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Campus Digest

News and information for faculty, students, and friends of CSLR, sent monthly.
August 2021

Dear Readers:

We hope you are doing well. As the fall semester approaches, we wish you all the best! 

CSLR is hiring graduate and undergraduate students to work on our team. Click on the following links to learn more about current opportunities:

In addition, the Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies (PBLCLS) at Harvard Law School seeks an experienced individual to serve as Executive Director of the Program. Find more information below. 
CSLR News and Events

Journal of Law and Religion:

Read the latest issue of the Journal of Law and Religion hereJLR is proud to be expanding our open access publishing. Be sure to check out the growing list of titles in our open access archive and FirstView articles below:

Canopy Forum:

Read the latest essays from Canopy Forum, https://canopyforum.org:

Browse articles in Canopy Forum's series "Literature Highlights" below.

Job Opportunity: Digital Scholarship Support Team

Deadline: Rolling Basis

CSLR publishes Canopy Forum, a rapidly growing online publication focused on cutting-edge research and digital scholarship, and recently launched the Interactions podcast. Our student team assists with web-design and formatting, editing articles, developing marketing strategies, podcast recording/production, soliciting new articles and multimedia publications from leading scholars, and more. Students with an entrepreneurial spirit flourish at CSLR and have opportunities to develop skills and experience relevant to their specific career goals. We view our students as full team members with the potential to make substantive contributions to our Center’s mission. You will be treated as a professional, encouraged to grow, and expected to deliver results.

Successful applicants for this position will assist CSLR scholars with a range of tasks and projects; develop and format new forms of digital scholarship; perform administrative/office work; compile and organize contact lists of scholars and other leaders in our field of study; provide insights, ideas, and feedback about CSLR’s marketing and outreach strategies; support social media design and curation; and assist with other projects and administrative tasks. There may also be opportunities to participate in academic research with CSLR faculty and fellows.

Summer employees may work remotely and/or in the CSLR office suite at Emory Law School, depending partly on Emory’s evolving social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more information here.

Job Opportunity: Market Researcher for the “Study on Law and Ministry in the United States”

Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University seeks highly motivated students to help identify and analyze existing products (books, courses, degree programs, podcasts, websites, law firms, etc.) in educational, publishing, and other spaces.

CSLR is conducting a large-scale study to better understand how Christian clergy in the United States interact with the law. As not-for-profit organizations, churches are governed by a wide range of local, state, and federal laws, including employment laws, tax laws, constitutional law, property laws, and more. The upcoming phase of this study will focus on understanding if and how the leaders of these organizations learn about the laws and regulations that affect their ministries.

Successful applicants for this position will perform market research to determine which “law and ministry” resources and training programs are currently available to clergy, church-related organizations, and seminary/theology students. This research will focus on collecting, organizing, and analyzing the following: online resources and websites; theology school and seminary curricula, continuing education, and other training programs for church leaders; books and other resources; law firms and legal service organizations specializing in providing legal counsel to churches and pastors; and more. Find more information here. 

Events, Lectures, and Webinars
Annual Conference: European Academy of Religion 2021 

Register by: August 20, 2021

The European Academy of Religion aims to create an inclusive network, to act as an open platform, and to provide a framework to foster research, communication, exchange and cooperation concerning important religious issues for the academic world and society at large.

Each year the Academy convenes an annual conference that combines working sessions (panels, working groups, round tables and book presentations) with four keynote lectures offered by internationally renowned scholars. While the subjects of the working sessions reflect the variety of disciplines embraced by the Academy, the lessons are focused on a specific topic, which is different each year. Register and learn more here.

Scholarly and Professional Opportunities
Call for Papers: Religiously Motivated and Religion Based Discrimination: Prohibition, Regulation, Exemption (Journal of Law, Religion, and State)

Deadline:  September 1st, 2021

Should service providers be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs? May educational and academic institutions require standards of conduct and behavior tat they perceived as mandated by such beliefs? Should anti-discrimination laws include exemptions for religious expressions or actions?

In recent years, legislators and courts all over the world have struggled with these and similar questions. In the surrounding debate, mention is made of multiple rights such as equality, dignity, freedom of religion, private property, freedom of contract, etc. Yet are all these rights (equally) relevant to the debate, and what is the proper equilibrium between competing rights? 

Theoretical and comparative aspects of these questions are the topic of the international conference to be held at Bar Illan University, Israel on 11-12.1.2022. Papers presented at the conference will be peer reviewed, and a selection of those accepted will be published in a special theme-issue of the Journal of Law, Religion, and State.


Researchers interested in presenting at the conference are invited to send an abstract (250-500 words) to Amos Israel, aisrael@mail.sapir.ac.il no later than Sept. 1st 2021. They will notify you of their decision no later than September 15th, 2021. Authors whose proposals are accepted will send in the draft of their paper (8,000-10,000 words) by January 1st, 2022. 

Job Opportunity: Executive Director in Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies

The Harvard Law School Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies offers students the opportunity to integrate law, leadership, and life through the study, debate, and application of the teaching of the Bible. We help students connect learning with conviction, inquiry with relationships, ideas with character, research with hope, gifts with purpose, and values with action. We seek to inspire confidence in biblical law as a source of truth powerful enough to meet global challenges, yet personal enough to inspire individual purpose.

The Program on Biblical Law and Christian Legal Studies (PBLCLS) at Harvard Law School seeks an experienced individual to serve as Executive Director of the Program. We are looking for an innovative leader that will help execute our overall strategies and goals. The Director will oversee all aspects of the financial, operational, and fund-raising needs and also establish the intellectual and professional direction of the Program. Find more information here.

For more CFPs and events, see "Law and Religion Headlines," compiled by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies: https://www.religlaw.org/headlines.

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