2020 Liberation Theology and Decolonialism Summer Institute

Applications for the 2020 Liberation Theology and Decolonialism Summer Institute in Santiago de Compostela are now open! See http://www.dialogoglobal.com/compostela/ .

 

The Institute runs from June 1-5, 2020. Application deadline March 1, 2020.

 

All Seminars will be in English. Topics include: Modernity/Coloniality and Christendom; Womanist Theology; Interreligious Decoloniality; Liberation and Corporeality; Ecofeminism; Transmodernity; Native Cosmologies; Religion and Epistemological Disobedience; and More.

 

See below for pictures and reflections from the 2019 institute:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1209843582536724/

https://kellogg.nd.edu/kellogg-institute-professionalization-grants-14

Job Posting: Postdoctoral Fellowships at the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics

Postdoctoral Research Associates in Religion and Politics

 

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics seeks applications from junior scholars and recent Ph.D. graduates for up to four postdoctoral fellowships in residence at Washington University in St. Louis. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second year. Eligible applicants must complete the Ph.D. by July 1, 2020, and have completed it no earlier than January 1, 2015. In exceptional cases a qualified applicant holding a J.D., without the Ph.D., may be considered. Research associates will spend most of their time pursuing research and writing for their own projects. They will also serve the intellectual life of the Danforth Center on Religion and Politics through participation in its biweekly interdisciplinary seminar and events hosted by the Center. Their teaching responsibilities will include: 1) developing one course per year to complement and contribute to the Center’s curricular offerings, and 2) possibly assisting in one additional course each year (depending on the particular teaching needs of the Center). Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

 

Required Qualifications: Applicants should hold a doctorate in religious studies, politics, anthropology, law, philosophy, theology, American studies, history, area studies, sociology, or another relevant field. Scholars should be engaged in projects centrally concerned with religion and politics in the United States, historically or in the present day.

 

Application Instructions: Applicants must send all of the following information as a single pdf file to the Center at rap@wustl.edu:

 

  • Cover letter including an overview of the postdoctoral research project
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Relevant writing sample (25-35 pages)
  • Two undergraduate course proposals (a summary paragraph for each will suffice)

 

Applicants should also arrange to have three letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf to rap@wustl.edu.

 

Applications are due in full by December 1, 2019. Applicants will be notified of fellowship decisions by March 2, 2020. For more information, contact the Center at (314) 935-9345 or via e-mail at rap@wustl.edu.

 

Salary: $50,000

 

 

(For full disclosure: Fannie Bialek is both an editor of this site and the director of fellows at the Danforth Center.)

Call for Applicants: Book Review Editor for Body and Religion

We are seeking applicants for the role of Book Review Editor for the journal, Body and Religion, published since 2017 by Equinox. Two issues a year are published with approximately 4-6 book reviews each. Reviews should be 1000-2000 words in length and refrain from notes. They are published “open access” on the Equinox site. The book review editor is responsible for maintaining a list of newly published books relevant to our readership, soliciting and maintaining communication with reviewers, editing reviews, and serving as a liaison between the press and the journal to ask for review copies to be mailed to reviewers and sending follow up copies of reviews once published to the marketing division of publication houses. Coordination between the editorial team, board members and Equinox is expected.

 

This important opportunity to shape scholarly discourse about religious embodiment is open to all tenure-track and independent scholarly ranks. We are seeking an applicant to serve at minimum for 2-3 years with clear communication skills, editing expertise, and organizational capacities for maintaining logistics around review cycles between editors and reviewers. Applicant should be familiar with the field of body and religion in order to know whom to contact about writing book reviews. They may also be asked to review regular article submissions in alignment with their expertise.

 

The book review editor receives a free subscription to the journal and an Equinox author discount of 35% on other titles. Their affiliated university library would also receive an institutional discount for their subscription to the journal. While most books are sent directly to reviewers from the press, postage costs for books sent by the editor are covered by Equinox.

 

All interested applicants may send a letter of interest and C.V. to Dr. Katherine Zubko, Editor of Body and Religion, by July 30, 2019. Position will remain open until filled. Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Zubko at kzubko@unca.edu. More information about the journal may be found below.

 

Body and Religion is an internationally peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal devoted to all issues of body and religion. We welcome English-language submissions from scholars who use diverse methodologies and approaches, ranging from traditional to innovative, to explore issues of “body” as a fundamental analytical category in the study of religion. We seek to publish the widest possible diversity of critical inquiry into the relationships between all manner of bodies; concepts of “body,” and both traditional and alternative religious traditions, popular culture, literature, the arts, psychology, philosophy, the natural sciences, national and social movements, gender and sexuality, modification and transformation, underground/alternative culture, time periods, and regions.

The journal provides a forum for the study of all manner of ancient and contemporary practices, concerns, ideals, and connections or disconnections between body and religion. Essays and analyses are capable of being delivered on a multi-media platform, assisting in examining performances, rituals, and other topics that are not easily captured in print. However, alternate and innovative presentations must include a significant written portion for print, while corresponding extra color art, video, and other media will be included on the journal website and in other electronic forms.

Body and Religion considers submissions from both established scholars and research students. All articles are refereed.

 

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

 

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.