PhD position Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life, University of Groningen, The Netherlands

PhD position Mecca in Morocco: Negotiating the Meanings of Hajj in Everday Life

(vacancy number: 214261) University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Job description

The research project consists of extensive ethnographic fieldwork in Morocco to investigate the meanings and sociocultural embeddedness of pilgrimage to Mecca in contemporary Moroccan society.
The PhD study is one of the subprojects in a larger NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Researchl) funded cooperation between the University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam for a project that studies modern articulations of pilgrimage to Mecca (Hajj/Umra).
Approaching pilgrimage from the perspective of ‘lived religion’, the project in which the PhD student will participate addresses the question how references to religiosity, social identifications and self-identity in personal pilgrimage accounts reflect the ways in which the habitus of narrators is informed by various cultural discourses simultaneously.

The PhD student is expected:

* to have an excellent master’s diploma (preferably a Research master) in Cultural Anthropology or another relevant discipline (by 1 November 2014 at latest)

* ample experience with ethnographic fieldwork

* to be ambitious, highly motivated and wishing to make a career in research

* to be fluent in English (both oral and written)

* to have an excellent profiency in (oral) Arabic, preferably the Moroccan-Arabic dialect

* to be able and willing to work in an interdisciplinary environment

* to have the abilities to finish the PhD thesis in four years; i.e. good skills in planning, taking initiatives, academic writing.

For more information, please contact:

dr. Marjo Buitelaar:

(please do not use for applications)

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Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa: Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives

Religion and AIDS Treatment in Africa:
Saving Souls, Prolonging Lives
Edited by Rijk van Dijk, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt and Thera Rasing

Ashgate September 2014

This book critically interrogates emerging intertconnections between religion and biomedicine in Africa in the era of antiretroviral treatment for AIDS. Highlighting the complex relationships between religious ideologies, practices and organizations on the one hand, and biomedical treatment programmes and the scientific languages and public health institutions that sustain them on the other, this anthology charts largely uncovered terrain in the social science study of the Aids epidemic.

Spanning different regions of Africa, the authors offer unique access to issues at the interface of religion and medical humanitarianism and the manifold therapeutic traditions, religious practices and moralities as they co-evolve in situations of AIDS treatment. This book also sheds new light on how religious spaces are formed in response to the dilemmas people face with the introduction of life-prolonging treatment programmes.

Contents: Introduction: religion and AIDS-treatment in Africa: the redemptive moment, Hansjörg Dilger, Marian Burchardt and Rijk van Dijk.
Part I Agency, Subjectivity, and Authority: Fashioning selves and fashioning styles: negotiating the personal and the rhetorical in the experiences of African recipients of ARV treatment, Felicitas Becker; The logic of therapeutic habitus: culture, religion and biomedical AIDS treatments in South Africa, Marian Burchardt; ‘A blessing in disguise’:
the art of surviving HIV/AIDS as a member of the Zionist Christian Church in South Africa, Bjarke Oxlund; ‘God has again remembered us!’:
Christian identity and men’s attitudes to antiretroviral therapy in Zambia, Anthony Simpson. Part II Contesting Therapeutic Domains and
Practices: Prophetic medicine, antiretrovirals, and the therapeutic economy of HIV in northern Nigeria, Jack Ume Tocco; ‘Silent nights, anointing days’: post-HIV test religious experiences in Ghana, Benjamin Kobina Kwansa; The blood of Jesus and CD4 counts: dreaming, developing and navigating therapeutic options for curing HIV/AIDS in Tanzania, Dominik Mattes. Part III Emergent Organizational Forms in Times of ART: Societal dynamics, state relations, and international connections:
influences on Ghanaian and Zambian church mobilization in AIDS treatment, Amy S. Patterson; The role of religious institutions in the district-level governance of anti-retroviral treatment in western Uganda, A.M.J. Leusenkamp; Negotiating holistic care with the ‘rules’ of ARV treatment in a Catholic community-based organization in Kampala, Louise Mubanda Rasmussen; Notions of efficacy around a Chinese medicinal
plant: Artemesia annua – an innovative AIDS therapy in Tanzania, Caroline Meier zu Biesen; Index.

