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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 August 2012

24 August 2012 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships
  • Networks

And don’t forget, you can always get involved with the Religious Studies Project by writing one of our features essays or resources pages. Contact the editors for more information.


BOOKS


The Ashgate New, World and Indigenous Religions leaflet is now available to download …

In this new leaflet you can find out more about our exciting new Dialogues in South Asian Traditions: Religion, Philosophy, Literature and History series, including details on the first title to be published, Hindu and Buddhist Ideas in Dialogue. We have also published a few new titles in the Vitality of Indigenous Religions series, such as African Traditions in the Study of Religion in Africa.

I am particularly eager to announce the impending publication of Aztec Goddesses and Christian Madonnas by Joseph Kroger and Patrizia Granziera. This new book investigates the myths and images of 22 Aztec Goddesses and 28 Christian Madonnas in Mexico. This is a beautifully produced title (if we do say so ourselves!), and is available in both paperback and hardback.

If you would like to discover more of our new titles, click the front cover image above and explore!


JOURNALS


Theology and Science, vol 10, No 3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/10/3


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Online International Journal of Arts and Humanities (OIJAH) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. OIJAH publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English in areas of arts and humanities pertaining to psychology and counseling, policy studies, history and culture, etc

Contact: helpdesk [at] onlineresearchjournals.org/IJAH

URL: onlineresearchjournals.org/IJAH

Announcement ID: 196421

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196421


Mapping the Occult City: Exploring Magick and Esotericism in the Urban Utopia

Location: Illinois

Date: 2012-08-27

Description: A pre-conference for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religions in Chicago, on Friday November 16, 2012, presented by Phoenix Rising Academy and DePaul      University. Phoenix Rising Academy would like to explore intersections of the esoteric and the urban, focusing on the city as a locus..

Contact: jwinslad [at] depaul.edu

URL: phoenixrising.org.gr/en/3932/

Announcement ID: 196399

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196399


“Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds” conference

Location: Indiana

Date: 2012-09-15

Description: Call for Papers “Ready for Democracy? Religion and Political Culture in the Orthodox and Islamic Worlds” conference ,br>at Indiana University Bloomington, February 28-March 2, 2013 The Russian and East European Institute at Indiana University invites advanced graduate students and recent PhDs (those …

Contact: reei [at]indiana.edu

Announcement ID: 196389

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196389


Infertility and Sacred Space: From Antiquity to the Early Modern

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: Concerns about fertility and children have been (and still are) common reasons for visiting, and more generally engaging with, the sacred spaces, sanctuaries and shrines, groves

and grottoes, of many religions and cultures. The narratives, objects, and rituals associated with places of particular access …

Contact: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk

URL: www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2078/

Announcement ID: 196497

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196497


Oct 15, 2012, deadline. Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World: Telos conference in New York City, Feb 16-17, 2013, New York

Date: 2012-10-15

CALL FOR PAPERS Religion and Politics in a Post-Secular World: The Sixth Annual Telos Conference in New York City, February 16-17, 2013 The 21st century has been marked by both events and reflections that have explicitly challenged the long-standing liberal project of maintaining a separation between …

Contact: dtpan@uci.edu

URL: www.telospress.com

Announcement ID: 196466

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196466


   Title: Christianity in the second century: themes and developments

   Date: 2013-03-20

   Description: Interdisciplinary workshop on the state of research

      on Christianity in the second century, involving scholars

      working in Classics, early Jewish studies as well as

      Christianity.  …

   Contact: conferences@crassh.cam.ac.uk

   URL: www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2067/

Announcement ID: 196487

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196487


CONFERENCES


The Asian Conference on Film & Documentary

Date: 2012-09-25

Description: The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is pleased to announce the Inaugural Annual Asian Conference on Film and Documentary 2012, to be held in Osaka, Japan, from 2-4 November 2012. The FilmAsia event is a remarkable cross-cultural and interdisciplinary discussion, …

Contact: filmasia [a] iafor.org

URL: filmasia.iafor.org/

Announcement ID: 196232

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196232


What it Means to be a Person – The Religious Philosophy of John Macmurray

Saturday 20th October 2012, 10.30am-4.30pm,

The Friends’ Meeting House, 43 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LW

more details at:

http://johnmacmurray.org/uncategorized/conference-2012.

The main address ‘Religion in Public: Macmurray on Religion and Politics’, will be by Esther McIntosh, Research fellow at the Faculty of Education and Theology, York St. John University, and author of ‘John Macmurray’s Religious Philosophy — What it means to be a Person’ (http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9780754651635), published last year. There will be a review of the book in our next Newsletter. There will also be a panel discussion on the increasing relevance of the work of John Macmurray in the 21st century.

http://johnmacmurray.org/uncategorized/conference-2012


Center for Islamic Studies National Conference

Location: Louisiana

Date: 2012-11-09

Description: The Center for Islamic Studies welcomes abstracts for paper presentations at the national conference in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Topics include, but not limited to, religion, role

of women in society, social issues, the arts, medical practices, believes, education, and more.

Contact: naaasconference [at] earthlink.net

URL: www.naaas.org/nationalconference.html

Announcement ID: 196301

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196301


Dear colleague,

The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) will hold its Annual Meeting on 25-26 October 2012 at the University of Groningen. The theme of the conference is “Religion and Social Cohesion: Challenges and Perspectives.” The Annual Meeting uses the 100th anniversary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912) as an opportunity to look critically at the concept of ‘social cohesion’ and the many, often conflicting ways in which scholars, politicians, and others have correlated religion to values of equality, solidarity, democracy, and tolerance (or their opposites) in contemporary Western societies. We want to raise the question whether religion(s) and discourses on religion(s) promote social cohesion or social conflict in multicultural and plural modern societies. The conference will combine sociological, anthropological, and historical approaches to the theme of social cohesion and will provide a contribution to the ongoing debates in Europe regarding the benefits and problems of religious convictions.

We are honoured to present two distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Lori Beaman, Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, University of Ottawa. Lecture: “The Trouble with Cohesion: Equality Models in Diverse Societies”

  • Prof. Anders Klostergaard Petersen, Department of Culture and Society – Study of Religion, University of Aarhus, Denmark. Lecture: “The Elementary Forms and

Social Cohesion: Reappraising the Durkheimian Legacy in the Study of Religion”

Registration for the conference is now open. For detailed information about registration, accomodation, and programme, please see the conference website at

http://godsdienstwetenschap.org/agenda_detail.php?agenda_id=47

For all questions pertaining to the conference organization, please contact Annet van der Meer (annetvdmeer@gmail.com ) who is the administrative officer for the conference.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


JOBS


Lecturer in Philosophy

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 31 August 2012

Further information: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFA164/lecturer-in-philosophy/


Associate Research Fellow in Palestinian Studies

Closing date 27th August 2012

http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/R11516.pdf


Research Fellow on Islamic Reformulations project

Closing date 18th September 2012

http://admin.exeter.ac.uk/personnel/jobs/R11517.pdf


University of California – Davis – Assistant Professor, Late Antique

Judaism

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44987>


University of California – Santa Cruz – Assistant Professor, Early

Modern and Modern South Asia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45001>


Harvard University – tenure-track position in modern Chinese

humanities

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44997>


University of California – Los Angeles – Tenure-Track Professor,

Early Modern/Modern Japanese history

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44914>


FELLOWSHIPS


Yale ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is accepting applications for the 2013-­-2014 ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Worship and the Arts. Scholars and practitioners whose work is in sacred music, liturgical/ritual studies or religion and the arts are invited to apply. This residential fellowship carries a stipend of up to $52,000 and housing is provided. Other benefits include travel and research funds, and offers the opportunity to teach. The ISM is particularly interested in considering applications from scholars and practitioners whose work lies outside of Western Christianity. For full details on the program, please visit http://www.yale.edu/ism/fellows/ or contact the ISM Fellows Coordinator at glen.segger [at] yale [dot] edu.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2012.


Title: Deadline approaching fast (August 17) for Duke Library

Fellowships in Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible

Location: North Carolina

Date: 2012-08-17

Description: The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the David M.

Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library would like to

remind scholars that the deadline for library fellowships in

Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible is fast approaching: August 17,

2012 for the 2012-2013 academic year. These fellowships benefit

s …

Contact: serena.elliott@duke.edu

URL: jewishstudies.duke.edu/resources/library-research-fellowships

Announcement ID: 196377

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196377


NETWORKS


Childhood Studies and Religion

New website and listserve that has been created titled Childhood Studies and Religion Discussion Group. It is sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, the main and largest venue for scholars of religion around the world, and allows you to post

Contact: ptcox [at] camden.rutgers.edu

URL: childhoodreligion.com/discussion.html

Announcement ID: 196459

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196459


H-Shukyo: H-Net Network on Japanese Religions

http://www.h-net.org/~shukyo/

H-Shukyo (the Japanese term for “religion”) is an international network dedicated to the scholarly discussion of Japanese religions. It is open to graduate students and professionals working

on the academic study of Japanese religions.

Japanese Religions: Japan has an unusually diverse religious landscape including not only different schools of Buddhism (such as Zen, Nichiren, Pure Land, and Shingon), but also Shinto, Confucianism, Christianity, and a host of so-called “Shinshukyo” or “New Religions.”

This list aims to focus on the discussion of these religions in their historical, philosophical and cultural contexts.

H-Shukyo will be a forum for the discussion of Japanese religions in general. It will host discussions of current scholarly issues, announce new research projects, and provide a place to post job announcements and reviews of recent publications in the field.


ISSNR: International Society for the Study of New Religions

New Religious Movements came into being as a distinct field of study in Western countries in the 1970s. Despite the many specialists working in this field, no international membership association was ever formed for scholars of New Religions. So in 2009, a group of individuals associated with Finyar – a Swedish association devoted to the study of New Religions – and other academicians took the initiative to form the International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR). Modeled on Finyar, ISSNR was created as a network association for the exchange of research and academic cooperation, and also as an organization that could provide scholarly information about New Religions to the public and to government bodies.

Members of ISSNR come from different academic disciplines and take different approaches to New Religions. A shared goal is the desire to highlight the phenomenon objectively and impartially on the basis of scholarly perspectives.

ISSNR cooperates with Equinox Publishing to publish an academic journal and a book series on New Religions. ISSNR also organizes seminars and conferences, and plans to manage research projects.

Become a member of ISSNR

Membership of ISSNR includes a subscription of IJSNR. The web site of ISSNR is not yet finished, but you find information on http://www.equinoxpub.com/IJSNR/user/subscriptions

IJSNR: International Journal for the Study of New Religions

IJSNR is published in cooperation between ISSNR and Equinox. IJSNR considers submissions from both established scholars and research students from all over the world. Articles should be written for a general scholarly audience. All articles are referred. IJSNR is published biannually in May and November. Each issue includes articles and a number of book reviews. The journal is published simultaneously in print and online.

The most recent issue of IJSNR  vol 3 (1) 2012: Special issue: New religions and dialogue.

“Editor´s Introduction” by guest editor Stephen E. Gregg

“Ecumenical with the Truth? Jehovah´s Witnesses and Dialogue” by George Chryssides

“Global and Solitary: Dialogue and the Unification Church” by Sarah Lewis

“Constructing Korea´s Won Buddhism as a New Religion: Self-differentiation and Inter-religious Dialogue” by Don Baker

“Poking Fun at the Pope: Anti-Catholic Dialogue, Performance and the Symbolic Construction of Identity in the International Raelian Movement” by Stephen E. Gregg

“Dialogue or Confrontation? New Religious Movements, Mainstream Religions and the State in Secular Estonia” by Ringo Ringvee

Reviews

International conference in Falun, Sweden, June 22nd to June 25th 2013

ISSNR will arrange a conference in Sweden in 2013 in cooperation with CESNUR and FINYAR. The information is not yet available on web sites, but write to professor Liselotte Frisk, lfi@du.se

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 August Edition

10 August 2012 Issueimage of books

We 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:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Jobs
  • Funding/Grants

And don’t forget, you can always get involved with the Religious Studies Project by writing one of our features essays or resources pages. Contact the editors for more information.


