Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 29 November 2016

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Calls for papers

Anthology: Religion and Ethics in Contemporary Speculative Fiction

Deadline: January 1, 2017

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Conference: Old Norse Myth and Völkisch Ideology

September 6–8, 2017

Basel, Switzerland

Deadline: January 31, 2017

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Conference: Apocalypse and Authenticity

July 11–13, 2017

University of Hull, UK

Deadline: December 1, 2016

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Conference: SocRel: On the Edge? Centres and Margins in the Sociology of Religion

July 12–14, 2017

University of Leeds, UK

Deadline: December 9, 2016

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Conference: British Association for Islamic Studies

April 11–13, 2017

University of Chester, UK

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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Conference: SISR/ISSR: Religion, Cooperation, and Conflict in Diverse Societies

4–7 July 2017

Lausanne, Switzerland

Deadline: January 10, 2017

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Journal: American Psychological Association

Special issue: American Atheism, Agnosticism, and Non-Religious Worldviews: Theoretical Models and Psychological Measurement

Deadline: March 31, 2017

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Journal: Religion, State & Society

Special issue: Religion and the Rise of Populism: Migration, Radicalism and New Nationalisms

Deadline: August 15, 2017

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Journal: Religions

Special issue: Religion and Genocide

Deadline: March 15, 2017

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Summer School: Prophétologies musulmanes: discours et représentations

June 29 – July 5, 2017

Aix en Provence, France

Deadline: January 4, 2017

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Symposium: 500 years: The Reformation and Its Resonations

September 14–15, 2017

Bedford, UK

Deadline: April 30, 2017

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Symposium: Climate and Apocalypse

June 29–30, 2017

Bedford, UK

Deadline: February 28, 2017

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Symposium: Violence and Millenarian Movements

April 6–7, 2017

Bedford, UK

Deadline: December 31, 2016

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Conference: Communicative Figurations

December 7–9, 2016

Universität Bremen, Germany

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SSNB Lecture Series: Evangelical and Tablighi Pioneers on Post-Atheist Frontiers

December 1, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

London, UK

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SSNB Roundtable: Who cares about unbelief?

December 2, 2016, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

London, UK

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NSRN Annual Lecture: Is atheism a religion?

December 2, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

London, UK

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SSNB Lecture Series: Jewish atheists in foxholes? Phenomenologies of violence and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

December 7, 2016, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

London, UK

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Jobs and funding

Faculty Fellowships: Summer Institute for Israel Studies

Brandeis University, USA

Deadline: January 20, 2017

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Lecturer: Modern Jewish Studies

Pennsylvania State University, USA

Deadline: March 19, 2017

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Postdoctoral position: Religion and Its Publics

University of Virginia, USA

Deadline: December 15, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 1 November 2016

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Calls for papers

Competition: 2016 Emerging Scholar Monograph Competition

De Gruyter Open

Deadline: June 30, 2017

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Conference: Kraków Study of Religions Symposium: Understanding and Explanation in the Study of Religions

November 7–9, 2016

Jagiellonian University, Poland

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Public lecture: Islam after Atheism. Religious reconstruction in Albania

November 4, 2016, 12:15 p.m. – 2 p.m.

University of Oslo, Norway

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Workshop: The Living City: Social Aspects of Ancient City Life

November 1, 2016, 9:15 a.m. – 5 p.m.

University of Bergen, Norway

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University of Chicago, Divinity School, USA

Deadline: December 27, 2016

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Two Fellowships: East Asian Buddhist Studies

University of British Columbia, Canada

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 20 September 2016

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Calls for papers

Conference: EASR 2017

September 18–21, 2017

University of Leuven, Belgium

Deadline: October 30, 2016

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Conference: BSA: Recovering the Social: Personal Troubles and Public Issues

April 4–6, 2017

University of Manchester, UK

Deadline: October 14, 2016

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Conference: British Association for Islamic Studies

April 11–13, 2017

University of Chester, UK

Deadline: November 30, 2016

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Conference: Irreverence and the Sacred: Critical Studies in the History of Religion

November 4–6, 2016

University of Chicago, USA

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Conference: Old Norse Mythology: Paganism Past

October 29–30, 2016

University of California, Berkely, USA

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Conference: Megachurches and Social Engagement in London

November 1, 2016, 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

London, UK

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Public forum: Muslim Immigration in Europe: Masculinity, Politics, and Law

September 23, 2016, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Cork, Ireland

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Assistant Professor: Sociology of Religion

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: September 28, 2016

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Assistant Professor: Islamic Studies

University of Southern California, USA

Deadline: December 11, 2016

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Two Tenure-Track Assistant Professorships: Qur’anic Studies and Muslims in America

University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, USA

Deadline: October 17, 2016

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Joint professorship: Race, Religion and the African Diaspora

University of Virginia, USA

Deadline: October 25, 2016

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Postdoctoral Fellow: Islamic Art or Art of the Ancient Americas

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Deadline: December 13, 2016

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Research Fellowships: Social Policy

University of South Wales, UK

Deadline: October 14, 2016

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1-Year Fellowships at the Max Weber Kolleg

University of Erfurt

Deadline: October 1, 2016

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PhD Scholarships: Buddhist Studies

LMU München, Germany

Deadline: October 16, 2016

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Editorial Board: Sociology

Deadline: October 10, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 2 February 2016

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Calls for papers

7th Queering Paradigms Conference

June 11–12, 2016

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Deadline: April 4, 2016

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Undergraduate conference: “Faith and Power”

August 4–7, 2016

Central European University, Hungary

Deadline: April 1, 2016

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Law and Religion Scholars Network

Cardiff University, UK

Deadline: February 29, 2016

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Sacred stuff: Material culture and the geography of religion

August 30–September 2, 2016

London, UK

Deadline: February 8, 2016

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Religion, literature and culture: Lines in sand

September 9–11, 2016

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: April 18, 2016

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Historical Re-Enactment, Contemporary Paganism and Fantasy-Based Movements

May 20–21, 2016

Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania

Deadline: March 21, 2016

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Islam and Peaceful Relations

April 5, 2016

Coventry University, UK

Deadline: February 15, 2016

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Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology: “Perfection”

March 11–12, 2016

University of Bristol, UK

Deadline: February 19, 2016

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Time and Myth: The Temporal and the Eternal

May 26–28, 2016

Masaryk University, Czech Republic

Deadline: March 15, 2016

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Fetish Boots and Running Shoes: Indecent Theology Today into Tomorrow

July 8, 2016

University of Winchester, UK

Deadline: March 7, 2016

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AAR 2016: Religion and Public Schools: International Perspectives Group

November 19–22, 2016

San Antonio, TX, USA

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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Fieldwork: Doing Ethnographic Research

June 24, 2016

Birmingham City University, UK

Deadline: March 25, 2016

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Inform seminar: New Religious Radicalisms

May 21, 2016

London School of Economics, UK

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Arbeitskreis interdisdisziplinäre Hexenforschung

February 18–20, 2016

Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany

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Research Methods in the Study of Religion

University of Kent, UK

Deadline: February 5, 2016

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2 PhD positions in sociology project: “Postsecular Conflicts”

University of Innsbruck, Austria

Deadline: February 15, 2016

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3 PhD studentships

Coventry University, UK

Deadline: February 19, 2016

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PhD position: “Multiple Secularities: Beyond the West, Beyond Modernities”

University of Leipzig, Germany

Deadline: February 5, 2016

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PhD studentship: Cognitive Science of Religion

Belfast, UK; Aarhus, Denmark

Deadline: April 29, 2016

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Visiting Fellowship

Nalanda-Sriwijaya Centre of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Deadline: March 31, 2016

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Associate Professor, Full Professor: Jewish History/Studies

Case Western Research University, OH, United States

Deadline: March 1, 2016

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Postdoctoral fellowship

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Deadline: February 15, 2016

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Instructor: Buddhist Studies

Antioch University, OH, USA

Deadline: April 15, 2016

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Postdoctoral Fellowship: Chinese Buddhism

Columbia University, NY, USA

Deadline: April 20, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 1 September 2015

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Calls for papers

Conference: EASR: Relocating Religion

June 28–July 1, 2016

Helsinki, Finland

Deadline: October 30, 2015

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Symposium: Religions: Fields of research, methods and perspectives

November 16–18, 2015

Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland

Deadline: September 15, 2015

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Annual meeting: Association for the Sociology of Religion: Exploring Diversity: Varieties of Religion and Nonreligion

August 20–21, 2016

Seattle, WA, USA

Deadlines: March 31, 2016 (sessions); April 30, 2016 (papers)

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Annual meeting: Eastern International Region of the American Academy of Religion: Globalizing the Human(ities)

May 6–7, 2016

University of Pittsburgh

Deadline: February 15, 2016

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Conference: The Supernatural

March 11–13, 2016

Deadline: October 16, 2015

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Journal: SHARE E-Journal

Special issue: Connections

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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Conference: Tyndale Society’s 20th anniversary

October 1–4, 2015

Hertford College, Oxford, UK

More information (details, booking form)

Conference: Religious Freedom Summit

September 18, 2015

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, USA

More information

Jobs and fellowships

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities

University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

Deadline: October 30, 2015

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Kingdon Fellowships

University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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Solmsen Fellowships

University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 January 2014

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Calls for Papers

Denton Conference on ‘Implicit Religion’ and ‘Spirituality’

May 2014. See attached pdf for details.

The Uses of Witchcraft in Modern Germany

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

September 2014

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

AAR Regional Meetings


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

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

May 2–3, 2014

Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy

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

Religious History Association Conference

Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July 2014

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 31-November 2, 2014

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29 March 2014.

Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality

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

Lecture – Neutrality and Religious Freedom

Daniel Weinstock, McGill University

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


Fo Guang University

Assistant Professor (or higher), Chinese Buddhism

Call for Submissions – Nomos Journal

1st Quarter 2014

Research Fellowships

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

Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.


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Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race

July 29-31, 2013

Accra, Ghana

On the 150th year anniversary of the US “Emancipation Proclamation,” and with participation in August 1 “Emancipation Day” events in Cape Coast

CFP: “Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities”

This conference will convene in the shadows of the slave castles to examine church responses to contemporary threats to black social, physical, and religious well-being, including political oppression or coercion; group conflict; co-optation of religious life; captivities of persons (e.g., modern slavery, human trafficking, mass incarceration); and economic distortions and dependencies.  While focusing mainly on the 21st century, the conference will also explore historical backdrops and comparisons that inform understanding of the contemporary contexts in which these issues play out.  We welcome conceptual, practical and theoretical papers; case studies; and comparative work exploring these or related themes.

Please submit 150-250 word abstracts by Nov. 15, 2012 to Dr. R. Drew Smith (Morehouse College); Dr.  Kwabena Asamoah-Gyadu (Trinity Theological College, Ghana); and Dr. William Ackah (Birkbeck College, Univ. of London)

The venue for conference sessions, accommodations, and meals will be the Executive Conference Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), located near the University of Ghana campus. Delegates wishing to arrange alternative accommodations are free to do so but should book at facilities close to GIMPA in order to account for traffic.  Please join us for this educationally and professionally enriching conference taking place simultaneous to Emancipation Day (August 1) and PANAFEST (late-July) in Ghana.

Conference Details:

Full Conference Package:  $775

(Includes conference registration, conference materials, morning and afternoon conference snacks, group transport to Cape Coast/Elmina slave castle for Emancipation Day activities, and breakfast,  lunch, dinner, and single occupancy accommodations for five days at conference venue—Executive Conference Centre, Ghana Institute of Management and Administration, located near the University of Ghana campus (  Does not include airfare, airport transfers, visas, and travel medications).

To guarantee this price, a $100 deposit is required by , December 1, 2012 and the balance by May 1, 2013.  The deposit will be non-refundable, but payments beyond the deposit amount will be refundable according to the refund scale and timetable below.  Persons unable to lock in the conference package rate based upon the December and May payment deadlines should anticipate a $100-200 increase in the package rate.  All payments should be made through the registration link at

Conference Only Rate: $200 (through May 1); $250 (thereafter)

(Includes conference materials, morning/afternoon snacks and lunch each day of the conference, and group trip to Cape Coast/Elmina slave castle.  Rate without Cape Coast/Elmina visit will be $175 through May 1 and $225 thereafter).

The Transatlantic Roundtable on Religion and Race (TRRR) was founded in 2010 with the aim of bringing together scholars, church leaders and community activists from across the African diaspora and continent to facilitate dialogue, intellectual output, and activism in the cause of improving the lives of people of African descent and heritage around the world. Though TRRR’s approach is scholarly, its commitment is to advancing informed and progressive approaches to persistent racial problems in dialogue and collaboration with broad publics. “Black Churches and 21st Century Captivities” will be the third TRRR conference, following successful conferences in South Africa (2011) and in the United Kingdom (2012).

For additional information about conference registration and about TRRR, please visit:

CFP: The Place of Renaissance Humanism in the History of Philosophy

Faculty of Philosophy, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

13, 14 and 15 June 2013

Keynote Speakers

Michael Allen, Luca Bianchi, Christopher Celenza, Brian P. Copenhaver, James Hankins, Jill Kraye, David Lines, Peter Mack, John Monfasani, Lodi Nauta, Jan Papy, Andrea A. Robiglio.

Invitation to present a paper

The organizing committee welcomes papers on themes such as the following:

  • philosophical ideas in humanist texts

  • the interplay between scholastic and humanist modes of thought and writing

  • philosophical assumptions of humanist techniques in reading, writing and commenting

  • the humanists’ contribution to the development of thought from the late middle ages to the late Renaissance

  • the historiography of Renaissance humanism in modern scholarship

We would in particular like to invite speakers to reflect on what they see as the philosophical dimension of humanism or what they see as important contributions of the humanists to the development of Western philosophy (which we take in a broader sense than the academic discipline of today). Speakers may also choose to discuss one of more case studies or a discipline (grammar, rhetoric, ethics, natural philosophy, methodology of reading and writing, humanist scholarship, and so on) on the basis of which something can be said about the place of Renaissance humanism in the broader narrative of Western thought.


Please send an abstract of max. 300 words and a brief CV (max. 1 page) plus list of publications or lectures (if any) to renaissance-humanism [at] no later than Dec. 1st, 2012. You will hear from the organizers in Jan. 2013 whether your paper has been accepted.


Please send your enquiries to renaissance-humanism [AT]

Announcements will also be made on our website:

CFP: CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass


Cultural Encounters in the Ancient Mediterranean

We want to invite PhD and Research Master Students, PostDocs, as well as senior researchers to take part in the second CRASIS Annual Meeting and PhD/MA Masterclass on 21–22 January 2013.

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

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

We are very proud to announce that this year’s Key-note Speaker and Master is Professor Martin Goodman (Oxford University). Professor Goodman is a leading expert on ancient Judaism within its Graeco-Roman context:

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

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

Proposals for both days should be submitted no later than 31 October 2012 with m.popovic [at]

MA/PhD Students

Once your proposal has been accepted, ReMa students should submit 3000-4000 words essays and PhD students 5000-6000 words essays before 21 December 2012 so that the papers can circulate among the participants. At the Masterclass ReMa students have ten minutes to briefly introduce their paper and PhD students have twenty minutes. After each presentation follows discussion under the expert guidance of Professor Goodman.

We will soon start a local reading and study group in preparation for the Annual Meeting and Masterclass. If you are interested, please get in touch with o.m.van.nijf [at]

For more information, see:


Mystical Theology: Eruptions from France

11-13 January 2013

All Hallows College, Dublin

Keynote and Confirmed Speakers:

Richard Kearney, Emmanuel Falque, Sondra Hausner, Pamela Sue Anderson, Tina Beattie and Jessica Frazier.

Further details and registration:

“Madre de i popoli / Che desti il tuo spirito al mondo”:

Representations and Transformations of Rome.

Seminario Conclusivo del Progetto di Cooperazione Internazionale tra Pisa e St. Andrews

Concluding Workshop of the Academic Cooperation in Classics between Pisa and St. Andrews


Pisa, 3-4 Ottobre 2012, Gipsoteca di Arte Antica

(Piazza S. Paolo all’Orto, 20)

Presentazione e Saluti / Presentation of the Workshop and Welcome

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 9,00)

1. Sguardi stranieri sull’impero romano / External Perspectives on the Roman Empire

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 9,30-11)

Jason Koenig (Classics, St Andrews): City of audiences: the city of Rome in the Greek literature of the Roman Empire.

Nicholas Wiater (Classics, St Andrews): Shifting Centres: Rome and Jerusalem in the Antiquitates of Flavius Josephus.

2. Conflitti: città terrene e città celesti / Clash of Models: Earthly vs. Eternal Cities

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 11,30-13,00)

Cesare Alzati (Università Cattolica di Milano): Roma, la nuova Roma e l’Occidente tra sesto e settimo secolo. Tra identità istituzionale e dissenso religioso.

Anders-Christian Jacobsen (Theology, Aarhus): The Image of Jerusalem in Greek Patristic Authors. From Metaphor to Place.

3. Roma e Gerusalemme / Rome and Jerusalem

(mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 15,00-16,30)

Mark Elliott (Divinity, St Andrews): Rome, Jerusalem and Biblical Exegesis.

Emma Buckley (Classics, St Andrews), Eternity and Teleology: Virgil, Milton and Paradise Lost’s ‘New Jerusalem’.

4. Transizioni / Transitions (mercoledì 3 ottobre 2012, 17,00-18,30)

Giuseppe Marcellino (SNS, Pisa), Aspetti della Roma Triumphans di Flavio Biondo.

Marco Battaglia (Pisa), La figura di Attila nelle letterature germaniche medievali.

5. Roma come mito nelle fonti moderne e contemporanee / Rome as myth in modern and contemporary sources

(giovedì 4 ottobre 2012, 9,30-11,45)

Alessandro Russo (Pisa), Il Pascoli latino e la Roma prima di Roma.

Domitilla Campanile (Pisa), L’eternità di Roma nel cinema storico.

Chiara O. Tommasi (Pisa), Il nome segreto di Roma tra antiquaria ed esoterismo.


University of Puget Sound – Instructor of Asian History

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor in Korean Art History

University of Puget Sound – Instructor of Asian History

University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Contemporary Chinese Culture

Newcastle University, UK – Professor of Chinese Studies

American University – Beirut – Faculty position in classical Islamic history and culture

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

Warwick University – Assistant Professor of Islamic History

National University of Singapore – Open Rank, Modern/Contemporary History – Sociology – Anthropology of Japan

University of Kansas – Assistant Professor, Modern Japanese History

College of Charleston – assistant professor of Hebrew

Evergreen State College – Comparative Religion Faculty Position

University of Otago – Dunedin – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Religion

Research Assistant

Department of Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

Closing date: 12 oct 2012

Position: Chinese Religion, 2 year Visiting appointment,  Reed

College, Portland, Oregon

Reed College seeks applications for a two-year visiting position in Chinese Religion for the 2013-15 academic years, to commence August 2013.  Appointments are normally made at the assistant professor level.  We seek outstanding, critically self-reflective candidates, and we look for experience in teaching as well as the ability to advise student research projects on a wide range of topics in religious studies.

Reed College is a selective liberal arts institution with a commitment to high standards of scholarship and teaching excellence in a seminar setting. The appointee will be expected to teach the equivalent of five one-semester courses over the academic year, and this will include teaching in the team-taught yearlong Chinese humanities program devoted to the Han and Song dynasties. The position also involves supervising yearlong senior thesis projects.

While a PhD is preferred, candidates who are ABD in Religion will also be considered for appointment.  The Religion Department is using Interfolio to collect faculty job applications electronically. Through Interfolio, please submit a cover letter, CV and three letters of recommendation. For more information and application instructions, see  Because Reed College is a community that values cultural and intellectual diversity as essential to the excellence of our academic program, we also encourage candidates to convey in their cover letter or other application materials how their specific contributions to campus diversity might support the commitment to diversity and inclusion articulated in the College’s diversity statement ( Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but they should be received by 1 December 2012 to guarantee full consideration. For further information about this position, please contact K.E. Brashier (ken.brashier [at]


For further information about this position, please contact

K.E. Brashier (ken.brashier [at]


Primary Category:    Religious Studies and Theology

Secondary Categories:    None

Posting Date:    09/21/2012

Closing Date    12/03/2012

The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies, Yokohama

Fellowship Date:    2012-12-14

H-Net Announcement ID:    197261

The IUC is pleased to announce a new 10-month fellowship program for Ph.D. students in all fields of Japanese studies, generously sponsored by The Nippon Foundation. The Nippon Foundation Fellows Program at the IUC aims to provide the most promising young scholars with the deep linguistic and cultural knowledge needed to become leaders in their fields, and to foster strong collegial bonds and intellectual exchange among them and with their IUC senpai.

In addition to their regular classes The Nippon Foundation Fellows will:

Meet regularly with each other and the IUC Resident Director to discuss their research interests and experiences in Japan

Invite an IUC alumni scholar to give a lecture at the IUC

Conduct research during the second half of the program and present their results in Japanese at The Nippon Foundation Fellows Symposium at the end of the academic year

Eligibility: all applicants must be currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program, have a research focus on Japan, and an intention to pursue a career in academia upon completion of their doctoral degree.

Tuition: The Nippon Foundation fellows will receive a full tuition scholarship and a modest living stipend to attend the 10-Month Fellowship Program of the IUC in Yokohama.

Language Exam: required and offered in February, 2013

Applications: (select Nippon Foundation Fellows Program Application)

Note: It is not necessary to make a separate application to the IUC.

Applicants Must Submit: (1) a completed Nippon Foundation Fellows application form available on the IUC website, (2) a personal statement, (3) a description of research interests, (4) three letters of reference, (5) CV, and (6) transcripts from all universities attended and any relevant overseas studies coursework.

Deadline: postmarked by December 14, 2012

Application fee: $80.00

Send all application materials and fees to:

The Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies

The Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Encina Hall, Room C334 (MC 6055)

Stanford University

Stanford, CA 94305 USA

For further information email: iucjapan [at] or vist the web site at


The Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe” at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, invites applications for two visiting fellowships for research on the history of Central Asian religions and on the history of religions in the ancient Near East during the academic year 2013, from April 2013 to March 2014.

We offer:

opportunity for dedicated research in an interdisciplinary and international environment;

generous scholarship either as a direct grant or as a salary for a substitute;good infrastructure (libraries etc.);free lodging in an adequate apartment; travel expenses related to research activities; means for organizing a workshop or small conference.

We expect:

fellowship Central Asia: research on the history of Central Asian religions from the early modern times to the present day, with special regard to inter-religious contact and transfer;

fellowship ancient Near East: research on the history of religions in the ancient Near East, with special regard to inter-religious contact and transfer; your presence during the fellowship term; committed participation in the ongoing activities of the Käte Hamburger Kolleg;substantial research results in form of publications.

Both fresh and senior scholars may apply. The Ruhr University Bochum is an equal opportunity employer and encourages women and members of minorities to apply. Applications are expected to include a letter of interest, a current résumé, a list of publications, and an exposé of the intended research of about five pages. Please e-mail your application by 15 November 2012 at the latest to:

Lucia an der Brügge | lucia.anderbruegge [at]

Käte Hamburger Kolleg “Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe”

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

44780 Bochum


For further information please consult our website!

Temple University, Religion

Indian Religions

Institution Type:  College / University

Location:  Pennsylvania, United States

Position:  Assistant Professor

Closing Date 11/05/2012

The Temple University Department of Religion seeks to fill a tenure-track assistant professorship in the area of Indian religions, primarily Buddhism and Hinduism. The eventual appointee will contribute to the Departments graduate program by regularly teaching the seminars Foundations in Hinduism and Foundations in Indian Buddhism, mentoring students working in these and related traditions, and possessing demonstrated methodological commitments to the fields of religious studies, Asian studies, and/or philosophy. On the undergraduate level, the position will provide instructional coverage of advanced courses such as Religions of India and Yoga and Tantric Mysticism and interdisciplinary courses in Temples General Education Program. The ideal candidate must possess scholarly excellence, an active research agenda, excellent teaching skills, and a doctoral degree at the time of appointment. The normal teaching load is two courses per semester. The Department of Religion offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees and serves a talented and diverse student body in the city of Philadelphia. Temple University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of excellence in teaching and research, and a copy of their graduate transcript, and three letters of recommendation to Gayle Schooley at gaylehs [at]

The deadline for application materials is November 5, 2012.


BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize

Nominations are being sought for the 2013 BSA Philip Abrams Memorial Prize. The prize will be awarded to the best first and sole-authored book within the discipline of Sociology published between: 1st December 2011 and 30th November 2012.

The winner will receive a prize of £1,000, one year’s free subscription to ‘The Sociological Review’ (published by Wiley-Blackwell) and an invitation to the BSA 2013 Annual Conference. Conference registration fee, accommodation and travel (within the UK) will be paid by the BSA.

Visit for more information on the nomination process.

Closing date for 2013 entries: Friday 7th December 2012

The general criteria for eligibility are as follows:

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

·        Nominated authors must be ordinarily resident within the U.K.

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

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

·        The nominated book must be a sole-authored book

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

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

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

If you need any further information please contact Margaret Luke by emailing margaret.luke [AT]


Details of a call for Large Grants under the Science in Culture, Digital Transformations and Translating Cultures themes are now available.

Successful proposals under the Large Grants call are expected to support research activities of a scale and ambition beyond that normally required for a standard AHRC grant.  They should display significant transformative potential within the relevant theme area.

Funding for each grant awarded will be between £1m and £2m (fEC) over a period of between 36 and 60 months. Approximately 2-4 Large Grants are expected to be funded under each theme (subject to quality and overall balance within the theme).

Closing dates for outline proposals are as follows:

  • Digital Transformations – 4pm on Thursday 10 January 2013
  • Science in Culture – 4pm on Tuesday 15 January 2013
  • Translating Cultures – 4pm on Thursday 17 January 2013

Further information:

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 August 2012

31 August 2012 Issueimage of books

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

In this issue:

  • Books
  • Journals
  • Calls for Papers
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships

And don’t forget, you can always get involved with the Religious Studies Project by writing one of our features essays or resources pages. Contact the editors for more information.


Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence: The Role of Religion and Media (Media, Religion and Culture) – Jolyon Mitchell (Sept 2012)

This book explores how media and religion combine to play a role in promoting peace and inciting violence. It analyses a wide range of media – from posters, cartoons and stained glass to websites, radio and film – and draws on diverse examples from around the world, including Iran, Rwanda and South Africa.

  • Part One considers how various media forms can contribute to the creation of violent environments: by memorialising past hurts; by instilling fear of the ‘other’; by encouraging audiences to fight, to die or to kill neighbours for an apparently greater good.
  • Part Two explores how film can bear witness to past acts of violence, how film-makers can reveal the search for truth, justice and reconciliation, and how new media can become sites for non-violent responses to terrorism and government oppression. To what extent can popular media arts contribute to imagining and building peace, transforming weapons into art, swords into ploughshares?


