CFP: Holstein Dissertation Fellowships in Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion

DEADLINE: APRIL 3, 2020

The Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Riverside is pleased to announce that applications are open for the 2020-21 cohort of Holstein Dissertation Fellows.

The Holstein Dissertation Fellowship is a competitive annual, non-stipendiary program that brings together a small cohort of doctoral candidates working in the area of queer and transgender studies in religion for networking, writing support, and mentoring at UC Riverside in Southern California. Fellows travel as a group to UCR on three separate weekends during the academic year; the fellowship pays all expenses for transportation, accommodations, and meals during each trip. Typical cohorts are between four and six Fellows, depending on available funding.

Applications are invited from PhD students in any field, both within and outside the US, whose dissertation research focuses on queer and/or transgender studies in religion. Doctoral degree tracks other than the PhD may be considered on a case-by-case basis, and applications from doctoral students attending UC Riverside are welcome. Fellows must have advanced to candidacy (CPhil) or their institution’s equivalent, and must have had their dissertation project approved by their institution, by June 30, 2020. They must also anticipate completion of the PhD no sooner than spring of the fellowship year. Fellowships are intended, in other words, for those who will be doctoral candidates for at least a significant majority and ideally all of their fellowship year.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, a CV, a dissertation abstract, and one letter of recommendation from a member of your dissertation committee. Your cover letter should explain your background in queer and/or transgender studies, religious studies, and queer and/or transgender studies in religion; briefly introduce your dissertation project; explain your current progress on the project and your expected timeline for completion, with particular attention to the work you plan to do during the fellowship year; and identify at least three faculty members in Southern California, listed in order of preference, with whom you would like to work in a mentoring relationship during the weekend visits to UCR. Nominated mentors should be scholars with whom you do not ordinarily have the opportunity to work, and should not include Melissa Wilcox, who works closely with all fellowship recipients. Send all application materials as email attachments to melissa.wilcox (at) ucr.edu by April 3, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by Dr. Wilcox and by the applicant’s nominated mentor(s); selection criteria include but are not limited to the quality of the applicant’s work, the depth of the project’s connection to queer and/or transgender studies in religion, and the applicant’s length of time to degree completion (all other factors being equal, those who will be ineligible for later cohorts due to completion of the PhD will receive priority consideration). There are no guarantees as to the availability of nominated mentors, but every effort will be made to match accepted Fellows with mentors whose own work is close to the Fellow’s dissertation topic.

The Holstein Dissertation Fellowship is funded by the Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies at UCR, which was created through the generosity of Robert and Loretta Holstein and their family and friends.

For questions regarding the program or the application process, please contact Melissa M. Wilcox, Professor and Holstein Family and Community Chair in Religious Studies, Department of Religious Studies, University of California Riverside, Riverside CA 92521; melissa.wilcox (at) ucr.edu.

Call for Nominations for Associate Editors, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy

Hypatia has completed a transition to a new Editorial Team (See the Editorial Team’s statement, “The Promise of Feminist Philosophy,” Hypatia vol. 34, no. 3 (Summer 2019); also see ‘New Editorial Team Chosen for Hypatia’, the revision of its governance structure, and is in the process of transferring its publishing home to Cambridge University Press (transition will be finalized on January 1, 2020). Hypatia is now ready to form a new group of Associate Editors.  We welcome nominations for these positions. Self-nominations are welcome. A description of the responsibilities can be found below.

Please send a CV and a letter of no more than one page speaking to the nominee’s qualifications.  If possible, please secure the nominee’s willingness to serve prior to nomination.  The board of 8-10 Associate Editors will be elected from the pool of nominees.

Send nominations to Bonnie Mann, bmann (at) uoregon.edu.

Nominations due by Friday, October 18th, 2019.

