APSA Educate

Dear Religion and Politics Section Members,

We received the following communication from Bennett L. Grubbs (Editor, APSA Educate) and wanted to draw your attention to this worthwhile initiative:

I hope this message finds you and your families well. As you know, many faculty have been required to move their courses online in the face of campus closures. In light of the urgent need for space to share teaching materials, we are launching a beta version of APSA’s new teaching resource library, “Educate,” ahead of schedule.

We are currently soliciting submissions of resources to form the foundation of our library and want to ensure that teaching materials focused on​ Religion and Politics are well represented. With that in mind, we hope that you will consider submitting materials to Educate and sharing this invitation with your fellow section members.

You are welcome to submit a favorite course syllabus, group activity, writing assignment, lecture materials, simulation, etc. – any materials that you have created for use in your classroom. These materials do not have to be designed for online courses, though online class materials are certainly welcome in the current environment.

You can submit course materials to Educate by visiting educate.apsanet.org and clicking the green “submit a resource” button in the top right corner of the page. Submission should only take 10-15 minutes.

We recognize that you are likely busy supporting your family, students, and colleagues through the current public health crisis, and that you may not be able to participate at this time. Our hope is to create a space where faculty can share resources and support one another at a time and in a way that best works for them.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions. You can reach the Educate team anytime at educate@apsanet.org.

All the best,

Bennett

Deadline Extended to May 15 – Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

Section Members:

Deadline Extended to May 15, 2020

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

The Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the field of religion and politics. These contributions should be through a combination of excellent and widely influential scholarship, policy input/impact, public engagement, service, teaching, and mentorship. Although the committee highly encourages nominations of APSA members and takes service to APSA seriously, nominees do not have to be current APSA members. The nominees are expected to attend the following year’s APSA Annual Meeting and participate in the roundtable organized in to celebrate their work.

The award is presented annually, following a review of applications by the committee. The winner will be honored with a plaque, a monetary award of $500, and a roundtable symposium honoring their work at the APSA Annual Meeting of the next calendar year. (The 2020 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Awardee will be honored at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting both during the business meeting and the roundtable).

The award is intended as an addition to, not replacement for, the practice of awarding special ‘lifetime achievement awards’ for scholars who have made substantial contributions to the Section on the event of their retirement. Instead, this is meant to reward political scientists (including those who are mid-career) who have made a substantial contribution to the field of religion and politics.

Nomination letters and the CVs of the nominees are due to the Committee Chair, Ben Gaskins, (bgaskins@lclark.edu) by May 15, 2020. The nomination letter should clearly describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria described above. Since this award is meant to reflect peer recognition, self-nominations will not be considered.

Award Committee:

Ben Gaskins (bgaskins@lclark.edu)
Lewis and Clark College

Tanya Schwarz (tschwarz@apsanet.org)
APSA

Andrea Hatcher (ahatcher@sewanee.edu)
The University of the South

Call for Papers – “Religions” – Special Issue “Promise or Threat? Religious Presence in Civil Society”

Religions – Open Access Journal

From the Guest Editor

Dear Colleagues,

During the liminal period of the late medieval into the early modern eras, the gradual transition toward inductive reasoning of the early Renaissance, religious pluralism unleashed by the Protestant Reformation, and adoption of individual rights theory and contractarianism of the seventeenth century have furnished the conditions necessary for the emergence of civil society in the development of liberal democratic regimes.

This Special Issue of Religions will provide thoughtful assessments on and critiques of the extent to which religion poses a threat to contemporary civil society or holds the promise of protecting its liberal democratic character. Do religious values tend to undermine or reinforce civil society’s ability to promote political stability? To what extent, if any, are the political dynamics of religious pluralism a threat to civil society?

We invite submissions that address these or other related questions across a broad range of theoretical and methodological approaches, including those of comparative politics, history, law, philosophy, political science, religious studies, or theology.

Dr. John R. Pottenger
Guest Editor

For additional details, visit the Special Issue website.

See the .pdf flyer calling for papers.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar in Religion and Politics Award

The Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Outstanding Scholar Award recognizes a scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the field of religion and politics. These contributions should be through a combination of excellent and widely influential scholarship, policy input/impact, public engagement, service, teaching, and mentorship. Although the committee highly encourages nominations of APSA members and takes service to APSA seriously, nominees do not have to be current APSA members. The nominees are expected to attend the following year’s APSA Annual Meeting and participate in the roundtable organized in to celebrate their work.

The award is presented annually, following a review of applications by the committee. The winner will be honored with a plaque, a monetary award of $500, and a roundtable symposium honoring their work at the APSA Annual Meeting of the next calendar year. (The 2020 Susanne Hoeber Rudolph Awardee will be honored at the 2021 APSA Annual Meeting both during the business meeting and the roundtable).

The award is intended as an addition to, not replacement for, the practice of awarding special lifetime achievement awards’ for scholars who have made substantial contributions to the Section on the event of their retirement. Instead, this is meant to reward political scientists (including those who are mid-career) who have made a substantial contribution to the field of religion and politics.

Nomination letters and the CVs of the nominees are due to the Committee Chair, Ben Gaskins, (bgaskins@lclark.edu) by April 15, 2020. [Deadline extended to May 15, 2020] The nomination letter should clearly describe how the nominee fulfills the criteria described above. Since this award is meant to reflect peer recognition, self-nominations will not be considered.

Award Committee:

Ben Gaskins (bgaskins@lclark.edu)
Lewis and Clark College

Tanya Schwarz (tschwarz@apsanet.org)
APSA

Andrea Hatcher (ahatcher@sewanee.edu)
The University of the South

Call – APSA Religion and Politics Weber Award

Weber Best Paper in Religion and Politics Award recognizes the best paper dealing with religion and politics presented at the previous year’s APSA Annual Meeting (2019). The paper should address a timely and relevant topic, within the discipline and beyond, in a theoretically innovative and methodologically thorough manner.

Please submit nominations to the committee members by email by April  15th, 2020.

Andre Audette (Chair)
Monmouth College
aaudette@monmouthcollege.edu

Cynthia Burack
Ohio State University
burack.1@osu.edu

Jonathan Chu
University of Pennsylvania
jonachu@upenn.edu