Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 26 April 2013

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In this issue:

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs


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

  • Interview from SOCREL



The Higher Education Academy

Philosophical and Religious Studies



Journal of Hindu Studies, Advance Access


Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol 28, Issue 2


Religion and Society, Vol 3



Call for Submissions – Catholic Library World

Description: Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World. Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is an international refereed quarterly journal. CLW publishes articles that focus on all aspe …

Contact: skelsey[at]


Announcement ID: 203190


CFP: Michigan State University is pleased to host the annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at our East Lansing campus on October 25-27, 2013.  MCAA is the Midwestern affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies and the largest such regional meeting.


The Program Committee welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables or individual paper presentations that address Buddhism and other religious traditions of Asia. Panels and roundtables that take an innovative approach to format (interdisciplinary, pedagogical, creative, mixed media) are welcome, as are traditionally organized academic panels. We also encourage roundtables that address the state of the field.


Submissions of proposals are now being accepted on the conference website.


The deadline for applications is June 15, 2013.


For questions regarding proposals, please contact

Prof. Ethan Segal, Program Chair, at mcaa2013 [at]


CFP for open access publisher of social sciences and arts & humanities

Description: We are a small, independent publisher that was founded in 2012, with the aim of bringing open access benefits to scholars in the social sciences and arts & humanities. We publish two journals, Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory, in which we wish to publish multi-disciplinary content  …

Contact: dan.scott [at]


Announcement ID: 203059



First International Conference on the Study of Scientology (and Antoinism)

24-25 January 2014

Venue: Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions (FVG) – Wilrijk (Antwerpen) Belgium

Sponsor: Observatoire Européen des religions et de la Laïcité

(The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism)

Compared with other New Religious Movements, Scientology was largely ignored by religious studies scholars for decades. Following the groundbreaking work of Roy Wallis, The Road to Total Freedom (1976), and Harriet Whitehead, Renunciation and Reformulation (1987), one had to wait more than two decades for the next academic volumes on the Church to appear, Scientology (2009), edited by James R. Lewis, and The Church of Scientology (2011), by Hugh B. Urban. There are now positive signs that more and more researchers are involved in researching issues raised by various aspects of Scientology.

The Observatory thus feels it is time to hold a major international conference to bring this new scholarship to light. We seek to bring together researchers working on Scientology in the fields of theology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, film et cetera, whether established academicians, doctoral students or master’s students. This will be the first academic conference devoted exclusively to Scientology.

The topics listed below are meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive:

– Doctrinal characteristics

– Healing and therapy

– Sociological status: where does Scientology fits into the typology of religious groups?

– Judicial issues addressing Scientology’s religious status and ex-member lawsuits

– Membership: numbers, growth, sociological profile

– Recruitment, missions

– Organization of the Church and its networks

– Social and political conflict and exposés

– Media coverage

– Human rights and humanitarian programs run by the Church, etc.

The language of the conference will be English.

Organizing Committee: Chris Vonck, Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the faculty of Comparative Studies of Religion at the University of Antwerp (Belgium); Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor of North American Studies and Director of the Master’s Program in Religious Studies at the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (France); James R. Lewis, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø (Norway); Regis Dericquebourg, Université de Lille-France, Group on the Sociology of Religion and Secularism-CNRS-Paris (France).

The committee will select papers based on their scholarly quality and non-partisan approach.

Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details provided during the conference.

Keynote Speakers will be announced at a later date.

Additionally, Information on housing, transportation and tours will be provided later.

Deadline for proposal submissions:  30 September 2013.

Send a 10 line abstract, with a 5 line résumé of your previous work to:

regis.dericquebourg [at]

[Antoinism – In order to benefit from the meeting of international scholars in Antwerp, the local organizers also plan a workshop on a major therapeutic new religion, Antoinism, which originated in Belgium at the beginning of the 20th century. To submit a proposal for the workshop, follow the same guidelines as set forth above.]



