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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 Dec 2012

Festive wishes to all and we look forward to seeing you in 2013!

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Call for Papers
  • 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


Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

Volume 24, Number 3 /2012,

http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/n52075627844/

Sociology of Religion – advance access

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

Material Religion vol 8, no. 4

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berg/mar;jsessionid=1mw29oejvldk5.victoria


PUBLICATIONS


Brill’s Series of Jesuit Studies

Description: Brill has founded a monograph Series of Jesuit Studies. Associated with the Journal of Jesuit Studies, SJS will target those areas of scholarship on Jesuit history in its  broader context that have been lamentably neglected but it will also invite contributions of important but hard to find a monograph …

Contact: robert.maryks@me.com

URL: https://www.facebook.com/JournalofJesuitStudies

Announcement ID: 199580

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199580


New Book Series with Palgrave Macmillan on History of Religion

Description: Announcing a new book series with Palgrave Macmillan – call for book proposals Histories of the Sacred and the Secular 1700 – 2000 reflects the awakened and expanding profile of the history of religion within the academy in recent years.

Intending to publish exciting new and high quality work

Contact: dsnash [at] brookes.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 199595

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199595


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Le Moyne College Religion and Literature Forum entitled “The Return of the Text: A Conference on the Cultural Value of Close Reading” to be hosted by Le Moyne and Syracuse University

September 26-28, 2013.

Send 300-500 word proposals to:

Dr. Jennifer Gurley, Department of English, Le Moyne College (gurleyja [at] lemoyne.edu) and Dr. William Robert, Department of Religion, Syracuse University (wrobert [at] syr.edu)

Please label your file “LMRL: Last Name” and use that file name as the subject heading of your email.

Deadline for submission: March 1, 2013

Notification: April 1, 2013

Note: Participants will be invited to submit full-length essays for possible inclusion


CFP: ‘CELESTIAL MAGIC’

22-23 June 2013

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

Keynote speakers

Prof. Peter Forshaw, Universitair Docent (Senior Lecturer/Assistant

Professor) for the History of Western Esotericism in the Early Modern Period at the Center for History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents, University of Amsterdam.

Prof. Elliot R. Wolfson, Abraham Lieberman Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University.

Conference Chairs

Dr Nicholas Campion, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, n.campion@tsd.ac.uk Dr Liz Greene, University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Bristol. l.greene@tsd.ac.uk

Conference Theme

Magic, loosely defined, is the attempt to engage with the world through the imagination or psyche, in order to obtain some form of knowledge, benefit or advantage. Celestial magic engages with the cosmos through stellar, planetary or celestial symbolism, influences or intelligences. This academic conference will explore the history, philosophy and practice of celestial magic in past or present societies.

Topics may include:

Astronomy and magic in literature

Astral magic in the ancient world

Anthropological theory and astral magic

The use of astrology by magical societies Astral divination and magic Magical theory as a rational for astrology

The conference organisers invite proposals for papers of 30 minutes which may deal with text, imagery, practice or theory. We welcome proposals on any time period or culture. The deadline for submissions is 31 December 2012.

Please include an abstract of c. 150 words and a biography of c 100 words, in the same document.

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology http://www.trinitysaintdavid.ac.uk/en/sophia/


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: www.gustavvasaseminar2013.blogspot.fi/

Announcement ID: 199426

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199426


CFP: Childhoods in South Asia: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Date: 2013-01-10

Description: CFP: South Asian Childhoods: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives This workshop aims to provide an  interdisciplinary platform for scholars studying diverse childhoods in South Asia. We also aim to enrich our   understandings of contemporary childrens lives through historical perspectives.

Contact: Zazie.Bowen@anu.edu.au

Announcement ID: 199514

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199514


CONFERENCES


Christian Faith and the University: From the Reformation to  the 21st Century

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-01-31

Description: Christian Faith and the University is a three-day conference (Sept. 26-28, 2013) on the historic relationship between Christianity and the academy from the Reformation to

the 21st century. Each panel will be composed of three presenters speaking from written texts on related themes

Contact: christianfaithandtheuniversity[at] gmail.com

URL: www.christianfaithandtheuniversity.ca

Announcement ID: 199248

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199248


Zionism in the Twenty-First Century,” Brandeis University, February 2013

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-02-17

Description: Conference: “Zionism in the Twenty-First Century,” Brandeis University, February 2013 Israel Studies and Jewish Studies in America February 17-18 (President’s Day Weekend) Brandeis University, Waltham, MA Announcing an upcoming conference, “Zionism in the Twenty-First Century: Contemporary

Contact: scis [at] brandeis.edu

URL: www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/

Announcement ID: 199559

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199559


JOBS


Stanford University – Postdoctoral Fellowship: Literary Cultures of

Muslim South Asia, Stanford University

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46101

Monash University – Israel and Middle East Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46065

University of Pennsylvania – Director, Herbert D. Katz Center for

Advanced Judaic Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46073

Franklin and Marshall College – Southeast or South Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46086

Leiden University – Professor of premodern Chinese history, rank open

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46070

Postgraduate scholarships and bursaries

Date: 2013-03-31

Description: The School of Historical Studies at the University of Leicester has a number of scholarships for postgraduate  research students currently advertised for autumn 2013 entry.

These can all be viewed at

 https://swww2.le.ac.uk/departments/historical/postgraduate/funding/scholarships

Contact: pk64 [at] le.ac.uk

URL: www2.le.ac.uk/departments/urbanhistory

Announcement ID: 199425

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199425

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 14 Dec 2012

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

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:

  • Journals
  • Portals
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Training
  • Jobs
  • Grants/Funding

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


Journal of Religion in Japan 1/3 (2012)

http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/22118349

New issue of electronic Journal “Quest”. Focus on memories of North African Jews

Description: The fourth issue of the online journal “Quest” is now entirely and freely available online.  http://www.quest-cdecjournal.it/ The focus section is dedicated to the memories of North African Jews, the discussion instead concerns the stimulating volume “Metamaus”. You will also find two book reviews.

Contact: mail [at] quest-cdecjournal.it

URL: www.quest-cdecjournal.it/

Announcement ID: 199156

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199156

Associate Managing Editor, Southern Jewish History

Location: South Carolina

Description: Associate Managing Editor, Southern Jewish History

Deadline for Application Submissions: January 10, 2013 The Southern Jewish Historical Society (SJHS) seeks a temporary, part-time associate managing editor (ME) of the societys      annual, peer-reviewed journal, Southern Jewish History (SJH).

Announcement ID: 199381

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199381


Euxeinos 8 onReligion and Society in Contemporary Bulgaria is now available online.

Description: Euxeinos 8 onReligion and Society in Contemporary  Bulgaria is now available online.Guest Editor Stefan Kube (Zurich)The current issue of Euxeinos originated in cooperation with G2W – kumenisches Forum fr Glauben, Religion und Gesellschaft in Ost und West in Zrich” (Oecumenical Forum for Faith, Relig …

Announcement ID: 199140

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199140


PORTAL


My-Parish.org – a new community platform for parish studies

Description: My-Parish.org – a new community platform for parish studies The Warwick Network for Parish Research is pleased to announce the launch of My-Parish.org , a portal to parish, history, heritage, art and culture! My-Parish is an online community and resource for everyone interested in parishes,  from the …

Contact: john.morgan [at] Warwick.ac.uk

URL: my-parish.org/

Announcement ID: 199274

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199274


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Third Asian Conference on Asian Studies: Conference Theme: Intersecting Belongings: Cultural Conviviality and Cosmopolitan Futures

Date: 2013-02-01

Description: Contemporary contexts of the local, regional, national and global raise urgent questions about cultural conviviality and cosmopolitan futures across Asia. These are      times when trans-cultural, trans-national and multicultural belonging are particularly being tested through environmental catastrophe,  …

Contact: baden.offord [at] scu.edu.au

URL: acas.iafor.org/

Announcement ID: 199303

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199303


CFP:Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Description: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is calling for papers for the February 2013 issue. JAPSS is indexed and catalogued by EBSCOhost, DOAJ, and many others. The Journal is published both electronically and in print.  …

Contact: journalalternative [at] hotmail.com

URL: www.japss.org

Announcement ID: 199358

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199358


CFP: Sacred Space in Secular Institutions

Please send abstracts to Chris Hewson by 15 December: chris.hewson@manchester.ac.uk

Venue: Humanities Bridgeford Street Building 1.69 (University of Manchester)

Date: Friday 18th January

The role, form and affect of sacred space(s) within secular institutions is a theme that is increasingly attractive to scholars within the social sciences. This Socrel study day will consider how different types of organisation including but not limited to educational establishments, hospitals and hospices, airports, public buildings, shopping centres, etc make space for faith, sacrality and religious practice(s) within their buildings, management structures and public offerings.

The study day will also consider: the key social, cultural and political drivers behind these spaces; precursors and ongoing developments; how such spaces are positioned within contemporary policy debates; and the practical issues practitioners should consider when designing and managing sacred space within a secular institution. The day will be centred around three axes:

 

  • A reflection upon the wide range of institutions that contain set-aside sacred space.
  • A close sociological reading of what happens within these spaces on a day-to-day basis, and how this might be conceptualised methodologically. For instance, how are they shared? How can effective use be measured?
  • A thoroughgoing assessment of the role and practice(s) of extant religious groups and traditions, within the provision and ongoing usage of these spaces.

We welcome contributions of any length (20 minute papers, 10-15 minute presentations) which address these, and any of the following questions:

  • What are these spaces for, and how are roles and designations contested?
  • What is or can be sacred about these spaces?
  • To what extent are these spaces multi-faith in either description or usage?
  • Do these spaces demonstrate novelty or continuity with existing forms?
  • What are the normative factors governing the development of these spaces (e.g. cohesion, diversity, customer focus, etc). Can these factors always be reconciled?

Please send abstracts to Chris Hewson by 15 December: chris.hewson [at] manchester.ac.uk


CONFERENCES


Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences 2013

Date: 2013-03-28

Description: The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is proud to announce the Third Asian Conference on Psychology and the Behavioral Sciences, to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at the Ramada Osaka, Osaka, Japan. 2013 Conference Theme: “Connectedness & Alienation: The 21st Ce …

Contact: mchoi [at] iafor.org

URL: www.acp.iafor.org

Announcement ID: 199218

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199218


Theory and Philosophy Summer School.Theme: ‘Transgression and Normativity’

Date: 2013-03-01

Description: Theory and philosophy summer school 2013 offers a strongly student-centred & collaborative setting in which students participate in sessions led by academics from UCC & guest professors. Conventional didactic presentations are bolstered by small group work, student-led seminars & discussions, peer-g …

Contact: admin [at] tapss.ie

URL: www.tapss.ie/index.html

Announcement ID: 199142

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199142


Free conference

To the Academy and beyond: religious literacy in contemporary society

The Old Refectory, UCL, 22nd January 2013

As part of our series of free events, we are hosting a one-day

international conference highlighting the lessons learned from three

years of research into religious literacy in Higher Education and

focusing on how these can be applied beyond ‘the Academy’.

One of the key findings of our previous evaluation was the widespread

perception of the potential value added in HEIs by engagement with

issues of religious faith at a time of economic and social stress. For

example, working with faith groups institutions can provide a more

religiously literate student experience, avoid expensive and divisive

equality litigation, promote a culture of openness, trust and enquiry,

and work in community partnerships to prevent the divisions which often

arise when there is financial strain and high levels of unemployment.

These lessons can also be applied to sectors outside of Higher Education

and this conference will focus on this as well as highlighting the

findings and successes of the Religious Literacy Leadership Programme’s

work with Higher Education Institutions across the country. This free

conference will explore the processes, impacts and experiences of

developing strategy in relation to religion and belief. There will also

be opportunities to meet with counterparts in other institutions to

exchange skills and learning and consider potential for partnership and

networking around these issues.

Sessions will include workshops on religious literacy and:

The media

Equalities

Fashion

Confirmed speakers include:

Professor Stephen Prothero, Boston University

Professor Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

Professor Reina Lewis, University of the Arts, London

Mr Michael Wakelin, Cambridge Coexist Programme

Places are limited and registration is now open at:

http://religiousliteracyhe.org/events-2/registration/


TRAINING


The Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (DPDF) Program of the Social Science Research Council, in conjunction with the University of Warwick, is pleased to announce the following research and training opportunity for early to mid-stage doctoral students within the U.S. and United Kingdom:

Postcolonial Identities and Decolonial Struggles: Creolization and Colored Cosmopolitanism

The Spring Workshop will be held May 28-June 2, 2013 in Coventry, England on the campus of the University of Warwick and the Fall Workshop will be held September 18-22, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.

http://www.ssrc.org/fellowships/subcompetitions/dpdf-fellowship/7A830765-EF37-E211-8EAC-001CC477EC84/52EE8588-EF37-E211-8EAC-001CC477EC84/


JOBS


Kalamazoo College – Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor, East

Asian Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46027

Woolf Institute – Academic Director, Centre for the Study of

Muslim-Jewish Relations

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46022

College of Charleston – Visiting Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46034

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of Groningen has an opening for 4 PhD positions (full employment), three of them for 3 years, and one of them for 4 years. Please see the announcement on our website at http://www.rug.nl/ggw/organization/vacancies/phd-positions/121208?lang=en


GRANTS


AHRC Large Grants

Closing date: January

Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available. Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Pages/Theme-Large-Grants.aspx


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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 7 Dec 2012

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

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:

  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships/Scholarships

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


Sociology of Religion, vol 73, no. 4 http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/73/4?etoc

Culture and Religion, vol 13, no.4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/13/4

Review of Religious Research, vol 57, no.4 http://link.springer.com/journal/13644/54/4/page/1


Journal of Jesuit Studies: Reviews Section

Description:  A new quarterly journal is to be launched by Brill: The Journal of Jesuit Studies. Each issue of the journal will contain an extensive review section that looks at all aspects of Jesuit history (from the sixteenth century to the present day, and in all corners of the globe), as well as books

Contact: jonathanwright123 [at] googlemail.com

Announcement ID: 199143

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199143


PUBLICATIONS


New Religion e-catalogue from Oxford

http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/cc7ec2f9#/cc7ec2f9/1


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: The problem of human knowledge – what a person employs to interpret and act on the world – has been in the centre of scholarly attention for a long time. Knowledge is shaped by culture and distributed in population in certain ways; anthropological research has been directed to the distribution of knowledge – its presence or absence in particular persons – and the social processes influencing these distributions. Attention has been paid in particular to so-called folk knowledge consisting of beliefs and socially accepted rules corresponding to various spheres of life: social relations, natural environment, reasoning and emotions, economic relations, oral tradition, etc. These beliefs and rules are shared and adapted to the particular local settings. Theoretical debates focused on the models of natural and cultural environment in particular social and cultural conditions, and the impact that those models have on human behaviour.

The aim of this conference is to contribute to this focus by bringing together scholars doing research in different cultural settings. A comparative perspective on human knowledge allows us to unravel a number of aspects of the cultural worlds which people construct.

Empirical research can demonstrate how established thoughts, representations, and social relations to a considerable extent configure and filter individual human experience of the world around us and thereby generate culturally diverse worldviews which might include feelings and attitudes as well as information, embodied skills, verbal taxonomies and

concepts: all the ways of understanding that humans use to make up a reality.

We invite interested scholars and students to submit proposals for papers which will explore:

• Folk knowledge and expert knowledge

• Material culture: material objects and their cultural meanings • Religious beliefs and rituals • Concepts of ethnicity and race • Social learning: acquisition of knowledge by children and adults • Children and their concepts • Verbal concepts and models • Taxonomy of concepts • Representations of morality • Gender relationships and representations • Representations of economic relations and processes • Visual representations: construction of meanings

Key lectures:

Prof. Anthony Good

Anthony Good is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Great Britain.

The lecture: Folk Knowledge and the Law

Prof. John Eade

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton and former Executive Director of CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and

Multiculturalism) which links Roehampton and the University of Surrey. He is also Visiting Professor at the Migration Research Unit, the University College London, Great Britain.

The lecture: Contested Knowledges: The Politics of Pilgrimage in a Changing Europe Dr. William (Lee) W. McCorkle William McCorkle is Director of Experimental Research at the LEVYNA (Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion and Ritual). He is Associate Professor and Research Specialist at the Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

The lecture: From Compulsion to Script: The Evolution of Ritual and the Rise of Religions

Submission details:

The language of the conference will be English only. The papers should last no more than 20 minutes. Abstracts (up to 350-words in Word doc.), with contact details and affiliation, should be sent to the conference e-mail address (uet.conference@savba.sk) by 31st January 2013.

You will be informed about acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposal by 15th February 2013.

Conference participation fee:

• scholars who will present their papers: € 50; • PhD students who will present their papers: € 25; • participants who will not present papers: free.

The participation fee includes all conference proceedings and daytime refreshments.

Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.


CFP: The editors of Arc: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University solicit submissions with a contemporary or a historical focus on the themes of freedom, liberty, and liberation in religious thought and practice for the 2013 issue (Vol. 41). Possible

topics for submissions might include:

· Religious or theological interpretations of freedom, liberty, and/or liberation

· Freedom of religion

· Freedom or liberation from suffering

· Freedom and virtue, e.g. sin, wrongdoing, and the problem of evil

· Relations among concepts of freedom, liberty, law, destiny, and providence

· Concepts of liberation in religio-political contexts

· Concepts of freedom in the ancient world, and their reception (or lack thereof). E.g. The Greek concept of Freedom in the Jewish, Greco-Roman, and Ancient Christian worlds.

The editors also solicit reviews of recently published books related to the study of religion.

Arc is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually by the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University. The journal combines the talents of professors and graduate students in offering space for scholarly discussions on various aspects of the academic

study of religion, including method and theory in the study of religion.

Arc encourages submissions from diverse religious traditions and perspectives. The submission deadline is March 31st, 2013. For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the Guidelines for Contributors (PDF) on our website. All electronic correspondence,

including request for review copies of books, should be sent to the editors, Richard Cumming and Ryan Jones, at the following email address: arc.relgstud [at] mcgill.ca.


The editors of the volume Religious Secrecy as Contact. Secrets as Promoters of Religious Dynamics would like to invite contributions concerned with any of the following areas: Islam, Tibet, Central Asia, India, Shamanism (in Asia or Europe). Contributions on other areas of European and Asian religions would also be considered. We are looking for articles that explore the role of secrecy and secrets in situations of religious contact. For further information please contact Anna Akasoy (akasoy [at] gmx.net).

Description of Volume:

Religious Secrecy as Contact:Secrets as Promoters of Religious Dynamics

Editors: A. Akasoy, L. Di Giacinto,

G. Halkias, A. Müller-Lee, P. Reichling, K.M. Stünkel

The proposed volume focuses on

“strategies of secrecy” and their role in the history of religious contacts, a neglected field of research in Religious Studies. It comprises a collection of papers presented in a series of interdisciplinary workshops and conferences on the subject of “religion and secrecy” held at the Käte Hamburger Consortium “Dynamics in the History of Religions” between 2008 and 2012. The contributions of the volume analyse the phenomenon of „secretizing‟: As Mark

Teeuwen pointed out, secrecy ― „a form of religious practice in its own right‟ ― refers to a certain process within a given social situation where the secret functions in a certain institutional framework (Teeuwen, Mark and Scheid, Bernhard, eds., The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion, New York: Routledge 2006, p. 4). The secret itself may be replaced by ritualized secretism that is independent of the content of the secret (Johnson, Paul

Christopher, Secret, Gossip, and Gods. The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, p.3). The volume challenges the traditional analysis that understands secret merely as a social and epistemological device that prevents contact between an „ingroup‟ and an „outgroup‟ and provides the means to cut one‟s own tradition from external influences. The present volume will rather build on Assmann‟s insights on secrecy as “interaktives Geschehen”, because secrecy involves an interactive dimension which fulfils an important function in cross-cultural contacts‟. (Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, „Die Erfindung des Geheimnisses durch die Neugier“, in: Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, eds., Schleier und Schwelle III.

Geheimnis und Neuzeit, München: Fink 1999, p. 8). Accordingly, the general hypothesis of the volume is that secrets play a significant role in the inter-religious and intrareligious exchange and all the essays shall examine the function of secrets in examples of religious contacts. While aspects of secrecy usually seem to play a role in religious conduct, analysing the role of secrets within religious traditions involves difficulties. Since, by definition, one cannot hope to grasp „the secret‟ on the level of the object language, the field of possible investigation is reduced to the functional and the linguistic field. More precisely, secrecy can be analysed as a semantic structure that can be identified and described phenomenologically. Hence, it is also not necessary to assume that the terminology of secrecy should be translated one to one across cultures. Secrets are by no means neutral or indifferent notions in religious processes: They rather function as privileged zones of contact. A secret might be described as a catalyst for specific forms of communication since the elusive nature of secret

offers rich opportunities for translations from one religious tradition into another and often the results are miscomprehensions, which are harshly rejected by the old secret-keepers. In any case, secrets may function as interfaces of inter-religious and intrareligious contact. As such, they should be analyzed as a blank space that can be identified in distinct ways and understood as a process of emptying conceptual content in different linguistic contexts.

Finally, because the content of secrets cannot be determined and translations remain in flux, secrets promote rather than prevent the concrescence of religious traditions.


CFP: European Conference on African Studies

African dynamics in a multipolar world

The European Conference on African Studies is happy to announce a Call for Papers for its upcoming conference

The fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 5) will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 26 to 28, 2013. It will be organized by the Centro de Estudos Africanos – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Center of African Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon) on behalf of AEGIS, the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies. Its general theme will be ‘African Dynamics in a Multipolar World’.

You are warmly invited to submit a paper for the panel:

Secession: the key to unlocking Africa’s potential?

The call for papers is now open and will close on 16th January 2013

For any enquiries, please email ecas2013(at)nomadit.co.uk


CFP: AFTERLIFE

Eighteenth Annual Postgraduate Religion and Theology Conference

Hosted by the University of Bristol

8–9 March 2013

Keynote speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton

This conference brings together postgraduates and early-career academics working on the study of religions from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, creating a space for them to share their work and to further encourage research and collaboration within the University of Bristol (the host institution), other partner institutions, and among members of other universities within the South West region and beyond, within the United Kingdom and Ireland and abroad.

The conference has a long history of drawing together postgraduate students and their supervisors from universities in the surrounding area and beyond. Last year saw us expand to a record number of participating speakers, delegates, and partner institutions. Forty-nine papers, divided in seventeen sessions, were presented by postgraduate students and early career academics, from eighteen universities. Almost one hundred delegates attended at least part of the conference. A session for undergraduate papers was also held, with notable success.

Although we encourage applications that directly address the theme of the conference ‘Afterlife’, in all its interpretations, contributions are welcome on any scholarly topic, and from all disciplines and areas related to the study of religions: theology, history, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, literature, art, music, etc.

Presentations will be grouped in panels, each consisting of three 20-minute papers followed by a 30-minute period for questions and discussion. Panels will be chaired by lecturers from Bristol and other partner universities.

We are also accepting submissions for research posters. Displayed in the conference common room, these will allow further communication of research. A prize will be awarded to the poster voted best by the conference participants. Guidelines of the preparation of posters and a sample poster presentation can be found on the conference’s website. Please note that an applicant may submit a poster as well as a paper and that both may be accepted, on the condition that they cover different topics.

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

The deadline for submitting proposals will be 12:00 noon (Bristol time) on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

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.

Registration for the conference will open at 12:00 noon (Bristol time) on 22 January 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. Please note that all registrations received after 12 noon, Friday 8 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 late January 2013 on the conference website.

Optional social events will be held on both evenings of the conference.

For more information and registration, please visit:

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

And join us on Facebook at:

https://www.facebook.com/pgRTconference

and on Twitter at:

@pgRTconference


CFP: Text, Context, and Non-Text: Grimoires and Ritual Magic in culture, literature, and art

April 5th and 6th 2013

The University of Texas at Austin

Conference sponsored by

the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies,

the Texas Chair for Czech Studies,

and the Departments of History,

Germanic Studies, and Religious Studies

This conference is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of a large corpus of magic texts that figure prominently in the cultural and intellectual history of Europe. Its focus will be grimoires, real or imagined, whose legacy has reverberated throughout European culture in the form of folktales, literature (Faust, for example), and graphic art down to the present, at times being among the few treasured possessions brought to the New World.

Abstracts are requested that address any facet of this cultural legacy, in any country and in any era:

· TEXT refers to the content of the grimoire, its images and words, and issues arising from these directly–analysis of meaning, new manuscript finds, translations, etc.

· CONTEXT refers to the total situation in which the grimoire exists, with a view to politics, arts and letters, religion, folklore, etc.

· NON-TEXT refers to any situation in which the grimoire as object or as idea is more central than its content–the evocative indecipherability of existing grimoires, the grimoire as an emblem, key, or symbol, etc.

Abstracts for twenty-minute conference presentations from any discipline will be considered. Please send the abstract as part of an email to: textcontextnontext[at] gmail.com. Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long and accompanied by a brief (250 word) biography suitable for an introduction at the conference. The conference language is English. All abstracts should be submitted by December 15th (Jan 15th extended deadline.)


CFP: The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München is pleased to announce a call for papers for ´Reading Outside the Lines: A Workshop on the Intersection of Buddhist Art and Texts,´ to be held at LMU, München on September 13-14, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

Please find the call for papers attached and on the following website:

http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/reading-outisde/index.html


CONFERENCES


Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy 2013

Date: 2013-03-28

Description:  The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is proud to announce the Third Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Osaka, Japan.

CONFERENCE THEME: “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century

Contact: acerp [at] iafor.org

URL: acerp.iafor.org/

Announcement ID: 199219

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199219


JOBS


Columbia College – Chicago – Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary

Humanities, Asian Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46008>

Columbus State University – Assistant Professor of History, Asian

History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46019>

National University of Singapore – Assistant Professor Southeast

Asian Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45947>

Pacific University – Assistant Professor of East Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46014>

Utah State University – Visiting Assistant Professor, or Instructor

of Asian History, Department of History, Utah State University,

Logan, Utah

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45989>

Lecturer in Theology and Ethics

University of St Andrews

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFP660/lecturer-in-theological-ethics/

Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology

University of St Andrews

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFP651/lecturer-in-systematic-and-historical-theology/


FELLOWSHIPS/SCHOLARSHIPS


Fellowships in the History and Culture of Polish Jews

Date: 2013-02-01

Description: Research Fellowships for Graduate Students in the History and Culture of Polish Jews 2013-2014 We are pleased to announce three research grants (15,000 NIS each) for graduate students based at universities or similar institutions of higher education in Poland who are working on various aspects

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

Announcement ID: 199105

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199105


STANFORD POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN JAPANESE STUDIES

Location: California

Date: 2013-02-15

Description: The Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in Japanese Studies for 2013-14. This award is open to scholars in   any field of Japanese studies; however, preference will be  given to highly qualified scholars working in the pre-modern period

Contact: jgroschwitz@stanford.edu

URL: ceas.stanford.edu/resources/japanesePostdoctoral.php

Announcement ID: 199190

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199190


Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

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

The Islam-UK Centre works towards the promotion of better understanding of Islam and the life of Muslims in Britain, through high quality teaching and research. Its activities address issues which are central to the situation of Muslims in contemporary Britain.

The Centre provides unique training and research opportunities for those seeking onward employment in a range of academic and non-academic careers.

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

Cardiff University Jameel PhD Scholarships – 1 scholarship (starting

2013/14 academic year)

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

Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships – 4 scholarships available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain (September 2013 start) We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject, and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with or for Muslim communities in Britain.

Funding Package

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

How to Apply

Full application instructions are available online at www.cardiff.ac.uk/jameelscholarships<http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/jameelscholarships>

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013 Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013 For all enquiries, please contact us by email to jameelscholarships [at] cardiff.ac.uk

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  • Reviewers
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

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JOURNALS


Journal of Media and Religion, no. 4, Oct 2012

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr;jsessionid=225jjd44suwds.alexandra

Contemporary Buddhism, 13, no.2

http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcbh20/13/2

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture

http://www.utpjournals.com/Journal-of-Religion-and-Popular-Culture.html

Register for free individual access – http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/122213

The Buddhist College of Singapore has  just launched a new peer-reviewed Chinese & English journal of Buddhist Studies, the Singaporean Journal of Buddhist Studies.      http://www.bcs.edu.sg/index.php/bcs_en/journal/

The first issue is to be published in a year or sO

Contact: chuancheng [AT] bcs.edu.sg

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=199021


PUBLICATIONS


Ashgate Press has offered a 20% discount to our members.

http://www.ashgate.com/SSSR

Use this Discount Code into the little box: SSSR20


Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France

Oxford University Press

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Looking-Mary-Magdalene-Alternative-Pilgrimage/dp/0199898421/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1354262049&sr=8-4


Introduction to Buddhism (second edition)

Peter Harvey – Emeritus Professor of Buddhist Studies

University of Sunderland

http://www.cambridge.org/gb/knowledge/isbn/item6860643/?site_locale=en_GB

It has been updated, refined and expanded throughout, being now 547 pages rather than  the 374 of the first edition.


REVIEWERS


The forthcoming issue of the Open Access Journal of International Relations Research (JIRR) is looking for submissions for its reviews section.

The next issue is themed on the Arab Spring and we have some interesting and challenging submissions for publication from researchers around the world. We would like to invite PhD students in particular to write distinctive and entertaining reviews, of books, television, film, music and other media that speaks to issues in international relations.

Getting a publication record established in peer-revised journals can be difficult and JIRR wants to encourage more reviews from all areas of the IR community.

We have 3 books which we need reviews over the next month. you can keep the book for free;

The Gun: The Story of the AK-47 by C.J. Chivers

Terrorism: A Philosophical Enquiry by Dr Anne Schwenkenbecher

Understanding Al Qaeda: Changing War and Global Politics by Mohammad-Mahmoud Ould Mohamedou

Though we would warmly welcome submissions from other media.

submissions [AT] journalofinternationalrelationsresearch.com


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: The Pure Land in Buddhist Cultures: History, Image, Praxis, Thought

University of British Columbia | Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2, 2013

Abstracts due: February 1, 2013

Papers due: May 23, 2013

Conference website: http://pureland2013.wordpress.com


CFP: The Center for EU-Russia Studies in Estonia is holding a workshop on Religion, Law, and Policy Making.

Jim Richardson is the keynote speaker. The Call for Papers can be found under NEWS at http://www.sssrweb.org


CFP: The Henry Institute at Calvin College is having their 7th symposium on Religion and Politics, this one honoring Corwin Smidt.

The Call for Papers can be found under NEWS at http://www.sssrweb.org


CFP: Bethel University is hosting a conference on Reconciliation and Sociology.

Korie Edwards is the keynote speaker. http://www.sssrweb.org


CFP: ‘PSALM CULTURE AND THE POLITICS OF TRANSLATION’

Deadline extended to 7 JANUARY 2013

http://psalmculture.com  please submit all proposals and correspondence to

psalmculture [at] gmail.com.


CONFERENCES


What is Early Modern English Catholicism?

Date: 2013-01-15

Description:  What is Early Modern English Catholicism? A conference around the question of what is understood by the term Early Modern English Catholicism will be held at Ushaw College, Durham from 28 June 1 July 2013. The plenary speakers will be Eamon Duffy (Cambridge), Brad Gregory (Notre Dame),

Contact: james.kelly3 [AT] durham.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 198976

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198976


JOBS


University of Nebraska – Omaha – Assistant Professor (Judaic Studies)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45976

Wilfrid Laurier University – TENURE-TRACK POSITION – Aboriginal Religion & Culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45966

Wilfrid Laurier University – TENURE-TRACK POSITION – Christianity in a Global Context

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45967

Wichita State University – Curtis D. Gridley Professor in the History and Philosophy of Science

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45952

Central Connecticut State University – One-year, emergency appointment at the Assistant Professor rank to teach courses in the history of the Middle East

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45982


FELLOWSHIPS


UC Berkeley Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, 2013-2014

With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Program in Buddhist Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research-teaching fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2014, with the possibility of a one-year renewal.

The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.’s, providing time to pursue their research along with the opportunity to gain teaching experience. Fellows are expected to teach two courses per year under the auspices of the Group in Buddhist  Studies. (At least one course will be at the undergraduate level.) In addition, Fellows will give a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Buddhist Studies Colloquium Series, and they are expected to take part in regular Center for Buddhist Studies events and workshops. We particularly welcome applicants whose research and teaching interests complement areas covered by Berkeley’s Buddhist Studies faculty. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges and a salary of approximately $50,000 that comes with benefits.

Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2013, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2013, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.

Applicants whose teaching and research interests are primarily in the area of Japanese Buddhism should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism, administered through the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Buddhist Studies.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

Curriculum vitae

Graduate school transcripts

A personal statement of no more than 2000 words outlining previous research (including dissertation), the research the applicant will  undertake during the term of the fellowship, future professional goals, as well as any other information deemed relevant to the application

A writing sample

A two- to four-page statement of teaching interests, along with two brief course proposals (with optional syllabi) of courses they propose to teach for the Group in Buddhist Studies (Note: UC Berkeley courses normally meet a total of three or four hours per week throughout a fourteen-week semester)

Three letters of recommendation

Application Deadline and Notification of Award

All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before Monday, January 14, 2013. Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all documentation is complete and that referees submit their letters of recommendation by the closing date. Awards will be announced in March, 2013.

Send all materials to:

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies

Group in Buddhist Studies

University of California, Berkeley

3413 Dwinelle Hall, #2230

Berkeley, CA 94720-2230

U.S.A.

For more information about Buddhist Studies at Berkeley, please visit http://buddhiststudies.berkeley.edu. The Shinnyo-en Foundation is the secular, philanthropic arm of the Shinnyo-en Order that supports educational programs. UC Berkeley is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educator. Women, minorities, and international candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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  • Conferences
  • Jobs
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JOURNALS


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

Marian Burchardt – Faith-Based Humanitarianism: Organizational Change and Everyday Meanings in South Africa

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis, and interpretation of the interrelations between and interactions of religion and religious expression and popular culture – broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope and open to the exploration of religion and popular culture in a variety of cultures and from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives.


Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online  is now on trial via

http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/

Access is on campus or off campus via VPN.

The trial ends on 18 December.


PUBLICATIONS


Digital Religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds – Heidi A. Campbell (ed)

Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book:

  • provides a detailed review of major topics
  • includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations
  • considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415676113/


New Brill series – Iberian Religious World

Description:  “Iberian Religious World” is a peer-reviewed series that publishes academic works that analyze the different types of religiosity found in the Iberian World. But what is exactly the Iberian World? The space of the Iberian World is one that changes according to time. If until the end of the fourteen …

Contact: ana.valdez [at] yale.edu

Announcement ID: 198741

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198741


Online search interface to my Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism

The bibliography contains 2,273 entries on Chinese-language Buddhist publications dating from 1860 to the 1950s. Information has been sourced from print bibliographies, online catalogues, and first-hand bibliographic research. Each item page includes research links to related resources such as WorldCat, the MFQ(B) article database, and the DDBC Person Authority. Entries can be searched by keyword and the results filtered by publication date. Although other online bibliographies on this topic exist, I hope my contribution will be significant for the thoroughness of its citations and editing, and its links to other useful digital resources.

http://bib.buddhiststudies.net/


TRAINING

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

Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

18-22 February 2013

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

·         Conceptualising religion for research

·         Key elements and processes of research design

·         The role of theory in social research

·         The politics and ethics of research

·         Sampling

·         Rigour and validity in research

·         Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

·         Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

·         Visual methods

·         Developing research interviews

·         Using qualitative data analysis software

·         Researching objects and spaces

·         Producing research proposals

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

Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Thursday 13 December. To register your interest, please email Lois Lee (l.a.lee [at] kent.ac.uk) with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” Panel at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  Call for Papers for the panel “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” held at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies, Angers 22nd-26th 2012. French and American journalists adopted a variety of a…

URL: afea.fr/spip.php?article447#atelier%205

Announcement ID: 198772

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198772


CFP: Jews and Muslims in the Czarist Empire and the Soviet Union

Date: 2013-01-31

Description:  In the second half of the 19th century the administrative and intellectual elites of the Russian Empire became increasingly aware of its multiethnic and multireligious character. In the age of national aspirations this trait of the  Russian State was often seen as a potential threat by parts of the  …

Contact: Franziska.Davies [at] lrz,uni-muenchen.de

Announcement ID: 198792

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198792


CONFERENCES


Please join us for papers and round-table discussion about the role of ethics and religion in contemporary Scotland at ‘Elect Affinities:

Robin Jenkins, Ethics, and Religion in the Scottish Novel.’

Friday, 23 November 2012, 11.30am – 4.30pm Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

This Interdisciplinary workshop is held in association with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen) and the Centre for the Novel (Aberdeen).

Papers will be presented by:

Margery Palmer McCulloch (Glasgow)

Ken Keir (Aberdeen)

Corey Gibson (Edinburgh)

J. Linden Bicket (Glasgow)

Timothy C. Baker (Aberdeen)

To view the programme, please see the attached flyer or visit:

http://www.iash.ed.ac.uk/star/media/ElectAffinitiesSymposiumPoster.pdf

To book a place, please contact Linda Tym

(Linda.Tym [at] ed.ac.uk) or Timothy C. Baker (t.c.baker [at] abdn.ac.uk).


‘Daughters of Isis’ study day

Saturday February 16th 2013

Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT.

A series of presentations examining the lives, roles, health and deaths of ancient Egyptian women. Presented by Egyptology Online in association with the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology.

PROGRAMME

9.15        REGISTRATION: tea/coffee

9.45        Welcome and Introduction

10.00     Vanishing Queens: Three Mummy Mysteries

Dr Joyce Tyldesley

10.45     Medical Care for Women in Pharaonic Egypt

Roger Forshaw

11.15     BREAK

11.45     Women and Literacy

Dr Glenn Godenho

12.30     A Little of What you Fancy

Pauline Norris

1.00        LUNCH (please make own arrangements)

2.00        The 2013 Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture

Women’s Religious Roles during the Late Period: The lives and afterlives of Asru and Tasheriankh Dr Campbell Price

3.00        BREAK

3.30        The Mystery of a Wooden Cane found in an OK Female Burial: an

Accessory Staff or a Walking Aid?

Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin

4.00        What Skeletal Evidence can tell us about Women in Ancient Egypt

Emily Marlow

4.30        Conclusion

http://egyptmanchester.wordpress.com/2012/11/21/event-daughters-of-isis-study-day-saturday-february-16th-2013


SEX: Religious and Theological Perspectives

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2012-12-01

Description:  Sex: Religious and Theological Perspectives Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Student Conference March 7-8, 2013 Princeton, New Jersey Sexas a concept,

identity, and practice has been the target of sustained controversy in public and academic discussions involving religion, theology, politics, …

Contact: courtney.palmbush [at] ptsem.edu

Announcement ID: 198738

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198738


Challenging Consensus: new perspectives on Religious Nonconformism

1-2 Feb 2013

University of Leipzig

www.uni-leipzig.de/challenging_consensus


JOBS


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in South or East Asian or African History

Georgetown University

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK133/assistant-associate-full-professor-in-south-or-east-asian-or-african-history/

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Middle East History

Georgetown University

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK130/assistant-associate-or-full-professor-in-middle-east-history/

University of Calgary – Assistant/Associate Professor, Numata Chair

in Buddhist Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45934

Indiana University – Bloomington – Modern Hebrew Lecturer at Indiana

University-Bloomington

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45906

University of Arizona – Assistant Professor, Japanese Contemporary

Culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45932

Ohio State University – Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45924


FELLOWSHIPS


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2014

Description: The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship, tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2014:  …

Contact: bs411 [AT] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 198823

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198823

Research Fellowships, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim

Location: California

Date: 2012-12-15

Description: The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim invites applications for its research fellowships for the AY 2013-2014. The USF Ricci Institute is an internationally renowned research institute and archive that promotes the study  …

Contact: lee [at] usfca.edu

URL: usf.usfca.edu/ricci//

Announcement ID: 198835

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198835

(New) Dissertation Completion Fellowships at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-01-06

Description: The John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to offer one or two fellowships to support completion of a dissertation on religion and politics in the United States. Fellows will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Contact: rap [at] wustl.edu

URL: rap.wustl.edu/dissertation-completion-fellowship/

Announcement ID: 198682

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198682

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  • Call for Papers
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  • Projects
  • Jobs/Fellowships/PhD positions

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JOURNALS


Material Religion: Special issue on Popularizing Islam: Muslims and Materiality http://www.bergpublishers.com/BergJournals/MaterialReligion/tabid/517/Default.aspx

Journal of Gender, New Media and Technology, http://adanewmedia.org/

The journal Religion and Gender has just published its latest issue at

http://www.religionandgender.org

It is a special issue addressing the theme ‘Religion and Masculinities: Continuities and Change’, guest edited by Björn Krondorfer and Stephen Hunt. The volume further includes one article in the open section, and nine book reviews. We invite you to review the Table of Contents here and then visit our website to review articles and items of interest.


PEER WEBSITE


TAROSA – Teaching Across Religions of South Asia

We are writing to let you know about an initiative we have recently been pursuing with funding support from the HEA, to set up a website aimed at promoting critical engagement with South Asian religious traditions in various teaching and learning contexts. Our aim has been to develop a resource which challenges the world religions optic through which most students (at both secondary and tertiary level) come to learn about South Asian traditions, by focusing instead on practices and ideas which seem to operate across such boundaries. The site is called Teaching Across Religions of South Asia, hence Tarosa, and you can view what we have so far put up at http://tarosaproject.wordpress.com/. As you will see, the main tool we use to promote a different way of looking at the religious traditions of south asia is a series of pedagogical case studies which provide students with the ability to look in depth at examples of practice/ideas, and challenges them to engage critically with the evidence presented therein.

We believe that the success of the website will depend upon us being able to develop a rich and varied archive of case studies, and it is primarily for this reason that we are writing to you now. If you have material from your research or wider knowledge which you would like to develop into a case study to contribute to the site, we would love to hear from you! We would of course fully credit your contribution to the site, and would be most eager to hear from anyone who would like to get further involved in this work. We also would welcome your feedback as peers and practitioners on the way we have set up and developed the site so far.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Updated: International Conference “Buddhism & Australia 2013” on 23-25 January 2013

Description:  Buddhism ja Australia is pleased to inform you that the 2nd International Conference Buddhism & Australia will be held on 23-25 January, 2013 in Perth, Western

Australia.Acknowledging the history of Buddhism in the region the main goal of the conference is to research and investigate the buddhavac …

Contact: info [at] buddhismandaustralia.com

URL: www.buddhis.andaustralia.com

Announcement ID: 198653

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198653


CFP: Florida State University Department of Religion Graduate Student Symposium

Location: Florida

Date: 2012-12-01

Description:  Call for Papers: The Florida State University Department of Religion is pleased to announce its 12th Annual Graduate Student Symposium to be held February 22-24, 2013 in Tallahassee, Florida. Last years symposium was a huge success, allowing over 60 presenters from over 18 universities and departme …

Contact: fsureligionsymposium@gmail.com

URL: religion.fsu.edu

Announcement ID: 198521

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198521


CFP: AFTERLIFE

Eighteenth Annual Postgraduate Religion and Theology Conference Hosted by the University of Bristol

8&9 March 2013

Keynote speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton

This conference brings together postgraduates and early-career academics working on the study of religions from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, creating a space for them to share their work and to further encourage research and collaboration within the University of Bristol (the host institution), and among members of other universities within the South West region and beyond.

The conference has a long history of drawing together postgraduate students and their supervisors from universities in the surrounding area and beyond.

Last year saw us expand to a record number of participating speakers, delegates, and partner institutions. Forty-nine papers, divided in seventeen sessions, were presented by postgraduate students and early career academics, from eighteen universities. Almost one hundred delegates attended at least part of the conference. A session for undergraduate papers was also held, with notable success.

Although we encourage applications that directly address the theme of the conference ‘Afterlife’, in all its interpretations, contributions are welcome from all disciplines and areas related to the study of religions:

theology, history, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, literature, art, music, etc.

Presentations will be grouped in panels, each consisting of three 20-minute papers followed by a 30-minute period for questions and discussion. Panels will be chaired by lecturers from Bristol and other partner universities.

We are also accepting submissions for research posters. Displayed in the conference common room, these will allow further communication of research.

A prize will be awarded to the poster voted best by the conference participants. Guidelines of the preparation of posters and a sample poster presentation can be found on the conference’s website. Please note that an applicant may submit a poster as well as a paper and that both may be accepted, on the condition that they cover different topics.

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

The deadline for submitting proposals will be 12:00 noon on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

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.

Registration for the conference will open at 12:00 noon on 22 January 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. Please note that all registrations received after 12 noon, Friday 8 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 late January 2013 on the conference website.

Optional social events will be held on both evenings of the conference.

For more information and registration, please visit:

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


CFP: Sacred Space in Secular Institutions

Please send abstracts to Chris Hewson by 15 December:

chris.hewson [at] manchester.ac.uk

Venue: Humanities Bridgeford Street Building 1.69 (University of Manchester)

Date: Friday 18th January

The role, form and affect of sacred space(s) within ‘secular’ institutions is a theme that is increasingly attractive to scholars within the social sciences. This Socrel study day will consider how different types of organisation – including but not limited to educational establishments, hospitals and hospices, airports, public buildings, shopping centres, etc – ‘make space’ for faith, sacrality and religious practice(s) within their buildings, management structures and public offerings.

The study day will also consider: the key social, cultural and political drivers behind these spaces; precursors and ongoing developments; how such spaces are positioned within contemporary policy debates; and the practical issues practitioners should consider when designing and managing ‘sacred space’ within a secular institution. The day will be centred around three axes:

A reflection upon the wide range of institutions that contain set-aside ‘sacred space’.

A close sociological reading of what ‘happens’ within these spaces on a day-to-day basis, and how this might be conceptualised methodologically. For instance, how are they ‘shared’? How can effective use be measured?

A thoroughgoing assessment of the role and practice(s) of extant religious groups and traditions, within the provision and ongoing usage of these spaces.

We welcome contributions of any length (20 minute papers, 10-15 minute presentations) which address these, and any of the following questions:

What are these spaces for, and how are roles and designations contested?

What is or can be sacred about these spaces?

To what extent are these spaces multi-faith in either description or usage?

Do these spaces demonstrate novelty or continuity with existing forms?

What are the normative factors governing the development of these spaces (e.g. cohesion, diversity, customer focus, etc). Can these factors always be reconciled?

Please send abstracts to Chris Hewson by 15 December: chris.hewson [at] manchester.ac.uk


CFP: MATERIALIZING THE SPIRIT: SPACES, OBJECTS AND ART IN THE CULTURES OF WOMEN RELIGIOUS

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, artefacts 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: Material Religion

Venue: Durham University, UK

Date: 9 – 11 April 2013

Dr Marion Bowman (Department of Religious Studies, Open University)

Professor David Morgan (Department of Religion, Duke University)

Professor Veronica Strang (Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University)

This conference will focus on the physical, material dimension of religious life and

practice, one of the major themes of religious research over the last decade. Material

forms express and sustain the human search for holiness, transcendence and identity,

and attention to the physical can lead scholars to unique and valuable insights.

Commitment to religious communities is learned and displayed through relationships

to clothing, food, ritual and decoration, in the home, workplace, street or place of

worship. This event will encourage interdisciplinary discussion of the significance of

material culture in contemporary religion, including the images and architecture of

sacred places and the objects and practices of everyday life.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Material religion in everyday life

  • The materiality of gender, class, age and ethnicity

  • Sacred objects: statues, icons, relics, holy books, architecture

  • Sacred objects in museums and galleries

  • Religion, landscape and the environment

  • Religion and the arts

  • Marketing and consuming religion

  • Religion and the body: ritual, experience and emotion

  • Health, sickness, disability, death and bereavement

  • The materiality of religious media and technologies

  • Research methods for the study of material religion

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a

shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be

considered. Abstracts must be submitted by November 19th 2012 to Tim Hutchings

and Joanne McKenzie at materialreligionconference [at] gmail.com. Bursaries are

available for postgraduate and early career researchers.

SOCREL is the British Sociological Association’s study group on Religion. For more

details about the study group and conference please visit www.socrel.org.uk.


CFP: Nationalism, Identity and Belief Symposium

First joint symposium of Society, Religion and Belief and Identity, Culture and Representation Research Centres University of Derby 25 March 2013

Keynote speaker: Daniel Trilling author of Bloody Nasty People: The Rise of Britain’s Far Right (London: Verso, 2012), assistant editor The New Statesman, columnist for The Guardian.

The complexities and contradictions of globalized modes of identity have caused a reassessment of what constitutes national identity and how it is experienced. In late modernity there is a tendency for nationalism to be characterised as a reactive and reactionary response to the increasing cultural diversity evident in many Western societies. The British National Party and, latterly, the English Defence League typify this tendency. In continental Europe there are comparable groupings but many continental equivalents have demonstrated a greater capacity for organisation and have enjoyed a modicum of success in terms of parliamentary elections at national and European level: in France, the Front National; the Belgian/Flemish Vlaams Balang; the Danish Danske Folkparti; Jobbik in Hungary, The Golden Dawn in Greece and so on. The fortunes of these parties wax and wane but their social and media presence is constant. This symposium is a call to academics and activists to consider the ongoing appeal of nationalism, its cultural role, its strategies, localities and nature. We seek to explore the lure and repulsion of nationalism to its friends and critics and the many and varied cultural contexts through which it is reproduced.

