January 31, 2012

CFP: Women, Authority and Leadership in Christianity and Islam

Call for Papers: Women, Authority and Leadership in Christianity and Islam

Southlands College, University of Roehampton, London

Sponsored by Southlands Methodist Trust

A three-day conference bringing together academics and community organisers to explore key issues concerning the role of women in Christianity and Islam today. This international, interdisciplinary conference will bring together leading academics, religious leaders and representatives of Muslim and Christian communities to explore questions of women’s representation, participation and leadership, and to look at diverse responses to these issues within the two traditions.


Deadline: 31 May 2012

■ Revelation and interpretation: women, authority and

leadership in religious texts.

■ Women interpreters of the Bible or the Qur’an.

■ Theological and doctrinal issues relating to the role

of women.

■ Historical and contemporary perspectives on

women as leaders, religious representatives,

spiritual fi gures or role models.

■ Women’s devotional practices in relation to

institutions and authority structures.

■ Secularism and women’s rights.

■ Women’s religious communities and societies.

■ Women imams, preachers, priests and ministers.

Please submit an abstract of 250 words by 31 May 2012 to:

Professor Tina Beattie, Professor of Catholic Studies

(t.beattie@roehampton.ac.uk) or

Dr Simonetta Calderini, Reader in Islamic Studies


When submitting the abstract of 250 words, please add the full details of your position at university  and a working bibliography of at least 5 titles of the main sources you are going to use for your paper. Participation to the conference is also open to post graduate students who are nearing completion of their PhD.


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