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Call for Papers: The Nun in the World: A Transnational Study of Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council

Author: Heather Gary

University of Notre Dame, London Centre
7-9 May 2015

nun_in_the_world_cfp.pdfCall for Papers: The Nun in the World (pdf)

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This symposium aims to unite three burgeoning areas of scholarship in religious history: the examination of the “lived history” of the Second Vatican Council; an analysis of the Roman Catholic Church as a transnational actor in global history; and efforts to develop a comprehensive understanding of Catholic women’s religious institutes through the lens of the history of gender and voluntarism during one of the most transformative moments in their collective history. At the Council, religious communities were urged to seek renewal by examining the original charisms of their founders and by subjecting their life and ministry to prayerful scrutiny. This search for renewal prompted most communities to implement a variety of structural changes and to reconceptualize their mission within a church now open and receptive to “the joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties” of the age.…

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