Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion in the Public Domain

European Sociological Association’s Sociology of Religion Research Network Bi-annual Conference

3-5 September 2014 in Belfast.

Conference Theme – Religion in the Public Domain

In long-standing theories about secularization it is generally held that the social and public significance of religion has declined in most Western countries. Religion is conceived as privatized, individualized and de-institutionalized. But has religion truly become a privatized phenomenon? Increasingly, it is argued in academia that the separation between state and church in Western countries is less stable than assumed: state policy is often biased towards particular religious traditions while even the French installment of laicité may be understood as a civic religion (e.g., Casanova). In general, we are witnessing a re-emergence of religion in the public domain. Religion has a new position in the public sphere, struggling for recognition alongside other groups. Empirical studies demonstrate the sustaining influence of religion on voting in ‘secular’ countries, an open attitude towards religious-spiritual beliefs and practices in business organizations and the production and consumption of religious symbols and images in popular culture. The role of media is pivotal here: it has made new forms of power emerge, but also simultaneously opened the way for activist practices aimed at visibility. So on the one hand, television, radio and newspapers socially construct the public-political discourse on Muslims, the alleged dangers of Islam and religious-ethical issues concerning circumcision, vaccinations, abortion and ritual slaughter. On the other hand, in the struggle for recognition and visibility, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hinduists, new religious movements, and spiritual groups, appropriate the internet and (social) media as public platforms to debate the role of religion, to strengthen social cohesion and to reach out to the general public.

This return of religion in the public domain is also a socially, politically, legally and morally contested issue. In a ‘post-secular’ society, Jurgen Habermas argued, religious groups, organizations and individuals should be included within the public sphere in the civic debate about the problems of modernity, i.e., individualism, excessive consumption and the loss of moral values. Claims like these – made in academia, politics or culture – activate secular groups like the ‘new atheists’ to revitalize ‘rationalist’ values of the Enlightenment and take on a fundamentalist position on the subject. Social conflicts are increasingly religious conflicts (e.g., Calhoun). Theoretically, developments such as these invoke substantial doubt about modern distinctions between the public and the private, the secular and religious and the profane and the sacred. They invite research on the (historical) formation of such categories – in the social sciences and modern cultures alike – and its relation to social conflict and cultural power (e.g., Assad).

Against this background, the ESA Research Network Sociology of Religion calls for papers on ‘Religion in the Public Domain’ for the mid-term conference in Belfast. Particularly papers are welcomed that discuss the following topics:

  • Studies focusing on the modern separation of state and church, the formation of the religious and the secular and the public and the private domain in European countries and beyond.
  • Studies discussing the social significance of religion and its re-emergence in the institutional and public domain, i.e., the role of Islamic, Christian or spiritual beliefs, practices and experiences in politics, voting, banking, business life etc.
  • Studies focusing on the role of religious-spiritual narratives in popular culture, i.e., their meanings, commercial and commodified manifestations in books, music, film, computer games, advertising, marketing and branding.
  • Studies discussing the role of the media, i.e., the way religion is framed at television, radio and in newspapers, and the appropriation and use of (social) media by religious individuals, groups and organization.
  • Studies focusing on social conflicts between secular and religious groups and public debates about Islam, i.e., about integration, religious fundamentalism, terrorism, women’s rights, headscarves, abortion etc.
  • Studies focusing on the public value of the sociology of religion, including studies on religion and politics, religion and the welfare state, religion and human security in ‘failed’ states, and the significance of the study of religion to policy makers and grassroots activists.
  • These topics are rough guidelines; papers dealing with Religion in the Public Domain beyond other than these outlined above are also very welcome. Furthermore we invite PhD and post-doc candidates to contribute to a poster session, including work in progress; the best poster will get a small, but nice prize.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dates & Deadlines in 2014

March 14 Submission of abstracts and online registration starts (Please email your abstracts, both in the text of the email and as a Word attachment, to Abstracts can be submitted both for papers and the postgraduate posters and should not exceed 250 words.)

  • April 18 Submission of abstracts ends
  • May 9 Acceptance of abstracts
  • June 30 Early-bird registration ends
  • September 3 – 5 Conference


The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

Conference on The Marriage of Heaven and Earth: Images and Representations of the Sky in Sacred Space

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Second Call for Papers

28-29 June 2014

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

Keynote Speakers:

  • Juan Antonio Belmonte (Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias, Tenerife, Spain), ‘Cosmic landscapes in ancient Egypt: a diachronic perspective’.
  • Kim Malville (Professor Emeritus in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado), ‘The Parallelism of Heaven and Earth in Andean Cultures’
  • Nicholas Campion (School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, University of Wales Trinity Saint David), ‘The Marriage of Heaven and Earth in Twentieth-Century Art: Mysticism, Magic and Astronomy in Surrealism’

Conference Theme

All human cultures have both identified the sacred in the landscape, and created structures which embody the sacred. In many cases these sacred spaces are related to the stars, planets and sky. This academic conference will consider the construction, creation and representation of the sky in sacred space.

Proposals are invited for 30 minute papers, addressing the conference title, which may feature studies of the relationship between the sky and the land, built environment, and material culture in any culture and time period, from ancient to modern, and may range from theory to practice, to architecture, artefacts, ritual, text, literature, film, iconography and the visual arts.

We welcome submissions from across the humanities and social sciences, in history, anthropology, archaeology, the history of art, philosophy and study of religions.

Likely topics may include astronomical symbolism in art and architecture, material representations of the zodiac, stars or planets and celestial iconography.

The Proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words and a biography of 50-100 words to Dr Nicholas Campion, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology,

Deadline (please note extension) for applications to speak: 30 January 2014

The Programme will be confirmed by 15 February 2014

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

Session: Witchcraft, spiritual beliefs, and the co-production of development knowledges and practices in the Majority World

*Call for papers: RGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2014: *London, 26th–29th August 2014

Convenor: Tom Smith, Department of Geography, The University of


Sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Session Abstract:

Traditionally a domain of anthropological study, witchcraft, occult and spiritual practices in the Majority World have received considerably less attention from geographers. Yet the continued importance of these knowledges and practices in Africa and elsewhere prompts this session to call for discussion over their contemporary role in the co-production of development knowledges and practices.

Whilst there has been some influential work on the history of magic and occult thinking in early geographical/scientific thought (Livingstone 1990; Matless 1991), and the embodied practices of witchcraft in the Minority World (Rountree 2002), much less consideration has been offered from the realms of Development Geographies (broadly defined) to the intersections between witchcraft, occult practices, and spiritual beliefs with development in the Majority World. Yet these themes seem ripe for discussion, particularly concerning the nature of rationality, or rationalities, being applied to contemporary development agendas at a range of geographic scales. Whilst current thinking on local knowledges fordevelopment and local participation in development have done away with privileging knowledges and technologies from the Minority World, a focus on witchcraft and the occult, and its role in development practice, might ask more fundamental questions about the kinds of rationalities, moralities and ethics being applied to development agendas and goals. In Africa, witchcraft and magical practices have not receded under the variegated forms of development which have and continue to operate across a range of national contexts (Kohnert 1996; Luongo 2010). This should prompt us to consider: What role does witchcraft and spiritual belief play in contemporary forms of development practice and knowledge at a range of scales? How do such practices and beliefs intersect with the current participatory/local knowledges agenda? Do witchcraft and spiritual beliefs contribute to the co-production of development knowledges and imaginaries, both locally and nationally?

