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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 August Edition

17 August 2012 Issue

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

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BOOKS

Ties That Bind: Maternal Imagery and Discourse in Indian Buddhism (Oxford University Press, 2012).  More information:

http://www.oup.com/us/catalog/general/subject/CulturalStudies/GenderStudies/?view=usa&ci=9780199915675

“Reiko Ohnuma offers a wide-ranging exploration of the complex role of maternal imagery and discourse in pre-modern South Asian Buddhism. Motherhood was sometimes extolled as the most appropriate symbol for buddhahood itself, and sometimes denigrated as the most paradigmatic manifestation of attachment and suffering. In Buddhist literature, feelings of love and gratitude for the mother’s nurturance frequently mingle with submerged feelings of hostility and resentment for the unbreakable obligations thus created, and positive images of self-sacrificing mothers are counterbalanced by horrific depictions of mothers who kill and devour. Institutionally, the formal definition of the Buddhist renunciant as one who has severed all familial ties seems to co-exist uneasily with an abundance of historical evidence demonstrating monks’ and nuns’ continuing concern for their mothers, as well as other familial entanglements. Ohnuma’s study provides critical insight into Buddhist depictions of maternal love and grief, the role of the Buddha’s own mothers, Maya and Mahaprajapata, the use of pregnancy and gestation as metaphors for the attainment of enlightenment, the use of breastfeeding as a metaphor for the compassionate deeds of buddhas and bodhisattvas, and the relationship between Buddhism and motherhood as it actually existed in day-to-day life.”


JOURNALS


Theology and Science, Vol 10, no.3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/10/3

Sociology of Religion – Advance Notice – http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/recent?etoc

Review of Religious Research, Vol 54, no. 3 http://www.springerlink.com/content/0034-673X


CALLS FOR PAPERS


International Symposium: Islam in Interwar Europe and

European Cultural History, Leiden University, 13-14 December

2012

Date: 2012-08-20

Description: We would like hereby to invite papers to the

international symposium: Islam in Interwar Europe and European

Cultural History, which will take place at Leiden University,

13-14 December 2012. For a detailed description please contact

Mehdi Sajid: msajid@uni-bonn.de If you are interested to

participat …

Contact: msajid@uni-bonn.de

URL:

www.ioa.uni-bonn.de/abteilungen/islamwissenschaft/europe-from-the-outside/europe-from-the-outside-1?set_language=en

Announcement ID: 196093

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


CFP: Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” (Vol. 3 No. 4).

Deadline: 15 Sept

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

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

Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible style, and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/submit.html). All articles should be submitted no later than September 15th so that they have enough time to go through the peer-review process.


CFP: Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

Date: 2012-08-28

Description: 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)

Contact: s.contractor [at] derby.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 196307

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196307


CFP: Gender in Material Culture Annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference 2013 Date: 2012-09-14

Description: Gender in Material Culture Annual Gender and Medieval Studies conference Bath Spa University 4th-6th January 2013

Keynote Speakers Prof. Catherine Karkov, University of Leeds Dr Simon Yarrow, University of Birmingham From saintly relics to grave goods, and from domestic furnishings to the built environment

Contact: gms.bathspa.2013 [at] gmail.com

URL: www.medievalgender.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=22&Itemid=22

Announcement ID: 196298

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196298


CFP: First international conference on Pilgrimage and relics

23 – 26 May 2013 , Dubrovnik, Croatia

Conference organizers:

Mathieu Boisvert, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada.

Boisvert.mathieu [at] uqam.ca.

Francis Brassard, American College of Management and Technology, Croatia.

frbrassard [at] gmail.com.

Conference description:

This international conference aims at gathering a small number of scholars – carefully selected – who specialise on pilgrimage and relics, belonging to various academic fields and focussing on various religious traditions. The main objective is to articulate the notion of pilgrimage with that of relics, to demonstrate how relics participate to pilgrimage, or vice versa, how pilgrimage itself contributes to enhance relics. Papers must be well established in a social sciences perspective, may it be sociological, historical, anthropological, political or other. The conference is limited to about thirty papers. Those will be selected by

the scientific committtee according to the quality of the proposed paper, of course, but also to ensure breadth in religious and disciplinary approaches of the theme. Amongst the papers selected for presentation, the committe will choose about twelve of them for publication in a book on Pilgrimage and relics, book that will be released in Dubrovnik in June 2014.

For more, please see http://www.iuc.hr/conference-details.php?id=199.


CALL FOR PAPERS: CJCR Colloquium: Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music

Date: 2012-09-23

Description: Call to research students/early career researchers

Identifications of the Jew in music As part of its colloquium on Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music (2324 September 2012 in Cambridge, UK), the CJCR would like to run a forum offering

research students/early career researchers an opportunity to…

Contact: lf309@cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/events

Announcement ID: 196347

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196347


Center for Islamic Studies National Conference

Location: Louisiana

Date: 2012-11-09

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

of women in society, social issues, the arts, medical practices, believes, education, and more. Participants are also wel …

Contact: naaasconference@earthlink.net

URL: www.naaas.org/nationalconference.html

Announcement ID: 196301

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


Title: Call for Papers: Islam, Political Islam, and Islamophobia –

March 29-30, 2013 at Indiana University

Location: Indiana

Date: 2013-03-29

Description: Call for Papers Indiana University, Ottoman and

Modern Turkish Studies Chair Conferences: 5 Islam, Political

Islam, and Islamophobia: An International Conference To be held

on March 29-30, 2013 at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA

Muslims representing all strata of society throughout the world

fa …

Contact: turk@indiana.edu

Announcement ID: 196253

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196253


CONFERENCES


Cultural Transitions and East Asia: Art, Film andLiterature

Date: 2012-09-07

Description: Cultural Translation and East Asia: Art, Film and Literature This interdisciplinary and international conference will be taking place at Bangor University, Wales. 7th-8th Sep 2012 Key notes speakers include: Dr Julian Stringer, University

of Nottingham Dr Ming-Yeh Rawnsley, Leeds University Nicky Ha

Contact: k.taylor [AT] bangor.ac.uk

URL: www.cultural-translation.co.uk

Announcement ID: 196266

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196266


Ottoman-Persian Exchanges, 16th  20th Centuries

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2012-11-01

Description: Ottoman-Persian Exchanges, 16th 20th Centuries The Middle East Center at the University of Pennsylvania is putting out a call for papers on cultural, social, political, economic, and intellectual exchanges between the Ottoman and Persian empires 16th through 20th centuries for a day-long symposium

Contact: iranveturan [at] gmail.com

URL: www.sas.upenn.edu/mec/

Announcement ID: 196211

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196211


Title: CALL FOR PAPERS: CJCR Colloquium: Christian Anti-Judaism in

Baroque Music

Date: 2012-09-23

Description: Call to research students/early career researchers

Identifications of the Jew in music As part of its colloquium

on Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music (2324 September 2012

in Cambridge, UK), the CJCR would like to run a forum offering

research students/early career researchers an opportunity to

Contact: lf309@cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/events

Announcement ID: 196347

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=196347


For more information see: http://www.york.ac.uk/crems/events/sensingthesacred/

Sensing the Sacred: Religion and the Senses, 1300-1800

The University of York

21-22 June 2013

Confirmed keynote addresses from:

Nicky Hallett (University of Sheffield)

Matthew Milner (McGill University)

& Chris Woolgar (University of Southampton)

Religion has always been characterised as much by embodied experience as by abstract theological dispute. From the sounds of the adhān (the Islamic call to prayer), to the smell of incense in the Hindu Pūjā (a ritual offering to the deities), the visual emblem of the cross in the Christian tradition, and the ascetic practices of Theravada Buddhism, sensation is integral to a range of devotional practices. At the same time, the history of many faiths is characterised by an intense suspicion of the senses and the pleasures they offer.

This international, interdisciplinary conference, to be held at the University of York from 21 to 22 June 2013, will bring together scholars working on the role played by the senses in the experience and expression of religion and faith in the pre-modern world. The burgeoning field of sensory history offers a fertile ground for reconsideration of religious studies across disciplinary boundaries. We welcome papers from anthropologists, archaeologists, art historians, historians, literary scholars, musicologists, philosophers, theologians, and any other interested parties. Possible topics might include, but are by no means limited to:

  •          Synaesthesia: how do religious rituals blur sensory boundaries, and challenge sensory hierarchies?

  •        Iconography and iconoclasm: how might we conceive the ‘rites of violence’ in sensory terms? How does iconography engage the non-visual senses?

  •          The senses and conversion: how are the senses used to elicit conversion?

  •          Material cultures of religion: what role do the senses play in mediating between bodies and sacred objects?

  •          The senses and gender: are sensing practices gender specific?

  •          The inner (spiritual) senses: how do they relate to the external (bodily) senses?

  •          Sensory environments: to what extent do environments shape devotional practices and beliefs, and vice versa? How do we use our senses to orient ourselves in space?

  •          Affect: what role do the senses play in the inculcation of religious affect?

Proposals (max. 300 words) for papers of 20 minutes are welcomed both from established scholars, and from postgraduate students. Applications from panels of three speakers are encouraged, as well as individual proposals. They should be sent to conference organisers Robin Macdonald, Emilie Murphy, and Elizabeth Swann at sensingthesacred@york.ac.uk<

mailto:sensingthesacred@york.ac.uk> by 6pm on 5 November 2012.


JOBS


YALE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF RELIGIOUS STUDIES intends to make a tenure-track appointment in the field of Religious Studies beginning July 1, 2013, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Applications are invited and welcome from scholars with research specialties in the anthropology, sociology or social scientific study of religions who also possess demonstrated teaching proficiency in methods and theory in the study of religion. Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women and underrepresented minorities. A letter of application describing your research, a c.v., a two-page dissertation abstract, a chapter-length writing sample, a syllabus for an introductory undergraduate course “Introduction to Religion,” and three letters of reference should be submitted on-line at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/Yale/RLST. The review of applications will begin October 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR annual meeting in Chicago, Nov 17-20, 2012.


University of California – Davis – Assistant Professor, Early Islam

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44874>

University of California – Santa Barbara – Assistant Professor North

American Religions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44944>

University of California – Davis – Assistant Professor, Early Islam

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44874>

University of California – Santa Barbara – Assistant Professor North American Religions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44944>

Angelo State University – Assistant Professor, Modern Asia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44954>

Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professor in Modern

Chinese History / Chinese overseas

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44929>

University of South Carolina – Assistant Professor, Islamic World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44979>

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen and Universitat Regensburg – 4

full-time postdoctoral positions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44942>

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 20 July 2012

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Scholarships
  • Conference Announcements
  • Jobs
  • Funding & Research Excellence Framework (REF)

 


JOURNALS

 

Journal of Hindu Studies, vol. 5, no.2  http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/2.toc?etoc

Anthropology in Action, vol. 19, no.1 http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/aia/


CALL FOR PAPERS

Deadline Extended: Call for Papers, “Raptures Path: The Legacy of Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth”

Deadline: 2012-08-15

Open Inquiry Archive announces that the call for papers for a special issue entitled “Raptures Path: The Legacy of Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth” has been extended.

Abstracts for proposed papers will be accepted until August 15, 2012.       http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195759


CFP: Identity, Religion and Ethnicity: New Patterns, Realities, and Pitfalls, 29 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

Identity, Religion and Ethnicity are three terms interrelated and become all important issues in the European Union and its neighbourhood. The socio-economic transformations of societies resulting from immigration and emigration of people, mindsets, symbols are forcing the change on identity and citizenship relations. Today, a high degree of human mobility, telecommunications have contributed to the new understanding of citizenship as a mode of identity in relation to national identity, ethnicity, religion and social movements. Belonging to an ethnic-religious group and consequent features are increasingly either blurred or strengthened in the new national and international contexts. The motivations and modes of belonging and identifying are much more diverse. It is therefore useful to explore relatively new patterns of the interactions between religion, identity and ethnicity issues. The workshop proposes to analyse the relation between these three notions interconnected in different political, cultural and economical cases to understand also some challenges and pitfalls in a plural society.

Authors are invited to send abstracts (maximum 500 words) of their papers on themes of their own choosing. Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 10th August 2012.

Email: erkan.toguslu@soc.kuleuven.be

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

CFP: 2013 Bangkok International Conference on Social Science – BICSS 2013

25-27 January 2013- Bangkok, Thailand

www.bicss.org

2013 Bangkok International Conference on Social Science – BICSS 2013 is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Social Science. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts/ full papers: October 15 2012

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: November 1 2012

Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: November 26 2012

BICSS Conference: January 25-27 2013

Topics

Proposals must be linked to one of the following themes:

-Communication

  • Culture

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Finance

  • Law

  • Management

  • Politics

  • Psychology

  • Society

Further details: http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195781


CFP: 5th Global Conference:Hope (March, 2013: Lisbon, Portugal)

Sunday 10th March – Tuesday 12th March 2013

Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

When Pandora’s box was emptied of all the ills that would plague the world, one small winged creature still remained: hope. The project inquires into the nature of this gift. Is hope, in fact, a good, encouraging us to do or be good? Or is it an evil; an illusion, perhaps an impossible fantasy? How does hope manifest itself in the world, in language, literature, and the arts? How – should – hope be encouraged? Is hope individual or collective in nature? Or both? What does hope contribute to individual or national identity?

This inter- and multi-disciplinary research and publications project seeks to explore the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions regarding hope. The project aims to explore the nature of hope, its relationship with other emotions or movements, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and nations. The project will also consider the history of hope, its philosophical or scientific ‘legitimacy’, the meaning(s) of hope – especially in the nascent field of future studies, and the distinctions between hope and optimism. Representations of hope in film, literature, television, theatre and radio will be analysed; cultural traditions of hope will be considered.

What to Send

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12th October 2012. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013.

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words

E-mails should be entitled: HOPE Abstract Submission.

Further information: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/hope/call-for-papers/


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

A pre-conference for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religions in Chicago, on Friday November 16, 2012, presented by Phoenix Rising Academy and DePaul University.

In his classic essay, “Walking in the City,” ethnologist and historian Michel de Certeau distinguished between the “exaltation of a scopic and gnostic drive” that comes from viewing the city from a high vantage point and the quotidian negotiations of the walker at street level, who creates his or her own map, takes shortcuts and resists the strategies of typical urban planning. One perspective is totalizing and distancing, constructing an illusory, unified view of the metropolis, while the other seeks out hidden avenues of knowledge and intersections of stories, myths, and happenings. The occultist tends to shift between both views, sometimes spinning grand narratives of the city as a New Atlantis, a utopian civilization of knowledge and wonder, other times imagining a secret world of dark mysteries, unknown to most passersby, that lay just beyond the twilight of the streetlamps.

Many esotericists, conspiracy theorists, and urban fantasy authors have speculated on the occult meaning of symbols, monuments, and architecture in major cities, from Cleopatra’s Needle in London to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. Or they see powerful sigils in the neon signs, building facades and billboards. Some speak of urban ley lines and “energy centers” that bubble with occult power ready to be tapped into by those with the right sense and ability. These energy centers are focused on geometric street patterns or the lines created by the placement of sacred sites in the city, such as churches, temples, and cemeteries. Others speak of haunted places, charged with story and legend, often full of the sense of violence, trauma and the urgency of events that occurred there.

Historically, cities have been home to countless esoteric groups who have met, planned, and conducted ritual within the towering buildings that glitter the metropolitan skyline. For instance, Chicago, the location of this year’s AAR conference, was once the home of the 32 floor Masonic Building, owned by the Illinois Freemasons, and the tallest building in the world in 1892. Prominent figures in the esoteric world have spoken, performed and offered their wisdom to the masses through the many salons, lectures, performances, congregations, conferences, and world’s fairs that have been either publicly advertised or available only to those with the right password and invitation. Cities are where the ideas of Western esotericism spread to the masses through these public events and the many urban publishing houses. Cities are also home to public events and happenings that connect the esoteric, the theatrical and the political world through protest and public actions and happenings, such as the W.I.T.C.H. protests at Chicago’s Federal Building on Halloween 1969. Finally, cities are centers of diversity and diaspora and often become hothouses for the development of hybrid traditions based on immigrant cultures, such as Santeria and Vodun.

For scholars of magick and esotericism, cities like Chicago can offer up rich resources for tracking group activities and events through library archives and public records. Understanding occult life in the city, in both its historical and contemporary contexts, is crucial in mapping the proliferation of ideas and connections between practitioners and traditions. Popular practical texts have addressed how the practice of magick changes in an urban setting, especially when the magician or witch must adapt a nature-centered practice to a city-based practice. Investigating esoteric actions in the city can reveal the ways in which the practitioner is caught up and complicit with strategic structures of power while also offering possibilities for the occultist to resist those structures through the kind of tactical, magical moves described by de Certeau. As the Occupy movement and other political protests proliferate, especially in America’s election year, what are the possibilities for harnessing and directing the energy of the occult city?

Phoenix Rising Academy would like to explore these intersections of the esoteric and the urban, focusing on the city as a locus for power and knowledge, both hidden and revealed. Are cities oppressive entities that stifle creative and esoteric drives or do they hold in their structures the potential for powerful action? To this end, we invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers, presentations, rituals and performances that address these questions pertaining to the occult city. Though our focus is primarily on American cities, particularly Chicago, we welcome explorations in other prominent global metropolitan centers.

For this pre-conference, we plan on creating 2-3 panels of papers, presentations, performances, rituals, workshops, roundtables, or discussion groups. Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

· The activities of certain groups, traditions, and communities, both historical and contemporary, in particular cities.

· The city life of prominent esoteric figures and how that city life shaped their ideas and practices.

· Particular events, meetings, lectures, performances, happenings, protests whose urban setting featured prominently in their execution and influence.

· The mythology of the occult city, based on legend, occult symbolism, and esoteric symbolism of architecture and urban planning.

· A practical approach to working magick and ritual in the city, perhaps based on Urban Shamanism or Chaos Magick.

· Interpretations of the city and its occult power by urban fantasy authors.

· The intersections of the occult and the political through the use of ritualized protest actions, focusing on setting and urban scene.

· Though not focusing on hauntings per se, an investigation of spiritualism, mysticism and psychic practices prominent in urban settings.