BOOKS

Sanctity and Self-Inflicted Violence in Chinese Religions, 1500-1700 – Jimmy Yu

Published by Oxford University Press.

In this illuminating study of a vital but long overlooked aspect of Chinese religious life, Jimmy Yu reveals that in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, self-inflicted violence was an essential and sanctioned part of Chinese culture. He examines a wide range of practices, including blood writing, filial body-slicing, chastity mutilations and suicides, ritual exposure, and self-immolation, arguing that each practice was public, scripted, and a signal of certain cultural expectations. Yu shows how individuals engaged in acts of self-inflicted violence to exercise power and to affect society, by articulating moral values, reinstituting order, forging new social relations, and protecting against the threat of moral ambiguity. Self-inflicted violence was intelligible both to the person doing the act and to those who viewed and interpreted it, regardless of the various religions of the period: Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, and other religions. Self-inflicted violence as a category reveals scholarly biases that tend to marginalize or exaggerate certain phenomena in Chinese culture. Yu offers a groundbreaking contribution to scholarship on bodily practices in late imperial China, challenging preconceived ideas about analytic categories of religion, culture, and ritual in the study of Chinese religions.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sanctity-Self-Inflicted-Violence-Religions-1500-1700/dp/0199844909


JOURNALS


Cambridge Anthropology, volume 30, issue 1 http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ca/


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Islamic Africa

Description: Islamic Africa covers the field of Islam in Africa broadly understood to include the social sciences and humanities. The journal considers submissions that focus on African Muslims in broader global contexts as well as research dealing with Muslim societies on the continent itself as well.

Contact: islamicafrica [at] northwestern.edu

URL: islamicafricajournal.org

H-Net Announcement ID: 196165

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196165


CFP: International Symposium: Islam in Interwar Europe and European Cultural History, Leiden University, 13-14 December 2012

Date: 2012-08-20

Description: We would like hereby to invite papers to the  international symposium: Islam in Interwar Europe and European  Cultural History, which will take place at Leiden University,   13-14 December 2012. For a detailed description please contact Mehdi Sajid: msajid [at] uni-bonn.de

H-Net Announcement ID: 196093

Further information: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196093


CFP: Aesthetics of Popular Culture

Date: 2012-09-10

Description: We encourage scholars with genuine interest in philosophy of art and popular culture to send a max. 250 word abstract for reviewing no later than September 10, 2012 (extended deadline). All schools of philosophy and aesthetic theory (pragmatism, hermeneutics, semiotics, phenomenology …

Contact: popularculture [at] vsvu.sk

URL: www.vsvu.sk/popularculture

H-Net  Announcement ID: 196103

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196103


CFP: Special Sessions, Gender in the Medieval Islamicate World (7th -15th centuries) and Slavery and Slave Systems in the Medieval Islamicate World (7th – 15th centuries)

International Congress on Medieval Studies, 9-12 May 2013 (W

Location: Michigan

Date: 2012-09-15

Description: The purpose of these sessions is to bring together scholars and research focused on gender, slavery and slave systems in Islamicate world between the 7th and 15th centuries. Papers are encouraged from all disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives and regions; including India, Asia, Africa …

Contact: len12 [at] case.edu

H-Net Announcement ID: 196111

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196111


Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

16th November 2012, Enterprise Centre, University of Derby

Within an era of a growing reliance on digital technologies to instantly and effectively express our values, allegiances, and multi-faceted identities, the interest in digital research methodologies among Sociologists of Religion comes as no surprise (e.g. Bunt 2009; Cantoni and Zyga 2007; Contractor 2012 and Ostrowski 2006; Taylor 2003). However the methodological challenges associated with such research have been given significantly less attention. What are the epistemological underpinnings and rationale for the use ‘digital’ methodologies? What ethical dilemmas do sociologists face, including while protecting participants’ interests in digital contexts that are often perceived as anonymised and therefore ‘safe’? Implementing such ‘digital’ research also leads to practical challenges such as mismatched expectations of IT skills, limited access to specialized tools, project management and remote management of research processes.

Hosted by the Centre for Society, Religion, and Belief at the University of Derby and funded by Digital Social Research, this conference will bring together scholars to critically evaluate the uses, impacts, challenges and future of Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion. We envisage that the conference will lead to an edited textbook and are currently in discussion with key publishers. For the purpose of the conference and textbook, digital research is broadly defined as research that either works within digital contexts or which uses either online or offline digital tools. Abstracts for papers that focus on one, or more, of the following themes are invited:

  1. Epistemological Positioning

  2. Ethical Dilemmas

  3. Implementation & Practical Challenges

  4. Wider impacts beyond Academia

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and contact details to Dr Sariya Contractor (s.contractor@derby.ac.uk<mailto:s.contractor@derby.ac.uk>) and Dr. Suha Shakkour (s.shakkour@derby.ac.uk<mailto:s.shakkour@derby.ac.uk>) by 5pm on Tuesday 28th August, 2012. We welcome submissions for Doctoral Candidates and Early Career Researchers. Shortlisted participants will be notified by 11th September 2012 and will be expected to submit summary papers (1000 words) by 1st November 2012 for circulation prior to the conference. A registration fee of £30 will apply for all speakers and delegates. A few travel bursaries are available for post-graduate students. Further details about the registration process will be circulated by mid-August.2012.

Dr Sariya Contractor

Project Researcher

Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality Project

Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences

University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

E-mail: S.Contractor@derby.ac.uk


The Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions: Peacebuilding, Conflict and Non-Violence in Indian Religious Traditions

The Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions will be held between 5th and 7th April, 2013, in Merton College, Oxford University, in conjunction with Religions for Peace and the Centre for Religions for Reconciliation and Peace, University of Winchester.  Abstracts are invited from academics from any relevant discipline, from peace builders and from those who have worked in conflict zones.  The conference will include papers, workshops and presentations. We welcome papers from any discipline dealing with any aspect of the topic. Selected papers will be published in a dedicated issue of Religions of South Asia (RoSA), and then edited as a collected volume.

In the post-9/11 world, religions and religious actors are more commonly associated with extremism and conflict than peace and harmony.  Much research has focused on the role religion plays in extremist violence, war and rioting.  Less attention has been paid to the role of religion in bringing an end to violence and in promoting reconciliation.  Religious ideologies and religious leaders can play an important role in resolving violent conflicts.  Research into peace building efforts would seem to suggest that Christian organisations have taken the initiative in practical projects.  This may reflect the limited coverage of the research but it does provide encouragement for a Conference exploring the role of South Asian and Indian religious traditions in peace building efforts.  The 2013 Spalding Symposium will address the different ways the contribution of religion to peacebuilding can be conceived, and explore the potential of Indian religious traditions as resources for values that promote peace. It will explore the role of religion in mobilising violence and promoting peace.

Religion, conflict and non-violence

The Symposium organisers understand the notion of conflict in its broadest sense, and as concerned with the underlying structural causes of conflict, such as social and economic injustices, religious and political repression, poverty and the suffering caused by a lack of basic rights and resources for dignified living. ‘Peace building’ we understand as encompassing a wide range of interventions designed to either prevent or transform conflict. Peace building therefore focuses on broader structural interventions such as state building, the strengthening of civil society, education, development work tackling poverty and social and economic injustices, as well as the processes of reconciliation vital to rebuilding resilient societies after a period of conflict.

We are interested in papers and workshops that:

·         promote understanding of the relationship between religion/culture and conflict, and between religious teachings and the promotion of empowerment and human rights;

·         examine the processes by which religious traditions can bring social, moral, and spiritual resources to the peace building process;

·         explore, emphasise and analyse resources in Indian religious and cultural traditions which promote values compatible with a global culture of peace and justice;

·         explore the ambivalence of tradition and show how interpretations of texts and traditions may be used to promote conflict at the level of the international community, the nation or locality;

·         analyse the concept of non-violence (ahimsa)  in the Jain, Hindu and Buddhist traditions, practices such as yoga, meditation, mindfulness  and religious values supporting rituals, healing, and reintegration processes;

·         explore different interpretations of texts like the Bhagavad-gita which appear to give divine sanction to war;

·         explore the role of colonialism in exacerbating or even creating communal tensions or divisions in India, or the more recent rise of Hindu nationalism and Islamic fundamentalism;

·         analyse the importance of Guru Gobind Singh’s founding of the Khalsa and the Sikh principle of miri/piri;

·         explore reformist attempts by reformers such as Swami Vivekananda, Mahatma Gandhi and Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar to ameliorate the divisive issues of caste, class, sexuality, ageism, poverty, racism, and injustice;

·          analyse practical projects and initiatives which have a positive impact on communities and individuals affected by conflict;

·         use religious resources to promote policies and decisions in the political sphere that further peace, or which lessen violence and encourage dialogue in troubled areas of the world;

·         analyse the visions of religious leaders which inspire movements towards peace or which stir up religious nationalism and communalism;

·         report on projects which encourage intra- and inter-religious dialogue and praxis;

·         explore critically the theoretical perspectives of professional academics which examine inequality and injustice (e.g. post-colonial, Marxist, feminist, subaltern);

·         report on projects which bring together academics, peace practitioners and religious groups to explore topics related to reconciliation and religious peace building.

Please send abstracts to Anna King anna.king@winchester.ac.uk<

mailto:anna.king@winchester.ac.uk>

By 30th October 2012


JOBS


Research Fellow – University of Aberdeen

University of Aberdeen -School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

(DHP003R)

College / University Administration: College of Arts & Social Sciences

Position Type: Full-time

University Grade Structure: Grade 6

Salary From: £30,122  Salary To: £35,938

Further information: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEX580/research-fellow/


Title: EHRI Fellowships in Holocaust Studies 2013

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure)

invites applications for its fellowship programme for 2013. 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@ifz-muenchen.de

URL: www.ehri-project.eu/fellowships

Announcement ID: 196045

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196045


University of Richmond – Assistant Professor Anthropology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44902>


University of Washington – Seattle – History of the Islamic World

before 1900 and Modern Middle Eastern History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44911>


FUNDING/GRANTS


British Academy

The British Academy has just announced info about its key calls for the 2012-13 academic year.

British Academy – 2012-13 deadlines

The British Academy also lists these deadlines on its website.


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We 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:

  • Books
  • Calls for Papers
  • Jobs
  • Journals
  • Grants
  • Courses

 


BOOKS


Nicholas Campion

‘Astrology and Popular Religion in the Modern West’

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409435143


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Title: The Rural Believer in the Eighteenth Century (ASECS,

Cleveland, OH 2013)

Location: Ohio

Date: 2012-09-15

Description: “The Rural Believer in the Eighteenth Century”

(Sponsored by the Society of Early Americanists) (American

Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies Annual Meeting,

Cleveland, Ohio April 4-7, 2013) This panel will explore

eighteenth-century religious experience and narrative beyond

urban centers. We inv …

Contact: Joy.Howard@SJU.edu

URL: asecs.press.jhu.edu/

Announcement ID: 195950

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195950


Call for Papers- Contemporary Islam- Special special issue

on Ahmadiyya Muslims

Date: 2012-09-10

Description: As Founding Editor of Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of

Muslim Life I would like to invite you to submit an abstract

for the special issue on Ahmadiyya Muslims. If you are

interested in contributing to this special issue, please note

that the deadline for the Abstract is 10 September 2012. If

your abs …

Contact: g.marranci@gmail.com

URL: marranci.net

Announcement ID: 196058

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196058


Title: Apocalyptic Turn

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: Call for publications: Contributions wanted for a an

upcoming volume of the “Post-apocalyptic Studies” series called

“Apocalyptic turn”. The editors are searching for

interdisciplinary scientific approaches to the topic “Why is

there such big interest in the possible end of the world?” –

especially …

Contact: cfp@postapocalyptic-studies.de

URL: postapocalypse.simulationsraum.de/

Announcement ID: 196052

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196052


Call for Papers: Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion 16th November 2012, Enterprise Centre, University of Derby

Organised by the Centre for Society, Religion & Belief (SRB), University of Derby Funded by Digital Social Research (DSR)

Within an era of a growing reliance on digital technologies to instantly and effectively express our values, allegiances, and multi-faceted identities, the interest in digital research methodologies among Sociologists of Religion comes as no surprise (e.g. Bunt 2009; Cantoni and Zyga 2007; Contractor 2012 and Ostrowski 2006; Taylor 2003). However the methodological challenges associated with such research have been given significantly less attention. What are the epistemological underpinnings and rationale for the use ‘digital’ methodologies? What ethical dilemmas do sociologists face, including while protecting participants’ interests in digital contexts that are often perceived as anonymised and therefore ‘safe’?

