By Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza
Religion is a space of struggle, resistance, and social transformation. In Congress of Wo/men: Religion, Gender, and Kyriarchal Power, leading feminist scholar Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza challenges the tendency in feminist theory to leave behind religion as a place for feminist politics. She also confronts the tendency of religious feminists to still think about women as if they are all the same, or to limit them to complementary roles with men. In the face of neoliberal theories of globalization, Congress of Wo/men proposes a feminist political the*logy that is deeply intersectional and widely participatory. Presenting an alternative vision for global justice in the landscape of neoliberal kyriarchy, Schüssler Fiorenza calls upon religious and non-religious feminists to envision transformation in struggle, friendship, and community.
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza is the Krister Stendahl Professor at Harvard Divinity School and founding coeditor of the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion. She is past President of the Society of Biblical Literature, and was elected to the Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001. Her influential works include: In Memory of Her: A Feminist Theological Reconstruction of Christian Origins (Crossroad, 1983); Jesus: Miriam’s Child, Sophia’s Prophet: Critical Issues in Feminist Christology (Continuum, 1994); Rhetoric and Ethic: The Politics of Biblical Studies (Fortress, 1999); and Democratizing Biblical Studies: Toward an Emancipatory Educational Space (Westminster John Knox, 2009).
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