Call for Applications: Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry, A Writing Workshop for Early Career Scholars

March 2 – April 8, 2020

The Center of Theological Inquiry published Theology as Interdisciplinary Inquiry: Learning with the Natural and Human Sciences in 2017. This volume distills the insights of three interdisciplinary inquiries at CTI in dialogue with anthropology, psychology, and law. Building on this project, the Center welcomes applications from early career scholars—doctoral, post-doctoral, and pre-tenure— who address the methodological question of theology as interdisciplinary inquiry in their own current research.

Applicants must submit a draft thesis/book chapter or a draft article for a peer-reviewed journal on any interdisciplinary theological topic which they would revise as work-in-progress during this full time, intensive writing workshop over six weeks in Princeton. Members of the Writing Workshop work daily in adjacent offices at the Center’s Luce Hall, Monday to Thursday. They present their work in progress in weekly seminars and enjoy daily lunches with the CTI research community. The Center provides furnished housing for workshop members, who must cover all other living costs, including travel.

To apply online by the deadline of May 31, 2019 go to ctinquiry.org/Apply

Questions to apply(at)ctinquiry.org

The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2019

Call for Applicants: The Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty 2019.

The American Studies Association’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies calls for submissions to the seventh annual Gloria E. Anzaldúa Award for Independent Scholars, Contingent or Community College Faculty. This award honors Anzaldúa’s outstanding career as an independent scholar and her labor as contingent faculty, along with her groundbreaking contributions to scholarship to feminist, women of color and queer theory. The award includes a lifetime membership in the ASA, a lifetime electronic subscription to American Quarterly, and $500. Applicants must work in American studies or a related field and work as independent scholars and/or as faculty at community colleges or in a contingent capacity (i.e., as part-time or full-time non-ladder-rank or non-tenure-track instructors, adjuncts, or lecturers). Graduate students are ineligible.

Applicants must submit the following: a cover letter (two pages maximum), a two-page vita; and an essay/paper which does not exceed 25 pages, including end notes and bibliography, and which fulfills one of the following criteria: unpublished, accepted for publication, or published in 2017 or 2018. Relevant submissions will demonstrate an affinity with Anzaldua’s oeuvre, vision, or political commitments and should address connections among some or all the following categories: race, ethnicity, citizenship, class, gender, sexuality, and dis/ability. Please address this affinity in your cover letter.

Please submit your application electronically by MAY 15, 2019, to the committee co-chair, Samantha Pinto (asagenderandsexuality (at) gmail.com). Late submissions will not be accepted. The winner will be contacted regarding arrangements to attend the annual meeting of the association to be held November 7-10, 2019 in Honolulu, Hawai’i, where they will be announced as the awardee at the Generational Gifts Brunch (cosponsored by the Committee on Gender and Sexuality Studies, the Critical Ethnic Studies Committee, the Minority Scholars Committee, and the Students Committee).

Visit: https://www.theasa.net/awards/committee-caucus-awards-prizes/gloria-e-anzaldúa-award

CfP: Feminism and Classics 2020, “body/language”

