Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 9 Aug 2013

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Culture and Religion, vol 14, issue 3

Anthropology of the Middle East, vol 8, issue 1

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Evolutionary Religion – J.L. Schellenberg

Oxford University Press: June 2013

“J. L. Schellenberg articulates and defends a simple but revolutionary idea: we are still at a very early stage in the possible history of intelligent life on our planet, and should frame our religious attitudes accordingly. Humans have begun to adapt to a deep past—one measured in billions of years, not thousands. But we have not really noticed how thin is the sliver of past time in which all of our religious life is contained. And the eons that may yet see intelligent life have hardly started to come into focus. When these things are internalized, our whole picture of religion may change. For then we will for the first time be in a position to ask: Might there be a form of religion appropriate to such an early stage of development as our own? Might such ‘evolutionary religion’ be rather different from the forms of religion we see all around us today? And might it be better fitted to meet the demands of reason?”



CFP – Ireland and the Supernatural (Ft. Lauderdale, Feb. 14-15, 2014)

Location: Florida

Date: 2013-09-05

Description: Call for Papers: Conference on Ireland and the Supernatural and Southern Regional ACIS Meeting, Feb. 14-15, 2014, at theEmbassy Suites, 1100 SE 17TH St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 TOPICS MAY INCLUDE: Celtic and Irish mythology; the fairy world; the banshee (bean s); fallen and other angels; Catholic    …

Contact: doan [at]


Announcement ID: 205585

CFP: The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is calling for papers for Volume 3, Issue 2.

Date: 2013-09-15

Description: Calling for papers for Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies aims to serve as an outlet for research dealing with the interdisciplinary field of Asia Pacific Studies. As one of the most dynamic regions in the world, the Asia Pacific is of inter …

Contact: journalalternative [at]


Announcement ID: 205540


Date: 2014-10-31

Description: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: REPRESENTING THE HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE, AND MASS TRAUMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY The inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, to be held in Melbourne, Australia Dates: 6-8 July, 2014 Venues: Deakin …

Contact: abrown [at]


Announcement ID: 205524


CFP: The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology.*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013.

Conference Convenors: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

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

Statement of Purpose

There is no known religious practice that does not involve bodily motions (bowing, standing, walking, fasting, feasting, etc.) and their associated emotions, nor the use of given material things (shrines, musical instruments, substances of various kinds). Both involve the sensory apparatus of touch, sight, smell, etc. Without disregarding religious discourses and creeds, the conference will focus on the cultures of religious practice with a strong emphasis on both ethnographic documentation and theoretical elaboration based on a few basic principles — the importance of Bodily and Material Culture, and Religious Subjectivation involving technologies of the self.

Call for Proposals and Films

We welcome proposals from students, faculty and independent researchers based on ethnographic fieldwork focused on both bodily and material cultures of religious practice as part of the production of a religious subject in different areas and religious settings (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Asiatic, African and other religions, etc.).

The papers should address theoretical issues, whatever theoretical references may be put to use, provided they articulate bodily and material cultures. We aim at establishing discussions between various academic traditions on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel.

Short documentary films (e.g. 20 min maximum as a rule) showing the intertwinement of bodily and material cultures in religious practice are welcome. The proposals (of ca. one page) should be addressed to the convenors.

They will be assessed by the organizing committee of the conference. Ultimately, we expect to end up with an edited volume.


Newberry Seminar in American Indian Studies: “Traveling Through Indian Countries”

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-09-11

Description: “Traveling Through Indian Countries” Sarah Keyes, University of California, Berkeley Contemporary maps of the overland trail tend to lay the routes across present-day state borders. Embracing these anachronistic boundaries deflects attention from the defining feature of the overland trail, namely, t …

Contact: mcnickle [at]


Announcement ID: 205564

The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas and the Wisdom of Jesus

Location: Tennessee

Date: 2013-10-18

Description: A regional Jesus Seminar on the Road program that brings religious studies scholars into conversation with members of the public. Join us and learn more about the diversity of early Christianity and the historical Jesus! Oct 18 7:30-9pm, and Oct 19 9:30am-4pm. Event location: First Presbyterian Chur …

Contact: events [at]


Announcement ID: 205350


The Social World of Early Christianity

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: A regional Jesus Seminar on the Road program that brings religious studies scholars into conversation with members of the public. Join us and learn more about the world of early Christianity and the historical Jesus! The myth of Christian origins maintains that early Christianity was a unity, a lovi …

Contact: events [at]


Announcement ID: 205351


Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad

Date: 2013-11-07

Description: Fall 2013 Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (AJC PSA) Applications are now open here for the AJC PSA, a long-weekend program in Krakw for students studying overseas. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment thro …


Announcement ID: 205491


International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) Conference 2014

Date: 2014-06-11

Description: 10th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) University of Cocody, Abidjan, Ivory Coast June 11-15, 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS Theme: Oral Literature and Education We seek paper proposals in three broad categories:1. Traditional Education: The educative means (et …

Contact: chiji.akoma [at]


