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Call for Proposals on Women and Religion / Women in the Americas

January 30, 2013

ELEVEN ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE OF THE INSTITUT DES AMÉRIQUES, 4-6 DECEMBER 2013, AIX-MARSEILLE UNIVERSITY

The 11th Institut des Amériques Conference Call for papers interrogates the theme of “Women in the Americas.” A generation of scholars in the humanities and social sciences have paid considerable attention to gender- and women-related issues. This more comprehensive framework, constructing North/South and transamericanist paradigms, ambitions to revisit such topics from interdisciplinary and intercultural perspectives. Beyond traditional oppositions and stereotypes, we invite contributions which question permanence and change in the role and status of women in the Americas.

Conference languages are English, French and Spanish.

A SPECIFIC SESSION IN PREVIEWED ON WOMEN AND RELIGION

Despite the critical and antireligious nature of major American feminist protests in the 1960s and 1970s, religion has been a field of experiment, challenges and change for twentieth century American women, much more so than for their European counterparts. Thus, new political forms of religious commitment have emerged and which remain largely unexplored: the feminization of the Church, the feminization of the priesthood in various Christian churches, the social policy of transcontinental female religious congregations, the struggle for the empowerment of poor women in conversional churches, religious militancy against established powers or deforestation or the destruction of indigenous peoples, as well as female contemporary anti-globalization counterculture. This panel session will examine and compare current scholarly research within the Americas. Topics include but are not limited to:

1. Religion and Feminism.

2. Political and social critics and experiments.

3. Transcontinental networks

Proposals should be sent to panel Organizers by April 1, 2013. They should include a one page abstract and one page bio, including institutional affiliation

Organizers: Blandine Chelini-Pont (Aix-Marseille Université) : blandine.chelini-pont@univ-amu.fr    Florence Rochefort  (GSRL/ EPHE. Institut Emilie du Châtelet) : florence.rochefort@wanadoo.fr  Pierre Langeron (Sciences Po Aix) : langeron.pierre@wanadoo.fr   

For more information, see http://women-americas.blogspot.fr