Book release: Imams in Western Europe: Developments, Transformations, and Institutional Challenges. Hashas, de Ruiter, and Vinding (eds), Amsterdam University Press, 2018

Buddhism & Australia 2019: Call for Papers

The 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia

’History, current presence and future directions for Buddhism in Austral-Asian region’

7-9 February, 2019

The IC Buddhism & Australia is pleased to invite abstracts for panel sessions and individual papers for the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia that will be held on 7-9 February 2019 in Perth, Western Australia.

This conference investigates the history, current and future directions of Buddhism in Australasia and is a platform for scientists and Buddhists to present their latest researches on Buddhism. Researchers across a broad range of disciplines are welcomed as well the submission of pre-formed panel proposals.

The main themes of the Buddhism & Australia 2019 are

*Buddhism and its History in India

*Buddhism and its History in Sri Lanka

*Buddhism and Computers

*Buddhism in Our Days Tibet

What to Send

Proposals may be in Word or RTF formats with the following information:
*affiliation as you would like it to appear in program
*email address,
*title of proposal,
*body of proposal; no more than 300 words,
*up to 10 keywords.
*CV max 2 pages

Proposals should be submitted by October 20, 2018 by the following email:
If a proposal is accepted for the conference, a full draft paper should be submitted by December 20, 2018.  We acknowledge receipt and answer to all proposals submitted.


To participate in the 8th International Conference Buddhism & Australia, please contact Marju Broder by the following email:

For more information:

Marju Broder
Organizing Chair
Mob + 610405549923

Registration for NCSR 2018 is now open!

The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion (NCSR 2018) ~ 1-3. August 2018.

Dear all,
Conference registration to the Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion 2018 is now open! Welcome!

The total conference fee is 1830 NOK. Please note that registration is divided into two separate payments and will take place in two steps. Step 1: Registration fee (900 NOK), Step 2: NJRS subscription (848 NOK). Both payments must be made before you are registered as a participant at the conference.

Accompanying persons, who would like to attend the reception, fjord cruise, and conference dinner, are warmly welcome. They only need to complete Registration Step 1 (900 NOK).

Please note that all paper presenters must register and pay their fee by June 15th, otherwise their right to present their paper is withdrawn.

The total conference fee includes:

  • Access to all scientific events at the conference
  • Welcoming reception hosted by the City of Oslo July 31st
  • Lunch and coffee/tea/fruit Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Evening fjord cruise with shrimp buffet on Wednesday (drinks must be purchased individually)
  • Conference dinner on Thursday evening
  • A two-year subscription of Nordic Journal of Religion and Society (issue 2/2018-1/2020)

In order to register and pay your conference fee, please click on the link below:

Best wishes,
Netta Marie Rønningen and the NCSR Organizational Committee

Workshop on religious urbanization in Africa, 11 May

Moral economies of ‘development’ in urban Africa


An international research workshop funded by the British Academy/Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) through the RUA project and hosted by SSPSSR, University of Kent


Friday 11 May 2018 | The Common Room, Cathedral Lodge, Canterbury, Kent


Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:

This interdisciplinary symposium brings together scholars from three continents to discuss the intersections and tensions between moral economies of ‘development’, religious urbanisation and social change in contemporary Africa. How are visions of the ‘ideal city’ materially articulated in religious imaginaries, experiences and concrete urban developments? What kind of centralities and peripheries are produced and reproduced through mega-urbanisation and religious place-making? How should development policies and analyses take account of religious dynamics and religious actors in African urban contexts?


Speakers include:

Simon Coleman (University of Toronto)

Immaculata Nwokoro (University of Lagos)

Paul-Francois Tremlett (Open University)

Xavier Moyet (University of Toronto)

Aurélien Mokoko-Gampiot (GSRL/CNRS, Paris)

Ben Jones (University of East Anglia)

Marloes Janson (SOAS, London)

Gareth Millington (University of York)

Thomas Akoensi (University of Kent)


David Garbin (SSPSSR, University of Kent)


Places are free, but limited. To book a place and for further information:

please email:

Approaching Religion (Vol. 8/1) published: The history of modern Western esotericism

Dear Colleagues,

We are happy to announce the publication of Vol. 8/1 of our journal Approaching Religion.

Theme: The history of modern Western esotericism
Guest editors: Dr Tiina Mahlamäki & Dr Maarit Leskelä-Kärki

You find the journal open access at

AR is an open access journal published by the Donner Institute. Its purpose is to publish current research on religion and culture and to offer a platform for scholarly co-operation and debate within these fields. The articles have been selected on the basis of peer-review.

