Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies,

Invitation to the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, 2015, at the Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary

We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. You may register for the Summer Session (3, 4 & 5 August) or the Fall Session (7, 8 & 9 December). The meeting will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary.  Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.

The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr. Mountford is a Fellow and Chaplain of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.

You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer.

For more information visit our website Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

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Fellowship in Religious Studies, Millsaps College

MILLSAPS COLLEGE announces a Fellowship in Religious Studies beginning August 2015 for a postdoctoral or ABD scholar-teacher. This is a one-year teaching fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The half-time teaching load of 3 courses for the year will allow the recipient to strengthen teaching skills while also working on professional publications. The Fellow will be expected to engage actively in the intellectual life of the college and department and will have opportunities to participate in teaching colloquia and writing workshops and to be part of and lead discussions for a collegial department.

Specialization should be in the areas(s) of Islam and Qur’an; secondary areas could include comparative study of Scriptures in religious traditions, such as Christianity and/or Judaism and/or Hinduism. The teaching load will include two departmental Religious Studies courses and one Humanities core course with a focus in religion. Teaching experience is a plus, and ability to engage undergraduates vital.

We offer a competitive salary including health and other benefits, a travel and research stipend of $2000, reimbursement for moving expenses. Employment will be contingent on complete background verification.

Send letter of application and C.V. via email to James E. Bowley at james.bowley@millsaps.edu<mailto:james.bowley@millsaps.edu>. Have graduate school transcript and three letters of reference also sent via

Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2014.

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Workshop on Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion

23-27  February 2015
University of Kent
Registrations now open!

This annual programme is designed to give post-graduate students core training in social research in relation to the study of religion. By the end of the programme, you will have an understanding of a range of key issues in designing and conducting research, as well as the potential and challenges of specific research methods. This should give you new ways of thinking about your own research work, as well as giving introducing you to resources and approaches that you will want to explore in more depth after completing this training. Whilst covering issues addressed on more generic social research methods training courses, the content will be designed and delivered by researchers with particular experience in studying religion, enabling us to focus on specific issues and resources relevant to this specific field.

This programme builds on Kent’s experience of delivering a similar intensive training programme, funded by the AHRC, for postgraduate research students in the study of religion in 2010. This project also led to the creation of the ‘Research methods for the study of religion’ website (www.kent.ac.uk/religionmethods) from which some of the preparatory work for this training programme has been set.

The 2015 programme will be led by Abby Day, with an international Academic Team including Lois Lee, Sarah Dunlop, Mia Lövheim, Melissa Caldwell, Sylvia Galandini, Anna Strhan, and Adam Dinham. They will  cover issues such as research design and rigour, visual methods, internet research, ethnography, qualitative research analysis, quantitative methods and resources, action research, making impact, and getting published and funded.

Numbers are strictly limited to encourage hands-on participation.

Students not registered at the University of Kent pay a nominal fee of £100.00 for the week. Accommodation and meals are not included.

For further information please contact
Dr Abby Day, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent,
Canterbury UK

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Two PhD Positions Available

Two PhD Positions available:

The Department of Archaeology, History, Cultural Studies and Religion has announced two PhD positions in the Mumbai project:

  • Religion in Public Spaces in Mumbai’ (advertisement at jobbnorge.no)
  • ‘Religion and Violence in Mumbai’ (advertisement at jobbnorge.no)

Application deadline for both positions: 2 January, 2015

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Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership PhD Studentships in the Arts and Humanities

Closing Date: 26 January 2015

The Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership invites top-calibre applicants to apply to its doctoral studentships competition 2015. More than fifty fully-funded doctoral studentships are available across the full range of arts and humanities subjects, including all areas of theology and religion.

Northern Bridge is an exciting, AHRC-funded collaboration between Newcastle University, Durham University and Queen’s University Belfast.  Our aim is to deliver outstanding doctoral education in the arts and humanities, and successful applicants will join a thriving cohort of almost fifty Northern Bridge PhD students recruited through last year’s studentship competition. Northern Bridge offers exceptional supervision by academic staff researching at the cutting edge of their disciplines, vibrant research environments that promote interdisciplinary enquiry, and research training and career development opportunities tailored to the needs of twenty-first century researchers.

Northern Bridge students benefit from our close partnerships with prestigious local and national organisations in the cultural, heritage, broadcasting, and government sectors. Our partners provide a wide range of placement, research, and training opportunities, and currently comprise: BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art; BBC Northern Ireland; Belfast City Council; Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure NI; Durham Cathedral; National Media Museum; New Writing North; Newcastle City Council; Sage Gateshead; Seven Stories National Centre for Children’s Books; The Bowes Museum; Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums; and Wordsworth Trust.