This session invites contributions which discuss how witchcraft, occult practices, and spiritual beliefs intersect with the geographies of development at a range of scales and contexts. This might include the relationship between such practices and environmental management, education, rural and urban livelihoods, healthcare and medicine, law, community organisation, among others, whilst broader theoretical, conceptual and methodological reflections are also encouraged. I would also like to invite those from a broad range of disciplinary backgrounds to


Please email proposals (title, 250 word abstract) and/or questions to:

Deadline for abstracts: 3rd February 2014


  • Kohnert, D. (1996) Magic and witchcraft: implications for democratisation and poverty-alleviating aid in Africa, *World Development* 24(8), 1347-1355.
  • Livingstone, D. N. (1990) Geography, tradition and the scientific revolution: an interpretive essay, *Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers* NS: 15(3), 359-373.
  • Luongo, K. (2010) Polling places and “slow punctured provocation”: occult-driven cases in postcolonial Kenya’s High Courts, *Journal of East African Studies* 4(3), 577-591.
  • Matless, D. (1991) Nature, the modern and the mystic: tales from early twentieth century geography, *Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers* NS: 16(3), 272-286.
  • Rountree, K. (2002) How magic works: New Zealand feminist witches’ theories of ritual action, *Anthropology of consciousness* 13(1), 42-59.
Special Session: The Politics and Poetics of Managing Tourism in Sacred Cities

Amos S. Ron – Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Daniel H. Olsen – Brandon University, Canada

26 to 29 August 2014, at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in London

Sacred cities are one of the oldest and most prevalent forms of urban organization and can be found in several cultures and locations throughout human history. Cities such as Varanasi, Lourdes, Mecca, Lalibela and Jerusalem have long attracted pilgrims, merchants, and other tourists. However, although there has been much written on sacred cities from various disciplines, such as comparative religion (e.g. Diana Eck on Varanasi), history (e.g. Ruth Harris on Lourdes) and anthropology (e.g. Abdellah Hammoudi on Mecca), very little has been written by geographers and tourism scholars. Furthermore, in studies on sacred cities the focus has been descriptive and case study-oriented with little focus on the management of pilgrimage and other forms of tourism.

This session therefore aims to bring together a range of papers that examine sacred cities from various theoretical, methodological and practical perspectives, in different historical, cultural and geographical contexts with a focus on tourism management. Submissions can be case study oriented, comparative or conceptual, and may address, but are not be limited to, the following areas:

  • The history of sacred site management
  • Challenges, problems and solutions in management of sacred destinations
  • Modern mass tourism to ancient sacred cities
  • Modernity, technology and visiting the sacred
  • Contested spaces in sacred cities
  • Sustainable development of sacred cities
  • Commodification in sacred cities
  • The resilience of sacred cities
  • The shared characteristics of sacred cities
  • Patterns of globalization in sacred cities
  • Spatial patterns of beggars and begging in sacred cities

Abstracts (max. 250 words) should be submitted by Sunday 23 February, 2014. For more details, and to submit an abstract, please contact:

Dr. Amos S. Ron, Department of Tourism and Leisure Studies, Ashkelon Academic College, Ashkelon, Israel:

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada:


International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7th Annual

Academic Conference, April 4-5, 2014

Date: 2014-04-04

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of populations all over the world. Migrants are often very

different than native populationsin language, religion and

culture. The Baltic region and Eastern Europe, as well as

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Society of Biblical Literature

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 22-25 in San Diego, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at by March 5th, 2014.

The SBL Blogger and Online Publication section invites proposals for papers for its 2014 annual meeting session. The open session calls for papers focusing on any area of blogging, online publication, and social media in relation to biblical studies, theology, and archaeology of the Levant. Proposals which relate to the different types of online presence scholars maintain, and different approaches to blogging (self-hosted vs. large multi-blog hubs, frequent vs. occasional, highly focused and purely scholarly vs. diverse and sometimes frivolous), are especially welcome.

For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. James F. McGrath, Butler University, Department of Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, 4600 Sunset Avenue, Indianapolis, IN 46208, or email

Buddhism and Healing

University of Leeds 1-2nd July 2014

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel

This is the first call for graduate student papers for the Postgraduate panel at the next UKABS two-day conference at the University of Leeds, 1-2nd July 2014. As part of the conference, which has drawn a number of high-profile international speakers, there will be an opportunity for a select number of graduate students to present short papers on their research. Note that you do not need to present a polished final version of your work. If you are not yet at an advanced stage, you can present your current ideas and plans, with a view to gaining some feedback from more established Buddhist Studies scholars – a fantastic opportunity for graduate students. Your paper does not need to follow the theme of the conference. Conference attendance and reasonable travel costs will be funded.

To apply, please send an abstract and a statement of your university affiliation and stage of studies, to reach me by 28th March 2014. Could academic staff please inform your students of this, and encourage those who are interested to submit an abstract.

Caroline Starkey ( Post-Graduate Representative, UKABS Committee.

ISASR Conference

Third annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR)

In collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast, Fri-Sat 23rd-24th May 2014.

Conference theme: ‘Religion and Remembering’

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

We are pleased to invite scholars to take part in the third annual conference of the Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR). For information on ISASR see The conference will take place from the morning of Friday May 23rd to lunchtime on Saturday May 24th, 2014 in collaboration with Queen’s University, Belfast. The conference is open to scholars of all disciplines that approach religions, both past and present, from a non-confessional, critical, analytical and cross-cultural perspective.

As usual with ISASR conferences, proposals for papers are not restricted to the conference theme ‘Religion and Remembering’ but may focus on any other aspect of the Society’s work in the history, anthropology, folklore and sociology of religion in Ireland or among the Irish diaspora, or may represent the work of Irish-based researchers on topics in the academic study of religions anywhere else in the world. For this Belfast-based conference we very warmly welcome also contributions from members of BASR on any topic in the academic study of religions.

Memory studies has become one of the most popular research areas in the humanities and social sciences producing a vast number of studies examining how nations, communities and cultures remember, re-construct or indeed forget the past. The theme of the conference encourages paper proposals across disciplines, being open to topics including (but not restricted to) remembering in the form of rituals, public commemorations, anniversaries, festivals, bodily practices, physical objects and places or in the form of orality, literacy, narratives and language.

Please send a 150-200 word abstract for papers to Dr Jennifer Butler ( by the closing date of Friday 7th March 2014. Notification of abstract acceptance will be given by Friday 28th March, 2014.

For those wishing to reserve accommodation in advance (recommended), the conference location is the Queens Quarter of Belfast (among several streets beginning ‘University…’). Nearby hotels include Holiday Inn Express and Hotel Ibis Queens Quarter and there is plenty of budget accommodation in the area.

Further information on the ISASR Conference 2014 will be posted at:

IAHR World Congress

XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion

The XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) will take place August 23 to 29, 2015 in Erfurt, Germany. The Congress will address Dynamics of Religion: Past and Present. We now invite contributors to submit Panel Proposals addressing the topic in any of the areas outlined below. 

Religion is a human, historical, social and cultural phenomenon. As such, religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions are constantly in processes of change. The Congress will address the processes of change, the dynamics of religions past, present, and future, on several interconnected levels of analysis and theory, namely that of the individual, community and society, practices and discourses, beliefs, and narrations.

These will be addressed within four areas:

  • Religious communities in society: Adaptation and transformation
  • Practices and discourses: Innovation and tradition
  • The individual: Religiosity, spiritualities and individualization
  • Methodology: Representations and interpretations

We invite contributions from all disciplines of religious studies and related fields of research to allow for broad, interdisciplinary discussion of the Congress topic to register their panels for the XXI World Congress of the IAHR.

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 ( 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.

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

A two-day conference at the University of Chester as part of the AHRC Philosophy and Religious Practices Research Network, 8th-9th April 2014.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Clayton Crockett, University of Central Arkansas
  • Adam Dinham, Goldsmiths College, London
  • Elaine Graham, University of Chester

Call for Papers

Public policy, philosophy of religion and research on religion generally seem to live in their own separate bubbles without realising or even acknowledging the mutual benefit of dialogue etc. Hence, philosophers of religion (in both the continental and analytic traditions) have long been accused of distancing themselves from concrete religious practices. A key aim of the conference is thus potentially to reconnect philosophy with research on religion. We intend to investigate how philosophers and religious communities can communicate fruitfully, producing the kind of change outlined by Scott-Baumann, ‘Scepticism about philosophy [among faith communities] is replaced by a dialectical process of using philosophy to help people live together and look forward, alert to new possibilities.’

Public debate and policy often takes place at a superficial level that skirts and fights shy of the substantive issues underpinning conflict between religions and between religious and secular worldviews. The visibility of the New Atheist critique of religion is perhaps the most obvious example of this.

