Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 25 November 2015

Calls for papers: Conferences and events

48th Spring Byzantine Symposium: “Whose Mediterranean is it anyway? Cross-cultural interaction between Byzantium and the West 1204-1669”

March 28–30, 2015

The Open University, UK

Deadline: December 10, 2014

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The Oxford University Byzantine Society’s XVII International Graduate Conference: Cross-Cultural Exchange in the Byzantine World, c. 300-c.1500

February 27–28, 2015

University of Oxford, UK

Deadline: November 28, 2014

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2nd annual BRAIS conference

April 13–15, 2015

Deadline: December 1, 2014

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SSSR 2015: Diaspora: Pluralization of Religions, Cultures, and Research Methods in an Era of Globalization

Date N/A

Newport Beach, California, US

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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ISSR panel: “Brazilian religious experiences in Europe”

July 2–5, 2015

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium

Deadline: December 15, 2014

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Calls for papers: Publications

De Gruyter Open: New book series on New Religious Movements

Deadline: N/A

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Feminist Beginnings: “Being an Early Career Feminist Academic in a Changing Academy”

Deadline: December 5, 2014

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Journal of Anthropology and Archaeology

Deadline: November 30, 2014

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PhD studentships

The Open University, UK

Deadline: January 14, 2015

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Feedback for the RSP: A Request for Testimonials

Over the past two-and-a-half years, the RSP Team have become increasingly aware that the podcasts and other resources that we disseminate are being used in a variety of interesting, innovative and unexpected ways in the teaching of Religious Studies, both by ‘students’ and their ‘teachers’, and at all levels of education.

While we are aware – and delighted – that this is happening, we have little solid information on how this is actually playing out. In order to continue to improve and develop the service we provide, and partly out of sheer curiosity, we are seeking your feedback.

If you have made use of the RSP in your teaching, or have been a student on a course where the RSP has made an appearance (however small), we would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to respond to five short questions. If you fall into both categories, then by all means answer both sets of questions. Please fill your answers in on the contact forms at the links below, or send an email to

Chris and Jack are also hoping to put together a short article for the BASR Bulletin which will focus upon how the RSP can be/has been utilized in teaching. We would like to use the feedback from these questions in that article, and potentially in other publicity materials, so please indicate your willingness (or otherwise) to have your comments used in this way, and if you wish to remain anonymous.

Many thanks for your time and continued support. Any help with passing this appeal on to others who may have something to say would be greatly appreciated.

Yours aye,

Your friends at the RSP.

Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 25 MARCH 2014

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Calls for papers

New book series: Gender & Islam, Gerlach Press

Calls for: Manuscripts

Deadline: N/A

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New journal: Open Theology

De Gruyter Open

Calls for: Articles

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IAHR 2015: “Methods”

Erfurt, Germany

Chairs: Steven Engler and Michael Stausberg

Call for: Papers

Deadline: June 1, 2014

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25th IPRA General Conference: Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace through Universal Values

August 10–14, 2014

Sakarya Üniversitersi, Istanbul, Turkey

Calls for: Paper, poster and panel proposals

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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Digital Methodologies in the Sociology of Religion

Editors: Suha Shakkour and Sariya Cheruvallil

Call for: Abstracts, expressions of interest

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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ESA Sociology of Religion Research Network 34th Midterm Conference

September 3–4, 2014

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: April 18, 2014

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Preternature: Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural, special issue: “Uncanny Animations”

Guest editor: Elina Gertsman

Calls for: Abstracts and complete essays

Deadlines: April 15, 2014 (abstracts), June 15, 2014 (complete essays)

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Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Annual Meeting

October 31–November 2, 2014

Calls for: Session and paper proposals

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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Conferences and events

Book launch: Steven J. Sutcliffe and Ingvild Sælid Gilhus (editors), New Age Spirituality: Rethinking Religion

March 26, 2014, 2:00-5:00 PM

University of Edinburgh

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Folklore, Thomas Hardy, and Rural Writing: A joint conference of the Folklore Society and the Thomas Hardy Society

April 11–13, 2014

Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset

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The Circulation of Astronomical Knowledge in the Ancient World

April 12–13, 2014

Brown University

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Summer school

Nationalism, Religion and Violence in Europe

June 23–July 4, 2014

Charles University, Prague

Deadline: April 25, 2014

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“Matter(s) of relations: current analyses of Pacific rituals”

April 7–8, 2014

Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille

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Fully funded PhD position: “Religion in China”

University of Groningen

Deadline: May 2, 2014

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Fully funded PhD scholarships

Interuniversity Center for Social Science: University of Utrecht, University of Groningen, University of Nijmegen

Deadline: April 22, 2014

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The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion Student Travel Awards

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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New publications

Religion and Society, Volume 4: Ends and Beginnings

Publisher: Berghahn Journals

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Kocku von Stuckrad, The Scientification of Religion: An Historical Study of Discursive Change, 1800-2000

Publisher: De Gruyter

Type/genre: Monograph

Language: English

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“Getting out there” with your research

“Getting out there” with your research

Dr Charlotte Mathieson is an Associate Fellow in the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick, and also works as an Early Career Researcher Project Office in the Wolfson Research Exchange. She blogs about her research and edits Researcher Life: the Early Career Researcher Experience, where this post first appeared.

This post offers tips and advice for disseminating your research to a wider audience, beyond traditional academic mediums such as journals. This is based entirely on my own recent experience; as a Dickens scholar, the bicentenary celebrations brought about a number of opportunities and activities to talk about my research. This began with an invitation to contribute to the University’s Celebrating Dickens project, for which I recorded two podcasts and wrote a guest blog; in turn, the University’s Knowledge Centre published two related features on my work, I had a guest blog posted on another website, and a radio appearance to talk about Dickens’s local connections.

A lot of this was down to luck: it was a happy coincidence that Dickens’s 200th birthday fell not long after I’ve finished my PhD, when I had the time and incentive to focus on activities that will help to raise my profile. But along the way I have been picking up a few tips for how to get, and make the most of, opportunities to “get out there” with your research:

  1. Think ahead, and focus on areas of your research that have the future potential to attract wider attention. Whilst not everyone can have a handy bicentenary (or similar) to get involved in, this hasn’t all been luck on my part: my PhD was on a number of nineteenth-century authors but I made a strategic decision last year to focus on Dickens for a while as I knew the bicentenary was approaching. See what’s coming up in your field.
  2. Move out of your comfort zone; the prospect of recording or talking on the radio isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but challenging yourself is the only way to extend your skills. Grab every opportunity regardless of whether you feel confident or capable; with practice, you’ll feel both.
  3. Find out what’s out there: are there any blogs or websites at your University or in your field that you could contribute to as a guest blogger or article? At Warwick, for example, we have the Knowledge Centre. Get to know the venues available and how you might use them.
  4. Put yourself forward; if you see an opportunity that you might be relevant for, send a speculative enquiry even if you’re not sure. If you don’t ask you don’t get, and even if you’re not quite right for one opportunity it might be that you’re remembered for something else in the future.
  5. Your comms or press office are very useful people to be in touch with: they might be able to offer help in getting your work into the media, or have training opportunities around public engagement. Get in touch and see if you can find out more; once they know your specialism you can become a useful go-to person for any relevant press enquiries.
  6. Raise your own profile: get on Twitter and get a blog – the combination of these is an effective way to increase your own publicity. Having a blog means you can publish all your activity in one place, and Twitter is an invaluable way of getting a wider following for your work.
  7. Use your eportfolio or webpage: create a “latest news” section on your front page to pull together all your activity, and keep it updated regularly.
  8. Use your initiative: if there’s nothing relevant to contribute to, why not start your own project? Inspired by the Dickens interest but aware that it might soon die down, I’m already thinking of other ways in which I could create wider engagement opportunities out of my work. Take a look at other projects at your university/ in your field to get inspiration, or see if your university has dedicated Impact support.

Whilst establishing wider engagement activities might initially seem daunting to PhD/early career researchers, once you get going it becomes easier to sustain and feel more confident about seeking other opportunities. Impact is an important issue in academia right now with the upcoming REF and is likely to only continue increasing in importance, so it’s worth getting started early in your career on projects that have an impact beyond the sphere of academia.