Call for Papers 2021

AAR/SBL Women's Caucus
AAR/SBL Annual Conference
in San Antonio, TX, November 20-23, 2021

Caucus Theme: Equality, Intersectionality and Poverty

There are six women's caucus sessions open for papers at this year's AAR/SBL Conference.
Submit 2021 proposals through the AAR Papers System (click here) as well as send an e-mail to by March 8, 2021.

Session #1: Emerging Scholars

The AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus invites submissions from graduate students engaged in reimagining normative concepts and/or frameworks within the feminist study of religion and theology. We are particularly interested in proposals that introduce innovations that enhance and transform religion and religious practices. In light of the AAR/SBL 2021 proposed theme that is “Religion, Poverty and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures,” we invite the upcoming generation of scholars to share their research and perspectives on methodologies, pedagogies and political strategies that respond to our current global and U.S. political situation. 

Session #2: New Books on Gender and Religion

The AAR/SBL Women’s 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.  Because these are published books, this is not a blind submission.

For your proposal, please reply with book title, book blurb, publisher and a copyright of 2019 or 2020, along with a short bio.

Session #3: Biographies about Women in Religion – Interreligious Harmony and Knowledge Equity: Issues for

Women in the Parliament of the World’s Religions

This panel gathers biographies about women who are noteworthy participants in the Parliament of the World’s Religions since its inception in 1893 but whose gender, geographical location, economic status and occupation obscures their significance. This lack of coverage is fueled by an 18 th century definition of knowledge that privileges the scientific method and masculine achievement even as it discounts knowledge and histories that are oral, embodied and unpublished. In order to increase access to secondary sources, we are seeking biographies about women who (1) have represented their religious and spiritual traditions as leaders, organizers and speakers at the Parliament (2) are noteworthy as founders, practitioners, teachers, resistors and researchers of the world’s religious and wisdom

traditions and (3) do not have a biographical entry on Wikipedia. Original research including interviews of living subjects, oral histories, transcriptions of existing recordings and historical documents is encouraged. Proposals must demonstrate strong analytical engagement with the issues of knowledge equity and gender parity. Panel proposals may be adapted and submitted as chapter proposals for inclusion in the third volume of the Women in Religion series


Please consult our separate call for chapter proposals for deadline and submission instructions. (

Session #4: AAR/SBL Women’s Caucus Goes International

The AAR/ SBL Women’s Caucus invites submissions from international scholars, particularly those residing outside of the United States, to present on the intersection of their work on women, gender, religion and theology with the AAR’s Annual Conference Theme for 2021: “Religion, Poverty and Inequality: Contemplating Our Collective Futures.” We are particularly interested in research that raises fresh questions and identifies phenomena that have been obstructed or not adequately explored; draws on theory and praxis; introduces perspectives from underrepresented religious and spiritual traditions; and considers the ways that scholarship outside of the US makes important contributions to the US academic discourses on religion, poverty and inequality.  


  • All presenters must be AAR/SBL members and pre-registered for the conference by July 2021.

  • Presentations will be 10-15 minutes in length.

  • Notice of acceptance/rejection will be sent out by April 1, 2021. 

Please contact us if you need more information or have resources that might be helpful to our members.