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Book: The Complexity of Conversion

Chapter: Creating a New Sex: Women Bodies in Conversion

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.32027


In the book of Acts, one finds conversions of individuals, in the sense defined by William James at the beginning of the 20th century. These personal conversions are sometimes coupled with the baptism of the household surrounding each single individual. Relying on reflections on the body inspired by Judith Butler, this contribution imagines how conversion can impact the silent, invisible and nameless bodies mentioned in stories of household conversion. This article looks at the way conversion affects gender and how conversion can inform a theoretical reflection on agency, subjectivity and power.

Chapter Contributors

  • Valérie Nicolet ( - vnanderson) 'Institut Protestant de Théologie de Paris '