Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 26 September 2017

Welcome to the latest RSP opportunities digest, where you will find details of four conferences, two journal calls for papers, and notices about a funding opportunity and two jobs. We also have three items of news to pass on.

First of all, the Religious Studies Project Association (the organisation behind the scenes of the RSP) is now a SCIO – a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (charity number SC047750).

Second, and related, we now have a number of new ways in which you can financially support the RSP. See our donations page for details of how you can sign up for a regular subscription, leave a one off donation, advertise with us, or use our Amazon links. Be part of the solution, not the problem.

Finally, Chris and David recently appeared on another podcast, speaking with our friends at New Books in Religion about their 2016 book After World Religions: Reconstructing Religious Studies… and a whole lot more. You can check out the podcast here.

This digest is sponsored by the postgraduate taught programmes in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Many of the RSP team have been through the Edinburgh RS programme, which comes highly recommended. Find out more here.


Fifth Annual Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies

9 -11 April 2018, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), University of Exeter

Deadline for abstracts: 3 December 2017

More information:

Sacred Journeys 5th Global Conference: Pilgrimage & Beyond

July 5-6, 2018, Indiana University (IU) Europe Gateway, Berlin, Germany

Deadline for abstracts: 28 February 2018

More information:

Folklore and Old Norse Mythology

27-28 November 2017, Helsinki, Finland

Abstracts and additional information:

Hermeneutics of Symbol, Myth and ‘Modernity of Antiquity’ in Italian Literature and the Arts from the Renaissance up to the Present Day

15-16 December, 2017, Milan, Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Deadline: 24 October 2017

More information:


Religious Studies – Assistant Professor (Religion and Modern Culture)

Thorneloe University, Ontario, Canada

Deadline: 8 October 2017

More information:

Buddhism – Tutor

University of Winchester, UK

The Department of Theology, Religion and Philosophy, University of Winchester, is looking to appoint a tutor (hourly-paid) to teach a module on Buddhism (Buddhism: Traditions and Transformations) to undergraduate students at levels 5 and 6. The teaching will run from the week beginning January 15 till the week beginning April 2, 2018, with exam-based student assessment to follow in May. There will be 36 hours of teaching in all, in the form of two-hour weekly lectures over 11 weeks, 2-hour fortnightly seminars over six weeks, and a further two hours for tutorials with students. (This will be followed by marking of exam scripts in May.)

We would welcome expressions of interest from candidates holding a doctoral degree in Religious Studies or a cognate discipline. For further information, please contact the Head of Department, Maya Warrier (


Entangled Religions

Entangled Religions – Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious Contact and Transfer welcomes papers which address the journal’s overarching theme of religious contact and transfer. This can include, but is not limited to, case studies on occasions, themes, modes, conditions, and consequences of contacts between religious groups and the way religious ideas and practices developed within and as a result of religious contact.

Please find the call for papers here:

Questions and abstracts are welcome to be sent to:


Special issue on ‘Tradition, performance and identity politics in European festivals’

Guest editor: Dr Ann Wand, Oxford University

Seeking 3-4 extra papers. Deadline 25 October 2017.

More information (PDF).


BSA SOCREL Seed Corn Funding

One award of up to £5000 to be used in 2018.

Deadline: 10 November 2017

Further details here (PDF).