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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 11 MARCH 2014

Welcome to the first RSP Opportunities Digest assembled in Norway! As some things change, others remain the same:

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Calls for papers

Western Esotericism in Central and Eastern Europe over the Centuries

Calls for: 20 minute paper proposals

Send: Author’s affiliation and a short abstract

To: Karolina M. Kotkowska km.kotkowska@gmail.com and ceenaswe2014@gmail.com

Deadline: April 15, 2014.

ASA-UK 2014: Religion and the Congolese Diaspora

September 2014

More information

Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politics

October 16-17, 2014

Riga, Latvia

Calls for: 20 minutes proposals with 10 minutes for discussion

Deadline: June 1, 2014

More information

Religion and Remembering

Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and Queen’s University, Belfast.

May 23-24, 2014

More information

Christianity and the Limits of Materiality

University of Turku, Finland

September 25-26, 2014

More information

Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD)

JRPGD is calling for research articles!

More information

Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) invites scholars to review books for the winter edition of the journal.

More information (pdf)

International Institute of Islamic Thought

The Fairfax Institute

Theme: Islamic Law and Ethics

June 16-21, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

More information

CHAOS: Scandinavian Journal for the History of Religions. Symposium: Religion and Nature

University of Copenhagen

May 23-24, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

More information (Danish)

Conferences and events

Women Modernists and Spirituality: A Symposium

22-23 May 2014

British Association for Modernist Studies

University of Stirling

Keynote speakers: Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary University of London), Lara Vetter (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

More information

The Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland

June 26-28, 2014

York St John University Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Keynote speakers: Richard Marks (University of Cambridge), Ian Ker (University of Oxford), Catherine O’Brien (Kingston University London)

More information

Religion: Views from Japan

March 20, 9-11am

Université de Genève, Uni Bastions, B105

Speaker: Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College)

FD Maurice lectures 2014: Religion & Sociology: a marriage made in heaven or hell?

March 18-20, 2014

King’s College London

Speaker: James A. Beckford (University of Warwick)

More information

Dissonant Voices: Faith and the Irish Diaspora

March 8, 2014

London Irish Centre

Speakers: Msgr. Raymond Murray, Fr Joe McVeigh, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Dr Oliver Rafferty SJ. Co-chairs: Fr. Gerry McFlynn, Dr Dianne Kirby (University of Ulster)

More information (pdf)

The Third Groningen-Leuven Encounter on the Dead Sea Scrolls

April 15, 2014

Leuven

More information (pdf)

6th SSEASR Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka

South and Southeast Asian Association for Culture and Religion (SSEASR)

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

More information (pdf) 

June 4-11, 2015

15th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

St Antony’s College, Oxford

March 12, 2014

Registration

“This year’s theme is ‘It’s Complicated’: Critical Reflections on the Lived Experience of Research in Africa

Researching Africa Day provides graduate students with the opportunity to network with fellow researchers, exchange information, discuss research strategies, and develop ideas in a constructive, stimulating, and engaging environment. The workshop is open to all graduates working on Africa within the disciplines of history, politics, economics, development studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, public health, and the natural sciences. We particularly welcome participation from students beyond Oxford.”

Creating Myths as Narratives of Empowerment and Disempowerment

High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia

March 10-12, 2014

Conference program (pdf)

Research Seminar on Body, Voice and Religion

“I sing the body electric”: Body as Voice from a Musicological, Technological, and Religious Studies Perspective

University of Hull

June 3, 2014

More information

Summer school

Serbian Folklore Summer School

University of Novi Sad

July 6-20, 2014

More information

Scholarships and research funding

The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Scholarship for research or research affiliated studies in Turkish languages and turkology.

More information

The Panacea Charitable Trust Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2014

More information

PhD studentships, post docs and other research positions

The Occupy Movement in Theory and Practice

Canterbury Christ Church University

“The Occupy Movement emerged in late 2011, and appeared to assume the status of a global phenomenon. Even though there has been an extensive commentary in the popular media on this latest wave of anti-capitalist mobilisation, there has yet to be a comprehensive in-depth theoretically informed comparative analysis of this movement. As an original contribution to knowledge, this research aims to fill this gap. For comparative purposes, this research will analyse the complex mobilisation of Occupy in the US and UK contexts, building on already existing work of the project supervisors, Dr David Bates and Dr Matthew Ogilvie.”

Application deadline: April 30, 2014

More information

Salaried PhD positions at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University, Sweden

Application deadline: March 31, 2014

More information (Swedish)

10 jobs at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

  • Up to four Staff Research Fellows
  • Three Post-doctoral Research Fellows
  • Two Post-doctoral Write-up Fellows
  • One Doctoral Student

More information (pdf)

Application form (all jobs)

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 21 February 2014

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

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen. This digest has been significantly pared down to basic details and web links. We hope this meets with your approval. We are about to appoint a new editor for the digest, so expect some changes in the coming weeks.

Those supplying calls for papers etc. must provide a link to external information, or a pdf containing the relevant information, otherwise we will not be able to include these in the digest.

Conferences

Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture

An International Conference at the University of Cambridge, 17-18 March 2014

http://www.visionsofenchantment.com/

Calls for Papers

EASA 2014

13th EASA Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA), taking place in Tallinn, the beautiful capital city of Estonia, on 31st July – 3rd August, 2014.

http://www.easaonline.org/conferences/easa2014/cfp.shtml

Religion as Resource: Local and Global Discourses

Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology Asia-Orient-Institute University of Tübingen Graduate Academy for Academics and Scientists (Excellence Initiative, DFG funded)

Convenors: Dr Vibha Joshi and Dr Andrea Luithle-Hardenberg

18-20 July 2014

Venue: Schloss Hohentübingen

See attached Word Document for more information. 

 

Workshops

Religious Indifference

The Emmy Noether Project “The Diversity of Nonreligion” is glad to be hosting a workshop on Religious Indifference in November 2014 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

See attached Word Document for more information.

Studying Pentecostalism in a Transcultural Perspective

The Junior Research Group B21 “Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism” at the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context” (Heidelberg University) welcomes applications for the interdisciplinary workshop “Studying Pentecostalism in a Transcultural Perspective” held at Heidelberg University from April 3 – 5, 2014.

http://www.asia-europe.uni-heidelberg.de/en/research/b-public-spheres/b21-transcultural-dynamics-of-pentecostalism.html

Jobs

Durham University

Lecturer in Theology and Ministry

https://ig5.i-grasp.com/fe/tpl_durham01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=85364,8671342386&key=85581532&c=239887689945&pagestamp=segndhkgiterbpxwio

Käte Hamburger Kolleg

Executive secretary for the online journal “Entangled Religions”,
part-time academic job, http://bit.ly/1fao3V2

Public relations manager, full-time professional job,
http://bit.ly/1bFjFP9

Studentships

Doctoral studentship

One doctoral studentship in the research project “Islamophobia in Germany, Poland and Russia, with Particular Attention to Its Christian Dimension”

Södertörns högskola (Södertörn University)

See attached Word Document for more information.

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 14 February 2014

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

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen. This digest has been significantly pared down to basic details and web links. We hope this meets with your approval. We are about to appoint a new editor for the digest, so expect some changes in the coming weeks.

Those supplying calls for papers etc. must provide a link to external information, or a pdf containing the relevant information, otherwise we will not be able to include these in the digest.

Calls for Papers

Religion and Architecture

Panel on the forgotten connections between religion and modernist architecture in the post-WWII world

ISIH-conference in Toronto.

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=211169

Religion in Social Relations

The Hungarian Historical Review

Deadline for  abstracts: 28 Feb 2014

http://www.hunghist.org

Constructing Orthodoxies and Heresies in the Islamic World

2014 MAMEIS Annual Conference

Abstracts Due: Friday, February 14 2014

Saturday April 12, 2014, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

http://www.mameis.org

Religion in Everyday lives

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29. 03. 2014.

http://www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

Special Issue of Fat Studies

“Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society”

Religion and Fat, guest edited by Lynne Gerber,

Susan Hill and LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant.

See attached word document. 

Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society

Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society (Revista Ciências da Religião – Historia e Sociedade)

Journal URL http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/cr

Contact for queries and submissions: suzana.coutinho@mackenzie.br

Oxford X 2014

Astronomy, Indigenous Knowledge, and Interpretation

Abstracts Due March 1, 2014

South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO), Cape Town, South Africa

http://www.culturalastronomy.saao.ac.za

Conferences

The Pentecostalisation of Public Spheres

Religion & Society @Leeds Research Day

14 March 2014, Fairbairn House, Main Building Upper Chapel

See attached pdf. 

The Use of Tafsir in Translating the Koran

Centre for the History of Arabic Studies in Europe (CHASE)

28 February 2014, at the Warburg Institute, London.

http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/events/colloquia-2013-14/use-of-tafsir-in-translating-the-koran/

Food and Ritual: Ancient Practices, Modern Perspectives

 

Corpus Christi College, Oxford, March 19-21st, 2014.

http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?

compid=1&modid=2&deptid=202&catid=68&prodid=232

Jobs

University of Cape Town – Lecturer: Asian Religions

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48414

Antioch University – Instructor, Buddhist Studies Program

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48416

University of Pittsburgh – Visiting Assistant Professor

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48420

University of Edinburgh – Religious Studies, Teaching Fellow

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIC788/teaching-fellow-in-religious-studies/

Keble College, Oxford – Reformation history and theology

http://bit.ly/1fZC2uW

NSRN Blog

12 February 2014 – New academic blog promotes discussion about secularity, nonreligion and atheism.

http://blog.nsrn.net

Summer School

Mysticism and Esotericism

University of Groningen in collaboration with Erfurt, Aarhus, and Rice University.

“Mysticism and Esotericism in Pluralistic Perspective: Conflicting Claims of Knowledge and the Power of Individualism” (29 June – 5 July 2014).

http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer-schools-2014/mysticism-esotericism/

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 7 February 2014

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

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen. This digest has been significantly pared down to basic details and web links. We hope this meets with your approval.

Those supplying calls for papers etc. must provide a link to external information, or a pdf containing the relevant information, otherwise we will not be able to include these in the digest.

Exhibition – Edinburgh Jews

Opens on Tuesday, June 4th 2013, at New College, Mound Place, Edinburgh, and runs until Friday, April 4th 2014. Open to the public Monday to Friday, from 9 AM to 5 PM. 

http://jewishstudies.div.ed.ac.uk/exhibition/

Studentships

Religion Knowledge – Discourse

Structured Doctoral Programme: Religion Knowledge – Discourse

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

Christian and Jewish Religious Conversions

Faculty of Humanities, School of History, and Department for Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=210238

Calls for Papers

Human-Animal Relationships in Religious Traditions

Dept. of Comparative Religion, University of Bonn, Germany.

25-27 September 2014. Deadline March 31 2014.

More information in the attached pdf.

Paul Tillich: Theology and Legacy

A conference in Oxford engaging with Tillich’s work. 14th-15th July 2014.

Deadline for Abstracts: 14 February 2014.

http://tillichoxford2014.wordpress.com

(Mis-)Representing Cultures and Objects

(Mis-)Representing Cultures and Objects: Critical Approaches to Museological Collections

University of Stirling, 16 May 2014.

Deadline for applications: 7 February 2014

http://misrepresentingcultures.wordpress.com/

Abraham’s Trials: Obedience and Rebellion

18-19 December 2014, University of Antwerp.

http://www.uantwerpen.be/ijs

AAR Indigenous Religious Traditions Group

American Academy of Religion, San Diego, 22-25 November 2014.

Deadline 3rd March 2014.

http://papers.aarweb.org/content/indigenous-religious-traditions-group

Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture

Do not curse the deaf or put a stumbling block in front of

the blind: Disability in Jewish Thought and Culture

http://www.uantwerp.be/en/rg/ijs/lectures-and-conferences/conferences-2013—2/disability-in-jewish/

Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World

Newcastle University, May 15, 2014

http://genderreligionatlantic.wordpress.com/

Religion & Crisis

BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2014

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Deadline extended to 17 February 2014.

http://www.socrel.org.uk

Wandering Myths

Wandering Myths: Transcultural Uses of Myth in the Ancient World

Somerville College, University of Oxford,14-16 April 2014

http://www.classics.ox.ac.uk/Wandering-Myths.html

Encyclopedia of Psychology and Religion

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=210435

Jobs

Research Associate – Islamic Studies

The University of Cambridge, Centre of Islamic Studies. Start date no later than October 2014. Two-year, fixed-term position. The successful candidate will design and conduct original research into Islam or Muslims in the UK or Europe.

Deadline 5pm, 3 March 2014.

Contact: Professor Yasir Suleiman, Centre of Islamic Studies, Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, cis@cis.cam.ac.uk

4 Jobs at the University of Copenhagen

Associate Professor in Hebrew and Modern Israel

Associate Professor in Migration Studies

Associate Professor in the History of Religions (1)

Associate Professor in the History of Religions (2)

Study on researchers post-PhD

The AHRC and British Academy are supporting a study to understand the issues faced by individuals in the period immediately following the award of their doctorate. Part of the study is a survey for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) asking them about their experiences. See here for the survey and more information:

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/AHRC-and-British-Academy-Post-PhD-Study.aspx

Islamic Studies Pedagogy in Britain

Islamic Studies Pedagogy in Britain: Interrogating the Secular and the Sacred

4th March 2014, Multi-faith Centre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB

http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/=events/detail/2014/Seminars/AH/GEN905_University_of_Derby

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 January 2014

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

To skip to specific content within this digest, please use the table of contents to the right of your screen. This digest has been significantly pared down to basic details and web links. We hope this meets with your approval.

Calls for Papers

Denton Conference on ‘Implicit Religion’ and ‘Spirituality’

May 2014. See attached pdf for details.

