Study Opportunity (funded): “Religion at the workplace: experiences, beliefs and practices”

Job Opportunity at the University of Southampton: SCDTP Studentship – <https://jobs.soton.ac.uk/Vacancy.aspx?ref=1078718CC>

A fully funded studentship awarded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership (SCDTP) commencing in 2019/20 Academic Year.

We invite applications from qualified and highly motivated students to work in the area of religion, diversity, and work and employment. This research project investigates how workers negotiate faith/religious values in a multi-cultural/multi-faith workplace and how they comply/contest practices in the world of work guided by faith-related values and the use of religious artefacts and ceremonies. This interdisciplinary research will pay particular attention to the production of religious artefacts (shrines, effigies, scapulars, prayer cards, saint cards, etc.), and  practices of faith at the work place (dress code, special time off, religious jewellery, dietary requirements, prayer, meditation).

Supervisory Team:

Dr Bindi Shah (B.Shah@soton.ac.uk) and Dr María Villares-Varela (Sociology, Social Policy and Criminology; Faculty of Social Sciences) and Dr Heidi Armbruster (Modern Languages and Linguistics; Faculty of Humanities).

The closing date and time for applications is 11.59pm on 24th January 2019.  The full application procedure, the funding application form, and more information on the South Coast Doctoral Training Partnership can be found at: http://southcoastdtp.ac.uk/apply/

For further information about this project, please contact the lead supervisor detailed above.  For questions relating to the application procedure, or for more information about the SCDTP, please visit the SCDTP website or contact us at scdtp@soton.ac.uk<mailto:scdtp@soton.ac.uk>, or see links below:

PhD fellowship in Tromsø, Norway: Indigenous Religion(s) in the Media

A doctoral research fellowship (PhD) in religious studies is available at the University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway. 

Topic: Indigenous religion(s) in the media. Applicants should propose a case study of how indigenous practices from one particular indigenous community are articulated or represented as religious and/or spiritual in one or more media and broadcasted locally, nationally, regionally, and/or globally. Which translations do the practices then undergo? Who controls these translations? What do they generate? The research project should also shed light on the broader political and social situation of the indigenous community and ask how such articulations or representations in different media have both political and religious significance.

The PhD project will be part of the research group “Indigenous Religion(s): Local Grounds, Global Networks” (INREL) that studies articulations of indigenous religion(s) in different contexts around the world and explores the relations between local and globalizing discourses of indigeneity and religion.

The appointment is a fixed term position for a period of four years, includes teaching and administration duties, and comes with a salary.

Deadline for application 20 August 2018.

For more information, see the full announcement at https://www.jobbnorge.no/en/available-jobs/job/154628/doctoral-research-fellowship-in-religious-studies-at-uit-the-arctic-university-of-norway

For questions about the position, please contact professor Siv Ellen Kraft (siv.ellen.kraft@uit.no / +47-77644390) or professor Bjørn Ola Tafjord (bjorn.tafjord@uit.no / +47-77645289)

International Summer School on the Sacred Places of Almaty, Republic of Kazakhstan

1-8th August 2018

Almaty (Kazakhstan)

Dear Colleagues,

The Social Studies Department, Institute of Basic Education of the Satbayev University is hosting an International Summer School on the Sacred Places of Almaty and area from 1-8th August 2018. The Summer school aims to contribute to the process of dealing with the past of our city and Region in the frame of the State Program “Rukhani Zhangyru”.

Description.

The Summer School will be held in English language, thus a proficient knowledge of English is required. We highly encourage overseas colleagues to join us and present their research and ideas in front of a very friendly, enthusiastic and open-minded international audience. The most successful Summer school students will have the possibility to publish their research paper in the summer school reader after the end of the summer school. Participants who will successfully complete the program will be awarded with the Summer School Certificate.

We plan to invite 20-30 participants to the International Summer School on the Sacred Places of Almaty and area, including scholars, lecturers, BA, MA and PhD students, who are interested in history and religion, as well current situation in Kazakhstan.

We would like to invite for participation outstanding people from Kazakhstan and other countries. The project will benefit 20-30 professionals with different backgrounds. It will be a gender and age balanced group. The Summer school will consist of 8 days of lectures, workshops and discussions with academic professors and experts, as well as field trips and participation in cultural activities and events. It will be unique opportunity to get deep knowledge about history and timely questions of the Sacred places of Almaty city and area.

How to apply

Applicants are invited to apply with a motivation letter (max. 500 words) and their CV. Selected applicants will receive the Registration form and further instructions.

IMPORTANT DATES:

Registration starts: June 15, 2018

Deadline for the registration: July 22, 2018

Days of the Summer School: 1-8th August, 2018

Costs

All expenses (international and local airfare (transportation), visa costs, medical insurance, accommodation and meal and extra expenses) are the own responsibilities of participants. You can also apply for travel grant by sending your personal statement. Only selected candidates will be informed on the approval.

See you in Almaty!

Address: 050013, Republic of Kazakhstan,
Almaty city,
Satpayev Street, 22a
Email: socialstud.dep@gmail.com

Prof. Dr. Gulnara Mendikulova
Professor, Kazakh National Research Technical University

Summer School “Islam in Russia”.

