Daily Archives: 8 June 2017

Devotion, Gender and the Body in the Religious Cultures of Europe 1100-1800: PATS and Symposium – Call For Applications Extended to 15 June

Religious History Association
“Devotion, Gender and the Body in the Religious Cultures of Europe 1100-1800”

A Postgraduate Advanced Training Seminar (PATS) and Symposium

  • Friday 18 August 2017 at Monash University (Clayton Campus): 11am-5pm
  • Saturday 19 August 2017 at Pilgrim Theological College, College Crescent, Parkville: 9:30am-4:30pm

The Religious History Association is keen to promote the study of religious history across a wide range of chronological periods and religious traditions. To this end, it is hosting a postgraduate advanced training seminar (PATS) and symposium, held on Friday 18 August under the auspices of the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Monash University, at its Clayton Campus, and on Saturday 19 August at Pilgrim Theological College (part of the University of Divinity), College Crescent, Parkville.

Religious devotion has always been profoundly shaped by broader assumptions in society about gender and the body, involving access to the divine through the senses, the emotions and materiality. While the practice of theology and preaching has often been perceived as an exercise dominated by men, devotional practices have often been pursued by both men and women, providing a possibility to examine the impact of both gender and materiality in shaping religious culture. In many different religious traditions, the body provides a frequently contested site for competing ideas about gender and sexuality to be considered as well as ideals of religious devotion. This PATS and symposium provides an opportunity for postgraduates and early career researchers to share their research in any aspect of religious history in the medieval, early modern or modern periods, that touches on devotion, gender and the body, whether in Jewish, Christian or Islamic contexts between the medieval and modern periods.

The PATS (which begins with a presentation by Prof Clare Waters on Friday at 11.00 am-12.00 noon) will provide an opportunity in the afternoon for student focused workshop sessions, where graduates can discuss their research with established scholars. On the Saturday, there will be speaker presentations and round table discussion about the theme of devotion, gender and the body in the medieval and early modern periods.

Invited Speakers

  • Dr Lisa Beaven (Centre for the History of the Emotions, University of Melbourne)
  • Assoc. Professor Erin Griffey (Dept of Art History, University of Auckland)
  • Dr Claire Walker (Dept of History, University of Adelaide)
  • Prof. Claire Waters (Dept of English, University of California at Davis)
  • Prof. Constant Mews (Centre for Religious Studies, Monash University)


Interested postgraduate students are invited to apply for a place at the PATS by the extended to deadline of 15 June, addressed to The Secretary, Religious History Association, katharine.massam@ctm.uca.edu.au.

  1. Name, affiliation, research degree and title of research project
  2. A statement (up to 500 words) detailing the benefit of the PATS to your research
  3. One academic reference, normally from your research supervisor. This can be brief (up to 500 words), and should be included in your application.

The PATS is intended primarily for postgraduate students, but applications from early career researchers (within two years of completion of a doctoral degree) will also be considered.

A limited number of bursaries are available from the Religious History Association to postgraduates wishing to participate in this PATS and symposium, to assist in covering travel and overnight accommodation costs. See: http://ctm.uca.edu.au/support-services/accommodation.

Applications for these bursaries can be submitted with your application for the PATS, and should include a copy of a quotation for travel to and from the PATS, and for accommodation expenses.

Postgrads and researchers in the Melbourne region, interested in attending but not asking for a bursary, are encouraged to register by 15 June, in order that we can establish numbers.

Professor Constant Mews, President, Religious History Association: Constant.Mews@monash.edu

Murdoch University: The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature – Call For Applications

Murdoch University, School of Arts
The Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature

Continuous role commencing January 2018
ACLEB | $92K to $109K plus 17% employer superannuation contributions
Salary Packaging opportunities

In order to broaden the focus of the English and Creative Writing Major, the School is now seeking to appoint an endowed Krishna Somers Lecturer in English and Postcolonial Literature who will make a significant contribution to teaching and research, and help implement the School of Arts’ strategy of embedding critical theory in units across the School.

The successful candidate will be required to teach across units offered by the program, develop an active research plan, apply for nationally competitive grants, publish in international refereed journals, and supervise postgraduate students.

The successful candidate should be familiar with postcolonial and diaspora theory, their decisive primary texts as well as with literary theory as a whole. A solid mastery of English literary history is essential, and reasonable proficiency in a language other than English is highly desirable.

Candidates should have a PhD and publications in the field, and will demonstrate a high level of written and oral communication skills. Recent experience in teaching at undergraduate level is essential and highly desirable at postgraduate level.

Deadline: 22 June, 2017.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://webapps7.murdoch.edu.au/pls/apex/f?p=2903:VIEW_JOB:0:::5:P5_ID:6254.

The National Gallery: Authors (Collection Information Project) – Call For Applications

The National Gallery
Authors (Collection Information Project)

Department: Curatorial
Salary: £25,867 – £32,410
Type: Fixed Term Full-Time

Can you write engagingly about paintings to a strict word-count and in a limited time?

If so, the National Gallery is seeking six authors to research and write short and long descriptions of its paintings, and short accounts of people related to the paintings, as part of a major project to improve the Gallery`s digital information.

We are looking for people with a postgraduate degree in the history of art, or technical art history, with a focus on one or more aspects of European painting c.1200-c.1900; a reading knowledge of at least one European language; and a proven ability to quickly research and summarise art-historical information, writing concisely, accurately, and grammatically in English for a non-specialist readership.

Appointments will take into account the balance of geographical, chronological and technical expertise across all six post holders.

Please note these six fixed-term posts are each for a period of 18 months.

For full information and to apply, please visit: http://login.amris.com/wizards/nationalgallery/vacancyView.php?requirementId=MTQ5NA==&jId.

Applications close: 19 June, 2017.