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AHRC Midlands4cities PhD scholarship opportunities

Please see below for information re PhD funding at Coventry University (and other university across the Midlands, UK). These are funded PhD opportunities both for specific projects as well as open call scholarships.

There is an opportunity to study with me on a specific project that will Uncover the history of inter-religious relations in Coventry, details here:

Further open call opportunities are also available and I am happy to take enquiries about student-led projects. See links below for further details:

Coventry University is proud to be one of eight universities in the Midlands4Cities (M4C) Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP). The Midlands4Cities DTP will fund and train the next generation of highly skilled arts and humanities researchers through PhD Scholarships:

AHRC Midlands4cities scholarships

Position Open – Lecturer/Research Fellow – Buddhism (Level B)

Lecturer/Research Fellow – Buddhism (Level B) – Nan Tien InstituteWollongong NSW AUSTRALIAFixed Term full-time (3 years) 

Closing date: Monday 24 August 2020

Nan Tien Institute (NTI) is a private, not for profit, government accredited higher education provider offering courses in the areas of Buddhist studies, health and wellbeing.

Today NTI operates from its own state-of-the-art campus on the South Coast of New South Wales, which incorporates contemplative education and fosters an environment for holistic learning, allowing students to contribute to the advancement and integration of knowledge, culture and ethical understanding, both within their own lives and within the lives of others.

Accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency, NTI offers postgraduate programs in Applied Buddhist Studies, Health and Social Wellbeing, Humanistic Buddhism and Mental Health. We also offer customised Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs and special interest subjects across the areas of meditation, mindfulness and health.

The Lecturer/Research Fellow in Buddhism is responsible to carry out research in Humanistic Buddhism and teaching in the Applied Buddhist Studies and Humanistic Buddhism courses.

How to apply:

Please provide us with a copy of your resume and cover letter addressing the above selection criteria.

For enquiries please contact Human Resources on 02 4258 0746 or email

Nan Tien Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For further details visit:

PhD scholarship: Religion, Materiality and the African Diaspora in Australia

Western Sydney University’s Religion and Society Research Cluster is advertising a fully-funded PhD scholarship in the ARC Discovery project “The African Diaspora in Australia: New Perspectives on Materiality, Media and Religion.” Within this larger project, the PhD candidate will conduct ethnographic research with religious communities of African migrants and refugees in Australia. The PhD project will be developed within the fields of diaspora, globalisation and material religion studies. As such, an ideal candidate will be trained in the social sciences and interested in one or more of these topics:

Material culture, the body, religious experiences, the senses, aesthetics, lived religion, ritual practices, infrastructures (e.g., the city, church buildings), mediatisation (traditional and new media), and transnational and translocal connections.

Please circulate it to your networks. More details:

Maternity cover lecturing opportunity at Bath Spa University in Religions, Philosophies and Ethics,

Sept 2020 up to 12 months Lecturer

This is a fixed-term post, with a strong focus on learning, teaching and module administration, the provision of high quality student experience and student recruitment. You must be able to deliver teaching in non-Western philosophies (Indian and/or Chinese) as well as contribute to a broad range of modules in Religions, Philosophy and Ethics at Levels 4, 5 and 6.

Call for new editor eSymposium, International Sociological Association (ISA)

Deadline for applications is June 20th, 2020

The ISA is now seeking expressions of interest for the position of editor for eSymposium. The editorship is a position which not only confers prestige on the editor and their department and university, but also provides special opportunities for the professional development of staff and students working on the journal. The editor will be in a position to establish international contacts and learn about the wide range of interesting work being published outside of what may be commonly accessible in any single country, while developing their creative ideas to engage a diverse audience of sociologists worldwide.

Deadline for applications is June 20th, 2020. More details and information here: Or by email

Position: Journal Mental Health, Religion & Culture are looking for an Associate Editor

Mental Health, Religion & Culture (MHRC) is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing empirically-based work which explores the relationships between mental health and aspects of religion and culture, and discusses conceptual and philosophical aspects. Contributions are encouraged from a range of disciplines including: psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences, philosophy, theology and religious studies, community and social work, counselling and pastoral work.

The journal is published ten times per year and has an expert senior editor team of Kate Loewenthal, Simon Dein, Christopher Alan Lewis and Kenneth Pargament. 

The journal is now seeking a small team of Associate Editors (AEs) to help the journal build on its current success.  AEs will work collaboratively with the journal’s senior editors to enhance and maintain the journal’s quality and reputation.

Time commitment is flexible, but the AE needs to be willing and able to reserve enough time to work with manuscripts to ensure a smooth, timely, and high-quality peer review process.

The work of the AEs will be voluntary, and the time commitment will be flexible, however AEs need to be willing and able to reserve enough time to work on 3 – 6 manuscripts per year.  We offer a 3-year term, which can be renewed. Working as an AE of MHRC will be a rewarding and learning experience, on a team where collaborative spirit and mutual learning are valued.

It will be the AE’s primary responsibility to ensure a smooth, timely, and high-quality peer review process.  This will involve

All manuscript handling will involve working on ScholarOne.

Preliminary assessment of manuscripts

Papers will be assigned to the AE based on the keywords, expertise and interests of the AE.  At assignment the option to decline to handle a paper will be available for reasons such as a conflict of interest or poor timing of the request.  Once a paper has been assigned, the AE will be expected to read the paper to make a preliminary assessment as to whether the paper should be sent for review. 

