Political Theology Network Dissertation Workshop

Thanks to the generous support of the Henry Luce Foundation, the Political
Theology Network is awarding a limited number of stipends to emerging scholars who would like to participate in a virtual Dissertation workshop that would allow them to connect with senior scholars in their area of study. Award recipients will be invited to participate in workshops to be held on three Fridays in January 2021.

The goal of the workshop is to help facilitate completion of the dissertation and to guide students in their transition to careers in academia. The workshop will include up to five PhD candidates, each of whom will present a dissertation chapter, along with four scholars in the area who will moderate the discussions. We understand political theology as a field that draws upon multiple religious traditions, as well as various disciplines like philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, political science, and ethics, to name just a few. For this reason, we especially invite applications from PhD students who take an interdisciplinary, or cross-disciplinary approach to their studies. Before the workshop each student participant will share one draft of a dissertation chapter, and all participants will read each other’s work in advance and prepare feedback. Faculty leaders and students will discuss the drafts and provide detailed comments. Each graduate participant will be expected to offer formal comments on one of the papers, scheduled in advance.

Eligibility: This award is available to PhD students who have completed all of their degree requirements except the dissertation (ABD). Students must be actively writing their dissertations.

Amount: Each program participant will receive a $500 honorarium.

Application Process: For more information, or to request an application form, please contact Prof. Inese Radzins (iradzins@csustan.edu). Completed applications are due on November 6, 2020.

Fred and Dorothy Chau Postdoctoral Fellowship, Pomona College

Pomona Colleges seeks applications for the Fred and Dorothy Chau Postdoctoral Fellowship, a two-year position, beginning July 2021.

This fellowship is open to scholars in any field in the arts, humanities or social sciences whose research engages race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality or transnational studies.

Successful candidates will teach two courses a year. Fellows are also responsible for giving one public lecture a year. Salary is commensurate with a visiting full-time faculty position. Please submit cover letter, cv, research statement (summary of dissertation and future plans), teaching statement (why teach at a liberal arts college?) and a diversity statement (demonstrating ability to mentor a diverse student body), and three letters of recommendation by November 16, 2020 to www.academicjobsonline.org.

Pomona College, a member of the Claremont Colleges, supports equal access to higher education and values working in a richly diverse environment.

CFP – Affect, Temporality, and Political Theology

Political Theology Call for Proposals

Special Issue: Affect, Temporality, and Political Theology

Guest Editors: Eleanor Craig and Joshua Lupo

This special issue aims to engage both contemporary affect theory and prior theorizations as they intersect with political and theological thinking. We are interested in proposals that bring past and present theorizations together or grapple with how temporality, history, and context shape affect and its theorization. 

In designating affect as our central concept, we also invite work that engages adjacent categories such as sentiment, enthusiasm, feeling, attachment, or emotion. We seek analyses of ways that affective phenomena are interpreted across a wide range of political and cultural contexts and are eager to see submissions that think affect at the intersections of race and gender and that draw on non-Christian traditions. Amy Hollywood notes that “the Latin affectus, from the verb afficio — to do something to someone, to exert an influence on another body or another person, to bring another into a particular state of mind” (Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism, 2012) has a long history in Christian theology. While we hope some authors critically investigate this history, we hope others will demonstrate ways of moving beyond, or working outside it. We recognize that the central vocabularies for such projects may range widely. 

Articles can take affect (or a related concept) as topic or method: they can center particular approaches to working on oneself, a framework for understanding or generating political energies, or a mode of interpreting ethics and politics. We invite reflection upon questions such as: In what ways does contemporary affect theory inherit from prior theorizations and conceptions (e.g., Augustine, Calvin, Romantics)? How does a European genealogy for thinking about affect continue to impact who is seen as practicing affect theory? How might concepts in political theology (i.e. sovereignty, the exception, the people, decision, biopolitics) that are presumed to be enduring, if not timeless, be reconceptualized when attuned to contextualized affect? What roles do affects or affective categories typically associated with religious experience (awe, piety, hope, and love, for example) play in political life; under what conditions do they inform what is seen as properly or improperly political? How do we think about temporality and affect in efforts to combat systemically embedded injustice in the Movement for Black Lives, advocacy for Indigenous sovereignty, environmental justice movements, or im/migrant resistance? 

Please send 400 word abstracts by January 15, 2021, emailed to both jlupo (at) nd.edu and eleanor_craig (at) fas.harvard.edu. Those whose abstracts are selected will be invited to submit full articles due August 15, 2021, with anticipated publication in 2022. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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:


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.