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Posted by FiR on Sep 2, 2015

FiR's open call for blog submissions on the topic of "Feminism Online" has been extended!

Extended Deadline: 1 October 2015 (with the possibility of rolling admissions).

We want you, our readers, to get your voice out there: there is still much more to be said about doing feminist work on religion online!

Don't know where to start?: Simply read the pieces from @ the Table conversation on "Feminism Online" and incorporate aspects from them to support your own insights on any topic that relates to feminism and religion online.

Need help? Contact us: fir@fsrinc.org (re: Midori Hartman, EFSR Submissions Editor).

For more information, see the Official Posting of the @ the Table conversation and the... more

Posted by FiR on Aug 31, 2015

As part of FSR, Inc.'s Across Generations project, we asked feminists from and beyond the academy respond to this vital question: "What is the importance of feminist and womanist work in religious and theological studies?" at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion in San Diego (2014).



What follows is the eighth part of a multi-part blog series that brings those videos to you.

Watch and share your thoughts in the comment section below.


Kathleen Rushton (Catholic Institute of Aotearoa New Zealand)

Javier Viera (Drew Theological School)

Shanell T. Smith (Hartford Seminary)

What are your thoughts? Join us below!

Posted by FiR on Aug 21, 2015

Don't forget: we want to hear your responses to @ the Table: "Feminism Online"!

Having explored what it means to be undone by the feminist other (Xochitl Alvizo), why we engage in public writing and theology (Grace Ji-Sun Kim), what constitutes feminist and academic blogging (Mary E. Hunt), and finally why we engage in the intersections between feminism and religion on a platform like FiR (Joseph Marchal), now we need you.

We invite you, our readers, to reflect on aspects of the conversation and your own experiences on this topic in the form of a blog submission. The due date for submissions is (now extended) 1... more

Posted by Joseph Marchal on Aug 13, 2015

What does it mean to engage in feminist conversations about religion online? Is there something that makes the meeting of “feminisms” and “religions” unique, even important? As a member of the board of the Feminism in Religion forum, I am sometimes called upon to answer these questions, by conversation partners, potential contributors, friends, and loved ones. Why read or contribute to FiR? Or, an even larger question: why even blog?

Some of these doubts stem from questions about what, if anything, makes a platform like Feminist Studies in Religion distinctive or relevant. Is it just an outlet for feminist responses to religious news or current events? (If so, what makes it different from aspects of Religion Dispatches?) Or is it that we feature feminist writers who are religious, or are feminist because they are religious? Is that the kind of work emphasized by other sites, like Feminism and Religion? In response to such queries, I tend to respond: yes, maybe, but not necessarily so.

Posted by Mary E. Hunt on Aug 12, 2015

Academic and activist work meld in media, not the least of which in the blogosphere. As I participate in and observe the development of the FIR blog, I note four critical issues in this regard. My brief exploration of them is an invitation to colleagues to participate in the shaping of a medium whose limits and potential are are only beginning to emerge. Let the FIR blog be both an example of and a testing ground for feminist blog styles that work.

First, blogging requires the same careful preparation as writing an article, a book, or a chapter. There is so much to read—content has exploded exponentially with the Internet—that I am quite selective about what blogs I follow. A blog post tossed together, even on the most timely of topics, is not to my taste.

Blogs, in my view, are not an excuse to write quickly and superficially. I expect the blogger to be well informed, with a starting point, method, and argument easily accessible, just as in any written work. A Tweet is not a blog, but a blog that resembles a pumped up Tweet is not very helpful either.

I read blogs written by people who exhibit thoughtful, well-informed perspectives. The virtue of the... more

Posted by Grace Ji Sun Kim on Aug 11, 2015

Public Lives

We live in an increasingly public world where our lives are more and more lived in and touched by the public. What we wear, what we eat, where we are going, with whom we are hanging around are just some of the things which are becoming increasingly easy for the world to see and observe. With the rise of social media, our way of being and living can be followed and displayed for the world to see, if we let it.

Our lives are always on public display, even if we don’t intend them to be. And our public opinions matter. Justine Sacco learned this lesson in a most public and embarrassing way. Right before the public relations official boarded an international flight to South Africa, she tweeted an offensive message on Twitter about AIDS. While the plane was in the air, her tweet became viral and sparked worldwide outrage, outrage that eventually cost her job.1 A public voice can come with public costs.

Public Theology

Posted by Xochitl Alvizo on Aug 10, 2015

Really, how do we do it? How do feminist activists and scholars with our varying definitions of “feminism” stay in dialogue and partnership with one another? Part of the difficulty is captured by the question of what counts as “feminism” in the first place, and what are the standards by which we deem one another to be feminist enough?

These are some of the questions I take on in my chapter “Being Undone by the Other: Feminisms, Blogs, and Critique” in the anthology Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders, a collaborative project by feminists of diverse persuasions co-edited by Gina Messina-Dysert and Rosemary Radford Ruether. In this shorter piece I present some of my reflections on the topic within the context of blog spaces and my experience with Feminism and Religion (FAR), the collaborative blog I participate in and for which I am a co-founder.

Posted by FiR on Aug 10, 2015

What counts as feminism on the internet? What happens when religion is brought into the conversation? And most importantly for the Feminism In Religion Forum (FiR), what does it mean to engage in this process with an academic lens?

@ The Table and our partnered open-call consider the stakes and challenges that arise when "feminism" and "religion" come together in online blogging as a process of critique. Using Xochitl Alvizo's "Being Undone by the Other" to begin the discussion, this conversation considers in what ways an expanded definition of critique can and cannot allow us to be undone by feminist others.

Using this as a launchpad, the partnered open-call seeks submissions that incorporate aspects of the @ The Table's analysis in their own blog pieces on what it means to engage in feminist conversations about religion on the internet.

Contact: Midori E. Hartman, EFSR Submissions Editor (fir@fsrinc.org).

N.B. The deadline for open-call submissions is... more

Posted by FiR on Aug 8, 2015

Postion: Postdoc, Research Associate/Visiting Faculty.

Focus: Women's Studies in Religion.

Institution: Harvard Divinity School.

Begins: Fall 2016.

Deadline: 15 October 2015.

Website: http://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply

Official Posting (https://chroniclevitae.com/jobs/0000893796-01):

Harvard Divinity School announces five full-time positions as Research Associate and Visiting Faculty for 2016-17 in its Women's Studies in Religion Program. Proposals for book-length research projects utilizing both religion and gender as central categories of analysis are welcomed. Salary for 2016-17 will be $60,000.

Completed applications are due online by October 15, 2015. Applicants must have received their PhD by October 1, 2015. Please see our website (http://wsrp.hds.harvard.edu/apply) for more information.

Posted by FiR on Aug 7, 2015

By Mitzi J. Smith, PhD

Many people applauded The Daily Beast photo of the twenty-something year old white female protester who stood toe to toe with a New York City cop defiantly screaming into his face and daring him to arrest her. The white male cop remained stoic and motionless.

That is quite a contrast to Sandra Bland’s experience with a white male Texas trooper. Sandra, the twenty-eight year old black woman who was subjected to a violent encounter with a Texas trooper and later died while in custody, was criticized and demonized by some for having the nerve to ask questions and to talk back to or to “sass” (as the old folks called it). Ironically, Sandra understood that her “purpose” was to return to “Texas and stop all the injustices against blacks.” She should be remembered, her... more