Recently Published Books on Swaminarayan Hinduism

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce three recently published books on Swaminarayan Hinduism:

An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hinduism (3rdedition) by Raymond Brady Williams (Cambridge University Press, 2019)


An Introduction to Swaminarayan Hindu Theology by Sadhu Paramtattvadas (Cambridge University Press, 2017)>

Swaminarayan Hinduism: Tradition, Adaptation and Identity edited by Raymond Brady Williams and Yogi Trivedi (Oxford University Press, 2016)>

Raymond Brady Williams

LaFollette Distinguished Professor in the Humanities emeritus

Wabash College

Postdoctoral position in Mediatized Diaspora – The Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies, Faculty of Humanities, University of Copenhagen

Dear All,

Please feel free to circulate this call for applicants for a “Postdoctoral position in Mediatized Diaspora”
at the University of Copenhagen, Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.

Please follow the link below for more information.


Best wishes,


A minority within a minority?: the complexity and multilocality of transnational Twelver Shia networks in Britain OS

Dear all,
the attached article might be of interest to subscribers of the list:
With best wishes,
Oliver Scharbrodt
Professor of Islamic Studies
University of Birmingham
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Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies has been published

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 29/2 of the journal Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies
Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies aims at promoting Jewish studies in Scandinavia by publishing scholarly articles, surveys and documents, by reviewing recent literature, and compiling bibliographies. The contributions are published in one of the Scandinavian languages, or in English, German or French, with an abstract in English. The journal is strictly academic and does not pursue any special religious, political or cultural policy. It is published open access online.
Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,
Karin Hedner Zetterholm & Ruth Illman
Editors of Nordisk judaistik/Scandinavian Jewish Studies

Dr Ruth Illman
Föreståndare, Donnerska institutet
Docent i religionsvetenskap, Åbo Akademi

Dr Ruth Illman
Director, the Donner Institute
Docent of Comparative Religion, Åbo Akademi University

CFP: Artificial Intelligence and International Relations – April 12, 2019 Shanghai University

Conference: Artificial Intelligence and International Relations 

April 12, 2019

Shanghai University

Organized by 

The Center for Global Governance  

Institute of Global Studies 

Shanghai University

People’s Republic of China

This is the first conference on this topic. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Artificial Intelligence and International Relations
  • Artificial Intelligence and Politics
  • Artificial Intelligence and Work/Labor
  • Artificial Intelligence and Religion
  • Artificial Intelligence and Security
  • Artificial Intelligence and Gender
  • Artificial Intelligence and Society
  • Artificial Intelligence and Human Rights

Please submit the following information for abstract submission:

  • Author full name;
  • Affiliation;
  • Email address: university email address should be provided;
  • Abstract in Word format;
  • Title of your paper;
  • A short bio, 100 words (not CV or resume).



Ryan Kiggins  


  • Abstract Submission for the Conference:       February 4, 2019
  • Official Acceptance Letter:                             February 11, 2019
  • Official Invitation Letter for VISA:               February 18, 2019
  • Confirmation of Your Participation:               February 25, 2019
  • Conference Draft Paper Submission:              March 25, 2019  
  • The Conference Dates:                                   April 12, 2019


If your paper is accepted by the conference committee, first you will receive an official acceptance letter. Then, you need to email us a pdf or jpeg copy of the first page of your passport for you to receive official invitation letter from Shanghai University for VISA application. 

There is no fee for this conference. please note that we will cover your accommodations (lehu hotel, Shanghai University)  for 3 nights and food during your stay in Shanghai.

When:  April 12, 2019

Where: Shanghai University

Lehu Hotel, 99 Shangda Road, 

BaoShan District, Shanghai 20044 – China

Time:   9:00 – 17:00

For more information, please contact:

Tugrul Keskin or 

Ryan Kiggins  

Tugrul Keskin


Director of Center for the Global Governance 

Shanghai University  


China: 86+15000-465734

Turkey Cell: (90) 533-607-8465

Recent Books:

·         Middle East Studies after September 11 Neo-Orientalism, American Hegemony and Academia. Brill, 2018.

·         U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East: From American Missionaries to the Islamic State. Routledge, 2018.

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)

Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)

Call for papers for a special edition: Fashion/Religion Interfaces TM

Call for papers for a special edition: Fashion/Religion Interfaces

The complex interconnections between religious beliefs and fashion in clothing have been increasingly recognised by researchers, journalists and fashion producers. At the same time, fashion has begun to be a force that can shape religious communities and create debates, often of a controversial nature, within and between faiths. This special issue will explore these matters, focusing on sartorial fashion/religion interfaces in their diverse and multiple forms across the world today.

Fashion scholarship has long claimed that no-one exists fully outside of fashion systems. Yet many religious believers, especially those with more conservative mindsets, think that they are not influenced by secular and commercial fashion trends. So, who is right? At the same time, some religiously-oriented individuals may embrace fashion fully, while others might seek to balance fashionability with religious precepts and forms of conduct. Which sorts of balancing and mediating are occurring across the world today, among different religious groups in diverse locations? Which social and cultural forces and contexts shape these balancing acts? What are the differences between religiously-oriented dress practices in ‘home’ countries and in diasporic contexts? How are these matters bound up with globalization processes?

Most scholarly attention on fashion/religion interfaces has been on women’s dress practices, but what about men? In what ways do dynamics to do with sexualities, ethnicities, classes, disabilities, and other social factors impact on religiously-aware dress choices?

While the major scholarly and political focus has recently been on the relations between Islam and fashion, especially in terms of veiling, people with other religious affiliations must also make choices regarding fashion and dress issues. Papers focusing on any religion and belief system, and on any geographical (and/or virtual) location, are welcomed for this special edition. Articles comparing different religious and/or sectarian groups are also invited. 

Contributions are sought from diverse disciplinary and inter-disciplinary backgrounds across the social sciences and humanities. Papers which report novel empirical findings, and innovate in theoretical and methodological terms, are particularly encouraged.

Special issue website with submission instructions:

Submission deadline: 1 April 2019

Queries: Anna-Mari Almila

Keywords: fashion, clothes, dress, religion, faith, beliefs, globalization


Dr Anna-Mari Almila
Research Fellow in Sociology of Fashion


London College of Fashion
University of the Arts London
20 John Prince’s Street
London W1G 0BJ

Tenure-track position in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies

Dear Colleagues,

The Croft Institute for International Studies and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Mississippi invite applications for its Tenure-Track position. We are seeking an anthropologist of the Middle East.  Preference will be given to critical medical anthropologists and/or engaged cultural anthropologists who work with refugee/migrant populations. Scholars who utilize rigorous cross-subdisciplinary methodologies are especially encouraged to apply. Please see details are below.

I will be attending the MESA conference in San Antonio, Texas (15-18 November) and will be happy to speak to any interested candidates about the position. I can be contacted at

Vivian Ibrahim

Tenure-track position in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies

The Croft Institute for International Studies ( and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology ( at the University of Mississippi invite applications for a Croft Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies. This is a joint-appointment, tenure-track position with a start date of August 2019. We are seeking an anthropologist of the Middle East.  Preference will be given to critical medical anthropologists and/or engaged cultural anthropologists who work with refugee/migrant populations. Scholars who utilize rigorous cross-subdisciplinary methodologies are especially encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will be able to teach a survey course on the Middle East, introductory and thematic courses for Anthropology and International Studies as well as upper-level and graduate courses in their regional and thematic areas. Candidates must demonstrate an active fieldwork program, a strong commitment to teaching, and the language proficiency to conduct original research in Arabic.  Ph.D. in Anthropology is required by the time of appointment. Tenure and promotion reside in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided equally between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Croft Institute. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers BA and MA degrees in Anthropology. The Croft Institute, a signature program on campus, administers the major in International Studies within the College of Liberal Arts. Interested candidates should apply online at by uploading a letter of application and curriculum vita.  Candidates must also submit a statement of current and projected research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a writing sample, and names and contact information for three individuals who can be contacted for letters of recommendation via email attachment to or by regular mail to Katherine M. Centellas, Chair, Middle East Anthropology Search Committee, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 510 Lamar Hall, University of Mississippi, P.O. Box 1848, University MS, 38677.  Review of applications will begin when an adequate pool is established, but no earlier than November 20th, and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.


Vivian Ibrahim, Ph.D.

Croft Associate Professor

History and International Studies (Middle East)

University of Mississippi

Announcement of new publication

I would like to inform you of my short essay recently published in the latest Reset Doc dossier on the 2018 Turkish elections. The essay which is about the voting behavior(s) of Turkish citizens abroad is part of my on-going project about transnational politics and diaspora-making.
You can access the essay at the following link:
Kind regards,
Sinem A.

GLIMER newsletter – October 2018

Last month, we met at the University of Calabria in Italy to discuss our latest work package, which focused on accommodation, regeneration and exclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in our localities. Four stakeholders from each of our country cases were invited to join our discussions, providing their own perspectives on what issues are facing Europe’s refugees and asylum seekers.


During our time in Calabria, we also visited a number of SPRAR projects in the region. Our Co-I, Tim Peace, has written a blog detailing these visits, and how the projects we visited are likely to be impacted by the recent ‘Salvini decrees’. One of our visits even featured in the local press!


Our Project Team have also been busy attending events, and publishing their own work. Our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou attended an event at the UN in New York on trafficking, while our team from Scotland will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. Our Swedish Team also presented findings from their research through GLIMER at the Göthenborg Book Fair, and will be presenting results from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference in Malmö later this month.


Since our last newsletter, our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, has also written a blogcommenting on the possible evictions of asylum seekers in Glasgow by their accommodation provider, Serco. This story is ongoing, as legal battles against Serco continue, so expect more on this in the coming months.



Website: Media Page


We recently added a media page to our website! This page will include all our media appearances, and any videos, or photos we take during the project. Here you’ll find the recent media coverage of our visit to Mendicino where we met some of the employees of their SPRAR project, and the refugees who now live in the community.

Serco evictions and asylum accommodation governance: The consequences of a reserved, neoliberal accommodation model for displaced migrants in Glasgow


On 29 July 2018, private asylum accommodation provider, Serco, announced that with days notice, they would be changing the locks on up to 300 residences occupied by asylum seekers whose applications had been refused by the Home Office. The decision has been met with shock and anger both by Glasgow City Council and by the third sector and community networks the support refugees in Glasgow. Should the decision be implemented, there is a potential for 300 vulnerable people to be both destitute and homeless in Glasgow’s streets.

Stakeholder Opinions


During our recent stakeholder meeting in Calabria, we asked those who attended what they thought was the biggest challenge for the integration of refugees in Europe, and how they would approach this challenge.



Our visit to SPRAR projects in Calabria – now at risk due to the ‘Salvini decree’

In September, we held our second consortium meeting at the University of Calabria. As part of our meeting we visited local SPRAR (Protection System for Asylum Seekers and Refugees) projects, and met those who work in, and benefit from them. In this blog, our Co-Investigator, Tim Peace, details our experience, and analyses the impact current government legislation is likely to have on these projects.

Our Research Fellow, Emma Hill, and Co-I, Tim Peace, will participate in the New Scots Evidence Group. The group will meet at twice a year to inform the New Scots: refugee integration strategy 2018-2022 implementation.

On 2 October, our Co-I, Josie Christodoulou, was included on the panel for an event at the UN HQ in New York. This event titled ‘Combating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls: Implementing United Nations Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons and other preventative measures’aimed to contribute to the dialogue for eradicating trafficking in persons, especially women and girls.

Tim and Erica will also be presenting research on refugee accommodation from our current work package at the ‘Refugees, Borders and Membership’ conference at Malmö University.


There are 200 registered participants, 13 workshops that will cover a wide range of important themes, 135 paper presentations and two keynote speakers.

On 27 September, Erica also gave a talk based on results from the GLIMER project at the Götenborg Book Fair.


Our Swedish Team at Malmö University, along with the Municipality of Eslöv, The National Employment Agency, Eslövs folkhögskola are also part of an application for funding to increase collaboration and knowledge exchange of the reception of refugees in the Municipality of Eslöv. It is hoped that if accepted, this funding will further affirm the results of GLIMER’s research.

Our PI, Nasar Meer, published a a number of items recently:

Malmö Institute for Studies of Migration, Diversity and Welfare (MIM) is hosting the next annual IMISCO conference from 26 to 28 June. The theme will be ‘Understanding International Migration in the 21st Century: Conceptual and Methodological Approaches’. The call for paper and panel proposals will open soon.

Nasar was also a respondent at the LSE launch of the PEW Global Attitudes Survey launch of Christian Identity and (In)Tolerance in Secular Western Europe in June.

In August, Nasar participated in a number of Edinburgh Festival events, including a panel on the Politics of Race, and another discussing a chapter in ‘No Problem Here’.

Earlier this month, Nasar spoke at the Berlin Jewish Museum at the Living with Islamophobia conference.

Our Research Fellow, Emma, and Mohamed Omar from the Mental Health Foundation, have written a piece for the British Sociological Association as part of Black History Month – ‘New’ Scots? (Re)Writing Somali Histories in Scotland’

GLIMER received funding in the framework of the Joint Programming Initiative Urban Europe, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 693443.







School of Social and Political Science

The University of Edinburgh

Scotland, UK

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