· A study of how hereditary or hybridized indigenous practices survive, evolve and adapt in an urban setting.

With your submission, please include the following:

  1. Presenter information (name, mailing and email addresses, phone number)
  2. Type of presentation (paper, non-paper presentation, workshop, performance, roundtable). Note: if you are proposing a roundtable discussion, please submit info for all participants.
  3. Title and affiliation (institution, organization, independent scholar, or practitioner).
  4. Proposal or abstract (not to exceed 250 words). Should include title of presentation and a clear description of the presentation’s intent, plus any audio/visual needs.
  5. Biographical data (not to exceed 200 words).

Please email all submissions by August 20th to:

Dr. Jason L. Winslade

DePaul University

jwinslad@depaul.edu

Please include “PRA Pre-Conference” in the subject line. All submissions will be reviewed and you will be notified of a decision one week after the deadline.

CFP: International Conference on “Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India”

Vienna –1st week of July 2013 – 3 days

conference

Submission deadline for abstracts: September 2012

Submission deadline for registration: February 2013

Submission deadline for papers: Papers submission deadline: two weeks

before the conference. The papers will be circulated among participants

prior to the conference.

Participants: Around 40 people, 20 from India (fees covered: travel fares and lodging for all speakers and discussants).

20 minutes to present each paper, and 15 minutes for each discussant to take questions.

Contacts:

Bianca Son, Jürgen Schöpf, Mélanie Vandenhelsken, Shahnaz Kimi Leblhuber:

identity-neindia@oeaw.ac.at

Call for Papers

Collective identities and ethnicity are subject to changes in many parts of the world today as several scholars have highlighted. Through this conference, we wish to examine those changes, particularly the new forms and meaning given to ethnic identities, belonging, etc. in various parts of Northeast India, as well as look at practices related to ethnicity and cultural identities. “Northeast India” is the political unit defined by the Indian Government as the ‘North Eastern Council,’ which now includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.


 

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.


3rd Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century

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

Call for Presentations:

The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to expand the range of ideas, fields, and locales of Spiritual work for the 3rd Global Conference. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, Business, Counseling, Ecology, Education, Healing, History, Management, Mass/Organisational/Speech Communication, Medicine, Nursing, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Reconciliation/Refugee/Resettlement Projects, Social Work, and Theatre. These disciplines are indicative only, as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and/or vocation in which Spirituality plays a part.

Presentations, papers, performances, reports, works-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

  • Conceptualizations of Spirituality
  • Social and/or Cultural Aspects of Spirituality
  • History(ies) of Spirituality
  • Interpreting elements and examples of Spirituality
  • The Liminal elements and facets of Spirituality
  • Research and/or Pedagogical Approaches to Spiritual Work
  • Social and cultural aspects of Spirituality
  • Spirituality and Children
  • Spirituality in Education, Curriculum Development and/or Pedagogy
  • Spirituality Compassion and Reconciliation
  • Spirituality and Cultural Identity
  • Spirituality and Healing
  • Spirituality and Addiction, Health Care, Medicine, and/or Nursing
  • Spirituality in Counseling, Healing, Hospice Care, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Therapy and/or Wellbeing
  • Spiritual and Ecological Maintenance of Health and Life of Human Beings
  • Spirituality as Therapy
  • Development of Personality as a Process of Spirit Creation
  • Cultural Expressions of Spirituality via Art, Dance, Film, The Internet, Literature, Music, Radio, Television and/or Theatre
  • Spirituality and Communication
  • Spirituality and the Environment
  • Spirituality in Business and/or Management
  • Spirituality and Gaia
  • Teaching Spirituality
  • Theology and Spirituality – use and/or abuse
  • Teleology and Spirituality
  • Comparisons and/or Contrasts between Spiritual Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

The Steering Group particularly welcomes the submission of pre-formed panel proposals. Presentations, Papers and performances will be considered on any related theme.

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12th October 2012. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words E-mails should be entitled: S21-3 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

The conference is part of the Ethos programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting.on.

Contact: s21-3@inter-disciplinary.net

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


2nd Global Conference: Sins, Vices and Virtues

Wednesday 13th March – Friday 15th March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

Not every culture recognises the notion of sin but all of them recognise the idea of a religious or spiritual transgression. All or nearly all the ‘Christian’ vices-virtues were those espoused by Greek-Roman philosophers first and are, therefore, not exclusively Christian in the origin. The Judaic idea of ‘sin’ varies considerably across time and the accountability of society/group vs. individual fluctuates as well. Also, the (Latin) idea of sin as ‘transgression’ or ‘breaking of the (divine) law’ is at variance with the (Greek) idea of sin as ‘missing the mark’ and ‘mistake/error.’

The idea of virtues likewise does not seem to be universal, though all offer guidelines to what they consider ‘right living. Actions that violate rules of morality and the guidelines concerning virtuous living have been the foundations of every culture across centuries. However, due to civilisational progress and secularisation, the ideas and definitions behind the variously understood concepts of ‘sin’, ‘vice’ and ‘virtue’ have changed. For instance, in Christian culture the traditional list of the Church Fathers was unofficially updated to include social sins prevalent in what is called the era of ‘unstoppable globalisation’ and these DO not necessarily embrace Christians only.

Thus, apart from the familiar: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth, which individuals were to test their conscience for, the Roman Catholic Church now cautions the whole of humanity inter alia about: Genetic modification and human experimentations; Polluting the environment; Social injustice; Causing poverty; Paedophilia, contraception, abortion; Taking drugs; and Financial gluttony. Not only are the ‘new sins’ not necessarily Christian in nature but they seem inter- and transcultural, disregarding religious persuasion. It seems no longer the matter of individual transgression that has spiritual repercussions, but rather the sin whose subject is the entire, global and transcultural society. Furthermore, the question that arises is whether the notions of virtue are changing their meaning in the commercially-driven ‘dog-eat-dog’ modern world as well, and whether to be ‘good’ or ‘virtuous’ means the same for all cultures.

Are we then to talk about a completely new culture-blind hamartiology or new schematization of virtues? What are the real changes between medieval and today’s religious/moral doctrines preached across the modern world and its diverse cultural make-up? What about non-Christian cultures with different categories of religious/spiritual transgressions? May one actually still talk about ‘sin’ at all or is it an obsolete word in a multicultural world? Are all Western Christian sins, vices and virtues recognised and shared by other cultures as well?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks a new, provocative, intercultural perspective on some enduring truths concerning virtues and vices, sins and transgressions. Do we need a new list of moral commandments in the globalised, multicultural 21st century? Should they be religious or secular in nature? Who are these aimed at? And, finally, is it possible, reaching back to the origins of humanity, to find common denominators between religious/spiritual definitions of vices and virtues of all belief systems? Can discussions of ‘sin’ not introduce theology and religion into the contemporary discussion?

We are inviting scholars, theologians, anthropologists, artists, teachers, psychologists, therapists, philosophers, teachers of ethics, etc. to present papers, reports, works of art, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels on issues related but not limited to the following themes:

  • The genealogy of the idea of sin or religious transgression around the world
  • Anthropology of transgression
  • Sinful/Transgressive actions, evil thoughts, religious taboos in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • What are the pre-Islam Arabic ideas of sin? How do these influence Islamic thought and how do they shape or not shape fundamentalist Islamic political thought?
  • Lexicon of sinfulness/transgression and virtuousness in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Social functions of sins and virtues
  • Modern sins and vices: Individual and social; religious and secular; intercultural
  • Social ‘sins’: ‘Institutional’ and ‘structural’; their social ramifications
  • ‘-isms’ in religious and spiritual discourse
  • Communal versus individual sins/transgressions: Do societies sin? How are societies
  • policing them?
  • The concept of sin or spiritual transgression/deviation and philosophy
  • The notions of ‘sins’, vices and virtues on the political arena (secular morality or no morality)
  • Psychology of sin (‘sinful’ or ‘abnormal’?; the concept of sin after Darwin, Nietzsche and Freud)
  • Emotions and moral decision-making
  • How to represent evil and morality in art: Representation of sins and sinners, vices, transgressions and virtues in art, literature, movies in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Genderisation of sins, vices and virtues in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Ideology of sin/religious transgression and technological progress: G/god or the Machine; ‘sins’ of productive necessity
  • Theologies and Nature: Environmental studies and the notions of ‘sin’, transgression and virtue
  • Sins/Vices and/in the Media (ie adveritising)
  • Medieval crusades and modern (holy) wars
  • Sinless, non-transgressive life in 21st century: Possibility or wishful thinking?
  • Fear of the confessional or ‘McDonald-isation’ of spiritual life; is confession needed at all?
  • Public and penitential practices across the ages and cultures
  • Punishment for sin/transgression and rewarding virtue across the ages and cultures: individual and collective
  • Visions of Hell, Paradise and other afterlife Realms across cultures
  • Virtues in the modern times; virtues in a modern man

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12 October 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract E-mails should be entitled: Sins and Virtues 2 Abstract Submission.

Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

Email: sins2@inter-disciplinary.net

http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/evil/sins-vices-and-virtues/call-for-papers


Workshop on the Reception of Josephus by Jews and Christians from Late Antiquity to 1750

Applications are invited to participate in this workshop to be held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies on January 7-8 2013. Bursaries to cover travel expenses and accommodation will be available for selected participants.

The workshop will be the first in a series as part of a project on the reception of Josephus in Jewish culture from the 18th century to the present.

Please submit your application in English, with a short CV and an abstract (not more than 500 words) of a research paper to be discussed in the workshop to the Academic Registrar of the OCHJS by Friday 14 September 2012.

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Yarnton Manor, Yarnton

Oxford

OX5 1PY

UK

Email: registrar@ochjs.ac.uk

Visit the website at http://www.ochjs.ac.uk


SCHOLARSHIPS


Institute for Research in the Humanities

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship in Judeo-Christian Religious Studies

Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and its role in society from antiquity to the present. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities; can range widely or focus on a particular issue; and can explore various forms of Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these religious traditions with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religious traditions to other aspects of society such as power, politics, culture, experience, and creativity.

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. The award provides a stipend of $45,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2012.

Web site: http://irh.wisc.edu

email: awharris2@wisc.edu


CONFERENCES


BSA TEACHING GROUP Inaugural Conference

28th – 30th September 2012

Menzies Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham

Programme now online at: http://www.atss.org.uk/uploaded/BSA_Teaching_Group_Program_270612.pdf

Speakers:

Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham),

Former Chair of the Council of UK Heads & Professors of Sociology,

Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences & the incoming

President of the British Sociological Association

Professor Corrine Squire (University of East London), Humanities & Social Sciences

Author of ‘Women & AIDS: Physiological Perspectives’

Dr Paul Bagguley (University of Leeds)

Researcher in the Sociology of Protest

Author of ‘Riotous Citizens: ethnic conflict in multicultural Britain’

Exam Training Sessions – delegates will be able to attend exam training sessions, select from workshop sessions to match specific career development targets and see recent subject specific resources.

Workshops will include sharing Ofsted experiences, Differentiation, Gifted & Talented and ICT in the Classroom.

Postgraduate Micro-lectures covering areas such as: culture & identity creation; differentiation; inequality & stratisfication; demography; welfare & government policy in most fields of life; family & households; the role of women; minority groups; aging; youth culture; all aspects of education especially potential changes & their effects on different groups within sociology; health & welfare; wealth & poverty & welfare provision; politics & power; globalisation in all its many aspects; religion; crime & deviance; methodology; theory & the role of research.

Conference Registration Cost:

Full Conference (including accommodation & food):

BSA Members £260; BSA Teaching Group Members: £285; Non-members: £350

Saturday Day Delegate (excludes Conference dinner & accommodation)

BSA Members £70; BSA Teaching Group Members: £90; Non-members: £120

Postgraduates £35 – Saturday only: includes refreshments and lunch as well as free membership of the BSA Teaching Group until December 2012. Membership will keep you up to date with what is happening in sociology and in the teaching of sociology and enable you to network with like minded people. Limited places available on a first come first served basis.

Early bird discount ends 17th August 2012, any bookings received after this date will incur an additional £50 charge.

For further information please go to http://www.atss.org.uk

Please direct any enquiries to: bsatg@britsoc.org.uk Tel: (0191) 383 0839


The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) is delighted to announce that it is hosting a colloquium, Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music. The colloquium will be held on 23 and 24 September 2012 and take place at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge).

The speakers at the colloquium will be CJCR Visiting Fellow, Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College), Ruth HaCohen (Hebrew University), and Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Registration required. Bursaries for graduate students available.

For further details and the registration form, please see http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/events/


Call for papers Societas Magica sessions IMC Kalamazoo

The Societas Magica invites abstracts for four sessions to be held at the next International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, 9-13 May 2013. The four sponsored sessions are:

Session I – Astrology and Magic (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: Dr. David Porreca (University of Waterloo) dporreca@uwaterloo.ca

Session II – Magic, Material Culture and Technology (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: László Sándor Chardonnens (Radboud University Nijmegen) s.chardonnens@let.ru.nl

Session III – Water as Symbol, Sign and Trial: Aquatic Semantics in the Middle Ages (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: Mihai-D. Grigore (University of Erfurt) grigoremihai@gmx.de

Session IV – Magical Practices in Pre-Modern China

Contact: Dimitri Drettas (Collège de France) hedansi@yahoo.fr

If you have material suitable to one of these topics, please send an abstract (ca. 250 words) electronically to the contact person listed for that session by 15 September 2012 along with the Participant Information Form.

More detailed information about the sessions and a link to the participant information form may be found at www.societasmagica.org.

 

Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013

ACERP 2013 is to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Osaka, Japan. CONFERENCE THEME: “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma” Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today’s digitalized world.

Call for papers deadline: 1 December 2012

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


JOBS

University of Saskatchewan – Instructor, South / Southeast Asian Buddhism

Deadline: 26 July 2012

Further details: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44777

University of Saskatchewan – Special Lecturer, Islamic Studies

Deadline: 24 August 2012

Further details: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44778


FUNDING/FUNDING UPDATES

RCUK open access policy

The new RCUK policy requires that, from 1st April 2013, peer-reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils must:

  • Be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on open access
  • Include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed

To be compliant with the Research Councils’ Open Access policy, a journal must:

  1. Either provide via its own website immediate and unrestricted access to the publisher’s final version of the paper and allow immediate deposit of this final version in other repositories without restriction on re-use
  2. Or allow deposit of accepted manuscripts that include all changes resulting from peer review (but not necessarily incorporating the publisher’s formatting) in other repositories (e.g. institutional repository), without restrictions on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period (usually within 6 months of online publication)

Some of the Research Councils may specify certain repositories in which papers need to be deposited.

Further information: http://www.rsd-blog.eri.ed.ac.uk/?p=4320


The REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Post-2014, open access will also be a consideration in the Research Excellent Framework (REF), or whatever its successor is called. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), along with its three other UK counterparts, will develop plans to ensure that outputs submitted to the REF are as widely accessible as is practical.

Further information: http://www.rsd-blog.eri.ed.ac.uk/?p=4320

SFC – Open access to research publications: http://www.sfc.ac.uk/news_events_circulars/mediacentre/news_digest/OpenAccessResearch.aspx


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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest (13 July Edition)

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In this issue:

  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Scholarships
  • Conference Announcements
  • Jobs

 


JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion, Advance Access, June & July 2012

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

Contents:

  • Canadian Women Religious’ Negotiation of Feminism and Catholicism

  • Evangelical Elites’ Changing Responses to Homosexuality 1960–2009

Material Religion, Vol 8, no.2, June 2012

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/berg/mar/2012/00000008/00000002

Contents:

  • Treading on Antiquity: Anglo-American Missionaries and the Religious Landscape of Nineteenth-Century Coptic Egypt – Brooks Hedstrom, Darlene L.

  • Depicting distant suffering: evangelicals and the politics of pictorial humanitarianism in the age of american empire – Curtis, Heather

  • Overseas Military Cemeteries as American Sacred Space: Mine Eyes Have Seen La Gloire – Ebel, Jonathan H.

  • The Challenges of Representing Shiva: Image, Place, and Divine Form in the Himalayan Hindu Shrine of Kedarnath Luke Whitmore – Whitmore, Luke

  • Two Views of Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe: Introduction

  • In the Presence of Saints: A Visitor-Focused Account of Treasures of Heaven – Berns, Steph

  • Treasures of Heaven: Relics and their Consequences, an Africanist’s View – Picton, John

  • Streets of Memory: Landscape, Tolerance, and National Identity in Istanbul – Bertram, Carel

  • A Cheerful and Comfortable Faith: Anglican Religious Practice in the Elite Households of Eighteenth-Century Virginia – Buggeln, Gretchen

  • Shrines and Miraculous Images: Religious Life in Mexico Before the Reforma – Gonzalez, Cristina Cruz

  • Ribera: Mary Magdalene in a New Context, and Companion Exhibition the Many Lives of Mary Magdalene – Apostolos-Cappadona, Diane

  • The New Hakodate Jomon Culture Center, Minamikayabe, Japan – Insoll, Timothy

  • Money, Power, Holiness and Heritage in Russia – Paine, Crispin


CALL FOR PAPERS


Call for articles International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM)

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) is a new peer-reviewed open access journal that offers a forum for interdisciplinary scholarship in the domain of the humanities. The aim of the journal is to stimulate research and a lively academic

exchange in the field of the cultural history of modernity worldwide. HCM is published by Amsterdam University Press. The first issue of HCM will be published in 2013.

The journal conceives “modernity” as a concept, as a problem, and as a period. The concept is rooted historically in the Enlightenment and its alter ego Romanticism, and thus involves, on the most abstract level, contested concepts like universalism, cosmopolitanism, authenticity, progress, individuality, equality, reason, identity, aesthetics and religion. Modernity as a topical problem entails a critical discussion of its origins, trajectory, variations and perceived decline, from a global perspective. As a period, modernity essentially but not inevitably covers the years between 1750 and the present. Modernity is the world in which we live and one we have to cope with; at the same time, it is a contested concept and a serious practical effort. This means that the concepts and theories that deal with modernity are not free floating intellectual artefacts: they confront real situations and actual dilemmas.

