Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 8 June 2012 Edition

8 June 2012 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Networks
  • Conference Announcements
  • Jobs
  • Calls for Papers
  • Studentships


H-Net –

H-Buddhism –

Virtual Worlds Research Network –

Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Cultural Studies  –


Title: NSRN Annual Conference  Schedule announced and early

registration deadline extended

Date: 2012-07-04

Description: There is an urgent need to bring discussions of

micro-level nonreligion, atheism and secularity into contact

with treatments of political and institutional secularism a

pressing and vibrant area of academic discussion which has so

far focused on the protection and constraining of religion, and

not s …


Announcement ID: 194738

Title: First International Conference JEWISH HERITAGE IN PORTUGAL

science, culture, knowledge

Date: 2012-11-18

Description: First International Conference JEWISH HERITAGE IN

PORTUGAL science, culture, knowledge (18th 20th November 2012)

Tomar, Portugal The AAST, Association of the Friends of the

Synagogue of Tomar, in cooperation with the Municipal

authorities of Tomar, the Portuguese Network of Jewish

Quarters, the Isra …



Announcement ID: 194751

This is a reminder that you can still register for the “Biological and Cultural Evolution and Their Interactions: Rethinking the Darwinian and Durkheimian Legacy in the Context of the Study of Religion”. International Conference at the Section for the Study of Religion, Faculty of Arts, Aarhus University, 26-30 June 2012.


Harvard University – Research Associate and Visiting Faculty

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2013-14 in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program.  Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed.  Priority will go to book projects for which most research has been completed.  They may address women and religion in any time, place or religious tradition, and may utilize disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences. Full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School during the 2013-14 academic year is required.  Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress; each Associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project; and the Associates present their research in a public lecture series.  Salary for 2013-14 will be $50,000.  The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.  Completed applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2012.  Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2012.  Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the WSRP Search Committee and submitted electronically in word, rich text, or PDF format to  Information and application may be accessed at

University of Toronto – Humanities – Assistant/Associate Professor, Tamil World

The Department of Humanities of the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a tenure-stream position, at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor, in the historical study of the Tamil world. The appointment will begin on July 1, 2013. Research focus and specialization are open but special consideration will be given to applicants who demonstrate a breadth in undergraduate teaching and whose research methods engages with a multidisciplinary department that includes historians, gender and women’s studies scholars, and area studies (including Asian) specialists. Applicants must have a completed Ph.D. and demonstrated excellence in teaching and research.

The successful candidate will draw upon, develop, and expand the department’s present strengths in one or more of social, cultural, intellectual, comparative history as well as histories of gender, race, colonialism/empire, diaspora and nationalism. The department particularly encourages applications from scholars who can contribute to interdisciplinary teaching, research, and programming. S/he will be responsible for the development of a range of undergraduate courses, including a thematic course in global/world history to be taught occasionally and a transnational South Asian survey course. S/he will be a full member of the integrated tri-campus Graduate History Department of the University of Toronto, including the supervision of masters and doctoral theses, and will collaborate with colleagues on relevant trans-disciplinary programs, initiatives, and public events. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an independently funded program of research and may have the opportunity to participate in developing new graduate programs to be located at UTSC. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UTSC is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment and a multicultural student body speaking a wide range of languages (including Tamil). The university offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Additional information on the Department can be found at and on the tri-campus Graduate Department of History at

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applications should include a cover letter, current curriculum vitae, a writing sample, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and sample syllabi relevant to the position), and a statement outlining current and future research interests.  If you have questions about this position, please  All application materials should be submitted online.

The UofT application system can accommodate up to five attachments (10 MB) per candidate profile; please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at:

Applicants should also ask three referees to email letters directly to the Department at

The closing date for applications is 25 September 2012.


