Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 6 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


Sociology of Religion, Advance access,


The Study of Religion: A reader

By John S. Harding, Hillary P. Rodrigues

Routledge (2013)

This collection illustrates the spectrum of ideas that people throughout history have had when considering how to understand and study religion. The editors present a selection of key writings that reflect a broad range of voices on the nature and practice of the discipline. Religious studies draws on works by anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, theologians, and others, which notably impact our understanding of the concept of religion, of particular religious ideas, and on how religion should be studied. The Study of Religion: A Reader contains both classic and contemporary perspectives, including material from non-Western traditions. It provides students of religion with an understanding of how the discipline developed, some of the current issues and lines of thought, as well as future prospects.


Islam in the Modern World

edited by: Jeffrey T. Kenney, Ebrahim Moosa

Routledge (2012)

This comprehensive introduction explores the landscape of contemporary Islam. Written by a distinguished team of scholars, it:

  • provides broad overviews of the developments, events, people and movements that have defined Islam in the three majority-Muslim regions

  • traces the connections between traditional Islamic institutions and concerns, and their modern manifestations and transformations. How are medieval ideas, policies and practices refashioned to address modern circumstances

  • investigates new themes and trends that are shaping the modern Muslim experience such as gender, fundamentalism, the media and secularisation

  • offers case studies of Muslims and Islam in dynamic interaction with different societies.

Islam in the Modern World includes illustrations, summaries, discussion points and suggestions for further reading that will aid understanding and revision. Additional resources are provided via a companion website.


Thursday November 14th

‘John Hick and Religious Pluralism: Some Hindu Perspectives’

4:00 – 5:30pm (followed by vegetarian nibbles and wine reception)

A free public talk by Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah (Senior Lecturer in Hindu Studies, University of Birmingham).

To be held in the Emmanuel Centre (corner of Woodhouse Lane and Cavendish Road), University of Leeds. Everyone welcome.

For further information, please contact Dr Tasia Scrutton (<>) or Dr Mikel Burley (<>). No advance booking required, but RSVPing would be helpful so that we have a general idea of numbers.

— The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).


Registration is now open for Gujarat Studies Association’s 5th biennial conference, to be held on 19-20 February 2014 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.    For the registration form and further details please visit:

Conference Theme: (Re)Defining Gujarati Identity

Keynote speaker: Dr. Michele Hardy (University of Calgary)

Important Dates:

2 September 2013 – Conference registration opens

11 November 2013 – Presenter Registration/Early Bird Registration Ends

9 December 2013 – Conference Registration Closes

7th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria from the 18th August to 23rd August 2014, is now open for registration at

Online abstract submissions begin June 15, 2013 and end November 1, 2013. Online conference registration will open September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014.

Requests concerning registration, accommodation and travelling should be sent to:

Gerry Schneider

Event management

University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna

e-mail: gerry.schneider [at]

All correspondence concerning the academic program of the congress should be sent to:

Mag. Ewa Lewandowska

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.7, 1090 Vienna


e-mail: ewa.lewandowska [at]

Mag. Judith Starecek

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.1, 1090 Vienna


e-mail: judith.starecek [at]


CFP: The Bodily AND Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

Intended date of conference: 17-18 June, 2014.

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013.

Notification: 31 January, 2014.

Conference Conveners: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

For further information please contact Urmila Mohan (u.mohan.11 [at]


CFP: Symbols of Contemporary Culture

Date: 2013-12-13

Description: Symbols arise spontaneously as a natural component of human behavior, as well as the result of ideas being transferred from one culture to another. In the ancient world, symbolic characters wandered from country to country along the trade routes and were exchanged with goods and ideas. They  often ga …

Contact: symbol2013 [at]


Announcement ID: 206112


CFP: Visual Methodologies: A Postdiscipline of Inclusions?

Date: 2014-06-19

Description: The saturation of social space by the visual has spawned in increasing interest by scholars in developing innovative methodologies within the context of rapid technological change. While visual research is methodologically and theoretically diverse there is no single common heritage,aim, or definin …

Contact: william.feighery [at]


Announcement ID: 206090


CFP: Origins of Truth: Foucaults Lectures on the Will to Know

Location: New York

Date: 2013-09-10

Description: Papers are invited for a conference on Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collge de France, 1970-1971, to be held November 8-9, 2013, in New York City. Sponsored by the Foucault Society and the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy, the conference will feature  …

Contact: foucaultsocietyorg [at]


Announcement ID: 206066


CFP: Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century

Date: 2013-09-25

Description: Fourth European Congress on World and Global History Paris, 11-14th September 2014 Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century The twentieth century saw the emergence of unprecedented efforts to build a world Christian community that w …

Contact: engel [at]

Announcement ID: 206110


CFP: Arts, Literature, and Religion Section of Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

Location: Texas

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Arts, Literature, and Religion The Arts, Literature, and Religion section invites proposals for papers or panels on any topic concerning the intersection of the arts, literature, and religion. Of particular interest this year are papers or  presentations that cast such intersections as instances of K  …

Contact: allen.redmon [at]


Announcement ID: 206139


Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Location: Indiana

Description: ABC-Clio is planning to publish a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. …

Contact: jwebb [at]

Announcement ID: 206084



ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers

Association for the Study of Esotericism Fifth International Conference

Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods June 19-22, 2014

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its fifth International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the many dimensions of Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics.  We are also interested in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a cross-fertilization of perspectives. We welcome scholars from a wide range of areas, including anthropology, American studies, art history, history, intellectual history, religious studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, medieval studies, sociology-the full range of academic disciplines and fields.

 Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is January 15th 2014.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to<>


CFP: XII. International Workshop

Religion and Civil Society:


 November 20 – 25, 2013, Yalta, Livadia (Crimea, Ukraine)

Organizers: Western Michigan University (USA) and TAURIDA NATIONAL V.I.Vernadsky UNIVERSITY (Ukraine), NETWORK OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND INTERETHNIC TRUST (Ukraine)

The list of specific issues is open for continuation.Two Round tables will be held within the framework of the Workshop: “Orthodox civilization and traditional values† (in commemoration of Alexander Panarin); “The “Arab Spring† and the future of the Middle East: fundamentalism or secularization?â€

Chairs of the Workshop:Dr. Rudolf Siebert, Professor of the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University (USA), Director of the Center for Humanistic Future Studies, Director of the International course on the “Future of Religion† at the Inter-University Center for Post-Graduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Croatia http: //www.rudolfjsiebert.orgÂ

Dr. Tatyana Senyushkina, Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University (Ukraine), Director of the Network of Cultural Exchange and Interethnic Trust

Participants’ presentations will be published after the workshop.

Registration fee: $ 100 USD to be paid upon arrival, for an accompanying person – $ 50 USD.

Registration fee includes conference materials (badge, program, list of participants), coffee breaks, welcoming dinner and concert, publication (3 pages) and certificate of participation. Permissible amount of additional written materials – up to 12 pages ($ 7 USD per page).

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Accommodation: The Bristol Hotel, 10 Roosevelt St., Crimea, Yalta +38(0654)27-16-06

Prices: $ 80 – 275 USD per room per night.

The price includes accommodation, breakfast, swimming pool, fitness hall, luggage service, WI-FI, VAT, beach-solarium.

To find out about other, cheaper options of accommodation, please feel free to contact the Organizing Committee.

Guided Tours: The Livadia Palace of the last Russian Tzar Nikolay II in Yalta; The Palace of Alexander III in Massandra (Massandra Palace); The Nikitsky Botanical Garden; The Chekhov House-Museum in Yalta; The Orthodox churches of the Southern coast of the Crimea; The Crimean oldest winery Massandra: the largest wine collection (about a million bottles) on the globe and Famous Wine Tasting.

 To participate in the Workshop, please send your application form no later than 15 October, 2013 on the following address:,

More information about the workshop is on the web-site: and on the Facebook page of the Workshop:

CFP: Hagiography

The Hagiography Society will be sponsoring four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8-11 May 2014, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Papers is below; to propose a paper for any of these panels please send a 350-word max. abstract by Sept. 15 to Sara Ritchey at



Institute for Indian and Tibetan Studies

Ph.D. Position, Indology / Buddhist Studies

Columbia University – Premodern Chinese Literature and Poetry <>

Columbia University – Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture <>

Rutgers University – Camden – East Asian History, Assistant Professor


Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Extra-European History <>

Georgetown University – Assistant Professor in American Religious & Philosophical Thought <>

Old Dominion University – Assistant Professor – History of the Ancient World


College of Idaho – Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies


University of Pennsylvania – Hebraica Library Specialist


Stanford University – Professor of Philosophy


Stanford University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy




Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islam in Context

Postdoctoral Researcher in History