The International Journal for History, Culture and Modernity (HCM) will consider scholarly contributions that relate topics in cultural history to the wider context of modernity. The journal welcomes new and critical historical approaches, especially those contributing to present-day debates and facilitating a global perspective.

HCM invites authors to submit their manuscripts before 1 September 2012. These articles will be considered for the first 2013 issue. However, the journal also welcomes suggestions for articles and manuscripts after this date.

For more information, see:http://www.history-culture-modernity.org


The Vitae Scotland and Northern Ireland Hub, in partnership with Universities across the region, are delighted to announce the 2012 Part-Time Researcher Conference; this is the third annual Part-Time Conference run in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The aim of the conference is to allow colleagues from diverse research areas and universities to network; develop professional skills; consider future careers; and receive valuable advice, support and information from service providers at universities across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

This year the conference will be held on 23rd August, at the University of Stirling.

For further information and details of how to book, please visit: www.vitae.ac.uk/sniptr2012<http://www.vitae.ac.uk/sniptr2012

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Title: Call for papers: The LEWI International Conference on The

Catholic Church in China from 1900 to the Present

Date: 2012-08-15

Description: The LEWI International Conference on The Catholic

Church in China from 1900 to the Present DATE: June 6-7, 2013

  1. THE CONFERENCE: LEWI welcomes panel and individual paper

submissions to the international conference on “The Catholic

Church in China (including Inner Mongolia, Hong Kong, Macau and

Tai …

Contact: church2013@hkbu.edu.hk

URL: www.hkbu.edu.hk/~lewi/church/index.html

Announcement ID: 195584

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195584


Le religieux sur Internet/Religion on the Web

Annual conference of the French Association of Social Sciences of Religion (AFSR)

Organized by Fabienne Duteil-Ogata, Isabelle Jonveaux, Liliane Kuczynski and Sophie Nizard

4 – 5 February 2013

EHESS Paris, Amphithéâtre François Furet

105 bd Raspail Paris 6e

International conference

Call for papers

During the 1990s, Internet developed in every field of the public sphere and of social life. A new and unprecedented chance to spread a message almost universally (Lévy, 1994) or a danger for the social link because of growing individualism (Breton, 2000) – the increasing importance of virtual reality can be assessed positively or negatively by the social sciences depending on how it is analyzed.

At its beginnings the web offered its users the possibility to consult websites, but for several years a second more interactive phase has been developing that allows users to express themselves on forums and social networks and interact on websites which reproduce the real world online (“Second Life”).

Religions participate in this evolution. They have indeed adapted relatively quickly to modern technologies and sometimes even played a pioneering role. Religious phenomena – institutional religions or more diffuse religious experiences – are nowadays totally present on the web. The Internet itself can become an object of belief or cult.

This conference aims to explore new relationships between the Internet and religions situated in precise cultural contexts. It will be interesting to point out the representations of space and time and the use of written contents and images in each context. It does not aim to establish an inventory of the presence and uses of religions on the Internet, but to deliver detailed analyses of the relations between the former and the latter. Analysis also involves a methodological reflection on the way this new field can be investigated by the social sciences.

With this in mind, three main axes have been identified which will structure three sessions of the conference:

1-     Designers and users of the religious virtual scene

Although it may seem easy to carry out a content analysis of these websites because of their visibility (by essence), it is more difficult but indispensable to define their reception and the use to which they are put.

Different questions can be envisaged:

–          Who are the designers of the website: religious institutions, a self-proclaimed leader, radical movements? This refers back to questions about authority and religious legitimacy, forces of opposition – also secular – or dissidence.

–          What do religious institutions, movements or leaders reveal of themselves through contents, images, virtual identities? Which publics are they addressing?

–          How is regulation organized on websites and who are the persons in charge?

–          How do the users move about those spaces: participation, interactions between users, direct or roundabout use, liberty, constraints, anonymity, amount of time spent online?

2- What is the impact of Internet on religions?

Is the Internet just one more medium by which to disseminate contents or does it produce in-depth change and if so, in what fields and in what ways?

Several questions can be asked:

– Is the local anchoring reinforced? Is religious globalization intensified?

– Are rituals transformed or renovated?

– Forms of religious jurisprudence (fatwas, responsa…) and requesting advice on blogs, forums, social networks…

– Marketing and all sorts of religious services on the internet: marriage agencies, geo-localization of religious businesses or places of worship, sales of religious goods…In this respect, we are interested not only by the services offered but also by the uses to which they are put

– Is the Internet conducive to creating new religions?

3- How does virtual reality relate to reality per se?

– When and how do people go from virtual reality to actual reality and vice-versa?

– What does that imply from the point of view of the organization and perception of time and space?

– Presence/absence of the body in a certain number of religious acts: conversion, confession, rituals…

– Has the religious factor not always been concerned by virtual reality, by the communication it supposes with the super-natural?

Papers must be based on specific fieldwork.

All cultural and religious contexts qualify.

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Papers for the International Conference “Religion on the Web” should be sent before September 30th 2012 to the following address: afsr@afsr.cnrs.fr and must include: title, applicant’s full name and scientific affiliation, and an abstract of ca. 300 words in French and English, specifying the axis, the methodology and cultural area concerned.

Presentation of papers (in English or French) should not go over 20 min.

Applicants should already be AFSR members or decide to join (http://www.afsr.cnrs.fr/)

The Acts will be published.

Questions concerning the conference may be sent to the following addresses:

Fabienne Duteil-Ogata, Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (LAU), IIAC/ EHESS-CNRS, fabdutogata@yahoo.fr

Isabelle Jonveaux, Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux (CEIFR/EHESS-CNRS) et Université de Graz (Autriche)

isabelle.jonveaux@uni-graz.at

Liliane Kuczynski, Laboratoire d’anthropologie urbaine (LAU), IIAC/ EHESS-CNRS, kuczynski@ivry.cnrs.fr

Sophie Nizard, Centre d’études interdisciplinaires des faits religieux (CEIFR/EHESS-CNRS) snizard@ehess.fr


SCHOLARSHIPS


The University of Erfurt offers grants for young scholars, pursuing doctoral research within the field of “Historicisation of religion” (http://www.uni-erfurt.de/schwerpunkt-religion/gruppen-und-projekte/historisierung-von-religion/forschungsprojekt-historisierung-von-religion/ ). The dissertation might be written in English or German.

The research team will focus on the questions: how, under which conditions and with which consequences are religions historicized? How do religious groups (or their enemies) apply historical narratives to form or consolidate religious identities? To which extent do historical narratives essentialize or even create religious traditions? Do religious groups produce historical narratives particularly in situations of inner- or interreligious crisis or conflict? These questions shed new light on seemingly self-evident historiographical assumptions, on forms of narrating and representing religious history and on the epistemological grounds of the historiography of religion itself and thereby also help to reveal religious conditions of historiography. Simultaneously, typical distortions of the academic historiography of religions can be included in the analysis: How do scholars deal with religious historicizations – the ‘sources’ of every academic historiography of religion –, which narratives are excluded, reframed or nonreflectively perpetuated? By recapitulating basic scholarly decisions about the choice and representation of ‘sources’ dogmatic or distortive figures of thought in historiography can be revealed and revised. The project therefore lies at the interface between history and religious studies, between emic religious historicizations and the scholarly historiography of religion. Applications from researchers, holding an excellent MA in Religious Studies or History are encouraged to apply. For any further inquiries please contact: bernd.otto@uni-erfurt.de

  • Deadline for applications: July 15th, 2012
  • Funding Start Date: October 01st, 2012
  • Scholarship Period: awarded for two years, may be run for a maximum of 3 years
  • Scholarship Grant: € 1,100 per month, plus any familiy allowance

Application Documents

Applications for scholarships will be send  per e-mail and must include:

  1. a cover letter in which you please describe the motivation behind your application (max. 2 pages). Please address the following points:
    1. Applications must include the applicant’s choice of a research team (Scholarships Categories (1-10). Please note, that there can be only send one application in each category
    2. if you want to apply for outstanding individual projects in the humanities and social sciences, please indicate the name of professor you are already in contact with
    3. Please also note down, if you already have been accepted by a faculty (please enclose the relevant letter.
  2. curriculum vitae (max. 2 pages)
  3. a copy of the applicant’s undergraduate degree  (Diploma-/ or Magister-/ bzw. Bachelor- and Master Certificate)
  4. exposé of the dissertation proposal

 

    1. an outline of the dissertation or postdoctoral project (approx. 6-8 pages), with a clear delineation of the topic as well as the current state of research, method of approach and hypotheses; including a directory of the literature mentioned in the project outline
    2. must also include a work schedule and projected date of completion
  1. a letter of recommendation or evaluation from a university teacher regarding the applicant’s character and qualifications
  2. a copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, submitted electronically
  3. samples of work (if available)

 

    1. of an article published in a scientific journal or in a anthology and/ or
    2. of your presentation at a scientific conference (slides or text).

Submission of Documents

Please submit your full application documents in PDF form (max. 2,5 MB) per Email until July 15th, 2012 to the “Referat für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs der Universität Erfurt” (vpf(at)uni-erfurt.de).

Please note, that any application received after July 15th, 2012 (12:00 pm) will not be considered.

Overview to the application process

 

  1. Checking your documents (July 2012)

All applications received on time are checked for completenes by the “Referat für Forschung und wissenschaftlichen Nachwuchs”.

2.      disclosure of your documents to the responsible person (of your chosen scholarship cateory) (July until August 2012)

following a pre-selection from the applications sent in on the person responsible, you may be invited to an interview (expected in August, 2012), following a final decision of the candidates suggested to the grant commision

 

  1. decision of the grant commission (beginning of September)
  2. formulation of the final decision and communication of the result to the applicant (beginning September)
  3. Start of the funding period generally at October 1st, 2012

 


CONFERENCES


Title: 9/11 and Beyond: This collection seeks to expand current

dialogues on the impact of repressive policies instituted by

the US in the post-9/11 era

Date: 2012-09-01

Description: 9/11 and Beyond This collection seeks to expand

current dialogues on the impact of repressive policies

instituted by the US in the post-9/11 era. We are looking for

articles from various disciplinary perspectives that explore

how those policies have impacted, not only the realization and

interpretat …

Contact: vgjulie@rci.rutgers.edu

Announcement ID: 195493

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195493


Title: Art & Death

Date: 2012-09-20

Description: Three workshops taking place at The Courtauld

Institute of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN: 1st

November 2012, 21 February and 23 March 2013 A series of three

workshops will be held at the Courtauld Institute of Art in

2012-2013 to explore the inter-relationship between art and

death. T …

Contact: ResearchForumEvents@courtauld.ac.uk

URL:

www.courtauld.ac.uk/researchforum/events/2012/autumn/nov1_ArtandDeath.shtml

Announcement ID: 195532

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195532


Title: CFP – Graduate Conference: “Charming Intentions –

Occultism, Magic and the History of Art”

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: Graduate Conference Charming Intentions: Occultism,

Magic and the History of Art 3-4 December 2012, Department of

History of Art, University of Cambridge This two-day graduate

conference will investigate the intersections between visual

culture and the occult tradition, ranging from the material cul

Contact: dcjz2@cam.ac.uk

URL: www.hoart.cam.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 195501

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195501


Title:  Conference on Sacred Places:Cosmological Power &

environmental Issues, Kumbha Mela 2013

Date: 2013-02-05

Description: Themes: Religion-environment interaction; Theories

and approaches to pilgrimage studies; Cosmic geometry and power

of sacred places; Pilgrim circulation and economy; Pilgrimage

archetype, hierarchy and pattern; Spatiality of time and

temporality of space; Rituals, functionaries and festivities;

Sect …

Contact: dpdpdubey123@rediffmail.com

Announcement ID: 195547

 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=195547


The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) is delighted to announce that it is hosting a colloquium, Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music. The colloquium will be held on 23 and 24 September 2012 and take place at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge).

The speakers at the colloquium will be CJCR Visiting Fellow, Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College), Ruth HaCohen (Hebrew University), and Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Registration required. Bursaries for graduate students available.

For further details and the registration form, please see http://www.woolf.cam.ac.uk/events/


JOBS


University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Late Imperial or Modern History of China (14th to 20th  C.)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44755

Deadline:1 Oct 2012

Western Washington University – Visiting Instructor of South Asian Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44740

Deadline: 31 July 2012

“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence at the

University of Konstanz – 10 doctoral positions in the doctoral

program on “Europe in the Globalized World”

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44722>

“Cultural Foundations of Integration” Center of Excellence at the

University of Konstanz – 2 post-doc positions in the doctoral program

on “Europe in the Globalized World”

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44721>

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 June 2012

22 June 2012 Issue

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JOURNALS

Religion, States and Society, vol 40, issue 2 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/40/2

Sociology of Religion, vol 73, issue 2 http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/73/2.toc?etoc

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

Literature & Theology

Special issue: Attending to Others

http://litthe.oxfordjournals.org/content/25/4.toc


BOOKS

Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari’a Path in a Secular Society – Julie Macfarlane

  • The first empirical study of significant size to examine how North American Muslims approach marriage and divorce
  • A strongly personal work that demystifies and normalizes the process of Islamic marriage and divorce for a non-Muslim reader
  • A detailed analysis of the experiences of Muslim women seeking Islamic divorce
  • An examination of changes in lived religious practice, including movement towards a more private and personal forms of religiosity and the interface between cultural and religious meanings and obligations.

Further information: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199753918.do


CALL FOR PAPERS

17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences

“Evolving Humanity, Emerging Worlds”

University of Manchester, UK

5th-10th August 2013

Short Abstract

The notion of human personhood in most cultures extends beyond the individual and their material existence. This panel will explore ethnographic approaches to relations between individual personhood,

material and immaterial forms of existence.

Long Abstract

The tendency to see the individual as a material bounded entity with discrete boundaries, including the boundaries of a physical lifespan that defines a person as an individual, is largely a recent Western construct. We wish to invite proposals that explore the various ways people in many cultures, including Western ones, have expanded the notion of the individual, and of personhood to include relations with non-material entities and a life that goes beyond the boundaries of a single lifespan. The topics addressed can include relations with non-material entities; the nature of non-material worlds; forms of communication, including mediumship, clairvoyance, shamanic journeying, meditation, out of body experience, spirit possession and healing. We invite approaches that are ethnographic and experiential. Papers might include discussion of appropriate methodologies, ethical issues and ontologies. They might also tackle questions concerning personhood, consciousness, the mind and body, and their relation to materiality.

Papers should have an anthropological or ethnographic focus. Please, submit a paper title, a short paper abstract (under 300 characters including spaces), a long paper abstract (250 words) via our panel’s page on the IUAES website:

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1663


Philosophy & Technology

Special Issue: Philosophy of Computer Games (Summer 2013 publication)

Submission deadline: 15 Sept 2012

http://game.unimore.it/Springer/CFP_special_issue.pdf


Religion in Cyberspace 2012

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

Illustrative topics:

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

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

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2012

Notice on acceptance deadline: 31 August 2012

Conference dates: 30 November – 1 December 2012

Papers for publication deadline: 11 January 2013


CONFERENCES


Annual International Egyptological Colloquium Pagans, Christians and Muslims: Egypt in the First Millennium AD

BP Lecture Theatre, The British Museum

2pm Monday 9 July – Tuesday 10 July

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

http://www.britishmuseum.org/whats_on/events_calendar/july_2012/pagans,_christians_and_muslims.aspx


JOBS


Fellowship

The publishing house Brill (Leiden), is generously sponsoring a new 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 2012-13 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 5th July 2012. Please visit our website for more details (http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/fellowships/brill-chase/).


University Chaplain, University of Strathclyde

Salary range: £37,012 – £45,486 per annum

STUDENT EXPERIENCE

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a forward thinking and energetic professional to join the University in the role of University Chaplain, and take a lead role in our provision relevant to faith and spirituality. You should have experience of formal ministry and be in good standing with your parent faith or denomination and have excellent communication, interpersonal and networking skills. You will have the ability to provide support to people on both a one-to-one and group basis, and experience of working within agreed strategy and on personal initiative. An enthusiasm for working ecumenically, across all faiths and none is vital, as is a commitment to Equality and Diversity, and to supporting fairness and respect.

For an application pack visit http://vacancies.strath.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XQ, tel 0141 553 4133, quoting ref: JA/72/2012

Closing date: 6 July 2012


Research Fellows (E13 TV-G-U, 75% part-time) are sought by the Emmy Noether1 “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” Research Group at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, based at the Institut für Ethnologie (Social Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy und History). The start date is 01.11.2012 and the positions are limited to a period of three years.

The Doctoral Fellows will develop their research projects under the supervision of the Principal Investigator. Their main task will be to complete individual research projects in collaboration with the other participants. They will have an independent budget for research and travel expenses.

The Research Group further offers interdisciplinary and international collaborations and

comprehensive supervision by the Principle Investigator who is also teaching and conducting research on this topic. The Research Group is organized around the assumption that a comprehensive understanding of the role of religion(s) within contemporary societies has to take the “diversity of non- religiosity” into consideration. The aim of the Doctoral Fellowships is to conduct empirical research on non-religious individuals, groups or phenomena – preferably in different countries. For example topics may include but are not limited to indifference towards religion(s), worldviews alternative to religion(s), or criticism of religion(s) made in relation to atheist, humanist or skepticist thought or identity. The specific object of inquiry, methodology and theoretical approach will depend on the Doctoral Fellows’ training, interest, and research focus. Curiosity about the research topic, intellectual creativity, and an enjoyment of academic collaboration are crucial for the success of the project.

All applicants must hold a master’s degree (M.A.) or an equivalent qualification in anthropology, religious studies, sociology, or a related discipline. The University is an equal opportunities employer and supports women’s career development. Applications from women are thus explicitly welcome. Disabled applicants will be considered

preferentially in case of equivalent qualifications. Please send the electronic version of your application (including cover letter, Curriculum Vitae, university transcript/degree, two letters of recommendation, and a synopsis of the intended research project of approx. 5000 words) to: quack@em.uni-frankfurt.de by 31.07.2012. Please do not hesitate to contact Johannes Quack for further information concerning the research

project and the application process.

