Pratiques religieuses dans l’espace urbain Approches géographiques et sociologiques

Atelier du programme PSL

« Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions »

9 octobre 2019, 14h-18h30 ENS – Salle R2-02 48 bd. Jourdan, 75014 Paris

PROGRAMME

14h-14h50. Hugo Suarez (IIS-UNAM, IHEAL Sorbonne Nouvelle). La religion dans les rues : analyse des expressions religieuses dans un quartier populaire de Mexico City.

14h50-15h40. Julie Picard (Université de Bordeaux). Les territorialités religieuses des migrants africains chrétiens : entre dynamiques identitaires et recompositions urbaines discrètes

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16h-16h50. David Garbin (University of Kent). Espace-temps de l’urbanisation religieuse et visions territoriales dans les mega-cities.

16h50-17h40. Irene Becci (Université de Lausanne). Les parcs publics comme hétérotopies religieuses.

17h40-18h30. Discussion générale.

RÉSUMÉS DES INTERVENTIONS

Hugo Suarez. La religion dans les rues : analyse des expressions religieuses dans un quartier populaire de Mexico City.

Cet exposé présente les données ethnographiques issues d’une recherche menée dans le quartier populaire d’Ajusco, au sud de Mexico. Il montre la manière dont la religion s’exprime dans l’espace public dans deux situations distinctes : d’une part, les espaces officiels des entrepreneurs du salut (temples et églises) ; et d’autre part, les manifestations populaires qui ne relèvent pas des autorités ecclésiales mais plutôt de l’initiative des croyants (chapelles, croix). Je m’intéresserai en particulier au Monumento a la Piedra, un rocher devenu lieu de réunion pour plusieurs expressions religieuses populaires et un monument public qui a finalement disparu en l’espace de dix ans. J’expliquerai en quoi ce processus fait partie d’une resémantisation de l’espace par les croyances, qui construisent un environnement assignant de nouvelles significations au territoire. De même, j’évoquerai l’importance des images et des pèlerinages dans l’élaboration d’un réseau de significations religieuses ancrées territorialement.

Suarez, H., 2015. Creyentes urbanos. Sociologia de la experienca religiosa en una colonia popular de la ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, UNAM. Suarez, H., 2018. “Socioantropología de la religión en México. Historia y horizontes”, en Revista Cultura y Representaciones Sociales, 12, (24) : 9-16. Site Internet : http://hugojosesuarez.com/creyentesurbanos/site/intro.html

Julie Picard. Les territorialités religieuses des migrants africains chrétiens : entre dynamiques identitaires et recompositions urbaines discrètes

Cette intervention s’appuie sur nos travaux de recherche en géographie, réalisés au Caire et à Toulouse, et portant sur les processus d’ancrage urbain – temporaire ou durable – de migrants africains chrétiens (notamment protestants évangéliques). Elle propose d’interroger à la fois les liens entre géographie, pratiques, croyances et mobilités religieuses, ainsi que la place et le rôle des territoires religieux, matériels et symboliques, dans les parcours et la vie quotidienne de migrants de confession chrétienne, originaires du sud du Sahara. Nous tenterons de démontrer que ces Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions (micro)territoires, qu’ils soient produits par les migrants eux-mêmes ou co-produits, peuvent servir de ressource, de leviers d’ancrage urbain afin de mieux vivre l’attente et d’affirmer, ou de réviser, leurs appartenances identitaires. Si l’espace urbain d’accueil peut participer à la redéfinition des identités des personnes en exil, ces dernières recomposent également, souvent de manière discrète et précaire, les territoires urbains qu’elles habitent (ce qui interroge par la même occasion la méthodologie du chercheur, soucieux de mieux saisir les liens entre migrations, religions et espaces urbains).

