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.

Feminist Summer Reading School 2019: Philosophy and Bodies

From https://femsummer.weebly.com/:

We are excited to announce the third annual Feminist Summer Reading School, hosted this year by Cornell University. The 2019 Summer School theme is “Philosophy and Bodies”, and will be held June 17-22, 2019. Spanning from early understandings of mind-body relations to current ethical and political issues surrounding the body, the Summer Reading School will delve into topics such as disability, gender, weight/fatness, sex, confinement/imprisonment, race, and so on. The Summer School is uniquely structured insofar as all the reading is done at the Summer School and not beforehand, as is customary for conferences. Students disperse to read either in small groups or individually and then reconvene for a discussion session. The Summer School strives to create a collaborative and diverse environment that facilitates meaningful learning among students with varying philosophical strengths and life experiences. In addition, we have invited several scholars to give workshops and lectures on a topic related to feminism and the body.

Confirmed speakers
Dr. Kate Manne, Cornell University

When: June 17-22, 2019
Where: Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA
Cost: Free
Applications open: January 3
Application Deadline: February 22
Application Decisions: mid-March 

To apply, please send a motivation letter in PDF form to ​femsummer2019@gmail.com. It should be no longer than two pages.

The motivation letter should include your name, contact information, and institutions you have or currently attend. It should answer the three following questions:

1. What are your philosophical interests, aspirations, and background?
2. What motivates your application to the Feminist Summer Reading School?
3. What interests you about feminist philosophy? What interests you about “the body” or “bodies” in philosophy?

We especially encourage students from underrepresented or marginalized  groups to apply. We therefore encourage you to let us know, in your motivation letter, what underrepresented or marginalized groups you belong to, and and how they have affected your academic experience.

For more information, visit https://femsummer.weebly.com/

If further information is required, contact femsummer2019@gmail.com

Call for Abstracts: Binational Conference on Ethics, Politics, and Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Call for Abstracts

Binational Conference: Ethics, Politics and Migration at the U.S.-Mexico Border

Ciudad Juárez, México and El Paso, Texas

Dates: May 15-17, 2019
Locations: Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez (UACJ) and the University of Texas, El Paso (UTEP)
Languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese
Confirmed Speakers: Eduardo Mendieta (Penn State), Melissa W. Wright (Penn State) Tony Payan (UACJ), Amy Reed-Sandoval (UTEP)
Sponsors: Doctoral Program in Philosophy (UACJ) Master Program in Social Work Program (UACJ), Department of Philosophy (UTEP)

Overview: 
The unequal and exclusionary processes of globalization that began decades ago have had devastating effects on a high percentage of the world’s population, many of whom have been compelled to migrate in search of enhanced security and life opportunities. In a clear double standard, we have witnessed “open borders” for capital as state borders have contributed to migratory crises such as those experienced in Europe in recent years, as well as those of Latin America and the United States.

Ciudad Juárez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas flank the U.S.-Mexico border and constitute the largest binational zone in the world, making this a natural setting in which to hold this conference on ethics, politics and migration. This conference seeks to initiate a “North-South Dialogue” on immigration justice while centering both Latin American philosophy and Latin American perspectives on the ethics of borders. Our aim is to highlight feature the perspectives of academics, immigrant rights activists and migrants on a range of ethical challenges.

To increase our impact, a conference blog will be generated to highlight key elements of all the conference presentations. In addition, all conference papers will be considered for inclusion in a volume dedicated to the conference them which will be edited by Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Amy Reed-Sandoval.

Possible topics for abstracts and papers include (but are not limited to):
·       The ethics of immigrant admissions to Global South countries, including (but not limited to) Mexico and other Latin American countries
·       The obligations of the Mexican state toward Central American migrants in its territory
·       Methodological Nationalism (and its possible limitations)
·       The rights of undocumented migrants
·       The relationship between race, gender, class and immigration justice
·       Decolonial perspectives on immigration ethics
·       Ethical challenges presented by the border wall dividing the United States and Mexico (as well as other state border walls and barriers)
·       Family separations, and the particular rights of child migrants
·       The relationship between Latin American philosophy and immigration justice
·       New directions for north-south dialogue on immigration justice
·       The ethical obligations of non-state actors with regard to immigration justice

Submission of Abstracts
Send abstracts (400 words max.) prepared for anonymous review to emigracion2019@gmail.com . Please also include a separate word document that lists the following: author name, title, academic or organizational affiliation, and state or country of current residence.

