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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 24 May 2016

Calls for papers

BASR: Religion Beyond the Textbook

September 5–7, 2016

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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First International Congress of the Chilean Society for the Sciences of Religions: Dialogue, Education and Religious Tolerance

May 23–26, 2017

Concepción, Chile

Deadline: August 30, 2016

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The Reception of the Church Fathers and Early Church Historians, c.1470-1650

September 23, 2016

Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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The politics of marginalised groups in the UK and Ireland: Perspectives and approaches

September 21, 2016

University of Manchester, UK

Deadline: June 17, 2016

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Evolving through Context: The Transformation of Buddhism(s) and their Legitimation(s)

March 24–25, 2017

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany

Deadline: September 4, 2016

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Compassion, Social Engagement, and Discontent: Believing and the Politics of Belonging in Europe Today

November 10–11, 2016

Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion, The Netherlands

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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Exodus: Migrants and frontiers

September 21–23, 2016

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Deadline: June 12, 2016

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Comparative Study of Religious Seminaries

October 5, 2016

UCL, UK

Deadline: June 30, 2016

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The Ethnographic Archive: History, Anthropology and the Sudan Archive Durham

26-28 September 2016

Durham University, UK

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Graduate Conference on Religious Studies: Protest, Public Religion, and Social Change

October 1, 2016

Boston University, USA

Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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Middle East – Topics and Arguments

Special issue: Iconography

Deadline: June 30, 2016

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Open Journal of Social Sciences

Special issue: Cross-Cultural Studies

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Events

Modern Religious History

June 14–15, 2016

University of Stirling, UK

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Public Religions and Their Secrets, Secret Religions and Their Publics

October 27–28, 2016

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

NEW DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

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Summer school: Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research

July 4–8, 2016

Kingston University London, UK

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Religion and Greater Scotland Christianity and Scottish Global Networks, 1603-1950

June 3–4, 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland

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Religion, Gender and Sexualities

July 1, 2016

Aston University, UK

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The Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?

June 22–24, 2016

The Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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Translating Buddhism

June 30–July 2, 2016

York St John University, UK

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Awards

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Humboldt Foundation

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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Jobs

PhD position: Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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University Teacher in Islamic Studies

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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Tutor: Theology and Religious Studies

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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University Teacher

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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Doctoral scholarships

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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PhD positions: History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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PhD positions

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Deadline: June 15, 2016

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PhD positions: Medieval Studies

University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 27 October 2015

Dear subscriber,

Please be aware that the previous Opportunities Digest contained two mistakes in the posting of the 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which may have confused some readers. A corrected version of the listing is found below. 

As usual, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has forwarded notifications. On that note, we would also like to encourage you to continue to do so (and invite those who remain hesitant to begin)!

It is super easy to have a Religious Studies call for papers, exciting event, or alluring job vacancy appear in future Opportunities Digests! Simply use the submission form, forward them to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com or, better yet, include said e-mail address in your mailing list for such e-mails!

We thank you for your contribution.

Calls for papers

Symposium: 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

April 15–17, 2016

Deadline: December 7, 2015

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Conference: Construction and disruption: The power of religion in the public sphere

July 12–14, 2016

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: December 11, 2015

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Conference: Heritage, Religion and Travel

May 27–29, 2016

Mersin Congress and Exhibitions Centre, Turkey

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Conference: Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe

April 6–8, 2016

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Deadline: December 31, 2015

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Journal: Gamevironments

Topics: Gamevironments, Games, Religion, and Culture

Deadline: January 15, 2016

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Events

Conference: Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools

University of Leicester, UK

November 13, 2015

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Conference: Allaitement entre Humans et Animaux: Représentations et Pratiques de l’Antique à Aujourd’hui

November 12–14, 2015

Université de Genève, Switzerland

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Winter School: Interrelational Selves and Individualization

January 5–9, 2016

University of Erfurt, Germany

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Workshop: The Diversity of Nonreligion

November 12–14, 2015

University of Zürich, Switzerland

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Jobs

New managing editor

The Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network

Deadline: November 6, 2015

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4 new members for Editorial Board

Sociology

Deadlines vary

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Junior Professorship: Anthropology and History of Religion in South Asia

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: November 30, 2015

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Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Politics/International Relations and Religion

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 13 October 2015

Dear subscriber,

We are pleased to bring you this week’s opportunities digest, booming with calls for papers, events and job opportunities!

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

It is super easy to have a Religious Studies call for papers, exciting event, or alluring job vacancy appear in future Opportunities Digests! Simply use the submission form, forward them to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com or, better yet, include said e-mail address in your mailing list for such e-mails!

We thank you for your contribution.

Now, sink your teeth into this:

Calls for papers

Conference: Religious Materiality and Emotion

February 17–18, 2016

Adelaide City, Australia

Deadline: October 31, 2015

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Conference: Hermeneutics, symbol and myth and the Modernity of Antiquity in Italian Literature and the Arts

December 1–2, 2015

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy

Deadline: November 10, 2015

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Conference: Shia Minorities in the Contemporary World

May 20–21, 2016

University of Chester, UK

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Conference: Religion and Non-Religion in Contemporary Societies

April 21–24, 2016

Zadar, Croatia

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Conference: Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe

May 27–28, 2016

Belgrade, Serbia

Deadline: December 1, 2015

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Conference: Religion and Revolution

June 16–17, 2016

University College Cork, Ireland

Deadline: January 21, 2016

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Conference: Dialogue among religions as strategy and means for peace

July 12–15, 2016

Havana, Cuba

Deadline: November 20, 2015

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Conference: Anticipating the End Times: Millennialism, Apocalypticism, and Utopianism in Intentional Communities

October 6–8, 2016

Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Deadline: May 15, 2016

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Conference: Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits

July 5–7, 2016

University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: November 10, 2015

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Colloquium: Translating Christianities

December 7, 2015

University of Stirling, UK

Deadline: October 30, 2015

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Symposium: The End of the World: A Universal Imagination

June 8–10, 2016

Nantes, France

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Symposium: 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

April 15–17, 2015

Cardiff University, UK

Deadline: December 7, 2014

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Symposium: Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

December 7–9, 2015

University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: November 6, 2015

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EASR panel: Nonreligion and Atheism in Central and Eastern Europe

June 28–July 1, 2015

Helsinki, Finland

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Journal: Preternature

Special issue: Delineating the Preternatural: Modern Occultism in a Scientific Context

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Journal: Open Theology

Special issue: Religion and Racism: Intercultural Perspectives

Deadline: January 31, 2016

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Events

Conference: Religion, Addiction and Recovery

November 2, 2015

University of Chester, UK

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Seminar: Islamic Studies in Scotland: Retrospect and Prospect

October 23–24, 2015

University of Edinburgh, UK

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Jobs

4 PhD positions: “Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge in the Middle Ages”

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: October 15, 2015

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Assistant Professor of Religion: Buddhist Studies

Bard College, NY, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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Senior Research Associate: CREST

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: October 23, 2015

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Doctoral positions: Muslim Cultures and Societies

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 24 February 2015

Call for papers

Journal: Open Theology

Special issue: Manichaean religion

Deadline: June 15, 2015

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Journal: Secularism & Nonreligion

Special issue: Intersectionality and Power

Deadline: August 15, 2015

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Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, materiality, technology

September 11–12, 2015

Duke University, NC, USA

Deadline: March 15, 2015

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Events

Conference: Nature and Religion

March 13–14, 2015

University of Bristol, UK

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Seminar: Mourning and Morbidity: Death and British Art

March 10, 2015

University of York, UK

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Jobs

PhD Studentship in Ethical Monotheism

Birkbeck University of London, UK

Deadline: March 20, 2015

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Canadian Women’s and Gender History

St Francis Xavier University, Canada

Deadline: March 6, 2015

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Gender & Queer Studies

University of Puget Sound, WA, USA

Deadline: Until filled

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Instructor of Religion

Western Carolina University, NC, USA

Deadline: Until filled

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Research Assistant

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Deadline: April 1, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 17 February 2015

Dear subscribers,

Welcome to this week’s digest!

We are grateful to everyone who forwards calls for papers, notifications of events, and job openings. Please continue to do so in the future!

Don’t forget the address! It’s oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com

Have a lovely week!

Calls for papers

Journal: Nordic Journal of Youth Research

Special issue: Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Culture

Deadline: May 31, 2015

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Article collection: Healing gods, heroes and rituals in the Graeco-Roman world

Open Library of Humanities

Deadline: May 25, 2015

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Events

FCSU Faith and Public Professions: Does teacher training help teachers teach religion?