Papers are invited to be considered for presentation in one of two parallel panels:

Panel One: Nationalism, Identity and Conflict Panel Two: Nationalism, Religion and Belief
Typical themes for the panels will include but are not limited to:
The organisation and activities of nationalist groups

The appeal of nationalism

Nationalism in crisis

Banal nationalism

Rethinking national identity

The cultures of nationalism

Nationalist rhetoric and the world faiths

‘The chosen people’ and globalization

Spiritual nationalisms

Subcultures and nationalist discourse

Considering nationalism as a faith

Please submit a 250 word proposal and a bio-note by 19 December, 2012 to Andrew Wilson (a.f.wilson [at] derby.ac.uk); Jason Lee (j.lee [ay] derby.ac.uk); and Frauke Uhlenbruch (f.uhlenbruch [at] derby.ac.uk)

CONFERENCES


Conference theme: Ireland, America and Transnationalism: studying religions in a globalised world

At The Clinton Centre, University College Dublin, 10th-12th May 2013

We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the second annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR). For information on the society, see:

http://isasr.wordpress.com/. The Conference will take place Fri-Sun May 10th -12th , 2013 at the Clinton Institute for American Studies, University College Dublin (UCD), and is open to scholars of all disciplines that approach religions, both past and present, from a non-theological, critical, analytical and cross-cultural perspective.

Proposals for papers may relate to the conference theme ‘Ireland, America and Transnationalism’ or any other aspect of the Society’s work in the history, anthropology, folklore and sociology of religion in Ireland or the Irish diaspora, but also the work of Irish-based researchers on topics in the academic study of religions elsewhere in the world.

Although 19th and 20th century discourses often highlighted national, including Irish, religious uniqueness, this has always been at best a half truth. Megalithic architecture and pre-Christian myths are routinely studied in relation to other west European contexts. Christian conversion and medieval texts, early modern wars of religion and nineteenth-century ultramontanism also locate Ireland in a wider religious world. The conference theme encourages the study of religions in a global and comparative context, with particular reference to North America, the home of the largest Irish diaspora outside these islands.

From Ireland’s ‘spiritual empire’ of Catholic institutions to American enthusiasm for all things Celtic to imported Pentecostalisms, the religious exchange between the two has been intense. Adopting a transnational perspective highlights the networks of wider global relationships within which religions both in Ireland and among the Irish diaspora are enacted.

Please send a 150-200 word abstract for papers to Adrienne Hawley ( Adrienne.hawley[at]ucdconnect.ie ) by the closing date of Friday 22^nd February, 2012. Notification of abstract acceptance will be given by Friday March 15th, 2012.

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Proposals for themed panels from ISASR members are welcomed and may be made directly to the conference organisers via Adrienne Hawley (email above). The following panels have already been proposed:_* · Folk Religion in Ireland: Meaning and Context*__* · Children’s Subjectivities and the Experience of Religious Educations · Gender and Religion *_ If you wish to submit an abstract for these panels please indicate this in your abstract submission_*

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Further information on the ISASR Conference 2013 will be posted at:  http://isasr.wordpress.com/ The conference is hosted by ISASR in collaboration with The Clinton Institute, UCD.


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’; here papers on cross-cultural identities and new religions and popular spiritualities are particularly welcomed.

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):

  • integrating ‘religious history’ and contemporary religious practitioners;
  • the relevance of historical research on religion for contemporary debates on religion; and for present-day religious groups, organisations and institutions;
  • intersections between research on contemporary religion and present-day contemporary understanding and practice of religion;
  • the idea of ‘applied’ or ‘public’ Religious Studies;
  • methodological, theoretical and ethical issues relating to Religious Studies and knowledge exchange;
  • relationships between academic and practitioner, or academic institution(s) and non-academic ‘partner’ and their implications and challenges.

Confirmed speakers include Ronald Hutton (Bristol), Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh), David Voas (Essex) and John Wolffe (Open University).

The conference is organised by the Open University’s Religious Studies Department.

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 send proposals to Dr John Maiden (j.maiden [at] open.ac.uk) by 25 January 2013. To book, please contact Taj Bilkhu (t.bilkhu [at] open.ac.uk) by 23 March 2013.


AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Programme, University of Kent and Theos present

‘Big Society or Global Village? Religious NGOs, Civil Society and the United Nations’,

Wednesday 28th November, 6.30-8.30pm

Convocation Hall, Church House, Dean’s Yard, London, SW1P 3NZ.

Do religions in a world of globalization have to work with international institutions? What has religion got to do with the UN? How are religious NGOs shaping UN policies? Which religions and which issues? Can national civil society ignore the global realities of UN diplomacy?

Professor Jeremy Carrette (Religious Studies), Professor Hugh Miall (Politics and International Relations) and Dr Sophie Trigeaud (Religious Studies), all of the University of Kent, UK, will present findings of a three-year study on religious NGOs and the United Nations and discuss the role of religion in global civil society.

Chair:

Professor Jeff Haynes, London Metropolitan University

Respondents:

Elizabeth Oldfield , Director of Theos Think Tank

Carrie Pemberton Ford, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Applied Research in Human Trafficking

PROJECTS


The Critical Religion Research Group at the University of Stirling has initiated a new project: an international scholarly association using the name Critical Religion Association.  This is the first email from the new CRA.

We are publishing two blogs today – the first is an explanation in more detail of what this means and what we are intending, the second is an exploration of the breadth of the Critical Religion project by Timothy Fitzgerald.  Do read:

The new Critical Religion Association site:

http://criticalreligion.org/2012/11/09/the-new-critical-religion-association-site/

The breadth of Critical Religion:

http://criticalreligion.org/2012/11/09/the-breadth-of-critical-religion/

In particular, we draw your attention to the possibility for greater involvement from scholars not necessarily based at the University of Stirling (as outlined in the first blog posting above).

We are also expanding our social media coverage – if you are on Facebook, you can now ‘like’ us there, and receive updates and engage there.  We continue to use Twitter, and further forms of engagement will come.


JOBS


Lehigh University – Visiting Assistant Professor, Contemporary

Japanese Literature and Culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45834

Brooklyn College – Assistant Professor/Judaism in Late Antiquity and

Rabbinics

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45855

Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages – Post-Doctoral

Fellowship in Buddhist Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45887


The University of Oxford’s Department of Education supports anthropologically focused Master’s and Doctoral research on religion and education:

http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/courses/pgce/subjects/religious-education/

Procedures and information:

http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/courses/d-phil/admission-procedure-for-dphil/

http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/courses/admission-procedure-msc/

November and January applications are encouraged.

Inquiries may be directed to the Higher Degrees Office:

higherdegreesoffice [at] education.ox.ac.uk


School of Health Sciences and Social Work

University of Portsmouth

PhD/MRes fees only bursaries: £3,500 per annum for 3 years (full time) or £1,600 per annum for 6 years (part time)

MRes fees only bursaries: £5,000 per annum for 1 year (full time) or £2,500 per annum for 2 years(part time)

Starting: February 2013 (PhD) or January 2013 (MRes)

Further details:  http://www.findaphd.com/search/ProgrammeDetails.aspx?PGID=1004


Building on her 2009-10 Religion and Society research into Old Hispanic Chant, Emma Hornby (Bristol University) has been awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant for a project called ‘Shaping text, Shaping melody, Shaping experience in and through the Old Hispanic Office’. Lasting for five years, this project will involve Hornby, her collaborator Professor Rebecca Maloy (University of  Colorado at Boulder), two postdoctoral researchers (in musicology and theology) and two PhD students (one musicologist and one composer).

The project team will explore the potential the Old Hispanic office chants had for promoting a particular religious experience within an almost-forgotten liturgy. The musicologists and theologians will bring the many-layered and cross-referential Old Hispanic approach to text choice, musical punctuation and melodic pacing explicitly to the attention of modern composers, encouraging them to explore compositional processes that evoke similar spiritual responses. The composers will act as a communicative channel between the pure scholarship demanded by the Old Hispanic material, and contemporary concert audiences and congregations.

Outputs will include a team-authored book, several peer-reviewed articles, a series of publicly performed compositions, an EU-workshop and an International Festival of new music inspired by the project findings. The Old Hispanic liturgy is one of the musical, intellectual and theological jewels of our European cultural heritage, and this project will give a wide audience a holistic understanding of its richness.

POSITIONS

  1. one postdoctoral research post in theology/liturgical studies (full time, 4 years):

<http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK858/postdoc-research-assistant/>

  1. one postdoctoral research post in medieval musicology (full time, 4

years):

<http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK873/postdoc-research-assistant-in-medieval-musicology/>

  1. one fully funded 4-year PhD studentship in medieval musicology:

<http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFJ040/phd-studentship-music-medieval-musicology/>

  1. one fully funded 4-year PhD studentship in music (composition):

<http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFJ039/phd-studentship-music-composition/>

Informal enquiries are welcome, and should be addressed to emma.hornby [at] bris.ac.uk

Read more about Emma Hornby’s original Religion and Society grant here: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/research_findings/featured_findings/cracking_the_code_of_old_hispanic_chant_brings_it_to_life_for_the_first_time


The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is generously sponsoring an annual research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). The Fellowship has been made possible by the “Sheikh Zayed Book Award” which was awarded to Brill Publishers in March 2012 for publishing excellence in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

The Brill Fellowship at CHASE to be held in the academic year 2013-14 will be of two or three months duration and is intended for a postdoctoral researcher. The Fellowship will be awarded for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The closing date for applications is the 30 November 2012. Please visit our website for application details (http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/fellowships/short-term/).

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Books
  • Special Offer – Ashgate Publishing
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Funding

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


Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception, vol. 2, issue 2: http://relegere.org/index.php/relegere/issue/current


New Journal: Asian Literature and Translation (ALT): A Journal of Religion and Culture ISSN: 2051-5863

Asian Literature and Translation (ALT) is an open access, peer-reviewed, online journal established by the Centre for the History of Religion in Asia (CHRA), Cardiff University. The main objective of the journal is to publish research papers, translations, and reviews in the field of Asian religious literature (construed in the widest sense) in a form that makes them quickly and easily accessible to the international academic community, to professionals in related fields, such as theatre and storytelling, and to the general public.

The scope of the journal covers the cultural, historical, and religious literature of South, Southeast, East and Central Asia in the relevant languages (e.g. Sanskrit, Pali, Chinese, Tibetan, Japanese, et al.). We particularly welcome literary translations, including extracts from longer works in progress, manuscript reports and commentarial material, new adaptations of classic texts, archive stories and debate pieces, and the discussion of new approaches to translation. Book and performance reviews, including visual material, and letters to the editor, including responses to published material, are also solicited.

As an open access online publication, ALT (Online) can be more flexible and creative than a standard print journal. The texts are in pdf-format and can be published and downloaded at virtually no cost. To increase the speed with which material can be accessed and disseminated, all contributions are issued individually in numerical order.

Contributions are welcome on a wide range of topics in the research area as defined above. All contributions should be sent electronically to altjourn [at] cf.ac.uk. The covering email should have two copies of the submission attached, one as a word.doc and one as a pdf. A short abstract of the piece must also be included. For further information, see www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/chra/whatwedo/journal-asian-lit-and-translation.html


BOOKS


Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular

Edited by Abby Day, AHRC British Council Fellow, University of Kent, UK, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter, Lancaster University, UK

Focusing on the important relationship between the ‘sacred’ and the ‘secular’, this book demonstrates that it is not paradoxical to think in terms of both secular and sacred or neither, in different times and places. International experts from a range of disciplinary perspectives draw on local, national, and international contexts to provide a fresh analytical approach to understanding these two contested poles. Exploring such phenomena at an individual, institutional, or theoretical level, each chapter contributes to the central message of the book – that the ‘in between’ is real, embodied and experienced every day and informs, and is informed by, intersecting social identities.

http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409456773


SPECIAL OFFER – ASHGATE PUBLISHING


The Ashgate History and Religion lists have just launched a new series, Compostela International Studies in Pilgrimage History of Culture. We have just published the first book in the series by Anton M. Pazos, Pilgrims and Politics. If you would like to know more about this series, please click here and read our blog post: http://blog.ashgate.com/2012/10/29/new-series-compostela-international-studies-in-pilgrimage-history-and-culture/

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By Willy Jansen and Catrien Notermans

Old pilgrimage routes are attracting huge numbers of people. Religious or spiritual meanings are interwoven with socio-cultural and politico-strategic concerns and this book explores three such concerns of hot debate in Europe: religious identity construction in a changing European religious landscape; gender and sexual emancipation; and (trans)national identities in the context of migration and European unification. Through the explorations of such pilgrimages by a multidisciplinary range of international scholars, this book shows how the old routes of Europe are offering inspirational opportunities for making new journeys.

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CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, 9-10 March 2013, Oxford.

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford invites paper proposals for the 2nd Annual Southeast Asian Studies Symposium, to be held 9-10 March 2013 in Oxford. The Call for Papers is open until 15 December 2012. Papers focusing on any topic relating to Southeast Asia are welcome. In particular, pap …

Contact: pingtjin [at] projectsoutheastasia.com

URL: projectsoutheastasia.com/academic-events/sea-symposium-2013/panels

Announcement ID: 198441

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198441

Religion, Spirituality, and the Politicization of Sexualities – French Association for American Studies annual

meeting 2013

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  French Association for American Studies annual meeting 2013 Angers, France, 22-26 May 2013. Panel on “Religion, Spirituality, and the Politicization of Sexualities in the United States.” Chair: Guillaume may be in French or English. This CFP addresses historians, sociologists, and political scienti …

Contact: gmarche [at] u-pec.fr

URL: afea.fr/spip.php?article447#atelier 10

Announcement ID: 198498

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198498


CFP: An Interdisciplinary Workshop on Locative Materiality organised by Laura Veneskey and Annette Hoffmann

20th/21st June 2013

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz – Max-Planck-Institut

The study of holy places has long been a central concern of not only the humanities, but also the social sciences. Much of this body of scholarship has focused on pilgrimage and sacred centers, either as theoretical constructions or as concrete places, such as Jerusalem, Mecca or Benares. These subjects have been explored, on the one hand, through the study of ritual and liturgy, and on the other, through various modes of representation, be they architectural, cartographic, iconic, or textual. Complementary to these lines of inquiry, we invite papers that explore the material and tactile dimensions of locative sacrality across religious traditions. How is a sense of place communicable through physical means? What can a consideration of matter tell us about the often fraught relationship between the tangible world and its representation?

We seek analyses of all materials evocative of a particular sacred milieu, not only earth, dust, stone, but also wood, metal, pigments, oil, or water. Presentations exploring either the substances and places themselves or textual and iconic depictions thereof are equally welcome. We invite papers from all disciplines on any locale conceived of as sacred, whether scriptural, pilgrim, monastic, ascetic, or cultic, between antiquity and the early modern period. The workshop is aimed at young researchers, and is intended to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral scholars, and those in the early stages of their teaching or professional careers.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Sacred landscapes (deserts, mountains, caves, etc.)

  • The material dimensions of topographic representation (iconic or textual)

  • Earthen, geographic, and locative relics

  • Transportable versus site-specific sanctity

  • The physicality of built environments and places of worship

Interested applicants should send a current c.v. and an abstract of no more than 250 words (for presentations of twenty minutes) to hoffmann@khi.fi.it andlv2308@columbia.edu). Proposals must be received by date 30th November 2012.

For questions and further information please contact:

Laura Veneskey (lv2308 [at] columbia.edu)

or Annette Hoffmann (hoffmann [at] khi.fi.it)


CFP: Esthetics and Spirituality: Places of Interiority

Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

16 17 18 May 2013

In the contemporary Western European world traditional, institutionalized religions are losing ground, while alternative religions, literature and the arts, film and media, as well as commercial enterprises are offering alternatives. Old concepts, symbols and rituals are translated into new forms.  This is a recurrent phenomenon: as sensitivities change throughout the ages, the ways to express this changed interiority change and result in new manifestations of spirituality.

This multi- and interdisciplinary Conference on Aesthetics and Spirituality looks at how, both in the past and the present, people devise(d) new ways of conceiving and manifesting interiority. In order to look at the forms interiority has received throughout the ages we use different approaches: literature, cultural studies, theology, art (iconography/iconology), history (of ideas) and architecture, anthropology, political sciences/sociology, psychology, philosophy…

How do exteriority and interiority relate? What does it mean to be in a place, to be at home in the world or with oneself (cf Pierre Nora, Les lieux de m魯ire)?  How can urban planning, public and private buildings, furniture and other material things, clothes, prescribed attitudes, etc. be conducive to interiorization (conscious or unconscious reflections, contemplation)? Or, conversely, how can material factors repress interiority (cf repressive political systems)? In order to imagine a topology of interiority that would draw on an inter-disciplinary field of studies and research we invite papers on the different kinds of language which translate outside to inside and vice versa.

If interiority is a question of presence and orientation we need to look at

(a) Bodily expressions: a religious community prescribed a certain body language which could bring about a spirituality (cf. nineteenth-century feminine congregations focusing on nursing, weaving and embroidering); manifold forms of biblical spirituality (Schneider et al) inspire the body, while psychology of religion and psychoanalysis develop ways of reading religious bodies (Vergote, Lacan, Vasse, Moyaert et al).

(b) Expressions through things, images (iconology), words:

-changes in the attitude to relics, books, icons, devotional cards, rosaries,

-different links between theology, art and literature produce different forms: the bondieuserie in France (1850s) differed from Pre-Raphaelite depictions of the divine (criticized by Dickens), or from the Pilgrims Movement in Flanders; after the Great War Benedictine spirituality was revived, while Franciscan spirituality brought a new attention for nature and animals in literature; 21st-century ecocriticism brings a new attitude to representations of nature, as do gender studies to aspects of spirituality

(c) Changes in Ritual, as a means to link physical and metaphysical aspects of experience: which forms of ritual are depicted, developed, in contemporary literature, to mark forgiveness, reconciliation, or other transitions (to adulthood, married life, divorce, healing from sickness, death,) Which theories of performativity are used in liturgy these days? Which kind of poetics are used in contemporary prayer? How do contemporary political symbols (fail to) develop? (Cf. prevalence of Christian symbols in commemorations of British army casualties et al). Can ritual help in conflict situations, and how are new rituals validated? How do religious institutions relate to the secularization?

(d) Contributions relating to or focusing on Irish topics will be especially welcomed.

Are Celtic symbols still known, used, adapted?  How does Irish urbanization, architecture, make space for interiority? How is interiority conceived at all in contemporary art and philosophy? Which places, moments, figures, phenomena, concepts, does contemporary film, drama, poetry, fiction, art, hold in special reverence? Does nature (stone, plant, animal) still harbour something sacred, and if so, how? Do angels still figure?

Are there still references to the Jewish, Greek, Christian stories? Is twentieth-century and contemporary art, literature and film reacting or indifferent to this tradition, does it translate archaic symbols (animals and trees, food and drink, textile and books, home and travel, ) into new forms, or does it divest these old icons of their symbolism?

The conference is hosted by the KU Leuven, the Faculties of the Arts, Theology and KADOC (Interfaculty Institute of the KU Leuven for Documentation and Research for Religion, Culture and Society) in cooperation with the Leuven Centre for Irish Studies (LCIS). It will take place in the newly refurbished Irish college in Leuven (the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe). The Scientific Committee consists of Barbara Baert (KU Leuven, Arts), Reimund Bieringer (KU Leuven, Theology), Ralph De Koninck (Universit頃atholique de Louvain, Arts), Jan De Maeyer (KADOC, KU Leuven, History/Heritage), Borbala Farago (Central European University Budapest, Gender Studies), Veerle Fraeters (U Antwerpen, Literature), Christine Greer (University Bern, Arts), Hedwig Schwall (KU Leuven/Kortrijk, Literature), Paul Vandenbroeck (KU Leuven/ Anthropology/Social sciences), Henrik von Aachen (University of Bergen, Norway, Arts)

Papers should not exceed 2500-3000 words (20 minutes delivery). Proposals for papers (250 words) and a short biography should be sent by e-mail to

Hedwig Schwall , Hedwig.schwall [at] arts.kuleuven.be

You will be notified by 20 December.

More information about the conference will be posted on www.irishstudies.kuleuven.be/


CONFERENCES


Religion and the Idea of a University’ Conference

Date: 2013-04-03

Description:  On April 3 -5 2013, at Clare College, Cambridge (UK), the ‘Religion and the Idea of a Research University project will host an exciting international and interdisciplinary conference exploring the question of: What place does religion have in the Western research university?

From John Henry Newman …

Contact: jh343 [at] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.ideaofauniversity.com/conference

Announcement ID: 198352

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198352


NSRN Annual Lecture 2012

In Spite of Christianity: Humanism and its Others in Contemporary Britain

By Matthew Engelke

What do we talk about when we talk about religion? What do we recognize as essential and specific to any given faith, and why? In this lecture, I address these questions by drawing on fieldwork among humanists in Britain, paying particular attention to humanism’s relation to Christianity. In one way or another, humanists often position themselves in relation to Christianity. In a basic way, this has to do with humanists’ commitment to secularism—the differentiation of church and state. In more complex ways, though, it also has to do with an effort to move “beyond” Christianity—to encourage a world in which reason takes the place of revelation—while often, at the same time, recognizing what’s worth saving and even fostering from the legacies of faith. All these various relations and perspectives suggest how we should understand social life in contemporary Britain as what it is in spite of Christianity—and not.

***

Matthew Engelke is a Reader in the Department of Anthropology and co-ordinates the School’s recently launched Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion. His research career has focused on the connections between religion and culture (amongst other things) but he has recently completed pioneering ethnographic fieldwork working with British humanists. In this lecture, Matthew will reflect upon the various and complex dynamics between contemporary British humanism and Christian cultures, past and present.

The NSRN Annual Lecture for 2012 will be held at the Conway Hall in London on Wednesday 28 November at 6.30pm (doors from 6pm; the lecture will be followed by a drinks reception). This event is free to attend, but places are limited. To register, please email Lois Lee at l.a.lee [at] kent.ac.uk. A poster for this event is attached, and further and up-to-date details of the event can also be found at the NSRN Online.


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’; here papers on cross-cultural identities and new religions and popular spiritualities are particularly welcomed.

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):

·         integrating ‘religious history’ and contemporary religious practitioners;

·         the relevance of historical research on religion for contemporary debates on religion; and for present-day religious groups, organisations and institutions;

·         intersections between research on contemporary religion and present-day contemporary understanding and practice of religion;

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

·         methodological, theoretical and ethical issues relating to Religious Studies and knowledge exchange;

·         relationships between academic and practitioner, or academic institution(s) and non-academic ‘partner’ and their implications and challenges.

Confirmed speakers include Ronald Hutton (Bristol), Steven Sutcliffe (Edinburgh), David Voas (Essex) and John Wolffe (Open University).

The conference is organised by the Open University’s Religious Studies Department.

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 send proposals to Dr John Maiden (j.maiden [at] open.ac.uk) by 25 January 2013. To book, please contact Taj Bilkhu (t.bilkhu [at] open.ac.uk) by 23 March 2013.


JOBS


Bucknell University – Assistant Professor in Chinese history

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45778

Gallaudet University – Tenure Track Assistant Professor; History of

Asia, Africa, or the Middle East

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45797

Marywood University – Assistant Professor East Asian/Asian Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45814

University of Alberta – Assistant Professor in Korean Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45822

University of Cambridge – Two Postdoctoral Fellowships (Research

Associate) in modern Japanese/East Asian History for three year

contract

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45816


Lecturer in New Testament – International Christian College, Glasgow, Scotland

Salary: £22,090 – £25,740 pa

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK023/lecturer-in-new-testament/


Lecturer in Philosophy, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Closing Date:  3 December 2012

Please quote ref:  ME8808

Salary:  £37,012 – £45,486 per annum

Start Date:  1 September 2013, as soon as possible

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFK400/lecturer-in-philosophy/

 


Senior Research Assistant, Centre for Social Relations

Coventry University

Fixed Term for 2 years

Salary: £29,250 – £37,014 per annum

Application Closing Date: 29/11/2012

Coventry University will shortly be launching an innovative Applied Research Centre focused around the study of social relations. The new internationally focused Centre will direct its research and teaching towards one of the prime challenges and responsibilities of our time: how we can live together in peaceful relationships in a world of difference.

 Acting as a space for cross- and inter-disciplinary dialogue, education and research, the centre will encourage work in applied and policy research in areas of integration and cohesion, while simultaneously expanding the portfolio to include multi- and inter-cultural relations, community relations, trust, identity, social policy as well as tension monitoring, conflict management, migration, diversity, integration, secularism and belief, the role of science in society, and international relations.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (or nearing completion) in an appropriate subject such as social sciences, sociology, humanities, anthropology, social psychology or other relevant discipline.

Further details can be found here: https://staffrecruitment.coventry.ac.uk/tlive_webrecruitment/wrd/run//ETREC107GF.open?VACANCY_ID%3d1215894t7c&WVID=1861420Izv

For all enquiries and to submit expressions of interest please contact Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker:

Fern.Elsdon-Baker [at] coventry.ac.uk


FUNDING


The publishing house Brill (Leiden) is generously sponsoring an annual research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute’s Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE). The Fellowship has been made possible by the “Sheikh Zayed Book Award” which was awarded to Brill Publishers in March 2012 for publishing excellence in Middle East and Islamic Studies.

The Brill Fellowship at CHASE to be held in the academic year 2013-14 will be of two or three months duration and is intended for a postdoctoral researcher. The Fellowship will be awarded for research projects on any aspect of the relations between Europe and the Arab World from the Middle Ages to the 19th century.

The closing date for applications is the 30 November 2012. Please visit our website for application details (http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/fellowships/short-term/).

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JOURNALS


Theology and Science, vol 10, issue 4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/10/4

Sociology of Religion, advance notice, http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/by/section

Bulletin of Asia Institute, 2012 http://www.bulletinasiainstitute.org/

Bulletin has also announced the publication of Ratanbai Katrak Lectures, Oxford 2009: Mary Boyce and the Study of Zoroastrianism

Ars Orientalis Volume 42, a thematic issue based on Objects, Collections, and Cultures, the second biennial symposium of the Historians of Islamic Art Association, held in October 2010, at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler

URL: www.asia.si.edu/research/articles/

Announcement ID: 198239

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198239


COURSES


Applications are now open for the e-learning course, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges

Description: Applications are now being accepted for the e-learning course, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges. Following two successful years, the course will commence in late February 2013. More than fifty participants from around the world – Australia and New Zealand, China, Japan,….

Contact: eth22 [AT] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/courses/jcme.asp

Announcement ID: 198262

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198262


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Religious Revivals in Southeast Asia: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  We are inviting abstract submissions (max.200 words) for the panel on Religious Revivals in Southeast Asia: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives, to be held at SEA Symposium 2013 at the University of Oxford, UK. As of now, we have enough submission covering Islam. We are looking for

abstracts …

Contact: ermin.sinanovic.ba [at] usna.edu

URL: projectsoutheastasia.com/academic-events/sea-symposium-2013/panels#panel9

Announcement ID: 198174

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198174


Love and Religion in Pop Culture

Location: Illinois

Date: 2012-12-01

Description: The Journal of Popular Romance Studies calls for essays, interviews, and pedagogical materials for a special forum on love and religion in popular culture, anywhere in the world. The forum is guest-edited by Lynn S. Neal (author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction).

Contact: managing.editor@jprstudies.org

URL: jprstudies.org/submissions/special-issue-call-for-papers/#religion

Announcement ID: 198287

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198287


CFP: Religion, Civil War and Emancipation

Conference: May 20-22, 2013

Location: Virginia

Date: 2012-12-19

Description: Overview of Conference: The 2013 Annual Conference of the Baptist History & Heritage Society, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and      Reconciliation in Our Time, will be May 20-22, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. The conference will be co-sponsored by the Virginia Bapti …

Contact: brucegourley@baptisthistory.org

URL: www.baptisthistory.org/bhhs/conferences/2013-bhhs-annual-conference.html

Announcement ID: 198315

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198315


CFP: Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes: Cosmography of the Pagan Soul

Keynote Speaker:  Ronald Hutton

We welcome papers that explore the following questions:

In today’s post-modern, urbanized world, where everything is a commodity, how and where do Pagans find their sacred places? How should we protect and maintain these sites? In colonized worlds, how do we avoid the appropriation of these lands? If Goddess is immanent in nature, what makes some places more sacred than others? How is our spirituality shaped by the land and our relationship with the land shaped by our spirituality?

Proposals of up to 1000 words are due by January 1, 2013 and may be uploaded at  http://www.cherryhillseminary.org/blog/announcements/call-for-papers/


CFP – 2nd Announcement

The Departments of Folkloristics and Comparative Religion at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, together with the Donner Institute, are organizing an international interdisciplinary conference to honour the work of Professor Lauri Honko (1932–2002)

THE ROLE OF THEORY IN FOLKLORISTICS AND COMPARATIVE RELIGION

21–23 August 2013

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

The language of the conference is English.

Timetable:

Call for papers, deadline 31 March 2013

Registration, deadline 31 May 2013

For more detailed information concerning the conference see the attached documents or visit our website:

http://honkoconference.utu.fi/

Also now on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/416180771776969/


CONFERENCES


INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BENGAL STUDIES, 2013

Date: 2012-12-31

Description:  3rd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BENGAL STUDIES 19th – 22nd November, 2013 University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Papers are invited for the 3rd International Congress of Bengal Studies scheduled to be held during 19th 22nd November, 2013.

The 3rd Congress will be hosted by the University of Calcutta,

Contact: icbs2013 [at ] gmail.com

URL: bangabidya.wordpress.com

Announcement ID: 198167

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198167


Religion and Development: An Agenda for the 21st Century

Date: 2013-01-31

Description:  HIRENTHA: Journal of the HumanitiesRedeemer’s University (RUN), Ogun State, Nigeria The twin issues of religion and development have had a long history of engagement in the humanities. From the perspectives of history and international relations, language and literature, and theatre arts, there hav …

Contact: hirentha@yahoo.com

Announcement ID: 198111

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198111


Workshop Participants at Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference

Location: Quebec

Date: 2012-11-15

Description: Call for Workshop Participants VAF 2013 Annual Meeting in Gasp, Quebec, Canada Deadline: November 15, 2012.

The Forum Workshop at the 2013 VAF needs your expertise. The Gasp-Perc region currently faces a number of challenges iN preserving and interpreting its cultural sites.

Contact: Tania.Martin [AT] arc.ulaval.ca

URL: www.vafweb.org/conferences/2013/

Announcement ID: 198238

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198238


JOBS


Freie Universitaet Berlin – Postdoctoral Research Associate in

History of European Astroculture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45713

Kathmandu University – Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Studies and

Tibetan/Sanskrit

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45697

University of Bristol – Lecturer in East Asian Religions

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45759

University of Southern California – Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching

Fellowship in Japanese Religions

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45735

1640 Chair of Divinity

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 18 November 2012

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFJ410/1640-chair-of-divinity/

Teaching Assistant/Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow – Moral Philosophy

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 22 November 2012

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFJ505/teaching-assistant-postdoctoral-teaching-fellow/

One-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Japanese Religions for Fall 2013 at the University of Southern California.

H-Net Jobs Guide listing: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45735


GRANTS/PRIZES


STANLEY WEINSTEIN DISSERTATION PRIZE

Date: 2012-12-31

Description: The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the third competition for the Stanley  Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring Professor Weinsteins

many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years

Contact: nicholas.disantis@yale.edu

Announcement ID: 198253

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198253


The AHRC and the United States’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have launched a joint funding initiative that focuses on collaborative projects that use humanities disciplines to further develop understanding about health, well-being, disability, medical science, technology and/or other aspects of the health sciences.

Applications should address areas relevant to the AHRC’s Science in Culture theme.  Projects must also involve academics in both the UK and the United States.  Awards are for between 1 to 3 years, with funding ranging from $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) per annum.  Applications are submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research Programme.

Information about the scheme can be found on the AHRC’s website, with specific call guidelines available on the NEH’s website (see p.4 of their guidelines.)

Closing Date: 6 December 2012.


STANLEY WEINSTEIN DISSERTATION PRIZE

Prize Date:    2012-12-31

Date Submitted:     2012-10-25

Announcement ID:     198253

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the third competition for the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring Professor Weinstein’s many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years to the best Ph.D. dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the two previous years. The dissertation must be based on original research in the primary languages and should significantly advance our understanding of East Asian Buddhism. East Asian Buddhism is understood for this competition to refer to those traditions in East Asia that take Chinese translations of the Buddhist scriptures as their basis (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese). Studies of East Asian Buddhist communities in the West are not eligible for consideration.

The recipient of the award will be invited to give a public lecture at Yale under the auspices of the Council of East Asian Studies. There is an honorarium of $1,000.

Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies/Religious Studies in North America are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12.*

The deadline for this nomination is December 31, 2012. The nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, readers reports for the thesis, and one representative chapter of the thesis. All materials should be sent to Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, P.O. Box 208206, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520-8206.

A three-person committee will select three theses to be read in their entirety by all committee members. The authors of these three theses will be requested to submit the entire theses in PDF format for this final stage of the selection. The result of the competition will be announced by the beginning of the next academic year.

  • Nominations by the authors themselves will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact koichi.shinohara [AT] yale.edu

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CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP: Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology

Practical Matters is now seeking submissions on the theme of Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology.  Practical Matters is an online, multimedia, transdisciplinary journal designed to ask and provoke questions about religious practice and practical theology. Practical Matters is funded by a grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and published out of the Emory University Graduate Division of Religion.  The journal contains both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed content.

The sixth issue of Practical Matters will return to themes that emerged in our Spring 2010 issue, which explored why theologians are turning to ethnographic methods and how an interdisciplinary conversation among anthropologists, scholars of religion, and theologians contributes new insights into the doing and creating of both ethnography and theology.  This new issue will focus on the description of religious experience as a theologically relevant and persistently elusive phenomenon. It will reflect on the possibilities and limitations of ethnography for translating communal embodied experience into different communities and contexts.  Finally, this issue will continue to explore intersections and interferences of descriptive and normative modes of scholarship on religious experience.  We welcome submissions from theologians, anthropologists, scholars and practitioners of religion broadly defined.

We are interested in featuring work that engages a broad spectrum of questions and themes, such as…

  • How does attention to human embodiment inform our understandings of religious experience?  Can ethnographic methods provide access to certain kinds of experience that other methods sometimes overlook or obscure, such as bodily experience, interiority, and experiences of suffering? In what ways do these experiences escape the ethnographic interpreter? How does ethnography provide attentiveness to practices and experiences of exclusion?
  • How can scholars and practitioners move between the descriptive work of ethnography and theological or normative claims?  Why are these moves sometimes experienced as problematic?  Do moral, theological, scholarly, or activist commitments obscure the ethnographer’s ability to represent religious experience? Does the ethnographer need to be an “insider” to make theological claims or norm religious practice?
  • How does incorporating ethnography into a theological or ethical project affect the epistemological assumptions of that project? Does ethnography bring more ambiguity? More clarity? Or does using ethnography in theological projects limit the theologian’s ability to make general or normative claims? How does ethnographic study redefine the role of a theologian or ethicist?
  • How can teaching the ethnographic method in the undergraduate or seminary classrooms enrich or disrupt the study of religion and theology?  How do “experiential learning” and “engaged learning” pedagogies shift students’ perspectives on religious experience? How might the use of digital media facilitate or hinder the study of religious experience in the classroom setting?
  • Can the work of ethnography itself constitute a kind of “religious experience”?  Should it?  And for whom?
  • We welcome “notes from the field” (in multiple forms including audio, video, and photos) in which those doing ethnography describe unexpected challenges in their work as well as explorations into the craft of ethnographic writing and the steps between field notes and manuscript.  What is required to practice ethnography as an interpretive art and what is the role of religious or theological imagination in ethnographic practice?

Specifically, we are looking for submissions intended for peer review in Analyzing Matters, as well as for the non-peer reviewed categories of Practicing and Teaching Matters:

  1. Submissions for Analyzing Matters on the theme of Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology will be submitted for peer review;

  2. Submissions for Practicing and Teaching Matters on the theme of Engaging Religious Experience: A Return to Ethnography and Theology will be reviewed by the editors.  We welcome reflections of practitioners, essays, pedagogical reflections, or field notes concerning religious practices, rituals, or other issues of concern for scholars, theologians, teachers and practitioners;

Practical Matters is an academic journal with a diverse audience. We encourage those considering submission to think broadly, creatively, and experimentally about form and content. Submissions in any form (i.e., film, text, audio, images) may be eligible for peer review; however, the peer review process is not mandatory for all submissions.  We especially encourage non-U.S. submissions as well as multimedia and interdisciplinary pieces of original scholarship.

The submission deadline is November 1, 2012. For more specific instructions on possible forms of submissions, more information on our peer review process, or to read current and past issues of Practical Matters, visit our web site: http://www.practicalmattersjournal.org/


CFP: SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religion, utopias and alternatives to contemporary dilemmas

Havana, July 2-5, 2013

The Department of Socio-religious Studies of the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of Cuba calls scholars on religion, academics and religious believers to participate in the SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES, sponsored by religious institutions and non-governmental organizations, that will be held on July 2-5, at the Hotel Nacional in El Vedado, Havana.

It is well-known the role of religion as an important producer of interpretation frameworks of social reality, and as generator of social transformation practices, halting or reproducing injustice situations. Amid a turbulent international scene, marked by unresolved socioeconomic and political crises, to approach some of these processes requires complex analyses that transcend mere description to think of alternative proposals or to contribute to spread initiatives, from small religious spaces, that attempt to bring about a more equitable and just world with greater respect for nature and greater opportunities for all human beings.

From this perspective, the event aims to focus the reflections on the following topics:

·        Religion, power and hegemony

·        Religion and the environment

·        Religion and social inequities

·        Religion and diversity

·        Theoretical and methodological approaches

·        Religion, migration and cultural  identity

·        Religious actors, dialogues and transformation.

·        Religion and mass media

·        Institutions, spirituality and religious networks

·        Religion, consumption and market

The Seventh Meeting, like the previous ones held by the Department of Socio-religious Studies, every three years since 1995, aims at creating an environment conducive to dialogue among the participants, exchange of knowledge and sharing experiences.

The official language of the event is Spanish, but translation requests by English speakers can be addressed upon previous notice by the Organizing Committee. All participants will receive documentation related to the event and information of interest about the city and the country.

Presentations can be made in lectures, workshops, panels, posters and by means of audiovisual aids.

The official travel agency is CUBATUR. Contact Person: Arlene Alvarez (eventos1 [at] cbtevent.cbt.tur.cu ).

The registration fee is 150.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Currency Cubana) for participants; 120.00 CUC for accompanying persons; and 75.00 CUC for students (previous accreditation).

All those interested in participating must fill the data form and e-mail it to: desr_encuentro [at] cips.cu, before November 15, 2012 to be considered by the Organizing Committee:


CFP: The Graduate Committee for the Study of Religion at the University of Texas is currently accepting paper proposals for its first interdisciplinary graduate student conference.

March 23-24, 2013

The University of Texas, Austin, TX

The keynote speakers for this conference are:

Professor David Brakke

Joe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity at The Ohio State University

Professor Kevin Trainor

Professor of Religion at the University of Vermont

The study of religion has used a succession of binary terms to distinguish between normative, officially sanctioned practice and religion on the ground: orthodoxy vs. heterodoxy, elite vs. folk, official vs. popular, and so on. Although some of these terms have served as a useful conceptual tool, the use of binary distinctions is problematic. There is an ever-present danger of confusing example with exemplum–of privileging those individuals, institutions, and

practices most closely aligned with the sources of power or our own world-view. Binarization begets valorization. This endless parade of new terminology suggests that the drive to dichotomize is to blame. Even the recent attempts to resolve this issue under the headings

“lived religion” or “everyday religion” retain polarizing antonymns that obscure some aspects of religion. In order to problematize the cycle of successive binary oppositions, this conference aims to interrogate the middle space between these conceptual extremes. We invite participants to consider religious action and authority as a fluid continuum–a network of

overlapping spheres of religious influence. In this model, every religious actor–from the Israelite high priest to a Shinto shrine maiden, from the Dalai Lama to a streetcorner evangelist–is a potential source of religious authority, differing only in the degree

to which they can attract and channel the flow of religious power within society. Here, authority is a shifting current rather than a stagnant pool. We encourage participants to explore the possibility of mapping previous binaries onto a continuum model and retaining

these distinctions as “ideal types” in order to organize the data and focus the scholar’s attention. This conference is purposely eclectic: We welcome papers critiquing binary models as well as those treating religious actors from all time periods and cultures as situated within a continuum model. Such actors include, but are not limited to: faith healers, mediums, temple personnel, prophets, religious reformers, pilgrims, exorcists, breeders of sacrificial animals, vendors of religious paraphernalia, and mendicant preachers. Participants are encouraged to

show how evidence from their areas of specialization can inform a more general dialogue about the problem of binary categories and contribute to the development of a new theoretical approach to the study of religion.

Please send paper titles and abstracts (300 words or less) to byebyebinaries [at ] gmail.com <mailto:byebyebinaries%40gmail.com>  by November 27th, 2012. Please

include your name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and email address.

We hope to publish the results of the conference in some form. Sincerely,

Megan Case (Religious Studies) Benjamin Cox (Religious Studies) Aren Wilson-Wright (Middle Eastern Studies)

Sponsors: The Graduate School, The Institute for the Study of Antiquity and Christian Origins, The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, The Religious Studies Department, The Department of Asian Studies


CFP: 32nd ISSR Conference

RETHINKING COMMUNITY RELIGIOUS CONTINUITIES AND MUTATIONS IN LATE MODERNITY Turku-Åbo, Finland, 27-30 June, 2013

Conference website:

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

Call for papers:

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

Deadlines: October 31th 2012:

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions (STS) and Working Groups (WGT), to be sent to the SESSION ORGANISER (S)

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions of the New Researchers Forum (NRF) and Miscellaneous papers (MPL) for the NRF, to be sent to the Session Organiser

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

Financial support available.

The conference languages are English and French.

Important notice: Organisers of Thematic Sessions (STS) and Working Groups (WGT) and Presenters of papers have to be members of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions (ISSR). Each participant may only present one paper at the conference.

Submission details available in the full call for papers:

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


CFP: Imagination and Narrative in Jewish Thought

Date: 2012-11-30

Description:  The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought

CALL FOR PAPERS: Vol. IV: Imagination and Narrative in Jewish Thought The 2013 issue of The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish Thought invites papers reflecting on the role of imagination and narrative in Jewish thought.

Contact: utjjt.cjs [at] gmail.com

URL: cjs.utoronto.ca/tjjt/

Announcement ID: 198043

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198043


Call for Papers: “Pilgrimage, Travel, and Cult”

Date: 2013-05-24

Description:  When an ancient communitys life involved a focus upon a specific holy place, that groups ideas about pilgrimage and travel were necessarily pivotal to its religious praxis. To understand the complex interrelations between a communitys

ideology of pilgrimage and travel and its religious activities,

Contact: hekhal.dublinia@gmail.com

URL: hekhal.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 198071

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=198071


CFP: The Journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists

Call for Papers for Special Issue on African  Diaspora Religion

Submission Deadline EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 31ST, 2012

Student Anthropologist is the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the National Association of Student Anthropologists (the largest organization of anthropologist students in the world). It is an annual digital publication. Students from all levels and disciplines are encouraged to contribute.

Aims and Scope

This special issue aims to explore the social, political, and cultural meanings and functions of African diaspora religions. From the beginning of anthropological study, Africana religion has been at the forefront of anthropological inquiry. Africana Religion (African and African diaspora religion, also including those religions influenced by the diversity of African cultural heritage) has provided a space in which anthropologists have been able to explore concepts about kinship (both fictive and non- fictive), ritual, embodiment, identity, transnationalism, diversity, etc. This inquiry has continued up to the present day as African diaspora religions have become transnational and are networks through which ideas about spirituality, community, authenticity, origins, body and space circulate.

In addition, this special issue will examine the latest work on African diaspora religious practice, its contribution to the field of anthropology, and a discussion of its trajectory and where scholars hope to see it go in the future. This edition will discuss and examine the different ways of viewing and analyzing the African diaspora in and through religious practice, and the accompanying complications that occur in social, political, cultural and material life. This special issue will seek to explore how African diaspora religious tradition intersects with and enhances discussions of a wide array of topics such as the environment, globalization, spatialization, urbanization, immigration, etc.

We seek to bring together a diverse range of scholars working on different aspects of African diaspora religion. We will only accept original scholarly submissions from undergraduate and graduate students worldwide. Below are a list of possible areas of inquiry, but please do not feel limited to these questions only.

Possible questions and areas of inquiry include, but are not limited to:

•   The contribution of African diaspora religions to the study of anthropolog

•   How do African diaspora religions intersect with music, film, performance, visual arts, media studies, history, philosophy, sociology, gender studies, political science, economics, education, geography, environmental science, legal studies, and public health?”

•   How do complex concepts such as “blackness” and “Africanness” inform each other and shape individual and group/community religious identities? And what do they ultimately mean, especially given the temporal and spatial distance from the African continent?”

•   How do lived and imagined experiences of religious diasporic spaces differ between individual and group?”

•   How do different diaspora communities relate to each other across boundaries of time, space and historical context?

•   How is “Africa” (re)imagined in different ways within these African diasporic religions?

Submission Guidelines

Any student currently enrolled in a BA, MA, or PhD program is welcome to submit original research to be considered for publication. While this is an anthropology journal, students do not need to be enrolled in an anthropology program.

All submissions should be under 6,000 words in length and are subject to a peer review process. All submissions should be sent in a single document as an attachment and saved in Microsoft Office Word (.doc or .docx) or Mac Pages (.pages) format and conform to AAA style (http://www.aaanet.org/publications/style_guide.pdf). Submissions should be double spaced and adhere to the word limits outlined in this CFP. Rarely, we consider longer submissions or those of an irregular nature.

Please remove all identifying information from the manuscript and include a coverpage including name, institution, student status, up to five keywords describing the paper, and an 250 word abstract. Please save the document with your last name in the title.

Send submissions, as well as any questions, to the Special Issue Guest Editor, Lisanne C Norman, at lnorman918 [at] gmail.com.

Special Issue Guest Editor Bio: Lisanne C Norman is currently in the fifth year of her PhD at Harvard University. Her research focus is African Americans who practice Yoruba religion from 1959- present. Her work is an analysis of the expansion of this predominantly Afro-Cuba religious community to include the numerous African Americans who converted during the 1960s and 1970s. The work will also analyze the role that African diaspora civil rights and geopolitical movements played in the transmission and adaptation of this religious practice and how that has come to define its current practice. Through participation-observation and semi-structured interviews, Lisanne hopes to understand how global forces have come to shape this transnational religious practice and how emerging African diaspora networks have worked to change the dynamics of religious practice not only for African Americans, but for Afro-Cubans and Nigerian practitioners as well. Lisanne is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.”


CFP: Global Religious Experiences and Identities among Lesbians

The Journal of Lesbian Studies (Taylor & Francis) will devote an entire issue to the topic of global religious experiences and identities among lesbians, guest edited by S.J. Creek. The intention behind this special edition is to generate richer and more varied scholarship around the lived experiences of lesbians connected to (or alienated by) religious practices or faiths around the world. Papers from sociology, history, anthropology, political science, english, psychology, religious studies, gender and women’s studies, religious studies, communication studies, linguistics, criminology, queer studies, international studies, art history, or other fields are welcome.

Topics may include, but are not limited, to: the intersection of race/class/gender/sexuality and religion, religious movements, orthopraxy, orthodoxy, representation in media/literature/art, trends in religiosity, clergy/religious officials, resistance and activism, indigenous religions, Wicca, Santeria, Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism, Taoism, Sikhism, Baha’i, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, atheism, popular religions, Mujerista theology, practice, belief, religious socialization, disability, size, critiques of lesbian sexualities or spiritualities from post-colonial or transgender studies perspectives, religious individualism, secularism, celibacy, “religious nones,” nuns, intentional communities, state control of religious practice, reproduction, families, identities, cognitive dissonance, oppression, reparative therapies, migration, religious education, or emotions.  Works attending to the experiences of queer, bisexual, and transgender individuals will also be considered, if these pieces strongly connect to the central theme.

Please direct inquiries or proposals of no more than 500 words to S.J. Creek at creeksj [at] hollins.edu by December 20, 2012.  Invitations for full manuscripts will be issued in January 2013.  Both abstracts and manuscripts will be evaluated for originality, style, and fit within the overall edition. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to submit a full manuscript of 5,000-6,500 words, due May 15, 2013.


CONFERENCES


The Higher Education Academy’s Second Annual Arts & Humanities Conference

Storyville: Exploring narratives of learning and teaching

The HEA’s Second Annual Arts & Humanities Conference

Thistle hotel, Brighton

29–30 May 2013

At the heart of the Arts and Humanities disciplines sit stories – stories which create and recreate worlds, distant and present, stories which inspire and engage, stories which grow imaginations and expand what is thinkable.

Stories are everywhere, and our second annual conference seeks to explore the intersections between narrative and learning and teaching by considering:

  • the narratives of how we teach – our stories as educators;
  • the narratives of how our students learn – travelogues from the student journey;
  • the narratives we teach – our subjects and (inter)disciplinarity;
  • the narratives we teach by – pedagogies and methodologies, academic identities, research-based teaching and teaching-based research;
  • the narratives we teach within – policy, dominant media narratives, student expectations informed by Key Information Sets and the National Student Survey;
  • the narratives we (co-)create – the impact of the Arts and Humanities, the experience and memories of our students, students as partners.

As stories have the power to ‘reveal meaning without committing the error of defining it’ (Hannah Arendt) we welcome poster, paper and workshop proposals on any aspect of teaching and learning in the Arts and Humanities within the broad theme of ‘narratives of learning and teaching’. We have also introduced wildcard sessions, for you to create your own conference format – wildcards come in slices of 15 minutes, 90 minutes and 3 hours.

For more information please visit the conference website.

Call closes: 21 December 2012.


The Director, Chair and Fellows of the Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London invite you to;

Race, Faith & Integration; a discussion and debate with Prof. Ted Cantle, Chair of the Institute of Community Cohesion. Professor Cantle will joined by a panel of discussants including Marjorie Mayo, Professor Emeritus at Goldsmiths, Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters and Jenny Kartupelis, Director of the East of England Faiths Forum.

22nd November at 4.15 – 6pm, in the Ben Pimlott Lecture Theatre, Goldsmiths, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

This is a free event and places are limited  – please contact m.shaw [at] gold.ac.uk to book.


The 2013 CESNUR Conference co-organized by Center for Studies on New Religions (CESNUR) International Society for the Study of New Religions (ISSNR) Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University Finyar (The Nordic Network for the Study of New Religiosity) Dalarna University

CHANGING RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS IN A CHANGING WORLD Dalarna University Falun (Sweden), 21-24 June 2013

Registration for the conference will open on 15 February 2013.

http://www.cesnur.org/2013/swe-cfp.htm

CALL FOR PAPERS

2013 celebrates the 25th anniversary of the first CESNUR conference, held in Southern Italy in 1988, and the opening of INFORM (Information Network Focus on Religious Movements) in the UK.

How has the religious scenario evolved within the context of a changing world over the past 25 years? How are religious movements different today? How does society react differently to religious pluralism?

These will be the themes of the 2013 conference, with special attention being paid to the Nordic countries, contemporary spiritual and esoteric movements in a globalized and transnational perspective, and the reactions of the media, the mainline churches, the law and society in general to the new religious pluralism.

The conference will start on Midsummer Night’s Eve, Friday 21 June 2013, when participants will congregate in Stockholm in the morning and board a bus for a field trip that will take them to culturally significant locations throughout the Swedish region of Dalarna. Dalarna is famous for its small and picturesque villages, beautiful nature, traditional culture and handicraft. We will first visit Falun’s World Heritage Site and the 17th century part of the town. At that time, Falun was one of the most important towns in Sweden because of its copper mine. Then we will continue to the old traditional villages around Lake Siljan, stopping on our way at some other places of traditional and cultural importance. The journey will culminate with a traditional Swedish Midsummer Feast in the village of Leksand, before our arrival in Falun late that evening.

The sessions of the conference will run from the morning of Saturday 22 June to the morning of Monday 24 June. On Monday 24 June buses will leave Falun at lunchtime (box lunches will be provided), taking participants either directly to Arlanda Airport in Stockholm or to a visit to Kalle Runristare, a neo-Pagan rune-carver on an island outside Stockholm. This island, Adelsö, is a World Heritage Site with historical importance, where the king lived in the Viking era. The journey ends in Stockholm in the evening. In this package is included the field trip (including meals) on Friday, lunches from Saturday to Monday, the reception on Saturday night, and the journey back to Arlanda/Stockholm on Monday. Price: 220 euro.

An option will be offered for those who only want to participate in the conference, have the lunches on Saturday and Sunday and attend the banquet on Sunday evening as well as the reception on Saturday night.

Participants opting for this package will not be included in any of the field trips and these participants will have to make their own arrangements to reach and leave Falun by train and plan their transfers privately. Price: 120 euro.

Option 1

Full package, including transportation from Arlanda airport, Stockholm, the field trip on Friday (including meals); lunches; the reception on Saturday evening and the banquet on Sunday evening and either transportation back to Arlanda only or the field trip with arrival in Stockholm on Monday evening: Euro 220.

Option 2:

Conference attendance only, including lunch on Saturday and Sunday, the Saturday reception and the Sunday banquet (but no field trips or

transportation) at: Euro 120.

Papers and sessions proposals should be submitted by email before the close of business on 10 January 2013 to cesnur_to [at] virgilio.it, accompanied by an abstract of no more than 300 words and a CV of no more than 200 words. Proposals may be submitted either in English or in French.


Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

http://www.derby.ac.uk/digital-methodologies-in-the-sociology-of-religion

16th November 2012, Enterprise Centre, University of Derby

Organised by the Centre for Society, Religion & Belief (SRB), University of Derby

Funded by Digital Social Research (DSR)

To book your place please visit http://unishop.derby.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?modid=1&prodid=592&deptid=76&compid=1&prodvarid=0&catid=77

This conference is generously subsidised by Digital Social Research. There is a small registration fee of £30 (+ £6 VAT)

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

Please forward this to your invitation to your professional networks and to your students. A few travel bursaries are available for post-graduate students in the UK. Please write to either Sariya Contractor (s.contractor [at] derby.ac.uk) or Suha Shakkour (s.shakkour [at] derby.ac.uk) for further details.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University Methodological Challenges, Innovations and Growing Pains in Digital Religion Research

Dr. Eric Atwell, Leeds University Applying Artificial Intelligence to the Understanding of Islam

Draft Programme

09:45 – 10:15  Registration & Refreshments

10:15 – 10:40  Welcome, Introduction and Housekeeping

Dr. Sariya Contractor & Dr. Suha Shakkour

Prof. Paul Weller, Head of Research and Commercial Development, EHS

Dr. Kristin Aune, Director, Centre for Society, Religion & Belief

 

10:40 – 11:25  Plenary: Methodological Challenges, Innovations and Growing Pains in Digital Religion Research

 Prof. Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University

11:25 – 12:40  Social Networking Sites

Anti-Social networking: Facebook as a site and method for researching anti-Muslim and anti-Islam opposition

Dr. Chris Allen, University of Birmingham

Role of Digital Communication Technology in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Lead Revolution in Egypt

Dr. Abul Hassan & Prof. Toseef Azid, Markfield Institute of Higher Education

Ethical Challenges of researching Muslim women’s closed religious newsgroups

Dr. Anna Piela, Independent Researcher

12:40 – 13:40  Lunch

13:40 – 14:55  Digital Resources and Tools

Surveying the Religious and the Non-Religious

Dr. Tristram Hooley & Prof. Paul Weller, University of Derby

Research Approaches to the Digital Bible

Dr. Tim Hutchings, Durham University

Employing Distance Learning to Improve the Quantity and Quality of Islamic Studies

Dr Muhammad Mesbahi, Islamic College & Morteza Rezaei-Zadeh, University of Limerick

14:55 – 15:40  Plenary: Applying Artificial Intelligence to the Understanding of Islam

Eric Atwell, Leeds University

15:40 – 15:55 Refreshments

15:55 – 17:10  Communication

Prospects and Limits for Mxit and Mobi Methodologies for Religion in Sub-Saharan Africa

Dr. Federico Settler, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Researching Religious Discourses Online: Some thoughts on method

Thomas Alberts, SOAS

The Online Communication Model: A theoretical Framework to Analyse the Institutional Communication on the Internet

Juan Narbona & Dr. Daniel Arasa, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross

17:10 – 17:30  Concluding Comments, Publication Plans


JOBS


RUB – CERES

Department of East Asian Studies

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) is one of Germany’s leading research universities. The University draws its strengths from both the diversity and the proximity of scientific and engineering disciplines on a single, coherent campus. This highly dynamic setting en-ables students and researchers to work across traditional boundaries of academic subjects and departments. The RUB is a vital institution in the Ruhr area, which has been selected as European Capital of Culture for the year 2010.

The Center of Religious Studies (CERES) and the Department of East Asian Studies of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) invite applications for the position of a

Professor (W 2 – permanent position) in Religions of Central Asia Past and Present

to start on 1 April 2013 or at the earliest possible time.

The future holder of the post will represent the subject in research and teaching. The ap-plicant should represent Central Asian religious history in full breadth within the BA and MA study programs of Religious Studies. He or she should participate in the promotion of young researchers in religious studies, should coordinate the own research with the re-search program of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg (KHK) “Dynamics of Religious History be-tween Asia and Europe” which focuses on religious contacts and transfers, and should integrate him- or herself into the Faculty of East Asian Studies.

Positively assessed junior professorships, habilitation or equivalent academic achieve-ments and evidence of special aptitude are just as much required as the willingness to in-volve in university self-administration, in particular in the coordination of the study program of Religious Studies and of cooperative research within CERES and in particular within the KHK.

We expect furthermore:

  • high commitment in teaching;

  • readiness to participate in interdisciplinary academic work;

  • willingness and ability to attract external funding;

  • non academic skills (task specific) where applicable;

  • German language competence or the readiness to achieve sufficient competence within three years.

The Ruhr-Universität Bochum is an equal opportunity employer.

Complete applications with CV, list of publications, taught courses and research profile should be sent to the Dean of the Department of East Asian Studies of the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, D-44780 Bochum no later than 2012-11-30. Further information is available at www.ceres.rub.de /www.khk.ceres.rub.de.


Chinese University of Hong Kong – Assistant Professor

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45634

Earlham College – Assistant or Associate Professor of Japanese Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45636

Florida International University – Lecturer/Instructor in Chinese

Language, Culture and Literature

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45642


GRANTS


Grants of the Max van Berchem Foundation

Date: 2013-03-31

Description: The Max van Berchem Foundation, whose goal is to promote the study of Islamic and Arabic archaeology, history, geography, art history, epigraphy, religion and literature, awards grants for research carried out in these areas by scholars who have already received their doctorate.

Contact: info@maxvanberchem.org

URL: www.maxvanberchem.org

Announcement ID: 197989

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197989

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JOURNALS


Paranthropology, Vol. 3, no. 4 http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/free-pdf.html

Sociology of Religion, vol.73, issue 3, http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/73/3.toc?etoc


BOOKS


Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World

Christopher I. Beckwith

http://press.princeton.edu/titles/9871.html

Warriors of the Cloisters tells how key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. Medieval scholars rarely performed scientific experiments, but instead contested issues in natural science, philosophy, and theology using the recursive argument method. This highly distinctive and unusual method of disputation was a core feature of medieval science, the predecessor of modern science. We know that the foundations of science were imported to Western Europe from the Islamic world, but until now the origins of such key elements of Islamic culture have been a mystery.


Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East

Edited by Anne Porter and Glenn M. Schwartz

Eisenbrauns, 2012

ISBN: 978-1-57506-236-5

List Price: $59.50

Your Price: $53.55

http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/PORSACRED

What is sacrifice? How can we identify it in the archaeological record? And what does it tell us about the societies that practice it? Sacred Killing: The Archaeology of Sacrifice in the Ancient Near East

investigates these and other questions through the evidence for human and animal sacrifice in the Near East from the Neolithic to the Hellenistic periods. Drawing on sociocultural anthropology and history

in addition to archaeology, the book also includes evidence from ancient China and a riveting eyewitness account and analysis of sacrifice in contemporary India, which engage some of the key issues

at stake. Sacred Killing vividly presents a variety of methods and theories in the study of one of the most profound and disturbing ritual activities humans have ever practiced.


CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP: Fall narratives: an interdisciplinary perspective 18th-19th June 2014, University of Aberdeen, Scotland

As the 340th  anniversary of John Miltons 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 ine 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 [at] abdn.ac.uk

a.larkin [at] abdn.ac.uk


CFP: Scientiae 2013: Disciplines of Knowing in the Early Modern World

Deadline for Abstracts: 20th October 2012

Conference to be held at University of Warwick (UK), 18th-20th April 2013

Conference website: http://go.warwick.ac.uk/scientiae

Paper and panel proposals are invited for Scientiae 2013: the second annual conference on the emergent knowledge practices of the early-modern period (ca. 1450-1750).  The conference will take place on the 18-20th of April 2013 at Warwick University in the UK, building on the success of Scientiae 2012 (Simon Fraser University, Vancouver) which brought together over 100 scholars from around the globe.

The premise of this conference is that knowledge during the period of the Scientific Revolution was inherently interdisciplinary, involving complex mixtures of fields and objects that had not yet been separated into their modern “scientific” hierarchies. As such our approach needs to be equally wide-ranging, involving Biblical exegesis, art theory, logic, and literary humanism; as well as natural philosophy, alchemy, occult practices, and trade knowledge. Scientiae is for scholars working in any area of early-modern intellectual culture, with the emergence of modern natural science serving as a general point of reference. The conference offers a forum both for the sharing of research and the sparking of new investigations, and is open to scholars of all levels.

The keynote speakers will be Peter Dear (Professor of the History of Science at Cornell University) and Stephen Clucas (Reader in Early-Modern Intellectual History at Birkbeck, University of London).

Topics and questions may include, but are by no means limited to:

— Theological origins and implications of the new science

— Nature and scripture: which interprets which?

— What do images contribute to our understanding of early modern knowledge?

— Genealogies of “reason”, “utility”, and/or “knowledge”

— Humanism and the scientific revolution

— Paracelsianism, Neoplatonism, alchemy: where are we now?

— What were the relations between the new science and magic and demonology?

— Health and medicine: separable economies?

— Morality and the natural world: an on-going relationship?

— Period conceptions and practices of intellectual property

— Poetics and science: habits of thought?

— Renaissance philosophy and the development of a “new” cosmology and

anthropology.

— Information and knowledge: a clear divide?

— Science and Medicine:  Global Knowledges?

— Early-modern literature and the new knowledge: friends, or foes?

— Advances or reversals of period logic/dialectic

Other prominent speakers expected at Scientiae include: Constance Blackwell, Isabelle Charmantier, Penelope Gouk, Raphael Hallet, Judy Hayden, Kevin Killeen, Sachiko Kusukawa, Vivian Nutton, Brian Ogilvie, Stephen Pender, Claire Preston, Jennifer Rampling, Anna Marie Roos and Richard Serjeantson.

Abstracts proposing individual papers of 25 minutes should be between 250 and 350 words in length. For panel sessions of one hour and 45 minutes, a list of speakers (with affiliations) and 500-word abstract is required. Roundtable discussions or other formats are acceptable.

The deadline for abstracts is the 20th October 2012.

All submissions should be made at

http://go.warwick.ac.uk/scientiae/submit, if you

have any questions please contact the conference convenor David Beck-

D.C.Beck [at] warwick.ac.uk<mailto:D.C.Beck [at] warwick.ac.uk>


32nd ISSR Conference

RETHINKING COMMUNITY RELIGIOUS CONTINUITIES AND MUTATIONS IN LATE MODERNITY Turku-Åbo, Finland, 27-30 June, 2013

Conference website:

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

Call for papers:

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

Deadlines: October 31th 2012:

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions (STS) and Working Groups (WGT), to be sent to the SESSION ORGANISER (S)

-Abstracts of proposed papers for the Thematic Sessions of the New Researchers Forum (NRF) and Miscellaneous papers (MPL) for the NRF, to be sent to the Session Organiser

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

The conference lanaguages are English and French.

Important notice: Organisers of Thematic Sessions (STS) and Working Groups (WGT) and Presenters of papers have to be mambers of the International Society for the Sociology of Religions (ISSR). Each participant may only present one paper at the conference.

Submission details available in the full call for papers:

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


CFP: The Quran and Islamic Tradition in Comparative Perspective unit of the ISBL welcomes proposals for both individual papers and pre-arranged panels at the international meeting at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, July 7-11, 2013.

Suggested topics might include, but are not limited to:

*Prophets and miracles in Islam, Judaism, and Christianity – comparative perspectives

*Vocational journeys in Islamic and other religious traditions

*Parallels to biblical, Jewish, and Christian tradition in the Quran and Islamic literature

*Relationships between Jewish, Christian, and Muslim exegetical traditions

*The various discursive expressions of intercommunal exchange and relations, including both dialogue and polemic

*Islam in European discourse; Muslim cultural, religious, social, and political life in the West

We especially welcome papers of a theoretical or methodological nature that explore the ramifications of the comparative study of the Bible and Jewish and Christian tradition alongside the Quran and Islamic tradition.

Proposals for panels or individual papers can be submitted online at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Internationalmeeting.aspx.

The deadline for submission of proposals is February 1, 2013. Please note that membership in the Society of Biblical Literature is required in order to submit a paper proposal.

Please contact the program unit chairs for more information: Michael Pregill, Dept. of Religious Studies, Elon University (michael.pregill@gmail.com); Zohar Hadromi-Allouche, Divinity and Religious Studies, University of Aberdeen

(z.hadromi-allouche [at] abdn.ac.uk)


CONFERENCES


AHP 15: Rgyal rong Tibetan Life, Language, and Folklore in Rgyas bzang Village

Description:  The editors of Asian Highlands Perspectives (AHP) are pleased to announce: AHP 15: Rgyal rong Tibetan Life, Language, and Folklore in Rgyas bzang Village by G.yu ‘brug and CK Stuart This study of Rgyas bzang (Jizong) Village includes a brief summary of G.yu ‘brug’s life, local languages and location

Contact: kevin.stuart [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 197929

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197929


Alternative Enlightenments: an interdisciplinary conference

Date: 2013-04-26

Description:  How distinct is the concept of Enlightenment from the era of European history long taken to have discovered or invented it? This conference proposes an examination of Enlightenments in the plural, welcoming both revisionary accounts of the Age of Enlightenment and explorations of

Enlightenment in o …

Contact: wcoker [at] bilkent.edu.tr

URL: www.bilkent.edu.tr/~cci/CCI/Alternative_Enlightenments_Symposium.html

Announcement ID: 197689

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197689


Authoritative Traditions and Ritual Power in the Ancient World

The aim of this colloquium is to explore how authoritative texts, culture heroes, and authors were invoked ritually for cursing, protection, and divination in the ancient and late antique Near Eastern and Mediterranean world. The speakers represent a wide range of specializations in ancient ritual practice, including Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek, Roman, Jewish, and Christian materials.

Monday, October 22, 2012

8:30 AM – 5:30 PM

306 Royce Hall

UCLA

Program:

8:30-8:35am: Welcome by Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA) and Jacco Dieleman (UCLA)

8:35-8:45am: Joseph E. Sanzo (UCLA), “Introductory Remarks:

Authoritative Traditions and Ritual Power in the Ancient World”

Session One

8:45-9:30am: Jacco Dieleman (UCLA), “Cultural Memory and Claims to Authority in Ancient Egyptian Magic”

9:30-10:15am: Jeremy D. Smoak (UCLA), “Yhwh’s Shining Face and the Ritual Logic of the Iron Age Judean Amulets from Ketef Hinnom”

10:15-10:30am: Coffee Break

Session Two

10:30-11:15am: Michael Swartz (The Ohio State University), “Past and Future in Jewish Divination Traditions”

11:15am-12:00pm: Ra’anan Boustan (UCLA) and Michael Beshay (UCLA):

“Biblical Kingship, Imperial Ideology, and Ritual Power in The Testament of Solomon”

12:00pm-1:30pm: Lunch Break

Session Three

1:30-2:15pm: Joseph E. Sanzo (UCLA), “Beyond the Label: A New Approach to the Relationship Between ‘Christian’ Traditions and Ritual Power in Late Antiquity”

2:15-3:00pm: Theodore de Bruyn (University of Ottawa, Canada): “Genre, Tradition, Ritual, Culture, and Social Location: The Case of the Charitesion”

3:00-3:45pm: Jacques van der Vliet (Leiden University, the Netherlands), “Courting the Angels: Celestial Liturgy in Late-Antique Egyptian Magic”

3:45-4:00pm: Coffee Break

Session Four

4:00-4:45pm: Sarah Iles Johnston (The Ohio State University), “Myth as an Authoritative Discourse in Magic”

4:45-5:30pm: David Frankfurter (Boston University), “The Great, The Little, and the Authoritative Tradition in Magic of the Ancient World”

Cost: RSVP requested, please contact: Joseph E. Sanzo, sanzojsanzo [at] aol.com

For more information please contact

Johanna Romero

Tel: (310) 825-1181

romero [at] international.ucla.edu

www.international.ucla.edu/cnes


CHANGING BELIEFS AND SCHISMS IN NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS

Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building,

London School of Economics, Saturday 1 December 2012

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

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

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 12 November 2012 cost  £38 each (£18 students/unwaged).

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

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


JOBS


Job Title: Junior Position in Ministry Studies

Employer: Harvard University

Application Deadline: Unspecified

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1112604

University of Saskatchewan – Asian History in Gender and Sexualities

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45574

University of Sydney – Director, Sydney Southeast Asia Centre

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45549

Worcester State University – Assistant Professor East Asian History

(Tenure Track)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45586

Woolf Institute – Academic Director, Centre for the Study of

Muslim-Jewish Relations

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45585

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN PHILOSOPHY

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45582

Department of Theology and Religion

Durham University

Chair in the Study of Religion

https://ig5.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_durham01.asp?s=EXgIfLQnAyPBgDdPyv&jobid=74398,4025564854&key=61234847&c=769898514822&pagestamp=setmhqahnftztruqvm


NETWORK


Possible Name: Folklore Archives’ Network (FAN)

It would be our pleasure to invite representatives of archives as well as other individuals interested in folklore archiving to join the network by contacting the co-ordinator Ave Goršič by e-mail at <avetupits@folklore.ee> by December 1, 2012. Your suggestions concerning the archive network are warmly welcome.

Participants of the round table: Ave Goršič (Estonia), Risto Järv (Estonia), Anu Korb (Estonia), Svetlana Kosyreva (Russia), Kati Mikkola (Finland), Mari Sarv (Estonia), Janika Oras (Estonia), Rabindranath Sarma (India), Lina Sokolovaitė (Lithuania), Svetlana Tsonkova (Bulgaria), Ergo-Hart Västrik (Estonia).

In the era of digital revolution and under the circumstances of economic depression, folklore archives in different countries face and share similar problems. The need for a more intense cooperation in the field of folklore archiving was underlined at the round table of the 85th anniversary conference of the Estonian Folklore Archives in Tartu on September 24–25, 2012, which brought together archivists and researchers from Estonia, Finland, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia. Participants of the round table suggested launching an international network of folklore archives that would bring together both institutions (representatives of folklore archives) and individuals whose research is related to folklore archives.

Some of the ideas concerning the network included:

  •  Website with links to participating archives and researchers, providing preliminary information in a common foreign language (English) on archives, researchers/archivists and their topics, and about the accessibility of digitised collections of different institutions.

  •  Network meetings and online groups to discuss possibilities for joint financing, cooperation in the field of collecting campaigns, technical upgrading, etc.

  •  Joint seminars, conferences and panels in international conferences.

  •  Newsletter in English, published and disseminated electronically.

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  • Journals
  • Books
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

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JOURNALS


Entangled Religions – http://er.ceres.rub.de/

Published by the Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions” as part of the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr University Bochum. “Entangled Religions” is a peer-reviewed online periodical and has been established to channel research on religious contact and transfer in past and present times into a single journal. Its purpose is to provide a platform for bringing together scholars of various academic specializations – ranging from philologies to the social sciences, and also bridging historical and contemporary research.

Journal of Hindu Studies – http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol.27, no. 3, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cjcr;jsessionid=tu1ptn16pwqa.victoria


BOOKS


Bones of Contention: Animals and Religion in Contemporary Japan

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-8765-9780824836740.aspx

Author: Ambros, Barbara R


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Engaging Sociology of Religion

Sociology of Religion Stream – BSA 2013 annual conference

Deadline extended to Monday 15 October

Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 3-5 April 2013

We invite papers that address topical issues such as the above, but also papers on core issues in the sociology of religion, including – but not limited to – the following:

  • ‘Public’ Sociology of Religion

  • Religion, Social Movements and Protest

  • Religion and Welfare (including Faith-Based Organisations)

  • Religion and inequalities (gender, ethnicity, class)

  • Religion and media

  • Religion and State in the 21st Century

  • Social Theory and Religion

  • Secularism and secularisation

Abstract submission to be completed at: www.britsoc.co.uk/events/Conference

POSTER PRESENTATIONS/PRIZE

We are delighted to announce the introduction of a new BSA poster prize of £250 for the best poster displayed at our forthcoming BSA Annual Conference 2013.

