Gender Studies and Religious Subjects Conference: Identity and Difference

What happens when the study of women, gender, sexuality and feminism encounter—or clash with—religion and the academic study of religion? On February 23, 2007, Harvard faculty in the humanities and social sciences joined faculty of Harvard Divinity School and past and present scholars in the Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) at the Divinity School for a one-day conversation to address these questions.

Panel I: Identity and Difference

Session chair: Ann Braude, Harvard Divinity School


  • Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School
    Gender Identity and Sexual Differences in Buddhist Monasticism

  • Carol B. Duncan, Wilfrid Laurier University
    Expressive Cultures of Religious Women in the African Diaspora

  • Stephanie Sandler, Harvard University
    Modeling Religious Expression in Poetry: Olga Sedakova and Elena Shvarts

Also see Panel II: Theory and Politics and Panel III: Agency and Social Context.