Important Dates:
Deadline for submission of abstracts: March 15th, 2019
Notification of acceptance: March 31st, 2019
Conference: May 15th-17th, 2019

Costs of participation:
500 pesos Mexican nationals
50 USD foreign nationals
Exemption for professors and students of UACJ and UTEP

For further information, contact Luis Rubén Díaz Cepeda and Elsa Patricia Hernández Conference Organizers at:  emigracion2019@gmail.com) or visit
https://www.facebook.com/emigracion2019/

Call for Papers: Queer Political Theologies Special Issue of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies

Edited by Ricky Varghese (Toronto Institute of Psychoanalysis), David K. Seitz (Harvey Mudd

College), and Fan Wu (University of Toronto)

The contested field of political theology asks after the seemingly persistent theological, religious, and metaphysical character of people’s affective investments in political institutions and forms of life, including putatively secular ones. Political theology attends to what remains, what lingers— perhaps transfigured or rescaled—at scenes of crisis, catastrophe, and change, in moments when forms of life undergo profound structural and spiritual transformation. This special issue emerges from our observation that political theology, queer theory, religious studies, and queer theology already share in a critical hesitation about the pretensions of the modern subject as secular, sovereign, disillusioned, and bereft of metaphysical attachments; and in a curiosity about the psychic, visceral, ontological, and affective character of subject formation. Our aim, then, is not merely to “queer” political theology—to make a set of queerly informed postulates out of theology—but also to ask what is already queer about the intersections and junctures of the political and the theological.

We invite work that shares our curiosity about how the queer as an ontological, ethico-political, historical, and materialist category worthy of exploration might in itself emerge from the meeting of the political and the theological. We welcome scholarship that approaches the political and the theological themselves as categories that are deeply invested in configurations of modernity, subjectivity, and ontology—work that asks after the queerness that inheres or festers in the relationships between modernity, subjectivity, and ontology, broadly conceived. Queer political theologies might investigate scenes of jointure and investiture between otherwise inchoate, abject, quivering, creaturely, or fleshy bodies and sacralising political orders or religious praxes that imbue them with significance.

We approach this work with a keen awareness of the fraught stakes of gathering together scholarship from multiple fields and trajectories (queer theory, political theology, queer theology, religious studies, and more) under the banner of “queer political theology” in particular. Indeed, distinct scholarly traditions, not all of them historically friendly to emancipatory ethical, political, and intellectual aims, have infected “political theology” quite differently. While European(ist) political theologies have focused on the psychical and spiritual consequences of the shift from monarchical sovereignty to biopolitical forms of popular sovereignty, Asian, Arab, Latinx, African, and other political theological traditions have sought to map out reconfigurations of sacred/profane bodies politic amidst and from scenes of empire, colonialisms, decolonization, and postcolonial nationalisms. What we hope the contributions to this special issue will share, then, is not a singular political theological tradition, nor an exclusive set of geographical coordinates, nor a unitary understanding of the queer, but a sustained attention to the spiritual, psychical, religious, political, and ontological torsion at the core of processes of subject formation.

Possible topics might include:

  •   Religious praxis, ritual, and the sacred in sexual cultures
  •   Queer bare life, queer creaturely life, queer flesh, queer sacrifice
  •   The melancholic place of political theology in queer theory, queer theology and religious studies
  •   The queer temporalities and spatialities of political theology
  •   Queer secularisms
  •   Queer theory and forms of theism and atheism
  •   Queer theology’s responses to ecology and the Anthropocene
  •   The end(s) of history and queer readings of eschatology
  •   Queer poetics of theological texts and religious traditions

    We are looking for abstracts (no longer than 500 words) for contributions to be considered for inclusion in this issue. Please also include a one-page CV. Please send any inquiries and submissions to glqqpt@gmail.com by Friday, February 1, 2019.

    GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies is a Duke University Press publication http://www.dukeupress.edu/glq