Sociology of Religion – Advance Notice –

Culture and Religion

Buddhist Forum


International Congress: Rethinking Europe with(out) religion. Deadline for abstracts 30 September 2012

Full details as PDF can be found here CFP_Rethinking Europe with(out) Religion

Sehr geehrte Interessierte an der Forschungsplattform RaT! Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen!

Die Forschungsplattform „Religion and Transformation in Contemporary European Society“ (RaT) möchte Sie hiermit auf den im Februar 2013 stattfindenden Kongress „Rethinking Europe with(out) Religion“ aufmerksam machen.

Details sowie ein Anmeldeformular finden Sie auf der Kongress-Homepage:

Die Kolleginnen und Kollegen an Universitäten und Bildungseinrichtungen bitte ich, diese Information im Rahmen der Ihnen zur Verfügung stehenden Möglichkeiten weiterzuleiten. Bitte machen Sie Studierende auf diesen Kongress aufmerksam! Für alle Fälle hänge ich den CfP an.

Mit freundlichen Grüßen und allen guten Wünschen für einen erholsamen Sommer!


Massachusetts Institute of Technology – Senior Lecturer in Japanese Studies

Lehigh University – Associate or Full Professor, medieval or modern Judaism, and Director of Berman Center for Jewish Studies

University at Albany – Assistant Professor – Eastern Mediterranean Religion

University of Toronto Mississauga – Assistant Professor, South Asian Religious Literatures


Title: Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica:  Historical

Consciousness and the Jewish Historical Imagination

Location: Massachusetts

Description: The Center for Jewish Studies and the Department of

History, Harvard University invite applications for the

2013-2014 Harry Starr Fellowship in Judaica, on the theme:

Historical Consciousness and the Jewish Historical Imagination.

This includes, but is not limited to Jewish historiography in

all per …



Announcement ID: 196546

Title: Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship, Fulda Faculty of


Date: 2012-09-30

Description: The Gangolf Schrimpf Visiting Fellowship will be

awarded to a junior or senior scholar with a well-defined

research project within the field of medieval studies (e.g.

History, Theology, Philosophy, Literature) who wants to spend

at least one month, and up to three months, at the Institute

Bibliothec …



Announcement ID: 196478

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

Opportunities Digest – 30 March 2012

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Advance Notice – Journals

Sociology of Religion –

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

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

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


2012 Australian Association for the Study of Religion Conference

University of Western Sydney

Parramatta Campus, 28-30 September 2012

Multiple Religious Modernities

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

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

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

First Call for Individual or Panel Presentations

• Individual paper proposals (200-300 words)

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

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

• Please submit your abstract to Alan Nixon at:

Local Organising Committee

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

Programme Committee

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

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


An International, Interdisciplinary Conference:


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

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

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

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

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

  •       African politico-economies, religious polity and accountability

  •       religious polity structures, corruption and transparency

  •       religious polity, social and religious capital

  •       religious values, behaviour, probity and financial accountability

  •       ethics, socio-cultural values, and social action

  •       democracy and ecclesiastical polity

  •       traditional (indigenous) systems of governance and probity

  •       religion/spiritualities, prayer and poverty

  •       religion, politics and socioeconomic empowerment

  •       church polity, apartheid and post-apartheid transformation

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

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

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

Journal for the Academic Study of Religion: Special Postgraduate Issue

Religion and Rethinking the Human

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Tuesday 24th April – 4-5:30pm

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


All welcome


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


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


1) Lecturer in Sociology, Job Reference Number: UOS004300

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

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociological Studies

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

Closing Date: 26th April 2012

3) Research Assistant

Job Reference Number: UOS004272

Contract Type: Fixed term until 31 March 2014

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

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociological Studies

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

Closing Date: 5th April 2012

Further information for all three jobs can be found at


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

Opportunities Digest – 20 March 2012

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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