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Society For The Scientific Study Of Religion – Call for Papers

2020 Annual Meeting
October 23-25, 2020
Westin Convention Center, Pittsburgh

Religion and Spirituality in a Frightening World

We are living in frightening times. The World Health Organization reports that rates of anxiety and depression continue to rise as people around the globe are bombarded by a wide range of circumstances that may evoke fear. What roles might religion—variously defined—and spirituality play in causing and ameliorating anxieties in today’s world?

Social scientists across disciplines who study religion and spirituality are remarkably well situated to add essential layers to our understanding of frightening social forces. For example, we cannot fully understand the rise of authoritarian nationalism, or efforts to resist it, without interrogating religion’s power as a social identity. We also need to understand when and how religion might bolster resistance to change. Many of today’s deepest divisions between and among humans are essentially different reactions to change. How does religion fuel—and try to bridge—divisions in attitudes about changing social norms, migration, new means of communication, and climate change? And how might religion contribute to perpetuating and challenging social and economic inequalities?

Meanwhile, religion itself is changing in myriad ways. How do forces such as declining rates of religious participation, state suppression of religion, and the increasing relevance of the internet to religious and spiritual practice affect religion’s capacity to help people and societies to cope? How well do 21st century religions and spiritualities work to support mental health, provide meaning in everyday life, build communities rooted in social trust, and promote prosocial behavior and civic engagement?

Submissions Open: February 1, 2020
Submissions Close: March 31, 2020
Decision Notification: April 30, 2020

Please submit proposals for individual papers, full panels, author-meets-critics sessions, and roundtables via the online portal at www.sssreligion.org, choosing the SSSR option on the submission form.

Please direct all inquiries to the SSSR 2019 Program Chairs Job Chen (Department of Psychology, Clemson University) and Sarah Wilkins-Lafamme (Department of Sociology and Legal Studies, University of Waterloo) at program@sssreligion.org.

Call for Papers: NYU CESS Experimental Political Science Annual Conference

From Gwyneth McClendon:

Dear Colleagues:

We are pleased to announce the 13th Annual NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science, which will be held on Friday, March 6th and Saturday, March 7th, 2020 at New York University.

We are now accepting paper proposals, as well as proposals for a graduate student poster session. We welcome the participation of field researchers, lab and survey researchers and those who analyze natural experiments, political psychologists, political economists, scholars of comparative and American politics and international relations, and methodologists who explore the relationship between experimental methods and observational data.

This year, in addition to our interest in the wide array of topics mentioned above, we are also particularly interested in submissions focused on the ethics of experimental research or focused on identity (as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, class and the like).

Proposals can be submitted online.

Conference website.

Paper proposals will be accepted until November 1, 2019. We aim to notify authors of our program decisions in late November.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Christopher Dawes, New York University
Gwyneth McClendon, New York University
Eric Dickson, New York University
Tara Slough, New York University/Columbia University

Journal of Church & State – call for papers

Posted by Matt Scherer, Section Chair, on APSA Connect:

Journal of Church and State is pleased to announce a call for papers on the following topic:

“Catholic Clerical Sexual Abuse”

The continuing Catholic sexual abuse tragedy has escalated from an acute religious crisis to a chronic, global, political one. It continues to be fueled by increasing national, civil investigations; the lack of credible Vatican responses to protect children, and the need to provide justice for the victims. The balance of power between the Catholic Church and many national states has changed significantly due to the increasing revelations of clerical sexual abuse. Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for consideration for a special issue of Journal of Church and State.

Papers are invited from scholars to articulate, examine and analyze the new relationships as well as the negative or positive consequences for both the Catholic Church and civil states. Papers will be expected to use government and church documents to support arguments. These arguments include, but are not limited to:

  • The growth of the scope and nature of civil/criminal investigations into Catholic clerical sexual abuse
  • The right or overreach of the State to examine clerical personnel records
  • State monitoring of the management of clergy
  • The compelling state interest to protect children
  • New interpretations of notions of “separation of Church and State” and constitutional protections of religious freedom
  • State attempts to eradicate religious exemptions and privileges
  • Challenges to the financial position and disposition of Church funds in bankruptcy proceedings
  • Changes in Church supported educational, health, and social policies

The special issue will be edited by Dr Jo Renne Formicola (Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science and Public Affairs, Seton Hall University – profile page).

