Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 Sept 2012

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • New Journal
  • Calls for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Funding

And don’t forget, you can always get involved with the Religious Studies Project by writing one of our features essays or resources pages. Contact the editors for more information.


Sociology of Religion – advanced notice,


Critical Research on Religion – a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion.

First issue to be published April 2013

Critical Research on Religion provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature.

A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. It draws on methods including but not restricted to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, ecocriticism, and queer studies.

The journal encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, and archival. It publishes articles, review essays, book reviews, thematic issues, symposia, and interviews.

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CFP: Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal

Description:  We are currently seeking submissions for a new peer-reviewed journal, Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal. The journal will be published by Wayne State University Press twice per year, debuting in the spring of 2013. Edited by Nathan Abrams (Bangor University, Wales)

Contact: n.abrams [at]


Announcement ID: 197011

CFP: Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture

Description:  Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture This two-volume encyclopedia, to be published by ABC-CLIO, covers the broad roots of Asian American culture

including living traditions, rites of passage, folk culture,popular culture, subcultures, and other forms of shared expression.  …

Contact: ldong4 [at]

Announcement ID: 197127

Session, Leeds International Medieval Congress: “Heretical Texts and Texts About Heresy in the 14th and 15th Centuries”, 1-4 July 2013.

Date: 2012-09-24

Description:  A session entitled “Libri nefandissimi: Heretical

Texts and Texts About Heresy in the 14th and 15th Centuries” is being organized for next year’s International Medieval Congress in Leeds, taking place 1-4 July, 2013

( 20-minute papers are welcomed  …

Contact: jt455 [at]

Announcement ID: 196894

CFP: Rethinking authorship in Islamic literature

Deadline: 2012-10-06

Description:  As is well known authorship in Islamic literature has meanings and functions that are different from authorship in European literature. However, this knowledge stays somewhat

theoretical, as Islamic literature and especially hadith-literature is still analysed and treated with

unreflected notions…

Contact: hans-thomas.tillschneider [at]


Announcement ID: 197058

CFP: Canadian Jewish Studies

Date: 2012-11-15

Description:  Call for Papers Canadian Jewish Studies Vol. 20 (2012) Canadian Jewish Studies (ISSN: 1198-3493) is an annual, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing scholarly work, in

English or French, on all aspects of the Canadian Jewish experience, irrespective of disciplinary perspective.

Contact: editor_cjs [at]


Announcement ID: 197054

Mythology in Contemporary Culture

March 27-30, 2013

Location: District of Columbia

Deadline: 2012-11-30

Description:  CALL FOR PAPERS–Mythology in Contemporary Culture 2013 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA) Annual National Conference Washington, D.C. 2013 The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythology…

Contact: earth2k8 [at]


Announcement ID: 197121

Call For Papers: “Intersections and Edges” 80th Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Location: British Columbia

Date: 2013-01-14

Description:  The 80th annual meeting of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association will be held at the University of Victoria, 3-4 June 2013 in conjunction with the Annual Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences (18 June 2013). The main Congress theme is Intersections…

Contact: gemacdonald [at]


Announcement ID: 196903

Religion and Law Conference Call for Papers

Location: Florida

Deadline: 2013-03-15

Description:  Call for Papers: The Florida State University, Department of Religion is pleased to announce the Conference on Religion and Law in America March 15-16, 2013 Tallahassee, Florida Dr. Winnifred Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University and distinguished scholar…

Contact: fsulawandreligion [at]

Announcement ID: 197160

CFP: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature” (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013)

Location: Massachusetts

Deadline: 2012-09-30

Description:  Call for Papers: 44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 21-24, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts Host Institution: Tufts University Title of

Panel: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature”.

Contact: kudsieh [at]


Announcement ID: 197134

CFP: Material Religion

9-11 April 2013

Durham University, UK

Dr Marion Bowman (Department of Religious Studies, Open University)

Professor David Morgan (Department of Religion, Duke University)

Professor Veronica Strang (Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University)

This conference will focus on the physical, material dimension of religious life and practice, one of the major themes of religious research over the last decade. Material forms express and sustain the human search for holiness, transcendence and identity, and attention to the physical can lead scholars to unique and valuable insights. Commitment to religious communities is learned and displayed through relationships to clothing, food, ritual and decoration, in the home, workplace, street or place of worship. This event will encourage interdisciplinary discussion of the significance of material culture in contemporary religion, including the images and architecture of sacred places and the objects and practices of everyday life.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

