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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 19 July 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs



Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal:

THEMATIC FOCUS: History, Heritage and Place-Making


CFP: “Beyond the Culture Wars: Recasting Religion and Politics in 20th Century America”


CFP: Anthropology Matters Journal, Summer 2014 Issue

Anthropology Matters welcomes paper submissions from postgraduate researchers and early career scholars for its 2014 Summer Issue. This issue will include papers based on original research in any region and on any theme within social anthropology.

Anthropology Matters is an online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal that serves as a venue for postgraduate researchers and early career scholars in social anthropology to publish their research. The journal is linked to the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth. For previous editions of this journal, see

Those who are interested in submitting a paper for review are requested to register at the Anthropology Matters website and upload full papers of approximately 5,000 words by 1 November 2013.

For further details, please consult our submission guidelines<>.

Any queries about this call for papers or about the journal can be addressed to editors Carna Brkovic and Ainhoa Montoya at anthropology.matters[at]


CFP: Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present

Date: 2013-08-31

Description: Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present11-12 February 2014, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe, 1200-1800, University of Adelaide The relationship between emotion, ritual and power has been at the heart of anthropological research for over a century, yet it …

Contact: katie.barclay [at]


Announcement ID: 205096


CFP: African Sacred Spaces

Date: 2014-01-31

Description: African Sacred Spaces: Culture, History, and Change Not much has been written about the nexus between spatiality and spirituality in the African experience. Where space has been the subject of intellectual/academic scrutiny, it has often been through sociopolitical prisms. The purpose of this collec …

Contact: ogundayo[at]

Announcement ID: 205088


Call for Proposals (Papers and Films): The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

Program Details

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology.*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013. Notification by 31 January, 2014.

Conference Convenors: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

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

Statement of Purpose

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

Call for Proposals and Films

We welcome proposals from students, faculty and independent researchers based on ethnographic fieldwork focused on both bodily and material cultures of religious practice as part of the production of a religious subject in different areas and religious settings (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Asiatic, African and other religions, etc.). The papers should address theoretical issues, whatever theoretical references may be put to use, provided they articulate bodily and material cultures. We aim at establishing discussions between various academic traditions on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel. Short documentary films (e.g. 20 min maximum as a rule) showing the intertwinement of bodily and material cultures in religious practice are welcome. The proposals (of ca. one page) should be addressed to the convenors. They will be assessed by the organizing committee of the conference. Ultimately, we expect to end up with an edited volume.

*This event is organised by UCL Anthropology together with the Interdisciplinary Research Group (GDRI) “Anthropology and Art History” at the Musée du Quai Branly.


CFP: Conference on Philosophy and Film Lisbon 2014

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: International Lisbon Conference on Philosophy and Film: Thinking reality and time through film (7-10 May of 2014) During the last two decades film has been increasingly recognized as a medium of philosophical reflection, in an ontological and epistemological perspective. But what does it mean to und …

Contact: filmtimereality[at]


Announcement ID: 204886


CFP: 4th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century

Date: 2014-03-18

Description: 4th Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century Tuesday 18th March Thursday 20th March 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Presentations: The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious schola …

Contact: s21-4[at]


Announcement ID: 205148


CFP: ISORECEA in cooperation with Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions

11th ISORECEA conference


Kaunas, Lithuania, April 24-27, 2014

For a long time the secularization thesis dominated the field of studies of religions in contemporary societies. Many definitions and even more explanations of the process of secularization in contemporary societies led scholars of religions to search for new theoretical insights about the rapidly changing global social situation. Opponents of this paradigm claim that we are witnessing growing religious vitality at religious market or change in religion itself ? here we find the privatization thesis, precarious religion or religious bricolage. Independently of how we approach it from theoretical perspective religious diversification is the process that is evident in the majority of contemporary societies. It is manifested through numerous religious traditions and new emerging religious communities not only within the religious traditions, but also at the individual level, as well as by the increasing number of non-believers and non-adherents, etc.

 In many cases Central and Eastern European societies have been analyzed as places where the monopoly of scientific atheism was replaced by the monopolies of national churches. But after more than twenty years of the post-communist period, religious diversification processes within these societies is visibly emerging, despite the fact that the dominance of the so-called national churches is still obvious.

 How do worldwide and CEE societies adapt to religious diversification?

How do religious communities approach the diversification of religion?

How do states react towards the changing situation? How do worldwide and CEE societies differ from each other in relation to religious diversification?

We would like to approach these questions in the forthcoming international conference and to encourage scholars from various parts of the world to share their theoretical and empirical insights about religious diversification.

In this conference we also invite discussion of the following topics:

Religious diversification and Church and State relations

Religious tolerance and discrimination

Religious minorities and majorities;

Religious diversification and human rights;

Religious diversification and social participation

Religious diversification and social exclusion;

Religious diversification and media;

Religiosity or Spirituality ? within or outside religious  institutions.

Please submit a 250-300 words abstract of your presentation by e-mail

to:<> by November 15, 2013. If you are interested in another topic related to the study of religion in the CEE or worldwide, we encourage you to organize a session/panel. In this case, please submit a 200-300 words proposal by November 15, 2013 to the same email address.

Key dates

Submission of paper and session panel proposals – November 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance and opening of the registration – December 15, 2013

The final date of the registration for the conference – January 31, 2014

Final program – February 20, 2014

 Early career scholars interested in entering the competition are invited to submit their full papers to the email address<> by January 10, 2014. The winner will be announced by January 31, 2014, which is the final date for registration for being on the program of the ISORECEA conference.

 Papers submitted for the Award should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long and should strictly follow the rules applying to papers submitted to the ISORECEA journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe. For details see:<>


CFP: Crosscurrents in Music and Theology

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY

6 Dec 2013

Guest Speakers

Professor Bennett Zon (Durham University)

Professor Hugh Pyper (University of Sheffield)

Writing in the introduction to Resonant Witness (2011), Jeremy Begbie and Steven Guthrie state that ‘the study of theology and the study of music need not, and should not, be kept apart; that there is an enormous amount to gain from conversations between those who seek to explore and articulate the content and shape of Christian truth, and those who inhabit the world of Beethoven and Bruckner,

Corinne Bailey Rae and Keith Jarrett.’

This one day-conference seeks to build on that conviction by exploring the rich variety of crosscurrents that are currently evident between the disciplines of

Music and Theology.

We invite a range of papers to be delivered, in the following four broad areas that reflect the contours of current interdisciplinary research. Please send abstracts (200 words/20 minutes) to George Parsons (mup07wgp[st] for consideration by the conference committee by September 1st 2013.

This CFP can also be seen at



Beyond Established Categories in World Historical Studies

Date: 2013-07-24

Description: This symposium focuses on one of the most foundational attributes in historical studies: categories. Born of the need to classify subjects of inquiries, categories enable historians to label the unfamiliar and place it within the known universe. Yet this seemingly helpful condition has also created  …

Contact: webadmin[at[

Announcement ID: 205033


The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, University of Manchester (August 5th-August 10th, 2013)

Representing the Non-representable: Visual Representations of Extraordinary Beings in Ethnographic Films (V07)

Convenor: Dr. P. Khosronejad (Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews)

Date: 8 and 9 Aug. 2013

Venue: Chemistry G.54

Thursday August 8

First Session (09:00-10:30)

–      Roger Canals (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Don’t look at a spirit’s eyes!: Filming rituals of possession in afro-american religions

–      Rachael Hayward (University of York, U.K.)

Seeing what is “unseen”: Using video to enrich our social understanding of paranormal experiences

–      Anja Dreschke (University of Siegen, Germany)

Filming Trance – Picturing Possession. On “Trance Mediums” and “New Media” in Morocco


Second Session (11:00-12:30)

–      Erminia Colucci (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

The Visual Representation of Spiritual Healing Practices

–      Mike Poltorak (University of Kent, U.K.)

The Healer and the Psychiatrist: A visual dialogue through spirits

–      Christian Suhr Nielsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Sacrificing Visibility: An ethnographic film-project about Islamic exorcisms and psychiatric healthcare in Denmark


Third Session (14:00-15:30)

–      Simon Serna (University of Paris X, France)

The Drums, the Camera and Man : ciné-transe in Jean Rouch’s cinema

–      Alireza Ghasemkhan (University of Art, Tehran, Iran)

Super Human Forces in Iranian Documentary Cinema

–      Michaela Schäuble (Harvard University, U.S.A.)

The Creative Use of Reality: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Films on Trance and Spirit Possession (1940s-1960s)

Friday August 9

Forth Session (09:00-10:30)

–      Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)

Greeting Seyfou Tchengar Audiovisually: Challenges and prospects of the documentation of Zar spirits in Gondar, Ethiopia

–      Concluding remarks and closure

Conference – Islam and Education – 28th August 2013

Date: 2013-08-28

Description: Dear Colleagues, Prof. Alison Scott-Baumann (Derby), Dr. Theodore Gabriel (Gloucestershire) and I are organising a conference on Islam and Education on 28th August 2013. This is an important area that has great significance for discussions  around empowering young people, inter-faith relations and in

Contact: A.Scott-Baumann[at]; tgabriel[at]; s.contractor[at]

Announcement ID: 205157


The Nan Tien Institute in Australia cordially invites you to a free public lecture by Venerable Dr Huifeng.  Kindly also forward this announcement to your students and colleagues who may wish to join us.

“Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism”

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am, Saturday, 10 August 2013

Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW

Enquiries: contact Juewei (juewei [at] or info [at]


ICBS (the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies) cordially invite you to attend the Fall 2013 Lecture Series given by Dr. Jiang Wu held at University of the West on September 27-30, 2013.

ICBS Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Title:The World of the Chinese Buddhist Canon

Lecturer:Dr. Jiang Wu, associate professor, Department of East Asian Studies, the University of Arizona


9/27    Fri  6-9pm  Lectures #1-2

9/28    Sat  1-4pm  Lectures #3-4

9/29    Sun  1-4pm  Lectures #5-6

9/30    Mon  6-9pm    Lectures #7-8



ED201, University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA

Tel: (626) 571-8811 ext. 158




Free admissions!  All are welcome!


This course aims at introducing the history of the Chinese Buddhist canon in East Asian context to a wider audience who are interested in Buddhism and East Asian culture. The importance of the canon in Chinese and East Asian Buddhism will be highlighted through studying the phenomenon of the Cult of the Canon and through exploring popular literature and legends about the canon such as Journey to the West. Basic information about the technical and physical aspects of the canon will be provided to gain in-depth knowledge about the production and circulation of the canon. In addition, three case studies of the Chinese Kaibao Canon, the Korean Goryeo Canon, and the Japanese Taishō Canon will be included.


Course Outline:


(1) An Overview of the Canon Tradition in East Asian Buddhism

(2) The Canon in Chinese Popular Culture: Tripitaka in Journey to the West (Xiyouji)

(3) Imagining Tripitaka: Legends of the Canon in Chinese Buddhist Literature

(4) From the Cult of the Book to the Cult of the Canon

(5) Technology of Canon-making: Tripitaka as a Collection of Books

(6) The First Printed Canon: Kaibao Canon

(7) The Korean Goryeo Canon and its Role in East Asian Buddhism

(8) The Modernization of the Canon Tradition and the Emergence of Taisho Canon


For free online attendance, contact


This lecture series will be edited as HBL240 online course, with 1.2 Continuing Education Units. (CEU)

Prophets and Prophecy in Stories

Prophecy Network Meeting Utrecht 2013

Date: Friday October 4, 10:00 up to Saturday October 5 15:00 2013

Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 JJ Utrecht

Theme: Prophets and Prophecy in Stories

Focus: In what way are prophets represented in stories? How would reading these stories be foundational for the identity of the readership then? Is a shift over time detectable?

Format: Time slots of 45 minutes for the key-note speakers (30+15) and

25 for all others (15+10)

For details contact Bob Becking <B.E.J.H.Becking[at]>.


Conference on Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural

25-30 March 2014, Shetland, UK


PhD Workshop

The Law and Religion Scholars Network PhD students workshop will be held at BG01, Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes University on Saturday

8 February.

 Unfortunately, although a very healthy number of students have indicated via doodle that they would like to come on that date, only two have provided their emails as originally requested (and thanks to both of you!).

 If you would like to come to the PhD workshop, please email me with your name, and if you would like to give a paper a short title (this will help me strand the day). If you just want to come along to listen to other students and contribute to the general discussion, that is fine too! Please email me by Friday 13th September, at pwedge [at]


Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Asian American History <>

Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Late Imperial / Early Modern Chinese History <>

Yonsei University – Tenure track position in Chinese Literature/Film <>

Yonsei University (Underwood International College) – Tenure Track Position in Japanese History




Harvard Divinity School, Women’s Studies in Religion Program

Research Associate and Visiting Faculty in Women’s Studies and Religion for 2014-15

Institution Type:  College / University

Location:  Massachusetts, United States

Position:  Assistant Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Scholar, Visiting Professor

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2014-15 in its Womens Studies in Religion Program.  Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed.  Priority will go to book projects for which most research has been completed.  They may address women and religion in any time, place or religious tradition, and may utilize disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences. Full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School during the 2014-15 academic year is required. Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress; each Associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project; and the Associates present their research in a public lecture series and at an annual conference . Salary for 2014-15 will be $55,000.  The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.  Completed applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2013.  Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2013.  Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the WSRP Search Committee and submitted electronically in word, rich text, or PDF format to wsrprec[at]  Information and application may be accessed at





Department: Institute for Indology and Tibetology

Start date: 19 August 2013 or later

Deadline: 31 July 2013

Salary: TV‐L 13 / 75%

Term of employment: The initial term of employment is two years.

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.



Junior Professor for Empirical Religious Studies Theology Faculty Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald

The Theology Faculty of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald plans to hire a Junior Professor for Empirical Religious Studies (W 1) as soon as possible. While the Junior Professor should have an independent research profile in Religious Studies, s/he is also expected to cooperate on a theoretical and methodological level with the other fields of the faculty on current and planned individual and group research projects.

A qualification in Theology (M.A./M.Sc.) is desired but not essential.

 The teaching load is approximately four to six hours per week per semester in the field of Empirical Religious Studies. Teaching in English is permitted. Readiness for cooperation in the context of existing and planned interdisciplinary research projects on Regional Religion (e.g. the Baltic Sea region, Central/Eastern Europe) and Empirical Ethics is desired.

 In accordance with § 62 of the State Higher Education Law of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (SHE M-V):, Junior Professors are appointed as temporary officers for three years. Successful fulfillment of work duties will result in extension within the third year.

 Job Requirements are based on § 62, Sec. 1 of the SHE M-V: completed graduate study, pedagogical aptitude, and exceptional ability for academic endeavors, as typically confirmed by the completion of an outstanding dissertation.

 Article 4.2 of the agreement between the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg and Pomerania from January 20th, 1994 (the Güstrower Accord) should also be kept in mind.

 The University seeks to increase the representation of women in areas in which they are under-represented. Therefore, applications from women are especially welcome and will receive preference in cases of equal qualifications, provided that there are no other outweighing qualities in the person of the competing applicant.

 Handicapped persons will receive special preference in cases of equal professional and personal qualifications.

Application costs will not be borne by the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.Applications containing the customary documents (Academic Curriculum vitae, list of publications and courses, academic certificates, proof of teaching experience) are to be submitted by 31.08.2013 to:

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald Dekan der Theologischen Fakultät Prof. Dr. Roland Rosenstock Am Rubenowplatz 2/3

17487 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 (0) 3834 86-2501

Fax: +49 (0) 3834 86-2502


The University of Dublin

Trinity College

Assistant Professor in Theory of Religion (Religious Studies)

Please Note: The successful candidate is expected to be in post by 1st January 2014

Interviews for this position will be held the week of the 16th September 2013

Applications are invited for a four year fixed term appointment based in the Department of Religions and Theology, within the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, from candidates with a Ph.D. in the following areas: history of the study of religion; classical authors in the study of religion; contemporary theories of religion; current debates on religion, modernity, and the public sphere; and / or the influence of religion on the cultural development of Europe and the West since Antiquity.