Announcement ID: 205606


The Role of Theory in Folkloristics and Comparative Religion

August 21 – 23, 2013

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

For additional information


International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress

August 27-30, 2013

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

For additional information,


The Word and the World: Public Theology in an Age of Global Media

September 2-6, 2013

Global Network for Public Theology Riverside Innovation Centre, University of Chester

For additional information


As part of our ESRC funded project on Collaborative Partnerships between Universities and Muslim Institutions (, Professor Alison Scott-Baumann and I are running a series of Roundtable discussions. Each discussion will be centred around a particular theme and how it links with and impacts on Islamic studies in the UK both with Muslim institutions and universities. We are keen to enhance collaborations between these two sectors and envisage the discussions will suggest strategies for future collaborative work. The dates and each themes for each discussion are:

 27th August 2013 – Theme: Sunni-Shia collaboration Chaired by Dr. Ataullah Siddiqui, Markfield Institute of Higher Education

 2nd September 2013 – Theme: Islamophobia and its impact on Islamic Studies and Partnerships Chaired by Mr. Robin Richardson, INSTED

 16th September 2013 – Theme: Partnerships and QAA issues Chaired by Professor Clare Morris, University of Gloucestershire

 17th September 2013 – Theme: Women and opportunities Chaired by Dr. Fozia Bora, University of Leeds

 To attend an event please write to us by Monday 19th August 2013 (s.contractor [at] and a.scott-baumann [at] with a short biography (not more than 150 words) and a paragraph (not more than 300 words) stating which discussion you would like to attend and how you would contribute to the day. We will let you know whether you have secured a place, at the latest a week before each event. Places are limited as each discussion will consist of not more than 10 discussants.


Leeds Trinity University is a Higher Education institution which offers a high quality learning experience to its students.  Applications are invited for the following post:


Starting salary in the range £30,424 to £32,267 per annum pro rata

 We are seeking to recruit a well qualified and research-active individual with proven teaching ability in the field of Religious Studies, including Islam.  The successful candidate will contribute to the existing programmes of study for Single Honours Religious Studies and Single Honours Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, and related programmes within the Department of Humanities.  The postholder will support the development of research in the department and the submissions of Theology and Religious Studies to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).  He/she will also support departmental initiatives in curriculum development, promoting widening participation, life-long learning and continuing professional development for workers in churches and faith based organisations.

We offer an excellent range of benefits including generous holiday entitlements, staff development opportunities and Teachers Pension Scheme.


Further details and an application pack are available from:


UiO- Faculty of Theology – Associate Professor in Religion and Society/Interreligious Studies

The Faculty of Theology has a vacancy for a full-time Associate Professor with a particular obligation to engage in research, teach and supervise in the field of religion and society/interreligious studies.


University of California – Davis – Sub-Saharan African History <>

Clarkson University – Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology/Geography <>

University of California – Irvine – Lecturer Positions: World, US, Europe, Middle East, South Asia <>

Sophia University – Position (Open Rank) in East Asian Visual Culture, Sophia University <>

University of California – Irvine – Lecturer: Hindu Religious Traditions <>

Harvard University – Tenure-Track Professor in Modern Chinese History <>

Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Film, or Cultural Studies <>

University of Denver – Assistant Professor, Chinese History <>

University of California – San Diego – Full Professor – Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy <>

University of California – San Diego – Philosophy, Assistant Professor (10-602) <>

New Graduate Group in the Study of Religion at the University of California, Davis. The program was approved last year, and we welcome our inaugural class in fall 2013. Our graduate program comprises over twenty-five faculty, and offers an intensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on Asian, Mediterranean and American regions, and Designated Emphases in Critical Theory, Performance Studies and African American and African Studies.

 We are also committed to fully funding our graduate students through a combination of fellowships and TA-ships. We can be found online at:

The application deadline for fall 2014 admission is January 15, 2014. If they have any questions, they can reach me at this email ID: avenkatesan [at]



Call for Applications for 4 Doctoral Fellowships at Huma (Institute for humanities in Africa)

Date: 2013-08-15

Description: Call for Applications for 4 Doctoral Fellowships Research field: Circuits of Consumption The fellowships are earmarked for research on Circuits ofConsumption one of HUMAs flagship research fields. Visit our website for an outline of the sorts of issues and questions, encompassed b …

Contact: heather.maytham [AT]


Announcement ID: 205331


EHRI Fellowships in Holocaust Studies 2013

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) invites applications for its fellowship programme for 2014. The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust. The fellowships i …

Contact:  bennett [AT]


Announcement ID: 205541



Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship

Location: Wisconsin

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-

Contact: awharris2 [AT]


Announcement ID: 205317



The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel awards one doctoral scholarship

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel awards one doctoral scholarship in the fields of Modern Jewish History, Jewish Literature, Modern Jewish Intellectual History, or Jewish Cultural History per December 1st 2013 or by agreement. The award is specifically aimed at female applica  …

Contact: christina.meier [AT]

Announcement ID: 205532