Call For Papers JCREOR Volume 3 Issue 2


Call for Papers: “Communities Dealing with Crises & Global Responses”

The editors of McGill’s JCREOR: The Journal of the Council for Research on Religion are pleased to announce a call for papers for our forthcoming volume (Vol. 3, Issue 2). This issue will be dedicated to critical reflection on global crises and the global responses of religious communities. In our era of the 24-hour news cycle, our awareness of global crises is at an all-time high. When we turn on the television or read about current events, we are constantly met with an onslaught of news about a world in crisis: global inequity is at an all-time high; our growing environmental crisis now poses an existential threat to us all; ongoing wars are causing death and displacement on a massive scale; digital wars of misinformation are leading to social strife and political violence and instability; we are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdowns that followed; the list goes on. In this context of crisis, we are constantly oscillating between a state of hypervigilance and stress, to – if we are privileged enough – feelings of disconnection. Our interest for this volume thus lies in 1) critical assessments of how religious communities, institutions and actors find themselves implicated in and affected by these crises, and 2) how religious communities, institutions and actors have been responding to these crises.

JCREOR is thus interested in submissions which explore some of the following issues and questions:

  • Ecological Crises – Eco-Theology -Ecofeminist-Theology – How have various religious communities responded to climate change? To the growing social, political, and economic inequalities exacerbated by this change?
  • Trauma of Indigenous Residential Schools – How does or can reconciliation happen?
  • Racial Discrimination and Police Brutality – How have religious communities mobilized in the fight against racial discrimination and police brutality? How are some religious communities implicated in perpetuating racialized discrimination?
  • Fake News – Conspiracy Theories and their political implications and religious influence. How do various religions find themselves implicated in the various “information wars” we’ve seen proliferating over the past decade? How have various conspiracy theories influenced/affected different religious communities?
  • Genocide and Wars – How have various religious institutions framed active and ongoing conflicts? How have they mobilized their communities in response?
  • “Revelations” of Pandemic – Disparity within communities – Can religion play a role in bridging the gap or has religion become obsolete?
  • Crises of Resources – Famine – Drought – What have been some global responses? What are the ethical concerns with the disparity between developed and underdeveloped countries? What kind apathy has this disparity created amongst communities?
  • Historical Crises – What are some historical crises that have transformed religious belief and praxis? What, if any, lessons can we learn from how religions have dealt with historical crises?

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions that broadly address how religious institutions, communities and actors are implicated in global crises, how they’ve been affected by them, and how they’ve responded. We welcome submissions from the perspective of: Theology; Comparative Religions; Theory and Method; Philosophy of Religion; History of Religions; Sociology of Religion; Anthropology of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Religious Ethics; Critical Race Theory; Religion and Literature; Religion and Art; Religion and Linguistics; Religion and Health; Textual Studies. We welcome submissions that focus on traditions from any period or geographic area.

The submission deadline for Vol. 3 Issue 2 is June 30th, 2022. Submissions received after this date may be considered for subsequent volumes or issues. Articles should fall between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length, including footnotes. Longer items may be considered but should be discussed with the journal editors prior to submission. For details, please consult our Guidelines for Contributors: (https://creor- All electronic correspondence should be sent to the editors at the following email address:

JCREOR is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published semi-annually by the McGill University Library. The journal combines the talents of professors and graduate students in offering space for scholarly discussions of various aspects of the academic study of religion (https://creor-