Overseeing and coordinating the review process

If the AE’s initial assessment is favourable the AE will select suitable reviewers to consider the manuscript.  The AE will use their knowledge of the subject area, their network and online tools to aid in identifying and recruiting appropriate reviewers. 

The AE will take responsibility for sending invitations to review and managing the peer review process until there are at least 2 double-blinded peer reviews available.  This will include keeping track on the progress of the paper and selecting more reviewer names if those initially invited decline to review.

Making editorial decisions about papers

After reviewer reports are submitted the AE will use the comments to decide whether the paper is suitable for the journal.  For papers that are suitable the AE will provide the authors guidance on how to address the reviewers’ comments and any other matters the AE highlights that will improve the paper.  If the reviews are negative a reject decision can be made.

After a first decision has been made on the paper, where revisions are requested, the AE will be expected to also handle any revised paper submitted, re-reading the paper, sending for re-review and making a further decision. 

Liaising with authors for revisions

When the paper is at a standard the AE considers acceptable for publication in the journal a final read will be required and where unsatisfactory text or revisions are found the authors should be asked to improve the manuscript before it is sent to our production colleagues.

Throughout the process you will have the support of our Journal Editorial Office colleague, Suruthi Dhavaseelan, who will assist with any process queries about ScholarOne. There is also online training available to AEs if required.

The Editors will provide guidance for the AE for all matters relating to the academic merits of the papers being handled. 

The Portfolio Manager, Liz Baker, is also available for advice and support if necessary.

The Editor Resources pages provides valuable assistance for queries on a range of publishing topics.


If you are interested in becoming an AE for MHRC, please e-mail your CV and a 1-page statement of interest explaining your qualifications and motivation for this position to the Portfolio Manager, Ms Liz Baker (, before Friday 24th July, 2020.

Liz Baker, (
May 2020

ISAGRAM issue 182, March 2020


Feminist Approaches to Justice: Sexual Violence and
the Peace-to-War Continuum

UN Commission on the Status of Women
ISA Parallel event
New York, USA
March 11, 2020

Democracy in Crisis
International Social Theory Consortium
University of South Florida, USA
May 14-16, 2020
Abstracts March 15, 2020
Multidimensional Risks in the XXI Century
ISA TG04  – ESA RN22 Risk & Uncertainty
Joint Midterm Conference
Narni and Perugia, Italy
October 13-14, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Law and Digital Society: Re-Imagining the Futures
ISA Research Committee on Sociology of Law
Lund University, Sweden
August 24-26, 2020
Abstracts: March 15, 2020

Max Weber Around the World
A Workshop in Commemoration of the 100th
Anniversary of his Death
Istanbul, Turkey
October 19-20, 2020
Abstracts: March 20, 2020

Culture, Politics, and Education in the Trump Era
Chicago Ethnography Conference
DePaul University, USA
April 25, 2020
Abstracts: March 25, 2020

 Rethinking the free time/work time divide
Université Paris-Est Créteil, France
October 8-9, 2020
Proposals: April 1, 2020


 The Palgrave Handbook of Global Social Problems
Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Oxford Handbook of the Power, Politics and Social

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Elgar’s Handbook of Global Aging and Welfare

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Creating Mixed Communities through Housing
Policies: Global Perspectives

Call for papers
Special Issue of Journal of Urban Affairs
Abstracts: March 31, 2020


RC33 Best Paper Award and Best Paper by a Young
Scholar Award 2020

Research Committee on Logic and Methodology in
Sociology (RC33)
Submissions: March 31, 2020

VIII ISA Worldwide Competition for Junior

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021


Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences 2020
Linking Theory and Empirical Research
Berlin, Germany
July 20-30, 2020
Applications: March 22, 2020

4 Ad Astra PhD Scholarship
University College Dublin, Ireland
Applications: March 31, 2020

Travel Grant for Starting Scholars from Overseas
The 93rd Annual Meeting of the Japan Sociological
Matsuyama University, Japan
October 31- November 1, 2020
Applications: April 16, 2020

Full-time Assistant Professor in International

Central European University
Vienna, Austria
Applications: March 31, 2020

AASR February Newsletter

Call for Papers:


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: 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 

Call for chapters on Bloomsbury Handbook of Religion, Gender and Sexuality. Deadline 31 April 2020. 

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.
CISAC Islamic Studies Colloquium for 2020, 28 Feb 2020, 3-5pm, RSVP by 22 Feb. Online participation via Zoom. More info.
Job Opportunities
Postdoctoral Research Associate in Catholic Studies, Durham University

Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Freiburg

Research Assistant in Jewish-Christian Relations in Past and Present, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin Faculty of Theology

University Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, University of Helsinki

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

Have you a new event, job opportunity or latest publication to share with AASR? Please get in touch with the AASR’s Communication Officer, Dr Enqi Weng, at with details by mid of 2nd and 4th week of each month to be included in our newsletter. Thank you.  

Postdoctoral research post: Sex Abuse within the Catholic Church

Three-year postdoctoral research vacancy at Durham University, UK, on the project: Boundary Breaking: Exploring the Ecclesial Implications of Sex Abuse within the Catholic Church.   

This is an excellent opportunity for an ECR. The candidate needs a thorough knowledge of Catholic ecclesial systems and a competence in the scholarly analysis of the doctrine and practice of the Catholic Church. In the light of the experienced difficulties facing the church, how might positive change be facilitated? Candidates will be required to work with a broad range of people, and with complex and sensitive issues; candidates will also need to be sensitive to gender and power dynamics. A job share will also be considered. Please see below for more details: