Programme summer school and conference day

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

R&G special issue with responses: Habemus Gender!

Religion and Gender has just published a second round of its latest issue at This means that a number of responses were published to the existing special issue “Habemus Gender! The Catholic Church and ‘Gender Ideology'” (guest edited by Sarah Bracke and David Paternotte), as well as a number of bookreviews. We invite you to review these new publications here and visit our web site to review articles and other items of interest.

Religion and Gender
Vol 6, No 2 (2016): Habemus Gender! The Catholic Church and ‘Gender Ideology’
Table of Contents

Unpacking the Sin of Gender (143-154)
Sarah Bracke, David Paternotte

Articles (special issue)
The Role of the Popes in the Invention of Complementarity and the Anathematization of Gender (155-172)
Mary Anne Case

Gender and the Problem of Universals: Catholic Mobilizations and Sexual Democracy in France (173-186)
Eric Fassin

Against the Heresy of Immanence: Vatican’s ‘Gender’ as a New Rhetorical Device against the Denaturalisation of the Sexual Order (187-204)
Sara Garbagnoli

Sexual Politics and Religious Actors in Argentina (205-225)
Mario Pecheny,  Daniel Jones, Lucía Ariza

The Sin of Turning Away from Reality: An Interview with Father Krzysztof Charamsa (226-246)
David Paternotte, Mary Anne Case, Sarah Bracke

Gender and Meaning in a Postmodern World: An Elusive Quest for Truth
Tina Beattie
Moral Panic and Gender Ideology in Latin America (251-255)
Gloria Careaga-Pérez
‘Theologies’ and Contexts in a Latin American perspective (256-263)
Sonia Corrêa
Unreal: Catholic Ideology as Epistemological War (264-267)
Elsa Dorlin
‘Gender Ideology’: Weak Concepts, Powerful Politics (268-272)
Agnieska Graff
Catholic Gender Denial (273-275)
Mary Hunt
Vetera novis augere: Notes on the Rhetoric of Response (276-281)
Mark Jordan
The Vatican Anti-Gender Theory and Sexual Politics: An African Response (282-292)
Kapya Kaoma
The Vatican and the Birth of Anti-Gender Studies (293-296)
Elżbieta Korolczuk
How are Anti-Gender Movements Changing Gender Studies as a Profession? (297-299)
Andrea Pető
Gender and the Vatican (300-301)
Joan W. Scott
Francis and ‘Gender Ideology’: Heritage, Displacement and Continuities (302-307)
Juan Marco Vaggione

Book Reviews
Thinking about Goddesses: A Review of Three Recent Books (308-313)
Carol Christ
Review of Robin L. Riley, Depicting the veil: Transnational sexism and the war on terror, London: Zed Books 2013, vi + 182 pp. ISBN 978-1-78032-128-8 (314-316)
Linda Duits
Review of Rebecca Moore, Women in Christian Traditions (Women in Religions Series), 2015, New York: New York University Press 2015, 209 pp., ISBN 976-1-4798-2175-4 (317-319)
Janet Eccles
Review of Joanna Mishtal, The Politics of Morality. The Church, the State, and Reproductive Rights in Postsocialist Poland (Polish and Polish-American Studies Series), Ohio: Ohio University Press 2015, 258 pp., ISBN 978-0-8214-2140-6 (320-322)
Dominika Gruziel
Review of Tine Van Osselaer, The Pious Sex. Catholic Constructions of Masculinity and Femininity in Belgium, c. 1800–1940 (KADOC Studies on Religion, Culture and Society 12), Leuven: Leuven University Press 2013, 271 pp., ISBN 978-90-5867-950-5 (323-325)
Alexander Maurits
Review of Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip and Sarah-Jane Page, Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-Faith Exploration of Young Adults. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2013, xii + 266 pp., ISBN 978-1-4094-2637-0 (326-328)
Lieke Schrijvers
Review of Masooda Bano & Hilary Kalmbach (eds.), Women, Leadership, and Mosques. Changes in Contemporary Islamic Authority, Leiden: Brill, 2012, xviii + 582 pp., ISBN 9789004211469 (329-332)
Yafa Shanneik
Review of Gina Messina-Dysert & Rosemary Radford Ruether (eds.), Feminism and Religion in the 21st Century: Technology, Dialogue, and Expanding Borders, New York & Abingdon: Routledge Taylor & Francis, 2015, viii + 218 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-83193-2 (333-335)
Nicola Slee
Review of Tine Van Osselaer, Patrick Pasture (eds.) Christian Homes. Religion, Family and Domesticity in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Leuven; Leuven University Press, 2014, 227 pp., ISBN 978-94-62-70018-5 (336-338)
Marguerite Van Die


Expert meeting: Rethinking Religion, Emancipation and Women’s Conversion

The research group “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation”, with IARG director prof. Anne-Marie Korte as project leader, organises its first interdisciplinary symposium at Utrecht University. Two keynote lectures by experts in the field, professor Jeanette Jouili (University of Pittsburgh) and professor Elina Vuola (University of Helsinki), will be the starting point for a discussion about conversion, religion and emancipation. This expert meeting is part of the NWO-funded project “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’: Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe”, located at the department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Utrecht University. This project investigates public discourses, religious traditions and lived experiences of women who have converted or are in the process of conversion. It also researches secular and religious discourses about gender, sexuality and emancipation. A more extensive description of the project can be found here.

Conversion, a paradox?!
In contemporary Western Europe, an intense public and political debate is taking place about the changing role of religion in society. In post-9/11 Western societies and academic debates, the notion that traditional religion is fundamentally conflicting with women’s emancipation and processes of secularisation has gained plausibility. This view is based on the assumption that secularism is inherently better for women than religion. Consequently, women’s deliberate religious conversions are a pertinent academic, religious and socio-political issue which is often framed as a paradox.

Secular vs. religion problematised
This project analyses and problematises the assumed incompatibility between liberal-secular societies and traditional religious communities by exploring their points of contact and friction, hereby also problematising the stigmatising and exoticisation of conservative monotheistic traditions. It explores how the conflict between secular and religious gender and sexuality discourses is perceived and experienced by female converts, and the various ways in which they balance the assumed incompatibility. By studying female conversion as an ongoing and multi-layered negotiation between secular and religious gender discourses, the project develops an innovative model of interpretation. Important questions in this context are: how do female converts negotiate the becoming of new religious subjectivities? How does the analysis of women’s conversion, based on the negotiation approach, enable an alternative and critical contribution to academic and public accounts of women’s conversion and  their underlying concepts of individual autonomy, emancipation and religion? What ‘secular’ and ‘religious’ ideas on emancipation and gender equality are found in public and/or religious discourses and how do they relate to each other?

In this first expert meeting, the members of the research project bring together various international scholars, researchers and students to critically reflect on and explore the complex relationship between female conversion, emancipation and religion on the basis of the above mentioned questions. The afternoon will start with two inspiring keynote lectures in which professor Elina Vuola (University of Helinki) and professor Jeanette Jouili (University of Pittsburgh) will talk about the intersections between religion, gender, conversion and emancipation. Elina Vuola is a specialist on the intersections between (feminist) theology and gender issues. Her current research project explores how religious minorities with a strict gender order manage in secular Finnish society. Jeanette Jouili is an expert on the field of contemporary Islam in Europe, religious pluralism and secularism. Her recent book ‘Pious Practice and Secular Constraints’ chronicles the everyday ethical struggles of women active in orthodox and socially conservative Islamic revival circles as they try to give expression to their religious identity within western secular societies.
The lectures will be followed by a round table discussion with all the attendees, in which four expert in the field of gender, ethnicity, sexuality, religiosity and conversion will take the lead to reflect on the themes of the day starting from different perspectives (Judaism, Christianity and Islam).

Sharing knowledge and expertise, together with critical discussion on the complex relationship between female conversion, emancipation and religion, will be the main aim of the afternoon. Anyone who is interested in these topics is therefore warmly invited to participate in this expert meeting.

Start date and time:           10 May 2017 14:00

End date and time:             10 May 2017 18:00

Language:                              English

Location:                                Drift 21, Sweelinckzaal, Utrecht.

Registration:                         Participation is free, register via email:

Programme:                Programme Expert Meeting




Extended deadline CfA: IARG International Summer School

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

17-21 May 2017, Maastricht University, the Netherlands

Organized by the Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD), Maastricht University, the Netherlands; and the International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG).

You can download the call as a pdf file here.

Please note that you can still send in applications until the 25th of March.


In contemporary multicultural societies, religious subjectivities, conflicts and contestations often focus on the themes of sexual difference, gender and sexuality. It is evident that in our postcolonial world and in (post)secular ‘Western’ as well as in ‘Non-Western’ societies, the confrontations, profiling and ‘identity’ politics of, and over and against religion[s] are often shaped by issues directly related to gender and sexuality (e.g. the recurrent heated debates over women’s veiling, abortion, or homosexuality). The expanding academic field of religion and gender provides critical tools to analyse these issues, and we wish to continue developing critical approaches to the study of religion and gender in the upcoming IARG advanced summer school.

In order to break new grounds in the understanding of these complex dynamics of religion and gender in our contemporary world, this advanced summer school explores the current major challenges to the study of religion and gender by focusing on three contemporary critical perspectives in the humanities: postcolonial, post-secular and queer theory (cf. Auga, et al. 2014). The CGD and IARG invite junior researchers (advanced MA students, PhD candidates, and postdocs) and other interested scholars to participate in the summer school. The summer school is aimed at students and scholars whose research is situated in the interdisciplinary study of religion and gender and who seek to incorporate critical theory in their projects. We encourage an interdisciplinary approach, welcoming scholars from, amongst others, gender studies, men and masculinity studies, disability studies, theology, religious studies, anthropology, history, literature, cultural studies and media studies.

The summer school strives towards integrating postcolonial, post-secular and queer theory, culminating in innovative and critical research questions and methodologies in the study of religion and gender. The three perspectives refer to three major social changes which have an impact on the contemporary representation, role and practice of religion and gender, as well as the academic reflection thereof.

  • Postcolonial as well as decolonial theories aim to challenge and deconstruct ‘Western’ dominant models of knowledge, also in the study of religion and gender (for example critiquing binaries like ‘West’/’East’, enlightened/backward and sacred/secular). It seeks to unmask colonial epistemological frameworks, unravel Eurocentric logics, and interrogate stereotypical cultural representations (cf. Keller et al. 2004, Pui-lan 2005). It pays attention to different experiences of people across geographical, ethnic, racial, religious and sexual diffractions and performances.
  • From a post-secular perspective, the secularisation thesis, stating that religion is in decline or even that it is bound to disappear completely, is being questioned and criticised. It deconstructs gendered and sexual constructions of religious-secular binaries, for example through studying new spirituality or critically debating the conceptions of religious agency that have been produced within secular gender theory (cf. Aune et al. 2008, Braidotti 2008, Bracke 2008).
  • In queer theory, the entanglement of religion, gender and sexuality is studied beyond heteronormative schemes. It is sensitive to the ways in which religions in the context of postcolonial and post-secular societies can be constitutive of heteronormative religious subjectivities, but can also be a source of rituals, practices and discourses that challenge heteronormativity. Therefore, they can be creatively employed to imagine religious subjectivities outside of heteronormative frames (cf. Althaus-Reid 2003, Tonstad 2015, Wilcox 2013).

This summer school provides an advanced programme consisting of keynote lectures and intensive masterclasses guided by scholars in the field of religion, gender and sexuality. Confirmed lecturers are prof. dr. Ulrike Auga (Humboldt University), dr. Kristin Aune (Coventry University) and dr. Lana Sirri (Maastricht University). It brings together leading scholars from internationally renowned research institutions with junior researchers from a variety of global and national contexts. This set-up enriches the understanding of the participants of new critical developments in the field of religion and gender, and enables an in-depth theoretical exploration of their individual research projects. In addition, the summer school will offer workshops on writing, on integrating theory and data, as well as peer-sessions on the process of a PhD-project or publishing. Furthermore, it provides opportunities for future collaborations and building up an international network. The summer school aims at circa 20 participants.

Preliminary programme

In the afternoon two plenary keynote lectures will be given by international scholars. In the following morning, these two scholars will both supervise a masterclass for circa 10 participants, with text reading assignments and/or discussion of individual research projects. The participants will be grouped together for the masterclasses according to their thematic focus, or according to level (MA for a more introductory and PhD’s/postdocs for a more advanced masterclass).

Wednesday 17 May   Afternoon

  • Arrival, welcome and opening of the summer school
  • Opening lectures

Thursday 18 May

  • Masterclasses (morning) and keynote lectures (afternoon)

Friday 19 May

  • Masterclasses (morning) and workshops (afternoon)

Saturday 20 May        Conference Day

  • Presentations by participants with response/feedback
  • Keynote lecture
  • Panel discussion

Sunday 21 May           Morning

  • Workshop/Closing session


Participation in the summer school is free for members of the IARG. In case you can fully refund the summer school fee from your institution we ask a fee of 100 euros. For non-members the summer school fee is also 100 euros. Participants need to take care of their own travel and accommodation costs (a hostel is about 25 euros a night). Lunch, coffee and refreshments during the summer school are included. We try to make available a limited number of travel/accommodation bursaries, but this is not guaranteed yet. If these financial arrangements limit your ability to participate, please contact the organizing committee. For any questions you can contact the organizing committee at


To apply for participation in the summer school please send the following documents to before 25 March 2017:

  • One-page description of your research project (introduction, research questions, methodology, approach)
  • Motivation for participation in the summer school (one page)
  • Short C.V. (including education, publications, teaching experiences)
  • Does your institution refund a summer school fee or not?

Impression conference “Women, religions and gender relations” Turin

Impression of the international conference “Women, religions and gender relations” in Turin, November 9-11, 2016

By Marianna Zanetta

PhD, Cultural Anthropology and Far Eastern Studies, Università degli Studi di Torino

On november 9th, 10th and 11th the international conference “Women, religion and gender relations” took place at the University of Turin (Prof. Stefania Pamisano and Prof. Alberta Giorgi). Interest in the subject of “Women, Religions and Gender Relations” has intensified especially from the mid-1990s in Europe – more recently in Italy – spreading beyond the borders of the sociology of religion and gender studies. Specifically, attention has been focussed on three critical points that we shall address: first, the study of transformations of religious expression within traditional religions and, at the same time, the analysis of contemporary forms of spirituality demonstrate a “feminine specificity” which raises various questions and highlights the necessity to dedicate more attention to the different religious experiences of men and women and to re-interpret critically the basic analytical categories of the sociology of religion; secondly, comparison with non-Christian traditions reveals the importance of a critical reading of women’s role in various forms of religion and spirituality; finally, the development of a gender lens in religion allows analysis of the variegated constructions of the male and the female in different religious traditions.

The conference was articulated over three days for a total of eight panels, two round tables and one keynote speech by Kristin Aune. The first day of the conference was dedicated to Italian speaking speakers with the presentation of the project conducted by Stefania Palmisano (Turin University) and Alberta Giorgi (Coimbra University), followed by the first roundtable entitled “Donne, Religioni e relazioni di genere”, that officially opened the works. The afternoon was consecrated to the first two panels; “Per una religiosità (al) femminile: esperienza spirituale, immaginari alterntivi ed empowerment” with a in-depth analysis of the goddess spirituality and new interpretations of classical female figures, and “Identità religiosa e cambiamenti di status” where the speakers presented a varied landscape of women’s spirituality within established churches.

