Category Archives: Professional Development

Post-Doc in Jewish-Islamic Studies

Dear colleagues,

The Jewish Museum Berlin invites applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the framework of our Jewish-Islamic Forum. For more information visit

Best regards,


Dr. Yasemin Shooman
Head of Academy Programs      
W. Michael Blumenthal Academy of the Jewish Museum Berlin
Jewish Museum Berlin
Lindenstraße 9-14
10969 Berlin
Tel. +49 (030) 25993-379 | E-Mail:

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | Call for Students and Scholars

Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations is glad to announce the 9th Istanbul Seminars, to be held on 24-28 May 2016 at the Istanbul Bilgi University. This email is to announce that applications are open for students and young scholars

Istanbul Seminars 2016 | 24-28 May 2016
Religion, Rights and the Public Sphere
Whereas religiously inspired social movements, political parties, institutions of charity make an important contribution to society in terms of civil life and social cohesion, every religion can also play a negative role in radicalizing identities, in making compromises more difficult, in provoking violence and wars. That religious traditions risk to be a double-edged sword is today particularly evident in the Muslim world, where democratization and modernization processes risk to be obliterated by radical Islam, terrorism, the escalation of the Shia-Sunni conflict. This rises important questions with regard to what makes religions contribute to the foundations and legitimacy of democracy and why, on the contrary, at times religions turn to be source of extremism and intolerance. What is the connection between religious radicalism and the colonial and postcolonial legacy? Is radical Islam a consequence of imposed and fragile state-building processes confiscated by secular authoritarian regimes or vice versa? Can it be explained by the collapse of nationalist and socialist ideologies or by underdevelopment and inequalities? Do religious doctrines bring forth the radicalization of identities quite autonomously and independently from the political and social context? Accordingly, the Istanbul Seminars ’16 will discuss how much religious pluralism is a matter of politics, law and economy and to what extent it is also a matter of theology.

Among the confirmed speakers so far: Mustafa Akyol, Zygmunt Bauman, Rajeev Bhargava, Seyla Benhabib, Manuel Castells, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Mohd Eiadat, Alessandro Ferrara, Silvio Ferrari, Nilüfer Göle, Peter Gordon, Amr Hamzawy, Elisabeth Shakman Hurd, Aleksandra Kania, Cristina Lafont, Ebrahim Moosa, Fabio Petito, David Rasmussen, Olivier Roy, Saskia Sassen, Richard Sennett, Ananya Vajpeyi, Michael Walzer (in video), Patrick Weil, Boyan Znepolski and many more.

Executive Committee of the Istanbul Seminars: Asaf Savaş Akat, Seyla Benhabib, Giancarlo Bosetti, Alessandro Ferrara, Abdou Filali-Ansary, Nina zu Fürstenberg, Nilüfer Göle, Ferda Keskin, David Rasmussen


Grants and enrollment:
As usual, there is no fee of attendance. Reset-Dialogues does not arrange travel and accommodation for participants, but is happy to provide information and support through its website. A limited number of small grants (up to 300 euros) for Undergraduates, Graduates, PhDs and Post PhDs, is available.

Granted applicants are required to attend the whole program 24-28 May.

The application deadline to apply for a grant is the 8th of April 2016. Applicants asking for a grant will be notified regarding the selection by April 15th.
The enrollment deadline to apply without asking for a grant is 15th May 2016.

A daily free lunch ticket to be spent at the Campus Cafeteria will be provided to all granted participants and to all enrolled participants.

Working groups:
Both granted students/scholars and not granted enrolled participants may ask for being part of the discussion working groups. Participants involved in the working groups will receive some reading material by April 30th. Each working group will discuss the preliminary readings and the speeches given by the Speakers. At the end of the program each working group will present the results to the audience. Working groups meet daily at the end of the sessions, for about one hour. Involvement in the working groups is not compulsory, but welcome.

Check regularly for updates

This event is organized and cosponsored by Reset-Dialogues on Civilizations and Istanbul Bilgi University

Intensive Training Programme: Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Research Methods in the Study of Religion

Intensive Training Programme, 8th-11th March 2016

Canterbury, Kent

We are pleased to announce that the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Kent is again offering its annual intensive methods training programme which is open to doctoral researchers based at any university within the EU. The sessions will run at the Canterbury Cathedral Lodge conference centre, in the grounds of Canterbury Cathedral, and will cover:

  • Key elements of research design
  • The politics and ethics of research

  • The role of social theory in social research

  • Rigour and validity in research

  • Public engagement with research on religion

  • Conceptualising religion for research

  • Conducting research interviews

* Ethnographic research

  • Using visual methods
  • Researching religion and media

  • Researching objects and spaces

  • Reflexivity and the role of the researcher’s ‘self’

  • The process of research supervision

  • Sessions will be delivered by researchers who have engaged with these issues specifically in the context of research on religion. Confirmed speakers are: Prof Gordon Lynch, Dr Abby Day and Dr Anna Strhan (University of Kent), Dr Jasjit Singh (University of Leeds), Dr Steph Berns (University of Lancaster), Dr Ruth Sheldon (Birkbeck College) and Dr Katherine Robinson (Goldsmiths)

    This is the fifth year that this programme has been run with more than 70 doctoral and early-career researchers having previously undertaken this training from across the UK and continental Europe.
    To apply for this programme, please email Gordon Lynch ( stating where you are currently studying, giving a brief description(no more than 150 words) of your current research project and a short explanation of how this training would be relevant to it by Friday 5th February​.
    The registration fee for this programme is £100. Meals and accommodation are not included in this. The Cathedral Lodge is in the centre of Canterbury and there are a number of good hotels and guest-houses within a short walking distance. Canterbury is less than an hour from London by train and so daily commuting to the programme from London would also be possible.
    If you have any further questions on this, please email Professor Gordon Lynch.

    Law and Religion Post-doc fellowship – Louvain-la-Neuve – BELGIUM – December 15th, 2015

    University of Louvain (UCL-Belgium) – Incoming post-doc fellowships – 
    Law and Religion
    New EU-MOVE IN post-doc fellowships of the Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) are offered to scientists of all nationalities in order to strengthen the realization of the European Research Area.
    They are assigned to researchers with a PhD degree (or equivalent), proving their expertise and research capacity by a personal scientific record. (Researchers with a maximum of 6 years of post-doc experience).
    The fellowships, granted for a stay lasting between 12 to 24 months in one of the UCLouvain research units, concern all fields of research activities dealt with by the UCLouvain.
    Within the UCL, the Law and Religions Unit, in the framework of a Pluridisciplinary Research Institute in Religious Studies Religions-Spiritualities-Cultures-Societies is specially ready to welcome high profile candidates to post-doc fellowships on Law and Religion topics (e.g. Multireligious Public Bodies — Sacred Texts before Secular Judges — Law and Spiritual Management — Law and post-secular firms — Religion and Azylum Law — European Monitoring on religious Freedom — Internal democracy within Religious Organizations in Comparative religious Law)
    Ultimate Deadline for this sub-call : December 15th, 2015.
    Contact for Law and Religion Post-doc : LL.CHRISTIANS@UCLOUVAIN.BE

    Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies,

    Invitation to the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies, 2015, at the Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary

    We are pleased to invite you to participate in the Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies. You may register for the Summer Session (3, 4 & 5 August) or the Fall Session (7, 8 & 9 December). The meeting will be held at The Old Library in the Oxford University Church of St Mary.  Constructed in 1320, The Old Library is the first university (as opposed to college) building in Oxford and therefore uniquely important; this is where the nascent University began.

    The sessions will be hosted by Canon Brian Mountford, Vicar of St Mary’s. Dr. Mountford is a Fellow and Chaplain of St Hilda’s College in the University of Oxford.

    You are invited to present a paper on an aspect of religious studies, or you may wish to attend as an observer.

    For more information visit our website Oxford Symposium on Religious Studies

    Two Postdocs on the sociology of Islam

    Two early career postdoctoral opportunities based in the Islam-UK Centre (Department of Religious Studies) at Cardiff University.  Both are full-time, for three years.

