CFP Reactivation and Transformation of Ancient Religions in the Contemporary World

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Call for Papers
May 31, 2021
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Religious Studies and Theology, Social Sciences, Sociology

Call for papers for a special issue of Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (further information below). The resurgence of ancient religions – which is neither the creation of multiple new dogmatic trends nor a desire to return to the foundations – noticed since the end of the 20th century, can be observed today in all countries. In particular, the creation or revival of ancient traditions which are becoming religious expressions are now visible: Tengrism, neoShamanism, Khemitism, neo-Paganism, neo-Druidism and other reconstructions of traditional religions – their manifestations are numerous. This special issue intends to explore the different modes of relationship between various current forms of revivals of ancient religions (hereafter named “neoreligions”), their context and current status, and different political or nationalist currents.

Therefore, we welcome contributions (in English) focusing on these topics: neoreligions and their relationship to the regimes in place; neoreligions as political power or counter-power; neoreligions and national identities (which includes transnational or regional affiliation); environment and ancient religions; modern societies and the appeal of “new ancient” religions; transformations from “ancient” to “neo”; social and cultural reception of the neoreligions.

Abstracts are due for 31 May 2021, full articles for 31 December 2021. The issue is scheduled for the second half of 2022.

The Journal for Religion and Transformation in Contemporary Society (JRAT) is an interdisciplinary, international, online open-access journal with a double-blind peer-review process. It was established in 2015, since 2019 it is published with BRILL. The journal aims at investigating the contribution of religions to the cultural, political, juridical, and aesthetic dynamics in present-day pluralistic societies. Vice versa, it examines the influence of the contemporary processes of social transformation on religions and religious expressions. JRAT is included in SCOPUS.

Contact Info: 

Scholars interested should send a proposal for a title, an abstract (not more than 300 words) and a CV (not more than 150 words) to Dr. Samim Akgönül and Dr. Anne-Laure Zwilling not later than 31 May 2021. 

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