Funded PhD studentship: Islam and Secularism in Contemporary Europe (University of Aberdeen, UK)

Applications are invited for a funded PhD studentship at the University of Aberdeen, starting in October 2014, to work on :

Islam and Secularism in Contemporary Europe (Elphinstone PhD scholarships)

For further details regarding this studentship, please visit: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/cass/graduate/french-336.php

For informal enquiries regarding the above PhD project, please contact Dr Nadia Kiwan (n.kiwan)

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Call for papers – SISP conference – Section ‘Politics and Religion’

Call for papers:

XVIII SISP ANNUAL CONFERENCE

UNIVERSITY OF PERUGIA – Department of Political Science – UNIVERSITY FOR FOREIGNERS OF PERUGIA – Department of Human and Social Studies

11 – 13 September 2014

http://www.sisp.it/conference

Deadline for paper proposals: 15 May 2014

To propose a paper, please send a 100-200 words abstract to the panel convenors

Panels on Religion and Politics:

http://www.religione-politica.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=228:conferenza-sisp-sezione-politica-e-religione&catid=4:conferences&Itemid=4

1) Religion and Political Parties – [English and Italian]

2) Religione e relazioni internazionali (Religion and International Relations) [English and Italian]

3) Religion and Local Politics [English only]

4) L’impronta della religione sulla teoria e sulla prassi democratica [Italian only]

Panel off section: Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st Century Turkey [English only]

PANEL ABSTRACTS:

Religion and Political Parties

Chairs: Luca Ozzano ( luca.ozzano), Massimiliano Livi ( maxlivi)

Abstract: The role of religion in politics is still understudied as a consequence of the so-called “secularization paradigm”, which has been hegemonic in twentieth-century social sciences. Particularly, the role of religiosity within political parties has often been neglected for two reasons. First, there is a widespread normative prejudice about the role of religions in democratic
and democratizing systems, where they are perceived to be illiberal and potentially anti-democratic actors. Second, there is the methodological difficulty of defining them with precision, since the concept of ‘religious parties’ is often adopted to define intransigent, fundamentalist political parties.
However, there is growing interest in the political science community about the role of religion in party politics. On the one hand, explicitly religiously inspired political parties have been playing a crucial role in contemporary democracies, at least since the rise of Christian democracy in Europe after World War II. Moreover, many parties which do not explicitly define their identity in religious terms – particularly conservative parties – focus however more broadly their platform on religious values or exploit religious issues in specific historical moments; on the contrary, other political forces take secularism as the milestone of their political action. Finally, Churches and other religious institutions and organizations, although not directly engaged in party politics, are often able to influence the activity of political parties through their lobbying activities.
This panel aims at exploring such dynamics, by including both single-case studies devoted to national cases or single political parties, as well as broader theoretical and comparative works.

Religione e relazioni internazionali

Chairs: Valter Coralluzzo ( valter.coralluzzo)

Abstract: È noto che per lungo tempo gli studiosi di Relazioni internazionali (RI) d’ogni scuola e indirizzo non hanno prestato alcuna attenzione alla religione, o l’hanno relegata a un ruolo affatto marginale, al punto da far parlare di un vero e proprio “esilio” del fenomeno religioso dal campo d’indagine della disciplina scientifica delle RI. Il fatto è che nel codice genetico di tale disciplina è iscritto quello che Scott Thomas ha definito “il postulato westfaliano”, ossia la convinzione che la privatizzazione della religione e la secolarizzazione della politica rappresentino un passaggio obbligato ai fini del consolidamento di un ordine internazionale. Negli ultimi decenni, tuttavia, a fronte del crescente rilievo del fattore religioso nelle dinamiche della politica mondiale, gli studiosi di RI si sono mostrati maggiormente propensi a prendere sul serio la questione religiosa. Da una parte, v’è chi ha cercato di integrare la religione nella teoria delle RI, sia interrogandosi su come (a prezzo di quali compromessi epistemologici) il fattore religioso possa essere incluso in tradizioni di ricerca (come il realismo e il liberalismo) nate e sviluppatesi sotto l’egida del paradigma della secolarizzazione, sia proponendo paradigmi innovativi o spingendosi addirittura (come Vendulka Kubálková) a proporre la creazione di una sub-disciplina che metta la religione al centro della propria analisi degli affari internazionali. Dall’altra, v’è chi ha indagato le forme e la misura dell’influenza del fattore religioso sulle politiche estere degli Stati e il ruolo effettivo che la religione e gli attori religiosi transnazionali giocano nella politica mondiale e all’interno di vari scenari regionali, come fonte di conflitto e/o fattore di pacificazione. Il panel intende affrontare l’insieme di questi problemi, accogliendo contributi che analizzino il ruolo della religione nella teoria e nella pratica delle RI.

Religion and local politics

Chairs: Xabier Itçaina ( x.itcaina),Alberta Giorgi ( albertagiorgi)

Abstract: The relationships between religion and politics are a topic usually dealt with from a national or international perspective. Nevertheless, the changes in the contemporary political systems, in Europe and abroad, reshaped the hierarchies between the local and the national spheres on a number of policies. Specifically, the processes of devolution and subsidiarization of policies, as well as the cooperation between private (for- and non- profit) and public organizations (especially in the field of social services) under the horizontal governance perspective, increased the importance of local politics. The local scale is particularly relevant as constituting the arena where public authorities, private actors, religious and secular “third sector” organizations manage – or not – to constitute efficient networks of governance in the welfare field. These local arrangements constitute an implicit form of regulation of public life by religious actors that, in some cases, might not coincide exactly with the sociopolitical preferences of the religious central authorities. They also raise, particularly in the field of welfare, the issue of the externalization of social services from public welfare institutions to third sector organizations. In addition, politicized controversies on symbolic issues often take place at the local level – the debates over the localization of mosques in Italy, for example, and, more broadly, the issues dealing with religion in public life. At the same time however, grassroots religious organizations, movements and associations are playing an increasing role in Southern European territorial politics, thus developing new and sometimes unexpected articulations with social movements : examples are movements for public water and against discrimination, the renewed engagement of religious associations in politics and in anti-austerity mobilizations in many European countries.
This panel is a continuation of previous venues dealing with similar topics at the SISP Conference 2013 in Florence and the ECPR General conference in 2012. By doing so, we hope to foster collaboration between researchers involved in this topic. The panel aims at exploring the political involvement of religious associations and organizations at the local level, their social and political role, their networks and relationships. Papers’ topics include (but are not limited to): religious associations and social and political movements, third-sector religious organizations and local policies, interactions between religious and political identities. Papers dealing with empirical cases from South-Western and/or South-Eastern European territories and implying different denominations are more than welcome.

