Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 Dec 2012

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  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs

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Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Volume 24, Number 3 /2012,

Sociology of Religion – advance access

Material Religion vol 8, no. 4;jsessionid=1mw29oejvldk5.victoria


Brill’s Series of Jesuit Studies

Description: Brill has founded a monograph Series of Jesuit Studies. Associated with the Journal of Jesuit Studies, SJS will target those areas of scholarship on Jesuit history in its  broader context that have been lamentably neglected but it will also invite contributions of important but hard to find a monograph …



Announcement ID: 199580

New Book Series with Palgrave Macmillan on History of Religion

Description: Announcing a new book series with Palgrave Macmillan – call for book proposals Histories of the Sacred and the Secular 1700 – 2000 reflects the awakened and expanding profile of the history of religion within the academy in recent years.

Intending to publish exciting new and high quality work

Contact: dsnash [at]

Announcement ID: 199595


CFP: Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum entitled “The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading” to be hosted by Le Moyne and Syracuse University

September 26-28, 2013.

Send 300-500 word proposals to:

Dr. Jennifer Gurley, Department of English, Le Moyne College (gurleyja [at] and Dr. William Robert, Department of Religion, Syracuse University (wrobert [at]

Please label your file “LMRL: Last Name” and use that file name as the subject heading of your email.

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2013

Notification: April 1, 2013

Note: Participants will be invited to submit full-length essays for possible inclusion


22-23 June 2013

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England

Keynote speakers

Prof. Peter Forshaw, Universitair Docent (Senior Lecturer/Assistant

Professor) for the History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period at the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam.

Prof. Elliot R. Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.

Conference Chairs

Dr Nicholas Campion, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Dr Liz Greene, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Bristol.

Conference Theme

Magic, loosely defined, is the attempt to engage with the world through the imagination or psyche, in order to obtain some form of knowledge, benefit or advantage. Celestial magic engages with the cosmos through stellar, planetary or celestial symbolism, influences or intelligences. This academic conference will explore the history, philosophy and practice of celestial magic in past or present societies.

Topics may include:

Astronomy and magic in literature

Astral magic in the ancient world

Anthropological theory and astral magic

The use of astrology by magical societies Astral divination and magic Magical theory as a rational for astrology

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers of 30 minutes which may deal with text, imagery, practice or theory. We welcome proposals on any time period or culture. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2012.

Please include an abstract of c. 150 words and a biography of c 100 words, in the same document.

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

CFP: Witchcraft, Magic and Popular Religion – XI Gustav Vasa seminar

Date: 2013-06-11

Description: The Eleventh annual Gustav Vasa seminar focuses on the themes of popular religion, witchcraft and magic. We invite papers to discuss these themes in multidisciplinary

perspectives, e.g. from the fields of history, anthropology, religious science and archaeology. .

Contact: jari.eilola [at]


Announcement ID: 199426

CFP: Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Date: 2013-01-10

Description: CFP: South Asian Childhoods: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives This workshop aims to provide an  interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying diverse childhoods in South Asia. We also aim to enrich our   understandings of contemporary childrens lives through historical perspectives.


Announcement ID: 199514


Christian Faith and the University: From the Reformation to  the 21st Century

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-01-31

Description: Christian Faith and the University is a three-day conference (Sept. 26-28, 2013) on the historic relationship between Christianity and the academy from the Reformation to

the 21st century. Each panel will be composed of three presenters speaking from written texts on related themes

Contact: christianfaithandtheuniversity[at]


Announcement ID: 199248

Zionism in the Twenty-First Century,” Brandeis University, February 2013

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-02-17

Description: Conference: “Zionism in the Twenty-First Century,” Brandeis University, February 2013 Israel Studies and Jewish Studies in America February 17-18 (President’s Day Weekend) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Announcing an upcoming conference, “Zionism in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary

Contact: scis [at]


Announcement ID: 199559


Stanford University – Postdoctoral Fellowship: Literary Cultures of

Muslim South Asia, Stanford University

Monash University – Israel and Middle East Studies

University of Pennsylvania – Director, Herbert D. Katz Center for

Advanced Judaic Studies

Franklin and Marshall College – Southeast or South Asian History

Leiden University – Professor of premodern Chinese history, rank open

Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

Date: 2013-03-31

Description: The School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester has a number of scholarships for postgraduate  research students currently advertised for autumn 2013 entry.

These can all be viewed at

Contact: pk64 [at]


Announcement ID: 199425