The second day, fully in English, began with the very interesting keynote speech of Kristin Aune, about the representation of religions on a British feminist webzine, and it continued with the central panel sessions, dedicated to the exploration of the female role, figures and attitude within different religious background, from mysticism and spiritualism to the central topic of Gender, Islam, religion and migration, with a parallel roundtable about Hindu spirituality. In the afternoon, a two-hours session was dedicated to the IARG meeting.

The last day of the conference offered two final panels, about womanhood and manhood in religions, the changing roles of women within religious organizations, and the connection between Religion and Female Sexuality. The concluding remarks, with the discussion about publication plans and possible future collaborations, were conducted by Alberta Giorgi.

This three-days conference was significant under different points of view; first of all, the significant number and quality of participants from all over Europe, which showed the relevance of the debate in the academic world also outside Italy

Secondly the scope of the topic and its declination in different specific context and cultural landscape, which allowed a better comprehension of the significance of the debate in the different areas.

Finally, it has been an incredible opportunity for a concrete network among scholars, researchers and professors from different fields, academic background and research interest, which allowed to widen the debate and to create effective space for further cooperation and contact.


Marianna Zanetta

PhD, Cultural Anthropology

Dipartimento di Culture, Politica e Società, University of Turin


CfP Conference: Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

Sacred Texts and Human Contexts: Women and Gender in Religions

The Sacred Texts and Human Contexts conferences bring together scholars from the United States, Canada, and around the globe to share research on contemporary issues in religion and social sciences. We invite you to join us.

When: July 30 – August 1, 2017

Where: Nazareth College, Rochester, New York

This international symposium will elaborate on how religions have viewed and interpreted their sacred texts throughout their histories with reference to women and gender relations. It will also reveal how experts in religious studies and social studies are reconsidering their religious and spiritual teachings about this very important topic.

Some of the issues that presenters will consider exploring are:

  • Sacred texts and religious rights and obligations, especially in leading worship services and holding key positions in religious hierarchy
  • Sacred texts and reproductive rights such as birth control, abortion, and access to health services
  • Sacred texts and equal opportunities such as equal employment, equal pay, and social security irrespective of color and race
  • Sacred texts and marriage including women’s consent to marriage, divorce, custody of children, and inheritance
  • Sacred texts and social relations such as family dispute, conflict resolution, and other interrelated factors
  • Sacred texts and sexual orientation including issues around rights of the LGBTQ community
  • Sacred texts and constitutional rights such as equal political and social opportunities
  • Sacred texts and equal educational opportunities at all levels

Submitting Proposals

Presenters are selected based on the order in which the Committee accepts their abstracts.

We look forward to your proposals for papers and/or panel presentations. Send the proposal (attachments in Word doc format is preferred) to with the subject line “Proposal Submission.” Selected papers will be published.

Requirements and Deadlines:

All proposals are due by March 15, 2017. However we encourage early submissions.

  • The proposal should be no more than 550 words.
  • Send a 225-word resume that presents expertise in the area of your presentation.
  • Include your address, telephone number, and email address.
  • All proposals will be reviewed together soon after the deadline.
  • Notice of acceptances will be sent soon after evaluation with guidelines for the full presentation. Guidelines for the full presentation will be sent with the proposal’s acceptance. Guidelines also may be obtained by emailing
  • Your full paper will be due by July 15, 2017.

If you wish to offer your paper for peer review and possible inclusion in the Sacred Texts and Human Contexts book series, send it by noonon October 30, 2017. Acceptances will be sent November 30, 2017.

