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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 27 January 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: Tracing the Path of Tolerance: History and Critique of a Political Concept from the Early Modern Period to the Contemporary Debate

May 26–27, 2015

University of Padua, Italy

Deadline: March 1, 2015

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Conference: Sociology of Islam: Reflection, Revision & Reconceptualization

June 25–27, 2015

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Deadline: January 30, 2015

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Seminar: Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities

May 13, 2015, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

University of York, UK

Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Panel series/Journal: Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence

AAR program unit

Deadline: N/A

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Journal: Glossolalia

Deadline: March 23, 2015

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Book series: Philosophy of Religion, De Gruyter Open

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Conference

Sister Act: Female monasticism and the Arts across Europe ca. 1250–1550

March 13–14, 2015

London, UK

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Jobs

University Lecturer in the Study of Religion

University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline: February 2, 2015

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PhD scholarship: “Nature, culture, identity”

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: February 12, 2015

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Senior Lecturer/Associate Director in Women’s and Gender Studies

Vanderbilt University, USA

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Mellon Visiting Assistant Professhorship

University of California Davis, USA

Deadline: March 9, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 16 December 2014

Calls for papers

Muslim Leadership in Britain: Developments, Challenges and Opportunities

April 1, 2015, 9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

University of Central Lancashire, UK

Deadline: January 19, 2015

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The Role of Religions in the Turkic Culture

September 9–11, 2015

Budapest, Hungary

Deadline: January 16, 2015

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Anthology: Female Leaders in New Religious Movements

Deadline: January 31, 2015

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The Philosophy and Theology of Immortality

May 20–23, 2015

University of Hull, UK

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Fallen Animals: An interdisciplinary perspective

March 19–20, 2015

University of Aberdeen, UK

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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SIEF Congress panel: “The heritagization of religious and spiritual practices: the effects of grassroots and top-down policies”

June 21–25, 2015

Deadline: January 14, 2015

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Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies

Syracuse University, USA

February 27–March 1, 2015

Deadline: January 10, 2015

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Book: Religion and the Global City

Deadline: January 5, 2015

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ICLARS Series on Law and Religion

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Conferences and events

Spirituality and Popular Culture

January 26, 2015

University of Hull, UK

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ISSR conference: Sensing religion

July 2–5, 2015

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

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Homosexualité et traditions monothéistes

Université Paris, France

March 16–17, 2015

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Furio Jesi. Mito, violenza e memoria. A partire da un libro di Enrico Manera

December 16, 2015

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Innovation, Violence and Paralysis: How do minority religions cope with uncertainty?

February 7, 2015, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM

London School of Economics, UK

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Grants and awards

New award for Buddhist academics in Europe

Deadline: December 31, 2015

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 January 2014

wordleWelcome to the fourth RSP Opportunities Digest for 2014. As ever, please remember that we are not responsible for any content contained herein unless it is directly related to the RSP. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. If you are enquiring about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organizers directly.

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen.

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

As part of our restructuring process, we are currently looking to add a new assistant editor to our team. This individual – or, potentially, these individuals – will be responsible for producing and promoting these very opportunities digests. The ‘Opps Digest’ is one of the essential services that we provide through the RSP and requires a little bit of work on a weekly basis. Essentially, we have an email account – oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com – which can be signed up to a variety of relevant mailing lists. In addition, others from within the team and from outside occasionally send through relevant job adverts, conference announcements, CfPs etc. to this address. The Opps Digest Editor simply needs to collate relevant material from these emails once a week, and place them into a post for the website, whilst also actively sourcing new sources of information. Louise and Chris, who have previously filled this role, will be able to liaise with the successful applicant\s on how they have done this up until now, but there is plenty of room for innovation.

The successful applicant should:

  • Be involved – whether as a student (of any level) or a professional academic – within the academic study of religion (broadly conceived)
  • Have a basic familiarity with WordPess\other blogging packages, in addition to general computing and social media skills.
  • Be a reliable and independent worker. It is essential that these digests are produced to a schedule every week, although the scheduled day can be negotiated. Other members of the team can cover the occasional week, but this must be arranged well in advance.
  • Be able to commit around one hour per week for the majority of the year to this role.

At this stage, and as will all positions on the RSP editorial team, this role will be for an initial period of one year – 2014 – after which there will be the opportunity to change roles/extend commitment as appropriate. Given our current financial situation, we are unable to offer any financial incentive to the successful applicant/s. However, we hope that the chance to be involved in what is arguably the primary hub for Religious Studies online, and the opportunities which accompany this, will be incentive enough.

If you are interested in this position, please send an academic CV and a brief note of interest detailing your suitability for the role to David and Chris at  editors@religiousstudiesproject.com by 31 January 2014.

BASR annual conference, 2014

It is only fair that the RSP gives prominent acknowledgement to the annual conference of our primary sponsor, the British Association for the Study of Religions.

3-5 Sept 2014

Hosted at The Open University, UK

“Religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”

BASR’s 2014 conference has two themes: “religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”. Both can be interpreted broadly. Panels and papers are invited.

Religion, art and performance

Religion is at least represented in artistic and dramatic ways. It has been argued that theatre began in religious rituals, that visual arts began as demonstrations of religious knowledges, and that literature arose from religious myth-telling. Perhaps pre-modern arts of all kinds were fundamentally religious. Contemporary religion has interesting relationships with art and performance: from the use of ritual-like acts on stage to the staging of religious rites to impact a wide public; from the portrayal of religious themes in art to the emerging emphasis on “religion as act” or “religioning” in recent scholarly theorising. Perhaps religion is a performative art. Is it still valid to distinguish ritual from drama on the grounds that the former involves only participants while the latter invites audiences? What difference does the display of religious acts or things in museums, galleries, theatres, heritage and tourist venues make? Ideas and questions like these (and there are many more) seem likely to enhance the value of the study of religions to interdisciplinary scholarship. Perhaps the study of religion could be improved by dialogue with scholars of art or performance, and/or vice versa. The BASR 2014 conference provides an opportunity to explore these and other questions and debates. Therefore, we invite panels and papers about religion, art and performance (all defined broadly).

The cutting edge

Many BASR members also belong to scholarly associations for the study of specific religions or for the advancement of specific approaches to religion(s) (e.g. anthropology, philosophy, sociology and more). We invite panels on the cutting edge of debates that focus on specific religions or apply specific approaches. In doing so we hope various forms of cross-fertilisation will enrich the field of studies of religion.

All correspondence about the conference (other than the bursaries) should be directed to arts-basr@open.ac.uk

Calls for Papers

Religion and American Culture, American Studies Association

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-02

Description: The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the

American Studies Association promotes engagement with

scholarship on American religion by organizing and supporting

submissions to the Annual Meeting of the American Studies

Association, which will next meet November 6-9, 2014, in Los

Angeles. RACC in …

Contact: rbarrettfox@astate.edu

Announcement ID: 209476

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209476

Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology

‘Spiritual Exercises’

Date: 2014-03-07

Description: 7-8 March 2014, Bristol 19th Joint Postgraduate

Conference on Religion and Theology SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Keynote

speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin We invite submissions of

abstracts from postgraduate students and early career academics

for the 19th Postgraduate Conference on Religious Studies and

The …

Contact: pg.rt.conf@gmail.com

URL: www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/gradschool/conferences/thrs/

Announcement ID: 209442

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209442

A Postgraduate Conference

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

LONDON

Saturday, 14 June, 2014

We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 14 June, 2014. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 23 May, 2014. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson, d.henderson@mdx.ac.uk

Registration:

http://www.onlinestore.mdx.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=5&deptid=11&catid=30&prodid=312

Centre for Psychoanalysis:

http://www.mdx.ac.uk/research/health_education/psychology/psychoanalysis/index.as

Panel: Female Leadership in Islam

Female Leadership in Islam – New Perspectives and Discourses on Receptions in Past and Present

World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Ankara, 18-22 August 2014

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the panel on ‘Female Leadership in Islam – New Perspectives and Discourses on Receptions in Past and Present’ to be presented at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies(WOCMES), University of Ankara, 18-22 August 2014.

The panel which is organized and chaired by Doris Decker (Frankfurt) and Elif Medeni (Vienna) aims to launch new perspectives and discourses on female leadership in Islam and widen the horizon concerning this discourse. Therefore, the panel welcomes abstracts which deal with one of the following objectives:

Firstly, the panel intends to discuss perspectives on female leadership in Islamic sources such as the Qur’an, Ahadith, Ibn Sad or Al Waqidi. Secondly, the panel intends to include new theoretical reflections on Islamic female leadership in various regional settings from majority and minority Muslim contexts. Finally, the panel functions as a platform where different research approaches (e.g. historical-critical), theological perspectives (e.g. fatwas) and practical customs concerning Islamic female leadership are examined and debated.

We encourage to submit abstracts (300 words) together with a short biography to Doris Decker (dr.doris.decker@googlemail.com) and Elif Medeni (elif.medeni@univie.ac.at).

Deadline: 26th January 2014.

Details about the conference available at: http://wocmes2014.org/

Early Modern Women, Religion, and the Body

22-23 July 2014, Loughborough University, UK

Plenary speakers: Professor Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins) and Dr Katharine Hodgkin (University of East London)

Also celebrating 25 years since the publication of Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (Routledge) with a plenary session by Dr Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores), Dr Hilary Hinds (Lancaster), Professor Elaine Hobby (Loughborough), and Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor)

With public lecture by Alison Weir (evening of 22 July, Martin Hall Theatre): ‘“The Prince expected in due season”: The Queen’s First Duty’

This two-day conference will explore the response of early modern texts to the relationship between religion and female bodily health. Scholars have long observed that understandings of the flesh and the spirit were inextricably intertwined in the early modern period, and that women’s writings or writings about women often explored this complex relationship. For instance, how did early modern women understand pain, illness, and health in a religious framework, and was this different to the understanding of those around them? Did women believe that their bodies were sinful? And were male and female religious experiences different because they took place in different bodies?

We invite proposals that address the relationship between religion and health, and the spirit and flesh, with a focus on female experience in any genre in print or manuscript. Genres might include medical, literary, religious, autobiographical, instructive, and rhetorical writings.

Topics might include, but are not limited to

• Methods of recording or maintaining bodily and spiritual health

• The function of religion/faith in physiological changes (e.g. pregnancy/childbirth/nursing/menstruation)

• Illness, providence, and interpretation

• Suffering as part of religious experience and conversion

• Spiritual melancholy, madness, demonic possession, or witchcraft

• The physical effects of prophesising/preaching

• Chastity and religious life

• Spiritual and physical births/reproductive tropes

• Ensoulment and pregnancy

• The miraculous or martyred female body

• The body and sin

• Uses of the Bible in medical treatises

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, complete panels, or roundtable discussions. Suggestions for discussions on pedagogical approaches to teaching the above topics are also welcome.

Please send abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers, or longer proposals for panels or roundtables, to Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek at emwomen@lboro.ac.uk by 31st January 2014.

Religion in floating territories

Date: 2014-02-27

Description: Papers are invited for an international conference

jointly organized by the Eurel network of sociologists and

legal scholars of religion, and the Department Of Law on

Religion, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Eurel is

both an important information resource created by leading

sociologists …

Contact: anne-laure.zwilling@misha.cnrs.fr

URL: eurel.sciencesconf.org/resource/page/id/14

Announcement ID: 209619

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209619

Experience and Authority: Catholicism, Esotericism, and Heresy

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23, 2014

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies with support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies

Experience and authority encompass a fertile tension that individuals and emergent movements have had to negotiate within the Catholic tradition broadly conceived. This conference will explore those tensions with a particular interest in the claims that people have made for their experience, the conditions under which people come to view their experience as authoritative, and the way they negotiate those claims in relation to the authority claimed by institutional authorities primarily but not exclusively in the modern era. Scholars from fields such as history, religious studies, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, theology, art history and the sciences are invited to submit proposals for full panels and individual papers. Creative and interdisciplinary approaches to these topics, explorations of them in a variety of contexts, and visual and multi-media presentations are encouraged.

We are pleased to have Robert Ellwood, professor emeritus of world religions at the University of Southern California, as this year’s keynote speaker.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Visionary and Mystical Experiences: Marian apparitions, the appearance and intersession of saints

• The Experience of LGBT Catholics

• Irregular Ordinations and Orders of Succession: Sedevacantism and Rival Papal Claimants, The Liberal Catholic Church, Wandering Bishops

• Syncretic Catholicism

• Catholicism, Spiritualism, and the Occult

• Reform Movements: Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), Radical-Traditionalist Catholics, The Society of Saint Pius X

• Apocryphal Texts, Alternate Histories, and Lost Traditions

• Folk Practices and Personal Devotions

• Private and Public Revelation

We welcome proposals from established scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers.

Please send proposals of approximately 300 words and a brief bio of 2-3 lines by March 15 to: experienceandauthority@gmail.com

Notifications will be made by April 1.

Emerging Trends and Developments in Sikh and Punjabi Studies

2nd Max Arthur Macauliffe Conference,

University College Cork, Ireland

Saturday 22 March, 2014

PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS Monday 10th FEBRUARY 2014

Following on from last year’s successful ‘Representing Sikhism’ conference held to mark the centenary of Max Arthur Macauliffe’s death, this year’s Macauliffe conference at UCC aims to highlight the most recent and emerging trends and developments in Sikh & Punjabi Studies, seeking contributions in particular from early-career academics, postdocs and advanced PhD students, but also from any scholar whose work promises to break new ground in Sikh & Punjabi studies.

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Sikh community in Ireland, we intend to offer up to EIGHT TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION GRANTS of max. €300 / GBP£250 to facilitate attendance at the conference. Grants will be awarded to up to eight scholars whose papers have been accepted by the organising committee. Please indicate on the registration and abstract submission form at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dElBeVFHeXlEWFJUOS1JWmVxTmU5TkE6MA whether you wish to be considered for a grant. Further details will be provided to the successful applicants.

The annual Macauliffe Conference in Sikh and Punjabi studies is hosted by UCC’s Study of Religions Department, which fosters the critical, analytical and non-confessional academic study of religions (http://www.ucc.ie/en/religion/). Academic papers relating to religion in any area of Sikh and Punjabi studies are invited, including reports of work in progress.

Abstracts (max 150 words) should be submitted only via the on-line registration system. All abstracts received by 23.59hrs GMT on Monday 10th February 2014 will be considered. Those submitting abstracts by this date will be notified by 14 February 2014 whether their abstract has been accepted.

Registration: If you wish to attend the conference and are not offering a paper, please also register here https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dElBeVFHeXlEWFJUOS1JWmVxTmU5TkE6MA once you have made your travel arrangements, to help us plan catering.

There is no charge for registration, nor for attending the conference which, as last year, will be open to the public. However, contributions large or small to the Macauliffe Fund to promote the development of Sikh and Punjabi Studies in Macauliffe’s homeland of Ireland are most welcome – please see http://www.ucc.ie/en/alumni/cuf/opportunities/ or contact Prof Brian Bocking b.bocking[at]ucc.ie .

See the conference website for further details as they become available. The conference will run from mid-morning until evening on Saturday 22 March at University College Cork.

Abstracts deadline: 23.59hrs GMT Monday 10th February 2014

Note: The decision of the organising committee on both abstract acceptance and award of travel grants is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Moderation and its Discontents: religion, rights and social justice

Organiser: Dr Alexander Smith

Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Monday, 23 June – Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Bob Antonio (Sociology, University of Kansas)
  • Professor Danielle Allen (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
  • Professor John Holmwood (Sociology, University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Rowan Williams (ex-Archbishop of Canterbury)

Workshop

With the rise of neoliberal globalisation in the early 21st Century, the world is undergoing complex and rapid economic and political transformations. The apparent arrival of a ‘post-secular’ moment in the West, in which religion has re-entered the public square in multicultural liberal democracies like Britain and further unsettled debates about rights, secularism and ‘truth’, further signals a world ‘in flux’. The threat of both ‘home-grown’ terrorism and racist violence, as witnessed last year with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and Pavlo Lapshyn’s attempted bombings of mosques in the West Midlands, intensifies again these anxieties and uncertainties. This has prompted some now to argue for a project of moderation to mitigate the effects of crisis and indeterminacy associated with market-based policies and the so-called ‘culture wars’ they have provoked. Indeed, moderation has been fiercely argued in relation to combating Islamic extremism and finding an enduring peace in the Middle East. It has also been the subject of US debate in relation to issues of electoral polarisation and Church-State separation.

But what does ‘moderation’ actually mean? And what might a reasoned project of moderation look like – intellectually, politically and in practice? This interdisciplinary workshop builds on the arguments of Alex Smith and John Holmwood in their edited volume Sociologies of Moderation: problems of democracy, expertise and the media (2013, Wiley Blackwell) to suggest that moderation is better understood as a disciplined engagement with divided publics rather than a doctrine devoid of intellectual commitment or moral courage. Papers are therefore invited from scholars working in any field of the arts, humanities and social sciences on issues relating to the conference theme. Working with an expanded definition of moderation, contributions on the following topics would be particularly welcome:

  • Democracy, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue

  • Citizenship, human rights and social justice

  • Education, expertise and the media

  • Publics versus markets

  • Pragmatism and social theory

  • Religion, secularism and science

Please send abstracts to Dr Alexander Smith at alexander.smith@warwick.ac.uk no later than 17.00 on Friday, 7 February 2014. Those selected to give papers will be informed by the end of February. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be attached as a Word document with your institutional affiliation and position.

The workshop is being generously supported by funding from Warwick University’s Research Development Fund, the Global Research Priority ‘Connecting Cultures’ and the Department of Sociology. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses within the UK will be reimbursed to those selected to present papers. A condition of being selected will be that the conference organiser reserves the first right of rejection for publication of the paper. For further details on publication plans, please contact Dr Smith.

Panel on Religion and Religious Education

We (Elisabeth Arweck, Kerstin von Brömssen and Geir Skeie) intend to submit a proposal for a symposium at ECER (European Conference on Education Research) 2014 in Porto on Religion and Religious Education: Past, Present and Future in Europe, whether confessional or non-confessional education, whether in primary, secondary or further and higher education.

As Religious Education has so far not been a theme in its own right at ECER conferences, we would like to create some space for issues around this subject; given the importance of the subject, it seems appropriate to raise its profile.

The suggested working title of the symposium—RELIGION and RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IN EUROPE—is in line with the conference theme. We are also thinking of the possibility to develop papers of good quality from the symposium into a book or a special issue in an international journal.

Please send proposals, including title, short abstract (300 words max.) and a brief biographical statement, and affiliation, no later than the 27 of January to both:

Elisabeth Arweck (elisabeth.arweck@warwick.ac.uk) and Kerstin von Brömssen (kerstin.vonbromssen@lir.gu.se)

Any proposals related to Religious Education are welcome; relevant topics are, for example, the following:

  • Religious Education in an historical perspective—confessional or non-confessional
  • Religious Education and educational and/or societal debates at national and/or supra-national (e.g. European) level
  • Religious Education from the perspective of students, teachers and/or parents
  • Religious Education and issues of curriculum and curriculum reform
  • Religious Education and content constructions
  • Religious Education and assessment
  • Religious literacy
  • Religious Education and intersections of gender, ethnicity, class and nationality
  • Religious Education and classroom discourses
  • Religious Education and policy

The ECER conference takes place in Porto, Portugal, 2–5 September 2014. See www.eera-ecer.de/ecer2014 for further information.

Fifth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, USA

16-17 April 2015

The conference is now accepting proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters or colloquia. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia. Submissions should address issues of religion, theology, and spirituality through one of the following themes:

  • Religious Foundations

  • Religious Community and Socialization

  • Religious Commonalities and Differences

  • The Politics of Religion

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to theInternational Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, community memberships are available and include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to the one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Proposals are reviewed in phases. The current deadline to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) is 6 February 2014.  For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the conference, please visit our website.

Proposals are also currently accepted for our 2014 conference in Costa Rica. To submit, please visit our website.

Seeking researcher for web team

The Euro-Islam website is currently recruiting a student/researcher     working on Muslims in France for its website research team. Language capabilities in French is required.

Each week the researcher will collect news stories covering current     events impacting Muslims or Islam in France, provide a short English outline for each story, and submit them to the webmaster for publishing. The researcher may also be called upon to update the profile on Islam in France .

Weekly responsibilities require approximately 3-4 hours.

While the Euro-Islam website unfortunately cannot offer compensation, the student researcher will benefit from weekly research opportunities, networking/collaboration opportunities through Harvard’s Islam in the West Program, and access to a large audience of scholars, politicians, and media professionals via the web’s most reliable source on Muslims in the West.

Please refer interested students to Dr. Jocelyne Cesari, jcesari@fas.harvard.edu

SSSR Student Travel Awards

This year The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion is encouraging international students to participate and to consider submitting applications for travel funding to its annual conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 31 – November 2, 2014.

Travel assistance to help defray the costs of attending the annual meetings is available for graduate students. Formal application using the form supplied is required for consideration (Application). Applicants are asked include an abstract of their paper and to provide their contact information, name of their academic advisor, academic program status (MA, ABD, on the job market, etc.), if they have attended the SSSR meetings before, their SSSR program status (presenting, co-author but not presenting, etc.), and any additional sources of funding such as departmental travel assistance or some similar funding.

Application Form:

www.sssrweb.org/pdf/Student_Travel_Award_Application_2012.doc

Applicants should download the form, fill out all the required information and submit electronically by March 31, 2014. This is the same as the deadline for submitting a paper abstract or session proposal. SSSR has instituted a policy of mandatory preregistration and prepayment for 2014 with a deadline of May 31. Therefore, award winners will be notified by April 30 (same day as notification of paper or session acceptance) so they can plan accordingly.

Please send applications to:

Gabriel Acevedo, Chair, Student Travel Awards Committee, Gabriel.Acevedo@usta.edu

Applications received after the deadline will not necessarily receive consideration. Awardees will be notified by email by April 30, and the award checks will be distributed IN PERSON at the SSSR meeting.

Jobs

Professorship of New Testament

(Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Interested members are informed of the vacancy of a full Professorship in New Testament studies at the Protestant Theological University (PThU, Groningen campus, to be fulfilled from 1 September 2014. The University is affiliated with the Protestant Church in The Netherlands (see here) and has locations in Groningen and in Amsterdam. In Groningen the PThU offers a three-year Master course (with variants in Parish Ministry and Spiritual Care), which gives access to the ordination in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, as well as a one-year international, ecumenical Master course; on the BA level the PThU contributes to the three-year BA course of Groningen University. The professor of New Testament is responsible for lecturing in the field of New Testament literature, on the master?s as well as on the bachelor’s level, with a focus on exegesis of the New Testament and Biblical theology. In Groningen the Protestant Theological university cooperates with the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of Groningen University. Groningen is an attractive university city in the northern part of The Netherlands with a significant international population. There are several English speaking churches and an international school. Groningen is connected to Schiphol Airport by a direct intercity line.

Deadline applications: February 5th, 2014

Interviews: Groningen, Wednesday February 26th.

Full details at http://www.pthu.nl/over_pthu/Vacatures/

Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

(Durham University)

Durham University, Department of Theology and Religion is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in New Testament (with, as desirable, an expertise in Second Temple Judaism), to replace Dr Lutz Doering who is moving to a chair in Münster. Candidates are expected to have a relevant doctoral degree, a track record of outstanding research and publication, and experience of teaching.

The closing date for applications is Feb 16th2014, with interviews planned for 21st March; the job start date is 1 Sep 2014. Full details of job description and person specification are available via https://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/ where instructions on the application procedure may be found. For questions, contact alec.ryrie@durham.ac.uk

London School of Economics and Political Science

The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities

The Hajj: Collected Essays

The Hajj: Collected Essays is a research output sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and arises from an international conference hosted at the museum during the acclaimed 2012 Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam exhibition.

Exhibition curator, Dr Venetia Porter, has co-edited the volume, together with Dr Liana Saif. A table of contents is pasted in below and essays cover I) Religion, Early History and Politics; II) Archaeological Perspectives; III) Travellers’ Tales and Colonial Histories; IV) The Material and Contemporary Culture of Hajj.

Venetia Porter and Liana Saif (eds.)

The Hajj: Collected Essays

London 2013 (British Museum, Research Publications 193)

ISBN: 9780861591930

http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/invt/cmc0861591930/?ref=searchzone

Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University

February 28-March 1, 2014

With a keynote address delivered by John Lardas Modern, Franklin &

Marshall College

Keynote Address

6:30-7:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:30pm

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Breakfast

8am-9am

I. Morning Session: Doing Things with Demons

9am-10:45am

“When a Bad Being Does Good Things: The Demon as the Unsung Hero of

the Mahabharata”

Vishal Sharma (Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto)

“The Hellhound of the Qur’an: Investigations of a Dog at the Gate of

the Underworld”

George Archer (Theology, Georgetown)

“Dangerous Demons and Savvy Sages: The non-human Other and rabbinic

identity in Late Antiquity”

Sara Ronis (Religious Studies, Yale University)

“Mourning and the Malevolent: An Analysis of the Lament of Raksas

Women in Valmiki’s Ramayana”

Grace MacCormick (M.A., Department for the Study of Religion,

University of Toronto)

“Domesticating the Jinn: Sayyid Ahmad Kan’s Exegesis of the Quran”

Mian Muhammad Nauman Faizi (Ph.D., Scripture, Interpretation and

Practice Program, Department of Religious Studies, University of

Virginia)

Break

10:45am-11am

II.  Late Morning Session: The Politics of Composite Creatures

11am-12:15pm

“The Sea Monster Ketos as Jonah’s ‘Great Fish’ in Early Christian Art”

Mark D. Ellison (Ph.D., Early Christianity, Department of Religion,

Vanderbilt University)

“Demonizing Dissent in Medieval Japan: Tengu and Religious Rhetoric in

the Konjaku Monogatari”

Benjamin D. Cox, (Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

“Counterintuitive Mischwesen: A Cognitive Approach to the Iconography

of Hybrid Creatures in the Ancient Near East”

Brett Maiden (Religion, Emory University)

Lunch Break

12:15pm-2pm

III.  Afternoon Session: The Unnatural in Narrative and Art

2pm-3:30pm

“Tolkien’s Fairy-Stories and Desmond’s Metaxu: On Secondary Belief and

the Primary Ethos”

Michelle J. Falcetano (Department of Philosophy, Villanova University)

“‘And I knew there was a dead man in my room’: Haunting and Modernity

in Industrial Pittsburgh”

Andrew McKee (Department of Religion, Florida State University)

“The Disenchanted Gothic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as Religious

Declension Narrative”

Don Jolly (M.A., Religion, New York University)

“Monstrous Religious Authority in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson”

Dana Logan (Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Indiana-Bloomington)

Break

3:30pm-3:45pm

IV. Late Afternoon Session: Bodies and Boundaries

3:45pm-5:15pm

“Barbarians Upon the Horizon: Ethnoreligious Difference in the

Colonial Imagination”

Angel J. Gallardo (Ph.D., Relgion & Culture, Religious Studies,

Southern Methodist University)

“Embodying Disordered Economy: A Study in Byzantine Theology”

Jessica Wong (Religion, Duke University)

“The Supernatural, Disability, and the Hermeneutics of Childbearing:

Reading Martha Beck’s Expecting Adam”

Andrew Walker-Cornetta (M.A., Religious Studies, New York University)

“Reconsidering the Kapalika: Multiple Interpretations and Diversity in

Hinduism Made Accessible by the Intriguingly Grisly”

Seth Ligo (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University)

Break

5:15pm-5:30pm

Closing Remarks

5:30-6pm

Dinner Reception

6pm

*Please note that this schedule is preliminary, and will be updated as

additional information becomes available.

Scholarships

10 Scholarships at Humboldt

The Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany) is seeking applications for 9 partial and 1 full scholarship in the 3-year inter- and transdisciplinary structured doctoral programme “Religion – Knowledge – Discourse”, starting on April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the programme, please visit us at:

http://zope.theologie.hu-berlin.de/phd-rkd

Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Cardiff University Jameel Scholarships for 2013-14.

The Islam-UK Centre works towards the promotion of better understanding of Islam and the life of Muslims in Britain, through high quality teaching and research. Its activities address issues which are central to the situation of Muslims in contemporary Britain. The Centre provides unique training and research opportunities for those seeking onward employment in a range of academic and non-academic careers.

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

Cardiff University Jameel PhD Scholarships – 1 scholarship (starting 2013/14 academic year)

  • We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first class, or upper second class honours degree or Masters degree. Research proposals in the following areas are particularly welcome: Education, Religious Leadership, British Muslim Arts and Heritage and Inter-Generational and Family Relations. Other research themes will be considered but must demonstrate exceptional academic merit, potential and relevance to Muslims or Islam in the UK.

Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships – 4 scholarships available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain (September 2013 start)

  • We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject, and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with or for Muslim communities in Britain.

Funding Package

Each successful Cardiff University Jameel Scholar has full UK/EU tuition fees paid and receives a generous stipend equivalent to an AHRC stipend plus access to a travel & conference allowance. Full-time PhD awards will provide funding for three years; full-time MA awards will provide funding for one year.

How to Apply

Full application instructions are available online at www.cardiff.ac.uk/jameelscholarships

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013

Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013

For all enquiries, please contact us by email to jameelscholarships@cardiff.ac.uk

2014 Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies

Featuring seven cycles of studies on:

A) Conflict & Political Violence

B) Terrorism & Counterterrorism

C) Religion & Politics

D) Development Economics & Inclusive Business

E) Maritime Security

F) History & Philosophy of IR, and

G) Political Risk Analysis

The Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 12 to 23, 2014, at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia, Greece.

As was the case in the past, we are looking forward to putting together a highly competitive and talented class of promising scholars from around the world and foster a world-class scholarly network of cooperation while experiencing the unique setting of legendary Olympia.

We’d, thus, be grateful if you were to share this information as widely as possible, especially with students who might be interested in applying. Early applications, which are strongly encouraged, and applications for financial aid are due by March 31, 2014.

For all information in regards to the program and the application process, please visit: www.olympiasummeracademy.org

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 January 2014

wordleWelcome to the second RSP Opportunities Digest for 2014. As ever, please remember that we are not responsible for any content contained herein unless it is directly related to the RSP. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. If you are enquiring about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organizers directly.

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen. This week there were SO MANY calls for papers that these have been omitted from the contents listing. New Year/New Problems.

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

As part of our restructuring process, we are currently looking to add a new assistant editor to our team. This individual – or, potentially, these individuals – will be responsible for producing and promoting these very opportunities digests. The ‘Opps Digest’ is one of the essential services that we provide through the RSP and requires a little bit of work on a weekly basis. Essentially, we have an email account – oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com – which can be signed up to a variety of relevant mailing lists. In addition, others from within the team and from outside occasionally send through relevant job adverts, conference announcements, CfPs etc. to this address. The Opps Digest Editor simply needs to collate relevant material from these emails once a week, and place them into a post for the website, whilst also actively sourcing new sources of information. Louise and Chris, who have previously filled this role, will be able to liaise with the successful applicant\s on how they have done this up until now, but there is plenty of room for innovation.

The successful applicant should:

  • Be involved – whether as a student (of any level) or a professional academic – within the academic study of religion (broadly conceived)
  • Have a basic familiarity with WordPess\other blogging packages, in addition to general computing and social media skills.
  • Be a reliable and independent worker. It is essential that these digests are produced to a schedule every week, although the scheduled day can be negotiated. Other members of the team can cover the occasional week, but this must be arranged well in advance.
  • Be able to commit around one hour per week for the majority of the year to this role.

At this stage, and as will all positions on the RSP editorial team, this role will be for an initial period of one year – 2014 – after which there will be the opportunity to change roles/extend commitment as appropriate. Given our current financial situation, we are unable to offer any financial incentive to the successful applicant/s. However, we hope that the chance to be involved in what is arguably the primary hub for Religious Studies online, and the opportunities which accompany this, will be incentive enough.

If you are interested in this position, please send an academic CV and a brief note of interest detailing your suitability for the role to David and Chris at  editors@religiousstudiesproject.com by 31 January 2014.

Calls for Papers

Religion in the Public Domain

European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network Bi-annual Conference

3-5 September 2014 in Belfast.

Conference Theme – Religion in the Public Domain

In long-standing theories about secularization it is generally held that the social and public significance of religion has declined in most Western countries. Religion is conceived as privatized, individualized and de-institutionalized. But has religion truly become a privatized phenomenon? Increasingly, it is argued in academia that the separation between state and church in Western countries is less stable than assumed: state policy is often biased towards particular religious traditions while even the French installment of laicité may be understood as a civic religion (e.g., Casanova). In general, we are witnessing a re-emergence of religion in the public domain. Religion has a new position in the public sphere, struggling for recognition alongside other groups. Empirical studies demonstrate the sustaining influence of religion on voting in ‘secular’ countries, an open attitude towards religious-spiritual beliefs and practices in business organizations and the production and consumption of religious symbols and images in popular culture. The role of media is pivotal here: it has made new forms of power emerge, but also simultaneously opened the way for activist practices aimed at visibility. So on the one hand, television, radio and newspapers socially construct the public-political discourse on Muslims, the alleged dangers of Islam and religious-ethical issues concerning circumcision, vaccinations, abortion and ritual slaughter. On the other hand, in the struggle for recognition and visibility, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hinduists, new religious movements, and spiritual groups, appropriate the internet and (social) media as public platforms to debate the role of religion, to strengthen social cohesion and to reach out to the general public.

This return of religion in the public domain is also a socially, politically, legally and morally contested issue. In a ‘post-secular’ society, Jurgen Habermas argued, religious groups, organizations and individuals should be included within the public sphere in the civic debate about the problems of modernity, i.e., individualism, excessive consumption and the loss of moral values. Claims like these – made in academia, politics or culture – activate secular groups like the ‘new atheists’ to revitalize ‘rationalist’ values of the Enlightenment and take on a fundamentalist position on the subject. Social conflicts are increasingly religious conflicts (e.g., Calhoun). Theoretically, developments such as these invoke substantial doubt about modern distinctions between the public and the private, the secular and religious and the profane and the sacred. They invite research on the (historical) formation of such categories – in the social sciences and modern cultures alike – and its relation to social conflict and cultural power (e.g., Assad).

Against this background, the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion calls for papers on ‘Religion in the Public Domain’ for the mid-term conference in Belfast. Particularly papers are welcomed that discuss the following topics:

  • Studies focusing on the modern separation of state and church, the formation of the religious and the secular and the public and the private domain in European countries and beyond.
  • Studies discussing the social significance of religion and its re-emergence in the institutional and public domain, i.e., the role of Islamic, Christian or spiritual beliefs, practices and experiences in politics, voting, banking, business life etc.
  • Studies focusing on the role of religious-spiritual narratives in popular culture, i.e., their meanings, commercial and commodified manifestations in books, music, film, computer games, advertising, marketing and branding.
  • Studies discussing the role of the media, i.e., the way religion is framed at television, radio and in newspapers, and the appropriation and use of (social) media by religious individuals, groups and organization.
  • Studies focusing on social conflicts between secular and religious groups and public debates about Islam, i.e., about integration, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, women’s rights, headscarves, abortion etc.
  • Studies focusing on the public value of the sociology of religion, including studies on religion and politics, religion and the welfare state, religion and human security in ‘failed’ states, and the significance of the study of religion to policy makers and grassroots activists.
  • These topics are rough guidelines; papers dealing with Religion in the Public Domain beyond other than these outlined above are also very welcome. Furthermore we invite PhD and post-doc candidates to contribute to a poster session, including work in progress; the best poster will get a small, but nice prize.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dates & Deadlines in 2014

March 14 Submission of abstracts and online registration starts (Please email your abstracts, both in the text of the email and as a Word attachment, to belfast2014@esareligion.org. Abstracts can be submitted both for papers and the postgraduate posters and should not exceed 250 words.)

  • April 18 Submission of abstracts ends
  • May 9 Acceptance of abstracts
  • June 30 Early-bird registration ends
  • September 3 – 5 Conference

Contact: belfast2014@esareligion.org

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Conference on The Marriage of Heaven and Earth: Images and Representations of the Sky in Sacred Space

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Second Call for Papers

28-29 June 2014

Venue: Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution, Bath, England

Keynote Speakers:

  • Juan Antonio Belmonte (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain), ‘Cosmic landscapes in ancient Egypt: a diachronic perspective’.
  • Kim Malville (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado), ‘The Parallelism of Heaven and Earth in Andean Cultures’
  • Nicholas Campion (School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David), ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Earth in Twentieth-Century Art: Mysticism, Magic and Astronomy in Surrealism’

Conference Theme

All human cultures have both identified the sacred in the landscape, and created structures which embody the sacred. In many cases these sacred spaces are related to the stars, planets and sky. This academic conference will consider the construction, creation and representation of the sky in sacred space.

Proposals are invited for 30 minute papers, addressing the conference title, which may feature studies of the relationship between the sky and the land, built environment, and material culture in any culture and time period, from ancient to modern, and may range from theory to practice, to architecture, artefacts, ritual, text, literature, film, iconography and the visual arts.

We welcome submissions from across the humanities and social sciences, in history, anthropology, archaeology, the history of art, philosophy and study of religions.

Likely topics may include astronomical symbolism in art and architecture, material representations of the zodiac, stars or planets and celestial iconography.

The Proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words and a biography of 50-100 words to Dr Nicholas Campion, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, n.campion@tsd.ac.uk

Deadline (please note extension) for applications to speak: 30 January 2014

The Programme will be confirmed by 15 February 2014

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Session: Witchcraft, spiritual beliefs, and the co-production of development knowledges and practices in the Majority World

*Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014: *London, 26th–29th August 2014

Convenor: Tom Smith, Department of Geography, The University of

Sheffield, t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Session Abstract:

Traditionally a domain of anthropological study, witchcraft, occult and spiritual practices in the Majority World have received considerably less attention from geographers. Yet the continued importance of these knowledges and practices in Africa and elsewhere prompts this session to call for discussion over their contemporary role in the co-production of development knowledges and practices.

Whilst there has been some influential work on the history of magic and occult thinking in early geographical/scientific thought (Livingstone 1990; Matless 1991), and the embodied practices of witchcraft in the Minority World (Rountree 2002), much less consideration has been offered from the realms of Development Geographies (broadly defined) to the intersections between witchcraft, occult practices, and spiritual beliefs with development in the Majority World. Yet these themes seem ripe for discussion, particularly concerning the nature of rationality, or rationalities, being applied to contemporary development agendas at a range of geographic scales. Whilst current thinking on local knowledges fordevelopment and local participation in development have done away with privileging knowledges and technologies from the Minority World, a focus on witchcraft and the occult, and its role in development practice, might ask more fundamental questions about the kinds of rationalities, moralities and ethics being applied to development agendas and goals. In Africa, witchcraft and magical practices have not receded under the variegated forms of development which have and continue to operate across a range of national contexts (Kohnert 1996; Luongo 2010). This should prompt us to consider: What role does witchcraft and spiritual belief play in contemporary forms of development practice and knowledge at a range of scales? How do such practices and beliefs intersect with the current participatory/local knowledges agenda? Do witchcraft and spiritual beliefs contribute to the co-production of development knowledges and imaginaries, both locally and nationally?

This session invites contributions which discuss how witchcraft, occult practices, and spiritual beliefs intersect with the geographies of development at a range of scales and contexts. This might include the relationship between such practices and environmental management, education, rural and urban livelihoods, healthcare and medicine, law, community organisation, among others, whilst broader theoretical, conceptual and methodological reflections are also encouraged. I would also like to invite those from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds to

participate.

Please email proposals (title, 250 word abstract) and/or questions to: t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 3rd February 2014

References:

  • Kohnert, D. (1996) Magic and witchcraft: implications for democratisation and poverty-alleviating aid in Africa, *World Development* 24(8), 1347-1355.
  • Livingstone, D. N. (1990) Geography, tradition and the scientific revolution: an interpretive essay, *Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers* NS: 15(3), 359-373.
  • Luongo, K. (2010) Polling places and “slow punctured provocation”: occult-driven cases in postcolonial Kenya’s High Courts, *Journal of East African Studies* 4(3), 577-591.
  • Matless, D. (1991) Nature, the modern and the mystic: tales from early twentieth century geography, *Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers* NS: 16(3), 272-286.
  • Rountree, K. (2002) How magic works: New Zealand feminist witches’ theories of ritual action, *Anthropology of consciousness* 13(1), 42-59.
Special Session: The Politics and Poetics of Managing Tourism in Sacred Cities

Amos S. Ron – Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Daniel H. Olsen – Brandon University, Canada

26 to 29 August 2014, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London

Sacred cities are one of the oldest and most prevalent forms of urban organization and can be found in several cultures and locations throughout human history. Cities such as Varanasi, Lourdes, Mecca, Lalibela and Jerusalem have long attracted pilgrims, merchants, and other tourists. However, although there has been much written on sacred cities from various disciplines, such as comparative religion (e.g. Diana Eck on Varanasi), history (e.g. Ruth Harris on Lourdes) and anthropology (e.g. Abdellah Hammoudi on Mecca), very little has been written by geographers and tourism scholars. Furthermore, in studies on sacred cities the focus has been descriptive and case study-oriented with little focus on the management of pilgrimage and other forms of tourism.

This session therefore aims to bring together a range of papers that examine sacred cities from various theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives, in different historical, cultural and geographical contexts with a focus on tourism management. Submissions can be case study oriented, comparative or conceptual, and may address, but are not be limited to, the following areas:

  • The history of sacred site management
  • Challenges, problems and solutions in management of sacred destinations
  • Modern mass tourism to ancient sacred cities
  • Modernity, technology and visiting the sacred
  • Contested spaces in sacred cities
  • Sustainable development of sacred cities
  • Commodification in sacred cities
  • The resilience of sacred cities
  • The shared characteristics of sacred cities
  • Patterns of globalization in sacred cities
  • Spatial patterns of beggars and begging in sacred cities

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted by Sunday 23 February, 2014. For more details, and to submit an abstract, please contact:

Dr. Amos S. Ron, Department of Tourism and Leisure Studies, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel: amosron@gmail.com

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada: olsend@brandonu.ca

Demography–Multiculturalism–Citizenship

International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7th Annual

Academic Conference, April 4-5, 2014

Date: 2014-04-04

Description: Migration continues to radically rearrange the makeup

of populations all over the world. Migrants are often very

different than native populationsin language, religion and

culture. The Baltic region and Eastern Europe, as well as

Europe more generally, struggle with the effects of demographic

transf …

Contact: jdmininger@lcc.lt

URL: www.lcc.lt/academic-conference/

Announcement ID: 209105

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209105

Society of Biblical Literature

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 22-25 in San Diego, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx by March 5th, 2014.

The SBL Blogger and Online Publication section invites proposals for papers for its 2014 annual meeting session. The open session calls for papers focusing on any area of blogging, online publication, and social media in relation to biblical studies, theology, and archaeology of the Levant. Proposals which relate to the different types of online presence scholars maintain, and different approaches to blogging (self-hosted vs. large multi-blog hubs, frequent vs. occasional, highly focused and purely scholarly vs. diverse and sometimes frivolous), are especially welcome.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. James F. McGrath, Butler University, Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, or email jfmcgrat@butler.edu.

Buddhism and Healing

University of Leeds 1-2nd July 2014

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel

This is the first call for graduate student papers for the Postgraduate panel at the next UKABS two-day conference at the University of Leeds, 1-2nd July 2014. As part of the conference, which has drawn a number of high-profile international speakers, there will be an opportunity for a select number of graduate students to present short papers on their research. Note that you do not need to present a polished final version of your work. If you are not yet at an advanced stage, you can present your current ideas and plans, with a view to gaining some feedback from more established Buddhist Studies scholars – a fantastic opportunity for graduate students. Your paper does not need to follow the theme of the conference. Conference attendance and reasonable travel costs will be funded.

To apply, please send an abstract and a statement of your university affiliation and stage of studies, to reach me by 28th March 2014. Could academic staff please inform your students of this, and encourage those who are interested to submit an abstract.

Caroline Starkey (c.starkey@leeds.ac.uk) Post-Graduate Representative, UKABS Committee.

ISASR Conference

Third annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)

In collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast, Fri-Sat 23rd-24th May 2014.

Conference theme: ‘Religion and Remembering’

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the third annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR). For information on ISASR see http://isasr.wordpress.com/. The conference will take place from the morning of Friday May 23rd to lunchtime on Saturday May 24th, 2014 in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast. The conference is open to scholars of all disciplines that approach religions, both past and present, from a non-confessional, critical, analytical and cross-cultural perspective.

As usual with ISASR conferences, proposals for papers are not restricted to the conference theme ‘Religion and Remembering’ but may focus on any other aspect of the Society’s work in the history, anthropology, folklore and sociology of religion in Ireland or among the Irish diaspora, or may represent the work of Irish-based researchers on topics in the academic study of religions anywhere else in the world. For this Belfast-based conference we very warmly welcome also contributions from members of BASR on any topic in the academic study of religions.

Memory studies has become one of the most popular research areas in the humanities and social sciences producing a vast number of studies examining how nations, communities and cultures remember, re-construct or indeed forget the past. The theme of the conference encourages paper proposals across disciplines, being open to topics including (but not restricted to) remembering in the form of rituals, public commemorations, anniversaries, festivals, bodily practices, physical objects and places or in the form of orality, literacy, narratives and language.

Please send a 150-200 word abstract for papers to Dr Jennifer Butler (j.butler@ucc.ie) by the closing date of Friday 7th March 2014. Notification of abstract acceptance will be given by Friday 28th March, 2014.

For those wishing to reserve accommodation in advance (recommended), the conference location is the Queens Quarter of Belfast (among several streets beginning ‘University…’). Nearby hotels include Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Ibis Queens Quarter and there is plenty of budget accommodation in the area.

Further information on the ISASR Conference 2014 will be posted at: http://isasr.wordpress.com/

IAHR World Congress

XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion

http://www.iahr2015.org

The XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) will take place August 23 to 29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. The Congress will address Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present. We now invite contributors to submit Panel Proposals addressing the topic in any of the areas outlined below. 

Religion is a human, historical, social and cultural phenomenon. As such, religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions are constantly in processes of change. The Congress will address the processes of change, the dynamics of religions past, present, and future, on several interconnected levels of analysis and theory, namely that of the individual, community and society, practices and discourses, beliefs, and narrations.

These will be addressed within four areas:

  • Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation
  • Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition
  • The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization
  • Methodology: Representations and interpretations

We invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the Congress topic to register their panels for the XXI World Congress of the IAHR.

Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of panel participants. Panel conveners are asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.

To propose a panel, please submit a general proposal of the panel as well as individual proposals of all papers included in the panel. Both panel and papers of a proposed panel will be evaluated by the Academic Program Committee to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. We therefore ask panel conveners to submit the proposals of all prospective panel participants of a proposed panel as indicated by the submission form. Proposals of panels and of papers should not exceed 150 words.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the IAHR 2015 website (www.iahr2015.org). This site will be available for submissions from Sunday, September 1, 2013 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to indicate the area in which you would like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate member of the Academic Program Committee.

You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program.

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

A two-day conference at the University of Chester as part of the AHRC Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network, 8th-9th April 2014.

http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
  • Adam Dinham, Goldsmiths College, London
  • Elaine Graham, University of Chester

Call for Papers

Public policy, philosophy of religion and research on religion generally seem to live in their own separate bubbles without realising or even acknowledging the mutual benefit of dialogue etc. Hence, philosophers of religion (in both the continental and analytic traditions) have long been accused of distancing themselves from concrete religious practices. A key aim of the conference is thus potentially to reconnect philosophy with research on religion. We intend to investigate how philosophers and religious communities can communicate fruitfully, producing the kind of change outlined by Scott-Baumann, ‘Scepticism about philosophy [among faith communities] is replaced by a dialectical process of using philosophy to help people live together and look forward, alert to new possibilities.’

Public debate and policy often takes place at a superficial level that skirts and fights shy of the substantive issues underpinning conflict between religions and between religious and secular worldviews. The visibility of the New Atheist critique of religion is perhaps the most obvious example of this.

The rationale of this conference is then both to start bringing these three discourses into a mutually-beneficial dialogue, but also to model ways in which such a dialogue can and should be undertaken. To this end, we welcome papers in one of the following three areas of debate and research

Strand One: Economic and Political Regeneration

  • Case studies or thematic accounts of how philosophical and theological ideas and virtues (for example solidarity and discipline) speak into the post-2008 vacuum in European and US public life caused by the banking crash and subsequent global recession
  • The emergence of the postsecular as a potential vehicle for the rebalancing of public life in favour of (for example) the eudemonic alongside the hedonic, and virtuous alongside the utilitarian, common responsibilities alongside the rights of the individual, the sacred alongside the secular.
  • How public policy initiatives aimed at strengthening civil society through concepts such as the Third Way, Localism and most recently, the Big Society could be enhanced and/or critiqued by the application of insights praxes associated with Philosophy of Religion and world religions.
  • The use of themes and ideas from Philosophy of Religion and world religious traditions in developing strategic resources for the development of alternative discourses, imaginings and praxes towards more just and equitable ends and an expanded understanding of what it is to be human and live in a flourishing environment

Strand Two: Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

  • Need to make Philosophy of Religion more aware of diversity and complexity of religious practices
  • How incorporate greater variety of sociological, anthropological or ethnographical data into philosophising about religion?
  • Relation of philosophical analysis to faith, but also to methodologies in other fields concerned with religion. I.e. does analysis necessarily falsify religious thought?
  • More participative – how can Philosophy of Religion engage and ‘talk’ better to religious practitioners? What models for dialogue are there?
  • How capture impact that Philosophy of Religion can and should have on religious communities whilst maintaining critical questioning of the impact agenda?
  • How might work in philosophy open up thinking about research on lived religious practice?

Strand Three: Engaging the Public in Research on Religion

  • Improving the visibility of academic debate on religion and its relationship to philosophy
  • Improving and enhancing the quality of public debate
  • Ensuring that policy makers are aware of the core issues at stake in e.g. discrimination debates.
  • Bringing research to bear on religious discrimination cases and other zeitgeist-y public issues

Paper Proposals: Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers that will locate themselves in one of these three streams by 28th February 2014.

Panel Proposals: Proposals for complete panels will also be welcomed. Please send an abstract of no more than a side of A4 for a panel proposal 28th February 2014.

For Stream 1 please send proposals to Chris Baker at chris.baker@chester.ac.uk. For Stream 2 please send proposals to Daniel Whistler daniel.whistler@liverpool.ac.uk. For Stream 3 please send proposals to either Chris Baker or Daniel Whistler.

Registration

Registration Per Person: £40.00 for one day, £80.00 for two days (including lunch and tea and coffee, but excluding breakfast and dinner).

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 28th 2014

Secure online registration is available at: http://storefront.chester.ac.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=288&zenid=5e1qjbugh1ig6t9g84q77nrir1

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: c.mcevoy@chester.ac.uk +44 1244 511031

Please visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions

SIKH RESEARCH CONFERENCE

Research into Sikh studies is relatively young and is rapidly growing as a mainstream academic discipline. This annual conference aims to bring together academics, scholars and researchers and to encourage a spirit of collaboration within UK Sikh studies academia.

The conference aims to explore research and academic inquiry into various aspects of Sikh studies. The conference will provide an environment where academics, researchers and scholars can come together to pursue critical debate, discussion and inquiry into the many aspects of Sikh research in an open, constructive and collegiate manner.

The conference is being organised by Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Harjinder Singh Lallie and Gurinder Singh Mann. Further details can be found on the Conference website:

www.sikhconference.com

Social Relations, Transformation and Trust

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

Both national and local communities have long been heterogeneous and therefore living with differences is not new. However, the scope, scale and pace of change in recent years are unprecedented. Over the last decades the UK have seen dramatic demographic shifts, e.g. in its ethnic composition, demographic and socio-economic distribution leading to an increasingly plural society.

By crossing disciplines, bridging and bringing together academia, policy makers and practitioners, this conference focuses on how societies cope with change, overcome inequality, and how resilience to negative impacts of change can be developed and harnessed through attention to social relations and trust as transformative agents.

We are inviting academics from social sciences and humanities as well as practitioners to present and discuss applied research, empirical studies and critical theoretical papers on the topics including, but not limited to:

  • Social relations and social cohesion: Living together in diverse and changing societies.
  • Trust processes and impact in organisations: The importance of trust in creating communities better prepared to deal with change.
  • Tensions within communities: Understanding the causes and consequences of tensions between and within local communities
  • Inter-group conflict and building peace: Processes contributing to inter-group conflict and building trust.

