Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion

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Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
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Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion is an interdisciplinary, international, peer-viewed, annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion.

Volumes in the series usually include a guest-edited special section that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are of current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas.

Submitting Proposals
We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students. Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.
Manuscripts for both the main and special sections should be sent to the editors, Ralph Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor. For more information and submission guidelines please see the "Call for Papers" section on this webpage, or contact the editors.

The series has published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 33
New Vistas in the Study of Religious and Non-religious Belief
Volume 33
978-90-04-54457-4
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 32
Lesser Heard Voices in Studies of Religion
Volume 32
978-90-04-50531-5
Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Ph.D. (1968), University of Nevada, Reno, is Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A former president of Division 36 of the APA, he is author of numerous books in the psychology of religion.
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, Ph.D. (2010), University of Gloucestershire, is Assistant Professor at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University where she also leads the Faith and Peaceful Relations group.
Series Editors
Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Ralph W. Hood Jr.
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Call for Papers

Special Section Proposals
RSSR usually includes an Open Section and one or more guest-edited Special Sections. We welcome enquiries for Special Sections for future editions. Special Section proposals can emerge from conference proceedings, research networks or from other forms of academic collaboration around a specific subject area. To suggest a Special Section proposal please contact the editors, Ralph Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor, with the following information:
∎ Theme / Title of the Special Section
∎ Short rationale of the Special Section (no more than 500 words)
∎ Guest editor/s name and short bio (150 words) for each editor
∎ List of potential contributors
∎ If accepted, timelines for Special Sections will be discussed with the editors.


** VOLUME 34 SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXPIRED **

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 34
Edited by Ralph Hood & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor

Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSR) is an interdisciplinary, international peer-viewed annual series, which publishes new and innovative research within the social scientific study of religion or belief. Contributions span a range of theoretical orientations, geographic contexts and research methods, though most articles are reports of original quantitative or qualitative research related mainly to the sociology and/or psychology of religion.

RSSR usually includes an open section and one or more guest-edited special sections that allows networks of researchers to report studies in areas that are or current interest or which are innovative and expanding the discipline into new areas. For the open section of RSSR 34, we welcome articles that examine any area in the social and scientific study of religious or non-religious belief. For 2023, RSSR will include the following special section. RSSR welcomes proposals for special sections for 2023 onwards.

Special section: Sociology of Religion or Belief in South Asia, edited by Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Ashok Kumar Mocherla
This RSSR Special Section will emphasise the societal and intellectual significance of the socio-scientific methods to study religious and non-religious world-views in the non-Western and non-Eurocentric contexts. This special section will have a geographical emphasis on South Asia, and welcomes proposals that take a variety of methodological and intellectual approaches including studies that focus on particular faith groups and those that compare either across geographical and / or faith contexts. We welcome articles that situate themselves with one or more disciplines including, but not limited to Sociology, Theology, Anthropology, Gender Studies, History, Psychology and Law. Geographical emphasis is on South Asia to include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. This call for proposals is purpose-fully broad, so that the volume will ultimately promote multi-disciplinary and multi-site reflections in the study of religion or belief. We welcome proposals that broadly look at the following questions:
∎ Belonging and identity
∎ Inter-faith relations, including in particular contexts such as the public square, in employment or in higher education
∎ Focussed on particular geographies or faith traditions or comparative explorations across geographies or faith traditions
∎ Children’s perspectives on interfaith diversity, dialogue and / or tension
∎ Religion or belief and conflict
∎ Religion or belief and peace
∎ Faith healing and religious communities
∎ Religion and public health

Submitting Proposals
We invite proposals for RSSR Volume 34. This will be published by late 2023 / early 2024. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and doctoral students.
Please submit a title and abstract of no more than 300 words together with names and short biographies (150 words), institutional affiliation/s (if relevant), and contact details.
∎ Deadline for abstracts: 5pm on Friday 31st March 2023
∎ Notification of acceptance of paper: 5pm on Friday 14th April 2023
∎ If accepted, full papers will be due by 5pm Wednesday 15th June 2023

Proposals for papers should be sent to:
∎ For Open Section, please send abstracts to the series editors, Ralph Hood and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor.
∎ For Special Section on Sociology of Religion or belief in South Asia, please send abstracts to Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and guest editor Ashok Kumar Mocherla.
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