Posts

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 5 April 2013

wordle 2013We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

 


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

 

  • Religion and the Media

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law

 


JOURNALS


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

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Intersections of Jewish and Postcolonial Thought

Date: 2013-04-21

Description: CFP: Intersections of Jewish and Postcolonial Thought Postcolonial theory is one of the most influential theoretical strands of our time and it has a profound impact on the study

of various fields within Jewish Studies. Yetwith a few exceptionsits relevance for the study of Jewish thought has not be …

Contact: yaniv.feller@mail.utoronto.ca

Announcement ID: 202630

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202630

 


CFP: “International Research Conference: Interfaces of Modern Japanese Literature”

Date: 2013-05-31

Description: Association for Modern Japanese Literary Studies (AMJLS) is happy to announce the conference and call for papers below, Call for papers: “International Research Conference:Interfaces of Modern Japanese Literature” Application deadline: May 31, 2013 Location: Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan Date: Dec

URL: amjls.web.fc2.com/

Announcement ID: 202636

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202636

 


CFP: Analysing Jewish Europe Today: Perspectives from a new generation

Date: 2013-06-28

Description: Drawing on the positive outcome of the first Analysing Jewish Europe Today Conference in 2010, JDC International Centre for Community Development is organising  the second edition of the conference, to take place in Berlin, Germany on October 25-27, 2013. The conference will analyse contemporary Jewi …

Contact: youngresearchers2013 [at] gmail.com

URL: berlinconference2013.blogspot.fr

Announcement ID: 202639

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202639

 


CFP: “Indian History”, the annual journal of the Archive India Institute.

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: The Archive India Institute announces the launch of “Indian History”, the Institute’s annual double-blind referred journal. “Indian History” encourages cutting-edge research on all aspects of India’s past and present. The first issue of the journal is due for publication in January 2014. Submissions …

Contact: archiveindiainstitute [at] gmail.com

URL: archiveindia.in/publications

Announcement ID: 202682

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202682

 


The International Society for Buddhist Philosophy (ISBP) is soliciting paper proposals for a panel on the topic of “Buddhism and Science” at the group meeting at the Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical Association (APA) Eastern Division in Baltimore, MD (December 27-30, 2013).  Papers that address this topic from critical and/or constructive approaches are welcome, as are papers that are based on indigenous Buddhist and/or modern scientific perspectives.

Please send title, abstract (200 words), personal information (name, email, and institutional affiliation) to Douglas Duckworth (duckworth [at] etsu.edu) by May 2, 2013.


CFP: special session on Attached is a final CFP for a special session on Pilgrimage and Pilgrims: Journeys, Destinations, and Meanings, which will take place at the International Conference on Tourism (ICOT 2013) – Trends, Impacts and Policies on Sustainable Tourism Development (5th – 8th June 2013, in Limassol, Cyprus).

In order to complement the regular program with emerging topics of particular interest, the ICOT 2013 Conference will include a Special Session on “Pilgrimage and Pilgrims: Journeys, Destinations, Meanings”.

Abstracts of no more than 350 words should be submitted electronically by April 30th, 2013 to Dr. Amos S. Ron at: amosron [at] gmail.com or to Dr. Noga Collins-Kreiner at: nogack [at] geo.haifa.ac.il.

Papers presented at the special session will be considered for publication in a special issue of the International Journal of Tourism Policy (http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalCODE=ijtp) published by Inderscience, or as an edited book

For further enquiries regarding conference fees and program, recommended accommodation, maps/instructions, and registration forms, please visit the following website:

http://www.iatour.net/icot2013/article.php?cat=20

 


CFP: A scholarly treatment of Starz television’s Spartacus series is currently being compiled.

 When it appeared in 2010, Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the first of four “series” in the Starz Spartacus franchise, rocked the television world with its emphasis on vibrant and flamboyant visuals, camp excess, sensual emphasis, hyperviolence and stark sexuality, and a narrative progression with roots in both soap operas and platform-style video games. This text proposes to be the first scholarly treatment of the series as a unique whole in book anthology format. Essays on any aspect of the series, and from a wide variety of scholarly perspectives, are welcome.

All essays should be between 4000-7000 words. Deadline for abstracts is 15 August 2013. Deadline for essays is 1 December 2013. Please contact Michael in regards to the style sheet for this project prior to submitting your essay. Use this same address for any questions you may have concerning the project as well.

 The editor: Michael G. Cornelius is the author/editor of fourteen books, including four previous collections for McFarland Press, three works for Chelsea House, and several works of fiction, including Of Muscles and Men: Essays on the Sword and Sandal Film. He is chair of the Department of English and Mass Communications at Wilson College.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Michael G. Cornelius, Ph.D.

Department of English and Mass Communications

Wilson College

1015 Philadelphia Ave

Chambersburg, PA 17201 USA

mcornelius [at] wilson.edu


CFP: Mediating Religion Network Panel on Religion, Media and In/Vulnerability

 Proposed Panel at CRESC Annual Conference (SOAS, London, September 4-6 2013)

Abstract Deadline: April 8 2013

CRESC’s Mediating Religion Network Panel, organised in collaboration with the Religion and Media Working Group of the European Communication Research and Educational Association (ECREA) and the Nordic Network for Media and Religion.

The Mediating Religion Network invites proposals for papers on the topic of “Media, Religion and In/vulnerability”. The Network aims to contribute several panel sessions at the 2013 Annual Conference of the Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). This year’s CRESC conference title is In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge, and we are convinced that scholars of religion and media can make a valuable contribution to academic discussion of this important theme. The Mediating Religion Network hopes to publish these presentations as a special issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Contributions may take historical and/or ethnographic perspectives and may approach the concept of media broadly to include either a direct focus on specific media (e.g., print or digital) and religion (e.g., religious broadcasting) or a wider theoretical focus on mediation as a problematic of social theory in which religion and its (in)vulnerability to processes of rapid social change is a recurring question.

Specific topics could include:

– Migration, Diaspora and Identities

– Transitions Across Media and Public Spaces

– Authority and Power

– Knowledge and Memory

Proposals for papers should include a title, a 200-word abstract and a very brief statement of the applicant’s affiliation and research interests. We would like to keep a focus around issues of blame and trust in our explorations of in/vulnerabilities.

 Submissions should be sent to Dr Tim Hutchings (CRESC Research Fellow) at tim.hutchings [at] open.ac.uk. Feel free to contract Tim or marie.gillespie [at] open.ac.uk to discuss paper proposals. Deadline for Proposals – April 8th 2013.

Further information can be found here: http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/call-for-papers-mediating-religion-network-panel-on-media-religion-and-invulnerability

 

CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

Date: 2014-02-06

<

p dir=”ltr”>Description: CFP: Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society Location: Universidad Nacional Costa Rica
Heredia, Costa Rica Date: 29-30 April 2014 Conference Focus The conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to religion and spirituality …

Contact: conferencedirector [at] home.commongroundpublishing.com

URL: religioninsociety.com/the-conference

Announcement ID: 202598

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202598


How Turkeys Islamists Fell out of love with Iran: The Near Future of Turkish-Iranian Relations

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-04-23

Description: How Turkeys Islamists Fell out of love with Iran: The Near Future of Turkish-Iranian Relations A DISCUSSION WITH: AKIN UNVER,KADIR HAS UNIVERSITY,ISTANBUL, TURKEY TUESDAY, APRIL 23, 2013 3:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m. 6TH FLOOR BOARDROOM Woodrow Wilson

Center www.wilsoncenter.org/directions Turkish-Iranian rel …

Contact: European.Studies@wilsoncenter.org

URL: www.wilsoncenter.org/event/how-turkey%E2%80%99s-islamists-fell-out-love-iran-the-near-future-turkish-iranian-relations

Announcement ID: 202600

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202600

 


“Moving signs and shifting discourses: Text and image relations in East Asian art”, June 2628, 2013, Freie Universitt Berlin

Description:  — CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT SAVE THE DATE —  International Conference: “Moving signs and shifting discourses: Text and image relations in East Asian art”, June 2628, 2013, Freie Universitt Berlin/ Museum of Asian Art, Berlin State Museums Funded by the Gerda Henkel Foundation TheInternational Con …

Contact: s.hertel@fu-berlin.de

URL: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/khi/abteilung_ostasien/

Announcement ID: 202675

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202675

 


Thursday 9th May 2013, the University of Liverpool will host the first workshop from a new AHRC-funded research network, Philosophy and Religious Practices, based on collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Liverpool Hope University, and the University of Chester.

 The workshop, “The Humanities and Lived Religion: Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Impact Agenda”, is free and open to all – the public and academics.

philosophyreligion.wordpress.com

The event is free and open to all (the public and academics).

TO REGISTER: email daniel.whistler[at]liv.ac.uk with you name, affiliation, dietary and motility requirements. Lunch is provided.

 

This one-day workshop is the first in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network, funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities programme, organised by the University of Liverpool, University of Chester, Liverpool Hope University and religious organisations in the North-West.

This initial workshop will discuss possible models and ways of thinking about the impact that research on religion in the Humanities has on religious practitioners, as well as, conversely, the ways in which practitioners impact research in the academy. Central will be the following themes:


JOBS


Leiden University – Assistant Professor, Politics of Modern and Contemporary China

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46542>

University of Florida – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Asian Hisotry

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46554>

McGill University – Postdoctoral Fellowship for the Ming Qing Women’s

Writings Digital Archive and Database

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46532>

 

University of Munster – Up to five PhD opportunities available in the Cluster of Excellence for “Religion and Politics” at the University of Munster, Germany

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46560>

 

Washington State University – Visiting Instructor

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46559>

Temple University – NTT, Jewish Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46563>

Universitat Gottingen – Postdoctoral Fellow–Indian Religions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46536>

Religion Bulletin seeks contributors. Further details can be found:

https://www.equinoxpub.com/blog/2013/04/bulletin-blog-call-for-contributors/

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 29 March 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a wordle 2013variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

 

  • Religion and the Media

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Philosophy and Popular Culture Panels at the 2013 MPCA Conference.

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-01-01

Description: Philosophy and Popular Culture Papers and/or panel proposals addressing any aspect of philosophy and popular culture are being sought. Papers from all backgrounds and      methodologies are welcome. Conference is Oct 11-13 2013 held in St Louis, MO.  …

Contact: aaronpsmith [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 202466

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202466

 


CFP: 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Chicago, November 20-24, 2013.

Navigating religious worlds

The ways in which children acquire and relate to religious beliefs and practices speak to central questions in anthropological debates on religion, learning, and intergenerationality: what is religion as an object of teaching and learning, and what role do generational ideas and practices play in religious inculcation? Although there is a growing body of work on children and religion (Gade, Bales, Stafford, Toren, Hardman), most anthropologists explore these questions, if at all, from an adult perspective, focusing on how children are conceived and treated as religious beings, what they should learn, and how they should be taught. Less attention has been given to how children themselves give meaning to and apply a received or chosen set of religious ideas and practices.

 

To explore how children navigate various religious worlds, this panel will address the following questions: Which dimensions of religion are important to children, and how do they negotiate religious beliefs and practices with parents, siblings,peers, teachers, religious authorities, and other significant persons in their lives? Where and when does their religious identity play a role and how do they maneuver between social spaces differently marked with regard to religion? Drawing on fieldwork in different places and within different religious traditions, papers will share an interest in developing new approaches to studying the topic of children and religion.

Organizers: Sally Anderson (University of Aarhus) and Marianne Holm Pedersen (The Royal Library, Denmark). If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to mape [at] kb.dk by April 8, 2013.

 


CFP: Tilting the World: Histories of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art – A Symposium in Honour of Professor John Clark, Organized by the Power Institute, University of Sydney, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales

Date: 2013-04-17

Description: Title: Tilting the World: Histories of Modern and Contemporary Asian Art A Symposium in Honour of Professor John Clark, organized by the Power Institute, University of Sydney, and the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Friday 29 November 2013 (University of Sydney) Saturday 30 November 2012 (Art Galler

Contact: power.institute.events [at] sydney.edu.au

Announcement ID: 202465

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202465

 


CFP: Religion and Locality in the Chinese World

 

Date: 27-28 August 2013

Location: The Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), College of

Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University, Canberra

Convenors: Dr Benjamin Penny, Mr Paul Farrelly

This workshop will explore histories of how religion is created, transmitted, embodied and changed in specific locations in late imperial, modern and contemporary China and Taiwan. Taking not only temples, mosques, churches, schools, tea houses, festival sites, burial grounds and shrines as the locus of research, but also cities, neighbourhoods, counties and districts, it will explore the rich, and often overlooked, details that populate the lived experience of religious activity. Seeking to focus on interactions between place, text and individual agency, we aim to reflect on the layered and specific histories that develop as a consequence of this interplay. Through reducing the scale to a specific locale, phenomena such as religious change, conversion practice, and individual transformation can be reappraised.

 

Questions to consider may include: How do the particular circumstances of time and place shape religious experience? What is specific to a location that influences the nature of religious practice there? What religious power is embodied in a place? How is the power created or maintained? How are narratives created around a location? How are locations represented in oral and printed media? What is characteristic of the religious world in a particular place? How do the defining religious features of a locality originate?

 

Seeking to enhance scholarship about place and religion in China and Taiwan, we request work informed by microhistory and theories of the everyday that offer alternative perspectives on the sacred world. In doing this, we will explore the idea that religious experience is not homogenous across geography, and that even comparatively small distances can produce meaningful differences in institutions and practices. Through sharpening the focus of research to a county, district, neighbourhood, or particular numinous site we also hope to examine the relations between particular places and institutions of authority based locally or distantly.

 

Interested participants should submit a paper title, abstract with keywords (300 words maximum) along with brief biographical information (name, affiliation) to paul.farrelly [at] anu.edu.au by 1 MAY 2013.

 

CIW may be able to provide some financial assistance for the travel and accommodation expenses for successful applicants. The conference will be conducted in English and we plan to publish the proceedings in a special edition of East Asian History <http://www.eastasianhistory.org/>.

 

http://ciw.anu.edu.au/events/event_details.php?searchterm=cap_631463962&semyear=2013

Contact: benjamin.penny [at] anu.edu.au, paul.farrelly[at] anu.edu.au


CFP: Zora Neale Hurston: Art, Religion, and the History of the African Diaspora

Description: The Initiative for the Study of Religion and Spirituality in the History of Africa and the Diaspora (RASHAD) is seeking contributions for a special issue ofThe Journal of Traditions and Beliefs Dr. Regennia N. Williams, Associate Professor of History, Cleveland State UniversityandDr. Gillian Johns,  …

Contact: r.williams [at] csuohio.edu

URL: engagedscholarship.csuohio.edu/hurston/

Announcement ID: 202383

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202383

 


Media, Religion and In/vulnerability Proposed Panel at CRESC Annual Conference (SOAS, London, September 4-6 2013)

Abstract Deadline: April 8 2013

The Mediating Religion Network aims to contribute 2-3 sessions to the

2013 Annual Conference of the Centre for Research into Socio-Cultural Change (CRESC). This year’s CRESC conference title is “In/vulnerabilities and Social Change: Precarious Lives and Experimental Knowledge”, and we are convinced that scholars of religion and media can make a valuable contribution to academic discussion of this important theme.

Mediating Religion will seek to publish selected contributions as a special issue of a peer-reviewed academic journal.

Contributions may take historical and/or ethnographic perspectives and may approach the concept of media broadly to include either a direct focus on specific media (e.g., print or digital) and religion (e.g., religious broadcasting) or a wider theoretical focus on mediation as a problematic of social theory in which religion and its (in)vulnerability to processes of rapid social change is a recurring question.

Further information (including suggested topics) can be found on the Mediating Religion website:

http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/call-for-papers-mediating-religion-network-panel-on-media-religion-and-invulnerability

Proposals for papers should include a title, a 200-word abstract and a very brief statement of the applicant’s affiliation and research interests.

Submissions should be sent to Dr Tim Hutchings (CRESC Research Fellow) at tim.hutchings [at] open.ac.uk. You are welcome to contract Tim or Marie mailto:marie.gillespie [at] open.ac.uk to discuss paper proposals.


 CFP: Digital Media and Sacred Text

 Monday June 17th 2013, Open University (Camden), London

 Keynote Speaker: Professor Heidi A Campbell (Texas A&M University)

The first attempts to use computers to analyse sacred texts began in the 1950s. Over subsequent decades, religious believers have developed their own handheld e-readers, mobile apps, sophisticated software analysis tools, libraries of old and new commentary, and online discussion communities. Groups from many different religious traditions have been forced to consider new norms for the digital storage of sacred texts and for the appropriate use of e-readers in places of worship.

The academic study of digital religion has grown into a thriving field, but we still know very little about the impact of digital media on sacred text and audiences. This one-day conference will bring together academics interested in the study of digital sacred text from a wide range of religious traditions, including sociologists, ethnographers, media scholars, computer scientists, digital humanists and theologians. We also welcome religious practitioners and publishers engaged in creating digital sacred texts.

Possible topics include:

–         How can digital media affect the relationship between a religious reader and their sacred text?

–         Does digitisation influence the interpretation of a text?

–         What norms are emerging to guide the use of digital sacred texts, and how are those norms being negotiated?

–         How can digital sacred texts be designed to meet the needs of religious readers?

–         What challenges does the process of digitizing sacred text raise for religious communities?

If you would like to present a paper at this event, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words by April 15th to Tim Hutchings (tim.hutchings [at] open.ac.uk).

Further information can be found here: http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/digital-media-and-sacred-text

Thanks to generous funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council, we are able to offer a small number of bursaries to cover travel expenses for PhD students. Contact Dr Hutchings for further details.


CFP: INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Study of Religions Department

University College Cork,

Cork, Ireland

Dates: 29-30 August 2013

 

Following the first call for papers in January 2013, abstracts for papers accepted by the organising committee are now posted on the RE21 website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/re21/  (or Google ‘UCC RE21’)

 

Further paper and poster proposals are now invited by the second call deadline: 5pm, Tuesday 30 April 2013.

Paper and poster proposals should be sent as email text or email attachment to Ms Isabelle Ruane at:  i.ruane[at]umail.ucc.ie

Panels proposed so far are listed on the RE21 website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/re21/


CFP: The Christian Mystery. Early Christianity and the pagan mystery cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarship.

Ghent, September 13-15, 2013.

KANTL, Koningstraat 18, 9000 Gent

The theme of this international conference, hosted by Franz Cumont’s alma mater Ghent University, is the way Cumont 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. Cumont was a pioneer of the scientific study of the oriental religions. Many of his publications (e.g. The Mysteries of Mithras, 1900) fuelled the early 20th century debates about Christianity’s dependence on the pagan cults through the similarities they suggested between these religious traditions. Cumont expressed his opinion only indirectly and ambiguously, but other scholars have been more explicit in demonstrating or denying such influences.

This conference serves multiple purposes. The first set of aims is to reconstruct, evaluate and contextualize Cumont’s views on this much debated topic in early 20th century history of religions, through the reconstruction of his ideas, as well as of those of his contemporaries. We are e.g. thinking of Cumont’s long time friend and correspondent Alfred Loisy, but also of comparative historians of religions, belonging to Cumont’s network, like Eugène Goblet d’Alviella, Raffaele Pettazzoni, Nicolà Turchi, James George Frazer, Arthur Darby Nock, Salomon Reinach, Prosper Alfaric, Hermann Usener, Richard Reitzenstein, Carl Clemen, … We also want to include and discuss the different scientific, social, religious and ideological backgrounds of these scholars, so as to create a nuanced synthesis of the factors which could have influenced the different positions in this discussion.

This conference aims at uniting specialists of historiography of religion, whose contributions will together cover various methodological and geographical traditions, so as to come to a broad overview of this issue within the early 20th century history of science.

The languages of the conference will be English, French, and German.Publication of Acts is intended.

Scholars interested in submitting a proposal for a lecture should do so by March 31st 2013 at the latest. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted by sending an e-mail to Annelies Lannoy, at the following address: annelies.lannoy [at] ugent.be. All proposals should be accompanied by a short CV.

More information is available on the conference website:

http://www.csct.ugent.be/christianmystery

 


CFP: Media and Religion: the Global View

An International Conference

University of Colorado Boulder

January 9-12, 2014

A vibrant international scholarship has developed at the intersection of religion and the media.  The new Century dawned with clear evidence of the resilient validity of religion in contemporary life, evident in national, regional, and international settings.   The so-called ‘return of religion’, or resurgence of religiosity in public life, implies, however, not the mere return of an invariant essence of religious meaning, but also creative innovations in both the individual and the collective religious experience.   As scholars have increasingly focused on the implications of the mediation or “mediatization” of religion and on the imposition of religious impulses, meanings, and aspirations on the range of things we think of today as “the media,” it has become obvious that such inquiries must increasingly take account of the global context.

This includes, but is not limited to, the fact that much of this resurgent mediation of religion is in fundamental ways “global,” but also that national, regional, confessional, or sectarian instantiations of religious mediation must necessarily take account of various translocal settings. This is the case even where the locus or aspiration is radically local or narrow.  But it is not only an issue of the framing of mediations of the religious or religious framings of the media.   The media provide networks, channels, symbols and resources by which religious identities find a place in both local and global settings.  Appadurai’s classic notion of the various “-scapes” might well then be extended to also include “religio-scapes” that are made possible through the instruments and process of modern media, from broadcasting, to print, to film, to the digital and emergent “social” media. Beyond this, emergent capacities of the global mediascape also make possible the generation o!

f entire

ly new senses of, and consciousnesses of  “the religious.”

This will be the fifth in a series of successful international conferences held by the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture.  The previous meetings have brought together an interdisciplinary community of scholars for focused conversations on emerging issues in media and religion.  Each has proven to be an important landmark in the development of theory and method in its respective area and has resulted in important collaborations, publications, and resources for further research and dialogue. Papers and panels may address, but should not be limited to questions such as:

-Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of global religion

-“Global Religion” as a distinct religious consciousness

-Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism

-Role of the media in the emergence of global religious movements

-Diasporic media and transnational discourses of religion

-The emergence of global networked religious communities

-The cultivation of authority and legitimacy in transnational religious spaces

-Religion and the ‘global public sphere’

-Media, religion and global politics

-Technological mediation, innovation, and global religion

-The ‘religious’ in contemporary globalized modernity

-Intersections of religion, media and the global market

-Mediation and Mediatization in and across different religious traditions

-Media, global religion and comparative religious studies

-Media, religion and global youth cultures

-Religious aesthetics and sensations in global religion

-Media and global religion as forms of social protest and activism

Confirmed speakers include:

-Pradip Thomas, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Queensland, Australia and co-director of the Centre for Communication and Social Change

-Magali do Nascimento Cunha, Department of Theology at The Universidade Metodista de São Paulo, Brazil

Other invited speakers:

-Brian Larkin, Department of Anthropology at Barnard College.

Please send a 300-word abstract by July 15, 2013 to MediaReligion [at] Colorado.EDU

Please include in your abstract submission a preferred email address and university and department affiliation.

Media and Religion: The Global View is an event of the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture.  For more information, visit our website at: cmrc.colorado.edu

For questions about this conference, please send an email to Stewart M. Hoover, Director: hoover [at] colorado.edu

Nabil Echchaibi, Associate Director: nabil.echchaibi [at] colorado.edu , or Rachael Liberman, Senior Research Fellow: Rachael.liberman [at] colorado.edu


CFP: Personhood, Place, and Possession: Embodiment and Emplacement in Special

Contexts – with Keynote Speakers Thomas Csordas, David Hershenov, and Tanya Luhrmann

May 28 and 29, 2013

 

The Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara announce an extended deadline for submission of proposals for our upcoming conference, “Personhood,

Place and Possession: Embodiment and Emplacement in Special Contexts.” Keynotes include Thomas Csordas, David Hershenov and Tanya Luhrmann.

**THE NEW DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS APRIL 5, 2013**

 

Please email proposals, including name and institutional affiliation, of no more than 300 words, to PPPUCSB2013 [at] gmail.com by April 5, 2013. Notifications will be made by April 12.


CFP: 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Society, Chicago, November 20-24, 2013.

Navigating religious worlds

The ways in which children acquire and relate to religious beliefs and practices speak to central questions in anthropological debates on religion, learning, and intergenerationality: what is religion as an object of teaching and learning, and what role do generational ideas and practices play in religious inculcation? Although there is a growing body of work on children and religion (Gade, Bales, Stafford, Toren, Hardman), most anthropologists explore these questions, if at all, from an adult perspective, focusing on how children are conceived and treated as religious beings, what they should learn, and how they should be taught. Less attention has been given to how children themselves give meaning to and apply a received or chosen set of religious ideas and practices.

 

To explore how children navigate various religious worlds, this panel will address the following questions: Which dimensions of religion are important to children, and how do they negotiate religious beliefs and practices with parents, siblings,peers, teachers, religious authorities, and other significant persons in their lives? Where and when does their religious identity play a role and how do they maneuver between social spaces differently marked with regard to religion? Drawing on fieldwork in different places and within different religious traditions, papers will share an interest in developing new approaches to studying the topic of children and religion.

Organizers: Sally Anderson (University of Aarhus) and Marianne Holm Pedersen (The Royal Library, Denmark). If you are interested in participating, please send an abstract of up to 250 words to mape [at] kb.dk by April 8, 2013.


CFP: Editing Book Project Title: The Modern History of Asian Religion

The region of Asia is not only diverse in culture and history, but also very active in performing local traditions and religions. This unique lifestyle experienced a modernizing transformation during the eighteenth-twentieth centuries when the influence of the Western globalization reached the countries of Asia. How did they go through the period of modernization? How was the socio-religious climate changed in Asia? How did the native beliefs survive, while the Western religion impacted the people of Asia? This book project (The Modern History of Asian Religion) seeks research papers on the issues of politics, history, language, culture, medicine, education, community, government, and women.

Contents:

1.      Comparative Theories in Asian Religion

2.      East-North Asia (China, Korea, Taiwan, and Japan)

3.      Middle-West Asia (India, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, Nepal, Bhutan, and Bangladesh)

4.      South-East Asia (East Timor, Singapore, Indonesia, Brunei, and Philippines)

5.      South-West Asia (Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos, Burma, Cambodia)

If anyone studies in the fields of sociology, anthropology, culture, gender, history, politics, religion, and theology, your paper is welcomed for academic publication.

The deadline for abstracts is 20th June 2013 and the articles should be submitted by 30th August, 2013.

Editors: Prof. Chong-suh Kim                Dr David William Kim

      (Seoul National University)           (Seoul National University)

Contact: davidwj_kim [at] yahoo.co.uk


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


The research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia”

(http://www.dorisea.de/en) holds its mid-term conference from June 26-29

in Goettingen, Germany.

 

Conference Outline

In global comparison, Southeast Asia stands out as a region marked by a particularly diverse religious landscape. Various “ethnic religions” interact with so-called “world religions”, all of the latter – with the exception of Judaism – being represented in the region. While religion

has oftentimes been viewed as an antithesis to modernity, scholarship has shown that religion shapes and is intertwined with modernization processes in crucial ways and that its role in contemporary Southeast Asian societies is intensifying. The mid-term conference “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” will explore this link between “religion” and “modernity” by focusing on three dimensions of religious dynamics, namely mediality, politics and mobility. In the spirit of Southeast Asian studies as a holistic, i.e. trans-disciplinary approach, we invite

papers from fields as diverse as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, media studies, geography or linguistic studies that investigate the peculiar dynamics of religion in times of globalization, and the ways in which these dynamics mediate change and continuity in Southeast Asia.

Please visit the conference website for more information:

http://www.dorisea.de/de/node/996.

 


NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

AND COUNSELLING

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 18 May 2013

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

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

Or post a booking form (attached) and a cheque payable to ‘Inform’ to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE.

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

 

Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 29 April 2013 cost  £38 each (£18 students/unwaged).

NB. Tickets booked after 29 April 2013 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged).

A limited number of seats will be made available to A-Level students at £10 before 29 April 2013 (£20 after 29 April). A party of 5 or more A-Level students from one school can include one member of staff at the same price.


Booking is now open for the ‘What is Early Modern English Catholicism?’

conference, hosted by Durham University’s Centre for Catholic Studies at

Ushaw College, 28 June-1 July 2013.

Bookings can be made here:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/conference.booking/details/?id=201 A conference

plan can also be found here. The closing date for bookings is 14 May 2013.

An international and interdisciplinary conference celebrating the work of Eamon Duffy and exploring what is meant by the term ‘Early Modern English Catholicism’. Covering the period from the break with Rome to the French Revolution, the conference will consider the subject from very different angles, questioning perceived notions of what is actually meant when Early Modern Catholicism is mentioned in the English context.

Delegates have been drawn from home institutions, as well as those in the USA, South Africa, France, Spain, Italy, Czech Republic, Eire, Poland and Australia.

The conference will include a concert of recusant period music in Ushaw’s historic St Cuthbert’s chapel, as well as guided tours of Ushaw’s library and an exhibition of the college’s holdings.

If you have any questions please contact either Dr James Kelly –

james.kelly3 [at] durham.ac.uk or Dr Lucy Underwood – l.a.underwood[at] durham.ac.uk


Ethnographic Methods: ethics, practice and theory

12.00-17.00, Thursday, 23 May 2013

The University of Warwick

At its best, ethnography – often glossed as ‘participant observation’ – has provided sociology and other social researchers with a valuable tool for apprehending a world in flux.  Across the humanities and social sciences (e.g. cultural studies, social anthropology, sociology), however, ethnography remains a ubiquitous research method that can often raise as many questions – ethical, methodological, political and practical – as it seeks to answer.  This workshop will consider recent efforts to reassert ethnography as theory (rather than just description) in order to explore these questions.  In doing so, it will survey recent scholarly debates about collaborative ethnography, multi-sited ethnography and the literature on so-called ‘new’ ethnographic objects.  Participants in the seminar are required to read Laura Nader’s ‘Ethnography as Theory’ (2011, HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 1 (1): 211-219) as well as Matei Candea’s ‘Arbitrary locations: in defense of the bounded field-site (2007, Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 13 (1): 167-184).

 

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Wednesday, 15 May 2013.

 

Further information about this half-day workshop, which is being led by Dr Alexander Smith (Department of Sociology, University of Warwick) in collaboration with Dr Michaela Benson (Department of Sociology, University of York), can be found here: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/socialsciencesdtc/advanced/ethnographic/.


We would like to draw your attention to our panel (no 42): Creativity and improvisation in contemporary religious experience (EN/PT), V Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association, 9 -11 September 2013, Vila Real, Portugal. The theme of the Congress will be “Anthropology in Counterpoint”. Paper submission deadline: 22 April 2013.

Link to our panel page: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/apa/apa2013/panels.php5?PanelID=2389

For more informantion, please check the conference site: http://www.apantropologia.org/congresso2013/call-for-papers/

 

Panel details:

Title: Creativity and improvisation in contemporary religious experience.

Co-Cordinators

Eugenia Roussou (CRIA/FCSH-New University of Lisbon) Clara Saraiva (IICT/CRIA-UNL)

 

Short Abstract:

Calling for research cases that focus on the creativity of religious experience, this panel will explore the ethnographic and theoretical polyphony of creative transformations, novel challenges, and reflexive transitions that the anthropologists/anthropology of religion have to face at present.

 

Long Abstract:

Creativity has been defined as an ‘activity that produces something new through the recombination and transformation of existing cultural practices or forms’ (Liep 2001: 2). This panel proposes to explore the ethnographic and theoretical polyphony of creative transformations, novel challenges, and reflexive transitions that the anthropologists/ anthropology of religion have to face at present. Drawing on the idea that creativity and improvisation constitute an inherent part of social and cultural life (Hallam and Ingold 2007), we call for papers that focus ethnographically on the creativity of religious experience. Our aim is to bring together analyses that, with the concept of religious creativity and improvisation as a starting point, will cast a reflexive gaze at the contrapuntal relationship between anthropology as (ethnographic) practice and anthropology as (academic) discipline, in an attempt to provide an answer to the question whether the anthropology of religion is in counterpoint.


JOBS


KITLV (Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies) – Postdoctoral researcher Southeast Asia / Caribbean

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46516>

 

KITLV / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies – Junior postdoctoral researcher Southeast Asia / Caribbean

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46517>

 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen – Full Professorship (W3) of Russian/Asian Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46527>

 

Wilfrid Laurier University – Assistant Professor, Modern East Asia and the World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46511>

 

Vanderbilt University – Indigenous Religious Traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa Mellon Assistant Professor – Non-Tenure Track

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46520>

 

Laurier University – Assistant Professor, Modern East Asia and the World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46511>


 

University of Newcastle

Faculty of Education and Arts

School of Humanities and Social Science

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Vacancy No. 2154

 

Do you have expertise in biblical criticism, theology, and economic theory, especially in the field of Marxist economics?

The Sacred Economy project concerns economics and religion both in ancient societies (ancient Near East and the Hellenistic era) and the implications for the modern world, especially from the seventeenth century. As the Research Associate for this project you will provide supplementary advice in relation to the Sacred Economy and must have a completed PhD, within the last five years.

The position is available on a part-time (0.4) fixed term basis for a period of 3 years (1 July 2013 to 30 June 2016)

Please note:  In accordance with the University’s Staff Selection Guidelines, your application will be assessed on the selection criteria found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/job-vacancies/.

It is essential that you address each criterion to enable the selection committee to properly assess your application and suitability for interview.

Academic Level: A      $29,209 per annum (part-time rate shown)

plus employer superannuation contribution of 9%.

Applications close:  Wednesday 10 April 2013


Department of History and Cultural Studies

Institute of Islamic Studies

Berlin Graduate School ‘Muslim Cultures and Societies’

 

invites applications for a

Junior Professorship in Muslim Culture and Society in South Asia

 

The successful applicant will be required to conduct research and teach in the area named above.

 

Appointment requirements are governed by article 102a of the Berlin Higher Education Act (Berliner Hochschulgesetz).

 

The appointee will hold a Ph.D. of exceptional quality and have an outstanding track record of university teaching and research, preferably with a strong international component. She or he must possess language skills pertinent to the region and be able to teach in both German and English (if necessary, adequate German language skills are to be acquired within two years). Applicants should also have a background of publications in internationally renowned journals as well as experience with sponsored research.

 

The successful applicant will be required to cover the field of study with a historical and social-science emphasis. She or he is expected to teach within the Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies as well as the Institute of Islamic Studies (including the joint bachelor’s program in the History and Culture of the Near East), and to participate in the university’s interdisciplinary research alliances. Furthermore, she or he is expected to contribute to the ‘Interdisciplinary Forum of Gender and Diversity Studies’ at the Department of History and Cultural Studies.

 

The junior professor will be appointed as a civil servant for an initial duration of three years. Provided that her or his performance is thereafter evaluated positively, employment may be extended for three more years.

 

Applications quoting the reference W1Islamwiss must be received no later than April 18th, 2013 at

 

Freie Universität Berlin

Fachbereich Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften

Dekanat

z.Hd. Frau Emmrich-Willingham

Koserstraße 20

14195 Berlin (Dahlem)

Germany

 

Application guidelines and general information on the appointment procedure as well as requirements for junior professorships at Freie Universität Berlin can be found at www.fu-berlin.de/praesidialamt. For additional details, please visit www.fu-berlin.de, www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de and www.bgsmcs.fu-berlin.de.

 


 

*Indigenous Religious Traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa Mellon Assistant Professor – Non-Tenure Track*

 The Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University seeks to make an appointment in Indigenous Religious Traditions of Sub-Saharan Africa.

Rank is Mellon Assistant Professor, non-tenure-track, appointment for three years. Area of specialization, historical period, and methodological approach are open. The department is committed to perspectives that seek to understand the different forms of indigenous African religions both independently and as they have been generated out of contact with other religious communities (e.g., Islam, Christianity). Command of appropriate languages commensurate to an advanced research agenda will be required. The successful candidate should expect to teach both introductory and advanced classes in the field; normal course load is four per year. Qualified candidates should be prepared to mentor graduate students and teach advanced courses in the methodologies appropriate to the study of religion in the Graduate Department of Religion’s field of Historical and Critical Theories of Religion (HACTOR). PhD must be in-hand by the beginning of Fall

2013 term.

 Review of applications will begin on Monday 08 April 2013 with a rolling deadline until the position is filled. Electronic applications and correspondence are acceptable.

 In accordance with Mellon Foundation guidelines, applicants must have received the Ph.D. no more than four years prior to the start of the position.  Please send a letter of application, research statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness, transcripts, and three letters of recommendation (or standard university graduate student placement dossier)

to:

      Tony K. Stewart, Chair

      Department of Religious Studies

      ATT: African Religions Search Committee

      Vanderbilt University

       VU Box #351585 [301 Garland Hall]

      2301 Vanderbilt Place

      Nashville, TN 37235-1585 USA

      email:  tony.k.stewart@vanderbilt.edu


FELLOWSHIPS


 

Chancellor’s Fellowships

University of Edinburgh

 

School of Divinity

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AGF572/chancellors-fellowships/

 


 

Oriental Institute is offering one-year fellowships to outstanding scholars (with a preference on non-Czech residents) of history and cultures of the countries of Asia (with a preference on Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, East Asia) for the 2013-2014 academic year.

 

Eligibility: This position is open to recent PhDs (as a post-doctoral position). PhD must be completed by September 1, 2013.

 

Terms: The position is open beginning by September 2013 (negotiable). The annual salary will be in the 12.000-14.500 EUR range. Researchers are expected to be in residence at the Oriental Institute in Prague. During their residence, researchers are required to produce academic publications (ideally turn their doctoral dissertations into monographs) and participate in all Oriental Institute seminars and other events. We reserve the right not to fill this position.

 

Deadline for applications: May 31, 2013.

 

Notification: June 30, 2013. Inquiries: Please direct inquiries to Ondrej Beranek at beranek [at] orient.cas.cz or call 00420 – 266 052 488.

 

Application: Please submit all of the following materials: 1) CV and Publication List 2) Project proposal a. In three to five pages (double spaced 12 pt. font) please explain the project you would undertake in the starting stage of your residence. In addition please include a separate bibliography of works to demonstrate how this project relates to the current state of research. b. A strong proposal articulates a clear hypothesis and methodology; outlines a clear and realistic work plan; and demonstrates how this contributes to an original understanding of Asian regions. 3) Writing Samples a. Please include a writing sample of no more than 20 pages. b. Please include a Dissertation Abstract of no more than 2 pages. 4) Two letters of Recommendation a. Please list the names, addresses and occupations of the two persons, not related to you, who will submit letters of recommendation on your behalf. Letters of recommendation must be submitted by the deadline for the application to be complete.

 

Mailing Instructions: Please send the application and letters either electronically to: beranek [at] orient.cas.cz or mail it to: Dr. Ondrej Beranek Orientalni ustav AV CR (ORIENTAL INSTITUTE, ASCR) Pod vodarenskou vezi 4 182 08 Praha 8 Ceska republika (CZECH REPUBLIC)

 

http://www.orient.cas.cz/sd/novinky/hlavni-stranka/news_0040.html

 


 

Research Fellowships Available in Jewish Studies and the Hebrew Bible at Duke

Location: North Carolina

Date: 2013-03-29

Description: REMINDER: Deadline: March 29, 2013 The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library are pleased to announce the availability of new fellowships, with awards of $1500, to support scholars, students, and independent researchers whose work would benefit from …

Contact: serena.elliott [at] duke.edu

URL: library.duke.edu/rubenstein/services/grants/js.html

Announcement ID: 202442

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202442

 


 

$5000 (2) Merit-based Scholarships available for incoming students in International MA in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University

Date: 2013-04-30

Description: The international MA in Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University (in English) invites applicants for two merit based scholarships of US $5,000 each to qualified international students for the 2013-2014 academic year. This new one year MA offers a series of intimate encounters with the classical texts o …

Contact: majes [at] post.tau.ac.il

URL: humanities.tau.ac.il/jewish_studies/

Announcement ID: 202359

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202359

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 March 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a wordle 2013variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Competition

  • Network

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Summer School


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Religion and the Media

  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

  • Religion and the Law

 


COMPETITION


British Sociology Association’s Study Group on Religion (SOCREL): Religion Essay

Every year we organise a postgraduate essay competition in memory of Peter B. Clarke. In this we partner with T&F, Routledge and the Journal of Contemporary Religion who publish the winning entry (subject to review). This is an excellent opportunity for postgraduate students, especially given the current job climate.

http://www.socrel.org.uk

 


NETWORK


Philosophy and Religious Practices

philosophyreligion.wordpress.com<http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/

Funded by the AHRC Connected Communities programme, ‘Philosophy and Religious Practices’ is an academic network organised by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool, the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Chester and the Department of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope University, in partnership with local religious organisations. It aims to reconnect philosophers of religion with religious practitioners and so to make the work of philosophers of religion far more relevant to other contemporary research on religion. For more details, including events, aims, resources and the call for papers for the first workshop, see:

philosophyreligion.wordpress.com<http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/>

 


JOURNALS


Review of Religious Research, vol 55, issue 1 http://link.springer.com/journal/13644/55/1/page/1

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

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

The Sermon Content Review has just been posted. Follow the link to learn what clergy had to say about the Sandy Hook tragedy, Hurricane Sandy, the Mayan Calendar Apocalypse, the Fiscal Cliff, the War on Christmas, etc., plus what scripture texts, books, movies, theologians, and historical figures were referenced in their November-December 2012 sermons. http://csir-scr.blogspot.com/

[added to the Journals page of the RS Project]


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: At the Edge of the Jewish World: Central Asia’s Bukharan Jews

Location: New York

Date: 2013-04-04

Description: Center for Jewish History presents: Thursday, April 4, 6:30 pm At the Edge of the Jewish World: Central Asia’s Bukharan JewsLectureThousands of miles east of the of Mediterranean Sea, deep in the heart of Central Asia, Bukharan Jews occupied the geographical edges of the Jewish world for over a mill …

Contact: jkaplan@cjh.org

URL: www.programs.cjh.org

Announcement ID: 202377

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202377

 


 

CFP: Visible-Invisible: Religion, Media, and the Public Sphere

Canadian Journal of Communication

 

Proposals of 250-500 words will be accepted until Friday 3 May 2013.  Please include a prospective title for your article, a brief overview of your proposed essay, and a short bio-note about yourself.

Complete versions of essays (7,000-9,000 words) will be due by 1 November 2013.  We welcome essays either in English or in French.

To submit your proposal, or for any further queries regarding this special issue, please contact the issue editors directly:

 

  • Jeremy Stolow: jeremy.stolow [at] concordia.ca

  • Alexandra Boutros: aboutros [at] wlu.ca

For information about the Canadian Journal of Communication and for general information about submission guidelines to the journal, please visit: http://www.cjc-online.ca/submissions.php

http://www.cjc-online.ca/index.php/journal/announcement/view/193

 


“Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory”

to be held at University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic

Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2013

 

CPASE:

‘Contemporary Paganisms and Spiritualities in Europe’

CPASE stands for “Contemporary Paganisms And Spiritualities in Europe”, an

international and interdisciplinary network of scholars. Although our network covers the

whole of Europe, we aim to emphasize frequently overlooked areas such as southern and

eastern Europe.

 

Theme of the conference: Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory

Which types of theoretical and methodological approaches can best inform our analysis or

the experiential aspects of contemporary spiritualities, paganisms, and magical practices?

Interdisciplinary approaches may draw on theory from a range of fields such as

anthropology, religious studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy etc. As an

interdisciplinary venture, the study of religion has become a common ground for both

reflexive relativist approaches and scientifically inclined ‘positivist’ approaches. Where the

scholars of the former position conduct fieldwork and aim for self-consciousness as

scholars operating within their fields of enquiry, the latter favor a more distanced approach,

often seeking to advance theory through experimentation or rigorous data quantification.

Where the former may sometimes struggle to move beyond mere description, the latter

sometimes struggle to move beyond a superficial understanding of the phenomenon in its

own terms. Aiming for validity and reliability of their findings, respectively, both approaches

perhaps need some encouragement to explore the potentials of the other, and seek a

common ground to come to a richer and more thorough understanding of the phenomenon

of religion.

 

The CPASE 2013 website is online (http://cpasepilsen2013.weebly.com/index.html).

(More information about conference registration, deadlines, travel and accommodation will

be posted soon).

 


CFP: Gender is one of the most salient features of religious movements and religious institutions. Women are the majority of participants in religious life and they are increasingly significant actors in religious movements and politics. In many religious traditions, cultural and religious continuity hinges on gendered practices and sexual regimes. Many regions of the world are experiencing important transformations with respect to religion. For instance, China has seen an enormous upsurge in participation in religious and spiritual movements, including large numbers of women. Evangelical Christianity is an increasingly significant player in society and politics across the Global South. Buddhist women in Asia are taking on positions of greater authority in their religious tradition. Hindu nationalism in India and Islamist governments coming to power in the Middle East and North Africa, have given renewed urgency to questions about women and religion.  And in the United States, many political debates continue to be polarized by religious affiliation and these debates have become significant issues in public discourse.

Despite the growing popular and scholarly interest in religion, scholarship on gender and religion remains under-conceptualized and marginalized in the discipline of sociology.This special issue of Gender & Society seeks to bring together a range of empirical studies at the intersection of gender and religion in diverse contexts in order to develop new theoretical concepts and perspectives that can illuminate these issues.Gender & Society is one of the most highly cited journals in sociology, and we expect this issue to become a significant platform for emerging scholarship that will point toward new directions and continuing conversations in the study of gender and religion.

We welcome papers that interrogate the gendered nature of religious communities, movements, and experiences while recognizing the centrality of religion in the lives of many communities and individuals. Especially welcome are papers that highlight transnational work that is grounded in deep regional knowledge, papers that bridge different religions, and papers that contribute to theorizing of major conceptual debates in the study of gender and sociology more generally. Empirical and theoretical issues may include:

·      Religion, structure, and agency

·      Religious social movements

·      Religious sexual cultures

·      Religious masculinities

·      Gendered religious practices

·      Religion, gender, and politics

·      Religion, gender, and everyday life

·      Gender and secularism/post-secularism

·      Religious law and gender

·      Religion and activism for social/gender justice

·      Religion, gender, and economic life / and or class

·      Intersectional perspectives on gender and religion

·      Religion, gender, and nationalism

Completed manuscripts, due September 1, 2013, should be submitted online to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gendsoc and should specify in the cover letter that the paper is to be considered for the special issue.

For additional information, please contact any of the guest editors for this issue:


CFP: A CONFERENCE ON Ireland and the Supernatural AND

SOUTHERN REGIONAL ACIS MEETING

FEBRUARY 14-15, 2014

AT THE EMBASSY SUITES, 1100 se 17TH St.

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL 33316

TOPICS MAY INCLUDE:

Celtic and Irish mythology; the fairy world; the banshee (bean sí); fallen and other angels; Catholic teachings vs. Irish folk traditions/ beliefs; Irish fairies, elves, leprechauns, etc., in modern popular culture (including books, television, film and the arts); W. B. Yeats and Protestant magic; Irish Gothic literature; second sight/prophecy; Land of the Dead/Otherworld in Irish thought; Irish ghosts and other revenants; the vampire in Irish and world mythology/ literature/culture; martyrdom and blood sacrifice in Irish nationalism; the ?American wake? and the concept of death in relation to Irish emigration.  Comparative studies are encouraged.   Topics other than the major conference theme will also be considered.

Proposals for papers, including 100-word abstracts, or for panels, including speakers and topics, should be submitted by Sept. 5, 2013, to Prof. James Doan (doan@nova.edu), Prof. Barbara Brodman

(brodman@nova.edu) or Prof. David Kilroy (dkilroy@nova.edu)


CFP: A POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY, LONDON

Saturday, 15 June, 2013

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

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

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

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 15 June, 2013. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 24  May, 2013. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson, d.henderson@mdx.ac.uk

Registration:http://www.onlinestore.mdx.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&catid=30&modid=5&prodid=147&deptid=11&prodvarid=0

Centre for Psychoanalysis:http://www.mdx.ac.uk/research/areas/psychology/psychoanalysis/index.aspx

 


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


The Humanities and Lived Religion: Philosophy, Religious Studies and the Impact Agenda

 A One-Day Workshop at the University of Liverpool

Thursday 9th May 2013

This one-day workshop is the first in a series for the Philosophy and Religious Practices research network, funded by the AHRC under their Connected Communities programme, organised by the University of Liverpool, University of Chester, Liverpool Hope University and religious organisations in the North-West.

This initial workshop will discuss possible models and ways of thinking about the impact that research on religion in the Humanities has on religious practitioners, as well as, conversely, the ways in which practitioners impact research in the academy

The event is free and open to all (the public and academics).

TO REGISTER: email daniel.whistler[at]liv.ac.uk with you name, affiliation, dietary and motility requirements. Lunch is provided.

Central will be the following themes:

  *   The state of research on religion in the UK and its social impact

  *   The contribution philosophy of religion can make to contemporary research on religion

  *   Methods for measuring the impact of research on religion, and of Humanities research on religion in particular

  *   The relationship between philosophy of religion and other Humanities disciplines, especially religious studies and practical or applied theology

  *   The concepts of ‘material religion’ and ‘lived religion’, and their relationship to the philosophy of religion

  *   The possibility of a philosophy of material, lived or everyday religion

Future events include:

Tuesday 25th June 2013

Buddhism and Human Flourishing

A one-day workshop at the University of Chester

Wednesday 18th September 2013

Peace and Peacebuilding: Religious and Philosophical Reflections on Social Flourishing A one-day workshop at Liverpool Hope University

April 2014

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

A two-day international conference at the University of Chester

To find out more,

philosophyreligion.wordpress.com<http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/>.


ICBS Conference — The Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age of Printing: An East Asian

Perspective 刻本時代的&#28

450;文大藏經與東亞&#2

0315;教

Location: California

Date: 2013-03-18

Description: Dear Colleagues, ICBS(the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies) cordially invite you to attend The Second  International Conference on the Chinese Buddhist Canon第二屆漢文大藏&# 32147;國際會議—-The Chinese Buddhist Canon in the Age o …

Contact:  icbs [at] uwest.edu

URL: www.uwest.edu/icbs/news/news3_2nd_conference.html

Announcement ID: 202274

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202274

 


International conference on Asian Art, Culture & Heritage

Date: 2013-08-21

Description: International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and      HeritageColombo, Sri Lanka 21st-23rd August 2013 The Centre for Asian Studies of the University of Kelaniya is pleased to announce the International Conference on Asian Art, Culture and Heritage organized in collaboration with the International Asso

Contact: am [at] kln.ac.lk

URL: www.kln.ac.lk

Announcement ID: 202311

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202311

 


Disbelief in Antiquity: an Interdisciplinary Conference

Oxford University

22-24 June 2013

 

Online booking: http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/ (search for ‘Disbelief’ or follow Conferences and Events > Classics > Classics Events)

We plan to have a number of shorter, TED-style papers (10 minutes + 5 minutes of discussion) at 5.00 on 23rd June). If you have an idea for one of these, please send a short abstract (200 words maximum) to tim.whitmarsh@ccc.ox.ac.uk. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee financial support for these speakers.

Please note that accommodation is limited at Corpus Christi. Rooms can also be booked via http://www.oxfordrooms.co.uk/. Hotels close to Corpus Christi include the Eastgate (http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-6668-mercure-oxford-eastgate-hotel/index.shtml) and the Old Bank (www.oldbank-hotel.co.uk/).

Organisers: Sarah Hitch (sarah.hitch@classics.ox.ac.uk), Tim Whitmarsh (tim.whitmarsh@classics.ox.ac.uk). Please contact Sarah if you would like to be considered for a student bursary.

http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/event-reader/events/disbeliefinantiquity.html

http://www.ccc.ox.ac.uk/Forthcoming-Events/

 


JOBS


Heidelberg University – Doctoral Fellowship in South Asian History /

Early Modern History / Environmental History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46480>

 

University of Lausanne – Assistant (doctorate), Buddhist Studies and

Middle Indian Languages

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46484>

 

University of Winnipeg – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Chinese

Culture

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46487>

Newcastle University, UK – Reader / Senior Lecturer / Lecturer in the

History of Modern China

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46504>

 

University of London – Lecturer in Buddhist Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46503>

 

American University – Beirut – Associate/Full Professor, Arabic and

Islamic Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46482>

 

Missouri State University – Instructor or Visiting Assistant

Professor; Islamic Middle East or in Middle East Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46506>

 

Southern New Hampshire University – Assistant Professor of History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46489>

 

Rice University – Postdoctoral Fellow in Jewish Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46494>

 

Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies –

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR / ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR in ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46498>

 


 

THE RELIGIONS OF EAST ASIA LECTURER, MCGILL UNIVERSITY

The Faculty of Religious Studies of McGill University invites applications for the position of lecturer for the Winter term (January through April) of 2014. The lecturer will teach the introductory course The Religions of East Asia, which surveys the main religious traditions of China, Japan and Korea and  one mid-level course on Chinese Religions. Although our preference is to appoint a person with PhD in hand, ADB candidates will be considered.  In accordance with Canadian government regulations, this advertisement is directed first to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but all qualified persons may apply.  Applicants should send a letter of application, an updated CV and 2 letters of recommendation by email attachment to Prof. Victor Hori (victor.hori@mcgill.ca). Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications may be submitted up to 31 March 2013.  For information, please contact Prof. Victor Hori

(victor.hori [at] mcgill.ca)


Lecturer in Jewish Studies, Glasgow University

http://www.gla.ac.uk/about/jobs/


SUMMER SCHOOL


 

Accepting Applications for Summer Seminar on Catholic Social Thought with Russell Hittinger at UC Berkeley

Location: California

Date: 2013-03-29

<

p dir=”ltr”>Description: “Catholic Social Thought: A Critical Investigation” August 5-9, 2013
, University of California, Berkeley
 Applications due MARCH 29 This seminar is an intensive five-day course for graduate students in how to read,  analyze, and discern continuities and discontinuities in

Catholic Social …

Contact: mfranzen [AT] lumenchristi.org

URL: www.lumenchristi.org/cst-seminar/

Announcement ID: 202380

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202380

 

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 15 March 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. wordle 2013

In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Religion and the Media
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism
  • Religion and the Law

 


JOURNALS


The Journal of Hindu Studies

http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: IC Buddhism & Australia: Call for Paper Submissions

Description: Call for Paper Submissions The main function of the international conferences “Buddhism & Australia ” is to provide a platform for academics and monastic scholars and lay Buddhists to present academic presentations. Traditionally all the presentations of our conferences have been published on the we …

Contact: info [at] buddhismandaustralia.com

URL: www.buddhismandaustralia.com

Announcement ID: 201891

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201891

CFP: MLA 2014 Jewish American Literature Discussion Group CFPs

Location: Illinois

Deadline: 2013-03-15

Description: Seeking papers for two MLA 2014 session proposals sponsored by the Jewish American Literature Discussion Group: 1) Digital Jews: Literature, Apps, Internet Mediations  Archiving roundtable exploring the impact of digital media on Jewish American writing, writers, and literature collections. Pedagogy    …

Contact: roth [at] susqu.edu

Announcement ID: 201845

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201845


CFP: Revolutionary, Progressive, Unorthodox and Provocative  Ideas and Concepts in the Early Modern and Modern Political, Social, Religious and Philosophical Reflection

Deadline: 2013-03-20

Description: The Institute of History at the Jagiellonian University in Krakw organized a two day conference / seminar devoted to the concepts and ideas put forth in the early modern and modern western thought, which proposed new social, political, but also religious solutions. From the works of Thomas More, Mar …

Contact: basista [at] chello.pl

Announcement ID: 201893

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201893


CFP: PHI Spring Conference: “Women, Religion, and Empowerment:

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-04-12

Description: PHI Spring 2013 Conference: Women, Religion, and Empowerment April 12 and 13 – Regis College, Weston, MA. Religion provides individuals with not only spiritual guidance,

but also serves a source of strength and empowerment. While both men and women embrace religion, their roles are often different;  …

Contact: katina.fontes [at] regiscollege.edu

URL: publicheritage.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 201886

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201886


CFP: Durham University’s Medieval and Early Modern Student Association has published their call for papers for their annual postgraduate and early career researcher conference. Please find the details in the attached document. The conference will take place from 8-9 July 2013 and the theme this year is The Mutilated Body. This encompasses many meanings, including medical, allegorical, and symbolic. We are pleased to announce that we will offer an opportunity to visit the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition as one of our events.

Deadline for abstracts of 200-300 words is 15 April 2013.

http://www.dur.ac.uk/imrs/memsa/


CFP: Panel at the 12th EASR conference

September 3-6, Liverpool Hope

Indic traditions in the West: Seekership, Spirituality and Healing

Organised by Dr Maya Warrier (University of Wales, Trinity Saint David)

A wide variety of Indic traditions (traditions and practices of Indian origin including, most significantly, forms of postural and meditational yoga, tantra, chanting, and ayurvedic healing practices) circulate today within transnational networks of cosmopolitan spiritual seekership. These traditions are promoted by entrepreneurs from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and nationalities, many of them Anglophone, who range from high-profile gurus heading multi-national organisations, to relatively low-profile individuals running small-scale and localised centres, workshops and classes.