We provide a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study, which incorporates:

  • fees and maintenance at the UK Research Councils’ national rate
  • a research training support grant (RTSG) to fund the costs of study abroad, conference attendance and fieldwork
  • financial support to attend our cohort-building events
  • financial support to incorporate short-term placements, international study visits and specialist training events in order to develop your skills.

For further details, please see the Northern Bridge website:

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University of Montréal Postdoctoral Fellowship


University of Montréal Postdoctoral Fellowship

Beginning Winter/Spring 2015



Competition opening for a postdoctoral fellowship financed by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiatives (MCRI), Religion and Diversity Project (Director Lori Beaman, University of Ottawa), at the University of Montreal’s Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, with Solange Lefebvre, Chaire religion, culture et société.

The amount of the fellowship is $35,000 for one year, to start between February and August 2015 (+ $10,000 in research contracts) = Total $ 45,000

The recipient must meet the following conditions:

  • have completed a PhD that is linked to religion in the public sphere;
  • be fluent in either English or French (oral and written) and proficient in the second language (English or French); a test will be administered;
  • provide a CV (with a minimum of two scientific conferences and two accepted scientific publications) and academic transcripts (excellent grade point average);
  • have mastered field study methods and demonstrate experience researching within a team;
  • will focus on addressing the theme of religion and education. Using Quebec as a case study, it will explore the developments around education and religion in Quebec to ask broader comparative questions in the rest of Canada. The postdoctoral fellow will draw on research already completed by Dr. Solange Lefebvre, as well as by other researchers in the Religion and Diversity Project (MCRI), focusing on addressing gaps in knowledge about Quebec as well as further develop a data base of information about religion and education in the rest of Canada. In addition, the postdoctoral fellow will be expected to explore the theme of education and religion on a broader comparative basis through research that draws on four ‘diversity’ reports and related documents from Belgium, Quebec, Great-Britain and France. This project is led by Dr. Lefebvre. The successful candidate is expected to develop her/his own related research questions under the broad theme of religion and education, within a Canadian perspective.
  • submit an application for a postdoctoral fellowship to large funding agencies in the fall 2015, on one of those projects.

Please submit a complete application before January 15, 2015 that includes academic transcripts; a complete CV; a one-page letter in English and in French explaining the applicant’s qualifications to work on the suggested research themes and coordinate the involved projects; a copy of two articles (accepted or published); and two letters of recommendation (one being from the thesis supervisor).

Incomplete or poorly presented applications will not be considered. If the application is satisfactory, we will proceed to an interview with the candidate (in person or on Skype). Please submit a copy of your application to Tess Campeau, Information Officer, by email at info@religionanddiversity.ca

Version in French is attached below:

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Two Postdoctoral Fellowships: Rice University

The Department of Sociology at Rice University is offering two postdoctoral fellowships (two years in length) to begin July 2015.  Applicants are encouraged to pursue their own research agenda during their fellowship, but we will give priority to applicants who also establish a collaborative research plan on a topic of mutual interest with one or more of our faculty members (http://sociology.rice.edu).

For one of the two positions special consideration will be given to those working in one or more of the following subareas: urban sociology, environmental sociology, and stratification. Teaching responsibilities are limited to one undergraduate course during the two years. In addition to an annual salary of $52,000, the fellowship provides office space, computer equipment, and a $1,000 annual travel account. The application deadline is January 15th 2015, but applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Applications must be submitted in a two-step process. First, applicants must apply online through Ricework at:


  In addition to providing the basic application information, applicants must upload their curriculum vitae (including a list of references), and a 2-5 page proposal for research to be conducted during the postdoctoral period, to this website. Second, please email a PDF copy of at least one recent publication to soci@rice.edu, along with three letters of recommendation (submitted separately by the letter writers to this email address).

Questions about the postdoctoral fellowship should also be emailed to soci@rice.edu.

Equal Opportunity Employer – Females/Minorities/Veterans/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.

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Call for Application: PhD position

PhD position Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life(vacancy number: 214261) University of Groningen, The Netherlands.http://www.rug.nl/about-us/ work-with-us/job- opportunities/overview? details=00347-02S000482P Job description The research project consists of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco to investigate the meanings and … Continue reading

Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship

  Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages – Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship in the study of central aspects of the development of Islam as a religious tradition http://uio.easycruit.com/vacancy/1207991/62042?iso=no Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship is available at the Department of Culture Studies and … Continue reading