Remembering N.J. Demerath III

N.J. Demerath III (‘Jay’), former president of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (1997-99), and winner of two SSSR distinguished publication awards (article 1992; book 2002), passed away February 5, 2021 in Leeds, Massachusetts.

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Remembering Wendy Griffin

Wendy Griffin (September 23,1941-February 12, 2021), a longtime member of the SSSR died peacefully at home. Wendy is best known for her research on the Goddess movement and her work in establishing contemporary Pagan studies as its own interdisciplinary field. She published numerous articles and book chapters, and was the editor of Daughter of The Goddess: Studies of Healing, Identity, and Empowerment (AltaMira, 2000).

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Remembering James A. Beckford

James Arthur Beckford FBA (December 1, 1942 - May 10, 2022) was a British sociologist of religion. He was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Warwick and a Fellow of the British Academy. In 1988/1989, he served as President of the Association for the Sociology of Religion, and from 1999 to 2003, as the President of the International Society for the Sociology of Religion. He was President of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion in 2010. Apart from general writings on the sociology of religion, Beckford was a prolific author of books and articles on new religious movements and society's responses to them. He also researched and wrote about religious issues affecting prison inmates.

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Remembering James D. Davidson (1942-2022)

A native of Massachusetts, James D. Davidson earned his Ph.D. at University of Notre Dame in 1969. He specialized in the sociology of religion, studying religious stratification and trends among American Catholics.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Professor of Religion and Black Studies, Boston University School of Theology

BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY invites applications for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Religion and Black Studies, a full-time, tenured faculty position at the rank of Full Professor, to begin in Fall 2024. The Professorship honors Dr. King by modeling the moral authority, prophetic vision of justice, peace, and love, ethical leadership, and global consciousness that he advocated for and embodied. The successful candidate will be an outstanding scholar, holding a PhD, ThD, or appropriate equivalent degree, whose research and teaching contribute to the School of Theology, Boston University, and the Academy in the work of religion and Black studies and to models and practices of ethical leadership.

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Call For Book Proposals

Cambridge Scholars Publishing are inviting proposals for academic books and edited collections in Humanities and Social Sciences. We publish in all major fields of academic research and practice: Humanities and Social Sciences, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Health Sciences. To submit a book proposal, please visit our website, where you can complete a Book Proposal Form.

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Penn Press To Become Publisher of Nova Religio

In 2024, the University of Pennsylvania Press will become the publisher of the journal Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions, the official journal of the Association for the Academic Study of New Religions, Inc. (AASNR). The journal is hosted on Project MUSE.

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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

The Center for the Study of Religion and American Culture at IUPUI invites applications for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow research position. The appointment is for one year with an option for renewal, which is preferred. The target start date is January 1, 2024.

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Papers are invited for a special issue of Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM Journal)

Papers are invited for a special issue of Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM Journal) on the claims, achievements, challenges, failings, and the very possibility or desirability of a theology without walls. Papers from any discipline, including theology, philosophy of religion, anthropology, cognitive science, etc., are welcome, as are papers written from the perspective of other faith traditions outside of Christianity. The submission date is open, but ideally collected papers would be delivered to the journal no later than Spring 2024.

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Louisville Institute 2024 Postdoctoral Fellowship

The Louisville Institute is now accepting applications for the 2024 Postdoctoral Fellowship, which provides early career theological educators with vocational and professional formation through a two-year job placement, usually as a visiting professor at ATS-accredited theological schools or a college or university in the United States and Canada. Applicants are typically scholars studying Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions, and religion and social issues. As part of the Louisville Institute’s Vocation of the Theological Educator Initiative (VTE), Postdoctoral Fellows participate in intentional, focused, professional formation as they explore a calling to be a theological educator.

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Assistant Director, Institute on Culture, Religion, and Global Affairs (CURA), Boston University

Boston University's Institute on Culture, Religion, and World Affairs (CURA) is an interdisciplinary research center that encourages and supports research on the role of religion in public affairs. Supported by a substantial endowment and grants from various foundations, CURA has sponsored research projects on five continents, leading to the publication of over 150 books and many more articles.

