Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 May 2013

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In this issue:

  • Books

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs



University of Chicago Press – Latest books on Religion, Philosophy of Religion and Theology & Ethics

New Titles from Ashgate: Religious Studies



Theology of Science, vol 11, issue 2

Religious Studies

Journal of Contemporary Religion

Studies in Christian Ethics



CFP: Sanjay Subrahmanyan Lecture: “Jews and New Christians in Portuguese Asia, 1500 1700”

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-06-05

Description: Subrahmanyan will discuss how the first Portuguese voyage to India in 1497 coincided with the Portuguese attempt to forcibly convert its Jewish residents in the kingdom. Some Jews and New Christians (cristos-novos), moved between Iberia and Portuguese Asia via the Cape route and the Ottoman Empire.

Contact: dscott[at]

Announcement ID: 204129



RELATIONS, 2013 The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, invites submissions for its 2013 volume. SCJR publishes scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realitie Contact:


Announcement ID: 203939


CFP: Religion, Spirituality, and Inequality in Communities of Color: A Special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-08-16

Description: CALL FOR PAPERS Religion, Spirituality, and Inequality in Communities of Color A Special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color Guest Editors Assata Zerai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sandra Weissinger, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Recent public discourse on womens …

Contact: azerai[at]

Announcement ID: 203988


CFP: *Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation*

2013 Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia September 13-15, 2013


Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs – not only in Buddhist Studies, but also in other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, and history – that speak directly to the study of Buddhist meditation. The papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes.

We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we think about and study Buddhist Meditation in its many forms and contexts. We encourage papers that approach Buddhist meditation from a diverse range of methodological approaches – literary, historic, ethnographic, sociological, political, and educational/pedagogical, to name a few.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:

 – Problems in the *historical study* of Buddhist meditation.

 – Innovative *Interdisciplinary* investigations into contemplative

   practice in Buddhist societies (e.g.: historically-informed ethnography)

 – How *the body* has been conceptualized and represented within specific

   Buddhist contemplative systems

 – The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and


 – *Therapeutic* and instrumental* (vs. soteriological) applications of

   Buddhist meditation *in Buddhist societies*.

 – Institutional and pedagogical frameworks.

 – The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g.:

   biographical literature, meditation manuals, philosophical literature, etc)

Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please submit an abstract of your paper of *not more than 500 words*, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to gradbuddhismconf2013 [at]  by *June 15, 2013.* You will be notified by the end of June of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

University of Virginia may potentially be able to provide funding to cover the costs of lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources. We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting students to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of

invitation to international observers for visa purposes because we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international observers.



UK Association for Buddhist Studies annual conference, which will be held on 12th July 2013 at SOAS, London


Friday 12th July 2013, 9.15am-5.30pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African

Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H.0XG.

Registration fee: £10 (£5 unwaged) for UKABS members; £25 (£15 unwaged) for non-members.

Further Information: UKABS Secretary, Dr. Cathy Cantwell (

Registration: To pre-register, please contact UKABS Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Naomi Appleton (naomi.appleton [at], so that we have accurate numbers for refreshments. Payment (by cash or cheque) will be on the door.

Featuring lectures by:

Professor Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford, the author of several studies, including the monograph In Praise of the Light (International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, Tokyo 2005). His research focuses on early Chinese Buddhist literature (particularly translations and commentaries), and the history of the canon.

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Liverpool Hope University, the author of Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge 2006) and What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld 1998). Her research interests are Buddhism and Conflict, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the encounter between Buddhism and the West, particularly in the 19th Century, and Buddhism and religious plurality. Programme Registration from 9.15 a.m.

9.50 President’s Welcome.

10.00-11.00 Professor Stefano Zacchetti (University of Oxford) The dream of a thing: some reflections on the nature, functions, and formation of the Buddhist canon in China.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break.

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate Panel:

11.30-12.00 Anastasia Gritsenko (Goldsmiths College, University of London) On Buddhist

Happiness and Aristotle’s eudaimonia: A Paradoxical Account?

12.00-12.30 Chris Jones (University of Oxford) The tathāgatagarbha as ātman in the Mahāyāna Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra.

12.30-1.00 Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds) The Crossing and Dwelling of Ordained

Buddhist Women in Contemporary Britain.

1.00 -2.15 LUNCH (in the SOAS canteen).

2.15 -3.00 UKABS AGM

3.00-4.00 University of Durham Research Project Presentation: Śāstravid: A New Electronic Research

Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts (Dr Jan Westerhoff; European Research Council funded project).

4.00-4.30 Tea break.

4.30-5.30 Dr Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) Buddhism, Space and Conflict in Colonial and Postcolonial Sri Lanka.



University of Kent – Careers Service

What can you do with a degree in Religious Studies?

Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster – Doctoral Fellow, American History/Studies



Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fall 2013 (12 months)

Competition opening for a postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), Religion and Diversity Project (Director Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa), at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société.

The amount of the fellowship is $25,000 for one year, beginning in the fall of 2013

(+ $10,000 in research contracts) = Total $ 35,000

The recipient must meet the following conditions:have completed a PhD that is linked to religion in the public sphere; be fluent in English and French (oral and written); a test will be administered; provide a CV (with a minimum of two scientific conferences and two accepted scientific publications) and academic transcripts (excellent grade point average);

have mastered field study methods and demonstrate experience researching within a team;

will focus on addressing the theme of religion and education. Using Quebec as a case study, it will explore the developments around education and religion in Quebec to ask broader comparative questions in the rest of Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will draw on research already completed by Dr. Solange Lefebvre, as well as by other researchers in the Religion and Diversity Project (MCRI), focusing on addressing gaps in knowledge about Quebec as well as further develop a data base of information about religion and education in the rest of Canada. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to explore the theme of education and religion on a broader comparative basis through research that draws on four ‘diversity’ reports and related documents from Belgium, Quebec, Great-Britain and France. This project is related to the broader Religion and Diversity Project, but is a separately (SSHRC) funded research project led by Dr. Lefebvre. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own related research questions under the broad theme of religion and education. submit an application for a postdoctoral fellowship to large funding agencies in the fall 2013, on one of those projects.

Please submit a complete application before June 7th 2013 that includes academic transcripts; a complete CV; a one-page letter in English and in French explaining the applicant’s qualifications to work on the suggested research themes and coordinate the involved projects; a copy of two articles (accepted or published); and two letters of recommendation (one being from the thesis supervisor).

Incomplete or poorly presented applications will not be considered. If the application is satisfactory, we will proceed to an interview with the candidate (in person or on Skype). Please submit a copy of your application to Tess Campeau, Information Officer, by email at info [at]