The rationale of this conference is then both to start bringing these three discourses into a mutually-beneficial dialogue, but also to model ways in which such a dialogue can and should be undertaken. To this end, we welcome papers in one of the following three areas of debate and research

Strand One: Economic and Political Regeneration

  • Case studies or thematic accounts of how philosophical and theological ideas and virtues (for example solidarity and discipline) speak into the post-2008 vacuum in European and US public life caused by the banking crash and subsequent global recession
  • The emergence of the postsecular as a potential vehicle for the rebalancing of public life in favour of (for example) the eudemonic alongside the hedonic, and virtuous alongside the utilitarian, common responsibilities alongside the rights of the individual, the sacred alongside the secular.
  • How public policy initiatives aimed at strengthening civil society through concepts such as the Third Way, Localism and most recently, the Big Society could be enhanced and/or critiqued by the application of insights praxes associated with Philosophy of Religion and world religions.
  • The use of themes and ideas from Philosophy of Religion and world religious traditions in developing strategic resources for the development of alternative discourses, imaginings and praxes towards more just and equitable ends and an expanded understanding of what it is to be human and live in a flourishing environment

Strand Two: Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

  • Need to make Philosophy of Religion more aware of diversity and complexity of religious practices
  • How incorporate greater variety of sociological, anthropological or ethnographical data into philosophising about religion?
  • Relation of philosophical analysis to faith, but also to methodologies in other fields concerned with religion. I.e. does analysis necessarily falsify religious thought?
  • More participative – how can Philosophy of Religion engage and ‘talk’ better to religious practitioners? What models for dialogue are there?
  • How capture impact that Philosophy of Religion can and should have on religious communities whilst maintaining critical questioning of the impact agenda?
  • How might work in philosophy open up thinking about research on lived religious practice?

Strand Three: Engaging the Public in Research on Religion

  • Improving the visibility of academic debate on religion and its relationship to philosophy
  • Improving and enhancing the quality of public debate
  • Ensuring that policy makers are aware of the core issues at stake in e.g. discrimination debates.
  • Bringing research to bear on religious discrimination cases and other zeitgeist-y public issues

Paper Proposals: Please submit abstracts of 250 words for 20 minute papers that will locate themselves in one of these three streams by 28th February 2014.

Panel Proposals: Proposals for complete panels will also be welcomed. Please send an abstract of no more than a side of A4 for a panel proposal 28th February 2014.

For Stream 1 please send proposals to Chris Baker at For Stream 2 please send proposals to Daniel Whistler For Stream 3 please send proposals to either Chris Baker or Daniel Whistler.


Registration Per Person: £40.00 for one day, £80.00 for two days (including lunch and tea and coffee, but excluding breakfast and dinner).


Secure online registration is available at:

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: +44 1244 511031

Please visit and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions


Research into Sikh studies is relatively young and is rapidly growing as a mainstream academic discipline. This annual conference aims to bring together academics, scholars and researchers and to encourage a spirit of collaboration within UK Sikh studies academia.

The conference aims to explore research and academic inquiry into various aspects of Sikh studies. The conference will provide an environment where academics, researchers and scholars can come together to pursue critical debate, discussion and inquiry into the many aspects of Sikh research in an open, constructive and collegiate manner.

The conference is being organised by Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Harjinder Singh Lallie and Gurinder Singh Mann. Further details can be found on the Conference website:

Social Relations, Transformation and Trust

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

Both national and local communities have long been heterogeneous and therefore living with differences is not new. However, the scope, scale and pace of change in recent years are unprecedented. Over the last decades the UK have seen dramatic demographic shifts, e.g. in its ethnic composition, demographic and socio-economic distribution leading to an increasingly plural society.

By crossing disciplines, bridging and bringing together academia, policy makers and practitioners, this conference focuses on how societies cope with change, overcome inequality, and how resilience to negative impacts of change can be developed and harnessed through attention to social relations and trust as transformative agents.

We are inviting academics from social sciences and humanities as well as practitioners to present and discuss applied research, empirical studies and critical theoretical papers on the topics including, but not limited to:

  • Social relations and social cohesion: Living together in diverse and changing societies.
  • Trust processes and impact in organisations: The importance of trust in creating communities better prepared to deal with change.
  • Tensions within communities: Understanding the causes and consequences of tensions between and within local communities
  • Inter-group conflict and building peace: Processes contributing to inter-group conflict and building trust.

Knowledge Transfer: What do practitioners and policy makers need from academia? Generating real world impact.

Keynote Speakers Include:

  • Prof. Danny Dorling School of Geography and the Environment, University of Oxford

Nature of the conference

As an applied research centre our work focuses not only on academic work leading to evidenced based recommendations for policy, but also on knowledge exchange with partnership organizations. This will be reflected in the conference programme. Next to focusing on current academic discussions this conference will facilitate opportunities for direct exchange between policy makers, practitioners and academics. To facilitate personal face to face interactions, fruitful exchange of knowledge and ideas, as well as vivid discussions, this conference will have a small number of parallel sessions per day and therefore a limited number of delegates presenting.

Submission Guidelines:

Abstract for individual papers should be no more than 250 words, not contain footnotes and be comprehensible to a non-specialist audience. Please submit by 31.1.2014 to:

Presentations will be grouped into thematic sessions of 90min – 2 hours length, with three or four papers per session (20 minutes per presentation plus 10 minutes discussion). Panel submissions to deepen discussion around one topic of interests are also welcome. If you would like to submit a panel, please submit:

  • Title of the panel including the name and affiliation of each speakers
  • Abstract for the panel
  • Abstract for each presentation

Proposals for alternative types of session (e.g. round-table or witness seminar) are strongly encouraged. Please discuss this with us in advance of the Call for Papers deadline. The Centre for Social Relations is committed to academic development and the showcasing of new ideas and thoughts, therefore submissions from early career researchers are particularly welcome and attendance may be subsidised.

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Carola Leicht,, or visit our centre’s webpage

Round Table Session, EASR 2014

“The Study of Religions and Religion in Secular Education”

at the EASR conference in Groningen on “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge” (May 11-15, 2014) has been extended to Dezember 15, 2013:

The EASR working group on religion education (RE) in public schools and the academic study of religions was established in Bremen in 2007. One early outcome of this initiative was the NVMEN 2008 Special Issue on the same theme. We have since then had regular panel sessions on the academic study of religion and RE at all EASR conferences, and we now want to take stock of the work done, on the current state of affairs and new directions in research on RE from the perspective of the academic study of religions. What has been achieved, where are “we’, and where do we need and want to move in the years ahead. The round table session opens with a report by Wanda Alberts & Tim Jensen on the work done and the research areas so far covered. Following that, invited scholars on RE, scholars who have contributed to the work of the group will deliver brief statements, including their ideas for future directions and research. Apart from these invited speakers, we herewith invite other colleagues working in the field to send proposals for short papers (max 10 minutes) that reflect on the state of art and desiderata, also as regards collaborative future research and publications.

Please send proposals (of no more than 150 words) directly to the EASR RE Working Group organizers, Wanda Alberts <>, and Tim Jensen <>.

For further information on the conference, please take a look at the conference website:


Death in Scotland

Death in Scotland from the Medieval to the Modern: beliefs, attitudes and practices,

31st January 2014 – 2nd February 2014, New College, University of Edinburgh.

I would like to draw your attention to the forthcoming international conference on Scottish Death. Plenary speakers include:

  • Professor Jane Dawson (John Laing Professor of Reformation History, Edinburgh University) ‘With one foot in the grave’: death in life and life in death in Reformation Scotland
  • Professor Richard Fawcett (School of Art History, University of St Andrews) ‘The architectural setting of prayers for the dead in later medieval Scotland’
  • Dr Lizanne Henderson (Lecturer in History, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Glasgow) ‘Fairies, Angels and the Land of the Dead: Robert Kirk’s Lychnobious People’
  • Professor Sarah Tarlow (Director of the Centre for Historical Archaeology, University of Leicester) ‘Beliefs about bodies: contradictions and conundrums in Early Modern Scotland’

We have an amazing programme of 42 speakers (see the full list of speakers and the conference programme here: The conference contains several papers on sociological and religious analyses of death including:

  • Edward Small, University of Dundee, on the Influences of Scottish Funeral on the Church of Scotland
  • Lizzie Swarbrick, University of St Andrews, on Piety and the Dead in Scottish Late Medieval Ecclesiastical Art
  • Dr Lakhbir K. Jassal, University of Edinburgh, on The Politics of Death Care

Please can you forward the attached conference details to anyone you think might be interested. Conference costs are £27 for Friday, £55 for Saturday and £27 Sunday or £100 for the weekend and places can be booked via

For more information see

Beyond Consent and Dissent

Beyond Consent and Dissent: Women, Power and Religions in Modern Africa

Dates of Event: 17th January 2014 – 18th January 2014

Last Booking Date for this Event: 18th January 2014

Studies of gender and religion in Africa have been dominated by interpretations that view religious practice and adherence as a source of power for women, on the one hand, or as a mechanism of female subjugation, on the other hand. This interdisciplinary and comparative workshop proposes to both build upon and move beyond these polarities by investigating the practices and ideas linked to female religiosity in both Christianity and Islam that extended ‘beyond consent and dissent’.