Deadline: 31 July 2012


RESOURCES


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

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

Virtual Worlds Opportunities Digest, no. 2

http://www.vwrn.org/

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 15 June 2012 Edition

15 June 2012 Issue

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

 


JOURNALS


Approaching Religion

Vol. 2/ 1 (June, 2011)

Theme: The New Visibility of Atheism in Europe

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

Contributors:

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

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


Contributions to Indian Sociology

Special Issue: Suicide in South Asia: Ethnographic perspectives:

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

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


Journal of Religion in Japan 1:2 2012

Articles

  • Inoue Nobutaka

Media and New Religious Movements in Japan

  • Galen Amstutz

Materiality and Spiritual Economies in Premodern Japanese Buddhism: A

Problem in Historical Change

  • Ugo Dessì

Religion, Hybrid Forms, and Cultural Chauvinism in Japan

Book Reviews

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

Religions on the Internet: Innovation, Representation and Authority,

by Elisabetta Porcu

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

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

Culture and Medieval Japan, by Matthew McMullen

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

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


CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENTS


ESSWE Magic Thesis Workshop

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

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

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

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

Presentations by guest speakers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Magic & Culture (Elite, Court, Popular)

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

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

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

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

Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam

PO Box 94436, 1090 GK Amsterdam

The Netherlands


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

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

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

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

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

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

There are three dates to choose from:

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

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

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

(Lunch will be included)

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

• Care for the Future

• Digital Transformations

• Science in Culture

• Translating Cultures

• Connected Communities

Please indicate a maximum of two sessions.

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

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

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


The Context Group & NordForsk meeting

Helsinki-Järvenpää, June 18–21, 2012

PROGRAM

MONDAY 18.6.

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

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

8.00 –             Registration and coffee at the reception lobby

9.00              Opening words (Petri Luomanen and Risto Uro)

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

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

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

Adriana Destro and Mauro Pesce,

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

12.00             Lunch

Afternoon panel: Risto Uro, chair

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

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

14.00              Response: Liv Ingeborg Lied

14.15              Discussion

14.45             Coffee

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

15.45              Eric Stewart, Information control in social networks

16.15              Response: Petri Luomanen

16.30              Discussion

17.00             General discussion

17.30              Dinner

18.30     Cultural program: Sauna + evening snack

TUESDAY 19.6.

9.00                           Paper 1: Philip Esler,

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

                         Response: Jutta Jokiranta (15min.)

Discussion (15 min.)

10.15                           Paper 2: Nadja Boeck,

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

         Response: Philip Esler (10 min.)

         Discussion (15min.)

11.00                           Coffee

11.15                          Paper 3: Nina Pehkonen,

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

Response: Philip Esler (10 min.)

Discussion (15min.)

12.00                           Lunch

13.30                          Paper 4:  Outi Lehtipuu,

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

14.30                           Coffee

14.45                           Paper 5: Nils Hallvard Korsvoll,

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

                         Response: István Czachesz (15 min.)

Discussion (20min.)

16.30                          Dinner

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

Road.

WEDNESDAY 20.6.

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

09.00                           Paper 1: Zeba Crook,

         Memory, historiography, and the historical Jesus.

10.00                           Paper 2: Dietmar Neufeld,

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

11.00                           Coffee

11.15                           Paper 3: Peter Oakes,

Galatians for first-century house churches

12.15                          Lunch

14.00                           Paper 4: Richard DeMaris,

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

15.00                           Coffee

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

16.30                           Supper (light one)

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

THURSDAY 21.6.

Breakfast and check out


JOBS


Three Doctoral Research Fellows (E13 TV-G-U, 75% part-time) are sought by the Emmy Noether “Diversity of Non-Religiosity” Research Group at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main, based at the Institut für Ethnologie (Social Anthropology, Faculty of Philosophy und History).

The start date is 01.11.2012 and the positions are limited to a period of three years.

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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


EVENTS


Annual International Egyptological Colloquium Pagans, Christians and

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

Museum 2pm Monday 9 July – Tuesday 10 July

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

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

istians_and_muslims.aspx>


Title: MA in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Location: New Jersey

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

multinational delegation to sites of genocide (Poland and

Bosnia); and an international dual qualification masters degree

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

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

four US …

Contact: dklein@kean.edu

URL: www.kean.edu/mahgs

Announcement ID: 195074

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Religion in Cyberspace 2012

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

Illustrative topics:

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

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

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

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 July 2012

Notice on acceptance deadline: 31 August 2012

Conference dates: 30 November – 1 December 2012

Papers for publication deadline: 11 January 2013


STUDENTSHIPS


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

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


La Trobe University – PhD Scholarship, Religion and Sexual Politics

in Postsecular Australia

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


RESOURCES


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

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

Weekly Opportunities Digest (20 April 2012) – CFPs, Jobs, Journals and more

Opportunities Digest – 20 April 2012

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JOURNALS – ADVANCE NOTICE

Journal of Hindu Studies May 2012, 5 (1) http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/5/1.toc?etoc

Journal of Religion in Japan (first issue) http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/jrj/2012/00000001/00000001


CALL FOR PAPERS

The Diversity of Death and Dying

Ad Hoc Group of:

Diversity and Cohesion: Challenges of Increasing Social Complexity

36th Congress of the German Society for Sociology,

October 1st-5th, 2012 in Bochum and Dortmund

The ad hoc group will address questions regarding the diversity of death and dying from various international perspectives. Social practice concerning death and dying has undergone major transformations in recent years and decades. Death, often a predictable event at a high age, occurs in hospitals, retirement homes or hospices i.e. death is being ‘outsourced’ to institutions which determine processes and procedures. However, this standardization is accompanied by a diversity of new phenomena, which indicate an individualization of death and dying, ranging from euthanasia and patient decrees to memorial websites and natural burials. The new diversity shows that the influence of social norms is declining and society as a whole does not unanimously share the attribution of sense. At the same time however, taken aback by the death of one of its members, a community calls for norms to stabilize itself. With regard to these transformations, we ask how social cohesion is maintained in spite of increasing diversity. How can death be integrated in a pluralistic society? Furthermore, how can the autonomous act of a decision present a problem? How can life considered to be meaningful facing alternating conditions? And which new forms of cohesion are developing in the course of this process? We would like the participants of the ad hoc group to follow these questions. We also welcome papers with international perspectives.

Please submit an abstract (max. 300 words) and a brief biography (max. 200 words) to Antje Kahl (antje.kahl@tu-berlin.de) and Nicole Sachmerda-Schulz (sachmerda@uni-leipzig.de) not later than May 10th, 2012.


Call for Papers: for 2013 Special issue on:

“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)

The demise of “Political Islam” has been foretold many times before, and a “post-Islamist” era has been said to have already arrived. The recent Arab Spring of “cluster revolutions” was also seen to present a more decisive arrival of a new alternative paradigm for both authoritarianism and Islamism. However, post-Arab Spring elections, from Rabat to Kuwait, have swept Islamist parties to power. In many other Muslim countries, from Malaysia and Indonesia to Turkey, Islamism is also a strong player on the political and social fields. This raises a number of important and urgent questions about the new rise of Islamism. Are these the same old Islamist parties, or have they changed? Are they destined to monopolize governance, or do they form an integral part of an emerging democratic ‒ even a post-Islamist political order?  How do the ascendant Islamist parties and groups see the role of the state in their Islamizing projects? How do the competing and rival Islamist groups relate to each other and to the wider political spectrum? Which visions are more likely to dominate and flourish, and how stable will the emerging political order be? A special issue dedicated to the theme of “Islamists and the State” will allow for a timely reflection on the accomplishments and challenges of these times. The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences invites:

1.      Research papers (from the various disciplines of the social sciences and humanities), which reflect on all aspects of the theme of Islamists and the state are welcomed.

2.      Book reviews on relevant books are also welcomed.

3.      Shorter reflection pieces of two thousand to three thousand words are also invited.

Possible Topics:

  • theoretical papers examining the impact of the Arab Spring on the fortunes of Islamist movements and the ramifications for wider Muslim politics
  • case studies, qualitative interviews, and comparative studies of Islamist groups across the spectrum or across borders
  • critical and in-depth examinations of the shifts in Islamist views and practices on the state and democracy and their methods of engagement with various social groups
  • critical studies of variations in Islamist attitudes toward women and minorities
  • critical studies of the impact of particular scholars or leaders on the Islamist scene
  • studies of the role of new actors and leaders (women, youth, professionals, etc.) within the emerging Islamist movements and what impact it may be having
  • critical examinations of the views of Islamists on regional and international issues, including attitudes toward the West and Israel
  •  critical engagement with current scholarship on Islamism and on Western official attitudes to Islamic movements
  • critical studies of the post-Arab Spring state, the regional order, and the impact on various political forces, including Islamists
  •  critical explorations of the impact the new democratic atmosphere is having on the tendencies, visions, and programs within Islamism, and whether it is favoring radical or moderate groups
  • critical studies of the fortune of radical or violent Islamist groups in the post-Arab Spring era
  • in-depth explorations of the evolution of Islamist political thought, including comparative perspectives across movements and regions
  • critical assessment of intra-Islamist debate, in particular generational and ideological divisions on all matters political
  • critical studies of the impact of existing “Islamist” experiments ‒ such as those in Iran and Sudan ‒ on the evolution of thinking, attitudes, and priorities of Islamist groups across the world
  • in-depth explorations and forecasts of emerging trends and possible directions in the thinking and practice of Islamist groups and the significance and likely impact of these trends
  • historical studies of underlying structural forces in contemporary political change, or previous efforts at democratization
  • explorations of the reactions of liberal and secular actors to the ascendancy of Islamists, and how the interaction between the two camps is impacting the democratization process
  •  examination of the changing discourse of the West toward the various Islamic movements and vice-versa, before, during and after the “revolutions”

Regular research papers should be between seven thousand and ten thousand words (7,000‒10,000). All submissions should conform to AJISS guidelines: original, unpublished research, and presented as double-spaced and single-sided. Please send all contributions as an attachment in MS-Word, with a 250-word abstract and a short biography, simultaneously to:

a.el-affendi@westminster.ac.uk

anas@iiituk.com

nader.hashemi@du.edu

Submission Deadline: January 15, 2013

Publication Date: July 2013

For more on AJISS guidelines, please go to:

www.amss.org/AJISS/NotestoContributors.aspx.

The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences (AJISS) is a double-blind, peer-reviewed, and interdisciplinary journal published by the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America and the International Institute of Islamic Thought. AJISS publishes a wide variety of peer-reviewed scholarly research on all facets of Islam and the Muslim world: politics, history, economic philosophy, metaphysics, psychology, religious law, and Islamic thought ‒ employing both empirical and theoretical analysis. AJISS aims to provide a forum for high-quality original research and critical dialogue and discussion, advancing both application of social sciences to the study of Islam and the Muslim world and an analysis of the social sciences. In addition, AJISS includes insightful reviews of published books of interest to our subscribers, as well as forum articles and conference reports.

 


CFP: Salvage and Salvation: Religion, Disaster Relief, and Reconstruction in Asia.

Dates:        22 (Thursday) and 23 (Friday) November 2012

Venue:        Asia Research Institute

Seminar Room

Tower Block Level 10, 469A Bukit Timah Road

National University of Singapore

Bukit Timah Campus

Organisers:

Dr. Philip Fountain

Dr. Levi McLaughlin

What does it mean to offer salvation in the midst of catastrophe? What dynamics are in play at the intersection of religion and disaster relief in Asia? Over the past few years, Asia has witnessed frequent massive and high profile disasters, notably the Indian Ocean tsunami (2004), the Kashmir earthquake (2005), Cyclone Nargis in Myanmar (2008), the Pakistan floods of 2010, and most recently the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disasters in northeast Japan. In the wake of these tragedies – and the numerous smaller-scale disasters that also afflict the region – religious organizations have played pivotal roles in disaster response initiatives. Millions of relief workers and billions of dollars in aid have been mobilized through their networks. However, despite having a profound impact on the lives of disaster victims, these initiatives have gone largely under-reported, and there has been no comprehensive attempt to present research on religion and relief in contemporary Asia. ‘Salvage and Salvation’ will be the first interdisciplinary conference to bring together researchers, humanitarian workers, and policy makers to address this theme.

Analysis of religion and disaster relief introduces practical and theoretical concerns. Understanding the full ramifications of disaster requires attention to specific religions involved in recovery and the different positions they assume. Additionally, it cannot be presumed that Asian states are religiously neutral.  Disasters and relief efforts open new forms of communality among affected populations, thereby altering religion and politics and inspiring novel social and

spiritual trajectories.  Humanitarian actors and grassroots mobilizations are also deeply implicated in these shifts.  Even self-consciously secular humanitarian organizations inevitably engage with the religious realities they encounter in their disaster responses through varying strategies of collaboration, accommodation, or exclusion of different religious activities. A region-wide comparative approach to disaster and recovery should be concerned with the broadest possible spectrum of what ‘salvation’ may comprise, whether associated with the state or non-governmental actors or whether designated ‘religious’ or ‘secular.’

We are seeking paper presentation proposals that will address the following topics (and related themes) as they relate to the Asian region:

•  Analysis of the types of humanitarian work undertaken by Buddhist,   Christian, Hindu, Muslim, and other religious groups in response to   disasters, including rescue operations, medical and post-traumatic   care, fundraising, reconstruction, mitigation, proselytizing,  spiritual counseling, and other interventions

•  Doctrinal, ritual, clerical, and/or institutional innovations occasioned by religious disaster responses

•  Imaginations and perceptions of religion by state actors and  humanitarian organizations

•  Collaborations between religious organizations, state actors,  humanitarian organizations, and community groups in disaster response  initiatives

•  Emerging transnational networks forged between religious groups,   non-governmental organizations (NGOs), donor organizations, and other  actors engaged in disaster responses

•  Reconfigurations of local communities following religious and/or  secular disaster relief initiatives

•  Contrasting visions of ‘salvation’ offered in response to disasters  and the ramifications of these visions

Papers from any field in the humanities or social sciences that employ any type of methodology are welcome. We are particularly interested in submissions that employ data from fieldwork. Analytical papers by development practitioners or representatives of religious institutions/groups drawing on field experience relevant to this topic are also encouraged.

SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS

Paper proposals must be for original, previously unpublished work. Selected papers from the conference proceedings will be compiled for an edited volume. Proposals should include a title, abstract (250-300 words), and a brief personal biography (150 words). For more detailed guidelines or questions regarding specific paper proposals, and for obtaining a Paper Proposal Form, please contact the conference organizers.

Please submit all applications to Dr Philip Fountain (aripmf@nus.edu.sg) by 15 May 2012.  Successful applicants will be notified by 15 June 2012 and will be required to send a draft paper

(5,000-8,000 words) by 15 October 2012. Travel and accommodation support is available from the Asia Research Institute, depending on need and availability of funds.


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

MONDES CLOS (2). LES ÎLES

Université de Genève, 4-5 mai 2012

La première étape de notre projet interdisciplinaire sur « Les mondes clos » a été l’occasion de deux journées de rencontres autour du thème des jardins, dont les actes sont en cours de publication. Il s’agit d’essayer de (re)penser l’imaginaire du « paysage » et sa construction dans le cadre d’une anthropologie de l’espace et du territoire. Dans ce large domaine, nous avons choisi de nous intéresser plus particulièrement aux notions de frontières et de délimitation. Ce sera ainsi autour du thème de « l’île » que se déroulera le second volet de cette enquête collective et comparatiste, qui concerne la place de l’Homme dans le monde et son rapport à l’espace, qu’il s’agisse d’espaces construits ou au contraire naturels. « Qu’est-ce-qu’une île ? » a pu se demander Carlo Ginzburg, interrogeant la littérature anglaise. Cette question mérite d’être posée aussi dans le champ de l’anthropologie religieuse. Espace dont les frontières ne sont pas fondées par l’Homme mais par sa nature géographique elle-même, l’île apparaît comme un lieu tout particulièrement signifiant, développant chez qui l’habite ou la pense une « insularité », c’est-à-dire un caractère qui lui serait propre. Réfléchir sur l’insularité revient aussi à travailler sur les cultures en contact, car l’île est une sorte d’isolat fragile, aux frontières nettes mais perméables. Ce sont également les îles de l’imaginaire qu’il s’agit de questionner, en réalisant d’emblée la place prépondérante que celles-ci ont joué, non seulement dans les littératures, mais aussi dans les mythologies, en poursuivant des axes de recherches déjà fructueusement empruntés, mais riches encore de développements et de réflexions.

Colloque organisé par l’Unité d’histoire des religions , en collaboration avec ASDIWAL, Revue genevoise d’anthropologie et d’histoire des religions et le soutien de la Faculté des Lettres.

Programme : http://www.unige.ch/lettres/antic/HR/Actualites/Mondesclos/Mondesclos2.pdf

Informations/contact : daniel.barbu@unige.ch ; youri.volokhine@unige.ch


Ascea, 15-18 aprile 2012

Melisso fra Mileto ed Elea

 

Prof. Jaap Mansfeld

Università di Utrecht

DOMENICA 15 aprile 2012

Ore 16:30 – Conferimento della Cittadinanza Onoraria dell’Antica Città di Elea al prof. Giovanni Casertano – Parco Archeologico di Elea-Velia (in caso di pioggia presso Auditorium Parmenide della Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia onlus)

LUNEDÌ 16 aprile 2012

ore 9,00 Accoglienza e registrazione dei partecipanti – Cortile del Palazzo Alario

ore 9,30 – Indirizzi di saluto

prof. Pasquale Persico (Presidente della Fondazione Alario per Elea-Velia onlus)

dr. Mario Rizzo (Sindaco di Asce prof. Livio Rossetti (Responsabile Scientifico di ELEATICA)

ore 10,00 – I lezione- Un Eleatismo senza lacrime – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

ore 11,30 – coffee break

ore 12,00 – Presentazione di nuovi libri sui presocratici (I parte) – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

ore 16,00 – Presentazione di nuovi libri sui presocratici (II parte) – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

MARTEDÌ 17 aprile 2012

ore 9,30 – II lezione- Melisso nella tradizione antica, da Isocrate a Simplicio – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

ore 11,00 – coffee break

ore 11,30 – dibattito – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

ore 15,30 – Visita guidata al Parco Archeologico di Elea-Velia

ore 18,00 – Presentazione di nuovi libri sui presocratici (III parte) – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

MERCOLEDÌ 18 aprile 2012

ore 09,30 – III lezione- Alcuni problemi rimasti in sospeso – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

ore 11,00 – coffee break

ore 11,30 – Dibattito, conclusioni e consegna delle borse di studio e degli attestati di partecipazione  – Sala “Avv. F. Alario”, Palazzo Alario

Eleatica 2012

Diciotto libri sui presocratici

Nell’ambito di Eleatica 2012 sono previste tre sessioni dedicate alla presentazione di libri recenti sui Presocratici. Questo il programma.