The Uses of Witchcraft in Modern Germany

German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, MO, 18-21

September 2014

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209887

Igbo Conference 2014, May 2-3, SOAS, University of London

http://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/conferences/igbo-conference/

AAR Regional Meetings

NEW ENGLAND and CANADIAN MARITIMES REGIONAL MEETING of the AMERICAN ACADEMY of RELIGION

Massachusetts, New England and Canadian Maritimes region of the AAR (NEMAAR), April 26, 2014.

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209878

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

May 2–3, 2014

http://www.eiraar.net/cfp

Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy

11-13 July 2014 Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

http://www.case.edu/artsci/engl/evilincarnate

Religious History Association Conference

Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July 2014

http://sapmea.asn.au/conventions/aha2014/

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 31-November 2, 2014

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

http://www.sssrweb.org/news.cfm?newsid=208

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29 March 2014.

http://socialsciencesandhumanities.com/upcoming-conferences-call-for-papers/index.html

Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality

Drew Theological School, New Jersey, 28-30 March 2014

http://depts.drew.edu/tsfac/colloquium/13/about.html

Lecture – Neutrality and Religious Freedom

Daniel Weinstock, McGill University

UCL Department of Political Science, Thursday, 6 February 2014 from 17:00 to 19:00 (GMT)

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/neutrality-and-religious-freedom-tickets-10368571677?aff=eorg

Jobs

Fo Guang University

Assistant Professor (or higher), Chinese Buddhism

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48364

Call for Submissions – Nomos Journal

1st Quarter 2014

http://www.nomosjournal.org/about

Research Fellowships

(Trans-)formation of religious traditions in the context of intra- and interreligious contact

Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

http://www.khk.ceres.rub.de/en/news/all/en-20140128-cfa-tradition-fellowships/

 

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

BASR annual conference, 2014

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

3-5 Sept 2014

Hosted at The Open University, UK

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

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

Religion, art and performance

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

The cutting edge

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion and American Culture, American Studies Association

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-02

Description: The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the

American Studies Association promotes engagement with

scholarship on American religion by organizing and supporting

submissions to the Annual Meeting of the American Studies

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

Angeles. RACC in …

Contact: rbarrettfox@astate.edu

Announcement ID: 209476

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

Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology

‘Spiritual Exercises’

Date: 2014-03-07

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

Conference on Religion and Theology SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Keynote

speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin We invite submissions of

abstracts from postgraduate students and early career academics

for the 19th Postgraduate Conference on Religious Studies and

The …

Contact: pg.rt.conf@gmail.com

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

Announcement ID: 209442

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

A Postgraduate Conference

CENTRE FOR PSYCHOANALYSIS

MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY

LONDON

Saturday, 14 June, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

Registration:

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

Centre for Psychoanalysis:

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

Panel: Female Leadership in Islam

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline: 26th January 2014.

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

Early Modern Women, Religion, and the Body

22-23 July 2014, Loughborough University, UK

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

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

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

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

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

Topics might include, but are not limited to

• Methods of recording or maintaining bodily and spiritual health

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

• Illness, providence, and interpretation

• Suffering as part of religious experience and conversion

• Spiritual melancholy, madness, demonic possession, or witchcraft

• The physical effects of prophesising/preaching

• Chastity and religious life

• Spiritual and physical births/reproductive tropes

• Ensoulment and pregnancy

• The miraculous or martyred female body

• The body and sin

• Uses of the Bible in medical treatises

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

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

Religion in floating territories

Date: 2014-02-27

Description: Papers are invited for an international conference

jointly organized by the Eurel network of sociologists and

legal scholars of religion, and the Department Of Law on

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

both an important information resource created by leading

sociologists …

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

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

Announcement ID: 209619

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

Experience and Authority: Catholicism, Esotericism, and Heresy

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23, 2014

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

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

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

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

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

• The Experience of LGBT Catholics

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

• Syncretic Catholicism

• Catholicism, Spiritualism, and the Occult

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

• Apocryphal Texts, Alternate Histories, and Lost Traditions

• Folk Practices and Personal Devotions

• Private and Public Revelation

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

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

Notifications will be made by April 1.

Emerging Trends and Developments in Sikh and Punjabi Studies

2nd Max Arthur Macauliffe Conference,

University College Cork, Ireland

Saturday 22 March, 2014

PLEASE NOTE EARLY DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS Monday 10th FEBRUARY 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstracts deadline: 23.59hrs GMT Monday 10th February 2014

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

Moderation and its Discontents: religion, rights and social justice

Organiser: Dr Alexander Smith

Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Monday, 23 June – Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Keynote speakers

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

Workshop

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

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

  • Democracy, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue

  • Citizenship, human rights and social justice

  • Education, expertise and the media

  • Publics versus markets

  • Pragmatism and social theory

  • Religion, secularism and science

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

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

Panel on Religion and Religious Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fifth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, USA

16-17 April 2015

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

  • Religious Foundations

  • Religious Community and Socialization

  • Religious Commonalities and Differences

  • The Politics of Religion

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

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

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

Seeking researcher for web team

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

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

Weekly responsibilities require approximately 3-4 hours.

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

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

SSSR Student Travel Awards

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

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

Application Form:

www.sssrweb.org/pdf/Student_Travel_Award_Application_2012.doc

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

Please send applications to:

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

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

Jobs

Professorship of New Testament

(Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands)

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

Deadline applications: February 5th, 2014

Interviews: Groningen, Wednesday February 26th.

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

Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

(Durham University)

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

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

London School of Economics and Political Science

The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities

The Hajj: Collected Essays

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

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

Venetia Porter and Liana Saif (eds.)

The Hajj: Collected Essays

London 2013 (British Museum, Research Publications 193)

ISBN: 9780861591930

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

Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University

February 28-March 1, 2014

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

Marshall College

Keynote Address

6:30-7:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:30pm

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Breakfast

8am-9am

I. Morning Session: Doing Things with Demons

9am-10:45am

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

the Mahabharata”

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

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

the Underworld”

George Archer (Theology, Georgetown)

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

identity in Late Antiquity”

Sara Ronis (Religious Studies, Yale University)

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

Women in Valmiki’s Ramayana”

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

University of Toronto)

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

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

Practice Program, Department of Religious Studies, University of

Virginia)

Break

10:45am-11am

II.  Late Morning Session: The Politics of Composite Creatures

11am-12:15pm

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

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

Vanderbilt University)

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

the Konjaku Monogatari”

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

“Counterintuitive Mischwesen: A Cognitive Approach to the Iconography

of Hybrid Creatures in the Ancient Near East”

Brett Maiden (Religion, Emory University)

Lunch Break

12:15pm-2pm

III.  Afternoon Session: The Unnatural in Narrative and Art

2pm-3:30pm

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

the Primary Ethos”

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

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

in Industrial Pittsburgh”

Andrew McKee (Department of Religion, Florida State University)

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

Declension Narrative”

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

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

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

Break

3:30pm-3:45pm

IV. Late Afternoon Session: Bodies and Boundaries

3:45pm-5:15pm

“Barbarians Upon the Horizon: Ethnoreligious Difference in the

Colonial Imagination”

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

Southern Methodist University)

“Embodying Disordered Economy: A Study in Byzantine Theology”

Jessica Wong (Religion, Duke University)

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

Reading Martha Beck’s Expecting Adam”

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

“Reconsidering the Kapalika: Multiple Interpretations and Diversity in

Hinduism Made Accessible by the Intriguingly Grisly”

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

Break

5:15pm-5:30pm

Closing Remarks

5:30-6pm

Dinner Reception

6pm

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

additional information becomes available.

Scholarships

10 Scholarships at Humboldt

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

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

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

Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

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

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

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

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

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

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

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

Funding Package

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

How to Apply

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

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013

Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013

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

2014 Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies

Featuring seven cycles of studies on:

A) Conflict & Political Violence

B) Terrorism & Counterterrorism

C) Religion & Politics

D) Development Economics & Inclusive Business

E) Maritime Security

F) History & Philosophy of IR, and

G) Political Risk Analysis

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

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

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

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

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

Journals

Contemporary Islam

Volume 8 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Contemporary Religion

Vol. 29, No. 1, 02 Jan 2014 is now available on Taylor & Francis Online.

Calls for Papers

HARTS & Minds Journal

This call for papers invites submissions from postgraduates or early career researchers on the subject of Sound and/or Silence for the next edition of HARTS & Minds, an online journal for students of the Humanities and Arts, which is due to be published in Spring 2014.

Our second edition ‘Space and Place’ can be found at www.harts-minds.co.uk and you can get updates on our journal at www.facebook.com/hartsandminds.

Submissions should adhere to the guidelines available on our website and use the appropriate article template.

We accept:

  • ARTICLES: Send us an abstract (300 words) and your draft article (no longer than 6,000 words).
  • BOOK REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on an academic text that deals with the theme of Sound and/or Silence in some respect. This would preferably be interdisciplinary, but we will accept reviews of subject specific texts.
  • EXHIBITION REVIEWS: Around 1,000 words on any event along the lines of an art exhibition, museum collection, academic event or conference review that deals with the theme of Sound and/or Silence in some respect.
  • CREATIVE WRITING PIECES: Original poetry (up to 3 short or 1 long) or short stories of up to 4,000 words.

All submissions should be sent to editors@harts-minds.co.uk by Monday 17th February 2014. (Please note, there is some leeway with exhibition reviews in case of events taking place in late Feb, early March)

Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Use of Silence in music, film scores, in performance art, installations;
  • Movement and stillness;
  • Conveying sound and silence in Art – the void, colour and sounds/silence;
  • Silence and sounds in literatures (English, Global, Comparative);
  • The role of silence and solitude in religions: spirituality, memorial, obedience, mantra and hymn;
  • Sounds of the urban vs. the rural;
  • Changing sounds of musical instruments, the Orchestra, from Church to Chamber;
  • Silent histories – the oppressed, the underprivileged, muting, censorship, exclusion;
  • The Sound of Revolution;
  • The physical loss of voice – the mute, sign language;
  • Silence and Sound in relation to madness;
  • Noise vs. Sound;
  • Comedy and Silence;
  • Technologies of sound and silence: Gags and muzzles, weaponry, isolation camps, radios, televisions, gramophones;
  • Reading aloud.

Please consider that HARTS & Minds is intended as a truly inter-disciplinary journal and therefore esoteric topics will need to be written with a general academic readership in mind.

The 39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

25th-27th April 2014

Venue: Luther King House – Manchester

The Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions invites papers on Indic religious cultures and traditions. The Spalding Symposium is an annual conference bringing together scholars from many disciplines who are working in the general areas of Indic Studies. It is funded by the Spalding Trust. Papers on Jain, Hindu, Buddhist, Parsi, Sikh and sub-continental Christianity or Islam are welcome, as are those that examine Indian religions as diasporic or global communities.

We invite proposals for 45 minute papers, with 15 minutes for discussion. Proposals in the form of a title, a short abstract and a brief biographical statement including affiliation should be sent, by February 3rd, to Dermot Killingly (dermot@grevatt.force9.co.uk)

It is expected that a selection of papers from the Symposium will be published in our peer-reviewed journal, Religions of South Asia (RoSA). However, giving a paper at the Symposium does not guarantee inclusion in the journal.

Speakers, papers and a provisional programme will be posted on the Spalding website as soon as they become available.

Booking form and more details on our website http://spaldingsymposium.org

Religion and Food

The Donner Institute arranges its 26th international research symposium, 25-27 June 2014 in Åbo/Turku, Finland

Conference website: www.abo.fi/donnersymposium/

The relationship between food and religion is a lived activity formed by the dynamics of both tradition and adaption. Religious commitments to food are influenced by several different factors, ranging from personal spirituality and experiences to social patterns of belonging as well as ethical, political and doctrinal convictions related to food and eating.

Today, this topic is receiving increasing scholarly attention and has become a relevant focus to a broad spectrum of researchers working with different religious traditions and contemporary spiritualities. The conference seeks to address the question of why and how persons of various religious and spiritual liaisons seem to engage in food and eating with a growing zeal today from a variety of different theoretical and methodological angles. Proposals are welcome on the interconnectedness of religion, food, and the following themes:

  • Folkways/foodways and vernacular practices;
  • Tradition, memory, and nostalgia;
  • Boundaries, identity, and control;
  • Symbolism, authenticity, and fluidity;
  • Consumption and abstention;
  • Ethics and environmentalism;
  • The global, local, and glocal.

Keynote speakers:

Dr. Benjamin Zeller, Lake Forest College, Chicago, USA

Prof. Gunnar af Hällström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Prof. Patricia Lysaght, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Graham Harvey, Open University, London, UK

Application:

Please send an abstract of approximately 200 words to the Donner Institute no later than January 31, 2014. At the conference, 20 minutes will be reserved for your lecture followed by 10 minutes for discussion.

Publication:

Selected papers from the conference will be published in volume 26 of the Donner Institute series Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis. We hope that you will keep this publication option in mind while preparing your paper for the conference and kindly invite you to submit your article for peer-review after the conference.

Detailed guidelines for submitting papers will be sent to all participants upon acceptance of their papers for the conference. The publication series Scripta, initiated in 1967, is peer-reviewed and will be available as an open access publication in the Internet as well as in printed form.

Further information about the publication series: http://www.abo.fi/scripta

Registration:

The registration fee is 200 €. The fee should be paid by April 30, 2014.

Account number: Nordea FI12 2057 1800 0200 55; BIC CODE: NDEAFIHH

Name of the account holder: Stiftelsen för Åbo Akademi (Foundation of Åbo Akademi University).

The registration fee includes lunches and coffee during the conference as well as an excursion and a banquet organised in connection with the symposium. Please indicate in your registration whether you wish to participate in the excursion and the banquet. Please also indicate if you have special dietary needs.

The registration fee does not include accommodation.

Conference Venue:

Åbo Akademi University

Asa Building

Fänriksgatan 3 / Vänrikinkatu 3

Åbo / Turku

Finland

Schedule:

31.1 2014: Submission of abstracts

14.2 2014: Letters of acceptance

30.4 2014: Payment of conference fee

25-27.6 2014: Conference

30.9 2014: Submission of articles for the conference proceedings

28.11 2014: Responses from the peer-review process

31.1 2015: Final submission

29.5 2015: Publication of Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis.

Address:

Donner Institute

PO Box 70

FIN-20501 Åbo / Turku

Finland

E-mail: donner.institute@abo.fi

Tel.: +358 20 786 1450

3e Colloque pour étudiants et jeunes chercheurs sur le religieux contemporain

24 et 25 avril 2014

Une invitation de la Chaire de recherche sur les religions en modernité avancée de l’Université de Sherbrooke Pour les étudiants et les jeunes chercheurs en maîtrise, au doctorat ou au postdoctorat, provenant de toutes disciplines universitaires et dont les travaux abordent la thématique du religieux.

Date limite de soumission : 20 janvier 2014

Envoyer votre proposition à Stéphane Bürgi : Stephane.Burgi@USherbrooke.ca

Chaque proposition doit inclure:

  1. Les nom, prénom et adresse courriel du conférencier
  2. L’université de rattachement et le programme d’étude
  3. Le titre de la proposition
  4. Le texte de la proposition (maximum 200 mots)

L’acceptation des propositions de communication sera notifiée aux intervenants le

lundi 10 février 2014.

Les actes de colloque seront publiés dans une revue à comité de lecture à

l’automne 2014/hiver 2015.

Podcasts on Esotericism

In November last year there was an interesting conference in Berlin on the subject of “Looking Through the Occult: Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the 19th Century”. Audio recordings of the papers presented are now online at http://www.culture.hu-berlin.de/occult/?p=1

Scholarships/Funding

ARYS “FERNANDO GASCÓ” SECOND INTERNATIONAL AWARD

CONDITIONS

  1. The ARYS association has established its Second International Award called the ARYS “Fernando Gascó” Award for research into ancient religions and societies. It is a biennial prize of €1000 for original research works. The work awarded will be published in the year following the decision in the Anexus series of books published by ARYS: Antiquity, Religion and Societies, with ISSN 1575-166X. Authors will not receive royalties for the first 1000 copies but they are recognized as owning the copyright of the work. If the work is published in subsequent editions, the authors should state that the work was the recipient of the ARYS “Fernando Gascó” Award, and should cite the fact of its publication and its year of publication. Furthermore, the ARYS Association reserves the right to offer to publish the works of the finalists for the Award in the same series.
  2. All authors of any nationality may participate with works written in Spanish, English, French, German, Italian or Portuguese.
  3. Original manuscripts should address the essential themes of the Association, the religions and societies of the ancient world, must be previously unpublished, and not have been awarded or submitted to any other competition involving a commitment to publish the winning work, nor be subject to any other similar commitment. The applicant agrees to publish the work in ARYS if it is awarded.
  4. Original manuscripts, not to exceed 400 pages excluding images, should be typewritten at a space and a half, on DINA-4 or folio, in 12 pt Times New Roman or similar normal font, must be legible, and the margins pre-established by default must be used. Notes should go at the foot of the page, in 10 pt.
  5. A printed copy must be presented along with an electronic version (CD, DVD or USB). Manuscripts must be presented by 14:00 hours on the 30th of June 2014 in the Instituto de Historiografía de la Universidad Carlos III de Madrid , addressed to Grupo de Investigación Historiografía e Historia de las teligiones, mentioning the Award´s name.
  6. Works must be identified with the name of the author, catchphrase or pseudonym, which should also figure in the same way on the outside of an attached sealed envelope containing the personal and contact information of the author, a short biography and a summarized CV.
  7. A reading committee of qualified experts designated by the leadership of the ARYS Association will be in charge of determining the three original manuscripts to be included in the short list of the Award. They will send them to the Jury´s members.
  8. The Jury will comprise 3 qualified specialists, as follows: a) One member of the Board of Directors of the ARYS Association, who will act as Secretary. b) One member of the Scientific Committee of the ARYS journal, who will be a Member. c) A specialist of recognized prestige from a Spanish or foreign University, not represented by the other members, who will act as Chair of the jury.
  9. The Jury’s decision shall take place before December of that same year and shall be made public during the Ordinary General Assembly of the ARYS Association in the last months of the year. After the Award has been granted, the Secretary of the Jury shall open the sealed envelope corresponding to the winner.
  10. The Award can be declared void but cannot be divided up.
  11. Once the Award has been conceded, the other contestants can collect their original manuscripts from the same address they were sent to, either in person or by means of another duly authorized person, agency or representative, within the three months following the awarding. The ARYS Association will not return manuscripts by post.
  12. Participation in the Award competition entails the acceptance of these norms. In matters not specified within them, the Jury’s criteria shall be followed, and their decisions are not open to appeal.

Florentino García Martínez Research Master Scholarship

Established by Jan Overmeer

The Qumran Institute of the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies (University of Groningen) is delighted to present the Florentino García Martínez Research Master Scholarship for excellent students. The scholarship is specifically for students in the fields of Hebrew Bible, early Judaism and Dead Sea Scrolls.

The scholarship is € 1,000 and is meant to cover some of the expenses connected with the two-year Research Master’s programme at the Faculty’s Graduate School. Awards are made on academic merit, evaluated by an academic committee. Outstanding students who wish to apply must submit:

  • a letter of motivation for enrolling in the Research Master specifically for the fields of Hebrew Bible, early Judaism or Dead Sea Scrolls
  • the list of marks for their BA
  • a writing sample (essay, thesis) from their BA
  • two letters of recommendation
  • a plan for how to spend the scholarship (e.g. tuition assistance, books, conference visit, etc.)

The Qumran Institute welcomes applications for the Florentino García Martínez Research Master Scholarship.

The deadline for submission for non-EU/EEA students is 1 March 2014 and the deadline for EU/EEA students is 15 May 2014.

Applications for the scholarship should be submitted to the secretary of the Qumran Institute, Ms. Willeke van de Pol: w.c.van.de.pol@rug.nl. Further enquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Qumran Institute, Prof. Dr. Mladen Popović: m.popovic@rug.nl

http://www.rug.nl/research/centre-for-religious-studies/qumran-institute/scholarships

2014 Research Colloquium – Fellowships Available

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-02

Description: 2014 Annual Research Colloquium: Religion, Leadership

and Social Transformation Spend the month of July in New York

working on a research or writing project related to the theme

of Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation, with access

to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University …

Contact: chashenderson@mindspring.com

URL: www.crosscurrents.org

Announcement ID: 209265

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209265

Conferences

CRASIS Annual Meeting

14 February 2014

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World: Production, Circulation, and Validation. 

The annual CRASIS Annual Lecture will be delivered by Professor Marietta Horster (Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz):

Beyond Philosophy? The Notion of Wisdom and Theosophy in the Second Sophistic

The Annual Meeting takes place on 14 February, 10.00-18.00 in the Courtroom / Zittingzaal of the Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies, Oude Boteringestraat 38, Groningen. The Annual Lecture starts at 16.30.

For the (revised) programme, please visit our website!

All are very welcome to attend the conference and the Annual Lecture, or just the Annual Lecture. Please register before 1 February with Tamara Dijkstra (t.m.dijkstra@rug.nl). Registration for the Annual Lecture is not required and free of charge.

For the conference, we ask a small contribution of 5 euro for attendance (including tea and coffee); including lunch: 15 euro; including (buffet) dinner: 45 euro. The informal buffet dinner starts at 19.00. If you register, please indicate if you want to join for lunch or dinner.

Centenaire de Totem et tabou

Psychanalyse et interdisciplinarité au XXIe siècle

23-24 JANVIER 2014

LIEUX

Université Paris Diderot — Amphithéâtre Buffon – 15 rue Hélène Brion

Paris, France (75013)

RÉSUMÉ

Pour commémorer le centenaire de Totem et tabou, la psychanalyse à l’université invite aujourd’hui les disciplines affines à revenir à la table de Freud pour se réapproprier son héritage, en un repas totémique renouvelé. Ce centenaire entend réinterroger la postérité et l’actualité du geste freudien, pour chercher à penser la psychanalyse au XXIe siècle, dans l’horizon des interactions pluridisciplinaires qui l’ont nourrie dès sa naissance.

ANNONCE

Organisé par le CRPMS et l’UFR d’Études Psychanalytiques – Soutenu par la Mairie de Paris

Argument

Il y a cent ans paraissait Totem et Tabou, où Freud rend compte de l’origine du lien social par l’hypothèse inouïe du meurtre du père de la horde par les frères coalisés en un mouvement de révolte. Cette mise au jour d’un acte réel, dont il précisera dans L’homme Moïse que sa vérité est d’ordre non matériel mais historique, est l’une des thèses freudiennes les plus discutées. À preuve, la fortune de cette fiction dans les champs du savoir est souvent passée par sa requalification en mythe (Lévi-Strauss), fut-il génial (Lacan).

Reste qu’au-delà du statut que chacun lui accorde, cette hypothèse a eu de considérables effets théoriques non seulement au sein de la psychanalyse, mais également dans la philosophie politique, l’anthropologie ou l’histoire des religions. Car si elle découle au départ d’une tentative de préciser le statut clinique de la toute-puissance de la pensée et de la phobie infantile, cette hypothèse proprement psychanalytique n’a pu se constituer qu’en donnant un rôle d’interlocuteur privilégié à des disciplines affines. C’est cette démarche dont on souhaite commémorer le centenaire dans ce colloque, en réinterrogeant à la fois sa postérité et son actualité au XXIe siècle.

Nous proposons donc de remettre au travail le rôle de cette fiction théorique (et de ses avatars dans L’homme Moïse et le monothéisme) pour en faire la matrice d’une interrogation sur l’intérêt de la psychanalyse pour d’autres disciplines et sur les conditions d’un dialogue interdisciplinaire autour des enjeux de Totem et Tabou.

Nous indiquons quelques unes des dimensions de ce dialogue. Depuis la philosophie politique, nous interrogerons la fondation freudienne du contrat social et l’articulation inédite qu’elle propose de l’individuel au collectif. Les avancées de l’épigénétique contemporaine permettront de revenir sur la transmission d’un héritage archaïque. Avec l’anthropologie, nous ressaisirons l’analyse freudienne du ressort inconscient des structures sociales et des formations religieuses. Nous questionnerons le statut de la construction dans la démarche de l’historien et dans celle du psychanalyste.

Le colloque est ouvert à tous. Entrée gratuite, dans la limite des places disponibles.

Renseignements : totemettabou2014@gmail.com

Programme

Jeudi 23 janvier

Matinée — 9h-13h : Totem et tabou, une méthode pour l’interdisciplinarité ?

  • François Villa, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Totem et tabou, un modèle pour l’interdisciplinarité ?
  • Olivier Douville, Maître de Conférences en Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. La réception de Totem et tabou par les anthropologues du temps de Freud
  • Eric Smadja, Psychiatre, psychanalyste et anthropologue. L’irruption traumatique de Totem et tabou dans le champ des sciences humaines et sociales
  • Giovanni Lévi, Professeur d’Histoire (Université Ca’ Foscari Venise). Totem et tabou : analogie et ressemblance

Après-midi — 14h30-18h30 : Totem et tabou, Histoire et vérité historique

  • Sophie Wahnich, Directrice de Recherche en Histoire (CNRS/EHESS). La Révolution française au regard de Totem et tabou
  • Bruno Karsenti, Directeur d’Études en Philosophie (EHESS). Insistance ou résistance de la vérité historique dans Totem et tabou
  • Alain Vanier, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychiatre, Psychanalyste. Totem et tabou, mythe clinique
  • Jacques Ehrenfreund, Professeur Ordinaire d’Histoire (Université de Lausanne). Yerushalmi, un historien du judaïsme en dialogue avec Freud

Vendredi 24 janvier

Matinée — 9h-13h : Totem et tabou et le politique

  • Joel Birman, Professeur dans le Programa de Pós-Graduação em Teoria Psicanalítica (Université Fédérale de Rio de Janeiro), Psychanalyste. Freud et le politique
  • Markos Zafiropoulos, Directeur de Recherche en Psychanalyse et Sciences Sociales (CNRS/Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Ce que disait Lacan de Totem et tabou
  • Mariella Pandolfi, Professeur Titulaire d’Anthropologie (Université de Montréal). Faire violence à la violence ? L’Empire Lite du XXIe siècle
  • Etienne Balibar, Professeur de Philosophie (Universités Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense/Californie-Irvine/Columbia). Psychologie des masses et analyse du moi : entre l’hypothèse régressive et l’hypothèse répressive, le moment du transindividuel

Après-midi — 14h30-18h30 : Totem et tabou, fantasme et lien social

  • Christian Hoffmann, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Chronique d’une mort annoncée : la chute du Pater familias
  • Régine Waintrater, Maître de Conférences en Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Du contrat fraternel aux alliances inconscientes : Freud et la pensée du groupe
  • François Richard, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Le père de la horde n’est pas le père œdipien
  • Paul-Laurent Assoun, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Totem ou tabou : l’envers inconscient du lien social

Samedi 25 janvier

Matinée — 9h-13h : Fonction du mythe et fonction de la construction

  • Thomas Lepoutre, Psychologue clinicien, Doctorant en Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot). Le mythe de la horde originaire à l’épreuve du roman familial
  • Janine Puget, Médecin, Psychanalyste, ex-directrice du Magistère de psychanalyse de famille et couple de l’Institut de Santé Mentale (Association psychanalytique de Buenos Aires). Comment penser après Freud le lien social ?
  • Bertrand Ogilvie, Professeur de Philosophie (Université Saint Denis), Psychanalyste. La psychanalyse entre mythologie et politique
  • Patrick Merot, psychiatre, psychanalyste. Totem et tabou au regard de « Vue d’ensemble des névroses de transfert » : d’un mythe à l’autre

Après-midi — 14h30-18h30 : Perspectives à partir de Totem et tabou

  • Fethi Benslama, Professeur de Psychopathologie (Université Paris Diderot), Psychanalyste. Le principe de concordance
  • Olivier Putois, Chercheur post-doctorant en Études psychanalytiques et Épistémologie de la biologie (LabEx « Who am I ? » Déterminants de l’identité, de la molécule à l’individu/Université Paris Diderot). Quelques concordances actuelles des fantasmes originaires
  • Jean-Claude Ameisen, Président du Comité Consultatif National d’Éthique, Professeur de Médecine (Université Paris Diderot). L’éthique à partir deTotem et tabou
  • Conclusions générales

CONTACTS

Thomas Lepoutre, courriel : totemettabou2014@gmail.com

The Impact of Arabic Sources on Divination and the Practical Sciences in Europe and Asia

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

January 21-23, 2014

http://www.ikgf.uni-erlangen.de/events/upcoming-events/2014-01-conference-the-impact-of-arabic-sources-on-divination-and-the-practical-sciences-in-europe-and-asia.shtml

http://www.sismelfirenze.it/index.php/it/component/k2/item/298-the-impact-of-arabic-sources-on-divination-and-the-practical-sciencesin-europe-and-asia

The presentations and discussions will focus on the impact on practical sciences like divination, astrology, medicine, algebra and mechanics (which are often distinguished from the Peripatetic tradition of the theoretical natural science). The aim of this conference is to examine the Arabic/Islamic influence on these branches – both eastwards and westwards, with a particular emphasis on the European Renaissance. Therefore, the transfer of cultural concepts and scientific knowledge will be studied by looking at a wide range of authors and sources (Arabic, Japanese, Chinese, Latin, Greek) comparatively.

