2020 ISA Awards

April 2, 2020

The International Studies Association (ISA), one of the oldest interdisciplinary associations dedicated to understanding international, transnational and global affairs, offers several awards given to recognize outstanding scholarly contributions to the field of international studies. They recognize outstanding papers, books, achievement, and service awards to current ISA members.

We are pleased to share the news that the 2020 ISA Award in Religion and International Relations has been awarded to our Board member and former president, Jocelyne Cesari.

The full list of Award recipients is available here.

RESILIENCE goes online

February 24, 2020

We are glad to share the news of the launch of the RESILIENCE website.


RESILIENCE is a unique, interdisciplinary and invigorating scientific research infrastructure for all religious studies, building a high-performance platform, supplying evolving tools and big data to scholars from all the scientific disciplines crossing religions in their diachronical and synchronical variety.

RESILIENCE is constituted of twelve European academic institutions from 10 different countries, which have created a consortium to address the need for a larger and infrastructured involvement of excellent scholars.


Learn more about RESILIENCE.

Donne di fede. Diversità spirituali in prospettiva femminile

February 18, 2020

LIREC is organising a conference about the topic: Donne di fede. Diversità Spirituali in prospettiva femminile.

The conference will take place on Tuesday, February 25, 9.00, Sala dell'Istituto di Santa Maria in Aquiro (Piazza Capranica 72, Roma).

More information are available here:

‘Beyond Wishful Thinking’: Peace Building in the Middle East

February 17, 2020

How religion influences our political and social life? How can religion help build peace in war-torn countries? 

The Harvard Divinity School spoke with professor Jocelyne Cesari, T. J. Dermot Dunphy Visiting Professor of Religion, Violence, and Peacebuilding, about the recent crisis in the Middle East and how peace efforts can come about.

Read the interview here:

Marginalized religious minorities. Religious diversity in Italy between law and politics

February 14, 2020

The University of Milan is organizing a conference on the topic of "Marginalized religious minorities. Religious diversity in Italy between law and politics”.


The meeting aims at examining the situation of some religious minorities that are legally and socially marginalized in Italian society. Through an analysis that also covers the historical, political and sociological profiles of the issue, speakers and participants will consider and discuss the capacity of the Italian legal system to include the smallest and most controversial religious minorities and the best strategies to achieve this goal.

The Conference will take place on May 5 at the University of Milan.

The Conference is held under the patronage of the European Academy of Religion.

Belief. An essay by Jocelyne Cesari

February 6, 2020

Call for submissions. Religion, Nationalism and Populism across the North/South Divide

January 20, 2020

The Immanent Frame publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on religion, secularism, and the public sphere. Founded in October 2007 in conjunction with the Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public SphereThe Immanent Frame features invited contributions and original essays and serves as a forum for ongoing exchanges among leading thinkers from the social sciences and humanities.

We are pleased to share the link to one of the latest contributions: an essay on Belief, by Professor Jocelyne Cesari

A call for manuscripts submission is open for a Religions special issue on Religion, Nationalism and Populism across the North/South Divide.

Manuscripts should be submitted online at by 30 January 2021

Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers).

Guest Editor of the issue is the former president of the European Academy of Religion, Professor Jocelyne Cesari (University of Birmigham / Georgetown University).

Visit the dedicated page on Religions website to know more about the topic of the call and get further details about the submission procedure.

Call for Papers. Religion and Authority: Contest and Legitimacy

January 19, 2020

Political and transcendental authority are problematic in themselves and at odds with each other. Each religion has defining moments when the core questions become contested and are opened for debate, modification and change. Where is authority coming from or based upon? How is authority defined, invested and limited? Who wields authority, and how does it become legitimized and delegitimized?

Fscire and the International Network on Interreligious Research and Education (INIRE) invite proposals for the international conference 'Religion and Authority: Contest and Legitimacy', to be held in Palermo July 5-9, 2020.


Paper proposals will be received before January 15, 2020.

Deadline for submission has been extended to February 1, 2020.

Identities: one, none, one hundred thousand

September 30, 2019

The Institute of Advanced Studies of the University of Bologna presents the ISA Topic "Identity: one, none, one hundred thousand", a cycle of initiatives dedicated to the problem of the continuous definition and redefinition if the different identities that characterize people, society and knowledge.


The events will take place from October 2019 to summer 2020.

Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award

June 30, 2019

The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) and Fscire have joined forces to launch a new award for religion reporting, the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award.


The new prize will honor the work of journalists in newspapers, magazines or news websites that publish regularly in Europe, including Iceland and Russia, and the countries surrounding the Mediterranean basin. The program was announced in Bologna during the annual conference of the European Academy of Religion (EuARe).


“Media have an inevitable influence in portraying the role of religion in society, and subsequently, on the way that religious communities are understood by global audiences,” said Spanish journalist María-Paz López, IARJ Board director for Europe and coordinator of the award. “With this new award, we seek to promote the work of religion reporters in both mainstream and confessional media”.


The goal of the award and the conditions for eligibility are available at the IARJ website:

The first edition of the award will accept works that were published between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019.


The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a research initiative which offers an exchange platform to scholars, universities, centres, research infrastructures, scientific journals and publishers coming from Europe and the surrounding regions.



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