Currently the history of women religious exists largely in national, regional and chronological silos; ISHWRA endeavours to address this, being deliberately broad in its scope, not only with regard to presenters and participants but crucially, in terms of content.
The principal output of ISHWRA is a monthly research seminar and a biennial workshop. All seminars are hosted virtually to allow for global participation, but some take place in a hybrid form through an in-person and online format. These particular events are hosted by the Centre for Catholic Studies. The rationale behind the seminar series is that it allows for the tracking of major international research themes, which include the history of female religious in relation to matters of education, faith and spirituality, gender, politics, race, and social care. The seminar series invites contributions from scholars from a broad array of disciplinary backgrounds.
The focus of the network is deliberately transnational and multidisciplinary, welcoming participation from those who come from a broad array of scholarly and non-scholarly backgrounds alike.
Who We Are
The convening committee of ISHWRA is composed of the following, from whom any further information may be requested:
Seminars last around 75 minutes. The seminars are being held fully online, except for the 11 October seminar which will be hybrid. Seminar start times shown below are London (UK) time.
All are welcome to attend.
Please note that details about registration for this online event will be sent out to our mailing lists three weeks in advance of the seminar. You can sign up for the CCS mailing list to be the first to hear about our upcoming events, or contact email@example.com for information about specific ISHWRA seminars.
Date and start time (London time, UK)
2pm BST (GMT+1)
(Aix-Marseille Université, France)
“Aut Maritus, Aut Murus”: Love, marriage, and the convents
(University of Texas, USA)
Loreto Nuns and Indian women: a study of curriculum and convents in nineteenth- and twentieth-century colonial India
(KU Leuven, Belgium)
Modern Carmelite Nuns and contemplative identities: shaping spirituality in the Netherlands
(Université Gustave Eiffel, France)
Italian missionaries in Egypt and Syria (1890 – 1940): gender, education and the making of an informal empire
(University College Dublin, Ireland)
Female religious in the Oxford History of British and Irish Catholicism, c. 1530 to the present day
(Sciences Po Paris, France)
From slaves to nuns: stories of Afro-European women in the nineteenth century
2pm BST (GMT+1)
Kathleen Sprows Cummings
(University of Notre Dame, USA)
Questing: vocation and the transnational migration of Catholic Sisters (19th c.)
12pm BST (GMT+1)
(Université d'Artois, France)
The care of the poor: female vocation in nineteenth-century Paris
11am BST (GMT+1)
(Australian National University, Australia)
Negotiating female abbatial authority in late medieval Germany