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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 14 February 2014

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

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Calls for Papers

Religion and Architecture

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

ISIH-conference in Toronto.

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=211169

Religion in Social Relations

The Hungarian Historical Review

Deadline for  abstracts: 28 Feb 2014

http://www.hunghist.org

Constructing Orthodoxies and Heresies in the Islamic World

2014 MAMEIS Annual Conference

Abstracts Due: Friday, February 14 2014

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

http://www.mameis.org

Religion in Everyday lives

Centre for Research in Social sciences and Humanities

Interdisciplinary Conference on Religion in Everyday lives

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

http://www.socialsciencesandhumanities.com

Special Issue of Fat Studies

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

Religion and Fat, guest edited by Lynne Gerber,

Susan Hill and LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant.

See attached word document. 

Journal of Religious Studies, History and Society

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

Journal URL http://editorarevistas.mackenzie.br/index.php/cr

Contact for queries and submissions: suzana.coutinho@mackenzie.br

Oxford X 2014

Astronomy, Indigenous Knowledge, and Interpretation

Abstracts Due March 1, 2014

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

http://www.culturalastronomy.saao.ac.za

Conferences

The Pentecostalisation of Public Spheres

Religion & Society @Leeds Research Day

14 March 2014, Fairbairn House, Main Building Upper Chapel

See attached pdf. 

The Use of Tafsir in Translating the Koran

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

28 February 2014, at the Warburg Institute, London.

http://warburg.sas.ac.uk/events/colloquia-2013-14/use-of-tafsir-in-translating-the-koran/

Food and Ritual: Ancient Practices, Modern Perspectives

 

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

http://www.oxforduniversitystores.co.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?

compid=1&modid=2&deptid=202&catid=68&prodid=232

Jobs

University of Cape Town – Lecturer: Asian Religions

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48414

Antioch University – Instructor, Buddhist Studies Program

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48416

University of Pittsburgh – Visiting Assistant Professor

http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48420

University of Edinburgh – Religious Studies, Teaching Fellow

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AIC788/teaching-fellow-in-religious-studies/

Keble College, Oxford – Reformation history and theology

http://bit.ly/1fZC2uW

NSRN Blog

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

http://blog.nsrn.net

Summer School

Mysticism and Esotericism

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

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

http://www.rug.nl/education/summer-winter-schools/summer-schools-2014/mysticism-esotericism/

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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


 

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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

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 20 Dec 2013

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  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs & Fellowships

SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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


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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


CONFERENCES


ICONIC RELIGION: HOW IMAGINARIES OF RELIGIOUS ENCOUNTER STRUCTURE URBAN SPACE

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

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

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

 MONDAY, 17 FEBRUARY 2014

17:00 Arrival and Registration

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

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

19:30 Reception Dinner at Strätlingshof, Bochum

TUESDAY, 18 FEBRUARY 2014

9:00 Coffee

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

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

11:30 Coffee break

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

13:00 Lunch at Beckmanns Hof, Bochum

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

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

17:00 Coffee Break

17:15 Projekt, Serie, Werkkomplex:

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

19:30 Dinner at Livingroom, Bochum

WEDNESDAY, 19 FEBRUARY 2014

9:00 Coffee

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

10:30 How to Exhibit Religion?

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

11:30 Response

Alexandra Grieser (Dublin)

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

13:00 Lunch at Trattoria Falcone, Bochum

www.icorel.ceres.rub.de


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

A Colloquium organised by the Centre for Church Growth Research

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

Date: 2 May 2014, 10 am to 4 pm

Venue: Room 349 Senate House, University of London

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

Speakers include:

 Professor David Martin (LSE)

Professor John Wolffe (Open University)

Dr Peter Brierley (Brierley Consulting)

Dr Lois Lee (University College, London)

Dr Alana Harris (Lincoln College, Oxford)

Dr Andrew Rogers (University of Roehampton)

Rev Dr Babatunde Adedibu (RCCG)

 For detailed information and to book a place, visit: www.durham.ac.uk/churchgrowth.research

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

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

http://www.wocmes2014.org/

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

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

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

 Dr.P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

(pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk)


 

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

https://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/IJSNR

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


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

http://www.eurel.info/IMG/pdf/cfp_eurel_2014.pdf

 Eurel Conference 2014

Religion in floating territories

Lublin, Poland, 23-24 October 2014

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


CFP: The Self in South Asia

University of Chicago April 17­19

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

Date: 2014-01-08

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

Contact: weeksj [at] iupui.edu

Announcement ID: 208829

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208829

 


 

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

Date: 2013-12-15

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

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

Contact: DLi [at] fairfield.edu

Announcement ID: 208877

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208877

 


 

Ghosts in the Flesh: Call for Articles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

skepsi[at]kent.ac.uk

 The deadline for submission is 15/01/14


 

EXTENDED DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS: 1 JANUARY 2014, 5pm

British Association for the Study of Spirituality

Third International Conference Spirituality in a Challenging World

19-21 May 2014

Ashridge House, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK

(only 30 minutes by train from London Euston)

http://www.basspirituality.org.uk

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

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

Full details are available on the BASS website.


JOBS & FELLOWSHIPS


Funded PhD Opportunity – Religious Literacy and Religious Studies

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

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

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


 

Open Theology journal – call for Section Editors

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

Contact: ktempczyk [at] versita.com

Announcement ID: 208473

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208473

 


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

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: polonsky [at] vanleer.org.il

URL: www.vanleer.org.il

Announcement ID: 208472

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208472

 


 

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

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: csc [at] mail.huji.ac.il

URL: csc.org.il/news/new.aspx?NewId=93

Announcement ID: 208518

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208518


 

Tenure Track (Open Rank) Faculty Position in Hebrew Bible

Department: Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies

Rank: Tenure/Tenure Track

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

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

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

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

http://sites.psu.edu/humanitiesda/.

Submit online (http://www.la.psu.edu/facultysearch) a letter of application, a curriculum vitae (including contact information for three references), a sample of scholarly writing (no more than thirty pages), and evidence of teaching accomplishments. Three letters of recommendation should be sent to the Biblical Studies Search Committee, c/o Sandra Moyer, at <sjm1@psu.edu>. Applications received by January 31, 2014 are assured of consideration; however, all dossiers will be accepted until the position is filled. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

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


 

Bates College – Postdoctoral Fellowship in East Asian Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48201>

 

Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48209>

Yale University – Henry Chauncey Jr. ’57 Postdoctoral Fellowship <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48137>

Rutgers University – Visiting Scholar in Jewish Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48210>

 

Nanyang Technological University – CLASS Postdoctoral Fellowships <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48209>

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JOURNALS


 

Sociology of Religion, vol 74, no 4 – advance notice. http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/4?etoc

 

Review of Religious Studies Research, vol 55, no. 4  http://link.springer.com/journal/13644/55/4?wt_mc=alerts.TOCjournals

 

Religion and State, vol 41, no 4 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/crss20/41/4#.UqrCpeL9qBs


BOOKS


Narratives of Sorrow and Dignity: Japanese Women, Pregnancy Loss, and Modern Rituals of Grieving. Oxford University Press, 2013 (Oxford Ritual Studies).  ISBN 978-0-19-994215-2 (pbk)

Author:  Smith, Bardwell L.

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


New Antiquities: Transformations of the Past in the New Age and Beyond

The twentieth century witnessed a surge of fascination with the religious culture of the ancient Mediterranean, whose allure was appropriated in innovative ways by various actors and movements ranging from Rudolf Steiner to Goddess-cult(ure)s, from Neo-Gnostics in Brazil to the Russian New Age. In these diverse interpretations and productive misunderstandings of antiquity, ancient gods, philosophers, religious specialists, sacred institutions, practices, and artifacts were invoked, employed, and even invented in order to legitimize new developments in religious life. Focusing on the contemporary period (from the 1960s to the present day), our goal is to identify and analyze these appropriations and changes of ancient religious life. We seek critical, scientific papers that take an historical, philological, and/or sociological approach towards transformations and constructions of the past in the literature and cultural discourse of the New Age and beyond, extending into movements such as Neo-Paganism and Neo-Gnosticism. Join us for a workshop in Berlin, from 26–28 June 2014!

Selected papers from the workshop will be published in the peer- reviewed Brill series, Metaforms: Studies in the Reception of Classical Antiquity. Participants will need to provide their own funding.

Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 31 January 2014.

Contact info:Please send abstracts together with a CV (both no more than 500 words) to newantiquities [at] yahoo.de; further inquiries can be directed to the co-organizers of the workshop:

 


 

CFP: Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)

 After my recent call for papers regarding “Tombs, Mausoleums, Shrines and Memorials of Religious/Political Leaders of the Contemporary Middle East (1980-2011)” I understood for many reasons this field of study is still undeveloped.

 Therefore by this e-mail I invite you for working together on one book publication project regarding above topic but ONLY related to the mentioned leaders (below).

Please send the title of your chapter, your discipline, a 500-word abstract and your full academic affiliation including your e-mail address as an attached file (Office Word) by 30th Feb. 2014 to: (pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk)

This edited volume will be published by SeanKingston Publishing House in U.K.

All branches of disciplines are welcome.

 


 

CFP: Transformations: A Journal of Myth and Fairy Tale Studies – Proposals January 8 th, 2013

full name / name of organization:

EMMA, Université Montpellier 3, France

contact email:

julie.sauvage<@>univ-montp3.fr, weeksj<@>iupui.edu

We are in the process of establishing a brand new web-based, peer-reviewed journal in English, in the field of myth and fairy tale studies. We are currently accepting proposals for the first two issues.

DEADLINE FOR PROPOSALS: Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 

Journal Description:

Transformations is designed to explore myth and fairy tale adaptations published after 1870. The journal’s coverage includes modern adaptations of myths and fairy tales in a variety of print and cinematic media, regional myths and fairy tales, colonial and postcolonial interpretations of fairy tale adaptations, myths and fairy tales as a forum for gender exploration, and comparative studies of myths and fairy tales. Transformations features English-language scholarship; however, the scope of the journal is broadly international and multidisciplinary. Individual papers do not have to address both myths and fairy tales, although we are interested in the interpretive intersections between these genre categorizations.

The journal will be published semi-annually in December and June. Each submitted article will be peer-reviewed by two academic experts selected from relevant fields of research. Articles should be 5,000-8,000 words in length, including notes and works cited.

The first two issues of the journal will be open submission for any topic related to myths and fairy tales. Thereafter, the journal will alternate between an open topic issue in the winter, and a special issue focused around a particular theme, tale, author, or sub-genre in the summer. Future special issue topics will include (“Little Red Riding Hood,” Late Victorian Political Myths and Fairy Tales, Myths and Fairy Tales from India, and Neil Gaiman)

Possible topics for general issues may include, but are not limited to:

– relationships between myths and fairy tales

– literary or film genres in myth and fairy tale revisions

– the politics of myth and fairy tale revisions

– gender in myths and fairy tales

– post-colonial perspectives on myths and fairy tales

– translation and displacement of myths and fairy tales

– history in myth and fairy tale revisions

– myths and fairy tales and modernism/post-modernism

– orality in the rewriting of myths and fairy tales

– narrative patterns in myths and fairy tales

– redefining the subject through myth and fairy tale revisions

– narrative technique and voice

– performing myths and fairy tales

– myths and fairy tales on screen

– myths and fairy tales in new media

– intermedial approaches to myths and fairy tales

500-word proposals should be sent by January 8th 2014 as e-mail attachments. Please include your full name and institutional affiliation. Address submissions to the editors:


VI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: “IMAGES OF DEATH”

Venue: National University of Salta

Salta, Argentina Republic – 13 al August 16, 2014

 We are sending the First Circular concerning the VI INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES: “IMAGES OF DEATH” with schedule information, inscriptions, as well as the subject areas.

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

Date and sending proposals – by e-mail: until 20 February 2014.

Response on acceptance of proposals (sending the acceptance letter) –

E-mail: March 20, 2014.

Off of the full texts of the paper – by e-mail: until 20 May 2014.

Realization of Congress 13 to August 16, 2014.<cavucacordeiro [at] gmail.com>

REGISTRATION

1) FORMAT: Single or double registrations (each participant must make payment for your registration) with proposals for free topics. The presentations will be organized in co-ordinated by the Organizing Committee, according to thematic criteria and / or chronological sessions.

2) DELIVERY OF THE PROPOSAL / PRE-REGISTRATION: Send file attached to a mail message to the following address:6imagenesdelamuerte@gmail.com ,

containing:

a) name;

b) Institution;

c) Country;

d) Curriculum summarized (with area of training, professional action, major publications);

e) Title of the presentation;

f) extended summary of 2 pages, Times New Roman 12, line spacing 1.5. It should record the subject, research problem, hypothesis or orientations of meaning, sources, references and brief conceptual conclusions as above. The summary should be accompanied by five key words that refer to the main concepts that articulate the proposal.

g) The selection and approval criteria will be the quality and relevance of the proposal sent through the summary.

3) TARIFFS:

Professional speakers: $ 800

Professional attendees: $ 400

Students post-graduation speakers: $ 800 students attending

post-graduation: $ 400 Exhibitors grade students: No Tariff assistants grade students: No Fee

4) THEME: sessions will be organized by the Organizing Committee according to two cutouts: chronological / procedural and thematic. Encompassing a broad interdisciplinary range to provide opportunities to identify complexities and riches in the analysis and discussion of theoretical, methodological and conceptual explanatory theory of the social aspects are provided. Discussions will allow also advance studies at local, regional, national and / or global.

4.1) chronological CLIPPING:

a) Death, dying and the post-mortem between different cultures of the period Pre- Columbian / pre-European;

b) Death, dying and the post-mortem in the process of European conquest:

catechesis,

appropriations and cultural relationships in situations of conquest and settlement European;

c) Death, dying and the post-mortem in situations of colonial Christianity and

implemented: burials ad and apud sanctos ecclesian, places of death and the dead, funeral rituals and customs covering different cultures (the Catholic death / baroque death among different indigenous and African races), the Catholic / Protestant hegemony over different attitudes and representations; prescribed and lived;

d) Crisis of Colonialism, wars of independence, assertion of Independent States (imperial or republican), ruptures and continuities before death:

alteration of mortality patterns and habits, hygiene and medicalization of death, creating processes extramural cemeteries, new places of the dead, transformations and cultural traditions;

e) Transformations and continuities in the context of challenge to the hegemony of death, dying and the afterlife and the construction of new religious (Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc.).;

f) Death in contemporary societies, ruptures and continuities: the loneliness of the dying, euthanasia, cremation, violent deaths.

4.2) THEME CUTS:

a) Rituals and attitudes towards death;

b) Representations, sensibilities, conceptions, philosophical aspects of death, death and the afterlife;

c) Spatiality and places to death;

d) secularization and sacralization;

e) Planning, health, public cemeteries;

f) Funerary art, art cemeterial;

g) Studies and bioarchaeology paleoepidemiologia;

h) Morbidity and mortality;

i) Death and violence: murder, crime, suicide, genocide, death penalty;

j) Death and power: state funerals.

k) Psychological aspects, medicine, medicalization, euthanasia, palliative care;

l) literature, visual arts, theater, music, photographs, film;

m) Different social practices against pain: Judicialization, organizations demand collective struggles.


2014 Postgraduate Conference: Bodies: Bridges and Boundaries

Monday 6–Tuesday 7 January 2014, Christ Church, University of Oxford

Wendell Berry suggests that ‘when we say the word “body” theologically, we cannot distinguish in an absolute way whether we mean our own human bodies, Jesus’ human body, Christ’s bodily presence in the elements of the Eucharist, or the social body called the church’. Our experience of life, salvation and sanctification is an embodied experience, but what this means is far from clear given that bodies have a liminal character as both a defining boundary of the self and a communicative bridge to the outside world, both immanent and transcendent. This conference seeks to explore the interaction between theological and religious conceptions of the body, both individual and corporate, and the lived experience and praxis of those bodies in the world.

Speakers

Gerard Loughlin, University of Durham

Graham Ward, University of Oxford

Pamela Sue Anderson, University of Oxford

Werner G. Jeanrond, University of Oxford

Call for Papers

This conference aims to gather postgraduate students. We invite critical and constructive papers of 20 minutes in length from all disciplines concerned with theology and religion. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, theological approaches to:

Mind as embodied and environmentally embedded

Doctrines such as incarnation, resurrection and ascension

Soteriology and sanctification of the body

Bodies, passions and emotions

Sexuality and gender

The body in sacrament and ritual

Church as the body of Christ

Changing conceptions of the body in history

Bodily language and metaphors in scripture and theology

Ethical considerations of technology and the body

Communion and communication

Negotiating social, political and cultural bodies

Please submit your abstract (500 words maximum) to tobias.tan@theology.ox.ac.uk. The deadline for submissions is 25 October 2013.

Registration

To register your attendance at the conference, please complete the following form.

There is no registration fee for the conference. Please register by 9 December 2013.

Accommodation

In general, delegates will need to organise their own accommodation. The organising committee is attempting to make various affordable accommodation options available for postgraduate students. The following options may be of interest:

1. We are currently searching for local Oxford based students and faculty who may be willing to host a student. Accommodation will vary depending on what the host can offer. You may indicate your interest in being hosted on the registration form.

2. We have been able to arrange for 39 places at The Vines at £35 for Monday the 6th of January (only). The Vines is a large house on Pullens Lane owned by Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford, a visiting student program. It is a 5-10 minute bus-ride from city centre. Rooms will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please be advised that should you secure a place, you will most likely be sharing a room with 1-3 other delegates. You may include roommate requests when you book. The kitchen will not be available for use. If you are interested in accommodation at the Vines please express your interest on the registration form by Monday 9 December. You will then be contacted to confirm whether you have place and given details about how to make a formal booking.

3. List of other accommodation options in Oxford

Meals

Lunch will be provided free of charge on Tuesday 7 January (please indicate your dietary requirements on the registration form). Breakfasts, dinners and lunch on Monday 6 January will not be provided.

Bursaries

We are attempting to secure funding to make travel bursaries available to those who require assistance to attend. Please note the following information about bursaries:

Bursaries will only be available to those giving papers.

Bursaries will only be available for domestic train/bus travel within the UK. We are unable to cover flights, international travel or accommodation.

Depending on funding and demand, we may only be able to subsidise a percentage of your travel expenses.

Original receipts will need to be provided before bursaries are paid.

Bursary payments will be made after the conference and may take several weeks. We aim to inform those who are awarded bursaries when abstracts are accepted (approx. mid-November).

Where possible, participants are encouraged to apply for other funding so that we are able to maximise access to the conference.

To apply for a bursary, please complete the relevant section of the registration form. For any inquiries relating to Bursaries, please contact ulrich.schmiedel@theology.ox.ac.uk

A full conference programme will be available at a later date. The conference will begin at 13:00 on Monday 6 January and conclude at 17:00 on Tuesday 7 January.

For general enquiries, please contact tobias.tan [at] theology.ox.ac.uk.


 

CFP: The Leeds Postgraduate Monasticism Conference has opened a cal for papers which could be of interest to many of you: Monastic Myths: Origins, Identities, Legacies, 16-17 May, deadline 28 February.

More information:  http://leedsmonasticismconference.wordpress.com/call-for-papers-2014/

Those involved in shaping forms of religious expression in the Middle Ages had recourse to a powerful tool: the creation of origin narratives. Monastic, mendicant, canonical and semi-regular congregations self-consciously looked to the past for models to emulate, appropriated traditions to present to contemporaries, and established precedents to edify future generations. Within communities, origin stories were crafted by male and female religious to strengthen their position as the spiritual vanguard of Christendom, as well as to legitimise certain forms of religious life. Similarly, external factors played their role in myth formation, either through wider ecclesiastical policy or through the active participation of interested lay people. These stories can be seen in a variety of media, and were expressed as easily by depictions on the walls of religious houses and in paintings as they were through written works such as hagiography and chronicles.

 


 

Oslo International Graduate Students Conference: Space, Culture, and Religion: Considering Implications of The ‘Spatial Turn’

Time and place: May 19, 2014 – May 21, 2014, University of Oslo

Call for papers

In recent years, the humanities and social sciences have seen a renewed interest in spatiality. Scholars have increasingly considered ways in which texts, history and cultural practices are physically embodied – and, hence, spatially embedded. Notions of ‘space’, ‘place’ and ‘landscape’ are no longer the exclusive domain of geographers, but have been appropriated by social anthropologists, scholars of religion, historians and literary scholars. Following a number of other ‘turns’ in the humanities, this development has been called ‘the spatial turn’ (e.g., Warf & Arias 2009). Scholars are studying aspects of space from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, drawing on theories not only from geography but also from philosophy and sociology. Thinkers whose work has been rediscovered, or reinterpreted from a spatial perspective, include Mikhail Bakhtin (‘chronotope’), Pierre Bourdieu (‘social space’), Michel de Certeau (‘spatial stories’), Michel Foucault (‘heterotopia’) and Henri Lefebvre (‘the production of space’). In this conference, we would like to examine implications of the ‘spatial turn’ for the humanities. In particular, we look at the possible impact of new considerations of space on the disciplines represented at our institute: Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, cultural studies, and the study of religion(s). We welcome papers on a variety of topics, as long as they relate to our central topic. We particularly would like to invite (post)graduate students and young (postdoc) researchers to present papers on the spatial aspects of their own research.

The conference will be divided into the following four subtopics: politics of space; imaginations of space; history of space; writing space, crafting space. Participants are requested to relate their presentation to one of these four topics. For more information on these subtopics, please see the conference website: http://www.hf.uio.no/ikos/english/research/network/ikos-austin-collaboration/Graduate-Conference/ Those who wish to participate in the conference and present a paper are requested to submit an abstract (max. 500 words) before December 20, 2013.

Please indicate which of the four subthemes your paper relates to. Abstracts can be sent to Aike Rots: a.p.rots [at] ikos.uio.no

 


JOBS


Auburn University – Assistant Professor, visual and material culture of the Mediterranean and/or Near Eastern World (ancient or early medieval) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48185>

 

Brown University – Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Italian Studies and Middle East Studies, <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48161>

 

Ripon College – Assistant Professor of U.S. History/African or Asian Diaspora <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48148>

 

University of Zurich – Professorship for Global History (18th-20th Century) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48165>

 

School of Oriental and African Studies – Lecturer in the History of Iran since c. 1500

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48182>

 

Case Western Reserve University – The Archbishop Paul J. Hallinan Professorship in Catholic Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48154>

 

McGill University – Barbara and Patrick Keenan Chair in Interfaith Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48122>

 

Mount Allison University – Assistant Professor, East Asian Religions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48172>

 

Old Dominion University – Assistant Professor of Religious Studies – Jewish Traditions <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48166>

 

York University – Assistant Professor, Classical Judaica; Modern Religious Thought and/or Modern Comparative Religion <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48187>

 

PhD Studentships: History

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 

PhD Studentships: Philosophy

College of Arts and Social Sciences

University of Dundee

 


The Faculty of Theology at Uppsala University wishes to appoint a Postdoctoral fellow studying New Atheism for a period of two years, beginning as soon as possible and April 1, 2014 at the latest. Application is due on January 15, 2014.

 

The Faculty is looking for a project with a critical scientific focus on New Atheism/contemporary atheistic positions or groups. What characterizes the phenomenon in question? What historical roots does it have? How does it relate to earlier forms of atheism and critique of religion? What understanding of religion and which ideological assumptions does it presuppose? Towards which forms of religions and ideologies is the atheistic criticism directed? What are the arguments for atheism and against religion, and what weight should be awarded to these arguments? How does the phenomenon relate to the contemporary criticism of secularization theses and secularism? What normative grounds and political ambitions does it have? What role does the phenomenon play in today’s society and politics?

http://www.uu.se/en/jobs/?positionId=29394#

 


 

The Department of Performance Studies at Texas A&M University is accepting applications for the Master of Arts degree in Performance Studies. Graduate Assistantships, which include tuition, healthcare benefits, and a monthly stipend, are available for qualified students.

Our students and faculty are committed to the ethnographic study of vernacular culture and the integration of practice and research.

As an M.A.-only program, we focus on preparing students for professional careers in research, performance creation, and public outreach; for teaching at the high school and community-college level; and for admission to top-tier, research-intensive Ph.D. programs. Many of our students conduct ethnographic fieldwork and include performance as components of their M.A.

theses. As they’re writing and researching, they’re also delivering papers at national and regional conferences, publishing book reviews, and winning

university- and college-wide fellowships for their research and professional development.

Performance Studies scholars examine relationships between performance and culture. The department has research strengths in Africana studies, dance and ritual studies, ethnomusicology, folklore, performance ethnography, popular music studies, religious studies, theatre history, media studies, and women’s studies.

Information on the application process, courses, and the degree plan can be found at http://perf.tamu.edu/ Please contact Dr. Kirsten Pullen, Director of Graduate Studies (kpullen [at] tamu.edu <mailto:kpullen [at] tamu.edu>) with any questions.

For full funding consideration for Fall 2014, students should apply by January 15, 2014. Applications will be reviewed until February 15, 2014 or until all assistantships are filled.

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JOURNALS


 

Contributions to Indian Sociology http://cis.sagepub.com/

 

Journal of Media and Religion, Vol 12, no 4 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/jmr;jsessionid=1lfxh00jpf9ew.alexandra


CONFERENCES


 

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions:

Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A full programme will be posted soon.

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


Colloquium: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt

UCLA, Royce Hall room 314

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

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

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

Death and disease at Deir el-Medina

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

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

    Coffee break

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

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

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

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

Date: 2013-12-21

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

Contact: xin.fan [at] fredonia.edu

URL: www.geschkult.fu-berlin.de/e/grea/index.html.

Announcement ID: 208999

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208999

 


CFP: MORTUARY TRADITIONS

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

18-19-20 June 2014

 

Organised by Grégory Delaplace and Frédérique Valentin

 

Contributions developing interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations between researchers will be preferred. Abstracts (200 words) should be sent before December 20, 2013 to Grégory Delaplace (g.delaplace [at] yahoo.fr) or Frederique Valentin (frederique.valentin [at] mae.u-paris10.fr).

 


 

FINAL CONFERENCE OF THE PROJECT “THE INVISIBILITY OF DEATH AMONG MIGRANTS IN PORTUGAL”

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

13-14 March 2014

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

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

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

CALL FOR PAPERS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CFP: Religion and Crisis

BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group Annual Conference 2014

Wednesday 2 – Friday 4 July 2014

(Postgraduate Workshop: Tuesday 1 July 2014)

University of Sussex, Brighton, UK

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 


 

BSA: Early Career Theorists’ Symposium

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

 Call for Abstracts

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

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

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

(2) title of your presentation;

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

(4) five keywords descriptive of the presentation.

Please send submissions to the organizers: Dr Marcus Morgan, University of Cambridge (mm2014@cam.ac.uk) and Dr Suzi Hall, London School of Economics (s.m.hall@lse.ac.uk). The deadline for submission of abstracts is 6th January, 2014.

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


 

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

Estonian Literary Museum in Tartu, Estonia

7th – 10th May 2014

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

 

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

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

 

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

1. Other in the war context;

2. Ideas of modernity in representations of the Other;

3. The production and reception of humour;

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

5. New media and new ways of seeing.

 

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

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

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

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

 

Please send your proposal to:

Prof. Dagnosław Demski, IAE PAN Warsaw, UMK University, d.demski2@gmail.com

dr Liisi Laineste, Estonian Literary Museum, Tartu University, liisi@folklore.ee

dr Kamila Baraniecka-Olszewska, IAE PAN Warsaw, kamila.baraniecka@gmail.com

 

Conference Site, Travel and Accommodation

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

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

 

Registration Fee

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

 

Publication of Papers

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

 

More information will be sent in the second circular.

 

See also the conference website at http://folklore.ee/rl/fo/konve/ImagesIII/index.html.


CFP: Cyberpilgrimage: theory, practice and future

Deadline: 09/01/2014

The Future with/of Anthropologies

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

– What are the benefits of cyberpilgrimage to the pilgrims?

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

-Should faith be considered as a prerequisite for cyberpilgrimage?

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

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

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

-Potential relationships between cyberpilgrimage and illusion.

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

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

– Cyberpilgrimage and diaspora?

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

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2843

 


 

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

Deadline: May 1st, 2014

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

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

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

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

Please send all submissions to submissions@beyondborderlands.com. For further questions and clarifications, feel free to contact the editor at b.d.mitchell@beyondborderlands.com. Potential contributors may also want to visit our facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondBorderlands.


ELSE JOURNAL

International Art, Literature, Theory and Creative Media

Issue 0, February 1, 2014

“Trans-what?”

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

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

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

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

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

Foreignness, Otherness and the Uncanny.

 

Deadline: December 15.

Submit work here: http://www.transart.org/else-art-journal-submission-form/

 


 

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

 


JOBS


School of Oriental and African Studies – Lecturer in Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48127>

 

University of Oxford – Khalid bin Abdullah al Saud Professorship of the Contemporary Arab World <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48150>

St. John’s University – Assistant Professor, South Asian History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48135>

 

University of Alberta – Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Polity and Society, 500 BCE-500 CE <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48143>

 

Lingnan University – Associate Professor in Modern Chinese Literature <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48115>

 

AHRC-funded Studentships and College Scholarships for 2014

Historical and Philosophical Studies

College of Arts

University of Glasgow

 

Tutor in Pioneer Ministry

International Christian College

PhD studentships

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

University of Edinburgh

 

MSc Studentships

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

University of Edinburgh

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

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

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

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

 


PHD SCHOLARSHIPS


 

10 Full-Funded ESRC PhD Studentships in the Social Sciences Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Human Geography, Media and Communications, Socio-legal studies and Sociology Goldsmiths, University of London http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AHS790/

 


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

 

Particular areas of research interest in the Department include:

 

* religion, capitalism and globalization

* religion and media

* the role of religion in the construction of European modernity

* religion, law, governance and politics

* the cultural sociology of the sacred

* the study of religious subjectivity

* material religion

* religion and childhood

* religion and critical theory

 

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

http://www.kent.ac.uk/secl/postgraduate/funding.html?tab=phd-scholarships

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  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Fellowships

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JOURNALS


 

Contemporary Buddhism, vol 14, no. 2 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rcbh20/14/2#.UphK1-L9qBs


CONFERENCES


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

Location: New York

Date: 2013-12-04

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

Contact: ll2787 [at] columbia.edu

URL: www.maisonfrancaise.org

Announcement ID: 208671

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208671

 


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

Date: 2014-02-05

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

Contact: amy4ibe [at] yahoo.com

URL: osigwedp.org.ng/node/27

Announcement ID: 208660

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208660

 


 

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

Date: 2014-01-15

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

Contact: clarasaraiva [at] fcsh.unl.pt and povedakistvan [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 208340

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208340

 


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

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

Thursday 19 December 2013 10.30am to 1pm

Thursday 19 December 2013

Grand Officers’ Robing Room, Freemasons’ Hall,

Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ

Programme:

10.30 Introduction and welcome

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://www.freemasonry.london.museum/library/

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

Search the Collections [Ref: GBR 1991 GD series]

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

Name:

Your contact address, email or phone number:

 


 

Reading, Writing and Religion 1660-1830

Saturday 7th December -Queen Mary, University of London

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

 


Princeton University – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work/Workplace Spirituality <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48070


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

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

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

http://www2.uni-frankfurt.de/48820035/Conference-Islamism-versus-Post-Islamism-Program.pdf


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Thanatos vol. 3 1/2014

Theme issue: Death, mourning and the internet

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

Thanatos (www.thanatos-journal.com) is a peer-reviewed, multi-disciplinary and a scientific online journal published by the Finnish Death Studies Association (www.kuolemantutkimus.com).

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

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

• Digital afterlife

• Internet and hospice care

• Space and spatiality in virtual memorials

• Identity and virtual memorials

• Online memorials and heritage

• Memorials and online gaming

• Death and Facebook

• Memorial videos in Youtube (Vimeo etc.)

• Online funerals

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

 Schedule:

• 3.1.2014: Abstract deadlines (max 400 words)

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

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

• 31.5.2014: Deadline for second drafts

• June/July: Journal publication

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


 

CFP: Interdisciplinary conference: Images of Afterlife

22–24 October 2014, University of Turku, Finland

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

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

Topics for papers may include but are not limited to:

o Religious and spiritual images of afterlife

o Images of afterlife in art

o Mythic topographies of the otherworld

o Secular conceptions of afterlife

o Afterlife conceptions as sources of comfort and hope

o Beliefs about persistence of the mind after death

o Mind, soul and consciousness

o “Good” and “bad” death

o Suicide and afterlife

o Euthanasia

o Organ transplantation

o Death, afterlife and multiculturalism in health care

o Agency in afterlife

o Marginalized discourses of afterlife

o Interaction with the spaces and agents of the afterlife

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

o Near-death experiences and deathbed visions

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

doctrines

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

Professor Altti Kuusamo, Art History, University of Turku

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

Professor Emerita Margaret Lock, Social Studies of Medicine, McGill

University (tbc)

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

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

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

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

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

Further information about the conference, social programme, travel and accommodation in Turku will be soon available on our web page http://imagesofafterlife.wordpress.com


CFP for ‘Skulls, faces and being human’ panel

Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and Commonwealth

ASA2014: Decennial Conference

Edinburgh- 19th-22nd June 2014

Deadline for paper abstract submission is 5th January 2014.

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

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

Papers invited from social and cultural anthropologists, archaeologists, forensic anthologists, museologists, historians etc., anyone with an interest in skulls and the ways we and others interpret skulls.http://www.nomadit.co.uk/asa/asa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=2653

 


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

Date: 2013-11-15

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

Contact: application [at] euroacademia.eu

URL:

euroacademia.eu/conference/the-second-global-forum-of-critical-studies/#t6

Announcement ID: 208309   http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208309


 

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

University, Istanbul. April 19  20, 2014.

Date: 2013-11-30

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

Contact: symposium [at] kadineserleri.org

URL: www.wwl-symposium.org

Announcement ID: 208341

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208341

 


 

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

Location: Indiana

Date: 2014-02-01

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

Contact: jgiguere [at] ivytech.edu

URL: gravestonestudies.org

Announcement ID: 208313

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208313

 


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

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/arts/gradschool/conferences/thrs/

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

‘Spiritual Exercises’

*Friday 7 and Saturday 8 March 2014*

Keynote Speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

Abstract deadline: January 31st, 2014.

More information and abstract submission:

http://www.sbl-site.org/meetings/Congresses_CallForPaperDetails.aspx?MeetingId=24&VolunteerUnitId=621

or by email: f.uhlenbruch [at] derby.ac.uk


 

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

Organizers: Patricia Blessing and Ali Yaycioglu

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

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

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

For more information on the conference, see: http://www.mesa.arizona.edu/annual-meeting/index.html


 

CFP: EASR Annual Conference, Groningen, Netherlands

11-15 May, 2014

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

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

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

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

Abstract

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

Outline

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

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

 

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

 

-Materiality and immateriality of ‘spiritual senses’

-Epistemology of knowledge gained through religious experience

-Corporeality and knowledge

-Hierarchies of knowledge in Christian communities

-The nature of the connection between God and human

-The relation between spiritual senses and the five human senses

-Meanings given to ‘spiritual senses’ in different Christianities

-Interplay of different forms of knowledge in Christian communities

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

 

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

 

Submission guidelines: Individual papers

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

 

Deadline: 1 December 2013


FELLOWSHIPS


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2015

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

Contact: bs411 [at] cam.ac.uk

URL: www.woolf.cam.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 208376

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208376

 


JOBS


University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045>

 

Indiana University – Bloomington – Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society (CRRES) Postdoctoral Fellowship <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48075>

 

Quest University Canada – Full-time Continuing Faculty: Contemporary Cultural Life <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48097>

 

University of Pittsburgh – Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japan-Korea Studies <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48109>

 

Aarhus University – Associate Professor in Experimental Philosophy of Cognitive Science <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48116>

 

Memphis Theological Seminary – Tenure Track Faculty <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48098>

 


 

10 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2014/15 in Berlin

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

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

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

via the following link: http://www.eume-berlin.de/en/call-for-application-ausschreibung.html  

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 22 Nov 2013

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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


AMAZON


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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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If you click through to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com through these links, and buy ANY product during your visit, the RSP will earn referral fees. There will be no additional cost. Why not add a shortcut to your bookmarks bar and use these links every time you shop?


JOURNALS


 

Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art and Belief vol 9 no 4 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/bloomsbury/mar;jsessionid=1b6hatc7xpp21.alice

Journal of Ethnology and Folkloristics (JEF) has recently published its latest issue Vol. 7, No. 1 at http://www.jef.ee/index.php/journal

International Journal of Philosophy and Theology http://explore.tandfonline.com/page/ah/international-journal-philosophy-theology-new-collection


BOOKS


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

Ingie Hovland

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

Chapter 1 is available for download (pdf) at http://www.ingiehovland.net/christianity–colonialism-mission-station-christianity.html

Hardcover: ISBN 9789004254886 http://www.brill.com/mission-station-christianity

E-book: E-ISBN 9789004257405 http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/books/9789004257405

 


CONFERENCES


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

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

This will be a primarily anglophone session.

Location: CNRS, 7 rue Guy Môquet, 94800 Villejuif, France (a 12 minutes walk from the nearest Paris metro station — for a GoogleMaps view, click here: http://bit.ly/W9Jav8)

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

For all details (timing, programme, abstracts…), please see here: http://himalayas.hypotheses.org/1619

 


 

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

Date: 2014-07-09

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

Contact: sj1 [at] inter-disciplinary.net

URL:

www.inter-disciplinary.net/probing-the-boundaries/persons/sacred-journeys/call-for-presentations/

Announcement ID: 208516

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208516

 


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

See the conference website for more details http://www.visionsofenchantment.com/ and facebook https://www.facebook.com/enchantment2014?ref=ts&fref=ts


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

 Please consult the attached poster and our website for more details: www.eric.ceres.rub.de


 

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

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

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


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

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

 To participate, please submit a 30-100 word abstract and any other information available (sample, outline or bibliography) to mmueller05@gmail.com.

 Send to me by Dec. 1. (You can also send your own paper proposals directly to the conference planners according to the attachment. Send to mmueller05@gmail.com if you want to be part of a California Paganism panel. I will have responses ready by Dec. 8.)

 Include “California Paganism Panel” in subject line.

Direct any questions about this panel to me at mmueller05@gmail.com. Michelle Mueller

 


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

http://www.wocmes2014.org/

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

–        Death and funeral ceremonies as national and state formation;

–       Funeral architecture and national identity;

–       Memorials and mausoleums as a mechanism of symbolic legitimation;

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

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

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

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

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

–       Formation of religious-political tourism.

 

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

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

Dr. P. Khosronejad

Department of Social Anthropology

University of St. Andrews

Email: pedram.khosronejad [at] st-andrews.ac.uk

 


The instructions for applying to the 2014 bursary program for attending the conference in Groningen are now available online on the EASR website: http://easr.org/home/easr-bursaries.html?PHPSESSID=80e6161a847374da320cbed093e7ef97. You will see there the timeline for submissions and notification of results

 


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Harvard East Asia Society Conference 2014

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2013-11-22

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

Contact: heas.conference [at] gmail.com

URL: www.hcs.harvard.edu/~heas/conference/faq.html

Announcement ID: 208541

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208541

 


 

CFP: Asian Studies National Conference 2014

Location: Texas

Date: 2014-03-13

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

Contact: Manoabuck [at] aol.com

URL: www.eastwestcenter.org/node/34048

Announcement ID: 208467

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208467

 


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

Date: 2014-03-17

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

Contact: enchantment2014 [at] gmail.com

URL: www.visionsofenchantment.com

Announcement ID: 208436

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208436


 

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

Abstract:

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

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

Contact: anne.koch [at] lmu.de

for more information: http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/media/images/Open%20proposals%20EASR14/Transformations%20of%20Religion%20Through%20Economic%20Knowledge.pdf

Abstracts have to be submitted until 1st of December!

 


 

5th ETHNOGRAPHY AND QUALITATIVE RESEARCH CONFERENCE

V CONVEGNO DI ETNOGRAFIA E RICERCA QUALITATIVA

Bergamo, June 5-7, 2014

http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=162

Detailed descriptions of the workshop sessions are listed here: http://www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it/?p=1

For further information and updates: www.etnografiaricercaqualitativa.it


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

See www.paranthropology.co.uk for past issues.

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

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

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

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

 


 

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

 Short Abstract:

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

 

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

 More information about the panel can be found at http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/media/images/Open%20proposals%20EASR14/New%20Approaches%20to%20the%20Study%20of%20Religion%20and%20Peace.pdf

Details about the conference here http://www.godsdienstwetenschap.nl/index.php?page=conference-2014

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


JOBS


New York University – Assistant Professor, Ethnomusicology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48051>

 

University of Oxford – University Lecturer, Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48068>

Aarhus University – Assistant Professorship in Islam <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48027>

 

Brooklyn College – Assistant Professor – American Jewish Studies (Judaic Studies) <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48057>

 

Princeton University – Postdoctoral Research Associate, Faith and Work/Workplace Spirituality <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48070>

 

University of California – Riverside – Assistant Professor of Transnational Buddhism <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045>

 


 

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

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

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

 

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

 

To ensure full consideration, create your candidate profile through http://go.illinois.edu/AISfaculty13 and submit your letter of application detailing current research plans, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references by December 15, 2013.

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

 

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


 

Applications are now invited for admission to the Religious Roots of Europe Master’s Programme 2013. This is a joint programme taught in collaboration by the religion and theology departments of six Scandinavian universities and carries a focus on the formative periods of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. The language of instruction is English. For more information, check out http://religiousroots.b.uib.no/, http://www.teol.ku.dk/english/religious_roots/, or http://religiousroots.au.dk/

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

Application for admission is made to one of the six host institutions: Aarhus, Bergen, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Lund or Oslo (http://religiousroots.au.dk/hostuniversities/). The deadline for application varies according to the individual institution. In Bergen, the deadline for students resident abroad is December 1, 2013. (See http://religiousroots.b.uib.no/admission/)

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In this issue:

  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

 


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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


AMAZON


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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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If you click through to Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com through these links, and buy ANY product during your visit, the RSP will earn referral fees. There will be no additional cost. Why not add a shortcut to your bookmarks bar and use these links every time you shop?


JOURNALS


Paranthropology vol 4, issue 4 http://www.scribd.com/doc/182589981/Paranthropology-Vol-4-No-4-October-2013

 

Sri Lanka International Journal of Buddhist Studies (SIJBS) VOLUME 2 http://sibacampus.com/demo/Journal/SIBA_Vol_2.pdf

 

Japanese Journal of Religious Studies 40:2 (2013) http://nirc.nanzan-u.ac.jp/en/publications/jjrs/listofjournals/

 


BOOKS


Experimental Buddhism: Innovation and Activism in Contemporary Japan

Buddhist priests chanting in jazz clubs?  A temple designed to also serve as a black-box theater?  Buddhist-inspired sociopolitical activism and innovation as a shift in the dominant paradigm of funerals and memorials?  These are just a few of the themes in Experimental Buddhism, now available in paperback ($32) and hardcopy ($60) from the University of Hawaii Press.

http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/p-9072-9780824838980.aspx

 


The Oxford Encyclopedia of Islam and Women

Editor-in-chief: Natana J. Delong-Bas, Editorial board member: Asma Afsaruddin, Editorial board member: Hibba Abugideiri, Editorial board member: Heba Ezzat, and Series edited by John L. Esposito

Hardback | 1232 pages

£255.00 | 10 October 2013 | 978-0-19-976446-4

http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199764464.do

 


THE BUDDHA AND RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY

by J. Abraham Vélez de Cea

Routledge Studies in Asian Religion and Philosophy. New York and London: Routledge. 2013.

ISBN 978-0-415-63972-9.

http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415639729/

 


 

Literature as Politics, Politics as Literature: Essays on the Ancient Near East in Honor of Peter Machinist Edited by David S. Vanderhooft and Abraham Winitzer Retail price: $64.50  —  Web price: $58.05

ISBN13: 978-1-57506-272-3

Pages: xxii + 562

www.eisenbrauns.com/item/VANLITERA


CONFERENCES


Conference on Adventist history and historiography

Location: Maryland

Date: 2014-01-06

Description: What is the state of the field in the sub-discipline  of Adventist history, 150 years after the foundation of the  Seventh-day Adventist Church? Adventist history is little studied, and this conference explores the changing concept of Adventist history, within and without the denomination, as well  as  …

Contact: bakerb [at] gc.adventist.org

URL:www.adventistarchives.org/adventism-and-adventist-history-sesquicentennial-reflections#.UnahLiT8Slk

Announcement ID: 208243

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208243

 


Speaking for the Humanities

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-20

Description: Scholars representing philosophy, American studies, humanities, law, and literature will discuss how to defend and even talk about the humanities without succumbing to the instrumentalist language of its detractors (measuring outcomes and deliverables) or retreating into the ivory tower by simply  as …

Contact: cps [at] newschool.edu

URL: www.newschool.edu/cps/events/#humanities

Announcement ID: 208292

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208292

 


Religion at the Borderland; Conceptualizing Bordersthrough the Study of Religion

Date: 2013-10-30

Description: Symposium Religion at the Borderland; conceptualizing borders through the study of religion Speakers include Pablo Vila (Temple University); Sean R Roberts (George Washington  University); Silvia Montenegro (Universidad Nacional de Rosario); Jovan Maud (University of Gttingen); Benedikt Korf and Debo …

Contact: marta.dominguez [at] unisg.ch

Announcement ID: 208049

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208049

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

CFP: The 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality

Date: 2013-11-15

Description: Dear colleagues, We wish to remind you about the call for papers for the 6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, which will be organized by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, 23 April 2014. This conference will continue the tradition whic …

Contact: spirituality.tel.aviv [at] gmail.com

URL:

humanities.tau.ac.il/religious_studies_eng/index.php/conference/call

Announcement ID: 208086

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208086

 


CFP: Religious pathways to better futures

Date: 2013-11-17

Description: Conference of African Studies Association Germany  (VAD), Bayreuth University, June 11-14 2014, call for papers – panel 32: Religious pathways to better futures Religious groups  in Africa are not only an important source of imaginations of the future they are also remarkably active in their efforts t  …

Contact: katrinlangewiesche [at] yahoo.fr;espies [at] uni-mainz.de

URL: www.vad-ev.de/bayreuth2014/callforpapers/

Announcement ID: 208071

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=208071

 


Embodied Identities: Figural and Symbolic Representation of the Self in Anatolia June 7 and 8, 2014 Istanbul, Turkey

This two-day workshop will be hosted at the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations, Koç University, in Taksim. The organizers invite the submission of abstracts presenting excavation data relating to identity, territoriality and artistic expression of Anatolian personalities or groups, as well as investigations into the creation and manipulation of identity through material culture. The focus of the first day will be on theoretical and methodological approaches to identity in prehistoric Anatolia, while the second day will be open to papers concerning identity and self at any time period in Anatolian studies.

 The main objective of the workshop is to investigate the embodiment of identity markers in literal and representative media; such as mortuary practices, personalization of tools, location of petroglyphs, and changing contexts of settlement planning. The archaeological focus of this workshop will enhance our perspectives on the relations between the self-determination of ancient Anatolians and their material context in Anatolia.

Abstracts of 300 words or fewer should be sent to <ehughes [at] ku.edu.tr> no later than midnight on February 10, 2014.

 


Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods June 19-22, 2014

The Association for the Study of Esotericism

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

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

 Keynote speakers include:

Prof. Jean-Pierre Brach

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

Prof. Sarah Iles Johnston

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

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

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to ASE2014Conference@gmail.com

No attachments, please: simply copy and paste your abstract into plain text email. Individual abstracts should be limited to one or two paragraphs, and must indicate academic affiliation and/or other academic qualifications.

Independent scholars are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that our previous conference was at maximum capacity, so it is best to submit your proposal sooner rather than later.

We hope to post a preliminary list of accepted proposals early in 2014. Possible venues for the publication of conference papers include the book series Studies in Esotericism (this will be the fourth volume in the series).

For more information on the ASE, and registration for the conference, see our website at www.aseweb.org

CFP: Aristotle considered voice as the sound produced by a creature possessing a soul, but not any sound produced by a living creature is a voice; for the voice is a sound, which is the sign of something. Voice could be defined as a property, intrinsic ability, used by humans, to communicate or express themselves; it can vary from a mere call, to an opinion, a work of art or an attitude. However, the history of humankind is filled with cases where the right to voice has been denied or eliminated; it has been silenced.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Silenced Voices

eSharp: Issue 21

eSharp, an established peer-reviewed international online journal for postgraduate research in the Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences and Education invites papers for the forthcoming themed issue. For Issue 21, Silenced Voices, we invite articles that discuss and examine the subject of silenced voices, in the fields of the Social Sciences, Education, and the Arts and Humanities. We encourage submissions from postgraduate students at any stage of their research.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

– Gender, politics and religion,

– Slavery, freedom and human rights,

– Contemporary society, discrimination and segregation,

– Violence, death and war,

– Education, social control and manipulation,

– Language, ethics and society,

– Cinema, writing and journalism,

– Internet and social media.

Submissions to eSharp must be based on original research and should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length. These should be made in Word document or RTF format. Please ensure that you accompany your article with an abstract of 200 to 250 words and a list of three to five keywords to indicate the subject area of your article. A full list of guidelines and our style sheet is available athttp://www.gla.ac.uk/research/az/esharp/.

Submissions and enquiries should be sent to submissions@esharp.org.uk.

Deadline for submission: 25th November 2013.


 

The Journal of Religion, Politics and Ideology is always looking for new reviewers! Anyone interested can email the Book Review editor Anupama Ranawana at anupama.ranawana25 [at] gmail.com to ask for the current list of titles available for review, or send a review directly to reviews-tmpr [at] intr.keele.ac.uk

For more information about the Journal, go here: http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/ftmp21/current

 


JOBS


 

Tantric Buddhism, rank open, Buddhist College of Singapore https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48056

Transnational Buddhism, Assistant Professor (tenure-track), University of California – Riverside https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48045

 

Bard Graduate Center – Bard Graduate Center/ American Museum of Natural History  Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Museum Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47976>

 

Laurentian University – Indigenous land-use, economic sustainability, traditional ecological knowledge, and environmental impact assessments. <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47684>

 

University of Dallas – Assistant Professor, Medical Anthropology <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=48005>

 

Washington University in St. Louis – East Asian Religions Postdoctoral Fellow <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47995>

 

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 

Temporary Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible

School of Divinity

University of St Andrews

 


 

Visiting Research Scholar Program

Institute for the Study of the Ancient World New York University

Each year the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, makes about 9 appointments of visiting research scholars.

ISAW’s scope embraces research and graduate education in the history, archaeology, and culture of the entire Old World from late prehistoric times to the eighth century AD, including Asia and Africa. Projects of a theoretical or comparative nature relevant to this domain are also welcome. Academic visitors at ISAW should be individuals of scholarly distinction or promise in any relevant field of ancient studies who will benefit from the stimulation of working in an environment with colleagues in other disciplines. Applicants with a history of interdisciplinary exchange are particularly welcome. Scholars are expected to be in residence at the Institute during the period for which they are appointed and to take part in the intellectual life of the community.

For details about the categories of scholars, the financial support, and the application, please visit http://isaw.nyu.edu/visiting-scholar-program. The application deadline for 2014/15 appointments is December 2, 2013. New York University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


 

The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint a Junior Professor within the framework of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective” at the earliest possible date:

Junior Professorship (W1)

Entangled History

Employment is initially limited to 4 years with the option of prolongation for another 2 years according to § 82 Abs. 6 ThürHG.

Duties

&#61623       Research in the field of Entangled History, preferably with a specialization on the religious history of Europa and/or South/South East Asia, e.g. of the Middle Ages or the early modern period

&#61623       Teaching

Requirements

The prerequisites for hiring and the demands of qualification as of § 82 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz are binding.

&#61623       Exceptional PhD in the field of history, sociology, religious studies or an adjacent discipline

&#61623       Publications in the field of Entangled History using sources in at least one non-European language

&#61623       Research must match the research context of the Kolleg Research Group “Religious individualization in historical perspective“

&#61623       Interest in interdisciplinary research in the framework of the Max Weber Center

International experience, excellent research activities as well as teaching experiences are desirable.

Special instructions

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

The successful candidate is expected to move to Erfurt or its surroundings and to teach courses in the University of Erfurt’s interdisciplinary and partly English teaching program, including Studium Fundamentale.

Application/Deadline: Please submit your application (stating the reference number 53/2013) with an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 5 pages), CV, academic resume, list of publications, list of courses taught, teaching evaluations (if available), qualification certificates, a copy of PhD thesis, and up to four further relevant publications as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) or Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint two research associates (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Postdoc Research Associates

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

1st Position:      Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: Indian Religious History / Anthropology or Sociology of Indian Religion, preferably specialization in research on bhakti within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

2nd Position:   Research associate (Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter). Research area: History of Ideas in the early modern period with a special focus on the history of transfer of ideas from the Islamic world to Europe, preferably with an emphasis on Sufism, within the framework of the Research Group (KFG)

All Positions:     Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Kolleg-Forschergruppe

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Kolleg Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions: The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and (for position 1) Prof. Dr. Martin Fuchs (martin.fuchs@uni-erfurt.de) or (for position 2) Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 50/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

 

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The Max Weber Center for Advanced Cultural and Social Studies at the University of Erfurt is seeking to appoint one research associate (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in; 40 hours/week) for the Kolleg-Forschergruppe (International Research Group) „Religious Individualisation in Historical Perspective“ (KFG) at the earliest possible date:

Research Associate

Salary according to 13 TV-L (100 %, from EUR 3367 per month)

Duties

&#61623      Research area: Religious Studies / History with a special focus on questions of theory and religion and religious history of the modern period (in particular the early modern period)

&#61623      Participation in the research and conference program of the Max Weber Center and in particular of the Research Group

Requirements

&#61623      Excellent academic degree

&#61623      Relevant PhD thesis

&#61623      Excellence in research

&#61623      Knowledge of German and English and the relevant foreign languages

&#61623      Willingness to cooperate in the interdisciplinary context of the Max Weber Center and in particular the Research Group

Further information about the Max Weber Center and the Kolleg Research Group is available at www.uni-erfurt.de/maxwe

Special instructions:The general admissions rules of § 84 Abs. 4 Thüringer Hochschulgesetz apply. Both positions are initially limited to 2 years with the chance for prolongation (at maximum up to the end of the duration of the Kolleg Research Group).

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Dr. Jörg Rüpke (joerg.ruepke@uni-erfurt.de) and Prof. Dr. Martin Mulsow (martin.mulsow@uni-erfurt.de).

The University of Erfurt is an equal opportunity employer and encourages in particular applications by women. Handicapped applicants will be given preference in case of equal qualifications.

Application/Date:Please submit your application (stating the reference number 52/2013) with CV, copies of your final school and university degrees, an outline of the research project you would like to pursue (max. 10 pages), a copy of your doctoral thesis, up to four further publications as well as a list of publications) as pdf-files on a CD by 11 December 2013 to:

Universität Erfurt • Direktorat des Max-Weber-Kollegs • Postfach 90 02 21• 99105 Erfurt.

As the University cannot refund any costs incurred by applying, your applications will not be resent. Please use photocopies or pdf-files.

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  • Seeking Your Help

  • Amazon

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


SEEKING YOUR HELP


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

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JOURNALS


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

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

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

 


BOOKS


The Truth Within

A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Gavin Flood

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

978-0-19-968456-4 | Hardback | £65.00

 


CONFERENCES


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

Location: California

Date: 2013-11-02

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

Contact: mdale3 [at] usfca.edu

Announcement ID: 207925

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

 


 

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

Date: 2013-10-31

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

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

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

Announcement ID: 207801

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

 


 

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

Location: Quebec

Date: 2013-12-05

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

Contact: agic.concordia [at] gmail.com

URL: agicconcordia.wordpress.com/

Announcement ID: 207676

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


 

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

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

Location: UCL Institute of Archaeology

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

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


 

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

21-22 November, 2013.

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


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

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

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

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


 

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

Date: 2013-11-30

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

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

Announcement ID: 207703

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

“Money and Cult”

The Role of the Temple in the Ancient Economy

23 – 25 May 2014

Dublin, Ireland

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

6th Israeli Conference for the Study of Contemporary Religion and Spirituality, which will be organized by the Program in Religious Studies at Tel Aviv University, 23 April 2014.

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

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

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


JOBS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Hebrew Bible Assistant Professor

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

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

 2.

Hebrew Bible, Associate or Full Professor

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

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

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

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

Note: Vanderbilt is concurrently conducting a junior-level

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

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 4 Oct 2013

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  • Journals

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  • Call for papers

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JOURNALS


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

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

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

 


BOOKS


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

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

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

 


CONFERENCES


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

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

 


Popular Antiquities: Folklore & Archaeology Conference

UCL Institute of Archaeology & Folklore Society

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

London, United Kingdom

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

 


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

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

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

 


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

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

 GENERAL PROGRAM

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

9.00 Welcome addresses – Astrid Söderbergh Widding, Peter Jackson

9.30 Geraldine Hultkrantz

9.50 Christer Hedin

Coffee Break

11.10

11.30 Per-Arne Berglie

11.50 Ulf Drobin

Lunch Break

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

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

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

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

Coffee Break

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

17.00-18.00 Closing discussion

This schedule is subject to change.

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

 


CALLS FOR PAPERS


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

Date: 2013-10-03

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

Contact: brobertson [at] wesleyan.edu

Announcement ID: 206823

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

 


CFP: Journal of Alternative Perspectives in the Social Sciences

Date: 2013-10-07

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

Contact: journalalternative [at] hotmail.com

URL: www.japss.org

Announcement ID: 206840

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

 


CFP: Daniel Boyarin and Other Borderline Jews

Date: 2013-12-01

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

Contact: utjjt.cjs [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 206766

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


 

DO ISLAMIC LEGAL RULES MATTER IN INTERNATIONAL POLICY?

Date: 2014-03-01

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

Contact: hrcpc [at] yahoo.com

URL: www.unbi.ba

Announcement ID: 206869

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


 

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

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

Call for Presentations:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

-Fantasy: evil women in strips and video games;

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Requirements for proposals

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

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

  • Announcement of approved panels and sessions: 1 November 2013

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

  • Notification of acceptance individual papers: 15 January 2014

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

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

The organisers would particularly welcome papers that would explore:

– The spatialities of spirituality

– Spirituality and spirit

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

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

– The lived experiences and everyday practices of spirit

– Vernacular religion

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

 

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


 

CRASIS Annual Meeting and Masterclass

University of Groningen, 13-14 February 2014

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

Keynote & Master: Prof. Marietta Horster (Mainz)

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

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

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

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

Cultural Knowledge in the Ancient World

Production, Circulation, and Validation

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

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

Possible topics include:

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

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

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

KEYNOTE AND MASTER

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

DEADLINES:

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

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

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

PhD/ReMa Students

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

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

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


JOBS


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs


JOURNALS


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


BOOKS


The Study of Religion: A reader

By John S. Harding, Hillary P. Rodrigues

Routledge (2013)

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

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

 


Islam in the Modern World

edited by: Jeffrey T. Kenney, Ebrahim Moosa

Routledge (2012)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CONFERENCES


Thursday November 14th

‘John Hick and Religious Pluralism: Some Hindu Perspectives’

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

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

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

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

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

 


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

Conference Theme: (Re)Defining Gujarati Identity

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

Important Dates:

2 September 2013 – Conference registration opens

11 November 2013 – Presenter Registration/Early Bird Registration Ends

9 December 2013 – Conference Registration Closes


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

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

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

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

Gerry Schneider

Event management

University of Vienna

Universitätsring 1, 1010 Vienna

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

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

Mag. Ewa Lewandowska

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.7, 1090 Vienna

Austria

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

Mag. Judith Starecek

Institute of South Asian, Tibetan and Buddhist Studies

University of Vienna

Spitalgasse 2, Court 2, Entrance 2.1, 1090 Vienna

Austria

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


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: The Bodily AND Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

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

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013.

Notification: 31 January, 2014.

Conference Conveners: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

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

 


CFP: Symbols of Contemporary Culture

Date: 2013-12-13

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

Contact: symbol2013 [at] o2.pl

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

Announcement ID: 206112

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

 


CFP: Visual Methodologies: A Postdiscipline of Inclusions?

Date: 2014-06-19

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

Contact: william.feighery [at] gmail.com

URL: www.metlab.ch/conference

Announcement ID: 206090

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

 


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

Location: New York

Date: 2013-09-10

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

Contact: foucaultsocietyorg [at] gmail.com

URL: www.foucaultsociety.org

Announcement ID: 206066

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

 


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

Date: 2013-09-25

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

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

Announcement ID: 206110

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

 


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

Location: Texas

Date: 2013-11-01

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

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

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

Announcement ID: 206139

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

 


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

Location: Indiana

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

Contact: jwebb [at] huntington.edu

Announcement ID: 206084

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

 


 

ASE 2014 Conference Call for Papers

Association for the Study of Esotericism Fifth International Conference

Call for Papers: Esoteric Practices: Theories, Representations, and Methods June 19-22, 2014

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

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

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

If you wish to submit a paper proposal or a thematically focused panel proposal (with three presenters and short descriptions included) for review and possible presentation at the conference, please send it by regular email to ASE2014Conference@gmail.com<mailto:ASE2014Conference@gmail.com>

 


CFP: XII. International Workshop

Religion and Civil Society:

BETWEEN FUNDAMENTALISM AND SECULARIZATION

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

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

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

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

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

Participants’ presentations will be published after the workshop.

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

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

Languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


CFP: Hagiography

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

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

 


JOBS


Institute for Indian and Tibetan Studies

Ph.D. Position, Indology / Buddhist Studies

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

Columbia University – Premodern Chinese Literature and Poetry <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47197>

Columbia University – Modern Chinese Film and Visual Culture <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47198>

Rutgers University – Camden – East Asian History, Assistant Professor

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47218>

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Extra-European History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47188>

Georgetown University – Assistant Professor in American Religious & Philosophical Thought <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47202>

Old Dominion University – Assistant Professor – History of the Ancient World

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47169>

College of Idaho – Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Endowed Chair in Judaic Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47177>

University of Pennsylvania – Hebraica Library Specialist

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47190>

Stanford University – Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47212>

Stanford University – Assistant Professor of Philosophy

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=47213>

 


 

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islam in Context

http://dean-faculty.williams.edu/graduate-fellowships-2/mellon-post-doctoral-fellowship/

Postdoctoral Researcher in History

https://www.academictransfer.com/employer/UVA/vacancy/19640/lang/en/

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences/events

  • Jobs

 


JOURNALS


Anthropological Journal of European Cultures

Please visit the Berghahn website for more information about the journal: http://journals.berghahnbooks.com/ajec

THEMATIC FOCUS: History, Heritage and Place-Making


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: “Beyond the Culture Wars: Recasting Religion and Politics in 20th Century America”

http://rap.wustl.edu/news/2013/06/call-for-conference-papers-beyond-the-culture-wars-recasting-religion-and-politics-in-20th-century-america/

 


CFP: Anthropology Matters Journal, Summer 2014 Issue

Anthropology Matters welcomes paper submissions from postgraduate researchers and early career scholars for its 2014 Summer Issue. This issue will include papers based on original research in any region and on any theme within social anthropology.

Anthropology Matters is an online, open-access and peer-reviewed journal that serves as a venue for postgraduate researchers and early career scholars in social anthropology to publish their research. The journal is linked to the Association of Social Anthropologists of the UK and the Commonwealth. For previous editions of this journal, see http://www.anthropologymatters.com/journal/

Those who are interested in submitting a paper for review are requested to register at the Anthropology Matters website and upload full papers of approximately 5,000 words by 1 November 2013.

For further details, please consult our submission guidelines<http://www.anthropologymatters.com/index.php?journal=anth_matters&page=about&op=submissions#onlineSubmissions>.

Any queries about this call for papers or about the journal can be addressed to editors Carna Brkovic and Ainhoa Montoya at anthropology.matters[at] gmail.com

 


CFP: Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present

Date: 2013-08-31

Description: Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present11-12 February 2014, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe, 1200-1800, University of Adelaide The relationship between emotion, ritual and power has been at the heart of anthropological research for over a century, yet it …

Contact: katie.barclay [at] adelaide.edu.au

URL:

www.historyofemotions.org.au/events/emotion,-ritual-and-power-in-europe-1200-to-the-present.aspx?page=2

Announcement ID: 205096

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205096

 


CFP: African Sacred Spaces

Date: 2014-01-31

Description: African Sacred Spaces: Culture, History, and Change Not much has been written about the nexus between spatiality and spirituality in the African experience. Where space has been the subject of intellectual/academic scrutiny, it has often been through sociopolitical prisms. The purpose of this collec …

Contact: ogundayo[at]pitt.edu

Announcement ID: 205088

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205088

 


Call for Proposals (Papers and Films): The Bodily and Material Cultures of Religious Subjectivation

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

Program Details

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

Venue: UCL, Dept. of Anthropology.*

Deadline for CFP: 31 December, 2013. Notification by 31 January, 2014.

Conference Convenors: Jean-Pierre Warnier and Urmila Mohan.

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

Statement of Purpose

There is no known religious practice that does not involve bodily motions (bowing, standing, walking, fasting, feasting, etc.) and their associated emotions, nor the use of given material things (shrines, musical instruments, substances of various kinds). Both involve the sensory apparatus of touch, sight, smell, etc. Without disregarding religious discourses and creeds, the conference will focus on the cultures of religious practice with a strong emphasis on both ethnographic documentation and theoretical elaboration based on a few basic principles — the importance of Bodily and Material Culture, and Religious Subjectivation involving technologies of the self.

Call for Proposals and Films

We welcome proposals from students, faculty and independent researchers based on ethnographic fieldwork focused on both bodily and material cultures of religious practice as part of the production of a religious subject in different areas and religious settings (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Asiatic, African and other religions, etc.). The papers should address theoretical issues, whatever theoretical references may be put to use, provided they articulate bodily and material cultures. We aim at establishing discussions between various academic traditions on both sides of the Atlantic and the Channel. Short documentary films (e.g. 20 min maximum as a rule) showing the intertwinement of bodily and material cultures in religious practice are welcome. The proposals (of ca. one page) should be addressed to the convenors. They will be assessed by the organizing committee of the conference. Ultimately, we expect to end up with an edited volume.

*This event is organised by UCL Anthropology together with the Interdisciplinary Research Group (GDRI) “Anthropology and Art History” at the Musée du Quai Branly.

 

CFP: Conference on Philosophy and Film Lisbon 2014

Date: 2013-10-31

Description: International Lisbon Conference on Philosophy and Film: Thinking reality and time through film (7-10 May of 2014) During the last two decades film has been increasingly recognized as a medium of philosophical reflection, in an ontological and epistemological perspective. But what does it mean to und …

Contact: filmtimereality[at]gmail.com

URL: https://sites.google.com/site/philosophyandfilmlisbon2014

Announcement ID: 204886

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204886

 


CFP: 4th Global Conference: Spirituality in the 21st Century

Date: 2014-03-18

Description: 4th Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century Tuesday 18th March Thursday 20th March 2014 Prague, Czech Republic Call for Presentations: The contemporary study of spirituality encompasses a wide range of interests. These have come not only from the more traditional areas of religious schola …

Contact: s21-4[at]inter-disciplinary.net

URL: www.inter-disciplinary.net/critical-issues/ethos/spirituality-in-the-21st-century/call-for-papers/

Announcement ID: 205148

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205148

 


CFP: ISORECEA in cooperation with Vytautas Magnus University and Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions

11th ISORECEA conference

RELIGIOUS DIVERSIFICATION WORLDWIDE AND IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE

Kaunas, Lithuania, April 24-27, 2014

For a long time the secularization thesis dominated the field of studies of religions in contemporary societies. Many definitions and even more explanations of the process of secularization in contemporary societies led scholars of religions to search for new theoretical insights about the rapidly changing global social situation. Opponents of this paradigm claim that we are witnessing growing religious vitality at religious market or change in religion itself ? here we find the privatization thesis, precarious religion or religious bricolage. Independently of how we approach it from theoretical perspective religious diversification is the process that is evident in the majority of contemporary societies. It is manifested through numerous religious traditions and new emerging religious communities not only within the religious traditions, but also at the individual level, as well as by the increasing number of non-believers and non-adherents, etc.

 In many cases Central and Eastern European societies have been analyzed as places where the monopoly of scientific atheism was replaced by the monopolies of national churches. But after more than twenty years of the post-communist period, religious diversification processes within these societies is visibly emerging, despite the fact that the dominance of the so-called national churches is still obvious.

 How do worldwide and CEE societies adapt to religious diversification?

How do religious communities approach the diversification of religion?

How do states react towards the changing situation? How do worldwide and CEE societies differ from each other in relation to religious diversification?

We would like to approach these questions in the forthcoming international conference and to encourage scholars from various parts of the world to share their theoretical and empirical insights about religious diversification.

In this conference we also invite discussion of the following topics:

Religious diversification and Church and State relations

Religious tolerance and discrimination

Religious minorities and majorities;

Religious diversification and human rights;

Religious diversification and social participation

Religious diversification and social exclusion;

Religious diversification and media;

Religiosity or Spirituality ? within or outside religious  institutions.

Please submit a 250-300 words abstract of your presentation by e-mail

to: isorecea2014@smf.vdu.lt<mailto:isorecea2014@smf.vdu.lt> by November 15, 2013. If you are interested in another topic related to the study of religion in the CEE or worldwide, we encourage you to organize a session/panel. In this case, please submit a 200-300 words proposal by November 15, 2013 to the same email address.

Key dates

Submission of paper and session panel proposals – November 15, 2013

Notification of acceptance and opening of the registration – December 15, 2013

The final date of the registration for the conference – January 31, 2014

Final program – February 20, 2014

 Early career scholars interested in entering the competition are invited to submit their full papers to the email address isorecea2014@smf.vdu.lt<mailto:isorecea2014@smf.vdu.lt> by January 10, 2014. The winner will be announced by January 31, 2014, which is the final date for registration for being on the program of the ISORECEA conference. http://www.isorecea.net/

 Papers submitted for the Award should be between 5,000 and 7,000 words long and should strictly follow the rules applying to papers submitted to the ISORECEA journal Religion and Society in Central and Eastern Europe. For details see:

http://www.rascee.net/index.php/rascee/about/submissions#authorGuidelines<http://www.rascee.net/index.php/rascee/about/submissions%23authorGuidelines>

 


CFP: Crosscurrents in Music and Theology

Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, 34 Gell Street, Sheffield, S3 7QY

6 Dec 2013

Guest Speakers

Professor Bennett Zon (Durham University)

Professor Hugh Pyper (University of Sheffield)

Writing in the introduction to Resonant Witness (2011), Jeremy Begbie and Steven Guthrie state that ‘the study of theology and the study of music need not, and should not, be kept apart; that there is an enormous amount to gain from conversations between those who seek to explore and articulate the content and shape of Christian truth, and those who inhabit the world of Beethoven and Bruckner,

Corinne Bailey Rae and Keith Jarrett.’

This one day-conference seeks to build on that conviction by exploring the rich variety of crosscurrents that are currently evident between the disciplines of

Music and Theology.

We invite a range of papers to be delivered, in the following four broad areas that reflect the contours of current interdisciplinary research. Please send abstracts (200 words/20 minutes) to George Parsons (mup07wgp[st]shef.ac.uk) for consideration by the conference committee by September 1st 2013.

This CFP can also be seen at http://www.shef.ac.uk/music/newsandevents/2013/gparsons250613

 


CONFERENCES/EVENTS


Beyond Established Categories in World Historical Studies

Date: 2013-07-24

Description: This symposium focuses on one of the most foundational attributes in historical studies: categories. Born of the need to classify subjects of inquiries, categories enable historians to label the unfamiliar and place it within the known universe. Yet this seemingly helpful condition has also created  …

Contact: webadmin[at[ioc.u-tokyo.ac.jp

Announcement ID: 205033

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205033

 


The 17th World Congress of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, University of Manchester (August 5th-August 10th, 2013)

Representing the Non-representable: Visual Representations of Extraordinary Beings in Ethnographic Films (V07)

Convenor: Dr. P. Khosronejad (Dept. of Social Anthropology, University of St Andrews)

Date: 8 and 9 Aug. 2013

Venue: Chemistry G.54

Thursday August 8

First Session (09:00-10:30)

–      Roger Canals (University of Barcelona, Spain)

Don’t look at a spirit’s eyes!: Filming rituals of possession in afro-american religions

–      Rachael Hayward (University of York, U.K.)

Seeing what is “unseen”: Using video to enrich our social understanding of paranormal experiences

–      Anja Dreschke (University of Siegen, Germany)

Filming Trance – Picturing Possession. On “Trance Mediums” and “New Media” in Morocco

 

Second Session (11:00-12:30)

–      Erminia Colucci (The University of Melbourne, Australia)

The Visual Representation of Spiritual Healing Practices

–      Mike Poltorak (University of Kent, U.K.)

The Healer and the Psychiatrist: A visual dialogue through spirits

–      Christian Suhr Nielsen (Aarhus University, Denmark)

Sacrificing Visibility: An ethnographic film-project about Islamic exorcisms and psychiatric healthcare in Denmark

 

Third Session (14:00-15:30)

–      Simon Serna (University of Paris X, France)

The Drums, the Camera and Man : ciné-transe in Jean Rouch’s cinema

–      Alireza Ghasemkhan (University of Art, Tehran, Iran)

Super Human Forces in Iranian Documentary Cinema

–      Michaela Schäuble (Harvard University, U.S.A.)

The Creative Use of Reality: Aesthetic and Political Dimensions of Films on Trance and Spirit Possession (1940s-1960s)

Friday August 9

Forth Session (09:00-10:30)

–      Itsushi Kawase (National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, Japan)

Greeting Seyfou Tchengar Audiovisually: Challenges and prospects of the documentation of Zar spirits in Gondar, Ethiopia

–      Concluding remarks and closure

http://www.nomadit.co.uk/iuaes/iuaes2013/panels.php5?PanelID=1713


Conference – Islam and Education – 28th August 2013

Date: 2013-08-28

Description: Dear Colleagues, Prof. Alison Scott-Baumann (Derby), Dr. Theodore Gabriel (Gloucestershire) and I are organising a conference on Islam and Education on 28th August 2013. This is an important area that has great significance for discussions  around empowering young people, inter-faith relations and in

Contact: A.Scott-Baumann[at]derby.ac.uk; tgabriel[at]glos.ac.uk; s.contractor[at]derby.ac.uk

Announcement ID: 205157

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=205157

 


The Nan Tien Institute in Australia cordially invites you to a free public lecture by Venerable Dr Huifeng.  Kindly also forward this announcement to your students and colleagues who may wish to join us.

“Meditation Practices in Chinese Buddhism”

Time: 10:00am – 11:30am, Saturday, 10 August 2013

Venue: Conference Room, Nan Tien Institute, Berkeley, NSW

Enquiries: contact Juewei (juewei [at] nantien.edu.au) or info [at] nantien.edu.au

 


ICBS (the Institute of Chinese Buddhist Studies) cordially invite you to attend the Fall 2013 Lecture Series given by Dr. Jiang Wu held at University of the West on September 27-30, 2013.

ICBS Fall 2013 Lecture Series

Title:The World of the Chinese Buddhist Canon

Lecturer:Dr. Jiang Wu, associate professor, Department of East Asian Studies, the University of Arizona

Time:

9/27    Fri  6-9pm  Lectures #1-2

9/28    Sat  1-4pm  Lectures #3-4

9/29    Sun  1-4pm  Lectures #5-6

9/30    Mon  6-9pm    Lectures #7-8

 

Place:

ED201, University of the West

1409 Walnut Grove Ave, Rosemead, CA

Tel: (626) 571-8811 ext. 158

E-mail: icbs@uwest.edu

Website: http://www.uwest.edu/icbs/lectures/lecture20.html

 

Free admissions!  All are welcome!

 

This course aims at introducing the history of the Chinese Buddhist canon in East Asian context to a wider audience who are interested in Buddhism and East Asian culture. The importance of the canon in Chinese and East Asian Buddhism will be highlighted through studying the phenomenon of the Cult of the Canon and through exploring popular literature and legends about the canon such as Journey to the West. Basic information about the technical and physical aspects of the canon will be provided to gain in-depth knowledge about the production and circulation of the canon. In addition, three case studies of the Chinese Kaibao Canon, the Korean Goryeo Canon, and the Japanese Taishō Canon will be included.

 

Course Outline:

 

(1) An Overview of the Canon Tradition in East Asian Buddhism

(2) The Canon in Chinese Popular Culture: Tripitaka in Journey to the West (Xiyouji)

(3) Imagining Tripitaka: Legends of the Canon in Chinese Buddhist Literature

(4) From the Cult of the Book to the Cult of the Canon

(5) Technology of Canon-making: Tripitaka as a Collection of Books

(6) The First Printed Canon: Kaibao Canon

(7) The Korean Goryeo Canon and its Role in East Asian Buddhism

(8) The Modernization of the Canon Tradition and the Emergence of Taisho Canon

 

For free online attendance, contact extendedstudies@uwest.edu

 

This lecture series will be edited as HBL240 online course, with 1.2 Continuing Education Units. (CEU)


Prophets and Prophecy in Stories

Prophecy Network Meeting Utrecht 2013

Date: Friday October 4, 10:00 up to Saturday October 5 15:00 2013

Location: Sweelinckzaal, Drift 21, 3512 JJ Utrecht

Theme: Prophets and Prophecy in Stories

Focus: In what way are prophets represented in stories? How would reading these stories be foundational for the identity of the readership then? Is a shift over time detectable?

Format: Time slots of 45 minutes for the key-note speakers (30+15) and

25 for all others (15+10)

For details contact Bob Becking <B.E.J.H.Becking[at] uu.nl>.

http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/divinity/research/projects/prophecy

 


Conference on Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural

25-30 March 2014, Shetland, UK

http://www.islanddynamics.org/folkloreconference.html

 


PhD Workshop

The Law and Religion Scholars Network PhD students workshop will be held at BG01, Buckley Building, Oxford Brookes University on Saturday

8 February.

 Unfortunately, although a very healthy number of students have indicated via doodle that they would like to come on that date, only two have provided their emails as originally requested (and thanks to both of you!).

 If you would like to come to the PhD workshop, please email me with your name, and if you would like to give a paper a short title (this will help me strand the day). If you just want to come along to listen to other students and contribute to the general discussion, that is fine too! Please email me by Friday 13th September, at pwedge [at] brookes.ac.uk


JOBS


Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Asian American History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46914>

Princeton University – Assistant Professor, Late Imperial / Early Modern Chinese History <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46916>

Yonsei University – Tenure track position in Chinese Literature/Film <http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46917>

Yonsei University (Underwood International College) – Tenure Track Position in Japanese History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46854>

 


JOB GUIDE NO: https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46934

Harvard Divinity School, Women’s Studies in Religion Program

Research Associate and Visiting Faculty in Women’s Studies and Religion for 2014-15

Institution Type:  College / University

Location:  Massachusetts, United States

Position:  Assistant Professor, Visiting Assistant Professor, Visiting Scholar, Visiting Professor

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2014-15 in its Womens Studies in Religion Program.  Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed.  Priority will go to book projects for which most research has been completed.  They may address women and religion in any time, place or religious tradition, and may utilize disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences. Full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School during the 2014-15 academic year is required. Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress; each Associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project; and the Associates present their research in a public lecture series and at an annual conference . Salary for 2014-15 will be $55,000.  The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.  Completed applications must be submitted online by October 15, 2013.  Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2013.  Letters of recommendation should be addressed to the WSRP Search Committee and submitted electronically in word, rich text, or PDF format to wsrprec[at]hds.harvard.edu.  Information and application may be accessed at http://www.hds.harvard.edu/wsrp/appform/application.htm.

 


 

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

PH.D. POSITION IN INDOLOGY / BUDDHIST STUDIES

Department: Institute for Indology and Tibetology

Start date: 19 August 2013 or later

Deadline: 31 July 2013

Salary: TV‐L 13 / 75%

Term of employment: The initial term of employment is two years.

http://www.uni-muenchen.de/aktuelles/stellenangebote/wissenschaft/20130701132222.html

The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich (LMU) is one of the most renowned and largest universities in Germany.

 


 

Junior Professor for Empirical Religious Studies Theology Faculty Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald

The Theology Faculty of the Ernst Moritz Arndt University of Greifswald plans to hire a Junior Professor for Empirical Religious Studies (W 1) as soon as possible. While the Junior Professor should have an independent research profile in Religious Studies, s/he is also expected to cooperate on a theoretical and methodological level with the other fields of the faculty on current and planned individual and group research projects.

A qualification in Theology (M.A./M.Sc.) is desired but not essential.

 The teaching load is approximately four to six hours per week per semester in the field of Empirical Religious Studies. Teaching in English is permitted. Readiness for cooperation in the context of existing and planned interdisciplinary research projects on Regional Religion (e.g. the Baltic Sea region, Central/Eastern Europe) and Empirical Ethics is desired.

 In accordance with § 62 of the State Higher Education Law of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (SHE M-V):, Junior Professors are appointed as temporary officers for three years. Successful fulfillment of work duties will result in extension within the third year.

 Job Requirements are based on § 62, Sec. 1 of the SHE M-V: completed graduate study, pedagogical aptitude, and exceptional ability for academic endeavors, as typically confirmed by the completion of an outstanding dissertation.

 Article 4.2 of the agreement between the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the Lutheran State Church of Mecklenburg and Pomerania from January 20th, 1994 (the Güstrower Accord) should also be kept in mind.

 The University seeks to increase the representation of women in areas in which they are under-represented. Therefore, applications from women are especially welcome and will receive preference in cases of equal qualifications, provided that there are no other outweighing qualities in the person of the competing applicant.

 Handicapped persons will receive special preference in cases of equal professional and personal qualifications.

Application costs will not be borne by the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.Applications containing the customary documents (Academic Curriculum vitae, list of publications and courses, academic certificates, proof of teaching experience) are to be submitted by 31.08.2013 to:

Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Universität Greifswald Dekan der Theologischen Fakultät Prof. Dr. Roland Rosenstock Am Rubenowplatz 2/3

17487 Greifswald

Tel.: +49 (0) 3834 86-2501

Fax: +49 (0) 3834 86-2502


 

The University of Dublin

Trinity College

Assistant Professor in Theory of Religion (Religious Studies)

Please Note: The successful candidate is expected to be in post by 1st January 2014

Interviews for this position will be held the week of the 16th September 2013

Applications are invited for a four year fixed term appointment based in the Department of Religions and Theology, within the Confederal School of Religions, Theology and Ecumenics, from candidates with a Ph.D. in the following areas: history of the study of religion; classical authors in the study of religion; contemporary theories of religion; current debates on religion, modernity, and the public sphere; and / or the influence of religion on the cultural development of Europe and the West since Antiquity.

Obligations will include teaching and supervision from undergraduate to postgraduate levels on classical and contemporary authors in the study of religion, on methodology, and on the history of religion from antiquity to modernity, as well as sharing in the administrative duties in the life of the Department and the School. The successful candidate will have a track record in, and current plan for, research in religious studies, reflecting the relationship to disciplines such as philosophy, classics, sociology and theology, and show evidence of creative and effective teaching.

Further application information for this position can be obtained at: www.tcd.ie/vacancies – Please note candidates who do not submit the required information as outlined on the Job Description will not be considered for shortlisting. The closing date for receipt of completed applications (by e-Recruitment only) 12 Noon, Friday, 16th August 2013.

Further information on the Department and the School can be found on the websites,www.tcd.ie/Religions_Theology/

www.tcd.ie/religions-theology-ecumenics/

 


 

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Folklore

Institution: George Mason University

Posted: July 2, 2013

Location: Virginia

Employment Level: Tenured, tenure track

Website: http://jobs.gmu.edu

Category: Humanities, Other social/ behavioral sciences Employment Status: Full-time

Salary: Not specified

George Mason University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Folklore. The George Mason University, Department of English within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences announces a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor position in Folklore beginning fall, 2014.

Qualifications:

Completion of a Ph.D. in folklore or a related field is required before August 2014. Candidates should have strong scholarly credentials in folklore and should be ready to teach in our growing Folklore Studies Program. The field of specialization is open, but we are particularly interested in candidates whose work is globally focused with a preference in one of the following areas: folklore and digital humanities, diasporic culture, African folklore, Chinese folklore, Native American folklore, Russian folklore, or South Asian folklore. Must demonstrate potential for excellence in folklore scholarship, and in graduate and undergraduate teaching—including introductory and advanced courses in folklore, ethnographic methods, and general education courses in composition and literature.

George Mason University’s Folklore Studies Program offers an undergraduate concentration in the B.A. in English, an interdisciplinary minor in Folklore and Mythology, a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Folklore, and a graduate certificate in Folklore. We also offer the nation’s premier ethnographic training course: the Field School for Cultural Documentation, in collaboration with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

A review of applications will begin on September 2, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates will be interviewed during the 2013 meeting of the American Folklore Society in Providence, RI. October 16-19.

For full consideration, applicants must apply online at http://jobs.gmu.edu for position number F5959z; complete the faculty application; and attach a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample of approximately 30 pages. Applicants should also submit three letters of recommendation and official transcripts to the search committee administrator: Stacey Remick-Simkins, Department of English, MS 3E4, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444. AA/EOE

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

JOURNALS


Sociology of Religion, vol 74, no. 2 http://socrel.oxfordjournals.org/content/74/2?etoc

Contribution to Indian Sociology – Online. Special Issue: Social Value Projects in Post-liberalisation India: June 2013; Vol. 47, No. 2 http://cis.sagepub.com/

Marburg Journal of Religion, vol 17 http://www.uni-marburg.de/fb03/ivk/mjr/current_issue

Contemporary Islam, vol 7, no. 2 http://link.springer.com/journal/11562/7/2/page/1

 


Correspondences: An Online Journal for the Academic Study of Western Esotericism is the brainchild of Jimmy Elwing and Aren Roukema, two postgraduates from the University of Amsterdam, and I’ll be interviewing them on their latest exciting venture for my Albion Calling blog in the coming weeks.

Contained within this first issue are papers on ritual black metal from Kennet Granholm, on the Nag Hammadi Interpretation of Knowledge text from Matthew Twigg, on the theological debate within Cochranian Witchcraft from myself, and on the influence of Daoism on Aleister Crowley from Johan Nilsson. There’s also Dave Vliegenhart’s review of Gary Lachman’s new book on Madame Blavatsky.

In contrast to the subscription-based academic journals that currently dominate the field, the entire issue is downloadable for free here: http://correspondencesjournal.com/issue-1-1/


BOOKS


New Book: From Toussaint to Price-Mars: Rhetoric, Religion, and Religion in Haitian Thought

Date: 2013-06-15

www.amazon.com/From-Toussaint-Price-Mars-Rhetoric-Religion/dp/1490400958/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1371292650&sr=8-3&keywords=celucien+joseph

 


‘Inside African Anthropology: Monica Wilson and her interpreters’ edited by Andrew and

Leslie Bank (Cambridge University Press 2013).

http://blog.journals.cambridge.org/2013/06/inside-african-anthropology-monica-wilson-and-her-interpreters/


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Religion and Popular Culture

Deadline extension: June 30,2013

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2013-06-30

Description: Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association 2013 Conference, Nov. 7 9, 2013, Atlantic City, NJ Religion and Popular Culture Area Call for Papers The Religion and Popular Culture area seeks presentations on the following topics: Choosing the Leader: This past year Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergo

Contact: adzias[at] comcast.net

URL: mapaca.net

Announcement ID: 204517

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204517

 


Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-07-15

Description: Call for Panelists! This is a call for panelists for the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) Annual Meeting that will take place in Philadelphia, PA, March 27-30, 2014. I am

seeking panelists to help address the garment industry in Asia from a wide range of perspectives. My paper will focus on the u …

Contact: Samantha.christiansen [at] gmail.com

Announcement ID: 204541

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204541

 


CFP: IABS 2011 Buddhism on the Silk Road III – the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism

IABS – Vienna 2014

I am organizing again a panel on Buddhism on the Silk Road III – the Extent of Gandhāran Buddhism for IABS conference in Vienna, Aug 18 – 23, 2014. This is one of the provisionally accepted panels and a sequel to the sessions we had on the AAR in 2001 and IABS, 2011. If you are interested in joining the panel, please contact me as soon as possible.  The main theme of the panel is the historical transmission of Buddhism from India to China via

Central Asia, where I believe Gandhāran Buddhism had major impacts on artistic inspirations as well as textual transmissions. I would like to receive abstracts of your possible presentation papers (500 words or less) by Oct 15, 2013 (for Nov 1 IABS web submission deadline). Please send me a short email introducing your potential papers beforehand.

Mariko Walter, Ph.D

Research Associate

Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies/Harvard

Director: ACANSRS

Association for Central Asian Civilizations & Silk Road Studies

College House, 3F, 1430 Mass Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138, USA

mnwalter[at] post.harvard.edu

mnwalter[at] acansrs.org

 


CFP: “Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History” – CALL FOR PAPERS FOR PEER-REVIEWED OPEN ACCESS JOURNAL

Date: 2013-09-01

Description: The editors of the online open access journal Quest. Issues in Contemporary Jewish History invite proposal for articles on any aspect of Jewish history from the XVIIIth century to the present day (see the description of the journal in http://www.quest-cdecjournal.it/about.php?issue=4 ) The call is m …

Contact: mail [at] quest-cdecjournal.it

URL: quest-cdecjournal.it

Announcement ID: 204563

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204563

 


CFP: United Methodist Women’s History: Voices Lost and Found

Location: Ohio

Date: 2015-05-28

Description: To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the United Methodist Women, Methodist Theological School in Ohio will host a conference on this historic organization on May 28-30, 2015. Papers that explore the history, significance, prominent persons, and defining issues in the development of UMW and its pred …

Contact: slancaster@mtso.edu

Announcement ID: 204538

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204538

 


CFP: “Ways of Knowing: Graduate Conference on Religion at Harvard Divinity School”

Oct 25-6, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts

CFP Deadline July 1, 2013

The Science, Religion, and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School announces the second annual graduate student conference on religion. In our inaugural conference, held in October 2012, eighty students and early career scholars representing twenty-five different graduate programs from across the United States and the world gathered to present their research.

Following the success of last year’s conference, this multi-day event will be comprised of thematic panels that cross religious traditions, academic disciplines, and intellectual and theological commitments. The conference aims at promoting interdisciplinary discussion of prevailing assumptions (both within and outside the academy) about the differentiation, organization, authorization, and reproduction of various modes of knowing and acting in relation to religion.

We invite paper proposals representative of a variety of theoretical, methodological, and disciplinary approaches and that explore religious practices especially in relation to identities, authorities, discourses, texts, and experiences. We welcome projects that utilize all sorts of theoretical tools, including discourse analysis, gender theory, race theory, disability theory, post-colonial theory, performance theory, and ritual theory. Papers may focus on a specific period, region, tradition, person or group, and/or on a set of practices, texts, doctrines, or beliefs. Projects that are primarily sociological, anthropological, theological, ethical, textual, historical, or philosophical are welcome, as are projects indebted to multiple disciplines.

This year’s conference will also feature two thematic modules. Several panels will be devoted to each of the following themes:

1) “Constructions of Autonomy in Early Modern and Modern Contexts”

2) “Ritual as a Category of Religious Experience”

Proposals are to be submitted to gradreligionconference[at]hds.harvard.edu by Monday, July 1, 2013. Please go to our website for further details on the Call for Papers and submission instructions: www.hds.harvard.edu/gradreligionconference

 


Call for Contributors–_Miracles: An Encyclopedia_

I have recently contracted with ABC-CLIO, a publisher of reference books and other academic titles, to edit Miracles: An Encyclopedia of People, Places and Supernatural Events from Antiquity to the Present.  This encyclopedia will be both cross-cultural and interdenominational.  I am building an international collaborative of authors who are willing to share their scholarly wisdom on the subject of miracles, from historical, religious, sociological, philosophical and scientific perspectives.

Approximately 190 short articles will range over several topics (for instance, magic, medicine, mind reading), persons (for instance, David Hume, Conyers Middleton, John Henry Newman), geographic areas (Fatima, LaVang, Lourdes), and historical eras.  The scope and content of this reference work, including a full list of entries, is available on request (pjhayesphd[at]gmail.com).

Please inquire about the precise word count.  As the encyclopedia is meant for a general readership, contributors should bring their scholarly expertise to bear without freighting their entry or entries with overly technical jargon.  I would appreciate very much if you would kindly circulate this request among your professional colleagues and graduate students as well.

I am hoping to receive entries between January and March, 2014, with completion of revisions by the fall of 2014, roughly September 1. I would like to submit the whole manuscript by the end of next year for expected publication in 2015.


Survey: Animals and the Spiritual Imagination

Is a new research project on animals and the spiritual imagination.  I’m researching connections between religious/ spiritual worldview, spiritual views of animals, and behavior towards animals and animal-oriented causes.  If you’re interested, you can help by taking the survey at the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KGP32D8

It will remain open until the end of June 2013.  We are particularly in need of male respondents, as we have a preponderance of female respondents as of now, but you are welcome to take the survey regardless of your gender identity.  You may also share this link with other interested parties.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.  Thank you very  much for helping me with this research.

Sabina Magliocco

Professor, Department of Anthropology

California State University – Northridge sabina.magliocco[at]csun.edu


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Fourth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

29-30 April 2014

Universidad Nacional Costa Rica Heredia, Costa Rica

Religion and Spirituality in Society is an international conference, a cross-disciplinary scholarly journal, a book imprint and an online knowledge community which, together, set out to describe, analyze and interpret the role of religion and spirituality in society. The bases of this endeavor are cross-disciplinary. The intellectual project is neutral with respect to the agendas of particular religions or explicit counterpoints to religion such as agnosticism or atheism. These media are intended to provide spaces for careful, scholarly reflection and open dialogue.

For more information: http://religioninsociety.com/the-conference


Registration is open for the one day conference Risk and Rapture: Apocalyptic Ideology in Late Modernity to be held at the University of Chester, Wednesday 11th September 2013

SECURE ONLINE REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT http://storefront.chester.ac.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=6&products_id=270

Cost: £65 waged and £30 unwaged

Please use the dedicated email address for any enquiries at Riskraptureconf[at]chester.ac.uk


From September 13 to 15, 2013 the international conference “The Christian Mystery. Early Christianity and the pagan mystery cults in the work of Franz Cumont (1868-1947) and in the history of scholarship” will be held in Ghent (Belgium)

The theme of this international conference, hosted by Franz Cumont’s alma mater Ghent University, is the way the Belgian historian of religions and his contemporaries conceived the relationship of Early Christianity to the pagan mystery cults. We will also include predecessors and more recent scholarship on this topic.

 The online registration system for our conference is now open:

http://www.csct.ugent.be/christianmystery/registration

 We kindly ask to register before September 1, 2013 so as to make it easier for us to organize the further logistics of the conference.

 


The University of Illinois will host an international symposium, “Religious Performance, City and Country in East Asia,” October 9-10, 2013, at Levis Center of the Urbana-Champaign Campus.

This conference brings together leading scholars in the field from North America and Japan for a two-day symposium, October 9-10, 2013 (Levis Center), to examine the relationship between metropole and rural religious performance by drawing a set of clear lines of liturgical practice in the East Asia case, with special reference to Japan.  The keynote speakers will be Professors Matsuo Kōichi, National Museum of Japanese History, and Haruo Shirane, Columbia University.  First, we pay attention to the position of medieval Japanese religious performance vis-à-vis continental East Asia.  What were the ritual and cultural flows that informed the development of medieval Japanese Buddhist and other religious performance (Kami worship, Shugendō [mountain asceticism])?  Second, we consider the character and movement of a series of religious performances in the Japanese isles.  What were the producers and audiences of these performances?  How, moreover, were these performative modes translated between groups in the metrapole and countryside?  Third, how did performance genres such as divine dance (kagura), visual didactic performance (etoki), and biwa lute playing influence religious performance and reception through their mixture of multiple media?  Finally, how did the mobility of performers and media influence the development of religious performance?  That is, how did the travel of the monk Ennin to China influence his production of shōmyō chanting in Japan?  What does archeological study tell us about the movement of Pure Land Buddhist performative practices?  How did performances of Kumano believers and Shugendō practitioners transmit or otherwise transform their practices in currents between metropole and mountainside?  Furthermore, how were textual-performative practices related to temple arts and ritual transmission in the city and country?

Registration is free but required (contact ruppertshogyo[at]gmail.com) since there is limited seating.  Booklets with the full lectures by participants, including translations into Japanese and English, will be provided to all registrants at the event; discussants, with the exception of Professor Matsuo, will comment in English, and discussion will be in both English and Japanese.  Japanese participants will present in Japanese.


Islam in Europe through the Balkan Prism

Date: 2013-06-25

Description: Islam in Europe through the Balkan Prism, Sarajevo, October 24-26, 2013 This conference aims to look at Islam in Europe through the Balkan prism. What are the historical, institutional and religious traits that characterise endogenous European Muslims? How have they recast themselves vis–vis Europe …

Contact: arolda.elbasani@eui.eu

URL: www.eui.eu/Projects/ReligioWest/Home.aspx

Announcement ID: 204554

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204554

 


Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom, and Grace

Location: New York

Date: 2013-07-15

Description: 2013 Northeast Regional Meeting of the Conference on Christianity and Literature: Literature of Luther: The Individual, Freedom, and Grace St Francis College, NYC November 8-9, 2013 It has been almost 500 years since Martin Luther penned his Ninety-Five Theses. It is in view of this upcoming anniver …

Contact: NECCL [at] sfc.edu

URL:www.pepperdine.edu/sponsored/ccl/conferencesandannouncements/northeast.htm

Announcement ID: 204566

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=204566

 


LAST FEW PLACES AVAILABLE

HEA workshop: Narrating your academic practice

Thursday 27 June, Kents Hill conferencing centre, Milton Keynes

This workshop is free of charge to colleagues from subscribing institutions.

By the end of this workshop you will have:

•analysed your teaching in a critical and creative way;

•started to construct a narrative of your own teaching, drawing on the UK Professional Standards Framework (UKPSF), which can be used as the basis for your application for recognition as Academy Associate Fellow or Fellow.

According to Hannah Arendt, storytelling can be ‘a place to begin inquiry’, which can ‘hold fragments together’. In this workshop we will take you to the heart of your academic ‘story’ to curate the different experiences and encounters of your own teaching.

Metaphor and narratives abound in the Arts & Humanities and in the Social Sciences. This workshop aims to bring together the language of our disciplines with the language of academic practice used in the UKPSF.

Throughout the day you will participate in a series of creative ‘making and connecting’ activities – for example, creating rich pictures, identifying narrative structure (story and plot) and drawing on dominant tropes – that will both support your own reflective practice and provide you with a ‘toolbox’ for use with your students in the future. In the final session of the day you will draw on the outcomes of these activities to develop the structure for the narrative of your own learning and teaching.

For further details and to book a place:  http://bit.ly/11WJtwa

 


Seminar Title: ‘The possessions at Loudun: Their significance in the history of the science of mind’

Date: Wednesday 26 June, 2013

Location: UCL Institute of the Americas, Room 105, 51 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PN

Time: 6pm-7.30pm

Speaker: Dr Craig E. Stephenson (AGAP/CPA/CAPT/IAAP)

Abstract: This seminar focuses on the seventeenth-century possessions at Loudun, France and presents how the events of this famous case played out at the time and how theorizing about possession and obsession changed over almost four centuries of writing about them.

For instance, in his definition of demonism for the Schweizer Lexikon (1945) C.G. Jung referred to the debate about Loudun, as did Gilles de la Tourette, Michel Foucault, Michel de Certeau, and Jacques Lacan.

Eventually, psychopathology co-opted the word ‘obsession’, stripped of its religious connotation, and left the word ‘possession’ outside medical discourse. Then, in 1992, the American Psychiatric Association attempted to introduce ‘possession’ into its diagnostic manual (DSM-IV) as a mental disorder. Revisiting the history of Loudun provides a means for situating the APA’s recent interest in possession within a medical and intellectual continuum.


JOBS


Koc University – Professor, Sociology

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46826>

Zentrum Moderner Orient – Research Positions (Post-doc/very limited Doctoral) from January 2014 (36 months)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46828>

National University of Singapore – Research Fellowship at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46831>

Richard Stockton College – Visiting Instructor/Assistant Professor Pacific World/Asia-Pacific History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46829>

 


William Temple Foundation wish to appoint an Assistant Director: Communications and Development

We are looking for someone who can make a significant contribution to the development of the William Temple Foundation’s influence in the growing debate about the relationship between religion, society, economics and human flourishing. The successful candidate will be either London or North West based, and have skills in communication, media relations and network creation as well as being knowledgeable in the areas of social justice, politics and faith communities.

The post holder will achieve their goals by:

·         Engaging with potential new stakeholders in public life, the churches and the academy

·    Generating media networks for the dissemination of research findings, including front of camera and audio representative work

·         Using social media for tweeting and re-presenting research findings for public and media engagement with the work of the William Temple Foundation.

·         Working collaboratively on scoping new research projects and funding bids with our Research Director and Senior Honorary Fellows.

The successful candidate will enjoy enhanced opportunities for networking, research and travel in an exciting and expanding area of public policy and research, engaging with a wide variety of stakeholders including the faith and voluntary sector, media (at all levels), academic departments and think tanks, the public and private sector and government policy makers. For the right person and with the anticipated growth of the William Temple Foundation’s work there could be the possibility to extend the role to include the conducting, writing up and publishing of empirical research projects.

This is an appointment on a three year fixed-term contract. The post is 25 hours a week on an annual salary of approximately £30, 000 (paid pro-rata).

For the application pack see the William Temple Foundation’s website www.wtf.org.uk

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 May 2013

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In this issue:

  • Books

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Jobs

  • Funding/Fellowships

 


BOOKS


A Fatal Addiction: War in the Name of God

Thomas Block

Algora Publishing: 2012 (226 pp.)

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fatal-Addiction-War-Name-God/dp/0875869300/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369326462&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Fatal+Addiction%3A+War+in+the+Name+of+God


New Titles from Ashgate: Religious Studies

http://www.ashgate.com/pdf/catalogues/Religion-2013-ROW.pdf


JOURNALS


Contemporary Islam, vol 7, issue 1 http://link.springer.com/journal/11562/7/1/page/1


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Digital Humanities Luxembourg (DHLU) 2013 – Reading historical sources in the digital age

Description: The Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur lEurope (CVCE), together with the Jean Monnet Chair in History of European Integration (University of Luxembourg, FLSHASE) and  its research programme Digital Humanities Luxembourg DIHULUX (research unit Identits-Politiques-Socits-Espaces (IPSE)) and the Univ …

Contact: frederic.clavert [at] cvce.eu

URL:

www.cvce.eu/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=9442e254-4547-4c27-b4af-d5a4742eef78&groupId=10136

Announcement ID: 203823

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203823

 


Popular Antiquities 3: Folklore and Archaeology: A joint conference of The Folklore Society and UCL Institute of Archaeology

Saturday 12-Sunday 13 October 2013 at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London

CALL FOR PAPERS: Deadline extended to 28 June

Contributions are invited on any aspect of the collaborations of archaeology and folklore around the world, including but not limited to: Antiquarians & Antiquarianism; Archaeology of Folklore / Folklore of Archaeology;  Folk Revivalism & the Appropriation of Archaeological Materials; Folklore & Heritage; Reception & Representation, etc.

Send abstracts of 200 words for 20 minute presentations to t.paphitis@ucl.ac.uk, martindavidlocker [at] hotmail.com and enquiries@folklore-society.com

 


CfP: Epistemologies of Spaces and Places

Date: 2013-06-21

Description: Theory of Science, a journal for interdisciplinary studies of science, seeks research articles, review articles and book reviews focusing on epistemologies of spaces and places. Spatial, or geographical turn in the history and philosophy of science, advocated by scholars such as Steven Shapin or Dav …

Contact: teorievedy [at] flu.cas.cz

URL: teorievedy.flu.cas.cz/

Announcement ID: 203896

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203896

 


CFP: THE GYPSY LORE SOCIETY

Annual Conference in Romani Studies

http://www.gypsyloresociety.org/

*Abstract Deadline: May 31st 2013 *

Annual Conference and Meeting: University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, 12th-14th September 2013

Call for Papers:

The Gypsy Lore Society annual meeting and conference on Gypsy/Romani Studies for 2013 will be held from the 12th – 14th of September at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Papers on any aspect of Gypsy/Romani Studies are most welcome. Please send abstracts via e-mail attachment (maximum 500 words) to the program chair, Dr Colin Clark. Please note all abstracts will be peer-reviewed by the local organising committee. Submissions should include the author’s name, institutional affiliation (if relevant), address, daytime telephone and e-mail address. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is May 31, 2013 and you will be notified if your paper has been accepted by June 30th, 2013.

Please address all conference inquiries to Dr Colin Clark, e-mail c.r.clark[at]strath.ac.uk.


Registration is now open for the Second Sight and Prophecy Conference taking place at the University of Aberdeen , 14-16 June 2013

This interdisciplinary conference welcomes participants from a range of academic disciplines including history, folklore, anthropology, divinity and sociology whose research interests cover a wide range of topics exploring varying methods used by different cultures (both now and in the past) to look into the future and the rationale for so doing. The future has always held a fascination for humankind especially in times of tribulation and this is worthy of academic discussion in light of the changes affecting so many of us in our current global context. The role in culture of seers and prophets, by whatever name they are known, and the use of rituals, drugs and sacred sites will be examined.

