In many cultures, women are the “keepers of the faith,” despite the fact that masculine pronouns are often used to identify deity or deities in many religions. Yet contemporary studies by the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public Life indicate that “globally, women are more devout than men by several standard measures of religious commitment” even where men show higher engagement in religious practice (“The Gender Gap”).

This double issue of Religion and the Arts seeks to explore the ways in which contemporary artists who identify as women engage with spirituality, both in the context of different faith traditions and as unaffiliated spiritual seekers. Contributions from both scholars and creative artists may explore, but are not limited to, the following topics:

• Scholarly explorations of contemporary artists’ engagement with religion and/or spirituality in the context of cultural roots

• Faith, religion and/or spirituality as a source of inspiration in art making for women artists, inclusive of trans and gender non-conforming people • Relationships between religious traditions and gender fluidity as explored by contemporary artists

• Consideration of how women and gender non-conforming artists around the world are grappling with religiosity in their culture and personal artistic practice

• The role of contemporary art made by women and/or gender-fluid artists in encouraging dialog around religious belief

• Gender differences in religious practice as explored through the arts with a focus on artists who identify as women

To apply: Send a 250-word abstract and a 150-word bio by January 1, 2022 to Gillian.Hannum@mville.edu and kpyun2013@gmail.com. Selections will be finalized by February 1, 2022. Essays should be 5000-7,500 words in length, MLA 7 format and must be submitted by June 1, 2022.

Deadline: 01/01/2022 12:00 am (Timezone: Etc/GMT+12)

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