Bava S. et Capone S., 2010 – « Religions transnationales et migrations : regards croisés sur un champ en mouvement », Autrepart n°56, p. 3-15. Bava S. et Picard J., 2010. « Les nouvelles figures religieuses de la migration africaine au Caire », Autrepart 56(4) : 153-170. Dejean F., Endelstein L., 2013, « Approches spatiales des faits religieux. Jalons épistémologiques et orientations contemporaines », Carnets de Géographes n°6. Endelstein L., Fath S., Mathieu S. (dir.), 2010, Dieu change en ville. Religion, Espace et immigration, Paris, L’Harmattan. Picard J., 2016. « De lieu de passage au territoire d’ancrage : les Églises du Caire et les migrants africains chrétiens », Les Cahiers d’Outre-mer 2016/2 (274) : 133-160.

David Garbin. Espace-temps de l’urbanisation religieuse et visions territoriales dans les mega-cities.

Cette communication a pour objet d’examiner la relation entre l’urbain et le religieux en considérant les dynamiques liées à l’économie morale de la production des espaces, plus spécifiquement en relation avec les enjeux politiques de la pluralité, du développement et de l’aménagement urbain. On prendra pour exemples plusieurs terrains récents effectues dans des ‘villes globales’ (Londres, Atlanta, Lagos, Kinshasa) pour discuter des notions de ‘religion urbaine’ (urban religion, Robert Orsi) et ‘d’urbanisation religieuse’ (religious urbanisation) en utilisant de façon critique le concept de spatial fix développé par David Harvey. En focalisant plus particulièrement sur Lagos au Nigeria nous montrerons également comment une mise en lumière des espace-temps religieux (vision, projection, aspiration) peut nous permettre d’envisager les stratégies de territorialisation sous l’angle particulier des infrastructures matérielles et spirituelles, dans un contexte de ‘mega-urbanisation’ et de concurrence intense pour les ressources foncières.

Garbin, D., « Visibility and invisibility of migrant faith in the city: diaspora religion and the politics Agenda pour une sociologie critique des religions of emplacement of Afro-Christian churches », Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 39(5) : 677-696. Garbin D. et A. Sthran (eds.), Religion and the Global City, Londres, Bloomsbury. Harvey, D. (2001) Spaces of Capital: Towards a Critical Geography. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press; New York: Routledge. Orsi, R. (1999), ‘Introduction: Crossing the City Line’, in R. Orsi (ed.), Gods of the City. Religion and the American Urban Landscape, 1–78, Bloomington: Indianapolis University Press.

Irene Becci. Les parcs publics comme hétérotopies religieuses

Les parcs publics des sociétés modernes sont souvent conceptualisés comme des espaces sociaux hétérotopiques (Gandy, 2015). À partir d’observations empiriques et de réflexions théoriques menées dans le cadre d’une étude sur le militantisme écologique en Suisse et d’une autre recherche sur la diversité religieuse en Allemagne, cette présentation porte sur les pratiques religieuses qui se déroulent dans des parcs publics urbains. Qu’il s’agisse de festivals, de réunions régulières ou de pratiques individuelles, des pratiques liées à la religion ou la spiritualité sont de fait présentes dans les parcs publics urbains. Je m’intéresserai à l’importance symbolique de ce type de lieux ainsi qu’aux discours qui accompagnent ces pratiques. Les références à la spiritualité ou à la nature varient considérablement. Les parcs publics urbains sont en effet pour les habitants des villes les réceptacles symboliques d’un imaginaire de la nature et des espaces contestés, exposés à différentes appropriations séculières ou religieuses.

Becci, I., Burchardt, M. et Casanova, J. (eds.), 2013. Topographies of Faith. Religion in Urban Spaces, Leiden, Brill. Becci, I., Fahramand, M. et Grandjean, A., (à paraître). « The (b)earth of a gendered eco-spirituality : globally connected ethnographies between Mexico and the European Alps », in A. Fedele et K. Knibbe (eds.), Secular Society, spiritual selves ? Gendering the overlaps and boundaries between religion, spirituality and secularity, Londres, Routledge. Gandy, M., 2015. Écologie queer. Nature, sexualité et hétérotopies, Paris, Eterotopia.

Voir : https://acsrel.hypotheses.org/395

Obituary: Wade Clark Roof

The Department of Religious Studies announces with deep sadness the sudden passing of our colleague Wade Clark Roof on August 24th in his sleep. Professor Roof, who was J.F. Rowny Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Religion and Society from 2013, joined the department in 1989 as J.F. Rowny Professor of Religion and Society, at that time already a compelling figure in the sociology of religion. Previously, he had been Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Raised in rural South Carolina, he graduated magna cum laude from Wofford College in Spartanburg, went on to Yale Divinity School, where he received a master of divinity degree in 1964, and subsequently received a master’s and then doctoral degree in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1971.

Professor Roof’s record of publication, leadership, grant administration, and mentoring have been truly stellar, as has been his contribution to the public understanding of religion. He became a towering figure in the sociology of religion as he marked the growth of the “unchurched,” the phenomenon of multiple memberships in religious or quasi-religious organizations, the religious odysseys of so-called “baby-boomers,” and—always and especially—the impact of an increasing religious pluralism on the shape of religion in the United States. He excelled at the statistical research that characterizes sociological study, but he was also, and as much, engaged in the human stories behind membership statistics. He offered models to make sense of the data, and the models followed people into their public and political expressions of private commitments and beliefs. With funding to study religious pluralism in the baby boomer generation (born between 1946 and 1964), the resulting multi-year project led to two transformational works in the field. A Generation of Seekers: The Spiritual Journeys of the Baby Boom Generation in 1993 and Spiritual Marketplace and the Remaking of American Religion in 1999 shed a new, clear light on American spiritual experience with their attention to “quest culture” and “reflexive spirituality.” Professor Roof presented narratives that unpacked the statistical numbers, creating a ground-breaking paradigm for the sociological study of religion. Even before his books were published, his work with the baby boomers had attracted the editors of Newsweek magazine, who made Professor Roof’s research a cover story. Later, A Generation of Seekers was reviewed in major national newspapers, with a New York Times profile for Professor Roof himself in 1993. His work sparked national conversations regarding the decline of organized religion in many quarters and the forms of spiritual seeking and renewal that were rising instead. President Bill Clinton quoted from the book in one of his State of the Union addresses.

As major as baby boomer research was, however, it existed as only part of Professor Roof’s scholarly legacy. The author or co-author of five books since the 1970s, Professor Roof also co-edited six books, two encyclopedias, and five special issues of the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. With sixty journal articles and forty-five chapters in edited volumes, he contributed as well a plethora of book reviews to academic journals. His success in attracting grants became almost legendary in the department, with almost 2.2 million dollars awarded as principal or co-principal investigator for over twenty research grants. In addition, he presented his work over one hundred times at major academic conferences, universities, theological centers, and public policy forums. Meanwhile, Professor Roof became a

tireless advocate for the public understanding of religion, granting media interview after media interview in leading venues such as NBC Nightly News, CBS News, CNN, the BBC, Good Morning America, MacNeil-Lehrer News Hour, U.S. News and World Report, Time, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, and numerous others.

Professor Roof’s seminal book from 1987, American Mainline Religion: Its Changing Shape and Future (with William McKinney) first signaled the emerging voluntarism that was growing in the nation, unraveling old boundaries and creating new ways of being religious. As he scrutinized the developing situation in the country, however, Professor Roof brought to it an abiding comparative perspective. He had had years of turning toward Europe—teaching and lecturing there and looking toward other cultures and their religious expressions. In these situations, he learned as much as he taught, and through the years he continued to be interested in the striking connections and differences between societies in their religious arrangements. As a natural outgrowth, he began to teach French high school teachers about religious pluralism in the United States through an annual university program that offered them a month-long visit. The project soon morphed into connections with the U.S. State Department and success in obtaining a continuing series of grants that brought foreign scholars to UCSB through the Fulbright Summer Institutes (Religion in the United States: Pluralism and Public Presence). So from 2002 until 2016, he directed (and from 2011 co-directed) month-long seminars for eighteen foreign scholars annually at UCSB. Subsequently, he took them on a road trip to religious sites throughout the nation, ending in Washington, D.C. The number of Muslim scholars in attendance was consistently high; people of color were a strong presence, and so were women. Professor Roof generated through these summer institutes an outstanding laboratory for studying American religious pluralism and for living out experimentally an international pluralism. Supported by some 3.5 million dollars in federal grants over the years, more than 250 people participated in the summer institutes representing over eighty nations in Africa, Asia, Europe, South America, and Oceania.

