CFP: Still Guests in Our Own House? Women and the Church since Vatican II

Monica L. Mercado

From Loyola University Chicago's Michelle Nickerson, comes the following CFP, with a deadline of June 1, 2015.

Still Guests in Our Own House? 
Women and the Church since Vatican II 
November 6 - November 7, 2015 
Loyola University Chicago 


  • What has and has not changed for women in the Church since the Second Vatican Council?  
  • What positions do women have and what roles do they play in the Church today? 
  • What is the future for women in the Church? 
  • What should be the agenda of engagement for the next half century? 
In Fall 2015, Loyola University Chicago will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium. 

Women's lives across the globe have changed dramatically since the Council, and these changes have had a powerful effect in the Church as well. Women have taken on new roles, challenged traditional teachings, and raised new questions. What role did and does the Council play in this complex development?

At "Still Guests in Our Own House," scholars will address the issues raised by these questions. Please join us in what promises to be a lively exploration of the Council's history and impact on women by proposing a paper, panel, or roundtable. 

Keynote: M. Shawn Copeland, Professor, Department of Theology, Boston College 

Responder: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, Associate Professor, American Studies, and Director, Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism 

We invite interested scholars to submit a 100-200 word proposal for a panel, roundtable or paper by June 1, 2015 to A decision will be conveyed by June 15, 2015. 

The Symposium is sponsored by the Carolyn Farrell, BVM, Professorship in Women and Leadership, the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership, the Department of Theology, the John Cardinal Cody Chair in Theology, the Hank Center for the Catholic Intellectual Life, the Catholic Studies Program, and the Department of History. It is free and open to the public. For more information, see