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Tenure Track Faculty Position in the Sociology Department at the University of Memphis

The Sociology Department at the University of Memphis invites applications for a tenure track faculty position to be filled at the Assistant Professor rank beginning in Fall 2024. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Sociology or a related field no later than August 2024. Area of specialization is open, although we seek a scholar who can teach core classes in sociological theory. Preference will be given to a scholar who will be active in the pursuit of grant funding. The Center for Community Research and Evaluation, an on-campus Center that is externally funded and connected with the Sociology Department, provides opportunities for collaboration on externally funded work.

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Assistant Professor of Religion and Science

The Department of Religion at Rice University invites applications for an Assistant Professor (TT) in the area of Science and Religion. “Science” in this sense is broadly understood to include a variety of disciplinary and methodological domains, such as the Philosophy of Science and Religion, the History of Science and Religion, Cognitive Science and Religion, Neuroscience and Religion, Religion and Environmental Science, and Religion and the Medical Humanities. Priority will be given to applicants whose work gives significant attention to questions of race, gender, or sexuality. Focuses on geographic area and religious tradition(s) are open, though applicants should be prepared to teach courses that reflect cultural and social diversity as well as methods in the study of religion. Excellence in teaching and research is expected. Rice is committed to diversity and inclusion, and women and historically underrepresented minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.

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Postdoctoral Researcher/Funded Research Fellow Canadian Institute for Empirical Church Research (CIECR) Wycliffe College, University of Toronto

Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for three, full-time, one-year Postdoctoral or Research Fellow positions at the Canadian Institute for Empirical Church Research (Wycliffe College, University of Toronto). These funded positions are sponsored by the Lilly Foundation as part of their Pathways for Tomorrow Phase 2 grants and begin in January 2024. 

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Rice University’s Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance is seeking a postdoctoral associate with a PhD in social sciences to begin on August 1, 2024

The postdoc will report to the Associate Director of Research and the Director of the Institute, working closely with the Associate Director of Research on the following responsibilities: 1) Quantitative and/or qualitative analysis of in-house national data collections leading to collaborative publications analyzing religious discrimination, victimization, and diversity in the workplace and society more generally, 2) assisting with implementing grant-funded research such as qualitative interviews, GIS mapping, and/or survey design, and 3) assisting with the development of grant proposals for new data collections on religious diversity, conflict, and victimization.

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CFP for AAR Sociology of Religion Unit - Proposals Due Feb. 29

The purpose of the Sociology of Religion Unit of the American Academy of Religion is to generate cross-fertilization between the Sociology of Religion and Religious Studies. We are open to papers in all areas and therefore encourage submissions of any topic relevant to the sociology of religion. This year, we are particularly interested in the following topics:

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Graduate Student Internships, Demography of Religion

This is an opportunity for approximately eight weeks during the summer of 2024. Social science graduate students with an interest in religion, demography and/or international research are strongly encouraged to apply. You will assist demography of religion team members on research related to the religious composition and demographic characteristics of religious groups in every nation for 2010 and 2020 (updating earlier work, such as http://www.pewforum.org/2012/12/18/global-religious-landscape-exec/).

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SSSR Religious Freedom Webinar - March 18, 2024

Join the SSSR on Monday, March 18, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. for a webinar on Religious Freedom to explore what religious freedom means to both dominant and subordinate religious groups. Moderated by Eric L. McDaniel, Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, the panel will feature Nazita Lajevardi, Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, Jason Klocek, School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, and Gary Adler, Department of Sociology and Criminology at Penn State University. The panel will highlight the current debates and research about religious freedom. The webinar is free of charge. Just send an email to office@sssreligion.org by Friday, March 15, 2024 with "Religious Freedom Webinar" in the subject line, and you will be emailed the webinar link.

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SSSR Publishing Strategies for Young Scholars Webinar - Friday, April 26, 2024

From the perspective of a journal editor, this webinar will provide young scholars with tips they should consider when writing peer-reviewed manuscripts for publication. The webinar will be held on Friday, April 26, 2024 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The presenter will be R. Khari Brown of Wayne State University. This webinar is free of charge. To register, please email office@sssreligion.org with "Publishing Webinar" in the subject line by Wednesday, April 24, 2024, and you will be emailed the webinar link.