Implementing such ‘digital’ research also leads to practical challenges such as mismatched expectations of IT skills, limited access to specialized tools, project management and remote management of research processes.

Hosted by the Centre for Society, Religion, and Belief at the University of Derby and funded by Digital Social Research, this conference will bring together scholars to critically evaluate the uses, impacts, challenges and future of Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion. We envisage that the conference will lead to an edited textbook and are currently in discussion with key publishers.

For the purpose of the conference and textbook, digital research is broadly defined as research that either works within digital contexts or which uses either online or offline digital tools. Abstracts for papers that focus on one, or more, of the following themes are

invited:

  1. Epistemological Positioning

  2. Ethical Dilemmas

  3. Implementation & Practical Challenges 4. Wider impacts beyond Academia

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and contact details to Dr Sariya Contractor (s.contractor@derby.ac.uk) and Dr. Suha Shakkour (s.shakkour@derby.ac.uk) by 5pm on Tuesday 28th August, 2012. Shortlisted participants will be notified by 11th September 2012 and will be expected to submit summary papers (1000

words) by 1st November 2012 for circulation prior to the conference. A registration fee of £30 will apply for all speakers and delegates. A few travel bursaries are available for post-graduate students. Further details about the registration process will be circulated by mid-August.2012.


Call for Proposals: Myth and Religion in German Expressionism

“Metaforms” is soliciting articles for upcoming volumes on special topics.

Please consider submitting essays to the following volume: Myth and

Religion in German Expressionism

| Deadline for Abstracts: Oct. 1, 2012

| Contact: Almut-Barbara Renger (renger@zedat.fu-berlin.de) & ISGRL

(holy_lit@web.de).

Despite a strong, Enlightenment-driven trend toward increased

secularization across German-speaking culture, literature continued to

exhibit various religious forms and manifestations after 1900.

Alongside critical examinations of religious traditions and a general air

of skepticism, one also finds a genuine spirit of rediscovery and

revitalization of a spectrum of religious heritages passed down from

antiquity. From roughly 1910 to 1925 the broad movement identified as

German Expressionism is saturated with metaphors and motifs drawn from

religious traditions, for example: ideas of fate, destiny, and the holy;

plots of sacrifice, suffering, and redemption; allusions to the sacred and

the mystical; and aspirations for messianic heroism. Expressionist

experiments frequently viewed art in religious terms and thereby

recalibrated aesthetic experience as an abandonment to some kind of

spiritual, sublime energy. A deep commitment to the irrational,

unpredictable, and often frightening aspects of the human or world soul

drove writers and artists to shatter bourgeois expectations and

complacency.

To read the full call for proposals, see the attachment (also

http://www.brill.nl/publications/metaforms , under All Titles – Related

files, the page that opens first).


JOBS


Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project: Second Millennium BC Academic

Supervisor: Dr Kasia Szpakowska

Two fully-funded PhD studentships form part of a three-year research project

funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project:

Second Millennium BC.

Demons abound in the media today-from tales of possession to the labeling of

political policies as demonic, to the channelling of spirits for healing.

Some of the most prevalent rituals in the ancient and modern world are those

designed to target demons and those that call upon their superhuman power

for benefit. But thus far, there has been no comprehensive systematic study

of benevolent and malevolent demonic entities in Ancient Egypt. This

project, Demonology 2K, applies Second Millennium AD technology to create a

classification and ontology of those supernatural entities we will call

demons, and the means used to harness their powers in Ancient Egypt during

the Second Millennium BC. The approach combines archaeological,

iconographic, and philological analysis of specific material,

representational, and textual evidence. The research is data-driven, and

includes the development of an interactive collaborative database and

website. This project illuminates the darker and more private side of

Ancient Egyptian religion that impacted daily lives, driving individuals to

perform rituals and to access divine beings, with or without priestly

assistance.

The PhD studentships are available from 2 January 2013. Applicants must

have:

demonstrated Egyptological expertise

ability to work with both texts and artefacts familiarity with and desire to

study Middle to New Kingdom religion reading knowledge of German and French

Digital expertise will be integral to one of the studentships detailed

below. Please provide details in your statement of interest of experience of

working with:

relational databases

quantification

Web 2.0 (interactive websites, blogs, virtual spaces) multimedia

Both Ph.D.’s are based in the Department of History and Classics, College of

Arts and Humanities. The successful candidate will join a vigorous and

friendly postgraduate community supported by theGraduate Centre for Arts and

Humanities at Swansea University. The Academic Supervisor will be Dr. Kasia

Szpakowska, a specialist in Ancient Egyptian private religious practice and

co-founder of the international Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.

Applicants must have an MA or equivalent qualification, obtained or due to

be obtained by October 2012, in any relevant discipline.

Preliminary application materials consist of

academic CV

1-2 page expression of interest (include why you are interested, a bit about

your background and how you fulfil the brief) research proposal (no more

than 1200 words or 5 pages) focussing on one of the areas (or both if you

have no preference) referee information (names, contact details, and emails

of 2 referees)

To submit materials or for more information please contact Kasia Szpakowska,

(K.Szpakowska@swansea.ac.uk). Please note that I will be on annual leave

6-15 and 27-31 August and will not be able to respond to emails.

Eligibility: Home/EU students

Closing date: 17 September 2012


International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, University

Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany – Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships –

Call for Applications

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44801>


Boston College – 2013-2014 Corcoran Visiting Chair in

Christian-Jewish Relations

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44853>


Leibniz Institute of European History – Wissenschaftliche/r

Mitarbeiter/in (Islamwissenschaft / Islamische Studien / Islamische

Theologie)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44825>


 

The advertisements for a postdoctoral researcher in South Asian / Buddhist studies and a research assistant in social movements based at NUIM (Ireland) are now available online at http://www.publicjobs.ie/publicjobs/ (search under “Education” and “Academic”) and at http://humanresources.nuim.ie/vacancies.shtml

The successful candidates will be part of a team researching the life of U Dhammaloka, a Dublin-born migrant worker who became an activist monk in early C20th Burma, other Irish figures in the Asian Buddhist Revival with their transnational organisational links and the wider world of working-class western Buddhists. The postdoctoral researcher will be exploring Indian and Sri Lankan archives while the research assistant will be attempting to identify U Dhammaloka’s pre-Buddhist past as a plebeian activist in the US. This funded project, “Early western Buddhists in Asia: transnational lives, hidden histories, colonial encounters”, is associated with a wider 3-year research project on other aspects of U Dhammaloka and early western Buddhists in Asia. Further background is available on http://buddhistcrossroads.wordpress.com/presenters-at-the-conference/research-posts-for-the-u-dhammaloka-project/

Full details of job requirements and how to apply are on the websites listed above. For informal enquiries please feel free to contact me (but by Monday 6th August as I will then be on holiday until close to the deadline). We plan to hold interviews (by phone or skype for candidates not currently based in Ireland) in the week starting 3 September. The successful applicants must start work by 1 October (this is a condition of the funding).


University of Exeter

Modern Middle Eastern History

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEU702/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-modern-middle-eastern-history-education-and-research/

Cultural Studies of the Muslim World

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEU764/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-cultural-studies-of-the-muslim-world/

Middle East Politics

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEU756/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-middle-east-politics-and-international-relations-eandr/

Arabic and Islamic Studies

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEU758/lecturer-senior-lecturer-in-arabic-and-islamic-studies/


JOURNALS


I am pleased to announce that the July 2012 issue of “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” is now available to download from the following links:

http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/free-pdf.html

http://issuu.com/paranthropology/docs/paranthropologyvol3no3

http://www.scribd.com/doc/100919149/Paranthropology-Vol-3-No-3

This edition features:

“A Paradigm Breaking Hypothesis for Solving the Mind-Body Problem” – Bernardo Kastrup

“Psychic Surgery as a “Breaking Frame”: Ethnographic Observations of a London Based Psychic Surgeon” – Lara Bauer

“Tylor and Neo-Tylorian Approaches to the Study of Religion: Re-Evaluating an Important Lineage in the Theorisation of Religion” – Liam Sutherland

“Child Witches: From Imaginary Cannibalism to Ritual Abuse in London” – Leo Ruickbie

“The Shamanic Flight of the Soul: Visiting Other Worlds” – Erwin Rooijakkers

“Entheogenic Spirituality and Gender in Australia” – Joseph Gelfer

Print editions will be available within 2-3 weeks.


GRANTS


Title: Contract Review Grant for First-Time Textbook Authors

Description: The Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) is

offering grants to cover the cost of hiring an intellectual

property attorney to provide assistance in negotiating a

textbook contract. Members can apply for grants of up to $1,000

and non-members can apply for grants of up to $250. The grants

are l …

Contact: Richard.Hull@taaonline.net

URL: www.taaonline.net/publication_grants/textbook.html

Announcement ID: 195880

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195880

Title: TAA Academic Publication Grants

Description: The Text and Academic Authors Association (TAA) is

offering grants to cover expenses incurred in publishing print

academic journal articles and books including academic journal

page costs or university press subventions; the cost of

preparing artwork or other charts, diagrams, or images to be

includ …

Contact: richard.hull@taaonline.net

URL: www.taaonline.net/publication_grants/academic.html

Announcement ID: 195881

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195881


COURSES


St Philip’s Centre is an ecumenical foundation in Leicester with over 6 years’ experience delivering inter faith courses and community engagement projects. It is one of 4 national Presence & Engagement centres set in Bradford, Leicester, Birmingham and London. Leicester is the most multi religious city outside London. The Centre’s patron is The Most Revd. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury.

1. St Philips Centre Leicester offer Part-Time Post Graduate Courses in Inter Religious Relations, validated by De Montfort University.

Choose from Certificate, Diploma and MA courses studies part-time over 1 or 2 years. Places are still available for our September 2012 intake.

Internship opportunities are available through the Centre’s links with establishments in India and Sweden.

Contact the Registrar for further details of fees and modules. Call 0116 273 3459 or email admin@stphilipscentre.co.uk

2. Exercising Senior Christian Leadership in a Multi Faith Society – Tuesday 18th September 2012 and Thursday 21st February 2013

St Philip’s Centre Leicester offers a One Day Course for Christian Leaders of all denominations to challenge and inspire fresh thinking across a range of inter faith areas. £140 including lunch and resource books(The cost of this course is usually covered by the respective ecumenical partners). Call 0116 273 3459 or email admin@stphilipscentre.co.uk

3. Presence & Engagement in a Multi Faith World – Thursday 11th, 18th & 25th October 2012 and Tuesday 26th-Thursday 28th February 2013

A three day training course for Christians of all denominations examining Christian mission and identity within a multi faith society including visits to key places of worship in Leicester.

The total cost is £120 including lunches and refreshments (Some funding may be available). Call 0116 273 3459 or email admin@stphilipscentre.co.uk

4. ‘Non Stop Turmoil or Global Spring?’ One Day Conference Saturday 3rd November 2012 10am – 4pm Venue: St Philip’s Church, Evington Road, Leicester LE2 1HN

Hosted by St Philip’s Centre’s Christian Muslim Dialogue Group and led by Jim Kenney, visionary and ‘big picture’ thinker. This one day conference is a chance for Muslims and Christians to explore contemporary religious and spiritual values and help shape the future. Tickets £10 including vegetarian lunch. Call 0116 273 3459 or email admin@stphilipscentre.co.uk

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In this issue:

  • Calls for Papers
  • Conference Announcements
  • Jobs
  • Resources
  • Workshops

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion, 2nd Annual Symposium

Call for Papers

The 2012 Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion symposium will explore the theme: Religion and Citizenship: Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Religion and the Secular.

The symposium is organised by Socrel, the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, with funding from the Higher Education Academy, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Subject Centre. Last year’s inaugural symposium was over-subscribed and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Keynote speaker: Dr Nasar Meer, Northumbria University

Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Date:  13 December 2012

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Religions today are implicated in a wide variety of publics. From contests over the environment and democracy to protests against capitalism, religions remain important factors in political and public life across diverse, and interconnected, global contexts. A variety of diverse responses have been articulated to the so-called ‘return of religion’ in the public sphere, drawing into question relations between the religious, the non-religious and the secular. As scholars have developed new theoretical understandings of the terms of these debates and questioned how these are bound up with cultural conceptualizations of citizenship, education – in schools, universities and less formal educational contexts – has often been a site where contestations of the religious and the secular have been acutely felt.

The aim of this symposium is to consider the interrelation between conceptions of the religious, the secular, citizenship and education, and to explore how these issues affect the study of religion in higher education. We hope to attract presentations of sufficient quality to lead to an edited publication.

The day will be highly participative and engaged. The symposium will be organised as a single stream so that the day is as much about discussion as it is about presentation, and therefore the number of formal papers will be limited.

Papers are invited from students, teachers, and researchers in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, geography, theology, history, psychology, political science, religious studies and others where religion is taught and studied. Empirical, methodological, and theoretical papers are welcomed.

Presenters will circulate a five-page summary of their paper before the day so that all participants can come prepared for discussion. Presentations will last 10 minutes and will be structured into three sessions, each followed by a discussant drawing out key points. The day will conclude with a discussant-led, focused panel discussion.

Key questions to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

What are the relationships between the religious, the secular and the public sphere, and how do these affect the study of religion, in both universities and schools?

How do different historical constructions of religion and secularity shape understandings of the civil sphere and citizenship, and what are the implications of this for the study of religion?

Does the increased public visibility of religion in national and global contexts affect how we study it?

What is the role of religious education (school and/or university) in forming citizens and shaping understandings of citizenship?

Are there distinct regional, national or international conceptions of the secular?

Are there distinct regional, national or international conceptions of citizenship?

How do different disciplines approach and study these conceptions, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches?

Abstracts of 200 words are invited by September 15 2012. Please send these to: Dr Paul-François Tremlett p.f.tremlett@open.ac.uk

Costs: £36.00 for BSA/SocRel members; £45.00 for non-members; £20.00 for SocRel/BSA Postgraduate members; £25.00 for Postgraduate non-members.


 

CALL FOR PAPERS:

SOCIOLOGY OF ISLAM JOURNAL (BRILL)

Winter 2013 Volume 1

ISSN: 2213-140x E-ISSN: 2213-1418

The Sociology of Islam Journal (www.brill.nl/soi) invites article submissions for the first issue, which will be published in the Fall of 2012.

We are delighted to announce the founding of the peer-reviewed, academic journal, the Sociology of Islam (SOI) to be published by Brill once a year beginning in the Fall of 2012. Since Max Weber’s groundbreaking research on the sociology of religion, sociologists have grappled with aspects of religion both at the theoretical and empirical levels. While an increasing number of social scientists, particularly in recent decades, have employed innovative sociological frameworks for the study of Islam, this promising sub-discipline has so far lacked its own academic journal. The Sociology of Islam is intended to bridge this gap by functioning as an academic forum for the publication of innovative contributions to the study of Islam and Muslim societies. For the first issue of Sociology of Islam, we welcome article contributions that address theoretical dimensions of the sociology of Islam and Muslim societies. Submissions for this issue are expected to explore the importance of the sociology of Islam and the influential contributions, current trends and future prospects, and the competing sociological frameworks that apply to the study of Islam. Please email your draft article of 7000-10,000 words by no later than Monday October 3rd. The deadline for submissions to the first issue is October 3rd.

The sub-themes for the first issue are the following:

· Islamic Movements and Parties

· Islam and Capitalism/Neoliberalism

· Islam and Secularism

· Islam and Orientalism/Neo-Orientalism

· Sociology of Religion

· Social and Political Transformations in Muslim Societies

If you need further information, please do not hesitate contact us:

Contact: Tugrul Keskin or Gary Wood

Editor Email: sociologyofislam@yahoo.com

Our book review editors are:

Mustafa Gurbuz (mustafa.gurbuz@uconn.edu) and

Joshua D. Hendrick (jdhendrick@loyola.edu)

Best to all,

Gary Wood, Najm al-Din Yousefi and Tugrul Keskin


32nd ISSR Conference

RETHINKING COMMUNITY

RELIGIOUS CONTINUITIES AND MUTATIONS IN LATE MODERNITY

Turku-Åbo, Finland, 27-30 June, 2013

Conference website:

http://www.sisr-issr.org/English/Conferences/Conferences.htm

Call for papers:

http://www.sisr-issr.org/English/Newsletters/Network%20%28PDF%20and%20Word%29/Network%2043.pdf

Deadlines: October 31st 2012:

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions (STS) and

Working Groups (WGT), to be sent to the SESSION ORGANISER(S)

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions of the New

Researchers Forum (NRF) and Miscellaneous papers (MPL) for the NRF, to

be sent to the Session Organiser

-Abstracts of Miscellaneous Papers (MPL) to be sent to the GENERAL SECRETARY

Financial support available.

The conference languages are English and French.

Important notice: Organisers of Thematic Sessions (STS) and Working

Groups (WGT) and Presenters of papers have to be members of the

International Society for the Sociology of Religions (ISSR). Each

participant may only present one paper at the conference.

Submission details available in the full call for papers:

http://www.sisr-issr.org/English/Newsletters/Network%20%28PDF%20and%20Word%29/Network%2043.pdf


Title: CFP: The Future of Holocaust Studies

Date: 2012-11-16

Description: CFP: The Future of Holocaust

Studieshttp://thefutureofholocauststudies.wordpress.com/

Southampton and Winchester 29-31 July 2013 As we approach the

70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps in 2014 and

2015, the era of the living witnesses to the events of the

Holocaust is drawing to a close. …

Contact: thefutureofholocauststudies@gmail.com

URL: thefutureofholocauststudies.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 195786

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195786


Title: Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013

Date: 2012-12-01

Description: ACERP 2013 is to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at

the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Osaka, Japan. CONFERENCE THEME:

“Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma” Being

connected through social networking sites has become an

accepted form of communication in today’s digitalized world.

People can s …

Contact: acerp@iafor.org

URL: acerp.iafor.org/

Announcement ID: 195712

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195712


Title: 3rd Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century

(March 2013: Lisbon, Portugal)

Date: 2013-03-07

Description: 3rd Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st

Century Thursday 7th March Saturday 9th March 2013 Lisbon,

Portugal Call for Presentations: The contemporary study of

spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have

come not only from the more traditional areas of religious

scholarshipth …

Contact: s21-3@inter-disciplinary.net

URL:

www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/spirituality-in-the-21st-century/call-for-papers/

Announcement ID: 195722

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195722


CONFERENCES


 

INFORM Seminar XLIX

CHANGING BELIEFS AND SCHISMS

IN NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 1 December 2012

 

http://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/mapsAndDirections/howToGetToLSE.htm

To register: WE ARE NOW TAKING PAYPAL BOOKINGS: www.inform.ac/seminar-payment

(Inform@lse.ac.uk; 020 7955 7677).

Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 12 November 2012 cost £38 each (£18 students/unwaged).

NB. Tickets booked after 12 November 2012 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged).

 

A limited number of seats will be made available to A-Level students at £10 before 12 November 2012 (£20 after 12 November). A party of 5 or more A-Level students from one school can include one member of staff at the same price.

PROVISIONAL PROGRAMME

The presence of speakers on an Inform programme does not mean that Inform endorses their position.

The aim of Inform Seminars is to help participants to understand, or at least recognise, different perspectives.

For Inform’s codes of practice see www.Inform.ac

9.30-9.50 Registration and coffee

9.50-10.00 Welcome and Introduction

10.00-10.25 Eileen Barker (Professor Emeritus, LSE; Chair & Honorary Director, Inform)

“Re-vision and Division in New Religions: Some Introductory Remarks”

10.25-10.50 Claire Borowik (Co-Director of the Worldwide Religious News Service, and member of The Family International)

“The Family International: Rebooting for the Future”

10.50-11.15 J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History at Baylor University)

“When Science Intervenes—Revising Claims in the New Age”

11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-12.10 Pat Ryan and Joe Kelly (International Cultic Studies Association; ex-members of TM and Society of Divine Love)

“Transcendental Meditation and Swami Prakashananda Saraswati”

12.10-12.35 Susan Palmer (Lecturer in Religious Studies, Dawson College / Concordia University)

“Dr. Malach Z. York’s Spiritual Divagations”

12.35-13.00 Masoud Banisadr (PhD in chemical engineering and engineering mathematics, and former member of MEK)

“The Metamorphism of MEK (Mujahedin e Khalgh) and its Schism”

13.00-14.00 Lunch

14.00-14.25 James Tong (Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles)

“The Re-Invented Wheel: Revisioning and Diversification in the Falun Gong, 1992-2012”

14.25-14.50 Mike Mickler (Professor of Church History, Unification Theological Seminary)

“The Post-Sun Myung Moon Unification Church”

14.50-15.15 Eugene Clay (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Arizona State University)

“Mother of God Derjavnaja / The New Cathar Church”

15.15-15.45 Tea

15.45-16.10 Eugene Gallagher (Rosemary Park Professor of Religious Studies, Connecticut College)

“The Branch Davidians”

16.10-16.35 Massimo Introvigne (Lawyer and Managing Director of CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions), Turin)

“Mormon Origins – Revisionism or Re-Interpretation?”

16.35-17.15 Panel Discussion

Please access the attached hyperlink for an important electronic communications disclaimer: http://lse.ac.uk/emailDisclaimer


JOBS


Carnegie Mellon University – Tenure-track position in Anthropology

and History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44762>


Freiburg University – 8 Doctoral Positions, available from 1 December

2012

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44760>


University of Saskatchewan – Special Lecturer, Islamic Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44778>


Washington University in St. Louis – Assistant Professor, Modern

Arabic Literature and Culture

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44766>


Bar Ilan University – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Polish Jewish

History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44763>


University of Saskatchewan – Instructor, South / Southeast Asian

Buddhism

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44777>


Job offer

Where?

Collaborative Research Centre (SFB) 980 „Episteme in Motion. Transfer of

Knowledge from the Ancient World to the Early Modern Period“ in Berlin,

Germany (www.sfb-episteme.de)

How long for?

Postdoc; fixed-term contract, ending 30 June, 2016 (E 13 TV-L FU)

Job description:

The candidate is requested to analyze ancient texts on ascetic ways of

life, with special regard to modes of personal and non-personal knowledge

transfer. The texts are to be explored with a focus on the main research

questions of the SFB. The successful candidate is expected to contribute

to the teamwork within the SFB network.