1) Livio Rossetti presenta Jaume PÒRTULAS & Sergi GRAU, Saviesa grega arcaica, Barcelona: Adesiara 2011 e Die Milesier. Bd. 2: Anaximander und Anaximenes, a cura di Georg WÖHRLE, Berlin, New York: de Gruyter 2011

2) Nestor Luis Cordero presenta The Presocratics from the Latin Middle Ages to Hermann Diels, Akten der 9 Tagung der Karl -und Gertrud Abel- Stiftung 5-7 Oktober 2006 in München, a cura di Katharina LUCHNER e Oliver PRIMAVESI, München: Steiner 2011

3) Alexander Mourelatos  presenta Die Vorsokratiker. Griechisch / Deutsch, a cura di  Jaap MANSFELD e Oliver PRIMAVESI, Stuttgart: Reclam 2011 (nuova edizione)

4) Massimo Pulpito presenta Ugo DI TORO, L’enigma Parmenide. Poesia e filosofia nel proemio, Roma: Aracne 2010 e Walter FRATTICCI, Il bivio di Parmenide ovvero la gratuità della verità, Siena: Cantagalli 2008

5) Giovanni Cerri presenta Jonathan Barnes et al., Zenone e l’infinito, a cura di Livio ROSSETTI e Massimo PULPITO, Sankt Augustin: Academia 2011

6) Nicola Galgano presenta Charles KAHN, Essays on Being, Oxford: OUP 2009

7) Guido Calenda presenta Nuevos ensayos sobre Heráclito. Actas del Segundo Symposium Heracliteum, a cura di Enrique HÜLSZ PICCONE, Unam / Faculdade de Filosofía y Letras, México 2009 e S. N. MOURAVIEV, Heraclitea IV A Refectio [= vol. XI], Sankt Augustin: Academia 2011

8 ) Sofia Ranzato presenta Yulia USTINOVA, Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind. Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth, Oxford: OUP 2009

9) Giovanni Casadio presenta Gabriele CORNELLI, O pitagorismo como categoria historiográfica, São Paulo: Annablume 2011

10) Giovanni Casertano presenta Rachel GAZOLLA, Pensar mítico e filosófico. Estudos sobre a Grécia Antiga, São Paulo: Loyola 2011

11) M. Michela Sassi presenta Ontologia Scienza Mito. Per una nuova lettura di Parmenide, a cura di L. RUGGIU C. NATALI e S. MASO, Milano: Mimesis 2011 e Parménide. Fragments, Poème précédé de Énoncer le verbe Être, par Année Magali, Paris: Vrin 2012

12) Serge Mouraviev presenta Laura GIANVITTORIO, Il discorso di Eraclito. Un modello semantico e cosmologico nel passaggio dall’oralità alla scrittura, Hildesheim-Zürich-New York: Olms 2010

13) Christian Vassallo presenta Andreas SCHWAB, Thales von Milet in der frühen christlichen Literatur. Darstellungen seiner Figur und seiner Ideen in den griechischen und lateinischen Textzeugnissen christlicher Autoren der Kaiserzeit und Spätantike, Berlin: De Gruyter 2011

14) Guglielmo Ruiu presenta W. LESZL, I primi atomisti. Raccolta dei testi che riguardano Leucippo e Democrito, Firenze: Olschki 2009


JOBS

The University of Tennessee, Department of Religious Studies, invites applications for a one-year full-time lecturer in the field of religion and science to begin August 2012.   The position requires teaching a 4-4 course load.  PhD and teaching experience are preferred, but ABDs in the final stages of completing their dissertations will be considered.  Applicants may work on any religious tradition or topic within the field of religion and science, including environmental ethics, religion and nature, cultural studies of science, evolutionary biology, cognitive studies, and current debates about religion and science. Preferred applicants will be trained in religious studies and be able to teach introductory courses in the field.  Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and three letters of recommendation, to Dr. Rachelle Scott, Associate Head of the Department of Religious Studies, at rscott@utk.edu.  Electronic submissions are preferred, but applications may be sent to 501 McClung Tower, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, 37996.  Review of applications will begin April 30 and continue until the position is filled.  The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services.  All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Weekly Opportunities Digest (6 April 2012) – Journals, Papers, Jobs and more….

Opportunities Digest – 6 April 2012

We have moved opportunities digests until Fridays, largely to promote more discussion related to the reponse essays and podcasts, and also to give readers the chance to think about the opportunities over the weekend. We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources.

In this issue:

  • Advance Notice – Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Symposiums
  • Jobs
  • Studentships

ADVANCE NOTICE – JOURNALS

Religion, State and Societyhttp://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/40/1

Journal of Religion in Japan, which is dedicated to Religion and the Secular in Japan, is now available. Brill is offering free online access to JRJ 1/1 at:

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/jrj/2012/00000001/00000001

Journal of the American Academy of Religion has just published a number of free articles on Buddhism http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jaarel/bh.html


CALL FOR PAPERS

Pilgrimage and Sacred Places in Central and Eastern Europe: Place, Politics

and Religious Tourism

University of Zadar, Croatia

27-30 September 2012

We invite papers which will explore:

•                    Construction and deconstruction of sacred places

•                    Embodied spaces and body as a mediator

•                    Pilgrimage as a form of religious tourism

•                    Relationship between travel and tourism industry

•                    Pilgrimage and territorial boundaries

•                    Politics and Pilgrimage in the past and today

•                    Pilgrimage in memories and narratives

•                    Tourist ab/use of pilgrimage and sacred places

•                    Tourist perspectives on the pilgrimage journey

•                    Secular pilgrimage and tourism

•                    The realm of pilgrimage / tourism experience

Submission details:

Abstracts (up to 350-words in Word doc.), with contact details and affiliation, should be sent to the conference E-mail address (pilgrimageandsacred@gmail.com), or to Božena Krce Miočić (krceb@unizd.hr) or Mario Katić (makatic@unizd.hr) by 1th May 2012.

You will be informed about acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposal by

15th May 2012.

For further information: pilgrimageandsacred.info


International Conference on Religious Travel and Tourism in a Globalising World

27-28 April 2012, Nicosia, Cyprus

The University of Nicosia, the Euro-Mediterranean Academy of Tourism (EMAT), and the Cyprus Tourism Organization (CTO), welcome the submission of papers for an international conference, with the title:

GUIDING THE PILGRIM: RELIGIOUS TRAVEL AND TOURISM IN A GLOBALISING WORLD

The conference will explore such questions as:

  • How are religious and secular pilgrims guided to their destinations?
  • How are they guided around those destinations?
  • How are their expectations and experiences of those places shaped by the written and oral literature guiding them?
  • What is their role in shaping those texts and thereby the expectations of other visitors?
  • What is the role of tour guides, people, as well as oral and written texts, in shaping the experience of the journey and destination?
  • How is the identity of these travellers and local people influenced by this literature?
  • What role do these various texts play in helping people shift between secular and religious forms of pilgrimage?

For information concerning the programme, location, venue, registration fees, please visit:

http://www.emat.ac.cy/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50:international-conference-on-religious-travel-and-tourism&catid=8

For online registration please follow the link below:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFdOVVVuZi1ibzRNejJZTUg1YWVkYUE6MQ#gid=0


CFP: Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life Call for Papers

Thematic issue: Muslims and ageing

The International referred journal Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life welcomes and encourages the submission of articles which reflect on ageing, perceptions of it and the impact that it has on Muslim communities both in Muslim majority countries as well as

Muslims living in the west.

Questions and topics for discussion include, but are not limited to:

  • The concept of ageing as discussed among Muslims

  • Ageing identity and self among Muslims communities

  • Challenges faced by Muslim communities as far as an increased ageing population

  • Changes in the care of the elderly among contemporary Muslim communities

  • Problems that elderly Muslims face in the West as far as care and support are concerned

  • Ageing and faith

  • Relations between the young and the old: inter-generational conflict, respect, and veneration

  • Political and social discrimination against  elderly Muslims.

The deadline for receipt of submissions is 31 July 2012

For this special issue, please direct all enquiries, requests for further information as well as actual manuscripts to our Assistant Editor: Ms Siobhan Irving   siobhan.irving@gmail.com

Some information about Contemporary Islam:

  • Contemporary Islam  has an acceptance rate of about 33% (applying to original research papers, so excluding book reviews and special issue papers)

  • Contemporary Islam has a very fast “time-to-first-decision” of 53 days on average despite submitting manuscripts to a very selective peer-review process  (2 or 3 peer-reviewers)

-Thousands of academic institutions worldwide now offer access to Contemporary Islam

For further information about the journal, including a description of the aims and scopes, please see:

http://www.springer.com/journal/11562


CFP: EASR 2012

23-26th of August, the EASR annual conferense 2012 – Ends and beginnings will take place at Södertörn University in Stockholm.  It is now possible to submit abstracts for the conference. Abstract submission deadline is 1 May 2012.

For more information, please see the conference web-site: http://www.sh.se/EASR2012


CFP: The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies http://www.transpersonalstudies.org/

is dedicated to theory, research, practice, and discourse in the area of transpersonal studies. Transpersonal studies may be generally described as a multidisciplinary movement concerned with the exploration of higher consciousness, expanded self/identity, spirituality, and human potential.

Now in its 31st year of publication, IJTS is published both online as an open access journal and in print (produced on demand through Lulu Press).

Current issue is available at:

http://www.transpersonalstudies.org/current_issue.html

Previous issues are available at:

http://www.transpersonalstudies.org/previous_issues.html

Call for Papers:

The International Journal of Transpersonal Studies plans to publish Special Topic sections on the following subject areas during 2012-2014:

  • Transpersonal Anthropology

  • Shamanism

  • Transpersonal Sociology

  • Expressive Art Therapies

  • Spiritually-Informed Social Activism.


SYMPOSIUMS

You are invited to a one-day symposium organised by the Society, Religion & Belief Research Group at the University of Derby:

RELIGION & BELIEF IN HIGHER EDUCATION

How are students and staff negotiating religion and belief in universities today? This symposium will bring together researchers examining the role of religion and belief in higher education and showcase a range of recent research projects. We will examine evidence from large-scale surveys and local case studies, and from projects spanning a range of faith and belief groups. Topics include multi-faith spaces on campus, non-religious students, Muslim chaplaincy and student Christianity. The symposium will bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, including sociology, religious studies, social policy, architecture, Islamic studies and theology.

SPEAKERS:

Professor Paul Weller & Nicki Moore (Derby) ‘Religion and Belief in Higher Education: Findings, Questions and Reflections from a Research Project for the Equality Challenge Unit’

Jacqueline Stevenson (Leeds Metropolitan) ‘Struggling, Striving, Strategising, Surviving: Religious students in UK higher education’

Dr Ataullah Siddiqui (Markfield Institute) ‘Bridging the Gap between the “Islamic Studies” and “Islamic Sciences”: Some Challenges’

Dr Mike Higton (Cambridge) ‘A Theology of Higher Education’

Dr Adam Dinham (Goldsmith’s) ‘An Ambiguous Role for Religion in the Universities: A Case Study in Practice’

Dr Andrew Crompton (Liverpool) ‘The Architecture of the Multifaith Space: Designing for Inclusion’

Dr Rebecca Catto & Dr Janet Eccles (Lancaster) ‘Forming and Expressing Non-Religious Beliefs in Higher Education’

Maulana Dr M. Mansur Ali (Cambridge Muslim College) ‘Muslim Chaplaincy in UK and US Higher Education: A Comparative Study’

Dr Kristin Aune (Derby) ‘Student Christianity in English Universities’

DATE: Friday 15th June 10am-4.45pm

VENUE: The Enterprise Centre, University of Derby, Bridge Street, DE1 3LA

REGISTRATION: No charge but places are limited so please register soon. Vegetarian lunch and refreshments provided.

Register by email to Frauke Uhlenbruch (f.uhlenbruch@derby.ac.uk) by Friday 18th May


JOBS

Lectureships in Sociology x2

University of Edinburgh

Closing Date: 24 April 2012

Further information: http://www.jobs.ed.ac.uk/vacancies/index.cfm?fuseaction=vacancies.detail&vacancy_ref=3015539


Loyola University New Orleans

Loyola University New Orleans seeks candidates for a tenure-track position in Islam at the level of Assistant Professor. The area of specialization is open. Expertise in Arabic and/or other relevant research languages is required. Deconstructing excellence in teaching

undergraduates will positively influence our deliberations. The successful candidate will teach general courses in Islam and an introductory course in world religions. The teaching load is 3 x 2 per year through the first six years. Complete dossiers should be received by April 13, 2012 to ensure full consideration. The successful candidate will support the mission of the university and the goals of Jesuit education. The search committee reserves the right to make a one-year visiting appointment in lieu of the position described above.

Loyola University New Orleans is a Jesuit and Catholic institution of higher education that prepares students to lead meaningful lives with and for others. The Department of Religious Studies offers two major tracks and supports numerous interdisciplinary minors across the

college and university. Loyola University, New Orleans is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Review of applications will begin in mid-April. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, three letters of reference and sample syllabi. Transcripts will only be requested of the finalists. Electronic submissions should be sent to: Dr. Timothy Cahill (tccahill@loyno.edu), Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Loyola University New Orleans.


STUDENTSHIPS

Two PhD-students Tilburg School of Catholic Theology 1,0 fte

Tilburg University (The Netherlands) is looking for two new enthusiastic and competent PhD-researchers, one PhD-researcher within the research programme “Christian Identity in a Pluralistic Context: Continuity and Discontinuity” and one within the Research Programme “(Re)actualizing Catholic Identity in Advanced Modernity”. More information on these research programmes and the participating members of the academic staff can be found online, on:http://www.tilburguniversity.edu/research/theology/programmes/

and underlying pages.

Your profile

For this position we seek candidates with a (research) master degree in Theology or a related field, a strong interest in doing research and excellent academic qualifications and writing skills. Developing and defending a project plan within the research programme will be part of the procedure.

Information and online application: http://erec.uvt.nl/vacancy?inc=UVT-EXT-2012-0124

Supervisor for candidates from sociology of religion, practical theology and religious studies:

dr. Kees de Groot

E: c.n.degroot@tilburguniversity.edu

W: www.tilburguniversity.edu/people/cdegroot

Homepage: www.cndegroot.nl

Twitter: @cndegroot

 

 

 

Weekly Opportunities Digest (March 30 2012) – Journals, Papers, Jobs and more

Opportunities Digest – 30 March 2012

We have moved opportunities digests until Fridays, largely to promote more discussion related to the reponse essays and podcasts, and also to give readers the chance to think about the opportunities over the weekend. We have linked each heading below to the appropriate section so you can (hopefully) jump to whatever you are interested in. We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of source

 

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Advance Notice – Journals

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

The Oxford Journal of Law and Religion, new to Oxford Journals in 2012, has just published its first issue!

The OJLR will be freely available online in 2012, so visit the table of contents for the first issue:

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4452/6

Make sure to create or update your My Account profile so you don’t miss Advance Access alerts for the OJLR’s articles as they publish online ahead of print here:

http://www.oxfordjournals.org/page/4452/6


CALL FOR PAPERS

2012 Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference

University of Western Sydney

Parramatta Campus, 28-30 September 2012

Multiple Religious Modernities

Deadline for submissions of abstracts (individual paper or panel proposals): 31 May, 2012

At the local and global level, religion is changed through social processes, but religion also impacts on societies at the structural and grass roots levels.

As modernity and (de)secularisation are multilateral processes, the conference explores the multiple types of (de)centralisation, pluralism and voluntarism of religious life.

First Call for Individual or Panel Presentations

• Individual paper proposals (200-300 words)

• Panel proposals (200 word for the panel concept and 200-300 words on each panel paper).

• For each paper, please provide a bio (up to 50 words) of the presenter(s).

• Please submit your abstract to Alan Nixon at: A.Nixon@uws.edu.au

Local Organising Committee

  • Julia Howell
  • Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
  • Adam Possamai
  • Judith Snodgrass
  • Irena Veljanova

Programme Committee

  • Carole Cusack, University of Sydney
  • Jamila Hussein, University of Technology, Sydney.
  • Jay Johnston, University of Sydney and University of New South Wales
  • Paul Oslington, Australian Catholic University.
  • Adam Possamai, University of Western Sydney
  • Malcolm Voyce, Macquarie University

The event is hosted by the Centre for the Study of Contemporary Muslim Societies, the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the School of Humanities and Communication Arts. Your assistance in distributing this information to other interested parties will be appreciated.


