Events and Opportunities

Call for Proposals:

Northeast Regions of the American Academy of Religion
Proposals Due: December 31, 2020


As conventional in-person regional and national conferences have been suspended due to the COVID-19 crisis, the three Northeastern regions of the American Academy of Religion are partnering to host a Virtual Symposium as an all-day event on April 9, 2021.

The Symposium Leadership Team invites proposals for panels that consider specific questions related to our roles and responsibilities as religious studies scholars at this time of cultural crises. In particular, we invite panels to consider questions related to  (1) the age of pandemic, (2) social justice activism, (3) public health, (4) religion in the public sphere, (5) digital pedagogy and its impact on our identities as religious scholars and citizen activists, (6) the future of the Academy itself in our forever-changed reality, and (7) challenges to the  spaces religion has traditionally inhabited. Each panel should be framed around a generative, provocative, and engaging question. Panelists should be prepared to discuss and debate their question with other panelists and the audience. We are looking for roundtable-type discussions rather than traditional presentations and papers. Active dialogue is the goal.

Call for Proposals

JLR Special Issue Call “Critical Religious Literacy”

There is a growing need for literacy scholars to examine how prejudices impact literacy practices in K-12 contexts and beyond. More broadly, the role of religion, religious literacy, and critical religious literacy cannot be underscored enough in how it shapes public and private discourses. In this special issue, we call on literacy scholars to submit Insights essays and/or empirical research that speak to the role of religion in literacy education “from the heroic to the heinous” and everything in between from a broad range of perspectives (i.e., non-Western, Western, Indigenous) and contexts (private religious to public secular schools, as well as out-of-school contexts).

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Special Issue of The Lion and the Unicorn: Twenty-First-Century Religion and Culture in Youth Literature

This special issue aims to revive and expand long-standing conversations about the roots and continued presence of religion in children’s literature, beyond consideration of early Christian influences. With an eye towards interfaith dialogue and inclusion, we will feature a variety of perspectives on religion and culture in children’s and young adult literature.

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Call for Chapters Edited Volume: Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere

Chapter proposals are invited for an edited volume Religious Literacy in the Public Sphere. This book project will explore:

what religious literacy means and looks like in different contexts;
why religious literacy matters in today’s social and political landscapes; 
how to endorse the development of religious literacy in the public sphere.  

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