Requirements:

Ph.D. in Religious Studies, Comparative Literature, Classics, History or a

comparable subject

Assets:

Willingness to engage in intense interdisciplinary collaboration within

the SFB network. Beneficial would be experience in Cultural Studies and

Literary Studies.

To apply, please send all relevant materials (cover letter, CV, etc.) and

a short statement of motivation until 30.07.2012 to Prof. Dr. Almut

Barbara Renger. Please indicate job-reference SFB980/2012/C02/Postdoc.


International Consortium for Research in the Humanities, University

Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany – Postdoctoral and Senior Fellowships –

Call for Applications

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44801>


  1. LECTURER (specialism open)/ ACADEMIC ADVISOR (Partnerships)

Full Time Permanent

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is seeking to appoint

a highly qualified and research active academic to work as part of the

Departmental Partnerships Team, which is responsible for overseeing an

expanding area of collaborative provision. The post-holder will also

be expected to deliver high quality teaching and research supervision

in their area of specialism as a full member of a large and thriving

academic department. The post is open to candidates with any area of

specialism within Theology and Religious Studies; applicants with

expertise in New Testament, Christian Theology, Church History or

Jewish Studies are especially welcome.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD in a discipline of Theology

and Religious Studies with a record of research and publications

commensurate with his or her experience.  He or she will have a sound

understanding of QA and academic processes as they relate to

collaborative provision, be highly motivated and resourceful, and have

a demonstrable ability in academic administration.

Further details here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/14483

  1. Lecturer in Christian Studies, fixed Term Contract until September

2013 (0.5fte)

The Department of Theology and Religious Studies is seeking to appoint

a highly qualified and research active academic to develop new

undergraduate programmes in Church Schools Studies and Religious

Literacy. The post-holder will also be expected to deliver high

quality teaching and research supervision in their area of specialism

as a full member of a large and thriving academic Department. Research

areas relevant to the post might include Religious Education, Public

Theology, Practical Theology, Contextual Theology, or Religious

Studies with a focus on Christianity.

The successful applicant will hold a PhD or Professional Doctorate in

a discipline of Theology and Religious Studies with a record of

research and publications commensurate with his or her experience.  He

or she will have the ability to contribute to programme development

and curriculum design, be highly motivated and resourceful, and have a

demonstrable ability in academic administration.

Further details here: http://www.chester.ac.uk/node/14480


RESOURCES


Dear colleagues

With Religion and Society programme ‘impact’ funding we have made six digital stories about how children (aged between 6 and 13) learn to be Muslims. This is a spin-off from our grant ‘Religious nurture in Muslim families’ and the stories are primarily for use in education. We had primary and secondary schools in mind, but they could also spark discussion in university classes, so feel free to use them and pass them on to other.

The digital stories can be found here:

http://vimeo.com/channels/learningtobeamuslim

An accessible summary of project findings can be found here:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/research/researchprojects/religiousnurture/publications/research%20findings.pdf

Best wishes

Jonathan Scourfield


WORKSHOPS


Title: Identity, Religion and Ethnicity: New Patterns, Realities,

and Pitfalls, 29 November 2012, Istanbul

Date: 2012-08-10

Description: Identity, Religion and Ethnicity are three terms

interrelated and become all important issues in the European

Union and its neighbourhood. The socio-economic transformations

of societies resulting from immigration and emigration of

people, mindsets, symbols are forcing the change on identity

and cit …

Contact: erkan.toguslu@soc.kuleuven.be

URL: www.gcis-kuleuven.com/workshops/

Announcement ID: 195741

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195741


Title: Workshop on the Reception of Josephus by Jews and

Christians from Late Antiquity to 1750

Date: 2013-01-07

Description:  Applications are invited to participate in this

workshop to be held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish

Studies on January 7-8 2013. Bursaries to cover travel expenses

and accommodation will be available for selected participants.

The workshop will be the first in a series as part of a proje

Contact: registrar@ochjs.ac.uk

URL: www.ochjs.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 195818

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195818

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15 June 2012 Issue

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In this issue:

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  • Jobs
  • Events
  • Calls for Papers
  • Studentships
  • Resources

 


JOURNALS


Approaching Religion

Vol. 2/ 1 (June, 2011)

Theme: The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe

Available at: http://ojs.abo.fi/index.php/ar/issue/view/20

Contributors:

Grace Davie, Phil Zuckerman, Teemu Taira, Thomas Zenk, Teuvo Laitila, Tiina Mahlamäki, Gavin Hyman, Mattias Martinson, Stuart McAnulla, Stephen Bullivant, Lise Kanckos, Mikko Sillfors.

AR is published by the Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History in Åbo, Finland. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within the field. The journal appears twice a year and consists of articles and book reviews. It addresses an international readership and, as the title suggests, approaches the field of religion from a broad perspective, engaging contributors from different theoretical and methodological traditions.


Contributions to Indian Sociology

Special Issue: Suicide in South Asia: Ethnographic perspectives:

1 February 2012; Vol. 46, No. 1-2

Available online at:          http://cis.sagepub.com/content/vol46/issue1-2/?etoc


Journal of Religion in Japan 1:2 2012

Articles

  • Inoue Nobutaka

Media and New Religious Movements in Japan

  • Galen Amstutz

Materiality and Spiritual Economies in Premodern Japanese Buddhism: A

Problem in Historical Change

  • Ugo Dessì

Religion, Hybrid Forms, and Cultural Chauvinism in Japan

Book Reviews

  • Erica Baffelli, Ian Reader and Birgit Staemmler (eds.), Japanese

Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation and Authority,

by Elisabetta Porcu

  • John Breen and Mark Teeuwen, A New History of Shinto, by Jakub Havlíček

  • Charlotte Eubanks, Miracles of Book and Body: Buddhist Textual

Culture and Medieval Japan, by Matthew McMullen

More information on the Journal of Religion in Japan (aims and scope,

editorial board etc.) can be found here: http://www.brill.nl/jrj


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS


ESSWE Magic Thesis Workshop

A one-day workshop for graduate and postgraduate students organised by ESSWE in conjunction with the Chair for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam, on Friday 6 July 2012.

Throughout the day, international scholars from varying perspectives (cultural, intellectual, history of science) will present papers, discuss issues around framing research questions, and reflect on the importance of developing the skills necessary to successfully carry out research. This workshop will provide an opportunity for graduate and postgraduate students to engage with specialists in the history of ancient, early modern and modern magic, and other subjects more broadly based in the field of Western Esotericism.

It should be stressed that while the focus of our three specialist speakers is on magic, time will be available for students to interact with the scholars and discuss more general strategies for research, such as the issues of definitions, typologies, disciplinary boundaries and interdisciplinarity, questions of primary and secondary sources, publication, networking and other practical matters of a scholarly life. The chronological focus will not be restricted to the Early Modern period, but will range from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century.

Doors open for registration at 10:30 and the event begins at 11:00.

Presentations by guest speakers

11:10-11:50 > Dr Bernd-Christian Otto (University of Erfurt): Magic in Antiquity

11:50-12:30 > Dr Gyorgy Szonyi (University of Szeged): Magic in Early Modern Europe

12:30-13:10 > Dr Henrik Bogdan (University of Gothenburg): Magic in Modernity

Students have the opportunity to discuss practical research issues with the following scholars, in addition to the speakers: Jean-Pierre Brach, Peter Forshaw, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, Wouter Hanegraaff, Boaz Huss, Andreas Kilcher, Birgit Menzel, Marco Pasi, Mark Sedgwick, Demetrius Waarsenburg & Helmut Zander.

A roundtable discussion focussed on specific themes (15:30-16:30)

Definitions & Typologies: issues of terminology, reification, essentialism, actors’ categories

Boundary Work: Magic, Science and/or Religion, Hybridity

Magic & Culture (Elite, Court, Popular)

16:30 Workshop Close, followed by wine and nibbles.

Please note: this is a free event. Venue: Bijzondere Collecties, Oude Turfmarkt 129, Amsterdam

For more details, or to book a place, contact Sara Mulder: hermetica-fgw@uva.nl

Date(s): July 06, 2012
Location: Amsterdam
Address: Special Collections (Bijzondere Collecties) of the University of Amsterdam

Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam

PO Box 94436, 1090 GK Amsterdam

The Netherlands


Wednesday 4 July – University of Manchester: 10am – 3.30pm

Monday 16 July – Avonmouth House London: 10am – 3.30pm

Friday 20 July – Edinburgh (venue tbc): 10am – 3.30pm

The AHRC is holding three open events focussing on our current themes: Care for the Future, Digital Transformations, Science in Culture, Translating Cultures, and the Connected Communities Programme.

The aim of the events is to provide background information about the development of the themes and activity to date, to consult on the future shape of the themes, including funding calls, and to provide attendees with an opportunity to discuss research ideas of potential relevance to the themes and network with colleagues.

Specific sessions will be held on each of the themes and Connected Communities, each running twice (subject to demand), giving attendees the opportunity to attend up to two different sessions.

There are three dates to choose from:

Wednesday 4 July – University of Manchester: 10am – 3.30pm

Monday 16 July – Avonmouth House London: 10am – 3.30pm

Friday 20 July – Edinburgh (venue tbc): 10am – 3.30pm

(Lunch will be included)

Please RSVP to enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk indicating which session(s) you would like to attend from the following options:

• Care for the Future

• Digital Transformations

• Science in Culture

• Translating Cultures

• Connected Communities

Please indicate a maximum of two sessions.

Places are open to all and will be allocated on a first come first served basis for each theme.

Please provide your name, organisation, email address, brief research interests and details of any dietary requirements.

If you have any queries, please email them to enquiries@ahrc.ac.uk


The Context Group & NordForsk meeting

Helsinki-Järvenpää, June 18–21, 2012

PROGRAM

MONDAY 18.6.

Theme: Network Theories in Biblical Studies (keynotes + afternoon panel organized by Risto Uro, István Czachesz and Mikko Heimola)

(7.45–9.00 full breakfast for those who stay overnight)

8.00 –             Registration and coffee at the reception lobby

9.00              Opening words (Petri Luomanen and Risto Uro)

9.15     Keynote 1 (45min. + 30min. discussion)

Dennis C. Duling, Problems and possibilities for doing social networking in New Testament study: Paul’s recruitment network and inclusivity/exclusivity issues.

10.30             Keynote 2 (45min. + 30min. discussion)

Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce,

Cohabitation between followers of Jesus, Jews, and pagans: Worship and burial spaces

12.00             Lunch

Afternoon panel: Risto Uro, chair

13.00      István Czachesz, Thinking with networks: Toward a new modeling tool in the study of religion

13.30      Mikko Heimola, Costly signals in religious revivals: A simulated network experiment

14.00              Response: Liv Ingeborg Lied

14.15              Discussion

14.45             Coffee

15.15     Rikard Roitto, Practices of forgiveness as network maintenance in the early Christ-movement

15.45              Eric Stewart, Information control in social networks

16.15              Response: Petri Luomanen

16.30              Discussion

17.00             General discussion

17.30              Dinner

18.30     Cultural program: Sauna + evening snack

TUESDAY 19.6.

9.00                           Paper 1: Philip Esler,

         The emergence of ethnic identity in apocalyptic literature: The Apocalypse of Weeks (1 Enoch 93:1-10; 91:1-11) (45min.)

                         Response: Jutta Jokiranta (15min.)

Discussion (15 min.)

10.15                           Paper 2: Nadja Boeck,

Norms and values in the construction of social identity in groups who have experienced intergroup conflicts (20 min. summary; PhD student paper).

         Response: Philip Esler (10 min.)

         Discussion (15min.)

11.00                           Coffee

11.15                          Paper 3: Nina Pehkonen,

We are the circumcision!- Paul’s strategies for strengthening the gentile Christian identity of the Philippians in Phil. 3:2-11 (20 min. summary; PhD student paper).