 

An International, Interdisciplinary Conference:

POLITICS, PROBITY, POVERTY AND PRAYER: AFRICAN SPIRITUALITIES, ECONOMIC AND SOCIO-POLITICAL TRANSFORMATION

University of Pretoria, South Africa. December 2-5, 2012

This International Conference brings together scholars/researchers, practitioners of diverse religious traditions and spiritualities, FBOs/NGOs and policy makers to interrogate how and to what extent various religions and spiritualities in Africa and the African diaspora engage in processes of economic, social and political transformation. Public commentators often criticize political entrepreneurs and African states of their failure to develop an ethic of public probity and accountability, partly exemplified by corruption. The enigmas of public transparency and probity can hardly be limited to public governance. We can also explore how religious institutions in Africa interrogate, critique, practice or fail to eschew transparency, accountability and probity in the quest for economic and social-political transformation. Religious entrepreneurs grapple with similar issues of leadership, good governance, probity, integrity as a reflection of their wider societies. Ecclesiastical, Islamic, or Indigenous religious polities are situated within wider pluralistic (secular) polities in Africa and are thus mutually reinforcing each other. The significance of leadership and corporate governance (religious/secular) lies in its contribution to prosperity, peaceful coexistence, moral regeneration and accountability. Accountability requires appropriate rules and regulations, doctrines, codes of conduct, values and behaviour to make for viable transformation. For instance, a historical perspective on leadership dynamics can be helpful in the present crisis in leadership in church and secular contexts. The churches and missionary societies played a crucial role in the shaping of South African cultures, as much in the colonial period as during the years of the formation of the Union and the apartheid era.

The conference provides a platform in which scholars/researchers, practitioners and policy makers will explore, through historical and contemporary perspectives, how authority structures, institutionalized myths, beliefs, and rituals of authority differently mobilize and influence members? behaviour and attitudes towards financial probity and organizational policies. How do various hierarchical/decentralized religious polities (i.e. structures of church government) in Africa deal with issues of probity (moral regeneration), equity and sustainable development? What values do African religions and spiritualities evince that represent a boon or bane for improving corporate governance and ensuring improved ethics and probity in African systems of governance? How should religious polity structures respond, critique and identify with national/international policies that are aimed at a disciplined management and equitable distribution of public resources, and the establishment of a viable culture of financial probity? What various models condition religious polities and leadership in Africa, and how have these been influenced by modern political movements, such as Western democracy, as well as by modern economics and technology? Are liberal or conservative forms of religiosity compatible with Western democracy? How and to what extent should religious insights be present in the public sphere of the secular polity and vice versa? ?How do engage prayer ritual action impact on their religious and national polities to maximize probity at personal and institutional levels?

The conference will highlight and explore how and to what extent African and diaspora religious traditions and spiritualities may cohere on the critical issues, such as that of probity, equity and accountability, which confront the African continent, their ?faiths? in relation to the wider, global community. Interrelated issues on religion, spirituality, leadership, social capital, public role, poverty, corruption, transparency will be discussed. The conference is intended to build synergies and forge dialogue on how religious/spiritual communities in Africa and the African Diaspora can combat poverty and foster probity and sustainable development.

The conference programme shall focus on the following and related sub-themes:

  •       African politico-economies, religious polity and accountability

  •       religious polity structures, corruption and transparency

  •       religious polity, social and religious capital

  •       religious values, behaviour, probity and financial accountability

  •       ethics, socio-cultural values, and social action

  •       democracy and ecclesiastical polity

  •       traditional (indigenous) systems of governance and probity

  •       religion/spiritualities, prayer and poverty

  •       religion, politics and socioeconomic empowerment

  •       church polity, apartheid and post-apartheid transformation

  •       religion, spiritualities and sustainable development in Africa and the African Diaspora

  •       Probity and African and African-derived religions/spiritualities in a new global order

Paper/presentation proposals based or related to one or more of the above themes are invited from the interested public: scholars, religious/spiritual communities and organizations, policy makers, and FBOs/NGOs. Interested panelists are invited to submit a paper/abstract proposal (max. 200 words), stating institutional affiliation, on or before 28 May 2012. The conference will be jointly hosted by the University of Pretoria, University of South Africa, The University of Edinburgh, and PANAFSTRAG. Abstract proposals and all correspondences regarding the conference should be sent electronically (email) to the conference organizers: Afe Adogame: a.adogame@ed.ac.uk and Graham Duncan: Graham.Duncan@up.ac.za


Journal for the Academic Study of Religion: Special Postgraduate Issue

Religion and Rethinking the Human

The ‘human,’ like that of ‘religion,’ is a category always under contestation. In current Euro-American scholarship and public culture, there is an acute anxiety about humans’ excessive reliance on technology, its environmental costs, and the ominous prospect of a post-human dystopia. These anxieties have been recognised, theorised, and allayed by a number of academic sub-disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. It is therefore noteworthy that the study of ‘religion,’ ultimately concerned with the consideration of one of the most enduring products of the ‘human,’ has yet to wholeheartedly embrace a deconstruction of this seemingly transparent category.

Although ‘humans’ are credited with creating ‘religion,’ ‘religion’ itself has played a central role in constructing the ‘human’ as we understand it today. This symbiotic relationship is multifaceted, multivalent, and under-theorised within much of the current field of the contemporary study of religion. In order to bridge this gap between the study of religion and the plethora of recent ‘turns’ in academic scholarship that trouble the ‘human,’ the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion (formerly the Australian Religion Studies Review) seeks papers that provide a valuable insight into this issue of endurance and relevance from a variety of interdisciplinary and methodological perspectives.

Articles may present viewpoints, arguments, and analyses on broad delineations of religion, religiosity, and any of the following, or other and divergent, topics:

  • The historical construction of the human
  • The human and the non-human, super-human, or post-human
  • Anthropocentrism and the biopolitical processes that bring about the centrality of the human and of certain humans
  • Notions of sentience, identity, and individualism
  • Human rights, law, governance, politics, media, and relations with ‘nature,’ climate, and the environment
  • Interspecies relations, especially between the human, the animal, the plant, the microbial, and the technological
  • Human evolution and cognition
  • The politics and governance of death, dying, and decomposition

This issue of the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion is a special issue that will be edited by postgraduate students featuring contributions from national and international postgraduate students. We are hoping that this will provide students not only with an important platform from which to share their research interests and efforts, but also an invaluable opportunity for the academic community at large to sample the high quality work and the innovation of scholars at a postgraduate level. We are seeking unique essays on the subject of Religion and Rethinking the Human that showcase the original research of students, and we welcome a variety of submissions that provide a unique insight into this highly pertinent issue.

If you would like to contribute to this Special Issue, please send your abstract to the guest postgraduate editors: George Ioannides (george.ioannides@sydney.edu.au<mailto:george.ioannides@sydney.edu.au>) and Venetia Robertson (venetia.robertson@sydney.edu.au<mailto:venetia.robertson@sydney.edu.au>) by 1 July 2012. Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and accompanied by a brief author biographical statement. Authors will be notified by the end of July, and the deadline for submission of complete articles (6000 words) will be 1 December 2012. Papers will be published subject to peer review. This special issue of the Journal for the Academic Study of Religion will be published in December 2013.


CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS

Seminar: Muslim Women at Risk: Gendered Islamophobia by Dr. Barbara Perry, Professor of Criminology, Associate Dean, Faculty of Social Science & Humanities, University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Tuesday 24th April – 4-5:30pm

Room 230, Geoffrey Manton Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University

Location:

http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/allsaints/

http://www.mmu.ac.uk/travel/maps/mmu_maps_allsaints_aytoun.pdf

All welcome

Abstract:

Post 9/11, most western nations have seen dramatic increases in bias motivated violence against Muslims and those perceived to be Muslim. Predicated on the long-lived vilification of Muslims by the media and the state, such violence is a reactionary reminder of Muslims’ outsider status. Interestingly, little attention has been paid to the particular vulnerability of women and girls to anti-Muslim hate crime. This paper begins such a dialogue, drawing on extant scholarship as well as early findings from an ongoing project on anti-Muslim violence in Ontario, Canada.

Biography

Dr. Barbara Perry has written extensively in the area of hate crime, including two books on the topic: In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime; and Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader. She has just completed a book manuscript for University of Arizona Press entitled The Silent Victims: Native American Victims of Hate Crime, based on interviews with Native Americans, and one on policing Native American communities for Lexington Press. She is also General Editor of a five volume set on hate crime (Praeger), and editor of Volume 3: Victims of Hate Crime of that set.


JOBS

1) Lecturer in Sociology, Job Reference Number: UOS004300

2) Lecturer in Social Policy, Job Reference Number: UOS004299

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociological Studies

Salary: £37,012 to £44,166 per annum, with potential to progress to £49,689 (grade 8 )

Closing Date: 26th April 2012

3) Research Assistant

Job Reference Number: UOS004272

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 March 2014

Working Pattern: 40%, days of working to be agreed

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociological Studies

Salary: £28,401-£35,938 per annum (pro-rata) (grade 7)

Closing Date: 5th April 2012

Further information for all three jobs can be found at  www.sheffield.ac.uk/jobs

 

Weekly Opportunities Digest (13 March 2012): Calls for Papers/Participants, Jobs, Studentships & Journals

This issue includes:

  • Advanced Notice: Journals
  • Job Opportunities
  • Calls for Papers: Conferences
  • Calls for Papers: Journals
  • Announcements
  • Scholarship Opportunities

Advanced Notice – Journals


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

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


Job Opportunities


Position Religious Studies, Univ. of Virginia, Director of Center for Contemplative Sciences, Research Asst prof.

Further details: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=44326

Closing date: 29 March 2012


The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent has two vacancies for lecturer posts; one an on-going contract, and the other a fixed-term lectureship until the end of August 2014. Candidates would ideally be able to take up their posts in September 2012.

The posts are open to applicants in any area of Religious Studies, but priority would be given to candidates able to complement the existing teaching and research profile of the Department which has particular strengths in theory and method in the study of religion and the study of religion and contemporary society. Applicants will be expected to show a strong research profile for the Research Excellence Framework exercise in 2014 and a monograph published by the REF deadline in autumn 2013 would be a distinct advantage. Applicants will also be expected to show how they would extend teaching and research work in the department.

The successful candidates will have a PhD or equivalent in Religious Studies or related area, with knowledge of the historical and critical practice of Religious Studies and a developing profile of international excellence in research and publication. The successful candidates will have experience in the development of taught programmes of study and be able to deliver effective teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate level in Religious Studies.

Religious Studies at Kent is a growing academic department with a strong track record of securing external research funding, good links with a range of national organizations through which it undertakes significant public engagement and impact activities, and a strong ethos of cross-disciplinary and theoretically-informed work in the study of religion.

For more details on these vacancies, please go to http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AEB437/lecturer-in-religious-studies/


Lecturer in the Study of Religion, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

Full details of the post are available on the university website at www.durham.ac.uk/jobs/

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2012 (midnight)

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

This new post welcomes applicants from those with research expertise in any area of the social scientific study of religion, a developing field flourishing within the Department. Current  teachers in this area include Professor Douglas Davies, specializing in the anthropology of religion, particularly Mormonism, Death Studies, Ritual-Symbolism, Emotion and Embodiment, and the contemporary Anglican church; Dr Mathew Guest, specializing in the sociology of religion, particularly evangelical Christianity, religion in universities and religion and generational change; and Dr Charlotte Hardman, specializing in the anthropology of religion, particularly shamanism. Staff in this area have a proven track record in externally funded research projects, including recent research into ‘Christianity and the University Experience’, ‘Cremation in Scotland’, ‘Woodland Burial’, ‘Religion, Identity and Emotion’ and ‘the Clergy and British Society’. Several other departmental staff have ongoing cross-disciplinary research interests that relate to the study of religion. There is a fortnightly research seminar in Religion and Society, at which papers are presented by leading scholars from the UK and abroad as well as by members of staff and research postgraduates. More information about the Department is available at http://www.dur.ac.uk/theology.religion/.

The successful applicant will be expected to teach and collaborate in modules in the Study of Religion at undergraduate and taught postgraduate levels, to supervise postgraduate research, to undertake outstanding research leading to publications of international significance, and to play a full part in the life of the department.

If you need to talk to someone about this post, please contact Dr Robert Song, Head of Department, +44 (0)191 334 3959, robert.song@durham.ac.uk.

The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) in the Social Sciences Research Institute at Rice University is offering one two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the social sciences to begin on July 1, 2012 at a rate of $52,000 per year. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Sociology and work primarily with Associate Professor of Sociology and RPLP Director Elaine Howard Ecklund (www.ehecklund.rice.edu <http://www.ehecklund.rice.edu/>) on the Religion among Scientists in International Context study, a six-nation study of how scientists understand religion and science ethics.  The fellow will also work with Kirstin Matthews, Science and Technology Fellow in the Baker Institute for Public Policy and Steve Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow in the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who are participating with Dr. Ecklund on the RASIC study. There are no teaching responsibilities associated with the fellowship.

Because of the needs of the study, preference will be given to applicants who speak one or more of the following languages fluently: French, Italian, Turkish, or Mandarin, in addition to fluent English. Ability to do high-level statistical analysis or experience conducting qualitative interviews is also an asset to the application.  An online application is required, and additional required application materials include a curriculum vitae, a copy of at least one recent social science publication, and a transcript for language courses taken or other evidence of fluency (article published in language, for example).

Please apply online at jobs.rice.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53111.  In addition to the online application materials, three letters of recommendation sent by writers under separate cover will be required. Letters should be sent to Samuel Kye, RASIC Postdoctoral Selection Committee, Department of Sociology MS-28, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston TX 77005-1892.  Application review will begin on April 1, 2012.  Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Calls for Papers: Conferences


Call For Papers: EASR

2012 EASR (European Association of the Study of Religion) conference, ‘Ends and Beginnings’, Stockholm, 23-26 August.

Conference theme/ website: http://webappl.web.sh.se/EASR2012

The title of one of the panels is: ‘Spirituality as the End of Religion?’ (no 24). In order see more details regarding the panel and to propose a paper, go the following webpage, http://webappl.web.sh.se/EASR2012 and in the section ‘Submit Abstract: Open Session’ choose the no 24 from the dropdown menu. Submission deadline: 30 April

 


Call for Papers: Sacred Practices of Everyday Life

10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, 9th May to 3.30 p.m. on Friday 11th May 2012 at the John McIntyre Conference Centre, University of Edinburgh

Roadside shrines; divorce parties; tattoos made with ink containing a loved one’s ashes; spiritual retreats; prayer cairns; naming ceremonies; healing rituals; contacts with the dead: however ‘disenchanted’ the world may be, there is plenty of evidence of enchantment and re-enchantment all around. Life and death are still rendered meaningful through ancient and reinvented practices, rituals, beliefs and symbols which attach sacredness and significance to what would otherwise be merely mundane.

The purpose of the conference is to explore new evidence, analysis and theory concerning the sacred practices of everyday life. There is a particular focus on the varied ways in which the life course is being re-enchanted in the 21st century, but papers looking at other eras and/or larger forms of sacred practice (e.g. civic rituals) are also welcome. The scope is global.

Submitting an Abstract

Individual paper proposals (max. 200 words) should be submitted to: Peta Ainsworth: p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk by 29th February 2012.

Registration

The conference is subsidised by the sponsors and costs £95 per delegate, £60 for postgraduates/unwaged (for the entire conference) or £45 per day, £30 for postgraduates/unwaged.  The conference fee excludes accommodation and conference dinner. Registration now open. Deadline 9th March.

A limited number of bursaries are available for people in the UK who need to travel some distance to Edinburgh. Please send an email with your registration form to Peta Ainsworth stating in one paragraph why you require assistance and how much your travel costs will be.


Call for papers for the international workshop the University Centre Saint Ignatius Antwerp (cf. www.ucsia.org), a forum for academic reflection on societal issues and their ethical implications, is organising on the topic of Risk and Uncertainty in Changing Society on November 22nd – 23rd 2012 at the University of Antwerp, Belgium.

The organisation committee, composed of the Academic Director of UCSIA, theologian Jacques Haers and  project promoters Dirk Geldof, professor sociology at the Higher Institute for Family Sciences (HUBrussels) and at the Artesis University College Antwerp and lecturer ‘Current Political Issues’ at the department of social work of the Karel de Grote-University College Antwerp, and Diemo Urbig, doctor in management science, researcher at the Department of Management, Faculty of Applied Economics at the University of Antwerp, has established the programme.

You will find:

  • a project description with the programme
  • the application procedure
  • an application form

here: http://www.ucsia.org/main.aspx?c=*UCSIAENG2&n=106210

The deadline for submission of applications is set for June 10th 2012. Candidates should send in the completed application form, accompanied by an academic curriculum vitae and an outline of the proposed paper. The selection of participants will be communicated by the beginning of July.

The organizer takes on charge all costs pertaining to participation and stay in Antwerp of all selected participants, while travel arrangements and costs are incumbent on participants themselves.

The selected participant will present her/his paper in a panel session (20 minutes in English) and will afterwards send in an article to be considered for publication (which will be submitted to careful selection). The aim of the organizer is to publish a selection of articles presented at the workshop.


CALL FOR PAPERS – Exploring the Extraordinary 4th Conference

22nd-23rd September, 2012

Holiday Inn, York

Since its inception in 2007, members of Exploring the Extraordinary have organised three successful academic conferences that have brought together researchers from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. The purpose of these events has been to encourage a wider dissemination of knowledge and research, and an interdisciplinary discussion of extraordinary phenomena and experience. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to phenomena and experiences that are considered to be beyond the mundane, referring to those that have been called supernatural, paranormal, mystical, transcendent, exceptional, spiritual, magical and/or religious, as well as the relevance of such for human culture.We are looking for submissions for our fourth conference, and would like to invite presentation proposals on topics related to the above. Please submit a 300-500 word paper abstract to Dr Madeleine Castro and Dr Hannah Gilbert (ete.network@gmail.com) by the 6th April 2012. Accepted papers should be on powerpoint, no longer than 20 minutes in length, and intended for an interdisciplinary audience. Please include contact information and a brief biographical note.

For more information, and to see past conference schedules, please visit http://etenetwork.weebly.com


Call for Papers: Religion on the Move –  How Motion and Migration influence Religion

10th Conference of the SIEF Working Group on Ethnology of Religion

Szeged, Hungary 12-14 September, 2012

In many ways movement is an important aspect of religion and

spirituality. Not only has the significance of motion within the

practice of religion and rituality increased (Coleman & Eade 2004),

but also, through the movement and migration of people all over the

world, religions and religious practices are relocating and changing

(Jenkins 2007).

