Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Dec 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships




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Journal of Religion in Japan (JRJ)

Theology and Science vol 11, no 4

Sociology of Religion


The Nirvana Sutra (Mahāparinirvāṇa-Sūtra) Volume I translated by Mark L. Blum Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, Inc.  2013 ISBN:


Volume 1 covers the first ten fascicles of the forty-fascicle Chinese translation made by Dharmakṣema (Taisho No. 374) in north China probably between 420-431. Subsequently there will be three more volumes to complete this translation, but only this first part of the Chinese text covers material for which there are Sanskrit fragments, a Tibetan translation from Sanskrit, and a second Chinese translation, all of which were consulted for this volume and are discussed in the notes. This book is part of the BDK English Tripiṭaka series and can be purchased at and soon from the University of Hawaii Press website.


2014 Claremont Graduate Student History Association Conference

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-15

Description: CFP: GSHA Conference 2014 Defiance The GSHA welcomes papers on a broad range of topics related to Defiance for its annual conference on April 5th, 2014. Defiance encompasses many aspects of history, ranging from traditional topics such as   Rosa Parks bravery, to interdisciplinary analysis of the Su     …

Contact: gsha [at]

Announcement ID: 208708



CFP: “Mediating Religion” Graduate Symposium Call for Papers Location: Indiana

Date: 2014-04-18

Description: The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Presents: Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts An interdisciplinary graduate student conference April 18-19, 2014 at Indiana University, Bloomington

Keynote: Dr. Lerone Martin, Danforth Center on Religion and Polit …

Contact: iugradconf [at]

Announcement ID: 208766


CFP: The Glocalisation of Christianity in China

Date: 2014-05-15

Description: An international conference to be held at the University of Manchester 15-16 May 2014 Christianity came to China four times: with the Nestorians during the Tang dynasty  (618-907), the Franciscans during the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty  (1271-1368), the Jesuits during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644),  and w …

Contact: rebecca.frost [at]

Announcement ID: 208691


CFP: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education

Date: 2014-08-01

Description: Call for Papers: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education We invite papers for a special issue of Jesuit Higher  Education: A Journal on the theme of gender and Jesuit higher education. Topics may include: history, spirituality, pedagogy,  workplace issues, the relationship of faith and justice, womens  infl …

Contact: kkloos [at]

Announcement ID: 208764


CFP: panel The “evidence” of death: necrographic accounts on death perspectives.

To propose a paper go to:


*ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment *19-22 June 2014 The Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

 *REMINDER:  CFP* *Repositioning health, illness and the body: the challenge of new theoretical approaches to medical anthropology*

 Convenors: Simon Cohn (University of Cambridge) & Rebecca Lynch (University of Cambridge)


This panel addresses to what extent a number of Enlightenment distinctions have inescapably shaped medical anthropology, and whether they have hindered, as well as enabled, its progress. It asks whether approaches from STS and the ‘ontological turn’ are useful to overcome the entrenched dichotomies by helping us circumvent such things as the illness/disease distinction as well as placing the materiality of the body at the centre of analysis.

 Paper proposals should consist of:

  – a paper title

  – authors/co-authors

  – a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters

  – a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

 All paper proposals must be submitted via the conference website although you are welcome to email us directly for informal queries (Simon:sc556 [at] , Rebecca: rl476 [at] Proposal abstracts should be submitted through: More information on the conference more broadly is available at: .

*The call for papers closes on 5th January 2014.*

CFP: Narrative Culture

This is an open call to invite the scholarly community to contribute to the new journal “NARRATIVE CULTURE”. The journal is affiliated with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research; it is edited by Ulrich Marzolph and Regina Bendix and is published by Wayne State University Press ( Original submissions of 5.000-7.500 words (preferably in MS Word) should be sent to and rbendix [at] Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding suggested contributions (including a title and abstract), matters of style of references and so forth. The first issue is to appear in summer 2014.

The journal “NARRATIVE CULTURE” claims traditional narrative as a broad and pervasive, in fact an essential constituent of human practice, warranting a holistic perspective to grasp its place comparatively across time and space. Traditional narrative, as the editors see it, comprises themes and motifs that rely on a long, and sometimes international tradition, as well as traditional modes of narration in oral and written practice giving rise to ever new narrative shapes and contents. By widening the scope of “narrative” to “narrative culture”, the journal embraces the transmedial representation and transmission of traditional narratives in numerous forms of cultural expression. In other words, “narrative culture” explores cultural expression as outlined and defined by the impact of (traditional) narratives. Inviting contributions that document, discuss and theorize the impact of traditional narratives in various forms of cultural expression, the journal opens an interdisciplinary platform that integrates approaches spread across numerous disciplines. The concept of “Narrative Culture” is particularly relevant for folklore as well as ethnographic and historical research, but it also addresses questions relevant to psychology, communications, media and performance studies. In its scope, narrative culture thus aims to be both exclusive as a demarcation against the numerous approaches (in various journals and scientific societies) focusing primarily on narration in literature as well as inclusive in terms of wide theoretical and methodological approaches exploring the range and impact of traditional narratives and narration. In terms of genres, the field thus outlined is defined by a large variety of forms, including not only oral and written texts, but also popular narratives in images, three-dimensional art, customs, rituals, drama, dance, music, film and their digital proliferation. Aspects of performance and its context are key to understanding the impact of tradition in various modes of narration. Acknowledging the collective human element as present in the constitution of narration, in the work of narrators (performers, artists, etc.) and audience alike, sheds new meaning to the adaptation of vernacular or folk narrative in the modern world.


Recruiting: New Members Wanted to Join the NSRN Blog Editorial Team

 In September the NSRN launched its online blog Nonreligion and Secularity ( which aims to provide an informative resource for scholars and professionals working in the field of nonreligion and secularity research, and offer a space for the dissemination of research-related information to a wider audience.

 We are currently looking to expand and are seeking enthusiastic people to join the editorial team.

 As well as helping to build upon the initial success of the blog, new team members will have the opportunity to play a dynamic role in the blog’s ongoing development and its vision for the future.

 Depending on experience, successful applicants will undertake some, or all, or the following responsibilities

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions

  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors

  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles

  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog

  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles

  • Dealing with general blog enquiries

  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources

  • Working with the other team members on ways to enhance and improve the blog website and increase exposure and traffic

  • Engaging in virtual team meetings, via email or Skype, to discuss ongoing blog developments.

We welcome applications from people in all stages of their academic career, including post-graduate students and early career researchers. Research experience within the field of nonreligion and secularity, or previous experience of blogging, is useful but not essential; we are also keen to hear from applicants working in other related research areas who feel they can offer a valuable external perspective on topics of N&S research.

The positions are unpaid, but they offer applicants an opportunity to increase their editorial experience and the chance to engage with researchers and authors at the forefront of nonreligion and secularity research, as well as being a beneficial addition to their CV.

If you would be interested in joining the blog team please send a short cover note and CV by email to blog editor Lorna Mumford (lorna.mumford.10 [at]

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014


Leiden University – Lecturer in Arabic <>


Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena – Professor for Caucasus Studies <>


Leiden University – University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History <>


Leiden University – University Lecturer in Modern Japanese Economy <>


Nalanda University – Founding Faculty <>


University of Georgia – Assistant Professor (Digital Humanities) <>

Columbia University – Assistant or Associate Professor, Jewish and Israel Studies <>


Washington University in St. Louis – Faculty position in religion and politics <>




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