Forthcoming themed issues in 2017

  1. Special Issue: “Values: Continuities and Alterations”
  2. Special Issue: “Multiple Modernities as an interpretive paradigm: strength and shortcomings”
  3. Special Issue: “Social Transformations in Comparative Perspective”
  4. Special Issue: “Freedom of Conscience in Post-Secular World”

Special Issue: “Values: Continuities and Alterations”

Transformation of societies entails the replacement of existing socio-cultural values with new ones and the development of new ideas applicable to new situations. These changes involve values concerning political life, social order, religion, work motivation, gender roles, behavior patterns, social interactions, etc. Changes of values do not occur in a uniform fashion in all domains and social settings. In many cases, values gradually become personal concerns leading to individual choice of life-style. Rules and prescriptions imposed by political and non-political structures are no longer taken for granted. However there are defenders of so-called traditional values representing hierarchical institutions, both religious and secular in many regions of the world. 

Submissions to a special issue are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, ethics, sociology, political science, religious studies, psychology, etc., as well as from comparative perspective.

Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the themed issue.

Deadline for submitting papers is February 28, 2017.

Special Issue: “Multiple Modernities as an interpretive paradigm: strength and shortcomings”

The concept of multiple modernities has emerged to challenge the unilinearity of traditional theories of modernization, and initiated appreciation of differing trajectories of contemporary political and social development based on culture and historical circumstances. The concept includes examination of the complex interplay between the “modern” and the “traditional” in the creation of particular socio-cultural identities. Theoretical and methodological analyses of multiple modernities as an approach to making sense of social transformations in different social settings, as well as empirical studies that are based on multiple modernities perspective are welcome.

Submissions to a special issue are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, ethics, sociology, political science, religious studies, psychology, etc., as well as from comparative perspective.

Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the themed issue.

Deadline for submitting papers is May 31, 2017.

Special Issue: “Social Transformations in Comparative Perspective”

Contemporary societies have been shaped by two large waves of transformations. One is the global flow of capital, information, and risks. Another is the implementation of a pluralistic paradigm of institutional, structural and value systems. Why are the trajectories of societies’ development so different? What are the forces that lead the transformations? Who are the actors and stakeholders of political and social changes? What are the predicted and potential outcomes of current social transformations? The issue aims to contribute to the analysis of these problems.

Submissions to a special issue are welcome from all who share research interest in social transformations from a wide range of humanities and social sciences. The comparative approach is mostly welcomed.

Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the themed issue.

Deadline for submitting papers is August 31, 2017.

Special Issue: “Freedom of Conscience in Post-Secular World”

Post-secular societies are characterized by religious diversity and deprivatization of religion. They embrace freedom of conscience and allow each individual to decide for himself/herself how to pursue the ultimate meaning of life. Modern societies are marked by the fact that religious beliefs – both historical and new ones – as well as atheism, agnosticism and non-religious lifestyles are equally viable options. This raises the question of how two main principles of secularism – equal respect to all beliefs, and freedom of conscience – and its two operative modes – separation of religious institutions and state, and state neutrality towards religions – are challenged by post-secularism.

Submissions to a special issue are welcome from a wide range of disciplines including philosophy, sociology, political science, religious studies, psychology, etc.

Authors should indicate that they wish the manuscript to be reviewed for inclusion in the themed issue.

Deadline for submitting papers is November 30, 2017.