Volume 33
Issue 2/3
Fall 2010



PCR Program:
2010 AAR Meeting in Atlanta

PCR Pre-Sessions:

M29-206- Friday, October 29, 2010
2:00 - 6:30 pm
Marriott Marquis - International 4

2:00- 3:30 pm
Psychological and Religious Perspectives
on Southern Cultures and Sensibilities

4:00-5:30 pm
Jung’s Red Book:
Explorations at the Edge of Genius and Madness

5:30-6:30 pm
On Jung’s Red Book: Mandala Meditation

7:00-9:30 pm

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M30 -125- Saturday, October 30, 2010
9:00 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency - Piedmont

Works in Progress
PCR business meeting/elections


Regular Sessions:

Saturday, October 30, 2010
1:00 - 3:30 pm Marriott Marquis - A708

A30-220: “Who am I Anyway?”:
Psychological and Religious Perspectives on Identity


Sunday, October 31, 2010
1:00 - 2:30 pm Marriott Marquis A707

A31-224: The Wounding and Survival of the Religious Self:
Psychoanalytical, Theological, and Intergenerational Perspectives on Trauma


Sunday, October 31, 2010
5:00 - 6:30 pm Marriott Marquis - M304

A31-322: Book Panel on James W. Jones’s Blood that Cries Out from the Earth: The Psychology of Religious Terrorism (Oxford University Press, 2008)

Cosponsored by the Colloquium on Violence and Religion




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News from PCR Members

Celia Brickman (University of Chicago) reports that a new book, Answering a Question with a Question: Contemporary Psychoanalysis and Jewish Thought edited by Lewis Aron & Libby Henik (Boston: Academic Studies Press, 2009), has just come out. She has an essay in it entitled "Psychoanalysis and Judaism in Context." The book's chapters explore Jewish and psychoanalytic teachings about memory, narrative, history, suffering, and the quest for a meaningful life.

From Diane Jonte-Pace (Santa Clara University): "My remarks at Peter Homans' memorial service are published in "Peter Homans: Doktorvater, Colleague, Friend" in Criterion, volume 47, no.2, Fall 2009/Winter 2010."

Bill Parsons (Rice University) has just co-edited with Gregory Kaplan a new book, Disciplining Freud on Religion: Perspectives from the Humanities and Social Sciences (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010). Contributors include Jacob Belzen, Bettina Bergo, Kelly Bulkeley, Michael Carroll, Jean-Joseph Goux, and Diane Jonte-Pace. The book situates Freud's work on religion using the methodological interests and theoretical advances found in diverse disciplinary contexts (e.g. Jewish studies, philosophy, the natural sciences).

D. Andrew Kille (BibleWorkbench) is glad to announce the publication of A Cry Instead of Justice: The Bible and Cultures of Violence in Psychological Perspective (T&T Clark, 2010), co-edited with Dereck Daschke. The book is a collection of essays from the Psychology and Biblical Studies Section of the Society of Biblical Literature, and includes contributions from some foks who will be familiar to PCR: Matthias Beier, Dan Merkur, and Michael Willett-Newheart.

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Job opening at Vanderbilt

(Passed along by Bonnie Miller-McLemore):

The Department of Religious Studies at Vanderbilt University seeks nominations and/or applications for the position of Department Chair. Appointment will be made (with tenure) at the rank of full or associate professor. We seek applicants with significant experience in academic leadership who have established themselves as distinguished scholars and excellent teachers in their specific fields. Expertise in theories of religion is desired. Region/tradition of specialization is open, though the following are preferred: South Asian Religions (Hinduism, Buddhism), Japanese / East Asian Religions, Modern Islam.

Review of dossiers will begin  October, 30, 2010, and continue until the position is filled. Send letters of application or nomination and supporting materials to Dr. Ellen T. Armour, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Chair in Feminist Theology, Interim Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Vanderbilt University, PMB 351585, 2301 Vanderbilt Place, Nashville TN 37235-1585. Vanderbilt is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women, minorities and members of other underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.


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Psychology of Religion Conference
in Tehran

Dear colleagues  

Hereby I would like to inform you of the Tehran first International Congress on Pschology, Religion and Culture, 14-16 May 2011. (Please find the call for papers attached). In addition to the congress program, there will be a few workshops before and after the congress days, visits to cooperating organizations and institutions, city tours to Shiraz and Isphahan. We will be glad if you can join us at the event here in Tehran. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns about your participation at the congress. 

Head of the scientific committee, Tehran first international congress on psychology, religion and culture

Shiva Khalili (Ph.D., clinical psychologist)
Faculty of psychology and education, Tehran University

 Some of the international speakers:

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Summer Seminars
in Religion and the Social Sciences

Congregations and Social Change:
Adaptation and Innovation among Religious Communities

June 27 - July 22, 2011

(administered by Gerardo Marti, Professor of Sociology at Davidson College)

These 4 week seminars promote scholarship through intense readings, mutual mentoring, and constructive dialogue while scholars develop and then present portion of their research.  Calvin provides housing, a daily lunch meal, and a $1500 stipend up front to each participant with an additional $500 upon successful presentation or publication of participants' research. The seminar is most intended for current and recent doctoral students in fields related to religious and organizational studies (sociology, anthropology, history, ethnic studies, folklore, and others). While the seminar is designed toward social science-oriented scholars holding, or advanced to candidacy for, the terminal degree in their field (typically the PhD), I eagerly welcome humanities-oriented scholars as well theologically-oriented participants from seminaries and divinity schools.

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Thanks to Our Members

Those who have paid dues for the 2009-2010 year include: Steve Bauman; Matthias Beier; Kirk Bingaman; Kathleen Bishop; Lucy Bregman; Celia Brickman; Kelly Bulkeley; Eileen Campbell-Reed; Lisa Cataldo; Pamela Cooper-White; Susan Easton; Robert C. Fuller; Margarita Guillory; Jim Higginbotham; David A. Hogue; Andrea Hollingsworth; Stephen Johnson; James W. Jones; Diane Jonte-Pace; Felicity Kelcourse; Joseph Kramp; Amod Lele; Jacqueline J. Lewis; John McDargh; Daniel Merkur; Bonnie J. Miller-McLemore; Rebecca Norris; Nichole Phillips; Kelley Raab Mayo; Lewis Rambo; Lallene Rector; Martha J. Reineke; Christopher Ross; Greg Schneider; Phillis Sheppard; Hendrika Vande Kemp; Alberto Varona; Lydia York; Hetty Zock.

Membership dues in PCR support resources for audio-visual equipment at the Annual Meeting. These costs, imposed by the host city hotels, have been increasing steadily over the past several years. Feel the warm glow of knowing that you're helping to enhance PCR sessions, subsidize grad students' attendance at the PCR dinner and to distribute PCR-related information to scholars, clinicians, and clergy members interested in our work.

$25.00 Regular Membership; $15.00 Student Membership (with copy of student ID). Checks should be payable to Person, Culture, & Religion Group. Send to: Kelly Bulkeley, Secretary/Treasurer, 226 Amherst Avenue, Kensington CA 94708; Phone: 510-528-0226; Fax is same; E-mail: kellybulkeley@earthlink.net

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Psychology, Culture & Religion News Volume 33, Issue 2/3

Editor: Kelly Bulkeley; Layout: D. Andrew Kille

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