Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 5 April 2013

wordle 2013We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs



The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts


  • Religion and the Media

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law



Sociology of Religion, advance notice



CFP: Intersections of Jewish and Postcolonial Thought

Date: 2013-04-21

Description: CFP: Intersections of Jewish and Postcolonial Thought Postcolonial theory is one of the most influential theoretical strands of our time and it has a profound impact on the study

of various fields within Jewish Studies. Yetwith a few exceptionsits relevance for the study of Jewish thought has not be …


Announcement ID: 202630


CFP: “International Research Conference: Interfaces of Modern Japanese Literature”

Date: 2013-05-31

Description: Association for Modern Japanese Literary Studies (AMJLS) is happy to announce the conference and call for papers below, Call for papers: “International Research Conference:Interfaces of Modern Japanese Literature” Application deadline: May 31, 2013 Location: Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan Date: Dec


Announcement ID: 202636


CFP: Analysing Jewish Europe Today: Perspectives from a new generation

Date: 2013-06-28

Description: Drawing on the positive outcome of the first Analysing Jewish Europe Today Conference in 2010, JDC International Centre for Community Development is organising  the second edition of the conference, to take place in Berlin, Germany on October 25-27, 2013. The conference will analyse contemporary Jewi …

Contact: youngresearchers2013 [at]


Announcement ID: 202639


CFP: “Indian History”, the annual journal of the Archive India Institute.

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: The Archive India Institute announces the launch of “Indian History”, the Institute’s annual double-blind referred journal. “Indian History” encourages cutting-edge research on all aspects of India’s past and present. The first issue of the journal is due for publication in January 2014. Submissions …

Contact: archiveindiainstitute [at]


Announcement ID: 202682


The International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP) is soliciting paper proposals for a panel on the topic of “Buddhism and Science” at the group meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division in Baltimore, MD (December 27-30, 2013).  Papers that address this topic from critical and/or constructive approaches are welcome, as are papers that are based on indigenous Buddhist and/or modern scientific perspectives.

Please send title, abstract (200 words), personal information (name, email, and institutional affiliation) to Douglas Duckworth (duckworth [at] by May 2, 2013.

CFP: special session on Attached is a final CFP for a special session on Pilgrimage and Pilgrims: Journeys, Destinations, and Meanings, which will take place at the International Conference on Tourism (ICOT 2013) – Trends, Impacts and Policies on Sustainable Tourism Development (5th – 8th June 2013, in Limassol, Cyprus).

In order to complement the regular program with emerging topics of particular interest, the ICOT 2013 Conference will include a Special Session on “Pilgrimage and Pilgrims: Journeys, Destinations, Meanings”.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted electronically by April 30th, 2013 to Dr. Amos S. Ron at: amosron [at] or to Dr. Noga Collins-Kreiner at: nogack [at]

Papers presented at the special session will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Policy ( published by Inderscience, or as an edited book

For further enquiries regarding conference fees and program, recommended accommodation, maps/instructions, and registration forms, please visit the following website:


CFP: A scholarly treatment of Starz television’s Spartacus series is currently being compiled.

 When it appeared in 2010, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the first of four “series” in the Starz Spartacus franchise, rocked the television world with its emphasis on vibrant and flamboyant visuals, camp excess, sensual emphasis, hyperviolence and stark sexuality, and a narrative progression with roots in both soap operas and platform-style video games. This text proposes to be the first scholarly treatment of the series as a unique whole in book anthology format. Essays on any aspect of the series, and from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives, are welcome.

All essays should be between 4000-7000 words. Deadline for abstracts is 15 August 2013. Deadline for essays is 1 December 2013. Please contact Michael in regards to the style sheet for this project prior to submitting your essay. Use this same address for any questions you may have concerning the project as well.

 The editor: Michael G. Cornelius is the author/editor of fourteen books, including four previous collections for McFarland Press, three works for Chelsea House, and several works of fiction, including Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film. He is chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College.


Michael G. Cornelius, Ph.D.