About the Editor: Rijk van Dijk is an anthropologist working at the African Studies Centre, Leiden and a professor in the study of religion and sexuality in Africa at the University of Amsterdam. He is an expert on Pentecostalism, globalization & transnationalism, migration, youth, and healing. He has done extensive research and published on the rise of Pentecostal movements in urban areas of Malawi, Ghana and Botswana. He is the author of Young Malawian Puritans (Utrecht, ISOR Press, 1993) and has co-edited 7 books. With Ria Reis and Marja Spierenburg he co-edited The Quest for Fruition through Ngoma (Oxford, James Currey 2000) and with Wim van Binsbergen Situating Globality. African Agency in the Appropriation of Global Culture (Leiden, Brill 2004). His current research deals with the religious, in particular Pentecostal, engagements with the domains of sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Botswana. Recently published articles entitled ‘Gloves in times of AIDS:
Pentecostalism, Hair and Social Distancing in Botswana’ (In: F. Becker ; P.W. Geissler (eds) Aids and Religious Practice in Africa, Leiden /
Boston: Brill, Studies on Religion in Africa, 2009) and ‘Marriage, commodification and the romantic ethic in Botswana.’ (In: Marleen Dekker & Rijk van Dijk (eds) Markets of Well-being. Navigating Health and Healing in Africa, Leiden: Brill, African Dynamics Series No. 9, 2010) are dealing with insights gained from this ongoing research. He is also the chair of the International Research Network on religion and Aids in Africa. In addition, he is the Editor-in-chief of the newly established journal African Diaspora. A Journal of Transnational Africa in a Global World which is published by Brill, Leiden, as of 2008.

Hansjörg Dilger is a Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Freie Universität Berlin. He has conducted long-term fieldwork on HIV/AIDS and social relations in Tanzania, focusing on the dynamics of kinship and Neo-Pentecostalism in the context of rural-urban migration, as well as on the identity politics and the limitations of collective action in urban NGOs. Dilger is author of the book Living with Aids:
Illness, Death and Social Relationships in Africa (Frankfurt 2005; in German). He is also co-editor of the volume Morality, Hope and Grief:
Anthropologies of AIDS in Africa (Oxford 2010; with Ute Luig). His articles were published in Anthropological Quarterly, African Journal of Aids Research, Journal of Religion in Africa, Medical Anthropology and Africa Today. Dilger’s current book project is about Christian and Muslim Schools in Dar es Salaam. He is a member of the steering committee of the Research Network Religion and AIDS in Africa.

Marian Burchardt is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. His PhD, which he received from the University of Leipzig’s Cultural Studies Department, explores the entanglements of religion, biomedicine and sexuality in South Africa’s fight against HIV/AIDS from a transnational perspective. His research interests include the sociology and anthropology of religion, modern social thought, medical anthropology, the sociology of the body, transnationalism and globalization. His articles appeared, among others, in Oxford Development Studies and Culture, Health and Sexuality. One of his recent publications is ‘Subjects of Counselling: Religion, HIV/AIDS and the Management of Everyday Life in South Africa’, in AIDS and Religious Practices in Africa, edited by Becker and Geissler.

Thera Rasing (PhD. 2001, Erasmus University Rotterdam) studied Anthropology (specialised in Religious Anthropology) and Women and Development, both at the Free University, Amsterdam. Since 1992 she has conducted extensive research on female initiation rites and wedding ceremonies, gender relations, sexuality, traditional and Christian religion, urbanization, globalisation and HIV/AIDS in Zambia. From 1995 to 2001 she was affiliated to the African Studies Centre, Leiden, The Netherlands. She worked as Lecturer at the University of Amsterdam and as Senior Lecturer at the Catholic University Malawi, both at the Department of Anthropology. From 2005 to 2011 she was Senior Lecturer at the Gender Studies Department at the University of Zambia, and was the Head of the Gender Studies Department for two years. She is currently working as researcher at the Ministry of Community Development Mother and Child Health in Zambia. Her main publications are: The Bush Burnt, the Stones Remain: Female initiation rites in urban Zambia (2001) and The persistence of female initiation rites: Reflexivity and resilience of women in Zambia (2004).

