Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 2 Aug 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs


Sociology of Religion, advance notice

Journal of Media and Religion vol 12, no 2;jsessionid=5b16mogktep15.alice

Japan Studies Review 2003 (Volume XVII)

The Japan Studies Review (JSR), an annual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the joint efforts of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University and the southern Japan Seminar, continues to be both an outlet for publications related to Southern Japan Seminar events and a journal …



Announcement ID: 205444


We would like to draw your attention to our new Archbishops of Canterbury series<>, now available in paperback from Ashgate Publishing.  We would be most grateful if you could circulate news of this series and its associated 20% discount, to your organisation’s membership.  To claim the 20% discount, members need only enter the exclusive discount code ABCS20 into the promotional code field when ordering online.

The Archbishops of Canterbury series was developed in association with Lambeth Palace Library archives and presents authoritative studies on the Archbishops of Canterbury. Each book combines biographical, historical, theological, social and political analysis within each archiepiscopacy, with original source material drawn from the Archbishop’s correspondence, speeches and published and unpublished writings. The Archbishops of Canterbury series offers a vital source of reference, of lasting importance to scholars, students and all readers interested in the history of the international Church. The Series Editor is Andrew Chandler of The George Bell Institute, University of Chichester, UK.

Recently released titles in the series:

Archbishops Ralph d’Escures, William of Corbeil and Theobald of Bec:

Heirs of Anselm and Ancestors of Becket by Jean Truax, August 2012 Archbishop Fisher, 1945–1961: Church, State and World, by Andrew Chandler University of Chichester, UK and David Hein, Hood College, USA, July 2012 Archbishop Anselm 1093–1109: Bec Missionary, Canterbury Primate, Patriarch of Another World by Sally N. Vaughn, University of Houston, USA, June 2012

Ashgate is offering a 20% discount on published titles, which may be purchased separately in paperback or hardback

Forthcoming in 2014:

Archbishop Ramsey by Peter Webster, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK Archbishop Pole by John Edwards, University of Oxford, UK

Remember: To claim the 20% discount, members need only enter the exclusive discount code ABCS20 into the promotional code field when ordering online.  EBook editions are also available, however, we regret that these cannot be discounted.  Offer expires 15 December 2013.


CFP: I am looking for papers about all aspects of Tarot for the Tarot area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Chicago 16-19 April 2014. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

—Tarot and art history

—Tarot and literature

—Tarot artists, writers, and readers

—Decks and their guidebooks

—Tarot as a motif in comics, literature, and film

—playing cards in art history

Participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics. See the conference website for more information.

Submissions should include the author’s CV, short biography (100-150 words), and abstract (100-250 words).

Deadline: By Nov. 1, 2013 (please note this deadline is earlier than last year)

Emily E. Auger, Tarot area chair

Personal website:

PCA/ACA Conference website:

Email: augeremily [at]

We are delighted to announce and humbly invite your submission to the first annual Ethnografilm Festival, 17-20 April 2014, in Paris, France.

CFP:  October 2013 issue of “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to theParanormal” (Vol. 4 No. 4).

See for past issues.

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

Paranormal/Supernatural/Spiritual/Religious belief/experience, Magic, Parapsychology, Afterlife Research, etc., Mediumship, Shamanism, Magic, Occultism, etc., Psychedelic experience, Extraordinary encounters in the field (particularly focussing on the ethnographic interpretation and presentation of extraordinary experiences), General issues in the anthropology of consciousness, religion and experience…

Although anthropological and ethnographic approaches are central to the journal (and it would be nice to see more ethnographic submissions), we also welcome contributions from other disciplines including folklore, history, sociology, psychology, parapsychology and indeed any discipline with an interesting contribution to make.

If you have an idea for an article that you think would be suitable for the journal, or have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the editor via discarnates [at]

Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible, style and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit All articles should be submitted no later than September 28th 2013.

CFP: A new graduate students journal Innovative Research in Japanese Studies (IRJS):    call for submissions

Date: 2013-08-31

Description: On behalf of our recently launched graduate students journal Innovative Research of Japanese Studies, I would like to extend a warm invitation to students of your institution to submit their work for the upcoming issue of 2013, the 1st issue of this journal. Innovative Research in Japanese Studies ( …

Contact: iajapanstudies [at]


Announcement ID: 205448

CFP: The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds in Charlottesville, VA from Feb 28 to March 2 on the theme of “Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science.”*

In recent years, Buddhist meditation has come to be studied within an increasing number of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as the physical sciences. At the same time, there has also been an explosion of interest in the functional applications of Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation techniques within a wide range of professional fields including education, medicine and care giving, athletics, and business.