Response: Philip Esler (10 min.)

Discussion (15min.)

12.00                           Lunch

13.30                          Paper 4:  Outi Lehtipuu,

How to disclose a deviant? Resurrection beliefs and boundary creation in early Christianity (60 min., including 30-35 min. presentation + discussion)

14.30                           Coffee

14.45                           Paper 5: Nils Hallvard Korsvoll,

         Magic’s mode of religiosity: Trying Whitehouse’s Modal Theory on Late           Antique Christian amulets (20 min. summary; PhD student paper).

                         Response: István Czachesz (15 min.)

Discussion (20min.)

16.30                          Dinner

18.00               Cultural program: A guided tour to artists’ homes by the Tuusula Lake

Road.

WEDNESDAY 20.6.

Papers:  60min. including 30-35min. presentation + discussion

09.00                           Paper 1: Zeba Crook,

         Memory, historiography, and the historical Jesus.

10.00                           Paper 2: Dietmar Neufeld,

         Mark, mockery and the memorable: The art of telling a good story

11.00                           Coffee

11.15                           Paper 3: Peter Oakes,

Galatians for first-century house churches

12.15                          Lunch

14.00                           Paper 4: Richard DeMaris,

Backing away from baptism: Early Christian ambivalence about its ritual.

15.00                           Coffee

15.15                           Closing discussion, chair Petri Luomanen                                                                  Opened with Halvor Moxnes’ review

16.30                           Supper (light one)

17.00-                          Cultural program: Sauna (17.00-19.00) + Closing banquet, Restaurant Krapi                           20.00-

THURSDAY 21.6.

Breakfast and check out


JOBS


Three Doctoral Research Fellows (E13 TV-G-U, 75% part-time) are sought by the Emmy Noether “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.

http://irritually.files.wordpress.com/2012/06/enp_phd.pdf

Please do not hesitate to contact me for further information concerning the research project and the application process under: quack@em.uni-frankfurt.de


Researcher (Church Growth Programme, Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham)

Applications are invited for a Researcher to join a team commissioned by the Church of England to research church growth in the contemporary Anglican church. This is an exciting project suitable for gifted researchers and offers opportunities to contribute to a range of publications. The successful candidate will need proven research skills (possessing qualifications to Masters level or higher), will be a good team player and possess good interpersonal skills. The project will run for 12 months, finishing in September 2013 and will command a salary of around £20 000. The project is based in Cranmer Hall, a theological college which is a constituent part of St Johns College, Durham. Team members will be able to enjoy the benefits of being part of the college community. Some travel will be involved as part of the research.

The closing date for applications is 22nd June and interviews will be held on 3rd July.

For more information and details of how to apply , please contact Val Strickland on v.e.strickland@durham.ac.uk


Expressions of interest are invited for applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship programme through the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University. EoIs must be received by 22 June. Attention is drawn to the criteria of eligibility for the programme, published on the British Academy’s website (http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm).

The application form is attached – for further information, please contact Dr Mike Froggatt (assistant.administrator@theology.ox.ac.uk<mailto:assistant.administrator@theology.ox.ac.uk>).

Please circulate details of this call for expressions of interest to anyone you are aware of who would be eligible, and interested in applying.


EVENTS


Annual International Egyptological Colloquium Pagans, Christians and

Muslims: Egypt in the First Millennium AD BP Lecture Theatre, The British

Museum 2pm Monday 9 July – Tuesday 10 July

For flyer, programme, abstract and ticket information, please see:

<http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/july_2012/pagans,_chr

istians_and_muslims.aspx>


Title: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Location: New Jersey

Description: Announcing two new projects: an open, summer 2013

multinational delegation to sites of genocide (Poland and

Bosnia); and an international dual qualification masters degree

in human rights with the Univ. of Leicester (pending final

agreement). Details and information about the program (one of

four US …

Contact: dklein@kean.edu

URL: www.kean.edu/mahgs

Announcement ID: 195074

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195074


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Religion in Cyberspace 2012

10th international conference Cyberspace 2012 held in Brno, Czech Republic, 30 November – 1 December 2012

Illustrative topics:

Religious normative frameworks in cyberspace, networking diasporas, religious collaborative environments, on-line counseling, on-line fatwas and cyber muftis, new religious movements, religious discourses in cyberspace, methodology of online-religion research, rituals in cyberspace etc.

Note: Authors of accepted papers will be invited to submit their papers for peer review to Masaryk University Journal of Law and Technology (MUJLT – mujlt.law.muni.cz) or Cyberpsychology

(http://www.cyberpsychology.eu).

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2012

Notice on acceptance deadline: 31 August 2012

Conference dates: 30 November – 1 December 2012

Papers for publication deadline: 11 January 2013


STUDENTSHIPS


Expressions of interest are invited for applications for the British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship programme through the Faculty of Theology at Oxford University. EoIs must be received by 22 June. Attention is drawn to the criteria of eligibility for the programme, published on the British Academy’s website (http://www.britac.ac.uk/funding/guide/pdfells.cfm).

For further information, please contact Dr Mike Froggatt: (assistant.administrator@theology.ox.ac.uk).


La Trobe University – PhD Scholarship, Religion and Sexual Politics

in Postsecular Australia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44668>


RESOURCES


The Hastings Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics is fully available online.

http://archive.org/details/EncyclopaediaOfReligionAndEthics.Hastings-selbie-gray.13Vols

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest (25 May 2012) – Jobs, Seminars, Books, Conferences and more…

25 May 2012 Issue

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  • Jobs
  • Scholarships
  • Calls for Papers
  • Seminars

ADVANCED NOTICE – JOURNALS


Culture and Religion, vol 13, issue 2, 2012 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/13/2

Sociology of Religion, May 2012, http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc

Journal of Korean Religions, Volume 3, Number 1 (April 2012). Guest edited by Boudewijn Walraven and titled “Late Chosŏn Buddhism,” this issue adds to the body of work challenging stereotypical appraisals of the Buddhist world of the Chosŏn dynasty. http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_korean_religions.


NEW BOOKS

Buddhism Across Boundaries: The Interplay of Indian, Chinese, and Central Asian Source Materials, edited by John R. McRae and Jan Nattier.

Download: http://sino-platonic.org/complete/spp222_indian_chinese_buddhism.pdf


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS


The University of Bucharest

The Faculty of Letters

The “Goldstein-Goren” Center of Jewish Studies

 

International Conference on

The Jews of the Mediterranean

Bucharest, New Europe College, 24-25 May 2012

Conference Program

Thursday 24th of May 2012

1st Session

Chair and opening remarks: Andrei Oişteanu, Institutul pentru Istoria Religiilor – Academia Română, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti

10.00 Opening of the Works of the Conference

10.15 Anca Manolescu, Cercetător şi publicist: Filon din Alexandria şi întâlnirea religiilor ca filozofii (Philon of Alexandria and the Phylosophical Encounter of Religions)

10.40 Andrei Cornea, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren”, Secţia de Studii Europene – Universitatea din Bucureşti: The Jewish Shabbat – A Day of Fast?

11.05 – 11.20 Coffee Break

11.20 Adrian Pirtea, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti, Freie Universiät, Berlin:  Late Byzantine Jewry and the Transfer of Islamic Esotericism to Europe

11.45 Cristina Ciucu, CNRS, Paris: (Again) on Tzimtzum and Exile – On the Circulation of Some Kabbalistic Ideas in the Mediterranean World during the 15th.-16th. Centuries

12.10 – 12.30 Discussions

12.30 – 14.30 Lunch

2nd. Session

Chair: Andrei Cornea, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren”, Secţia de Studii Europene – Universitatea din Bucureşti

15.00 Roberto Bachmann, Portuguese Association of Jewish Studies, Lisbon: The Portuguese Jewish and Marrano Diaspora and Their Integration among the Mediterranean (Jewish) Communities upon Their Exodus from Portugal after 1506

15.25 Măriuca Stanciu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti, Biblioteca Academiei Române: Jewish Dukes and Romanian Voievodas – On the Ties between the Sephardic Ottoman Elite and Romanian Princes

15.50 Ivan Biliarsky, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Varna University: Two Documents Concerning the Matrimonial Relations among the Balkan Jews in the Late Middle Ages

16.15 Carol Iancu, Université „Paul Valery”, Montpellier: Evreii din Marsilia: un secol de istorie, de la Revoluţia Franceză la Afacerea Dreyfus

16.40 – 17.00 Discussions

17.00 More discussions over a glass of Rotenberg wine

Friday 25th of May 2012

1st Session

Chair: Liviu Rotman, SNSPA, CSIER, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti

10.00 Silvia Planas Marce, Museu d’Historia des Jueus i L”Institut d’Estudis „Nahmanides”, Girona: Daughers of Sarah, Mothers of Israel, Jewish Women of Girona

10.25 Minna Rozen, Haifa University: Romans in Istanbul: Tombstones and Manuscripts Tell the Story of a Jewish Family

10.50 Delia Bălăican, Biblioteca Academiei Române: Tipografia Samitca în viaţa urbei craiovene la sfârşitul secolului al XIX-lea şi începutul secolului XX (The Samitca Printing Press Co. and Its Influence on Craiova Urban Development during the Late 19th  and the Beginning of the 20th. centuries

11.15 – 11.30  Coffee Break

11.30 Victor Neumann Universitatea de Vest, Filiala Academiei Române, Timisoara:

Sefarzi şi ashkenazi în oraşele transilvano-bănăţene în secolele XVII- XVIII (Sephardim and Ashkenazim in Transylvania and Banat cities during the 17th – 18th centuries)

11.55 Yolanda Constantinescu, Academia de Muzica, CRIFS, Academia Română, Bucureşti: O privire asupra personalităţii lui Dimitrie Cantmir: sefarzi şi muzica sefardă (On Dimitrie Cantemir’s Personality Regarding the Sephardim and Sephardic Music)

12.20- 12.45 Discussions

12.45 – 15.00 Lunch

2nd Session

Chair: Mariuca Stanciu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti, Biblioteca Academiei Române:

15.00 Karen Gerson Sarhon, Ottoman-Turkish Sephardic Culture Research Center, Istanbul: The Ladino Database Project Results as insight to the Current Situation of Judeo-Spanish in Turkey

15.25 Liviu Rotman, SNSPA, CSIER, Centrul de Studii Ebraice “Goldstein Goren” – Universitatea din Bucureşti: Continuitate şi înnoire în comunitatea sefardă din Bucureşti în a doua jumătate a secolului al XIX-lea (Continuity and Renewal within the Bucharest Sephardic Community during the 2nd. Half of the 19th. Century)

15.50 Cristina Toma, Societatea Romana de Radio: Bucureşti – panoramă sefardă (Bucharest – A Sephardic Outlook)

16.15 Alina Popescu, Centrul de Studii Ebraice „Goldstein-Goren”, Universitatea din. Bucureşti, Biblioteca Academiei Române, Bucuresti: Bucureştiul sefard şi sinagogile sale (Sephardic Bucharest and Its Synagogues)

16.40 Discussions

17.00 Closing of the works of the conference


Title: The annual two day conference hosted by the

Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy & Religious

Studies (IAPRS)will be held at Edinboro University in April

2013

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-04-01

Description: The annual two day conference hosted by the

Interdisciplinary Association for Philosophy & Religious

Studies (IAPRS)will be held at Edinboro University in April

2013 (specific dates to be announced later). The conference

features undergraduate, graduate, and faculty presentations on

any topic in phi …

Contact: ssullivan@edinboro.edu

URL: www.sshe-iaprs.org/

Announcement ID: 194543

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=194543


JOBS


University of Toronto – Scarborough, Humanities, Tung Lin Kok Yuen Visiting Professor in Buddhist Studies

Details: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44550

Applications, consisting of a statement of interest with some indication of how a candidate will contribute to the Universitys programs (at most two pages), accompanied by a curriculum vitae,should be sent to buddhist-studies-search [at] utsc.utoronto.ca. The search committee reserves the right to ask for further materials from shortlisted candidates.

