Loyola University Chicago

Department of History


Loyola to host Conference on Women and Vatican II

Loyola to host Conference on Women and Vatican II

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Still Guests in Our Own House? Women and the Church since Vatican II

November 6–7, 2015, Loyola University Chicago

  • What has and has not changed for women in the Church since the Second Vatican Council?
  • What positions do women have and what roles do they play in the Church today?
  • What is the future for women in the Church? What should be the agenda of engagement for the next half century?

In fall of 2015 Loyola University Chicago will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium. Women's lives across the globe have changed dramatically since the Council, and these changes have had a powerful effect in the Church as well. Women have taken on new roles, challenged traditional teachings, and raised new questions. What role did and does the Council play in this complex development? At "Still Guests in Our Own House," scholars will address the issues raised by these questions. Please join us in what promises to be a lively exploration of the Council's history and impact on women by proposing a paper, panel, or roundtable.

Keynote: M. Shawn Copeland
Professor, Department of Theology
Boston College

Responder: Kathleen Sprows Cummings
Associate Professor, American Studies
Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism

We invite interested scholars to submit a 100–200 word proposal for a panel, roundtable, or paper by June 1, 2015 to socialjustice@luc.edu. A decision will be conveyed by June 15, 2015.

The Symposium is sponsored by the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the Department of Theology, the John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Life, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Department of History.

It is free and open to the public. For more information, see www.luc.edu/gannon.