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CFP: 2018 NAASR Job Workshop

 

In 2018, NAASR will host its fourth Job Market Workshop alongside the AAR/SBL in Denver. Full information about the event can be found below.

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NAASR Job Market Workshop CFP

This session proposes to explore the employment challenges facing early career scholars through both a discussion and workshop. This session addresses issues important to junior academics (notably, but not exclusively, ABDs now entering/about to enter the job market) by demonstrating how a professional organization can provide a practical and strategic forum for job-market advice.

The following activities will take place during the session:

I. Workshop

In the first half of the session, participants will break into small groups, each led by a more senior scholar. Within their groups, participants will discuss in focused ways how they might best represent themselves, their work, and their scholarly interests on the job market. The smaller setting will allow for more “hands on” advice, taking as examples the CV and cover letters the organizers will have pre-distributed among participants. Simply focusing on what one says in a cover letter’s opening paragraph, for example, or how one orders a C.V., will provide the way into larger questions of representation in these small group discussions. Participants should be ready to share and discuss their CV and sample cover letter with fellow group members (though hopefully all will have some familiarity with the materials in advance to facilitate a more focused workshop).

II. Open Discussion

With the issues and questions from the small-group workshop in mind, the second half of the session will be devoted to an open discussion. The group leaders will begin by providing brief introductory remarks on what they each see as constructive and strategic advice for early career scholars who are navigating the academic job market, aimed initially at how applicants can be strategic not only in trying to ascertain a Department’s needs but also in negotiating potential theoretical and political landmines in the field. A discussion will follow in which participants can talk about these issues in an informal atmosphere and share information. This guided discussion will focus on four central questions related to how might early career scholars interested in theory and method:

  • represent themselves strategically on the job market?
  • apply to calls for general positions, fitting themselves to broad departmental needs?
  • shape their cover letters and CVs to appeal to a wide range of departments?
  • respond to critiques that they have no “specialty,” “content,” or “area of study”?
  • The discussion is designed to reflect different opinions regarding the place of theory & method in the job market, as well as in the study of religion more generally.

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Scholars of all concentrations within the field of Religious Studies are welcome to join the workshop—whether a NAASR member or not—though preference will be given to early career scholars, particularly those at the senior ABD stage (i.e., those already on or going onto the job market). Shortly before the workshop, but once the participants have been identified, each participant will be invited to share with the other members, via email or a closed social media group, their academic focus/dissertation topic, level of teaching experience, their level of experience with the job market as well as their own current position (e.g., PhD Student, Postdoc, Instructor, etc.) in order to ensure all participants come to the meeting somewhat familiar with the diversity of experience in the workshop. In addition, as stated above, each participant will be invited to provide a sample cover letter and CV for the organizers to pre-distribute. These materials will then be workshopped within their small groups. More details will follow after the participant list has been finalized.

Space is limited to 25 participants in this NAASR workshop, and participants can stay for as long or as little as they like. To register, please e-mail the organizer, Michael Graziano (grazmike [at] gmail [dot] com) by no later than October 15, 2018. In this request to register please include your current degree or professional career stage.

New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Table of Contents

Editorial-open access

“Affecting the Study of Religion: Schaefer, Animality, and Affect Theory”

Philip L. Tite

Articles

“Do Mushrooms Have Religion, Too?”

Hollis Phelps

“Rewilding Religion: Affect and Animal Dance”

Jay Johnston

“Biophilia’s Queer Remnants”

Courtney O’Dell-Chaib

“Affect, Animality, and Islamophobia: Human-Animal Relations in the Production of Muslim Difference in America”

Matthew R. Hotham

“Animal Politics: Species, Evolution, and Religious Affects”

Donovan Schaefer

“Bodies, Biopolitics, and Mushrooms Once Again: A Response to Donovan Schaefer”

Hollis Phelps

“Epistemologies of Trauma: Cognitive Insights for Narrative Construction as Ritual Performance”

Tyler M. Tully

“Emoji Dei: Religious Iconography in the Digital Age”

Méadhbh McIvor

“Who Says a Headscarf Emoji is Religious? (And Why?)”

Joseph P. Laycock

“Nothing Outside the Text? Religion and its Others in Emoji Discourse”

Méadhbh McIvor

New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion

Table of contents

Editorial- open access
Who Gets to Play in the Sandbox? Debating Identities, Methodologies, and Theoretical Frameworks
Philip L. Tite
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/29521

Articles

For the Good or the Guild: An Open Letter to the Academy of Religion
Kate Daley Bailey
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/29036

When Is a Religion Like a Weed?: Some Thoughts on Why and How We Define Things
Nathan Rein
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27760

A Search for the “Really” Real: Philosophically Approaching the Task of Defining Religion
J. Aaron Simmons
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27553

Worlds Apart: The Essentials of Critical Thinking
K. Merinda Simmons
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27562

A deep-seated schism: Fundamental discussions in the study of religions
Caroline Schaffalitzky de Muckadell
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28973

Who Believed There Was A Bomb and When Did They Believe It? What Ahmed Mohamed’s Clock Says About Belief and Moral Panic
Joseph P. Laycock
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28907

“Better get to know Practicum: Critical Theory, Religion, and Pedagogy” an interview with Craig Martin and Brad Stoddard of Practicum blog
Ipsita Chatterjea
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/29035

Editor’s Corner: NAASR Membership and the Bulletin for the Study of Religion: An Important Announcement and a Personal Reflection<
Philip L. Tite
https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BSOR/article/view/29053

CFP: Concepts in the Study of Religion

The following new book series—published in association with NAASR—might be of interest to members; see the publisher’s site for more information.

Books in the series Concepts in the Study of Religion: Critical Primers offer brief introductions to an array of concepts—modes of analysis, tools, as well as analytic terms themselves—within the discourse of religious studies. Useful for almost any course, the volumes in the series do not attempt to assert normative understandings but rather they introduce and survey the various modes and contexts for scholarly engagement with the concept at hand. How, for example, has the term ‘myth’ been used, and what can various definitions allow us to do as scholars? Who in the field is working on the category of race and how? What might be the future of scholarship on gender in religious studies? What are the possibilities and limitations of description or comparison as methodological approaches? Thus, these critical primers provide — but are not limited to — concise overviews of the history of an approach or term. They also present the authors’ own critical analyses of the dynamics and stakes present in discourses surrounding these concepts. Featuring lists of further readings to guide additional consideration of their topic, the books in this series are valuable resources for students and advanced scholars alike.

Series Editor

K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama

CFP: Critiquing Religion: Discourse, Culture, Power

logo blThe following new book series might be of interest to NAASR members; download this pdf for more information.

Critiquing Religion: Discourse, Culture, Power publishes works that historicize both religions and modern discourses on ‘religion’ that treat it as a unique object of study. Using diverse methodologies and social theories, volumes in this series view religions and discourses on religion as commonplace rhetorics, authenticity narratives, or legitimating myths which function in the creation, maintenance, and contestation of social formations. Works in the series are on the cutting edge of critical scholarship, regarding ‘religion’ as just another cultural tool used to gerrymander social space and distribute power relations in the modern world. Critiquing Religion: Discourse, Culture, Power provides a unique home for reflexive, critical work in the field of religious studies.

Senior Editor

Craig Martin, St. Thomas Aquinas College

Editorial Board

Richard King, University of Kent

Bruce Lincoln, University of Chicago

K. Merinda Simmons, University of Alabama

Leslie Dorrough Smith, Avila University

Hugh Urban, Ohio State University

Call for Papers: Religious Studies and Theology

Religious Studies and Theology—a journal for which several NAASR members serve on the editorial board—is looking for submissions. This peer-reviewed journal publishes in June and December; however manuscripts are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Religious Studies and Theology welcomes original research pertinent to the contemporary world from a range of disciplines, with a particular interest in Canadian perspectives and/or studies of Canada from abroad and in relation to global contexts.

Manuscript submission is easily completed online here. Submissions are sent by the Editor to two peer-reviewers in a double-blind process. You will be notified within one week of submission if your manuscript has been sent for review. You will be notified of the decision within approximately three months and will be provided with a copy of reviewer comments.

New Issue of the Bulletin for the Study of Religion (44.3)

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Table of Contents

Editorial- open access
Texts and their scholars: the co-production of texts, audiences, and communities.
Arlene L. Macdonald
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28286

Articles
Religion Past and Present — The English Translation of the 4th edition: Introducing an AAR/SBL Review Panel
Klaus-Peter Adam
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/24176

Review of Articles in the Field of Hebrew Bible in Religion Past and Present
Klaus-Peter Adam
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28061

New Testament Studies in Religion Past and Present
Richard E. DeMaris
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/24350

Canon and Curation: What does the Completion of RPP mean for North American Students of Theology, Church History, and Philosophy?
Robert Saler
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28018

The Approach to the Social Sciences in Religion Past and Present
Robert Alan Segal
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28018

Galen, De indolentia, and Early Christian Literature
Trevor Wade Thompson
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27924

Disruptive Narratives of Jesus: Feuerbach and Ricoeur in Dialogue
Catherine Caufield
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27732    

Editor’s Corner: Critics or Caretakers? It’s All in the Mapping
Philip L. Tite
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/26866

Teaching Tips
Signifying on the World Religions Paradigm: My Version of Religion 101
Richard Newton
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/27908

Field Notes
Field Notes: News and Announcements in the Discipline
http://www.equinoxpub.com/journals/index.php/BSOR/article/view/28232