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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 1 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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JOURNALS


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

Culture and Religion http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/14/4#.UnLS2xBZh0o

Journal of Hindu Studies http://jhs.oxfordjournals.org/content/6/3?etoc

 


BOOKS


The Truth Within

A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Gavin Flood

Ideal for students and scholars of comparative religion; philosophy of religion; medieval Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity. This book investigates the idea that there is a truth within the person discovered through introspection is found in most religions. This book examines this metaphor in the history of Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism and the methods developed in those religions to realize it, particularly prayer and meditation.

978-0-19-968456-4 | Hardback | £65.00

 


CONFERENCES


Sat., Nov. 2nd Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area) Meeting

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-02

Description: Please join us for the fall meeting of the Chinese Studies Research Group (San Francisco Bay Area)! The University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim welcomes interested  faculty, independent scholars and graduate students to join us for this first meeting of the 2013-14 academic year. Satur …

Contact: mdale3 [at] usfca.edu

Announcement ID: 207925

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207925

 


 

Revisiting Early Modern Prophecies (c.1500-c.1815)

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: The Reformation dramatically changed Europes religious and political landscapes within a few decades. The Protestant emphasis on translating the Scriptures into the  vernacular and the developments of the printing press rapidly gave increased visibility to the most obscure parts of the Bible. Similar …

Contact: l.laborie [at] gold.ac.uk

URL: www.gold.ac.uk/history/research/panaceasociety/propheciesconference/

Announcement ID: 207801

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207801

 


 

20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference:  In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy  In-Between

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

Description: In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between Submissions are welcomed for the 20th Annual  Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and  fine  …

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207676


 

Start: Nov 1, 2013 5:00:00 PM

End: Nov 3, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

 A conference on ‘Monstrous Antiquities’, looking at archaeology and the uncanny in popular culture, will be held at the Institute from 1-3 November 2013.

 Haunted ruins, cursed artefacts, arcane rituals and ambulant mummies: archaeology and the ancient world have provided some of the most effective and ubiquitous scenarios for tales of horror and the supernatural. Authors and filmmakers such as MR James, Bram Stoker and Terence Fisher have drawn heavily upon popular conceptions of both the ancient past and the work of the archaeologist. The conference ‘Monstrous Antiquities: Archaeology and the Uncanny in Popular Culture’ aims to study and celebrate this long and productive relationship.


 

Workshop “The matrix of the world: cultural constructions of the uterus”

21-22 November, 2013.

Escuela Española de Historia y Arqueología en Roma, Via di Torre Argentina 18, Roma http://w3.uniroma1.it/verderame/eventi/uterus.html


An International Colloquium on Proverbs to be held at Nancy and Paris on November 5, 6 and 7, 2013.

The program is financed by the French National Research Agency (ANR), organized by Marie-Christine Varol from INALCO, Paris and Marie-Sol Ortola from the University of Nancy, France. Its starting point is the so-called “Golden Era” in 9th to 13th centuries Spain when Jewish, Arabic and Christian cultures cohabited and shared common proverbs.

However, it also includes search for roots in the wisdom literatures of the ancient Near East and follows the afterlife and spread of wisdom sayings to medieval cultures. It is connected with the systematic tagging of various wisdom collections that will be available online.

<http://aliento.msh-lorraine.fr/?q=en/node/63>.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

Call for Papers for Edited Volume:  New Perspectives on the Nation of Islam

Date: 2013-11-30

Description: Call for Papers for Edited Volume: New Perspectives  on the Nation of Islam For much of its long history the Nation  of Islam has generated popular support and censure across the  United States and beyond. Scholars have produced a wealth of  literature on the NOIs leadership, theology and history. This   …

Contact: Dawn-Marie.Gibson [at] rhul.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 207703

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207703

 


 

CFP: XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions will take place from August 23 to 29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany

Each panel lasts two hours. Panel papers should be limited to 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the number of panel participants. Panel conveners are asked to approach possible participants from different nations to reflect the scope and internationality of the IAHR Congress.

To propose a panel, please submit a general proposal of the panel as well as individual proposals of all papers included in the panel. Both panel and papers of a proposed panel will be evaluated by the Academic Program Committee to ensure a high academic standard of the Congress program. We therefore ask panel conveners to submit the proposals of all prospective panel participants of a proposed panel as indicated by the submission form. Proposals of panels and of papers should not exceed 150 words.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Sunday, September 14, 2014. All proposals must be submitted electronically via the IAHR 2015 website (www.iahr2015.org). This site will be available for submissions from Sunday, September 1, 2013 through Sunday, September 14, 2014. As part of the submission process, you will be asked to indicate the area in which you would like your proposal considered. Your proposal will then be forwarded to the appropriate member of the Academic Program Committee.

You will receive notice concerning the status of your proposal as soon as possible and certainly before March 1, 2015. If your panel or paper has been accepted by the Academic Program Committee, please note that you will have to register as Congress participant before May 15, 2015 to be included in the Congress program.

 


 

“Money and Cult”

The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

23 – 25 May 2014

Dublin, Ireland

As major social and administrative institutions, often with substantial assets, temples played an important role within the economies of the Ancient Near East. Not only were resources diverted to them for building and cultic use, but many temples also played a role in the creation of wealth and the employment of various strata of society, from priests to scribes to slaves. Similarly, kings both patronised temples and used them as convenient sources of revenue. The interactions between religious needs and economic practicalities were complex and varied significantly over time and location. We therefore invite papers which examine the intertwined roles of cult and economy in the Ancient Near East.

Papers which explore a wide-range of economic aspects of temple cults or the cultic ramifications of economic realities are expected.

Appropriate topics include building programmes, educational programmes, sacrificial economies, trade in cultic paraphernalia, systems of tithing and temple taxation, and the relationship of priests to royal administrations. We are also interested in the relationships between temples, such as the temples in Jerusalem, Elephantine, Leontopolis, and on Mount Gerizim (and elsewhere), and how much their interaction may have been aided or hindered by economic aspects.

Depending on received submissions, sessions will be structured in chronological order with the days divided as follows:

 Friday, 23 May 2014:              Early First Millennium (to the Neo-Babylonian Period)

Saturday, 24 May 2014:          From the Persian to the Seleucid Era

Sunday, 25 May 2014:             Roman Period (from the reign of Herod the Great to the end of the Bar Kokhba Rebellion)

We invite abstracts of no more than 500 words to reach us by email at hekhal.dublinia@gmail.com by 28 February 2014.

Please note, presentation of papers at this conference will be 40 minutes within a one-hour slot, allowing time for ample discussion after each paper.

(For further details, see Hekhal website http://hekhal.wordpress.com/)

 


 

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 which was formed at the University of Haifa during 2009-2012, and last year at Tel Aviv University. This event can be a good opportunity for researchers working outside of Israel to learn more about the country’s bustling New-Age ‘scene’ and about development in the research on contemporary spirituality in Israel.

The conference’s guest of honor and keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (University of Boston, USA). The conference’s CFP can be downloaded throught the following link: http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Please feel free to send this to any relevant address in your private e-mail lists. We will of course be very happy to receive your own proposals by November 15 2013, addressed to Mr. Shai feraro (Conference Coordinator), spirituality.tel.aviv@gmail.com


JOBS

California State University – Chico – Assistant Professor, Ancient History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47894>

Oakton Community College – Anthropology and Humanities faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47897>

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Postdoctoral Fellowship, Sawyer Seminar “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives” <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47883>

University of Victoria – Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47850>

Beloit College – Visiting Instructor, Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47887>

 University of California – Irvine – Europe and the World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47867>

 University of North Carolina – Wilmington – Assistant Professor – International Studies<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47886>

 

University of San Francisco – Academic Director, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47881>

Western Michigan University – Faculty Specialist, tenure track, Buddhism/World Religions<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47891>

Aarhus University – Professorship in Applied Ethics <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47868>

Aarhus University – Associate Professorship in Theology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47746>

 

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Religion and Material Culture <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47896>

 

Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for the position, assistant professor of Hebrew Bible (tenure track). Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have competence in teaching a broad range of students at both the masters and doctoral levels within a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), as well as a strong research and publication agenda. Doctorate must be in hand at time of application. Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf,  .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on November 25th. Teleconference interviews of considered applicants will be conducted on December 11th.  Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply. Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a senior-level (tenured) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.

 2.

Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor

Vanderbilt University Divinity School invites applications for a tenured position in Hebrew Bible, at the rank of associate or full professor, with a possible active role in various departments of Arts and Sciences, including Religious Studies, Jewish Studies, and Classical Studies. Areas of specialization may include but are not limited to canonical studies, Ancient Near Eastern studies, philology, contextual hermeneutics, and Mishnaic Hebrew. The successful candidate will have a strong research agenda and body of publications, demonstrated excellence in teaching and mentoring to bring to masters and doctoral-level programs in a pluralistic setting (see http://divinity.vanderbilt.edu/about/purposes.php), and a record of service to academic institutions and professional organizations.

Applicants are to send cover letter and curriculum vitae (as .pdf, .doc or .docx files) to <marie.mcentire@vanderbilt.edu>, asking three recommenders likewise to send letters to the same email address.

Review of applications will begin on December 15th. Personal inquiries and confidential nominations may be directed to the search chair, Dr.

Bruce Morrill (<bruce.morrill [at] vanderbilt.edu>). Vanderbilt University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Candidates from underrepresented groups in the profession are encouraged to apply.

Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a junior-level

(tenure-track) search in Hebrew Bible. Interested parties are invited to refer to that position opening.

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 25 Oct 2013

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

In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • 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


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

The Journal of Religion and Gender has published a special issue on postcoloniality in the study of religions. You can read it here: http://www.religionandgender.org/index.php/rg/issue/current.


BOOKS


Tibetan Buddhism: A Very Short Introduction – Matthew T. Kapstein

(Oxford University Press).

£7.99

The work is particularly designed for general readers and use in courses in which only a session or two can be devoted to introducing the Tibetan tradition. For further information, please consult the OUP site:

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/academic/series/general/vsi/9780199735129.do#.UmFjwVOh5IY

 


Religious Statues and Personhood: Testing the Role of Materiality

Amy Whitehead

Hardback

Published 12-09-2013

ISBN 9781441110282

Online price: £58.50

http://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/religious-statues-and-personhood-9781441110282/

 Objects such as statues and icons have long been problematic in the study of religion, especially in European Christianities. Through examining two groups, the contemporary Pagan Glastonbury Goddess religion in the Southwest of England and a cult of the Virgin Mary in Andalusia, Spain, Amy Whitehead asserts that objects can be more than representational or symbolic. In the context of increasing academic interest in materiality in religions and cultures, she shows how statues, or ‘things’, are not always interacted with as if they are inert material against which we typically define ourselves as ‘modern’ humans.

Bringing two distinct cultures and religions into tension, animism and ‘the fetish’ are used as ways in which to think about how humans interact with religious statues in Western Europe and beyond. Both theoretical and descriptive, the book illustrates how religions and cultural practices can be re-examined as performances that necessarily involve not only human persons, but also objects.

 


Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Joanne Conman

“This book presents an illuminating in-depth investigation which demonstrates that the deep-rooted, fervently defended belief in ancient Egyptian astronomy is false, that it is a myth disseminated by scholars who have failed to make sense of the evidence in the archaeological record. The author’s meticulous detective work has led to a breakthrough that reveals the reality of the sky for the ancient Egyptians. Beginning where Egyptology first went wrong, the Greco-Roman temple zodiacs and the Enlightenment-era scholars, the book provides a comprehensive review of the material that has been offered as support for the identifications of Orion and the Big Dipper for the last two centuries, convincingly demonstrating how it fails. The author reveals artistic and textual evidence that challenges the prevailing dogma and uncovers the roots of astrology in ancient Egyptian religion.”

https://www.createspace.com/4303509


CONFERENCES


20th Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference:  In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy  In-Between

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

Description: In/Tangibility: The Mystical, The Material and the Messy In-Between Submissions are welcomed for the 20th Annual  Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference, to be held March 6th, 2014, Concordia University We invite papers from graduate students from all areas of the humanities, social sciences and  fine  …

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207676

 


The African Association meets every two years in a different location in Africa. The last one met in 2012 and focussed on Religion and Sport. The focus on a theme worked well, and we continue this for 2014 on Ecology and the Environment.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/14Bt529K3nK2USiDpCX_rRrhpFoq86GyF9u0NBwRolpw/edit

 


Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing Tuesday, 29 October 2013

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm

1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, N.Y.  10027

Emile Schrijver, Professor of Jewish Book History at the University of

Amsterdam:

Natural and Unnatural Boundaries of the Jewish Book

An abstract of the talk is available on our website:

https://researchblogs.cul.columbia.edu/islamicbooks/religionwriting/

Professor Schrijver’s presentation will begin at 6.00 pm sharp. Dinner will be held at Community Food and Juice after the seminar around 8.00pm.

If you would like to join us for dinner, please RSVP to the seminar’s rapporteur Hannah Barker (hkb2106 [at] columbia.edu) no later than Thursday, October 24.

Fayerweather Hall is located on the northeast side of the Columbia Morningside campus. A map is available here: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/fayerweather.html

Columbia University encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.  University Seminar participants with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact the Office of Disability Services at 212-854-2388 or disability [at] columbia.edu. Disability accommodations, including sign-language interpreters, are available on request.  Requests for accommodations should be made two weeks in advance.  On campus, Seminar participants with disabilities should alert a Public Safety Officer that they need assistance accessing campus.

We look forward to seeing you at the October meeting of the Seminar on Religion and Writing.

Mahnaz Moazami & Dagmar Riedel, co-chairs Hannah Barker, rapporteur

Columbia University Seminar on Religion and Writing Tuesday, 29 October 2013

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Comparative Studies of South Asia,  Africa and the Middle East

Description: Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East (CSSAAME) is pleased to announce exciting changes in 2013. With volume 33 and issue 2 (Fall 2013), CSSAAME will be under the direction of senior editors Timothy Mitchell and  Anupama Rao, in coordination with an editorial collective of  int …

Contact: cssaame [at] dukeupress.edu

URL: cssaame.dukejournals.org

Announcement ID: 207551

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207551

 


CFP: CULT/UREThe Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School

Date: 2013-12-22

Description: CULT/URE The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School Cult/ure is the student-‐run academic journal of Harvard Divinity School and the only graduate journal of religion at Harvard University. We publish exemplary student scholarship in the areas of religious studies, ministry studies, and t …

Contact: cultandculturecfp [at] gmail.com

URL: cultandculture.org/culture/

Announcement ID: 207546

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207546


 

CFP for 2014 ICA Pre-Conference on Media and Religion: Betwixt and Between

Location: Washington

Date: 2013-12-15

Description: Call for Papers for ICA Pre-Conference on Media and  Religion: Betwixt and Between Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division of the International Communication Association 22 May 2014 at the Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington Media and religion is a phra …

Contact: heidic [at] tamu.edu

URL: digitalreligion.tamu.edu/news/tue-10152013-1805/cfp-ica-preconference-media-and-religion

Announcement ID: 207604

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207604

 


Abstracts for the annual conference of the Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study are due on November 1.

The conference is March 13-15, on the campus of Yale University. This conference will be held in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.http://www.yale.edu/macmillan/balticstudies/ybss/proposals.html

 


CFP: the 11th ISORECEA conference. The conference will take place in Kaunas, Lithuania, 24-27 April 2014. The final date for the submission of abstracts is 15 November 2013. http://www.isorecea.net/


CFP: The New Department of Hebrew at the University of the Free State

(Bleomfontein, South Africa) is organizing an International Conference on New Research in Hebrew Language and Culture, 27 – 29 January 2014

The conference will deal with a variety of topics, including:

Hebrew Language and Culture in Africa

The Bible and its Commentaries

Ancient and Modern Translations of the Bible (especially in Africa)

Linguistic Approaches to Hebrew

Comparative and Typological Approaches to Hebrew

Rabbinical Literature

Philosophical Sources in Hebrew

Comparative Study of Hebrew Language, Literature and Religion

Hebrew Language and Science

Hebrew Language and Politics

Hebrew Language and Law

Papers on additional themes related to Hebrew will also be eligible. Paper proposals for 25 minute talks related to the conference themes should be sent by 15th November 2013. The primary and preferred language of the conference is English. Papers in Hebrew may be accepted provided that the full text in English is supplied for conference participants. Abstracts [in English or Hebrew] should be emailed to Dr Gudrun Lier gelier [at] uj.ac.za

Conference organisers:

Prof. Cynthia L. Miller-Naudé, University of the Free State (millercl [at] ufs.ac.za)

Prof. Jacobus A. Naudé, University of the Free State (naudej [at] ufs.ac.za)

Dr. Gudrun Eli Lier, University of Johannesburg (gelier [at] uj.ac.za)

Prof. Yosef Rivlin, Bar-Ilan University (joseph.rivlin [at] biu.ac.il)

 


 

CFP: INDIA AND GREECE

Proposals are invited for 30-minute papers at a Conference on Indian and Greek Thought, at the University of Exeter, July 9-12, 2014.

This is part of the AHRC-funded project  ‘Ātman and Psyche. Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece’, conducted by Dr. Richard Fynes of de Montfort University and Professor Richard Seaford of the University of Exeter.

More information about the project appears at http://atmanandpsyche.exeter.ac.uk/

The theme of the conference is the striking similarities (and reasons for the similarities) in philosophical thought between India and Greece in the period before Alexander crossed the Indus in 326 BCE. Papers that concentrate mainly on one or other of the two cultures, or on a later period, are not necessarily ineligible, provided that they are likely to stimulate discussion of the main theme.

If you would like to be on the circulation list, please contact R.A.S.Seaford@ex.ac.uk If you would also like to give a paper, please send an abstract (300 words maximum).

Funding may be available for the expenses of those giving papers.


JOBS


Aarhus University – Assistant or Associate Professor in Arab and Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47820>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47783>

 

Florida International University – Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47837>

University of Maryland – Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47789>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Christian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47802>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Hinduism/South Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47803>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47783>

 

Position in Anthropology of religion at USP ( Universidade de Sao Paulo). Find more details at : http://www.fflch.usp.br/da/

 

University of Potsdam – W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47761>

 

University of Chester – Islamic Studies http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHL523/director-professor-of-islamic-studies/


 

Oriental Institute Job Posting: Post-Doctoral Fellow at the rank of Instructor

The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago invites applications for the Oriental Institute’s Annual Post-Doctoral Fellow Conference program for the 2014–2016 academic years.  This is a twenty-four-month, non-renewable appointment.  During the first year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will organize and conduct a two-day conference at the Oriental Institute on key comparatively oriented theoretical or methodological issues in the field of ancient studies (archaeological, text-based, and/or art historical avenues of research).  We encourage cross-disciplinary proposals that deal with the ancient Near East (including Egypt) or that compare the Near East with other cultural areas.  Applicants should take into consideration the research interests represented at the Oriental Institute.  The conference will take place in early March 2015. Following the conference, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will work with publication staff to assemble and edit the proceedings for publication in the “Oriental Institute Seminars” series.  During the second year of the appointment, the Post-Doctoral Fellow will assist in organizing a series of faculty seminars at the Oriental Institute. The incumbent is also encouraged to pursue his or her own research while in residence and to interact with the Oriental Institute community.

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at: http://oi.uchicago.edu/research/symposia/

 

Qualifications: Ph.D. in a discipline relating to ancient studies must be completed at the time of appointment.  Applicants must provide:

 

-Cover letter

-Curriculum Vitae

-5-page proposal outlining the nature and structure of the conference (including the names and paper topics of six to eight key participants who have agreed to make presentations, should the conference be funded; for budgetary reasons, international participants should constitute no more than half of the list of six to eight invited speakers)

-The names of three referees

Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website: <http://tinyurl.com/kv3djoa>

Deadline for application submission is Monday, January 12th, 2014. Start date is September 1st, 2014

Inquiries can be directed to <oi-administration [at] uchicago.edu> with the subject heading “Post-Doctoral Fellow.”


FELLOWSHIPS


Call for the Application to The 9th Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship [Deadline:October 31]

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: The Hakuho Foundation Japanese Research Fellowship invites leading international researchers of the Japanese language, Japanese language instruction, Japanese literature and Japanese culture to Japan to conduct residential research.

Following the addition of Japanese literature and Japanese culture, …

Contact: hakuhoip [AT] secretariat.ne.jp

URL: www.hakuhodo.co.jp/foundation/english/program/index.html

Announcement ID: 207500

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207500

 


 

Ph.D and Postdoctoral fellowships at Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

Date: 2013-12-01

Description: The Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Department of Religious Diversity in  Gttingen is offering Ph.D. Fellowships and Postdoctoral Fellowships The Ph.D. fellowships are for 3-4 years. The dissertation will be defended at Utrecht University. The postdoctoral fellow …

Contact: vdvOffice [at] mmg.mpg.de

URL: www.mmg.mpg.de/departments/religious-diversity/

Announcement ID: 207468

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207468

 


 

MA and PhD and Post-doctoral Fellowships Available (University of Manitoba)

 

Two to three MA and/or PhD Fellowships and a post-doctoral fellowship are available in the Department of Anthropology (and Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory) of the University of Manitoba under the supervision of Prof. Haskel Greenfield, as part of his “Nature of early urban neighbourhoods in the southern Levant: Early Bronze Age at Tell es-Safi (EBAS)”, SSHRC Partnership Research Program with Bar-Ilan University, Israel.

 

The term of funding for the MA is for two years (minimum of $12,000/year) and the PhD for four years (minimum of $18,000/year),beginning September 1, 2014. PhD students or Post-docs may have the opportunity for sessional (part-time) teaching if courses are available, contingent on funding.

 

The successful candidate is expected to have a background in archaeology and science, Near Eastern Archaeology (i.e., urbanisation of the EBA in the southern Levant), the archaeology of complex societies, and archaeological field work and methods.

 

The fellowships are for the scientific analysis of remains from the EBA of levels at Tell es-Safi, Israel, including (but not limited to):

 

·       Lidar scanning technology and archaeological imaging

·       Ceramics lipids

·       GIS and spatial analysis

·       Archaeobotany

·       Micro-debris analysis

·       Lithic source analysis

·       Trace element analysis

·       aDNA and microscopic use wear of zooarchaeological material

·       Database management

·       Geoarchaeology

 

Knowledge of any of the above archaeological methods, in addition to ceramic analysis, zooarchaeology, geology, chemistry, chronometric analysis, and palaeoenvironmental reconstruction are beneficial.

 

Experience in archaeological data management and knowledge of Microsoft Office products, imaging software, spatial analytic (e.g. GIS) programs, Leica Cyclone, and SQL databases (e.g., DB2) would be an asset.

 

Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or landed residents must have their applications approved by Immigration Canada and acceptance by the Faculty of Graduate Studies by the start date of the fellowship.

 

Interested applicants should contact Prof. Haskel Greenfield (Haskel.Greenfield [at] umanitoba.ca) by December 1, 2014.


 

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

– Ph.D and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Religion and Ethnicity in Southwest China <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47784>

 


 

The Schusterman Center announces three fellowship opportunities for 2014:

Doctoral fellowships in Israel Studies, for PhD candidates accepted in Brandeis’ Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.

Post-doctoral fellowship for the academic year 2014-2015. Candidates teach one course per semester in Israel Studies, related to programs in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies, Israeli arts and culture, politics, sociology, economics, or other relevant disciplines. The deadline for applications is January 14, 2014.

Summer Institute for Israel Studies fellowships, for professors being asked to provide their university with courses in Israel Studies. SIIS takes place June 16-30 at Brandeis and July 1-10 in Israel. Deadline for applications is January 21st.

More information: http://www.brandeis.edu/israelcenter/support/index.html

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JOURNALS


V1olume 14 of The Indian International Journal of Buddhist Studies (2013) has just appeared http://www.iijbs.org/html/home.html.

 

The Senses and Society, vol 3 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/tsas/2013/00000008/00000003

 

Religion, State and Society, vol 41 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/41/3#.UmBNIRDg8gI

 


BOOKS


Laurence Cox, Buddhism and Ireland: from the Celts to the counter-culture and beyond

Sheffield, UK: Equinox, 2013

ISBN 9781908049292 (hardback) / 9781908049308 (paperback)

426pp, 35 illustrations

Price $99.95 / $35; 25% discount available for web orders via

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=529 until the end of 2013 (use the code COX when ordering).


Broeckaert, (Bert), Van den Branden (Stef), Pérennès, (Jean-Jacques, 1949-)(eds),

Perspectives on Islamic culture. Essays in honour of Emilio G. Platti Louvain-Paris, Peeters (Les Cahiers du MIDEO, 6), 2013, XXIII+350

p., ISBN: 978-90-429-2734-6. 78 EURO

http://www.peeters-leuven.be/boekoverz.asp?nr=9195

 


Babylonian Creation Myths By W. G. Lambert

Mesopotamian Civilizations 16 (Eisenbrauns)

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/LAMMESOPO

Retail price: $99.50

Eisenbrauns price: $89.55

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-247-1

Pages: xvi + 640; plates

For much of the last half of the twentieth century, W. G. Lambert devoted much of his research energy and effort to the study of Babylonian texts dealing with Mesopotamian ideas regarding creation, including especially Enuma Elish. This volume, which appears almost exactly 2 years after Lambert’s death, distills a lifetime of learning by the world’s foremost expert on these texts. Lambert provides a full transliteration and translation of the 7 tablets of Enuma Elish, based on the known exemplars, as well as coverage of a number of other texts that bear on, or are thought to bear on, Mesopotamian notions of the origin of the world, mankind, and the gods. New editions of seventeen additional “creation tales” are provided, including “Enmesharra’s Defeat,” “Enki and Ninmah,” “The Slaying of Labbu,’ and “The Theogony of Dunnu.”

Lambert pays special attention, of course, to the connection of the main epic, Enuma Elish, with the rise and place of Marduk in the Babylonian pantheon. He traces the development of this deity’s origin and rise to prominence and elaborates the relationship of this text, and the others discussed, to the religious and political climate Babylonia.

The volume includes 70 plates (primarily hand-copies of the various exemplars of Enuma Elish) and extensive indexes.


CONFERENCES


SOAS Muslim South Asia Graduate Research Conference 2013

Date: 2013-10-28

Description: This one-day interdisciplinary conference brings together early career researchers from all around the world  working on Muslim South Asia. The day will end with a Plenary Session chaired by Professor Francis Robinson and a drinks reception. Four panels: – Muslim Thought and Practice in South  Asia –  …

Contact: musa [at] soas.ac.uk

URL:

www.soas.ac.uk/southasianstudies/musa/events/28oct2013-muslim-south-asia-graduate-research-conference.html

Announcement ID: 207451

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207451

 


 

NISIS Autumn School 2013, 22-25 October, Utrecht University

The NISIS Autumn School 2013 ‘Islam: culture or religion?’ is held at Utrecht University, from Tuesday 22 October through Friday 25 October, and features keynotes from several renowned speakers. This conference-cum-workshop seeks to investigate the relationship between religion and culture in Islam, to think about the history of the scholarly appropriations of these terms as well as to explore their current and possible future uses in the study of Islam. The keynotes are:

Tuesday 22 October

15.00-15.45: Carole Hillenbrand (University of Edinburg): ‘The academic discipline of Islamic history: the case of jihad scholarship’

16.30-17.15: Adam Silverstein (Bar-Ilan University,): ‘Islam as an Abrahamic civilization.’

Wednesday 23 October – 14.30-15.15: Syrinx von Hees (Bonn University): ‘Artistic production of the Middle East in view of the question Islam: Culture or Religion?’

16.00-16.45: Bruce Lawrence (Duke University): ‘Islam between scripture and discourse.’

Thursday 24 October – 14.30-15.15: Roman Loimeier (University of Göttingen): ‘“African Islam” vs. “Islam in Africa”: the problem of binary constructions of Muslim societies’

16.00-16.45: Léon Buskens (Leiden University): ‘Changes and continuities in Islamic Studies in the Netherlands in an international perspective’

For full information about this event, visit

http://www.hum.leiden.edu/nisis/events/nisis-autumn-school-2013.html

 


 

The 1st circular of the IXth  International Hittitology Congress which will be held at Çorum during September 2014 is posted at <http://www.hittitology.org.tr/>.

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CULT/URE

The Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School

Cult/ure is the student-­‐run academic journal of Harvard Divinity School and the only graduate journal of religion at Harvard University. We publish exemplary student scholarship in the areas of religious studies, ministry studies, and theology.

Did you write an outstanding term paper last year? Have you been working on an independent research project? Submit your work to Cult/ure, HDS’s graduate journal by December 22nd, 2013!

Deadline: December 22nd, 2013

Submissions are open to all graduate religion students. Submit via email to cultandculturecfp@gmail.com.

 


The IAA awards a prize for the best first article written after the Ph.D. Please observe the following rules and regulations (see also the IAA website http://www.let.leidenuniv.nl/IAA/index.html

 


AAR/SBL/ASOR

Rocky Mountain-Great Plains Region

University of Denver

Saturday-Sunday, March 29-30, 2014

The Regional Program Committee cordially invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2014 Regional Meeting at the University of Denver. The deadline for submissions is October 31, 2013. The program co-chairs are Gregory Robbins and Andrea Stanton, both faculty members in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Denver (http://www.du.edu/ahss/religiousstudies/index.html).

Proposal Requirements

Because the committee receives a number of proposals in a wide variety of approaches we ask that each proposal include all the following elements:

1. An abstract, no more than 300 words;

2. The specific subject with enough detail that the subject is quickly and easily discerned;

3. The general methodology the presenter will use to discuss the subject;

4. The significance of the subject within the larger field of interest.

The proposal should be sent as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format to Program co-chairs:

grobbins@du.edu (SBL) or andrea.stanton@du.edu (AAR).

 Please be sure to include reliable contact information. If you require technological support for your presentation (such as Internet connection, or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

Proposals are welcome in all areas of religious and biblical studies, including — but not limited to — the following:

· ANE / Greco-Roman history and cultures and biblical texts

· Religion in the public square; religion and government

· Religion and popular culture

· The Bible and cognate literature · Religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Native

American religions, etc.

· ANE archaeology and archaeological methods

· Pedagogical methods and technologies

We also encourage those who are members of ASOR to submit in the hopes of having sufficient presentations to constitute a separate ASOR section. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to approximately twenty minutes, with a brief amount of time allowed for questions.

Student Paper Awards

Graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals. There will be awards for the best AAR and SBL student papers. The awards are presented during the luncheon on Saturday and carry a stipend of $100 each. To be considered for the award, a student must submit a copy of the completed paper (as an e-mail attachment in MS Word format or a PDF), along with an abstract, by October 31, 2013 (papers not chosen for an award will still be considered for the program).

The paper should be 10–12 pages double-spaced (for a 20-minute presentation).

 Regional Scholars Award

The SBL offers a Regional Scholars award ($1000 plus national recognition as a Regional Scholar) for an outstanding paper presented at the regional meeting by a Ph.D. candidate or recent Ph.D. (four years or fewer). If you are interested in competing in the Regional Scholars competition, you must indicate so with your paper proposal. See the SBL national website for more information:

http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/RegionalScholarAwardProgramPolicyforPublicView_2009.pdf

Program Committee

The Program Committee will review all proposals, and will convene at the National Meetings in Baltimore. The Program Co-Chairs, Gregory Robbins (grobbins@du.edu) and Andrea Stanton (andrea.stanton@du.edu), invite at least one faculty person from each of the participating schools in the region to serve on the program committee; the Regional Student Representative will also be a member of this committee. Please notify the co-chairs by October 31, 2013, if you are willing to serve on the Program Committee.

For more information, please visit: http://www.aarweb.org/node/179.

 


 

Popular Anthropology Magazine <http://popanthro.org> Call for Reviewers Popular Anthropology Magazine is looking for peer-reviewers for the December 2013 issue. Popular Anthropology Magazine is a biannual online publication aimed at increasing public understanding and access to current research in the field of anthropology, with a focus on raising awareness of anthropology’s relevance to issues of public interest and exploring the ways in which anthropology is learned as a discipline. The magazineincludes articles on sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology linguistics and visual anthropology

Please e-mail popanthro [at] gmail.com with any questions.


“Media and Religion”: Betwixt and Between

ICA Pre-Conference

Sponsored by the Philosophy, Theory and Critique Division of the International Communication Association

22 May 2014, 9:00 AM – 5 PM

Location: Thomas Hall-Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

“Media and religion” is a phrase used to describe a growing cross-disciplinary field of research. Communication scholars have noted interesting social and cultural implications of the intersection of media and religion on several levels. This includes acknowledging how communication processes within media and religious practice often point to a ritualization of communication, drawing attention to acts of witnessing and confession in media cultures. There is also recognition by scholar that media and religion highlights an important intersection of cultural and social imaginations, where media creates and informs deep feelings of social belonging. Against this background, it is not surprising that the intersection of religion and media is attracting research attention, especially in regards to the mediatization of religion and the proliferation of mediated religion.

Given the complexity of the relationship between media and religion, we advocate moving beyond the simple questions of “How is religion represented in the media?” and “How to religions use media to promote their cause?” to consider broader and deeper theoretical investigations of this evolving interplay.  We suggest media may evoke and create a sense of wonder, transcendence, and flow, which in many ways approach experiences often assigned to the religious realm. To put it with Victor Turner’s classical essay on liminality: Religious media events, as well as media as a religious event, call into question simplistic social ontologies by being “betwixt and between” purely religious and purely media contexts.

This preconference seeks to bring into conversation a variety of approaches common within the study of media, religion and culture, in order to showcase the diverse perspectives scholars of Communication have taken in the study of this interrelationship. The goal of the preconference is to spotlight current scholarly methods within media and religion studies in order to highlight key theoretical concepts and problems – both for those working in the field, and for those who wish to gain first-hand insight into this area of Communication research. Through papers, panel presentations and shared conversation amongst participants this event aims is to draw scholarly attention to the relationship between media, religion and culture in its multiple intersections.

The preconference will consist of a morning session featuring two keynote panels of recognized scholars whose work intersects with the field of media and religion. The afternoon will involve two parallel panels of papers selected from abstract submissions, and a closing summary panel. Invited and confirmed speakers/respondents include Menachem Blondheim, Hebrew University; Nick Couldry, Goldsmiths University of London; Stig Hjarvard, University of Copenhagen; Stewart M. Hoover, University of Colorado-Boulder; Knut Lundby, University of Oslo and Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan.

Paper proposals are sought for the afternoon sessions on themes related to the study of media and religion. Of special interest are papers which sketch out new cross-disciplinary connections, methods and theoretical approaches to this intersection.Possible themes for paper considered for the pre-conference includes research which reflects on:

–       Media as a site for religious practice and performance

–       The mediatization of religion

–       Religion and media as cultural technologies

–       Media communication as a conduit for understanding and peace

–       Religious media as mediating religion

–       Media as Ritual

Paper submissions are welcome from scholars at all stages of their career working in a variety of discipline that intersect with the study of media, religion and culture. Abstracts of 500 words (maximum) should be submitted along with a brief biographical statement no later than 15 December 2013. Abstract should be submitted to Heidi Campbell at heidic [at] tamu.edu.  Submissions will be judged by peer evaluation. Authors will be informed regarding acceptance/rejection for the preconference in mid February 2014.

The preconference is sponsored by the Jackson School of International Studies and Department of Communication at the University of Washington and supported by the Media and Religion Temporary Working Group of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) and The International Society for Media, Religion, and Culture.

Co-Convenors: Heidi Campbell, Texas A&M University, USA and Günter Thomas, Faculty for Protestant Theology-Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany


SHOWCASING ISLAMIC STUDIES IN THE UK

The Inaugural Conference of the British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS)

Thursday 10 – Friday 11 April 2014 University of Edinburgh

Call for panels and papers

As a follow-up to the very successful work of the Islamic Studies Network between 2009 and 2012, a learned society for Islamic Studies, the British Association for Islamic Studies (www.brais.ac.uk<http://www.brais.ac.uk/>) has been established.

 The Inaugural Conference of the Association will be held in the University of Edinburgh on 10 – 11 April 2014, and the organisers invite proposals for whole panels or individual papers on any aspect or sub-discipline of Islamic Studies, broadly understood to include both Muslim-majority and Muslim-minority contexts, and any region of the Islamic World (e.g. Middle East, South Asia, South-East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa), with a view to the conference as a whole providing a showcase of the range and depth of Islamic Studies today across the UK.

 Panels are particularly welcome on themes within the subject, such as:

* Qur’anic Studies

* Law

* History

* Philosophy and Theology

* Intellectual History

* Civilisation (arts and science)

* Economics and Finance

* Education

* Gender Studies

* Islam in the Media

* Islam in South Asia

* Muslims in Britain/Europe/the West.

Individual proposals will also be considered, and, if accepted, will be grouped with similar submissions by the conference organisers.

 200-word outlines of panels, together with 200-word abstracts of each paper proposed for panels, should be submitted in Word format by e-mail attachment tobrais@ed.ac.uk<mailto:brais@ed.ac.uk> by 5 pm (UK time) on MONDAY 9 DECEMBER. Proposals must include short biographies of each speaker (including details of institutional affiliation and e-mail address). Notification of accepted panels and papers will be circulated early in 2014.

Further details about the Association, including how to join, can be found at www.brais.ac.uk<http://www.brais.ac.uk/>. Registration for the conference will open in January 2014, and early registration is recommended as limited space is available. The deadline for registration for the conference is 5 pm (UK time) on Monday 10 March.


 

CALL FOR PAPERS: Anthropocene Feminism

Center for 21st Century Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

April 10-12, 2014

 C21’s conference Anthropocene Feminism will consider the ways in which feminism has long been  concerned with the anthropocene, and what current interest in the anthropocene might mean for  feminism, in its evolving histories, theories, and practices. The conference seeks to highlight both why we need an anthropocene feminism and why thinking the anthropocene must come from feminism.

We begin with two sets of questions. First, how has feminism anticipated the concept of the anthropocene, and what might it yet have to offer: how can feminism help us to historicize, challenge or refine the concept of the anthropocene? what does feminism have to say to the claim that humans now act as a geological force in ways that are independent of or indifferent to social, cultural, or political will or intent? And equally important, is there (or should there be) an anthropocene feminism: does feminism require a new formulation specific to the age of the anthropocene? how should feminism in an anthropogenic age take up an altered relation to the nonhuman world?

We seek proposals for critical, historical, and theoretical papers or creative presentations that address the questions posed by the concept of anthropocene feminism. Topics we imagine proposals pursuing include but are not limited to

· feminist genealogies or epistemologies of the anthropocene

· queer nature, queer ecologies, queer anthropocene

· ecosexualities or ecofeminism and feminism and dark ecologies

· environmental racism and transnational feminist approaches

· the anthropocene and the commons

· new materialism

· quantum entanglements and agential realism

· feminist science/environmental ethics and aesthetics and science studies in the

anthropocene

· anthropocene feminism after capitalism

· cyborg futures, geo-engineering, speculative ecologies and feminism after the non-human

turn

· anthropocene utopianism/dystopianism and their antecedents

Please send your abstract (up to 250 words) and a brief (1-page) CV by Friday, December 6 to Richard Grusin, Director, Center for 21st Century Studies, c21@uwm.edu.

Conference website: http://c21uwm.com/anthropocene | C21: c21.uwm.edu

 


 

Sixth Graduate Symposium: April 11-13, 2014 in Thessaloniki, Greece

EABS is excited to announce its sixth graduate symposium, which will take place in Thessaloniki on the weekend of April 11-13, 2014.  The symposium, which seeks to engender an intimate, supportive atmosphere for dialogue across a variety of biblical and related studies (OT, NT, DSS, early Christianity, rabbinics, etc.), welcomes PhD candidates and postdoctoral researchers to present on a topic related to their research area.  Participants may format their presentation as they see fit: paper, seminar discussion, workshop session, or another form.

This year we especially encourage to propose posters! This is a complete novelty and a cutting edge approach to studying the Bible!

You do not need to send a complete poster as a proposal, although this is highly welcome.

The EABS Graduate Symposium is happy to welcome a few senior scholars, including the EABS president, Professor Reimund Bieringer (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven), who will offer feedback and share their own experiences in the field.  In addition, the symposium looks forward to continuing its tradition of holding a joint session with graduate students from the University of Alberta.

Candidates should submit their abstracts and/or posters of no more than 300 words to students [at] eabs.net no later than January 15th, 2013.

Please mention the preferred format in the abstract (i.e. paper, workshop, pre-circulated paper, discussion etc.). For the sixth symposium we suggest equal time slots of 20 minutes for everyone.

Participants have to be members of the EABS. The one-year membership (from January 1st to December 31st ) for 2014 will be €10.


JOBS


American University – Beirut – Assistant Professor in Classical Islamic Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47565>

 

Princeton University – Lecturer, Modern Standard Arabic <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47713>

 

Michigan State University – Director, Muslim Studies Program <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47725>

Jewish Theological Seminary – postdoctoral fellowship in JewishStudies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47733>

 

Princeton University – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor, History of the Jewish and/or Christian populations of the pre-modern Muslim world 800-1800 <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47754>

 

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Curator for Early Iran and Central Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47704>

 

Museum of Islamic Art, Doha – Curator for Later Iran and Central Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47705>

 

University of Nebraska at Omaha – Assistant Professor – Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47751>

 

Pacific Lutheran University – Chair, Holocaust Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47774>

 

Princeton University – Lecturer, Modern Hebrew <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47709>

 

University of Potsdam – W3 Professorship for Bible and Judaic Exegesis <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47760>

 

University of Potsdam – W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47761>

 

University of Potsdam – W3 Professorship for History of  Jewish Religion and Jewish Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47762>

 

Professorial Fellow

School of Philosophical, Anthropological and Film Studies

University of St Andrews

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JOURNALS


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

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, no. 3 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cjcr/2013/00000028/00000003/art00001

 

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME). http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/anthropologyiran/acme/docs/ACME1.pdf

 

Journal of Religion and Popular Culture Volume 25, Number 2 /2013

 

The Biblical Archaeology Society is pleased to announce the publication the November/December 2013 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review (Volume 39, Number 6) www.biblicalarchaeology.org/magazine


BOOKS


Feeding the Dead: Ancestor Worship in Ancient India

Matthew R. Sayers

Oxford University Press

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199917471.do#.Ulb6HBDg8gI


Tolkien

The Forest and the City

Helen Conrad-O’Briain & Gerard Hynes, editors

Despite the association of J.R.R. Tolkien with the natural world, Middle-earth as landscape and built environment has been relatively neglected. Tolkien: the forest and the city presents new work by some of the finest scholars in Tolkien studies, as well as research from a number of emerging scholars, addressing this neglect.

Drawing on a wide variety of critical approaches, from philology to ecocriticism, in a clear, approachable style, this collection explores the interaction of culture and nature that imbues Tolkien’s secondary world with the immediacy of our own.

Tolkien: the forest and the city is one of the rare books on Tolkien that manages to be both serious and accessible, avoiding the twin plagues of Tolkien criticism – defensively eulogistic fandom, and defensively arcane academicism. Essays by world experts on the subject, such as Tom Shippey and Verlyn Flieger are supported by innovative younger scholars, such as Jane Carroll and Dimitra Fimi, and between them they have produced a fine volume on the interface between nature and culture in his books. Although Tolkien’s work has been widely appropriated by ecocritics, this volume, by exploring a remarkable range of Tolkien’s cultural reference from the Arts and Crafts movement to the Spanish Civil War, from landscapes to food, and from deforestation to Dante, demonstrates the complexity of his intellectual positions. This is an engaging, lively, and in many ways groundbreaking contribution to Tolkien scholarship.’ Peter Hunt, emeritus professor of English and Children’s Literature, Cardiff University and editor of J.R.R. Tolkien: a new casebook (2013).

Helen Conrad-O’Briain lectures in Old English, Old Norse, palaeography and Tolkien at the School of English, Trinity College Dublin. She has co-edited The ghost story from the middle ages to the twentieth century (Dublin, 2010) and has published on M.R. James, Virgil incunabulae and early insular Latin.

Gerard Hynes is a Ph.D. candidate writing on Tolkien’s theology of creation at Trinity College Dublin. He has taught on the Tolkien course offered as part of Trinity College’s M.Phil. in popular literature and children’s literature. He has published on Tolkien and geology in Tolkien Studies (2012). In September 2012 he co-organized the conference ‘Tolkien: the forest and the city’ with Helen Conrad-O’Briain.

Hardback. 200pp. November 2013

ISBN: 978-1-84682-429-6

Retail Price: €60.00

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/product.php?intProductID=1175


CONFERENCES


9th International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (ICAANE) – in Basel (June 9-13, 2014), here an update on our progress.

Workshops: The fourteen workshops have been selected. For a complete list see:

<http://9icaane.unibas.ch/workshops.html>

For any questions concerning the topics of and participation in the workshops please contact the organizers of the respective workshop.

Papers

–           Please do not send any more proposals (the deadline has been over for some time now).

–           At the moment the Basel Organizing Committee is evaluating about 500 papers. This process will take until mid-November.

 



CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP for open access journals Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory

Description: Social Sciences Directory and Humanities Directory  have fully independent editorial boards and we conduct full peer review of articles. We welcome submissions of research papers, theses, reviews, essays, presentations and conference proceedings. We are registered with ISSN and CrossRef; indexed  with …

Contact: dan.scott [at] socialsciencesdirectory.com

URL: www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Announcement ID: 207123

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207123

 


CFP: Christian-Islamic Interactions: Mobility, Connection,  Transformation (1450-1800)

Date: 2013-10-30

Description: The FIRB research project “Beyond the Holy War” is  inviting scholars to submit papers for a three-session  international workshop titled “Christian-Islamic Interactions: Mobility, Connection, Transformation (1450-1800)”, which will take place at the Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa (Italy), on  10-11 Fe …

Contact: g.marcocci [at] sns.it

Announcement ID: 20709

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207093

 


CFP: Visions of Enchantment – Occultism, Spirituality &  Visual Culture (University of Cambridge, 17-18 March 2014)

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: This two-day conference seeks to investigate the formative role that occultism and magic have played in Western and non-Western visual and material culture. It aims to present original research in this field as well as to establish a productive dialogue between academics with a particular research i …

Contact: dcjz2@[at] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.visionsofenchantment.com/

Announcement ID: 207278

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207278

 


CFP: Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination: an Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference at Brown University

Location: Rhode Island

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Beasts and monsters populate the religious imagination. From ancient cosmogonies and classic fairy tales to modern horror films and contemporary apocalyptic narratives, depictions of the strange and fantastic shape and challenge the categories by which human beings order their experience. Encounters …

URL:

www.brown.edu/academics/religious-studies/node/215/graduate-student-conference

Announcement ID: 207157

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207157

 


CFP: hey Who Gathered Much: Artists, Audiences, and Collectors of Biblical Imagery

Location: New York

Date: 2013-11-29

Description: Symposium: January 17, 2014 Organized in conjunction with Sacred Visions: Nineteenth-Century Biblical Art from the Dahesh Museum Collection, on view at the Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA) from October 17, 2013, to February 16, 2014, this symposium will interrogate the intersection of two dramatic shi      …

Announcement ID: 207082

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207082

 


CFP: Sharīʿa responsibility; conditions and conflicts; Call for papers 2nd Contemporary fiqhi issues workshop  (Al-Mahdi Institute, Birmingham, UK)

Date: 2014-01-01

Description: Shari’a responsibility; conditions and conflicts Call  for papers The 2nd AMI Contemporary fiqhi Issue workshop series April 3rd-5th 2014, Al-Mahdi Institute Birmingham, U.K. The  dominant fiqhi reading of Sharīʿa perceives a system of orthopraxic precepts (aḥkām) in the knowledge …

Contact: alireza [at] almahdi.edu

URL:

http:/www.almahdi.edu/forthcoming-conditions-of-becoming-endowed-with-responsibility-talkif

Announcement ID: 207147

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207147

 


CFP: Myth and Fairy Tales Conference Area CFP

Location: New Mexico

Date: 2014-02-19

Description: Myth and Fairy Tale Conference Area Call for Papers  Abstract/Proposals Due: 1 November 2013 Southwest  Popular/American Culture Associations 35th Annual Conference Albuquerque, NM February 19-22, 2014 General information and online registration Panels now forming on topics related to all areas of myt …

Contact: 5053664445

URL:

southwestpca.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Myth-and-Fairy-Tales-CFP-revised.pdf

Announcement ID: 207089

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=207089

 


CFP: Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World

Newcastle University

May 15, 2014

The relationship between religious experience and gender remains underexplored in academic scholarship. While it is largely held that the ‘victims’ of religion, in all its manifestations, are female, and the ‘perpetrators’ male, the reality is clearly less straightforward. This assumption does, however, beg further investigation into the dynamics attendant upon religious experience and/or practice, and gender.

Religion, generally, as a mode of identity production, is currently understudied in postcolonial studies (not least in its intersection with gender), and is richly varied in its manifestations in the formerly colonised – and colonising – Atlantic World. This symposium seeks to address this critical lacuna.

In 1937, Jamaican feminist journalist, poet and playwright Una Marson argued that religion appealed more to women than to men; at the same time, a male colleague lamented that Jamaican manhood was “not progressing as it should.” This symposium will ask: is there is a connection between a perceived ‘crisis of masculinity,’ ‘feminisation of culture,’ and religion? What is the nature of the intersection between religious practice and gender identification? Furthermore, this symposium hopes to explore how religion has been and continues to be used in processes of masculinisation and feminisation, and in discourses of intimacy, sexuality and affectivity, which have gained critical currency in recent postcolonial scholarship.

The dynamic between men and women, gender and sexuality, is often fluid and unstable in religious expression. Often, praxis and doctrine are not equally aligned. This symposium will explore the religiosity of everyday public and private life by re-evaluating the role religion (in all its forms, canonical or otherwise) has in cultural discourses of the once-colonised world, particularly highlighting its role in gender identity production. It will encourage researchers from all disciplines and levels to discuss questions raised by their own research in an informal atmosphere, suggest best practices and foster networks of communication for further research.

Researchers are invited to present papers, not to exceed 20 minutes, on (but not limited to) the following topics:

–          Masculinity and/or femininity and religion

–          Religion and postcoloniality

–          Religious syncretism

–          Evolution of religious doctrine

–          ‘Cult’ vs. ‘Religion’

–          Histories of particular religious practices

–          Afro-religions/religious practices

–          Religion and gender(ed) identity

–          Religious affiliation and sexual expression

–          Queer religiosity/ies.

 

Please send short abstracts of no more than 250 words, plus a short bio of no more than 100 words to Janelle Rodriques at j.rodriques [at] newcastle.ac.uk by February 17, 2014.

 


 

CFP: Religion and Food

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

Prof. Gunnar af Hällström, Åbo Akademi University

Prof. Patricia Lysaght, University College London

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/forskning/script

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 ofÅbo Akademi University)

The registration fee includes lunches and coffee during the conferenceas 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.


 

CFP: Religious Genderings:

The Socio-Spiritual [Dis-]Empowerment of Women and Men

Department of Religious Studies

Chapman University

Orange, California

February 27-28, 2014

This interdisciplinary conference will focus on religion as a powerful force in shaping our conceptions of gender, a force which can be simultaneously liberative and oppressive, its institutions more often than not mirroring but also reinforcing patriarchal social structures and oppressive definitions of gender and sexuality even as its teachings may call for equality and/or androgyny in the pursuit of spiritual transformation and for compassionate individual action.  The religious traditions of the world have had to begin to confront their complicity in often violent oppression of women in the twentieth century.  This has included self-critique but also the recovery of women’s voices and exemplary figures from the past as well as re-readings of scriptural traditions, reinvention of rituals and practices, and re-envisioning of institutions, leadership and teachings.  This process is by no means complete.   The twenty-first century brings the additional but related challenge of confronting religious attitudes toward sexuality, magnified for LGBT individuals.

Studies of the relationship between religion and gender have often fallen into bifurcated camps, some focusing on religion as a source of empowerment, others seeing it as a source of repression and control.

Social critiques and movements of liberation are also often portrayed as wholly separate from spirituality and the oppression and/or empowerment of women as separate from that of men.  This conference is designed to call these sharp contrasts into question, with presenters

challenged to address religious genderings in a more holistic and comprehensive way, one that takes into account their impact on both men and women, the effects of shifting notions of identity in the context of globalization, and the intersection of constructions of gender with attitudes toward sexuality.

The Department of Religious Studies at Chapman University invites scholars working in the area of religion, gender and sexuality from a variety of religious perspectives, including but not limited to Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, and with diverse academic disciplinary training to submit proposals for papers for presentation and consideration for subsequent publication.  Proposals should include contact information, a title, and an abstract of 300 words, sent to Prof. Nancy M. Martin via e-mail at nmartin@chapman.edu<mailto:nmartin@chapman.edu> or mailed to her at the Department of Religious Studies, Chapman University, 1 University Drive, Orange, California 92866.  The deadline for proposals is November 15, 2013.

 


 

We have the pleasure to introduce Anathema, the first scientific blog entirely devoted to the study of Greek religion in the Hellenistic period.

Hosted by the platform Hypothèses.org, this blog aims at enhancing contact and exchange between diverse scientific activities and is open to the participation of all interested scholars on related subjects. You are all warmly invited to browse the first published posts, to comment and to actively participate with your own posts at the following link:

http://anathema.hypotheses.org/

Those who wish to contribute with their posts can contact us at s.paul@ulg.ac.be  or ste.caneva@gmail.com.

The call for posts includes the following themes:

– Announcement of scientific events and publications on relevant topics

– Reviews of conferences and publications (monographs or papers)

– Announcement of ongoing research projects

– Posts on methodological matters and ongoing researches from scholars wishing to submit their reflections to the scientific community

Posts are published in the following languages:

English – French – German – Italian

Authors are personally responsible for their posts. All published material is protected by copyright.

 


 

CFP ‘Haunted Landscapes: Nature, Super-Nature and the Environment’ One Day Symposium hosted by Falmouth University and the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, UK and Ireland.

Keynote Speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton (Bristol University) On March 8th 2014 Falmouth University and ASLE UKI will be holding a one day symposium on the subject of ‘haunted landscapes’. From places and spaces haunted by spectres, memory or history to conceptions of landscape as palimpsest, holy wells and ancient sites, literature, art and film have always explored concepts of the supernatural and the landscape and environment. Landscapes can be haunted by echoes and memories of colonization, violence done and irrevocable acts committed. Places may be marked indelibly by the past and by the people who populated and shaped the environment in many different ways. Layers of memory and action can be embedded in the landscape alongside the layering of history in stone. Encounters with the landscape reverberate through the ages and through the rocks, trees, hills and streams that are still present today. Ghosts can shade the atmosphere of a place and some things never leave. The environment bears witness to the super-natural and that which seems paranormal may eventually become a natural part of the environment.

Papers examining any aspect of the super-natural and the environment are welcomed from all disciplines. Subjects can include (but are not bound by):

Ghosts and the landscape

The Weird and the land

The idea of ‘super’ in the super-natural Landscape and memory Landscape as palimpsest Haunted places Actions and emotions embedded in the landscape The past echoing back through the landscape The landscape and the Uncanny Nature and haunting Animals, super-nature and the environment Death, life and rebirth and the environment Abstracts of 300-500 are to be submitted by December 8th to:

ruth.heholt falmouth.ac.uk and niamh.downing falmouth.ac.uk.


JOBS


Stanford University – 2014-15 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Literary Cultures of Muslim South Asia

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47619>

University of Iowa – ASIAN STUDIES ENDOWED CHAIR

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47594>

 

Ruhr-University Bochum – Indexer Index Buddhicus / Classified Buddhist Studies Bibliography

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47673>

 

University of British Columbia – Public Policy / Asia at Assistant Professor level

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47648>

 

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor PreModern China/China’s Borderlands

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47610>

 

University of Kentucky – Assistant Professor of Japanese

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47621>

 

University of Tennessee – Martin – Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47631>

 

Xavier University – Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47633>

Victoria University of New Zealand – Lecturer in Religious Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47647>

Cornell University, Department of Near Eastern Studies and the Jewish Studies Program invite applications for a two-year post-doctoral fellowship in Rabbinic Judaism. The area of specialization is open, but preference will be given to candidates with a demonstrated interest in engaging broadly with Jewish studies as part of interdisciplinary humanities. The position entails teaching two courses per year (one each semester).  One course will be at the introductory level, and the other an advanced seminar.  A Ph.D. by June 30, 2014 is required and experience in teaching strongly encouraged. Salary is $57,500 per academic year. Interviews will take place at the AAR meeting in November; those who will not be attending  the meeting should indicate this in the application letter

 

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, proposed course descriptions, and two reference letters by November 8, 2013 to: Search Committee, Department of Near Eastern Studies, 409 White Hall

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853 or by email to jlg58@cornell.edu.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and educator.  Women and minority candidates are encouraged  to apply.

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 4 Oct 2013

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  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

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JOURNALS


Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, issue 3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjcr20/28/3#.Uk5TTRDg8gI

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

International Journal of Tantric Studies (IJTS) vol. 9, n. 1: http://asiatica.org/ijts/vol9-1/

 


BOOKS


Discount for the History of Western Philosophy of Religion, edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis, published by Acumen. Acumen are offering members of the BASR a discount of 25% off the full price of the five volume set.

Special Introductory price of £75/$115 on the 5-volume paperback set * if you order before 31 December 2013. Please quote discount code 9EN.

http://www.acumenpublishing.co.uk/display.asp?K=e2009013016055139&sf1=sort_date&st1=20090330:20100529&sort=sort_date/d&m=10&dc=20

 


CONFERENCES


International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference, Canterbury, August 2014

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html

 


Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology Conference

UCL Institute of Archaeology & Folklore Society

Saturday, 12 October 2013 at 10:00 – Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 15:30 (BST)

London, United Kingdom

https://popularantiquities.eventbrite.co.uk/

 


Registration for the event “From Floor to Ceiling: A symposium on South Asian floordrawings and murals” is now open

http://www.westminster.ac.uk/cream/events/from-floor-to-ceiling

The last date for registration is 18 October 2013, but to facilitate our planning for the event, we would appreciate it if you could register as soon as is possible.

 


Stockholm History of Religions 100th anniversary (1913-2013) – 8th of November 2013

http://www.erg.su.se/stockholm-history-of-religions-100th-anniversary-1913-2013

 GENERAL PROGRAM

Hundred Years of History of Religions at Stockholm University (preliminary program)

9.00 Welcome addresses – Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Peter Jackson

9.30 Geraldine Hultkrantz

9.50 Christer Hedin

Coffee Break

11.10

11.30 Per-Arne Berglie

11.50 Ulf Drobin

Lunch Break

One-Day Centennial Workshop – “Horizons of Shamanism: A Triangular Approach”

The study of ecstatic practices and conceptions of the soul in the intersection of historiography and ethnography has distinguished our department’s contribution to the field of History of Religions. On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the History of Religions at Stockholm University, three leading scholars have been invited to dwell upon the the current status of shamanic practices and belief systems, both as ‘etic’ scholarly categories and as foci of spiritual revitalization among the indigenous peoples of post-Soviet Siberia.

14.00 Majorie Mandelstam Balzer, Research Professor of Anthropology at Georgetown Universit: “Shamans Emerging from Repression in Siberia: Lighting Rods of Hope and Fear”

15.00 Carlo Ginzburg, Professor Emeritus of History at the UCLA and Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa: “Travelling in Spirit, from Friuli to Siberia”

Coffee Break

16.00 Jan Bremmer, Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at the University of Groningen and Visiting Professor at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich: “Contextualising the study of shamanism in Antiquity”

17.00-18.00 Closing discussion

This schedule is subject to change.

For more information, please contact peter.jackson [at] rel.su.se. To register, please contact lena.euren [at] erg.su.se

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP (IAS Lima 2014): Boundaries and Belief: Colonialist Spirituality and Indigenous Alterity in the Visual Culture of the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1800-1925

Date: 2013-10-03

Description: International Association of Inter-American Studies, Biennial Conference, August 6-8, 2014, Lima, Peru CFP: Boundaries and Belief: Colonialist Spirituality and Indigenous Alterity in the Visual Culture of the US-Mexico Borderlands, 1800-1925 Located at a geographical crossroads of Spanish colonialis …

Contact: brobertson [at] wesleyan.edu

Announcement ID: 206823

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206823

 


CFP: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Date: 2013-10-07

Description: The Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences is calling for papers for its November issue. JAPSS is published both electronically and in print in Florida, USA. The Journal is indexed and catalogued by EBSCOhost and other prestigious indexes. Please visit our website for more inform  …

Contact: journalalternative [at] hotmail.com

URL: www.japss.org

Announcement ID: 206840

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206840

 


CFP: Daniel Boyarin and Other Borderline Jews

Date: 2013-12-01

Description:  The University of Toronto Journal of Jewish ThoughtThe Journal of the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto CALL FOR PAPERS Vol. V: Daniel Boyarin and Other Borderline Jews Be deliberate in judgment, and raise many disciples, and make a fence to the Torah (Ethics of the Fathers 1:1 …

Contact: utjjt.cjs [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 206766

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206766


 

DO ISLAMIC LEGAL RULES MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY?

Date: 2014-03-01

Description: DO ISLAMIC LEGAL RULES MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY? Islamic International Law and International Politics After September 11, and beginning War on Global Terrorism, intervention Western Alliance in Iraq, beginning internal conflict in Arab World and biblical war between Israel and  Palestinians, in …

Contact: hrcpc [at] yahoo.com

URL: www.unbi.ba

Announcement ID: 206869

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206869


 

CFP: 6th Global Conference: Evil, Women and the Feminine

Friday 2nd May – Sunday 4th May 2014: Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:

Despite the attempts of feminists the conjunction between evil and the feminine seems unbroken. Established as secondary, derivative and hence inferior, women have been long suspected of being the source of human (though more often masculine) miseries, always in cahoots with the forces of evil and destruction. Paradoxically, at the same time, some have also been put on the pedestal and lauded as ideals of purity and dedication, yet these paragons only proved the rule that, on average, the feminine/woman equals imperfect and transgressive.Mischievous, beguiling, seductive, lascivious, unruly, carping, vengeful and manipulative – these are only a few of the epithets present in cultures and literatures across the world. In grappling with our understanding of what it is to be and do ‘evil’, the project aims to explore the possible sources of the fear and hatred of women and the feminine as well as their manifestations and pervasiveness across times, cultures and media.

 Evil, Women and the Feminine seeks to engage fruitful academic discourse over the core theme of evil and monstrous women, and the variations thereof. Although this type of discourse can lend itself to a feminist theoretical standpoint, the conference does not necessarily align itself as such and welcomes a variety of theoretical and critical approaches, such as –but not limited to – queer studies, post-structural, Marxist, psychoanalytical, anthropological etc.

 Among the core themes to be explored at this years conference explored are:

-Murderess’, terrorists, child-killers, kidnappers, abusers, serial killers -Monstrous motherhood in literature and film: monstrous births and infanticide (Beowulf, Alien, Rosemary’s Baby, etc.

-Archetypical fears: feminine blood and castration -Portrayal of Evil Woman in Literature: from Shakespeare’s Lady Macbeth to Kessey’s Sister Ratched.

-Psychoanalytic perspectives: “Vagina Dentata” etc -Historical perspectives of female evil -Women and/in Power: Cleopatra, Messalina, Isabella of Castile, Mary Tudor, Countess Elizabeth Bathory, Lucia Borgia, Eva Peron, etc. Were these women truly evil or did they merely try to survive in a man’s world?

-Holocaust and Nazi witches: Irma Grese or the “Bitch of Belsen, Ilse Koch Born, Witch of Buchenwald and others; -Evil women in the visual arts -Cultural and racial stereotypes -Mythological icons: Medusa, Jezebel, Delilah, Lilith, Harpies, Sirens, Hel, Eris -Female revenge: women who took revenge on their unfaithful husbands or ungrateful children. From mythology to real life: Kriemhield, Medea, Clytemnestra, Katherine Knight, Maria Savez, etc.

-Evil females in children’s books and cartoons. Step-mothers are supposed to be the most evil women in the world of fairy-tales and Disney cartoons but is this really so?; -Ethical studies -Beauty as threatening or evil: from the times of witch-hunts female beauty was considered dangerous. Do we still feel threatened by a female beauty?

-Fantasy: evil women in strips and video games;

-Folklore: female Vampires, witches, witch-hunts, pact with a devil -Evil Women in/and Religion: Dark Goddesses and Counter-Readings

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

In order to support and encourage interdisciplinarity engagement, it is our intention to create the possibility of starting dialogues between the parallel events running during this conference. Delegates are welcome to attend up to two sessions in each of the concurrent conferences. We also propose to produce cross-over sessions between two and possibly all three groups – and we welcome proposals which deal with the relationship between evil, women, femininity and/or violence and/or femininities and masculinities.

What to Send:300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 6th December 2013 If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 14th March 2014. 300 word abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information and in thisorder:

a) author(s), b) affiliation as you would like it to appear in programme, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract, f) up to 10 keywords.E-mails should be entitled: EWF6 Abstract Submission.Please use plain text (Times Roman 12) and abstain from using footnotes and any special formatting, characters or emphasis (such as bold, italics or underline). We acknowledge receipt and answer to all paper proposals submitted. If you do not receive a reply from us in a week you should assume we did not receive your proposal; it might be lost in cyberspace! We suggest, then, to look for an alternative electronic route or resend.

 Organising Chairs: Natalia Kaloh Vid: nkv [at] inter-disciplinary.net Rob Fisher: ewf6 [at] inter-disciplinary.net

The conference is part of the At the Interface programme of research projects. It aims to bring together people from different areas and interests to share ideas and explore various discussions which are innovative and exciting. All papers accepted for and presented at the conference will be eligible for publication in an ISBN eBook. Selected papers may be developed for publication in a themed hard copy volume(s). All publications from the conference will require editors, to be chosen from interested delegates from the conference.

Inter-Disciplinary.Net believes it is a mark of personal courtesy and professional respect to your colleagues that all delegates should attend for the full duration of the meeting. If you are unable to make this commitment, please do not submit an abstract for presentation.

For further details of the conference, please visit: http://www.inter-disciplinary.net/at-the-interface/evil/evil-women-and-the-feminine/call-for-papers/

 


 

Please take note of the approaching deadlines to submit proposals for panels and papers for the next conference of the European Association for the Study of Religion to be held in Groningen, on ‘religion and pluralities of knowledge’.

Keynote speakers: Bruno Latour, Carlo Ginzburg, Birgit Meyer and Jörg Rüpke.

Reminder that the deadlines for proposing papers and panels for the 2014 EASR/IAHR/NGG conference on “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge,” to be held in Groningen from11-15 May 2014, are 15 October (for panel themes) and 1 December (for papers). Please submit your proposals to easr2014.thrs@rug.nl.

 We invite contributions from various disciplines and perspectives to explore the nexus of religion, pluralism, and knowledge. We encourage a conversation among theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers and panels may address topics such as the following:

  • The pluralistic nature of knowledge about religion, including different disciplinary perspectives and new concepts: history as imaginative knowledge, sociology of knowledge, knowledge and space, materiality of knowledge (goods, objects, machines, instruments), aesthetics of knowledge, knowledge as related to gender and race, etc.;

  • Various forms of knowledge about religion: rational knowledge, imaginative and poetic knowledge, explicit and implicit knowledge, embodied knowledge, ritual knowledge, etc.;

  • Historical developments, changes, and reconfigurations of knowledge systems that relate to the field of religion;

  • Procedures and politics in the organization of knowledge about religion: production, reception, circulation, transmission, (de)legitimization, (de)canonization, traditionalization, but also the rejection, marginalization, and exclusion of knowledge.

In addition to these subtopics and approaches, we encourage contributions that address other aspects of the conference theme. Proposals of contributions and panels that are not directly linked to the conference theme will also be considered. There will be panels for the presentation of ongoing doctoral research.

Requirements for proposals

Proposals for individual papers and for pre-arranged sessions need to consist of an abstract of no more than 150 words (to be used in the program book, should the paper and/or session be accepted) and an outline of the proposed paper and/or session with no more than 500 words. We also welcome suggestions for open panels, asking for submission of individual papers to fit with the proposed panel. Proposals will have to provide names of presenter(s)/convenors and their email address(es).

  • Deadline for submitting themes for open panels and pre-arranged sessions: 15 October 2013

  • Announcement of approved panels and sessions: 1 November 2013

  • Deadline for submitting proposals for individual papers: 1 December 2013

  • Notification of acceptance individual papers: 15 January 2014

Please indicate clearly whether you are applying for an individual paper fitting in with the conference theme, a pre-arranged session, an open panel or the presentation of ongoing doctoral research. All proposals should be sent as an e-mail or as a Word document attached to an e-mail to easr2014.thrs [at] rug.nl.

There will be a double-blind peer-review process. All proposals will be evaluated by an independent committee, consisting of members of the organization committee and the scientific advisory board.

For more information, please visit: http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014


 

This is a reminder for a call for papers for the  following session at the annual meeting of the Association of American  Geographers in Tampa, Florida from 8-12 April 2014:

Geographies of Alternative Spiritualities Session sponsored by the Geographies of Religions and Belief Systems Specialty Group

Organisers: Nadia Bartolini (Open University), Sara MacKian (Open University) and Steve Pile (Open University)

Spirituality is commonly understood, in Human Geography, using models of faith and  belief based on mainstream Religion, usually in the guise of  Christianity or Islam (see, for example, reviews by Yorgason and della  Dora 2009, Kong 2010 and Wilford 2010). Though there has been increasing  interest in the idea of post-secular society, especially drawing upon  the experience of Western cities (see Beaumont and Baker 2011, and  Stevenson et al. 2010, Wilford 2010), and the re-emergence (or not) of  faith and belief systems as significant in the constitution of social  and spatial relationships, questions of spirit and spirituality remain strangely absent from these debates (MacKian 2012). The  purpose of this session is to engage with these issues through the lens  of spirit and spirituality beyond the traditional institutional,  ontological and epistemological confines of Religion. In particular, we are interested in exploring the lived experiences of forms of belief,  faith and spirit that fall outside of the conventional practices of  Religion. What is ‘alternative’, of course, depends on where you stand,  so we would like to think beyond straightforward dualisms between the secular and the religious by using a more dynamic sense of  ‘spirit’ and ‘spirituality’. In this session, we are interested in  building upon Cloke and Beaumont’s (2013) argument that secularism and  post-secularism need to be viewed as fluid and porous, and indeed, in constant mutually transformative dialogue with one another. We therefore  seek papers that wish to engage with the experiences and the practices  of spiritualities in everyday life — and, especially, how the mundane  and the extraordinary are interwoven.

The organisers would particularly welcome papers that would explore:

– The spatialities of spirituality

– Spirituality and spirit

– The paranormal, the occult, the magical and the extraordinary

– Post-secular, post-phenomenological arguments in the context of alternative spiritualities

– The lived experiences and everyday practices of spirit

– Vernacular religion

– Spirit and the production of space (urban, rural, communal, small town, national, etc.)

 

For  those interested in participating in the session, please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to Nadia Bartolini  (nadia.bartolini [at] open.ac.uk), Sara MacKian (sara.mackian [at] open.ac.uk) and  Steve Pile (steve.pile [at] open.ac.uk) by Friday 4 October 2013.


 

CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass

University of Groningen, 13-14 February 2014

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

Keynote & Master: Prof. Marietta Horster (Mainz)

 We invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, as well as senior researchers to take part in the third CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/MA Masterclass on 13–14 February 2013.

 CRASIS is the interdisciplinary research institute for the study of the ancient world at the University of Groningen. We bring together researchers from Classics, Religious Studies, Ancient History, Archaeology, Ancient Philosophy, and Legal History, focusing on Greek and Roman societies as well as on Jewish and Near Eastern civilizations and on the interaction between these.

 The CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass is a two-day event, set up as an informal meeting place for students at PhD or Research Master level, postdocs and senior staff to promote discussion and exchange of ideas beyond disciplinary boundaries.

 The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting and Masterclass will be:

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World

Production, Circulation, and Validation

Showing what you know, who you know, and innovating upon prior knowledge are key strategies to sustain yourself in society today. The internet radically changed the speed at which knowledge is transmitted. We now have unprecedented access to information across the globe, and it is even difficult to control what others know about our private lives. The global crisis contributed to an emphasis on the economic value of certain types of knowledge. Amidst all these changes, there is concern for the loss of traditional forms of knowledge. But what do we know about what the ancients knew, and how they came to know it?

This Annual Meeting focuses on cultural knowledge: the packages of knowledge (skills, competences, and information) that are needed to operate competently within in a particular community (group, cult, school, city, ethnos, empire …). We adopt a broad understanding of ancient cultural knowledge that includes social, legal, technical, religious, and philosophical forms of knowing. Ancient historians examine the transmission of knowledge across networks; archaeologists study the development and tradition of technical skills in material production, and technological transfer; religious knowledge is analysed from cognitive perspectives, while there is also a new emphasis on the role of the body and the senses in experiencing and generating knowledge. We aim to bring these angles and approaches together and develop new ones that help us understand the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge in the ancient world.

Possible topics include:

  • Who: Priests, diplomats, literary authors, traders, officials etc. operated as agents of knowledge production, mediation, and authorisation. How was access to knowledge gained, controlled, contested, and concealed?

  • Where: What was the role of workshops, gymnasia, sanctuaries, assemblies, funerary areas, festivals, courts etc. as settings of production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?

  • How: How did particular media and artefacts (coins, inscriptions, statues, laws, oracles, letters, landscapes) contribute to and change the production, circulation, and validation of cultural knowledge?

KEYNOTE AND MASTER

This year’s Keynote Speaker and Master is Professor Marietta Horster. She holds the Chair of Ancient History at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz. Her broad-based expertise is evident from publications on imperial building inscriptions in the Roman West, land possession, civic priests and cult personnel at Greek sanctuaries, and the transmission of cultural knowledge through poetry.

DEADLINES:

We invite senior researchers to submit a title and short abstract for a twenty-minute presentation on the first day of the Annual Meeting

PhD and Research Master Students are invited to submit a topic proposal (500 words) for the Masterclass on the second day explaining their research in relation to this year’s theme

Proposals for both days should be submitted no later than 1 November 2013 with Birgit van der Lans: b.e.a.l.van.der.lans@rug.nl.

PhD/ReMa Students

Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays before 13 January 2014 so that the papers can circulate among the participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each presentation discussion follows under the expert guidance of Professor Horster.

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Masterclass. If you are interested, please get in touch with Birgit van der Lans

For more information, see: http://www.rug.nl/crasis


JOBS


Texas A&M University – College Station – Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Africana and Religious Studies Programs <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47506>

American University – Beirut – Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47531>

University of Pennsylvania – Assistant Professor in Arabic Literature <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47561>

University of Maryland, College Park – Assistant Professor of Chinese Regional Cultures and Sinophone Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47519>

 Indiana University – South Bend – Assistant Professor, East Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47505>

Merrimack College – Assistant Professor, World Histroy <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47567>

 Pennsylvania State University – Assistant Professor of Modern Japanese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47513>

University of British Columbia – Assistant Professor in Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47498>

University of Maryland, College Park – Assistant Professor of Chinese Regional Cultures and Sinophone Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47519>

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN CHINESE AND EAST ASIAN THOUGHT <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47482>

Utah State University – Assistant Professor in Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47494>

 Georgetown University – Professor of Islamic Studies and History of Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47544>

Sam Houston State University – Assistant or Associate Professor, Islamic World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47572>

West Chester University – Islamic World History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47568>

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships

JOURNALS


 

Theology and Science, vol 11, issue 3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rtas20/11/3#.UkSYuj_g8gI

Sociology of Religion http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/3?etoc

Contributions to Indian Sociology Online vol 47,  issue 3 http://cis.sagepub.com/

Journal of Media and Religion vol 12, no. 3 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr/2013/00000012/00000003

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


BOOKS


The Bodhisattva Ideal: Essays on the Emergence of the Mahayana”, a new book from the Buddhist Publication Society, Kandy. It can be ordered from the BPS website:

http://www.bps.lk/cover.php?id=bp625s

http://www.bps.lk/bookshop-newbps.php

(From the blurb) The book brings together six essays on the origin and history of the bodhisattva ideal and the emergence of the Mahayana. The essays approach the subject from different perspectives—from scholarly examinations of the terms in the Nikayas and Agamas to the relationship of the bodhisattva ideal and the arahant ideal within the broader context of the social environment in which Mahayana formed and further developments that lead to the formulation of the fully fledged bodhisattva path. As such, the collection provides a good overview for a wider Buddhist readership of the history of changes that eventually led to the emergence of the Mahayana.

Publisher:  Buddhist Publication Society

Book  Category:  Buddhist History and Culture

ISBN:  978-955-24-0396-5  (2013)  (Paperback)  Pages:  240

Size:  145 x 220 mm

Price: $5.50    Rs. 275


CONFERENCES


18th European Maya Conference

http://www.wayeb.org/conferencesevents/emc_now.php

Brussels, 28 October – 2 November 2013

Post-Apocalypto: Crisis and Resilience in the Maya World

Organised by the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Faculty of Humanities, Dpt. of Art History and Archaeology) and the Belgian Society of Americanists (SAB). Introductory Lecture (H. Kettunen & C. Helmke)


Following the success of last year’s Presidential Event on ‘Understanding the Financial Crisis’, BSA President, Professor John Holmwood has announced a one-day seminar/workshop this October on ‘The Challenge of Big Data’. This event will take place at the British Library Conference Centre, London on Friday, 25 October 2013 between 09:30-16:45.

Organised in collaboration with Dr Emma Uprichard (Centre for Interdisciplinary Methodologies, University of Warwick) and Dr Abby Day (Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths), this joint event of the BSA and the British Library will use a workshop format to address issues around administrative data, its linkage to other large data sets, and the increased proprietorial interest in large data – all of which pose a fundamental challenge for the social sciences to confront big data with big questions.

Non-BSA members can attend this event for £30 (BSA Members £10) and due to expected high demand, places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To book your place today, visit http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10298.


Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology Conference

UCL Institute of Archaeology & Folklore Society

Saturday, 12 October 2013 at 10:00 – Sunday, 13 October 2013 at 15:30 (BST)

London, United Kingdom

 The third joint conference of the Institute of Archaeology (UCL) and the Folklore Society, exploring the relationships between archaeology and folklore. http://popularantiquities.eventbrite.co.uk/

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: 2014 AAR-EIR 19th Century Upstate New York Religions & Their Heirs. Hosted by Syracuse University

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

May 2–3, 2014

Call for Papers Submission Deadline: February 15, 2014

The Eastern International Region of the AAR invites you to submit proposals for papers and panels to be presented at the 2014 Regional Meeting. Alongside the regular panels, the conference will include a series of special sessions on the theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs.

In particular, the program committee is interested in proposals related to our special theme of 19th Century Upstate New York Religions and Their Heirs

Each proposal should contain the following in a single e-mail attachment in MS Word format:

·         One-page abstract (300 words maximum) describing the nature of the paper or panel.

·         Current CV(s) for the participant(s).

·         Cover page that includes the submitter’s full name, title, institution, phone number, fax number, e-mail, and mailing address.

·         For panel proposals, identify the primary contact person.

Please send your proposal to aar.eir2014@gmail.com.

Deadline for submissions is February 15, 2014.

Scholars from any region may apply to participate. Only those proposals received by the deadline will be considered for inclusion in the program. Presentations are limited to twenty minutes, with ten minutes allowed for questions. If you require technological support for your presentation/panel (such as an Internet connection or audio and projection equipment), you must request it with your proposal.

As a general rule, the Region discourages panels comprised of scholars from a single institution. Exceptions to this rule would include a presentation from a research team or a panel based on other types of collaborative research.

More information: http://relcfp.tumblr.com/post/62243338934/cfp-2014-aar-eir-syracuseu-19th-century-upstate-new


 

The African Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) is holding its biennial conference in Cape Town July 31-August 3 2014. The theme is Religion, Ecology, and the Environment in Africa and the African Diaspora.

http://www.a-asr.org/test-post/

 


ARAM Society for Syro-Mesopotamian Studies is organizing its Thirty Ninth International Conference on Astrology in the Near East, to be held at the Oriental Institute, the University of Oxford, 23-25 April 2014.

The conference will start on Wednesday 23rd April at 9am, finishing on Friday 25th April at 6pm.

Each speaker’s paper is limited to 45 minutes, with an additional 15 minutes for discussion. All papers given at the conference will be considered for publication in a future edition of the ARAM Periodical, subject to editorial review.

If you wish to participate in the conference, please contact our address:

ARAM, the Oriental Institute, Oxford University, Pusey Lane, Oxford

OX1 2LE, England.

Tel.  01865-514041 Fax. 01865-516824. Email: aram [at] orinst.ox.ac.uk

 


CFP; The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, to be held on the 23rd of April 2014.

Keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (Boston University).

Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference’s website (http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/forms). Proposal forms for symposia or presentations in English can be downloaded from the conference’s website (http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/forms). These should be sent no later than 15 December 2012 to spirituality.tel.aviv@gmail.com,  addressed to Mr. Shai Feraro – conference coordinator.  Decisions will be e-mailed by the end of January 2013.

*  *  *  *  *

BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize 2014

Nominations are being sought for the 2014 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2012 and 30th November 2013.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2014 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit http://www.britsoc.co.uk/publications/PAM.htm for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2014 entries: Friday 6th December 2013

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

·        Nominated authors must be current, fully paid-up, members of the BSA

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the UK

·        Nominated authors should be within the first seven years (or full-time equivalent) since starting their first academic post within the discipline of sociology

·        The nominated book must be the author’s first monograph. If the author has previously co-authored a monograph, they are not eligible for the prize. If the author has previously edited or co-edited a book, they are still eligible.

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

·        The nominated book should be concerned with the discipline of Sociology

·        There is an expectation that the author has observed the contents of the BSA’s Authorship Guidelines for Academic Papers (adopted April 2001)

·        Nominations should comprise the official nomination form (duly completed), a brief curriculum vitae of the author, and five copies of the nominated book

 


Panel: “Towards an Anthropology of Buddhism”

Panel convenors: Nicolas Sihlé (Center for Himalayan Studies, CNRS) & Patrice Ladwig (Max Planck Institute / U. of Zurich)

17th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies (IABS)

Vienna (Austria), 18-23 August 2014

This day-long panel will bring together a wide range of scholars working all over the Buddhist world. The aim is to contribute to the emerging project of an “anthropology of Buddhism” (see CFP below), as well as to bringing a stronger anthropological perspective into Buddhist Studies and the conference.

The CFP:

Through a recent series of panels/workshops, in Asia, America and Europe, the project of an “anthropology of Buddhism” as an ethnographically based, comparatively and theoretically informed shared endeavour of a community of scholars (in the way that we have seen the recent formation of an “anthropology of Christianity”) is starting to emerge. As a step in that direction, this panel will present the results of ethnographically based work, conducted in a wide range of Buddhist social settings. We particularly invite contributions that are framed by an assessment of the state of the art in the anthropology of Buddhism with regard to the central topics that they address.

As possible directions, we invite contributions that deepen or question, substantively, comparatively and analytically, our knowledge of relatively better-studied contexts (e.g., rural, rather mainstream traditions subsumed under the categories of Theravada, Mahayana, or Vajrayana), but also contributions that explore less well-studied situations: ‘ethnic minority Buddhisms’ or high Buddhist elites; heterodoxies or praxies; urban, transnational or multiethnic settings. We seek contributions bringing fresh perspectives on classic themes and theories, or that attempt to open up the anthropology of Buddhism to less explored issues and approaches, such as (to name just a few): embodied moral traditions of asceticism, learning and healing; the ethnography of texts and other Buddhist media; or emergent Buddhist economics, politics and socialities in the face of contemporary changes.

 

For more information on the conference:

Conference homepage: http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/home/

List of accepted panels: http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/academic-program/list-of-panels/

Please send proposals or direct any inquiries to both Nicolas Sihlé (nicolas.sihle@gmail.com) and Patrice Ladwig (patrice@gmx.com). We would need a title and an abstract (250-500 words) by the 15th of October (the finalized panel titles and abstracts have to be submitted to the conference organizers by the 1st of November).

 


Inform’s Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

London School of Economics, WC2A 2AE

31 January – 2 February 2014

Celebrating over a quarter of a century of providing information that is as reliable and up-to-date as possible about minority religions, Inform invites you to submit a (maximum) 200-word abstract and 150-word CV on topics relevant to the title of the conference to inform@lse.ac.uk. The deadline for papers is Tuesday 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Participants who wish to organise special (90 minute) sessions should submit the name, abstract and CV of each of the contributors to their sessions.

Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013. See www.Inform.ac for further details.


 

CFP: Popular Anthropology Magazine

<http://popanthro.org>

 Popular Anthropology Magazine is looking for article submissions and peer-reviewers for the December 2013 issue. Popular Anthropology Magazine is a biannual online publication aimed at increasing public understanding and access to current research in the field of anthropology, with a focus on raising awareness of anthropology’s relevance to issues of public

interest and exploring the ways in which anthropology is learned as a discipline. The magazine includes articles on sociocultural anthropology, biological anthropology, archaeology linguistics and visual anthropology.

 The submission deadline is October 15, 2013. Articles must be 2000 to 5000 words in length, include original research and be written in a manner accessible to the general public. Submissions from undergraduate and graduate students are welcome. Authors can upload submissions and peer-reviewers can register at http://popanthro.org.

 Please e-mail popanthro [at] gmail.com with any questions.

 


 The Journal of Global Buddhism is interested in producing a special issue on the theme of “Family and Buddhism.” We are looking for contributions of about 5000 words in length (although there is flexibility regarding length) and we hope to have all contributions submitted by January 15, 2014. The submissions can be historical, textual, philosophical or ethnographic in nature.

 The Journal of Global Buddhism is peer-reviewed and seeks to explore contemporary issues (see this link to take a look at the journal online: www.globalbuddhism.org<http://www.globalbuddhism.org>).

 If this is something that interests you, please contact myself ( vanessa.sasson@mcgill.ca  or Franz Metcalf (franz@mind2mind.net at your earliest convenience.

 


 The Future of Holocaust Testimonies IIIAn International Conference and Workshop

25-27 March 2014, Akko, Israel

Date: 2013-10-20

Description: The Future of Holocaust Testimonies III An International Conference and Workshop 25-27 March 2014, Akko, Israel Call for Papers The Holocaust Studies Program of Western Galilee College, Yad Vashem and the Ghetto Fighters House announce a third international interdisciplinary conference and workshop    …

Contact: testimonyconf [at] wgalil.ac.il

Announcement ID: 206441

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206441

 


 

CFP: LASU JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY (LASU JP) CALL FOR PAPERS

The Department of Philosophy, Lagos State University, is pleased to announce its call for papers for publication consideration in the maiden issue of her peer-reviewed journal,

LASU Journal of Philosophy. The journal is to be published annually. I …

Contact: kcaristotle [at] yahoo.com

Announcement ID: 206462

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206462

 

JOBS


Indiana University – Bloomington – Assistant Professor of Anthropology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47477>

 Institute of Southeast Asian Studies – Visiting Fellow, Indonesia Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47460>

 Johns Hopkins University- Homewood – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for 2014-2015

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47378>

 American University – Beirut – Assistant Professor, Modern Arabic Literature and Literary Theory with special emphasis on prose <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47398>

 Columbus State University – Mildred Miller Fort Foundation Visiting Scholar in European Studies<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47385>

University of Houston – Arab-American Educational Foundation Professorship

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47426>

 Archaeology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47228>

 American University – Beirut – The Alfred H. Howell Endowed Chair in History and Archaeology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47396>

 IMT Institute for Advanced Studies Lucca – Call for expressions of interest for tenured faculty positions in cultural heritage <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47422>

 Indiana University – Bloomington – Full or Associate Professor of Modern European Jewish History for Endowed Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47407>

  Johns Hopkins University- Homewood – Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Humanities for 2014-2015 <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47378>

  University of Southern California – Jews and Jewish Life in the Modern Mediterranean <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47374>

  Avila University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47444>

 University of Southern California – Professor of Early Christianity (Open Rank)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47372>

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 20 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


JOURNALS


Journal of Religion & Society http://moses.creighton.edu/JRS/

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291468-5906


BOOKS


 

The Study of Religion: A Reader

Routledge 2013

In this new collection the editors present a selection of key writings that reflect a broad range of voices on the nature and practice of the discipline, illustrating the spectrum of ideas that people throughout history have had when considering how to understand and study religion.

http://www.routledge.com/religion/articles/new_the_study_of_religion_a_reader/

 


CONFERENCES


Hold the date: Socrel 2014

The annual conference will be held 2 – 4 July at the lovely University of Sussex campus (preceded by a day especially for postgraduates and early career scholars on 1st).

 The theme is ‘Religion and Crisis’ and the conference is organised and hosted by Dr Paul-François Tremlett and Dr Marion Bowman from The Open University’s Religious Studies Department

 


Grimm Girls: Picturing the ‘Princess’

Otter Gallery, 23 November 2013 – 26 January 2014

This exhibition will feature the illustrations of six familiar and much-loved fairy-tales – ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Cinderella’, ‘Snow White’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, ‘Rapunzel’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ – by Grimm, Perrault and other authors. As well as framed pictures, there will also be first edition books and other artefacts of various illustrators, among them Arthur Rackham, Charles Robinson, Mervyn Peake and Mabel Lucie Attwell. ‘Grimm Girls: Picturing the “Princess”’ is curated by Dr Anne Anderson, a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Chichester, in association with the University’s Department of English and Creative Writing and the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy.

One-day Symposium of leading fantasy and fairy-tale experts

Monday 25 November 2013, kindly sponsored by Scrivener.

Session 1, E124 (4 – 5.30 p.m.), £5/£3 concessions

Maria Nikolajeva, ‘“Iron is stronger than grief, but love is stronger than iron”: Reading fairy-tale emotions through words and illustrations.’

Terri Windling, ‘Into the Woods: One Writer-and-Artist’s Journey into Fairy Tales’.

Session 2, Mitre lecture theatre, (5.45 – 7.30 p.m.), £5/£3 concessions

Jack Zipes, ‘Reinvigorating the Fairy Tale: Radical Visions and Feminist Interpretations in Paintings, Sculptures, and Photography’.

Followed by round-table discussion with all three speakers.

Tickets available from the University’s online store.

For more information e-mail scfffevents [at] chi.ac.uk.

About our sponsor:

Scrivener is a content-generation tool that enables users to outline and structure ideas, take notes, view research alongside writing and compose the constituent pieces of a text in isolation or in context. Visit http://www.literatureandlatte.com/scrivener.php for more information.


International Conference :  Compassion : The Bridge Between Buddhism and Islam

Organized by CRS International Center for Buddhist-Muslim Understanding, College of Religious Studies, (CRS) Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Thailand

3-4 October 2013

Venue: College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University, Salaya Campus, Salaya, Thailand.

Contact: College of Religious Studies, Mahidol University,

Salaya, Phutthamonthol 4, Nakhorn Prathom 73170, Thailand.

Tel. (662) 800 – 2630 – 39 Fax. (662) 800 – 2659

Email: crwww [at] mahidol.ac.th

 


Workshop “Religious Transformations in Modern Southeast Asia” (Hanoi, October 2-5, 2013)

The research network “Dynamics of Religion in Southeast Asia” (DORISEA) and the  Vietnamese Institute of Culture and Art Studies (VICAS) hold a joint interdisciplinary workshop at the VICAS in Hanoi from October 3-5.

Information about the programme and the presenters can be found here: <http://www.dorisea.de/de/node/1384>.

In case you are interested in attending the workshop, please contact us via <dorisea [at] uni-goettingen.de>.

*WORKSHOP OUTLINE*

The entire region of Southeast Asia is engaged in an accelerated change in the political, economic, social, medial and ultimately religious spheres. As such, the region is marked by transformations in the concept of religion and in religions themselves. During the workshop, key areas of these transformations will be identified and theorized.

*WORKSHOP TOPICS*

/I. *Transformation of religion(s) in public spaces*/

Religions are becoming more visible. This is most evident is urban areas, for example through new or newly renovated temples and churches. There is a  noteworthy disposition towards monumental constructions, as seen in the mega churches and large Buddhist complexes. The changes in design and utilization of these spaces are aligned to processes articulated in urban areas: tourism, temple festivals, “re-spiritualization” (i.e. feng shui practices), and the revival of pilgrimage practices. Along with this is the transformation (and occasional commodification) of religious architecture and ritualism in the rubric of cultural heritage. One observable feature is the transformation (and sometimes commodification) of religious architecture and ritualism in cultural heritage. The booming real estate market is an indicator of the fundamental shift in economic structures in urban areas and accordingly has an effect on religious dynamics in public spaces.//

/II. *Religious transformation via mass media.*/

Mass media, radio, television and the internet have given religion a “new face”  and new media formats are forcing a shift in religious teachings. In the field of entertainment – TV soaps, blockbuster movies, even in talent shows, etc., —  religion assumes a direct or “disguised” role. One cannot separate the dynamics of religion changed by the media from the influence of secular powers such as state-funded education programs or in tourism marketing, which are also spread by the media, influence religious thought and perceptions and are embedded in history and identity constructions.

/III. *Religious transformation in rituals*/

Current forms of socio-economic differentiation have far-reaching implications not only on the religious needs of individual believers, but also on the socially determined dynamics of religious practice. The newly formed growing middle class is characterized by specific religious and aesthetic needs which are embedded in specific educational contexts and work and living situations. According to one thesis, the hardships of modernity are compensated through a market of religions and increasingly through an amount of spiritual offers that are usually articulated in rituals. Hence the rituals of traditional religion are adapted to current needs which result in increasing and new specifically constructed forms such as global yoga, wellness and meditation. As such, traditional living and work contexts that were once bound to religious and ritual implementation are now subject to profound changes. Beyond the factors of the middle class milieu one must investigate a pluralised socio-cultural milieu and the shift in the social and economic structures of ritual communities and their consequences on religious practice.

 


Queer Perspectives to Religion and Gender

Queer workshop at Barnard College in New York, November 20-21, 2013

Following the successful workshop on religion, gender and postcoloniality at SOAS, University of London in December last year, the project “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post‐secular and Queer Perspectives” is pleased to announce its second workshop. This meeting will explore queer perspectives to religion and gender. The meeting is organised by Janet Jakobsen and Elisabeth Castelli, with Ulrike Auga, from the Barnard Center for Research on Women in conjunction with the Barnard Department of Religion.

The workshop will bring together senior and junior scholars working in queer and religious studies for discussions of the contributions queer theory can make to the interdisciplinary study of religion and gender.  How has queer studies in religion shaped the field more generally? What epistemological contributions does a queer approach facilitate? What are the social and political implications of working at the intersections of these two fields.  The workshop will open with a public panel and discussion (November 20), followed by a day-long exchange of papers (November 21).

More information on the workshop, the ‘Religion and Gender’ project and upcoming events, please see: http://projectreligionandgender.org

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Michigan Sociological Association 2013 conference

Location: Michigan

Date: 2013-10-18

Description: The Michigan Sociological Association’s annual conference will be held October 18-19 at Saginaw Valley State University. The conference theme this year will be Sociology and Social Justice: The Scholar as Activist. To submit a paper for presentation or attend the conference, please visit our website …

Contact: hinton[at]svsu.edu

URL: www.michigansociology.org/annual-meetings/svsu-2013/

Announcement ID: 206365

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206365

 


CFP: Conference on Esoteric Religion

Location: New York

Date: 2014-01-15

Description: The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seekingpaper and panel proposals for its fifth International NorthAmerican Conference on Esotericism to be held at ColgateUniversity, in Hamilton, New York, June 19-22, 2014. We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the manydimensions of Wes …

Contact: ase2014conference [at] gmail.com

URL: aseweb.org

Announcement ID: 206305

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206305

 


CFP: The Cultures of Popular Culture

Date: 2013-10-01

Description: Biennial conference of the Royal Irish Academy Committee for Modern Languages, Literary and Cultural Studies Hosted by the School of Modern Languages, Queen’s University Belfast, 13-14 December 2013 This conference intends to offer a forum for discussion between academics, teaching and researching i …

Contact: t.holmes [at] qub.ac.uk

URL: blogs.qub.ac.uk/popularculture

Announcement ID: 206569

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206569

 


Chapters Wanted: Television and Race, Ethnicity and/or Religion

Date: 2013-10-01

Description: CALL FOR CHAPTERS. We are looking for chapters on a book about television’s influence in our lives. Specifically, we are seeking completed chapters on television’s handling of race, religion and/or ethnicity. Examples of potential chapters include: portrayals of race in contemporary television, the      …

Contact: kathleen.ryan [at] colorado.edu

Announcement ID: 206582

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206582

 


CFP: Fairy Tales at PCA/ACA in Chicago (April 16-19, 2014)

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: The Fairy Tales Area of the Popular Culture  Association invites submissions on any topic involving fairy tales for the 2014 conference in Chicago April 16-19. While our interests are broad and inclusive, we are particularly interested in papers that discuss fairy tales in contemporary popular cultur …

Contact: rnicks [at] utk.edu

Announcement ID: 206309

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206309

 


CFP: Jewish Life and Culture

Location: Connecticut

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: The Second Joint Conference of The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies (AABS) and The Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Study (SASS)solicits papers on Jewish Life and Culture. The conference will be held at Yale  University, March 13-15, 2014. Submissions are due November 1,  2 …

Contact: ellen [at] ellencassedy.com

URL: www.yale.edu/macmillan/balticstudies/ybss/proposals.html

Announcement ID: 206228

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206228

 


CFP: New Antiquities

September 18, 2013 · by dmb93 · in Call 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 these appropriations and changes of ancient religious life. We seek papers that address transformations 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: 1 December 2013.

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:


Announcement about The Aarhus Old Norse Mythology Conference at Harvard this fall:

“Old Norse Mythology in its Comparative Contexts”

Keynote Lecture, Manuscript Exhibit & Reception, Wednesday, October 30 Conference, Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1, 2013

 For information, including a list of speakers, titles and abstracts, and information on registering, please see the following website: http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~folkmyth/Folk_%26_Myth/Old_Norse_Conference.html

 Speakers and their Paper Titles and Abstracts, as of September 5, 2013

 


 

CFP: Association for the Study of Esotericism Fifth International Conference

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.

 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<mailto: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 ASE, see our website at www.aseweb.org<http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aseweb.org&h=WAQEZdJxSAQG63V_OIqk1YaoFjNcAbmMC9f0vFPlb2z5mrQ&s=1> An additional announcement will be forthcoming on the 2014 ASE conference, with information on location, hotels, and conference registration.

 


CFP: Ruler Cult Panel at the 8th Celtic Conference in Classics, Edinburgh, 25-28 June 2014

Meet the New Gods, Same as the Old Gods? Formulary, Ritual and Status in Hellenistic Ruler Cult

Organisers: Stefano G. Caneva, J.M. (Mat) Carbon (University of Liège)

Contact: s.caneva [at] ulg.ac.be, jmcarbon [at] ulg.ac.be

Deadline for contributions: October 31st.

Despite recent and widespread interest in Greek hero and ruler cult, evaluating the processes that lead to the bestowal of cultic honours on Hellenistic sovereigns still remains a controversial matter. Political readings of cultic honours within the framework of contemporary international diplomacy and euergetic discourse have picked up on polarities widely discussed by previous bibliography, such as ‘dynastic vs. civic’, ‘living vs. posthumous’, etc. Yet the main focus is still limited to a ‘top-down‘ perspective, which leaves aside the fascinating dialectics between ‘private’ and ‘public’, or to perhaps phrase this more accurately, between ‘institutional’ and ‘non-institutional’ actors. As useful as it is, attention centered on the occasional political purposes for founding new cults risks disregarding processes of longue durée that involve the renegotiation of perceived boundaries between the divine and the human spheres in religious practice. In this regard, continuity and ruptures between pre-Hellenistic and Hellenistic times still stand out and constitute a primary field for research. Finally, scholarly attempts at the systematisation of the religious status conferred upon honorands have tended to generalise the field of application of some formulae well beyond the contexts in which they appear (e.g. isotheoi timai, in fact an extremely rare phrase).

There is therefore a risk of simplifying the variety of multifaceted evidence. Only by zooming in on the inner elements and functions of cult practice as well as on the vocabulary employed by cities and worshippers can we begin to envisage the status of rulers as gods and heroes. Considering the diversity inherent in Greek communities and in Greek polytheism itself, the relevant ritual terminology and praxis were inevitably quite varied, a fact which has been underplayed and which should urge caution against overly generalising theories. Indeed, rulers and cities experimented together, developing different honorific registers and forms of cult which were new yet still traditional.

Accordingly, the panel proposes to explore a series of practical starting-points, for the period running roughly from the fourth to the first century BC. Papers are invited to examine the following topics, from a philological and/or an archaeological standpoint, *by using concrete case-studies*:

-the specific titulature of rulers, as kings, saviours, heroes, gods, etc.

-tangible precedents for ruler cult, and also historical developments;

-comparison with other processes of heroisation or divinisation for prominent individuals;

-the distinction between living and funerary cult, in relation to the wider heros-theos dialectic in the Greek world;

-formulaic invocations for rulers in ‘institutional’ and ‘non-institutional’ dedications;

-the vocabulary of honours (timai) for rulers and its relationship to cult;

-the integration (or not) of ruler cult within an existing sanctuary or civic pantheon, and the political and social networks networks involved;

-rituals such as festivals and sacrifice that were performed in honour of rulers and their normative characteristics (or not).

These heuristic categories will help to establish a more careful and comprehensive assessment of the heroic and divine status of Hellenistic rulers, and in turn lead to a fruitful reevaluation of the place of ruler cult in Greek religion as a whole.

Papers offering comparisons between different case studies and geographical areas are particularly welcome. Contributors will have 30-35 minutes plus discussion (a total of 50 minutes) to present their findings and perspectives. The languages of the Celtic Conference in Classics are English and French.

Please send to both addresses above an abstract of no more than 2 pages along with a cv by October 31st. Submissions will be evaluated by November 15th. Please also note that the Celtic Conference is self-funding and all speakers must arrange and bear the cost of their own travel and accommodation.

 


CFP: The International Association for Comparative Mythology – 8th Annual Conference

Fighting Dragons and Monsters: Heroic Mythology

http://www.compmyth.org

CALL FOR PAPERS

We are happy to announce that the 8th Annual Conference of the International Association for Comparative Mythology is to be held at the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (Yerevan, Armenia) from May 24 to May 26, 2014. All members are warmly invited to give a paper and to participate in the discussions.

Our topic (as well as the conference title) this year will be:

“Fighting Dragons and Monsters: Heroic Mythology”

The main focus this time will be on the Indo–European, Ancient Near Eastern, and the Caucasus mythology; however, papers about mythology of other regions of the world that conform to the conference topic are also welcome.

A list of prospective talks will be published on our website. Please take note of the following:

TITLES

Please send us the title of your paper as soon as possible. That will substantially facilitate planning.

ABSTRACTS

By January 15, 2014, please send, if you intend to participate, a short (300 words or less) abstract of your talk to this address: iacm.admin@gmail.com

The abstracts will be reviewed by a selection committee; the selected abstracts will be published on our website (http://www.compmyth.org)

PAPER LENGTH The expected paper length is 20 minutes plus 10 minutes discussion.

The language of the conference is English.

Conference fee for the participants from North America, Australia, the EU, and Northeast Asia is $50, which will cover the conference dinner and reception. Students from the aforementioned countries and participants from other regions can participate for a reduced fee – $10. For the payment options please see below.

 

Also, those of you who are not yet official members of IACM, please consider joining the association! The yearly fee is $35 (it is $10 for students and members from countries outside North America, Australia, the EU, and Northeast Asia).

Looking forward to seeing you in Yerevan!

Yours, 8th Conference Organizing Committee, IACM

Payment options:

1. By check or money order made out to International Association for Comparative Mythology.

IACM, Attn. Nataliya Yanchevskaya, Harvard University, Department of South Asian Studies, 1 Bow Street, Cambridge MA 02138

However, this will do only for checks in US $, issued by an American bank. Checks in other currencies will incur hefty exchange fees, so please avoid this: your contribution will entirely be swallowed by bank fees here. Instead, please use PayPal (see below).

2. By PayPal.

Due to bank fees, it is much better and easier to use PayPal, now available for you at our website. For the conference fees please follow the link below and use the IACM 2014 Conference Fee button:

http://www.compmyth.org/action.php?conf07

Membership fee can be paid here:

http://www.compmyth.org/action.php?membership

You can directly deposit your amount, without fees for you, and we lose just a nominal amount on this side. In most countries a variety of credit card options or a direct deposit from your bank account are available for payment. Please select your country and wait while your browser refreshes. Then, enter the amount, your personal data, etc. (This is a secure site).

3. Payment in cash can be made onsite, before the beginning of the conference.


 

CFP: 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 which was formed at the University of Haifa during 2009-2012, and last year at Tel Aviv University. This event can be a good opportunity for researchers working outside of Israel to learn more about the country’s bustling New-Age ‘scene’ and about development in the research on contemporary spirituality in Israel.

The conference’s guest of honor and keynote speaker will be Prof. Peter Berger (University of Boston, USA). The conference’s CFP and paper/symposium proposal forms can be downloaded through this link: http://humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Please feel free to send this to any relevant address in your private e-mail lists. We will of course be very happy to receive your own proposals by November 15 2013, addressed to Mr. Shai feraro (Conference Coordinator), spirituality.tel.aviv [at] gmail.com


JOBS


 

Yale ISM Fellows in Sacred Music, Religion and the Arts

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music is now accepting ISM Fellows applications for the 2014-2015 academic year.  All scholars whose work intersects with the sacred and the arts are invited to apply.  This residential scholarship carries a stipend of up to $52,000, and housing in New Haven is provided.  Fellows will have access to Yale’s vast resources, and the fellowship offers the opportunity to teach one course.  See http://www.yale.edu/ism/fellows/ for detailed information about the fellowship.  Inquiries can be addressed to Glen Segger at glen.segger [at] yale.edu.


 

Grinnell College – Assistant Professor, Gender and Religion in Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47336>

Nanyang Technological University – Lecturer or Senior Lecturer – History and Intellectual History (Pre-Modern China) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47287>

Norwich University – Assistant Professor, History, East Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47170>

Syracuse University – Assistant Professor – South Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47289>

University of Richmond – Assistant/Associate Professor of Leadership Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47326>

Whitman College – Assistant Professor of Art History & Visual Culture Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47369>

Bard College – Assistant Professor, Islamic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47345>

Buddhistdoor.com – Editorial Chief Executive <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47325>

Carthage College – Scholar of Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47344>

Grinnell College – Assistant Professor, Gender and Religion in Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47336>

Lafayette College – Open rank, Jewish Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47288>

 San Francisco State University – John & Marcia Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47301>

Trinity College – America in the World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47353>

Washington University in St. Louis – Postdoctoral Research Associate in Religion and Politics <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47362>

 Carthage College – Scholar of Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47344>

 Gettysburg College – Islamic World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47348>

 University of Nevada – Reno – Assistant Professor, Digital History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47316>

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 13 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships


JOURNALS


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

Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief

http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/mar;jsessionid=t27sds922n0b.victoria

Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013). For the full table of contents: https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/JCSR/issue/current


BOOKS


Apophatic Elements in the Theory and Practice of Psychoanalysis Pseudo-Dionysius and C.G. Jung

David Henderson

How can the psychotherapist think about not knowing? Is psychoanalysis a contemplative practice? This book explores the possibility that there are resources in philosophy and theology which can help psychoanalysts and psychotherapists think more clearly about the unknown and the unknowable

http://routledge-ny.com/books/details/9780415857840/

 


Post-Islamism

The Many Faces of Political Islam

Edited by Asef Bayat

The essays of Post-Islamism bring together young and established scholars and activists from different parts of the Muslim World and the West to discuss their research on the changing discourses and practices of Islamist movements and Islamic states largely in the Muslim majority countries.

Paperback | 368 pages

£22.99 | 1 August 2013 | 978-0-19-976607-9

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199766079.do#.UjIi3z_g8gI

 


New Book Series in East Asian Ethics, Politics, & Philosophy of Law

Description: The Center for East Asian and Comparative Philosophy (CEACOP) at City University of Hong Kong and Rowman and Littlefield International are announcing a new monograph series entitled the CEACOP Series in East Asian Comparative Ethics, Politics, and Philosophy of Law. This series, edited by Philip J.  …

Contact: ceacop [at] cityu.edu.hk

URL:  www6.cityu.edu.hk/ceacop/CEACOP_series.html

Announcement ID: 206265

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206265


CONFERENCES


INDIA: Treasures of the Deccan (A four part lecture series on the regions most spectacular monuments and arts)Dates: 2, 9, 16 and 23 October, 2013. Time: 7.00-8.15pm. Venue: Brunei Gallery Lecture Theatre, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell

Description: As a long-term supporter of South Asian art and culture, the Bagri Foundation is pleased to announce this four part lecture series on the monuments and arts of the Deccan, one of Indias most mysterious and unknown regions. A cultural  melting pot, the Deccan lies on the great plateau of south-central …

Contact: events@bagrifoundation.org

URL: www.bagrifoundation.org/upcoming.pdf

Announcement ID: 206451

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206451

 


 BSA Postgraduate / Early Careers Researchers Special One Day Event ‘Writing & Publishing a Qualitative Article’

Tuesday 8 October 2013, 10.30am – 4.30pm

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London SW6 2PY

An interactive workshop, facilitated by Professor Nick Fox

http://www.shef.ac.uk/scharr/sections/ph/honorary/nick_fox

Professor Fox has published widely in sociology journals.

His research interests include: Embodiment and Identity; Health Technologies; Creativity and Health;Sexuality

‘Getting Published’

The Structure of the Qualitative Paper, presentation by Prof Nick Fox, followed by Q&A.

Group work on participants’ ideas for a qualitative paper.

Where to publish qualitative research papers?

Writing for publication, presentation by Prof Nick Fox, followed by Q&A.

BSA members: £10, Non-members: £15 – to register please go to:

http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10292

 


 

University of Edinburgh – Gifford Lecture

Baroness Onora O’Neill in memory of Professor Susan Manning on 28 October 2013 and a Gifford Lecture series to be given by Rowan Williams, Lord Williams of Oystermouth between 4 and 14 November 2013.Tickets may be booked via the Gifford webpages at http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/humanities-soc-sci/news-events/lectures/gifford-lectures


 

Sacred Spaces in Modern Britain (30 November 2013, 10.00-18.00)

The Gallery, 70-75 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ

One-day C20 Society/Docomomo symposium exploring a wide range of architects and projects, from churches and cathedrals to monasteries and chapels. Speakers include Louise Campbell, Adrian Forty, Judi Loach, Niall McLaughlin, and Alan Powers.

The twentieth century saw the creation of an enormous range of innovative, traditional, and experimental sacred architecture in Britain. By considering projects and structures across denominations, site purposes and re-use, and the needs and hopes of diverse communities, this event seeks to establish new understanding regarding Britain’s modern religious architectural landscapes.

For more information and registration, visit: http://c20.datawareonline.co.uk/Default.aspx?tabid=62&EventId=273


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

Call for Editors: Faithology.com

Description: Faithology is an online database of information on the world’s religions. We are dedicated to providing a comprehensive educational resource for students, educators and people of all backgrounds who seek a greater level of knowledge, awareness and understanding about religion. To ensure the neutrali …

Contact: jobs@faithology.com

URL: www.faithology.com

Announcement ID: 206382

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206382

 


HARRY POTTER STUDIES

35th Annual Conference of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association

Feb. 19-22, 2014

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

SWPACA invites scholars to submit papers to the vibrant and diverse Harry Potter Studies Area of the Southwest PCA/ACA conference (with its 2014 theme, “Popular and American Culture Studies: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”). The Harry Potter Studies Area is an interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary field that focuses on both the novel and filmic versions of J.K. Rowling’s work. Papers may address the work as a whole, specific characters, themes, relationships, social and/or cultural implications, individual texts within the series, etc.

Paper and/or panel proposals are welcomed. Any and all types of scholars, including independent scholars, graduate students, non-tenured, tenure-track tenured and emeritus faculty are encouraged to submit. The Harry Potter Studies Area aims to emphasize a diversity of scholarship opportunities and is open to innovation in approach to research about the Potterverse. Networking among Potter scholars with an eye toward post-conference collaboration and publication is a key goal of the Harry Potter Studies Area.

Papers from the Harry Potter Studies Area presented at the 2012 conference were gathered for a published edited volume in 2013. We hope to repeat that performance in 2014!

Papers submitted to the Harry Potter Studies Area are eligible for the SWPACA Travel Fellowships and the Richard Tuerk “Out of This World” Paper Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Dual submissions to the Area and the awards are highly encouraged.  For application information, seehttp://southwestpca.org/conference/graduate-student-awards/

For individual paper proposals, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words to the official SWPACA database at http://conference2014.southwestpca.org/. Please also include a biographical note about each author in lieu of a full CV.

For panel proposals, please feel free to send an initial query email, or to propose the panel directly. Please include all of the information requested for an individual paper proposal for each member of the panel, as well as a working title for the panel and an additional description of no more than 300 words explaining the purpose/theme of the panel.

Please submit all questions to Dr. Christopher Bell (cbell3 [at] uccs.edu), chair of the Harry Potter Studies Area.  All proposals must be submitted to the database by November 1, 2013. Proposals sent to the chair via email will be returned and you will be asked to submit via the database. Information on the SWPACA and the conference can be accessed at http://southwestpca.org/.


Gujarat Studies Association Conference

Date: 19-20 Feburary 2014

Venue: Four Points by Sheraton, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Michele Hardy (University of Calgary)

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 7 October 2013. The Call for Papers and Abstract Submission Form can be downloaded from http://www.gujaratstudies.org/index_files/Page2702.htm

 Registration is now open. Forms can be downloaded from http://www.gujaratstudies.org/index_files/Page2692.htm  Please note, Registration closes on 9 December 2013.

 


Updated CFP: 4th Derrida Today Conference, NYC, May 2014

Location: New York

Date: 2013-10-01

Description: CFP for 4th Derrida Today Conference Venue: Fordham University, Lincoln Centre, New York City, USA. Date: 4pm 28th May-6pm 31st May, 2014 Keynotes: Karen Barad (University of California at Santa Cruz, USA), Elizabeth Grosz (Duke University, USA), Martin Hgglund (Yale University, USA), and Michael Na …

Contact: derridatodayconference@gmail.com

URL: derridatoday.mq.edu.au

Announcement ID: 206429

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206429

 


 

10th Conference on Current Pagan Studies will be taking place in Claremont, CA on Feb. 8&9, 2014. We have extended the deadline for the CFP until September 15, 2013.

Relationships With The World

What is our relationship as contemporary pagans with the rest of the world at this point in history? What is the nature of our relationship with ourselves? With others? With the Divine? Whom do we reach out to? Whom do we support? What kind of communities are we building? As we ask for acceptance, whom are we accepting? Whom do we reject? Whom do we love? Who do we make the enemy?

These questions have been running through our minds as we prepare for the 10th Conference on Current Pagan Studies. As usual, taking a very broad stance, we thought we might take a look at how we are living, loving, creating, singing, building, dancing, running, growing in this world.

This year we are encouraging proposals for academic panels. Please contact us early if you would like to organize a panel. We are looking for papers from all disciplines.  A community needs artists, teachers, scientists, healers, historians, philosophers, educators, thinkers, activists, etc.

As usual, we are using Pagan in its most inclusive form, covering pagans, wiccans, witches and the numerous hybrids that have sprung up as well as any indigenous groups that feel akin to or want to be in conversation with Pagans.

Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words and are due by September 15, 2013. Go to our website www.paganconference.com for advice on presenting papers. Please email abstracts to pagan_conference [at] yahoo.com


 

CFP: The Changing Face of Missionary Education, 3-4 July, 2014

Date: 2013-10-15

Description: Date: 3-4 July, 2014 Venue: Cluster of Excellence Religion and Politics, WWWU Mnster, Germany The modern missionary movement was the predominant way by which Indigenous and non-European groups (such as emancipated slaves) were exposed to European forms of knowledge through providing formal and infor …

Contact: felicity.jensz@uni-muenster.de

Announcement ID: 206245

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206245

 


 

CFP: Tarot area Popular Culture Assoc/American Culture Assoc. conference 2014

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: I am looking for papers about all aspects of Tarot for the Tarot area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Chicago 16-19 April 2014. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to: Tarot and art history Tarot and literature Tarot artists, write …

Contact: augeremily@gmail.com

URL: pcaaca.org/

Announcement ID: 206241

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206241

 


 

CFP: XII. International Workshop

Religion and Civil Society:

BETWEEN FUNDAMENTALISM AND SECULARIZATION

November 20 – 25, 2013, Yalta, Livadia (Crimea, Ukraine)

Organizers: Western Michigan University (USA) and TAURIDA NATIONAL V.I.Vernadsky UNIVERSITY (Ukraine), NETWORK OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND INTERETHNIC TRUST (Ukraine)

To participate in the Workshop, please send your application form no later than 15 October, 2013 on the following address:

nce@mail.ru, tsenyushkina@yandex.com

More information about the workshop is on the web-site: http://nce.sevhost.net and on the Facebook page of the Workshop: http://www.facebook.com/ReligionandCivilSociety

 


“Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change”

Conference of Belief Narrative Network of ISFNR

Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi, October 1-4, 2014, Zugdidi, Georgia.

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia Shota

Rustaveli National Science Foundation

It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the conference of Belief Narrative Network at the ISFNR “Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change” in Zugdidi, October 1-4, 2014, Zugdidi, Georgia.The conference will be hosted and organized by Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi with the support of Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation,and organized together with the Belief Narrative Network at the ISFNR.

Nature spirits were among the very first topics of folk narrative research. Since the romantic era, these belief traditions and their study have undergone remarkable changes. In the light of contemporary folklore research, it is time to update our scholarly views on the supernatural in the natural and to problematize the whole concept of nature spirit. While this classical category is practical in indexes, it can be alien to vernacular interpretations. The BNN conference “Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change” invites researchers to discuss historical and contemporary views on spirits in the natural environment both as objects of study and features of living belief traditions. The aim of the conference is to form an overall picture of beings encountered in or associated with certain natural environments in belief tradition, and to discuss related theoretical, methodological and conceptual questions. We welcome academic presentations on nature-related spirits and powers, their places in the landscape and the vernacular discourses they inspire. We encourage comparisons between beings, places and times, between diverse genres and interpretations in emic and etic perspectives, as well as between research traditions and concepts. We also look forward to theoretical discussions concerning the topic of nature spirits. They can include – but need not be restricted to – the modalities of belief, the role of genre, the concept of belief narrative, or the construction of the categories of natural, supernatural or non-human in diverse discourses.

Looking forward to seeing you in Zugdidi at the conference of Belief Narrative Network of ISFNR “Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change”

 Organizers of the Conference:The Belief Narrative Network (BNN) is a voluntary association and forms part at the ISFNR. The members of BNN are working on belief narrative.

The International Society for Folk Narrative Research, (Belief Narrative Network Committee) (ISFNR www.isfnr.org) is a scholarly and professional organization of international specialists in the areas of folk narrative, popular literature, folklore and related fields. According to its statutes the Society’s main goal is “to develop scholarly work in the field of folk narrative research and to stimulate contacts and the exchange of views among its members”. Acknowledging development in the field, the goal has broadened in recent years to covering all aspects of narrative as representing the pivotal category of human communication.

Shota Meskhia State Teaching University of Zugdidi is one of the important higher education institution in the region which provides the European Higher Education not only for Georgian student also for the student from Abkhazia. There are three faculties in Teaching University: Business and Law, Health, Humanitarian. As a Teaching university it provides Bachelor, Master and VET programs. In spite of having not PhD programs Teaching University is mainly interested to develop research work within professors and students. Teaching University is actively involved in International Programs (Erasmus Mundus and Tempus) to enhance the possibility of academic works work the scholars.

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia aims at establishing modern and innovative educational and scientific environment in close cooperation with civil society. The Ministry advocates freedom of choice, fair competition, equal opportunities, civil integrity, and respect for cultural identity. The Ministry promotes acquisition and development of knowledge and skills necessary for social success and self-realization.

Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation promotes: implementation of fundamental, applied and innovative research in a competitive environment, development of knowledge-based society, reinforcement of links between science and education, integration of Georgia into international research area and popularization of science. In cooperation with scientific community, state and private entities Shota Rustaveli National Science Foundation performs its activities transparently and impartially.

Deadline for Abstracts Submission December 31st, 2013


 

The Humanitarian Question: Religion, Emotions and Humanitarianism in the Modern Age

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Kte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research (Duisburg) and the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities (Essen) will host the interdisciplinary Conference  “The Humanitarian Question. Religion, Emotions and Humanitarianism in the Modern Age”. Humanitarianism has become a major …

Contact: Unrau [at] gcr21.uni-due.de

URL: www.gcr21.org

Announcement ID: 206295

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206295


JOBS


Grinnell College, Department of Religious Studies

Assistant Professor, Gender and Religion in Asia

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47336

Centre for History and Economics – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47238>

 

Goethe University Frankfurt am Main – Ph.D, Post-Doc Positions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47240>

Idaho State University – Assistant Professor, Transnational History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47284>

Northwestern University – Assistant/Associate Professor, Modern Chinese Literature and Culture

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47235>

Northwestern University – Assistant Professor, Japanese Literature

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47236>

University of Sydney – LECTURER IN ASIAN AND BUDDHIST STUDIES

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47225>

University of Tasmania – Professor and Director, Asia Institute Tasmania

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47254>

NYU Abu Dhabi – NYU Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint an innovative and accomplished professor with expertise in the art, architecture, and visual culture of the Islamic world, any sub-specialization or period. <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47271>

San Francisco State University – Assistant Professor, Epistemology or Philosophy of Language

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47237>

Assistant Professor Position in Sociology of Religion at Purdue University

The Department of Sociology at Purdue University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2014. http://www.cla.purdue.edu/sociology/documents/asst_religion2013.pdf


FELLOWSHIPS


The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University

Location: Montana

Date: 2013-12-16

Description: The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University, Bozeman invites applications for the 2014-2015 Wallace Stegner Distinguished Chair. We encourage applicants — senior faculty and public intellectuals — working in the broad spirit of Stegners passion for the history of Western l …

Contact: robcampbell@montana.edu; stegner@montana.edu

URL: www.montana.edu/stegnerchair

Announcement ID: 206277

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206277

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 6 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


JOURNALS


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


BOOKS


The Study of Religion: A reader

By John S. Harding, Hillary P. Rodrigues

Routledge (2013)

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415495875/

This collection illustrates the spectrum of ideas that people throughout history have had when considering how to understand and study religion. The editors present a selection of key writings that reflect a broad range of voices on the nature and practice of the discipline. Religious studies draws on works by anthropologists, sociologists, philosophers, theologians, and others, which notably impact our understanding of the concept of religion, of particular religious ideas, and on how religion should be studied. The Study of Religion: A Reader contains both classic and contemporary perspectives, including material from non-Western traditions. It provides students of religion with an understanding of how the discipline developed, some of the current issues and lines of thought, as well as future prospects.

 


Islam in the Modern World

edited by: Jeffrey T. Kenney, Ebrahim Moosa

Routledge (2012)

This comprehensive introduction explores the landscape of contemporary Islam. Written by a distinguished team of scholars, it:

  • provides broad overviews of the developments, events, people and movements that have defined Islam in the three majority-Muslim regions

  • traces the connections between traditional Islamic institutions and concerns, and their modern manifestations and transformations. How are medieval ideas, policies and practices refashioned to address modern circumstances

  • investigates new themes and trends that are shaping the modern Muslim experience such as gender, fundamentalism, the media and secularisation

  • offers case studies of Muslims and Islam in dynamic interaction with different societies.

Islam in the Modern World includes illustrations, summaries, discussion points and suggestions for further reading that will aid understanding and revision. Additional resources are provided via a companion website.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415780865/?utm_source=RoutledgeReligionArena&utm_medium=CMS&utm_campaign=IslamintheModernWorld_9780415780865_relig


CONFERENCES


Thursday November 14th

‘John Hick and Religious Pluralism: Some Hindu Perspectives’

4:00 – 5:30pm (followed by vegetarian nibbles and wine reception)

A free public talk by Dr Sharada Sugirtharajah (Senior Lecturer in Hindu Studies, University of Birmingham).

To be held in the Emmanuel Centre (corner of Woodhouse Lane and Cavendish Road), University of Leeds. Everyone welcome.

For further information, please contact Dr Tasia Scrutton (t.scrutton@leeds.ac.uk<mailto:t.scrutton@leeds.ac.uk>) or Dr Mikel Burley (m.m.burley@leeds.ac.uk<mailto:m.m.burley@leeds.ac.uk>). No advance booking required, but RSVPing would be helpful so that we have a general idea of numbers.

— The Open University is incorporated by Royal Charter (RC 000391), an exempt charity in England & Wales and a charity registered in Scotland (SC 038302).

 


Registration is now open for Gujarat Studies Association’s 5th biennial conference, to be held on 19-20 February 2014 in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.    For the registration form and further details please visit: www.gujaratstudies.org

Conference Theme: (Re)Defining Gujarati Identity

Keynote speaker: Dr. Michele Hardy (University of Calgary)

Important Dates:

2 September 2013 – Conference registration opens

11 November 2013 – Presenter Registration/Early Bird Registration Ends

9 December 2013 – Conference Registration Closes


7th Congress of the International Association of Buddhist Studies, to be held at the University of Vienna, Austria from the 18th August to 23rd August 2014, is now open for registration at

http://iabs2014.univie.ac.at/registration/

Online abstract submissions begin June 15, 2013 and end November 1, 2013. Online conference registration will open September 1, 2013, and will remain open until August 15, 2014.

Requests concerning registration, accommodation and travelling should be sent to:

Gerry Schneider

Event management

University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna

e-mail: gerry.schneider [at] univie.ac.at

All correspondence concerning the academic program of the congress should be sent to:

Mag. Ewa Lewandowska

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.7, 1090 Vienna

Austria

e-mail: ewa.lewandowska [at] univie.ac.at

Mag. Judith Starecek

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.1, 1090 Vienna

Austria

e-mail: judith.starecek [at] univie.ac.at


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: The Bodily AND Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/anthropology-news/call-for-proposals-religious-subjectivation

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013.

Notification: 31 January, 2014.

Conference Conveners: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

For further information please contact Urmila Mohan (u.mohan.11 [at] ucl.ac.uk).

 


CFP: Symbols of Contemporary Culture

Date: 2013-12-13

Description: Symbols arise spontaneously as a natural component of human behavior, as well as the result of ideas being transferred from one culture to another. In the ancient world, symbolic characters wandered from country to country along the trade routes and were exchanged with goods and ideas. They  often ga …

Contact: symbol2013 [at] o2.pl

URL: www.isr.wsmip.uj.edu.pl/english-version

Announcement ID: 206112

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206112

 


CFP: Visual Methodologies: A Postdiscipline of Inclusions?

Date: 2014-06-19

Description: The saturation of social space by the visual has spawned in increasing interest by scholars in developing innovative methodologies within the context of rapid technological change. While visual research is methodologically and theoretically diverse there is no single common heritage,aim, or definin …

Contact: william.feighery [at] gmail.com

URL: www.metlab.ch/conference

Announcement ID: 206090

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206090

 


CFP: Origins of Truth: Foucaults Lectures on the Will to Know

Location: New York

Date: 2013-09-10

Description: Papers are invited for a conference on Michel Foucault’s Lectures on the Will to Know: Lectures at the Collge de France, 1970-1971, to be held November 8-9, 2013, in New York City. Sponsored by the Foucault Society and the Stony Brook University Department of Philosophy, the conference will feature  …

Contact: foucaultsocietyorg [at] gmail.com

URL: www.foucaultsociety.org

Announcement ID: 206066

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206066

 


CFP: Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century

Date: 2013-09-25

Description: Fourth European Congress on World and Global History Paris, 11-14th September 2014 Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century The twentieth century saw the emergence of unprecedented efforts to build a world Christian community that w …

Contact: engel [at] gsnas.fu-berlin.de

Announcement ID: 206110

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206110

 


CFP: Arts, Literature, and Religion Section of Southwest Commission on Religious Studies

Location: Texas

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Arts, Literature, and Religion The Arts, Literature, and Religion section invites proposals for papers or panels on any topic concerning the intersection of the arts, literature, and religion. Of particular interest this year are papers or  presentations that cast such intersections as instances of K  …

Contact: allen.redmon [at] ct.tamus.edu

URL: https://sites.google.com/site/swcrsaarsblasorassr/

Announcement ID: 206139

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206139

 


Call for Contributors: Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Location: Indiana

Description: ABC-Clio is planning to publish a three-volume Encyclopedia of American Myth, Legend, and Folklore in 2015. The editors seek contributors from fields of literature, history, anthropology, sociology, folklore, and allied subjects to write entries ranging from 750-2500 words on a wide range of topics. …

Contact: jwebb [at] huntington.edu

Announcement ID: 206084

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206084

 


 

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

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@gmail.com<mailto:ASE2014Conference@gmail.com>

 


CFP: XII. International Workshop

Religion and Civil Society:

BETWEEN FUNDAMENTALISM AND SECULARIZATION

 November 20 – 25, 2013, Yalta, Livadia (Crimea, Ukraine)

Organizers: Western Michigan University (USA) and TAURIDA NATIONAL V.I.Vernadsky UNIVERSITY (Ukraine), NETWORK OF CULTURAL EXCHANGE AND INTERETHNIC TRUST (Ukraine)

The list of specific issues is open for continuation.Two Round tables will be held within the framework of the Workshop: “Orthodox civilization and traditional values† (in commemoration of Alexander Panarin); “The “Arab Spring† and the future of the Middle East: fundamentalism or secularization?â€

Chairs of the Workshop:Dr. Rudolf Siebert, Professor of the Department of Comparative Religion at Western Michigan University (USA), Director of the Center for Humanistic Future Studies, Director of the International course on the “Future of Religion† at the Inter-University Center for Post-Graduate Studies in Dubrovnik, Croatia http: //www.rudolfjsiebert.orgÂ

Dr. Tatyana Senyushkina, Professor of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at Taurida National V.I. Vernadsky University (Ukraine), Director of the Network of Cultural Exchange and Interethnic Trust http://www.crimea.edu/person_page/senyushkina/index.htm

Participants’ presentations will be published after the workshop.

Registration fee: $ 100 USD to be paid upon arrival, for an accompanying person – $ 50 USD.

Registration fee includes conference materials (badge, program, list of participants), coffee breaks, welcoming dinner and concert, publication (3 pages) and certificate of participation. Permissible amount of additional written materials – up to 12 pages ($ 7 USD per page).

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

Accommodation: The Bristol Hotel, 10 Roosevelt St., Crimea, Yalta http://bristol.ua/en/ +38(0654)27-16-06

Prices: $ 80 – 275 USD per room per night.

The price includes accommodation, breakfast, swimming pool, fitness hall, luggage service, WI-FI, VAT, beach-solarium.

To find out about other, cheaper options of accommodation, please feel free to contact the Organizing Committee.

Guided Tours: The Livadia Palace of the last Russian Tzar Nikolay II in Yalta; The Palace of Alexander III in Massandra (Massandra Palace); The Nikitsky Botanical Garden; The Chekhov House-Museum in Yalta; The Orthodox churches of the Southern coast of the Crimea; The Crimean oldest winery Massandra: the largest wine collection (about a million bottles) on the globe and Famous Wine Tasting.

 To participate in the Workshop, please send your application form no later than 15 October, 2013 on the following address: nce@mail.ru, tsenyushkina@yandex.com

More information about the workshop is on the web-site: http://nce.sevhost.net and on the Facebook page of the Workshop: http://www.facebook.com/ReligionandCivilSociety


CFP: Hagiography

The Hagiography Society will be sponsoring four sessions at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, 8-11 May 2014, at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI. The Call for Papers is below; to propose a paper for any of these panels please send a 350-word max. abstract by Sept. 15 to Sara Ritchey at ritchey@louisiana.edu

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206222&keyword=religion

 


JOBS


Institute for Indian and Tibetan Studies

Ph.D. Position, Indology / Buddhist Studies

https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46928

Columbia University – Premodern Chinese Literature and Poetry <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47197>

Columbia University – Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47198>

Rutgers University – Camden – East Asian History, Assistant Professor

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47218>

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Extra-European History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47188>

Georgetown University – Assistant Professor in American Religious & Philosophical Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47202>

Old Dominion University – Assistant Professor – History of the Ancient World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47169>

College of Idaho – Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47177>

University of Pennsylvania – Hebraica Library Specialist

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47190>

Stanford University – Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47212>

Stanford University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47213>

 


 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islam in Context

http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/graduate-fellowships-2/mellon-post-doctoral-fellowship/

Postdoctoral Researcher in History

https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UVA/vacancy/19640/lang/en/

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 30 August 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Scholarships

JOURNALS


Method and Theory in the Study of Religion


BOOKS


Dear All,

Is necromancy ghost hunting? With all the technological gadgets available, few ghost hunters have turned to magic to seek the spirit world. Given the inapporiate use of EMF meters and the like, one could argue that a wand would be just as useful.

Well, it might seem a wee bit tenuous, but it is one of the aspects I explore in my new book A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting!

I’m not really a ‘brief guide’ sort of person, so you’ll get 100,000 words, fully referenced, with further reading and an index. I conducted some special surveys for the book, interviewing ghost hunters and analysing almost a thousand separate locations and about 700 investigations. It’s published by Robinson in the UK and Running Press in the USA this month.

Some people were kind enough to read it ahead of publication and said some particularly nice things:

I have always admired Dr Leo Ruickbie’s comprehensive expertise in the paranormal. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting delivers more than most other ghost guides combined. – Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, and others

You can find it from the usual suspects: Amazon.co.ukAmazon.com

I like to think that it’s the best book I’ve written to date. I hope you’ll agree!

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,

Leo


Hello,

I am currently working on a new book project that may be of interest to your FB followers: SCIENCE AND RELIGION: 5 QUESTIONS–a collection of interviews with some of the world’s leading philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists. The book will not be published until mid-2014 but I just set up a Facebook page for it. I will occasionally post updates, articles of interest, videos, and debates involving the contributors on the Facebook page. Contributors include the “World’s Top Thinker” (Prospect Magazine, 2013), a Nobel Prize winning physicist, three “Humanist of the Year” winners, three Templeton Prize winners, the “Most Influential Rabbi in America” (Newsweek, 2012), a National Humanities Medal Winner, a National Medal of Science Winner, a Star of South Africa Medal winner, a Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science winner, and many more! I welcome your FB supporters to participate and comment on various posts.

Here is a link to the Facebook page (please click “like”):

Please feel free to pass this email along and/or post it on your Facebook page.

Many thanks,

Dr. Gregg D. Caruso


CONFERENCES


BASR/EASR Conference 2013

The PDF Book of Abstracts is now available on the conference website:

www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation.


Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

A new draft, Version 3, of the SSSR/RRA Annual Meeting Program is now available at http://www.sssrweb.org

This program contains only the sessions being organized by the SSSR and RRA program chairs.  Plenary session information will be added once these sessions have been settled.  But they are nearly settled now, so if you have any changes to request or suggest, sooner is better.


22ND NORDIC CONFERENCE FOR SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION 2014

Change and Continuity – Religion, State, Civil Society

We are delighted to invite you to submit proposals for sessions and papers under the theme Change and Continuity – Religion, State, Civil Society.

Date: 20 – 22 August 2014

Place: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 122,

2300 Copenhagen S

Official website: http://ncsr.ku.dk/

Keynote Speakers:

Martin Baumann, Professor at the Study of Religions, University of Lucerne

Lori G. Beaman, Professor at Department for Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa

Peter Gundelach, Professor of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Viktor Yelensky, Professor at Department for the Study of Religion, The Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences

The 22nd Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding – theoretically as well as empirically – of the dynamic interrelations of religion, state and civil society. In short, we would like to find out how this interrelation is part of processes of change and continuity in society today. In line with the traditions of the Nordic conferences, contributions addressing this scope as well as other topics within the sociology of religion are welcome!

Call for Sessions: Deadline 1 November 2013 Call for Papers: Deadline 1 March 2014

Registration: Deadline 31 May 2014

Organisers: Professor, dr. phil. Margit Warburg, Assistant Professor, PhD, Brian Arly Jacobsen and Astrid Krabbe Trolle, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies


CALLS FOR PAPERS


FORUM Journal: Issue 17 – Call for Papers: Rites and Rituals

Rituals exist as a result of the actions of specific people or institutions; we recognise those rituals because they are engrained in our cultural customs as much as they are ordained by law. The resulting rituals not only reinforce the beliefs or values of these specific communities, but simultaneously define these group identities. Victor Turner describes rituals as ‘social dramas’ that allow any given culture to maintain a balance between structurally enforced norms and personal autonomy; the medieval carnival with its Lord of Misrule, for example, permitted a short period of topsy-turvy, upside-down role-play in popular culture, to ensure social hierarchies and authority were obeyed and enforced during the rest of the year.

Mary Ann McGrath states that there are four basic factors that form the ritual arena: the ritual artefacts (costumes, food, or decorations), the ritual script (written or oral), the ritual norm (a model or an example), and the ritual meaning (the reason or importance). However, where one or more of these basic factors are missing, questions arise as to the efficacy and stability of the ritual, leading to the subversion of the old ritual and invention of the new. This has led Stanley J. Tambiah and Richard Schechner – amongst others – to consider the performativity of rituals; the circumstances of the creation of ritual, the intent of the ritual

performers, and the behaviour of the ritual witnesses. As the melancholy Jacques declares, ‘All the world’s a stage/ And all the men and women

merely players;/ They have their exits and their entrances;/ And

one man in his time plays many parts’ (AYLI 2:7).

We are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts, culture or social sciences that consider the topic of RITES & RITUALS for issue 17 of FORUM. Submissions may relate to, but are not limited to:

  • literary and film representations of rituals

  • performance and performativity of rituals

  • subversive ritual in cultural and aesthetic theory

  • national vs. parochial identity and rituals

  • construction and innovation of new ritual forms

  • primitive vs. modern ritual

  • ethics of ritual destruction or enforcement

  • the sacred and secular ritual divide

  • ritual and gender

Papers must be between 3,000 ? 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to editors@forumjournal.org by Monday 16th September 2013. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permissible.

FORUM journal is a postgraduate journal for arts and culture based at the University of Edinburgh. For more information and style guidelines, visit www.forumjournal.org.


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

Call for Papers LAST WEEK!

11-12 February 2014, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe, 1200-1800, University of Adelaide

www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/emotion,-ritual-and-power-in-europe-1200-to-the-present.aspx?page=2

Announcement ID: 206062 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206062


Angels/ Angelology in Medieval ART:Session at ICMS 2014

CFP STILL OPEN! Looking for TWO more proposals for a session on angels/ angelology in medieval art (painting,sculpture, architecture, etc.)from medieval Christian, Jewish and/or Islamic religious traditions.

International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8-11, 2014.

Contact: greeleyj@sacredheart.edu

Announcement ID: 206001 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206001


Jews and Gentiles in East-Central Europe in the Twentieth Century

CALL FOR PAPERS INTERNATIONAL CROSS-DISCIPLINARY WORKSHOP AND CONFERENCE ON JEWS AND GENTILES IN EAST-CENTRAL EUROPE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague (Workshop) May 26 30, 2014 /(Conference) May 31 June 1, 2014

Announcement ID: 206038 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206038


Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century

Fourth European Congress on World and Global History. Paris, 11-14th September 2014

Contact: engel@gsnas.fu-berlin.de

Announcement ID: 206110 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206110


Arts, Literature, and Religion Section of Southwest Commission on Religious Studies CFP

Contact: allen.redmon@ct.tamus.edu

URL: https://sites.google.com/site/swcrsaarsblasorassr/

Announcement ID: 206139 http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=206139


JOBS


The Institute for Culture and History (ICH) & the Department of History, Archaeology and Area Studies of the Faculty of Humanities currently have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher (0,8 fte, three years) as part of the NWO project Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State in the Netherlands since the 1960s – Public Debate, supervised by Prof. dr. James Kennedy, conducted in close collaboration with Mr. dr. Hans-Martien ten Napel at Leiden University. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates with max. two years experience after obtaining their PhD who wish to conduct research on the changing relationship of church-state relations in the Netherlands since the 1960s and situate it in a broader transnational context.

More information: https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UVA/vacancy/19640/lang/en/


SCHOLARSHIPS


Dear colleagues,

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany invites applications

for two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2013

Start of scholarship: Spring semester 2014 or later

Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years

Scholarship amount: 1000 ? per month + insurance + support for rent +

460euro per year

Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to

the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will

select promising candidates and forward their materials to the DAAD. In

a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will decide

upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful

candidates will be chosen and informed by March 2014.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign

applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months

at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium

degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist

source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject and fluency

in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable and

willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be

expected.

For details concerning the application, please visit our homepage:

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

With best regards,

Simone Heidegger

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Coonferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

JOURNALS


Anthropology in Action

This issue seeks to investigate the dynamic nature of boundaries arising from historical and social contexts. Peacock’s article challenges preconceived and ethnocentric assumptions regarding agency, while Gatt’s article traces how activists experience power inside their organizations. Kao’s article offers a look at how care is manufactured in a long-term care facility in the American Midwest. Finally, Dickson’s article focuses on sustainability and housing in a London borough council office. This issue also features a freestanding article, as well as book reviews and books for review.

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

http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/aia

Volume 20, Issue 2, Summer 2013


BOOKS


Digital Ethnography<http://www.combinedacademic.co.uk/27054-digital-ethnography.html>

Anthropology, Narrative, and New Media

Natalie M. Underberg & Elayne Zorn

Digital ethnography can be understood as a method for representing real-life cultures through storytelling in digital media. Enabling audiences to go beyond absorbing facts, computer-based storytelling allows for immersion in the experience of another culture. A guide for anyone in the social sciences who seeks to enrich ethnographic techniques, Digital Ethnography offers a ground-breaking approach that utilizes interactive components to simulate cultural narratives.  Integrating insights from cultural anthropology, folklore, digital humanities, and digital heritage studies, this work brims with case studies that provide in-depth discussions of applied projects. Web links to multimedia examples are included as well, including projects, design documents, and other relevant materials related to the planning and execution of digital ethnography projects. In addition, new media tools such as database development and XML coding are explored and explained, bridging the literature on cyber-ethnography with inspiring examples such as blending cultural heritage with computer games.

University of Texas Press

12 b&w photographs

May 2013 127pp 9780292744332


CONFERENCES


Graduate Conference – Public Sociology

Location: Virginia

Date: 2013-10-12

Description: Public sociology is an approach to engaging social problems and sociological topics that transcends the academy. It is not aligned with any particular theory, method, or subject. Rather, it is situated on the borderlands of academia, activism, and policy, reaching beyond the audience of professional …

Contact: gmusocgrads [at] gmail.com

URL: gmupublicsoci.wordpress.com/public-soci-grad-conference/

Announcement ID: 205890

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205890

 


This is my Body

Date: 2013-11-18

Description: The relationship between the mind and the body raises innumerable challenging questions across the arts, humanities, and social science disciplines. For those who come into professional contact with the human body every day in the National Health Service, the mind and the body are usually considered …

Contact: conferences [at] crassh.cam.ac.uk

URL: www.crassh.cam.ac.uk/events/2476/

Announcement ID: 205880

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205880

 


2nd Faculty of Arts International Conference ON The Humanities and the Dynamics of African Culture in the 21st Century

Date: 2014-03-11

Description: That Africa is at crossroads in an increasingly globalised world is indisputable. Equally indisputable is the fact that the Humanities as a broad field of intellection, research and learning in Africa appears to have been pigeonholed or at best given the backseat in the development  aspirations of ma …

Contact: omoera [at] yahoo.com

Announcement ID: 205984

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205984

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special – Invitation to Submit Questions

Would you like to participate in a special episode of the RSP that lets YOU steer the conversation and ask tough questions on the psychology of religion to a panel with some of the worlds top psychologists of religion? Thanks to The Religious Studies Project team, you now have that opportunity!

In a one-of-a-kind special edition of The Religious Studies Project we want to invite you to join us at the International Association for the Psychology of Religion 2013 world conference. On the 28th of this month a panel comprised of world-renowned psychologists of religion await to hear from you and answer your questions in the social scientific study of religion in general and the psychology of religion in specific. The Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special will be video recorded and published through our website soon after.

You may submit your questions to RSP assistant editor Dr. Christopher F. Silver and panel moderator Thomas J. Coleman III by emailing us at editors@religiousstudiesproject.com, Twitter (@ProjectRS), Facebook,

https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/08/13/rsp-psychology-of-religion-participatory-panel-special-invitation-to-submit-questions/?fb_source=pubv1


CFP: Jewish Women Writers: Witnesses to Injustice (NeMLA)

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: 45th Annual Convention Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA) April 3-6, 2014 Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Host: Susquehanna University Maxine Kumin asserts, “I now feel that we poets have to serve as witnesses at least to the injustices around us.” Echoing the intentions of many Jewish women wri …

Contact: lxr5 [at] psu.edu and rjablon [at] umd.edu

URL: www.nemla.org/convention/2014/cfp.htm

Announcement ID: 205977

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205977

 


CFP; Applied Epistemology in Ancient Philosophy and Science International Conference at the University of Trier

(Germany), July, 3-5 2014

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: Applied Epistemology in Ancient Philosophy and Science International Conference at the University of Trier (Germany), July, 3-5 2014 ► Conference theme Adapting to epistemology the well-known distinction between general ethical theory and applied ethics, one could say that it is the job of app …

Contact: epistemologie-tagung [at] uni-trier.de

Announcement ID: 205910

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205910

 


CFP: Exploring the Extraordinary 6th Conference

21st-23rd March, 2014

Gettysburg College, Pennsylvania, USA

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: **Dr Julie Beischel

<http://www.windbridge.org/>

Since its inception in 2007, members of Exploring the Extraordinary have organised four successful academic conferences that have brought together researchers from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. The purpose of these events has been to encourage a wider dissemination of knowledge and research, and an interdisciplinary discussion of extraordinary phenomena and experience. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to phenomena and experiences that are considered to be beyond the mundane, referring to those that have been called supernatural, paranormal, mystical, transcendent, exceptional, spiritual, magical and/or religious, as well as the relevance of such for human culture.

We are looking for submissions for our sixth conference, and would like  to invite presentation proposals on topics related to the above. Please submit a 300-500 word paper abstract to *Dr Madeleine Castro* and *Dr Hannah

Gilbert* (ete.network [at] gmail.com) by the 18th October, 2013. Accepted papers should be on powerpoint, no longer than 20 minutes in length, and intended for an interdisciplinary audience. Please include contact information and a brief biographical note.


CFP: Interpreting Experience – Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience Interdisciplinary and International Conference

3-6 April 2014, St Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford

The international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Interpreting Experience — Experiencing Interpretation: Im/Possibilities of a Hermeneutics of Religious Experience’ explores the connections and the disconnections between religious experience and expressions of religious experience. What is a religious experience? First and foremost, a religious experience is a puzzle. The ‘religious’ in religious experience is often characterised in terms of the experience’s inherent inexpressibility. Yet taking into account the vast variety of textual and non-textual expressions articulated and interpreted in the past and present of religions, the notion of inexpressibility itself is puzzling. This puzzle is already apparent in William James’s ‘The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature’, published in 1902. James defined religious experience as inexpressible encounter with transcendence; however, the material in which his definition was grounded consisted of nothing but expressions of these encounters. Through James’s study, the puzzle of religious experiences spawned itself into an array of theological and non-theological disciplines with  dazzling diversity.

Within the current context of these disciplines, the watchword ‘spirituality’ stresses the significance of religious experience. Frequently, these experiences are marshalled to critique the traditionalism and institutionalism of religions such as Christianity. However, one might argue that traditions and institutions are precisely the sites that preserve and perpetuate religious experience. Both experience and expressions of experience seem to bemutating. Since cultural artefacts and archives, such as the Bible, play a prominent part in the politics of demarcating the religious from the non-religious in secular or post-secular societies, manifestations and modifications of religious experience within biblical and non-biblical literature are of importance. The demarcations of religion and non-religion impinge on the issue of the epistemology of religious experience. Since a religious experience is always already  entangled with its expression, it appears to be relative — historically and culturally. However, the cognitive sciences seem to point to a common core of religious experiences through their cerebral correlates. Yet, these accounts of experience need to be articulated and interpreted as well. Hence, theological and non-theological studies of religion cannot escape the puzzle of religious experience.

Exploring both the possibilities and the impossibilities of a hermeneutics of religious experience is crucial for the disciplines revolving around religion. We invite presentations from different disciplines including theology, philosophy, history, sociology, and psychology, as well as cultural, biblical, and literary studies. We are interested in investigations of questions such as: What is a religious experience? What parts do articulation and interpretation play in a religious experience? Does the experience determine the expression or does the expression determine the experience? Do experience and expression condition each other? How does the contested contradistinction between the public and the private affect religious experience and expressions of religious experience? And what is the significance of religious experiences in contemporary cultures which are characterised by processes such as secularisation, sacralisation, pluralisation, individualisation, and globalisation?

Please submit your abstract (500 words maximum) and a brief biographical note to ulrich.schmiedel [at[] theology.ox.ac.uk by 1 November 2013. For further information, please see http://www.ertegun.ox.ac.uk/news-events/interpreting-experience


JOBS


Reed College – Tenure-Track Position in Sociocultural Anthropology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47129>

Columbia University – Sheng Yen Chair in Chinese Buddhism (Assistant or Associate Professor)

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47124>

Ohio University – Assistant Professor, Southeast Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47125>

Illinois State University – Assistant Professor, Chinese History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47100>

The University of Melbourne – LECTURER / SENIOR LECTURER IN CHINESE STUDIES

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47110>

University of Denver – Assistant Professor, Chinese History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47018>

Sewanee:  University of the South – Assistant Professor, modern Islamic world

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47091>

College of Charleston – Middle East/Arabic-Speaking/Islamic World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47090>

New York University – The Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies has extended its search for a historian of the modern Middle East and invites applications for an open-rank position to begin September 1, 2014, pending budgetary and administrative approval.

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47092>

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  • Thanks

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

 


THANKS


Thank you to all who voted last week. It looks like an overwhelming result and so we will include more information on recent publications within the Opportunities Digest.


JOURNALS


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

Ethnographies of the Road and other highlights from the latest issue of AFRICA: Journal of the International African Institute http://journals.cambridge.org/africaethnographies

The Journal of Northeast Asian History has just been published. Please visit the Northeast Asian History  Foundation’s homepage (http://www.historyfoundation.or.kr/eng/ and go to Resources and to Publication

Contemporary Islam, vol 7, issue 3 http://link.springer.com/journal/11562/7/3/page/1

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


BOOKS


Social Identities Between the Sacred and the Secular

Edited by Abby Day, Giselle Vincett and Christopher R. Cotter

Ashgate AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society Series

Website price:£49.50 (Regular price: £55.00)

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

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

Social Identities between the Sacred and the Secular provides an essential resource for continued research into these concepts, challenging us to re-think where the boundaries of sacred and secular lie and what may lie between


British Academy Publications Online is an expanding collection of monographs and other publications from the prestigious British Academy across a range of subjects in the humanities and social sciences.http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199654659.do#.Ug3UbW3g8gI

Oxford Bibliographies: Buddhism http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780195393521.do#.Ug3Uh23g8gI

Oxford Bibliographies: Islamic Studies http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780195390155.do#.Ug3UvG3g8gI

Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity

Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving

Bardwell L. Smith

Paperback | 416 pages

£22.50 | 11 July 2013 | 978-0-19-994215-2

Bardwell L. Smith offers a fresh perspective on mizuko kuyo, the Japanese ceremony performed to bring solace to those who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth, or abortion. Showing how old and new forms of myth, symbol, doctrine, praxis, and organization combine and overlap in contemporary mizuko kuyo, Smith provides critical insight from many angles: the sociology of the family, the power of the medical profession, the economics of temples, the import of ancestral connections, the need for healing in both private and communal ways and, perhaps above all, the place of women in modern Japanese religion. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199942152.do#.Ug3U7W3g8gI

 

The Throne of Adulis

Red Sea Wars on the Eve of Islam

G.W. Bowersock

Leading historian G.W. Bowersock provides a narrative account of a fascinating but overlooked chapter in pre-Islamic Arabian history — the holy war between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs in the sixth century AD.

Hardback | 208 pages

£15.99 | 25 July 2013 | 978-0-19-973932-5

Just prior to the rise of Islam, in the sixth century AD, southern Arabia was embroiled in a holy war between Christian Ethiopians and Jewish Arabs. The Jewish kingdom, composed of ethnic Arabs who had converted to Judaism more than a century before, had launched a bloody pogrom against Christians in the region. The ruler of Ethiopia, who claimed descent from the union of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba and even was rumored to possess an object no less venerable than the Ark of the Covenant, aspired both to protect the persecuted Christians and to restore Ethiopian control in the Arabian Peninsula. Though little known today, this was an international war that involved both the Byzantine Empire, who had established Christian churches in Ethiopia beginning in the fourth century, and the Sasanian Empire in Persia, who supported the Jews in a proxy war with Byzantium. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199739325.do#.Ug3VSG3g8gI


CALLS FOR PAPERS


RSP Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special – Invitation to Submit Questions

Would you like to participate in a special episode of the RSP that lets YOU steer the conversation and ask tough questions on the psychology of religion to a panel with some of the worlds top psychologists of religion? Thanks to The Religious Studies Project team, you now have that opportunity!

In a one-of-a-kind special edition of The Religious Studies Project we want to invite you to join us at the International Association for the Psychology of Religion 2013 world conference. On the 28th of this month a panel comprised of world-renowned psychologists of religion await to hear from you and answer your questions in the social scientific study of religion in general and the psychology of religion in specific. The Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel Special will be video recorded and published through our website soon after.

You may submit your questions to RSP assistant editor Dr. Christopher F. Silver and panel moderator Thomas J. Coleman III by emailing us at editors@religiousstudiesproject.com, Twitter (@ProjectRS), Facebook,

https://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/08/13/rsp-psychology-of-religion-participatory-panel-special-invitation-to-submit-questions/?fb_source=pubv1


CFP: 2014 POSTGRADUATE CONFERENCE: BODIES: BRIDGES AND BOUNDARIES MONDAY 6 and TUESDAY 7 JANUARY, 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.

 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.

 Further information about registration, plenary speakers and precise timings will be available around October. Accommodation and evening meals will not be provided, but it is hoped to offer a list of accommodation options.

www.theologysociety.org.uk/pgconf.asp


CFP: Saints and Sinners: Postmodernism, Feminism and Medievalism in Literature in English

Date: 2013-09-20

Description: From the early feminists to postmodern protagonists Michele Roberts’ novels rewrite medieval saints and sinners,  Victorian mediums and contemporary visionaries, offering us new perspectives on well known stories and motifs. Roberts’ prose and poetry as well as Sarah Salih’s research on sainthood and  …

Contact: kbronk [at] wa.amu.edu.pl; bbronkk [at] gmail.com,

Announcement ID: 205791

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205791

 


CFP: Public Religion and Issues of Homosexuality in Contemporary Africa

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: Professor Ezra Chitando (University of Zimbabwe) and Dr Adriaan van Klinken (University of Leeds) currently solicit proposals for contributions to the book volume, ‘Public Religion and Controversies on Homosexuality in Africa’. Proposals for contributions can be submitted to the editors by email (ch …

Contact: a.vanklinken [at] leeds.ac.uk

URL:

adriaanvanklinken.wordpress.com/2013/08/07/cfp-public-religion-and-issues-of-homosexuality-in-contemporary-africa/

Announcement ID: 205701

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205701


CFP: Humane, Inhumane, Human

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-10-24

Description: In keeping with HERAs mission of promoting the study of the humanities across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines, we invite presentations for the 2014 conference. The wide range of disciplines and areas of study for the conference include but are not limited to Aesthetics, Anthropology …

Contact: mgreen@sfsu.edu

URL: h-e-r-a.org

Announcement ID: 205721

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205721


CFP: Caching the eye. Architecture, ritual and reliquaries from the later Middle Ages through the early modern context of the Catholic Reform (Call for papers for the IMC 2014 (International Medieval Conference, 7-14 July, Leeds))

Date: 2013-09-15

Description: We would like to invite art historical and interdisciplinary papers on the relation between ritual, reliquary, liturgy, vision and architecture in the late medieval and early modern culture. We are particularly interested in approaches that combine textual, architectural and/or art historical source …

Contact: Dominique.Bauer [at] law.kuleuven.be

Announcement ID: 205754

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205754


CFP: The Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy 2014

contact email: acerp [at] iafor.org

Welcome to ACERP 2014 – The International Academic Forum in conjunction with its global university partners is proud to announce the Fourth Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, to be held from March 27-30 2014, at the Rihga Royal Hotel & the adjoining Osaka International Conference Center, Osaka, Japan.

www.acerp.iafor.org

Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts: December 1 2013

Results of abstract reviews returned to authors: Usually within two weeks of submission

Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: March 1 2014

ACERP Conference: March 27 – 30 2014

Deadline for submission of full papers: May 1 2014

Further details including categories: http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/52632

 


CFP: 2014 SE Regional Conference on Christianity and Literature

West Palm Beach Atlantic University

contact email:  lisa_marzano [at] pba.edu

Call for Papers: 2014 Southeastern Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature

Palm Beach Atlantic University, April 3-5, 2014

West Palm Beach, FL

Please send 400-500 word abstracts to Dr. Sam Joeckel at: SAMUEL_JOECKEL [at] pba.edu. The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, January 17, 2014. For further information contact Lisa_Marzano [at] pba.edu.

Further details re: categories etc. :http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/52558

 


CFP: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture4-7 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 8 August 2014

This website will provide 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. If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email G.Lynch[at]kent.ac.uk.

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/thrs/events/event2014-08-06.html?tab=canterbury

 


CFP: ASIA IN MOTION: HERITAGE AND TRANSFORMATION at the National University of Singapore, July 17-19, 2014

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), the Asia Research Institute (ARI), and the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) of the National University of Singapore are pleased to announce the inaugural AAS-in-Asia conference, “Asia in Motion: Heritage and Transformation.” We seek to attract a wide range of panel proposals from humanists and social scientists, as well as reflective practitioners from the worlds of policy, civil society, journalism, and other professional fields.

The AAS-in-Asia conference will build upon emerging visions and trends in Asian studies within Asia. By bringing together scholars and specialists on Asia within Asia as well as from other parts of the world at a gathering in Asia, we hope to spark new and fruitful collaborations. The AAS also expects to reach out to scholars of Asia who might not usually attend an AAS conference in North America. It is our hope that the conference will stimulate new networks among scholars within Asia and beyond, providing broader inter-continental connections for the future of Asian studies.

Please note:  If you have already submitted a proposal for the 2014 AAS Annual Conference in Philadelphia, you are still eligible to submit a proposal for consideration for the AAS-in-Asia conference in Singapore.

For more details regarding this conference including proposal submission instructions, please go to http://www.aas-in-asia.org/index.htm

The deadline for proposal submission is October 31, 2013 at 5:00pm E.S.T.

 


 CFP: Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal v. 27

Call for Papers Date: 2013-12-15

Announcement ID: 205770

The Chung-Hwa Buddhist Journal (CHBJ) is a scholarly journal dedicated to the historical study of Chinese Buddhism in the premodern and modern periods. It seeks to promote the study, and teaching, of all aspects of Buddhist thought, practice, social, and institutional life in China, including historical interactions with Buddhist developments in South, East, and Central Asia. The deadline for article submissions is December 15, 2013. Publication date for the volume 27 will be in July, 2014.

 For submissions requirements, please see the Article Solicitation at the link: http://www.chibs.edu.tw/ch_html/ch04_BudhiJournal_Solicitation.pdf.


JOBS


http://werkenbij.leidenuniv.nl/vacatures/wetenschappelijke-functies/13-249-postdoc-position-in-the-nwo-project-buddhism-and-social-justice.html

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in the NWO project Buddhism and Social Justice

The Faculty of Humanities, vacancy 13-249 The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) of the Faculty of Humanities at Leiden University invites applications for a One Year full-time position (Post-doctoral Fellow) in the field of Buddhist Studies, to begin as soon as possible.

*One Year Post-Doctoral Fellow Position in the NWO Project Buddhism and Social Justice (1.0 fte)

Vacancy number: 13-249*


 Sophia University – Open-rank position in Religious Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47060>

Leiden University – University Leectureship in the study of premodern China

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47063>

 University of Chicago – Assistant Professor in Traditional Chinese Literature

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47069>

 University of Notre Dame – Assistant or Associate Professor/Byzantine History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47067>

 Northwestern University – Assistant Professor in Hinduism

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47081>

 University of Tennessee – Knoxville – Africana Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47056>

 Davidson College – Director of Davidson in India Program and Instructor of S. Asian History (rank open) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47082>

 University of Minnesota – Minneapolis – Assistant Professor, History/Media Institutions

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47076>

 Pennsylvania State University – Modern European Jewish History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47066>

 University of Wisconsin – Madison – Assistant Professor of Modern European Jewish History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47065>

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  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs

 


POLL

 


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JOURNALS


Culture and Religion, vol 14, issue 3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcar20/14/3#.UgSeJm3g8gI

Anthropology of the Middle East, vol 8, issue 1 http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ame

The senses and society , vol 8, no 2 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/tsas;jsessionid=111n87d1jbk4j.alice


BOOKS


Evolutionary Religion – J.L. Schellenberg

Oxford University Press: June 2013

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199673766.do#.UgScoG3g8gI

“J. L. Schellenberg articulates and defends a simple but revolutionary idea: we are still at a very early stage in the possible history of intelligent life on our planet, and should frame our religious attitudes accordingly. Humans have begun to adapt to a deep past—one measured in billions of years, not thousands. But we have not really noticed how thin is the sliver of past time in which all of our religious life is contained. And the eons that may yet see intelligent life have hardly started to come into focus. When these things are internalized, our whole picture of religion may change. For then we will for the first time be in a position to ask: Might there be a form of religion appropriate to such an early stage of development as our own? Might such ‘evolutionary religion’ be rather different from the forms of religion we see all around us today? And might it be better fitted to meet the demands of reason?”

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP – Ireland and the Supernatural (Ft. Lauderdale, Feb. 14-15, 2014)

Location: Florida

Date: 2013-09-05

Description: Call for Papers: Conference on Ireland and the Supernatural and Southern Regional ACIS Meeting, Feb. 14-15, 2014, at theEmbassy Suites, 1100 SE 17TH St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33316 TOPICS MAY INCLUDE: Celtic and Irish mythology; the fairy world; the banshee (bean s); fallen and other angels; Catholic    …

Contact: doan [at] nova.edu

URL: www.acissouth.com

Announcement ID: 205585

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205585


CFP: The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies is calling for papers for Volume 3, Issue 2.

Date: 2013-09-15

Description: Calling for papers for Volume 3, Issue 2 of the Journal of Asia Pacific Studies. The Journal of Asia Pacific Studies aims to serve as an outlet for research dealing with the interdisciplinary field of Asia Pacific Studies. As one of the most dynamic regions in the world, the Asia Pacific is of inter …

Contact: journalalternative [at] hotmail.com

URL: www.japss.org/Journal-Asia-Pacific-Studies.html

Announcement ID: 205540

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205540


CFP: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST CONFERENCE, MELBOURNE, 6-8 JULY 2014

Date: 2014-10-31

Description: THE FUTURE OF THE PAST: REPRESENTING THE HOLOCAUST, GENOCIDE, AND MASS TRAUMA IN THE 21ST CENTURY The inaugural cross-institutional and inter-disciplinary conference convened by Deakin University and the Jewish Holocaust Centre, to be held in Melbourne, Australia Dates: 6-8 July, 2014 Venues: Deakin …

Contact: abrown [at] deakin.edu.au

URL: futureofthepast2014.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 205524

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205524

 


CFP: The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology.*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013.

Conference Convenors: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

For further information please contact Urmila Mohan (u.mohan.11 [at] ucl.ac.uk).

Statement of Purpose

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

Call for Proposals and Films

We welcome proposals from students, faculty and independent researchers based on ethnographic fieldwork focused on both bodily and material cultures of religious practice as part of the production of a religious subject in different areas and religious settings (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Asiatic, African and other religions, etc.).

The papers should address theoretical issues, whatever theoretical references may be put to use, provided they articulate bodily and material cultures. We aim at establishing discussions between various academic traditions on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel.

Short documentary films (e.g. 20 min maximum as a rule) showing the intertwinement of bodily and material cultures in religious practice are welcome. The proposals (of ca. one page) should be addressed to the convenors.

They will be assessed by the organizing committee of the conference. Ultimately, we expect to end up with an edited volume.

http://www.ucl.ac.uk/anthropology/anthropology-news/call-for-proposals-religious-subjectivation


CONFERENCES/EVENTS


Newberry Seminar in American Indian Studies: “Traveling Through Indian Countries”

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-09-11

Description: “Traveling Through Indian Countries” Sarah Keyes, University of California, Berkeley Contemporary maps of the overland trail tend to lay the routes across present-day state borders. Embracing these anachronistic boundaries deflects attention from the defining feature of the overland trail, namely, t …

Contact: mcnickle [at] newberry.org

URL: www.newberry.org/09112013-traveling-through-indian-countries

Announcement ID: 205564

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205564


The Fifth Gospel: The Gospel of Thomas and the Wisdom of Jesus

Location: Tennessee

Date: 2013-10-18

Description: A regional Jesus Seminar on the Road program that brings religious studies scholars into conversation with members of the public. Join us and learn more about the diversity of early Christianity and the historical Jesus! Oct 18 7:30-9pm, and Oct 19 9:30am-4pm. Event location: First Presbyterian Chur …

Contact: events [at] westarinstitute.org

URL: www.westarinstitute.org/events/jesus-seminar-on-the-road/

Announcement ID: 205350

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205350

 


The Social World of Early Christianity

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: A regional Jesus Seminar on the Road program that brings religious studies scholars into conversation with members of the public. Join us and learn more about the world of early Christianity and the historical Jesus! The myth of Christian origins maintains that early Christianity was a unity, a lovi …

Contact: events [at] westarinstitute.org

URL: www.westarinstitute.org/events/the-social-world-of-early-christianity-2/

Announcement ID: 205351

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205351

 


Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad

Date: 2013-11-07

Description: Fall 2013 Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students Abroad (AJC PSA) Applications are now open here for the AJC PSA, a long-weekend program in Krakw for students studying overseas. The program, which includes a scholarly visit to Oświęcim/Auschwitz, provides an academic environment thro …

URL: www.mjhnyc.org/AJC_PSA_Fall2013.pdf

Announcement ID: 205491

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205491

 


International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) Conference 2014

Date: 2014-06-11

Description: 10th Conference of the International Society for the Oral Literatures of Africa (ISOLA) University of Cocody, Abidjan, Ivory Coast June 11-15, 2014 CALL FOR PAPERS Theme: Oral Literature and Education We seek paper proposals in three broad categories:1. Traditional Education: The educative means (et …

Contact: chiji.akoma [at] villanova.edu

URL: www.AfricaIsola.org

Announcement ID: 205606

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205606

 


The Role of Theory in Folkloristics and Comparative Religion

August 21 – 23, 2013

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

For additional information http://www.afsnet.org/events/event_details.asp?id=277156

 


International Association for the Psychology of Religion Congress

August 27-30, 2013

University of Lausanne, Switzerland

For additional information, http://www3.unil.ch/wpmu/iapr2013/

 


The Word and the World: Public Theology in an Age of Global Media

September 2-6, 2013

Global Network for Public Theology Riverside Innovation Centre, University of Chester

For additional information http://www.observatoire-religion.com/2013/04/he-word-and-the-world-public-theology-in-an-age-of-global-media/

 


As part of our ESRC funded project on Collaborative Partnerships between Universities and Muslim Institutions (http://www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project), Professor Alison Scott-Baumann and I are running a series of Roundtable discussions. Each discussion will be centred around a particular theme and how it links with and impacts on Islamic studies in the UK both with Muslim institutions and universities. We are keen to enhance collaborations between these two sectors and envisage the discussions will suggest strategies for future collaborative work. The dates and each themes for each discussion are:

 27th August 2013 – Theme: Sunni-Shia collaboration Chaired by Dr. Ataullah Siddiqui, Markfield Institute of Higher Education

 2nd September 2013 – Theme: Islamophobia and its impact on Islamic Studies and Partnerships Chaired by Mr. Robin Richardson, INSTED

 16th September 2013 – Theme: Partnerships and QAA issues Chaired by Professor Clare Morris, University of Gloucestershire

 17th September 2013 – Theme: Women and opportunities Chaired by Dr. Fozia Bora, University of Leeds

 To attend an event please write to us by Monday 19th August 2013 (s.contractor [at] derby.ac.uk and a.scott-baumann [at] derby.ac.uk with a short biography (not more than 150 words) and a paragraph (not more than 300 words) stating which discussion you would like to attend and how you would contribute to the day. We will let you know whether you have secured a place, at the latest a week before each event. Places are limited as each discussion will consist of not more than 10 discussants.


JOBS


Leeds Trinity University is a Higher Education institution which offers a high quality learning experience to its students.  Applications are invited for the following post:

 LECTURER IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES (0.5 FTE)

Starting salary in the range £30,424 to £32,267 per annum pro rata

 We are seeking to recruit a well qualified and research-active individual with proven teaching ability in the field of Religious Studies, including Islam.  The successful candidate will contribute to the existing programmes of study for Single Honours Religious Studies and Single Honours Philosophy, Ethics and Religion, and related programmes within the Department of Humanities.  The postholder will support the development of research in the department and the submissions of Theology and Religious Studies to the Research Excellence Framework (REF).  He/she will also support departmental initiatives in curriculum development, promoting widening participation, life-long learning and continuing professional development for workers in churches and faith based organisations.

We offer an excellent range of benefits including generous holiday entitlements, staff development opportunities and Teachers Pension Scheme.

 CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 14th August 2013

Further details and an application pack are available from:

http://www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/aboutus/jobs/

 


UiO- Faculty of Theology – Associate Professor in Religion and Society/Interreligious Studies

The Faculty of Theology has a vacancy for a full-time Associate Professor with a particular obligation to engage in research, teach and supervise in the field of religion and society/interreligious studies. http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1010143/71015?iso=no

 


University of California – Davis – Sub-Saharan African History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47010>

Clarkson University – Assistant or Associate Professor of Sociology/Anthropology/Geography <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46906>

University of California – Irvine – Lecturer Positions: World, US, Europe, Middle East, South Asia <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47053>

Sophia University – Position (Open Rank) in East Asian Visual Culture, Sophia University <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47055>

University of California – Irvine – Lecturer: Hindu Religious Traditions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47054>

Harvard University – Tenure-Track Professor in Modern Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47029>

Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Contemporary Chinese Literature, Film, or Cultural Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47028>

University of Denver – Assistant Professor, Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47019>

University of California – San Diego – Full Professor – Henry E. Allison Endowed Chair in the History of Philosophy <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47033>

University of California – San Diego – Philosophy, Assistant Professor (10-602) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47052>


New Graduate Group in the Study of Religion at the University of California, Davis. The program was approved last year, and we welcome our inaugural class in fall 2013. Our graduate program comprises over twenty-five faculty, and offers an intensive, interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on Asian, Mediterranean and American regions, and Designated Emphases in Critical Theory, Performance Studies and African American and African Studies.

 We are also committed to fully funding our graduate students through a combination of fellowships and TA-ships. We can be found online at: http://religiongradgroup.ucdavis.edu/

The application deadline for fall 2014 admission is January 15, 2014. If they have any questions, they can reach me at this email ID: avenkatesan [at] ucdavis.edu

 


FUNDING


Call for Applications for 4 Doctoral Fellowships at Huma (Institute for humanities in Africa)

Date: 2013-08-15

Description: Call for Applications for 4 Doctoral Fellowships Research field: Circuits of Consumption The fellowships are earmarked for research on Circuits ofConsumption one of HUMAs flagship research fields. Visit our website www.huma.uct.ac.za for an outline of the sorts of issues and questions, encompassed b …

Contact: heather.maytham [AT] uct.ac.za

URL: www.huma.uct.ac.za

Announcement ID: 205331

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205331

 


EHRI Fellowships in Holocaust Studies 2013

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) invites applications for its fellowship programme for 2014. The EHRI fellowships are intended to support and stimulate Holocaust research by facilitating international access to key archives and collections related to the Holocaust. The fellowships i …

Contact:  bennett [AT] ifz-muenchen.de

URL: www.ehri-project.eu/fellowships

Announcement ID: 205541

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205541

 


 

Institute for Research in the Humanities (University of Wisconsin-Madison): Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship

Location: Wisconsin

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-

Contact: awharris2 [AT] wisc.edu

URL: irh.wisc.edu

Announcement ID: 205317

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205317

 


 

The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel awards one doctoral scholarship

Date: 2013-09-30

Description: The Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel awards one doctoral scholarship in the fields of Modern Jewish History, Jewish Literature, Modern Jewish Intellectual History, or Jewish Cultural History per December 1st 2013 or by agreement. The award is specifically aimed at female applica  …

Contact: christina.meier [AT] unibas.ch

Announcement ID: 205532

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205532

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 2 Aug 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs

JOURNALS


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

Journal of Media and Religion vol 12, no 2 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr;jsessionid=5b16mogktep15.alice

Japan Studies Review 2003 (Volume XVII)

The Japan Studies Review (JSR), an annual peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the joint efforts of the Institute for Asian Studies at Florida International University and the southern Japan Seminar, continues to be both an outlet for publications related to Southern Japan Seminar events and a journal …

Contact: asian@fiu.edu

URL: asian.fiu.edu/jsr/

Announcement ID: 205444

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205444


BOOKS


We would like to draw your attention to our new Archbishops of Canterbury series<http://www.ashgate.com/default.aspx?page=1721>, now available in paperback from Ashgate Publishing.  We would be most grateful if you could circulate news of this series and its associated 20% discount, to your organisation’s membership.  To claim the 20% discount, members need only enter the exclusive discount code ABCS20 into the promotional code field when ordering online.

The Archbishops of Canterbury series was developed in association with Lambeth Palace Library archives and presents authoritative studies on the Archbishops of Canterbury. Each book combines biographical, historical, theological, social and political analysis within each archiepiscopacy, with original source material drawn from the Archbishop’s correspondence, speeches and published and unpublished writings. The Archbishops of Canterbury series offers a vital source of reference, of lasting importance to scholars, students and all readers interested in the history of the international Church. The Series Editor is Andrew Chandler of The George Bell Institute, University of Chichester, UK.

Recently released titles in the series:

Archbishops Ralph d’Escures, William of Corbeil and Theobald of Bec:

Heirs of Anselm and Ancestors of Becket by Jean Truax, August 2012 Archbishop Fisher, 1945–1961: Church, State and World, by Andrew Chandler University of Chichester, UK and David Hein, Hood College, USA, July 2012 Archbishop Anselm 1093–1109: Bec Missionary, Canterbury Primate, Patriarch of Another World by Sally N. Vaughn, University of Houston, USA, June 2012

Ashgate is offering a 20% discount on published titles, which may be purchased separately in paperback or hardback

Forthcoming in 2014:

Archbishop Ramsey by Peter Webster, Institute of Historical Research, University of London, UK Archbishop Pole by John Edwards, University of Oxford, UK

Remember: To claim the 20% discount, members need only enter the exclusive discount code ABCS20 into the promotional code field when ordering online.  EBook editions are also available, however, we regret that these cannot be discounted.  Offer expires 15 December 2013.


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: I am looking for papers about all aspects of Tarot for the Tarot area of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association (PCA/ACA) conference in Chicago 16-19 April 2014. Possible topics may include, but are not limited to:

—Tarot and art history

—Tarot and literature

—Tarot artists, writers, and readers

—Decks and their guidebooks

—Tarot as a motif in comics, literature, and film

—playing cards in art history

Participants should be prepared to present their work as scholarly research and/or for the benefit of an interested audience of academics. See the conference website for more information.

Submissions should include the author’s CV, short biography (100-150 words), and abstract (100-250 words).

Deadline: By Nov. 1, 2013 (please note this deadline is earlier than last year)

Emily E. Auger, Tarot area chair

Personal website: http://emilyeauger.weebly.com/tarot-cfp-for-pcaaca-conference.html

PCA/ACA Conference website: http://pcaaca.org/

Email: augeremily [at] gmail.com


We are delighted to announce and humbly invite your submission to the first annual Ethnografilm Festival, 17-20 April 2014, in Paris, France. ethnografilm.com


CFP:  October 2013 issue of “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to theParanormal” (Vol. 4 No. 4).

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, Magic, Occultism, etc., Psychedelic experience, Extraordinary encounters in the field (particularly focussing on the ethnographic interpretation and presentation of extraordinary experiences), General issues in the anthropology of consciousness, religion and experience…

Although anthropological and ethnographic approaches are central to the journal (and it would be nice to see more ethnographic submissions), we also welcome contributions from other disciplines including folklore, history, sociology, psychology, parapsychology and indeed any discipline with 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

Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible, style and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/submit.html). All articles should be submitted no later than September 28th 2013.


CFP: A new graduate students journal Innovative Research in Japanese Studies (IRJS):    call for submissions

Date: 2013-08-31

Description: On behalf of our recently launched graduate students journal Innovative Research of Japanese Studies, I would like to extend a warm invitation to students of your institution to submit their work for the upcoming issue of 2013, the 1st issue of this journal. Innovative Research in Japanese Studies ( …

Contact: iajapanstudies [at] gmail.com

URL: www.irjs.org

Announcement ID: 205448

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205448


CFP: The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia

The Buddhist Studies Group at the University of Virginia is pleased to announce an interdisciplinary graduate student conference to be hosted on the UVa Grounds in Charlottesville, VA from Feb 28 to March 2 on the theme of “Buddhist Meditation: History, Culture, Development, Science.”*

In recent years, Buddhist meditation has come to be studied within an increasing number of academic disciplines in the humanities and social sciences as well as the physical sciences. At the same time, there has also been an explosion of interest in the functional applications of Buddhist and Buddhist-derived meditation techniques within a wide range of professional fields including education, medicine and care giving, athletics, and business.

This conference will provide a collaborative forum for both established and emerging scholars from a diverse range of academic and professional disciplines to showcase their research and engage in discussion about the range of methodological approaches currently being brought to bear on the study of Buddhist meditation and to discuss and contextualize current appropriations and transformations of Buddhist contemplative practice. The conference will include:

   ·Keynote address by *Georges Dreyfus* (Williams College) [to be   confirmed].

   ·Innovative interactive panels, in which selected graduate students will present and discuss their research.

   ·A symposium investigating contemporary definitions and applications  of contemplative practice (Details to follow).

*Call for Paper Proposals***

Along the lines of this year’s theme, we are looking for paper proposals from students *currently enrolled in M.A. or Ph.D. programs* froma diverse range of disciplines including: *Religious Studies, Area Studies, History, Cognitive Science, Philosophy, Psychology, Anthropology, Sociology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Care-giving, Visual and Performing Arts, Education, *and*Art History*.We strongly encourage proposals that stretch received boundaries and challenge the way we study and think about Buddhist meditation. The papers that will be chosen for presentation will be those that not only reflect excellent research and inquiry within their respective fields of study, but also demonstrate a relevancy to other disciplines and illuminate some of the challenges that arise when we approach Buddhist meditation in the academic world.

Some potential approaches include:

     * Problems in studying the *historical development* of Buddhist meditation

     * Critical investigations into the *secularization* and

       *re-contextualization* of Buddhist meditation practices

     * *Behavioral, interpersonal, and ethical **dimensions*of Buddhist  meditation

     * The role of the *visual and performing arts* in Buddhist  meditation practice

     * How *the body* has been perceived and utilized within specific  Buddhist contemplative systems

     * The role of *creativity and innovation* vis-à-vis lineage and “tradition”

     * *Therapeutic**and instrumental*(vs. soteriological) applications of Buddhist meditation

     * *Institutional*and *pedagogical frameworks*

     * The role of *the literary* in Buddhist meditation traditions (e.g. biography, philosophical literature, poetry, etc…)

   *Paper Proposal Submission Guidelines***

Please submit an abstract of your paper of not more than 500 words, along with your name, university and department affiliation, and a  brief bio, to gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com

<mailto:gradbuddhismconf2013@gmail.com> by *September 30, 2013*.You will be notified by November 15 of the status of your proposal, after which we will publish a detailed schedule of the conference.

   * Due to generous support we are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide accommodation and partial travel stipends for those accepted panelists who are unable to secure funding from their home institutions.

   *We also warmly welcome and encourage non-presenting graduate students and academic scholars to attend at their own cost. Regrettably, we cannot provide letters of invitation to international presenters and attendees for visa purposes, as we are not equipped to take legal responsibility for international visitors. Thus, all travel and visa arrangements are your own responsibility.*    If you require further information or clarification, please contact

the conference organizers at: gradbuddhismconf2013 [at] gmail.com

 


CFP; MINORITY RELIGIONS:CONTEMPLATING THE PAST AND ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE

London School of Economics, London, UK

Friday 31st January 2014 – Sunday 2nd February 2014

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

Submissions for papers (maximum 200 word abstract and 150 word CV) on topics relevant to the title of the conference are now being accepted, please send these to inform@lse.ac.uk. The deadline for papers is 1st October 2013, with decisions by 1st November 2013. Unfortunately no subsidies can be offered to participants, who will be responsible for making their own arrangements for accommodation.

Registration will open on 1st November 2013.

 


CFP: Book Project. Title: Little Horrors: Representations of the Monstrous Child Gone is the Victorian innocence of childhood. We have entered the age of the monstrous child, the little horror.

Each historical period can be seen to have prioritised a different facet of the child, the Victorian era idolised the innocence of the pre-pubescent child, the twentieth century the disaffected teenager, whilst the early twenty-first sems to be that of the monstrous child.

Whilst global organisations such as UNICEF and Save the Children promote the sanctity of childhood as a fundamental human right, popular culture and empirical, sociological data would intimate something else. Here children are not configured as the wealth of the family and the community, but are seen as an economic burden, a luxury or even a parasite. Far from being the repository of all society holds dear about itself, the child becomes something at once uncontrollable and monstrous, not to be loved and cherished but feared and expelled.

Whether supernatural or just plain wicked, the child becomes a liminal being caught outside of normalised categorization; not mature, not socilaised, not under the rule of law and not conforming to adult nostagia over what they should be.

Is there a relationship between the declining birth rate in the West and the increasing representation of children as an alien other?

However, as witchcraft accusations against children in Africa and representations in the Asian horror film genre show, this is not just a Western phenomenon. So just what are the underlying reasons, if any?

This volume aims to assemble the evidence from history, psychology, sociology, literature and media studies to map the extent and meaning of this representational development.

Topics to include:

Witch children, witchcraft accusations against children, children using witchcraft accusations Magical children: children with magical or superhuman powers, the wunderkind Werewolves and other shapeshifters: children as animals Fairies and changelings: the folklore of strange children Undead children: vampires, zombies and others Ghosts and demonic children: children possessed, children as demons Child crime and culpability: moral evil and legal responsibility Monstrous children through history: physical deformity and mental health issues Children as embodiments of other aspects of supernatural horror The monstrous as a new role model for children Children as adults and adults as children Society and children and public and private spaces Immigration, post-colonialism and foreign adoption War children and child soldiers

A brief bio and abstract of circa 300 words should be sent to –

For literature and media studies: Simon Bacon (baconetti [at] googlemail [dot] com) For history and social sciences: Leo Ruickbie (leo [at] ruickbie [dot] com)

Deadline for abstracts: 1st September 2013

There’s no project page as yet, but you’ll find these same details at http://kcl.academia.edu/LeoRuickbie/Posts


CONFERENCES/EVENTS


European Association for the Study of Religions – General Assembly

Liverpool Hope University, 3-6 September 2013

“SHOW AND TELL” 08.30-10.30 on Thursday 5th.

‘Show and Tell’ is when small children are encouraged to bring an interesting object to school, and to talk about it. In this session participants will bring interesting “religious” objects, and discuss how they might be exhibited and interpreted in a museum.

The session will start with three brief introductory talks:

·         Crispin Paine, author of Religious Objects in Museums, will outline some of the ways visitors to museums respond to religious objects, and what their demands mean for museums.

·         Steph Berns will describe her recent research into the response of visitors to religious objects and themes in the British Museum.

·         Graham Harvey will put all this into the context of the current explosion of interest in the material culture of religion.

Each participant is invited to bring one object of ‘religious’ interest, and to describe what it means or could mean to visitors. What is it? What meaning did it have when it was first made? What does it mean to you? How would you expect to see it displayed, if you gave it to a museum? In what other ways could it be used? What stories could it be used to tell? What might it mean to different types of museum visitor? ‘Religious objects’ can range from holy relic to piece of furniture, from an object associated with a religious leader to a picture with a religious theme.

We shall discuss some of these questions, and ask what museums should be doing to help their visitors understand religion.

NOTES

The session will last 2 hours: 45 minutes for the introductory talks; 1¼ hours for ‘show and tell’ and discussion. I will bring a few objects, in case we are short, and will ask Liverpool Museums whether they could bring just one or two high-quality objects.


Symposium: Is Asia One? Towards an Asian Art History

Date: 2013-09-14

Description: Symposium: Is Asia One? Towards an Asian Art History 14 September 2013 Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore Is there such a thing as Asian art? Is the notion of pan-Asian art history a legitimate historical construction? Ever since Okakura Kakuz used the phrase Asia is one in 1903, scholars and  cur …

Contact: tracy_ng [at] nhb.gov.sg

URL: www.acm.org.sg/exhibitions/873.html

Announcement ID: 205181

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205181

 


National Conference on Religious Education in Pakistan: Institutions, Curricula, Problems, and Solutions

Date: 2014-03-10

Description: National Conference on Religious Education in Pakistan: Institutions, Curricula, Problems, and Solutions The religious education in Pakistan is basically divided into two main streams. One stream comprises Dīnī Madrasas which are controlled by independent Madrasa Boards that have been esta …

Contact: fui [at] iiu.edu.pk

URL: www.iiu.edu.pk/index.php?page_id=13519

Announcement ID: 205390

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205390

 


Rumi Festival

2-4 Aug 2013

Borders, Scotland

http://rumifestival.org/wordpress/

 


JOBS


University of California – San Diego – Assistant Professor – Social Sciences – Anthropology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46994>

Saint Louis Art Museum – A. W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47007>

Sophia University – Open-rank Position in Sociology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47009>

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – Assistant Professor in South Asian Literatures and Cultures

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46981>

University of Saskatchewan – Assistant Professor, Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46999>

Association for Jewish Studies – Program and Membership Coordinator

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46979>

University of Toronto – Mississauga – Assistant Professor – African Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46993>

Saint Louis Art Museum – A. W. Mellon Fellow for Japanese Art

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47007>

Sophia University – Open-rank Position in Sociology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47009>

Stanford University – Tenure-line, open-rank scholar-teacher position in South Asian Studies at Stanford University

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46996>

 


Fellowship opportunity for scholars working in the area of Judeo-Christian religious traditions. The call for applications is included below, sent to us by Scott A Carter, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship in Judeo-Christian Religious Studies

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

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. The award provides a stipend of $50,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Application deadline is November 15, 2013.

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

email: awharris2 [a]t] wisc.edu

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs


JOURNALS


Focaal – Journal of Global and Historical Anthropology, issue 66 http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/focaal

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

Volume 1, Issue 1, Summer 2013 http://acmejournal.org

 


BOOKS


“Food, Sex and Strangers: Understanding Religion as Everyday Life” – Graham Harvey – has been published today by Acumen. Here’s a link to the catalogue page (and its already at a bargain price). http://www.acumenpublishing.co.uk/display.asp?K=e2013020109221902&dtspan=180%3A420&m=35&dc=96
There will be a launch party at the EASR conference in Liverpool in September

CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: why study religion?

Illinois State University Philosophy and Religious Studies Department has announced a call for papers for the upcoming conference on religion in higher education, Why Study Religion?, which will be held October 25-26, 2013

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2013/07/23/cfp-why-study-religion/

 


The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation? Conference project,

Venue: Department of Anthropology, UCL, Intended date: 17-18 June 2014

Statement of Purpose and Call for Papers

 There is no known religious practice that does not involve bodily motions (bowing, standing, walking, fasting, feasting, etc.) and their associated emotions, nor the use of given material things (shrines, musical instruments, substances of various kinds). Both involve the sensory apparatus of touch, sight, smell, etc.

 Without disregarding the religions discourses and creeds, the conference will focus on the bodily and material cultures of religious practice with a strong emphasis on both ethnographic documentation and theoretical elaboration based on a few basic principles:

 1/ Bodily and material culture. Whereas scholarly approaches have tended to deal independently with the body and with material culture (with journals and publications focusing on either one), we suggest to consider that, in the human species, there is hardly any technique of the body that is not propped against material culture, and, vice versa, no item of material culture that is not embodied and disembodied at a turn.

 2/ Religious subjectivation. Bodily and material cultures provide technologies of the self by means of which the religious subject shapes his/her identity and is subjected to an Other. The notion of a subject departs significantly from the notion of an individual insofar as being a subject means being produced by a collective and being subjected to it while acting on oneself in order to govern oneself.

 3/ Theoretical inputs. The theme of bodily and material cultures of religion has been explored by the path-breaking publications of the journal Material Religion (see Meyer et Al., 2010). In addition to the various theoretical suggestions published in the Journal, we propose to take into account the publications of the ?Matière à Penser? (MàP) network (see Warnier 2007, 2009, Naji & Douny 2009, Julien & Rosselin eds. 2009, and, below, ?the MàP approach in a nutshell?).

 4/ Aims of the conference and call for papers and films. We welcome proposals from students, faculty and independent researchers based on ethnographic fieldwork focused on both bodily and material cultures of religious practice as part of the production of a religious subject in different areas and religious settings (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Asiatic, African and other religions, etc.). The papers should address theoretical issues, whatever theoretical references may be put to use, provided they articulate bodily and material cultures. We aim at establishing discussions between various academic traditions on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel. Short documentary films (e.g. 20mn maximum as a rule) showing the intertwinement of bodily and material cultures in religious practice are welcome. The proposals (of ca. one page) should be addressed to the convenors. They will be assessed by the organizing committee of the conference. Ultimately, we expect to end up with producing an edited volume. Deadline for the submissions: 31st December 2013. Reply by the convenors by January 31st 2014.

 5/ The ?MàP? (Matière à Penser) approach in a nutshell. It relies on theoretical contributions from Schilder onwards on the Körperschema as a means to conceptualize a) the body as a bodily synthesis acquired by apprenticeship. It has been criticized, refined and much diversified by various scholarly traditions, notably, of late, the neuro-°©?cognitive sciences; and b) the way the body is not coterminous with its coetaneous envelope but extends beyond its limit to incorporate material objects in motion, emotion and perception. That is, the ?MàP? approach takes bodily and material culture as a systemic whole. It should be stressed that this approach draws a clear distinction between the body as a corporeal entity, and its representations. This notion of bodily and material culture, however, falls short of articulating them into larger social, cultural and political settings. For that purpose, the ?MàP? approach relies mostly on the contribution of Michel Foucault to a theory of the subject in a post Kantian, post Freudian context. The subject is a body and has a body. It is divided up. Yet it bridges the gap between object and subject. It governs itself by implementing techniques of the self that rely extensively on given bodily and material cultures. By these means, s/he subjects itself to an encompassing sovereignty. Foucault, in that respect, belongs with other contemporary philosophers such as Zizek, Certeau and others who have rejected the notion of a thinking, neo-°©?Kantian, transparent and entirely free subject. They provide alternative ways of looking at the religious subject.

 The convenors: Urmila Mohan u.mohan.11@ucl.ac.uk Jean-Pierre Warnier jp-warnier@wanadoo.fr References JULIEN, M.-P. & C. ROSSELIN (eds.) 2009 Le Sujet contre les objets? tout contre. Ethnographies de cultures matérielles, Paris, CTHS.

MEYER, B., D. MORGAN, C. PAINE, S. B. PLATE, 2010 ?The origin and mission of Material Religion?, Religion 40 (2010) 207-211 (www.elsevier.com/locate/religion).

NAJI, M. & DOUNY, L. 2009 ?Editorial? in: ?Special Issue: ?Making? and ?Doing? the Material World: Anthropology of Techniques revisited?, Journal of Material Culture, 14(4): 411-432.

WARNIER, J.-P. 2007 The Pot-King. The Body and Technologies of Power.

Leiden, Boston: Brill.

2009 ?Technology as Efficacious Action on Objects? and Subjects?, Journal of Material Culture, 14(4): 459-470.

NB: Anouk Cohen and Damien Mottier will organize another conference, along similar lines, at Musée du Quay Branly in Paris, in the Fall of 2014. The two organizing teams are coordinating their efforts.

 


The 11th annual meeting of the Midwestern Consortium on Ancient Religions CFP, posted here on behalf of Celia Schultz and Ian Moyer:

1-2 November 2013, University of Michigan

 The Religious Life of Things

We invite participants to consider ancient religions as populous and varied worlds of things: statues, altars, figurines, amulets, papyri, tablets, baskets, pots, knives, garments, votives . . . the examples are almost endless. Papers on any topics related to the material accoutrements of religion in the ancient Mediterranean and Near East are most welcome.

Participants may also take this as an invitation to indulge in a little “methodological fetishism”: a chance to endow religious objects with lives and follow them around to see what light they cast on the human world of religion (à la Appadurai in his introduction to The Social Life of Things).

What can we learn from tracing the biographies of things as they passed through various social contexts, physical places, events, and states of being? How did they come to be (or cease to be) “religious”? In what ways were they special or marked? How can physical “articles of faith” help to illuminate the different ontologies and cosmologies in which they were implicated? Can we even go a bit further, and ask “What did religious things do?” Can we consider them not only as the products and objects of human beliefs and practices, but also as having reciprocal effects? In what ways, for example, could things elicit responses, generate beliefs, and even shape human subjects?

 Anonymous abstracts of 250 words for papers to run 25-30 minutes should be submitted by 31 July to Anna Moyer at the University of Michigan (moyera@umich.edu). The committee will notify participants whether their proposals have been accepted by 15 August.


CFP for Media and Religion: The Global View conference

extended till 1 Aug 2013

http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2013/07/08/cfp-media-an-religion/


CONFERENCES/EVENTS


Registration is open for the fifth annual Exploring the Extraordinary conference, which will talk place in York on the 20th-22nd September.

 PANELS –

Parapsychology: Contemporary research

Reflections on extraordinary research

Extraordinary journeys

Spiritualism and shamanism

Ghosts and hauntings

Imagination, space and the extraordinary in popular culture Theory and experience Methods and tools Ghosts and hauntings in Asia

There will be two experiential sessions this year – a shamanic journey, and a cave experience.

SPEAKERS

Caroline Bennett, Dr Zoe Bran, Dr David Clarke, Cal Cooper, Dr Donnalee Dox, Prof Charles Emmons, Sarah Grierson, Rachael Hayward, Aaron Lomas, Dr Sara MacKian, Dr Christel Mattheuws, Maria Papspyrou, Dr James Riley, Dr Paul Rogers, Dr Tamlyn Ryan, Andy Sharp, Mark Valentine, Dr Jon Weinel, Dr Andrew Fergus Wilson, Dr David Gordon Wilson

To see the full programme, and for more information, please visit http://etenetwork.weebly.com/<http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fetenetwork.weebly.com%2F&h=NAQFosb3m&s=1>

 


European Association for the Study of Religions Annual Conference & International Association for the History of Religions Special Conference

Tuesday 3rd to Friday 6th September 2013, Liverpool Hope University

The 12th EASR Annual Conference will be hosted by the British Association for the Study of Religions at Liverpool Hope University, Tuesday 3rd – Friday 6th September 2013.  The conference will also host an International Association for the History of Religions Special Conference. http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/

The conference theme will be RELIGION, MIGRATION, MUTATION.

– See more at: http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/#sthash.CBRqlGVL.dpuf


 

International Seminar On South Asian Literature & Culture

Date: 2013-09-06

Description: the seminar commits to engage with the following  areas in regard with South Asian Literature and Culture:  Emergence of the Post-Colonial South Asian Identity South Asia and the World Literature Compatibility of Western Poetics in South Asian Studies

Eco-Critical Persp …

Contact: sudhirnikam [at] gmail.com

URL: www.litsight.com/Seminar.html

Announcement ID: 205170

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205170

 


 

Equality vs. Patriarchy in Early Christianity

Location: California

Date: 2013-10-04

Description: A regional Jesus Seminar on the Road program that brings religious studies scholars into conversation with  members of the public. Join us and learn more about the world of early Christianity and the historical Jesus! Oct 4 7:30-9pm, and Oct 5 9:30am-4pm. Event location: Pilgrim United Church of Chri …

Contact: events@westarinstitute.org

URL:

www.westarinstitute.org/events/equality-vs-patriarchy-in-early-christianity/

Announcement ID: 205347

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205347

 


January 2014: US Holocaust Museum Faculty Seminar–Holocaust Literature: Teaching Fiction and Poetry

Location: District of Columbia

Date: 2013-10-21

Description: 2014 US Holocaust Museum Seminar in Washington, DC. Holocaust Literature: Teaching Fiction and PoetryJANUARY 38, 2014 Applications due October 21, 2013. The Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies announces the 2014 Hess Faculty Seminar. The seminar is designed for professors teaching or preparing t      …

Contact: dkuntz [at] ushmm.org

URL:

www.ushmm.org/research/center/seminars/announcement.php?content=hess&year=2014

Announcement ID: 205256

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205256

 


JOBS


 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen – Ph.D. Position, Indology / Buddhist Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46928>

 Singapore Management University – Associate Professor (Education Track), International and Asian Studies (IAS)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46942>

 Stanford University – Open-rank Faculty Position in Middle Eastern Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46936>

 University of Chicago – Assistant Professor of Anthropology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46937>

 University of South Carolina – Columbia – Assistant Professor, South Asian/Indian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46955>

University of Toronto – St. George – Assistant Professer, Tenure-Stream Appointment, History of China

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46968>

University of Utah – Entry-level tenure-track assistant professor in Southeast Asian History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46970>

University of Toronto – St. George – Assistant Professer, Tenure-Stream Appointment, History of China

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46968>

Virginia Military Institute – Assistant Professor, Chinese and World History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46962>

 Aarhus University – Professor with special responsibilities (MSO) in Dogmatics

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46930>

 Harvard Divinity School – Research Associate and Visiting Faculty in Women’s Studies and Religion for 2014-15

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46934>

 Postdoctoral Fellowships for Academic Diversity at the University of Pennsylvania

Application deadline is August 30, 2013.

For complete details please see http://www.upenn.edu/research/postdocs_students/postdoctoral_fellowships_for_academic_diversity/

 IDHMC at TAMU is offering a Postdoc in Digital Humanities for the academic year 2013-2014

https://jobpath.tamu.edu/postings/60037