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Campus Digest

News and information for faculty, students, and friends of CSLR, sent monthly.
October 2021

Dear Readers:

We hope you are doing well. We have many great essays and articles available in both the Journal of Law and Religion and on Canopy Forum that we hope you'll enjoy reading. Also, we are currently accepting submissions for an upcoming Canopy Forum Series on the intersections of law, religion, and climate change. Learn more below!

Additionally, the Department of Housing and Urban Development Legal Honors Program is accepting applications from law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. Find more information below.

CSLR News and Events

Journal of Law and Religion:

Read the latest issue of the Journal of Law and Religion hereJLR is proud to be expanding our open access publishing. Be sure to check out the growing list of titles in our open access archive and FirstView articles below:
 

Emory Presents a Special Screening of FAUCI
Thursday October 28th, 6pm EST (virtual event)

Please join us for a virtual screening of FAUCI from National Geographic films: a portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci, a public servant, scientist, physician, husband and father whose career spans seven presidents and bookended by two pandemics: HIV/AIDS, which shaped him, and COVID-19, which has tested him beyond all expectations. All members of the Emory community are invited to participate. Sponsored by The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR), The Center for Ethics, and The MirYam Institute Project in International Ethics and Leadership.  You can watch a trailer here. Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/qN8nsuNjYyZiyNDr8.

Note: Viewing link and password to be distributed via email before event.

Canopy Forum:

Read the latest essays from Canopy Forum, https://canopyforum.org:

Browse articles in Canopy Forum's series "Literature Highlights" below.
 

Job Opportunity: Digital Scholarship Support Team

Deadline: Rolling Basis

CSLR publishes Canopy Forum, a rapidly growing online publication focused on cutting-edge research and digital scholarship, and recently launched the Interactions podcast. Our student team assists with web-design and formatting, editing articles, developing marketing strategies, podcast recording/production, soliciting new articles and multimedia publications from leading scholars, and more. Students with an entrepreneurial spirit flourish at CSLR and have opportunities to develop skills and experience relevant to their specific career goals. We view our students as full team members with the potential to make substantive contributions to our Center’s mission. You will be treated as a professional, encouraged to grow, and expected to deliver results.

Successful applicants for this position will assist CSLR scholars with a range of tasks and projects; develop and format new forms of digital scholarship; perform administrative/office work; compile and organize contact lists of scholars and other leaders in our field of study; provide insights, ideas, and feedback about CSLR’s marketing and outreach strategies; support social media design and curation; and assist with other projects and administrative tasks. There may also be opportunities to participate in academic research with CSLR faculty and fellows.

Summer employees may work remotely and/or in the CSLR office suite at Emory Law School, depending partly on Emory’s evolving social distancing guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Find more information here.

Job Opportunity: Market Researcher for the “Study on Law and Ministry in the United States”

Deadline: Rolling Basis

The Center for the Study of Law and Religion (CSLR) at Emory University seeks highly motivated students to help identify and analyze existing products (books, courses, degree programs, podcasts, websites, law firms, etc.) in educational, publishing, and other spaces.

CSLR is conducting a large-scale study to better understand how Christian clergy in the United States interact with the law. As not-for-profit organizations, churches are governed by a wide range of local, state, and federal laws, including employment laws, tax laws, constitutional law, property laws, and more. The upcoming phase of this study will focus on understanding if and how the leaders of these organizations learn about the laws and regulations that affect their ministries.

Successful applicants for this position will perform market research to determine which “law and ministry” resources and training programs are currently available to clergy, church-related organizations, and seminary/theology students. This research will focus on collecting, organizing, and analyzing the following: online resources and websites; theology school and seminary curricula, continuing education, and other training programs for church leaders; books and other resources; law firms and legal service organizations specializing in providing legal counsel to churches and pastors; and more. Find more information here. 

Job Opportunity: Department of Housing and Urban Development Legal Honors Program 

Deadline: October 25, 2021

HUD’s Legal Honors Program is designed for law students graduating from J.D. and LLM programs, and recent law school graduates completing a judicial clerkship. The Legal Honors Program is HUD’s only hiring program for entry-level attorneys. Subject to appropriations, approximately 10-20 legal honor positions are available annually in headquarters and field offices. Successful candidates begin work in August or September and participate in a 14-month appointment that may lead to a permanent position, pending bar admission. During the program, Legal Honors are assigned mentors, are given the opportunity to rotate to other offices within OGC, and participate in additional training and monthly discussions to enhance their program experience and develop their legal abilities.