This conference will provide a collaborative forum for both established and emerging scholars from a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines to showcase their research and engage in discussion about the range of methodological approaches currently being brought to bear on the study of Buddhist meditation and to discuss and contextualize current appropriations and transformations of Buddhist contemplative practice. The conference will include:

   ·Keynote address by *Georges Dreyfus* (Williams College) [to be   confirmed].

   ·Innovative interactive panels, in which selected graduate students will present and discuss their research.

   ·A symposium investigating contemporary definitions and applications  of contemplative practice (Details to follow).

*Call for Paper Proposals***

Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students *currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs* froma diverse range of disciplines including: *Religious Studies, Area Studies, History, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Care-giving, Visual and Performing Arts, Education, *and*Art History*.We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we study and think about Buddhist meditation. The papers that will be chosen for presentation will be those that not only reflect excellent research and inquiry within their respective fields of study, but also demonstrate a relevancy to other disciplines and illuminate some of the challenges that arise when we approach Buddhist meditation in the academic world.

Some potential approaches include:

     * Problems in studying the *historical development* of Buddhist meditation

     * Critical investigations into the *secularization* and

       *re-contextualization* of Buddhist meditation practices

     * *Behavioral, interpersonal, and ethical **dimensions*of Buddhist  meditation

     * The role of the *visual and performing arts* in Buddhist  meditation practice

     * How *the body* has been perceived and utilized within specific  Buddhist contemplative systems

     * The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and “tradition”

     * *Therapeutic**and instrumental*(vs. soteriological) applications of Buddhist meditation

     * *Institutional*and *pedagogical frameworks*

     * The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g. biography, philosophical literature, poetry, etc…)

   *Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines***

Please submit an abstract of your paper of not more than 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a  brief bio, to

<> by *September 30, 2013*.You will be notified by November 15 of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

   * Due to generous support we are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide accommodation and partial travel stipends for those accepted panelists who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions.

   *We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting graduate students and academic scholars to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of invitation to international presenters and attendees for visa purposes, as we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international visitors. Thus, all travel and visa arrangements are your own responsibility.*    If you require further information or clarification, please contact

the conference organizers at: gradbuddhismconf2013 [at]



London School of Economics, London, UK

Friday 31st January 2014 – Sunday 2nd February 2014

Inform is celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing up-to-date and unbiased information about minority religions with an Anniversary Conference at the London School of Economics in London, UK. It will commence on the evening of Friday 31st January and continue over the weekend of February 1st and 2nd.

Submissions for papers (maximum 200 word abstract and 150 word CV) on topics relevant to the title of the conference are now being accepted, please send these to The deadline for papers is 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013.


CFP: Book Project. Title: Little Horrors: Representations of the Monstrous Child Gone is the Victorian innocence of childhood. We have entered the age of the monstrous child, the little horror.

Each historical period can be seen to have prioritised a different facet of the child, the Victorian era idolised the innocence of the pre-pubescent child, the twentieth century the disaffected teenager, whilst the early twenty-first sems to be that of the monstrous child.

Whilst global organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children promote the sanctity of childhood as a fundamental human right, popular culture and empirical, sociological data would intimate something else. Here children are not configured as the wealth of the family and the community, but are seen as an economic burden, a luxury or even a parasite. Far from being the repository of all society holds dear about itself, the child becomes something at once uncontrollable and monstrous, not to be loved and cherished but feared and expelled.

Whether supernatural or just plain wicked, the child becomes a liminal being caught outside of normalised categorization; not mature, not socilaised, not under the rule of law and not conforming to adult nostagia over what they should be.

Is there a relationship between the declining birth rate in the West and the increasing representation of children as an alien other?

However, as witchcraft accusations against children in Africa and representations in the Asian horror film genre show, this is not just a Western phenomenon. So just what are the underlying reasons, if any?

This volume aims to assemble the evidence from history, psychology, sociology, literature and media studies to map the extent and meaning of this representational development.

