Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 March 2013

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In this issue:

  • Competition

  • Network

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Summer School


The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts

  • Religion and the Media

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law



British Sociology Association’s Study Group on Religion (SOCREL): Religion Essay

Every year we organise a postgraduate essay competition in memory of Peter B. Clarke. In this we partner with T&F, Routledge and the Journal of Contemporary Religion who publish the winning entry (subject to review). This is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, especially given the current job climate.



Philosophy and Religious Practices<

Funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, ‘Philosophy and Religious Practices’ is an academic network organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chester and the Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations. It aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion. For more details, including events, aims, resources and the call for papers for the first workshop, see:<>



Review of Religious Research, vol 55, issue 1

Sociology of Religion, advance access

The Journal of Hindu Studies, advance access

The Sermon Content Review has just been posted. Follow the link to learn what clergy had to say about the Sandy Hook tragedy, Hurricane Sandy, the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse, the Fiscal Cliff, the War on Christmas, etc., plus what scripture texts, books, movies, theologians, and historical figures were referenced in their November-December 2012 sermons.

[added to the Journals page of the RS Project]


CFP: At the Edge of the Jewish World: Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews

Location: New York

Date: 2013-04-04

Description: Center for Jewish History presents: Thursday, April 4, 6:30 pm At the Edge of the Jewish World: Central Asia’s Bukharan JewsLectureThousands of miles east of the of Mediterranean Sea, deep in the heart of Central Asia, Bukharan Jews occupied the geographical edges of the Jewish world for over a mill …



Announcement ID: 202377



CFP: Visible-Invisible: Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

Canadian Journal of Communication


Proposals of 250-500 words will be accepted until Friday 3 May 2013.  Please include a prospective title for your article, a brief overview of your proposed essay, and a short bio-note about yourself.

Complete versions of essays (7,000-9,000 words) will be due by 1 November 2013.  We welcome essays either in English or in French.

To submit your proposal, or for any further queries regarding this special issue, please contact the issue editors directly:


  • Jeremy Stolow: jeremy.stolow [at]

  • Alexandra Boutros: aboutros [at]

For information about the Canadian Journal of Communication and for general information about submission guidelines to the journal, please visit:


“Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory”

to be held at University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2013



‘Contemporary Paganisms and Spiritualities in Europe’

CPASE stands for “Contemporary Paganisms And Spiritualities in Europe”, an

international and interdisciplinary network of scholars. Although our network covers the

whole of Europe, we aim to emphasize frequently overlooked areas such as southern and

eastern Europe.


Theme of the conference: Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory

Which types of theoretical and methodological approaches can best inform our analysis or

the experiential aspects of contemporary spiritualities, paganisms, and magical practices?

Interdisciplinary approaches may draw on theory from a range of fields such as

anthropology, religious studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy etc. As an

interdisciplinary venture, the study of religion has become a common ground for both

reflexive relativist approaches and scientifically inclined ‘positivist’ approaches. Where the

scholars of the former position conduct fieldwork and aim for self-consciousness as

scholars operating within their fields of enquiry, the latter favor a more distanced approach,

often seeking to advance theory through experimentation or rigorous data quantification.

Where the former may sometimes struggle to move beyond mere description, the latter

sometimes struggle to move beyond a superficial understanding of the phenomenon in its

own terms. Aiming for validity and reliability of their findings, respectively, both approaches

perhaps need some encouragement to explore the potentials of the other, and seek a

common ground to come to a richer and more thorough understanding of the phenomenon

of religion.


The CPASE 2013 website is online (

(More information about conference registration, deadlines, travel and accommodation will

be posted soon).


CFP: Gender is one of the most salient features of religious movements and religious institutions. Women are the majority of participants in religious life and they are increasingly significant actors in religious movements and politics. In many religious traditions, cultural and religious continuity hinges on gendered practices and sexual regimes. Many regions of the world are experiencing important transformations with respect to religion. For instance, China has seen an enormous upsurge in participation in religious and spiritual movements, including large numbers of women. Evangelical Christianity is an increasingly significant player in society and politics across the Global South. Buddhist women in Asia are taking on positions of greater authority in their religious tradition. Hindu nationalism in India and Islamist governments coming to power in the Middle East and North Africa, have given renewed urgency to questions about women and religion.  And in the United States, many political debates continue to be polarized by religious affiliation and these debates have become significant issues in public discourse.

Despite the growing popular and scholarly interest in religion, scholarship on gender and religion remains under-conceptualized and marginalized in the discipline of sociology.This special issue of Gender & Society seeks to bring together a range of empirical studies at the intersection of gender and religion in diverse contexts in order to develop new theoretical concepts and perspectives that can illuminate these issues.Gender & Society is one of the most highly cited journals in sociology, and we expect this issue to become a significant platform for emerging scholarship that will point toward new directions and continuing conversations in the study of gender and religion.

We welcome papers that interrogate the gendered nature of religious communities, movements, and experiences while recognizing the centrality of religion in the lives of many communities and individuals. Especially welcome are papers that highlight transnational work that is grounded in deep regional knowledge, papers that bridge different religions, and papers that contribute to theorizing of major conceptual debates in the study of gender and sociology more generally. Empirical and theoretical issues may include:

·      Religion, structure, and agency

·      Religious social movements

·      Religious sexual cultures

·      Religious masculinities

·      Gendered religious practices

·      Religion, gender, and politics

·      Religion, gender, and everyday life

·      Gender and secularism/post-secularism

·      Religious law and gender

·      Religion and activism for social/gender justice

·      Religion, gender, and economic life / and or class

·      Intersectional perspectives on gender and religion

·      Religion, gender, and nationalism

Completed manuscripts, due September 1, 2013, should be submitted online to and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue.

