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March 1, 2020
La Esperanza, Claretian Spanish Language Magazine, Digitized

La Esperanza was a national Catholic Spanish-language publication in Los Angeles, California. Sponsored by the Claretians, the weekly magazine began in 1929 and ended in 1955. The publication’s content focused on Catholic topics relevant to the United States Spanish-speaking population. This transnational viewpoint provides a unique perspective for the reader. This publication offers an opportunity for scholars to uncover the Spanish-speaking communities’ activities during the twentieth century. La Esperanza is digitally available at , a project of the Catholic Research Resources Alliance. For further information contact: Laura Lyman, Association Manager, CRRA (

March 2, 2020
CFP: E Pluribus Unum? Countervailing Religions in Post-WWII America (Washington, DC)

This conference, hosted by the L. Ron Hubbard Foundation, will examine the emergence of new religious movements on the American religious landscape that challenged notions like Will Herberg’s “Protestant-Catholic-Jew” typology that stressed the hegemony of the Abrahamic tradition. Papers should address NRMs that began or expanded in the post-war period in North and Central America. Particularly welcome are papers that examine how NRMs interacted with the dominant religious cultures and addressed social questions. Abstracts of no more than 300 words and CV should be received by March 2, 2020. Submit to:

CFP: Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology

The Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT) is the double-blind, peer-reviewed journal of the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. The editors of the BJRT invite scholars from any pertinent discipline or background to submit original articles and book reviews. We strongly encourage creative scholarship and perspectives from a wide variety of religious and theological traditions, contexts, and methods. The deadline for all submissions for the next regular issue (Vol. 6, no. 1) is: MARCH 1, 2020. Instructions for submissions and a Style Guide for authors and book reviewers are available at Email us with inquiries at

March 13, 2020
Call for Applications: 2020 Silberman Faculty Seminar, Teaching Mass Atrocity: The Holocaust, Genocide, and Justice (June 1–12, 2020, Washington, DC)

This seminar will bring the study of the Holocaust into conversation with studies in the field of genocide and international justice utilizing a range of approaches and methodologies in classrooms. Seminar leaders will facilitate discussions across disciplinary boundaries on how to address common themes relating to Holocaust and genocide studies—such as “othering,” violence, atrocity, justice, and restitution. The seminar is designed to help faculty, instructors, and advanced PhD students who teach with a focus on or have a curricular component relating to Holocaust and genocide studies. Applications are welcome from across academic disciplines. Deadline: March 13, 2020. More information:

March 31, 2020
CFP: Phenomenology of Religious Experience IV: Religious Experience and Description topical issue of Open Theology journal)

Second Call. Edited by: Olga Louchakova-Schwartz (UC Davis and Jesuit School of Theology); James Nelson (University of Valparaiso); Aaron Preston (University of Valparaiso). Extended deadline for submissions: March 31, 2020. Details at


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 15, 2020
CFP: Iliff School of Theology Eco-Justice Conference (October 22–23, 2020; Iliff School of Theology, Denver, CO)

The Iliff School of Theology is proud to announce its second annual Eco-Justice Conference focusing on the intersection of climate change and migration. We solicit new research on the impact climate change is having on immigration patterns as populations are forced to flee due to the degradation of the planet. Please send a 500-word abstract to by April 15th. Acceptance of proposals will be announced by May 8th. For latest updates, please visit -

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:


May 1, 2020
Episcopal Historical Society Seeks Grant Requests

The Historical Society of the Episcopal Church invites applications for grants to be awarded in 2020. Grants of $500–$2,000 are awarded. Applications may come from individuals, academic organizations, and ecclesiastical groups. Requests are received that will support significant research, conferences, and publication relating to the history of the Episcopal Church as well as the worldwide Anglican Communion. A typical request often includes travel funding, dissertation research, seed money or support for larger project. Deadline: May 1, 2020. For details including application instruction and information, visit

CFP: Graduate Training in Africana Religions (Journal of Africana Religions)

Imagine you have the power to revolutionize graduate education in Africana religions. How would you design a new graduate program from scratch? What classes would you offer? What qualifying exams and languages would you require? What research methods would you teach? How would you find sources of funding? Be specific; use tables and lists if you like. Full-length articles of 8,000 words, which will be peer-reviewed, and round table comments of 3,000 words, which are reviewed in-house, are welcome anytime before May 1. Here is the link for submission : Questions may be sent to


June 1, 2020
CFP: Journal of Religion and Violence

The Journal of Religion and Violence is seeking papers on the theme of apocalyptics. Any tradition and time period will be considered. The Journal of Religion and Violence is now listed in ATLA, Scopus, JSTOR, EBSCO and other databases, and is hoping for acceptance into Project Muse. See Send submissions to


December 5, 2020
CFP: XXII World Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions in New Zealand

Title of the Panel: Tantra, Shamanism, and Magic: Experiences, Practices, and Practitioners at the “Margins” of the Indic World. Convenors: Dr Andrea Acri (EPHE, Paris) and Dr Paolo E. Rosati (Independent scholar). Email: / Deadline: 5th December 2020. For the full abstract of the panel do not hesitate to contact us.