Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

The Sacred Texts and Human Contexts conferences bring together scholars from the United States, Canada, and around the globe to share research on contemporary issues in religion and social sciences. We invite you to join us.

When: July 30 – August 1, 2017

Where: Nazareth College, Rochester, New York

This international symposium will elaborate on how religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to women and gender relations. It will also reveal how experts in religious studies and social studies are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about this very important topic.

Some of the issues that presenters will consider exploring are:

  • Sacred texts and religious rights and obligations, especially in leading worship services and holding key positions in religious hierarchy
  • Sacred texts and reproductive rights such as birth control, abortion, and access to health services
  • Sacred texts and equal opportunities such as equal employment, equal pay, and social security irrespective of color and race
  • Sacred texts and marriage including women’s consent to marriage, divorce, custody of children, and inheritance
  • Sacred texts and social relations such as family dispute, conflict resolution, and other interrelated factors
  • Sacred texts and sexual orientation including issues around rights of the LGBTQ community
  • Sacred texts and constitutional rights such as equal political and social opportunities
  • Sacred texts and equal educational opportunities at all levels

Submitting Proposals

Presenters are selected based on the order in which the Committee accepts their abstracts.

We look forward to your proposals for papers and/or panel presentations. Send the proposal (attachments in Word doc format is preferred) to or with the subject line “Proposal Submission.” Selected papers will be published.

Requirements and Deadlines:

All proposals are due by March 15, 2017. However we encourage early submissions.

  • The proposal should be no more than 550 words.
  • Send a 225-word resume that presents expertise in the area of your presentation.
  • Include your address, telephone number, and email address.
  • All proposals will be reviewed together soon after the deadline.
  • Notice of acceptances will be sent soon after evaluation with guidelines for the full presentation. Guidelines for the full presentation will be sent with the proposal’s acceptance. Guidelines also may be obtained by emailing [email protected]
  • Your full paper will be due by July 15, 2017.

If you wish to offer your paper for peer review and possible inclusion in the Sacred Texts and Human Contexts book series, send it by noonon October 30, 2017. Acceptances will be sent November 30, 2017.

We encourage submissions from scholars in religion, theology andwomen’s studies as well as from social scientists and historians on these and other related topics on women and gender relations in religions:

* What do our religions teach about women and gender relations?

*  What do our religions teach about procreation and managing the growth of human populations?

*  How have the teachings of religions in their respective sacred textsbeen interpreted in time and space?.

* How do scholars in our modern times interpret those verses in their respective religious traditions that may support male superiority andpatriarchal structure in family, community, and places of worship?

* How do scholars respond to LGBTQ issues?

* How do female scholars in faith communities respond to the contemporary issues regarding women’s rights?

The Symposium is open to your suggestions of topics to be included.

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