PhD Scholarships: African Diaspora & Pentecostalism (Australia)

Dear colleagues,

We are offering 2 PhD scholarships (1 based in Sydney and 1 in Perth) as part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funded project: “The African Diaspora and Pentecostalism in Australia: New Perspectives on Materiality, Media and Religion.”

This project investigates the new African Diaspora in Australia and its embrace of Pentecostalism, particularly after arrival. The African community in Australia has often been associated with poor settlement outcomes, and has also been on the receiving end of a racialised moral panic. The project aims: to understand the range of challenges African-Australian communities faces; to determine why so many of their members join Pentecostal churches; to investigate how Pentecostal churches support these communities’ translocal and transnational mobility and sense of belonging, and; to contribute to policy efforts to improve outcomes for African new arrivals in Australia.

Within this larger project, the PhD candidates will conduct ethnographic research with Pentecostal churches in Australia, and with African Diasporas in the country. Both projects will investigate questions such as: how do Pentecostal churches support/hinder processes of settlement and ‘integration’? How do some Pentecostal megachurches generate transnational religious fields – ones which may harness resources from branches elsewhere in the world? And what impact does all of this have on Australian cities’ post-secular social landscapes?

We welcome applicants from a range of backgrounds: anthropology, sociology, religious studies, African studies, Migration studies or a related field. In particular, the project is suitable for candidates with strong interests in the intersections of migration and religion. Applications from students of African heritage are especially welcomed.

Deadline: 30 June 2019

For more details, see

1.  Religion and Society Research Centre, School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University, Sydney

2.  School of Social Sciences, University of Western Australia, Perth

Prof Cristina Rocha
Director of Religion and Society Research Cluster |School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Western Sydney University
President: Australian Association for the Study of Religion
Editor: Journal of Global Buddhism
Editor: Religion in the Americas series, Brill
Latest book: John of God: The Globalization of Brazilian Faith Healing (OUP, 2017)

PhD Studentship, U.of Copenhagen and UEA

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce (and remind you of) a 3-year PhD studentship hosted by the University of Copenhagen and University of East Anglia.

The studentship is on the broad theme of religion and social change in Africa. More information can be found here:  The deadline for applications is February 4th. Please also note that due to funding reasons the studentship is available only to applications from the EU (including the UK).

Best wishes,

Ben Jones (UEA)
Karen Lauterbach (Copenhagen)

1-Year Post-Doc at U. Virginia

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia invites applications for a one-year Post-doctoral Research Associate and Lecturer position in the religions of Africa and the African Diaspora. Candidates may specialize in either African or Diasporic religions, but must be able to offer at least one undergraduate course on each. We are especially interested in scholars whose research is centered in West Africa or the Afro-Caribbean.

The successful candidate will teach three courses during the academic year. Candidates will also be expected to conduct their own research and participate in the extracurricular academic life of the department.

Applications are open to scholars with PhDs in the study of religion or in cognate areas such as Anthropology, African Studies, History, and Literature and the Arts. ABD considered, with the expectation that the candidate will have the doctorate in hand by August 1, 2019.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0624452. Complete a Candidate Profile online and electronically attach a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2018, but will remain open until filled. Preliminary interviews will take place via video conference and are anticipated to begin in mid-January 2019.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Cynthia Hoehler-Fatton at
Questions regarding the application process in Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Richard Haverstrom at

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Job Post @ U.Virginia: Religious Thought in Africa (TT, OR)


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Open Rank Religious Thought in Africa
As part of a cluster hire for the Democracy Initiative of the College of Arts & Sciences, the Department of Religious Studies invites applications for an open-rank position in Religious Thought in Africa. Open to researchers with expertise in any religious tradition in any part of Africa using any methodological approach, we seek candidates with deep knowledge of a particular region – including its languages, cultures, and histories, and the ability to think broadly and collaboratively about relationships between religious thought and democracy. We invite applications from scholars across the humanities and social sciences, including philosophy, political theory, cultural studies, social thought, anthropology, sociology, or history, as well as both normative and descriptive fields of religious studies.

Anticipated start date is August 2019 and will be made as tenure-track Assistant Professor, tenured Associate Professor, or tenured Full Professor. Applications are therefore welcome from candidates of any rank, with stipulation that applicants must hold a Ph.D. at the time of appointment.

To apply, Complete a Candidate Profile online and attach the following: cover letter, CV, 1 article-length piece of scholarly work, and contact information for 3 references.

Review of applications will begin November 15, 2018 and the position will remain open until filled.
For questions regarding the position, please contact Willis Jenkins, the chair of the search committee,
For questions regarding the application process, please contact, Savanna Galambos, Faculty Search Advisor,
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Job Posting @ Dartmouth: Asst. Prof., Indigenous Religions of the Americas

This just in from colleagues at Dartmouth:

The Dartmouth College Department of Religion is currently undertaking a search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in “Indigenous Religions of the Americas, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, or Australia, which may include African diasporic traditions in these regions.” Full details of the position may be found here:

Applications received by October 20th will be considered for AAR interviews, or video conference interviews for those not attending the AAR.

I am contacting you in the hopes of reaching out to qualified candidates who may not be aware of our search. If you know of any such candidates, can you please pass this message along?

We are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion, and have a highly diverse department faculty.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the position.

Thanks very much,

Reiko Ohnuma
Professor and Chair
Department of Religion
Dartmouth College

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