Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East: Call for Papers

RELIGIOSITY, SECULARITY AND PLURALISM IN THE GLOBAL EAST

The Inaugural Conference
of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
July 3-5, 2018
Singapore

Call for papers

East Asia is felt throughout the world. Whilst the region’s economic and political power has been a reason for both global integration and resistance in recent decades, its presence within the rest of the world has been forged over centuries of migration and the establishment and strengthening of diasporic communities. Such communities have helped to shape the societies and cultures of their host countries, of their home countries, and, through such interplay, of the diasporas themselves. To unify these constituent parts (host country, home country, diasporic community), and to represent both the expansion of East Asian influence around the world, and its reflexive relationship with the places in which it has taken root, Yang Fenggang’s concept of the “Global East” has been most helpful. The Global East encompasses not just the countries of East Asia – China, Korea and Japan – but these countries’ diasporic communities, and the transnational linkages that serve to connect and shape both country and community as well. Additionally, East Asia is also host to diasporic communities of its own, which adds another layer of connectivity and influence to the framing of the Global East.

The effects of the Global East are felt in many walks of life, but one of the most transformative has to be religion. The religious landscapes of China, Korea, and Japan (including but not limited to state-sponsored atheism, shamanism, Shintoism, resurgent Buddhism/Christianity) are replicated and challenged in their diasporic communities, which, over time, have been shaped by the religious traditions of Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, and beyond. For the diasporic communities located within East Asia, the reverse is also true. These linkages between home country and diasporic community, and between community and host country have led to the circulation and sharing of religion and religious idea(l)s, and to the sharpening or dilution of (anti-)religious sensibilities. Greater religious diversity is an invariable outcome of such processes, yet the extent to which such diversity leads to religious co-operation, competition or conflict within and between individuals, families, communities, organisations and territories still deserves much more research attention.

Accordingly, there is a need for more focussed consideration of the topics of religiosity, secularity and pluralism in the Global East. This conference, to be held on July 3-5 in Singapore at the Singapore Management University, will advance such consideration. It will be the Inaugural Conference of the East Asian Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (EASSSR) (see www.easssr.org for more information). While all topics on religion are welcome at the conference, we especially invite abstracts that address one or more of the following research questions:

• How do the constituent parts of the Global East influence the strengthening, weakening or changing of religion and religiosity at different social scales (from the individual to the community and nation)?
• How does secularity intersect with religiosity within the Global East, and how does each inflect the other?
• How does the religious diversity associated with the Global East lead to greater (or lesser) inter-religious and religious-secular co-operation, competition or conflict?
• How does an understanding of the Global East develop or challenge existing theoretical and empirical understandings of religiosity, secularity and pluralism?

Beyond addressing these questions, we seek a range of papers that draw on different geographical contexts and (non-)religious traditions.

For questions, please email: easssr2017@gmail.com.

DEADLINES:
• Paper presentation proposals are due by January 31, 2018. Please submit your paper’s title, abstract (200 to 500 words), author’s information by clicking here: Submit Paper Presentation Proposal for EASSSR 2018 Conference.
• Notification of acceptance of paper presentation proposals will be sent out by February 28, 2018.
• Meeting Registration will be due between March 1 and 31, 2018.

EASSSR Membership Fee:
Regular Members: US$50 annually
Student Members: US$30 annually

Conference Registration Fee for members:
Regular Members: US$100
Student Members: US$50

Conference Registration Fee for non-members:
Regular Members: US$130
Student Members: US$70

Hotel Information (hotels near the conference site at Singapore Management University):

Accommodation lists Rate given Contact Details
Grand Pacific Hotel Deluxe Single/Double melise.toh@hotelgrandpacific.com.sg

SGD160++/SGD180++
Rate Given Contact Details
YMCA Superior Single/Twin booking@ymca.org.sg

SGD$125++ www.ymaih.com.sg

Victoria Hotel Single reservations@victoriana.sg

SGD$110 net

Rendezvous Hotel Deluxe Single/Double jesswong@fareast.com.sg
SGD200++/SGD220++ fatimahabdullah@fareast.com.sg

Carlton Hotel Deluxe Single/Double stefanie.heng@carltonhotel.sg

SGD250++/SGD270++
Executive Single/Double
SGD270++/SGD290++

JW Marriott Deluxe Single azid.ibrahim@marriott.com

SGD 350- SGD 400 nett
The above rates are accurate as in August, 2017.
++ is additional charges of 18% for hotels in Singapore.

UNCW: 2 Tenure Track Positions

University of North Carolina Wilmington
Two Tenure-Track Assistant Professors in Sociology
The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington invites applications for two tenure-track assistant professors in Sociology to begin August 2018. ABD’s will be considered; a PhD in Sociology in hand by the time of appointment and a demonstrated commitment to teaching and research are required. We are seeking to hire two generalists in sociology who complement our existing strengths. Preference will be given to candidates with teaching and research interests in one or more of the following: Environmental Sociology; Stratification; Demography; Education; Work/Occupations/Organizations. All applicants should show evidence of a strong, independent research program, a commitment to working with students from diverse backgrounds, and excellence in teaching. There is an expectation for teaching in our graduate program, as well as contributing to our core undergraduate curriculum. Interest or experience in online teaching is also desirable. The typical teaching load for research-active faculty is three courses per semester; information about the department can be found at http://www.uncw.edu/soccrm/.

To apply, please complete the online application process available at https://jobs.uncw.edu/ (Position # 5520 or 6087). Priority review of applications will begin November 22; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Under North Carolina law, applications and related materials are confidential personnel documents and not subject to public release.

The Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington has 21 full-time faculty members, roughly 350 undergraduate majors, and offers bachelor’s degrees in sociology and criminology (general and public), and an MA in Sociology and Criminology. The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. A public institution with over 16,000 students, the university is known for its superb faculty and staff and powerful academic experience.

UNCW actively fosters a diverse and inclusive working and learning environment and is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified persons from all racial, ethnic, or other minority groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunity: Religion and Healing, UNC-Charlotte

Position Number 005885
Working Title Assistant Professor
Classification Title 9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty
College Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Department
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent – Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department The Department of Religious Studies provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the academic study of religion in a pluralistic, multicultural, and global context; conducts and publishes research related to religion; and provides service that enhances public understanding of issues related to religion. Religious studies faculty also contribute to the institutional work of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University. Our mission is to foster critical understanding of the significance of religion in human societies and cultures.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences advances the ethical discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge and creativity, and – by building the academic programs for tomorrow – educates students to be informed, critical thinkers and competent communicators, to work successfully in a world of increasing diversity and change, and to be engaged citizens in a global society.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website: http://provost.uncc.edu/academic-budget-personnel/handbook/search-committee

Essential Duties and Responsibilities The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. in Religious Studies or a related field at the time of appointment, teaching experience at the university level, an active research agenda that critically examines the intersections of religious practices and traditions with physical and/or mental health, and which complements our department’s existing strengths, and a commitment to diversity initiatives and expanding diversity and inclusion within the department. Time period, region of research specialization and methodological approach are open; possible areas of focus include, but are not limited to: history of science, medicine, and religion; critical race and ethnic studies; anthropology and sociology; and the body in religion.

Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Minimum Experience/Education UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience Desired qualifications include research and pedagogic expertise in religions of the Global South; experience with quantitative research methodologies or digital humanities; and experience teaching Religious Studies theories and methods.

Applicants must be prepared to contribute to the undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Religious Studies as well as the University’s general education program.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants The Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Religion and Healing to begin August 2018. Screening of applications will begin November 1 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications must be made electronically at https://jobs.uncc.edu and should include a cover letter and CV with a list of three references. Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at ehoenes@uncc.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte is an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCEInstitution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained. UNC Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.

Applicants subject to criminal background check.

Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 11/01/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
Contact Information Any questions about this search can be sent to Eric Hoenes del Pinal, Chair of the Religion and Healing Search Committee, at ehoenes@uncc.edu. Inquiries can also be directed to the department chair, Joanne Robinson, at Joanne.Robinson@uncc.edu.

News from the Center for the Study of Religion and Society

Kraig Beyerlein New Director of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Religion and Society, Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, and the Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in the Sociology of Religion

Associate Professor Kraig Beyerlein is the new Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) at the University of Notre Dame. He replaces Christian Smith after a decade of service. Kraig received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and was a faculty member at the University of Arizona before coming to Notre Dame. He has long been a member of and held council positions in the Association for the Sociology of Religion, the American Sociological Association’s Section on the Sociology of Religion, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Kraig’s research focuses on religion and civic engagement/social movements, appearing in such journals as the American Sociological Review, the Journal for the Scientific Study of ReligionSocial ForcesSociological Methods and Research, and the Sociology of Religion.

The CSRS will host a Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference on April 27, 2018, bringing advanced graduate students and early assistant professors to campus to present their research and receive comments from leading scholars in the field. All expenses will be paid for selected younger scholars. The application deadline is December 1, 2017. Click here to apply.

Professors of other rank or anyone else interested in the conference are encouraged to join the younger scholars at the conference. Please register here by January 31, 2018. Selected younger scholars need not separately register for the conference.

As part of the Younger Scholars in the Sociology of Religion Conference, the inaugural Andrew M. Greeley Lifetime Achievement Award in the Sociology of Religion will be presented. Robert Wuthnow of Princeton University is the first recipient of the award. He will give a plenary talk at the end of the conference and his former graduate students Kevin Christiano (University of Notre Dame), Marie Griffith (Washington University St. Louis), Allison Schnable (Indiana University Bloomington), and Brian Steensland (Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis) will celebrate him at dinner.

Executive Director, Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership

The Hartford Institute for Religion Research (HIRR) at Hartford Seminary has a thirty-four year record of rigorous, policy-relevant research, anticipation of emerging issues and commitment to the creative dissemination of learning. This record has earned the Institute an international reputation as an important bridge between the scholarly community and the practice of faith. As part of HIRR, the Cooperative Congregational Studies Partnership (CCSP) brings together more than 40 participants from Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i’ and Orthodox Church organizations to develop both quantitative and qualitative congregational research.

This research, known as the Faith Communities Today (FACT) Survey, has produced some of the most relevant research on congregational life in the United States since 2000 and has enabled pastors, church leaders, and scholars to make unprecedented comparisons among congregations and denominations. Position Description: HIRR is searching for a contracted, part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) Executive Director to manage the day-to-day activities of the CCSP and to expand the capacities of CCSP as a relevant research-generating entity. This position may be performed remotely or on-site at Hartford Seminary. The Executive Director will report to the Director of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research, who also serves as the Chair of CCSP.

Consult the full position description here.

Funding Opportunity: Global Religion Research Initiative

The Center for the Study of Religion and Society in the Department of Sociology at the University of Notre Dame is pleased to announce the Global Religion Research Initiative (GRRI), directed by Christian Smith and funded by the Templeton Religion Trust of Nassau, Bahamas.

The GRRI will fund over 150 research proposals by distributing $3.1 million to scholars of global religion between 2017 and 2020.

The GRRI offers six distinct competitive research and writing grants and fellowships programs available to scholars at all levels of their careers that intend to significantly advance the social scientific study of religions around the world.

For information and the online application, go to grri.nd.edu.
The application deadline is October 16, 2017.