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The editorial team extends a cordial call for original, unpublished papers investigating the link between religion and time. Ours has been described as a society suffering from space-time compression, a state in which ‘time passes us by’ and we are forever ‘running out of time’ as global capitalism speeds up the pace of life. Closely related to this, some might argue, time plays a key role in many of our anxieties – in the ‘panicked nature’ of reactions to perceived emergencies, in which action is constantly required now, lest delay bring disaster, or in the nervous approach of December 2012 and the end of the Mayan calendar. As a cultural element, religion is not immune to these influences, as we observe with the eschatological guessing-game of some Christian groups. But how are religion and time related in a given context, and how can we extend our analysis beyond the modern day?

We welcome articles that address the relation between religion and time in the contexts of geography, psychology, history, anthropology, gender studies, philosophy, political science, cultural studies and sociology, as well as those which extend the subject across historical and geographical boundaries.


The following sub-fields have been designed to allow for a flexible interpretation of this volume’s theme, as well as to encourage submissions reflecting a broad spectrum of interests and disciplines. The editorial team gladly welcomes applications which fall outside of these parameters:

•    Religious seasons, calendars, liturgical time and holy days
•    Ritual and time
•    Time in literature, scripture, narrative and oral histories
•    Foundational, mythic and eschatological discourses
•    The ‘end times’
•    Eternity and afterlife; time cycles
•    Philosophies of time and temporalities
•    Telescoping and collapsing time
•    Prophetic time and constructions of the future

Articles written in clear, grammatical, and fluent English or French will be considered. Articles should not exceed 25 pages in length. The deadline for submissions is Friday, 28 October, 2011.

Articles should be submitted by email to Rebekka King (


The editorial team also extends a call for reviews of any academic publication relevant to the study of religion and released within the 2010 or 2011 calendar years.

Reviewers requesting a review copy are asked to submit the title of the book to be reviewed no later than Friday, 2 September, 2011. Every effort will be made to secure a review copy of the text. Please note, however, that review copies cannot be guaranteed and may take up to 12 weeks to arrive. Reviewers who do not require a review copy may submit the title of their book as late as 14 October 2011.

Due to high demand in the past, this year’s volume will only publish a limited (though still considerable) number of reviews. Reviewers should act quickly to secure one of these slots. Completed reviews should not exceed 750 words in length and are to be submitted no later than Friday, 9 December, 2011.

Requests for review copies and completed reviews should be submitted by email to Nicholas Dion (