Travel Grants available! The challenges of religious pluralization and the contribution to be made by interreligious dialogue in the areas of societal and scientific discourse will be discussed at the Herrenhausen Conference on October 4-6, 2016, in Hanover.
The long-held belief in the secularization thesis and the subsequent expectation that religion would gradually lose its societal relevance in public and scientific discourse led to religion being treated rather as a side issue. This has changed fundamentally in the wake of growing religious pluralization. In this respect, both the destructive potential of religion as well as initiatives designed to promote understanding between people of different religions and worldviews play a significant role. In view of these ambivalences, a need has arisen for clarification in the area of societal as well as scientific discourse. The planned conference will debate the challenges of religious pluralization and the contribution to be made by interreligious dialogue in five thematic areas – theology, politics/civil society, education, Communication/media and contexts. The aim of the conference is to describe innovative scientific approaches and broad political and social scopes of action for addressing religious plurality.
Herrenhausen Conference: “Religious Pluralisation – A Challenge for Modern Societies”
October 4-6, 2016
Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover, Germany
The program for the Herrenhausen Conference on “Religious Pluralisation – A Challenge for Modern Societies” can be found in the column on the right. All speakers and chairs have confirmed their participation.
Session 1: Religion and Dialogue in Different Contexts
Public Lecture: Toward a New Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age
Session 2: Community Building and Policymaking in European Perspectives
Session 3: Contribution of Religious Education to Dialogue and Integration
Session 4: The Relevance of Interreligious Dialogue in the Public Sphere
Forum on Dialogical Theology
Session 5: Interreligious Communication and the Role of Media
Perspectives of Further Research in the Field of Interreligious Dynamics
If you would like to attend the conference, please register by clicking on the registration link in the column on the right. There are no fees for attendance but registration is essential.
Please cancel your registration if you cannot attend the conference. We have a waiting list for the meeting and can offer your place to another person if you cannot attend. Simply use the registration tool to cancel or send us an email.
The conference language is English.
The Volkswagen Foundation offers up to 30 Travel Grants for young researchers who wish to attend the conference. We are inviting Ph.D. students or early Postdocs (max. 5 years since Ph.D.) working on independent and challenging projects in the field of religious pluralization or in a field for which religious pluralisation is crucial to apply for a travel grant. Applicants are required to apply until March 30, 2016 by using the application form. The travel grant covers attendance, accommodation and travel expenses (excl. cab fares, parking, food and beverages while travelling as well as poster printing costs).
Venue and public transport
The conference is held at Herrenhausen Palace, a new conference center in Hanover, Germany. You can reach the venue by tram: Take line 4 or 5 and get off at “Herrenhäuser Gärten”.
Le Fonds Gérard-Dion <http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org>, consacré à la
recherche portant sur les faits religieux, annonce l’ouverture du concours
annuel de la bourse postdoctorale. D’une durée de 12mois, la bourse
s’adresse notamment à une personne provenant de l’extérieur et détentrice
depuis moins de trois ans d’un doctorat d’une université reconnue au Canada
ou à l’étranger. Les qualités recherchées sont l’aptitude au développement
d’un projet de recherche comparée (autre pays / Canada , Canada / Québec)
et le désir de se constituer chercheur ou chercheuse en résidence de
l’Université Laval (Québec, Canada).
Pour plus ample information : www.fonds-gerard-dion.org
Date limite de dépôt des candidatures : 1er mars 2016.
Dedicated to research on religion, ‘Fonds Gerard-Dion’
<http://www.fonds-gerard-dion.org/> currently invites applications for its
annual post-doctoral Fellowship. Eligible candidates to this twelve-month
fellowship must have obtained a PhD within the past three years from any
internationally recognized university. Relevant qualifications are
interest in developing research project (comparative, Canada / Québec ) and
the desire to be an in-residence researcher at Université Laval in Québec
For more information : www.fonds-gerard-dion.org
*Deadline: March 1, 2016.*
The School of Philosophy, Religion and History of Science at the University of Leeds invites applications from prospective research postgraduate students who wish to visit the school (a) to attend relevant conferences, seminars or lectures, (b) to develop their applications to external scholarship funders, or (c) to meet with potential supervisors. The three schemes are as follows: (a) POSTGRADUATE RESEARCH @ LEEDS MOBILITY GRANTS (up to £200) The Postgraduate Research Mobility Grants are for prospective postgraduate research students who are contemplating the University of Leeds as a possible location to undertake their studies. The grants are designed to provide these students with the financial assistance required to attend a conference, seminar or lecture related to their area of study. For further details and an application form contact PRHS_PGenquiries@leeds.ac.uk. (b) PRE-DOCTORAL BURSARIES SCHEME (up to £500) This scheme provides financial assistance to prospective postgraduate research students who are intending developing an application to an externally funded doctoral studentship scheme where the student and potential supervisor need to work together over a period of time to develop a project that meets the funder's criteria. Examples of such studentships include the Wellcome Trust Doctoral Studentships and the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Project Awards. For further details and an application form contact PRHS_PGenquiries@leeds.ac.uk. (c) TRAVEL BURSARIES SCHEME (up to £50) These bursaries provide financial assistance to prospective postgraduate research students who wish to travel to Leeds to meet with potential supervisors. For further details and an application form contact PRHS_PGenquiries@leeds.ac.uk. ------------------------------
------------------------------ ----------------- Within the School of PRHS *Theology and Religious Studies* (TRS) represents an internationally excellent and world-leading environment for postgraduate research. The latest UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014 placed Leeds TRS joint 3rd overall nationally and 1st for research outputs (publications). Those interested in applying to study TRS at Leeds are advised to contact potential supervisors at an early stage. Areas of supervision offered by TRS academic staff at Leeds are summarised below; for the full range of staff interests and expertise see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/people/20049/theology_and_religious_studies/ - Religion and Social Theory; Fieldwork and Ethnography - South & South-East Asian Religions, African Religions, Islam and Muslim societies, Interfaith Relations - Gender, Development, Environment, Migration/Diasporas - Philosophy of Religion, theological anthropology, modern Christian thought, Ethics, Political Theology, Hebrew Bible You should contact supervisors by email, either directly or through the postgraduate research tutor for TRS - Dr Sean McLoughlin (firstname.lastname@example.org) You are also strongly encouraged to attend (in most cases following application) the university's Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 5 February 2016 (https://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/101060/), when you will have opportunity to meet potential supervisors, current postgraduates, and the postgraduate team. For more information about postgraduate study in Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at Leeds see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125022/postgraduate. ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------------- N.B. The school is offering up to 18 fully-funded PhD scholarships for UK/EU students available for 2016-17 entry, with deadlines starting from 15 January 2016. For full, regularly updated information on upcoming scholarship deadlines, including application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships site http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/. Funding opportunities for full-time or part-time PhD study include the following: UK/EU STUDENTS * Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - Fees + £14,250 Maintenance (Awards may be made on a rolling basis after 15 JANUARY 2016) * Up to six White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities AHRC Studentships (Deadline 2 FEBRUARY 2016) * Up to three Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (Deadline: 15 JANUARY 2016) * Up to two University of Leeds Research Scholarships (Deadline: 11 MARCH 2016) * University of Leeds Endowed Research Scholarships (Deadline: 1 JUNE 2016) * Around four White Rose Research Studentships (Deadline: to be determined) INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS * Up to three Leeds Anniversary Research Scholarships (Deadline: 15 JANUARY 2016) * China Scholarship Council-University of Leeds Awards - around 13 in total (Deadline: 8 JANUARY 2016) * Up to two School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science Scholarships - £14,250 Maintenance + a contribution to fees equivalent to UK/EU Fees (Awards may be made from 15 JANUARY 2016). N.B. This is a partial scholarship; to be eligible for consideration, applicants will be expected to demonstrate their ability to pay the remainder of their international fees (i.e. approx. £9000 p.a.). Correspondence regarding the application procedure may be directed to email@example.com. ------------------------------ ------------------------------ ----------------- Dr Seán McLoughlin Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Muslim Cultures, Politics & Societies School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Email firstname.lastname@example.org Web http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20049/416/sean_mcloughlin The Hajj & British Muslims - British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship - http://arts.leeds.ac.uk/hajj/ - AHRC 10th Anniversary Image Gallery - http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/research/readwatchlisten/imagegallery/hajjethnographybritish/ - Twitter @LeedsUniHajjRes Diasporas, Migration & Identities - AHRC Network - http://www.leeds.ac.uk/writingbritishasiancities - Writing the City in British Asian Diasporas (Routledge 2014), https://www.routledge.com/products/9780415590242 - Diasporas: Concepts, Intersections, Identities (Zed Books 2010), http://zedbooks.co.uk/node/21526
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POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP IN ISLAMIC STUDIES
The Alwaleed Centre at the University of Edinburgh (www.alwaleed.ed.ac.uk) seeks to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, on a fixed-term non-renewable three-year basis, to assist the development of its interdisciplinary research and teaching activities, to commence on 1st February 2016 or as soon as possible thereafter. The successful candidate will have expertise in any aspect of Islamic Studies (broadly understood, so that it could include such sub-disciplines as Art, Ethics, Law, Philosophy, Science or Theology). Applications would be particularly welcome from candidates with expertise on Christian-Muslim Relations.
Closing date: 5 pm on Tuesday 15 December 2015
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Fully funded PhD Studentship – Social Science or Humanities approaches to Science and Religion in Society
Call for Applications for Home/EU Studentship to commence 1 February 2016
Applications are invited for one fully-funded PhD Studentship for three years (full-time) for UK or EU students within the Centre for Science, Knowledge, and Belief in Society, at Newman University. CSKBS is a multidisciplinary Research Centre whose work spans a diverse range of disciplines including social sciences, history, philosophy, and psychology. The Studentship includes a subsistence grant in line with the recommendations of the UK research Councils (currently £14,057 p.a. for 2015-16) with all fees paid.
The successful candidate will also be eligible for an hourly paid research assistant role within the broader multidisciplinary Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project team. This will be designed to allow the successful candidate to develop a range of research skills. This work is paid over and above the subsistence grant.
In addition, dependent on the successful submission of a PhD thesis within three years of commencement, the university will offer a one-year postdoctoral follow-on research position to the successful PhD candidate. This is designed to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as an early career professional in this field of research. This is therefore 3+1 year PhD-to-post-doctoral role.
We welcome applications with proposals for PhD research projects in distinct and multidisciplinary areas related to the wider project’s research themes. We will be happy to discuss project ideas that focus on contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’, particularly in the following areas:
- Social Sciences and/or Humanities approaches to media, social media and public space discourse surrounding evolutionary science and religion, spirituality or belief. This could among other areas focus on specific organisations, groups or communities or be undertaken at a broader societal level. The candidate should have a background in a relevant area of social sciences or humanities including the social studies of science, and/or of religion, science technology studies, science communication, media studies, anthropology or a field related to sociology.
- Quantitative or mixed methods approaches to public perceptions and attitudes concerning the relationship between science and faith. This studentship will link into a strand of research with a focus on developing and commissioning a representative quantitative polling of public attitudes to provide a more in-depth understanding of public perceptions of the relationship between evolutionary science and belief in Canada and the The candidate should have a background in a relevant discipline, e.g. social science or human geography, with good quantitative data analysis skills.
Science and Religion: Exploring the Spectrum project:
This innovative and unique research project currently employs 15 people working across four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada. Newman University lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Newman) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigator Dr Carola Leicht (University of Kent).
More details about the project and the research team can be found here: http:
Research project related questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker
Applicants are expected to possess a Master’s Degree with Distinction, or with Merit including a Distinction in the Dissertation, from a UK University, or an equivalent qualification.
Alongside the standard application form candidates for this PhD Studentship are asked in the first instance to submit a research project proposal (between 3000-4000 words) highlighting how their PhD project will contribute through an open minded approach to the wider understanding of a perceived clash between science and religion.
The key criteria for selection and appointment will be:
- Record of academic excellence of the candidate;
- Availability of supervisory expertise and capacity;
- Quality of project proposal;
- Research skills and training;
Further information and the application form are available on: http:
Newman University supports world-leading and internationally recognised research across a broad range of disciplines. Please note that Newman University offers its PhDs in partnership with Liverpool Hope University (who are the awarding institution), by whose regulations successful applicants will be bound: http:
- Deadline for applications: Friday 23 October 2015
- Interviews: week commencing Monday 2 November 2015
- Commencement of Studentship: Monday 1 February 2016
Two PhD scholarships are being offered by the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at LMU München.
They are still accepting applications; the deadline is October 18. You can find more information on the homepage:
We have two remaining fully-funded Jameel Scholarships on offer for our PhD programme at the Islam-UK Centre, Cardiff University. Closing date for applications: 30th September. These scholarships can be taken up in January, April or July 2016. Details on how to apply are here:
For informal enquiries, please email: jameelscholarships@cardiff.
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