Call for papers: 11th Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious

Author: Shane Ulbrich


Commemoration, Preservation, Celebration


Eleventh Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious


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Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana  |  June 23–26, 2019



The Program Committee invites proposals for papers and panels that address the conference theme, “Commemoration, Preservation, Celebration,” from academics and independent scholars in the fields of history, sociology, literature, anthropology, theology, gender studies, visual and creative arts, material culture, religious studies, and communications.


As the centennials of women’s suffrage in North America, Europe, and beyond generate renewed interest in women’s history, the conference seeks to explore how the history of women religious has been commemorated, preserved, and celebrated. How has that history been told, documented, and remembered? How have religious communities entrusted their history to others? How have anniversaries been moments of significance or transformation? How does the history of women religious intersect with turning points within women’s history more broadly?


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 plenary session during which each author will present the image in 10 minutes, followed by a five-minute question period. 


Proposals for “1,000 Words in a Picture,” individual papers, or multiple-paper panels should include, for each paper, a one-page abstract (title and 250-word description) and a one-page curriculum vitae for each author. Submissions should be made electronically by June 1, 2018, by emailing PDFs of proposals and CVs to





Saint Mary’s College is a Catholic liberal arts college for women located in Notre Dame, Indiana.  Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, it was the first women’s college established in the Great Lakes region. 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 on the HWR Website in early 2019 at





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We look forward to welcoming you to Saint Mary’s College.


The Program Committee:


Thomas Rzeznik (chair)

Mary Beth Fraser Connolly

Kara French

Deirdre Raftery

Sr. Sally Witt, C.S.J.

Kathleen Sprows Cummings


Image: A group of sisters outside the Westminster Library opposite the Church House in Victoria, London, June 24, 1970 (photo by Evening Standard/Getty Images)