Obligations will include teaching and supervision from undergraduate to postgraduate levels on classical and contemporary authors in the study of religion, on methodology, and on the history of religion from antiquity to modernity, as well as sharing in the administrative duties in the life of the Department and the School. The successful candidate will have a track record in, and current plan for, research in religious studies, reflecting the relationship to disciplines such as philosophy, classics, sociology and theology, and show evidence of creative and effective teaching.

Further application information for this position can be obtained at: – Please note candidates who do not submit the required information as outlined on the Job Description will not be considered for shortlisting. The closing date for receipt of completed applications (by e-Recruitment only) 12 Noon, Friday, 16th August 2013.

Further information on the Department and the School can be found on the websites,



Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Folklore

Institution: George Mason University

Posted: July 2, 2013

Location: Virginia

Employment Level: Tenured, tenure track


Category: Humanities, Other social/ behavioral sciences Employment Status: Full-time

Salary: Not specified

George Mason University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Folklore. The George Mason University, Department of English within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences announces a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Folklore beginning fall, 2014.


Completion of a Ph.D. in folklore or a related field is required before August 2014. Candidates should have strong scholarly credentials in folklore and should be ready to teach in our growing Folklore Studies Program. The field of specialization is open, but we are particularly interested in candidates whose work is globally focused with a preference in one of the following areas: folklore and digital humanities, diasporic culture, African folklore, Chinese folklore, Native American folklore, Russian folklore, or South Asian folklore. Must demonstrate potential for excellence in folklore scholarship, and in graduate and undergraduate teaching—including introductory and advanced courses in folklore, ethnographic methods, and general education courses in composition and literature.

George Mason University’s Folklore Studies Program offers an undergraduate concentration in the B.A. in English, an interdisciplinary minor in Folklore and Mythology, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore, and a graduate certificate in Folklore. We also offer the nation’s premier ethnographic training course: the Field School for Cultural Documentation, in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

A review of applications will begin on September 2, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will be interviewed during the 2013 meeting of the American Folklore Society in Providence, RI. October 16-19.

For full consideration, applicants must apply online at for position number F5959z; complete the faculty application; and attach a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample of approximately 30 pages. Applicants should also submit three letters of recommendation and official transcripts to the search committee administrator: Stacey Remick-Simkins, Department of English, MS 3E4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. AA/EOE

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 12 July 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Funding


Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief, vol 9, no. 2;jsessionid=7hajm9ofn29tq.alice

Journal of Hindu Studies, Advance Access

Religion, State and Society, vol 41, issue 2

Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal volume 26 (July 2013)


Catalog from Shambhala Publications (including our Snow Lion imprint) that is specific to Tibetan Buddhist Studies.

Catalog Link:

This is of course a small subset of our almost 800 books on Buddhism, all of which you can find at


‘The Anthropology of Protestantism: Faith and Crisis among Scottish Fishermen’, published as part of Palgrave’s Contemporary Anthropology of Religion series.

The book examines how life in the radically fundamentalist Brethren movement relates to life as a deep sea fisherman.

Joseph Webster

Prof. Joel Robbins, UCSD, says of the book:

“This is quite simply the most compelling, rounded account of the lives of fundamentalist Christians that we have in the anthropological literature. All that is important to the Christians of this Scottish fishing village is here – the prayers, the sermons, the sense of human degradation and potential salvation, the immanence of the divine, the imminence of the end times, and the drive to proselytize everywhere, even in the midst of hard and dangerous work at sea. And of course the importance of divine word is here too, in a profound account of the ‘sincere’ bible reading and speaking that ties these lives together. Concluding with a stunning reconceptualization of modern enchantment as consubstantiation, this elegantly written and powerfully argued book should be read by anyone who wants to know how such demanding forms of Christianity are lived in the contemporary world”.


CFP: 2013 Annual Conference on Social Studies, Communication and Education

Date: 2013-11-21

Description: The Annual Conference on Social Studies, Communication and Education (ACSSC 2013) will be held from  November 21 to 23 2013, at the beautiful city, Okinawa, Japan. The objective of ACSSC is to provide a forum for researchers and technologists to present new ideas and contributions in the  form of tech …



Announcement ID: 204853


CFP: ARCHAEOACOUSTICS – The Archaeology of Sound

Date: 2014-02-19

Description: An international multi-disciplinary event that welcomes academics, researchers, musicologists and non-presenting enthusiasts. Anyone can attend. Anticipated  presentations include performance, discoveries, observations and science from around the world — all focused on the Archaeology of Sound. 19-2 …



Announcement ID: 204774


CFP: Islamic Banking and Finance,Theoretical Developments and Experiencing Realities

Date: 2014-04-29

Description: The conference pursues the theme of culmination of theories that are meant to develop the qualitative and quantitave expansion of the Islamic finance as well the realities faced by this sector in the financial markets. We would like to receive original contributions in but not exclusively the follow …


Announcement ID: 204792



Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professors in the Division of Sociology


Loyola University Maryland – Assistant Professor in East Asian History


Rice University – Post Doctoral Fellowship in the history of the modern Middle East


Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Israel Studies


The American University in Cairo – Middle East Studies


Research Assistant

School of Divinity, History & Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

A permanent lectureship in the Department of Sociology at the University of York, UK, welcomes applications from anthropologists. The deadline is August 2nd.



The “CDC Research Lab” at Leuphana University Lueneburg is seeking to appoint one research associate at doctoral level (EG 13 TV-L, 75% for three years), starting from 1. September 2013.

The new CDC Research Lab is situated in the larger, transdisciplinary, cross-faculty “Centre for Digital Cultures” (CDC), which – with its more than 90 international researchers – bundles research and development activities within digital media at Leuphana University. The CDC Research Lab is funded by the “Niedersaechsisches Vorab” program, and will host international fellows as well as younger researchers, who work on a research program consisting of four thematic fields: (a) questions of the technological conditions of digital cultures, (b) new forms of cooperation, collectivity and organisation, (c) shifts in political participation and affective control, as well as (d) methodological problems and experiments in the research of digital cultures.

The doctoral project of the applicant should be located within the thematic field (b): Digital cultures confront us with new and complex phenomena of sociality, be it in relation to cooperation, collectivity or organisation. Doctoral projects could, for example, situate themselves in the border area between media studies or software studies on the one hand and social anthropology, organisation theory, or sociology on the other. Alternative interpretations of the thematic field (b) are equally welcome.

Your tasks:

* Independent work on a doctoral project, which contributes clearly to the thematic field of “re-thinking sociality” (= field b)

* Preparation and support of the activities of the CDC Research Lab

* Preparation and discussion of research literature

* Development of own projects and thematic foci

* Conceptual involvement in the organisation of presentations, reading groups and workshops

* There is no requirement to teach, but own teaching activities are possible



* Completed masters degree or equivalent with a clear relation to of the thematic fields of the CDC Research Lab.

* Excellent proposed doctoral project fitting the thematic fields of the CDC Research Lab

* Familiarity with current methods of the appropriate thematic field

* Preparedness to enrol for the doctoral programme at Leuphana University Lueneburg and presence at the CDC Research Lab in Lueneburg


For more information how to apply, see




Society for the Humanities Fellowships 2014-2015

Location: New York

Date: 2013-10-01

Description: For the 2014-2015 focal theme, Sensation, Cornell Universitys Society for the Humanities seeks interdisciplinary research projects that reflect on philosophical, aesthetic,

political, ecological, psychoanalytical, and cultural understandings of sensation. Cornells Atkinson Center for a Sustainable F …



Announcement ID: 204849

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 5 July 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Funding


Journal of Buddhist Ethics – All articles and reviews are free to view and download and may be located at .

Popular Anthropology Magazine is now available free online at

Journal of Hindu Studies – advance notice

Contemporary Buddhism, Vol 14, issue 1


Colin Barker, Laurence Cox, John Krinsky and Alf Nilsen, eds., (2013), Marxism and social movements. Leiden: Brill (Historical Materialism book series).

482pp. hardback; ISBN 9789004211759

List price €129 / $179 (discount €96.75 / $134.25); order via<> using discount code 50555 until 31.12.2013

Release date June 21 2013


CFP: Center for Religion and the Media

Religion in the Digital Age II: Mediating ‘the Human’ in a Globalizing Asia”

Conference CFP, NYU Center for Religion and Media, Sept 27-28, 2013

Deadline for proposal, July 31, 2013 to angela.zito[at]


CFP: Religion in Cyberspace 2013

Venue: Brno

Country: Czech Republic

Organiser: Faculty of Law, School of Social Studies, Masaryk University in Brno



Deadline: Jul 31, 2013


Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication has issued a general CFP for work exploring transformations in culture, communication & politics in Middle East and North Africa

CFP: Conference CFP: Doctor Who and Religion [Manchester 2nd Nov 2013] – August 16th

contact email: DrWhoReligion [at]

Abstracts should be 250 words in length, and include a short biography of the author. Abstracts should be sent to DrWhoReligion [at] Deadline for receipt of abstracts: 16th August 2012.


CFP: East-Asian Translation Studies conference

University of East Anglia, United Kingdom

19 and 20 June 2014

Details and the Call for Papers are on the website:


Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

Date: 2013-08-10

Description: Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies is a double blind peer reviewed quarterly  journal which will publish original unpublished papers on Comparative Literature theory, history of the disciplines and  trends, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies and any area of  Indian Lite …

Contact: ijclts2013 [AT]


Announcement ID: 204870


CFP: Long Island Philosophical Society – (50th anniversary)

Location: New York

Date: 2014-03-07

Description: Please send papers of about 10-12 pages on any philosophical topic. Submissions from both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Long Island Philosophical Society – (50th anniversary) Date – 04/26/2014 Location – Molloy College, NY (Rockville Centre) Organizer – Glenn Statile StatileG@stjo …

Contact: StatileG[at]

Announcement ID: 204871

CFP: 2nd Biennial University of Toronto Graduate Student Conference on South Asian Religions – The Methods of Memory, to be held on November 1-2, 2013.

Proposals of no more than 300 words, a list of five keywords, and a CV should be sent to TorontoCSAR[at] by September 1, 2013. For further enquiries, please contact arun.brahmbhatt [at] or eric.steinschneider[at]

To view a poster of the call, see the attached file or visit



University of Sydney – LECTURER IN ARCHAEOLOGY


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Full-time Faculty in Art History – Contemporary Art History and Theory <>

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago – Full-time Faculty in Art History – Modern and Contemporary Architecture <>

Japan Society – Director, Education and Family Programs, Japan Society <>

University of Oregon – Assistant Professor in Native American, Pacific Islander, or Indigenous Studies


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – Faculty Positions (Anthropology and Philosophy)<>


Opening of applications for the 2014 BDK fellowship program for Japanese students and scholars who want to research Buddhism.

Here’s the web site:

The English announcement for non-Japanese scholars will be posted a bit later.

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 28 June 2013

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  • Books – call for submissions

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs



Spica – the new postgraduate journal of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales’ Sophia Centre, written, edited and produced by MA students, is here:

Cosmos and History – special issue

Anthropology in Action



*Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage*

 Series Editors: Simon Coleman, University of Toronto; Dee Dyas, University of York, UK; John Eade, University of Roehampton, UK and University College London, UK; and Jas’ Elsner, University of Oxford, UK and University of Chicago

Once relatively neglected, pilgrimage has become an increasingly prominent topic of study over the last few decades. Its study is inevitably inter-disciplinary, and extends across a growing range of scholarly fields, including religion, anthropology, geography, history, literary studies, art history, archaeology, sociology, heritage and tourism studies. This process shows no sign of abating—indeed, it looks set to continue to expand.

This series seeks to place itself at the forefront of these conversations. Books will cover exciting new work from both established and emerging scholars. They will encompass themes as diverse as pilgrimage within national and post-national frames, pilgrimage-writing, materialities of pilgrimage, digi-pilgrimage and secular pilgrimage.

Single- (or jointly-) authored books as well as edited volumes will be considered. Authors will work closely with the Editorial Board in the preparation and production of texts which should set the intellectual agenda for the future study of pilgrimage.

Submitting a Book Proposal:

Book proposals are invited for student/wider readership paperback texts, research monographs and edited collections, if they fit within the series profile. Please send your initial book proposals to either the Publisher or the Series Editor:


Sarah Lloyd

Ashgate Publishing

Wey Court East, Union Road

Farnham, Surrey GU9 7PT, UK


Series Editor:

Simon Coleman

University of Toronto

Department for the Study of Religion

Room 333 Jackman Humanities Building

170 St George Street

Toronto ON M5R 2M8, Canada


Ashgate Publishing • 110 Cherry Street, Suite 3-1 • Burlington, VT 05401 • (800) 535-9544 •


HEA Call for proposals for workshop and seminar series, 2013-14

The Higher Education Academy’s call for workshop and seminar proposals for 2013-14 is now open, and will close on 31 July.

There are TWO calls: Discipline-focused and Thematic-focused.

The main webpage for the entire scheme is here:

The Arts and Humanities discipline call

This call is for proposals for a workshop or seminar with an Arts and Humanities discipline focus. Through this series, institutions are invited to submit proposals relating to an Arts and Humanities 2013-14 priority areas of work:

  • interculturalism, global citizenship and the Arts and Humanities;

  • creativity, innovation, professional practice and the Arts and Humanities;

  • interdisciplinarity and the Arts and Humanities.

For further details of these priorities, funding, selection criteria, etc. please see the call document

The proposal form can be found here:

Please note that successful proposals will be expected to align with at least some of the Areas of Activity and/or Core Knowledge and/or Professional Values of the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF) – see page 3 of the UKPSF Framework document


CFP: Inform Anniversary Conference


London School of Economics, London, UK

Friday 31st January 2014 – Sunday 2nd February 2014

Inform is celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing up-to-date and unbiased information about minority religions with an Anniversary Conference at the London School of Economics in London, UK. It will commence on the evening of Friday 31st January and continue over the weekend of February 1st and 2nd.

Submissions for papers (maximum 200 word abstract and 150 word CV) on topics relevant to the title of the conference are now being accepted, please send these to inform[at]

The deadline for papers is 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013.



Proposal Deadline is July 1, 2013 for Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School (Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-07-01

Description: Proposal Deadline is July 1, 2013 for Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School (Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA).      General Call: We invite all interested graduate students and early career scholars to submit proposals for projects that interrogate re …

Contact: gradreligionconference [at]


Announcement ID: 204701


CFP: Muslim South Asia Graduate Conference

Date: 2013-07-16

Description: The Muslim South Asia Research Forum (MUSA), SOAS Centre forSouth Asian Studies (CSAS) and Centre for the Study of Pakistan(CSP) invite you to participate in the 1st Annual Muslim South Asia Graduate Conference to be held on Monday October 28 2013 at SOAS, London, UK. The conference is being organiz …

Contact: musa[at]


Announcement ID: 204734

Comparative Literature and Translation Studies

Date: 2013-07-31

Description: Indian Journal of Comparative Literature and Translation Studies is a double blind peer reviewed quarterly  journal which will publish original unpublished papers on

Comparative Literature theory, history of the disciplines and  trends, Translation Studies, Cultural Studies and any area of Indian Lite …

Contact: pathchala[at]


Announcement ID: 204720


Business and Buddhism panelists, Association for Asian Studies conference March 2014

We are seeking participants to join a panel that investigates the multifarious relationships between business and Buddhism, money matters and monasteries, wealth and virtue in Asia.

Possible topics include the textual foundation of Buddhist ideas on wealth and virtue; monastic communities’ income-generating activities; businessmen’s sponsorship of Buddhist activities; the commercialization of Buddhist artifact production; the commodification of sacred

landscape; Buddhist narratives of how to acquire and distribute wealth; and Buddhist approaches to mitigate social-economic inequalities.

We aim to form an interdisciplinary panel for the AAS 2014 conference together with scholars from anthropology, cultural geography, religious studies, development studies, history, cultural studies, or other disciplines. Our objective is to establish an international network of researchers who share an interest in the historical and contemporary developments of Buddhist economy, and who would like to discuss relevant methodological and theoretical issues in an interdisciplinary forum.

Please contact us and well ahead of the AAS deadline on the 8th of August.

Dr. Trine Brox [trinebrox[at]]

Modern Tibetan Studies, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies,

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Dr. Tracy Y. Zhang [t.y.zhang420[at]]

The Department of Geography, Planning, and Environment,

Concordia University, Canada


The Law and Religion Scholars Network has agreed to run a PhD students workshop in the year ahead at Oxford Brookes University. I would like to choose a date for this event which gives as many students who want to come along the chance, so will be using doodle to identify the best date.

If you, or one of your students, would like to come along to the workshop, please follow the link below to indicate days you can make. Indicate as many as possible (rather than just your preferred days), as this will give me most flexibility when trying to accommodate everyone. Please give your email as your name, as this will allow me to set up a mailing list at the same time.



Lecturer in Buddhist Thought and Practice

The advert for this post is now live; see the link below. It is live on also.

Friday 19th July is the interview date.


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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 June 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

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  • Jobs


Sociology of Religion, vol 74, no. 2

Contribution to Indian Sociology – Online. Special Issue: Social Value Projects in Post-liberalisation India: June 2013; Vol. 47, No. 2

Marburg Journal of Religion, vol 17

Contemporary Islam, vol 7, no. 2


Correspondences: An Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism is the brainchild of Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema, two postgraduates from the University of Amsterdam, and I’ll be interviewing them on their latest exciting venture for my Albion Calling blog in the coming weeks.

Contained within this first issue are papers on ritual black metal from Kennet Granholm, on the Nag Hammadi Interpretation of Knowledge text from Matthew Twigg, on the theological debate within Cochranian Witchcraft from myself, and on the influence of Daoism on Aleister Crowley from Johan Nilsson. There’s also Dave Vliegenhart’s review of Gary Lachman’s new book on Madame Blavatsky.

In contrast to the subscription-based academic journals that currently dominate the field, the entire issue is downloadable for free here:


New Book: From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Religion, and Religion in Haitian Thought

Date: 2013-06-15


‘Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her interpreters’ edited by Andrew and

Leslie Bank (Cambridge University Press 2013).


CFP: Religion and Popular Culture

Deadline extension: June 30,2013

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association 2013 Conference, Nov. 7 9, 2013, Atlantic City, NJ Religion and Popular Culture Area Call for Papers The Religion and Popular Culture area seeks presentations on the following topics: Choosing the Leader: This past year Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergo

Contact: adzias[at]


Announcement ID: 204517


Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-07-15

Description: Call for Panelists! This is a call for panelists for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting that will take place in Philadelphia, PA, March 27-30, 2014. I am

seeking panelists to help address the garment industry in Asia from a wide range of perspectives. My paper will focus on the u …

Contact: Samantha.christiansen [at]

Announcement ID: 204541


CFP: IABS 2011 Buddhism on the Silk Road III – the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism

IABS – Vienna 2014

I am organizing again a panel on Buddhism on the Silk Road III – the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism for IABS conference in Vienna, Aug 18 – 23, 2014. This is one of the provisionally accepted panels and a sequel to the sessions we had on the AAR in 2001 and IABS, 2011. If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact me as soon as possible.  The main theme of the panel is the historical transmission of Buddhism from India to China via

Central Asia, where I believe Gandhāran Buddhism had major impacts on artistic inspirations as well as textual transmissions. I would like to receive abstracts of your possible presentation papers (500 words or less) by Oct 15, 2013 (for Nov 1 IABS web submission deadline). Please send me a short email introducing your potential papers beforehand.

Mariko Walter, Ph.D

Research Associate

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies/Harvard

Director: ACANSRS

Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies

College House, 3F, 1430 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA




CFP: “Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History” – CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PEER-REVIEWED OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL

Date: 2013-09-01

Description: The editors of the online open access journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History invite proposal for articles on any aspect of Jewish history from the XVIIIth century to the present day (see the description of the journal in ) The call is m …

Contact: mail [at]


Announcement ID: 204563


CFP: United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost and Found

Location: Ohio

Date: 2015-05-28

Description: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women, Methodist Theological School in Ohio will host a conference on this historic organization on May 28-30, 2015. Papers that explore the history, significance, prominent persons, and defining issues in the development of UMW and its pred …


Announcement ID: 204538


CFP: “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School”

Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CFP Deadline July 1, 2013

The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the second annual graduate student conference on religion. In our inaugural conference, held in October 2012, eighty students and early career scholars representing twenty-five different graduate programs from across the United States and the world gathered to present their research.

Following the success of last year’s conference, this multi-day event will be comprised of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. The conference aims at promoting interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and acting in relation to religion.

We invite paper proposals representative of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches and that explore religious practices especially in relation to identities, authorities, discourses, texts, and experiences. We welcome projects that utilize all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, race theory, disability theory, post-colonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on a specific period, region, tradition, person or group, and/or on a set of practices, texts, doctrines, or beliefs. Projects that are primarily sociological, anthropological, theological, ethical, textual, historical, or philosophical are welcome, as are projects indebted to multiple disciplines.

This year’s conference will also feature two thematic modules. Several panels will be devoted to each of the following themes:

1) “Constructions of Autonomy in Early Modern and Modern Contexts”

2) “Ritual as a Category of Religious Experience”

Proposals are to be submitted to gradreligionconference[at] by Monday, July 1, 2013. Please go to our website for further details on the Call for Papers and submission instructions:


Call for Contributors–_Miracles: An Encyclopedia_

I have recently contracted with ABC-CLIO, a publisher of reference books and other academic titles, to edit Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present.  This encyclopedia will be both cross-cultural and interdenominational.  I am building an international collaborative of authors who are willing to share their scholarly wisdom on the subject of miracles, from historical, religious, sociological, philosophical and scientific perspectives.

Approximately 190 short articles will range over several topics (for instance, magic, medicine, mind reading), persons (for instance, David Hume, Conyers Middleton, John Henry Newman), geographic areas (Fatima, LaVang, Lourdes), and historical eras.  The scope and content of this reference work, including a full list of entries, is available on request (pjhayesphd[at]

Please inquire about the precise word count.  As the encyclopedia is meant for a general readership, contributors should bring their scholarly expertise to bear without freighting their entry or entries with overly technical jargon.  I would appreciate very much if you would kindly circulate this request among your professional colleagues and graduate students as well.

I am hoping to receive entries between January and March, 2014, with completion of revisions by the fall of 2014, roughly September 1. I would like to submit the whole manuscript by the end of next year for expected publication in 2015.

Survey: Animals and the Spiritual Imagination

Is a new research project on animals and the spiritual imagination.  I’m researching connections between religious/ spiritual worldview, spiritual views of animals, and behavior towards animals and animal-oriented causes.  If you’re interested, you can help by taking the survey at the link below:

It will remain open until the end of June 2013.  We are particularly in need of male respondents, as we have a preponderance of female respondents as of now, but you are welcome to take the survey regardless of your gender identity.  You may also share this link with other interested parties.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you very  much for helping me with this research.

Sabina Magliocco

Professor, Department of Anthropology

California State University – Northridge sabina.magliocco[at]


Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

29-30 April 2014

Universidad Nacional Costa Rica Heredia, Costa Rica

Religion and Spirituality in Society is an international conference, a cross-disciplinary scholarly journal, a book imprint and an online knowledge community which, together, set out to describe, analyze and interpret the role of religion and spirituality in society. The bases of this endeavor are cross-disciplinary. The intellectual project is neutral with respect to the agendas of particular religions or explicit counterpoints to religion such as agnosticism or atheism. These media are intended to provide spaces for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue.

For more information:

Registration is open for the one day conference Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Ideology in Late Modernity to be held at the University of Chester, Wednesday 11th September 2013


Cost: £65 waged and £30 unwaged

Please use the dedicated email address for any enquiries at Riskraptureconf[at]

From September 13 to 15, 2013 the international conference “The Christian Mystery. Early Christianity and the pagan mystery cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarship” will be held in Ghent (Belgium)

The theme of this international conference, hosted by Franz Cumont’s alma mater Ghent University, is the way the Belgian historian of religions and his contemporaries conceived the relationship of Early Christianity to the pagan mystery cults. We will also include predecessors and more recent scholarship on this topic.

 The online registration system for our conference is now open:

 We kindly ask to register before September 1, 2013 so as to make it easier for us to organize the further logistics of the conference.


The University of Illinois will host an international symposium, “Religious Performance, City and Country in East Asia,” October 9-10, 2013, at Levis Center of the Urbana-Champaign Campus.

This conference brings together leading scholars in the field from North America and Japan for a two-day symposium, October 9-10, 2013 (Levis Center), to examine the relationship between metropole and rural religious performance by drawing a set of clear lines of liturgical practice in the East Asia case, with special reference to Japan.  The keynote speakers will be Professors Matsuo Kōichi, National Museum of Japanese History, and Haruo Shirane, Columbia University.  First, we pay attention to the position of medieval Japanese religious performance vis-à-vis continental East Asia.  What were the ritual and cultural flows that informed the development of medieval Japanese Buddhist and other religious performance (Kami worship, Shugendō [mountain asceticism])?  Second, we consider the character and movement of a series of religious performances in the Japanese isles.  What were the producers and audiences of these performances?  How, moreover, were these performative modes translated between groups in the metrapole and countryside?  Third, how did performance genres such as divine dance (kagura), visual didactic performance (etoki), and biwa lute playing influence religious performance and reception through their mixture of multiple media?  Finally, how did the mobility of performers and media influence the development of religious performance?  That is, how did the travel of the monk Ennin to China influence his production of shōmyō chanting in Japan?  What does archeological study tell us about the movement of Pure Land Buddhist performative practices?  How did performances of Kumano believers and Shugendō practitioners transmit or otherwise transform their practices in currents between metropole and mountainside?  Furthermore, how were textual-performative practices related to temple arts and ritual transmission in the city and country?

Registration is free but required (contact ruppertshogyo[at] since there is limited seating.  Booklets with the full lectures by participants, including translations into Japanese and English, will be provided to all registrants at the event; discussants, with the exception of Professor Matsuo, will comment in English, and discussion will be in both English and Japanese.  Japanese participants will present in Japanese.

Islam in Europe through the Balkan Prism

Date: 2013-06-25

Description: Islam in Europe through the Balkan Prism, Sarajevo, October 24-26, 2013 This conference aims to look at Islam in Europe through the Balkan prism. What are the historical, institutional and religious traits that characterise endogenous European Muslims? How have they recast themselves vis–vis Europe …



Announcement ID: 204554


Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom, and Grace

Location: New York

Date: 2013-07-15

Description: 2013 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom, and Grace St Francis College, NYC November 8-9, 2013 It has been almost 500 years since Martin Luther penned his Ninety-Five Theses. It is in view of this upcoming anniver …

Contact: NECCL [at]

Announcement ID: 204566



HEA workshop: Narrating your academic practice

Thursday 27 June, Kents Hill conferencing centre, Milton Keynes

This workshop is free of charge to colleagues from subscribing institutions.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

•analysed your teaching in a critical and creative way;

•started to construct a narrative of your own teaching, drawing on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which can be used as the basis for your application for recognition as Academy Associate Fellow or Fellow.

According to Hannah Arendt, storytelling can be ‘a place to begin inquiry’, which can ‘hold fragments together’. In this workshop we will take you to the heart of your academic ‘story’ to curate the different experiences and encounters of your own teaching.

Metaphor and narratives abound in the Arts & Humanities and in the Social Sciences. This workshop aims to bring together the language of our disciplines with the language of academic practice used in the UKPSF.

Throughout the day you will participate in a series of creative ‘making and connecting’ activities – for example, creating rich pictures, identifying narrative structure (story and plot) and drawing on dominant tropes – that will both support your own reflective practice and provide you with a ‘toolbox’ for use with your students in the future. In the final session of the day you will draw on the outcomes of these activities to develop the structure for the narrative of your own learning and teaching.

For further details and to book a place:


Seminar Title: ‘The possessions at Loudun: Their significance in the history of the science of mind’

Date: Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Location: UCL Institute of the Americas, Room 105, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Speaker: Dr Craig E. Stephenson (AGAP/CPA/CAPT/IAAP)

Abstract: This seminar focuses on the seventeenth-century possessions at Loudun, France and presents how the events of this famous case played out at the time and how theorizing about possession and obsession changed over almost four centuries of writing about them.

For instance, in his definition of demonism for the Schweizer Lexikon (1945) C.G. Jung referred to the debate about Loudun, as did Gilles de la Tourette, Michel Foucault, Michel de Certeau, and Jacques Lacan.

Eventually, psychopathology co-opted the word ‘obsession’, stripped of its religious connotation, and left the word ‘possession’ outside medical discourse. Then, in 1992, the American Psychiatric Association attempted to introduce ‘possession’ into its diagnostic manual (DSM-IV) as a mental disorder. Revisiting the history of Loudun provides a means for situating the APA’s recent interest in possession within a medical and intellectual continuum.


Koc University – Professor, Sociology


Zentrum Moderner Orient – Research Positions (Post-doc/very limited Doctoral) from January 2014 (36 months)


National University of Singapore – Research Fellowship at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore


Richard Stockton College – Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor Pacific World/Asia-Pacific History



William Temple Foundation wish to appoint an Assistant Director: Communications and Development

We are looking for someone who can make a significant contribution to the development of the William Temple Foundation’s influence in the growing debate about the relationship between religion, society, economics and human flourishing. The successful candidate will be either London or North West based, and have skills in communication, media relations and network creation as well as being knowledgeable in the areas of social justice, politics and faith communities.

The post holder will achieve their goals by:

·         Engaging with potential new stakeholders in public life, the churches and the academy

·    Generating media networks for the dissemination of research findings, including front of camera and audio representative work

·         Using social media for tweeting and re-presenting research findings for public and media engagement with the work of the William Temple Foundation.

·         Working collaboratively on scoping new research projects and funding bids with our Research Director and Senior Honorary Fellows.

The successful candidate will enjoy enhanced opportunities for networking, research and travel in an exciting and expanding area of public policy and research, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders including the faith and voluntary sector, media (at all levels), academic departments and think tanks, the public and private sector and government policy makers. For the right person and with the anticipated growth of the William Temple Foundation’s work there could be the possibility to extend the role to include the conducting, writing up and publishing of empirical research projects.

This is an appointment on a three year fixed-term contract. The post is 25 hours a week on an annual salary of approximately £30, 000 (paid pro-rata).

For the application pack see the William Temple Foundation’s website

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 14 June 2013

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Illuminating the Life of the Buddha

An Illustrated Chanting Book from Eighteenth-Century Siam

By Naomi Appleton, Sarah Shaw, Toshiya Unebe

RRP: £35.00

Publication Date: 06 Jun 2013

Blog post about the book:



Religion and Gender has just launched a Call for Papers for a special issue on the Pussy Riot Case. Please follow this link,


CFP: The Journal ThéoRèmes is devoting a special issue to this presence of the religious question in various philosophical studies related to “Speculative realism” or even “object-oriented ontologies”, in order both to deepen the internal understanding of this question, and to develop critical approaches. We welcome contributions from a range of disciplines including religious sciences, philosophy and theology, and from a variety of perspectives.

There is a close link between Speculative Realism and religious issues. Openly or more implicitly those issues are crucial to Quentin Meillassoux’s major book: After Finitude (2006). His dissertation’s subtitle “An Essay on the Virtual God” (1997) attests the persistency of the question. However, this recurring presence of the religious question is not easy to interpret: Q. Meillassoux presents himself as a materialist, and his attempt as partly aimed at terminating what he calls the “religionizing [enreligement] of reason” that defines contemporary thought. At the same time, his ambition to give rational grounds to a thinking of the absolute (the “Great outdoors”), just as the connection he himself establishes between his main argument and the Cartesian argument for the existence of God, has striking echoes in religious thought.

Proposals (1 page max), in English or in French, should be submitted to theoremes[at] by September 15th 2013.

Every proposal will be considered for publication and final articles will be double-blind reviewed (


CFP: For Researching New York 2013 we invite proposals on any aspect of New York State history —in any time period and from any perspective. For 2013 we also encourage submissions that reflect on the long and complicated history of religion in New York, including the intersections of religion and church history with the secular, civic, and public life of its citizens.

Sponsored by the University at Albany Department of History and the History Graduate Student Organization and the New York State Archives Partnership Trust, the conference will take place on November 14 & 15 on the University at Albany campus, Albany, New York.

Proposals are due July 1, 2013. Complete panels, workshops, media presentations, or sessions are preferred; partial panels and individual submissions will be considered. For complete sessions please submit a one-page summary of your session and a one-page abstract and curriculum vita for each individual participant. For individual submissions, include a one-page abstract and one-page curriculum vita. Submissions must include name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address. Submit electronically to resrchny[at] Proposals must include all anticipated audiovisual needs and time constraints.

This annual conference brings together historians, archivists, public historians, graduate students, teachers, documentarians, and multimedia producers, to share their work on New York State history.

Researching NY Conference

Department of History

University at Albany-SUNY

Albany, New York 12222


Email: resrchny[at]

Visit the website at


CFP: Encyclopedia of Possession and Exorcism

Announcement ID: 204450 (H-NET)

Dr. Joseph Laycock is currently seeking contributors for the ABC-CLIO Encyclopedia of Possession and Exorcism to be published in July 2014. This volume will approach the concepts of “possession” and “exorcism” as broadly as possible looking across cultures and across disciplines. Below is a list of currently unassigned articles and their approximate word lengths. There is also still room to propose new entries.

Potential contributors should send a CV to Dr. Joseph Laycock at possessionandexorcism[at]

CFP: Regional Issues Research

We invite submission of abstracts, research proposals, and full papers on all topics broadly related to business and social science. We specifically encourage submission of research dealing with regional issues (Asia, Africa, Middle East, Latin America, Europe, and North America). Topics: Anthropology, Accounting, Area Studies (African, American, Asian, European, Hispanic, Islamic, Jewish, Middle Eastern, Russian, Women’s and all other cultural and ethnic studies), Business Administration, Communication, Economics, Education, Energy Alternatives, Ethnic Studies/International Studies, Finance, Geography, History, Intergenerational Studies, International Relations, IT and CIS, Journalism, Management, Marketing, New Urbanism, Political Science, Preservation and Green Urbanism, Psychology, Public Administration, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Urban Neighborhoods, Urban and Regional Planning, Women’s studies, Other Areas of Social Science, Other Araes of Business, Cross-disciplinary areas of the above related to each other or other areas.

Damir Tokic

The Macrotheme Review~

Email: tokicd[at]

Visit the website at


CFP: Envisioning the Eucharist: Medieval & Byzantine Art Symposium at The Art Institute of Chicago

ASCHA seeks papers that examine how Eucharistic doctrine was propagated — or challenged — in Byzantine and Medieval art from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. We are especially interested in how artists envisioned the Eucharist theologically and transcended literal representation of the Last Supper to convey other dimensions of the Eucharistic mystery. The symposium’s keynote speaker is Aden Kumler, Assistant Professor of art history at the University of Chicago, who will be presenting research from her forthcoming book “The Multiplication of the Species: Medieval Economies of Form, Accident and Substance.”

Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted, with a cover letter and 2 page C.V. by September 1, 2013.

The symposium will be held at the Art Institute of Chicago on February 11, 2014, one day prior to the CAA’s annual conference. Entrance free with museum admission.

For more information:


The Fourth International Conference on the Quranic Studies Oxford, England 13 July 2013

Scriptural studies are central to the understanding of religions that have scriptures at their heart. This is certainly true about the Holy Quran. The conference propounds topics of universal interest with an eye on more pressing areas in the modern times.

Visit the website at

The University of Nottingham

The Soul Conference

Oxford 2013

The Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham, in association with the Centre for Theology and Modern European Thought at Oxford, will be hosting a conference entitled ‘The Soul’ at St. Anne’s College Oxford on Friday 28th June, Saturday 29th June and Sunday 30th June. Keynote speakers include:

  • Marliynne Robinson (Pulitzer prize winning author of Gilead, Home and Housekeeping and the essay collections The Death of Adam, The Absence of Mind, and When I Was a Child I Read Books)

  • Iain McGilchrist (author of The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World)

  • David Bentley Hart (author of The Beauty of the Infinite)

  • William Desmond (author of Being and the Between, Ethics and the Between, and God and the Between)

  • John Milbank (author of Theology and Social Theory and Being Reconciled: Ontology and Pardon)

  • Mary Midgley (author of Science and Poetry and The Ethical Primate: Humans Freedom and Morality)

Further details of the conference including bookings and the schedule can be found here:

If you have any queries, please contact the organisers: thesoul[at]



Elon University – Assistant Professor of Asian History, tenure-track



Leiden University – Visiting professorship in Korean Studies (rank open)



Ohio University – Curator, Dr. You-Bao Shao Overseas Chinese Documentation and Research Center


Queen’s University Belfast – Temporary Lecturer in Modern Asian History



Aarhus University – Assistant Professorship in Visual Anthropology


Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Head of Learning & Academic Programmes



Institute of Ismaili Studies – Keeper of the Ismaili Collections


Teaching Fellowship in Enlightenment History, c.1750 – c.1850

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

University of Edinburgh


Teaching Fellow

School of Divinity, History and Philosophy

University of Aberdeen


Call for PhD Application in Cultural Approaches to  Diagnostic Technologies in East Asia

Date: 2013-08-31

Description: Research area: Science and Technology Studies / History of Health / Medical Anthropology / Medical Sociology Description: Applications are invited for a three-year, full-time, funded PhD position in Cultural Approaches to Diagnostic Technologies in East Asia in the Centre for the Humanities and Medi …

Contact: chm1 [at]

Announcement ID: 204288


Lecturer in New Testament Studies

Reference Number     2748

Location                      Durham City

Faculty/Division          Arts & Humanities

Department                 Theology and Religion

Grade                          Grade 7/8

Position Type              Full Time

Contract Type             Fixed Term

Closing Date               26 June 2013

Job Description

The Department of Theology and Religion at Durham University has a long-standing tradition of outstanding research and is widely recognized as one of the leading departments in its field. In the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise it was ranked first in the UK, while its teaching quality is shown in its consistently obtaining exceptionally high rankings in both National Student Surveys and independent league tables. Its strengths range across Biblical Studies (Old Testament, New Testament, ancient Judaism, and Biblical languages), Christian theology (Greek and Latin patristics, the history and theology of late antiquity and the early middle ages, the Reformation, doctrinal and philosophical theology, and theological ethics), and the study of religion (the anthropology, sociology and psychology of religion). It also has centres in Catholic Studies and Death and Life Studies; and research projects in spirituality, theology and health, and Anglican studies. The Department has a welcoming and collegial atmosphere, and is beautifully sited between the Cathedral and the Castle on the World Heritage Site in the centre of the city of Durham.

The current post arises from the secondment of Professor John Barclay to a senior role in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities for the period 2013-16. Applications are welcome from those with research expertise in any area of New Testament studies. Those who currently teach in the area include Professor Barclay, Professor Francis Watson, Dr Lutz Doering and Dr Jane Heath, while many other staff in the Department have cross-disciplinary research interests that relate to the New Testament. There is a weekly research seminar in New Testament, at which papers are presented by leading scholars from the UK and abroad as well as by members of staff and research postgraduates. More information about the Department is available at

The successful applicant will be expected to teach modules in New Testament at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, to participate in postgraduate research supervision at an appropriate level, to undertake outstanding research leading to publications of international significance, and to play a full part in the life of the department.

The university is an equal opportunities employer and acknowledges a range of flexible working practices.Job Summary and Purpose

The main features of the job will be:

a) to conduct outstanding research leading to publications of international significance in the field of New Testament studies;

b) to teach at all undergraduate levels and at Masters level in the field of New Testament Studies;

c) to participate in the supervision of research students (MA and PhD) in New Testament studies;

d) to submit applications for externally-funded research grants;

e) to undertake administrative tasks in the Department of Theology and Religion, as agreed with the Head of Department.

The postholder will be responsible to Professor Alec Ryrie, Head of Department.


The key responsibilities of the job will be in teaching (lecturing, seminar leading, course organisation, marking, and dissertation supervision), research (writing and publication) and administration, within the team of staff constituting the Department of Theology and Religion.

Person Specification



1. Undergraduate and/or taught postgraduate degree in relevant area

2. PhD thesis submitted by the closing date

3. Track record, appropriate to career stage, of outstanding research publication

4. Evidence of planned programme of research that is compatible with and will enhance the Department’s research profile, and with the potential to secure external research income


5. Appropriate to career stage, of teaching at undergraduate and / or postgraduate level in New Testament studies


Skills and Competencies

6. In relation to undergraduates and taught postgraduates, the ability to teach and organize courses, and mark assignments, in the field of New Testament studies

7. Excellent communication skills in English, both oral and written

8. Scholarly expertise in appropriate languages, including New Testament Greek

9. Ability and willingness to work as a member of a team, in research, teaching and administration

10. Good IT skills

For appointment at Grade 8, candidates will need to provide evidence of relevant teaching and supervising experience at university level and a significant record of publications at international level. A PhD is also essential for appointment at Grade 8.

Additional Information

Guidance for written application

1. It is essential that in your written application you give evidence of examples of proven experience in relation to the selection criteria.

2. A description (of up to 1,000 words) of the research project(s) you aim to pursue in the next five years should be included in your written application; this may be incorporated into your letter of application or included as an appendix.

3. You should include a sample of your written work (5,000-7,000 words) with your application.

Please note the presentation/interview dates are to be scheduled for (date to be confirmed). At interview, shortlisted candidates will be asked to give a 20-minute presentation on an aspect of their current or recent research to a mixed audience of academic staff and postgraduates from across the Department of Theology and Religion.

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  • Journals

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  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Postdocs


JBE Online Books is pleased to announce the publication of ‘Tibetan Buddhism – the eBook’, by Geoffrey Samuel. ISBN: 978-0-9801633-8-4 Price $29.95

This book has been designed to provide an entry-point to the wider literature on Tibetan Buddhism for readers who wish to take their studies further, and provides a comprehensive introduction to Tibetan Buddhism (including the Tibetan Bon religion). Lavishly illustrated and with extensive embedded links to selected online resources, the book would makean excellent primary textbook for all levels of introductory undergraduate courses on Tibetan Buddhism. Further particulars including a comprehensive list of contents can be found at


Sociology of Religion, advance access

Culture and Religion, vol 14, no. 2

Journal of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (ISSN 0193-600X )

Theology and Science, vol 11, no. 2



CFP: Introduction to Holocaust Studies through the Records of the International Tracing Service Collection at the Wiener  Library – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Date: 2013-06-12

Description: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12 JUNE The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museums Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies CALL FOR NOMINATIONS Seminar for Advanced Undergraduate, Masters-level and First-year PhD Students: Introduction to Holocau …

Contact: cschmidt [at]


Announcement ID: 204293

CFP: Religion, Politics and Secualirism (Essays in Honour of Asghar Ali Engineer)

Date: 2013-07-15

Description: RELIGION, POLITICS AND SECULARISM (Essays in Honour of Asghar Ali Engineer) (with ISBN No). Themes of focus may include but are not restricted to: a) India and secularism: Issues, challenges and theoretical stances b) Postsecular perspectives c) Secularism in art and literature d) Critique on the in …

Contact: prayerani[at]

Announcement ID: 204116


CFP: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture (Open Issues)

Description: Open Issues Contact: Reconstruction Submissions Editor We are continually accepting submissions for upcoming Open Issues, and can promise a prompt reply. Submissions may be created from a variety of perspectives, including, but not limited to: geography, ethnography, cultural studies, folklore, arch …

Announcement ID: 204217


CFP: The Society for the Study of Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy is inviting paper proposals for a panel on the topic “Comparative Philosophy and Buddhism: Approaches and Methods” at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division in Baltimore, MD (December 27-30,2013). Please send title, abstract (200 words), personal information (name, email, and institutional affiliation) to Philippe Turenne (philippe.turenne [at] by June 12, 2013.

CFP: Gender in NeoPagan and Native Faith Movements in Central and Eastern Europe

7-9 March 2014

 Krakow, Poland

 This will be the fifth conference in the Krakow “Neopagan and Native Faith Movements in Poland and CEE” series. In 2014 we are very pleased to welcome the CPASE (Contemporary Pagan and Alternative Spirituality in Europe) academic network and the Department for the Study of Religions at Masaryk University in Brno (Czech Republic) as partners.

 Conference theme: In 2014 we would like to focus on questions of gender in the Native Faith and Neopagan traditions of Central and Eastern Europe. Gender has been widely discussed in the context of Anglophone Contemporary Paganism (especially Wicca and Pagan Witchcraft), but relatively little has yet been written about the questions of gender in this local context. Topics could include male-only or female-only rites, gender-related initiations and rites of passage, normative paradigms of gender relations within Native Faith, family roles, sexuality, marriage, the acceptance or rejection of LGBT perspectives, women as leaders in their communities, etc.

(Other topics will be considered, although we will give preference to those that contribute to the suggested conference theme.)

Conference language: English

Deadline for abstracts: 4 November 2013

Contact: Scott Simpson scott.simpson[at]

CFP: on September 26–28, 2013, the Centre for Typological and Semiotic Folklore Studies at the Russian State University for the Humanities

(Moscow) will hold an international conference “Mythological models and ritual behaviour in the Soviet and post-Soviet sphere”.

The Soviet ideology whose aim was to construct a new world was explicitly based on a rationalistic, materialistic paradigm and denounced anything mythological and super-rational. At the same time, however, it actively used traditional images and religious metaphors in its quest for creating a new Soviet person, and even people opposed to the Soviet system not infrequently shaped their protest using the very same mythological models and dichotomies. In other words, the loyalty to the system as well as the opposition towards it was marked by means of a complex and heterogeneous system of mythological texts, prohibitions, and prescriptions. As a consequence of this, some of the patterns formed during the Soviet era continue to be potent in the post-Soviet period. At the same time we see the emergence of new mythological complexes and practices based to a large extent on the opposition towards the values of the Soviet era.

The main aim of the conference is to trace these processes in their diachrony and analyse their manifestations and interrelations at particular points of time. Presentations investigating the following topics are the most welcome.

•       taboos and euphemisms;

•       transformations of traditional mythological beliefs;

•       mechanisms used in the creation of the anti-Soviet ideology;

•       the emergence of the new ritualistic culture;

•       new magical beliefs and practices;

•       legendary biographies of political leaders and national heroes;

•       impostors and hoaxers of the Soviet era;

•       the scientific progress as the basis of the new mythology;

•       the anthropology of money in the Soviet and post-Soviet periods;

•       falsification of historical documents as a means of constructing a mythology.

The deadline for abstract submissions is July 1, 2013. An abstract (not exceeding 300 words) including the description of the material to be analysed in the presentation and the formulation of the problem, as well as the information about the author (name, degree, affiliation, e- mail, and phone number), should be sent to The decision on the inclusion of the presentation in the conference programme will be made by July 20.

The conference will be divided into several sessions. Each of them will commence with a lection by an invited keynote speaker on the problem relevant for the section’s main topic. Sections will include from three to five participants. All presentations will be followed by a short review made by a specially invited scholar. Each section will end with questions and general discussion.

The papers presented at the conference should be accompanied by a PowerPoint presentation and, if possible, by distribution of handouts. The working languages of the conference are Russian and English.

Please bear it in mind that the conference proceedings will be published in advance. Consequently, all the participants whose talk will be included in the programme should submit the full text of their paper not exceeding 2000 words before September 1, 2013. The style sheet will be provided in due time.

Unfortunately, we are unable to cover any transportation and accommodation costs.

The organising committee: Mikhail Alekseevsky (SRCRF), Alexandra Arkhipova (CTSFS RSUH), Jacob Fruchtmann (Forschungstelle Osteuropa, Bremen), Olga Khristoforova (CTSFS RSUH), Sergey Neklyudov (CTSFS RSUH), Anna Sokolova (Institute for Ethnology and Anthropology RAS).


Jews, Indians, Cannibals: Alterities in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (NEMLA 2014, 4/3-6/2014)

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2014-04-03

Description: Jews, Indians, Cannibals: Alterities in Medieval and Early Modern Literature Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA), Harrisburg, PA, 4/3-6/2014 In recent decades, the representation of Jews, Indians, and Cannibals has become a familiar topic in medieval and early modern cultural studies. But  …

Contact: lavinsky [at]


Announcement ID: 204284


9th Annual International Conference on Philosophy, 26-29 May 2014, Athens, Greece

Date: 2014-05-26

Description: The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars and students of philosophy. Areas of interest include (but are not confined to): History of Philosophy Ancient

Philosophy European Philosophy African Philosophy American Philosophy Asian Philosophy Political Philosophy Moral Philosophy Aestheti …


Announcement ID: 204261


Buddhism and Human Flourishing

a one-day workshop at the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Chester, as part of the AHRC Connected Communities Philosophy and Religious Practices Network. This network aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion more relevant to other contemporary research on religion.

25th June 2013 (10.30-15.30)

An opportunity to explore the vibrant contribution currently being made by Buddhism to a range of fields and disciplines across the well-being agenda. This day conference is for the non-specialist in Buddhism and introduces some basic Buddhist concepts and philosophies before exploring the ways in which Buddhist ideas have been adopted and adapted within a variety of contexts angled towards individual, community or global flourishing, as well as public policy debates.

SPEAKERS include


Peter Harvey

Caroline Brazier


Dr Mary Welford

Dr Paramabandhu Groves

Gina Clayton

Jamie Cresswell

Cost: Waged : £25.00, Unwaged: £10.00

Book online and click on ‘event booking’

Enquiries to Carly McEvoy c.mcevoy[at]

Registration is now open for the Second Sight and Prophecy Conference taking place at the University of Aberdeen , 14-16 June 2013 This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines including history, folklore, anthropology, divinity and sociology whose research interests cover a wide range of topics exploring varying methods used by different cultures (both now and in the past) to look into the future and the rationale for so doing. The future has always held a fascination for humankind especially in times of tribulation and this is worthy of academic discussion in light of the changes affecting so many of us in our current global context. The role in culture of seers and prophets, by whatever name they are known, and the use of rituals, drugs and sacred sites will be examined.

We are delighted to welcome Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London as our keynote speaker.  His paper, ‘Boyle’s legacy: Second Sight in English and Scottish Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is based on his recent research. It follows the success of his  seminal work, The Occult Laboratory; Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland (2001) and will set the tone for the conference.

An exhibition by artist Nicola Moss supports this conference. It is already available to view in the James MacKay Hall on a drop-in basis. Further details are available at the following link This will be supplemented by a photographic display of the University’s own collection of seventeenth-century Sibyls.

Full details of the conference can be found at the following link.

There you will find easy-to-follow links to the full conference programme, a full list of abstracts and biographies of the contributors and links to pre and post conference entertainments.

Registration can be made through the above link or directly through the Online Store


Places are limited so please book early if you would like to attend.

If you require any further information please contact me.

I look forward to welcoming you to the conference Best wishes Alex Sutherland Dr Alex Sutherland Conference Convenor School of Divinity, History and Philosophy History Department Crombie Annexe Meston Walk Aberdeen AB24 3FX

Tel: 01224 273051 Email: a.m.sutherland[at]


University of Nottingham

The Soul Conference

Oxford, 28 June – 1 July 2013


Lectureship in Classical Archaeology

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

University of Edinburgh


Temporary Lectureship in Classical Archaeology (22 months)

School of History, Classics and Archeaology

University of Edinburgh


Temporary Lectureship in Classical Archaeology (10 months)

School of History, Classics and Archaeology

University of Edinburgh


The Tony Blair Faith Foundation is developing the first in a series of online distance learning professional development courses to help explore the place of religion in the modern world entitled An Introduction to Faith & Globalisationand is seeking well-informed and inspiring presenters to make a set of short introductory films on a series of related topics. We would be very grateful for your advice and help in identifying suitable contributors.

We would like to approach these subjects in the following manner – Instead of delivering a traditional one hour lecture, we would like presenters to do 3 to 4 shorter presentations – very much in the style and manner of a TED talk (though we will be happy for notes to be used!).

Total time for all these will not exceed 80 minutes (though individual timings for the shorter elements are negotiable).

PowerPoint or other presentations, as well as images, short digital movies or sound files may be used to illustrate points (and should be provided so that they can be edited into the final product).

A suggested list of basic and accessible readings that will enrich knowledge and deepen understanding (articles and chapters – not books! Participants on this course will have limited time – somewhere in the region of 5-8 hours to study each aspect). Filming will take place at the end of July and early August. For presenters in the UK, these presentations will be filmed in London.

The Foundation will pay the sum of £500 per full topic covered, or £150 for individual themes – to include the preparation and filming of the talk (including the advance submission of a script), and the provision of the list of additional resources. For presenters in the UK, the cost of standard off-peak day return travel to London for filming will be covered by the Foundation.

If you are able to suggest participants, are interested in taking part in this exciting project yourself, or if you would like further details please contact Ian Jamison (ian.jamison [at] or Tom Thorp (tom.thorp [at]  at the Tony Blair Faith Foundation.



The Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies (ICIIS – FONDAP (see: invites applications for one postdoctoral research position.

We are looking for a candidate to work as part of a joint appointment between our Center and the “Social networking and social science research project”, based at the Department of Anthropology, UCL and lead by Professor Daniel Miller. See

We are looking for a high level candidate with proficiency in English and Spanish, and with experience in ethnographic fieldwork on a relevant topic. Research experience in intercultural contexts or with indigenous groups is also desirable but not a must. The selected candidate will carry ethnographic fieldwork on the use and consequences of social network sites and other new media in a small town located in an interethnic area in Chile.

The successful candidate must have a PhD in Anthropology at the time of appointment (awarded within the last 5 years) and demonstrate a promising record of publications of their research. Salary is US$ 30,000 per year approximately. The position is for two years, but renewal for the second year will be subject to the fulfillment of objectives. The intention is to begin fieldwork as soon as possible (September 2013 at most).

Please send curriculum vitae, motivation letter, a summary of a research proposal that links with this wider study (two pages), and two letters of support to mmurray[at] or by post to Dr. Marjorie Murray, Instituto de Sociología, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Campus San Joaquín, Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Casilla 306, Correo 22, Santiago, Chile.

Applications are open until July 5, 2013.

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  • Books

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

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  • Jobs



University of Chicago Press – Latest books on Religion, Philosophy of Religion and Theology & Ethics

New Titles from Ashgate: Religious Studies



Theology of Science, vol 11, issue 2

Religious Studies

Journal of Contemporary Religion

Studies in Christian Ethics



CFP: Sanjay Subrahmanyan Lecture: “Jews and New Christians in Portuguese Asia, 1500 1700”

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-06-05

Description: Subrahmanyan will discuss how the first Portuguese voyage to India in 1497 coincided with the Portuguese attempt to forcibly convert its Jewish residents in the kingdom. Some Jews and New Christians (cristos-novos), moved between Iberia and Portuguese Asia via the Cape route and the Ottoman Empire.

Contact: dscott[at]

Announcement ID: 204129



RELATIONS, 2013 The editorial board of Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, a peer-reviewed electronic journal, invites submissions for its 2013 volume. SCJR publishes scholarship on the history, theology, and contemporary realitie Contact:


Announcement ID: 203939


CFP: Religion, Spirituality, and Inequality in Communities of Color: A Special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-08-16

Description: CALL FOR PAPERS Religion, Spirituality, and Inequality in Communities of Color A Special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color Guest Editors Assata Zerai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Sandra Weissinger, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville Recent public discourse on womens …

Contact: azerai[at]

Announcement ID: 203988


CFP: *Buddhist Meditation: Tradition and Transformation*

2013 Buddhist Studies Graduate Conference at the University of Virginia September 13-15, 2013


Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs – not only in Buddhist Studies, but also in other disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, and history – that speak directly to the study of Buddhist meditation. The papers selected for presentation will be organized into panels, each chaired by a faculty respondent. Presentations will not exceed twenty minutes.

We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we think about and study Buddhist Meditation in its many forms and contexts. We encourage papers that approach Buddhist meditation from a diverse range of methodological approaches – literary, historic, ethnographic, sociological, political, and educational/pedagogical, to name a few.

We are particularly interested in the following topics:

 – Problems in the *historical study* of Buddhist meditation.

 – Innovative *Interdisciplinary* investigations into contemplative

   practice in Buddhist societies (e.g.: historically-informed ethnography)

 – How *the body* has been conceptualized and represented within specific

   Buddhist contemplative systems

 – The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and


 – *Therapeutic* and instrumental* (vs. soteriological) applications of

   Buddhist meditation *in Buddhist societies*.

 – Institutional and pedagogical frameworks.

 – The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g.:

   biographical literature, meditation manuals, philosophical literature, etc)

Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines

Please submit an abstract of your paper of *not more than 500 words*, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a brief bio, to gradbuddhismconf2013 [at]  by *June 15, 2013.* You will be notified by the end of June of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

University of Virginia may potentially be able to provide funding to cover the costs of lodging and meals for students presenting papers. Travel funds, however, should be obtained from the students’ home institutions or other sources. We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting students to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of

invitation to international observers for visa purposes because we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international observers.



UK Association for Buddhist Studies annual conference, which will be held on 12th July 2013 at SOAS, London


Friday 12th July 2013, 9.15am-5.30pm, Khalili Lecture Theatre, School of Oriental and African

Studies, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H.0XG.

Registration fee: £10 (£5 unwaged) for UKABS members; £25 (£15 unwaged) for non-members.

Further Information: UKABS Secretary, Dr. Cathy Cantwell (

Registration: To pre-register, please contact UKABS Treasurer and Membership Secretary, Naomi Appleton (naomi.appleton [at], so that we have accurate numbers for refreshments. Payment (by cash or cheque) will be on the door.

Featuring lectures by:

Professor Stefano Zacchetti, Numata Professor of Buddhist Studies, University of Oxford, the author of several studies, including the monograph In Praise of the Light (International Research Institute for Advanced Buddhology, Soka University, Tokyo 2005). His research focuses on early Chinese Buddhist literature (particularly translations and commentaries), and the history of the canon.

Dr Elizabeth Harris, Liverpool Hope University, the author of Theravada Buddhism and the British Encounter: religious, missionary and colonial experience in nineteenth century Sri Lanka (Routledge 2006) and What Buddhists Believe (Oneworld 1998). Her research interests are Buddhism and Conflict, Buddhism in Sri Lanka, the encounter between Buddhism and the West, particularly in the 19th Century, and Buddhism and religious plurality. Programme Registration from 9.15 a.m.

9.50 President’s Welcome.

10.00-11.00 Professor Stefano Zacchetti (University of Oxford) The dream of a thing: some reflections on the nature, functions, and formation of the Buddhist canon in China.

11.00-11.30 Coffee break.

11.30-1.00 Postgraduate Panel:

11.30-12.00 Anastasia Gritsenko (Goldsmiths College, University of London) On Buddhist

Happiness and Aristotle’s eudaimonia: A Paradoxical Account?

12.00-12.30 Chris Jones (University of Oxford) The tathāgatagarbha as ātman in the Mahāyāna Aṅgulimālīya Sūtra.

12.30-1.00 Caroline Starkey (University of Leeds) The Crossing and Dwelling of Ordained

Buddhist Women in Contemporary Britain.

1.00 -2.15 LUNCH (in the SOAS canteen).

2.15 -3.00 UKABS AGM

3.00-4.00 University of Durham Research Project Presentation: Śāstravid: A New Electronic Research

Tool for Studying Indian Philosophical Texts (Dr Jan Westerhoff; European Research Council funded project).

4.00-4.30 Tea break.

4.30-5.30 Dr Elizabeth Harris (Liverpool Hope University) Buddhism, Space and Conflict in Colonial and Postcolonial Sri Lanka.



University of Kent – Careers Service

What can you do with a degree in Religious Studies?

Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat Munster – Doctoral Fellow, American History/Studies



Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fall 2013 (12 months)

Competition opening for a postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), Religion and Diversity Project (Director Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa), at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société.

The amount of the fellowship is $25,000 for one year, beginning in the fall of 2013

(+ $10,000 in research contracts) = Total $ 35,000

The recipient must meet the following conditions:have completed a PhD that is linked to religion in the public sphere; be fluent in English and French (oral and written); a test will be administered; provide a CV (with a minimum of two scientific conferences and two accepted scientific publications) and academic transcripts (excellent grade point average);

have mastered field study methods and demonstrate experience researching within a team;

will focus on addressing the theme of religion and education. Using Quebec as a case study, it will explore the developments around education and religion in Quebec to ask broader comparative questions in the rest of Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will draw on research already completed by Dr. Solange Lefebvre, as well as by other researchers in the Religion and Diversity Project (MCRI), focusing on addressing gaps in knowledge about Quebec as well as further develop a data base of information about religion and education in the rest of Canada. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to explore the theme of education and religion on a broader comparative basis through research that draws on four ‘diversity’ reports and related documents from Belgium, Quebec, Great-Britain and France. This project is related to the broader Religion and Diversity Project, but is a separately (SSHRC) funded research project led by Dr. Lefebvre. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own related research questions under the broad theme of religion and education. submit an application for a postdoctoral fellowship to large funding agencies in the fall 2013, on one of those projects.

Please submit a complete application before June 7th 2013 that includes academic transcripts; a complete CV; a one-page letter in English and in French explaining the applicant’s qualifications to work on the suggested research themes and coordinate the involved projects; a copy of two articles (accepted or published); and two letters of recommendation (one being from the thesis supervisor).

Incomplete or poorly presented applications will not be considered. If the application is satisfactory, we will proceed to an interview with the candidate (in person or on Skype). Please submit a copy of your application to Tess Campeau, Information Officer, by email at info [at]

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 May 2013

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A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

Thomas Block

Algora Publishing: 2012 (226 pp.)

New Titles from Ashgate: Religious Studies


Contemporary Islam, vol 7, issue 1


CFP: Digital Humanities Luxembourg (DHLU) 2013 – Reading historical sources in the digital age

Description: The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur lEurope (CVCE), together with the Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration (University of Luxembourg, FLSHASE) and  its research programme Digital Humanities Luxembourg DIHULUX (research unit Identits-Politiques-Socits-Espaces (IPSE)) and the Univ …

Contact: frederic.clavert [at]


Announcement ID: 203823


Popular Antiquities 3: Folklore and Archaeology: A joint conference of The Folklore Society and UCL Institute of Archaeology

Saturday 12-Sunday 13 October 2013 at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline extended to 28 June

Contributions are invited on any aspect of the collaborations of archaeology and folklore around the world, including but not limited to: Antiquarians & Antiquarianism; Archaeology of Folklore / Folklore of Archaeology;  Folk Revivalism & the Appropriation of Archaeological Materials; Folklore & Heritage; Reception & Representation, etc.

Send abstracts of 200 words for 20 minute presentations to, martindavidlocker [at] and


CfP: Epistemologies of Spaces and Places

Date: 2013-06-21

Description: Theory of Science, a journal for interdisciplinary studies of science, seeks research articles, review articles and book reviews focusing on epistemologies of spaces and places. Spatial, or geographical turn in the history and philosophy of science, advocated by scholars such as Steven Shapin or Dav …

Contact: teorievedy [at]


Announcement ID: 203896



Annual Conference in Romani Studies

*Abstract Deadline: May 31st 2013 *

Annual Conference and Meeting: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12th-14th September 2013

Call for Papers:

The Gypsy Lore Society annual meeting and conference on Gypsy/Romani Studies for 2013 will be held from the 12th – 14th of September at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy/Romani Studies are most welcome. Please send abstracts via e-mail attachment (maximum 500 words) to the program chair, Dr Colin Clark. Please note all abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the local organising committee. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2013 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by June 30th, 2013.

Please address all conference inquiries to Dr Colin Clark, e-mail c.r.clark[at]

Registration is now open for the Second Sight and Prophecy Conference taking place at the University of Aberdeen , 14-16 June 2013

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines including history, folklore, anthropology, divinity and sociology whose research interests cover a wide range of topics exploring varying methods used by different cultures (both now and in the past) to look into the future and the rationale for so doing. The future has always held a fascination for humankind especially in times of tribulation and this is worthy of academic discussion in light of the changes affecting so many of us in our current global context. The role in culture of seers and prophets, by whatever name they are known, and the use of rituals, drugs and sacred sites will be examined.

 We are delighted to welcome Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London as our keynote speaker.  His paper, ‘Boyle’s legacy: Second Sight in English and Scottish Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is based on his recent research. It follows the success of his  seminal work, The Occult Laboratory; Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland (2001) and will set the tone for the conference.

 An exhibition by artist Nicola Moss supports this conference. It is already available to view in the James MacKay Hall on a drop-in basis.

Further details are available at the following link This will be supplemented by a photographic display of the University’s own collection of seventeenth-century Sibyls.

Full details of the conference can be found at the following link.

Registration can be made through the above link or directly through the Online Store


Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2013

Tuesday 30th July – Sunday 4th August

With Fringe Day Events from Sunday July 28th


Celebrating the Great Earth Mother and Grounding the Vision of the Motherworld

The Glastonbury Goddess Conference and Fringe is a spiritual and cultural feast!!

With ceremonies, workshops, performances, talks, music, art and craftwork, drama, poetry and song, all dedicated to Goddess. The Conference itself lasts for six days, with an additional three days of Fringe day workshops with well-known Goddess presenters, a sweatlodge and Glastonbury Tor Labrynth walk.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the Goddess, as She expresses Herself within the sacred landscape of Glastonbury and the Sacred Isle of Avalon, and as we see Her in each other and in the world around us.


In 2013 we are celebrating Eartha, the Great Earth Mother, and all things earthy. We are grounding the Vision of the Motherworld, a new society and culture in which the values of mothers and of mothering – love, care and support for each other are placed in the centre of life, rather than being neglected on the periphery of life. This is a vision whose time has come. The Motherworld is the place where women’s values and awareness are honoured and celebrated. We invite to come and join us in bringing this great and radical work of transformation into being.



Monday 17 June, Open University

Camden Town, London

9am – 6pm

 This one-day Open University conference will bring together academics interested in the study of digital sacred text from a wide range of religious traditions, including sociologists, anthropologists, media scholars, computer scientists, historians and digital humanists. We also welcome religious practitioners and publishers engaged in creating digital sacred texts.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M University). Attendance at this event will cost £20. Thanks to generous funding from the AHRC, 30 free places are available for the first delegates to register.

A full programme and online registration page can be accessed here:



University of Manchester – Research Associate



Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professor in Asian Philosophy or Asian Religion (Philosophy Group)



Southern Methodist University – One-year position for lecturer or visiting assistant professor of art history:  Colonial Latin American Visual Culture






Opportunities for Scholars, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2014-2015. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.

Contact: mzelazny [AT]


Announcement ID: 203814



Jewish History at the Medici Archive Project

Date: 2013-08-17

Description: The Medici Archive Project (MAP) is pleased to announce a new scholarly initiative: the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe (JHP). Thanks to the generous lead support of MAP board member Eugene Grant, as well as the support of other board members and do …

Contact: ebrizio [AT]


Announcement ID: 203724


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cognition and Culture

The Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion at Masaryk University is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognition and Culture. The successful candidate will be employed to work under the supervision of Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas (Director) on experimental studies of religion. The post involves carrying out behaviouralexperimental research in the LEVYNA lab facilities and in naturalistic settings.

Responsibilities include contributing to the training and mentoring of graduate researchers from the humanities who work in experimental methods, providing help with research design and data analysis, and publishing peer-reviewed articles.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or any related discipline with a focus on behavioural research (e.g. Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioral Neuroscience, etc). The successful candidate will be required to have experience in running empirical studies and good knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analyses (SPSS or other statistical packages). Prior theoretical and empirical knowledge in the area of the scientific study of religion is desirable but not necessary.

The position will be located at the LEVYNA Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, in Brno, Czech Republic, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the use of experimental methods in researching religious belief and behaviour. LEVYNA is hosted by the Department for the Study of Religion at Masaryk University, and is a senior partner of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC). The centre has excellent connections with all major Cognitive Science of Religion centres.

The post is a full-time position starting September 2013. The appointment will be made for one year, renewable contingent upon external funding.

The deadline for applications is June 19, 2013.

For information on how to apply, please contact the programme manager Kristyna Brožková: brozkovak [at]

Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-15

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-11-10

Description: The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year on the theme of “New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism.” The predominant narrative in this history of the academic study of

Contact: carrielo [AT]


Announcement ID: 203681


AHRC has one call out, and have announced they will make another call later in the year for capital funding in the digital transformations area.

This first call, which has deadline already 27th June, is for projects related to community engagement in particular, under the ttle “Digital Transformations in Community research, Co-production in the Arts and Humanities”. Projects can be from £50 to £600K and a total of £4M is available.


Kingston University has recently advertised some PhD scholarships.  Proposals in the sociology of religion are most welcome.

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 May 2013

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Fourth issue of the Journal of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies

Sociology of Religion, Advance Access

Journal of Religion in Japan (aims and scope, editorial board etc.) can be found here:


Alternative Spirituality and Religion Review 4:1

 SPECIAL ISSUE: New Scholarship on Contemporary Religion from Australia and New Zealand


Journal of Religion and Violence

I would like to announce the publication of a new academic periodical, the Journal of Religion and Violence (ISSN: 2159-6808). The JRV is an interdisciplinary journal devoted to the study of religion and violence. In addition to publishing analyses of contemporary and historical religious groups involved in violent incidents, the Journal of Religion and Violence publishes articles and book reviews on theorists of religious such as René Girard, sacrifice, terrorism, inter- and intra-religious violence, war and religion, peace and religion, and religiously-legitimated violence against women. Academic researchers with interests in these areas are encouraged to submit articles and book reviews.

For more information, consult our website:



Open access publishing in social sciences and humanities

Date: 2013-08-13

Description: We are a small, independent publisher that was founded in 2012, with the aim of bringing open access benefits to scholars in the social sciences and arts & humanities. We publish two journals, Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory, in which we wish to publish multi-disciplinary content  …

Contact: dan.scott [at]


Announcement ID: 203737


CFP: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Date: 2013-09-18

Description: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is calling for papers for its October issue. JAPSS is a peer-reviewed academic journal published both in print and online and indexed by EBSCOhost. JAPSS has a high impact factor and is published five times per year.  …

Contact: journalalternative [at]


Announcement ID: 203717


CFP: Sorceresses & Witches: Enchanting Women on and off the Renaissance Stage

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: This panel seeks papers that explore the intersection between theatric and non-theatric representations of the early modern female witch. Exegeses of witch-characters or “witch-plays”; examinations of witchcraft debates; contemporary accounts regarding witch-encounters; analyses of contemporaneous w …

Contact: dsaliba1 [at]

Announcement ID: 203739


The editors of “Online – Heidelberg Journal of Religions on the Internet” ( are pleased to announce the relaunch of the journal. It will come up with a new design as well as improved navigation and search functions. By establishing a peer-review system, we will renew our mission of publishing articles of a high academic standard from a multitude of disciplines.


We herewith invite researchers of all disciplines to hand in articles on their research dealing with religions on the internet. We are currently planning to publish 2 issues a year, one of which will be a special issue addressing a certain topic. The next issue to be published in December 2013 will broach the issues of “Religion in Digital Games” (for further information see enclosed Call for Papers).


The journal is always keen to collect high quality scholarship on issues relating to religions on the Internet and welcomes submissions pertaining to all aspects of theses matters anytime to be published in a future issue!


Submissions and queries should be send to the following address:


2014 Hawaii University International Conferences

On Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

January 4-6, 2014


Ala Moana Hotel

410 Atkinson Drive

Honolulu, HI 96814


Call for Papers/ Proposal /Abstracts/Submissions

Submission Deadline: July 31, 2013


CFP: Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity

A One-Day Interdisciplinary Symposium at Brown University

February 21, 2014

           We invite submissions for a one-day interdisciplinary symposium to take place at Brown University on February 21, 2014, hosted by the Cogut Center for the Humanities and sponsored by the Department of French Studies, the Department of Comparative Literature, the Medieval Studies Program, and the Department of History. Our theme will be “Prisons of Stone, Word, and Flesh: Medieval and Early Modern Captivity.” Professor Adam Kosto (History, Columbia University), author of Hostages in the Middle Ages (Oxford University Press, 2012), will serve as the keynote speaker.

    If, following the thought of Michel Foucault and others, the prison is an essentially modern invention, how can we best conceptualize captivity in the time beforehand? Historical records of the medieval and early modern period (roughly 400-1800 AD) offer countless examples of human bondage, including the capture and detention of prisoners of war and the voluntary submission of hostages, as well as evolving forms of punitive incarceration. During the same time, art and literature are replete with depictions of imprisonment, often employed as a master metaphor for concepts like erotic love or mankind’s enslavement to the Devil and the body. Being held against their will even seems to have been something of a rite of passage for numerous medieval and early modern authors (such as Marco Polo, François Villon, Charles d’Orléans, Thomas Malory, and Cervantes) who found in various forms of captivity the time and inspiration necessary to create some of the most enduring works of western literature.

           Submissions are sought from graduate students, faculty members, and other scholars in fields including—but not limited to—history, literature, languages, philosophy, religious studies, art and architectural history, and music. Particularly welcome are submissions which offer new methodological or theoretical approaches to issues of medieval and early modern captivity, or which examine the relationship of captivity to cultural production and/or intercultural exchange. Papers should be no more than twenty minutes in length and should be in English. Please send a 250-word abstract, along with brief contact information, to John Moreau, Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in French Studies and Comparative Literature, at The submission deadline is November 1, 2013.



History of Women Religious Conference

Location: Minnesota

Date: 2013-06-23

Description:  CONFERENCE REMINDER History of Women Religious Conference being held at St Catherine University from June 23-26, 2013. Scholars from the US, Canada, Australia and Europe will be presenting their latest work. Scheduled keynote speaker Sr. Florence Deacon, osf, current president of the LCWR.

Contact: emcgahan [at]


Announcement ID: 203742


Visualizing Asia in the Modern World: A Conference on Image-Driven Scholarship

Location: Connecticut

Date: 2013-08-14

Description: 4th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON VISUALIZING ASIA IN THE MODERN WORLD: A CONFERENCE ON IMAGE-DRIVEN SCHOLARSHIP will be held at Yale University on May 10 & 11, 2013. The conference is jointly sponsored by the Visualizing Cultures project at  M.I.T. and the Yale Center for East Asian Studies.

Contact: jessica.chin [at]


Announcement ID: 203623



Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 18 May 2013


Registration is now open for the one day conference Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Ideology in Late Modernity to be held at the University of Chester, Wednesday 11th September 2013.


Please note that to ensure ‘early bird’ rate of £50 please book before 10th June.

Accommodation is available on campus at £44.35 + VAT (inc breakfast and evening meal). To book please contact

Please use the dedicated email address for any enquiries at

For those making travel arrangements the day is provisionally scheduled to run from 09:30-17:00hrs, though there may be minor alterations to this. Final programme schedule to be published in due course.


The University of Melbourne – Lecturer in Chinese Studies



University of Pennsylvania – Full-Time Lecturer in Pre-Modern Chinese




Humboldt University, Berlin – Postdoctoral position Jewish Studies /

Medieval Jewish History



Georgia State University – Visiting Instructor/Lecturer



University of Southampton – Post-Doctoral Fellowship, 20th Century

Business History/Middle Eastern History



Program Officer: Religion and the Public Sphere – SSRC|-religion-and-the-public-sphere/


University of Chester: Lecturer in Religious Studies



Buddhist Peace Fellowship



New York, NY (May 10, 2013) – The American Council of Learned Societies is pleased to announce The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation/ACLS Program in Buddhist Studies, a new initiative supporting research and teaching in Buddhist studies funded by a $1.9

million grant from the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. Working with the Foundation, ACLS will offer an articulated set of fellowship and grant competitions that will expand the understanding and interpretation of Buddhist thought in scholarship and society,

strengthen international networks of Buddhist studies, and increase the visibility of innovative currents in those studies. ACLS will organize competitions for Dissertation Fellowships, Postdoctoral Fellowships, Collaborative Research Grants, and Visiting Professorships.


These are global competitions. There are no restrictions as to the location of work proposed or the citizenship of applicants.


The application deadline for the dissertation, postdoctoral, and collaborative competitions is November 5, 2013. The deadline for the visiting professorship competition is January 15, 2014.


More information on the program may be found here:

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 May 2013

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H-Buddhism, Buddhism Bibliography (Zotero). 6,800 items, maintained by 91 members


Network for New Media, Religion and Digital Cultural Studies


Journal of Hindu Studies


Sociology of Religion, advance access


Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture – New Book Reviews


CfP: Edited volume “Women from the Parsonage: Pastors Daughters as Writers, Salonnires, Translators, and Educators”

Date: 2013-01-01

Description: CFP: Women from the Parsonage: Pastors Daughters as Writers, Salonnires, Translators, and Educators Many prominent writers and thinkers, especially from the second half of the seventeenth into the nineteenth century, were the sons of pastors. The advantages of their upbringing and especially the edu …

Contact: cindy.renker [at]

Announcement ID: 203421

CFP for Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School (Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Deadline July 1, 2013 Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-07-01

Description: CFP for Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School (Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts). Deadline July 1, 2013. The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the second annual graduate student conference on religion. In our i …

Contact: gradreligionconference [at]


Announcement ID: 203423


Call for Book Chapter Proposals: Negotiating Ethics

Location: Nova Scotia

Date: 2013-07-01

Description: Ensuring that sociological research complies with ethical standards requires considerable thought and attention. Not only does the researcher need to ensure safety to all participants in the process, they must also place themselves within that same continuum of harm and risk to ensure their own safe …

Contact: alan.brown [at]

Announcement ID: 203406



Sacred Topography and Cultural Tranfers in the Himalayas

Organized by Klaus-Dieter Mathes, University of Vienna


Time: May 24, 3 pm until May 25, 4 pm

Venue: Dept. of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

1090 Vienna, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7

Seminar Room 1


For further info see:


Wheaton College – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Asian History



Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professor in Southeast Asian History



Northwestern University – Associate or Full Professor, Islam in African Societies



J. F. Oberlin University – Ass’t./Assoc. Professor, Premodern Japanese Literature



German Historical Institute – Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in History



Pennsylvania State University – Chaiken Family Chair in Jewish Studies



University of Maryland – College Park – Position in Yiddish Culture

and/or Literature




The Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions at SOAS invites applications for one PhD bursary for new dissertation projects on Japanese Religions.


The value of the bursary is £4000, which covers the fees for the first year of MPhil/PhD study at SOAS (UK/EU fees). If the successful candidate receives a grant to cover fees from another funding body the bursary may be used towards maintenance.

Deadline for applications: 3 June 2013

Start of bursary: Fall semester 2013


Applications are invited from outstanding students of Japanese religions, regardless of nationality.


For further details on the application process and procedures, please visit our website:

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Religious Studies Opportunties Digest – 3 May 2013

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Open access publisher Social Sciences Directory included in DOAJ

Description: Social Sciences Directory has just published its third issue of papers and we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted for inclusion in the Directory of Open

Access Journals. As a prestigious database it has always been our intention to gain entry and it is a strong signal that we have d …

Contact: dan.scott [at]


Announcement ID: 203298


Journal of Hindu Studies, Advance Notice

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, no. 2


CFP: Submissions are now open for the July 2013 issue of “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” (Vol. 4 No. 3).

See 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, 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


Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible style, and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit All articles should be submitted no later than June 28th 2013.


CFP: Sacred and secular: Researching the role of religion in contemporary Europe

 University of Leicester, Friday 21 June 2013

 This one-day workshop seeks to provide an important opportunity for developing collaborative links between early-career researchers, doctoral researchers and practitioners. The main aims are: (1) to develop a research agenda relating to the role of religion in the politics of European countries, looking at its interaction with political parties, civil society, public opinion and governing institutions; and (2) to facilitate an intellectual exchange on the differing methodological approaches, analytical frameworks and theoretical perspectives used to study religion and its role in the political process.

The workshop will involve both panels for the presentation of research and a roundtable discussion featuring representatives from leading think-tanks.

We have a small number of places available for those who wish to attend. Proposals for papers should include a title and an abstract of up to 200 words.

To submit proposals, or for further information, please contact Dr Ben Clements at bc101 [at]

**Deadline for proposals: 8 May 2013**



A few final subsidised places have opened up for the Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective: Engaging outside Academia conference at The Open University on Milton Keynes on 15-16 May.

Speakers include: Marion Bowman; George Chryssides; Dan Cohn-Sherbok; Matthew Cragoe; John Eade; Dawoud El-Alami; Rob Gleave; Ronald Hutton; Frances Knight; Kim Knott; Edward Royle; Steven Sutcliffe; David Voas; Rob Warner; John Wolffe.

The conference will engage with topics like: How research can inform current debates on religion? What might historical perspective bring to research on contemporary religion? What can academics and religious practitioners learn from each other?

For more details (ignore the deadlines), please visit:

Alternatively, please contact Dr John Maiden (j.maiden [AT] ).



Date: 2013-06-12

Description: The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict organises a one-day workshop on Law, Faith and Historical Memory. Date: 12 JUNE 2013 Venue: Stratford campus, University of East London, London What role can and should the law play in the “recovery” or “recuperation” of the collective memory of state sanctioned

Contact: chrc [at]


Announcement ID: 203304



Booking is now LIVE for the EASR conference hosted by the BASR at Liverpool Hope University, 3rd-6th September!  Please go to for all details. Hope University offers comfortable Standard accommodation, with limited rooms available in the Executive suite; book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note, the call for papers remains open, with both individual and panel proposals warmly received! These details, as well as a link to the online Booking page, can also be found at .

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool Hope’s lovely campus, and to enjoying a full conference with outstanding keynote speakers, engaging papers, and highlights including  a gala dinner and evening with a Beatle’s tribute band! (“More popular than Jesus”? You’ll have to be the judge!)

For any queries please contact the Conference Organizing Committee at easrconference [at]

Women’s Rights in the Islamic World After the Arab Spring

Location: New York

Date: 2013-05-08

Description: There has been a great deal of hope, and some very real progress, in the enhancement of gender equality and womens rights in many of the Muslim majority nations following the surge of freedom and democracy of the Arab Spring. This program will try to put those advancements in historic context and ex


Announcement ID: 203288


Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks

Funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

23rd May 2013, Senate House, London

(in collaboration with Human Rights Consortium, University of London )

27th June 2013, Birmingham University, Birmingham

(in collaboration with Centre for Islamic and Middle East studies, University of Birmingham)


Registration is now open for two conferences that are being organised as part of an ESRC funded follow-on project exploring Collaborative Partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions. This project builds on previous research around Muslim faith leadership, Islamic Studies in pluralist British contexts, women’s education and learning Arabic. Our research findings indicate that it is possible to address these issues at higher education level, focusing particularly on ways to forge a more cohesive society for Muslims and other Britons. This work will bring together Islamic Studies academics, scholars and practitioners (including professionals who may have aspects of Islamic studies in their work) to facilitate increased collaborative partnerships and linkages between UK universities and Muslim institutions, and is aimed both at academia and Muslim communities. Papers presented will explore various aspects of Islamic education at the HE (Higher Education) and FE (Further Education) levels, both in validated and non-validated sectors in Britain and beyond, across the following themes:

1.      Islamic Education for cohesion, pluralism and inter-faith dialogue

2.      Collaborative educational models in the UK and beyond

3.      Barriers to collaborative partnerships and possible solutions

4.      International and local best practice

5.      Approaches to theological training in other faiths

6.      Teaching and learning Arabic



Prof. Ron Geaves, Liverpool Hope University

Dr. Hany El Banna, Islamic Relief


Dr. Haifa Jawad, University of Birmingham

Prof. Robin Attfield, Cardiff University


To register for your place please visit – Registration is free, but places are limited so please register as soon as possible. For further details please visit our website – or contact the Project Administrator Michelle Wood by email on m.wood [at] or by phone on 01332 592896.


36th annual Denton Conference in Implicit Religion, at Ilkley Yorkshire, 10th-12th May 2013.

Further information is available on the CSIRCS website or edward.bailey [at]



Summer Internship – Religion and the Public Sphere

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), an independent, nonprofit international organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, seeks a summer 2013 intern for the Religion and the Public Sphere Program.


International ILEM Summer School “Transformation of Muslim World in the 21st Century”

Date: 2013-08-24

Description: International ILEM Summer School Transformation of Muslim World in the 21st Century 24-30 August 2013 / Istanbul ILEM is willing to share its own intellectual experience with academics, researchers and intellectuals from different geographies and to benefit from their experiences as well. To achieve …

Contact: iiss [at]


Announcement ID: 203322



The International Buddhist Academy (Boudha/Kathmandu) is happy to offer the following courses this summer:


– Colloquial Tibetan (May 29 – August 28)

– Introduction to Classical Tibetan (May 30 – July 23)

– May 29-June 25: Introduction to Buddhist practice, taught by Khenpo

 Jamyang Tenzin

– July 1-26 & August 1-28: the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva, taught

 by Khenpo Jorden and HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

– September 3-12 & 15-24: 2 meditation retreats led by Ven. Dhammadipa


For further details and registration, please visit:



Jacobs University Bremen – Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities





Clayton State University – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and/or North African History


University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Studies


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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 26 April 2013

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In this issue:

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs


The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts

  • Interview from SOCREL



The Higher Education Academy

Philosophical and Religious Studies



Journal of Hindu Studies, Advance Access


Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol 28, Issue 2


Religion and Society, Vol 3



Call for Submissions – Catholic Library World

Description: Submissions are being accepted on an ongoing basis for upcoming issues of Catholic Library World. Catholic Library World is the official journal of the Catholic Library Association. Established in 1929, CLW is an international refereed quarterly journal. CLW publishes articles that focus on all aspe …

Contact: skelsey[at]


Announcement ID: 203190


CFP: Michigan State University is pleased to host the annual Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs at our East Lansing campus on October 25-27, 2013.  MCAA is the Midwestern affiliate of the Association for Asian Studies and the largest such regional meeting.


The Program Committee welcomes proposals for panels, roundtables or individual paper presentations that address Buddhism and other religious traditions of Asia. Panels and roundtables that take an innovative approach to format (interdisciplinary, pedagogical, creative, mixed media) are welcome, as are traditionally organized academic panels. We also encourage roundtables that address the state of the field.


Submissions of proposals are now being accepted on the conference website.


The deadline for applications is June 15, 2013.


For questions regarding proposals, please contact

Prof. Ethan Segal, Program Chair, at mcaa2013 [at]


CFP for open access publisher of social sciences and arts & humanities

Description: We are a small, independent publisher that was founded in 2012, with the aim of bringing open access benefits to scholars in the social sciences and arts & humanities. We publish two journals, Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory, in which we wish to publish multi-disciplinary content  …

Contact: dan.scott [at]


Announcement ID: 203059



First International Conference on the Study of Scientology (and Antoinism)

24-25 January 2014

Venue: Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions (FVG) – Wilrijk (Antwerpen) Belgium

Sponsor: Observatoire Européen des religions et de la Laïcité

(The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism)

Compared with other New Religious Movements, Scientology was largely ignored by religious studies scholars for decades. Following the groundbreaking work of Roy Wallis, The Road to Total Freedom (1976), and Harriet Whitehead, Renunciation and Reformulation (1987), one had to wait more than two decades for the next academic volumes on the Church to appear, Scientology (2009), edited by James R. Lewis, and The Church of Scientology (2011), by Hugh B. Urban. There are now positive signs that more and more researchers are involved in researching issues raised by various aspects of Scientology.

The Observatory thus feels it is time to hold a major international conference to bring this new scholarship to light. We seek to bring together researchers working on Scientology in the fields of theology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, literature, film et cetera, whether established academicians, doctoral students or master’s students. This will be the first academic conference devoted exclusively to Scientology.

The topics listed below are meant to be suggestive rather than exhaustive:

– Doctrinal characteristics

– Healing and therapy

– Sociological status: where does Scientology fits into the typology of religious groups?

– Judicial issues addressing Scientology’s religious status and ex-member lawsuits

– Membership: numbers, growth, sociological profile

– Recruitment, missions

– Organization of the Church and its networks

– Social and political conflict and exposés

– Media coverage

– Human rights and humanitarian programs run by the Church, etc.

The language of the conference will be English.

Organizing Committee: Chris Vonck, Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the faculty of Comparative Studies of Religion at the University of Antwerp (Belgium); Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor of North American Studies and Director of the Master’s Program in Religious Studies at the Université Michel de Montaigne Bordeaux 3 (France); James R. Lewis, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Tromsø (Norway); Regis Dericquebourg, Université de Lille-France, Group on the Sociology of Religion and Secularism-CNRS-Paris (France).

The committee will select papers based on their scholarly quality and non-partisan approach.

Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details provided during the conference.

Keynote Speakers will be announced at a later date.

Additionally, Information on housing, transportation and tours will be provided later.

Deadline for proposal submissions:  30 September 2013.

Send a 10 line abstract, with a 5 line résumé of your previous work to:

regis.dericquebourg [at]

[Antoinism – In order to benefit from the meeting of international scholars in Antwerp, the local organizers also plan a workshop on a major therapeutic new religion, Antoinism, which originated in Belgium at the beginning of the 20th century. To submit a proposal for the workshop, follow the same guidelines as set forth above.]



Irish Women, Religion and the Diaspora: A Symposium Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: Saturday 18th January 2014, Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool The Women on Ireland Research Network invite paper proposals for a symposium on Irish Women Religion and the Diaspora. This Symposium seeks to understand not only the shifting role that religion has played in the lives  …

Contact: m.c.power  [at]

Announcement ID: 203185


Upcoming Interdisciplinary Conference at Notre Dame – Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of French Thought

Location: Indiana

Date: 2013-05-10

Description: We are pleased to announce that on May 10-11, 2013, the University of Notre Dame will be hosting Translating Realism: The Nature and Emergence of Contemporary French Thought, an interdisciplinary conference that aims to both disseminate and engage with the most innovative developments in French thou …

Contact: translatingrealismconference [at]


Announcement ID: 203136


Envisioning the Eucharist: Medieval & Byzantine Art Symposium at The Art Institute of Chicago

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-09-01

Description: ASCHA seeks papers that examine how Eucharistic doctrine was propagated or challenged in Byzantine and Medieval art from the twelfth to fifteenth centuries. We are especially interested in how artists envisioned the Eucharist theologically and transcended literal representation of the Last Supper to …

Contact: matthew.milliner [at]


Announcement ID: 203072


The Association of University Lecturers (AULRE) is hosting its annual conference at York St John University on 5th and  6th July.  The conference will be of keen interest to Religious Education and Religious Studies professionals. Please follow the link below for further information and booking details, or visit AULRE’s website at–theology/faculty-of-education-theo/faculty-events/aulre-2013-conference.aspx


Annual EASR conference will be happening from 3rd-6th September at Liverpool Hope University, and this year’s theme is “Religion, Migration, Mutation.” We are very pleased to have the following keynote


•       Prof. Maya Burger (Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions,

University of Lausanne),

    ‘Pondering Rama’s Wandering: Migrating Through Time’

•       Prof. Kim Knott (School of Politics, Philosophy and Religion,

University of Lancaster),

    ‘Religion, Migration and Integration’

•       Prof. Ron Geaves (Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious

Studies, Liverpool Hope University),

    ‘The Impact of 20th Century Migration on the Study of Religion in Britain’

For further information about the conference, please visit the website at




Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Asian Studies, China



Moravian College – Adjunct Professor, Religions of South and East Asia,



University of Alabama – Instructor, East Asian History


Ball State University – Contract Faculty Position – Religious Studies



Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Reader in the Anthropology of Religion – A8/AAT/341/13-JM

Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London


The Department of Theology & Religious Studies seeks an appointment in the Anthropology of Religion, at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Reader level, to join King’s College London with effect from September/October 2013 (with a preferred start date of 1 September 2013). The successful candidate will teach in the field of the anthropology of religion, and will have a strong research background in the classical approaches to theory and method in the social anthropological study of religion, as well as in more recent and cutting-edge theoretical and methodological innovations. Regional and thematic focus is open.


The Department of Theology & Religious Studies at King’s is a large, thriving and highly multi-disciplinary Department, specialising in the study of both mainstream and new religions from a variety of perspectives.  Areas of particular strength are the study of conviviality and conflict involving religions in contemporary societies, including issues of religious diversity and secularism, and the study of religion in the arts, literature and film.


The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses (modules) for the new BA degree in Religion, Politics and Society, and for the MA programme Religion in Contemporary Society. S/he will be expected to attract PhD students and will participate in the intellectual life of the Department and School. Teaching experience and evidence of a strong research and publications record are required, as is the commitment to the academic and institutional development of the social scientific study of religions in the Department.

All candidates should have completed a PhD degree, and be in a position to make a strong submission to the Research Excellence Framework (REF). They should be prepared to teach both specialist undergraduate and MA modules in their area of expertise.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15 May 2013

Equality of opportunity is College policy.

The appointment will be made, dependent on relevant qualifications, within the Grade 6 to Grade 8 scale, currently £31,331 to £54,826, per annum plus £2,323 per annum London Allowance.

For an informal discussion of the post please contact Dr. Marat Shterin on 0207 848 2637, or via email at marat.shterin [at]

Further details and application packs are available on the College’s website at All correspondence should clearly state the job title and reference number A8/AAT/341/13-JM. If you have any queries please contact your Recruitment Co-ordinator at


To apply click


The Alwaleed Centre is pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD studentship in Islamic Studies, available for a September 2013 start.

The closing date for applications is Friday 24th May 2013.

For more details please visit:

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 19 April 2013

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In this issue:

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs



The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts

  • Religion and the Law

  • Podcast Interviews from SOCREL



PhD’s Education Index

The project is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.



Journal of Religion and Popular Culture, vol 25, no. 1

Journal of Hindu Studies


CfP AAA Meeting 2013. New Panel – Magic in Romania

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-04-15

Description: Magic in Romania The anthropological literature dealing with problems of transition out of socialism has shed little light on the accelerating revitalization of magical practices,occurring throughout the former socialist orders in Europe. This is in part because there is little consensus today withi …

Contact: alexandra.cotofana[at]

Announcement ID: 202976


CFP: The International Journal of Philosophy and Theology…


CFP: Journal of Japanese Philosophy


Call for Papers Date: 2013-07-31

Date Submitted: 2013-04-09

Announcement ID: 202898

The Journal of Japanese Philosophy, published by SUNY Press, is the first and only international peer-reviewed journal on Japanese philosophy. The first issue contains essays by Fujita Masakatsu, John Maraldo, Bret Davis, Graham Parkes, and others. We are currently inviting submissions for our following issues. The journal aims to demonstrate the relevance of Japanese philosophy. It welcomes rigorous academic papers on all time periods and all areas of Japanese philosophy, classical to contemporary, from a variety of perspectives, including interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and comparative studies.


The entire article does not have to be focused on a Japanese philosophy or philosopher as long as some Japanese philosophy or philosopher plays a significant role in the article. The article should not exceed 8,000 words and should follow the latest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style ( For details refer to Send your inquiries and submissions tojapanesephilosophy [at]


We are a new academic press based in Oregon (USA) and current seeking  potential manuscripts for publication.  Sirius Academic Press has been  established to address to several challenges unique to the academic  market.  First, many young academics face difficult challenges in  finding a publisher in the current market, and too many good theses

are going the (unfortunately easier) route of non-peer reviewed and  for-profit presses.  This leads ultimately to the loss of good early  research, which is later sold at prohibitive prices. Second, many  institutions today wish to publish anthologies, as well as the  proceedings of conferences and colloquia, but do not have a large  budget for editorial costs with a major university press.

Thus the beginning of Sirius Academic Press.  We also believe that  with a small editorial staff and collaboration with academic  colleagues around the globe, quality scholarship can be published for  much lower prices than many other large institutions are currently  offering.

Our focus primarily on the liberal arts and social sciences, and  Sirius believes in peer review, professionalism, and assisting  academics by making their research available to the international  market. The Sirius Academic team sees its authors as partners, and  works to produce quality texts at a competitive price.

In short, our publishing focus is three-fold:

Monographs and Dissertations

Conference Proceedings

Peer-Reviewed Anthologies


If you believe that you or your institution could benefit from our  services, please let us know, and we’d be glad to speak further you.  Manuscript-related inquiries are welcome at <editor[at]>.


CFP: In the Balance: Indigeneity, Performance, Globalization  (24-27 October 2013, London UK)

An international conference examining the power and precariousness of indigeneity as a politicized cultural force in our unevenly connected world.


Deadline for proposals for 20-minute conference papers: 30 April 2013

Conference website:


Keynote speakers: Faye Ginsburg, Michael Greyeyes, Tracy Devine Guzmán and Margaret Werry

Guidelines for proposals can be found at

The conference will coincide with a 17-day international festival and a performance-based exhibition, both focusing on First Nations Arts



Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Imagination in Late Modernity

Centre for Faiths and Public Policy, University of Chester

Wednesday 11th September 2013

Keynote Speaker: Professor Scott Lash (Goldsmiths College, University of London)


Apocalypse captivates the human imagination. Once synonymous with ‘end of the world’ scenarios and confined largely to the religious, the term is part of vernacular language in the West and is used to describe a myriad of events from the fiscal difficulties of the Eurozone to nuclear war, from environmental disaster to the dangers of digital technology.

The advancement of science and technology has assisted in expediting anxiety with regard to apocalyptic catastrophe because such ‘progress’ has produced unforeseen hazards and risks. Critical theories of risk have been developed that harness and organise responses to scientific developments in an attempt to provide solutions to possible catastrophe. It is suggested that in order to prevent global catastrophe, modern society must be reflexive. Moreover, the advent of such hazards has served as a recruiting sergeant for fundamentalist religious groups who have clear and explicit eschatologies. Rather than viewing possible risks and hazards as by-products of late modernity—‘signs of the times’, they are re-interpreted as ‘signs of the end times’. Consequently, one strand that runs through the above is the political implications of apocalyptic ideology and theories of risk. Whether this is the focus some Christian dispensationalist groups put on the role of the state of Israel in the Middle East, or the so-called catastrophic acceleration of global-warming, decisions based on interpretations of these inevitably have political ramifications.


The purpose of this inter-disciplinary conference is to investigate and evaluate some of the variety of apocalyptic discourse that exists in contemporary popular western culture along with critical theories of risk. Papers are invited that explore both the secular and religio-political dimensions of apocalyptic language in contemporary society and include, but not restricted to, the following themes:


· Secular interpretations of apocalypse;

· Religio-political apocalyptic discourse;

· Critical theories that seek solutions to contemporary notions of risk;

· Correlations between critical theories of risk and apocalyptic ideology;

· The growth of fundamentalisms as a reaction to risk culture(s).


Proposals for short papers are invited on any aspects or themes related to the above. Papers will be 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes discussion. Applications to submit a paper should include:

· Proposer’s name and affiliation;

· Title of the paper;

· 250-word abstract;

· Details of any audio-visual equipment you will need to deliver your paper.


Short paper proposals should be submitted to Riskraptureconf [at] by no later than 4pm on Monday 22nd April 2013.

Conference costs: £50 (£25 unwaged and students) inclusive of lunch and refreshments.

Conference registration will open in due course.


Forms of Exchange: China and the Muslim World

Location: California

Date: 2013-04-18

Description: Forms of Exchange: China and the Muslim World April 18-19, 2013 Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California BerkeleyFree and open to the public. April 18, 4 pm, UC Berkeley Faculty Club April 19, 9:30 am, Institute of East  Asian Studies, UC Berkeley Chinese have interacted with Muslim

Contact: email: ccary [at]


Announcement ID: 202926


Centre for Marian Studies with the Digby Stuart Research Centre for Human Flourishing

Mary and Women in Christianity and Islam

Conference and study day

University of Roehampton

Saturday June 8th 2013, 10.a.m – 5.p.m

An opportunity to consider the relationship between women and the figure of the Virgin Mary in both Islam and Christianity

Speakers include:

Mohammad Saeed Bahmanpour (The Islamic College for Advanced Studies, London), Tina Beattie (University of Roehampton), Basma Elshayyal (Islamia Girls’ High School, London)

and Tim Winter (University of Cambridge)

Fee:  £25.  Free to members of the University of Roehampton.

(Please enquire about a reduced fee in case of need.)

Further details from Dr. Sarah Jane Boss, Dept. of Humanities,

University of Roehampton, Roehampton Lane, London  SW15 5PU.

E-mail: sarah.boss [at]


Comparative Culture Forum April 2013

Date: 2013-04-20

Description: COMPARATIVE CULTURE FORUM April 2013 (Nagoya Comparative Culture Forum-Japan Conference) PROGRAM Date & Time: 20 April 2013 (13:00 through 16:00) Venue: Satellite Branch, Graduate School of Aichi-Gakuin University (11th Floor, Chunichi Building, 4-chome Sakae, Nagoya, Japan) Presentation 1: Minoru M …

Contact: tsn [at]

Announcement ID: 202912


4th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities

Location: California

Date: 2013-04-26

Description: Please join us for the 4th Annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate Student Conference in Modern Chinese Humanities on April 26-27, 2013. Our keynote speaker this year is Professor Eugenia Lean, East Asian Languages and Culture, Columbia University. Initiated in 2010, the annual Berkeley-Stanford Graduate    …

Contact: ciho [at]


Announcement ID: 202964


Wrath of God: The films of Klaus Kinski

Date: 2013-05-31

Description: This is a call for papers, for a new anthology tentatively titled Wrath of God: The films of Klaus Kinski. The collection looks to bring together a series of essays (interviews with filmmakers, will be welcome) on one of cinema’s truly volatile sons. Particular emphasis on Kinski’s more exploitive r …

Announcement ID: 202914


Leiden University – Assistant Professor in modern Korean culture



Leiden University – Instructor in Korean



University of Hong Kong – Assistant Professor in Hong Kong Studies in

the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC)



University of Hong Kong – Assistant Professor in Japanese-Korean

Studies in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures (SMLC)



University of Sussex – Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in East Asian History



Zayed University – Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in East Asia Studies



California State University – Chico – Instructor, Ancient History



University of California – Berkeley – Lecturer, Ancient History,

University of California, Berkeley



University of California, Berkeley – Lecturer, Tamil Language


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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 12 April 2013

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In this issue:

  • Books

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships


The following are some of the themes which will be covered in future podcasts

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law



Gender and Power in Contemporary Spirituality

Ethnographic Approaches

Edited by Anna Fedele and Kim Knibbe

This book contains captivating descriptions of the entanglements of gender and power in spiritual practices and detailed analyses of the strategies spiritual practitioners use to attain what to social scientists might seem an impossible goal: creating spiritual communities without creating gendered hierarchies.



PhD’s Education Index

The project is a comprehensive and informative resource that systematically sorts out the available undergraduate and graduate programs available today in the U.S. This information is very valuable to students today who are not only dealing with the competitive nature of higher education, but also the rising costs of it.



Material Religion, vol 9 no. 1

Paranthropology Vol. 4 No. 2

(April 2013). This is the twelfth issue of the journal so represents something of a mile-stone. Featuring articles from Steven Mizrach, John R. DeLorez, Mark A. Schroll, Zelda Hall, Margaret Gouin, Kaitlyn Kane,  Gregory Shushan, Juan Corbetta & Fabiana Savall.

It can be downloaded from any of the following links:


CFP: Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Special Edition: “Popular Culture, Multiculturalism, and Religion in Canada”

Twenty-five years ago Canada implemented the Multiculturalism Act that put into law the Multiculturalism policy first introduced by Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau in 1971. Over the history of both the policy and the Act, there have been many measures taken in Canada to increase the viability of a multicultural population. There have also been considerable controversies around the, at times, superficial approach to multiculturalism and, specifically, the way it seems to avoid discussions of religious diversity. We are looking to publish a special edition that addresses some of the many questions around multiculturalism and religion in Canada with a specific focus on popular cultural discourse. Possible paper themes could be:

·        Religious groups in multicultural festivals

·        Religious music in folk festivals

·        Canadian TV addressing religious diversity (i.e. Little Mosque on the Prairie, for example)

·        Commodification of religious icons and images in celebration of multiculturalism

·        Interfaith dialogue in multicultural community centres

·        Canada’s new Office of Religious Freedom and the media: multicultural discourses

·        Religious musical themes in secular performance

·        Vision TV and its influence in Canada

·        The lack of religious diversity in multicultural popular culture

·        Comparisons of Canadian multicultural and/or religiously diverse popular culture with other nations/locations

Deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013. Please follow the JRPC submission guideline located:

All papers must be submitted via the online system PRESTO. The submission guidelines give you direction on how to do that. Please indicate in your abstract that your submission is for consideration in the special edition on “Popular Culture, Multiculturalism, and Religion in Canada”.


Negotiating Religion: Inquiries into the History and Present of Religious Accommodation

Wednesday 1 May 2013

at the Faculty of Laws, UCL



Throughout history, religious belief and religious affiliation have been powerful factors in shaping human societies. They have defined individual identities and communities, governed the relationship between commonwealths, and inspired human creativity. Religious visions, hopes and fears also stimulated conflict and unleashed violence. For an overwhelming and growing majority of people living on our planet today, religious belief answers questions central to their existence. It allows them to cope with difficult or decisive moments and structures everyday life. It seems that over the past generations, differences regarding the place and role of religious belief have grown considerably. In a world marked more than ever before by migration and global connectivity, societies which tend towards religious neutrality or indifference need to define anew their relationship to communities with strong religious commitments. In the past as well as today, the relationship between individual and community, between different confessions and religious communities, between these communities and the state, are negotiated in complex processes of moderation, sometimes involving conflict or even violence.


This conference is the closing event of a four-workshop series which took place at UCL in 2010-12. It offers a cross-disciplinary assessment of these different forms in which religious identity, commitment and community are negotiated in the contemporary world. Without claiming to exhaust the topic, it proposes to look at the agents, procedures and outcomes of these negotiations, and hopefully will evaluate the potentials and limits of negotiation of religion.


13:30 Registration and coffee



Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin and Dr François Guesnet (UCL)

14:15 Panel 1: From Historical Differences to an Age of Equality

Chair: Dr François Guesnet Discussant: Professor David d’Avray FBA (UCL)

Negotiating Religious Differences in Europe in the Wake of the Reformations

Professor Ben Kaplan (UCL)

Negotiating Religious Freedom in an Age of Equality: From Conflict to Cohesion

Speaker: Professor Maleiha Malik (KCL)

15:45 Break

16:15 Panel 2: Negotiating with Religion in a Secular Age

Chair: Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin

Discussant: Dr Ronan McCrea (UCL) & Dr George Letsas (UCL)

Protecting Freedom of Religion in the Secular Age

Professor Cécile Laborde (UCL)

Secularism without Disenchantment?

Professor Craig Calhoun (LSE)

17:45 Conclusions

18:00 Drinks reception

19:00 Conference ends



Book your place at this conference online at:

Fees: Standard Ticket = £30

Academic Ticket (non-UCL) = £10

Student Ticket (non-UCL) = £10

UCL Staff and Students = Free of charge


UCL Faculty of Laws

Bentham House

Endsleigh GardensLondon WC1H 0EG


Academia Sinica – Research Fellow, modern China



Cambridge University – University Lectureship or University Senior

Lectureship (Assistant/Associate Professor) in Russian Literature

and/or Culture, Department of Slavonic Studies



National University of Singapore – Postdoctoral Fellowship



Trent University – Assistant Professor, World History – Nine Month Limited Term – 2013-14



University of Edinburgh – Chancellor’s Fellowships, tenure-track, Asian Studies



Yale University – Professor of Modern Jewish History



Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in New Testament Studies

School of Divinity, University of St Andrews


Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic and Historical Theology – ML1279

School of Divinity, University of St Andrews



Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Functional Neuroimaging and the Scientific Study of Religion


Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Phillips Museum of Art, Franklin & Marshall College

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-05-15

Description: The Phillips Museum of Art Franklin & Marshall College Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship Spring 2014 Thanks to generous support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation The Phillips Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a one-semester post-doctoral fellowshiP beginning Janua …

Contact: eliza.reilly[at ]


Announcement ID: 202687


Rosenzweig Fellowships 2014i

Date: 2013-05-16

Description: Call for Applications The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History will award doctoral and post-doctoral research

fellowships for 2014Successful applicants will be expected to carry out their research work at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center from  …

Contact: rosenzweigfellowship [AT]


Announcement ID: 202717