Call for Proposal: Handbook of Research on Diversity and Gender Differences in Spiritual Experiences

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November 3, 2022
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Humanities, Sexuality Studies, Social Sciences, Sociology, Women's & Gender History / Studies

Call for Chapters: Handbook of Research on Diversity and Gender Differences in Spiritual Experiences


Essien Essien, University of Uyo

Call for Chapters

Proposals Submission Deadline: July 6, 2022
Full Chapters Due: November 3, 2022
Submission Date: November 3, 2022



Contemporary scholarship on diversity reveals that societies today are increasingly characterized by their ethnic, racial, cultural, and religious miscellany. But far from being a curious datum of human existence, diversity has emerged as a key disquiet for many societies at the turn of the new century. Yet the meaning attached to this expression are varied and shifting especially the differences that caused many to lose sight of the imperative of common humanity which culminates into numerous conflicts and protestations. This arguments corollary is that, given the inherent values and intrinsic functions of diversity in many societies of the world, the multi-cultural, multi-religious, and multi-ethnic configuration of many societies today presents a scenario of acute crisis of identify for which its design is characterized by heightened distinctiveness’ in spirituality, politics, fundamentalism, and cultural intolerance. Specifically, in every society, diversity is often complicated by the considerations of the intersections of gender and religion. Given that religion is particularly shaped by and intertwined with its social context, as well as constructed by social actors through social relations in complex ways, then conversations of the intersectionality of diversity with bias to gender, sex, and religion is also clearly socially located. This social location as well includes spatial location, which is continuously changing geographies and is also linked to shifting demographies with its dynamics of the complex picture of new diversity. Illustratively, religious diversity, for instance, expresses a major way in which people in societies are different and sometimes through its institutional and power structures are enabled to be different. Oftentimes, religious differences help to structure and restructure the stratification system of the society. Religious differences stand in relation to and intersect with other social characteristics in determining power distribution, exclusion, inclusion, recognition, and invisibility in the society. Nonetheless, such intersecting criteria include gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class, and what one can largely categorize as culture. It must be acknowledged that the boundary between the religious and the not religious in every society is oftentimes fuzzy; with multiple identities co-existing within the same person and frequently layered and intersect with principally gender and sexuality. In rare cases though, the question of flexibility characterized many religious adherents who have no strong religious identity, and are, therefore, susceptible to religion informing their approach to matters of sexuality, including pre-marital sex. This conceptualization of diversity in the world today raises the question of diversity in multidimensional perspectives such as religion, gender, sex, the degree of acceptance in the public sphere, the ideological commitment to values of diversity and the increasing scope of acceptability of multiple layers of diversity in the society. It also interrogates how diversity (especially religious) manifest itself in the society, how it provides sites for political contestation and stratification as well as inclusion and/or exclusion, how it affects other social dimensions, and how to respond to it in the effort toward a more peaceable and just societies which are clearly very complex.


The overall objective and mission of this proposed book project shall be to contribute multi-dimensionally toward increasing the pool of knowledge in scholarship. The volume will be an international multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed medium for research on all aspects of ideas for the arts, education, social sciences, and the humanities discipline. It will focus specifically on both conceptual or theoretically approaches and case studies or essays demonstrating how advanced information and scientific research can further scholarly understanding of the subject matter of diversity from the perspective of religion, culture, language, identity, gender, sex and women affairs.

Target Audience

The intended audience for this volume shall comprise of researchers in various research institutes and other institutions of higher learning, academicians, postgraduate students, undergraduate students, development actors, religious organizations and its readers, theological colleges and related institutions, government officials, agencies and institutions, managers of businesses, individuals, and the general public.

Recommended Topics

1. Gender, Identity And Spirituality 2. Diversity And Religious Leadership 3. Diversity, Gender Differences and Politics 4. Diversity and Religious Identity Construction 5. The Conflict Between Religious Identity and Culture 6. The Convergence of Diversity, with Spirituality, Culture, Values and Non-Religion 7. Religion, Universalization and Diversity 8. Religious Institutions, Identity and Diversity 9. Diversity and the Provision of Spiritual and Health Services 10. Islam, Islamic Sects, and the Question of Diversity 11. The Media and Religious Diversity 12. Education, Religious Literacy and Diversity 13. Social Institution and Religious Diversity 14. Religious Freedom and Diversity 15. Islam and Women Oppression In Contemporary Society 16. Religious Language, Sign Language, Interpretation of Religious Preaching & Diversity 17. The Bible, Historical Jesus and Diversity 18. The Quran, Prophet Mohammed And Diversity 19. Diversity, Transgender and Spirituality 20. Spiritual Path and Gender Identity 21. Diversity, God and Gender Creation 22. Pentecostalism, Gender Religiousness and Diversity 23. Religious Leadership and Gender Discrimination 24. Status of Women and Freedom of Religion 25. Religion, Discrimination, and Religion-Cultural Practices 26. Spirituality and Patriarchal Interpretations in Religion 27. Gender, Religion, Spirituality and Inequality 28. Religion and the Culture of Male Domination 29. Religion, Spirituality and Being a Woman 30. Religion and The Control of Women 31. Religion and Male Dominance 32. Diversity and Gender Development in Major World Religions 33. Religion, Diversity, Gender, and Ethics 34. Diversity, Family and Marriage 35. Diversity, Identities and Citizenship 36. Diversity, Governmentality and Human Rights 37. Diversity and Philosophical Questions 38. Spirituality in Relation to Culture and Diversity 39. Diversity and Identity Religiosity 40. Diversity, Power Relation and Law 41. Morality, Diversity and Religious Ethics

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before July 6, 2022, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors will be notified by July 20, 2022 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines.Full chapters are expected to be submitted by November 3, 2022, and all interested authors must consult the guidelines for manuscript submissions at prior to submission. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.

Note: There are no submission or acceptance fees for manuscripts submitted to this book publication, Handbook of Research on Diversity and Gender Differences in Spiritual Experiences. All manuscripts are accepted based on a double-blind peer review editorial process.

All proposals should be submitted through the eEditorial Discovery® online submission manager.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), an international academic publisher of the "Information Science Reference" (formerly Idea Group Reference), "Medical Information Science Reference," "Business Science Reference," and "Engineering Science Reference" imprints. IGI Global specializes in publishing reference books, scholarly journals, and electronic databases featuring academic research on a variety of innovative topic areas including, but not limited to, education, social science, medicine and healthcare, business and management, information science and technology, engineering, public administration, library and information science, media and communication studies, and environmental science. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This publication is anticipated to be released in 2023.

Important Dates

July 6, 2022: Proposal Submission Deadline
July 20, 2022: Notification of Acceptance
November 3, 2022: Full Chapter Submission
January 1, 2023: Review Results Returned
February 12, 2023: Final Acceptance Notification
February 26, 2023: Final Chapter Submission


Essien Essien University of Uyo

Business and Management; Computer Science and Information Technology; Education; Environmental, Agricultural, and Physical Sciences; Library and Information Science; Medical, Healthcare, and Life Sciences; Media and Communications; Government and Law; Social Sciences and Humanities

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Dr. Essien D. Essien

University of Uyo, Uyo