Friday, October 3, 2008

Symposia: Graduate Student Journal

Symposia: Graduate Student Journal of the Centre for the Study of Religion at the University of Toronto

Announcement of New Journal

The Centre for the Study of Religion Graduate Student Association at the University of Toronto announces a transformation of its graduate student journal to an online, peer-reviewed journal for graduate students in the study of religion and related fields. As in the past, the journal will be published annually and will correspond thematically to the Centre’s annual symposium.

Call for Articles

The 2009 edition’s theme has been selected to accompany the launch of the University of
Toronto’s new interdisciplinary initiative on ‘Religion in the Public Sphere’. We extend a cordial call for original, unpublished papers investigating the nature of religious actors in public and civil society. While much contemporary scholarly and popular attention has been directed toward the roles and activities of official religious spokespersons in the rejection of, or accommodation to, the public sphere, we are especially interested in the activities of religious 'laity' or 'masses'.
Specifically we seek to identify the ways in which religious actors promote union and/or division to further their own ethical narratives and special interests in a public venue. While the theoretical frameworks exploring religion and the public sphere are often seen as modern Western initiatives, the aim of this issue is to extend the subject across historical and regional boundaries. The conference organizers strongly urge scholars to submit abstracts exploring the history of the formation, elaboration, transformation, interpretation and contestation of public religious identity in non-Western and non-modern traditions.

The following sub-fields for this issue have been designed so as to allow for flexibility of interpretation and to encourage applications reflecting a broad spectrum of interests and disciplines. We gladly welcome applications which fall outside of these tentative parameters:

- differences between “elite” and “popular” forms of religion
- group identity formation
- political or liberation theology
- religion and/as social progress
- representations of public religiosity in media, art and literature
- the interface of religious and secular legal traditions
Articles should be written in clear, grammatical, and fluent English (maximum of 20 pages).

Call for Book Reviews

The Centre also extends a call for reviews of any academic publications released within the 2007 or 2008 calendar years and relating to the study of religion. Reviewers are asked to submit the name of the book to be reviewed to the editors no later than September 19, 2008 and to specify whether a review copy of the text is required or not. Every effort will be made to obtain any requested review copies with one calendar month. Completed reviews should not exceed 750 words in length and are to be submitted no later than November 14, 2008.

For more information please contact Rebekka King ( or Nicholas
Dion (

Submissions are due by October 15, 2008

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