This panel aims to explore the ways in which recognisably Indic ideas and practices are transmitted by these individuals and institutions to audiences of spiritual seekers in the West. It aims, in particular, to explore how the concerns/ preoccupations of ‘spiritual seekers’ in the West shape these traditions. The panel organiser would thus welcome papers which explore the interface between the contemporary Western milieu of religiously unaffiliated ‘spiritual seekership’, and the traditions and practices of Indian origin circulating in the West today. Contributions exploring colonial precedents to the Indic traditions currently circulating in the Western mind-body-spirit milieu are also welcome.

Please send abstracts (approximately 150 words) to Maya Warrier at m.warrier[at] tsd.ac.uk by the 1st of May, 2013.


CFP: Panel: Religions, jurisdictions, sovereignties: ethnographies of religious and political contestation

V Congress of the Portuguese Anthropological Association

Vila Real, Portugal, September 9-11, 2013

Abstract: In this panel we propose to discuss the agency and presence of religion in the (historical and contemporary) public space through the political concepts of “jurisdiction” and “sovereignty”, addressing issues of territorialization and visibility. We intend to create a field of reflection that simultaneously serves as empirical mapping and methodological reflection on the anthropological and/or interdisciplinary study of religion as a political phenomenon. We seek contributions that address contexts of resistance, contestation and vindication in the political-religious field – from territorial imaginings and utopian alternatives to the secular nation state, the problem of religious pluralism (discussed mainly through its symbolic aspects) and the configuration of blasphemies – and at the same time reflect on the different heuristic possibilities for its understanding from within the anthropological discipline.

Submissions: http://www.nomadit.co.uk/apa/apa2013/panels.php5?PanelID=2366

Deadline: April 22nd, 2013.

Proposals accepted in English, Portuguese and Spanish

Further info: ruy.blanes [at] gmail.com; emerson.giumbelli [at] yahoo.com.br

General info on the congress: http://www.apantropologia.org/congresso2013/


CFP: Fall narratives: an interdisciplinary perspective

18th-19th June 2014, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

As the 340th  anniversary of John Milton¹s death approaches, we seek to explore the theme of the Fall in a diverse, interdisciplinary context.

The conference, which is organised with the intention of leading to a publication of proceedings, will examine the concept of the Fall across a range of disciplines and languages. The temporal scope extends from antiquity to contemporary times.

We welcome proposals with research interest such as, but not limited to, Literature, Religion, Languages, History, Philosophy, Psychology,

Art, Film and Visual Culture, Cultural Studies and Economics.

Potential topics include (but again, are not limited to) the following:

  • Milton and Paradise Lost

  • Concept of moral and philosophical Falls

  • Fall of angels (and demons)

  • Adam and Eve

  • Religious falls

  • Literary falls

  • Cinematic falls

  • Contemporary falls: in finances, politics, media, sports,

entertainment etc.

  • Fall of empires: historical, economical, cultural.

  • Fall of regimes

  • Fall of ideologies, ideas, world views, political/ religious movements, etc.

  • The linguistics of falling

  • The psychology of falling

Abstracts of approximately 200 words should be sent to:

Dr Zohar Hadromi-Allouche and Dr Áine Larkin z.hadromi-allouche@abdn.ac.uk a.larkin@abdn.ac.uk

Deadline for submission is 31st March 2013. Should you have questions about the conference or the submissions, please contact the organisers at z.hadromi-allouche@abdn.ac.uk, a.larkin@abdn.ac.uk


CFP: Symposium on Religion and the Media at Liverpool Hope University, from 29-30 July

Liverpool Hope University, 29 and 30 July 2013

Keynote Speaker: Professor Debra Mason

The deadline for abstracts has been extended to 22 March 2013. Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted electronically as an MS Word document together with a short C.V. and sent to Dr Salman Al-Azami alazams@hope.ac.uk. Successful applicants will be notified by 12 April 2013.

The symposium is jointly organised by the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Centre for War and Peace Studies and the Centre for the Applied Study of Muslims and Islam in the UK


CFP: Gujarat Studies Association

The 5th Biennial Conference

(Re)Defining Gujarati Identity

19th – 20th February 2014 • Royal Orchid Central Hotel, Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eiluned Edwards, Nottingham Trent University

Submissions are encouraged from graduate and post-graduate students.  A limited number of student bursaries are available for master’s level, doctoral and post-doctoral candidates presenting papers at the conference.  For further details, please visit the GSA website: www.gujaratstudies.org

Abstracts for 20-minute papers in English should be 200 – 250 words.  The Abstract Submission form can be found at the GSA website: www.gujaratstudies.org

Important Dates:

2 September 2013           Conference registration opens

9 September 2013            Abstract submission deadline / Bursary application deadline

28 October 2013             Abstract acceptance notification / Bursary status notification


CFP: ‘Kindling the Scarp: A Jack Clemo Conference’ to take place at Wheal Martyn in Cornwall on 31st May and 1st June this year. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 16th April.

Full details of the CFP can be found here:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/ias/current/engagement/jackclemo


CFP: Ar.tic.u.late, the New College Postgraduate Conference, to be held on the 3rd of May 2013.

This conference is YOUR opportunity to professionally present original academic material in front of a supportive and interested audience in a conference environment. Use it to share an essay, focus a chapter, roadtest an idea.

The deadline for abstracts is 17:00 on Monday the 15th of April.

Abstracts should be 200-250 words and are welcome from all parts of New College. The Conference is on Friday 3rd of May in the Martin Hall and papers should be 20-30 minutes long or around 2,500-3,000 words.

Send abstracts to Richard – r.saville-smith[at] sms.ed.ac.uk


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Variation within and across Jewish Languages

Date: 2013-06-26

Description: The conference aims to bring together scholars who work on linguistic aspects of Jewish languages with the focus  on domains such as linguistic structure, language variation, language change (dialectology and diachrony), bilingualism and comparison of written and spoken uses. The conference will also

Contact: ijs [at] ua.ac.be

URL: www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=*IJSENG&n=109740

Announcement ID: 202069

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=202069


Fourth International Conference on the Quranic Studies

Date: 2013-07-13

Description: 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  …

Contact: register [at] quran-institute.org.uk

URL: www.quran-institute.org.uk

Announcement ID: 201705

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201705


Full details of the University of Wales Trinity Saint David/Sophia Centre conference on Celestial Magic in Bath on 21-23 June 2013 are on line at http://www.historyofastrology.org.uk/conferences/CelestialMagic/index.html

Keynote speakers:

Joscelyn Godwin, Professor of Music at Colgate University, New York State,

‘Astral Ascent in the Occult Revival’


We are pleased to announce the first CPASE conference “Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory” to be held at University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic Friday 15th – Sunday 17th November 2013

CPASE:

Contemporary Paganisms and Spiritualities in Europe CPASE stands for “Contemporary Paganisms And Spiritualities in Europe”, an international and interdisciplinary network of scholars. Although our network covers the whole of Europe, we aim to emphasize frequently overlooked areas such as southern and eastern Europe.

Theme of the conference:Theorizing Experience < > Experiencing Theory Which types of theoretical and methodological approaches can best inform our analysis or the experiential aspects of contemporary spiritualities, paganisms, and magical practices? Interdisciplinary approaches may draw on theory from a range of fields such as anthropology, religious studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy etc. As an interdisciplinary venture, the study of religion has become a common ground for both reflexive relativist approaches and scientifically inclined ‘positivist’ approaches. Where the scholars of the former position conduct fieldwork and aim for self-consciousness as scholars operating within their fields of enquiry, the latter favor a more distanced approach, often seeking to advance theory through experimentation or rigorous data quantification. Where the former may sometimes struggle to move beyond mere description, the latter sometimes struggle to move beyond a superficial understanding of the phenomenon in its own terms. Aiming for validity and reliability of their findings, respectively, both approaches perhaps need some encouragement to explore the potentials of the other, and seek a common ground to come to a richer and more thorough understanding of the phenomenon of religion.

In appreciating both the persistence of religion in many places and the transformation of traditional religiosity into new forms in others— herein lie the seeds of a fruitful dialogue

In accordance with the new epistemological questions emerging within many social sciences in the late 20th century, the researcher today may be aware of and actively reflect on his/her position in the research, both in the field and when writing his or her scholarly texts. In some cases, the researcher no longer need be understood as a distanced, neutral and objective observer and the resulting text may not be intended to be a portrayal of a reality that seems isolated from other realities, clearly structured and fixed in time as if set in front of the researcher’s eyes. For the researcher who is engaged in social relations with his or her subjects, the fieldwork is situational, dynamic and contains controversies. Thus issues of reflexivity and other accompanying questions from the postmodern paradigm are raised and call for deeper investigation into theory and methodology.

Nevertheless, the resulting text should be distinguished from other genres such as authobiography or travelogue. Therefore, the experience in the field should be theorized; the particular theory being selected according to the researcher’s area of study and the needs of the particular research. This suggests the need for some degree of objectivity regardless of whether the resulting account (be it ethnographic, cognitive/psychological, sociological, anthropological, interdisciplinary etc.) reflects the multivocality and dialogical nature of the fieldwork and includes the voice of the participant-observer. It further suggests the need for a broader interdisciplinary approach to building methodologies and theories specifically applicable to the study of contemporary paganisms, magical practices and spiritualities. In appreciating both the persistence of religion in many places and the transformation of traditional religiosity into new forms in others— herein lie the seeds of a fruitful dialogue between the two academic positions.

www.konference.kaj.zcu.cz


Conference on Apostle Peter

As the deadline approaches for the end of the “early bird” registration fee, I post this reminder of the conference on the Apostle Peter in Earliest Christianity, sponsored by our Centre for the Study of Christian Origins at the University of Edinburgh, 4-6th July 2013. Main speakers include: Peter Lampe, Markus Bockmuehl, Timothy Barnes, Sean Freyne, Larry Hurtado, Tobias Nicklas, and Margaret Williams. Topics include: The historical Peter, Peter in Galilean and Roman archaeology, and Peter’s literary afterlife in the first three centuries.

Registration is now open and costs a very reasonable £40 before April 15th (£50 after) and £35 for students. Offers of short papers should be send to Dr Helen Bond at divinity-csco [at] ed.ac.uk by Friday March 15th.

Further information, including the link to online registration and fee-payment, go to the following URL:   http://christianorigins.co.uk/events/


JOBS


Assistant (doctorate),

Buddhist Studies and Middle Indian Languages

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46484

Antioch University – Director of Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Program, Kyoto Japan

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46477>

Harvard University – Preceptor in Hindi-Urdu

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46453>

Cambridge University – University Lectureship in Modern East Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46448>

Haifa University – Assistant or Associate Professor, Modern Asia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46473>

University of Memphis – Instructor in African, Asian or European history

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46464>

Antioch University – Director of Japan and Its Buddhist Traditions Program, Kyoto Japan

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46477>

American University – Beirut – The Jabre-Khwarizmi Endowed Chair in Arabic and Islamic Science & The Director of the Farouk K. Jabre Center for Arabic and Islamic Science and Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46457>

College of Charleston – Project Archivist and Processing Archivist – grant funded positions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46454>

Leiden University – Assistant Professor, Modern Middle-Eastern Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46456>1

University of Goettingen-Transregional Research Network

Two Postdoctoral Fellows-Secularity and New Religiosities

The University of Goettingen is launching a transregional research network (CETREN) under the broad thematic rubric The Politics of the New, funded by the German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF). For its pilot project, Secularism and New Religiosities, CETREN seeks to fill two Postdoctoral Research Positions.

The two positions, to begin in October 2013, will be offered as two-year fixed-term contracts on a full-time basis (currently 39,8 hours per week) and will be remunerated at the TV-L E13 level (in accordance with the German public sector pay scale).

The pilot project Secularism and New Religiosities examines new forms of religiosity that emerge under various regional or national regimes of secularism, and how these are shaped in transnational arenas of cultural, political and legal interaction (see project description at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/en/422555.html). Within this wider context, we invite post-doctoral research proposals that theoretically and empirically analyze new religiosities in comparative perspective; cross-religious as well as cross-regional comparisons are welcome. While the overall projects main focus is on South Asia, East Asia, and Europe, proposals may broaden the comparative scope by including other regions.

Successful applicants must have a PhD in a relevant field, such as history, anthropology, sociology, political science, religious studies, or area studies. Researchers will be based at the University of Goettingen, but will be permitted to conduct fully-funded field research for part of the two-year period, upon consultation with the principal investigators.

Applicants from all countries are encouraged to apply. Fluency in English is expected. A complete application will consist of a cover letter, a CV, a writing sample, a 1000-word proposal for a postdoctoral research project, and two confidential letters of reference sent separately by the referees. Any queries regarding the positions may be addressed to Prof. Rupa Viswanath at rviswan@uni-goettingen.de. Materials should be sent, preferably by email, to holk.stobbe@cemis.uni-goettingen.de no later than April 1, 2013.

Alternatively you can send your application by post to:

Georg-August-University Gottingen

Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)

Prof. Rupa Viswanath

Waldweg 26

D-37073 Goettingen

Germany

The University of Gngen is an equal opportunity employer and places particular emphasis on fostering career opportunities for women. Qualified women are therefore strongly encouraged to apply. Disabled persons with equivalent aptitude will be favored.

.

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 8 Mar 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. wordle 2013

In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

 


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Religious Experience
  • Personality Types
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism
  • Faith development theory
  • Religion and the Law

 


JOURNALS


JSTOR “beta search” released http://www.jstor.org/

Anthropology of the Middle East, vol 7, issue 2, http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ame

Contributions to Indian Sociology, vol 47, issue 1, http://cis.sagepub.com/content/current

Journal of Media and Religion, vol 12, issue 1, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr


CALL FOR PAPERS


The British Society for the Philosophy of Religion

2013 Conference

Atheisms

Oriel College, Oxford, Wednesday 11th Friday 13th September 2013.

Speakers:

Dr. Pamela Anderson (Oxford), Professor Stephen R. L. Clark (Liverpool), Professor Owen Flanagan (Duke), and Professor Robin Le Poidevin (Leeds)


Call for Papers

Buddhists, Epicureans, Christians, Pantheists, Materialists, Liberal Humanists, Transhumanists, Nietszcheans and Idolaters have all at different times been content to be called atheists, and even the most ardent of New Atheists will insist that they need have no positive beliefs, except to reject whatever God or notion of God it is that they oppose. There need therefore be no one doctrine or way of life identified as Atheism. The question is rather what forms of life and thought are to be reckoned atheistical and why they might (or might not) seem attractive.

Nor need the rejection of whatever God or Gods are in question always be a matter of intellectual conviction rather than politics (as anti-clericalism) or broadly spiritual practice (requiring the rejection of any authority superior to the individuals own will, or to the States judgement).

If you would like to present a paper, please send an abstract of a maximum of 250 words to me (andrew.moore [at] theology.ox.ac.uk) by the end of March. Unfortunately, it will not be possible to consider abstracts that exceed the word limit or that are submitted after the closing date (allowance being made to colleagues in other time zones). The plural form ATHEISMS is to be noted: papers solely directed to refutations of (and refutations of those refutations of) the Five Ways (for example) are discouraged, as are papers directed solely to proving the non-existence of one particular deity, without regard to the alternatives.

Papers need not be on the theme of the conference, although a preference may be shown towards selecting those that are, other things being equal.  Time and space at the conference will be limited, so we shall have to be selective, even allowing for the fact that we plan to run parallel sessions and request people presenting papers to keep to half-hour slots.

In order to keep to the tight timetabling required to permit participants to hear (the whole of) as many papers  as possible, papers should take ideally fifteen minutes and an absolute maximum twenty minutes to deliver, leaving ten minutes or so for discussion.


CFP: RELIGION IN THE SOCIETIES OF FORMER SOVIET UNION TERRITORIES:

ROLES, MANIFESTATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS

In the early 1990s the territories of the former Soviet Union opened up to social and religious

innovations. After generations of nurturing the idea of a homogenous society, different states emerged, some of them with homogenous, and some of them with heterogeneous, religious fields, with different ways of living and coping with the new conditions of religious freedom, and with different conceptions of the role of religion in society. Looking back after two decades, we can state that religion in the territories of the former Soviet Union has undergone transformations: from forced secularization, to offering new roles, and having a variety of manifestations within contemporary societies that are marked by modernization, individualization and globalization. Is it possible to talk about a religious revival or not? What are the roles of religion in post-Soviet societies? What are the manifestations of new forms of religiosity? How has religion been transformed and mutated in the last two decades? Which religions have been successful and which have failed? Throughout this period a new generation of social scientists and humanities scholars have grown up, and we are particularly interested in their interpretations of the social situation in the region. How does

the new generation of scholars understand and interpret the roles, manifestations and transformations of religion in the former Soviet Union?

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to religion in the former Soviet Union. We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions from diverse areas of the social sciences, such as: sociology, anthropology, political science, religious studies, history and law, and that focus on the post-Soviet religious landscape and its post-Communist transformations.

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (RASCEE) is an annual, open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal that reflects critical scholarship in the study of religion in the region.

Language: English Website for the submission of articles: http://www.rascee.net/index.php/rascee

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Contact: Milda Alisauskiene at m.alisauskiene [at] smf.vdu.lt, or Annika Hvithamar ahvit [at] sdu.dk

Publication is planned for December, 2013


CFP: 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@chester.ac.uk by no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2013.

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

Conference registration will open in due course.


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Workshop: Mediating Religion – Emotional, Material, and Ideological Practices

Announcement for an international, interdisciplinary Symposium

Mediating Religion – Emotional, Material, and Ideological Practices

April 5-7, 2013, Fürstenzimmer, Schloss Hohentübingen, Tübingen, Germany

Convenors:

Monique Scheer, Ludwig-Uhland-Institut für Empirische Kulturwissenschaft, University of Tübingen Pamela Klassen, Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto

With the support of the Fritz-Thyssen-Stiftung and the Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto

Scholarly interest in the role of media in religion has increased dramatically in the last five to ten years. While it has focused primarily on the effects and uses of visual and mass media, it has also led to a more intense reflection on the nature of mediation more generally and religion’s special relationship to it. This conference proceeds from the assumption that all religious practices are forms of mediation, ways not only of ‘making the invisible visible’ but of making the immaterial available to other senses as well (or instead).

It brings together scholars from historical and cultural anthropology, history, art history, and religious studies to discuss the materiality of the medium and nature of mediation itself.

Three aspects of religion and mediation and their interactions will be in the focus of the symposium: ideologies determining what counts as a medium, the materiality of the medium, and emotion as a medium of religious experience.

Friday, April 5, 2013

2:00 Monique Scheer/Pamela Klassen: Welcome, opening remarks

Section 1: Visibility & Invisibility in the Study of Materiality

2:30 – 7:30

Chair: Monique Scheer

Peter Collins: Quaker Plain and Plaining: Making the Visible Invisible

Tine van Osselaer: Bits and Pieces of the Divine: Fragments of the ‘Sacred’ Trees at Belgian Apparitional Sites

William A. Christian, Jr.: The Invisible Connections of Everyday Things in a Midwest Household

Gertrud Hüwelmeier: Cell Phones for the Spirits: Ancestor Worship in Contemporary Vietnam

Webb Keane: Rotting bodies: On the clash of semiotic ideologies

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Section 2: Texts, Bodies, and the Matter of Religion

9:00 – 12:30

Chair: Gabriele Alex

Amira Mittermaier: Islamic Charity: The Poor as Medium

Vlad Naumescu: The Iconic Economy of Old Belief: Towards an Aesthetics of Transmission

Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek: From Visual Image to Script Image: Jewish Rituals of Mediation between the Past, Present, and Future

Matt King: Taming the Mad Elephant: Missionaries, Lamas, and Mediating Conversion

Section 3: Sensation, Emotion, and Space

4:30 – 7:30

Chair: Amira Mittermaier

Inken Prohl/Tim Graf: Same Forms – Same Sensations? Zen in Japan and in the West

Pamela Klassen: Maps and the Mediation of the Colonial Spirit

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Section 4: Sensible Evidence & Empirical Spiritualities

9:30 – 13:00

Chair: Pamela Klassen

Pascal Eitler: Extrasensory Perception: Seeing and Hearing the New Age

Monique Scheer: The Materiality of Protestant Emotions

Knut Graw: Ob-jective Truths: Divination and the Mediation of Ritual Efficacy in Senegal

Final discussion

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please send an email request to monique.scheer [at] uni-tuebingen.de.


JOBS


Bowdoin College – Postdoctoral Fellow, South Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46442>

St. Mary’s College – Maryland – Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46418>

Church History Department, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – Historian/Documentary Editor, Joseph Smith Papers

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46444>

Columbus State University – Elena Diaz-Verson Amos Eminent Scholar Chair in Latin American Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46421>

Boston University – Lecturer in Chinese Literature

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46441>

City College of New York – Hebrew and Yiddish (Associate or Full

Professor)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46434>

Professor in Sociology and Social Policy

University of the West of Scotland

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AGC340/professor-in-sociology-and-social-policy/

Sociology of Culture and Religion

KU Leuven invites applications for a full-time academic position in the domain of the

Sociology of Culture and Religion, at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The successful

candidate will be a member of the Centre for Sociological Research.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Katlijn Malfliet, tel.: +3216323143, mail:

katlijn.malfliet [at] soc.kuleuven.be

You can apply for this job no later than March 14, 2013 via online form https://webwsp.aps.kuleuven.be/sap%28bD1lbiZjPTIwMCZkPW1pbg==%29/public/bsp/sap/z_sollicitat/main.htm?vacnr=52408585&taal=E&type=ZAP


FELLOWSHIPS


Conflict Studies Fellowship, Israel

Date: 2013-04-05

Description: The program features an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies. Using Israel as a case study, professors are given access to top researchers and officials who provide cutting-edge  information about the terrorist threats to democracies worldwide. The goa …

Contact: dana@defenddemocracy.org

URL: www.defenddemocracy.org/project/campus-programs/

Announcement ID: 201685

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201685


PhD Fellowship – Ritual Studies

A PhD fellowship is available at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo. The position is attached to the project Reassembling Democracy. Ritual as Cultural Resource (REDO). The grant is for a period of 4 years, of which 25 % is secretarial assistance for the project or other required duties.  Starting date is 1. September, 2013.

http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/930417/71015?iso=no

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 1 Mar 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a wordle 2013variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Website Update
  • Journals
  • Books
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs

 


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • World Religions Paradigm
  • Religious Experience
  • Personality Types
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism
  • Faith development theory
  • Religion and the Law

 


WEBSITE UPDATE


A number of new links have been added to the web resources page: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/links/


JOURNALS


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

TC: A Journal of Biblical Textual Criticism http://rosetta.reltech.org/TC/


BOOKS


Little Buddhas: Children and Childhoods in Buddhist Texts and Traditions

Edited by Vanessa R. Sasson

ISBN13: 9780199945610ISBN10: 0199945616

Paperback, 552 pages

Description:

Consideration of children in the academic field of Religious Studies is taking root, but Buddhist Studies has yet to take notice. Little Buddhas brings together a wide range of scholarship and expertise to address the question of what role children have played in Buddhist literature, in particular historical contexts, and what role they continue to play in specific Buddhist contexts today. The volume is divided into two parts, one addressing the representation of children in Buddhist texts, the other children and childhoods in Buddhist cultures around the world. The ground-breaking contributions in this volume challenge the perception of irreconcilable differences between Buddhist idealism and family ties. Little Buddhas will be an indispensable resource for students and scholars of Buddhism and Childhood Studies, and a catalyst for further research on the topic.

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/ReligionTheology/Buddhism/?view=usa&ci=9780199945610


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Contemporary religion in historical perspective: engaging outside academia

Date: 2013-03-15

Description: Contemporary religion in historical perspective: engaging outside academia The Open University, Milton Keynes 15-16 May 2013 What is the relevance of research on historical and contemporary religion for today? How might such research inform current debates on religion, and the practice and self-unde …

Contact: john.maiden [at] open.ac.uk

URL: www.open.ac.uk/Arts/religious-studies/crhp2013.shtml

Announcement ID: 201666

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201666


CFP: American Indian Studies Seminar, AY 2013-14

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-04-29

Description: The seminar provides a forum for works-in-progress that explore topics in American Indian Studies. We encourage the submission of proposals for seminar papers that examine a wide variety of subjects relating to American Indian and Indigenous history and culture broadly conceived. We welcome proposal …

Contact: mcnickle [at] newberry.org

URL: www.newberry.org/american-indian-studies-seminar-series

Announcement ID: 201652

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201652


CFP: Mythology and Popular Culture

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-04-30

Description: Call for Papers: MYTHOLOGY and POPULAR CULTURE 2013 Midwest Popular Culture Association Conference St. Louis, MO Friday-Sunday, October 11-13, 2013 St. Louis Union Station Hotel Deadline for Abstracts: April 30, 2012

Submissions.mpcaaca.org The Mythology and Popular Culture area of the Midwest PCA i …

Contact: devega [at] morningside.edu

URL: www.mpcaaca.org/

Announcement ID: 201641

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201641


CFP: Islam and Education

Date: 2013-05-23

Description: Call for Papers Deadline for submission of abstracts: 5pm, 28th February 2013 Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks 23rd May 2013, Senate House, London 27th June 2013,Birmingham University, Birmingham Funded by Economic and Social Research

Contact: m.wood [at] derby.ac.uk

URL: www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project

Announcement ID: 201539

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201539


CFP: HARTS & Minds: Bristol Journal of Humanities and Arts

Space and Place in the Humanities and Arts

This call for papers invites submissions for the third edition of HARTS & Minds due to be published online in September 2013. Abstracts should be approximately 300 words in length and articles no longer than 6000 words. Your article may explore but is not limited to the following

subjects:

-Aesthetic responses to gallery and non-gallery spaces; -Significant aspects of space within visual representations; -Use of concert spaces, both historical and contemporary; -Topographies; -Solitude or crowds; -Performance venues and staging; -Psychological and figurative space; -Urban or rural; -Architecture and its role in other discourse; -Archaeological spaces; -Surveillance, panoptical structures; -Space and place as realms of becoming; -Queer places and spaces; -Gendered spaces; -In language and semiotics; -Geographies and archaeologies; -Ethnicity and space; -Disabled spaces and places; -Monstrous or haunted spaces; -War and space, battlefields or memorial gardens, -Set design, the construction of space and the representation of place in film, television; -Cyberspace, virtual realities; -Spaces and places of the future, utopian or dystopian.

Please submit your abstract and draft article along with an academic CV to editors [at] harts-minds.co.uk by 17th May 2013. Please consider that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal and therefore esoteric topics will need to be written about with a general academic readership in mind.

Articles should be previously unpublished works and copyright of published articles will remain with HARTS & Minds. The editors accept no responsibility for copyright infringement of images, graphs, etc used by individuals submitting papers to the journal. You must ensure that you have permission to use any visual or graphic material before submitting your paper. Further information about submission guidelines is available at the journal website, www.harts-minds.co.uk. If you have any pressing questions or concerns please use the aforementioned email address to contact the editorial board.


CFP: The Journal of Dialogue Studies

The Journal of Dialogue Studies (hereafter ‘the Journal’ or ‘JDS’) is a multidisciplinary, peer-reviewed academic journal published twice a year. Its aim is to study the theory and practice of dialogue, understood provisionally as: a meaningful interaction and exchange between individuals and/or people of different groups (social, cultural, political and religious) who come together through various kinds of conversations or activities with a view to increased understanding. Some scholars will want to question that description of dialogue, and others may be sceptical of the effectiveness of dialogue as a mechanism to produce increased understanding. The Editors of course welcome vigorous discussion and debate on these and other fundamental questions.

The Journal will bring together a body of original scholarship on the theory and practice of dialogue that can be critically appraised and debated. It will publish conceptual, research, and/or case-based works on both theory and practice, and papers that discuss wider social, cultural or political issues as these relate to the evaluation of dialogue. In this way, the Journal aims to contribute towards establishing ‘dialogue studies’ as a distinct academic field (or perhaps even emerging discipline). Doing so will be directly useful not only to scholars and students but also to professionals and practitioners working in different contexts at various cultural interfaces.

