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. 

https://politicaltheology.com/cfp-affect-temporality-and-political-theology/

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.

Responsibilities

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.

Eligibility

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.

Compensation

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

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.

Invitation to Apply: Emerging Scholars in Political Theology Program, 2020-2021

Emerging Scholars in Political Theology

The Political Theology Network invites applications from early-career scholars for its 2020-2021 Emerging Scholars in Political Theology program. Vincent Lloyd and Winnifred Sullivan will serve as mentors for the 2020-2021 cohort. Participants will meet in person three times: at Villanova University July 19-24, 2020, in Chicago in January of 2021, and again at Villanova in the Summer of 2021—in addition to online video conference meetings. All expenses will be paid, and Emerging Scholars will receive a $2,000 stipend for their participation. (Lloyd and Sarah Hammerschlag will serve as mentors for the 2021-2022 cohort, with an application deadline in January 2021.)

The Emerging Scholars in Political Theology program is looking for the next generation of creative and thoughtful political theology scholars. Political theology, as we understand it, is an emerging field that uses the methods of humanistic inquiry to study the intersections of religion and politics in public life. Scholars in political theology come from a variety of disciplines including religious studies, theology, law, political theory, anthropology, history, literature, and sociology. We share a commitment to building an academic field that is diverse along multiple axes (gender, race, geographical focus, religion, citizenship, and institution), to producing scholarship that is both rigorous and publicly-engaged, to incorporating voices traditionally excluded from the academy, and to the practical work of pursuing social justice. Scholars of traditions other than Christianity and of geographic areas outside of the United States are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Emerging Scholars in Political Theology program will involve facilitated discussions of shared readings, teaching and syllabus workshops, and training in public scholarship. Participants will share and discuss works-in-progress and will meet with academic and non-academic experts as we reflect on the state of the field.

Applicants should have the PhD in hand, but must have received their PhD after December 31, 2015. To apply, please send a CV and a brief (1 or 2 page) letter of interest to Richard Kent Evans at rkevans (at) haverford.edu by January 15, 2020.

In your letter of interest, please consider addressing the following questions: 1) How do you see the past, present, and future of the field of political theology, and how does your own research contribute to the field? 2) Which key texts do you see as forming the “canon” of political theology and why? 3) What role does political theology play in your teaching?

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.