CFP: Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State

Date: February 22, 2019

Location: Luskin Conference Center, UCLA

Call for Proposals

Deadline: Sunday, October 28 at 11:59 PM (PDT)

The UCLA Center for the Study of Women invites submissions of graduate student paper, roundtable presentation, and poster proposals, and undergraduate student poster proposals for our 29th Annual Thinking Gender Graduate Student Research Conference.

This year’s conference theme, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State, will focus on gendered regimes of captivity, state violence, and incarceration, emphasizing feminist, queer, trans, abolitionist, and intersectional interventions. The conference will feature a keynote panel of scholars and activists, including:

  • Beth Richie, Professor of African American Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Alisa Bierria, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, UC Riverside
  • Colby Lenz, Organizer, Survived and Punished and California Coalition of Women Prisoners; and PhD Student, American Studies and Ethnicity, USC
  • Romarilyn Ralston, Program Coordinator, Project Rebound, California State University Fullerton

Much of the policy and research on punishment in the United States has focused on men. Yet, the history and contemporary reality of women’s subjugation to systems of punishment also runs deep and warrants further exploration. Many young women and girls, especially Black, Brown, and Native girls, are ensnared in the carceral state where they are criminalized and surveilled in schools, foster systems, and in their communities. Moreover, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals are particularly vulnerable to policing and incarceration and state-sanctioned violence.

Feminist abolitionist Angela Davis has illuminated the carceral state’s gendered structure, elaborating the numerous ways that women and LGBTQ communities are made vulnerable to violence, oppression, and harm. In addition to examining the complex range of regimes that constitute the carceral state, and the modes of violence therein, Feminists Confronting the Carceral State heeds Davis’s call for abolition democracy, including broad societal change: the “demilitarization of schools, revitalization of education at all levels, a health system that provides free physical and mental care to all, and a justice system based on reparation and reconciliation rather than retribution and vengeance” (Davis, 2003, pg. 107). This begs the question: how do feminists lead this modern abolitionist movement and rebuild a society deeply scarred by its own criminal justice system?

Feminists Confronting the Carceral State invites presenters to think through approaches that consider the social contexts in which the carceral state operates in feminist, queer, intersectional, and critical ways. Given recent re-commitments to “tough on crime” beliefs and policies, feminists must be at the forefront of resisting and dismantling the carceral state in all areas of society.

We invite proposals for papers, roundtable presentations, and posters from graduate students, and posters from undergraduate students. Successful submissions will center analyses of sexuality, gender, and/or feminism. This is an interdisciplinary conference and we encourage submissions from all fields of study. Topics may include but are not limited to the following:

  • State-sponsored violence
  • Racialized policing and surveillance
  • Studies of specific institutional modes of power, such as prisons, jails, and detention centers
  • Processes of carceral expansion
  • Immigration and detention
  • Anti-carceral art
  • Transformative justice
  • Cultural logics of white supremacy, settler colonialism, and xenophobia
  • Cultural/media representations of incarceration
  • Historical and contemporary abolitionist, feminist, and queer anti-carceral activism/organizing
  • Histories of captivity and imprisonment
  • Youth/Girlhood
  • Political repression
  • “Gender responsive” punishment and carceral feminism
  • Prisons, toxicity, and the environment
  • Reproductive justice
  • Criminalization of gender and sexual nonconformity
  • Political economies of punishment
  • Social institutions and carceral control (i.e. education, foster care, mental health, housing, health care)
  • Transnational and diasporic analyses

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Eligibility

Registered graduate students from any institution are eligible to submit paper, roundtable presentation, and poster proposals.

Registered undergraduate students from any institution are eligible to submit proposals for poster presentations only.

Individuals may present in only one capacity at the conference, although you may submit an application to be considered in all presentation categories.

Unpublished papers are preferred for submission. Recently published and forthcoming papers will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Registration Fee

To participate in Thinking Gender, successful applicants will be required to pay a registration fee of $50, the entirety of which will go towards covering conference costs.

Deadline for Proposal Submissions

Deadline for Paper and Poster Proposals: Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 11:59PM PDT

Once submissions are reviewed and accepted, all participants in the paper panel sessions will be required to submit a draft of their paper by January 28, 2019, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator.

Online Application Form

All proposals must be submitted using the online application form: https://csw.ucla.edu/tg19-app

MODES OF RESEARCH PARTICIPATION

**GRADUATE STUDENT APPLICANTS ONLY: If you would like your application to be considered for more than one type of presentation, please follow the submission guidelines for Paper Panel Presentations.**

Graduate Paper Panel Presentations:

Paper Panels will be comprised of graduate student paper presenters and a faculty moderator who will read and provide detailed feedback and questions on each paper. Paper presentations will be 12 minutes long. Panelists will be required to submit their paper drafts by January 28, 2019, for pre-circulation among their co-panelists and faculty moderator.

Panel Presentation application requirements:

  1. Paper proposal (2-3 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List (1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)

Graduate Roundtable Sessions:

Roundtable sessions will provide presenters and attendees the opportunity to interact and engage with one another’s scholarship in a less formal setting than a Paper Panel. Graduate students with papers in development who are not yet ready to present on a paper panel are encouraged to apply for a roundtable presentation. Presenters will each have 5 minutes to present their work and 5 minutes for feedback, to be followed by general discussion with roundtable participants. Accepted proposals will be grouped by shared themes and interests, and assigned to a roundtable chair who will facilitate the discussion.

Roundtable application requirements:

  1. Proposal abstract (200 words maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of your argument, and anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List (1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)

Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Session:

Graduate and Undergraduate students will present visually compelling research posters. During the poster session, each presenter will be present with their poster for discussions and questions with circulating attendees. Posters will remain on display throughout the conference.

Poster Session application requirements:

  1. Poster proposal (1-2 double-spaced page maximum) that includes a thesis/research question, discussion of methodology and theoretical framework, explanation of your argument and supporting data, and conclusions or anticipated conclusions
  2. Works Cited or Reference List (1 page maximum)
  3. CV (2 page maximum)

All materials must be submitted online: https://csw.ucla/edu/tg19-app

Deadline for Paper and Poster Proposals: Sunday, October 28, 2018, at 11:59PM PDT

Only complete submissions received by the deadline will be considered.

Questions? Contact Shena Sanchez, 2019 Thinking Gender Conference Coordinator, thinkinggender (at) women.ucla.edu

Visit: https://csw.ucla.edu/tg19-cfp

CFP: Sexuality and Borders – Symposium

Call for Papers

Sexuality and Borders

Symposium, 4-5 April 2019
Department of Media, Culture, and Communication, New York University, NYC

In her path-breaking work Borderlands/La Frontera (1987), Gloria E. Anzaldúa parsed out the relationship between heteronormativity and the stretching of the border into various borderlands, subjectivities, and temporalities. In the context of growing migration and the accompanying intensification of border regimes, this formative thesis on the relationship between borders and sexuality needs renewed attention and consideration. How do sexuality and borders intersect? What role does sexuality play in the production, maintenance and disruption of contemporary border regimes? How do borders as features of racial capitalism multiply inequalities via sexuality and, conversely, how is sexuality mediated through racialized border regimes? While people continue to move across borders, sexuality becomes a dominant frame through which such movement is attempted to be captured, framed, and contained. At the same time, the border becomes understood, organized, and contested through sexuality and sexual discourse.

