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The 11th Triennial Conference on the History of Women Religious, “Commemoration, Preservation, Celebration,” will convene June 23–26, 2019, at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Ann M. Little, professor of history at Colorado State University, will serve as the conference's keynote speaker. Little is author of The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright (Yale, 2016). Registration and more information on the conference program, lodging, and travel will be posted in late November 2018 at cushwa.nd.edu/events/chwr2019.


CRISTIANA Video is producing a feature film on Saint Francis Xavier Cabrini in collaboration with EWTN and the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart and with approval from the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization. The film focuses on the beginnings of Mother Cabrini’s mission in the United States in the last decade of the 19th century. A trailer may be viewed at vimeo.com/253759448. To support the postproduction process, visit our fundraising page at bit.ly/2OCxQZY. For more information, contact producer Fabio Carini (fabio@cristianavideo.com) or director Daniela Gurrieri (daniela@cristianavideo.com), visit romacaputfidei.it, or call +39 3475562620.


Mother Theodore Guerin Research Travel Grants support projects that feature Catholic women more prominently in modern history. Apply at cushwa.nd.edu for these and other research funding opportunities by December 31, 2018.


In September 2018, Oxford University Press published Escaped Nuns: True Womanhood and the Campaign Against Convents in Antebellum America by Cassandra L. Yacovazzi (University of South Florida).



History of Women Religious Britain and Ireland (H–WRBI)  |  Conference 2019
The Landscapes and Environments of Women Religious


Institute of Historical Research, London  |  6–8 June 2019


Scholars working on ideas of the landscape, concepts of space and place as well as in the developing field of environmental humanities have added to our theoretical framework for understanding people’s relationships with the environment in the past. This conference hopes to encourage a dialogue about women religious and the landscapes and the environments which they create, modify, and interact with. Themes include but are not limited to:


approaches to landscapes  |  settlement  |  locating places  |  estate management

land usage and manipulation: waterways, woodlands, parks, pasture land  |  gardens

precincts as designed landscape  |  nature  |  weather  |  plants and animals

natural disasters  |  cityscapes  |  ecology  |  ecocriticism  |  nature writing

health and wellbeing  |  walking and/or outdoor activities  |  rural/countryside

horticulture  |  creative practice: writing, art, theatre, photography  |  place identity

place discovery  |  biography of place  |  heritage and historic landscapes of the past

public engagement with landscapes  |  growing food and drink

sensory experience of places  |  outdoor spaces  |  beauty  |  climate change

pictorial representations of landscapes  |  mapping and cartography


A formal call for papers will be posted in late fall at historyofwomenreligious.org.