Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships



Theology and Science, vol 11, issue 3

Sociology of Religion

Contributions to Indian Sociology Online vol 47,  issue 3

Journal of Media and Religion vol 12, no. 3

Journal of Hindu Studies – advance notice


The Bodhisattva Ideal: Essays on the Emergence of the Mahayana”, a new book from the Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy. It can be ordered from the BPS website:

(From the blurb) The book brings together six essays on the origin and history of the bodhisattva ideal and the emergence of the Mahayana. The essays approach the subject from different perspectives—from scholarly examinations of the terms in the Nikayas and Agamas to the relationship of the bodhisattva ideal and the arahant ideal within the broader context of the social environment in which Mahayana formed and further developments that lead to the formulation of the fully fledged bodhisattva path. As such, the collection provides a good overview for a wider Buddhist readership of the history of changes that eventually led to the emergence of the Mahayana.

Publisher:  Buddhist Publication Society

Book  Category:  Buddhist History and Culture

ISBN:  978-955-24-0396-5  (2013)  (Paperback)  Pages:  240

Size:  145 x 220 mm

Price: $5.50    Rs. 275


18th European Maya Conference

Brussels, 28 October – 2 November 2013

Post-Apocalypto: Crisis and Resilience in the Maya World

Organised by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Faculty of Humanities, Dpt. of Art History and Archaeology) and the Belgian Society of Americanists (SAB). Introductory Lecture (H. Kettunen & C. Helmke)

Following the success of last year’s Presidential Event on ‘Understanding the Financial Crisis’, BSA President, Professor John Holmwood has announced a one-day seminar/workshop this October on ‘The Challenge of Big Data’. This event will take place at the British Library Conference Centre, London on Friday, 25 October 2013 between 09:30-16:45.

Organised in collaboration with Dr Emma Uprichard (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick) and Dr Abby Day (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths), this joint event of the BSA and the British Library will use a workshop format to address issues around administrative data, its linkage to other large data sets, and the increased proprietorial interest in large data – all of which pose a fundamental challenge for the social sciences to confront big data with big questions.

Non-BSA members can attend this event for £30 (BSA Members £10) and due to expected high demand, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place today, visit

Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology Conference

UCL Institute of Archaeology & Folklore Society

Saturday, 12 October 2013 at 10:00 – Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 15:30 (BST)

London, United Kingdom

 The third joint conference of the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) and the Folklore Society, exploring the relationships between archaeology and folklore.



CFP: 2014 AAR-EIR 19th Century Upstate New York Religions & Their Heirs. Hosted by Syracuse University

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

May 2–3, 2014

Call for Papers Submission Deadline: February 15, 2014

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2014 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs.

In particular, the program committee is interested in proposals related to our special theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs

Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format:

·         One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel.

·         Current CV(s) for the participant(s).

·         Cover page that includes the submitter’s full name, title, institution, phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address.

·         For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person.

Please send your proposal to

Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014.

Scholars from any region may apply to participate. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with ten minutes allowed for questions. If you require technological support for your presentation/panel (such as an Internet connection or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

As a general rule, the Region discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.

More information:


The African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) is holding its biennial conference in Cape Town July 31-August 3 2014. The theme is Religion, Ecology, and the Environment in Africa and the African Diaspora.


ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Ninth International Conference on Astrology in the Near East, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 23-25 April 2014.

The conference will start on Wednesday 23rd April at 9am, finishing on Friday 25th April at 6pm.

Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.

If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our address:

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford

OX1 2LE, England.

Tel.  01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824. Email: aram [at]


CFP; The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, to be held on the 23rd of April 2014.

Keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (Boston University).

Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference’s website ( Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference’s website ( These should be sent no later than 15 December 2012 to,  addressed to Mr. Shai Feraro – conference coordinator.  Decisions will be e-mailed by the end of January 2013.

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BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2014

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2012 and 30th November 2013.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2014 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2014 entries: Friday 6th December 2013

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

·        Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the UK

·        Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology

·        The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

·        The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology

·        There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)

·        Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book


Panel: “Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism”

Panel convenors: Nicolas Sihlé (Center for Himalayan Studies, CNRS) & Patrice Ladwig (Max Planck Institute / U. of Zurich)

17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)

Vienna (Austria), 18-23 August 2014

This day-long panel will bring together a wide range of scholars working all over the Buddhist world. The aim is to contribute to the emerging project of an “anthropology of Buddhism” (see CFP below), as well as to bringing a stronger anthropological perspective into Buddhist Studies and the conference.

