Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 15 September 2015

Calls for papers

Workshop with funded fellowship opportunity: Bodies of Text: Learning to be Muslim in West Africa

May 2–July 8, 2016 (fellowship)

June 30–July 1, 2016 (conference)

University of Birmingham, UK

Deadline: November 30, 2015

More information

Conference: FaithXchange

February 5, 2016

Goldsmiths, University of London, UK

Deadline: November 13, 2015

More information

Conference: BRAIS 2016

April 11–12, 2016

University of London, UK

Deadline: November 30, 2015

More information


Study day: Religion and the Media

January 20, 2016

Imperial Wharf, London, UK

More information

Conference: Inclusion and Exclusion in the Dialectic of Citizenship. A Comparative View of Germany and other European and North American Immigrant Societies

October 15–16, 2015

University of Siegen, Germany

More information

Conference: Ways of Knowing 2015

October 22–24, 2015

Harvard Divinity School, MA, USA

More information

Conference: Life Here and Hereafter: Beliefs and Practices

October 23–24, 2015

Vilnius, Lithuania

More information

Conference: Islam in Russia

October 15–16, 2015

Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, MA, USA

More information

Film festival: Religion Today

October 9–17, 2015

Trento (and other cities), Italy

More information

Panel discussion: The Future Study of Religion

October 24, 2015, 6:15 – 8 P.M.

Harvard Divinity School, MA, USA

Live streaming available

More information


Lecturer in Religion

University of Otago, New Zealand

Deadline: November 2, 2015

More information

PhD scholarships

Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University, UK

Deadline: September 30, 2015

More information

PhD scholarship: Buddhism, Business and Believers Project

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline: November 24, 2015

More information

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 8 September 2015

Calls for papers

Journal: Open Theology

Special Issue: Topical Issue on Psychotherapy and Religious Values

Deadline: December 31, 2015

More information

Conference: EIRAAR: Globalizing the Humanities

May 6–7, 2016

University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Deadline: February 15, 2016

More information

Conference: Religious Movements in a Globalized World: Korea, Asia, and Beyond

Daejin University, South Korea

July 5–10, 2016

Deadline: February 15, 2016

More information

Conference: Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

May 23–26, 2016

Nazareth College, NY, USA

Deadline: December 15, 2015

More information

Convention: Esotericism, Occultism and Fantasy in Italian Literature from the Fin de Siècle to Avant-garde

April 13–15, 2015

University of Prague, Czech Republic

Deadline: November 15, 2015

More information

Workshop: Political and Public Approaches to Gender, Secularism and Multiculturalism

November 11–13, 2015

Lisbon, Portugal

Deadline (extended): September 25, 2015

More information

Open access

New journal: Journal of Religious and Political Practice

More information


Conference: The Ontology of Supernatural Encounters in Old Norse Literature and Scandinavian Folklore

December 11–12, 2015

Tartu, Estonia

More information

Conference: Sacred Places, Emerging Spaces: Pilgrims, Saints and Scholars in the Caucasus and Beyond

October 9–10, 2015

Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena

More information

Lecture: The Divided Brain and Humanistic Inquiry

November 20, 2015

Western Sydney University, Australia

More information

Symposium: The Divided Brain and Humanistic Inquiry

November 23–24, 2015

Western Sydney University, Australia

More information

Symposium: Religion, Culture and Legal Pluralism

September 14–15, 2015

Western Sydney University

More information


Full-time PhD positions

University of Amsterdam

Deadline: October 5, 2015

More information


University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: October 15, 2015

More information

Researchers in Ancient History of Religion

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: September 30, 2015

More information

Assistant Professor of Religion

Vassar College, NY, USA

Deadline: October 9, 2015

More information

Tenure-track assistant professorship in History of Religions

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline: October 1, 2015

More information

Assistant Professor – Islam and Modernity

University of Toronto, Canada

Deadline: November 1, 2015

More information

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 30 June 2015

Dear subscriber,

We are pleased to bring you this week’s opportunities digest!

We would like to express our gratitude to everyone who forwards notifications. On that note, we would also like to encourage you to continue to do so in the future (and invite those who remain hesitant to begin)!

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We thank you for your contribution. And now for this week’s digest:

Calls for papers

Conference: EASR 2016

June 28–July 1, 2016

Helsinki, Finland

Deadlines: Multiple

More information

Conference: Ways of Knowing

October 22–24, 2015

Harvard Divinity School, MA, US

Deadline: July 17, 2015

More information

Conference: Race, Religion and Migration: Spaces, Practices, Representations

January 13–15, 2016

Newcastle University, UK

Deadline: September 10, 2015

More information


Colloquium: BABEL: In search of the origins of religions

September 11–12, 2015

Ghent, Belgium

More information (French, Dutch, English)

Conference: SGEM Social Sciences and Arts

August 24–September 2, 2015

Albena, Bulgaria

More information


PhD studentship

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: September 8, 2015

More information

Assistant/Associate Professorship

San Diego, CA, US

Deadline: N/A

More information

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 12 May 2015

Dear subscriber,

This week we have a plethora of proceedings, an excess of events, a flowering bouquet of functions on delicious display for your delight and, naturally, your riveting research.

We ask you to forgive our alliterations and remember to remember us by forwarding opportunities our e-mail address at when you find yourself in possession of calls for papers, event notifications, job opportunities, or other Religious Studies-related digital items that you would like to share!

Bon appétit!

Calls for papers

Journal: Aries

Special Issue: Esotericism and the Cognitive Science of Religion

Deadline: June 15, 2015 (abstract); February 1, 2016 (completed manuscripts)

More information

Religion as Creativity: An interdisciplinary Conference

October 2–4, 2015

Miami University, OH (!), USA 

Deadline: July 1, 2015

More information

Death and Identity in Scotland From the Medieval To the Modern: Beliefs, Attitudes and Practices

January 29–31, 2016

University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Deadline: October 16, 2015

More information


Conference: The Jewish Life of Jesus (Toledoth Yeshu) in Context: Jewish-Christian Polemics in Ancient, Medieval, and Modern History

June 29–July 1, 2015

University of Bern, Switzerland

More information

Conference: Grounding the Sacred through Literature and the Arts

July 23–26, 2015

Australian Catholic University, Australia

More information

Middle Eastern Christians in Diaspora: Past and Present, Continuity and Change

May 26–27, 2015

St Andrews, Scotland

More information

Old Religion and New Spirituality: Continuity and changes in the background of secularization

May 26–29, 2015

University of Tartu, Estonia

More information

Spirit and Sentiment: Affective Trajectories of Religious Being in Urban Africa

May 28–30, 2015

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

More information

Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences

May 28–30, 2015

Ottawa, Canada

More information

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 31 March 2015

Calls for papers

CISSR Annual Meeting on Christian Origins

October 1–4, 2015

Bertinoro, Italy

Deadline: April 25, 2015

More information

Women negotiating secularism and multiculturalism through civil society organisations

June 30–July 1, 2015

Coventry University, UK

Deadline: April 10, 2015

More information

Making Sense of Religious Texts: Patterns of Agency, Synergy and Identity

October 27–29, 2015

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: April 15, 2015

More information

Religion, Art, and Creativity in the Global City

November 18–22, 2015

Denver, Colorado, USA

More information

JASR book reviews

More information


Textual Diversity in Context

October 30, 2015, 9:00–14:00

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

More information

Grants and awards

ISSA Shinto Essay Competition

Deadline: July 31, 2015

More information

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 01 July 2014

Readers will have to excuse any deficiencies in the content or presentation of this week’s digest. Jane is enjoying a well-deserved week off, so this week the Opps Digest comes to you from the keyboard of Chris. He isn’t quite as awesome as Jane, nor as Norwegian.

Things have picked up this week, but as ever we invite one and all to contribute to the Opportunities Digest: If you receive calls for papers, notifications about conferences and events, relevant job opportunities or online resources, we’d love to hear about them!

