Job Posting: South Asian Religions and Gender, Concordia University

The Department of Religions and Cultures in the Faculty of Arts and Science at Concordia University seeks to hire a tenure-track faculty member at the assistant professor level, working in the fields of gender and South Asian religions, with a specialization in Hinduism. The ideal candidate will have an excellent research profile and appropriate abilities in Indian languages.  Filling this position allows us to support graduate studies in the area of South Asian religions. The successful candidate will, therefore, have teaching experience and the ability to mentor graduate students. He or she will also complement existing strengths in Asian religions and women, gender and sexuality studies in the Department.

Concordia University is a vibrant research and teaching environment. Concordia is located in Montreal, Canada, which is a diverse and exciting city, ranked one of the best cities for overall quality of living in North America.

Applications must consist of a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, a research statement, evidence of teaching effectiveness if applicable, a diversity and inclusion statement, and a sample of published research. Candidates should also have three letters of reference emailed directly to the address below. All application materials should be sent directly via email to:

Subject Line: South Asia Position

Munit Merid, Assistant to the Chair

Department of Religions and Cultures

Concordia University

1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd.

H3G 1M8

Email: Munit.Merid (at) concordia.ca

https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/religions-cultures

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor for August 1, 2020 however, appointments at a higher rank will be considered. Applications should be received by Monday, October 28th, 2019. All inquiries about the position should be directed to Dr. Carly Daniel-Hughes, Chair of the Department of Religions and Cultures: Carly.DanielHughes (at) concordia.ca

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Candidates should indicate whether or not they are Canadians or Permanent Residents of Canada in their application. Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their application. Candidates are also invited to disclose career interruptions or personal circumstances affecting their career progression.

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfid (at) concordia.ca or by phone at 514-848-2424 ext. 4323.

AAUW Short Term Research Publication Grant

The AAUW has announced a “Short Term Research Publication Grants” Program to provide support to scholars to prepare research manuscripts for publication, with awards of $6000 to support work on a publication that can be completed in 8 weeks.

ELIGIBILITY

  • American Fellowships are not open to previous recipients of any AAUW national fellowship or grant (not including branch or local awards or Community Action Grants). Members and officers of the AAUW Board of Directors are not eligible to apply for fellowships and grant awards. AAUW staff or volunteers with decision-making authority who wish to apply for an award must recuse themselves from the decision-making process.
  • American Fellowship candidates must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
  • American Fellowships are open to women scholars in all fields of study.
  • Short-Term Research Publication Grants applicants must hold a Ph.D., Ed.D., D.B.A., M.F.A., J.D., M.D., D.M.D., D.V.M., D.S.W., or M.P.H. at the time of application.
  • Tenured professors are not eligible.
  • The grants are for tenure-track, part-time, and temporary faculty, as well as new and established researchers at universities.
  • Scholars with strong publication records should seek funding elsewhere.
  • Time must be available for eight consecutive weeks of final manuscript preparation. While many recipients, especially full-time faculty members, will use the awards during the summer, recipients may use the funds at any time during the fellowship year.
  • All applicants must demonstrate that the support will result in a reduction of their ongoing work-related activities.
  • The grants are not for preliminary research. Activities undertaken during the grant period can include drafting, editing, or modifying manuscripts; replicating research components; responding to issues raised through critical review; and other initiatives to increase the likelihood of publication.
  • The publication must be original and cannot be co-authored.
  • Applicants may not apply for another AAUW national fellowship or grant in the same year.

The application deadline is November 1, 2019.

For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.aauw.org/what-we-do/educational-funding-and-awards/american-fellowships/af-research-publication-grants-application/

Fellowship, Sacred Writes/Bitch Media Partnership

Sacred Writes is now accepting applications from scholars for up to two funded partnerships with Bitch Media. These three-month fellowships are modeled on Bitch Media’s Fellowships for Writers program. The goal is to develop, support, and amplify emerging, diverse voices in feminist, activist, and pop culture media. All fellows will work under the guidance of Bitch cofounder Andi Zeisler. Applicants must have graduate level training in religious studies, theology, biblical studies, or a related field and be able to work in one of four subject areas: sexual politics, pop culture criticism, technology, or global feminism. This partnership is open to faculty, independent scholars, and graduate students. Deadline for applications is 1 November 2019.

