Job Opening: Professor of Black Feminist Studies (Tenured Associate or Full), Wake Forest University

Wake Forest University’s Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies invites applications for a tenured position in Black Feminist Studies at the associate or full professor level beginning July 1, 2021. We welcome all areas of specialization. The department seeks candidates with a demonstrated teaching and scholarly record in Black Feminist Studies and a record of academic leadership in enhancing the interdisciplinary study of women’s, gender and sexuality studies in the United States and the African diaspora. The successful candidate will also serve as chair of the department and work collaboratively with other academic programs including the University’s newly established African American Studies program. We seek exceptional candidates who have a commitment to transformative academic leadership and to excellence in teaching and research. A Ph.D. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African American/Africana Studies, or a relevant field in the Arts, Humanities, or Social Sciences is required. The department offers an undergraduate major and minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies and has three tenured faculty, two tenure-track faculty and seven affiliated faculty. More information about the department is available at https://wgss.wfu.edu/. Inquiries about the faculty position or department can be directed to Professor Simone M. Caron (Chair of WGSS and Search Committee, caron@wfu.edu ).

Wake Forest University actively embraces diversity and inclusivity and welcomes applicants with a demonstrated commitment to and success in working with diverse populations. Wake Forest University is an AA/EEO employer and values an inclusive and diverse learning community and campus climate.

Wake Forest University is a private, coeducational institution dedicated to academic excellence in liberal arts, graduate and professional education. Founded in 1834, the University is ranked among the top 30 national universities. With 5,200 undergraduates and 3,200 graduate and professional students, the student-faculty ratio is 11:1. Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities and an active athletics community. The University has a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world, as indicated by the motto “pro humanitate.” For quick facts about the University, visit http://www.wfu.edu/visitors/quickfacts.html.

A complete application will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample (published article or selection from current research project), a research statement, a teaching statement including a plan to establish an inclusive learning environment in the liberal arts context, and five references. References will be contacted only for short-listed candidates with prior approval. Review of applications will begin by November 1. Applications will be accepted through December 1, 2020. The application should be submitted as ONE PDF file via the University’s career website at: http://www.wfu.careers/. If access to the internet is an issue, a hard copy of the application can be submitted to Professor Simone M. Caron, Wake Forest University, Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, P.O. Box 7388, Winston-Salem, NC 27109.

Inquiries about the application process and document submission may be addressed to wakejobs@wfu.edu.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations for final candidates upon their acceptance of an offer of employment.

 

Job Opening: Research Associate, Women’s Studies in Religion Program/Harvard Divinity School

Each year Harvard Divinity School selects five candidates for full-time Research Associate and Visiting Faculty positions in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects using both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed. They may address women and religion in any time, place, or religious tradition, and may utilize disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches from across the fields of theology, the humanities, and the social sciences.

Responsibilities

Research Associates are required to be in full-time residence at Harvard Divinity School while carrying out their proposed research projects during the academic year.*** Associates meet together regularly for collective discussion of research in progress. Each associate teaches a one-semester course related to the research project, and the associates present their research in a public lecture series and at an annual conference.

***Due to the public health emergency, the residential requirement has been suspended for 2020–21 Research Associates. Please check this page for any changes to the 2021–22 requirements.

Eligibility

Positions are open to candidates with doctorates in the fields of religion and to those with primary competence in other humanities, social science, and public policy fields who demonstrate a serious interest in religion and hold appropriate degrees in those fields. Selection criteria emphasize the quality of the applicant’s research prospectus, outlining objectives and methods; its fit with the Program’s research priorities; the significance of the contribution of the proposed research to the study of religion, gender, and to its field; and an agreement to produce a publishable piece of work. Applicants for the 2021–22 academic year must have received the PhD by October 1, 2020. Applications from those whose degrees have not yet been awarded will not be considered.

Compensation

Salary for 2021–22 is $60,000. The appointment is full-time, lasting ten months, and includes health benefits and reimbursement of some expenses.

For more information, including details on how to apply, visit: https://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply

CfP: Emory Center for the Study of Law and Religion: Law, Religion, and Coronavirus in the United States, A Six-Month Assessment

Proposals for participation in a blog conference on “Law, Religion, and Coronavirus in the United States: A Six-Month Assessment”, are being accepted until August 31st, 2020. An online webinar open to the public will be held on Friday October 2, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. EDT where brief 3-5 minute summaries of blog posts of approximately 1500 words will be presented. The blog posts will then be simultaneously published on the blogs of the five co-organizing institutions.

The purpose of the blog conference and webinar is to provide an opportunity for thoughtful reflection on the implications for law and religion in the United States of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the economic and racial justice crises, from our current perspectives approximately six months into the crisis. The content and format of the webinar will in part be determined by the proposals for participation, but we anticipate grouping presentations under several topical areas:

  • Church Finances and State Funding of Religion: What have been the financial implications of coronavirus for religious institutions, religious schools, and faith-based charities, including participation in government bailout and aid programs? Will the pandemic and its aftermath have lasting effects on how state funding of religion is viewed in the United States and by the Supreme Court?
  • Law and Society: How will the pandemic affect religious practice? Will it act as an accelerant for social trends including the “rise of the nones?” Will it result in a religious recession, Renaissance, or something else? Will there be different implications for institutions and individuals?
  • Church Liability and Clergy Malpractice: Will religious organizations, or religious leaders, face personal liability for harm to parishioners who attend services, or follow advice and counsel of religious leaders, and later contract coronavirus? Will we see an increase in liability in tort or based on theories such as clergy malpractice?
  • Science and Vaccines: What can we expect from the role of religious organizations and religious people in the debates that will emerge about vaccines and exemptions from vaccines? Are there other implications for religious freedom that will arise from a scientific consensus on public health matters?
  • Long-term Implications: From our limited vantage point, what will be the long-term implications of the coronavirus and related crises for law and religion in the United States?

Please submit brief proposals for your participation of approximately 100 words (not completed blog posts) through the “Submissions” page on Emory’s Canopy Forum by August 31st, 2020.

Please indicate in your submission that you are responding to this call for proposals, either in the subject line of the submission form, or in the document you submit.  We anticipate informing participants during the first week of September whether their proposal has been accepted for inclusion. Blog posts will be due one week before the webinar so they can be edited and ready for posting upon completion of the webinar. We are pleased to offer an honorarium of $200 for the blog post of each participant in the webinar.

Submit here: https://canopyforum.org/submit/

CFP: Signs Special Issue, “Complexities of Care and Caring”

 

Over the past four decades of feminist scholarship and practice, notions of care and caring, as noun and verb, have had great traction across disciplinary divides, spurring debate while challenging binaries of equality and difference, public and private, the cold hand of the market and the warmth of home, the rational and irrational, and paid and unpaid labor.  We write this call in the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, amid the groundswell of support for #BlackLivesMatter, when indeed the need for renewing such challenges is dramatically clear.  Our needs for care, the reality of our embodied vulnerabilities and interdependence, stand in stark relief against the cruel indifference of neoliberal nation-states and global superpowers, with great gulfs in whose needs for care, whose caring labor, and whose fragility we value. Yet at the same time, notions of care and relationality have traveled far from their critical or radical roots in differing strands of feminism, and it is timely to reassess.  This special issue invites such reassessment across disciplines, broadly questioning and complicating feminist histories, debates, and politics of care and caring.  We also welcome submissions exploring and complicating cultural work on representations of care and caring, whether from the arts, media and popular culture, or literature or literary studies.

The editors invite essays that consider, but are by no means limited to, the following questions: 

●      What work have concepts of care and caring done in feminist scholarship? And in praxis, for groups, solidarities, and activist orientations?  What histories and debates should be revisited or rethought? 

●      Can care and caring still function as critical or radical concepts? Is care still gendered? Or racialized in differing national contexts?

●      Can self-care still be radical? Black feminist Audre Lorde wrote, in her 1988 book A Burst of Light, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” But in a neoliberal age, is it hopelessly individualized, domesticated, and commodified? Subject to cultural appropriation?    

●      Are frameworks of care and caring useful for environmental or interspecies politics?

●      How have feminists across disciplines and in conversation with critical race and disability scholars understood the relation (or the entanglement) of care and caring to affect, labor, power, harm, and violence?  What are the outer limits of the concept?

●      What are the histories and futures of global care chains, of marginalized care workers and their struggles in the context of increased structural inequalities? 

●      How have care and caring been represented, debated, theorized, or problematized in literature, theater, dance, art, film, and/or popular culture?  Are there emergent feminist representations or performances of care? 

●      What is the relation of feminist scholarship on care and caring to law, economics, and philosophy? To notions of autonomy and rights? To theories of the state? 

●      Can we have caring technologies?Do technologies facilitate caring or further commodification, individualization, and surveillance? 

Signs particularly encourages transdisciplinary and transnational essays that address substantive feminist questions, debates, and controversies without employing disciplinary or academic jargon. We seek essays that are passionate, strongly argued, and willing to take risks.

The deadline for submissions is December 15, 2021. The issue will be guest edited by Linda Blum, professor of sociology, Northeastern University; Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Law, Emory University; and Amber Jamilla Musser, professor of American studies, George Washington University.

Please submit full manuscripts electronically through Signs’ Editorial Manager system at http://signs.edmgr.com. Manuscripts must conform to the guidelines for submission available at http://signsjournal.org/for-authors/author-guidelines/.

JAAR CfP: Pandemic, Care Work, and Inequities in the Study of Religion Roundtable

Editorial Team: Karen Bray, Holly Hillgardner, Sharon Jacob, Elana Jefferson-Tatum, Anne Joh, Beatrice Marovich, Erica Bryand Ramirez, Shehnaz Haqqani, Anna Blaedel
Deadline: December 1, 2020
Contact: gender.care.pandemic.project@gmail.com

This roundtable seeks to address the gender equity gap (and its intersectionality with race, immigration status, economics, etc.) in publishing that has been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Andrea R. Jain, the editor of the JAAR, raised concerns about how this gap impacts the discipline and urged scholars of religion to reflect on possible interventions. In response, our editorial team solicits the viewpoints of academic women and racial/gender minorities who, due to the uneven burdens of care work (child care, elder and family care, colleague and student care, institution care, and social movement care), lack the time privilege to do conventional academic writing right now. Our voices are not being included in scholarly publishing venues at the same rate as our cisgendered white male counterparts. However, our voices have not been silent. We hear these voices, in this time of crisis, primarily in email exchanges, group texts, social media posts, photographs, in rallying calls and chants, and in images of protest signs. These words have significant scholarly weight: they reshape how we think about the world, and how we think about our discipline. But within the conventional framework of academic professionalization, these words—which move and influence scholarship, yet are rarely cited—do not carry scholarly weight. They should. 

Given that, our editorial team is curating an interreligious peer-reviewed collaborative roundtable for the JAAR. The roundtable will not just speak to our moment in a manner that is legible in the standard language of academic productivity and academic merit. We envision something with the transformative potential to counter these very discourses of productivity and merit. Such transformation is necessary if we are to begin (in any small way) addressing the gender and racial equity gaps in the study of religion, broadly conceived. To this end, we seek the following types of contributions:

  1. Short articles (1500–3000 words) that reflect on the state of the discipline in the time of COVID-19. These might offer historical, sociological, anthropological, biblical, theological, philosophical or theoretical perspectives (e.g., critical race theory, postcolonial theory, queer theory, etc.),  and might even provide visions for change. These should, in some way, comment on religion, broadly conceived, and the role of care work in times of pandemic.
  2. Image/text contributions that could feature photographs, or screen grabs of social media posts, text messages, emails, etc. and would be accompanied by micro-essays (250–500 words) that would place the image in conversation with the theme of the roundtable. 
  3. This roundtable will also include an annotated bibliography that will list texts that speak, from the margins of academic discourse, to the issues raised in the project (the labor of care, pandemic, and religion). This would be another way of including the voices of people who may not, presently, have the time privilege to write an article or micro-essay for the project. By including this bibliography, the editorial team also invites those scholars who may have more time privilege during the pandemic to learn from these annotated resources—in solidarity, as an intervention into gender and racial disparities. In this spirit, we are soliciting recommendations for texts to be added to the bibliography. We encourage marginalized scholars to recommend their own books or articles for this list.

https://www.aarweb.org/AARMBR/Events-and-Networking-/Events-and-Opportunities-/JAAR-Roundtable-Call-Pandemic-Care-Work-Inequities.aspx

AAR Excellence in Teaching Award

The AAR has revamped and relaunched its award for Excellence in Teaching. The award aims to recognize the many forms of excellence in our changing teaching environments, and to hold up examples of excellence for all to honor and learn from. Please consider nominating yourself or a colleague for this award, including for particular excellence during the difficult terms of COVID-19 disruption.

Award information is available here:

https://aarweb.org/AARMBR/About-AAR-/Award-Programs-/Awards/Excellence-In-Teaching-Award.aspx

Deadline: August 1, 2020

Nominations are open to AAR members and non-members.

Job Openings: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow/Associate Professor, Gender and Women’s History, Australian Catholic University

Gender and Women’s History: Early Modern-Modern period,

Academic Levels B, C and D

Australian Catholic University, Melbourne

The Australian Catholic University in Melbourne is seeking further researchers (senior, mid and early career) of outstanding achievement with expertise in gender and women’s history to join its recently established research Centre within ACU’s Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences in either fixed-term (5-years) or continuing research-only positions *(see explanation note).

Please follow the following links for details:

Research Fellow Positionshttps://careers.acu.edu.au/en/job/975851/research-fellow-gender-and-womens-history
Senior Research Fellow Positions -https://careers.acu.edu.au/en/job/975852/senior-research-fellow-gender-and-womens-history
Associate Professor Positionshttps://careers.acu.edu.au/caw/en/job/975853/associate-professor-gender-and-womens-history

See also: https://www.acu.edu.au/research/our-research-institutes/institute-for-humanities-and-social-sciences

The Gender and Women’s History Research Centre delivers new research energy and critical visibility to the University’s core commitment to equity, diversity, accessibility, wellbeing and sustainability, by signalling the importance of gender research and the recovery of experiences of a diverse array of women and men in times past.

The research of applicants should therefore encompass gender and/or women’s history, in any geo-cultural context, from the early modern period(1450) to the modern era.

Applicants should engage with at least one of the Centre’s three key strands of research:

  • Political and civic participation: how gender ideologies inform women and men’s participation in historic civic and political cultures.
  • Global circulations:investigating the role of gender ideologies in the circulation of peoples, materials and ideas across the world.
  • Environment and the natural world: how populations in times past understood their relationships to the natural world, the need to manage natural resources, and how they did so in practice, through gendered assumptions.

To apply and for further information, visit Careers at ACU – http://www.acu.edu.au/careers.

Applications close: Sunday 19 July2020 -11:55pm EST.

*Explanation note: The Level B positions are either fixed-term (5 years) or continuing. The Level C and D positions are continuing. Continuing, in the Australian context, means there is no end date and would normally continue until such time as the staff member resigns or retires.

Pandemic Religion Digital Stories Fellowship

Call open: immediately until filled
Awards announced: June 2020
Expected activity period: June – December 2020

 

Lived Religion in the Digital Age, in partnership with the Pandemic Religion project at George Mason University, welcomes applications for a short-term Digital Stories Fellowship. The Digital Stories Fellow will work from the Pandemic Religion database to create, compose, and/or curate original material for the Digital Stories platform. The fellowship carries an award of up to $1,500.

Digital Stories prioritizes the study and practice of visual, aural, multimodal, and other embodied storytelling techniques, particularly as they are shaped, transformed, or confronted by digital life and cultures. Preferred contributions include visual essays, short documentaries, soundtracks or podcasts, data visualizations, digital exhibits, multimediated content, and short essays, among other possible modes of public scholarship. The Digital Stories fellow will have expertise in religion, theology, American studies, performance studies, visual studies, or related fields or professions and will contribute a series of original entries to the site during the funding period.

This fellowship is expected to begin immediately and be completed by December 31, 2020.

To apply, please submit a letter of interest (1-2 pages), current CV or resume, and brief writing or multimedia sample (links to digital content are encouraged).

Please submit fellowship application materials or general queries to LRDA Administrator Dr. Samantha Arten at livedreligion@slu.edu. Applicants may also apply through this form. Applications received by June 15 will receive full consideration.

In addition to this fellowship, Digital Stories welcomes contributions on a rolling basis. Please contact Digital Stories Editor, Dr. Adam Park (adam.park@slu.edu) for questions and submissions.

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Supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and Saint Louis University College of Arts and Sciences, Lived Religion in the Digital Age seeks to better understand religion in American public life through collaboration with members of local and dispersed communities representing diverse traditions, histories, and practices. Attending to sounds, sights, and space, as well as to teachings and texts, our research team, including research and teaching fellows, resident artists, and faculty across the disciplines, works to build a robust multisensory inventory of religion as it is lived and studied in the complex realities of modern life. Read

more about the Lived Religion in the Digital Age project at religioninplace.org.

Pandemic Religion: A Digital Archive, a project of the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, documents the many ways that American religious communities have been challenged and reshaped by the COVID- 19 pandemic. Institutions and members of the public contribute items — narratives, photographs, videos, and the like — that are then displayed and curated at pandemicreligion.org.

CfP: Simone de Beauvoir Studies

Call for Papers

Simone de Beauvoir Studies 32.1

Rolling submissions until December 31st 2020

 

Did you know that you do not have write on Beauvoir to publish in SdBS?

Question: What do all of these writers have in common?

Annie Ernaux, Sylvie Le Bon de Beauvoir, Yvette Roudy, Julia Kristeva, Sylvie Chaperon, Margaret A. Simons, Michèle Le Doeuff, Ingrid Galster, Sonia Kruks, Danièle Fleury, Debra Bergoffen, Ursula Tidd, Susan Bainbrigge, Claudine Monteil, Eva Lundgren-Gothlin, Éliane Lecarme-Tabone, Gail Weiss, Deirdre Bair, Alice Caffarel-Cayron, Dominique Desanti, Françoise d’Eaubonne, Tove Pettersen, Annlaug Bjørsnøs, Hazel Rowley, Denis Charbit, Germaine Brée, and Hazel E. Barnes?

 

Answer: They have all published in Simone de Beauvoir Studies.

Join the list! Enlarge the list! SdBS seeks submissions of scholarly articles as well as submissions of creative, journalistic, experimental, and autobiographical writing that bring new and underexplored disciplines, discourses, cultures, and ideas into conversation with Beauvoir’s legacy. Submissions need not treat Beauvoir’s writings directly as long as they speak to a central theme in her work such as gender studies, global politics, existentialism, and literary theory.

Completed papers that follow the SdBS “Instructions for Authors” should be submitted on-line by December 31st, 2020 at editorialmanager.com/sdbs  All submissions must be anonymized and will be anonymously reviewed. Submitted articles that are not selected for this issue may be considered for other issues of SdBS. For more information, see www.brill.com/sdbs.

Fellowship Opportunity: Early-Career Fellowships in Religion and the Public Sphere Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal

The Religion, Spirituality, and Democratic Renewal (RSDR) Fellowship of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) aims to bring knowledge of the place of religion and spirituality into scholarly and public conversations about renewing democracy in the United States. These fellowships are offered by the SSRC’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere with the support and partnership of the Fetzer Institute.

