The Special Programme Islam, the Modern Nation State and Transnational Movements has entered its final phase. The next and penultimate deadline for applications is May 24, 2017.
The funding initiative is aimed at researchers who, with an eye to current developments, are examining the emergence of political movements in the Islamic world at the national and/or transnational level. The programme takes a look at the dynamics between Islamic teachings, Islamism, nationalism and transnational orientations and environments. Scientific discussion of the countries and regions of the Islamic world should bring together expertise possessing regional and thematic focus in order to allow the problems associated with areas of conflict to be expounded upon, particularly with regards to global influences and processes of cultural exchange. The research programme addresses scholars of all disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.
The individual research areas are:
1. Historical and present day Islamic systems of society and state
2. The concept of nation, national movements and nationalism in Islamic civilisation
3. Islamic fundamentalism or Islamic emancipation?
4. Transnational civil society movements in the Islamic world
5. Islamic states in the international world system.
Further information on the research areas, the nature and scope of support as well as the application procedure is available online at:
We would be grateful if you could please draw attention to the funding initiative through other suitable means. Please contact us at any time with any queries.
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:
Dr. Simone Heidegger
Doctoral Program in Buddhist Studies
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:
The International joint PhD program in “Human Rights, Society, and
Multi-level Governance” is pleased to announce a call for applications
for 4 PhD scholarships.
The Joint PhD degree in “Human Rights, Society, and Multi-level
Governance” is a three-year, interdisciplinary, joint academic
program managed by Universities in Australia, Croatia, Greece,
Italy, coordinated by the University of Padova (Italy).
Please note that the deadline is June 17, 2016.
Una spiritualità post-secolare
Padova, 6 giugno 2016
Incontro di studio con il sociologo Luigi Berzano e il teologo Giovanni Trabucco,
promosso dalle specializzazioni in teologia spirituale di Fttr e Ftis.
Si svolgerà quest’anno nella sede padovana l’appuntamento che unisce le specializzazioni in teologia spirituale di Padova e Milano nell’approfondimento di alcuni temi cruciali per il nostro tempo. Una spiritualità post-secolare è il titolo dell’incontro di studio proposto lunedì 6 giugno (Padova, Istituto teologico Sant’Antonio dottore, via San Massimo 25, ore 9.30-13) dal biennio di specializzazione in teologia spirituale della Facoltà teologica del Triveneto e dal Centro studi di spiritualità della Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale.
Sul tema interverranno Luigi Berzano (sociologo, Università di Torino), con una relazione dal titolo Una spiritualità post-secolare. Provocazioni per il credente, e Giovanni Trabucco (teologo, Facoltà teologica dell’Italia settentrionale-Milano) su Pensiero a-teologico e fede in Dio.
Per le scienze delle religioni la spiritualità è oggi, ancor più che religione, una categoria interpretativa delle profonde trasformazioni che la secolarizzazione continua a produrre sia nella scena pubblica che nella sfera personale degli individui. Nelle società contemporanee si moltiplicano nuove forme di spiritualità al di fuori delle grandi tradizioni religiose, con un distacco tra religioni organizzate e spiritualità individuali e con la sperimentazione di altri alfabeti del religioso.
In particolare, il sociologo Luigi Berzano, nel suo ultimo volume Spiritualità senza Dio? apre il nuovo campo di ricerca sulle spiritualità sia di individui che dichiarano di non appartenere a nessuna religione sia di individui che, pur appartenendo a una religione, hanno uno stile di vita che non discende dalla propria tradizione religiosa e vivono parte della loro vita come se Dio non ci fosse, nell’imitazione, spesso, di tendenze, mode, soggetti significativi, mass media. Questa prospettiva entrerà in dialogo con quella della teologia fondamentale, espressa da Giovanni Trabucco, nell’articolazione del nesso tra fede nel vangelo e verità dell’umano, che interroga l’esistenza nella sua ricerca di Dio, nella “perdita” della fede, nello stile di vita cristiano.
Call for Expressions of Interest for Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship
The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity and Citizenship would like to invite Expressions of Interest from postdoctoral researchers to apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Individual Fellowship.
The Centre for the Study of Ethnicity andCitizenship recognises the importance of ethnicity and migration to the study of contemporary societies and polities, and to prospects for social justice and social cohesion. Based in the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies (SPAIS), the Centre co-ordinates and promotes the study of ethnicity in three broad areas:
– Ethnicity, politics and citizenship: the politics of multiculturalism and other forms of ‘difference’, including gendered ethnicity and ethno-religious identities, challenges to secularism, the nation-state and the emergence of new forms of political participation and governance.
