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In the Field: News of events and opportunities for scholars of religion published online by the American Academy of Religion.

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March 1, 2019
CFP: The Digital Challenge: How to Humanize Technology (Symposium, August 1–3, 2019, Pasadena, CA)

We live in an era of computerization of everyday life. Automation pervades all aspects of work/leisure, with limitless possibilities for instant communication via iPhones, the Internet, and social media. But is humanity becoming overly dependent on machines? Meredith Broussard cautions in Artificial Unintelligence that “computers misunderstand the world.” Simon Head points out in Mindless that smarter machines are “making dumber humans.” The question arises: In a world dominated by machines, what is the proper role for humans? Can scientists and humanists bridge conceptual divide in order to humanize technology and promote individual fulfillment and social felicity in the global village? Submit 250-word abstracts by March 1, 2019 to Online Call for Papers/Registration:

CFP: Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies (The Future of Education: Rediscovering Free Inquiry)

Can academe rise to 21-century challenges of science and technology, specialization, and humanistic education, the free flow of information vs. censorship, democracy vs. dictatorship? On some college campuses, demands for speech codes, trigger warnings, safe spaces, sensitivity training, and intolerance of opposing viewpoints run counter to the ideal of open dialogue. The question arises: Can academe retrieve its true calling of training not only for jobs but also for responsible citizenship in a democracy, which presupposes freedom of thought and speech, and the promise of education as free inquiry? Submit manuscripts for journal review and publication by March 1, 2019. Visit for more information.

March 27–March 29, 2019
Conference: Orality and Literacy XIII: Repetition

The Department of Classics at the University of Texas at Austin invites all classicists, historians, religious studies and biblical scholars, and scholars with an interest in oral cultures to participate in the Thirteenth Conference on Orality and Literacy in the Ancient World, to take place in Austin (TX) from Wednesday, March 27 to Sunday, March 31, 2019. The theme for the conference is “Repetition”, and papers in response to this theme are invited on topics related to the ancient Mediterranean world or, for comparative purposes, other times, places, and cultures. Keynote: Professor Ruth Scodel (Classics, University of Michigan).

March 31, 2019
CFP: The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches (June 27–28, 2019, University of Befordshire, United Kingdom)

The Centre for the Critical Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements (CenSAMM), first annual conference, at the University of Bedfordshire (Bedford Campus), United Kingdom, 27-28 June 2019. Conference theme: The Study of Apocalyptic and Millenarian Movements: Critical and Interdisciplinary Approaches. The aim of the conference is to facilitate critical and interdisciplinary discussion of apocalypticism, millenarianism and associated movements across time, place, and culture. We invite papers from scholars at all stages of their career. Please submit paper proposals, with a 300-word abstract and short CV, to Deadline for proposals: 31 March 2019. For further information, please see:


April 1, 2019
CFP: Yogascapes in Japan 2019 Conference (July 9–13, 2019, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan)

The second Yogascapes in Japan Conference, titled "Global Coercion-scapes: The Political Economy of Imaginative Consumption, Implicated Subjects, Wellness Tourism, and Sustainable Development" will be held in Kyoto Prefecture, Japan, July 9–13, 2019. For more information about the Call for Papers (submission closes April 1, 2019), registration, travel arrangements, etc., please go to website: We look forward to seeing you in Japan, soon. For any questions, please contact: Dr. Patrick McCartney -

April 9, 2019
Joachim Viens Memorial Lecture: A Ministry of Presence: Spiritual Care for All. Speaker: Dr. Winnifred Fallers Sullivan

The first Viens Memorial Lecture, hosted by the World Wisdoms Project, will be given by Dr. Winnifred Sullivan. Chaplaincy traces its origins to the medieval church and yet this profession is at the very forefront of a rapidly changing and diverse religious scene in the twenty-first century. The work that chaplains do, their training for that work, their responsiveness to the spiritual marketplace, and their regulation by the government, deserve attention. April 9, 2019. 6:30 pm. The Drake Center. 802 West Drake Road Fort Collins, CO 80526. Open to all. Reception to follow talk.

April 15, 2019
CFP: Arc: Journal of the School of Religious Studies, McGill University

The editors of Arc: Journal of the School of Religious Studies are pleased to announce an open call for papers and book reviews for the forthcoming volume (Vol. 46). Arc is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually by the School of Religious Studies, McGill University. Arc encourages submissions from diverse religious traditions and perspectives. The submission deadline for Volume 46 is April 15, 2019. For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the Guidelines for Contributors (PDF) on our website (

April 22, 2019
Theta Alpha Kappa Graduate Fellowship Award Announcement

Chapters of Theta Alpha Kappa may nominate seniors or recent alumni who continue study religion or theology at the graduate level for the 2019 Graduate Fellowship Award. Applications are to be submitted through the online application form by 11:59 pm EST, April 23, 2019. See for more information.


May 1, 2019
CFP: REA Annual Meeting (November 1–3, 2019, Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

The CFP for the REA2019 Annual Meeting is now available. Scheduled for November 1-3 in Toronto, Ontario, the theme of the meeting is "Coexistence in divided societies: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, of hope." Dr. Hanan Alexander, University of Haifa, is the program chair for this meeting which invites paper proposals from a diverse group of scholars. You do not need to be a member of the Religious Education Association to respond to the CFP, but if your proposal is accepted through the double-blind peer review process, you must join the association. More information at the conference website:

May 31, 2019
CFP: Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology in Open Theology

Open Theology ( invites submissions for the topical issue "Digital Humanities in Biblical Studies and Theology". The topic comprises all topics related to the digitization of biblical and theological studies, from theoretical or epistemological thoughts to the presentation of digital projects. Submissions will be collected through May 31, 2019 via the on-line submission system at Further questions about this thematic issue can be addressed to Dr. Claire Clivaz, In case of technical or financial questions, please contact the journal's managing editor, Dr. Katarzyna Tempczyk, at


June 3–5, 2019
Conference: Implicit Religion USA Conference (Monmouth University)

There are a small number of spaces left for the USA Implicit Religion Conference. It runs June 3–5 in New Jersey at Monmouth University. The cost is $220 for the conference, 2 nights accommodation, meals, refreshments and campus facilities. It is open to all, including undergraduate students, postgraduate students, precarious and marginalised scholars, as well as interested members of the public. Keynote: Dr Elayne Oliphant "Xenophobia & the Inequality of Public Religious Life" Workshop: Dr S. Brent Plate, "How to get published in academia." All bookings must be made through the website.


July 15, 2019
CFP: Special Issue of the Journal of Religion and Violence, "Islam and Violence"

This special issue of the Journal of Religion and Violence is concerned with the contested relationship between Islam and violence, and the theme of global jihadism in particular. Research on the role of religion in jihadist violence is often dedicated to texts and doctrines, whereas research on the cultural embeddedness of religion, its interrelatedness with social and political factors, and the ways in which religion is being practiced in concrete situations, remain understudied. This issue aims to rectify this lack by bringing forward nuanced perspectives on the lived relationship between Islam and violence. For queries contact Pieter Nanninga (




October 15, 2019
CFP: Journal of Religion and Violence

The Journal of Religion and Violence is seeking submissions for its 2019 and 2020 issues. We are an interdisciplinary journal publishing peer reviewed essays on all aspects of religion and violence, from earliest to contemporary times. For a sample of our articles, see should be in polished American prose, in Word, and 5000 to 10,000 words in length. Please send submissions as word attachments to


November 1–3, 2019
REA2019 Conference (Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

The Religious Education Association annual conference for 2019 will be held in Toronto, Ontario, from November 1 to 3, 2019. The theme of the meeting is "Coexistence in divided societies: Pedagogies of the sacred, of difference, of hope." Dr. Hanan Alexander, University of Haifa, is the program chair for this meeting which invites paper proposals from a diverse group of scholars.