Fieldwork Opportunity: IAFS

Irish Archaeology Field School (IAFS)
We are Ireland’s leading provider of accredited, field-based archaeological research and training programs. The ethos of the school is to provide an opportunity for students of archaeology and anthropology to experience at first hand the excitement of archaeological excavation in a teaching environment.

Our 2021 programmes are now open. In 2021 we offering 11 different educational program options across a range of fields, including:
• Archaeological Excavation
• Forensic Anthropology
• Medieval History
• Bioarchaeology
• Environmental Science
• Landscape Archaeology
• Experimental Archaeology
These programs are delivered from two of the premier heritage sites in Ireland and our new headquarters in Birr, namely:
• Carrick, Co. Wexford (site of the first recorded Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland after the 1169 AD/CE invasion, which later developed as a high medieval castle and borough) and
• Ferns, Co. Wexford (an early medieval c. 7th century monastic site, which continued in use through the medieval period)
• John’s Hall in Birr, C0. Offaly – our new set of heritage buildings, which have been purposely restored as a school.

View all 2021 programs here.

Winter Programs
Our winter programs are perfect for those who prefer a ‘path less trodden’, as it is a much quieter time of the year on the site and in Ireland, meaning a much more intimate experience that is ended everyday by a stunning winter sunset from Carrick Hill! Our winter programs coincide with the southern hemisphere’s summer holidays but also suit US students who can’ squeeze them in’ on their winter break as a great way to start 2021. We are offering two credited winter programs in both excavation and experimental archaeology.

For more information about IAFS visit

Call for Papers: Conversations Within and Across Religions

The editors of Arc: Journal of the School of Religious Studies are pleased to announce a call for papers and book reviews for our forthcoming volume (Vol. 48). Throughout the history of religions, the experience of cultural and religious plurality – that is to say, the experience of multiple coexisting traditions as well as the experience of internal plurality within one’s own tradition – has had a profound impact on the formation, shaping, and continual re-shaping of religious traditions, perspectives, and identities, both individual and communal. This impact has been so profound that, for many scholars, “it is epistemologically incoherent to ‘understand’ a religious singularity […] All religion susceptible of our study is in a situation of contact. There is no religion in the singular […] interrelational complexity constitutes our subject” (Steven M. Wasserstrom, “Nine Theses on the Study of Religion,” 10).  

Arc is thus interested in submissions which explore this interrelational complexity, and we identify the following themes as being of particular interest:

·      Pluralism;
·      Explorations of intra- /inter-religious dialogue and/or conflict;
·      Works of comparative religion, theology, and philosophy;
·      Studies examining how considerations of intersectionality bear on intra- /inter- religious relations.

This list is by no means exhaustive, and we welcome submissions that broadly address the interrelational complexity of religion from any area within the study of religion, including: Theology; Comparative Religions; Theory and Method; Philosophy of Religion; History of Religions; Sociology of Religion; Anthropology of Religion; Psychology of Religion; Religious Ethics; Critical Race Theory; Religion and Literature; Religion and Art; Religion and Linguistics; Religion and Health; Textual Studies. We welcome submissions that focus on traditions from any time period or geographic area.

The submission deadline for Vol. 48 is August 30,th 2020. Submissions received after this date may be considered for subsequent volumes. Articles should fall between 6,000 and 10,000 words in length, including footnotes. Longer items may be considered, but should be discussed with the journal editors prior to submission. Book reviews should not exceed 1,500 words. For detailed submission guidelines, please consult the Guidelines for Contributors (PDF) on our website ( All electronic correspondence should be sent to the editors at the following email address: [email protected]

Arc is an interdisciplinary, refereed journal published annually by the School of Religious Studies, McGill University. The journal combines the talents of professors and graduate students in offering space for scholarly discussions on various aspects of the academic study of religion.