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Posted by FSR on Oct 24, 2014

Grading, class preparation, meetings, packing, shifting the schedule of events, last minute revisions to papers, and rushing to the airport . . . Whew, #AARSBL14 is right around the corner and we are feeling the stress with one month to go! And yet, every year it ends up being a wonderful chance to catch up with friends and colleagues, meet new friends, learn a few new things, and try out our own ideas. In the spirit of collaborative learning, we want to hear from you: what's the importance of feminist/womanist work in religious and theological studies (consider issues like ongoing violence against women and children, campus sexual assault, religious fundamentalism, war, pedagogy, women of color marginalization, lack/stereotyping of women's voices in leadership)?

This year is extra special as JFSR is celebrating 30 Years. So please come share your response and reflections at the 30th Anniversary reception for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion on Friday, November... more

Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Oct 22, 2014

Healthy communities celebrate early and often. I think we in feminist studies in religion are always in order when we lift up our own colleagues, herald their work, and underscore all that they contribute to the world. Technology makes creative modes of doing so easy and accessible. These are not gratuitous, feel-good exercises, but integral ways of deepening the scope and emphasizing the seriousness of our work, as well as recognizing the women who do it. Honoring our colleagues is part of the natural maturing of our field.

Latin American colleagues showed the way in their recent celebrations of the life and work of ecofeminist Catholic theologian Ivone Gebara. The Faculdades EST (Escola Superior de Teologia) in Sao Leopoldo, Brazil, awarded her an honorary doctorate. Illness prevented Dr. Gebara from attending, but she watched the Live Stream from her home in Sao Paulo, delighted by what she saw.

Her colleagues around the world looked on as a theologian, once reviled by Vatican officials, was praised for her pioneering work on feminist and liberation theologies. Her commitment to change the lives of... more

Posted by FSR on Oct 17, 2014

It's not every year that a journal celebrates its 30th Anniversary, so we at Feminist Studies in Religion, Inc. invite you to join us in the celebrating JFSR through our various platforms and events coming up this fall season!

Your Voice, Your Story: Social Media

We'd love to hear from you how you plan to celebrate thirty years of feminist publishing. Tweet us (@FeminismInRelig) and "Like" us on Facebook (Feminist Studies in Religion) to tell us how JFSR has impacted your work on feminism and religion, in the academy and beyond. Subscribe to our blog (Feminism In Religion) and consider submitting to our open call for blog submissions! We want to hear your voice! 

Honoring the Past, Imagining the Future: JFSR

Check out our latest volume of JFSR (Vol. 30, no. 2) for special sections and roundtables honoring the history and imagining the future of feminist studies in... more

Posted by FiR on Oct 10, 2014

Call for Interviews: Study on the Body Experiences of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim Feminist Women in the United States.

Lead: Natalie Nelson-Blake, M.A., California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco, CA.

Purpose: Graduate Research Study.

Contact: nelson-blake.researchstudy@hushmail.com.

Date: Unspecified.

For more information related to the purpose and requirements of the study, see the following blurb from the lead of the study and the official flyer below:

Posted by Kate Ott on Oct 3, 2014

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made major news headlines over the past two months. The challenge went viral on social media this summer, but it didn’t start there. For a few years, various organizations have promoted “cold water challenges” that couple dosing friends with requesting donations. In summer of 2014, a few celebrity personalities in the sports world popularized the challenge as it directly relates to ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, a progressive neurodegenerative disease.

The popularity of the challenge and its viral spread raised ethical questions. How many people dumped water over their heads but never donated? Is this a waste of water? Should government officials participate? Will ALS groups be able to use the money responsibly? And so on...

Posted by Midori Hartman on Sep 23, 2014

There is nothing quite like marching with 300,000+ people to help you feel like you are part of something bigger than yourself. In such a setting, “This is what democracy looks like!” becomes more than just words when it is a roar of the countless voices that surround you. Rubber sole meets unevenly sunken grates, tracking through oil spots on normally heavy trafficked streets—you gaze up at signs and hands waving from above. It is disorienting, but in all the right ways.