Leo Baeck Institute – Executive Director


Mount Allison University – Post-doctoral Fellow in East Asian




Fully funded AHRC 3-year Studentship in visual anthropology at Oxford

Following the award of an AHRC collaborative studentship to Professor David Zeitlyn (ISCA) and Dr Chris Morton (Pitt Rivers Museum) for ‘Photographic cultures in Mbouda, Cameroon’ in conjunction with the British Library, a 3-year fully funded AHRC studentship will be available to the best-qualified candidate. The successful candidate will be expected to carry out research for a doctorate in anthropology on visual cultures in Mbouda, west Cameroon, supervised by Professor David Zeitlyn, Dr Chris Morton (Oxford) and Dr Marion Wallace (British Library), with support from Lynda Barraclough (BL/Endangered Archives

Programme). The student will undertake fieldwork in West Cameroon. Candidates should be able to demonstrate an interest in the study of photography and a commitment to ethnographic fieldwork in Cameroon. They should have a good Master?s degree and/or first degree in anthropology, museum studies or African studies. Some proficiency in French would be advantageous.

A summary of the project is available from Further_Particulars_AHRC.pdf.

Applicants must follow the usual application rules for admission as a Probationer Research Student (see

Applicants are bound by AHRC eligibility criteria: only EU citizens can be given awards and for a full award UK residency is required. Please see the Humanities Division and AHRC pages for detailed guidance on this.

The deadline for applications is 1 July 2012 and candidates should be ready to be called for interview for the studentship on 25th July 2012 at the British Library in London. It is expected that the successful candidate will take up the position in October 2012.

Further enquiries about the position may be directed to


Global Muslim Youth Resistance: Strategies for Social, Political, Economic and Cultural Change

Edited by Tahir Abbas and Sadek Hamid

Young Muslims under the age of 25 constitute nearly 800 million people across the globe and represent more than 50 percent of the population in many Muslim majority countries. The geopolitical implications of this demographic transformation are already making an impact. The uprisings in half a dozen Arab countries in 2011 demonstrated the potency of Muslim youth activism in the MENA region. Massive peaceful street protests, in part mobilised through a series of globally-networked social media platforms, confirmed increased civic and political participation among a new generation of Arab Muslim women and men, shifting the attention away from youth wings within Islamist movements. Similarly, young Muslims in Western Europe find themselves experiencing economic marginalisation, cultural exclusion and

political dislocation which have lead to frustration and violence. At the same time, there is a body of young Muslims who are immersed in positive social engagement and alliances against different forms of extremism. Their peers in North America are resisting social marginalisation, challenging Islamophobia, hybridising their identities, reinventing their religiosity and changing the perception of Islam in the West. Other young Muslims in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and South East Asia are contesting anachronistic beliefs and practices within their communities, creating vibrant NGOs, social enterprises and are producing artistic, literary and musical expressions which redefine what it means to be Muslim in the early twenty-first century. Young Muslims are agents of social change, shaping the future of Muslim societies

across the world in matters of identity, politics, gender, violence, political participation, integration, multiculturalism and human rights in both the east and west.

This edited collection seeks to map the terrain of these diverse experiences of Muslim ‘youth landscapes’ across the globe as they determine their paths to resistance by challenging dominant paradigms inside and outside of their communities. We are seeking original multi-disciplinary contributions for a landmark extended edited volume that examines these changing realities. We wish to hear principally from scholars working in this area but we are also interested in contributions from youth activists, youth work practitioners, policy-makers and NGO professionals.

Please send a 500-word abstract and a 250-word biography to Tahir Abbas ( and Sadek Hamid ( by 31 August 2012. It is anticipated that the final 7,500 word chapters will be need to be submitted by 31 January 2013. We envisage publication of the edited book towards the end of 2013.