Conference venue: E-Werk, Fuchsenwiese 1, 91052 Erlangen

Contact person: Petra Hahm +49 173 8611440

Summer School

Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity,

Religious Diversity in Göttingen Summer School 2014

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48307

Job

College of Charleston – Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48296

Books

Buddhist Temples of Kyoto and Kamakura

Beatrice Lane Suzuki

Edited by Michael Pye

Series: Eastern Buddhist Voices

HB £60 9781845539207

PB £19.99 9781845539214

256pp, 234 x 156mm

Equinox Publishing Ltd

Beatrice Lane Suzuki (1878-1939) was an extremely well informed and sensitive expositor of Mahāyāna Buddhism. As the American wife of the influential Zen Buddhist Suzuki Daisetsu, she lived in Japan for many years, becoming very familiar with the leading temples of various Buddhist schools—especially in Kyōto and Kamakura.

Buddhist Temples of Kyōto and Kamakura brings together some of her writings from The Eastern Buddhist. The collection preserves valuable information from Suzuki’s own times and the charm of her personal discovery of the temples described here. Further information is also provided to place them in their current context. The volume will be of interest to scholars of Japanese Buddhism and to the many travelers to these sites today.

Link to book website and ordering details

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=517

Special offer 25% off when ordering from www.equinoxpub.com using the code “Temples”.

Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture

http://goo.gl/cep2Ma

Edited by Louis H. Feldman, James L. Kugel and Lawrence H. Schiffman

We are pleased to offer a 20% discount on this major new work from the Jewish Publication Society.

3 volume set – was £215.00 now £172.00 when you order using code “CS1013OUTB”

Outside the Bible is an unprecedented anthology of key texts of ancient Jewish literature from the Second Temple Period, including commentary that links to the development of Rabbinic Judaism and early Christianity. Please click on the title above for more information, and click here to order on our website.

http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/36336-outside-the-bible-3-volume-set.html

You can also order by phone from Marston Book Services +44 (0)1235 465500, or by emailingorders@combinedacademic.co.uk. Please feel free to pass this offer on to your library.

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Dec 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


 

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

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


AMAZON


 

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The Religious Studies Project is a participant in the Amazon EU Associates Programme, an affiliate advertising programme designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.co.uk. We are also a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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JOURNALS


 

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

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

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


BOOKS


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

978-1-886439-46-7

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


2014 Claremont Graduate Student History Association Conference

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: gsha [at] cgu.edu

Announcement ID: 208708

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

 


 

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

Date: 2014-04-18

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

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

Contact: iugradconf [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208766

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

 


CFP: The Glocalisation of Christianity in China

Date: 2014-05-15

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

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

Announcement ID: 208691

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

 


CFP: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education

Date: 2014-08-01

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

Contact: kkloos [at] regis.edu

Announcement ID: 208764

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

 


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

To propose a paper go to:

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

 


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

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

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

 *Summary*

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

 Paper proposals should consist of:

  – a paper title

  – authors/co-authors

  – a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters

  – a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

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

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

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

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


CFP: Narrative Culture

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

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


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


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

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

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

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

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

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions

  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors

  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles

  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog

  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles

  • Dealing with general blog enquiries

  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic Theology

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

PhD Studentships

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Strathclyde

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  • Seeking Your Help

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  • Call for papers

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JOURNALS


 

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

 

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

 

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


CONFERENCES


ICONIC RELIGION: HOW IMAGINARIES OF RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER STRUCTURE URBAN SPACE

17-19 February 2014 | FNO 02/40-46

Conveners: Volkhard Krech, Kim Knott, Susanne Lanwerd, Birgit Meyer

 Within ongoing processes of religious pluralisation across Europe materialized religion, in the form of icons in public space, is becoming increasingly important. Whenever religious icons, such as sacred buildings and sites, clothing, and public events, are associated with religious traditions that beholders are unfamiliar with, they comprise or generate imaginaries about how different religions should co-exist. Iconic Religion focuses on religious icons and icons of religious encounter in the metropoles Amsterdam, Berlin and London. In order to consider the complex nature of icons and to analyse how the religious dimension may become dominant over other dimensions of meaning, Iconic Religion combines spatial, material-aesthetic, visual analysis, and communicative-semiotic approaches with discourse analysis and reception studies. As a measure to maximise knowledge exchange and transfer, a photo exhibition will be prepared. With about 100 photos and texts from interviews illustrating religious encounters, the exhibition will be shown in Bochum, Berlin, Amsterdam, and London.

 MONDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2014

17:00 Arrival and Registration

17:30 Welcome Address and Introduction to the Conference’s Topic Volkhard Krech (Bochum) KEYNOTE SPEECH

18:00 Iconic Presence: Anthropology and/as Iconology Hans Belting (Karlsruhe)

19:30 Reception Dinner at Strätlingshof, Bochum

TUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Other Ways of Knowing: About Research on Urban Ghosts and Spirits Anne Huffschmid (Berlin)

10:30 Urban Imaginaries and Religious Icons: How Religion Takes Place in the City Birgit Meyer (Utrecht) Discussion moderated by Esther Voswinckel (Istanbul)

11:30 Coffee break

11:45 Visible Religion: Developments in Visual/Material Culture Studies and Aesthetics of Religion Christoph Uehlinger (Zurich) Discussion moderated by Sven Wortmann (Bochum)

13:00 Lunch at Beckmanns Hof, Bochum

15:00 Faith in Suburbia: A Shared Photographic Journey Claire Dwyer (London)

16:00 Iconic Religion: Spatial Issues and Methods Kim Knott (Lancaster) Discussion moderated by Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (Bochum)

17:00 Coffee Break

17:15 Projekt, Serie, Werkkomplex:

Weltbetrachtung im Medium zeitgenössischer Fotografie Andrea Gnam (Vienna) Discussion moderated by Ulf Plessentin (Bochum)

19:30 Dinner at Livingroom, Bochum

WEDNESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2014

9:00 Coffee

9:30 Exploring Religion through Contemporary Art Nika Spalinger (Lucerne)

10:30 How to Exhibit Religion?

Inspirations from Three Contemporary Approaches Susanne Lanwerd (Bochum/Berlin) Discussion moderated by Alexandra Grieser (Dublin)

11:30 Response

Alexandra Grieser (Dublin)

12:00 Final Discussion and Conclusions moderated by Jessie Pons (Bochum)

13:00 Lunch at Trattoria Falcone, Bochum

www.icorel.ceres.rub.de


Church Growth and Decline in a Global City: London, 1980 to the Present~

A Colloquium organised by the Centre for Church Growth Research

Cranmer Hall, St Johns College, Durham University and by the Institute of Historical Research, University of London

Date: 2 May 2014, 10 am to 4 pm

Venue: Room 349 Senate House, University of London

Cost: £50 (£35 for post- and under-graduate students)

Speakers include:

 Professor David Martin (LSE)

Professor John Wolffe (Open University)

Dr Peter Brierley (Brierley Consulting)

Dr Lois Lee (University College, London)

Dr Alana Harris (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Dr Andrew Rogers (University of Roehampton)

Rev Dr Babatunde Adedibu (RCCG)

 For detailed information and to book a place, visit: www.durham.ac.uk/churchgrowth.research

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


Popular Religious Rituals and Folkloric Beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia

This is a call for papers for a panel on “Popular Religious Rituals and Folkloric Beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia” which will be held during the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), 18th-22nd August 2014 in Ankara (Turkey).

http://www.wocmes2014.org/

 Among the anthropological studies of Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia, popular religious rituals and folkloric beliefs are the most neglected topics (Peters 2008). As Tapper (2008) states: “In the ethnography of Middle Eastern societies, settled or nomadic, tribal or peasant, perhaps the most neglected area of life is the whole realm of religion, ritual, symbolism and ideology, particularly at the level of local community. Many ethnographers of nomads, for example Cunnison (1966); Asad (1970); Bates (1973); Ahmad (1973); Irons (1975); Glatzer (1977), pursuing their main interest in economics, kinship, social structure and politics are content to record that their subjects are Muslims and to note ways in which their customs differ from Islamic prescriptions.”

In this regard we are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on any topics related to the anthropological studies of popular religious rituals and folkloric beliefs among Pastoral Nomads of the Middle East and Central Eurasia.

Please send the title of your proposal, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 15th Jan. 2014 to:

 Dr.P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

(pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk)


 

If you are currently working on a paper relevant to New Religions and Alternative Spirituality, please consider submitting it to the International Journal for the Study of New Religions (IJSNR):

https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/IJSNR

Published in cooperation with Equinox Publishing since 2009, the IJSNR is the official journal of the International Society for the Study of New Religions.


The call for papers for next year’s Eurel conference can be found here

http://www.eurel.info/IMG/pdf/cfp_eurel_2014.pdf

 Eurel Conference 2014

Religion in floating territories

Lublin, Poland, 23-24 October 2014

 Scholars wishing to present a paper should send an abstract and a brief CV (no more than 2 pages) by January 10, 2014 to Anne-Laure Zwilling (eurel[at]misha.cnrs.fr)


CFP: The Self in South Asia

University of Chicago April 17­19

The University of Chicago Committee on Southern Asian Studies (COSAS) is pleased to invite paper submissions for the Eleventh Annual South Asia Graduate Student Conference (SAGSC­XI), which will take place April 17–19, 2014 at the University of Chicago. Graduate students from all over the world, working in all disciplines, and at all stages of study, are welcome to present their latest research to a supportive yet critical audience.

We are very happy to announce that Dr. Donald S. Lopez, Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan will be our keynote speaker. We will also be welcoming a second distinguished faculty speaker, Dr. Leela Prasad, Associate Professor in Religion and Faculty Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Duke University.

This year’s conference will be on the theme of “The Self in South Asia”. We encourage presenters to consider the self—variously conceived in terms of subjectivity, collective or individual identity, narrative or historical agency or authorship, religious or political selfhood, etc.—as both a site for and a product of all manner of discursive and other practices. We hope that various interdisciplinary concerns will converge around these and other concepts. In the same vein, with the phrase “South Asia”, we wish to include parts of Central and Southeast Asia in addition to the Indian subcontinent. We welcome, then, papers that engage “The Self in South Asia” from a range of regional and disciplinary perspectives.

For those coming from outside of Chicago, we may be able to offer small reimbursements for travel and lodging, but we encourage all conference participants to seek support from their home institutions as well. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and refreshments will be provided on conference days.

We invite graduate students at all stages to submit abstracts for individual paper presentations. Panel proposals will not be considered. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words, and should be sent to sagsc2014 [at] gmail.com <mailto:sagsc2014@[at] gmail.com> in PDF format no later than 31 January 2014. Applicants will be notified of a decision by 15 February 2014. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about accommodations, travel, or other concerns.

 


 

CFP: Transformations: A Journal of Myth and Fairy Tale Studies

Date: 2014-01-08

Description: We are in the process of establishing a brand new web-based, peer-reviewed journal in English, in the field of myth and fairy tale studies. We are currently accepting proposals for the first two issues. PROPOSAL DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014 Journal Description:  Transformations is designed  …

Contact: weeksj [at] iupui.edu

Announcement ID: 208829

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208829

 


 

CFP: Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies,June 6-8, 2014, Shanghai

Date: 2013-12-15

Description: Chinese History in a Global World: An International Conference on New Approaches to Chinese Historical Studies, June 6-8, 2014, Shanghai Sponsored by Eastern China Normal University () and the Chinese Historians in the United States

The study of Chinese history across the globe has matured significa …

Contact: DLi [at] fairfield.edu

Announcement ID: 208877

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208877

 


 

Ghosts in the Flesh: Call for Articles

Following the recent success of Ghosts in the Flesh, a two day postgraduate conference held at the University of Kent, we are calling for contributions to a future issue of Skepsi, the online interdisciplinary research journal, run by postgraduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Languages, and now in its sixth year.