Reviews: ‘In the early days of the HIV epidemic on the African continent, anthropologists studied how religion provided healing and care to AIDS patients in the quasi-absence of medical treatment. As antiretroviral drugs become increasingly available and biomedicine reclaims its therapeutic role, the authors of this remarkable series of ethnographical investigations reverse the perspective and ask a fascinating question: what does this massive and effective treatment do to religion, and how does prolonging the lives affect the religious imagination?’
Didier Fassin, Institute for Advanced Study, USA and author of Humanitarian Reason. A Moral History of the Present _______________________________________________

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New Technologies and Religious Communities

The Center for the Study of Information and Religion in Kent State’s School of Library and Information Science welcomes abstracts for consideration for its fifth annual Conference on Information and Religion, scheduled for June 4 and 5, 2015, at Kent State University.

The conference theme is “New Technologies and Religious Communities.”
David Michels, Head of Public Services at the Sir James Dunn Law Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, will present the keynote address.

Technology offers new resources that impact preaching by integrating multimedia in worship, expanding outreach through streaming services and podcasts, and providing live feedback through tools such as Twitter/chat. The life of religious communities is also impacted by new communication technologies that blur the boundaries of local and remote participation and challenge traditional ideas of koinonia. Our keynote speaker and participants will explore these issues and others.

This call for proposals seeks original contributions in all areas related to information and religion. The conference theme invites participants to share their work in a variety of areas that might be called intersections of technology with religion and information. Topics that might be addressed include but are not limited to the following:

- Uses of information technology and/or social media in preaching, ministry and the life of the religious community as a whole – including (but not limited to) worship, children’s and youth ministries, organizational management, record-keeping, operation of religious libraries;
- Privacy and security issues in information management or social media applications for religious organizations; – Uses of information by members of religious communities
- Uses of information to add value to membership in a religious organization;
- The application of information science/management principles for efficient, timely, and accurate research; – Dissemination of information by religious organizations;
- Auto-ethnography as a research method in religious organizations;
- The use of investigative or observational research and its impact on the religious service;
- Information in its application to clergy and congregations as communities of practice.
- Prospective participants are encouraged to submit abstracts that report on recent research and scholarship. Contributions to this call for papers should not have been previously published. There are no restrictions on research methodology.


Oct. 1, 2014: Deadline to submit abstracts – Go to and click on the “Submit Event” link.

Nov. 15, 2014: Notification of acceptance

May 1, 2015: Deadline to submit final, completed papers in order for them to be considered for publication in ASIR: Advances in the Study of Information and Religion.

Papers must be in proper APA style. Additional details regarding submission of full papers will be sent to those whose abstracts are accepted for conference presentation. Once selected, presenters are responsible for their own expenses related to the conference, including but not limited to registration fees, lodging, transportation and meals.


For more information, please contact Dr. Don Wicks (, Director of CSIR, or Dr. Dan Roland (, CSIR Primary Researcher.

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Faculty Position Available

The Department of Religious Studies at the College of Charleston invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professorship, to begin August 16, 2015. We seek a candidate with a PhD degree in Religious Studies or a related discipline, with specialization in African American religions and religions of the American South; the ability to teach religions of Africa or the African Diaspora, such as Afro-Cuban-Caribbean religions, will also be considered. Candidates should have competence in current theories on religion, race, gender, and ethnicity, with some preference for training in ethnography and fieldwork. A PhD by August 2015 in Religious Studies or a closely related discipline is required. Apply online at Bjerken. Screening begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. Preliminary interviews will be held at the AAR Annual Meeting in San Diego.

The College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of historic Charleston, SC. Since our founding in 1770, we have maintained a strong liberal arts curriculum. The College is a state-supported, comprehensive institution and ranks among the nation’s top universities in providing quality education in the arts, sciences, education, and business. No other university has the unique combination of our exceptional faculty, diverse programs, historic campus, coastal location, modern facilities and cutting-edge programs. The student body numbers approximately 12,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs combined.