The People's Climate March in NYC was my first march. Hopefully it will be the first of many in my future as I continue to figure out how to better unite my academic studies with my desire to be more praxis-oriented. Inspired by so many feminist and womanist role-models that I encounter in the ... more

Posted by Susanne Scholz on Sep 16, 2014

Ever since I saw the photo of the kneeling James Foley, dressed in orange clothes in the desert sand, with the black-clothed and veiled executioner standing with a knife in his left hand behind him, I feel again haunted by the fundamentalist Islamic sense of primal drama.  This newest image, too, captures the imagination of apocalyptic horror movies, just like the 9/11 moments of the two planes flying into the twin towers.  These are archetypical scenes, static and unchanging depictions of good versus evil and life versus death.  They communicate so vividly to the twenty-first century Western audience the Freudian death drive in the patriarchal-militaristic psyche that does not often find such immediately accessible visuals although flying drones bombing children and people from the air, without a pilot in sight, also capture this deep-seated human fear of murderers without a face.  These contemporary war scenes seem to teach us that today's forces of death are strong, relentless, and apparently anonymous.    

Posted by FiR on Sep 15, 2014

Call for Papers: 'At the Cutting Edge’: New Postgraduate Writing on Gender, Religion and Theology in the Asia Pacific Region

Journal: Seachanges Journal, Special Issue, 2015

Deadline (abstracts): 29 September 2014

Official Posting:

Seachanges is the journal of the Women Scholars in Religion and Theology (WSRT) network, which was established in 1993 as a way of our continual commitment to networking with women scholars across the Asia Pacific region, and encouraging the scholarship of women in the fields of religion and theology. Seachanges is a fully referred scholarly journal with 6 Issues published to date, and with free access at http://wsrt.asn.au/

This special issue is designed to showcase current research being undertaken by postgraduate students across the Asia Pacific region. Postgraduate research is typically at the forefront of cutting edge theory, praxis and argument and contributes substantially to our understandings of the location of gendered groups in relation to practices and theories of religion and theology. Papers are invited in interdisciplinary and disciplinary... more

Posted by Grace Ji Sun Kim on Sep 8, 2014

Asian American woman have lived and suffered in a problematic cycle of racism from the wider community and patriarchy from within the Asian American community.

I attended my first Feminist Studies in Religion (FSR) Leadership meeting in June 2014 and learned a lot about its history and its organization. Through this meeting, I came to appreciate the long historical development, as well as the goals and achievements of the FSR.

During a casual lunch conversation, a few of us were brainstorming on what the next roundtable topic might be for the next FSR journal publication. I suggested that we focus a roundtable around Asian American Feminist Theology. I wondered if there had already been a journal edition that already covered such an issue.

While going through the archives of the journal publication, we discovered that there has never been a roundtable on Asian American Feminist Theology during the past thirty years. This reality hit me hard. It reinforced my own understanding of how Asian American women and their role have become invisible within the dominant culture and society. This is another example of how woman are pushed to the margins and left there... more

Posted by FiR on Sep 8, 2014

Job Posting: The Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) - Communications and Knowledge Building Program Coordinator

Institution: AWID (Association For Women's Rights in Development)

Application Deadline: 21 September 2014

Official Posting: (http://www.awid.org/Get-Involved/Jobs-at-AWID/Challenging-Religious-Fund...)

The Challenging Religious Fundamentalisms (CF) - Communications and Knowledge Building Program Coordinator is a full-time position reporting to the CF Manager, who will support the strategic objectives of CF with an emphasis in the area of knowledge building and communications.

Deadline:           September 21, 2014

Location:           Work location is open

Organization:     AWID

Overview of the Program

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) is an international feminist organization working to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women's rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally.... more