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Web posting: BRAIS-De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World

Deadline: October 1, 2018

The British Association for Islamic Studies (BRAIS) is pleased to announce that the Fourth Round (2019) of the BRAIS-De Gruyter Prize in the Study of Islam and the Muslim World is now accepting submissions.

This international prize will be awarded annually to the best doctoral thesis or unpublished first monograph based on a doctoral thesis. English-language submissions on any aspect of the academic study of Islam and the Muslim world, past and present, including Muslim-minority societies are accepted. Applicants can be based in any country, and manuscripts will be assessed on the basis of scholarly quality and originality.

The award includes publication of the winning manuscript and a prize of £1,000, and it will be officially presented at the Annual Conference of BRAIS. The selection process will be undertaken by a seven-member prize committee comprising established academics from across the field.

For further details, including information about how to submit an entry, please see here

The Religious Studies Project

Deadline: June 29, 2018

We’re delighted to announce some exciting new opportunities to join the RSP team.

First, we are once again looking to increase our pool of interviewers. We particularly need interviewers in North America, as well as in Asia, Africa, and other regions that have been under-represented on the RSP to-date. Our interviewers typically record two or more interviews a year, so the role doesn’t have to be a huge investment in time, but it is a great opportunity to be part of a growing international community, meet influential scholars in our area of study, and have your voice heard across the globe. We can also train you up in the practicalities of networking, interviewing, audio recording, and more. If you, or anyone else you know (perhaps one of your students) would be interested, drop us an email (or an audio recording or video) telling us a little about yourself, and a couple of ideas for interviews you would like to record.

Second, we are looking to bring in at least one more audio intern to assist David, Samuel and Gregory. David trains interns in podcast audio production to a professional standard and this builds up to taking responsibility for editing full episodes. This is a unique opportunity to gain specialist skills. Training consists of video lessons and face-to-face sessions; the role itself requires about an hour every 2–3 weeks. If you, or anyone else you know would be interested, drop us an email (or an audio recording or video) telling us a little about yourself, your schedule, and why you are interested in the role.

For more information, click here

Religion in Cities - Contested presences, contested regulations

Dates: 20 - 24 August 2018

This summer school addresses a topic that generates heated political debates and that is increasingly being discussed in the social sciences, namely the presence and regulation of religious diversity in cities. The aim of this summer school is to provide undergraduate students in their last year of studies, as well as Master and PhD students in different disciplines with the means to reflect upon religious issues in cities from the perspective of sociology, geography, urban studies and religious studies. The topic will be addressed from three different stand-points: a) a theoretical perspective to understand the presence, visibility and regulation of religious diversity in European cities; b) methodological insights into how to research these topics and conduct fieldwork in concrete urban settings; and c) discussions about the political relevance and policy responses offered at the level of cities.

For more information, click here

The Israeli – Palestinian Conflict, Understanding Both Sides

Dates: 19 - 31 July, 2017

This programme is delivered in Israel by representatives of different Israeli and Palestinian groups, adding another layer of engagement with the core issues of the region’s current reality as it is lived. One of the primary objectives is to enable participants interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a fresh way of seeing it. We seek for comprehension to be obtained by personal experience based on direct discussions and meetings with diverse people in their own environment. The emphasis is on considering ways the peace process may be advanced. The programme is open to all professionals, students and faculty members who are interested in the subject.

For more information, click here.

Call for applications: 2017-19 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Islam in North America
Stanford, University

Deadline: February 20, 2017

Stanford University’s Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies and Department of Religious Studies invite applications for a two-year postdoctoral position on Islam in North America. We seek intellectually ambitious candidates with interdisciplinary aptitude. Possible areas of specialization include but are not limited to:
-Islam and slavery in North America and the Atlantic World
-material culture and religious expression of Muslims in North America
-social/political experience of the Muslim diaspora in North America
-co-constitution of religion, race, gender, and class in North American Muslim identity and representation

The postdoctoral fellow will teach two undergraduate-level courses each year in the Religious Studies Department, pursue his/her own research agenda, and organize a set of academic events in the 2nd year. Ideally, one of the courses each year will provide an introduction to some of the most important features of Islam through an analysis of major theories and methods in the academic study of religion. The fellow will actively contribute to the intellectual life on campus, and collaborate closely with the colleagues at the Stanford Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity.

A Ph.D. in Religious Studies or in a related field (such as Anthropology, History, Sociology, Ethnic Studies, American Studies) is required by the time of appointment on September 1, 2017. The recipient may not be more than five years beyond the receipt of doctoral degree on September 1, 2017. Compensation includes an annual salary of $65,000, health insurance coverage, a $1,500 research fund per year, and a $5,000 programming fund.

Application materials should be submitted online at https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8717. Please submit a cover letter, CV (highlighting your educational background, teaching experience, publications), 2-page description of your research plans, two draft course syllabi, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted directly to AcademicJobsOnline.

For full consideration, materials should be received by February 20, 2017. Further inquiries shall be addressed to Dr. Burçak Keskin-Kozat (Associate Director of the Abbasi Program) at burcak@stanford.edu.

the Interreligious Summer School: Ecumenical Institute of the World Council of Churches

Geneva, Switzerland
Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies

The Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) in Interreligious Studies/le Certificat de formation continue en études interreligieuses is accredited by the University of Geneva under the Swiss Higher Education Programme for Continuing Education in accordance with the requirements of the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (CRUS). It is intended to contribute to the issues of religious pluralism and intercultural acceptance in a society based on migration and globalization. It is aimed at an international audience of young people (between 20 and 35 years) interested and engaged in interreligious dialogue, religious leaders, students, lay persons and professionals with a suitable level of religious literacy and/or experience in the field of interreligious dialogue and engagement, especially among the three Abrahamic religions.
The course trains present and future interreligious dialogue actors towards the required skills to:

The study program comprises of a distance learning component (3 weeks: 5-23 June 2017) and an intensive residential three-week-period of study, research and community life (4 study modules).

For more detailed information, please click here.
To view the flyer, please click here.
To obtain the application form, please click here.

University of Leeds: PhD studentships 2017-18

Areas of supervision offered by staff in the *Sociology of Religion* include Social Theory, Ethnography, Gender and Sexuality, Interfaith Relations, South Asian Diaspora Religions, Muslims in Britain, Global Development, African Christianity.

For more information, please click here.

Post-doctoral and Doctoral Research Fellows positions with the Max-Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity

The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity) wishes to appoint highly qualified candidates for up to five new research positions. For all positions, applicants should have a degree in anthropology, sociology, political science, geography, socio-linguistics or another related social science discipline. Successful applicants’ research interests, experience and publications should be relevant to themes and topics within the Department for Socio-Cultural Diversity.

Applications should include: a cover letter noting the position applied for and describing the applicant’s career trajectory and interests, CV, a list of publications, writing samples (PhD thesis chapter acceptable) and the names and contact details of potential referees. The deadline for all applications is 11 January 2017. All positions should begin on 1 May 2017, or as soon as possible thereafter.

We are planning to hold interviews between 13 and 24 February 2017. If you are shortlisted, you will be informed by 6 February at the latest. Please refrain from enquiring.

For additional details, please click here.

Call for Applications: Two 2-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship Positions

Center for Religious Studies at CEU
Deadline for applications: 1 November 2016

The main focus of the project is on Syria and Iraq in the past three decades, seeking to connect developments in these countries with those in Arab countries and with global dynamics overall.
Position 1: Applications are invited from researchers working in one of the two thematic fields
-Reframing religion and the devolution of religious authority to new actors;
-The atrophy of state functions and devolution of the monopoly of violence, including security functions, to informal patrimonial and private actors as well as to quasi-state structures.

Position 2: Applications are invited for researchers working in one of the three thematic fields
-The political economy of structural marginalization and socio-economic, cultural and geographical segmentation;
-Transnational and global jihadist networks and the reconfiguration of the margins;
-Gender as a transversal perspective cutting across all previous themes.

Interested candidates should apply via e-mail to advert@ceu.edu. Please include the following job code in the subject line: 2017/009.

For more information, please click here.

Galilee International Management Institute: One Land, Two Peoples and Three Religions

28 December, 2016 - 9 January, 2017
This programme focusses on the Jewish/Christian/Islamic religions, their roots in Israel and their relationship in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It presents the history as well as the current situation. We believe that the only way to truly develop a better understanding is to visit the area and meet the people living here. Participants study stories from the sacred scripts, in visits to the physical locations where the stories occurred. They delve deeply into the issues through lectures, delivered by Israeli and Palestinian academics as well as attend study tours and meetings with members of the varied communities. The programme is open to all professionals, students and faculty members who are interested in the subjects.

For more information, please click here.

Employment opportunity - Kingston University London

Revd Dr Philip Richter, Ministry Development Officer in the Methodist Church, is looking for a doctoral or post-doctoral researcher who would be interested in doing some qualitative data analysis for him on two major surveys. Each of them includes a number of open-response questions. The first survey is likely to have between 700 and 1000 respondents and the second rather fewer. He is looking for someone with skills in qualitative analysis  who would be available almost immediately.

Please contact Dr. Richter directly if you are interested: richterp@methodistchurch.org.uk.

Community Role Model, The Ottawa Multicultural Media Initiative (OMMI) Writing Contest

Do you have a role model in your community who has inspired you to become the person you are today? If you do, why not enter this OMMI writing contest for a chance to win cash prizes and have your entry published?Contest Details What: Tell us in 500 words or less (written in English) about your favorite community role model. Why do you admire this person and what influence has this person had upon your life? Eligibility: You must currently be a university or college student in Ottawa. Your role model must belong to one of the following communities: Chinese, Spanish-Speaking Latin American, South Asian, or Somali. Selection Process: Entries will be evaluated based on three major criteria: originality, writing style, and strength of argument (why this person has made such a strong influence on your life). Submission Deadline: May 15, 2016. Entry: Submit your entry to ommi.uottawa@gmail.com with “OMMI Writing Contest” in the subject line. Prizes: 1st place winners will receive $100 cash and get their entry published in a prominent multicultural media outlet. 2nd place winners will receive $50 cash. We will select one 1st place and one 2nd place winner from each community.For more information, please click here

Representing Your Community - The Ottawa Multicultural Media Initiative (OMMI) Photography Contest

The OMMI is looking for original photos that represent communities in Ottawa. Are there aspects of your community that you want others to see? If you do, then this is your chance to showcase your community through photography. Contest Details What: Through the lens of your camera, capture the aspect(s) of your community that speak to you and that you want others to see. You may submit only one photograph. Your photo must be accompanied by a caption/title which can be in any language you speak! Eligibility: You must currently be a university or college student in Ottawa. You must self-identify with and your photograph should capture aspect(s) of one of the following communities: Chinese, Spanish-Speaking Latin American, South Asian, or Somali. Your photo must be exclusive to this OMMI contest and unpublished. Selection Process: Entries will be evaluated based on: originality, artistic expression, creativity, and quality of the photograph and the quality of the photo caption/title. Prize: The best two photographs from each community will be selected. Each winner will receive $50 cash prize. Submission Deadline: May 20, 2016 Entry: Submit your entry to ommi.uottawa@gmail.com with “OMMI Photography Contest” in the subject line. Use the caption/title of your photo as the file name of your email attachment. Disclaimer: By entering the OMMI Photography Contest, you are acknowledging that the submitted photo is an original work created solely by you. Winning photos will be featured on the OMMI project website. The winners will grant OMMI the right to use these photographs to promote representations of ethnocultural communities in Ottawa by displaying, publishing, or exhibiting the photos in various media outlets. Proper acknowledgement will be given to the photographers. For more information about the OMMI, please visit:
  • https://uottawaommi.wordpress.com/
  • https://www.facebook.com/ottawa.multicultural.media.initiative
  • https://twitter.com/omminitiative

MA/Diploma/Certificate in Evangelical and Charismatic Studies by distance learning

The Pentecostal/Charismatic and Evangelical movements are among the largest and fastest-growing traditions within world Christianity, and indeed of any faith. Birmingham has a long-standing tradition of studying these movements ranging back over 40 years, and is a  world leader in this field of research. Our specialisms include Evangelical and Pentecostal/Charismatic history, mission, theology, biblical interpretation, sociology, research methods, worship and liturgy.

This distance learning programme offers you the opportunity to explore the faith, practices, worship and teaching of these communities from an academic view which emphasises their global and contextual nature. The course provides excellent preparation for further research in this field, but is also well-suited for personal and professional development purposes. You can study this programme full-time over one year or part-time over two years.

Please click here for more information.

PhD Fellowship at the Centre for Women's and Gender Research (SKOK), University of Bergen

Starting date:January 1st 2017 or by agreement
Duration: 3 years
Application deadline: 26 September 2016

For more information, please click here.

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