Call for papers: Conference on the History of Women Religious

Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place


The Twelfth Triennial
Conference on the History of Women Religious

University of Notre Dame  |  June 26–29, 2022



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The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and panels that address the conference theme, “Diversity and Dignity Across Time and Place, from academics and independent scholars in the fields of history (including, but not limited to, ancient, medieval, modern, Latin American, European, North American, African, and Asian), sociology, literature, anthropology, theology, gender studies, visual and creative arts, material culture, religious studies, and communications.

Throughout their histories, women religious have celebrated and struggled with many aspects related to diversity in their personal lives, congregational histories, and ministries. At the same time, their work has often focused on upholding the “dignity of the human person,” particularly the dignity of women. This conference seeks to explore aspects of diversity and dignity within the history of women’s religious congregations around the world. How did congregations (and individual sisters and nuns) respond to internal issues of diversity and dignity? And how did they seek to encourage diversity and dignity through their many ministries?

The program committee also welcomes proposals for “1,000 Words in a Picture.” These short papers of up to 1,000 words analyze a single image (such as a picture, an artifact, or a document). These papers will be presented in a special session during which each author will present the image in 10 minutes, followed by a five-minute question period. 

Proposals for individual papers, including “1,000 Words in a Picture” papers, should include a one-page abstract (title and 250-word description) and a one-page curriculum vitae. Proposals for multiple-paper panels should include a one-page abstract (title and 250-word description) for each paper and a one-page curriculum vitae for each author. Submissions should be made electronically by August 15, 2021, using the appropriate form linked below:

Propose an individual paper

Propose a multi-paper panel

Propose a “1,000 Words in a Picture” paper


Conference Location 

Cosponsored by Saint Mary's College and Notre Dame’s Medieval Institute, the conference is being held at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. The campus is located about five miles from the South Bend International Airport, which also offers train and shuttle connections to Chicago. Details concerning registration and accommodation will be posted in early 2022.


For More Information

Please email us at with any questions or concerns. We look forward to welcoming you to the University of Notre Dame.


The Program Committee: 

Katie Bugyis
Carol Coburn
Heidi MacDonald
Margaret McGuinness
Donna Maria Moses, O.P.
Jacqueline Willy Romero


Image: Statue dedicated to the five members of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ killed in Liberia on October 20 and 23, 1992, and to all women who have worked for justice. The sculpture is the work of St. Louis artist Rudolph (Rudy) Torrini. It was dedicated in Ruma, Illinois, on June 24, 1994. Courtesy Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

Originally published by Margaret McGuinness at on March 01, 2021.