Victoria: Listening to the Female Voice: Women and Faith

Australian Catholic University and Australian Intercultural Society will conduct a Public Panel Discussion Listening to the Female Voice: Women and Faith at the ACU Fitzroy Campus on the evening of Tuesday 6 March.


Religious institutions have long been seen as patriarchal establishments where the female voice has often been silenced. However, today we see a rising trend of women speaking up and taking lead in faith movements and reclaiming space and participation in religious institutions and hierarchies. To what extent have women been silenced? What space do women share with men in shaping matters of faith? Who are women and movements of faith that have become points of inspiration? Where are we today on matters of justice and equality?




Professor Sophia Pandya

Sophia Pandya is currently a full professor at California State University, USA in the Department of Religious Studies. She received her BA from UC Berkeley in Near Eastern Studies/Arabic, and her MA and PhD from UC Santa Barbara in Religious Studies. A Fulbright scholar, she specializes in women and Islam, and more broadly in contemporary movements within Islam.

Dr Dina Afrianty

Dina Afrianty is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Religion, Politics, and Society (IRPS) at Australian Catholic University. Dina is currently researching gender and politics in Indonesia, Muslim women’s rights in family law, disability rights, and Islamic law in Aceh.

Dr Rachel Davies

Rachel Davies is a researcher in Philosophy, Religion, and Culture, and Catholic Thought and Practice within the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry (IRCI) at Australian Catholic University. Rachel’s current work seeks to contextualize Mother Teresa of Calcutta within the history of Western spirituality and its sources.

Moderated by Professor Paul Weller

Emeritus Professor, Centre for Social, Cultural and Legal Research, University of Derby
Professor, Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University
Research Fellow in Religion and Society, Regent’s Park College, University of Oxford

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Event Details

Program: “Listening to the Female Voice: Women and Faith”
Program Presenter: Australian Intercultural Society
Date: Tuesday 6 March 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm AEDT
Location: Christ Lecture Theatre, Australian Catholic University, 115 Victoria Parade, Fitzroy, VIC 3065
Cost: FREE – however, bookings are essential.
Bookings: Online at Eventbrite




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