ABOUT BITCH MEDIA

Bitch Media’s mission is to provide and encourage an engaged, thoughtful feminist response to mainstream media and culture. Bitch Media is in print with Bitch magazine, online at bitchmedia.org, on the air with the Popaganda and Backtalk podcasts, and on campuses around the world via Bitch on Campus. Bitch seeks to be a fresh, revitalizing voice in contemporary feminism, one that welcomes complex arguments and refuses to ignore the contradictory and often uncomfortable realities of life in an unequivocally gendered world. Bitch Media has a broad reach, with a community that has grown to over 6 million readers around the globe.

DURATION

Two three-month cycles are available in 2020:

  • March 1 – May 30
  • June 1 – August 31

Please specify on your application which you are available for.

SCOPE

Fellows will work in one of four subject areas during their fellowship period:

  • Sexual politics
  • Pop culture criticism
  • Technology
  • Global feminism

During the three-month fellowship, fellows will produce a minimum of four online articles (1800- 2000 words) for Bitch Media in the topic area of their fellowship. These pieces can take a variety of forms: reported, analytical, advocacy-focused, and even infographic. The partnership includes biweekly discussions (by phone or Zoom if fellows cannot meet in person) with the fellowship director and other members of the Bitch Media staff. Scholars will receive mentorship and support in creating, shaping, and editing articles and online pieces. Sacred Writes will provide a $2000 stipend for the three-month fellowship for each scholar partnered with Bitch Media.

For more information, and to apply, visit https://www.sacred-writes.org/bitch-media

Job Opening: Research Associate, Harvard Divinity School/Women’s Studies in Religion Program

Harvard Divinity School announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2020-21 in its Women’s Studies in Religion Program.  Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis and focusing on any religion are welcomed.  Salary for 2020-21 will be $60,000.   Completed applications are due online by October 15, 2019.  Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2019.  Please see the website (http://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply) for more information.

Job Opening: Theology, University of Chicago Divinity School

The University of Chicago Divinity School seeks scholar(s) in Theology (e.g., constructive theology, systematic theology, historical theology, theological ethics, ethnographic theology), for an appointment date of July 1, 2020.  Rank and salary are open. We welcome applications at the assistant professor, associate professor, and full professor rank.

The Divinity School has a distinctive theological tradition, one in which theology seeks to be a full partner in the University’s broader conversations; theologians here thus aim to contribute something to these conversations, just as they expect to be informed and challenged by them.  We look to carry on this tradition by hiring theologian(s) whose contributions are engaged with scholarship on women, theology, and religion; this scholarship may include womanist theology, mujerista theology, Asian feminist theology, or other varieties of feminist theology, just as it may include work on gender and/or intersectionality. Ideal candidates will have a compelling research agenda that engages such scholarship and promises original and significant work in the field; can teach courses on this scholarship and advise students who are interested in drawing on it; and are willing and able to engage in interdisciplinary conversation with other scholars of religion and other fields within the University.

The Divinity School is the graduate professional school for the academic study of religion at the University of Chicago, a private research university. Faculty in the School teach Ph.D. students; Master’s students in M.A., M.Div., and A.M.R.S. programs; and undergraduates in the College. Many faculty members hold associate appointments in humanities or social science departments and professional schools of the University.

Candidates must hold the Ph.D. in Theology or a related course of study by the time of appointment.

Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2019 and continue until all positions are filled or the search is closedApplicants should submit 1) a letter of interest, 2) CV, 3) a teaching statement, 4) syllabi, 5) a statement articulating future research agenda, and 6) a writing sample of 25-40 pages.  If applying at the assistant professor rank, applicants must also solicit three letters of recommendation through the system. Applications should be made online, at apply.interfolio.com/66476. If you have any questions, contact Sara Bigger at sfbigger (at) uchicago.edu.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/.  Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email equalopportunity (at) uchicago.edu with their request.