L’impronta della religione sulla teoria e sulla prassi democratica

Chairs: Antonio Campati ( antonio.campati)

Abstract: Nella riflessione contemporanea emerge una concomitanza che merita di essere approfondita: da un lato, il ‘ritorno del sacro’ (soprattutto nelle relazioni internazionali) e, dall’altro, il consolidarsi di un processo teorico che mira a svelare i ‘limiti’ del sistema democratico, non per proporne semplicistici superamenti, ma per favorirne lo studio sotto una lente genuinamente realista. In questa prospettiva, la relazione di problematica (co)esistenza fra il regime democratico e la religione solleva diversi interrogativi, la maggior parte dei quali rimasti ancora inevasi. Ciò si verifica, a maggior ragione, se la democrazia viene osservata come un ‘prodotto’ culturale dei tempi storici. Seguendo tale impostazione, il rapporto fra democrazia e religione può essere esaminato attraverso un adeguamento di prospettive: mentre la prima non coincide con lo stadio conclusivo della storia politica e istituzionale dell’umanità, la seconda, nel ribadire la propria posizione di attore principale del sistema politico, ricorda come spesso la sua azione debba essere proiettata in altri ‘spazi’, non necessariamente coincidenti con quelli attraverso i quali è organizzato e si concretizza l’ideale democratico.
Con simili premesse, il panel si propone di ospitare paper che, anzitutto, tentino di inserire coerentemente la riflessione su democrazia e religione nel più ampio dibattito sulle trasformazioni dei regimi e dei sistemi politici. Particolare attenzione verrà posta sulle connessioni che la teoria democratica ha instaurato con le dottrine religiose, per avanzare qualche chiave di lettura che sappia interpretare, per esempio, la tensione permanente fra gli «spazi di potere» e i «tempi dei processi». Tale polarità suggerisce ‘categorie’ per studiare in maniera sistematica il rapporto politica-religione e si riferisce, in ultima istanza, a una delle più pressanti critiche al funzionamento del sistema democratico (e alle sue élites dirigenti): l’incapacità di saper coniugare l’adozione di politiche con effetti immediati (perché necessarie a risolvere problemi impellenti) a una visione complessiva e di lungo periodo.
In un tale quadro d’analisi, non sono pochi gli interrogativi che potrebbero essere sollevati: in quali ‘spazi’ è più evidente il rapporto fra religione e democrazia? All’interno delle culture politiche? Nell’organizzazione del sistema partitico? Nell’azione quotidiana dei governi? Quale ruolo può giocare la religione nel processo di superamento della sfiducia che le opinioni pubbliche nutrono nei confronti della democrazia?

Il panel intende ospitare interventi che abbiano come obiettivo quello di svelare, criticamente, le connessioni fra la teoria democratica e il pensiero politico religioso (contemporaneo, ma non solo), così da evidenziarne le reciproche influenze e le persistenti incompatibilità.

Religion, Secularism and Politics in 21st century Turkey

Chairs: Luca Ozzano ( luca.ozzano)

Abstract: The relation between religion and politics in contemporary Turkey is very peculiar, as a consequence of the last two centuries of the country’s history. Until the early 20th century, the Ottoman empire was also, at least nominally, the seat of the Caliphate, and therefore the centre of the Muslim world, with a strong influence of the ulemas on the administration of the Empire. On the other hand, the Republic of Turkey created in the 1920s was marked by reforms inspired by French Positivism, which created the strongly secular institutional arrangement today still in place. Only since the 1970s, with the rise of the Islamist movement, political Islam could start to play again a role in Turkish public affairs, and to start its conquest of power, culminated in 2002 with the rise to power of the Justice and Development Party of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Today the country is thus deeply divided between secularist and pro-Islamic forces, supporting very different sets of policies, and it is marked by a lively debate about ethical-religious issues, as well as about the public and political role of powerful brotherhoods such as the Hizmet movement of Fethullah Gülen.
This panel will include contributions about the relation between religion and politics in contemporary Turkey under different points of view and methodological perspectives, such as in terms of political parties, political participation, social movements, interest groups and public policies. Both single-case studies and comparative works are welcome.

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Spam: Postgraduate Research Funding Opportunities at the University of Leeds 2014/15

The University of Leeds has recently announced a large number of Anniversary Research Scholarships for 2014 and 2015 entry. To celebrate the University’s 110th anniversary, a total of 110 new research scholarships will be available for each of these two years of entry.
This has been made possible by an additional investment of more than £10m, supported by the University.

Outstanding scholars from any discipline are invited to apply for the funding but further information on supervision available in *Theology & Religious Studies* (including the study of *Contemporary Islam* and *Muslims in Britain*) can be found here: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/people/20049/theology_and_religious_studies/ +
http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/coursefinder/20812/PhD_in_Theology_and_Religious_Studies?from=125149&categoryID=20049 + http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/profile/20049/416/seán_mcloughlin.

To be considered for one of our scholarships you must meet the eligibility criteria and submit a scholarship application form by the relevant deadline: 30 April 2014 (23:59 UK time). Download the full eligibility criteria and an application form from http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/postgraduate_scholarships/UoLARS-AppForm14.doc.

Successful applicants will receive payment to cover their University fees for a period of three years, along with a maintenance grant matching the Research Council UK rate. The total value of the three year scholarship is estimated at more than £50,000 per scholar.

You are recommended to contact potential supervisors by email before applying, either directly or through the postgraduate research tutor: Dr Johanna Stiebert (j.stiebert@leeds.ac.uk)

For more information about postgraduate study in Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science at Leeds see http://www.leeds.ac.uk/arts/info/125022/.

For regularly updated information on upcoming awards and deadlines, including application procedures, see the University of Leeds Postgraduate Scholarships site http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/.

Correspondence regarding application procedures may be directed to prhs_pgenquiries@leeds.ac.uk.

