Special Issues

Religions runs special issues to create collections of papers on specific topics. The aim is to build a community of authors and readers to discuss the latest research and develop new ideas and research directions. Special Issues are led by Guest Editors who are experts in the subject and oversee the editorial process for papers. Papers published in a Special Issue will be collected together on a dedicated page of the journal website. For any inquiries related to a Special Issue, please contact the Editorial Office.

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Religion, Animals, and X submission deadline 15 Dec 2021
Keywords: animals; animals and religion; animal ethics; animal studies; human; human-animal relations; religion; theory and method
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
God, Markets, and Ethics
edited by David Clairmont, and Ebenezer Akesseh
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021
Keywords: comparative religion; business ethics; theology and economics; political economy; capitalism; virtue ethics and business; theology and law; justice and business; work; vocation
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Buddhism and Modernity in Asian Societies
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Buddhist modernism; local and transnational movements; new Buddhist networks; inter-faith activities of Buddhist nuns; Buddhist nationalism; political monks; appropriation of Buddhist symbols; pilgrimage; mindfulness movement in Asia
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Humanist and Secular Spiritual Care: Concepts and Practices in Changing Contexts
edited by
submission deadline 15 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: humanism; spiritual care; secularization; methods; societal changes
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The Liturgy in the Middle Ages
edited by
submission deadline 20 Dec 2021
Keywords: liturgy; Middle Ages; sacraments; ceremonies; ritual
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religious Representations in and around War
edited by and Akira Nishimura
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: religion; war
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Exploring Modern Religious Changes from the Perspective of Narrative Theology
edited by Verna Marina Ehret
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: narrative; theology; identity; change; culture; conflict; environment; politics; society
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Nonviolence and Religion
edited by Ephraim Meir, Ed Noort, and
submission deadline 30 Dec 2021 | 6 articles
Keywords: religion; nonviolence; violence; M.K. Gandhi; Judaism; Christianity; Islam; Buddhism; Hinduism; Jainism; interreligious dialogue; gender; hermeneutics; anthropology; civil resistance; civil disobedience; pacifism; non-cooperation; coexistence; peace activists
Buddhist Practice for the Crises That Face Us
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist practice; Sunyata/Emptiness; Pratitya Samutpada/Interconnectedness; “ right” action; social; political and environmental change
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Traditional Chinese State Ritual System of Sacrifice to Mountain and Water Spirits
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 2 articles
Keywords: Confucian ritual culture; Chinese state sacrificial system; five sacred peaks; five strongholds; four seas; four waterways; Chinese religions; historical geography; sacred space; temple art and literature
Religious Conflict and Peacebuilding: Advances in the Field submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: Religion and Conflict; Religion and Peacebuilding; Religious Violence/Terrorism; Reconciliation; Forgiveness
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Neocharismatic Christianity and Secularism
edited by and Jon Bialecki
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Unlocking Sacred Landscapes: Religious and Insular Identities in Context submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 7 articles
Keywords: island societies; sacred landscapes; ritual and cult; official; popular and personal religions; visual and material culture
The Historical Interaction between Nationalism and Christian Theology
edited by John D. Wilsey and Mark T. Edwards
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: nationalism; religion; identity; culture; Christianity; theology; church; state
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Religious Studies on Neoliberalism
edited by Carl Raschke
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 4 articles
Keywords: neoliberalism; colonialism; decoloniality; capitalism; religious studies; cosmopolitanism; meritocracy; globalism; populism; indigenous religions; Great Reset; multiculturalism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Critical Perspectives on Religion, Sex, and Human Trafficking
edited by Yvonne Zimmerman and Lauren McGrow
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: human trafficking; labor trafficking; sex work; queer theory; post-colonial theory; neoliberalism; capitalism; freedom; religious studies; religious beliefs (theology)
