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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West Virginia University 2022-2023 Graduate Student Cohort

West Virginia University’s Sociology Ph.D. Program is recruiting graduate students for our 2022-2023 cohort. Our program has four research specializations: Sociology of Religion; Crime, Law, and Deviance; Inequality, Diversity, and Equity; and Social Psychology and Group Processes. The Sociology of Religion specialization covers a variety of subareas including religious identity and behavior; religion and communities; religion, science, and society; religion and crime, discrimination, and victimization; and religion and health. Students in this area have the opportunity to collaborate on publications and conference presentations, have access to unique data, and opportunities for funded research assistantships. For more information check out our program website https://soca.wvu.edu/students/graduate-students and our Religion & Society research group page https://www.raswvu.com/

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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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Webinar: Registered Reports and Funding in Consciousness and Religion Research

Webinar: Registered Reports and Funding in Consciousness and Religion Research Date/Time: Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 9:00 am EDT Join David Mellor, Director of Policy at the Center for Open Science (COS), and Michiel van Elk, Associate Editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion and Associate Professor at Leiden University, for a webinar to provide an overview of the Registered Reports process. Register at: https://cos-io.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H91tNXFhS8Ccz5mL16WzkA?hsCtaTracking=43e148c7-57f1-4020-be78-f00d6fd82ecf%7C70b544c8-703b-4081-a174-78f4dffebb54

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2022 International eConference on Holocaust Studies

In collaboration with the Ackerman Center for Holocaust Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, the Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is proud to announce the 2022 International eConference on Holocaust Studies. The conference will bring together historians, specialists, and researchers from all over the world to discuss the need to preserve Holocaust memories.

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New ARDA Website

On August 13th, the Association of Religion Data Archives will launch a completely redesigned website that offers enhanced reports, improved mapping, updated and expanded GIS tools, and more detailed information on religious groups, including greatly expanded and now interactive family trees.

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Louisville Institute Seeks Executive Director

The Louisville Institute seeks as its next Executive Director a visionary and energetic leader who is committed to advancing the vitality of faith communities and theological education in North America. The Executive Director of the Institute should be a person of passion, insight, and intellectual thoughtfulness, with experience and expertise in theological education, a dedication to the church, and the capacity to engage others in collaborative ventures.

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Visiting Lectureship Programme Winter 2023/2024

Six or twelve months teaching period in Kassel (Germany) at YMCA University September 2023 to February 2024 or September 2023 to August 2024 For university lecturers or professors from outside Germany Deadline for application: 6 November 2022

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The 11th HudHud International webinar on "Religion and Management"

The 11th HudHud International webinar on "Religion and Management" webinar on Leaders' spiritual development, presented by: Professor Stuart Allen, Professor of Organizational Leadership at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, USA. In this webinar, Professor Stuart Allen will introduce a framework for Leaders' spiritual and moral development, based on the theory of being-centered Leadership. After his presentation we will have discussions and Q/A. We're looking forward to seeing you online on Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, 11 am to 12:30 pm EST Here is the link of Registration: vdars.com/en/Allen

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Assistant Professor of Religion and Society

Drew University Theological School invites applications for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Religion and Society to teach social ethics, critical social theories, and just community practices that equip students for inspiring leadership in varied public arenas in the church, academy, and society. We seek candidates rooted in decolonial understandings of religion who bring an intersectional approach to and depth of expertise in at least one of the following areas of specialization: Latine/x Studies, Eco-Justice, and Gender/Queer Studies. An intersectional approach should include attention to global economic and political realities in Christian/religious faith communities and their broader contexts. Position begins August 2023.

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Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies

The Charles K. and Esther C. Krieger Visiting Scholars Program at Defiance College invites applications for a Visiting Scholar in Religious Studies for Fall 2023 through Spring 2025.

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Glenn Family Chair in Philanthropy

The Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, located in Indianapolis, Indiana, invites nominations and applications for a visionary scholar to serve as a faculty member in the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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International and Interdisciplinary Master's Program "Religion, Ethics, and Politics"

The tense relationship between religion and politics is one of the most important social issues of our time. Societal and scientific debates on the topic have been triggered by increasing religious pluralization, changing moral concepts, but also globalization and migration. How tolerant should societies be of religious groups and their rituals and practices? What values, such as equal rights for women and men, should not be open to discussion? What possibilities exist for cooperation between the state and religious communities and where is potential for conflict? How does religiousness or non-religiousness affect our identity? These are concrete sample questions that the Master's program, Religion, Ethics, and Politics, deals with.

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Call for Papers - Society for the Anthroplogy of Religion 2023 Biennial Conference

The Society for the Anthropology of Religion (SAR) is hosting its 2023 Biennial Conference in Victoria, BC., May 12-14. This conference will examine the many ways religion, religious practices, and religious rationalities inflect upon putatively non-religious domains of social life. Go to https://sway.office.com/RI2deMObMaFPrYyr?ref=Link to access the full details for this Call For Papers, as well as submission protocols.

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Rome Summer Seminars on Religion and Global Politics

The Rome Summer Seminars on Religion and Global Politics includes a 10-day writing workshop for graduate students followed by a 2-day symposium for scholars and practitioners and will run from June 4th-June 17th, 2023 (Rome, Italy). The project is the fruit of a collaboration between a number of academic institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, the Pontifical Gregorian University, the Adyan Foundation, the Royal Institute for Interfaith Studies, and John Cabot University. The program will be hosted at the University of Notre Dame's Rome campus near the Colosseum and will include visits to Rome-based centers engaged in religion and policy work, as well as keynote lectures by Olivier Roy, Kristina Stoeckl, Mohammed Hashas, Anna Rowlands, David Buckley, Mahan Mirza and Scott Appleby, among others.

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Louisville Institute 2023 Dissertation Fellowship

Louisville Institute is now accepting applications for the 2023 Louisville Institute Dissertation Fellowship (DF).  This program offers $25,000 grants to support the final year of dissertation writing for Ph.D. or Th.D. students whose research focuses on Christian faith and life, the practice of ministry, religious trends and movements, Christian and other faith-based institutions, and religion and social issues. Dissertation projects may emerge from diverse fields such as history, systematic and practical theology, social sciences, ethics, biblical studies, etc., or may be interdisciplinary in nature. Of particular interest to the Louisville Institute are projects with the potential to generate new knowledge that enriches the life of the church in North America. Students applying in 2023 should expect to complete their dissertations during the 2024 calendar year.

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Pew Research Center is looking for an Associate Director for its Global Attitudes Team

Pew Research Center is looking for an Associate Director for its Global Attitudes team. The Associate Director will play a key role in shaping the team’s research and editorial strategy, and will lead an evolving research agenda on religion, democracy, nationalism, tolerance and social values around the world. The Associate Director will conceptualize research products and manage day-to-day operations, including questionnaire development, translation, quality control, data analysis, writing and number checking. The Associate Director will also serve as a spokesperson for the Center’s research in their subject areas and assist with writing components of grant applications.

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