Masterclass on ‘Critical Religion’

All Postgraduate, Honours and Undergraduate Students are invited to
A Masterclass on Critical Religion’ – How Theory that Deconstructs the Category of ‘Religion’ Can Lead to Better Research

With Visiting UoN Fellow
Prof Naomi Goldenberg, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa, Canada

10am -12.30pm (X301) NeW Space City Campus, University of Newcastle, December 4, 2019

This Masterclass is free to all students and is supported by the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle.

Register by email to Dr Kathleen McPhillips (Kathleen.mcphillips@newcastle.edu.au)

Description of Masterclass
Over the last two decades, a growing number of academics who study ‘religion’ have noticed that the idea that is foundational for their scholarship is fiction. I mean fiction in the Latin sense of factus as signifying something that is made, built, or constructed.  This insight opposes notions of ‘religion’ as a thing or phenomenon that has always existed everywhere in one form or another and that continues to manifest itself in different traditions and configurations throughout the globe. Proponents of “critical religion” understand religion to be a somewhat incoherent, rather recent concept that is projected as an anachronism onto history.  According to this view, ‘religion’ is a modern, discursive product of differing, context-specific, dynamics of power with particular relation to the politics of colonialism and statecraft.  Attendant terms and ideas such as ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ are looked at similarly.

“Critical religion” is sometimes dismissed as mere semantics and/or as irrelevant to ‘the real world’ in which religion is assumed to exist and is treated as a powerful force in law, culture and experience.  Professor Goldenberg disagrees and will argue that better thinking about government, public policy and scholarly research depends on recognizing the confusion adhering to ‘religion’ as a category of analysis and rejecting it in favor of more coherent concepts.

Prof Goldenberg will use her own work on government and feminism to demonstrate how critical religion can be productively applied.  To prepare for the masterclass, participants will be asked to read two of her papers and then during the Masterclass be invited to think about their own research projects in terms of this deconstructive approach.    

Call for abstracts: Global Mormon Studies Conference

March 26 -27th 2020, Coventry University, England

The overarching theme is ‘From the Outside Looking In: International Latter-day Saints and their Neighbours’.

We are hoping for submissions  that examine the ways in which those on the “outside”-both those outside of North America and those outside of Mormon faith traditions-perceive the institutional church and the process that enculturation plays in the church’s development internationally.

This includes but not limited to:

  •   The presence of Mormonism in interfaith activities,
  • The role of representation and advocacy in bridge-building between secular/Mormon/mainstream religion
  • To what extent does an American-grown religion thrived in international settings
  • How have the church’s American cultural roots impeded its growth in other countries
  • How does the church’s globalization compare to the globalization of other religious traditions
  • The similarities and differences in the ways those of other faiths view the Mormon church in different countries
  • To what degree do international church members adapt or repurpose the Mormon church’s practices to navigate their host nation
  • How does Mormon women shape negotiations between Mormon and non-Mormon spaces
  • The tension between institutional Mormon structures and secular notions of gender equality

Please submit your abstract to gmsconference2020@gmail.com
Abstract submissions should include a preliminary title and be no more than 300 words.

  • Deadline for submission: 1 October 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 22 October 2019
  • Deadline for final paper submission: 1 March 2020

For all general enquiries, please contact: gmsconference2020@gmail.com 

To find out more about the conference please follow the link; https://www.globalmormonstudies.org/gms-2020-cfp/

CFP: “Who Speaks for Islam?”

The Islamicate Graduate Student Association invites papers for our 17th Annual Duke-UNC Conference, the longest running graduate student Middle East & Islamic Studies conference in the country. This year’s conference “Who Speaks for Islam?: Approaches to Authority within the Academy and Beyond” will be held in Chapel Hill, NC on Saturday, February 29, 2020. In light of recent attempts at intimidation by the state, we are particularly interested in thinking through the politics of power. As such, we are seeking papers that interrogate questions of authority and power. As keynote speaker, Professor Kecia Ali will speak to gendered citational politics and structures of authority within the academy.

We are seeking submissions from fields inclusive of, but not limited to: Religious Studies, Political Science, Sociology, History, Art History, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Philosophy, Asian Studies, Critical Race Studies, Geography, Women and Gender Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, American Studies, and African Studies.

In addition to seeking submissions from graduate students, we are also seeking submissions from independent scholars, advocates, and people outside the academy. We are also open to artistic, photographic, or other forms of aesthetic submissions. Please include a one page artist statement with your submission.

Please submit a short bio and a maximum 500 word abstract to IGSAcouncil@gmail.com by Friday November 15, 2019. Accepted abstracts must submit their 10-20 page paper by Friday January 10, 2020. We look forward to your submissions!

Dissertation Fellowships

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is requesting your assistance in communicating to Ph.D. students the 2020-2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship opportunity. The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.  

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website: philanthropy.iupui.edu/fellowship

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2020.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

CFP, Events, & Job Announcements from the AASR

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • 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.

  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

  • Mirrors of Iran: A Continuum of Architectural Heritage. 2019 Iranica Conference on 28 September 2019. More info.
  • ‘The Islamist Paradox’ by A/Prof William Shepard, University of Canterbury (NZ). Organised by the Religion and Society Research Cluster, Western Sydney University on 4 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Hans Mol Memorial Lecture: “Imagining Asian Australia: Constructions of ‘Asian Religion’ and Australian Federation” by Professor Marion Maddox, 18 October 2019. More info.
  • The 2019 Freilich Lecture of Bigotry and Tolerance: “An Australian Story: The Politics of Bigotry in a Tolerant Country” by David Marr. 31 October 2019. 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.