Poster presentations offer a great way of communicating information to large audiences and are ideal if you are more comfortable using and responding to visual methods. By bringing your work to life, they allow your poster to do the talking, offering delegates more time to study your work and reflect on your findings.

With feedback suggesting poster presentations haven’t been given enough focus at recent conferences, we will be dedicating a whole hour to this format on the first day of the 2013 Conference on Wednesday 3 April. This session will be held in conjunction with the publisher’s drinks reception in the Grand Hall Connaught Rooms from 18:00-19:00, with the winner announced at a special ceremony during the Conference Dinner on Thursday evening. If you would like to submit a poster presentation, please visit our submissions page for guidelines http://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/bsa-annual-conference/submissions.aspx.


Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR)

Lausanne, Switzerland.

27 – 30 of August 2013

For more information, please visit the congress website http://www.unil.ch/iapr2013/

Registration and abstracts submission will be open in October 2012.


CFP: SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religion, utopias and alternatives to contemporary dilemmas

Havana, July 2-5, 2013

The Department of Socio-religious Studies of the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of Cuba calls scholars on religion, academics and religious believers to participate in the SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES, sponsored by religious institutions and non-governmental organizations, that will be held on July 2-5, at the Hotel Nacional in El Vedado, Havana.

It is well-known the role of religion as an important producer of interpretation frameworks of social reality, and as generator of social transformation practices, halting or reproducing injustice situations. Amid a turbulent international scene, marked by unresolved socioeconomic and political crises, to approach some of these processes requires complex analyses that transcend mere description to think of alternative proposals or to contribute to spread initiatives, from small religious spaces, that attempt to bring about a more equitable and just world with greater respect for nature and greater opportunities for all human beings.

From this perspective, the event aims to focus the reflections on the following topics:

·         Religion, power and hegemony

·         Religion and the environment

·         Religion and social inequities

·         Religion and diversity

·         Theoretical and methodological approaches

·         Religion, migration and cultural  identity

·         Religious actors, dialogues and transformation.

·         Religion and mass media

·         Institutions, spirituality and religious networks

·         Religion, consumption and market

Presentations can be made in lectures, workshops, panels, posters and by means of audiovisual aids.The official travel agency is CUBATUR. Contact Person: Arlene Alvarez (eventos1 [at] cbtevent.cbt.tur.cu ).

The registration fee is 150.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Currency Cubana) for participants; 120.00 CUC for accompanying persons; and 75.00 CUC for students (previous accreditation).

All those interested in participating must fill the data form and e-mail it to: desr_encuentro [at] cips.cu, before November 15, 2012 to be considered by the Organizing Committee:


SPECIAL ISSUE: “Islamist Spring? Islamists and the State: New Paradigms and Engagements”

Date: 2013-01-15

Description:  “Islamist Spring? Islamists and the State: New Paradigms and Engagements” Guest Editors: Dr. Abdelwahab El-Affendi (University of Westminster), Dr. Anas El-Sheikh Ali

(IIIT, London), and Dr. Nader Hashemi (University of Denver)

Contact: zibrahim [at] fullerton.edu

URL: www.amss.org/AJISS/AJISSMissionStatement.aspx

Announcement ID: 197677

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197677


CONFERENCES


‘Religion and Territory’ workshop, 25/26 October, run by CRESC, University of Manchester, and EUREL, a European network and online resource for law and sociology of religion in Europe led by the University of Strasbourg.

The workshop is hosted at Chancellors Hotel and Conference Centre and is generously subsidised by the Universities of Manchester and Strasbourg.

The draft programme is available here: http://eurel.sciencesconf.org/program

and places can be booked here:

http://estore.manchester.ac.uk/browse/product.asp?catid=217&modid=2&compid=1

with a standard fee of £55 for the 1.5 day event and £30 for non-wage earners


European Association for the Study of Religions

3-6 Sept 2013

EASR 2013 at Liverpool Hope: http://easr.org/conferences/upcoming-conference.html?PHPSESSID=3e188a0d8cc7457f703b1f6c4046bd7e

There has been quite a lot of papers on religion and education at the EASR conferences the last years. The

EASR working group on RE has organised panels on different themes and will do so also for the upcoming conference


Groningen Faculty Research Colloqium “Theorizing Religious Change: The Rise and Fall of Religious Traditions and Communities.”

23 October 2012, at 17:00

Professor Lori Beaman (The Canada Research Chair in the Contextualization of Religion in a Diverse Canada, University of Ottawa) will give her lecture on “The Peculiar Transformation of Religion to Culture.”

Abstract of Professor Beaman’s talk:

“In this time of transformation of religious behaviours and practices ‘old’ religions which have enjoyed privilege and a certain hegemony are struggling to find a place and indeed sometimes to maintain hegemony in this new order. One of the peculiar developments in relation to this time of religious re-ordering is a transformation of the previously ‘religious’ into the ‘cultural’. Thus, religion is translated as cultural, or of value to ‘our heritage’, or as representing universal values. This paper considers that transformation by examining some recent events in Quebec, Canada, and in the Lautsi case from Italy.”

Please see http://www.rug.nl/ggw/onderzoek/onderzoeksinstituten/ReligiousChange/programme?lang=nl


Internationales Symposium, 1.–3. November 2012

UFSP Asien und Europa, Religionswissenschaftliches Seminar der Universität Zürich in Zusammenarbeit mit der Schweizerischen Gesellschaft für Religionswissenschaft.

Beschreibung

Scholars agree with common sense that ‘religion’ (from Latin, religio) is a concept of ‘Western’ (European, Mediterranean, Roman…) origin; that the concept’s semantics (meaning) and pragmatics (function) have a long and complicated history with numerous transformations and adaptations from antiquity to the present; and that the encounters between European colonial powers and non-European civilizations have had a lasting impact on both sides, including their understanding of ‘religion,’ since at least the early modern period. The aim of this conference is to look behind the screen of superficial consensus, according to which ‘religion’ (both as a concept and as an object) is exclusively a European invention. This is neither to deny the pertinence of the concept’s deconstruction by scholars such as Talal Asad and others nor to question the concept’s objective alliance with Western colonialism and imperialism over centuries, but rather to refine historical awareness and enhance social-scientific analysis regarding the concept’s career in European and Asian social and intellectual history to this day. Moreover, it is time to restore the balance, so to speak, in our understanding of the concept’s history and career and to investigate in more detail how Asian societies and their elites dealt and continue to deal with the intellectual, cultural and institutional challenges posed to them by the ‘Western’ concept of ‘religion’.


JOBS


Santa Clara University – Modern India

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45498

University of Southern California – USC Provost’s Postdoctoral

Scholars in the Humanities

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45473

Vanderbilt University – Islamic Traditions of South and/or Southeast

Asia

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45463

Arizona State University – Assistant Professor, Global Christianity

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45491

Smith College – Lecturer in East Asian Visual Culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45475

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill – Assistant Professor,

Modern Jewish History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45518

University of Southern California – USC Provost’s Postdoctoral

Scholars in the Humanities

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45473


Tenure-Track Position for “Religions in Asia”

The Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies is looking for ambitious candidates for a “Religions in Asia” RFF tenure-track position. The specialization is open, and candidates with expertise in Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Confucianism, or Shintoism are encouraged to apply.

The RFF will be integrated into the Department of Comparative and Historical Study of Religion, which means that the scholar hired for this position will collaborate with colleagues utilizing historical, sociological, anthropological, and psychological approaches in the field of comparative religion. The RFF will play an important role in the comparative study of religion that the department (and the faculty in general) promotes and preferably has a strong background in theoretical aspects of the study of religion. Themes such as Orientalism/Occidentalism, post-colonialism, globalization, and the links between religion and cultural processes in ‘entangled histories’ are important dimensions of this position. Candidates should have a specialization in one religious tradition, including its language and history.

Regardless of the specialization, the RFF will be asked to give introductory classes to Hinduism and Buddhism and to offer classes that address contemporary issues of religions in Asia.

For more information, please see http://www.rug.nl/ggw/vacatures/RosalindFranklin/index


FELLOWSHIPS


The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University is pleased to announce two Jamal Daniel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the Study of the Levant, established by a generous grant from the Levant Foundation. These fellowships will support two recent PhDs whose academic interests focus on the Levantine region – defined as Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey – for a period of one academic year for the purpose of transforming their dissertation into a book manuscript for publication. The fellows will receive a stipend of between $40,000 – $45,000, plus benefits.

Applicants must have completed a PhD between January 1, 2011 and August 31, 2013. The fellowships require residence at Georgetown University for the duration of the academic year. The fellows will be given library privileges at Georgetown University and shared office space at the CCAS. During the fall term the fellows will be expected to deliver a lecture at CCAS about their research.  In the spring term, the fellows will teach a small seminar of their choosing related to the Levantine region.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, course proposal, three letters of recommendation and a sample chapter and outline of their dissertation. The application must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2012.

For further information about the Jamal Daniel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the Study of the Levant , visit http://ccas.georgetown.edu/fsg/fellowships/levant/. For further information about the Levant Foundation, please visit http://www.thelevantfoundation.org/.


The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent invites expressions of interest from those wanting to apply through it for the 2013 Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship scheme. The Department was successful in securing one of these competitive Fellowships in the last funding round, and seeks to build on this with a further strong application in this coming round.

We particularly welcome applications in areas which directly relate to existing areas of research strength within the Department, more details of which can be found on our staff webpages at http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/staff/index.html

We will prioritise applicants who are beginning to produce high quality research publications, have evidence of research leadership or other forms of professional collaboration in their fields, and have a well-defined, significant and feasible research project.

Leverhulme Early Career Research Fellowships are tenable for 36 months, with salary costs shared between the Leverhulme Trust and the host university. Fellows can also apply for annual research expenses of up to £6000 from the Leverhulme Trust to support their projects. To be eligible, applicants to this scheme must have completed their doctorate, and not had their viva more than 5 years before the Leverhulme application deadline of 7 March 2013 (unless they have had a career break). More information is available on the Trust’s website: http://www.leverhulme.ac.uk/funding/ECF/ECF.cfm

Expressions of interest should be sent to Prof Gordon Lynch (g.lynch [AT] kent.ac.uk) by Monday 19 November 2012, and should include the applicant’s academic CV as well as a summary statement of the proposed research project (up to 1000 words) setting out its aims, methodology and intended outcomes, as well as its relationship to the applicant’s previous work.


Rosalind Franklin Fellowships at the University of Groningen

To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest levels of the institution, the University of Groningen has initiated the prestigious Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme. The ambitious programme has been running since 2007 and financed thus far over sixty fellowships.

The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at women in academia or research institutes who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship in a European top research university. This fellowship is an opportunity for talented junior scholars to advance their skills in professional academic work, including supervision of doctoral research and collaboration with leading institutes on an international scale. The position is only awarded to outstanding researchers.

Successful candidates will be expected to establish an independent, externally funded research programme in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Groningen and elsewhere. They will also be expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the teaching programme of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies.


Emory University invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship, 2013-2014.  Fellow will be expected to participate in the Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar ‘Visual Exegesis: Images as Instruments of Scriptural Interpretation and Hermeneutics’ (for

further details seehttp://arthistory.emory.edu/home/index.html). Eligibility: recent Ph.D. (from Jan. 2011); research interests compatible with seminar topic.  Stipend: $40,000; research fund: $5,000; moving expenses: $3,000.  Electronic application deadline: December 3, 2012.  Send letter of application; research statement (500 words); C.V.; and three letters of recommendation to Prof. Walter S. Melion, Chairman, Art History, c/o angie.brewer [at] emory.edu.


RESOURCES


A selection of podcasts from the Religion and Society findings conference in Cambridge last month are now available on our website: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/events/programme_events/show/new_forms_of_public_religion

They include a plenary session “The Place of Religion in Public Life: Views from Church and State” with the Rt Hon Charles Clarke and Bishop of Norwich the Rt Rev Graham James.

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  • Events
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JOURNALS


Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal  http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/

Contemporary Islam, vol 6, no. 3 http://www.springerlink.com/content/ux0271102158/

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 21, no.3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjcr20/27/3


BOOKS


Buddhism and Iconoclasm in East Asia: A History

Eric Reinders and Fabio Rambelli

http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=168259&SntUrl=153728


Four-volumes anthology on “Buddhism and Religious Diversity”

Perry Schmidt-Leukel

University of Muenster

Volume one in on Buddhism’s relation to other Eastern Religions, volume two on Buddhism’s relation to Christianity, volume three on its relations to Islam and Judaism and volume four on the inner-Buddhist discourse on religious diversity as such and the place of Buddhism among the religions.

All texts in these books present or reflect on Buddhist perspectives or focus on socio-historical aspects of its relations to the religious other. For more information see:

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415525343/


The Invention of Religion in Japan

Jason Ananda Josephson

University of Chicago, 2012

Throughout its long history, Japan had no concept of what we call “religion.” There was no corresponding Japanese word, nor anything close to its meaning. But when American warships appeared off the coast of Japan in 1853 and forced the Japanese government to sign

treaties demanding, among other things, freedom of religion, the country had to contend with this Western idea. In this book, Jason Ānanda Josephson reveals how Japanese officials invented religion in Japan and traces the sweeping intellectual, legal, and cultural changes that followed.

http://www.amazon.com/Invention-Religion-Japan-Ananda-Josephson/dp/0226412342


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP Deadline extended: Viennese Jews and the Christian Question (NEMLA 2013)

Location: Massachusetts

Deadline: 2012-10-05

Description:  Seeking proposals for papers on the engagement of assimilated Jewish writers and artists in discourses on Christianity, religion and spirituality in Viennese Modernism. Literary or interdisciplinary approaches to topics such as Jewish perspectives on Christianity vis vis science, philosophy….

Contact: ckita [at] holycross.edu

Announcement ID: 197484  http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197484


CFP: Beyond Binaries: Toward a Continuum Model of Religious Normativity

Location: Tennessee

Date: 2012-11-27

Description:  Beyond Binaries: Toward a Continuum Model of Religious Normativity March 23-24, 2013 The University of Texas, Austin, TX The keynote speakers for this conference are:Professor David BrakkeJoe R. Engle Chair in the History of Christianity at The Ohio State University Professor Kevin TrainorProfessor …

Contact: byebyebinaries[at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 197451

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197451


CFP: Politics of Religion Graduate Student Symposium

Location: Florida

Date: 2012-12-01

Description:  This years symposium will be centered on the theme Politics of Religion. Due to our commitment to collaborative scholarship, students from all fields with interdisciplinary interests in the study of religion and at all levels of graduate study are encouraged to submit paper proposals.

Contact: fsureligionsymposium [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 197507

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197507


CFP: SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Religion, utopias and alternatives to contemporary dilemmas

Havana, July 2-5, 2013

The Department of Socio-religious Studies of the Center for Psychological and Sociological Research (CIPS) of the Ministry of Science, Technology and the Environment of Cuba calls scholars on religion, academics and religious believers to participate in the SEVENTH INTERNATIONAL MEETING ON SOCIO-RELIGIOUS STUDIES, sponsored by religious institutions and non-governmental organizations, that will be held on July 2-5, at the Hotel Nacional in El Vedado, Havana.

It is well-known the role of religion as an important producer of interpretation frameworks of social reality, and as generator of social transformation practices, halting or reproducing injustice situations. Amid a turbulent international scene, marked by unresolved socioeconomic and political crises, to approach some of these processes requires complex analyses that transcend mere description to think of alternative proposals or to contribute to spread initiatives, from small religious spaces, that attempt to bring about a more equitable and just world with greater respect for nature and greater opportunities for all human beings.

From this perspective, the event aims to focus the reflections on the following topics:

·         Religion, power and hegemony

·         Religion and the environment

·         Religion and social inequities

·         Religion and diversity

·         Theoretical and methodological approaches

·         Religion, migration and cultural  identity

·         Religious actors, dialogues and transformation.

·         Religion and mass media

·         Institutions, spirituality and religious networks

·         Religion, consumption and market

The Seventh Meeting, like the previous ones held by the Department of Socio-religious Studies, every three years since 1995, aims at creating an environment conducive to dialogue among the participants, exchange of knowledge and sharing experiences.

The official language of the event is Spanish, but translation requests by English speakers can be addressed upon previous notice by the Organizing Committee. All participants will receive documentation related to the event and information of interest about the city and the country.

Presentations can be made in lectures, workshops, panels, posters and by means of audiovisual aids.

The official travel agency is CUBATUR. Contact Person: Arlene Alvarez (eventos1 [at] cbtevent.cbt.tur.cu ).

The registration fee is 150.00 CUC (Cuban Convertible Currency Cubana) for participants; 120.00 CUC for accompanying persons; and 75.00 CUC for students (previous accreditation).

All those interested in participating must fill the data form and e-mail it to: desr_encuentro [at] cips.cu, before November 15, 2012 to be considered by the Organizing Committee:

Dra. Ofelia Pérez Cruz

Head of the Organizing Committee

VII Encuentro Internacional de Estudios Sociorreligiosos

Calle B No. 352 esquina a 15, El Vedado. Ciudad de la Habana

CP 10400, Cuba.

Telephones: (53-7) 831-3610 y 833-5366  FAX: (53-7) 833-4327

Web Site: www.cips.cu

 


CFP: January 2013 issue of Paranthropology will have the theme of “Thinking About Experience.”

Some of the general themes for this issue will include:

* Different ways of talking about experience

* Different ways of interpreting experience

* How to write about personal and social experience meaningfully

* Experience as an aspect of consciousness

* The consequences of taking experience seriously… and so on.

The deadline for submissions to the January issue will be 15th December 2012. Please see www.paranthropology.co.uk for submission guidelines. If you have an idea for an article that you would like to discuss with the editor please get in touch via discarnates [at] googlemail.com


CFP: THE ROLE OF THEORY IN FOLKLORISTICS AND COMPARATIVE RELIGION

Call for Panels and Papers – 1st Announcement

The Departments of Folkloristics and Comparative Religion at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, together with the Donner Institute, are organizing an international interdisciplinary conference to honour the work of Professor Lauri Honko (1932–2002)

21–23 August 2013

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Timetable:

Call for papers, deadline 31 March 2013

Registration, deadline 31 May 2013

For more information, please visit the conference website at: http://www.honkoconference.utu.fi/ (this will open soon)

Additional information: honko-conference [at] utu.fi


CFP: Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia

Call for Papers mid-term Conference “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia”

Date: June 26 to 29, 2013

Place: University of Goettingen, Germany Organized by: Competence network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” (DORISEA), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. See http://www.dorisea.de/en.

Keynote Speaker: Robert Hefner, Boston University.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: November 30th, 2012. Please send your abstracts to dorisea [at] uni-goettingen.de and indicate in which panel you would like to participate.

Conference topic

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 (or: 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.

Panel 1: materializing Religion: on Media, Mediation, Immediacy

Given that religion “is the practice of making the invisible visible, of concretizing the order of the universe, the nature of human life and its destiny, and the various dimensions and possibilities of human interiority itself” (Robert Orsi 2005: 74), the study of religion necessarily has to scrutinize correlating processes and resources of its materialization. Accordingly, we have to acknowledge that the worlds of religions and the media are not separate or competing spheres of influence, but converge. The study of religion, then, is interrelated with the study of media, mediation and audience perception, of sacred books and images, material objects and the human senses, of religious practices in a public sphere, which is extensively permeated by modern communication technologies. Research on the dynamics of religion in modern Southeast Asia will profit from such a perspective.

Invited are papers on the interface of media and religions in Southeast Asia. Hereby, priority is given to four dimensions of the media and mediation of religions.

  • Concept of “medium” beyond mass media. This involves discussing the medium not only as a means of communication between humans but also between humans and spiritual powers (ritual activities and visual representations through the medium photography; performing arts; ghost pictures and films). In its modern genealogy, the term “medium” always carries a double meaning. Therefore, we include and discuss spirit possession and mediumship as distinct forms of materialization – creating immediacy through embodiment Particular attention will be paid to the modalities of processes of mediation.

  • Constitution and circulation of codes of representation: norms and deviation. The communication of “religious” contents via media is subject to regulation, from legal restrictions and censorship to historically and culturally constituted codes of representation (including aesthetic ones). In this context, the question may arise as to what medium / media are considered “apt” to communicate religious contents. Hereby, the authoritative role of the medium “text” has to be taken into serious consideration.

  • Medium, loss and preservation. Media (be it textual, pictorial or material) are used in an effort to document and to preserve, or to remind: this relates to loss, to death (portraits) and cultures of remembrance. Questions surrounding individuality / collectivity emerge here as well as questions of temporal mediation and transmission (the medium as transcending time).

  • Relation between religious authority and medium / media. New media such as radio or the Internet allow persons without formal religious training to get to a position of religious authority. The effects can be considered as dissolving religious authority and/or as fundamentally democratising. On the other hand, the spread of religious teachings increases through the use of such media, and they are, of course, used intensely by religious authorities.

Papers should address at least one of the above-mentioned dimensions, be empirically grounded and theoretically informed.

Panel 2: Secularization of Religion, Sacralization of Politics? The State of Religion in Southeast Asia

Scholars of Southeast Asia have tirelessly emphasized the tight interplay between politics and religion in the region and questioned the very salience of “religion” and “politics” as separate spheres. From the veneration of national heroes in Vietnamese temples to the declaration by former Prime Minister Mahathir that Malaysia was an Islamic state, a neat distinction between the “religious” and the “political” seems hard to sustain. In terms of theory, this observation has generally led to a refutation of the cornerstone of modernization theory, namely secularism, as a Eurocentric line of thought. This panel seeks to go beyond the simple refutation of the secularization thesis and welcomes contributions that are both theoretically informed and empirically grounded in their investigation of the manifold relations between “religion” and “politics” in Southeast Asia – from the much noted politicisation of religion, to the ritual and performative dimensions of the political.

Historical accounts have long emphasized the mutually constitutive ties of religion and politics in the region. Religion in Southeast Asia has indeed never been solely a tradition, a belief system, the combination of belief and ritual or an instrument to explain the world. Since the introduction of the world religions Hinduism, Buddhism (both vehicles), later Islam and Christianity from the neighboring regions, these world religions have been, like their tribal beliefs systems, which existed before and together with them, instruments to create and to legitimize rules and rulers and to organize societies. This is a general feature since the times when the earliest kingdoms and empires were founded along the trade routes between India and China in the first centuries AD.

Postcolonial nation-states have intervened directly in the definition of what “religion” entails, from designating a particular religion as “state religion”, incorporating certain religious idioms into national ideology, to legally regulating the religious sphere. Indonesia’s Pancasila ideology that incorporated various “world religions” under a Judeo-Christian-Muslim notion of “religion” (Ramstedt 2004), the parallel processes of representational re-vitalization and institutional weakening of Buddhism in Laos (Morev 2002), or, more recently, the “nationalisation of Islam” in the context of globalization and neoliberal capitalism in Malaysia (Fischer 2008) are all examples of possible articulations of the national and the religious in contemporary Southeast Asia. While processes of globalization, migration, economic, ecological or demographic changes are reaching today the “last frontiers” of Southeast Asia’s rural, jungle and highland areas, so does the reach of the modern state: intensifying globalization has not brought about the demise of the nation-state. Yet, transnational religious networks – such as the Pentecostal Church – do contest the monopoly of the state over certain arenas, such as education, or reject the national as the main frame of reference and identity marker by referring to a land “in which God, not the (…) state, has dominion”

(Glick Schiller & Karagiannis 2006:160).

Rather than to equate “politics” with “the state”, in this panel, we seek to explore the manifold linkages between the “religious” and the “political” in globalized Southeast Asia, from the formal institutions and regulatory mechanisms policing the religious sphere to the political claims of religious networks. Importantly, we are not only interested in the ways in which the secular and the religious are respectively defined in local, national and global contexts, but also how religious and state officials draw the internal boundaries of what “religion” entails, marginalizing, for instance, “(its) less objectified and less rationalized manifestations” labeled as “animism” (Lambek 2012).

Papers may address – without being limited to – the following set of questions:

Which political strategies do social actors deploy in the struggle for political, or, respectively, religious authority and to which ends? How are such attempts subverted, instrumentalized or resisted? How is religious authority used to gain political authority and how is the latter used to ‘authenticate’ (e.g. national, religious) identities and its ‘others’? How does the regulation of religion by the nation-state – for instance through law and education – relate to the context of economic globalization? How are transnational religious influences ‘mediated’ with national religiosities?

Panel 3: Spatial Dynamics of Religion between Modulation and Conversion

The panel aims at exploring the spatial dimension of religious change. A reflection on religious practices in Southeast Asia, where different religions share sacred places, multi-religious rituals are common and religious mobility blurs into other forms of travel, clearly shows that religious change is always entangled with dynamics of movement and place-making. But how are these entanglements to be approached empirically and conceptually? Change can be understood on a conceptual and experiential continuum between modulation – as a reproduction and variation within conventional sets of rules, orientations and meanings – and conversion – as a break with previous social and cosmological orientations. The spatial can be conceived as being constituted through the triality of extension, place and movement. Depending on the ways these formal dimensions of change and space take material shape, the dynamics of religion are articulated in historically specific ways which will be the focus of the panel. Papers may address – without being limited to – the following topics:

The movement between places can be understood as a spatial articulation of dynamics of religion. Pilgrimage, for example, potentially facilitates experiences of connectivity, similarity and alterity of places and religions. How do such experiences of movement and distant places mediate experiences and conceptualizations of religious change unfolding between modulation and conversion?

Even without geographic mobility, conversions often imply a spatial dimension. They may involve a shift of or a reorientation within spatial orders (e.g., the integration of certain groups in new structures of religious centers and peripheries). How do such shifts within spatial orders mediate religious change? How are social, political, economic and cultural dynamics related to religion through encompassing spatial orders?

Places are constituted through practices of inclusion and exclusion which can both accommodate a diversity of religious forms as well as demonstrate the purity of a single religious form. What are the different ways of dealing with diversity in religious places? How are spatial articulations of inclusion and exclusion practically implemented in processes of place-making and how are they related to experiences of modulation or conversion?

Religious places are neither self-contained nor mono-functional in yet another dimension. They may, for example, simultaneously be sites of sacred power, national remembrance, tourism and commerce. How are multiple connectivity and multi-functionality achieved and managed through spatial practices of movement and place-making (e.g., pilgrimage, migration, spatial distribution of objects and activities, establishing of topographies, etc.) in relation to religious change?


CONFERENCES


TURNING THE TIDE TOGETHER: A DIALOGUE ON HIV-AIDS, FAITHS AND PUBLIC POLICY

30th October 2012

10.00 – 4.30

University of Chester

Speakers and Papers include:

Dr Irene Ayallo (Gladstone Fellow in Contextual Theology): ‘HIV-AIDS and Public Policy Making Processes in Kenya: Assessing the Participation of People Living with HIV and the role of the Anglican Church of Kenya’

Dr Chris Baker (University of Chester): ‘Religion and the Public Sphere’

Dr Wayne Morris (University of Chester): ‘HIV-AIDS in International Policy Frameworks: Reflections in Light of a Theology of Personhood’

Jacqui Baverstock (Croydon NHS): ‘Disclosing HIV-AIDS: Reflections from Practice in a Multi-Faith Context’

Dan Nield (University of Chester): Taking a HIV Test: A Spiritual Experience?

Further Details and a booking form can be found at: www.chester.ac.uk/cfpp/events<http://www.chester.ac.uk/cfpp/events>

Conference Costs: £40.00 (£20.00 for unwaged/students) including all refreshments and lunch.

For further details, please contact Wayne Morris: w.morris [at] chester.ac.uk<mailto:w.morris [at] chester.ac.uk>


The Congress of the International Association for the Psychology of Religion (IAPR)

27 – 30 of August 2013

Lausanne, Switzerland.

For more information, please visit the congress website http://www.unil.ch/iapr2013/

Registration and abstracts submission will be open in October 2012.


EVENTS


The Forum on Religion at LSE is pleased to announce the Michaelmas Term 2012 events

Full details are below, and can also be found on the website of the Programme for the Study of Religion and Non-Religion at http://www2.lse.ac.uk/anthropology/research/PRNR/Events/events.aspx

The seminar by Linda Woodhead on 7 November is an opportunity to interact with one of the leading sociologists of religion in the world, and someone who has a unique vantage point on religion and society, via her stewardship of the AHRC/ESRC programme. The seminar room holds about 40 people, so come early to avoid disappointment.

The next day, November 8, we will welcome Charles Hirschkind, an anthropologist from UC Berkeley; this is a rare visit for Charles to the UK, and his perspective on Salafi Islam is one you’ll not want to miss.

On December 6, the Forum will further last Summer Term’s focus on ethics, by co-hosting a debate among Julian Baggini, Angus Ritchie, and Mark Vernon.

In addition to these events, we’d like to take this opportunity to highlight the launch of a new MSc on Religion in the Contemporary World. This is a welcome development to the portfolio of LSE MSc programmes, and the first intake will start in October 2013. The MSc is based in the Anthropology Department, but is open to all who have an interest in studying religion, secularism, humanism, and related topics from a social-scientific perspective. Students will be able to take courses from across a range of LSE Departments, from Anthropology to International Relations, Government, and more. Further details can be found here:

http://www2.lse.ac.uk/study/graduate/taughtProgrammes2013/MScReligionInTheContemporaryWorld.aspx


JOBS


Assistant Professor in East Asian Religions

JOB GUIDE NO.: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45358

Florida State University, Religion

For full consideration, applicants should submit a vita and supporting materials (transcripts, course outlines, samples of written work, and at least three letters of recommendation) by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Materials may be submitted via email to sstetson [at] fsu.eduor by mail to East Asian Religions Search, Florida State University, Department of Religion, Dodd Hall M05, Tallahassee, FL 32306-1520. The Florida State University is a Public Records Agency and an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action Employer.


Hamilton College – 2-Year Post Doctoral Fellow in Japanese History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45454

Montana State University – Bozeman – Assistant Professor, Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45395

St. Bonaventure University – Assistant Professor, Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45434

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN KOREAN STUDIES

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45397

University of Wisconsin – Whitewater – Assistant Professor, Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45449

Leibniz Institute of European History – Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiter/-innen Digital Humanities (Digital History / Digital Theology)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45380

Temple University – Indian Religions

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45381

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45404

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in religion and community in modern South Asia (1600-present)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45409

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in religion and

community in modern South Asia (1600-present)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45409

Tulane University – Assistant Professor, Islamic/Middle Eastern

history

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45390

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45404


FUNDING


Details of a call for Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.  They should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

Funding for each grant awarded will be between £1m and £2m (fEC) over a period of between 36 and 60 months. Approximately 2-4 Large Grants are expected to be funded under each theme (subject to quality and overall balance within the theme).

Closing dates for outline proposals are as follows:

  • Digital Transformations – 4pm on Thursday 10 January 2013
  • Science in Culture – 4pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013
  • Translating Cultures – 4pm on Thursday 17 January 2013

Further information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Pages/Theme-Large-Grants.aspx

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  • Nominations
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JOURNALS


The Journal of Hindu Studies, Advance Notice – http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

July 29-31, 2013

Accra, Ghana

On the 150th year anniversary of the US “Emancipation Proclamation,” and with participation in August 1 “Emancipation Day” events in Cape Coast

CFP: “Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities”

This conference will convene in the shadows of the slave castles to examine church responses to contemporary threats to black social, physical, and religious well-being, including political oppression or coercion; group conflict; co-optation of religious life; captivities of persons (e.g., modern slavery, human trafficking, mass incarceration); and economic distortions and dependencies.  While focusing mainly on the 21st century, the conference will also explore historical backdrops and comparisons that inform understanding of the contemporary contexts in which these issues play out.  We welcome conceptual, practical and theoretical papers; case studies; and comparative work exploring these or related themes.

Please submit 150-250 word abstracts by Nov. 15, 2012 to Dr. R. Drew Smith (Morehouse College) rsmith@morehouse.edu; Dr.  Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Trinity Theological College, Ghana) kwabena.asamoahgyadu@gmail.com; and Dr. William Ackah (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London) w.ackah@bbk.ac.uk.

The venue for conference sessions, accommodations, and meals will be the Executive Conference Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), located near the University of Ghana campus. Delegates wishing to arrange alternative accommodations are free to do so but should book at facilities close to GIMPA in order to account for traffic.  Please join us for this educationally and professionally enriching conference taking place simultaneous to Emancipation Day (August 1) and PANAFEST (late-July) in Ghana.

Conference Details:

Full Conference Package:  $775

(Includes conference registration, conference materials, morning and afternoon conference snacks, group transport to Cape Coast/Elmina slave castle for Emancipation Day activities, and breakfast,  lunch, dinner, and single occupancy accommodations for five days at conference venue—Executive Conference Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Administration, located near the University of Ghana campus (http://www.gimpa.edu.gh/).  Does not include airfare, airport transfers, visas, and travel medications).

To guarantee this price, a $100 deposit is required by , December 1, 2012 and the balance by May 1, 2013.  The deposit will be non-refundable, but payments beyond the deposit amount will be refundable according to the refund scale and timetable below.  Persons unable to lock in the conference package rate based upon the December and May payment deadlines should anticipate a $100-200 increase in the package rate.  All payments should be made through the registration link at www.religionandrace.org.

Conference Only Rate: $200 (through May 1); $250 (thereafter)

(Includes conference materials, morning/afternoon snacks and lunch each day of the conference, and group trip to Cape Coast/Elmina slave castle.  Rate without Cape Coast/Elmina visit will be $175 through May 1 and $225 thereafter).

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) was founded in 2010 with the aim of bringing together scholars, church leaders and community activists from across the African diaspora and continent to facilitate dialogue, intellectual output, and activism in the cause of improving the lives of people of African descent and heritage around the world. Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics. “Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities” will be the third TRRR conference, following successful conferences in South Africa (2011) and in the United Kingdom (2012).

For additional information about conference registration and about TRRR, please visit: www.religionandrace.org

CFP: The Place of Renaissance Humanism in the History of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

13, 14 and 15 June 2013

Keynote Speakers

Michael Allen, Luca Bianchi, Christopher Celenza, Brian P. Copenhaver, James Hankins, Jill Kraye, David Lines, Peter Mack, John Monfasani, Lodi Nauta, Jan Papy, Andrea A. Robiglio.

Invitation to present a paper

The organizing committee welcomes papers on themes such as the following:

  • philosophical ideas in humanist texts

  • the interplay between scholastic and humanist modes of thought and writing

  • philosophical assumptions of humanist techniques in reading, writing and commenting

  • the humanists’ contribution to the development of thought from the late middle ages to the late Renaissance

  • the historiography of Renaissance humanism in modern scholarship

We would in particular like to invite speakers to reflect on what they see as the philosophical dimension of humanism or what they see as important contributions of the humanists to the development of Western philosophy (which we take in a broader sense than the academic discipline of today). Speakers may also choose to discuss one of more case studies or a discipline (grammar, rhetoric, ethics, natural philosophy, methodology of reading and writing, humanist scholarship, and so on) on the basis of which something can be said about the place of Renaissance humanism in the broader narrative of Western thought.

Deadline

Please send an abstract of max. 300 words and a brief CV (max. 1 page) plus list of publications or lectures (if any) to renaissance-humanism [at] rug.nl no later than Dec. 1st, 2012. You will hear from the organizers in Jan. 2013 whether your paper has been accepted.

Contact

Please send your enquiries to renaissance-humanism [AT] rug.nl

Announcements will also be made on our website: www.renaissance-humanism.nl

CFP: CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass

UNIVERSITY OF GRONINGEN, 21–22 January 2013

Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

We want to invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, as well as senior researchers to take part in the second CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/MA Masterclass on 21–22 January 2013.

CRASIS is the interdisciplinary research institute on the ancient world at the University of Groningen. Researchers from Classics, Religious Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy and Legal History are involved, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and Near Eastern civilizations and on the interaction between these.

The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass is a two-day event, set up as an informal meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level, postdocs and senior staff to promote discussion, and exchange of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.

We are very proud to announce that this year’s Key-note Speaker and Master is Professor Martin Goodman (Oxford University). Professor Goodman is a leading expert on ancient Judaism within its Graeco-Roman context: http://www.orinst.ox.ac.uk/staff/hjs/mgoodman.html

DEADLINES: We invite senior researchers to submit a title and short abstract for a twenty-minute presentation on the first day of the Annual Meeting.

PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal (500 words) for the Masterclass on the second day explaining their research in relation to this year’s theme.

Proposals for both days should be submitted no later than 31 October 2012 with m.popovic [at] rug.nl.

MA/PhD Students

Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays before 21 December 2012 so that the papers can circulate among the participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each presentation follows discussion under the expert guidance of Professor Goodman.

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Masterclass. If you are interested, please get in touch with o.m.van.nijf [at] rug.nl.

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/crasis


CONFERENCES


Mystical Theology: Eruptions from France

11-13 January 2013

All Hallows College, Dublin

Keynote and Confirmed Speakers:

Richard Kearney, Emmanuel Falque, Sondra Hausner, Pamela Sue Anderson, Tina Beattie and Jessica Frazier.

Further details and registration: http://users.ox.ac.uk/~rege0676/


“Madre de i popoli / Che desti il tuo spirito al mondo”:

Representations and Transformations of Rome.

Seminario Conclusivo del Progetto di Cooperazione Internazionale tra Pisa e St. Andrews

Concluding Workshop of the Academic Cooperation in Classics between Pisa and St. Andrews

(2011-2012)

Pisa, 3-4 Ottobre 2012, Gipsoteca di Arte Antica

(Piazza S. Paolo all’Orto, 20)

Presentazione e Saluti / Presentation of the Workshop and Welcome

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 9,00)

1. Sguardi stranieri sull’impero romano / External Perspectives on the Roman Empire

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 9,30-11)

Jason Koenig (Classics, St Andrews): City of audiences: the city of Rome in the Greek literature of the Roman Empire.

Nicholas Wiater (Classics, St Andrews): Shifting Centres: Rome and Jerusalem in the Antiquitates of Flavius Josephus.

2. Conflitti: città terrene e città celesti / Clash of Models: Earthly vs. Eternal Cities

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 11,30-13,00)

Cesare Alzati (Università Cattolica di Milano): Roma, la nuova Roma e l’Occidente tra sesto e settimo secolo. Tra identità istituzionale e dissenso religioso.

Anders-Christian Jacobsen (Theology, Aarhus): The Image of Jerusalem in Greek Patristic Authors. From Metaphor to Place.

3. Roma e Gerusalemme / Rome and Jerusalem

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 15,00-16,30)

Mark Elliott (Divinity, St Andrews): Rome, Jerusalem and Biblical Exegesis.

Emma Buckley (Classics, St Andrews), Eternity and Teleology: Virgil, Milton and Paradise Lost’s ‘New Jerusalem’.

4. Transizioni / Transitions (mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 17,00-18,30)

Giuseppe Marcellino (SNS, Pisa), Aspetti della Roma Triumphans di Flavio Biondo.

Marco Battaglia (Pisa), La figura di Attila nelle letterature germaniche medievali.

5. Roma come mito nelle fonti moderne e contemporanee / Rome as myth in modern and contemporary sources

(giovedì 4 ottobre 2012, 9,30-11,45)

Alessandro Russo (Pisa), Il Pascoli latino e la Roma prima di Roma.

Domitilla Campanile (Pisa), L’eternità di Roma nel cinema storico.

Chiara O. Tommasi (Pisa), Il nome segreto di Roma tra antiquaria ed esoterismo.


JOBS

University of Puget Sound – Instructor of Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45332

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor in Korean Art History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45316

University of Puget Sound – Instructor of Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45332

University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Contemporary Chinese Culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45305

Newcastle University, UK – Professor of Chinese Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45370

American University – Beirut – Faculty position in classical Islamic history and culture

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45334

American University – Beirut – The Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45336

Warwick University – Assistant Professor of Islamic History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45357

National University of Singapore – Open Rank, Modern/Contemporary History – Sociology – Anthropology of Japan

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45301

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45327

College of Charleston – assistant professor of Hebrew

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45328

Evergreen State College – Comparative Religion Faculty Position

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45318

University of Otago – Dunedin – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Religion

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45260


Research Assistant

Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Closing date: 12 oct 2012

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AFE573/research-assistant/


Position: Chinese Religion, 2 year Visiting appointment,  Reed

College, Portland, Oregon

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45373

Reed College seeks applications for a two-year visiting position in Chinese Religion for the 2013-15 academic years, to commence August 2013.  Appointments are normally made at the assistant professor level.  We seek outstanding, critically self-reflective candidates, and we look for experience in teaching as well as the ability to advise student research projects on a wide range of topics in religious studies.

Reed College is a selective liberal arts institution with a commitment to high standards of scholarship and teaching excellence in a seminar setting. The appointee will be expected to teach the equivalent of five one-semester courses over the academic year, and this will include teaching in the team-taught yearlong Chinese humanities program devoted to the Han and Song dynasties. The position also involves supervising yearlong senior thesis projects.

While a PhD is preferred, candidates who are ABD in Religion will also be considered for appointment.  The Religion Department is using Interfolio to collect faculty job applications electronically. Through Interfolio, please submit a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation. For more information and application instructions, see https://secure.interfolio.com/apply/16509.  Because Reed College is a community that values cultural and intellectual diversity as essential to the excellence of our academic program, we also encourage candidates to convey in their cover letter or other application materials how their specific contributions to campus diversity might support the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement (http://www.reed.edu/diversity/). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by 1 December 2012 to guarantee full consideration. For further information about this position, please contact K.E. Brashier (ken.brashier [at] reed.edu).

Contact:

For further information about this position, please contact

K.E. Brashier (ken.brashier [at] reed.edu).

Website:    http://www.reed.edu

Primary Category:    Religious Studies and Theology

Secondary Categories:    None

Posting Date:    09/21/2012

Closing Date    12/03/2012


The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama

Fellowship Date:    2012-12-14

H-Net Announcement ID:    197261

The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.

In addition to their regular classes The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:

Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan

Invite an IUC alumni scholar to give a lecture at the IUC

Conduct research during the second half of the program and present their results in Japanese at The Nippon Foundation Fellows Symposium at the end of the academic year

Eligibility: all applicants must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, have a research focus on Japan, and an intention to pursue a career in academia upon completion of their doctoral degree.

Tuition: The Nippon Foundation fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship and a modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program of the IUC in Yokohama.

Language Exam: required and offered in February, 2013

Applications: http://www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC/documents.html (select Nippon Foundation Fellows Program Application)

Note: It is not necessary to make a separate application to the IUC.

Applicants Must Submit: (1) a completed Nippon Foundation Fellows application form available on the IUC website, (2) a personal statement, (3) a description of research interests, (4) three letters of reference, (5) CV, and (6) transcripts from all universities attended and any relevant overseas studies coursework.

Deadline: postmarked by December 14, 2012

Application fee: $80.00

Send all application materials and fees to:

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Encina Hall, Room C334 (MC 6055)

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305 USA

For further information email: iucjapan [at] stanford.edu or vist the web site at www.stanford.edu/dept/IUC


FELLOWSHIPS


The Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, invites applications for two visiting fellowships for research on the history of Central Asian religions and on the history of religions in the ancient Near East during the academic year 2013, from April 2013 to March 2014.

We offer:

opportunity for dedicated research in an interdisciplinary and international environment;

generous scholarship either as a direct grant or as a salary for a substitute;good infrastructure (libraries etc.);free lodging in an adequate apartment; travel expenses related to research activities; means for organizing a workshop or small conference.

We expect:

fellowship Central Asia: research on the history of Central Asian religions from the early modern times to the present day, with special regard to inter-religious contact and transfer;

fellowship ancient Near East: research on the history of religions in the ancient Near East, with special regard to inter-religious contact and transfer; your presence during the fellowship term; committed participation in the ongoing activities of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg;substantial research results in form of publications.

Both fresh and senior scholars may apply. The Ruhr University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply. Applications are expected to include a letter of interest, a current résumé, a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research of about five pages. Please e-mail your application by 15 November 2012 at the latest to:

Lucia an der Brügge | lucia.anderbruegge [at] rub.de

Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe”

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

44780 Bochum

Germany

For further information please consult our website!

www.khk.ceres.rub.de


Temple University, Religion

Indian Religions

Institution Type:  College / University

Location:  Pennsylvania, United States

Position:  Assistant Professor

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45381

Closing Date 11/05/2012

The Temple University Department of Religion seeks to fill a tenure-track assistant professorship in the area of Indian religions, primarily Buddhism and Hinduism. The eventual appointee will contribute to the Departments graduate program by regularly teaching the seminars Foundations in Hinduism and Foundations in Indian Buddhism, mentoring students working in these and related traditions, and possessing demonstrated methodological commitments to the fields of religious studies, Asian studies, and/or philosophy. On the undergraduate level, the position will provide instructional coverage of advanced courses such as Religions of India and Yoga and Tantric Mysticism and interdisciplinary courses in Temples General Education Program. The ideal candidate must possess scholarly excellence, an active research agenda, excellent teaching skills, and a doctoral degree at the time of appointment. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. The Department of Religion offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees and serves a talented and diverse student body in the city of Philadelphia. Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching and research, and a copy of their graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation to Gayle Schooley at gaylehs [at] temple.edu.

The deadline for application materials is November 5, 2012.


NOMINATIONS


BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk/publications/PAM.htm for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

·        Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.

·        Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology

·        The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

·        The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology

·        There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)

·        Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book

If you need any further information please contact Margaret Luke by emailing margaret.luke [AT] britsoc.org.uk


FUNDING


Details of a call for Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.  They should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

Funding for each grant awarded will be between £1m and £2m (fEC) over a period of between 36 and 60 months. Approximately 2-4 Large Grants are expected to be funded under each theme (subject to quality and overall balance within the theme).

Closing dates for outline proposals are as follows:

  • Digital Transformations – 4pm on Thursday 10 January 2013
  • Science in Culture – 4pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013
  • Translating Cultures – 4pm on Thursday 17 January 2013

Further information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Pages/Theme-Large-Grants.aspx

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 Sept 2012

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • New Journal
  • Calls for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Funding

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


Sociology of Religion – advanced notice, http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc


NEW JOURNAL

Critical Research on Religion – a peer-reviewed, international journal focusing on the development of a critical theoretical framework and its application to research on religion.

First issue to be published April 2013

Critical Research on Religion provides a common venue for those engaging in critical analysis in theology and religious studies, as well as for those who critically study religion in the other social sciences and humanities such as philosophy, sociology, anthropology, psychology, history, and literature.

A critical approach examines religious phenomena according to both their positive and negative impacts. It draws on methods including but not restricted to the critical theory of the Frankfurt School, Marxism, post-structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, ideological criticism, post-colonialism, ecocriticism, and queer studies.

The journal encourages submissions of theoretically guided articles on current issues as well as those with historical interest using a wide range of methodologies including qualitative, quantitative, and archival. It publishes articles, review essays, book reviews, thematic issues, symposia, and interviews.

SAGE Press Release http://www.sagepub.com/press/2012/august/SAGE_LaunchesCriticalResearchReligionJournal.sp

Journal Homepage http://crr.sagepub.com/


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Jewish Film and New Media: An International Journal

Description:  We are currently seeking submissions for a new peer-reviewed journal, Jewish Film & New Media: An International Journal. The journal will be published by Wayne State University Press twice per year, debuting in the spring of 2013. Edited by Nathan Abrams (Bangor University, Wales)

Contact: n.abrams [at] bangor.ac.uk

URL: www.bangor.ac.uk/creative_industries/nathan_abrams.php.en

Announcement ID: 197011

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197011


CFP: Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture

Description:  Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of Asian American Culture This two-volume encyclopedia, to be published by ABC-CLIO, covers the broad roots of Asian American culture

including living traditions, rites of passage, folk culture,popular culture, subcultures, and other forms of shared expression.  …

Contact: ldong4 [at] uis.edu

Announcement ID: 197127

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197127


Session, Leeds International Medieval Congress: “Heretical Texts and Texts About Heresy in the 14th and 15th Centuries”, 1-4 July 2013.

Date: 2012-09-24

Description:  A session entitled “Libri nefandissimi: Heretical

Texts and Texts About Heresy in the 14th and 15th Centuries” is being organized for next year’s International Medieval Congress in Leeds, taking place 1-4 July, 2013

(https://www.leeds.ac.uk/ims/imc/imc2013_call.html). 20-minute papers are welcomed  …

Contact: jt455 [at] st-andrews.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 196894

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196894


CFP: Rethinking authorship in Islamic literature

Deadline: 2012-10-06

Description:  As is well known authorship in Islamic literature has meanings and functions that are different from authorship in European literature. However, this knowledge stays somewhat

theoretical, as Islamic literature and especially hadith-literature is still analysed and treated with

unreflected notions…

Contact: hans-thomas.tillschneider [at] uni-bayreuth.de

URL: www.islamwissenschaft.uni-bayreuth.de/de/index.html

Announcement ID: 197058

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197058


CFP: Canadian Jewish Studies

Date: 2012-11-15

Description:  Call for Papers Canadian Jewish Studies Vol. 20 (2012) Canadian Jewish Studies (ISSN: 1198-3493) is an annual, peer-reviewed journal devoted to publishing scholarly work, in

English or French, on all aspects of the Canadian Jewish experience, irrespective of disciplinary perspective.