We encourage submissions from scholars in religion, theology andwomen’s studies as well as from social scientists and historians on these and other related topics on women and gender relations in religions:

* What do our religions teach about women and gender relations?

*  What do our religions teach about procreation and managing the growth of human populations?

*  How have the teachings of religions in their respective sacred textsbeen interpreted in time and space?.

* How do scholars in our modern times interpret those verses in their respective religious traditions that may support male superiority andpatriarchal structure in family, community, and places of worship?

* How do scholars respond to LGBTQ issues?

* How do female scholars in faith communities respond to the contemporary issues regarding women’s rights?

The Symposium is open to your suggestions of topics to be included.

More information on:


CfP: Religion and Gender in Migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in the Central and Eastern European Migration Review (CEEMR).

Religion and Gender in Migration to and from Central and Eastern Europe

Guest editors:
Katarzyna Leszczyńska, Faculty of Humanities, AGH University of Science and Technology
Sylwia Urbańska, Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw
Katarzyna Zielińska, Institute of Sociology, Jagiellonian University

Despite the dynamic development of migration studies in recent decades, the interplay between gender and religion in their impact on migratory processes and related social phenomenahas not so far become a subject of systematic and in-depth research and reflection.This omission can be traced back to the fact that both gender and religion were ‘latecomers’ to the field of migration studies, because they became a subject of systematic analysis only in the 1980s.At the same time, questions relating to interactions between gender, religion and migration are becoming more and more pressing in the light of growing glocalisation and transnationalism, and dramatically intensifying migratory processes, especially migration of persons seeking refugee status from wars and social conflicts.The existing gap in research results in a lack of systematic knowledge of how gendered religious identities and practices as well as religious culture, institutions, and organisationsshape migration flows, motivations,migrant diversified activitiesand migration regimes.
The proposed Special Issue aims at filling this gap in the existing research. Moreover, due to the peculiarity of the CEE region,we regard the question ofthe interplay between gender, religion and migration as being particularly interesting. The culture of most CEE countries, despite post-socialist socioeconomic and political transformations and social change resulting from mass migration, can still be characterised as homogeneous and attached to traditional, conservative gendered values. This conservative shade of the culture is often further strengthened by the influential public role of religion (e.g. the high status and power of the Roman Catholic Church in Poland or Orthodox Church in Romania) and by the low level of secularisation (i.e. prevalence of religious practices and beliefs, support for conservative social values).
The Special Issue will focus on the following topics and general research questions:
1. How does the interplay between gender and religion influence the migratory experience? How doesreligion shapethe individual and collective experience of migrants, in particular, with regard to the formation of their genderedsocial, class, ethnic, civic and work identities and practices? How do various religious traditions construct and reproduce the gender rules in the symbolic, institutional and experiential dimensions of migration?
2. How does the activity of religious organisationsand their personnel contribute to creation of various forms of capital supporting (or inhibiting) migrants’ adaptation, integration, andmulticultural identity? How do religious organisations mediate migrants’ adaptation to their new social conditions? How do religious organisationsform bonds and networks of relationships between the cultures of the country of origin and country of settlement?
3. How (if at all) do the gender patterns and identities embedded in religious organisations transform in various migratory contexts? In which directions do the institutional rules concerning the place of men and women characteristic of conservative gender orders changeas a consequence of migrationinvolvingencounters with multicultural and secular socio-cultural environments as well as with more conservative ones?
We also invite contributions focusing on other topics related to the interaction between religion, gender and migration, because the main purpose of this Special Issue is to showthe recent developments in research on this broad topic in the context of migration to and from theCEE region.

Submission guidelines and related deadlines
10 January 2017 – submission of abstracts
30 March 2017 – submission of articles
Abstracts of no more than 500 words should be sent to:
Please note that each article will be subject to a double-blind peer review process and positive reviews will be a condition for the publication.
Guidelines for submission can be found at:
For more information on the Central and Eastern European Migration Review,please visit