The program is highly competitive and candidates are selected on the basis of merit. Selection considerations include many factors, such as: academic achievement; law review and other publication work; extracurricular activities such as moot court competitions and legal clinics; employment history; and participation in activities related to HUD’s mission.

The Department provides reasonable accommodations for applicants and employees with disabilities. It is the policy of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to promote the maximum employment and job advancement for qualified disabled veterans, similar to its policy, goals and objectives with reference to all persons with disabilities. All applicants for employment with the Department of Housing and Urban Development are judged without regard to their race, age, sex, color, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or familial status.

For more information about the Legal Honors Program, review the program brochure and frequently asked questions page, or send an email to LegalHonors@hud.gov.
 

Scholarly and Professional Opportunities
Call for Submissions: Law, Religion, and Climate Change (Canopy Forum)

Deadline: Rolling Basis 

Canopy Forum is seeking written and multimedia submissions exploring the intersections of law, religion, and climate change. Submissions should address legal and/or religious issues, cases, laws, or other phenomena related to climate change. Examples of relevant topics could include: How do specific religious communities interpret the reality, meanings, and/or ethical significance of climate change? What roles do religious anthropologies, practices, norms, or institutions play in shaping laws and policies related to climate change, and vice versa? Which recent or historical court cases highlight tensions between religious practices and environmental regulations? Which emerging issues or potential regulations (will) pose challenging new legal questions related to law and religion? How might climate change affect sacred sites or lands that have religious significance to certain communities, and which laws might protect or endanger such places? 

Submissions may focus on any region, jurisdiction, or religious community/tradition on Earth. Canopy Forum welcomes submissions from experts in the field(s) of law and religion, as well as other relevant disciplines, such as theology, anthropology, sociology, political science, and so on. Submissions should be between 1,250-1,500 words (though longer pieces may be considered) and written in a generally accessible style, with embedded links rather than footnotes for supporting materials.

Submissions will be considered for publication on a rolling basis, with submissions received before Nov. 15, 2021 preferred. To learn more about Canopy Forum visit CanopyForum.org.

Call for Papers: Law, Religion, Health, and Healing in Africa (African Consortium for Law and Religious Studies)

Deadline: October 31, 2021 

Call for Papers
The COVID-19 pandemic has demanded responses from the legal and religious sectors, sometimes creating conflict around issues of religious freedom and the proper scope of legal regulation to mitigate the pandemic. In other cases, it has prompted new collaborations between government and religion in the interest of public health. Institutions of medicine, education, family, and local communities bore the burden of the pandemic. Women experienced increased heightened vulnerability in their families and in their essential economic and business roles. Essentially, no sector of African societies has been immune from the effects of COVID-19, prompting opportunities for legal and religious innovation and agency in response. For this conference, we seek papers that address the impact of the pandemic on rethinking the concepts of health and healing—physical, spiritual, socioeconomic, cultural, and by other metrics—in Africa. We invite critical focus on legal and religious norms, practices, and institutions, and the role they have played in the pandemic response. What lessons have African societies learned from previous and current pandemics, and what will health and healing practices and imaginaries look like after COVID-19 in Africa? 

  • Legal and religious responses to COVID-19, Ebola, HIV/AIDS and other African pandemics
  • Legal and religious issues in health, healing, and medical responses to pandemics
  • Laws and policies in response to pandemics and effects of these on religious communities
  • Local/international governmental/NGO/INGO humanitarian aid and relief—conflicts and collaborations
  • Media responses to COVID—conspiracy theories, fearmongering, misinformation, and truth-telling
  • Religious and governmental collaborations to address pandemics and public health challenges
  • New interreligious or secular collaborations around the COVID-19 crisis
  • Freedom of religion or belief in the COVID-19 pandemic context
  • Crises of authority (political, scientific, religious) resulting from the global health crisis
  • New forms of religious worship, rituals, community, and solidarity in the COVID-19 pandemic
  • African theologies and beliefs about sin and death, suffering and punishment, faith and theodicy in the pandemic context
  • Indigenous African beliefs and practices in relation to health and healing in pandemics
  • Legal and religious perspectives on socio-economic inequalities generated by COVID-19
  • Effects of COVID-19 on marriage, family life, generational, and intergenerational relations
  • Vulnerability in pandemics: children, youth, women, elderly, migrants, refugees
  • Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on education, schools, and youth
  • War, conflict, vulnerability, displacement, and insecurity in the COVID-19 crisis
  • Environmental and climate change challenges in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Pandemic-inspired cultural responses in arts, literature, music, theater, and dance with emphasis on themes such as justice, solidarity, responsibility , and equity

Note:
Please be reminded that ALL papers should have a focus on Africa and the interrelated fields of law and religion. Abstracts should address these issues in the context of the conference theme of Health and Healing and interrelated topics.

Abstracts (not exceeding 250 words) should be submitted by 31 October 2021. To be considered, abstracts and author information must be submitted using the online form available by control-clicking on SUBMIT PROPOSAL HERE. Abstracts submitted in any other way will not be considered. Each individual author may submit only one proposal. The conference committee will notify successful applicants by 30 November 2021. Draft papers from selected participants should be submitted by 1 April 2022. Revised versions should be submitted within four weeks of the conclusion of the conference for inclusion in ACLARS’ annual peer-reviewed volume. For further questions about the call for papers and the upcoming conference, emails may be sent to secretariat@aclars.org.

 
Call for Papers: Governments’ Legal Responses and Judicial Reactions during a Global Pandemic: Litigating Religious Freedom in the Time of COVID-19 
 (Journal of Church and State)

Deadline: November 20, 2021

The Journal of Church and State is pleased to announce a call for papers on the following topic:
'Governments’ Legal Responses and Judicial Reactions during a Global Pandemic: Litigating Religious Freedom in the Time of COVID-19'. 

As is well known, since 2020, governments have had to face an unparalleled health crisis, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictive measures adopted to reduce the spread of the virus have drastically affected daily lifestyle-related behaviors but also given rise to new constitutional challenges. The exercise of religious exercise has undergone severe restrictions, as religious gatherings have often been included within non-essential activities. Such a dystopic situation has often resulted in fierce judicial litigation.

The special issue will analyze the pivotal role played by courts during the pandemic: they have been deeply engaged in ensuring judicial scrutiny of emergency legislation and in providing relief against disproportionately restrictive measures. However, in many legal contexts, in the early days of COVID-19, courts reviewed with significant deference governments’ legal responses to the pandemic, even though such deference resulted in drastically limiting fundamental rights. During the first wave of the pandemic, courts relied on decisions of the executive branch aimed at preserving public health, even though executive action could affect religious worship. However, in the long run,  courts have searched for case-by-case solutions more carefully to reconcile competing interests, as the compelling justifications of urgency, necessity, and the temporary nature of restrictive measures have gradually lost momentum: judicial analysis has taken into account more seriously the strictly temporary  and non-discriminatory nature of restrictive provisions, their proportionality, the severity of the burden upon religious exercise, and the availability of less intrusive alternatives.

The special issue is now open to contributions from legal disciplines in a comparative and/or single case perspective.

Papers are invited from scholars to articulate, examine, and analyze judicial reactions to governments’ responses to the pandemic in different jurisdictions. Papers are expected to use state restrictive measures, international and domestic case law and church documents to support arguments. For more information and paper topic suggestions, visit the website.

The special issue will be edited by Prof. Adelaide Madera (Associate Professor of Canon Law and Law and Religion, Department of Law, University of Messina, Italy). 

Submissions

Proposals may be submitted to amadera@unime.it by November 20th, 2021. Proposals submitted by November 20th will be notified of acceptance by December 20th.

Proposals should adhere to the journal’s Author Instructions for original research articles. Please indicate in a cover letter that the submission is in response to the Call for Papers and reference the title of the call. All manuscripts submitted in response to the call will be subject to expedited, full peer review.

For more CFPs and events, see "Law and Religion Headlines," compiled by the International Center for Law and Religion Studies: https://www.religlaw.org/headlines.

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