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2nd International Congress on Freedom of Religion and Conscience

We invite you to participate in the Second International Congress on Religious Freedom and Conscience, which will take place on the 5th and 6th of June 2024 at the Blanquerna Faculty of Communication and International Relations of Ramon Llull University. The Congress is organized by the Chair of Religious Freedom of Catalonia and will feature simultaneous panels in Catalan, Spanish and English.

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2025 Boniuk Institute Senior Scholar

Nominations are invited for the 2025 Boniuk Institute Senior Scholar. The Boniuk Institute for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance’s Senior Scholar Award is given annually to the senior scholar who has made outstanding contributions to the public understanding of religious pluralism and tolerance, and who most exemplifies Boniuk Institute’s mission to understand the conditions which lead to religious pluralism, conflict, and violence, and help people apply its findings in their lives and communities. The Senior Scholar will join the Boniuk Institute at Rice University in the Spring of 2025 for about three days, where they will participate in a variety of Institute programs and give a public lecture followed by a reception in their honor, where they will be presented with an award and an honorarium.

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SSSR Webinar: Modesty in Orthodoxy: Jewish and Muslim Women - Thursday, June 6, 2024

Practices of women’s modesty, such as donning modest attire, covering the head or abiding by traditional gender relations, has significant religious, cultural, and social importance in Jewish and Muslim communities. This webinar seeks to delve into motivations and practices of Orthodox Jewish and Muslim women in Canada, the U.S. and Israel. Bringing together scholars from these two groups, this webinar aims to explore the intersections of ethnoreligious belief and belonging, as well as the researchers’ worldviews and the ways these views shape the research process. Participants: Jocelyne Cesari, Harvard University; Ilana Celeste, University of Pittsburgh; Valentina Gaddi, University of Montreal, Canada; Adina Bankier-Karp, Monash University, Australia; Sawsan Kheir, University of Haifa, Israel and Åbo Akademi University, Finland. Moderator: Ariela Keysar, Trinity College. Register at office@sssreligion.org.

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Annual Review of the Sociology of Religion

We invite contributions with a wide range of theories and methods in analyzing this topic, and in particular, papers dealing with the following issues: • family structure and religious and non-religious landscapes • religious and non-religious parenting cultures in the Global South and North • spiritual diversity and family life • religion/non-religion and conflict in marital and parent‐child relationships • family schooling and parents' (non)religiosity • family and religious and non-religious activism • religious and non-religious dimensions and transformation of family relationships, including issues like separation/divorce, work-life balance, new family forms

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Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Religion

Religion has been taught at Otago for over fifty years. From 2019, Religion has been an independent programme within the School of Social Sciences. Currently, there are three full-time academic staff, and two part-time staff members who contribute to the teaching programme. Our programme offers BA and BA (Hons) degrees in Religious Studies, as well as research degrees (MA and PhD). Minors in Religious Studies and in Buddhist Studies may be included in almost any degree, and one-year diplomas endorsed in Religious Studies are offered for graduates in other disciplines. Students may study on campus or by distance. The role/Te mahi The Religion Programme at the University of Otago invites applications for the position of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Religion.

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Open Theology - Call for Section Editors

An open access journal Open Theology published by De Gruyter (https://www.degruyter.com/journal/key/opth/html) invites applications for Section Editors for the following sections: - Psychology of Religion - Sociology of Religion - Philosophy of Religion - Biblical Studies - Patristics

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NEW AND UPDATED 2025 GRANT & FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES FROM THE LOUISVILLE INSTITUTE

The Louisville Institute is excited to announce NEW and UPDATED opportunities for the 2025 grant and fellowship season. As part of renewed funding, LI will continue to support pastoral leaders, researchers, early career and seasoned scholars, and many others in the United States and Canada whose work resonates with LI’s mission to bridge Church and academy. LI has reimagined many of the existing programs and expanded funding to allow for a greater impact. We are also excited to announce a NEW opportunity: Grant for Researchers. We have six funding opportunities available for 2025.

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