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Research Network Newsletter

No 3 march 2016

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to send out the third newsletter of the “Religion and Public Institutions” Research Network. In the newsletter, you will find information about new publications, calls for papers and other relevant information.

We hope you enjoy reading it!


Special issue: “Institutional Responses to Religious Diversity” of the Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society – JJ-RaT, 2 (1):

  • Astrid Mattes , Jim Mourão Permoser and Kristina Stoeckl (2016). “Introduction: Institutional Responses to Religious Diversity”. Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society – JJ-RaT, 2(1), pp. 2-11.

  • Martínez-Ariño, J. and Griera, M. (2016) "Responses to religious diversity in Spain", Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society – J-RaT, 2(1), pp. 37-59.

  • Reiss, Wolfram (2016). “Der Umgang mit religiösen Minderheiten in der österreichischen Armee. Interdisciplinary Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society” – J-RaT, 2(1), pp. 83-114.


Special issue: “Muslim Military Chaplaincy” of the journal Religion, State and Society, 43 (1):

  • Hafiz, Asim (2015). “Muslim Chaplaincy in the UK: The Chaplaincy Approach as a Way to a Modern Imamate.” Religion, State & Society 43 (1): 85–99.

  • Krainz, Ulrich (2015). “‘Newcomer Religions’ as an Organisational Challenge: Recognition of Islam in the Austrian Armed Forces.” Religion, State & Society 43 (1): 59–72.

  • Michalowski, Ines (2015). “What Is at Stake When Muslims Join the Ranks? An International Comparison of Military Chaplaincy.” Religion, State & Society 43 (1): 41–58.

  • Settoul, Elyamine (2015). “‘You’re in the French Army now!’Institutionalising Islam in the Republic’s Army.” Religion, State & Society 43 (1): 73–84.

  • Stoeckl, Kristina, and Roy, Olivier (2015). “Muslim Soldiers, Muslim Chaplains: The Accommodation of Islam in Western Militaries.” Religion, State & Society 43 (1): 35–40.

Messner, Francis (2015). Public Authorities and the Training of Religious Personnel in Europe, Granada: Editorial Comares.

Call for Papers and Conferences

23rd Nordic Conference for the Sociology of Religion.

17-19 August (2016). University of Helsinki. Finland.

Session 1. Religiosity in public institutions


Magdalena Nordin (Lund University),

Lene Kühle (Aarhus University),

Public institutions are important sites for exploring the ongoing individualization of religiosity in contemporary societies. They are excellent places to study the constructions of religiosity in (late)modern societies outside specific manifest religious settings, because in these places constructions of religiosity becomes visible and measurable, and probably captures a broad spectrum of religiosity. However these constructions of religiosity have to be adjusted to fit into the regulations of the public institutions. The processes of negotiation, contestation and accommodation of religiosity within public institutions not only show how religiosity is constructed and understood by individuals, but also contribute to understand the changing role of historical churches and religious minorities in current societies. This panel aims to bring together researchers studying the construction of religiosity in public institutions such as – but not restricted to – hospitals, prisons or schools.

23-28 July (2016). Relocating.

Panel: Religion, Education Alternatives and Citizenship

Convenor:  Dr. Alberta Giorgi

Chair: Dr. Alberta Giorgi.  Co-chair: Dr. Mariachiara Giorda

The public systems of education are supposed to teach the prospective citizens about their future duties and rights. The relationship between religion and education is indeed a crucial matter: it deals with how future citizens will live and work in societies where religious and cultural diversity will be a fact, therefore it concerns the values, identity and capacity to deal with pluralism and diversity of future citizens. Supranational institutions, such as the EU, variously approached the topic of the role of religious diversity in education: broadly speaking, there is a general agreement on the importance of respecting families’ freedom of education, promoting at the same time intercultural dialogue and mutual respect.

In this frame, with the aim of promoting religiously-inspired education, religious groups have different options, ranging from the promotion of alternative (and competing) schools and schooling to complementary forms of education, such as the weekly Catholic catechesis. The inclusion and/or recognition of diplomas issued by faith-based schools, complementary education, and home-schooling in the systems of public education are characterized by a high degree of variety, depending on the countries’ legal frameworks and political orientation towards public education. In this panel, we will address the topic of religion and education by specifically focusing on the features of ‘alternative’ (meaning: complementary or competing) religious education.

2016 Eurel conference “Governance and religion”

29-30 September (2016). Luxembourg

The international conference Governance and Religion in Europe is jointly organised by the Eurel network of sociologists and legal scholars of religion, and the University of Luxembourg. The Conference aims at focusing on the role of religion in European policy-making and law. Its approaches will be based in political science, sociology, and law.

Other News

Zotero Library 

Our Zotero library has been updated with new publications. Please, do not hesitate to take a look at it. You may find interesting articles, books, book chapters and other relevant publications of interest for your work. Also, if you realise that any of your publications relevant to our topic is missing, please let us know and we will include them as soon as possible.

Websites recommended

We recommend the short essays on “Encountering Religious Diversity” published in the framework of the Pluralism Project (Harvard University). Several of them deal with the role of religion in public institutions (courts, hospitals and schools).  

Documentary recommended

We recommend the documentary, Freedom behind bars (2014) realised by the NGO Worldprem. The documentary shows the lived experience of a group of inmates that voluntarily participated in a yoga quarantine in a Catalan prison between July and August 2013.

This  experimental practice has been also the object of a current research on yoga developed by Mar Griera and Anna Clot-Garrell.

Freedom behind bars (2014) realised by the NGO Worldprem

Finally, we would like to invite you all to participate actively in the Religion and Public Institutions Research Network. In order to keep our Blog and Newsletter updated and useful for all of us, we need your collaboration! We encourage you to send us any news, calls for papers, conferences and other information that you would like to circulate through the Newsletter. We would also be very grateful if you could send us any new publications on religion in public institutions to enrich our Zotero collection. And if you find there are things in the Newsletter that are missing or that should be improved, please let us know.

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