Special Issue "Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Solange Lefebvre
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Guest Editor
Research Chair in management of cultural and religious diversity, Institute for Religious Studies; Director of the Research Center on religions and spiritualities, University of Montreal, Montréal, QC H3T 1P1, Canada
Interests: diversity; religious heritage; politics; youth and generations; sociology and anthropology
Prof. Dr. Roberta Ricucci
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Guest Editor
Department of Cultures, Politics and Society, University of Turin, Turin 10100, Italy
Interests: Migration; Muslim in Western countries; religion; identity
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Issue on cultural and religious diversity is intended to mobilize knowledge and experiences in relation to the coronavirus pandemic on a global level, from an interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary perspective. It will reflect on the way individuals, groups, and nations are addressing the crisis from non-religious or religious perspectives. Articles could offer empirical data (history, interviews, media analysis, contextual analysis) or theoretical analysis. We hope to receive proposals from many countries and in multiple disciplines. Historical as well as contemporary perspectives are welcome. Potential themes are as follows:

1) Creating meaning

How are nones, religious individuals and groups, and science making sense of the pandemic? What kind of rituals are being created to get through these difficult times? How is death ritualized and understood? How are employees who are risking their lives to save others reflecting about their involvement? What about fear, sickness, suffering, arts, and faith in the future?

2) Innovations, imagination, and conflicts

How are religions celebrating or communicating virtually? What are the contributions of religions during the crisis? How are nones and religions uniting around the same fight? How are some fundamentalists resisting the recommendations of authorities? What kind of intergenerational relations and critical discourses are emerging from the crisis?

3) Apocalyptic and conspiracy theory viewpoints

What kind of apocalyptic and conspiracy theorist views are circulating? How are relationships between science, health, and religions/nonreligion being developed?

4) Changes in perception of religious institutions

How are religious people and nones perceiving religious institutions during this time? How are their decisions and involvement in helping people being evaluated? To what extent is new media being used successfully by religious leaders, and what lessons can be learned from this for the future?

5) Other major themes

What does the crisis say about globalization, economy, the environment, animals, and humans?

The deadline for submitting proposals is 9 October 2020. Proposals should be sent to guest editors via email, Lefebvre Solange <[email protected]> or Roberta Ricucci <[email protected]>. The deadline for final manuscript submissions is 31 March 2021.

Prof. Dr. Solange Lefebvre
Prof. Dr. Roberta Ricucci
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a double-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Religions is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • pandemic
  • making sense
  • religious innovations
  • fundamentalism
  • nones
  • globalization
  • health/science and religion
  • environment
  • online religion

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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