Title: Call for Papers: Catachreses? ‘Gender’, ‘Religion’ and


Date: 2012-06-29

Description: CALL FOR PAPERS: WORKSHOP Catachreses? Gender,

Religion, and Postcoloniality December 1719 2012 Hosted by the

Centre for Gender and Religions Research School of Oriental &

African Studies, University of London on behalf of the

‘Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender Project’

funded by The N …



Announcement ID: 194823

Title: Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian

Networks in Southern Asia, c. 900-1900

Date: 2012-07-15

Description: Orders and Itineraries: Buddhist, Islamic, and

Christian Networks in Southern Asia, c. 900-1900 21 – 22 Feb

2013, Singapore The presence and importance of orders, as

corporate structures of ritual and interpretive religious

specialists, has long been noted in the history of South and

Southeast Asia. …



Announcement ID: 194728

Title: CFP: Appropriating the Bible in Medieval and Early Modern

Cultures – NEMLA 2013 (Boston)

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: CFP for medieval and early modern panel at 2013 NEMLA

Conference in Boston, MA, March 21-24: During the medieval and

early modern periods, the Bible was a source of worship,

instruction, and entertainment. This panel invites papers that

address ways the Bible was read, misread, adapted, or performed



Announcement ID: 194742

Title: Call for Entries: Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia

Date: 2012-08-28

Description: Call for entries (Islam: A Worldwide Encyclopedia)

This is a call for entries for a major reference work on

Islamic faith contracted with ABC-CLIO. Inquiries should be

addressed to Editor, Dr. Cenap akmak, at

Potential authors are kindly requested to send a brief CV

indicating …


Announcement ID: 194805

Title: Post-Atheism: Religion, Society, and Culture in

Post-Communist Eastern Europe and Eurasia

Location: Arizona

Date: 2012-08-01

Description: The Melikian Center for Russian, East European and

Eurasian Studies at Arizona State University is pleased to

announce an international symposium on Post-Atheism in Eastern

Europe and Eurasia, to be held on the ASU campus in Tempe,

Arizona, February 7-9, 2013. The symposium will feature

presentation …



Announcement ID: 194936

Title: South-East Asia as a Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange:

pioneer European Buddhists and Asian Buddhist networks 1860 –


Date: 2012-09-13

Description: Conference Notice 2nd call for papers South-East Asia

as a Crossroads for Buddhist Exchange: pioneer European

Buddhists and Asian Buddhist networks 1860-1960 Study of

Religions Department, University College Cork, Ireland, 13-15

September 2012 With 12

presente …



Announcement ID: 194879


Research Fellows (E13 TV-G-U, 75% part-time)

are sought by the Emmy Noether1 “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” Research Group at Goethe-

University Frankfurt am Main, based at the Institut für Ethnologie (Social Anthropology, Faculty

of Philosophy und History). The start date is 01.11.2012 and the positions are limited to a

period of three years.

The Doctoral Fellows will develop their research projects under the supervision of the Principal

Investigator. Their main task will be to complete individual research projects in collaboration with

the other participants. They will have an independent budget for research and travel expenses.

The Research Group further offers interdisciplinary and international collaborations and

comprehensive supervision by the Principle Investigator who is also teaching and conducting

research on this topic.

The Research Group is organized around the assumption that a comprehensive understanding

of the role of religion(s) within contemporary societies has to take the “diversity of non-

religiosity” into consideration. The aim of the Doctoral Fellowships is to conduct empirical

research on non-religious individuals, groups or phenomena – preferably in different countries.

For example topics may include but are not limited to indifference towards religion(s),

worldviews alternative to religion(s), or criticism of religion(s) made in relation to atheist,

humanist or skepticist thought or identity. The specific object of inquiry, methodology and

theoretical approach will depend on the Doctoral Fellows’ training, interest, and research focus.

Curiosity about the research topic, intellectual creativity, and an enjoyment of academic

collaboration are crucial for the success of the project.

All applicants must hold a master’s degree (M.A.) or an equivalent qualification in anthropology,

religious studies, sociology, or a related discipline.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and supports women’s career development.

Applications from women are thus explicitly welcome. Disabled applicants will be considered

preferentially in case of equivalent qualifications.

Please send the electronic version of your application (including cover letter, Curriculum Vitae,

university transcript/degree, two letters of recommendation, and a synopsis of the intended

research project of approx. 5000 words) to: by 31.07.2012. Please

do not hesitate to contact Johannes Quack for further information concerning the research

project and the application process.