2. The Contingency Crisis
Emily D. Crews [+]
University of Chicago
Emily D. Crews is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at the University of Chicago, where she teaches in the Religious Studies Department and the College. She completed her PhD in History of Religions at the University of Chicago Divinity School in 2021. Her work focuses on the ways that women’s reproductive bodies are linked to projects of identity construction, maintenance, and negotiation in Nigerian Pentecostal immigrant communities in the United States. In the classroom she thinks with students about categories and ideas in the study of religion through mundane phenomena like love, sororities, Jane Austen, and Alabama football (Roll Tide).
This paper considers the adjunctification of university faculty, a disappearing job market, and the perils of contingency. Has framing this as a crisis worked to provoke change?