–         Material religion in everyday life

–         The materiality of gender, class, age and ethnicity

–         Sacred objects: statues, icons, relics, holy books, architecture

–         Sacred objects in museums and galleries

–         Religion, landscape and the environment

–         Religion and the arts

–         Marketing and consuming religion

–         Religion and the body: ritual, experience and emotion

–         Health, sickness, disability, death and bereavement

–         The materiality of religious media and technologies

–         Research methods for the study of material religion

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered. Abstracts must be submitted by October 31st 2012 to Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie at materialreligionconference [at]

CFP: Women, Culture, and the 25th January 2011 Egyptian Revolution

This is a call for papers for two related workshops which will take place in November 2012 (at the University of Manchester) and in March 2013 (in Cairo). This project is funded by the CBRL-BRISMES Research Network (UK), with the aim of emphasising the leading role of Egyptian women activists, writers, and artists in the revolutionary process. In this context, we perceive the 25th January Egyptian Revolution as a process in the making: there were many important catalysts for the revolution over the past decade in Egypt manifested in a significant rise in street protests and demonstrations by large sectors in the society (e.g. government employees, students, factory workers); workers’ strikes in work places; and the expansion of a highly politicised youth culture through such forms of resistance as free expression on blogs, protest songs, vernacular lyrics and poetry, novels by new writers, and films by a new generation of filmmakers. Then the revolution was sparked on 25th January 2011 which brought to the fore a huge body of cultural output manifested in songs, slogans, graffiti, new blogs, documentary films, photographs, and various religious discourses. Throughout this ongoing process of resistance and revolution, women from all walks of Egyptian society have crossed age, gender, religious, and class barriers to contribute to and shape this revolution; yet their leading role has been severely undermined by conservative and counter-revolutionary discourses. One of the key questions which we want to examine through this project is the negotiation, contestation and re-configuration of the religious terms of reference dominating Egyptian politics today by women activists, including Islamically-oriented women. This is largely an uncharted area and it could potentially help us go beyond the reductive categories of the secular/religious binary in describing the protest movements before and after the onset of the Egyptian revolution. Thus, these two workshops aim to make visible and critically analyse women’s contribution to the revolution to underline how they have been influencing the cultural and political scene in Egypt. Another key aim is to link the Egyptian revolutionary process to other Arab and international contexts in order to develop a theoretical perspective on women, revolution, and political change. The revolution is still ongoing, or as the Egyptians have summed it up in one slogan: Sawra Mostamirra (The Revolution Continues…).

This project is run by Dr. Dalia Said Mostafa, Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature (Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester) and Dr. Shuruq Naguib, Lecturer in Islam (Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University)

It is intended that the papers and contributions to the two workshops will appear in a volume entitledWomen, Culture, and the 25th January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and will be edited by Shuruq Naguib and Dalia S. Mostafa.


Workshop One: Women and Political Activism in Egypt

15-17 November 2012 – The University of Manchester (UK)

This workshop will revolve around themes related to the work of women activists from Egypt, particularly those who have made significant contributions to the revolutionary process whether before, during, or after the revolution. A number of Egyptian women activists will be invited as keynote speakers and contributors to the workshop. They will come mainly from the labour and independent trade union movement in Egypt; the “No to Military Trials for Civilians” campaign; members of the Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood; and other influential independent political activists.

Please submit an abstract of around 300 words and a short bio of 100 words by Tuesday 24th July 2012. Decision on participating papers will be made in August 2012.

Your paper may address one or more of the following broad themes:

-Women and the different forms of political activism in the Egyptian revolution

-Women, religion, and political activism in Egypt

-Women and the independent trade union movement in Egypt

-Women, political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

-Women and the legal system in Egypt before and after the revolution

-The youth opposition movement in Egypt before and after the revolution

-Egyptian women creating and shaping new forms of media and communication

-Women and contemporary Arab revolutions

-Women in the history of Arab and world revolutions


Workshop Two: Egyptian Women Artists and Writers, and Cultures of Resistance

March 2013 – Cairo (exact dates and venues to be confirmed in due course)

This workshop will focus on the role of Egyptian women writers and artists in the revolutionary process. The workshop is intended to complement the first one by bringing the element of cultural resistance to the struggle for freedom, dignity and social justice, which have been the underlying demands of the Egyptian revolution. A number of Egyptian women writers, filmmakers, musicians, and photographers will be invited as keynote speakers and contributors to the workshop. There will also be an emphasis on the “performative” dimension of the revolution as a political and cultural act.

