Impression of the project’s Start Meeting in Utrecht, August 29-30, 2012

By Rahil Roodsaz

PhD Student at the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

These two days were very interesting and inspiring to me. It was amazing to see how despite differences in disciplinary background and not knowing each other (very well), participants connected so quickly. I think that intellectually this had to do with a shared concern to bring in a more gender-sensitive and a historically and contextually better informed perspective on the role of religion in the modern world. The urgency to do something about this seemed to result in the willingness to find a mutual ground upon which interesting and relevant projects can be build. Also the practical difficulties of finding the financial sources in these not-so-favorable economic circumstances were perceived as yet another reason to be creative. More than anything I felt grateful to be part of such great initiative represented by a wonderful group of people. I very much look forward to future developments of this promising network and hope to be able to somehow contribute to that.

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