FemClas 2020, the eighth quadrennial conference of its kind, takes place on May 21–24, 2020, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at the invitation of the Wake Forest University Department of Classics and Department of Philosophy.  The conference theme is “body/language,” broadly construed, and papers on all topics related to feminism, Classics, Philosophy, and related fields are welcome.
This conference focuses on the use of the body and/or language to gain, lose, contest, or express power and agency in the ancient Mediterranean world.  Bodies and words, at both the physical and the conceptual levels, can exert disproportionate, oppositional, or complementary forces.  Both have the power to transform their surrounding environments significantly.  Yet there is a problematic dichotomy between body/physicality and language/reason, a problem long noted by philosophers, literary theorists, and social historians.  FemClas 2020 seeks to contest, blur, and even eradicate these boundaries through papers, panels, and other programming that promotes interdisciplinary exploration of the ancient world.
We invite contributions that use the lens of bodies, languages, or their intersections to address any aspect of the ancient world, modern encounters with ancient cultures, or the academic practices of Classics, Philosophy, and related fields.  Participants might explore how voices engender movement(s) and transform bodies, or how movement(s) in turn can stimulate recognition of unheard or otherwise suppressed voices and lead to change.  These can be voices and movements within the ancient world, within the university, or within our modern disciplines.  The study of agency, expressed through the problematic body/language dichotomy, addresses critical questions not only in scholarly work but also in the governance, makeup, and power dynamics of our fields, currently and historically.  Now, perhaps more than ever, is a critical time for us to consider ourselves as students of bodies past and present, as embodied scholars, and to interrogate the repercussions of body normativity — from race and gender to neurodiversity, dis/ability, and body types — on our work and our profession.
All submissions are due September 1, 2019.  FemClas 2020 welcomes individual papers, organized panels, workshops, roundtables, posters, author-meets-critic sessions, and other, innovative forms of programming.  We encourage submissions from the widest possible range of perspectives, addressing all areas of the ancient world and its legacies.  We also welcome proposals especially from related interest groups (such as Mountaintop, Eos Africana, the Asian and Asian American Classical Caucus, MRECC, Classics & Social Justice, the Lambda Classical Caucus, the Women’s Classical Caucus, and EuGeSta) and from allied disciplines (e.g., English, comparative literature, media studies, environmental humanities, animal studies and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies).
Proposals should aim for an abstract of approximately 300 words (not counting works cited), and should be anonymous where possible.  To submit a proposal for an individual paper or poster, visit:
To submit a proposal for any other type of session, visit:
We are enthusiastic about developing a program that will work toward making our intellectual community more welcoming and accessible to all. For this reason, we invite with special emphasis proposals for workshops, roundtables, and the like (creative formats welcome!) that will offer practical training about e.g. implicit bias, sexual harassment, racism, accessibility, developing diversity statements, and so forth.
The organizers (T. H. M. Gellar-Goad and Emily Austin) and the Program Committee of FemClas 2020 are committed to an inclusive, welcoming, and accommodating conference.  Submissions from graduate students, contingent and underemployed faculty, and independent scholars are especially welcome.  Submissions from undergraduate students are also welcome and will be considered separately for a dedicated panel.  We will be able to provide reduced conference fees and some travel assistance for attendance by participants who cannot obtain institutional support.
As part of submission, registration, and attendance at the conference, we will ask you to agree to our conference Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy, which prohibits harassment and discrimination of any kind.  A trained, experienced Anti-Harassment Administrator who is not a member of the discipline will receive and address or refer complaints about harassment and violations of the code of conduct.  The Code of Conduct & Anti-Harassment Policy is available here:
FemClas 2020 will take place partially on the downtown campus of Wake Forest University and partially at a nearby hotel.  Each site is fully accessible for all forms of mobility.  At each site there will be all-gender bathrooms, a lactation room, a quiet room, and on-site childcare (which we hope to offer at no extra cost).
Some states prohibit using state funds to travel to North Carolina, despite the partial repeal of NC HB-2.  Wake Forest University, as a private institution, is not subject to NC state legislative regulations of public universities, and Wake Forest has a non-discrimination policy inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression:
Please contact T. H. M. Gellar-Goad at thmgg@wfu.edu with questions.

Job Posting: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow, Medieval & Early Modern Studies (Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry)

The Australian Catholic University is seeking researchers of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement with expertise in medieval and early modern studies to join its recently established research program within ACU’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry.

The work of applicants should encompass religion, broadly conceived, in the medieval and early modern periods. The recent round of appointments established strengths in late medieval and early modern Italy and the Low Countries, late medieval and early modern Central Europe, early modern France, the twelfth-century Anglo-Norman world, and the history of the papacy; the cultures of time, religious violence, theology and literature, women’s spirituality, popular religion, politics, and theology.

