Category Archives: Workshops

Symposium: ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’

You are invited to join us at the symposium ‘Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianities in Australia.’  The symposium is convened by Cristina Rocha, Mark Hutchinson and Kathleen Openshaw, scholars at the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University. Keynote speaker: Prof Paul Freston (Wilfred Laurier University). It will take place on 11-12 August at WSU Parramatta city campus.
Registration is free, but needed for catering purposes. For the programme, registration, and more details see

Associate Professor Cristina Rocha
ARC Future Fellow
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster
Western Sydney University

2nd Islamic Education Summer School 24-26 September 2017

Warwick Religions and Education Research Unit
Centre for Education Studies
Faculty of Social Sciences University of Warwick

‘Divine Word in a Secular World’ Developing Contextual Pedagogies of the Qur’an within the European Muslim Diaspora

The second Islamic Education Summer School will focus on exploring the challenges informing the teaching and learning of the Qur’an within the minority Muslim context of the European Muslim diaspora. The aim is to create an opportunity for practitioners to reflect on their experience of teaching the Qur’an by critically considering the strength and weaknesses in their underlying models of teaching the Qur’an and thereby identifying areas for further research and development. This reflective dialogue will include perspectives of RE practitioners, specialists in Religious Studies, Islamic/Qur’anic Studies and the wider community of researchers and educators interested in exploring different aspects of traditional and contemporary pedagogies of the Qur’an.

Further information on how to apply:

  • Cost: £375 including accommodation and food. £175 excluding accommodation.
  • Venue: Arden Conference Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry.
  • Please note the number of places are strictly limited to 25 bookings allocated on a first come first served basis. If you wish to make a presentation please submit an outline (max 500 words) of your paper.
  • Please e-mail to  by 18 August 2017 to reserve a place.

Details and registration are available at:  and

Workshop: Forced migration

Forced migration is not a new phenomenon. Today we are witness to a situation where forced migration puts many people in terrible and life-threatening conditions, with severe consequences for several generations. Proportionally a big number of refugees from the Middle East have an ethno-religious minority background, such as Assyrians (including the different branches), Armenians, Mandaeans, and Yazidis.


This workshop aims to bring researchers, practitioners, community stakeholders and policymakers together in order to

  • develop an interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge exchange about the ‘untold’, mainly ignored experiences of minority refugee populations with departure from the case of Assyrian, Armenian, Yazidi and Mandaean refugees;
  • form a highly needed international network among researchers working on these and similar topics;
  • establish dialogue channels between the scientific community, practitioners, community organizations and policy makers.


The organizers invite researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to present their latest studies and partake in discussions on these or similar themes, delaminated to vulnerable refugee populations:

  • Traumatic experiences, memory, and uprootedness
  • Dealing with displacement, pre- and post-migration
  • Fear of extinction
  • Resilience and coping mechanisms
  • Processes of reconciliation and liberation from past experiences and trauma
  • The idea of “return to home”

Those interested are asked to send their abstract of about 500 words to Dr. Önver Cetrez at no later than August 1, 2017. Attached is the longer cfp description.

Call for Papers: ISA Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion (RC22)

Workshop: Refugee transfers in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean zone

In collaboration with the Lebanese American University and the Ruprecht Karls University of Heidelberg, the Arab-German Young Academy of Sciences and Humanities and its Transformation Group are organizing an international workshop on “Refugee transfers in the Euro-Arab Mediterranean zone: Tying the Past with the Present- Towards a Transregional and Transhistorical Understanding in times of crises”
The workshop, which privileges an interdisciplinary perspective, groups scholars and practitioners from various disciplines and regions. It will take place on April 10-12, 2017 at the Lebanese American University in Lebanon in its Byblos Campus.  We seek in both historical and contemporary perspectives to shed light on refugees as knowledge transmitters who channel social, cultural and political “remittances”. In this perspective, policy and societal challenges will also be discussed in a policy roundtable on April 12. Please find enclosed the program.
All are welcome to attend.
For registration, please contact the organizers: Dr. Tamirace Fakhoury, Lebanese American University ( and/or  Dr. Jenny Rahel Oesterle, University of Heidelberg (

CFP: Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’


Workshop on ‘Religion, Hate and Offence in a Changing World’

Cardiff University, School of Law and Politics, 14-15 December 2016

Keynote speaker: Professor Jocelyn Maclure (Université Laval)

This workshop aims to bring together scholars working on the relationship between religion and free speech. This relationship is complex. On the one hand, it has been central to recent discussions of hate speech and offensive speech targeting religious believers, and especially members of religious minorities. For example, the current wave of Islamophobia across Europe, prompted by migratory pressure, an unstable Middle East, and the backlash from the recent terrorist attacks in France and Belgium, has brought the issue of hate speech directed at religious minorities back to the forefront of public debate in western liberal democracies. Furthermore, the tension between freedom of speech and blasphemy continues to elicit public and academic debate, as shown by the 2006 Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy and, more recently, by the Charlie Hebdo controversies and attack. On the other hand, religious believers sometimes defend their use of derogatory and extreme speech against members of other religious faiths, or people with a certain sexual orientation, as part of their religious freedom. Recent examples include Swedish Pastor Ake Green’s likening of homosexuals with ‘cancer’; Tunisian preacher Muhammad Hammami’s anti-semitic remarks; Belfast Pastor James McConnell’s description of Islam as ‘heathen’ and ‘satanic’; and American conservative Evangelical Christian TV evangelist Andrew Wommack’s claim that gay people are ‘not normal’. Religious believers, therefore, can be both victims and instigators of hate speech and offensive speech, and this renders an examination of the relationship between these kinds of speech and religion especially important.

Contributions addressing the following questions are particularly welcome:

  • Should hate speech and/or offensive speech be regulated and, if so, why?
  • Is there a clear distinction between hate speech and offensive speech?

  • What is the relationship between freedom of religion and freedom of speech?

  • Is religion unique in often being both the target and the source of hate speech and offensive speech?

  • Should hate speech and offensive speech be legally regulated, or should speakers only have a moral duty to refrain from using them?

If you would like to present a paper, please send a paper abstract (300-400 words) to Matteo Bonotti ( The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is 15 October 2016. Acceptance will be notified by 20 October 2016. Each accepted paper will be presented in a plenary session, and it will be allocated 60 minutes (30 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes for in-depth discussion).

There will be a registration fee of £50, including registration, tea/coffee breaks and lunches for both days.

Call for papers: Workshop on the representation of religion(s) and the “World Religions Paradigm”

Organised by the EASR Working Group on Religion in Public Education

13. and 14. December 2016, UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

In contrast to other existing networks and organizations dealing with religious education (RE) in Europe at various levels and in various ways, the EASR Working Group on Religion in Public Education intends to establish a firm basis for and further develop study-of-religions research on RE as well as a basis for specific “RS-based RE didactics and school subjects”. That means a form of RE based on the academic study of religions, independent from any kind of promotion of religion, interreligious dialogue, or support of religious institutions or communities.

The EASR working group invites to a workshop on the representation on religion(s) and the “World Religions Paradigm”. We invite researchers to present papers on the complexities involved in dealing with representation of religion(s) in teaching contexts. Papers are invited to discuss how recent criticisms of “The World Religions Paradigm” is relevant for teaching about religion(s) in RE. In addition to theoretical reflections, presentations that focus on ‘dead religions’, new religious movements, popular culture or indigenous religions in RE are particularly welcome.

The workshop will take place in Tromsø (Norway) and be organized in cooperation with the Research group for Religion Education in Public Education at the UiT – The Arctic University of Norway. The first day (13. December) of the workshop will take place at Tromsø Villmarkssenter (Tromsø Wild Life center,, a 25 minute drive outside Tromsø city center.

Transportation from the hotels to the Wild Life center will be organized (free of charge) for all participants.

