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.

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 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.)

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.