Friday 1st July 2016, 10.00-16.30

Aston University, Birmingham, UK

Guest speaker: Dr Kristin Aune, Senior Research Fellow, Coventry University; and board member IARG: “Feminist Spirituality as Lived Religion: How UK Feminists forge Religio-spiritual Lives”

To celebrate the formation of the Gender, Sexualities and the Body and the Religion, Ethnicity and Nationhood research streams within the Centre for Critical Inquiry into Society and Culture at Aston University, we are hosting a joint inaugural event. Entitled ‘Religion, Gender and Sexualities’, this one-day conference will explore the intersection of religion, gender and sexualities within everyday contexts. Scholarship has started to unpack these multi-faceted relationships, but this is still an emerging research area which requires further study and exploration. We welcome abstracts which address any element of this relationship and could include (but are not limited to) the following themes:

  • Sexual practices and negotiations within religious environments
  • LGBTQIA experiences and religion
  • Sexuality support networks within religious communities
  • Singleness; celibacy
  • Gendered power negotiations in intimate relationships
  • Marital experiences
  • Commitment ceremonies (e.g. civil partnerships, marriage)
  • Parenthood/non-parenthood
  • Virginity
  • Monogamy/Polygamy/Polyamory
  • Embodiment and religion
  • Gender, sexual and religious identities in different contexts (e.g. the workplace, leisure)
  • Religious ritual, gender and sexuality

There will be no charge for speakers to attend this one-day event. Refreshments and lunch will be provided on the day. For delegates wishing to attend but not present, there will be a small charge for refreshments and lunch (£12).

Deadline for abstracts: May 27th 2016. Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words to Dr Sarah-Jane Page () and Dr Katy Pilcher ().

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