August 2, 2016
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Call for Papers
"Africana Religious Music & Sacred Sound"
Journal of Africana Religions
How does a global, diasporic, and/or translocal perspective enrich our understanding of religious music in Africa and the African diaspora? How have sacred sounds traveled across or faded away at the political, geographic, economic, and social boundaries of the Black world? How might attention to soundscapes and the aesthetics of musical performance inform the broader study of Africana religions? The Journal of Africana Religions , which is distributed for free to all ASWAD members, invites 3,000-word papers for a roundtable on Africana religious music and sacred sound. All disciplinary approaches to the topic are welcome so long as authors consider their subject matter from a translocal, Africana perspective. Examples of potential topics include but are not limited to drumming and percussive activities across the Africana world; Christian hymnody in the Black Atlantic; music in Zar, Bori, and Gnawa practices of Islam; gender or sexual identity in global Black religious music; global Black hip hop and the sacred; the business of global Africana music; Qur'anic recitation in the Black world; and praise music among African and African diaspora Christians.
If interested, please send a 150-word proposal to Contributions will be due by  January 30, 2017.

Assistant, Associate or Full Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis seeks a scholar trained in social science methods whose research is non-US based. We particularly encourage applications from candidates whose work focuses on the global south and is interdisciplinary in nature; transnational expertise is also welcome. Candidates must have completed the Ph.D. in gender and sexuality studies or a social science-related field, including anthropology, economics, geography, political science, psychology, or sociology, by July 1, 2017 and be eligible to work in the United States. Candidates at the Associate and full Professor rank must have a distinguished record of publication in the field.

The duties of this position include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses; conducting research and other scholarly activities, including publishing in scholarly journals; and performing departmental and university service and other duties assigned by the University. The normal teaching load is 2/2. Diversity and inclusion are core values of Washington University, and the successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to create inclusive classrooms and environments in which a diverse array of students learn and thrive.

The Department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Washington University has a vibrant undergraduate major and minor, and a strong and expanding graduate certificate program. We currently have a core faculty of eight, and affiliated faculty across the humanities, in anthropology and sociology, and in law and social work. The department's research strengths include race, gender and cultural studies, sexuality studies, and feminist and queer theory.

Applicants should submit a letter of interest describing their scholarly qualifications and research; current curriculum vitae; teaching statement detailing their approach to teaching and to creating diverse and inclusive learning environments; and three (3) letters of recommendation to The committee will review applications until the position is filled, but applications should be received by October 1, 2016 to ensure full consideration.

Requests for additional information may be directed to Professor Andrea Friedman, Search Committee Chair, at

Washington University in St. Louis is committed to the principles and practices of equal employment opportunity. It is the University's policy to recruit, hire, train, and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or genetic information.

Decent Work for Domestic Workers

We are pleased to advise you that the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ICF-ILO) will organize a training course in Spanish on the subject of "decent work for domestic workers" from 17 to 21 October 2016 in Turin, Italy.

Context and Objectives
The aim of this course is to address the biggest problems facing domestic workers.

The first of these problems is the lack of recognition of the economic and social value of domestic work. It is important to note that represents 3.6% of global wage employment, and that these workers make important contributions to the functioning of households and labor markets. However, despite the evidence of these data, there is still public perception of domestic workers as "inexperienced, untrained, unskilled and dispensable."

This thought opens the door to greater secundo problem that domestic workers face:  high insecurity. They often lack social protection and labor, and to be victims of harassment, abuse and violence. Its operation is enhanced by its isolation, making it almost impossible for labor inspectors to monitor working conditions. It is important to remember that these prejudices are even more common for some groups, such as migrant domestic workers and children.

Back a challenge exists regarding the right of women, and that  83% of workers are women.

If there is growing recognition of this situation at national and international level, much remains to be done. Enrolling in the continuity of the 100th Annual Conference of the International Labour Organization, where a set of international standards aimed at improving working conditions of domestic workers was adopted, the training course will promote interregional dialogue among the different actors involved in the promoting decent work for domestic workers, which will improve their institutional capacities in order to ensure adequate protection of domestic workers.

Course Content
During this one-week course, participants will have the opportunity to benefit from an environment of rich and flexible learning, which includes leading international experts working on these issues. The course will enable participants to gain an international perspective on political issues concerning domestic work through the experiences and comparative analysis. In addition, they will provide a unique opportunity to connect with each other and with a wide range of experts in the field.

Participants Destinarios
This course is aimed at everyone involved in the protection of domestic workers or migrants - national officials or local level, representatives of organizations of workers, employers' organizations, and private employment agencies as members of NGOs , specialized institutes and representatives of the media.

You will find more information about the program and registration details  here.

Call for Papers "Racism and Transnationality" of the "Transnational Social Review - A Social Work Journal" (TSR)

Guest editors Caroline Schmitt, Linda L. Semu and Matthias D. Witte invite you to  submit proposal abstracts on the focus topic "Racism and Transnationality" 
of the "Transnational Social Review - A Social Work Journal" (TSR).
Deadline for submission of proposals is October 15, 2016.

In many countries, right-wing parties such as French National Front (FN) in France or Alternative for Germany (AFD) in Germany, racist movements, anti-Muslim and anti-immigrant racism are on the rise. In the U.S. ongoing discussions about racist discrimination of Black people got stoked up with critical fatal shootings from White policemen against Blacks. The rejection of refugees and attacks on refugee accommodations in Europe henpeck the political discussions and media attention. Questions such as "who belongs to a nation, who is welcome and who is not?" are discussed with great commotion of the population, who controversially argues about "nation-state cultures" and people supposed to be "the others". These developments take place simultaneously in different countries - and should be taken into account in their interweaving, e.g. if transnational networks exist between racist movements in different countries. The coincidences of various racist discourses and attacks raise up the question how racial ideologies and practices spread, interact and transform across territorial borders and growing parts of society. At the same time, such developments encounter various resistance and protest of civil society and professionals engaged in anti-racist issues.

While mechanisms and categorization processes of racism are topics of interdisciplinary research, racism is only rarely discussed in its transnational dimensions. This  special issue on "Racism and Transnationality" aims to further pry this desideratum and to capture worldwide dynamics related to racism. It seeks to give an insight into trends and developments in different countries, and into forms of racism, which interact, transcend and transform across territorial borders. A transnational perspective on racism faces precisely on those translation processes, which emerge over time and space in different contexts.

We welcome your contributions!

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ISS Annual Meeting - 2017

Institute for Signifying Scriptures

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Annual Meeting 2017
January 26 - 28

Theme: "Nation/State"

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