Alongside this achievement, Professor Roof, from 2002 to 2017, directed the Walter H. Capps Center for the Study of Ethics, Religion, and Public Life, housed in the Department of Religious Studies. The center was named for our renowned colleague Walter Capps, who became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives until a heart attack cut short his life in 1997. With the help of Capps’s widow Lois Capps (who served in the U.S. House from 1998 to 2017), the center received an initial grant from the UC Office of the President and later a sizable grant from the U.S. Congress, help from local donors, and then support from the NEH, amassing a 4 million dollar endowment. With this aid, from 2002 the Capps Center began to offer a wide range of programming to improve the public understanding of religion and ethics in public life, to stress its importance, and to work to bridge the worlds of academia and the wider public. Programs featured public humanities lectures, bringing to campus and the larger community in off -campus venues over 400 pre-eminent speakers. These included such well-known figures as Bill Moyers, Martin Marty, Garry Wills, Diana Eck, Karen Armstrong, Elaine Pagels, Sister Joan Chittister, Rabbi Michael Lerner, Morris Dees, Eric Foner, Daniel Ellsberg, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Thich Nhat Hanh, Hans Küng, Richard Rodriguez, Gustav Niebuhr, Sandra Day O’Connor, and Nobel Peace Prize winners Sherin Ebadi and Towakkol Karman. With five named lecture series annually, the center also offered one-time lecture series as well as a host of other special events.

It sponsored undergraduate student internship programs with public officials and NGOs in Washington, D.C., Sacramento, and Santa Barbara, five undergraduate courses in social ethics, including the much-acclaimed Henry Schimberg -supported course on “Ethics, Enterprise, and Leadership,” and annual graduate fellowships in cultural literacy.

This ambitious record of national and international achievement did not lead Professor Roof to neglect the specific work of the department, the university, his professional societies, and— especially—his students. He chaired the Department of Religious Studies for five years from 1999 to 2004, leading the department through a period of strategic growth and increasing the department’s endowments. Likewise, he served on a host of university committees including the Graduate Council, the Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, and the Arts and Lectures Committee. Nationally, he held the office of president for the Religious Research Association from 1990 to 1992 and for the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion from 1995 to 1997. Moreover, he served on advisory committees for the American Academy of Religion and on the Advisory Council for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Professor Roof was also editor, reviewer, or referee for over two dozen journals and monograph series, as well as grant referee for the National Science Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the Lilly Endowment, and the Swedish Research Council. At UCSB, he advised numerous graduate students who earned their PhDs with his mentoring, and he served as a committee member for another huge number of graduate students, all of whom remember him with deep appreciation, warmth, and enthusiasm. In his work with students, he trained a generation of scholar-teachers in religious and sociological studies to attend to fluidity in religious identity, and to look for reflexivity, experimentalism, self-expression, and the questioning of authority in contemporary American religion. He was the recipient of the Association for the Sociology of Religion’s Lifetime Achievement Award last year. He is the recipient, this year, of the American Academy of Religion’s Martin E. Marty Award for the Public Understanding of Religion, which will be presented to him posthumously in November.

Professor Roof is survived by his daughter Katherine Brandts, by six grandchildren, and by other family members. He lost both his wife, Terry, and a second daughter, Jennifer Guilford, to cancer, his wife only a year ago. Our hearts go out to Katherine, to the grandchildren and other family members, and to his many colleagues and friends on their loss.

(Catherine Albanese, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Religious Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara)

Job Opening in Sociology of Religion: University of Memphis

The Sociology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure track faculty position to be filled at the Assistant Professor rank.  Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Sociology no later than August 2020. Area of specialization for both research and teaching is the sociology of religion. Applicants for this position will be expected to teach in both the Sociology Department and in the Religious Studies Program.

