feminisms & religions
countering mutual silence

Religions and feminisms: Countering mutual silence

A Collaboration among Secular and Religious Women Studies Institutions

Principal faculty:

David G. Allen (Professor and Chair, Women Studies, University of Washington);

Priscilla Pope-Levison (Assistant Director of Women's Studies Program, Professor of Theology, Seattle Pacific University)

For years there has been a muted conversation about the marginalization of religious and spiritual dimensions of students' (and faculty's) lives in Women Studies. There has been as well a widening political conversation about how the right-wing in the U.S. has "captured" Christianity. Last year, at a gathering of the Puget Sound Women's Studies Consortium, these conversations joined with another one about the hostility of some religious institutions to feminisms.

From this context emerged a plan for a small, one day conference on "Feminisms and Religions" to be co-sponsored by Women's Studies programs at Seattle Pacific University, the University of Washington and Seattle University.  Faculty and students from North Seattle Community College, Pacific Lutheran University and University of Puget Sound are also involved.

The day-long conference will be held at Seattle Pacific University on April 5, 2008. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and the conference will last until 6:30 p.m..

We envision this gathering as a series of conversations, each led by a panel charged with getting the discussion going among participants. The primary goal is to increase participants' ability to engage in productive, public debates about the relationships between progressive political commitments and religious and spiritual commitments. It is not intended to be a site for the reading of academic papers. The coordinators listed below (faculty and students from various Women's Studies programs) are recruiting panel participants and planning the sessions.

Please see the registration page to sign up for the conference.

Session Topics  (click topic name for description)

Christianity and Fundamentalism


Priscilla Pope-Levinson (Professor of Theology, Seattle Pacific University),

Megan Leatherman (undergraduate student at Seattle Pacific University),

Maria Bullon-Fernandez (Associate Professor of English and Women Studies at Seattle University)

Spirituality and Feminist Activism


Alka Arora (graduate student in Women Studies at University of Washington).

 Jan Kinney (graduate student in Women Studies at University of Washington).

Feminism and Islam


Karen Stuhldreher (Professor, Women's Studies and Political Science, North Seattle Community College).

Feminisms, Religion, and Nation-Building


David G. Allen (Chair of the Women Studies Department, University of Washington).

Lindsey DeWitt (Graduate Student in Women Studies and Comparative Religion, University of Washington)