Religion and International Relations Section (REL)

A map of REL's Proposals Received for ISA 2020

Welcome to REL

The number and quality of papers on religion and international relations at ISA annual conventions is on the rise.  In recent years, some 3-5% of papers delivered at ISA annual conventions have been on religion, indicating a widespread interest.  The advantages of having these papers sponsored by an organized section are considerable.  Scholars interested in religion have a hard time locating like-minded colleagues or panels at ISA conventions, developing common projects or furthering their interests as a sub-group.  The American Political Science Association has had a religion and politics section since September 1987.  It boasts close to 600 members, making it the 13th largest of the forty APSA sections.  Setting up a section on religion and IR at ISA will allow participants to sponsor their own panels and expand the number of papers presented at ISA at an even faster pace.  It will also afford ISA members who are interested in religion the opportunity to network at an annual reception, recognize outstanding papers and books with section awards and initiate round tables and discussion forums.


Jocelyne Cesari | Section Chair & Section Program Chair
April 2022 - March 2024
Georgetown University/University of Birmingham

Ahmet Erdi Ozturk | Section Vice-Chair & Section Co-Program Chair
April 2022 - March 2024
London Metropolitan University

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The REL Global South Scholars Travel/Registration Award is now accepting nominations for the 2022 award.

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Become a Member

When you become an ISA member, you can add on a REL membership for a low fee. Membership dues help to support section activities and awards.

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