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The Journal of Festive Studies

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 - 2:29pm
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, November 1, 2017

The Journal of Festive Studies, a new peer-reviewed journal published on H-Celebration, invites submissions for its first issue, scheduled for March 2018.

The journal’s stated aim is to draw together all academics who share an interest in festivities, including but not limited to holiday celebrations, family rituals, carnivals, religious feasts, processions and parades, and civic commemorations.

UPDATED: MLA 2018 Special Session: Catholicism’s Gothic Legacy

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:19am
Geremy Carnes
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

This proposed MLA 2018 (January 4-7, NYC) session seeks papers that address the relationship between Catholicism and English Gothic literature in ways that move beyond simplistic observations of the genre’s use of anti-Catholic tropes. Especially welcome are papers that situate Gothic literature in the history of English Catholicism or which approach the religious content and contexts of Gothic literature from “post-secular” points of view. Papers might examine anything from 18th- and early 19th-century Catholicism’s influence on the rise of Gothic literature, to the lingering anti-Catholicism (or, conversely, Catholic nostalgia) in 21st-century Gothic literature and/or film, or anything in between.

Religion and Literature Permanent Section (MMLA 2017)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 1:19pm
Midwest Modern Language Association
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

In keeping with the MMLA conference theme, “Arts and Activism,” the Religion and Literature permanent section welcomes proposals that address works and writers who explore the ways in which religion and activism intersect. Papers may ask questions such as (but not limited to): How do writers address the social and/or political forces that encourage either religious conversion or loss of faith? How do writers examine radical disbelief? What are the influences of religious conservatism on social movements? How do religious movements shape secular culture and vice versa? How do religious movements influence secular social and civil rights movements and vice versa? How do race, ethnicity, gender and/or sexuality influence religious activist movements?

UCSIA Summer School 2017 'Between Market, State and Religion'

Tuesday, May 9, 2017 - 8:43am
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, May 14, 2017

Call for papers - Between Market, State and Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice and Faith Traditions- UCSIA Summer School, 27 Aug-2 Sept 2017, Antwerp, Belgium

3th UCSIA summer school on ‘Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation’


Call for applications


2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”

Sunday 27 August -  Saturday 2 September 2017

Antwerp, Belgium


Women and Heresy

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 3:38pm
Call for Contributions to the Spring 2017 Issue of exCommunicated
deadline for submissions: 
Monday, May 1, 2017

exCommunicated, the publication of the International Society for Heresy Studies, is looking for contributions from writers and academics on the subjects of heresy, blasphemy, and non-belief. An international, interdisciplinary, and non-sectarian academic organization, the ISHS is committed to investigating the subject of heresy as broadly defined, across disciplines including history, literature, religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology, art history, gender studies, cultural studies, area studies, and other subjects. Since the organization’s founding in 2014, it has held two successful international conferences and  released five issues of exCommunicated.

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Cultures of Violence in South Asia

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - 4:06pm
Anindya Sekhar Purkayastha, Associate Professor of English, Kazi Nazrul University
deadline for submissions: 
Thursday, June 1, 2017

Editorial Special Issue of Kairos: A Journal of Critical Symposium  (Vol. 2, Issue 1, 2017)


Religion and the Formation of US Literary Histories (Roundtable)

Monday, March 13, 2017 - 9:28am
MLA 2018
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

In The Islamic Lineage of American Literary Culture (Oxford UP, 2016), Jeffery Einboden writes that his "excavat[ion]" of "Arabic and Persion precedents that shaped U.S. authorial lives and letters" rests on the ongoing "remappings of U.S. literary origins" which have redefinined the ways we think about authorship, nation-states, and literary texts in the wake of the transnational turn.

'Nihilism .. Utopianism'

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 2:20pm
Modern Horizons Journal
deadline for submissions: 
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nihilism… Utopianism (June 2017)


For the June 2017 issue of Modern Horizons we welcome submissions of essays on the theme of ‘Nihilism … Utopianism’.

On either side of life and underlying the meaningful forms we inhabit and live as individuals is – what? –something? –nothing? This basic and enduring question may be thickened for us through the temporal and metaphysical inquiries of nihilism and utopianism—intellectual and spiritual stances that critically engage with the ways we affirm or gainsay our familiar yet different worlds. Through a variety of papers and perspectives at our conference, we aim to address different positive and negative approaches to these two great themes.

Social Activism in American Religious Literature (MMLA 2017)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 10:59am
American Religion and Literature Society
deadline for submissions: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The American Religion and Literature Society invites proposals for our panel at the 2017 Midwest Modern Language Association convention, November 9-12, 2017 in Cincinnati, OH.

Session title: “Social Activism in American Religious Literature” 

SCSC 2017: Milwaukee (26-29 Oct)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 11:01am
Sixteenth Century Society and Conference
deadline for submissions: 
Saturday, April 15, 2017

The Sixteenth Century Society and Conference (SCSC) is now accepting proposals for individual presentation submissions and complete panels for its 2017 annual conference, to be held 26-29 October 2017 at Hyatt Regency Hotel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The deadline for proposals is April 15, 2017. Visit the SCSC website ( for more information and links to submit proposals.