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Assistant Professor in Global Christianity, University of California, Riverside

Assistant Professor in Global Christianity (University of California, Riverside) Job #JPF0019

College of Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences – Religious Studies Recruitment Period Open Aug 29, 2014 through Jun 30, 2015 Next review date: October 15th, 2014 Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee


UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE – The Department of Religious Studies invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment beginning July 1, 2015 at the rank of Assistant Professor for a specialist in the study of Global Christianity. The department welcomes applicants who engage in a cross-cultural or comparative frame and specialize in one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the United States. Candidates should be grounded in theoretical issues regarding the study of religion. Training in race and ethnic studies, gender studies, and/or post-colonial studies is desirable. Candidates must demonstrate expertise in the relevant research languages. They must also combine their research interests with questions of theory and method. Please upload to this system in PDF format a cover letter, 3 letters of recommendation, CV, and a writing sample no longer than 25 pages. If so desired, you may also submit student teaching evaluations, additional reference letters, or other relevant documents in the miscellaneous space provided in AP Recruit. ABD candidates may apply, but a Ph.D. is required at time of appointment. This position is open till filled. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2014.

For questions regarding the position please feel to contact Dr. Michael Alexander, search Committee Chair, at


Applicants who use Interfolio may utilize a feature provided by the Interfolio Service to allow Interfolio to upload their letters directly into AP Recruit without bothering the letter writer. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer’s email address. Interfolio refers to this as online application deliveries. The following link on the Interfolio website shows how to set this up:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Learn More

More information about this recruitment:



- Curriculum Vitae – Please include your most recently updated C.V. – Cover Letter – Please include a cover letter
- Writing Sample – Please contain your sample to no more than 25 pages long – Teaching Evaluations – If you so desire, this is an optional space (Optional)
- Misc / Additional – If you so desire, you may add optional relevant material here (Optional)


3-5 letters of reference required

How to apply

- Create an ApplicantID
- Provide required information and documents
- If any, provide required reference information

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Religion, Diversity and Governance – AASR 2014 Conference – Registration now open

3-5 December 2014: Religion, Diversity and Governance

Registration is now open for the annual conference of the Australian Association for the Study of Religion, hosted in partnership with the Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Deakin University, Religion and Society Research Centre at the University of Western Sydney and the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry at the Australian Catholic University.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Lori G. Beaman, University of Ottawa

Professor Gary D. Bouma, Monash University

Professor Matthew Clarke, Deakin University

Dr Cathy Byrne, Southern Cross University

3-5 December 2014 | Deakin University Melbourne City Centre | Find out more and register

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Grant funding opportunity

The Science of Hope and Optimism Funding Initiative

We are pleased to announce a $1.4 million funding initiative for new research in the social sciences on hope and optimism. We encourage proposals for research using a variety of methods from new and established scientists on these topics. We especially welcome applications from researchers in cognitive, developmental, personality, health and social psychology, as well as sociology. Interdisciplinary teams that include members from cognate areas – e.g. cognitive science, anthropology, nursing, and biology – are encouraged though not required.

We invite requests for non-residential funding (between $50,000 and $250,000) for projects not to exceed two years in duration. For more information, including details on research questions, deadlines, eligibility requirements, and application instructions please visit the project website:

Letter of Intent deadline: November 1, 2014.

This funding initiative is part of Hope & Optimism: Conceptual and Empirical Investigations, a $4.5 million research initiative funded by a generous grant from The John Templeton Foundation, as well as by the University of Notre Dame and Cornell University.

Contact: hope.

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Call: Law, Disability, Religion

Call for proposals: “Law, Religion and Disability”

Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

The relationship of law, religion and disability is complex, emerging and still in development as a research area. Scholarship on religion and disability has included feminist reflections regarding religion and disability (e.g. Minister 2013) and analysis of the physical isolation that can result in congregations where accommodations are made but without reflection on the communal aspects of integration (Eiesland 1994). Further, health care providers working with disabled individuals negotiate and navigate their own religious identities in their professional sphere (Bray, Egan and Beagan 2012). Legal advancement within the disability movement has produced results such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Public and policy challenges remain highly contested and disability advocates reflect on the limitations of existing policy as well as the challenge of the application of these policies (e.g. Prince 2012; Johner 2013).

