Call for Applications -- "Gender, Sex, and Power: Towards a History of Clergy Sex Abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church"

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March 15, 2020
Indiana, United States
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, Anthropology, Religious Studies and Theology, Sexuality Studies

The Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism invites interested scholars to join us in a working group devoted both to furthering research on the clergy sex abuse crisis and its causes and to asking how this research illuminates new pathways into understanding modern Catholicism. In asking "What do we talk about when we talk about the church sexual abuse crisis?," members of our working group will not simply undertake their own individual research projects but also explore the broader implications of their findings. The working group is committed to including as many voices as possible--including the voices of survivors of clergy sexual abuse--at all stages of the project. Members will be expected to produce studies that are richly documented, properly contextualized, and attentive to historical nuance. 

The Cushwa Center will award each researcher a stipend of $5,000 and in addition cover all travel and accommodations related to working group meetings. Project leaders will include: Professor Kathleen Sprows Cummings, the Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Professor of History and American Studies at the University of Notre Dame; Professor Robert Orsi, the Grace Craddock Nagle Chair in Catholic Studies at Northwestern University and a 2020-2021 Faculty Fellow in residence at the Notre Dame Institute for Advanced Study; Dr. Peter Cajka, Cushwa Center faculty affiliate and research program director; and Terence McKiernan, President of For more information on working group requirements and how to apply, please visit:

A cover letter and CV are due by March 15, 2020.

Contact Info: 

Shane Ulbrich, Assistant Director

Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

407 Geddes Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

(574) 631-5441

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