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June 1, 2019
Theologians Apply Now to Explore Psychological Science (January 6–18, 2020, Fuller Theological Seminary)

The Science, Theology, & Religion Office at Fuller Theological Seminary is hosting an immersive, two-week residential seminar on the topic of Christology, titled "Completely Human, Completely Divine." What new insights concerning human nature may be discovered when theology and psychological science are brought together? Join this initiative that will support science-engaged theology. Applications are DUE June 1, 2019. If you're accepted you'll receive a $2,000 stipend, funds for travel, and the opportunity to apply for special project funding. Applicants must be early- to mid-career theologians with faculty posts (tenured or non-tenured). Visit for more information.

June 3, 2019
Call for Proposals: Newberry Seminar on Religion and Culture in the Americas 2019–2020

The Religion and Culture in the Americas Seminar explores topics in religion and culture broadly from interdisciplinary perspectives. We are interested in how religious belief has affected society, rather than creedal-or theological focused studies. The Seminar provides an opportunity for scholars to share works-in-progress, and we encourage papers that use new methods, unveil archival discoveries, or need feedback in preparation for book and journal article presentation. The seminar will meet on selected Fridays during the academic year. For more about the seminar please visit our website: To submit a proposal, please visit our webform at

June 3–5, 2019
Conference: Implicit Religion USA Conference (Monmouth University)

There are a small number of spaces left for the USA Implicit Religion Conference. It runs June 3–5 in New Jersey at Monmouth University. The cost is $220 for the conference, 2 nights accommodation, meals, refreshments and campus facilities. It is open to all, including undergraduate students, postgraduate students, precarious and marginalised scholars, as well as interested members of the public. Keynote: Dr Elayne Oliphant "Xenophobia & the Inequality of Public Religious Life" Workshop: Dr S. Brent Plate, "How to get published in academia." All bookings must be made through the website.

June 20, 2019
CFP: Religious and Cultural Drivers and Responses to Political Changes in Southeast Asia (November 8, 2019, Pace University, NY)

We are looking for papers to be presented at November 8th conference from all social science and humanities fields. How are religious groups and institutions reacting to or contributing to political dynamics in Southeast Asia? We have an opportunity also to publish papers if contributors are interested. We are also looking for people to serve as panel chairs and discussants. Paper abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted by June 20th to Those interested should email inquiries or proposals to See more information at

June 25–27, 2019
Conference: Ancient Revelation: Divination, Prophecy and Epiphany (Hatfield College, Durham, United Kingdom)

The objective of this conference is to explore the reasons for the paramount success that the concept of ‘revelation’ enjoys during the first Imperial era. Its chronological focus is placed on the I-IV centuries AD, an age in which the notion of ‘revealed truth’ is appropriated by different religious, ethnic, and cultural groups (such as Jews, Christians and pagans), who employ it to define their respective identities and traditions, to articulate their reciprocal (and not always peaceful) interactions, and more broadly to construct their own worldview — a far-reaching endeavour, whose effects are still visible today.


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
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
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 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: