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Call for Papers: Special Issue of European Societies: Religion in the Public Domain

European Societies‘ editor-in-chief and the European Sociological Association (ESA) Research Network Sociology of Religion invite the submission of abstracts for a special issue on The Social Dynamics of Religion in the Public Domain. This issue intends to continue the latest debates on the contentious role of religion in the public sphere of contemporary European societies from various sociological perspectives.

European Societies (ES) is the official, peer reviewed journal of ESA. It is developed as an international platform for sociological discourse on European developments. Guest editors of the special issue are Gladys Ganiel of Trinity College Dublin and Heidemarie Winkel of University of Potsdam, who recently co-edited, along with Christophe Monnot, Religion in Times of Crisis (Brill 2014) for the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s ‘Religion and the Social Order’ book series.

Those who are presenting papers at the mid-term conference in Belfast, 3-5 September 2014, on Religion in the Public Domain, are especially encouraged to submit an abstract.

The full Call for Papers is here:

 

Call for Papers                                                

Special Issue of European Societies

edited by the European Sociological Association (ESA)

incooperation with the ESA RNSociology of Religion

The Social Dynamics of Religion in the Public Domain

Guest Editors:

Gladys Ganiel, Dublin/Belfast

Heidemarie Winkel, Potsdam

 

 

European Societies

Editor-in-chief 

(as of 01-01-2015)

Michalis Lianos, Rouen

 

European Societies (ES) is the official, peer reviewed journal of the European Sociological Association (ESA). It is developed as an international platform for sociological discourse on European developments. European Societies‘ editor-in-chief and the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion invite the submission of abstracts for a special issue on The Social Dynamics of Religion in the Public Domain. This issue intends to continue the latest debates on the contentious role of religion in the public sphere of contemporary European societies from various sociological perspectives.

Beyond debates on secularization, scholars have begun to analyze the shared perception of religion’s reemergence in the public domain as a social phenomenon that is intertwined with politics, law, culture and society. As a result of that reemergence, religion has assumed various new roles in the social organization and the political life of many European countries that are fostered by diverse social dynamics and the particular influence of the growing transnationalization of European societies. This pluralization of religious reality leads to the question of how sociological conceptions of European societies can account for and analyze the social dynamics and functions of religion in the present.

Understanding the social dynamics of religion is vital in contexts where the reappearance of religion in the public domain is a socially, politically, legally and morally contested issue. ‘Post-secular’ societies, Jurgen Habermas argued, have to adapt themselves to the social reality of religious groups, organizations and individuals in the public sphere and to their involvement in civic debates about the problems of late modernity, i.e. individual rights in relation to the right of religious freedom, neo-liberalism and social security as well as questions of belonging and post-national identity. Religion has now become an influential factor, not only in the political sphere, but rather in the public domain at large (e.g. Calhoun).

Against this background, European Societies and the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion call for papers on The Social Dynamics of Religion in the Public Domain. We encourage papers that are both theoretically sophisticated and focused, and empirically grounded, ranging from broad comparative studies to micro-level examinations of religion ‘on the ground.’ Those who are presenting papers at the mid-term conference in Belfast, 3-5 September 2014, on Religion in the Public Domain, are especially encouraged to submit an abstract. Theoretically, we are interested in approaches that critically address modern distinctions between the public and the private, the secular and the religious, the profane and the sacred. We invite research on the (socio-historical) shaping of such categories – in the social sciences and modern cultures alike – and its relation to social conflict and cultural power (e.g. Assad). We also invite research on the social effects of religion in selected contexts – whether ostensibly secular or post-secular – where religious beliefs and practices contribute to the masking or unmasking of power structures and social stratification.

Furthermore, we welcome submissions that research the following topics:

–      The social dynamics, functions and significance of religion in the social, institutional and public domains, i.e. the role of Islamic, Christian or spiritual beliefs, practices and experiences in social life, politics, voting, banking, business life and other domains of activity.

 

–      The role of religious-spiritual narratives in popular culture, i.e. their meanings, commercial and commodified manifestations in books, music, film, computer games, advertising, marketing and branding.

 

–      The role of the media, i.e. the way in which religion is framed on television, radio and in newspapers, and the appropriation and use of (social) media by religious individuals, groups and organizations.

 

–      Social conflicts between secular and religious groups and public debates about integration, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, women’s rights, headscarves, abortion and other issues of that nature.

 

–      The public value of the sociology of religion, including how insights about the social dynamics and functions of religion can be of significance to policy makers and grassroots activists.

Instructions to authors and deadlines:

Please submit an outline abstract of about 500 words (plus bibliographical references; in .doc and .pdf format) by 15 November 2014 to the editor-in-chief (michalis.lianos@univ-rouen.fr) as well as to both guest editors (gganiel@tcd.ie and heidemarie.winkel@uni-potsdam.de) including the following:

• Title of proposed paper

• Contributing author/s and contact details

• Significance and interest of the research question

• Key concepts, research framework, aim and methodology

 

For abstracts initially accepted, full papers (under 7,500 words) are to be submitted by 30 June 2015. The papers will be reviewed in line with European Societies’ guidelines. Submission of an article does not guarantee publication. Submitted papers will go through the journal’s usual peer-review process. Authors will not receive any payment.

For editing instructions follow this link:

http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=reus20&page=instructions#.U8EESrH3sec

 

 

 

 

 

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