Topics to include:

Witch children, witchcraft accusations against children, children using witchcraft accusations Magical children: children with magical or superhuman powers, the wunderkind Werewolves and other shapeshifters: children as animals Fairies and changelings: the folklore of strange children Undead children: vampires, zombies and others Ghosts and demonic children: children possessed, children as demons Child crime and culpability: moral evil and legal responsibility Monstrous children through history: physical deformity and mental health issues Children as embodiments of other aspects of supernatural horror The monstrous as a new role model for children Children as adults and adults as children Society and children and public and private spaces Immigration, post-colonialism and foreign adoption War children and child soldiers

A brief bio and abstract of circa 300 words should be sent to –

For literature and media studies: Simon Bacon (baconetti [at] googlemail [dot] com) For history and social sciences: Leo Ruickbie (leo [at] ruickbie [dot] com)

Deadline for abstracts: 1st September 2013

There’s no project page as yet, but you’ll find these same details at


European Association for the Study of Religions – General Assembly

Liverpool Hope University, 3-6 September 2013

“SHOW AND TELL” 08.30-10.30 on Thursday 5th.

‘Show and Tell’ is when small children are encouraged to bring an interesting object to school, and to talk about it. In this session participants will bring interesting “religious” objects, and discuss how they might be exhibited and interpreted in a museum.

The session will start with three brief introductory talks:

·         Crispin Paine, author of Religious Objects in Museums, will outline some of the ways visitors to museums respond to religious objects, and what their demands mean for museums.

·         Steph Berns will describe her recent research into the response of visitors to religious objects and themes in the British Museum.

·         Graham Harvey will put all this into the context of the current explosion of interest in the material culture of religion.

Each participant is invited to bring one object of ‘religious’ interest, and to describe what it means or could mean to visitors. What is it? What meaning did it have when it was first made? What does it mean to you? How would you expect to see it displayed, if you gave it to a museum? In what other ways could it be used? What stories could it be used to tell? What might it mean to different types of museum visitor? ‘Religious objects’ can range from holy relic to piece of furniture, from an object associated with a religious leader to a picture with a religious theme.

We shall discuss some of these questions, and ask what museums should be doing to help their visitors understand religion.


The session will last 2 hours: 45 minutes for the introductory talks; 1¼ hours for ‘show and tell’ and discussion. I will bring a few objects, in case we are short, and will ask Liverpool Museums whether they could bring just one or two high-quality objects.

Symposium: Is Asia One? Towards an Asian Art History

Date: 2013-09-14

Description: Symposium: Is Asia One? Towards an Asian Art History 14 September 2013 Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Is there such a thing as Asian art? Is the notion of pan-Asian art history a legitimate historical construction? Ever since Okakura Kakuz used the phrase Asia is one in 1903, scholars and  cur …

Contact: tracy_ng [at]


Announcement ID: 205181


National Conference on Religious Education in Pakistan: Institutions, Curricula, Problems, and Solutions

Date: 2014-03-10

Description: National Conference on Religious Education in Pakistan: Institutions, Curricula, Problems, and Solutions The religious education in Pakistan is basically divided into two main streams. One stream comprises Dīnī Madrasas which are controlled by independent Madrasa Boards that have been esta …

Contact: fui [at]


Announcement ID: 205390


Rumi Festival

2-4 Aug 2013

Borders, Scotland



University of California – San Diego – Assistant Professor – Social Sciences – Anthropology


Saint Louis Art Museum – A. W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art


Sophia University – Open-rank Position in Sociology


University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Assistant Professor in South Asian Literatures and Cultures


University of Saskatchewan – Assistant Professor, Asian History


Association for Jewish Studies – Program and Membership Coordinator


University of Toronto – Mississauga – Assistant Professor – African Studies


Saint Louis Art Museum – A. W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art


Sophia University – Open-rank Position in Sociology


Stanford University – Tenure-line, open-rank scholar-teacher position in South Asian Studies at Stanford University



Fellowship opportunity for scholars working in the area of Judeo-Christian religious traditions. The call for applications is included below, sent to us by Scott A Carter, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship in Judeo-Christian Religious Studies

Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and its role in society from antiquity to the present. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities; can range widely or focus on a particular issue; and can explore various forms of Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these religious traditions with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religious traditions to other aspects of society such as power, politics, culture, experience, and creativity.

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. The award provides a stipend of $50,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Application deadline is November 15, 2013.

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email: awharris2 [a]t]