If electronic submission is not possible, applications may be mailed to:

TLKY Visiting Professor Search

Professor William Bowen, Chair

Department of Humanities

University of Toronto Scarborough

1265 Military Trail

Toronto, ON M1C 1A4

Canada

The deadline for applications is May 30, 2012.


Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Stirling

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEL392/lectureship-in-philosophy/

Grade 7 £31,222 to £35,939

Full time

Fixed term: 1 September 2012 – 31 December 2013

Job Reference: SCH00039

For further information, including details on how to apply, please see www.stir.ac.uk/jobs

Closing date: Monday 11 June 2012


Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

College / University Administration: College of Arts & Social Sciences

Position Type: Full-time

University Grade Structure: Grade 7

Salary From: £37,012. Salary To: £44,166.

Details: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEM086/lecturer-in-philosophy/

Application process: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/thefuture/

The closing date for the receipt of applications is 22 June 2012.


SCHOOL OF ORIENTAL AND AFRICAN STUDIES

University of London

Lecturer in Anthropology

£39,146 – £46,300 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance

Vacancy No: 000392

The Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London invites applications for a permanent lectureship tenable from September 2012. Preference will be given to a candidate able to teach the ethnography of West or East Africa at undergraduate and Master’s level. The successful candidate would be expected to teach and develop other courses, assume normal administrative tasks including PhD supervision and must have an outstanding publication record.

You must have a PhD in Social Anthropology. It is expected that you will have expertise relevant to the vision and strategy of the School, including a strong interest in issues of particular importance to the developing world.

To apply for this vacancy or to download a job description/further information, please visit www.soas.ac.uk/jobs<http://www.soas.ac.uk/jobs>.

Closing date:  14th June 2012

Interviews are provisionally scheduled for week commencing: 16th July 2012


Please follow the link below for two new academic job opportunities in Theology and Religion at Durham. Please note the deadline of 8th June. I’d be happy to respond to any minor, informal enquiries. For formal enquiries or detailed questions, please contact my colleague and Head of Dept, Dr Robert Song (robert.song@durham.ac.uk).

http://www.joindurham.com/professorships/vacancies/search/category/arts-and-humanities


Arizona State University – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Science and

Religion

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44588>


Managing Editor/ Open Access Books in Theology, Religious Studies.

We are currently looking for candidates for Managing Editors for our Open Access Books program in Theology, Religious Studies, launched by Versita (www.versita.com).

Scholarly monographs and other book categories have been an important format of scholarly communication. For various reasons in the last decades they have faced significant challenges. We believe that Open Access may yield the best available solution for keeping academic monographs and other scholarly books alive. Open Access provides free and unrestricted online access to electronic books for all interested users. This model grows readership by hundreds or thousands of times versus the printed book. To cover the publication costs, we will charge a moderate fee to the institution supporting the author. However, for the first year or two we have decided to waive these fees, so we will neither charge the reader (or librarian) nor the author.

With over 250 Open Access journals in its portfolio Versita (www.versita.com) is one of the leading scholarly Open Access Publishers. Versita cooperates with Springer (www.springer.com) and in January 2012 the company was acquired by de Gruyter (www.degruyter.com), a prominent scholarly publisher with a 260-year history.

IDEAL CANDIDATE PROFILE

Ideal candidates should hold a PhD in the above mentioned discipline and have experience in both conducting research and teaching. They should have sufficient time available to complete their duties. Editorial experience is not required. Candidates must speak native or fluent English, be proficient in using computers, and have constant access to Internet.

BRIEF JOB DESCRIPTION

The Managing Editor’s chief responsibility is launching a program for the publication of scholarly books in Open Access model in the above mentioned discipline. The Managing Editor solicits and evaluates book proposals submitted by authors from around the world and coordinates work of other editors who solicit books in their discipline. The Managing Editor is also expected to cooperate with authors, reviewers and copy editors.

WHAT WE OFFER IN RETURN

Compensation is based on the number of books published under Managing Editor’s supervision. You will get a chance to combine publishing activities with academic and pedagogic work and have a unique opportunity to acquire experience in and understanding of professional scientific publishing while taking part in a pioneering project in a dynamically developing company.

If you are interested in this position, please send a cover letter and a CV (both documents in English) to hr12@versita.com  with “Managing Editor, Theology, Religious Studies” as your subject line.

If you wish to participate in our Open Access Books program as an author and submit a new book proposal in your discipline, please fill in our New Book Proposal Form available at http://www.versita.com/Book_Author/Form/ and return it in by e-mail to info@versita.com.

Versita offers its authors:

•    fair and comprehensive peer-review of submitted proposals and manuscripts, English language copy-editing by native English speaking specialists in the field (in some subject areas we accept also manuscripts in other languages)

•    professional composition of the manuscript in PDF format

•    hosting the book on MetaPress platform, which offers many functionalities, e.g. active links in references

•    printed copies sold to libraries and individuals, by Versita and distributors (e.g. Amazon)

•    complimentary printed copies for book author and editors

•    royalties for the author from print copy sales

•    indexing by Google and other search engines

•    e-book delivery to libraries and full-text repositories (e.g. Google Book Search)

•    Creative Commons copyright license

More information on our Open Access book publishing program can be found at http://versita.com/Book_Author/


SCHOLARSHIPS


Guest Scholarships 2012 CRC 933 “Material Text Cultures”

The Collaborative Research Centre (CRC) 933 “Material Text Cultures. Materiality and Presence

of Writing in Non-Typographic Societies” has been established by the German Research Founda

tion in July 2011 at Heidelberg University (collaborating partner: College of Jewish Studies, Hei

delberg). Researchers working in the field of cultural studies will investigate the material presence of writing in “non-typographic societies” that do not possess any or any widespread methods for the mass production of writing. Based on this investigation, those receptive practices are presented which in all probability took place at the writing due to its material presence. The ‘material text cultures’ thus identified in non-typographical societies will then be systematically described and compared with those of typographical societies. The fundamental research by the CRC 933 “Material Text Cultures” on text-bearing artefacts, especially those of the circum-Mediterranean zone, will be performed within a conceptual framework that has been developed from recent approaches in cultural studies.

The Research Training Group „Text Anthropology“ of the CRC 933 is now looking for guest graduate students with outstanding qualifications who can show that participating in the interdisciplinary research of the CRC 933 “Material Text Cultures” will be beneficial to their doctoral project and to the CRC 933. The Research Training Group offers a monthly scholarship of 1.250 Euros starting on October 1st 2012. Furthermore, it supports scholarship holders in offering graduate courses and individual mentoring. The scholarship is granted for one year.

Applicants, who should hold an M.A. or equivalent in a discipline of the humanities with an above-

average grade, should send their written applications (including a CV, a letter of intent, a project proposal and a letter of recommendation from their supervisor) with reference to “CRC 933” by July 15th 2012 at the latest to SFB 933 „Materiale Textkulturen“, Heidelberg Zentrum Kulturelles Erbe, Marstallstraße 6, 69117 Heidelberg/Germany. We regret that we cannot return application documents sent to us by regular mail. Details may be requested at danijel.cubelic@zegk.uni-heidelberg.de.

The University of Heidelberg actively seeks to raise the proportion of female employees in all previously under-represented areas. In keeping with this, applications are particularly requested from women with the appropriate qualifications. In the case of equal qualifications, severely disabled persons will receive priority.


CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP: The Journal of Korean Religions (JKR) is published biannually, every April and October, by the Institute for the Study of Religion, Sogang University, Korea. It aims to promote interest in and discuss the study of Korean religions in various academic disciplines within the humanities and social sciences. A peer-reviewed journal, JKR publishes articles of original research, review articles, book reviews, and current issues which seek to discuss, elaborate, and extend the study of Korean religions. Our work is featured in both print and digital form, published by the University of Hawai’i and served online by Project MUSE: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/journal_of_korean_religions.

JKR invites contributions from scholars researching on any aspect of Korean religions from a wide range of perspectives, including religious studies, philosophy, theology, literature, folklore, art, anthropology, history, sociology, political science, and cultural studies. Articles submitted for consideration should not have appeared or be under review for publication elsewhere. JKR also welcomes book reviews and review articles. All submissions and inquiries should be sent to the Managing Editor: journalkr[at]sogang.ac.kr. Submission guidelines can be found at: http://bit.ly/JKRsubguide.


Call for Papers

Demons and Illness: Theory and Practice from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period

Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter

22 – 24th April 2013

In many near eastern traditions, demons appear as a cause of illness: most famously in the stories of possessed people cured by Christ. These traditions influenced perceptions of illness in Judaism, Christianity and Islam in later centuries but the ways in which these cultures viewed demons and illness have received comparatively little attention. For example, who were these demons? How did they cause illness? Why did they want to? How did demons fit into other explanations for illness? How could demonic illnesses be cured and how did this relate to other kinds of cure? How far did medical or philosophical theory affect how people responded to demonic illnesses in practice?

This conference will take a comparative approach, taking a wide geographical and chronological sweep but confining itself to this relatively specific set of questions. Because Jewish, Christian and Islamic ideas about demons and illness drew on a similar heritage of ancient religious texts from New Testament times to the early modern period there is real scope to draw meaningful comparisons between the different periods and cultures. What were the common assumptions made by different societies? When and why did they differ? What was the relationship between theory and practice? We would welcome papers which address these issues for any period between antiquity and the early modern period, and which discuss Christian, Jewish or Islamic traditions.

The conference is hosted by the Centre for Medical History at the University of Exeter, on April 22nd-24th, 2013. Please send abstracts by 15th September 2012 to the conference organizers, Catherine Rider and Siam Bhayro, Centre for Medical History, University of Exeter: email c.r.rider@exeter.ac.uk or s.bhayro@exeter.ac.uk.


The Board of Editors of the interdisciplinary journal Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei

(http://www2.lingue.unibo.it/studi indo-mediterranei/ ; (http://qusim.arts.ubc.ca/)

is soliciting contributions to its sixth thematic volume, scheduled to appear in 2013.

This issue will contain twelve to fifteen essays addressing the theme of the cultural

and religious interactions between Hebraism, Christianity and Islam.


The “Three Rings” parable, known in Western culture mainly through Boccaccio’s

novella in the Decameron and Lessing’s Nathan der Weise, has been subject to research

for a hundred years or so. Some scholars have argued that the parable originated in

Spain, but its exact source remains unknown. In any case, the emergence and

development of his suggestive message, including the eight and sixteenth centuries,

evidently origins in the Mediterranean context of intercultural and inter-religious

relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims.

In particular, Western esotericism has been characterised as the combination of

Alexandrian Hermeticism, Neo-Platonism and related religious philosophies of late

antiquity and the traces each has left in the three Abrahamic religions. For this

process, very important was the uninterrupted translation of texts between Arabic,

Latin and Hebrew languages. Still today these three Mediterranean cultures are mixed

together in narrow and interesting plots.

All aspects of the cultural connections between Hebraism, Christianity and Islam in

history of religions, theology, philosophy, mysticism, esotericism, literature, visual

arts, music and folklore are welcome.

Please send proposals for essays (250 to 350 words) accompanied by a bio-

bibliographical sketch to Alessandro Grossato (alessandro.grossato@lett.unitn.it), by

September 30, 2012.

Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei accepts proposals and essays in all major European

languages. The editors of the volume will strive for a balanced and diversified table of

contents. They will confirm accepted submissions by December 2, 2012.

Subsequently, the final deadline for submitting the completed essays will be June 1,

  1. The average length recommended for each contribution is of 6,000 words, with

a maximum length allowed of 7,000 words, including footnotes and bibliographical

references.


The journal Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei is based at the University of Bologna,

Italy, and is supported by ASTREA (Associazione di Studi e Ricerche Euro-

Asiatiche). Editor in Chief: Carlo Saccone; Board of Editors: Daniela Boccassini,

Alessandro Grossato, Carlo Saccone.

The journal counts among its editorial associates world-renowned specialists from

major European and North American Universities.

For further information on the journal’s mission and an overview of previous issues

please go to: http://www2.lingue.unibo.it/studi indo-mediterranei/ (Italian website)

http://qusim.arts.ubc.ca/ (North American website)

Quaderni di Studi Indo-Mediterranei is committed to upholding a high profile in

comparative studies and the highest standards of peer-reviewed scholarship.


Title: Special Issue on Religion and the Paranormal

Date: 2012-08-01

Description: The journal Nova Religio is currently seeking papers

for a special issue on religion and the paranormal. In the last

few years, several good books have appeared that consider

so-called paranormal beliefs, discourses, and experiences as an

object of inquiry for religion scholars. Like the category re

Contact: jlay@bu.edu

Announcement ID: 194634

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SEMINARS


An Open Meeting at St. Marylebone Church, 17 Marylebone Road,

London NW1 5LT

Thursday 14th June 2012 from 2-4pm

THE UNIQUENESS OF SPIRITUAL CARE

Making the spiritual real: from research into training and practice

The challenge for all mental health services is to integrate spiritual care within care

planning in order that those who use the services receive true holistic care. Using a

combination of training, research and care planning Nigel will outline a research

project he has undertaken in partnership with nurses to deliver high quality spiritual

care. It is his belief that those of us engaged in delivering spiritual care need to base

all provision of care upon the foundation of robust research. He will outline the

model of research that he believes to be appropriate for researching the effectiveness

of spiritual care.

DR NIGEL COPSEY is the Team Leader for Spiritual Care in the East London

Foundation Trust and Surrey and Borders Partnership Foundation Trust. He has

published two research papers in the field of psychiatry and mental health for

the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health. He has also contributed to a number of

psychotherapy publications in the area of spirituality and mental health. Nigel is a

visiting lecturer at several London Universities as well as being a Programme

Leader in the psychology department of UEL. Nigel is an Anglican priest and an

accredited psychotherapist.

To register for this free seminar contact: info@mhspirituality.org.uk

Map and more information on the venue (on Jubilee Line, Baker Street Station)

obtainable on this link:

www.stmarylebone.org.uk/HandC01.htm

For more information about the National Spirituality and Mental Health

Forum see website: www.mhspirituality.org.uk


Centre for Child and Youth Research, Brunel University

 A QUESTION OF RELIGION: YOUNG PEOPLE and identity IN CONTEMPORARY MULTI-FAITH BRITAIN

Friday, 29th June 2012

10.30am – 4.30pm

MS114, Mary Seacole Building, Brunel University

Chair: Professor Judith Harwin, Centre for Child and Youth Research, Brunel University

10.30 – 10.50      Refreshments

10.50 – 11.00      Welcome to the seminar!

11.00 – 11.50      Young British Muslims finding their voice: from alienation to engagement

Dr Philip Lewis, Department of Peace Studies, University of Bradford

Young British Muslims are developing the confidence to engage British society and make the most of the institutional spaces opening up in which they can participate. This paper explores some of the encouraging debates now being heard – not least British Muslims contributing ‘Islamically’ to debates within education, social services and chaplaincy. It also addresses how intergenerational tensions are being played out by referring to a seismic political change in Bradford where the Respect candidate recently defeated the Labour candidate in one of the safest Labour seats. The important development from Islamist to post-Islamist politics is also discussed.

 

11.50 – 12.40      Young Sikhs

Jasjit Singh, University of Leeds

This presentation will outline findings from doctoral research on religious transmission among young British Sikhs (18-30). Focusing on a number of arenas of transmission including families, Sikh camps and the internet, this presentation will outline the ways in which these various arenas allow young British Sikhs to engage with their faith. It will also demonstrate how many religious identity practices result from religious socialisation in the family.

12.40 – 13.30      LUNCH

13.30 – 14.20      The Youth On Religion project: Young people and the negotiation of identity in three diverse urban locations

                               Professor Nicola Madge, Centre for Child and Youth Research, Brunel University

The Youth On Religion project surveyed over ten thousand young people, and talked to over 160, in secondary schools and colleges in the London Boroughs of Hillingdon and Newham, and Bradford in Yorkshire. Participants came from a range of faith and non-faith positions, and provided a wealth of information on the meaning of religion in their young lives. It was very apparent that families guided their initial religious direction but that peers, school, the community and their own personal experiences and agency became increasingly important as they grew older. This presentation examines the meaning of religious identity for young people and documents some of the landmarks they pass in their religious journey.

14.20 – 15.00      YORvoice: Youth On Religion

Young people from the London Borough of Hillingdon, who participated in YORvoice, part of the Youth On Religion project, present some of their views on religion and its impact on young lives.

15.00 – 15.15      TEA AND BISCUITS

15.15 – 16.00      Growing up with disability in Pakistani Muslim families

Dr Debbie Kramer-Roy, Lecturer in Occupational Therapy, Brunel University

This paper presents findings from a study of Pakistani Muslim families bringing up disabled children. Religion was a strong part of their daily lives, and parents talked about how personal faith influenced the way they experienced becoming the parents of disabled children and living with them in their communities. While mothers tended to talk about the shift from feelings of distress and shame to considering their child a blessing from God, fathers reported how they turned to religious leaders and scriptures to learn more about disability and its meaning. Siblings reported generally positive views but also indicated some frustration at the restrictions that a disabled brother or sister imposed.

16.00                     END OF SEMINAR

NB There is no charge for this seminar and lunch is provided

If you would like to attend, please email nicola.madge@brunel.ac.uk


Title: Summer Institute at Rutgers – Islam and the Muslim World –

July 16th-20th

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2012-07-16

Description: 2012 Summer Institute for Teachers at Rutgers Islam

and the Muslim World Where: Rutgers, the State University of

New JerseyNew Brunswick, NJ When: Monday, July 16 to Friday,

July 20, 2012 Cost: $300 The Center for Middle East Studies at

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is pleased to anno

Contact: areolive@rci.rutgers.edu

URL: mideast.rutgers.edu/islam-and-the-muslim-world

Announcement ID: 194590

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Ways to Increase Your Academic Visibility

by Adrian Andreescu, Associate Circulation Editor, IJTS

The Enigma

The aim of scholarly research is to make a contribution to the existing human knowledge. Still, many scholars are aware of valuable articles that are rarely cited in the academic literature. The innovative advances delayed by the cumulative research impact lost cannot be accurately calculated at this moment. Probably eighty years from now, future studies will present detailed insights into the causes and consequences of the early 21st century’s increased scholarship fragmentation.

One Motive (Among Others)

A large number of your peers (most of them outside your specific area of research) have a million and one reasons to do something other than spend long hours searching for articles from different fields and trying to find out which of them might offer (against the odds) some novel perspective or unexpected justification for their own research.

A Five-Step Solution to Increase Your Academic Visibility

1. Craft your articles for a larger audience.

There is no secret that papers grounded in and speaking to multiple fields often have the broadest impact and appeal. If most of your articles do not fall in this category, spend some time trying to identify a different academic audience that currently debates issues to which you could provide an unexpected perspective (concentrate on publishing in international journals across disciplines). Remember that “We are not students of some subject matter but students of problems. And problems may cut right across the borders of any subject or discipline”. (Karl Popper)

As dissemination of scientific publications via the web is becoming more common nowadays, serendipity is intricately woven within the fabric of a casual Google search. Make sure you write “search engine-friendly” papers (read here and here some useful tips).

Present your finding in ways that are credible and persuasive to the readers. Without engaging your expected audience into the text, a flawless logic of complex arguments might have in some cases alienating effects as many potential readers do not attempt to decipher those academic articles looking like an impenetrable thicket of words. In case you have been socialized into the norms of writing through a process of implicit learning, you might appreciate some articulated suggestions on academic discourse from peers like Sternberg (here), Boellstorff (here and here), Ellis (here), Bem (here and here), Caulley (here), Weick (here), Frank (here), Fernández-Ríos & Buela-Casal (here) or Knox (here).

2. Submit your articles to suitable journals.

Don’t aim only at those journals that are rejecting over 80% of the manuscripts submitted for consideration as this narrow approach might imply in the end a lot of frustration for you, a delay in publication and an inefficient use of reviewers’ time and energy.

3. Self-archive your papers.

Why it is very important to self archive your academic articles in a repository? Because the goal ofyour dissemination activity should be to maximise research usage and impact. Try to avoid uploading your papers exclusively in institutional repositories that are not open to public access. Better solutions are currently available (e.g., Social Science Research Network, The Social Science OpenAccess Repository, HAL,  HprintOpenDepot, ResearchGate)Self-archiving is easy! As many articles can be self-archived in compliance with publisher policy, put them on the paths that most scholars use when they explore the information jungle. Open repositories are especiallyuseful when you are not publishing in journals that have sufficient mass to make your work rapidly visible to a wider international audience.

A brief synthesis relevant to the OA/non-OA debate can be found in an article published not long ago in Journal of Clinical Psychology:

“Harnad and Brody(2004) compared the citation counts of individual OA and non-OA physics articles appearing in the same (non-OA) journals (The OA articles in non-OA journals were made OA by their authors through self-archivede prints). They found citation advantages for OA articles of 200 to 300%, depending on the publication year. Similar studies have compared OA and non-OA articles in astronomy, computer science, electrical engineering,  mathematics, philosophy, and political science, finding OA impact advantage rates of 25 to 250% (Antelman, 2004; Eysenbach, 2006; Hajjem, Harnad, & Gingras, 2005b; Kurtzet al., 2005a; Lawrence, 2001), with an average OA advantage of 93.2% in psychology (Hajjem et al., 2005a). […] Scholars wishing to maximise the diffusion of their research among the professional community should deposit prints of their work in OA archives. There are no copyright or other legal barriers to this OA strategy, with 91% of research journals (including all APA and Wiley journals) already giving their explicit green light to authors self-archiving of pre- or postprints (Eprints, 2008). One hundred percent OA is a reachable goal.”

4. Be committed to disseminate the findings of your work.

A “CERN for social scientists” is unlikely to be created in the next decades. In this context, you should become more involved in the dissemination of your papers. As stated by Shelley E. Taylor in her article, “marketing papers, a concept alien to some scientists, is increasingly important if we are to reach the multiple fields to which ourwork may contribute. […] We can send our papers out to a target audience that might otherwise not read the journal. Authors might be well advised to create a list of people in other fields unlikely to otherwise encounter the paper and e-mail it to them.”

5. Network curiously and habitually with other scholars.

You might consider creating an account on a site like Academia.edu. Your profile should not be limited to your name and the email address. Upload a photo, your papers, select at least some relevant research interests, “follow” the profiles of your peers, etc. Give others a chance to find out more about your work! Uncuriosity can be dangerously comfortable especially within the sophisticated, intellectual world of Academe. In the effort to raise your long-term visibility and impact, you must become aware of novel research opportunities. Also, remain curious about big, intractable problems and invest at least one hour/week for online interaction with scholars from outside your niche research area. Keep in mind that theoretical innovation and new findings come often through cross-fertilization and interdisciplinary research.

Note: You can help scholarly research circulate and interact more freely by forwarding the above educational hypertext to your peers or byposting it on any academic blog or listserv, under the CreativeCommons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike3.0 . The author does not assume and hereby disclaims any liability to any party for any loss or damage resulting from the unappropriate use of information mentioned in Ways to Increase Your Academic Visibility (the web pages and their contents are provided on an “as is” basis, with out warranty of any kind, either express or implied from the author). Sept. 2010