Call for applications for the 2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”, 27th of August – 2nd of September 2017.

We would like to draw your attention to the call for applications for the
2017 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement
and Confrontation”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place
from Sunday 27th of August until Saturday  2nd of September 2017. This
year the program will focus on the topic “Between Market, State and
Religion: Economic Realities, Social Justice & Faith Traditions”.



This year, the central aim of the UCSIA summer school is to reflect upon
the evolutions of economic markets interacting with specific political and
socio-religious contexts through time and space. Focus is put upon the ways
in which socio-economic evolutions such as globalization, the historical
rise of capitalist economies and the idea of the self-regulating market
interact with and affect socio-religious and cultural normative frameworks
on both the level of governmental policy, economic stakeholders and the
individual household. The present call invites paper proposals in which the
broad topic of economic realities interacting with social contexts and
faith traditions will be discussed from a diverse lines of approach,
clustered around following subthemes:

§  Globalization, economic imperialism and social justice
§  Religious communities and economic values and production
§  Capitalism under construction: appropriation of capitalist producing and

Guest lecturers are Prof. Dr. Jennifer Olmsted (Department of Economics
and Middle East Studies at Drew University), Prof. Dr. Mayfair Yang
(Department of Religious Studies and Department of East Asian Languages &
Cultural Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara), Dr. David
Henig (School of Anthropology & Conservation, University of Kent, UK) and
Prof. Dr. Paul Oslington (Alphacrusis College, Sydney, Australia)

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of
charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.
You can submit your application via the electronic submission form
<> on the summer
school website <>. The completed file as
well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the
UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 14th of May 2017.  For
further information regarding the programme and application procedure,
please have a look at our website:

Please help us to distribute this call for applications among PhD
students and postdoctoral scholars who might be interested in applying for
this summer school.
For all further information, do not hesitate to contact us on the address


Ellen Decraene
Project Manager UCSIA
Prinsstraat 14
2000 Antwerp – Belgium
Tel: +32/3/265.45.99
Fax: +32/3/707.09.31

Five Post-Doctoral and Doctoral Fellows: “Religion & Ethnic Diversity”

We are happy to announce that the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity is advertising 5 research posts:

We would be very grateful if you could pass this website and attached notice on to excellent young scholars within your networks.

Fellowships in Buddhist Studies

Dear Colleagues,

I once again would like to direct your attention to the current announcement of two PhD scholarships offered by the Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies at LMU München.

We are still accepting applications; the deadline is October 16. You can find more information on our homepage:

Best wishes,
Simone Heidegger

Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
Oettingen-Str. 67
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9516
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801

Three collaborating research fellowships/postdocs at Uppsala University: “Religion & Migration”

Three collaborating research fellowships/postdocs on the theme “Religion and Migration: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy”

  • Time period January 1st 2017 – May 31st 2018 (17 months)
  • 75% of full-time working time   

The research fellowships will be part of the multidisciplinary research programme The Impact of Religion: Challenges for Society, Law and Democracy (IMPACT) at Uppsala Religion and Society Research Centre (CRS), Uppsala University. Last application date September 15th 2016. For further details and full announcement see:

Post-Doc in Jewish-Islamic Studies

Dear colleagues,

The Jewish Museum Berlin invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the framework of our Jewish-Islamic Forum. For more information visit

Best regards,


Dr. Yasemin Shooman
Head of Academy Programs      
W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin
Tel. +49 (030) 25993-379 | E-Mail:

Post-Doc in Jewish-Islamic Studies

Dear colleagues,

The Jewish Museum Berlin invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the framework of our Jewish-Islamic Forum. For more information visit

Best regards,


Dr. Yasemin Shooman
Head of Academy Programs      
W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin
Tel. +49 (030) 25993-379 | E-Mail:

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | Call for Students and Scholars

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations is glad to announce the 9th Istanbul Seminars, to be held on 24-28 May 2016 at the Istanbul Bilgi University. This email is to announce that applications are open for students and young scholars

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | 24-28 May 2016
Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere
Whereas religiously inspired social movements, political parties, institutions of charity make an important contribution to society in terms of civil life and social cohesion, every religion can also play a negative role in radicalizing identities, in making compromises more difficult, in provoking violence and wars. That religious traditions risk to be a double-edged sword is today particularly evident in the Muslim world, where democratization and modernization processes risk to be obliterated by radical Islam, terrorism, the escalation of the Shia-Sunni conflict. This rises important questions with regard to what makes religions contribute to the foundations and legitimacy of democracy and why, on the contrary, at times religions turn to be source of extremism and intolerance. What is the connection between religious radicalism and the colonial and postcolonial legacy? Is radical Islam a consequence of imposed and fragile state-building processes confiscated by secular authoritarian regimes or vice versa? Can it be explained by the collapse of nationalist and socialist ideologies or by underdevelopment and inequalities? Do religious doctrines bring forth the radicalization of identities quite autonomously and independently from the political and social context? Accordingly, the Istanbul Seminars ’16 will discuss how much religious pluralism is a matter of politics, law and economy and to what extent it is also a matter of theology.

