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The forum Relins-Europe aims to foster international comparative research on religious institutes in (Western) Europe. In order to encourage interaction between scholars the forum organises workshops and conferences on particular themes, the proceedings of which are later published. The website aims to be a permanent forum for the exchange of research findings about the historical development of religious institutes in the 19th and 20th centuries.

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Frauenklöster im Alpenraum

Brigitte Mazohl & Ellinor Forster (eds.)

Universitätsverlag Wagner, Innsbruck, 2012. ISBN 9783703004919, pp. 277.

Welche spirituellen Ideale kennzeichnen das klösterliche Leben von Frauen, wie sieht ihr Alltag aus, wie hat er sich im Lauf der Jahrhunderte verändert? Und wie bewältigen die Nonnen den oft schwierigen Grat zwischen Tradition und Erneuerung? Die 13 Beiträge dieses Buches werfen einen Blick hinter die Klostermauern und gewähren Einblicke in Geschichte und Gegenwart des Nonnenlebens. Ein besonderes Augenmerk gilt u. a. den Benediktinerinnen, Klarissen, Dominikanerinnen und Ursulinen. Auch auf die religiöse Gemeinschaft der Stiftsdamen, die ohne Ablegung von Gelübden in klosterähnlicher Form zusammenleben, wird eingegangen. Zeitlich spannt sich der Bogen von den ältesten Hinweisen auf Frauenklöster im mittelalterlichen Tirol bis in die unmittelbare Gegenwart: Eine Südtiroler Tertiarschwester beschreibt die wachsenden Schwierigkeiten für klösterliche Gemeinschaften, Orte der Sehnsucht lebendig zu halten.


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  Call for papers

[18 January 2014] Symposium: Irish Women, Religion and the Diaspora

Irish Women, Religion and the Diaspora: A Symposium Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool Saturday 18th January 2014 The Women on Ireland Research Network invite paper proposals for a symposium on Irish Women, Religion and the Diaspora. This Symposium seeks to understand not only the shifting role that religion has played in the lives of Irish women but the role that Irish women themselves have undertaken in religious institutions and organisations and how this role has changed over time. Although the idea of diaspora assumes a shared experience, Irish migrants were of different social, economic, political and even religious backgrounds.  Their experiences were coloured by their end destinations which included the United Kingdom, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Argentina, Mexico, South Africa, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Bermuda, Puerto Rico, India and continental Europe.  This symposium aims to tease out the significance of religion to Irish women at home and abroad.

Within this framework of Irish women, Religion and Diaspora, topics
could include, but are not limited to:

* Religious and social networks and the significance of place
* Religion and cultural transfer
* Material culture and Irishness
* Experiences of religion expressed through literature
* Irish women's religious institutes and diaspora
* Irish lay women and faith-based organisations
* Irish women and global religious dynamics
* Diaspora, place and missions
* National and transnational religious networks

Each paper should be no longer than 20 minutes and 300 word proposals should be send to both Dr Maria Power and Dr Carmen Mangion by 30th June 2013.



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[4 July 2013 – Oxford] History of Colonial and post-Colonial Nursing

The UK Association for the History of Nursing Colloquium will be held on 4 July 2013 at the History Faculty, University of Oxford. This year’s theme will explore the ‘History of Colonial and post-Colonial Nursing’.

The history of nursing presents a unique perspective from which to interrogate colonialism and post-colonialism. Simultaneously, viewing nursing’s development under colonial and post-colonial rule can reveal the different faces of what, on the surface may appear to be a profession that is consistent and coherent yet in reality has many different faces and is constantly in the process of reinventing itself. Considering such areas as transnational relationships, class, gender, race, and politics this colloquium aims to present current work in progress within this field to better understand the complex entanglements in the development of nursing as it was imagined and practised in local imperial, colonial and post-colonial contexts.

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[27 August 2010 - 27 February 2011]
800 jaar kloosterleven

De culturele erfenis van de kruisheren in West-Europa

The order of the Crutched Friars (Kruisheren) was founded in 1210 by Theodorus van Celles, a canon of Liège. Until the Late Middle Ages the order spreaded over the Low Countries and the Rhine region. Currently the members work and live in Western-Europe, Congo, Indonesia, the United States and Brasil.
Museum Kloster Bentlage in Rheine presents the world heritage of 800 years Crutched Friars.

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CREDIC - Centre de Recherches et d’Echanges sur la Diffusion et l’ Inculturation du Christianisme (centre autonome, relié à la Faculté de Théologie – Université Catholique de Lyon )

Le Crédic fut fondé en 1979, afin de :
Promouvoir l’étude scientifique de l’inculturation du christianisme en dehors de l’Europe
Collecter la mémoire missionnaire
Confronter par le dialogue les positions des communautés chrétiennes de diverses cultures
Associer des universitaires, des acteurs de la mission et des personnes qui réfléchissent à l’inculturation du christianisme

Lettre 2009

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69002 LYON
Tél. (33) 04 72 32 51 65


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The Forum, established in 2001 aims to foster international comparative research on religious institutes in (Western) Europe and to encourage interaction between the scholars involved.

Kristien Suenens
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B-3000 Leuven
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