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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 1 Nov 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


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: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/october-2013-publicity/


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Sociology of Religion http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

Culture and Religion http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/14/4#.UnLS2xBZh0o

Journal of Hindu Studies http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/3?etoc



The Truth Within

A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Gavin Flood

Ideal for students and scholars of comparative religion; philosophy of religion; medieval Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity. This book investigates the idea that there is a truth within the person discovered through introspection is found in most religions. This book examines this metaphor in the history of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism and the methods developed in those religions to realize it, particularly prayer and meditation.

978-0-19-968456-4 | Hardback | £65.00



Sat., Nov. 2nd Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area) Meeting

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-02

Description: Please join us for the fall meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area)! The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim welcomes interested  faculty, independent scholars and graduate students to join us for this first meeting of the 2013-14 academic year. Satur …

Contact: mdale3 [at] usfca.edu

Announcement ID: 207925




Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815)

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: The Reformation dramatically changed Europes religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the  vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similar …

Contact: l.laborie [at] gold.ac.uk

URL: www.gold.ac.uk/history/research/panaceasociety/propheciesconference/

Announcement ID: 207801




20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference:  In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy  In-Between

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

Description: In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between Submissions are welcomed for the 20th Annual  Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and  fine  …

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676



Start: Nov 1, 2013 5:00:00 PM

End: Nov 3, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

 A conference on ‘Monstrous Antiquities’, looking at archaeology and the uncanny in popular culture, will be held at the Institute from 1-3 November 2013.

 Haunted ruins, cursed artefacts, arcane rituals and ambulant mummies: archaeology and the ancient world have provided some of the most effective and ubiquitous scenarios for tales of horror and the supernatural. Authors and filmmakers such as MR James, Bram Stoker and Terence Fisher have drawn heavily upon popular conceptions of both the ancient past and the work of the archaeologist. The conference ‘Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture’ aims to study and celebrate this long and productive relationship.


Workshop “The matrix of the world: cultural constructions of the uterus”

21-22 November, 2013.

Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma, Via di Torre Argentina 18, Roma http://w3.uniroma1.it/verderame/eventi/uterus.html

An International Colloquium on Proverbs to be held at Nancy and Paris on November 5, 6 and 7, 2013.

The program is financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), organized by Marie-Christine Varol from INALCO, Paris and Marie-Sol Ortola from the University of Nancy, France. Its starting point is the so-called “Golden Era” in 9th to 13th centuries Spain when Jewish, Arabic and Christian cultures cohabited and shared common proverbs.

However, it also includes search for roots in the wisdom literatures of the ancient Near East and follows the afterlife and spread of wisdom sayings to medieval cultures. It is connected with the systematic tagging of various wisdom collections that will be available online.




Call for Papers for Edited Volume:  New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

Date: 2013-11-30

Description: Call for Papers for Edited Volume: New Perspectives  on the Nation of Islam For much of its long history the Nation  of Islam has generated popular support and censure across the  United States and beyond. Scholars have produced a wealth of  literature on the NOIs leadership, theology and history. This   …

Contact: Dawn-Marie.Gibson [at] rhul.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 207703




CFP: XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions will take place from August 23 to 29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany

Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of panel participants. Panel conveners are asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.

To propose a panel, please submit a general proposal of the panel as well as individual proposals of all papers included in the panel. Both panel and papers of a proposed panel will be evaluated by the Academic Program Committee to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. We therefore ask panel conveners to submit the proposals of all prospective panel participants of a proposed panel as indicated by the submission form. Proposals of panels and of papers should not exceed 150 words.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the IAHR 2015 website (www.iahr2015.org). This site will be available for submissions from Sunday, September 1, 2013 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to indicate the area in which you would like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate member of the Academic Program Committee.

You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program.



“Money and Cult”

The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

23 – 25 May 2014

Dublin, Ireland

As major social and administrative institutions, often with substantial assets, temples played an important role within the economies of the Ancient Near East. Not only were resources diverted to them for building and cultic use, but many temples also played a role in the creation of wealth and the employment of various strata of society, from priests to scribes to slaves. Similarly, kings both patronised temples and used them as convenient sources of revenue. The interactions between religious needs and economic practicalities were complex and varied significantly over time and location. We therefore invite papers which examine the intertwined roles of cult and economy in the Ancient Near East.

Papers which explore a wide-range of economic aspects of temple cults or the cultic ramifications of economic realities are expected.

Appropriate topics include building programmes, educational programmes, sacrificial economies, trade in cultic paraphernalia, systems of tithing and temple taxation, and the relationship of priests to royal administrations. We are also interested in the relationships between temples, such as the temples in Jerusalem, Elephantine, Leontopolis, and on Mount Gerizim (and elsewhere), and how much their interaction may have been aided or hindered by economic aspects.

Depending on received submissions, sessions will be structured in chronological order with the days divided as follows:

 Friday, 23 May 2014:              Early First Millennium (to the Neo-Babylonian Period)

Saturday, 24 May 2014:          From the Persian to the Seleucid Era

Sunday, 25 May 2014:             Roman Period (from the reign of Herod the Great to the end of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion)

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words to reach us by email at hekhal.dublinia@gmail.com by 28 February 2014.

Please note, presentation of papers at this conference will be 40 minutes within a one-hour slot, allowing time for ample discussion after each paper.

(For further details, see Hekhal website http://hekhal.wordpress.com/)



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 which was formed at the University of Haifa during 2009-2012, and last year at Tel Aviv University. This event can be a good opportunity for researchers working outside of Israel to learn more about the country’s bustling New-Age ‘scene’ and about development in the research on contemporary spirituality in Israel.

The conference’s guest of honor and keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (University of Boston, USA). The conference’s CFP can be downloaded throught the following link: http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Please feel free to send this to any relevant address in your private e-mail lists. We will of course be very happy to receive your own proposals by November 15 2013, addressed to Mr. Shai feraro (Conference Coordinator), spirituality.tel.aviv@gmail.com


California State University – Chico – Assistant Professor, Ancient History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47894>

Oakton Community College – Anthropology and Humanities faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47897>

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives” <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47883>

University of Victoria – Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47850>

Beloit College – Visiting Instructor, Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47887>

 University of California – Irvine – Europe and the World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47867>

 University of North Carolina – Wilmington – Assistant Professor – International Studies<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47886>


University of San Francisco – Academic Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47881>

Western Michigan University – Faculty Specialist, tenure track, Buddhism/World Religions<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47891>

Aarhus University – Professorship in Applied Ethics <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47868>

Aarhus University – Associate Professorship in Theology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47746>


University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Religion and Material Culture <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47896>


Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for the position, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible (tenure track). Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have competence in teaching a broad range of students at both the masters and doctoral levels within a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), as well as a strong research and publication agenda. Doctorate must be in hand at time of application. Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf,  .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on November 25th. Teleconference interviews of considered applicants will be conducted on December 11th.  Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply. Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a senior-level (tenured) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.


Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for a tenured position in Hebrew Bible, at the rank of associate or full professor, with a possible active role in various departments of Arts and Sciences, including Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and Classical Studies. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda and body of publications, demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring to bring to masters and doctoral-level programs in a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), and a record of service to academic institutions and professional organizations.

Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on December 15th. Personal inquiries and confidential nominations may be directed to the search chair, Dr.

Bruce Morrill (<bruce.morrill [at] vanderbilt.edu>). Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply.

Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a junior-level

(tenure-track) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.

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