Call For Papers – 2020: Refocusing the Debate on Terrorism.

Thursday 25th June 2020 at the University of Birmingham, UK

Please submit abstracts to https://www.khalmarina.com/2020-refocusing-the-debate-on by 6 March 2020

Khal Marina is delighted to announce its inaugural Counter Terrorism Research Conference on Thursday 25th June 2020 at the University of Birmingham.

​The past 10 years have borne witness to profound developments in global terrorism.  The impact of Far Right & Nationalist movements coupled with the rise of Da’esh and akin militant groups have challenged our understanding terrorism.  Local, national and international developments have forced the global community to debate, question and try to better understand the rationales, motivations and vulnerabilities of contemporary terrorist movements. 

2020Refocusing The Debate on Terrorism is a FREE one-day conference for Counter Terrorism Professionals, Local Authorities and Public Sector organisations to engage in and better understand the academic discourse on contemporary terrorist movements.  It is valuable to all those with who have a safeguarding, investigative or enforcement responsibility in the Counter Terrorism domain. 

See https://www.khalmarina.com/2020-refocusing-the-debate-on for full conference details

Job Opening: RE Council, UK – Literature review

Short Term Contract work: March-April 2020

Expressions of interest outlining suitability for the project should be sent, along with a writing sample, to chiefexecutive@religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk by 5pm on 7th February. 

The RE Council is looking for a researcher to undertake a literature review on work engaging with the concept worldview.  The literature review must include work within the disciplines of religious studies, theology, and religious education.  In addition, it should acknowledge work on worldview in other disciplines where it is relevant to religious education.

The successful candidate will be working with guidance from Professors Trevor Cooling, Denise Cush, and Stephen Pattison, although it will be the successful candidate who is expected to produce the text of the literature review.

Applications are welcome from researchers who wish to undertake the whole review as well as those who would wish to share the work with another researcher.

The successful candidate(s) should have or be working towards a PhD or equivalent in a related field.

It is expected that the work will take place in March and April 2020.

The fee for delivery of the contract to the required high standard will be £8,000.

Interviews will take place on 18th February (virtual interviews will be possible). Potential candidates who would like to discuss the work prior to making an application should feel free to contact Rudolf Eliott Lockhart on chiefexecutive@religiouseducationcouncil.org.uk

Job Opening: Program Officer opening at John Templeton Foundation

Location: Philadelphia metro area, Pennsylvania, USA

Department: Human Sciences (Programs)

Reports to: Director, Human Sciences

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications and experience

Travel: Domestic and international travel as pertinent

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis

Organization and Position

The John Templeton Foundation serves as a philanthropic catalyst for discoveries relating to the deepest and most perplexing questions facing humankind. We support research within disciplines ranging from astrophysics, evolutionary biology, and genetics, to philosophy, psychology, and economics. We encourage civil, informed dialogue among scientists, philosophers, and theologians, as well as between such experts and the public at large. In all cases, our goal is to spur curiosity and accelerate discovery. To catalyze such discoveries, we provide grants for independent academic research on a wide range of topics that relate to the Foundation’s mission.

The Human Sciences department maintains a grants portfolio of more than $70 million of projects around the world. The department supports basic and applied scientific research on a wide array of topics within the social, behavioral, cognitive, and health sciences, especially as they relate to human nature, human flourishing, and the scientific study of religion. Current strategic priorities include health, religion, and spiritualityreligious cognition, the science of character virtue, the dynamics of religious change, and intellectual humility. The Human Sciences department is particularly interested in building capacity and enthusiasm for neglected topics within the academy.

To advance the Foundation’s mission and strengthen our team, the Foundation is seeking a Program Officer for Human Sciences. The Program Officer will work with the Senior Program Associate and the Director of Human Sciences to develop and commission new initiatives to advance the strategic priorities, recruit and review grant proposals, communicate with applicants and grantees regarding the application and review process, and collaborate with our evaluation team to determine the impact of our grants.

Areas of Responsibility

  • Review and analyze grant proposals, prepare funding recommendations, monitor grant performance, and manage the Foundation’s relationship with principle investigators.
  • Develop and commission new ideas for grants and projects, including in collaboration with the Director, Human Sciences, and Vice President, Programs.
  • Evaluate the performance of grants and grantees in conjunction with the Foundation’s department of Planning and Evaluation.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic priority plans.
  • Communicate the mission of the Foundation both internally and externally, especially to researchers, academic institutions, and in related networking opportunities.
  • Identify and communicate with other funding agencies whose goals overlap with the Foundation’s interests in the human sciences.
  • Organize and participate in conferences, workshops, and symposia relevant to the goals of the Human Sciences department.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Abilities

  • Graduate degree in the social, cognitive, behavioral or health sciences (Ph.D. preferred).
  • At least three years of professional experience in a foundation or academic setting.
  • A track record of excellence in writing and editing program-related content, proposals, papers, and presentations.
  • Highly organized with strong analytical skills.
  • Skilled communicator able to work collaboratively with scholars and members of the academic community as well as across internal departments in an interdisciplinary environment.
  • Strong personal interest in the Foundation’s mission.

Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • A track record of scholarship in scientific study of religion and/or clinical research.
  • Demonstrated interest in at least one of the department’s current strategic priorities.
  • Experience in interdisciplinary academic research.
  • Ability to communicate with scholars and members of the academic community.
  • Ability to build relationships and to maintain professional networks.
  • Ability to understand the Foundation’s mission and core themes.

Benefits

We are committed to caring for our employees and their families through exceptional benefits. We pay for 100% of employee medical, dental and vision premiums, and generously contribute to family premiums. We provide life insurance, short-term disability coverage and long-term disability coverage at no cost to employees. We offer a 401(k) retirement savings plan with an employer match and additional discretionary contributions. Paid time off includes generous vacation, sick, and personal days. The Foundation offers a unique donation program, enabling employees the ability to direct a $5,000 donation to a mission aligned organization of their choice, with no employee donation required.

Location

The Foundation’s offices are in West Conshohocken, PA, a short drive (~15 miles) from Philadelphia and within walking distance of a commuter train station into downtown Philadelphia. The offices are close to residential and commercial districts with multiple restaurants, as well as Philadelphia’s Main Line suburbs where Villanova University, Bryn Mawr College and Haverford College are located. The surrounding area has many walkable communities with an affordable cost of living and a robust variety of cultural and entertainment opportunities, including a vibrant food scene, five professional sports teams, world-class museums, galleries, gardens, and a broad array of music venues and other performing arts institutions. The offices are in close proximity to major highways, with New York City, the Jersey shore, the Pocono Mountains, and the heart of Pennsylvania’s Amish country all within a two-hour drive. The offices also provide easy access to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (making New York City or Washington, D.C. an easy day trip) and to Philadelphia International Airport, an American Airlines hub serving destinations throughout the U.S. (more than a hundred routes), Caribbean (a dozen routes), and Europe/MENA (more than twenty routes).

To Apply

To learn more about the role, or to apply, please visit www.templetoncareers.org.

Call for Papers: 2020 RN34-Sociology of Religion biennial conference

26th to 28th August 2020, Groningen, Netherlands

Abstracts and Panel Proposals (200-250 words) due by 31st January 2020

Submit to esarn34-groningen2020@rug.nl.

The biennial conference of the ESA RN34 Sociology of Religion wants to adopt a broad approach to the study of the relation between religion and different “environments”: the urban environment, the natural environment and the virtual environment. This threefold approach allows us to capture three areas of religious transformation and innovation, which are of high academic and societal relevance in contemporary European societies and beyond. By approaching these three topics, we aim to contribute both to the academic advancement of the sociology of religion in relation to its conceptual and methodological tools and to a broader societal reflection on the dynamic between religion and the urban, natural and virtual environments. Some of the questions we seek to address are the following:

  • How do religions and cities interact with one another and transform each other? How does the urban environment affect religious practices and, conversely, how do religious practices and groups transform the urban environment? How are religious and secular meanings negotiated in urban spaces? How do tourism, heritage industries and gentrification processes produce and transform urban religious heritage?
  • How do religious groups relate to the natural environment? How do religions see and interpret the ecological crisis and which alternatives do they suggest? How do religious groups conceptualise their role in relation to environmental concerns and claims? Which forms does faith-based environmentalism take? How do religions position themselves in relation to other social actors in environmental concerns?
  • How do the virtual environment and religion interact with and affect one another? How does the virtual environment influence how we understand the idea of “religious community” and community in general? How are religion and the concept of religion affected and challenged by the increasingly digitalized world? What challenges and inspirations for religion can the developments in artificial intelligence and virtual reality bring about? What conceptual, epistemological, methodological and ethical challenges are faced by scholars exploring “virtual religion”?

See website for full details: https://www.rug.nl/research/centre-for-religious-studies/research/esa-rn34-sociology-of-religion/

CallForPapers: Conference – ‘Religion and Cultural Change’ – deadline extended!