Applications must be made on-line at https://workforum.memphis.edu/postings/23269. Please upload a letter of application which includes teaching interests and research plans, a curriculum vita, publications or samples of written work (up to a maximum of 3 items), evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three professional references. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and may continue until the position is filled. The successful candidate will join an exciting and growing department in a dynamic urban university. The University of Memphis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Date Position is Available:
Fall 2020

Application Deadline:
11/1/2019

International Conference: The Interaction between Education, Family, Religion, Politics, and Economy

Albanian Sociological Association, ALBSA – Albanian Institute of Sociology, AIS
(14th Annual International Conference)

Place and Time:

  • University Aleksander Moisiu of Durres, Albania 
  • 15-16 November 2019

Deadlines:

  • Deadline for Abstracts submission: 10 Octobre 2019; 24.00 GMT
  • Deadline for Main, Special, and Joint Sessions: 30 September 2019; 24.00 GMT

How to present a paper?

  1. Surf to conference Call for Papers at https://www.sociology.al/en/conferences/call-papers
  2. Choose the Session (Thematic Sections: ST01 – ST15) to which you wish to participate;
  3. Fill out the Abstract Submission Form and submit to the Conference Secretary. Please don’t submit more than two abstracts for the entire conference. In case when two abstracts are submitted those must not refer to a single Thematic Section;
  4. Wait for the confirmation of abstract receipt; those who do not receive confirmation within 10 days should contact the secretary of the conference;
  5. Wait for the Acceptance Letter;
  6. Contact with Secretary of the conference for the registration procedures;
  7. Take the confirmation of the registration.

How to Submit Abstracts Online

  • Go to: www.sociology.al
  • Click: Conferences – Call for papers – Online abstracts submission”
  • Select a Thematic Session
  • Fill out the Paper Proposal Form/Abstract Submission Form & Submit

Secretary of the conference:

  • Enkelejda CENAJ, Department of Sociology, FE-UAMD
  • Matilda LIKAJ, Department of Sociology, FE-UAMD
  • Elda KUTROLLI, Albanian Institute of Sociology (AIS)

E-mail: durres.conf2019@gmail.com
E-mail: conference@sociology.al

CFP: Ritual Year Working Group Conference, 3-6 June 2020

The Call for papers for the 14th meeting of the Ritual Year Working Group has just been released!  Our next year’s meeting will be held in Riga, 3-6 June 2020.

.Please submit your paper proposals before 30 November 2019, at:
https://ej.uz/RYRIGA2020.

THEME: Commerce and Traditions

The impact of product marketing is visible in everyday life, including a wide range of traditions and festivities, which have lately become highly commercialized. In marketing terms, the values of traditional culture are considered “products” to be branded, marketed and sold. We have all experienced the pre-Christmas gift buying madness and have visited souvenir counters at major historical sites and cultural venues in different countries, each promoting their “brands”. Historically, annual church markets, fairs and pilgrimages attracted people from great distances, providing opportunities to buy, sell, and trade durable goods in addition to food and drink required by pilgrims and merchants. Additional items, such as religious symbols, protective objects, and healing substances were available much as in modern souvenir shops. The means for advertising such objects for sale were, at that time, limited. Today advertising and marketing campaigns appear everywhere. Many people protest against what they perceive as excessive commercialization of their favourite secular or religious festivals.

However, marketing practices attract larger crowds and help to preserve and popularize traditions that might otherwise be lost. Commercialization has made the sale of traditional crafts financially viable, preserving them for future generations. Thus, it is possible for craftspeople to continue practicing their traditional arts and crafts. Not only have the traditional artisans benefited, but religious institutions have witnessed an increase in income, which is needed to maintain the facilities visited by the growing numbers of visitors. New forms of commercialization of rituals with the developing practices of creating new festivals and making them local tourist brands can be seen in many geographical areas.The aim of this conference is to investigate and evaluate the impact of marketing practices on traditions and rituals, and to consider the changes commercialization has brought about ‒ both positive and negative ‒ in the past, as well as in the present. Applicants are encouraged to focus on the following topics:

  • the viability of traditions in terms of economics;
  • changes in tradition caused by marketing practices;
  • the role of marketing in preserving traditional culture;
  • the commercialization of state and national holidays;
  • the commercialization of religious celebrations;
  • the impact of commerce on holy places and pilgrimages;
  • the marketing of ritual and magical practices and objects;
  • annual fairs and markets past and present;
  • the commercialization of the intangible cultural heritage;
  • changes in traditional rituals and celebrations due to marketing;
  • any other subject related to the ritual year (i.e. to calendric or life cycle celebrations and rituals)

For more information about the theme, costs, submission and conference programme, download the Cfp here.

We are thankful to the Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art (University of Latvia), the Archives of Latvian Folklore and Aigars Lielbardis, for organizing this event.

Let’s meet in Riga next summer!

Irina Stahl,
Researcher, Institute of Sociology, Romanian Academy
Secretary of “The Ritual Year” Working Group,
ritualyear@siefhome.org

CFP for Advanced Graduate Students

The editors of Sociology of Religion: A Quarterly Review are now soliciting essays (25-page maximum or 7,000 words, all inclusive) built on dissertations in process.  Focusing on advanced graduate students, the essay should speak to your scholarship, yet generally to sociologists interested in religion by presenting a central idea of relevance to our readership and rooted in the research process.

The essay should include a clear focus on religion, which may include observations on how “sociology of religion” as a sub-field is currently being shaped, where it is heading, and why that matters, etc.  While the essay may address one’s own experiences and be written in the first person, all aspects of the essay should remain of relevance and interest to rigorous scholarship, which therefore should focus on presenting research findings and include things like conceptual breakthroughs and empirical surprises.  While conceptual and methodological rigor should be evident, a separate “Theory” or “Methods” section is not required.

All manuscripts should follow standard author guidelines (e.g., 12-point, Times Roman, double space throughout) and be submitted through Manuscript Central, https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/socrel. Be sure to cite sources and develop arguments, ideas, and explication of findings adequate to the high standards of our journal.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2019.

Any questions should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Gerardo Marti, sorjournal@davidson.edu

Research Associate / Visiting Faculty: Women’s Studies in Religion Program

HARVARD DIVINITY SCHOOL announces five full-time non-tenure track positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2020-21 in its Women’s Studies and Religion Program.  Proposals for book-length projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis and focusing on any religion are welcomed.  Salary for 2020-21 will be $60,000.  Completed applications are due online by October 15, 2019.  Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2019.  Please see our website (http://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply) for more information.

Employer Description:
The Women’s Studies in Religion Program was founded in 1973 to explore the fundamental role played by religious traditions in defining roles for women and men.  Research on religion and gender sheds light on questions about the changing roles of women both inside religious communities and in broader public spheres.  The Program’s goal is the production of new primary research addressing these and related issues and the dispersal of that information through courses, publications, and public programs.

Job Opening at Brandeis University

Assistant Professor and Mandel Chair in Jewish Education

Deadline: August 31, 2019

Submission Site: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14208

The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Studies in Jewish Education at Brandeis University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor beginning in academic year 2020-21, to hold the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Chair in Jewish Education. This position is subject to budget approval, and will be shared between the Mandel Center and a department appropriate to the candidate’s scholarly background. We seek an outstanding junior scholar, with a deep commitment to teaching and to the impact of scholarship on teaching and learning in the field.

The responsibilities of the successful candidate will include:
– To pursue a robust program of research in Jewish education, to publish broadly, and to help build the field of scholarship in Jewish education nationally
– To participate actively in and assume responsibilities within the intellectual community at the Mandel Center and within a particular department appropriate to their background
– To teach two courses per year within one or more departments at the University, at either the graduate or the undergraduate level
– To serve on University or departmental committees as appropriate.

Candidates should hold a doctorate in Education, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies or a related field. (In cases where the candidate does not yet hold the doctorate, a letter from the primary doctoral advisor affirming that the candidate will complete the doctorate by July 2020 will be accepted.) Candidates should have a record of scholarship appropriate to their career stage as well as a clear proposed research agenda in Jewish education, and should be able to demonstrate evidence of successful teaching. Candidates should be comfortable moving between the academy and the field of practice, and between Jewish and general education, and should aspire to effect positive change in the field of Jewish education through the production of scholarship in various forms (e.g., peer-reviewed articles and books, but also popular articles, blog posts, workshops, etc.). Ideal candidates will have a research interest in one or more aspects of the study of teaching and/or learning; scholarly background in one or more areas of Jewish studies; facility in one or more Jewish languages; and a deep understanding of one or more Jewish educational settings (day schools, supplementary schools, camps, heritage tourism, academic Jewish studies, etc.).

Applicants should submit a cover letter of 2-3 pages that includes (a) a discussion of past and future research, (b) a discussion of teaching experience and plans, and (c) a discussion of how their experiences and interests might effect positive social change either within the Brandeis community or beyond it. Applicants should also submit a CV and one writing sample. Further materials may be requested later in the process. Only online applications will be accepted, via Academic Jobs Online https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/14208. First consideration will be given to applications received by August 30, 2019.

ASYM conference Helsinki April 2020: “Cultivating Youth Spirituality: Faith, Nurturing and Youth Ministry”

The IASYM European biennial conference 2020 will be held in Helsinki 15-18 April 2020. We invite all those involved in youth and emerging/young adult ministry as researchers, teachers, lecturers or thoughtful practitioners to join the conference. This four-day conference provides an opportunity to engage with the latest scholarship and research related to ministry among young people as well as a forum for building stronger networks.

Scholars and practitioners are welcome to submit their papers that may address a wide variety of aspects related to Youth and/or Youth Ministry. The theme of the conference “Cultivating youth spirituality: Faith, nurturing and Youth Ministry” highlights both the role of many actors in the spiritual growth of the youth and the active role of the young people themselves in constructing their religious lives and seeing the youth as active constructers of theology. The topics may include various research related to youth and youth ministry, for example:

  • youth constructing theology\
  • religious growth and nurturing in childhood and adolescence
  • families, communities and faith
  • leaving religion and religious distancing in the youth
  • religion, youth and the media
  • children and youth-based theology
  • worship life and youth participation
  • secularization, liquid religion and the youth
  • youth diaconia and young people on the edge
  • religious development in childhood and youth
  • faith communities and their role in youth spirituality and spiritual development
  • youth ministry in public institutions e.g. schools, Universities and hospitals
  • Other topical issues in youth ministry including:
    o   eco-anxiety
    o   sexual identities and faith in youth
    o   digital youth work
    o   diversity and pluralism
    o   pastoral care in adolescence
    o   ethical questions
    o   emerging faith communities
    o   the aim and the role of youth ministers
    o   new innovations in youth ministry
    o   people on move and transnationalism
    o   crisis and conflicts and youth ministry

We also invite papers on other themes that meet the IASYM’s stated aim to further the academic study and research of youth and youth ministry to raise the profile of youth ministry as a calling, career and/or professional enterprise, and to encourage the reflection on youth ministry and academic discipline that will support the practice of youth ministry.

The program for 2020 offers three formats for engagement and interaction: research papers, emerging research and workshops:

  • Research Papers present new research in children’s, youth and emerging/young adult ministry submitted by conference delegates. In each session the presentation will be followed by a prepared response as well as group discussion.
  • Emerging Research sessions provide an opportunity to share ‘works-in-progress’ and developing thoughts as well as completed ideas not yet established in a formal paper. These sessions provide an opportunity for new or emerging researchers (whether engaged in formal study or as a thoughtful practitioner) to road-test ideas and receive feedback in a constructive environment.
  • Workshops offer professional development opportunities to assist delegates in the craft of research and the teaching of ministry to children, youth and emerging/young adults.

Proposals for Research papers and Emerging research should include a 200-word abstract, along with the author’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Proposals for Workshops should include a description of the workshop content of no more than 200 words and may include suggested workshop leader if other than the person proposing the workshop. The proposal should include the proposer’s name, email address, and academic institution or place of employment.

Submit your proposal by October 30th, 2019 using this link: CLICK HERE

Venue of the Conference
Kyläsaarenkuja 2
00580 Helsinki
Finland