Dr Seán McLoughlin
Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy, Religion and the History of Science University of Leeds, LS2 9JT Email: s.mcloughlin@leeds.ac.uk

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SRHE seminar 29th May – Religion and Belief in Higher Education

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Religion and Belief in Higher Education
Date – 29th May 2014, 10.30-15:00
Venue – SRHE, 73 Collier Street, London, N1 9BE
Network – Access and Widening Participation
Whilst Higher Education Institutions in the UK are primarily secular they serve an increasingly diverse student body including religious students from both the UK and overseas. However, despite the establishment of religion or belief as a ‘protected characteristic’, with a requirement on institutions to develop policies and practices to ensure these students are not discriminated against, little is actually known about their experiences on campus. This seminar draws together three papers exploring the experiences of religious students and how their experiences shape their religious and other identities as well as their sense of belonging on campus. It will be of interest to academics and practitioners developing policy and practice in the fields of Access and Widening Participation, Equality and Diversity. and student support

Christianity and the University Experience in Contemporary England: Dr Kristin Aune

What role does Christianity play in university students’ lives? While some contend that faith has become a minority interest in the UK, especially amongst young people, a sizeable group of students (at least half) claim affiliation with a religion. Christianity is the largest student religious tradition. How does Christianity shape students’ experiences, and how does being at university influence Christian students’ faith identities? This paper reports on findings from ‘Christianity and the University Experience in Contemporary England’, a three-year project run collaboratively by Durham University, the University of Derby and the University of Chester. The project, funded by the AHRC & ESRC’s Religion & Society programme, involved a nationwide survey of 14 universities (completed by over 4,500 students) and 100 one-to-one interviews with students and those working with them at five contrasting case study universities. The paper explores what it means to be a Christian student, describing students’ faith practices, beliefs and commitments and addressing how their religious identities change and develop during their time at university.

Ethnicity and Class in the Christian Student Experience: Dr Kristin Aune

For Christian students, religion is a key facet of their identity. Christianity shapes, and is shaped by, students’ university experiences. Yet Christianity is only one part of students’ identities. Other factors including gender, ethnicity, class and sexuality affect, and are affected by, their university experiences and religious identities. The paper presents qualitative and quantitative findings about the significance of class and ethnicity in Christian students’ lives. It argues that these social differences can be sources of identity and community on the one hand, and conflict and exclusion on the other. Drawing on theories of social capital, the paper argues that often both occur simultaneously: Christianity facilitates a ‘bonding’ between similarly positioned insiders that marginalises others who are different, but also enables ‘bridging’ to external and diverse groups.

Religious students stories of not belonging on campus: Professor Jacqueline Stevenson

The paper focuses on the social and academic experiences of Christian, Sikh, Muslim and Jewish students studying in one UK higher education institution. Through their stories the paper highlights the critical events that inform a sense of belonging or ‘otherness’; the places/spaces/people that are of most significance and how religion helps to build, or work against, belonging or ‘otherness’; the strategies the students adopt to develop a sense of belonging on campus or elsewhere, including ‘passing’ as non-religious; the emotions generated during these struggles to belong (amongst both staff and students); and the emotional consequences of a lack of belongingness. The paper concludes by drawing attention to the ways in which the institutional lack of recognition, disregard for, or blocking off of emotion not only delegitimizes the students need for belonging but colludes in privileging reason over emotion.

Dr Kristin Aune is Reader in Sociology at the University of Derby, where she directs the Centre for Society, Religion and Belief. She has published widely on gender, feminism and religion, and her recent books include Christianity and the University Experience in Contemporary England (with M. Guest, S. Sharma & R. Warner, Bloomsbury, 2013) and Reclaiming the F Word: Feminism Today (with C. Redfern, Zed Books, 2013).

Professor Jacqueline Stevenson is Head of the Centre for Social and Educational Research across the Lifecourse at Leeds Metropolitan University. The Centre brings together researchers and research students with common social justice concerns who have an interest in developing participatory methodologies. Her own research focuses on student resilience, students’ sense of belonging and how students think about their future ‘possible selves’.

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Regulation of Religion? Limits of Law? What law regulates what religion?

Regulation of Religion? Limits of Law? What law regulates what religion?

Workshop Wednesday April 23rd to Thursday April 24th 2014

To be held at Department of Society and Globalisation, Roskilde University, Building 25 – In collaboration between Global Dynamics, Cluster on Secularism, (www.ruc.dk/globaldynamics) and the research network Fremtidens danske religionsmodel, (www.dendanskereligionsmodel.ku.dk)

The Danish (and other Nordic) religion-models have been characterized by a rather narrow understanding of freedom of religion to protect mostly rite and cult and even to some extent to argue that majority churches are not protected by the concept freedom of religion. Religious arguments in other fields, such as labor market regulation and family law have at most been seen as normative arguments in political discourses, but not as limitations to the law. On this background the Nordic countries have been able to offer a quite wide freedom of religion for minority churches with not much legal regulation as well as a system where majority churches have been following common legal standards in the countries.

These established Nordic models are however being challenged by Globalization through both migration and normative changes and by Europeanization impacting national legislation of relevance for law-on-religion. A global dynamics of migrated religion have reiterated that a core of cult and rite in religion is inviolable and pushes the established understandings of family law. Similarly, European understandings of law regarding majority churches are questioning general rights protected under labor market regulations.

This workshop discusses the general theoretical question of how religion and law regulate and limit each other by highlighting three core areas of conflict: 1) a possible forum internum for religious communities? 2) Religious requirements to employees on the religious labor market; and 3) protection of or limits to religious family law.

It is a common understanding within law-on-religion discourses that freedom of religion and belief functions as a limit to legal and political regulation of religion, underlining that law and politics have their limitations. The opposite, however, seems equally true: also religion is regulated by law and politics in situations where regulation is necessary and proportionate in a democratic society due to health, security or the protection of others’ freedoms and rights. But, the question remains how to weigh relations between strength of legal arguments and identification of a possible core of religion – and where to draw the line between the two.

The theoretical question can be further developed by taking constitutional pluralism and multi-level governance within the European Union and its member states into account. What is more, basically, law could be understood as general and encompassing all citizens, being in effect one of the carriers of a possible cosmopolitan project to the extent that we are talking of international law or ‘global law’, however in a possibly problematic discursive contrast to religions, also having a project about the world.

The three struggles this workshop focuses on are chosen in order to aim at an answer to a more principal question of whether and how religions limit law? Do laws establish limitations to religions? Which laws regulate which aspects of religion and on what basis? Where are the boundaries? Which boundaries are set by religious and legal normative systems themselves? And are there boundaries that cannot be set, because they as such empty the normative system for self-identification?

Thus within cult and rite, conflicts regarding both competences and content of norms are seen not only regarding rituals within majority churches, but also in relation to rituals for minority religions: ritual slaughtering is now forbidden in all Nordic countries and the question of circumcision of boys based on religious rite is high on political agendas.

Likewise in the religious labor market, implementation of EU-directives on general prohibitions to discriminate on basis of religion with its exemptions for religious communities do not find smooth interpretations in regard to also groups of employees covered by these exemptions as also which problems can establish possible manifested breaks of religious ethos for the communities.

Finally, the workshop addresses questions on parallel, overlapping or monolithic secular norms in regard to family life and seen controversies in all Nordic countries. This relates to a normative understanding of Canon or Rabbinic law and reflects on immigrated as well as century old practices, not least on migratory contexts and impacts.

