Conferences & Papers


The Duke University Department of Art, Art History, and Visual Studies will host its 2017 Graduate Student Symposium, featuring a keynote address by Patrick LeMieux, Assistant Professor, Cinema and Digital Media Program, University of California, Davis. The symposium will be held February 23-24, Room A266 (Collision Space), Bay 10, Smith Warehouse.

Western Theological Seminary (WTS), Holland, Michigan, is actively pursuing diversity in its faculty and has established a Faculty Fellow program designed to encourage applications from ABD racial-ethnic minority scholars. One-half teaching load is assigned to provide time to complete Ph.D. dissertation. Competitive salary and benefits, as well as housing assistance provided. Click here for more information. Application Deadline: February 28, 2017.

The Duke Center for Jewish Studies and Religions and Public Life at the Kenan Institute for Ethics are pleased to welcome back Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks to Duke, who will partake in a conversation with Imam Abdullah Antepli on the nature of inter-religious dialogue within the public sphere.  This special event will be moderated by Professor Ellen Davis and is free and open to the public. Monday, March 27, 6 pm, Penn Pavilion. 

NC State’s annual Impact of Religion lecture will feature a presentation by Professor Eddie S. Glaude, Jr. "The Problem of “African-American Religion”: A Scholar’s Dilemma" explores theoretical and practical challenges in the study of African American religion. More specifically, it seeks to examine and trouble assumptions about the role of “African American religion” in black public life — assumptions all too often rooted in a Protestant bias and some static idea of a “black church.” Joseph R. Winters, Assistant Professor at Duke University, will respond. Thursday, March 30, 4:30 p.m., Bostian Hall 2722. 

The Association for the Study of the Middle East and Africa is pleased to offer research grants up to $2500 to qualified scholars and students engaged in the study of the Middle East and Africa. Application deadline: March 31, 2017. 


The 14th annual Duke-UNC Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies Graduate Student Workshop, "Affect in Dissent: Past and Present," will occur on March 4-5, 2017, held at UNC Campus Y Anne Queen Lounge, Chapel Hill. RSVP here.

Centre for Textual Studies and the Heythrop Institute: Religion and Society hosts a two-day conference on the place of scripture and sacred texts in contemporary Religious Education (in the British Isles). Held March 21-22, 2017 in London, UK, the full conference is £95 and a single day is £55. Click here for more information.

The Department of Religion at Columbia University will host a graduate student conference, “Imaginal Worlds: Religion in Speculative and Fan Fiction." Held April 7, 2017, it invites discussion of the impact religious themes have on speculative fiction and/or the ways in which the construction of imaginal worlds can serve as a heuristic tool in religious studies.

ASMEA is offering travel grants up to $750 to qualified scholars and students to present their research at the Tenth Annual Conference, held October 19-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Application deadline: March 31, 2017. 

Calls for Papers

Humanities Without Walls issues a call for proposals for the Being Human in the Age of Human: Perspectives from Religion and Ethics workshops led by researchers at Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, the University of Chicago, and Michigan State University. The first part of a three-stage project takes place at the University of Chicago (October 15-17, 2017) and Michigan State University (October 17-19, 2017). Click here for more information. Submissions due: March 30, 2017.

ASMEA is currently seeking proposals for paper and panel presentations for its Tenth Annual Conference. Scholars from any discipline, tenured or untenured faculty, or those otherwise affiliated with a recognized research institution, may submit proposals to present at the Conference, held October 19-21, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Proposals due: April 15, 2017.