A concern with the theory or practice of dialogue should be in the foreground of papers that are submitted, but the Editors do not have any preference as regards the general disciplinary background of the work. Indeed contributions will be welcome from a variety of disciplines which may, for example, include sociology, anthropology, cultural studies, linguistics, the study of religion, politics, international relations or law.

The first issue will be published in July 2013 and focus on ‘dialogue studies’ as a concept, with particular emphasis on its boundaries, viability and usefulness as an academic field. The Editors invite papers that explore questions such as the following:

·  What arguments might there be for developing ‘dialogue studies’ as a distinct academic field (or perhaps even emerging discipline)?

·  What are the implications of doing so?

·  What do we mean by dialogue, dialogue theories and dialogue practices?

·  How might ‘dialogue studies’ be of use to academics, policy-makers and practitioners?

·  Where along the spectrum of fields is this field best placed?

·  Is dialogue valuable in itself and/or by virtue of its outcomes?

·  How does dialogue function in cultural production?

·  Are there new directions in dialogue for conflict resolution?

·  What can policy-makers learn from dialogue that would benefit the development or implementation of policy?

Papers should be submitted by email attachment to: journal@dialoguesociety.org and must be received by 20th April 2013 in order to allow sufficient time for peer review. Manuscripts should be presented in a form that, as far as practicable, meets the requirements set out in JDS Guidelines for Contributors (coming soon). The running order for issue 1.1, listing the papers to be published in that issue, will be announced by the beginning of June 2013.

Further information: http://www.dialoguesociety.org/publications/academia/829-journal-of-dialogue-studies.html


CFP: Contemporary religion in historical perspective: engaging outside academia

The Open University, Milton Keynes – 15-16 May 2013

What is the relevance of research on historical and contemporary religion for today? How

might such research inform current debates on religion, and the practice and self understanding of religious groups and practitioners? What might historical perspective bring

to research on contemporary religion? This conference will address such issues under the

broad theme of ‘contemporary religion and historical perspective’. There will be two parallel

streams. The first is ‘engaging with the past to inform the present’ and the relevance of

religious history for the contemporary context. The second is ‘the public value of research on

contemporary religion’.

The backdrop for this conference is the growing acknowledgement that Religious Studies and

other disciplines must engage with the wider society. Public ‘engagement’ takes many forms –

from extensive projects to ad hoc engagement and involving diverse activities such as media

work, lectures, workshops and online engagement. This conference will include practitioner

perspectives on different themes, and reflect also on the ways in which academic research on

religion might engage with communities of interest and place and private; interact with public

and third sector institutions and organisations; and influence public discourse and the social,

cultural and environmental well-being of society.

We invite paper and panel proposals for either stream. Papers could include case studies of

previous or ongoing outreach, knowledge exchange or public engagement. Topics discussed

might include (but are not limited to):

o the relevance of historical research on religion for contemporary debates on religion;

and for present-day religious groups, organisations and institutions;

o intersections between research on contemporary religion and present-day

contemporary understanding and practice of religion;

o the idea of ‘applied’ or ‘public’ Religious Studies;

o methodological, theoretical and ethical issues relating to Religious Studies and

knowledge exchange.

Confirmed 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; John Wolffe.

Due to demand for places this conference has now moved to a larger venue and we are

able to open more panel slots. Please send a short (200-300 word) proposal for a 20 minute

paper to Dr John Maiden (j.maiden@open.ac.uk) by 15 March 2013. To book, please contact

Taj Bilkhu (t.bilkhu@open.ac.uk) by 23 March.

Cost: £20 per day + £20 for conference dinner on the evening of 15 May. Lunch and

refreshments (except conference dinner) are included in the day cost; but we ask attendees to book/fund their own accommodation (advice on local hotels and B&Bs available on request).

Please note: only a limited number of subsidised places now remain, available on a ‘first

come, first served’ basis. Additional places may increase in cost


CFP: Censuses and surveys: issues in religious self-identification

Panel at the 12th EASR conference at Liverpool Hope Organised by Dr Abby Day, Chair of SOCREL (Sociology of Religion study group, British Sociological Association) and Dr Bettina Schmidt, Honorary Secretary of the BASR (British Association for Study of Religions)

Self-identification on instruments such as surveys and censuses presents unique challenges and opportunities. The 2011 census for the UK revealed some interesting developments concerning the religious self-identification within the UK, particularly with the continuing increase of people who declare to have no religion. How does the utility of a census compare with, for example, larger surveys, from British Social Attitudes to the World Values Survey and how accurately can such data from any of those instruments represent changing religious landscapes?  How does a faith in surveys and censuses manifest itself by discipline, and what impact does this have on our understanding of research methodology and outcomes? We invite to this panel papers discussing this and other issues concerning national census and survey design and data from the UK or any other country.

Please send abstracts (app. 150 words) to Dr Abby Day a.f.day [at] kent.ac.uk and Dr Bettina Schmidt b.schmidt [at] tsd.ac.uk by 1 May 2013.


Call for Proposals (Submission Deadline: March 25, 2013)

The Departments of Religious Studies and Philosophy at the University of California, Santa Barbara invite submissions for a graduate student conference Personhood, Place, and Possession: Embodiment and Emplacement in Special Contexts

with Keynote Speakers Thomas Csordas, David Hershenov, and Tanya Luhrmann May 28 and 29, 2013

This conference will explore the social, cognitive, philosophical, and religious conceptions and dynamics of personhood. We are especially interested in alterations of subjectivity, altered states of embodiment and emplacement, and cross-disciplinary methods and theories for imagining transient selves. We welcome proposals for full panels and individual papers from graduate students of any discipline on topics that touch upon the ways in which people understand personhood and the possibilities of its creation, transformation, and loss. We seek to include creative and interdisciplinary approaches to these questions, and to explore them in relation to religion as variously conceived in a variety of contexts. Suggested topics include but are not limited to the

following:

● What can altered states of embodiment (spirit possession, charismatic practices, healing, prophecy, etc.) and emplacement (living in diaspora, traversing heavenly or hellish realms, visitations, borderlands, etc.) tell us about notions of subjectivity?

● Where is one’s proper place? How does one being take another’s place? Where can one find or lose the self, and how? How does one change/stay the same over time?

● How might a being exist in multiple places or multiple beings occupy the same space? What does the destruction or loss of a place mean for the possibility of articulating a self or recognizing oneself? How might places have personalities or powers? What makes a person at one time numerically identical to a person at another time?

● What do the cognitive sciences have to say about how the body is internally represented and how this representation can be altered? How might a particular sense of personhood or place relate to cognitive dissonance and/or creative tension?

● How is spirit possession represented in ethnography, literature, films, and so on? What kinds of subjects can be possessed? How might one manipulate spirit possession? Where does the possessed subject go? Where does the possessing spirit come from?

Keynote speakers: Thomas Csordas is professor of anthropology at the University of California, San Diego and is the author of Body/Meaning/Healing. He is currently researching contemporary exorcisms. David Hershenov is chair of the philosophy department at the University at Buffalo and works on metaphysics, bioethics, and religion, especially as related to identity. Tanya Luhrmann is professor of anthropology at Stanford University and is the author of When God Talks Back. She is conducting ongoing research into theory of mind and unusual sensory experiences.

Please email proposals, including name and institutional affiliation, of no more than 300 words, to PPPUCSB2013 [at] gmail.com by March 25, 2013. Notifications will be made by April 1.

Planning committee: Michael Kinsella, Chris Morales, Keith Hess, Jennifer Hahn, Nathan Fredrickson, Garrett Baer, and Philip DeSlippe. This conference is generously supported by Catholic Studies and the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center at UCSB.

CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Man and myth. The human being and the quest for knowledge.

The mythic and the non-mythic dimensions.

Date: 2013-05-16

Description: The conference will take place between 15 and 18 of May 2013 at Stefan cel Mare university of Suceava, Romania The conference will consist of four sessions: Myth and language; Myth and literature; Myth and cultural anthropology; Eminescu and myth. 400 word electronic abstracts in English, French or

Contact: oanas [at] usv.ro

URL: www.usv.ro

Announcement ID: 201754

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201754


The 2013 Olympia Summer Academy actively seeks to recruit promising graduate students from around the world who can benefit from its intensive seminar on Religion & Politics, taught by professors at the cutting edge of academic research, such as Gilles Kepel, Professor and Chair of Middle East Studies at the Institut d’Études Politiques in Paris.

For all information in regards to the Academy, and its other programs of study, please visit:

www.olympiasummeracademy.org

Situated at the birthplace of the Olympic Games in Ancient Olympia, the Academy has been fostering, since the summer of 2002, a world-class network of knowledge that today spreads from Japan in the east to the Americas in the west and includes some of the most respected universities globally. Interested Ph.D. and other graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.


50th Inform Seminar

NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS AND COUNSELLING

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 18 May 2013

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

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

Or post a booking form (attached) and a cheque payable to ‘Inform’ to Inform, Houghton St., London WC2A 2AE. (Inform@lse.ac.uk; 020 7955 7677).

Tickets (including buffet lunch, coffee and tea) paid by 29 April 2013 cost  £38 each (£18 students/unwaged).

NB. Tickets booked after 29 April 2013 will cost £48 each (£28 students/unwaged).

A limited number of seats will be made available to A-Level students at £10 before 29 April 2013 (£20 after 12 November). A party of 5 or more A-Level students from one school can include one member of staff at the same price.


Social relations and Human Security Conference

Friday 22nd – Saturday 23rd March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

We live in an interconnected world that transports social issues across and between people, sectors, communities and societies. Tackling some of the drivers and misconceptions that underpin the most pressing problems for societies today –ethnicity, the environment, or socio-economics – requires continued multi-disciplinary dialogue between, governments, practitioners and publics.

The context of contemporary people-to-people relationships and the consequences of differences are both an opportunity and challenge for human security agendas. The question of how we interact, whether at work or at home, with people who we perceive as different to us is central to our sense of stability and security, not just for ourselves, but also for our families and communities. How do we challenge polarising narratives and negative representations through new models of engagement or dialogue? How can we develop communities where people interact in a meaningful way and experience true equality of opportunity? How can we help to equip people in the UK and globally to live engaged and peaceful lives in pluralistic societies?

In learning to understand how our social relations play out in communities both locally and globally, we can begin to address how to live together in peaceful relationships in a world of difference.

Our conference will explore the importance of multi-disciplinary work across the social sciences and humanities under the broad banner of social relations in policymaking, international inter-cultural dialogue/cross-community dialogue and academic research.

Keynote speakers are:

Professor Dr. Din Syamsuddin, President of Muhammadiyah, Chairman of the Centre for Dialogue and Co-operation among Civilisations (CDCC) Indonesia

Professor Linda Woodhead, Professor in the Sociology of Religion in the Department of Politics, Philosophy & Religion at Lancaster University

Prof. Salman Hameed, Director Centre for the study of Science in Muslim Societies, Hampshire College, US.

Early bird registration fee available before 28tH February:

Registration (including conference Dinner on Friday 22nd) = £56

Reduced rate registration for PhD/Early career scholars not in full time employment/retired scholars (inc. conference Dinner on Friday 22nd) = £32

Accommodation at IBIS hotel Friday 22nd = £35 per night

Extra nights’ accommodation (Thursday 21st or Saturday 23rd) = £55 per night

Registration rates after 28th February:

Registration (including conference Dinner on Friday 22nd) = £70

Reduced rate registration for PhD/Early career scholars not in full time employment/retired scholars (inc conference Dinner on Friday 22nd) = £40

Further details and current programme can be found here:

http://www.cohesioninstitute.org.uk/NewsEvents/SocialRelationsAndHumanSecurity


Plantations Amidst Savagery

Date: 2013-06-09

Description: In 1113 David youngest son of St Margaret of Scotland founded a colony from St Bernard of Abbevilles abbey of Thiron-Gardais at Selkirk in the Scottish Borders. This community was the first of any of the reformed Benedictine or Augustinian monastic orders to be founded in the British Isles.

Contact: plantationsamidstsavagery [at] yahoo.com

URL: plantationsamidstsavagery.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 201736

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201736


What does it mean to be a Marxist in the 21st century?

Location: Georgia

Date: 2013-06-20

Description: Taking a cue from Shakespeares Hamlet, this panel focuses on a critical examination of the act or state of calling ones self a Marxist, that is to say, it asks the question, What does it mean to be a Marxist in the 21st century? For instance, what are the challenges that arise when reflecting on ind …

Contact: acooke2 [at] emory.edu

Announcement ID: 201639

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201639


African Diaspora Religions Group

Location: Maryland

Date: 2013-11-23

Description: The African Diaspora Religions Group at the American Academy of Religion is proposing 2 themes for its call for papers for the 2013 Annual meeting at Baltimore, November 23-26, 2013: Theme 1 Technology, Identity, and Authenticity in African diaspora Religions. We seek to address how is the rapid expan …

Contact: mmarouan [at] bama.ua.edu

URL: rsnonline.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1183&Itemid=1333

Announcement ID: 201605

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201605


The Fourth International Conference on the Quranic Studies

Date: 2013-07-13

Description: 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  …

Contact: register [at] quran-institute.org.uk

URL: quran-institute.org.uk/

Announcement ID: 201620

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201620


JOBS


Teacher of Religion and Philosophy, for September 2013

Loughborough Grammar School

http://www.lesgrammar.org/


JOB GUIDE NO: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46418

St. Mary’s College – Maryland, History

Visiting Assistant Professor, Asian History

Institution Type:  College / University

Location:  Maryland, United States

Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor

St. Mary’s College of Maryland at Historic St. Mary’s City invites applications for a one-year sabbatical replacement position as Visiting Assistant Professor in Asian History beginning in August 2013.  The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a three course load per semester in a range of lower and upper-level classes including World History, Asian Civilization and upper-level Asian History.  PhD or ABD (or MA with significant teaching experience) in Asian history is required.

Non-sectarian since its founding, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, a public Carnegie Baccalaureate, Arts and Sciences institution located in Historic St. Mary’s City, 70 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., has been designated as Marylands public honors college.  With highly selective admissions policies, academically talented students, and a rigorous curriculum, we offer a small college experience similar to that found at exceptional private colleges.  The quality of life is enhanced by the recreational opportunities of the Chesapeake region and by our proximity to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore.

To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Christine Adams, Acting Chair, Department of History, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  St. Mary’s College of Maryland is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Visit our website: http://www.smcm.edu/hr


Sociology of Culture and Religion

KU Leuven invites applications for a full-time academic position in the domain of the

Sociology of Culture and Religion, at the Faculty of Social Sciences. The successful

candidate will be a member of the Centre for Sociological Research.

For more information please contact Prof. dr. Katlijn Malfliet, tel.: +3216323143, mail:

katlijn.malfliet@soc.kuleuven.be.

For problems with online applying, please contact Mrs. Valerie Vander Borght, tel.: +32 16

3 28325, mail: valerie.vanderborght [at] kuleuven.be

You can apply for this job no later than March 14, 2013 via online form https://webwsp.aps.kuleuven.be/sap%28bD1lbiZjPTIwMCZkPW1pbg==%29/public/bsp/sap/z_sollicitat/main.htm?vacnr=52408585&taal=E&type=ZAP

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 Feb 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. wordle 2013

In this issue:

  • Future podcasts
  • Website Update
  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs

 


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • World Religions Paradigm
  • Religious Experience
  • Personality Types
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism
  • Faith development theory
  • Religion and the Law

 


WEBSITE UPDATE


A number of new links have been added to the web resources page: https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/links/


JOURNALS


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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: NAASR

The 2013 NAASR annual meeting, held jointly with the annual meetings of both the American Academy of Religion (AAR) and the Society for Biblical Literature (SBL), will take place inBaltimore from Nov. 22-24. The NAASR Program Committee accepts proposals for both individual papers and complete panels. We welcome proposals for rigorous, critical, theoretically sophisticated scholarship on any aspect of religion.

NAASR Presidential Panel

The NAASR Presidential Panel is a special program dealing with an important topic in the critical, analytical study of religion, selected annually by NAASR’s president. The president also seeks out the panelists. This year, President William Arnal has chosen the topic, “pedagogy and theory,” focused on critical engagement with Jonathan Z. Smith’s new collection, On Teaching Religion. While NAASR will not accept unsolicited submissions to the presidential panel, paper and panel proposals in any area that link up with the president’s topic are encouraged.

Programming Focus

This year’s programming will focus on relationships between explanatory and critical-historical theory in the study of religion. Such varied theorists of religion as Émile Durkheim, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Clifford Geertz, and Jonathan Z. Smith can all be described as seeking scientific explanations, and indeed all described themselves so. All can equally be described as engaged in and developing critical and cultural theory of various kinds, and indeed all have arguably been most influential in those modes of theory. All are also among the constellation of distinguishedthinkers to whom theoretically-informed scholars of religion continue to look for inspiration. And yet, much current scholarship insists upon a separation, usually exclusive, between these two dimensions of theory. Beyond the classic theoretical authors already mentioned, the Program Committee directs attention to the following article for consideration: Bruno Latour, “Why Has Critique Run out of Steam? From Matters of Fact to Matters of Concern,” Critical Inquiry 30, no. 2 (Winter 2004): 225-248, http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/421123.

For the Annual Meeting, we seek papers and panels that engage with aspects or dimensions ofthis fundamental theoretical binary.

THE DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS IS APRIL 1, 2013

Guidelines

The Committee welcomes proposals for individual papers or sessions from researchers at alllevels (including graduate students, chaired professors, and independent scholars). It welcomes proposals from those new to NAASR, regardless of discipline or field, as well as those familiar with the Association and its aims. Applicants are encouraged to propose sessions that include a diverse mix of participants: multinational origins, a mix of men and women, a range of professional ranks, etc. Preference will be given to panels whose presenters have diverse institutional affiliations.

The Program Committee continues to welcome unconventional sessions, in which the formatdiverges in useful ways from the typical three/four papers with comment: round-table sessions, workshops with papers pre-circulated, “author meets critics” sessions, etc. Traditional paper panels are equally welcome.

Submissions

Proposals for individual papers must include:

1.

A one-page abstract (maximum 500 words)

2.

A one-page curriculum vitae, including current postal and e-mail addresses

Proposals for complete sessions must include:

1.

A description of the session that explains how individual papers contribute to an overall theme (maximum 300 words)

2.

The names and paper titles of the presenters

3.

For each presenter, a one-page summary (maximum 500 words)

4.

For the commentator, chair, and each presenter: a one-page curriculum vitae, including current postal and e-mail addresses

Non-traditional proposals must include:

1.

A one-page description of the proposed activity or material (maximum 500 words)

2.

For each participant (including the proposing organizer), a one-page curriculum vitae, including current postal and e-mail addresses

Proposals should be submitted electronically to NAASR Vice President Christopher I. Lehrich.Word, WordPerfect, and RTF formats are preferred.

For more information please visit NAASR on the Web– – http://www.naasr.com/ . For general questions about the Society, please email NAASR Executive Secretary Craig Martin.


Call for Papers and Panels for the 12 EASR conference that will take place at Liverpool Hope University,

3-6 September 2013.

The topic is the conference is RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION. But as this conference is also a special IAHR conference all associations linked to the IAHR or the EASR that want to organise a panel, are invited to do so. Please contact the conference team if you want to seek further clarification (email: frethes [at] hope.ac.uk)

The 12th EASR Annual Conference will be hosted by the British Association for the Study of Religions (BASR) at Liverpool Hope University. This will also be a Special Conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR).

The conference theme will be RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION.

The conference invites papers and panels  that examine what happens to religious beliefs and practices when they are displaced, and what occurs to religions when new cultural practices interact with them. The focus on transformation is not only to be taken in connection with movements of people but panels and papers are invited that deal with the issue of mutation in the broadest sense. We invite scholars from different disciplines to participate in the conference. RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION is the 12th annual conference of the EASR and the second to be organised in collaboration with the BASR.

Panels will be 2 hours long and consist of 4 speakers (papers should be no more than 25 minutes long, allowing a 20 minute discussion period). Proposals should include Panel/Papers information: title, abstract for the panel and the individual papers (150 words), any unusual IT required, list of chair, panellists, and abstracts for both the panel and the individual papers.

Individual papers are welcomed.

Submission deadline: 1st June 2013


CFP: Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education

CFP: http://www4.dcu.ie/conferences/changingboundaries/call-for-papers.shtml

Conference: http://www4.dcu.ie/conferences/changingboundaries/index.shtml


CFP: “The Christian Mystery. Early Christianity and the pagan mystery cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarship.”

13-15 September 2013 in Ghent

The theme of this international conference, hosted by Franz Cumont’s alma mater Ghent University, is the way Cumont 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. Cumont was a pioneer of the scientific study of the oriental religions. Many of his publications (e.g. The Mysteries of Mithras, 1900) fuelled the early 20th century debates about Christianity’s dependence on the pagan cults through the similarities they suggested between these religious traditions. Cumont expressed his opinion only indirectly and ambiguously, but other scholars have been more explicit in demonstrating or denying such influences.

This conference serves multiple purposes. The first set of aims is to reconstruct, evaluate and contextualize Cumont’s views on this much debated topic in early 20th century history of religions, through the reconstruction of his ideas, as well as of those of his contemporaries. We are e.g. thinking of Cumont’s long time friend and correspondent Alfred Loisy, but also of comparative historians of religions, belonging to Cumont’s network, like Eugène Goblet d’Alviella, Raffaele Pettazzoni, Nicolà Turchi, James George Frazer, Arthur Darby Nock, Salomon Reinach, Prosper Alfaric, Hermann Usener, Richard Reitzenstein, Carl Clemen, … We also want to include and discuss the different scientific, social, religious and ideological backgrounds of these scholars, so as to create a nuanced synthesis of the factors which could have influenced the different positions in this discussion.

This conference aims at uniting specialists of historiography of religion, whose contributions will together cover various methodological and geographical traditions, so as to come to a broad overview of this issue within the early 20th century history of science.

The languages of the conference will be English, French, and German.

Publication of Acts is intended.

Scholars interested in submitting a proposal for a lecture should do so by March 31st 2013 at the latest. Proposals of no more than 300 words should be submitted by sending an e-mail to Annelies Lannoy, at the following address: annelies.lannoy [at] ugent.be. All proposals should be accompanied by a short CV.

More information is available on the conference website: http://www.csct.ugent.be/christianmystery


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


CFP: 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] chester.ac.uk by no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2013.

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

Conference registration will open in due course


Talk on the political theology of the Event, by Professor Michael Dillon (University of Lancaster)

Date: 2013-02-18

Description: Research Unit in Politics & Ethics Seminar series 2013 Goldsmiths University of London Political Theology seminar series 2013 (Research Unit for Politics and Ethics) presents a talk by: Professor Michael Dillon (University of Lancaster) ‘Fiat Lux: Politics of Truth, Theology and the Event’ Monday 18

Contact: s.newman@gold.ac.uk

URL: www.gold.ac.uk/calendar/?id=6242

Announcement ID: 201418

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201418


The British Museum is running the following study day in March. Please feel free to circulate details to others. Thank you.

Encountering the sacred in museums

Friday 15 March, 10.30-17.00

What role do museums play in visitors’ religious and spiritual lives? Join us for a unique day of discussions on the varied ways visitors practise their faith and encounter the sacred in museums. Featuring speakers from a mix of museum and academic backgrounds, this event will explore the visitor experience at venues including the Museum of Witchcraft in Cornwall, the Creation Museum in Kentucky and the recent ‘spiritual journeys’ exhibitions at the British Museum.

Confirmed speakers include Karen Armstrong, British Museum Trustee; Rickie Burman, The National Gallery; Qaisra Khan, Project Curator at The British Museum; and Dr John Troyer, Deputy Director of the Centre for Death and Society, University of Bath

Book online at: http://www.britishmuseumshoponline.org/study-days/encountering-the-sacred-in-museums/invt/mevsd1encsac/

Event details:

£35, Members/concessions £28

The Stevenson Lecture Theatre, the British Museum, London Morning and afternoon refreshments will be provided The Museum will remain open until 20.30


JOBS


University of Warwick – Assistant Professor of South Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46352

St. Francis College – Assistant Professor, Religious Studies,

Tenure-Track (emphasis on Buddhism)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46365

University of Cape Town – Dean and Professor, Faculty of Humanities

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46361


Director of charity

Central London

£40,000-55,000 per annum

Inform collects, evaluates and disseminates objective information about minority religions.  The Director is responsible for ensuring that it achieves its aims.

Inform is a registered charity that collects, evaluates and disseminates information about minority religions which is as reliable and objective as possible. The Director is responsible to Inform’s Board of Governors for ensuring that these aims are achieved.  The job requires ‘vision’ in the sense of setting the directions in which research needs to be steered in order to investigate the constantly changing landscape of minority religions and the reactions to them.  The Director also needs to be a ‘self-starter’ and ‘doer’ who not only initiates new areas of research but also sees them through to completion, including the dissemination of findings for the benefit of stakeholders and the public.

Further particulars and the application form can be downloaded from www.inform.ac. Applications and any questions to be sent to informdirector [at] yahoo.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is March 1st 2013

wordle 2013

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 15 Feb 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. wordle 2013

In this issue:

  • Future Podcasts
  • Book Contribution
  • Bursaries
  • Call for papers
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Summer Schools

 


FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Sociotheology and Cosmic War
  • Religion and Globalization
  • Religious Experience
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

 


BOOK CONTRIBUTION


Call for Contributions

We would like to invite you to join our initiative – publishing a book dedicated to the 80th birthday of Professor Alexander Fol (July 3, 1933 – March 1, 2006).

We are a group of young researchers inspired personally by Alexander Fol and we research and study at different universities and institutes in different countries: Senior Research Assistant Dr. Kalin Stoev – Centre of Thracology “Prof. Alexander Fol” Sofiа at the BAS Sofia; Ivan Marinov – Doctoral Candidate at the University of Montréal; Dimitar Tsakov – Doctoral candidate at the Freie Universität Berlin; Georgi Mishev – Doctoral candidate at the University of Library Studies and Information Technologies, Sofia; Ekaterina Ilieva – New Bulgarian University, Sofia. Our group includes also Prof. Dr. Valeria Fol who has responded to our invitation to join our group.

We are trying to develop Prof. Alexander Fol’s ideas and maintain his work at our respective institutions, because we share his view that the Thracian civilization and cultural heritage form an integral part of Bulgarian as well as European culture.

In the planned volume we would like to publish articles on issues within the scientific fields developed by Professor Alexander Fol. We invite everyone to share his views of: Thracian political history; Political and cultural relations of the people from the Southeastern Europe in antiquity; Faith, ritualism and religiosity of the Thracians; Literary and oral Orphism which helps to define the spirituality in Southeastern Europe after the 2nd millennium B.C.; Thracians in the Roman Empire and Late Antiquity; Interpretation and reinterpretation of important archeological objects and finds in the European Southeast; Interaction between literary and oral cultures; Philosophy of history; The Person as a subject and object of their own study and the ability of being in different spaces and times.

Once written and published your ideas will turn into a potential reality, the one of the Word beyond which no other worlds exist, as Alexander Fol claimed.

With this in mind we ask you to send your scientific or essayistic article to contact [at] groupofi.com in two files – .doc and .pdf no later than June 30, 2013.


BURSARIES


Training to teach Religious Education in 2013: Candidates can train to teach Religious Education (RE) through a PGCE course in 28 universities in England, 2 in Wales and 2 in Scotland. Although the government no longer provides a bursary for RE, there are other sources of support. For 2013-14, trainees in secondary RE could be eligible to apply to one of the Church College Trusts for a grant towards course expenses or living expenses. Candidates can check www.cstg.org.uk/acct<http://www.cstg.org.uk/acct> for details of the trusts and foundations to which they can apply.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: St. Patricks College, Thurles and the Irish Philosophical Society (IPS) Symposium: An Ethics of/for the Future.

Date: 2013-02-28

Description: St. Patricks College, Thurles, and the Irish Philosophical Society invite the submission of abstracts for the forthcoming one day symposium, An Ethics of/for the Future.

Speakers are welcome from a variety of academic backgrounds, including those with an interdisciplinary approach. However, the foll …

Contact: mshanahan [at] stpats.ie

URL: www.stpats.ie/about/upcoming_conferences

Announcement ID: 201204

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201204


CFP: Economic History of the Jews throughout the ages:Sources, Methodologies, NarrativesKoschitzky Department of Jewish History annual conferenceBar-Ilan University, June 5-6, 2013

Date: 2013-03-01

Description: CALL FOR PAPERS Economic History of the Jews throughout the ages: Sources, Methodologies, Narratives Koschitzky Department of Jewish History annual conferenceBar-Ilan University, June 5-6, 2013 The purpose of this conference is to challenge the writing of Jewish economic history in all periods in ch …

Contact: Orly.Meron [at] biu.ac.il

Announcement ID: 201306

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201306


Call for Contributions: Guest editors, Dominic Corrywright and Stephen Gregg welcome offers of written papers for a special edition of Diskus on Teaching and Learning.

