CFP: Gender Strategies and Disciplinary Practices in Religious Communities

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A special issue of State, Religion, and Church in Russia and Abroad, the leading Russian language academic quarterly on religion ( Planned for the fall of 2018.


All religious traditions focus on gender strategies and the forms of sexual discipline within their communities. In Christianity, the discussion of sin is inconceivable without mentioning sexual deviation. How are ideas of masculinity and femininity, family and sexuality constructed and realized in various religious communities? The images of “the ideal man” and “the ideal woman,” the ideals of relationships and family models are constructed on the basis of many written norms, as well as oral or even unspoken prescriptions and prohibitions. Gender strategies are influenced by social and political conditions, ecclesiology, and hermeneutics, and it is subject to modification under the pressure of specific circumstances, social changes and cultural shifts.

Today, in the Russian religious environment, attitudes toward sexuality, gender differences and hierarchies, family morality, and similar issues operate as markers of religious identity. It is important to understand how, in the context of the gap between secular and religious perceptions of gender norms, specifically religious gender values are formulated, translated and assimilated; what disciplinary practices, developed by earlier traditions, are promoted and practiced today.

Historians, sociologists, and anthropologists are invited to contribute articles that examine the strategies, practices and ideologies of gender identity and the forms of disciplinary practices in religious communities. Articles devoted to diverse religious traditions are encouraged. We particularly welcome a comparative approach to these topics.

Translation into Russian from other languages is guaranteed by the journal.

The Editorial Board calls for proposals to be submitted no later than September 1, 2017, to the address:, as well as to one of the addresses of the invited editors: Nadezhda Belyakova, and/or Igor Mikeshin, The application should include (a) the title of the proposed article, (b) an abstract (1200–1500 characters, including spaces) and (c) a short CV.

Deadline for submitting the complete texts: April 1, 2018. The approximate length of the article should be 6000–7000 words. Illustrations are accepted. The bibliographic requirements can be found on the journal’s website here: