CFP: #MeToo and Philosophy

CALL FOR PAPERS

The American Philosophical Association Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy

Fall 2019 Issue: #MeToo and Philosophy

 The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy invites papers on the topic of #MeToo and Philosophy. In 2006 Tarana Burke, a Black feminist social activist and community organizer, founded the Me Too movement to focus on the experiences of abuse suffered by Black and brown girls and women who are and remain disproportionately vulnerable. More specifically, the goal of Me Too was to connect survivors of sexual assault to the resources they need in order to heal. More than a decade later, this movement became #MeToo, a hashtag used in social media to demonstrate the ubiquity of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace. As Tarana Burke has recently said, “What #MeToo allowed people to do was create community with these shared experiences. You have a built-in group of people who automatically gets you, who automatically believes you, who automatically wants to hear you. That’s the wildfire of it.”

This movement continues to be foisted into national and international consciousness as more and more men are accused and charged of sexually harassing and abusing women. And yet the number of cases that go unreported, the number of women who remain silent are even larger, pointing to the systemic problems of injustice for victims of abuse, assault, and harassment and the systematic failures of our institutions to bring about justice. All of these problems are complicated by the class, race, nationality, immigration status, sexuality, gender identity, and disability of victims.

#MeToo is a crucial form of resistance and the #MeToo movement, in all of its complexity, is ripe for philosophical engagement and analysis.

The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy invites papers, book reviews, and narratives for the Fall 2019 issue that include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  • #MeToo and anger
  • #MeToo and shame
  • #MeToo and forgiveness
  • #MeToo and epistemic injustice
  • #MeToo and gaslighting
  • #MeToo and credibility
  • #MeToo and testimony
  • #MeToo and allies
  • Intersectional analyses of #MeToo movement
  • #MeToo and himpathy
  • #MeToo and misogyny
  • #MeToo and misogynoir
  • #MeToo and transmisogyny
  • #MeToo and justice
  • #MeToo and domestic violence
  • #MeToo and sex education
  • #MeToo and internet bullying
  • #MeToo and civility
  • #MeToo and the silencing of victims
  • #MeToo and academia
  • #MeToo in non-western countries and contexts
  • Trauma informed responses to #MeToo
  • #MeTooAfterKavanaugh
  • #WhyIDidn’tReport
  • The backlash of #HimToo

Invited papers by the following philosophers will appear in the issue:

  • Cassie Herbert (Illinois State University)
  • Alice MacLachlan (York University)
  • Lori Watson (University of San Diego)
  • Robin Zheng (Yale NUS-College)

SUBMISSION DETAILS

The APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy welcomes three different types of submissions:

  1.  Papers: philosophical papers should be no longer than 7000 words (including references and footnotes).
  2.  Book reviews: The newsletter will publish reviews of books with feminist content. The length should be between 1500-2500 words. Review books need not be related to the topic of the special issue. Reviewers must have specific expertise on the subject of the text. The format of book reviews is as follows. They should begin with a brief description of the book as a whole, should contextualize the book within the relevant literature, and should develop a critical evaluation of at least some of the main themes and arguments. Evaluative comments should be specific, instructive, and respectful of diverse philosophical methods and voices.

If you are interested in reviewing a book for the Newsletter, please send a C.V. and a brief explanation of your particular interest in and qualifications for reviewing the chosen text to the following address: Lauren.Freeman [at] Louisville.edu. If you do not own the book, I will request a copy from the publisher. Deadlines for reviews are negotiable.

  1. Narrative essays: We also invite shorter narrative style essays of around 2500 words in length. These essays should be less formal than standard philosophical papers and can discuss issues and problems related to feminism that philosophers face within the academy, but also in our public and personal lives.

The format for all submissions to the Newsletter is available on the APA website: http://www.apaonline.org/?feminism_newsletter

Submissions should be prepared for anonymous review and must be submitted by March 31, 2019.

Send submissions to: Lauren.Freeman [at] Louisville.edu

Lauren Freeman

Editor, APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy

University of Louisville, Department of Philosophy

 

With thanks to FeministPhilosophers!

Job Opening: Assistant Professor, The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis

The John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis invites applications at the rank of assistant professor, especially from candidates with an expertise on Islam in North America. The position will begin July 1, 2019. The search committee welcomes applications from scholars from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to, Anthropology, Gender/Women Studies, History, Law, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Security Studies, Sociology, and Theology.

Candidates should possess a promising profile of scholarly publication on religion and politics in the United States with a focus on Islamic traditions in North America, other traditions in the U.S. beyond Christianity, or an area that significantly augments existing faculty strengths. Candidates should also have a record of effective teaching in a diverse campus community. A PhD, received no later than July 1, 2019, is required. Duties for the position will include undergraduate teaching, conducting and publishing research, and participating in Center governance and wider university service. We particularly welcome candidates with a demonstrated interest in writing for broader audiences and engaging the public beyond the university. Applications from women and members of underrepresented groups are especially encouraged. Washington University is an equal opportunity employer committed to affirmative action. To apply, send a letter of application, along with a curriculum vitae, to the following e-mail address: rap@wustl.edu. Three letters of recommendation should also be submitted, along with a scholarly writing sample. Nominations may be sent to the same address. The search committee will begin reviewing applications as early as December 1, 2018, and will continue doing so until the search is complete.

 

For more information, see http://rap.wustl.edu/faculty-search-announced/

 

Job Opportunity: Contemporary LatinX Studies Cluster Hire, Emory

Contemporary LatinX Studies Cluster Hires

 

Emory College of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta, Georgia announces a special initiative to recruit and support several tenure-track and tenured faculty (advanced assistant and/or associate/full professors) in the area of contemporary LatinX studies in the humanities and social sciences. Faculty whose research advances this emerging field of scholarship, who bring a demonstrated commitment to mentoring a diverse student body, and who are eager to contribute to the University’s ambitious goals of scholarly excellence, diversity and inclusivity, and interdisciplinarity are encouraged to apply.  This search will complement Emory’s growing distinction in the scholarship of race and the African American experience, recent faculty appointments in the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and Religion, our exceptional archival holdings and special collections in the Rose Library, partnerships with Atlanta-based institutions, and a commitment to interdisciplinary scholarship and collaboration.  Departments participating in this multi-field search include: African American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Economics, English, Film and Media Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Sociology, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Research and teaching expertise including but not limited to the following fields are of particular interest: LatinX and Afro LatinX literature, art, and culture, philosophy, citizenship, race, gender, sexuality, religion, political economy of migration, labor, and health. All applicants must have a demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse student body. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in a relevant discipline/field.

 

Review of applications will begin October 8, 2018.  Full consideration will be given to all applications received within 30 days.  Review will continue until positions are filled.  At this stage, we ask applicants to submit a cover letter, names and contact information of three references, and a CV.  Candidates’ cover letters should include a discussion of their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students of diverse backgrounds.

 

Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

 

Application Instructions:

Applicants are asked to submit a cover letter and CV only during this phase of the recruitment using the following link:  https://apply.interfolio.com/56210
.  Candidates will be asked to submit additional supporting materials if selected to participate in future phases of recruitment.   Questions may be sent to: Carla Freeman, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty: Dean_of_Faculty@emory.edu

 

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women and Gender Studies, University of Colorado Boulder

The Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder invite applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level for social science candidates working on women and gender in Jewish culture, religion, or politics. Historical period is open. We are interested in candidates from the following fields: anthropology, psychology, economics, political science, geography, and sociology.  A PhD in a relevant field is required at the time of appointment. The appointment begins August 19, 2019.  The position will be fully rostered in Women and Gender Studies, with teaching split evenly between the two academic units. The successful candidate must have demonstrable strength and interest in teaching courses, including those at an introductory-level, in the areas of both Jewish Studies and Women and Gender Studies.

