Religious Studies Opportunities Digest (13 July Edition)

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  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Scholarships
  • Conference Announcements
  • Jobs



Sociology of Religion, Advance Access, June & July 2012


  • Canadian Women Religious’ Negotiation of Feminism and Catholicism

  • Evangelical Elites’ Changing Responses to Homosexuality 1960–2009

Material Religion, Vol 8, no.2, June 2012


  • Treading on Antiquity: Anglo-American Missionaries and the Religious Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Coptic Egypt – Brooks Hedstrom, Darlene L.

  • Depicting distant suffering: evangelicals and the politics of pictorial humanitarianism in the age of american empire – Curtis, Heather

  • Overseas Military Cemeteries as American Sacred Space: Mine Eyes Have Seen La Gloire – Ebel, Jonathan H.

  • The Challenges of Representing Shiva: Image, Place, and Divine Form in the Himalayan Hindu Shrine of Kedarnath Luke Whitmore – Whitmore, Luke

  • Two Views of Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe: Introduction

  • In the Presence of Saints: A Visitor-Focused Account of Treasures of Heaven – Berns, Steph

  • Treasures of Heaven: Relics and their Consequences, an Africanist’s View – Picton, John

  • Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul – Bertram, Carel

  • A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia – Buggeln, Gretchen

  • Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma – Gonzalez, Cristina Cruz

  • Ribera: Mary Magdalene in a New Context, and Companion Exhibition the Many Lives of Mary Magdalene – Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane

  • The New Hakodate Jomon Culture Center, Minamikayabe, Japan – Insoll, Timothy

  • Money, Power, Holiness and Heritage in Russia – Paine, Crispin


Call for articles International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM)

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) is a new peer-reviewed open access journal that offers a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of the humanities. The aim of the journal is to stimulate research and a lively academic

exchange in the field of the cultural history of modernity worldwide. HCM is published by Amsterdam University Press. The first issue of HCM will be published in 2013.

The journal conceives “modernity” as a concept, as a problem, and as a period. The concept is rooted historically in the Enlightenment and its alter ego Romanticism, and thus involves, on the most abstract level, contested concepts like universalism, cosmopolitanism, authenticity, progress, individuality, equality, reason, identity, aesthetics and religion. Modernity as a topical problem entails a critical discussion of its origins, trajectory, variations and perceived decline, from a global perspective. As a period, modernity essentially but not inevitably covers the years between 1750 and the present. Modernity is the world in which we live and one we have to cope with; at the same time, it is a contested concept and a serious practical effort. This means that the concepts and theories that deal with modernity are not free floating intellectual artefacts: they confront real situations and actual dilemmas.

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) will consider scholarly contributions that relate topics in cultural history to the wider context of modernity. The journal welcomes new and critical historical approaches, especially those contributing to present-day debates and facilitating a global perspective.

HCM invites authors to submit their manuscripts before 1 September 2012. These articles will be considered for the first 2013 issue. However, the journal also welcomes suggestions for articles and manuscripts after this date.

For more information, see:

The Vitae Scotland and Northern Ireland Hub, in partnership with Universities across the region, are delighted to announce the 2012 Part-Time Researcher Conference; this is the third annual Part-Time Conference run in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The aim of the conference is to allow colleagues from diverse research areas and universities to network; develop professional skills; consider future careers; and receive valuable advice, support and information from service providers at universities across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This year the conference will be held on 23rd August, at the University of Stirling.

For further information and details of how to book, please visit:<


Title: Call for papers: The LEWI International Conference on The

Catholic Church in China from 1900 to the Present

Date: 2012-08-15

Description: The LEWI International Conference on The Catholic

Church in China from 1900 to the Present DATE: June 6-7, 2013

  1. THE CONFERENCE: LEWI welcomes panel and individual paper

submissions to the international conference on “The Catholic

Church in China (including Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau and

Tai …



Announcement ID: 195584

Le religieux sur Internet/Religion on the Web

Annual conference of the French Association of Social Sciences of Religion (AFSR)

Organized by Fabienne Duteil-Ogata, Isabelle Jonveaux, Liliane Kuczynski and Sophie Nizard

4 – 5 February 2013

EHESS Paris, Amphithéâtre François Furet

105 bd Raspail Paris 6e

International conference

Call for papers

During the 1990s, Internet developed in every field of the public sphere and of social life. A new and unprecedented chance to spread a message almost universally (Lévy, 1994) or a danger for the social link because of growing individualism (Breton, 2000) – the increasing importance of virtual reality can be assessed positively or negatively by the social sciences depending on how it is analyzed.