Soon, we won’t have any more (ish) football to watch, and can all get back to our research. As if…

Anyway – thanks for reading (and listening!)

Calls for Papers

Atheism, Secularity, and Science

Special Issue of Science, Religion & Culture. Guest edited by: John R. Shook, Ralph W. Hood Jr., and Thomas J. Coleman III.

The deadline for all submissions is December 31 2014.

More information (PDF).

The Marginalization of Astrology

Conference. Utrecht, 19-20 March 2015

Deadline: 30 September 2014.

More information (URL).

Gender and Diversity Issues in Religious-Based Institutions and Organizations

A book edited by Blanche Jackson Glimps (Tennessee State University, USA) and Theron N. Ford (John Carroll University, USA)

July 15, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

August 15, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

February 28, 2015: Final Chapter Submission

More information (DOC).

The Power of the Word International Conference IV

Pontifical University of St Anselm, Rome, 17-20 June, 2015

Abstract Deadline: 15 November 2014

More information (URL).

Entangled Religions

Entangled Religions: Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Religious.

General call for papers (PDF) and reviews (PDF).


I:MAGE Day of Lectures

One day event in partnership between Fulgur Esoterica and the Warburg Institute, London, October 25 2014. “Leading scholars in the field will present original research on the intersection between artistic currents such as Surrealism, modernism and abstraction and esoteric movements such as witchcraft, Spiritualism, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn and Theosophy.”

Event homepage:

Click here for a full programme and a list of speakers.

What Should Schools Teach About Religion?

FCSU Fellows Seminar Series 2013-14: Faith in the Public Realm

SEMINAR 6: What Should Schools Teach About Religion?

16th July 2014,  5-7pm, Goldsmiths, London, NAB LG01

The seminar will be chaired by Goldmsith’s Prof. Adam Dinham, Director of the Religious Literacy Programme. Panel members will include FCSU Fellow, Stephen Shashoua, Director of 3FF; Aisling Cohn, Schools Manager at 3FF; Joyce Miller, Chair-elect of the RE Council and Martha Shaw, FCSU, Researcher on Re For Real, a project exploring views on learning about religion and belief in schools.

Places are limited, so please register with Tim Stacey (

Hinduism, Christianity, and Religious Liberal Toleration

Jeff Spinner-Halev, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Thursday 3 July 2014

5pm, Council Room, UCL School of Public Policy

29-30 Tavistock Square, WC1H 9QU London

All are welcome. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email Aurelia Bardon ( or Lois Lee ( 

To attend, please register at

Online Resources

Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis

The publication series Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis, published by the Donner Institute for Religious and Cultural History in Åbo/Turku Finland, is now available online as an open access publication at

Radicalisation Research

A website which brings high-quality academic research on radicalisation and extremism to the attention of the media and policy–makers and others with an interest in these areas.

Free Access to Virtual Special Issues from Folklore

Throughout June and July 2014, you can access over 100 articles from the academic journal Folklore, including themed collections on Paganism, Folklore, Religion and Contemporary Spirituality, and Death, Burial and the Afterlife. All virtual special issues can be explored at


Interfaith Relations in Myanmar

University of Muenster/Germany

More information (Deutsch) (PDF).

Lecturer/Assistant Professor Ancient History

University of Groningen

More information (URL).

PhD Studentship

Brazil-Australia Pentecostal Connections

University of Western Sydney

More information (PDF).

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 14 February 2014

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

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion and Architecture

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

ISIH-conference in Toronto.

Religion in Social Relations

The Hungarian Historical Review

Deadline for  abstracts: 28 Feb 2014

Constructing Orthodoxies and Heresies in the Islamic World

2014 MAMEIS Annual Conference

Abstracts Due: Friday, February 14 2014

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

Religion in Everyday lives

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

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

Special Issue of Fat Studies

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

Religion and Fat, guest edited by Lynne Gerber,

Susan Hill and LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant.

See attached word document. 

Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society

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

Journal URL

Contact for queries and submissions:

Oxford X 2014

Astronomy, Indigenous Knowledge, and Interpretation

Abstracts Due March 1, 2014

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


The Pentecostalisation of Public Spheres

Religion & Society @Leeds Research Day

14 March 2014, Fairbairn House, Main Building Upper Chapel

See attached pdf. 

The Use of Tafsir in Translating the Koran

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

28 February 2014, at the Warburg Institute, London.

Food and Ritual: Ancient Practices, Modern Perspectives


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



University of Cape Town – Lecturer: Asian Religions

Antioch University – Instructor, Buddhist Studies Program

University of Pittsburgh – Visiting Assistant Professor

University of Edinburgh – Religious Studies, Teaching Fellow

Keble College, Oxford – Reformation history and theology


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

Summer School

Mysticism and Esotericism

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

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


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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


Contemporary Islam

Volume 8 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Contemporary Religion

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

Calls for Papers

HARTS & Minds Journal

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

Our second edition ‘Space and Place’ can be found at and you can get updates on our journal at

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

We accept:

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

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

Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:

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

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

The 39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

25th-27th April 2014

Venue: Luther King House – Manchester

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

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

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

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

Booking form and more details on our website

Religion and Food

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

Conference website:

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

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

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

Keynote speakers:

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

Prof. Gunnar af Hällström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Prof. Patricia Lysaght, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Graham Harvey, Open University, London, UK


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


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

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

Further information about the publication series:


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

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

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

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

The registration fee does not include accommodation.

Conference Venue:

Åbo Akademi University

Asa Building

Fänriksgatan 3 / Vänrikinkatu 3

Åbo / Turku



31.1 2014: Submission of abstracts

14.2 2014: Letters of acceptance

30.4 2014: Payment of conference fee

25-27.6 2014: Conference

30.9 2014: Submission of articles for the conference proceedings

28.11 2014: Responses from the peer-review process

31.1 2015: Final submission

29.5 2015: Publication of Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis.


Donner Institute

PO Box 70

FIN-20501 Åbo / Turku



Tel.: +358 20 786 1450

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

24 et 25 avril 2014

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

Date limite de soumission : 20 janvier 2014

Envoyer votre proposition à Stéphane Bürgi :

Chaque proposition doit inclure:

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

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

lundi 10 février 2014.

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

l’automne 2014/hiver 2015.

Podcasts on Esotericism

In November last year there was an interesting conference in Berlin on the subject of “Looking Through the Occult: Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the 19th Century”. Audio recordings of the papers presented are now online at




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

Florentino García Martínez Research Master Scholarship

Established by Jan Overmeer

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

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

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

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

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

Applications for the scholarship should be submitted to the secretary of the Qumran Institute, Ms. Willeke van de Pol: Further enquiries should be addressed to the Director of the Qumran Institute, Prof. Dr. Mladen Popović:

2014 Research Colloquium – Fellowships Available

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-02

Description: 2014 Annual Research Colloquium: Religion, Leadership

and Social Transformation Spend the month of July in New York

working on a research or writing project related to the theme

of Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation, with access

to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University …



Announcement ID: 209265


CRASIS Annual Meeting

14 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centenaire de Totem et tabou

Psychanalyse et interdisciplinarité au XXIe siècle

23-24 JANVIER 2014


Université Paris Diderot — Amphithéâtre Buffon – 15 rue Hélène Brion

Paris, France (75013)


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Renseignements :


Jeudi 23 janvier

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

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

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

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

Vendredi 24 janvier

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

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

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

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

Samedi 25 janvier

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

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

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

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


Thomas Lepoutre, courriel :

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


January 21-23, 2014

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

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

Contact person: Petra Hahm +49 173 8611440

Summer School

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

Religious Diversity in Göttingen Summer School 2014


College of Charleston – Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies


Buddhist Temples of Kyoto and Kamakura

Beatrice Lane Suzuki

Edited by Michael Pye

Series: Eastern Buddhist Voices

HB £60 9781845539207

PB £19.99 9781845539214

256pp, 234 x 156mm

Equinox Publishing Ltd

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

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

Link to book website and ordering details

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

Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Journal of Religion in Japan (JRJ)


Theology and Science vol 11, no 4


Sociology of Religion



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

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

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


17:00 Arrival and Registration

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

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

19:30 Reception Dinner at Strätlingshof, Bochum


9:00 Coffee

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

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

11:30 Coffee break

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

13:00 Lunch at Beckmanns Hof, Bochum

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

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

17:00 Coffee Break

17:15 Projekt, Serie, Werkkomplex:

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

19:30 Dinner at Livingroom, Bochum


9:00 Coffee

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

10:30 How to Exhibit Religion?