The workshop presents a number of select papers (power point format) from invited discussants and allocates time and space for common reflections in plenum. Each paper is requested to clearly and concisely establish the possible conflict and then reflect on possible limitations established by self-regulation or by regulation from outside, including possible limits to limitations, seen from both state and religion perspective. The main question to all papers is: when the conflict is there – where do we then find the good arguments for solutions for the future? The workshop therefore invites the disciplines – the legal, political, theological, sociological and philosophical – to exercise the scholarly creativity and imagination of looking for future models of law and religion.


Program:

Wednesday 23rd April 2014, 9.00 – 9.15: Welcome and introduction:
Professor Garbi Schmidt (Global Dynamics Cluster 3 on Secularism); Professor Margit Warburg (den danske religionsmodel); Professor Lisbet Christoffersen (main responsible for the workshop).

Wednesday 23rd april 9.30 – 12.30. Auditoriet, building 25.2

What law regulates what religion? Is it possible to think in limitations of (Nordic) law? Is it possible to think in limitations of a forum internum within (majority and minority) religions? Constitutional pluralism – Multi-level governance Chair: Professor Garbi Schmidt

Introduction: Dr of Theology Pamela Slotte, Faculty of Law, Helsinki University

Professor Sten Schaumburg-Müller, Faculty of Law and Social Sciences, Aarhus Universitet (confirmed): Balancing Freedom of Religion and its limitations. A Human Rights Perspective

Dr. Anne Fornerod, Strasbourg: Soft Law Regulations of Religion

Professor, Trygve Wyller, Faculty of Theology, Oslo University: Nordic Protestantism, Secularity and Religious Laws

Associate professor, dr. Lene Kühle, Faculty of Arts, University of Aarhus: Boundaries of Religious Freedom: One Law for All?

Associate Professor, dr. Flemming Juul Christiansen, Department of Social Sciences and Globalisation, Roskilde University: Reform of the Danish National Church – a path way to an independent political institution?

Wednesday 23rd april 13.45 – 17.45 – auditoriet building 25.2

Conflicts over a possible forum internum for religious communities.

Chair: Professor Hans Raun Iversen, University of Copenhagen

Introduction: Professor Lisbet Christoffersen, Roskilde & Copenhagen Universities

Professor Tage Kurtén, Åbo Academy: Identification of a possible forum internum in a post-secular age: concepts of religion, concepts of secularity, a Nordic/North-European approach?

Associate Professor Marie Vejrup Nielsen, Aarhus University: Is it all about religion? On regulation of rituals in a Nordic Lutheran folkekirke.

Associate Professor Lise Paulsen Galal, Roskilde University: Between transnational, national and local regulations of ritual practices in Middle Eastern migrant churches in Denmark.

Dr. Victoria Enquist, Uppsala University, Law department: How come that Halal & Kosher Schächtning is prohibited in Sweden? What about circumcision of boys?

Associate Professor Floris Vermeulen, Amsterdam: Reasonable Accomodation as a possible way forward between collective freedom of religion requirements and requirements from (secular) law?

Thursday 24th 9.00 – 12.00 theory room building 25.3

Religious requirements to employees on the religious labour market– . Chair: Professor Jørgen S. Nielsen, Birmingham/University of Copenhagen

Introduction: Emma Svensson, Doctoral Student, Faculty of Law, University of Uppsala

Professor Julian Rivers, Bristol University Law department: organizational freedom for churches.

Professor Hjalti Hugason, Háskoli Islands: An Icelandic school teacher and pastor dismissed for arguing against homosexuality – a concrete case study

Dr. Jakob Egeris Thorsen, Aarhus University: Catholic approaches to labour market problems regarding employees in churches and faith based organisations

Dr. student Johannes Heikkonen, University of Turku: Autonomous under state supervision? Regulation of religious employment in Finland

Thursday 24th 13.00 – 16.00 theory room building 25.3.

Protection of or limits to Family Law as part of Freedom of Religion? Chair: Professor Niels Kærgård, University of Copenhagen

Introduction: Niels Valdemar Vinding, Assistant Professor, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen

Sanna Mustasaari, Dr. Student, University of Helsinki: Freedom of Religion, Rights and Practices in the Family.

Associate Professor, dr. teol. Joshua Sabih, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen: Jewish family law – Jewishness in a Postmodern Perspective

Research Assistant Professor, Dr. Rubya Mehdi, Department of Cross Cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen: Muslim Family Law in Scandinavia

Associate Professor Bjørn Thomassen, ISG/RUC: Public Reason, Religion and the Law

Thursday 24th 16.00 – 16.30: Conference closure: Lisbet Christoffersen, Pamela Slotte, Niels Valdemar Vinding & Emma Svensson

Practical information:

The workshop is organized by Lisbet Christoffersen, Pamela Slotte, Emma Svensson, Niels Valdemar Vinding in collaboration with

Den Danske Religionsmodel, University of Copenhagen: Margit Warburg, Hans Raun Iversen og Niels Kærgård samt Astrid Krabbe Trolle. See further on: http://dendanskereligionsmodel.ku.dk/

And

Global Dynamics Secularism Cluster, Roskilde University: Sune Haugbølle, Garbi Schmidt (kun onsdag) og Sune Lægaard (afbud) samt Laura Lindstrøm Nielsen. See further on: http://www.ruc.dk/globaldynamics

The workshop takes place at Roskilde University, Building 25.1. Train from Copenhagen Central station Wednesday and Thursday morning 08.16 to Trekroner station. See further on: http://www.ruc.dk/en/about-the-university/directions-to-ruc/

Workshop venues:

Wednesday 23rd April, 9.00 – 17.30: workshop at Roskilde University, Building 25, room 25.2).
Thursday 24th April, 9.00 – 16.30: workshop at Roskilde University, building 25, Theory room 25.3

The workshop is open to colleagues, students and the public. A mail informing that you will participate in lunches would for practical reasons required. Please inform djr@ruc.dk

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37th Denton Conference in Implicit Religion

37th Denton Conference in Implicit Religion: 6 pm Fri 9 May – 2 pm Sun 11 May 2014,

EMERGING PROGRAMME

For a whole motley of reasons, this year we still have room for 2 or 3 more Contributors/Participants: enquiries invited by Edward Bailey (Details below)

The following Papers are currently booked:-

Perceiving through Similitude
Neville Emslie, Diocese of Canterbury

Implicit Religion, Explicit Religion, and Attitudes towards Substances: an empirical enquiry
Leslie Francis, University of Warwick

Tintin as a Catholic hero: the dissemination of Catholicism in popular culture Kees de Groot, Tilburg University.

