International Summer School

“Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives”

17-21 May 2017

Wednesday, 17.5.17
17:00-17:30 Registration & Tour at the faculty buildings

Grote Gracht 80-82, Spiegelzaal

17:30-18:00 Welcome:

Lana Sirri- IARG & CGD board member

Lies Wesseling- director of CGD

Ulrike Auga- Vice president of IARG

18:00-19:30 Keynote lecture: Ulrike Auga

Title: On the Performativity of Tattoos, Textiles and Islam in Mali. Creating Archives of Agency Photography after the Post-secular Turn.

Thursday, 18.5.17
09:30-12:30 Masterclass (with coffee break): Ulrike Auga

Subject: Why Theory Matters. Achievements of Postcolonial, Post-secular and Critical Gender/Queer Theory.

12:30-13:30 Lunch (catering at the faculty)
13:30-16:30 Masterclass (with coffee break): Lana Sirri

Subject: Theorizing Islamic feminisms- Intersectionality, Multiple-Critique and Islamic Feminism

16:30-18:00 Break (walk in the city, get refreshed in the hostel/hotel)
18:00-19:30 Keynote lecture 2: Kristin Aune

Title: Domestic Abuse in the UK Church

Friday, 19.5.17
09:30-12:30 Masterclass (with coffee break): Kristin Aune

Subject: Is secularism bad for women?

12:30-13:30 Lunch (catering at the faculty)
13:30-16:30 Workshop (with coffee break): Academic Writing, by John Harbord
16:30-18:00 Break (walk in the city, get refreshed in the hostel/hotel)
18:00-19:30 Keynote lecture 3: Ulrike Brunotte

Title: Orientalist and Anti-Semitic Genealogies of Sexual Nationalism. Some Remarks on Cultural Othering and Religion

Saturday, 20.5.17 Conference Day
09:00-09:30 Coffee
09:30-11:00 Workshop: Publishing in peer-review journals, by Mariecke van den Berg & Nella van den Brandt
11:00-11:15 IARG annual meeting
11:15-11:45 Coffee break
11:45-13:15 2 parallel Panel sessions. In each panel, 3 participants will present their work (max 15-20 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes questions/discussion).

Panel 1 (moderated by Ulrike Auga): Queer bodies, cisnormativity and colonialism in religious sites and literature

Manuela Riboldi: Body, sacred and otherness in Alda Merini and Pier Vittorio Tondelli

Amy Franks: Deconstructing colonialism, patriarchy, and cis-heteronormativity in the scholarship of pre-Christian Nordic religion(s)

Vanessa Rau: title tba (Jews in Berlin, queer and embodied practices)

Panel 2 (moderated by Kathrine van den Bogert): Gendered and religious discourses, violence and resistance in postcolonial contexts.

Elisaveta Dvorakk: The Hashem el Madani Collection at the Arab Image Foundation. Agency and human flourishing in a visual counter discourse

Arpita Chakraborty: Creation of the myth of ‘manliness’: Interrogating the link between masculinity and violence in India.

Jeane Peracullo: Sally Haslanger and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak on the possibility of a mataphysics of resistance and its implications to postcolonial feminist theologizing

13:15-14:15 Lunch break
14:15-16:15 2 parallel Panel sessions. In each panel, 4 participants will present their work (max 15-20 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes questions/discussion).

Panel 3 (moderated by Kristin Aune): Women and gender in faith, spirituality and ritual

Helen Patricia Santos: A Spirituality of Flourishing at the Margins: Beyond empowerment models towards a relevant practical prophetic praxis of life in abundance with marginalized women in India

Suzanne Vernon-Yorke: Interfaith work as an act of violence against women: a Bradford case study

Heleen Joziasse: Kenyan women’s lived-Christologies and their quest for liberative relations and gender justice

Sweta Chakraborty: Understanding the ‘sacred’ and ‘secular’: Exploring indigenous analytical categories of superstitions and rituals in Hinduism

Panel 4 (moderated by Lana Sirri): Sexuality, citizenship, and Muslims in Europe

Aisha-Nusrat Ahmad: Man*-Muslim – Gay. A study on the life situations of Muslim gay and bisexual men living in Germany

Sydney Sheedy: title tba (homonationalism, queer Muslims, sexual citizenship, ethnography)

Laura Zambelli: Sexual Citizenship in Europe. A study on Polyamory, Polygyny, and Marriage Laws.

Emanuela Naclerio:From converted to Muslim: the experience of Italian women who converted to Islam

16:15-16:45 Coffee/drinks and snack break
16:45-18:30 2 parallel Panel sessions. In each panel, 3/4 participants will present their work (max 15-20 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes questions/discussion).

Panel 5 (moderated by Kathrine van den Bogert): Faith, sexuality and sexual health in transnational contexts

Christina Schramm: Welcome to Queer Limbo: The living paradox of a migrant researcher

Gala Rexer: Reproducing bodies in times of crisis. Body politics of assisted reproduction in Uk, Germany and Israel/Palestine

Tinka Bastiaens: Oocyte cryopreservation and female Muslim attitudes

Panel 6 (moderated by Lieke Schrijvers): Female religious agency, sexuality and belonging in religious traditions

Carolina Falcao: Is disruptive belonging a matter of gender? Observing women agency from the perspective of the discourses production

An van Raemdonck: title tba (Copts in Egypt and Europe, gender, sexuality, pious women)

Giuliana Arnone: It’s all about reconciliation: homosexual Christian movements in Italy. Some reflections from ethnographic fieldwork

Ute Hüsken: Changing patterns of female religious and ritual agency

18:30-18:45 Short coffee break
18:45-19:30 Plenary meeting
Sunday, 21.5.17
09:30-10:00 Coffee
10:00-11:30 World Cafe*
12:00 Departure