During 20-26 of Ausgust the European University at Saint Petersburg organize the 4th Summer School “Islam in Russia”.

Working languages are Russian and English.

Please send your CV, Motivation letter and writing sample to ababushkina@eu.spb.ru  before 30 of May, 2018 г.

Here is the call in Russian:
Исследовательская лаборатория
«Ислам в России IV: городская культура и конвенции памяти»
Пенза, 20-26 августа 2018 г.

Организаторы:
Европейский университет в Санкт-Петербурге
Культурно-просветительский центр им. Х.Д. Тенишевой
Цель мероприятия – формирование исследовательских навыков у молодых
ученых, изучающих исламскую культуру в России и в ближнем зарубежье.
Наша исследовательская лаборатория ориентирована на начинающих
исследователей, делающих первые шаги в науке. Мы поможем с написанием
научных текстов, обсудим тонкости работы в «поле», будь то городская
среда или сельская местность. Все занятия в лаборатории интерактивны.
Каждый участник будет иметь возможность обсудить свой текст,
исследовательские планы, протестировать гипотезы и поработать с
коллегами над общим проектом. В рамках мероприятия запланированы квесты,
экскурсии, открытые лекции и мастер-классы в татарской слободе г. Пензы,
на городище Наровчат, а также в с. Средняя Елюзань.
Участниками школы могут стать:
студенты всех курсов гуманитарных направлений (бакалавры и магистры,
аспиранты первых курсов);
приветствуется знание английского и/или одного восточного языка.
За несколько недель до мероприятия участникам будут разосланы учебные
материалы.


Заявка на участие должна включать: CV, мотивационное письмо и письменную
работу (статья, эссе, дипломная работа и т.п.).
Принимающая сторона оплачивает проживание и питание участников.
Просьба присылать заявки на адрес ababushkina@eu.spb.ru до 30 мая 2018
г.
https://eu.spb.ru/announcements/18903-islam-v-rossii-iv

7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology

Dear colleagues,

The 7th GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology takes place 02-24 August at GESIS in Cologne, Germany. The program is online, and registration is open at www.gesis.org/summerschool
15 scholarships by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) via CDSS as well as the European Survey Research Association (ESRA) are available. For more information on scholarships please visit www.gesis.org/summerschool.
15 courses are scheduled, among them 5 short courses and 10 one-week courses. Below is a list of all courses – including three new courses [NEW] and two courses that are back [BACK] to our program.

  • _Short courses (02 – 03 August)
    Pretesting Survey Questions (Meitinger/Lenzner) | NEW
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using Mplus (Blümke/Lechner/Danner)
    Research Designs and Causal Inference (Eifler/Leitgöb)
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using Stata (Schunck/Pforr)
  • _Week 1 (06 – 10 August)
    Introduction to Survey Design (Lugtig/Struminskaya)
    Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling (Reinecke/Kessler)
    Introduction to Data Analysis Using R (Kolb/Murray-Waters)
    Applied Multiple Imputation (Geißler/Heisig) | NEW
  • _Week 2 (13 – 17 August)
    Questionnaire Design (Fuchs/Metzler)
    Mixed-Mode and Mixed-Device Surveys (Toepoel/de Leeuw/Klausch) | BACK
    Web Survey Design (Couper/Schaurer) | BACK
  • _Week 3 (20 – 24 August)
    Meta-Analysis in Social Research and Survey Methodology (Weiß/Daikeler)
    Sampling, Weighting, and Estimation (Eckman)
    Designing, Implementing, and Analyzing of Longitudinal Surveys (Al Baghal/Cernat)
  • [20-21 Aug] Open Science and Open Data (Netscher/Perry/Schwickerath) | NEW

Thanks to our cooperation with the Center for Doctoral Studies in Social and Behavioral Sciences (CDSS) at the University of Mannheim, participants can obtain up to 4 ECTS credit points per one-week course.
Participants are invited to attend several plenary and social events including evening talks by experts in Survey Methodology, weekly welcome receptions as well as cultural and social excursions.

There is no registration deadline, but to secure a place in the course(s) of your choice and to book affordable accommodation, we strongly recommend that you register as soon as possible.

We would be very happy if you could forward this announcement to other potentially interested parties.

Thank you and best wishes,
Your GESIS Summer School team

GESIS – Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences
GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology
email: summerschool@gesis.org
web: www.gesis.org/summerschool
fb: www.facebook.com/GESISTraining

Summer School: “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations”, University of Groningen (Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

This is a reminder of the invitation to apply for the summer school “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations” that I am organising, with the support of CRCG and ISOR-UAB, at the University of Groningen (Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

The summer school addresses a topic that generates heated political debates and that is increasingly discussed in the social sciences. It will provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies.

The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) theoretical perspectives to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

The deadline for applications is June 1, 2018.

Confirmed guest lecturers are:

  • Dr. Avi Astor (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Dr. Marian Burchardt (University of Leipzig)
  • Dr. Mar Griera (Autonomous University of Barcelona)
  • Dr. Alexander-Kenneth Nagel (University of Göttingen)
  • Dr. Joram Tarusarira (University of Groningen)
  • Dr. Stefania Travagnin (University of Groningen).

You can find further information about the preliminary program and lectures on our homepage: https://www.summerschoolsineurope.eu/course/9624/religion-in-cities—contested-presences-contested-regulations

Please, feel free to share this information with your colleagues and students.

Kind regards,

Julia Martínez

Dr. Julia Martínez-Ariño
Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion
Department of the Comparative Study of Religion
Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies
University of Groningen

Shanghai University David Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies: Fellowship and MA/PhD Scholarship

Shanghai University David Musto Center for Drug Policy Studies would like to invite scholars who are interested in collaboration and students who would like to apply for PhD. or MA program at Shanghai University.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Professor Zhang Yongan zhangyongan@shu.edu.cn

Best,

Tugrul Keskin

Associate Professor

Shanghai University

Email: tugrulkeskin@t.shu.edu.cn

tugrulkeskin@protonmail.com

China: 86+15000-465734

Turkey Cell: (90) 533-607-8465

Editor of Sociology of Islam Journal (Brill)

http://www.brill.nl/sociology-islam

Region Editor of Critical Sociology (Middle East and North Africa)

http://crs.sagepub.com/

Summer School: Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations”, 20-24 August, 2018

Dear colleagues,

I am glad to share this invitation to the summer school “Religion in Cities: Contested Presences, Contested Regulations”, that I am organising at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) on August 20-24 2018.

The aim of this summer school is to provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies. The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) a theoretical perspective to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

The application deadline is June 1, 2018.

Please, feel free to share this information with your colleagues and students and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

Kind regards,

Julia Martínez

PhD Studentship: Religion, Belief and Progressive Localism

Fully-funded Ph.D in Progressive Localism: the search for new partnerships and forms of co-production between local authority, faith sector and third sector actors as a response to ongoing austerity, increased despair and inequality and decline in institutional resources and knowledge.

Three years full-time to start January 2018. The Ph.D scholarship is for a total of £25,170 over three years to cover fees (£4,195 p/a) and maintenance (£4,195 p/a).

2 – 3,000 words proposals are invited from prospective candidates to develop new critical thinking and empirical research around the concept of progressive localism in UK settings. The concept, devised by David Featherstone et al., recognises that policies of ‘Localism’ have been associated with pushing responsibility for policy and funding away from the centre to local authorities and settings, thus connecting localism with austerity and neo-liberalism. Yet localism has the potential – and track record – for driving genuinely empowered, localised resilience and flourishing. Progressive localism is ‘outward looking and creates positive affinities between places and social groups negotiating global processes. These affinity groups and networks are expansive in their geographical reach … and productive of new relations between places and social groups.’ (2011)

We are looking for innovative and empirically based research that critically tests out the ideas behind this concept, addressing issues of power and partnership, leadership and change management, the postsecular, co-production, performative apologetics etc. We are interested in how new policy landscapes create or inhibit an ‘outwards facing approach’ to working alongside increased diversity, as part of ethical and tactical approaches towards increased engagement, leading to new and sustainable forms and expressions of progressive localism.

The proposal should outline how the candidate would construct a research thesis on this area, addressing issues of research questions, methodology, public impact and publications. A bibliography should be submitted as an appendix.

Background

The Faiths and Civil Society Unit at Goldsmiths, University of London and William Temple Foundation have invested in five fully funded Ph.D studentships to explore the role and impact of religion and belief in modern British life. William Temple was Archbishop of Canterbury in the 1940s whose theological and political thought and leadership led to the creation the post-war universal and comprehensive welfare state (a phrase that he coined). 

Both institutions are committed to critical, innovative and interdisciplinary research on trajectories in political, social and economic life, and policy. The new visibility of globalised religion within UK life, coupled with a steep rise of those who identify with ‘no-religion’ is a phenomenon of 21st century life, redefining key debates in public life; healthcare, education, law, community development, social cohesion, poverty and exclusion, human rights, wellbeing and flourishing. 

Four William Temple Scholar studentships were awarded in September 2017. Students will co-design one public impact event each year highlighting their research, as well as contributing regular blogs and social media feeds for both FCSU and WT Foundation platforms.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon, 1st December, 2017.

Successful applicants will be called to interview on 12th December, 2017.

Applications to Thomas Greenwood on  T.Greenwood@gold.ac.uk. Further queries to Professor Chris Baker on c.baker@gold.ac.uk.

Two PhD scholarships 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 22nd. You can find more information on our homepage: http://www.en.buddhismus-studien.uni-muenchen.de/currentissues/phd_scholarships_2018/index.html

Best wishes,
Simone Heidegger

Dr. Simone Heidegger
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Promotionsprogramm Buddhismus-Studien
Oettingen-Str. 67
Raum 143
D-80538 München
Tel.: (+49)-89-2180-9809
       (+49)-89-9096-9582
Fax:  (+49)-89-2180-9801
E-mail: s.heidegger@lrz.uni-muenchen.de