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Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network – June 2021 Newsletter

Please find below the NSRN’s June 2021 newsletter. News and announcements made by the NSRN and submitted by NSRN members are distributed monthly in this newsletter. To submit an announcement, news, or other relevant information to the next newsletter, please contact the NSRN Managing Editors at editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

Launch of new newsletter – June 2021

Welcome! The NSRN is pleased to announce the launch of its new monthly newsletter. This newsletter replaces the old NSRN Listservs. The old Listservs are no longer monitored and will be deleted at the end of June. Moving forward, this newsletter will contain information about NSRN events and announcements as well as information and announcements submitted by network members. The newsletter is very much intended as a way for network members to share resources and news with one another. To submit content to the newsletter, please contact the NSRN Managing Editors at editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

NSRN 2021 Conference – June 16-18, 2021

The NSRN’s 2021 conference will be taking place (online via Zoom) June 16-18. The event is free for all to attend. A copy of the preliminary conference program can be found here. A final version of the program will be emailed to all those who have registered for the event.

Registration for the event is open until June 11. To register, please complete the registration form available here.

Paid postdoctoral opportunity with the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project

The Nonreligion in a Complex Future (NCF) project is seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is fluent in English and has proficiency in Norwegian, Danish or Swedish. This position is an ideal opportunity for a scholar whose research relates to the study of society and social change. Time will be allocated for the candidate to work on their own research, but the primary responsibilities will be to assist in supporting the ongoing international research of the NCF project.

The duration of this position is one year with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The postdoctoral researcher will receive a salary of $36,000 CAD per year and will begin no later than September 1, 2021.

More details, including application instructions can be found here.

Application Deadline: June 15, 2021

Publications and Resources

·         Secular Studies 3(1)- https://brill.com/view/journals/secu/3/1/secu.3.issue-1.xml. This issue was guest edited by NSRN members Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme and Zachary Munro. Several other NSRN members also contributed to this issue.

·         Secularism & Nonreligion article by Malcolm Katrak and Shardool Kulkarni: “Unravelling the Indian Conception of Secularism: Tremors of the Pandemic and Beyond.” https://secularismandnonreligion.org/articles/10.5334/snr.145/

If you have resources you would like to share in our next newsletter, or would like to announce other publications, please email editor.nsrn@gmail.com.

ISAGRAM: Issue 196, June 2021

CONFERENCES

Connecting Time Use Research with Public
Policies, Organizations and Society

International Association for Time Use Research
Barcelona, Spain
October 27-29, 2021
Abstracts: Extended to June 18, 2021

Bodies in the Pandemic Context
ISA RC54 The Body in the Social Sciences
Online Conference
September 2-4, 2021
Abstracts: July 30, 2021

Conflict, Confinement & Immorality
(In)justice International
National Pingtung University of Science and
Technology, Taiwan
March 22-25, 2022
Abstracts: September 10, 2021

FELLOWSHIPS

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Sociology of
Culture

Department of Sociology at Unicamp
Campinas, Brazil
Applications: June 20, 2021

21 PhD Scholarships in Sociology

Network for the Advancement fo Social and
Political Studies
University of Milan, Italy
Applications: June 28, 2021

28 Fellowships
French Institutes for Advanced Study
Paris/ Lyon/ Marseille/ Montpellier/ Nantes, France
Applications: July 6, 2021

PUBLICATIONS

Covid-19 and Crime Landscape in Africa
Call for papers
Special Issue of International Journal of
Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology

Submissions open, till an issue is completed

Policy Transfer and Learning in the Context of
COVID-19 Pandemic

Call for papers
Thematic issue of Public Policy Studies
Abstracts: July 15, 2021

 Children, Youth and Time
Call for papers
Edited volume of Sociological Studies of
Children & Youth

Submissions: August 15, 2021

JOB OPENINGS

Two Assistant Professors in Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Applications:  June 14, 2021

5 PhD positions in Analysis of Social and
Economic Processes

University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Applications: June 16, 2021

Tenure-track Positions for Assistant, Associate
or Full Research Fellows

Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica
Taipei, Taiwan
Applications: June 30, 2021

 Full-time Tenure-Track Sociology Professor
The Social Sciences Department
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Lima, Peru
Applications: August 1, 2021

AASR May Newsletter

Announcement

The Special Issue on Religion and Violence (2020; Vol. 33, No. 3) is now published with the Journal of the Academic Study of Religion. This Special Issue is guest edited by Dr Kathleen McPhillips, with the following papers:

Conferences

National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info. 

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. 

Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 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 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: Special Issue “Female Mystics and the Divine Feminine in the Global Sufi Experience”. Deadline 1 July 2021. 

Upcoming Event:

Buddhism in the Far North of Australia pre-WWII: (In)visibility, colonialism and lived religion. 17 June 2021. 4-5.30pm. Zoom event. More info.

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

Selby Old Fellowship in Religious History of the Orthodox Christian Faith, University of Sydney

New Publications:

Andrew Singleton, Mary Lou Rasmussen, Anna Halafoff and Gary Bouma (2021). Freedoms, Faiths and Futures: Teenage Australians on Religion, Sexuality and Diversity. Bloomsbury. 

Enqi Weng and Fethi Mansouri (2021). ‘‘Swamped by Muslims’ and facing an ‘African gang’ problem: racialized and religious media representations in Australia’Continuum

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Cao Đài and Gucheon Sangje: Ethnical Grassroots Religious Movements in Colonial Vietnam and Korea’InternationalJournal of Religion and Spirituality in Society 11, 2: 81-101.

David W. Kim (2021). ‘Public Trust Lost and a Sign of Retroflexion: The Socio-Political Ecology of the Korean Church during the COVID-19 Pandemic’Journal of Church and State, https://doi.org/10.1093/jcs/csab006

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.  

Lectureship in British Muslim Studies – Cardiff University

The Centre for the Study of Islam in the UK at Cardiff University is hiring! They’re seeking a 12-month cover for staff research leave. The primary duties involve postgraduate and undergraduate teaching, though there is also scope for research activity and community outreach with our team of scholars. All queries are welcome, though they’re looking for someone with expertise in qualitative research methods and social theory, and familiarity with Muslims and mental health would be a benefit.

Full details are available at this link:

https://krb-sjobs.brassring.com/TGnewUI/Search/Home/HomeWithPreLoad?partnerid=30011&siteid=5460&PageType=searchResults&SearchType=linkquery&LinkID=6#jobDetails=1807968_5460

We are moving quickly on this – applications are open til 23 June, so please consider applying and share within your networks.

AASR May Newsletter

Call for Papers:

Conferences:

National Graduate Student Workshop: Representing Belief, 7-8 December 2021 (online). Application deadline: 30 Sep 2021. More info.

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.

New Intellectual Authority and its Changing Infrastructures in North American and Australian Christianity, 1960s-2010s, ACU and Deakin University (online), 29-30 July 2021. Abstract deadline: 30 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 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. ICA 2021 Preconference Program: Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion and Gender. May 27, 2021. More info

Job Opportunity:

Deputy Director, Contemplative Studies Centre, University of Melbourne

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