RFP: The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

The Sociology of Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation

Rice University and the University of California, San Diego are pleased to announce a $2.9 million re-granting initiative.  The “Science and Religion: Identity and Belief Formation” project will specifically fund sociological research that empirically examines how identities and beliefs are related to science and religion.  This project has been designed to provide support for new scholarship in the sociology of science and religion. The project, led by Elaine Howard Ecklund (Rice University) and John H. Evans (University of California, San Diego), is funded through the Templeton Religion Trust and coordinated by The Issachar Fund.

Religion and science are perhaps the dominant ways of meaning making in the late modern world.  While theologians and philosophers have built an impressive body of work on how science and religion should relate, and historians on how people have connected science and religion in the past, we know little about how contemporary people actually understand the science and religion interface.  This project on the sociology of science and religion, with a focus on beliefs and identities, is running concurrently with, and interacting with, separate yet aligned proposals in cognitive science/psychology and evolutionary anthropology.

We can imagine sociologists asking a number of questions within this broad framework.  We offer just a few examples: How do aligned identities (such as race, class, and gender identities) intersect with religious identities to shape beliefs about science, and beliefs about the relationship between religion and science? How do people use religion and science to anchor their identities in the modern world?  For example, are there people for whom science is an identity that operates in a manner similar to how religion operates as a source of identity?  Do people use religion and science to establish other identities? Given that people experience religion and science at the same time in their lives, how do people combine these perspectives to form meaningful action?

Awards for projects related to this initiative are available through the following five award types:

  1. Sociology graduate student fellowships ($50,000 each for a total of two years of funding).
  2. A two-year postdoctoral fellowship for a sociologist to be in residence at Rice University.
  3. Research grants ($100,000 each) for early career sociologists.
  4. Research grants ($200,000 each) for mid-career sociologists.
  5. Research grants ($200,000 each) for senior sociologists.

All awards will run two years in length. Early-career, mid-career, and senior scholar awards are eligible to begin as early as April 1, 2020; all projects must be completed by June 30, 2022. Graduate student and post-doctoral fellowships will begin on July 1, 2020 and must be completed by June 30, 2022. Letters of Intent are due October 15, 2019 for faculty grants, and January 15, 2020 for graduate student and postdoc awards.

For complete information about grant application eligibility, instructions and deadlines, download the full RFP from:  www.religion-science-sociology.com

John H. Evans
Tata Chancellor’s Chair in Social Sciences
Professor of Sociology
Associate Dean of Social Sciences,
Co-Director, Institute for Practical Ethics
University of California, San Diego

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-/

Apply for Generations in Dialogue about the Sociology of Religion

The Institute for Advanced Catholic Studies at the University of Southern California (USC) is seeking applications for its Generations in Dialogue (GID) program about the Sociology of Religion.

The GID program involves a widely-recognized senior Catholic scholar sharing his or her time, expertise, and wisdom with several junior scholars in the same or related disciplines. Over a two-year period these scholars convene for four weekend dialogues that include discipline-specific discussions, personal reflection, shared prayer, and presentations from distinguished scholars and public intellectuals.  Besides benefitting from two years of mentorship, junior scholars will establish relationships with other dedicated scholars in their field.

A generous stipend is included. Early-career (pre-tenure and dissertation stage) social scientists are eligible. Applications are welcome from anyone interested in a substantive and critical engagement with Catholicism’s multiple intellectual traditions

For more information and an application:

https://ifacs.com/programs/generations-in-dialogue/

Job Opening: Post-Doc on Clerical Authority in Transhational Shii Islam

The Department of Theology and Religion seeks to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt. This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The research fellow will investigate the role of exilic and diasporic networks and their hubs (e.g. Kuwait, Damascus, London etc.) in the transnational mobilisation of Twelver Shii communities in the last 50 years.

The research fellow will have PhD on a topic related to thematic remit of the post (e.g. transnational religio-political activism in the contemporary Middle East), a very good command of Arabic, a high level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence.

The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies and Quaker studies. The department came second in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is home to a number of important research groups and projects. As a member of Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.

Further information about the project: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211385_en.html

This is a full-time post with duration of three years, with an anticipated start date of January 2019.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference 59423 in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/jobs

Valuing excellence; sustaining investment

Informal enquiries should be directed to Oliver Scharbrodt at O.Scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk

Job Opening: Post-Doc on Clerical Authority in Transhational Shii Islam

The Department of Theology and Religion seeks to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on the ERC-funded project ‘Creating an Alternative umma: Clerical Authority and Religio-political Mobilisation in Transnational Shii Islam (ALTERUMMA)’ project, led by Professor Oliver Scharbrodt. This interdisciplinary project investigates the transformation of Shii Islam in the Middle East and Europe since the 1950s. The research fellow will investigate the role of exilic and diasporic networks and their hubs (e.g. Kuwait, Damascus, London etc.) in the transnational mobilisation of Twelver Shii communities in the last 50 years.