For additional information, please contact any of the guest editors for this issue:

CFP: A CONFERENCE ON Ireland and the Supernatural AND


FEBRUARY 14-15, 2014




Celtic and Irish mythology; the fairy world; the banshee (bean sí); fallen and other angels; Catholic teachings vs. Irish folk traditions/ beliefs; Irish fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc., in modern popular culture (including books, television, film and the arts); W. B. Yeats and Protestant magic; Irish Gothic literature; second sight/prophecy; Land of the Dead/Otherworld in Irish thought; Irish ghosts and other revenants; the vampire in Irish and world mythology/ literature/culture; martyrdom and blood sacrifice in Irish nationalism; the ?American wake? and the concept of death in relation to Irish emigration.  Comparative studies are encouraged.   Topics other than the major conference theme will also be considered.

Proposals for papers, including 100-word abstracts, or for panels, including speakers and topics, should be submitted by Sept. 5, 2013, to Prof. James Doan (, Prof. Barbara Brodman

( or Prof. David Kilroy (




Saturday, 15 June, 2013

We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 15 June, 2013. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 24  May, 2013. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson,


Centre for Psychoanalysis:



The Humanities and Lived Religion: Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Impact Agenda

 A One-Day Workshop at the University of Liverpool

Thursday 9th May 2013

This one-day workshop is the first in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network, funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities programme, organised by the University of Liverpool, University of Chester, Liverpool Hope University and religious organisations in the North-West.

This initial workshop will discuss possible models and ways of thinking about the impact that research on religion in the Humanities has on religious practitioners, as well as, conversely, the ways in which practitioners impact research in the academy

The event is free and open to all (the public and academics).

TO REGISTER: email daniel.whistler[at] with you name, affiliation, dietary and motility requirements. Lunch is provided.

Central will be the following themes:

  *   The state of research on religion in the UK and its social impact

  *   The contribution philosophy of religion can make to contemporary research on religion

  *   Methods for measuring the impact of research on religion, and of Humanities research on religion in particular

  *   The relationship between philosophy of religion and other Humanities disciplines, especially religious studies and practical or applied theology

  *   The concepts of ‘material religion’ and ‘lived religion’, and their relationship to the philosophy of religion

  *   The possibility of a philosophy of material, lived or everyday religion

Future events include:

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Buddhism and Human Flourishing

A one-day workshop at the University of Chester

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Peace and Peacebuilding: Religious and Philosophical Reflections on Social Flourishing A one-day workshop at Liverpool Hope University

April 2014

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

A two-day international conference at the University of Chester

To find out more,<>.

ICBS Conference — The Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age of Printing: An East Asian

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Location: California

Date: 2013-03-18

Description: Dear Colleagues, ICBS(the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies) cordially invite you to attend The Second  International Conference on the Chinese Buddhist Canon第二屆漢文大藏&# 32147;國際會議—-The Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age o …

Contact:  icbs [at]


Announcement ID: 202274


International conference on Asian Art, Culture & Heritage

Date: 2013-08-21

Description: International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and      HeritageColombo, Sri Lanka 21st-23rd August 2013 The Centre for Asian Studies of the University of Kelaniya is pleased to announce the International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage organized in collaboration with the International Asso

Contact: am [at]


Announcement ID: 202311


Disbelief in Antiquity: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Oxford University

22-24 June 2013


Online booking: (search for ‘Disbelief’ or follow Conferences and Events > Classics > Classics Events)

We plan to have a number of shorter, TED-style papers (10 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion) at 5.00 on 23rd June). If you have an idea for one of these, please send a short abstract (200 words maximum) to Unfortunately we cannot guarantee financial support for these speakers.

Please note that accommodation is limited at Corpus Christi. Rooms can also be booked via Hotels close to Corpus Christi include the Eastgate ( and the Old Bank (

Organisers: Sarah Hitch (, Tim Whitmarsh ( Please contact Sarah if you would like to be considered for a student bursary.



Heidelberg University – Doctoral Fellowship in South Asian History /

Early Modern History / Environmental History



University of Lausanne – Assistant (doctorate), Buddhist Studies and

Middle Indian Languages



University of Winnipeg – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Chinese



Newcastle University, UK – Reader / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in the

History of Modern China



University of London – Lecturer in Buddhist Studies



American University – Beirut – Associate/Full Professor, Arabic and

Islamic Philosophy



Missouri State University – Instructor or Visiting Assistant

Professor; Islamic Middle East or in Middle East Studies



Southern New Hampshire University – Assistant Professor of History



Rice University – Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies



Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies –






The Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University invites applications for the position of lecturer for the Winter term (January through April) of 2014. The lecturer will teach the introductory course The Religions of East Asia, which surveys the main religious traditions of China, Japan and Korea and  one mid-level course on Chinese Religions. Although our preference is to appoint a person with PhD in hand, ADB candidates will be considered.  In accordance with Canadian government regulations, this advertisement is directed first to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but all qualified persons may apply.  Applicants should send a letter of application, an updated CV and 2 letters of recommendation by email attachment to Prof. Victor Hori ( Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications may be submitted up to 31 March 2013.  For information, please contact Prof. Victor Hori

(victor.hori [at]

Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Glasgow University



Accepting Applications for Summer Seminar on Catholic Social Thought with Russell Hittinger at UC Berkeley

Location: California

Date: 2013-03-29


p dir=”ltr”>Description: “Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation” August 5-9, 2013
, University of California, Berkeley
 Applications due MARCH 29 This seminar is an intensive five-day course for graduate students in how to read,  analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in

Catholic Social …

Contact: mfranzen [AT]


Announcement ID: 202380