Karl Barth in Dialogue with Other Religious Traditions

Call for contributions to a book project entitled: Karl Barth in Dialogue with Other Religious Traditions: Karl Barth and Comparative Theology. The project has been submitted to Fordham University Press by Christian T. Collins Winn & Martha Moore-Kish. They are looking specifically for scholars of African indigenous religions who have an interest in the writings of Karl Barth.

Description
This volume brings the theology of Karl Barth into dialogue with the burgeoning field of comparative theology. Featuring contributions from a variety of scholars, the volume builds on recent engagements with Barth in the area of theologies of religion, by opening a new conversation between Barth’s theology and comparative theology. The opening essay summarizes the intra-Christian conversation about how Barth’s theology can helpfully inform theology of religious pluralism. The bulk of the volume which follows features comparative theological performances, which bring Barth’s theology into conversation with theological claims from other religious traditions for the purpose of modeling deep learning across religious borders from a Barthian perspective. For each tradition addressed in this volume, two Christian theologians offer focused engagements of Barth with themes and figures from another religious tradition, with a response from a theologian from that tradition itself. Scant attention has been given to Barth as a conversation partner in the discipline of comparative theology, and we seek to open up new trajectories for comparative theology with this unlikely interlocutor.

Those interested may contact Christian Collins Winn for more information (ctcollin@bethel.edu)

St. Lawrence University – VAP, Study of Islam

St. Lawrence University
Visiting Assistant Professor – Study of Islam

St. Lawrence University invites applications for a one-year Visiting position at the assistant professor level in the study of Islam to begin August 2013. The successful candidate will be asked to teach the department’s survey of Islam, a 100-level thematic course that introduces students to the academic study of religion of the candidate’s design, and upper-level courses of the candidate’s design. Preference will be given to candidates who are conversant with academic method and theory in the study of religion. Normal teaching load is three courses per semester. A completed Ph.D. is preferred but late-stage ABD candidates will be considered.

Interested candidates should send an electronic copy of their application materials to Mark MacWilliams (macwilliams@stlawu.edu), and copy Laura Desmond (ldesmond@stlawu.edu) and Joyce Sheridan (jsheridan@stlawu.edu). Applications should include a cover letter of application, C.V., two sample syllabi three letters of recommendation, at least one of which addresses teaching. Review of applications will begin immediately and ongoing review will continue until the position is successfully filled.

Located in Canton, N.Y., St. Lawrence University is a coeducational, private, independent liberal arts institution of about 2,400 students. The educational opportunities at St. Lawrence inspire students and prepare them to be critical and creative thinkers, to find a compass for their lives and careers, and to pursue knowledge and understanding for the benefit of themselves, humanity and the planet. Through its focus on active engagement with ideas in and beyond the classroom, a St. Lawrence education leads students to make connections that transform lives and communities, from the local to the global. For additional information about St. Lawrence, please visit SLU’s homepage at http://www.stlawu.edu.

SLU is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

Department Type: Religion or Religious Studies
Rank at Which You Expect to Make Appointment: Assistant

Course Load: 3/semester
Candidate’s Skills, Background
Required: Teaching Experience
Desired: PhD

Northwestern – Position in Islam in African Societies

Northwestern University
Associate or Full Professor, Islam in African Societies

Northwestern University’s Program of African Studies is accepting applications for a full-time tenured appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor with an active research agenda that focuses on the role of Islam in African societies. The appointment will be contingent upon a successful tenure review. The appointment will be in a home department in the College of Arts and Sciences (including but not limited to Religious Studies, Anthropology, Philosophy, Sociology, Political Science, Literature, or History) and will be associated with the interdisciplinary Program of African Studies. The ability to engage across disciplines and the capacity to provide leadership for interdisciplinary collaboration to support the study of Islam at Northwestern University is highly desirable. Applicants should submit:

a letter of intent describing their current research agenda and teaching experience/interests representative written work
a curriculum vitae
the names and contact information for three referees

Submissions must be made via the application system found at https://facultysearch.weinberg.northwestern.edu/apply/index/NjY. Only electronic application materials will be accepted. The internal review process for applications will begin immediately and continue until October 1, 2013.

Questions can be directed to african-studies@northwestern.edu. We strongly encourage women and minorities to apply. AA/EOE.

Department Type:
Area Studies
Rank at Which You Expect to Make Appointment: Associate
Location of Position: Illinois, United States

Candidate’s Skills, Background
Required: PhD
Teaching Experience Desired: Interdisciplinary Teaching or Research

Update on BASR/EASR/IAHR 2013 Liverpool Conference

IMPORTANT UPDATE REGARDING BASR/ EASR/IAHR 2013 LIVERPOOL CONFERENCE 3-6 SEPTEMBER

The 2013 BASR / EASR / IAHR Conference to be held in Liverpool Hope University is announcing a re-launch for the conference. Prof. Ron Geaves, the conference organiser to date, has had to step aside due to health issues, so there is now a new conference team structure in place, and we are using this as an opportunity to re-launch the conference and provide key information updates:

1) Secure online registration is NOW LIVE – please go to www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation for details of full residential conference packages, day rates (for those not requiring on-campus accommodation) and useful travel information.

2) The deadline for submission of panels and papers has been EXTENDED TO JUNE 15TH. We are delighted with the quality of panels and papers submitted so far, and welcome further submissions.

3) Please use the dedicated email address for any queries – easrconference@hope.ac.uk

4) A detailed timetable will be released after the deadline for panel/paper submissions, but for those making travel plans, the conference will start with registration 10am-4pm on Tues 3rd and end after lunch on Friday 6th.

5) In addition to panels, papers and meetings, the full conference package will include a Gala Dinner with accompanying live band playing 1960s Beatles/’Merseybeat’ music for which the city is so famous, and there will be a cultural tour of Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site Docks and Museums quarter.

Liverpool – the European Capital of Culture in 2008 – is a very exciting city with UNESCO World Heritage Status for its iconic Docks area. With more Georgian buildings than any other city in Britain, other than Bath, Liverpool boasts a world-renowned Philharmonic Orchestra, the Walker Art Gallery, the new multi-million pound waterside Museum of Liverpool, one of only two Tate Art Galleries outside of London, two of the most famous football teams in Europe, and the largest Cathedral in Britain. Home to the Beatles, and many other successful ‘Merseybeat’ bands of the 1960s, the city retains a proud tradition of music and the performing arts and is home to Sir Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts.

We look forward to welcoming you to Liverpool Hope University, and the city of Liverpool, for what will be a stimulating and enjoyable conference for all BASR/EASR/IAHR friends and colleagues.

Stephen Gregg, Conference Organiser & BASR Hon. Treasurer
easrconference@hope.ac.uk
Conference Website: http://www.hope.ac.uk/religionmigrationmutation/

Call for Book Proposals: Studies in Pilgrimage

Ashgate Studies in Pilgrimage
Series Editors: Simon Coleman, University of Toronto, Canada; Dee Dyas, University of York, UK; John Eade, University of Roehampton UK and University College London, UK; and Jas’ Elsner, University of Oxford and Unviersity of Chicago

Once relatively neglected, pilgrimage has become an increasingly prominent topic of study over the last few decades. Its study is inevitably inter-disciplinary, and extends across a growing range of scholarly fields, including religion, anthropology, geography, history, literary studies, art history, archaeology, sociology, heritage and tourism studies. This process shows no sign of abating – indeed, it looks set to continue to expand.

This series seeks to place itself at the forefront of these conversations. Books will cover exciting new work from both established and emerging scholars. They will encompass themes as diverse as pilgrimage within national and post-national frames, pilgrimage-writing, materialities of pilgrimage, digi-pilgrimage and secular pilgrimage.

Single- (or jointly-) authored books as well as edited volumes will be considered. Authors will work closely with the Editorial Board in the preparation and production of texts which should set the intellectual agenda for the future study of pilgrimage.