CfP: Whither Women Religious: Analyzing the Past, Studying the Present, Imagining the Future

Whither Women Religious: Analyzing the Past, Studying the Present, Imagining the Future
The Tenth Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara California
June 26-29 2016

The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and panels that address the conference theme: Whither Women Religious: Analyzing the Past, Studying the Present, Imagining the Future from academics and independent scholars drawn from fields of, but not limited to, history, sociology, literature, anthropology, theology, gender studies, visual and creative arts, material culture, religious studies and communication. Papers should explore questions related to the history of women religious, or should analyze how studies of the past inform current debates and the planning of future endeavors.

A new feature of the 2016 Conference Program is “1000 words in a Picture.’” These short papers of 1000 words analyze a single image, (such as a picture, an artifact or a document). These papers will be presented in a special plenary session during which each author will presentation the image in 10 minutes, followed by a 5 minute question period.

Proposals for “1000 words in a picture,” individual papers or multiple paper panels should include, for each paper, a one-page abstract (title and 250 word abstract) and a one-page curriculum vitae for each author. Submissions should be made electronically by 1 June 2015 through:


Santa Clara University is The Jesuit University in Silicon Valley, Santa Clara California. It is California’s oldest operating higher education institution and first coeducational Catholic university. Founded in 1851 by the Society of Jesus, the campus includes the site of Mission Santa Clara de Asís, the eighth of the original 21 California missions. The campus is located about 3 miles from the San Jose International Airport and about 35 miles south of the San Francisco International Airport. HWR thanks our host, Michael Engh, S.J., President of Santa Clara and a longtime member of HWR, for welcoming the conference to this beautiful campus. Details concerning registration and accommodation will be posted on the HWR Website in early 2016

FOR FUTHER INFORMATION: please email us at

We look forward to welcoming you in Santa Clara

The Program Committee:

Elizabeth Smyth (Chair)
Diane Batts Morrow
Carol Coburn
Mary Beth Fraser
Heidi Macdonald
Carmen Mangion


Maria Rottler

Administratorin der Gemeinschaftsblogs Ordensgeschichte und Geschichte Bayerns; Netzwerke gelehrter Mönche. St. Emmeram im Zeitalter der Aufklärung (Tagungsblog "Frobenius Forster"); Roman Zirngibl (Benediktiner in St. Emmeram, Historiker, Archivar)

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