2020 Women's Caucus Programming
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Session #1 - Wednesday, December 2, 11AM-1:00 PM (EST)

Re-Engaging Praxis Through Publication: New Books on Gender and Religion


Session #2 - Wednesday, December 2, 1:45 PM-3:15 PM (EST)

Feminist Theologies and Religious Studies – Publications from Around the World

Session #3 - Thursday, December 3, 4:00 PM-5:30 PM (EST)

AAR/SBL Women's Caucus Business Meeting

Session #4 - Monday, December 7, 4PM-5:30 PM (EST)

Emerging Scholars Re-Engaging Praxis

Session #5 - Tuesday, December 8, 11AM-1:00PM (EST)

Womenʼs Religious Biographies – A Call to Action: Raising Up the Marginalized Voices

Wednesday, December 2, 

11:00am - 1:00pm

Re-Engaging Praxis Through Publication: New Books on Gender and Religion


The AAR/SBL Womenʼs Caucus invites proposals from scholars who have published books on gender and religion in 2019 and 2020. Authors will provide an overview of their books and share their research in theology, biblical studies or religious studies, with a focus on its intersection with gender, sexuality, feminist or queer studies. These scholars will also share their experiences regarding strategies and mechanics for getting books on gender and religion published, make suggestions on how to overcome publication challenges in the guild and offer advice to those seeking publication of their own book manuscripts.

Women's Caucus Co-Chairs Welcome

Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College


Debbie Fulthorp, Presiding 


  • Courtney Pace, Freedom Faith: The Womanist Vision of Prathia Hall

  • Amanda Benckhuysen, The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation

  • Chanequa Walker-Barnes, I Bring the Voices of My People: A Womanist Vision of Racial Reconciliation

Wednesday, December 2,


Feminist Theologies and Religious Studies – Publications from Around the World

Feminist and gender-sensitive perspectives on feminist theologies and religious studies have always been urging to raise the voices of those not being properly heard and represented in the academia. Further, they aim to point to blind spots, highlight lucid and most inspiring ways of thinking and taking action without which the self-understanding of the academy as a broad, intellectually challenging and life-changing assembly would not be fulfilled. This call invites authors of books, residing outside of the US or having published with presses outside of the US to share publications which offer unique perspectives on recent feminist theologies or religious studies from their country or religion that they feel has not yet been (properly) represented at AAR/SBL. This panel aims to enrich our the discourse on feminist theology by broadening our knowledge through appreciation of international publications and research in this field.

Women’s Caucus Co-Chairs’ Welcome

Elizabeth Ursic and Elaine Nogueira-Godsey,


Julia Enxing, University of Dresden, Germany Presiding

Ulrike Auga, Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

An Epistemology of Religion and Gender. Biopolitics - Performativity - Agency


Veena Howard, California State University, Fresno, USA

The Bloomsbury Research Handbook of Indian Philosophy and Gender


Hannah Bacon, University of Chester, England

Feminist Theology and Contemporary Diet Culture: Sin and Salvation in Women’s Weight Loss Narratives

Julia Berger - Baha’i International Community, Responding


December 3, 4-5:30 pm

Women’s Caucus Business Meeting


Join the Women’s Caucus Business Meeting. We will be reviewing feedback from this year’s panels, discussing our ongoing projects, establishing the Women’s Caucus leadership team for 2020-21, and planning for next year’s conference. 


All are welcome.

Women's Caucus Co-Chairs Welcome

Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College, and Elaine Nogueira- Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Presiding 


  • Colleen D. Hartung, 1000 Women in Religion Wikipedia Project 

  • Janice Poss, Claremont Graduate University

  • Deborah Fulthorp, Grand Canyon University

  • Julia Berger, Baha’i International Community

  • Julia Enxing, University of Dresden

  • Theresa A. Yugar, California State University, Los Angeles 

  • Rosalind F. Hinton, LAOUTLOUD

  • Kathryn Common, Boston University

  • Alicia Panganiban, Mayo Clinic Health System

  • Kimberly Carter, California Institute of Integral Studies 

  • Tracy McEwan, University of Newcastle, Australia

  • Sheryl Johnson, Graduate Theological Union

  • Mary Ellen Chown, Catholic Network for Women’s Equality

  • Polly Hamlen, Harvard University 

  • Saphira Rameshfar, Baha’i International Community, United Nations Office

  • Mary T. Kantor, Arlington, MA

  • Alaine Buchanan, Northwest University, Kirkland, WA


December 7,

4 pm-

5:30 pm

Emerging Scholars Re-Engaging Praxis

Our ʻEmerging Scholarsʼ papers engage in reimagining normative concepts and/or frameworks within the feminist study of religion and theology. In light of the AAR/SBL 2020 proposed theme that is “more inward-looking and self-reflective,” this upcoming generation of scholars share their research and perspectives on methodologies, pedagogies, and political strategies that respond to our current global and U.S. political situation. Their researches introduce innovations that enhance and transform religion and religious practices. Responding to this panel is Adriaan Van Klinken, author of the acclaimed book Kenyan Christian Queer.

Women's Caucus Co-Chair Welcome:

Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Women’s Caucus Co-Chair Welcome



Elaine Nogueira-Godsey, Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Presiding


  • JuneHee Yoon, Drew University, "Envisioning Home with Queer Holiness at the Core: A Case Study of Korean American Christian Communities"

  • Grazina Bielousova, Duke University, "A Different Be(long)ing: Feminist Resistance in East-Central Europe as an Alternative Community."

  • Tracy McEwan, University of Newcastle, Australia, "Identity Struggles: Re-imaging Catholic Women’s Praxis"

  • Adriaan Van Klinken, University of Leeds, Responding


Tuesday, December 8

11:00 am- 1:00 pm​



Friday, November 20,

4:00 pm- 6:00 pm​



Womenʼs Religious Biographies – A Call to Action: Raising Up the Marginalized Voices and Contributions of Women in the Academy

In support of the 1000 Women in Religion Wikipedia Project, this panel presents 7 biographies about women who have been members of or associated with the American Academy of Religion, The Society of Biblical Literature, or the academy. A deficit of reliable secondary sources about women in the academy and beyond makes it difficult for wiki-editors to meet Wikipediaʼs notability and reliability standards when writing biographical entries. The biographers on this panel present original research and analysis that makes a strong case for each subjectʼs notability given their work in specific fields of study, in local, national, and global communities and the academy. These biographies will be used to create a Wikipedia page for each of these noteworthy women. This panel represents a practical effort to engage in praxis informed by feminist concerns about gender bias on platforms like Wikipedia. 

Women's Caucus Co-Chair Welcome:

Elizabeth Ursic, Mesa Community College


Polly Hamlen, Independent Scholar, Presiding


Karma Lekshe Tsomo, University of San Diego

"Biography of Buddhist Scholar Paula Robinson Kane Arai"

Deborah Fulthorp, Grand Canyon University

"Dr. Carolyn Tennant, Prophet and Mystic at the Helm of Pentecostal Education: A Ballast in the Current of Change"

Janice Poss, Claremont Graduate University

"Marginalized Leader: Sr. Mary Milligan, R.S.H.M."

Rosalind F. Hinton, LAOUTLOUD

"Stephanie Y. Mitchem: The R/evolutionary Brain in the Academy."

Jonathon Eder, Mary Baker Eddy Library

"Mary Burt Messer—Christian Science Healer as Sociologist and Scholar"

Kimberly Carter, California Institute of Integral Studies

"Biography of Dr. Chanequa Walker-Barnes"

Carolyn Bratnober, Columbia University

"Biography of the Rev. Dr. Traci West"

Colleen Hartung, 1000 Women in Religion Wikipedia Project, Responding

Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network

“Feminist Liberation Theologies on the Ground: Acting When We Are in extremis.”

The Feminist Liberation Theologians’ Network annual convening, sponsored by the Women’s Alliance for Theology, Ethics, and Ritual (WATER) in collaboration with the AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus, will focus on “Feminist Liberation Theologies on the Ground: Acting When We Are in extremis.” 

We will look at a variety of local efforts that prioritize those who are most vulnerable in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, global economic injustice, climate change, and gender/racial/ethnic oppression.  


Mary E. Hunt, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza.

All are welcome. Register here.


Please note that this is not connected to the American Academy of Religion/Society of Biblical Literature virtual meeting this year so that ALL can participate without financial consideration.


Please share this notice widely. 

 Also note that the time was chosen because it is our usual time, and because it is the best we can do to accommodate as many people as possible. We realize that it is very early in Australia and New Zealand, for example, and quite late in Europe. But we hope that with notice, and because it is on a Friday night/Saturday morning, that it will fit your schedule.


Please feel welcome to attend with your coffee or beverage of choice!



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