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AASR April Newsletter

Book Reviews Editor Wanted

The Journal for the Academic Study of Religion, the publication of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, is seeking a book reviews editor from April 2021 to April 2022, while Rosemary Hancock is on leave. The position involves soliciting and editing academic book reviews from scholars around the world; the journal is published 3 times per year and each issue publishes 4 or 5 reviews. The position does involve posting books, so it is important to have the approval of your university for that task. Please contact Rosemary Hancock if you are interested: rosemary.hancock@nd.edu.au

Books  for Review

Please find the current list of books available for review on the Journal. 

Call for Papers:

Conferences:

46th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion on ‘Hope’, 9-10 December 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 Oct 2021. More info.

Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2021, 20-22 September 2021. Abstract deadline 3 May 2021. More info

Australian Association of Islamic and Muslim Studies (AAIMS), online: “The Future of Islam and Humanity: Local and Global Challenges and Opportunities”. 14-16 September 2021. Proposals due by 1 June 2021. More info.

New New Zealand Association for the Study of Religion Conference on ‘Aotearoa Spirit’, Victoria University of Wellington, 29-30 November 2021. Abstract deadline: 3 September 2021. More info. 

Publications:

Call for papers for the International Journal for the Study of New Religions

Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Events:

1. International seminar series on “Religion, Crisis and Disaster”. Upcoming: ‘Religion and Crisis in Nepal’, by Prof. David Gellner, University of Oxford on 7 April 2021. 
Talks will be online between February 24 – April 28, always on Wednesdays at 7pm in Sydney/4pm Perth (to allow for time difference with Europe and the Americas). More info

2. ICA 2021 Preconference Program: Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion and Gender May 27, 2021. More info

PhD opportunity:

Religion, Society and Culture Network, Deakin University
Religion — beliefs and believers, institutions, social justice contributions, personal spirituality — plays a crucial role in areas of health, well-being, and safe and secure communities. While so-called secular Australia is in constant dialogue (and sometimes tension) with religion at the institutional level (child abuse, inter-faith disputes, the roles of women, other beliefs which seem to contradict the public policies of society), the contributions of religious leaders and believers are multiple. The Network is concerned with how such debates can be more fully acknowledged and considered, especially in relation to the growing recognition of Indigenous Australian spiritual beliefs, and in the increasing presence of Moslem, Hindu, Jewish, Buddhist and other religious faiths.
What does “Australia” have to say in the dialogue between faiths and between secular and religious worldviews? Proposals for a PhD project that would investigate the role played by religion either historically and/or in contemporary cultures are sought. It might be based in sociological and policy-making approaches (potential supervisors are Anna Halafoff and Andrew Singleton), educational studies, ideological or theological approaches (Lyn McCredden, Ly Hon Tan). Supervisors in the Network for Religion, Society and Culture have a range of expertise in religious studies, with particular strengths in Buddhist studies (John Power, Anna Halafoff), Indigenous and postcolonial studies (Joanna Cruickshank, Lyn McCredden, Gillian Tan), fundamentalisms, religion and conspiracy theories (Geoff Boucher, Anna Halafoff, Andrew Singleton), evangelicalism, media and religion. (Enqi Weng), religion and education (Brendan Hyde, Dawn Joseph)
Application details, application due 1 May 2021.

AASR March Newsletter

Call for Papers:

Conferences

New STEMM and belief in diverse contexts: publics, praxis, policy & pluralism. 7-9 July 2021, online conference. Abstract deadline: 12 March 2021. More info

UK – 2021 Implicit Religion, Race, and Representation (Online), 21-23 May 2021. Abstract deadline: 15 March 2021. More info

82nd Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion on Communicating Religion’s Relevance, 7-10 Aug 2021. Abstract deadline: 31 March 2021. More info

Australian Political Studies Association Annual Conference 2021, 20-22 September 2021. Abstract deadline 3 May 2021. More info 

Publications

Call for Book Proposals in Modern East Asian Religion and Culture

Call for papers for the International Journal for the Study of New Religions

Call for papers: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Events:

1. Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry’s Religion & Theology seminar series – Thomas A. Lewis, 10 March 2021, 11am Melbourne. To register

2. The Australian Women in Religion project: Wikipedia edit-a-thon on Saturday 13th March – 10am to 4pm. More info/to register.

