Category Archives: Prizes

SOCREL Postgrad essay prize – EXTENDED DEADLINE 31 May

The Socrel executive has agreed to extend the deadline for the Peter B Clarke Memorial Essay Prize one further time. We didn’t receive many submissions and want to ensure there is enough for a satisfactory competition. Perhaps this pandemic has created conditions that don’t favour postgraduates committing time to put an essay together, and that would be perfectly understandable.

We will try once more. If you’re a current postgrad writing on the sociology of religion, please consider submitting an essay to us. It should be 6-7000 words including references, and the winner will receive £100 cash prize and £50 book voucher, sponsored by Taylor & Francis, as well as registration for a forthcoming Socrel annual conference, when next we are able to meet.

Full details are on our website, including the cover sheet. (The papers still have the original deadline of 15 April.) https://britsoc.co.uk/groups/study-groups/sociology-of-religion-study-group/funding/ And if you are supervising a student, please pass this on for their consideration.

Donner Institute Prize 2020

The nominations should be submitted by 31 May 2020.

The Donner Institute Prize for Outstanding Research into Religion 2020

The Donner Institute for Research in Religious and Cultural History hereby calls for nominations for its annual prize for outstanding research into religion. The nominations should be submitted by 31 May 2020. The prize announcement is posted on our website: https://www.donnerinstitute.fi/en/current-3/nominate-a-candidate-for-the-2020-donner-research-prize/

SOCREL Postgraduate Essay Prize

Extended deadline to 30 April 

This year’s essay prize is open for current postgraduates who become members with Socrel. Details are on our website, and I want to flag that we have extended the deadline to 30 April for submissions. You’ve got a month to go – please send us your writing. If you are a supervisor of PhD researchers in the sociology of religion, please pass this opportunity on to them. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/groups/study-groups/sociology-of-religion-study-group/funding/

SOCREL Posts and Essay Prize

We’re pleased to publish a new blog post this week from Ali Kassem, a doctoral researcher at the University of Sussex and winner of the 2019 Peter B Clarke Memorial Essay Prize. Ali writes about his research among women who wear hijab in Lebanon, and he reflects on the benefits of putting his thoughts into the essay and the positive effect of feedback and review he’s received since winning. You can read his post here:https://socrelstudygroup.blogspot.com/2020/04/islamophobia-and-decolonising-sociology.html

This year’s essay prize is open for current postgraduates who become members with Socrel. Details are on our website, and I want to flag that we have extended the deadline to 30 April for submissions. You’ve got a month to go – please send us your writing. If you are a supervisor of PhD researchers in the sociology of religion, please pass this opportunity on to them. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/groups/study-groups/sociology-of-religion-study-group/funding/
With best regards,
Michael Munnik
Publications and Communications, Socrel

ISAGRAM issue 182, March 2020

CONFERENCES

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

PUBLICATIONS

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

 Oxford Handbook of the Power, Politics and Social
Work  

Call for papers
Abstracts: March 30, 2020

 Elgar’s Handbook of Global Aging and Welfare
Challenges

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

PRIZE

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
Sociologists

International Sociological Association
Nominations: March 31, 2021

FELLOWSHIPS

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
Society
Matsuyama University, Japan
October 31- November 1, 2020
Applications: April 16, 2020
JOB OPENINGS

Full-time Assistant Professor in International
Relations

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

ISSR Book Prize

Deadline for nominations – 11 March 2020.

The International Society for Science and Religion (ISSR) has announced an annual book prize for best publications in the field of science and religion, funded by the Templeton World Charity Foundation. Please click here for further details about how to nominate a text for consideration. The deadline is 11 March 2020.

Seed Corn Funding Competition: Call for Applications

As part of its ongoing effort to invest in its membership, Socrel invites applications for seed corn funding to support the development of significant and innovative work in the sociology of religion.

This competition is open to Socrel members at any stage of their careers who are also members of the British Sociological Association (BSA) and based at a UK university.

We will make one award of up to £5000 to be used in 2021.

The deadline for applications is 15th January 2020. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by end of January/early February 2020.

This award may be spent, in line with the BSA’s terms and conditions, on travel, subsistence, a one-off work package delivered by a third party e.g. event recording, transcription, research expenses e.g. equipment, software, printing, but not salary or indirect costs/overheads/full economic costing (fEC). We are open-minded as to the type of activity the seed corn funding is used for, for example, a writing workshop, pilot fieldwork, but it must be clearly designed to develop further work.[1]

We welcome applications from groups of members. In this instance, there must be a designated lead applicant who is a Socrel and BSA member and all co-applicants must have at least Socrel membership.

Any seed corn activity must be undertaken in line with the (lead) applicant’s university’s codes of ethics and conduct and data protection policies. The BSA will pay the award to the successful (lead) applicant’s institution once an invoice has been received.

The application form (see appendix A), the lead applicant CV, and short CVs for any other co-applicant named (if applicable) must be emailed to the Socrel Convenor, Céline Benoit (c.benoit@aston.ac.ukmailto:c.benoit@aston.ac.uk).

A note of support for the proposal from the (lead) applicant’s line manager/head of department/postgraduate supervisor/institutional point of contact should also be emailed separately to Céline by the competition closing date.

Criteria:

Applications will be judged by the Socrel Chair, another Socrel committee member, and two independent volunteer Socrel members, using the following criteria, which are ranked in descending order, using the criteria used by the RCUK

  1. Eligibility of applicant(s): affiliation to a UK university; Socrel AND BSA membership for the (lead) applicant and at least Socrel membership for any co-applicants;
    2. Innovation;
    3. Significance;
    4. Clarity of pathway to output(s) and/or outcome(s) e.g. a research project proposal, publicly
    available report, film, journal article, social impact[2];
    5. Applicant background and experience and proposal match;
    6. Benefit to Sociology of Religion in the UK;
    7. Value for money.

Please email c.benoit@aston.ac.uk<mailto:c.benoit@aston.ac.uk> if you have any queries.

[1] Any event(s) organised should not clash with any Socrel-run ones or the BSA annual conference (please check the Socrel website or with Socrel Events Officer Rachael Shillitoe (rachael.shillitoe@york.ac.uk<mailto:rachael.shillitoe@york.ac.uk>) if unsure of scheduling).

[2] Here we follow the Economic and Social Research Council’s definition of social impact, please visit https://esrc.ukri.org/research/impact-toolkit/what-is-impact/ for details.

Religious Journalism Award

“The International Association of Religion Journalists (IARJ) is a global network of journalists promoting excellence in the coverage of religion and spirituality. It provides services and resources to strengthen and support the work of its members. It engages media leaders, educational institutions and communities on the importance of accurate, balanced, and ethical religion coverage to foster understanding.”

I would like to draw your attention to a new journalism award.

The IARJ together with the Italian institute Fondazione per le Scienze Religiose Giovanni XXIII (FSCIRE), http://www.fscire.it/index.php/en/, within the framework of the European Academy of Religion https://www.europeanacademyofreligion.org/euare2020, have launched a new journalism award for journalists based in Europe and in the Mediterranean basin, the Piazza Grande Religion Journalism Award, of which I am the coordinator.

The amount of the award, fully funded by the FSCIRE, is 2,500 euros. The deadline for submissions is 28th February 2020, and the works submitted must have been published between 1st January 2019 and 31st December 2019. An international jury of prominent journalists, which will be announced in a few weeks, will select the winner.

The goal of the award is to encourage the journalistic coverage of religion on the field, through work with a wide range of sources, portraying peace and conflict, dialogue and interfaith issues, and the most varied intersections of religion with politics, public life, culture and the arts, society and history, at local, regional or international level.

It is not necessary for applicants to be full-time religion reporters, as long as the story submitted has a relevant religion component.

Articles can be in any official language of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, but the submission must include a faithful translation in English or in French.

Here you can find a brief description of the award and the online entry form for submissions: https://www.theiarj.org/contest/

Here you can find the FAQs about the award: https://www.theiarj.org/frequently-asked-questions-piazza-grande-religion-journalism-award/

Here you can find the IARJ news story about the launching of the award in Bologna last March: https://www.theiarj.org/blog/2019/03/04/iarj-and-fscire-announce-new-piazza-grande-religion-journalism-award-for-european-and-mediterranean-journalists/

Thank you very much in advance.

Best wishes!

María-Paz López