February 18, 2015, 5:30–7:00 PM

Goldsmiths University of London, UK

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Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions 2015

April 10–12, 2015

Edinburgh, UK

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RomArché: Archeologia e antropologia della morte

May 20–22, 2015

Rome, Italy

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Summer school: ERiC: Eurasian Religions in Contact

July 20–28, 2015

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Deadline: March 6, 2015

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Jobs

Researchers in Ancient History of Religion

University of Erfurt, Germany

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Dissertation reviews: Editor

Deadline: February 20, 2015

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PhD studentships

University of Winchester, UK

Deadline: March 13, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 10 February 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: In Search of the Origins of Religions

September 11–13, 2015

Ghent, Belgium

Deadline: March 1, 2015

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Conference: Second Undegraduate Conference on Religion and Culture

March 28, 2015

Syracuse, NY, USA

Deadline: February 15, 2015

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Symposium: Society for the Study of Religion and Transhumanism (SSRT)

June 27, 2015

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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AAR group: Secularism and Secularity

Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Journal: Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni

Theme issue: Religion as a Colonial Concept in Early modern History (Africa, America, Asia)

Deadline: May 15, 2015

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Article collection: Religious subcultures in Unexpected Places

Deadline: May 1, 2015

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Events

Conference: International Tyndale Conference

October 1–4, 2015

Oxford, UK

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Congress: “Ad Astra per Corpora: Astrología y Sexualidad en el Mundo Antiguo

February 19–21, 2015

Málaga, Spain

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Jobs

Research assistant: Indology

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 27 January 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: Tracing the Path of Tolerance: History and Critique of a Political Concept from the Early Modern Period to the Contemporary Debate

May 26–27, 2015

University of Padua, Italy

Deadline: March 1, 2015

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Conference: Sociology of Islam: Reflection, Revision & Reconceptualization

June 25–27, 2015

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Deadline: January 30, 2015

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Seminar: Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities

May 13, 2015, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

University of York, UK

Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Panel series/Journal: Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence

AAR program unit

Deadline: N/A

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Journal: Glossolalia

Deadline: March 23, 2015

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Book series: Philosophy of Religion, De Gruyter Open

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Conference

Sister Act: Female monasticism and the Arts across Europe ca. 1250–1550

March 13–14, 2015

London, UK

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Jobs

University Lecturer in the Study of Religion

University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline: February 2, 2015

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PhD scholarship: “Nature, culture, identity”

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: February 12, 2015

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Senior Lecturer/Associate Director in Women’s and Gender Studies

Vanderbilt University, USA

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Mellon Visiting Assistant Professhorship

University of California Davis, USA

Deadline: March 9, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 9 December 2014

Welcome to the RSP opportunities digest!

Dear subscriber,

We are always grateful for your submissions and contributions to the opportunities digest, so please feel free to forward calls for papers, conference, job, grant notices etc. to us!

As per usual:

  • If you have material you would like to see in next week’s digest, or at some point in the future, please send an e-mail to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com
  • If you would like to contact us for any other reason, please use our contact page.
  • Please note that RSP is not responsible for any of the content presented below.
  • If you have questions regarding any of the opportunities listed, please contact the respective organizers directly.

Calls for papers

Conference: “‘Making all things new?’ Evangelii Gaudium and Ecumenical Mission

June 29–July 1, 2015

St John’s College, Cambridge

Deadline: February 18, 2015

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Conference: Astrology as Art: Representation and Practice

June 27–28, 2015

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Deadline: December 31, 2014

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Conference: Power and Speech: Mythology of the Social and the Sacred

June 10–12, 2015

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Conference: Information and values: ethics, spirituality and religion

June 2015

Vienna, Austria

Deadline: February 27, 2015

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Anthology: Video Games and Religion: Methods and Approaches

Editors: Vit Sisler, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Xenia Zeiler

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Journal: Princeton Theological Review Special Issue

Theme: Church for the World: Essays in Honor of the Retirement of Darrell L. Guder

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Journal: Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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Grants and awards

Donnerska institutets pris för framstående religionsforskning 2015

Deadline: January 31, 2015

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Jobs

Junior and Senior Fellows

Heidelberg University, Germany

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Four major scholarships

Swedish Institute in Rome, Italy

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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15 fully funded PhD scholarships

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Deadline: December 12, 2014

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MPhil/PhD Religious Studies programme w/opportunities for funding

Goldsmiths, University of London UK

Deadline: January 14

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Postdoctoral fellowship

Université de Montréal, Canada

January 15, 2015

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PhD position

Durham University, UK

Deadline: January 26, 2015

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PhD position in research group “The Politics of Resources”

Berlin, Germany

Deadline: December 12, 2014

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 28 July 2014

Calls for papers

Conference: IAHR registration reminder

August 23–29, 2015

Erfurt, Germany

Calls for: papers, panels

Deadline: December 15, 2014

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Conference: Migration, Religion and Asia

November 27–29, 2014

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Calls for: abstracts

Deadline: August 31, 2014

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Conference: Presence and Invisibility: Sign-bearing artefacts in sacral spaces

February 23–25, 2015

Heidelberg, Germany

Calls for: lecture proposals

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Conference: 2nd Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies

April 8–9, 2015

University of Cambridge, UK

Calls for: abstracts

Deadline: November 15, 2014

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IAHR panel: Way of Life and/as Religious Knowledge: Premodern Constellations?

Calls for: papers

Deadline: September 1, 2014

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BASR roundtable: Interrogating integrity? Insider and outsider social research with faith based groups

Calls for: discussants

Deadline: July 29, 2014

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Journal: Science, Religion & Culture

Special issue: Atheism, Secularity and Science

Calls for: Articles, art

Deadline: December 31, 2014

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Conferences and events

Conference: Defining Jewish Medicine

July 27–29, 2014

UCL, UK

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SocRel response to gender trouble in theology and religious studies

October 4, 2014

London, UK

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Workshop: Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Italy

September 18, 2014

University of Oxford, UK

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Networking day: Researching Gender in Theology and Religious Studies

September 27, 2014, 10 AM–4 PM

Birmingham, UK

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Material and literature

Free access: Virtual special issues from Folklore

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Jobs

2 PhD scholarships in Buddhist Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Postdoc: Value politics: Religion in foreign affairs?

University of Oslo, Norway

Deadline: October 1, 2014

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 22 July 2014

Welcome to this week’s opportunities digest!

We would like to invite our readers to contribute to the Religious Studies Project. If you would like to contribute with an interview, book reviews, conference reports, comments or other ideas, we would love to hear from you! Also keep in mind that you can find us on TwitterFacebook and iTunes!

Now, for this week’s digest:

  • RSP is not responsible for any of the content presented below.
  • If you have questions regarding any of the opportunities listed, please contact the respective organizers directly.
  • If you have material you would like to see in next week’s digest, or at some point in the future, please send an e-mail to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com
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Calls for papers

Journal: International Journal of Pedagogy, Innovation and New Technologies

Calls for: articles

Deadline: N/A

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Workshop: Social Networking in Cyber Spaces: European Muslims’ Participation in New Media

November 27–28, 2014

KU Leuven University, Belgium

Calls for: abstracts, CVs, papers

Deadline: October 15, 2014

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Conferences and events

Making Space for Religion, Youth and Sexuality? Implications for Policies, Politics and Public imaginations

August 1, 2014, 3 PM–7 PM

London, UK

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Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East

July 20–22 / July 7–9, 2015. (Note: Both dates given by ARAM.)

University of Oxford, UK

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Jobs

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Brown University, USA

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Postdoc in Arabic/Islamic Literary Studies

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline: July 31, 2014

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 January 2014

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

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

Calls for Papers

Denton Conference on ‘Implicit Religion’ and ‘Spirituality’

May 2014. See attached pdf for details.

The Uses of Witchcraft in Modern Germany

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

September 2014

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

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

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

AAR Regional Meetings

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

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

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

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

May 2–3, 2014

http://www.eiraar.net/cfp

Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy

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

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

Religious History Association Conference

Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July 2014

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

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 31-November 2, 2014

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29 March 2014.

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

Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality

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

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

Lecture – Neutrality and Religious Freedom

Daniel Weinstock, McGill University

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

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

Jobs

Fo Guang University

Assistant Professor (or higher), Chinese Buddhism

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

Call for Submissions – Nomos Journal

1st Quarter 2014

http://www.nomosjournal.org/about

Research Fellowships

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

Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

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

 

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion in the Public Domain

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

3-5 September 2014 in Belfast.

Conference Theme – Religion in the Public Domain

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

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

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

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

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dates & Deadlines in 2014

March 14 Submission of abstracts and online registration starts (Please email your abstracts, both in the text of the email and as a Word attachment, to belfast2014@esareligion.org. Abstracts can be submitted both for papers and the postgraduate posters and should not exceed 250 words.)

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

Contact: belfast2014@esareligion.org

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

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

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Second Call for Papers

28-29 June 2014

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

Keynote Speakers:

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

Conference Theme

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

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

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

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

The Proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words and a biography of 50-100 words to Dr Nicholas Campion, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, n.campion@tsd.ac.uk

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

The Programme will be confirmed by 15 February 2014

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

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

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

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

Sheffield, t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Session Abstract:

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

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

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

participate.