The CFP:

Through a recent series of panels/workshops, in Asia, America and Europe, the project of an “anthropology of Buddhism” as an ethnographically based, comparatively and theoretically informed shared endeavour of a community of scholars (in the way that we have seen the recent formation of an “anthropology of Christianity”) is starting to emerge. As a step in that direction, this panel will present the results of ethnographically based work, conducted in a wide range of Buddhist social settings. We particularly invite contributions that are framed by an assessment of the state of the art in the anthropology of Buddhism with regard to the central topics that they address.

As possible directions, we invite contributions that deepen or question, substantively, comparatively and analytically, our knowledge of relatively better-studied contexts (e.g., rural, rather mainstream traditions subsumed under the categories of Theravada, Mahayana, or Vajrayana), but also contributions that explore less well-studied situations: ‘ethnic minority Buddhisms’ or high Buddhist elites; heterodoxies or praxies; urban, transnational or multiethnic settings. We seek contributions bringing fresh perspectives on classic themes and theories, or that attempt to open up the anthropology of Buddhism to less explored issues and approaches, such as (to name just a few): embodied moral traditions of asceticism, learning and healing; the ethnography of texts and other Buddhist media; or emergent Buddhist economics, politics and socialities in the face of contemporary changes.


For more information on the conference:

Conference homepage:

List of accepted panels:

Please send proposals or direct any inquiries to both Nicolas Sihlé ( and Patrice Ladwig ( We would need a title and an abstract (250-500 words) by the 15th of October (the finalized panel titles and abstracts have to be submitted to the conference organizers by the 1st of November).


Inform’s Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE

31 January – 2 February 2014

Celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing information that is as reliable and up-to-date as possible about minority religions, Inform invites you to submit a (maximum) 200-word abstract and 150-word CV on topics relevant to the title of the conference to The deadline for papers is Tuesday 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Participants who wish to organise special (90 minute) sessions should submit the name, abstract and CV of each of the contributors to their sessions.

Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013. See for further details.


CFP: Popular Anthropology Magazine


 Popular Anthropology Magazine is looking for article submissions and peer-reviewers for the December 2013 issue. Popular Anthropology Magazine is a biannual online publication aimed at increasing public understanding and access to current research in the field of anthropology, with a focus on raising awareness of anthropology’s relevance to issues of public

interest and exploring the ways in which anthropology is learned as a discipline. The magazine includes articles on sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology linguistics and visual anthropology.

 The submission deadline is October 15, 2013. Articles must be 2000 to 5000 words in length, include original research and be written in a manner accessible to the general public. Submissions from undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Authors can upload submissions and peer-reviewers can register at

 Please e-mail popanthro [at] with any questions.


 The Journal of Global Buddhism is interested in producing a special issue on the theme of “Family and Buddhism.” We are looking for contributions of about 5000 words in length (although there is flexibility regarding length) and we hope to have all contributions submitted by January 15, 2014. The submissions can be historical, textual, philosophical or ethnographic in nature.

 The Journal of Global Buddhism is peer-reviewed and seeks to explore contemporary issues (see this link to take a look at the journal online:<>).

 If this is something that interests you, please contact myself (  or Franz Metcalf ( at your earliest convenience.


 The Future of Holocaust Testimonies IIIAn International Conference and Workshop

25-27 March 2014, Akko, Israel

Date: 2013-10-20

Description: The Future of Holocaust Testimonies III An International Conference and Workshop 25-27 March 2014, Akko, Israel Call for Papers The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters House announce a third international interdisciplinary conference and workshop    …

Contact: testimonyconf [at]

Announcement ID: 206441




The Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University, is pleased to announce its call for papers for publication consideration in the maiden issue of her peer-reviewed journal,

LASU Journal of Philosophy. The journal is to be published annually. I …

Contact: kcaristotle [at]

Announcement ID: 206462



Indiana University – Bloomington – Assistant Professor of Anthropology


 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies – Visiting Fellow, Indonesia Studies


 Johns Hopkins University- Homewood – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for 2014-2015


 American University – Beirut – Assistant Professor, Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory with special emphasis on prose <>

 Columbus State University – Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies<>

University of Houston – Arab-American Educational Foundation Professorship




 American University – Beirut – The Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology


 IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca – Call for expressions of interest for tenured faculty positions in cultural heritage <>

 Indiana University – Bloomington – Full or Associate Professor of Modern European Jewish History for Endowed Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair <>

  Johns Hopkins University- Homewood – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for 2014-2015 <>

  University of Southern California – Jews and Jewish Life in the Modern Mediterranean <>

  Avila University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy


 University of Southern California – Professor of Early Christianity (Open Rank)