Early Modern Women Religious and the Project of Empire
In recent decades, increasing attention has been paid to the political and literary contributions of early modern nuns. Such research has ably demonstrated that, despite mandates of enclosure, Catholic women religious were active in the world, playing key roles in political resistance, in nation formation and in colonial expansion. Seeking to expand this research geographically and temporally, this panel invites new work on the engagement of early modern women religious across the globe, whether as collaborators or resisters, in colonialist and imperialist projects and in their afterlives. How were the lives of women religious whether in the Spanish New World or in New France entangled with colonialist aims? How do the traces of institutions started by early modern women, such as Mary Ward’s Loreto Institute, emerge within the British Empire? What might reading Catholic women’s religious orders alongside imperialism and colonialism reveal about the intersection between religion and politics in the early modern period and beyond? What impact did these women’s communities have on religious, pedagogical, and nationalist agendas within the project of empire and its aftermaths?
Interested participants should send the following materials in a single word document to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 31st:
- Paper title
- Abstract (no longer than 150 words)
- A single page CV
**All speakers must become RSA members before the conference. In addition, because this is being submitted for consideration as a sponsored panel, all accepted speakers must also become members of the Society for the Study of Early Modern Women and Gender.