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Publishing announcement: Migration and Society

Journal published by Berghahn

Migration is at the heart of the transformation of societies and communities and touches the lives of people across the globe. Migration and Society is a new interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal advancing debate about emergent trends in all types of migration. We invite work that situates migration in a wider historical and societal context, including attention to experiences and representations of migration, critical theoretical perspectives on migration, and the social, cultural, and legal embeddedness of migration. Global in its scope, we particularly encourage scholarship from and about the global South as well as the North.
Migration and Society addresses both dynamics and drivers of migration; processes of settlement and integration; and transnational practices and diaspora formation. We publish theoretically informed and empirically based articles of the highest quality, especially encouraging work that interrogates and transcends the boundaries between the social sciences and the arts and humanities.
We also welcome articles that reflect on the complexities of both studying and teaching migration, as well as pieces that focus on the relationship between scholarship and the policies and politics of migration.
Submissions are welcome for consideration in one of the five journal sections:
o   Research Articles: Each issue will include articles (max. 8,000 words) addressing a key theme, in addition to a range of other migration-and-society related articles
o   The People & Places section consists of shorter pieces (2,000-4,000 words), including notes from the field, ‘migrant voices’, and interviews with scholars, practitioners, and policymakers
o   The Reflections section invites critical reflections (max. 5,000 words) on migration research and teaching
o   The Creative Encounters section invites poetry, shorter prose pieces, photo essays, and other  engagements with migration
o   Each issue concludes with a Book Reviews section (800 words for single book reviews, 13-1400 words for reviews of two books, 15-1600 words for three books).
Migration and Society is edited by Mette Louise Berg (UCL) and Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh (UCL).
Inaugural issue (publication August 2018)
Hospitality and hostility towards migrants: global perspectives
Recent years have seen an unprecedented scale of global forced migration. Millions of people have fled conflicts and mass human rights violations as well as poverty and persecution. Across sites of transit and settlement migrants have been met by a combination of hospitality and hostility.
For the inaugural issue of Migration and Society, we welcome theoretically and empirically informed contributions that help us develop a more nuanced understanding of the complex responses and experiences of hospitality and hostility around the world and in different historical contexts. We invite contributions that offer critical analyses of the following questions:
1.      How, and why, have different actors responded to the actual, prospective, and imagined arrival of migrants across time and space?
2.      How have migrants and refugees experienced and responded to different, and at times overlapping, processes of hospitality and hostility in sites of transit and settlement?
3.      What are the politics and the poetics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants in different spaces?
4.      As ‘new’ migrants join established diasporas and transnational communities, how have ‘locals’ and ‘established’ migrants and refugees responded to ‘newly’ displaced people?
5.      How, why, and with what effects have diverse media represented processes of migration? Who has been rendered (hyper)visible and audible, and/or invisible, inaudible, and silenced in different representations of migration?
6.      What are the historic resonances, continuities, and discontinuities of contemporary dynamics of hospitality and hostility towards migrants?
We especially welcome articles that examine – and interrogate – the applicability of the concepts of hospitality and hostility in different settings; and that explore the relationship between these and other concepts, including cosmopolitanism, welcome, conviviality, neighbourliness, and solidarity, from the perspective of the global South as well as the North.
Deadline for submitting articles for inclusion in issue 1: 30 September 2017.

Publication Announcement: Approaching Religion Vol. 7/1 (April, 2017)

Approaching Religion

Available April 2017

Theme: Interreligious dialogue in Asia
Guest Editor: Professor Lionel Obadia

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its
purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to
offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these
fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Approaching Religion
Vol 7, No 1 (2017)

Table of Contents


Religious diversity (1)
Lionel Obadia & Ruth Illman

Review article

Comparing ‘religious diversities’. Looking Eastward: (Asia) beyond the
West (2-9)
Lionel Obadia


Diversity and elite religiosity in modern China. A model (10-20)
Vincent Goossaert

Religious diversity and patrimonialization. A case study of the Nianli
Festival in Leizhou Peninsula, China (21-31)
Shanshan Zheng

