Aim: This international expert meeting aims to discuss the study of religion and gender in relation to social movements and activism. For this purpose, a one and a half day intensive meeting will bring together scholars from different fields, such as religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology and gender and women’s studies. The topics of the keynote lectures, the roundtable discussion and the workshops will address the study of religion and gender from multiple critical postcolonial, postsecular and queer perspectives. The thematic focus is social movements and activism in contemporary multicultural societies, related to contemporary debates on multiculturalism, human rights, and social inequalities and exclusions. The meeting will discuss the complex dynamics of religion and gender in our contemporary world with regard to the perspectives of activists and at the level of autonomous movements, civil society and critique within the institutions. Activism is broadly conceived as the critique of forms of inequality experienced or articulated by autonomous groups as well as by civil society actors and social movements and actors within the institutions in order to work towards progressive change.

It further aims at:

  • Bringing together scholars from different academic disciplines who are contributing to this area of research;
  • Bringing together senior and junior scholars studying religion, gender and activism for discussion and exchange;
  • Bringing together different critical approaches to studying religion, gender and activism in contemporary multicultural societies in order to show their significance for the study of religion and gender;
  • To encourage new connections and insights on theory and methodology that will inform and stimulate the participants’ own research;
  • To generate new joint research applications, especially transnational and interdisciplinary research

Organizers: The network Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives (Utrecht University, the Netherlands). Hosted by the Centre for Intercultural Communication and Interaction (Ghent University, Belgium). Co-organizers: RHEA Centre for Gender and Diversity (University of Brussels, Belgium), Centre for Interculturalism, Migration and Minorities (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium).

The preliminary program of the expert meeting can be downloaded here.

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