November 15, 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 15 Nov 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


Given that the RSP has been running for nearly 2 years now, and in light of the website redesign, David and Chris thought it was about time to have another major publicity push. The email at the link below has already been circulated around the DOLMEN, BASR, and NSRN lists. If you are a member of any other vaguely relevant mailing list – particularly of academic associations – please considering copying it and circulating among friends, colleagues, and interested parties.

Here’s the link: http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/october-2013-publicity/


AMAZON


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JOURNALS


Paranthropology vol 4, issue 4 http://www.scribd.com/doc/182589981/Paranthropology-Vol-4-No-4-October-2013

 

Sri Lanka International Journal of Buddhist Studies (SIJBS) VOLUME 2 http://sibacampus.com/demo/Journal/SIBA_Vol_2.pdf

 

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 40:2 (2013) http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/publications/jjrs/listofjournals/

 


BOOKS


Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

Buddhist priests chanting in jazz clubs?  A temple designed to also serve as a black-box theater?  Buddhist-inspired sociopolitical activism and innovation as a shift in the dominant paradigm of funerals and memorials?  These are just a few of the themes in Experimental Buddhism, now available in paperback ($32) and hardcopy ($60) from the University of Hawaii Press.

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9072-9780824838980.aspx

 


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Editor-in-chief: Natana J. Delong-Bas, Editorial board member: Asma Afsaruddin, Editorial board member: Hibba Abugideiri, Editorial board member: Heba Ezzat, and Series edited by John L. Esposito

Hardback | 1232 pages

£255.00 | 10 October 2013 | 978-0-19-976446-4

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199764464.do

 


THE BUDDHA AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

by J. Abraham Vélez de Cea

Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy. New York and London: Routledge. 2013.

ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415639729/

 


 

Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist Edited by David S. Vanderhooft and Abraham Winitzer Retail price: $64.50  —  Web price: $58.05

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-272-3

Pages: xxii + 562

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/VANLITERA


CONFERENCES


Conference on Adventist history and historiography

Location: Maryland

Date: 2014-01-06

Description: What is the state of the field in the sub-discipline  of Adventist history, 150 years after the foundation of the  Seventh-day Adventist Church? Adventist history is little studied, and this conference explores the changing concept of Adventist history, within and without the denomination, as well  as  …

Contact: bakerb [at] gc.adventist.org

URL:www.adventistarchives.org/adventism-and-adventist-history-sesquicentennial-reflections#.UnahLiT8Slk

Announcement ID: 208243

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208243

 


Speaking for the Humanities

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-20

Description: Scholars representing philosophy, American studies, humanities, law, and literature will discuss how to defend and even talk about the humanities without succumbing to the instrumentalist language of its detractors (measuring outcomes and deliverables) or retreating into the ivory tower by simply  as …

Contact: cps [at] newschool.edu

URL: www.newschool.edu/cps/events/#humanities

Announcement ID: 208292

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208292

 


Religion at the Borderland; Conceptualizing Bordersthrough the Study of Religion

Date: 2013-10-30

Description: Symposium Religion at the Borderland; conceptualizing borders through the study of religion Speakers include Pablo Vila (Temple University); Sean R Roberts (George Washington  University); Silvia Montenegro (Universidad Nacional de Rosario); Jovan Maud (University of Gttingen); Benedikt Korf and Debo …

Contact: marta.dominguez [at] unisg.ch

Announcement ID: 208049

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208049

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

CFP: The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Dear colleagues, We wish to remind you about the call for papers for the 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, which will be organized by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, 23 April 2014. This conference will continue the tradition whic …

Contact: spirituality.tel.aviv [at] gmail.com

URL:

humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Announcement ID: 208086

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208086

 


CFP: Religious pathways to better futures

Date: 2013-11-17

Description: Conference of African Studies Association Germany  (VAD), Bayreuth University, June 11-14 2014, call for papers – panel 32: Religious pathways to better futures Religious groups  in Africa are not only an important source of imaginations of the future they are also remarkably active in their efforts t  …

Contact: katrinlangewiesche [at] yahoo.fr;espies [at] uni-mainz.de

URL: www.vad-ev.de/bayreuth2014/callforpapers/

Announcement ID: 208071

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208071

 


Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia June 7 and 8, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey

This two-day workshop will be hosted at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, in Taksim. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts presenting excavation data relating to identity, territoriality and artistic expression of Anatolian personalities or groups, as well as investigations into the creation and manipulation of identity through material culture. The focus of the first day will be on theoretical and methodological approaches to identity in prehistoric Anatolia, while the second day will be open to papers concerning identity and self at any time period in Anatolian studies.

 The main objective of the workshop is to investigate the embodiment of identity markers in literal and representative media; such as mortuary practices, personalization of tools, location of petroglyphs, and changing contexts of settlement planning. The archaeological focus of this workshop will enhance our perspectives on the relations between the self-determination of ancient Anatolians and their material context in Anatolia.

Abstracts of 300 words or fewer should be sent to <ehughes [at] ku.edu.tr> no later than midnight on February 10, 2014.

 


Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods June 19-22, 2014

The Association for the Study of Esotericism

(ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its fifth International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the many dimensions of Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics.  We are also interested in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a cross-fertilization of perspectives. We welcome scholars from a wide range of areas, including anthropology, American studies, art history, history, intellectual history, religious studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, medieval studies, sociology-the full range of academic disciplines and fields.

 Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

Prof. Brach holds a Chair at l’École pratique des Hautes Études et in d’Histoire des courants ésotériques dans l’Europe moderne et contemporaine (Sorbonne) succeeding Antoine Faivre in this role

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

Prof. Johnston, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion at Ohio State University, is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and Roman esoteric philosophical-religious traditions.  She is also editor of Religions of the Ancient World (Harvard UP).

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is January 15th 2014.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to ASE2014Conference@gmail.com

No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into plain text email. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two paragraphs, and must indicate academic affiliation and/or other academic qualifications.

Independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than later.

We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in 2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume in the series).

For more information on the ASE, and registration for the conference, see our website at www.aseweb.org

CFP: Aristotle considered voice as the sound produced by a creature possessing a soul, but not any sound produced by a living creature is a voice; for the voice is a sound, which is the sign of something. Voice could be defined as a property, intrinsic ability, used by humans, to communicate or express themselves; it can vary from a mere call, to an opinion, a work of art or an attitude. However, the history of humankind is filled with cases where the right to voice has been denied or eliminated; it has been silenced.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Silenced Voices

eSharp: Issue 21

eSharp, an established peer-reviewed international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 21, Silenced Voices, we invite articles that discuss and examine the subject of silenced voices, in the fields of the Social Sciences, Education, and the Arts and Humanities. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Gender, politics and religion,

– Slavery, freedom and human rights,

– Contemporary society, discrimination and segregation,

– Violence, death and war,

– Education, social control and manipulation,

– Language, ethics and society,

– Cinema, writing and journalism,

– Internet and social media.

Submissions to eSharp must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. These should be made in Word document or RTF format. Please ensure that you accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available athttp://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/esharp/.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to submissions@esharp.org.uk.

Deadline for submission: 25th November 2013.


 

The Journal of Religion, Politics and Ideology is always looking for new reviewers! Anyone interested can email the Book Review editor Anupama Ranawana at anupama.ranawana25 [at] gmail.com to ask for the current list of titles available for review, or send a review directly to reviews-tmpr [at] intr.keele.ac.uk

For more information about the Journal, go here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ftmp21/current

 


JOBS


 

Tantric Buddhism, rank open, Buddhist College of Singapore https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48056

Transnational Buddhism, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of California – Riverside https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045

 

Bard Graduate Center – Bard Graduate Center/ American Museum of Natural History  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Museum Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47976>

 

Laurentian University – Indigenous land-use, economic sustainability, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental impact assessments. <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47684>

 

University of Dallas – Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48005>

 

Washington University in St. Louis – East Asian Religions Postdoctoral Fellow <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47995>

 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 

Temporary Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 


 

Visiting Research Scholar Program

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 9 appointments of visiting research scholars.

ISAW’s scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.

For details about the categories of scholars, the financial support, and the application, please visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/visiting-scholar-program. The application deadline for 2014/15 appointments is December 2, 2013. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


 

The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint a Junior Professor within the framework of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective” at the earliest possible date:

Junior Professorship (W1)

Entangled History

Employment is initially limited to 4 years with the option of prolongation for another 2 years according to § 82 Abs. 6 ThürHG.

Duties

&#61623       Research in the field of Entangled History, preferably with a specialization on the religious history of Europa and/or South/South East Asia, e.g. of the Middle Ages or the early modern period

&#61623       Teaching

Requirements

The prerequisites for hiring and the demands of qualification as of § 82 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz are binding.

&#61623       Exceptional PhD in the field of history, sociology, religious studies or an adjacent discipline

&#61623       Publications in the field of Entangled History using sources in at least one non-European language

&#61623       Research must match the research context of the Kolleg Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective“

&#61623       Interest in interdisciplinary research in the framework of the Max Weber Center

International experience, excellent research activities as well as teaching experiences are desirable.

Special instructions

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to move to Erfurt or its surroundings and to teach courses in the University of Erfurt’s interdisciplinary and partly English teaching program, including Studium Fundamentale.

Application/Deadline: Please submit your application (stating the reference number 53/2013) with an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 5 pages), CV, academic resume, list of publications, list of courses taught, teaching evaluations (if available), qualification certificates, a copy of PhD thesis, and up to four further relevant publications as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) or Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint two research associates (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Postdoc Research Associates

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

1st Position:      Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: Indian Religious History / Anthropology or Sociology of Indian Religion, preferably specialization in research on bhakti within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

2nd Position:   Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: History of Ideas in the early modern period with a special focus on the history of transfer of ideas from the Islamic world to Europe, preferably with an emphasis on Sufism, within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

All Positions:     Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Kolleg Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions: The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and (for position 1) Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs (martin.fuchs@uni-erfurt.de) or (for position 2) Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 50/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

 

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint one research associate (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Research Associate

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

&#61623      Research area: Religious Studies / History with a special focus on questions of theory and religion and religious history of the modern period (in particular the early modern period)

&#61623      Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Research Group

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions:The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 52/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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