Upcoming IR Events

Posted on August 22nd, 2009 | Filed under Best Practices/Non-Profit, Faith and Politics, In Print: New Books, InterViews, IR News and Events, On Campus

The start to the academic year always brings with it a flurry of news and events. Here are some of the highlights, listed in chronological order according to type. If there are others we have not yet made note of, please contact us. Information about these events was excerpted directly from each organization's website.


Interfaith Youth Core's 6th Conference on Interfaith Youth Work, October 2009

In an era of global religious conflict, idealism has a new face: interfaith leadership through service. We believe there will be no peace in the world without religious pluralism, and no religious pluralism without the leadership of young people. Interfaith leadership is the key to ensuring that the 21st Century is defined by common service, not conflict, among the world's diverse religious communities.

Interfaith Youth Core's (IFYC) 6th Conference,Leadership for a Religiously Diverse World, will engage participants in the question of how young people can be the architects of a global movement of interfaith service. This Conference will offer:

  • Plenary sessions with dynamic speakers, including religious leaders, young people, activists, policy makers, academics and more;
  • The debut of IFYC's premiere interfaith leadership training;
  • Interactive workshops and trainings from best-in-class organizations and practitioners from around the world;
  • Networking opportunities with leaders in the emerging interfaith youth movement.

Parliament of the World's Religions, December 2009

Since 1993, a Parliament of the World’s Religions has convened every five years in a major international city (Chicago 1993, Cape Town 1999, Barcelona 2004). Sponsored by the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions, the 2009 Parliament will take place in Melbourne, Australia. A multi-religious, multi-lingual, and multicultural city, Melbourne offers an ideal location for the 2009 Parliament. Culturally vibrant and global in vision, Melbourne and Victoria are home to indigenous and Aboriginal spiritualities as well as the major world religions – Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism among others. Over 10,000 participants will come to Melbourne for the Parliament. The 2009 Parliament will turn worldwide attention to Melbourne as a destination city with international appeal. The Parliament will run for seven days with approximately 450 events including keynote addresses, seminars, conferences, debates, performances, concerts and exhibitions.

Parliament participants will work with others and within their own traditions to craft faithful responses to:

  • indigenous reconciliation
  • global poverty and global warming
  • environmental care and degradation
  • education of the young and the challenges of social disengagement
  • voluntary and forced migration
  • artistic expression and spirituality and
  • the value of sports

In today’s world, understanding between people of different traditions is not optional. It is essential. The 2009 Parliament will give people of faith, spirit and goodwill new reason to say that peace is still possible.

Job Opportunity

U.S. in the World and the The New America Foundation

U.S. in the World and the New America Foundation are looking for a graduate student (or 3, one in each faith) in religion or a writer of religious history who would be able to help research and write a paper on how the sacred texts and traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Islam help people cope with fear.  We are concerned that too often personal and national decisions are driven by fear.  Yet, there are resources of our faith that can help people and policymakers handle the fear they face.  This project will connect the researcher/writer with many authorities in the field and the paper will be distributed widely.  It will be presented by the author at a significant interfaith conference in Washington in the first quarter of 2010.  Remuneration will be determined by experience.  For more information contact The Rev. David Gray, gray@newamerica.net.

Calls for Submission

Practical Matters, September 15, 2009

The online academic journal Practical Matters is now accepting submissions for its third issue, Ethnography and Theology. Published by the Emory University Graduate Division of Religion with support from the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology (a project of Lilly Endowment Inc.), Practical Matters asks and provokes questions about the study of religious practices and the field of practical theology in a variety of religious traditions and from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches.

What can anthropologists, scholars of religious studies, and theologians say to one another about the doing and creating of ethnography?  A growing scholarly movement seeks to combine ethnographic inquiry with the study of religion and the construction of theology.  This movement has profound implications for the fields of anthropology, religious studies, and theology.  It also impacts the interpretation of  religious traditions in settings where the study of theology and theological discourse is explicit, as well as those in which such constructive work is more implicit.

We are looking for submissions in three categories:1.  Scholarly work on the theme of Ethnography and Theology for peer review;2.  Featured content on Ethnography and Theology such as practitioner reflections, essays, pedagogical reflections, or field notes concerning religious practices, rituals, or other issues of concern for anthropologists, religious studies scholars, theologians, teachers, and practitioners; and3. Reviews of recent books, films, conferences, and other work on broader topics in the fields of religious studies, ethnography, and anthropology.  Journal staff assign reviewers specific works;unsolicited reviews are not accepted. However, we welcome suggestions of works to be reviewed as well as contact by individuals interested in reviewing work for the journal.

Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue, October 1, 2009


The Journal of Inter-Religious Dialogue is a peer-reviewed publication dedicated to innovative research and study of the interactions that take place within and between religious communities. Published online, it is designed to increase both the quality and frequency of interchanges between religious groups and their leaders and scholars. By fostering communication and study, the Journal hopes to contribute to a more tolerant, pluralistic society.

Rather than shying away from discourse on problematic exchanges that take place between religious groups, the Journal seeks articles that approach these "trouble spots" from an informed, academic perspective in order to provide new insight into how difficulties may be overcome, or at least better understood.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of inter-religious studies, we invite articles from a wide array of content areas and fields of study. Examples of possible topics include:

  • The role of religion (positive or negative) within a region prone to conflict
  • New research within a particular religious tradition that may have applications in other traditions
  • Techniques for inter-religious dialogue or programs designed to bring together multiple religious groups
  • Ways in which technology is impacting religious practice or religion is impacting technology
  • Demographic, sociological, psychological, or anthropological research about the function of religion in society
  • Emerging religious traditions
  • Comparative liturgical studies
  • A particular philosophy of religion, as it can be applied to a new situation

All submissions must be the original, previously unpublished work of the author(s). Authors are also advised to read about the Journal and the previous issue prior to submitting an article. Submissions should be around 3,500 words, including references and a 100-word abstract. They should adhere to the Fifteenth Edition of the Chicago Manual of Style, with in-text citations. Co-authored articles are welcomed and encouraged. Articles may be submitted online at www.irdialogue.org/submissions or via e-mail to submissions@irdialogue.org.

The International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology, Ongoing

The International Journal of Sociology and Anthropology is a multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal published that will be monthly by Academic Journals. IJSA is dedicated to increasing the depth of the subject across disciplines with the ultimate aim of expanding knowledge of the subject.

IJSA will cover all areas of the subject. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence, and will publish:

  • Original articles in basic and applied research
  • Case studies
  • Critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries and essays

We invite you to submit your manuscript(s) to IJSA@acadjourn.org for publication. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript(s) within four weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next issue. Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website, http://www.academicjournals.org/IJSA/Instruction.htm.

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