Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 23 Nov 2012

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  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Training
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships/PhD positions

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Sociology of Religion, advance notice –

Marian Burchardt – Faith-Based Humanitarianism: Organizational Change and Everyday Meanings in South Africa

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis, and interpretation of the interrelations between and interactions of religion and religious expression and popular culture – broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope and open to the exploration of religion and popular culture in a variety of cultures and from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives.

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online  is now on trial via

Access is on campus or off campus via VPN.

The trial ends on 18 December.


Digital Religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds – Heidi A. Campbell (ed)

Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book:

  • provides a detailed review of major topics
  • includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations
  • considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised.

New Brill series – Iberian Religious World

Description:  “Iberian Religious World” is a peer-reviewed series that publishes academic works that analyze the different types of religiosity found in the Iberian World. But what is exactly the Iberian World? The space of the Iberian World is one that changes according to time. If until the end of the fourteen …

Contact: ana.valdez [at]

Announcement ID: 198741

Online search interface to my Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism

The bibliography contains 2,273 entries on Chinese-language Buddhist publications dating from 1860 to the 1950s. Information has been sourced from print bibliographies, online catalogues, and first-hand bibliographic research. Each item page includes research links to related resources such as WorldCat, the MFQ(B) article database, and the DDBC Person Authority. Entries can be searched by keyword and the results filtered by publication date. Although other online bibliographies on this topic exist, I hope my contribution will be significant for the thoroughness of its citations and editing, and its links to other useful digital resources.



Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

18-22 February 2013

This training programme is available for doctoral students registered at any higher education institution in the UK/EU. It is based on previous training developed by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, funded by the AHRC, which led to the development of the Religion Methods website (, and aims to provide students with a core training in fieldwork approaches to the study of religion.

Topics covered by the training will include:

·         Conceptualising religion for research

·         Key elements and processes of research design

·         The role of theory in social research

·         The politics and ethics of research

·         Sampling

·         Rigour and validity in research

·         Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

·         Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

·         Visual methods

·         Developing research interviews

·         Using qualitative data analysis software

·         Researching objects and spaces

·         Producing research proposals

To attend this training programme, students not registered at the University of Kent will be required to pay a £100 registration fee, which would cover attendance at all sessions and the costs of training materials. Delegates would need to make their own arrangements for accommodation, and there is a wide selection of affordable B&B provision in the Canterbury area. For those planning to commute on a daily basis, Canterbury is now less than an hour from London St Pancras on the high speed train link.

Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Thursday 13 December. To register your interest, please email Lois Lee (l.a.lee [at] with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.


CFP: “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” Panel at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  Call for Papers for the panel “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” held at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies, Angers 22nd-26th 2012. French and American journalists adopted a variety of a…


Announcement ID: 198772

CFP: Jews and Muslims in the Czarist Empire and the Soviet Union

Date: 2013-01-31

Description:  In the second half of the 19th century the administrative and intellectual elites of the Russian Empire became increasingly aware of its multiethnic and multireligious character. In the age of national aspirations this trait of the  Russian State was often seen as a potential threat by parts of the  …

Contact: Franziska.Davies [at] lrz,

Announcement ID: 198792


Please join us for papers and round-table discussion about the role of ethics and religion in contemporary Scotland at ‘Elect Affinities:

Robin Jenkins, Ethics, and Religion in the Scottish Novel.’

Friday, 23 November 2012, 11.30am – 4.30pm Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

This Interdisciplinary workshop is held in association with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen) and the Centre for the Novel (Aberdeen).

Papers will be presented by:

Margery Palmer McCulloch (Glasgow)

Ken Keir (Aberdeen)

Corey Gibson (Edinburgh)

J. Linden Bicket (Glasgow)

Timothy C. Baker (Aberdeen)

To view the programme, please see the attached flyer or visit:

To book a place, please contact Linda Tym

(Linda.Tym [at] or Timothy C. Baker (t.c.baker [at]

‘Daughters of Isis’ study day

Saturday February 16th 2013

Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT.

A series of presentations examining the lives, roles, health and deaths of ancient Egyptian women. Presented by Egyptology Online in association with the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology.


9.15        REGISTRATION: tea/coffee

9.45        Welcome and Introduction

10.00     Vanishing Queens: Three Mummy Mysteries

Dr Joyce Tyldesley

10.45     Medical Care for Women in Pharaonic Egypt

Roger Forshaw

11.15     BREAK

11.45     Women and Literacy

Dr Glenn Godenho

12.30     A Little of What you Fancy

Pauline Norris

1.00        LUNCH (please make own arrangements)

2.00        The 2013 Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture

Women’s Religious Roles during the Late Period: The lives and afterlives of Asru and Tasheriankh Dr Campbell Price

3.00        BREAK

3.30        The Mystery of a Wooden Cane found in an OK Female Burial: an

Accessory Staff or a Walking Aid?

Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin

4.00        What Skeletal Evidence can tell us about Women in Ancient Egypt

Emily Marlow

4.30        Conclusion

SEX: Religious and Theological Perspectives

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2012-12-01

Description:  Sex: Religious and Theological Perspectives Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Student Conference March 7-8, 2013 Princeton, New Jersey Sexas a concept,

identity, and practice has been the target of sustained controversy in public and academic discussions involving religion, theology, politics, …

Contact: courtney.palmbush [at]

Announcement ID: 198738

Challenging Consensus: new perspectives on Religious Nonconformism

1-2 Feb 2013

University of Leipzig


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in South or East Asian or African History

Georgetown University

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Middle East History

Georgetown University

University of Calgary – Assistant/Associate Professor, Numata Chair

in Buddhist Studies

Indiana University – Bloomington – Modern Hebrew Lecturer at Indiana


University of Arizona – Assistant Professor, Japanese Contemporary


Ohio State University – Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2014

Description: The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship, tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2014:  …

Contact: bs411 [AT]


Announcement ID: 198823

Research Fellowships, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim

Location: California

Date: 2012-12-15

Description: The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim invites applications for its research fellowships for the AY 2013-2014. The USF Ricci Institute is an internationally renowned research institute and archive that promotes the study  …

Contact: lee [at]


Announcement ID: 198835

(New) Dissertation Completion Fellowships at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-01-06

Description: The John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to offer one or two fellowships to support completion of a dissertation on religion and politics in the United States. Fellows will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Contact: rap [at]


Announcement ID: 198682