Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 12 April 2013

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In this issue:

  • Books

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships


The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law



Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality

Ethnographic Approaches

Edited by Anna Fedele and Kim Knibbe

This book contains captivating descriptions of the entanglements of gender and power in spiritual practices and detailed analyses of the strategies spiritual practitioners use to attain what to social scientists might seem an impossible goal: creating spiritual communities without creating gendered hierarchies.



PhD’s Education Index

The project is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.



Material Religion, vol 9 no. 1

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 2

(April 2013). This is the twelfth issue of the journal so represents something of a mile-stone. Featuring articles from Steven Mizrach, John R. DeLorez, Mark A. Schroll, Zelda Hall, Margaret Gouin, Kaitlyn Kane,  Gregory Shushan, Juan Corbetta & Fabiana Savall.

It can be downloaded from any of the following links:


CFP: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Special Edition: “Popular Culture, Multiculturalism, and Religion in Canada”

Twenty-five years ago Canada implemented the Multiculturalism Act that put into law the Multiculturalism policy first introduced by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1971. Over the history of both the policy and the Act, there have been many measures taken in Canada to increase the viability of a multicultural population. There have also been considerable controversies around the, at times, superficial approach to multiculturalism and, specifically, the way it seems to avoid discussions of religious diversity. We are looking to publish a special edition that addresses some of the many questions around multiculturalism and religion in Canada with a specific focus on popular cultural discourse. Possible paper themes could be:

·        Religious groups in multicultural festivals

·        Religious music in folk festivals

·        Canadian TV addressing religious diversity (i.e. Little Mosque on the Prairie, for example)

·        Commodification of religious icons and images in celebration of multiculturalism

·        Interfaith dialogue in multicultural community centres

·        Canada’s new Office of Religious Freedom and the media: multicultural discourses

·        Religious musical themes in secular performance

·        Vision TV and its influence in Canada

·        The lack of religious diversity in multicultural popular culture

·        Comparisons of Canadian multicultural and/or religiously diverse popular culture with other nations/locations

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013. Please follow the JRPC submission guideline located:

All papers must be submitted via the online system PRESTO. The submission guidelines give you direction on how to do that. Please indicate in your abstract that your submission is for consideration in the special edition on “Popular Culture, Multiculturalism, and Religion in Canada”.


Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation

Wednesday 1 May 2013

at the Faculty of Laws, UCL



Throughout history, religious belief and religious affiliation have been powerful factors in shaping human societies. They have defined individual identities and communities, governed the relationship between commonwealths, and inspired human creativity. Religious visions, hopes and fears also stimulated conflict and unleashed violence. For an overwhelming and growing majority of people living on our planet today, religious belief answers questions central to their existence. It allows them to cope with difficult or decisive moments and structures everyday life. It seems that over the past generations, differences regarding the place and role of religious belief have grown considerably. In a world marked more than ever before by migration and global connectivity, societies which tend towards religious neutrality or indifference need to define anew their relationship to communities with strong religious commitments. In the past as well as today, the relationship between individual and community, between different confessions and religious communities, between these communities and the state, are negotiated in complex processes of moderation, sometimes involving conflict or even violence.


This conference is the closing event of a four-workshop series which took place at UCL in 2010-12. It offers a cross-disciplinary assessment of these different forms in which religious identity, commitment and community are negotiated in the contemporary world. Without claiming to exhaust the topic, it proposes to look at the agents, procedures and outcomes of these negotiations, and hopefully will evaluate the potentials and limits of negotiation of religion.


13:30 Registration and coffee



Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin and Dr François Guesnet (UCL)

14:15 Panel 1: From Historical Differences to an Age of Equality

Chair: Dr François Guesnet Discussant: Professor David d’Avray FBA (UCL)

Negotiating Religious Differences in Europe in the Wake of the Reformations

Professor Ben Kaplan (UCL)

Negotiating Religious Freedom in an Age of Equality: From Conflict to Cohesion

Speaker: Professor Maleiha Malik (KCL)

15:45 Break

16:15 Panel 2: Negotiating with Religion in a Secular Age

Chair: Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin

Discussant: Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL) & Dr George Letsas (UCL)

Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

Professor Cécile Laborde (UCL)

Secularism without Disenchantment?

Professor Craig Calhoun (LSE)

17:45 Conclusions

18:00 Drinks reception

19:00 Conference ends



Book your place at this conference online at:

Fees: Standard Ticket = £30

Academic Ticket (non-UCL) = £10

Student Ticket (non-UCL) = £10

UCL Staff and Students = Free of charge


UCL Faculty of Laws

Bentham House

Endsleigh GardensLondon WC1H 0EG


Academia Sinica – Research Fellow, modern China



Cambridge University – University Lectureship or University Senior

Lectureship (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Russian Literature

and/or Culture, Department of Slavonic Studies



National University of Singapore – Postdoctoral Fellowship



Trent University – Assistant Professor, World History – Nine Month Limited Term – 2013-14



University of Edinburgh – Chancellor’s Fellowships, tenure-track, Asian Studies



Yale University – Professor of Modern Jewish History



Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in New Testament Studies

School of Divinity, University of St Andrews


Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic and Historical Theology – ML1279

School of Divinity, University of St Andrews



Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Functional Neuroimaging and the Scientific Study of Religion


Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-05-15

Description: The Phillips Museum of Art Franklin & Marshall College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Spring 2014 Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-semester post-doctoral fellowshiP beginning Janua …

Contact: eliza.reilly[at ]


Announcement ID: 202687


Rosenzweig Fellowships 2014i

Date: 2013-05-16

Description: Call for Applications The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History will award doctoral and post-doctoral research

fellowships for 2014Successful applicants will be expected to carry out their research work at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center from  …

Contact: rosenzweigfellowship [AT]


Announcement ID: 202717