Explicit and Implicit Responses to Celtic Christianity: an empirical study Gill Hall, Glyndwr University

The Implicit Religions present in the Climate Change debate, and our societal response to ‘Acts of God’ Ted Harrison (formerly) BBC

Winterwandering on Snowshoes: manifestations of transcendence in participants’ mind maps Ivo Jirasek, Palacky University, Czech Republic.

Vocational Faiths: three styles of (social) scientific commitment: Max Weber, Edward Shils, David Martin
William Keenan, Hope University, Liverpool

The Engineer is Professionally a “Man of Faith”
Ton Meijknecht, Technical University of Delft, Netherlands

The Explicit and Implicit Religious Dimensions of Technology (tbc) Guy Menard, Université de Québec à Montréal

Calvinism without God: American environmentalism as implicit Calvinism Robert Nelson, University of Maryland

Spiritualities of Scientists in Words: integrating quanti-qualitative results of a survey with a lexical-textual approach to open-ended questions Stephano Sbalchiero, University of Padua, Italy

Atheist Religion, Atheist Spirituality
Tatjana Schnell, University of Innsbruck, Austria.

The Orange Order: a religious institution, or an expression of implicit religious spinning? Francis Stewart, University of Stirling

The Jews of India: ritual, identity, and the caste system
Tahmina Tariq, Concordia University, Montreal

Leisure Makes the World Go Round
Dermot Tredget OSB, St Mary’s University, Twickenham

PRACTICALITIES

The all-inclusive cost of this residential Conference Weekend, held at Denton Hall, Ilkley, West Yorks, is £145.

For further information, please see www.implicitreligion.org

Edward Bailey.

President BASS (British Association for the Study of Spirituality) www.basspirituality.org.uk Editor Implicit Religion www.equinoxpub.com/IR Founder CSIRCS www.implicitreligion.org

The Old School, 10 Church Lane, Yarnton, Oxford. OX5 1PY, U.K. (44) (0)1865 841772

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Quebec new religions

Quebec’s New Religions:

Alternative Spiritualities after Vatican II and the Quiet Revolution

Les Nouvelles Religions au Québec:

Spiritualités Alternatives après Vatican II et la Révolution tranquille

Projet religion et diversité/Religion and Diversity Project

www.religionanddiversity.ca

No registration fee, but space is limited. Please confirm your attendance/Il n’y a pas de frais d’inscription, mais les place sont limitées. Prière de confirmer votre présence

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Organizers/Organisatrices: Susan J. Palmer (Affiliate Member of the Religious Studies Faculty, McGill University)

Solange Lefebvre (Chair, Religion, Culture and Society, University of Montreal)

Date: Friday, April 25, 2014

Place: The Chapel, second floor of the Birks Building, the Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, 3520 University Street, Montreal H3A 2A7.

Description: This conference will explore the unique characteristics of Quebec’s new religions and the limits of Quebec’s “favorable ecology” (Stark, 1988) for new religious movements (indigenous and imported) since the 1960s. The focus will be on issues of religious freedom and identity, and the public management and recognition of alternative religions within the context of Quebec’s distinct culture and the Chartes des droits et libertés de la personne. Scholars from Quebec and Ontario will present ethnographical studies of specific groups. These include the Catholic intégristes, and eclectic or schismatic movementsas well as the local branches of international magical-arcane, theosophical, or UFO-inspired groups. Other papers will address the broader sociological/historical themes that contextualize Quebec’s religious minorities. The discussion will also address the various ways in which Quebec’s new religions movements and spiritual currents have been influenced by this Province’s unique historical, cultural, linguistic, and social forces.

Cette conférence entend explorer les caractéristiques uniques des nouvelles religions au Québec et les limites de l’écologie québécoise “favorable” (Stark, 1988) pour les nouveaux mouvements religieux (indigènes et importés) depuis les années 1960. L’attention se portera sur les questions de liberté de religion et d’identité, ainsi que la gestion publique et la reconnaissance des religions alternatives dans le contexte de la culture distincte du Québec et des Chartes des droits et libertés de la personne. Des spécialistes du Québec, de l’Ontario est des États-Unis présenteront des études ethnographiques de groupes spécifiques. Ceux-ci incluent les Catholiques intégristes, les mouvements éclectiques et schismatiques, aussi bien que les branches locales des groupes magico-arcane, théosophiques, ou inspirés par les extra-terrestres. D’autres présentations concerneront des thèmes sociologiques plus larges qui mettent en contexte les minorités religieuses du Québec. La discussion portera aussi sur les manières diverses dont les NMR et courants spirituels du Québec ont été influencés par les forces historiques, culturelles, linguistiques et sociales uniques de la province.

MORNING SESSIONS/ SESSIONS DU MATIN

8:30-8.45 – Welcome and Opening Statements/Mot de Bienvenue

Susan J. Palmer (Religious Studies, McGill University and Concordia University)

J. Gordon Melton (Distinguished Professor of American Religious History of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies in Religion, Waco, Texas)

Session I

8:45-10:30 – Catholic Schismatic Movements and les Intégristes/Les mouvements schismatiques catholiques et les intégristes

Martin Geoffroy (Cégep Édouard-Montpetit) “Les Apôtres de l’amour infini and les Bérets Blancs”

Paul Gareau (Doctoral candidate in Religion, University of Ottawa) “Addressing the Needs of this World: Encountering the Heterodox Catholic Worldview of the Army of Mary”

Susan Palmer (McGill University) “La Mission de l’Esprit Saint: One Hundred Years of Schismatic Movements

Dell Rose (Folklore Program at Western Kentucky University) “The Doctrines and Values of la Mission de l’Esprit Saint”

10:30- 10:45 – TEA BREAK

Session II

10:45-12:15 Session II – The New ‘Anti-Catholic’ Movements/Les nouveaux mouvements anti-catholiques

J. Gordon Melton (Baylor University) “The Rise of Atheistic ‘Churches’ in Quebec and Canada”

Cimminnee Holt (Doctoral candidate in Religion, Concordia University) “Autonomy, Language, and Religion: How Quebec Satanists Negotiate the Charte des valeurs québécoises

Donald Boisvert (Associate Professor of Religion, Concordia University) “The Temple of Priapus”

12:15-1:30 LUNCH BREAK at Restaurant Lola Rosa, 545 Milton Street (we can only provide lunch for conference presenters, but all observers are welcome to attend at their own cost/nous ne pouvons fournir le lunch qu’aux conférenciers, mais tous les participants sont bienvenus à leurs propres frais)

AFTERNOON SESSIONS

Session III

1:30-15.00 Quebec’s Controversial “Cults & sectes”/Les « cultes et sectes » controversés au Québec

Guy-Robert St-Arnaud (Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, Université of Montréal)“CÉINR: de l’information à une écoute”

Michael Kropveld (Executive Director and founder of Info-Cult/Info-Secte) “The Baptist Church of Windsor and State Intervention: from Law-abiding Citizens to Child Abusers to Reformed Parents cooperating with the State”

Loraine Derocher (Université de Sherbrooke), “Les incidences de la socialisation marginale des enfants issues de groupes apocalyptiques sur leur processus d’intégration sociale

Tea Break – 15.00-15.15

Session IV

15.15 – 16.45 Final Panel and general discussion/Panel final et discussion générale

Lorne Dawson (Professor of Religion, University of Waterloo) “The Legal Privatization of Religion and the End of Religion as We Know It”

Peter Beyer (Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa) "The Globalization of ‘Bad Religion’: Cults, Sects, Fundamentalisms"

Arvind Sharma (Birks Professor of Comparative Religion at McGill University) “A Proposal for a Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the World’s Religions”

General Discussion

Sponsorship and Aims of the Conference

This conference is funded by the Religion and Diversity Project, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) funded Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) hosted at the University of Ottawa (www.religionanddiversity.ca). Part of its mission is to map the contours of religious diversity in Canada.

Quebec’s New Religions: Alternative Spirituality after Vatican II and the ‘Quiet Revolution’ will bring together scholars with research data and interest in those small, obscure, “deviant” religions Quebec, hitherto neglected by academics. “Cult” conflicts and criminal gurus have been featured in the media, but there are to date few ethnographical studies of these groups. Some of the “flashpoints” and challenges posed by these groups – such as their use of alternative medicine, their authority patterns, and unconventional approaches to sexuality, childrearing and gender roles will be analysed in sociological perspective. This conference provides a forum for discussion and debate regarding 1) Quebec’s favorable ecology for NRMs and its “public management” of religious diversity; and 2) How NRMs challenge or accommodate Quebec’s legal, political and social structures. The shifting levels of tolerance and accommodation to new, alternative religions or sectes in Quebec’s recent history will be an important part of our investigation.

Financement et buts du colloque

Ce colloque est financé par le Projet religion et diversité, un projet accueilli à l’Université d’Ottawa qui estsubventionné par le Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSH) dans le cadre des Grands travaux de recherche concertée (GTRC) (www.religionanddiversity.ca/fr), et ayant parmi ses partenaires l’Université de Montréal. Parmi ses buts, ce projet entend élaborer les contours de la diversité religieuse au Canada.

Les nouvelles religions au Québec : Spiritualités alternatives après Vatican II et la Révolution tranquille réunir des chercheurs ayant des données et un intérêt pour ces religions très minoritaires, obscures et ‘déviantes’ au Québec, souvent négligées par les universitaires. Les conflits entre ‘cultes’ et les gourous criminels ont été dénoncés par les médias, mais jusqu’à présent, il existe peu d’études ethnographiques sur ces groupes. Parmi les questions vitales et les défis posés par ces groupes – comme leur utilisation de la médecine alternative, leurs modèles d’autorité, leurs approches non conventionnelles de la sexualité, l’éducation des enfants et les genres, seront analysés selon une perspective sociologique. Ce colloque procure un forum pour la discussion et le débat concernant : 1) L’écologie favorable au Québec pour les NMR et sa gestion publique de la diversité religieuse; et 2) Comment les NMR défient ou s’accommodent aux structures légales, politiques et sociales du Québec. L’histoire récente des changements quant au niveau de tolérance et d’accommodement aux religions ou sectes nouvelles et alternatives sera une part importante de l’exploration.

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4 Postdoctoral research positions in ERC-funded GRASSROOTSMOBILISE project

POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHERS

The Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy (ELIAMEP) is seeking four postdoctoral researchers to work with Dr. Effie Fokas and a 16-member broader research team on the ERC (European Research Council) funded research project entitled ‘Directions in Religious Pluralism in Europe: Examining Grassroots Mobilisations in Europe in the Shadow of European Court of Human Rights Religious Freedom Jurisprudence’ (GRASSROOTSMOBILISE). Each postdoctoral researcher will undertake one country-based case study (on the cases of Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey). The 5-year-long project began on 1 January 2014, and the postdoctoral researchers are required for two years, from early January 2015 to end 2016.

LOCATION

Greece, Italy, Romania and Turkey, respectively, with quarterly to bi-annual research meetings in Athens

JOB DESCRIPTION

The role of postdoctoral researcher will entail, amongst other things: preparation of a background report on religion-state relations in the national context, and on religious freedom issues in the courts at the national level; preparation of a database on media coverage of mobilisations related to religion in the national context; conducting of qualitative interview-based fieldwork research in selected research locale(s) in the country; assisting the drafting of proposals for related parallel projects; drafting of project reports based on the fieldwork; and authoring (and co-authoring, where applicable) of articles and books based on the research.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated capacity for teamwork and the ability to work independently and to take initiative. They will be encouraged to be active members of the research team in proposing and taking the lead in new areas for research.

QUALIFICATIONS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE

1. PhD in political science, law, religious studies, social anthropology or sociology (awarded after January 2008 and before January 2015).

2. Strong organisational, research and writing skills; previous interdisciplinary research experience in the areas of religion, law and human rights will be beneficial

3. Previous experience in applying for grants is of advantage

4. Excellent written and oral communications skills in English and in the language of the country study undertaken

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 2 May 2014

Applications should include a cover letter in English including a detailed statement of research interests, a CV, and the names and contact details of two potential referees. Please also send an electronic copy of PhD thesis or a relevant writing sample (published or unpublished), in English; these will be treated confidentially. Send application via email, with GRASSROOTSMOBILISE Postdoctoral Researcher and the relevant country in subject line, to: grassrootsmobilise

Oral interviews will be conducted in the shortlisting process in Athens and via telephone or skype as needed.

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New Book

Sociology of Religion in America

A History of a Secular Fascination with Religion

by Anthony J. Blasi (University of Texas at San Antonio)

http://www.brill.com/products/book/sociology-religion-america

Sociology of Religion in America tells the story of the controversies involved in the development of a scientific specialty that often makes news in America. The evidence it presents runs contrary to the many myths about the field. Sometimes viewed by scholars as a backwater, actual evidence from the 1890s to the 1980s shows that sociology of religion had a steady presence in sociology all along. Seen as a force alien to religion by some, it was actually in a mutually supportive relationship with religious organizations.

Examining dissertations dating from 1895 to 1959 and scientific articles from the 1960s to the 1980s, Anthony J. Blasi discovers who the major sociologists of religion were and what they did. He traces the field’s previously unknown tradition in community studies, the exigencies of the research institutes, and dramatic changes in the professional associations.

brill_-_sociology_of_religion_in_america_-_2014-04-02.pdf

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Call for chapters: Sexual Diversity and religions: Transnational dialogues in the contemporary world

Call for chapters: Sexual Diversity and religions: Transnational dialogues in the contemporary world (2014-2015)

The Gender Studies Program (PEG) of the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos (Lima-Peru) and Diversities, Research Center for Gender and Social Action, through its publishing consortium PEG/Diversities program are pleased to call scholars and activists to submit chapters for our edited book volume Sexual Diversity and religions: transnational dialogues in the contemporary world.

Presentation

In the contemporary world, the processes around the construction of subjectivities and identities are a complex reality. Identity construction policies, embedded in the local and global processes, have identified a number of areas where these dynamics are built. Religions have been one of the ideal areas for these processes. From the post secular debate, clearly, religions have continued to influence on history of governmentality and specific forms of subjectivity, specially, in relation to TLGBI people. This publication aims to reflect, analyze and problematize these relationships.

This call is seeking to analyze the construction of corporalities, subjectivities and identities of LGBTI persons in relation to the religious fields and capital in the contemporary world. Within this scope, we are interested in studies concerning worldviews/theologies, rituals, mystical, moral and memory. We are interested in investigating the interaction between different religious traditions (eg. Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, indigenous worldviews, among others) and the experiences, perceptions and spiritual practices of TLGBI people in each society.

On the one hand, religion can be seen as a "control device" or as a "device for enjoyment" in relation to the construction of the demands (spiritual, political, cultural, human rights) of TLGBI people. Particularly, we are, therefore, interested in inquiring about these historical, political and social processes, in which the religion is shown against or in favor of the TLGBI community demands. We seek articles that inquire, deeply, into any of these aspects or both, based on analysis of historical, ethnographic, normative material, among others.

Beyond the post secular debate, the encounter with the religions in the international arena, leads us to think about politic dynamics and new subjective constructions, where religion is an important device in social analysis. In this regard, we are particularly interested to inquire about the spiritual production of TLGBI people, in every cultural and social context, in which each tradition is transformed by demands of such persons.

Aims

This call is aimed

1. To provide a comparative and systematic view of the relationship between religious discourses and TLGBI identities in the contemporary world.

2. To analyze the construction of subjectivities and identities of TLGBI people regarding religious phenomena within specific and local contexts.

3. To study the historical, social and cultural dynamics in which religious traditions play an important role in promoting or rejecting the rights of TLGBI people in contemporary societies.

4. To reflect on the spiritual productions (practices, rituals, perceptions, etc.) developed by TLGBI people in various regions of the world, in or out of each religious tradition.

Topics

Articles on the following topics are particularly welcome (but not limited to)

1. Religious traditions and LGBTI people in contemporary societies. Specifically, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Shinto, Taoism, Buddhism, Indigenous worldviews, among others.

2. History and presence/absence of TLGBI people within each religious tradition.

3. Religious traditions and rights of TLGBI people, especially in the field of non-discrimination, equal marriage, gender identity law, family law and adoption, sexual and reproductive rights.

4. Spiritual Practices of LGBTI people in contemporary societies, particularly, dialogues and resistances in relation to their religious traditions.

5. Ecclesial Communities, ecumenism and TLGBI interreligious dialogue.

6. LGBTI theology and queer theology in the global South in every religious tradition.

7. Spiritual expressions related to non-denominational practices, secularism, atheism and other contemporary spiritual manifestations.

8. Intersection between religious practices with sexuality, gender, race, social class within TLGBI communities.

9. Relationship between spiritual production, supportive practices and ethical speeches from TLGBI community in the global south.

Relevant information

Please submit your abstract (maximum 300 words) and a brief biography (maximum 150 words) by 1st June 2014 to our academic editor, Martin Jaime

Articles may be written in English or Spanish. The articles should be between 8 000 and 10 000 words (excluding footnotes and references) and follow APA (American Psychological Association) style. The full article should be submitted until 31st December 2014 by email to Martin Jaime

For further information, please contact to mjaime

Call for chapters_Sexual Diversity and religions Transnational dialogues in the contemporary world.pdf

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Two Post-Doctoral Fellowships and two PhD Studentships in Islamic Studies (Edinburgh)

The Alwaleed Centre for the Study of Islam in the Contemporary World in the University of Edinburgh is offering the following opportunities:

TWO THREE-YEAR POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS, ONE ON ISLAMIC CIVILISATION AND ONE ON MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN (For the former, preference may be given to candidates with expertise in the History of Science in the Islamic World)

See http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/human-resources/jobs

TWO PhD STUDENTSHIPS, ON ISLAMIC CIVILISATION, MUSLIMS IN BRITAIN, OR THE WORLD OF ISLAM AND THE WEST (Preference may be given to research proposals focusing on either the History of Science in the Islamic World or the History of Muslim Communities in Scotland)

See http://tinyurl.com/AlwaleedPhD2014

Applications open from Monday 7th April until 5 pm on Tuesday 6th May.

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Urban Religions: Ethnographic Explorations, AAA 2014

AAA 2014 (Washington DC)
Panel for the American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting 2014

Call for Papers

URBAN RELIGIONS: ETHNOGRAPHIC EXPLORATIONS

The study of urban religions, urban religious cultures, immigrant religions, and the role of religion, religiosities, and religious practices in the lives of ordinary urban dwellers has gained momentum since the 1990s. Anthropologists have in recent years taken a keen interest in urban religion, and the contribution of faith-based organizations to urban cultures. They identified religion as an urban dynamic and relevant cultural field, and insisted that religion is not only in, but very crucially of the city. They argued that religion, religiosities, and religious practices are dynamic components in the negotiation of increasingly globalized cityscapes. In recent years, anthropologists asked questions about the role of religion in cities, reflected about the neglected role of space in the study of religion, and analyzed place-making aspects of religious practices. Examining especially the expanding landscapes of immigrant faith-based organizations, researchers voiced doubts about the (imagined) secular nature of, in particular, US and European cities. The religious “turn”
is not a new phenomenon, but represents the renewed and more self-conscious acts of religiously inspired actors and faith-based institutions which have always existed in urban contexts, but have gained new prominence in recent years.

This panel explores the role of faith-based organizations in contemporary cities. Based on ethnographic studies, papers explore the complexities of urban religious communities, and their everyday practices, negotiations, and experiences. Individual papers examine the spiritual, social, and cultural landscape of urban religious associations in cities of the Global North and South. Examining concrete faith-based associations, the papers explore these groups/associations’
histories, activities, and participation in cities. Papers focus on issues of place-making, civic participation, or broader themes of inclusion/exclusion of faith-based activities, voices, and communities.

