"To be a serious thinking margin means to take up a critical cognitive praxis. The phrase cognitive praxis denotes the dynamic activity of knowing: questioning patterns and the sometimes jagged-edge of experience (including biological, psychological, social, religious, cultural, aesthetic); testing and probing possible answers; marshaling evidence and weighing it against cultural codes and signs, against … Continue reading Words of Wisdom: Dr. Shawn Copeland
Is Womanism Different from Black Feminism?
There are several high-profile scholars who consider themselves Black feminists including bell hooks, Hortense Spillers, Patricia Hill Collins and Angela Davis. Each of them have made critical contribtuions to acaemia and Black women's epistemologies. Despite this admirable canon, Black women's religious epistemologies often begin from a different stance and with a slightly different positionality: womanism. … Continue reading Is Womanism Different from Black Feminism?
Feeling Vulnerable as an Independent Scholar? Let’s Change That!
Your might feel vulnerable if you have been unable to secure that post as a lecturer or professor. Perhaps you've spent hours of work, laboring over several dossiers only to receive word that "there were many qualified applicants," that is not an indictment on your skills. Academia often fails to prepare you for the opportunities available to independent scholars.
Mentoring Café: Academic Writing Tips from Renée Landell
As mentioned previously, academics are primarily assessed based on three aspects of their careers: grant capture, teaching and publications. Today's blog focuses on the third piece - writing. Many good writers struggle when expanding to include a new genre of writing to their skill set. Academic writing is, indeed, a very different type of writing. … Continue reading Mentoring Café: Academic Writing Tips from Renée Landell
Sistah Shout-Out: Three books between 2022 and 2023 for Mitzi Smith!
One of the pillars of strong and "in-demand" scholarship is your ability to publish in high-quality journals. Creating content for blogs and writing for religious magazines often provides opportunities to reach a wider audience of laypersons or students. Publishing rigorously academic books can be a challenge if you are traveling for archival search, marking student … Continue reading Sistah Shout-Out: Three books between 2022 and 2023 for Mitzi Smith!
Memorial Service Invite
The Circle of Concerned African Women extends an invitation to a Memorial Service for two of their members. Please see the details below. The Misogynoir to Mishpat (M2M) Research Network 2023 Zoom Meeting Link Click to Join.
Wake the Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts
February marks Black History Month in the US. While many people may know of select slave revolts, such as the Nat Turner Revolt, few people are aware of the women-led slave revolts. Please see the enclosed curriculum entitled, "Wake the Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts." https://rebhallphd.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/HTR-WakeTheHiddenHistoryofWomen-LedSlaveRevolts.pptx
Six Mentoring Programs for Black Women and Girls
Misogynoir to Mishpat Research Network (M2M) is dedicated to mentorship for African descended women in Religious Academia, Religious Leadership and Activism. Because we represent one of the most acutely vulnerable groups within Religious Academia and Religious Leadership, mentorship is one of the ways we can fill this gap. Click the link below to learn about … Continue reading Six Mentoring Programs for Black Women and Girls
The White Gaze – Conclusion
The White Gaze and Its Impact as a Tool of Domination We have identified the initial framework for understanding the “White Gaze” as a power construct. This allows White scholars to explore non-White subjects through a racialized bias which can cause harm to those communities. Yet, because “White as neutral” is often not interrogated and … Continue reading The White Gaze – Conclusion
White Gaze – Part 2
Whose Gaze Has Validity? In a previous blog, we explored the White Gaze as a concept created by Toni Morrison. An African American writer and scholar, Morrison identified this concept as a method for exploring who had the authority to define the stories and scholarship of Black Americans. Why are African Americans held in suspicion when … Continue reading White Gaze – Part 2