PhD Scholarship Funding

An ESRC funded PhD studentship is now available for a project that researches Muslim women in higher education institutions in Britain. The project is jointly supervised by Dr Khursheed Wadia (Warwick University)  and Line Nyhagen (Loughborough University). The application deadline is Friday, March 5th, 2021.

The announcement for this position can be found at:

PhD Workshop: Emergent Themes in the Study of Science & Belief in Society

Online workshop, 12-16 April 2021

The International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society (INSBS) will be running an international PhD workshop online from 12-16 April 2021. The workshop is open to anyone currently enrolled on a PhD programme and conducting research on any social or cultural aspect of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths or Medicine (STEMM) in relation to any religious, spiritual or non-religious tradition, position or worldview, including unbelief.
We welcome PhD candidates from all regions and countries worldwide and from a range of disciplines across the social sciences and humanities, including (but not limited to): sociology of religion, psychology of religion, science and technology studies, sociology of health/medicine, media and cultural studies, social anthropology, politics, the history and philosophy of science/religion and religious studies.

In keeping with the aim of INSBS, to support the growth of high-quality international research examining the relationship between science and belief in relation to cutting edge social issues and individuals’ lived experiences, the workshop seeks to introduce PhD candidates from a range of disciplines and geographical contexts to foundational readings on science and belief in society.

The PhD Workshop will focus on cutting-edge research in the study of science and belief in society, introducing PhD students to key themes including:
The challenges and benefits of incorporating multidisciplinary perspectives into your work

  • Internationalising perspectives beyond Western conceptions of science and belief
  • The difficulties of categorisation in both quantitative and qualitative approaches to studying science and belief in society

The workshop will take the form of a series of five daily workshops and reading groups. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss readings and content with the academic authors of the work. We will be running each session twice (at different times on the same day), to accommodate as best as possible those in different time zones. Participants will be expected to read/listen to a maximum of 10 pieces of academic work (articles, chapters, podcasts) in advance of the workshop – all of which will be provided by INSBS.

INSBS is based at the University of Birmingham, and led by team members from the Science, Knowledge and Belief in Society Research Group.

Honorariums: We have a limited number of small honorariums to help cover any costs associated with attending this online workshop. For example, these could be used to cover the cost of purchasing mobile data where wifi access is unreliable or the cost of additional childcare or dependent care.

To apply to participate in the workshop please send a short biography (maximum five hundred words) outlining your research interests and your interest in the workshop, along with a short Curriculum Vitae/Resume (maximum two pages). If you require an honorarium to help support your attendance at the workshop, please add a short statement (maximum two hundred and fifty words) outlining the reason for requiring an honorarium (internet access, childcare etc.) and the amount you are requesting (maximum £100 GBP).

Please note honorariums cannot be used to cover salaries or wages.

Please email applications to Paula Brikci (
The closing date for applications is Tuesday 9th February 2021.

ICSOR Newsletter Posted

The recent Newsletter of the International Center for the Sociology of Religion has been posted on the organization’s website.

Available in both English and Italian, the newsletter contains information about:

  • The ECSOR International Grant Program for 2020
  • An announcement about the School for Advanced Training in the Sociology of Religion (SAFSOR), which will be held later this autumn.
  • Two scholarships available to young researchers at the Summer School on Religions in San Cimignano.
  • Reports on this year’s grant program and last year’s SAFSOR.
  • Much other information.

Masterclass on ‘Critical Religion’

All Postgraduate, Honours and Undergraduate Students are invited to
A Masterclass on Critical Religion’ – How Theory that Deconstructs the Category of ‘Religion’ Can Lead to Better Research

With Visiting UoN Fellow
Prof Naomi Goldenberg, Professor of Classics and Religious Studies
University of Ottawa, Canada

10am -12.30pm (X301) NeW Space City Campus, University of Newcastle, December 4, 2019

This Masterclass is free to all students and is supported by the Centre for the Study of Violence, University of Newcastle.

Register by email to Dr Kathleen McPhillips (

Description of Masterclass
Over the last two decades, a growing number of academics who study ‘religion’ have noticed that the idea that is foundational for their scholarship is fiction. I mean fiction in the Latin sense of factus as signifying something that is made, built, or constructed.  This insight opposes notions of ‘religion’ as a thing or phenomenon that has always existed everywhere in one form or another and that continues to manifest itself in different traditions and configurations throughout the globe. Proponents of “critical religion” understand religion to be a somewhat incoherent, rather recent concept that is projected as an anachronism onto history.  According to this view, ‘religion’ is a modern, discursive product of differing, context-specific, dynamics of power with particular relation to the politics of colonialism and statecraft.  Attendant terms and ideas such as ‘secular’ and ‘sacred’ are looked at similarly.

“Critical religion” is sometimes dismissed as mere semantics and/or as irrelevant to ‘the real world’ in which religion is assumed to exist and is treated as a powerful force in law, culture and experience.  Professor Goldenberg disagrees and will argue that better thinking about government, public policy and scholarly research depends on recognizing the confusion adhering to ‘religion’ as a category of analysis and rejecting it in favor of more coherent concepts.