 We are delighted to welcome Michael Hunter, Emeritus Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London as our keynote speaker.  His paper, ‘Boyle’s legacy: Second Sight in English and Scottish Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century’ is based on his recent research. It follows the success of his  seminal work, The Occult Laboratory; Magic, Science and Second Sight in Late 17th-Century Scotland (2001) and will set the tone for the conference.

 An exhibition by artist Nicola Moss supports this conference. It is already available to view in the James MacKay Hall on a drop-in basis.

Further details are available at the following link http://www.abdn.ac.uk/museums/exhibitions/2392/ This will be supplemented by a photographic display of the University’s own collection of seventeenth-century Sibyls.

Full details of the conference can be found at the following link.

http://www.abdn.ac.uk/elphinstone/events/secondSight/index.shtml

Registration can be made through the above link or directly through the Online Store

http://www.store.abdn.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&catid=14&modid=2&prodid=151&deptid=50&prodvarid=0


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


Glastonbury Goddess Conference 2013

Tuesday 30th July – Sunday 4th August

With Fringe Day Events from Sunday July 28th

 

Celebrating the Great Earth Mother and Grounding the Vision of the Motherworld

The Glastonbury Goddess Conference and Fringe is a spiritual and cultural feast!!

With ceremonies, workshops, performances, talks, music, art and craftwork, drama, poetry and song, all dedicated to Goddess. The Conference itself lasts for six days, with an additional three days of Fringe day workshops with well-known Goddess presenters, a sweatlodge and Glastonbury Tor Labrynth walk.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the Goddess, as She expresses Herself within the sacred landscape of Glastonbury and the Sacred Isle of Avalon, and as we see Her in each other and in the world around us.

 

In 2013 we are celebrating Eartha, the Great Earth Mother, and all things earthy. We are grounding the Vision of the Motherworld, a new society and culture in which the values of mothers and of mothering – love, care and support for each other are placed in the centre of life, rather than being neglected on the periphery of life. This is a vision whose time has come. The Motherworld is the place where women’s values and awareness are honoured and celebrated. We invite to come and join us in bringing this great and radical work of transformation into being.

 


DIGITAL MEDIA AND SACRED TEXT

Monday 17 June, Open University

Camden Town, London

9am – 6pm

 This one-day Open University conference will bring together academics interested in the study of digital sacred text from a wide range of religious traditions, including sociologists, anthropologists, media scholars, computer scientists, historians and digital humanists. We also welcome religious practitioners and publishers engaged in creating digital sacred texts.

We are delighted to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Heidi Campbell (Texas A&M University). Attendance at this event will cost £20. Thanks to generous funding from the AHRC, 30 free places are available for the first delegates to register.

A full programme and online registration page can be accessed here: http://www.mediatingreligion.org/events/digital-media-and-sacred-text

 


JOBS


University of Manchester – Research Associate

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46750>

 

Nanyang Technological University – Assistant Professor in Asian Philosophy or Asian Religion (Philosophy Group)

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46739>

 

Southern Methodist University – One-year position for lecturer or visiting assistant professor of art history:  Colonial Latin American Visual Culture

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46748>

 

University of Manchester – LECTURER IN CHINESE CULTURAL STUDIES

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46735>

 

Opportunities for Scholars, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies

Date: 2013-11-01

Description: INSTITUTE FOR ADVANCED STUDY, School of Historical Studies, Opportunities for Scholars 2014-2015. The Institute is an independent private institution founded in 1930 to create a community of scholars focused on intellectual inquiry, free from teaching and other university obligations.

Contact: mzelazny [AT] ias.edu

URL: www.hs.ias.edu/

Announcement ID: 203814

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203814

 


FUNDING/FELLOWSHIP/SCHOLARSHIP


Jewish History at the Medici Archive Project

Date: 2013-08-17

Description: The Medici Archive Project (MAP) is pleased to announce a new scholarly initiative: the Eugene Grant Research Program on Jewish History and Culture in Early Modern Europe (JHP). Thanks to the generous lead support of MAP board member Eugene Grant, as well as the support of other board members and do …

Contact: ebrizio [AT] medici.org

URL: medici.org

Announcement ID: 203724

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203724

 


Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Cognition and Culture

The Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion at Masaryk University is looking to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cognition and Culture. The successful candidate will be employed to work under the supervision of Dr. Dimitris Xygalatas (Director) on experimental studies of religion. The post involves carrying out behaviouralexperimental research in the LEVYNA lab facilities and in naturalistic settings.

Responsibilities include contributing to the training and mentoring of graduate researchers from the humanities who work in experimental methods, providing help with research design and data analysis, and publishing peer-reviewed articles.

Candidates are expected to hold a PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Science, or any related discipline with a focus on behavioural research (e.g. Behavioural Economics, Behavioural Ecology, Behavioral Neuroscience, etc). The successful candidate will be required to have experience in running empirical studies and good knowledge of statistics and quantitative data analyses (SPSS or other statistical packages). Prior theoretical and empirical knowledge in the area of the scientific study of religion is desirable but not necessary.

The position will be located at the LEVYNA Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion, in Brno, Czech Republic, an interdisciplinary institute dedicated to the use of experimental methods in researching religious belief and behaviour. LEVYNA is hosted by the Department for the Study of Religion at Masaryk University, and is a senior partner of the Cultural Evolution of Religion Research Consortium (CERC). The centre has excellent connections with all major Cognitive Science of Religion centres.

The post is a full-time position starting September 2013. The appointment will be made for one year, renewable contingent upon external funding.

The deadline for applications is June 19, 2013.

For information on how to apply, please contact the programme manager Kristyna Brožková: brozkovak [at] phil.muni.cz


Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2014-15

Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2013-11-10

Description: The Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies invites applications for postdoctoral fellowships for the 2014-2015 academic year on the theme of “New Perspectives on the Origins, Context, and Diffusion of the Academic Study of Judaism.” The predominant narrative in this history of the academic study of

Contact: carrielo [AT] sas.upenn.edu

URL: https://katz.sas.upenn.edu/fellowship-program/next-year

Announcement ID: 203681

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203681

 


AHRC has one call out, and have announced they will make another call later in the year for capital funding in the digital transformations area.

This first call, which has deadline already 27th June, is for projects related to community engagement in particular, under the ttle “Digital Transformations in Community research, Co-production in the Arts and Humanities”. Projects can be from £50 to £600K and a total of £4M is available.

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/Funding-Opportunities/Pages/Capital-Funding-Call-for-Digital-Transformations-in-Community-research-Co-Production-in-the-Arts-and-Humanities.aspx

 


Kingston University has recently advertised some PhD scholarships.  Proposals in the sociology of religion are most welcome.

http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AGK482/phd-scholarships-in-the-arts-and-social-sciences/

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Religious Studies Opportunties Digest – 3 May 2013

We are not responsible for any content contained herein, but have simply copied and pasted from a variety of sources. If you have any content for future digests, please contact us via the various options on our ‘contact’ page.wordle 2013

In this issue:

  • Resources

  • Journals

  • Call for papers

  • Conferences

  • Internships/Summer Schools

  • Jobs

RESOURCES


Open access publisher Social Sciences Directory included in DOAJ

Description: Social Sciences Directory has just published its third issue of papers and we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted for inclusion in the Directory of Open

Access Journals. As a prestigious database it has always been our intention to gain entry and it is a strong signal that we have d …

Contact: dan.scott [at] socialsciencesdirectory.com

URL: www.socialsciencesdirectory.com

Announcement ID: 203298

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203298


JOURNALS


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

Journal of Contemporary Religion, vol 28, no. 2 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/routledg/cjcr/2013/00000028/00000002


CALLS FOR PAPERS


CFP: Submissions are now open for the July 2013 issue of “Paranthropology: Journal of Anthropological Approaches to the Paranormal” (Vol. 4 No. 3).

See www.paranthropology.co.uk for past issues.

Articles can be on any topic relating to:

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Articles should be written in an academic, though accessible style, and should utilise the Harvard referencing system (for information visit http://paranthropologyjournal.weebly.com/submit.html). All articles should be submitted no later than June 28th 2013.

 


CFP: Sacred and secular: Researching the role of religion in contemporary Europe

 University of Leicester, Friday 21 June 2013

 This one-day workshop seeks to provide an important opportunity for developing collaborative links between early-career researchers, doctoral researchers and practitioners. The main aims are: (1) to develop a research agenda relating to the role of religion in the politics of European countries, looking at its interaction with political parties, civil society, public opinion and governing institutions; and (2) to facilitate an intellectual exchange on the differing methodological approaches, analytical frameworks and theoretical perspectives used to study religion and its role in the political process.

The workshop will involve both panels for the presentation of research and a roundtable discussion featuring representatives from leading think-tanks.

We have a small number of places available for those who wish to attend. Proposals for papers should include a title and an abstract of up to 200 words.

To submit proposals, or for further information, please contact Dr Ben Clements at bc101 [at] leicester.ac.uk

**Deadline for proposals: 8 May 2013**

 


CONFERENCES/ EVENTS


A few final subsidised places have opened up for the Contemporary Religion in Historical Perspective: Engaging outside Academia conference at The Open University on Milton Keynes on 15-16 May.

Speakers include: Marion Bowman; George Chryssides; Dan Cohn-Sherbok; Matthew Cragoe; John Eade; Dawoud El-Alami; Rob Gleave; Ronald Hutton; Frances Knight; Kim Knott; Edward Royle; Steven Sutcliffe; David Voas; Rob Warner; John Wolffe.

The conference will engage with topics like: How research can inform current debates on religion? What might historical perspective bring to research on contemporary religion? What can academics and religious practitioners learn from each other?

For more details (ignore the deadlines), please visit:

http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/religious-studies/crhp2013.shtml

Alternatively, please contact Dr John Maiden (j.maiden [AT] open.ac.uk ).

 


CHRC WORKSHOP ON LAW, FAITH AND HISTORICAL MEMORY

Date: 2013-06-12

Description: The Centre on Human Rights in Conflict organises a one-day workshop on Law, Faith and Historical Memory. Date: 12 JUNE 2013 Venue: Stratford campus, University of East London, London What role can and should the law play in the “recovery” or “recuperation” of the collective memory of state sanctioned

Contact: chrc [at] uel.ac.uk

URL: www.uel.ac.uk/chrc

Announcement ID: 203304

http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=203304

 

 

Booking is now LIVE for the EASR conference hosted by the BASR at Liverpool Hope University, 3rd-6th September!  Please go to http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/ for all details. Hope University offers comfortable Standard accommodation, with limited rooms available in the Executive suite; book early to avoid disappointment!

Please note, the call for papers remains open, with both individual and panel proposals warmly received! These details, as well as a link to the online Booking page, can also be found at http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/ .

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool Hope’s lovely campus, and to enjoying a full conference with outstanding keynote speakers, engaging papers, and highlights including  a gala dinner and evening with a Beatle’s tribute band! (“More popular than Jesus”? You’ll have to be the judge!)

For any queries please contact the Conference Organizing Committee at easrconference [at] hope.ac.uk


Women’s Rights in the Islamic World After the Arab Spring

Location: New York

Date: 2013-05-08

Description: There has been a great deal of hope, and some very real progress, in the enhancement of gender equality and womens rights in many of the Muslim majority nations following the surge of freedom and democracy of the Arab Spring. This program will try to put those advancements in historic context and ex

URL: www2.nycbar.org/EventsCalendar/show_event_new.php?eventid=2174

Announcement ID: 203288

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Collaborative partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions: dismantling the roadblocks

Funded by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

http://www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project

23rd May 2013, Senate House, London

(in collaboration with Human Rights Consortium, University of London )

27th June 2013, Birmingham University, Birmingham

(in collaboration with Centre for Islamic and Middle East studies, University of Birmingham)

 

Registration is now open for two conferences that are being organised as part of an ESRC funded follow-on project exploring Collaborative Partnerships between universities and Muslim institutions. This project builds on previous research around Muslim faith leadership, Islamic Studies in pluralist British contexts, women’s education and learning Arabic. Our research findings indicate that it is possible to address these issues at higher education level, focusing particularly on ways to forge a more cohesive society for Muslims and other Britons. This work will bring together Islamic Studies academics, scholars and practitioners (including professionals who may have aspects of Islamic studies in their work) to facilitate increased collaborative partnerships and linkages between UK universities and Muslim institutions, and is aimed both at academia and Muslim communities. Papers presented will explore various aspects of Islamic education at the HE (Higher Education) and FE (Further Education) levels, both in validated and non-validated sectors in Britain and beyond, across the following themes:

1.      Islamic Education for cohesion, pluralism and inter-faith dialogue

2.      Collaborative educational models in the UK and beyond

3.      Barriers to collaborative partnerships and possible solutions

4.      International and local best practice

5.      Approaches to theological training in other faiths

6.      Teaching and learning Arabic

SPEAKERS INCLUDE

London

Prof. Ron Geaves, Liverpool Hope University

Dr. Hany El Banna, Islamic Relief

Birmingham

Dr. Haifa Jawad, University of Birmingham

Prof. Robin Attfield, Cardiff University

FREE REGISTRATION

To register for your place please visit – http://www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project/top-menu/project-events/project-conference Registration is free, but places are limited so please register as soon as possible. For further details please visit our website – http://www.derby.ac.uk/collaborative-partnerships-project or contact the Project Administrator Michelle Wood by email on m.wood [at] derby.ac.uk or by phone on 01332 592896.


 

36th annual Denton Conference in Implicit Religion, at Ilkley Yorkshire, 10th-12th May 2013.

Further information is available on the CSIRCS website www.implicitreligion.org or edward.bailey [at] implicitreligion.org


INTERNSHIPS/SUMMER SCHOOLS


 

Summer Internship – Religion and the Public Sphere

The Social Science Research Council (SSRC), an independent, nonprofit international organization devoted to the advancement of interdisciplinary research in the social sciences, seeks a summer 2013 intern for the Religion and the Public Sphere Program.

http://www.ssrc.org/about/employment/listings/summer-internship-%7c-religion-and-the-public-sphere/

 


International ILEM Summer School “Transformation of Muslim World in the 21st Century”

Date: 2013-08-24

Description: International ILEM Summer School Transformation of Muslim World in the 21st Century 24-30 August 2013 / Istanbul ILEM is willing to share its own intellectual experience with academics, researchers and intellectuals from different geographies and to benefit from their experiences as well. To achieve …

Contact: iiss [at] ilmietudler.org

URL: iiss.ilmietudler.org

Announcement ID: 203322

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The International Buddhist Academy (Boudha/Kathmandu) is happy to offer the following courses this summer:

 

– Colloquial Tibetan (May 29 – August 28)

– Introduction to Classical Tibetan (May 30 – July 23)

– May 29-June 25: Introduction to Buddhist practice, taught by Khenpo

 Jamyang Tenzin

– July 1-26 & August 1-28: the Bodhicaryavatara by Shantideva, taught

 by Khenpo Jorden and HE Ratna Vajra Rinpoche

– September 3-12 & 15-24: 2 meditation retreats led by Ven. Dhammadipa

 

For further details and registration, please visit:

www.internationalbuddhistacademy.org


JOBS


 

Jacobs University Bremen – Postdoctoral Fellowships in the Humanities

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46663>

 

University of Sydney – POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOW

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46662>

Clayton State University – Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Middle Eastern and/or North African History

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46665>

University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign – Visiting Lecturer of Chinese Studies

<http://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=46656>