Traditional and modern crossing process exchange in a Buddhist-Muslim
society. Case studied: Zangskar valley in the great Indian Himalayas (32-45)
Salomé Deboos

Becoming Christians. Prayers and subject formation in an urban church in
China (46-54)
Jianbo Huang & Mengyin Hu

Dr Ruth Illman /Dr. Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet /Director, the Donner Institute
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi/ Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University

“Sociology of Islam” journal enters its 4th year

Greetings from Istanbul. 2017 will be our 4th year and we appreciate your support and activity as part of the mailing list. So far, we have published 16 issues including three ‘special issues.’ We are happy to accept articles related with the Sociology of Islam and Sociology of the Middle East which are related directly with the topics of inequality, social movements, political sociology, religion, nationalism and ethnicity, modernity, work and labor, criminology, aging, environment, health, deviance, sexuality, education, and social change. For your submission, we accept articles from 8000–12.000 words in length. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me, Gary Wood or other members of the editorial board. Additionally, we are open to special issue proposals, please email your ideas to us!

You can submit your article to the following website:

or send it to us for a prescreening process.   

Please remember that this is not a religious studies journal! All submissions must be related with the themes of Sociology of Islam and the Middle East.      

Our special issues can be found at the following website pages:

The Gülen Movement (Volume 1, Issue 3-4, 2014 )

A Guest editor: Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland.

Contemporary Social Movements in the Middle East and Beyond, 2014 (Volume 2,  Issue 3-4, 2014)

A Guest editor: Mojtaba Mahdavi, University of Alberta

China, Islam and Middle East (Volume 4, Issue 1-2, 2016)

A Guest editor: Tugrul Keskin, Shanghai University


Editorial Board

Gary Wood, Virginia Tech
Tugrul Keskin, Shanghai University
Assistant Editors
Sara Swetzoff, Howard University
Michael McCall, American University of Beirut
Associate Editors
Rachel Rinaldo, University of Colorado-Boulder
Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland
Isabel David, University of Lisbon
Mark Gould, Haverford College
Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut
Sean Foley, Middle Tennessee State University
Book Reviews Editor:
Joshua Hendrick, Loyola University of Maryland

New Issue: Critical Research on Religion

We are pleased to announce the December 2016 issue of Critical Research on Religion (Volume 4, Number 3):


  • Love in the Middle East: The contradictions of romance in the Facebook World
    Roger Friedland, Janet Afary, Paolo Gardinali, and Cambria Naslund
  • Symposium: The Sociology of Religion and the Study of Religion: Talking to each other, not about each other
    Every question is open: Looking for paths beyond the clearing
  • Robert A Orsi
  • A sociologist learns to study religion
    Gerardo Martí
  • The theological uses of sociology
    Scott R Paeth
  • Where are you organizationally situated? Views from here
    Wendy Cadge and Becky Barton
  • Religio: The ties that bind
    Melissa M Wilcox
  • In defense of dualism: Competing and complementary frameworks in religious studies and the sociology of religion
    Richard L Wood
  • Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies: Institutional Contexts and Intellectual Concerns
    Rhys H Williams
  • Response:
    Critical religion and critical research on religion: A response to the April 2016 editorial
    Timothy Fitzgerald

Journal Announcement: Vol. 27/2 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies.

Dear Colleagues,
We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 27/2 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies.

Available in open access at:

Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys, documents and by reviewing recent literature. The contributions are published in Scandinavian languages, English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy.

Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies was established in 1975 and has for several decades been the leading academic journal in its field. It has published 26 volumes between the years 1975 and 2008.

