Invitation for Submissions

The British Academy is working with The Faith & Belief Forum to commission a Companion Review on Cohesive Societies that will sit alongside the programme’s existing Literature Review and Policy Review. This will explore the connection between faith and belief and social cohesion in the UK, with a particular focus on practice.

The aim of this review is to examine the social cohesion policy and practice landscape to understand where this policy and practice include and exclude faith and belief groups, and why.

For information about the program, see https://faithbeliefforum.org/tender-for-submissions-cohesive-societies-companion-review/

Applications should be emailed to Tim Mortimer on tim@faithbeliefforum.org by Wednesday 28 August.  You may also direct questions to him.

Announcing the August 2019 issue of Critical Research on Religion (Volume 7, Number 2)

https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/crra/current

Table of Contents:

Articles:

  • “Preaching as master’s discourse. A Foucauldian interpretation of Lutheran pastoral power”
    by Jouni Tilli
  • “The dark side of religious individualism: A Marcusian exploration”
    by James V Spickard
  • “Sacred realms in virtual worlds: The making of Buddhist spaces in Second Life”
    by Jessica M Falcone
  • Symposium – Critical Islam: On Irfan Ahmad’s Religion as Critique:
  • “Introduction: Islamic Critical Thinking from Mecca to the Marketplace”
    by Yunus Doğan Telliel
  • “What was enlightenment?”
    by Gil Anidjar
  • “Critique in translation”
    by Mayanthi Fernando
  • “Trolling for exemplars of Islamicate critique”
    by Bruce B Lawrence
  • “Critique, Naqd, Orthodoxy”
    by Nada Moumtaz
  • “Reply to Anidjar, Fernando, Lawrence, and Moumtaz”
    by Irfan Ahmad

Book Reviews:

  • “Murat Akan, The Politics of Secularism: Religion, Diversity, and Institutional Change in France and Turkey”
    by Çağdaş Dedeoğlu
  • “Z. Fareen Parvez (ed), Politicizing Islam: The Islamic Revival in France and India”
    by Fatemeh Kamali Chirani
  • “Ahmad S. Dallal, Islam Without Europe: Traditions of Reform in Eighteenth Century Islamic Thought”
    by Simon Ross Valentine

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-/

AASR 2019 Conference:Religion and Violence

AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF RELIGION

The 2019 AASR conference will be held from December 5-6 at the city campus of the University of Newcastle, co-hosted by the AASR, the Centre for the Study of Violence and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. 

Conference Theme

We invite scholarly reflections on the complex and diverse relations between religion and violence, incorporating counter discourses of peace and social justice.

The relationship between religion and violence continues to be contentious and marked by significant changes in global and domestic politics including humanitarian crises, displaced peoples particularly asylum seekers, the rise and fall of extremist religious movements, the status of hate speech, the role of social media and the ongoing threat of religious terrorism. 

These major upheavals, particularly the claims to religious authority and legitimacy through violent means, have led to a growth in collective anxiety threatening global and local security.  Religious violence can be direct and institutional; aimed against individuals or groups; administered by the state or by non-state actors; material and symbolic.

A counterpoint is provided by religiously-motivated peace and social justice movements, including those for welcoming religiously-diverse refugees and migrants, interfaith initiatives and movements for gender and sexuality equality and animal rights. For example, values of religious diversity, social solidarity and pluralism have been notable in responding to recent expressions of violence including the events in Christchurch in March 2019 and provide notable moments of hope in moving towards religious diversity as a global value.

The conference invites papers engaging these issues from relevant disciplines including religious studies, politics, history, philosophy, law, theology, sociology and anthropology, social work, criminology, gender and women’s studies and education. Of particular interest are contributions examining:

  • ·         the relationship between religious identity and violent extremism
  • ·         state management of religious violence including the regulation of social media and hate speech
  • ·         state perpetration of religious violence
  • ·         perceptions and constructions of religious violence
  • ·         theoretical approaches to the meaning of religious violence including examples of scapegoating and symbolic forms of violence
  • ·         the relationship between gender, sexuality, religion and violence with particular attention to current issues of clergy abuse and domestic violence
  • ·         representations of religious violence in popular culture
  • ·         race, ethnicity, otherness and religious violence
  • ·         religion and animal rights
  • ·         religious movements for peace and social cohesion

How to Submit

Send proposals to the conference convenor Kathleen McPhillips: Kathleen.mcphillips@newcastle.edu.au

Please include Title, Author, Abstract (maximum 150 words) and university affiliation by 1st August 2019.

We are particularly interested in panel proposals on the conference theme, which must include no more than 4 panel members with a theme, paper titles, abstracts and authors.

Confirmations of acceptance will be sent by 1st September 2019. Late papers will not be considered.

Membership

Please note: submissions will only be considered if authors are members of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion.

For membership please visit the AASR website https://www.aasr.org.au/join-us. Members of NZASR do not need to also have AASR membership.

Conference Venue

The University of Newcastle is Australia’s leading regional university and has a record of global excellence in enquiry and engagement. The School of Humanities and Social Sciences supports the interdisciplinary study of religion including via the Centre for the History of Violence, where researchers work on projects across a breadth of themes including religion. The University’s city campus– Newspace – is located in the centre of the business district close to transport, accommodation, the harbour, beaches and the entertainment area. See https://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/our-environments/new-space

Newcastle is located 2 hours north of Sydney and is easily accessible by road, air and train.  Transport to and from Newcastle airport provides easy access into the city and hosts international flights, including direct flights from Auckland and most major Australian cities.

Symposium: *Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities and Migration*

Please join us at the symposium *Pentecostal Charismatic Christianities and Migration* co-convened by the Religion and Society Research Cluster/SSAP, Western Sydney University, and Alphacrucis College.

Date: 2 August 2019

Venue: Level 9, Parramatta City campus, WSU

169 Macquarie St, Parramatta

Keynote Speaker: Associate Prof Richard Vokes, UWA

“‘The Spirit Really Moved Me’: Metaphors of Movement in African-Australian Conversion Narratives”

Symposium Conveners:

  • Prof Cristina Rocha, Religion and Society Research Cluster, WSU
  • Prof Mark Hutchinson, Alphacrucis College
  • Dr Kathleen Openshaw, Religion and Society Research Cluster, WSU
  • Mrs Ingrid Ryan, Alphacrucis College

Symposium Theme

Over the past few decades, Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity (PCC) has exploded in the Global South and grown considerably in the Global North. Much of this grow this fuelled by networks of megachurches, the mobility of community leaders across diasporic networks, migration and media. While traditionally missionaries would travel in a North-to- South direction, more recently megachurches from the Global South have moved horizontally, across to other developing countries, and also made inroads in to the Global North in efforts of reverse missionisation. Such attempts to missionise to locals in the Global North have been largely (though not wholly) unsuccessful and churches have turned their focus to migrants from the Global South. Many studies have shown that migrants, who were not attached to PCCs before migration, join churches in the diaspora as they offer them a home away from home. Meanwhile, diasporic churches also face difficulties keeping these (as well as second generation) migrants, since they may prefer local churches in an effort to integrate. This symposium will probe these themes, discussing the many connections between PCCs and migration.

Registration: This is a free event but registration needed for catering purposes.

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/pentecostal-and-charismatic-christianity-and- migration-symposium-tickets-64954862743

For more details see attached flyer and  https://pccinaussymposium.wordpress.com/

Multiculturalism, Nationalism, Religions and Secularism

Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship’s Twentieth Anniversary Conference
Evening of 8 November – 10 November 2019, University of Bristol

Plenary speakers include:
Bhikhu Parekh, Craig Calhoun, Geoff Brahms Levey, Grace Davie, Nira Yuval Davis, Pnina Werbner, Rainer Bauböck, Therese O’Toole, Yael Tamir; and Anna Triandafyllidou (TBC), Baroness Sayeeda Warsi (TBC), Yvette Cooper, MP (TBC).

For twenty years researchers at the University of Bristol’s Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship have led debates about Muslims, racisms, multiculturalism, different forms of minority identity, and the place of religion in public life. Its research has spanned the social sciences and this conference will mark the twentieth anniversary of the Centre’s work.

Conference papers can come from sociology, political theory, political science, anthropology and other social sciences as well as disciplines in the humanities such as history and philosophy. Papers can focus on a range of themes such as multiculturalism, national identity, superdiversity, interculturalism, conviviality and everyday multiculturalism, neo-nationalism and populism, ethno-religious identities, racism and Islamophobia, secular governance and accommodation of religious diversity.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words by 12 August 2019. Abstracts should be submitted to Thomas.sealy@bristol.ac.uk  Decisions will be announced by 19 August 2019.

The attendance fee is £35 in total. There are no extra costs for dinner on the evening of the 9 November 2019 and lunch, tea and coffee on both days, as the conference will provide these.

Participants will be sent options for accommodation after their paper has been accepted.

Places for speakers are limited. Please direct queries to the conference organisers who are:

  • Tariq Modood (University of Bristol): t.modood@Bristol.ac.uk
  • Varun Uberoi (Brunel University): Varun.Uberoi@Brunel.ac.uk
  • Simon Thompson (University of the West of England): Simon.Thompson@uwe.ac.uk

Further information about the Centre is available at:
http://www.bristol.ac.uk/ethnicity/

Job: Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Religion

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to section members:
Job ID: 15636
Institution: Baylor University
Department: Dept of Sociology
Title: Assistant Professors (2)
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Mental Health , Religion

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at http://jobbank.asanet.org.

Two Job Openings with Pew Research: Demography of Religion Team

Pew Research Center has one open level research position for anyone from ABD status up to tenured professor. Pew is also looking for a savvy research assistant.

Research Associate or Senior Researcher position: https://jobs-prc.icims.com/jobs/5962/research-associate%2c-global-religious-demography/job

Research Assistant position: https://jobs-prc.icims.com/jobs/5964/research-assistant%2c-demography-of-religion/job

Both jobs are based in Washington DC.

Here are some recent examples of the demography of religion team’s work

PhD Opportunity

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a job offer for a phd contract on “Islam, market and gender in Russia: Women entrepreneurs and the market of Muslim goods and services in Russia (or the CIS)”:

https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/UMR8224-LUBJUR0-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN

The deadline for application is July 14.

Best wishes,

Silvia Serrano
Professeur, Sorbonne Université,
Eur’Orbem
Centre d’Etude des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (CERCEC),
EHESS,
54 Bd Raspail, 75006, Paris

Conference Call for Papers: The Ahmadiyya In Scholarly Perspective.

We are interested in organizing a conference on the Ahmadis and Ahmadiyya in which the speakers examine

  • – Its theology- Christology
  • – Its history,
  • – Its organization, governance and associated groups,
  • – Membership: numbers, growth, sociological profile. International expansion,
  • – Iconography,
  • – Their original territories and their international developments, as well as their various types of changes,
  • – Judicial issues addressing its status; prosecution in certain countries,
  • – Media relations and media coverage,
  • – Impact on humanitarianism, art and culture in general,
  • – Influences in popular culture,
  • – The peculiar way of placing itself within the Islamic world, from which it is considered “heretical”
  • – Relationship with the broader society.

This list of topics above is not exhaustive. We welcome additional studies or surveys completed or in process on the Ahmadiyya and its followers. 

As for our previous conferences, we will prepare the publication of the best papers, once the scientific committee has reviewed them. You may see our publications on www.antwerpfvg.org.

We plan our conferences on one or two days, presuming there will about 12 speakers.  Our requirement is to make sure speakers have a scholarly record and training even if they do not work in an academic background. Doctoral students are welcome. We do not offer grants or stipends to participants, and every participant has to pay registration fees.

Organized By: The European Observatory of Religion and Secularism (Laïcité) in partnership with Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG), CLIMAS (Bordeaux), Cesnur (Turin).

Practical Information

  • Venue: Faculty of Comparative Study of Religion and Humanism (FVG)
  • Bist 164 – B-2610 Wilrijk-Antwerpen. Belgium. Tel.: +32 (0)3 830 51 58. E-mail: info@antwerpfvg.org www.antwerpfvg.org
  • Date of the conference: October 24-25, 2019.
  • Language of the conference: English.

Submitting: Send a 10 line abstract, with a 5 lines résumé of your previous work and a short biography to:

  • Régis Dericquebourg, Associate Professor at the FVG and President of the European Observatory of Religions and laïcité (secularism): Associate member of the Group of Sociology of Religion and Laicité. CNRS: Paris. France. redericq@netcourrier.com
  • and/or to Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor in North American Studies, Université Michel de Montaigne, member de CLIMAS (Culture et littératures du monde anglo saxon), Bordeaux. France Vice-President of the Observatory of Religion and Laicité. bcellard@numericable.fr
  • and/or Chris Vonck, rector of the Faculty for Comparative religion and Humanism (FVG). fvg.faculteit@skynet.b
  • And/or Willy Fautre. Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, w.fautre@hrwf.org

Papers will be considered for publication, with editorial details given during the conference. It is understood that each presenter must submit his or her paper first to the organizers for possible inclusion in the conference proceedings. When submitting the abstract, please inform the committee whether the paper has been submitted for review or publication in another venue.

Registration and Transportation:

  • Registration Fee: 100 euros and 15 euros for each lunch.
  • Students: 30 euros and 10 euros each lunch.
  • There are many hotels in Antwerp and a few in the nearby town of Mortsel, which are discoverable online, and each attendee should book directly. FVG is located off of a bus line to downtown Antwerp.

Proposal Deadline: July 1 st , 2019

Scientific Committee:

  • Raffaella Di Marzio, managing director LIREC;
  • Massimo Introvigne, managing director, CESNUR;
  • Bernadette Rigal-Cellard, Professor in North American Studies, Université Bordeaux Montaigne, member de CLIMAS (Culture et littératures du monde anglo saxon), France
  • Régis Dericquebourg, Associate Professor at the FVG and President of the European Observatory of Religions and laïcité (secularism), France and Belgium
  • Chris Vonck, Professor in Religious Studies, Dean of the Faculty of Comparative Studies of Religions, (FVG), Wilrijk (Antwerpen), Belgium