ADDITIONAL GRADUATE STUDENT CONFERENCESAmong other things, spring is the time for graduate student conferences. Here are listed four of such conferences, two of which still have open calls for papers. Even without an opportunity to present a paper, however, attending such events allows one to meet colleagues in the field and sub-field, learn about upcoming publications, and create and sustain working relationships that may last one's career (and even, perhaps, help one land a job!).
Religion and Power: Unleashing the Force
February 24-25, 2011
The Religious Studies Department at Indiana University invites papers for a graduate symposium investigating the intersections of power and religion. We want to explore and question this relationship in all its complexities and welcome interdisciplinary interpretations of the subject. The category of power should be considered broadly to include operational energy, people in authority, capacity, coercion, the work of theorists like Foucault, superpowers, spiritual animation of the physical world, physical animation of the spiritual world, and other obvious and obscure iterations of the category.
Crossing Boundaries: Formation, Reception and Interpretation of Religious Texts
February 24-25, 2011
This year's conference theme invites proposals, from both students and faculty, from disciplines that work in one way or another with the formation, reception and interpretation of religious texts. As a central focus in the Department of Theological Studies at Concordia, the purpose of this conference is to question the traditional boundaries of religious texts, and to bring together different disciplines, religious traditions, methodologies, and objects of study in a spirit of shared learning and dialogue. We encourage contributions from all relevant areas of the Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, and other related community groups. Creative, interactive and PowerPoint presentations are highly encouraged, as are presentations that are pedagogical and "outside of the box".
Submission Guidelines: Proposals are to be no more than one page. To facilitate the blind-review process, the name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, university affiliation and level of study of the presenter(s) must also be included on a separate cover page. No personal information that identifies the potential presenter should be included anywhere else on the proposal, except on the cover page. Any special requests or needs for audio-visual equipment must also be indicated on the cover page. Proposals should be received no later than 11:59pm Eastern time, January 21st, 2011. Once received, proposals will be evaluated through a refereed, blind-review process, in consultation with the conference selection committee. Notification of acceptances will be emailed by January 31st, 2011. Proposals must be submitted via e-mail to email@example.com.
Please indicate "conference submission" in the subject line. Submitted proposals should receive a confirmation email within a couple days. Selected presentations will be allotted 20 minutes for presentation, followed by a 10-minute question and answer period. However, it may also be possible to accommodate longer presentations up to an hour. Please indicate how much time will be needed on the proposal cover page. Once confirmed, participants are expected to respect the time limits.
The Seventh Annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Students Conference in Patristic Studies
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology,
March 10 -12, 2011
The Stephen and Catherine Pappas Patristic Institute of the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is pleased to announce its seventh annual Archbishop Iakovos Graduate Student Conference in Patristic Studies on March 10-12, 2011. The purpose of the conference is to bring graduate students together from the fields of Patristic Studies, Historical Theology, and the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity in a collaborative and theological setting to hear and discuss peer research.
We encourage all doctoral and masters students with research interests in Patristic Studies, Historical Exegesis or Theology, or the History of Christianity in Late Antiquity to submit a paper abstract of approximately 250 words. Topics relating to eastern Christianity, including Syriac-speaking Christianity, are particularly encouraged. Each presenter will have up to 20 minutes to present, followed by a respondent’s prepared comments and group discussion. Please send abstracts to Dr. Bruce Beck at firstname.lastname@example.org by January 15, 2011. You will be informed about the status of your paper proposal on or before February 1st. The deadline for completed papers for distribution to your respondent is March 1st.
For more information about registration, financial aid and accommodations, please see the official call for papers online. Note: there is an important pre-registration deadline of February 1.
Confessional Commitments in Pluralistic PublicsVirginia Graduate Colloquium on Theology, Ethics, and Culture
University of Virginia
April 15-16, 2011
What role does religion play in the increasingly pluralistic publics of the United States? What theological, ethical, or cultural sources illuminate the relationships obtaining between religious believers and America's varied social landscape—business, legal, medical, political, academic and otherwise—as it undergoes evolutions involving secularization, deprivatization, globalization, urbanization, etc.? How are we to understand the practices, texts, and discourses of religious individuals and communities inhabiting secular or post-secular life in America? How are these expressions manifested in contemporary institutions and networks? How, particularly, can those working in academic settings negotiate these relationships and teach students who will have to do likewise?
The Virginia Graduate Colloquium invites graduate students to present their
research related to these questions on panels moderated by UVa faculty.
Proposals in the form of a 250-word abstract are due January 22, 2011. Notifications of acceptance will be made by February 1, 2011.Papers will be presented on April 16, 2011 in a colloquium that will incorporate workshops and
presentations on pedagogy in a pluralistic academic environment. Final copies of papers, not to exceed 2000 words, must be received by April 2.
For more information, see the complete call for papers online.
POSTDOCTORAL OPPORTUNITY IN JAPANESE BUDDHISM
Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism
University of California, Berkeley
Deadline: February 15, 2011
With the generous support of the Shinnyo-en Foundation, the Center for Japanese Studies at UC Berkeley is pleased to invite applications for a one-year postdoctoral research fellowship. The term of the appointment is July 1, 2011, to June 30, 2012. The Fellowship is intended to foster the academic careers of recent Ph.D.'s, providing time to pursue their research. Fellows will deliver a public lecture on their research as part of the Center for Japanese Studies Colloquium Series. Fellows will be provided with office space, library privileges, and a stipend of approximately $40,000 plus benefits.
Applicants must have their doctoral degrees in hand by June 30, 2011, and must be no more than six years out of their doctorate. Candidates who do not yet hold a Ph.D. but expect to by June 30, 2011, should supply a letter from their home institution confirming their schedule to completion.
Applicants whose research interests are primarily in the areas of Buddhism outside Japan should apply to the Shinjo Ito Postdoctoral Fellowship in Buddhist Studies, administered through the Center for Buddhist Studies, rather than to the Shinjo Ito Fellowship in Japanese Buddhism.
All application materials, including letters of recommendation, must be postmarked on or before February 15, 2011. Awards will be announced in March 2011. For more information, see the department's postdoctoral page online.