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Posted by FiR on Nov 22, 2015

Join us today for this important JFSR panel: Sacred Scriptures and Violence Against Women!

Posted by FiR on Nov 20, 2015

Are you in Atlanta today (Friday, November 20th) for the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature?

Then come and join us at the annual Feminist Studies in Religion Reception!

Mix and mingle with others who are dedicated to the intersection(s) between feminism and religious studies...we hope to see you there!


Book/App. Code: M20-404

Time: 8:30-10:30pm

Location: Hyatt-Techwood (Atlanta Conference Level)


Posted by Sharon Jacob on Nov 16, 2015

Recent comments by the presidential candidate Ben Carson on Muslims in the United States, and the controversial beef ban in India that has led to the murders of Muslims, causes one critically analyze the word “secularism” with regards to the Muslim identity living in a globalized world.

In a world that is quickly and increasingly becoming pluralistic and diverse, the rhetoric advocating religious and racial assimilation is becoming more blatant, ferocious and aggressive. In particular this seems to be the case for the Muslim person living in the global context, where control is being levied on their religious practice, their dress, and most recently their diet.

The dominant narrative in the United States regarding Muslims is that they are unable to separate their Mosque from the state. Asra Q. Nomani talking about Carson writes, “He doesn’t want a Muslim as president who doesn’t believe in the strict secular separation of mosque and state.” It is interesting to note, that Nomani and Carson operate from the assumption that a Christian candidate is able... more

Posted by FSR on Nov 16, 2015


Are you attending AAR/SBL 2015 this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia?

We warmly welcome you to join us at the following FSR events on Friday and Sunday. We hope to see you there!

Remember to follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates!

Posted by Michal Raucher on Nov 11, 2015

A curious thing happened last week regarding female Orthodox rabbis. When the umbrella organization for Orthodox Jewish congregations denounced female clergy for the third time in five years, they actually accepted that there are, in fact, female Orthodox rabbis.

Eighty years ago, Regina Jonas of Berlin was the first woman ordained as a rabbi, but decades passed until the next woman, Sally Priesand, was ordained as a Reform rabbi in America in 1972. Next came Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, the first woman ordained as a Reconstructionist rabbi in 1974, and the Conservative movement ordained Amy Eilberg in 1985. Despite the acceptance of female rabbis in the more liberal streams of Judaism, Orthodox Judaism has maintained its opposition to the ordination of women.

Until recently. Avi Weiss, founder in 1999 of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah, a modern Orthodox seminary ordaining men, established Yeshivat Maharat in 2009, a seminary for Orthodox women that trains them for the rabbinate. Weiss ordained Sara Hurwitz in 2009, who has since become dean of Yeshivat Maharat and has overseen the ordination of 11 women. Their titles vary, sometimes referred to as “maharat,” an acronym that... more

Posted by FiR on Nov 9, 2015

By Sarah Emanuel.

Socio-narratologist Arthur Frank writes that “stories animate human life” (see Letting Stories Breathe). They tell us how to make sense of our surroundings, how to develop relationships with those around us, and how to decide what—and who—matters. In fact, we as a species have been able to develop and diversify at such a rapid pace largely because of our ability to tell stories (see Podcast on Human Development).Through storytelling, we cannot just make sense of past experiences and move forward, but also foster collective identity, imagine alternative futures, and, indeed, survive (see Your Storytelling Brain and ... more

Posted by FiR on Nov 4, 2015

EFSR, the Web Board of FSR, Inc, welcomes five new members this year. Please welcome them by checking out their linked profiles below, as well as our current and past board membership for more information.

Sharon Jacob, Philips Theological Seminary

Sharon, a native of Bangalore India, is the Assistant Professor of New Testament at Philips Theological Seminary. She earned her B.A. from Bangalore University and her M.Div. from Lancaster Theological Seminary and M.S.T. from Yale University. She earned her Ph.D. from Drew University. Some of the courses that she has taught include: Reading the New Testament Through the Eyes of the Margins, Revelation: Then and Now, and Interpreting the Bible through Movement.  

Research Interests: gender and sexuality studies, feminist theory, race and whiteness theory, and postcolonial theory.

Highlight: Check out Sharon's new publication,... more

Posted by FiR on Oct 28, 2015

By Arminta Fox.

The risks are great for online feminists, as Megan Goodwin’s recent blog post argues. In some circles, adding religion to the conversation makes it riskier, even if being undone by the feminist religious other is desirable. The risks for feminists of color and non-cisgender feminists, who face multiplicative levels of oppression, can be even greater. Academics are not spared from the risks, especially when they blend their academic work with... more

Posted by FiR on Oct 23, 2015

Postion: Open-Rank Faculty Position.

Focus/Specialization: Gender and Sexuality, preferred emphasis on the Arab/Muslim world.

Department: Department of English.

Institution: American University, Beirut.

Deadline: 15 December 2015.

Official Posting (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=51954):

The Department of English at the American University of Beirut is seeking to fill an open-rank position in gender and women’s studies to begin August 15, 2016.

The new hire will be expected to coordinate the development of the university’s initiative in gender and women’s studies as a trans-disciplinary research and educational program. We seek candidates with demonstrated teaching, research, and administrative experience, whose research engages feminist approaches to the study of gender and sexuality, with preferred emphases on the Arab/Muslim world.  We invite applicants with PhDs from a range of disciplines across the humanities and social sciences, including literature, anthropology, sociology, political studies, history, visual culture, and philosophy.

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Posted by Peter Anthony Mena on Oct 19, 2015

At the beginning of every semester, I start classes by asking my students to introduce themselves. I ask them to answer several questions which vary by semester. What does not change is a practice I began in my first semester teaching undergraduate students at Occidental College. I ask my students to give me their preferred name along with their preferred gender pronouns. I learned to start doing this practice from my colleague in the Religious Studies Department, Kristi Upson-Saia. And it is a practice I have not deviated from since.

I don’t think that what I am doing is bold, novel, or virtuous in anyway. I am simply setting the tone for my classroom with the intent to invite students into their learning processes by making space for each of them. When my colleague introduced this idea to me, it clicked in a way that surprized me and made me wonder why I had not already thought of it. It was so simple and its implications powerful. Asking this question allows each student to speak their own personhood on their own terms. But what surprises me even more, is any push-back to this sincere, thoughtful practice of inclusivity.

Recently the University of Tennessee (... more