Category Archives: Professional Development

Announcements from the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

The AASR 2019 Conference on ‘Religion and Violence’ is now open for registration. Early bird registration ends 30 September 2019. Four postgraduate bursaries are offered (worth $500 each). Application deadline: 30 September 2019. More info.

Call for Papers: Conferences:

  • 2019 Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar: Girard, Gender, Victims and Violence, 4-5 Oct 2019. Proposal deadline: 18 September 2019. More info.
  • The Australian Church and the Australian Settlement, University of Newcastle NSW, 4 December 2019. Abstract submission due 30 September 2019. More info.
  • IV ISA Forum conference 2020: ‘Challenges of the 21st century for sociology of religion.Open for submissions from April 25 – September 30. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.

Calls for Papers: Publications

  • Call for book proposals: Bloomsbury welcomes book proposals for Bloomsbury Studies in Material Religion, edited by Birgit Meyer (University of Utrecht, the Netherlands), David Morgan (Duke University, USA), Crispin Paine (UCL, UK), S. Brent Plate (Hamilton College, USA), and Amy Whitehead (Bath Spa University, UK). More info.
  • ‘Touch’ and Religion. Deadline 1 October 2019. More info.
  • Book Proposals in East Asian Religions. More info.
  • Chapters: Religious Responses to Sex Work and Sex Trafficking – Routledge. Deadline for AASR members: 11 October 2019. More info.
  • Special Issue: Religion, Economy, and Class in Global Context. Abstract deadline 15 October 2019. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Events/Seminars

  • Islam and Society: Challenges and Prospects. AAIMS Second Conference on the Study of Islam and Muslim Societies, September 30th- October 1st, 2019, Western Sydney University Parramatta South Campus. More info.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

  • AASR 2019 Conference HDR/ECR Workshop on 4 Dec 2019. More info.
  • AASR 2019 Conference postgraduate bursaries (worth $500 each) are open for application.More info.
  • “Researching New Religions: Qualitative Methods in a Controversial Field” by guest instructor, Susan J. Palmer. Run by the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC) at Western Sydney University. 19 September, 1-4pm. More info.

Job Opportunities

New Publications

Scholarships: Programme on Interreligious Dialogue

I am delighted to send you our call for applications for the European Scholarship Programme@DialoguePerspectives with the request to forward them to your partners and to help us spread the word!

We are looking for future change agents in the field of interreligious/world view dialogue, and we are grateful for your assistance in identifying potential participants of our program.

As you may know, over the past five years we have established a highly successful format for interreligious dialogue with the ELES-Program DialoguePerspectives, in which over 160 gifted and socially engaged students and doctoral candidates have participated.

With the European Scholarship Program@DialoguePerspectives we are now taking a crucial step in strengthening the European perspective and, thanks to the support of the Federal Foreign Office, are building an independent European program track that enables us to work together with European students and doctoral candidates from Great Britain, France, Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Luxembourg. We want to work together with our fellows to develop strategies against (right-) populism and nationalism and for an open, pluralistic and democratic Europe.

We are looking forward to this new challenge! And time is running out: already at the end of September, the first of four seminars will take place in the new program year. Therefore, I ask for your support and I appreciate your help by distributing the attached call for applications into your networks.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Johanna Korneli (korneli@dialogperspektiven.demailto:korneli@dialogperspektiven.de).

Best regards
Jo Frank

Job Opening: Muslim-Christian Studies Research Fellow

The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies <www.cmcsoxford.org.uk>, an independent academic centre, is seeking to appoint a full-time Muslim Research Fellow, based in Oxford, for a three-year contract commencing on 1st October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The Research Fellow will conduct research in the area of Muslim-Christian studies, either  theological, historical or sociological. The main aim would be to produce a high-quality  monograph on an area of the candidate’s choosing in discussion with CMCS. In addition, the Research Fellow would participate in other academic activities at CMCS, including (for example) teaching and advising a range of students who come to the Centre,  engaging with practitioners in the field of Muslim-Christian Relations, and contributing on an agreed basis to CMCS projects such as the Summer School for Christian and Muslim leaders in training,

Hikmah Guides and the Christians and Muslims in Public Life Project.
For further information see
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/listing/172669/muslim-research-fellow-/

GENDER, RELIGION AND SEXUALITY SYMPOSIUM

This is an invitation to HDR students and Early Career Academics researching in the interdisciplinary fields of religion, gender and sexuality to attend a one day symposium on:

Saturday, 29 June 2019
at the University of Newcastle Sydney CBD campus
55 Elizabeth St, Sydney
** Register your interest by 21 June 2019!


This one-day symposium brings together postgraduate students and early career researchers working in the interdisciplinary area of religion, gender and sexuality to explore specific issues pertaining to study in this area.

Masterclass 1 (9.30-1pm) Methodological and Ethical Issues in the Study of Religion, Gender and Sexuality

Leaders: Professor Emma Tomalin, University of Leads; Dr Luke Gahan, La Trobe University

This masterclass will explore interdisciplinary approaches to and methodologies in the study of religion, gender and sexuality. The first session will look at the theory of intersectionality when applied to the research and analysis of religion, gender and sexuality in non-western societies. The second session will look at methods and ethics in researching LGBTQI cohorts and issues. Participants will be encouraged to draw on insights from their own research in order to contribute to the discussion, and there will be a pre-symposium reading requirement.

Masterclass 2 (2.00-3.30) Safety in the Research Process

Leader: Dr Kathleen McPhillips, University of Newcastle

Researching across gender issues in the study of religion can expose us to challenging and difficult literature and field sites for which understanding and preparation is essential. This Masterclass will explore some of the pitfalls in the research process, the importance of setting up a safe research environment for participants and researchers and the importance of self-care. The class will introduce a trauma informed model of research practice and will draw upon the expertise of a number of experienced researchers, early career researchers and current HDR students who have worked in challenging research areas. Participants will be invited to share their experiences and there will be a pre-symposium reading requirement.

Discussion (4-5pm)

A final session will address the importance of mentoring for HDR and early career researchers as well as helpful tips about the move from post graduate student to researcher and academic.


This event is fully catered for and morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea is provided.

Registration Costs:

  • HDR Students                                                              $40
  • Early Career Researchers and part-time academics  $50

  • Full time Academics                                                    $100

Please use this link for registration and payment. Deadline: Friday, 21 June 2019.

For more information if required, please email Dr Kathleen McPhillips Kathleen.mcphillips@newcastle.edu.au


Sponsored by:

Master Classes for Students/Early Careers Researchers on Gender, Sexuality, & Religion

SATURDAY 29 JUNE 2019 9am-5pm

AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE SYDNEY CBD CAMPUS — 55 Elizabeth St Sydney

A one day symposium for postgraduate students and early career researchers working in the interdisciplinary area of gender, sexuality and religion, to explore specific issues pertaining to study in this area with leading researchers in this field.

Two Masterclasses will address a number of topics in Methodological Issues in the Study of Religion and Gender and Safety in the Research Process.  There will also be a session on mentoring and applying for academic jobs and scholarships.

The symposium is fully catered and has a registration fee of $40.

More information and registration coming soon!

Best regards

Enqi Weng, PhD
Seminar Leader | ALC215 Global Media
Research Fellow | ARC DP ‘Religious diversity in Australia: Strategies to maintain social cohesion’

e: enqi.weng@deakin.edu.au

Apply for Generations in Dialogue about the Sociology of Religion

The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) is seeking applications for its Generations in Dialogue (GID) program about the Sociology of Religion.

The GID program involves a widely-recognized senior Catholic scholar sharing his or her time, expertise, and wisdom with several junior scholars in the same or related disciplines. Over a two-year period these scholars convene for four weekend dialogues that include discipline-specific discussions, personal reflection, shared prayer, and presentations from distinguished scholars and public intellectuals.  Besides benefitting from two years of mentorship, junior scholars will establish relationships with other dedicated scholars in their field.

A generous stipend is included. Early-career (pre-tenure and dissertation stage) social scientists are eligible. Applications are welcome from anyone interested in a substantive and critical engagement with Catholicism’s multiple intellectual traditions

For more information and an application:

https://ifacs.com/programs/generations-in-dialogue/

Job Opening: Post-Doc on Clerical Authority in Transhational Shii Islam

The Department of Theology and Religion seeks to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt. This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The research fellow will investigate the role of exilic and diasporic networks and their hubs (e.g. Kuwait, Damascus, London etc.) in the transnational mobilisation of Twelver Shii communities in the last 50 years.

The research fellow will have PhD on a topic related to thematic remit of the post (e.g. transnational religio-political activism in the contemporary Middle East), a very good command of Arabic, a high level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence.

The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies and Quaker studies. The department came second in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is home to a number of important research groups and projects. As a member of Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.

Further information about the project: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211385_en.html

This is a full-time post with duration of three years, with an anticipated start date of January 2019.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference 59423 in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/jobs

Valuing excellence; sustaining investment

Informal enquiries should be directed to Oliver Scharbrodt at O.Scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk

Call for Papers: Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Pre-Conference date: August 7, 2018
Deadline for paper proposals: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptances: End of February 2018

The International Society of Media, Religion & Culture will be hosting a Pre-Conference for doctoral students on the day before the ISMRC bi-annual conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

This pre-conference will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges, as well as network with other peers.

Interested students should prepare a) 1-2 page (500-800 word) extended abstract of the student’s thesis/major research project and b) a sample paper/chapter (up to 5000 words) of writing related to the topic.

All materials are to be prepared in English and are due on or before 15th of January 2018.

Please send all applications to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Associate Professor Heidi Campbell (heidic@tamu.edu), with subject: ISMRC doctoral colloquium application.

Questions may also be directed to the same email.

https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship/call-papers-doctoral-colloquium-pre

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Hi, I am writing to ask you to share this announcement and attached flyer about six major grant and fellowship opportunities worth over $2 million over the next two years with your faculty and graduate student colleagues. Could you please forward this email to them and anyone else you know who studies global religion or might possibly be interested in incorporating global religion into their current research and teaching?

Thank you,

Christian Smith
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
Department of Sociology, University of Notre Dame


Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

Find out which grant or fellowship fits your idea below.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral Research Program

Curriculum Development Program

International Collaboration Program

Project Launch Program

Book Leave Program

The application deadline is October 16, 2017.
Apply online at grri.nd.edu.

Global Religion Research Initiative
Center for the Study of Religion and Society
University of Notre Dame
1(800) 434-8441

Dissertation Fellowships, University of Victoria

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic offers fellowships ($5000 plus a private office for a year) to people in the thesis or dissertation phases of their graduate programs. Visits of less than a year are also possible. 

These fellowships will allow students to be part of a vital interdisciplinary intellectual and social space in which they can focus on their writing. Over the last 25 years, we have been fortunate to host visiting graduate students from many other universities. Now, we are able to offer some funding to help support visiting students interested in completing their writing within a unique scholarly environment. 

Most applicants would already have external funding from SSHRC or their home university. So, our funding would not cover all expenses, but it should make a significant contribution. The deadline for applications is the middle of November, 2017 and the fellowships would begin sometime after spring, 2018. ​

Please see: http://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/csrs/fellowships-awards/apply/graduate/index.php

Students interested in this opportunity should contact me (bramadat@uvic.ca), or my colleague Sally Lin (csrsadmin@uvic.ca).

Paul Bramadat