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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (email@example.com). For more information and submission guidelines please see the Call for Papers under Downloads on this webpage, or contact the editors.
The series has published an average of one volume per year over the last 5 years.
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.
Call for Papers 12.08.2021
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (Volume 33) Edited by Ralph Hood & Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion (RSSSR) 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 RSSSR 33, we welcome papers that examine any area in the social and scientific study of religious or non-religious belief. For 2022, RSSR will include the following two special sections and welcome proposals for special sections for 2023 onwards.
Special section 1: Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan, Guest Editors Morteza Daneshyar, Vali Abdi, and Abbas Aghdassi.
Greater Khorasan, once the crossroad of various religions, historically extended from northeast Iran to some central Asian countries, Afghanistan, parts of Pakistan, and northwest India. Regardless of the historical significance of this region in pre-, early, and post-Islam periods, Greater Khorasan is of great contemporary importance because it influenced—and continues to do so—the foundations for religiosity and spirituality in a vast area that (re)produces current religious thoughts and movements. Although previous studies documented religion and society in this area from historical lenses, the literature remains semi-silent on the contemporary sociological and psychological developments of religion(s) in Greater Khorasan. This call intends to cover a number of questions: Broadly framed, will historical roots find contemporary religious resonance in modern-day Greater Khorasan? Does attachment to a common historical background provide room for frameworks of understanding religion and religiosity in this region? How will narratives of the past shape the future of religion in this area? In Socio-Historical Study of Religion in Greater Khorasan, we like to discover how historical understanding of Greater Khorasan finds contemporary relevance in religion and religiosity. Comparative studies, new models and approaches, and multidisciplinary investigations are highly encouraged. Potential themes in the special section will include, (but not necessarily limited to):
• Revivalism of pre-Islamic traditions and denominations in Greater Khorasan • Greater Khorasan, rationalism and anti-rationalism • Others and otherism in socio-cultural interactions of Greater Khorasan • Pre- and/or post-Mongol Sufism in Greater Khorasan • (Trans-)National identities and modern self in Greater Khorasan • Christian and Jewish narratives in Greater Khorasan • Muslim and non-Muslim relations in Greater Khorasan
Special section 2: Religion or Belief and the Child, edited by Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor and Alison Halford
This RSSSR Special Section will focus on children perspectives on religion, ethnicity and identity. It will seek to depart from adult-led understandings of religious identity that are more keenly determined by theology, texts or beliefs. It will start from a position that children’s religious identities are more often informed by cultural and social practices as by official doctrine, everyday religion rather than theological religion. For example, for children, religious festivals can be more about decorations, presents and the people they meet (Petrelli and Light, 2014). This co-edited special section intends to include papers and research explorations that listen to children notions of faith, ethnicity and identity. By bringing together diverse academics to understand how children perceive, understand and ‘do’ faith, this special section will initiate a paradigm shift in understandings of religious and indeed non-religious belief. We welcome proposals that look at the following and other themes:
• Children’s lived experiences of religious or non-religious belief
• Children’s perspectives of what they gain or lose from their adherence to a religious or non-religious belief system
• Children articulations of identity
• Ideas of choice
• 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
• Social work perspectives on caring for vulnerable children, including orphans, those who cannot live with their biological families and unaccompanied asylum seeking children
Submitting Proposals We invite proposals for the next edition of the RSSSR – volume 33. This will be published by autumn 2022. We welcome proposals from academics at all levels of their career, including early career researchers and final year PhD students.
For Book Chapters (for open section and both special sections)
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 3rd December 2021 • Notification of acceptance of paper: 5pm on Friday 17th December 2021 • If accepted full papers will be due by 5pm Friday 1st April 2022 Proposals should be sent to:
- For open section, please send abstracts to the series editors Ralph Hood (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (email@example.com).
- For special section 1 on Khorasan, please send abstracts to guest editors Morteza Daneshyar (firstname.lastname@example.org), Vali Abdi (email@example.com) and Abbas Aghdassi (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- For special section 2 on children, please send abstracts to Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (email@example.com) and guest editor Alison Halford (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For Special Section Proposals We welcome enquiries for guest edited special sections for RSSSR 34 (to be published in 2023) and also 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 proposal please contact the editors Ralph Hood (email@example.com) and Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the first instance, 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 editors
Style Guide and submission guidelines Please check the author guidelines
(https://brill.com/fileasset/downloads_products/RSSR_Author%20Guidelines.pdf) or contact the editors.
We look forward to receiving your work.
Professor Ralph Hood and Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor