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REL-Sponsored Panels at the

ISA Virtual Conference

Register for the Annual ISA Conference by February 1! If you are a presenter at ISA’s Annual Conference (April 6-9, 2021) remember to register (and pay your fee) by February 1, 2021. Presenters who don’t register by that deadline will be removed from the program.

Remember also to renew your membership in the Religion and IR section! The number of panels we can sponsor at the Annual Conference is related to the number of active members in our section, so don’t forget REL when you renew!

Facebook - Twitter - Website

The last year has been a challenge for all of us. The REL Executive Committee has been busy expanding the Section’s activities, with a revitalised Facebook group (, Twitter page (@religion_ir) and dedicated website (, which features regular, controversial and topical blogs, newsletters, news of REL awards and REL Sponsored Sessions at ISA 2021. Check us out!!

Our section has a website ( If you haven’t been there already, please go check it out. We are building it out as a resource for members and as a tool for keeping the study religion and international relations current and relevant.


As a section, we are committed to advancing scholarly dialogue about religion and IR, particularly the voices of our members. To support this, we are opening two types of opportunities to our members: blogs and news, as well as asking for your help to build this resource.



The REL website is a great place to post news about your new book, published article, promotion or job change. This perk for active REL members can contribute to your digital presence, an important aid in the dissemination of your research. Send your news to

Religion Section Newsletter - March 2021

As we get ready for the first “virtual” ISA conference, between 6-9 April, I want to alert members of the REL section to some of the work we are doing in the Executive Committee. First, REL programme chair, Jonathan Agensky, has put together an excellent programme for the forthcoming “virtual” conference. The REL section was allocated 24 conference panels and roundtables (see below). 

Second, our annual REL business meeting will be online a week after the convention, via Zoom, on Friday, April 16 at 09.00 (Pacific). Save the date!

More information will be available soon. We hope to see many of you at the “virtual” conference and at the REL business meeting. 

Jeff Haynes, chair, REL

Note from our Chair



The REL section has an active blog on our website:


The opportunity to author a blog post is now open to our members. If you’ve got something you want to “put out there” and it’s too long for a Tweet, the Religion and IR blog could be a great vehicle for your voice. Optimal length for our blogs is 1,000-2,500 words.


If you are interested in posting a blog, send your blog idea to Depending on demand, we may develop a schedule of blogs out into the future.

Contribute to Resources


We’d like to develop the Jobs and Fellowships section of our website as a resource to members, but we need your help.

  • Is your department hiring?
  • Have you heard of a great fellowship?
  • Have you seen a non-academic job that would be appropriate for some of our members?


Send information on any of these (or at least a link) to: The more opportunities we post, the more opportunities we’ll attract, and the better the resource becomes for you, our members.

Opportunities on the REL website for Members

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