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Book: Beit-Hallahmi, B. Flesh and Blood: Interrogating Freud on Human Sacrifice, Real and Imagined. Leiden: Brill, 2019.

Fears and stories about an underground religion devoted to Satan, which demands and carries out child sacrifice, appeared in the United States in the late twentieth century and became the subject of media reports, supported by some mental health professionals. Looking at these modern fantasies leads us back to ancient stories which in some cases believers consider the height of religious devotion.

Horrifying ideas about human sacrifice, child sacrifice, and the offering to the gods of a beloved only son by his father appear repeatedly in Western traditions, starting with the Greeks and the Hebrews. Flesh and Blood: Interrogating Freud on Human Sacrifice, Real and Imagined, focuses on rituals of violence tied to religion, both imagined and real. The main question of this work is the meaning of blood and ritual killing in the history of religion. The book examines the encounter with the idea of child sacrifice in the context of human hopes for salvation.

https://brill.com/view/title/57029

SocRel Response Day: Teaching Religion- New Lower Rates

Please note that we have lowered our registration rates for the next SocRel Response Day, Teaching Religion (20/3/2020) at the University of Nottingham with guest speaker, Dr Dawn Llewellyn.

New rates are as follows:

  • BSA Member £5
  • SocRel Member £10
  • Non-member £15

For call for papers, abstract submission and event registration please follow this link: https://www.britsoc.co.uk/events/key-bsa-events/bsa-socrel-chair-s-response-day-teaching-religion/

RC22 Newsletter #21 posted on the Research Committee website

The ISA’s Research Committee on the Sociology of Religion has posted its latest newsletter on the RC website.  It contains a report and photos from the RC22 Mid-Term Conference in Accra, Ghana, a report from the pre-conference workshop on research design, notice about the deadlines for the July 2020 ISA Forum of Sociology in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and other news.

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Download it at http://www.isa-rc22.org/Newsletters/RC22_Newsletter_21_Dec_19.pdf

AASR February Newsletter

Call for Papers:

Conferences:

Call for Abstracts for a Thematic Session on Humour and Religion, International Society for Humor Studies (ISHS) in Bologna, Italy, June 29-July 3, 2020. If you are interested, please send an abstract/outline to Lina Molokotos-Liederman: mololied@gmail.com. Deadline: 20 Feb 2020

Perception and Reception of Persia research unit (EABS, Wuppertal, August 3rd-6th 2020). Submission deadline: 20 February 2020. More info

12th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Conference, 24th – 27th June 2020, Braga, Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal). Abstract deadline 21 Feb 2020. More info

Worship and the Megachurch: Australasia and Beyond, 18-10 September 2020, Melbourne. Abstract deadline: 31 March 2020. More info

3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2020. Proposal deadline 30 April 2020. More info 

Publications:
Call for papers on Religions special issue: Islamic and Muslim Studies in Australia.Deadline 31 May 2020. Call for papers on 

Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.
Events:
Place, Space and Religious Identity, 17-18 February 2020, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. More info
Job Opportunities:
Lecturer in Sociology of Islam and Muslim Societies
Australian National University, College of Arts and Social Sciences

Research and Outreach Associate (Fixed Term), Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University

Research Associate. Islamic Art (Fixed Term), Centre of Islamic Studies, Cambridge University
 
New Publications:
Alphia Possamai-Inesedy and Alan Nixon (2019)(eds). The Digital Social: Religion and Belief. de Gruyter.

Milad Milani (2019) ‘The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim‘, in Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, edited by Sarwar Alam. Routledge: Abingdon.

Praveena Rajkobal (2020), The Sarvodaya Movement: Holistic Development and Risk Governance in Sri Lanka. Routledge: London.

Enqi Weng (2020), Media Perceptions of Religious Changes in Australia: Of Dominance and Diversity. Routledge: London.
Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with us? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.  

Call for Papers: Extended Deadline – IRTP Conference 2020

12th Annual International Religious Tourism and Pilgrimage (IRTP) Conference

24th – 27th June 2020, Braga, Portugal (Catholic University of Portugal)

Call for Papers extended until February 21, 2020 – Please note that this is a final deadline extension for abstract submission!

