2020 Regional Meetings

Open Calls for Papers:

Eastern International
Deadline: February 1, 2020

New England-Maritimes
Deadline: February 15, 2020

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Pacific Northwest


Upper Midwest


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January 1, 2020
CFP: Sailing with the Gods (June 17–21, 2020, Malta)

Ritual practices dedicated to maritime success appear across a wide span of human cultural history, from the Mediterranean to the North Sea, Southeast Asia, the Pacific and the Americas. Culturally-constructed seafaring rituals could be seen as spiritual or superstitious, and respond to the combination of risk and profit endemic in even short voyages by water. Maritime religion may be legible in the construction of vessels, navigational skills and mnemonic devices, and engages a complex range of ritual types and mythic responses. This international conference invites scholars working from the prehistoric through the seventh century CE. Detailed CFP at:

January 15, 2020
2020–2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship

The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion and philanthropy or faith and giving. Please share the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship. The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2020.

January 31, 2020
Call for Applications from Junior Scholars: Public Scholarship of Religion in an Age of Hypermediation (May 6–10, 2020)

Participate in a four-day collaboration and mentoring workshop with the research project “Religion and Public Scholarship in the Media Age." Participants will take part in a series of conversations and interactions focused on emerging critical questions on the challenges of public scholarship in contemporary media cultures. Submit a dossier by Jan. 31, 2020 w/a brief letter of proposal, current CV and an example of recent written scholarship to: Re: “Spring Workshop Application." Junior Scholars Only (early-career faculty, post-docs, or dissertation-level doctoral students)


February 1, 2020
CFP:  “Faith/Fashion/Forward: `Dress’ and the Sacred” A Special Issue of Religion and the Arts

Guest Editor: Frederick S. Roden. Religion and the Arts solicits essays for a special issue on the intersectionality of fashion and holiness. “Fashion” should be broadly conceived to include items used for religious practice or events; decorative objects definitive of creed or belonging (including jewelry); and materials worn in public, ceremonial performances of liturgy/worship as well as private, vernacular markers of devotion. Essays should be 5000-10,000 words in length and must be submitted by February 1, 2020 for consideration. Please direct queries to

CFP: Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum Symposium at Fallingwater (March 27–31, 2020)

The Architecture, Culture, and Spirituality Forum invites participation in its Twelfth Annual Symposium. ACSF 12 will take place at Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright’s most famous work. This year’s theme is “Practices toward a Future.” A destination for architects, landscape architects, historians, designers, and artists, as well as the general public, Fallingwater offers a perfect context in which to meditate, sense, discuss, and plan new ways of thinking and acting toward a more constructive and hopeful future. Keynote speakers are scholar Anat Geva, filmmaker Brent Green, and architectural theoretician David Leatherbarrow. Proposal deadline: February 1, 2020. For more information, visit:

February 14, 2020
Call for Applications: 2020 PERH Summer Faculty Seminar, "Confronting Difficult Issues around Religion and the Holocaust" (June 15–19, 2020, Washington, DC)

The Programs on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is pleased to announce its annual seminar for faculty and ABD doctoral candidates from all disciplines. This seminar will consider the complex roles of religion (specifically Judaism and Christianity) in the Holocaust by addressing five key themes: everyday religious life under persecution; religion and violence; rescue, conversion, and coercion; religious/ethnic/national identities; and religious freedom in authoritarian societies. The seminar will emphasize practical approaches to integrating these topics in university and seminary courses, including syllabus development and discussing sensitive material in the classroom. Deadline: February 14, 2020.

February 15, 2020
Journal of Religious Ethics Seeks General Editors to Begin on July 1, 2021

The Journal of Religious Ethics (JRE) seeks a two-person team to serve as the general editors for a five-year-term. JRE is an independent scholarly journal published quarterly by Religious Ethics, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation, through contract with Wiley Publishers. Duties include evaluating submissions, arranging for anonymous external review, evaluating reviewers’ responses and authors’ revisions, deciding which submissions to accept for publication, and seeing accepted essays through to publication. Some institutional financial assistance is required to subsidize conference travel, editorial assistants, and computer equipment. Interested persons should contact the chair of the Nominating Committee, Cathy Kaveny (


March 1, 2020
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 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
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.