Irish Women, Religion and the Diaspora: A Symposium Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: Saturday 18th January 2014, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool The Women on Ireland Research Network invite paper proposals for a symposium on Irish Women Religion and the Diaspora. This Symposium seeks to understand not only the shifting role that religion has played in the lives  …

Contact: m.c.power  [at]

Announcement ID: 203185


Upcoming Interdisciplinary Conference at Notre Dame – Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of French Thought

Location: Indiana

Date: 2013-05-10

Description: We are pleased to announce that on May 10-11, 2013, the University of Notre Dame will be hosting Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, an interdisciplinary conference that aims to both disseminate and engage with the most innovative developments in French thou …

Contact: translatingrealismconference [at]


Announcement ID: 203136


Envisioning the Eucharist: Medieval & Byzantine Art Symposium at The Art Institute of Chicago

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-09-01

Description: ASCHA seeks papers that examine how Eucharistic doctrine was propagated or challenged in Byzantine and Medieval art from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. We are especially interested in how artists envisioned the Eucharist theologically and transcended literal representation of the Last Supper to …

Contact: matthew.milliner [at]


Announcement ID: 203072


The Association of University Lecturers (AULRE) is hosting its annual conference at York St John University on 5th and  6th July.  The conference will be of keen interest to Religious Education and Religious Studies professionals. Please follow the link below for further information and booking details, or visit AULRE’s website at–theology/faculty-of-education-theo/faculty-events/aulre-2013-conference.aspx


Annual EASR conference will be happening from 3rd-6th September at Liverpool Hope University, and this year’s theme is “Religion, Migration, Mutation.” We are very pleased to have the following keynote


•       Prof. Maya Burger (Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions,

University of Lausanne),

    ‘Pondering Rama’s Wandering: Migrating Through Time’

•       Prof. Kim Knott (School of Politics, Philosophy and Religion,

University of Lancaster),

    ‘Religion, Migration and Integration’

•       Prof. Ron Geaves (Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious

Studies, Liverpool Hope University),

    ‘The Impact of 20th Century Migration on the Study of Religion in Britain’

For further information about the conference, please visit the website at




Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Asian Studies, China



Moravian College – Adjunct Professor, Religions of South and East Asia,



University of Alabama – Instructor, East Asian History


Ball State University – Contract Faculty Position – Religious Studies



Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Reader in the Anthropology of Religion – A8/AAT/341/13-JM

Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London


The Department of Theology & Religious Studies seeks an appointment in the Anthropology of Religion, at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level, to join King’s College London with effect from September/October 2013 (with a preferred start date of 1 September 2013). The successful candidate will teach in the field of the anthropology of religion, and will have a strong research background in the classical approaches to theory and method in the social anthropological study of religion, as well as in more recent and cutting-edge theoretical and methodological innovations. Regional and thematic focus is open.


The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s is a large, thriving and highly multi-disciplinary Department, specialising in the study of both mainstream and new religions from a variety of perspectives.  Areas of particular strength are the study of conviviality and conflict involving religions in contemporary societies, including issues of religious diversity and secularism, and the study of religion in the arts, literature and film.


The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses (modules) for the new BA degree in Religion, Politics and Society, and for the MA programme Religion in Contemporary Society. S/he will be expected to attract PhD students and will participate in the intellectual life of the Department and School. Teaching experience and evidence of a strong research and publications record are required, as is the commitment to the academic and institutional development of the social scientific study of religions in the Department.

All candidates should have completed a PhD degree, and be in a position to make a strong submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). They should be prepared to teach both specialist undergraduate and MA modules in their area of expertise.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 May 2013

Equality of opportunity is College policy.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 to Grade 8 scale, currently £31,331 to £54,826, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr. Marat Shterin on 0207 848 2637, or via email at marat.shterin [at]

Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number A8/AAT/341/13-JM. If you have any queries please contact your Recruitment Co-ordinator at


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The Alwaleed Centre is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD studentship in Islamic Studies, available for a September 2013 start.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th May 2013.

For more details please visit: