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AUGUST 23 - 24, 2013


Claremont Lincoln University is an inter-religious university where the religions and value-based communities of the world meet to study, form friendships, and engage in activism. Each tradition is represented in its own voice, and shared commitments are not allowed to obscure the rich diversity of differences. Thanks to generous support from the Jain community, Claremont Lincoln’s Center for Jain Studies is able to host a major international conference every summer. This year, the August 23-24 conference will focus on women’s perspectives in the Dharma traditions.

Women’s voices are difficult to hear among traditional and contemporary Dharma texts. Yet, women are active and vibrant members of these communities. They are leaders, teachers, artists, philosophers, mothers, wives, professionals, politicians, monastics. This conference seeks to provide a forum to engage the evolving identity of all women through engagement with Dharmic texts, traditions, principles, roles, and communities. Speakers will lead us into the complex intersection of gender roles, professional aspirations, historical femininity, textual representation, cosmological archetypes, dynamic sexualities, cross-cultural nationalities, and religious commitments.
Abstracts are welcome to address, but are in no way limited to, any of the following topics:

The definition of "woman” (or "man”) in one’s religious tradition

Intersex, queer, or gender-free identities
Mother, wife, daughter

Navigating multiple (traditional/contemporary) roles

Women and disability

Limitations, obstacles, opportunities for women politically, socially, economically, professionally, and spiritually

Women and Art
Women and Nature
Women and Tantra

Religious texts or principles that help or hinder women’s development

Women and poverty
Infanticide, sex-selection

Women in marriage, society, culture, religion

Women, death, and disease

Channels for exploring or resisting gender or gender roles

Widowhood, Divorce, Re-marriage
Gender identities in India versus outside India

Religious texts, principles, and practices that define a "man” or masculine privilege

Gender identities before the Raj, at Independence, inthe 21st century

The role of "feminist” or "ecofeminist” discourse

Gender identities between generations

Balancing the individual and the family

Concern of young women raised in Dharma families


Female identity and technology

Violence against women

Evolution of Marriage/non-marriage

Female Infanticide

Women Ascetics

Property ownership, property status

Women at different life phases

Purity, Chastity, Cleanliness

The female body and cosmic consciousness

Challenges or bridges between Western and Dharmic notions of "woman”

Contributions to the evolution of living traditions and textual interpretations

Dharmic principles and the understanding of gender

Role of goddesses

Submissions are welcome from all traditions and gender identities, with the only stipulation that the proposals intersect the Dharma traditions as a significant component of their content. We especially encourage younger scholars and practitioners from the Dharma traditions to submit proposals.
Please submit abstracts of between 200 and 300 words in length through the form below along with any other questions to Whitny Braun at by May 15, 2013.
Decisions will be sent out by June 1, 2013



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