Papers are invited from researchers working on the history of women’s religious life from the medieval and early modern period through to the recent past, in Ireland or Britain, or dealing with women religious from Ireland or Britain working overseas. All Christian denominations (Anglican, Roman Catholic, others) are included.
Themes or session headings are proposed; contributors should indicate where their paper might fit, or suggest other thematic heading(s). The conference is meant to showcase some of the excellent research currently underway; participants are especially urged to consider the international and comparative dimensions in their work. There will also be a session devoted specifically to the archives of religious congregations.
Themes / seminar headings (proposed):
Expulsions, persecutions and the perils of religious life
Authority struggles and ‘foreign control’
Reflections on class structure
Christian residential institutions: women in crisis
State / church partnerships in childcare
Image: the visual record
Recruiting religious women and questions of identity
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