American Academy of Religion
San Diego, CA
November 23-26, 2019
Sociology of Religion Unit
Call for Papers
Statement of Purpose:
The Sociology of Religion (SOR) Unit of the American Academy of Religion (AAR) serves as a bridge between religious studies and the subdiscipline of sociology of religion. It functions as a two-way conduit not only to import sociological research into religious studies but also to export the research of religious studies into both the subdiscipline and the broader field of sociology. Only through a cross-fertilization transgressing departmental boundaries can there be breakthroughs in research in both fields. The unit has a wide conception of sociology of religion. It is open to a multiplicity of paradigms and methodologies utilized in the subfield and sociology more broadly: theoretical as well as empirical, quantitative, qualitative, and comparative-historical. By liaising with other Program Units, the Sociology of Religion Unit is able to bring the rich diversity of critical and analytical perspectives that are housed in the American Academy of Religion into mainstream sociology of religion. Conversely, it aims to provide scholars of the study of religion with a deeper understanding of the landscape of sociology of religion.
Call for Papers:
The purpose of the Sociology of Religion program unit of the American Academy of Religion is to bridge the gap and generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:
- Topics related to San Diego (Immigration/Latinx experiences, militarism, etc.) and public intellectuals (which is the theme of the conference)
- Pedagogical panel: sociology of religion is taught in both sociology and religious studies departments. However, in religious studies departments, so as not to conflict with the turf of sociology departments, it is often called “religion and society.” For this panel, we are interested in comparing how sociology of religion is taught in sociology and religious studies departments
- W.E.B. DuBois’s relevance to the sociology of religion
- A return to Jane Addams and others whose work refutes an epistemic split between sociology and activism
- Relevance/relationship of quantitative to qualitative research
- Applied sociology as a form of pubic intellectual work
The Sociology of Religion Unit of AAR regularly co-sponsors panels with the peer-reviewed print and online journal Critical Research on Religion (CRR) (http://crr.sagepub.com). Published by SAGE Publications, the journal has over 8000 subscriptions worldwide and is ranked by Scopus #16 out of 432 religion journals (https://www.scimagojr.com/journalrank.php?category=1212). Presenters of promising papers in SOR panels will be invited to turn their papers into articles and submit them for peer review to CRR.
Please submit paper and session proposals through the AAR SOR Unit Portal: https://papers.aarweb.org/content/sociology-religion-unit
Proposals are anonymous to chairs and steering committee members during review, but visible to chairs prior to final acceptance or rejection
For further information, please contact AAR SOR Unit Co-Chairs:
Rebekka King, firstname.lastname@example.org
Warren S. Goldstein, email@example.com
The Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies AssociationThe Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies Association (APASA) invites scholars to join who have an interest in studying the plain people, including the Amish, Apostolic Christians, Brethren / German Baptists. Hutterites, Russian-origin Mennonites, Swiss-origin Mennonites, and the Bruderhof. APASA includes the following activities and benefits:
- The website www.amishstudies.org to provide a focal point for our Association
- Reduced rate hardcopy subscription to the open access Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies
- Invitation to participate and present at the annual APASA mini-conference
- Access to the annual membership list
- Subscription to the APASA listserv, which provides a regular stream of items of interest
- Ability to contribute content to the Journal including submissions and book reviews
Membership is $20 per year, with a discounted rate for two years when a hardcopy subscription to JAPAS is included. Information about joining is available on the Amish Studies website: www.amishstudies.org
Special Issue on Religious Education and Racism, Religious Education.
The January-February 2017 issue of Religious Education seeks papers for a special issue critically exploring religious education in relation to race, racism, and anti-racism. What is the role of religious education in addressing racism today? Around the globe racism’s presence and effects manifest themselves in situations as varied as acts of racially motivated violence in the US; the global migration- and refugee- crisis; resurgence of anti-Semitic groups; policies of mass incarceration; and colonialism’s racially organized conflicts in places such as Indonesia, South Africa, and the Philippines. When has religious education encouraged or supported racism? How can it participate in creating change? Where is religious education significant in anti-racism movements and curricula? How might diverse religious traditions address and educate differently around matters of race through the lens of their particular religious identity and history? For this issue we seek papers that attend not only to race/racism as an interpersonal phenomenon, but also to religious education in relation to structural, systemic elements of racism, and to intersectionality. We also welcome papers addressing religious education and constructions of race/racism in contexts outside of the U.S., recognizing the varied conceptualizations of race and racism in different parts of the world. Follow this link to learn more.