The evidence of
widespread discrimination against women has been repeatedly found in the religious
community. In order to promote gender equality of religion worldwide, this
conference attempts to bring together researchers with interest in related
areas as well as religious representatives with forward-looking vision for
gender issues across countries, hoping that they can find a peaceful and
adequate solution for this vexed question via brainstorming at this special
The theme of 2007 conference
The idea that “men
are superior to women” or “women are inferior to men” prevails in the
doctrine and ritual action of most religions around the world, which makes
religious groups become a tremendous obstacle in the process of constructing
a society with gender equality. Therefore, it is really imperative for us to
examine the sex-discrimination phenomenon in different religions around the
world and ascertain the reason for it in an objective manner. Hence, the
theme of this conference is entitled Religious Culture & Gender Ethics.
Moreover, scholars and experts in religion and gender studies from the
1. Through academic exchanges and rational conversation among the participants, the various specific ethical doctrines and norms about gender issues existing within religious teachings of the world can be cautiously explored, and the historical and current situation of ethical issues associated with gender in different religions can be carefully examined as well.
2. Allow the participants to share their thoughts
and experiences about gender equality movement advocated in the religious
community around the world. After a full exchange of ideas and opinions, not
only can the overseas scholars and experts understand the progress and
current status of this movement in
1. Anyone who is interested in religion and gender issues is welcome to join in this conference. The registration is opening from now until the deadline. Simultaneous interpretation equipments will be provided in the conference for the audience who needs simultaneous interpreting service from English to Chinese or Chinese to English.
2. Deadline: November 10th, 2007.
3. To register, download the application form at Buddhist Honghshi College Website(http://www.hongshi.org.tw/960802gender-reg.doc)( tentatively Chinese only, the English version introduced later!). After completing the form, send it as an e-mail attachment to the conference organizing committee ([email protected]). If the Internet or electronic mail is not possible, request the application form and send it to the conference organizing committee via phone, fax or via conventional mail. The contact information is listed below:
Subject: 2007 International Conference on Religious Culture & Gender Ethics
Attn.: Conference organizing committee
E-mail: [email protected]
Keynote speakers of topical lectures
1. Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza：
Harvard University Professor Dr. Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is
an internationally recognized scholar in the area of Biblical interpretation
and feminist theology. She is the Krister Stendahl Professor of Divinity at
Topic：Religion, Gender, and Power: A Critical Feminist Exploration
2. Venerable Dr. Mettanando Bhikkhu :
As a Buddhist monk and a doctor,
Venerable Dr. Mettanando Bhikkhu is one of the most outstanding international
figures in the Buddhist World. The venerable is not only well known for his
writing and his unique interpretation of the Tipitaka, the canonical
literature of Buddhism, he is also one of the most educated and outspoken
Topic：The First Council and Suppression of the Nuns
Contributed & Invited speakers/Program information
Brief introductions to the contributed speakers and invited
speakers can be found here.
For the latest information about this conference, please visit the website at: http://www.hongshi.org.tw/ or /gender/genderindex.html/
For any questions concerning registration, accommodation and travel information, please direct your questions to the conference organizing committee. The contact information is as above-mentioned.
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