    1. Lecturer in Social Science Methods and Theories, with an emphasis on sociology of religion and Muslim communities in Britain (vacancy reference number: 3110BR)

    2. Lecturer in Islamic Studies (vacancy reference number: 3111BR)

    To find out more visit: and search on the vacancy reference number.

    Fellowship in Religious Studies, Millsaps College

    MILLSAPS COLLEGE announces a Fellowship in Religious Studies beginning August 2015 for a postdoctoral or ABD scholar-teacher. This is a one-year teaching fellowship with the possibility of renewal for a second year. The half-time teaching load of 3 courses for the year will allow the recipient to strengthen teaching skills while also working on professional publications. The Fellow will be expected to engage actively in the intellectual life of the college and department and will have opportunities to participate in teaching colloquia and writing workshops and to be part of and lead discussions for a collegial department.

    Specialization should be in the areas(s) of Islam and Qur’an; secondary areas could include comparative study of Scriptures in religious traditions, such as Christianity and/or Judaism and/or Hinduism. The teaching load will include two departmental Religious Studies courses and one Humanities core course with a focus in religion. Teaching experience is a plus, and ability to engage undergraduates vital.

    We offer a competitive salary including health and other benefits, a travel and research stipend of $2000, reimbursement for moving expenses. Employment will be contingent on complete background verification.

    Send letter of application and C.V. via email to James E. Bowley at<>. Have graduate school transcript and three letters of reference also sent via

    Review of applications will begin on 1 February 2014.

    2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in Africa, Stanford University

    Call for Applications:
    2015-16 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in Africa, Stanford University 

    Stanford University’s Sohaib and Sara Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral position for a scholar working on Islam in Africa in any time-period and region and in any discipline.  The fellow will teach one course in the Department of History, pursue his/her own research, participate in the activities of Stanford Center for African Studies and Stanford Global Studies Division, and contribute to the intellectual life on campus.

    Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. by the time of appointment on September 1, 2015. The recipient may not be more than three years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree by the time of the appointment. Scholars trained in disciplines other than History (including, for example, Art  History, Political Science, and Music) whose work engages in historical analysis are welcome to apply.

    Application materials must be submitted online at . Please submit a cover letter, CV, two-page description of your research plans, drafts of two course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to Interfolio. Compensation includes an annual salary of $55,000 – $60,000, health coverage, and a $1,500 research fund. Review of applications will begin on February 27, 2015. Inquiries may be addressed to Dr. Burcak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Sohaib
    and Sara Abbasi Program) at burcak at stanford dot edu.

    Stanford University is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty. It welcomes nominations of, and applications from, women, members of minority groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities, as well as others who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research and teaching missions.

    Workshop on Methodological Approaches to the Study of Religion

    23-27  February 2015
    University of Kent
    Registrations now open!

    This annual programme is designed to give post-graduate students core training in social research in relation to the study of religion. By the end of the programme, you will have an understanding of a range of key issues in designing and conducting research, as well as the potential and challenges of specific research methods. This should give you new ways of thinking about your own research work, as well as giving introducing you to resources and approaches that you will want to explore in more depth after completing this training. Whilst covering issues addressed on more generic social research methods training courses, the content will be designed and delivered by researchers with particular experience in studying religion, enabling us to focus on specific issues and resources relevant to this specific field.

    This programme builds on Kent’s experience of delivering a similar intensive training programme, funded by the AHRC, for postgraduate research students in the study of religion in 2010. This project also led to the creation of the ‘Research methods for the study of religion’ website ( from which some of the preparatory work for this training programme has been set.

    The 2015 programme will be led by Abby Day, with an international Academic Team including Lois Lee, Sarah Dunlop, Mia Lövheim, Melissa Caldwell, Sylvia Galandini, Anna Strhan, and Adam Dinham. They will  cover issues such as research design and rigour, visual methods, internet research, ethnography, qualitative research analysis, quantitative methods and resources, action research, making impact, and getting published and funded.

    Numbers are strictly limited to encourage hands-on participation.

    Students not registered at the University of Kent pay a nominal fee of £100.00 for the week. Accommodation and meals are not included.

    For further information please contact
    Dr Abby Day, Department of Religious Studies, University of Kent,
    Canterbury UK