CFP: Early Modern Women, Religion, Theology, and Spirituality (4/3/17; 10/26-29/17)

by Jessica C. Murphy

Organizers: Anne Larsen, Julie Campbell, and Diana Robin

We would like to propose panels on women’s participation in the areas of religion, theology, spirituality, and roles of women in the church on the Continent and in England in the early modern period. As more information comes to light about women’s participation in activities involving preaching, prophesying, experimental spirituality, and religious controversies during the early modern era, it is clear that we have much to learn about the women who incorporated such activities into their lives and, in some cases, dedicated their lives to such pursuits.

The questions we would like to ask are: How did these women pursue these activities? Who were their sponsors, mentors, collaborators, and spiritual companions? How were they accepted or rejected in the contexts of their activities? What means of participation did they use—writing, oratory, conversation, or experimentation? What sorts of educations enabled these women to participate in these areas?

Please send abstracts of no more than 150 words and a one-page C.V. by Monday 3 April, by email attachment, to each of the following:

Anne Larsen, French, Hope College alarsen@hope.edu

Julie Campbell, English, Eastern Illinois University jdcampbell@eiu.edu

Diana Robin, Classics and Italian, Newberry Library, Diana.robin@rcn.com

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