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Call for Paper

Publication Name

Religion: Past, Present, and Future


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion + Religious Research Association

Publication Date

18-20 October 2024

Submission Deadline

31 March 2024

The 2024 joint SSSR+RRA call for papers encourages proposals that productively draw us to revisit the past, insightfully engage the present, or provocatively consider the future on matters both intimate and global. We are interested in proposals building on basic research (SSSR) that employ a range of methodologies and a range of scale as well as draw on established and novel data. We also welcome data-grounded theorizing that forward heuristic concepts and frameworks. We also seek proposals that are not only relevant for the scholarly community, but also those that have an applied research focus (RRA). And we welcome proposals on any topic within the social scientific study of religion that examines how religious denominations, groups, or traditions relate to these topics, and, for RRA, work that is especially relevant to religious leaders.

The SSSR+RRA annual meeting will feature paper sessions and book panels (formerly known as “author-meets-critics” sessions). Submit complete paper sessions—consisting of three to four presentations—or individual proposals (which the program chairs will thematically organize). Proposals for book panels should contain the author of a recent book and three to four panelists.

All submissions will be made through the online portal at Please indicate the type of submission (e.g., individual paper or book panel) and whether it is a better fit for SSSR or RRA. Please contact SSSR program chairs, Oneya Okuwobi ( and Meredith Whitnah ( or RRA program chair Brenton Kalinowski ( with any questions.