Call for Papers: 2019 Feminist Theologies Conference: Power, Authority, Love

2019 Feminist Theologies Conference

Friday October 11 – Saturday October 12, 2019

Pilgrim Theological College, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Confirmed plenary presentations:

  • Reverend Dr Seforosa Caroll (Sydney),
  • Reverend Dr Sally Douglas (Melbourne),
  • Dr Janice McRandal (Brisbane).
  • Professor Nicola Slee (Birmingham and Amsterdam),
  • Janette Gray RSM Lecture by Nicola Slee at 7.30pm on Friday 11 October

Call for Papers

Power, Authority, Love: Writing, Rites, and Right

We warmly invite scholars, activists, artists and other practitioners to explore and expound feminist understandings of power, authority and love, both as distinct concepts or experiences and in the interrelatedness. The scope of papers is broad. Diverse contributions will, however, be connected through one of three lenses:

  1. “writing”—focusing on engagement with feminist theological work on power, authority or love;
  2. “rites”—focusing on ritual expressions of power, authority or love informed by feminist theology;
  3. “right”—focusing on getting power, authority or love “right” in practice from feminist perspective.

Presentations of 20 minutes (only and firmly) will be followed by 15 minutes discussion.

How to submit a paper

Proposals of 250 words are due by July 7, 2019, to tfraser (at) divinity.edu.au

Please include your name, academic or other relevant affiliation, paper title, and a statement of how the proposal is related to the conference theme.

Acceptance will be advised by 29 July 2019.

Selected papers will be published after peer review in a special issue of a journal and/or a collection of essays arising from the event.

Visit: https://vox.divinity.edu.au/news/call-for-papers-power-authority-love/?fbclid=IwAR0NGIR7e9VyVzuoOsIDlc8I3jNAka3J7rWSLj9xBlWO-KFtoldDC_vXLwY

Call for Essays: Religion and (Proto)Feminism in Early Modern Women’s Lives and Works, 1500-1800

Call for Papers

There is a tendency among some contemporary feminists to place religion (especially monotheistic religion) and feminism on opposite ends of the ideological spectrum — as belief systems and sets of practices that contend with and / or threaten each other. Feminist activist Gloria Steinem gave voice to such a perspective in an answer to an interview question about what she wished she had been more responsive to over the years. She professed, “What I should have been more in an uproar about is monotheism and religion…I mean, religion is, too often, politics you’re not supposed to talk about,” though she clarifies she is open to the more “democratic” category of “spirituality.” The “feminist and trade union activist” Cath Elliott is more explicit about her belief that religion is hostile to the feminist cause, “Christianity is and always has been antithetical to women’s freedom and equality, but it’s certainly not alone in this. Whether it’s one of the world’s major faiths or an off-the-wall cult, religion means one thing and one thing only for those women unfortunate enough to get caught up in it: oppression. It’s the patriarchy made manifest, male-dominated, set up by men to protect and perpetuate their power.”

In this interdisciplinary collection, we wish to evaluate, from a historical perspective, the statements made by Steinem and Elliott (among others) on the relationship between religion and (proto) feminism, particularly Elliott’s claim that “Christianity is and always has been antithetical to women’s freedom and equality.” We will accomplish this end by closely analyzing the lives and works of women creating cultural artifacts in Britain and the Americas between 1500 and 1800 — that is between the Renaissance and the inception of the Romantic period. Essays that take into account the intersectionality of women’s identities and works in this historical span are particularly welcome.

In writing their essays, contributors will be expected to pay close attention to the material culture in which women lived and produced a range of works (poetry, plays, prose, drawings, paintings, sculpture, musical compositions, etc.). They will also be asked to draw on the growing body of scholarship on feminism and religion that complicates or troubles (but does not necessarily disprove) the view that feminism and religion are antithetical forces.

300-500-word proposals, along with a CV, should be submitted by e-mail to Dr. Holly Faith Nelson, Professor and Chair of English and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute, Trinity Western University, on or before 30 September 2019.

Strong interest in the collection has been expressed by a university press for the series on Early Modern Feminisms.

Contact Info:

Dr. Holly Faith Nelson, Department of English and Creative Writing, Trinity Western University

Contact Email:
holly.nelson (at) twu.ca