Åbo/Turku, Finland 8–10 June, 2020

Call for Papers extended until 31 January 2020

Conference website: www.abo.fi/rcc

Keynote speakers: 

  • Prof. Catharina Raudvere, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Prof. Anders Runesson, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Prof. Rebecca Catto, Kent State University, Ohio, USA

The aim of this summer school and conference is to bring together doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers from various academic fields that engage with the study of religion, such as theology, religious studies, history, philosophy, the arts, social and political sciences and other. We invite papers that engage with the theme Religion and Cultural Change from both historical and contemporary perspectives, also looking to the future where possible. We understand cultural change both as dramatic breaking points in history and as slowly evolving transformations and will address past, present and emerging trends and trajectories within culture, society and the scholarly community. The societal relevance and impact of our research is also an important theme.

The summer school will consist of working groups, tutored by the keynote presenters and other academic teachers, where doctoral candidates are given the opportunity to present and discuss their ongoing PhD work in a cross-disciplinary, international setting. Postdoc researchers will present their papers in sessions running parallel to the summer school. Thematic groups and working groups dealing with particular theories or methodologies may also be held.  

Selected papers from the conference will be published as a special issue of the peer-reviewed open access journal Approaching Religion, published by the Donner Institute: https://journal.fi/ar. For further information, please see the conference website.

To apply, please send an abstract of approximately 150 words to cscc@utu.fi no later than 31 January, 2020. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 15 February, 2020. Upon acceptance to the summer school, doctoral candidates will furthermore be asked to submit a 500-word synopsis of their research theme no later than 1 May, 2020.

The summer school is arranged as a joint venture between three different research bodies in Åbo/Turku: the Centre for the Study of Christian Cultures (CSCC) at the University of Turku, the Polin Institute for Theological Research at Åbo Akademi University and the Donner Institute for Research in Religion and Culture (DI).

Welcome to Turku/Åbo!

Call for Papers: Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies.

26 & 27 March at The Queen’s College, in the University of Oxford

Abstract submission for the Spring Session by 8 March, 2020

We would like to invite you to the 19th session of the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

The Symposium is a forum for discourse and presentation of papers or commentaries by scholars, students, religious leaders, and others who have an interest in issues related to religion and ethics.

Canon Brian Mountford MBE, former Vicar of the Oxford University Church and Fellow of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford, will facilitate the sessions. 

  • Attendees may participate as observers, panel members and presenters of papers, reports, and commentaries concerning aspects relevant to the theory and practice of topics in religion and ethics.  (Poster presentations are also welcome.)
  • We accept abstracts on a rolling basis and return notifications within a week of submission.
  • Presenters are allocated 20 minutes to present, followed by a ten-minute question session.
  • Optional: After the conclusion of the symposium, participants may submit papers to be peer-reviewed by external readers for possible inclusion in Symposium Books or sponsored academic journals.
  • Conference Oxford has hundreds of affordable bedrooms in Oxford colleges available, offering splendid views of college quadrangles. See our website for lodging, travel and other information.

Important dates:

SPRING Session 26 –27 March 2020 at The Queen’s College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 8 March
  • Early registration – 20 January
  • Regular registration – 10 March 

SUMMER Session 28 – 29 July 2020 at Maevadi Hall, Harris Manchester College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 3 July
  • Early registration – 4 May
  • Regular registration – 6 July

FALL Session 7, 8 & 9 December 2020 at St Anne’s College, Oxford University

  • Abstract submission  – 16 November
  • Early registration – 24 August
  • Regular registration – 20 November 

Please direct inquiries to info@oxfordsymposiumonreligiousstudies.com

Public Talks at the Centre of Islamic Studies in Lent 2020

Here is the list of public talks at the Centre in Cambridge for this coming term – I have attached an A4 flyer version of this information for convenience.

All talks are free to enter and open to all interested parties.

January 23, 2020 – MERCEDES VOLAIT

Art at the Bayt al-Sadat: on local engagement with photography and interior refurbishment in Khedival Cairo

Mercedes will look at issues of patronage, materiality, and consumption in connection with the production of Mamluk-style architecture and design in nineteenth-century Cairo.

Mercedes Volait is CNRS Research professor at INHA (Institut national d’histoire de l’art, Paris) and heads its digital research unit on architecture, antiquarianism, and applied arts in the modern Mediterranean. Her education has been in architecture, Middle Eastern studies, and art history.

February 6, 2020 – YAEL NAVARO

“Minoritized Arabic: Turkification Practices in the Making of ‘Hatay'”

Yael will address the targeting of the Arabic language for elimination in Turkey’s process of transforming Liwa Iskenderun (the Sanjak d’Alexandrette) into ‘Hatay’ via annexation and re-territorialization onwards from 1939.

Yael Navaro-Yashin is Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Newnham College. She is the author of Faces of the State: Secularism and Public Life in Turkey.

February 20, 2020 – MICHAEL FARQUHAR

Policing Infitah: Economic Liberalisation, Security and Social Order in Egypt

This paper draws on a previously unexplored trove of writings authored by Egyptian police officers since the mid-twentieth century to shed new light on how policing has figured in the consolidation of late capitalist social order in the Global South.

Michael Farquhar is a Lecturer in Middle East Politics at King’s College London. His first book, Circuits of Faith (SUP 2016) explored Saudi state-funded efforts to extend Wahhabi influence abroad. He is currently undertaking research on policing and social order in Egypt.

March 6, 2020 – HUSSEIN OMAR

‘The Great Islamic State’ in English-Occupied Egypt, 1882-1922

Hussein A H Omar is a cultural and intellectual historian of the Modern Middle East and is currently an AHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Pembroke College and the History Faculty, as part of the ‘First World War and Global Religions’ project

For any questions please email the Centre (cis@cis.cam.ac.uk) or go to our website (www.cis.cam.ac.uk)

Job Opening: Duke University Fellowship/Post-Doc position – Seminary to Early Ministry Study (SEM Study)

General Information
The Seminary to Early Ministry Study (SEM Study), a joint initiative between Duke Divinity School and the Duke Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research invites applications for an Associate in Research, beginning in spring of 2020. The initial appointment will be made for one year, with an additional two years available upon satisfactory performance. There is possibility this position will continue past 3 years, pending funding from external sponsors. Start date is flexible between April and July of 2020.

The SEM Study is the first major longitudinal study examining divinity school education. Our aim is ambitious: To paint the most comprehensive picture of how divinity school students are formed throughout their training and into the early stages of their careers. Through this, we hope to spark informed conversations about divinity school education and to shape the future of ministry. The Seminary to Early Ministry Study is part of the larger Duke Clergy Health Initiative and is funded by a grant from The Duke Endowment. More information on the SEM Study and the Clergy Health Initiative can be found here: www.semstudy.orghttps://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives/clergy-health-initiative.

Responsibilities
The successful candidate will support all research aspects of the SEM Study, including instrument design, qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, writing manuscripts for peer-review, supervising students and data collection staff, and advancing the intellectual rigor of the study. This position will be supervised by David Eagle, Assistant Research Professor of Global Health. The successful candidate will be part of a larger team of Clergy Health Initiative staff.

Qualifications
Candidates must hold (or plan to defend by August 2020) a PhD in sociology or a related discipline. Candidates must have research interests in clergy, congregations, and/or theological education. Familiarity with the Methodist Church is considered an asset. Authorship on peer reviewed manuscripts is considered a major asset. The SEM Study is mixed methods and we welcome people with expertise in qualitative and/or quantitative methods. Experience with mixed methods research is considered a plus. Familiarity with R is preferred.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter outlining your qualifications for this position, a current CV, a research statement, an academic writing sample, and a list of three references to joshua.gaghan@duke.edu. You may address your materials to David Eagle, Assistant Research Professor in Global Health, Duke Global Health Institute, 310 Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27708. You may contact David for more information at david.eagle@duke.edu. Salary is commensurate with experience. This position is full time, eligible for Duke benefits, and includes a stipend for conference travel and professional development. Applications are being reviewed on an ongoing basis until a suitable candidate is found.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Last Chance to Register: Donner Institute’s Summer School on Religion and Cultural Change

Åbo/Turku, Finland 8–10 June, 2020

See details of the Summer School here

To apply, please send an abstract of approximately 150 words to cscc@utu.fi no later than 15 January, 2020. Letters of acceptance will be posted no later than 15 February, 2020. Upon acceptance to the summer school, doctoral candidates will furthermore be asked to submit a 500-word synopsis of their research theme no later than 1 May, 2020.

Call for Papers: Journal of Religion and Demography

In 2019, the Journal of Religion and Demography published papers on:

Are you sitting on a treasure trove of quantitative analysis of religion? We want to hear about it! Submissions are open for the next issue of the peer-reviewed Journal of Religion and Demography.