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The Other Sister

Active Women Religious in the Premodern World

Editors: Isabelle Cochelin Alison More
Publishing Manager: Jirki Thibaut

Method of peer review
double-blind undertaken by a specialist member of the Board or an external specialist

women, medieval, pre-modern, beguines, tertiaries, lay sisters, recluses, canonesses, bizzoche, female missionaries, Africa, America, Asia, Europe, From the beginning of Christianity to 1800

Accepted Language(s):
English, French, Italian, German, Spanish


Throughout Christian history, there have been groups of women who lived recognizably religious lives but outside of traditional monastic structures. Despite leaving substantial, if scattered, documentary and (in some cases) visual records, they are conspicuously absent from the dominant scholarly tradition. This book series is the first ever dedicated exclusively to them. It aims to hear and interpret these women’s voices and to study their interactions with society. It spans the period from antiquity through 1800, stopping when non-cloistered female religious life became more institutionalized. This book series is also not limited to one region but focuses on Christian women from throughout the world. Its approach invites the reader to question the hegemonic norms of institutional dominance and recognizes heterogenous feminine religious expressions. It enhances the study of this important and global part of Christian history and challenges the usual boundaries of time and place that are imposed on these non-cloistered religious women. In this perspective, this series will also welcome scholars working on other (i.e. non-Christian) religious groups in order to explore collaboratively similar female religious lives in different settings


    Maria Pia Alberzoni Alberzoni, Università cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan
    Olivia Adankpo-Labadie, Université Grenoble-Alpes
    Letha Böhringer, Universität zu Köln
    Dominique Deslandres, Université de Montréal
    Kirsty Day, University of Edinburgh
    Sylvie Duval, Università di Bologna
    Mary Harvey Doyno, California State University, Sacramento
    Anne-Marie Helvétius, Université Paris 8 Vincennes
    Sigrid Hirbodian, Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
    Eliana Magnani, CNRS, Paris
    Bronagh McShane, University of Limerick
    Patricia Stoop, University of Antwerp
    Sharon Strocchia, Emory University, Atlanta, GA
    Nhung Tuyet Tran, University of Toronto
    Haruko Nawata Ward, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur GA
    Alison P Weber, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA


    Main language: English
    Additional languages: French, German, Italian, Spanish
    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication

    Submissions (including a CV, proposal form, and sample chapter) should be sent to:
    Isabelle Cochelin ( and/or
    Alison More (

    The following guidelines should be followed: