Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 16 January 2018

Welcome to the first RSP opportunities digest of 2018 – a jam-packed one due to the festive break – where you will find details of eight conference/conference panel calls for papers, a public lecture, two doctoral studentships, three journal calls for papers, and two seminars/seminar series. This week’s opportunities digest is sponsored by the Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements, whose advert for their 2018 conference season kicks off the digest, and who have been building a searchable database of millenarian movements with INFORM, available here:

Chris has been filling in the opps digest role since Jane Skjoldli stepped down in September 2017 after 3 years of fantastic service. Next week, however, we welcome Ella Bock to the role – and we’re looking forward to the digest continuing and developing under her leadership. Thanks Ella!

Thank also to everyone who has signed up to support the RSP thus far through our Patreon–and PayPal options. We are aiming for 100 patrons (currently 17) to fund planned developments over the coming year. See our donations page for details of how you can sign up for a regular subscription, leave a one-off donation, advertise with us, or use our Amazon links. Particularly with the ‘festive season’ coming up, it couldn’t be easier to be part of the solution and not the problem!


CenSAMM: AI and Apocalypse

5–6 April 2018. Inside the Big Top at the Panacea Museum gardens, Bedford, UK

Extended deadline: 16 February 2018

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Formatting Non-religion in Late Modern Society – Institutional and Legal Perspective

26–27 September 2018, University of Oslo, Norway

Deadline: 28 February 2018

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Ernst Bloch and the Marxist Legacy

16–17 June 2018, Warsaw, Poland

Deadline: 31 March 2018

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Religions and Identities in the European Migration Crisis

30 August–1 September 2018, Turin, Italy

Deadline: 31 January 2018

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Experiencing the Sacred between Religion and Spirituality

6–9 June 2018, Bergamo, Italy

Deadline: 22 January 2018

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Panel: Lived Ancient Religion in North Africa

European Association of Archaeologists 24th Annual Meeting,

5–8 September 2018, Barcelona

Deadline: 15 February 2018

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Religion and Transnational Religious Discourses: Globality Construction and Resistance

21–22 June 2018, Rome, Italy

Deadline: 28 February 2018

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Hidden Charms 2

21 April 2018, The Medieval Hall, Cathedral Close, Salisbury

Full details and the ability to book your tickets online are available at:

Public Lecture

Is God Really Dead? Why Belief Matters

A Celebratory Lecture by Professor Eileen Barker

12 February 2018, London School of Economics, UK

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AHRC Doctoral Studentships

University of Leeds, UK

Deadline: 24 January 2018

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Doctoral Studentship, Austrian Stigmatics

University of Antwerp, Belgium

Deadline: 15 February 2018

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Journal Special Issues

Open Theology

Rethinking Reformation

Deadline: 10 May 2018

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Recognizing Encounters with Ultimacy Across Religious Boundaries

Deadline: 28 February 2018

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Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions

Regular issue

Deadline: 1 March 2018

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Sanskrit Reading Room Series

SOAS, London, UK

17 January – 30 May 2018

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Contemporary Sikhism

9 March 2018, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

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