Movement is significant for the practice of many religions. It seems

that motion has been gaining in importance and that the performative

expression and execution of religious practice play a stronger part

than they used to do. There might be related to the more participative

role of believers in religion and rituality and the enhanced relevance

of individuals ‘doing’ religion. The popularity of walking the many

pilgrim ways through Europe is an example of that trend, while other

expressions of movement like dancing, meditations, processions and

other rituals also seem to be more in focus.

A second strand of movement is connected to migration for, by moving,

people bring faiths and religious practices to other places in the

world where they were not previously known or practised. Nowadays,

through mass migrations, refugees, displacements because of war and

other translocations, religions and beliefs can expand both spatially

and quantitatively. These are processes in which the faiths which are

moving are being transformed, and the religion(s) of the areas in

which people and their religion are newly settled are likewise

affected (examples include Islam in Europe and the new Christians from

Africa in Europe). Sometimes beliefs are appropriated through tourism

or by ‘spiritual seekers’; aspects of Eastern religion and esoterism

have been imported to Western society. In that regard the Internet has

become a migratative instrument, in its capacity of ‘posting’ religion

all over the globe and into people’s homes, regardless of what

religion is practised there. The extension of religion through

(digital) migration has an impact on social, cultural and political

contexts (Woodhead et al. 2002). The movement of religion might lead

to an adaptation to new circumstances, to inculturation, but also

potentially to a transformation in the religious constituents of the

local culture as well. Sometimes there is openness and religion finds

new host communities.  Evangelical, Pentecostal, neo-Pentecostal

churches have spread across the Atlantic Ocean to Europe (Coleman

2007) and so have Afro-American religions, as Candomblé, Umbanda, or

Santeria cubana (Capone 2004; Saraiva 2010). Sometimes the members of

the host country become involved in such new practices, but movement

may also lead to segregation within host communities and contested

situations.

Papers connected to these two research strands on movement and

religion are welcomed; one could for example think of the following

topics:

•       The influence of migration on religion

•       Movement as constituative element in religion and rituality

•       Effects of globalisation and transnationalism on religion

•       Changes in religion through digital movement, via the Internet.

•       Movement and spatiality related to the practice of religion

Format: the conference takes place over two days, followed by an

excursion on the third day. Paper presentations are limited to 20

minutes each, followed by ten minutes of discussion. In total 20 paper

presenters will be selected. Colleagues who do not present a paper are

welcome to participate in the conference and its discussions. A

business meeting of the SIEF Working Group on Ethnology of Religion

will be held during the conference.

Organizers: the conference is organized by the Department of Ethnology

and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Szeged together with

the Bálint Sándor Institute for Research on Religion and the

International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF).

Venue: University of Szeged and Gál Ferenc Theological College of Szeged

Fee: the conference fee is 60 €, including conference materials,

reception, coffee, brunch, excursion.

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation; there is no

funding for expenses available.

Application: submit an abstract of your paper of maximum 300 words,

together with your name, position, and institutional affiliation to

Dr. István Povedák povedak@yahoo.com by March 15, 2012. The selection

of the papers will be done in collaboration with the Board of the SIEF

Working Group on Ethnology of Religion. The final selection will be

communicated by April 1, 2012.

Contacts: povedak@yahoo.com; peter.jan.margry@meertens.knaw.nl


CALL FOR PAPERS International Workshop

Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions

Center for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), University of Tartu, Estonia. June 6-7, 2012

Organizers: Prof Jerry G. Pankhurst (Wittenberg University, USA; visiting Fulbright scholar at the University of Tartu) and Alar Kilp (University of Tartu)

http://ceurus.ut.ee/conferences/international-workshop-call-for-papers/

The Center for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu invites your participation in a workshop on

Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions. The workshop is meant to highlight new research on the questions of religion and politics in Russia, to foster collaborative relations for future projects, and to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about high-quality research that is being carried out in this area of inquiry.

The program organizers seek to explore the politics of religious affairs in Russia and the former Soviet countries and to assess the activities and role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and other organized religious groups in domestic and foreign policy. Issues related to religious diversity and religious tolerance in Russia and the neighboring countries are also of interest.

Confirmed keynote speakers include

Irina Papkova, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at the Central European University, and Viacheslav Karpov, Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University.

Workshop organizers will actively seek opportunities to publish selected papers in a special issue of a journal or in an edited volume.

Workshop Venue: University of Tartu, Estonia.

Tartu is a home to one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. It was founded by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus in 1632. Today the University of Tartu is the only classical university in Estonia. It is a leading center of research and training, ranked among the 400 best universities of the world by Times Higher Education. The city of Tartu is a charming university town whose relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere creates a perfect environment for scholarly conversations. Tartu is well-served with bus and

train connection with the city of Tallinn and its Lennart Meri Airport. There are also flights to Tartu from Tallinn (Estonian Air) and Helsinki (Flybe, in connection with Finnair). For more information, see: www.tartu.ee; www.ut.ee

Who may participate? We invite scholars of Russian religious affairs and scholars with research focusing on the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church both in and outside of Russia. Graduate students carrying out advanced work are welcomed to submit proposals for a presentation.

The workshop sessions will be open to the public. Anyone who has a serious and informed interest in scholarly research on the topical issues is invited to attend the presentations and participate in question and answer sessions.

Cost: There will be no registration fee for this workshop. The sponsoring organizations will host a reception and a dinner but are not able to cover travel or accommodation expenses of individual participants. However, limited travel support is available to participants from the CIS countries. CEURUS will assist as much as possible with information about local accommodations and other arrangements. If you have questions, please contact Britt Ressar at britt.ressar@ut.ee

Proposing a paper: If you are interested in presenting a paper, please consider the topic preferences below and send your abstract (250-300 words) and a succinct statement of your present position and recent publications and grants (if any) to Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee).

The deadline for receiving abstracts for consideration for the program is April 2, 2012.

Abstracts will the evaluated by the workshop organizers for quality of scholarship and appropriateness for the program structure and workshop theme. Authors of abstracts selected to be presented will be notified by April 13 via email.

Full papers by presenters will be due by 25 May, 2012. Send papers via email to Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee)

Additional information: Workshop participants may be interested in a conference at the University of Tartu that is scheduled to take place in the week following this workshop. It is the 2012 annual conference of CIHEC, the

Commission Internationale d’Histoire et d’etudes du Christianisme. For more information on this conference, see http://www.history.ac.uk/cihec/our-conferences

Academic conveners: Prof Jerry Pankhurst (jerrygp@ut.ee), Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee)

Administrative support: Britt Ressar (britt.ressar@ut.ee)

For more information about the Centre for EU-Russia Studies and the University of Tartu, see

http://ceurus.ut.ee and www.ut.ee


Calls for Papers: Journals


Call for Graduate Papers 
The Religion and Diversity Project (www.religiondiversity.ca) is launching an online graduate working paper series entitled: ‘Regulating Religion’. The aim of this platform is to collect and make accessible innovative, well-written and well-researched graduate papers on topics broadly related to the regulation of religion. To that end we invite lecturers/professors teaching graduate classes on related topics to contact us if they want to recommend that the work of some of their students be considered to feature in this web-series.

The deadline for submitting papers for the first issue is April 1st 2012. Emails recommending papers, as well as actual papers should be sent to: amelie.barras@umontreal.ca


Announcements:


INFORM Seminar – Prophecy in the New Millennium (featuring the Religious Studies Project’s David Robertson)

Date: Saturday, 12 May 2012; 9.30am – 5.00pm

Location: Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, London School of Economics, Houghton Street, WC2A 2AE. For directions see: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/mapsAndDirections/LSE_CampusMap.pdf  andhttp://www.lse.ac.uk/resources/mapsAndDirections/howToGetToLSE.htm.

Tickets (include buffet lunch, morning coffee and afternoon tea) booked and paid in advance of 16 April 2012 cost £38 each (£18 for students/unwaged and £10 for A-Level students). Tickets booked after 16 April 2012 cost £48 each (£28 for students and £20 for A-Level students).
To register: Register and pay online or post cheque and booking form to:
Inform
Houghton St.
London WC2A 2AE
020 7955 7654

Translating the Qur’an, 16 March 2012

One-day conference at the Warburg Institute, University of LondonThis is a reminder of the launch conference for the newly founded Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE).

The conference is devoted to the European reception and understanding of the Qur’an, the sacred text of Islam

(http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/fileadmin/images/users/Jloop/Chase/quran_programme.pdf)


Theology and Religious Studies looking outwards: knowledge transfer as a strategy for learning and assessment in the R&T curriculum.<http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/seminars/disciplines/DW132>, University of Manchester, 22nd May 2012

Pedagogies of Hope and Opportunity: The Higher Education Academy Arts and Humanities Annual Conference, 2012.<http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/events/detail/2012/academyevents/AH_Conference_2012>


Scholarship Opportunities

PhD and MA Jameel Scholarships, Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University

With the help of a very generous gift to the University, the PhD and MA Jameel Scholarships have been established to enable the very best students to come to Cardiff – those who have the intellect and determination to apply their knowledge for the benefit of Muslim communities in the UK, and to promote better understanding of Islam in wider society.

Applications are invited for 3 fully-funded PhD Jameel Scholarships, and 4 fully-funded MA Jameel Scholarships (available for the forthcoming academic year on the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain).

For eligibility criteria, and details about the Scholarship packages, please go to:

http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/share/research/centres/csi/scholarships/index.html

Weekly Opportunities Digest (28 Feb 2012): Calls for Papers/Participants, Jobs, Studentships & Journals

Following a poll on Facebook and the Website, we have decided to amalgamate the majority of “opportunities” into a single weekly digest. If you would like anything included, please send us an email.

Calls for Papers

SEACHANGES 20TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

http://wsrt.asn.au/

 

THEME: WOMEN AND RELIGION IN THE PACIFIC REGION

 

Seachanges, a journal, which arose out of the Women Scholars in Religion Association, is an online journal that published 5 volumes of papers between 2001 and 2005.

 

We are calling for papers for a special edition of Seachanges to mark the 20 year anniversary of the Women Scholars in Religion and Theology Association. The Association was an important expression of feminist scholarship in religion and theology in the Pacific region.

Papers should be between 5-7,000 words in length and address one or more the following

topic areas:

  • Women and religion in the Pacific region

  • Theological reflection/Biblical studies

  • Current issues in religion, gender and Culture in the Pacific

In the first instance, please forward an abstract of 100 words to Kathleenn McPhillips with paper title, author biog and abstract.


ISA eSymposium for Sociology  

The initiation and formulation of a new concept for an ISA publication, in the form of the ‘ISA E-Bulletin’, indeed signalled an exciting moment. The ‘ISA E-Bulletin’ has been in continuous publication since July 2005 and with this 18th issue, it moves to a new incarnation and future under a different nomenclature: the new name that takes this document forward is ‘ISA eSymposium for Sociology.’  It is critical by now to have a digital presence for the document on the Internet by setting up a website. This medium will enable us to render the document more interactive by offering readers opportunities for making immediate comments on contributions. We have also initiated the idea of a live forum for feedback and commentaries. Critically, the new medium will allow us to source visual and audio contributions from sociologists and to include ‘non-written’ media in which sociologists express themselves. This medium will also allow us to archive past issues of the ‘ISA E-Bulletin’ and, in time, be a platform that can contribute towards creating a data base of visual and audio work that sociologists produce.

This document is by definition multi-dimensional and multi-functional. It is conceptualised as a forum through which the various ISA members are able engage in debates and communication regarding the intellectual activities of national associations and research committees of the ISA. This publication carries an important and central intellectual agenda. I see this as a forum for showcasing the work, practices, ideas and voices of the diverse community of sociologists, engaged in substantive, ethnographic, demographic, theoretical, historical and critical research, and operating out of diverse locations. The publication has the potential to stimulate and facilitate scholarly and professional communication and interaction amongst individual sociologists, universities, research institutions and non-governmental organisations – local, regional and international- connecting in important ways a widely scattered community.

The plan is for every issue to include a very brief editorial and carry at least two pieces of  theoretical interest (short essays, addresses, reflections) by sociologists from different parts of the world. An essay by a prominent sociologist could be accompanied by commentaries and responses from other practitioners. The publication could also be a space for important conversations with eminent, practising sociologists, presented in the form of in depth interviews or it might carry important review essays on particular subfields of sociology. Personally I am very excited for this opportunity to contribute to developing the intellectual dimension of the new electronic publication, but seek the co-operation and involvement of all ISA members and fellow sociologists in this endeavour.

Call for Submissions

Published three times a year in March, July and November

Article submissions to the ‘ISA eSymposium’ must have sociological value and interest for an international community of social scientists, both from the point of pure, scholarly research as well as from applied dimensions. We welcome all submissions in the following categories:

1) Feature essay

We invite contributions in the form of feature articles from sociologists working in all fields – substantive, methodological and theoretical. The article can be both empirical and theoretical and deal with issues that will be of interest to sociologists practising in a variety of locales- universities, research institutes and NGOS- for example.

2)   In Conversation with…

Here our intention is to showcase the sociological work and life experiences of a prominent sociologist (including ‘retired’) from any part of the world, in the form of a dialogue, conversation, interview with another sociologist. All suggestions and proposals are welcome.

3)   Reflections on…

We are seeking the more personal, biographical accounts from practising sociologists       about their experiences of teaching, researching or leading administratively in a particular setting. The topic and theme is open-ended and we welcome all proposals.

4)   Forum

We invite brief comments, notes, communications and letters from sociologists on any topic of relevance to an international community of sociologists. We intend for the ‘Forum” section to be a regular feature in this publication. This will need the support of the members to be successful.

5)   Photo Essays, Audio and Video Clips

The new on-line technology allows us to conceptualise and include different kinds of material, in addition to the written/printed word.  We welcome submissions in the form of photo essays, audio and video clips, photos and films.

6)   Reaching Out to the Community

In this section, the intention is to showcase important contributions to the sociological enterprise from practitioners working outside of academia – such as NGOs, development agencies and others in applied fields. This is in recognition of the multifaceted engagement and contributions of sociologists with domains beyond the academia- teaching and research, whose work enriches the discipline as a whole.

All expression of interest should include a contact name, institutional affiliation and an abstract of submission. Please direct all communications, submissions and enquires to the Editor, Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore,  e-mail: socvs@nus.edu.sg


The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture<http://www.religionandnature.com/society/> (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University in August 2012.  The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular Imagination.” 

For generations, the interconnections between religion and nature have been expressed, promoted, and contested through the incubator of popular culture, including films produced in nearby Hollywood. As a global and symbolic center that reflects and invents nature/religion representations, Malibu and its environs provide a fantastic venue for critical reflection on the religion/nature nexus in the popular imagination. Along with keynote addresses and other scholarly sessions, a number of special events and excursions are in the works, including a scholar-led tour of The Getty Villa in Malibu and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and famous Malibu coast.  Some of these may be offered before or after the official conference period.  Affordable on-campus housing will be available to conference participants.

We invite proposals about nature and religion in diverse expressions of popular culture, including films, television, comics, fiction, music, sports, graffiti, clothing, and festivals. As always, while we encourage proposals focused on the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals from all areas (regional and historical) and from all disciplinary perspectives that explore the complex relationships between religious beliefs and practices (however defined and understood), cultural traditions and productions, and the earth’s diverse ecological systems.  We encourage proposals that include theoretical frameworks and analyses, emphasize dialogue and discussion, promote collaborative research, and are unusual in terms of format and structure.

Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, and posters should be submitted directly to Sarah Pike at spike@csuchico.edu. It is not necessary to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal. Individual paper proposals should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and email of the presenter(s), title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a brief, 150 word biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation, if any).  Proposals for entire sessions must include a title and abstract for the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Proposers should also provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions, and whether any technology, such as data projectors, are desired. Most paper presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed on discussion in all sessions. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by the Scientific Committee, but conference directors will be aware of proposers’ identities in order to select for diversity in terms of geographical area and career stage. Student proposals are particularly welcome.

The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2012.

For more information and updates, please go to: http://www.religionandnature.com/society/conferences.htm#malibu


CALL FOR PAPERS- International Workshop

Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions

Center for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS), University of Tartu Tartu, Estonia, June 6-7, 2012

Organizers: Prof Jerry G. Pankhurst (Wittenberg University, USA; visiting Fulbright scholar at the University of Tartu) and Alar Kilp (University of Tartu)

http://ceurus.ut.ee/conferences/international-workshop-call-for-papers/

The Center for EU-Russia Studies (CEURUS) at the University of Tartu invites your participation in a workshop on Religion, Politics and Policy-making in Russia: Domestic and International Dimensions. The workshop is meant to highlight new research on the questions of religion and politics in Russia, to foster collaborative relations for future projects, and to provide an opportunity for everyone to learn about high-quality research that is being carried out in this area of inquiry. 

 The program organizers seek to explore the politics of religious affairs in Russia and the former Soviet countries and to assess the activities and role of the Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) and other organized religious groups in domestic and foreign policy. Issues related to religious diversity and religious tolerance in Russia and the neighboring countries are also of interest.

Confirmed keynote speakers include Irina Papkova, Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations at the Central European University, and Viacheslav Karpov, Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University.

Workshop organizers will actively seek opportunities to publish selected papers in a special issue of a journal or in an edited volume.

Workshop Venue:  University of Tartu, Estonia. Tartu is a home to one of the oldest universities in Eastern Europe. It was founded by the Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus in 1632. Today the University of Tartu is the only classical university in Estonia. It is a leading center of research and training, ranked among the 400 best universities of the world by Times Higher Education. The city of Tartu is a charming university town whose relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere creates a perfect environment for scholarly conversations. Tartu is well-served with bus and train connection with the city of Tallinn and its Lennart Meri Airport. There are also flights to Tartu from Tallinn (Estonian Air) and Helsinki (Flybe, in connection with Finnair). For more information, see: www.tartu.ee;  www.ut.ee.

Who may participate?  We invite scholars of Russian religious affairs and scholars with research focusing on the activities of the Russian Orthodox Church both in and outside of Russia.  Graduate students carrying out advanced work are welcomed to submit proposals for a presentation.
 
The workshop sessions will be open to the public.  Anyone who has a serious and informed interest in scholarly research on the topical issues is invited to attend the presentations and participate in question and answer sessions.
 