Deadline for contributions is Friday 19th April. The journal will be available summer this year.

The process will be fast track  because the journal is an e-journal not hard copy (ticking all the governments aims’ for open access research) and the guest editors, Stephen Gregg and myself, will be especially efficient about getting the papers reviewed, revised and the edition collated and published.

If you have a paper on Teaching and Learning that needs a recognised international academic peer-reviewed home then send it to: dcorrywright [at] brookes.ac.uk

We will accept papers 5000-8000 words.

Diskus style guide, and informal guidance available from guest editors..


RASCEE

Religion & Society in Central and Eastern Europe – Journal of the International Study of Religion in Eastern and Central Europe Association (ISORECEA) | ISSN: 1553-9962

http://www.rascee.net

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (RASCEE) is an open-access peer-reviewed annual (published in December) academic journal reflecting critical scholarship in the study religion in the region.

Journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe is included in Index to the Study of Religions Online (A cross-searchable database and bibliography of journal articles) and in EBSCO Publishing Academic Search Complete, SocIndex with Full Text and in Central and Eastern European Academic Source., while it is in the review process with Religious and Theological Abstracts, ATLA Religion Databases and ProQuest.

RELIGION IN THE SOCIETIES OF FORMER SOVIET UNION TERRITORIES:

ROLES, MANIFESTATIONS AND TRANSFORMATIONS

In the early 1990s the territories of the former Soviet Union opened up to social and religious

innovations. After generations of nurturing the idea of a homogenous society, different states emerged, some of them with homogenous, and some of them with heterogeneous, religious fields, with different ways of living and coping with the new conditions of religious freedom, and with different conceptions of the role of religion in society. Looking back after two decades, we can state that religion in the territories of the former Soviet Union has undergone transformations: from forced secularization, to offering new roles, and having a variety of manifestations within contemporary societies that are marked by modernization, individualization and globalization. Is it possible to talk about a religious revival or not? What are the roles of religion in post-Soviet societies? What are the manifestations of new forms of religiosity? How has religion been transformed and mutated in the last two decades? Which religions have been successful and which have failed? Throughout this period a new generation of social scientists and humanities scholars have grown up, and we are particularly interested in their interpretations of the social situation in the region. How does

the new generation of scholars understand and interpret the roles, manifestations and transformations of religion in the former Soviet Union?

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to religion in the former Soviet Union. We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions from diverse areas of the social sciences, such as: sociology, anthropology, political science, religious studies, history and law, and that focus on the post-Soviet religious landscape and its post-Communist transformations.

Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe (RASCEE) is an annual, open-access, peer-reviewed academic journal that reflects critical scholarship in the study of religion in the region.

Language: English

Website for the submission of articles: http://www.rascee.net/index.php/rascee

Deadline: June 1, 2013

Contact: Milda Alisauskiene at m.alisauskiene [at] smf.vdu.lt, or Annika Hvithamar ahvit@sdu.dk

Publication is planned for December, 2013


CFP: Religion in Urban Spaces

April 10/11 2014 in Göttingen

Urban spaces have always functioned as innovative laboratories for new religious movements and spiritualities. Studies on the interdependenc <http://www.dict.cc/englisch-deutsch/interdependency.html> e between religion and urban culture, (socio-cultural) space and place and practitioners were published recently (Orsi 1999, Livezey 2000; metroZones 2011, Pinxten/Dikomitis 2012). Still, religious developments in cities remain a marginal field within qualitative social and cultural research. The relationship between urban settings and religious practices hardly come into analytical focus.

The conference will bring the city to the fore in religious research and foster studies that take the meanings of religiosity within the urban context as a central focus. To that end, we take the interdependent terms of religion and religiosity as broad and deliberately blurred analytical concepts, beyond the boundaries of the traditional institutional religions. ‘Religion’ refers here to new or alternative forms of religion and spirituality. One might consider movements such as Neopaganism, Spiritualism, any forms of Esotericism, as well of new practices within dominant belief systems such as Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Judaism (e.g. New Age Judaism, Salafism, Pentecostalism, Western Buddhism, etc.). The conference aims for a comparative perspective, drawing attention to the contemporary interplay between diverse practices in appropriating and transforming the urban, and considering the reciprocal influence of the cityscape and pluralist culture on religion.

We welcome researchers from various disciplines, including urban/cultural/social anthropology, European ethnology, migration studies, history, philosophy, architecture, sociology, cultural studies, religious studies, and urban studies.

We are particularly interested in research that explores questions such as:

  • How does the specificity of urban culture inscribe itself into new religious and spiritual views and performances?

  • How are new forms of religiosity inscribed in urban culture?

-How does religious practice recast the meaning of the urban space?

  • What role is played by do urban structure and landscape and architecture?

  • How do shared and contested memories of urban pasts figure in the creation of new religious expressions?

  • What is the significance of the body as an agent of creation of (sacred) places and spaces within urban settings (i.e. ritual movements, dress codes, singing, visualizing emotions)?

  • How do migration, religious self understanding/collective identifications and the city context interrelate?

  • Are there any general characteristics of urbanity related to the construction of (sacred) places or religious practices in the city?

The conference will be the basis for an edited volume which will emphasize the need to link studies on present-day cultural religious processes with the study of urbanism to foster a better understanding of contemporary religious and spiritual cosmologies and practices within the urban realm.

The conference will be held on April 10/11, 2014 in Göttingen. Abstracts of up to 300 words should be submitted via email to Victoria Hegner and Peter Jan Margry by May 30, 2013. All applicants will be informed regarding the acceptance of their proposals by the end of June 2013. We will apply for funding to cover the travel expenses of the participants. Notification of funding should be due by October 2013. The paper`s outline (1-2 pages) should be submitted by March 15, 2014, so that they can be pre-circulated.

Victoria Hegner, Institute for Cultural Anthropology/European Ethnology, University of Göttingen

Peter Jan Margry, Academy of Arts and Sciences, Amsterdam

victoria.hegner [at] phil.uni-goettingen.de

peterjan.margry [at] meertens.knaw.nl


CONFERENCES


“Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural:Experience, Place, Ritual, and Narrative”

Date: 2014-03-25

Description: This folklore conference will explore past and present supernatural traditions worldwide, focusing on how they relate to experience, place, ritual, and narrative. Throughout

history, scholars and laypeople have theorised on supernatural

experience. Europeans have debated, for example, whether fairie

Contact: agrydehoj [at] islanddynamics.org

URL: www.islanddynamics.org/folkloreconference.html

Announcement ID: 201181

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201181


“The Supernatural in Literature and Film: Ghosts, Fairies, Aliens, Vampires, Monsters, and Demons”

Date: 2014-03-29

Description: This conference will bring together researchers and practitioners to discuss the role of the supernatural in books and movies, past and present, worldwide. Ever since the dawn of literature, the supernatural has played a role in the stories humanity has told about itself.

Contact: agrydehoj [at] islanddynamics.org

URL: www.islanddynamics.org/supernatural-2014.html

Announcement ID: 201182

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201182


Uncanny Landscapes

4th-8th March 2013

The Centre for Creative Collaboration

16 Acton Street,

London,

WC1X 9NG

Contributors include:

Steve Pile (Open), Sophie Hoyle (Goldsmiths,) Rachel Sarah Jones (Goldsmiths)

Jane Rendell (Bartlett, UCL), Sarah Sparkes (GHost), Niklas Fanelsa (Tokyo)

Tim Cresswell (RHUL), David Kendall (Goldsmiths), James Thurgill (RHUL)

Tim Edensor (MMU), Lisa Tilda (Ohio), Rupert Griffiths (RHUL), Aileen Harvey (Routledge)

Douglas Spencer (AA), Ben Murphy (UEL), Peter Dickens (Brighton)

Carol Mancke (Kingston), Mariela Cvetic (Belgrade), Elizabeth Straughan (Aber)

Uncanny landscapes is a week long series of events consisting of workshops, symposiums, a conference and exhibition, bringing together artists and academics whose work addresses the ambiguity between subject, object and landscape relations.

The uncanny (unheimlich) was perhaps most famously sketched out by Freud (1919). Defined as everything that ought to have remained secret and hidden but has come to light. (Schelling), the uncanny represents that which upsets, disrupts or disturbs our engagement with the world around us. The Uncanny was a unique work in Freuds oeuvre; unstable, oscillating between analysis and fiction itself blurring the distinction between the real and the imaginary. The idea of the uncanny has since been revisited and reworked in numerous ways, from the architectural to the technological uncanny. At its heart there remains the question of ontological ambiguity. Where are the boundaries between the self and the environment? The uncanny demands that this question is always answered with uncertainty and dissolution.

Uncanny Landscapes repeats these questions, asking how ambiguity is experienced and understood in terms of landscape and the perceiving subject. How does ambiguity or porosity between subject and landscape arise? How did subject and landscape ever come to be seen as distinct in the first place? Is the uncanny an affective trope or can it be considered as a by-product of distributed agency, a glimpse of a decentred self? Can the Freudian rubrics of the uncanny, such as doubling, compulsion to repeat, apparent telepathy, coincidence, omnipotence of thought, still translate to readings of landscape or is the uncanny located in a  particular historical moment? How does the idea of return (e.g. Derridas revenant) create an ambiguous body/landscape? Does Deleuze and Guattaris schizoid finally and gleefully jettison the subject in favour of an uncanny multiplicity?

These theoretical perspectives are intended merely as momentary guides or loose anchors. The real questions revolve around how geographical thought can approach ambiguity as a framework through which to describe the experience of place and landscape.

All events are free but admission is by ticket only and places are strictly limited. We suggest booking early to avoid disappointment. Tickets can be reserved by following the link to the Uncanny Landscapes Eventbrite homepage:

http://uncannylandscapes.eventbrite.co.uk

Whilst the workshops are open to all, they are primarily aimed at PhD researchers and early career academics and restricted to a maximum of 15 participants per session.

For more information including timetable, abstracts and venue information, please visit the Uncanny Landscapes website at www.uncannylandscapes.wordpress.com.

Please contact the organisers at uncannylandscapes [at] gmail.com with any further questions.

Uncanny Landscapes is organised by PhD researchers James Thurgill (RHUL) and Rupert Griffiths (RHUL) and is supported by Landscape Surgery (RHUL ) and the Centre for Creative Collaboration.


JOBS


Lecturer in Philosophy

School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

University of Aberdeen

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFY321/lecturer-in-philosophy-northern/

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Postdoctural Fellowship in Modern

China / China studies (all social sciences and history)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46275>

University of British Columbia – Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the

field of Persian Literary Culture and /or Iranian cinema.

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46312>


SUMMER SCHOOLS


Summer School in Comparative and Transnational History: Theories, Methodology and Case Studies

Description: Are you convinced that national history and its approaches are limited? Do you want to look beyond the nation in which you live? In this case, you may be interested in  attending the HEC 2013 Summer School which will take place in one of the most evocative places in Florence: Villa Schifanoia.

Contact: francesca.parenti@eui.eu

URL: www.eui.eu/DepartmentsAndCentres/HistoryAndCivilization/SummerSchool/Index.aspx

Announcement ID: 201174

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201174


Call for applications

2013 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”

Sunday 25 August – Sunday 1 September 2013

Antwerp, Belgium

In 2013 the UCSIA summer school focuses on the topic of Religion, Reform and the Challenge of Plurality. We will research processes of change that arise in the interaction between religions and societies in contexts of plurality – especially and also in a global world. Where a diversity of religions and societal perspectives are present, identity-claims are problematised, and the understanding of citizenship is evolving. What role can religions play in shaping such societies? How do plural societies affect religions towards changing their own attitudes towards one another and revising their role in society? How do religious convictions and perspectives on citizenship relate to one another? Can one ‘belong’ to various cultures and religions? These challenges can be studied in various areas: changes in the perception and self-image of religions and faith-based organizations (so-called ‘identity-issues”), education, public health management, welfare programs, the relevance of voluntary work, attitudes towards (im)migration, gender and race issues, culture, politics, involvement in the public sphere, etc.

Guest lecturers:

Guest lecturers are José Casanova (Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs, Georgetown University, Washington DC), Robert W. Hefner (Boston University), John Hutchinson (London School of Economics) and Louise Ryan (Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University, London).

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.

You can submit your application via the electronic submission http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=.SUMMERSCHOOL&n=48426  on the summer school website http://www.ucsia.org/summerschool. The completed file as well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 28 April 2013!

For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at our website: http://www.ucsia.org/summerschool.

Contact:

Sara Mels, Project coordinator

UCSIA

Prinsstraat 14

2000 Antwerp

Belgium

Tel: +32/3/265.45.99

Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

http://www.ucsia.org

http:///www.ucsia.org/summerschool

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 8 Feb 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options onwordle our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Future Podcasts
  • Survey
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Workshops
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Awards

FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Sociotheology and Cosmic War
  • Religion and Globalization
  • Religious Experience
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

 


SURVEY


Gregory D. Alles

Professor, Religious Studies, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD 21157, USA

I am conducting a survey of scholars of religions on methodological and theoretical resources in the study of religions that originate from outside Western Europe and North America.  (Those that do originate from Western Europe and North America are known throughout the world.) Among other things I will use the results of the survey to determine how I might continue the project begun with Religious Studies: A Global View.

Please consider following this link and participating in the survey:

https://mcdaniel.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_6qVqtQRDmdQs7Kl

All responses will be strictly anonymous.

If you consider theoretical and methodological resources that originate from outside Western Europe and North America to be unimportant, that would be worth knowing, too. You will have the opportunity to rate these resources on a scale from very important to not at all important.  The best answers are, of course, simply honest ones.

The survey is currently available in English, French, German, and Spanish. If you think it would be helpful to have the survey translated into other languages as well, please let me know – especially if you can suggest a way to accomplish that translation.


BOOKS


Santo Daime: A New World Religion. London: Bloomsbury.

ISBN: 978-1-4411-0299-7; 978-1-4411-5424-8.

Santo Daime: A New World Religion deals with a young, exotic and controversial religious movement. Emerging in the Brazilian Amazon in the 1930s, Santo Daime has since spread to many of the world’s major cities. Santo Daime is a mixture of indigenous, popular Catholic, Afro-Brazilian, esoteric, Spiritist, and new age beliefs and activities. Ritual practice is centred on the consumption of a psychotropic beverage called ‘Daime’ which members believe enhances their interaction with the supernatural world. Because Daime is treated as an illegal narcotic in many parts of the world, outside of its Brazilian homeland most Santo Daime rituals are practised clandestinely. This book unites extensive fieldwork experience with an established theoretical background and makes a significant contribution to understanding the contemporary interface of religion and late-modern society. Individualization and religious subjectivism, pluralization and religious hybridism, transformation and detraditionalization, globalization and religious identity, and commoditization and religious consumption are among the many issues engaged by this book.

Santo Daime: A New World Religion is an accessible and multi-disciplinary book suitable for undergraduate students and researchers working in Religious Studies, Sociology of Religion, Anthropology, Cultural Studies and Latin American Studies.

Andrew Dawson is Senior Lecturer in Religion at Lancaster University, UK.


JOURNALS


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


Anthropological Journal of European Cultures has been published by Berghahn Journals. This issue

celebrates AJEC’s 21 years by reflecting on the journal’s past and future. The General Articles explore the disciplinary connections on which the anthropological study of cultural expressions in and of Europe is based.

Volume 21, Issue 2

http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ajec

European Ethnology, Europeanist Anthropology and Beyond

http://tinyurl.com/bq7knvl


Issue 5 – Journal on African Philosophy

Description: Journal on African Philosophy have just published issue 5. This is the second issue after a 10 year hiatus since 2003. We thank all the contributors of being part of this revitalization process. The leading article of the issue is by Professor Susan Babbitt. The article, Cuba’s Internationalism

Contact: editor [at] africaknowledgeproject.org

URL: www.africaknowledgeproject.org/index.php/jap/issue/view/143

Announcement ID: 201147

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201147


CALLS FOR PAPERS

RE21 Religious Education in a Global-Local World – International Conference, Study of Religions dept., UCC, Cork, Ireland 29-30 August 2013

REMINDER: FIRST CALL FOR PAPERS

DEADLINES for those who want to apply for funding assistance are:

Panel proposals, Thursday 7 February 2013.

Individual paper/poster proposals, 28 February 2013

To be eligible for funding assistance, you must first have your paper or poster proposal accepted.

For full conference details google RE21 UCC or go to http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/re21/callsforpapersre21/

 

Researching Africa: Fieldwork and UK-based research

Date: 2013-04-24

Description: This workshop is aimed at postgraduate students in all disciplines with research interests relating to Africa. The workshop will include presentations and group discussions  around two main topics: Fieldwork in Africa and Studying Africa from a distance. Fieldwork in Africa

Contact: c.baker [at] lancaster.ac.uk

URL: online-payments.lancaster university.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=1560&deptid=6&catid=231&prodvarid=0

Announcement ID: 201142

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201142


CPF for the annual meeting of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion which will take place at the University of Leiden 24-25 October 2013 and have as theme Lived Religion: Studying Religious Practice Outline of theme

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the NGG focuses on lived religion, that is religious practice such as it is actually enacted and religious identities and beliefs such as they are actually held. The opposite of lived religion is thus not ‘dead religion’, but ‘prescribed religion’, the religion of catechisms, canons, and creeds. We invite papers that explore the lived religion of groups and individuals, including the unofficial and everyday dimensions of the great religious traditions, non-institutional and post-Christian religion (e.g., ‘new age’, neo-paganism), and tensions between lived and prescribed religion. The conference welcomes anthropological, sociological, cognitive, and historical perspectives, and we especially encourage papers of a methodological or theoretical nature. The conference aims to advance the study of lived religion by critically and systematically reflecting on the core question ‘how do we approach and theorise lived religion’?

We invite proposals for papers, panels, and posters on lived religion from all theoretical perspectives within the study of religion. In addition, PhD and MA students are given the possibility to present their ongoing research either with a poster or in a paper session that is not related to the conference theme. Deadline for all proposals is 1 June 2013. See detailed calls for papers, panels, and posters below.

We are honoured to present two distinguished keynote speakers:

Prof.Dr. Ronald Hutton, “Lived Religion in History, History in Lived Religion: The Case of Contemporary Paganism” (speaker confirmed; title provisional) Dr. Nathal Dessing, “How to Study Everyday Lived Religion”

A. Call for individual papers

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

We invite proposals from various disciplinary perspectives (the academic study of religion, sociology, anthropology, history, etc.) on lived religion. Topics can include (but are not restricted to):

§      Unofficial and everyday religious practices within great religious traditions

§         Practices, beliefs, and identities in contemporary, non-institutional religion (e.g., ‘new age’, neo-paganism)

§         Tensions between lived and prescribed religion, between specialists and laity, and between theological correctness and theological incorrectness

§         Theories of religion focusing on action, activity, or practice (e.g., Weber, Geertz, Bourdieu, Riesebrodt, and Whitehouse)

§         Processual approaches to religion: Practicing, experiencing, cognising, and feeling as the core of religion

§         Discursive practices as lived religion

§         Rituals and religious acts: ritual theory and ritual dynamics

§         Religion and material culture

§         Lived religion as a theoretical concept

§         Lived religion in the past and the historical context of contemporary lived religion

§         The interlace of lived religion with media, leisure, entertainment, fiction, and play

§         The internet as a new site of religious practice and the methodological challenges it poses

§         The study of social organisation beyond the religious group: network analysis, field work, and more

§         The methodology of studying religious experience (including altered states of consciousness): seeking a third way between going native and scanning brains

Candidates should submit both an abstract (of max. 150 words) for the programme book and a more detailed proposal (of max. 400 words). Deadline for submitting abstract and proposal for an individual paper is 1 June 2013. Abstracts and proposals should be emailed to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

B. Call for PANELS

Groups of scholars are invited to submit 3 to 5 papers on similar topics as one coherent panel (1.5–2 hours length, depending on the schedule). Panels should fit into the perspectives outlined above.

Deadline for submitting a panel is 1 June 2013. When submitting a panel, please include in one document both individual abstracts and proposals for the papers (respectively max. 150 and 400 words), as well as a panel abstract (max. 150 words) for the programme book and a more detailed panel proposal (of max. 400 words). Abstracts and proposals should be emailed to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

C. Call for papers and posterS for off-theme PhD and MA student session(s) PhD students are invited to propose papers for the perspectives outlined above. Additionally, both PhD students and MA students are cordially invited to submit a poster or a paper for a separate off-theme session. This can be a great opportunity for MA students to report on the results of their MA thesis and for PhD students to present some of their preliminary conclusions.

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Posters should be A1 size and should not include too much text. Make sure to include pictures, graphs etc. to enhance readability. We suggest that posters are accompanied with a number of handouts for people to take. Unfortunately, we cannot help with the printing of the poster. Most universities, however, do offer templates and/or facilities for making conference posters.

Abstracts for posters and papers for the off-theme session(s) (max. 150 words) together with a more detailed proposal (of max. 400 words) should be sent no later than 1 June 2013 to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen[at] religion.leidenuniv.nl).

Practical Details

Organisers. The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) in cooperation with Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, University of Leiden.

Organising committee. Prof.Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad (chair, NGG), Markus Altena Davidsen (secretary, NGG), William Arfman, (PhD representative, NGG), Dr. Wim Hofstee (Leiden Institute for Religious Studies).

Venue. Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, University of Leiden.

Time. 24–25 October 2013. The conference will begin around 14.00 on Thursday the 24th and end around 16.00 on Friday the 25th.

Deadline. Deadline for all proposals is 1 June 2013. Proposals should be sent to the secretary of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion, Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen [at] religion.leidenuniv.nl).

Registration. Registration costs will be kept as low as possible (and depend on further funding that the organisers applied for). Discounts will be available for members of the NGG and for students. Registration includes coffee/tea breaks, the conference dinner on Thursday evening, and a lunch on Friday. The organisers will help with finding accommodation in various categories. Please check the website for updates and further information.

Homepage. For updates and information, please see the website of the NGG at www.godsdienstwetenschap.org or follow us on Twitter at @NGG_nl.


CONFERENCES


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

Exeter this April (22-24)

There are several late antique/medieval sessions: http://centres.exeter.ac.uk/medhist/conferences/Demons%20and%20Illness/index.shtml


Reformation Studies Conference

Westminster College, Cambridge

3-5 April 2013

Further information on the Society for Reformation Studies and its conferences can

be obtained by emailing Dr Charlotte Methuen (charlotte.methuen@glasgow.ac.uk)

or Dr Aaron Clay Denlinger (a.c.denlinger[at]abdn.ac.uk), or by visiting the website of

the Society for Reformation Studies (www.reformationstudies.org)


Registration is now open for the ‘Exploring modern South Asian history with visual research methods’ conference, 15-16 March 2013. CRASSH, Alison Richard Building, 7 West Rd., Cambridge, CB3 9DT.

http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2066/

As a preamble to the conference, the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, is organising a seminar series (11 February – 11 March 2013) that will introduce the theme of the conference. Several historians and anthropologists will discuss a selection of anthropological films of South Asia in relation to current historiographical methodologies. The series is organised in collaboration with the Royal Anthropological Institute. To find out more see http://www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2379/


Living Research: Reflexivities, Positionalities and Transformations. Call for Proposals

Location: Ontario

Date: 2013-02-25

Description: Interdisciplinary Conference Living Research: Reflexivities, Positionalities and Transformations to be held April 15th & 16th 2013 University of Ottawa Call for

Submissions Due February 25th, 2013 Keynote Speaker: Tim Ingold

Chair in Social Anthropology, University of Aberdeen Monday

April 16th 4:30 …

Contact: nicolasrasiulis [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 201066

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201066


Temple and Tomb: Reimagining the Sacred Buildings of Jerusalem

Date: 2013-03-15

Description: 13.00 18.10, Friday 15 March (with registration from 12.30) 09.30 17.40, Saturday 16 March (with registration from 09.00) Kenneth Clark Lecture Theatre, The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN God and humankind had been at one in paradise. The sanctuary of Jerusalems  …

Contact: ResearchForumEvents [at] courtauld.ac.uk

URL: www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2013/spring/mar15_TempleandTomb.shtml

Announcement ID: 201101

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=201101


Changing Boundaries: Mindfulness, Spirituality and Education

Date: 2013-07-04

Description: Building upon the success of the first Changing Boundaries: Spirituality and Education International Conference 2010, the Centre for Spiritual Capital at DCU is delighted to   host the 2nd conference. It is co-organised by Dr. James O’Higgins Norman, from the School of Education Studies, and Dr.Berna …

Contact: louise.bent [at] dcu.ie

URL: www4.dcu.ie/conferences/changingboundaries/index.shtml

Announcement ID: 200925

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200925


International Conference on Humanities: Crises and Spirituality

Date: 2013-05-17

Description: The concept of crisis has become one of the most commonly referred concepts of modern times. Spirituality is an important part of human experience and certainly has things to say on crisis conditions as well. II. International Conference on Humanities titled Crises and Spirituality will be discussing

Contact: ich [at] beder.edu.al

URL: ich.beder.edu.al/index.html

Announcement ID: 200924

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200924


JOBS


Job Title: Tenure Track faculty in Theology

Employer: University of St. Thomas

Application Deadline: Unspecified

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1123831

Job Title: Aquinas Chair in Theology

Employer: University of St. Thomas

Application Deadline: Unspecified

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1123830

Job Title: Open-Rank Professor of Judaism in Late Antiquity

Employer: University of Chicago

Application Deadline: 2013-03-01

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1123425

Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Positions at the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Employer: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Application Deadline: 2013-5-3

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=4012182


Lecturer in Central Asian Studies

College of Social Sciences, School of Social and Political Sciences

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 1 March 2013

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFX786/lecturer-in-central-asian-studies/


The John W. Kluge Center Announces Call for Applications for David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-04-17

Description: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress is now accepting applications for the David B. Larson Fellowship in Health and Spirituality. The application deadline is April 17, 2013. The Larson Fellowship is a post-doctoral fellowship in the field of health and spirituality. Made possible by a …

Contact: scholarly[at]loc.gov

URL: www.loc.gov/loc/kluge/fellowships/larson.html

Announcement ID: 200836

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200836


Leibniz Institute of European History – 1 research position for PhD-candidates “World Heritage Site Auschwitz Concentration Camp”

(65% TV-L EG 13), IEG Mainz

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46277


Two PhD scholarships on “Agrarian Alternatives in South Asia” University of Heidelberg  (Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context”) http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/de/ueber-uns/karriere/detail/m/two-phd-scholarships-on-agrarian-alternatives-in-south-asia.html

For more information, please consult the project description <http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/research/junior-research-groups/jrg-agrarian-alternatives.html>

Deadline : 10.03.2013


Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Bede Professor of Catholic Theology (Post Ref: 2403)

Salary will be by negotiation within the Professorial range.

Durham University’s Department of Theology and Religion, home to the Centre for Catholic Studies (CCS), is seeking an outstanding scholar-teacher with gifts for public communication for the Bede Chair of Catholic Theology, the only such endowed chair in Catholic theology in the UK since the Reformation. We are seeking a highly productive, deeply committed, energetic team-player who can define this unique role and fulfil its immense potential. Working in close collaboration with the other CCS staff members, associates, and postgraduate community, together with colleagues in other institutions nationally and internationally, and in co-ordination with the CCS Director and CCS Administrator, the Bede Professor will share in providing internationally regarded academic leadership in Catholic theology and Catholic studies in the public academy and so help further Durham University’s reputation as a world-centre in these regards. Together with the recognised excellence of her/his scholarship, the Bede Professor will have proven excellence also in teaching and public communication. The Bede Professor will not have any major administrative responsibilities but will instead carry out significant theological outreach work on behalf of the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle and act as theological advisor, as required, to the Bishop of Hexham and Newcastle (approximately 20% of workload). As a consequence the post is restricted to practising (Roman) Catholics.

Reference Number: 2403                                           Closing Date: 7th March 2013

Further details of the post and an application form are available on our website (http://www.dur.ac.uk/jobs/) or telephone 0191 334 6498.


AWARDS


2014 the Manfred Lautenschlaeger Award for Theological Promise will be given to 10 young scholars from all over the world. It is funded by the Manfred Lautenschlaeger-Stiftung, Germany (Manfred Lautenschlaeger Foundation). In addition to the prize of $10,000 each, the winners will have the chance to propose an international and interdisciplinary colloquium on an important academic topic. At least two winners from at least two countries and at least two disciplines should organize and lead this colloquium. Each year two Lautenschlaeger Colloquia will be supported with 15,000 each. The deadline for the 2014 Award is April 30, 2013.

For further information go to the following http://www.fiit.uni-heidelberg.de/award/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=33&Itemid=1

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 1 Feb 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

wordle

In this issue:

  • Future Podcasts
  • Books
  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs

FUTURE PODCASTS


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

  • Sociotheology and Cosmic War
  • Religion and Globalization
  • Religious Experience
  • Pilgrimage/Tourism

 


BOOKS


Kuna Art and Shamanism<http://bit.ly/11dWRz4>

An Ethnographic Approach

Paolo  Fortis

Known for their beautiful textile art, the Kuna of Panama have been scrutinized by anthropologists for decades. Perhaps surprisingly, this scrutiny has overlooked the magnificent Kuna craft of nuchukana–wooden anthropomorphic carvings–which play vital roles in curing and other Kuna rituals. Drawing on long-term fieldwork, Paolo Fortis at last brings to light this crucial cultural facet, illuminating not only Kuna aesthetics and art production but also their relation to wider social and cosmological concerns.  Exploring an art form that informs birth and death, personhood, the dream world, the natural world, religion, gender roles, and ecology, Kuna Art and Shamanism provides a rich understanding of this society’s visual system, and the ways in which these groundbreaking ethnographic findings can enhance Amerindian scholarship overall. Fortis also explores the fact that to ask what it means for the Kuna people to carve the figure of a person is to pose a riddle about the culture’s complete concept of knowing. Kuna Art and Shamanism immerses readers in this sense of unity and opposition between soul and body, internal forms and external appearances, and image and design.

University of Texas Press

March 2013 298pp 9780292743533 HB £37 pre-order now for only £25.90 when you quote CS0113KAAS (30% discount) when you order<http://bit.ly/11dWRz4>

*Offer excludes the USA, South America and Australasia.

http://www.utexas.edu/utpress/books/forkun.html


JOURNALS


Theology and Science, vol 11, no.1 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/11/1


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Muslim women in change: Aspirations, Desire and Leisure

Location: Louisiana

Date: 2013-02-09

Description: Call or Participants for Panel in MESA 2013 47th Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association October 10-13, 2013 – New Orleans, Louisiana Panel Title: Muslim women  in change: Aspirations, Desire and Leisure Panel Abstract: The focus of this panel is on the contemporary relationships Muslim

Contact: ss935 [at] cam.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 200814

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200814


CFP: extended paper submission deadline of FEBRUARY 15, 2013 for the upcoming conference, “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought” (May 31 – Jun 2, 2013, University of British Columbia). Individual paper and panel proposals on any aspect of pure land thought, from any region of the world or Buddhist tradition, are welcome.

In addition, we are delighted to offer several travel grants for graduate students and young scholars, announce our keynote speakers, and further schedule details.

Travel Grants for Graduate Students and Young Scholars

Several travel packages are available for current graduate students and young scholars (under 40 years of age) without fulltime positions. These packages offer $300-$1,500 (CAN) in travel costs, depending on the distance traveled  and include free accommodation for 3 nights. Eligibility: (1) paper accepted for publication at the conference; (2) enrolled in a graduate program or pursuing research without a fulltime position. Interested individuals whose papers are accepted may apply for a travel grant by March 15, 2013.  Decisions will be made by March 31.

There are two sources of funding for the grants, and if you are selected as recipient of one of the two funds, that of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (IASBS), you will be asked to register as member of IASBS by April 15, 2013.  (Student membership fee is waived for all first year, and from the second year, the fees are US$20 outside Japan or 2,000 yen in Japan.) Special thanks for the generous donation of travel funds for IASBS members by Rev. and Mrs. Shodo Baba of Chiba, Japan. And, special thanks to The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation, for travel funds for presenters from other scholarly associations.

Keynote Speakers

Profs. Georgios Halkias (Visiting Associate Researcher, Oxford University), a specialist of Tibetan and Himalayan Buddhism, and Masahiro Shimoda (Professor, Tokyo University), a specialist of Indian and Mahayana Buddhism, will deliver the keynote addresses.

Schedule

Registration will open in the mid-afternoon of Friday, May 31, and the first panels and keynote, in the late afternoon and evening. The conference will close in the afternoon of Sunday, June 2, and dinner provided for those able to join. *All lunches and dinners are included in the registration fee.

Please find the full Call For Papers appended below.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Jessica Main

Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation Chair | Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program |

The University of British Columbia | Vancouver Campus

CK Choi Building, 1855 West Mall | Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1Z2

Phone 604 822 9305 | Fax 604 822 5207

jessica.main@ubc.ca | ubcbuddhism.wordpress.com

The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought

University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abstracts due: extended deadline February 15, 2013

Papers due: May 23, 2013

Conference website: http://pureland2013.wordpress.com

Pure Land Buddhist traditions have been some of the largest and most influential in Buddhist history, and remain so to the present day. Moreover, the very idea of a purified, perfect land of a buddha echoes throughout Buddhist text and praxis. Most often, this buddha is“Immeasurable Light” or “Immeasurable Life,” who created a pure land far to the west of our own world. But there are many others. This conference aims to examine sectarian traditions of Pure Land Buddhism as well as the “pure land” within Buddhism generally. As this conference is jointly-sponsored by associations connected to Pure Land Buddhist traditions in two countries, it is a unique chance to approach pure land expansively, in terms of its long history, global reach, and diverse regional and trans-regional expressions–whether in or across what are today known as China, Korea, Vietnam, Japan, Canada, and so on. The hope is to increase knowledge and scholarly exchange about the multifaceted development of pure land in Buddhist cultures. Papers are welcome on any aspect of pure land, type of Pure Land Buddhism, any region or historical period, and from any methodological or disciplinary perspective.

Papers might address questions such as:

  • How did the praxis, thought, and social forms concerned with the pure land and its central buddha emerge historically?

  • How do we best describe and analyze pure land forms in visual culture, whether embedded in text, in art and architecture, or in spatial and meditative imaginaries?

  • And, in an increasingly globalized world, how do we understand the connections between various kinds of Pure Land all over the world and the challenges that each faces?

Please submit a 100 word abstract and short bio to email us at bcsprogram@gmail.com by February 15, 2013 for consideration. For panels,

The jointly-sponsored “The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures” will be the 3rd Annual Conference of the Buddhism and Contemporary Society Program (University of British Columbia, funded by The Tung Lin Kok Yuen Canada Foundation), and the 16th Biennial Conference of the International Association of Shin Buddhist Studies (hosted by the IASBS North American District).


CFP: SCSC Panel 2013: Picturing Christ’s Body (24-27 October, San Juan; Deadline for Submissions 1 March)

Date: 2013-03-01

Description: CALL FOR PAPERS: PICTURING CHRIST’S BODY Sixteenth  Century Society and Conference San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 24-27, 2013 The sixteenth century was marked by radical change in conceptions about the mediative value of religious images in Western Christian culture. The complexity of the circumstan …

Contact: christsbodyscsc [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 200791

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200791


CPF for the annual meeting of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion which will take place at the University of Leiden 24-25 October 2013 and have as theme Lived Religion: Studying Religious Practice

Outline of theme

The 2013 Annual Meeting of the NGG focuses on lived religion, that is religious practice such as it is actually enacted and religious identities and beliefs such as they are actually held. The opposite of lived religion is thus not ‘dead religion’, but ‘prescribed religion’, the religion of catechisms, canons, and creeds. We invite papers that explore the lived religion of groups and individuals, including the unofficial and everyday dimensions of the great religious traditions, non-institutional and post-Christian religion (e.g., ‘new age’, neo-paganism), and tensions between lived and prescribed religion. The conference welcomes anthropological, sociological, cognitive, and historical perspectives, and we especially encourage papers of a methodological or theoretical nature. The conference aims to advance the study of lived religion by critically and systematically reflecting on the core question ‘how do we approach and theorise lived religion’?

We invite proposals for papers, panels, and posters on lived religion from all theoretical perspectives within the study of religion. In addition, PhD and MA students are given the possibility to present their ongoing research either with a poster or in a paper session that is not related to the conference theme. Deadline for all proposals is 1 June 2013. See detailed calls for papers, panels, and posters below.

We are honoured to present two distinguished keynote speakers:

  • Prof.Dr. Ronald Hutton, “Lived Religion in History, History in Lived Religion: The Case of Contemporary Paganism” (speaker confirmed; title provisional)

  • Dr. Nathal Dessing, “How to Study Everyday Lived Religion”

A. Call for individual papers

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

We invite proposals from various disciplinary perspectives (the academic study of religion, sociology, anthropology, history, etc.) on lived religion. Topics can include (but are not restricted to):

§      Unofficial and everyday religious practices within great religious traditions

§         Practices, beliefs, and identities in contemporary, non-institutional religion (e.g., ‘new age’, neo-paganism)

§         Tensions between lived and prescribed religion, between specialists and laity, and between theological correctness and theological incorrectness

§         Theories of religion focusing on action, activity, or practice (e.g., Weber, Geertz, Bourdieu, Riesebrodt, and Whitehouse)

§         Processual approaches to religion: Practicing, experiencing, cognising, and feeling as the core of religion

§         Discursive practices as lived religion

§         Rituals and religious acts: ritual theory and ritual dynamics

§         Religion and material culture

§         Lived religion as a theoretical concept

§         Lived religion in the past and the historical context of contemporary lived religion

§         The interlace of lived religion with media, leisure, entertainment, fiction, and play

§         The internet as a new site of religious practice and the methodological challenges it poses

§         The study of social organisation beyond the religious group: network analysis, field work, and more

§         The methodology of studying religious experience (including altered states of consciousness): seeking a third way between going native and scanning brains

Candidates should submit both an abstract (of max. 150 words) for the programme book and a more detailed proposal (of max. 400 words). Deadline for submitting abstract and proposal for an individual paper is 1 June 2013. Abstracts and proposals should be emailed to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

B. Call for PANELS

 Groups of scholars are invited to submit 3 to 5 papers on similar topics as one coherent panel (1.5–2 hours length, depending on the schedule). Panels should fit into the perspectives outlined above.

 Deadline for submitting a panel is 1 June 2013. When submitting a panel, please include in one document both individual abstracts and proposals for the papers (respectively max. 150 and 400 words), as well as a panel abstract (max. 150 words) for the programme book and a more detailed panel proposal (of max. 400 words). Abstracts and proposals should be emailed to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

C. Call for papers and posterS for off-theme PhD and MA student session(s)

PhD students are invited to propose papers for the perspectives outlined above. Additionally, both PhD students and MA students are cordially invited to submit a poster or a paper for a separate off-theme session. This can be a great opportunity for MA students to report on the results of their MA thesis and for PhD students to present some of their preliminary conclusions.

Each individual paper will be given a total of 30 minutes, i.e. 20 minutes for presentation and 10 minutes for discussion.

Posters should be A1 size and should not include too much text. Make sure to include pictures, graphs etc. to enhance readability. We suggest that posters are accompanied with a number of handouts for people to take. Unfortunately, we cannot help with the printing of the poster. Most universities, however, do offer templates and/or facilities for making conference posters.

Abstracts for posters and papers for the off-theme session(s) (max. 150 words) together with a more detailed proposal (of max. 400 words) should be sent no later than 1 June 2013 to NGG secretary Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen@religion.leidenuniv.nl).

Practical Details

Organisers. The Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (Nederlands Genootschap voor Godsdienstwetenschap) in cooperation with Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, University of Leiden.

Organising committee. Prof.Dr. Kocku von Stuckrad (chair, NGG), Markus Altena Davidsen (secretary, NGG), William Arfman, (PhD representative, NGG), Dr. Wim Hofstee (Leiden Institute for Religious Studies).

Venue. Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, University of Leiden.

Time. 24–25 October 2013. The conference will begin around 14.00 on Thursday the 24th and end around 16.00 on Friday the 25th.

Deadline. Deadline for all proposals is 1 June 2013. Proposals should be sent to the secretary of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion, Markus Altena Davidsen (m.davidsen [at] religion.leidenuniv.nl).

Registration. Registration costs will be kept as low as possible (and depend on further funding that the organisers applied for). Discounts will be available for members of the NGG and for students. Registration includes coffee/tea breaks, the conference dinner on Thursday evening, and a lunch on Friday. The organisers will help with finding accommodation in various categories. Please check the website for updates and further information.

Homepage. For updates and information, please see the website of the NGG at www.godsdienstwetenschap.org or follow us on Twitter at @NGG_nl.


CONFERENCES


INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON RELIGIOUS STUDIES AND GLOBAL PEACE

Date: 2013-02-08

Description: On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the   establishment of our Faculty of Theology, we are organizing an International symposium on Religious Studies and Global Peace, to be held in Konya, the city of the great mystic thinker, Mawlana Jalal al-Din Rumi. Submission deadline for abstracts is 08 Feb

Contact: konyasymp2013 [at] konya.edu.tr

URL: dakb2013.konya.edu.tr

Announcement ID: 200709

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200709


International Student Congress on GENDER

Date: 2013-04-25

Description: Students who are interested in Social Sciences will meet,discuss and learn so much things about Gender in this congress,İstanbul,2013 April.This congress FAS2013,bring

together leading students from around the world in order to discuss the questions relevant to the field of gender analysis.

Contact: fas@maltepe.edu.tr

URL: fas.maltepe.edu.tr

Announcement ID: 200797

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200797


JOBS


Context Travel – Lecturing Opportunities in China and Japan

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46245

Professor – Philosophy

University of Aberdeen

closing date: 18 Feb

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFV886/professorship-professorial-fellowship/

Research Fellow – History

University of St Andrews

closing date: 20 Feb

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFW582/research-fellow-sb1285-ref-1285/

Postdoctoral Research Positions at the Interdisciplinary Center for Intercultural and Indigenous Studies, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Employer: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Application Deadline: 2013-5-3

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=4012182

Postdoctoral Fellowship – International Humanities

Brown University, Religious Studies Department

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2013/01/08/postdoctoral-fellowship-in-international-humanities/


wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 25 Jan 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page. wordle

In this issue:

  • Resources
  • Journals
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Funding

RESOURCES


Announcement –  the commencement of a new three-year research project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) that is to be jointly held by Cardiff University and the University of Edinburgh. It is entitled:

The Story of Story in Early South Asia: Character and Genre across Hindu, Buddhist and Jain Narrative Traditions

It involves Dr. Naomi Appleton and Dr. James Hegarty and will focus on sources in Sanskrit, Pali and, to a lesser extent, the Jain Prakrits. Its aim is to explore what shared literary characters, lineages and genres can tell us about the religious history of early South Asia. It will culminate in a jointly-authored book, and we also plan to convene one or more conference panels on the theme to encourage a wider scholarly conversation on the subject.

We have created a project blog in order to share some of our sources and thoughts as the project progresses. We greatly value dialogue with other scholars interested in this area, so please do subscribe to the blog and offer comments.

The blog may be found at http://storyofstoryinsouthasia.wordpress.com/.

Twitter details are given on the blog.


JOURNALS


‘Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal’ is now available to download from a variety of different sources, click the links below:

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

http://www.scribd.com/doc/120804094/Paranthropology-Vol-4-No-1

https://www.box.com/s/0uwo8n8leijnnsfyw4mr

This issue features:

‘”Life is Not About Chasing the Wind”: Investigating the Connection Between Bodily Experience, Beliefs and Transcendence Amongst Christian Surfers’ – Emma Ford

‘Epistemological, Methodological and Ethical Aspects of Conducting Interviews About Anomalous Experiences’ – Leonardo Breno Martins

‘A Visit to Point Pleasant: Home of the Mothman’ – Simon J. Sherwood

‘Steve Abrams: Psychedelic Trickster’ – David Luke

‘Turning to the Affective in Direct Experiences: An Interdisciplinary, Investigative Quest’ – Christopher Laursen

‘Fireflies and Shooting Stars: Visual Narratives of Daimonic Intelligence’ – Angela Voss

‘A Study of Several Reported Cases of Crisis Apparitions During the American Civil War’ – Simon Alexander Hardison

‘Herbal Lore in Central and Eastern European Shamanic Traditions’ – Henry Dosedla

‘Out of the Body and Into the Lab: Defining Dr. Alex Tanous’

Abilities’ – Callum E. Cooper

‘Recognition for Paranthropology and ARC’ – Fiona Bowie


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: 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 modernitysigns 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:

Proposers 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] chester.ac.uk by no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2013.

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

Conference registration will open in due course.


CFP: for an edited volume Making Sacrifices: Visions of Sacrifice in Contemporary Culture to be published by New Academic Press in 2013. (

www.newacademicpress.at<http://www.newacademicpress.at>)

Send abstracts for papers in English or German to salzburg.symposium [at] gordon.edu by March 1st, 2013.

As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the future of their countries. Such public invocations of sacrifice place politicians and their constituents=  in a state of tension not least because of the difficult and often contradictory connotations of sacrifice. Sacrifice, a concept of religious provenance deeply embedded in contemporary culture, can mean to offer for destruction and to make amends, to hurt and to heal, make whole, or sacred. The many meanings and even oppositions at the heart of sacrifice make it a dangerous and much-fraught concept, as well as a fruitful and powerful one in numerous spheres of contemporary culture.

Papers may approach the concept of sacrifice in contemporary European and American culture (or from the perspective of the origins of these contemporary cultures) from any number of angles. Among others, submissions may consider any of the following questions: In what ways does sacrifice form a key = theme in European and/or American literature, art, and thought? How have concepts of sacrifice taken shape in those historical and contemporary situations where sacrifice has become a particularly important, urgent, or contested matter? How have the meanings of sacrifice shifted (and how may they ye= t shift) as a result of circulating between different spheres of activity? (For example, what meaning is gained, lost, or otherwise changed when a religious notion of sacrifice is transposed into philosophical conceptuality, = a political principle, or a key idea of fiscal reform? As for the inverse, = what do avowedly religious understandings of sacrifice owe to ancient and modern legal, political, and philosophical invocations of sacrifice?)  Finally, how has sacrifice been envisioned within various Christian, Jewish, and  Muslim traditions and how might the notions of sacrifice belonging to these traditions be profitably compared?

The editors invite abstracts for papers that consider sacrifice as a theme important to contemporary European and/or American culture. This volume is an inter-disciplinary effort and we welcome abstracts from scholars working in the fields of literature, philosophy, history, sociology, political science, religious studies, and theology, among others.

Please send abstracts for papers in English or German to salzburg.symposium[at]gordon.edu by March 1st, 2013. If your abstract is accepted, the deadline for submitting completed papers (5000=

-7000 words) for consideration will be May 1st, 2013. Decisions on abstracts submitted on or before March 1st, 2013 will be made by March 10, 2013 at = which point authors whose abstracts have been accepted will be given the formatting guidelines.


CFP: MATERIALIZING THE SPIRIT: SPACES, OBJECTS AND ART IN THE CULTURES OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS

ANNUAL CONFERENCE

5-7 September 2013

Institute of Historical Research, Senate House LONDON

The History of Women Religious of Britain and Ireland Annual Conference will be hosted  by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, on 5-7 September 2013.

Paper proposals are now invited. Presentations should be 20 minutes in duration, and should address some element of the conference theme, with reference to British and/or Irish contexts.

The devotional and vocational activities of women religious sculpted the physical space of religious houses in unique ways. Patterns of use were etched into the fabric of buildings, guiding structural design and interior decoration. But buildings also shaped practice: whether the formal monastic sites of early or revived enclosed orders or the reused secular buildings of active congregations, women both adapted and adapted to their material surroundings.

A growing body of literature has addressed itself to convent art, exploring nuns as patrons, consumers and manufacturers of material and visual culture. These practices span the history of women’s religious life – from the early Middle Ages to the present day – and suggest a hidden but dynamic tradition of artistic enterprise. This conference explores the creative output of women religious including but not limited to textiles and the decorative arts, illuminated manuscripts and printed books, women’s patronage of painting and architecture, the commercial production of ecclesiastical textiles in the nineteenth-century, production of liturgical and devotional art in recent periods, and the development of unique convent and institutional spaces by and for women religious.

Key aims of the conference will be to highlight the scholarly value of these under-researched and little known spaces and collections and also to raise awareness and discuss the threats that they face as communities decline, buildings close, artifacts and archives are dispersed.

This conference will take a broad and diverse view on what constitutes ‘material culture’, emphasizing the conception, production, and meanings of the many material outputs of convents and monasteries. Papers are welcomed from a diverse range of disciplines: scholars from social and religious history, art and architecture, theology, anthropology, psychology and beyond are invited to offer fresh and innovative perspectives in order to illuminate ways in which women religious in Britain and Ireland created and were formed by material histories for over a thousand years.

Please send 200-word proposals for 20-minute papers to kate.jordan.09 [at] ucl.ac.uk and ayla.lepine [at] gmail.com by no later than 1 February 2013.


CFP: The Religion Graduate Organization at the Religion Department of Syracuse University seeks submissions for its graduate student conference:

The Monstrous, the Marginalized, and Transgressive Forms of “Humanity”, April 5th and 6th 2013

Monsters, angels, demons, vampires and cyborgs challenge conventional notions of humanity. The lived experience of many humans also pushes against these norms. Through the investigation of trangressive being(s), this conference will explore what it means to be “human.”

We welcome panel and individual paper proposals on topics relating to the boundaries of humanness including, but not limited to discussions of Avatars, Angels, Demons, Cyborgs, Superheroes, Vampires, and Post-human Bodies. We also welcome papers which address Abilities/disabilities, Madness, Genius and Mental Illness, Animality, Hybridity, Race, Gender, Religion and Sexuality.

Please submit paper proposals of 350 words or less to Wendy DeBoer (wdeboer@syr.edu) by Feburary 1st 2013. Please also include name, institutional affiliation and program of study with your proposal. Acceptances will be communicated by February 15th 2013.

via: http://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/35650770456


CFP: The Production and Consumption of the Pilgrimage Tourism Experience

Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage

Malta, 26-28 June 2013

Abstract submission

Because attendance is generously supported by the local sponsors, numbers are limited. It is envisaged that there will be in the region of 20-25 papers presented with the main emphasis for acceptance being based on adherence to the main theme:

The Production and Consumption of the Pilgrimage Tourism Experience

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be submitted electronically to the committee by 31 January 2013. Please send your abstract to Razaq Raj at R.Raj [at] leedsmet.ac.uk.

Important dates

Abstract submission

:

January 31st, 2013

Notification of acceptance

:

February 28th, 2013

Full paper submission

:

April 4th, 2013

Expert meeting

:

June 26-28th, 2013

CFP: Witchcraft, Magic and Popular Religion – XI Gustav Vasa seminar

Date: 2013-06-11

Description: The Eleventh annual Gustav Vasa seminar focuses on the themes of popular religion, witchcraft and magic. We invite papers to discuss these themes in multidisciplinary perspectives, e.g. from the

fields of history, anthropology, religious science and archaeology. Contact: jari.eilola [at] jyu.fi

University of Jyväskylä, Finland

11.-12.6.2013

http://www.gustavvasaseminar2013.blogspot.fi/

CALL FOR PAPERS

In different cultures, in the past as well as in the present, there are beliefs that the supernatural influences people’s lives in different ways. In early modern Europe, God was believed to be a strict father who

punished sinners and guided the believers, but also his adversary, the devil, was understood as an active actor in the mundane world. It was also thought that there were times when and places where the borderline

between this and the other world was narrow, but different rite experts – and in some cases also ordinary people – could use trance techniques to make a journey to the other world. There were also, for instance,

some fragile turning points during an individual’s life-span which were ritually protected.

The Eleventh annual Gustav Vasa seminar focuses on the themes of popular religion, witchcraft and magic. We invite papers to discuss these themes in multidisciplinary perspectives, e.g. from the fields of history,

anthropology, religious science and archaeology. The focus of the seminar is on worldviews and belief systems and their internal logic, which influenced the way people understood the world and the supernatural. The aim is to look at these issues through intersectional studies in order to create a diverse picture of popular religion, witchcraft and magic.

In the seminar, the multidisciplinary approach is created not only by single papers that examine the subject from a cross-disciplinary perspective but also by papers representing different fields that can be useful to each other and bring new light on themes of popular religion, witchcraft and magic. For example, the theories and concepts of anthropology have been successfully utilized in the historical study of

the early modern era.

The papers may deal with the themes of the seminar in the context of different time periods, from ancient times to the present. All proposals on the themes of the seminar are welcome. Papers may focus on, for

example, the following themes:

  • Methodological questions in multidisciplinary approaches, for example:

How to utilize modern folklore material and results of folkloristic research in the study of earlier conceptions on the supernatural?

How to utilize theories and concepts of different disciplines in the study of popular religion, witchcraft and magic?

  • Rituals; Sacred times and places

  • The role of gender in the study of popular religion, witchcraft and magic

  • The relationship and conflicts between popular and “official” religion

  • Experience and emotions related to popular religion, witchcraft and magic

Intending participants should register for the seminar by 31/1/2013 by sending a one-page (max.) abstract of their proposed presentation to hela-harjoittelija@campus.jyu.fi. Applicants will be informed about acceptance of their submitted topic and the programme of the seminar by the end of February.  The maximum permitted duration of presentations is 20 minutes, but participants may if they wish also submit longer texts. The working language of the seminar is English.

For further information, please contact Jari Eilola (jari.eilola [at] jyu.fi), Department of History and Ethnology, PL 35, FIN 40014 University of Jyväskylä, Finland.


CFP: Canadian Catholic Historical Association Annual Conference

Location: British Columbia

Date: 2013-01-31

Description: Final Deadline, Call for Papers for the Canadian Catholic Historical Association Annual Conference. The 80th annual meeting of the Canadian Catholic Historical Association

will be held at the University of Victoria, 3-4 June 2013 in conjunction with the Annual Congress of the Canadian Federation

Contact: gemacdonald [at] upei.ca

URL: cchahistory.ca/

Announcement ID: 200354

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200354


CONFERENCES


Islamic UK Public Lectures 2013

All talks will be held in Lecture Theatre 0.36, John Percival Building (formerly the ‘Humanities Building’), Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU. Talks are FREE but booking is advised.

Register your details by emailing: events-islamcentre [at] cardiff.ac.uk adding ‘Public Lecture Series’ in the subject line.

Full details: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/csi/index.html


The Fourth International Conference on Religious Texts and Translation

Date: 2014-03-01

Description: The Fourth International Conference on Religious Texts and TranslationOn the theme”Problematics of Translating Quranic Stories: Stylistic, Structural and Semantic Aspects” Marrakech 05-06 March, 2014 The Almighty says: We narrate to you the best of narratives in revealing this Qur’an to you, even th …

Contact: h.darir [at] uca.ma

Announcement ID: 200555

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200555


Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference in Heidelberg from

25-29 August, 2014.

The conference is aimed to showcase current research on all aspects of Buddhist epistemology and logic in India, China or Tibet from a historical, philological and/or philosophical perspective. Papers may also address aspects of the relationship of Buddhist pramāṇa to other currents of thought within Buddhism or in the respectively pertinent broader intellectual environment.

The conference is scheduled for the week immediately after the IABS conference in Vienna (August 18-23), to facilitate participation in both conferences for scholars from overseas.

To receive further circulars for the Dharmakīrti conference in the future, please subscribe to the conference mailing-list at this website:

https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IDHC5HEIDELBERG

(Click “subscribe” on the right-hand side.)

Participants of the last conference who already received the first circular are already subscribed to the list. An online registration system for the conference will be made available by 31 July 2013.


MESP 2013 Festival Website: www.mesp.org.uk

The 2013 Middle East Festival Brochure can be downloaded from this link:

http://www.eicsp.org/downloads-org/category/219-mesp-2013-brochures-poster-flyers

MESP 2013 Main Events

Saturday 23 February – Sunday 17 March 2013


JOBS


Ludwig-Maxilimians-Universitat Munchen – Post-Doc-Position in

History, Theology, Jewish Studies or Religious Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46216

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN EAST ASIAN BUDDHISM

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46239

Washington University in St. Louis – East Asian Religions

post-doctoral fellow

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46236


LECTURER IN EAST ASIAN BUDDHISM

FACULTY OF ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, SCHOOL OF LANGUAGES AND CULTURE

REFERENCE NO. 2052/1212

• Join a comprehensive and diverse School of Languages and Cultures • Be part of an innovative Buddhist Studies program • Competitive remuneration package on offer The University of Sydney is Australia’s first university and has an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. It employs over 7500 permanent staff supporting over 49,000 students.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has a proud history and a tradition of intellectual rigour. It offers one of the most comprehensive and diverse ranges of humanities and social science studies in the Asia Pacific region.

It has a vibrant research and teaching environment.

The School of Languages and Cultures in the Faculty offers the widest range of undergraduate and postgraduate language studies in Australia. It is a centre for Asian, Middle Eastern, and European studies. Its academics are committed to excellence in teaching and to research in languages and their social and cultural contexts.

The Buddhist Studies program is an independent program that sits within the School and draws its staff from several different departments. This is an innovative program covering the full spectrum of Buddhist thought, culture, and practice, as well as language studies. From 2013 the program will offer an undergraduate major in Buddhist Studies, with courses giving students a rich and coherent understanding of Buddhism, covering areas including textual analysis, history, cultural and political context, thought, praxis, contemporary Buddhist manifestations, and artistic expressions. The program has one of the largest postgraduate research programs in SLC.

The program was recently expanded through the addition of an East Asian Buddhism teaching and research curricula, developed in response to widespread growing interest in Buddhism from an East Asian focus, particularly Chinese Buddhism.

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in East Asian Buddhism with a specialisation in Chinese Buddhism to drive the teaching and research excellence of the program as it expands to become one of the leading institutions providing the most comprehensive Buddhist Studies program.

In this role you will:

• teach both junior and senior undergraduate units • supervise postgraduate research students in the field • undertake administration and curriculum development • pursue an active research program.

To succeed in this position you will need:

• to be PhD qualified in Buddhist Studies with a specialisation in Chinese Buddhism, though other areas of East Asian Buddhism are welcome • the ability to teach into language and non-language programs, that is, Classical and/or Buddhist Chinese and Chinese Buddhist thought and practice • experience in, and commitment to, teaching using Chinese language materials (and ideally, Sanskrit, Pali and Tibetan materials) • experience in taking responsibility for and coordinating units of study in Chinese and Buddhist studies and a willingness to engage in group/collaborative teaching • a proven research and publication record in the field of Chinese Buddhism • the capacity to teach and supervise students from various cultural backgrounds • the ability and willingness to contribute to School and Faculty administrative activities.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website. Visit sydney.edu.au/positions and search by the reference number for more information and to apply.

CLOSING DATE: 3 March 2013 (11:30pm Sydney time) The University is an Equal Opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity and social inclusion. Applications from equity target groups and women are encouraged.


Lecturer in Biblical StudiesCliff College

Closing date: 8 March 2013

Cliff College offers undergraduate and postgraduate theology degrees, focused on evangelism in contemporary culture, mission, Christian life and ministry, emerging church, leadership and renewal, Biblical theology, children’s and youth ministry and mentoring. Our academic courses are validated by the University of Manchester and our student body is both diverse and international.

The College is advertising an academic position with an anticipated September

2013 start. With this position there is the possibility of the successful applicant taking up a senior academic role in the life of the College.

Lecturer in Biblical Studies

To be part of a team teaching across all Cliff College programmes.

Ability to teach New Testament, Old Testament, Biblical languages.

Ability to contribute in other areas relevant to Cliff College. To recruit and supervise research students.

To develop new courses. You will contribute to the Faculty and the wider life of the College.

You will have a relevant PhD qualification and have experience of teaching in Higher Education. You can be lay or ordained. For a ministerial appointment (in the Methodist Church or another denomination in communion with the Methodist Church), the Methodist stipend and allowances will apply. A lay appointment will be in the region of £32,500 pa (2012-13 rate).

The Next Steps. To find out more about the College go to www.cliffcollege.ac.uk. For an application form, job description and person specification please contact Stephen Skuce on academicdean [at] cliffcollege.ac.uk or 01246 584215.

Applications must be received by 8 March 2013 and interviews planned to take place at the College on 21 March 2013.

Cliff College, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 3XG

www.cliffcollege.ac.uk


Call for Graduate Students: Research Possibilities at the University of Ottawa

Hello Religion and Diversity Project graduate students.  Please forward the announcement below to colleagues at your universities.

The Religion and Diversity Project, a SSHRC funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative, is seeking new PhD level students who are interested in completing thesis research related to the goals of the project (see project proposal at www.religionanddiversity.ca/about) in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Students will be supervised by either Dr. Lori Beaman (Project Director) and/or Dr. Peter Beyer (Project Co-investigator).

This research funding is contingent on successful application and acceptance to the Department of Religious Studies graduate program and the offer of an admissions scholarship as well as demonstrated research capacity. The research award granted through the Religion and Diversity Project will be determined based on the number of successful applications but will range from $3,000-$7,500 per year and will be contingent on completion of assigned research tasks. The funding and expectations will be outlined specifically with the successful student (s).

As one of the few large scale research initiatives housed in a Canadian institution for the study of religion, the Religion and Diversity Project in the Department of Religious Studies offers a unique graduate research experience. Students involved in the project are afforded a broad array of opportunities, such as graduate student workshops, participation at team meetings, workshops and conferences, access to a large research network, and research opportunities with the team.

The Department of Religious Studies focuses on religions in Canada and on religions in a comparative cultural context, particularly religions in the Roman Empire and in the contemporary period. The department offers specialization in Canadian Studies. Because the study of religions reaches well beyond programs and courses, the Department seeks many other avenues to facilitate the exchange of ideas. This includes regular lecture series (Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory and Building Bridges Lunch and Learn Lecture Series) and Professional Development Workshops for graduate students. The Religious Studies Graduate Students’ Association hosts a variety of social and scholarly events throughout the year. The Department also publishes the Ottawa Journal of Religion, a peer-reviewed journal showcasing some of our graduate students’ best work.

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length, and should include a project description that specifically addresses the ways in which it will work within the broader mandate of the Religion and Diversity Project. It should also include theoretical and methodological approaches and elaborate on previous research experience. We are presently especially interested in projects related to religious nones, religion and health, comparative policy studies, and the spatial and geographic aspects of religious diversity.

Send proposals to Dr. Heather Shipley, Project Manager, at hshipley [at] uottawa.ca no later than March 1, 2013.


FUNDING


Funding Call: Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship

The Trust will contribute 50% of each Fellow’s total salary costs up to a maximum of £23,000 per annum and the balance is to be paid by the host institution. Given the prestige of the awards each Fellow may request annual research expenses of up to £6,000 to further his or her research activities.

http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm


Full academic scholarships for applicants to PhD or MA in Civilization Studies programs at the Alliance of Civilizations Institute in Istanbul.

Benefits:

— Successful applicants will automatically be given positions as Research Assistants and/or Teaching Assistants and be exempted from tuition and health insurance fees.

— Students meeting the highest standard of academic excellence and language competency will be given a monthly stipend of 2,000.00 TRY (the highest financial support to be given to a foreign student nationwide) while subsequent students based on admission rankings will receive monthly stipends ranging from 1,000.00 to 1,500.00 TRY to cover their living expenditures.

— Foreign applicants who cannot provide Turkish proficiency will be given a full financial support for a one-year program of Turkish language proficiency course which is usually held at TÖMER in Istanbul.

— There are also grants available for students who would like to take a summer language (Arabic) program in a selected Arab country.

Application Requirements:

  1. Outstanding GPA score in an undergraduate program.

  2. GRE, GMAT, ALES or other test measuring your suitability for graduate/research programs

  3. Documentation of English language proficiency such as certificates from TOEFL, IELTS, etc.

  4. Copies of relevant diplomas and transcript of records

  5. Contacts of two referees (they will be asked to provide letters after you are shortlisted)

  6. Statement of purpose

  7. Optional: documents of Turkish and/or Arabic proficiencies

NB. A drafted brochure containing details about the courses and faculty members is attached or you may view it at <http://medit.fsm.edu.tr/>. For more details regarding the application process and other administrative procedures or inquiries please contact Asst. Prof. Dr. Nagihan Haliloğlu, the vice-director, at nhaliloglu [at] fsm.edu.tr. The application deadline is on Wednesday (01 May 2013).

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 18 Jan 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a wordlevariety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Resources
  • Books
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Funding

RESOURCES   


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

THE NETWORK FOR THE STUDY OF ESOTERICISM IN ANTIQUITY

AncientEsotericism.org is the website for the Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (NSEA), a thematic group associated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE).

Our website provides resources and information for students and specialists of ancient esoteric thought, history, and literature.


BOOKS


Religion, Science and Empire: Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India

Peter Gottschalk

Oxford University Press: 2012

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780195393019.do#.UPhikWfuoyo


Buddhism in a Dark Age: Cambodian Monks under Pol Pot

Ian Harris

Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press

45 illus. 256pp. December 2012

Paper – Price: $22.00ISBN: 978-0-8248-3561-3


Paganism and Christianity in Egypt

Philip David Scott-Moncrieff

Cambridge University Press

Dec 2012

http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item7078320/?site_locale=en_GB


JOURNALS


Paranthropology, vol 4 no. 1 http://www.scribd.com/doc/120804094/Paranthropology-Vol-4-No-1


The BASR committee is pleased to announce the publication of issue 13 of Diskus (our online peer reviewed open access journal). This issues contains papers arising from presentations at BASR’s 2011 conference (at Durham University) addressing the topics of Ritual Knowledge and Knowing.

http://www.basr.ac.uk/diskus/diskus13/index.html

·  Loyal Rue: Rites make Right

·  Peter Collins: On Ritual Knowledge

·  Christian Karner and David Parker: Religious and Non-Religious Practices and the City

·  Jan Krátký: Cognition, material culture and religious ritual

A further addition to these excellent articles is expected and will be announced when published.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: 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 modernitysigns 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:

        Proposers 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] chester.ac.uk by no later than 4pm on Friday 6th April 2013.

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

Conference registration will open in due course.

 


CFP: Eighteenth Annual Postgraduate Religion and Theology Conference.

Hosted by the University of Bristol.

8th;9th March 2013.

Keynote speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton.

Amended Submission Deadline – Friday 25th January 2013 Midnight.

Amended Registration Opening – Monday 4th February 2013 Midday.

Please submit abstracts for papers and/or posters through our University’s ‘Stop Shop’ page at:

http://shop.bris.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=521&modid=1&compid=1

(Kindly note that the organisers are not in a position to assist anyone with visas, and will not consider or accept abstracts from those who require assistance with visas).

  • The extended deadline for submitting proposals will be 12:00 midnight on Friday 25th January 2013.

  • Registration for the conference will open at 12:00 midday on Monday 4th February 2013 and will include refreshments and lunch on both days.

  • Early registration is free for members of partner institutions and £10 for participants from other institutions or for those who are unaffiliated.

  • Optional social events will be held on both evenings of the conference.

  • Please note that all registrations received after 12.00 midday on Monday 18th February, will incur a £10 late registration fee.

A limited amount of financial assistance may be available to presenters of papers and/or posters. The assistance may be used towards defraying travel or accommodation expenses, or the early registration fee for participants from non-partner institutions. Application details will be posted in early February 2013 on the conference website.

For more information and registration, please visit:

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


CFP: RGS-IBG Annual Conference 2013, London, 28th-30th August 2013.

Occult Geographies: (im)material agents and the geographical imagination.

Sponsored by the History and Philosophy of Geography Research Group (HPGRG).

Organisers

Julian Holloway (Manchester Metropolitan University)

James Thurgill (Royal Holloway, University of London)

Over the last decade geography has turned its attention to engaging with those elements of place that remain unseen and to exploring the relationality between materiality, agency and the invisible as affect or spectrality.

The session invites papers that deal with occult and esoteric geographical imaginations and spatial practices. Furthermore, we seek papers that highlight new occult directions for the geographic imagination and explore how the occult can potentially be used to redefine the world around us.  Therefore, we seek papers that both analyse occult movements and their geographies, and papers that aim to deal with the occult as an exploratory method in the study and development of geographic thinking that have the potential to reconfigure our understanding of place, materiality and agency.

Topics might include but are not limited to:

  • Geomancy and arcane cartographics

  • Magick and the esoteric manipulation of space and place

  • Ambiguous materialities and their spaces

  • UnNatural agents

  • Occult movements and their geographies (Rosicrucian, Speculative Freemasonry, The Golden Dawn, The Illuminati, Hermeticism, Chaos Magick, etc.)

  • Haunted and ghostly landscapes.

  • Placing the occult

  • Geopolitics and the occult

  • Occult prophecies and apocalypticism

  • Conspiracy culture and the ‘hidden control’ of geography.

  • Popular culture and commodifying the occult imaginary (from Dan Brown to ghost tourism)

Please send abstracts (c.300 words)  to both session organisers James Thurgill (James.Thurgill.2009@live.rhul.ac.uk)

and Julian Holloway (J.J.Holloway@mmu.ac.uk) by Monday 4th February 2013.

RE21 Religious Education in a Global-Local World

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Study of Religions Department

University College Cork,

Cork, Ireland

Date: 29-30 August 2013

 Religious Education (RE) is a term that conveys diverse and often incompatible meanings to different constituencies. For some, RE means religious nurturing, either tailored to parental views or meant to inculcate a uniform religiosity. For others, RE means learning about the many religious and non-religious world-views and secular ethics that exist, not promoting one religion or another. Some seek to avoid the ambiguous term religious education, replacing it with terms such as education about religions and beliefs or the religious dimension of intercultural education.

The RE21 Religious Education in a Global-Local World conference starts from two assumptions: (a) that RE has and will continue to have multiple and contested meanings and (b) that local interpretations of RE are increasingly in negotiation with each other as a consequence of globalisation. The RE21 conference emphasises a student-centred approach, viewing any kind of RE (or indeed its absence) as a formative lived experience for pupils. It stresses a bottom-up, sociological and ethnographic/anthropological research-based approach to the study of RE, rather than the top down approaches which often start from prescriptive legal, ideological or religious standpoints.

One aim of this conference is to further international academic research into the diverse past, present (and possible future) forms of RE and we hope to publish selected papers from the conference. A second aim is through discussion and debate at the conference to enhance public and professional understanding, in Ireland and beyond, of the complex issues and debates surrounding RE in the wider world.

We encourage early-career scholars, including advanced postgraduate research students, to share their empirical research findings and insights with others. Subject to availability, priority for funding assistance (see below) will be given to early-career scholars and those from countries geographically distant from Ireland. The RE21 Conference which takes place on Thursday-Friday 29-30 August 2013 is timed to help overseas delegates to attend both the RE21 conference in Cork and the Religion, Migration, Mutation EASR/BASR Conference in nearby Liverpool, UK, 3-6 September 2013.

Delegates from all relevant disciplines who are actively engaged in peer-reviewed research and publication in the field of RE worldwide are warmly invited to Cork. Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

        Childhoods role and childrens agency in RE and wider socio-religious formations,

        [Auto-] biographical research on experiences and evaluations of RE,

        Qualitative studies and quantitative surveys of student and teacher attitudes to RE,

        Historical and comparative studies of RE across cultures.

        RE teacher education and accreditation,

        The impact, especially on pupils experience and evaluations of RE, of particular configurations of state-religion-education relations.

        Policy analysis in relation to RE and cognate fields.

RE21: Submission Guidelines and Deadlines:

The following deadlines are for those planning to apply for funding assistance:

Submissions for panels, individual papers or poster presentations should be sent to Dr Yafa Shanneik, email: y.shanneik [at] ucc.ie

Panel proposals deadline: Thursday 7 February 2013.

A panel proposal should come from one proposer and comprise: (1) name and institutional affiliation of proposer, (2) panel title (max 20 words), (3) panel description (max 150 words), (4) names and institutions of participants (if any) expected to offer papers to the panel.

Decisions on panels will be notified by 18 February 2013 and an initial list of panels posted on the conference website http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/re21/

Note: if the website does not show properly, check the address showing in your browser and delete everything before the last http.

Individual paper proposals deadline: 28 February 2013.

Poster presentations deadline: 28 February 2013

Individual papers do not need to fit into a listed panel. If you are proposing your paper for a panel listed on the website, please state this on the proposal.

Individual paper or poster proposals should comprise: 1. Name and institutional affiliation (2) paper/poster title, (3) abstract (max. 150 words).

Decisions on acceptance of papers/posters will be notified by 20 March 2013 and a list of papers/posters accepted will be published on the conference website.

The above deadlines apply especially to those who intend to apply for help with funding (see Funding Assistance below). If there is still space, paper proposals may be accepted after these dates, but proposals submitted after these dates will not be eligible for funding assistance.

Conference Fees (payable on full registration at a later stage):

Waged 70, unwaged 30.

(Unwaged in this context means not in receipt of a regular living wage.)

The conference fee includes teas/coffees, two lunches and a conference dinner.

Information about registration, payment of fees, accommodation, travel etc. will be provided on the RE21 website at http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/re21/

Note: if the website does not show properly, check the address showing in your browser and delete everything before the last http.

 ====================================================

Funding assistance

The RE21 Conference will take place shortly before the large EASR/BASR Conference on the theme of RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION to be held at Liverpool Hope University, UK, 3-6 September 2013.

Limited funding for the RE21 conference in Cork will be available to assist with flights to Cork and towards accommodation costs for scholars wishing to come to Cork either for RE21 alone or, where possible, en route to Liverpool for the EASR/BASR Conference. Liverpool may be reached easily from Cork by direct Ryanair flight from Cork-Liverpool or by bus from Cork to Dublin and then flights from Dublin Liverpool.

To be eligible for funding assistance, you must first have your paper or poster proposal accepted by the organisers for RE21. Hence, applications for funding will be accepted only after written approval of papers, i.e. after 20 March 2013.

Application forms for funding assistance will be made available only to those whose papers have been approved, after 20 March 2013. As a guide, applications for funding will be accepted up to 30 April and funding decisions notified by 14 May 2013.

Enquiries: Dr Yafa Shanneik   y.shanneik[at]ucc.ie

 


CFP: Correspondences Journal <http://correspondencesjournal.com/>

A new academic journal on the study of Western esotericism seeks paper submissions.

Correspondences is a new, biannual online journal devoted to the academic study of Western esotericism. The journal seek to create a public academic forum devoted to discussion and exposition of issues and currents in the field commonly known as ‘Western esotericism.’ The editors acknowledge that the use of “Western esotericism” as an umbrella term for a widely variant field of alternate scientific and religious ideas is problematic. Thus, articles related to esoteric currents from other global cultural centres may be accepted if a connection to alternative currents in “western culture” is implicitly established. The following list of areas of study is provided for

clarification:

Alchemy, Anthroposophy, Astrology, Eco-spirituality, Esotericism in art, literature, and music, Freemasonry, Geomancy, Gnosticism, Hermeticism, Illuminism, Initiatory secret societies, Kabbalah, Magic, Mesmerism, Mysticism, Naturphilosophie, Neo-paganism, New Age, Occultism, Occulture, Paracelsianism, Rosicrucianism, Satanism, Spiritualism, Theosophy, Traditionalism, Ufology, Witchcraft.

Correspondences intends to promote a wide forum of interdisciplinary debate regarding such areas of study, and therefore does not require academic credentials as a prerequisite for publication. Students and non-affiliated academics are encouraged to join established researchers in submitting insightful, well-researched articles that offer new ideas, positions, or information to the field.

We are currently accepting book reviews (max. 1500 words) and articles

(5000-10000 words) for our first issue. The deadline for submission is February 28. Following a peer-review process, the first issue will be published June 1, 2013. Manuscripts should be submitted as per our submission guidelines, available at www.correspondencesjournal.com. Please send your manuscript and any enquiries to submissions [at] correspondencesjournal.com.


CONFERENCES


Fifth International Dharmakīrti Conference in Heidelberg from

25-29 August, 2014.

The conference is aimed to showcase current research on all aspects of Buddhist epistemology and logic in India, China or Tibet from a historical, philological and/or philosophical perspective. Papers may also address aspects of the relationship of Buddhist pramāṇa to other currents of thought within Buddhism or in the respectively pertinent

broader intellectual environment.

The conference is scheduled for the week immediately after the IABS conference in Vienna (August 18-23), to facilitate participation in both conferences for scholars from overseas.

To receive further circulars for the Dharmakīrti conference in the future, please subscribe to the conference mailing-list at this website:

https://listserv.uni-heidelberg.de/cgi-bin/wa?A0=IDHC5HEIDELBERG

(Click “subscribe” on the right-hand side.)

Participants of the last conference who already received the first circular are already subscribed to the list. An online registration system for the conference will be made available by 31 July 2013.


Representing Sikhism a centennial conference in honour of the Irish scholar Max Arthur Macauliffe

(11 September 1838 15 March 1913)

Date: 15 March 2013

Time: 2pm

Place: UCC, Western Gateway Building,

(near Victoria Cross)

Western Road, Cork, Ireland

ALL WELCOME

Attendance free For those interested in religions, Irish-Indian history and cultural diversity

This Centennial Conference in honour of M. A. Macauliffe is organised by the Study of Religions Department, School of Asian Studies, UCC and made possible by the generosity of the Sikh community in Ireland through the Cork University Foundation http://www.ucc.ie/en/alumni/cuf/

Website: http://www.ucc.ie/en/studyofreligions/research/macauliffe/

Enquiries: email   studyofreligions[at]ucc.ie


JOBS


University of British Columbia – Assistant Professor in Japanese or

Korean Art History or Architectural History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46180

University of British Columbia – Assistant Professor in Japanese or

Korean Art History or Architectural History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46180

Smith College – Lecturer in Modern Hebrew

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46111

Director of charity

Central London

£40000-55000 per annum

Inform collects, evaluates and disseminates objective information about minority religions.  The Director is responsible for ensuring that it achieves its aims.

Inform is a registered charity that collects, evaluates and disseminates information about minority religions which is as reliable and objective as possible. The Director is responsible to Inform’s Board of Governors for ensuring that these aims are achieved.  The job requires ‘vision’ in the sense of setting the directions in which research needs to be steered in order to investigate the constantly changing landscape of minority religions and the reactions to them.  The Director also needs to be a ‘self-starter’ and ‘doer’ who not only initiates new areas of research but also sees them through to completion, including the dissemination of findings for the benefit of stakeholders and the public.

Further particulars and the application form can be downloaded from www.inform.ac. Applications and any questions to be sent to informdirector [at] yahoo.co.uk.


FUNDING


The Religion and Diversity Project, a SSHRC funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative, is seeking new PhD level students who are interested in completing thesis research related to the goals of the project (see project proposal at www.religionanddiversity.ca/about) in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Ottawa. Students will be supervised by either Dr. Lori Beaman (Project Director) and/or Dr. Peter Beyer (Project Co-investigator).

This research funding is contingent on successful application and acceptance to the Department of Religious Studies graduate program and the offer of an admissions scholarship as well as demonstrated research capacity. The research award granted through the Religion and Diversity Project will be determined based on the number of successful applications but will range from $3,000-$7,500 per year and will be contingent on completion of assigned research tasks. The funding and expectations will be outlined specifically with the successful student (s).

As one of the few large scale research initiatives housed in a Canadian institution for the study of religion, the Religion and Diversity Project in the Department of Religious Studies offers a unique graduate research experience. Students involved in the project are afforded a broad array of opportunities, such as graduate student workshops, participation at team meetings, workshops and conferences, access to a large research network, and research opportunities with the team.

The Department of Religious Studies focuses on religions in Canada and on religions in a comparative cultural context, particularly religions in the Roman Empire and in the contemporary period. The department offers specialization in Canadian Studies. Because the study of religions reaches well beyond programs and courses, the Department seeks many other avenues to facilitate the exchange of ideas. This includes regular lecture series (Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory and Building Bridges Lunch and Learn Lecture Series) and Professional Development Workshops for graduate students. The Religious Studies Graduate Students’ Association hosts a variety of social and scholarly events throughout the year. The Department also publishes the Ottawa Journal of Religion, a peer-reviewed journal showcasing some of our graduate students’ best work.

Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length, and should include a project description that specifically addresses the ways in which it will work within the broader mandate of the Religion and Diversity Project. It should also include theoretical and methodological approaches and elaborate on previous research experience. We are presently especially interested in projects related to religious nones, religion and health, comparative policy studies, and the spatial and geographic aspects of religious diversity.

Send proposals to Dr. Heather Shipley, Project Manager, at hshipley [at] uottawa.ca no later than March 1, 2013.


CEU Department of History, the Religious Studies Program and the Jewish Studies Program offer fellowships for graduate students

Date: 2013-01-24

Description: The History Department at CEU Budapest offers competitive fellowships for MA and PhD programs. Central European University in Budapest, Hungary is the only international English-language graduate school in Europe that is accredited in both Europe (Hungary) and in the United States. The History Depar …

Contact: BendikAg [at] ceu.hu

URL: history.ceu.hu

Announcement ID: 200067

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200067


Feinstein Center Kaiserman Summer Fellowship Announcement

Date: 2013-03-15

Description: The Myer and Rosaline Feinstein Center for American Jewish History announces its annual Kevy Kaiserman summer fellowship to support research in the American Jewish

experience. The grant of $3,000 is available to graduate students and recently graduated Ph.D. students. There is no requirement that ap …

Contact: feinsteincenter [at] temple.edu

URL: www.temple.edu/feinsteinctr

Announcement ID: 200065

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200065

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 11 Jan 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a wordlevariety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

APDF summary documentcan now be download. This can be printed and circulated to colleagues or put up on a notice board.

In this issue:

  • Books
  • Call for papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Degree/Post-doc

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


POLL


Please complete the poll. We are trying to assess whether the pdf version of the Opportunities Digest is useful to our readers.

Many thanks in advance for your feedback.

Do you download/read the pdf version of the RS Project Opportunities Digest?

  • No (44%, 7 Votes)
  • Yes (31%, 5 Votes)
  • Sometimes (25%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 16


BOOKS


Images, Relics and Legends: the Formation and Transformation of Buddhist Sacred Sites. Essays in Honour of Professor Koichi Shinohara. Edited by James A. Benn, Jinhua Chen, and James Robson. Oakville, Ont.: Mosaic Press, 2012. ISBN: 9780889629097

The book can be purchased from the Mosaic Press online store.

http://www.freewebstore.org/Mosaic-Press/Images,Relics,_and_Legends_The_Formation_and_Transformation_of_Buddhist_Sacred_Sites/p1016135_6187778.aspx


Religion and Knowledge: Sociological Perspectives, edited by Mathew Guest and Elisabeth Arweck, was published by Ashgate in November 2012.

This is the collection of essays that grew out of the annual Socrel conference in Durham in 2009, and features essays on new atheism by Teemu Taira and on retention of fundamentalist beliefs in the context of teaching evolution to school pupils by Ryan Cragun and colleagues.

Contents:

Religion and knowledge: the sociological agenda, Mathew Guest;

Part I Institutions of Knowledge:

Reified knowledge about ‘religion’ in prisons, James A. Beckford; Faith and the student experience, Ian Fairweather; Young people in mixed faith families: a case of knowledge and experience of two traditions?, Elisabeth Arweck and Eleanor Nesbitt; The Amish in North America: knowledge, tradition and modernity, Elisabeth C. Cooksey and Joseph F. Donnermeyer.

Part II The Religious Knowledge Economy:

New atheism as identity politics, Teemu Taira; Rejection or accommodation? Trends in evangelical Christian responses to Muslims, Richard McCallum; Knowledge, tradition and authority in British Islamic theology, Stephen H. Jones; Choosing my religion: young people’s personal Christian knowledge, Sylvia Collins-Mayo; Safe and risky readings: women’s spiritual reading practices, Dawn Llewellyn; Intelligent design as a science enabler: prolegomena to a Creationist left, Steve Fuller; The influence of fundamentalist beliefs on evolution knowledge retention, Ryan T. Cragun, Deborah L. Cragun and Jason Creighton; The sea of faith: exemplifying transformed retention, Douglas Davies and Daniel Northam-Jones.

Part III Knowledge, Religion and Academic Endeavour:

On the materialization of religious knowledge and belief, Peter Collins; Bracketing out the truth? Managing bias in the study of new religious movements, Rebecca Catto.


JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion, Advance Notice – http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?papetoc

Articles include:

  • Religious Orthodoxy and the American Worker

  • Faith in the Age of Facebook: Exploring the Links Between Religion and Social Network Site Membership and Use


Religion, State and Society, Vol 40, no. 3-4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/40/3-4


Contributions to Indian Sociology, Vol 46, no. 3 http://cis.sagepub.com/


Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image – new issue now available

Description: Dear colleagues, We are pleased to announce that the  third issue of Cinema: Journal of Philosophy and the Moving Image is now available online for free download aT http://cjpmi.ifl.pt: Issue 3 (December 2012) EDITORIAL: CINEMA, THE BODY AND EMBODIMENT Patrcia Silveirinha Castello Branco

URL: cjpmi.ifl.pt

Announcement ID: 200101

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200101


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: International Relations and Islam

Date: 2013-02-24

Description: Dear fellow colleagues, You are kindly invited to submit a panel or paper proposal(s) for the section on the “Critical Relations between International Relations and Islam”  chaired by Nassef Manabilang Adiong and Dr. Adis Duderija for  the 8th Pan-European Conference on International Relations (18-21  …

Contact: info.nassefadiong [at] yahoo.com

URL: www.nassef-m-adiong.com/2012/12/critical-relations-of-international.html

Announcement ID: 199942

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199942


CFP: THEOLOGY AND EDUCATION

8 TO 10 APRIL 2013, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM www.theologysociety.org.uk

Bookings are now open for the Society for the Study of Theology’s sixty-second annual conference. The theme is ‘Theology and Education’ and questions we shall be addressing include: What resources do scripture, tradition, liturgy and practice bring to a theology of learning? How might theology shape learning in church, academy, school, home and society?  What have been the key theological markers in my own education? Plenary speakers will include David Ford, Mike Higton and Laurie Zoloth, and George Newlands will be delivering his Presidential Address.

This year’s room and meal rates are the lowest for several years, and an early booking rate is available until 21 FEBRUARY. Book by then to keep costs down! The final bookings deadline is 14 MARCH.

Short paper, seminar paper and bursary calls remain open until 31 January.

Seminars running include: Christology; Church, Theology and Ministry; Doctrine after Christendom; Philosophy and Theology; Theological Anthropology; Theological Ethics; Theology and the Arts; Theology, Feminism and Gender; and Trinity. Further details are available online.

To book, visit www.theologysociety.org.uk.


Call for panel members:

“Witchcraft accusations and Christianity: Syncretisms and Synergies” for the Society for the Anthropology of Religion Biannual Conference April 12-14, 2013 in Pasadena. The following is an initial draft of what the panel might cover:

In many regions of the world historically studied by anthropologists, older ideologies and practices related to witchcraft accusations are being reinvigorated, in part by being reshaped into new and more “Christian” forms. As witch ideologies are reconfigured synergistically to incorporate Christian ideas of Satan, demons, and exorcism, and as Christian pastors themselves increasingly replace “pagan” diviners and “witchdoctors” as primary “carriers” of the new ideologies and divinatory/accusatory practices, witch ideologies and accusations become increasingly central to Christian communities and to Christian orthodoxies.  New patterns (where orphan children are accused of being witches for example, or where exorcism is deemed the appropriate treatment for the witch) are developing.  Although there is not a single instance in the Bible where one person’s affliction is attributed to another person acting through evil occult means, a significant percentage of Christian leaders in many parts of Africa or New Guinea affirm that misfortunes are caused by people in their midst (the elderly, widows, orphans) who are secretly witches acting supernaturally to bring harm. Disbelieving this is tantamount to disbelieving in God, for many Christians, as it was for John Wesley.

In many cases Christian leaders and institutions contribute to the labeling of children, old widows, and others as witches, often with severe social consequences. Of course churches often also attempt to play roles which protect the accused. There is no single pattern in the churches. This panel will explore “syncretisms and synergies”

between pre-Christian witchcraft ideologies and practices and contemporary Christian ideologies and practices related to witchcraft.

If you are interested in submitting a paper proposal for this panel, please email a one-page paper proposal with your name, academic affiliation, and email to Robert J. Priest by the deadline:

January 11, 2013

Email: rpriest [at] tiu.edu

Robert J. Priest, Professor Mission and Anthropology Trinity Evangelical Divinity School P.S. If you want to see a sample of my own writing on the topic, see my review of Adam Ashforth’s book Witchcraft, Violence, and Democracy in South Africa.

http://www.booksandculture.com/articles/2009/novdec/witchesandtheproblemofevil.html


CFP: Kalle Kananoja (EUI, Florence) and Madalina Florescu (CEAUP, Porto) would welcome proposals for their panel on the Materiality of Religion in Africa during the European Expansion to be hosted at the CHAM Conference in Lisbon

17-20 July.

Abstract:

Religious encounters were a major source of misunderstanding between Africans and Europeans. The contributions in this panel examine religion in precolonial and early colonial Africa through the lens of cultural materiality. Missionaries of different denominations had varying views on religion and materiality. While Catholic Fathers sought to replace indigenous objects with Catholic images, Protestants placed the emphasis on “inner belief” and shunned objects altogether, which was close to the strategy adopted by some New Christian or Jewish settlers in West Africa.

The wide and varied practices of using religious objects in rituals and for protection of people and communities have been addressed to a great extent by archaeologists, art historians and anthropologists of Africa, yet the changes that took place over time and in contact with Europeans are poorly understood. How did things that linked the visible/material to the invisible/immaterial transform when African traditional religions and Islam came into contact with Christianity and Judaism in different parts of the continent? What role did materiality – amulets, images of deities and ancestors, natural objects, iconography, crucifixes, prayer beads, relics play in African popular religion across time and space? The panel will also interrogate and explore the kinds of expectations, conflicts and (mis)interpretations that rose over the uses of material objects in religious life.

Please follow the links below for details of the conference:

http://www.cham.fcsh.unl.pt/CHAMInternacionalConference.html

to propose a paper:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/cham/cham2013/panels.php5?PanelID=2303

CONFERENCES


Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies: On the Word of a Jew: Oaths, Testimonies, and the Nature of Trust

Date: 2013-01-15

Description: October 2013 to March 2014 Seminar Leaders: Professor  Mitchell Hart and Professor Nina Caputo, Department of History, University of Florida This Oxford Seminar in Advanced Jewish Studies will examine when and how Jews were considered reliable or trustworthy in the realm of the law, but also in a hos …

Contact: registrar [at] ochjs.ac.uk

URL: www.ochjs.ac.uk/home/academics/visiting-academics/visiting-fellows/ www.ochjs.ac.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Word-of-a-Jew-OSAJS-appl-info.pdf

http://www.ochjs.ac.uk/home/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/OSAJS-App-Form-2013-14-Wrd-of-a-Jew.pdf

Announcement ID: 200015

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200015


Zionism in the Twenty-First Century: Perspectives From and About Israel

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-02-17

Description: “Zionism in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary Perspectives from and about Israel” An academic conference on Sunday, February 17 and Monday, February 18, 2013 at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. This scholars conference is sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies. Con

Contact: scis [AT] brandeis.edu

Announcement ID: 199759

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199759


Religious Freedom in America, 1813 to 2013: Bicentennial Reflections on People v. Philips

Location: New York

Date: 2013-04-12

Description: Glucksman Ireland House has planned a three-part program next April that is intended to highlight the   trans-disciplinary nature of Irish Studies at New York  University as well as some of the surprising ways in which it intersects with American history and culture. Religious Freedom in America, 1813    …

Contact: marion.casey [at] nyu.edu

URL: www.irelandhouse.fas.nyu.edu/object/ne.religiousfreedom

Announcement ID: 199909

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199909


THEOLOGY AND EDUCATION

8 TO 10 APRIL 2013, UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM www.theologysociety.org.uk

BOOKINGS OPEN

Bookings are now open for the Society for the Study of Theology’s sixty-second annual conference. The theme is ‘Theology and Education’

and questions we shall be addressing include: What resources do scripture, tradition, liturgy and practice bring to a theology of learning? How might theology shape learning in church, academy, school, home and society?  What have been the key theological markers in my own education? Plenary speakers will include David Ford, Mike Higton and Laurie Zoloth, and George Newlands will be delivering his Presidential Address.

This year’s room and meal rates are the lowest for several years, and an early booking rate is available until 21 FEBRUARY. Book by then to keep costs down! The final bookings deadline is 14 MARCH.

Short paper, seminar paper and bursary calls remain open until 31 January.

Seminars running include: Christology; Church, Theology and Ministry; Doctrine after Christendom; Philosophy and Theology; Theological Anthropology; Theological Ethics; Theology and the Arts; Theology, Feminism and Gender; and Trinity. Further details are available online.

To book, visit www.theologysociety.org.uk.


JOBS


Bar-Ilan University – Lecturer, Syrian-Lebanese Jewish History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46168

Hobart and William Smith Colleges – South Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46171


DEGREES/POST-DOC


MSc Religion in the Contemporary World

London School of Economics and Political Science

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/graduate/taughtProgrammes2013/MScReligionInTheContemporaryWorld.aspx

This programme offers the following benefits:

  • It provides an interdisciplinary, broad social-science perspective on the study of religion, in contrast to courses which take a religious studies or theology-based perspective.
  • It covers topics of key importance, such as secularisation, religion and public policy, religion in the developing world, religion in the West and its historical development, and the understanding of Western models of religion and secularisation through comparison with the rest of the world.
  • Teaching is directly informed and enhanced by the very strong tradition of fieldwork-based research within the LSE Department of Anthropology.
  • We offer a full academic tutorial system, which means that students on this MSc benefit from direct and sustained contact with members of staff.
  • The programme is an ideal preparation for research work in the study of religion. Many graduates from the Department go on to complete PhDs. It will also provide a foundation for those wishing to find employment in the civil service, policy and diplomacy, education, social work, and NGOs.

 


Master of Arts in Asian Studies at Florida International University in Miami

Location: Florida

Date: 2013-06-01

Description: The Master of Arts in Asian Studies at Florida International University in Miami is a growing interdisciplinary program drawing on excellent faculty resources in various departments. Areas of study: Political Economy of East Asia, Asian Societies, Asia and World Affairs,  and Asian Arts and Culture.  …

Contact: heines [AT] fiu.edu

URL: asian.fiu.edu

Announcement ID: 200063

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=200063


The Department of Philosophy of Utrecht University is looking for:

2 PhD Researchers (2 x 1,0 fte)

The positions are part of the research project ‘Human Dignity as the Foundation of Human Rights?’ which is a five year philosophical project on the question to what extent the foundational role of human dignity in the human rights framework can be justified. The project is funded by NWO.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) articulates that human dignity is the reason why we must grant rights to all human beings. By adopting the UDHR, nearly all countries in the world have committed themselves to respect for human dignity. But the concept of human dignity raises numerous questions: Who has dignity? All and only members of the human species? What specific moral obligations follow from the attribution of dignity? How can human dignity provide a foundation for human rights? Is the concept exclusively recognised by Western culture or are there reasons for expecting universal acceptability?

The core meaning of the concept, its historical roots and its philosophical justification are insufficiently understood. This generates an urgent problem because references to human dignity increasingly play a crucial role in debates on bioethics, new technologies and globalization while there is widespread suspicion that references to human dignity merely have a rhetorical function.

In the programme, the research group as a whole will attempt to reconstruct the core meaning and normative content of the concept of human dignity in current discourses. In order to bring this about, researchers are expected to work in relevant philosopical subdisciplines such as normative ethics, political philosophy or philosophy of law. Also, each researcher in the group will work on a specific theme within the overall programme. The content of the themes has not yet been fixed: applicants are invited to submit their own proposals. Some plausible themes are bioethics, global justice and future generations. The work on these specific themes should in turn contribute to the overarching theoretical analysis. This structure will motivate intensive cooperation within the research group.

Application procedure

We are looking for two talented and dedicated young researchers with a background in a relevant area of philosophy, who are willing to work in an active team. Fluency in English is required.

We offer two full-time PhD positions, consisting of an initial period of 18 months which, after a satisfactory first year, will be extended by another 30 months (4 years in total), with a gross monthly salary starting at  € 2,042,-  in the first year, ending at € 2,612,- in the fourth year (1,0 fte).

Applications should contain the following:

  • an application letter (max. 1 page)

  • a curriculum vitae

  • an outline that shows how you would fill in your project and position within the overall programme (max. 1 page)

Applications should be submitted online via:  http://www.uu.nl/NL/Informatie/sollicitanten/Pages/vacatures.aspx .

The deadline for applications is January 27, 2013.

The full text of the proposal can be downloaded from:

http://www.uu.nl/faculty/humanities/NL/Onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/zeno/actueel/Pages/20110713-32-583-563-human-dignity.aspx. Regarding the proposal, it should be noted that the description of the individual projects is outdated: as said candidates are now free to submit their own project proposal, as long as they can show how it fits within, and contributes to, the overall programme.

For other questions please contact S.vanVliet@uu.nl


The Department of Philosophy of Utrecht University is looking for:

1 Postdoc Researcher (1,0 fte)

The position is part of the research project ‘Human Dignity as the Foundation of Human Rights?’ which is a five year philosophical project on the question to what extent the foundational role of human dignity in the human rights framework can be justified. The project is funded by NWO.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) articulates that human dignity is the reason why we must grant rights to all human beings. By adopting the UDHR, nearly all countries in the world have committed themselves to respect for human dignity. But the concept of human dignity raises numerous questions: Who has dignity? All and only members of the human species? What specific moral obligations follow from the attribution of dignity? How can human dignity provide a foundation for human rights? Is the concept exclusively recognised by Western culture or are there reasons for expecting universal acceptability?

The core meaning of the concept, its historical roots and its philosophical justification are insufficiently understood. This generates an urgent problem because references to human dignity increasingly play a crucial role in debates on bioethics, new technologies and globalization while there is widespread suspicion that references to human dignity merely have a rhetorical function.

In the programme, the research group as a whole will attempt to reconstruct the core meaning and normative content of the concept of human dignity in current discourses. In order to bring this about, researchers are expected to work in relevant philosopical subdisciplines such as normative ethics, political philosophy or philosophy of law. Also, each researcher in the group will work on a specific theme within the overall programme. The content of the themes has not yet been fixed: applicants are invited to submit their own proposals. Some plausible themes are bioethics, global justice and future generations. The work on these specific themes should in turn contribute to the overarching theoretical analysis. This structure will motivate intensive cooperation within the research group.

Application procedure

We are looking for a talented and dedicated young researcher with a strong PhD and proven research skills in a relevant area of philosophy, who is willing to work in an active team. Fluency in English is required.

We offer a full-time position, consisting of an initial period of 24 months which, after a satisfactory evaluation, will be extended by another 12 months (3 years in total). The salary starts from €2,977,- gross per month (Scale 10, 11 Collective Employment Agreement of the Dutch Universities).

Applications should contain the following:

  • an application letter (max. 1 page)

  • a curriculum vitae

  • an outline that shows how you would fill in your project and position within the overall programme (max. 1 page)

Applications should be submitted online via:  http://www.uu.nl/NL/Informatie/sollicitanten/Pages/vacatures.aspx .

The deadline for applications is January 27, 2013.

The full text of the proposal can be downloaded from:

http://www.uu.nl/faculty/humanities/NL/Onderzoek/onderzoekinstituten/zeno/actueel/Pages/20110713-32-583-563-human-dignity.aspx . Regarding the proposal, it should be noted that the description of the individual projects is outdated: as said candidates are now free to submit their own project proposal, as long as they can show how it fits within, and contributes to, the overall programme.

For other questions please contact S.vanVliet@uu.nl

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 4 Jan 2013

Welcome to the first Opportunities Digest of 2013 – wishing you a Happy New Year from the Religious Studies Project team!wordle

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

PDF summary document can now be download. This can be printed and circulated to colleagues or put up on a notice board.

In this issue:

  • Poll
  • Books
  • New Journal
  • Festival
  • Call for papers
  • Jobs

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


POLL


Please complete the poll. We are trying to assess whether the pdf version of the Opportunities Digest is useful to our readers.

Many thanks in advance for your feedback.

Do you download/read the pdf version of the RS Project Opportunities Digest?

  • No (44%, 7 Votes)
  • Yes (31%, 5 Votes)
  • Sometimes (25%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 16


BOOKS


Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization

Description: I am pleased to announce the publication of my new  book, Race, Religion, and The Haitian Revolution: Essays on Faith, Freedom, and Decolonization. Race, Religion, and the Haitian Revolution explores the intersections of history, race, religion, decolonization, and revolutionary freedom leading to  th …

Contact: celucien_joseph [AT] yahoo.com

URL: https://www.createspace.com/4111012

Announcement ID: 199820

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199820


NEW JOURNAL


The British Society for Middle Eastern Studies invites you to view Volume 2 (2012) of New Middle Eastern Studies (NMES), the innovative new e-journal run by BRISMES scholars and graduate students.  NMES welcomes submissions for the new year, especially in the field of religion.

NEW MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES (NMES) 2012:

‘Consuming Revolution: Ethics, Art and Ambivalence in the Arab Spring’

Author: Nancy Demerdash

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/970

‘The Iranian Electric Power Industry after the Islamic Revolution: Nuclear Developments and Current Conditions’

Author: Denis Volkov

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/820

‘Rethinking neo-Salafism through an Emerging Fiqh of Citizenship: The Changing Status of Minorities in the Discourse of Yusuf al-Qaradawi and the “School of the Middle Way”’

Authors: David H. Warren and Christine Gilmore

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/809

‘The Ideological Framing of the National Outlook Parties in Turkey’

Author: Feriha Perekli

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/776

‘The Reagan Administration and the Origins of the War on Terror: Lebanon and Libya as Case Studies’

Author: Mattia Toaldo

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/767

Review of The Second Ottoman Empire: Political and Social Transformation in the Early Modern World by Baki Tazcan

Reviewer: Abdurrahman Atçıl

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/786

Review of Ottoman Nizamiye Courts: Law and Modernity by Avi Rubin

Reviewer: Omar Y. Cheta

Link: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/751

Review of The Middle East in Modern World History by Ernest Tucker

Reviewed by Murat Yaşar

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1038

FEATURE SET OF REVIEWS ON THE HISTORY OF SLAVERY IN THE MIDDLE EAST:

Review of As if Silent and Absent: Bonds of Enslavement in the Islamic Middle East by Ehud Toledano

Reviewed by Tobias P. Graf

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1104

Review of Women and Slavery in the Late Ottoman Empire: The Design of Difference by Madeline C. Zilfi

Reviewed by Nur Sobers-Khan

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1099

Review of Esclavages et abolitions en terres d’islam: Tunisie, Arabie Saoudite, Maroc, Mauritanie, Soudan by Roger Botte

Reviewed by Marta García Novo

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1093

Review of Holy War and Human Bondage: Tales of Christian-Muslim Slavery in the Early Modern Mediterranean by Robert C. Davis

Reviewed by Will Smiley

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1086

Review of Ransom Slavery along the Ottoman Borders (Early Fifteenth – Early Eighteenth Centuries) edited by Géza Dávid and Pál Fodor

Reviewed by Joshua Michael White

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1081

Review of Race and Slavery in the Middle East: Histories of Trans-Saharan Africans in Nineteenth-Century Egypt, Sudan and the Ottoman Mediterranean edited by Terence Walz and Kenneth M. Cuno

Reviewed by Jennifer Lofkrantz

http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/archives/1074

NEW MIDDLE EASTERN STUDIES: http://www.brismes.ac.uk/nmes/


FESTIVAL


Middle East Festival 2013

For details of various events, workshops etc, MESP 2013 Festival Website: www.mesp.org.uk

Saturday 23 February – Sunday 17 March 2013


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash

Date: 2013-02-15

Description: Announcement of a conference on the topic: Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash The Hebrew Bible occupies an anomalous position on the contemporary academic landscape. The field of biblical studies produces a steady stream of works on the compositional history, ph …

Contact: meiravj [at] shalem.ifas.org.il

URL: bibleandphilosophy.org/conferences/24

Announcement ID: 199806

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199806


CFP: The Musical Worlds of Polish Jews, 1920-1960: Identity, Politics and Culture

Location: Arizona

Date: 2013-03-30

Description: Call for Papers Arizona State University, November  17-18, 2013 The Center for Jewish Studies and the School of Music at Arizona State University in collaboration with The

OREL Foundation announce an international conference devoted to the musical world of Polish Jews from 1920 to 1960.

Contact: Anna.Holian [at] asu.edu

Announcement ID: 199718

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199718


CFP: Witchcraft, Magic and Popular Religion – XI Gustav Vasa seminar

Date: 2013-06-11

Description: The Eleventh annual Gustav Vasa seminar focuses on the themes of popular religion, witchcraft and magic. We invite papers to discuss these themes in multidisciplinary perspectives, e.g. from the fields of history, anthropology, religious science and archaeology. .

Contact: jari.eilola [at] jyu.fi

URL: http://www.gustavvasaseminar2013.blogspot.fi/

Announcement ID: 199426


ECPR conference, Bordeaux:

4-7 Sept 2013

Post-Secular Cosmopolitanism?

Rethinking Religion and Liberal Philosophy and Policy Beyond Kant

http://ecprnet.eu/Conferences/General/2013_Bordeaux/Default.asp

How to submit your paper proposal via MyECPR:

1) Log in to your myECPR account, or create an account here.

2) Follow the links to the Bordeaux General Conference home page and then select ‘Propose a

Paper’ from the menu.

3) From the dropdown box, select the Panel to which you wish to propose a paper.

4) Select 3-6 keywords from the list which best describe the field to which your paper relates

(this is key to ensuring your paper is allocated to the correct Panel).

5) Upload/insert an abstract of no more than 300 words.

6) Provide the e-mail addresses of any co-authors to the paper. To enable us to find them in

the system, these addresses must be the ones they have used to create their myECPR

account (if they do not already have an account, please ask them to create one.)

7) Attach the full paper proposal in pdf format. (Please note, this can also be done at a later

stage via myECPR under the ‘My Events’ page up until the deadline below.)

The deadline for paper proposals is 1 February 2013.


JOBS


Courtauld Institute of Art – Lecturer in Buddhist Art and its Conservation

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46165

Kobe College – Drake Visiting Professor in Environmental Sustainability

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46162

University of Virginia – Richard Lyman Bushman Chair of Mormon Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46164>


FELLOWSHIPS


Announcement: Research Fellowships and Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Philosophical Investigations of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud, and Midrash

Date: 2013-01-31

Description: Announcement of research fellowships and post-doctoral fellowships on: Philosophical Investigation of the Hebrew Scriptures, Talmud and Midrash The Institute for      Advanced Studies at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, in partnership with the John Templeton Foundation, will provide up to two one-year res …

Contact: ilanite [at] shalem.ifas.org.il

URL: bibleandphilosophy.org/fellowships/16

Announcement ID: 199807

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199807

Thomas Arthur Arnold Post-doctoral Fellowships in Historical studies

Date: 2013-03-10

Description: The Thomas Arthur Arnold Fund for Excellence in Historical Research at the School of History, Tel Aviv University, Israel, will award two post-doctoral fellowships in historical studies. The one-year fellowships of $30,000 each will be awarded for the 2013-2014 academic year. Fellows will work with  …

Contact: EilatS [at] tauex.tau.ac.il

Announcement ID: 199837

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199837

wordle

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 28 Dec 2012

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a

wordle

variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.

In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Call for reviewers
  • Call for Papers
  • Summer Programme
  • Conferences
  • Jobs

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


JOURNALS


Culture and Religion, issue 13, no. 4

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/current

Journal of Religion, Media and Digital Culture (JRMDC)

http://jrmdc.com/

Material Religion vol 8, no. 4

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berg/mar;jsessionid=1mw29oejvldk5.victoria


CALL FOR REVIEWERS


The Journal of Buddhist Ethics has just released its 2013 call for reviews.  Any scholars interested in reviewing one of the following texts should contact the Book Review Editor:

Henry Schliff – henry.schliff [AT] colorado.edu

South & Southeast Asia

• Blackburn, Ann. Locations of Buddhism: Colonialism and Modernity in Sri Lanka (Chicago, 2010)

• Geary, David, et al., Cross-disciplinary Perspectives on a Contested Buddhist Site (Routledge, 2012)

• Jerryson, Michael. Buddhist Fury: Religion and Violence in Southern Thailand (Oxford, 2011)

• McDaniel, Justin Thomas. The Lovelorn Ghost & the Magical Monk: Practicing Buddhism in Modern Thailand (Columbia, 2011)

• Ohnuma, Reiko. Ties that Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford, 2012)

• Sugunasiri, Suwanda. Arahant Mahinda-redactor of the Buddhapujava in Sinhala Buddhism (Toronto, Nalanda Publishing, 2012)

• Verardi, Giovanni. Hardships and Downfall of Buddhism in India (Manohar / Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011)

Tibet/Himalayas

• Cuevas, Bryan. Travels in the Netherworld: Buddhist Popular Narratives of Death and the Afterlife in Tibet (SUNY, 2011)

• Lozang Jamspal. The Range of the Bodhisattva, a Mahāyāna Sutra: Ārya-bodhisattva-gocara.

Introduction and Translation (Columbia, 2011)

• Meinert, Carmen and Hans-Bernd Zöllner (eds.). Buddhist Approaches to

Human Rights: Dissonances and Resonances. (transcript Verlag, 2010)

• Wedemeyer, Christian K. Making Sense of Tantric Buddhism: History, Semiology, and Transgression in Indian Traditions (Columbia, 2012)

China

• Clower, Jason. The Unlikely Buddhologist: Tiantai Buddhism in Mou Zongsan’s New Confucianism (Leiden: Brill, 2010)

• DuBois, Thomas David. Religion and the Making of Modern East Asia(Cambridge, 2011)

• Perry, Benjamin. The Religion of Falun Gong (Chicago, 2012)

• Rambelli, Fabio and Eric Reinders. Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History (Continuum, 2012)

• Yu, Jimmy. Sanctity and Self-Inflicted Violence in Chinese Religions,

1500-1700 (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Japan/Korea

• Bein, Steve. Purifying Zen: Watsuji Tetsurō’s Shamon Dōgen (Hawai‘i, 2011)

• Heine, Steven. Sacred High City, Scared Low City (Oxford, 2011)

• Miyamoto, Yuki. Beyond the Mushroom Cloud: Commemoration, Religion, and Responsibility after Hiroshima (Fordham, 2012)

• Mun Chanju. Purification Buddhist Movement, 1954-1970: The Struggle to Restore Celibacy in the Jogye

Order of Korean Buddhism (Blue Pine, 2011)

• Shields, James Mark. Critical Buddhism: Engaging with Modern Japanese

Buddhist Thought (Ashgate, 2011)

Global/Western Buddhism

• Ama Michihiro. Immigrants to the Pure Land: The Modernization,

Acculturation, and Globalization of Shin Buddhism, 1898-1941 (Hawai‘i

Press, 2011)

• Hu Hsiao-Lan, This-Worldly Nibbana: A Buddhist-Feminist Social Ethic for

Peacemaking in the Global Community (SUNY, 2011)

• Rathore, Aakash Singh, and Ajay Verma. The Buddha and His Dhamma: A

Critical Edition (Oxford, 2011)

• Hackett, Paul. Theos Bernard, the White Lama: Tibet, Yoga, and American

Religious Life (Columbia, 2012)


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Paul Ricoeur and the Future of the Humanities |

International Conference | June 27-29, 2013 | University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Description: Scholars interested in presenting a paper are invited to submit a proposal that fits the conference theme (word limit: 400 words). Proposals from all the areas of the humanities historiography,

literary studies, theology, cultural studies, etc. are welcome, as long as they address relevant philosophical….

Contact: info [at] ricoeur.com

URL: ricoeur.com/the-future-of-the-humanities/

Announcement ID: 199791

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199791


SUMMER PROGRAMME


Jewish Studies at the Leo Baeck Summer University

Date: 2013-01-30

Description: We are happy to announce that the application period for the Leo Baeck Summer University 2013 has begun.The Leo Baeck Summer University is an English-language six-week summer school in Jewish studies at the Humboldt University, Berlin, under the auspices of the new Zentrum fr Jdische Studien Berlin- …

Contact: info [at] lbsu.de

URL: www.lbsu.de

Announcement ID: 199697

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199697

 


CONFERENCES


International Workshop “Machiavelli, Islam and the East”

Date: 2013-02-20

Description: Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa (Italy) is inviting scholars to submit 25-minutes papers for a one-day international workshop titled “Machiavelli, Islam and the East”, which will take place on 6 May 2013. While Niccol Machiavelli is universally recognized as one of the founders of the Western polit …

Contact: g.marcocci [at] sns.it

Announcement ID: 199731

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199731


JOBS


Case Western Reserve University – Director, Baker Nord Center for the Humanities

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46134

McGill University – Postdoctoral Fellowships in Studies in Early Modern Europe

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46126

Monash University – Lecturer (History of Religion)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46109

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology – Tenure-Track Position in East Asian Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46147