Call for Abstracts: Religion, Gender, and the Internet

Call for abstracts – 3rd ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna –  RC22 panel 

Religion, Gender, and the Internet

Session Organizer(s)
Emma TOMALIN, University of Leeds, United Kingdom,
Caroline STARKEY, University of Leeds, United Kingdom,

Anna HALAFOFF, Deakin University, Australia,

There is an emerging literature on women, religion and the Internet investigating a wide range of virtual interactions in different contexts. The internet is a gendered social space where the inequalities and prejudices within religions in the offline world can be both reinforced and challenged. To what extent does “digital religion” offer a “third space” where traditional authority structures can be challenged in ways that might not be possible in the offline environment (Hoover and Echchaibi, 2012)? Or does the fact of the digital divide mean that access to the Internet is skewed in favour of literate women in economically privileged positions with access to modern technologies?
We will explore, and encourage submissions on, case studies about religious and/or spiritual womens’ digital networks, practices and activism. Is there something new or distinctive about online feminist religious and/or spiritual engagement? How is the Internet being used in radicalisation of women and also in deradicalisation strategies? And what methods and theories are applicable for researching women and “digital religion”?

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The deadline is September 30th 2015. If you have any queries please contact Emma Tomalin <>