Call for Papers


2022 Annual Meeting
November 11-13
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel, Baltimore, Maryland

Religion, Racial Unrest, and Pandemics

The theme of the SSSR+RRA annual meeting is Religion, Racial Unrest, and Pandemics. The RRA is building off the SSSR call for papers this year, which can be found here.

We enter 2022 still amid a global pandemic and social unrest in countries around the world. Religious communities worldwide are being called upon to respond to these challenges. The RRA encourages paper and panel submissions to the annual meeting that highlight congregational and faith-based responses to the ongoing realities of our time.

Many religious traditions maintain commitments to serve marginalized and underprivileged populations, and these times of significant social upheaval highlight the particular challenges faced by these members of society. The RRA call for papers encourages proposals that specifically consider the ways that religious communities – both leadership and members – are responding to these continued times of unrest, with special attention on those most impacted by extant racial, socioeconomic, and health disparities. More broadly, we are interested in understanding how religious communities are adapting to our changing social environments and the extent to which they understand themselves as having a role to play in the lives of those on the margins. 

Presentations and panel sessions are welcome at this meeting on all topics related to the social dimensions of religion and particularly on topics related to applied and organizational aspects of religion that reflect the traditional applied research focus of the RRA. In addition to sharing research findings, this call also encourages presenters to share experiences, strategies, and best practices in disseminating research to applied audiences. Please submit individual paper proposals, author-meets-critics session, and full session proposals through the online portal at, choosing the RRA option on the submission form.

Submissions Open: January 15, 2022

Submissions Close: April 15, 2022

Decision Notification: May 15, 2022

For more information or with questions, please contact the RRA Program Chair, Cory Anderson, at