Job Opportunities

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Hi, I am writing to ask you to share this announcement about three major grant and fellowship opportunities 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?

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 2021. This year, the GRRI offers three 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.

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The application deadline is November 18, 2019.
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
grri@nd.edu

This is the last week to submit abstracts to the ISA Forum of Sociology


IV ISA Forum of Sociology
Challenges of the 21st Century: Democracy, Environment,
Inequalities, Intersectionality
Porto Alegre, Brazil
July 14-18, 2020

Last week to submit abstracts to sessions organized by the
Research Committees, Working and Thematic Group.
Don’t miss the deadline: September 30, 2019 24:00 GMT
https://www.isa-sociology.org/en/conferences/forum/porto-alegre-2020
Kind regards
International Sociological Association
isa@isa-sociology.org
http://www.isa-sociology.org

Further Information about the School of Advanced Training in Sociology of Religion

2019 ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE SCHOOL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR)

16 to 19 December 2019 at the University Roma Tre, Department of Education, in via del Castro Pretorio 20.

Art. 1 – Introduction

  • This notice contains the provisions governing admission to the SCHOOL OF HIGH TRAINING IN RELIGION SOCIOLOGY (SAFSOR).
  • The School provides for the submission of an application for admission.
  • Final admission is subject to checks on self-certification relating to admission tickets and any university careers.

Art. 2 – Access passes and number of admissions

  • The School is aimed at graduates and professionals with a university degree belonging to any class of specialist / master’s degree or a degree of old order at least four years in the disciplines of social sciences.
  • The maximum number of admissions to the School is 15, which can be increased to 20. Admitted students are required to pay a registration fee of 120 euros (which also includes social dinner and daily buffet).

Art. 3 – Submission of application for admission

The application for admission must be submitted or sent no later than 30 September 2019 to the following postal address:

President of ICSOR
Viale delle Milizie 108 – 00192 Rome
tel. + 39 3475160442

or to the following e-mail address:  rciprian@uniroma3.it

The following documents must be attached to the application form:

  1. declaration about the university from which the degree was obtained with the indication of the date and vote;
  2. curriculum vitae of studies, professional activities and research;
  3. list of publications;
  4. self-certification of knowledge of the Italian language (for foreigners) and of at least one other language of the European Union (for Italians).

Applications for admission delivered or received at the address indicated in art. 3 within the indicated deadline will be considered as having been submitted in due time.

Applications submitted with insufficient or irregular documentation and those received after the above deadline will not be accepted for selection.

On penalty of nullity, the following document must be attached to the application:

    • Photocopy of a valid identification document (Identity card and other equivalent document pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 445/2000: passport, driving licence, nautical licence, pension booklet, licence to operate thermal plants, firearms licence, identification cards provided they have a photograph and a stamp or other equivalent mark, issued by a State administration).

    Art. 4 – Admission of students with foreign qualifications

    • Holders of an academic qualification issued by a foreign university will be assessed on the basis of the Declaration of Value issued by the competent Italian diplomatic or consular representations of the country in which the qualification was obtained. The Declaration of Value is essential to assess whether the title held by the candidate is eligible for admission.
    • Foreigners must submit a declaration of value on site of the qualification obtained, an authenticated photocopy of the studies completed and a legalized translation of the entire documentation.
    • Foreigners coming from countries belonging to the European Union, wherever they reside, or foreigners coming from countries not belonging to the European Union and legally residing in Italy are required, however, to submit in the same manner as indicated above – within the established terms – application for participation, together with the same documentation required for non-residents.

    Art. 5 – Period of Activity

    • The activities of the HIGH TRAINING SCHOOL IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR) will take place from 16 to 19 December 2019 at the University Roma Tre, Department of Education, in via del Castro Pretorio 20.

    Art. 6 – Languages of the Activities

    The activities of the HIGH TRAINING SCHOOL IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR) will take place in the following languages: French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

    Art. 7 – Certificate

    • At the end of the School a Certificate of Participation will be issued.

    Art. 8 – Costs

    • Travel, board and lodging costs have to be paid by the participants.

    Workshop: “Religious practices in the urban space”

    The programme ” agenda for a critical sociology of religions ” will hold its next workshop on 9 October 2019 in Paris, on the theme ” religious practices in the urban space. Geographical and social approaches “.

    October 2019, 9, 14 pm-18 pm
    ENS
    48 bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris
    Salle R2-02

    PROGRAMMME

    • 14 pm-14 pm Hugo Suarez (France-Unam, iheal sorbonne news). Religion in the streets: analysis of religious expressions in a popular neighborhood of Mexico city.
    • 14 h50h-15 h40. Julie Picard (University of Bordeaux). Religious Territorialities of Christian African migrants: between identity dynamics and discreet urban reconstitutions.
    • (Pause)
    • 16 pm-16 pm David Garbin (University of Kent). Space-time of religious urbanization and territorial visions in the mega-cities.
    • 16 h50 17 h40. Irene Becci (University of lausanne). Public Parks as religious heterotopias.
    • 17 pm. General discussion

    See: https://acsrel.hypotheses.org/395

    ACSREL.HYPOTHESES.ORG

    Atelier 7. Pratiques religieuses dans l’espace urbain (9 octobre 2019)

    Le programme PSL “Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions” tiendra son prochain atelier le 9 octobre 2019 à Paris, sur le thème…

    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.

    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