CFPs — Two Calls For Papers Of Interest

Special Issue of Polymath: On Being a Professor

This special issue of Polymath invites scholars from across the academy, regardless of discipline, rank or employment status, to contribute to our knowledge concerning the experience of being a professor. Of special interest are articles and book reviews on the lived experiences of academics across disciplines, employment status, race, class background, gender, ability, age, and difference.

Areas of interest include, but certainly are not limited to:

  • Addressing the work/life balance
  • Intersections of gender, class and race-ethnicity
  • Navigating homophobia, religious intolerance and other bigotries
  • Glass ceilings and brick walls
  • Teaching successes and challenges at minority serving and/or majority white institutions
  • Unemployment, underemployment and poverty
  • Hostile workplaces

As an online, peer-reviewed journal, Polymath is accessible world-wide. The electronic format allows you to include multimedia, live web links and a range of other materials. More than access to this free journal, contributors will find that this medium allows for a quicker route to publishing.

For author guidelines and to submit your full-length manuscript, please visit no later than October 18th, 2013.

In addition to academic papers, those interested in writing a book review (books published in 2012 or 2013) related to the theme, On Being a Professor, are welcome as well.

Questions regarding article content or proposed book reviews should be directed to the special guest editor, Dr. Sandra E. Weissinger (email:  Questions regarding the submission process should be directed to Polymath editor, Dr. Susan Hume (email:

Special Issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color: Religion, Spirituality, and Inequality in Communities Of Color

Guest Editors
Assata Zerai, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Sandra Weissinger, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

Recent public discourse on women’s reproductive rights and abortion, full-time homemakers and working mothers, and LGBTQ partnership and marriage, has highlighted the pervasive role and power of organized religion and spirituality in daily life, as well as related issues of oppression and resistance. For this special issue of Women, Gender, and Families of Color (WGFC), we seek historical, and social science manuscripts that explore the intersectionalities of race, class, gender, sexuality, and other socioeconomic categories in U.S. religious and spiritual settings.

Topics may address, but are not limited to, the following:

1.  Spheres of social inequality, such as race, class, gender, and sexuality and their reproduction and/or practice in U.S. religious/spiritual organizations or spaces;

2.  The use of resources (e.g. human and financial) to impede or promote the reproduction of inequalities;

3.  The meaning of relationships, and the practice of religion/spirituality, in these organizations and spaces for women, men, and LGBTQ communities;

4.  The practice of social and/or economic privilege among groups in U.S. religious/spiritual organizations and spaces;

5.  U.S. religious/spiritual structures as intransigent sites from which to challenge persisting inequalities; U.S. transnational comparisons on any of the above.

Please send queries and electronic versions of manuscripts (Microsoft Word) to:

Assata Zerai, Ph.D.
Department of Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Manuscripts should be a maximum of 30 pages, inclusive of title page, abstract (150 words or less), main body of text, figures, tables, and Chicago Style, 16th edition references. Only title pages should contain authors’ names, affiliation, phone & FAX numbers, in addition to the email address of the corresponding author.

WGFC is a multidisciplinary journal that centers the study of Black, Latina/o, Indigenous, and Asian American women, gender, and families. In addition to special issues, WGFC welcomes general submissions on a rolling submission policy.

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