Participating papers may address one or more of the following broad themes, and can be in either Arabic or English:

-Egyptian women writing the revolution

-Egyptian women musicians and protest music, lyrics, and songs

-Women and popular culture as a form of resistance in Egypt

-Women, literature, and revolution in Egypt

-Egyptian women’s graffiti, photography, and documentary filmmaking before and after the revolution

-Women, cinema and the Egyptian revolution

-Performing the revolution and the culture of perfomative arts in Egypt before and after the revolution

-Women artists and writers of the contemporary Arab revolutions

-Women artists and writers in the history of Arab and world revolutions

Please send your abstracts to the workshops’ organisers:

Dr Dalia Said Mostafa (The University of Manchester): dalia.s.mostafa [at]

Dr Shuruq Naguib (The University of Lancaster): shuruqnaguib [at]


Everyday Religion and Tolerance in Ede, Southwest, Nigeria

Date: 2012-12-05

Description: Everyday Religion and Tolerance in Ede, Southwest, Nigeria (Dec. 5-6, 2012), Main Auditorium, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.Sub-themes 1. The role of different religions in the history and development of Ede town. We are interested in the way in which different religions have been…

Contact: m.i.nolte [at]


Announcement ID: 197003

The MCB Education Committee presents a one day conference on…

‘Raising Muslim Achievement: Parents, Curriculum and Schools’

Saturday 22nd September 2012

Kingston University, London

This conference aims to provide a platform to understand the factors behind this lack of achievement by including all stake holders; teachers, parents, governors, and schools. Through the seminars and workshops we will address and discuss ways forward in how we can each play a part in raising achievement.

Key event speakers include:

-Tahir Alam, School Governance Consultant and Trainer. Specialises in school improvement to speak on:

‘Evaluating performance and the current educational landscape’

-Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert to speak on:

‘Parenting for Educational Excellence’

-Dr Matthew Tariq Wilkinson, Principal Researcher on the Curriculum for Cohesion project, Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College to speak on:

‘Towards a Muslim Inclusive Curriculum for Raising Achievement’

Raising Achievement Workshops:

Curriculum: ‘Improving Muslim achievement through the curriculum’

Maurice Irfan Coles, Director of the Islam and Citizenship in Education Project (ICE)

Governors & Governance: ‘The impact of governors on raising achievement’

Asif Muhammad, Chairman of the Association of Muslim Governors

Racism & Islamophobia: ‘Recognizing the realities and overcoming the challenges’

Dr Leon Moosavi, Expert on Racism, Islamophobia and the experience of people reverting to Islam

Pupils & Parents: ‘Parenting for the 21st Century’

Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert

Faith & Education: ‘Addressing the challenges of incorporating faith in education’

Hardeep Saini and Monzoor Hussain, Head and Assistant Head of Inner City Secondary School rated Outstanding by Ofsted

To register for the event, click here:

Chancen und Probleme einer

interreligiösen Theologie


Landgut Castelen, Augst (bei Basel)


Expert symposium on the prospectsa and problems of Inter-Religious Theology, that is a theology that in doing its work no longer draws on just one (its own) religious tradition.

The symposium will take place near Basel in Nov. 16-18, 2012, and is jointly organised by Reihold Bernhardt (Uni Basel) and Perry Schmidt-Leukel (Uni Muenster).[backPid]=2301


College of Charleston – Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies

Baruch College – Assistant Professor, Ancient World History

Temple University – Assistant Professor, History of China

SUNY Fredonia – Assistant Professor East Asian History

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Assistant Professor of

Islamic Studies

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Assistant Professor in


University of Oxford – University Lecturership in Japanese

Job Title: Director, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Employer: Columbia University

Application Deadline: Unspecified

Job Detail:               


BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

·        Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.

·        Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology

·        The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

·        The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology

·        There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)

·      Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book


Details of a call for Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.  They should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

Funding for each grant awarded will be between £1m and £2m (fEC) over a period of between 36 and 60 months. Approximately 2-4 Large Grants are expected to be funded under each theme (subject to quality and overall balance within the theme).

Closing dates for outline proposals are as follows:

  • Digital Transformations – 4pm on Thursday 10 January 2013
  • Science in Culture – 4pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013
  • Translating Cultures – 4pm on Thursday 17 January 2013

Further information: