Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 30 Nov 2012

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  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Reviewers
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

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Journal of Media and Religion, no. 4, Oct 2012;jsessionid=225jjd44suwds.alexandra

Contemporary Buddhism, 13, no.2

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Register for free individual access –

The Buddhist College of Singapore has  just launched a new peer-reviewed Chinese & English journal of Buddhist Studies, the Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies.

The first issue is to be published in a year or sO

Contact: chuancheng [AT]


Ashgate Press has offered a 20% discount to our members.

Use this Discount Code into the little box: SSSR20

Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France

Oxford University Press

Introduction to Buddhism (second edition)

Peter Harvey – Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies

University of Sunderland

It has been updated, refined and expanded throughout, being now 547 pages rather than  the 374 of the first edition.


The forthcoming issue of the Open Access Journal of International Relations Research (JIRR) is looking for submissions for its reviews section.

The next issue is themed on the Arab Spring and we have some interesting and challenging submissions for publication from researchers around the world. We would like to invite PhD students in particular to write distinctive and entertaining reviews, of books, television, film, music and other media that speaks to issues in international relations.

Getting a publication record established in peer-revised journals can be difficult and JIRR wants to encourage more reviews from all areas of the IR community.

We have 3 books which we need reviews over the next month. you can keep the book for free;

The Gun: The Story of the AK-47 by C.J. Chivers

Terrorism: A Philosophical Enquiry by Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher

Understanding Al Qaeda: Changing War and Global Politics by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Though we would warmly welcome submissions from other media.

submissions [AT]


CFP: The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought

University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abstracts due: February 1, 2013

Papers due: May 23, 2013

Conference website:

CFP: The Center for EU-Russia Studies in Estonia is holding a workshop on Religion, Law, and Policy Making.

Jim Richardson is the keynote speaker. The Call for Papers can be found under NEWS at

CFP: The Henry Institute at Calvin College is having their 7th symposium on Religion and Politics, this one honoring Corwin Smidt.

The Call for Papers can be found under NEWS at

CFP: Bethel University is hosting a conference on Reconciliation and Sociology.

Korie Edwards is the keynote speaker.


Deadline extended to 7 JANUARY 2013  please submit all proposals and correspondence to

psalmculture [at]


What is Early Modern English Catholicism?

Date: 2013-01-15

Description:  What is Early Modern English Catholicism? A conference around the question of what is understood by the term Early Modern English Catholicism will be held at Ushaw College, Durham from 28 June 1 July 2013. The plenary speakers will be Eamon Duffy (Cambridge), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame),

Contact: james.kelly3 [AT]

Announcement ID: 198976


University of Nebraska – Omaha – Assistant Professor (Judaic Studies)

Wilfrid Laurier University – TENURE-TRACK POSITION – Aboriginal Religion & Culture

Wilfrid Laurier University – TENURE-TRACK POSITION – Christianity in a Global Context

Wichita State University – Curtis D. Gridley Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science

Central Connecticut State University – One-year, emergency appointment at the Assistant Professor rank to teach courses in the history of the Middle East


UC Berkeley Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, 2013-2014

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Program in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research-teaching fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.’s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach two courses per year under the auspices of the Group in Buddhist  Studies. (At least one course will be at the undergraduate level.) In addition, Fellows will give a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series, and they are expected to take part in regular Center for Buddhist Studies events and workshops. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests complement areas covered by Berkeley’s Buddhist Studies faculty. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges and a salary of approximately $50,000 that comes with benefits.

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2013, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2013, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Japanese Buddhism should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism, administered through the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

Curriculum vitae

Graduate school transcripts

A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will  undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application

A writing sample

A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests, along with two brief course proposals (with optional syllabi) of courses they propose to teach for the Group in Buddhist Studies (Note: UC Berkeley courses normally meet a total of three or four hours per week throughout a fourteen-week semester)

Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline and Notification of Award

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before Monday, January 14, 2013. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in March, 2013.

Send all materials to:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies

Group in Buddhist Studies

University of California, Berkeley

3413 Dwinelle Hall, #2230

Berkeley, CA 94720-2230


For more information about Buddhist Studies at Berkeley, please visit The Shinnyo-en Foundation is the secular, philanthropic arm of the Shinnyo-en Order that supports educational programs. UC Berkeley is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.