CFP: Religion and Migration, special issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society

Call for papers, J-RaT Ausgabe 4:
Religion and Migration

The fourth issue of the Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and
Transformation in Contemporary Society (J-RaT) focuses particularly on
the topic of Religion and Migration and its dynamics within the European
and global context.

According to the societal and global-political topicality, the issue
aims at identifying and analyzing current and future challenges and
questions for academic research and education, politics and society,
churches and religious institutions, and communities. Based on the
latest research results and political dynamics the contributions should
provide an interdisciplinary insight into the topic and should
initialize future perspectives for academic research and social
practice. We encourage the submission of articles which approach the
topic from social, cultural, political, educational and religious
sciences as well as from a religious-theological point of view. The
relationship between religion and migration will become a decisive issue
in the next decades, and will assume an increasingly important role in
the processes of social, religious and political transformation. In
order to approach this subject in all of its aspects it is necessary to
develop a basic scientific research.

Therefore the papers should deal with the following questions:

• Which contemporary and prospective (social, political, economical,
cultural, religious)challenges can be identified in the context of
migration, flight and asylum?
• Which meaning and which tasks do religion and religiosity, churches
and religious institutions/communities have in this context? Which role
do they play? Which role can/should they play?
• How do these challenges look like from the perspective of religious
institutions/communities and churches?
• Based on latest research results of the issue: What are the future
research questions in the context of religion and migration? What could
be the contribution of the particular academic discipline in relation to
the current challenges?

These questions are kept deliberately broad to faciltitate the diversity
of current challenges on all levels of society as well as on a local and
global level.

In a addition to this main area, J-RaT accepts also free contributions
provided that they focus in principle on the subject matter of the
journal. This is particularly the growing complexity of the global
context, the paradigmatic changes in the construction of social
meanings, the juridical challenges and their connection with religious
transformations.

Procedure

Please send your contribution to regina.polak@univie.ac.at by 10th
January2016.

After a first feedback you will be kindly asked to upload your
contribution to https://ojs.univie.ac.at/index.php/RAT by 19th February
2016.

The articles should have usually 8.000 – 15.000 words and will be
subject to a double-blind peer review by two anonymous reviewers. Volume
4 of J-RaT will be published in September 2016.

Formalia

Please consider the following guidelines:

• The paper must be an initial publication which has not been
published in any other medium.
• It must focus on the aim of J-RaT.
• Papers can be submitted in English, German, Spanish or Italian.
• Please send your paper as MS Word (.DOC) oder Rich Text Format (.RTF);
• Tables, charts and graphs have to be submitted separately as TIFF,
JPG or PDF.
• The authors have to observe the editorial guidelines of the
publishing company V&R unipress.

The authors should include a cover letter with their manuscript, which
states explicitly that the manuscript has not been previously published
in any language anywhere and that it is not under simultaneous
consideration or in press by another journal. The letter should contain
the full name (submitted by), the full title of the article and a short
title, the full list of authors with affiliations, e-mail, contact
address, telephone/fax numbers of the corresponding author, number of
attached files, if there is more than one.