Reader Query: Women who work on religion in public square

A reader writes:

I’m organizing a conference tentatively with the theme ‘religion in the public square’ for keynoters. Trying to think of women who’ve worked on this topic I’m drawing a blank. And I do NOT want to run a men-talking-about-religion-in-the-public-square conference! Can anyone think of some names? We meet tomorrow to discuss keynoters so soon would be good. I know I should have thought about this sooner, but I was poking around on the ground asking colleagues for suggestions–and drawing more blanks.

Thoughts?

13 thoughts on “Reader Query: Women who work on religion in public square

  1. “Religion in the public sphere” is a broad descriptor that I think most scholars of religion would apply to their work in one way or another (especially due to the influence of the impact agenda). However, Elaine Graham and Linda Woodhead both have really strong profiles of work in the area–Graham asking questions about what it really means to be a “public theologian” and Woodhead on the sociology of religious belief and values influencing public decision making.

  2. Marie Griffith, Director of Danforth Center on Religion and Politics at Washington University in St. Louis.

  3. Joanna Maselko at Duke University studies religion in the context of social adversity and health. Not sure this is what you’re looking for, but I thought I’d suggest her.

  4. I’m not sure if you’re looking for someone who works in philosophy specifically, but Ellen Ott Marshall works in Christian Ethics and conflict transformation in theology at Emory, and she wrote a really excellent book on religion in the public sphere.

  5. Rev Dr, Marie M. FOortune, Faithtrust Institute is a real pioneer, thinker, lesbian feminist minister. (interfaith) Also Rachel Held Evans is great (feminist evangelical Christian). Check out their books.

  6. Two suggestions (both from Sweden)
    Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelén (Archbishop of Uppsala/first female archbishop in Sweden)
    Lovisa Bergdahl (does feminist continental work on intersections of ethics and politics in the religious sphere)

  7. I second the suggestion of Simone Chambers, U of Toronto but moving this summer to UC/Irvine.

  8. Thank you! I’m about to start looking at these. I should have mentioned, that we’re in California and don’t think we could fly people in from the UK–or Sweden!

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