2025 Asian Women’s Roundtable

Asian Women’s Roundtable

Application Dates:

Opens: August 1, 2024
Deadline: September 27, 2024

Gathering 

May 19 – 22, 2025

Atlanta, GA

Leadership Team

Christine Hong, PhD, Columbia Theological Seminary
Yii-Jan Lin, PhD, Yale Divinity School

Participants

TBD

Wabash Center Staff Contact:
Gina Robinson, Ph.D
Associate Director
Wabash Center 
301 West Wabash Ave. 
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
robinsog@wabash.edu

Description

This roundtable brings together Asian and Asian North American women across religious and theological institutions to tell stories on our own terms, resource one another, name our griefs and joys, and strategize for the future. Participants will bring their full selves to the roundtable, including the impacts of colonial histories, war, partitions, borders, immigration, and displacement to explore how these events inform our teaching identity and lives. This is a co-created, anti-colonial, and collaborative space where the full presence and embodiment of Asian women in all their diversities is celebrated. 

Goals

  • Retrieval of ancestral wisdom for our teaching lives.
  • Dialogue with partitions, borders, Homelands, Motherlands, and Grandmotherlands.
  • Strategic storytelling as a practice of collecting wisdom and counteracting violence towards Asian women in the Academy.
  • Exploring our identities as Asian women who are scholars and practitioners on our own terms.

Questions

  • How have Asian women in the academy experienced colonialism, racism, erasure, tokenism, fetishization, and other forms of violence in and on our embodiments?
  • What are the ancestral, communal, and individual resources we bring to counter and respond to the ways Asian women have experienced the academy as a violent and unwelcoming space?
  • What is the future for Asian women and our scholarship in the Academy? 
  • How do we bring newer generations of Asian women along in the changing academy in life giving ways? 

Eligibility

  • Any person who identifies as a woman of Asian descent, including South Asian, South East Asian, West Asian, East Asian persons. 
  • Tenured, tenure-track, or academic administrators with teaching experience
  • 1-6 years of teaching experience in a full-time, tenure track or other continuing position.
  • Teaching religion, religious studies, or theology in an accredited college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico, or Canada.
  • Doctoral degree awarded by January 2024.
  • Full participation during the Roundtable dates.

Application Materials

  • Application Contact Information form 
  • Cover letter: In your cover letter, share what you hope to gain from participating in this roundtable. 
  • Brief essay: Describe a challenge or challenges you have faced as a woman of Asian descent in your educational institution. How did you respond? What were some of the resources and practices that you used to navigate those challenges? What did you learn? (2 pages)
  • Academic CV (4-page limit) 
  • A letter of institutional support for your full participation in this workshop from your Department Chair, Academic Dean, Provost, Vice President, or President. Please have this recommendation uploaded directly to your application according to the online application instructions. 

Honorarium

Participants will receive an honorarium is $2,500 for full participation in this roundtable. 

Wabash Center