FSR, Inc. Creates New Internships with Support From The Carter Center
Thanks to continued grant support by The Carter Center, five new internship positions were created for the 2015-16 year. These positions help support important upcoming FSR, Inc. projects, including FSR Books, FSR Conferences, and the FSR Forum, as well as provide continued assistance to established organization activities.
Broadly speaking, the internships have provided concrete opportunities for these students to gain experience in the production of feminist scholarship in religion. Each intern works with at least one feminist scholar, who provides active mentorship and support as the student develops skills and competencies in the publishing and networking processes of our organization.
As junior scholars, the interns have been encouraged to contribute to the broader and more established community of feminist scholars in religion through their work with the print (Journal, Books) and digital (Forum, social media) aspects of the organization, as well as establish lasting connections with the feminist scholars and networks that are associated with FSR, Inc.
FSR Books Unit Co-Intern: Nikki Hoskins is a first year PhD student in Philosophy and Theology at Drew Theological School. Her research is focused on concepts of divinity and questions of identity (race and gender) in relation to contemporary issues of justice and equality. She joined the FSR Books team as a co-intern in the fall of 2015. She has been working on guiding FSR, Inc.’s Women, Religion and Revolution through the publication process. She has also been working on learning how to create an online presence for FSR Books and learning and researching the marketing process.
FSR Books Unit Co-Intern: Elizabeth Freese is a PhD student in Religion and Society at Drew Theological School. Her research is focused on new materialist, feminist critical analysis of Christian liturgy as its cultural forms dialectically relate with sociological structures and processes. In 2014 she was the JFSR unit intern, having helped primarily with connecting with Journal reviewers and cleaning up the reviewer database. With the assistance of this internship, in 2015 she became a FSR Books co-intern, working primarily on setting up institutional operations, developing a Style Guide, processing legal contracts, and facilitating manuscript production. She also works with other FSR Interns to coordinate Book Unit activities with other FSR Units.
FSR Conference Unit Intern: Melody Stanford is a third-year MDiv student at Boston University School of Theology, with aspirations for PhD work in economic ethics from an intersectional feminist perspective. She began working with FSR in 2015 to conduct research for the logistics of a FSR conference, to be held summer 2017 (TBD). Her efforts are laying the groundwork for events that will bring global communities of feminist scholars together in both rigorous and relational ways. She has also provided key graphic design support for the new FSR, Inc. website (forthcoming).
FSR Forum Unit Intern: Kelsi Morrison-Atkins is a first year ThD student at Harvard University Divinity School in New Testament and Early Christianity. She began working with FSR, Inc. in 2012, and is now the intern responsible for planning and establishing a virtual and in-person network for feminists scholars and activists in feminist studies in religion. Her work has involved researching a number of organizations of varying size and scope and integrating their approaches with the needs of potential members of this organization. Currently, Kelsi is working alongside the FSR Forum Committee to increase the founding membership base, to conceptualize a virtual, social-media space for the Forum, and to strategize the next steps in this important network for feminists in religion.
EFSR Unit Intern: Midori E. Hartman is a PhD student in Historical Studies at Drew Theological School. Her research focuses on the ways in which the rhetoric of animality was used to qualify slavery in late antiquity. She joined the EFSR team in 2013, working primarily with the blogging and social media aspects of FSR’s Blog. With the assistance of this internship, in 2015 she was able to expand her duties to include project management of the new FSR, Inc. website (forthcoming), as well as provide support to Kelsi, the FSR Forum intern. In her capacity as website manager, she has continued to provide technology support to the various branches of FSR, Inc. and their respective interns.
Carter Center Photo (AAR/SBL 2015: Atlanta)