Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 7 November 2017

Welcome to the latest RSP opportunities digest, where you will find details of a post-doctoral opportunity, a new journal, a new bibliography, and a call for papers.

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Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship 2018

Higher Education Institutions in Ireland

Deadline: 30 November 2017

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New Online Journal: E-Rhizome

e-Rhizome is an online scholarly, peer-reviewed journal focusing on the academic study of religion, society, culture and cognition. It covers a diversity of phenomena of the past as well as of the present based on empirical, source-based and experimental research. The main goal of the journal is to study human and society from the point of view of various disciplines such as religious studies, sociology, anthropology, historiography, and cognitive sciences. Another aim is to create a platform for international scholarly network and exchange, to promote research and polemics across disciplines, from humanities to natural sciences. The journal publishes research articles, review articles, book reviews, comments and discussion, and announces news about important events.

Journal e-Rhizome is based on the postulate that (post)modern society can be characterized by multiplicity of social interconnections, enormous variability of individual behavior, nomadic way of life and rhizomatic concept of thinking.

Published by the Palacký University Olomouc, the journal is issued twice a year in English.

e-Rhizome uses the system of manuscript electronic submission ACTAVIA.

For all editorial enquiries please contact the editor Tomáš Bubík (

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New Bibliography

RelBib, the alpha version of a new open access database for Religious Studies, is now open for testing. Sponsored by the Specialized Information Service Religious Studies (Fachinformationsdienst Religionswissenschaft) at Tübingen University Library / Germany, RelBib is internationally accessible for free.


Call for Papers: Topical issue of “Open Theology”


Open Theology” ( invites submissions for the topical issue “Religion in Latin America: Theological and Philosophical Perspectives,” edited by

  • Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College, USA),
  • Marciano Adilio Spica (State University of Midwest of Parana, Brazil),
  • Agnaldo Cuoco Portugal (University of Brasilia, Brazil).

The aim of this topical issue is to present a panorama of the theological and philosophical reflections on religiosity in Latin America.

The influence of churches and religions on the daily lives of the people of Latin America cannot be denied. In the same way, the great variety of religious and spiritual manifestations cannot be denied. In Latin America, in addition to the Christian majority, we find religions of African origin, religions of Native Americans, Judaism, Islam, Spiritism among others. This diversity cannot be taken as only a variety of dispersed groups that never dialogue. In many cases, we find extremely syncretic religious expressions that involve elements of various religions in order to create a new and rich expression of faith. Given this diversity, it is almost impossible to make a complete map of religiosity in Latin America. But what we are proposing with this topical issue is to advance some theological and philosophical discussions, in order to present a little of this Latin American religious variety and the challenges it brings.

Among the topics we seek to explore are:

  • Religious identity in Latin America;
  • Theology of liberation;
  • Religious syncretism in Latin America;
  • Religious pluralism in Latin America;
  • Religion and Latin American values;
  • Religion and public life in Latin America.

Authors publishing their articles in the special issue will benefit from:

  • transparent, comprehensive and fast peer review
  • efficient route to fast-track publication and full advantage of De Gruyter Open’s e-technology,
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions.

Publication costs should be covered by so called Article Processing Charges (APC), paid by authors, their affiliated institutions, funders or sponsors. To view funding opportunities to cover APC please visit

Authors who would like to apply for discounts or free publication are asked to discuss it with Managing Editor of the journal Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk ( before submitting their article.


Submissions are due May 15, 2018. To submit an article for the special issue of Open Theology, authors are asked to access the on-line submission system at:

Please choose as article type: “Topical Issue Article: Religion in Latin America”.

Before submission the authors should carefully read over the Instruction for Authors, available at:

All contributions will undergo critical review before being accepted for publication.

Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Marciano Spica at In case of technical or financial questions, please contact journal Managing Editor Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk at