Weekly Opportunities Digest (13 April 2012) – CfPs, Jobs, Volunteering, Studentships…

Opportunities Digest – 13 April 2012

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In this issue:

  • Calls for Papers
  • Jobs
  • Calls for Participants
  • Voluntary Positions
  • Studentships

Calls for Papers

Virtual Worlds Research Network

Second call for papers for inaugural lecture 16-18 May 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Further details: www.vwrn.org

Abstract Submission:  250 words, no later than 22 April 2012

Notification of Acceptance: 25 April 2012

Submit to: vwresearchnetwork@gmail.com

CFP: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference:


University of Pretoria, South Africa. December 2-5, 2012

The conference will highlight and explore how and to what extent African and diaspora religious traditions and spiritualities may cohere on the critical issues, such as that of probity, equity and accountability, which confront the African continent, their faiths in relation to the wider, global community. Interrelated issues on religion, spirituality, leadership, social capital, public role, poverty, corruption, transparency will be discussed. The conference is intended to build synergies and forge dialogue on how religious/spiritual communities in Africa and the African Diaspora can combat poverty and foster probity and sustainable development.

The conference programme shall focus on the following and related sub-themes:

  •        African politico-economies, religious polity and accountability

  •        religious polity structures, corruption and transparency

  •        religious polity, social and religious capital

  •        religious values, behaviour, probity and financial accountability

  •        ethics, socio-cultural values, and social action

  •        democracy and ecclesiastical polity

  •        traditional (indigenous) systems of governance and probity

  •        religion/spiritualities, prayer and poverty

  •        religion, politics and socioeconomic empowerment

  •        church polity, apartheid and post-apartheid transformation

  •        religion, spiritualities and sustainable development in Africa and the African Diaspora

  •        Probity and African and African-derived religions/spiritualities in a new global order

Paper/presentation proposals based or related to one or more of the above themes are invited from the interested public: scholars, religious/spiritual communities and organizations, policy makers, and FBOs/NGOs. Interested panelists are invited to submit a paper/abstract proposal (max. 200 words), stating institutional affiliation, on or before 28 May 2012. The conference will be jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, The University of Edinburgh, and PANAFSTRAG. Abstract proposals and all correspondences regarding the conference should be sent electronically (email) to the conference organizers: Afe Adogame: a.adogame@ed.ac.uk and Graham Duncan: Graham.Duncan@up.ac.za

From the Immanent Frame:

“September 20-22, 2012,  Universiteit Antwerpen will host a conference on secularization theory. Conference organizers are currently accepting abstracts and will do so through May 1.”


The following Special Issue will be published in Religions (ISSN 2077- 1444, http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/) and is now   open to receive submissions of full research papers and   comprehensive review articles for peer-review and possible publication:

Special Issue: Religion&  Globalization

Website: http://www.mdpi.com/si/religions/religion_globalization/

Guest Editor: Prof. Dr. Lionel Obadia Deadline for manuscript

submissions: 30 September 2012

You may send your manuscript now or up until the deadline.

Submitted papers should not have been published previously, nor

be under consideration for publication elsewhere. We also

encourage authors to send us their tentative title and short

abstract by e-mail for approval to the Editorial Office at


This Special Issue will be fully open access, with Article

Processing Charges (APC) waived for well prepared manuscripts before 1 July 2012.

The APC for manuscripts submitted from 1 July 2012 onwards are

300 CHF per accepted paper. In addition, a fee of 250 CHF may

apply if English editing or extensive revisions must be

undertaken by the Editorial Office. More information can be found

at http://www.mdpi.com/about/apc/.

Open access (unlimited and free access by readers) increases

publicity and promotes more frequent citations as indicated by

several studies. Open access is supported by the authors and

their institutes. More information is available at


Please visit the website of Instructions for Authors before

submitting a paper at

 http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/instructions/. Manuscripts

should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and

editorial system at http://www.mdpi.com/user/manuscripts/upload/.

Religions (ISSN 2077-1444) is an international, open access

scholarly journal publishing peer-reviewed studies of religious

thought and practice.

It is available online to promote critical, hermeneutical,

historical, and constructive conversations. It aims to serve the

interests of a wide range of thoughtful readers and academic

scholars of religion, as well as theologians, philosophers,

social scientists, anthropologists, psychologists,

neuroscientists and others interested in the multidisciplinary

study of religions.

MDPI publishes several peer-reviewed, open access journals listed

at http://www.mdpi.com/. The Editorial Board members, including

several Nobel Laureates (http://www.mdpi.com/about/nobelists/),

are all leading active scholars. All MDPI journals maintain

rapid, yet rigorous, peer- review, manuscript handling and

editorial processes. MDPI journals have increased their impact

factors, see “2010 Newly Released Impact Factors”, http://www.mdpi.com/about/announcements/121/.

In case of questions, please contact the Editorial Office at:


CFP: The editors of Arc, the Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University invite submissions to the 2012/13 issue of the journal. The call for papers, on the theme of embodiment, is included below.

The editors of Arc: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University are soliciting submissions on the theme of embodiment for the 2012 issue. Submissions could address various topics, including:

· The role of the body in religion,

· The valuation of the body as sacred or profane,

·  Embodiment and personhood,

·  The value of the body in the religious fulfillment of the human being,

·  Theories of embodiment in religious studies,

·  The role of the body in religious narratives,

·  Body-centric rituals and practices,

·  Gender and sexuality,

·  Interdisciplinary approaches to the study of the body and religion.

Arc is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually by the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University. The journal combines the talents of professors and graduate students in offering space for scholarly discussions on various aspects of the academic study of religion, including method and theory in the study of religion.

Arc encourages submissions from diverse religious traditions and perspectives.

The submission deadline is June 15, 2012. For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the Guidelines for Contributors (PDF) on the website. All electronic correspondence, including requests for review copies of books, should be sent to the editors, Richard Cumming

and Ryan Jones, at the following email address: arc.relgstud@mcgill.ca.

Transformations of the Sacred in Europe and Beyond

European Sociological Association Mid-term Conference: Research Network 34 – Sociology of Religion

University of Potsdam, Germany, 3-5 September 2012

in cooperation with the German Section for the Sociology of Religion in the DGS

Submission of Abstracts: 20 April 2012

More information, submission and registration at: http://www.esareligion.org/bi-annual-conference/

Plenary Speakers:

Schirin Amir-Moazami, Institute for Islamic Studies, Free University of Berlin

Hubert Knoblauch, Institute for Sociology, Technical University of Berlin

Gordon Lynch, Religious Studies School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent

Eva-Maria Schrage, Graduate School “Religion and Politics in the Cultures of Pre-modernity and Modernity”, University of Münster

Panel: Religions on the Move/Changes in Religious Cultures

Inger Furseth, Director of the Nordic Research Program NOREL, Oslo

Dorota Hall, Assistant Professor at the Dep. of Religious Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw

Volkhard Krech, Director of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg Dynamics in the History of Religions and speaker of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at the University of Bochum

Siniša Zrinščak, Department of Social Work, University of Zagreb

  Conference on Historiography of Religion

Senior and emerging researchers are invited to apply.

This conference is organised by the European Science Foundation (ESF) in partnership with Linköping University (LiU).

The conference will take place on *10-14 September 2012* in *ScandicLinköping Väst, Linköping, Sweden*.

Submission Deadline: *14 May 2012*

*Grants for Young and Early Stage Researchers available.*

Further information can be found below and at:www.esf.org/conferences/12386

*Historiography of Religion*

10-14 September 2012

Chaired by:

*Jörg Rüpke* – Max-Weber-Centre, University of Erfurt, DE

*Susanne Rau* – Department of History, University of Erfurt, DE


The conference will focus on the question: *How, under which conditions and with which consequences are religions historicized?* The conference aims at furthering the study of religion as of historiography by analysing how religious groups (or their adversaries) employ historical narratives in the construction of their identities or how such groups are invented by later historiography (comparative historiography). Thus the biases and elisions of current analytical and descriptive frames have to be analysed, too (history of research). Combing disciplinary competences of Religious Studies and History of Religion, Confessional Theologies, History, History of Science, and Literary Studies, the participants will help to initiate a /comparative historiography of religion/ by applying literary comparison and historical contextualization to those texts that have been used as central documents for histories of individual religions and analyze their historiographic character, tools and strategies. Furthermore they will stimulate /the history of historical research on religion/; that is, identifying key steps in the early modern and modern history of research. The comparative approach will address Circum-Mediterranean and European as well as Asian religious traditions from the first millennium BCE to present.

*Invited speakers will include*

*Corinne Bonnet* – Université Toulouse, FR | *Johannes Bronkhorst* – Université de Lausanne, CH | *Cristiana Facchini* – Università di Bologna, IT | *Giovanni Filoramo* – Università Torino, IT | *Ingvild Gilhus* – Bergen University, NO | *Danièle Hervieu-Léger* – Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris, FR | *Reinhard Kratz* – University of Goettingen, DE | *Chris Lorenz* – Vrije University of Amsterdam, NL | *Franziska Metzger* – University of Fribourg, CH | *Tessa Rajak* – Oxford University, UK | *Susanne Rau* – University of Erfurt, DE | *Chase Robinson* – City University of New York, US | *Jörg Rüpke* – University of Erfurt, DE |*Giulia Sfameni Gasparro* – University of Messina, IT | *Per Sorensen* – University of Leipzig, DE | *Natale Spineto* – University of Torino, IT | *Yvonne-Maria Werner* – Lund University, SE

* How to Participate*

Attendance is possible only after successful application. Application form is accessible from www.esf.org/conferences/12386

A certain number of grants are available for students and early stage researchers to cover the conference fee and possibly part of the travel costs.

Closing date for applications: *14 May 2012*

* Sponsor a Conference*

This conference will be providing the opportunity for leading scientists and young researchers to meet for discussions on the most recent developments in their fields of research. We enable collaboration between international scientists from EU, first world and emerging countries which acts as a catalyst for creating new synergistic global contacts across disciplines.

We invite you to join us in harnessing this great potential, working towards an even more cohesive scientific force in Europe and beyond by contributing to our intense, dynamic and fun events.

If you are interested, please visit our Sponsor Resource Center at www.esf.org/activities/esf-conferences/sponsor-resource-center.html


University of Aberdeen – Lecturer in Theological Ethics

Closing date: 4 May 2012

Further information http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEF625/lecturer-in-theological-ethics/

University of Aberdeen – Senior Lecturer/Reader/Chair in Philosophy

Closing date: 4 May 2012

Further information http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEF589/senior-lecturer-reader-chair-in-philosophy/

Calls for Participants

Final conference: the socio-cultural integration of Muslim migrants in Europe

June 20-21, 2012


From 2008 till 2012 a team based at six universities conducted

extensive research on the social-cultural integration of different

Muslim groups in Europe. This has resulted in the collection of unique

data sets that give new insights into the interplay of policies,

debates, and attitudes of, and, towards Muslim migrants. We are proud to

present and discuss these research findings during a two day conference

on 20-21 June 2012 in Brussels.

During the EURISLAM final conference we will present and discuss

findings on citizenship and cultural policies; the media debate on

Muslim and Islam in 30 national newspapers; leadership perspectives of

over 90 representatives of Islamic and migrant organisations, and the

attitudes and integration of nearly 5.000 respondents from Europe¹s four

largest Islamic groups (Turks, Moroccans, Pakistani¹s, and Muslims from

the former Yugoslav Republic). Data will be presented in a comparative

analysis of the six participating countries (Belgium, France, Germany,

The Netherlands, Switzerland, and The United Kingdom)

It is often assumed that specific policies can positively influence the

integration of immigrants and their offspring. The EURISLAM data will

indicate that public and political dimensions are, however, not that

strongly interlinked with the socio-economic and cultural integration of

Muslim immigrants and their offspring. Different traditions and

practices in the naturalization and cultural accommodation of Muslim

migrants appear to be only a slight factor determining their overall

integration within society. The results of the EURISLAM project hereby

contribute to new ways of thinking about the importance of national and

post-national policies concerning the accommodation and integration of


The conference will consist of two main plenary meetings, followed by a

set of workshops. A preliminary conference programme with detailed

information on the location and workshops will soon be made available.

If you wish to attend the EURISLAM final conference, please send an

email to m.w.koomen@uva.nl, stating your full name and organisation (if


Voluntary Positions

The Euro-Islam website is currently recruiting two students/researchers interested in  Muslims iin Germany and in the UK for its website research team.  Language capabilities in German are required for the  research on Islam and Muslims in Germany.

Each week the researcher will collect news stories covering current events impacting Muslims in these countries, develop short a short summary for each story, and submit them to the webmaster for publishing. He/she will also participate in monthly concalls with the Euro-Islam research team. The researcher may also be called upon to develop profiles on Islam and Muslims these countries and their capital cities.

Weekly responsibilities require approximately 3-6 hours. While the Euro-Islam website unfortunately cannot offer compensation, the student researcher will benefit from weekly research opportunities, networking/collaboration opportunities through Harvard’s Islam in the

West Program, and access to a large audience of scholars, politicians, and media professionals via the web’s most reliable source on Muslims in the West.

Please refer interested students to Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, Director of Harvard’s Islam in the West Program and website coordinator: jcesari@fas.harvard.edu.


PhD position Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls

The Qumran Institute of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of the University of Groningen offers a four-year PhD position (0,9 fte) in Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls as of the next academic year. This PhD position is financed by a grant of the SNS/Reaal Fund.

Research proposals should fit the research profile of the Faculty and of the Qumran Institute, which is aimed at studying the Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and the Dead Sea Scrolls from a comparative and interdisciplinary perspective within their ancient cultural contexts (ancient Near Eastern and Graeco-Roman). For examples of the Institute’s research profile, see the two conferences in 2008 (Authoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judaism) and 2010 (The Jewish Revolt against Rome: Interdisciplinary Perspectives).

Candidates with a degree in Biblical Studies, early Jewish Studies, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, or Ancient History are encouraged to apply.


In case you have any questions about the compatibility of your prospected research with the Faculty’s and Institute’s research profile and for further information, please contact the Institute’s director: Mladen Popović (m.popovic@rug.nl)

Deadline: May 22th, 2012

Please include with your application:

  • a curriculum vitae, including academic qualifications, grades, a list of publications (if applicable), two letters of academic recommendation from professors who can write knowledgeably about your personal and academic qualifications and your suitability for the chosen field of study

  • a letter explaining your motivation, your interest in the project, and your competence in the research field

  • a proposal of max 4 pages describing how you intend to conduct the project you are applying for

  • your MA thesis

Send your application by email before May 22th, 2012 to:


Additional information

Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies

Qumran Institute

Paul among the Ancient Philosophers: ‘Pistis’ as Reasonable Trust

This position is part of the joint research project “Overcoming the Faith-Reason Opposition: Pauline Pistis in Contemporary Philosophy” between the University of Groningen and the Radboud University Nijmegen, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Suitable candidates pursue an interest in Classics, Ancient Philosophy or New Testament Studies. They are fluent in English and have, or will soon have completed an MA in a relevant field.

Deadline: May 15, 2012

Interviews: June 13-14, 2012

The candidate will also closely cooperate with the research group working on the recently established ‘Brill’s Commentary on the Pauline Writings’, see www.rug.nl/philpaul.For further information, see


Contact: g.h.van.kooten@rug.nl