provides case studies detailing the initiatives that both individuals and institutions have been including in their everyday teaching, writing, and research practices. It also includes chapters locating these initiatives in wider theoretical contexts and chapters reflecting on these initiatives’ achievements, their problems, and the work that they leave undone.

We are seeking proposals for chapters that share practices and/or address these themes. Chapters might, for example, engage with the following questions:

  • – What new methods can we bring to our teaching, writing, and research to challenge any form of elitism?
  • – How are the challenges different for teaching, writing, and research? What factors encourage or impede working for diversity in each of these areas?
  • – What are the successes, problems and limitations of current initiatives, such as e.g. gender quotas for conference speakers, publication contributors, and/or citations?
  • – What issues arise from field-specific variation? What, if anything, should we do in those fields or topic areas where non-elite groups dominate the discourse? Do we need to consider bringing elite perspectives into those locations?
  • – What challenges do institutions and individuals face in taking up successful methods of ‘doing diversity’? What support can institutions and colleagues offer to others doing this work? How do we manage the workload in our already busy, often over-stretched lives?
  • – How are students involved in these processes – or how could they be? How is diversity negotiated in the classroom? What works? What doesn’t?
  • – Do new institutional and individual innovations cluster in particular areas? What does this tell us about our current ways of thinking about elitism and diversity? What might we be missing?
  • – How adequately do concepts like ‘diversity’, ‘anti-elitism’, ‘liberating’ and ‘decolonising’ the academy frame these activities? What work are these concepts doing? Are there better or best ways to frame this work?

Final chapters are expected to be between 5,000-8,000 words (including all notes and references), though shorter submissions will be considered for the case study section.

Authors are invited to submit a 500-word chapter proposal to the editors at,, &


  • – Submission deadline for abstract: 31 October 2018
  • – Decision of acceptance: 30 November 2018
  • – Deadline for chapter submission: 31 July 2019

[*] “Decolonizing the University: New Directions,” Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 15/1: 37, 2016.

23rd International Congress of Sociology, Castilla-La Mancho (en español)

En nombre de la Asociación Castellano-Manchega de Sociología, parte nuclear de la Federación Española de Sociología (FES), y desde el año 2014 miembro institucional de la Asociación Internacional de Sociología (ISA), se recuerda que el XXIII CONGRESO DE SOCIOLOGÍA EN CASTILLA-LA MANCHA. CONGRESO INTERNACIONAL, tiene como fecha límite para la presentación de propuestas de ponencia, dos (2) máximo, hasta el día 15 de septiembre de 2018, por lo que se anima a todos a su participación y presentación de trabajos de investigación y estudios en los que la sociología y la ciencia política, tengan una parte central e interdisciplinar dentro del amplio espectro de las disciplinas de las ciencias sociales, así como la transversalidad con otras ciencias, que aunque poco relacionadas entre sí, favorecen y enriquecen el desarrollo de los diferentes temas de estudio a tratar durante el congreso.

Durante veintidós (22) años, se ha celebrado este congreso, creciendo año tras año en participantes y en mesas de trabajo, en este entorno atractivo y natural de la Mancha, donde Don Quijote, nos ha situado internacionalmente dando a conocer esta maravillosa tierra. Ahora este congreso cumple veintitrés (23) años, su título es “INSEGURIDADES Y DESIGUALDADES EN SOCIEDADES COMPLEJAS” y se celebra en una de las ciudades más emblemáticas de esta tierra, Valdepeñas, rodeada del Campo de Montiel, Campo de Calatrava y Sierra Morena, aprovechando ahora para agradecer a su Alcalde D. Jesús Martín y Tte. Alcalde D. Manuel López, su colaboración y compromiso con la cultura, la educación y para con esta asociación, favoreciendo con su apoyo este encuentro de profesionales, de intercambio de experiencias y vivencias, que potencian los estudios y la investigación.
Se anima a todos a la participación activa, dando las gracias al Comité de Organización por su apoyo y dedicación, cuyo trabajo voluntario, solidario y desinteresado, permite que las cuotas del congreso sean lo más económicas posibles.

Para cualquier consulta o cuestión estamos a vuestra disposición en, y en la web del congreso:

Miguel Clemente Díaz y José Miguel Moreno Carrillo, Dirección Congreso

Conference CFP: Following ‘The Way’: Historicizing the Interspace among Indic Religions

Panth, matam, dharm, rah, and ṣirāṭ, meaning ‘The Way’, are some of the terms used by faith communities in South Asia to define their tradition’s path. This conference will explore how these ways were expressed in ritual, belief, and praxis to create distinction. For example, among the 19th century Khōjā of Sindh and Gujarat, the term satpanth ‘The True Way’, referred to numerous vernacular religious practices that incorporated Vaiṣṇav, Svāminārāyaṇ, Jain, Shia, and Sunni practices within a caste faith. Their liturgical materials originally were written in a caste script in a mélange of dialects from Sindhi, Gujarati, Kacchi, Rajasthani, and Urdu. This liminality was not exclusive to the north, in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka araputamiḻ, the Muslim dialect of Tamil in the Arabic script, records the cosmologies and worldview of Muslim merchant communities that intersperses Vaishnava imagery with Arabic vocabulary.

This conference is intended to bring together scholars of the Adivasi, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Sikhism, and Zoroastrianism to explore how aesthetics, authority, narratives, rituals, and script have been historically shared and divided by faith communities in South Asia. How do we make sense of such heterogeneity that was distant from ‘orthodox’ literature being produced in urbane Sanskrit and Persian? How did rural religion differ and connect to larger faith communities across linguistic and script divides? Where were ethno-religious boundaries drawn between pragmatic mobile merchant communities and how fluid were they until early colonization? South Asian vernacular religion in local languages is a large untapped historical archive from which scholars can produce incisive microhistories. This is an open call for scholars across disciplines who wish to engage with the themes of endangered/extinct languages and scripts, merchant religion, modern religious identity formation, and the transmission of sacred narratives across the Persianate, Turkic, and Indic worlds.

The conference will be held at the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, January 30-31, 2019. The deadline for the submission of paper proposal is July 31, 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by August 30, 2018. The travel allowances ($500) as well as accommodation and board will be covered through the ‘Khoja Studies Conference’. Send your abstracts to:

AABSC Call for Papers deadline extended

Australasian Association of Buddhist Studies Conference 2018

We are pleased to announce the 2018 AABS conference, which will be hosted by the Alfred Deakin Institute and Buddhist Studies@Deakin. This interdisciplinary conference will provide a forum for scholars and students of Buddhism to explore the rich tapestry of Buddhist cultures, philosophies, and practices in traditional settings and in modern social life.

For full details, please visit the conference website.
8–9 November 2018
Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street, Melbourne VIC 3008

Keynote speakers

Ann Gleig, University of Central Florida

John Powers, Deakin University

Amber D. Carpenter, Yale-National University of Singapore College
The conference committee is now inviting submissions of proposals for papers in all areas of Buddhist studies, including the following themes:

  • Buddhism in Australasia
  • Buddhism in the ‘West’
  • Buddhism and philosophy
  • Buddhism in contemporary Asia
  • Buddhist texts and contexts
  • Historical studies of Buddhism
  • Engaged Buddhism
  • Buddhism, art and architecture
  • Buddhism and meditation
  • Food, animals, and Buddhism

Panel proposals on these or additional themes with three abstracts are also welcome. Postgraduate students are especially encouraged to present their research, for which bursaries may be available. The closing date for proposals is 31 August 2018.

To submit your abstract, please visit the conference website.

Conference conveners: Leesa Davis, Anna Halafoff and John Powers, Deakin University