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Some of the most exciting work in religious studies, theology, ethics, political thought, and philosophy of religion today is happening in feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional inquiries. But much of this work is dispersed across subfields, making community hard to find.  The scholars of religious sexual ethics may not go to philosophy of religion conferences; the philosophers of religion may not read the religious ethics journals; long-standing alienations between religious studies and theology often isolate potential conversation partners.  Working on feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional inquiries in any field can be isolating in many ways already. Our isolations by subfield in religious studies and theology easily intensify the experience.

Feminist Religion aims to build community among scholars with these interests by providing a space to share opportunities for conferences, publications, jobs, and other endeavors. We are a venue for feminist, womanist, mujerista, queer, trans, and intersectional theorists, theologians, and ethicists in religious studies to coordinate and collaborate. We want to connect scholars working in these areas and increase awareness of opportunities to meet one another and share our work.

We do not aim to be exclusive with respect to field or approach. Please follow us if you are interested in these topics even if you are not in a Religious Studies department. We welcome colleagues from across the university and beyond it.

How it works:

If you are hosting a conference, editing a journal or volume, hiring for a position, etc., let us know! Contact us at admin@feministreligion.com or through the Contact page and we’ll post your announcement.

If you are interested in getting announcements, please click the “Follow Blog Via Email” link on the right side of the page. You will receive emails when we post. In this way, you never need to check the site; you can use it as a listserv (with somewhat better graphic design). Note: you must confirm your email subscription by replying to the site’s confirmation email. Some users have reported that the confirmation email was sent to their junk/spam folders. Please check there if you don’t see the confirmation!

We do not plan to post editorial content unless some reflection on our endeavors here is necessary. Posts will be informative, with links to opportunities and announcements. We don’t like extraneous email, and will try to avoid creating it in your inbox.

Who we are:

We are two scholars of religion and feminist thought, Anna F. Bialek and Molly Farneth. We have happily called religious studies home in our training, teaching, and research, but the feminist dimensions of our inquiries can seem far away from the religious studies conversations in which we find ourselves engaged. We have watched analytic philosophers develop strong communities around feminist, queer, and trans scholarship on sites and listservs like the Society for Women in Philosophy and Feminist Philosophers, and have wished for a version in religious thought. This site is our effort to move beyond wishful thinking.

We are grateful to the many organizations and individuals who have held open a feminist intersectional space in religious studies. Feminist Religion seeks to add to existing efforts by providing a clearinghouse for opportunities and news in the field. We want a place to find things we’d be interested in, and to post things we think others should know about. We cannot envision a place of this kind as anything other than a very large tent. Please feel welcome if you have any vague interest in these topics. And please let us know if you have anything to post that might be of relevance. We will exercise editorial discretion on postings, but with an inclination toward inclusion.

Nota bene: We will not abide harassment or abuse, and reserve the right to delete comments and block users that are abusive to others in our community.

Author: Anna F. Bialek

Anna Bialek is an Assistant Professor of Religion and Politics at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University.

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