Call for chapters: Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance

Call for Chapters

Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance


Forthcoming 2015

Editors: R. Ruard Ganzevoort and Srdjan Sremac (VU University Amsterdam)

The Amsterdam Centre for the Study of Lived Religion invites chapter proposals for the volume Lived Religion and the Politics of (In)Tolerance. The volume is part of the research project Transforming Religious Identities and Communities at the Intersections of the Rural, Urban, and Virtual. In this project we investigate how religion develops in these different social spheres. The dynamics of tolerance and intolerance, reconciliation, and mutual understanding are one of the pertinent cases for this investigation (Stepan & Taylor, 2014).  The concept of lived religion can help us to understand religious practices/discourses in complex cultural constellations (rural, urban, and virtual) and their connections to the cultural politics of (in)tolerance.  

The theme of (in)tolerance does not only apply to inter-religious (in)tolerance but also to cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual, and other kinds of (in)tolerance. It can be studied in online and offline settings and in rural and urban contexts, and we specifically invite contributions that look at the intersections of these contexts. Building on constructionist interpretations of religion, we are hoping for chapters that present the complexities, negotiations, performances, and identity configurations of lived religion and the strategic use of (in)tolerance.

The aim of the volume calls for careful analysis and critical investigation of the ways in which religion can encourage and contribute to conflicts as well as foster tolerance, while taking into accounts the different social spheres of the rural, urban, and virtual. We want to explore the logic and forms of (in)tolerance in different cultural, religious, and political contexts. What are the processes through which tolerance can be achieved? What are possible long-term effects, and what contributes to the sustainability of particular cultures of tolerance? And what are helpful and harmful aspects of lived religion in fostering (in)tolerance?

Areas of interest for this volume include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

· Theoretical perspectives on (in)tolerance, taking into account also the emerging meaning(s) of the concepts of tolerance and intolerance in ordinary/lived discourses;

· Methodological issues at the intersection of lived religion and (in)tolerance;

· Disciplinary perspectives: theology, anthropology, psychology, sociology, philosophy, law, literature and arts, etc;

· Social media and (in)tolerance, including ways in which cultures of (in)tolerance are sustained or spread through social media;

· Rural shapes of religious identity and (in)tolerance

· Urban (multicultural) shapes of religious identity and (in)tolerance

· Migration, intersection social spheres, and (in)tolerance

· Lived religion in between public and private (in)tolerance;


Proposals: Please send your abstract before December 15, 2014 to


Abstracts should be in Word format with the following information and in this order:

· author(s)

· affiliation

· email address 

· title of proposal

· body of proposal (200-300 words)

All abstracts will be (double blind) peer reviewed. Please use plain text and abstain from using any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We will acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted. 


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