Should you require any additional information about the conference, please visit our conference website:  https://irtp.co.uk/

Call for papers:  http://irtp.co.uk/call-for-papers/

Abstract Submission:  http://irtp.co.uk/abstract-submission/

News: ISAGRAM issue 181, February 2020

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CONFERENCES

Seventh Annual Conference on the History of
Recent Social Science

Institute for the History and Philosophy of
Science and Technology,
University of Toronto, Canada
June 12-13, 2020
Abstracts: February 7, 2020

Heated Identities: Differences, Belonging, and
Populisms in an Effervescent World

XI Portuguese Congress of Sociology
Lisbon, June 29-July 1, 2020
Abstracts: February 13, 2020

Immigration Politics, Refugee Crises, and Ethnic
Dynamics in the Turbulent 2010s: Canada and
Beyond

Canadian Ethnic Studies Association
Saint Mary’s University, Canada
October 16-17, 2020
Abstracts: February 15, 2020

What People Leave Behind: Marks, Traces,
Footprints and their Significance for Social
Sciences

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
June 15-16, 2020
Abstracts: February 15, 2020

Living in a World of Nation States

Institute of Sociology of the Russian
Academy of Sciences
Moscow, Russia
April 15-16, 2020
Abstracts: February 28, 2020

PUBLICATIONS

Bandits, Brigands, and Militants: The Historical
Sociology of Outlaws

Call for papers
Special issue of Journal of Historical Sociology
Abstracts: February 15, 2020

 Childhoods at the Core of Research
Call for papers
Special issue of Sociedad e Infancias
Abstracts: February 15, 2020

Systemics and Complexity Theories
Call for papers
Special issue of World Complexity Science
Academy Journal

Submissions: February 20, 2020

Social Farming for Social Innovation and
Viability in Rural Areas

Call for papers
Special issue of Sustainability
Submissions: February 29, 2020

 Handbook on the Circulation of Academic
Knowledge

Call for contributions
Submissions: March 31, 2020

PRIZE

Norbert Elias Book Prize 2020
Norbert Elias Foundation
Nominations: April 30, 2020

VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior
Sociologists

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021

FELLOWSHIPS

International Postdoctoral Program
Brazilian Center for Analysis and Planning
Applications: February 28, 2020

 7 Doctoral Researcher Positions in Research
Training Group

Bremen International Graduate School of Social
Sciences, Germany
Applications: February 29, 2020

The Ethel Louise Armstrong Post-Doctoral
Fellowship in Disability Studies

Ryerson University, Canada
Applications: March 1, 2020

Tanis Doe Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender,
Disability and Social Justice

Ryerson University, Canada
Applications: March 1, 2020
JOB OPENINGS

2 Doctoral Studentships in Sociology
Södertörn University
Stockholm, Sweden
Applications: February 17, 2020

 Senior Researcher in the Area of Economic
Sociology

Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies
Applications: February 28, 2020

Call for Manuscripts: Ritual Festival & Celebration Series

Proposals for new books in the series should be presented to series editor Jack Santino, at jsantin@bgsu.edu.

Utah State University Press

Celebrations, festivals, and rituals richly express the cultural values of the people who create and participate in them. Volumes in the Ritual, Festival, and Celebration series explore such traditions, both ancient and contemporary, with an emphasis on the political and contested, as well as as the celebratory. We are interested in interdisciplinary approaches: folklore, anthropology, performance studies, and others.

Call For Papers – 2020: Refocusing the Debate on Terrorism.

Thursday 25th June 2020 at the University of Birmingham, UK

Please submit abstracts to https://www.khalmarina.com/2020-refocusing-the-debate-on by 6 March 2020

Khal Marina is delighted to announce its inaugural Counter Terrorism Research Conference on Thursday 25th June 2020 at the University of Birmingham.

​The past 10 years have borne witness to profound developments in global terrorism.  The impact of Far Right & Nationalist movements coupled with the rise of Da’esh and akin militant groups have challenged our understanding terrorism.  Local, national and international developments have forced the global community to debate, question and try to better understand the rationales, motivations and vulnerabilities of contemporary terrorist movements. 

2020Refocusing The Debate on Terrorism is a FREE one-day conference for Counter Terrorism Professionals, Local Authorities and Public Sector organisations to engage in and better understand the academic discourse on contemporary terrorist movements.  It is valuable to all those with who have a safeguarding, investigative or enforcement responsibility in the Counter Terrorism domain. 

See https://www.khalmarina.com/2020-refocusing-the-debate-on for full conference details

Job Opening: RE Council, UK – Literature review

Short Term Contract work: March-April 2020

Expressions of interest outlining suitability for the project should be sent, along with a writing sample, to chiefexecutive@religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk by 5pm on 7th February. 

The RE Council is looking for a researcher to undertake a literature review on work engaging with the concept worldview.  The literature review must include work within the disciplines of religious studies, theology, and religious education.  In addition, it should acknowledge work on worldview in other disciplines where it is relevant to religious education.

The successful candidate will be working with guidance from Professors Trevor Cooling, Denise Cush, and Stephen Pattison, although it will be the successful candidate who is expected to produce the text of the literature review.

Applications are welcome from researchers who wish to undertake the whole review as well as those who would wish to share the work with another researcher.

The successful candidate(s) should have or be working towards a PhD or equivalent in a related field.

It is expected that the work will take place in March and April 2020.

The fee for delivery of the contract to the required high standard will be £8,000.

Interviews will take place on 18th February (virtual interviews will be possible). Potential candidates who would like to discuss the work prior to making an application should feel free to contact Rudolf Eliott Lockhart on chiefexecutive@religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk

Job Opening: Program Officer opening at John Templeton Foundation

Location: Philadelphia metro area, Pennsylvania, USA

Department: Human Sciences (Programs)

Reports to: Director, Human Sciences

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications and experience

Travel: Domestic and international travel as pertinent

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Organization and Position

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. We support research within disciplines ranging from astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to philosophy, psychology, and economics. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. In all cases, our goal is to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery. To catalyze such discoveries, we provide grants for independent academic research on a wide range of topics that relate to the Foundation’s mission.

The Human Sciences department maintains a grants portfolio of more than $70 million of projects around the world. The department supports basic and applied scientific research on a wide array of topics within the social, behavioral, cognitive, and health sciences, especially as they relate to human nature, human flourishing, and the scientific study of religion. Current strategic priorities include health, religion, and spiritualityreligious cognition, the science of character virtue, the dynamics of religious change, and intellectual humility. The Human Sciences department is particularly interested in building capacity and enthusiasm for neglected topics within the academy.

To advance the Foundation’s mission and strengthen our team, the Foundation is seeking a Program Officer for Human Sciences. The Program Officer will work with the Senior Program Associate and the Director of Human Sciences to develop and commission new initiatives to advance the strategic priorities, recruit and review grant proposals, communicate with applicants and grantees regarding the application and review process, and collaborate with our evaluation team to determine the impact of our grants.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Review and analyze grant proposals, prepare funding recommendations, monitor grant performance, and manage the Foundation’s relationship with principle investigators.
  • Develop and commission new ideas for grants and projects, including in collaboration with the Director, Human Sciences, and Vice President, Programs.
  • Evaluate the performance of grants and grantees in conjunction with the Foundation’s department of Planning and Evaluation.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic priority plans.
  • Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and externally, especially to researchers, academic institutions, and in related networking opportunities.
  • Identify and communicate with other funding agencies whose goals overlap with the Foundation’s interests in the human sciences.
  • Organize and participate in conferences, workshops, and symposia relevant to the goals of the Human Sciences department.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Graduate degree in the social, cognitive, behavioral or health sciences (Ph.D. preferred).
  • At least three years of professional experience in a foundation or academic setting.
  • A track record of excellence in writing and editing program-related content, proposals, papers, and presentations.
  • Highly organized with strong analytical skills.
  • Skilled communicator able to work collaboratively with scholars and members of the academic community as well as across internal departments in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission.

Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • A track record of scholarship in scientific study of religion and/or clinical research.
  • Demonstrated interest in at least one of the department’s current strategic priorities.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary academic research.
  • Ability to communicate with scholars and members of the academic community.
  • Ability to build relationships and to maintain professional networks.
  • Ability to understand the Foundation’s mission and core themes.

Benefits

We are committed to caring for our employees and their families through exceptional benefits. We pay for 100% of employee medical, dental and vision premiums, and generously contribute to family premiums. We provide life insurance, short-term disability coverage and long-term disability coverage at no cost to employees. We offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an employer match and additional discretionary contributions. Paid time off includes generous vacation, sick, and personal days. The Foundation offers a unique donation program, enabling employees the ability to direct a $5,000 donation to a mission aligned organization of their choice, with no employee donation required.

Location

The Foundation’s offices are in West Conshohocken, PA, a short drive (~15 miles) from Philadelphia and within walking distance of a commuter train station into downtown Philadelphia. The offices are close to residential and commercial districts with multiple restaurants, as well as Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs where Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College are located. The surrounding area has many walkable communities with an affordable cost of living and a robust variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities, including a vibrant food scene, five professional sports teams, world-class museums, galleries, gardens, and a broad array of music venues and other performing arts institutions. The offices are in close proximity to major highways, with New York City, the Jersey shore, the Pocono Mountains, and the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country all within a two-hour drive. The offices also provide easy access to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (making New York City or Washington, D.C. an easy day trip) and to Philadelphia International Airport, an American Airlines hub serving destinations throughout the U.S. (more than a hundred routes), Caribbean (a dozen routes), and Europe/MENA (more than twenty routes).

To Apply

To learn more about the role, or to apply, please visit www.templetoncareers.org.