ISASR 2013 student essay prize


We are very pleased to announce the winners of this year’s ISASR Student Essay Prize.

The 1st Prize of a €75 book token goes to Malcolm Kelly (Study of Religions Department, UCC)  for his essay “Discuss the challenges Sufism has faced in the modern Muslim world.”

The two runners up – each with a €25 book token – were Eimear O’Sullivan (Early and Medieval Irish, UCC) for her essay “The Irish Monks in Europe: An Analysis of their Influence on Christianity and Learning, 6th – 12th Century” and Chris Heinhold (Study of Religions Department, UCC) for his  essay “Why might the figure of U Dhammaloka ‘The Irish Buddhist’ be of interest to Buddhist Studies?”

The standard of essays was very high so well done indeed to all those who entered essays to the competition.

The ISASR Committee

Call for submissions

The Irish Society for the Academic Study of Religions invites entries for the 2012-13 Academic Study of Religions Essay Prize.

The 1st prize will be a €75 book token, with two runner-up book token prizes of € 25 each. The competition is open to any undergraduate student registered (part-time or full-time) in an Irish 3rd level institution for the 2012-13 academic year who would like to present for consideration an essay (previously submitted and assessed in an undergraduate module and which achieved a 1st i.e. 70% +) in the field of the academic study of religions. Essays should be non-confessional in approach and the competition is open to students from all fields or disciplines engaged in the academic study of religions such as Religious Studies/Study of Religions, History, Sociology, Anthropology, Folklore, and historical or critical approaches to Theology or Scriptural Studies.

The essay should have been awarded a 1st (70% +), be word processed and between 1500-4000 words in length (projects, dissertations or minor theses will not be considered). The submitted work should be from the academic year 2012-13 and must be submitted in PDF format to James Kapalo at j.kapalo AT by 1st July 2013.

The essays will be judged by a panel of experts appointed by ISASR. The judges’ decision will be final and no correspondence will be entered into. All entries should be accompanied by a tutor’s/supervisor’s email confirming that the applicant is a current student and confirming the mark awarded. The closing date is 1st July 2013.