Introductory meeting in Utrecht, the Netherlands

On 29 and 30 August, 2012, the start meeting of the research and networking project ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’ was held in Utrecht, the Netherlands.

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A group of seventeen people, both senior scholars and junior researchers, from various institutions and with different disciplinary backgrounds, met to launch and commence on the project, to discuss and plan the activities that are part of the project and to develop our thoughts about research grant applications for the near future. As you can read from the reports written by participating research students (see the posts page), it was a very exciting and inspiring event.

For the powerpoint presentation about opportunities for European research funding, see Presentation EU subsidies August2012.

The objectives of the meetings were:

  • To get to know each other and each other’s research areas and interests in our different institutional embeddings.
  • To explore the opportunities for collaborate research grant applications and other ways of research collaboration.
  • To plan in more detail the expert meetings, publications and scholarly exchanges that are part of the project.
  • To discuss the idea of establishing an International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender.


Meeting – programme

29 August

12:00 – 12:30 Drift 21: Sweelinck room Welcome
12:30 – 13:30 Idem Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Idem Opening speech by Anne-Marie Korte Introduction of the project’s aim and objectives and of the way it is organised and funded.
14:00 – 14:45 Idem Opening and introduction Introduction of the participants. All participants will have three minutes to present themselves and their individual research.
14:45 – 15:00 Idem Coffee and tea break
15:00 – 16:45 Idem Presentation of participating research groups By senior participants (Auga, Castelli, Hawthorne, Jansen, Longman, Utriainen, Korte).Presentation (10 min.) of the institute and its research focus, the reasons to participate in the project, the interests in and expectations of the project.
17:15 – 18:45 City centre Walking tour ‘Traces of Slavery in Utrecht’
19:00 – City centre Dinner

30 August

09:00 – 09:30 Kromme Nieuwe Gracht 80:Van Ravesteyn room Welcome with coffee and tea
09:30 – 11:00 Idem Presentation about opportunities for European research funding By the Research Support Office of the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University
11:00 – 11:15 Idem Coffee and tea break
11:15 – 12:30 Idem Group discussion Discussion about research grant applications, exchange of (other) granting instances, inventory of themes, and exploration of links to the programme.
12:30 – 14:00 City centre Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Van Ravesteyn room Group discussion Plenary and group-wise discussion about the further collaboration in the project, the planning of future meetings and publications, and the process towards grant applications.
16:00 – 18:00 City centre Drinks
18:00 – City centre Dinner


Auga, Ulrike – Humboldt University, Germany

Castelli, Elizabeth – Barnard College / Columbia University USA

Hawthorne, Sîan – SOAS University of London, UK

Jansen, Willy – Radboud University, Netherlands

Korte, Anne-Marie – Utrecht University, Netherlands

Langsdale, Samantha – SOAS University of London, UK

Loh, Jennifer – SOAS University of London, UK

Longman, Chia – Ghent University, Belgium

Roodsaz, Rahil – Radboud University, Netherlands

Rijke, Alexandra – Utrecht University, Netherlands

Schirr, Bertram – Humboldt University, Germany

Terhi Utriainen – University of Helsinki, Finland

Van den Berg, Mariecke – University of Twente, Netherlands

Van den Bogert, Kathrine – Utrecht University, Netherlands

Van den Brandt, Nella – Ghent University, Belgium

Van Klinken, Adriaan – SOAS University of London, UK

Van Raemdonck, An – Ghent University, Belgium