Gender and Religion

Convenor: Alison Jasper, Dawn Llewellyn and Hannah Marije Altorf

In what senses do practices of feminist analysis and imagination tend to the cultivation of truth/s?  We are now familiar with the idea that all epistemic relationships are inflected in terms of power; truth depends not only on your point of view but also on who you are. Feminism has been careful to attend to voices that go unheard or thoughts that fail to be expressed. But how does this help us to turn over the partially-cleared ground a century of feminist analysis and activism has created and to what purpose? Naomi Alderman’s  novel, The Power, imagining a world in which women acquire the upper-hand over men, suggests that  imagining new worlds has also to be a process of vigilant re-evaluation if we are to have any hope of escaping existing patterns of domination. It also suggests there is some notion of first feminist principles or truths against which to measure up. We invite papers that touch on either the notion and/or progress of feminist first principles within discourses of religion, literature and culture or on the cultivation of new worlds that address/reevaluate the cultivation of truth/s.


Please send proposals and abstracts (around 300 words) and a short bio to and deadline for submissions is March 1, 2018 (response from the panel can be expected towards the end of March or beginning of April). Speakers will only be allowed to give one presentation at the conference. If you are submitting to another panel as well, please let us know so that we can liaise with the other strand chairs.