2019 Annual Meeting, Nov 23-26

The 2019 Annual Meeting will be in San Diego, CA, November 23-26. Register Now!

2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 1, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Upper Midwest
Deadline: December 31, 2019

Pacific Northwest
Deadline: January 20, 2020


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July 15, 2019
CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Religion and Violence, "Islam and Violence"

This special issue of the Journal of Religion and Violence is concerned with the contested relationship between Islam and violence, and the theme of global jihadism in particular. Research on the role of religion in jihadist violence is often dedicated to texts and doctrines, whereas research on the cultural embeddedness of religion, its interrelatedness with social and political factors, and the ways in which religion is being practiced in concrete situations, remain understudied. This issue aims to rectify this lack by bringing forward nuanced perspectives on the lived relationship between Islam and violence. For queries contact Pieter Nanninga (


August 15, 2019
Notre Dame Political Philosophy and Religion Workshop (November 9, 2019)

This workshop brings together scholars from political philosophy, political science, philosophy of religion, religious studies, and theology to foster research at the intersection of political philosophy and religion. Possible research questions: What insights can theology bring to bear on a general theory of justice? What are the grounds of a legitimate civil religion? How should religious disagreement be regulated by states, if at all? Are there theologically informed civic virtues? Papers or abstracts should be prepared for anonymous review and sent by August 15, 2019 to

William James Society Young Scholar Prize

The William James Society announces its annual Young Scholar Prize to the young scholar (within five years of the PhD) who submits the essay that best explores the thought of James. The prize will include: the opportunity to read the paper during the WJS session at the 2020 meeting of the American Philosophical Association, Eastern Division, $600 to subsidize travel, and publication in William James Studies. Past recipients of the WJS Young Scholar Prize are not eligible. All submissions must constitute new work not under consideration elsewhere. All papers must be submitted to Stephen Bush ( by August 15th.

August 31, 2019
Call for Chapters: Activism in the Name of God: Religion and Black Feminist Public Intellectuals from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

This edited volume’s goal is to present an historical and rhetorical trajectory of black female religious public intellectuals from the nineteenth through the twenty-first century and thus seeks papers that will demonstrate these women’s efficacy in calling for and effecting social change. The editor welcomes proposals from scholars in various fields whose interests are aligned with the issues outlined above. These primarily include African American studies (and history), religious studies; and disciplinary fields such as feminist, gender, and sexuality studies and rhetorical history. Send proposal inquiries to



October 1, 2019
Award: IRCPL Book Competition – Claremont Prize for the Study of Religion

The Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life opened a competition to give scholars the opportunity to travel to Columbia University and workshop their manuscript with a group of dedicated experts. Short-listed manuscripts will undergo a peer review process, and prize-winners will have their book published in the IRCPL book series at Columbia University Press. Eligibility: (1) PhD received in or after 2012; (2) Submission must be author's first single-authored book; (3) Submissions can be on any aspect of the study of religion, including the study of secularism. The deadline for applications is October 1, 2019. More information at

CFP:  Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music (February 6–8, 2020, Baylor University, Waco, Texas)

Call for papers – Annual Meeting of the Society for Christian Scholarship in Music – Deadline for proposals, October 1, 2019. Conference web site: Individual papers, research posters, panels, and lecture recitals on any topic related to music and the study of Christianity are welcome. We invite submissions representing a variety of approaches and perspectives, including history, ethnomusicology, theory and analysis, philosophy and theology, liturgy, congregational music, and critical theory. Please send submissions or questions to program chair Joshua Waggener at

Call for Contributors: Three-volume ABC-CLIO encyclopedia titled American Religious History

If you are interested in contributing, please review the entries in the Headwords document and the style guide, especially Section A, General Guidelines. If you want to participate, please send the entries you are interested in doing and your CV to The deadling is October 1, 2019. Please also share this information with other scholars you know who may be interested.

October 15, 2019
CFP: Journal of Religion and Violence

The Journal of Religion and Violence is seeking submissions for its 2019 and 2020 issues. We are an interdisciplinary journal publishing peer reviewed essays on all aspects of religion and violence, from earliest to contemporary times. For a sample of our articles, see should be in polished American prose, in Word, and 5000 to 10,000 words in length. Please send submissions as word attachments to


November 1–3, 2019
REA2019 Conference (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

The Religious Education Association annual conference for 2019 will be held in Toronto, Ontario, from November 1 to 3, 2019. The theme of the meeting is "Coexistence in divided societies: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, of hope." Dr. Hanan Alexander, University of Haifa, is the program chair for this meeting which invites paper proposals from a diverse group of scholars.







April 6–7 and April 28–29, 2020
Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences

The 2020 Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences bring together women veterans, military chaplains, civilian clergy, researchers, and mind/body practitioners for soul care and to discuss issues related to moral injury, coping mechanisms, spirituality/religion as it relates to healing and recovery, and innovative approaches to addressing gaps in support for women veterans. The Women Veterans and Clergy Conferences take a diversity approach to spirituality and faith. Clergy and practitioners from a wide variety of disciplines and religions are welcome. These conferences are free to attend and are open to women veterans and clergy of all genders.

April 30, 2020
CFP: "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World” in Open Theology

Call for papers for a topical issue of Open Theology: "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World, edited by: Zanne Domoney-Lyttle (University of Glasgow) and Sarah Nicholson (University of Glasgow). Open Theology invites submissions for the topical issue "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Biblical World”, prepared in collaboration with the conference "Women and Gender in the Bible and the Ancient World", held by University of Glasgow. Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Zanne Domoney-Lyttle at or Sarah Nicholson at Submissions will be collected from September 1, 2019 to April 30, 2020. Learn more: