Seeking to develop work by both established and emerging scholars, the editors and members of our board of directors recognize the need for more in-depth, cutting edge research at the intersection of feminist theory and religious studies. Our series is broadly interreligious in its subjects, transdisciplinary in its methods, and intersectional in its analyses. As scholar-activists, the editors are committed to rigorous thinking in the service of feminist transformation of both the discipline of religious studies and the institutions of religion and society.
Our FSR Books Series continues to manifest the vision laid out by the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion’s founders 30 years ago. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Judith Plaskow founded the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion 30 years ago because they wanted to create a space for the development of feminist intellectual work in religion and a place for dialogue between feminist scholars and activists of different religions (or non-religion) and cultures. FSR Books Series extends this goal to a book market long dominated by “malestream” publishers.
At the practical level, we recognize innovation in the business of academic publishing is crucial for transformative research to be cultivated and then made affordable and accessible to a wide audience. With deepest gratitude, we thank the Carter Center for their grant support to launch FSR Books as a nimble, non-profit publisher, able to maintain feminist editorial independence. We are building an infrastructure to develop and promote books that synergize with the Carter Center’s Human Rights Program, their Mobilizing Faith for Women and Girls Initiative, and other like endeavors.
FSR Books joins the Journal and the associated Website/Blog of FSR, Inc. as channels for publication and forums for discussion and dialogue among women and men of differing feminist perspectives, both within and outside the academy. Indeed, our work is understood to be accountable to the academy, in which it is situated, and to feminist movements, from which it draws its nourishment and vision.
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