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Multireligious Societies- Polarizing, Co-Existence, Indifference (Conference in Sociology of Religion Aug 4-6)

Posted in Conferences by harjant on February 10, 2010

The University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway, welcomes you to the 20th Nordic conference in sociology of religion. The conference will take place in Kristiansand in August, 4-6, 2010. The conference language is English.

Plenary speakers: James A. Beckford, Helen Rose Ebaugh, Effie Fokas and Ole Riis.

Have a look at the conference website:   www.uia.no/ncsr2010
The website has recently been updated with information on programme, accomodation, suggested sessions, registration and online payment.

Paper abstracts, deadline March 1, 2010
Registration, deadline May 31, 2010.

(Training) Research Methods in the Study of Contemporary Religion 6th-10th September 2010

Posted in Conferences by harjant on February 10, 2010

The Centre for Religion and Contemporary Society at Birkbeck College, and the AHRC/ESRC Religion and Society programme is collaborating to run a residential training event for PhD students involved in the empirical study of contemporary/modern religion. This is a major training initiative, at which leading academics in the UK will be leading sessions on a range of issues including: theorising religion and the role of the researcher of religion, choosing/combining research methods, the research agenda for religion and contemporary society, sampling, using quantitative data-sets, rigour and validity, ethical and political contexts of researching religion, ethnography, visual methods, researching religion and media, and studying spaces and objects. Confirmed speakers include Linda Woodhead, Kim Knott, David Voas, Sophie Gilliat-Ray and Peter Collins.

The event is open to PhD students working across a wide range of disciplines including theology and religious studies, sociology, anthropology, C20th religious history, social policy and geography. Students accepted on to this programme will have their residential costs and travel costs (within the UK) paid for by the project, and there will be no registration fee for those participating. Places at this event are limited, and students interested in attending should complete the application form at:  http://www.bbk.ac.uk/crcs/events/CRT_methods_event) and return this electronically to Peta Ainsworth (p.ainsworth@lancaster.ac.uk) by 19th February. Priority will be given to UK-based students in receipt of research council or other institutional studentships, and/or who can demonstrate a clear interest in empirical research in their work. The event will be run at St Catherine’s College in Oxford, with all meals and overnight accommodation provided at the College.

Any queries about this training programme can be sent to Prof Gordon Lynch, Birkbeck College (g.lynch@bbk.ac.uk)

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Doctoral scholarships

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on November 7, 2009

Announcement of Professorship – The Georg-August-University Göttingen

Posted in Vacancies by Pippa on June 19, 2009

For the Centre of Modern Indian Studies, the University, with funding from the state of Lower Saxony (Land Niedersachsen), is setting up five new professorships to ensure the creation of an excellent and internationally visible centre for area studies.

  • A professorship in Society and Culture of Modern India (W3) with a regional focus on India and thematic expertise in social structure, ethnic religious diversity, and legal pluralism;
  • A professorship in Indian Economic Development (W3), with a research focus on development economics issues in India and particular competence in inequality or poverty issues, political economy, or India-specific financial topics;
  • A professorship in Modern Indian History (W3), preferably with a historical focus on modern Indian economic and social history, and a strong competency in Indian languages;
  • A professorship in Indian Religions (W2), with particular competencies in modern Hinduism, Islam, and/or other religions prevalent in India;
  • A professorship in Indian State and Democracy (W3) with a particular focus on Indian politics, Indian constitutional theory, Indian law, or comparative legal studies


5 doctoral scholarships – “Religious Non-conformism and Cultural Dynamics”

Posted in PhD Studentship by Pippa on June 2, 2009

The graduate college “Religious Non-conformism and Cultural Dynamics” will award 5 doctoral scholarships for a period of three years, beginning on 1 October 2009.

The college conducts research on religious non-conformism in various regional and temporal contexts. The central thesis is that religious nonconformism is an essential element of the religious field and a potential resource of alternative meaning and orientation, constituting an element of cultural tension and dynamics.

The project is arranged along three lines of interest:
(1) The tension between religious nonconformism and conformity, i.e. the dominant forms of (religious) orientations and ways of life.
(2) The innovative potential and the transforming dynamics of religious nonconformism.
(3) The social structure, the interconnectedness, and the societal position of nonconformist groups and milieus.

The college places the study of religious non-conformism in an interdisciplinary and comparative context. The fields of research include Study of Religions, Sociology of Religion, African Studies, Old Testament / Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Arabic / Islamic Studies, History, Indology, Jewish Studies, Church History, Tibetology, East Asian Religions.

We are looking for candidates from within and outside Germany with an above-average degree. Their dissertation project must deal with religious non-conformism in one of the fields named above. The languages of the college will be German and English. Candidates with insufficient German whose projects are chosen for the college can in addition (from 1 January 2010) obtain a scholarship for linguistic training.

Further details: http://www.uni-leipzig.de/~religion/index.html
Prof. Dr. Hubert Seiwert
Graduiertenkolleg Religiöser Nonkonformismus
Religionswissenschaftliches Institut
Schillerstrasse 6
D-04109 Leipzig.

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