Cost:  There will be no registration fee for this workshop. The sponsoring organizations will host a reception and a dinner but are not able to cover travel or accommodation expenses of individual participants. However, limited travel support is available to participants from the CIS countries. CEURUS will assist as much as possible with information about local accommodations and other arrangements. If you have questions, please contact Britt Ressar at britt.ressar@ut.ee
 
Proposing a paper: If you are interested in presenting a paper, please consider the topic preferences below and send your abstract (250-300 words) and a succinct statement of your present position and recent publications and grants (if any) to Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee).
 
The deadline for receiving abstracts for consideration for the program is April 2, 2012. 
 
Abstracts will the evaluated by the workshop organizers for quality of scholarship and appropriateness for the program structure and workshop theme.  Authors of abstracts selected to be presented will be notified by April 13 via email.
 
Full papers by presenters will be due by 25 May, 2012.  Send papers via email to Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee)  
 
Potential Topics for Workshop Presentations: Below are some areas of special interest, but this is not a complete list of options for the program.  Within the overall guidelines of the workshop, all proposals will be given serious consideration even if their topics are not explicitly listed below.
 
  • What is the political and social role and influence of the Russian Orthodox Church (including its role in Russian politics in general, its role in Russian foreign policy/international affairs, contributions to EU-Russia relations)?
  • What is the nature of religious or church engagement in various social and political institutions in Russia (schools, marriage, military, prisons, etc.)
  • Given Russia’s religious diversity, what is the state of inter-group relations on a scale of tolerance-intolerance or accommodated-alienated?  Of special interest is the state of adaptation and acceptance of Muslim groups in Russia.
  • What are the issues related to religion in the Russian diaspora in the EU (including the Baltic states) and the Russian “Near Abroad” – religious practices, needs; role of Orthodox churches, Eastern orthodoxy in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia?
  • How well have Russian practices and policies lived up to European norms regarding religion?  What are the European concerns regarding freedom of religion/religious life in Russia?   What is the role of various European institutions: ECHR, Council of Europe, European Parliament, OSCE, etc.?
  • To what extent have Russian religious groups been active in European governing institutions like those just named?  How much do Russians see these institutions as appropriate venues for their own political or politically relevant pursuits?
  •  How much and in what ways have Russian religious groups expressed their concerns about problems in religious conditions in Europe, excessive secularity in Europe, and the like?
  •  To what extent and in what ways is the Russian Orthodox Church engaged in a “politics of family values” on the broader European stage?  How are common interests with Orthodox churches of the countries of the European Union enlisted in these endeavors, and how are non-Orthodox churches (Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, other Protestant churches, etc.) involved with the Russian Orthodox?  Are non-Christian groups, especially Jews and Muslims, involved in these efforts?
 

Explorations of additional issues in the area of politics and religion related to Russia will be considered for inclusion in the workshop program.

 

Additional information: Workshop participants may be interested in a conference at the University of Tartu that is scheduled to take place in the week following this workshop.  It is the 2012 annual conference of CIHEC, the Commission Internationale d’Histoire et d’etudes du Christianisme.  For more information on this conference, see http://www.history.ac.uk/cihec/our-conferences

 

 Academic conveners: Prof Jerry Pankhurst (jerrygp@ut.ee), Alar Kilp (alar.kilp@ut.ee)

Administrative support: Britt Ressar (britt.ressar@ut.ee)

For more information about the Centre for EU-Russia Studies and the University of Tartu, see http://ceurus.ut.ee and www.ut.ee


CALL FOR PAPERS

ALTERNATIVE SALVATIONS

One Day Conference, Sept 18th 2012, University of Chester

The conference will explore how ‘unorthodox’ readings of sacred texts inform salvation experience; how life

transformations outside of religious contexts might be considered spiritual; how ideas of this-worldly salvation

are politicised; how ideas of salvation are simultaneously secularised and infused with new power; what alternative salvations can be discovered within Christianity and how might they be practised? In particular, we are seeking to

explore the ways that alternative religious, spiritual and secular understandings of the notion of salvation already

shape, and have the potential to shape, how people live and act in Christian and post-Christian contexts .

This exciting conference breaks new ground in exploring alternative approaches to salvation. Proposals for

short papers are invited on any aspect of the theme of ‘alternative salvations’ as outlined here. Papers will normally

be 20 minutes in length with an additional 10 minutes for discussion. Applications to submit a short paper should

include:

• Proposer’s name and affiliation

• a title for the paper

• a 200 word abstract

• Details of any audio-visual equipment you will need

to deliver your paper

Short paper proposals should be submitted to alternativesalvations@chester.ac.uk by no later than 4:00pm on 16th April 2012.

Applicants should know the outcome of their proposal by 18th May 2012.

Conference costs: £28 (£18 for unwaged and students) inclusive of lunch and refreshments.

If you would like any further information, please contact: alternativesalvations@chester.ac.uk


 Calls for Participants


Negotiating Religion in Urban Space

7th March 2012, 10.30am – 6pm

Chadwick LT G08

UCL Main Campus

WC1E 6BT

Speakers

Dr Nazneen Ahmed

Dr Luke Bretherton

Dr Andrew Crompton

Dr Claire Dwyer

Professor John Eade

Dr Richard Gale

Dr David Garbin

Liz Hingley

Ali Mangera

Enrico Masi

Dr John Zavos

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/events/religion

This workshop will investigate the spatial incorporation of religious communities in the city both in the form of the material urban environment, for example in the presence of religious buildings and other faith spaces, and in  everyday urban cultures, practices and politics.

Questions which will be explored in this workshop include: How are new religious buildings incorporated into contemporary urban spaces? What continuities are there with the emergence of religious architecture in earlier times? What significance do religious buildings and other markers in the urban landscape have for different religious communities? How are existing and new forms of religious spatial practice (processions, festivals, pilgrimage) incorporated into the urban environment? What kinds of transformations of urban space are produced by religious spatial practices? What role do faith groups play in the making and remaking of urban spaces?


Job Opportunities


Princeton University

The Institute for the Transregional Study of the contemporary Middle East, North Africa & Central Asia

2012-2013 Fellowship Competition

Research Theme for 2012-13: “Contestation in the Contemporary Arab World”

The recent uprisings in the Arab world, the so-called “Arab Spring,” represent a watershed in the history of this region and its peoples, from Morocco to the Gulf. The stability and endurance of the Arab state has been called into question, as has “Arab exceptionalism” in resisting political change and the democratic wave that swept many regions of the globe in the late twentieth century. The Institute of Transregional Study would like to sponsor research that explores these events in-depth and what they mean for the territorial states, governments, societies, national boundaries as well as the regional system. Is the Arab system of states as rigid as has been claimed? Has Islamism given way to secular forms of politics? Can demographics, the so-called “youth bulge,” explain what we are witnessing? What has been the role of women? What is the role of social media and the information revolution in bringing this about? Has the rise in commodity prices also played a role? Are different types of regime affected differently by these developments (monarchies vs. republics; rentier states vs. production states)? What about the differences in the social makeup of these states? Are homogenous populations (e.g., Tunisia, Egypt) more able to effect change peacefully than those in which regional, sectarian or tribal cleavages are prominent (e.g., Syria, Yemen)? Successful fellows will be expected to tackle such questions. In the process, the Institute hopes that their research will contribute to a better understanding of these important events and offer ideas and frameworks for how to think about them as well as consider potential policy implications.

Research Support Opportunities

Under this general theme, the Institute invites applications for Postdoctoral or Visiting Research Scholar positions from candidates with any disciplinary or theoretical perspective (e.g., law, sociology, anthropology, demography, politics, literature, as well as Islamic and gender studies). Appointments will be for the academic year, September 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013, with the possibility of renewal, subject to satisfactory performance and continued funding. Subject to the approval of the Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Dean of the Faculty, research associates will be expected to teach a one-semester undergraduate course, which may be open to graduate students. Candidates must hold the Ph.D. degree and are expected to pursue independent research at Princeton and to participate in Institute-related activities on campus. Preference will be given to academics whose research, teaching, and professional activities relate to the Institute’s 2012-13 theme. Travel assistance of up to $1500 for round-trip, economy-class airfare will be available to appointees and their immediate families. Salary, title and eligibility to teach will be based on successful applicants’ qualifications and is subject to approval by Princeton’s Dean of the Faculty and relevant academic departments.

To Apply

Interested applicants must apply online at https://jobs.princeton.edu and submit a current curriculum vitae, a research statement (maximum length 2 pages), a cover letter, and contact information for three references. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations. For information, contact: Department of Near Eastern Studies, Transregional Institute Research Fellowships, 110 Jones Hall, Princeton University, Princeton NJ 08544 (fax: +1-609-258-0204; tri@princeton.edu; www.princeton.edu/transregional). Application deadline: March 26, 2012.


Postgraduate Part-time Research Assistants – QMU London

The Department of Law is seeking to employ two suitably qualified Postgraduate Research Assistants to work within the research project RELIGARE. These are EU grant funded positions. The project researches the area of: ‘Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy’.

Candidates will be required to undertake research in collaboration with and under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, Dr Prakash Shah, in order to realise the objectives and development of the research programme. Duties will involve writing case notes, assisting in the organisation of project meetings, attending project meetings, coordinating volunteers’ activities, and writing and editing research papers and reports. Good academic and legal writing skills are necessary.

These are part-time, fixed term posts available for 6 months. The posts are to commence mid March 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. Remuneration will be made on an hourly basis and will be in the range of £15.43 – £16.27 per hour depending on the tasks allocated and experience of the employee. Benefits include 30 days annual leave (pro-rata) and defined benefit pension scheme.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required, this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries should be addressed to please contact Dr Prakash Shah (prakash.shah@qmul.ac.uk).

Details about the department and further particulars are available from: www.laws.qmul.ac.uk

Further details and an application form can be found at: http://webapps.qmul.ac.uk/hr/vacancies/jobs.php?id=2882

Completed application forms, quoting 12012/NL, should be returned to law-recruitment@qmul.ac.uk. Applications must be made on the official College application form and must include the applicant’s CV and the names of three referees.

The closing date for applications is 4th March 2012 at 17:00 hrs BST and interviews will be held shortly thereafter.


Rice University

The Religion and Public Life Program (RPLP) in the Social Sciences Research Institute at Rice University is offering one two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the social sciences to begin on July 1, 2012 at a rate of $52,000 per year. The fellow will be housed in the Department of Sociology and work primarily with Associate Professor of Sociology and RPLP Director Elaine Howard Ecklund (www.ehecklund.rice.edu <http://www.ehecklund.rice.edu/>) on the Religion among Scientists in International Context study, a six-nation study of how scientists understand religion and science ethics.  The fellow will also work with Kirstin Matthews, Science and Technology Fellow in the Baker Institute for Public Policy and Steve Lewis, C.V. Starr Transnational China Fellow in the Baker Institute for Public Policy, who are participating with Dr. Ecklund on the RASIC study.  There are no teaching responsibilities associated with the fellowship.
Because of the needs of the study, preference will be given to applicants who speak one or more of the following languages fluently: French, Italian, Turkish, or Mandarin, in addition to fluent English. Ability to do high-level statistical analysis or experience conducting qualitative interviews is also an asset to the application.  An online application is required, and additional required application materials include a curriculum vitae, a copy of at least one recent social science publication, and a transcript for language courses taken or other evidence of fluency (article published in language, for example).
Please apply online at jobs.rice.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=53111.  In addition to the online application materials, three letters of recommendation sent by writers under separate cover will be required.  Letters should be sent to Samuel Kye, RASIC Postdoctoral Selection Committee, Department of Sociology MS-28, Rice University, 6100 Main St, Houston TX 77005-1892.  Application review will begin on April 1, 2012.  Rice University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

Studentships

Nohoudh PhD Scholarships for the study of the integration of Muslims in the UK

Thanks to the generosity of the Nohoudh Trust for development Studies up to PhD scholarships have been established at SOAS to study ‘The integration of Muslims in British Society’.

The aim is to support PhD research by British graduates, who can demonstrate intimate knowledge and substantial experience of interacting with UK Muslim communities, to use their intellectual skills for the benefit of sound scholarship on the subject, the future development of these communities and understanding within the wider society.

Four Nohoudh Scholarships of £19,990 each, per annum for a maximum of three years will be available for PhD students applying for entry in autumn 2012.

The scholarships can be used for fees and the remainder towards maintenance. The Nohoudh scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit along with intimate knowledge and substantial experience of interacting with UK Muslim communities.

Eligible Programs
  • Only full-time research degrees which involve research into aspects of ‘The integration of Muslims in British Society’.
  • A list of suggested research topics is provided in annex 1 on the Nohoudh Scholarship application form
  • Part-time programmes are not eligible.
  • New admissions only
Candidate Criteria

Applicants intending to commence a full-time research degree in 2012/13 on a relevant topic are eligible to apply for the award. They must:

  • be classified as home/EU for fee purposes
  • be British Citizens, born and raised in the UK)
  • be Muslims and demonstrate in their application an intimate knowledge and substantial experience of interacting with Muslims communities in the UK
  • be holders of at least a 2.1 honours undergraduate degree and possess a masters degree with merit or distinction
Candidate Assessment
  •  Candidates will be assessed on academic merit by an Advisory Panel consisting of three academic members.
  • The assessment of your application will be based on the information in your application.  Selectors will be looking at the degree result, your references, your statement, an interview and other relevant information.
Scholarship Application Deadline
  • Applications must be received by 5pm on 30 April 2012
  •  Late applications will not be considered.
  • Applicants must also have applied for a place to study at the School preferably four weeks before the scholarship closing date (i.e. by 4 April 2012) but no later than the scholarship application deadline in order to be considered for this scholarship.
  • The application for a place must be complete.
Number of Applications normally received

This is a new scholarship

Notification of Results

All applicants will be notified by e-mail regarding the outcome of their application, generally by the beginning of July

If you have not heard from us by the beginning of July, please contact the Scholarships Officer.

Application Procedures

A scholarship application form is available for download from the download box at the top right or can be obtained from:

Scholarships Officer

Registry

SOAS

Thornhaugh Street

Russell Square

London

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United Kingdom

Email: scholarships@soas.ac.uk

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7074 5094/5091


New Journals

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new journal dedicated to Japanese religions, the Journal of Religion in Japan (JRJ) published from Brill.

The first issue (March 2012) focuses on Religion and the Secular in Japan and contains the following articles and book reviews:

JOURNAL OF RELIGION IN JAPAN 1/1 (March 2012)

  • Publisher’s note
  • Editorial
  • Articles
  • – Ian Reader. Secularisation, R.I.P.? Nonsense! The ‘Rush Hour Away from the Gods’ and the Decline of Religion in Contemporary Japan.
  • – John Nelson. Japanese Secularities and the Decline of Temple Buddhism.
  • – Mark Mullins. Secularization, Deprivatization, and the Reappearance of ‘Public Religion’ in Japanese Society.
  • – Elisabetta Porcu. Observations on the Blurring of the Religious and the Secular in a Japanese Urban Setting.
  •  Book reviews
  • – Paula Arai. Bringing Zen Home: The Healing Heart of Japanese Women’s Rituals. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2011 (Helen J. Baroni).
  • – Ugo Dessì (ed.).  The Social Dimension of Shin Buddhism. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2010 (Paul Watt).
  • – Lori Meeks. Hokkeji and the Reemergence of Female Monastic Orders in Premodern Japan, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2010 (Matthew Mitchell).

JOURNAL OF RELIGION IN JAPAN (Brill)

Editorial board:

Editors:

  • Elisabetta Porcu, University of Leipzig
  • Paul B. Watt, Waseda University, Tokyo

Book Review Editor:

  • Helen Baroni, University of Hawaii

Editorial Advisory Board:

  • Galen Amstutz, Institute of Buddhist Studies, Berkeley
  • Ugo Dessì, University of Leipzig
  • Bernard Faure, Columbia University
  • Nam-lin Hur, University of British Columbia
  • Inoue Nobutaka, Kokugakuin University
  • Richard Jaffe, Duke University
  • Nakamaki Hirochika, National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka Fabio Rambelli, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Janine T. A. Sawada, Brown University
  • Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley
  • George J. Tanabe, University of Hawaii
Founding Editor:
  • Elisabetta Porcu, University of Leipzig

More information on the Journal of Religion in Japan can be found here: http://www.brill.nl/jrj

Individual subscribers can apply for a free online subscription to the first volume (3 issues, 2012) of the Journal. To apply for such a subscription please contact Maarten Frieswijk, Editor Religious Studies, Frieswijk@brill.nl.

We hope that the Journal of Religion in Japan would provide a stimulating and challenging venue for enriching the study of religion in Japan. We welcome submissions to the Journal through Editorial Manager: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jrj/


We are proud to announce the launching of the new Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion (JCSR) which is the official journal of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR).

http://www.equinoxpub.com/JCSR

Editors

  • Pascal Boyer, University of Washington in St. Louis
  • Armin W. Geertz, Aarhus University
  • Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont

Managing Editors

  • Ryan McKay, Oxford University
  • Dimitris Xygalatas, Aarhus University

Book review Editor

  • Istvan Czachesz, University of Bochum

Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion is the official journal of the International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR). The Association was founded in 2006 and since then has sponsored a number of international collaborative projects and biennial conferences. A subscription to the journal is included in membership.

The cognitive science of religion is a burgeoning field that finds itself in the center of cross-disciplinary research. Cognition is understood in a variety of ways from bottom-up to top-down models and theories. New insights into cognition, culture and religion are being discovered, new ways of doing research are being established and new methodologies and technologies are being used in the cognitive science of religion. The number of scholars and scientists working in this exciting field are expanding exponentially, and the journal provides a cutting-edge publication channel for this field.

The editors will consider the following types of original papers:

  • General and research articles (maximum 6,000 words)
  • Research reports (up to 4,000 words)
  • Short Reports (up to 2,500 words)
  • Commentaries, Addenda, and Book Reviews (up to 1,500 words)
  • Invited target articles (up to 8,000 words)

Frequency: Continuous online publication comprising 2 issues per volume year

Please do consider sending your manuscripts to the journal. Submission information as well as subscription information is found at the journal website.