News from the American Sociological Association’s Section on Religion

  • JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL
  • REMINDER: 2021 ASA ANNUAL MEETING & RELIGION SECTION DAY
  • GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORING – STAY TUNED
  • NEWSLETTER & @ASA_RELIGION TWITTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS – UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA at CHAPEL HILL

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – ASA Job ID 16552

  • The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to participate in the following search for a tenure-track assistant professor:
  • Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: https://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/184289
  • Please pass these links along to potential candidates; thank you! For questions about the search, please email Jennifer Eissing, Department of Sociology, at: eissingj@email.unc.edu
  • Applications will be considered until the position is filled, but our review of applications will begin on November 9, 2020.

Postdoc – University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – ASA Job ID 16557

  • The Department of Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is pleased to participate in the following search for a postdoctoral research fellow:
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity: https://research.unc.edu/carolina-postdocs/applicants/
  • Please pass these links along to potential candidates; thank you! For questions about the search, please email Jennifer Eissing, Department of Sociology, at: eissingj@email.unc.edu
  • Deadline for submission is November 16, 2020.
  • *Note: We welcome more job announcements. Per ASA policy, academic jobs advertised through our listserv include ASA job bank ID.

REMINDER: 2021 ASA ANNUAL MEETING & RELIGION SECTION DAY

Plans for the 116th ASA Annual Meeting in Chicago, August 7-10, 2021 continue. Note that ASA’s online portal will open for submissions on Monday, November 9, 2020. The submission deadline is Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.

Sociology of Religion Section Sessions are assigned to Day 4, Tuesday, August 10th. Since this is the last day of the meeting, our section receives an additional session for papers.

The section’s Program Committee consists of colleagues with an array of expertise. In hopes of adequately diversifying the scholarship featured this year, we are issuing an OPEN call for all Religion Section sessions and roundtables, while asking that session organizers for each of our sessions pay particular attention to themes which I believe are of particular significance to the study of religion today as follows:

  • Session: Sociology of Religion OPEN (preference for papers on gender & sexuality) Session
    Organizers: Jonathan Coley and Courtney Irby
  • Session: Sociology of Religion OPEN (preference for papers on cross-national or international dynamics)
    Session Organizers: Gary Adler and Rachel Rinaldo
  • Session: Sociology of Religion OPEN (preference for papers on the State or power dynamics)
    Session Organizer: Meredith Whitnah and Rhys Williams
  • Session: Sociology of Religion OPEN (preference for papers on non-religious dynamics or nones)
    Session Organizers: Joseph Blankholm and Jacqui Frost
  • Refereed Roundtables: Sociology of Religion Roundtables OPEN
    Session Organizers: Orestes Pat Hastings and Laura Krull

Our annual Sociology of Religion Section Business Meeting will convene immediately after the Roundtable Session.

Also, the Religion Section anticipates partnering again with the concurrent meetings of the Association for the Sociology of Religion also in Chicago. For example, we plan to again co-host a joint mentoring session for graduate students as well as a joint evening reception. More details as they are available.

GRADUATE STUDENT MENTORING – STAY TUNED

Our ASA Sociology of Religion Section is making plans to offer opportunities for Graduate Student Mentoring in the coming year. Stay tuned for details as they emerge.

NEWSLETTER & ASA RELIGION TWITTER ANNOUNCEMENTS

If you have newsletter items – Announcements, Awards, Promotions, Publications, Calls for Submissions, Job Listings (with ASA Job Bank ID), and other relevant material, please email Evan Stewart at Evan.Stewart@umb.edu.

If you have anything you would like to share in future announcement emails, please email me – gemarti@davidson.edu.

Gerardo Martí, PhD
L. Richardson King Professor of Sociology, Davidson College
https://www.davidson.edu/people/gerardo-marti

Notices from the Australian Association for the Study of Religion

Call for Papers:
Conferences

  • International Conference on Religious Tourism (ICRT), University of Punjab, Lahore Pakistan, 8-9 January 2020. Abstract deadline: 11 November 2019. More info.
  • “Mosques, power and politics”, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-24 January 2020. Abstract deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • The 25th Nordic Conference in the Sociology of Religion. 17-19 August 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden on ‘Religious Organisation(s): Challenges and changes in contemporary society’. Session proposal deadline: 15 November 2019. More info.
  • British Muslim Charitable Organisations: A Best Practice Forum, Birmingham, 15 January 2020. Abstract deadline: 22 November 2019. More info.
  • Rethinking​ ​Media, Religion and Secularities. Conference of the International Society for Media, Religion and Culture Conference location: Sigtuna Foundation, Sigtuna, Sweden. Conference dates: 4-7 of August 2020. Deadline for Paper proposals: 6 December 2019. More info.
  • International Communication Association Preconference on Intersectional Imaginaries in Media, Religion & Gender, Gold Coast, Australia, May 2020. Proposal deadline 15 December 2019. More info.
  • The XXII Quinquennial World Congress of the IAHR, hosted by the New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions, will take place at the University of Otago, in Dunedin, New Zealand from 23-29 August 2020. Submission deadline 31 December 2019. More info.
  • Navigating the non/confessional in university Islamic studies. University of Birmingham. 20-22 April 2020. Submission deadline 17 January 2020. More info.

  Publications

  • Call for Papers on Digital Visibilities of the Religious. Deadline 15 January 2020. More info.
  • Call for papers on Religion & Ecology for a special issue of Religions. Deadline 31 May 2020.

Postgrad/ECR Opportunities

Also if you’re on Facebook, we have a postgrad page so do join us 🙂

New Publications
Oosterbaan, M., van de Kamp, L. and Bahia, J. (2019), Global Trajectories of Brazilian Religion: Lusospheres, London: Bloomsbury Publishing.

Job Opening: Social Theory and the Digital Study of Religion

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of Social Theory and the Digital Study of Religion, beginning August 2020.

The area of specialization (historic period, region, or group studied) is open; however, the successful candidate must complement and enhance the current specialties of the Department by using social theory to understand religion as an element of culture. The specific research area is thus part of the scholar’s attempt to answer broader, cross-cultural questions related to identity, power, and discourse. This position will supplement the Department’s B.A. curriculum (which now includes a digital humanities course) and will be of primary importance to the Religion in Culture M.A. program (which requires students to be familiar with a variety of digital skills). While a variety of digital specialties are potentially relevant, the Department is especially looking for a scholar with demonstrated expertise in digital humanities research methods (e.g., computational text analysis, data visualization, network analysis, GIS, etc.) and public humanities (e.g., digital collections, digital curation, podcasting, etc.)

The successful candidate will teach courses ranging from introductory/lower- and upper-level B.A. courses to graduate seminars on a variety of analytic topics related to the successful candidate’s historical and/or ethnographic area(s) of specialization. Additionally, the candidate will contribute to the department’s establishment of interdisciplinary digital humanities courses. All faculty are also expected to supervise M.A. students in the social theory of religion when student interests intersect with faculty expertise.

At the time of hire, a Ph.D. is required. The committee welcomes applications from candidates with training in the academic study of religion as carried out in a public university, but will also entertain training in related fields (literature, history, anthropology, etc.), as long as expertise in studying and teaching social theory and digital methods in the study of religion are evident. Applicants should demonstrate an active and ongoing research agenda, highlight their teaching experience, and make readily apparent their ability to contribute to the life of an academic department in the areas of service and collaboration.

For further information, see: https://facultyjobs.ua.edu/postings/45867

Job Opening: Gender & South Asian Religions

An announcement about a job at Concordia University:

Tenure-track position in Gender & South Asian religions, specialization in Hinduism

The Department of Religions and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level, working in the fields of gender and South Asian religions, with a specialization in Hinduism. The ideal candidate will have an excellent research profile and appropriate abilities in Indian languages.  Filling this position allows us to support graduate studies in the area of South Asian religions. The successful candidate will, therefore, have teaching experience and the ability to mentor graduate students. He or she will also complement existing strengths in Asian religions and women, gender and sexuality studies in the Department.

http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/about/jobs/tenure-track-appointments/gender-south-asian-religions-hinduism.html

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

Job Opportunities

We have received notice of the following job opportunities.  Click the links for more information.

Job Opening: Muslim-Christian Studies Research Fellow

The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies <www.cmcsoxford.org.uk>, an
independent academic centre, is seeking to appoint a full-time Muslim
Research Fellow, based in Oxford, for a three-year contract commencing
on 1st October 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.
The Research Fellow will conduct research in the area of
Muslim-Christian studies, either  theological, historical or
sociological. The main aim would be to produce a high-quality  monograph
on an area of the candidate’s choosing in discussion with CMCS. In
addition, the Research Fellow would participate in other academic
activities at CMCS, including (for example) teaching and advising a
range of students who come to the Centre,  engaging with practitioners
in the field of Muslim-Christian Relations, and contributing on
an agreed basis to CMCS projects such as the Summer School for Christian
and Muslim leaders in training, Hikmah Guides and the Christians and
Muslims in Public Life Project.
For further information see
https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/listing/172669/muslim-research-fellow-/

Job: Assistant Professor in the Sociology of Religion

The following new job listing has been posted in the ASA Job Bank and may be of interest to section members:
Job ID: 15636
Institution: Baylor University
Department: Dept of Sociology
Title: Assistant Professors (2)
Position/Rank: Academic Positions: Assistant Professor, Academic Positions: Assistant Professor
Areas/Special Programs: Mental Health , Religion

For additional information on this position (including how to apply), visit the ASA Job Bank at http://jobbank.asanet.org.

Two Job Openings with Pew Research: Demography of Religion Team

Pew Research Center has one open level research position for anyone from ABD status up to tenured professor. Pew is also looking for a savvy research assistant.

Research Associate or Senior Researcher position: https://jobs-prc.icims.com/jobs/5962/research-associate%2c-global-religious-demography/job

Research Assistant position: https://jobs-prc.icims.com/jobs/5964/research-assistant%2c-demography-of-religion/job

Both jobs are based in Washington DC.

Here are some recent examples of the demography of religion team’s work

PhD Opportunity

Dear Colleagues,

Here is a job offer for a phd contract on “Islam, market and gender in Russia: Women entrepreneurs and the market of Muslim goods and services in Russia (or the CIS)”:

https://emploi.cnrs.fr/Offres/Doctorant/UMR8224-LUBJUR0-001/Default.aspx?lang=EN

The deadline for application is July 14.

Best wishes,

Silvia Serrano
Professeur, Sorbonne Université,
Eur’Orbem
Centre d’Etude des mondes russe, caucasien et centre-européen (CERCEC),
EHESS,
54 Bd Raspail, 75006, Paris