New Development of Gender within Religious Studies

The fifth edition of CFAF (CRCS Friday Afternoon Forum) will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at 15:30-17:00, in Graduate School Building, third floor, room 306, Gadjah Mada University. The key speaker in the discussion will be Christine Gudorf. The theme in the discussion will be ?New Development of Gender within Religious Studies?.

Christine Gudorf taught Religion and Gender at CRCS in 2002-2003. She played significant role in the early academic development of CRCS. Her class has inspired many CRCS?s students to produce good papers around the topic of religion and gender. She has been also very supportive in facilitating many CRCS?s students to continue studies in the US. Now, Dr. Gudorf is coming back to CRCS to give updates on new development in religion and gender studies.

Dr. Gudorf is one of world?s leading scholars on religion and gender studies. Her teaching, research and publication today are generally restricted to ethics and religion in the western world during the last millennium. She has focused on contemporary ethical and religious questions within and between Christianity, Judaism, Islam and varied tribal religions. In the 1990s, she has been particularly involved in religious and ethical issues around development programs in poor nations, primarily Latin America and Africa, but including some Asian nations (China, Korea, India and Indonesia). Those development issues include fertility rates, health, education, the status of women, as well as trade, technology transfer and indebtedness. Dr. Gudorf earned PhD in Religious Social Ethics from Columbia University in a joint program with Union Theological Seminary. Her dissertation was published by University Press of America in 1980 as Catholic Social Teaching on Liberation Themes. Since then she has published six books and nearly a hundred articles and chapters on a wide variety of topics in religion and ethics, including medical ethics, feminism, theological dissent and Christian spirituality. Recently, she has begun work on a new casebook in environmental ethics; the first of a series of articles on postmodernism in ethics has been accepted in the JAAR. Her selected articles are available at http://www.fiu.edu/~religion/gudorf.htm

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