Application materials include:

  1. Sample of work
  2. Resume/CV
  3. Cover Letter
  4. List of references
  5. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  6. Three references. These individuals will be contacted and asked to submit a letter of recommendation as part of your application materials. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2018; applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Applications are accepted electronically at https://jobs.colorado.edu/jobs/JobDetail/Assistant-Professor-Women-and-Gender-Studies-and-Jewish-Studies/13155? position number 13155. A background check will be required of the person to whom the position is offered.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the ADA Coordinator at hr-ada@colorado.edu.

The University of Colorado is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment and excellent benefits.  Learn more about the University of Colorado by visiting https://www.cu.edu/cu-careers.

Please direct inquiries to the Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies Search Committee, Program in Jewish Studies, 122 UCB, University of Colorado, Boulder CO 80309 through email at CUJewishStudies@colorado.edu.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Religion, Clemson University

The Clemson University Department of Philosophy and Religion invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Religion in the area of Hebrew Bible to begin August 15, 2019. In addition to an active research agenda, the ability to teach existing survey courses on the Hebrew Bible and Judaism, as well as upper-level undergraduate seminars in the candidate’s area of specialization, is required. The applicant must be capable of and willing to teach Studying Religion: Theories and Methods, a compulsory course for majors, on a rotating basis with other department faculty. Excellence in both undergraduate teaching and scholarship is essential.

Qualifications

 Ph.D. prior to appointment.

Application Instructions

For full consideration, applications must be received by October 24, 2018. Preliminary interviews will be held at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Denver, CO in November 2018. All applications should include the following: letter of application detailing qualifications; current C.V.; a writing sample (no more than 25 pages); evidence of teaching ability; transcripts; and three letters of recommendation.

Please direct any inquiries to Dr. Benjamin White, Search Committee Chair, at bwhite5@clemson.edu.

For more information: https://apply.interfolio.com/55487

CFP: Resistant Imaginations Conference, University of Oregon

University of Oregon
Eugene, OR, United States, February 1-2, 2019

In The Epistemology of Resistance, José Medina points to the importance of addressing not only actions and practices but also language and the imagination when fighting oppression. We are often keen to challenge or call out exclusionary and stigmatizing aspects of the social imaginary, a process that centers around negation. Yet imagination and the social imaginary will never be replaced by some strict notion of reason/truth, so we must also consider positive steps for creating alternative imaginaries or critical reimaginings, ways of “calling in” – we must cultivate imaginative practices. With her concept of epistemic gathering, for example, Gaile Pohlhaus Jr, asks us to imagine new ways of creating communities across difference that disrupt inherited colonial practices.

For this intimate conference we are seeking papers/presentations that elaborate or instantiate resistant imaginations or related concepts (whether drawn from Medina’s work or other sources).

Though hosted by philosophers interested in Critical Epistemology we welcome papers, presentations, and workshops from any academic discipline and from outside the academy. We especially encourage work that crosses traditional boundaries—disciplinary and academic/non-academic, among others—to expose how issues of disability, gender, race, socioeconomic status, and other areas of difference shape our understandings of the world.

Invited Speakers:

José Medina (Northwestern University)

Gaile Pohlhaus, Jr (Miami University, Ohio)

Submission link: https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=ri2019

Submission deadline: November 1, 2018

Submission Guidelines:

The following submission categories are welcome:

Extended Abstract (500 words or less) describing a paper who presentation would take no more than 20 minutes.

Non-Paper Proposal (500 words or less) describing a presentation, performance or workshop. Longer timeframes may be considered.

You are permitted one submission. Please provide a title, select 3-10 topics/keywords, and attach a 500-word abstract/proposal as a PDF or Word document. Please do not include any identifying information in your abstract.

Organizers:

Camisha Russell
Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
camishar@uoregon.edu

Kit Connor
Accessibility Contact
kconnor@uoregon.edu

Additional Information:

The conference will be relatively small with no concurrent sessions. Registration is required, but there is no registration fee.

Information about lodging, including ADA guest rooms, will be available closer to the date.

Guidance on making presentations accessible will be provided to presenters on notification of acceptance of a submission.

 

(h/t Feminist Philosophers for the initial posting)

CFP: Jewishness and Sexuality in the 20th Century United States

Call for Proposals

Edited volume: Jewishness and Sexuality in the 20th Century United States

Editors: Gillian Frank, Rachel Kranson & Jonathan Krasner

What differences have Jews and Judaism made in the history of American sexuality? How has the history of sexuality shaped the history of American Jews and Judaism?

Historians have investigated the centrality of sexuality to the political, social, and cultural history of the United States. Yet until recently, few historians of sexuality have attended to the important ways that Jewish religious practices, Jewish identities, Jewish culture, Jewish institutions, and Jewish political perspectives have shaped sexual politics, sexual communities and sexual identities over the course of the twentieth century. Likewise, historians of American Jews and Judaism have barely begun to account for the changing meanings of sexuality within American Jewish politics, institutions, practices, and identities.

There are multiple sites in the history of sexuality in the 20th century United States which an analysis of Jewishness will yield productive insights and transform dominant narratives. Likewise, there is so much we cannot understand about American Jewish life in the 20th century United States until we pay more attention to its sexual dimensions. To that end, this edited volume is accepting proposals for historical scholarship that places the categories of Jews, Judaism, and sexuality at the center of analysis in order to map the interrelation of changing Jewish and sexual landscapes. We welcome chapters that take Jewishness as a starting point for rethinking American sexual history and sexuality as a starting point for rethinking American Jewish history. Submissions that respond to the following questions are particularly encouraged:

  • How does focusing on the history of American Jews and Judaism enrich our understanding of the histories of sexualized racial formations; GLBTQ identities, communities and politics; sexual health or disease, eugenics, and social hygiene; commercialized sexuality (e.g., sex work, pornography, performance, popular culture); sexuality and technology; contraception and abortion; courtship, marriage, and divorce; reproduction and adoption; sex advice, sex education and sexual therapy; sexual subcultures; the law and sexuality (e.g., immigration, workplace discrimination, criminal sexuality); abstinence or chastity; gender role construction; and heterosexuality?
  • How does nuanced attention to sexuality reshape conventional narratives of twentieth century American Jewish history; the meanings and influence of secularity, secularization, and the secular; conceptions of Jewish community, Jewish continuity, and/or Jewish politics; the role of Jewish family; Jewish religious formations of racial, ethnic, sexual, gender identity/ies; and religious practices, and narratives of “tradition” and “modernity” alongside historical continuity and change?
  • What discursive and material contexts and practices constructed the relationship between American Jews and sexuality?
  • In what social institutions did Jewish and sexual experiences and ideas intersect?
  • How were Jewish spaces and places deployed variously as sites of sexual and gender socialization, experimentation, discovery, exploitation and/or repression.
  • In what ways have assumptions about sexuality affected the practices and decisions of American Jewish communal institutions, and the distribution of resources and power within those institutions?
  • How have sexual and Jewish identities been constructed in relation or opposition to each other?
  • In what ways have sexual subcultures and communities engaged with American Jews and Judaism?
  • How have Jewish religious authorities, ideas and institutions responded to or shaped sexual values, meanings, practices and identities?
  • How have American Jewish religious authorities’ ideas about (and policing of) sexual norms and deviancies change over time? How have American Jewish religious authorities, groups or institutions informed or enforced social rules about sexual behavior? How have they shaped and reshape dominant sexual meanings?
  • How have religious groups created alternative sexual subcultures?

Please send a proposal of no more than 1500 words to Gillian Frank (gaf4xf (at) virginia.edu), Jonathan Krasner (jkrasner (at) brandeis.edu) and Rachel Kranson (kranson (at) pitt.edu) by January 15, 2019 along with a 1-page CV. Please explicitly reference your major sources of research / archival sources in your proposal. Authors will be notified of decisions by March of 2019. The due date for completed drafts (of between 5000 and 7500 words) is August 15, 2019.