Appel à contribution – “Mulier, quid ploras?” (Jn 20.15). Images and Readings of the Feminine in the Fathers of the Church

The feminine has been a recurring topic in the authors of the patristics and has occupied a great place in their exegetical, poetic or historical works. However, the interest of these authors was not only directed to the analysis of anthropological issues related to women, their place in creation and history, but that “feminine” can be identified as an independent attribute associated with certain behaviors and procedures, both human as divine.

Christianity evoked from its beginnings the spiritual equality of men and women, thus generating a great attraction in the believers, who quickly became diffusers of the new faith; However, the rhetoric about the feminine does not accompany this enthusiasm, since the authors of the patristics gave speeches that in many cases associated it with weakness and instability, situations very close to sin.

The question that Jesus addresses to Mary Magdalene in the tomb, « Woman, why are you crying? », Becomes in our contemporary world a call to revisit and critically review the contributions that the first Christian literature and the Eastern and Western patristic literature have made us legacy in terms of images and readings of the feminine.

We then call on the different disciplines of the broad field of philosophical, theological, historical, linguistic and artistic studies to share their contributions according to these coordinates:
– Feminist Biblical Exegesis
– Art and Iconography
– Body, virginity, motherhood and sexual morality
– Discipleship, leadership and patronage
– The feminine in the discourses on God, the Church and heresy. – Mariology – Martyrdom and monasticism
– Margins and dissidence
– Writers, mystics and founders

We hope that your response to our call will help us to continue building bridges for this « fusion of horizons », so necessary in the search for balance and vitality of the Sciences of Religions and Humanities.


The length of the abstracts and keywords must not exceed 500 characters, with a minimum of five keywords. The deadline for submitting abstracts expires on June 30, 2021.
The full texts of the works that have been accepted for presentation will be received until September 30, 2021 and can be presented in any of these languages: German, Spanish, French, English, Italian and Portuguese; with a maximum extension of 30 veneers.

They will be published in electronic format in the Augustinian Patristic Supplement, included in Bibliotheca Augustiniana ISSN 2469 – 0341, published by the publisher seal of the Order of Saint Augustine in Argentina, within the six months following the completion of the Conference.

Both the abstract and the work will be sent to: with a copy to

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