Pastoral Care to the Joshua Generation-from Exile to Exodus
edited by Arthur Pressley
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
The Russian Orthodox Church After the Post-Soviet Transition
edited by and Dmitry Uzlaner
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Russian Orthodoxy; Russian Orthodox Church; society; politics; post-communism; nationalism; transnationalism; activism; protest
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Multicultural Worship: Theory and Practice
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: multiculturalism; worship; liturgy; theology of worship; multicultural worship; Christian worship; intergenerational worship; ecumenical worship; interfaith worship; bilingual worship; joint worship
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Beyond the Mainland: Buddhist Communities in Maritime Southeast Asia
edited by Jack Meng-Tat Chia
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: Buddhism; Buddhist institutions; Buddhist practices; maritime Southeast Asia; Brunei; East Timor; Indonesia; Malaysia; Philippines; Singapore
Gender, Nature and Religious Re-enchantment in the Anthropocene
edited by Catrien Notermans and
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: gender; nature; (lived) religion; Anthropocene; more-than-human sociality; ritual; embodied practices; animism; nature pilgrimage; ecology; environmental care; sensory ethnography
Academic Activities at Religious Universities from a Historical Perspective
edited by , Komine Kazuaki, Lili Yang and Yang Gao
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 1 articles
Keywords: religious university; higher education; religion; governance; academic activitites  
Critical Approaches to 'Religion' in Japan: Case Studies and Redescriptions
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: critical religion; sui generis religion; religious– secular distinction; Japan; discourse; redescription
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
The Role of Religion in Criminology
edited by Byron R. Johnson, Sung Joon Jang and Michael Hallett
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021
Keywords: crime/delinquency; prisons; offender treatment; prosocial behavior; religion/religiosity; congregations
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Research with Religio-Cultural Heritage in Africa
edited by Chammah Judex Kaunda and Tinyiko Sam Maluleke
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 3 articles
Keywords: Decoloniality; decolonization and coloniality; posthuman and transhumanism; afrofuturism; nationalism and patriotism; African Pentecostalism (megachurches; prosperity; prophetism; witchcraft); science and technology; interreligious relations; race and racism; development and human progress; arts and poetry
The Hebrew Bible, Race, and Racism
edited by
submission deadline 31 Dec 2021 | 9 articles
Keywords: Hebrew Bible; race; racism; colonialism; slavery; interpretation; scholarship
Contemporary Muslim Thought and Identity
edited by Meena Sharify-Funk and Rory Dickson
submission deadline 1 Jan 2022
Keywords: authority; ethics; Islamophobia; Jihadism; gender; race; reform; revival; Salafism; Sufism; tradition
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Constantinople and its Peripheries: The Mechanisms of Liturgical Byzantinisation
edited by
submission deadline 1 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: Eastern Christian liturgy; Byzantine liturgy
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Religion, Spirituality and Psychosocial Well-Being
edited by , and Carolina Marín Martín
submission deadline 10 Jan 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: religion; spirituality; psychosocial well-being; spiritually integrated interventions; social connectedness; social interaction; social support; group identity; social adjustment; acculturation process; environmental care; sense of belonging; health
Religious Representation and the Philosophy of Film
edited by Adam Barkman
submission deadline 14 Jan 2022 | 3 articles
Keywords: religious representation; philosophy of film; divine representation; religious films; international films; aesthetics; film theory; religious practitioners; God; Christ-type
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Continuity and Change according to Hindu and Buddhist Religious Philosophies submission deadline 15 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: Hindu philosophy; Buddhist philosophy; continuity; change; realism; relations; sambandha; universals; Sāmānya; Self; Ātman; ultimate reality; Brahman; God; objects; speech; Śabda; Vāk
Globalization and East Asian Religions
edited by Ugo Dessì and Lukas Pokorny
submission deadline 15 Jan 2022
Keywords: globalization; East Asian religions; glocalization; transnationalism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Catholic Education and the Liberal Arts
edited by Leonardo Franchi
submission deadline 31 Jan 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: beauty; music; science; literature; history; teacher formation; Catholic education; liberal arts
