Call for Chapters Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy: Beyond Identity Politics

Call for Chapters

Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy: Beyond Identity Politics

Palgrave Studies in Lived Religion and Societal Challenges (Palgrave Macmillan)


Editorial Team:

·      Gorazd Andrej? (Woolf Institute, Cambridge, United Kingdom; University of Maribor, Slovenia)

·      Srdjan Sremac (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

The Amsterdam Centre for the Study of Lived Religion invites chapter-essay proposals for an edited volume Lived Religion and Participatory Democracy: Beyond Identity Politics. In the past decade or so, an observation that ‘religion has returned into politics has become commonplace. The emphasis has normally been on the influence of religiously informed moralities, political ideas and parties, as well as religious identity politics, on contemporary politics around the world. There are, however, other angles from which the relation of religion and politics can be studied, and some of those angles have been underexplored. For example, very few careful studies have been done of either actual or potential ways in which lived religion contributes to, mixes with, or obstructs participatory democracy.

This volume will bring together original essays which will explore – either theoretical or empirical or both – exactly this: the intersection between the above-mentioned research themes, the lived religion and participatory democracy. The focus on ’lived religion’ means an ethnographic and hermeneutical framework for understanding the performative dimensions of religion as it functions in people’s ordinary lives. The theme of participatory democracy, on the other hand, stands for political theories and arrangements which make a broad inclusion into the democratic process a top priority and include the commitment and/or policies that enable or even ensure broad participation, often not only in the political but also economic and social-communal decision-making.

Areas of interest include, but are not strictly limited to, the following topics:

·      Different aspects of participatory democracy and the ways they intersect with the study of lived religion, that is:

o   Lived religion and direct democracy

o   Lived religion and economic democracy

o   Lived religion and environmental democracy

o   Lived religion and political activism

·      Lived religion form the perspectives of epistemology of democracy (e.g. Dewey, Foucault, Medina) and various political theories of participatory democracy (B. Kaufmann, T. Schiller, J. Fishkin)

·      Religious practices and conceptualizations of inclusion and participation within chosen religious communities and their potential for participatory-democratic politics (case studies, e.g.  the shared-economy models of religious groups such as Amish and Hutterites colonies, and comparable movements in other religions)

·      The role of religion in the recent participatory-democratic experiments, such as the Occupy movement; the new democratic socialist movements in Europe and elsewhere; Transitional Town movements (UK); The Democratic Federation of Northern Syria (Rojava), and similar

·      Interreligious and intercultural relations (from a ‘lived religion’ perspective) and participatory democracy



·      Analysis of key factors involved in the intersection of lived religion and participatory democracy: culture, politics, media, gender, religious tradition, sexuality.

·      Theological reflections ‘from below’ (focus on the ‘everyday’ forms of religiosity)  in relation to participatory democracy

·      Forms of lived religion as obstacles to participatory democracy


Aim: The aim of the volume is to bring together people from different areas, disciplines, and interests to share ideas and explore the links between lived religion and participatory democracy.

Format: Single or co-authored essays between 8000 and 10.000 words (inclusive of footnotes and bibliography) 

Expressing interest: Please send a 500 word abstract to and

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

·      author(s)

·      affiliation and short bio (up to 150 words)

·      email address

·      title of proposal

·      body of proposal (200-300 words)

·      up to 10 keywords.

All chapters 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 acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.

Deadline for abstracts/expressions of interest: Please send in your abstracts/expressions of interest by April 30, 2018.


Deadline for chapters: Please submit your draft essays by September 30, 2018.