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Religions, Individuals, and Communities in the Americas

Religions, individus et communautés dans les Amériques

Religiones, individuos y comunidades en las Américas

Religiões, indivíduos e comunidades nas Américas

Revue interdisciplinaire de travaux sur les Amériques (RITA) n°18

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Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Abstract

As recurring objects of analysis running the whole gamut of humanities and social sciences, the ties between religions, communities, and the individuals within them have constantly been used to gauge tensions within social structures. All the more so on the American continent, where the destructive spiral of colonization set off waves of migration, and the pluralism within the communities and religions from the Northwest Territories to Tierra del Fuego delineates both their differences and similarities. Is there such a thing as specifically American structures when it comes to religions and communities? That is one of the questions posed by the present 18th issue of RITA.

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Argument

As recurring objects of analysis running the whole gamut of humanities and social sciences, the ties between religions, communities, and the individuals within them have constantly been used to gauge tensions within social structures. All the more so on the American continent, where the destructive spiral of colonization set off waves of migration, and the pluralism within the communities and religions from the Northwest Territories to Tierra del Fuego delineates both their differences and similarities. Is there such a thing as specifically American structures when it comes to religions and communities? That is one of the questions posed by the present 18th issue of RITA.

Far from being self-enclosed, religious communities directly influence social, educational, urban, artistic and political dynamics. Between dogmatic crises, contending exegeses, interpersonal disputes and the (re)formation of diverse communities, this issue aims to gather multidisciplinary reflections around these notions, as they are seen and interpreted throughout the American continent. Recent examples abound: the radicalization of conservative Christianity in the United States, whose influence extends to the highest levels of federal justice; the growth of Pentecostalism in Latin America that challenges the Catholic Church, whose numbers have been sharply dwindling since the 1970s (Validire, 2018), particularly in Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and Nicaragua. 

The strength—sometimes peaceful, sometimes violent—of religious communities on the American continent raises the broader question of the place of religion in the public sphere. Within this prolific context, and beyond the monographic analyses of communities and their religions, the articles may not only question intra- or inter-community coexistence between individuals, but are also invited to ask the question of who decides whether this coexistence is impossible or possible. 

From their inner crises to the resulting negotiations, religious communities start new quests for identities and become intricately interwoven into the political and social fabric not only within a single country, but also across the borders of American countries. What place is given to the indigenous religions of the Americas, or to certain African American religions such as Haitian voodoo or Brazilian candomblé, to their practices and languages? What individual or collective initiatives maintain and/or rethink these practices? On the contrary, what is threatening them after centuries of transcontinental colonization, the effects of which are still, sometimes violently, perceptible today? 

These guidelines are not restrictive. On the contrary, we do hope that they will open up a vast field of reflection and fruitful dialogues between all the disciplines of the humanities and between Americanists in general.

Submission guidelines

The journal is divided into two parts. The first one (Dossier thématique) welcomes different types of contributions directly related to the theme of the issue. The other (Varia) welcomes different types of contributions that do not correspond to the theme of the issue.

Complete articles that respect the standards of the chosen rubric can be sent at the following address: revue.rita@gmail.com

until 30/09/2024.

We remind you that the papers can be written in English, Spanish, French, and Portuguese.

Issue 18 of RITA will be published in September 2025.

We remind you that articles must be unpublished and cannot be submitted simultaneously to other journals

RITA also publishes texts in other formats, such as book reviews, interviews and field notes. To check our sections, consult our site and do not hesitate to write to us.

Evaluation

A first selection of the texts will be made by the Editorial Committee which will inform the authors of the acceptance or refusal of their article during the month of October 2024.

Subsequently, the texts selected for the Thema and Champ libre sections will be evaluated by anonymous readers. Articles may be rejected or accepted with or without modifications.

Editorial Committee

  • Renata Andrade (Université Paris 8)
  • Marie Arias (EHESS/Université Paris Sorbonne)
  • Julien Brugeron (Université Paris Nanterre)
  • Nathalia Capellini (Université de Genève, Suisse)
  • Barbara Franchi (Université Toulouse Jean Jaurès)
  • Cléa Fortuné (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • Cristina García Martínez (Université de Grenoble Alpes/Université Rovira i Virgili, Espagne)
  • Fabian Plazas (Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne)
  • Antonio Ramos Ramírez (Université Paris 8)
  • Étienne Sauthier (Sorbonne Nouvelle)
  • François Weigel (Université fédérale du Rio Grande do Norte, Brésil)

Subjects

Event attendance modalities

Full online event


Date(s)

  • Monday, September 30, 2024

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Antonio Ramos Ramírez
    courriel : revue [dot] rita [at] gmail [dot] com

License

CC0-1.0 This announcement is licensed under the terms of Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal.

To cite this announcement

« Religions, Individuals, and Communities in the Americas », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, https://doi.org/10.58079/11otq

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