Knowledge Transfer: What do practitioners and policy makers need from academia? Generating real world impact.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Prof. Danny Dorling School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Nature of the conference

As an applied research centre our work focuses not only on academic work leading to evidenced based recommendations for policy, but also on knowledge exchange with partnership organizations. This will be reflected in the conference programme. Next to focusing on current academic discussions this conference will facilitate opportunities for direct exchange between policy makers, practitioners and academics. To facilitate personal face to face interactions, fruitful exchange of knowledge and ideas, as well as vivid discussions, this conference will have a small number of parallel sessions per day and therefore a limited number of delegates presenting.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract for individual papers should be no more than 250 words, not contain footnotes and be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience. Please submit by 31.1.2014 to:

socialrelations@coventry.ac.uk

Presentations will be grouped into thematic sessions of 90min – 2 hours length, with three or four papers per session (20 minutes per presentation plus 10 minutes discussion). Panel submissions to deepen discussion around one topic of interests are also welcome. If you would like to submit a panel, please submit:

  • Title of the panel including the name and affiliation of each speakers
  • Abstract for the panel
  • Abstract for each presentation

Proposals for alternative types of session (e.g. round-table or witness seminar) are strongly encouraged. Please discuss this with us in advance of the Call for Papers deadline. The Centre for Social Relations is committed to academic development and the showcasing of new ideas and thoughts, therefore submissions from early career researchers are particularly welcome and attendance may be subsidised.

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Carola Leicht, carola.leicht@coventry.ac.uk, or visit our centre’s webpage www.socialrelations.org.uk

Round Table Session, EASR 2014

“The Study of Religions and Religion in Secular Education”

at the EASR conference in Groningen on “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge” (May 11-15, 2014) has been extended to Dezember 15, 2013:

The EASR working group on religion education (RE) in public schools and the academic study of religions was established in Bremen in 2007. One early outcome of this initiative was the NVMEN 2008 Special Issue on the same theme. We have since then had regular panel sessions on the academic study of religion and RE at all EASR conferences, and we now want to take stock of the work done, on the current state of affairs and new directions in research on RE from the perspective of the academic study of religions. What has been achieved, where are “we’, and where do we need and want to move in the years ahead. The round table session opens with a report by Wanda Alberts & Tim Jensen on the work done and the research areas so far covered. Following that, invited scholars on RE, scholars who have contributed to the work of the group will deliver brief statements, including their ideas for future directions and research. Apart from these invited speakers, we herewith invite other colleagues working in the field to send proposals for short papers (max 10 minutes) that reflect on the state of art and desiderata, also as regards collaborative future research and publications.

Please send proposals (of no more than 150 words) directly to the EASR RE Working Group organizers, Wanda Alberts <wanda.alberts@ithrw.uni-hannover.de>, and Tim Jensen <t.jensen@sdu.dk>.

For further information on the conference, please take a look at the conference website:

http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

Conferences

Death in Scotland

Death in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices,

31st January 2014 – 2nd February 2014, New College, University of Edinburgh.

I would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming international conference on Scottish Death. Plenary speakers include:

  • Professor Jane Dawson (John Laing Professor of Reformation History, Edinburgh University) ‘With one foot in the grave’: death in life and life in death in Reformation Scotland
  • Professor Richard Fawcett (School of Art History, University of St Andrews) ‘The architectural setting of prayers for the dead in later medieval Scotland’
  • Dr Lizanne Henderson (Lecturer in History, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow) ‘Fairies, Angels and the Land of the Dead: Robert Kirk’s Lychnobious People’
  • Professor Sarah Tarlow (Director of the Centre for Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester) ‘Beliefs about bodies: contradictions and conundrums in Early Modern Scotland’

We have an amazing programme of 42 speakers (see the full list of speakers and the conference programme here: http://bit.ly/1foNO25) The conference contains several papers on sociological and religious analyses of death including:

  • Edward Small, University of Dundee, on the Influences of Scottish Funeral on the Church of Scotland
  • Lizzie Swarbrick, University of St Andrews, on Piety and the Dead in Scottish Late Medieval Ecclesiastical Art
  • Dr Lakhbir K. Jassal, University of Edinburgh, on The Politics of Death Care

Please can you forward the attached conference details to anyone you think might be interested. Conference costs are £27 for Friday, £55 for Saturday and £27 Sunday or £100 for the weekend and places can be booked via http://bit.ly/18LO5bm

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/deathinscotland

Beyond Consent and Dissent

Beyond Consent and Dissent: Women, Power and Religions in Modern Africa

Dates of Event: 17th January 2014 – 18th January 2014

Last Booking Date for this Event: 18th January 2014

Studies of gender and religion in Africa have been dominated by interpretations that view religious practice and adherence as a source of power for women, on the one hand, or as a mechanism of female subjugation, on the other hand. This interdisciplinary and comparative workshop proposes to both build upon and move beyond these polarities by investigating the practices and ideas linked to female religiosity in both Christianity and Islam that extended ‘beyond consent and dissent’.

Speakers will interrogate the significance of religious adherence for female subjectivity in ways that move beyond religion as a mechanism for engendering either subjugation and/or emancipation. A range of historians, anthropologists and religious studies scholars will address Muslim and Christian case-studies from regions including Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Niger – as well as further afield from the European world. We will also feature speakers who address how Christianity and Islam intersect in specific gendered religious practices (for example, the new ‘Chrislam’ movement in present-day Nigeria).

Booking and further details: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=124&catid=574&prodid=881

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

Inform is celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing information that is as reliable and up-to-date as possible about minority religions with an Anniversary Conference to be held at the London School of Economics, UK.

Registration for the full conference (including Friday Ashgate-Inform book launch and reception with refreshments, Saturday and Sunday tea/coffee/lunch) is £100 standard and £75 concession for students and unwaged. Tickets booked after January 6th will be £120 or £85.

We are offering single day registrations for £45, or £55 after January 6th.

Inform will also be hosting an Anniversary Dinner at Dicken’s Inn, St Katharine Dock, near the Tower of London on Saturday 1 February.

The cost, which is not included in the registration fee, of the three course set meal and coffee is £38.50. The menu for the dinner can be seen here. Dietary requirements can be catered for. Drinks are not included although there will be a cash bar. Booking and payment for the dinner must be done by January 6th and is non-refundable.

How to Pay: Registration for the conference and Saturday evening dinner can be completed online here, using a credit/debit card or through a PayPal account if you have one or by posting a completed booking form and cheque made out to Inform in pounds sterling and sent to ‘Inform, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE’

For more on the Ashgate-Inform book series, please visit the website www.ashgate.com/inform.

Studentships

Open University

AHRC PhD Studentships in Art History, Classical Studies, English (including Creative Writing), History, Music, Religious Studies and Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

circulation date : 12/12/2013

closing date : 31/01/2014

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts, South-East England (CHASE). CHASE is matching AHRC funding of £17m and will be awarding more than 375 AHRC-studentships over a five-year period starting in 2014/15. Up to 75 studentships are available across the consortium for autumn 2014 entry.

CHASE AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents at The Open University in the Faculty’s subject areas. Awards for UK residents include fees and maintenance while EU residents are eligible for fees only.

Please see the Faculty’s Research Areas and Academic Profiles for more information about staff research interests and current PhD projects

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2014

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Further particulars

Aarhus University/Queen’s University

A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit–see http://www.rcc.au.dk/) and Queen’s University, Belfast (School of History and Anthropology/Institute of Cognition and Culture—see http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/InstituteofCognitionCulture/).

Students should apply for admission via one of the two Universities, and will be considered in line with their normal Postgraduate Admission Procedures, which require, among other things, a research proposal on a topic relevant to the cognitive science of religion. The normal duration of the Doctoral programme is full time for three years. In general, admitted students will spend the first six months and the last six months of their doctoral studies at the University where they are admitted. The intervening 24 months are spent according to a PhD plan established for each individual student. In completion, the student receives a single degree certificate issued by Aarhus University and Queen’s University.

Each University agreed to provide two fellowships to support the programme. One fellowship shall be available each year—Queen’s University will allocate funding in the academic years 2014-15 and 2016-17, while Aarhus University will allocate funding in academic years 2015-16 and 2017-18. Students who wish to compete for a fellowship will be required to apply to the University responsible for offering the support in the related year. For more information about the programme, please contact Armin W. Geertz (AWG@teo.au.dk) or Paulo Sousa (p.sousa@qub.ac.uk)

Methods Training

RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY RELIGION: AN INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Monday 17rd – Friday 21st March 2014

Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

Editors Note – RSP Editor-in-Chief Chris Cotter attended this event last year, and thoroughly recommends it.

This training programme is available for doctoral students (or post-doctoral fellows) registered at any higher education institution in the UK/EU. It is based on previous training developed by the Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, funded by the AHRC, which led to the development of the Religion Methods website, and aims to provide students with a core training in fieldwork approaches to the study of religion.

Topics covered by the training will include:

  • Conceptualising religion for research
  • Key elements and processes of research design
  • The role of theory in social research
  • The politics and ethics of research
  • Sampling
  • Rigour and validity in research
  • Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion
  • Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice
  • Visual methods
  • Developing research interviews
  • Using qualitative data analysis software
  • Researching objects and spaces
  • Producing research proposals

To attend this training programme, students not registered at the University of Kent will be required to pay a £100 registration fee, which would cover attendance at all sessions and the costs of training materials. Delegates would need to make their own arrangements for accommodation, and there is a wide selection of affordable B&B provision in the Canterbury area. For those planning to commute on a daily basis, Canterbury is now less than an hour from London St Pancras on the high speed train link.

Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Friday 10th January. To register your interest, please email Ruth Sheldon (R.H.Sheldon@kent.ac.uk) with a short statement (no more than 250 words) stating the university at which you are studying, the project you are undertaking and the relevance of this training programme for your work and academic development.

Jobs

University of Washington

Lecturer in Religious Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48289

Aarhus University

Postdoctoral scholarship at the Grundtvig Study

Centre

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48287

Summer Courses

HARVARD SEMINAR ON DEBATES ABOUT RELIGION AND SEXUALITY

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL, JUNE 10-19, 2014

We are pleased to announce the 2014 summer seminar at Harvard Divinity School for scholars, other writers or artists, religious leaders, and activists who are working on a first large project in which they hope to change the terms of current debates around religion and sexuality. For scholars, this project would be either a doctoral dissertation or a first book. For other writers and artists, religious leaders, and activists, it might be a first book, though it might also be a new curriculum, a series of public presentations and performances, or a media piece. The seminar understands both “religion” and “sexuality” broadly. Though its staff will have done specialized work mostly in “Western” religious traditions and expressions of sexuality, participants’ projects may cover a wide range of religions and sexual cultures. The seminar welcomes various methods in religious studies and theology, from the most focused ethnography or local history to the grandest policy proposal or normative argument. It is also interested in projects about media communication, public policy, religious advocacy, and religious education. It especially seeks participants from outside the United States. Harvard Divinity School will pay for participants’ travel to Cambridge and lodging and meals during the seminar. The seminar will be directed by Mark D. Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis) and Mayra Rivera Rivera (Harvard University). Faculty from Harvard and other institutions or organizations will lead sessions in their areas of interest. Large portions of the seminar’s time will be devoted to discussing participants’ writing in workshop format. Applications are due February 5, 2014. Invitations to the seminar will be issued by February 20.

Details of the application and further information about the program are available online at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/conferences-and-seminars/debates-about-religion-and-sexuality. Questions may be directed to rsseminar@hds.harvard.edu.

AU SUMMER COURSE

Religious Unity and Diversity Within Hinduism and Buddhism in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Dates: July 27th-August 10th, 2014

Host: Aarhus University Summer School

Two of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, have peacefully coexisted in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal for centuries. Many of the commonr eligious practices Nepalis perform either occur at sites shared by both communities or the participants themselves do not self-identify as exclusively Hindu or Buddhist. Over the course of two weeks of lectures and visits to key field-sites, we will explore the historical and contemporary intersections between Hinduism and Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also introduce relevant theories for the study of religious pluralism and the research methods traditionally employed in the field drawing on philology, history, ethnography, sociology, and visual studies.

The course will be relevant to students from Anthropology, Asian Studies, and the Study of Religion. Students will be required to be present at lectures and fieldtrips and write a final exam. The number of ECTS points for international students will be arranged through the Aarhus Summer School program. Lectures will be conducted in English. Final exams will be in English or Danish.

Students will pay for their own travel and accommodations, but we will arrange for mutual housing during the course period. Students are encouraged to travel on their own in Nepal or other parts of Asia at the conclusion of the course.

Faculty:

Jørn Borup, Associate Professor

Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate

Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

Contact: Cameron David Warner, etncw@hum.au.dk

Apply by 15 March 2014 at:

International Students: http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/application/

New Book

Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore

Edited by Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dahnhardt

  • HB £60 9781908049582
  • PB £19.99 9781908049599
  • 288pp, 234 x 156mm
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd,

Special offer: Quote the code ‘Charming’ when ordering from www.equinoxpub.com and receive 25% off the retail price until the end of March 2014

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=543

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 3 Jan 2014

wordleWelcome to the first edition of the RSP Opportunities Digest for 2014. if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check out our Christmas Special, you can do so here. We’ll be back to our normal operational capacity with our first 2014 podcast on 13 January, with Russell McCutcheon speaking on sui generis religion.

As ever, please remember that we are not responsible for any content contained herein unless it is directly related to the RSP. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. If you are enquiring about any of the opportunities listed below, please contact the organizers directly.

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen.

Changes to the RSP Team

With every arbitrary calendrical cycle comes changes, and the RSP is no exception to this ‘rule’. It is our sad duty to inform you that Per Smith and Louise Connelly had to step down from the RSP editorial team at the end of December for their own personal and professional reasons. The RSP are infinitely grateful to Per and Louise for everything that they have done for us up until now. Per has been involved with the RSP for around a year and a half, and his enthusiasm for interviewing and bringing the RSP to the other side of the Atlantic has been invaluable. Louise has been a core member of the editorial team since the RSP began, and we do not know where we would be without her sterling work behind the scenes with the social media, opportunities digests, posters and flyers and endless marketing and web advice. We know that both will keep in touch and remain friends of the RSP as we move into our third year and beyond. Thank You.

These changes to the team prompted an effort to restructure and, as such, we have now welcomed another three members to our editorial team – Tommy Coleman, of the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, shall be co-managing our Social Media (along with existing editor Chris Silver), Kevin Whitesides, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, shall be managing our weekly features, and Daniel Favand, of the University of Edinburgh, shall be taking charge of audio editing. We are delighted to welcome all of these new members to the RSP Team. If you are interested in finding our more about our current editorial structure and team members, see here. If you would like to find out more about the more than 150 people who have directly contributed to the RSP, see here. And if you are interested in joining our team, see below for details of one further position we are currently trying to fill.

RSP Recruiting an Assistant Editor

As part of our restructuring process, we are currently looking to add a new assistant editor to our team. This individual – or, potentially, these individuals – will be responsible for producing and promoting these very opportunities digests. The ‘Opps Digest’ is one of the essential services that we provide through the RSP and requires a little bit of work on a weekly basis. Essentially, we have an email account – oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com – which can be signed up to a variety of relevant mailing lists. In addition, others from within the team and from outside occasionally send through relevant job adverts, conference announcements, CfPs etc. to this address. The Opps Digest Editor simply needs to collate relevant material from these emails once a week, and place them into a post for the website, whilst also actively sourcing new sources of information. Louise and Chris, who have previously filled this role, will be able to liaise with the successful applicant\s on how they have done this up until now, but there is plenty of room for innovation.

The successful applicant should:

  • Be involved – whether as a student (of any level) or a professional academic – within the academic study of religion (broadly conceived)
  • Have a basic familiarity with WordPess\other blogging packages, in addition to general computing and social media skills.
  • Be a reliable and independent worker. It is essential that these digests are produced to a schedule every week, although the scheduled day can be negotiated. Other members of the team can cover the occasional week, but this must be arranged well in advance.
  • Be able to commit around one hour per week for the majority of the year to this role.

At this stage, and as will all positions on the RSP editorial team, this role will be for an initial period of one year – 2014 – after which there will be the opportunity to change roles/extend commitment as appropriate. Given our current financial situation, we are unable to offer any financial incentive to the successful applicant/s. However, we hope that the chance to be involved in what is arguably the primary hub for Religious Studies online, and the opportunities which accompany this, will be incentive enough.

If you are interested in this position, please send an academic CV and a brief note of interest detailing your suitability for the role to David and Chris at  editors@religiousstudiesproject.com by 31 January 2014.

New Book

THE INVENTION OF GOD IN INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES, by James L. Cox

Indigenous societies around the world have been historically disparaged by European explorers, colonial officials and Christian missionaries. Nowhere was this more evident than in early descriptions of indigenous religions as savage, primitive, superstitious and fetishistic.

Liberal intellectuals, both indigenous and colonial, reacted to this by claiming that, before indigenous peoples ever encountered Europeans, they all believed in a Supreme Being. The Invention of God in Indigenous Societies argues that, by alleging that God can be located at the core of pre-Christian cultures, this claim effectively invents a tradition which only makes sense theologically if God has never left himself without a witness.

Examining a range of indigenous religions from North America, Africa and Australasia – the Shona of Zimbabwe, the “Rainbow Spirit Theology” in Australia, the Yupiit of Alaska, and the Māori of New Zealand – the book argues that the interests of indigenous societies are best served by carefully describing their religious beliefs and practices using historical and phenomenological methods – just as would be done in the study of any world religion.

Calls for Papers

Panel: Religious Life and Medical Traditions

ASA 2014 “Anthropology and Enlightenment” (Call for Papers Closes Jan. 5th)

Religious practices, and the cosmologies they draw upon, shape many people’s understanding of the relationships of the body, the mind, and the soul. These understandings form a critical foundation from which social, cultural, and ethical perspectives of health and practices of healing emerge. Historical and contemporary perspectives of the development of Western medical traditions and clinical institutions has provided a framework that favours Western scientific discourse. Through this discourse, alternative medical traditions and practices have become largely marginalised. Furthermore, in many communities where concepts of health and healing practice draw strongly upon religious beliefs and alternative understandings of the natural world, the efficacy of Western medical traditions and institutional privilege has been challenged or reinterpreted.

How do religious perspectives, and respective cosmologies, address or influence practices of health and healing within the contours of various, and at times disparate, medical traditions? This panel invites papers that seek to explore this question through historical and contemporary contexts that address various understandings and notions of efficacy, and the diagnosis and treatment of physical and/or mental illnesses.

Contact: Don Duprez (donduprez@gmail.com)

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2745

6th Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds – Symbols and Models of the Mediterranean

University of Calabria, Department of Humanities, September 9-11, 2014

<http://medworlds6.altervista.org/call-papers/>

The Mediterranean Sea is a milieu in which it is possible to observe,

through an interdisciplinary lens, the undertaking of elements

defining an idea which conflicts with its immediate sensitive aspect;

an idea that arises from life situations and the imaginary world of

every man. Nevertheless, it remains a context in which is possible to

observe the presence and the constant use of historical symbols,

patterns and models of those people inhabiting its shores, as embedded

in both the artistic and material production, as well as in the

literary one.

The Mediterranean Sea could be investigated as a real geographical and

historical referee, that has generated, and continues to generate

symbols; but it can be also interpreted as the metaphor and allegory

of the ‘encounters and clashes’ between near and distant people. There

are symbols and models by which is possible to perceive and understand

convergences and contacts, and disclose common identities, even when

considering specific differences of the people.

The theme of this interdisciplinary conference will focus on these issues:

  • The symbols (signs, gestures, objects, animals, persons) capable of bringing to mind meanings deeply interconnected with the development of each of Mediterranean society.
  • The importance of tangible and intangible models serving as examples to reproduce and imitate the evidence that have marked and conditioned the life of the Mediterranean people from a political, religious, economic, and social viewpoints.

We welcome the submission of 250-word abstracts for twenty-minute

papers that broadly address the above themes, and that may address,

but not be limited by, the following topics:

  • Symbols and models disclosing common identities
  • Symbolical landmarks
  • Symbols of the State and Political Power as institutional models
  • Religious symbols
  • Settlements patterns and historical-economic models
  • Natural elements (living beings typical of the Mediterranean area bearing a symbolic value)
  • Literary production as often recording the centrality of the Mediterranean as a complex and contradictory allegory
  • Redefining Mediterranean boundaries as precarious and mobile limits, but also as bridges between lands and shores
  • The metaphor of the Mediterranean and the dialectic between the hegemonic power of the centers and the potential destabilizing peripheries.

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include at least

3 descriptive keywords, the presenter’s name, email address,

organization, and mailing address. The languages of the conference

will be English and Italian.

Please send your abstract submissions to:

m.salerno@unical.it; luca.zavagno@gmail.com

Deadline:

  • Abstract must be submitted by 1 March 2014
  • Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 1 April 2014

“LE FUNÉRAIRE. Mémoire, protocoles, monuments”

PROLONGATION DE LA DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION

JUSQU’AU 10 JANVIER 2014

11e colloque annuel de la MAE organisé par Grégory Delaplace (LESC) et Frédérique Valentin (ArScAn) du 18 au 20 juin 2014 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/appel-a-communications-colloque-de-la-mae-2014/

Jobs

Lecturer, Religious Studies

Mahidol University – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48282>

Post-Doc-Position in History, Theology, Jewish Studies or Religious Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48277>

New Members Wanted to Join the NSRN Blog Editorial Team

In September the NSRN launched its online blog Nonreligion and Secularity (blog.nsrn.net) which aims to provide an informative resource for scholars and professionals working in the field of nonreligion and secularity research, and offer a space for the dissemination of research-related information to a wider audience.

We are currently looking to expand and are seeking enthusiastic people to join the editorial team.

As well as helping to build upon the initial success of the blog, new team members will have the opportunity to play a dynamic role in the blog’s ongoing development and its vision for the future.

Depending on experience, successful applicants will undertake some, or all, or the following responsibilities:

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions
  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors
  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles
  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog
  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles
  • Dealing with general blog enquiries
  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources
  • Working with the other team members on ways to enhance and improve the blog website and increase exposure and traffic
  • Engaging in virtual team meetings, via email or Skype, to discuss ongoing blog developments.
  • We welcome applications from people in all stages of their academic career, including post-graduate students and early career researchers. Research experience within the field of nonreligion and secularity, or previous experience of blogging, is useful but not essential; we are also keen to hear from applicants working in other related research areas who feel they can offer a valuable external perspective on topics of N&S research.

The positions are unpaid, but they offer applicants an opportunity to increase their editorial experience and the chance to engage with researchers and authors at the forefront of nonreligion and secularity research, as well as being a beneficial addition to their CV.

If you would be interested in joining the blog team please send a short cover note and CV by email to blog editor Lorna Mumford (lorna.mumford.10@ucl.ac.uk).

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

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  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


 

Given that the RSP has been running for nearly 2 years now, and in light of the website redesign, David and Chris thought it was about time to have another major publicity push. The email at the link below has already been circulated around the DOLMEN, BASR, and NSRN lists. If you are a member of any other vaguely relevant mailing list – particularly of academic associations – please considering copying it and circulating among friends, colleagues, and interested parties.

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JOURNALS


 

Journal of Religion in Japan (JRJ) http://www.brill.com/jrj

Theology and Science vol 11, no 4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/11/4#.UrQDGeJzqBs

Sociology of Religion http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc


BOOKS


The Nirvana Sutra (Mahāparinirvāṇa-Sūtra) Volume I translated by Mark L. Blum Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai America, Inc.  2013 ISBN:

978-1-886439-46-7

Volume 1 covers the first ten fascicles of the forty-fascicle Chinese translation made by Dharmakṣema (Taisho No. 374) in north China probably between 420-431. Subsequently there will be three more volumes to complete this translation, but only this first part of the Chinese text covers material for which there are Sanskrit fragments, a Tibetan translation from Sanskrit, and a second Chinese translation, all of which were consulted for this volume and are discussed in the notes. This book is part of the BDK English Tripiṭaka series and can be purchased at bdkamerica.org and soon from the University of Hawaii Press website.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


2014 Claremont Graduate Student History Association Conference

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-15

Description: CFP: GSHA Conference 2014 Defiance The GSHA welcomes papers on a broad range of topics related to Defiance for its annual conference on April 5th, 2014. Defiance encompasses many aspects of history, ranging from traditional topics such as   Rosa Parks bravery, to interdisciplinary analysis of the Su     …

Contact: gsha [at] cgu.edu

Announcement ID: 208708

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208708

 


 

CFP: “Mediating Religion” Graduate Symposium Call for Papers Location: Indiana

Date: 2014-04-18

Description: The Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Presents: Mediating Religion: Modes of Communication in Religious Contexts An interdisciplinary graduate student conference April 18-19, 2014 at Indiana University, Bloomington

Keynote: Dr. Lerone Martin, Danforth Center on Religion and Polit …

Contact: iugradconf [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208766

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208766

 


CFP: The Glocalisation of Christianity in China

Date: 2014-05-15

Description: An international conference to be held at the University of Manchester 15-16 May 2014 Christianity came to China four times: with the Nestorians during the Tang dynasty  (618-907), the Franciscans during the Mongol-ruled Yuan dynasty  (1271-1368), the Jesuits during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644),  and w …

Contact: rebecca.frost [at] postgrad.manchester.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 208691

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208691

 


CFP: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education

Date: 2014-08-01

Description: Call for Papers: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education We invite papers for a special issue of Jesuit Higher  Education: A Journal on the theme of gender and Jesuit higher education. Topics may include: history, spirituality, pedagogy,  workplace issues, the relationship of faith and justice, womens  infl …

Contact: kkloos [at] regis.edu

Announcement ID: 208764

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208764

 


CFP: panel The “evidence” of death: necrographic accounts on death perspectives.

To propose a paper go to:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2678

 


*ASA14 Decennial: Anthropology and Enlightenment *19-22 June 2014 The Surgeons’ Hall, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh

 *REMINDER:  CFP* *Repositioning health, illness and the body: the challenge of new theoretical approaches to medical anthropology*

 Convenors: Simon Cohn (University of Cambridge) & Rebecca Lynch (University of Cambridge)

 *Summary*

This panel addresses to what extent a number of Enlightenment distinctions have inescapably shaped medical anthropology, and whether they have hindered, as well as enabled, its progress. It asks whether approaches from STS and the ‘ontological turn’ are useful to overcome the entrenched dichotomies by helping us circumvent such things as the illness/disease distinction as well as placing the materiality of the body at the centre of analysis.