Responsibilities

  • To assist the Editorial Team, including the HRO Editor(s), in maintaining the journal’s health, advising on editorial policy, soliciting submissions and special issues, clusters, and musings, reviewing reports from the Editorial Team and the Treasurer of the Nonprofit Board, and providing feedback on those reports.
  • To occasionally assume editorial responsibilities in cases in which the Editorial Team has a conflict of interest related to a specific submission (i.e. when a submission is from a student or close colleague of an Editorial Team member or members).
  • To review new editorial initiatives and submissions for special issues, forwarded to the AEs from the Editorial Team, and vote on which to accept.
  • To maintain communication as needed with the Nonprofit Board, the Facilitation and Communication Committee, and the Outreach and Ethics Committee.
  • To assist in the formation and the work of the Diversity Essay Prize Committee and the assessment of Diversity Grant proposals; they will provide members to both committees, which in turn make final decisions on awards.
  • To serve in an advisory capacity to the Editorial Team regarding editorial issues that may arise; for example, individual Associate Editors can be asked to suggest reviewers or provide advice about conflicting referee reports in their areas of expertise.
  • To commit individually to perform at least 2 reviews per year of submissions in their areas of expertise.
  • To form and chair a Search Committee for a new Editorial Team at least 18 months in advance of the completion of the term of the current team.
  • To choose a Facilitator who will convene meetings at least twice a year, circulate the agenda and any necessary documents for their decisions. This person will serve a 2-3 year term. Either the Facilitator or an appointed Secretary will take minutes of meetings and keep a decision log.

The criteria for determining good nominees for Associate Editor shall include their ability to contribute to the diversity of philosophical areas, methods, and topics, their experience, and their ability to represent international feminist communities.

Call for Nominations, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Featured Translation 2021

Call for Nominations

SdBS Featured Translation 2021

Deadline: February 1, 2020

Do you know of a previously published article or book chapter that is an exemplar of outstanding scholarship but has not yet received the international and interdisciplinary attention that it deserves? Do you want to recognize a text that has had the greatest impact on your thinking and has changed the ways that you read Beauvoir’s work or consider topics that are in conversation with her legacy such as gender studies, sexuality studies, feminism, existentialism, political responsibility, literary theory, and so on?

Consistent with its mission of promoting international and cross-cultural exchange, Simone de Beauvoir Studies selects one article-length work per year that has already been published and translates it into either English or French in order to emphasize its significance to the field and increase its readership. The SdBS Featured Translation showcases writing of the highest quality, often authored by established scholars, full professors, or others who have produced exceptional work.

Eligible works are any article or book chapter (ideally less than 10,000 words) that was published recently or long ago in any language other than English. Nominations should be submitted by February 1, 2020 and be in the form of a one-page letter that recommends the work and that follows the guidelines for Featured Translation nomination letters posted at www.brill.com/sdbs. Multiple nomination letters for the same work, multi-authored nomination letters, and self-nominations are welcome.

Call for Papers, Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Special Issue “Reading and Translating ‘The Second Sex’ Globally”

Call for Papers

Simone de Beauvoir Studies, Special Issue “Reading and Translating The Second Sex Globally”

Guest Editors: Sylvie Chaperon and Marine Rouch

Deadline: March 1, 2020

 Since its publication in France in 1949, The Second Sex has been translated into dozens of languages, and each time in a particular editorial, intellectual, and feminist context. Each translation has given rise to different adaptations and transformations of the text, which are later subject to critical receptions and appropriations by ordinary readers.

For this Special Issue (SdBS 31.2, October 2020), SdBS seeks completed articles of 7000-8000 words (in English or in French) that analyze the chains of complex choices implemented by editors and translators, as well as the consequences of these choices on the immediate reception and legacy of the work in diverse contexts. We especially invite submissions on cultural areas that are still underexplored in Beauvoir studies: Northern and Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Comparative studies are also encouraged.

Completed papers that follow the SdBS “Instructions for Authors” should be submitted on-line by March 1, 2020 at www.brill.com/sdbs. All submissions will be anonymously reviewed. Submitted articles that are not selected for this Special Issue may be considered for other issues of SdBS.

Call for Guest Editors, Simone de Beauvoir Studies

Call for Guest Editors

Simone de Beauvoir Studies

Deadline: November 15, 2019

Do you have an idea for an exciting theme that would make for an outstanding journal issue? Simone de Beauvoir Studies (SdBS) is seeking a guest editor for its next Special Issue (SdBS 32.2, October 2021). The Editorial Team is especially interested in proposals for creative, cutting-edge themes that promise to advance scholarship in a variety of disciplines and that speak to the most pressing issues of our time.

SdBS not only encourages proposals for themes that directly address Beauvoir’s writings, but also for those that do not treat Beauvoir’s writings per se but are nonetheless in conversation with her legacy such as gender studies, feminism, sexuality studies, disability studies, critical race theory, postcolonial studies, global politics, twentieth-century history, posthumanism, literary theory, and autobiography.

SdBS welcomes proposals from individuals and from teams comprised of faculty members from different countries, of junior and senior faculty members, and other pairings that harbor multiple perspectives. Prospective guest editors are encouraged to discuss their proposals with the Editor in Chief or another member of the Editorial Team before submitting them.

Please visit www.brill.com/sdbs for information on how to submit a guest editor proposal to SdBS and a list of sample Special Issue themes. Proposals for SdBS Special Issues are reviewed annually and should be submitted by November 15th 2019.

Call for Content: The Immanent Frame

The Immanent Frame has been a leading platform for groundbreaking public scholarship on secularism and religion since its founding in 2007. The past two years have seen expanded content on contemporary and global issues as demonstrated by our Exchanges, experimental projects (especially the tenth anniversary celebration “Is this all there is”), and emergent focus on teaching religion. We aim to further extend these innovations and to broaden TIF’s network of contributors and readers in ways that maintain its identity as a flagship scholarly forum.

Historically, TIF has recruited content only by invitation due to a limited editorial staff. The TIF editor and editorial associate work closely with invited authors to produce consistently high-quality scholarship. We have as a result fostered a loyal contributor and reader base that stretches across the Atlantic and English-speaking publics more broadly. In recognition of that tradition, and to intentionally widen the circle of potential contributors while maintaining our commitment to quality, we are issuing targeted calls for contributions. These calls will run for set periods of time with the expectation that selected proposals will be developed for publication within the academic calendar year. Broadening TIF in such a way is also intended to spotlight questions that have received comparatively less attention on the platform. By recruiting content from new contributors, we hope to expand our readership among a wider set of interested publics including scholars focused on public-facing work and practitioners, media, and policy audiences.

We have opened two distinct calls for content to begin this process. Whereas the Fall 2019 Call for Exchanges is for proposals on any questions related to the academic study and public understanding of secularism and religion, the Fall 2019 Call for Individual Essays seeks submissions that directly address religion and social movements around the globe.

To submit proposals for either of these open calls, complete the online submission forms found at the links below.

Fall 2019 Call for Exchanges (deadline 1 November 2019)

Fall 2019 Call for Individual Essays—Religion and social movements (deadline 1 December 2019)

Only proposals submitted through the online submission forms will be considered. Any questions regarding these calls for content can be directed to ifblog@ssrc.org.

Job Posting: Gender/Sexuality or Race/Ethnicity and the Study of Religion, University of Texas at Austin

The Department of Religious Studies at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in gender/sexuality or race/ethnicity and the study of religion. Areas of specialization and methodological approach are open, with priority given to candidates who have an interdisciplinary, comparative or transnational research agenda. The position will contribute to the undergraduate and graduate programs in Religious Studies. The department will support the hire through mentoring and professional development. The teaching load is 2/2 and the position will begin in August 2020. Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience.

The Department of Religious Studies is committed to diversity through research teaching, mentoring, and community engagement, and especially welcomes applications from people of African, Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx descent, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ persons.

Qualifications

The successful candidates should have a Ph.D. in hand by August 15, 2020, should demonstrate potential for a successful publishing and research trajectory, and should have a solid record as an effective classroom teacher or a teaching philosophy helping to ensure success in the classroom. Applicants to this position should demonstrate ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in Religious Studies.

We expect the successful candidate to develop strong research and publishing programs; to direct dissertations, MA reports, and honors theses; to advise students working in Religious Studies; and to exhibit a commitment to service to the department, college, and university.

Application Instructions

To apply for the position, please submit a letter of interest that includes a description of current and planned research; a curriculum vitae; a writing sample; a teaching portfolio that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, a sample syllabus, and a list of courses taught with a summary of teaching evaluations if applicable; along with the names and contact information three references to Interfolio (https://apply.interfolio.com/68907). Please send questions to Dr. Chad Seales (seales (at) austin.utexas.edu)Chair of the Search Committee.

Review of applications will begin 9am EST on October 28, 2019. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled; however, applications received after 9am EST on October 28th may not receive full consideration. A background check will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.