May 24, 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 May 2013

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In this issue:

  • Books

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Funding/Fellowships



A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

Thomas Block

Algora Publishing: 2012 (226 pp.)

New Titles from Ashgate: Religious Studies


Contemporary Islam, vol 7, issue 1


CFP: Digital Humanities Luxembourg (DHLU) 2013 – Reading historical sources in the digital age

Description: The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur lEurope (CVCE), together with the Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration (University of Luxembourg, FLSHASE) and  its research programme Digital Humanities Luxembourg DIHULUX (research unit Identits-Politiques-Socits-Espaces (IPSE)) and the Univ …

Contact: frederic.clavert [at]


Announcement ID: 203823


Popular Antiquities 3: Folklore and Archaeology: A joint conference of The Folklore Society and UCL Institute of Archaeology

Saturday 12-Sunday 13 October 2013 at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline extended to 28 June

Contributions are invited on any aspect of the collaborations of archaeology and folklore around the world, including but not limited to: Antiquarians & Antiquarianism; Archaeology of Folklore / Folklore of Archaeology;  Folk Revivalism & the Appropriation of Archaeological Materials; Folklore & Heritage; Reception & Representation, etc.

Send abstracts of 200 words for 20 minute presentations to, martindavidlocker [at] and


CfP: Epistemologies of Spaces and Places

Date: 2013-06-21

Description: Theory of Science, a journal for interdisciplinary studies of science, seeks research articles, review articles and book reviews focusing on epistemologies of spaces and places. Spatial, or geographical turn in the history and philosophy of science, advocated by scholars such as Steven Shapin or Dav …

Contact: teorievedy [at]


Announcement ID: 203896



Annual Conference in Romani Studies

*Abstract Deadline: May 31st 2013 *

Annual Conference and Meeting: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12th-14th September 2013

Call for Papers:

The Gypsy Lore Society annual meeting and conference on Gypsy/Romani Studies for 2013 will be held from the 12th – 14th of September at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy/Romani Studies are most welcome. Please send abstracts via e-mail attachment (maximum 500 words) to the program chair, Dr Colin Clark. Please note all abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the local organising committee. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2013 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by June 30th, 2013.

Please address all conference inquiries to Dr Colin Clark, e-mail c.r.clark[at]

Registration is now open for the Second Sight and Prophecy Conference taking place at the University of Aberdeen , 14-16 June 2013

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines including history, folklore, anthropology, divinity and sociology whose research interests cover a wide range of topics exploring varying methods used by different cultures (both now and in the past) to look into the future and the rationale for so doing. The future has always held a fascination for humankind especially in times of tribulation and this is worthy of academic discussion in light of the changes affecting so many of us in our current global context. The role in culture of seers and prophets, by whatever name they are known, and the use of rituals, drugs and sacred sites will be examined.

 We are delighted to welcome Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London as our keynote speaker.  His paper, ‘Boyle’s legacy: Second Sight in English and Scottish Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is based on his recent research. It follows the success of his  seminal work, The Occult Laboratory; Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland (2001) and will set the tone for the conference.

 An exhibition by artist Nicola Moss supports this conference. It is already available to view in the James MacKay Hall on a drop-in basis.

Further details are available at the following link This will be supplemented by a photographic display of the University’s own collection of seventeenth-century Sibyls.

Full details of the conference can be found at the following link.

Registration can be made through the above link or directly through the Online Store


Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2013

Tuesday 30th July – Sunday 4th August

With Fringe Day Events from Sunday July 28th


Celebrating the Great Earth Mother and Grounding the Vision of the Motherworld

The Glastonbury Goddess Conference and Fringe is a spiritual and cultural feast!!

With ceremonies, workshops, performances, talks, music, art and craftwork, drama, poetry and song, all dedicated to Goddess. The Conference itself lasts for six days, with an additional three days of Fringe day workshops with well-known Goddess presenters, a sweatlodge and Glastonbury Tor Labrynth walk.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the Goddess, as She expresses Herself within the sacred landscape of Glastonbury and the Sacred Isle of Avalon, and as we see Her in each other and in the world around us.


In 2013 we are celebrating Eartha, the Great Earth Mother, and all things earthy. We are grounding the Vision of the Motherworld, a new society and culture in which the values of mothers and of mothering – love, care and support for each other are placed in the centre of life, rather than being neglected on the periphery of life. This is a vision whose time has come. The Motherworld is the place where women’s values and awareness are honoured and celebrated. We invite to come and join us in bringing this great and radical work of transformation into being.



Monday 17 June, Open University

Camden Town, London

9am – 6pm

 This one-day Open University conference will bring together academics interested in the study of digital sacred text from a wide range of religious traditions, including sociologists, anthropologists, media scholars, computer scientists, historians and digital humanists. We also welcome religious practitioners and publishers engaged in creating digital sacred texts.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M University). Attendance at this event will cost £20. Thanks to generous funding from the AHRC, 30 free places are available for the first delegates to register.

A full programme and online registration page can be accessed here:



University of Manchester – Research Associate



Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professor in Asian Philosophy or Asian Religion (Philosophy Group)



Southern Methodist University – One-year position for lecturer or visiting assistant professor of art history:  Colonial Latin American Visual Culture






Opportunities for Scholars, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2014-2015. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.

Contact: mzelazny [AT]


Announcement ID: 203814



Jewish History at the Medici Archive Project

Date: 2013-08-17

Description: The Medici Archive Project (MAP) is pleased to announce a new scholarly initiative: the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe (JHP). Thanks to the generous lead support of MAP board member Eugene Grant, as well as the support of other board members and do …

Contact: ebrizio [AT]


Announcement ID: 203724


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cognition and Culture

The Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion at Masaryk University is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognition and Culture. The successful candidate will be employed to work under the supervision of Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas (Director) on experimental studies of religion. The post involves carrying out behaviouralexperimental research in the LEVYNA lab facilities and in naturalistic settings.

Responsibilities include contributing to the training and mentoring of graduate researchers from the humanities who work in experimental methods, providing help with research design and data analysis, and publishing peer-reviewed articles.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or any related discipline with a focus on behavioural research (e.g. Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioral Neuroscience, etc). The successful candidate will be required to have experience in running empirical studies and good knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analyses (SPSS or other statistical packages). Prior theoretical and empirical knowledge in the area of the scientific study of religion is desirable but not necessary.

The position will be located at the LEVYNA Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, in Brno, Czech Republic, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the use of experimental methods in researching religious belief and behaviour. LEVYNA is hosted by the Department for the Study of Religion at Masaryk University, and is a senior partner of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC). The centre has excellent connections with all major Cognitive Science of Religion centres.

The post is a full-time position starting September 2013. The appointment will be made for one year, renewable contingent upon external funding.

The deadline for applications is June 19, 2013.

For information on how to apply, please contact the programme manager Kristyna Brožková: brozkovak [at]

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-15

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-11-10

Description: The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year on the theme of “New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism.” The predominant narrative in this history of the academic study of

Contact: carrielo [AT]


Announcement ID: 203681


AHRC has one call out, and have announced they will make another call later in the year for capital funding in the digital transformations area.

This first call, which has deadline already 27th June, is for projects related to community engagement in particular, under the ttle “Digital Transformations in Community research, Co-production in the Arts and Humanities”. Projects can be from £50 to £600K and a total of £4M is available.


Kingston University has recently advertised some PhD scholarships.  Proposals in the sociology of religion are most welcome.


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