Prof Goldenberg will use her own work on government and feminism to demonstrate how critical religion can be productively applied.  To prepare for the masterclass, participants will be asked to read two of her papers and then during the Masterclass be invited to think about their own research projects in terms of this deconstructive approach.    

Dissertation Fellowships

The Lake Institute on Faith & Giving is requesting your assistance in communicating to Ph.D. students the 2020-2021 Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship opportunity. The Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship supports the last year of dissertation research that engages issues within religion & philanthropy or faith & giving. Applicants representing all fields of study are encouraged to apply. Please share the information below regarding the annual $25,000 award for the Lake Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.  

The link to the application, along with more information regarding the fellowship, can be found here on our website:

Applications are now being accepted until January 15, 2020.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Further Information about the School of Advanced Training in Sociology of Religion


16 to 19 December 2019 at the University Roma Tre, Department of Education, in via del Castro Pretorio 20.

Art. 1 – Introduction

  • This notice contains the provisions governing admission to the SCHOOL OF HIGH TRAINING IN RELIGION SOCIOLOGY (SAFSOR).
  • The School provides for the submission of an application for admission.
  • Final admission is subject to checks on self-certification relating to admission tickets and any university careers.

Art. 2 – Access passes and number of admissions

  • The School is aimed at graduates and professionals with a university degree belonging to any class of specialist / master’s degree or a degree of old order at least four years in the disciplines of social sciences.
  • The maximum number of admissions to the School is 15, which can be increased to 20. Admitted students are required to pay a registration fee of 120 euros (which also includes social dinner and daily buffet).

Art. 3 – Submission of application for admission

The application for admission must be submitted or sent no later than 30 September 2019 to the following postal address:

President of ICSOR
Viale delle Milizie 108 – 00192 Rome
tel. + 39 3475160442

or to the following e-mail address:

The following documents must be attached to the application form:

  1. declaration about the university from which the degree was obtained with the indication of the date and vote;
  2. curriculum vitae of studies, professional activities and research;
  3. list of publications;
  4. self-certification of knowledge of the Italian language (for foreigners) and of at least one other language of the European Union (for Italians).

Applications for admission delivered or received at the address indicated in art. 3 within the indicated deadline will be considered as having been submitted in due time.

Applications submitted with insufficient or irregular documentation and those received after the above deadline will not be accepted for selection.

On penalty of nullity, the following document must be attached to the application:

    • Photocopy of a valid identification document (Identity card and other equivalent document pursuant to Presidential Decree No. 445/2000: passport, driving licence, nautical licence, pension booklet, licence to operate thermal plants, firearms licence, identification cards provided they have a photograph and a stamp or other equivalent mark, issued by a State administration).

    Art. 4 – Admission of students with foreign qualifications

    • Holders of an academic qualification issued by a foreign university will be assessed on the basis of the Declaration of Value issued by the competent Italian diplomatic or consular representations of the country in which the qualification was obtained. The Declaration of Value is essential to assess whether the title held by the candidate is eligible for admission.
    • Foreigners must submit a declaration of value on site of the qualification obtained, an authenticated photocopy of the studies completed and a legalized translation of the entire documentation.
    • Foreigners coming from countries belonging to the European Union, wherever they reside, or foreigners coming from countries not belonging to the European Union and legally residing in Italy are required, however, to submit in the same manner as indicated above – within the established terms – application for participation, together with the same documentation required for non-residents.

    Art. 5 – Period of Activity

    • The activities of the HIGH TRAINING SCHOOL IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR) will take place from 16 to 19 December 2019 at the University Roma Tre, Department of Education, in via del Castro Pretorio 20.

    Art. 6 – Languages of the Activities

    The activities of the HIGH TRAINING SCHOOL IN SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION (SAFSOR) will take place in the following languages: French, English, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish.

    Art. 7 – Certificate

    • At the end of the School a Certificate of Participation will be issued.

    Art. 8 – Costs

    • Travel, board and lodging costs have to be paid by the participants.

    Scholarships: Programme on Interreligious Dialogue

    I am delighted to send you our call for applications for the European Scholarship Programme@DialoguePerspectives with the request to forward them to your partners and to help us spread the word!

    We are looking for future change agents in the field of interreligious/world view dialogue, and we are grateful for your assistance in identifying potential participants of our program.

    As you may know, over the past five years we have established a highly successful format for interreligious dialogue with the ELES-Program DialoguePerspectives, in which over 160 gifted and socially engaged students and doctoral candidates have participated.

    With the European Scholarship Program@DialoguePerspectives we are now taking a crucial step in strengthening the European perspective and, thanks to the support of the Federal Foreign Office, are building an independent European program track that enables us to work together with European students and doctoral candidates from Great Britain, France, Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Luxembourg. We want to work together with our fellows to develop strategies against (right-) populism and nationalism and for an open, pluralistic and democratic Europe.

    We are looking forward to this new challenge! And time is running out: already at the end of September, the first of four seminars will take place in the new program year. Therefore, I ask for your support and I appreciate your help by distributing the attached call for applications into your networks.

    If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Johanna Korneli (

    Best regards
    Jo Frank

    School of Advanced Studies in the Sociology of Religion: 16-19 December, 2019. Rome

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    SAFSOR: Scuola di Alta Formazione in Sociologia della Religione

    Università Roma Tre, Dipartimento di Scienze della Formazione, via del Castro Pretorio 20, 00185, aula C5, Roma, 16-19 dicembre 2019



    Lunedì, 16 Dicembre

    • 9:30 – 10:00: Saluti di Roberto Cipriani, Cecilia Costa, Emanuela C. del Re e Giuseppe Chinnici (Fondazione Ozanam)
    • 10:00 – 11:00: Relazione introduttiva del Presidente Onorario dell’ICSOR, Franco Ferrarotti su “La vocazione interreligiosa e interculturale del Mediterraneo”
    • 11:00 – 12:00: Relazione di Jörg Stolz, Università di Losanna, “The secular transition model: A review and new evidence”
    • 12:00 – 12:30: Dibattito
    • 12:30 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
    • 15:00 – 16:00: “Il pentecostalismo migrante nell’Europa cattolica. Uno sguardo incrociato su Africa e Italia”, Annalisa Butticci
    • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
    • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
    • 16:45 – 17:45: “Religione e cooperazione”, Emanuela C. Del Re
    • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito
    • 18:00 – 19:00: “Mediterraneo: nuovo ‘Lago Tiberiade’”, Chiara Canta
    • 19:00 – 19,15: Dibattito
    • 20:30: Cena Sociale: Nonna Betta (via del Portico d’Ottavia 16)

    Martedì, 17 Dicembre

    • 9:00 – 10:00: “Il fattore religioso nelle dinamiche migratorie e nei processi di integrazione. Riflessioni sul caso italiano”, Roberta Ricucci
    • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
    • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
    • 10:45 – 11:45: “Nuovi movimenti religiosi in Cina: il caso della Chiesa di Dio Onnipotente”, Massimo Introvigne
    • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
    • 12:00 – 13:00: “Mediterraneo delle religioni: tra storia e immaginario culturale”, Anna Carfora
    • 13:00 – 13.15: Dibattito
    • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
    • 15:00 – 16:00: “ Il sacro femminile nelle religioni mediterranee”, Enrica Tedeschi
    • 16.00 – 16:15: Dibattito
    • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
    • 16:45 – 17:45: “Mediterraneo, un confine sempre meno liquido”, Maria Immacolata Macioti
    • 17.45 – 18:00: Dibattito
    • 18.00 – 19:00: Incontro conviviale con la Comunità Sikh

    Mercoledì, 18 Dicembre

    • 9:00 – 10:00: “Religione e vita quotidiana all’Havana. Immagini di Ochún, Madonna mulatta”, Elena Zapponi
    • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
    • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
    • 10:45 – 11:45: “L’interpretazione weberiana della modernità e del capitalismo”, Vittorio Cotesta
    • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
    • 12:00 – 13:00: ““L’islam in Europa diventerà europeo?””, Stefano Allievi
    • 13:00 – 13:15: Dibattito
    • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
    • 15:00 – 16:00: “Il ritorno contemporaneo all’animismo nelle diverse versioni”, Alessandra Ciattini
    • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
    • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
    • 16:45 – 17:45: “Tra vecchio e nuovo antisemitismo”, David Meghnagi
    • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito

    Giovedì, 19 Dicembre

    • 9:00 – 10:00: “Musei/Patrimoni culturali. Forme attese del Rito e del Sacro”, Vincenzo Padiglione
    • 10:00 – 10:15: Dibattito
    • 10:15 – 10:45: Pausa
    • 10:45 – 11:45: “Schleiermacher, ermeneutica e religione”, Paolo Montesperelli
    • 11:45 – 12:00: Dibattito
    • 12:00 – 13:00: “La frammentazione degli orizzonti religiosi nella società digitale”, Costantino Cipolla
    • 13:00 – 13:15: Dibattito
    • 13:15 – 15:00: Pausa buffet
    • 15:00 – 16:00: “Studio delle religioni e dinamiche di pace”, Alessandro Saggioro
    • 16:00 – 16:15: Dibattito
    • 16:15 – 16:45: Pausa
    • 16:45 – 17:45: “Educare in contesti multiculturali”, Massimiliano Fiorucci
    • 17:45 – 18:00: Dibattito

    A seguire: Cerimonia di chiusura e Consegna degli attestati

    Public Lecture: Minors in Minority Religions

    Minors in Minority Religions: The Delicate Balance between Religious Freedom and the Well-being of the Child. Speaker: Dr Susan J. Palmer (School of Religious Studies, McGill University). Held at Western Sydney University, 17 September 2019, 1-3pm

    To be accompanied by a special seminar: “Researching New Religions: Qualitative Methods in a Controversial Field” by guest instructor, Susan J. Palmer. Run by the Religion and Society Research Cluster (RSRC) at Western Sydney University. 19 September, 1-4pm 

    Click HERE for more information(Scroll down to locate these events.)

    Job Opening: Muslim-Christian Studies Research Fellow

    The Centre for Muslim-Christian Studies <>, 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