May 17, 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 May 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Funding/Fellowships


Fourth issue of the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

Sociology of Religion, Advance Access

Journal of Religion in Japan (aims and scope, editorial board etc.) can be found here:


Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 4:1

 SPECIAL ISSUE: New Scholarship on Contemporary Religion from Australia and New Zealand


Journal of Religion and Violence

I would like to announce the publication of a new academic periodical, the Journal of Religion and Violence (ISSN: 2159-6808). The JRV is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of religion and violence. In addition to publishing analyses of contemporary and historical religious groups involved in violent incidents, the Journal of Religion and Violence publishes articles and book reviews on theorists of religious such as René Girard, sacrifice, terrorism, inter- and intra-religious violence, war and religion, peace and religion, and religiously-legitimated violence against women. Academic researchers with interests in these areas are encouraged to submit articles and book reviews.

For more information, consult our website:



Open access publishing in social sciences and humanities

Date: 2013-08-13

Description: We are a small, independent publisher that was founded in 2012, with the aim of bringing open access benefits to scholars in the social sciences and arts & humanities. We publish two journals, Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory, in which we wish to publish multi-disciplinary content  …

Contact: dan.scott [at]


Announcement ID: 203737


CFP: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Date: 2013-09-18

Description: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is calling for papers for its October issue. JAPSS is a peer-reviewed academic journal published both in print and online and indexed by EBSCOhost. JAPSS has a high impact factor and is published five times per year.  …

Contact: journalalternative [at]


Announcement ID: 203717


CFP: Sorceresses & Witches: Enchanting Women on and off the Renaissance Stage

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: This panel seeks papers that explore the intersection between theatric and non-theatric representations of the early modern female witch. Exegeses of witch-characters or “witch-plays”; examinations of witchcraft debates; contemporary accounts regarding witch-encounters; analyses of contemporaneous w …

Contact: dsaliba1 [at]

Announcement ID: 203739


The editors of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet” ( are pleased to announce the relaunch of the journal. It will come up with a new design as well as improved navigation and search functions. By establishing a peer-review system, we will renew our mission of publishing articles of a high academic standard from a multitude of disciplines.


We herewith invite researchers of all disciplines to hand in articles on their research dealing with religions on the internet. We are currently planning to publish 2 issues a year, one of which will be a special issue addressing a certain topic. The next issue to be published in December 2013 will broach the issues of “Religion in Digital Games” (for further information see enclosed Call for Papers).


The journal is always keen to collect high quality scholarship on issues relating to religions on the Internet and welcomes submissions pertaining to all aspects of theses matters anytime to be published in a future issue!


Submissions and queries should be send to the following address:


2014 Hawaii University International Conferences

On Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

January 4-6, 2014


Ala Moana Hotel

410 Atkinson Drive

Honolulu, HI 96814


Call for Papers/ Proposal /Abstracts/Submissions

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013


CFP: Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University

February 21, 2014

           We invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to take place at Brown University on February 21, 2014, hosted by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the Department of French Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Department of History. Our theme will be “Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity.” Professor Adam Kosto (History, Columbia University), author of Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2012), will serve as the keynote speaker.

    If, following the thought of Michel Foucault and others, the prison is an essentially modern invention, how can we best conceptualize captivity in the time beforehand? Historical records of the medieval and early modern period (roughly 400-1800 AD) offer countless examples of human bondage, including the capture and detention of prisoners of war and the voluntary submission of hostages, as well as evolving forms of punitive incarceration. During the same time, art and literature are replete with depictions of imprisonment, often employed as a master metaphor for concepts like erotic love or mankind’s enslavement to the Devil and the body. Being held against their will even seems to have been something of a rite of passage for numerous medieval and early modern authors (such as Marco Polo, François Villon, Charles d’Orléans, Thomas Malory, and Cervantes) who found in various forms of captivity the time and inspiration necessary to create some of the most enduring works of western literature.

           Submissions are sought from graduate students, faculty members, and other scholars in fields including—but not limited to—history, literature, languages, philosophy, religious studies, art and architectural history, and music. Particularly welcome are submissions which offer new methodological or theoretical approaches to issues of medieval and early modern captivity, or which examine the relationship of captivity to cultural production and/or intercultural exchange. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length and should be in English. Please send a 250-word abstract, along with brief contact information, to John Moreau, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in French Studies and Comparative Literature, at The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.



History of Women Religious Conference

Location: Minnesota

Date: 2013-06-23

Description:  CONFERENCE REMINDER History of Women Religious Conference being held at St Catherine University from June 23-26, 2013. Scholars from the US, Canada, Australia and Europe will be presenting their latest work. Scheduled keynote speaker Sr. Florence Deacon, osf, current president of the LCWR.

Contact: emcgahan [at]


Announcement ID: 203742


Visualizing Asia in the Modern World: A Conference on Image-Driven Scholarship

Location: Connecticut

Date: 2013-08-14

Description: 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VISUALIZING ASIA IN THE MODERN WORLD: A CONFERENCE ON IMAGE-DRIVEN SCHOLARSHIP will be held at Yale University on May 10 & 11, 2013. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Visualizing Cultures project at  M.I.T. and the Yale Center for East Asian Studies.

Contact: jessica.chin [at]


Announcement ID: 203623



Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 18 May 2013


Registration is now open for the one day conference Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Ideology in Late Modernity to be held at the University of Chester, Wednesday 11th September 2013.


Please note that to ensure ‘early bird’ rate of £50 please book before 10th June.

Accommodation is available on campus at £44.35 + VAT (inc breakfast and evening meal). To book please contact

Please use the dedicated email address for any enquiries at

For those making travel arrangements the day is provisionally scheduled to run from 09:30-17:00hrs, though there may be minor alterations to this. Final programme schedule to be published in due course.


The University of Melbourne – Lecturer in Chinese Studies



University of Pennsylvania – Full-Time Lecturer in Pre-Modern Chinese




Humboldt University, Berlin – Postdoctoral position Jewish Studies /

Medieval Jewish History



Georgia State University – Visiting Instructor/Lecturer



University of Southampton – Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 20th Century

Business History/Middle Eastern History



Program Officer: Religion and the Public Sphere – SSRC|-religion-and-the-public-sphere/


University of Chester: Lecturer in Religious Studies



Buddhist Peace Fellowship



New York, NY (May 10, 2013) – The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies funded by a $1.9

million grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Working with the Foundation, ACLS will offer an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society,

strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS will organize competitions for Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Professorships.


These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.


The application deadline for the dissertation, postdoctoral, and collaborative competitions is November 5, 2013. The deadline for the visiting professorship competition is January 15, 2014.


More information on the program may be found here:


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