Please email proposals (title, 250 word abstract) and/or questions to: t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 3rd February 2014

References:

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

Amos S. Ron – Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Daniel H. Olsen – Brandon University, Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada: olsend@brandonu.ca

Demography–Multiculturalism–Citizenship

International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7th Annual

Academic Conference, April 4-5, 2014

Date: 2014-04-04

Description: Migration continues to radically rearrange the makeup

of populations all over the world. Migrants are often very

different than native populationsin language, religion and

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

Europe more generally, struggle with the effects of demographic

transf …

Contact: jdmininger@lcc.lt

URL: www.lcc.lt/academic-conference/

Announcement ID: 209105

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209105

Society of Biblical Literature

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 22-25 in San Diego, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx by March 5th, 2014.

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

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

Buddhism and Healing

University of Leeds 1-2nd July 2014

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel

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

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

Caroline Starkey (c.starkey@leeds.ac.uk) Post-Graduate Representative, UKABS Committee.

ISASR Conference

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

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

Conference theme: ‘Religion and Remembering’

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Further information on the ISASR Conference 2014 will be posted at: http://isasr.wordpress.com/

IAHR World Congress

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

http://www.iahr2015.org

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

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

These will be addressed within four areas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

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

http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

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

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Strand One: Economic and Political Regeneration

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

Strand Two: Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

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

Strand Three: Engaging the Public in Research on Religion

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

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

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

For Stream 1 please send proposals to Chris Baker at chris.baker@chester.ac.uk. For Stream 2 please send proposals to Daniel Whistler daniel.whistler@liverpool.ac.uk. For Stream 3 please send proposals to either Chris Baker or Daniel Whistler.

Registration

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

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 28th 2014

Secure online registration is available at: http://storefront.chester.ac.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=288&zenid=5e1qjbugh1ig6t9g84q77nrir1

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: c.mcevoy@chester.ac.uk +44 1244 511031

Please visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions

SIKH RESEARCH CONFERENCE

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

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

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

www.sikhconference.com

Social Relations, Transformation and Trust

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

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

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

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

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

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

Keynote Speakers Include:

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

Nature of the conference

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

socialrelations@coventry.ac.uk

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

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

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

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Carola Leicht, carola.leicht@coventry.ac.uk, or visit our centre’s webpage www.socialrelations.org.uk

Round Table Session, EASR 2014

“The Study of Religions and Religion in Secular Education”

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

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

Please send proposals (of no more than 150 words) directly to the EASR RE Working Group organizers, Wanda Alberts <wanda.alberts@ithrw.uni-hannover.de>, and Tim Jensen <t.jensen@sdu.dk>.

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

http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

Conferences

Death in Scotland

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

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

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

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

We have an amazing programme of 42 speakers (see the full list of speakers and the conference programme here: http://bit.ly/1foNO25) The conference contains several papers on sociological and religious analyses of death including:

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

Please can you forward the attached conference details to anyone you think might be interested. Conference costs are £27 for Friday, £55 for Saturday and £27 Sunday or £100 for the weekend and places can be booked via http://bit.ly/18LO5bm

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/deathinscotland

Beyond Consent and Dissent

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

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

Last Booking Date for this Event: 18th January 2014

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

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

Booking and further details: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=124&catid=574&prodid=881

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studentships

Open University

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

Faculty of Arts

AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

circulation date : 12/12/2013

closing date : 31/01/2014

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2014

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Further particulars

Aarhus University/Queen’s University

A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit–see http://www.rcc.au.dk/) and Queen’s University, Belfast (School of History and Anthropology/Institute of Cognition and Culture—see http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/InstituteofCognitionCulture/).

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

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

Methods Training

RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY RELIGION: AN INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Monday 17rd – Friday 21st March 2014

Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

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

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

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

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

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

Jobs

University of Washington

Lecturer in Religious Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48289

Aarhus University

Postdoctoral scholarship at the Grundtvig Study

Centre

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48287

Summer Courses

HARVARD SEMINAR ON DEBATES ABOUT RELIGION AND SEXUALITY

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL, JUNE 10-19, 2014

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

Details of the application and further information about the program are available online at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/conferences-and-seminars/debates-about-religion-and-sexuality. Questions may be directed to rsseminar@hds.harvard.edu.

AU SUMMER COURSE

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

Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Dates: July 27th-August 10th, 2014

Host: Aarhus University Summer School

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

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

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

Faculty:

Jørn Borup, Associate Professor

Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate

Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

Contact: Cameron David Warner, etncw@hum.au.dk

Apply by 15 March 2014 at:

International Students: http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/application/

New Book

Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore

Edited by Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dahnhardt

  • HB £60 9781908049582
  • PB £19.99 9781908049599
  • 288pp, 234 x 156mm
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd,

Special offer: Quote the code ‘Charming’ when ordering from www.equinoxpub.com and receive 25% off the retail price until the end of March 2014

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=543

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 3 Jan 2014

wordleWelcome to the first edition of the RSP Opportunities Digest for 2014. if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check out our Christmas Special, you can do so here. We’ll be back to our normal operational capacity with our first 2014 podcast on 13 January, with Russell McCutcheon speaking on sui generis religion.

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.

Changes to the RSP Team

With every arbitrary calendrical cycle comes changes, and the RSP is no exception to this ‘rule’. It is our sad duty to inform you that Per Smith and Louise Connelly had to step down from the RSP editorial team at the end of December for their own personal and professional reasons. The RSP are infinitely grateful to Per and Louise for everything that they have done for us up until now. Per has been involved with the RSP for around a year and a half, and his enthusiasm for interviewing and bringing the RSP to the other side of the Atlantic has been invaluable. Louise has been a core member of the editorial team since the RSP began, and we do not know where we would be without her sterling work behind the scenes with the social media, opportunities digests, posters and flyers and endless marketing and web advice. We know that both will keep in touch and remain friends of the RSP as we move into our third year and beyond. Thank You.

These changes to the team prompted an effort to restructure and, as such, we have now welcomed another three members to our editorial team – Tommy Coleman, of the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, shall be co-managing our Social Media (along with existing editor Chris Silver), Kevin Whitesides, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, shall be managing our weekly features, and Daniel Favand, of the University of Edinburgh, shall be taking charge of audio editing. We are delighted to welcome all of these new members to the RSP Team. If you are interested in finding our more about our current editorial structure and team members, see here. If you would like to find out more about the more than 150 people who have directly contributed to the RSP, see here. And if you are interested in joining our team, see below for details of one further position we are currently trying to fill.

RSP Recruiting an Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

New Book

THE INVENTION OF GOD IN INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES, by James L. Cox

Indigenous societies around the world have been historically disparaged by European explorers, colonial officials and Christian missionaries. Nowhere was this more evident than in early descriptions of indigenous religions as savage, primitive, superstitious and fetishistic.

Liberal intellectuals, both indigenous and colonial, reacted to this by claiming that, before indigenous peoples ever encountered Europeans, they all believed in a Supreme Being. The Invention of God in Indigenous Societies argues that, by alleging that God can be located at the core of pre-Christian cultures, this claim effectively invents a tradition which only makes sense theologically if God has never left himself without a witness.

Examining a range of indigenous religions from North America, Africa and Australasia – the Shona of Zimbabwe, the “Rainbow Spirit Theology” in Australia, the Yupiit of Alaska, and the Māori of New Zealand – the book argues that the interests of indigenous societies are best served by carefully describing their religious beliefs and practices using historical and phenomenological methods – just as would be done in the study of any world religion.

Calls for Papers

Panel: Religious Life and Medical Traditions

ASA 2014 “Anthropology and Enlightenment” (Call for Papers Closes Jan. 5th)

Religious practices, and the cosmologies they draw upon, shape many people’s understanding of the relationships of the body, the mind, and the soul. These understandings form a critical foundation from which social, cultural, and ethical perspectives of health and practices of healing emerge. Historical and contemporary perspectives of the development of Western medical traditions and clinical institutions has provided a framework that favours Western scientific discourse. Through this discourse, alternative medical traditions and practices have become largely marginalised. Furthermore, in many communities where concepts of health and healing practice draw strongly upon religious beliefs and alternative understandings of the natural world, the efficacy of Western medical traditions and institutional privilege has been challenged or reinterpreted.

How do religious perspectives, and respective cosmologies, address or influence practices of health and healing within the contours of various, and at times disparate, medical traditions? This panel invites papers that seek to explore this question through historical and contemporary contexts that address various understandings and notions of efficacy, and the diagnosis and treatment of physical and/or mental illnesses.

Contact: Don Duprez (donduprez@gmail.com)

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2745

6th Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds – Symbols and Models of the Mediterranean

University of Calabria, Department of Humanities, September 9-11, 2014

<http://medworlds6.altervista.org/call-papers/>

The Mediterranean Sea is a milieu in which it is possible to observe,

through an interdisciplinary lens, the undertaking of elements

defining an idea which conflicts with its immediate sensitive aspect;

an idea that arises from life situations and the imaginary world of

every man. Nevertheless, it remains a context in which is possible to

observe the presence and the constant use of historical symbols,

patterns and models of those people inhabiting its shores, as embedded

in both the artistic and material production, as well as in the

literary one.

The Mediterranean Sea could be investigated as a real geographical and

historical referee, that has generated, and continues to generate

symbols; but it can be also interpreted as the metaphor and allegory

of the ‘encounters and clashes’ between near and distant people. There

are symbols and models by which is possible to perceive and understand

convergences and contacts, and disclose common identities, even when

considering specific differences of the people.

The theme of this interdisciplinary conference will focus on these issues:

  • The symbols (signs, gestures, objects, animals, persons) capable of bringing to mind meanings deeply interconnected with the development of each of Mediterranean society.
  • The importance of tangible and intangible models serving as examples to reproduce and imitate the evidence that have marked and conditioned the life of the Mediterranean people from a political, religious, economic, and social viewpoints.

We welcome the submission of 250-word abstracts for twenty-minute

papers that broadly address the above themes, and that may address,

but not be limited by, the following topics:

  • Symbols and models disclosing common identities
  • Symbolical landmarks
  • Symbols of the State and Political Power as institutional models
  • Religious symbols
  • Settlements patterns and historical-economic models
  • Natural elements (living beings typical of the Mediterranean area bearing a symbolic value)
  • Literary production as often recording the centrality of the Mediterranean as a complex and contradictory allegory
  • Redefining Mediterranean boundaries as precarious and mobile limits, but also as bridges between lands and shores
  • The metaphor of the Mediterranean and the dialectic between the hegemonic power of the centers and the potential destabilizing peripheries.

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include at least

3 descriptive keywords, the presenter’s name, email address,

organization, and mailing address. The languages of the conference

will be English and Italian.

Please send your abstract submissions to:

m.salerno@unical.it; luca.zavagno@gmail.com

Deadline:

  • Abstract must be submitted by 1 March 2014
  • Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 1 April 2014

“LE FUNÉRAIRE. Mémoire, protocoles, monuments”

PROLONGATION DE LA DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION

JUSQU’AU 10 JANVIER 2014

11e colloque annuel de la MAE organisé par Grégory Delaplace (LESC) et Frédérique Valentin (ArScAn) du 18 au 20 juin 2014 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/appel-a-communications-colloque-de-la-mae-2014/

Jobs

Lecturer, Religious Studies

Mahidol University – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48282>

Post-Doc-Position in History, Theology, Jewish Studies or Religious Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48277>

New Members Wanted to Join the NSRN Blog Editorial Team

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

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

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

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

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions
  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors
  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles
  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog
  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles
  • Dealing with general blog enquiries
  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources
  • Working with the other team members on ways to enhance and improve the blog website and increase exposure and traffic
  • Engaging in virtual team meetings, via email or Skype, to discuss ongoing blog developments.
  • We welcome applications from people in all stages of their academic career, including post-graduate students and early career researchers. Research experience within the field of nonreligion and secularity, or previous experience of blogging, is useful but not essential; we are also keen to hear from applicants working in other related research areas who feel they can offer a valuable external perspective on topics of N&S research.

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

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

Support the RSP through Amazon

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Please help us keep the RSP free, open and accessible by spreading the word and using this simple, cost-effective way of supporting us.

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Dec 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


 

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

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


AMAZON


 

You can help to financially support the RSP simply by shopping on Amazon – and at no additional cost to you!

 

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

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JOURNALS


 

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

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

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


BOOKS


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

978-1-886439-46-7

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


2014 Claremont Graduate Student History Association Conference

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: gsha [at] cgu.edu

Announcement ID: 208708

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

 


 

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

Date: 2014-04-18

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

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

Contact: iugradconf [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208766

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

 


CFP: The Glocalisation of Christianity in China

Date: 2014-05-15

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

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

Announcement ID: 208691

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

 


CFP: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education

Date: 2014-08-01

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

Contact: kkloos [at] regis.edu

Announcement ID: 208764

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

 


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

To propose a paper go to:

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

 


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

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

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

 *Summary*

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

 Paper proposals should consist of:

  – a paper title

  – authors/co-authors

  – a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters

  – a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

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

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

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

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


CFP: Narrative Culture

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

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


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


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

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

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

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

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

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions

  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors

  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles

  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog

  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles

  • Dealing with general blog enquiries

  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic Theology

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

PhD Studentships

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Strathclyde

Christmas Special 2013 – Nul Point

Over the past few weeks, many of you will have been under the impression that an important event is just around the corner. Greeting cards have been sent. Food has been stockpiled. Music rehearsed… It’s clearly that time of year again. Which can mean only one thing: the RSP has been on to go for two years – can you believe this?

Nul Point Contestants

Nul Point Contestants George Chryssides, Jim Cox, Stephen Gregg, Suzanne Owen, Hanna Lehtinen, Teemu Taira, Jonathan Tuckett and David Wilson.

To celebrate, we couldn’t resist bringing you another Christmas special [other (non-)religious festivals are available]. Following on from last year’s hilarious Only Sixty Seconds, we brought together last year’s winner (Dr David Wilson), and last year’s ‘most entertaining loser’ (Jonathan Tuckett), with six other contestants, to fight for the coveted RSP Christmas trophy.

The game?

Nul Point! (any resemblance to a popular BBC television programme hosted by Alexander Armstrong is entirely coincidental). Before the show, we gave 64 of the RSP listeners 100 seconds to answer a variety of questions. The aim of the game for contestants is to correctly find the answer which the least percentage of these people answered correctly. Simples.

The contestants?

Professor George Chryssides, Professor James Cox, Dr Stephen Gregg, Hanna Lehtinen, Dr Suzanne Owen, Dr Teemu Taira, Jonathan Tuckett, and Dr David Wilson

The venue?

Liverpool Hope University, at the BASR/EASR/IAHR Conference in September 2013, with a special live studio audience.

What is the least well known book of the Bible? How many people in the UK listed their ‘religion’ as ‘Jedi Knight’ on the UK 2011 Census? What is Professor Jim Cox’s drink of choice? To find out, you need do nothing more than hit ‘Play’ and enjoy this forty minutes of pure, unadulterated, top quality Religious Studies entertainment. Remember to listen to the end for some amusing outtakes.

You can also download this podcast, and subscribe to receive it weekly, on iTunes. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember, you can use our Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca or Amazon.com links to support us at no additional cost as you start to enact your New Year’s resolutions – whatever they may be.

There was a picture round as part of the game show – you can view these pictures here. Interested in seeing a picture of the winner being presented with their trophy? Click here.

Non-denominational seasonal greetings to all our listeners, and best wishes for 2014. We’ll be back in January – bigger and better than ever. Many thanks to everyone who took part in this recording – the contestants, the hosts, and the studio audience. Thanks to the BASR/EASR/IAHR for facilitating this recording and adding it to the official conference schedule. Thanks to the technical team at Liverpool Hope University for the audio recording, and to the inestimable David Robertson for technical wizardry on the night, and in pulling the episode together. Thanks to those listeners and fans who helped out by providing the much-needed material for the game show. And, finally, and perhaps most importantly, thanks for listening.

Podcasts

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 24 May 2016

Calls for papers

BASR: Religion Beyond the Textbook

September 5–7, 2016

University of Wolverhampton, UK

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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First International Congress of the Chilean Society for the Sciences of Religions: Dialogue, Education and Religious Tolerance

May 23–26, 2017

Concepción, Chile

Deadline: August 30, 2016

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The Reception of the Church Fathers and Early Church Historians, c.1470-1650

September 23, 2016

Trinity College, Cambridge, UK

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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The politics of marginalised groups in the UK and Ireland: Perspectives and approaches

September 21, 2016

University of Manchester, UK

Deadline: June 17, 2016

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Evolving through Context: The Transformation of Buddhism(s) and their Legitimation(s)

March 24–25, 2017

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Germany

Deadline: September 4, 2016

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Compassion, Social Engagement, and Discontent: Believing and the Politics of Belonging in Europe Today

November 10–11, 2016

Leiden University Centre for the Study of Religion, The Netherlands

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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Exodus: Migrants and frontiers

September 21–23, 2016

University of Aveiro, Portugal

Deadline: June 12, 2016

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Comparative Study of Religious Seminaries

October 5, 2016

UCL, UK

Deadline: June 30, 2016

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The Ethnographic Archive: History, Anthropology and the Sudan Archive Durham

26-28 September 2016

Durham University, UK

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Graduate Conference on Religious Studies: Protest, Public Religion, and Social Change

October 1, 2016

Boston University, USA

Deadline: June 1, 2016.

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Middle East – Topics and Arguments

Special issue: Iconography

Deadline: June 30, 2016

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Open Journal of Social Sciences

Special issue: Cross-Cultural Studies

Deadline: May 31, 2016

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Events

Modern Religious History

June 14–15, 2016

University of Stirling, UK

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Public Religions and Their Secrets, Secret Religions and Their Publics

October 27–28, 2016

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

NEW DEADLINE: June 1, 2016

More information: Conference, Master Class

Summer school: Doing and Communicating Qualitative Research

July 4–8, 2016

Kingston University London, UK

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Religion and Greater Scotland Christianity and Scottish Global Networks, 1603-1950

June 3–4, 2016

Aberdeen, Scotland

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Religion, Gender and Sexualities

July 1, 2016

Aston University, UK

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The Role of the Church in a Pluralist Society: Good Riddance or Good Influence?

June 22–24, 2016

The Loyola Institute in Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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Translating Buddhism

June 30–July 2, 2016

York St John University, UK

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Awards

Sofja Kovalevskaja Award

Humboldt Foundation

Deadline: July 31, 2016

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Jobs

PhD position: Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: June 1, 2016

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University Teacher in Islamic Studies

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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Tutor: Theology and Religious Studies

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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University Teacher

University of Glasgow, UK

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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Doctoral scholarships

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: May 29, 2016

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PhD positions: History of Hermetic Philosophy and Related Currents

University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Deadline: July 15, 2016

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PhD positions

Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Deadline: June 15, 2016

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PhD positions: Medieval Studies

University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline: August 1, 2016

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 27 October 2015

Dear subscriber,

Please be aware that the previous Opportunities Digest contained two mistakes in the posting of the 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions, which may have confused some readers. A corrected version of the listing is found below. 

As usual, we would like to express our gratitude to everyone who has forwarded notifications. On that note, we would also like to encourage you to continue to do so (and invite those who remain hesitant to begin)!

It is super easy to have a Religious Studies call for papers, exciting event, or alluring job vacancy appear in future Opportunities Digests! Simply use the submission form, forward them to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com or, better yet, include said e-mail address in your mailing list for such e-mails!

We thank you for your contribution.

Calls for papers

Symposium: 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

April 15–17, 2016

Deadline: December 7, 2015

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Conference: Construction and disruption: The power of religion in the public sphere

July 12–14, 2016

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: December 11, 2015

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Conference: Heritage, Religion and Travel

May 27–29, 2016

Mersin Congress and Exhibitions Centre, Turkey

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Conference: Landscape and Myth in North-Western Europe

April 6–8, 2016

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Deadline: December 31, 2015

More information

Journal: Gamevironments

Topics: Gamevironments, Games, Religion, and Culture

Deadline: January 15, 2016

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Events

Conference: Collective Worship and Religious Observance in Schools

University of Leicester, UK

November 13, 2015

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Conference: Allaitement entre Humans et Animaux: Représentations et Pratiques de l’Antique à Aujourd’hui

November 12–14, 2015

Université de Genève, Switzerland

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Winter School: Interrelational Selves and Individualization

January 5–9, 2016

University of Erfurt, Germany

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Workshop: The Diversity of Nonreligion

November 12–14, 2015

University of Zürich, Switzerland

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Jobs

New managing editor

The Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network

Deadline: November 6, 2015

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4 new members for Editorial Board

Sociology

Deadlines vary

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Junior Professorship: Anthropology and History of Religion in South Asia

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: November 30, 2015

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Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Politics/International Relations and Religion

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 13 October 2015

Dear subscriber,

We are pleased to bring you this week’s opportunities digest, booming with calls for papers, events and job opportunities!

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

It is super easy to have a Religious Studies call for papers, exciting event, or alluring job vacancy appear in future Opportunities Digests! Simply use the submission form, forward them to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com or, better yet, include said e-mail address in your mailing list for such e-mails!

We thank you for your contribution.

Now, sink your teeth into this:

Calls for papers

Conference: Religious Materiality and Emotion

February 17–18, 2016

Adelaide City, Australia

Deadline: October 31, 2015

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Conference: Hermeneutics, symbol and myth and the Modernity of Antiquity in Italian Literature and the Arts

December 1–2, 2015

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milano, Italy

Deadline: November 10, 2015

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Conference: Shia Minorities in the Contemporary World

May 20–21, 2016

University of Chester, UK

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Conference: Religion and Non-Religion in Contemporary Societies

April 21–24, 2016

Zadar, Croatia

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Conference: Esotericism, Literature and Culture in Central and Eastern Europe

May 27–28, 2016

Belgrade, Serbia

Deadline: December 1, 2015

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Conference: Religion and Revolution

June 16–17, 2016

University College Cork, Ireland

Deadline: January 21, 2016

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Conference: Dialogue among religions as strategy and means for peace

July 12–15, 2016

Havana, Cuba

Deadline: November 20, 2015

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Conference: Anticipating the End Times: Millennialism, Apocalypticism, and Utopianism in Intentional Communities

October 6–8, 2016

Salt Lake City, UT, USA

Deadline: May 15, 2016

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Conference: Knowing Demons, Knowing Spirits

July 5–7, 2016

University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: November 10, 2015

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Colloquium: Translating Christianities

December 7, 2015

University of Stirling, UK

Deadline: October 30, 2015

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Symposium: The End of the World: A Universal Imagination

June 8–10, 2016

Nantes, France

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Symposium: 41st Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

April 15–17, 2015

Cardiff University, UK

Deadline: December 7, 2014

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Symposium: Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

December 7–9, 2015

University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: November 6, 2015

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EASR panel: Nonreligion and Atheism in Central and Eastern Europe

June 28–July 1, 2015

Helsinki, Finland

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Journal: Preternature

Special issue: Delineating the Preternatural: Modern Occultism in a Scientific Context

Deadline: December 15, 2015

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Journal: Open Theology

Special issue: Religion and Racism: Intercultural Perspectives

Deadline: January 31, 2016

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Events

Conference: Religion, Addiction and Recovery

November 2, 2015

University of Chester, UK

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Seminar: Islamic Studies in Scotland: Retrospect and Prospect

October 23–24, 2015

University of Edinburgh, UK

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Jobs

4 PhD positions: “Communication and Exploitation of Knowledge in the Middle Ages”

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: October 15, 2015

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Assistant Professor of Religion: Buddhist Studies

Bard College, NY, USA

Deadline: November 1, 2015

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Senior Research Associate: CREST

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: October 23, 2015

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Doctoral positions: Muslim Cultures and Societies

Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Deadline: November 15, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 24 February 2015

Call for papers

Journal: Open Theology

Special issue: Manichaean religion

Deadline: June 15, 2015

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Journal: Secularism & Nonreligion

Special issue: Intersectionality and Power

Deadline: August 15, 2015

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Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, materiality, technology

September 11–12, 2015

Duke University, NC, USA

Deadline: March 15, 2015

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Events

Conference: Nature and Religion

March 13–14, 2015

University of Bristol, UK

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Seminar: Mourning and Morbidity: Death and British Art

March 10, 2015

University of York, UK

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Jobs

PhD Studentship in Ethical Monotheism

Birkbeck University of London, UK

Deadline: March 20, 2015

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Canadian Women’s and Gender History

St Francis Xavier University, Canada

Deadline: March 6, 2015

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Visiting Assistant Professor in Religion and Gender & Queer Studies

University of Puget Sound, WA, USA

Deadline: Until filled

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Instructor of Religion

Western Carolina University, NC, USA

Deadline: Until filled

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Research Assistant

Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany

Deadline: April 1, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 17 February 2015

Dear subscribers,

Welcome to this week’s digest!

We are grateful to everyone who forwards calls for papers, notifications of events, and job openings. Please continue to do so in the future!

Don’t forget the address! It’s oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com

Have a lovely week!

Calls for papers

Journal: Nordic Journal of Youth Research

Special issue: Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Culture

Deadline: May 31, 2015

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Article collection: Healing gods, heroes and rituals in the Graeco-Roman world

Open Library of Humanities

Deadline: May 25, 2015

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Events

FCSU Faith and Public Professions: Does teacher training help teachers teach religion?

February 18, 2015, 5:30–7:00 PM

Goldsmiths University of London, UK

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Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions 2015

April 10–12, 2015

Edinburgh, UK

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RomArché: Archeologia e antropologia della morte

May 20–22, 2015

Rome, Italy

More information (Italian, English)

Summer school: ERiC: Eurasian Religions in Contact

July 20–28, 2015

Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany

Deadline: March 6, 2015

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Jobs

Researchers in Ancient History of Religion

University of Erfurt, Germany

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Dissertation reviews: Editor

Deadline: February 20, 2015

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PhD studentships

University of Winchester, UK

Deadline: March 13, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 10 February 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: In Search of the Origins of Religions

September 11–13, 2015

Ghent, Belgium

Deadline: March 1, 2015

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Conference: Second Undegraduate Conference on Religion and Culture

March 28, 2015

Syracuse, NY, USA

Deadline: February 15, 2015

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Symposium: Society for the Study of Religion and Transhumanism (SSRT)

June 27, 2015

Lancaster University, UK

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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AAR group: Secularism and Secularity

Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Journal: Studi e materiali di storia delle religioni

Theme issue: Religion as a Colonial Concept in Early modern History (Africa, America, Asia)

Deadline: May 15, 2015

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Article collection: Religious subcultures in Unexpected Places

Deadline: May 1, 2015

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Events

Conference: International Tyndale Conference

October 1–4, 2015

Oxford, UK

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Congress: “Ad Astra per Corpora: Astrología y Sexualidad en el Mundo Antiguo

February 19–21, 2015

Málaga, Spain

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Jobs

Research assistant: Indology

Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 27 January 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: Tracing the Path of Tolerance: History and Critique of a Political Concept from the Early Modern Period to the Contemporary Debate

May 26–27, 2015

University of Padua, Italy

Deadline: March 1, 2015

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Conference: Sociology of Islam: Reflection, Revision & Reconceptualization

June 25–27, 2015

Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany

Deadline: January 30, 2015

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Seminar: Myth(s) in the Social Sciences and Humanities

May 13, 2015, 9:30 AM – 6:00 PM

University of York, UK

Deadline: March 2, 2015

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Panel series/Journal: Comparative Approaches to Religion and Violence

AAR program unit

Deadline: N/A

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Journal: Glossolalia

Deadline: March 23, 2015

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Book series: Philosophy of Religion, De Gruyter Open

Deadline: February 28, 2015

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Conference

Sister Act: Female monasticism and the Arts across Europe ca. 1250–1550

March 13–14, 2015

London, UK

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Jobs

University Lecturer in the Study of Religion

University of Bergen, Norway

Deadline: February 2, 2015

More information (Norwegian)

PhD scholarship: “Nature, culture, identity”

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: February 12, 2015

More information (Norwegian)

Senior Lecturer/Associate Director in Women’s and Gender Studies

Vanderbilt University, USA

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Mellon Visiting Assistant Professhorship

University of California Davis, USA

Deadline: March 9, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 9 December 2014

Welcome to the RSP opportunities digest!

Dear subscriber,

We are always grateful for your submissions and contributions to the opportunities digest, so please feel free to forward calls for papers, conference, job, grant notices etc. to us!

As per usual:

  • If you have material you would like to see in next week’s digest, or at some point in the future, please send an e-mail to oppsdigest@religiousstudiesproject.com
  • If you would like to contact us for any other reason, please use our contact page.
  • Please note that RSP is not responsible for any of the content presented below.
  • If you have questions regarding any of the opportunities listed, please contact the respective organizers directly.

Calls for papers

Conference: “‘Making all things new?’ Evangelii Gaudium and Ecumenical Mission

June 29–July 1, 2015

St John’s College, Cambridge

Deadline: February 18, 2015

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Conference: Astrology as Art: Representation and Practice

June 27–28, 2015

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

Deadline: December 31, 2014

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Conference: Power and Speech: Mythology of the Social and the Sacred

June 10–12, 2015

Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń, Poland

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Conference: Information and values: ethics, spirituality and religion

June 2015

Vienna, Austria

Deadline: February 27, 2015

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Anthology: Video Games and Religion: Methods and Approaches

Editors: Vit Sisler, Kerstin Radde-Antweiler, Xenia Zeiler

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Journal: Princeton Theological Review Special Issue

Theme: Church for the World: Essays in Honor of the Retirement of Darrell L. Guder

Deadline: February 1, 2015

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Journal: Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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Grants and awards

Donnerska institutets pris för framstående religionsforskning 2015

Deadline: January 31, 2015

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Jobs

Junior and Senior Fellows

Heidelberg University, Germany

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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Four major scholarships

Swedish Institute in Rome, Italy

Deadline: January 15, 2015

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15 fully funded PhD scholarships

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Deadline: December 12, 2014

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MPhil/PhD Religious Studies programme w/opportunities for funding

Goldsmiths, University of London UK

Deadline: January 14

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Postdoctoral fellowship

Université de Montréal, Canada

January 15, 2015

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PhD position

Durham University, UK

Deadline: January 26, 2015

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PhD position in research group “The Politics of Resources”

Berlin, Germany

Deadline: December 12, 2014

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 28 July 2014

Calls for papers

Conference: IAHR registration reminder

August 23–29, 2015

Erfurt, Germany

Calls for: papers, panels

Deadline: December 15, 2014

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Conference: Migration, Religion and Asia

November 27–29, 2014

Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Calls for: abstracts

Deadline: August 31, 2014

More information (pdf)

Conference: Presence and Invisibility: Sign-bearing artefacts in sacral spaces

February 23–25, 2015

Heidelberg, Germany

Calls for: lecture proposals

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Conference: 2nd Biennial Graduate Conference on Iranian Studies

April 8–9, 2015

University of Cambridge, UK

Calls for: abstracts

Deadline: November 15, 2014

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IAHR panel: Way of Life and/as Religious Knowledge: Premodern Constellations?

Calls for: papers

Deadline: September 1, 2014

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BASR roundtable: Interrogating integrity? Insider and outsider social research with faith based groups

Calls for: discussants

Deadline: July 29, 2014

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Journal: Science, Religion & Culture

Special issue: Atheism, Secularity and Science

Calls for: Articles, art

Deadline: December 31, 2014

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Conferences and events

Conference: Defining Jewish Medicine

July 27–29, 2014

UCL, UK

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SocRel response to gender trouble in theology and religious studies

October 4, 2014

London, UK

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Workshop: Gods and Goddesses in Ancient Italy

September 18, 2014

University of Oxford, UK

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Networking day: Researching Gender in Theology and Religious Studies

September 27, 2014, 10 AM–4 PM

Birmingham, UK

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Material and literature

Free access: Virtual special issues from Folklore

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Jobs

2 PhD scholarships in Buddhist Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, Germany

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Postdoc: Value politics: Religion in foreign affairs?

University of Oslo, Norway

Deadline: October 1, 2014

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 22 July 2014

Welcome to this week’s opportunities digest!

We would like to invite our readers to contribute to the Religious Studies Project. If you would like to contribute with an interview, book reviews, conference reports, comments or other ideas, we would love to hear from you! Also keep in mind that you can find us on TwitterFacebook and iTunes!

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Calls for papers

Journal: International Journal of Pedagogy, Innovation and New Technologies

Calls for: articles

Deadline: N/A

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Workshop: Social Networking in Cyber Spaces: European Muslims’ Participation in New Media

November 27–28, 2014

KU Leuven University, Belgium

Calls for: abstracts, CVs, papers

Deadline: October 15, 2014

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Conferences and events

Making Space for Religion, Youth and Sexuality? Implications for Policies, Politics and Public imaginations

August 1, 2014, 3 PM–7 PM

London, UK

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Religious Offerings and Sacrifices in the Ancient Near East

July 20–22 / July 7–9, 2015. (Note: Both dates given by ARAM.)

University of Oxford, UK

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Jobs

Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Brown University, USA

Deadline: September 15, 2014

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Postdoc in Arabic/Islamic Literary Studies

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Deadline: July 31, 2014

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 31 January 2014

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

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

Calls for Papers

Denton Conference on ‘Implicit Religion’ and ‘Spirituality’

May 2014. See attached pdf for details.

The Uses of Witchcraft in Modern Germany

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

September 2014

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

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

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

AAR Regional Meetings

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

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

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

2014 Eastern International Regional Meeting

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York

May 2–3, 2014

http://www.eiraar.net/cfp

Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy

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

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

Religious History Association Conference

Brisbane, Australia 8-10 July 2014

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

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

October 31-November 2, 2014

JW Marriott, Indianapolis, Indiana

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

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

Vienna, Austria, 28-29 March 2014.

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

Entangled Worlds: Science, Religion, and Materiality

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

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

Lecture – Neutrality and Religious Freedom

Daniel Weinstock, McGill University

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

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

Jobs

Fo Guang University

Assistant Professor (or higher), Chinese Buddhism

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

Call for Submissions – Nomos Journal

1st Quarter 2014

http://www.nomosjournal.org/about

Research Fellowships

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

Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany.

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

 

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion in the Public Domain

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

3-5 September 2014 in Belfast.

Conference Theme – Religion in the Public Domain

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

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

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

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

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dates & Deadlines in 2014

March 14 Submission of abstracts and online registration starts (Please email your abstracts, both in the text of the email and as a Word attachment, to belfast2014@esareligion.org. Abstracts can be submitted both for papers and the postgraduate posters and should not exceed 250 words.)

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

Contact: belfast2014@esareligion.org

The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

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

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Second Call for Papers

28-29 June 2014

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

Keynote Speakers:

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

Conference Theme

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

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

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

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

The Proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words and a biography of 50-100 words to Dr Nicholas Campion, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology, n.campion@tsd.ac.uk

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

The Programme will be confirmed by 15 February 2014

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

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

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

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

Sheffield, t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Session Abstract:

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

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

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

participate.

Please email proposals (title, 250 word abstract) and/or questions to: t.smith@sheffield.ac.uk

Deadline for abstracts: 3rd February 2014

References:

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

Amos S. Ron – Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Daniel H. Olsen – Brandon University, Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada: olsend@brandonu.ca

Demography–Multiculturalism–Citizenship

International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7th Annual

Academic Conference, April 4-5, 2014

Date: 2014-04-04

Description: Migration continues to radically rearrange the makeup

of populations all over the world. Migrants are often very

different than native populationsin language, religion and

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

Europe more generally, struggle with the effects of demographic

transf …

Contact: jdmininger@lcc.lt

URL: www.lcc.lt/academic-conference/

Announcement ID: 209105

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=209105

Society of Biblical Literature

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 22-25 in San Diego, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.aspx by March 5th, 2014.

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

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

Buddhism and Healing

University of Leeds 1-2nd July 2014

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel

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

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

Caroline Starkey (c.starkey@leeds.ac.uk) Post-Graduate Representative, UKABS Committee.

ISASR Conference

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

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

Conference theme: ‘Religion and Remembering’

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Further information on the ISASR Conference 2014 will be posted at: http://isasr.wordpress.com/

IAHR World Congress

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

http://www.iahr2015.org

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

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

These will be addressed within four areas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

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

http://philosophyreligion.wordpress.com/

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

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

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Strand One: Economic and Political Regeneration

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

Strand Two: Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

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

Strand Three: Engaging the Public in Research on Religion

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

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

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

For Stream 1 please send proposals to Chris Baker at chris.baker@chester.ac.uk. For Stream 2 please send proposals to Daniel Whistler daniel.whistler@liverpool.ac.uk. For Stream 3 please send proposals to either Chris Baker or Daniel Whistler.

Registration

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

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: March 28th 2014

Secure online registration is available at: http://storefront.chester.ac.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=288&zenid=5e1qjbugh1ig6t9g84q77nrir1

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: c.mcevoy@chester.ac.uk +44 1244 511031

Please visit http://www.chester.ac.uk/find-us and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions

SIKH RESEARCH CONFERENCE

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

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

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

www.sikhconference.com

Social Relations, Transformation and Trust

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

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

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

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

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

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

Keynote Speakers Include:

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

Nature of the conference

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

socialrelations@coventry.ac.uk

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

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

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

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Carola Leicht, carola.leicht@coventry.ac.uk, or visit our centre’s webpage www.socialrelations.org.uk

Round Table Session, EASR 2014

“The Study of Religions and Religion in Secular Education”

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

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

Please send proposals (of no more than 150 words) directly to the EASR RE Working Group organizers, Wanda Alberts <wanda.alberts@ithrw.uni-hannover.de>, and Tim Jensen <t.jensen@sdu.dk>.

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

http://godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

Conferences

Death in Scotland

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

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

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

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

We have an amazing programme of 42 speakers (see the full list of speakers and the conference programme here: http://bit.ly/1foNO25) The conference contains several papers on sociological and religious analyses of death including:

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

Please can you forward the attached conference details to anyone you think might be interested. Conference costs are £27 for Friday, £55 for Saturday and £27 Sunday or £100 for the weekend and places can be booked via http://bit.ly/18LO5bm

For more information see https://www.facebook.com/deathinscotland

Beyond Consent and Dissent

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

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

Last Booking Date for this Event: 18th January 2014

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

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

Booking and further details: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=124&catid=574&prodid=881

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Studentships

Open University

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

Faculty of Arts

AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

circulation date : 12/12/2013

closing date : 31/01/2014

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2014

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Further particulars

Aarhus University/Queen’s University

A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit–see http://www.rcc.au.dk/) and Queen’s University, Belfast (School of History and Anthropology/Institute of Cognition and Culture—see http://www.qub.ac.uk/schools/InstituteofCognitionCulture/).

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

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

Methods Training

RESEARCH METHODS FOR THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY RELIGION: AN INTENSIVE TRAINING PROGRAMME

Monday 17rd – Friday 21st March 2014

Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

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

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

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

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

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

Jobs

University of Washington

Lecturer in Religious Studies

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48289

Aarhus University

Postdoctoral scholarship at the Grundtvig Study

Centre

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48287

Summer Courses

HARVARD SEMINAR ON DEBATES ABOUT RELIGION AND SEXUALITY

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL, JUNE 10-19, 2014

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

Details of the application and further information about the program are available online at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/faculty-research/conferences-and-seminars/debates-about-religion-and-sexuality. Questions may be directed to rsseminar@hds.harvard.edu.

AU SUMMER COURSE

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

Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Dates: July 27th-August 10th, 2014

Host: Aarhus University Summer School

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

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

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

Faculty:

Jørn Borup, Associate Professor

Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate

Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

Contact: Cameron David Warner, etncw@hum.au.dk

Apply by 15 March 2014 at:

International Students: http://www.au.dk/en/summeruniversity/application/

New Book

Charming Beauties and Frightful Beasts: Non-Human Animals in South Asian Myth, Ritual and Folklore

Edited by Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dahnhardt

  • HB £60 9781908049582
  • PB £19.99 9781908049599
  • 288pp, 234 x 156mm
  • Equinox Publishing Ltd,

Special offer: Quote the code ‘Charming’ when ordering from www.equinoxpub.com and receive 25% off the retail price until the end of March 2014

https://www.equinoxpub.com/equinox/books/showbook.asp?bkid=543

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 3 Jan 2014

wordleWelcome to the first edition of the RSP Opportunities Digest for 2014. if you haven’t yet had the opportunity to check out our Christmas Special, you can do so here. We’ll be back to our normal operational capacity with our first 2014 podcast on 13 January, with Russell McCutcheon speaking on sui generis religion.

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.

Changes to the RSP Team

With every arbitrary calendrical cycle comes changes, and the RSP is no exception to this ‘rule’. It is our sad duty to inform you that Per Smith and Louise Connelly had to step down from the RSP editorial team at the end of December for their own personal and professional reasons. The RSP are infinitely grateful to Per and Louise for everything that they have done for us up until now. Per has been involved with the RSP for around a year and a half, and his enthusiasm for interviewing and bringing the RSP to the other side of the Atlantic has been invaluable. Louise has been a core member of the editorial team since the RSP began, and we do not know where we would be without her sterling work behind the scenes with the social media, opportunities digests, posters and flyers and endless marketing and web advice. We know that both will keep in touch and remain friends of the RSP as we move into our third year and beyond. Thank You.

These changes to the team prompted an effort to restructure and, as such, we have now welcomed another three members to our editorial team – Tommy Coleman, of the University of Tennessee at Chatanooga, shall be co-managing our Social Media (along with existing editor Chris Silver), Kevin Whitesides, of the University of California at Santa Barbara, shall be managing our weekly features, and Daniel Favand, of the University of Edinburgh, shall be taking charge of audio editing. We are delighted to welcome all of these new members to the RSP Team. If you are interested in finding our more about our current editorial structure and team members, see here. If you would like to find out more about the more than 150 people who have directly contributed to the RSP, see here. And if you are interested in joining our team, see below for details of one further position we are currently trying to fill.

RSP Recruiting an Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

New Book

THE INVENTION OF GOD IN INDIGENOUS SOCIETIES, by James L. Cox

Indigenous societies around the world have been historically disparaged by European explorers, colonial officials and Christian missionaries. Nowhere was this more evident than in early descriptions of indigenous religions as savage, primitive, superstitious and fetishistic.

Liberal intellectuals, both indigenous and colonial, reacted to this by claiming that, before indigenous peoples ever encountered Europeans, they all believed in a Supreme Being. The Invention of God in Indigenous Societies argues that, by alleging that God can be located at the core of pre-Christian cultures, this claim effectively invents a tradition which only makes sense theologically if God has never left himself without a witness.

Examining a range of indigenous religions from North America, Africa and Australasia – the Shona of Zimbabwe, the “Rainbow Spirit Theology” in Australia, the Yupiit of Alaska, and the Māori of New Zealand – the book argues that the interests of indigenous societies are best served by carefully describing their religious beliefs and practices using historical and phenomenological methods – just as would be done in the study of any world religion.

Calls for Papers

Panel: Religious Life and Medical Traditions

ASA 2014 “Anthropology and Enlightenment” (Call for Papers Closes Jan. 5th)

Religious practices, and the cosmologies they draw upon, shape many people’s understanding of the relationships of the body, the mind, and the soul. These understandings form a critical foundation from which social, cultural, and ethical perspectives of health and practices of healing emerge. Historical and contemporary perspectives of the development of Western medical traditions and clinical institutions has provided a framework that favours Western scientific discourse. Through this discourse, alternative medical traditions and practices have become largely marginalised. Furthermore, in many communities where concepts of health and healing practice draw strongly upon religious beliefs and alternative understandings of the natural world, the efficacy of Western medical traditions and institutional privilege has been challenged or reinterpreted.

How do religious perspectives, and respective cosmologies, address or influence practices of health and healing within the contours of various, and at times disparate, medical traditions? This panel invites papers that seek to explore this question through historical and contemporary contexts that address various understandings and notions of efficacy, and the diagnosis and treatment of physical and/or mental illnesses.

Contact: Don Duprez (donduprez@gmail.com)

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2745

6th Conference of the Mediterranean Worlds – Symbols and Models of the Mediterranean

University of Calabria, Department of Humanities, September 9-11, 2014

<http://medworlds6.altervista.org/call-papers/>

The Mediterranean Sea is a milieu in which it is possible to observe,

through an interdisciplinary lens, the undertaking of elements

defining an idea which conflicts with its immediate sensitive aspect;

an idea that arises from life situations and the imaginary world of

every man. Nevertheless, it remains a context in which is possible to

observe the presence and the constant use of historical symbols,

patterns and models of those people inhabiting its shores, as embedded

in both the artistic and material production, as well as in the

literary one.

The Mediterranean Sea could be investigated as a real geographical and

historical referee, that has generated, and continues to generate

symbols; but it can be also interpreted as the metaphor and allegory

of the ‘encounters and clashes’ between near and distant people. There

are symbols and models by which is possible to perceive and understand

convergences and contacts, and disclose common identities, even when

considering specific differences of the people.

The theme of this interdisciplinary conference will focus on these issues:

  • The symbols (signs, gestures, objects, animals, persons) capable of bringing to mind meanings deeply interconnected with the development of each of Mediterranean society.
  • The importance of tangible and intangible models serving as examples to reproduce and imitate the evidence that have marked and conditioned the life of the Mediterranean people from a political, religious, economic, and social viewpoints.

We welcome the submission of 250-word abstracts for twenty-minute

papers that broadly address the above themes, and that may address,

but not be limited by, the following topics:

  • Symbols and models disclosing common identities
  • Symbolical landmarks
  • Symbols of the State and Political Power as institutional models
  • Religious symbols
  • Settlements patterns and historical-economic models
  • Natural elements (living beings typical of the Mediterranean area bearing a symbolic value)
  • Literary production as often recording the centrality of the Mediterranean as a complex and contradictory allegory
  • Redefining Mediterranean boundaries as precarious and mobile limits, but also as bridges between lands and shores
  • The metaphor of the Mediterranean and the dialectic between the hegemonic power of the centers and the potential destabilizing peripheries.

Abstract Submissions:

Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should include at least

3 descriptive keywords, the presenter’s name, email address,

organization, and mailing address. The languages of the conference

will be English and Italian.

Please send your abstract submissions to:

m.salerno@unical.it; luca.zavagno@gmail.com

Deadline:

  • Abstract must be submitted by 1 March 2014
  • Notification of acceptance will be communicated by 1 April 2014

“LE FUNÉRAIRE. Mémoire, protocoles, monuments”

PROLONGATION DE LA DATE LIMITE DE SOUMISSION

JUSQU’AU 10 JANVIER 2014

11e colloque annuel de la MAE organisé par Grégory Delaplace (LESC) et Frédérique Valentin (ArScAn) du 18 au 20 juin 2014 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense

http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/appel-a-communications-colloque-de-la-mae-2014/

Jobs

Lecturer, Religious Studies

Mahidol University – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48282>

Post-Doc-Position in History, Theology, Jewish Studies or Religious Studies

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munchen – <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48277>

New Members Wanted to Join the NSRN Blog Editorial Team

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

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

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

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

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions
  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors
  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles
  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog
  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles
  • Dealing with general blog enquiries
  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources
  • Working with the other team members on ways to enhance and improve the blog website and increase exposure and traffic
  • Engaging in virtual team meetings, via email or Skype, to discuss ongoing blog developments.
  • We welcome applications from people in all stages of their academic career, including post-graduate students and early career researchers. Research experience within the field of nonreligion and secularity, or previous experience of blogging, is useful but not essential; we are also keen to hear from applicants working in other related research areas who feel they can offer a valuable external perspective on topics of N&S research.

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

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 27 Dec 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


 

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

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


AMAZON


 

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JOURNALS


 

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

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

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


BOOKS


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

978-1-886439-46-7

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


2014 Claremont Graduate Student History Association Conference

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: gsha [at] cgu.edu

Announcement ID: 208708

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

 


 

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

Date: 2014-04-18

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

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

Contact: iugradconf [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208766

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

 


CFP: The Glocalisation of Christianity in China

Date: 2014-05-15

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

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

Announcement ID: 208691

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

 


CFP: Gender and Jesuit Higher Education

Date: 2014-08-01

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

Contact: kkloos [at] regis.edu

Announcement ID: 208764

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

 


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

To propose a paper go to:

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

 


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

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

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

 *Summary*

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

 Paper proposals should consist of:

  – a paper title

  – authors/co-authors

  – a short abstract of fewer than 300 characters

  – a long abstract of fewer than 250 words.

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

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

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

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


CFP: Narrative Culture

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

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


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


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

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

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

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

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

  • Conducting editorial reviews of blog submissions

  • Soliciting commissions from potential blog authors

  • Responding to submissions of outlined proposals for articles

  • Copyediting and publishing posts to the blog

  • Monitoring comments and responses to published blog articles

  • Dealing with general blog enquiries

  • Promoting the blog via social media and other sources

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline for applications: Friday 17th January 2014

 


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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

Senior Lecturer/Reader in Systematic Theology

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

PhD Studentships

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Strathclyde

Christmas Special 2013 – Nul Point

Over the past few weeks, many of you will have been under the impression that an important event is just around the corner. Greeting cards have been sent. Food has been stockpiled. Music rehearsed… It’s clearly that time of year again. Which can mean only one thing: the RSP has been on to go for two years – can you believe this?

Nul Point Contestants

Nul Point Contestants George Chryssides, Jim Cox, Stephen Gregg, Suzanne Owen, Hanna Lehtinen, Teemu Taira, Jonathan Tuckett and David Wilson.

To celebrate, we couldn’t resist bringing you another Christmas special [other (non-)religious festivals are available]. Following on from last year’s hilarious Only Sixty Seconds, we brought together last year’s winner (Dr David Wilson), and last year’s ‘most entertaining loser’ (Jonathan Tuckett), with six other contestants, to fight for the coveted RSP Christmas trophy.

The game?

Nul Point! (any resemblance to a popular BBC television programme hosted by Alexander Armstrong is entirely coincidental). Before the show, we gave 64 of the RSP listeners 100 seconds to answer a variety of questions. The aim of the game for contestants is to correctly find the answer which the least percentage of these people answered correctly. Simples.

The contestants?

Professor George Chryssides, Professor James Cox, Dr Stephen Gregg, Hanna Lehtinen, Dr Suzanne Owen, Dr Teemu Taira, Jonathan Tuckett, and Dr David Wilson

The venue?

Liverpool Hope University, at the BASR/EASR/IAHR Conference in September 2013, with a special live studio audience.

What is the least well known book of the Bible? How many people in the UK listed their ‘religion’ as ‘Jedi Knight’ on the UK 2011 Census? What is Professor Jim Cox’s drink of choice? To find out, you need do nothing more than hit ‘Play’ and enjoy this forty minutes of pure, unadulterated, top quality Religious Studies entertainment. Remember to listen to the end for some amusing outtakes.

You can also download this podcast, and subscribe to receive it weekly, on iTunes. If you enjoyed it, please take a moment to rate us. And remember, you can use our Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.ca or Amazon.com links to support us at no additional cost as you start to enact your New Year’s resolutions – whatever they may be.

There was a picture round as part of the game show – you can view these pictures here. Interested in seeing a picture of the winner being presented with their trophy? Click here.

Non-denominational seasonal greetings to all our listeners, and best wishes for 2014. We’ll be back in January – bigger and better than ever. Many thanks to everyone who took part in this recording – the contestants, the hosts, and the studio audience. Thanks to the BASR/EASR/IAHR for facilitating this recording and adding it to the official conference schedule. Thanks to the technical team at Liverpool Hope University for the audio recording, and to the inestimable David Robertson for technical wizardry on the night, and in pulling the episode together. Thanks to those listeners and fans who helped out by providing the much-needed material for the game show. And, finally, and perhaps most importantly, thanks for listening.