Job Opening: History of Modern Philosophy, UMass Amherst

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS, AMHERST, Amherst, MA.

Rank: Assistant Professor.  (Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.) Starting Date: September 1, 2019.

AOS: History of Modern Philosophy.

AOC: Open.

Undergraduate and graduate teaching, two courses per semester, with usual non-teaching duties.  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Ph.D. in Philosophy or closely related field required by time of appointment.

Applicants should apply online at https://secure.dc4.pageuppeople.com/apply/822/gateway/Default.aspx?c=apply&sJobIDs=495308&SourceTypeID=801&sLanguage=en-us.  Be sure to include a CV, a cover letter, a writing sample, evidence of effective teaching (such as summaries of teaching evaluations and/or a teaching statement), and the names and email addresses of at least three references.  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Professor Phillip Bricker, Chair, Philosophy Search Committee, bricker@philos.umass.edu.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of October 15, 2018, in order to ensure consideration.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body.  The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.  Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities.  We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

Job Opening: Assistant or Associate Professor of African-American Religious History at Yale Divinity

Yale Divinity School seeks to make a tenure track appointment in the field of African-American Religious History, to begin July 1, 2019. The rank of the appointment may be Assistant or Associate Professor with or without tenure. In an ecumenical environment Yale Divinity School prepares students for ordained ministry in diverse Christian churches and for a wide range of professional involvements, including higher education, law, medicine, the arts, management, and public service.

 

For more information: https://apply.interfolio.com/52946

Job Opening: Open rank faculty position in Medieval Christian Theology and History at Yale

Yale Divinity School and the Department of Religious Studies at Yale University invites applications for an open rank faculty position in medieval Christian theology and history beginning July 1, 2019.The successful applicant may teach a required course on the history of medieval theology at the Divinity school, participate in the undergraduate curriculum of Yale College, engage with Yale’s Program in Medieval Studies, and contribute to the doctoral program in Religious Studies.

 

For more information: https://apply.interfolio.com/53377

Spirituality and Abolition: Call for Submissions

A Call for Submissions for an issue of the Abolition journal on “Spirituality and Abolition,” to be edited by Ashon Crawley and Roberto Sirvent.

Abolition is a spiritual practice, a spiritual journey, a spiritual commitment. What does abolition mean and how can we get there as a collective and improvisational project, how can we define it and get there as a desired and desirous practice? To make a claim for abolition as spiritual practice, journey and commitment is to consider the ways abolition — in the historical and contemporary sense including movements against slavery, prisons, the wage system, animal and earth exploitation, racialized, gendered, and sexualized violence, and the death penalty; movements against patriarchy, capitalism, heteronormativity, ableism, colonialism, the state, white supremacy, etc. — necessitates epistemologies that have been foreclosed through violent force by Western thought of philosophical and theological kinds, it is to claim that the material conditions that will produce abolition are necessarily Black, Indigenous, queer and trans, feminist, and also about disabled and other non-conforming bodies in force and verve.

This Call for Submissions asks: what can prison abolition teach us about spiritual practice, spiritual journey, spiritual commitment? And, what can these things underscore about the struggle for abolition as a desired manifestation of material change in worlds we inhabit currently? To ask about the relation between abolition and spirituality is not to contend fundamentally with particular doctrines, creeds or theologies rooted in particularities of religious traditions, though those traditions in their particularities might create a path in the direction of such an idea and imagined possibility. It is to consider the ways abolition provides a framework for thinking with and also against the strictures of doctrine, creeds and theologies that have us contend against each other for purportedly squandered resources of imagined connection. To consider the relation of abolition to spiritual practice, spiritual journey, spiritual commitment, is to underscore the resurgence, survivance, reparation, and oppositional futurities of Black, Indigenous, queer and trans, feminist, and also about disabled and other non-conforming bodies imagination, being in worlds otherwise. We seek essays, poetry, artwork and reflections that attempt to think through these relations and relationalities.

Please submit abstracts to Ashon Crawley and Roberto Sirvent (ashon.crawley@gmail.com and rdsirvent@hiu.edu) by November 1, 2018. Final submissions will be due by March 1, 2019.

We also encourage submissions from incarcerated writers and artists. We can receive mail at:

Abolition: A Journal of Insurgent Politics

1321 N. Milwaukee Avenue

PMB 460

Chicago, IL 60622

Original link: https://abolitionjournal.org/spirituality-and-abolition-call-for-submissions/

UCRiverside Queer & Transgender Studies in Religion Conference: Call for Papers

Call for Proposals

UCR Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion

February 22-24, 2019

University of California, Riverside

Proposals are invited for the inaugural UCR Conference on Queer and Transgender Studies in Religion. While this new and increasingly established subfield is rooted in the field of religious studies, it is inherently transdisciplinary and proposals are welcome from scholars in all fields, regardless of rank or institutional affiliation. In addition to paper proposals for approximately 20-minute presentations, we also welcome proposals for complete panels, workshops, artistic presentations, and other creative formats.

Please send an abstract of no more than 250 words (plus headers and any references), along with a bio of 150 words or less, to Melissa Wilcox, melissa.wilcox (at) ucr.edu, by August 31, 2018. For sessions involving more than one presentation, such as a panel proposal, please send an abstract of the session plus abstracts for each presentation (each abstract should be no more than 250 words). For sessions involving more than one presenter, please send a bio of 150 words or less for each presenter.

The conference will take place on the campus of the University of California, Riverside, in beautiful Southern California, from Friday evening, February 22 through mid-day or early afternoon on Sunday, February 24. Registration will be on a sliding scale, and we anticipate having small travel grants available to help those with limited means and/or high travel costs to attend.

For more information, visit: http://religiousstudies.ucr.edu/holstein-chair/ucr-queer-transgender-studies-in-religion-conference/

Thinking Gender 2019: Feminists Confronting the Carceral State: Call for Proposals

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.

 

Deadline: Sunday, October 28 at 11:59pm PDT

Submission information: https://csw.ucla.edu/tg19-cfp

Patriarchy & Political Theology: Call for Participants

Patriarchy & Political Theology: Call for Participants

We invite applications for a two-day workshop on patriarchy and political theology. What can scholars of political theology learn from gender studies? Why has political theology been so resistant to addressing questions of sex, gender, and sexuality in any serious way? Are there any intersections between queer feminist criticism and political theology, and what would it look like if the two methods were brought together? This workshop will gather a selected group of scholars for two days of focused engagement around the above themes, with the hope that new methods for thinking about and beyond patriarchy and political theology will emerge.

Untenured scholars, alt-academics, and graduate students who have advanced to candidacy are welcome to apply. We are looking for participants coming from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including religious studies, political theory, women’s and gender studies, LGBT studies, ethnic studies, anthropology, history, literature, and theology. The workshop will be held on the campus of Villanova University, March 30-31, 2019. Travel and accommodation costs for selected participants will be covered; support for childcare will be available.

We are particularly interested in applications that move outside the usual boundaries of political theology. To apply, please send a one-page description (up to 300 words) of a question that a workshop of this kind should or could investigate, a list of 3-5 key texts that inform your thinking around these issues, and a CV of no more than two pages. Applications are due by October 30; selections will be made by late November.

Please send application materials or questions to Linn Tonstad (linn.tonstad (at) yale.edu) and Vincent Lloyd (vincent.lloyd (at) villanova.edu).

Sponsored by the Villanova Political Theology Project and the Political Theology Network.