– Ethnicity and inequalities: racialised exclusion, inter-generational poverty, labour markets, education, ethnic stratification and social mobility, ethnic competition.
– Migration and transnational networks: labour migration, the family, gender and migration; elite and non-elite mobilities, migration policy; transnationalism and diaspora.
Cross-cutting these themes is a distinctive approach combining research into political discourses and socio-economic structures, with an interest in everyday practices, culture, and experience, on the one hand, and normative theory on the other.
With the growth of the Muslim populations in western Europe and concerns about integration, a special regional and comparative focus has emerged on Muslims and the place of religion in public affairs.
Centre members collaborate with partners in the UK, the rest of Europe and North America, and are involved in global networks. Activities are pursued through funded research, publications, conferences and seminars, with public engagement being a priority. The international journal, Ethnicities published by Sage since 2001 is a flagship of the Centre, as is the Palgrave Politics of Identity and Citizenship book series.
The members of the Centre research staff and their interests can be seen at:
General requirements of the Individual Fellowship:
Description of the MSCA Fellowship Program
The purpose of the MSCA Individual Fellowship (IF) is to support the mobility of researchers and help attract promising foreign researchers to work in the European context (EU Member States and Associated Countries) or outside Europe. The grant typically covers two years’ salary, a mobility allowance, research costs and overheads for the host institution.
The Centre invites Expressions of Interest from eligible candidates who will have completed their Phd by September who wish to work on any of the themes relating to the interests of any of the members of Centre staff.
Submitting an Expression of Interest
Potential candidates are asked to submit their CV, a brief outline of the proposed research (max 2 pages) and a cover letter highlighting why you believe this area of work will be suited to the Bristol Ethnicity Centre as the host institution (max 1 page).
Please submit these as a word document to
The successful applicant will then be provided with support to complete their application for the grant deadline of 14 September 2016.
You are invited to the research seminar and joint PhD-course ‘Governing religion: Interfaith dialogue and organized cultural encounters’ held at University of Agder (UiA) in Kristiansand, Norway, on March 30 2016.
The seminar critically engages with the ways in which interfaith dialogue constitutes a means to govern religion and the religious, and it explores which forms of religion that are produced from these organized cultural encounters and raises questions as to which roles local government, migration and media play.
Two keynote lectures by international experts on interfaith dialogue, Mar Griera from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Lise Paulsen Galal from Roskilde University, will take place during the morning session. The rest of the seminar will take the form of a workshop and provide an opportunity for Ph.D.-students to present on-going Ph.D.-projects (app. 30-45 min. each) and receive comments from the lectures, commentators and fellow Ph.D.-students.
The seminar is free of charge. Lunch, coffee and tea will be provided as well as mandatory reading for the seminar (app. 3 texts). The seminar is open for all, but preregistration is necessary.
Deadline for registration: March 7 2016 to Louise Lund Liebmann (firstname.lastname@example.org).
For those PhD-students who want to present a paper: please add an abstract of 200 words.
Notification of paper acceptance will be given shortly after the deadline.
The seminar is organized by the research project ‘Conflicts in Mediatized Religious Environments’ (CoMRel) and University of Agder.
Göttingen Institute for Social and Cultural Anthropology (GISCA)
Centre for Modern Indian Studies (CeMIS)
Centre for Modern East Asian Studies (CeMEAS)
CfA Summer School Göttingen SPIRIT 2016
Beyond the City Limits: Rethinking New Religiosities in Asia
18-22 July, 2016
University of Göttingen, Germany
With the rapid urbanization across Asia, with new cityscapes, glittering skyscrapers, shopping malls, globalized forms of consumption it is easy to assume that cities are the primary sites for the production of the new. Indeed, urbanity is often used as a synonym for modernity and Asian futures would appear to be increasingly urban. But if cities are the future, is the country then the past? Does the focus on cities as sites of âthe newâ ignore the complex ways rural contexts, settings and imaginaries are implicated and contribute to contemporary religious practice? And to what extent does the notion of âurban religionâ implicitly depend on its âothersâ? Does it reproduce the urban/rural distinction as one of the âgreat dividesâ (Latour 1993) that have been central to the experience of modernity? This Summer School takes up these issues and asks how the study of contemporary religious life in Asia can benefit from âthinking beyond the cityâ, whether âthe cityâ is understood as a spatial entity, a site of enquiry, or as an analytical category.
Application deadline: March 6, 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by mid-March.
Please find more information about the thematic scope, the speakers and the program and at http://www.uni-goettingen.de/de/531996.html.