The Misoynoir to Mishpat Research Network has focused upon strengthening the contributions of African descended women within Religious Academia, Religious Leadership and Activism. (We captialize each of these to highlight them.) If we represent only 1% of those who work as full-time academics, we can either celebrate becoming partof the 1%, or we can change … Continue reading Real Talk: Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is – Support Black Women
Beyond the Womanist Classroom, Ep. 17
https://www.buzzsprout.com/2034701/12323513 In Episode 17 podcast host Dr. Mitzi J. Smith has a conversation with womanist colleague the Rev. Dr. Angela N. Parker. Dr. Parker is assistant professor of New Testament and Greek at McAfee School of Theology, Mercer University, Decatur, GA. We discuss how Dr. Parker became a womanist biblical scholar and her wonderful book If … Continue reading Beyond the Womanist Classroom, Ep. 17
Mitzi J. Smith, PhD., to Present March 23 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture
Candler’s Black Church Studies Program will welcome Mitzi J. Smith, J. Davison Philips Professor of New Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary, as distinguished guest speaker for the 2023 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture on March 23 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Room 252 of Candler’s Rita Anne Rollins Building. The event is free and open to the public, with … Continue reading Mitzi J. Smith, PhD., to Present March 23 Anna Julia Cooper Lecture
Weaponizing a Shallow Forgiveness
BY GREG CAREY DECEMBER 14, 2022 When we contemplate issues of social justice, we consistently hear about forgiveness that is deployed to thwart any accountability. We see this regularly, but especially when it comes to holding power in place. Is God's grace a tool to be used to shield the powerful from accountability? The article, "We Declare … Continue reading Weaponizing a Shallow Forgiveness
Remains of Formerly Enslaved People Resting Beneath a Strip Mall
As the US continues to wrestle with who has the right to create knowledge and define history, artifacts continue to resurface regarding its painful past. One example is the way that the "bones" or remains of formerly enslaved people were often discarded and are now being located in unusual places. Seeing our ancestral remains as … Continue reading Remains of Formerly Enslaved People Resting Beneath a Strip Mall
Racial Gaslighting in a Non-Racial France
Scholars on the margins often struggle with their methodological approaches. We often have a dual goal - to be validated by the wider Academic Guild while also seeking to be true to the communities represent. Seeking and creating theoretical frameworks may even include borrowing colloquial expressions and frameworks such as "gaslighting." In essence, gaslighting is … Continue reading Racial Gaslighting in a Non-Racial France
Is Liberation Theology Here to Stay?
Black Liberation Theology owes a debt to African American and Black Studies. Through these studies, we have the information, framework and thinkers upon which much of our work rests. Should the US continue to ban "Black Studies," it also intimates that the work of Black Liberation Theology is also under imminent threat. The following article, … Continue reading Is Liberation Theology Here to Stay?
A Reminder That You Are Seen
https://www.linkedin.com/posts/tanyagibsonphr_thankyou-trevornoah-thedailyshow-ugcPost-7006993725461520385-fdWg?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_android Trevor Noah These days, Black or African descended women often feel utterly invisible. We are often invisible when it comes to our research being supported, our careers acknowledged for hire and promotion, or even our work within religious leadership. Some of us, in the UK, regularly experience people walking into us as if we … Continue reading A Reminder That You Are Seen
Signing Your First Academic Book Contract
Academia is about accomplishment on three levels: teaching, grant capture and publications. All three provide their own set of challenges. Yet, there is something about publishing your first journal article or book – it often provides both exhilaration and relief. You feel you are on your way to becoming a true academic. For people of … Continue reading Signing Your First Academic Book Contract
Call for Papers: Rethinking Racism Through Embodiment and Place
Critical phenomenologists of race – among whom we might name Frantz Fanon, Sara Ahmed, Alia Al-Saji, Linda Martín Alcoff, George Yancy, Mariana Ortega, and others – have variously examined the existential, everyday, and deeply embodied impacts of racist oppression, and how these can affect our experience of place and placemaking.