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Call for papers for the Religion & Gender at the International Society for Religion, Literature and Culture conference 2020 “Gender: Transmutations and Transgressions”


Chester, 11-13 September 2020


Gender, feminist and women’s studies, and gender activism have always walked a tightrope between transformation, transmutation and transgression.  Attempts to transform existing structures and practices have often been dismissed – at least initially – as unacceptable transgressions, seeming to ignore the fact that transgression is often a precursor to change and transformation we come to embrace. This panel invites proposals that explicitly address the themes of the conference – transformations, transmutations, transgressions – across gender, religion, culture, theology, literature, and the arts. Potential themes include (but are not limited to):

  1. inequalities in the academy – race, gender, religion, sexuality class, ableism, age
  2. religion, gender, and activism
  3. the relationships between literature and the arts, and gender and
  4. religious feminisms and agency
  5. queer theory, religion, and the arts
  6. the body


Please send abstracts (around 300 words) for 20-minute presentations and queries to and no later than 1 December 2019. We also welcome alternative formats and suggestions for panels. Please do get in touch if you have any questions. Go to the website. 


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