Speakers will interrogate the significance of religious adherence for female subjectivity in ways that move beyond religion as a mechanism for engendering either subjugation and/or emancipation. A range of historians, anthropologists and religious studies scholars will address Muslim and Christian case-studies from regions including Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Niger – as well as further afield from the European world. We will also feature speakers who address how Christianity and Islam intersect in specific gendered religious practices (for example, the new ‘Chrislam’ movement in present-day Nigeria).

Booking and further details:

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

Registration for the full conference (including Friday Ashgate-Inform book launch and reception with refreshments, Saturday and Sunday tea/coffee/lunch) is £100 standard and £75 concession for students and unwaged. Tickets booked after January 6th will be £120 or £85.

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

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

The cost, which is not included in the registration fee, of the three course set meal and coffee is £38.50. The menu for the dinner can be seen here. Dietary requirements can be catered for. Drinks are not included although there will be a cash bar. Booking and payment for the dinner must be done by January 6th and is non-refundable.

How to Pay: Registration for the conference and Saturday evening dinner can be completed online here, using a credit/debit card or through a PayPal account if you have one or by posting a completed booking form and cheque made out to Inform in pounds sterling and sent to ‘Inform, Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE’

For more on the Ashgate-Inform book series, please visit the website


Open University

AHRC PhD Studentships in Art History, Classical Studies, English (including Creative Writing), History, Music, Religious Studies and Philosophy

Faculty of Arts

AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

circulation date : 12/12/2013

closing date : 31/01/2014

The Faculty of Arts is pleased to announce Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts, South-East England (CHASE). CHASE is matching AHRC funding of £17m and will be awarding more than 375 AHRC-studentships over a five-year period starting in 2014/15. Up to 75 studentships are available across the consortium for autumn 2014 entry.

CHASE AHRC studentships are available to UK and EU residents at The Open University in the Faculty’s subject areas. Awards for UK residents include fees and maintenance while EU residents are eligible for fees only.

Please see the Faculty’s Research Areas and Academic Profiles for more information about staff research interests and current PhD projects

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2014

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Further particulars

Aarhus University/Queen’s University

A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit–see and Queen’s University, Belfast (School of History and Anthropology/Institute of Cognition and Culture—see

Students should apply for admission via one of the two Universities, and will be considered in line with their normal Postgraduate Admission Procedures, which require, among other things, a research proposal on a topic relevant to the cognitive science of religion. The normal duration of the Doctoral programme is full time for three years. In general, admitted students will spend the first six months and the last six months of their doctoral studies at the University where they are admitted. The intervening 24 months are spent according to a PhD plan established for each individual student. In completion, the student receives a single degree certificate issued by Aarhus University and Queen’s University.

Each University agreed to provide two fellowships to support the programme. One fellowship shall be available each year—Queen’s University will allocate funding in the academic years 2014-15 and 2016-17, while Aarhus University will allocate funding in academic years 2015-16 and 2017-18. Students who wish to compete for a fellowship will be required to apply to the University responsible for offering the support in the related year. For more information about the programme, please contact Armin W. Geertz ( or Paulo Sousa (

Methods Training


Monday 17rd – Friday 21st March 2014

Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

Editors Note – RSP Editor-in-Chief Chris Cotter attended this event last year, and thoroughly recommends it.

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

  • Conceptualising religion for research
  • Key elements and processes of research design
  • The role of theory in social research
  • The politics and ethics of research
  • Sampling
  • Rigour and validity in research
  • Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion
  • Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice
  • Visual methods
  • Developing research interviews
  • Using qualitative data analysis software
  • Researching objects and spaces
  • Producing research proposals

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

Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Friday 10th January. To register your interest, please email Ruth Sheldon ( with a short statement (no more than 250 words) stating the university at which you are studying, the project you are undertaking and the relevance of this training programme for your work and academic development.


University of Washington

Lecturer in Religious Studies

Aarhus University

Postdoctoral scholarship at the Grundtvig Study


Summer Courses



We are pleased to announce the 2014 summer seminar at Harvard Divinity School for scholars, other writers or artists, religious leaders, and activists who are working on a first large project in which they hope to change the terms of current debates around religion and sexuality. For scholars, this project would be either a doctoral dissertation or a first book. For other writers and artists, religious leaders, and activists, it might be a first book, though it might also be a new curriculum, a series of public presentations and performances, or a media piece. The seminar understands both “religion” and “sexuality” broadly. Though its staff will have done specialized work mostly in “Western” religious traditions and expressions of sexuality, participants’ projects may cover a wide range of religions and sexual cultures. The seminar welcomes various methods in religious studies and theology, from the most focused ethnography or local history to the grandest policy proposal or normative argument. It is also interested in projects about media communication, public policy, religious advocacy, and religious education. It especially seeks participants from outside the United States. Harvard Divinity School will pay for participants’ travel to Cambridge and lodging and meals during the seminar. The seminar will be directed by Mark D. Jordan (Washington University in St. Louis) and Mayra Rivera Rivera (Harvard University). Faculty from Harvard and other institutions or organizations will lead sessions in their areas of interest. Large portions of the seminar’s time will be devoted to discussing participants’ writing in workshop format. Applications are due February 5, 2014. Invitations to the seminar will be issued by February 20.

Details of the application and further information about the program are available online at Questions may be directed to


Religious Unity and Diversity Within Hinduism and Buddhism in Historical and Contemporary Perspectives

Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Dates: July 27th-August 10th, 2014

Host: Aarhus University Summer School

Two of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, have peacefully coexisted in the Kathmandu valley of Nepal for centuries. Many of the commonr eligious practices Nepalis perform either occur at sites shared by both communities or the participants themselves do not self-identify as exclusively Hindu or Buddhist. Over the course of two weeks of lectures and visits to key field-sites, we will explore the historical and contemporary intersections between Hinduism and Buddhism in the Kathmandu Valley. We will also introduce relevant theories for the study of religious pluralism and the research methods traditionally employed in the field drawing on philology, history, ethnography, sociology, and visual studies.

The course will be relevant to students from Anthropology, Asian Studies, and the Study of Religion. Students will be required to be present at lectures and fieldtrips and write a final exam. The number of ECTS points for international students will be arranged through the Aarhus Summer School program. Lectures will be conducted in English. Final exams will be in English or Danish.

Students will pay for their own travel and accommodations, but we will arrange for mutual housing during the course period. Students are encouraged to travel on their own in Nepal or other parts of Asia at the conclusion of the course.


Jørn Borup, Associate Professor

Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate

Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

Contact: Cameron David Warner,

Apply by 15 March 2014 at:

International Students:

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Weekly Opportunities Digest (March 23 2012) – Journals, Papers, Jobs, Fellowships and more…

Opportunities Digest – 20 March 2012

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

Contained below:

Advanced Notice – Journals


University of Oslo, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages – Associate

Professor, Religion in Modern China

A position of Associate Professor in Religion in Modern China is available at the Department

of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages from 1 January 2013.

Application deadline: 11 April 2012

Information and application:

Michigan State University – Muslim Studies Program (Director)

Michigan State University (MSU), the nation’s premier land-grant university, seeks

applications for the position of Director of the Muslim Studies Program (MSP)who provides

leadership in shaping and implementing innovative initiatives to advance strategic

international research and engagement relating to the Muslim world. This search is

conducted in collaboration between MSU’s Office of International Studies and Programs

(ISP) and James Madison College (JMC), MSU’s undergraduate college of public affairs.