 While ghosts in the Western tradition have often been associated with other-worldliness or liminality, the aim of this issue is to examine critically discourses and texts which emphasise the corporeality and physicality of ghosts and the ghostly. Allowing ghosts to occupy the centre rather than the periphery challenges, and allows us to reconsider anew, a number of key oppositions such as:life and death, inside and outside, corporeality and incorporeality, self and other, present reality and past memory, and so on.

Some of the questions in which we are interested include: In what ways can a ghost embody a material or corporeal presence? What is the impact of viewing the figure of the ghost as a non-liminal entity in theory and culture? How does our understanding of ghosts as a material presence challenge our perceptions of the ghostly?

Bearing in mind ideas such as these, we are looking for articles that explores issues of ghostliness and in/corporeality in a number of fields, including but not limited to the following:

Ghosts in Literature and Cinema (Gothic Literature and its critiques, Magical Realism, the double) Virtual Reality and Digital Arts (virtual space, digital performance theory, MMO RPG?s, simulation games) Memory and Architecture Memory and Archaeology or History Theatre (repetition, embodiment) Philosophy and Theology (mind-body dualisms and their critiques, difficult atheism? in continental philosophy) Critical theory (psychoanalytic theory, literary theory)

Submissions are invited from academic staff, postgraduate students and independent scholars. Any of the submitted articles selected by the Editorial Board after peer review will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal, to be published in Spring 2014.

Articles, which should not exceed 5,000 words, should be sent, together with an abstract of about 250 words and brief biographical details about the author, to:

skepsi[at]kent.ac.uk

 The deadline for submission is 15/01/14


 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 1 JANUARY 2014, 5pm

British Association for the Study of Spirituality

Third International Conference Spirituality in a Challenging World

19-21 May 2014

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK

(only 30 minutes by train from London Euston)

http://www.basspirituality.org.uk

 We are pleased to announce that the new BASS website is now operational and we have extended the deadline for  receipt of Abstracts for the 2014 International Conference to 5pm on 1 January 2014. The availability of spaces for presentations is limited so you are advised to send in your Abstract ASAP!

 An inaugural meeting of the BASS Doctoral Student and Early Career Researcher Support Network in the Study of Spirituality will be held at the Conference. Abstracts are warmly invited from potential members of this group.

Full details are available on the BASS website.


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


Funded PhD Opportunity – Religious Literacy and Religious Studies

Professor Adam Dinham, Faiths & Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London is seeking initial expressions of interest in undertaking funded PhD research, to start September 2014, in the field of Religious Studies, broadly interpreted.

Outline proposals should reflect Prof Dinham’s research interests in religious literacy for professional practice, public policy and faith based social action and welfare. For further information on current and previous projects and approaches, see www.gold.ac.uk/faithsunit  and www.religiousliteracty.org

Outlines should be submitted to a.dinham [AT] gold.ac.uk  by midday on 31 December 2013, and should consist of a 500 word abstract setting out the research problem, a brief account of methods and a rationale for the study. Candidates should also submit a CV.


 

Open Theology journal – call for Section Editors

Description: A new peer-reviewed, open access academic journal  Open Theology (http://www.versita.com/opth ) is now looking for  Editors. The journal is published by Versita, part of De Gruyer  group, one of the world’s leading publishers of open access scientific content; please see over 350 journals at www.versit    …

Contact: ktempczyk [at] versita.com

Announcement ID: 208473

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208473

 


5-year Polonsky Postdoctoral Scholarships in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Date: 2014-02-01

Description: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute proposes to award up  to six Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships in any field of the  Humanities or Social Sciences for a period of up to five years,  beginning October 10, 2014. The Fellowship offers an annual  stipend of $40,000. Yearly renewal of the Fellowship will be    …

Contact: polonsky [at] vanleer.org.il

URL: www.vanleer.org.il

Announcement ID: 208472

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208472

 


 

2014-2015 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University,  Jerusalem

Date: 2014-02-01

Description: The Center for the Study of Christianity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem invites applications for a  postdoctoral research fellowship in one of the following areas of study:  New Testament, Early Christianity, its literature and Jewish context  Eastern Christianity   Chri …

Contact: csc [at] mail.huji.ac.il

URL: csc.org.il/news/new.aspx?NewId=93

Announcement ID: 208518

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208518


 

Tenure Track (Open Rank) Faculty Position in Hebrew Bible

Department: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Rank: Tenure/Tenure Track

The Penn State Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Jewish Studies Program in the College of the Liberal Arts seek applicants for an open-rank, tenure-track appointment in Hebrew Bible, to begin in August, 2014. This appointment is divided between the Department of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and the Jewish Studies Program; the tenure home will be in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies. Senior scholars may be eligible for appointment to a named chair in Jewish Studies.

Applications are welcome from candidates with active research in any area of Hebrew Bible.

The department embraces the entire Mediterranean world in antiquity within its purview and therefore welcomes candidates who can contribute to dialogue across the fields of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Jewish Studies. The successful applicant should demonstrate an active research agenda and teaching excellence.

 Requirements include teaching experience for at least three years beyond the Ph.D. and evidence of scholarly publications. Ability to teach lower-level survey courses is also essential. The capacity to contribute to the Humanities in a Digital Age (HDA) Initiative in the College of the Liberal Arts at Penn State is also desirable, though not required. For information on the HDA Initiative, go to:

http://sites.psu.edu/humanitiesda/.

Submit online (http://www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch) a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and evidence of teaching accomplishments. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Biblical Studies Search Committee, c/o Sandra Moyer, at <sjm1@psu.edu>. Applications received by January 31, 2014 are assured of consideration; however, all dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.


 

Bates College – Postdoctoral Fellowship in East Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48201>

 

Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48209>

Yale University – Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Postdoctoral Fellowship <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48137>

Rutgers University – Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48210>

 

Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48209>

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  • Seeking Your Help

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  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


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JOURNALS


 

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

 

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

 

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


BOOKS


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

Author:  Smith, Bardwell L.

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

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

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

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 31 January 2014.

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

All branches of disciplines are welcome.

 


 

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

full name / name of organization:

EMMA, Université Montpellier 3, France

contact email:

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

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

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 

Journal Description:

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

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

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

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

– relationships between myths and fairy tales

– literary or film genres in myth and fairy tale revisions

– the politics of myth and fairy tale revisions

– gender in myths and fairy tales

– post-colonial perspectives on myths and fairy tales

– translation and displacement of myths and fairy tales

– history in myth and fairy tale revisions

– myths and fairy tales and modernism/post-modernism

– orality in the rewriting of myths and fairy tales

– narrative patterns in myths and fairy tales

– redefining the subject through myth and fairy tale revisions

– narrative technique and voice

– performing myths and fairy tales

– myths and fairy tales on screen

– myths and fairy tales in new media

– intermedial approaches to myths and fairy tales

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


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

Venue: National University of Salta

Salta, Argentina Republic – 13 al August 16, 2014

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

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

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

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

E-mail: March 20, 2014.

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

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

REGISTRATION

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

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

containing:

a) name;

b) Institution;

c) Country;

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

e) Title of the presentation;

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

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

3) TARIFFS:

Professional speakers: $ 800

Professional attendees: $ 400

Students post-graduation speakers: $ 800 students attending

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

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

4.1) chronological CLIPPING:

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

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

catechesis,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4.2) THEME CUTS:

a) Rituals and attitudes towards death;

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

c) Spatiality and places to death;

d) secularization and sacralization;

e) Planning, health, public cemeteries;

f) Funerary art, art cemeterial;

g) Studies and bioarchaeology paleoepidemiologia;

h) Morbidity and mortality;

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

j) Death and power: state funerals.

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

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

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


2014 Postgraduate Conference: Bodies: Bridges and Boundaries

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

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

Speakers

Gerard Loughlin, University of Durham

Graham Ward, University of Oxford

Pamela Sue Anderson, University of Oxford

Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Oxford

Call for Papers

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

Mind as embodied and environmentally embedded

Doctrines such as incarnation, resurrection and ascension

Soteriology and sanctification of the body

Bodies, passions and emotions

Sexuality and gender

The body in sacrament and ritual

Church as the body of Christ

Changing conceptions of the body in history

Bodily language and metaphors in scripture and theology

Ethical considerations of technology and the body

Communion and communication

Negotiating social, political and cultural bodies

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

Registration

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

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

Accommodation

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

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

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

3. List of other accommodation options in Oxford

Meals

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

Bursaries

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

Bursaries will only be available to those giving papers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

Call for papers

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

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

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

 


JOBS


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

PhD Studentships: History

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 

PhD Studentships: Philosophy

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 


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

 

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • PhD Scholarships


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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


AMAZON


 

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JOURNALS


 

Contributions to Indian Sociology http://cis.sagepub.com/

 

Journal of Media and Religion, Vol 12, no 4 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr;jsessionid=1lfxh00jpf9ew.alexandra


CONFERENCES


 

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions:

Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

Registration for the full conference (including Friday Ashgate-Inform book launch and reception with refreshments, Saturday and Sunday tea/coffee/lunch) is

£100 standard and £75 concession for students and unwaged. Tickets booked after January 6th will be £120 or £85.

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

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

The cost, which is not included in the registration fee, of the three course set meal and coffee is £38.50. The menu for the dinner can be seen here. Dietary requirements can be catered for.

Drinks are not included although there will be a cash bar. Booking and payment for the dinner must be done by January 6th and is non-refundable.

How to Pay: Registration for the conference and Saturday evening dinner can be completed online here, using a credit/debit card or through a PayPal account if you have one

or by posting a completed booking form and cheque made out to Inform in pounds sterling and sent to ‘Inform, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE’

A full programme will be posted soon.

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


Colloquium: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

UCLA, Royce Hall room 314

Saturday, December 7th, 12:30 to 4:00 pm

12:30-12:45     Jacco Dieleman (UCLA): introduction

 12:45-1:15       Anne Austin (UCLA): What remains of the workmen?

Death and disease at Deir el-Medina

1:15-1:45         Dana Reemes (CSU-Fullerton): The Lost Tableau of the Tomb of King Ramesses III (KV 11)

1:45-2:15         Emily Cole (UCLA): Gendered Funerary Papyri in Greco-Roman Egypt

    Coffee break

2:30-3:00         Deanna Kiser-Go (UCLA): Artists’ Hands in the Funerary Scenes of Roy’s Tomb (TT 255)

3:00-3:30         Marie Svoboda (J. Paul Getty Museum): Herakleides: a Romano-Egyptian Mummy at the J. Paul Getty Museum

3:30-4:00         Kara Cooney (UCLA): Defensive Burials in 20th and 21st Dynasty Thebes


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

Call for Papers/Edited Volume of Essays on the Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia

Date: 2013-12-21

Description:  We are working on an edited volume based on a conference entitled The Reception of Greek and Roman Culture in East Asia: Texts & Artefacts, Institutions & Practices organized by Professor Renger in Berlin in July, 2013. In this  volume, we attempt to explore the reception(s) of Greek and Roman cultu …

Contact: xin.fan [at] fredonia.edu

URL: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/grea/index.html.

Announcement ID: 208999

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208999

 


CFP: MORTUARY TRADITIONS

Interdisciplinary conference organised by the Maison Archéologie & Ethnologie, René-Ginouvès, Paris, Nanterre

18-19-20 June 2014

 

Organised by Grégory Delaplace and Frédérique Valentin

 

Contributions developing interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations between researchers will be preferred. Abstracts (200 words) should be sent before December 20, 2013 to Grégory Delaplace (g.delaplace [at] yahoo.fr) or Frederique Valentin (frederique.valentin [at] mae.u-paris10.fr).

 


 

FINAL CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT “THE INVISIBILITY OF DEATH AMONG MIGRANTS IN PORTUGAL”

Death on the Move: Managing narratives and constraints in transnational settings

13-14 March 2014

Organizers: Tropical Research Institute (IICT) and CRIA-NAR (Center for Research in Anthropology, Anthropology of Religion Group)

Venue: Faculdade de Ciências Sociais e Humanas Universidade Nova de Lisboa

Convenors: Clara Saraiva, Irene Rodrigues, Simone Frangella; Max Ramos

CALL FOR PAPERS

In spite of the interest that the recent status of Portugal as an immigration country arises and all the research that has been done, some important issues dealing with immigrant´s states of suffering and death, the “states of affliction” have hardly been dealt with. Death, in particular, remains a difficult but crucial aspect that has not been touched by the studies on migration.

How do immigrants perceive death and dying and incorporate them in their conceptualization of the diaspora? How do different immigrant groups conceptualize other groups´ suffering and death? How do the Portuguese look upon the death of the immigrants, a subject ever hardly spoken of and which raises a series of prejudices and mystifications?

In a western society where death has become a major taboo, and is thought of as something that only happens to the others, this estrangement  towards life´s last rite of passage moves on to the realm of myth and prejudices that affect immigrants in Portugal, and the invisibility of death becomes a true reality. Yet, for immigrants themselves, it is a reality that often conditions the relation with the home country. Death is thus here looked upon not as a moment in time but as a process, which involves specific emotional states and triggers the use of rituals in order to cope with the unavoidable distress, acquiring more complicated aspects when away from home.

This two days conference pretends to analyze the multiple levels that death touches upon, from the symbolic to the more practical ones. Death is one realm in which a transnational approach is mandatory—along with critical debate on the meaning of “transnational” and its manifold features. It entails an intense circulation of material goods and wealth, but also of highly symbolic significant universes which circulate along with the goods and the people: the corpse, but also the spirits and the relations with the other world that people brought along into the diaspora situation. Trapped in a condition of liminality, part of two worlds — the home grounds and the novel territory they try to adapt to—, wishing for a justification to go home, it is often death that triggers the movement: either the death of someone here and the body that has to be sent back or the death of someone dear back home.

Such circulation luxury becomes real through solidarity movements based on associations of migrants or some type of intra-groups solidarity.

