Special Issue "Women and Religious Authority"

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A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2011)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Jill Peterfeso
Department of Religious Studies, Guilford College, 5800 West Friendly Ave., Greensboro, NC 27410, USA
E-Mail: peterfesojm@guilford.edu
Phone: +336 316 2946
Interests: religion in America; American cultural history; catholicism in America; mormonism; women's studies of religion; religion and the body; performance studies

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp
John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics, Washington University in St. Louis, One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1066, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA
Website: http://rap.wustl.edu/bio/laurie-f-maffly-kipp/
E-Mail: maffly-kipp@wustl.edu
Phone: +1 314 935 9345
Fax: +1 314 935 5755
Interests: American Religious History; African American religions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A woman’s “place” within her religious community is complicated with social, political, cultural, and theological concerns. Changes to church polity do not always signal changes in a tradition’s faithful; meanwhile, women barred from formal leadership positions often exercise power in informal ways. Understanding women’s religious authority, then, always demands a multi-layered investigation. Attention must be paid to the conflicts that arise, the creativity that emerges, and the communities that develop around issues of women’s religious authority. This special issue of Religions enters this discussion, challenging and contributing to existing discourses, both religious and academic. Here, we investigate the authority (or authorities) women exercise within religious spheres. We will investigate questions about women in positions of leadership; contestation over religious authority owing to gender; and women’s theological contributions to religious practices. We encourage contributions from a variety of fields, including but not limited to history, theology, anthropology, sociology, or cultural studies. Multidisciplinary work is encouraged. We seek articles dealing with women from a variety of religious traditions (such as Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, Catholicism, and Protestantism, and also New Religious Movements and sectarian groups). We welcome scholarship addressing all different historical moments, and occurring at any place on the globe. We envision this issue of Religions as an opportunity for scholars across the academic spectrum to come together, exploring the multi-dimensional, politically-fraught, and theologically-charged theme of “women and religious authority.”

Prof. Dr. Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp
Ms. Jill Peterfeso
Guest Editors

Keywords

  • women
  • gender
  • authority
  • leadership
  • sexuality
  • power
  • religion/religious

Published Papers (8 papers)

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Religions 2012, 3(3), 646-661; doi:10.3390/rel3030646
Received: 7 July 2012; in revised form: 23 July 2012 / Accepted: 25 July 2012 / Published: 6 August 2012
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Religions 2012, 3(1), 37-49; doi:10.3390/rel3010037
Received: 10 January 2012; in revised form: 25 January 2012 / Accepted: 8 February 2012 / Published: 8 February 2012
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Religions 2011, 2(4), 729-743; doi:10.3390/rel2040729
Received: 16 September 2011; in revised form: 7 December 2011 / Accepted: 16 December 2011 / Published: 20 December 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(4), 628-648; doi:10.3390/rel2040628
Received: 8 October 2011; Accepted: 17 November 2011 / Published: 22 November 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 449-468; doi:10.3390/rel2030449
Received: 22 August 2011; in revised form: 8 September 2011 / Accepted: 20 September 2011 / Published: 22 September 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 410-426; doi:10.3390/rel2030410
Received: 12 June 2011; in revised form: 15 August 2011 / Accepted: 19 August 2011 / Published: 29 August 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 389-397; doi:10.3390/rel2030389
Received: 7 June 2011; Accepted: 5 July 2011 / Published: 25 August 2011
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Religions 2011, 2(3), 358-371; doi:10.3390/rel2030358
Received: 27 April 2011; in revised form: 4 August 2011 / Accepted: 12 August 2011 / Published: 17 August 2011
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