To follow the journal and receive up-dates about new issues, please register as reader at our website.
Best wishes,
Ruth Illman
The Donner Institute

Call for Papers: Special Issue: Religion and Gender in Migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe

Invitation to the Special Issue of Central and Eastern European Migration Review

Religion and Gender in Migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe

Guest editors:

Katarzyna Leszczyńska, Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology

Sylwia Urbańska, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw

Katarzyna Zielińska, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University

Despite the dynamic development of migration studies in recent decades, the interplay between gender and religion in their impact on migratory processes and related social phenomenahas not so far become a subject of systematic and in-depth research and reflection.This omission can be traced back to the fact that both gender and religion were ‘latecomers’ to the field of migration studies, because they became a subject of systematic analysis only in the 1980s.At the same time, questions relating to interactions between gender, religion and migration are becoming more and more pressing in the light of growing glocalisation and transnationalism, and dramatically intensifying migratory processes, especially migration of persons seeking refugee status from wars and social conflicts.The existing gap in research results in a lack of systematic knowledge of how gendered religious identities and practices as well as religious culture, institutions, and organisationsshape migration flows, motivations,migrant diversified activitiesand migration regimes.

The proposed Special Issue aims at filling this gap in the existing research. Moreover, due to the peculiarity of the CEE region,we regard the question ofthe interplay between gender, religion and migration as being particularly interesting. The culture of most CEE countries, despite post-socialist socioeconomic and political transformations and social change resulting from mass migration, can still be characterised as homogeneous and attached to traditional, conservative gendered values. This conservative shade of the culture is often further strengthened by the influential public role of religion (e.g. the high status and power of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland or Orthodox Church in Romania) and by the low level of secularisation (i.e. prevalence of religious practices and beliefs, support for conservative social values).

The Special Issue will focus on the following topics and general research questions:

  1. How does the interplay between gender and religion influence the migratory experience? How doesreligion shapethe individual and collective experience of migrants, in particular, with regard to the formation of their genderedsocial, class, ethnic, civic and work identities and practices? How do various religious traditions construct and reproduce the gender rules in the symbolic, institutional and experiential dimensions of migration?
  2. How does the activity of religious organisationsand their personnel contribute to creation of various forms of capital supporting (or inhibiting) migrants’ adaptation, integration, andmulticultural identity? How do religious organisations mediate migrants’ adaptation to their new social conditions? How do religious organisationsform bonds and networks of relationships between the cultures of the country of origin and country of settlement?

  3. How (if at all) do the gender patterns and identities embedded in religious organisations transform in various migratory contexts? In which directions do the institutional rules concerning the place of men and women characteristic of conservative gender orders changeas a consequence of migrationinvolvingencounters with multicultural and secular socio-cultural environments as well as with more conservative ones?

We also invite contributions focusing on other topics related to the interaction between religion, gender and migration, because the main purpose of this Special Issue is to showthe recent developments in research on this broad topic in the context of migration to and from theCEE region.

Submission guidelines and related deadlines

10 January 2017 –submission of abstracts

30 March 2017 – submission of articles

Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to:

Please note that each article will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and positive reviews will be a condition for the publication.

Guidelines for submission can be found

For more information on the Central and Eastern European Migration Review,please

Journal Announcement: RELIGIOLOGIQUES

Parution du No 33 de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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 du numéro 33 (printemps 2016) intitulé, « Mutations : croyances et pratiques religieuses migrantes ». Les textes son disponibles (dans leur intégralité) sur le site Internet de la revue.

Roxanne D. Marcotte, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM)

Pour le comité de rédaction de RELIGIOLOGIQUES

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RELIGIOLOGIQUES, no 33, printemps 2016

Mutations : croyances et pratiques religieuses migrantes

Sous la direction scientifique de Roxanne D. MARCOTTE


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Roxanne D. MARCOTTE 

Perspectives sur les nouvelles modalités des croyances et pratiques religieuses migrantes


Christophe MONNOT

Institutionnalisation des pratiques collectives bouddhistes et hindoues en Suisse


Le « prêt à intérêt » ou la pratique économique symbolique  d’une économie des pratiques


Des réfugiés népalo-bhoutanais au Québec : comment être hindou dans une ville moyenne, en région ?

Elisabeth MAREELS

Des portes de la ville à la conquête des nations : spiritualisation du local et du global chez les pentecôtistes brésiliens de Bruxelles

Francesco PIRAINO

L’héritage de René Guénon dans le soufisme du XXIe siècle en France et en Italie

Felicia DUMAS

Retransmission numérique de la Divine Liturgie et le confort du croire