We seek candidates for appointment at the Associate Professor or Professor level to direct

MSU’s Muslim Studies Program and to teach and conduct research on the Muslim world,

with likely appointment in JMC’s International Relations or Comparative Cultures and Politics


Responsibilities: The MSP Director will provide intellectual and programmatic leadership to

advance and promote excellence in MSU’s diverse research, teaching, and outreach

activities relating to Muslim studies. This includes coordinating the Program’s activities and

representing MSP at MSU, across the nation, and around the world. As coordinator of MSP,

the Director develops and sustains strategic partnerships with higher education and other

institutions around the world to advance collaborative research, teaching, and engagement

activities relating to the Muslim world. that positively impact critical global issues and

transform the lives of people. The Director will have particular responsibility for overseeing

current and new partnership development initiatives in the Greater Middle East and Central,

South and Southeast Asia. The Director will facilitate and catalyze collaborative, multi-

disciplinary and cross-college faculty research with emphasis on priority research themes;

will build collaboration among social science/arts/humanities and STEM/health disciplines;

develop proposals for external funding for such research; and secure external funds for MSP

activities. Additional duties include advancing knowledge of Muslim studies; enhancing

instruction of relevant languages and course offerings with Muslim studies content;

overseeing the Muslim Studies undergraduate specialization program; and building and

strengthening relationships with diverse constituent and stakeholder groups such as faculty,

administrators, students, academic programs, K-12 institutions, local Muslim communities,

government and policy organizations, alumni, and others in the United States and in key

countries. In fulfillment of these duties, the Director will be required to periodically travel

internationally to develop and enhance MSU’s strategic partnerships and advocate for MSU

with relevant institutions in the Muslim world and elsewhere.The Director’s appointment will

be at least 50%, and up to 75% in MSP, with the exact percentages there and in an

academic department, the tenure home, to be mutually agreed among the successful

candidate, the Dean of ISP, and the Dean of MSU’s James Madison College. The

appointment will be on an annual (12-month) basis for a five-year period with renewal

possible. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.

The Muslim Studies Program (MSP) is a cross-regional program that coordinates a large

and diverse set of educational offerings. Unlike Middle East Studies programs, MSP is

distinguished by the breadth of its geographical focus in the design of its curricula, foci of

faculty research, and scope of outreach activities.

In addition to research, MSP reflects the university’s overall commitment to

internationalization. The increase in international attention to the Muslim world and interest

from MSU students and faculty, and business and government in Michigan and the Midwest

have led to the development of a Muslim Studies curriculum aimed at meeting new needs

and advancing the genuinely multicultural quality of MSU. MSP also conducts extensive

outreach programs for K-16 educators, non-governmental organizations, governments, the

media, and business communities.

MSP is a unit of International Studies and Programs (ISP), and its Director reports to the ISP

Dean. ISP incorporates MSU’s extensive study abroad programs and international student

and scholar services. To pursue trans-regional and interdisciplinary strategic initiatives the

MSP actively partners with other ISP centers including: African Studies; Asian Studies;

Canadian Studies; Center for the Advanced Study of International Development; Center

for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies; Center for Gender in Global Context; Center

for International Business Education and Research; Center for Language Education and

Research; and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Other campus partners

include the Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages

and the Institutes of International Agriculture, International Health, and International Studies

in Education, and International Business. MSP has more than 20 affiliated faculty members

in the humanities, social and natural sciences, agriculture, business, law, and other

professional programs who carry on research, and undergraduate and graduate teaching

related to the Muslim world. More information about MSP and its activities can be found at:

James Madison College offers a large and diverse program of international studies that

spans several undergraduate majors. Applicants should demonstrate excellence in

undergraduate teaching and a substantial record of scholarship. The successful candidate

will have great familiarity with Muslim issues worldwide with special expertise on the

Greater Middle East. The successful candidate may come from a wide variety of academic

disciplines consistent with the mission of the college, including political science, sociology,

anthropology, history, economics, area studies, international relations, and others, and will

specialize in one or more of the following areas: ethnic or religious conflict, political Islam,

culture and development, migration, and comparative and international politics of the Muslim

world. Expertise on the Greater Middle East is highly desirable.

James Madison College provides a liberal education in public affairs, combining the ethos

of a small liberal arts college with the advantages of a large, diverse university. The faculty’s

primary mission is excellence in undergraduate teaching, and the College is noted for its

rigorous academic standards and attention to the analytical, writing and speaking skills

of its students. In addition to the Muslim Studies specialization, the College is home to

specializations in Western European Studies, Political Economy, and Science, Technology,

the Environment and Public Policy. Through its faculty, the College has close working

relationships with Michigan State’s many international teaching and research centers. For

more information on the College, visit the JMC website at


Candidates from all relevant academic disciplines will be considered, and are expected

to have an outstanding record of research and scholarship related to the Muslim world.

Experience working in, and expertise about, the Greater Middle East is desirable.

Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree and must meet

the standards for appointment to the rank of associate or full professor (with tenure) in

James Madison College. Candidates are expected to have demonstrated leadership

and administrative skills, and abilities to secure external funding from diverse sources;

establish and sustain strategic partnerships with universities and other institutions in

key countries around the world; facilitate and catalyze programs of collaborative, multi-

disciplinary research on priority research topics; build collaboration among social science/

arts/humanities and STEM/health disciplines; and actively contribute to the ISP leadership

team. The position requires policy development and implementation capabilities, with the

ability to work collaboratively with faculty, administrators of academic units, and area studies

and international thematic centers in promoting international research, education, outreach,

and service programs. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess proficiency in at least one

language relevant to predominantly Muslim countries.

Candidates should go to to apply for posting number 5949 in the Faculty/

Academic Staff postings. Submit a letter of application addressing your interest and how

your research and teaching interests would contribute to a college curriculum focused on

public affairs. The letter also should discuss your qualifications relevant to the position

description, and your vision for the position. Supporting materials should include a vita, three

references, evidence of quality teaching experience and commitment to undergraduate

teaching (including at least one syllabus), and a sample of scholarship (e.g., book chapter,

article, conference paper). For additional information about the University and its extensive

international commitments, and, and MSU is an affirmative action-equal opportunity employer.

Apply Here: The deadline for applications is March

25, 2012. Late applications will be accepted until filled.

The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations (ALC), to be inaugurated at Seoul National University in March 2012, invites applications for a professorship (open rank) in Near and Middle Eastern studies from specialists in humanities (literature, history, or religion).  The candidate is expected to have an excellent command of Arabic and/or Persian and will be required to teach courses related to his/her research interests as well as advanced courses in reading texts in Arabic and/or Persian at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with research and teaching credentials.  Only those who already have a PhD at the time of submission of application will be considered.  Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, statement of research, statement of teaching philosophy (including description of courses that the applicant can teach), and three letters of recommendation (directly from the referees) as well as any inquiry to:

Professor Juhyung Rhi

Chair, ALC Search Committee

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

College of Humanities

Seoul National University

Seoul 151-745

S. Korea

Email: (Email submission is allowed.)

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, complete applications should be received by April 1, 2012. Early submission of CV will be appreciated.

Lecturer in the Study of Religion

Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

Salary: £30,122 to £44,166 per annum dependent upon experience

Grade: Grade 7/8

Contract: Non fixed-term, full-time

Hours: Nominally 35 hours per week

Details: Full details of the post are available on the university website at

Deadline for applications: 2nd April 2012 (midnight)

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

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

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

Job Description

The postholder will be responsible to the Head of Department, currently Dr Robert Song.

Job Summary and Purpose:

The main features of the job will be:

a) to conduct outstanding research leading to publications of international significance in the field of the Study of Religion;

b) to teach at all undergraduate levels and at Masters level in the field of the Study of Religion;

c) to attract and supervise research students (MA and PhD) in the Study of Religion;

d) to submit applications for externally-funded research grants;

e) to undertake administrative tasks in the Department of Theology and Religion, as agreed with the Head of Department.

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities of the job will be in teaching (lecturing, seminar leading, course organisation, marking, and dissertation supervision) at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, research (writing and publication), and administration, within the team of staff constituting the Department of Theology and Religion.

For appointment at Grade 8, candidates will need to provide evidence of relevant teaching and supervising experience at university level and a significant record of publications at international level.