With this further round of appointments, the MEMS Program seeks scholars whose work will complement and expand these strengths. Applicants to the first round are welcome to re-apply.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant research environment and work collegially and collaboratively to build their own research profile of high quality publications and contribute to team projects within their area of specialization and across traditional disciplinary boundaries.

The IRCI is a research institute which promotes collaborative research on religion and critical thought from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, theology, history, and literature, thereby contributing to contemporary theological, philosophical, ethical, and political debates. In addition to Seminars and public events held at ICRI’s location at ACU Melbourne, the institute hosts seminars across each year at ACU’s Rome campus, encouraging the fruitful exchange of ideas with leading scholars from around the world.

The University pursues on excellence agenda and offers an environment where staff are welcomed and safe and valued through development, participation and involvement.

Apply by 16 April 2019

https://careers.pageuppeople.com/456/caw/en/job/974909/research-fellowsenior-research-fellow-medieval-early-modern-studies

 

Job Posting: Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Autonomy (Australian Catholic University’s Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry)

  • Full-time, Research appointment, five-year fixed-term
  • Based at ACU’s Melbourne Campus

Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) seeks candidates of outstanding potential and demonstrated achievement with expertise in Autonomy, broadly conceived, to contribute to the five-year project, Redeeming Autonomy: Vulnerability and Rationality.

Successful applicants will join a vibrant research environment and work collegially and collaboratively to build their own research profile of high-quality publications, and contribute to team projects within their areas of specialisation and across traditional disciplinary boundaries. Research Fellows and Senior Research Fellows have a primary focus on research, but some teaching, especially of graduate students may be part of the role.

ACU’s IRCI is a research Institute which promotes collaborative research on religion and critical thought from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including philosophy, theology, history, and literature. It explores the inter-relationships between philosophy, religion and their cultural contexts, and contributes to contemporary theological, philosophical, social, and political debates.

The Redeeming Autonomy project seeks to make a strategic intervention in the academic and cultural debate around the concept of ‘autonomy’. The project has two principle dimensions, which it seeks to bring into a fruitful relationship: the conceptual and historical; and the contextual and applied. Applications are invited from candidates whose research addresses an aspect of one, or both, of these strands of the project.

ACU is an inclusive community that welcomes students and staff of all faiths and no faith. It enrolls more than 35,000 students across seven campuses – Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, North Sydney and Strathfield (Sydney). As valued members of our community, all staff members are expected to have an understanding of ACU’s mission and values and to demonstrate an active contribution to them.

Remuneration: Research Fellow salary starts at $98,407 + 17% employer superannuation contribution. Senior Research Fellow starts at $123,300 + 17% employer superannuation contribution. In addition, the roles attract a research allowance.

How to Apply:

To apply for this role, visit https://www.timeshighereducation.com/unijobs/en-us/listing/138266/research-fellow-senior-research-fellow-in-autonomy/.

Please consult the Position Description, and address the selection criteria. Please also submit a research sample and a CV, including contact details for three professional referees.

As the Application Form does not have an option specifically to upload Research Samples, please ensure these are uploaded to the “Letter of Application” field in Page 4 of the form.

General enquiries about the role, eligibility, the Program and Institute, and working at ACU Melbourne can be directed to Dr David Kirchhoffer (David.Kirchhoffer (at) acu.edu.au).

Equal Opportunity and Privacy of personal information is University policy. For more details visit www.acu.edu.au/careers

APPLICATIONS CLOSE: 13 March 2019

CfP: “Engendering Nature” Special Issue of the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture

The Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture seeks submissions for a special issue with the theme “Engendering Nature”.

This issue will explore the relationships between gender, nature, and the affective, spiritual, and religious dimensions of human experience.

More specifically, we seek analyses of how religion, gender, and nature are constructed and entangled; that engage with gendered eco-essentialisms positing gendered affinities with nature (as in some forms of ecofeminism, ecomaternalism, ecowomanism, feminist ethics of care, and goddess spiritualities). We are also interested in papers that analyze specific examples of women who work in and with nature, highlighting their personal relationships and philosophies with their environments.

The specific questions we would like to explore include, but are not limited to:
  • How are religion, gender, and nature constructed and entangled?
  • How have gendered essentialisms, which have typically posited that women have some kind of unique affinity with nature — and are found in some forms ofecofeminism, ecomaternalism, ecowomanism, feminist ethics, and earth-based spiritualities — fared in scholarly and popular discourses? 
  • In what ways, if any, do the natural sciences illuminate the ways in which gender is understood and contested?
  • What, if anything, is the role of gender/nature in defining what is nature/gender?
  • Can nature/gender be classified as products of culture and religion? If so, how?
  • How have feminist and queer theory viewed and debated the gender/religion/nature nexus?
  • Is the denigration of gender-fluidity and the denigration of nature connected, and if so how?
  • What would queering nature entail, and likewise, what would it mean to naturalize queerness?
  • Is Ecofeminism restricted by its perpetuation of romanticized ideals and binary models, and if so how/why?
  • Have androcentrism, heteronormativity, patriarchal religious ideologies, and/or capitalism affected women’s work with nature, and if so how?

    Interested authors should send an abstract (150 words) and proposal (500 words) as a single PDF, complete with author information and affiliated institution, for peer review to the special issue editors Tom Berendt (tom.berendt@temple.edu) and Amanda Nichols (amnv22@ufl.edu), by March 1, 2019. 

    Authors will be notified by April 1, 2019 whether their proposals have been accepted, and full-length manuscripts will be due by July 1, 2019. All manuscripts will undergo JSRNC’s full editorial review process, including double blind peer review, before publication.

    The Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture, which has been published quarterly since 2007 by Equinox publishing, explores through the social and natural sciences the complex relationships among human beings, their diverse religions and the earth’s living systems. Defining religion broadly to include affective and spiritual experiences, the JSRNC provides a venue for analysis and debate over what constitutes an ethically appropriate relationship between our own species and other organisms in the world’s diverse environments.  and the environments we inhabit. For more information, see its precis in its inaugural issue, Exploring Religion, Nature and Culture: Introducing the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture and the journal’s website at https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/JSRNC. Further questions may be directed to the JSRNC’s Managing Editor, Amanda Nichols at amnv22@ufl.edu.

Preparing Future Faculty Postdoc, University of Missouri

Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions

The University of Missouri is committed to the advancement of teachers, scholars, and researchers who can help achieve the benefits of a diverse educational environment. The Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Program for Faculty Diversity is designed to promote and develop scholars in any discipline for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri or elsewhere. Postdoctoral fellowships are for two years during which time scholars focus on scholarship and participate in professional development activities that integrate and expose them to the faculty experience, including the opportunity to teach in their discipline the second year. The stipend will be $56,000 per year with University benefits and professional development funds that may be used to attend a scholarly meeting, to travel to other campuses as necessary for scholarship, and/or for professional development activities.

Applicants whose doctoral degree is conferred by a regionally accredited university by August 1, 2019 are eligible to apply. Current postdoctoral scholars also may apply if their doctoral degree was awarded in or after spring 2014. Applicants should demonstrate how they can contribute to faculty diversity, such as through membership in a group that is historically underrepresented and/or underserved in a particular discipline or through other training or experience.

Use this link to submit application materials: https://applygrad.missouri.edu/apply/?sr=4ea37717- 4ab3-4dc5-a552-a7b6eb2f799d  Please note that the application link will take you to the same portal used for graduate admissions and you will need to create an account as a first-time user to begin the application process. Applicants will be asked to include the following:

  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • CV
  • Statement of research plans
  • Statement of goals for postdoctoral position
  • One-page abstract of doctoral dissertation
  • Writing sample
  • 3 letters of reference (those identified to provide a reference will be prompted to upload a letter to the system)

Questions may be directed to postdoc@missouri.edu. The deadline for all application material is 11:59 PM CST, March 1, 2019. Candidates who demonstrate the potential to be competitive for tenure-track appointments at the University of Missouri will be invited to interview.

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.