Women Translators of Religious Texts (revue Parallèles)

Numéro spécial de la revue Parallèles.
Guest-edited by Adriana Şerban and Rim Hassen.

Deadline: 15 November 20.

The question of who translates religious writings in general, and holy texts in particular, is just as important as that of how the translations are done, why, and for whom. While translation has often been associated with women (Chamberlain 1988), translators of sacred texts have mainly been men. Translation Studies scholars such as Simon (1996) and von Flotow (1997) highlighted the role of women as translators of the Christian holy writ, but the fact remains that translating a sacred text is a task that requires a recognised position in society, education, and access to sources of documentation which few people, especially women, had until the 19th century in the Western world, and still struggle to achieve elsewhere. Another theme that runs through the (so far mostly invisible) story of women translators of sacred texts is that of authority. Traditionally, women’s role in organised religion was relegated to that of auxiliaries. Thus, in the three religions of the Book, men have dominated in ministry and occupied the positions of power and decision-making at every level of the hierarchy. Although there is more debate around such issues than ever before, and the landscape is slowly evolving, restrictions do persist in many environments.

Despite the adverse conditions, a number of women translators have succeeded in gaining a measure of visibility. Mary Sidney Herbert, Julia E. Smith, Helen Barrett Montgomery, Annie Cressman and Mary Phil Korsak in the field of Bible translation; Fatma Zaida, Umm Muhammad, Camille Adams Helminski, Tahereh Saffarzadeh and Laleh Bakhtiar in Quran translation; Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh, the first female translator of the Sikh scriptures, the Adi Granth—these are only a few of the women who have made a mark in religious translation. They have in common a desire to “see with [their] own eyes, and not look through the glasses of [their] neighbors” (Smith 1876: n.p.), and to share their insights and knowledge with others, empower them in more ways than one. Even though their efforts have often been individual, several women translators have collaborated with a man, usually a family member. Some of their translations only tackle parts of a given text, and they tend to be for smaller, restricted audiences. In other words, at the time of writing, women’s voices in religious translation remain marginal, especially where holy texts are concerned.

To our knowledge, Women Translators of Religious Texts will be the first publication entirely dedicated to women translators of religious writings, a topic at the intersection of several disciplinary fields, including Translation Studies, Religious Studies, Gender Studies, Feminist Studies, and Literary and Cultural Studies. We propose to bring together translators of religious texts and scholars from various disciplines, working on women translators from different religious traditions and periods.

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The International John Bunyan Society: Glorious Sounds

Glorious Sounds: Exploring the Soundscapes of British Nonconformity: 1550-1800.

Lipman Building (Room 121), Northumbria University, Newcastle, Thursday 16 April 2020.
The conference is organised in association with University of Bedfordshire, Keele University, Loughborough University, Northumbria University and the University of Warwick.


10.00–10.20 Registration and coffee
10.20–10.30 Introductory remarks: Robert W. Daniel
10.30–11.30 Plenary 1: Rosamund Oates, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Speaking in Hands: Preaching, Deafness and Sign Language in Early Modern Europe’
11.30–11.50 Coffee break
11.50–1.00 First Panel Robert W. Daniel, University of Warwick: ‘Piety, but Quietly: The Devotional Soundscape of Dissenting Households’ Eleanor Hedger, University of Birmingham: ‘Acoustic Territorialisation and Sonic Conflict in the Early Modern English Prison’
1.00–2.00 Lunch
2.00–3.30 Second Panel Matthew Stanton, Queen’s University, Belfast: ‘Charisma and Controversy: Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) and the Debate About Congregational Song’ Rosamund Paice, University of Portsmouth: ‘Sound Theology: Serious Punning in Paradise Lost’ Mary Fairclough, University of York: ‘Anna Laetitia Barbauld and the Dissenting Art of Reading’
3.30–3.40 Coffee break
3.40–4.40 Plenary 2: John Craig, Simon Fraser University: ‘Sounding Godly: from Bilney to Bunyan’
4.40–4.50 Concluding remarks and departure

Attendance is free of charge, but prior registration by 1 March 2020 is essential as numbers are limited. The conference opens at 10.00am, and ends at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon refreshments and a light lunch will be provided, costing £15 payable on the day. For further inquiries, please e-mail Robert W. Daniel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Rachel Adcock (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or David Walker (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Travel information for Northumbria University can be found here.

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The International John Bunyan Society: CALL FOR ESSAYS

Submissions for the Society’s Early Career Essay Prize 2020 are now invited.

Deadline: 1 March 2020.

This is the inaugural year of the International John Bunyan Society (IJBS) Early Career Essay Prize. The award seeks to support the cutting-edge research of junior scholars in the field of early modern religion and dissent. Criteria:

The competition is open to PhD students and post-doctoral researchers up to two years after their viva. To be eligible, applicants MUST be members of the IJBS. Membership enquiries/ subscriptions can be made via the Society’s UK Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Applicants can submit an essay of up to 7,000 words (e.g. part of a chapter or a draft of an article or a written version of a conference paper) by 1 March 2020 (as an email attachment). The word count includes footnotes, but excludes title, bibliography and any appendixes (which, however, should not be longer than the text of the essay). The name of the author, their affiliation and their role (e.g. final-year PhD student) as well as the word count should be indicated on the title page. A brief biography outlining the applicant’s current research project (150 words) is to be included.

This year, the IJBS is particularly looking for contributions discussing the soundscapes of Dissenting religio-political cultures and contexts during the Long Reformation (global perspectives are particularly welcome). All submissions will be judged by members of the Society’s Executive Committee who may ask other experts to join them. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email within a month of the submission date. The winner will be officially announced at the Regional IJBS Conference at Northumbria University on 16 April 2020 and will receive a certificate, a financial award of £150, one year’s free membership to IJBS and a year’s subscription to the Society’s peer-reviewed journal: Bunyan Studies. Please send all submissions by 1 March 2020 to the Society’s General Secretary, Dr Robert W. Daniel, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This prize is supported by our funding partners:

Original author: Colin Harris

Maria-Cristina Pitassi : Lignes de faille. Croire, douter, savoir dans l’espace réformé du XVIIe et XVIIIe siècle – Leçon d’adieu

Jeudi 5 décembre 2019
Uni Dufour, Université de Genève
Salle U259, 18h15-19h30

Maria-Cristina Pitassi, ancienne directrice de l’Institut d’histoire de la Réformation et professeure honoraire de l’Université de Genève:



Original author: Colin Harris

Late announcement: Journées d’étude pour le 50e anniversaire de la fondation de l’Institut d’histoire de la Réformation

L’histoire religieuse de la première époque moderne: bilans et perspectives nouvelles de recherche
5-6 décembre 2019
Université de Genève

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