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Religion, Gender and Body Politics
Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives
International conference on behalf of the international research project “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives”, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 12-14 February 2015.
Day 1 Thursday 12 February (Opening Session)
19:00 – 19:45 Registration
19:45 – 20:00 Welcome and opening of the conference by the organizers: Prof. Anne-Marie Korte and Dr. Adriaan van Klinken.
20:00 – 20:45 ‘Sensorial Visuality and Material Cultures of Shia Islam’
Keynote lecture 1 by Prof. Minoo Moallem, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
20:45 – 21:30 ‘The “Hagaramic” as a provocation for Euro-American, “Judeo-Christian” Parochialism: Surrogate, Rogue, Resident Alien, Foreign Body’
Keynote lecture 2 by Prof. Yvonne Sherwood, Professor of Biblical Studies and Politics, University of Kent.
21:30 – 21:45 Response by Prof. Birgit Meyer, Professor of Religious Studies, Utrecht University.
21:45 – 22:15 Plenary Discussion
Day 2 Friday 13 February
8:00 – 8:45 Registration
8:45 – 9:00 Kick-off day two by Prof. Jorunn Økland (Oslo).
During the second plenary session of the conference, we aim to discuss the conference theme in the context of conceptual, international and institutional developments of feminist theology and the study of religion and gender in the recent past. We envision a genealogical, evaluative and critical discussion regarding the interest in ‘the body’ in these disciplinary fields.
9:00 – 9:45 ‘Confessions of the Flesh. The Performative and the Material Body in the Documentary Fake Orgasm’
Keynote lecture 3 by Prof. Ulrike Auga, Professor of Theology and Gender Studies, Humboldt University, Berlin.
9:45 – 10:30 ‘A Nonsovereign Subject and her Body: Thinking Piety, Gender, and Embodiment’
Keynote lecture 4 by Prof. Sarah Bracke, Associate Professor Sociology Ghent University, Senior Researcher RHEA Gender and Diversity VUB Brussels, and Visiting Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
10:30 – 10:45 Response by Prof. Anne-Marie Korte, Professor of Religion, Gender and Modernity, Utrecht University.
10:45 – 11:15 Plenary discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel sessions (first round)
|Panel 1||Queer Sexualities, “Other” Bodies, and Islam in the Netherlands: From Post-colonial to Post-human Perspectives.||Chair: Kathrine van den Bogert||Location:t.b.a.|
|Complex co-imbrications of religion and sexuality – Towards post-secular and de-colonizing approach||Suhraiya Jivraj||University of Kent, United Kingdom|
|From a cultural vice to a self-fashioning device. Conceptual transformations of homosexuality in Iranian (Dutch) discourses on modernity||Rahil Roodsaz||Atria, Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
|Female converts to Islam as “ambassadors” of their religion||Margreet van Es||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Panel 2||Ethnographies of Queer Interpretations, Appropriations and Negotiations in Lebanon and Indonesia||Chair: Marco Derks||Location:t.b.a.|
|A queen on his throne: National concerns and the embodiment of ambiguity by drag queens||Elsien van Pinxteren||Harvard University, U.S.A.|
|“Under the eyes of God”. Gender, body and social impact of Islamic faith among waria||Néstor Nuño Martínez||Rovira i Virgili University, Spain|
|Crossing margins of gender and space – Notions on the fluidity of (Butchi) gender expressionsin Yogyakarta, Indonesia||Kristina Schneider||University of Göttingen, Germany|
|Panel 3||Gendering and Embodying the State: Law and Human Rights in Secular/Religious Contexts.||Chair: Peter Nynäs||Location:t.b.a.|
|“Your Daddy’s Rich and Your Mama’s Good-lookin’ ” – Thoughts on Bodies, Religion and Sovereignty||Naomi Goldenberg||University of Ottawa, Canada|
|Legal and Religious Decision-Making: Negotiating Boundaries and Challenging Binaries||Raadhika Gupta||Jindal Global University, India|
|Body Politics and the Notion of “Harmful Cultural Practices:” A Post-colonial, Post-secular Analysis||Chia Longman||Ghent University, Belgium|
|Panel 4||Embodied Expressions: Religion, Activism and Gendered Voices.||Chair: Sarah Bracke||Location: t.b.a.|
|Religion, Gender and Body Politics. Lesbian and Queer Human Rights Activism in Costa Rica||Christina Schramm||Independent researcher, San José, Costa Rica|
|The Voices in My Head: Silence, Semantics, and the Ethics of Embodied Dialogue in Religion and Gender||Sîan Hawthorne||SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom|
|Islamic Body Politics and Fundamentalism||Nina Hoel||University of Oslo, Norway|
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 16:00 Panel sessions (second round)
|Panel 5||Male Circumcision, a Contested Practice: Ancient Sources and Current Debates||Chair: Lieve Teugels||Location: t.b.a.|
|Male Circumcision, a contested practice: Ancient Sources and Current Debates: Introduction.||Lieve Teugels||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Circumcision in Post-Exilic Yehud: Uncontested Marker, Unrelated to Masculinity?||Anne Mareike Wetter||Leiden University, the Netherlands|
|Circumcision: The Bodily Politics of Ritual Failure in Emergent Christianity||Peter Ben Smit||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Male circumcision. The body in Christian/secular discourses on Judaism and IslamResponse to the papers of Peter Ben Smit and Anne-Mareike Wetter and Matthea Westerduin||Matthea WesterduinRuard Ganzevoort||VU University Amsterdam, the NetherlandsVU University Amsterdam,the Netherlands|
|Panel 6||Representations and Regulations of Gendered Bodies in/through Popular Religion, Arts and Media||Chair: Marco Derks||Location: t.b.a|
|Body Orders – Political Representations of the Laestadian Religious Community||Sandra Wallenius-Korkalo||University of Lapland, Finland|
|Proper Dress and proper sex: the ambiguity of Islam/Gender in American evangelical Christian imagination||Alfons H Teipen||Furman University, U.S.A.|
|Representation of Gendered Body in Contemporary Islamic Children’s Literature in English||Kana Oyabu||Kanazawa University, Japan|
|“I Fainted Because my Corset was too Tight”. Shaping the Gender of Intellectuals from Anna Maria Van Schurmann to Mary Wollstonecraft||Sonia Maria Melchiorre||University of Tuscia, Viterbo, Italy|
|Panel 7||The Female Body Un/Veiled: Christian and Muslim Performances and Representations in Ireland, Yugoslavia and Kenya||Chair: Adriaan van Klinken||Location: t.b.a.|
|Unveiling Muslim Women in Socialist Yugoslavia: Untangling gender, socialism, secularism, and post-colonialism||Tea Hadziristic||Independent researcher, Toronto, Canada|
|Christian womanhood and the body at the Young Women’s Christian Association in Kenya.||Eleanor Tiplady Higgs||SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom|
|Claiming the female body in postcolonial Ireland||Jill O’Mahony||Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland|
|Panel 8||Re/Claiming Bodies: Perspectives on Education, Disease, Disability, Diets, and Body Politics||Chair: Mariecke van den Berg||Location: Huiskamer|
|Getting it Straight: When HIV-AIDS Meets Iran’s Government Morality||Kristin Soraya Batmanghelichi||Leiden University, the Netherlands|
|Ethicalizing Foods and Bodies: Gendered Ethnic Politics in the Tibetan Buddhist Revival in Post-Mao China||Yasmin Cho||Duke University, U.S.A.|
|Reinforcing Normalcy: Christian Othering of Disabled People||Naomi Lawson Jacobs||SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom|
|Polish Catholic women’s mental-corporal strategies of constructing modern pious womanhood at the turn of the XIX and XX centuries||Dominika Gruziel||Central European University, Hungary|
16:00 – 17:00 Poster session (with drinks and snacks)
|Preserving the Heteronormative Status Quo: Public Morality, Evangelical Christians and the State in Singapore||Matthias Deininger||Heidelberg University, Germany|
|Women’s configuration of sexuality in public space||Laura Mora||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Body politics in between the public and the private. Two case studies from the Netherlands on care, sports and politics.||Kathrine van den Bogert and Nathashe Lemos Dekker||Utrecht University and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
|Same- Sex Desires and Acts in Tolerance of Islamic Scriptures and Cultures||Mehrdad Ali Poor Kalaei||VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
|The Colonial Desires of the Turkish State: The Love Houses Project||Hazal Ilgaz Dolek||Bogazici University, Istanbul, Turkey|
|“Flourishing Guinea Pigs:” Exploring Intersectionality and Interdisciplinarity in a Masters Programme on Gender, Religion and Health at two South African Universities.||Sarasvathie Reddy||University of KwaZulu-Natal, South-Africa|
17:00 – 18:00 Body politics: disability in the field of religion and gender
18:00 – 19:00 Political forum:
In this Forum we will explore and discuss current socio-political cases of conflict or controversy in which religion, gender and body politics are central. In an exciting session two cases will be under investigation, on stage, with various speakers, presenters, and you! The innovative setting will force you to think anew about contemporary body politics and its religious and gendered aspects.
19:00 – 19:30 Drinks and ceremony for the official founding of the ‘International Association for the study of Religion and Gender’ (IARG). Festive speech by prof. Anne-Marie Korte, including prize-giving ceremony for the best poster presentation.
Day 3 Saturday 14 February
8:45 – 9:00 Kick-off day three by Prof. Chia Longman (Ghent)
9:00 – 9:45 ‘Islamic reflections about the body beyond heteronormativity’
Keynote lecture 5 by Prof. Scott Kugle, Associate Professor of South Asian and Islamic Studies, Emory University, Atlanta.
9:45 – 10:30 ‘Negotiating the “F-words” in Academia: “Faith” and “Feminism” within Contexts of Gender-Based Violence’
Keynote lecture 6 by Prof. Sarojini Nadar, Professor of Gender and Religion, University of KwaZulu-Natal.
10:30 – 10:45 Response by Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, Lecturer in Religious Studies, University of Leeds.
10:45 – 11:15 Plenary discussion
11:15 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Panel sessions (third round)
|Panel 9||Queer Prophetic Performances: Theology, Capitalism and the Transgressive Nature of Bodies||Chair: Marco Derks||Location: t.b.a.|
|Touching across time: performance as queer prophetic practice||Linn Marie Tonstad||Yale Divinity School, U.S.A|
|The Power of Poverty: How Medieval Beguines Can Inspire Queer Theology Today||Kristien Justaert||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium|
|“You Dirty, Dirty Girl!”: Abjection and the Queer, Naked Bodies of Thecla and Eve||Amy Clanfield||University of Toronto, Canada|
|Panel 10||Goddesses and Saints in a post-secular world. Understanding the body and new spirituality from a feminist perspective.||Chair: Peter Nynäs||Location: t.b.a.|
|Female Religious Agents In Morocco: Old Practices and New Perspectives||Aziza Ouguir||The municipal council, Khemisset, Morocco|
|Engendering Difference: The (Post)colonial Politics of Goddess Spirituality||Kavita Maya||SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom|
|Feminist Spirituality as Lived Religion: towards a new understanding of feminists’ religio-spiritual practices||Kristin Jane Aune||Coventry University, United Kingdom|
|Panel 11||Online/offline Bodies: Discourses and Campaigns about Muslim and Queer Young Women in Every Day Public Life.||Chair: Kathrine van den Bogert||Location: t.b.a.|
|Religious Practices Online throughout Different Generations||Eva Midden||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Negotiating online and offline discourses among Zanzibari women||Marloes Hamelink||Utrecht University, the Netherlands|
|Queer Youth, Facebook, and Faith: Facebook Methodologies and Online Identities||Yvette Taylor||London South Bank University, United Kingdom|
|Panel 12||Public Pain and Shared Identities: Discursive Struggles over the Suffering Body||Chair: Ruard Ganzevoort||Location: t.b.a.|
|Acts of Clericalization and Cover-Up Strategies: Catholic Official Propaganda in Italy on Clergy Abuses and Its Representation of the Abused Body||Tommaso Dell’Era||Tuscia University of Viterbo, Italy|
|Mourning Abortions: Abortion Debates in Post-Colonial South Korea||SeungGyeong Ji||University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, U.S.A.|
|“The Nation is Hurt”: the role of the body in the construction of Dutch national identity in public responses to the crash of flight MH17||Mariecke van den Berg||VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands|
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Conference closing session with evaluation reports by two observers; dr. Susannah Cornwall (Exeter) and Prof. Peter Nynäs (Turku).