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Women's Caucus

Call for Proposals

International Scholars - Gender, Religion, Poverty and Inequality
The AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus invites submissions from international scholars, particularly those residing outside of the United States, to present on the intersection of their work on women, gender, religion and theology with the AAR’s Annual Conference Theme for 2021: “Religion, Poverty and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures.” We are particularly interested in research that raises fresh questions and identifies phenomena that have been obstructed or not adequately explored; draws on theory and praxis; introduces perspectives from underrepresented religious and spiritual traditions; and considers the ways that scholarship outside of the US makes important contributions to the US academic discourses on religion, poverty and inequality.

New Books on Gender and Religion
The AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus invites proposals from scholars who have published books on gender and religion in 2019 and 2020. Authors will provide an overview of their books and share their research in theology, biblical studies or religious studies, with a focus on its intersection with gender, sexuality, feminist or queer studies. These scholars will also share their experiences regarding strategies and mechanics for getting books on gender and religion published, make suggestions on how to overcome publication challenges in the guild and offer advice to those seeking publication of their own book manuscripts.

Emerging Scholars - Gender, Religion, Poverty and Inequality
The AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus invites submissions from graduate students and early career scholars engaged in reimagining normative concepts and/or frameworks within the feminist study of religion and theology. We are particularly interested in proposals that introduce innovation and enhances nuanced understandings of religious practices. We invite the upcoming generation of scholars to share their research and perspectives on methodologies, pedagogies and political strategies, particularly those that respond to AAR’s Annual Conference theme in 2021 on “Religion, Inequality, and Poverty.”

Biographies about Women in Religion – Interreligious Harmony and Knowledge Equity: Issues for Women in the Parliament of the World’s Religions
This panel gathers biographies about women who are noteworthy participants in the Parliament of the World’s Religions since its inception in 1893 but whose gender, geographical location, economic status and occupation obscures their significance. This lack of coverage is fueled by an 18th century definition of knowledge that privileges the scientific method and masculine achievement even as it discounts knowledge and histories that are oral, embodied and unpublished. In order to increase access to secondary sources, we are seeking biographies about women who (1) have represented their religious and spiritual traditions as leaders, organizers and speakers at the Parliament (2) are noteworthy as founders, practitioners, teachers, resistors and researchers of the world’s religious and wisdom traditions and (3) do not have a biographical entry on Wikipedia. Original research including interviews of living subjects, oral histories, transcriptions of existing recordings and historical documents is encouraged. Proposals must demonstrate strong analytical engagement with the issues of knowledge equity and gender parity. Panel proposals may be adapted and submitted as chapter proposals for inclusion in the third volume of the Women in Religion series ( Please consult our separate call for chapter proposals for deadline and submission instructions.

Statement of Purpose

The Women's Caucus encourages and creates opportunities for academic activism in the field of Gender and Religion. It also provides a welcoming space for women at the AAR/ SBL national conferences for networking and support.






Review Process

Proposer names are visible to chairs but anonymous to steering committee members