Dr Robert Song, Head of Department, +44 (0)191 334 3959,

Calls For Papers

Call for Papers| 4-6 July 2012, Goldsmiths, University of London

Nonreligion and the Secular: New Horizons for Multidisciplinary Research

Sponsored by the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (NSRN)

Conveners: Lois Lee (, Stacey Gutkowski (, and Stephen Bullivant (

Conference Coordinator: Katie Aston (

Following decades of neglect, the academic study of nonreligion has grown rapidly in the past five years.  The primary aim of this conference is to bring together scholars across a range of academic disciplines (sociology, anthropology, theology, political science, psychology, history, international relations, area studies) to begin to untangle the confused and individually contested concepts of nonreligion and the secular. Is nonreligion a subcategory of the secular or vice versa? How do the two terms structure one another? What are the practical and theoretical implications of the concepts, such as they are and/or in alternative formulations? The aim of this international conference is to contribute to addressing this lacuna. . While discussions of nonreligion and the secular have been running largely in parallel, they are potentially mutually enriching topics with significant bearing outside of the academy. This conference will consolidate the achievements already made over the past five years by nonreligion scholars and forge new, multidisciplinary dialogue between these researchers and those primarily working with the concept of the secular. This conference will bring together a range of internationally renowned scholars, including keynote speakers Gracie Davie (Exeter), Callum Brown (Dundee), Monika Wohlrab-Sahr (Leipzig), and Humeira Iqtidar (King’s College London).

The conference engages with a historical moment in which forms of religion and nonreligion have increasingly asserted themselves in the public sphere, in non-Western as well as Western settings. In the case of radical Islamism and New Atheism, such assertions have had powerful, sometimes inflammatory and divisive affect. This urgent wider social and political context demonstrates the urgency of a reasoned, global, scholarly contribution, aimed at further theorising and conceptualising nonreligion and the secular, individually and in relation to each other.

This conference will interrogate three dimensions and welcomes both empirically- and theoretically-based paper contributions which address the following:

1) Nonreligion as a concept in its own right

What is meant by the term “nonreligion”? How does it manifest itself in the lives of individuals and in collective social activity and identity? Is it the most appropriate term to encompass a range of phenomena and where may its parameters lie? What is the relationship between nonreligion and modernity? Is nonreligion a resonant category outside of Western contexts?

2) The nonreligious in relation to notions of the secular

How do nonreligion and the secular mutually constitute one another? Under what historical social and political conditions did the rise of secularism and secularity facilitate the appearance of the nonreligious? Does the emergence of the nonreligious indicate a new phase of modernity?

3) The implications of nonreligion research for pressing social and political issues associated with discussions of the secular

What bearing does nonreligiosity have on social, political and legal questions about social cohesion and multiculturalism? To what extent do the “harder” forms on nonreligion breed intolerance and fundamentalism? What are the implications of nonreligion for the possibility of democratic consensus and governance? To what extent do secular political landscapes outside of the West involve or even require the presence of nonreligious phenomena?

Publication Outcome: We are planning to publish a selection of the papers presented at the conference in an edited volume.

The deadline for abstract submission (250 words max) is 27 April 2012. Please send your abstract together with a short biographical note to Katie Aston at

SAAG (South Asia Anthropologists Group) 2012

This year SAAG will be held in Edinburgh on 4th, 5th and 6th September (4th 5th and 6th half


As usual, we welcome paper proposals from those at any stages of their academic careers,

from first year PhD students onwards. In order to be able to cover our food costs, lunch on

the 5th and 6th, and tea and coffee, there will be a fee of £15 for the whole workshop. We

also hope to cover the costs of a conference dinner on one evening.

If you are interested to attend, submit a paper, or act as a discussant for SAAG 2012, please

contact one of the organising committee members Stewart Allen, Supurna Banerjee, Feyza

Bhatti or Ruth Marsden) at If you would like to offer a paper for

discussion, please send a title and brief abstract by April 30th 2012.

Transformations of the Sacred in Europe and Beyond

ESA Mid-term Conference: Research Network 34 – Sociology of Religion

University of Potsdam, Germany, 3-5 September 2012

in cooperation with the German Section for the Sociology of Religonin the DGS

You will find the registration form on:

The International Society for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture ( (ISSRNC) is pleased to announce

its next conference in Malibu, California at Pepperdine University on August

8-11, 2012. The conference theme will be “Nature and the Popular


For generations, the interconnections between religion and nature have been

expressed, promoted, and contested through the incubator of popular culture,

including films produced in nearby Hollywood. As a global and symbolic center

that reflects and invents nature/religion representations, Malibu and its environs

provide a fantastic venue for critical reflection on the religion/nature nexus in the

popular imagination. Along with keynote addresses and other scholarly sessions,

a number of special events and excursions are in the works, including a scholar-

led tour of The Getty Villa in Malibu and opportunities to enjoy the beautiful and

famous Malibu coast. Some of these may be offered before or after the official

conference period. Affordable on-campus housing will be available to conference


We invite proposals about nature and religion in diverse expressions of popular

culture, including films, television, comics, fiction, music, sports, graffiti,

clothing, and festivals. As always, while we encourage proposals focused on

the conference’s theme, we welcome proposals from all areas (regional and

historical) and from all disciplinary perspectives that explore the complex

relationships between religious beliefs and practices (however defined and

understood), cultural traditions and productions, and the earth’s diverse

ecological systems. We encourage proposals that include theoretical frameworks

and analyses, emphasize dialogue and discussion, promote collaborative

research, and are unusual in terms of format and structure.

Proposals for individual paper presentations, sessions, panels, and posters should

be submitted directly to Sarah Pike at It is not necessary

to be an ISSRNC member to submit a proposal. Individual paper proposals

should include, in a single, attached word or rich text document, the name and

email of the presenter(s), title, a 250-300 word abstract, and a brief, 150 word

biography (including highest degree earned and current institutional affiliation,

if any). Proposals for entire sessions must include a title and abstract for

the session as a whole as well as for each individual paper. Proposers should also

provide information about ideal and acceptable lengths for proposed sessions,

and whether any technology, such as data projectors, are desired. Most paper

presentations will be scheduled at 15-20 minutes and a premium will be placed

on discussion in all sessions. Proposals will be evaluated anonymously by the

Scientific Committee, but conference directors will be aware of proposers’

identities in order to select for diversity in terms of geographical area and career

stage. Student proposals are particularly welcome.

The deadline for proposals is 1 May 2012.

For more information and updates, please go to:

Exploring the Extraordinary 4th Conference, 22nd-23rd September, 2012

Holiday Inn, York

Since its inception in 2007, members of Exploring the Extraordinary have organised three successful academic conferences that have brought together researchers from a variety of different disciplines and backgrounds. The purpose of these events has been to encourage a wider dissemination of knowledge and research, and an interdisciplinary discussion of extraordinary phenomena and experience. By ‘extraordinary’ we refer to phenomena and experiences that are considered to be beyond the mundane, referring to those that have been called supernatural, paranormal, mystical, transcendent, exceptional, spiritual, magical and/or religious, as well as the relevance of such for human culture.

We are looking for submissions for our fourth conference, and would like to invite presentation proposals on topics related to the above. Please submit a 300-500 word paper abstract to Dr Madeleine Castro and Dr Hannah Gilbert ( by the 6th April 2012. Accepted papers should be on powerpoint, no longer than 20 minutes in length, and intended for an interdisciplinary audience. Please include contact information and a brief biographical note.

For more information, and to see past conference schedules, please visit

Regarding the Other in Modern Jewish Thought. A CJCR Colloquium – 27 June 2012

The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) is delighted to announce that it is hosting a colloquium, Regarding the Other in Modern Jewish Thought. The

colloquium will be held on Wednesday, 27 June 2012 and take place at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge).


  • CJCR Visiting Fellow, Aaron Rosen (KCL)
  • Agata Bielik-Robson (Nottingham)
  • Melissa Raphael (Gloucestershire).

Full details of the colloquium, together with the registration form, can be found at

Bursaries are available for graduate students.

Death in modern Scotland, 1855-1955: beliefs, attitudes and practices

New College, University of Edinburgh, Friday 1 February 2013 – Saturday 3 February, 2013.

‘There remains a huge agenda for death research, offering a unique vantage point for the study of Scottish history’ (Professor Elaine McFarland of Glasgow Metropolitan University, 2004). Since those words were written, there have been increasing signs of interest, research and publications in death studies in Scotland.

This conference invites those who are researching death from whatever disciplinary perspective to offer papers whose total range will illuminate one hundred years of death in modern Scotland. These hundred years began with the passing of the Registration Act and the Burial Grounds (Scotland) Act in 1855 and end with the opening of Daldowie Crematorium in 1955.