A number of questions frame the papers of this panel: Who are central actors/institutions in the respective faith-based contexts? How does communal life unfold in these associations? What spaces do they use? Do associations face opposition when they try to configure communal spaces, lives, practices, and forms of civic participation? How has the recent proliferation of new religions communities challenged and changed secular urban politics, spaces, discourses and practices? In other words, how have these faith-based dynamics and the ethnography that explores them been central to the production of the post-secular city?

If you are interested in participating in this panel, please send an abstract (no more than 250 words), or questions, before April 8 to

Petra Kuppinger
(petra@monmouthcollege.edu) or
Janet Bauer (janet.bauer@trincoll.edu

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Full-Time, Permanent Research Associate, Three-Year Research Assistant, and PhD Studentship Posts in Social Science/Humanities Study of Science and Religion

We are looking to recruit four full-time permanent contract postdoctoral research associates to work on the ‘Clash Narratives in Context: Uncovering the Social and Cultural Drivers of Contemporary Science vs. Religion Debates’ project within the newly created University Research Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations. We welcome applications from experienced, enthusiastic and creative humanities and social science early career researchers.

This large scale multidisciplinary project will build an empirical and theoretical understanding of what social and cultural factors have driven, and are currently driving, the narrative in the public domain that there is a necessary clash between religious belief and belonging and acceptance of evolutionary science. It will employ four intersecting approaches: qualitative social science field research; oral history, historical and media discourse analysis; social psychology experimental research; and a large scale quantitative survey of public perceptions, attitudes and identity formation in the UK and Canada.

Post 1: Qualitative Social Sciences Research Associate

Post 2: History, Philosophy or Social Studies of Science Research Associate

Post 3: Social/Experimental or Psychology Postdoctoral Research Associate

Post 4: Quantitative social studies Postdoctoral Research Associate

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are looking to recruit an experienced three-year research assistant to assist with the overall delivery, communication and management of the project.

Post 5: Project Research Assistant

Closing date: 28th April 2014

Interviews: 6th-9th May 2014

We are also looking to recruit two PhD studentships exploring contemporary debates surrounding ‘science and religion’ by undertaking relevant research in:

PhD 1: Social Sciences/Humanities;

PhD 2: Social/Experimental Psychology.

Closing date: 25 April 2014.

Interviews in May 2014.

In addition the university will offer two competitive two-year postdoctoral follow on research positions dependent on the successful submission of PhD thesis within three years/by September 2017 to enable successful PhD students to be retained and develop further as early career professionals in this field of research.

Coventry University will lead this 3-year research project funded by the Templeton Religion Trust in partnership with York University (Canada) and National Life Stories at the British Library and British Science Association. The research team is led by Principal Investigators Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry) and Prof. Bernard Lightman (York, Canada), and Co-Investigators Dr Carola Leicht (Coventry) and Dr Rebecca Catto (Coventry). The project will commence 1st October 2014.

Applicants should apply online, making explicit reference to how they meet the person specification provided. Specific questions can be directed to Dr Fern Elsdon-Baker by email only (Fern.Elsdon-Baker)

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International Islamophobia-Conference in Salzburg/Austria

International Islamophobia-Conference in Salzburg/Austria

Jointly Sponsored by the Department of Political Science at University of Salzburg and Islamophobia Research and Documentation Project at the Center for Race and Gender in University of California Berkeley.

October 09th and 10th, 2014
CfP Abstract Deadline: June 10th, 2014

http://jahrbuch-islamophobie.de/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/International-Islamophobia-Conference-in-Salzburg.pdf

Comparative approaches to studying Islamophobia

While in the Anglo-Saxon world, Islamophobia has been studied mostly in a comparative setting with racism, and Islamophobia in the United States has often been analyzed by looking at experiences of anti-Catholicism, anti-Communism, and Orientalism, many authors in central Europe and especially in German speaking countries put their focus of a comparison with insights from anti-Semitism-studies. All of these comparative approaches to investigating Islamophobia entailed not only serious questions of the possibilities and borders of comparing these phenomena, but also heavy reactions in public debates linked to the collective memory of the Holocaust, modern anti-Semitism and the history of slavery and colonialism.

This conference aims not only to reflect these public debates and their inherent implications, but also to bring together divergent approaches to the study of Islamophobia as well as to a comparative approach in Islamophobia Studies. Case studies as well as theoretical reflections are welcomed. Submit a 300 word abstract and a 50 word short biography (to be used for advertising materials) to Dr. Farid Hafez at fh2300@columbia.edu

Conference Deadlines:

Abstract Deadline: June 10th, 2014
Acceptance Letters: July 10th, 2014
Final Paper Submission Deadline: August 30th, 2014 Final Program September 15th, 2014

Registration:
Links: UC Berkeley Islamophobia Con, Jahrbuch für Islamophobieforschung

Venue: University of Salzburg, Rudolfskai 42, A-5020 Salzburg (details and possible funding for coverage of stay following).

Papers presented at the conference will have the possibility of being published.

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Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE)

Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE)

Religious Affiliation in Europe – an Empirical Problem

The role of religion in European societies has become a prominent topic of public and academic debate. In the context of contemporary European societies questions concerning religion figure large when it comes to identities and social integration. The role of the different Christian traditions, the degree of secularization and the status of more recently immigrated religious minorities, especially of Muslims, are contested.
Consequently, statistics on religious affiliation are frequently used (or mis-used) as political arguments. Data on religious affiliation are regularly brought forward in debates about the strength, predominance and acceptance of various religious groups.

Despite the growing importance of this statistical information, social science research has thus far paid little attention to the question of religious affiliation and its precise measurement. In fact, social scientists (as well as politicians) use figures on religious affiliation which, to the surprise of an empirically minded researcher, vary greatly. Moreover, for Europe as a whole as for important European countries such as France and Great Britain it is currently impossible to give reliable figures on the religious affiliation of its population.

The Swiss Metadatabase of Religious Affiliation in Europe (SMRE) has been set up to change this situation. Over the course of three years, data from a wide range of sources have been collected by two researchers from the University of Lucerne. These data were integrated into a new database designed especially for this purpose. The SMRE-base is part of the subproject #4 of the university research program Religion und gesellschaftliche Integration in Europa (REGIE) at the University of Lucerne, which funded its first phase of development. The new metadatabase includes statistics on religious affiliation for 42 European countries (including Turkey) covering two periods of reporting, namely 2000 (1996-2005) and 2010 (2006-2015).

The following pages introduce you to the project, its metadatabase and the essential findings from a first comparative analysis of our data.

http://www.smre-data.ch/

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