 Paper proposals should consist of:

  – a paper title

  – authors/co-authors

  – a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters

  – a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

 All paper proposals must be submitted via the conference website although you are welcome to email us directly for informal queries (Simon:sc556 [at] medschl.cam.ac.uk , Rebecca: rl476 [at] medschl.cam.ac.uk). Proposal abstracts should be submitted through:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2679. More information on the conference more broadly is available at:

http://www.theasa.org/conferences/asa14/ .

*The call for papers closes on 5th January 2014.*


CFP: Narrative Culture

This is an open call to invite the scholarly community to contribute to the new journal “NARRATIVE CULTURE”. The journal is affiliated with the International Society for Folk Narrative Research; it is edited by Ulrich Marzolph and Regina Bendix and is published by Wayne State University Press (http://wsupress.wayne.edu/journals/detail/narrative-culture). Original submissions of 5.000-7.500 words (preferably in MS Word) should be sent to umarzol@gwdg.de and rbendix [at] gwdg.de. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding suggested contributions (including a title and abstract), matters of style of references and so forth. The first issue is to appear in summer 2014.

The journal “NARRATIVE CULTURE” claims traditional narrative as a broad and pervasive, in fact an essential constituent of human practice, warranting a holistic perspective to grasp its place comparatively across time and space. Traditional narrative, as the editors see it, comprises themes and motifs that rely on a long, and sometimes international tradition, as well as traditional modes of narration in oral and written practice giving rise to ever new narrative shapes and contents. By widening the scope of “narrative” to “narrative culture”, the journal embraces the transmedial representation and transmission of traditional narratives in numerous forms of cultural expression. In other words, “narrative culture” explores cultural expression as outlined and defined by the impact of (traditional) narratives. Inviting contributions that document, discuss and theorize the impact of traditional narratives in various forms of cultural expression, the journal opens an interdisciplinary platform that integrates approaches spread across numerous disciplines. The concept of “Narrative Culture” is particularly relevant for folklore as well as ethnographic and historical research, but it also addresses questions relevant to psychology, communications, media and performance studies. In its scope, narrative culture thus aims to be both exclusive as a demarcation against the numerous approaches (in various journals and scientific societies) focusing primarily on narration in literature as well as inclusive in terms of wide theoretical and methodological approaches exploring the range and impact of traditional narratives and narration. In terms of genres, the field thus outlined is defined by a large variety of forms, including not only oral and written texts, but also popular narratives in images, three-dimensional art, customs, rituals, drama, dance, music, film and their digital proliferation. Aspects of performance and its context are key to understanding the impact of tradition in various modes of narration. Acknowledging the collective human element as present in the constitution of narration, in the work of narrators (performers, artists, etc.) and audience alike, sheds new meaning to the adaptation of vernacular or folk narrative in the modern world.


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


Recruiting: New Members Wanted to Join the NSRN Blog Editorial Team

 In September the NSRN launched its online blog Nonreligion and Secularity (blog.nsrn.net) which aims to provide an informative resource for scholars and professionals working in the field of nonreligion and secularity research, and offer a space for the dissemination of research-related information to a wider audience.

 We are currently looking to expand and are seeking enthusiastic people to join the editorial team.

 As well as helping to build upon the initial success of the blog, new team members will have the opportunity to play a dynamic role in the blog’s ongoing development and its vision for the future.

 Depending on experience, successful applicants will undertake some, or all, or the following responsibilities

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions

  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors

  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles

  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog

  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles

  • Dealing with general blog enquiries

  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources

  • Working with the other team members on ways to enhance and improve the blog website and increase exposure and traffic

  • Engaging in virtual team meetings, via email or Skype, to discuss ongoing blog developments.

We welcome applications from people in all stages of their academic career, including post-graduate students and early career researchers. Research experience within the field of nonreligion and secularity, or previous experience of blogging, is useful but not essential; we are also keen to hear from applicants working in other related research areas who feel they can offer a valuable external perspective on topics of N&S research.

The positions are unpaid, but they offer applicants an opportunity to increase their editorial experience and the chance to engage with researchers and authors at the forefront of nonreligion and secularity research, as well as being a beneficial addition to their CV.

If you would be interested in joining the blog team please send a short cover note and CV by email to blog editor Lorna Mumford (lorna.mumford.10 [at] ucl.ac.uk).

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

 


Leiden University – Lecturer in Arabic <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48262>

 

Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena – Professor for Caucasus Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48258>

 

Leiden University – University Lecturer in Modern Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48264>

 

Leiden University – University Lecturer in Modern Japanese Economy <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48265>

 

Nalanda University – Founding Faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48239>

 

University of Georgia – Assistant Professor (Digital Humanities) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48272>

Columbia University – Assistant or Associate Professor, Jewish and Israel Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48246>

 

Washington University in St. Louis – Faculty position in religion and politics <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48232>

 

Brandeis University – NEW CHAIR IN JEWISH EDUCATION AT BRANDEIS <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48233>

 

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic Theology

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

PhD Studentships

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Strathclyde

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  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


 

Given that the RSP has been running for nearly 2 years now, and in light of the website redesign, David and Chris thought it was about time to have another major publicity push. The email at the link below has already been circulated around the DOLMEN, BASR, and NSRN lists. If you are a member of any other vaguely relevant mailing list – particularly of academic associations – please considering copying it and circulating among friends, colleagues, and interested parties.

Here’s the link: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/october-2013-publicity/


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JOURNALS


 

Sociology of Religion, vol 74, no 4 – advance notice. http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/4?etoc

 

Review of Religious Studies Research, vol 55, no. 4  http://link.springer.com/journal/13644/55/4?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals

 

Religion and State, vol 41, no 4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/41/4#.UqrCpeL9qBs


BOOKS


Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving. Oxford University Press, 2013 (Oxford Ritual Studies).  ISBN 978-0-19-994215-2 (pbk)

Author:  Smith, Bardwell L.

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


New Antiquities: Transformations of the Past in the New Age and Beyond

The twentieth century witnessed a surge of fascination with the religious culture of the ancient Mediterranean, whose allure was appropriated in innovative ways by various actors and movements ranging from Rudolf Steiner to Goddess-cult(ure)s, from Neo-Gnostics in Brazil to the Russian New Age. In these diverse interpretations and productive misunderstandings of antiquity, ancient gods, philosophers, religious specialists, sacred institutions, practices, and artifacts were invoked, employed, and even invented in order to legitimize new developments in religious life. Focusing on the contemporary period (from the 1960s to the present day), our goal is to identify and analyze these appropriations and changes of ancient religious life. We seek critical, scientific papers that take an historical, philological, and/or sociological approach towards transformations and constructions of the past in the literature and cultural discourse of the New Age and beyond, extending into movements such as Neo-Paganism and Neo-Gnosticism. Join us for a workshop in Berlin, from 26–28 June 2014!

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in the peer- reviewed Brill series, Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity. Participants will need to provide their own funding.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 31 January 2014.

Contact info:Please send abstracts together with a CV (both no more than 500 words) to newantiquities [at] yahoo.de; further inquiries can be directed to the co-organizers of the workshop:

 


 

CFP: Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)

 After my recent call for papers regarding “Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)” I understood for many reasons this field of study is still undeveloped.

 Therefore by this e-mail I invite you for working together on one book publication project regarding above topic but ONLY related to the mentioned leaders (below).

Please send the title of your chapter, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 30th Feb. 2014 to: (pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk)

This edited volume will be published by SeanKingston Publishing House in U.K.

All branches of disciplines are welcome.

 


 

CFP: Transformations: A Journal of Myth and Fairy Tale Studies – Proposals January 8 th, 2013

full name / name of organization:

EMMA, Université Montpellier 3, France

contact email:

julie.sauvage<@>univ-montp3.fr, weeksj<@>iupui.edu

We are in the process of establishing a brand new web-based, peer-reviewed journal in English, in the field of myth and fairy tale studies. We are currently accepting proposals for the first two issues.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 

Journal Description:

Transformations is designed to explore myth and fairy tale adaptations published after 1870. The journal’s coverage includes modern adaptations of myths and fairy tales in a variety of print and cinematic media, regional myths and fairy tales, colonial and postcolonial interpretations of fairy tale adaptations, myths and fairy tales as a forum for gender exploration, and comparative studies of myths and fairy tales. Transformations features English-language scholarship; however, the scope of the journal is broadly international and multidisciplinary. Individual papers do not have to address both myths and fairy tales, although we are interested in the interpretive intersections between these genre categorizations.

The journal will be published semi-annually in December and June. Each submitted article will be peer-reviewed by two academic experts selected from relevant fields of research. Articles should be 5,000-8,000 words in length, including notes and works cited.

The first two issues of the journal will be open submission for any topic related to myths and fairy tales. Thereafter, the journal will alternate between an open topic issue in the winter, and a special issue focused around a particular theme, tale, author, or sub-genre in the summer. Future special issue topics will include (“Little Red Riding Hood,” Late Victorian Political Myths and Fairy Tales, Myths and Fairy Tales from India, and Neil Gaiman)

Possible topics for general issues may include, but are not limited to:

– relationships between myths and fairy tales

– literary or film genres in myth and fairy tale revisions

– the politics of myth and fairy tale revisions

– gender in myths and fairy tales

– post-colonial perspectives on myths and fairy tales

– translation and displacement of myths and fairy tales

– history in myth and fairy tale revisions

– myths and fairy tales and modernism/post-modernism

– orality in the rewriting of myths and fairy tales

– narrative patterns in myths and fairy tales

– redefining the subject through myth and fairy tale revisions

– narrative technique and voice

– performing myths and fairy tales

– myths and fairy tales on screen

– myths and fairy tales in new media

– intermedial approaches to myths and fairy tales

500-word proposals should be sent by January 8th 2014 as e-mail attachments. Please include your full name and institutional affiliation. Address submissions to the editors:


VI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: “IMAGES OF DEATH”

Venue: National University of Salta

Salta, Argentina Republic – 13 al August 16, 2014

 We are sending the First Circular concerning the VI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: “IMAGES OF DEATH” with schedule information, inscriptions, as well as the subject areas.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Date and sending proposals – by e-mail: until 20 February 2014.

Response on acceptance of proposals (sending the acceptance letter) –

E-mail: March 20, 2014.

Off of the full texts of the paper – by e-mail: until 20 May 2014.

Realization of Congress 13 to August 16, 2014.<cavucacordeiro [at] gmail.com>

REGISTRATION

1) FORMAT: Single or double registrations (each participant must make payment for your registration) with proposals for free topics. The presentations will be organized in co-ordinated by the Organizing Committee, according to thematic criteria and / or chronological sessions.

2) DELIVERY OF THE PROPOSAL / PRE-REGISTRATION: Send file attached to a mail message to the following address:6imagenesdelamuerte@gmail.com ,

containing:

a) name;

b) Institution;

c) Country;

d) Curriculum summarized (with area of training, professional action, major publications);

e) Title of the presentation;

f) extended summary of 2 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5. It should record the subject, research problem, hypothesis or orientations of meaning, sources, references and brief conceptual conclusions as above. The summary should be accompanied by five key words that refer to the main concepts that articulate the proposal.

g) The selection and approval criteria will be the quality and relevance of the proposal sent through the summary.

3) TARIFFS:

Professional speakers: $ 800

Professional attendees: $ 400

Students post-graduation speakers: $ 800 students attending

post-graduation: $ 400 Exhibitors grade students: No Tariff assistants grade students: No Fee

4) THEME: sessions will be organized by the Organizing Committee according to two cutouts: chronological / procedural and thematic. Encompassing a broad interdisciplinary range to provide opportunities to identify complexities and riches in the analysis and discussion of theoretical, methodological and conceptual explanatory theory of the social aspects are provided. Discussions will allow also advance studies at local, regional, national and / or global.

4.1) chronological CLIPPING:

a) Death, dying and the post-mortem between different cultures of the period Pre- Columbian / pre-European;

b) Death, dying and the post-mortem in the process of European conquest:

catechesis,

appropriations and cultural relationships in situations of conquest and settlement European;

c) Death, dying and the post-mortem in situations of colonial Christianity and

implemented: burials ad and apud sanctos ecclesian, places of death and the dead, funeral rituals and customs covering different cultures (the Catholic death / baroque death among different indigenous and African races), the Catholic / Protestant hegemony over different attitudes and representations; prescribed and lived;

d) Crisis of Colonialism, wars of independence, assertion of Independent States (imperial or republican), ruptures and continuities before death:

alteration of mortality patterns and habits, hygiene and medicalization of death, creating processes extramural cemeteries, new places of the dead, transformations and cultural traditions;

e) Transformations and continuities in the context of challenge to the hegemony of death, dying and the afterlife and the construction of new religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.).;

f) Death in contemporary societies, ruptures and continuities: the loneliness of the dying, euthanasia, cremation, violent deaths.

4.2) THEME CUTS:

a) Rituals and attitudes towards death;

b) Representations, sensibilities, conceptions, philosophical aspects of death, death and the afterlife;

c) Spatiality and places to death;

d) secularization and sacralization;

e) Planning, health, public cemeteries;

f) Funerary art, art cemeterial;

g) Studies and bioarchaeology paleoepidemiologia;

h) Morbidity and mortality;

i) Death and violence: murder, crime, suicide, genocide, death penalty;

j) Death and power: state funerals.

k) Psychological aspects, medicine, medicalization, euthanasia, palliative care;

l) literature, visual arts, theater, music, photographs, film;

m) Different social practices against pain: Judicialization, organizations demand collective struggles.


2014 Postgraduate Conference: Bodies: Bridges and Boundaries

Monday 6–Tuesday 7 January 2014, Christ Church, University of Oxford

Wendell Berry suggests that ‘when we say the word “body” theologically, we cannot distinguish in an absolute way whether we mean our own human bodies, Jesus’ human body, Christ’s bodily presence in the elements of the Eucharist, or the social body called the church’. Our experience of life, salvation and sanctification is an embodied experience, but what this means is far from clear given that bodies have a liminal character as both a defining boundary of the self and a communicative bridge to the outside world, both immanent and transcendent. This conference seeks to explore the interaction between theological and religious conceptions of the body, both individual and corporate, and the lived experience and praxis of those bodies in the world.

Speakers

Gerard Loughlin, University of Durham

Graham Ward, University of Oxford

Pamela Sue Anderson, University of Oxford

Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Oxford

Call for Papers

This conference aims to gather postgraduate students. We invite critical and constructive papers of 20 minutes in length from all disciplines concerned with theology and religion. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, theological approaches to:

Mind as embodied and environmentally embedded

Doctrines such as incarnation, resurrection and ascension

Soteriology and sanctification of the body

Bodies, passions and emotions

Sexuality and gender

The body in sacrament and ritual

Church as the body of Christ

Changing conceptions of the body in history

Bodily language and metaphors in scripture and theology

Ethical considerations of technology and the body

Communion and communication

Negotiating social, political and cultural bodies

Please submit your abstract (500 words maximum) to tobias.tan@theology.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 25 October 2013.

Registration

To register your attendance at the conference, please complete the following form.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Please register by 9 December 2013.

Accommodation

In general, delegates will need to organise their own accommodation. The organising committee is attempting to make various affordable accommodation options available for postgraduate students. The following options may be of interest:

1. We are currently searching for local Oxford based students and faculty who may be willing to host a student. Accommodation will vary depending on what the host can offer. You may indicate your interest in being hosted on the registration form.

2. We have been able to arrange for 39 places at The Vines at £35 for Monday the 6th of January (only). The Vines is a large house on Pullens Lane owned by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, a visiting student program. It is a 5-10 minute bus-ride from city centre. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be advised that should you secure a place, you will most likely be sharing a room with 1-3 other delegates. You may include roommate requests when you book. The kitchen will not be available for use. If you are interested in accommodation at the Vines please express your interest on the registration form by Monday 9 December. You will then be contacted to confirm whether you have place and given details about how to make a formal booking.

3. List of other accommodation options in Oxford

Meals

Lunch will be provided free of charge on Tuesday 7 January (please indicate your dietary requirements on the registration form). Breakfasts, dinners and lunch on Monday 6 January will not be provided.

Bursaries

We are attempting to secure funding to make travel bursaries available to those who require assistance to attend. Please note the following information about bursaries:

Bursaries will only be available to those giving papers.

Bursaries will only be available for domestic train/bus travel within the UK. We are unable to cover flights, international travel or accommodation.

Depending on funding and demand, we may only be able to subsidise a percentage of your travel expenses.

Original receipts will need to be provided before bursaries are paid.

Bursary payments will be made after the conference and may take several weeks. We aim to inform those who are awarded bursaries when abstracts are accepted (approx. mid-November).

Where possible, participants are encouraged to apply for other funding so that we are able to maximise access to the conference.

To apply for a bursary, please complete the relevant section of the registration form. For any inquiries relating to Bursaries, please contact ulrich.schmiedel@theology.ox.ac.uk

A full conference programme will be available at a later date. The conference will begin at 13:00 on Monday 6 January and conclude at 17:00 on Tuesday 7 January.

For general enquiries, please contact tobias.tan [at] theology.ox.ac.uk.


 

CFP: The Leeds Postgraduate Monasticism Conference has opened a cal for papers which could be of interest to many of you: Monastic Myths: Origins, Identities, Legacies, 16-17 May, deadline 28 February.

More information:  http://leedsmonasticismconference.wordpress.com/call-for-papers-2014/

Those involved in shaping forms of religious expression in the Middle Ages had recourse to a powerful tool: the creation of origin narratives. Monastic, mendicant, canonical and semi-regular congregations self-consciously looked to the past for models to emulate, appropriated traditions to present to contemporaries, and established precedents to edify future generations. Within communities, origin stories were crafted by male and female religious to strengthen their position as the spiritual vanguard of Christendom, as well as to legitimise certain forms of religious life. Similarly, external factors played their role in myth formation, either through wider ecclesiastical policy or through the active participation of interested lay people. These stories can be seen in a variety of media, and were expressed as easily by depictions on the walls of religious houses and in paintings as they were through written works such as hagiography and chronicles.

 


 

Oslo International Graduate Students Conference: Space, Culture, and Religion: Considering Implications of The ‘Spatial Turn’

Time and place: May 19, 2014 – May 21, 2014, University of Oslo

Call for papers

In recent years, the humanities and social sciences have seen a renewed interest in spatiality. Scholars have increasingly considered ways in which texts, history and cultural practices are physically embodied – and, hence, spatially embedded. Notions of ‘space’, ‘place’ and ‘landscape’ are no longer the exclusive domain of geographers, but have been appropriated by social anthropologists, scholars of religion, historians and literary scholars. Following a number of other ‘turns’ in the humanities, this development has been called ‘the spatial turn’ (e.g., Warf & Arias 2009). Scholars are studying aspects of space from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, drawing on theories not only from geography but also from philosophy and sociology. Thinkers whose work has been rediscovered, or reinterpreted from a spatial perspective, include Mikhail Bakhtin (‘chronotope’), Pierre Bourdieu (‘social space’), Michel de Certeau (‘spatial stories’), Michel Foucault (‘heterotopia’) and Henri Lefebvre (‘the production of space’). In this conference, we would like to examine implications of the ‘spatial turn’ for the humanities. In particular, we look at the possible impact of new considerations of space on the disciplines represented at our institute: Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, cultural studies, and the study of religion(s). We welcome papers on a variety of topics, as long as they relate to our central topic. We particularly would like to invite (post)graduate students and young (postdoc) researchers to present papers on the spatial aspects of their own research.

The conference will be divided into the following four subtopics: politics of space; imaginations of space; history of space; writing space, crafting space. Participants are requested to relate their presentation to one of these four topics. For more information on these subtopics, please see the conference website: http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/network/ikos-austin-collaboration/Graduate-Conference/ Those who wish to participate in the conference and present a paper are requested to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) before December 20, 2013.

Please indicate which of the four subthemes your paper relates to. Abstracts can be sent to Aike Rots: a.p.rots [at] ikos.uio.no

 


JOBS


Auburn University – Assistant Professor, visual and material culture of the Mediterranean and/or Near Eastern World (ancient or early medieval) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48185>

 

Brown University – Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies, <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48161>

 

Ripon College – Assistant Professor of U.S. History/African or Asian Diaspora <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48148>

 

University of Zurich – Professorship for Global History (18th-20th Century) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48165>

 

School of Oriental and African Studies – Lecturer in the History of Iran since c. 1500

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48182>

 

Case Western Reserve University – The Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professorship in Catholic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48154>

 

McGill University – Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48122>

 

Mount Allison University – Assistant Professor, East Asian Religions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48172>

 

Old Dominion University – Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – Jewish Traditions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48166>

 

York University – Assistant Professor, Classical Judaica; Modern Religious Thought and/or Modern Comparative Religion <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48187>

 

PhD Studentships: History

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 

PhD Studentships: Philosophy

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 


The Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral fellow studying New Atheism for a period of two years, beginning as soon as possible and April 1, 2014 at the latest. Application is due on January 15, 2014.

 

The Faculty is looking for a project with a critical scientific focus on New Atheism/contemporary atheistic positions or groups. What characterizes the phenomenon in question? What historical roots does it have? How does it relate to earlier forms of atheism and critique of religion? What understanding of religion and which ideological assumptions does it presuppose? Towards which forms of religions and ideologies is the atheistic criticism directed? What are the arguments for atheism and against religion, and what weight should be awarded to these arguments? How does the phenomenon relate to the contemporary criticism of secularization theses and secularism? What normative grounds and political ambitions does it have? What role does the phenomenon play in today’s society and politics?

http://www.uu.se/en/jobs/?positionId=29394#

 


 

The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University is accepting applications for the Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies. Graduate Assistantships, which include tuition, healthcare benefits, and a monthly stipend, are available for qualified students.

Our students and faculty are committed to the ethnographic study of vernacular culture and the integration of practice and research.

As an M.A.-only program, we focus on preparing students for professional careers in research, performance creation, and public outreach; for teaching at the high school and community-college level; and for admission to top-tier, research-intensive Ph.D. programs. Many of our students conduct ethnographic fieldwork and include performance as components of their M.A.

theses. As they’re writing and researching, they’re also delivering papers at national and regional conferences, publishing book reviews, and winning

university- and college-wide fellowships for their research and professional development.

Performance Studies scholars examine relationships between performance and culture. The department has research strengths in Africana studies, dance and ritual studies, ethnomusicology, folklore, performance ethnography, popular music studies, religious studies, theatre history, media studies, and women’s studies.

Information on the application process, courses, and the degree plan can be found at http://perf.tamu.edu/ Please contact Dr. Kirsten Pullen, Director of Graduate Studies (kpullen [at] tamu.edu <mailto:kpullen [at] tamu.edu>) with any questions.

For full funding consideration for Fall 2014, students should apply by January 15, 2014. Applications will be reviewed until February 15, 2014 or until all assistantships are filled.

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Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief vol 9 no 4 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/mar;jsessionid=1b6hatc7xpp21.alice

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics (JEF) has recently published its latest issue Vol. 7, No. 1 at http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal

International Journal of Philosophy and Theology http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/international-journal-philosophy-theology-new-collection


BOOKS


Mission Station Christianity: Norwegian Missionaries in Colonial Natal and Zululand, Southern Africa 1850-1890 (Brill, 2013)

Ingie Hovland

Abstract: Christian communities sometimes seem to say one thing and do another. One example is the nineteenth-century missionaries in Southern Africa. While they (often) spoke powerfully of equality, they (often) set up practices and institutions that normalized the opposite. Why did they play such an ambivalent role in South Africa’s history? Should we point to their affinity to Western ways of thinking and acting, or their limited historical perspective and agency, – or their Christianity? In Mission Station Christianity, Ingie Hovland presents an anthropological history of the ideas and practices that evolved among a group of Norwegian missionaries on the colonial frontier as they sought to “make God present” on their mission stations. She examines how the mission station spaces influenced the missionaries’ daily Christianity, and vice versa, drawing on the anthropology of Christianity. Words and objects, missionary bodies, problematic converts, and the utopian imagination are discussed, as well as how the Zulus made use of (and ignored) the stations. The majority of the Norwegian missionaries had become practical and theological cheerleaders of white colonialism by the 1880s, and Ingie Hovland argues that this situation was prepared and made thinkable by the everyday patterns of Christianity they had set up and become familiar with on the mission stations since the 1850s. The missionaries’ contradictory effects in South Africa’s history followed from their everyday Christian choices.

Chapter 1 is available for download (pdf) at http://www.ingiehovland.net/christianity–colonialism-mission-station-christianity.html

Hardcover: ISBN 9789004254886 http://www.brill.com/mission-station-christianity

E-book: E-ISBN 9789004257405 http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004257405

 


CONFERENCES


All interested students and scholars are cordially invited to attend a workshop of the series “Comparative anthropology of Buddhism”, devoted to the theme:

*Monasticism and its place in Buddhist religious fields*, (Paris — Friday, 20 Dec. 2013)

This will be a primarily anglophone session.

Location: CNRS, 7 rue Guy Môquet, 94800 Villejuif, France (a 12 minutes walk from the nearest Paris metro station — for a GoogleMaps view, click here: http://bit.ly/W9Jav8)

All participants are invited to a buffet lunch; if you would like to attend, please kindly inform us (by email to: drolland@vjf.cnrs.fr) by *2 Dec. 2013*, to leave us time for the organization.

For all details (timing, programme, abstracts…), please see here: http://himalayas.hypotheses.org/1619

 


 

1st Global Conference: Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimage and Beyond  (July 2014: Oxford, United Kingdom)

Date: 2014-07-09

Description: 1st Global Conference: Sacred Journeys: Pilgrimage and Beyond Wednesday 9th July Friday 11th July 2014, Mansfield College, Oxford, United Kingdom Call for Presentations Pilgrimage is one of the most ancient practices of humankind and is associated with a great variety of religious and spiritual trad …

Contact: sj1 [at] inter-disciplinary.net

URL:

www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/sacred-journeys/call-for-presentations/

Announcement ID: 208516

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208516

 


“Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture” (International Conference, 17-18 March 2014, University of Cambridge)

See the conference website for more details http://www.visionsofenchantment.com/ and facebook https://www.facebook.com/enchantment2014?ref=ts&fref=ts


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Center for Religious Studies at Ruhr University welcomes applications for the 2014 summer school “Eurasian Religions in Contact”. All advanced students (graduate and postgraduate) with a specialisation in religious encounters are encouraged to apply. A limited number of scholarships is also available.

 Please consult the attached poster and our website for more details: www.eric.ceres.rub.de


 

With this year’s conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) over, the planning for next year’s conference have begun. Pls consider submitting paper proposals to next year’s conference (see call for papers below).

The theme of next year’s conference is ‘Building Bridges’—the idea is to build bridges between disciplines and cultures, so scholars from different areas of study and geographical regions are strongly encouraged to attend. This includes post-graduate students!

For those who need funding, have a look at the SSSR’s web site (http://www.sssrweb.org<file://localhost/owa/redir.aspx>) which includes details about available travel funds.


CFP: Religion in California conference at UC Berkeley, April 24-25 on California Paganism. For this panel, I am particularly interested in papers that address: California’s role in modern Pagan movement, California’s emergent Pagan traditions*, politics and activism (social and environmental), migrant communities and California Paganism, and work that integrates the writings of Dr. Lorentzen and Dr. Sutton, keynote speakers of the conference. (Conference prefers papers that interact with the work of Sutton (Aimee Semple McPerson and the Resurrection of Christian America) and Lorentzen (Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities). If your work intersects with theirs, that is great, but I am more interested in authentic academic papers about California Paganism than analyses that are forced.)

 *I expect to present my research on Church of All Worlds, so papers on Reclaiming, Dianic Witchcraft, and others are encouraged.

 To participate, please submit a 30-100 word abstract and any other information available (sample, outline or bibliography) to mmueller05@gmail.com.

 Send to me by Dec. 1. (You can also send your own paper proposals directly to the conference planners according to the attachment. Send to mmueller05@gmail.com if you want to be part of a California Paganism panel. I will have responses ready by Dec. 8.)

 Include “California Paganism Panel” in subject line.

Direct any questions about this panel to me at mmueller05@gmail.com. Michelle Mueller

 


CFP: Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)This is a call for papers for one or several panels on “Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)” which will be held during the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), 18th-22nd August 2014 in Ankara (Turkey).

http://www.wocmes2014.org/

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeyni (1902-1989), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001), Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), Saddam Hussein (1937-2006), Muammar al-Gaddafi (1942-2011) and Osama Bin Ladan (1957-2011) were all political, religious or pious leaders of important countries and movements of the contemporary Middle East during the last two decades of the 20th and the first decade of the 21st centuries. Their deaths and funeral ceremonies, their burial places, and their tombs and mausoleums are the main topics of our panel(s). We are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on topics such as (but not limited to):

–        Death and funeral ceremonies as national and state formation;

–       Funeral architecture and national identity;

–       Memorials and mausoleums as a mechanism of symbolic legitimation;

–        Significance of memorials and mausoleums in urban topography and the creation of sacred public space;

–       The role of memorials and mausoleums in collective memory and constructing the narrative of the past;

–       The role of memorials and mausoleums in innovation and the creation of new rituals and performances;

–       The death of political and religious leaders and the creation of new saints and sanctity;

–       Creation of new sites of worship and political-religious pilgrimage;

–       Formation of religious-political tourism.

 

We are primarily interested in receiving proposals which focus on case or comparative studies related to the above mentioned leaders. All branches of disciplines are welcome.

Please send the title of your proposal, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 30th Nov. 2013 to:

Dr. P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

Email: pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk

 


The instructions for applying to the 2014 bursary program for attending the conference in Groningen are now available online on the EASR website: http://easr.org/home/easr-bursaries.html?PHPSESSID=80e6161a847374da320cbed093e7ef97. You will see there the timeline for submissions and notification of results

 


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2014

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-11-22

Description: Crossroads of East Asia: The 17th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA February 21 – February 23, 2014 The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for i   …

Contact: heas.conference [at] gmail.com

URL: www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/faq.html

Announcement ID: 208541

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208541

 


 

CFP: Asian Studies National Conference 2014

Location: Texas

Date: 2014-03-13

Description: The Asian Studies Development Program 20th annual national conference will be held in Houston, Texas from March 13-15, 2014. The conference welcomes undergraduate faculty from community colleges, universities and private liberal arts colleges. The deadline for the call for papers is November 15 alth …

Contact: Manoabuck [at] aol.com

URL: www.eastwestcenter.org/node/34048

Announcement ID: 208467

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208467

 


Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual  Culture” (17-18 March 2014, University of Cambridge)

Date: 2014-03-17

Description: This major international conference at the University of Cambridge brings together an impressive range of papers that consider visual, symbolic and material aspects of the esoteric tradition. Topics range from Egyptian tomb magic, amulets and protective charms, to alchemical illustrations, witchcraf …

Contact: enchantment2014 [at] gmail.com

URL: www.visionsofenchantment.com

Announcement ID: 208436

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208436


 

Proposals are invited for the open panel on ‘Transformations of Religion Through Economic Knowledge’ at the European Association for the Study of Religion “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”. University of Groningen, Netherlands, 11-15 May 2014.

Abstract:

Economization penetrates all segments of culture since some decades. In its wake come severe subversions that have not yet been sufficiently understood or that are not even foreseeable. Economic knowledge has infiltrated religion in this process and by this brings in a total system of mainly neoliberal anthropological, moral and political assumptions and applications: A reign of management takes over charisma and common forms of religious authority. Knowledge on cult branding, marketing and building up distribution systems is applied as “naturally” to religion in this course. Believers appear as „demand side“ and „consumer clientele“. Religious market competition is said to pluralize religion and help it grow.

All papers are welcomed that consider: – how diverse forms and specializations of economic knowledge exert these converting effects on religion; – how economic knowledge supersedes, competes or even exceeds religious practices and institutions in past or contemporary religion.

Contact: anne.koch [at] lmu.de

for more information: http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/media/images/Open%20proposals%20EASR14/Transformations%20of%20Religion%20Through%20Economic%20Knowledge.pdf

Abstracts have to be submitted until 1st of December!

 


 

5th ETHNOGRAPHY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

V CONVEGNO DI ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA

Bergamo, June 5-7, 2014

http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=162

Detailed descriptions of the workshop sessions are listed here: http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=1

For further information and updates: www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it


Submissions are now open for “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 2014).

See www.paranthropology.co.uk for past issues.

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

Paranormal/Supernatural/Spiritual/Religious belief/experience, Magic, Parapsychology, Afterlife Research, etc., Mediumship, Shamanism, Occultism, Esotericism, etc., Psychedelic experience, Extraordinary encounters in the field (particularly focussing on the ethnographic interpretation and presentation of extraordinary experiences), General issues in the anthropology of consciousness, religion and experience…

Although anthropological and ethnographic approaches are central to the journal (and it would be nice to see more ethnographic submissions), we also welcome contributions from other disciplines including folklore, history, sociology, psychology, parapsychology and indeed any discipline which has an interesting contribution to make.

If you have an idea for an article that you think would be suitable for the journal, or have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the editor via discarnates [at] googlemail.com

 


 

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the panel on ‘New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Peace’ to be presented at the Joint conference of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) and the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), also ranked as special conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”. University of Groningen, 11-15 May 2014.

 Short Abstract:

The study of the religious involvement in conflict, peacemaking and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the role of religion in good governance issues, such as state building in the so-called track II or non-official diplomacy. In addition, interreligious dialogue, faith-based diplomacy, and the role of religion in restorative justice and reconciliation have been some of the main concerns in the field. The majority of these studies have considered religion as an ally to liberal peacebuilding models.

 

The purpose of this panel is to challenge some of the dominant views in the study of religion and peace by proposing alternative paths of analysis. The papers will enhance the field through the proposal of critical analysis of concepts and theories through theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers include research on grassroots experiences of peacebuilding, religion and transformative reparation, religion and social justice, and religion and transitional justice from below.

 More information about the panel can be found at http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/media/images/Open%20proposals%20EASR14/New%20Approaches%20to%20the%20Study%20of%20Religion%20and%20Peace.pdf

Details about the conference here http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

The deadline is 1 December 2013. Please email to the following address if you are interested in participating:smroyola[at] abdn.ac.ukl or sriosoyola [at] gmail.com


JOBS


New York University – Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48051>

 

University of Oxford – University Lecturer, Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48068>

Aarhus University – Assistant Professorship in Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48027>

 

Brooklyn College – Assistant Professor – American Jewish Studies (Judaic Studies) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48057>

 

Princeton University – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work/Workplace Spirituality <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48070>

 

University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045>

 


 

University of Illinois — Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (http://www.ais.illinois.edu) invites applications for an assistant, associate, or full professor position (full time tenure-track or tenured position).

American Indian Studies is searching for a scholar in interdisciplinary American Indian or Indigenous Studies with an emphasis on Native peoples from regions of North America where our campus is located, including the Lower Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi, and the Mississippi cultural regions. The successful candidate will have a record of research excellence and publication in American Indian or Indigenous studies (tenured) or demonstrate potential to develop such a record (tenure-track). Along with research and publication, the position requires significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, in addition to program, university, and other forms of professional service. Current faculty in our unit conduct interdisciplinary research in a range of fields including comparative indigenous studies, media studies, expressive culture, intellectual history, literary history, educational history, sports, social and political theory, language revitalization, museum studies, governance, health, militarization, and performance. Candidates from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered; however, the search committee is interested in candidates who complement the expertise of our current faculty, and we are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on design and fine arts, linguistics, language revitalization, environmental studies, landscape architecture, critical geographies, and disability studies. A joint appointment or teaching arrangement with another academic unit on campus is also likely.

 

Minimum qualifications include the PhD or equivalent by the start of appointment, clear knowledge and experience in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, scholarly achievement and promise, and evidence of teaching excellence. Experience working with American Indian or other Indigenous communities is a plus.

 

To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through http://go.illinois.edu/AISfaculty13 and submit your letter of application detailing current research plans, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references by December 15, 2013.

The search committee may contact the applicant about soliciting letters of reference at a later point, after a first review of the files.  For inquiries regarding the position, contact search committee chair, Jodi Byrd (jabyrd@illinois.edu).  Target start date of August 16, 2014.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

 

Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu)


 

Applications are now invited for admission to the Religious Roots of Europe Master’s Programme 2013. This is a joint programme taught in collaboration by the religion and theology departments of six Scandinavian universities and carries a focus on the formative periods of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The language of instruction is English. For more information, check out http://religiousroots.b.uib.no/, http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/religious_roots/, or http://religiousroots.au.dk/

Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Theology or other relevant fields of study before beginning the programme. They should have at least 20 ECTS of Ancient  Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic.

Application for admission is made to one of the six host institutions: Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund or Oslo (http://religiousroots.au.dk/hostuniversities/). The deadline for application varies according to the individual institution. In Bergen, the deadline for students resident abroad is December 1, 2013. (See http://religiousroots.b.uib.no/admission/)

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JOURNALS


Paranthropology vol 4, issue 4 http://www.scribd.com/doc/182589981/Paranthropology-Vol-4-No-4-October-2013

 

Sri Lanka International Journal of Buddhist Studies (SIJBS) VOLUME 2 http://sibacampus.com/demo/Journal/SIBA_Vol_2.pdf

 

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 40:2 (2013) http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/publications/jjrs/listofjournals/

 


BOOKS


Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

Buddhist priests chanting in jazz clubs?  A temple designed to also serve as a black-box theater?  Buddhist-inspired sociopolitical activism and innovation as a shift in the dominant paradigm of funerals and memorials?  These are just a few of the themes in Experimental Buddhism, now available in paperback ($32) and hardcopy ($60) from the University of Hawaii Press.

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9072-9780824838980.aspx

 


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Editor-in-chief: Natana J. Delong-Bas, Editorial board member: Asma Afsaruddin, Editorial board member: Hibba Abugideiri, Editorial board member: Heba Ezzat, and Series edited by John L. Esposito

Hardback | 1232 pages

£255.00 | 10 October 2013 | 978-0-19-976446-4

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199764464.do

 


THE BUDDHA AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

by J. Abraham Vélez de Cea

Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy. New York and London: Routledge. 2013.

ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415639729/

 


 

Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist Edited by David S. Vanderhooft and Abraham Winitzer Retail price: $64.50  —  Web price: $58.05

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-272-3

Pages: xxii + 562

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/VANLITERA


CONFERENCES


Conference on Adventist history and historiography

Location: Maryland

Date: 2014-01-06

Description: What is the state of the field in the sub-discipline  of Adventist history, 150 years after the foundation of the  Seventh-day Adventist Church? Adventist history is little studied, and this conference explores the changing concept of Adventist history, within and without the denomination, as well  as  …

Contact: bakerb [at] gc.adventist.org

URL:www.adventistarchives.org/adventism-and-adventist-history-sesquicentennial-reflections#.UnahLiT8Slk

Announcement ID: 208243

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208243

 


Speaking for the Humanities

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-20

Description: Scholars representing philosophy, American studies, humanities, law, and literature will discuss how to defend and even talk about the humanities without succumbing to the instrumentalist language of its detractors (measuring outcomes and deliverables) or retreating into the ivory tower by simply  as …

Contact: cps [at] newschool.edu

URL: www.newschool.edu/cps/events/#humanities

Announcement ID: 208292

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208292

 


Religion at the Borderland; Conceptualizing Bordersthrough the Study of Religion

Date: 2013-10-30

Description: Symposium Religion at the Borderland; conceptualizing borders through the study of religion Speakers include Pablo Vila (Temple University); Sean R Roberts (George Washington  University); Silvia Montenegro (Universidad Nacional de Rosario); Jovan Maud (University of Gttingen); Benedikt Korf and Debo …

Contact: marta.dominguez [at] unisg.ch

Announcement ID: 208049

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208049

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

CFP: The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Dear colleagues, We wish to remind you about the call for papers for the 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, which will be organized by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, 23 April 2014. This conference will continue the tradition whic …

Contact: spirituality.tel.aviv [at] gmail.com

URL:

humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Announcement ID: 208086

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208086

 


CFP: Religious pathways to better futures

Date: 2013-11-17

Description: Conference of African Studies Association Germany  (VAD), Bayreuth University, June 11-14 2014, call for papers – panel 32: Religious pathways to better futures Religious groups  in Africa are not only an important source of imaginations of the future they are also remarkably active in their efforts t  …

Contact: katrinlangewiesche [at] yahoo.fr;espies [at] uni-mainz.de

URL: www.vad-ev.de/bayreuth2014/callforpapers/

Announcement ID: 208071

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208071

 


Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia June 7 and 8, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey

This two-day workshop will be hosted at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, in Taksim. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts presenting excavation data relating to identity, territoriality and artistic expression of Anatolian personalities or groups, as well as investigations into the creation and manipulation of identity through material culture. The focus of the first day will be on theoretical and methodological approaches to identity in prehistoric Anatolia, while the second day will be open to papers concerning identity and self at any time period in Anatolian studies.

 The main objective of the workshop is to investigate the embodiment of identity markers in literal and representative media; such as mortuary practices, personalization of tools, location of petroglyphs, and changing contexts of settlement planning. The archaeological focus of this workshop will enhance our perspectives on the relations between the self-determination of ancient Anatolians and their material context in Anatolia.

Abstracts of 300 words or fewer should be sent to <ehughes [at] ku.edu.tr> no later than midnight on February 10, 2014.

 


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

The Association for the Study of Esotericism

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

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

 Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

Prof. Brach holds a Chair at l’École pratique des Hautes Études et in d’Histoire des courants ésotériques dans l’Europe moderne et contemporaine (Sorbonne) succeeding Antoine Faivre in this role

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

Prof. Johnston, Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion at Ohio State University, is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and Roman esoteric philosophical-religious traditions.  She is also editor of Religions of the Ancient World (Harvard UP).

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

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to ASE2014Conference@gmail.com

No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into plain text email. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two paragraphs, and must indicate academic affiliation and/or other academic qualifications.

Independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than later.

We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in 2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume in the series).

For more information on the ASE, and registration for the conference, see our website at www.aseweb.org

CFP: Aristotle considered voice as the sound produced by a creature possessing a soul, but not any sound produced by a living creature is a voice; for the voice is a sound, which is the sign of something. Voice could be defined as a property, intrinsic ability, used by humans, to communicate or express themselves; it can vary from a mere call, to an opinion, a work of art or an attitude. However, the history of humankind is filled with cases where the right to voice has been denied or eliminated; it has been silenced.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Silenced Voices

eSharp: Issue 21

eSharp, an established peer-reviewed international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 21, Silenced Voices, we invite articles that discuss and examine the subject of silenced voices, in the fields of the Social Sciences, Education, and the Arts and Humanities. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Gender, politics and religion,

– Slavery, freedom and human rights,

– Contemporary society, discrimination and segregation,

– Violence, death and war,

– Education, social control and manipulation,

– Language, ethics and society,

– Cinema, writing and journalism,

– Internet and social media.

Submissions to eSharp must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. These should be made in Word document or RTF format. Please ensure that you accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available athttp://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/esharp/.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to submissions@esharp.org.uk.

Deadline for submission: 25th November 2013.


 

The Journal of Religion, Politics and Ideology is always looking for new reviewers! Anyone interested can email the Book Review editor Anupama Ranawana at anupama.ranawana25 [at] gmail.com to ask for the current list of titles available for review, or send a review directly to reviews-tmpr [at] intr.keele.ac.uk

For more information about the Journal, go here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ftmp21/current

 


JOBS


 

Tantric Buddhism, rank open, Buddhist College of Singapore https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48056

Transnational Buddhism, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of California – Riverside https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045

 

Bard Graduate Center – Bard Graduate Center/ American Museum of Natural History  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Museum Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47976>

 

Laurentian University – Indigenous land-use, economic sustainability, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental impact assessments. <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47684>

 

University of Dallas – Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48005>

 

Washington University in St. Louis – East Asian Religions Postdoctoral Fellow <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47995>

 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 

Temporary Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 


 

Visiting Research Scholar Program

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 9 appointments of visiting research scholars.

ISAW’s scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.

For details about the categories of scholars, the financial support, and the application, please visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/visiting-scholar-program. The application deadline for 2014/15 appointments is December 2, 2013. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


 

The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint a Junior Professor within the framework of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective” at the earliest possible date:

Junior Professorship (W1)

Entangled History

Employment is initially limited to 4 years with the option of prolongation for another 2 years according to § 82 Abs. 6 ThürHG.

Duties

&#61623       Research in the field of Entangled History, preferably with a specialization on the religious history of Europa and/or South/South East Asia, e.g. of the Middle Ages or the early modern period

&#61623       Teaching

Requirements

The prerequisites for hiring and the demands of qualification as of § 82 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz are binding.

&#61623       Exceptional PhD in the field of history, sociology, religious studies or an adjacent discipline

&#61623       Publications in the field of Entangled History using sources in at least one non-European language

&#61623       Research must match the research context of the Kolleg Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective“

&#61623       Interest in interdisciplinary research in the framework of the Max Weber Center

International experience, excellent research activities as well as teaching experiences are desirable.

Special instructions

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to move to Erfurt or its surroundings and to teach courses in the University of Erfurt’s interdisciplinary and partly English teaching program, including Studium Fundamentale.

Application/Deadline: Please submit your application (stating the reference number 53/2013) with an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 5 pages), CV, academic resume, list of publications, list of courses taught, teaching evaluations (if available), qualification certificates, a copy of PhD thesis, and up to four further relevant publications as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) or Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint two research associates (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Postdoc Research Associates

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

1st Position:      Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: Indian Religious History / Anthropology or Sociology of Indian Religion, preferably specialization in research on bhakti within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

2nd Position:   Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: History of Ideas in the early modern period with a special focus on the history of transfer of ideas from the Islamic world to Europe, preferably with an emphasis on Sufism, within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

All Positions:     Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Kolleg Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions: The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and (for position 1) Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs (martin.fuchs@uni-erfurt.de) or (for position 2) Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 50/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

 

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint one research associate (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Research Associate

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

&#61623      Research area: Religious Studies / History with a special focus on questions of theory and religion and religious history of the modern period (in particular the early modern period)

&#61623      Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Research Group

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions:The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 52/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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Here’s the link: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/october-2013-publicity/

 


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JOURNALS


Journal of Hindu Studies, advance notice http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc


BOOKS


The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Cloth $65.00, ISBN: 9780691157863; eBook: ISBN: 9781400848058) is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. The Buddhist scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. have created a milestone dictionary that explains the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pāli, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This important new reference also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newari, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese.

 

More than 5,000 alphabetical entries—totaling 1.2 million words—take an encyclopedic approach, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. The book also includes a chronicle of Asian historical periods (empires, dynasties, and kingdoms) and a timeline of Buddhism from the sixth century BCE to the 20th century.  Eight maps show both the Buddhist cosmological realms as well as many regions of Asia, marking the major cities, important monasteries, sacred places, and pilgrimage routes spanning geographical sites in India, China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet.


CONFERENCES


OXFORD CENTRE FOR METHODISM AND CHURCH HISTORY

History of Art and Religion seminar

Tuesday 12 November 2013

History of Art and Religion Seminar at Oxford Brookes University Harcourt Hill Campus, November 12th, 11am-3pm.  The event is free to attend, but please contact me by phone or email to register your attendance. by 8 Nov Emma Curran, Administrator of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History – ecurran [at] brookes.ac.uk

 


Thursday 21st November, 12.30 – 2.00 pm, 19 George Square, Room G2

The Religious Life of Scotland Today: Insights from the 2011 Census.

With Amy Wilson (Head of Census Statistics at the National Records of Scotland), and comment from Dr Michael Rosie (Department of Sociology), Prof Paul Weller (Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, University of Derby), and Prof Hugh Goddard (Director of the Alwaleed Centre).

It is organised by Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh.


Symposium – Hajj: Global Interactions through Pilgrimage

28 and 29 November 2013

Venue: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Organisers: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, LUCIS, FEL, NISIS and CAOS

The symposium is organized on the occasion of the exhibition Longing for Mecca: the Pilgrim’s Journey (10 September 2013 -9 March 2014)  on the Hajj to Mecca in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, which was developed in cooperation with the British Museum in London. The symposium starts with a reflection on the ‘Theory & Practice’ of the pilgrimage to Mecca from religious, anthropological, and material culture perspectives. This introductory session will contextualize two subsequent sessions: one involving case-studies concerning global interchange and interactions in material culture spurred by the Hajj, like the production of the kiswa (the textile covering the Ka’ba), pilgrim’s certificates and Hajj wall-paintings. Another session will be dedicated to case studies concerning transnational & local, social & political dimensions of the Hajj as well as issues concerning the meanings of pilgrimage for the religious lives and identity politics for individuals. The symposium will be concluded by an in-depth on-stage interview with two Dutch Hajjis and the 3rd Adrian Gerbrands lecture by Finbarr Barry Flood (New York University).


 

You are cordially invited to join us on November 14th and 15th in Berlin for the conference:

*Looking Through the Occult:*

Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the 19th Century /online at *http://www.culture.hu-berlin.de/occult/*/

November 14 & 15, Humboldt University of Berlin, Main Building (Hauptgebäude), Unter den Linden 6—Room 2103

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

pre-register by writing to bernard.geoghegan [at] hu-berlin.de


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

4-6 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 7 August 2014

Over the past decade the study of media, religion and culture has broadened out from interests in media representation to thinking about the religious uses and aesthetics of media, the significance of media for religion in public life, and the role of media technologies for new forms of religious life and practice.

Building on this, the biannual conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which religious life takes place through a multiplicity of mediated practices and networks. It will explore questions such as what difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood and practiced? And how do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jonathan Walton (Harvard), author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, Associate Professor Kathryn Lofton(Yale), author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, with an address also given by the inaugural President of the Society, Professor Stewart Hoover (Colorado).

Key information about the conference, including the call for papers which is open until 3 December 2013, registration and accommodation details and the conference programme, is available here: http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html. If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email IMRC 2014.

We are accepting paper proposals of up to 350 words; panel proposals (which must include paper titles, 150 word abstracts for each paper, and names and titles of four participants plus a moderator/respondent); and proposals for exhibitions and/or workshops of up to 350 words. Sessions will be 1½ hours in length.

Some of the questions that may be addressed in paper, panel, workshop, or exhibition proposals include:

  • The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings

  • Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and media

  • The role of religious and humanitarian organizations in cross-national justice and media initiatives

  • Media and human rights

  • Media, religion, and authority

  • Religious conflict and media representation

  • Religion and film

  • Growing up multi-cultural and multi-religious in a mediated world

  • Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism

  • The role of media in the emergence of global religious and cultural movements

  • Diasporic media and transnational religious communities

  • Media, religion and global politics

  • The mediatization of religion

  • Religion, media, and the global marketplace

Proposals should be sent to Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver (Lynn.Clark [AT] du.edu) by 3 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent out from 15th January 2014.


CFP: History and the Senses – 28th Annual SSFH Annual Conference

Date: 2014-01-10

Description: From the Annales school to phenomenology, French historians and intellectuals have pioneered insights into interpreting the evidence of the senses. This years theme invites proposals for papers and panels from a wide variety of historians who may be concerned with the five human senses, or who study …

Contact: ssfh.2014 [at] durham.ac.uk.

URL: www.frenchhistorysociety.ac.uk/

Announcement ID: 207978

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207978

 


 CFP: Grand Valley State University Journal of History is looking for undergraduate historical research papers in any topic.

Description: The History Journal is a student-run academic journal that publishes undergraduate essays from all disciplines, as  long as they pertain to history. Submissions are accepted year-round and are published online on a rolling basis. This semester, one of our goals is to increase our submission base  and  …

Contact: editorhistoryjournal [at] gmail.com

URL: scholarworks.gvsu.edu/gvjh

Announcement ID: 207898

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207898

 


 CFP: Folklore and Popular Culture Area, 2014 National Popular  Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Final Call! Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2014 National Conference Folklore and  Popular Culture Area April 16-19, 2014 Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile The Folklore and Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA invites papers exploring any aspect of folklore and popula …

Contact: kathryn.edney [at[ regiscollege.edu

URL: pcaaca.org/folklore-and-popular-culture/

Announcement ID: 207911

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207911

 


 CFP: Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis

The Graduate Committee for the Study of Religion at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the topic of its upcoming graduate student conference, “Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis.” Please see the attached Call for Papers for more information.

Conference dates: April 4-6, 2014

Keynote speakers: David Frankfurter (Boston University) and Judith Weisenfeld (Princeton University)

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to RemixingReligion@gmail.com by November 27, 2013. Proposals should include the presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and email address as well as the paper title and abstract.

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/depts/rs/events/28544


 Department of East Asian Studies,University of Delhi, with the support of Japan Foundation, is organizing an International Conference on “Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India”on February 14-15th, 2014 at the University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

India and Japan are two nations that are in contrast to each other as far as their culture and societies are concerned. While the former is a conglomeration of a number of races and cultures, the latter can be included into the ‘single-race single-culture’ category.

Consequently the religious sensibilities, philosophical thought and behavioural patterns of the two societies too are varied. A comparative study of the perception of life and death in these two countries, under the influence of their respective religious and philosophical thought, will give us insights to understand how ideas about life, death, afterlife etc. have imfluenced different cultures.

 Although not limited to these topics, the conference invites papers on the following issues related to understanding the perception towards life and death in Japan and India, and, also in other cultures / countries.

 1.    Comparative study of the perception of life and death in India and Japan.

2.    Sociological, cultural and historical factors influencing the perception of

     life and death in India, Japan and other countries.

3.    Religious, philosophical and traditional values influencing perception towards

     life and death in different cultures.

4.    Societal relationships, family, sex and gender in understanding life and death

5.    Understanding the perception  of life and death through literature and art

6.    Perception of life and death as reflected in the work ethics and social

     morality of the countries

7.    Perception of life and death in relation to disasters and natural calamities.

8.    Issues related to Bioethics and technology (brain death, euthanasia, organ

     transplant, surrogacy, cloning) and perception of life and death.

 Online submissions:Please email the Title and the Abstract of your paper (500 words) to

   lifedeathconf.du@gmail.com

 Last date of submission of Title and Abstract:  November 31st 2013

Those selected to present their paper in the conference are required to submit the Full Paper (3000-5000 words)

 Last date of submission of Full Paper:  January 15th  2014.

Date:  February 14 -15, 2014

Venue:  Conference Centre, University of Delhi

Delhi, India

Email Paper Title and Abstract to: lifedeathconf.du[at] gmail.com

Last date of submission of Title and Abstract:  November 31st 2013


 

Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, with the theme Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution – innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia 31.07. – 03.08 2014.

The call for panels is currently open. More information at http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/index.shtml

Key dates:

Call for panels closes: 09/12/2013

Decisions on panels: 22/12/2013

Call for films closes: 13/01/2014

Call for papers: 27/12/2013-27/02/2014

Call for laboratories closes: 27/02/2014 Registration opens: 10/04/2014 End of early-bird rate: 22/05/2014


Israel Studies Fellowships for 2014 at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University:————-

Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2014 – Applications due January 21, 2014

June 16 – 30, 2014 at Brandeis University & July 1 – 10, 2014 in Israel

Summer Institute (SIIS) helps college & university professors design new courses on Israel. Over 200 faculty members from 180 universities worldwide have participated in SIIS since its inception in 2004. Faculty from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply.

SIIS Fellowships include:

• Multidisciplinary seminars taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. exploring Israeli society, politics, culture, economics, diplomacy & more (two weeks)

• Israel study tour with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts (nine days)

• Travel, accommodations, and most meals at Brandeis and in Israel

• Stipend of up to $2,500 for full course or $1,500 for Brandeis seminar only

• Access to vast Israel Studies resources online and in Brandeis University library

• Annual workshops and year-round webinars

• Membership in an active, international community of Israel scholars with opportunities for networking and professional collaboration

 

Watch the video and learn more at:

www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/SIIS/index.html

 

Questions? Contact Keren Goodblatt at kereng1 [at] brandeis.edu.

 


 

The response to the first round of the Call for Papers for the 2014 NGG/EASR/IAHR Conference “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge,” to be held at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) on 11-15 May 2014, has been overwhelming. The Organization Committee reviewed all proposals for Open Sessions and for Pre-Arranged Sessions, and we published the selected sessions on the conference website at www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl . The list of sessions gives an excellent indication of the spectrum of topics, as well as the high level of reflection, that we can expect at the 2014 Conference in Groningen. The topics of the Open Sessions are now open for submission of individual papers. The deadline for these submissions is the same as for submission of individual paper proposals: 1 December 2013.

Please check the website for regular updates. All news will also be communicated through our Twitter account @NGG_nl. The hash tag for the conference is #EASR14. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at easr2014.thrs@rug.nl .

On behalf of the NGG Executive Board and the Organization Committee of the conference, I want to thank all conveners of sessions for their effort. We look forward to receiving many more individual proposals  by 1 December.


 

CFP: Making Sense of Religion

Performance, Art and Experience

11th Conference of the SIEF Working Group on Ethnology of Religion Lisbon, Portugal 22-23 May, 2014

Religion has always been directly connected with embodied experience, artistic manifestations of ritualism, and creative performances of getting in touch with the sacred. Classic ethnological and anthropological theory of performance places emphasis on the ‘social dramas’, namely the actions of social interaction in the communicational ‘metatheatre’ (Turner 1987) of identity and status negotiation in everyday life. Religious performance has thus been considered as a genre of social action, as an art that it is open and liminal, a ‘paradigm of process’ (Schechner 1987). The study of the performative and artistic discourses in the field of contemporary religious practice is not new to ethnology, folklore, anthropology and to the social sciences in general, however little attention has been paid to the ‘pluri-sensorial’

(Barna-Fikfak 2006, Howes 1991) character of religious experience, and the creative transformations entailed in the process. Despite the recognition that bodies are mindful (Scheper-Hughes and Lock 1987), and the centrality of sensory perception in any form of performance, art, and religious act, social scientists continue to ignore the role of the senses in their analyses of religious practice.

Religious experience has also been tied to other forms of social expression and production. For example, anthropologists of spirit possession traditions are prone to associate the experience and content of such forms of mystical contact to other modes of relation, such as those engendered in oppressive socio-political and economic contexts.

While also irreducible to this, religious practices such as spirit mediation are often seen as ways of performatively resisting, if also reinterpreting and reintegrating, social realities. Performance here is read not necessarily as a theatrical or intentionally mimetic impulse, but as the articulation of subjectivities through the acting, moving body and its manifold, oven covert, registers. It is unsurprising that an emphasis has been placed in recent anthropology on the phenomenology (and cognition) of processes of “embodiment” or the “mindful body”.

While classic ritual theory generated concerns with the shaping of emotional, physical and social experience through techniques (and disciplines) of the body and its sensorium, performance theorists have expanded these concerns to include the role of illocutionary, aesthetic, material and dramatic processes in the expression of religious cosmology and its dividends. This has also implied a shift towards recognizing the profoundly self-reflexive, recursive dimensions of religiosity and its manifestations.

Re-centralizing the importance of sensory perception, we call for ethnographic and/or theoretical contributions that: a) make sense of religion through performance and art and b) approach performative and artistic action as religion in a variety of sociocultural, political, and spiritual contexts.

This conference thus aims to explore themes within the ethnology of religion, as well as within folklore-oriented studies, that speak to their fundamental capacity to sense which performs itself, through and with its actants, audiences, and media. At stake is a reconsideration of the universality of distinctions such as those between private and public religious experiences; the experience of intimate, “real” selves versus their performance or social construction; the existence of orthodoxies and established ontologies in counterpoint to their diversification, globalization, commoditization. We aim to ask not what the senses and “performance” of religion does to it (corrupts it, enhances it, promotes it, transforms it), but in what senses religion is constituted by its virtual or inherent senses, performativities and aesthetics? We ask how sport, technologies, artistic movements and forms of consumption, as well as modes of social and gender contestation, reveal and articulate religious dimensions; as well as how these can form novel configurations of religions themselves. Taking these points in mind, some specific topics within ethnology, anthropology and folklore studies studies we aim to focus are:

– ritual: sensing and performing

– senses, performance and popular religious art

– trends and consume of popular religious art and social contestation

– popular religious art in past and present

– feminism, gender and religious art

– contemporary spirituality and art

– performance, heritage and religious “authenticity”

Format: the conference takes place over two days, followed by an excursion on the third day. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes each, followed by ten minutes of discussion. In total 20 paper presenters can be selected. Colleagues who do not present a paper are welcome to participate in the conference and its discussions. A business meeting of the Working Group will be held during the conference.

Organizers: the conference is organised by the NAR-Anthropology of Religion Group of the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and the Ethnology of Religion Working Group of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF).

Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa-FCSH

Fee: the conference fee is 60 €, incl. conference materials, reception, coffee, lunch.

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation; there is no funding for expenses available.

Application: submit an abstract of your paper of maximum 300 words, together with your name, position, and institutional affiliation to Dr.

Clara Saraiva clarasaraiva [at] fcsh.unl.pt and Dr. István Povedák povedakistvan [at] gmail.com by January 15, 2014. The selection of the papers will be done in collaboration with the Board of the Working Group Ethnology of Religion. The final selection will be communicated by February 15, 2014.

Convenors: Clara Saraiva, Diana Espírito Santo,Jenny Roussou

Contacts: clarasaraiva [at] fcsh.unl.pt, gimmefish [at] yahoo.com, jennyroussou [at] gmail.com


ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers

Association for the Study of Esotericism

Fifth International Conference

Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods

June 19-22, 2014

Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

Prof. Brach holds a Chair at l’École pratique des Hautes Études et in d’Histoire des courants ésotériques dans l’Europe moderne et contemporaine (Sorbonne) succeeding Antoine Faivre in this role.

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

Prof. Johnston teaches at Ohio State University and is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and Roman esoteric philosophical-religious traditions.  She is also editor of Religions of the Ancient World (Harvard UP).

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

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

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

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

ASE2014Conference [at] gmail.com

No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into plain text email. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two paragraphs, and must indicate academic affiliation and/or other academic qualifications. Independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than later. We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in 2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume in the series).

For more information on the conference arrangements, see our website at www.aseweb.org


JOBS


American University – Kuwait – Anthropology, Environmental Studies – Open Rank <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47901>

 

University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Asian Theatre and Performance Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47908>

 

Boston College – AADS Dissertation Fellowship <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47932>

 

Leibniz Institute of European History – PhD position: religion and violence in the Iberian Peninsula (1848-1914) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47926>

 

Leibniz Institute of European History – PhD position: religion and violence on the Balkans (1848-1914) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47927>

 

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Buddhist Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47972>

 

Michigan State University – Assistant Professor, South Asian Religions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47919>

 

University of Virginia – Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47955>

 

Vanderbilt University – Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47934>

 

Vanderbilt University – Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47935>

 

Teaching Fellow in Mediaeval History

School of History

University of St Andrews

 

Teaching Fellowship in the History of European Art

School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

University of Aberdeen

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


Given that the RSP has been running for nearly 2 years now, and in light of the website redesign, David and Chris thought it was about time to have another major publicity push. The email at the link below has already been circulated around the DOLMEN, BASR, and NSRN lists. If you are a member of any other vaguely relevant mailing list – particularly of academic associations – please considering copying it and circulating among friends, colleagues, and interested parties.

Here’s the link: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/october-2013-publicity/


AMAZON


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JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

Culture and Religion http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/14/4#.UnLS2xBZh0o

Journal of Hindu Studies http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/3?etoc

 


BOOKS


The Truth Within

A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Gavin Flood

Ideal for students and scholars of comparative religion; philosophy of religion; medieval Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity. This book investigates the idea that there is a truth within the person discovered through introspection is found in most religions. This book examines this metaphor in the history of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism and the methods developed in those religions to realize it, particularly prayer and meditation.

978-0-19-968456-4 | Hardback | £65.00

 


CONFERENCES


Sat., Nov. 2nd Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area) Meeting

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-02

Description: Please join us for the fall meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area)! The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim welcomes interested  faculty, independent scholars and graduate students to join us for this first meeting of the 2013-14 academic year. Satur …

Contact: mdale3 [at] usfca.edu

Announcement ID: 207925

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207925

 


 

Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815)

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: The Reformation dramatically changed Europes religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the  vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similar …

Contact: l.laborie [at] gold.ac.uk

URL: www.gold.ac.uk/history/research/panaceasociety/propheciesconference/

Announcement ID: 207801

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207801

 


 

20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference:  In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy  In-Between

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

Description: In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between Submissions are welcomed for the 20th Annual  Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and  fine  …

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207676


 

Start: Nov 1, 2013 5:00:00 PM

End: Nov 3, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

 A conference on ‘Monstrous Antiquities’, looking at archaeology and the uncanny in popular culture, will be held at the Institute from 1-3 November 2013.

 Haunted ruins, cursed artefacts, arcane rituals and ambulant mummies: archaeology and the ancient world have provided some of the most effective and ubiquitous scenarios for tales of horror and the supernatural. Authors and filmmakers such as MR James, Bram Stoker and Terence Fisher have drawn heavily upon popular conceptions of both the ancient past and the work of the archaeologist. The conference ‘Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture’ aims to study and celebrate this long and productive relationship.


 

Workshop “The matrix of the world: cultural constructions of the uterus”

21-22 November, 2013.

Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma, Via di Torre Argentina 18, Roma http://w3.uniroma1.it/verderame/eventi/uterus.html


An International Colloquium on Proverbs to be held at Nancy and Paris on November 5, 6 and 7, 2013.

The program is financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), organized by Marie-Christine Varol from INALCO, Paris and Marie-Sol Ortola from the University of Nancy, France. Its starting point is the so-called “Golden Era” in 9th to 13th centuries Spain when Jewish, Arabic and Christian cultures cohabited and shared common proverbs.

However, it also includes search for roots in the wisdom literatures of the ancient Near East and follows the afterlife and spread of wisdom sayings to medieval cultures. It is connected with the systematic tagging of various wisdom collections that will be available online.

<http://aliento.msh-lorraine.fr/?q=en/node/63>.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

Call for Papers for Edited Volume:  New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

Date: 2013-11-30

Description: Call for Papers for Edited Volume: New Perspectives  on the Nation of Islam For much of its long history the Nation  of Islam has generated popular support and censure across the  United States and beyond. Scholars have produced a wealth of  literature on the NOIs leadership, theology and history. This   …

Contact: Dawn-Marie.Gibson [at] rhul.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 207703

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207703

 


 

CFP: XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions will take place from August 23 to 29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany

Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of panel participants. Panel conveners are asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.

To propose a panel, please submit a general proposal of the panel as well as individual proposals of all papers included in the panel. Both panel and papers of a proposed panel will be evaluated by the Academic Program Committee to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. We therefore ask panel conveners to submit the proposals of all prospective panel participants of a proposed panel as indicated by the submission form. Proposals of panels and of papers should not exceed 150 words.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the IAHR 2015 website (www.iahr2015.org). This site will be available for submissions from Sunday, September 1, 2013 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to indicate the area in which you would like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate member of the Academic Program Committee.

You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program.

 


 

“Money and Cult”

The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

23 – 25 May 2014

Dublin, Ireland

As major social and administrative institutions, often with substantial assets, temples played an important role within the economies of the Ancient Near East. Not only were resources diverted to them for building and cultic use, but many temples also played a role in the creation of wealth and the employment of various strata of society, from priests to scribes to slaves. Similarly, kings both patronised temples and used them as convenient sources of revenue. The interactions between religious needs and economic practicalities were complex and varied significantly over time and location. We therefore invite papers which examine the intertwined roles of cult and economy in the Ancient Near East.

Papers which explore a wide-range of economic aspects of temple cults or the cultic ramifications of economic realities are expected.

Appropriate topics include building programmes, educational programmes, sacrificial economies, trade in cultic paraphernalia, systems of tithing and temple taxation, and the relationship of priests to royal administrations. We are also interested in the relationships between temples, such as the temples in Jerusalem, Elephantine, Leontopolis, and on Mount Gerizim (and elsewhere), and how much their interaction may have been aided or hindered by economic aspects.

Depending on received submissions, sessions will be structured in chronological order with the days divided as follows:

 Friday, 23 May 2014:              Early First Millennium (to the Neo-Babylonian Period)

Saturday, 24 May 2014:          From the Persian to the Seleucid Era

Sunday, 25 May 2014:             Roman Period (from the reign of Herod the Great to the end of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion)

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words to reach us by email at hekhal.dublinia@gmail.com by 28 February 2014.

Please note, presentation of papers at this conference will be 40 minutes within a one-hour slot, allowing time for ample discussion after each paper.

(For further details, see Hekhal website http://hekhal.wordpress.com/)

 


 

6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, which will be organized by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, 23 April 2014.

This conference will continue the tradition which was formed at the University of Haifa during 2009-2012, and last year at Tel Aviv University. This event can be a good opportunity for researchers working outside of Israel to learn more about the country’s bustling New-Age ‘scene’ and about development in the research on contemporary spirituality in Israel.

The conference’s guest of honor and keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (University of Boston, USA). The conference’s CFP can be downloaded throught the following link: http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Please feel free to send this to any relevant address in your private e-mail lists. We will of course be very happy to receive your own proposals by November 15 2013, addressed to Mr. Shai feraro (Conference Coordinator), spirituality.tel.aviv@gmail.com


JOBS

California State University – Chico – Assistant Professor, Ancient History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47894>

Oakton Community College – Anthropology and Humanities faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47897>

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives” <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47883>

University of Victoria – Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47850>

Beloit College – Visiting Instructor, Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47887>

 University of California – Irvine – Europe and the World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47867>

 University of North Carolina – Wilmington – Assistant Professor – International Studies<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47886>

 

University of San Francisco – Academic Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47881>

Western Michigan University – Faculty Specialist, tenure track, Buddhism/World Religions<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47891>

Aarhus University – Professorship in Applied Ethics <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47868>

Aarhus University – Associate Professorship in Theology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47746>

 

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Religion and Material Culture <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47896>

 

Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for the position, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible (tenure track). Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have competence in teaching a broad range of students at both the masters and doctoral levels within a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), as well as a strong research and publication agenda. Doctorate must be in hand at time of application. Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf,  .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on November 25th. Teleconference interviews of considered applicants will be conducted on December 11th.  Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply. Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a senior-level (tenured) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.

 2.

Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for a tenured position in Hebrew Bible, at the rank of associate or full professor, with a possible active role in various departments of Arts and Sciences, including Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and Classical Studies. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda and body of publications, demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring to bring to masters and doctoral-level programs in a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), and a record of service to academic institutions and professional organizations.

Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on December 15th. Personal inquiries and confidential nominations may be directed to the search chair, Dr.

Bruce Morrill (<bruce.morrill [at] vanderbilt.edu>). Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply.

Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a junior-level

(tenure-track) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.

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JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion, advance access http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

The Journal of Religion and Gender has published a special issue on postcoloniality in the study of religions. You can read it here: http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg/issue/current.


BOOKS


Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction – Matthew T. Kapstein

(Oxford University Press).

£7.99

The work is particularly designed for general readers and use in courses in which only a session or two can be devoted to introducing the Tibetan tradition. For further information, please consult the OUP site:

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/series/general/vsi/9780199735129.do#.UmFjwVOh5IY

 


Religious Statues and Personhood: Testing the Role of Materiality

Amy Whitehead

Hardback

Published 12-09-2013

ISBN 9781441110282

Online price: £58.50

http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/religious-statues-and-personhood-9781441110282/

 Objects such as statues and icons have long been problematic in the study of religion, especially in European Christianities. Through examining two groups, the contemporary Pagan Glastonbury Goddess religion in the Southwest of England and a cult of the Virgin Mary in Andalusia, Spain, Amy Whitehead asserts that objects can be more than representational or symbolic. In the context of increasing academic interest in materiality in religions and cultures, she shows how statues, or ‘things’, are not always interacted with as if they are inert material against which we typically define ourselves as ‘modern’ humans.

Bringing two distinct cultures and religions into tension, animism and ‘the fetish’ are used as ways in which to think about how humans interact with religious statues in Western Europe and beyond. Both theoretical and descriptive, the book illustrates how religions and cultural practices can be re-examined as performances that necessarily involve not only human persons, but also objects.

 


Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Joanne Conman

“This book presents an illuminating in-depth investigation which demonstrates that the deep-rooted, fervently defended belief in ancient Egyptian astronomy is false, that it is a myth disseminated by scholars who have failed to make sense of the evidence in the archaeological record. The author’s meticulous detective work has led to a breakthrough that reveals the reality of the sky for the ancient Egyptians. Beginning where Egyptology first went wrong, the Greco-Roman temple zodiacs and the Enlightenment-era scholars, the book provides a comprehensive review of the material that has been offered as support for the identifications of Orion and the Big Dipper for the last two centuries, convincingly demonstrating how it fails. The author reveals artistic and textual evidence that challenges the prevailing dogma and uncovers the roots of astrology in ancient Egyptian religion.”

https://www.createspace.com/4303509


CONFERENCES


20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference:  In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy  In-Between

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

Description: In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between Submissions are welcomed for the 20th Annual  Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and  fine  …

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207676

 


The African Association meets every two years in a different location in Africa. The last one met in 2012 and focussed on Religion and Sport. The focus on a theme worked well, and we continue this for 2014 on Ecology and the Environment.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Bt529K3nK2USiDpCX_rRrhpFoq86GyF9u0NBwRolpw/edit

 


Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing Tuesday, 29 October 2013

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm

1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y.  10027

Emile Schrijver, Professor of Jewish Book History at the University of

Amsterdam:

Natural and Unnatural Boundaries of the Jewish Book

An abstract of the talk is available on our website:

https://researchblogs.cul.columbia.edu/islamicbooks/religionwriting/

Professor Schrijver’s presentation will begin at 6.00 pm sharp. Dinner will be held at Community Food and Juice after the seminar around 8.00pm.

If you would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP to the seminar’s rapporteur Hannah Barker (hkb2106 [at] columbia.edu) no later than Thursday, October 24.

Fayerweather Hall is located on the northeast side of the Columbia Morningside campus. A map is available here: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/fayerweather.html

Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability [at] columbia.edu. Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations should be made two weeks in advance.  On campus, Seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.

We look forward to seeing you at the October meeting of the Seminar on Religion and Writing.

Mahnaz Moazami & Dagmar Riedel, co-chairs Hannah Barker, rapporteur

Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing Tuesday, 29 October 2013

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Comparative Studies of South Asia,  Africa and the Middle East

Description: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME) is pleased to announce exciting changes in 2013. With volume 33 and issue 2 (Fall 2013), CSSAAME will be under the direction of senior editors Timothy Mitchell and  Anupama Rao, in coordination with an editorial collective of  int …

Contact: cssaame [at] dukeupress.edu

URL: cssaame.dukejournals.org

Announcement ID: 207551

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207551

 


CFP: CULT/UREThe Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School

Date: 2013-12-22

Description: CULT/URE The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School Cult/ure is the student-‐run academic journal of Harvard Divinity School and the only graduate journal of religion at Harvard University. We publish exemplary student scholarship in the areas of religious studies, ministry studies, and t …

Contact: cultandculturecfp [at] gmail.com

URL: cultandculture.org/culture/

Announcement ID: 207546

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207546


 

CFP for 2014 ICA Pre-Conference on Media and Religion: Betwixt and Between

Location: Washington

Date: 2013-12-15

Description: Call for Papers for ICA Pre-Conference on Media and  Religion: Betwixt and Between Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division of the International Communication Association 22 May 2014 at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington Media and religion is a phra …

Contact: heidic [at] tamu.edu

URL: digitalreligion.tamu.edu/news/tue-10152013-1805/cfp-ica-preconference-media-and-religion

Announcement ID: 207604

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207604

 


Abstracts for the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study are due on November 1.

The conference is March 13-15, on the campus of Yale University. This conference will be held in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/balticstudies/ybss/proposals.html

 


CFP: the 11th ISORECEA conference. The conference will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, 24-27 April 2014. The final date for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2013. http://www.isorecea.net/


CFP: The New Department of Hebrew at the University of the Free State

(Bleomfontein, South Africa) is organizing an International Conference on New Research in Hebrew Language and Culture, 27 – 29 January 2014

The conference will deal with a variety of topics, including:

Hebrew Language and Culture in Africa

The Bible and its Commentaries

Ancient and Modern Translations of the Bible (especially in Africa)

Linguistic Approaches to Hebrew

Comparative and Typological Approaches to Hebrew

Rabbinical Literature

Philosophical Sources in Hebrew

Comparative Study of Hebrew Language, Literature and Religion

Hebrew Language and Science

Hebrew Language and Politics

Hebrew Language and Law

Papers on additional themes related to Hebrew will also be eligible. Paper proposals for 25 minute talks related to the conference themes should be sent by 15th November 2013. The primary and preferred language of the conference is English. Papers in Hebrew may be accepted provided that the full text in English is supplied for conference participants. Abstracts [in English or Hebrew] should be emailed to Dr Gudrun Lier gelier [at] uj.ac.za

Conference organisers:

Prof. Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, University of the Free State (millercl [at] ufs.ac.za)

Prof. Jacobus A. Naudé, University of the Free State (naudej [at] ufs.ac.za)

Dr. Gudrun Eli Lier, University of Johannesburg (gelier [at] uj.ac.za)

Prof. Yosef Rivlin, Bar-Ilan University (joseph.rivlin [at] biu.ac.il)

 


 

CFP: INDIA AND GREECE

Proposals are invited for 30-minute papers at a Conference on Indian and Greek Thought, at the University of Exeter, July 9-12, 2014.

This is part of the AHRC-funded project  ‘Ātman and Psyche. Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece’, conducted by Dr. Richard Fynes of de Montfort University and Professor Richard Seaford of the University of Exeter.

More information about the project appears at http://atmanandpsyche.exeter.ac.uk/

The theme of the conference is the striking similarities (and reasons for the similarities) in philosophical thought between India and Greece in the period before Alexander crossed the Indus in 326 BCE. Papers that concentrate mainly on one or other of the two cultures, or on a later period, are not necessarily ineligible, provided that they are likely to stimulate discussion of the main theme.

If you would like to be on the circulation list, please contact R.A.S.Seaford@ex.ac.uk If you would also like to give a paper, please send an abstract (300 words maximum).

Funding may be available for the expenses of those giving papers.


JOBS


Aarhus University – Assistant or Associate Professor in Arab and Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47820>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47783>

 

Florida International University – Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47837>

University of Maryland – Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47789>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Christian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47802>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Hinduism/South Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47803>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47783>

 

Position in Anthropology of religion at USP ( Universidade de Sao Paulo). Find more details at : http://www.fflch.usp.br/da/

 

University of Potsdam – W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47761>

 

University of Chester – Islamic Studies http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHL523/director-professor-of-islamic-studies/


 

Oriental Institute Job Posting: Post-Doctoral Fellow at the rank of Instructor

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2014–2016 academic years.  This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment.  During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research).  We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas.  Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute.  The conference will take place in early March 2015. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series.  During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/symposia/

 

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be completed at the time of appointment.  Applicants must provide:

 

-Cover letter

-Curriculum Vitae

-5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)

-The names of three referees

Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website: <http://tinyurl.com/kv3djoa>

Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 12th, 2014. Start date is September 1st, 2014

Inquiries can be directed to <oi-administration [at] uchicago.edu> with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Fellow.”


FELLOWSHIPS


Call for the Application to The 9th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship [Deadline:October 31]

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: The Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language instruction, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

Following the addition of Japanese literature and Japanese culture, …

Contact: hakuhoip [AT] secretariat.ne.jp

URL: www.hakuhodo.co.jp/foundation/english/program/index.html

Announcement ID: 207500

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207500

 


 

Ph.D and Postdoctoral fellowships at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Date: 2013-12-01

Description: The Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Religious Diversity in  Gttingen is offering Ph.D. Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships The Ph.D. fellowships are for 3-4 years. The dissertation will be defended at Utrecht University. The postdoctoral fellow …

Contact: vdvOffice [at] mmg.mpg.de

URL: www.mmg.mpg.de/departments/religious-diversity/

Announcement ID: 207468

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207468

 


 

MA and PhD and Post-doctoral Fellowships Available (University of Manitoba)

 

Two to three MA and/or PhD Fellowships and a post-doctoral fellowship are available in the Department of Anthropology (and Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory) of the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Prof. Haskel Greenfield, as part of his “Nature of early urban neighbourhoods in the southern Levant: Early Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi (EBAS)”, SSHRC Partnership Research Program with Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

 

The term of funding for the MA is for two years (minimum of $12,000/year) and the PhD for four years (minimum of $18,000/year),beginning September 1, 2014. PhD students or Post-docs may have the opportunity for sessional (part-time) teaching if courses are available, contingent on funding.

 

The successful candidate is expected to have a background in archaeology and science, Near Eastern Archaeology (i.e., urbanisation of the EBA in the southern Levant), the archaeology of complex societies, and archaeological field work and methods.

 

The fellowships are for the scientific analysis of remains from the EBA of levels at Tell es-Safi, Israel, including (but not limited to):

 

·       Lidar scanning technology and archaeological imaging

·       Ceramics lipids

·       GIS and spatial analysis

·       Archaeobotany

·       Micro-debris analysis

·       Lithic source analysis

·       Trace element analysis

·       aDNA and microscopic use wear of zooarchaeological material

·       Database management

·       Geoarchaeology

 

Knowledge of any of the above archaeological methods, in addition to ceramic analysis, zooarchaeology, geology, chemistry, chronometric analysis, and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction are beneficial.

 

Experience in archaeological data management and knowledge of Microsoft Office products, imaging software, spatial analytic (e.g. GIS) programs, Leica Cyclone, and SQL databases (e.g., DB2) would be an asset.

 

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or landed residents must have their applications approved by Immigration Canada and acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the start date of the fellowship.

 

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Haskel Greenfield (Haskel.Greenfield [at] umanitoba.ca) by December 1, 2014.


 

Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

– Ph.D and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Religion and Ethnicity in Southwest China <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47784>

 


 

The Schusterman Center announces three fellowship opportunities for 2014:

Doctoral fellowships in Israel Studies, for PhD candidates accepted in Brandeis’ Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Post-doctoral fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015. Candidates teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2014.

Summer Institute for Israel Studies fellowships, for professors being asked to provide their university with courses in Israel Studies. SIIS takes place June 16-30 at Brandeis and July 1-10 in Israel. Deadline for applications is January 21st.

More information: http://www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/support/index.html

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 18 Oct 2013

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JOURNALS


V1olume 14 of The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies (2013) has just appeared http://www.iijbs.org/html/home.html.

 

The Senses and Society, vol 3 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/tsas/2013/00000008/00000003

 

Religion, State and Society, vol 41 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/41/3#.UmBNIRDg8gI

 


BOOKS


Laurence Cox, Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter-culture and beyond

Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2013

ISBN 9781908049292 (hardback) / 9781908049308 (paperback)

426pp, 35 illustrations

Price $99.95 / $35; 25% discount available for web orders via

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=529 until the end of 2013 (use the code COX when ordering).


Broeckaert, (Bert), Van den Branden (Stef), Pérennès, (Jean-Jacques, 1949-)(eds),

Perspectives on Islamic culture. Essays in honour of Emilio G. Platti Louvain-Paris, Peeters (Les Cahiers du MIDEO, 6), 2013, XXIII+350

p., ISBN: 978-90-429-2734-6. 78 EURO

http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=9195

 


Babylonian Creation Myths By W. G. Lambert

Mesopotamian Civilizations 16 (Eisenbrauns)

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/LAMMESOPO

Retail price: $99.50

Eisenbrauns price: $89.55

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-247-1

Pages: xvi + 640; plates

For much of the last half of the twentieth century, W. G. Lambert devoted much of his research energy and effort to the study of Babylonian texts dealing with Mesopotamian ideas regarding creation, including especially Enuma Elish. This volume, which appears almost exactly 2 years after Lambert’s death, distills a lifetime of learning by the world’s foremost expert on these texts. Lambert provides a full transliteration and translation of the 7 tablets of Enuma Elish, based on the known exemplars, as well as coverage of a number of other texts that bear on, or are thought to bear on, Mesopotamian notions of the origin of the world, mankind, and the gods. New editions of seventeen additional “creation tales” are provided, including “Enmesharra’s Defeat,” “Enki and Ninmah,” “The Slaying of Labbu,’ and “The Theogony of Dunnu.”

Lambert pays special attention, of course, to the connection of the main epic, Enuma Elish, with the rise and place of Marduk in the Babylonian pantheon. He traces the development of this deity’s origin and rise to prominence and elaborates the relationship of this text, and the others discussed, to the religious and political climate Babylonia.

The volume includes 70 plates (primarily hand-copies of the various exemplars of Enuma Elish) and extensive indexes.


CONFERENCES


SOAS Muslim South Asia Graduate Research Conference 2013

Date: 2013-10-28

Description: This one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together early career researchers from all around the world  working on Muslim South Asia. The day will end with a Plenary Session chaired by Professor Francis Robinson and a drinks reception. Four panels: – Muslim Thought and Practice in South  Asia –  …

Contact: musa [at] soas.ac.uk

URL:

www.soas.ac.uk/southasianstudies/musa/events/28oct2013-muslim-south-asia-graduate-research-conference.html

Announcement ID: 207451

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207451

 


 

NISIS Autumn School 2013, 22-25 October, Utrecht University

The NISIS Autumn School 2013 ‘Islam: culture or religion?’ is held at Utrecht University, from Tuesday 22 October through Friday 25 October, and features keynotes from several renowned speakers. This conference-cum-workshop seeks to investigate the relationship between religion and culture in Islam, to think about the history of the scholarly appropriations of these terms as well as to explore their current and possible future uses in the study of Islam. The keynotes are:

Tuesday 22 October

15.00-15.45: Carole Hillenbrand (University of Edinburg): ‘The academic discipline of Islamic history: the case of jihad scholarship’

16.30-17.15: Adam Silverstein (Bar-Ilan University,): ‘Islam as an Abrahamic civilization.’

Wednesday 23 October – 14.30-15.15: Syrinx von Hees (Bonn University): ‘Artistic production of the Middle East in view of the question Islam: Culture or Religion?’

16.00-16.45: Bruce Lawrence (Duke University): ‘Islam between scripture and discourse.’

Thursday 24 October – 14.30-15.15: Roman Loimeier (University of Göttingen): ‘“African Islam” vs. “Islam in Africa”: the problem of binary constructions of Muslim societies’

16.00-16.45: Léon Buskens (Leiden University): ‘Changes and continuities in Islamic Studies in the Netherlands in an international perspective’

For full information about this event, visit

http://www.hum.leiden.edu/nisis/events/nisis-autumn-school-2013.html

 


 

The 1st circular of the IXth  International Hittitology Congress which will be held at Çorum during September 2014 is posted at <http://www.hittitology.org.tr/>.

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CULT/URE

The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School

Cult/ure is the student-­‐run academic journal of Harvard Divinity School and the only graduate journal of religion at Harvard University. We publish exemplary student scholarship in the areas of religious studies, ministry studies, and theology.

Did you write an outstanding term paper last year? Have you been working on an independent research project? Submit your work to Cult/ure, HDS’s graduate journal by December 22nd, 2013!

Deadline: December 22nd, 2013

Submissions are open to all graduate religion students. Submit via email to cultandculturecfp@gmail.com.

 


The IAA awards a prize for the best first article written after the Ph.D. Please observe the following rules and regulations (see also the IAA website http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/IAA/index.html

 


AAR/SBL/ASOR

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region

University of Denver

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 2014

The Regional Program Committee cordially invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2014 Regional Meeting at the University of Denver. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013. The program co-chairs are Gregory Robbins and Andrea Stanton, both faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver (http://www.du.edu/ahss/religiousstudies/index.html).

Proposal Requirements

Because the committee receives a number of proposals in a wide variety of approaches we ask that each proposal include all the following elements:

1. An abstract, no more than 300 words;

2. The specific subject with enough detail that the subject is quickly and easily discerned;

3. The general methodology the presenter will use to discuss the subject;

4. The significance of the subject within the larger field of interest.

The proposal should be sent as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format to Program co-chairs:

grobbins@du.edu (SBL) or andrea.stanton@du.edu (AAR).

 Please be sure to include reliable contact information. If you require technological support for your presentation (such as Internet connection, or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

Proposals are welcome in all areas of religious and biblical studies, including — but not limited to — the following:

· ANE / Greco-Roman history and cultures and biblical texts

· Religion in the public square; religion and government

· Religion and popular culture

· The Bible and cognate literature · Religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Native

American religions, etc.

· ANE archaeology and archaeological methods

· Pedagogical methods and technologies

We also encourage those who are members of ASOR to submit in the hopes of having sufficient presentations to constitute a separate ASOR section. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to approximately twenty minutes, with a brief amount of time allowed for questions.

Student Paper Awards

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. There will be awards for the best AAR and SBL student papers. The awards are presented during the luncheon on Saturday and carry a stipend of $100 each. To be considered for the award, a student must submit a copy of the completed paper (as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format or a PDF), along with an abstract, by October 31, 2013 (papers not chosen for an award will still be considered for the program).

The paper should be 10–12 pages double-spaced (for a 20-minute presentation).

 Regional Scholars Award

The SBL offers a Regional Scholars award ($1000 plus national recognition as a Regional Scholar) for an outstanding paper presented at the regional meeting by a Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. (four years or fewer). If you are interested in competing in the Regional Scholars competition, you must indicate so with your paper proposal. See the SBL national website for more information:

http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/RegionalScholarAwardProgramPolicyforPublicView_2009.pdf

Program Committee

The Program Committee will review all proposals, and will convene at the National Meetings in Baltimore. The Program Co-Chairs, Gregory Robbins (grobbins@du.edu) and Andrea Stanton (andrea.stanton@du.edu), invite at least one faculty person from each of the participating schools in the region to serve on the program committee; the Regional Student Representative will also be a member of this committee. Please notify the co-chairs by October 31, 2013, if you are willing to serve on the Program Committee.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aarweb.org/node/179.

 


 

Popular Anthropology Magazine <http://popanthro.org> Call for Reviewers Popular Anthropology Magazine is looking for peer-reviewers for the December 2013 issue. Popular Anthropology Magazine is a biannual online publication aimed at increasing public understanding and access to current research in the field of anthropology, with a focus on raising awareness of anthropology’s relevance to issues of public interest and exploring the ways in which anthropology is learned as a discipline. The magazineincludes articles on sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology linguistics and visual anthropology

Please e-mail popanthro [at] gmail.com with any questions.


“Media and Religion”: Betwixt and Between

ICA Pre-Conference

Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division of the International Communication Association

22 May 2014, 9:00 AM – 5 PM

Location: Thomas Hall-Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

“Media and religion” is a phrase used to describe a growing cross-disciplinary field of research. Communication scholars have noted interesting social and cultural implications of the intersection of media and religion on several levels. This includes acknowledging how communication processes within media and religious practice often point to a ritualization of communication, drawing attention to acts of witnessing and confession in media cultures. There is also recognition by scholar that media and religion highlights an important intersection of cultural and social imaginations, where media creates and informs deep feelings of social belonging. Against this background, it is not surprising that the intersection of religion and media is attracting research attention, especially in regards to the mediatization of religion and the proliferation of mediated religion.

Given the complexity of the relationship between media and religion, we advocate moving beyond the simple questions of “How is religion represented in the media?” and “How to religions use media to promote their cause?” to consider broader and deeper theoretical investigations of this evolving interplay.  We suggest media may evoke and create a sense of wonder, transcendence, and flow, which in many ways approach experiences often assigned to the religious realm. To put it with Victor Turner’s classical essay on liminality: Religious media events, as well as media as a religious event, call into question simplistic social ontologies by being “betwixt and between” purely religious and purely media contexts.

This preconference seeks to bring into conversation a variety of approaches common within the study of media, religion and culture, in order to showcase the diverse perspectives scholars of Communication have taken in the study of this interrelationship. The goal of the preconference is to spotlight current scholarly methods within media and religion studies in order to highlight key theoretical concepts and problems – both for those working in the field, and for those who wish to gain first-hand insight into this area of Communication research. Through papers, panel presentations and shared conversation amongst participants this event aims is to draw scholarly attention to the relationship between media, religion and culture in its multiple intersections.

The preconference will consist of a morning session featuring two keynote panels of recognized scholars whose work intersects with the field of media and religion. The afternoon will involve two parallel panels of papers selected from abstract submissions, and a closing summary panel. Invited and confirmed speakers/respondents include Menachem Blondheim, Hebrew University; Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths University of London; Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen; Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder; Knut Lundby, University of Oslo and Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan.

Paper proposals are sought for the afternoon sessions on themes related to the study of media and religion. Of special interest are papers which sketch out new cross-disciplinary connections, methods and theoretical approaches to this intersection.Possible themes for paper considered for the pre-conference includes research which reflects on:

–       Media as a site for religious practice and performance

–       The mediatization of religion

–       Religion and media as cultural technologies

–       Media communication as a conduit for understanding and peace

–       Religious media as mediating religion

–       Media as Ritual

Paper submissions are welcome from scholars at all stages of their career working in a variety of discipline that intersect with the study of media, religion and culture. Abstracts of 500 words (maximum) should be submitted along with a brief biographical statement no later than 15 December 2013. Abstract should be submitted to Heidi Campbell at heidic [at] tamu.edu.  Submissions will be judged by peer evaluation. Authors will be informed regarding acceptance/rejection for the preconference in mid February 2014.

The preconference is sponsored by the Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Communication at the University of Washington and supported by the Media and Religion Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and The International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture.

Co-Convenors: Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University, USA and Günter Thomas, Faculty for Protestant Theology-Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


SHOWCASING ISLAMIC STUDIES IN THE UK

The Inaugural Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS)

Thursday 10 – Friday 11 April 2014 University of Edinburgh

Call for panels and papers

As a follow-up to the very successful work of the Islamic Studies Network between 2009 and 2012, a learned society for Islamic Studies, the British Association for Islamic Studies (www.brais.ac.uk<http://www.brais.ac.uk/>) has been established.

 The Inaugural Conference of the Association will be held in the University of Edinburgh on 10 – 11 April 2014, and the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic Studies, broadly understood to include both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts, and any region of the Islamic World (e.g. Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa), with a view to the conference as a whole providing a showcase of the range and depth of Islamic Studies today across the UK.

 Panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject, such as:

* Qur’anic Studies

* Law

* History

* Philosophy and Theology

* Intellectual History

* Civilisation (arts and science)

* Economics and Finance

* Education

* Gender Studies

* Islam in the Media

* Islam in South Asia

* Muslims in Britain/Europe/the West.

Individual proposals will also be considered, and, if accepted, will be grouped with similar submissions by the conference organisers.

 200-word outlines of panels, together with 200-word abstracts of each paper proposed for panels, should be submitted in Word format by e-mail attachment tobrais@ed.ac.uk<mailto:brais@ed.ac.uk> by 5 pm (UK time) on MONDAY 9 DECEMBER. Proposals must include short biographies of each speaker (including details of institutional affiliation and e-mail address). Notification of accepted panels and papers will be circulated early in 2014.

Further details about the Association, including how to join, can be found at www.brais.ac.uk<http://www.brais.ac.uk/>. Registration for the conference will open in January 2014, and early registration is recommended as limited space is available. The deadline for registration for the conference is 5 pm (UK time) on Monday 10 March.


 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Anthropocene Feminism

Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

April 10-12, 2014

 C21’s conference Anthropocene Feminism will consider the ways in which feminism has long been  concerned with the anthropocene, and what current interest in the anthropocene might mean for  feminism, in its evolving histories, theories, and practices. The conference seeks to highlight both why we need an anthropocene feminism and why thinking the anthropocene must come from feminism.

We begin with two sets of questions. First, how has feminism anticipated the concept of the anthropocene, and what might it yet have to offer: how can feminism help us to historicize, challenge or refine the concept of the anthropocene? what does feminism have to say to the claim that humans now act as a geological force in ways that are independent of or indifferent to social, cultural, or political will or intent? And equally important, is there (or should there be) an anthropocene feminism: does feminism require a new formulation specific to the age of the anthropocene? how should feminism in an anthropogenic age take up an altered relation to the nonhuman world?

We seek proposals for critical, historical, and theoretical papers or creative presentations that address the questions posed by the concept of anthropocene feminism. Topics we imagine proposals pursuing include but are not limited to

· feminist genealogies or epistemologies of the anthropocene

· queer nature, queer ecologies, queer anthropocene

· ecosexualities or ecofeminism and feminism and dark ecologies

· environmental racism and transnational feminist approaches

· the anthropocene and the commons

· new materialism

· quantum entanglements and agential realism

· feminist science/environmental ethics and aesthetics and science studies in the

anthropocene

· anthropocene feminism after capitalism

· cyborg futures, geo-engineering, speculative ecologies and feminism after the non-human

turn

· anthropocene utopianism/dystopianism and their antecedents

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV by Friday, December 6 to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, c21@uwm.edu.

Conference website: http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene | C21: c21.uwm.edu

 


 

Sixth Graduate Symposium: April 11-13, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece

EABS is excited to announce its sixth graduate symposium, which will take place in Thessaloniki on the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.  The symposium, which seeks to engender an intimate, supportive atmosphere for dialogue across a variety of biblical and related studies (OT, NT, DSS, early Christianity, rabbinics, etc.), welcomes PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers to present on a topic related to their research area.  Participants may format their presentation as they see fit: paper, seminar discussion, workshop session, or another form.

This year we especially encourage to propose posters! This is a complete novelty and a cutting edge approach to studying the Bible!

You do not need to send a complete poster as a proposal, although this is highly welcome.

The EABS Graduate Symposium is happy to welcome a few senior scholars, including the EABS president, Professor Reimund Bieringer (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), who will offer feedback and share their own experiences in the field.  In addition, the symposium looks forward to continuing its tradition of holding a joint session with graduate students from the University of Alberta.

Candidates should submit their abstracts and/or posters of no more than 300 words to students [at] eabs.net no later than January 15th, 2013.

Please mention the preferred format in the abstract (i.e. paper, workshop, pre-circulated paper, discussion etc.). For the sixth symposium we suggest equal time slots of 20 minutes for everyone.

Participants have to be members of the EABS. The one-year membership (from January 1st to December 31st ) for 2014 will be €10.


JOBS


American University – Beirut – Assistant Professor in Classical Islamic Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47565>

 

Princeton University – Lecturer, Modern Standard Arabic <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47713>

 

Michigan State University – Director, Muslim Studies Program <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47725>

Jewish Theological Seminary – postdoctoral fellowship in JewishStudies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47733>

 

Princeton University – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, History of the Jewish and/or Christian populations of the pre-modern Muslim world 800-1800 <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47754>

 

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Curator for Early Iran and Central Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47704>

 

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Curator for Later Iran and Central Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47705>

 

University of Nebraska at Omaha – Assistant Professor – Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47751>

 

Pacific Lutheran University – Chair, Holocaust Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47774>

 

Princeton University – Lecturer, Modern Hebrew <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47709>

 

University of Potsdam – W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47760>

 

University of Potsdam – W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47761>

 

University of Potsdam – W3 Professorship for History of  Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47762>

 

Professorial Fellow

School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

University of St Andrews

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 11 Oct 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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AMAZON


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JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion, advance access http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, no. 3 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cjcr/2013/00000028/00000003/art00001

 

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME). http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/anthropologyiran/acme/docs/ACME1.pdf

 

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture Volume 25, Number 2 /2013

 

The Biblical Archaeology Society is pleased to announce the publication the November/December 2013 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (Volume 39, Number 6) www.biblicalarchaeology.org/magazine


BOOKS


Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India

Matthew R. Sayers

Oxford University Press

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199917471.do#.Ulb6HBDg8gI


Tolkien

The Forest and the City

Helen Conrad-O’Briain & Gerard Hynes, editors

Despite the association of J.R.R. Tolkien with the natural world, Middle-earth as landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected. Tolkien: the forest and the city presents new work by some of the finest scholars in Tolkien studies, as well as research from a number of emerging scholars, addressing this neglect.

Drawing on a wide variety of critical approaches, from philology to ecocriticism, in a clear, approachable style, this collection explores the interaction of culture and nature that imbues Tolkien’s secondary world with the immediacy of our own.

Tolkien: the forest and the city is one of the rare books on Tolkien that manages to be both serious and accessible, avoiding the twin plagues of Tolkien criticism – defensively eulogistic fandom, and defensively arcane academicism. Essays by world experts on the subject, such as Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger are supported by innovative younger scholars, such as Jane Carroll and Dimitra Fimi, and between them they have produced a fine volume on the interface between nature and culture in his books. Although Tolkien’s work has been widely appropriated by ecocritics, this volume, by exploring a remarkable range of Tolkien’s cultural reference from the Arts and Crafts movement to the Spanish Civil War, from landscapes to food, and from deforestation to Dante, demonstrates the complexity of his intellectual positions. This is an engaging, lively, and in many ways groundbreaking contribution to Tolkien scholarship.’ Peter Hunt, emeritus professor of English and Children’s Literature, Cardiff University and editor of J.R.R. Tolkien: a new casebook (2013).

Helen Conrad-O’Briain lectures in Old English, Old Norse, palaeography and Tolkien at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She has co-edited The ghost story from the middle ages to the twentieth century (Dublin, 2010) and has published on M.R. James, Virgil incunabulae and early insular Latin.

Gerard Hynes is a Ph.D. candidate writing on Tolkien’s theology of creation at Trinity College Dublin. He has taught on the Tolkien course offered as part of Trinity College’s M.Phil. in popular literature and children’s literature. He has published on Tolkien and geology in Tolkien Studies (2012). In September 2012 he co-organized the conference ‘Tolkien: the forest and the city’ with Helen Conrad-O’Briain.

Hardback. 200pp. November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-84682-429-6

Retail Price: €60.00

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1175


CONFERENCES


9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) – in Basel (June 9-13, 2014), here an update on our progress.

Workshops: The fourteen workshops have been selected. For a complete list see:

<http://9icaane.unibas.ch/workshops.html>

For any questions concerning the topics of and participation in the workshops please contact the organizers of the respective workshop.

Papers

–           Please do not send any more proposals (the deadline has been over for some time now).

–           At the moment the Basel Organizing Committee is evaluating about 500 papers. This process will take until mid-November.

 



CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP for open access journals Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory

Description: Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory  have fully independent editorial boards and we conduct full peer review of articles. We welcome submissions of research papers, theses, reviews, essays, presentations and conference proceedings. We are registered with ISSN and CrossRef; indexed  with …

Contact: dan.scott [at] socialsciencesdirectory.com

URL: www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Announcement ID: 207123

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207123

 


CFP: Christian-Islamic Interactions: Mobility, Connection,  Transformation (1450-1800)

Date: 2013-10-30

Description: The FIRB research project “Beyond the Holy War” is  inviting scholars to submit papers for a three-session  international workshop titled “Christian-Islamic Interactions: Mobility, Connection, Transformation (1450-1800)”, which will take place at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), on  10-11 Fe …

Contact: g.marcocci [at] sns.it

Announcement ID: 20709

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207093

 


CFP: Visions of Enchantment – Occultism, Spirituality &  Visual Culture (University of Cambridge, 17-18 March 2014)

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: This two-day conference seeks to investigate the formative role that occultism and magic have played in Western and non-Western visual and material culture. It aims to present original research in this field as well as to establish a productive dialogue between academics with a particular research i …

Contact: dcjz2@[at] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.visionsofenchantment.com/

Announcement ID: 207278

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207278

 


CFP: Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination: an Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at Brown University

Location: Rhode Island

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Beasts and monsters populate the religious imagination. From ancient cosmogonies and classic fairy tales to modern horror films and contemporary apocalyptic narratives, depictions of the strange and fantastic shape and challenge the categories by which human beings order their experience. Encounters …

URL:

www.brown.edu/academics/religious-studies/node/215/graduate-student-conference

Announcement ID: 207157

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207157

 


CFP: hey Who Gathered Much: Artists, Audiences, and Collectors of Biblical Imagery

Location: New York

Date: 2013-11-29

Description: Symposium: January 17, 2014 Organized in conjunction with Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, on view at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) from October 17, 2013, to February 16, 2014, this symposium will interrogate the intersection of two dramatic shi      …

Announcement ID: 207082

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207082

 


CFP: Sharīʿa responsibility; conditions and conflicts; Call for papers 2nd Contemporary fiqhi issues workshop  (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, UK)

Date: 2014-01-01

Description: Shari’a responsibility; conditions and conflicts Call  for papers The 2nd AMI Contemporary fiqhi Issue workshop series April 3rd-5th 2014, Al-Mahdi Institute Birmingham, U.K. The  dominant fiqhi reading of Sharīʿa perceives a system of orthopraxic precepts (aḥkām) in the knowledge …

Contact: alireza [at] almahdi.edu

URL:

http:/www.almahdi.edu/forthcoming-conditions-of-becoming-endowed-with-responsibility-talkif

Announcement ID: 207147

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207147

 


CFP: Myth and Fairy Tales Conference Area CFP

Location: New Mexico

Date: 2014-02-19

Description: Myth and Fairy Tale Conference Area Call for Papers  Abstract/Proposals Due: 1 November 2013 Southwest  Popular/American Culture Associations 35th Annual Conference Albuquerque, NM February 19-22, 2014 General information and online registration Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myt …

Contact: 5053664445

URL:

southwestpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Myth-and-Fairy-Tales-CFP-revised.pdf

Announcement ID: 207089

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207089

 


CFP: Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World

Newcastle University

May 15, 2014

The relationship between religious experience and gender remains underexplored in academic scholarship. While it is largely held that the ‘victims’ of religion, in all its manifestations, are female, and the ‘perpetrators’ male, the reality is clearly less straightforward. This assumption does, however, beg further investigation into the dynamics attendant upon religious experience and/or practice, and gender.

Religion, generally, as a mode of identity production, is currently understudied in postcolonial studies (not least in its intersection with gender), and is richly varied in its manifestations in the formerly colonised – and colonising – Atlantic World. This symposium seeks to address this critical lacuna.

In 1937, Jamaican feminist journalist, poet and playwright Una Marson argued that religion appealed more to women than to men; at the same time, a male colleague lamented that Jamaican manhood was “not progressing as it should.” This symposium will ask: is there is a connection between a perceived ‘crisis of masculinity,’ ‘feminisation of culture,’ and religion? What is the nature of the intersection between religious practice and gender identification? Furthermore, this symposium hopes to explore how religion has been and continues to be used in processes of masculinisation and feminisation, and in discourses of intimacy, sexuality and affectivity, which have gained critical currency in recent postcolonial scholarship.

The dynamic between men and women, gender and sexuality, is often fluid and unstable in religious expression. Often, praxis and doctrine are not equally aligned. This symposium will explore the religiosity of everyday public and private life by re-evaluating the role religion (in all its forms, canonical or otherwise) has in cultural discourses of the once-colonised world, particularly highlighting its role in gender identity production. It will encourage researchers from all disciplines and levels to discuss questions raised by their own research in an informal atmosphere, suggest best practices and foster networks of communication for further research.

Researchers are invited to present papers, not to exceed 20 minutes, on (but not limited to) the following topics:

–          Masculinity and/or femininity and religion

–          Religion and postcoloniality

–          Religious syncretism

–          Evolution of religious doctrine

–          ‘Cult’ vs. ‘Religion’

–          Histories of particular religious practices

–          Afro-religions/religious practices

–          Religion and gender(ed) identity

–          Religious affiliation and sexual expression

–          Queer religiosity/ies.

 

Please send short abstracts of no more than 250 words, plus a short bio of no more than 100 words to Janelle Rodriques at j.rodriques [at] newcastle.ac.uk by February 17, 2014.

 


 

CFP: Religion and Food

Conference website: www.abo.fi/donnersymposium/

 

The relationship between food and religion is a lived activity formed by the dynamics of both tradition and adaption. Religious commitments to food are influenced by several different factors, ranging from personal spirituality and experiences to social patterns of belonging as well as ethical, political and doctrinal convictions related to food and eating.

Today, this topic is receiving increasing scholarly attention and has become a relevant focus to a broad spectrum of researchers working with different religious traditions and contemporary spiritualities. The conference seeks to address the question of why and how persons of various religious and spiritual liaisons seem to engage in food and eating with a growing zeal today from a variety of different theoretical and methodological angles. Proposals are welcome on the interconnectedness of religion, food, and the following themes

·         Folkways/foodways and vernacular practices;

·         Tradition, memory, and nostalgia;

·         Boundaries, identity, and control;

·         Symbolism, authenticity, and fluidity;

·         Consumption and abstention;

·         Ethics and environmentalism;

·         The global, local, and glocal.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Benjamin Zeller, Lake Forest College, Chicago

Prof. Gunnar af Hällström, Åbo Akademi University

Prof. Patricia Lysaght, University College London

Application:

Please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the Donner Institute no later than January 31, 2014. At the conference, 20 minutes will be reserved for your lecture followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Publication:

Selected papers from the conference will be published in volume 26 of the Donner Institute series Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis. We hope that you will keep this publication option in mind while preparing your paper for the conference and kindly invite you to submit your article for peer-review after the conference.

Detailed guidelines for submitting papers will be sent to all participants upon acceptance of their papers for the conference. The publication series Scripta, initiated in 1967, is peer-reviewed and will be available as an open access publication in the Internet as well as in printed form.

Further information about the publication series:http://www.abo.fi/forskning/script

Registration

The registration fee is 200 €. The fee should be paid by April 30, 2014.

Account number: Nordea FI12 2057 1800 0200 55; BIC CODE: NDEAFIHH

Name of the account holder: Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi (Foundation ofÅbo Akademi University)

The registration fee includes lunches and coffee during the conferenceas well as an excursion and a banquet organised in connection with the symposium. Please indicate in your registration whether you wish to participate in the excursion and the banquet. Please also indicate if you have special dietary needs. The registration fee does not include accommodation.


 

CFP: Religious Genderings:

The Socio-Spiritual [Dis-]Empowerment of Women and Men

Department of Religious Studies

Chapman University

Orange, California

February 27-28, 2014

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on religion as a powerful force in shaping our conceptions of gender, a force which can be simultaneously liberative and oppressive, its institutions more often than not mirroring but also reinforcing patriarchal social structures and oppressive definitions of gender and sexuality even as its teachings may call for equality and/or androgyny in the pursuit of spiritual transformation and for compassionate individual action.  The religious traditions of the world have had to begin to confront their complicity in often violent oppression of women in the twentieth century.  This has included self-critique but also the recovery of women’s voices and exemplary figures from the past as well as re-readings of scriptural traditions, reinvention of rituals and practices, and re-envisioning of institutions, leadership and teachings.  This process is by no means complete.   The twenty-first century brings the additional but related challenge of confronting religious attitudes toward sexuality, magnified for LGBT individuals.

Studies of the relationship between religion and gender have often fallen into bifurcated camps, some focusing on religion as a source of empowerment, others seeing it as a source of repression and control.

Social critiques and movements of liberation are also often portrayed as wholly separate from spirituality and the oppression and/or empowerment of women as separate from that of men.  This conference is designed to call these sharp contrasts into question, with presenters

challenged to address religious genderings in a more holistic and comprehensive way, one that takes into account their impact on both men and women, the effects of shifting notions of identity in the context of globalization, and the intersection of constructions of gender with attitudes toward sexuality.

The Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University invites scholars working in the area of religion, gender and sexuality from a variety of religious perspectives, including but not limited to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, and with diverse academic disciplinary training to submit proposals for papers for presentation and consideration for subsequent publication.  Proposals should include contact information, a title, and an abstract of 300 words, sent to Prof. Nancy M. Martin via e-mail at nmartin@chapman.edu<mailto:nmartin@chapman.edu> or mailed to her at the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, California 92866.  The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2013.

 


 

We have the pleasure to introduce Anathema, the first scientific blog entirely devoted to the study of Greek religion in the Hellenistic period.

Hosted by the platform Hypothèses.org, this blog aims at enhancing contact and exchange between diverse scientific activities and is open to the participation of all interested scholars on related subjects. You are all warmly invited to browse the first published posts, to comment and to actively participate with your own posts at the following link:

http://anathema.hypotheses.org/

Those who wish to contribute with their posts can contact us at s.paul@ulg.ac.be  or ste.caneva@gmail.com.

The call for posts includes the following themes:

– Announcement of scientific events and publications on relevant topics

– Reviews of conferences and publications (monographs or papers)

– Announcement of ongoing research projects

– Posts on methodological matters and ongoing researches from scholars wishing to submit their reflections to the scientific community

Posts are published in the following languages:

English – French – German – Italian

Authors are personally responsible for their posts. All published material is protected by copyright.

 


 

CFP ‘Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment’ One Day Symposium hosted by Falmouth University and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton (Bristol University) On March 8th 2014 Falmouth University and ASLE UKI will be holding a one day symposium on the subject of ‘haunted landscapes’. From places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory or history to conceptions of landscape as palimpsest, holy wells and ancient sites, literature, art and film have always explored concepts of the supernatural and the landscape and environment. Landscapes can be haunted by echoes and memories of colonization, violence done and irrevocable acts committed. Places may be marked indelibly by the past and by the people who populated and shaped the environment in many different ways. Layers of memory and action can be embedded in the landscape alongside the layering of history in stone. Encounters with the landscape reverberate through the ages and through the rocks, trees, hills and streams that are still present today. Ghosts can shade the atmosphere of a place and some things never leave. The environment bears witness to the super-natural and that which seems paranormal may eventually become a natural part of the environment.

Papers examining any aspect of the super-natural and the environment are welcomed from all disciplines. Subjects can include (but are not bound by):

Ghosts and the landscape

The Weird and the land

The idea of ‘super’ in the super-natural Landscape and memory Landscape as palimpsest Haunted places Actions and emotions embedded in the landscape The past echoing back through the landscape The landscape and the Uncanny Nature and haunting Animals, super-nature and the environment Death, life and rebirth and the environment Abstracts of 300-500 are to be submitted by December 8th to:

ruth.heholt falmouth.ac.uk and niamh.downing falmouth.ac.uk.


JOBS


Stanford University – 2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literary Cultures of Muslim South Asia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47619>

University of Iowa – ASIAN STUDIES ENDOWED CHAIR

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47594>

 

Ruhr-University Bochum – Indexer Index Buddhicus / Classified Buddhist Studies Bibliography

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47673>

 

University of British Columbia – Public Policy / Asia at Assistant Professor level

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47648>

 

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor PreModern China/China’s Borderlands

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47610>

 

University of Kentucky – Assistant Professor of Japanese

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47621>

 

University of Tennessee – Martin – Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47631>

 

Xavier University – Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47633>

Victoria University of New Zealand – Lecturer in Religious Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47647>

Cornell University, Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Jewish Studies Program invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Rabbinic Judaism. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in engaging broadly with Jewish studies as part of interdisciplinary humanities. The position entails teaching two courses per year (one each semester).  One course will be at the introductory level, and the other an advanced seminar.  A Ph.D. by June 30, 2014 is required and experience in teaching strongly encouraged. Salary is $57,500 per academic year. Interviews will take place at the AAR meeting in November; those who will not be attending  the meeting should indicate this in the application letter

 

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, proposed course descriptions, and two reference letters by November 8, 2013 to: Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 or by email to jlg58@cornell.edu.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educator.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged  to apply.

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  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

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JOURNALS


Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, issue 3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjcr20/28/3#.Uk5TTRDg8gI

Sociology of Religion – advance access http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

International Journal of Tantric Studies (IJTS) vol. 9, n. 1: http://asiatica.org/ijts/vol9-1/

 


BOOKS


Discount for the History of Western Philosophy of Religion, edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, published by Acumen. Acumen are offering members of the BASR a discount of 25% off the full price of the five volume set.

Special Introductory price of £75/$115 on the 5-volume paperback set * if you order before 31 December 2013. Please quote discount code 9EN.

http://www.acumenpublishing.co.uk/display.asp?K=e2009013016055139&sf1=sort_date&st1=20090330:20100529&sort=sort_date/d&m=10&dc=20

 


CONFERENCES


International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference, Canterbury, August 2014

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html

 


Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology Conference

UCL Institute of Archaeology & Folklore Society

Saturday, 12 October 2013 at 10:00 – Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 15:30 (BST)

London, United Kingdom

https://popularantiquities.eventbrite.co.uk/

 


Registration for the event “From Floor to Ceiling: A symposium on South Asian floordrawings and murals” is now open

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/cream/events/from-floor-to-ceiling

The last date for registration is 18 October 2013, but to facilitate our planning for the event, we would appreciate it if you could register as soon as is possible.

 


Stockholm History of Religions 100th anniversary (1913-2013) – 8th of November 2013

http://www.erg.su.se/stockholm-history-of-religions-100th-anniversary-1913-2013

 GENERAL PROGRAM

Hundred Years of History of Religions at Stockholm University (preliminary program)

9.00 Welcome addresses – Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Peter Jackson

9.30 Geraldine Hultkrantz

9.50 Christer Hedin

Coffee Break

11.10

11.30 Per-Arne Berglie

11.50 Ulf Drobin

Lunch Break

One-Day Centennial Workshop – “Horizons of Shamanism: A Triangular Approach”

The study of ecstatic practices and conceptions of the soul in the intersection of historiography and ethnography has distinguished our department’s contribution to the field of History of Religions. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the History of Religions at Stockholm University, three leading scholars have been invited to dwell upon the the current status of shamanic practices and belief systems, both as ‘etic’ scholarly categories and as foci of spiritual revitalization among the indigenous peoples of post-Soviet Siberia.

14.00 Majorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown Universit: “Shamans Emerging from Repression in Siberia: Lighting Rods of Hope and Fear”

15.00 Carlo Ginzburg, Professor Emeritus of History at the UCLA and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa: “Travelling in Spirit, from Friuli to Siberia”

Coffee Break

16.00 Jan Bremmer, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen and Visiting Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich: “Contextualising the study of shamanism in Antiquity”

17.00-18.00 Closing discussion

This schedule is subject to change.

For more information, please contact peter.jackson [at] rel.su.se. To register, please contact lena.euren [at] erg.su.se

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP (IAS Lima 2014): Boundaries and Belief: Colonialist Spirituality and Indigenous Alterity in the Visual Culture of the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1800-1925

Date: 2013-10-03

Description: International Association of Inter-American Studies, Biennial Conference, August 6-8, 2014, Lima, Peru CFP: Boundaries and Belief: Colonialist Spirituality and Indigenous Alterity in the Visual Culture of the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1800-1925 Located at a geographical crossroads of Spanish colonialis …

Contact: brobertson [at] wesleyan.edu

Announcement ID: 206823

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206823

 


CFP: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Date: 2013-10-07

Description: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is calling for papers for its November issue. JAPSS is published both electronically and in print in Florida, USA. The Journal is indexed and catalogued by EBSCOhost and other prestigious indexes. Please visit our website for more inform  …

Contact: journalalternative [at] hotmail.com

URL: www.japss.org

Announcement ID: 206840

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206840

 


CFP: Daniel Boyarin and Other Borderline Jews

Date: 2013-12-01

Description:  The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish ThoughtThe Journal of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto CALL FOR PAPERS Vol. V: Daniel Boyarin and Other Borderline Jews Be deliberate in judgment, and raise many disciples, and make a fence to the Torah (Ethics of the Fathers 1:1 …

Contact: utjjt.cjs [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 206766

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206766


 

DO ISLAMIC LEGAL RULES MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY?

Date: 2014-03-01

Description: DO ISLAMIC LEGAL RULES MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY? Islamic International Law and International Politics After September 11, and beginning War on Global Terrorism, intervention Western Alliance in Iraq, beginning internal conflict in Arab World and biblical war between Israel and  Palestinians, in …

Contact: hrcpc [at] yahoo.com

URL: www.unbi.ba

Announcement ID: 206869

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206869


 

CFP: 6th Global Conference: Evil, Women and the Feminine

Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May 2014: Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:

Despite the attempts of feminists the conjunction between evil and the feminine seems unbroken. Established as secondary, derivative and hence inferior, women have been long suspected of being the source of human (though more often masculine) miseries, always in cahoots with the forces of evil and destruction. Paradoxically, at the same time, some have also been put on the pedestal and lauded as ideals of purity and dedication, yet these paragons only proved the rule that, on average, the feminine/woman equals imperfect and transgressive.Mischievous, beguiling, seductive, lascivious, unruly, carping, vengeful and manipulative – these are only a few of the epithets present in cultures and literatures across the world. In grappling with our understanding of what it is to be and do ‘evil’, the project aims to explore the possible sources of the fear and hatred of women and the feminine as well as their manifestations and pervasiveness across times, cultures and media.

 Evil, Women and the Feminine seeks to engage fruitful academic discourse over the core theme of evil and monstrous women, and the variations thereof. Although this type of discourse can lend itself to a feminist theoretical standpoint, the conference does not necessarily align itself as such and welcomes a variety of theoretical and critical approaches, such as –but not limited to – queer studies, post-structural, Marxist, psychoanalytical, anthropological etc.

 Among the core themes to be explored at this years conference explored are:

-Murderess’, terrorists, child-killers, kidnappers, abusers, serial killers -Monstrous motherhood in literature and film: monstrous births and infanticide (Beowulf, Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, etc.

-Archetypical fears: feminine blood and castration -Portrayal of Evil Woman in Literature: from Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth to Kessey’s Sister Ratched.

-Psychoanalytic perspectives: “Vagina Dentata” etc -Historical perspectives of female evil -Women and/in Power: Cleopatra, Messalina, Isabella of Castile, Mary Tudor, Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Lucia Borgia, Eva Peron, etc. Were these women truly evil or did they merely try to survive in a man’s world?

-Holocaust and Nazi witches: Irma Grese or the “Bitch of Belsen, Ilse Koch Born, Witch of Buchenwald and others; -Evil women in the visual arts -Cultural and racial stereotypes -Mythological icons: Medusa, Jezebel, Delilah, Lilith, Harpies, Sirens, Hel, Eris -Female revenge: women who took revenge on their unfaithful husbands or ungrateful children. From mythology to real life: Kriemhield, Medea, Clytemnestra, Katherine Knight, Maria Savez, etc.

-Evil females in children’s books and cartoons. Step-mothers are supposed to be the most evil women in the world of fairy-tales and Disney cartoons but is this really so?; -Ethical studies -Beauty as threatening or evil: from the times of witch-hunts female beauty was considered dangerous. Do we still feel threatened by a female beauty?

-Fantasy: evil women in strips and video games;

-Folklore: female Vampires, witches, witch-hunts, pact with a devil -Evil Women in/and Religion: Dark Goddesses and Counter-Readings

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Papers will also be considered on any related theme.

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between evil, women, femininity and/or violence and/or femininities and masculinities.

What to Send:300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in thisorder:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.E-mails should be entitled: EWF6 Abstract Submission.Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

 Organising Chairs: Natalia Kaloh Vid: nkv [at] inter-disciplinary.net Rob Fisher: ewf6 [at] inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/evil/evil-women-and-the-feminine/call-for-papers/

 


 

Please take note of the approaching deadlines to submit proposals for panels and papers for the next conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion to be held in Groningen, on ‘religion and pluralities of knowledge’.

Keynote speakers: Bruno Latour, Carlo Ginzburg, Birgit Meyer and Jörg Rüpke.

Reminder that the deadlines for proposing papers and panels for the 2014 EASR/IAHR/NGG conference on “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge,” to be held in Groningen from11-15 May 2014, are 15 October (for panel themes) and 1 December (for papers). Please submit your proposals to easr2014.thrs@rug.nl.

 We invite contributions from various disciplines and perspectives to explore the nexus of religion, pluralism, and knowledge. We encourage a conversation among theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers and panels may address topics such as the following:

  • The pluralistic nature of knowledge about religion, including different disciplinary perspectives and new concepts: history as imaginative knowledge, sociology of knowledge, knowledge and space, materiality of knowledge (goods, objects, machines, instruments), aesthetics of knowledge, knowledge as related to gender and race, etc.;

  • Various forms of knowledge about religion: rational knowledge, imaginative and poetic knowledge, explicit and implicit knowledge, embodied knowledge, ritual knowledge, etc.;

  • Historical developments, changes, and reconfigurations of knowledge systems that relate to the field of religion;

  • Procedures and politics in the organization of knowledge about religion: production, reception, circulation, transmission, (de)legitimization, (de)canonization, traditionalization, but also the rejection, marginalization, and exclusion of knowledge.

In addition to these subtopics and approaches, we encourage contributions that address other aspects of the conference theme. Proposals of contributions and panels that are not directly linked to the conference theme will also be considered. There will be panels for the presentation of ongoing doctoral research.

Requirements for proposals

Proposals for individual papers and for pre-arranged sessions need to consist of an abstract of no more than 150 words (to be used in the program book, should the paper and/or session be accepted) and an outline of the proposed paper and/or session with no more than 500 words. We also welcome suggestions for open panels, asking for submission of individual papers to fit with the proposed panel. Proposals will have to provide names of presenter(s)/convenors and their email address(es).

  • Deadline for submitting themes for open panels and pre-arranged sessions: 15 October 2013

  • Announcement of approved panels and sessions: 1 November 2013

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers: 1 December 2013

  • Notification of acceptance individual papers: 15 January 2014

Please indicate clearly whether you are applying for an individual paper fitting in with the conference theme, a pre-arranged session, an open panel or the presentation of ongoing doctoral research. All proposals should be sent as an e-mail or as a Word document attached to an e-mail to easr2014.thrs [at] rug.nl.

There will be a double-blind peer-review process. All proposals will be evaluated by an independent committee, consisting of members of the organization committee and the scientific advisory board.

For more information, please visit: http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014


 

This is a reminder for a call for papers for the  following session at the annual meeting of the Association of American  Geographers in Tampa, Florida from 8-12 April 2014:

Geographies of Alternative Spiritualities Session sponsored by the Geographies of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group

Organisers: Nadia Bartolini (Open University), Sara MacKian (Open University) and Steve Pile (Open University)

Spirituality is commonly understood, in Human Geography, using models of faith and  belief based on mainstream Religion, usually in the guise of  Christianity or Islam (see, for example, reviews by Yorgason and della  Dora 2009, Kong 2010 and Wilford 2010). Though there has been increasing  interest in the idea of post-secular society, especially drawing upon  the experience of Western cities (see Beaumont and Baker 2011, and  Stevenson et al. 2010, Wilford 2010), and the re-emergence (or not) of  faith and belief systems as significant in the constitution of social  and spatial relationships, questions of spirit and spirituality remain strangely absent from these debates (MacKian 2012). The  purpose of this session is to engage with these issues through the lens  of spirit and spirituality beyond the traditional institutional,  ontological and epistemological confines of Religion. In particular, we are interested in exploring the lived experiences of forms of belief,  faith and spirit that fall outside of the conventional practices of  Religion. What is ‘alternative’, of course, depends on where you stand,  so we would like to think beyond straightforward dualisms between the secular and the religious by using a more dynamic sense of  ‘spirit’ and ‘spirituality’. In this session, we are interested in  building upon Cloke and Beaumont’s (2013) argument that secularism and  post-secularism need to be viewed as fluid and porous, and indeed, in constant mutually transformative dialogue with one another. We therefore  seek papers that wish to engage with the experiences and the practices  of spiritualities in everyday life — and, especially, how the mundane  and the extraordinary are interwoven.

The organisers would particularly welcome papers that would explore:

– The spatialities of spirituality

– Spirituality and spirit

– The paranormal, the occult, the magical and the extraordinary

– Post-secular, post-phenomenological arguments in the context of alternative spiritualities

– The lived experiences and everyday practices of spirit

– Vernacular religion

– Spirit and the production of space (urban, rural, communal, small town, national, etc.)

 

For  those interested in participating in the session, please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Nadia Bartolini  (nadia.bartolini [at] open.ac.uk), Sara MacKian (sara.mackian [at] open.ac.uk) and  Steve Pile (steve.pile [at] open.ac.uk) by Friday 4 October 2013.


 

CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass

University of Groningen, 13-14 February 2014

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World Production, Circulation, and Validation

Keynote & Master: Prof. Marietta Horster (Mainz)

 We invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, as well as senior researchers to take part in the third CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/MA Masterclass on 13–14 February 2013.

 CRASIS is the interdisciplinary research institute for the study of the ancient world at the University of Groningen. We bring together researchers from Classics, Religious Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, and Legal History, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and Near Eastern civilizations and on the interaction between these.

 The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass is a two-day event, set up as an informal meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level, postdocs and senior staff to promote discussion and exchange of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.

 The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Masterclass will be:

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World

Production, Circulation, and Validation

Showing what you know, who you know, and innovating upon prior knowledge are key strategies to sustain yourself in society today. The internet radically changed the speed at which knowledge is transmitted. We now have unprecedented access to information across the globe, and it is even difficult to control what others know about our private lives. The global crisis contributed to an emphasis on the economic value of certain types of knowledge. Amidst all these changes, there is concern for the loss of traditional forms of knowledge. But what do we know about what the ancients knew, and how they came to know it?

This Annual Meeting focuses on cultural knowledge: the packages of knowledge (skills, competences, and information) that are needed to operate competently within in a particular community (group, cult, school, city, ethnos, empire …). We adopt a broad understanding of ancient cultural knowledge that includes social, legal, technical, religious, and philosophical forms of knowing. Ancient historians examine the transmission of knowledge across networks; archaeologists study the development and tradition of technical skills in material production, and technological transfer; religious knowledge is analysed from cognitive perspectives, while there is also a new emphasis on the role of the body and the senses in experiencing and generating knowledge. We aim to bring these angles and approaches together and develop new ones that help us understand the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge in the ancient world.

Possible topics include:

  • Who: Priests, diplomats, literary authors, traders, officials etc. operated as agents of knowledge production, mediation, and authorisation. How was access to knowledge gained, controlled, contested, and concealed?

  • Where: What was the role of workshops, gymnasia, sanctuaries, assemblies, funerary areas, festivals, courts etc. as settings of production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?

  • How: How did particular media and artefacts (coins, inscriptions, statues, laws, oracles, letters, landscapes) contribute to and change the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?

KEYNOTE AND MASTER

This year’s Keynote Speaker and Master is Professor Marietta Horster. She holds the Chair of Ancient History at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Her broad-based expertise is evident from publications on imperial building inscriptions in the Roman West, land possession, civic priests and cult personnel at Greek sanctuaries, and the transmission of cultural knowledge through poetry.

DEADLINES:

We invite senior researchers to submit a title and short abstract for a twenty-minute presentation on the first day of the Annual Meeting

PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal (500 words) for the Masterclass on the second day explaining their research in relation to this year’s theme

Proposals for both days should be submitted no later than 1 November 2013 with Birgit van der Lans: b.e.a.l.van.der.lans@rug.nl.

PhD/ReMa Students

Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays before 13 January 2014 so that the papers can circulate among the participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each presentation discussion follows under the expert guidance of Professor Horster.

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Masterclass. If you are interested, please get in touch with Birgit van der Lans

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/crasis


JOBS


Texas A&M University – College Station – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Africana and Religious Studies Programs <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47506>

American University – Beirut – Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47531>

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Arabic Literature <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47561>

University of Maryland, College Park – Assistant Professor of Chinese Regional Cultures and Sinophone Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47519>

 Indiana University – South Bend – Assistant Professor, East Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47505>

Merrimack College – Assistant Professor, World Histroy <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47567>

 Pennsylvania State University – Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47513>

University of British Columbia – Assistant Professor in Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47498>

University of Maryland, College Park – Assistant Professor of Chinese Regional Cultures and Sinophone Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47519>

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN CHINESE AND EAST ASIAN THOUGHT <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47482>

Utah State University – Assistant Professor in Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47494>

 Georgetown University – Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47544>

Sam Houston State University – Assistant or Associate Professor, Islamic World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47572>

West Chester University – Islamic World History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47568>