We are seeking articles that articulate the diverse perspectives of disability studies as it relates both to law and religion. There are multiple ways the religion, law and disability intersect with one another. The special issue intends to explore overlapping themes in dialogue to reflect on the current discourse about disability, disabled identities and its interconnections with law and religion.

Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:

· What social, cultural or religious norms have created exclusive or inclusive environments? E.g. What constraints might the Quebec Charter of Values have created for individuals at the intersection of religion and disabled identities?

· Religious individuals and organizations face challenges regarding the theological debates regarding inclusivity versus exclusivity in the accommodation of disabled individuals. What are some of the challenges of negotiating theological doctrine and what are the nuances made possible through theology regarding disability?

· How is disability taught or not taught, in schools or within religious institutions? What are the policies in the education system regarding disability and what challenges are ongoing regarding education and disability?

· How do religious organizations and law respond to disability within a health framework? What challenges are faced by healthcare workers who are religiously identified or disabled? In what ways are religion, law and disability or disabled identities negotiated?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of law, religious studies and disability studies, as well as submissions from outside those fields. Proposals should be no more than 2 pages in length (single spaced) and should include: theoretical and methodological approach; central thesis or argument; and data used within article (i.e. legislation, doctrine). Proposals must be submitted to Ravi Malhotra (Ravi.Malhotra) and Heather Shipley (hshipley) by September 30, 2014. Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2014 and final submissions will be due January 30, 2015. Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words, using the Turabian style guide (16th Edition) or another recognized citation style. All final articles will be subject to the peer-review process. Publication is conditional on reviewer reports. As per Canadian Journal of Disability Studies policies, all methods and methodologies and disciplines are welcome, as are submissions in French or English. This CFP additionally invites perspectives on religion from across traditions, and legal perspectives from outside of Canada or North America.

Law Religion CJDS CFP.pdf

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Sexualities Special Section – Sexuality & Religion

Dear All,

You may be interested in the Special Issue of ‘Sexuality and Religion’, available here with contents copied below:

Yvette Taylor and Ria Snowdon

Introduction to the special issue: Sexuality and religion: ‘International’ and ‘early career’ perspectives

Sexualities September 2014 17: 509-511

Heather Shipley

Religious and sexual orientation intersections in education and media: A Canadian perspective

Sexualities September 2014 17: 512-528

Sibylle Lustenberger

Questions of belonging: Same-sex parenthood and Judaism in transformation

Sexualities September 2014 17: 529-545

Alex Toft

Re-imagining bisexuality and Christianity: The negotiation of Christianity in the lives of bisexual women and men

Sexualities September 2014 17: 546-564

Stephen E Gregg

Queer Jesus, straight angels: Complicating ‘sexuality’ and ‘religion’ in the International Raëlian Movement

Sexualities September 2014 17: 565-582

Calogero Giametta

‘Rescued’ subjects: The question of religiosity for non-heteronormative asylum seekers in the UK

Sexualities September 2014 17: 583-599

Joseph N Goh

Fracturing interwoven heteronormativities in Malaysian Malay-Muslim masculinity: A research note

Sexualities September 2014 17: 600-617

Wim Peumans

Queer Muslim migrants in Belgium: A research note on same-sex sexualities and lived religion

Sexualities September 2014 17: 618-631,

Professor Yvette Taylor

Head of the Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research

London South Bank University

103 Borough Road

London, SE1 OAA

Queering Religion, Religious Queers

Fitting Into Place? Class and Gender Geographies and Temporalities

Follow us on twitter: @WeeksCentre


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Special Issue Dedicated to Dr. Roy Simon Bryce-La Porte

WADABAGEI: A Journal of the Caribbean and its Global Diasporas  Vol. 15 : 1-2

30th Anniversary of Caribbean Research Center
Medgar Evers College, CUNY



Wadabagei, the premier journal of the Caribbean and its Global Diasporas, in memory of the world renowned Caribbeanist, Diasporic and immigration scholar, announces a special volume dedicated to the memory of Dr. Roy Simon Bryce La Porte. The volume is due to be released in October, 2014.Articles engage some theoretical or practical aspects of Caribbean immigration and transnationalism.  Wadabagei is a multidisciplinary journal that publishes work on the Caribbean and the Caribbean Diasporas from diverse perspectives in the humanities and social sciences.

Foreword by J A George Irish, Editor-in-Chief:

Wadabagei is proud to dedicate this special commemorative issue to the academic legacy of our colleague and friend, Roy Simon Bryce-Laporte, a founding member of the Editorial Board for fifteen years. In recognition of his distinguished career as a pioneer in the field of Caribbean immigration studies and African American studies, the Caribbean Research Center organized a symposium on the history and future of Caribbean migration in honor of Professor Bryce-Laporte at Medgar Evers College on November 17, 2001.

This issue, thirteen years later, brings together scholars who have worked closely with Roy, or who have studied under his tutelage, or have been impacted by his scholarship in their respective careers. Wendell Bell’s profound and touching Introduction is a noble tribute to a man of distinction and scholarly integrity with whom he shared precious experiences in the early struggles for the recognition and development of African American Studies not just at Yale, but nationwide.

Aubrey Bonnett of SUNY Old Westbury and Constance Sutton of NYU, great friends of Roy, look at two major aspects of the Caribbean socio-cultural reality of recent times – the evolution of a post colonial political culture in the Caribbean from the dramatic and sensitive years of nascent nationhood and black consciousness of the sixties to the present on one hand and, on the other, a “mapping of circum-Caribbean linkages and their role in the growth of new forms of a  trans-Caribbean racialized, gendered, and diasporic historical consciousness.”

Jualynne E. Dodson of Michigan State University addresses Roy’s unwavering scholarly interest in women, power and the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Samana, Dominican Republic, her encounter with Bryce during her early years as a graduate student and budding scholar, and his nagging inspiration to her  eventual pursuit of that aspect of Caribbean migration.

Kamille A. Gentles-Peart of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) focuses attention on women, but not in the Caribbean region; rather, she deals with the provocative question of West Indian women, difference and cultural citizenship in the U.S.

Ishtar Govia of UWI and University of Michigan connections, explores an even more contemporary issue of return migration and health issues, defining a methodological approach to social concerns of this nature that, as yet, may still have limited documentation, but major social import in terms of migration dynamics and inequities.

Together, these authors raise questions that Bryce-Laporte himself would have loved to take up in his heyday. They are a fitting tribute to a valiant warrior who blazed a pioneer’s trail and left us an enduring legacy of social awareness, commitment and exemplary scholarship.


Dr. Roy Simon Bryce-La Porte was born and raised in Panama, where he attended the University of Panama. He also studied at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the University of Puerto Rico, and UCLA, where he completed his Ph.D. in sociology. He taught at Hunter College-CUNY and Yale, where he founded on of the first departments of African-American studies. After Yale, Bryce-Laporte taught at a variety of institutions including College of Staten Island-CUNY, Syracuse University, Catholic University of America, Howard University, University of Pennsylvania, and Colorado College. He was the founding director of Smithsonian Institution’s Research Institute on Immigration and Ethnic Studies. In 1989, Bryce-Laporte joined the faculty at Colgate University as John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, and director of its Africana and Latin American studies program. He specialized in a variety of courses on migrations and diaspora studies, such as International Migration, U.S. Immigration and Immigrants; Black Communities in Contemporary America; Total Institutions: the World of the Confined; and The Black Diaspora.

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CFA for 34 NASP/GSSPS Ph.D. Scholarships

The Calls for 34 NASP/GSSPS
Ph.D. positions with scholarships


Deadline for
submitting your application is September 30th 2014

Ph.D. in Economic Sociology and Labour Studies – ESLS Ph.D. – 13 Scholarships

Ph.D. in Political Studies – POLS Ph.D. – 14 Scholarships

Ph.D. in Sociology and Methodology of Social Research – SOMET Ph.D. – 7 Scholarships

NASP involves a network of universities in Northern Italy: Brescia, Università Cattolica, Genova, Milano, Milano-Bicocca, Pavia, Piemonte Orientale and Torino. NASP is based at the Graduate School in Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (GSSPS).

Ph.D. students will be admitted ONLY WITH SCHOLARSHIPS. Admission to Ph.D. Programmes is based on qualifications and interviews. The Ph.D. Programmes, fully taught in English, promote international exchanges with top European research institutions and offer quality teaching at international level. The beginning of teaching activities is scheduled in November 2014.

