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Call for the ISSR Best Article Award

The ISSR invites nominations for an award for the best article in the sociology of religion. Journal articles published in 2019 or in 2020 in French or English may be nominated by the author(s) or ISSR members by sending a nomination letter and the article in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Best Article Award Committee, Yannick Fer (). The winner or winners will receive their awards at the 2021 ISSR Conference. They will be reimbursed their registration fees and up to EUR 1,000 in travel costs incurred for attending the Conference.

The articles can be nominated from 1st September 2020, the deadline for nominations is 31 January 2021. Candidates must be in good standing for the current membership period.

Deadline for evaluation: 31 May 2021.

Call for the ISSR Student Paper Award

The ISSR invites nominations for an award for the best first published paper by a graduate student or candidate who has received their doctorate in the last five years. Papers published in 2019 or in 2020 in French or English may be nominated by the author(s) or ISSR members by sending a nomination letter and the article in electronic format to the Chair of the ISSR Student Paper Award Committee, Jörg Stolz ().  The winner or winners will receive their awards at the 2021 ISSR Conference. They will be reimbursed their registration fees and up to EUR 1,000 in travel costs incurred for attending the Conference.

The articles can be nominated from 1st September 2020, the deadline for nominations is 31 January 2021. Candidates must be in good standing for the current membership period.

Deadline for evaluation: 31 May 2021.

Call for proposals for the ISSR best book award

The ISSR invites nominations for an award for the best book in sociology of religion. Please note that this doesn’t include edited volumes. Books published in 2019 or in 2020 in French or English may be nominated by the author(s) or ISSR members by sending a nomination letter and the book in pdf or ebook format (no sending by postal mail) to the Chair of the ISSR Book Award Committee,Mary-Jo Neitz (). The winner or winners will receive their awards at the 2021 ISSR Conference. They will be reimbursed their registration fees and up to EUR 1,000 in travel costs incurred for attending the Conference.

The books can be nominated from 1st June 2020, the deadline for nominations is 30 September 2020. Candidates must be in good standing for the current membership period.

Deadline for evaluation: 31 May 2021.

For any further information, please contact the coordinator of the ISSR Award Committees, Yannick Fer ().

2019 Awards winners

ISSR Best Book Award

Genevieve Zubrzycki. Beheading the Saint: Nationalism, Religion and Secularism in Quebec, Chicago, London:  The University of Chicago Press, 2016.

ISSR Best Article Award

Dana Kaplan and Rachel Werczberger. New Age, New Economy, New Middle Class: Jewish New Age in Israel and Politics of Identity », Sociology, 2017, Vol. 51(3): 1-17.

ISSR Best Student Paper Award

Emanuelle Degli Esposti. "The aesthetics of ritual – contested identities and conflicting performances in the Iraqi Shi’a diaspora: Ritual, performance and identity change", Politics 2018, Vol. 38(1): 68-83.

Past winners

ISSR Best Book Award

2017: Véronique Altglas. 2014. From Yoga to Kabbalah: religious exoticism and the logics of bricolage. Oxford University Press.

ISSR International Workshop Funding

2019: "Understanding urban religion: heritage, public space and governance", organised by Paul Bramadat (University of Victoria, Canada), Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig, Germany), Mar Griera (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain) and Julia Martínez-Ariño (University of Groningen, Netherlands).

2015: "Is Secularism Bad for Women? Women and religious change in contemporary Europe", organized by Kristin Aune (UK), Mia Lövheim (Sweden), Terhi Utriainen (Finland), Alberta Giorgi (Portugal), and Teresa Toldy (Portugal).

ISSR Best Article Award

2017: Francesco Piraino – “Between real and virtual communities: Sufism in Western societies and the Naqshbandi Haqqani case”, Social Compass 63(1): 93-108, 106.

2015: David Voas, Siobhan McAndrew, and Ingrid Storm (2013) "Modernisation and the Gender Gap in Religiosity: Evidence from Cross-national European Surveys". Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozialpsychologie, 65(S1):259-283.

ISSR Student Paper Award

2017: Josselin Tricou –  La « cathosphère », montée en puissance de nouvelles autorités religieuses? TIC & Société 9(1-2), 2016. 2017: Josselin Tricou –  La « cathosphère », montée en puissance de nouvelles autorités religieuses? TIC & Société 9(1-2), 2016.

2017: An honourable mention  for Gabrielle Angey - “La mission dans les écoles turques du mouvement de Fethullah Gülen en Afrique subsaharienne », Politique Africaine, no. 3, 2015.

2015: Jean-François Bauduin (2014) "Le réseau raélien du monde physique à celui d'Internet : prosélytisme et encadrement des pratiques communautaires". Revue Electronique Réguler le Religieux, Janvier:1-25.

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