Contact: editor_cjs [at] gmail.com

URL: pi.library.yorku.ca/ojs/index.php/cjs/index

Announcement ID: 197054

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197054


Mythology in Contemporary Culture

March 27-30, 2013

Location: District of Columbia

Deadline: 2012-11-30

Description:  CALL FOR PAPERS–Mythology in Contemporary Culture 2013 Popular Culture Association (PCA)/American Culture Association (ACA) Annual National Conference Washington, D.C. 2013 The frequent appearance of mythological figures and motifs in all areas of popular culture speaks to the notion that mythology…

Contact: earth2k8 [at] mac.com

URL: pcaaca.org/mythology-in-contemporary-culture/

Announcement ID: 197121

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197121


Call For Papers: “Intersections and Edges” 80th Canadian Catholic Historical Association

Location: British Columbia

Date: 2013-01-14

Description:  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 of the Humanities and Social Sciences (18 June 2013). The main Congress theme is Intersections…

Contact: gemacdonald [at] upei.ca

URL: www.cchahistory.ca

Announcement ID: 196903

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196903


Religion and Law Conference Call for Papers

Location: Florida

Deadline: 2013-03-15

Description:  Call for Papers: The Florida State University, Department of Religion is pleased to announce the Conference on Religion and Law in America March 15-16, 2013 Tallahassee, Florida Dr. Winnifred Sullivan, Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University and distinguished scholar…

Contact: fsulawandreligion [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 197160

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197160


CFP: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature” (NeMLA, Boston, March 21-24, 2013)

Location: Massachusetts

Deadline: 2012-09-30

Description:  Call for Papers: 44th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) March 21-24, 2013, Boston, Massachusetts Host Institution: Tufts University Title of

Panel: “Narrating Memory and History in South Asian Literature”.

Contact: kudsieh [at] gmail.com

URL: www.nemla.org/convention/2013/cfp.html

Announcement ID: 197134

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197134


CFP: Material Religion

9-11 April 2013

Durham University, UK

Dr Marion Bowman (Department of Religious Studies, Open University)

Professor David Morgan (Department of Religion, Duke University)

Professor Veronica Strang (Institute of Advanced Study, Durham University)

This conference will focus on the physical, material dimension of religious life and practice, one of the major themes of religious research over the last decade. Material forms express and sustain the human search for holiness, transcendence and identity, and attention to the physical can lead scholars to unique and valuable insights. Commitment to religious communities is learned and displayed through relationships to clothing, food, ritual and decoration, in the home, workplace, street or place of worship. This event will encourage interdisciplinary discussion of the significance of material culture in contemporary religion, including the images and architecture of sacred places and the objects and practices of everyday life.

Topics may include (but are not limited to) the following:

–         Material religion in everyday life

–         The materiality of gender, class, age and ethnicity

–         Sacred objects: statues, icons, relics, holy books, architecture

–         Sacred objects in museums and galleries

–         Religion, landscape and the environment

–         Religion and the arts

–         Marketing and consuming religion

–         Religion and the body: ritual, experience and emotion

–         Health, sickness, disability, death and bereavement

–         The materiality of religious media and technologies

–         Research methods for the study of material religion

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered. Abstracts must be submitted by October 31st 2012 to Tim Hutchings and Joanne McKenzie at materialreligionconference [at] gmail.com


CFP: Women, Culture, and the 25th January 2011 Egyptian Revolution

This is a call for papers for two related workshops which will take place in November 2012 (at the University of Manchester) and in March 2013 (in Cairo). This project is funded by the CBRL-BRISMES Research Network (UK), with the aim of emphasising the leading role of Egyptian women activists, writers, and artists in the revolutionary process. In this context, we perceive the 25th January Egyptian Revolution as a process in the making: there were many important catalysts for the revolution over the past decade in Egypt manifested in a significant rise in street protests and demonstrations by large sectors in the society (e.g. government employees, students, factory workers); workers’ strikes in work places; and the expansion of a highly politicised youth culture through such forms of resistance as free expression on blogs, protest songs, vernacular lyrics and poetry, novels by new writers, and films by a new generation of filmmakers. Then the revolution was sparked on 25th January 2011 which brought to the fore a huge body of cultural output manifested in songs, slogans, graffiti, new blogs, documentary films, photographs, and various religious discourses. Throughout this ongoing process of resistance and revolution, women from all walks of Egyptian society have crossed age, gender, religious, and class barriers to contribute to and shape this revolution; yet their leading role has been severely undermined by conservative and counter-revolutionary discourses. One of the key questions which we want to examine through this project is the negotiation, contestation and re-configuration of the religious terms of reference dominating Egyptian politics today by women activists, including Islamically-oriented women. This is largely an uncharted area and it could potentially help us go beyond the reductive categories of the secular/religious binary in describing the protest movements before and after the onset of the Egyptian revolution. Thus, these two workshops aim to make visible and critically analyse women’s contribution to the revolution to underline how they have been influencing the cultural and political scene in Egypt. Another key aim is to link the Egyptian revolutionary process to other Arab and international contexts in order to develop a theoretical perspective on women, revolution, and political change. The revolution is still ongoing, or as the Egyptians have summed it up in one slogan: Sawra Mostamirra (The Revolution Continues…).

This project is run by Dr. Dalia Said Mostafa, Lecturer in Arabic and Comparative Literature (Middle Eastern Studies, University of Manchester) and Dr. Shuruq Naguib, Lecturer in Islam (Politics, Philosophy and Religion, Lancaster University)

It is intended that the papers and contributions to the two workshops will appear in a volume entitledWomen, Culture, and the 25th January 2011 Egyptian Revolution, and will be edited by Shuruq Naguib and Dalia S. Mostafa.

***

Workshop One: Women and Political Activism in Egypt

15-17 November 2012 – The University of Manchester (UK)

This workshop will revolve around themes related to the work of women activists from Egypt, particularly those who have made significant contributions to the revolutionary process whether before, during, or after the revolution. A number of Egyptian women activists will be invited as keynote speakers and contributors to the workshop. They will come mainly from the labour and independent trade union movement in Egypt; the “No to Military Trials for Civilians” campaign; members of the Freedom and Justice Party of the Muslim Brotherhood; and other influential independent political activists.

Please submit an abstract of around 300 words and a short bio of 100 words by Tuesday 24th July 2012. Decision on participating papers will be made in August 2012.

Your paper may address one or more of the following broad themes:

-Women and the different forms of political activism in the Egyptian revolution

-Women, religion, and political activism in Egypt

-Women and the independent trade union movement in Egypt

-Women, political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

-Women and the legal system in Egypt before and after the revolution

-The youth opposition movement in Egypt before and after the revolution

-Egyptian women creating and shaping new forms of media and communication

-Women and contemporary Arab revolutions

-Women in the history of Arab and world revolutions

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Workshop Two: Egyptian Women Artists and Writers, and Cultures of Resistance

March 2013 – Cairo (exact dates and venues to be confirmed in due course)

This workshop will focus on the role of Egyptian women writers and artists in the revolutionary process. The workshop is intended to complement the first one by bringing the element of cultural resistance to the struggle for freedom, dignity and social justice, which have been the underlying demands of the Egyptian revolution. A number of Egyptian women writers, filmmakers, musicians, and photographers will be invited as keynote speakers and contributors to the workshop. There will also be an emphasis on the “performative” dimension of the revolution as a political and cultural act.

Participating papers may address one or more of the following broad themes, and can be in either Arabic or English:

-Egyptian women writing the revolution

-Egyptian women musicians and protest music, lyrics, and songs

-Women and popular culture as a form of resistance in Egypt

-Women, literature, and revolution in Egypt

-Egyptian women’s graffiti, photography, and documentary filmmaking before and after the revolution

-Women, cinema and the Egyptian revolution

-Performing the revolution and the culture of perfomative arts in Egypt before and after the revolution

-Women artists and writers of the contemporary Arab revolutions

-Women artists and writers in the history of Arab and world revolutions

Please send your abstracts to the workshops’ organisers:

Dr Dalia Said Mostafa (The University of Manchester): dalia.s.mostafa [at] manchester.ac.uk

Dr Shuruq Naguib (The University of Lancaster): shuruqnaguib [at] lancaster.ac.uk


CONFERENCES


Everyday Religion and Tolerance in Ede, Southwest, Nigeria

Date: 2012-12-05

Description: Everyday Religion and Tolerance in Ede, Southwest, Nigeria (Dec. 5-6, 2012), Main Auditorium, Adeleke University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.Sub-themes 1. The role of different religions in the history and development of Ede town. We are interested in the way in which different religions have been…

Contact: m.i.nolte [at] bham.ac.uk

URL: www.adelekeuniversity.edu.ng

Announcement ID: 197003

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=197003


The MCB Education Committee presents a one day conference on…

‘Raising Muslim Achievement: Parents, Curriculum and Schools’

Saturday 22nd September 2012

Kingston University, London

This conference aims to provide a platform to understand the factors behind this lack of achievement by including all stake holders; teachers, parents, governors, and schools. Through the seminars and workshops we will address and discuss ways forward in how we can each play a part in raising achievement.

Key event speakers include:

-Tahir Alam, School Governance Consultant and Trainer. Specialises in school improvement to speak on:

‘Evaluating performance and the current educational landscape’

-Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert to speak on:

‘Parenting for Educational Excellence’

-Dr Matthew Tariq Wilkinson, Principal Researcher on the Curriculum for Cohesion project, Research Fellow at Cambridge Muslim College to speak on:

‘Towards a Muslim Inclusive Curriculum for Raising Achievement’

Raising Achievement Workshops:

Curriculum: ‘Improving Muslim achievement through the curriculum’

Maurice Irfan Coles, Director of the Islam and Citizenship in Education Project (ICE)

Governors & Governance: ‘The impact of governors on raising achievement’

Asif Muhammad, Chairman of the Association of Muslim Governors

Racism & Islamophobia: ‘Recognizing the realities and overcoming the challenges’

Dr Leon Moosavi, Expert on Racism, Islamophobia and the experience of people reverting to Islam

Pupils & Parents: ‘Parenting for the 21st Century’

Shahid Akmal, Chair of Muslim Parents Association, Master Trainer and Parenting Expert

Faith & Education: ‘Addressing the challenges of incorporating faith in education’

Hardeep Saini and Monzoor Hussain, Head and Assistant Head of Inner City Secondary School rated Outstanding by Ofsted

To register for the event, click here: http://raisingmuslimachievement.eventbrite.com/


Chancen und Probleme einer

interreligiösen Theologie

Tagung

Landgut Castelen, Augst (bei Basel)

16.-18.11.2012

Expert symposium on the prospectsa and problems of Inter-Religious Theology, that is a theology that in doing its work no longer draws on just one (its own) religious tradition.

The symposium will take place near Basel in Nov. 16-18, 2012, and is jointly organised by Reihold Bernhardt (Uni Basel) and Perry Schmidt-Leukel (Uni Muenster).

http://theolrel.unibas.ch/aktuelles/veranstaltungsdetails/article/tagung-chancen-und-probleme-einer-interreligioesen-theologie/?tx_ttnews[backPid]=2301


JOBS


College of Charleston – Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45217

Baruch College – Assistant Professor, Ancient World History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45298

Temple University – Assistant Professor, History of China

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45280

SUNY Fredonia – Assistant Professor East Asian History

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45295

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Assistant Professor of

Islamic Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45275

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Assistant Professor in

Hinduism

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45274

University of Oxford – University Lecturership in Japanese

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45278

Job Title: Director, Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary

Employer: Columbia University

Application Deadline: Unspecified

Job Detail:                         http://www.PostdocJobs.com/jobs/jobdetail.php?jobid=1109886


NOMINATIONS


BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk/publications/PAM.htm for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

·        Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.

·        Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology

·        The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

·        The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology

·        There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)

·      Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book


FUNDING


Details of a call for Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.  They should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

Funding for each grant awarded will be between £1m and £2m (fEC) over a period of between 36 and 60 months. Approximately 2-4 Large Grants are expected to be funded under each theme (subject to quality and overall balance within the theme).

Closing dates for outline proposals are as follows:

  • Digital Transformations – 4pm on Thursday 10 January 2013
  • Science in Culture – 4pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013
  • Translating Cultures – 4pm on Thursday 17 January 2013

Further information: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Research-funding/Themes/Pages/Theme-Large-Grants.aspx

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 7 September 2012

7 September 2012 Issue

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In this issue:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Jobs
  • Lectures
  • Conferences

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


BOOKS


Liz Greene, Magi and Maggidim: The Kabbalah in British Occultism 1860-1940.

Studies in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology Vol. 3, Lampeter: Sophia Centre Press, 2012. £48.00, Paperback, 558 pp. ISBN 978-1-907767-02-9

http://www.sophiacentrepress.com/publications.html

Liz Greene’s major historical study of the Kabbalah in recent British occultism is published by the Sophia Centre Press on 4 September 2012.

Using primary sources Greene challenges the notion that western occult Kabbalah is a reinvention of ancient sources, and argues that Jewish scholars had a direct input into the modern British ‘occult revival’. For a full description and contents please see

http://www.sophiacentrepress.com/publications/MagiAndMaggidim/magiAndMaggidi

m.html

There is an advance order discount until 21 September.

A fascinating and erudite exploration of the development of modern Kabbalah. Liz Greene’s knowledge of the subject is wide and deep, and this book is masterful in its nuanced unpicking and re-weaving of the history of an occult tradition often marred by poor research and generalisations. Professor Owen Davies, University of Hertfordshire.

LIZ GREENE is a tutor for the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology in the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity St David, and an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of History at the University of Bristol.


JOURNALS


The Journal of Hindu Studies – Advance Notice http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc

Journal of Media and Religion, vol 11, no.3, http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr/2012/00000011/00000003


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800

(The University of York, UK, 21-22 June 2013)

Date: 2012-11-05

Description: Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800 The University of York, England, UK 21-22 June 2013

Confirmed keynote addresses from: Nicky Hallett (University of Sheffield) Matthew Milner (McGill University) & Chris Woolgar (University of Southampton).

Contact: sensingthesacred  [at] york.ac.uk

URL: www.york.ac.uk/crems/events/sensingthesacred/

Announcement ID: 196611

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196611


We invite abstract submissions to the thematic session TRANSCULTURAL CHRISTIANITIES to be held at the 32nd ISSR (International Society for the Sociology of Religion) Conference in Turku, Finland 27-30 June, 2013. DL for submissions is October 31st.

32nd ISSR Conference

RETHINKING COMMUNITY

RELIGIOUS CONTINUITIES AND MUTATIONS IN LATE MODERNITY

Turku-Åbo, Finland, 27-30 June, 2013

STS 25

TRANSCULTURAL CHRISTIANITIES // CHRISTIANISMES TRANSCULTURELLES

Convenors:

TUIJA HOVI Åbo Akademi University (tuhovi@abo.fi)

MINNA OPAS University of Turku (minna.opas@utu.fi)

English abstract:

During the past decade, in particular, the study of Christianity has attracted great interest among anthropologists and scholars of religion. Attention has been paid especially to the forms global Christianity, especially Pentecostal-Charismatic and Evangelical Christianity, take when spreading to new locations. However, the ways local Christians around the world understand, conceptualise and find significant (or insignificant) the global nature of Christianity still remain understudied. In this thematic session, we aim to examine the role of globality in local Christians’ conceptualisations and practices of Christianity: to what extent do they consider themselves a part of a global Christian community and how do their conceptualisations affect their practice of religion.

We welcome contributions approaching these questions from a variety of denominational (and non-denominational) contexts and perspectives. The latter include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • dynamics between inclusiveness and exclusiveness

  • circulation and use of economic resources

  • interaction between missionary and local churches

  • role of different media for people’s Christian vocation

  • temporal dimension of shared Christian faith

  • dogmatic issues such as salvation, End Times, biblical fundamentalism etc.

  • conceptualisations of health, well-being and sexuality

  • views on texts and translations

French abstract

Au cours de la dernière décennie, en particulier, l’étude du christianisme a suscité un grand intérêt parmi les anthropologues et des spécialistes de la religion. L’attention a été portée en particulier sur les formes que le christianisme mondial prend lors de son épandage dans de nouveaux endroits. Toutefois, les manières dont les chrétiens locaux à travers le monde comprennent, conceptualisent et trouvent le caractère mondial du christianisme reste encore peu étudié. Dans cette session thématique, nous cherchons à examiner le rôle du mondialisme dans les conceptualisations des chrétiens locaux du christianisme – dans quelle mesure ils se considèrent comme une partie d’une communauté chrétienne mondiale – et les façons dont ces conceptualisations influent sur la pratique religieuse des gens.

Send your paper abstract to the convenors of this session (Tuija Hovi and Minna Opas) before OCTOBER 31st 2012.

Note that the ISSR/SISR rules for proposing a paper are strict so, please, follow carefully the guidelines below:

Use only standard times new roman font in 12pt and bold when asked, see below.

Give the following information in the set order:

  • Specify the session for which you send in a proposal: (STS 25)

  • Write then the title of your proposed paper in bold in the two official languages of the ISSR/SISR.

  • Next give the Family Name and First Name of the author(s) in bold, followed, but not in bold, by the institutional affiliation.

  • Then give the e-mail address of the author. If there is more than one author; give the e-mail address of the principal author with whom the Convener(s) or the General Secretary should correspond if needed.

  • The abstract should follow in the language that will be used during the presentation at the conference (200 words maximum)

  • Finally, a shorter summary of your abstract (100 words maximum) in the second official language of the ISSR-conferences should be typed in italics. If English is used in the presentation, then the translation should be in French (and vice versa)

If your proposal does not fit the model set it cannot be put on the web site and will be returned to you by the Convener or the General Secretary for adaptation by yourself to the model set.

Important notice:

Presenters of papers HAVE TO BE MEMBERS of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion (ISSR). If you are not yet a member, you can become one after your paper abstract has been accepted via the web site www.sisr-issr.org. Note also that each participant may only present one paper at the conference.

For more information on the conference see

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


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

Call for Papers

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

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

Keynote speaker: Dr Nasar Meer, Northumbria University

Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Date:  13 December 2012

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Last date for submission of abstracts extended to 21st September 2012

Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

16th November 2012, Enterprise Centre, University of Derby

Organised by the Centre for Society, Religion & Belief (SRB), University of Derby

Funded by Digital Social Research (DSR)

http://www.derby.ac.uk/digital-methodologies-in-the-sociology-of-religion

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

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

1. Epistemological Positioning

2. Ethical Dilemmas

3. Implementation & Practical Challenges

4. Wider impacts beyond Academia

Please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words, as well as the title of the paper, name of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and contact details to Dr Sariya Contractor (s.contractor@derby.ac.uk) and Dr. Suha Shakkour (s.shakkour@derby.ac.uk) by 5pm on Tuesday 21st September, 2012. Shortlisted participants will be notified by 28th September 2012 and will be expected to submit summary papers (1000 words) by 1st November 2012 for circulation prior to the conference. A registration fee of £30 will apply for all speakers and delegates. A few travel bursaries are available for post-graduate students – please enquire about these by e-mail. Further details about the registration process will be circulated by mid-September2012. Please visit our website – http://www.derby.ac.uk/digital-methodologies-in-the-sociology-of-religion for further details.


JOBS


The Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago invites applicants for the confirmation path position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Religion. The position is open to candidates specialising in the study of either Buddhism or Islam.

The successful applicant will be expected to undertake research leading to publication, supervise postgraduate students, and teach undergraduate and post-graduate papers on either Buddhism or Islam, and to contribute to other papers as may be appropriate within the successful candidate’s sphere of expertise. He or she will also contribute to the administration and development of academic and intellectual programmes and be part of the Department’s Distance Learning programme.

Applicants need a PhD and knowledge of languages relevant to their area of research expertise. It is hoped that duties will commence on 1 February 2013.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Dr Will Sweetman,

Department of Theology and Religion,

Tel 64 3 479 8793, Fax 64 3 479 5158, Email will.sweetman@otago.ac.nz.

Applications quoting reference number 1201137 close on Monday 1 October 2012.

Further information: http://www.otago.ac.nz/humanresources/careers/index.php


The Max Weber Center at the University of Erfurt invites applications for the position of a

Researcher in Ancient History of Religion – 65 % (26 h/week) within the research project „Lived Ancient Religion“ (directed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke). The position is to be filled from 1st December 2012 onwards. The initial contract is for two years. The salary is according to TV-L E 13 (starting from brutto 24855,56 € p.a.).

Lived Ancient Religion“ takes a completely new perspective on the religious history of Mediterranean antiquity, starting from the individual and “lived” religion instead of civic religion. “Lived religion” suggests a set of experiences, of practices addressed to, and conceptions of the divine, which are appropriated, expressed, and shared by individuals in diverse social spaces, from the primary space of the family to the shared space of public institutions and trans-local literary communication. The member of the team we are looking for has to work on the formation of literary and expert discourse about religion and ritual (e.g. in the field of divination) and individual appropriations of such discourses in the Imperial period and thus to contribute to the analysis of the interaction of individuals with the agents of traditions and providers of religious services in the Mediterranean world. The group’s methodological approach is defined through the notions of religious experience, embodiment, and “culture in interaction”. For further information see http://www.uni-erfurt.de/max-weber-kolleg/projekte/kooperationsprojekte/lived-ancient-religion/. The project is financed by the European Research Council.

As a member of the team, the researcher is obliged to also share into the research tasks of the team, e.g. in preparing workshops, conferences, and publications.

.

The ideal candidate needs to

 

  • have an excellent MA or comparable degree in History of Religion, Classical Philology or Ancient History

  • should aim at a doctoral degree based on her or his research project

  • have a very good knowledge of English

  • have excellent knowledge of the relevant ancient language(s)

  • have substantial experience in analysing literary texts

  • fulfil the general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz.

 

Any admission to the doctoral program of the Max Weber Center presupposes the participation in interdisciplinary colloquia.

 

For further information please contact joerg.ruepke [at] uni-erfurt.de

 

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourage in particular applications by women. Ceteris paribus seriously handicapped people will have preference.

 

Deadline

Please send your application with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, a copy of your MA thesis, and an outline of the research project you would like to pursue puntil 14 October 2012 to: University of Erfurt • Max Weber Centre • PO Box 900 221 • D-99105 Erfurt • Germany or to

ursula.birtel-koltes [at] uni-erfurt.de

 

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


University of Southern California – Assistant Professor of Asian

Religions with specialization in China or Korea

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45119>

University of Toronto – Scarborough – Professor, South Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45134>

College of Wooster – Assistant Professor, East Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45108>

Northeastern University – Assistant Professor, Chinese History 19th

and/or 20th Century

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45129>

University of Virginia – David Dean Chair in Asian Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45092>

Duke University – SMART CHAIR IN JEWISH STUDIES

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45107>

Catholic University of America – Assistant Professor, Medieval Islam

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45099>

McGill University – Assistant Professor, Ottoman and Turkish Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45111>

Newcastle University – Lecturer in Japanese Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45136>

University of Otago – Dunedin – Lecturer in Japanese

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45097>

Yale University – Assistant Professor, Modern or Contemporary

Japanese Literature

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45088>

Stanford University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45084>

Stanford University – Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45093>

Lehigh University – Assistant Professor, with focus on Religions

related to Africana Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45106>

University of Southern California – Assistant Professor of Asian

Religions with specialization in China or Korea

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=45119>


LECTURE

Theos Annual Lecture 2012

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

Central Hall Westminster

Monday 1st October, 6.30pm for 7.00pm

I’m writing to invite you to the fifth Theos Annual Lecture, which will be delivered by The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams on 1st October 2012. In one of his final public appearances before standing down, he will speak about ‘The person and the individual: human dignity, human relationships and human limits’.

The lecture will explore ways of understanding the human person as shaped and conditioned by relations with God and others – and the risks of reducing personal dignity to individual wellbeing alone.

The evening will be chaired by Mishal Husain. Mishal presents news bulletins on BBC1, is well known internationally for her work on BBC World News and has also presented BBC2’s Newsnight. Beyond the news, Mishal has presented documentary series on Gandhi and British Islam.

Theos annual lectures explore issues of religion in public life. Previous annual lecturers include now-former BBC Director General Mark Thompson, Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, General Lord Richard Dannatt and Lord Blair, former commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

Please let us know by 24th September if you’re able to join us.

Elizabeth Hunter

Director

ANY RESPONSES/QUERIES SHOULD BE SENT TO ALANNA MACLEOD (Alanna.macleod@theosthinktank.co.uk)


CONFERENCES

PAGANS AND CHRISTIANS IN LATE ANTIQUE ROME:  INTERPRETING THE EVIDENCE

Rome, 20-21 September 2012

Palazzo Falconieri, Accademia d’Ungheria, Via Giulia 1, Roma

Programme: http://medievalstudies.ceu.hu/events/2012-09-20/pagans-and-christians-in-late-antique-rome-interpreting-the-evidence