Since the University of Milan is a Public University, applications must be submitted as the Official Call for Application prescribes, otherwise applications will not be considered valid.

The Calls for Application are available in Italian and English. To see how to apply, the list of required documents, how to submit your application and for information on the selection procedures please check the following link:

GSSPS website main page:

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New Book: American Jewish Year Book 2013

American Jewish Year Book 2013

The Annual Record of the North American Jewish Communities

Series: American Jewish Year Book, Vol. 113

Editors: Arnold Dashefsky, Ira Sheskin

  • Presents continuation of a century-old reference work
  • Provides access to major review articles written by prominent academicians and practitioners
  • Cited in the Statistical Abstract of the United States and the World Almanac and the Book of Facts

This book, in its 113th year, provides insight into major trends in the North American Jewish community, examining Jewish education, New York Jewry, national and Jewish communal affairs, and the US and world Jewish population. It also acts as an important resource with its lists of Jewish Institutions, Jewish periodicals, and academic resources as well as Jewish honorees, obituaries, and major recent events. It should prove useful to social scientists and historians of the American Jewish community, Jewish communal workers, and the press, among others. 

For more than a century, the American Jewish Year Book has remained and continues to serve, even in the Internet age, as the leading reference work on contemporary Jewish life. This year’s volume, with its special reports on Jewish education and  the New York community and its updates on Jewish population statistics, Jewish institutions, and the major Jewish figures who passed in the year past, continues this splendid tradition.

Pamela S. Nadell, Chair, Department of History, American University and Co-editor, Making Women’s Histories: Beyond National Perspectives

The 2013 volume of the American Jewish Year Book impressively demonstrates that Arnold Dashefsky and Ira Sheskin have restored this important resource in all its former glory.

Bruce A. Phillips, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, Los Angeles

Having a current American Jewish Year Book on my shelf is like having a panel of experts on American Jewish life at the ready, prepared to give me thoughtful, accurate answers and observations on the key issues, trends and statistics that define our continental Jewish community today. Well into its second century, the American Jewish Year Book continues to be an essential resource for serious leaders, practitioners and students who seek to ground their work in solid research and up-to-date data.

Jacob Solomon, Greater Miami Jewish Federation President and CEO

Content Level » Research

Related subjects » Population StudiesReligious Studies

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New Book: Cross-cultural Dialogue on the Virtues: The Contribution of Fethullah Gülen

Cross-cultural Dialogue on the Virtues: The Contribution of Fethullah Gülen

Series: SpringerBriefs in Religious Studies, Vol. 1

Author: Trudy D. Conway

  • Explores the development of the influential worldwide Hizmet movement inspired by the Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen
  • Focuses on a study of the core virtues of the Hizmet movement and the role they played in developing a worldwide network of educational, charitable, service and dialogue initiatives
  • Presents a comparative study of Gülen’s account of the virtues in dialogue with prominent thinkers of the Western philosophical tradition and the religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism

This book explores the development of the influential worldwide Hizmet movement inspired by the Turkish scholar Fethullah Gülen, known for his moderate Islamic emphasis on peaceful relations among diverse people. It provides a detailed study of Gülen’s account of the virtues and argues that they provide the key to understanding this thinker and the movement he inspired, from its initial establishment of hospitality houses through the growth of worldwide schools, hospitals, media outlets, charitable associations and dialogue centers.

The book analyzes the distinctive virtues that shaped the Hizmet movement’s ethos as well as continue to sustain its expansive energy, from the core virtues of tolerance, hospitality, compassion and charity to a host of related virtues, including wisdom, humility, mildness, patience, mercy, integrity and hope. It also examines the Islamic and Sufi roots of Gülen’s understanding of the virtues as well as presents a comparative study of Gülen’s account of the virtues in dialogue with prominent thinkers of the Western philosophical tradition and the religious traditions of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.

The Hizmet movement provides living witness to the power and efficacy of tolerance, dialogue and peaceful relations among diverse people. This book offers an insightful portrait of the core virtues of this movement and the scholar who fully explored them within his writing. It will appeal to readers interested in virtue ethics, character education, cross-cultural studies, interfaith dialogue and the role of moderate Islam today.