Department of English and Mass Communications

Wilson College

1015 Philadelphia Ave

Chambersburg, PA 17201 USA

mcornelius [at]

CFP: Mediating Religion Network Panel on Religion, Media and In/Vulnerability

 Proposed Panel at CRESC Annual Conference (SOAS, London, September 4-6 2013)

Abstract Deadline: April 8 2013

CRESC’s Mediating Religion Network Panel, organised in collaboration with the Religion and Media Working Group of the European Communication Research and Educational Association (ECREA) and the Nordic Network for Media and Religion.

The Mediating Religion Network invites proposals for papers on the topic of “Media, Religion and In/vulnerability”. The Network aims to contribute several panel sessions at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). This year’s CRESC conference title is In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge, and we are convinced that scholars of religion and media can make a valuable contribution to academic discussion of this important theme. The Mediating Religion Network hopes to publish these presentations as a special issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Contributions may take historical and/or ethnographic perspectives and may approach the concept of media broadly to include either a direct focus on specific media (e.g., print or digital) and religion (e.g., religious broadcasting) or a wider theoretical focus on mediation as a problematic of social theory in which religion and its (in)vulnerability to processes of rapid social change is a recurring question.

Specific topics could include:

– Migration, Diaspora and Identities

– Transitions Across Media and Public Spaces

– Authority and Power

– Knowledge and Memory

Proposals for papers should include a title, a 200-word abstract and a very brief statement of the applicant’s affiliation and research interests. We would like to keep a focus around issues of blame and trust in our explorations of in/vulnerabilities.

 Submissions should be sent to Dr Tim Hutchings (CRESC Research Fellow) at tim.hutchings [at] Feel free to contract Tim or marie.gillespie [at] to discuss paper proposals. Deadline for Proposals – April 8th 2013.

Further information can be found here:



Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

Date: 2014-02-06


p dir=”ltr”>Description: CFP: Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society Location: Universidad Nacional Costa Rica
Heredia, Costa Rica Date: 29-30 April 2014 Conference Focus The conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to religion and spirituality …

Contact: conferencedirector [at]


Announcement ID: 202598

How Turkeys Islamists Fell out of love with Iran: The Near Future of Turkish-Iranian Relations

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-04-23

Description: How Turkeys Islamists Fell out of love with Iran: The Near Future of Turkish-Iranian Relations A DISCUSSION WITH: AKIN UNVER,KADIR HAS UNIVERSITY,ISTANBUL, TURKEY TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6TH FLOOR BOARDROOM Woodrow Wilson

Center Turkish-Iranian rel …



Announcement ID: 202600


“Moving signs and shifting discourses: Text and image relations in East Asian art”, June 2628, 2013, Freie Universitt Berlin

Description:  — CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT SAVE THE DATE —  International Conference: “Moving signs and shifting discourses: Text and image relations in East Asian art”, June 2628, 2013, Freie Universitt Berlin/ Museum of Asian Art, Berlin State Museums Funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation TheInternational Con …



Announcement ID: 202675


Thursday 9th May 2013, the University of Liverpool will host the first workshop from a new AHRC-funded research network, Philosophy and Religious Practices, based on collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of Chester.

 The workshop, “The Humanities and Lived Religion: Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Impact Agenda”, is free and open to all – the public and academics.

The event is free and open to all (the public and academics).

TO REGISTER: email daniel.whistler[at] with you name, affiliation, dietary and motility requirements. Lunch is provided.


This one-day workshop is the first in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network, funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities programme, organised by the University of Liverpool, University of Chester, Liverpool Hope University and religious organisations in the North-West.

This initial workshop will discuss possible models and ways of thinking about the impact that research on religion in the Humanities has on religious practitioners, as well as, conversely, the ways in which practitioners impact research in the academy. Central will be the following themes:


Leiden University – Assistant Professor, Politics of Modern and Contemporary China


University of Florida – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Asian Hisotry


McGill University – Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Ming Qing Women’s

Writings Digital Archive and Database



University of Munster – Up to five PhD opportunities available in the Cluster of Excellence for “Religion and Politics” at the University of Munster, Germany



Washington State University – Visiting Instructor


Temple University – NTT, Jewish Studies


Universitat Gottingen – Postdoctoral Fellow–Indian Religions


Religion Bulletin seeks contributors. Further details can be found: