Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 11 MARCH 2014

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Calls for papers

Western Esotericism in Central and Eastern Europe over the Centuries

Calls for: 20 minute paper proposals

Send: Author’s affiliation and a short abstract

To: Karolina M. Kotkowska and

Deadline: April 15, 2014.

ASA-UK 2014: Religion and the Congolese Diaspora

September 2014

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Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politics

October 16-17, 2014

Riga, Latvia

Calls for: 20 minutes proposals with 10 minutes for discussion

Deadline: June 1, 2014

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Religion and Remembering

Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and Queen’s University, Belfast.

May 23-24, 2014

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Christianity and the Limits of Materiality

University of Turku, Finland

September 25-26, 2014

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Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD)

JRPGD is calling for research articles!

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Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) invites scholars to review books for the winter edition of the journal.

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International Institute of Islamic Thought

The Fairfax Institute

Theme: Islamic Law and Ethics

June 16-21, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

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CHAOS: Scandinavian Journal for the History of Religions. Symposium: Religion and Nature

University of Copenhagen

May 23-24, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

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Conferences and events

Women Modernists and Spirituality: A Symposium

22-23 May 2014

British Association for Modernist Studies

University of Stirling

Keynote speakers: Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary University of London), Lara Vetter (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

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The Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland

June 26-28, 2014

York St John University Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Keynote speakers: Richard Marks (University of Cambridge), Ian Ker (University of Oxford), Catherine O’Brien (Kingston University London)

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Religion: Views from Japan

March 20, 9-11am

Université de Genève, Uni Bastions, B105

Speaker: Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College)

FD Maurice lectures 2014: Religion & Sociology: a marriage made in heaven or hell?

March 18-20, 2014

King’s College London

Speaker: James A. Beckford (University of Warwick)

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Dissonant Voices: Faith and the Irish Diaspora

March 8, 2014

London Irish Centre

Speakers: Msgr. Raymond Murray, Fr Joe McVeigh, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Dr Oliver Rafferty SJ. Co-chairs: Fr. Gerry McFlynn, Dr Dianne Kirby (University of Ulster)

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The Third Groningen-Leuven Encounter on the Dead Sea Scrolls

April 15, 2014


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6th SSEASR Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka

South and Southeast Asian Association for Culture and Religion (SSEASR)

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

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June 4-11, 2015

15th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

St Antony’s College, Oxford

March 12, 2014


“This year’s theme is ‘It’s Complicated’: Critical Reflections on the Lived Experience of Research in Africa

Researching Africa Day provides graduate students with the opportunity to network with fellow researchers, exchange information, discuss research strategies, and develop ideas in a constructive, stimulating, and engaging environment. The workshop is open to all graduates working on Africa within the disciplines of history, politics, economics, development studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, public health, and the natural sciences. We particularly welcome participation from students beyond Oxford.”

Creating Myths as Narratives of Empowerment and Disempowerment

High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia

March 10-12, 2014

Conference program (pdf)

Research Seminar on Body, Voice and Religion

“I sing the body electric”: Body as Voice from a Musicological, Technological, and Religious Studies Perspective

University of Hull

June 3, 2014

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Summer school

Serbian Folklore Summer School

University of Novi Sad

July 6-20, 2014

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Scholarships and research funding

The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Scholarship for research or research affiliated studies in Turkish languages and turkology.

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The Panacea Charitable Trust Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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PhD studentships, post docs and other research positions

The Occupy Movement in Theory and Practice

Canterbury Christ Church University

“The Occupy Movement emerged in late 2011, and appeared to assume the status of a global phenomenon. Even though there has been an extensive commentary in the popular media on this latest wave of anti-capitalist mobilisation, there has yet to be a comprehensive in-depth theoretically informed comparative analysis of this movement. As an original contribution to knowledge, this research aims to fill this gap. For comparative purposes, this research will analyse the complex mobilisation of Occupy in the US and UK contexts, building on already existing work of the project supervisors, Dr David Bates and Dr Matthew Ogilvie.”

Application deadline: April 30, 2014

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Salaried PhD positions at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University, Sweden

Application deadline: March 31, 2014

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10 jobs at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

  • Up to four Staff Research Fellows
  • Three Post-doctoral Research Fellows
  • Two Post-doctoral Write-up Fellows
  • One Doctoral Student

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Application form (all jobs)