Job post: Assistant Professor in Material Culture and Religion at UPenn

Position Description: The Department of Religious Studies at the University of Pennsylvania invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the field of Religious Studies and Material/Visual Culture. Time period, religious tradition, and sub-specialization are open and may include scholars who approach the study of religion through related methodological approaches in the areas of art history, archaeology, architecture, ethnography, film and media studies, gender and embodiment, material texts, and visual studies. The search committee is interested in specialists with research experience in religions in Africa and the African Diaspora, the Americas, Asia, or the Middle East. The successful candidate for this new faculty position should have a compelling and original research agenda and a commitment to pursue it within the interdisciplinary framework offered by the Department of Religious Studies, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the wider University. Recent PhDs are particularly welcome to apply. The successful candidate will participate in the departmenta€™s undergraduate and graduate teaching mission. A normal teaching load is 4 courses per year on a semester system. Interested candidates should apply at and submit a letter of application, CV, statement of research, writing sample, and the contact information for three individuals who will be asked by the University to submit a letter of recommendation. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled. The Department of Religious Studies is strongly committed to Penna€™s Action Plan for Faculty Diversity and Excellence and to creating a more diverse faculty (for more information see: The University of Pennsylvania is an EOE. Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.

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Two fully-funded, full-time, three-year PhD studentships at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London


Applications are invited for two fully-funded, full-time, three-year PhD studentships at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, to begin in February 2017. The successful candidate will work under the supervision of at least one of the permanent academic staff members in the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society on a topic within the Centre’s expertise.
To apply, please download and complete a PhD application form and send it together with your 3,000-4,000 word research proposal, two academic references, copies of your Master’s qualification, a current CV and cover letter stating your desire to be considered for the studentship to:

Dr Christine Edwards-Leis
School of Education, Theology & Leadership
St Mary’s University
Waldegrave Road
Strawberry Hill
Twickenham TW1 4SX
Tel: 020 8240 4254

PhD on Religion and Development on offer at UCT


Abdulkader Tayob
Cape Town, South Africa ·
Dear Friends
It is my great pleasure to announce a cooperative project on the place and role of religion in development work. Together with colleagues in the United Kingdom and Britain, we are embarking on a project focussed on a number of cities, including in Cape Town. For this, I have a Phd fellowship for anyone who wants to work in this area in Cape Town. Please get in touch with me as soon as possible. Share this post with your contacts. I would very much appreciate it.

ACLS African Humanities Program 2016-2017: Call for Applications


The African Humanities Program (AHP) of the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) seeks to reinvigorate the humanities in Africa through fellowship competitions and related activities in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda. In partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, which has generously provided funding, AHP offers African scholars an integrated set of opportunities to develop individual capacities and to promote formation of scholarly networks. The African Humanities Program supports the Carnegie Corporation’s efforts to develop and retain African academics at universities in Africa.

Completed applications must be submitted by November 2, 2016 by email to

To apply, visit

LSE Africa Centre: Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships


The newly-established Africa Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is accepting expressions of interest from potential applicants to the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) – Individual Fellowships. It encourages expressions of interest in any social science research topic which links to current LSE research and expertise with a particular emphasis on Africa. Please visit our website to review LSE Africa Expertise.

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