Plenary speakers include:

Professor Elaine McFarland, Dr Elizabeth Cumming and Professor Hilary J. Grainger.

Papers will be particularly welcome on the subjects of:

death, grief and mourning;

funeral rites and rituals; customs and costume;

demographic and statistical interpretations; registration of death;

public health and medicine;

death, poverty, gender and social class

death, urban and rural comparisons

burial and cremation;

the development of funeral directing services;

theology, liturgy and funeral ministry;

monuments and memorialisation;

issues of architecture and landscape design;

the folklore of death; ghost narratives and beliefs; spiritualism;

death in war-time;

death, grief, mourning;

death in literature and the arts;

death and Scottish law;

violent death; the death penalty;

disasters: air, rail, sea and industrial;

Established research and work-in-progress welcomed.


Abstracts of 200 words maximum may be sent to Peter C. Jupp, Braddan House, High Street, Duddington, Stamford, Lincs PE9 3QE email or

A follow-up call for papers with full conference details and names of plenary speakers will be published soon.

Conference Committee: the Revd Dr Peter C. Jupp (Department of Divinity, University of Edinburgh, Chair); Dr Marion Bowman (Chair, Religion Department, Open University), Dr Susan Buckham (Independent Researcher; Kirkyard Consulting), Ms Nicola Davidson (Divinity Department, University of Edinburgh); Dr Ronnie Scott (Glasgow).

Gaia Gathering: Canadian National Pagan Conference, Toronto, May 18 – 21, 2012

Theme: Building the Mosaic

Gaia Gathering was founded in 2004 and had its first conference in 2005. Each year the conference is hosted over the Victoria Day long weekend in a different Canadian city through a bidding process similar to the Olympics. Past host cities include Edmonton, Halifax, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Vancouver and Montreal. Legally, we are incorporated federally as a non-profit

organization and operate with a national Board of Directors as well as a local host committee.

The conference is organized collaboratively by Canadian Pagans and includes four days of discussion and workshops about Canadian Paganisms. After seven years of traveling across the country, the conference this year will be held in Toronto, Ontario at the University of Toronto New College. The theme for 2012 will be “Building the Mosaic”. Individuals make up the whole of a community. By bringing together pieces of respective Pagan communities and local groups during the conference, a representation of the larger Canadian Pagan Mosaic emerges.

In keeping with the theme “Mosaic”, we have chosen to present a “Mosaic of Speakers” representing the rich diversity of Canadian Paganism: Andy Biggers (Simcoe County, ON) has been deeply involved in the North American pagan and heathen community for over 25 years.

Michel & Pamela Daw (Gatineau, QC) are modern Stoics, reviving the ancient philosophical and spiritual path. Tamara James (Toronto, ON) is a founding member of the Wiccan Church of

Canada, which was established in 1979, and was one of the first Pagan clergy to serve in a Canadian prison system. Sydney Lancaster (Edmonton, AB) is a visual artist, writer, musician, Artist in Residence at Harcourt House, and an OBOD ovate. Brian Walsh (Toronto, ON) is a permanent part-time Spiritual Care Provider at a major Toronto hospital and a part-time Clinical Fellow in Spiritual Care at another major Toronto hospital. Witchdoctor Utu (St. Catharines, ON) is the founder of the Niagara Voodoo Shrine, the world-renowned Dragon Ritual Drummers and is a member of the New Orleans Voodoo Spiritual Temple. The complete bios for our invited guests can be found on our website.

In addition to the speakers we will also feature workshops, panel discussions, academic presentations and evening entertainment throughout the weekend.


We invite papers and proposals for our academic stream from all faculties within the humanities who touch into the realm of alternate spirituality, Paganism, New Religious Movements and related subjects. Also, if you are a retired, solitary, armchair, or aspiring academic not affiliated with an institution then you may also submit by the same criteria and to the same locations. We hope to see everyone rise to the challenge and welcome them to this opportunity to present here in Montreal with like-minded individuals.

Submissions may be sent via mail or e-mail and are to be no more than one page. They must include a publication-ready, titled abstract of 150-200 words. The name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address, college or university affiliation and level of study of the presenter(s) must also be included. Any special requests or needs for audio-visual equipment must also

be indicated. We will be accepting submissions for peer and academic review between February 2nd and March 20th (Ostara 2012). Abstracts and proposals (and thus presentations) may be in English or in French. All received submissions will be acknowledged, with notification of acceptance, by early April 2012.

Email to:

Or mail to:

Dr. Brendan Myers

C/O Cegep Heritage College

325 boul. Cite-des-Jeunes,

Gatineau Quebec

J8Y 6T3

Material Religion in Modern Britain and her Worlds

8-9 June 2012, University of Glamorgan, Cardiff

This two-day symposium will explore material cultures of religious belief and faith in modern Britain. As Birgit Meyer, David Morgan, Crispin Paine and S. Brent Plate have recently pointed out, studying material objects provides us with an alternative evidence base in the study of modern religious belief (Birgit Meyer et al; 2011). Yet few attempts have yet been made to do so. While many scholars now concede that Britain’s religious landscape is more varied and rich than the narrative of secularisation allows, a tendency remains in the historiography of religion to privilege written sources over material manifestations of religion. This means that all sorts of belief practices have been overlooked. Analysing the material past, we propose, will provide scholars with new and exciting ways of understanding the apparently fraught relationship between modernity and religion. As Jane Bennett points out, objects are culture constructions and lead active lives in our social and cultural landscape. Religious historians have too often been guilty of adopting an implicitly Protestant binary (set up in opposition to Catholicism) in which words are privileged over objects. Yet everyday cultures of Protestant belief in Britain relied on all kinds of material cultures which sustained religion in an age of uncertainty.

Despite Britain’s ‘official’ Protestant past, we are nonetheless keen to encourage papers which explore religious denominations or groups beyond the official cannon and which made up Britain’s multi-faith landscape in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Papers are welcome which consider either formal or informal aspects of religious materiality. We would especially like to encourage papers that consider ‘Britain’s worlds’, including investigations of religious objects in the Empire or commonwealth or geographical locations inhabited by British people.


We hope to encourage an interdisciplinary dialogue by bringing together scholars in history, religion, art/design history, architecture and sociology.

Keynote speakers to be annouced


Possible themes or topics include:

  • Religious objects

  • Religious ephemera

  • The materiality of religious and sacred texts
  • Sacred Dress and Clothing
  • Religious Architecture and the built environment
  • Construction of sacred space
  • Social identity/identities including class, gender and life stage
  • Ideas surrounding materiality and religion
  • Advertising and Consumption
  • Making of religious objects
  • Religious Interiors and the domestic display of material objects

  • Religious aestheticism
  • Iconography

Please send abstracts of 400 words either Lucinda Matthews-Jones [] or Tim Jones [] by 31st March. The Conference will be hosted by the University of Glamorgan, Cardiff Campus. We plan a number of publication outputs from this conference. If you are unable to attend, but would like to express your interest for future events or outputs, please email Lucinda Matthews-Jones [] with a brief description of your work and a short CV.

Calls for Chapters

Call for submissions to Handbook on African American Islam – Aminah Beverly


According to the Gallup Poll (2009), African American Muslims comprise the largest ethnic

group of Muslims in the United States at 35%, as well as the oldest. There are communities

of African American Muslims across the United States, from large metropolitan areas such

as New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, to small town communities in Kentucky

and Tennessee. There is a wide range of economic diversity as there is a wide range of

social class represented. Many families have produced three generations of Muslims who

cling to the religion while living in an increasingly secular America. They too, are weathering

the onslaught of Islamophobia and the pervasive fear and sometimes hate filled rhetoric of

newscasters and other media pundits. There will be several contributors writing chapters

devoted to their maturity as Muslims living in America, their contributions to their homeland’s

religious landscape and their interactions with other Muslim and non-Muslim American


The goal of this effort is to publish an accessible and authoritative source for students of

religious studies, American religions, African American religions, anthropology, Muslim

cultures, and Islam in America. It will investigate the ongoing phenomenon of African

American Islam as a religious culture in the American landscape. It will also provide case

studies for those interested in Muslim cultural history. This handbook will be a compilation

of various disciplinary approaches to the study of religion and religious communities. The

handbook will be handy history text in its characterization of African American Islam as a

long-term presence in the United States that had its beginnings in American chattel slavery.

With this in mind, I am soliciting chapters on:

  1. The various communities that claim Islam – Particular communities such as the NOI,

Moorish Science Temple, Nation of Islam, Sufi Communities, Darul Islam, communities of

Warithudeen Muhammad, Shia communities, etc. Articles can be historical but must include

current research.

  1. Identity. Almost all members of the African American Muslim community speak of themselves in ways most commonly referred to as ‘disapora.’ Whether seeing themselves

as ‘Muslims who live in America’ or Asiatics or Ethiopians; the notion of diaspora is

prevalent. How do African American Muslims imagine themselves? Are there competing

definitions of diaspora? What are the meanings of African and American in current Islamic

thinking? How do African American women negotiate their Muslimness?

  1. How have African American Muslim communities developed as Islamic communities?

What are the varieties of the Islamic experience? Who is Muslim and what defines an Islamic

experience? Is there an American Islam? Who represents Islam in America? What are

media representations of African American Muslim Communities?

  1. What are the relationships with other Muslim and non-Muslim religious communities?

What are the bases for these relationships? Are African American Muslims involved in

inter-faith dialogues and if so, on what terms? What is the status of engagement with the

immigrant Muslim community?

  1. Is there a “gender jihad” as expressed by Amina Wadud? Where does knowledge

lay among the women? Are there issues of knowledge and power in marriage and family

construction? What are women contributing to art, music, scholarship? Is there meaningful

participation in the masajid? How are women shaping the activities of the masjid or other

distinctly Muslim spaces?

  1. What is the African American Muslim agenda for the 21st century? Do they have the

same issues of Islamophobia, curtailment of civil liberties? How is American Islam going to

be reflective of African American Islamic perspectives?

This Handbook will be published by Oxford in 2014. Those agreeing to submit a chapter

will receive a contract with Oxford and a cash or book honorarium. Please send me your

inquiries and hopefully willingness to submit by March 15, 2012 at .

Calls for participants

UCL’s Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin is pleased to announce a workshop to be held at UCL on

12th June 2012 on Negotiating Religion Workshop: Legal Framework – Schools and

Religious Freedom

This one day workshop, which is part of the Negotiating Religion Workshop Series, will look

at how and to what extent do legal frameworks – judicial reasoning and legal processes –

allow space for negotiating religious issues. The workshop will look at questions such as:

  • Does this negotiation take place with religious communities or directly with the individuals who claim that their religious freedoms have been infringed?
  • What are the main actors of the negotiating process?
  • Who benefits from it?
  • What are the risks of ‘negotiating’?
  • Is ‘negotiation’ the best way to reach a fair compromise between conflicting rights and claims?
  • Is negotiating with religious freedoms any different to negotiation in respect of other human rights?
  • What special features/dangers derive from the school context in which this negotiation takes place?
  • What does teaching in a secular institution imply?

These crucial questions will be addressed through analysis of topical case law and legal

scholarship under four headings:

  1. Religious symbols

  2. Religious education and teaching content

  3. Religion and staff

  4. Faith Schools

You can book online for this conference at:

The cost to attend is:

£60 – standard ticket

£30 – academic ticket

£10 – student ticket

Complete information about the Religion in Pieces conference in Providence next month is now available on our website.  The main conference page  can be found at  From there you can find the program, as well as registration and hotel information.  We have reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn nearby with a reduced rate; the rate expires on April 18th, so make your reservations before then.

The conference will begin with a keynote address by Chris Faraone of the University of Chicago at 7 pm on Friday, April 27, and will continue with one and a half days of papers ranging from ancient Israel to Late Antiquity.

Faith in Research  conference will be held on Wednesday 9th May 2012 at The Mothers’ Union, 24 Tufton Street, London, SW1P 3RB in conjunction with the Research and Statistics department of the Archbishops’ Council and the Oxford Centre for Ecclesiology & Practise Theology.

The event is designed for those who explore current research in ministry and mission. Cost is £45 to include a buffet lunch (£20 for unsalaried postgraduate students.)

To see the programme and access a booking form click:

Black Church Activism and Contested Multiculturalism in Europe, North America, and Africa

Birkbeck, University of London, May 29-30, 2012

This conference, which is part of an annual Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race, will bring together academics, church leaders, students, and community activists to explore the role that churches play in the construction of identities in societies where issues of race and ethnicity are played out in the public sphere.  Approximately fifty panelists from the U.K., France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Nigeria, South Africa, Canada, and the U.S. are scheduled to present papers on various topics related to the conference theme.

Keynote Speakers

Anthony G. Reddie, Carol B. Duncan, Allan Boesak

Venue: Room B36 main campus Malet Street, Bloomsbury London WC1E 7HX

Registration:  The general registration price of 70 GBP (110 USD) (and the student price of 35 GBP/55 USD) includes the conference program pack, as well as lunch and morning and afternoon refreshments both days. Registration can be completed at the following website:

Conference hotels include the Tavistock Hotel– and YHA, Travel lodge Euston (and other options near the college, see here:


William Ackah,; R. Drew Smith,; Rothney Tshaka,


  1. 2013-2014 Fellowship Award Announcement: School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ

Each year, the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,

NJ, invites about twenty scholars to be in residence for the full academic year to pursue

their own research. The School welcomes applications in economics, political science,

law, psychology, sociology and anthropology. It encourages social scientific work with

an historical and humanistic bent and also entertains applications in history, philosophy,

literary criticism, literature and linguistics. Applicants must have a Ph.D. at time of

application. Each year there is a general thematic focus that provides common ground

for roughly half the scholars; for 2013-2014 the focus will be The Environmental Turn

and the Human Sciences. The application deadline is November 1, 2012. Applications

must be submitted through the Institute’s online application system, which can be found,

along with more information about the theme, at

  1. UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies Residential Faculty Research grants, 2012-13

The Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) at UC Berkeley is pleased to announce the

second year of the IEAS Residential Faculty Research program, funded by a multi-

year grant. This initiative creates a resident research community to engage in research

projects concerning East Asia. Five themes, broadly defined, have been identified for the

purpose of organizing research. Using these themes to set general emphasis, the IEAS

invites Berkeley and non-Berkeley faculty members and scholars in all stages of their

careers to submit research proposals grounded in any discipline in the humanities and

social sciences (see Eligibility below). These proposals should be of East Asian content or relevance. Successful applicants will receive support to pursue independent research

while in residence in Berkeley. They are expected to make at least one presentation

on individual research topic during the course of a semester and to attend discussion

meetings. These meetings may be open to visiting scholars, doctoral candidates and

graduate students at Berkeley. The objective of the program is to facilitate the creation

of clusters of researchers who engage in conversations with each other while actively

pursuing individual research. All projects funded under the program are expected to

result in publications in English.

Awards will range from $10,000 (for one semester) to $20,000 (for two semesters), to

$25,000 (for a full year) and may be used for any purpose that is consistent with UC

research policy. Funded activities may begin as early as July 1, 2012.

Full details including the themes, process, deadlines etc:



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

With the help of a very generous gift to the University, the PhD and MA Jameel Scholarships

have been established to enable the very best students to come to Cardiff – those who

have the intellect and determination to apply their knowledge for the benefit of Muslim

communities in the UK, and to promote better understanding of Islam in wider society.

Applications are invited for 3 fully-funded PhD Jameel Scholarships, and 4 fully-funded MA

Jameel Scholarships (available for the forthcoming academic year on the MA in Islam in

Contemporary Britain).

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

Two fully funded positions in medieval history are now available at the University of Amsterdam in connection with a project examining Jerusalem as a holy site for Christians by the medieval Franciscan Order:

Ideal candidates may come from a medieval history background, but the fields of art history, religion, literature, and archaeology are equally germane so long as candidates are able to access Latin and other medieval texts.

New Masters Programme (Groningen)

Registration for the four new Master programs in the study of religion at the University of Groningen is now open. The deadline for application for EU students is 15 May 2012. I would be grateful if you could forward this information to students who might be interested in the program, either in its one-year version or in its two-years version (Research Master).

The University of Groningen offers the following programs in the study of religion, all of them newly designed:

1. Religion, Conflict and Globalisation

2. Concealed Knowledge: Gnosticism, Esotericism and Mysticism

3. Origins of Abrahamic Religions: Texts and Contexts

4. Religion and the Public Domain