Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 31 May 2017

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Conference: CenSAMM: 500 years: The Reformation and its Resonations

September 14–15, 2017

Bedford, United Kingdom

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Calls for papers

Book proposals: Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion

Bloomsbury Publishing

Deadline: N/A

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Book proposals: The Secular Studies Series

NYU Press

Deadline: N/A

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Conference: The International Congress on Higher Religious Education

November 16–19, 2017

Istanbul University, Turkey

Deadline: June 22, 2017

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Conference: ANU: Sacred Sites/Sacred Stories: Global Perspectives

April 5–7, 2018

Australian National University, Australia

Deadline: October 15, 2017

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Conference: Hermeneutics of Symbol, Myth and “Modernity of Antiquity” in Italian Literature and the Arts from the Renaissance up to the Present Day

December 15–16, 2017

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Deadline: September 10, 2017

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Workshop: Talk on Trust and Europe’s Crisis of Representation

December 7–8, 2017

Woolf Institute, UK

Deadline: June 2, 2017

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Conference: Religious Imaginations and Global Transitions: How narratives of faith are shaping today’s world

June 14, 2017

London, UK

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

July 12–14, 2017

University of Leeds, UK

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Conference: Holism: Possibilities and Problems

September 8–10, 2017

University of Essex, UK

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Symposium: Symposium Classicum Peregrinum

June 18, 2017

Scarbantia, Hungary

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Symposium: The Uses of Euhemerism

July 17–18, 2017

Aberdeen, UK

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Jobs and funding

Teaching fellow: Anthropology of South Asian Religions

University of Edinburgh, UK

Deadline: June 6, 2017

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Four PhD positions

University of Erfurt, Germany

Deadline: June 11, 2017

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Lecturer: Classics and Religious Studies

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Deadline: June 30, 2017

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Jameel Scholarship: Islam in Contemporary Britain

Cardiff University, UK

Deadline: June 12, 2017

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Associate Lecturer: New Religious Movements, Hinduism

University of Chidester, UK

Deadlines: N/A

More information: NRMs, Hinduism

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 16 May 2017

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Conference: CenSAMM: 500 years: The Reformation and its Resonations

September 14–15, 2017

Bedford, United Kingdom

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Calls for papers

Anthology: Routledge International Handbook of Religion in Global Society

Deadline: July 15, 2017

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Conference: International Congress on Higher Religious Education

November 16–19, 2017

Istanbul, Turkey

Deadline: June 22, 2017

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Conference: International Kraków Study of Religions Symposium: Religion and Cultural Shifts: From Axial Age to (Post-)Secular Age

November 13–15, 2017

Kraków, Poland

Deadline: May 19, 2017

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Conference: Faith and Peaceful Relations: Faith in the Care System: Addressing the Diverse Needs of Children

July 5, 2017

Coventry University, UK

Deadline: May 22, 2017

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Conference: Open Conference: Section on Sociology of Religion

December 7–9, 2017

Rastatt, Germany

Deadline: May 31, 2017

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Conference panel: BASR: Narratives of Artificial Intelligence and Religion

September 4–6, 2017

Deadline: May 19, 2017

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Journal: La Rosa di Paracelso

Special issue: Diabolus in singulis est: The Devil, Satan and Lucifer

Deadline: May 20, 2017

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Conference: Sacred Space and Sacred places. Expressions and Experiences of Lived Religion

May 23–25, 2017

Bari, Italy

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Visiting Scholar: Jewish Studies

Indiana University, USA

Deadline: December 31, 2017

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Buddhist Studies Research Scholar

Buddhist Digital Resource Center, Inc., USA

Deadline: July 31, 2017

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Full Professorship: Jewish Religion and Philosophy

University of Potsdam, Germany

Deadline: May 26, 2017

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Lecturer: Religious Studies

Washington University in St. Louis, USA

Deadline: June 2, 2017

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Project Manager and Four Postdoctoral Positions: Mapping Ancient Polytheisms. Cult Epithets as an Interface between Religious Systems and Human Agency

Deadline: May 30, 2017

More information: Project Manager

More information: Postdocs

Two PhD Positions: Ancient Near East Studies and Biblical Studies

University of Tartu, Estonia

Deadline: June 1, 2017

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 23 June 2015

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Calls for papers

Conference: Religion and the Crisis of Meaning

October 29–30, 2015

Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Deadline: July 1, 2015

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Conference: Sacred Texts and Human Contexts

May 26–27, 2016

Rochester, NY, USA

Deadline: December 24, 2015

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Conference: Religions: Fields of Research, Methods and Perspectives

November 16–18, 2015

Jagiellonian University, Poland

Deadline: September 30, 2015

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Conference: Liminal Spaces from Sacred to Urban: The Friday Mosque and the City

Location N/A

Deadline: August 21, 2015

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Conference: Life Here and Hereafter: Beliefs and Practices

October 23–24, 2015

Vilnius, Lithuania

Deadline: July 1, 2015

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Conference: Research Committee on Sociology of Religion

July 10–14, 2016

Vienna, Austria

Deadline: September 30, 2015

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

December 11–12, 2015

Tartu, Estonia

Deadline: September 1, 2015

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Symposium: The Spirit of Sports

November 5–7, 2015

Baylor Institute, Texas, USA

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eConference: Religion: Catalyst for Violence or Peace? Probing the Abrahamic Traditions for Answers

June 23, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. (AEST)


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Conference: Women Negotiating Secularism and Multiculturalism Through Civil Society Organisations

June 30 – July 1, 2015

Coventry University, UK

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Conference: The Governance of Religious Diversity: More or Less Secularism?

June 10–12, 2015

Firenze, Italy

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Conference: Material Religion: Embodiment, materiality, technology

September 11–12, 2015

Duke University, NC, USA

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Seminar: Children, Minority Religions, and the Law

October 17, 2015, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

London School of Economics, UK

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Grants, awards, scholarships

The BRAIS-De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World

Deadline: August 1, 2015

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Jameel Scholarships

Deadline: July 1, 2015

Cardiff University, UK

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Jaina Studies Scholarship

Deadline: July 15, 2015

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Scientific co-worker

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Deadline: July 1, 2015

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Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Germany

Deadline: July 1, 2015

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Lecturer in sociology


Deadline: June 29, 2015

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Senior Lecturer in Social Science


July 8, 2015

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Junior Fellowships

Universität Hamburg, Germany

Deadlines: June 30, 2015; December 31, 2015

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 March 2015

Calls for papers

Conference: Beyond Speech: Silence and the Unspeakable across Cultures

May 8, 2015

University of Manchester, UK

Deadline: March 16, 2015

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Conference: BSA SOCREL 2016

Durham University, UK

Deadline: May 31, 2015

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Conference: British Association for Islamic Studies

April 13–15, 2015

University of London

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Conference: Fandom and Religion

July 28–30, 2015

University of Leicester, UK

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Conference: Tyndale Society

October 1–4, 2015

Hertford College, Oxford, UK

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Postgraduate scholarships

University College Cork, Ireland

Deadline: May 18, 2015

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PhD positions

University of Tromsø, Norway

Deadline: May 14, 2015

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PhD position

University of Groningen, The Netherlands

Deadline: April 15, 2015

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PhD position

Queen’s University Belfast and Aarhus University

Deadline: March 15, 2015

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Managing Editor

Eastern Buddhist Society, Japan

Deadline: March 31, 2015

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Research Fellow

University of Birmingham, UK

Deadline: March 28, 2015

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Admin and Outreach Coordinator; Postdoc in Islamic Civilisation; Iraq Chair of Arabic & Islamic Studies; Lecturer in Muslim-Christian Relations

University of Edinburgh, UK

Deadlines: April 1, 2015; March 25, 2015; April 1, 2015; March 24, 2015

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 18 MARCH 2014

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Calls for papers

Revisiting Gender and Religion

October 31 – November 2, 2014

Annual Meeting for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) / Religious Research Association (RRA)

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: March 25

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Muslim Women’s Activism

June 26, 2014

Enterprise Centre, University of Derby

Centre for Society, Religion or Belief, University of Derby & New Horizons in British Islam

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: April 4, 2014

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The Straits – Inquiries into a Crossroad

November 1-7, 2014

Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: May 15, 2014

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ESA Sociology of RelIgion Network

September 3-5, 2014

Belfast, Northern Ireland

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: April 18, 2014

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“Conversions”: Religions, Transmutations and Politics

Calls for: Articles

Deadline: April 15, 2014

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Friedrich Max Müller and the Role of Philology in Victorian Thought

April 16-18, 2015

German Historical Institute London

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: March 31, 2014

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BASR panel: “Research among spirits, ghosts and deities: How to study non-ordinary realities”


The Open University

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37th Congress of the German Society of Sociology: “Crisis of Routines—Routines of Crisis”. Section: “Sociology of Religion”

October 6-10, 2014

Trier, Germany

Calls for: Abstracts

Deadline: April 24, 2014

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Conferences and events

Cosmology and the Self in Ancient India and Ancient Greece

July 9-12, 2014

University of Exeter

Registration deadline: May 11, 2014

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2014 Annual International Conference on Information and Religion: Information Management in Religious Organizations

June 5-6, 2014

Kent State University

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International Conference: Religion in Urban Spaces

April 9-11 April, 2014

Göttingen, Germany

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Journée d’étude Jeunes Chercheurs: “Autour du carnaval. Jeux de masques et jeux de rôles.”

May 21, 2014

École Doctorale Sciences de l’Homme et de la Société

Université du Littoral-Côte d’Opale

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Death Online Research Symposium

April 9-10, 2014

Collingwood College Durham University

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Journal of Religion in Japan

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Scholarships and grants

The John Templeton Foundation (JTF)

Deadline: April 1, 2014

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Religious Studies Project Opportunities Digest – 11 MARCH 2014

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Calls for papers

Western Esotericism in Central and Eastern Europe over the Centuries

Calls for: 20 minute paper proposals

Send: Author’s affiliation and a short abstract

To: Karolina M. Kotkowska and

Deadline: April 15, 2014.

ASA-UK 2014: Religion and the Congolese Diaspora

September 2014

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Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politics

October 16-17, 2014

Riga, Latvia

Calls for: 20 minutes proposals with 10 minutes for discussion

Deadline: June 1, 2014

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Religion and Remembering

Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions (ISASR) and Queen’s University, Belfast.

May 23-24, 2014

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Christianity and the Limits of Materiality

University of Turku, Finland

September 25-26, 2014

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Journal of Research in Peace, Gender and Development (JRPGD)

JRPGD is calling for research articles!

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Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia

The Journal of the Anthropology of the Contemporary Middle East and Central Eurasia (ACME) invites scholars to review books for the winter edition of the journal.

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International Institute of Islamic Thought

The Fairfax Institute

Theme: Islamic Law and Ethics

June 16-21, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

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CHAOS: Scandinavian Journal for the History of Religions. Symposium: Religion and Nature

University of Copenhagen

May 23-24, 2014

Deadline for abstracts: March 15, 2014

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Conferences and events

Women Modernists and Spirituality: A Symposium

22-23 May 2014

British Association for Modernist Studies

University of Stirling

Keynote speakers: Suzanne Hobson (Queen Mary University of London), Lara Vetter (University of North Carolina, Charlotte)

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The Virgin Mary in Britain and Ireland

June 26-28, 2014

York St John University Department of Theology and Religious Studies

Keynote speakers: Richard Marks (University of Cambridge), Ian Ker (University of Oxford), Catherine O’Brien (Kingston University London)

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Religion: Views from Japan

March 20, 9-11am

Université de Genève, Uni Bastions, B105

Speaker: Jason Ānanda Josephson (Williams College)

FD Maurice lectures 2014: Religion & Sociology: a marriage made in heaven or hell?

March 18-20, 2014

King’s College London

Speaker: James A. Beckford (University of Warwick)

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Dissonant Voices: Faith and the Irish Diaspora

March 8, 2014

London Irish Centre

Speakers: Msgr. Raymond Murray, Fr Joe McVeigh, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Dr Oliver Rafferty SJ. Co-chairs: Fr. Gerry McFlynn, Dr Dianne Kirby (University of Ulster)

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The Third Groningen-Leuven Encounter on the Dead Sea Scrolls

April 15, 2014


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6th SSEASR Conference, Colombo, Sri Lanka

South and Southeast Asian Association for Culture and Religion (SSEASR)

University of Kelaniya, Sri Lanka

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June 4-11, 2015

15th Annual Researching Africa Day Workshop

St Antony’s College, Oxford

March 12, 2014


“This year’s theme is ‘It’s Complicated’: Critical Reflections on the Lived Experience of Research in Africa

Researching Africa Day provides graduate students with the opportunity to network with fellow researchers, exchange information, discuss research strategies, and develop ideas in a constructive, stimulating, and engaging environment. The workshop is open to all graduates working on Africa within the disciplines of history, politics, economics, development studies, literature, anthropology, sociology, social policy, geography, public health, and the natural sciences. We particularly welcome participation from students beyond Oxford.”

Creating Myths as Narratives of Empowerment and Disempowerment

High Institute of Human Sciences of Jendouba, Tunisia

March 10-12, 2014

Conference program (pdf)

Research Seminar on Body, Voice and Religion

“I sing the body electric”: Body as Voice from a Musicological, Technological, and Religious Studies Perspective

University of Hull

June 3, 2014

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Summer school

Serbian Folklore Summer School

University of Novi Sad

July 6-20, 2014

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Scholarships and research funding

The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul

Scholarship for research or research affiliated studies in Turkish languages and turkology.

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The Panacea Charitable Trust Grants

Deadline: April 30, 2014

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PhD studentships, post docs and other research positions

The Occupy Movement in Theory and Practice

Canterbury Christ Church University

“The Occupy Movement emerged in late 2011, and appeared to assume the status of a global phenomenon. Even though there has been an extensive commentary in the popular media on this latest wave of anti-capitalist mobilisation, there has yet to be a comprehensive in-depth theoretically informed comparative analysis of this movement. As an original contribution to knowledge, this research aims to fill this gap. For comparative purposes, this research will analyse the complex mobilisation of Occupy in the US and UK contexts, building on already existing work of the project supervisors, Dr David Bates and Dr Matthew Ogilvie.”

Application deadline: April 30, 2014

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Salaried PhD positions at the Faculty of Arts, Umeå University, Sweden

Application deadline: March 31, 2014

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10 jobs at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

  • Up to four Staff Research Fellows
  • Three Post-doctoral Research Fellows
  • Two Post-doctoral Write-up Fellows
  • One Doctoral Student

More information (pdf)

Application form (all jobs)


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 24 January 2014

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

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RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

BASR annual conference, 2014

It is only fair that the RSP gives prominent acknowledgement to the annual conference of our primary sponsor, the British Association for the Study of Religions.

3-5 Sept 2014

Hosted at The Open University, UK

“Religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”

BASR’s 2014 conference has two themes: “religion, art and performance” and “the cutting edge”. Both can be interpreted broadly. Panels and papers are invited.

Religion, art and performance

Religion is at least represented in artistic and dramatic ways. It has been argued that theatre began in religious rituals, that visual arts began as demonstrations of religious knowledges, and that literature arose from religious myth-telling. Perhaps pre-modern arts of all kinds were fundamentally religious. Contemporary religion has interesting relationships with art and performance: from the use of ritual-like acts on stage to the staging of religious rites to impact a wide public; from the portrayal of religious themes in art to the emerging emphasis on “religion as act” or “religioning” in recent scholarly theorising. Perhaps religion is a performative art. Is it still valid to distinguish ritual from drama on the grounds that the former involves only participants while the latter invites audiences? What difference does the display of religious acts or things in museums, galleries, theatres, heritage and tourist venues make? Ideas and questions like these (and there are many more) seem likely to enhance the value of the study of religions to interdisciplinary scholarship. Perhaps the study of religion could be improved by dialogue with scholars of art or performance, and/or vice versa. The BASR 2014 conference provides an opportunity to explore these and other questions and debates. Therefore, we invite panels and papers about religion, art and performance (all defined broadly).

The cutting edge

Many BASR members also belong to scholarly associations for the study of specific religions or for the advancement of specific approaches to religion(s) (e.g. anthropology, philosophy, sociology and more). We invite panels on the cutting edge of debates that focus on specific religions or apply specific approaches. In doing so we hope various forms of cross-fertilisation will enrich the field of studies of religion.

All correspondence about the conference (other than the bursaries) should be directed to

Calls for Papers

Religion and American Culture, American Studies Association

Location: California

Date: 2014-01-02

Description: The Religion and American Culture Caucus of the

American Studies Association promotes engagement with

scholarship on American religion by organizing and supporting

submissions to the Annual Meeting of the American Studies

Association, which will next meet November 6-9, 2014, in Los

Angeles. RACC in …


Announcement ID: 209476

Nineteenth Joint Postgraduate Conference on Religion and Theology

‘Spiritual Exercises’

Date: 2014-03-07

Description: 7-8 March 2014, Bristol 19th Joint Postgraduate

Conference on Religion and Theology SPIRITUAL EXERCISES Keynote

speaker: Professor Rupert Gethin We invite submissions of

abstracts from postgraduate students and early career academics

for the 19th Postgraduate Conference on Religious Studies and

The …



Announcement ID: 209442

A Postgraduate Conference




Saturday, 14 June, 2014

We invite postgraduate students and research fellows to submit proposals for papers on psychoanalysis or psychoanalytically informed research. Papers may be from any academic discipline, including psychology, sociology, cultural studies, psychosocial studies, history, literature, art, religious studies or philosophy. We also welcome proposals on clinical or theoretical topics from students on psychoanalytic trainings.

This one-day conference is designed to give postgraduate students from all disciplines who are interested in psychoanalysis an opportunity to present and discuss their research in an informal and intellectually stimulating setting.

Abstracts of 300 words (maximum) should include a title, the name of your university or training organisation and a telephone number. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. A further 10 minutes will be allowed for discussion. Sessions of 1½ hours will have space for three papers. There will be concurrent panels to accommodate as many papers as possible. The day will end with a plenary.

The conference takes place at the Hendon Campus of Middlesex University (30 minutes from central London) between 9:30 and 5:30 on Saturday, 14 June, 2014. Tea, coffee and a light lunch will be provided. The conference fee is £40 for presenters and attendees.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday, 23 May, 2014. Early submission and registration is recommended. Abstracts and queries should be sent to: David Henderson,


Centre for Psychoanalysis:

Panel: Female Leadership in Islam

Female Leadership in Islam – New Perspectives and Discourses on Receptions in Past and Present

World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies (WOCMES), Ankara, 18-22 August 2014

Proposals are invited for 20-minute papers for the panel on ‘Female Leadership in Islam – New Perspectives and Discourses on Receptions in Past and Present’ to be presented at the World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies(WOCMES), University of Ankara, 18-22 August 2014.

The panel which is organized and chaired by Doris Decker (Frankfurt) and Elif Medeni (Vienna) aims to launch new perspectives and discourses on female leadership in Islam and widen the horizon concerning this discourse. Therefore, the panel welcomes abstracts which deal with one of the following objectives:

Firstly, the panel intends to discuss perspectives on female leadership in Islamic sources such as the Qur’an, Ahadith, Ibn Sad or Al Waqidi. Secondly, the panel intends to include new theoretical reflections on Islamic female leadership in various regional settings from majority and minority Muslim contexts. Finally, the panel functions as a platform where different research approaches (e.g. historical-critical), theological perspectives (e.g. fatwas) and practical customs concerning Islamic female leadership are examined and debated.

We encourage to submit abstracts (300 words) together with a short biography to Doris Decker ( and Elif Medeni (

Deadline: 26th January 2014.

Details about the conference available at:

Early Modern Women, Religion, and the Body

22-23 July 2014, Loughborough University, UK

Plenary speakers: Professor Mary Fissell (Johns Hopkins) and Dr Katharine Hodgkin (University of East London)

Also celebrating 25 years since the publication of Her Own Life: Autobiographical Writings by Seventeenth-Century Englishwomen (Routledge) with a plenary session by Dr Elspeth Graham (Liverpool John Moores), Dr Hilary Hinds (Lancaster), Professor Elaine Hobby (Loughborough), and Professor Helen Wilcox (Bangor)

With public lecture by Alison Weir (evening of 22 July, Martin Hall Theatre): ‘“The Prince expected in due season”: The Queen’s First Duty’

This two-day conference will explore the response of early modern texts to the relationship between religion and female bodily health. Scholars have long observed that understandings of the flesh and the spirit were inextricably intertwined in the early modern period, and that women’s writings or writings about women often explored this complex relationship. For instance, how did early modern women understand pain, illness, and health in a religious framework, and was this different to the understanding of those around them? Did women believe that their bodies were sinful? And were male and female religious experiences different because they took place in different bodies?

We invite proposals that address the relationship between religion and health, and the spirit and flesh, with a focus on female experience in any genre in print or manuscript. Genres might include medical, literary, religious, autobiographical, instructive, and rhetorical writings.

Topics might include, but are not limited to

• Methods of recording or maintaining bodily and spiritual health

• The function of religion/faith in physiological changes (e.g. pregnancy/childbirth/nursing/menstruation)

• Illness, providence, and interpretation

• Suffering as part of religious experience and conversion

• Spiritual melancholy, madness, demonic possession, or witchcraft

• The physical effects of prophesising/preaching

• Chastity and religious life

• Spiritual and physical births/reproductive tropes

• Ensoulment and pregnancy

• The miraculous or martyred female body

• The body and sin

• Uses of the Bible in medical treatises

We invite proposals for 20-minute papers, complete panels, or roundtable discussions. Suggestions for discussions on pedagogical approaches to teaching the above topics are also welcome.

Please send abstracts of 300 words for 20-minute papers, or longer proposals for panels or roundtables, to Rachel Adcock, Sara Read, and Anna Ziomek at by 31st January 2014.

Religion in floating territories

Date: 2014-02-27

Description: Papers are invited for an international conference

jointly organized by the Eurel network of sociologists and

legal scholars of religion, and the Department Of Law on

Religion, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Eurel is

both an important information resource created by leading

sociologists …



Announcement ID: 209619

Experience and Authority: Catholicism, Esotericism, and Heresy

An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of California, Santa Barbara

Thursday May 22 and Friday May 23, 2014

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies with support from the Cordano Endowment in Catholic Studies

Experience and authority encompass a fertile tension that individuals and emergent movements have had to negotiate within the Catholic tradition broadly conceived. This conference will explore those tensions with a particular interest in the claims that people have made for their experience, the conditions under which people come to view their experience as authoritative, and the way they negotiate those claims in relation to the authority claimed by institutional authorities primarily but not exclusively in the modern era. Scholars from fields such as history, religious studies, philosophy, cultural studies, anthropology, sociology, literature, theology, art history and the sciences are invited to submit proposals for full panels and individual papers. Creative and interdisciplinary approaches to these topics, explorations of them in a variety of contexts, and visual and multi-media presentations are encouraged.

We are pleased to have Robert Ellwood, professor emeritus of world religions at the University of Southern California, as this year’s keynote speaker.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

• Visionary and Mystical Experiences: Marian apparitions, the appearance and intersession of saints

• The Experience of LGBT Catholics

• Irregular Ordinations and Orders of Succession: Sedevacantism and Rival Papal Claimants, The Liberal Catholic Church, Wandering Bishops

• Syncretic Catholicism

• Catholicism, Spiritualism, and the Occult

• Reform Movements: Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), Radical-Traditionalist Catholics, The Society of Saint Pius X

• Apocryphal Texts, Alternate Histories, and Lost Traditions

• Folk Practices and Personal Devotions

• Private and Public Revelation

We welcome proposals from established scholars, graduate students, and independent researchers.

Please send proposals of approximately 300 words and a brief bio of 2-3 lines by March 15 to:

Notifications will be made by April 1.

Emerging Trends and Developments in Sikh and Punjabi Studies

2nd Max Arthur Macauliffe Conference,

University College Cork, Ireland

Saturday 22 March, 2014


Following on from last year’s successful ‘Representing Sikhism’ conference held to mark the centenary of Max Arthur Macauliffe’s death, this year’s Macauliffe conference at UCC aims to highlight the most recent and emerging trends and developments in Sikh & Punjabi Studies, seeking contributions in particular from early-career academics, postdocs and advanced PhD students, but also from any scholar whose work promises to break new ground in Sikh & Punjabi studies.

Thanks to the continuing generosity of the Sikh community in Ireland, we intend to offer up to EIGHT TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION GRANTS of max. €300 / GBP£250 to facilitate attendance at the conference. Grants will be awarded to up to eight scholars whose papers have been accepted by the organising committee. Please indicate on the registration and abstract submission form at whether you wish to be considered for a grant. Further details will be provided to the successful applicants.

The annual Macauliffe Conference in Sikh and Punjabi studies is hosted by UCC’s Study of Religions Department, which fosters the critical, analytical and non-confessional academic study of religions ( Academic papers relating to religion in any area of Sikh and Punjabi studies are invited, including reports of work in progress.

Abstracts (max 150 words) should be submitted only via the on-line registration system. All abstracts received by 23.59hrs GMT on Monday 10th February 2014 will be considered. Those submitting abstracts by this date will be notified by 14 February 2014 whether their abstract has been accepted.

Registration: If you wish to attend the conference and are not offering a paper, please also register here once you have made your travel arrangements, to help us plan catering.

There is no charge for registration, nor for attending the conference which, as last year, will be open to the public. However, contributions large or small to the Macauliffe Fund to promote the development of Sikh and Punjabi Studies in Macauliffe’s homeland of Ireland are most welcome – please see or contact Prof Brian Bocking b.bocking[at] .

See the conference website for further details as they become available. The conference will run from mid-morning until evening on Saturday 22 March at University College Cork.

Abstracts deadline: 23.59hrs GMT Monday 10th February 2014

Note: The decision of the organising committee on both abstract acceptance and award of travel grants is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Moderation and its Discontents: religion, rights and social justice

Organiser: Dr Alexander Smith

Department of Sociology, University of Warwick

Monday, 23 June – Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Keynote speakers

  • Professor Bob Antonio (Sociology, University of Kansas)
  • Professor Danielle Allen (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton)
  • Professor John Holmwood (Sociology, University of Nottingham)
  • Dr Rowan Williams (ex-Archbishop of Canterbury)


With the rise of neoliberal globalisation in the early 21st Century, the world is undergoing complex and rapid economic and political transformations. The apparent arrival of a ‘post-secular’ moment in the West, in which religion has re-entered the public square in multicultural liberal democracies like Britain and further unsettled debates about rights, secularism and ‘truth’, further signals a world ‘in flux’. The threat of both ‘home-grown’ terrorism and racist violence, as witnessed last year with the murder of Drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich and Pavlo Lapshyn’s attempted bombings of mosques in the West Midlands, intensifies again these anxieties and uncertainties. This has prompted some now to argue for a project of moderation to mitigate the effects of crisis and indeterminacy associated with market-based policies and the so-called ‘culture wars’ they have provoked. Indeed, moderation has been fiercely argued in relation to combating Islamic extremism and finding an enduring peace in the Middle East. It has also been the subject of US debate in relation to issues of electoral polarisation and Church-State separation.

But what does ‘moderation’ actually mean? And what might a reasoned project of moderation look like – intellectually, politically and in practice? This interdisciplinary workshop builds on the arguments of Alex Smith and John Holmwood in their edited volume Sociologies of Moderation: problems of democracy, expertise and the media (2013, Wiley Blackwell) to suggest that moderation is better understood as a disciplined engagement with divided publics rather than a doctrine devoid of intellectual commitment or moral courage. Papers are therefore invited from scholars working in any field of the arts, humanities and social sciences on issues relating to the conference theme. Working with an expanded definition of moderation, contributions on the following topics would be particularly welcome:

  • Democracy, multiculturalism and interfaith dialogue

  • Citizenship, human rights and social justice

  • Education, expertise and the media

  • Publics versus markets

  • Pragmatism and social theory

  • Religion, secularism and science

Please send abstracts to Dr Alexander Smith at no later than 17.00 on Friday, 7 February 2014. Those selected to give papers will be informed by the end of February. Abstracts should be no longer than 250 words and should be attached as a Word document with your institutional affiliation and position.

The workshop is being generously supported by funding from Warwick University’s Research Development Fund, the Global Research Priority ‘Connecting Cultures’ and the Department of Sociology. Reasonable travel and accommodation expenses within the UK will be reimbursed to those selected to present papers. A condition of being selected will be that the conference organiser reserves the first right of rejection for publication of the paper. For further details on publication plans, please contact Dr Smith.

Panel on Religion and Religious Education

We (Elisabeth Arweck, Kerstin von Brömssen and Geir Skeie) intend to submit a proposal for a symposium at ECER (European Conference on Education Research) 2014 in Porto on Religion and Religious Education: Past, Present and Future in Europe, whether confessional or non-confessional education, whether in primary, secondary or further and higher education.

As Religious Education has so far not been a theme in its own right at ECER conferences, we would like to create some space for issues around this subject; given the importance of the subject, it seems appropriate to raise its profile.

The suggested working title of the symposium—RELIGION and RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE IN EUROPE—is in line with the conference theme. We are also thinking of the possibility to develop papers of good quality from the symposium into a book or a special issue in an international journal.

Please send proposals, including title, short abstract (300 words max.) and a brief biographical statement, and affiliation, no later than the 27 of January to both:

Elisabeth Arweck ( and Kerstin von Brömssen (

Any proposals related to Religious Education are welcome; relevant topics are, for example, the following:

  • Religious Education in an historical perspective—confessional or non-confessional
  • Religious Education and educational and/or societal debates at national and/or supra-national (e.g. European) level
  • Religious Education from the perspective of students, teachers and/or parents
  • Religious Education and issues of curriculum and curriculum reform
  • Religious Education and content constructions
  • Religious Education and assessment
  • Religious literacy
  • Religious Education and intersections of gender, ethnicity, class and nationality
  • Religious Education and classroom discourses
  • Religious Education and policy

The ECER conference takes place in Porto, Portugal, 2–5 September 2014. See for further information.

Fifth International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society

University of California at Berkeley

Berkeley, USA

16-17 April 2015

The conference is now accepting proposals for paper presentations, workshops, posters or colloquia. We also encourage faculty and research students to submit joint proposals for paper presentations or colloquia. Submissions should address issues of religion, theology, and spirituality through one of the following themes:

  • Religious Foundations

  • Religious Community and Socialization

  • Religious Commonalities and Differences

  • The Politics of Religion

Presenters have the option to submit completed papers to theInternational Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society. If you are unable to attend the conference in person, community memberships are available and include the option to submit a video presentation, and/or submission to the one of the journals for peer review and possible publication, as well as subscriber access to the International Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Society.

Proposals are reviewed in phases. The current deadline to submit a proposal (a title and short abstract) is 6 February 2014.  For more information on submitting your proposal and registering for the conference, please visit our website.

Proposals are also currently accepted for our 2014 conference in Costa Rica. To submit, please visit our website.

Seeking researcher for web team

The Euro-Islam website is currently recruiting a student/researcher     working on Muslims in France for its website research team. Language capabilities in French is required.

Each week the researcher will collect news stories covering current     events impacting Muslims or Islam in France, provide a short English outline for each story, and submit them to the webmaster for publishing. The researcher may also be called upon to update the profile on Islam in France .

Weekly responsibilities require approximately 3-4 hours.

While the Euro-Islam website unfortunately cannot offer compensation, the student researcher will benefit from weekly research opportunities, networking/collaboration opportunities through Harvard’s Islam in the West Program, and access to a large audience of scholars, politicians, and media professionals via the web’s most reliable source on Muslims in the West.

Please refer interested students to Dr. Jocelyne Cesari,

SSSR Student Travel Awards

This year The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion is encouraging international students to participate and to consider submitting applications for travel funding to its annual conference, to be held in Indianapolis, Indiana on October 31 – November 2, 2014.

Travel assistance to help defray the costs of attending the annual meetings is available for graduate students. Formal application using the form supplied is required for consideration (Application). Applicants are asked include an abstract of their paper and to provide their contact information, name of their academic advisor, academic program status (MA, ABD, on the job market, etc.), if they have attended the SSSR meetings before, their SSSR program status (presenting, co-author but not presenting, etc.), and any additional sources of funding such as departmental travel assistance or some similar funding.

Application Form:

Applicants should download the form, fill out all the required information and submit electronically by March 31, 2014. This is the same as the deadline for submitting a paper abstract or session proposal. SSSR has instituted a policy of mandatory preregistration and prepayment for 2014 with a deadline of May 31. Therefore, award winners will be notified by April 30 (same day as notification of paper or session acceptance) so they can plan accordingly.

Please send applications to:

Gabriel Acevedo, Chair, Student Travel Awards Committee,

Applications received after the deadline will not necessarily receive consideration. Awardees will be notified by email by April 30, and the award checks will be distributed IN PERSON at the SSSR meeting.


Professorship of New Testament

(Protestant Theological University, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Interested members are informed of the vacancy of a full Professorship in New Testament studies at the Protestant Theological University (PThU, Groningen campus, to be fulfilled from 1 September 2014. The University is affiliated with the Protestant Church in The Netherlands (see here) and has locations in Groningen and in Amsterdam. In Groningen the PThU offers a three-year Master course (with variants in Parish Ministry and Spiritual Care), which gives access to the ordination in the Protestant Church in the Netherlands, as well as a one-year international, ecumenical Master course; on the BA level the PThU contributes to the three-year BA course of Groningen University. The professor of New Testament is responsible for lecturing in the field of New Testament literature, on the master?s as well as on the bachelor’s level, with a focus on exegesis of the New Testament and Biblical theology. In Groningen the Protestant Theological university cooperates with the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies of Groningen University. Groningen is an attractive university city in the northern part of The Netherlands with a significant international population. There are several English speaking churches and an international school. Groningen is connected to Schiphol Airport by a direct intercity line.

Deadline applications: February 5th, 2014

Interviews: Groningen, Wednesday February 26th.

Full details at

Senior Lecturer in New Testament Studies

(Durham University)

Durham University, Department of Theology and Religion is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer in New Testament (with, as desirable, an expertise in Second Temple Judaism), to replace Dr Lutz Doering who is moving to a chair in Münster. Candidates are expected to have a relevant doctoral degree, a track record of outstanding research and publication, and experience of teaching.

The closing date for applications is Feb 16th2014, with interviews planned for 21st March; the job start date is 1 Sep 2014. Full details of job description and person specification are available via where instructions on the application procedure may be found. For questions, contact

London School of Economics and Political Science

The Mellon Fellowship Programme at LSE in Cities and the Humanities

The Hajj: Collected Essays

The Hajj: Collected Essays is a research output sponsored by the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and arises from an international conference hosted at the museum during the acclaimed 2012 Hajj: Journey to the Heart of Islam exhibition.

Exhibition curator, Dr Venetia Porter, has co-edited the volume, together with Dr Liana Saif. A table of contents is pasted in below and essays cover I) Religion, Early History and Politics; II) Archaeological Perspectives; III) Travellers’ Tales and Colonial Histories; IV) The Material and Contemporary Culture of Hajj.

Venetia Porter and Liana Saif (eds.)

The Hajj: Collected Essays

London 2013 (British Museum, Research Publications 193)

ISBN: 9780861591930

Beasts, Monsters, and the Fantastic in the Religious Imagination

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference

Hosted by the Department of Religious Studies at Brown University

February 28-March 1, 2014

With a keynote address delivered by John Lardas Modern, Franklin &

Marshall College

Keynote Address


Dinner Reception


Saturday, March 1, 2014



I. Morning Session: Doing Things with Demons


“When a Bad Being Does Good Things: The Demon as the Unsung Hero of

the Mahabharata”

Vishal Sharma (Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto)

“The Hellhound of the Qur’an: Investigations of a Dog at the Gate of

the Underworld”

George Archer (Theology, Georgetown)

“Dangerous Demons and Savvy Sages: The non-human Other and rabbinic

identity in Late Antiquity”

Sara Ronis (Religious Studies, Yale University)

“Mourning and the Malevolent: An Analysis of the Lament of Raksas

Women in Valmiki’s Ramayana”

Grace MacCormick (M.A., Department for the Study of Religion,

University of Toronto)

“Domesticating the Jinn: Sayyid Ahmad Kan’s Exegesis of the Quran”

Mian Muhammad Nauman Faizi (Ph.D., Scripture, Interpretation and

Practice Program, Department of Religious Studies, University of




II.  Late Morning Session: The Politics of Composite Creatures


“The Sea Monster Ketos as Jonah’s ‘Great Fish’ in Early Christian Art”

Mark D. Ellison (Ph.D., Early Christianity, Department of Religion,

Vanderbilt University)

“Demonizing Dissent in Medieval Japan: Tengu and Religious Rhetoric in

the Konjaku Monogatari”

Benjamin D. Cox, (Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Texas at Austin)

“Counterintuitive Mischwesen: A Cognitive Approach to the Iconography

of Hybrid Creatures in the Ancient Near East”

Brett Maiden (Religion, Emory University)

Lunch Break


III.  Afternoon Session: The Unnatural in Narrative and Art


“Tolkien’s Fairy-Stories and Desmond’s Metaxu: On Secondary Belief and

the Primary Ethos”

Michelle J. Falcetano (Department of Philosophy, Villanova University)

“‘And I knew there was a dead man in my room’: Haunting and Modernity

in Industrial Pittsburgh”

Andrew McKee (Department of Religion, Florida State University)

“The Disenchanted Gothic: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as Religious

Declension Narrative”

Don Jolly (M.A., Religion, New York University)

“Monstrous Religious Authority in the films of Paul Thomas Anderson”

Dana Logan (Ph.D., Religious Studies, University of Indiana-Bloomington)



IV. Late Afternoon Session: Bodies and Boundaries


“Barbarians Upon the Horizon: Ethnoreligious Difference in the

Colonial Imagination”

Angel J. Gallardo (Ph.D., Relgion & Culture, Religious Studies,

Southern Methodist University)

“Embodying Disordered Economy: A Study in Byzantine Theology”

Jessica Wong (Religion, Duke University)

“The Supernatural, Disability, and the Hermeneutics of Childbearing:

Reading Martha Beck’s Expecting Adam”

Andrew Walker-Cornetta (M.A., Religious Studies, New York University)

“Reconsidering the Kapalika: Multiple Interpretations and Diversity in

Hinduism Made Accessible by the Intriguingly Grisly”

Seth Ligo (Ph.D., Religion, Duke University)



Closing Remarks


Dinner Reception


*Please note that this schedule is preliminary, and will be updated as

additional information becomes available.


10 Scholarships at Humboldt

The Humboldt Universität zu Berlin (Germany) is seeking applications for 9 partial and 1 full scholarship in the 3-year inter- and transdisciplinary structured doctoral programme “Religion – Knowledge – Discourse”, starting on April 1, 2014.

For detailed information on the programme, please visit us at:

Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Cardiff University Jameel Scholarships for 2013-14.

The Islam-UK Centre works towards the promotion of better understanding of Islam and the life of Muslims in Britain, through high quality teaching and research. Its activities address issues which are central to the situation of Muslims in contemporary Britain. The Centre provides unique training and research opportunities for those seeking onward employment in a range of academic and non-academic careers.

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

Cardiff University Jameel PhD Scholarships – 1 scholarship (starting 2013/14 academic year)

  • We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first class, or upper second class honours degree or Masters degree. Research proposals in the following areas are particularly welcome: Education, Religious Leadership, British Muslim Arts and Heritage and Inter-Generational and Family Relations. Other research themes will be considered but must demonstrate exceptional academic merit, potential and relevance to Muslims or Islam in the UK.

Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships – 4 scholarships available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain (September 2013 start)

  • We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject, and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with or for Muslim communities in Britain.

Funding Package

Each successful Cardiff University Jameel Scholar has full UK/EU tuition fees paid and receives a generous stipend equivalent to an AHRC stipend plus access to a travel & conference allowance. Full-time PhD awards will provide funding for three years; full-time MA awards will provide funding for one year.

How to Apply

Full application instructions are available online at

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013

Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013

For all enquiries, please contact us by email to

2014 Olympia Summer Academy in Politics and International Studies

Featuring seven cycles of studies on:

A) Conflict & Political Violence

B) Terrorism & Counterterrorism

C) Religion & Politics

D) Development Economics & Inclusive Business

E) Maritime Security

F) History & Philosophy of IR, and

G) Political Risk Analysis

The Olympia Summer Academy will take place from July 12 to 23, 2014, at the International Olympic Academy in Ancient Olympia, Greece.

As was the case in the past, we are looking forward to putting together a highly competitive and talented class of promising scholars from around the world and foster a world-class scholarly network of cooperation while experiencing the unique setting of legendary Olympia.

We’d, thus, be grateful if you were to share this information as widely as possible, especially with students who might be interested in applying. Early applications, which are strongly encouraged, and applications for financial aid are due by March 31, 2014.

For all information in regards to the program and the application process, please visit:


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 17 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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


Contemporary Islam

Volume 8 Number 1 is now available on SpringerLink.

Journal of Contemporary Religion

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

Calls for Papers

HARTS & Minds Journal

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

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

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

We accept:

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

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

Subjects may include but are not limited to the following:

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

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

The 39th Spalding Symposium on Indian Religions

25th-27th April 2014

Venue: Luther King House – Manchester

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

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

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

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

Booking form and more details on our website

Religion and Food

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

Conference website:

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

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

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

Keynote speakers:

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

Prof. Gunnar af Hällström, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Prof. Patricia Lysaght, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Graham Harvey, Open University, London, UK


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


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

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

Further information about the publication series:


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

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

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

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

The registration fee does not include accommodation.

Conference Venue:

Åbo Akademi University

Asa Building

Fänriksgatan 3 / Vänrikinkatu 3

Åbo / Turku



31.1 2014: Submission of abstracts

14.2 2014: Letters of acceptance

30.4 2014: Payment of conference fee

25-27.6 2014: Conference

30.9 2014: Submission of articles for the conference proceedings

28.11 2014: Responses from the peer-review process

31.1 2015: Final submission

29.5 2015: Publication of Scripta Instituti Donneriani Aboensis.


Donner Institute

PO Box 70

FIN-20501 Åbo / Turku



Tel.: +358 20 786 1450

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

24 et 25 avril 2014

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

Date limite de soumission : 20 janvier 2014

Envoyer votre proposition à Stéphane Bürgi :

Chaque proposition doit inclure:

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

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

lundi 10 février 2014.

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

l’automne 2014/hiver 2015.

Podcasts on Esotericism

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




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

Florentino García Martínez Research Master Scholarship

Established by Jan Overmeer

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014 Research Colloquium – Fellowships Available

Location: New York

Date: 2014-02-02

Description: 2014 Annual Research Colloquium: Religion, Leadership

and Social Transformation Spend the month of July in New York

working on a research or writing project related to the theme

of Religion, Leadership and Social Transformation, with access

to libraries and research facilities at Columbia University …



Announcement ID: 209265


CRASIS Annual Meeting

14 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Centenaire de Totem et tabou

Psychanalyse et interdisciplinarité au XXIe siècle

23-24 JANVIER 2014


Université Paris Diderot — Amphithéâtre Buffon – 15 rue Hélène Brion

Paris, France (75013)


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


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


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

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

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

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

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

Renseignements :


Jeudi 23 janvier

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

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

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

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

Vendredi 24 janvier

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

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

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

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

Samedi 25 janvier

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

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

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

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


Thomas Lepoutre, courriel :

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


January 21-23, 2014

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

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

Contact person: Petra Hahm +49 173 8611440

Summer School

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

Religious Diversity in Göttingen Summer School 2014


College of Charleston – Distinguished Visiting Chair in Jewish Studies


Buddhist Temples of Kyoto and Kamakura

Beatrice Lane Suzuki

Edited by Michael Pye

Series: Eastern Buddhist Voices

HB £60 9781845539207

PB £19.99 9781845539214

256pp, 234 x 156mm

Equinox Publishing Ltd

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

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

Link to book website and ordering details

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

Outside the Bible: Ancient Jewish Writings Related to Scripture

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

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

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

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

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

Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 10 January 2014

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

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

RSP Recruiting Assistant Editor

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

The successful applicant should:

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

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

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

Calls for Papers

Religion in the Public Domain

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

3-5 September 2014 in Belfast.

Conference Theme – Religion in the Public Domain

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

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

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

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

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dates & Deadlines in 2014

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

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


The Marriage of Heaven and Earth

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

University of Wales Trinity Saint David

The Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture,

School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology

Annual Sophia Centre Conference

Second Call for Papers

28-29 June 2014

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

Keynote Speakers:

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

Conference Theme

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

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

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

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

The Proceedings will be published by the Sophia Centre Press.

Please send an abstract of 100-200 words and a biography of 50-100 words to Dr Nicholas Campion, School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology,

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

The Programme will be confirmed by 15 February 2014

RGS-IBG Annual Conference

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

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

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


Sponsored by the Developing Areas Research Group (DARG)

Session Abstract:

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

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

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


Please email proposals (title, 250 word abstract) and/or questions to:

Deadline for abstracts: 3rd February 2014


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

Amos S. Ron – Ashkelon Academic College, Israel

Daniel H. Olsen – Brandon University, Canada

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Daniel H. Olsen, Department of Geography, Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada:


International University, Klaipeda, Lithuania, 7th Annual

Academic Conference, April 4-5, 2014

Date: 2014-04-04

Description: Migration continues to radically rearrange the makeup

of populations all over the world. Migrants are often very

different than native populationsin language, religion and

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

Europe more generally, struggle with the effects of demographic

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Society of Biblical Literature

The 2014 Annual Meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature will be held November 22-25 in San Diego, CA. Members wishing to present papers should submit proposals on the SBL website at by March 5th, 2014.

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

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

Buddhism and Healing

University of Leeds 1-2nd July 2014

Call for Papers – Postgraduate Panel

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

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

Caroline Starkey ( Post-Graduate Representative, UKABS Committee.

ISASR Conference

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

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

Conference theme: ‘Religion and Remembering’

Cross-Disciplinary Conference

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

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

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

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

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

Further information on the ISASR Conference 2014 will be posted at:

IAHR World Congress

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

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

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

These will be addressed within four areas:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Philosophy, Religion and Public Policy

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

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

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

Call for Papers

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

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

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

Strand One: Economic and Political Regeneration

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

Strand Two: Rethinking Philosophy of Religion

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

Strand Three: Engaging the Public in Research on Religion

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

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

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

For Stream 1 please send proposals to Chris Baker at For Stream 2 please send proposals to Daniel Whistler For Stream 3 please send proposals to either Chris Baker or Daniel Whistler.


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


Secure online registration is available at:

For any enquiries, please contact Carly McEvoy: +44 1244 511031

Please visit and click Riverside Campus for travel and location instructions


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

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

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

Social Relations, Transformation and Trust

Friday 28th – Saturday 29th March

Centre for Social Relations, Coventry University

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

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

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

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

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

Keynote Speakers Include:

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

Nature of the conference

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

Submission Guidelines:

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

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

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

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

For further information or questions please contact Dr. Carola Leicht,, or visit our centre’s webpage

Round Table Session, EASR 2014

“The Study of Religions and Religion in Secular Education”

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

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

Please send proposals (of no more than 150 words) directly to the EASR RE Working Group organizers, Wanda Alberts <>, and Tim Jensen <>.

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


Death in Scotland

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

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

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

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

We have an amazing programme of 42 speakers (see the full list of speakers and the conference programme here: The conference contains several papers on sociological and religious analyses of death including:

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

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

For more information see

Beyond Consent and Dissent

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

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

Last Booking Date for this Event: 18th January 2014

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

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

Booking and further details:

Inform Anniversary Conference

Minority Religions: Contemplating the Past and Anticipating the Future

New Academic Building, London School of Economics, London

Friday 31 January – Sunday 2 February 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more on the Ashgate-Inform book series, please visit the website


Open University

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

Faculty of Arts

AHRC CHASE PhD Studentships

circulation date : 12/12/2013

closing date : 31/01/2014

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

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

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

Closing date for applications: 31 January 2014

Equal Opportunity is University Policy.

Further particulars

Aarhus University/Queen’s University

A new Doctoral programme in the cognitive the science of religion has been established by Aarhus University (Graduate School of Arts/Religion, Cognition and Culture Research Unit–see and Queen’s University, Belfast (School of History and Anthropology/Institute of Cognition and Culture—see

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

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

Methods Training


Monday 17rd – Friday 21st March 2014

Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent

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

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

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

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

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


University of Washington

Lecturer in Religious Studies

Aarhus University

Postdoctoral scholarship at the Grundtvig Study


Summer Courses



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

Details of the application and further information about the program are available online at Questions may be directed to


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

Place: Kathmandu, Nepal

Dates: July 27th-August 10th, 2014

Host: Aarhus University Summer School

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

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

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


Jørn Borup, Associate Professor

Marianne Fibiger, Associate Professor

Bjarne Wernicke Olesen, PhD Candidate

Cameron David Warner, Assistant Professor

Contact: Cameron David Warner,

Apply by 15 March 2014 at:

International Students:

New Book

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

Edited by Fabrizio Ferrari and Thomas Dahnhardt

  • HB £60 9781908049582
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  • Equinox Publishing Ltd,

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Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 30 August 2013

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In this issue:

  • Journals

  • Books

  • Conferences

  • Call for papers

  • Jobs

  • Scholarships


Method and Theory in the Study of Religion


Dear All,

Is necromancy ghost hunting? With all the technological gadgets available, few ghost hunters have turned to magic to seek the spirit world. Given the inapporiate use of EMF meters and the like, one could argue that a wand would be just as useful.

Well, it might seem a wee bit tenuous, but it is one of the aspects I explore in my new book A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting!

I’m not really a ‘brief guide’ sort of person, so you’ll get 100,000 words, fully referenced, with further reading and an index. I conducted some special surveys for the book, interviewing ghost hunters and analysing almost a thousand separate locations and about 700 investigations. It’s published by Robinson in the UK and Running Press in the USA this month.

Some people were kind enough to read it ahead of publication and said some particularly nice things:

I have always admired Dr Leo Ruickbie’s comprehensive expertise in the paranormal. A Brief Guide to Ghost Hunting delivers more than most other ghost guides combined. – Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Author of The Encyclopedia of Ghosts and Spirits, and others

You can find it from the usual suspects:

I like to think that it’s the best book I’ve written to date. I hope you’ll agree!

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,



I am currently working on a new book project that may be of interest to your FB followers: SCIENCE AND RELIGION: 5 QUESTIONS–a collection of interviews with some of the world’s leading philosophers, scientists, theologians, apologists, and atheists. The book will not be published until mid-2014 but I just set up a Facebook page for it. I will occasionally post updates, articles of interest, videos, and debates involving the contributors on the Facebook page. Contributors include the “World’s Top Thinker” (Prospect Magazine, 2013), a Nobel Prize winning physicist, three “Humanist of the Year” winners, three Templeton Prize winners, the “Most Influential Rabbi in America” (Newsweek, 2012), a National Humanities Medal Winner, a National Medal of Science Winner, a Star of South Africa Medal winner, a Carl Sagan Award for Public Understanding of Science winner, and many more! I welcome your FB supporters to participate and comment on various posts.

Here is a link to the Facebook page (please click “like”):

Please feel free to pass this email along and/or post it on your Facebook page.

Many thanks,

Dr. Gregg D. Caruso


BASR/EASR Conference 2013

The PDF Book of Abstracts is now available on the conference website:

Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

A new draft, Version 3, of the SSSR/RRA Annual Meeting Program is now available at

This program contains only the sessions being organized by the SSSR and RRA program chairs.  Plenary session information will be added once these sessions have been settled.  But they are nearly settled now, so if you have any changes to request or suggest, sooner is better.


Change and Continuity – Religion, State, Civil Society

We are delighted to invite you to submit proposals for sessions and papers under the theme Change and Continuity – Religion, State, Civil Society.

Date: 20 – 22 August 2014

Place: University of Copenhagen, Faculty of Humanities, Njalsgade 122,

2300 Copenhagen S

Official website:

Keynote Speakers:

Martin Baumann, Professor at the Study of Religions, University of Lucerne

Lori G. Beaman, Professor at Department for Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa

Peter Gundelach, Professor of Sociology, University of Copenhagen

Viktor Yelensky, Professor at Department for the Study of Religion, The Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences

The 22nd Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding – theoretically as well as empirically – of the dynamic interrelations of religion, state and civil society. In short, we would like to find out how this interrelation is part of processes of change and continuity in society today. In line with the traditions of the Nordic conferences, contributions addressing this scope as well as other topics within the sociology of religion are welcome!

Call for Sessions: Deadline 1 November 2013 Call for Papers: Deadline 1 March 2014

Registration: Deadline 31 May 2014

Organisers: Professor, dr. phil. Margit Warburg, Assistant Professor, PhD, Brian Arly Jacobsen and Astrid Krabbe Trolle, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies


FORUM Journal: Issue 17 – Call for Papers: Rites and Rituals

Rituals exist as a result of the actions of specific people or institutions; we recognise those rituals because they are engrained in our cultural customs as much as they are ordained by law. The resulting rituals not only reinforce the beliefs or values of these specific communities, but simultaneously define these group identities. Victor Turner describes rituals as ‘social dramas’ that allow any given culture to maintain a balance between structurally enforced norms and personal autonomy; the medieval carnival with its Lord of Misrule, for example, permitted a short period of topsy-turvy, upside-down role-play in popular culture, to ensure social hierarchies and authority were obeyed and enforced during the rest of the year.

Mary Ann McGrath states that there are four basic factors that form the ritual arena: the ritual artefacts (costumes, food, or decorations), the ritual script (written or oral), the ritual norm (a model or an example), and the ritual meaning (the reason or importance). However, where one or more of these basic factors are missing, questions arise as to the efficacy and stability of the ritual, leading to the subversion of the old ritual and invention of the new. This has led Stanley J. Tambiah and Richard Schechner – amongst others – to consider the performativity of rituals; the circumstances of the creation of ritual, the intent of the ritual

performers, and the behaviour of the ritual witnesses. As the melancholy Jacques declares, ‘All the world’s a stage/ And all the men and women

merely players;/ They have their exits and their entrances;/ And

one man in his time plays many parts’ (AYLI 2:7).

We are seeking submissions from a range of disciplines relating to the arts, culture or social sciences that consider the topic of RITES & RITUALS for issue 17 of FORUM. Submissions may relate to, but are not limited to:

  • literary and film representations of rituals

  • performance and performativity of rituals

  • subversive ritual in cultural and aesthetic theory

  • national vs. parochial identity and rituals

  • construction and innovation of new ritual forms

  • primitive vs. modern ritual

  • ethics of ritual destruction or enforcement

  • the sacred and secular ritual divide

  • ritual and gender

Papers must be between 3,000 ? 5,000 words in length, formatted according to MLA guidelines. Please email your paper, a short abstract and your academic CV in separate, clearly labelled DOC(X). files to by Monday 16th September 2013. All eligible articles will be peer reviewed prior to publication. Only one submission per author per issue is permissible.

FORUM journal is a postgraduate journal for arts and culture based at the University of Edinburgh. For more information and style guidelines, visit

Emotion, Ritual and Power in Europe: 1200 to the Present

Call for Papers LAST WEEK!

11-12 February 2014, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions: Europe, 1200-1800, University of Adelaide,-ritual-and-power-in-europe-1200-to-the-present.aspx?page=2

Announcement ID: 206062

Angels/ Angelology in Medieval ART:Session at ICMS 2014

CFP STILL OPEN! Looking for TWO more proposals for a session on angels/ angelology in medieval art (painting,sculpture, architecture, etc.)from medieval Christian, Jewish and/or Islamic religious traditions.

International Congress of Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 8-11, 2014.


Announcement ID: 206001

Jews and Gentiles in East-Central Europe in the Twentieth Century


Faculty of Social Sciences, Charles University in Prague (Workshop) May 26 30, 2014 /(Conference) May 31 June 1, 2014

Announcement ID: 206038

Religious Globalization in an Age of Global Crises? Theory and Practice of the Oikoumene in the 20th Century

Fourth European Congress on World and Global History. Paris, 11-14th September 2014


Announcement ID: 206110

Arts, Literature, and Religion Section of Southwest Commission on Religious Studies CFP



Announcement ID: 206139


The Institute for Culture and History (ICH) & the Department of History, Archaeology and Area Studies of the Faculty of Humanities currently have a vacancy for a post-doctoral researcher (0,8 fte, three years) as part of the NWO project Religion Renegotiated: Faith-Based Organizations and the State in the Netherlands since the 1960s – Public Debate, supervised by Prof. dr. James Kennedy, conducted in close collaboration with Mr. dr. Hans-Martien ten Napel at Leiden University. Applications are now invited from excellent candidates with max. two years experience after obtaining their PhD who wish to conduct research on the changing relationship of church-state relations in the Netherlands since the 1960s and situate it in a broader transnational context.

More information:


Dear colleagues,

The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany invites applications

for two PhD scholarships for dissertation projects related to Buddhism.

Deadline for applications: 15 October 2013

Start of scholarship: Spring semester 2014 or later

Duration of scholarship: 3 or 4 years

Scholarship amount: 1000 ? per month + insurance + support for rent +

460euro per year

Scholarship donor: German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)

The selection process comprises two stages: Applications are sent to

the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies in Munich. The program will

select promising candidates and forward their materials to the DAAD. In

a second stage, an election committee chosen by the DAAD will decide

upon the successful candidates. It is expected that the successful

candidates will be chosen and informed by March 2014.

The prerequisites for application are non-German citizenship (foreign

applicants should not have lived in Germany for more than fifteen months

at the time of their application), a Master of Arts or Magister Artium

degree or equivalent, excellent knowledge of at least one Buddhist

source language, outstanding qualifications in the subject and fluency

in English. A basic knowledge of German is also desirable and

willingness to learn German/improve German language skills will be


For details concerning the application, please visit our homepage:

With best regards,

Simone Heidegger


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Sociology of Religion, vol 73, no. 4

Culture and Religion, vol 13, no.4

Review of Religious Research, vol 57, no.4

Journal of Jesuit Studies: Reviews Section

Description:  A new quarterly journal is to be launched by Brill: The Journal of Jesuit Studies. Each issue of the journal will contain an extensive review section that looks at all aspects of Jesuit history (from the sixteenth century to the present day, and in all corners of the globe), as well as books

Contact: jonathanwright123 [at]

Announcement ID: 199143


New Religion e-catalogue from Oxford


CFP: The problem of human knowledge – what a person employs to interpret and act on the world – has been in the centre of scholarly attention for a long time. Knowledge is shaped by culture and distributed in population in certain ways; anthropological research has been directed to the distribution of knowledge – its presence or absence in particular persons – and the social processes influencing these distributions. Attention has been paid in particular to so-called folk knowledge consisting of beliefs and socially accepted rules corresponding to various spheres of life: social relations, natural environment, reasoning and emotions, economic relations, oral tradition, etc. These beliefs and rules are shared and adapted to the particular local settings. Theoretical debates focused on the models of natural and cultural environment in particular social and cultural conditions, and the impact that those models have on human behaviour.

The aim of this conference is to contribute to this focus by bringing together scholars doing research in different cultural settings. A comparative perspective on human knowledge allows us to unravel a number of aspects of the cultural worlds which people construct.

Empirical research can demonstrate how established thoughts, representations, and social relations to a considerable extent configure and filter individual human experience of the world around us and thereby generate culturally diverse worldviews which might include feelings and attitudes as well as information, embodied skills, verbal taxonomies and

concepts: all the ways of understanding that humans use to make up a reality.

We invite interested scholars and students to submit proposals for papers which will explore:

• Folk knowledge and expert knowledge

• Material culture: material objects and their cultural meanings • Religious beliefs and rituals • Concepts of ethnicity and race • Social learning: acquisition of knowledge by children and adults • Children and their concepts • Verbal concepts and models • Taxonomy of concepts • Representations of morality • Gender relationships and representations • Representations of economic relations and processes • Visual representations: construction of meanings

Key lectures:

Prof. Anthony Good

Anthony Good is Emeritus Professor of Social Anthropology at the School of Social & Political Science, University of Edinburgh, Great Britain.

The lecture: Folk Knowledge and the Law

Prof. John Eade

John Eade is Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Roehampton and former Executive Director of CRONEM (Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and

Multiculturalism) which links Roehampton and the University of Surrey. He is also Visiting Professor at the Migration Research Unit, the University College London, Great Britain.

The lecture: Contested Knowledges: The Politics of Pilgrimage in a Changing Europe Dr. William (Lee) W. McCorkle William McCorkle is Director of Experimental Research at the LEVYNA (Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion and Ritual). He is Associate Professor and Research Specialist at the Department for the Study of Religions, Masaryk University, Czech Republic.

The lecture: From Compulsion to Script: The Evolution of Ritual and the Rise of Religions

Submission details:

The language of the conference will be English only. The papers should last no more than 20 minutes. Abstracts (up to 350-words in Word doc.), with contact details and affiliation, should be sent to the conference e-mail address ( by 31st January 2013.

You will be informed about acceptance or non-acceptance of your proposal by 15th February 2013.

Conference participation fee:

• scholars who will present their papers: € 50; • PhD students who will present their papers: € 25; • participants who will not present papers: free.

The participation fee includes all conference proceedings and daytime refreshments.

Accommodation is not included in the conference fee.

CFP: The editors of Arc: The Journal of the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University solicit submissions with a contemporary or a historical focus on the themes of freedom, liberty, and liberation in religious thought and practice for the 2013 issue (Vol. 41). Possible

topics for submissions might include:

· Religious or theological interpretations of freedom, liberty, and/or liberation

· Freedom of religion

· Freedom or liberation from suffering

· Freedom and virtue, e.g. sin, wrongdoing, and the problem of evil

· Relations among concepts of freedom, liberty, law, destiny, and providence

· Concepts of liberation in religio-political contexts

· Concepts of freedom in the ancient world, and their reception (or lack thereof). E.g. The Greek concept of Freedom in the Jewish, Greco-Roman, and Ancient Christian worlds.

The editors also solicit reviews of recently published books related to the study of religion.

Arc is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually by the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University. The journal combines the talents of professors and graduate students in offering space for scholarly discussions on various aspects of the academic

study of religion, including method and theory in the study of religion.

Arc encourages submissions from diverse religious traditions and perspectives. The submission deadline is March 31st, 2013. For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the Guidelines for Contributors (PDF) on our website. All electronic correspondence,

including request for review copies of books, should be sent to the editors, Richard Cumming and Ryan Jones, at the following email address: arc.relgstud [at]

The editors of the volume Religious Secrecy as Contact. Secrets as Promoters of Religious Dynamics would like to invite contributions concerned with any of the following areas: Islam, Tibet, Central Asia, India, Shamanism (in Asia or Europe). Contributions on other areas of European and Asian religions would also be considered. We are looking for articles that explore the role of secrecy and secrets in situations of religious contact. For further information please contact Anna Akasoy (akasoy [at]

Description of Volume:

Religious Secrecy as Contact:Secrets as Promoters of Religious Dynamics

Editors: A. Akasoy, L. Di Giacinto,

G. Halkias, A. Müller-Lee, P. Reichling, K.M. Stünkel

The proposed volume focuses on

“strategies of secrecy” and their role in the history of religious contacts, a neglected field of research in Religious Studies. It comprises a collection of papers presented in a series of interdisciplinary workshops and conferences on the subject of “religion and secrecy” held at the Käte Hamburger Consortium “Dynamics in the History of Religions” between 2008 and 2012. The contributions of the volume analyse the phenomenon of „secretizing‟: As Mark

Teeuwen pointed out, secrecy ― „a form of religious practice in its own right‟ ― refers to a certain process within a given social situation where the secret functions in a certain institutional framework (Teeuwen, Mark and Scheid, Bernhard, eds., The Culture of Secrecy in Japanese Religion, New York: Routledge 2006, p. 4). The secret itself may be replaced by ritualized secretism that is independent of the content of the secret (Johnson, Paul

Christopher, Secret, Gossip, and Gods. The Transformation of Brazilian Candomblé, Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, p.3). The volume challenges the traditional analysis that understands secret merely as a social and epistemological device that prevents contact between an „ingroup‟ and an „outgroup‟ and provides the means to cut one‟s own tradition from external influences. The present volume will rather build on Assmann‟s insights on secrecy as “interaktives Geschehen”, because secrecy involves an interactive dimension which fulfils an important function in cross-cultural contacts‟. (Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, „Die Erfindung des Geheimnisses durch die Neugier“, in: Aleida Assmann, Jan Assmann, eds., Schleier und Schwelle III.

Geheimnis und Neuzeit, München: Fink 1999, p. 8). Accordingly, the general hypothesis of the volume is that secrets play a significant role in the inter-religious and intrareligious exchange and all the essays shall examine the function of secrets in examples of religious contacts. While aspects of secrecy usually seem to play a role in religious conduct, analysing the role of secrets within religious traditions involves difficulties. Since, by definition, one cannot hope to grasp „the secret‟ on the level of the object language, the field of possible investigation is reduced to the functional and the linguistic field. More precisely, secrecy can be analysed as a semantic structure that can be identified and described phenomenologically. Hence, it is also not necessary to assume that the terminology of secrecy should be translated one to one across cultures. Secrets are by no means neutral or indifferent notions in religious processes: They rather function as privileged zones of contact. A secret might be described as a catalyst for specific forms of communication since the elusive nature of secret

offers rich opportunities for translations from one religious tradition into another and often the results are miscomprehensions, which are harshly rejected by the old secret-keepers. In any case, secrets may function as interfaces of inter-religious and intrareligious contact. As such, they should be analyzed as a blank space that can be identified in distinct ways and understood as a process of emptying conceptual content in different linguistic contexts.

Finally, because the content of secrets cannot be determined and translations remain in flux, secrets promote rather than prevent the concrescence of religious traditions.

CFP: European Conference on African Studies

African dynamics in a multipolar world

The European Conference on African Studies is happy to announce a Call for Papers for its upcoming conference

The fifth European Conference on African Studies (ECAS 5) will take place in Lisbon, Portugal, on June 26 to 28, 2013. It will be organized by the Centro de Estudos Africanos – Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (Center of African Studies of the University Institute of Lisbon) on behalf of AEGIS, the Africa-Europe Group for Interdisciplinary Studies. Its general theme will be ‘African Dynamics in a Multipolar World’.

You are warmly invited to submit a paper for the panel:

Secession: the key to unlocking Africa’s potential?

The call for papers is now open and will close on 16th January 2013

For any enquiries, please email ecas2013(at)


Eighteenth Annual Postgraduate Religion and Theology Conference

Hosted by the University of Bristol

8–9 March 2013

Keynote speaker: Professor Ronald Hutton

This conference brings 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), other partner institutions, and among members of other universities within the South West region and beyond, within the United Kingdom and Ireland and abroad.

The conference has a long history of drawing together postgraduate students and their supervisors from universities in the surrounding area and beyond. Last year saw us expand to a record number of participating speakers, delegates, and partner institutions. Forty-nine papers, divided in seventeen sessions, were presented by postgraduate students and early career academics, from eighteen universities. Almost one hundred delegates attended at least part of the conference. A session for undergraduate papers was also held, with notable success.

Although we encourage applications that directly address the theme of the conference ‘Afterlife’, in all its interpretations, contributions are welcome on any scholarly topic, and from all disciplines and areas related to the study of religions: theology, history, anthropology, sociology, archaeology, literature, art, music, etc.

Presentations will be grouped in panels, each consisting of three 20-minute papers followed by a 30-minute period for questions and discussion. Panels will be chaired by lecturers from Bristol and other partner universities.

We are also accepting submissions for research posters. Displayed in the conference common room, these will allow further communication of research. A prize will be awarded to the poster voted best by the conference participants. Guidelines of the preparation of posters and a sample poster presentation can be found on the conference’s website. Please note that an applicant may submit a poster as well as a paper and that both may be accepted, on the condition that they cover different topics.

Please submit abstracts for papers and/or posters through our University’s ‘Stop Shop’ page at:

The deadline for submitting proposals will be 12:00 noon (Bristol time) on Tuesday 15 January 2013.

Kindly note that the organisers are not in a position to assist anyone with visas, and will not consider or accept abstracts from those who require assistance with visas.

Registration for the conference will open at 12:00 noon (Bristol time) on 22 January 2013 and will include refreshments and lunch on both days. Early registration is free for members of partner institutions and £10 for participants from other institutions or for those who are unaffiliated. Please note that all registrations received after 12 noon, Friday 8 February, will incur a £10 late registration fee.

A limited amount of financial assistance may be available to presenters of papers and/or posters. The assistance may be used towards defraying travel or accommodation expenses, or the early registration fee for participants from non-partner institutions. Application details will be posted in late January 2013 on the conference website.

Optional social events will be held on both evenings of the conference.

For more information and registration, please visit:

And join us on Facebook at:

and on Twitter at:


CFP: Text, Context, and Non-Text: Grimoires and Ritual Magic in culture, literature, and art

April 5th and 6th 2013

The University of Texas at Austin

Conference sponsored by

the Center for Russian and Eastern European Studies,

the Texas Chair for Czech Studies,

and the Departments of History,

Germanic Studies, and Religious Studies

This conference is dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of a large corpus of magic texts that figure prominently in the cultural and intellectual history of Europe. Its focus will be grimoires, real or imagined, whose legacy has reverberated throughout European culture in the form of folktales, literature (Faust, for example), and graphic art down to the present, at times being among the few treasured possessions brought to the New World.

Abstracts are requested that address any facet of this cultural legacy, in any country and in any era:

· TEXT refers to the content of the grimoire, its images and words, and issues arising from these directly–analysis of meaning, new manuscript finds, translations, etc.

· CONTEXT refers to the total situation in which the grimoire exists, with a view to politics, arts and letters, religion, folklore, etc.

· NON-TEXT refers to any situation in which the grimoire as object or as idea is more central than its content–the evocative indecipherability of existing grimoires, the grimoire as an emblem, key, or symbol, etc.

Abstracts for twenty-minute conference presentations from any discipline will be considered. Please send the abstract as part of an email to: textcontextnontext[at] Abstracts should be no more than 500 words long and accompanied by a brief (250 word) biography suitable for an introduction at the conference. The conference language is English. All abstracts should be submitted by December 15th (Jan 15th extended deadline.)

CFP: The Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München is pleased to announce a call for papers for ´Reading Outside the Lines: A Workshop on the Intersection of Buddhist Art and Texts,´ to be held at LMU, München on September 13-14, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

Please find the call for papers attached and on the following website:


Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion, and Philosophy 2013

Date: 2013-03-28

Description:  The International Academic Forum, in conjunction with its global partners, is proud to announce the Third Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion and Philosophy, to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Osaka, Japan.

CONFERENCE THEME: “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century

Contact: acerp [at]


Announcement ID: 199219


Columbia College – Chicago – Assistant Professor Interdisciplinary

Humanities, Asian Studies


Columbus State University – Assistant Professor of History, Asian



National University of Singapore – Assistant Professor Southeast

Asian Studies


Pacific University – Assistant Professor of East Asian History


Utah State University – Visiting Assistant Professor, or Instructor

of Asian History, Department of History, Utah State University,

Logan, Utah


Lecturer in Theology and Ethics

University of St Andrews

Lecturer in Systematic and Historical Theology

University of St Andrews


Fellowships in the History and Culture of Polish Jews

Date: 2013-02-01

Description: Research Fellowships for Graduate Students in the History and Culture of Polish Jews 2013-2014 We are pleased to announce three research grants (15,000 NIS each) for graduate students based at universities or similar institutions of higher education in Poland who are working on various aspects

Contact: polin [at]

Announcement ID: 199105


Location: California

Date: 2013-02-15

Description: The Center for East Asian Studies at Stanford University is pleased to offer a postdoctoral fellowship in Japanese Studies for 2013-14. This award is open to scholars in   any field of Japanese studies; however, preference will be  given to highly qualified scholars working in the pre-modern period



Announcement ID: 199190

Jameel Scholarships, Cardiff University, 2013-14

The Islam-UK Centre at Cardiff University is pleased to invite applications for the Cardiff University Jameel Scholarships for 2013-14.

The Islam-UK Centre works towards the promotion of better understanding of Islam and the life of Muslims in Britain, through high quality teaching and research. Its activities address issues which are central to the situation of Muslims in contemporary Britain.

The Centre provides unique training and research opportunities for those seeking onward employment in a range of academic and non-academic careers.

The following fully funded scholarships are available from September 2013:

Cardiff University Jameel PhD Scholarships – 1 scholarship (starting

2013/14 academic year)

We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first class, or upper second class honours degree or Masters degree. Research proposals in the following areas are particularly welcome: Education, Religious Leadership, British Muslim Arts and Heritage and Inter-Generational and Family Relations. Other research themes will be considered but must demonstrate exceptional academic merit, potential and relevance to Muslims or Islam in the UK.

Cardiff University Jameel MA Scholarships – 4 scholarships available for the MA in Islam in Contemporary Britain (September 2013 start) We are seeking exceptional UK resident applicants with a first or upper second class honours degree in a relevant subject, and demonstrated enthusiasm for working with or for Muslim communities in Britain.

Funding Package

Each successful Cardiff University Jameel Scholar has full UK/EU tuition fees paid and receives a generous stipend equivalent to an AHRC stipend plus access to a travel & conference allowance. Full-time PhD awards will provide funding for three years; full-time MA awards will provide funding for one year.

How to Apply

Full application instructions are available online at<>

Closing date for MA Scholarship applications: 22 January 2013 Closing date for PhD Scholarship applications: 15 March 2013 For all enquiries, please contact us by email to jameelscholarships [at]


Religious Studies Opportunities Digest – 23 Nov 2012

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  • Journals
  • Publications
  • Training
  • Call for Papers
  • Conferences
  • Jobs
  • Fellowships/PhD positions

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Sociology of Religion, advance notice –

Marian Burchardt – Faith-Based Humanitarianism: Organizational Change and Everyday Meanings in South Africa

The Journal of Religion and Popular Culture is a web-based, peer-reviewed journal committed to the academic exploration, analysis, and interpretation of the interrelations between and interactions of religion and religious expression and popular culture – broadly defined as the products of contemporary mass culture. The journal is based in Canada but is international in scope and open to the exploration of religion and popular culture in a variety of cultures and from a multiplicity of disciplinary perspectives.

Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism Online  is now on trial via

Access is on campus or off campus via VPN.

The trial ends on 18 December.


Digital Religion: Understanding religious practice in new media worlds – Heidi A. Campbell (ed)

Digital Religion offers a critical and systematic survey of the study of religion and new media. It covers religious engagement with a wide range of new media forms and highlights examples of new media engagement in all five of the major world religions. From cell phones and video games to blogs and Second Life, the book:

  • provides a detailed review of major topics
  • includes a series of case studies to illustrate and elucidate the thematic explorations
  • considers the theoretical, ethical and theological issues raised.

New Brill series – Iberian Religious World

Description:  “Iberian Religious World” is a peer-reviewed series that publishes academic works that analyze the different types of religiosity found in the Iberian World. But what is exactly the Iberian World? The space of the Iberian World is one that changes according to time. If until the end of the fourteen …

Contact: ana.valdez [at]

Announcement ID: 198741

Online search interface to my Digital Bibliography of Chinese Buddhism

The bibliography contains 2,273 entries on Chinese-language Buddhist publications dating from 1860 to the 1950s. Information has been sourced from print bibliographies, online catalogues, and first-hand bibliographic research. Each item page includes research links to related resources such as WorldCat, the MFQ(B) article database, and the DDBC Person Authority. Entries can be searched by keyword and the results filtered by publication date. Although other online bibliographies on this topic exist, I hope my contribution will be significant for the thoroughness of its citations and editing, and its links to other useful digital resources.



Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society, University of Kent

18-22 February 2013

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

Topics covered by the training will include:

·         Conceptualising religion for research

·         Key elements and processes of research design

·         The role of theory in social research

·         The politics and ethics of research

·         Sampling

·         Rigour and validity in research

·         Using quantitative data-sets for research on religion

·         Ethnographic approaches in theory and practice

·         Visual methods

·         Developing research interviews

·         Using qualitative data analysis software

·         Researching objects and spaces

·         Producing research proposals

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

Space on the programme is limited and the deadline to register your interest to attend this programme is Thursday 13 December. To register your interest, please email Lois Lee (l.a.lee [at] with a short statement outlining the university at which you are currently registered, the focus and method of your doctoral project and the stage of the project you are currently at.


CFP: “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” Panel at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  Call for Papers for the panel “From New Religions to the Blurry Edges of Spirituality: Where do Cults Fit in the American Religious Landscape?” held at the Annual Conference of the French Association for American Studies, Angers 22nd-26th 2012. French and American journalists adopted a variety of a…


Announcement ID: 198772

CFP: Jews and Muslims in the Czarist Empire and the Soviet Union

Date: 2013-01-31

Description:  In the second half of the 19th century the administrative and intellectual elites of the Russian Empire became increasingly aware of its multiethnic and multireligious character. In the age of national aspirations this trait of the  Russian State was often seen as a potential threat by parts of the  …

Contact: Franziska.Davies [at] lrz,

Announcement ID: 198792


Please join us for papers and round-table discussion about the role of ethics and religion in contemporary Scotland at ‘Elect Affinities:

Robin Jenkins, Ethics, and Religion in the Scottish Novel.’

Friday, 23 November 2012, 11.30am – 4.30pm Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh

This Interdisciplinary workshop is held in association with the Research Institute for Irish and Scottish Studies (Aberdeen) and the Centre for the Novel (Aberdeen).

Papers will be presented by:

Margery Palmer McCulloch (Glasgow)

Ken Keir (Aberdeen)

Corey Gibson (Edinburgh)

J. Linden Bicket (Glasgow)

Timothy C. Baker (Aberdeen)

To view the programme, please see the attached flyer or visit:

To book a place, please contact Linda Tym

(Linda.Tym [at] or Timothy C. Baker (t.c.baker [at]

‘Daughters of Isis’ study day

Saturday February 16th 2013

Stopford Building, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PT.

A series of presentations examining the lives, roles, health and deaths of ancient Egyptian women. Presented by Egyptology Online in association with the KNH Centre for Biomedical Egyptology.


9.15        REGISTRATION: tea/coffee

9.45        Welcome and Introduction

10.00     Vanishing Queens: Three Mummy Mysteries

Dr Joyce Tyldesley

10.45     Medical Care for Women in Pharaonic Egypt

Roger Forshaw

11.15     BREAK

11.45     Women and Literacy

Dr Glenn Godenho

12.30     A Little of What you Fancy

Pauline Norris

1.00        LUNCH (please make own arrangements)

2.00        The 2013 Bob Partridge Memorial Lecture

Women’s Religious Roles during the Late Period: The lives and afterlives of Asru and Tasheriankh Dr Campbell Price

3.00        BREAK

3.30        The Mystery of a Wooden Cane found in an OK Female Burial: an

Accessory Staff or a Walking Aid?

Iwona Kozieradzka-Ogunmakin

4.00        What Skeletal Evidence can tell us about Women in Ancient Egypt

Emily Marlow

4.30        Conclusion

SEX: Religious and Theological Perspectives

Location: New Jersey

Date: 2012-12-01

Description:  Sex: Religious and Theological Perspectives Princeton Theological Seminary Graduate Student Conference March 7-8, 2013 Princeton, New Jersey Sexas a concept,

identity, and practice has been the target of sustained controversy in public and academic discussions involving religion, theology, politics, …

Contact: courtney.palmbush [at]

Announcement ID: 198738

Challenging Consensus: new perspectives on Religious Nonconformism

1-2 Feb 2013

University of Leipzig


Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in South or East Asian or African History

Georgetown University

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Middle East History

Georgetown University

University of Calgary – Assistant/Associate Professor, Numata Chair

in Buddhist Studies

Indiana University – Bloomington – Modern Hebrew Lecturer at Indiana


University of Arizona – Assistant Professor, Japanese Contemporary


Ohio State University – Middle East and Islamic Studies Librarian


Woolf Institute Visiting Fellowship 2014

Description: The Woolf Institute, which specialises in the study of relations between Jews, Christians and Muslims from multidisciplinary perspective, invites applications for its annual visiting fellowship. The Fellowship, tenable for a two to three month period that overlaps one of the Cambridge terms 2014:  …

Contact: bs411 [AT]


Announcement ID: 198823

Research Fellowships, Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim

Location: California

Date: 2012-12-15

Description: The Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History at the University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim invites applications for its research fellowships for the AY 2013-2014. The USF Ricci Institute is an internationally renowned research institute and archive that promotes the study  …

Contact: lee [at]


Announcement ID: 198835

(New) Dissertation Completion Fellowships at the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

Location: Missouri

Date: 2013-01-06

Description: The John C. Danforth Center at Washington University in St. Louis is pleased to offer one or two fellowships to support completion of a dissertation on religion and politics in the United States. Fellows will spend the 2013-2014 academic year in residence at Washington University in St. Louis.

Contact: rap [at]


Announcement ID: 198682

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Theology and Science, vol 10, issue 4

Sociology of Religion, advance notice,

Bulletin of Asia Institute, 2012

Bulletin has also announced the publication of Ratanbai Katrak Lectures, Oxford 2009: Mary Boyce and the Study of Zoroastrianism

Ars Orientalis Volume 42, a thematic issue based on Objects, Collections, and Cultures, the second biennial symposium of the Historians of Islamic Art Association, held in October 2010, at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler


Announcement ID: 198239


Applications are now open for the e-learning course, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges

Description: Applications are now being accepted for the e-learning course, Jews, Christians, and Muslims in Europe: Modern Challenges. Following two successful years, the course will commence in late February 2013. More than fifty participants from around the world – Australia and New Zealand, China, Japan,….

Contact: eth22 [AT]


Announcement ID: 198262


CFP: Religious Revivals in Southeast Asia: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives

Date: 2012-12-15

Description:  We are inviting abstract submissions (max.200 words) for the panel on Religious Revivals in Southeast Asia: Transnational and Comparative Perspectives, to be held at SEA Symposium 2013 at the University of Oxford, UK. As of now, we have enough submission covering Islam. We are looking for

abstracts …

Contact: [at]


Announcement ID: 198174

Love and Religion in Pop Culture

Location: Illinois

Date: 2012-12-01

Description: The Journal of Popular Romance Studies calls for essays, interviews, and pedagogical materials for a special forum on love and religion in popular culture, anywhere in the world. The forum is guest-edited by Lynn S. Neal (author of Romancing God: Evangelical Women and Inspirational Fiction).



Announcement ID: 198287

CFP: Religion, Civil War and Emancipation

Conference: May 20-22, 2013

Location: Virginia

Date: 2012-12-19

Description: Overview of Conference: The 2013 Annual Conference of the Baptist History & Heritage Society, Faith, Freedom, Forgiveness: Religion and the Civil War, Emancipation and      Reconciliation in Our Time, will be May 20-22, 2013 in Richmond, Virginia. The conference will be co-sponsored by the Virginia Bapti …



Announcement ID: 198315

CFP: Sacred Lands and Spiritual Landscapes: Cosmography of the Pagan Soul

Keynote Speaker:  Ronald Hutton

We welcome papers that explore the following questions:

In today’s post-modern, urbanized world, where everything is a commodity, how and where do Pagans find their sacred places? How should we protect and maintain these sites? In colonized worlds, how do we avoid the appropriation of these lands? If Goddess is immanent in nature, what makes some places more sacred than others? How is our spirituality shaped by the land and our relationship with the land shaped by our spirituality?

Proposals of up to 1000 words are due by January 1, 2013 and may be uploaded at

CFP – 2nd Announcement

The Departments of Folkloristics and Comparative Religion at the University of Turku and Åbo Akademi University, together with the Donner Institute, are organizing an international interdisciplinary conference to honour the work of Professor Lauri Honko (1932–2002)


21–23 August 2013

University of Turku, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

The language of the conference is English.


Call for papers, deadline 31 March 2013

Registration, deadline 31 May 2013

For more detailed information concerning the conference see the attached documents or visit our website:

Also now on Facebook:



Date: 2012-12-31

Description:  3rd INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF BENGAL STUDIES 19th – 22nd November, 2013 University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India

Papers are invited for the 3rd International Congress of Bengal Studies scheduled to be held during 19th 22nd November, 2013.

The 3rd Congress will be hosted by the University of Calcutta,

Contact: icbs2013 [at ]


Announcement ID: 198167

Religion and Development: An Agenda for the 21st Century

Date: 2013-01-31

Description:  HIRENTHA: Journal of the HumanitiesRedeemer’s University (RUN), Ogun State, Nigeria The twin issues of religion and development have had a long history of engagement in the humanities. From the perspectives of history and international relations, language and literature, and theatre arts, there hav …


Announcement ID: 198111

Workshop Participants at Vernacular Architecture Forum Conference

Location: Quebec

Date: 2012-11-15

Description: Call for Workshop Participants VAF 2013 Annual Meeting in Gasp, Quebec, Canada Deadline: November 15, 2012.

The Forum Workshop at the 2013 VAF needs your expertise. The Gasp-Perc region currently faces a number of challenges iN preserving and interpreting its cultural sites.

Contact: Tania.Martin [AT]


Announcement ID: 198238


Freie Universitaet Berlin – Postdoctoral Research Associate in

History of European Astroculture

Kathmandu University – Visiting Lecturer in Buddhist Studies and


University of Bristol – Lecturer in East Asian Religions

University of Southern California – Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching

Fellowship in Japanese Religions

1640 Chair of Divinity

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 18 November 2012

Teaching Assistant/Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow – Moral Philosophy

University of Glasgow

Deadline: 22 November 2012

One-year Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in Japanese Religions for Fall 2013 at the University of Southern California.

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Date: 2012-12-31

Description: The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the third competition for the Stanley  Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring Professor Weinsteins

many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years


Announcement ID: 198253

The AHRC and the United States’s National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) have launched a joint funding initiative that focuses on collaborative projects that use humanities disciplines to further develop understanding about health, well-being, disability, medical science, technology and/or other aspects of the health sciences.

Applications should address areas relevant to the AHRC’s Science in Culture theme.  Projects must also involve academics in both the UK and the United States.  Awards are for between 1 to 3 years, with funding ranging from $25,000 (£15,000) and $100,000 (£62,000) per annum.  Applications are submitted to the NEH’s Collaborative Research Programme.

Information about the scheme can be found on the AHRC’s website, with specific call guidelines available on the NEH’s website (see p.4 of their guidelines.)

Closing Date: 6 December 2012.


Prize Date:    2012-12-31

Date Submitted:     2012-10-25

Announcement ID:     198253

The Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University is pleased to announce the third competition for the Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, honoring Professor Weinstein’s many contributions to the study of East Asian Buddhism in North America. The prize will be awarded once every two years to the best Ph.D. dissertation on East Asian Buddhism written in North America during the two previous years. The dissertation must be based on original research in the primary languages and should significantly advance our understanding of East Asian Buddhism. East Asian Buddhism is understood for this competition to refer to those traditions in East Asia that take Chinese translations of the Buddhist scriptures as their basis (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese). Studies of East Asian Buddhist communities in the West are not eligible for consideration.

The recipient of the award will be invited to give a public lecture at Yale under the auspices of the Council of East Asian Studies. There is an honorarium of $1,000.

Ph.D. programs in Buddhist Studies/Religious Studies in North America are invited to nominate one dissertation that was completed during the academic years 2010-11 and 2011-12.*

The deadline for this nomination is December 31, 2012. The nomination must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation, readers reports for the thesis, and one representative chapter of the thesis. All materials should be sent to Stanley Weinstein Dissertation Prize, Council on East Asian Studies at Yale University, P.O. Box 208206, 34 Hillhouse Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520-8206.

A three-person committee will select three theses to be read in their entirety by all committee members. The authors of these three theses will be requested to submit the entire theses in PDF format for this final stage of the selection. The result of the competition will be announced by the beginning of the next academic year.

  • Nominations by the authors themselves will not be accepted.

For more information, please contact koichi.shinohara [AT]

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The Secular Studies series



There are more secular people in the world than ever before. And various forms and manifestations of secularity—atheism, agnosticism, humanism, skepticism, and anti-religious movements—are enjoying increased attention and scrutiny. The scholarly examination of secular identity, secular groups, secular culture(s), and political/constitutional secularisms—and how these all relate to each other, as well as to the broader social world—is thus more timely than ever. Moreover, studying secularism also teaches us about religiosity; as secularism is almost always in reaction to or in dialogue with the religious, by studying those who are secular we can learn much, from a new angle, about the religion they are rejecting.

The Secular Studies series is meant to provide a home for works in the emerging field of secular studies. Rooted in a social science perspective, it will explore and illuminate various aspects of secular life, ranging from how secular people live their lives and how they construct their identities to the activities of secular social movements, from the demographics of secularism to the ways in which secularity intersects with other social processes, identities, patterns, and issues.


Submissions should take the form of a 4-6 page proposal outlining the intent, scope, and argument of the project, its merits in comparison to existing texts, and the audience it is designed to reach. Please include a detailed annotated Table of Contents, ideally 2-4 sample chapters if available, and a current copy of your curriculum vitae.


Dr. Phil Zuckerman

Professor of Sociology, Pitzer College

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711

Jennifer Hammer

Senior Editor

New York University Press

838 Broadway, Floor 3

New York, NY 10003-4812

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Sociology of religion,

Journal of Hindu Studies,


“Occultism, Magic and the History of Art” (Graduate

Conference, University of Cambridge, 3-4 December 2012)

Date: 2012-09-30

Description: Graduate Conference 2012/13: “Charming Intentions:

Occultism, Magic and the History of Art”,(University of

Cambridge, 3-4 December 2012) This two-day graduate conference

will investigate the intersections between visual culture and

the occult tradition, ranging from the material culture of

primitive …



Announcement ID: 196882

“Making Sacrifices”: Visions of Sacrifice in American and

European Cultures

Location: Massachusetts

Date: 2012-10-01

Description: CFP: “Making Sacrifices”: Visions of Sacrifice in

American and European Cultures November 3, 2012; Salzburg

Institute of Gordon College Symposium, Gordon College, Wenham,

MA As Italian premier Mario Monti recently did, politicians are

increasingly calling on citizens to make sacrifices for the

futur …



Announcement ID: 196785

SST Postgraduate Conference 2012

University of Cambridge, DECEMBER 3 AND 4

How Shall the Next Generation Live? Theology as Responsibility

Dietrich Bonhoeffer stated: “The ultimate question for a responsible person to ask is … how the coming generation is to live.”His concern broached the need to take responsibility for others and part of that responsibility was in leaving a legacy of sound doctrine. Taking Bonhoeffer’s concern as our framework, the second SST Postgraduate Conference invites postgraduates from all traditions and none to discuss how current theology can/should serve future generations.

The conference will take place in the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Divinity, between the hours of 12 – 5 PM on Monday 3 December, and 9 – 6 PM on Tuesday 4 December. Delegates will be welcomed by Professor Judith Lieu (Cambridge), and plenary sessions will be given by Professor Graham Ward, Professor George Newlands, Dr. Susannah Ticciati, Revd Dr. Stephen Plant and Revd Dr. Gregory Seach.

The conference is sponsored by the SST and the Cambridge Faculty of Divinity, and is free of charge. We regret that we cannot provide delegates with accommodation or an evening meal. To register, please send your name, contact information and details of your university/institution to by 31 OCTOBER.


Paper abstracts are to be 250 WORDS and related to the conference theme. We particularly welcome papers which make reference to doctrine. THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS 15TH OCTOBER, AND APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE SENT TO Applicants will be contacted by the end of the month. Papers will be allotted 20 minutes for delivery with 5-10 minutes for questions.

Possible topics include (but are not restricted to):

  1. How academic theology should serve the next generation

  2. The contribution theology can or should make to society

  3. Theology and its interaction with politics/economics/culture

  4. The role of theology in contemporary ethical discourse

  5. The place of scripture in twenty-first century theology

  6. The function of Christian doctrine in twenty-first century theology

  7. Spiritual practice informing twenty-first century theology

  8. ‘Prayer and righteous action’

  9. Theological reflection and praxis

Some bursaries towards travel expenditure are available, however we warmly encourage postgraduates to apply to their institutions for financial support where this is available. Those wishing to apply for a bursary should indicate this when submitting an abstract, giving details of their expenditure and need. Decisions on bursaries will be made by the end of October.

Please note that this conference is intended for postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Established academics are warmly welcome to participate in the Society’s main annual conference, which will be publicised in December.

Please forward this message to postgraduates in your institution. To download a poster to display on your notice board, visit If you are a postgraduate, we invite you to visit our ‘SST Postgraduate Conference’ Facebook page for news and accommodation information, and hope to see you in December.

Nicki Wilkes and Ruth Jackson

Conference Organisers

Title: Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality

Description: Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality (JMMS)

is a peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journal. JMMS seeks to be

as inclusive as possible in its area of inquiry. Papers address

the full spectrum of masculinities and sexualities,

particularly those which are seldom heard. Similarly, JMMS

address …



Announcement ID: 196563

Title: Reminder: Call for papers: Medieval and Renaissance


Location: Michigan

Date: 2012-09-07

Description: Striding toward Salvation: Medieval and Renaissance

Pilgrimage in Europe and the Mediterranean. During the Middle

Ages and Renaissance, pilgrimage provided an important path to

spiritual salvation; as such, a whole range of individualsfrom

peasants to kings, serfs to sultansundertook these sacred jo


Announcement ID: 196697

Title: Last call for submissions for Edited Collection,

Supernatural: Fan Phenomena

Date: 2012-09-15

Description: Last call for abstracts for consideration for the new

Supernatural (Fan Phenomena) title from Intellect Press. This

will be part of the series of Fan Phenomena books, which aim to

explore and decode the fascination we have with what

constitutes an iconic or cultish phenomenon and how a

particular pe …


Announcement ID: 196713



Date: 2012-10-30

Description: Following the 55 BANDUNG 55 Seminars of the 55th

Anniversary of 1955 Bandung Asian-African Conference held in

Indonesia in October/November 2010, a series of books under the

label of Bandung Spirit Book Series is in the course of

publication. The coming book is dealing with “RELIGIOUS




Announcement ID: 196724

2013 International Society for the Sociology of Religion Conference

Turku, Finland: 27-30 June.


Religious continuities and mutations in late modernity


Once the local committee has begun its work, we will post a link here so you can visit the conference website.  That website will contain information about housing, transportation, and other particulars.

Call for Papers

Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives Conference

Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom


1-3 August 2013

Congregational music-making has long been a vital and vibrant practice within Christian communities worldwide. Congregational music reflects, informs, and articulates local convictions and concerns as well as global flows of ideas and products. Congregational song can unify communities of faith across geographical and cultural boundaries, while simultaneously serving as a contested practice used to inscribe, challenge, and negotiate identities. Many twenty-first century congregational song repertories are transnational genres that cross boundaries of region, nation, and denomination. The various meanings, uses, and influence of these congregational song repertoires cannot be understood without an exploration of these musics’ local roots and global routes.

This conference seeks to explore the multifaceted interaction between local and global dimensions of Christian congregational music by drawing from perspectives across academic disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, history, music studies, and theology. In particular, the conference welcomes papers addressing or engaging with one or more of the following six themes:

  • The Politics of Congregational Singing

The choices congregations make to include (or exclude) certain kinds of music in their worship often have significant political ramifications. Papers on this topic may consider: what roles does music play in local congregational politics? How do congregations use musical performance, on the one hand, to build and maintain boundaries, or, on the other, to promote reconciliation between members of differing ethnicities, denominations, regions, or religions?


  • Popular Music in/as Christian Worship

Christian worship has long incorporated musical styles, sounds, or songs considered ‘popular’ or ‘vernacular.’ To what extent does congregational music-making maintain, conflate, or challenge the boundaries between ‘sacred’ and ‘profane’? How do commercial music industries influence the production, distribution, and reception of congregational music, and, conversely, how do the concerns of congregational singing shape praxis within the realm of commercial music?


  • From Mission Hymns to Indigenous Hymnodies

This theme invites critical exploration of how congregational music has shaped—and been shaped by—Christian missionary endeavours of the past, present, and future. How have colonialism and postcolonialism influenced congregational musical ideologies and practices? Who defines an ‘indigenous hymnody,’ and how has this category informed music-making in the postmissionary church? What does the future of music in Christian missions hold?


  • Congregational Music in the University Classroom

What preconceived notions of Christian beliefs, Christian music-making, or the Christian community do instructors face in the 21st century? What should the study of congregational music involve in the training of clergy and lay ministers? How do the experiences and perspectives of university students challenge the way congregational music is practiced and taught?


  • Towards a More Musical Theology

Though it has been over twenty-five years since Jon Michael Spencer called for the cross-pollination of musicological and theological studies in ‘theomusicology,’ the theological mainstream still rarely pays attention to music. How might acknowledging the diversity of human musical traditions influence theological reflection on ecclesiology, eschatology, or ethics? What might insights from musicology and ethnomusicology bring to bear on contemporary debates within Christian theology?


  • A Futurology of Congregational Music

Papers on this subtheme will offer creative, considered reflection on the future of congregational music. What new emerging shapes and forms will—or should—congregational worship music take? Will congregational song traditions become more localized, or will they be further determined by global commercial industries? What must scholars do to provide more nuanced, relevant, or critical perspectives on Christian congregational music?

We are now accepting proposals (maximum 250 words) for individual papers and organised panels of three papers.  A link to the online proposal form can be found on the conference website at

Proposals must be received by 14 December 2012.

Notifications of acceptance will be sent by 28 January 2013, and conference registration will begin on 2 February 2013. Further instructions and information will be made available on the conference website.



Location: Pennsylvania

Date: 2012-10-20

Description: MELUS 2013 March 14-17, 2013 Downtown Pittsburgh

Deadline: October 20, 2012 One point of departure for this

session is our conference location, Pittsburgh, the home base

of veteran horror filmmaker George A. Romero. Starting with his

now-classic 1968 movie Night of the Living Dead, Romero has

built  …

Announcement ID: 196770

Call for Papers: Engaging Sociology of Religion

BSA Sociology of Religion conference stream, Annual Conference of the

British Sociological Association

Grand Connaught Rooms, London, 3-5 April 2013

How does sociology of religion engage with topical issues affecting contemporary society?

How can field-specific theories and models help in understanding religion’s role in recent

global and local social movements (the Occupy movement, transitions in the Arab world,

London riots in 2011), the economic crisis and austerity, social mobility, the ‘Big Society’,

cultural pluralisation, climate change, and so on? How have – and how should – sociologists

of religion engage broader public arenas? What could be the specific contribution of

sociology of religion to public discussion? We invite papers that address topical issues such

as the above, but also papers on core issues in the sociology of religion, including – but not

limited to – the following:

* ‘Public’ Sociology of Religion

* Religion, Social Movements and Protest

* Religion and Welfare (including Faith-Based Organisations)

* Religion and inequalities (gender, ethnicity, class)

* Religion and media

* Religion and State in the 21st Century

* Social Theory and Religion

* Secularism and secularisation

Abstract submission to be completed at:

Deadline for abstract submission: 5 October 2012.

E-mail: for conference enquiries; or for stream enquiries. Please DO NOT send abstracts to these



University of Kansas – Assistant or Associate Professor of Religious

Studies with a concentration in Judaism


Brigham Young University – History Faculty, Open Field/Rank


University of Tennessee – Knoxville – Assistant Professor, Early and

medieval Islam (622-1600CE)


Cornell University – Thomas and Diann Mann Professorship in Modern

Jewish Studies


University of Colorado – Boulder – Jewish History, Assistant

Professor, tenure-track


Join the ECF convenor team: Want to have a say in how the BSA Early Career Forum (ECF) is run? Do you have great ideas for events for the ECF and want to get involved? The BSA ECF is looking for a new convener to join the existing team. Your responsibilities will include attendance at BSA council meetings (once a year), organizing the ECF workshops at the annual conference, organizing other ECF workshops and events throughout the  year, maintaining regular contact with ECF members via JISCmail and social media and representing ECF views to the BSA Council and Executive Management Team.  If you are interested in joining the team, please send your CV and a short blurb indicating why you want the position and what skills you would bring to it to by Sept 24th 2012.  We look forward to hearing from you!


PhD Position in Buddhist Studies

Vacancy number: 12-213

The Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) invites applications for two fulltime PhD positions in the field of Buddhist Studies, specialization open, to begin 1 January 2013, or thereafter.

Review of applications will commence by 15 October 2012 and continue until the position is filled or this call is closed. (



Kidnapped for Christ is a feature-length documentary film, which follows the stories of several American teenagers who were sent to an Evangelical Christian reform school located in The Dominican Republic called “Escuela Caribe.” The school is run by Americans and is advertised as a “therapeutic Christian boarding school” whose mission is to “help struggling youth transform into healthy Christian adults.” While many have praised the school for saving the lives of hundreds of troubled teens, in the past several years many former students have begun to speak out against the school, claiming that they suffered both psychological and physical abuse during their time there. The film’s director, Kate Logan, set out to document the experiences of the students at this remote boarding school and was given unprecedented access to film for seven weeks on campus in the summer of 2006. Through candid interviews with distressed students and footage of staff imposing extreme discipline and punishments she was able to reveal the shocking truth of what was actually going on at Escuela Caribe.

The film centers on the story of David, a straight-A student from Colorado who was sent to Escuela Caribe in May of 2006 after coming out to his parents as gay. Like many others, David was taken in the night without warning by a “transport service” and was never told where he was going or when he would be brought back home. David was not the only student whose life was impacted by the school’s severe approach to discipline. The filmmakers followed many other students who also experienced degrading punishments and who struggled to understand what was happening to them. The film also features interviews with former students, including Julia Scheeres, whose 2005 New York Times Best Selling memoir Jesusland tells the story of the disturbing physical and physiological abuse she witnessed and suffered at Escuela Caribe during the 1980s.

The growth of the troubled teen industry, especially therapeutic boarding schools located in the United States and abroad, has given rise to many other allegations of the inhumane treatment of youth and the exploitation of families who are desperately seeking help for their teenagers. The goal of Kidnapped for Christ is to tell the stories of the students who were sent to Escuela Caribe and to give them a voice so that they may make people aware of the broader industry of schools like Escuela Caribe and the potential danger they constitute for our youth. We hope that the film will be entertaining, shocking, thought provoking and will ultimately inspire change in the way these types of schools are run and regulated.


Title: Fall 2012 Auschwitz Jewish Center Program for Students

Abroad (AJC PSA)

Description: In its fifth semester, the AJC PSA is a long-weekend

(Thursday PM through Monday AM) program in Krakw for North

American students studying overseas. The program, which

includes a scholarly visit to Owicim/Auschwitz, provides an

academic environment through which participants engage

intensively with …



Announcement ID: 196435


A full PhD scholarship is being offered at Aarhus University in the new Interacting Minds Centre. Please circulate this call:


conference on Race/religion as motive for prohibited conduct (Middlesex University, 12 November); the conference flyer is attached.

I have also been asked by Dr Jenny Taylor of Lapido Media to publicise a new book TABLIGHI JAMAAT by Dr Zacharias Pieri of the University of Exeter, which will launch their series of Handy Books for Journalists on Religion in World Affairs; 27 September at Frontline Club: The event is free, but booking is essential. The book, which provides the latest research on this group in Britain with exclusive pictures, costs £10 and can now be ordered from

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Journal of Hindu Studies, vol. 5, no.2

Anthropology in Action, vol. 19, no.1


Deadline Extended: Call for Papers, “Raptures Path: The Legacy of Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth”

Deadline: 2012-08-15

Open Inquiry Archive announces that the call for papers for a special issue entitled “Raptures Path: The Legacy of Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth” has been extended.

Abstracts for proposed papers will be accepted until August 15, 2012.

CFP: Identity, Religion and Ethnicity: New Patterns, Realities, and Pitfalls, 29 November 2012, Istanbul, Turkey

Identity, Religion and Ethnicity are three terms interrelated and become all important issues in the European Union and its neighbourhood. The socio-economic transformations of societies resulting from immigration and emigration of people, mindsets, symbols are forcing the change on identity and citizenship relations. Today, a high degree of human mobility, telecommunications have contributed to the new understanding of citizenship as a mode of identity in relation to national identity, ethnicity, religion and social movements. Belonging to an ethnic-religious group and consequent features are increasingly either blurred or strengthened in the new national and international contexts. The motivations and modes of belonging and identifying are much more diverse. It is therefore useful to explore relatively new patterns of the interactions between religion, identity and ethnicity issues. The workshop proposes to analyse the relation between these three notions interconnected in different political, cultural and economical cases to understand also some challenges and pitfalls in a plural society.

Authors are invited to send abstracts (maximum 500 words) of their papers on themes of their own choosing. Abstracts (300–500 words maximum) and CVs (maximum 1 page) to be received by 10th August 2012.


CFP: 2013 Bangkok International Conference on Social Science – BICSS 2013

25-27 January 2013- Bangkok, Thailand

2013 Bangkok International Conference on Social Science – BICSS 2013 is the premier forum for the presentation of new advances in the fields of theoretical, experimental, and applied Social Science. The conference will bring together leading researchers, engineers and scientists in the domain of interest from around the world.

Submission Deadlines

Deadline for submission of abstracts/ full papers: October 15 2012

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: November 1 2012

Deadline for full conference registration payment for all presenters: November 26 2012

BICSS Conference: January 25-27 2013


Proposals must be linked to one of the following themes:


  • Culture

  • Economics

  • Education

  • Finance

  • Law

  • Management

  • Politics

  • Psychology

  • Society

Further details:

CFP: 5th Global Conference:Hope (March, 2013: Lisbon, Portugal)

Sunday 10th March – Tuesday 12th March 2013

Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

When Pandora’s box was emptied of all the ills that would plague the world, one small winged creature still remained: hope. The project inquires into the nature of this gift. Is hope, in fact, a good, encouraging us to do or be good? Or is it an evil; an illusion, perhaps an impossible fantasy? How does hope manifest itself in the world, in language, literature, and the arts? How – should – hope be encouraged? Is hope individual or collective in nature? Or both? What does hope contribute to individual or national identity?

This inter- and multi-disciplinary research and publications project seeks to explore the multi-layered ideas, actions, and cultural traditions regarding hope. The project aims to explore the nature of hope, its relationship with other emotions or movements, and its manifestation in the actions of individuals, cultures, communities and nations. The project will also consider the history of hope, its philosophical or scientific ‘legitimacy’, the meaning(s) of hope – especially in the nascent field of future studies, and the distinctions between hope and optimism. Representations of hope in film, literature, television, theatre and radio will be analysed; cultural traditions of hope will be considered.

What to Send

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12th October 2012. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013.

Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words

E-mails should be entitled: HOPE Abstract Submission.

Further information:

CFP: Mapping the Occult City: Exploring Magick and Esotericism in the Urban Utopia

A pre-conference for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religions in Chicago, on Friday November 16, 2012, presented by Phoenix Rising Academy and DePaul University.

In his classic essay, “Walking in the City,” ethnologist and historian Michel de Certeau distinguished between the “exaltation of a scopic and gnostic drive” that comes from viewing the city from a high vantage point and the quotidian negotiations of the walker at street level, who creates his or her own map, takes shortcuts and resists the strategies of typical urban planning. One perspective is totalizing and distancing, constructing an illusory, unified view of the metropolis, while the other seeks out hidden avenues of knowledge and intersections of stories, myths, and happenings. The occultist tends to shift between both views, sometimes spinning grand narratives of the city as a New Atlantis, a utopian civilization of knowledge and wonder, other times imagining a secret world of dark mysteries, unknown to most passersby, that lay just beyond the twilight of the streetlamps.

Many esotericists, conspiracy theorists, and urban fantasy authors have speculated on the occult meaning of symbols, monuments, and architecture in major cities, from Cleopatra’s Needle in London to the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. Or they see powerful sigils in the neon signs, building facades and billboards. Some speak of urban ley lines and “energy centers” that bubble with occult power ready to be tapped into by those with the right sense and ability. These energy centers are focused on geometric street patterns or the lines created by the placement of sacred sites in the city, such as churches, temples, and cemeteries. Others speak of haunted places, charged with story and legend, often full of the sense of violence, trauma and the urgency of events that occurred there.

Historically, cities have been home to countless esoteric groups who have met, planned, and conducted ritual within the towering buildings that glitter the metropolitan skyline. For instance, Chicago, the location of this year’s AAR conference, was once the home of the 32 floor Masonic Building, owned by the Illinois Freemasons, and the tallest building in the world in 1892. Prominent figures in the esoteric world have spoken, performed and offered their wisdom to the masses through the many salons, lectures, performances, congregations, conferences, and world’s fairs that have been either publicly advertised or available only to those with the right password and invitation. Cities are where the ideas of Western esotericism spread to the masses through these public events and the many urban publishing houses. Cities are also home to public events and happenings that connect the esoteric, the theatrical and the political world through protest and public actions and happenings, such as the W.I.T.C.H. protests at Chicago’s Federal Building on Halloween 1969. Finally, cities are centers of diversity and diaspora and often become hothouses for the development of hybrid traditions based on immigrant cultures, such as Santeria and Vodun.

For scholars of magick and esotericism, cities like Chicago can offer up rich resources for tracking group activities and events through library archives and public records. Understanding occult life in the city, in both its historical and contemporary contexts, is crucial in mapping the proliferation of ideas and connections between practitioners and traditions. Popular practical texts have addressed how the practice of magick changes in an urban setting, especially when the magician or witch must adapt a nature-centered practice to a city-based practice. Investigating esoteric actions in the city can reveal the ways in which the practitioner is caught up and complicit with strategic structures of power while also offering possibilities for the occultist to resist those structures through the kind of tactical, magical moves described by de Certeau. As the Occupy movement and other political protests proliferate, especially in America’s election year, what are the possibilities for harnessing and directing the energy of the occult city?

Phoenix Rising Academy would like to explore these intersections of the esoteric and the urban, focusing on the city as a locus for power and knowledge, both hidden and revealed. Are cities oppressive entities that stifle creative and esoteric drives or do they hold in their structures the potential for powerful action? To this end, we invite scholars and practitioners to submit proposals for papers, presentations, rituals and performances that address these questions pertaining to the occult city. Though our focus is primarily on American cities, particularly Chicago, we welcome explorations in other prominent global metropolitan centers.

For this pre-conference, we plan on creating 2-3 panels of papers, presentations, performances, rituals, workshops, roundtables, or discussion groups. Possible topics may include (but are not limited to):

· The activities of certain groups, traditions, and communities, both historical and contemporary, in particular cities.

· The city life of prominent esoteric figures and how that city life shaped their ideas and practices.

· Particular events, meetings, lectures, performances, happenings, protests whose urban setting featured prominently in their execution and influence.

· The mythology of the occult city, based on legend, occult symbolism, and esoteric symbolism of architecture and urban planning.

· A practical approach to working magick and ritual in the city, perhaps based on Urban Shamanism or Chaos Magick.

· Interpretations of the city and its occult power by urban fantasy authors.

· The intersections of the occult and the political through the use of ritualized protest actions, focusing on setting and urban scene.

· Though not focusing on hauntings per se, an investigation of spiritualism, mysticism and psychic practices prominent in urban settings.

· A study of how hereditary or hybridized indigenous practices survive, evolve and adapt in an urban setting.

With your submission, please include the following:

  1. Presenter information (name, mailing and email addresses, phone number)
  2. Type of presentation (paper, non-paper presentation, workshop, performance, roundtable). Note: if you are proposing a roundtable discussion, please submit info for all participants.
  3. Title and affiliation (institution, organization, independent scholar, or practitioner).
  4. Proposal or abstract (not to exceed 250 words). Should include title of presentation and a clear description of the presentation’s intent, plus any audio/visual needs.
  5. Biographical data (not to exceed 200 words).

Please email all submissions by August 20th to:

Dr. Jason L. Winslade

DePaul University

Please include “PRA Pre-Conference” in the subject line. All submissions will be reviewed and you will be notified of a decision one week after the deadline.

CFP: International Conference on “Negotiating Ethnicity: Politics and Display of Cultural Identities in Northeast India”

Vienna –1st week of July 2013 – 3 days


Submission deadline for abstracts: September 2012

Submission deadline for registration: February 2013

Submission deadline for papers: Papers submission deadline: two weeks

before the conference. The papers will be circulated among participants

prior to the conference.

Participants: Around 40 people, 20 from India (fees covered: travel fares and lodging for all speakers and discussants).

20 minutes to present each paper, and 15 minutes for each discussant to take questions.


Bianca Son, Jürgen Schöpf, Mélanie Vandenhelsken, Shahnaz Kimi Leblhuber:

Call for Papers

Collective identities and ethnicity are subject to changes in many parts of the world today as several scholars have highlighted. Through this conference, we wish to examine those changes, particularly the new forms and meaning given to ethnic identities, belonging, etc. in various parts of Northeast India, as well as look at practices related to ethnicity and cultural identities. “Northeast India” is the political unit defined by the Indian Government as the ‘North Eastern Council,’ which now includes Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim.


Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion, 2nd Annual Symposium

Call for Papers

The 2012 Socrel / HEA Teaching and Studying Religion symposium will explore the theme: Religion and Citizenship: Re-Thinking the Boundaries of Religion and the Secular.

The symposium is organised by Socrel, the BSA Sociology of Religion Study Group, with funding from the Higher Education Academy, Philosophy, and Religious Studies Subject Centre. Last year’s inaugural symposium was over-subscribed and therefore early submissions are encouraged.

Keynote speaker: Dr Nasar Meer, Northumbria University

Venue: BSA Meeting Room, Imperial Wharf, London

Date: 13 December 2012

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Religions today are implicated in a wide variety of publics. From contests over the environment and democracy to protests against capitalism, religions remain important factors in political and public life across diverse, and interconnected, global contexts. A variety of diverse responses have been articulated to the so-called ‘return of religion’ in the public sphere, drawing into question relations between the religious, the non-religious and the secular. As scholars have developed new theoretical understandings of the terms of these debates and questioned how these are bound up with cultural conceptualizations of citizenship, education – in schools, universities and less formal educational contexts – has often been a site where contestations of the religious and the secular have been acutely felt.

The aim of this symposium is to consider the interrelation between conceptions of the religious, the secular, citizenship and education, and to explore how these issues affect the study of religion in higher education. We hope to attract presentations of sufficient quality to lead to an edited publication.

The day will be highly participative and engaged. The symposium will be organised as a single stream so that the day is as much about discussion as it is about presentation, and therefore the number of formal papers will be limited.

Papers are invited from students, teachers, and researchers in the disciplines of sociology, anthropology, geography, theology, history, psychology, political science, religious studies and others where religion is taught and studied. Empirical, methodological, and theoretical papers are welcomed.

Presenters will circulate a five-page summary of their paper before the day so that all participants can come prepared for discussion. Presentations will last 10 minutes and will be structured into three sessions, each followed by a discussant drawing out key points. The day will conclude with a discussant-led, focused panel discussion.

Key questions to be addressed may include, but are not limited to:

What are the relationships between the religious, the secular and the public sphere, and how do these affect the study of religion, in both universities and schools?

How do different historical constructions of religion and secularity shape understandings of the civil sphere and citizenship, and what are the implications of this for the study of religion?

Does the increased public visibility of religion in national and global contexts affect how we study it?

What is the role of religious education (school and/or university) in forming citizens and shaping understandings of citizenship?

Are there distinct regional, national or international conceptions of the secular?

Are there distinct regional, national or international conceptions of citizenship?

How do different disciplines approach and study these conceptions, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of these approaches?

Abstracts of 200 words are invited by September 15 2012. Please send these to: Dr Paul-François Tremlett

Costs: £36.00 for BSA/SocRel members; £45.00 for non-members; £20.00 for SocRel/BSA Postgraduate members; £25.00 for Postgraduate non-members.

3rd Global Conference Spirituality in the 21st Century

Thursday 7th March Saturday 9th March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

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 scholarship—theology, philosophy of religion, history of religion, comparative religion, mysticism—but also more recently from management, medicine, and many other fields.

This inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference seeks to expand the range of ideas, fields, and locales of Spiritual work for the 3rd Global Conference. Perspectives are sought from those engaged in the fields of Alcohol and Drug Rehabilitation, Business, Counseling, Ecology, Education, Healing, History, Management, Mass/Organisational/Speech Communication, Medicine, Nursing, Performance Studies, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology, Reconciliation/Refugee/Resettlement Projects, Social Work, and Theatre. These disciplines are indicative only, as papers are welcomed from any area, profession and/or vocation in which Spirituality plays a part.

Presentations, papers, performances, reports, works-in-progress and workshops are invited on issues related to any of the following themes:

  • Conceptualizations of Spirituality
  • Social and/or Cultural Aspects of Spirituality
  • History(ies) of Spirituality
  • Interpreting elements and examples of Spirituality
  • The Liminal elements and facets of Spirituality
  • Research and/or Pedagogical Approaches to Spiritual Work
  • Social and cultural aspects of Spirituality
  • Spirituality and Children
  • Spirituality in Education, Curriculum Development and/or Pedagogy
  • Spirituality Compassion and Reconciliation
  • Spirituality and Cultural Identity
  • Spirituality and Healing
  • Spirituality and Addiction, Health Care, Medicine, and/or Nursing
  • Spirituality in Counseling, Healing, Hospice Care, Psychology, Psychiatry, Social Work, Therapy and/or Wellbeing
  • Spiritual and Ecological Maintenance of Health and Life of Human Beings
  • Spirituality as Therapy
  • Development of Personality as a Process of Spirit Creation
  • Cultural Expressions of Spirituality via Art, Dance, Film, The Internet, Literature, Music, Radio, Television and/or Theatre
  • Spirituality and Communication
  • Spirituality and the Environment
  • Spirituality in Business and/or Management
  • Spirituality and Gaia
  • Teaching Spirituality
  • Theology and Spirituality – use and/or abuse
  • Teleology and Spirituality
  • Comparisons and/or Contrasts between Spiritual Theory, Praxis and Pedagogy

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

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12th October 2012. All submissions are minimally double blind peer reviewed where appropriate. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to the Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract f) up to 10 key words E-mails should be entitled: S21-3 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.

The conference is part of the Ethos 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.on.


2nd Global Conference: Sins, Vices and Virtues

Wednesday 13th March – Friday 15th March 2013, Lisbon, Portugal

Call For Presentations:

Not every culture recognises the notion of sin but all of them recognise the idea of a religious or spiritual transgression. All or nearly all the ‘Christian’ vices-virtues were those espoused by Greek-Roman philosophers first and are, therefore, not exclusively Christian in the origin. The Judaic idea of ‘sin’ varies considerably across time and the accountability of society/group vs. individual fluctuates as well. Also, the (Latin) idea of sin as ‘transgression’ or ‘breaking of the (divine) law’ is at variance with the (Greek) idea of sin as ‘missing the mark’ and ‘mistake/error.’

The idea of virtues likewise does not seem to be universal, though all offer guidelines to what they consider ‘right living. Actions that violate rules of morality and the guidelines concerning virtuous living have been the foundations of every culture across centuries. However, due to civilisational progress and secularisation, the ideas and definitions behind the variously understood concepts of ‘sin’, ‘vice’ and ‘virtue’ have changed. For instance, in Christian culture the traditional list of the Church Fathers was unofficially updated to include social sins prevalent in what is called the era of ‘unstoppable globalisation’ and these DO not necessarily embrace Christians only.

Thus, apart from the familiar: Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Anger, Greed, Sloth, which individuals were to test their conscience for, the Roman Catholic Church now cautions the whole of humanity inter alia about: Genetic modification and human experimentations; Polluting the environment; Social injustice; Causing poverty; Paedophilia, contraception, abortion; Taking drugs; and Financial gluttony. Not only are the ‘new sins’ not necessarily Christian in nature but they seem inter- and transcultural, disregarding religious persuasion. It seems no longer the matter of individual transgression that has spiritual repercussions, but rather the sin whose subject is the entire, global and transcultural society. Furthermore, the question that arises is whether the notions of virtue are changing their meaning in the commercially-driven ‘dog-eat-dog’ modern world as well, and whether to be ‘good’ or ‘virtuous’ means the same for all cultures.

Are we then to talk about a completely new culture-blind hamartiology or new schematization of virtues? What are the real changes between medieval and today’s religious/moral doctrines preached across the modern world and its diverse cultural make-up? What about non-Christian cultures with different categories of religious/spiritual transgressions? May one actually still talk about ‘sin’ at all or is it an obsolete word in a multicultural world? Are all Western Christian sins, vices and virtues recognised and shared by other cultures as well?

This interdisciplinary conference seeks a new, provocative, intercultural perspective on some enduring truths concerning virtues and vices, sins and transgressions. Do we need a new list of moral commandments in the globalised, multicultural 21st century? Should they be religious or secular in nature? Who are these aimed at? And, finally, is it possible, reaching back to the origins of humanity, to find common denominators between religious/spiritual definitions of vices and virtues of all belief systems? Can discussions of ‘sin’ not introduce theology and religion into the contemporary discussion?

We are inviting scholars, theologians, anthropologists, artists, teachers, psychologists, therapists, philosophers, teachers of ethics, etc. to present papers, reports, works of art, work-in-progress, workshops and pre-formed panels on issues related but not limited to the following themes:

  • The genealogy of the idea of sin or religious transgression around the world
  • Anthropology of transgression
  • Sinful/Transgressive actions, evil thoughts, religious taboos in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • What are the pre-Islam Arabic ideas of sin? How do these influence Islamic thought and how do they shape or not shape fundamentalist Islamic political thought?
  • Lexicon of sinfulness/transgression and virtuousness in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Social functions of sins and virtues
  • Modern sins and vices: Individual and social; religious and secular; intercultural
  • Social ‘sins’: ‘Institutional’ and ‘structural’; their social ramifications
  • ‘-isms’ in religious and spiritual discourse
  • Communal versus individual sins/transgressions: Do societies sin? How are societies
  • policing them?
  • The concept of sin or spiritual transgression/deviation and philosophy
  • The notions of ‘sins’, vices and virtues on the political arena (secular morality or no morality)
  • Psychology of sin (‘sinful’ or ‘abnormal’?; the concept of sin after Darwin, Nietzsche and Freud)
  • Emotions and moral decision-making
  • How to represent evil and morality in art: Representation of sins and sinners, vices, transgressions and virtues in art, literature, movies in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Genderisation of sins, vices and virtues in Christian and non-Christian cultures
  • Ideology of sin/religious transgression and technological progress: G/god or the Machine; ‘sins’ of productive necessity
  • Theologies and Nature: Environmental studies and the notions of ‘sin’, transgression and virtue
  • Sins/Vices and/in the Media (ie adveritising)
  • Medieval crusades and modern (holy) wars
  • Sinless, non-transgressive life in 21st century: Possibility or wishful thinking?
  • Fear of the confessional or ‘McDonald-isation’ of spiritual life; is confession needed at all?
  • Public and penitential practices across the ages and cultures
  • Punishment for sin/transgression and rewarding virtue across the ages and cultures: individual and collective
  • Visions of Hell, Paradise and other afterlife Realms across cultures
  • Virtues in the modern times; virtues in a modern man

300 word abstracts should be submitted by Friday 12 October 2013. If an abstract is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper of no more than 3000 words should be submitted by Friday 18th January 2013. Abstracts should be submitted simultaneously to both Organising Chairs; abstracts may be in Word, WordPerfect, or RTF formats with the following information and in this order:

a) author(s), b) affiliation, c) email address, d) title of abstract, e) body of abstract E-mails should be entitled: Sins and Virtues 2 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.


Workshop on the Reception of Josephus by Jews and Christians from Late Antiquity to 1750

Applications are invited to participate in this workshop to be held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies on January 7-8 2013. Bursaries to cover travel expenses and accommodation will be available for selected participants.

The workshop will be the first in a series as part of a project on the reception of Josephus in Jewish culture from the 18th century to the present.

Please submit your application in English, with a short CV and an abstract (not more than 500 words) of a research paper to be discussed in the workshop to the Academic Registrar of the OCHJS by Friday 14 September 2012.

Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies

Yarnton Manor, Yarnton





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Institute for Research in the Humanities

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Robert M. Kingdon Fellowship in Judeo-Christian Religious Studies

Through a generous bequest from Robert M. Kingdon, a distinguished historian of early modern Europe, the Institute offers 1-2 external, academic-year Kingdon Fellowship(s) to scholars outside the University of Wisconsin-Madison working in historical, literary, and philosophical studies of the Judeo-Christian religious tradition and its role in society from antiquity to the present. Projects may focus on any period from antiquity to the present, on any part of the world, and in any field(s) in the humanities; can range widely or focus on a particular issue; and can explore various forms of Jewish and/or Christian traditions; the interaction of one or both of these religious traditions with other religious traditions; and/or the relationship of one or both of these religious traditions to other aspects of society such as power, politics, culture, experience, and creativity.

Fellows are expected to be in residence throughout the academic year (except for short research trips, lectures, conferences, etc.) and may extend their residency through the following summer on a non-stipendary basis. The award provides a stipend of $45,000, office space, support services, and access to all university facilities.

Application deadline is Oct. 15, 2012.

Web site:



BSA TEACHING GROUP Inaugural Conference

28th – 30th September 2012

Menzies Strathallan Hotel, Birmingham

Programme now online at:


Professor John Holmwood (University of Nottingham),

Former Chair of the Council of UK Heads & Professors of Sociology,

Fellow of Academy of Social Sciences & the incoming

President of the British Sociological Association

Professor Corrine Squire (University of East London), Humanities & Social Sciences

Author of ‘Women & AIDS: Physiological Perspectives’

Dr Paul Bagguley (University of Leeds)

Researcher in the Sociology of Protest

Author of ‘Riotous Citizens: ethnic conflict in multicultural Britain’

Exam Training Sessions – delegates will be able to attend exam training sessions, select from workshop sessions to match specific career development targets and see recent subject specific resources.

Workshops will include sharing Ofsted experiences, Differentiation, Gifted & Talented and ICT in the Classroom.

Postgraduate Micro-lectures covering areas such as: culture & identity creation; differentiation; inequality & stratisfication; demography; welfare & government policy in most fields of life; family & households; the role of women; minority groups; aging; youth culture; all aspects of education especially potential changes & their effects on different groups within sociology; health & welfare; wealth & poverty & welfare provision; politics & power; globalisation in all its many aspects; religion; crime & deviance; methodology; theory & the role of research.

Conference Registration Cost:

Full Conference (including accommodation & food):

BSA Members £260; BSA Teaching Group Members: £285; Non-members: £350

Saturday Day Delegate (excludes Conference dinner & accommodation)

BSA Members £70; BSA Teaching Group Members: £90; Non-members: £120

Postgraduates £35 – Saturday only: includes refreshments and lunch as well as free membership of the BSA Teaching Group until December 2012. Membership will keep you up to date with what is happening in sociology and in the teaching of sociology and enable you to network with like minded people. Limited places available on a first come first served basis.

Early bird discount ends 17th August 2012, any bookings received after this date will incur an additional £50 charge.

For further information please go to

Please direct any enquiries to: Tel: (0191) 383 0839

The Centre for the Study of Jewish-Christian Relations (Woolf Institute, Cambridge) is delighted to announce that it is hosting a colloquium, Christian Anti-Judaism in Baroque Music. The colloquium will be held on 23 and 24 September 2012 and take place at Lucy Cavendish College (Cambridge).

The speakers at the colloquium will be CJCR Visiting Fellow, Michael Marissen (Swarthmore College), Ruth HaCohen (Hebrew University), and Jeanne Swack (University of Wisconsin, Madison).

Registration required. Bursaries for graduate students available.

For further details and the registration form, please see

Call for papers Societas Magica sessions IMC Kalamazoo

The Societas Magica invites abstracts for four sessions to be held at the next International Congress on Medieval Studies Kalamazoo, MI, 9-13 May 2013. The four sponsored sessions are:

Session I – Astrology and Magic (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: Dr. David Porreca (University of Waterloo)

Session II – Magic, Material Culture and Technology (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: László Sándor Chardonnens (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Session III – Water as Symbol, Sign and Trial: Aquatic Semantics in the Middle Ages (co-sponsored with the Research Group on Manuscript Evidence)

Contact: Mihai-D. Grigore (University of Erfurt)

Session IV – Magical Practices in Pre-Modern China

Contact: Dimitri Drettas (Collège de France)

If you have material suitable to one of these topics, please send an abstract (ca. 250 words) electronically to the contact person listed for that session by 15 September 2012 along with the Participant Information Form.

More detailed information about the sessions and a link to the participant information form may be found at


Asian Conference on Ethics, Religion & Philosophy 2013

ACERP 2013 is to be held from March 28 – 31 2013, at the Ramada Osaka Hotel, Osaka, Japan. CONFERENCE THEME: “Connectedness and Alienation: The 21st Century Enigma” Being connected through social networking sites has become an accepted form of communication in today’s digitalized world.

Call for papers deadline: 1 December 2012


University of Saskatchewan – Instructor, South / Southeast Asian Buddhism

Deadline: 26 July 2012

Further details:

University of Saskatchewan – Special Lecturer, Islamic Studies

Deadline: 24 August 2012

Further details:


RCUK open access policy

The new RCUK policy requires that, from 1st April 2013, peer-reviewed research papers which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the Research Councils must:

  • Be published in journals which are compliant with Research Council policy on open access
  • Include details of the funding that supported the research, and a statement on how the underlying research materials such as data, samples or models can be accessed

To be compliant with the Research Councils’ Open Access policy, a journal must:

  1. Either provide via its own website immediate and unrestricted access to the publisher’s final version of the paper and allow immediate deposit of this final version in other repositories without restriction on re-use
  2. Or allow deposit of accepted manuscripts that include all changes resulting from peer review (but not necessarily incorporating the publisher’s formatting) in other repositories (e.g. institutional repository), without restrictions on non-commercial re-use and within a defined period (usually within 6 months of online publication)

Some of the Research Councils may specify certain repositories in which papers need to be deposited.

Further information:

The REF (Research Excellence Framework)

Post-2014, open access will also be a consideration in the Research Excellent Framework (REF), or whatever its successor is called. The Scottish Funding Council (SFC), along with its three other UK counterparts, will develop plans to ensure that outputs submitted to the REF are as widely accessible as is practical.

Further information:

SFC – Open access to research publications: