We are pleased to invite you to the 5th International Conference on Arts and Humanities Women in religion: from spiritual leadership to female empowerment, organised by the International Centre for Studies of Arts and Humanities (ICSAH) and the Dante Alighieri Society of Nicosia in cooperation with the Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali Guido Carli (Luiss) and the Pontificia Università Salesiana.
In continuation of our dialogue dedicated to women and gender-focused research, this year our aim is to explore the gender inequality within various religious systems and movements, by focusing on women of faith. The conference is to be held in the spring semester 2023 (May-June) at the Luiss University, Rome, Italy. We will gather various papers broadly relevant to the subject without predefining chronological and territorial limitations, as the major goal of the conference is to address social issues that involve more than one research field and promote multidisciplinary dialogue and cooperation. The papers will be published online and in a dedicated volume.
Abstract. It is more than a cliché that gender plays a crucial role in religion, as most religious orders in the world were, and currently are, dominated by men. The role of women in cultic settings is, as a rule, secondary, as is also the authority of female ministers of religion, while the social benefits of those appointed with religious duties are also incomparable with the privileges received by men. This year, we invite proposals that explore the female share in leadership roles related to religion (saints, prophetesses, priestesses, nuns, preachers, witches, shamans and more), and emphasize how their achievements are reflected in history and art. How prominent female figures have compromised men’s secured positions of power in socioreligious structures? What was their role in shaping gender-responsive societies? We encourage also papers that examine through gender lens the impact of religion on civic life by analysing the deeds of women of faith from a political perspective, or deal with cases of political power over religion, in cases of women who achieved to change traditional religious concepts, practices, customs or symbols. We welcome papers that deal with all religious systems from ancient to present times.
Languages of presentation: English, French, Italian.
To submit a proposal for a paper or a poster, please send an abstract of 350 words or less to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 30th, 2023.
The proposed contributions should not have been previously published or accepted for publication elsewhere. Abstracts should include a title, a summary of the presentation, name of the author/s, institutional affiliation and email.
Accepted languages: English, French, Italian.
Conference fee for participants: 50€
The conference is open for public and entrance free.
For further information about the conference, please see our website www.icsah.eu/
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