Research into the disappearance of female saints
Why did female saints progressively disappear over the Byzantine millennium? To answer this question, the EU-funded GenTime project will investigate the nexus between time and the construction of the feminine in the Late Antique and Byzantine hagiographical discourses. The project will review this against the eschatological expectations shaping early Christian ideals of female holiness. It will analyse stories about female saints produced between the 2nd and the 13th century. The project will also highlight the persistence of strategies used to control women within patriarchal social orders. The results of the project will raise awareness about how gendered discourses of time have historically been used to promote lifestyles that have more to do with power struggles between competing social groups.