The research fellow will have PhD on a topic related to thematic remit of the post (e.g. transnational religio-political activism in the contemporary Middle East), a very good command of Arabic, a high level analytical capability, as well as a demonstrated ability to work independently to the very highest levels of research excellence.

The Department of Theology and Religion has an outstanding international reputation in the study of all types of religion in the contemporary world, including inter-cultural theology, textual studies, pentecostal and charismatic studies, inter-religious relations, Islamic studies and Quaker studies. The department came second in the country in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 and is home to a number of important research groups and projects. As a member of Department, the research fellow will join a lively and flourishing department where they will enjoy opportunities for intellectual and other leadership in a collegiate and highly ambitious research community.

Further information about the project: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211385_en.html

This is a full-time post with duration of three years, with an anticipated start date of January 2019.

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £29,799 to £38,832. With potential progression once in post to £41,212 a year.

To download the details and submit an electronic application online please click on the Apply Online button below; please quote Job Reference 59423 in all enquiries. Alternatively information can be obtained from 0121 415 9000 or visit www.birmingham.ac.uk/jobs

Valuing excellence; sustaining investment

Informal enquiries should be directed to Oliver Scharbrodt at O.Scharbrodt@bham.ac.uk

Call for Papers: Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Pre-Conference date: August 7, 2018
Deadline for paper proposals: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptances: End of February 2018

The International Society of Media, Religion & Culture will be hosting a Pre-Conference for doctoral students on the day before the ISMRC bi-annual conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

This pre-conference will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges, as well as network with other peers.

Interested students should prepare a) 1-2 page (500-800 word) extended abstract of the student’s thesis/major research project and b) a sample paper/chapter (up to 5000 words) of writing related to the topic.

All materials are to be prepared in English and are due on or before 15th of January 2018.

Please send all applications to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Associate Professor Heidi Campbell (heidic@tamu.edu), with subject: ISMRC doctoral colloquium application.

Questions may also be directed to the same email.

https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship/call-papers-doctoral-colloquium-pre

Call for Papers: Doctoral Colloquium Pre-Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture

Pre-Conference date: August 7, 2018
Deadline for paper proposals: January 15, 2018
Notification of acceptances: End of February 2018

The International Society of Media, Religion & Culture will be hosting a Pre-Conference for doctoral students on the day before the ISMRC bi-annual conference at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

This pre-conference will provide doctoral students the opportunity to present their research, receive feedback from leaders in the field, discuss theoretical, methodological and professional challenges, as well as network with other peers.

Interested students should prepare a) 1-2 page (500-800 word) extended abstract of the student’s thesis/major research project and b) a sample paper/chapter (up to 5000 words) of writing related to the topic.

All materials are to be prepared in English and are due on or before 15th of January 2018.

Please send all applications to the Doctoral Colloquium Chair, Associate Professor Heidi Campbell (heidic@tamu.edu), with subject: ISMRC doctoral colloquium application.

Questions may also be directed to the same email.

https://www.colorado.edu/ismrc/conferences/conference-media-religion-and-public-scholarship/call-papers-doctoral-colloquium-pre

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

Hi, I am writing to ask you to share this announcement and attached flyer about six major grant and fellowship opportunities worth over $2 million over the next two years 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 and teaching?

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 2020.

The GRRI offers six 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.

Dissertation Fellowship Program

Postdoctoral Research Program

Curriculum Development Program

International Collaboration Program

Project Launch Program

Book Leave Program

The application deadline is October 16, 2017.
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

Dissertation Fellowships, University of Victoria

The Centre for Studies in Religion and Society at UVic offers fellowships ($5000 plus a private office for a year) to people in the thesis or dissertation phases of their graduate programs. Visits of less than a year are also possible. 

These fellowships will allow students to be part of a vital interdisciplinary intellectual and social space in which they can focus on their writing. Over the last 25 years, we have been fortunate to host visiting graduate students from many other universities. Now, we are able to offer some funding to help support visiting students interested in completing their writing within a unique scholarly environment. 

Most applicants would already have external funding from SSHRC or their home university. So, our funding would not cover all expenses, but it should make a significant contribution. The deadline for applications is the middle of November, 2017 and the fellowships would begin sometime after spring, 2018. ​

Please see: http://www.uvic.ca/research/centres/csrs/fellowships-awards/apply/graduate/index.php

Students interested in this opportunity should contact me (bramadat@uvic.ca), or my colleague Sally Lin (csrsadmin@uvic.ca).

Paul Bramadat

Doctoral Scholarships, University of Köln

Starting April 1, 2018, the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne, the integrated graduate school of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Cologne, will again provide doctoral scholarships and doctoral fellowships. Both announcements might be of interest for researchers from the fields of religious studies, cultural studies or anthropology, from Germany and abroad alike. The application deadline for both announcements is November 03, 2017.

Attached please find the calls as PDF files. Please visit our website to find all further information:


Julia Maxelon M. A.
Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School for the Humanities Cologne
Graduiertenschule der Philosophischen Fakultät
Universität zu Köln
Albertus-Magnus-Platz
D – 50923 Köln
+49 (0)221 470-2289
julia.maxelon@uni-koeln.de