At its beginnings the web offered its users the possibility to consult websites, but for several years a second more interactive phase has been developing that allows users to express themselves on forums and social networks and interact on websites which reproduce the real world online (“Second Life”).

Religions participate in this evolution. They have indeed adapted relatively quickly to modern technologies and sometimes even played a pioneering role. Religious phenomena – institutional religions or more diffuse religious experiences – are nowadays totally present on the web. The Internet itself can become an object of belief or cult.

This conference aims to explore new relationships between the Internet and religions situated in precise cultural contexts. It will be interesting to point out the representations of space and time and the use of written contents and images in each context. It does not aim to establish an inventory of the presence and uses of religions on the Internet, but to deliver detailed analyses of the relations between the former and the latter. Analysis also involves a methodological reflection on the way this new field can be investigated by the social sciences.

With this in mind, three main axes have been identified which will structure three sessions of the conference:

1-     Designers and users of the religious virtual scene

Although it may seem easy to carry out a content analysis of these websites because of their visibility (by essence), it is more difficult but indispensable to define their reception and the use to which they are put.

Different questions can be envisaged:

–          Who are the designers of the website: religious institutions, a self-proclaimed leader, radical movements? This refers back to questions about authority and religious legitimacy, forces of opposition – also secular – or dissidence.

–          What do religious institutions, movements or leaders reveal of themselves through contents, images, virtual identities? Which publics are they addressing?

–          How is regulation organized on websites and who are the persons in charge?

–          How do the users move about those spaces: participation, interactions between users, direct or roundabout use, liberty, constraints, anonymity, amount of time spent online?

2- What is the impact of Internet on religions?

Is the Internet just one more medium by which to disseminate contents or does it produce in-depth change and if so, in what fields and in what ways?

Several questions can be asked:

– Is the local anchoring reinforced? Is religious globalization intensified?

– Are rituals transformed or renovated?

– Forms of religious jurisprudence (fatwas, responsa…) and requesting advice on blogs, forums, social networks…

– Marketing and all sorts of religious services on the internet: marriage agencies, geo-localization of religious businesses or places of worship, sales of religious goods…In this respect, we are interested not only by the services offered but also by the uses to which they are put

– Is the Internet conducive to creating new religions?

3- How does virtual reality relate to reality per se?

– When and how do people go from virtual reality to actual reality and vice-versa?

– What does that imply from the point of view of the organization and perception of time and space?

– Presence/absence of the body in a certain number of religious acts: conversion, confession, rituals…

– Has the religious factor not always been concerned by virtual reality, by the communication it supposes with the super-natural?

Papers must be based on specific fieldwork.

All cultural and religious contexts qualify.


Papers for the International Conference “Religion on the Web” should be sent before September 30th 2012 to the following address: and must include: title, applicant’s full name and scientific affiliation, and an abstract of ca. 300 words in French and English, specifying the axis, the methodology and cultural area concerned.

Presentation of papers (in English or French) should not go over 20 min.

Applicants should already be AFSR members or decide to join (

The Acts will be published.

Questions concerning the conference may be sent to the following addresses:

Fabienne Duteil-Ogata, Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (LAU), IIAC/ EHESS-CNRS,

Isabelle Jonveaux, Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux (CEIFR/EHESS-CNRS) et Université de Graz (Autriche)

Liliane Kuczynski, Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (LAU), IIAC/ EHESS-CNRS,

Sophie Nizard, Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux (CEIFR/EHESS-CNRS)


The University of Erfurt offers grants for young scholars, pursuing doctoral research within the field of “Historicisation of religion” ( ). The dissertation might be written in English or German.

The research team will focus on the questions: how, under which conditions and with which consequences are religions historicized? How do religious groups (or their enemies) apply historical narratives to form or consolidate religious identities? To which extent do historical narratives essentialize or even create religious traditions? Do religious groups produce historical narratives particularly in situations of inner- or interreligious crisis or conflict? These questions shed new light on seemingly self-evident historiographical assumptions, on forms of narrating and representing religious history and on the epistemological grounds of the historiography of religion itself and thereby also help to reveal religious conditions of historiography. Simultaneously, typical distortions of the academic historiography of religions can be included in the analysis: How do scholars deal with religious historicizations – the ‘sources’ of every academic historiography of religion –, which narratives are excluded, reframed or nonreflectively perpetuated? By recapitulating basic scholarly decisions about the choice and representation of ‘sources’ dogmatic or distortive figures of thought in historiography can be revealed and revised. The project therefore lies at the interface between history and religious studies, between emic religious historicizations and the scholarly historiography of religion. Applications from researchers, holding an excellent MA in Religious Studies or History are encouraged to apply. For any further inquiries please contact:

  • Deadline for applications: July 15th, 2012
  • Funding Start Date: October 01st, 2012
  • Scholarship Period: awarded for two years, may be run for a maximum of 3 years
  • Scholarship Grant: € 1,100 per month, plus any familiy allowance

Application Documents

Applications for scholarships will be send  per e-mail and must include:

  1. a cover letter in which you please describe the motivation behind your application (max. 2 pages). Please address the following points:
    1. Applications must include the applicant’s choice of a research team (Scholarships Categories (1-10). Please note, that there can be only send one application in each category
    2. if you want to apply for outstanding individual projects in the humanities and social sciences, please indicate the name of professor you are already in contact with
    3. Please also note down, if you already have been accepted by a faculty (please enclose the relevant letter.
  2. curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  3. a copy of the applicant’s undergraduate degree  (Diploma-/ or Magister-/ bzw. Bachelor- and Master Certificate)
  4. exposé of the dissertation proposal


    1. an outline of the dissertation or postdoctoral project (approx. 6-8 pages), with a clear delineation of the topic as well as the current state of research, method of approach and hypotheses; including a directory of the literature mentioned in the project outline
    2. must also include a work schedule and projected date of completion
  1. a letter of recommendation or evaluation from a university teacher regarding the applicant’s character and qualifications
  2. a copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, submitted electronically
  3. samples of work (if available)


    1. of an article published in a scientific journal or in a anthology and/ or
    2. of your presentation at a scientific conference (slides or text).

Submission of Documents

Please submit your full application documents in PDF form (max. 2,5 MB) per Email until July 15th, 2012 to the “Referat für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der Universität Erfurt” (vpf(at)

Please note, that any application received after July 15th, 2012 (12:00 pm) will not be considered.

Overview to the application process


  1. Checking your documents (July 2012)

All applications received on time are checked for completenes by the “Referat für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs”.

2.      disclosure of your documents to the responsible person (of your chosen scholarship cateory) (July until August 2012)

following a pre-selection from the applications sent in on the person responsible, you may be invited to an interview (expected in August, 2012), following a final decision of the candidates suggested to the grant commision


  1. decision of the grant commission (beginning of September)
  2. formulation of the final decision and communication of the result to the applicant (beginning September)
  3. Start of the funding period generally at October 1st, 2012



Title: 9/11 and Beyond: This collection seeks to expand current

dialogues on the impact of repressive policies instituted by

the US in the post-9/11 era

Date: 2012-09-01

Description: 9/11 and Beyond This collection seeks to expand

current dialogues on the impact of repressive policies

instituted by the US in the post-9/11 era. We are looking for

articles from various disciplinary perspectives that explore

how those policies have impacted, not only the realization and

interpretat …


Announcement ID: 195493

Title: Art & Death

Date: 2012-09-20

Description: Three workshops taking place at The Courtauld

Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN: 1st

November 2012, 21 February and 23 March 2013 A series of three

workshops will be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in

2012-2013 to explore the inter-relationship between art and

death. T …



Announcement ID: 195532

Title: CFP – Graduate Conference: “Charming Intentions –

Occultism, Magic and the History of Art”

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: Graduate Conference Charming Intentions: Occultism,

Magic and the History of Art 3-4 December 2012, Department of

History of Art, University of Cambridge This two-day graduate

conference will investigate the intersections between visual

culture and the occult tradition, ranging from the material cul



Announcement ID: 195501

Title:  Conference on Sacred Places:Cosmological Power &

environmental Issues, Kumbha Mela 2013

Date: 2013-02-05

Description: Themes: Religion-environment interaction; Theories

and approaches to pilgrimage studies; Cosmic geometry and power

of sacred places; Pilgrim circulation and economy; Pilgrimage

archetype, hierarchy and pattern; Spatiality of time and

temporality of space; Rituals, functionaries and festivities;

Sect …


Announcement ID: 195547

The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) is delighted to announce that it is hosting a colloquium, Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music. The colloquium will be held on 23 and 24 September 2012 and take place at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge).

The speakers at the colloquium will be CJCR Visiting Fellow, Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College), Ruth HaCohen (Hebrew University), and Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Registration required. Bursaries for graduate students available.

For further details and the registration form, please see


University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Late Imperial or Modern History of China (14th to 20th  C.)

Deadline:1 Oct 2012

Western Washington University – Visiting Instructor of South Asian Studies

Deadline: 31 July 2012

“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence at the

University of Konstanz – 10 doctoral positions in the doctoral

program on “Europe in the Globalized World”


“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence at the

University of Konstanz – 2 post-doc positions in the doctoral program

on “Europe in the Globalized World”