Call for Papers: an edited volume on “Gender and Eastern Orthodoxy”

We – Academy Professor Elina Vuola and Dr Helena Kupari, from the University of Helsinki – are putting together and editing a collection of scholarly articles on the theme of gender and Eastern Orthodoxy and invite those interested in contributing to send chapter abstracts by 15 February 2017 to the contact address given below.

At this point, we understand the theme broadly. Ideally, the book will contain theoretically oriented essays that address key issues related to the theme from a broader perspective, as well as a selection of qualitative, empirical case studies representing a wide range of sociocultural contexts and showcasing different religious and religion-related social phenomena. That is to say, we are interested in both empirical and theoretical investigations of the topic. The contributions can draw from a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches including those of theology, religious studies, sociology, anthropology, and feminist studies. However, all papers need to employ some kind of gender-theoretical framework – even a rudimentary one. Moreover, the case studies should focus on the modern world, roughly speaking: on 20th and 21st century lived expressions of and negotiations with the Eastern Orthodox tradition.

Decisions about the specific aim and scope of the book as well as about the final contributors will be made based on the chapter abstracts. Thus, we will also take into consideration interesting abstracts that slightly diverge from these guidelines. Furthermore, prior to acceptance we may ask authors for minor alterations to their abstracts, to ensure a good fit with the totality of the book.

We have spoken to the Religion Editor at Routledge about this project, and he has shown real interest in it. After selecting the articles to be included in the volume, we will compose a book proposal and send it to Routledge. Any official decision to publish would have to be based on peer review of our proposal, but the Religion Editor has assured us that if reviews are favourable he would be keen to publish.


Send your chapter abstract of around 500 words to Helena Kupari at helena.kupari[at] Include a short CV, 150 words maximum.

Deadline of abstracts: 15 February 2017

Notification of acceptance by 15 March 2017

Deadline of final articles: 31 December 2017 (at the earliest, subject to change)

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