Content Level » Research

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RSRC Public Lecture: Prof Marion Maddox

The University of Western Sydney’s Religion and Society Research Centre invites you to attend a Public Lecture:

“The Fourth R: What is the place of religion in Australia’s ‘free, compulsory and secular’ schools?”

Speaker: Prof Marion Maddox, Macquarie University

Date: Tuesday, 07 October 2014

Time: 1:30 am – 3:30 pm

Venue: Bankstown Campus, Building 1, Room 1.117

RSVP to j.fishman by Wednesday, 01 October 2014 (for catering purposes)


By 1880, all Australian colonies had passed legislation guaranteeing their children ‘secular’ education and ending all public funding to religious schools.

Today, fewer Australians attend church or identify with a religion. However, more than one-third of Australian students attend private schools, over 90% of which are Christian, and which receive ever-increasing government funding. Meanwhile, religious activities in public schools take numerous forms.

How should schools in multicultural, multifaith Australia handle the "Fourth R"?

Marion Maddox is a Professor of Politics and ARC Future Fellow at Macquarie University. Her books include God Under Howard: The Rise of the Religious Right in Australian Politics (2005) and Taking God to School: The End of Australia’s Egalitarian Education? (2014).

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Religions and Secularities in the Caucasus: New Configurations

Conference in Tbilisi, June 1-2, 2015

Call for Papers

This international conference will be dedicated to the reconfiguration of the religious and the secular in both North and South Caucasus within a quarter of century since the collapse of Soviet Union. These years have witnessed, on the one hand, new forms of religiosity and religious instrumentalization in politics, and, on the other hand, the reshaping of the discourses and practices of secularity. As in other parts of the world, in the Caucasus, the “religious” and the “secular” came to be perceived as the two opposed ideological paradigms, while in practice the boundaries between them have been unfixed and movable, both in the public and the private spaces.

The State has been central in all these processes – we mean here independent states, autonomous republics of Russia, and the de-facto break-away states. The State determined the ways of using religion as a source of legitimation, thus promoting de-secularization; it sought ways of managing religious diversity; and it worked, at the same time, to redefine and to institutionalize secularity. The role of the State was therefore ambiguous, and this might attend to the frictions between various political elites. Yet this ambiguity also reflected the larger social developments “from below” animated by various actors and social groups, who served as agents of either revitalized religiosity or secularity, or a more complex combination of religious sensitivity with secular habitus.

The conference will look at changes of religious landscape in the Caucasus through the lens of the common Russian/Soviet legacy which largely defined the forms of both religion and secularity as they were shaped in the last decades. In spite of this common legacy, however, the developments have been very different in various parts of the region. The conference will also explore the relationship between the local processes and the larger regional or even global trends, in view of the growing interconnectedness that affect the Caucasian landscape.

The possible themes may include, among others:

Ø Religion and secularity as resources of political legitimation and of Realpolitik;

Ø Institutional arrangements of religion and religious diversity, and their evolution;

Ø Legal pluralism accommodating religious traditions;

Ø Regulation of religious presence in the public sphere;

Ø Overlapping, partnership and conflicts between religious and public institutions (administration, education, etc.);

Ø Differences of secular/religious divide on national and local levels;

Ø Public debates about religion and secularity;

Ø Traditional religious institutions and lay religious initiatives;

Ø Faith-based organizations and movements as new agents in the civil society;

Ø Transnational and international influences in shaping religion and secularity.

The disciplines welcomed are sociology, anthropology, political science and religious studies.

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The conference will be held on June 1-2, 2015, at Ilia University, Tbilisi. The deadline of submitting paper proposals (about 250-300 words accompanied by a short CV) is December 1st, 2014. The authors of accepted proposals will be notified by January 15th, 2015. Please send your proposals and queries to the conference email: religion.caucasus

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The conference will be supported by the project CASCADES, in collaboration with the project ISSECEU, both within the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission, and the Ilia University, Tbilisi. The organizers will provide travel and accommodation support for selected participants.

Organizers: Alexander Agadjanian, Sophia Zviadadze, Silvia Serrano

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