Special Issue "Religious Conflict and Peacebuilding: Advances in the Field"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 December 2021) | Viewed by 7945
Interests: religion, conflict and reconciliation; religion and conflict in Northern Ireland, Zimbabwe and South Africa; religion and change on the island of Ireland; evangelicalism; the emerging church movement
Interests: religion, conflict and reconciliation; religion and politics; religion and human security; climate-induced conflicts, peace and security; Zimbabwe, community development; civil society and social movements
The relationships between religion, conflict and peacebuilding are contested and complex. Challenges to the “myth of religious violence” have problematised Western secular/sacred dichotomies, prompting reflection on the relationship between the religious and the political in conflicts (William Cavanaugh, Karen Armstrong). R. Scott Appleby’s influential emphasis on the “ambivalence of the sacred” has highlighted how religion can be a source of both conflict and peace, an observation that has been supported by a host of empirical case studies from around the world. John Paul Lederach’s pioneering approach to conflict transformation has highlighted the impact of faith-based actors in peacebuilding, in conjunction with myriad other factors.
Scholars have continued to theorise the “religious factor” in conflict and in peacebuilding, stimulating debates about the relationship between religion and the state/political power, religion’s embeddedness in civil societies, the importance of religious ideas/theologies, rituals and discourses of forgiveness and reconciliation, religion and human security, the strengths and limitations faith-based actors bring to peace processes, and more.
This Special Issue aims to provoke debate on established theoretical concepts in the study of religious conflict and peacebuilding while at the same time providing a platform for the emergence of new concepts and theoretical approaches. It also will emphasise the link between empirical case studies and theoretical development in the study of religious conflict and peacebuilding, encouraging contributions that offer compelling new perspectives and examples from the field.
We welcome submissions from a range of academic disciplines, including interdisciplinary work. We seek contributions that examine any conflict with religious dimensions in both the Global South and the Global North and that engage with world religions (in all their diversity) as well as traditional religions.
To that end, contributions are encouraged that:
- Interrogate the concept of “religious conflict”, questioning the appropriateness and application of this term;
- Analyse the “religious factor” in conflict, engaging with the idea that religion functions as a surrogate for political conflicts;
- Examine the impact of secularisation and/or re-sacralisation on approaches to religious conflict and peacebuilding;
- Offer cross-national comparisons of the role of religion in conflict and/or peacebuilding;
- Use empirical case studies to formulate new concepts or theories;
- Reveal fresh insights on the role of groups that have been neglected in the study of religion, conflict and peacebuilding, including women, indigenous groups, youth, “traditional” religions, and more;
- In the context of new challenges introduced by the COVID-19 pandemic, examine the role of religion in contributing to polarisation or resilience and human security.
The deadline for submitting proposals is 4 June 2021. Proposal abstracts of up to 200 words should be sent to the guest editors via email: Gladys Ganiel <[email protected]> and Joram Taursarira <[email protected]>. The deadline for final manuscript submissions is 31 December 2021.
Dr. Gladys Ganiel
Dr. Joram Tarusarira
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