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

11:30 Response

Alexandra Grieser (Dublin)

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

13:00 Lunch at Trattoria Falcone, Bochum

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

A Colloquium organised by the Centre for Church Growth Research

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

Date: 2 May 2014, 10 am to 4 pm

Venue: Room 349 Senate House, University of London

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

Speakers include:

 Professor David Martin (LSE)

Professor John Wolffe (Open University)

Dr Peter Brierley (Brierley Consulting)

Dr Lois Lee (University College, London)

Dr Alana Harris (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Dr Andrew Rogers (University of Roehampton)

Rev Dr Babatunde Adedibu (RCCG)

 For detailed information and to book a place, visit:



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

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

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

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

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

 Dr.P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

(pedram.khosronejad [at]


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

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

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

 Eurel Conference 2014

Religion in floating territories

Lublin, Poland, 23-24 October 2014

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

CFP: The Self in South Asia

University of Chicago April 17­19

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

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

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

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

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



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

Date: 2014-01-08

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

Contact: weeksj [at]

Announcement ID: 208829



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

Date: 2013-12-15

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

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

Contact: DLi [at]

Announcement ID: 208877



Ghosts in the Flesh: Call for Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 The deadline for submission is 15/01/14



British Association for the Study of Spirituality

Third International Conference Spirituality in a Challenging World

19-21 May 2014

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK

(only 30 minutes by train from London Euston)

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

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

Full details are available on the BASS website.


Funded PhD Opportunity – Religious Literacy and Religious Studies

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

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

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


Open Theology journal – call for Section Editors

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

Contact: ktempczyk [at]

Announcement ID: 208473


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

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: polonsky [at]


Announcement ID: 208472



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

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: csc [at]


Announcement ID: 208518


Tenure Track (Open Rank) Faculty Position in Hebrew Bible

Department: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Rank: Tenure/Tenure Track

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

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

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

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

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

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


Bates College – Postdoctoral Fellowship in East Asian Studies <>


Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <>

Yale University – Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Postdoctoral Fellowship <>

Rutgers University – Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies <>


Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <>

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 6 Dec 2013

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Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions:

Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A full programme will be posted soon.

For more on the Ashgate-Inform book series, please see the attached flyer or visit the website

Colloquium: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

UCLA, Royce Hall room 314

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

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

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

Death and disease at Deir el-Medina

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

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

    Coffee break

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

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

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



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

Date: 2013-12-21

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

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Announcement ID: 208999



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

18-19-20 June 2014


Organised by Grégory Delaplace and Frédérique Valentin


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




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

13-14 March 2014

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

CFP: Religion and Crisis

BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2014

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014

(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

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


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


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


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


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

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



BSA: Early Career Theorists’ Symposium

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

 Call for Abstracts

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

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

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

(2) title of your presentation;

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

(4) five keywords descriptive of the presentation.

Please send submissions to the organizers: Dr Marcus Morgan, University of Cambridge ( and Dr Suzi Hall, London School of Economics ( The deadline for submission of abstracts is 6th January, 2014.

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


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

Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu, Estonia

7th – 10th May 2014

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


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

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


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

1. Other in the war context;

2. Ideas of modernity in representations of the Other;

3. The production and reception of humour;

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

5. New media and new ways of seeing.


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

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

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

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


Please send your proposal to:

Prof. Dagnosław Demski, IAE PAN Warsaw, UMK University,

dr Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu University,

dr Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, IAE PAN Warsaw,


Conference Site, Travel and Accommodation

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

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


Registration Fee

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


Publication of Papers

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


More information will be sent in the second circular.


See also the conference website at

CFP: Cyberpilgrimage: theory, practice and future

Deadline: 09/01/2014

The Future with/of Anthropologies

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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

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

– What are the benefits of cyberpilgrimage to the pilgrims?

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

-Should faith be considered as a prerequisite for cyberpilgrimage?

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

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

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

-Potential relationships between cyberpilgrimage and illusion.

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

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

– Cyberpilgrimage and diaspora?

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



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

Deadline: May 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

Please send all submissions to For further questions and clarifications, feel free to contact the editor at Potential contributors may also want to visit our facebook page at:


International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media

Issue 0, February 1, 2014


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

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

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

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

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

Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.


Deadline: December 15.

Submit work here:



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



School of Oriental and African Studies – Lecturer in Anthropology <>


University of Oxford – Khalid bin Abdullah al Saud Professorship of the Contemporary Arab World <>

St. John’s University – Assistant Professor, South Asian History <>


University of Alberta – Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Polity and Society, 500 BCE-500 CE <>


Lingnan University – Associate Professor in Modern Chinese Literature <>


AHRC-funded Studentships and College Scholarships for 2014

Historical and Philosophical Studies

College of Arts

University of Glasgow


Tutor in Pioneer Ministry

International Christian College

PhD studentships

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

University of Edinburgh


MSc Studentships

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

University of Edinburgh

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

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

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

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




10 Full-Funded ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Media and Communications, Socio-legal studies and Sociology Goldsmiths, University of London


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


Particular areas of research interest in the Department include:


* religion, capitalism and globalization

* religion and media

* the role of religion in the construction of European modernity

* religion, law, governance and politics

* the cultural sociology of the sacred

* the study of religious subjectivity

* material religion

* religion and childhood

* religion and critical theory


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


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 29 Nov 2013

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  • Call for papers

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Contemporary Buddhism, vol 14, no. 2


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

Location: New York

Date: 2013-12-04

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

Contact: ll2787 [at]


Announcement ID: 208671


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

Date: 2014-02-05

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

Contact: amy4ibe [at]


Announcement ID: 208660



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

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: clarasaraiva [at] and povedakistvan [at]

Announcement ID: 208340


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

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

Thursday 19 December 2013 10.30am to 1pm

Thursday 19 December 2013

Grand Officers’ Robing Room, Freemasons’ Hall,

Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ


10.30 Introduction and welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Search the Collections [Ref: GBR 1991 GD series]

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


Your contact address, email or phone number:



Reading, Writing and Religion 1660-1830

Saturday 7th December -Queen Mary, University of London

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


Princeton University – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work/Workplace Spirituality <


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

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

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

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014

Theme issue: Death, mourning and the internet

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

Thanatos ( is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and a scientific online journal published by the Finnish Death Studies Association (

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

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

• Digital afterlife

• Internet and hospice care

• Space and spatiality in virtual memorials

• Identity and virtual memorials

• Online memorials and heritage

• Memorials and online gaming

• Death and Facebook

• Memorial videos in Youtube (Vimeo etc.)

• Online funerals

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


• 3.1.2014: Abstract deadlines (max 400 words)

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

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

• 31.5.2014: Deadline for second drafts

• June/July: Journal publication

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


CFP: Interdisciplinary conference: Images of Afterlife

22–24 October 2014, University of Turku, Finland

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

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

Topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

o Religious and spiritual images of afterlife

o Images of afterlife in art

o Mythic topographies of the otherworld

o Secular conceptions of afterlife

o Afterlife conceptions as sources of comfort and hope

o Beliefs about persistence of the mind after death

o Mind, soul and consciousness

o “Good” and “bad” death

o Suicide and afterlife

o Euthanasia

o Organ transplantation

o Death, afterlife and multiculturalism in health care

o Agency in afterlife

o Marginalized discourses of afterlife

o Interaction with the spaces and agents of the afterlife

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

o Near-death experiences and deathbed visions

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


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

Professor Altti Kuusamo, Art History, University of Turku

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

Professor Emerita Margaret Lock, Social Studies of Medicine, McGill

University (tbc)

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

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

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

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

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

Further information about the conference, social programme, travel and accommodation in Turku will be soon available on our web page

CFP for ‘Skulls, faces and being human’ panel

Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth

ASA2014: Decennial Conference

Edinburgh- 19th-22nd June 2014

Deadline for paper abstract submission is 5th January 2014.

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

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

Papers invited from social and cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic anthologists, museologists, historians etc., anyone with an interest in skulls and the ways we and others interpret skulls.


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

Date: 2013-11-15

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

Contact: application [at]


Announcement ID: 208309


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

University, Istanbul. April 19  20, 2014.

Date: 2013-11-30

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

Contact: symposium [at]


Announcement ID: 208341



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

Location: Indiana

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: jgiguere [at]


Announcement ID: 208313


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

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

‘Spiritual Exercises’

*Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2014*

Keynote Speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin

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

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



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

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

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

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

Abstract deadline: January 31st, 2014.

More information and abstract submission:

or by email: f.uhlenbruch [at]


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

Organizers: Patricia Blessing and Ali Yaycioglu

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

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

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

For more information on the conference, see:


CFP: EASR Annual Conference, Groningen, Netherlands

11-15 May, 2014

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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


-Materiality and immateriality of ‘spiritual senses’

-Epistemology of knowledge gained through religious experience

-Corporeality and knowledge

-Hierarchies of knowledge in Christian communities

-The nature of the connection between God and human

-The relation between spiritual senses and the five human senses

-Meanings given to ‘spiritual senses’ in different Christianities

-Interplay of different forms of knowledge in Christian communities

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


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


Submission guidelines: Individual papers

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


Deadline: 1 December 2013


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2015

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

Contact: bs411 [at]


Announcement ID: 208376



University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism <>


Indiana University – Bloomington – Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) Postdoctoral Fellowship <>


Quest University Canada – Full-time Continuing Faculty: Contemporary Cultural Life <>


University of Pittsburgh – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan-Korea Studies <>


Aarhus University – Associate Professor in Experimental Philosophy of Cognitive Science <>


Memphis Theological Seminary – Tenure Track Faculty <>




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

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

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

via the following link:  

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Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief vol 9 no 4;jsessionid=1b6hatc7xpp21.alice

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics (JEF) has recently published its latest issue Vol. 7, No. 1 at

International Journal of Philosophy and Theology


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

Ingie Hovland

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

Chapter 1 is available for download (pdf) at–colonialism-mission-station-christianity.html

Hardcover: ISBN 9789004254886

E-book: E-ISBN 9789004257405



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

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

This will be a primarily anglophone session.

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

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

For all details (timing, programme, abstracts…), please see here:



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

Date: 2014-07-09

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

Contact: sj1 [at]


Announcement ID: 208516


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

See the conference website for more details and facebook


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

 Please consult the attached poster and our website for more details:


With this year’s conference of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) over, the planning for next year’s conference have begun. Pls consider submitting paper proposals to next year’s conference (see call for papers below).

The theme of next year’s conference is ‘Building Bridges’—the idea is to build bridges between disciplines and cultures, so scholars from different areas of study and geographical regions are strongly encouraged to attend. This includes post-graduate students!

For those who need funding, have a look at the SSSR’s web site (<file://localhost/owa/redir.aspx>) which includes details about available travel funds.

CFP: Religion in California conference at UC Berkeley, April 24-25 on California Paganism. For this panel, I am particularly interested in papers that address: California’s role in modern Pagan movement, California’s emergent Pagan traditions*, politics and activism (social and environmental), migrant communities and California Paganism, and work that integrates the writings of Dr. Lorentzen and Dr. Sutton, keynote speakers of the conference. (Conference prefers papers that interact with the work of Sutton (Aimee Semple McPerson and the Resurrection of Christian America) and Lorentzen (Religion at the Corner of Bliss and Nirvana: Politics, Identity, and Faith in New Migrant Communities). If your work intersects with theirs, that is great, but I am more interested in authentic academic papers about California Paganism than analyses that are forced.)

 *I expect to present my research on Church of All Worlds, so papers on Reclaiming, Dianic Witchcraft, and others are encouraged.

 To participate, please submit a 30-100 word abstract and any other information available (sample, outline or bibliography) to

 Send to me by Dec. 1. (You can also send your own paper proposals directly to the conference planners according to the attachment. Send to if you want to be part of a California Paganism panel. I will have responses ready by Dec. 8.)

 Include “California Paganism Panel” in subject line.

Direct any questions about this panel to me at Michelle Mueller


CFP: Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)This is a call for papers for one or several panels on “Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)” which will be held during the Fourth World Congress for Middle East Studies (WOCMES), 18th-22nd August 2014 in Ankara (Turkey).

Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1919-1980), Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeyni (1902-1989), Ahmad Shah Massoud (1953-2001), Yasser Arafat (1929-2004), Saddam Hussein (1937-2006), Muammar al-Gaddafi (1942-2011) and Osama Bin Ladan (1957-2011) were all political, religious or pious leaders of important countries and movements of the contemporary Middle East during the last two decades of the 20th and the first decade of the 21st centuries. Their deaths and funeral ceremonies, their burial places, and their tombs and mausoleums are the main topics of our panel(s). We are interested in receiving proposals which present new and unpublished researches on topics such as (but not limited to):

–        Death and funeral ceremonies as national and state formation;

–       Funeral architecture and national identity;

–       Memorials and mausoleums as a mechanism of symbolic legitimation;

–        Significance of memorials and mausoleums in urban topography and the creation of sacred public space;

–       The role of memorials and mausoleums in collective memory and constructing the narrative of the past;

–       The role of memorials and mausoleums in innovation and the creation of new rituals and performances;

–       The death of political and religious leaders and the creation of new saints and sanctity;

–       Creation of new sites of worship and political-religious pilgrimage;

–       Formation of religious-political tourism.


We are primarily interested in receiving proposals which focus on case or comparative studies related to the above mentioned leaders. All branches of disciplines are welcome.

Please send the title of your proposal, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 30th Nov. 2013 to:

Dr. P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

Email: pedram.khosronejad [at]


The instructions for applying to the 2014 bursary program for attending the conference in Groningen are now available online on the EASR website: You will see there the timeline for submissions and notification of results


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2014

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-11-22

Description: Crossroads of East Asia: The 17th Annual Harvard East Asia Society Conference Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA February 21 – February 23, 2014 The Harvard East Asia Society invites currently enrolled graduate students from around the world, working across all disciplines to submit papers for i   …

Contact: heas.conference [at]


Announcement ID: 208541



CFP: Asian Studies National Conference 2014

Location: Texas

Date: 2014-03-13

Description: The Asian Studies Development Program 20th annual national conference will be held in Houston, Texas from March 13-15, 2014. The conference welcomes undergraduate faculty from community colleges, universities and private liberal arts colleges. The deadline for the call for papers is November 15 alth …

Contact: Manoabuck [at]


Announcement ID: 208467


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

Date: 2014-03-17

Description: This major international conference at the University of Cambridge brings together an impressive range of papers that consider visual, symbolic and material aspects of the esoteric tradition. Topics range from Egyptian tomb magic, amulets and protective charms, to alchemical illustrations, witchcraf …

Contact: enchantment2014 [at]


Announcement ID: 208436


Proposals are invited for the open panel on ‘Transformations of Religion Through Economic Knowledge’ at the European Association for the Study of Religion “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”. University of Groningen, Netherlands, 11-15 May 2014.


