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Posted by FiR on Dec 19, 2014

Postion: Director & Professor, Women's & Gender Studies Program.

Institution: Iowa State University.

Start Date: August 16, 2015.

Application Deadline: 16 January 2015 (review process begins), 7 February 2015 (closing date).

Contact: Mary Ann Dzuback, Director, WGSS Search Committee.

Official Posting (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50307): 

Iowa State University

Director & Professor – Women’s & Gender Studies Program 

View complete details and application instructions at https://www.iastatejobs.com/postings/8478 (Posting 400097). The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Iowa State University invites applications for a Full Professor and Program Director. The research emphasis of applicants should be appropriate for a tenure home appointment in one of the academic departments in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences such as Biology, Economics, English, History, Political Science, Philosophy and Religious Studies, Psychology, Sociology, or Mass... more

Posted by FiR on Dec 17, 2014

Postion: Post-Doctoral Fellow In Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Period: Two-Year Appointment

Application Deadline: 1 February 2015

Contact: Mary Ann Dzuback, Director, WGSS Search Committee

Official Posting: (https://www.h-net.org/jobs/job_display.php?id=50323)

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program at Washington University in St. Louis seeks to fill a two-year post-doctoral appointment to begin in the 2015-16 academic year in the field of transnational feminisms or gender and sexuality outside of the U.S.  We are particularly interested in scholars who have training in social science methodologies. The responsibilities of this appointment include teaching one course per semester and continuing to engage in research.

Applicants should send a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research goals for the postdoctoral period; current curriculum vitae; a published article or dissertation chapter;... more

Posted by FiR on Dec 15, 2014

Call for Papers: Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies (Graduate Student Conference).

Keynote Speaker: Lynne Huffer, Emory University.

Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse NY.

Deadline for Abstracts: 10 Jan 2015.

Contact: SUReligionConference[at]gmail.com.

Official Posting:

The Religion Graduate Organization invites you to submit paper and panel proposals to the semi-annual Religion Graduate Conference, Religion Interruptus: The Affects of Sex, Politics, and Bodies. This conference aims at actively encouraging interdisciplinary ways to view and examine the related encounters of sex, religion, politics, and bodies. Specifically, this conference aims to think about what occurs, and why, when religion seems to “interrupt” or “impose” upon the broader philosophical and theoretical discourses relating to bodies, politics, and sex. We invite both M.A. and Ph.D. students to submit abstracts from a variety of thematic and theoretical backgrounds.

 Keynote: Lynne Huffer, Emory University

We particularly invite papers on the following themes:

Posted by FiR on Dec 9, 2014

Call for Papers: Third World Women and the Politics of Difference in Feminist Representations.

Location: Lahore College for Women University, Lahore Pakistan.

Deadline for Abstracts (200-250 words): 15 January 2015.

Deadline for Limited Travel Grant ($500 max): 15 December 2014.

Contact: Dr. Sadia Zulfiquar (sadiazee7[at]hotmail.com).

Official Posting (http://www.h-net.org/announce/show.cgi?ID=218016):

Third World Women and the Politics of Difference in Feminist Representations

13th-14th  March 2015

Lahore College for Women University, Lahore Pakistan 

Posted by Emilie Townes on Dec 9, 2014

Dungeons can be in our minds where we hold people captive to the illusions we have about them, but we think they are real, they are true, they are valid, and they sanction our treatment of them. . .and ourselves.  They can be where we hold ourselves captive and believe the illusions we are told about ourselves because we have allowed others to carve out hollow legacies for us and for the generations yet to come—for all color of children.  And moral thought collapses into a meaningless drivel of hosannas or inconsequential theological escape hatches that only serve to reify demonic stereotypes in religious God-talk.

Something has finally fallen off our collective shelves. The outrage, the anger, the fear, the misunderstandings, our inability to know one another let alone understand each others’ experiences has caused something to snap in so many of us; such that we cannot and will not let go of speaking out against racialized violence and militarized police forces.  How do we shake the dungeons in our country, in our world?  How do we shake the dungeons in ourselves?

In a letter to his nephew, James, the writer James Baldwin urges us to engage violence with love.... more

Posted by Carolyn Davis on Dec 5, 2014

A version of this blog was posted previously at The Huffington Post

It is an unsettling thing, sitting next to a Christmas tree and attempting to put heartsickness into words. Christmas is supposed to be a time of glad tidings and good cheer--twinkling lights, red noses, warm mittens. But under the iconic neon of Times Square stand those grieving the abhorrent miscarriage of justice in the death of Eric Garner. Residents of Ferguson string lights along many buildings still shuttered in the wake of protests stemming from recent events in Missouri.

Yet this morning my thoughts still turned to the Christmas story and the scriptures of Advent. And so I think as well of Joseph, young Mary, and the moments surrounding the birth of their child. I think about being denied shelter and placed in harm's way. I think of friends and strangers who struggle to parent well, and the added burdens that accompany persons of color. 

What does it mean to journey so far only to learn there is no place for you at the table, in the inn, in the neighborhood, in the... more

Posted by Grace Ji Sun Kim on Dec 3, 2014

As I read the rape and sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby, I am disgusted to the point where I am nauseous. Why have the allegations gone uninvestigated for so long?

I grew up on The Cosby Show. When I introduce my oldest son, everyone in my generation thinks I named him after Theo Huxtable. That is how much Bill Cosby influenced my generation. I used to sit in front of the TV. and chuckle at all his jokes and thought he would be such a cool dad. He had an uncanny smile and he would always seem to make things right.

Now with these allegations coming out and at least 17 women coming forward, it is certainly time to take the women seriously and investigate fully their allegations. This is important because Bill Cosby’s story is not an isolated case. A number of men with power, stature, and wealth have been convicted of or accused of committing illegal sexual acts towards young, vulnerable women... more

Posted by Jennifer Harvey on Nov 28, 2014

The temptation to comment on the violence in Ferguson is almost irresistible. It doesn’t matter if we’re condemning it, worrying about it, lamenting it. We feel the need to say something about it while commenting on Ferguson's resistance.

Most of us should resist this temptation mightily.

When Detroit burned in 1967, “the mother of the movement,” Rosa Parks had this to say.

“Regardless of whether or not any one person may know what to do about segregation and oppression, it’s better to protest than to accept injustice.”

You know what she said when asked about the right to self-defense in 1964?

“I’m in favor of any move to show we are dissatisfied.”

The right to self-defense from the mother of the movement that turned the other cheek? Support for Detroit citizens breaking glass and setting... more

Posted by Guest Author on Nov 26, 2014

Guest Author, Elias Ortega-Aponte is Assistant Professor of Afro-Latinos/a Religions and Cultural Studies at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ.


Three days after the shooting of Mike Brown, President Obama issued a statement addressing the events. In this August 12 statement, the president urged the people of Ferguson, Missouri, and the nation, to remember Brown’s life “through reflection and understanding” and not give into passions. The call: to keep composed and not lash out.  The President also said that, “We should comfort each other and talk with one another in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds." Either spoken by our leaders or by others, such words are words often heard by communities of color across the United States-we are often asked to turn the other cheek in the hopes of cashing the check of American Justice, a check that in the words of Martin Luther King Jr, “has come back marked... more

Posted by JFSR on Nov 22, 2014

Join us for the following JFSR panel (P22-227) today, November 22nd, from 1:00 to 3:30pm, in Room 33 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC).

Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza will be presiding over the panel and the theme will be "Sexual Violence and Sacred Texts."

We look forward to seeing you there!


For more information, please see the following:

P22-227 Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion11/22/20141:00 PM to 3:30 PMRoom: Room 33 A (Upper level) - San Diego Convention Center (CC)


Theme: Sexual Violence and Sacred TextsViolence against wo/men is inscribed in the Scriptures of all 3 monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Feminist scholars in religion are well versed in analyzing and interpreting sacred texts in critical, historical, literary, and cultural terms but we have less developed methods of conscientization or consciousness-raising for enabling wo/men who have experienced sexual abuse to work through such sacred texts of violence in bible, TaNaKh and Qu’ran. The panel will seek to engender conversation across religious interpretive boundaries and to identify methods of... more