Proposals should be emailed to jorenee.formicola@shu.edu by February 1, 2019.

Submissions should adhere to the journal’s Author Instructions for original research articles. Please indicate in a cover letter that the submission is in response to the Call for Papers and reference the title of the call. All manuscripts submitted in response to the call will undergo expedited, full peer review.

The final deadline for papers will be June 1, 2019.

2019 NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the 12th Annual NYU-CESS Conference on Experimental Political Science, which will be held on Friday, February 8th and Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at NYU.

We are now accepting paper proposals, as well as proposals for a graduate student poster session. We welcome the participation of field researchers, lab and survey researchers and those who analyze natural experiments, political psychologists, political economists, scholars of comparative and American politics, and methodologists who explore the relationship between experimental methods and observational data, as well as any others who may simply wish to learn about and discuss experimental methods.

This year, in addition to the usual sessions around a wide array of topics, we will hold a special session on Saturday, February 9th, around the theme of religion and politics, and encourage submissions from scholars of comparative politics. Authors engaged in experimental research (field, lab, survey or natural) on questions about religion and political life (public opinion, participation, political identity, political authority, voting, conflict, policymaking and the like) are encouraged to indicate their interest in that special session on the application form below.

Proposals can be submitted online via the link posted on the Section Forum, APSA Connect.

Paper proposals will be accepted until November 2, 2018. We will notify authors of our program decisions in late November.

We look forward to receiving your proposals!

Becky, Chris and Gwyneth

Social Science History Association – 2018 Annual Conference

Social Science History Association 2018 Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11

2018 Conference Theme: “Histories of Disadvantage: Meanings, Mechanisms, and Politics”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 16, 2018

The Religion Network of the Social Science History Association invites proposals for papers, panels, and book sessions for the 43rd annual meeting of the Social Science History Association in Phoenix, Arizona, November 8-11, 2018. We are also looking for volunteers to serve as panel chairs and discussants. The SSHA is the leading interdisciplinary association for historical research in the US, providing a stimulating venue for explorations of how social processes unfold over time. The Religion Network serves as the home within the organization for scholars interested in religious history, religious mobilization, religious change, and religion’s effect on social and political processes. Our network is interdisciplinary and cross-national in scope, and embraces all scholarship that examines how religion intersects with other social processes in historical perspective. We encourage the participation of graduate students and recent PhDs as well as more established scholars from a wide range of disciplines and departments. Graduate students are eligible to apply for financial support to attend the annual meeting. Further details about the association, the 2018 annual meeting, and the call for proposals are available on the SSHA website: http://www.ssha.org.

We welcome and encourage papers and panel proposals on a wide array of issues related to the historical study of religion and society. While complete panel proposals (consisting of 4-5 individual papers, a chair, and a discussant) are preferred, we also seek out high-quality individual paper submissions. Panels and papers may address the topics below, or any other relevant and related topic examining religion in a historical context:

Religion across Boundaries
Religion and Populism
Religion and Gender
Religion and Contemporary Geopolitics
Religion and State Formation
Secularizations, Secularisms, Secularities
Religion and Law
Religion and the Arts
Religion and Social Movements
Religion and Science
Religion and Field Theory

Please use the SSHA’s web conference management system to submit your papers and panel proposals. Paper title, brief abstract, and contact information should be submitted at http://prd.sshaconference.org/. Please do not hesitate to contact the Religion Network representatives with any questions, comments, or for help with submissions.

Thank you, and we look forward to a stimulating set of panels at this year’s SSHA meeting.

Ateş Altınordu (atesaltinordu@sabanciuniv.edu)
Sam Nelson (samuel.nelson@mcgill.ca)
Sadia Saeed (ssaeed3@usfca.edu)
Philip Gorski (philip.gorski@yale.edu)
SSHA Religion Network Representatives