In response to these phenomena, this symposium conceptualizes sexuality as a method of bordering and thinks sexuality beyond identity towards its multifarious entanglements with contemporary border regimes. From sexual panics about migrant sexuality, the pornotropic gaze of surveillance technologies, to media discourses about reproduction and contagion, sexuality can be said to play a key role in how borders are policed and managed. At the same time, intimacy, desire, and sexuality have become rallying points in challenging borders as seen in queer activism against deportations, critiques of homonationalism and imaginations of different sexual futures and political horizons. Bringing together scholars from a variety of disciplinary and regional contexts, this symposium aims to show how sexuality matters for the study of and struggles around borders.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Intimacy of border control, touch, and the haptic
  • Sexual transmission, deviancy, and national health
  • Family, state and, national reproduction
  • Sexual panics and the intensification of border regimes
  • Trans perspectives on gendered and sexualised border regimes
  • Sexual violence, detention, and state violence
  • Sex work, discourses of trafficking, and migrant sex work activism
  • Digital borders, pornography, mediation
  • Homonationalism(s)
  • Technologies of border control and sexuality
  • Surveillance, voyeurism, pornotropics
  • Entanglement of anti-migrant and anti-queer/feminist politics
  • Virality, sexuality, and contagion across borders
  • Queer of colour critique and critical migration studies
  • Affect, desire, and queer/no border futurities
  • Biopolitical borders, demography, and population
  • Queer temporalities, archives, and histories of migration
  • LGBTQ refugees and migrants
  • Queer and feminist activism around/against borders

Sexuality and Borders is a two day symposium hosted and funded by New York University’s Department of Media, Culture, and Communication. It is co-sponsored by NYU’s Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, the DFG-funded research training group “Minor Cosmopolitanisms” (University of Potsdam, Germany) and is supported by LSE’s Department of Gender Studies.

Confirmed Keynotes:

  • Radha Hegde (Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication, NYU)
  • Miriam Ticktin (Associate Professor of Anthropology, New School for Social Research)
  • Alyosxa Tudor (Assistant Professor of Gender Studies, SOAS University of London)

Applications

Please send proposals for papers (no longer than 350 words) and a short bio (150 words) by November 1st, 2018 to sexualityandborders@tutanota.com. As an interdisciplinary symposium, we encourage applications that engage a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and focus on different geopolitical contexts. We aim to enable discussions across academic, artistic and activist debates and also welcome applications from participants outside the academy.

Organizing team

  • Michelle Pfeifer (NYU, Department of Media, Culture, and Communication Department)
  • Billy Holzberg (London School of Economics, Gender Institute)
  • Anouk Madörin (University of Potsdam, RTG Minor Cosmopolitanisms).

For questions please contact sexualityandborders@tutanota.com

Visit https://sexualityandborders.wordpress.com/

Book Series: Explorations in Contemporary Social-Political Philosophy, Rowman-Littlefield

As our world continues to be buffeted by extreme changes in society and politics, philosophers can help navigate these disruptions. Rowman and Littlefield’s ECSPP series books are intended for supplementary classroom use in intermediate to advanced college-level courses to introduce philosophy students and scholars in related fields to the latest research in social-political philosophy. This philosophical series will have multidisciplinary distribution and the potential to reach a broad audience of students, scholars, and general readers.

We seek concise student-oriented books written with philosophical insight and analysis but in accessible prose without jargon and with practical examples for multidisciplinary and general readers. The books should address and explore significant or controversial contemporary social-political questions and be suitable for a wide range of courses throughout the humanities (Philosophy, English and Comparative Literature, Cultural Studies, Ethnic and Gender Studies, Justice Studies, Religious Studies, Communication, Journalism).

Prospective authors should send nmandziuk@rowman.com (Natalie Mandziuk, acquisitions editor), lshrage@fiu.edu, and nzack@uoregon.edu a brief query about your manuscript, prospectus, OR description of a manuscript in progress.