The seminar will have a double format. On the one hand, several of the researchers on the research project “The invisibility of death among migrants in Portugal”  ((PTDC/CS-ANT/102862/2008) will present their findings on the project.  We will also have some invited guest lecturers. For the time being, we are counting on the participation of several specialists on the Anthropology of death and ritual, such as Maurice Bloch (London School of Economics), Eric Gable (University of Mary Washington) and  Peter Metcalf (University of Virginia).  But we want to open the seminar to the dialogue with other fellow colleagues who are interested on the subject. We therefore welcome a restricted numbers of papers that will allow us to compare the Portuguese case with other research done on the topic of immigrants terminal diseases and death.  These papers, which we plan to later on edit on a joint volume to be published by Cambridge Press may address issues of the deconstruction of prejudiced notions of what happens with the immigrants´ dead bodies; symbolic representations of immigrants death; practical issues, such as legal processes involved to send the bodies home; other issues of the trans nationalization of death; special studies on attitudes towards death and rituals in specific ethnographic contexts. We will accept papers centered on ethnography as well as more theoretical ones.

Please send your proposals (max 300 words, with a short bionote) by December 7th to clarasaraiva [at] fcsh.unl.pt maxruben10 [at] gmail.com simone.frangella [at] ics.ul.pt yilianrodrigues [at] gmail.com

The accepted papers will be notified by December 20th. The conference will take place in March 2014.


CFP: Religion and Crisis

BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2014

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014

(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

Keynote speakers: Professor Manuel Vásquez, Professor Sophie Watson and Professor John Wolffe

 

A long-standing assumption in the sociology of religion is that there is a correlation between religious resurgence and intense moments of political, economic and socio-cultural crisis. We are living at such a moment of crisis now. A crisis of trust between experts, leaders, elites and emergent publics has led to a moment of profound disjuncture and given rise to possibilities for new religious and spiritual solidarities and connectivities as well as conflict. This conference call seeks papers engaged in empirical, theoretical and methodological research in the sociology of religion and related disciplines that address, in innovative and imaginative ways, the following themes:

 

Religion and austerity * Religion and debt * Religion and money * Religion and the gift * Religion and capitalism/neo-liberalism * Religion and the state * Religion and the environment * Religious resurgence, religious decline * Religion and critical theory * Religion, citizens and publics * Religion and social movements * Religion and media * Religion, space and place.

 

We invite proposals for conference papers (300 words), panels (3-4 papers on a shared theme, 750 words) and posters (200 words). Alternative formats will also be considered.

 

Abstracts must be submitted by FRIDAY 31 JANUARY 2014 to Dr Marion Bowman and Dr Paul-François Tremlett at Arts-SocrelReligionandCrisis2014 [at] open.ac.uk. Bursaries are available for postgraduate/early career scholars. For further details, visit the Socrel website: www.socrel.org.uk. For further details about the BSA visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk.

Contact the BSA Events Team, Email: events [at] britsoc.org.uk Tel: +44 (0)191 383 0839

 


 

BSA: Early Career Theorists’ Symposium

6th June, 2014, held at the London School of Economics

 Call for Abstracts

The Early Career Theorists’ Symposium is a special one-day symposium for up-and-coming theorists, organized on behalf of the British Sociological Association’s Theory Study Group. This symposium aims to bring together sociologists at a relatively early stage in their career who work on theory or are engaged in original theoretical work as part of their on-going research. We invite early-career sociologists, across all research areas, to submit abstracts. Submissions from advanced PhD students are also welcome.

Prof. Claire Alexander (Manchester), Prof. Patrick Baert (Cambridge), and Dr Fran Tonkiss (LSE)—covering theorisations of Race & Ethnicity, Philosophy of the Social Sciences and the Sociology of Intellectuals, and Urban and Spatial Theory and Economies, respectively—will comment on the papers. Complete information for submitting the abstract will consist of:

(1) name and contact information of the author (including career stage, e.g. PhD student, post-doc, early career academic);

(2) title of your presentation;

(3) a 500-word abstract of the presentation;

(4) five keywords descriptive of the presentation.

Please send submissions to the organizers: Dr Marcus Morgan, University of Cambridge (mm2014@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Suzi Hall, London School of Economics (s.m.hall@lse.ac.uk). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 6th January, 2014.

Please plan to share a full paper of no more than 5000 words by 28th April, 2014. Registration for the event is free


 

CFP: The 3rd Conference of Visual Encounters with the Other

Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu, Estonia

7th – 10th May 2014

Constructing the Other through the prism of War: Contested Images in Eastern Europe (1930s – 1950s)

 

The WW II changed perspectives, beliefs and existing hierarchies. Our aim is to examine the changes in how the Other is represented visually in the wartime period, as well as the consequences of war from a longitudinal perspective. Although our focus is set particularly on Eastern Europe, we are equally interested in understanding the processes of representing the Other in the context of a global war. The period also showed fast technological development and innovations which introduced new forms of visualisations. The new media and ways of using them (e.g. in propaganda) are also at the very core of our interests.

Susan Sontag has argued that we consider the Other – even if s/he is not an enemy – as someone whom we observe, not someone who would also observe us; we consider them as someone to be seen, and not as someone who also, like we, sees. The representation of the Other gains a new shape in the time of war, fuelled by rising nationalism and hatred, causing a change of targets and their visualization.

 

The third international conference of Visual Encounters with the Other focuses on the visual representations of (non-)ethnic otherness/alterity in Eastern Europe, covering the period of and around World War II, from the 1930s to 1950s. The discussion reflects on a variety of visual sources including the press, printed materials (photography, illustrations, posters, advertisements, caricatures, etc), books, and so on. We accept accounts of humorous and non-humorous representations that would document, interpret and/or construct the ways that the Other has been depicted. The papers should relate to, although are not limited to, the following issues:

1. Other in the war context;

2. Ideas of modernity in representations of the Other;

3. The production and reception of humour;

4. Eastern European perspective of alterity and changes in the looking at enemies and friends;

5. New media and new ways of seeing.

 

Please submit a proposal that contains your full name, institutional and disciplinary affiliation with a very brief academic CV, the title of your paper and an abstract of 200-250 words, outlining your basic research methods and sources. The organizers give preference to submissions based on fieldwork and/or the use of ethnographic, folkloric, or closely related archival materials. Paper authors will be informed about accepting or rejecting their submission until February 28, 2014. The language of the conference is English.

The deadline for the submission of paper proposals: 10 February 2014

Deadline for paying early registration (100 EUR) is March 15, 2014

Late registration fee (130 EUR) can be paid until April 30, 2014.

 

Please send your proposal to:

Prof. Dagnosław Demski, IAE PAN Warsaw, UMK University, d.demski2@gmail.com

dr Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu University, liisi@folklore.ee

dr Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, IAE PAN Warsaw, kamila.baraniecka@gmail.com

 

Conference Site, Travel and Accommodation

The conference will be held in Tartu, Estonia, at the Estonian Literary Museum (Vanemuise 42), close to the city centre and in the vicinity of accommodation, dining and entertainment. Estonia has good flight connections with other European cities (including by budget flight companies like Ryanair, Easyjet and Air Baltic), and ferry connection to Finland and Sweden. Comfortable buses with free wi-fi operate between Tallinn and Tartu every full hour, departing from the airport. Suggestions for accommodation will be announced in due time after special prices for the conference delegates have been arranged.

The conference fee includes book of abstracts and other conference materials, coffee breaks, lunches, opening and closing reception, and a boat-trip on the river Emajõgi. Travel costs and accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

 

Registration Fee

The participants will be asked to pay a registration fee of 100 € via bank transfer by March 30 2014.

 

Publication of Papers

A selection of conference papers will be published after peer-review in the third volume of the series.

 

More information will be sent in the second circular.

 

See also the conference website at http://folklore.ee/rl/fo/konve/ImagesIII/index.html.


CFP: Cyberpilgrimage: theory, practice and future

Deadline: 09/01/2014

The Future with/of Anthropologies

The Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology (JASCA) Conference & IUAES Inter-Congress 2014

Chiba City, Tokyo. 15th-18th May 2014.

Today cyberspace is a reason for concern in most religious communities. In the last few years, both orthodox and less orthodox religious groups and communities seem to have acknowledged that the development of the Internet cannot be ignored, trivialized or kept away from religious communities. The discussion has therefore moved to more general questions on the degree to which true believers are allowed to get involved with the Internet and cyber space and on how to make it more relevant to their religious beliefs and duties.

 

In this panel we tackle with new phenomenon of cyberpilgrimage (pilgrimage mediated by digital media) in contemporary religions. The field of cyberpilgrimage, primarily from the viewpoint of religious and theology studies, is new topic in digital anthropology and anthropological pilgrimage studies. However, the new phenomenon seems to be a key to deconstruct and rethink former concept of pilgrimage in various reasons; lack of physical journey, general availability of access to sacred area and so on. Thus, the presenters in this panel explore dynamics of cyberpilgrimage in terms of pilgrimage studies.

 

We are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on topics such as (but not limited to):

 

-What can the study of cyberpilgrimage add to the previous theories regarding the anthropology of pilgrimage?

 

-What can cyberpilgrimage entail, to survey the input to-date of contemporary scholars to the anthropological study of religion?

 

– Authenticity of computer-based cyberpilgrimage experience as a real pilgrimage.

– Can computer-mediated experiences of cyberpilgrimage help pilgrims to attain higher spiritual levels?

– What are the benefits of cyberpilgrimage to the pilgrims?

-What is the influence of cyberpilgrimage on the religion, spirituality and religious cyberspace?

-Should faith be considered as a prerequisite for cyberpilgrimage?

-Can cyberpilgrimage help people, especially geographically dispersed ones, to nurture their connections to the communal landscapes or their traditions?

-Should cyberpilgrimage be viewed in a complimentary relationship to terrestrial pilgrimage or be considered as an introduction to it?

-Can cyberpilgrimage play a role as a mediated pathway to link the physical and metaphysical?

-Potential relationships between cyberpilgrimage and illusion.

-Does cyberpilgrimage constitutes a meaningful and authentic contemporary manifestations of the pilgrimage tradition?

– What are the religious and political benefits of cyberpilgrimage for those who run and host such digital pilgrimage programes?

– Cyberpilgrimage and diaspora?

All submission should be made oline on the official websire of conference

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2843

 


 

Call for Papers, Beyond Borderlands: A Critical Journal of the Weird, Paranormal, and Occult

Deadline: May 1st, 2014

Beyond Borderlands is a double-blind peer reviewed open access online journal and a forum for the interdisciplinary, artistic, and critical exploration of topics relating to esotericism, paranormality, and the culturally weird. Within our pages we hope to foster a conversation between more traditional scholarly approaches, contemporary practitioners and artists and writers exploring these themes. Furthermore, we seek to create a shared space for these divergent approaches, without compromising the methodological integrity or free creativity appropriate to each.

Academically, the primary competences of our editorial staff are in the history and anthropology of science, but we welcome submissions from other disciplines. Those interested may submit articles of approximately 4000 to 8000 words formatted according to the Chicago Manual of Style, 16th edition with in text citations, as well as an abstract of approximately 250 words (upon acceptance we will also ask you to submit a copy with citations as footnotes for the PDF version of the journal).

We also seek to introduce readers to scholarship pertaining to weird, paranormal, and occult topics, while providing a guide for its interpretation through critical analysis and contextualization. To facilitate this we are also looking for knowledgeable commentators to submit reviews between 1000 and 2500 words long of academic works in these areas of interest.

The submission deadline for our January issue in November 1st, and for our July issue is May 1st.

Please send all submissions to submissions@beyondborderlands.com. For further questions and clarifications, feel free to contact the editor at b.d.mitchell@beyondborderlands.com. Potential contributors may also want to visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBorderlands.


ELSE JOURNAL

International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media

Issue 0, February 1, 2014

“Trans-what?”

Peer-reviewed works, projects, and research thematically gravitating towards:

Memory, Forgetting, Trauma and the Archive; Language/Image;

Art and Social Technologies; International Diaspora and Post-Colonialism;

Cultural Engagement through Food; Role of Art in Peace Meditation;

Performance Activism; Liminality; Space/Place; Temporary Architecture;

Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.

 

Deadline: December 15.

Submit work here: http://www.transart.org/else-art-journal-submission-form/

 


 

“Islamic Studies and E-Learning: An International Conference” is organised by the Islamic College and Middlesex University. The Islamic College as one of the most popular Islamic third education institutions who offers the distance education courses since 12 years ago, is the main host of this international conference. The main aim of this conference is providing an opportunity for academics, students, experts and researchers who are interested in the area of Islamic Education – especially in the distance mode – to interact with each other and be more familiar with the different aspects of this emerging issue. More details could be found at http://www.openstudy.org/conference

 


JOBS


School of Oriental and African Studies – Lecturer in Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48127>

 

University of Oxford – Khalid bin Abdullah al Saud Professorship of the Contemporary Arab World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48150>

St. John’s University – Assistant Professor, South Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48135>

 

University of Alberta – Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Polity and Society, 500 BCE-500 CE <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48143>

 

Lingnan University – Associate Professor in Modern Chinese Literature <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48115>

 

AHRC-funded Studentships and College Scholarships for 2014

Historical and Philosophical Studies

College of Arts

University of Glasgow

 

Tutor in Pioneer Ministry

International Christian College

PhD studentships

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, School Doctoral Teaching Awards

University of Edinburgh

 

MSc Studentships

School of History, Classics and Archaeology, School Master’s Awards

University of Edinburgh

The University of Zurich invites applications for a Professorship for Global History (18th–20th Century), with a focus on Asian History.

The successful candidate comes with a record of excellence in researching Global History (18th to 20th century), with a focus on Asian History, and several years of academic teaching experience. Applicants should demonstrate their interest in cooperating with the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at the University of Zurich.

