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Jocist Women Leaders Seminar – Call for Papers

The Jocist Women Leaders Project team is organising an international seminar on the theme “Making Daily Life Vast and Beautiful” at Leuven, Belgium on 28-29 October this year.

It will be a hybrid workshop co-sponsored by the American Academy of Religion, University of Divinity, Melbourne, King’s College, London; KADOC – KU, Leuven and the Australian Cardijn Institute, Perth.

As part of a wider project, this international workshop will explore whether and how Joseph Cardijn’s theological method, (“See-Judge-Act”) including its emphasis on the truth of experience, enabled significant contributions by women. With a focus on the leaders and members of specialised Catholic Action and other movements inspired by the spirituality and methods of the Jeunesse Ouvrière Chrétienne (JOC), or in English YCW, we are asking:

  • Whether and how the Jocist emphasis on quotidian and apparently mundane experience shapes religious engagement for social change among Jocist women? 
  • What enables and what constrains contributions to leadership by women in Jocist  movements in diverse global contexts? 
  • Whether and how the Jocist theological method broadens and subverts traditional gender  assumptions?

We invite proposals of 200 words for

  • Individual papers of 15-20 minutes
  • Research reports of 10 minutes

Please include a short biographical note (100 words) indicating how this work relates to your wider interests and whether you are likely to attend in person or online.

Accepted presentations will be pre-recorded, submitted by 12 October, and viewed by the participants in the week before the workshop. The working language of the workshop is English.

Publication outcomes will include contributions to the historical dictionary of Jocist women, and a themed issue of a journal.

Proposals should be submitted to

Katharine Massam, University of Divinity, Melbourne

Katharine.Massam@pilgrim.edu.au by 17 June 2022.

Acceptance will be advised by 30 June 2022.

Registration at the workshop is free but participants will need to fund travel and accommodation.

FULL DETAILS OF THE PROJECT

Call for papers – Jocist Women Leaders Project

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