 

Editor(s): Naomi Zack and Laurie Shrage

 

More information: https://rowman.com/Action/SERIES/_/ECSPPRLG/Explorations-in-Contemporary-Social-Political-Philosophy#

Job Opening: Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology, Princeton Theological Seminar

Princeton Theological Seminary seeks a scholar to occupy the Kyung-Chik Han Chair of Asian American Theology. Applicants should be theologians (systematic, constructive, or historical) whose scholarship and teaching give critical attention to Asian American experience and ecclesial life. Other areas of specialization are open to negotiation. Candidates should be willing to contribute to the Asian American Program at PTS. Appointment at the level of associate or full professor will be made with tenure. Appointment at the level of assistant professor will be tenure track, but the appointee will only occupy the Han Chair upon successful completion of the Seminary’s tenure and promotion review process. Applicants are expected to have a portfolio of published research and teaching experience in the field and to hold a Ph.D. or its equivalent. The successful candidate will teach in all the Seminary’s masters’ and Ph.D. degree programs, pursue an active scholarly research agenda, and participate in the life of the Seminary. As Princeton Theological Seminary is related to the Presbyterian Church (USA), faculty members are expected to work constructively within an ecumenical ethos informed by the Reformed Tradition. The appointment is expected to commence July 1, 2019. Women and candidates from underrepresented communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send (1) a letter of interest; (2) a CV (including bibliography); and (3) a list of three potential recommenders to academic.dean@ptsem.edu.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018. Princeton Theological Seminary is an equal opportunity employer.

Hypatia Special Issue on Decolonial Feminisms

Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy seeks papers for a special issue (35: 3, Summer 2020) on decolonial feminisms, guest edited by Nancy Tuana and Emma Velez. There has been a great deal of work, from an array of diverse contexts and traditions, on the articulation of the “decolonial turn” in philosophy. Of particular importance to the articulation of decolonial theory has been the work from theorists emerging out of the Latin American and Latinx context. Engaged with, but seeking to differentiate their theory from the anticolonial work of postcolonial theory, decolonial philosophers have emphasized the importance of the still lingering structures of colonialism in power, ontology, and, the imposed logics of race and gender. This work has been at times influenced by, as well as developed in parallel to, decolonial philosophy from Africana and Caribbean philosophy as well as from indigenous philosophy. However, much more work is required to further the articulation of decolonial feminisms as an emergent methodological orientation to anticolonial theory and to trace both the specific contributions of Latin American and Latinx philosophy to the development of decolonial philosophy, as well as the intersecting lineages with other approaches to decolonial and/or post-colonial philosophy.

We welcome feminist scholarship on decolonial philosophy that traces lineages informed by Latin American/Latinx feminist philosophy. We encourage investigations of lines of influence, as well as points of convergence and divergence between Latin American/Latinx feminist decolonial thought and decolonial philosophical investigations from Africana and Caribbean philosophy as well as indigenous philosophy.

We invite submissions that take up feminist philosophy in relation to Latin American/Latinx approaches to decolonial philosophy. We welcome feminist approaches that compare Latin American/Latinx decolonial philosophical approaches to those emerging from Africana and Caribbean philosophy, as well as from indigenous philosophy. We are also interested in approaches that trace intersections as well as discontinuities between decolonial and postcolonial feminisms. We welcome papers that focus on specific decolonial philosophers or compare within or across decolonial traditions. We are also interested in papers that offer theoretical and/or practical feminist decolonial investigations of gender, race, rationality, sexuality, and modernity.

Topics to consider may include, but are not limited to:

Latinx and feminist engagements with decolonial philosophy
Decolonial engagements with feminist philosophy
Women, gender, and sexuality in Non-Western contexts
Challenges to Western conceptions of the categories of woman, gender, and sexuality
Feminist decolonial praxis
Genealogies of decolonial thinking in Latin American/Latinx feminist philosophy
Latin American/Latinx lineages in decolonial philosophy
Intersectionality and decolonial philosophy
Discontinuities between decolonial philosophy and feminist philosophy
Decolonial conceptions of feminist pedagogy
Intersecting lineages
Submission deadline: December 1, 2018

Papers should be no more than 8000 words, inclusive of notes and bibliography, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. In addition to articles, we invite submissions for our Musings section. These should not exceed 3,000 words, including footnotes and references. All submissions will be subject to external review. For details please see Hypatia’s submission guidelines.

Please submit your paper to: https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/hypa. When you submit, make sure to select “Toward Decolonial Feminisms” as your manuscript type and also send an email to the guest editor(s) indicating the title of the paper you have submitted: Nancy Tuana, ntuana@psu.edu and Emma Velez, eqv5073@psu.edu.

2019-2020 Fellowship: “The Jewish Home,” Katz Center at UPenn

Call for Applications: Katz Center Fellowship

The Herbert D. Katz Center at The University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the 2019–2020 academic year on the theme of The Jewish Home: Dwelling on the Domestic, the Familial, and the Lived-In.

The Katz Center will devote our 2019–2020 fellowship year to the home—to what happens inside Jewish homes and what connects those homes to life outside. We invite applications from scholars in any academic field who are seeking to advance research that will shed light on this most formative and intimate of contexts for Jewish life, including the very definition of home.

As an object of inquiry, the home has not one door but many. We are planning a year that will look into the Jewish home across many different thresholds/entryways and look back out from the home into the broader world. Relevant topics may include the history of domestic architecture and material culture, anthropological research into kinship, parenting, gender roles, and master-servant relationships; literary instantiations  of the home as an object of memory and imagination; representations of Jewish domesticity in the visual arts, including theater, film, and television; the analysis of Jewish law as it relates to family life and sex; the economics of consumption and display; the ritual study of the life cycle as it plays out in domestic contexts; and urban studies that approach the home as part of neighborhoods or larger social contexts, among others.

Eligible projects may be focused on the home in any period of Jewish history, extending from the four room houses of Iron Age Canaan to contemporary Jewish retirement communities. The year is also open to projects that may not be focused on the home per se but are helpful for understanding it, such as research on the history of privacy or the anthropology of childhood. The Center’s goal is to support individual projects, but it also seeks to develop an intellectually diverse cohort which means the ideal applicant will be one willing to learn from and work with scholars from other disciplines or focused on other periods.

Eligibility

The Katz Center invites applications from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts at all levels. Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or expect to receive their degree no later than August 2019.

Job Opening: Assistant Professor of Indigenous Religions, Dartmouth College

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, Hanover. The Department of Religion at Dartmouth College invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Indigenous Religions of the Americas, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, or Australia, which may include African diasporic traditions in these regions. Appointment to begin as early as July 1, 2019. Disciplinary and historical specializations are open, but the ideal candidate’s research will demonstrate a substantive focus upon religion, thorough grounding in both theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of religion, ability to work in the relevant primary languages, and expertise in ethnographic and/or fieldwork approaches (if appropriate).

Since its inception in 1949, the Religion Department has been committed to a multidisciplinary, globally diverse curriculum grounded in the academic study of religion as engaged through a variety of methodological approaches. The Department offers instruction, from the introductory to the advanced level, in most of the world’s major religious traditions: Buddhism; Christianity; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; the religions of the ancient Near East; the religions of ancient and modern China; religious life in the Americas; and the religions of Africa. The Department offers an undergraduate major and minor. Requirements for this position include teaching four courses per year (0-2 per quarter over 3 quarters) and normal department service. Competitive salary, benefits, and research support. The successful candidate will be expected to teach a broad range of introductory-, intermediate-, and advanced-level courses within his or her specialization, as well as contributing to the Department’s theoretical and methodological offerings. Dartmouth College is an outstanding research institution of 4400 undergraduates, half of whom are women and approximately 40% of whom are members of minority groups.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a PhD or be ABD with PhD expected before the start date of the appointment, along with a record of outstanding scholarship and effective teaching.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit via Interfolio (http://apply.interfolio.com/51630) a cover letter detailing current and future research plans, teaching experience and philosophy, and contributions to diversity in the context of research, teaching, and/or service; curriculum vitae; writing sample; research statement; teaching portfolio with evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., course descriptions, course syllabi); and three confidential letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates whose applications are received by October 20, 2018, will be considered for a preliminary interview at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion (November 17-20, 2018), or by video conference for those unable to attend the conference.