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Call for Proposals

(1) Open Call

The Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty (ALCF) Committee invites proposals on any topic related to academic labor and contingent faculty, especially those that focus on class inequalities; labor (understood as economic production and/or social reproduction or both); the intersections of class with race, gender/sexuality, disability, and/or environmental degradation; or corporate domination of workers. Please note that this does not count toward the two-proposal submission limit within the INSPIRE system.


(2) Possible co-sponsored session 

In partnership with the AAR Class, Religion, and Theology Unit, ALCF invites proposals for a possible co-sponsored session that address any aspect of the structure of academic labor or the experiences of contingent faculty, within the discipline of religious and theological studies or in the humanities/academy more broadly. We are especially interested in papers that:


(a) explore the various forms that contingent academic labor takes and the different experiences of economic precarity and institutional and/or guild status they entail; or
(b) name and confront (income, power, recognition, or other) barriers to solidarity between contingent and tenured/tenure-eligible faculty and/or between faculty and other higher ed laborers and explore possibilities of fomenting solidarity.


Mission Statement:


The Academic Labor and Contingent Faculty (ALCF) Committee supports the efforts of the American Academy of Religion to address a wide range of issues connected to educational institutions’ heavy reliance on contingent faculty, including those working on a part-time basis as well as single or multi-year contracts. The Committee advocates cultural and structural change to ensure just work conditions, pay, and collective bargaining rights for contingent faculty in order to foster equity, labor justice, and the common good in the Academy. Contingent faculty chair the Committee.


Method of Submission:




Edwin David Aponte, eaponte@louisville-institute.org

Nicole Kirk, nkirk@meadville.edu


Steering Committee:

Christopher Duncanson-Hales, theolog3n1@gmail.com

Teresa Hornsby, thornsby@drury.edu

Jennifer Scheper Hughes, jhughes@ucr.edu

James Dennis LoRusso, dennislorusso@gmail.com

Rohit Singh, rohitucsb@gmail.com

Kristy Slominsky, kristy.slominski@gmail.com

Rachel Toombs, rstoombs@gmail.com