Economization penetrates all segments of culture since some decades. In its wake come severe subversions that have not yet been sufficiently understood or that are not even foreseeable. Economic knowledge has infiltrated religion in this process and by this brings in a total system of mainly neoliberal anthropological, moral and political assumptions and applications: A reign of management takes over charisma and common forms of religious authority. Knowledge on cult branding, marketing and building up distribution systems is applied as “naturally” to religion in this course. Believers appear as „demand side“ and „consumer clientele“. Religious market competition is said to pluralize religion and help it grow.

All papers are welcomed that consider: – how diverse forms and specializations of economic knowledge exert these converting effects on religion; – how economic knowledge supersedes, competes or even exceeds religious practices and institutions in past or contemporary religion.

Contact: anne.koch [at]

for more information:

Abstracts have to be submitted until 1st of December!





Bergamo, June 5-7, 2014

Detailed descriptions of the workshop sessions are listed here:

For further information and updates:

Submissions are now open for “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” Vol. 5 No. 1 (January 2014).

See for past issues.

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

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

Although anthropological and ethnographic approaches are central to the journal (and it would be nice to see more ethnographic submissions), we also welcome contributions from other disciplines including folklore, history, sociology, psychology, parapsychology and indeed any discipline which has an interesting contribution to make.

If you have an idea for an article that you think would be suitable for the journal, or have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the editor via discarnates [at]



Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the panel on ‘New Approaches to the Study of Religion and Peace’ to be presented at the Joint conference of the Dutch Association for the Study of Religion (NGG) and the European Association for the Study of Religions (EASR), also ranked as special conference of the International Association for the History of Religions (IAHR) “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge”. University of Groningen, 11-15 May 2014.

 Short Abstract:

The study of the religious involvement in conflict, peacemaking and peacebuilding has mainly focused on the role of religion in good governance issues, such as state building in the so-called track II or non-official diplomacy. In addition, interreligious dialogue, faith-based diplomacy, and the role of religion in restorative justice and reconciliation have been some of the main concerns in the field. The majority of these studies have considered religion as an ally to liberal peacebuilding models.


The purpose of this panel is to challenge some of the dominant views in the study of religion and peace by proposing alternative paths of analysis. The papers will enhance the field through the proposal of critical analysis of concepts and theories through theoretical, historical, and empirical contributions. Papers include research on grassroots experiences of peacebuilding, religion and transformative reparation, religion and social justice, and religion and transitional justice from below.

 More information about the panel can be found at

Details about the conference here

The deadline is 1 December 2013. Please email to the following address if you are interested in participating:smroyola[at] or sriosoyola [at]


New York University – Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology <>


University of Oxford – University Lecturer, Chinese History <>

Aarhus University – Assistant Professorship in Islam <>


Brooklyn College – Assistant Professor – American Jewish Studies (Judaic Studies) <>


Princeton University – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work/Workplace Spirituality <>


University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism <>



University of Illinois — Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign ( invites applications for an assistant, associate, or full professor position (full time tenure-track or tenured position).

American Indian Studies is searching for a scholar in interdisciplinary American Indian or Indigenous Studies with an emphasis on Native peoples from regions of North America where our campus is located, including the Lower Great Lakes, the Upper Mississippi, and the Mississippi cultural regions. The successful candidate will have a record of research excellence and publication in American Indian or Indigenous studies (tenured) or demonstrate potential to develop such a record (tenure-track). Along with research and publication, the position requires significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, graduate mentoring, in addition to program, university, and other forms of professional service. Current faculty in our unit conduct interdisciplinary research in a range of fields including comparative indigenous studies, media studies, expressive culture, intellectual history, literary history, educational history, sports, social and political theory, language revitalization, museum studies, governance, health, militarization, and performance. Candidates from all disciplinary backgrounds will be considered; however, the search committee is interested in candidates who complement the expertise of our current faculty, and we are particularly interested in candidates whose research focuses on design and fine arts, linguistics, language revitalization, environmental studies, landscape architecture, critical geographies, and disability studies. A joint appointment or teaching arrangement with another academic unit on campus is also likely.


Minimum qualifications include the PhD or equivalent by the start of appointment, clear knowledge and experience in American Indian and Indigenous Studies, scholarly achievement and promise, and evidence of teaching excellence. Experience working with American Indian or other Indigenous communities is a plus.


To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through and submit your letter of application detailing current research plans, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references by December 15, 2013.

The search committee may contact the applicant about soliciting letters of reference at a later point, after a first review of the files.  For inquiries regarding the position, contact search committee chair, Jodi Byrd (  Target start date of August 16, 2014.  Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. (


Applications are now invited for admission to the Religious Roots of Europe Master’s Programme 2013. This is a joint programme taught in collaboration by the religion and theology departments of six Scandinavian universities and carries a focus on the formative periods of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The language of instruction is English. For more information, check out,, or

Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s degree in Religious Studies, Theology or other relevant fields of study before beginning the programme. They should have at least 20 ECTS of Ancient  Greek, Latin, Hebrew or Arabic.

Application for admission is made to one of the six host institutions: Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund or Oslo ( The deadline for application varies according to the individual institution. In Bergen, the deadline for students resident abroad is December 1, 2013. (See

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

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Journal of Hindu Studies, advance notice


The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Cloth $65.00, ISBN: 9780691157863; eBook: ISBN: 9781400848058) is the most authoritative and wide-ranging reference of its kind ever produced in English. The Buddhist scholars Robert E. Buswell Jr. and Donald S. Lopez Jr. have created a milestone dictionary that explains the key terms, doctrines, practices, texts, authors, deities, and schools of Buddhism across six major canonical languages and traditions: Sanskrit, Pāli, Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. This important new reference also includes selected terms from Burmese, Khmer, Lao, Mongolian, Newari, Sinhalese, Thai, and Vietnamese.


More than 5,000 alphabetical entries—totaling 1.2 million words—take an encyclopedic approach, with short essays that explore the extended meaning and significance in greater depth than a conventional dictionary. The book also includes a chronicle of Asian historical periods (empires, dynasties, and kingdoms) and a timeline of Buddhism from the sixth century BCE to the 20th century.  Eight maps show both the Buddhist cosmological realms as well as many regions of Asia, marking the major cities, important monasteries, sacred places, and pilgrimage routes spanning geographical sites in India, China, Japan, Korea, and Tibet.



History of Art and Religion seminar

Tuesday 12 November 2013

History of Art and Religion Seminar at Oxford Brookes University Harcourt Hill Campus, November 12th, 11am-3pm.  The event is free to attend, but please contact me by phone or email to register your attendance. by 8 Nov Emma Curran, Administrator of the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History – ecurran [at]


Thursday 21st November, 12.30 – 2.00 pm, 19 George Square, Room G2

The Religious Life of Scotland Today: Insights from the 2011 Census.

With Amy Wilson (Head of Census Statistics at the National Records of Scotland), and comment from Dr Michael Rosie (Department of Sociology), Prof Paul Weller (Professor of Inter-Religious Relations, University of Derby), and Prof Hugh Goddard (Director of the Alwaleed Centre).

It is organised by Professor Hugh Goddard, Director of the HRH Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World, University of Edinburgh.

Symposium – Hajj: Global Interactions through Pilgrimage

28 and 29 November 2013

Venue: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, Steenstraat 1, Leiden

Organisers: Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, LUCIS, FEL, NISIS and CAOS

The symposium is organized on the occasion of the exhibition Longing for Mecca: the Pilgrim’s Journey (10 September 2013 -9 March 2014)  on the Hajj to Mecca in Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde, which was developed in cooperation with the British Museum in London. The symposium starts with a reflection on the ‘Theory & Practice’ of the pilgrimage to Mecca from religious, anthropological, and material culture perspectives. This introductory session will contextualize two subsequent sessions: one involving case-studies concerning global interchange and interactions in material culture spurred by the Hajj, like the production of the kiswa (the textile covering the Ka’ba), pilgrim’s certificates and Hajj wall-paintings. Another session will be dedicated to case studies concerning transnational & local, social & political dimensions of the Hajj as well as issues concerning the meanings of pilgrimage for the religious lives and identity politics for individuals. The symposium will be concluded by an in-depth on-stage interview with two Dutch Hajjis and the 3rd Adrian Gerbrands lecture by Finbarr Barry Flood (New York University).


You are cordially invited to join us on November 14th and 15th in Berlin for the conference:

*Looking Through the Occult:*

Instrumentation, Esotericism, and Epistemology in the 19th Century /online at **/

November 14 & 15, Humboldt University of Berlin, Main Building (Hauptgebäude), Unter den Linden 6—Room 2103


pre-register by writing to bernard.geoghegan [at]


CFP: International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

4-6 August 2014 / post-conference workshop 7 August 2014

Over the past decade the study of media, religion and culture has broadened out from interests in media representation to thinking about the religious uses and aesthetics of media, the significance of media for religion in public life, and the role of media technologies for new forms of religious life and practice.

Building on this, the biannual conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture will explore how we can understand societies in which much public encounter with religion takes place through media and in which religious life takes place through a multiplicity of mediated practices and networks. It will explore questions such as what difference do media content, aesthetics, technologies and networks make to the ways in which religion is understood and practiced? And how do we understand the nature of power in relation to these mediated networks and practices?

Keynote speakers will include Professor Jonathan Walton (Harvard), author of Watch This! The Ethics and Aesthetics of Black Televangelism, Associate Professor Kathryn Lofton(Yale), author of Oprah: The Gospel of an Icon, with an address also given by the inaugural President of the Society, Professor Stewart Hoover (Colorado).

Key information about the conference, including the call for papers which is open until 3 December 2013, registration and accommodation details and the conference programme, is available here: If you have any queries about the conference which are not answered in the information below then please email IMRC 2014.

We are accepting paper proposals of up to 350 words; panel proposals (which must include paper titles, 150 word abstracts for each paper, and names and titles of four participants plus a moderator/respondent); and proposals for exhibitions and/or workshops of up to 350 words. Sessions will be 1½ hours in length.

Some of the questions that may be addressed in paper, panel, workshop, or exhibition proposals include:

  • The role of media in shaping religious and cultural understandings

  • Emergent networks of meaning, religion, and power

  • Theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion and media

  • The role of religious and humanitarian organizations in cross-national justice and media initiatives

  • Media and human rights

  • Media, religion, and authority

  • Religious conflict and media representation

  • Religion and film

  • Growing up multi-cultural and multi-religious in a mediated world

  • Religion, globalization and cosmopolitanism

  • The role of media in the emergence of global religious and cultural movements

  • Diasporic media and transnational religious communities

  • Media, religion and global politics

  • The mediatization of religion

  • Religion, media, and the global marketplace

Proposals should be sent to Professor Lynn Schofield Clark, University of Denver (Lynn.Clark [AT] by 3 December 2013. Notification of acceptances will be sent out from 15th January 2014.

CFP: History and the Senses – 28th Annual SSFH Annual Conference

Date: 2014-01-10

Description: From the Annales school to phenomenology, French historians and intellectuals have pioneered insights into interpreting the evidence of the senses. This years theme invites proposals for papers and panels from a wide variety of historians who may be concerned with the five human senses, or who study …

Contact: ssfh.2014 [at]


Announcement ID: 207978


 CFP: Grand Valley State University Journal of History is looking for undergraduate historical research papers in any topic.

Description: The History Journal is a student-run academic journal that publishes undergraduate essays from all disciplines, as  long as they pertain to history. Submissions are accepted year-round and are published online on a rolling basis. This semester, one of our goals is to increase our submission base  and  …

Contact: editorhistoryjournal [at]


Announcement ID: 207898


 CFP: Folklore and Popular Culture Area, 2014 National Popular  Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: Final Call! Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association 2014 National Conference Folklore and  Popular Culture Area April 16-19, 2014 Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile The Folklore and Popular Culture Area of the PCA/ACA invites papers exploring any aspect of folklore and popula …

Contact: kathryn.edney [at[


Announcement ID: 207911


 CFP: Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis

The Graduate Committee for the Study of Religion at The University of Texas at Austin is pleased to announce the topic of its upcoming graduate student conference, “Remixing Religion: New Models for the Study of Religious Synthesis.” Please see the attached Call for Papers for more information.

Conference dates: April 4-6, 2014

Keynote speakers: David Frankfurter (Boston University) and Judith Weisenfeld (Princeton University)

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by November 27, 2013. Proposals should include the presenter’s name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and email address as well as the paper title and abstract.

 Department of East Asian Studies,University of Delhi, with the support of Japan Foundation, is organizing an International Conference on “Perception of Life and Death: Japan and India”on February 14-15th, 2014 at the University of Delhi, Delhi, India.

India and Japan are two nations that are in contrast to each other as far as their culture and societies are concerned. While the former is a conglomeration of a number of races and cultures, the latter can be included into the ‘single-race single-culture’ category.

Consequently the religious sensibilities, philosophical thought and behavioural patterns of the two societies too are varied. A comparative study of the perception of life and death in these two countries, under the influence of their respective religious and philosophical thought, will give us insights to understand how ideas about life, death, afterlife etc. have imfluenced different cultures.

 Although not limited to these topics, the conference invites papers on the following issues related to understanding the perception towards life and death in Japan and India, and, also in other cultures / countries.

 1.    Comparative study of the perception of life and death in India and Japan.

2.    Sociological, cultural and historical factors influencing the perception of

     life and death in India, Japan and other countries.

3.    Religious, philosophical and traditional values influencing perception towards

     life and death in different cultures.

4.    Societal relationships, family, sex and gender in understanding life and death

5.    Understanding the perception  of life and death through literature and art

6.    Perception of life and death as reflected in the work ethics and social

     morality of the countries

7.    Perception of life and death in relation to disasters and natural calamities.

8.    Issues related to Bioethics and technology (brain death, euthanasia, organ

     transplant, surrogacy, cloning) and perception of life and death.

 Online submissions:Please email the Title and the Abstract of your paper (500 words) to

 Last date of submission of Title and Abstract:  November 31st 2013

Those selected to present their paper in the conference are required to submit the Full Paper (3000-5000 words)

 Last date of submission of Full Paper:  January 15th  2014.

Date:  February 14 -15, 2014

Venue:  Conference Centre, University of Delhi

Delhi, India

Email Paper Title and Abstract to: lifedeathconf.du[at]

Last date of submission of Title and Abstract:  November 31st 2013


Biennial Conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, with the theme Collaboration, Intimacy & Revolution – innovation and continuity in an interconnected world, to be held in Tallinn, Estonia 31.07. – 03.08 2014.

The call for panels is currently open. More information at

Key dates:

Call for panels closes: 09/12/2013

Decisions on panels: 22/12/2013

Call for films closes: 13/01/2014

Call for papers: 27/12/2013-27/02/2014

Call for laboratories closes: 27/02/2014 Registration opens: 10/04/2014 End of early-bird rate: 22/05/2014

Israel Studies Fellowships for 2014 at the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, Brandeis University:————-

Summer Institute for Israel Studies 2014 – Applications due January 21, 2014

June 16 – 30, 2014 at Brandeis University & July 1 – 10, 2014 in Israel

Summer Institute (SIIS) helps college & university professors design new courses on Israel. Over 200 faculty members from 180 universities worldwide have participated in SIIS since its inception in 2004. Faculty from the social sciences and humanities are invited to apply.

SIIS Fellowships include:

• Multidisciplinary seminars taught by world-class faculty from Israel and the U.S. exploring Israeli society, politics, culture, economics, diplomacy & more (two weeks)

• Israel study tour with leading personalities in public life, the academy and the arts (nine days)

• Travel, accommodations, and most meals at Brandeis and in Israel

• Stipend of up to $2,500 for full course or $1,500 for Brandeis seminar only

• Access to vast Israel Studies resources online and in Brandeis University library

• Annual workshops and year-round webinars

• Membership in an active, international community of Israel scholars with opportunities for networking and professional collaboration


Watch the video and learn more at:


Questions? Contact Keren Goodblatt at kereng1 [at]



The response to the first round of the Call for Papers for the 2014 NGG/EASR/IAHR Conference “Religion and Pluralities of Knowledge,” to be held at the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) on 11-15 May 2014, has been overwhelming. The Organization Committee reviewed all proposals for Open Sessions and for Pre-Arranged Sessions, and we published the selected sessions on the conference website at . The list of sessions gives an excellent indication of the spectrum of topics, as well as the high level of reflection, that we can expect at the 2014 Conference in Groningen. The topics of the Open Sessions are now open for submission of individual papers. The deadline for these submissions is the same as for submission of individual paper proposals: 1 December 2013.

Please check the website for regular updates. All news will also be communicated through our Twitter account @NGG_nl. The hash tag for the conference is #EASR14. If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact us at .

On behalf of the NGG Executive Board and the Organization Committee of the conference, I want to thank all conveners of sessions for their effort. We look forward to receiving many more individual proposals  by 1 December.


CFP: Making Sense of Religion

Performance, Art and Experience

11th Conference of the SIEF Working Group on Ethnology of Religion Lisbon, Portugal 22-23 May, 2014

Religion has always been directly connected with embodied experience, artistic manifestations of ritualism, and creative performances of getting in touch with the sacred. Classic ethnological and anthropological theory of performance places emphasis on the ‘social dramas’, namely the actions of social interaction in the communicational ‘metatheatre’ (Turner 1987) of identity and status negotiation in everyday life. Religious performance has thus been considered as a genre of social action, as an art that it is open and liminal, a ‘paradigm of process’ (Schechner 1987). The study of the performative and artistic discourses in the field of contemporary religious practice is not new to ethnology, folklore, anthropology and to the social sciences in general, however little attention has been paid to the ‘pluri-sensorial’

(Barna-Fikfak 2006, Howes 1991) character of religious experience, and the creative transformations entailed in the process. Despite the recognition that bodies are mindful (Scheper-Hughes and Lock 1987), and the centrality of sensory perception in any form of performance, art, and religious act, social scientists continue to ignore the role of the senses in their analyses of religious practice.

Religious experience has also been tied to other forms of social expression and production. For example, anthropologists of spirit possession traditions are prone to associate the experience and content of such forms of mystical contact to other modes of relation, such as those engendered in oppressive socio-political and economic contexts.

While also irreducible to this, religious practices such as spirit mediation are often seen as ways of performatively resisting, if also reinterpreting and reintegrating, social realities. Performance here is read not necessarily as a theatrical or intentionally mimetic impulse, but as the articulation of subjectivities through the acting, moving body and its manifold, oven covert, registers. It is unsurprising that an emphasis has been placed in recent anthropology on the phenomenology (and cognition) of processes of “embodiment” or the “mindful body”.

While classic ritual theory generated concerns with the shaping of emotional, physical and social experience through techniques (and disciplines) of the body and its sensorium, performance theorists have expanded these concerns to include the role of illocutionary, aesthetic, material and dramatic processes in the expression of religious cosmology and its dividends. This has also implied a shift towards recognizing the profoundly self-reflexive, recursive dimensions of religiosity and its manifestations.

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

This conference thus aims to explore themes within the ethnology of religion, as well as within folklore-oriented studies, that speak to their fundamental capacity to sense which performs itself, through and with its actants, audiences, and media. At stake is a reconsideration of the universality of distinctions such as those between private and public religious experiences; the experience of intimate, “real” selves versus their performance or social construction; the existence of orthodoxies and established ontologies in counterpoint to their diversification, globalization, commoditization. We aim to ask not what the senses and “performance” of religion does to it (corrupts it, enhances it, promotes it, transforms it), but in what senses religion is constituted by its virtual or inherent senses, performativities and aesthetics? We ask how sport, technologies, artistic movements and forms of consumption, as well as modes of social and gender contestation, reveal and articulate religious dimensions; as well as how these can form novel configurations of religions themselves. Taking these points in mind, some specific topics within ethnology, anthropology and folklore studies studies we aim to focus are:

– ritual: sensing and performing

– senses, performance and popular religious art

– trends and consume of popular religious art and social contestation

– popular religious art in past and present

– feminism, gender and religious art

– contemporary spirituality and art

– performance, heritage and religious “authenticity”

Format: the conference takes place over two days, followed by an excursion on the third day. Paper presentations are limited to 20 minutes each, followed by ten minutes of discussion. In total 20 paper presenters can be selected. Colleagues who do not present a paper are welcome to participate in the conference and its discussions. A business meeting of the Working Group will be held during the conference.

Organizers: the conference is organised by the NAR-Anthropology of Religion Group of the Center for Research in Anthropology (CRIA) and the Ethnology of Religion Working Group of the International Society for Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF).

Venue: Universidade Nova de Lisboa-FCSH

Fee: the conference fee is 60 €, incl. conference materials, reception, coffee, lunch.

Participants are responsible for travel and accommodation; there is no funding for expenses available.

Application: submit an abstract of your paper of maximum 300 words, together with your name, position, and institutional affiliation to Dr.

Clara Saraiva clarasaraiva [at] and Dr. István Povedák povedakistvan [at] by January 15, 2014. The selection of the papers will be done in collaboration with the Board of the Working Group Ethnology of Religion. The final selection will be communicated by February 15, 2014.

Convenors: Clara Saraiva, Diana Espírito Santo,Jenny Roussou

Contacts: clarasaraiva [at], gimmefish [at], jennyroussou [at]

ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers

Association for the Study of Esotericism

Fifth International Conference

Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods

June 19-22, 2014

Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

Prof. Brach holds a Chair at l’École pratique des Hautes Études et in d’Histoire des courants ésotériques dans l’Europe moderne et contemporaine (Sorbonne) succeeding Antoine Faivre in this role.

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

Prof. Johnston teaches at Ohio State University and is author of numerous books and articles on Greek and Roman esoteric philosophical-religious traditions.  She is also editor of Religions of the Ancient World (Harvard UP).

The Association for the Study of Esotericism (ASE) is seeking paper and panel proposals for its fifth International North American Conference on Esotericism to be held at Colgate University, in Hamilton, New York.

We are seeking proposals for papers exploring the many dimensions of Western esoteric practices, including theories, representations and methods of practice viewed from cultural, practical, religious and aesthetic fields of inquiry. We encourage papers that address the conference theme in terms of diverse types of representation, including arts and literature, as well as methods that reflect specific theories of esotericism, either historically or in a contemporary context. We invite proposals on magic, alchemy, astrology, ritual practice, mysticism, spiritualism, occultism, hermeticism, neo-paganism, contemporary esoteric movements and teachers, Asian influences on Western traditions, and other relevant topics.  We are also interested in panels specifically on mysticism, contemplative practice, and other topics related to the conference theme. ASE regards esotericism as an interdisciplinary field of research and we invite scholars from all disciplines to share their research and writings in support of a cross-fertilization of perspectives. We welcome scholars from a wide range of areas, including anthropology, American studies, art history, history, intellectual history, religious studies, literature, philosophy, psychology, medieval studies, sociology-the full range of academic disciplines and fields.

Our deadline for panel or paper proposal submission is January 15th 2014.

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to

ASE2014Conference [at]

No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into plain text email. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two paragraphs, and must indicate academic affiliation and/or other academic qualifications. Independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than later. We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in 2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume in the series).

For more information on the conference arrangements, see our website at


American University – Kuwait – Anthropology, Environmental Studies – Open Rank <>


University of Toronto – Assistant Professor, Asian Theatre and Performance Studies <>


Boston College – AADS Dissertation Fellowship <>


Leibniz Institute of European History – PhD position: religion and violence in the Iberian Peninsula (1848-1914) <>


Leibniz Institute of European History – PhD position: religion and violence on the Balkans (1848-1914) <>


Mangalam Research Center for Buddhist Languages – Post-Doctoral Fellow, Buddhist Studies <>


Michigan State University – Assistant Professor, South Asian Religions <>


University of Virginia – Assistant Professor in Islamic Studies <>


Vanderbilt University – Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor <>


Vanderbilt University – Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor <>


Teaching Fellow in Mediaeval History

School of History

University of St Andrews


Teaching Fellowship in the History of European Art

School of Divinity, History & Philosophy

University of Aberdeen

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Sociology of Religion, advance access

The Journal of Religion and Gender has published a special issue on postcoloniality in the study of religions. You can read it here:


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

(Oxford University Press).


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


Religious Statues and Personhood: Testing the Role of Materiality

Amy Whitehead


Published 12-09-2013

ISBN 9781441110282

Online price: £58.50

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

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


Ancient Egyptian Sky Lore: Rethinking the Conventional Wisdom

Joanne Conman

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


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

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

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

Contact: agic.concordia [at]


Announcement ID: 207676


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


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

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm

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

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


Natural and Unnatural Boundaries of the Jewish Book

An abstract of the talk is available on our website:

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

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

Fayerweather Hall is located on the northeast side of the Columbia Morningside campus. A map is available here:

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

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

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

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

411 Fayerweather Hall, 6.00-8.00 pm



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

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

Contact: cssaame [at]


Announcement ID: 207551


CFP: CULT/UREThe Graduate Journal of Harvard Divinity School

Date: 2013-12-22

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

Contact: cultandculturecfp [at]


Announcement ID: 207546


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

Location: Washington

Date: 2013-12-15

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

Contact: heidic [at]


Announcement ID: 207604


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

The conference is March 13-15, on the campus of Yale University. This conference will be held in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies.


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

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

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

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

Hebrew Language and Culture in Africa

The Bible and its Commentaries

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

Linguistic Approaches to Hebrew

Comparative and Typological Approaches to Hebrew

Rabbinical Literature

Philosophical Sources in Hebrew

Comparative Study of Hebrew Language, Literature and Religion

Hebrew Language and Science

Hebrew Language and Politics

Hebrew Language and Law

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

Conference organisers:

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

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

Dr. Gudrun Eli Lier, University of Johannesburg (gelier [at]

Prof. Yosef Rivlin, Bar-Ilan University (joseph.rivlin [at]




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

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

More information about the project appears at

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

If you would like to be on the circulation list, please contact If you would also like to give a paper, please send an abstract (300 words maximum).

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


Aarhus University – Assistant or Associate Professor in Arab and Islamic Studies <>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <>


Florida International University – Assistant Professor, Japanese Studies <>

University of Maryland – Curator, Gordon W. Prange Collection and Librarian for East Asian Studies <>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Christian Studies <>

University of Oklahoma – Norman – Assistant Professor, Hinduism/South Asian Studies <>

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University – Assistant Professor, Middle East History <>


Position in Anthropology of religion at USP ( Universidade de Sao Paulo). Find more details at :


University of Potsdam – W1 Endowed Professorship of Jewish Liturgy and Comparative Ritual Studies <>


University of Chester – Islamic Studies


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

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

Information on past Oriental Institute Annual symposia can be viewed at:


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


-Cover letter

-Curriculum Vitae

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

-The names of three referees

Please apply online to the University of Chicago’s Academic Career Opportunity website: <>

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

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


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

Date: 2013-10-31

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

Following the addition of Japanese literature and Japanese culture, …

Contact: hakuhoip [AT]


Announcement ID: 207500



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

Date: 2013-12-01

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

Contact: vdvOffice [at]


Announcement ID: 207468



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


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


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


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


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


·       Lidar scanning technology and archaeological imaging

·       Ceramics lipids

·       GIS and spatial analysis

·       Archaeobotany

·       Micro-debris analysis

·       Lithic source analysis

·       Trace element analysis

·       aDNA and microscopic use wear of zooarchaeological material

·       Database management

·       Geoarchaeology


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


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


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


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


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

– Ph.D and Postdoctoral Fellowships on Religion and Ethnicity in Southwest China <>



The Schusterman Center announces three fellowship opportunities for 2014:

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

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

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

More information:


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 13 Sept 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Fellowships


Journal of Hindu Studies, advance notice

Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief;jsessionid=t27sds922n0b.victoria

Journal for the Cognitive Science of Religion Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013). For the full table of contents:


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

David Henderson

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



The Many Faces of Political Islam

Edited by Asef Bayat

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

Paperback | 368 pages

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


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

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

Contact: ceacop [at]


Announcement ID: 206265


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

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



Announcement ID: 206451


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

Tuesday 8 October 2013, 10.30am – 4.30pm

BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London SW6 2PY

An interactive workshop, facilitated by Professor Nick Fox

Professor Fox has published widely in sociology journals.

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

‘Getting Published’

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

Group work on participants’ ideas for a qualitative paper.

Where to publish qualitative research papers?

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

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



University of Edinburgh – Gifford Lecture

Baroness Onora O’Neill in memory of Professor Susan Manning on 28 October 2013 and a Gifford Lecture series to be given by Rowan Williams, Lord Williams of Oystermouth between 4 and 14 November 2013.Tickets may be booked via the Gifford webpages at


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

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

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

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

For more information and registration, visit:



Call for Editors:

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



Announcement ID: 206382



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

Feb. 19-22, 2014

Hyatt Regency Hotel & Conference Center

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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

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

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

Papers submitted to the Harry Potter Studies Area are eligible for the SWPACA Travel Fellowships and the Richard Tuerk “Out of This World” Paper Award for Science Fiction and Fantasy. Dual submissions to the Area and the awards are highly encouraged.  For application information, see

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

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

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

Gujarat Studies Association Conference

Date: 19-20 Feburary 2014

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

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

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended to 7 October 2013. The Call for Papers and Abstract Submission Form can be downloaded from

 Registration is now open. Forms can be downloaded from  Please note, Registration closes on 9 December 2013.


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

Location: New York

Date: 2013-10-01

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



Announcement ID: 206429



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

Relationships With The World

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

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

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

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

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


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

Date: 2013-10-15

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


Announcement ID: 206245



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

Location: Illinois

Date: 2013-11-01

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



Announcement ID: 206241



CFP: XII. International Workshop

Religion and Civil Society:


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

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

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

More information about the workshop is on the web-site: and on the Facebook page of the Workshop:


“Nature Spirits: Continuity and Change”

Conference of Belief Narrative Network of ISFNR

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

Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia Shota

Rustaveli National Science Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for Abstracts Submission December 31st, 2013


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

Date: 2013-11-01

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

Contact: Unrau [at]


Announcement ID: 206295


Grinnell College, Department of Religious Studies

Assistant Professor, Gender and Religion in Asia

Centre for History and Economics – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Southeast Asian Studies <>


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


Idaho State University – Assistant Professor, Transnational History


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


Northwestern University – Assistant Professor, Japanese Literature




University of Tasmania – Professor and Director, Asia Institute Tasmania


NYU Abu Dhabi – NYU Abu Dhabi seeks to appoint an innovative and accomplished professor with expertise in the art, architecture, and visual culture of the Islamic world, any sub-specialization or period. <>

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


Assistant Professor Position in Sociology of Religion at Purdue University

The Department of Sociology at Purdue University invites applications for an Assistant Professor position beginning Fall 2014.


The Department of History and Philosophy at Montana State University

Location: Montana

Date: 2013-12-16

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



Announcement ID: 206277