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Beyond 'Religion versus Emancipation’

Final Conference: Religious Transformation and Gender

Religious Transformation and Gender
Contestations in/and the study of religion, gender and sexuality

As our five-year research project draws to a close, we are happy to welcome you to our final conference, which will take place March 10-12, 2021 in Utrecht.

The three-day conference will be organized in associatation with the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG) and partially funded by the Dutch Research Council (NWO), who has funded our research project “Beyond ‘Religion vs Emancipation’: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe” for the past five years. Read more about the project here.

The conference invites contributions that focus on the theme of Religious Transformation and Gender in a broad sense, click here to find the full Call for Papers and Conference description.

We have invited several keynote speakers, who will present their research during the conference.

Orit Avishai  Professor of Sociology, Fordham University (link)
Tracy Fessenden  Steve and Margaret Forster Professor in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies and Center for the Study of Religion and Conflict, Arizona State University (link)
Esra Özyürek  Professor in European Anthropology and Chair in Contemporary Turkish Studies, London School of Economics (link; from October 1st: Sultan Qaboos Professor in Abrahamic Religions and Shared Values at Cambridge University)
Yvonne Sherwood  Professor of Biblical Cultures and Politics, University of Kent (link)


(Preliminary) Schedule Final Conference 11-12 March 2021, Religious Transformation and Gender:


Wednesday, March 10 2021

7:00 PM  Public event: theater play (location to be determined)

More information on theater play coming soon ...

Thursday, March 11 2021

9:00 AM  Welcome & Opening Remarks  Prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University, project PI)

9:30 AM  Opening Keynote address & discussion (first session)

More information on keynotes coming soon ...

11:00 AM  Coffee break

11:30 PM  Parallel panel sessions & discussion (second, third, and fourth session)

More information on panels coming soon ...

1:00 PM  Lunch (provided on site)

2:00 PM  Keynote address & discussion (fifth session)

3:45 PM  Coffee break

4:00 PM  IARG Roundtable / plenary panel (sixth session)

More information on International Association for the study of Religion and Gender sessions coming soon ...

5:30 PM  End of first day

7:00 PM Conference Dinner (buffet served on site)


Friday, March 12 2021

9:30 AM  Keynote address & discussion (seventh session)

More information on keynote address coming soon ...

11:00 AM Coffee break

11:30 PM  Parallel panel sessions & discussion (eight and ninth session) & IARG General Meeting (tenth session)

More information on panels and IARG Annual General Meeting coming soon ...

1:00 PM Lunch (provided on site)

2:00 PM Keynote address & discussion (eleventh session)

More information on keynote address coming soon ...

3:45 PM  Coffee break

4:00 PM Final remarks & plenary discussion (twelfth session)

5:00 PM  End of conference, drinks