UiT will also cover coffee, lunch and dinner at the Wild Life Center. On December 14 the workshop will take place at the university campus. Participants will have to find their own funding for travel and accommodation.

Deadline for abstracts: October 15 Notification about the acceptance of papers: November 1 The abstracts will be read and evaluated by several referees. Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words (and possible queries about this workshop) to Bengt-Ove Andreassen (email:

Call for Papers: Unregistered Muslim Marriages – Regulations and Contestation

Dr Rajnaara Akhtar, De Montfort University, Leicester
Prof. Annelies Moors, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Institute for
Social Science Research

Venue and date: De Montfort University, Leicester, 24-25 April 2017

Theme: Non-state registered Muslim marriages

Non-state registered Muslim marriages or ‘unregistered marriages’ have increasingly become the focus of public policy debates both in Muslim-majority countries and in settings where Muslims are a minority. While the regulation and registration of marriages have a long history tied up with the emergence of the modern nation-state, during the last decades both state institutions and religious authorities have shown a renewed interest in debates about registration, the validity of non state-registered marriages and the effects of non-registration.  An often-simultaneous discourse has also emerged pertaining to the private informal space occupied by couples who choose to circumvent registration, and the manner and form of intervention within this private space by other interested parties, including by parents, kin, community and/or religious bodies.

This two-day multidisciplinary symposium will bring together researchers who have engaged in concrete empirical research on unregistered marriages.

For more information, see:
Best regards,
Martijn de Koning

Call for Abstracts: Pilgrim economies at University of Sussex

We are pleased to announce a one day workshop on :

 Pilgrimages, Ontologies, and Subjectivities in Neoliberal Economies,  

to be held at the School of Global Studies, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Sussex, UK on July 18th 2016.

Sites of pilgrimage and heritage tourism are often sites of social inequality, volatility, and

impaired by historical hostilities between historical, ethnic and competing religious discourses

of morality, personhood, culture, as well as imaginaries of nationalism and citizenship. These

pilgrim sites are often much older in national and global history than the country as a modern

sovereign nation-state. Underlying these sites of worship, pilgrimage, religion and piety are also

pertinent issues to do with finance such as local regimes of taxation, livelihoods, and the wealth

of regional and national economies where these pilgrimage sites are located.

In this workshop, we discuss the ways pilgrimages are imbricated in local, national and

transnational economies. We ask questions such as:

1. What are pilgrimage travel arrangements comprised of, and who has control over the distribution of public resources and facilities such as roads, housing, accommodation, and transportation?

2. What do such developments reveal about recent changes in these historical places?

3. How are discourses and practices about money interrelated with those about religion and divinity in pilgrimage sites?

4. How are neoliberal economies bolstered by these pilgrim sites through heritage tourism?

5. How are subjectivities transformed in the context of pilgrimage in neoliberal economies?

The workshop will also focus on the worshippers’ own subjectivity especially of holy sites as being situated in their imaginations of historical continuity and discontinuity  and their transformative experiences of worshiping using both modern and traditional forms of infrastructures.

We would like to discuss the infrastructures that facilitate ͚the holy experiences͛  of the pilgrim

sites while also appropriating local and international demands for modernizing pilgrimage

experiences for visitors who range from being local, national, international, tourists, and the

diaspora. We welcome papers that are situated and/or ethnographic.

Please send an abstract upto 300 words,  queries for being discussants,  or propose panels to by 10th June, 2016.

Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies Workshop

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München is pleased to announce a call for papers for the workshop
“Evolving through Context: The Transformation of Buddhism(s) and their Legitimation(s),”
to be held on March 24-25,2017 in Munich, Germany, with keynote addresses by Prof. Peter Schwieger (Bonn) and Prof. Stefano Zacchetti (Oxford).

We invite applications from early-career researchers. The application deadline is September 4, 2016,

Please find the call for papers on the following website:

We would ask you to forward it to any parties that might be interested. Thank you very much.