“Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe” (Workshop: Cambridge, 30 Nov – 1 Dec)

Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe

Overview

Date: Nov 30, 2017 – Dec 1, 2017
Organised by: Mr Chris Moses (University of Cambridge), Mr Tobias Müller (University of Cambridge) and Ms Adela Taleb (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Confirmed key note speakers:

Professor Kim Knott, Professor Riem Spielhaus, Dr Marian Burchardt

This inter-disciplinary workshop presents a welcome opportunity to evaluate questions of space within the study of Islam in Europe, with particular interests in Germany and the UK. It draws together researchers for a two-day event exploring challenges and suggesting solutions for theoretical, conceptual, and methodological debates associated with the topic.
From identity-framed accounts of territory to contests over mosque construction, questions associated with Islam and space underlie major academic and public sphere debates in contemporary Europe. The extent of these enquiries is broad, affecting scholarly topics such as place, networks, and the dynamics of identity, as well as familiar policy issues such as values, migration, and political participation.

This workshop seeks to develop this area of scholarship by engaging with this breadth of both content and approach in a systematic fashion. It draws on and seeks to extend existing work, including theories such as the “Islamisation of space”, dichotomies of “the religious” and “the secular”, and accounts of local Muslim “cultures”. In our experiences as researchers, these perspectives have not always done justice to the complex empirical and conceptual issues involved, such as diversity, time, power, units and scales of analysis, matrices of identity, and the inter-weaving of secular and religious.

The workshop has five main aims:
– To offer an evaluation of “space” as a heuristic tool within the study of Islam in Europe.
– To bring together a diverse series of scholarly projects, in the expectation that this breadth will benefit participants’ respective research undertakings.
– To evaluate and compare various conceptual approaches to space, drawing on the inter-disciplinary character of the workshop.
– To consider the different methodologies researchers have employed when handling issues of space, e.g. ethnography, history, discourse analysis.
– To explore the value and stability (or otherwise) of questions of place.

http://www.daad.cam.ac.uk/workshops/religious-secular-re-thinking-islam-and-space-in-europe

“Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe” (Workshop: Cambridge, 30 Nov – 1 Dec)

Religious? Secular? Re-thinking Islam and Space in Europe

Overview

Date: Nov 30, 2017 – Dec 1, 2017
Organised by: Mr Chris Moses (University of Cambridge), Mr Tobias Müller (University of Cambridge) and Ms Adela Taleb (Humboldt University of Berlin)

Confirmed key note speakers:

Professor Kim Knott, Professor Riem Spielhaus, Dr Marian Burchardt

This inter-disciplinary workshop presents a welcome opportunity to evaluate questions of space within the study of Islam in Europe, with particular interests in Germany and the UK. It draws together researchers for a two-day event exploring challenges and suggesting solutions for theoretical, conceptual, and methodological debates associated with the topic.
From identity-framed accounts of territory to contests over mosque construction, questions associated with Islam and space underlie major academic and public sphere debates in contemporary Europe. The extent of these enquiries is broad, affecting scholarly topics such as place, networks, and the dynamics of identity, as well as familiar policy issues such as values, migration, and political participation.

This workshop seeks to develop this area of scholarship by engaging with this breadth of both content and approach in a systematic fashion. It draws on and seeks to extend existing work, including theories such as the “Islamisation of space”, dichotomies of “the religious” and “the secular”, and accounts of local Muslim “cultures”. In our experiences as researchers, these perspectives have not always done justice to the complex empirical and conceptual issues involved, such as diversity, time, power, units and scales of analysis, matrices of identity, and the inter-weaving of secular and religious.

The workshop has five main aims:
– To offer an evaluation of “space” as a heuristic tool within the study of Islam in Europe.
– To bring together a diverse series of scholarly projects, in the expectation that this breadth will benefit participants’ respective research undertakings.
– To evaluate and compare various conceptual approaches to space, drawing on the inter-disciplinary character of the workshop.
– To consider the different methodologies researchers have employed when handling issues of space, e.g. ethnography, history, discourse analysis.
– To explore the value and stability (or otherwise) of questions of place.

http://www.daad.cam.ac.uk/workshops/religious-secular-re-thinking-islam-and-space-in-europe

CFP: European Academy of Religion First Annual Conference Bologna, March 5-8, 2018

The European Academy of Religion (EuARe) is a research initiative launched under the High Patronage of the European Parliament which offers an exchange platform to academies and scientific societies, associations, research centres and institutions, university labs, clusters and departments, journals, publishers, the media and scholars in Europe and the surrounding regions.

The 2018 Conference will be held in Bologna from Monday 5th to Thursday 8th March. The program will be composed of plenary (lectiones magistrales and roundtables) and working sessions (panels and papers).

  • Lectiones magistrales will be held by: Andres Winroth (Yale University); Philip Reynolds (Emory University); Risto Saarinen (University of Helsinki); Else Marie Wiberg-Pedersen (Aarhus University); Mona Siddiqui (University of Edinburgh); John Zizioulas (Thessaloniki School of Theology); Christoph Markschies (Humboldt-Universität Berlin) and many others. 
  • Three roundtables will be convened on the topic of ‘Change and Religion in Europe’, and on the figures of Aristotle and Moses. 
  • On Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th, the Conference will host an international Moot Court Competition in Law & Religion, organized in cooperation with ICLARS — International Consortium for Law & Religion Studies. Teams from within and outside Europe will argue a case before either/both the European Court of Human Rights and the Supreme Court of the United States. Pre-eminent scholars and actual judges from both jurisdictions will sit as judges of the two Courts.

Submission forms for panel and paper proposals will be available in the next few days. In the meanwhile, proposals and ideas can be sent to: eu_are@fscire.it .  See the attached PDF file for details.

Job Opening: Uni­versity Lec­turer in Is­lamic Theo­logy

The Faculty of Theology at the University of Helsinki invites applications for a permanent position of UNIVERSITY LECTURER IN ISLAMIC THEOLOGY in the Study of Religions to begin on 1 August 2018.

The university lecturer will provide teaching and supervision at all levels of study with a special focus on Islamic theology. The applicant should have expertise in two or preferably in several of the following topics:

  • Qur’anic studies and interpretative traditions;
  • Islamic hermeneutics;
  • Islamic thought and culture;
  • Islam in Europe;
  • Islam in everyday life;
  • Islam and gender.

The university lecturer is also expected to carry out independent academic research, supervise and examine theses and dissertations, and attend to administrative and other duties jointly agreed upon. The position to be filled focuses on teaching, mainly at the Bachelor’s and Master’s levels. Thus it requires active engagement in the development of teaching.

The study of religions is a joint discipline of the Faculty of Theology and the Department of World Cultures of the Faculty of Arts. It has two professors and three university lecturers. Further information about the discipline is available at http://www.helsinki.fi/studyofreligions/

Call for Papers: Brokerage in a diverse Europe: intermediaries, go-betweens and bridges

A workshop will be held on the 12-13 Jan 2018 in London, UK

As contemporary Europe has become ever more diverse due to globalization and international migration, processes of mediation and brokerage have become increasingly central to communication, cooperation, and conflict resolution in a range of political, institutional, and social domains. Whether as religious mediators, ethnic community leaders, diaspora experts or so-called migrant smugglers, middlemen and go-betweens bring together disparate communities and translate across different social fields.

To describe their role, the concept of brokerage is used across a variety of disciplines, including political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, linguistics, development studies and subfields of each discipline, such as social movement studies, network studies, religious studies, and organizational studies. However, disciplinary boundaries have meant that disparate conceptions of brokerage coexist with limited exchange across research fields.

This two-day multi-disciplinary workshop aims to bring together scholars working on brokerage in different social and political domains with the aim of identifying trends and divergences across various fields. We also seek to share and develop conceptual and methodological frameworks for studying brokerage in a diversifying Europe. We invite paper presentations on the following topics, but are open to any paper addressing brokerage in a diverse Europe: 

  • What are typical characteristics of brokers? Are certain groups or individuals more likely to act as brokers, and if so, why? 
  • What are the conditions of success of brokerage and what leads to its failure? 
  • How do brokers negotiate loyalty and conflicting interests between different social groups? 
  • How does brokerage reinforce or challenge static conceptions of ‘culture’, ‘communities’, ‘borders’? 
  • How can we understand brokers as gendered, racialized and classed subjects? 
  • What is the role of brokerage in the governance of diversity? 
  • What distinguishes brokers from related figures, such as native informants and mediators?

Please submit abstracts between 250 and 400 words by the 15 th of November to avi.astor@uab.cat

The workshop will be held on the 12-13 Jan 2018 in London, UK and is organised by Avi Astor (Autonomous University of Barcelona) and Sara de Jong (The Open University/Göttingen University). The workshop is sponsored by the Council for European Studies (CES). There is no registration fee, but participants have to fund their own travel and accommodation.

We seek to develop concrete plans for the publication of a special issue or edited volume on the basis of selected papers presented at the workshop.

Call for Papers: Special Issues of the Open Access Journal “Religions”

Journal “Religions” announces five special issues open for submission

Transforming Encounters and Critical Reflection: African Thought, Critical Theory, and Liberation Theology in Dialogue (Deadline: 1 February 2018)
Guest Editors: Justin Sands, Anné Hendrik Verhoef

Women in Buddhism (Deadline: 1 March 2018)
Guest Editor: Lisa Battaglia

Current Trajectories in Global Pentecostalism: Culture, Social Engagement, and Change (Deadline: 30 April 2018)
Guest Editor: Roger G. Robins

Practicing Buddhism through Film (Deadline: 1 June 2018)
Guest Editor: Francisca Cho

Feminisms and the Study of “Religions” (Deadline: 28 February 2018)
Guest Editor: Darlene Juschka

To access the full list of open Special Issues, please click: http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/special_issues

NOTE: Article processing charge of 350 Swiss Francs.  See http://www.mdpi.com/journal/religions/apc

University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Tenure–Track Position in Religion and Healing

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, teaching experience at the university level, an active research agenda that critically examines the intersections of religious practices and traditions with physical and/or mental health, and which complements our department’s existing strengths, and a commitment to diversity initiatives and expanding diversity and inclusion within the department. Time period, region of research specialization and methodological approach are open; possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to:

  • history of science, medicine, and religion;
  • critical race and ethnic studies;
  • anthropology and sociology;
  • and the body in religion.

Desired qualifications include research and pedagogic expertise in religions of the Global South; experience with quantitative research methodologies or digital humanities; and experience teaching Religious Studies theories and methods. Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the University’s general education program.

The successful candidate will be instrumental in building interdisciplinary collaborations within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and across units in the University. UNC Charlotte is a rapidly growing doctoral-granting urban university located in the largest metropolitan area between Washington, D.C. and Atlanta. The University is a Carnegie Foundation Community Engagement campus. Close to 29,000 culturally diverse students currently are enrolled at the University. As the largest college at UNC Charlotte, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences houses 20 departments in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and natural sciences, as well as 25 applied research centers and interdisciplinary programs. It offers eight doctoral degrees, 36 master′s degrees and graduate certificates, and 32 undergraduate degrees.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research. Screening of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter and CV with a list of three references.

Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at ehoenes@uncc.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu. Applicants subject to criminal background check.

More information may be found here: https://jobs.uncc.edu/postings/18143

CFP for a series of panels being organised by the Christians in the Middle East Research Workshop for WOCMES 2018.

WOCMES 2018 Seville, August 2018

Christians in the Middle East Research Network Call for Papers

After the success of the Christians in the Middle East (CME) Research Network organised panels at previous WOCMES conference in Barcelona, 2010 and Ankara, 2014, we are arranging another set of panels for WOCMES-5 in Seville in July 2018. The theme of the panels will be ‘Power, Agency and Christians in the Middle East: Historical and contemporary perspectives’.

In June 2011, Anglican Archbishop Rowan Williams described Christians in Bethlehem as a “marginalised minority”, echoing countless other voices which assert the relative powerlessness of Christians throughout the Middle East. Williams assertion illuminated the experiences of some Christians who face discrimination, marginalisation and persecution. However, this is only part of the story, as other Christians, including some in Bethlehem, enjoy certain structural privileges that nuance the idea of a marginalised minority. Furthermore, the term ‘minority’ is often rejected by Middle Eastern Christian communities themselves.

We invite papers to explore the concepts of “power” and “agency” as experienced by Christians in the Middle East, historically (from 1800) and presently. Papers can employ diverse disciplinary perspectives to analyze the complex way that Christians navigated the various manifestations of power, ranging from familial, local, regional, national, and international structures. We seek papers that move the discussion beyond binary framings to illuminate the complex web of entanglement of power and agency. Topics may include, but are not limited those listed below. We encourage submissions from an interdisciplinary perspective as well any relevant discipline.

  • ● Transnational powers
  • ■ Mission institutions
  • ■ Humanitarian relief organizations
  • ■ Jobs: Banking/educational/oil
  • ■ Diaspora organisations
  • ■ Churches
  • ● Global/regional order
  • ■ Arab League
  • ■ United Nations
  • ■ Western states
  • ● The State in the Middle East
  • ■ Ottoman/Qajar (shifting position; institutionalization of identity)
  • ■ Mandate states (role within; minorization; opportunities for migration)
  • ■ Independent states (role within; nationalism, activism)
  • ■ Authoritarian regimes (C.f. retrenchment in contemporary Egypt and Syria)
  • ■ Weak/failing states (responses to challenges/collapse of state authority e.g Lebanon, Iraq, Syria)
  • ● Within religious communities
  • ■ C.f. neutrality/cooption v-a-v state,
  • ■ Religious legal structures (millet; personal status; waqf)
  • ■ Clergy-lay relations
  • ■ Hierarchies and roles within church/community (patriarchal roles, gender, generation, migrants)
  • ● Social institutions
  • ■ Sports
  • ■ Cultural institutions
  • ■ NGO
  • ■ schools
  • ● Personal/Familial
  • ■ Family networks and migration
  • ■ Personal Status Laws

Please send an abstract of 250-300 words for a paper of 15-20 minutes, as well as brief biographical details, to Dr. Fiona McCallum fm25@st-andrews.ac.uk by 10th November 2017.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Panel Convenors Dr Christine Lindner, Dr Mark Calder and Dr Fiona McCallum and successful panellists will be notified within two weeks of the deadline.

Further information on WOCMES-5 is available on the WOCMES-5 website (http://wocmes2018seville.org/web/index.php/en/).

Dr Fiona McCallum

School of International Relations

Arts Faculty Building

University of St Andrews

St Andrews

KY16 9AX

Tel: +44(0)1334 462940

Call for Sessions: The 24th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion – Oslo, Norway.

Growing religious diversity characterizes most countries across the world, often linked to the globalization of migration, politics, economies, and the media. The diversity offers new challenges of managing religion in countries that previously were more religiously homogenous. The 24th Nordic Conference for Sociology of Religion seeks a more thorough understanding, theoretically as well as empirically, of religion, politics, and boundaries. While sociologists often have attempted to understand these developments in terms of single dimension theories, we would like to find out how this complexity is part of processes of change and continuity in contemporary society.

We invite sessions that focus on these and other topics in the sociology of religion.

Session proposals are due on December 1. 2017

Decision Notification: January 31. 2018.

CONFERENCE DATES: August 1 – 3, 2018.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT YOUR SESSION PROPOSAL

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS AT THE CONFERENCE:

  1. Mark Juergensmeyer, University of California at Santa Barbara, USA The Global Rise of Religious Violence.
  2. Line Nyhagen, Reader in sociology, Loughborough University, UK Contestations of Feminism, Secularism and Religion.
  3. Lorne Dawson, University of Waterloo, Canada Understanding the Role of Religion in the Radicalization of Foreign Fighters in Syria and Iraq.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies

New College of Florida invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professorship in Islamic studies. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline, teaching experience, a career interest in liberal arts teaching, and a vibrant research agenda.

The successful candidate’s primary appointment will be in a home discipline such as anthropology, history, political science, religion, or sociology as appropriate, with the possibility of secondary appointments in other programs and interdisciplinary collaboration. The successful candidate will have a particular specialization in the Islamic world combined with broad training in Islam’s transnational, cross-cultural and global dimensions; thematic research fields are open, with a preference for scholarly interests involving critical reflection on issues of social justice, gender, globalism, and diversity. Fluency in relevant research language(s) is desired. The successful candidate must have completed the Ph.D. by the start of employment in August 2018.

Situated on the Gulf Coast of Florida and Sarasota Bay, New College is a nationally recognized, highly selective public honors college with a 10:1 student/faculty ratio. Students are intellectually independent and highly motivated. Undergraduate research has a central role in the curriculum, and a senior thesis project is required of all students. Students receive narrative evaluations in lieu of grades. We are committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and research and encourage collaborative student-faculty scholarship. The teaching load is two courses per semester plus individual and group tutorials. Faculty members also provide academic advising, supervise independent study projects, sponsor senior theses, and serve on baccalaureate committees.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to innovative undergraduate liberal-arts teaching. This appointment will be the campus’s first position in Islamic Studies, and is one of 15 new faculty lines for 2018, and part of an exciting campus-growth initiative funded by the State of Florida (https://www.ncf.edu/about/growth-2024/). To apply:

  1. Complete the Employment Form online here;
  2. Send a cover letter and CV;
  3. Three course descriptions (for an introductory course in Islamic Civilizations, a discipline-specific methodology course, and a thematic course of your choosing);
  4. teaching evaluations;
  5. one writing sample (article or chapter length);
  6. an unofficial graduate transcript and three letters of recommendation to islamsearch@ncf.edu with the subject heading “Islam Search,” with attachments in PDF or MS Word.

Review of applications will begin on Nov. 1 with Skype interviews to follow. According to Florida law, applications and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants who need reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee at islamsearch@ncf.edu 48 hours in advance of a meeting.

Queries to Search Committee Chair Susan Marks at islam@ncf.edu.

New College of Florida is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty. Candidates from underrepresented groups or whose knowledge or skills can support an inclusive learning environment are especially encouraged to apply. Consistent with law and its respect for personal dignity, the college does not discriminate against applicants for employment based on race, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. In accordance with state law, all employees are subject to a background check at the time of hiring.

Candidates’ application materials and meetings regarding applications are open to the public upon request. Applicants requesting reasonable accommodations in order to participate in the selection process must notify the chair of the search committee 48 hours in advance of a meeting.