Among the confirmed speakers so far: Mustafa Akyol, Zygmunt Bauman, Rajeev Bhargava, Seyla Benhabib, Manuel Castells, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mohd Eiadat, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Nilüfer Göle, Peter Gordon, Amr Hamzawy, Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Aleksandra Kania, Cristina Lafont, Ebrahim Moosa, Fabio Petito, David Rasmussen, Olivier Roy, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Ananya Vajpeyi, Michael Walzer (in video), Patrick Weil, Boyan Znepolski and many more.

Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars: Asaf Savaş Akat, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Nilüfer Göle, Ferda Keskin, David Rasmussen


Grants and enrollment:
As usual, there is no fee of attendance. Reset-Dialogues does not arrange travel and accommodation for participants, but is happy to provide information and support through its website. A limited number of small grants (up to 300 euros) for Undergraduates, Graduates, PhDs and Post PhDs, is available.

Granted applicants are required to attend the whole program 24-28 May.

The application deadline to apply for a grant is the 8th of April 2016. Applicants asking for a grant will be notified regarding the selection by April 15th.
The enrollment deadline to apply without asking for a grant is 15th May 2016.

A daily free lunch ticket to be spent at the Campus Cafeteria will be provided to all granted participants and to all enrolled participants.

Working groups:
Both granted students/scholars and not granted enrolled participants may ask for being part of the discussion working groups. Participants involved in the working groups will receive some reading material by April 30th. Each working group will discuss the preliminary readings and the speeches given by the Speakers. At the end of the program each working group will present the results to the audience. Working groups meet daily at the end of the sessions, for about one hour. Involvement in the working groups is not compulsory, but welcome.

Check regularly for updates

This event is organized and cosponsored by Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and Istanbul Bilgi University

Intensive Training Programme: Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Intensive Training Programme, 8th-11th March 2016

Canterbury, Kent

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent is again offering its annual intensive methods training programme which is open to doctoral researchers based at any university within the EU. The sessions will run at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge conference centre, in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, and will cover:

  • Key elements of research design
  • The politics and ethics of research

  • The role of social theory in social research

  • Rigour and validity in research

  • Public engagement with research on religion

  • Conceptualising religion for research

  • Conducting research interviews

* Ethnographic research

  • Using visual methods
  • Researching religion and media

  • Researching objects and spaces

  • Reflexivity and the role of the researcher’s ‘self’

  • The process of research supervision

  • Sessions will be delivered by researchers who have engaged with these issues specifically in the context of research on religion. Confirmed speakers are: Prof Gordon Lynch, Dr Abby Day and Dr Anna Strhan (University of Kent), Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds), Dr Steph Berns (University of Lancaster), Dr Ruth Sheldon (Birkbeck College) and Dr Katherine Robinson (Goldsmiths)

    This is the fifth year that this programme has been run with more than 70 doctoral and early-career researchers having previously undertaken this training from across the UK and continental Europe.
    To apply for this programme, please email Gordon Lynch ( stating where you are currently studying, giving a brief description(no more than 150 words) of your current research project and a short explanation of how this training would be relevant to it by Friday 5th February​.
    The registration fee for this programme is £100. Meals and accommodation are not included in this. The Cathedral Lodge is in the centre of Canterbury and there are a number of good hotels and guest-houses within a short walking distance. Canterbury is less than an hour from London by train and so daily commuting to the programme from London would also be possible.
    If you have any further questions on this, please email Professor Gordon Lynch.

    Law and Religion Post-doc fellowship – Louvain-la-Neuve – BELGIUM – December 15th, 2015

    University of Louvain (UCL-Belgium) – Incoming post-doc fellowships – 
    Law and Religion
    New EU-MOVE IN post-doc fellowships of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) are offered to scientists of all nationalities in order to strengthen the realization of the European Research Area.
    They are assigned to researchers with a PhD degree (or equivalent), proving their expertise and research capacity by a personal scientific record. (Researchers with a maximum of 6 years of post-doc experience).
    The fellowships, granted for a stay lasting between 12 to 24 months in one of the UCLouvain research units, concern all fields of research activities dealt with by the UCLouvain.
    Within the UCL, the Law and Religions Unit, in the framework of a Pluridisciplinary Research Institute in Religious Studies Religions-Spiritualities-Cultures-Societies is specially ready to welcome high profile candidates to post-doc fellowships on Law and Religion topics (e.g. Multireligious Public Bodies — Sacred Texts before Secular Judges — Law and Spiritual Management — Law and post-secular firms — Religion and Azylum Law — European Monitoring on religious Freedom — Internal democracy within Religious Organizations in Comparative religious Law)
    Ultimate Deadline for this sub-call : December 15th, 2015.
    Contact for Law and Religion Post-doc : LL.CHRISTIANS@UCLOUVAIN.BE

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