Thanks for the continuing interest in our work,

International Conference: Orientalism, Neo-Orientalism and Post-Orientalism – May 17-18, 2018 SHANGHAI UNIVERSITY TK



15th Anniversary of Memory of Edward Said (1935-2003)

and 40th Anniversary of His Book (1978)


MAY 17 – 18, 2018



A New Issue: Sociology of Islam – Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

Sociology of Islam

Volume 6, Issue 1, 2018

A Manifesto: The Meaning of Sociology of Islam, Muslim Societies, the “Middle East” and the Human Rights Industry
Islam. The Meaning of Style
African American Twelver Shia Community of New York
Society in Qatar before the Oil Industry in Light of Archaeological Evidence
Texts as Objects of Value and Veneration
·  Book Review
Muslim Civil Society and the Politics of Religious Freedom in Turkey, written by Jeremy F. Walton
·  Book Review
Corporate Islam: Sharia and the Modern Workplace, written by Sloane-White, Patricia

Strangers to Citizens (S2C)

Dear Sir/Madam,
I am a reader in history at Glasgow Caledonian University, and am currently putting together an application for EU funding for a group project whose focus would be the history of immigration, provisionally titled ‘Strangers to Citizens’. The project would be based around an MSCA incoming fellowship, whereby a scholar from outside the UK (preferably from another EU country) would come to Glasgow to base himself or herself at our institution and run the project.

Professor Tariq Modood of the University of Bristol has recommended that I contact you to ask if you would circulate a call for candidates via your mailing list. I would be very grateful if you would do this for me. Please find the call attached, together with a short text for the introductory email.

Please let me know if you have any concerns or would like any further information.
Yours sincerely,
Ben Shepherd
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Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars to apply for five postdoctoral fellowships for the research program


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) seeks to rethink key concepts and premises that link and divide Europe and the Middle East. The program draws on the international expertise of scholars in and outside of Germany and is embedded in university and extra-university research institutions in Berlin. It supports historical-critical philology, rigorous engagement with the literatures of the Middle East and their histories, the social history of cities and the study of Middle Eastern political and philosophical thought as central fields of research not only for area or cultural studies, but also for European intellectual history and other academic disciplines. The program explores modernity as a historical space and conceptual frame.


The program puts emphasis on three programmatic ideas: 1) supporting research that demonstrates the rich and complex historical legacies and entanglements between Europe and the Middle East; 2) reexamining genealogical notions of mythical ‘beginnings’, ‘origins’, and ‘purity’ in relation to culture and society; and 3) rethinking key concepts of a shared modernity in light of contemporary cultural, social, and political entanglements that supersede identity discourses as well as national, cultural or regional canons and epistemologies that were established in the nineteenth century.


EUME supports and builds upon the following interconnected research fields:


Cities Compared: Urban Change in the Mediterranean and Adjacent Regions

is directed by Ulrike Freitag and Nora Lafi, both of the Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin. It contributes to the debate on plurality, citizenship and civil society from the historical experience of conviviality and social, cultural, ethnic, and religious differences and conflict in the cities around the Mediterranean.


Islamic Discourse Contested: Middle Eastern and European Perspectives

is directed by Gudrun Krämer, Institute of Islamic Studies, Freie Universität Berlin. It analyzes modern Middle Eastern thought in the framework of discourses on authenticity, modernity, secularity, and justice.


Perspectives on the Qur’an: Negotiating Different Views of a Shared History

is directed by Angelika Neuwirth, Freie Universität Berlin. This research group situates the foundational text of Islam within the religious and literary landscape of late antiquity, early Islamic History and Arabic philology, and combines a historicization of its genesis with an analysis of its hermeneutics, its reception and perception in Europe and the Middle East.


Travelling Traditions: Comparative Perspectives on Near Eastern Literatures

is directed by Friederike Pannewick, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg, and Samah Selim, Rutgers University. This research group reassesses literary entanglements, translations and processes of canonization between the Middle East and other regions.


Tradition and the Critique of Modernity: Secularism, Fundamentalism and Religion from Middle Eastern Perspectives

is a special forum, directed by Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin, Ben-Gurion University, that attempts to rethink key concepts of modernity like secularity, tradition, or religion in the context of the experiences, interpretations, and critiques from the Middle East.


EUME is interested in developing new fields of research that bridge the gap between social science approaches and cultural studies in questions relating to the ongoing transformation processes in Europe and the Middle East (in cooperation with Cilja Harders, Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, Freie Universitaet Berlin, Rachid Ouaissa, Political Science Department, Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg and Kader Konuk, Universität Duisburg-Essen).




The fellowships are intended primarily for scholars of art history, history, literature, philology, political philosophy, political science, religion and sociology who want to carry out their research projects in connection with the Berlin program. Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have obtained their doctorate within the last seven years. Fellows gain the opportunity to pursue research projects of their own choice within the overall framework of Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe. Successful applicants will be fellows of EUME at the Forum Transregionale Studien and associate members of one of the university or non-university research institutes listed below. As a rule, the fellowships start on 1 October 2018 and will end on 31 July 2019. Postdoctoral fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2.500 € plus supplement depending on their personal situation. Organisational support regarding visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Fellows are obliged to work in Berlin and to help shape the seminars and working discussions related to their research field. Scholars are also invited to apply with their own funding. The working language of EUME is English.


Application Procedure


An application should be made in explicit relation to one of the research fields and consist of

— the attached application cover sheet

— a curriculum vitae,

— a project description (no longer than five pages), stating what the scholar will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship


The application should be submitted by e-mail as three separate WORD documents or PDF files in English and should be received by May 15, 2018, sent to


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME)

c/o Forum Transregionale Studien e.V.

Attn: Georges Khalil

Wallotstrasse 14,

14193 Berlin

Fax +49 30 89 001 440


Institutional Framework


Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME) has been initiated in 2006 as a joint research program of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, the Fritz Thyssen Foundation and the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin. It builds upon the previous work of the Working Group Modernity and Islam (1996-2006). Since 2011, EUME is continued at the Forum Transregionale Studien.In scholarly terms, EUME is directed by a Collegium that currently consists of the following persons: Ulrike Freitag (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Cilja Harders (Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin), Kader Konuk (Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen), Gudrun Krämer (Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin), Nora Lafi (Zentrum Moderner Orient, Berlin), Angelika Neuwirth (FU Berlin), Rashid Ouaissa (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Friederike Pannewick (Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies, Philipps-Universität Marburg), Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin (Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva), Samah Selim (Rutgers University), and Stefan Weber (Museum for Islamic Art, Berlin).


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien is a research organization that promotes the internationalization of research in the humanities and social sciences. The Forum provides scope for collaboration among researchers with different regional and disciplinary perspectives and appoints researchers from all over the world as Fellows.

In cooperation with universities and research institutions in Berlin and the rest of Germany, it carries out research projects that examine other regions of the world and their relationship to Germany and Europe systematically and with new questions. It currently supports four research programs and initiatives: Art Histories and Aesthetic Practices, Zukunftsphilologie: Revisiting the Canons of Textual Scholarship, Prisma Ukraïna – Research Network Eastern Europe, the Academy in Exile, and Europe in the Middle East—The Middle East in Europe (EUME).


For more information on the Forum, please visit:


For more information on EUME and its research fields, please visit:


For information on the research institutions in Berlin participating in EUME, please visit:


Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies, FU Berlin:

Otto Suhr Institute of Political Science, FU Berlin:

Corpus Coranicum, Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften:

Leibniz-Zentrum Moderner Orient:

Friedrich Schlegel Graduate School of Literary Studies, FU Berlin:

Institute of Islamic Studies, FU Berlin:

Museum for Islamic Art:

Seminar for Semitic and Arabic Studies, FU Berlin:

Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies:

Institut für Turkistik, Universität Duisburg-Essen:


Contact Info:


Europe in the Middle East – the Middle East in Europe (EUME)

c/o Forum Transregionale Studien

Attn: Georges Khalil

Wallotstrasse 14, 14193 Berlin

Fax +49 30 – 89 001 440




Contact Email:



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A New Journal: Global Review – The Institute of Global Studies – Shanghai University

A New Journal: Global Review – The Institute of Global Studies – Shanghai University


The “Global Review” is an academic journal sponsored by the Shanghai University Center for Global Studies. It aims to promote the development of a global academic discipline in China. It was founded in 2012, when the Shanghai University’s Global Studies Center is upgraded to the Institute of Global Issues, the Global Review will also be revised.
The new edition of the “Global Review” is dedicated to advancing global academic research and discipline development in the Chinese academic community, advocating cross-cultural, cross-regional and interdisciplinary approaches, focusing on global issues and global governance, and revealing the diversity of world civilizations and the road to modernization. Diversity.
Globalization is both a process and a more beneficial perspective. The two characteristics of “liquidity” and “networking” in the era of globalization have made it necessary for many issues to break the old paradigm of “nation-states” and place them in a global context. Scholars may have differences about the starting point of globalization, but no one questions the breadth and depth of the current globalization process. We sincerely hope that the “Global Review” can become a “survey field” in the Chinese academic community. Welcome Scholars at home and abroad are here to discuss and debate and contend for confrontation. Ultimately, they can agglomerate consensus and form a Chinese theory, school, and program on global studies.  

The Global Review has five sections:

(1) Global Theory

(2) Global issues and global governance

(3) Globalization and Regional Social Development

(4) Human Destiny Community

(5) Book reviews and academic information

The new edition of the “Global Review” will be published by the Social Sciences Academic Press and will be published twice a year. Anonymous peer review system was implemented, and the reply was given within two months of acceptance. The citation and annotation format of the manuscript is the same as “Chinese Social Sciences”.
Please submit the manuscript to the editorial office of Global Review.

Mailing address: Building 3, East Campus, Baoshan Campus, Shanghai University, 333 Nanchen Road, Shanghai, China