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Posted by FiR on Apr 20, 2015

By Niamh Middleton

After Madonna’s scary and dangerous fall at the recent Brit awards, Piers Morgan wrote an uncomplimentary article entitled “Falling off the stage, Madonna, is God’s way of telling you you’re too old to cavort like a hooker." I was surprised that someone of Piers Morgan’s fame and status would publicly kick a woman when she was, literally, down.

Morgan’s casual portrayal of himself as the mouthpiece of the Deity is probably linked to Madonna’s name, and the provocative use she has made of religious imagery and symbolism in her music videos, behaviour that has aroused male religious ire in the past. This latest manifestation of male hostility, however, comes from a fellow celebrity, and the particular form of name-calling it involves is a reminder that, in spite of the strides that women have made through feminist activism, the double standard hasn’t gone away.

Posted by FiR on Apr 13, 2015

By Rebecca Todd Peters

People enter the academy for a variety of reasons. Some of us love books and learning and see the academy as an avenue for life-long learning; others are passionate about a particular area of knowledge and inquiry and desire nothing more than to talk about it with others who share their passion; some colleagues of mine are gifted teachers who seek to open the minds of young people or to help them develop their intellectual curiosity; one colleague even told me years ago that he wanted to “be famous.”

My route to the academy came via the church and advocacy work that I did on behalf of women at the national office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) prior to entering seminary. I had read some feminist theory in college and discovered Rosemary Radford Ruether’s work on my own. After college I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life until I came across a job ad in a mission volunteer newsletter that read, “One person to work for the eradication of sexism at all levels of the church.” Wow, I said to myself, I want to do THAT!

As I worked with the Justice for Women office of the PCUSA over the next two years, I read much more deeply in... more

Posted by Kate Ott on Apr 9, 2015

I was drawn to the academic discipline of ethics because it was about making moral claims, calling for actions, and evaluating the impact of current and past social and religious structures. Doing Christian ethics, I thought, could be synonymous with activism. However, as I spend more and more time in front of a computer or in a classroom it becomes more and more difficult to convince myself that being an ethicist makes me an activist. The same might be true about my identity as a feminist academic. Is writing and teaching from a feminist perspective automatically activism? I often wrestle with this question.  Hopefully, it isn’t just academic feminists or ethicists who find themselves conflicted about a description like scholar-activist. 

At this year’s meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics (SCE), Society of Jewish Ethics (SJE) and Society for the Study of Muslim Ethics (SSME), a small group of members participated in a “die-in.” Most recently, die-in’s have been staged across the United States as a protests to remember victims of police shootings. The protest was held in the common... more

Posted by Joseph Marchal on Apr 6, 2015

I rarely find it difficult to teach about Sodomy.  Recent events here in Indiana have, unfortunately, made this biblical story even more relevant.

Over a week ago, Governor Mike Pence signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” flanked by a number of conservatively religious lobbyists.  When I was asked to comment on such “right to refuse” legislation (here, here, and here), it was fairly easy to point out that such legislation contradicts not only Indiana’s (semi-)famous “Hoosier hospitality,” but also the prominent biblical ethic of hospitality. 

Posted by FiR on Apr 1, 2015

Postion: Visiting Lecturer in Latina/o Studies.

Focus: Interdisciplinary.

Institution: Mount Holyoke College.

Begins: Fall 2015.

Deadline: Open until filled (Posting: 30 March 2015).

Website: https://jobs.mtholyoke.edu/

Official Posting (https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000878615-01):

Mount Holyoke College invites applications for a one-year Visiting Lecturer position in Latina/o Studies, within the Department of Spanish, Latina/o, and Latin American Studies to begin fall 2015.  The successful candidate will be able to teach an "Introduction to Latina/o Studies" as well as a range of courses in her/his area of specialty.  Courses may engage a broad range of U.S. latinidades such as Afro-Latinas/os and Caribbean peoples, US Central- or South Americans, and Chicanas/os.  We are particularly interested in candidates whose work engages interdisciplinary approaches within the humanities.  The teaching expectation is 5 courses per academic year.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in hand before August 2015.

Posted by FiR on Mar 17, 2015

By Rebecca Alpert and Thelathia "Nikki" Young

In December 2014 the leaders of Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (commonly known as WATER) gathered a group of fourteen together at a bucolic Catholic retreat center in Maryland. Our task was to respond to the challenge of “amplifying women’s voices” in the LGBT religious movement. We looked a lot like you might expect: mostly cisgender lesbian with a smattering of genderqueers and others; mostly white with a few people of color; mostly Christian with a smattering of Jews; mostly older with a few young folks. We were a hodgepodge of people, channeling various groups and communities but representing only ourselves. As media specialist Ann Craig, one of the participants, noted, “It was a gift to be in the room.” We are rarely afforded the luxury of two whole (mostly) undistracted days to “think and do.” We “thought and did” in comfortable surroundings, thanks to the hospitality of the Sisters of Bon Secours and the wise design created by our WATER hosts that provided ample time for laughter, reflection, ritual and play.

Posted by FiR on Mar 16, 2015

Fellowship: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship in the Study of Race and Ethnicity.

Institution: College of the Holy Cross.

Length: Two Years.

Deadline: 11 June 2015.

Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/29093.

Official Posting (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50697):

The Center for Interdisciplinary Studies at the College of the Holy Cross invites applications for a two-year Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellowship related to the study of race and ethnicity to begin in August 2015.  The full-time fellowship offers a competitive salary and includes full benefits as well as funds to support research and conference travel.  Fellows are also offered the opportunity to enroll in courses offered by the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts’ Certificate in College Teaching Program, and to participate in a faculty development program that fosters excellence in teaching and scholarship.

The Fellow will teach four courses per year through the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  Ideally, the candidate... more

Posted by FiR on Mar 11, 2015

Postion: Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies.

Focus: Hebrew Bible or New Testament; emphasis on feminist, womanist, mujerista, or other gender-related approaches.

Institution: Luther College.

Begins: Fall 2015.

Deadline: 1 April 2015 (review of applications begins).

Website: https://luthercollege.hiretouch.com.

Official Posting (https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000875835-01):

Luther College invites applications for a Visiting Instructor or Assistant Professor in Biblical Studies. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal up to a term of three years, beginning late August 2015.

QUALIFICATIONS:  Ph.D./Th.D. preferred at time of appointment; exceptional ABDs will be considered (Instructor rank). Teaching experience required. Specialization may be in Hebrew Bible or New Testament; an emphasis on feminist, womanist, mujerista, or other gender-related... more

Posted by FiR on Mar 9, 2015

Fellowship: CCWH Catherine Prelinger Memorial Award 2015.

Institution: Coordinating Council for Women in History (CCWH).

Deadline: 15 May 2015.

Amount: $20,000.00 USD.

Requirements: Scholar must have Ph.D. or have advanced to candidacy, and has not followed the traditional academic path of uninterrupted and completed secondary, undergraduate, and graduate degrees leading to a tenure-track faculty position.

Website: http://theccwh.org/ccwh-awards/catherine-prelinger-award/.

Official Posting (http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=220842):

Posted by FiR on Mar 2, 2015

By Emily Hill

The Disneyland measles outbreak in December and the cases of measles that have been popping up all over America and Canada in the last couple of months have received much media attention. The outbreaks have been blamed on "anti-vaxxers"—those who choose not to have their children vaccinated for fear of the adverse effects of the MMR vaccine. The figure of the anti-vaxxer has generated speculation at both local and national levels as to why anyone would choose to believe anecdotal evidence about the alleged connection between vaccines and autism, against the factual evidence of science.

I am not an anti-vaxxer. If I had children... more