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Apostasy and Other Forms of Leaving Religion submission deadline 31 Jan 2022
Keywords: apostasy; leaving religion; non-religion; religious exit
The Premodern Mind: Scientific and Religious Thought from the Middle Ages to the Reformation
edited by
submission deadline 31 Jan 2022 | 6 articles
Keywords: medieval; renaissance; reformation; intellectual history; history of ideas; hagiography; history of science; magic; astrology; witchcraft
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Exploring Atheism submission deadline 31 Jan 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: atheism; non-religion; cross-cultural; indigenous; multidisciplinary; WEIRD; within-group variation; developing countries
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Practical Theology Amid Environmental Crises submission deadline 31 Jan 2022
Keywords: climate change; practical theology; Anthropocene; environmental crisis; anthropocentrism; ecological justice
The Divine: She/Her/Hers—Global Goddess Traditions
edited by and Jeffrey Clark Ruff
submission deadline 1 Feb 2022
Keywords: goddess; Devi; Earth Mother; ecofeminism; women’ s empowerment; Sakti; yoga; sacred sexual arts; feminism; Neo Paganism; Amaterasu; Guan Yin; Virgin Mary
Propaganda: A Hindu View
edited by
submission deadline 1 Feb 2022
Keywords: Anthropocentrism; Anti-Hinduism; Bias; Bigotry; Caste; Christianity; Colonialism; Coloniality; Cultural Studies; Dehumanization; Eurocentrism; Genocide; Globalization; Hindus; Hinduism; Hinduphobia; Iconoclasm; India; Indian diaspora; Islam; Media; News; Orientalism; Postcolonial Studies; Propaganda; Racism; Stereotyping; Terrorism; Violence; Xenophobia; Yoga; War
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Jewish Theological Ideologies
edited by
submission deadline 5 Feb 2022
Keywords: ideology; theology; political theology; politics of identity; political messianism
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Social Inequality and Heterogeneity in Religious Education
edited by Alexander Unser
submission deadline 15 Feb 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: religious education; social inequality; classroom composition; heterogeneity
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Yoga: A Window to Embodied Theology and Spirituality
edited by Helene T. Russell
submission deadline 15 Feb 2022 | 1 articles
Keywords: Yoga; Theology; Embodiment; Body; Spirituality; Well-being
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Ethical and Epistemological Aspects of 'Dialogue': Exploring the Potential of the Second-Person Perspective
edited by , Christian Wiese and
submission deadline 15 Feb 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: dialogue and existential transformation; Buber; Rosenzweig; Bakhtin; Levinas; Rosenstock– Huessy; modern German-Jewish thought; post-Holocaust theology; philosophy of dialogue; hermeneutics; polyphony; communication
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Humanities/Philosophies)
Religion and the Atomic Age
edited by Yuki Miyamoto and Susumu Shimazono
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022 | 4 articles
Keywords: religion; worldview/s; the atomic age; radiation exposure; uranium mining; nuclear tests; nuclear waste; environmental contamination; community
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
Revisioning Latin American Christian Theology
edited by and Yenny Delgado-Qullaw
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022 | 2 articles
Keywords: Latin America Christianity; multi-cultural dynamics; faith and ethnicity; indigenous expressions of Christianity; contextual theology and hermeneutics; public theology and ethics
(This special issue belongs to the Section Religions and Theologies)
Reconsidering Hindu–Christian Relations
edited by Chad M. Bauman and Michelle Voss Roberts
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022
Keywords: Hindu; Christian; studies; relations; dialogue; interaction; conflict; peace; Theology; Philosophy; History; Anthropology; Hindu– Christian
Religious and Spiritual Needs in Palliative Care
edited by
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022
Keywords: spirituality; religion; spiritual needs; spiritual care; palliative care; hospice; end of life
Nonreligion in Central and Eastern Europe
edited by Bulcsu Bognár and Marta Trzebiatowska
submission deadline 28 Feb 2022
Keywords: nonreligion; Central and Eastern Europe; Catholicism; everyday nonreligion; discrimination; gender; class; politics; morality; social space
Ethics, Religion, and Spiritual Health: Intersections With Artificial Intelligence or Other Human Enhancement Technologies
edited by and Calvin Mercer
submission deadline 1 Mar 2022
Keywords: artificial intelligence; ethics; spiritual and religious health; biohacking; enhancement
Religion, Gender, Race, and Citizenship: Intersecting Barriers to Participation and Belonging
edited by
submission deadline 1 Mar 2022
Keywords: gender; race; religion; citizenship; participation; belonging
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