3. (Con)spirituality, Science and COVID-19 Colloquium, 25-26 March 2021, AEDT. This colloquium is the first to bring together leading scholars and practitioners from the UK, EU, USA, Canada and Australia. To register.

4. International seminar series on “Religion, Crisis and Disaster” 
Talks will be online between February 24 – April 28, always on Wednesdays at 7pm in Sydney/4pm Perth (to allow for time difference with Europe and the Americas), except for Simon Coleman’s talk, which will be on 3rd of March at 12pm Sydney/9am Perth. More info

5. ICA 2021 Preconference Program: Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion and Gender May 27, 2021. More info

Opportunities:

2021 ATF Theological Book Prize. Submission by 31 March 2021. More info.

Job Opening: Science and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge

Research Fellow, ‘Science and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Britain’, Department of Theology and Religion, University of Birmingham

Part time 80% FTE, fixed term for 24 months

This position is for a post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the new Templeton Religion Trust-funded research project, ‘Science and the Transmission of Islamic Knowledge in Britain’. This project will investigate how the relationship between Islam and science is understood and discussed by those involved in the transmission of Islamic knowledge and the establishment of Islamic authority in Britain. It will examine: if, and how, scientific concepts are used by Muslim religious leaders to legitimise their arguments; if Islamic education centres and religious leaders oppose any scientific theories, and if so what movements influence them; and how Muslim leaders’ answers to questions about science and Islam are affected by UK policy context and Muslims’ position within British society. It will provide one of the first in-depth portraits of whether, when and how Muslim religious leaders interact with scientific concepts and popular narratives about science.

The post holder will work with the Principal Investigator and external Co-investigator to conduct ethnographic observation of women’s and co-educational Islamic educational institutions as well as interview research with current and in-training Muslim religious leaders. They will also assist in research by carrying out literature reviews, conducting data analysis and writing up research findings. The post holder will be expected to engage in, and support, aspects of project dissemination, team meetings and international networking activities, including contributing the project-related websites, workshops and seminars. They will also be expected to effectively contribute to the presentation and dissemination of research outputs, including developing academic and non-academic publications/presentations.

Some of the responsibilities of this role are outlined below.

  • With the PI and Co-I, negotiate access to research sites and interviewees.
  • Conduct ethnographic and interview research at two case study sites, as well as interviews at a variety of settings around the UK.
  • Undertake research administration and support the PI and Co-I in research management.
  • Analyse and interpret data gathered for the project.
  • Co-ordinate the collaborative preparation of findings for dissemination to academic and non-academic audiences both in the UK and internationally.
  • Present research outputs at UK-based and international conferences and contribute to academic publications.
  • Actively contribute to public reports based on the data collected and related public/media engagement activity.
  • Work with Muslim educational and community organisations to set up forums for the discussion and dissemination of the research.
  • Provide guidance to support staff and any students and colleagues who may be assisting with research.

For informal inquiries, please contact Dr Stephen Jones (PI) at s.h.jones@bham.ac.uk.

As this vacancy has limited funding, the maximum salary that can be offered is Grade 7, salary £30,942.

Closing date: 24th Feb 2021 Reference: 12098

Job Opening: Digital Researcher

Goldsmiths, University of London – Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Dept of Social Therapeutic and Community Studies

Location: New Cross
Salary: £39,306.20 to £43,783.32
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Placed On:
6th January 2021

Closes:
11th January 2021 (12 noon)

Job Ref: 433060

Pay Scale: Grade 7 (Spine point 32)
Duration: 25th January 2021 – 18th September 2021

This is an exciting opportunity for a Digital Researcher to join a thriving research unit on religion and belief in the public sphere. You will design and deliver a comprehensive online platform for policy makers in health and social care who are seeking to engage with the diversity of religion and belief among their service users and patients. You will combine some or all of an interest in the study of religion and belief, understanding of the health and social care sector, and a high level of digital skills to deliver the following key roles:

  • Collate a searchable database of sources and resources around religion, belief and policy for use by policy makers in health and social care on an open access basis;
  • Maintain and further develop a network of policy makers, practitioners and service providers in the area of religion and belief in health and social care;
  • Design an attractive and highly accessible web platform
  • Design and deliver a highly effective approach to uses of social media;
  • Write for academic publishing;
  • Build small-scale funding proposals to support the ongoing life of the project.

Applications from Black Asian and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and from other people of other minority identities are particularly welcomed.

All applicants should enclose a two page letter of application (max) highlighting their suitability and eligibility for the post, together with a two page CV.

Closing date for applications: 11th January 2021 (12 noon)

Digital Researcher at Goldsmiths, University of London (jobs.ac.uk)

Postdoc in the Sociology of Religion

Happy New Year dear SocRel colleagues!

I would like to draw your attention to a 2-year post doc open at the University of Helsinki, with a focus on sociology of religion (religion in Europe, religion and migration, stats skills preferred, but all considered).

https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/avoimet-tyopaikat/postdoctoral-researcher

Please share!

Best,
Dr Titus Hjelm
Associate Professor in the Study of Religion
Department of Cultures
University of Helsinki

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Sociology

Assistant Professor – Sociology Pacific University Forest Grove, OR
Information at the Pacific University website.

Focus on quantitative sociology

The department of Sociology, Anthropology, Criminal Justice Law and Society (SOANCJ) at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon is seeking an Assistant Professor of Sociology (tenure-track) to join the department in Fall 20

  • In alignment with the university’s mission to mentor students to be individuals who ‘think, care, create, and pursue justice in our world,’ the SOANCJ department strives to ‘engage students to create learning environments that foster critical and creative thinking using social science research and methods regarding the context, origins, and solutions to pressing social issues.’ The successful candidate’s approach to teaching, research, and university service will align with these mission statements. Candidates must have a PhD in Sociology or related field by September 1st, 20
  • The department seeks an individual with a quantitative background in sociology who demonstrates a promise for excellent teaching and mentorship of students and who will be able to teach courses within a liberal arts context. In addition to a promise for excellent teaching and mentorship, the successful candidate will implement a promising research agenda. Tenure-track faculty at Pacific teach 20 credits (typically, five courses) per year. The successful candidate will be asked to teach First Year Seminar (FYS), Social Statistics, Quantitative Research Methods and other courses in their specialty. We especially encourage scholars with a specialty in ethnic/intersectional studies and/or an interest in contributing to the development of an ethnic/intersectional studies program to apply. Pacific University is located in Forest Grove, Oregon, twenty-five miles west of Downtown Portland.
  • ISA Publications Committee looking for a Social Media Manager

    The International Sociological Association’s Publications Committee is looking for a Social Media Manager. We have really little time to fill the position and deadline is approaching soon (Dec 18th)

    I kindly request you disseminate the CFA among your contacts and potential candidates

    https://www.isa-sociology.org/uploads/imgen/866-isa-social-media-manager.pdf

    ECR (including PhD students) and colleagues from under-represented regions are particularly welcome. If you could identify someone who has the experience and the stamina to join the team, please encourage them to apply.

    I will be glad to answer any queries the potential candidates may have. Please ask them to contact me directly at eloisamartin@hotmail.com .

    Thanks a lot!
    Stay safe and healthy!

    Dr. Eloísa Martín
    Associate Professor, United Arab Emirates University
    Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (on leave)
    Vice-President for Publications, International Sociological Association (ISA)
    Chair, ISA Human Rights Committee

    ISAGRAM: Issue 189, November 2020

    Some Research Committees, Working and Thematic
    Groups opened a new Call for Abstracts
    Submission deadline: November 12, 2020, 24:00 GMT

    VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior
    Sociologists


    International Sociological Association
    Submissions: March 31, 2021

    ISA Award for Excellence in Research and
    Practice


    International Sociological Association
    Submissions: May 30, 2021

    GLOBAL SOCIOLOGY AND THE
    CORONAVIRUS
    Publications
    Webinars

    CONFERENCES

     Social and Political Constitution of the Economy
    International Max Planck Research School, Germany
    March 24-26, 2021
    Submissions: November 8, 2020

    Comparative Studies in Modern Society: Balkans
    in European and Global Context

    Albanian Sociological Association
    University of Prizren Ukshin Hoti, Kosovo
    March 19-20, 2021
    Abstracts: January 19, 2021

    FELLOWSHIPS

    Postdoctoral Fellowships
    Cluster of Excellence “The Politics of Inequality”
    University of Konstanz, Germany
    Applications: December 13, 2020

     Doctoral Fellowship on Coping with Instability
    in Market Societies

    Max Planck Sciences Po Center
    Paris, France
    Applications: January 21, 2021

    PUBLICATIONS

     Managerial Culture and Work Identity in
    Education Systems

    Call for papers
    Special issue of Sociologia del lavoro
    Deadline: December 15, 2020

    Reconstructing Social Space: Spatial Dynamics
    through Gendered, Cultural and Emotional
    Lenses

    Call for papers
    Deadline: December 20, 2020

    Pandemic Politics
    Call for papers
    Special Issue of Acta Academica
    Submissions: February 28, 2021

    Demographic Aspects of the COVID-19
    Pandemic and its Consequences

    Call for papers
    Special issue of the Vienna Yearbook of
    Population Research

    Submissions: March 31, 2021

    JOB OPENINGS

    Lecturer of Sociology
    Dept. of Anthropology, Sociology and
    Criminology
    Troy University, USA
    Applications: Open till the position is filled.

     Assistant Professor of Urban Sociology
    Department of Sociology
    University of Toronto, Canada
    Applications: November 23, 2020

     Associate Professor or Professor of Urban
    Sociology

    Department of Sociology
    University of Toronto, Canada
    Applications: November 23, 2020

     2 Associate Researchers on Sustainability
    National Autonomous University of Mexico,
    Mexico
    Applications: November 26, 2020

    AASR September Newsletter

    The Call for Paper for the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion (AASR) is now open. Submission for abstracts is open till 31 October 2020. Please check out our website for more information. We look forward to seeing you there.

    Call for Papers:

    Conferences
    36th ISSR/SISR ‘Religion in Global/Local Perspectives: Diffusion, Migration, Transformation’ Conference, 12-15 July 2021, Taipei, Taiwan. Call for sessions: 15 July to 15 September 2020. Call for papers: 1 October to 15 November 2020. More info

    A Continuing Legacy of Persian Poetry and Music, Australian National University, 27 November 2020. Submission deadline 20 September 2020. More info

    3rd ANU Religion Conference – Religion and Migration: Culture and Policy. Canberra, 8-10 December 2021 (new date). Proposal deadline 21 May 2021. More info 

    Publications
    Call for Chapters: Exploring multilingualism, religion and spirituality in Australian life. Deadline 15 September 2020. 

    Call for paper: Religions‘ special issue: “Pandemic, Religion and Non-religion”Deadline 31 August 2020. 

    Call for papers on Religions’ special issue: ‘Religion, Law and Politics‘. Deadline 18 December 2020. 

    Call for papers: Special Issue on “Historizing Islamophobia”. Deadline February 2021. 
    Virtual Events
    Please note some activities from IAHR that may be of interest:
    1. Virtual Book Fair 

    2. The IAHR webinar: “Reflections on the Study of Religion in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Past, Present, and Prospect”Roundtable participants, in order of speaking: Profs. Paul Morris, Will Sweetman, John Shaver, and Ben Schonthal. Chair: Prof. Ann Taves (IAHR Vice-President)
    Time: Sep 16, Wed, 8:00PM-9:30PM GMT  (=Sep 17, 08:00AM in Auckland, New Zealand)
    https://otago.zoom.us/j/99875715215?pwd=eVltVHJZT1UwN0NVNWxkNGVIc0dUZz09
    Meeting ID: 998 7571 5215, Passcode: 882084

    3. The IAHR-WSN webinar: “Announcing a New IAHR Women Scholars Network Webinar Series”Presenters: Profs. Rosalind Hackett, Morny Joy (founders), Jenny Berglund, Jay Johnston (outgoing coordinators), Milda Ališauskienė, Amy Allocco, (incoming coordinators)Program:Introducing the IAHR-WSNPresentation of founders and coordinatorsPlanned future activitiesSuggestions from members on future activitiesQuestions & Answers
    Time: Sep 21, Mon, 2:00 PM-3:00PM GMT
    https://zoom.us/j/94932973049?pwd=Rm5iYk10SDdLaTk2dTdrS0lqZU1QZz09
    Meeting ID: 949 3297 3049, Passcode: 465973
    Grant/PhD/Job Opportunities:
    Research Fellow in Ecotheology / Philosophy of Religion, University of Oslo Faculty of Theology

    PhD Position in Framing of Apocrypha in Coptic Manuscripts, University of Oslo The Faculty of Theology
    Latest Publications:
    Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Anne Hamilton-Byrne and the Family: Charisma, Criminality, and Media in the Construction of an Australian ‘Cult’ Leader‘, Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions 24(1): 31-54. 

    Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘The Enneagram: G. I. Gurdjieff’s Esoteric Symbol‘, Aries: Journal for the Study of Western Esotericism 20(1): 31-54. 
     
    Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Leaving New Religious Movements’, in Daniel Enstedt, Göran Larsson, and Teemu T. Mantsinen (eds), Handbook of Leaving Religion, Leiden and Boston: Brill, 231-241. 

    Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Esoteric Tourism in Scotland: Rosslyn Chapel, The Da Vinci Code, and the Appeal of the ‘New Age’’, in Jonathan M. Wooding and Lorna Barrow (eds), Prophecy, Memory and Fate in the Early and Medieval Celtic World, Sydney Series in Celtic Studies, Sydney University Press, 247-270. 

    Cusack, Carole M. (2020), ‘Fiction and the Memory of ‘Cultic Violence’: Charisma, Power and Gender in Peoples Temple and the Manson Family’, New Literary Observer, No. 163 (Russian). 

    Kim, David W. (ed)(2020) New Religious Movements in Modern Asian History: Sociocultural Alternatives. Rowman & Littlefield. 

    Rane, Halim et al (2020), ‘Islam in Australia: A National Survey of Muslim Australian Citizens and Permanent Residents’Religions, 11, 419.
     
    Milani, Milad (2020), ‘The “Sufism” of Monsieur Ibrahim’, Cultural Fusion of Sufi Islam: Alternative Paths to Mystical Faith, Routledge 9781138615038.

    Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Shariati, Ali’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

    Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Neo-Sufism’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

    Milani, Milad (2020), ‘Sufism’, The SAGE Encyclopedia of the Sociology of Religion, Sage Publications 9781473942202.

    Trompf, G. and Milani, Milad (2019), ‘From “Zurvanism” to Mazdak’, The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.

    Milani, Milad (2019), ‘Classic Sufism and Gnosis’, The Gnostic World, Routledge 9781138673939.

    ASA Job Bank: Research Associate and Visiting Faculty

    The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to section members:

    Job ID: 16471
    Institution: Harvard Divinity School
    Department: Women’s Studies in Religion Program
    Title: Research Associate and Visiting Faculty
    Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant/Associate Professor, Academic Positions: Full Professor, Academic Positions: Lecturer
    Areas/Special Programs: Sex and Gender , Religion

    For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at http://jobbank.asanet.org.