Candidates are expected to have completed their habilitation or equivalent qualifications or, as the case may be, have an advanced postdoctoral research or habilitation project. Depending on the qualifications of the appointee, the professorship will take the form of a chair or an assistant professorship with tenure track. The position should be filled as soon as possible. Since administrative work is conducted in German at the University of Zurich, non-German speaking candidates are expected to acquire a working knowledge of German within the first two years of appointment In order to increase the number of women in leading academic positions, we specifically encourage women to apply.

The closing date for applications is January 10, 2014. Applicants are requested to write a letter in which they describe their abilities and motivation, accompanied by a current curriculum vitae, a list of publications (without the publications themselves), a description of courses they have taught, a description of completed research projects, and a list of acquired external funding. Applications should be mailed as a single PDF file to University of Zurich, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Dean’s Office, Rämistrasse 69, CH-8001 Zurich, dekanat [at] phil.uzh.ch. For further information please contact Prof. Dr. Gesine Krüger (gesine.krueger [at] hist.uzh.ch).

 


PHD SCHOLARSHIPS


 

10 Full-Funded ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Media and Communications, Socio-legal studies and Sociology Goldsmiths, University of London http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHS790/

 


The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent is now advertising doctoral studentships covering course fees and an annual maintenance grant for students planning to begin their doctoral projects in autumn 2014. Successful applicants will have a strong academic record and a clearly defined research project reflecting the interests and expertise of staff in the Department.

 

Particular areas of research interest in the Department include:

 

* religion, capitalism and globalization

* religion and media

* the role of religion in the construction of European modernity

* religion, law, governance and politics

* the cultural sociology of the sacred

* the study of religious subjectivity

* material religion

* religion and childhood

* religion and critical theory

 

Two types of studentship funding are available. Applications can be made through the Department for AHRC studentships awarded through the CHASE consortium of institutions. CHASE is an exciting new initiative, bringing together seven universities in London and the South-East of England, who will be working together to develop innovative training designed to help students work across disciplines and equip them for different forms of public engagement work. In addition to their fees and maintenance awards, CHASE students will also have access to additional funding to support their personal research development as well as funding support for undertaking placements related to their research with external organizations. In addition to this, studentships funded directly by the University of Kent will also be available. More details on these are available at

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/postgraduate/funding.html?tab=phd-scholarships

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 29 Nov 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Fellowships

  • Jobs

SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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


AMAZON


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JOURNALS


 

Contemporary Buddhism, vol 14, no. 2 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcbh20/14/2#.UphK1-L9qBs


CONFERENCES


Languages of the People: A Romanian-Jewish Linguist on Yiddish and French

Location: New York

Date: 2013-12-04

Description: Wednesday, December 4, 6-7:30 p.m. Columbia Maison Francaise East Gallery, Buell Hall, Columbia University Main campus entrance at Broadway and 116th st Natalie Zemon Davis A Distinguished Eugene J. Sheffer Lecture Introduction by Madeleine Dobie Lazӑr Șӑineanu (1859-1934) was a pio …

Contact: ll2787 [at] columbia.edu

URL: www.maisonfrancaise.org

Announcement ID: 208671

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208671

 


2nd International Conference on the Development Philosophy  of Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe

Date: 2014-02-05

Description: 2nd International Conference 5th 7th February, 2014 In pursuance of their mandate (the Department of philosophy, University of Ibadan, Nigeria and the Osigwe Anyiam-Osigwe Foundation, Nigeria with its affiliate Africa Institute for Leadership, Research and Development, South Africa, to employ the or …

Contact: amy4ibe [at] yahoo.com

URL: osigwedp.org.ng/node/27

Announcement ID: 208660

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208660

 


 

2-day seminar -Making Sense of Religion: Performance, Art and Experience

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: clarasaraiva [at] fcsh.unl.pt and povedakistvan [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208340

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208340

 


Schisms, Ciphers & Sprengel:Introducing resources about the Golden Dawn and related groups at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry

The recently catalogued archives of the Golden Dawn provide a fascinating glimpse into the development of hermetic thought and ideas between the 1880’s and the 1920’s.Come and see documents relating to the Order’s founders, successor and associated bodies including regalia, ritual manuscripts and correspondence. This free half day workshop aims to provide an overview of the Golden Dawn collections and how to find and access relevant Library and Museum resources.

Thursday 19 December 2013 10.30am to 1pm

Thursday 19 December 2013

Grand Officers’ Robing Room, Freemasons’ Hall,

Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

Programme:

10.30 Introduction and welcome

10.45 Introducing the Library and Museum collections update on the SRIA Library: Martin Cherry, Librarian

11.15 The Golden Dawn collection: introduction, Susan Snell, Archivist and Records Manager

11.45 Members of the Golden Dawn: details of the latest research, Sally Davis

12.15 Display of selected items from the Golden Dawn Collection, introduced by Susan Snell & Martin Cherry

13.00 Conclusion and closing remarks Personal research can be undertaken in the Library on

Thursday afternoon or Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm — please pre-order items from the collection.

Please complete a Reader Registration Form and bring identification (eg driving licence, passport) to register as a reader – see:

http://www.freemasonry.london.museum/library/

Details for items in the Golden Dawn Collection are included in the Library and Museum’s on-line catalogue at: www.freemasonry.london.museum

Search the Collections [Ref: GBR 1991 GD series]

To come to this free event, please return the form below, or email Susan Snell by Monday 16 December 2013 with the following information:

Name:

Your contact address, email or phone number:

 


 

Reading, Writing and Religion 1660-1830

Saturday 7th December -Queen Mary, University of London

Details of the day’s programme are available below. Attendance is free, but places are limited so please register by emailing writingreligion [at] gmail.com by Tuesday 3rd December.

 


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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


“Islamism versus Post-Islamism? Mapping topographies of Islamic political and cultural practices and discourses” that will be held at the Cluster of Excellence “The Formation of Normative Orders” at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University in Frankfurt/Main from December 13th to 15th, 2013.

The aim of the conference is to elucidate the complexities and ambiguities of competing Islamic discourses and efforts of cultural and political reform and to identify and contextualize some recurring features of the political landscapes currently undergoing transformation in the Islamic World. Thus, the conference seeks to link empirical research with theoretical debates about contemporary social, political and legal changes in the Muslim World, including developments in Europe, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Southeast Asia.

If you are interested in participating in the conference, please have a participation request send to Mr. Oliver Bertrand (o.bertrand [at] em.uni-frankfurt.de) by December 8th, 2013. As we have only limited capacities for conference observers, please wait for the confirmation before transferring the conference fee. Please see the attached/linked conference program for more details as well as registration procedures and fees.

http://www2.uni-frankfurt.de/48820035/Conference-Islamism-versus-Post-Islamism-Program.pdf


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014

Theme issue: Death, mourning and the internet

Computer and mobile technologies have now provided a new space and medium to connect and share at the time of loss and bereavement. People seek out for places of ritualised actions, such as lighting candles, writing eulogies, visit memorials during anniversaries and feeling the sense of community at the time of loss. Internet provides a new space for rituals, feeling of co-presence and communality, where memorials are being erected in various online environments. This new way of expressing mourning and honoring are rising interesting questions about value, family, identity, friendship and love. Who is allowed to create a virtual memorial? Who has access and ownership to the material we leave online? Is it only the young people, the Web 2.0 generation, and the digital natives, who are appropriating internet technology to cope with loss and bereavement? What are the problems of using the internet in hospice care? How virtuality, death and/or the after world are being conceptualised through the Web?

Thanatos (www.thanatos-journal.com) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and a scientific online journal published by the Finnish Death Studies Association (www.kuolemantutkimus.com).

We publish twice a year a journal that consists of articles, short and long research reports, book reviews, columns and seminar reports. The primary publication language is Finnish, but we do accept manuscripts in English and Swedish as well, however, the costs of proofreading are the responsibility of the author.

We now invite abstracts in English, Swedish or Finnish (max 400 words) for articles (max 8000 words) and research reports (max 5000 words) from the following example themes:

• Digital afterlife

• Internet and hospice care

• Space and spatiality in virtual memorials

• Identity and virtual memorials

• Online memorials and heritage

• Memorials and online gaming

• Death and Facebook

• Memorial videos in Youtube (Vimeo etc.)

• Online funerals

The above mentioned topics are only examples and we encourage you to send your own ideas as well. Abstracts are to be sent to anna.haverinen [at] utu.fi by 3rd of January 2014.

 Schedule:

• 3.1.2014: Abstract deadlines (max 400 words)

• 28.2.2014: Full manuscript deadlines (articles max 8000 words, research reports max 5000 words)

• 15.4.2014: Writers receive referee and editorial comments on their first drafts

• 31.5.2014: Deadline for second drafts

• June/July: Journal publication

The head editor of the first issue in 2014 will be doctoral student of digital culture, Anna Haverinen (M. Phil.), who has studied virtual memorials and online death rituals extensively since 2007 in her thesis Virtual Memorials – death and mourning rituals in online environments (Forthcoming, 2014).


 

CFP: Interdisciplinary conference: Images of Afterlife

22–24 October 2014, University of Turku, Finland

Images of death and afterlife are rich and manifold in various religious contexts, as well as in artistic, media and other symbolic expressions. Representations of afterlife reflect cultural values, fears and hopes. In the contemporary West collective religious representations are challenged and completed by individual conceptions and beliefs, which, in turn, derive from various cultural sources. How has afterlife – the life and existence of souls and minds (or bodies) after death – been imagined in different contexts and how is it imagined today? What are the contexts in which these images are expressed? Where do afterlife conceptions come from and what is their significance in the societies of the living?

The interdisciplinary conference Images of Afterlife aims to discuss the cultural imagery of death and afterlife from various perspectives, such as anthropology, history, linguistics, religious studies, arts studies, social sciences, health care, psychology and psychiatry, in various cultural and historical contexts. We welcome a broad spectrum of papers, which illustrate and analyze theoretical approaches to cultural representations as well as to individual experiences of death and afterlife. The representations can include stories, beliefs, conceptions, customs and rituals, as well as works of art and literature. We are also interested in various methodologies that can be applied in the study of the images, including multidisciplinary methodologies.

Topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

o Religious and spiritual images of afterlife

o Images of afterlife in art

o Mythic topographies of the otherworld

o Secular conceptions of afterlife

o Afterlife conceptions as sources of comfort and hope

o Beliefs about persistence of the mind after death

o Mind, soul and consciousness

o “Good” and “bad” death

o Suicide and afterlife

o Euthanasia

o Organ transplantation

o Death, afterlife and multiculturalism in health care

o Agency in afterlife

o Marginalized discourses of afterlife

o Interaction with the spaces and agents of the afterlife

o Spirits, souls, ghosts, wraiths, apparitions, revenants

o Near-death experiences and deathbed visions

o Afterlife: popular (pseudo-scientific) discourses vs. legitimized

doctrines

The conference is organized by the research project Mind and the Other – An Interdisciplinary Study on the Interactions of Multiple Realities (funded by the Academy of Finland) in collaboration with the Finnish Death Studies Association. The invited keynote lecturers are:

Professor Altti Kuusamo, Art History, University of Turku

Professor Eija-Liisa Ahtila, The Academy of Fine Arts (tbc)

Professor Emerita Margaret Lock, Social Studies of Medicine, McGill

University (tbc)

Professor Samuel Scheffler, Philosophy, New York University (tbc)

Professor Jussi Kotkavirta, Philosophy, University of Jyväskylä (tbc)

Those who wish to present a paper in the conference are kindly requested to

send an abstract of no more than 300 words (in .rtf, .doc or .docx format)

to imagesofafterlife [at] gmail.com by February 28, 2014. Please send with the abstract your name, affiliation, contact information and field of specialization. Notices of acceptance will be sent by April 30, 2014.

Further information about the conference, social programme, travel and accommodation in Turku will be soon available on our web page http://imagesofafterlife.wordpress.com


CFP for ‘Skulls, faces and being human’ panel

Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth

ASA2014: Decennial Conference

Edinburgh- 19th-22nd June 2014

Deadline for paper abstract submission is 5th January 2014.

*Paper abstracts of 250 words* maximum *submitted via the web link below*.

None members and students are welcome to submit a paper abstract to our panel. For further information see:

Papers invited from social and cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic anthologists, museologists, historians etc., anyone with an interest in skulls and the ways we and others interpret skulls.http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2653

 


Call for Papers for the Panel: Marxism Reloaded or  Philosophy in Times of Poverty

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Call for Papers for the Panel: Marxism Reloaded or  Philosophy in Times of Poverty (As part of the Second Global  Forum of Critical Studies organized by Euroacademia in Prague,  Czech Republic) Deadline 15 November 2013 Panel Description: Horatio, speak to it, thou art a scholar! In his essay, Marxism   …

Contact: application [at] euroacademia.eu

URL:

euroacademia.eu/conference/the-second-global-forum-of-critical-studies/#t6

Announcement ID: 208309   http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208309


 

CFP: ‘Writing Womens Lives: Auto/Biography, Life Narratives, Myths and Historiography Symposium. Yeditepe

University, Istanbul. April 19  20, 2014.

Date: 2013-11-30

Description: The symposium calls for papers from a broad, interdisciplinary field of women’s life writing including biography and autobiography, letters, diaries, memoirs, family histories, case histories and other ways in which women’s lives have been recorded. The call is open to various genres and national, r …

Contact: symposium [at] kadineserleri.org

URL: www.wwl-symposium.org

Announcement ID: 208341

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208341

 


 

Association for Gravestone Studies 2014 Conference Call for  Papers & Participation Sessions

Location: Indiana

Date: 2014-02-01

Description: CALLS FOR PAPERS & PARTICIPATION SESSIONS The Association for Gravestone Studies National Conference, Franklin College, Indiana JUNE 17-22, 2014 Proposals are solicited for scholarly papers, 20 minutes in length, to be  presented during the Evening Lectures. Please send your proposal and a 250-word a …

Contact: jgiguere [at] ivytech.edu

URL: gravestonestudies.org

Announcement ID: 208313

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208313

 


The call for papers has been announced for the Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology at the University of Bristol (see below for more details). I am putting together a small panel on Spirit Mediumship, and am looking for abstract submissions, which must be submitted via the links on this page:

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

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Jack Hunter

‘Spiritual Exercises’

*Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2014*

Keynote Speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin

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

This year’s special theme is ‘Spiritual Exercises’, which is to be understood broadly as including asceticism, mysticism, soteriology, religious experience, and contemplative practices, but we welcome proposals on any research in religious or theological studies, as well as in cognate areas.

 


 

CFP: “Science Fiction and the Bible” ISBL/EABS 2014 (Vienna)

The research group “Science Fiction and the Bible” meets for the second time at ISBL/EABS in Vienna (July 6th-10th). We invite proposals for papers which engage with the possibilities of discussing biblical literature informed by Science Fiction (SF) or closely related genres. Proposals for papers are invited that apply specific works, tropes, or theories from SF to consider whether new insights can be derived from applying concepts of SF to biblical concepts or passages.

Using the concept of SF is a multidisciplinary approach. We encourage proposals from Bible scholars with an interest in SF, but also particularly from scholars in disciplines such as cultural studies, literature, sociology, film/media studies or even engineering and physics. In 2014 we expand our scope to also include considerations about religion and ethics, which may not be directly linked to a specific biblical passage or concept.

Paper prize for students: graduate students, whose papers are accepted for the ISBL/EABS annual meeting, can choose to enter the student paper competition that is held in connection with this meeting (2 cash prizes of 250 Euros).

Abstract deadline: January 31st, 2014.

More information and abstract submission:

http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=24&VolunteerUnitId=621

or by email: f.uhlenbruch [at] derby.ac.uk


 

Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE) Middle East Association (MESA) Annual Meeting 2014 Washington, DC, 22-25 November 2014

Organizers: Patricia Blessing and Ali Yaycioglu

Abstract are requested for a panel on Imagining Death and the Afterlife in the Middle East (c. 500-1800 CE).

Please send a 300-400 word abstract and a CV to pblessin [at] stanford.edu by January 15, 2014.

Authors of selected papers will be notified by January 25, 2014 and will have until February 15, 2014 to upload their abstract on the Middle East Studies Association’s conference website. MESA membership is required to submit an abstract to the MESA online system. The MESA program committee will decide on the acceptance of the entire panel.

For more information on the conference, see: http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/annual-meeting/index.html


 

CFP: EASR Annual Conference, Groningen, Netherlands

11-15 May, 2014

We invite submissions to our panel Connected with God: ‘Spiritual senses’, Knowledge and Christianity to be held at the 2014 EASR conference. Deadline for submissions is 1 December, 2013.

Connected with God: ‘Spiritual senses’, Knowledge and Christianity

Convenors: Dr. Minna Opas (University of Turku) and MA Anna Haapalainen (University of Turku)

Contact: minna.opas [at] utu.fi and anna.haapalainen [at] utu.fi

Abstract

It is common among Christian believers to describe their relation with God through the use of sensory and corporeal language: it is people’s hearts that ‘see’ God, and God may ‘touch’ upon a person. It is in and through the processes thus described that Christians also claim to gain knowledge of God. This raises a question of the relation between senses, corporeality, epistemology and knowledge: what is the nature of the knowledge gained through the senses, and are we here even dealing with the five human senses in the first place? This panel will examine Christian ways of knowing God in and through senses and the body, and the methodological, epistemological and ontological problems these pose. We will employ the term ‘spiritual senses’ as an umbrella term to talk about the Christian ways of perceiving and knowing God. We welcome papers examining the intertwinement of knowledge, the spiritual, and the material in human–God interaction.

Outline

What is contact with God like? How do people ’know’ God? It is common among Christian believers to describe their relation to God through the use of sensory language: it is people’s hearts that ‘see’ God, and God may ‘touch’ upon a person, for instance. Also a personal revival of faith and religious experience is often described by using corporeal imagery. The encounter with God can be described even visceral. Believers shiver, sense warmth, see light, hear angelic voices and feel presence of divine, connection with God permeates the body. It is in and through the processes thus described that Christians also claim to gain knowledge of God. This raises a question of the relation between senses, corporeality, epistemology and knowledge: what is the nature of the knowledge gained through the senses, and are we here even dealing with the five human senses in the first place?

This panel will examine Christian ways of knowing God in and through senses and the body, and the methodological, epistemological and ontological problems these pose. To begin with, as Paul L. Gavrilyuk and Sarah Coakley have noted in their book on theological anthropology titled ‘Spiritual senses’ (2012), the whole question of knowing God is built on epistemologically and metaphysically problematic premises. In encounters with God people claim to perceive something that cannot be perceived through the normal senses. God becomes something that is no longer transcendent and metaphysically different from humans. Yet, people’s ontological understandings of God do emphasize transcendence, omnipotence and eternity, all of which do not belong to the realm of man. Also methodologically the question of knowing God is challenging: can we talk about the human relationship with God with sensory language when in people’s descriptions it clearly points toward a supra-sensory mode of perception?

 

Following Gavrilyuk and Coakley, this panel will employ the term ‘spiritual senses’ as an umbrella term to talk about the Christian ways of perceiving and knowing God. The term, first found in the works of Origen in the third century AD, is understood to mean loosely the domain of (supra-) sensorial perceptions of the spiritual realm. We welcome papers examining the intertwinement of knowledge, the spiritual, and the material in human–God interaction. Possible topics include, but are not restricted to, the following:

 

-Materiality and immateriality of ‘spiritual senses’

-Epistemology of knowledge gained through religious experience

-Corporeality and knowledge

-Hierarchies of knowledge in Christian communities

-The nature of the connection between God and human

-The relation between spiritual senses and the five human senses

-Meanings given to ‘spiritual senses’ in different Christianities

-Interplay of different forms of knowledge in Christian communities

-The methodological problems the notion and Christian experiences of ‘spiritual senses’ pose to research

 

We do not delineate Christianity in this panel. Papers concerning any form of Christian faith, be it be institutionalized or free from institutions, are welcome.

 

Submission guidelines: Individual papers

Proposals for individual papers need to consist of an abstract of no more than 150 words (to be used in the program book, should the paper be accepted) and an outline of the proposed paper with no more than 500 words. Please indicate whether this is an open submission, or a submission to a particular panel. If your paper is submitted to a panel, please send your proposal to the convenors of that panel directly. They will review the submission.

 

Deadline: 1 December 2013


FELLOWSHIPS


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2015

Description: The Woolf Institute, which specializes in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from a  multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship is tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2015 …

Contact: bs411 [at] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 208376

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208376

 


JOBS


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

 

Indiana University – Bloomington – Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) Postdoctoral Fellowship <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48075>

 

Quest University Canada – Full-time Continuing Faculty: Contemporary Cultural Life <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48097>

 

University of Pittsburgh – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan-Korea Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48109>

 

Aarhus University – Associate Professor in Experimental Philosophy of Cognitive Science <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48116>

 

Memphis Theological Seminary – Tenure Track Faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48098>

 


 

10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2014/15 in Berlin

(Location: Berlin / Closing Date: 15 January 2014)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for up to ten postdoctoral fellowships for the research program

Please find the call for applications below this message or as a PDF document

via the following link: http://www.eume-berlin.de/en/call-for-application-ausschreibung.html  

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 Nov 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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


AMAZON


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If you click through to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com through these links, and buy ANY product during your visit, the RSP will earn referral fees. There will be no additional cost. Why not add a shortcut to your bookmarks bar and use these links every time you shop?


JOURNALS


 

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

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

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


BOOKS


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

Ingie Hovland

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

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

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

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

 


CONFERENCES


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

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

This will be a primarily anglophone session.

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

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

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

 


 

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

Date: 2014-07-09

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

Contact: sj1 [at] inter-disciplinary.net

URL:

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

Announcement ID: 208516

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

 


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

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

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


 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

 Include “California Paganism Panel” in subject line.

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

 


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

http://www.wocmes2014.org/

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

–        Death and funeral ceremonies as national and state formation;

–       Funeral architecture and national identity;

–       Memorials and mausoleums as a mechanism of symbolic legitimation;

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

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

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

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

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

–       Formation of religious-political tourism.

 

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

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

Dr. P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

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

 


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

 


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2014

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-11-22

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

Contact: heas.conference [at] gmail.com

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

Announcement ID: 208541

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

 


 

CFP: Asian Studies National Conference 2014

Location: Texas

Date: 2014-03-13

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

Contact: Manoabuck [at] aol.com

URL: www.eastwestcenter.org/node/34048

Announcement ID: 208467

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

 


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

Date: 2014-03-17

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

Contact: enchantment2014 [at] gmail.com

URL: www.visionsofenchantment.com

Announcement ID: 208436

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


 

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

Abstract:

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

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

Contact: anne.koch [at] lmu.de

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

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

Abstracts have to be submitted until 1st of December!

 


 

5th ETHNOGRAPHY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

V CONVEGNO DI ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA

Bergamo, June 5-7, 2014

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

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

For further information and updates: www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it


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

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

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

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

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

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

 


 

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

 Short Abstract:

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

 

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

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

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

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


JOBS


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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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


 

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

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

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

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  • Call for papers

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SEEKING YOUR HELP


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JOURNALS


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

 

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

 

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

 


BOOKS


Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

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

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

 


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

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

Hardback | 1232 pages

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

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

 


THE BUDDHA AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

by J. Abraham Vélez de Cea

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

ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9.

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

 


 

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

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-272-3

Pages: xxii + 562

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/VANLITERA


CONFERENCES


Conference on Adventist history and historiography

Location: Maryland

Date: 2014-01-06

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

Contact: bakerb [at] gc.adventist.org

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

Announcement ID: 208243

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

 


Speaking for the Humanities

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-20

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

Contact: cps [at] newschool.edu

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

Announcement ID: 208292

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

 


Religion at the Borderland; Conceptualizing Bordersthrough the Study of Religion

Date: 2013-10-30

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

Contact: marta.dominguez [at] unisg.ch

Announcement ID: 208049

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

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

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

Date: 2013-11-15

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

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

URL:

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

Announcement ID: 208086

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

 


CFP: Religious pathways to better futures

Date: 2013-11-17

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

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

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

Announcement ID: 208071

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

 


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

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

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

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

 


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

The Association for the Study of Esotericism

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

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

 Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

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

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

Silenced Voices

eSharp: Issue 21

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

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Gender, politics and religion,

– Slavery, freedom and human rights,

– Contemporary society, discrimination and segregation,

– Violence, death and war,

– Education, social control and manipulation,

– Language, ethics and society,

– Cinema, writing and journalism,

– Internet and social media.

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

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

Deadline for submission: 25th November 2013.


 

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

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

 


JOBS


 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 

Temporary Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 


 

Visiting Research Scholar Program

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University

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

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

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


 

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

Junior Professorship (W1)

Entangled History

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

Duties

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

&#61623       Teaching

Requirements

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special instructions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Postdoc Research Associates

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

Duties

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

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

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

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Research Associate

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

Duties

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

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

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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

 


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JOURNALS


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


BOOKS


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

 

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


CONFERENCES


OXFORD CENTRE FOR METHODISM AND CHURCH HISTORY

History of Art and Religion seminar

Tuesday 12 November 2013

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

 


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

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

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

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


Symposium – Hajj: Global Interactions through Pilgrimage

28 and 29 November 2013

Venue: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

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

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


 

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

*Looking Through the Occult:*

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

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

AN INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE – FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings

  • Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power

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

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

  • Media and human rights

  • Media, religion, and authority

  • Religious conflict and media representation

  • Religion and film

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

  • Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism

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

  • Diasporic media and transnational religious communities

  • Media, religion and global politics

  • The mediatization of religion

  • Religion, media, and the global marketplace

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


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

Date: 2014-01-10

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

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

URL: www.frenchhistorysociety.ac.uk/

Announcement ID: 207978

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

 


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

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

Contact: editorhistoryjournal [at] gmail.com

URL: scholarworks.gvsu.edu/gvjh

Announcement ID: 207898

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

 


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

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

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

Contact: kathryn.edney [at[ regiscollege.edu

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

Announcement ID: 207911

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

 


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

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

Conference dates: April 4-6, 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

     life and death in India, Japan and other countries.

3.    Religious, philosophical and traditional values influencing perception towards

     life and death in different cultures.

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

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

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

     morality of the countries

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

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

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

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

   lifedeathconf.du@gmail.com

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

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

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

Date:  February 14 -15, 2014

Venue:  Conference Centre, University of Delhi

Delhi, India

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

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


 

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

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

Key dates:

Call for panels closes: 09/12/2013

Decisions on panels: 22/12/2013

Call for films closes: 13/01/2014

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

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


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

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

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

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

SIIS Fellowships include:

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

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

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

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

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

• Annual workshops and year-round webinars

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

 

Watch the video and learn more at:

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

 

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

 


 

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

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

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


 

CFP: Making Sense of Religion

Performance, Art and Experience

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– ritual: sensing and performing

– senses, performance and popular religious art

– trends and consume of popular religious art and social contestation

– popular religious art in past and present

– feminism, gender and religious art

– contemporary spirituality and art

– performance, heritage and religious “authenticity”

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

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

Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa-FCSH

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

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

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

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

Convenors: Clara Saraiva, Diana Espírito Santo,Jenny Roussou

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


ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers

Association for the Study of Esotericism

Fifth International Conference

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

June 19-22, 2014

Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

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

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

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

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

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

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

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

ASE2014Conference [at] gmail.com

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

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


JOBS


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Teaching Fellow in Mediaeval History

School of History

University of St Andrews

 

Teaching Fellowship in the History of European Art

School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

University of Aberdeen