Another call for papers: Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion

Call for papers: Rape Culture, Gender Violence, and Religion volume

Co-editors      Caroline Blyth and Emily Colgan

Summary We are seeking chapter proposals for an edited volume of essays that explore the intersections between gender violence, rape culture, and religion.

Religions can play a significant role in both interrogating and perpetuating a range of myths and misperceptions that lie at the heart of rape cultures – cultures that conceptualize gender violence as an ‘inevitable’ or even profitable outcome of normative gender roles and relationships. The purpose of this volume is to consider the ways that religious texts, traditions, practices, and beliefs intersect with contemporary cultural ideologies about gender and sexuality that support rape culture and gender violence discourses. These intersections are particularly potent, given the authority that religious texts and teachings can have on determining their adherents’ attitudes towards sex and gender, and the impact that such authority can have within its specific cultural locations to challenge, confirm, query, or redefine rape myths and rape culture narratives.

The aim of the volume is not to advocate one particular understanding of the relationships between religion, gender violence, and rape culture, but rather to recognize that these relationships are complex and multi-vocal. It seeks to present perspectives, which together, offer the reader a glimpse of the complexity of this subject. We also anticipate that it will foster a conversation that inspires on-going responses (both theoretical and practical) and research opportunities, which accentuate and confront some of the devastating effects of rape cultures in communities the world over.

Possible areas of engagement for contributors may include (but are not restricted to):

  • Religious teachings and traditions about gender and sexuality – how are these perceived as challenging or confirming rape culture ideologies?
  • Religious practices and rituals – how might these reflect or reject rape culture ideologies?
  • Attitudes towards gender violence expressed within religious texts – their historical and/or contemporary reception.
  • Responses by religious leaders or institutions to debates around rape culture, including media reporting of rape and the critique of religious involvement in rape culture.
  • Involvement of religious communities in supporting survivors of gender violence, sexuality education, awareness-raising campaigns (e.g. the NZ White Ribbon campaign), etc.
  • The intersection of religion and rape-supportive discourses as understood by members of a particular religious community.
  • Interrogating public understandings of particular relationships between religion and rape culture as articulated in the media and popular culture.
  • The significance of religion for survivors of gender violence, in terms of, for example, their beliefs, their health, and their healing.
  • How popular culture (e.g. film, TV, advertising, visual arts, music, etc) engages with/expresses the intersection of religion and rape culture.

Information for Contributors:        

  1. If you are keen to contribute to this project, please email Caroline (c.blyth*at* to express your interest by 30 June, 2015.
  2. Submit your proposal to them (a tentative title and 200-300 word abstract) by 31 July, 2015.
  3. Publication details and style guide will follow once we have confirmed who will be publishing the volume.
  4. The final draft of your chapter should be between 5000-8000 words and must be submitted by 1 April 2016.

For further details, see attachment here: Rape Culture Gender Violence and Religion call for papers

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