Applications are due March 16, 2020. Apply online at apply.ssrc.org. OVERVIEW

Since the country’s founding, scholars and citizens alike have debated religion’s place in US politics and civil society. The current moment is no exception. And while there are echoes from the past, the context within which American religion presently engages the public sphere is in many ways dramatically different than earlier historical moments. During the past half-century alone, the American religious landscape has undergone dramatic changes, including both rising religious diversity and rising religious disaffiliation. Both shifts have prompted scholars to consider anew the relationship between religion and spirituality. The political landscape, too, has been transformed by myriad, often countervailing, forces, including an increasingly diverse citizenry, rising social and political inequality, and sharpening polarization. This is an especially important and complex time for discerning whether, how, and under what conditions religion and/or spirituality shape American democracy, and vice versa.

Through research on the intersection of religious and/or spiritual identities, behaviors, attitudes, and organizations with social and political structures, processes, and institutions, RSDR fellows will deepen understanding of the evolving relationships between religion, spirituality, and democracy at this fraught moment in US history.

ELIGIBILITY AND CRITERIA

The RSDR fellowship program invites proposals for research at the intersection of religion, spirituality, and democracy in the United States. The fellowships offer research support over a period of up to 12 months to doctoral students who have advanced to candidacy and to postdoctoral researchers within five years of their PhD. Doctoral candidates will receive up to $15,000 and postdoctoral researchers up to $18,000 toward research-related expenses. Applications are welcome from scholars at either of these career stages from any country around the world.

We welcome proposals on all aspects and dimensions of religion and spirituality in its relation to democracy from across all fields in the social sciences, humanities, and theology. Proposals will be evaluated by a multidisciplinary selection committee on their overall quality and their potential to deepen understanding of the role that religion and spirituality play in democracy and to inform practical engagement around these issues. Applications, especially from postdoctoral researchers, should demonstrate strong interest in disseminating findings both to academic audiences and to practitioners and broader interested publics.

Fellowship funds will typically be used for activities directly related to research, such as travel expenses and accommodations, research equipment and supplies, support for research assistants, and costs for access to publications or proprietary databases. In exceptional cases, and in consultation with program staff, award funds may be used to cover other expenses.

RESEARCH THEMES

Applicants may address questions such as (but not limited to):

  1. Have recent shifts in American religiosity inhibited or strengthened the various forms of civic engagement associated with democratic citizenship? In what ways? How do religious institutions, discourses, and practices either contribute to or undermine civic engagement?
  2. Have recent changes in the American religious landscape affected public understandings of when and how religion is a legitimate part of civic engagement? If so, how? Conversely, do changing modes of civic engagement (e.g., use of digital and social media) shape the way religion enters the public sphere?
  3. As growing socioeconomic inequality and new dynamics of participation and exclusion shape American civil society, have patterns of religious affiliation, organization, and intensity been affected? In what ways? Conversely, have religious leaders and organizations responded to socioeconomic change and new patterns of associational life? How?
  4. What new constructive conceptions of democracy are emerging from within or among different religious and spiritual traditions? Relatedly, what immanent critiques of antidemocratic tendencies within different religious and spiritual traditions can be identified and articulated?

Additionally, projects that investigate the religious or spiritual dimensions of topics central to related SSRC programs in Anxieties of Democracy and Media & Democracy (e.g., inequality, identity, political participation, the impact of social and other media on democracy, immigration, and the politics of climate change) are welcome.

ADDITIONAL FELLOWSHIP ACTIVITIES

The fellowship includes participation in an interdisciplinary workshop upon the completion of RSDR-funded research. These workshops will focus on fostering interdisciplinary dialogue on key research topics, writing, public communication strategies, and cohort building.

Participants will be expected to contribute at least one essay to the SSRC’s flagship web forum on religion and secularism, The Immanent Frame (TIF).

TO APPLY

Applications must be submitted through the SSRC’s online application system no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on March 16, 2020. Applications will consist of a research proposal, a short application form, a curriculum vitae, and a letter of reference. Apply now at apply.ssrc.org.