Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 16 Aug 2013

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In this issue:

  • Thanks

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs



Thank you to all who voted last week. It looks like an overwhelming result and so we will include more information on recent publications within the Opportunities Digest.


Sociology of Religion, advance access

Ethnographies of the Road and other highlights from the latest issue of AFRICA: Journal of the International African Institute

The Journal of Northeast Asian History has just been published. Please visit the Northeast Asian History  Foundation’s homepage ( and go to Resources and to Publication

Contemporary Islam, vol 7, issue 3

Journal of Hindu Studies, advance notice


Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular

Edited by Abby Day, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter

Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series

Website price:£49.50 (Regular price: £55.00)

Focusing on the important relationship between the ‘sacred’ and the ‘secular’, this book demonstrates that it is not paradoxical to think in terms of both secular and sacred or neither, in different times and places. International experts from a range of disciplinary perspectives draw on local, national, and international contexts to provide a fresh analytical approach to understanding these two contested poles. Exploring such phenomena at an individual, institutional, or theoretical level, each chapter contributes to the central message of the book – that the ‘in between’ is real, embodied and experienced every day and informs, and is informed by, intersecting social identities.

Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular provides an essential resource for continued research into these concepts, challenging us to re-think where the boundaries of sacred and secular lie and what may lie between

British Academy Publications Online is an expanding collection of monographs and other publications from the prestigious British Academy across a range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.

Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism

Oxford Bibliographies: Islamic Studies

Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity

Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving

Bardwell L. Smith

Paperback | 416 pages

£22.50 | 11 July 2013 | 978-0-19-994215-2

Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on mizuko kuyo, the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap in contemporary mizuko kuyo, Smith provides critical insight from many angles: the sociology of the family, the power of the medical profession, the economics of temples, the import of ancestral connections, the need for healing in both private and communal ways and, perhaps above all, the place of women in modern Japanese religion.


The Throne of Adulis

Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam

G.W. Bowersock

Leading historian G.W. Bowersock provides a narrative account of a fascinating but overlooked chapter in pre-Islamic Arabian history — the holy war between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs in the sixth century AD.

Hardback | 208 pages

£15.99 | 25 July 2013 | 978-0-19-973932-5

Just prior to the rise of Islam, in the sixth century AD, southern Arabia was embroiled in a holy war between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs. The Jewish kingdom, composed of ethnic Arabs who had converted to Judaism more than a century before, had launched a bloody pogrom against Christians in the region. The ruler of Ethiopia, who claimed descent from the union of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and even was rumored to possess an object no less venerable than the Ark of the Covenant, aspired both to protect the persecuted Christians and to restore Ethiopian control in the Arabian Peninsula. Though little known today, this was an international war that involved both the Byzantine Empire, who had established Christian churches in Ethiopia beginning in the fourth century, and the Sasanian Empire in Persia, who supported the Jews in a proxy war with Byzantium.


RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special – Invitation to Submit Questions

Would you like to participate in a special episode of the RSP that lets YOU steer the conversation and ask tough questions on the psychology of religion to a panel with some of the worlds top psychologists of religion? Thanks to The Religious Studies Project team, you now have that opportunity!

In a one-of-a-kind special edition of The Religious Studies Project we want to invite you to join us at the International Association for the Psychology of Religion 2013 world conference. On the 28th of this month a panel comprised of world-renowned psychologists of religion await to hear from you and answer your questions in the social scientific study of religion in general and the psychology of religion in specific. The Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special will be video recorded and published through our website soon after.

You may submit your questions to RSP assistant editor Dr. Christopher F. Silver and panel moderator Thomas J. Coleman III by emailing us at, Twitter (@ProjectRS), Facebook,


 Wendell Berry suggests that ‘when we say the word “body” theologically, we cannot distinguish in an absolute way whether we mean our own human bodies, Jesus’ human body, Christ’s bodily presence in the elements of the Eucharist, or the social body called the church’. Our experience of life, salvation and sanctification is an embodied experience, but what this means is far from clear given that bodies have a liminal character as both a defining boundary of the self and a communicative bridge to the outside world, both immanent and transcendent. This conference seeks to explore the interaction between theological and religious conceptions of the body, both individual and corporate, and the lived experience and praxis of those bodies in the world.

 This conference aims to gather postgraduate students. We invite critical and constructive papers of 20 minutes in length from all disciplines concerned with theology and religion.

Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, theological approaches to:

 – Mind as embodied and environmentally embedded

– Doctrines such as incarnation, resurrection and ascension

– Soteriology and sanctification of the body

– Bodies, passions and emotions

– Sexuality and gender

– The body in sacrament and ritual

– Church as the body of Christ

– Changing conceptions of the body in history

– Bodily language and metaphors in scripture and theology

– Ethical considerations of technology and the body

– Communion and communication

– Negotiating social, political and cultural bodies

 Please submit your abstract (500 words maximum) to The deadline for submissions is 25 October 2013.

 Further information about registration, plenary speakers and precise timings will be available around October. Accommodation and evening meals will not be provided, but it is hoped to offer a list of accommodation options.

CFP: Saints and Sinners: Postmodernism, Feminism and Medievalism in Literature in English

Date: 2013-09-20

Description: From the early feminists to postmodern protagonists Michele Roberts’ novels rewrite medieval saints and sinners,  Victorian mediums and contemporary visionaries, offering us new perspectives on well known stories and motifs. Roberts’ prose and poetry as well as Sarah Salih’s research on sainthood and  …

Contact: kbronk [at]; bbronkk [at],

Announcement ID: 205791


CFP: Public Religion and Issues of Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: Professor Ezra Chitando (University of Zimbabwe) and Dr Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds) currently solicit proposals for contributions to the book volume, ‘Public Religion and Controversies on Homosexuality in Africa’. Proposals for contributions can be submitted to the editors by email (ch …

Contact: a.vanklinken [at]


Announcement ID: 205701

CFP: Humane, Inhumane, Human

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-10-24

Description: In keeping with HERAs mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology …



Announcement ID: 205721

CFP: Caching the eye. Architecture, ritual and reliquaries from the later Middle Ages through the early modern context of the Catholic Reform (Call for papers for the IMC 2014 (International Medieval Conference, 7-14 July, Leeds))

Date: 2013-09-15

Description: We would like to invite art historical and interdisciplinary papers on the relation between ritual, reliquary, liturgy, vision and architecture in the late medieval and early modern culture. We are particularly interested in approaches that combine textual, architectural and/or art historical source …

Contact: Dominique.Bauer [at]

Announcement ID: 205754

CFP: The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy 2014

contact email: acerp [at]

Welcome to ACERP 2014 – The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, to be held from March 27-30 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.


Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 1 2013

Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks of submission

Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: March 1 2014

ACERP Conference: March 27 – 30 2014

Deadline for submission of full papers: May 1 2014

Further details including categories:


CFP: 2014 SE Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature

West Palm Beach Atlantic University

contact email:  lisa_marzano [at]

Call for Papers: 2014 Southeastern Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature

Palm Beach Atlantic University, April 3-5, 2014

West Palm Beach, FL

Please send 400-500 word abstracts to Dr. Sam Joeckel at: SAMUEL_JOECKEL [at] The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, January 17, 2014. For further information contact Lisa_Marzano [at]

Further details re: categories etc. :


CFP: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture4-7 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 8 August 2014

This website will provide key information about the conference, including the call for papers which is open until 3 December 2013, registration and accommodation details and the conference programme. If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email G.Lynch[at]


CFP: ASIA IN MOTION: HERITAGE AND TRANSFORMATION at the National University of Singapore, July 17-19, 2014

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce the inaugural AAS-in-Asia conference, “Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation.” We seek to attract a wide range of panel proposals from humanists and social scientists, as well as reflective practitioners from the worlds of policy, civil society, journalism, and other professional fields.

The AAS-in-Asia conference will build upon emerging visions and trends in Asian studies within Asia. By bringing together scholars and specialists on Asia within Asia as well as from other parts of the world at a gathering in Asia, we hope to spark new and fruitful collaborations. The AAS also expects to reach out to scholars of Asia who might not usually attend an AAS conference in North America. It is our hope that the conference will stimulate new networks among scholars within Asia and beyond, providing broader inter-continental connections for the future of Asian studies.

Please note:  If you have already submitted a proposal for the 2014 AAS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, you are still eligible to submit a proposal for consideration for the AAS-in-Asia conference in Singapore.

For more details regarding this conference including proposal submission instructions, please go to

The deadline for proposal submission is October 31, 2013 at 5:00pm E.S.T.


 CFP: Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal v. 27

Call for Papers Date: 2013-12-15

Announcement ID: 205770

The Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal (CHBJ) is a scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. It seeks to promote the study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. The deadline for article submissions is December 15, 2013. Publication date for the volume 27 will be in July, 2014.

 For submissions requirements, please see the Article Solicitation at the link:


Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in the NWO project Buddhism and Social Justice

The Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 13-249 The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a One Year full-time position (Post-doctoral Fellow) in the field of Buddhist Studies, to begin as soon as possible.

*One Year Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in the NWO Project Buddhism and Social Justice (1.0 fte)

Vacancy number: 13-249*

 Sophia University – Open-rank position in Religious Studies


Leiden University – University Leectureship in the study of premodern China


 University of Chicago – Assistant Professor in Traditional Chinese Literature


 University of Notre Dame – Assistant or Associate Professor/Byzantine History


 Northwestern University – Assistant Professor in Hinduism


 University of Tennessee – Knoxville – Africana Studies


 Davidson College – Director of Davidson in India Program and Instructor of S. Asian History (rank open) <>

 University of Minnesota – Minneapolis – Assistant Professor, History/Media Institutions


 Pennsylvania State University – Modern European Jewish History


 University of Wisconsin – Madison – Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History