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 fully online, virtual conference, taking place March 10-12 2021.

The three-day conference will be organized in association 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)
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)
Miranda Klaver  Professor Anthropology of Religion, VU Amsterdam (link)


Schedule Final Conference 1 Religious Transformation and Gender

Wednesday March 10, 2021
3:30 PM Opening remarks by Prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte
4:00 PM Keynote address by Prof. dr. Orit Avishai & discussion
Title: Queering Orthodoxy: Everyday Theologies of Life, God, and Sex
Convenor: Prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte
Respondent: dr. Nella van den Brandt
5:15 PM Dinner Break
8:00 PM Public event: Theatre play/video and discussion
Title: Klei (Clay)

Thursday March 11, 2021
9:15 AM Opening day 2
9:30 AM Keynote address by prof. dr Esra Özyürek & discussion
Title: Is Islamophobia Like Homophobia? Reconfiguring Religious Conversion into the Discussions of Racism
: dr. Nella van den Brandt
Respondent: dr. Margreet van Es
10:45 AM Coffee break
11:15 AM Panel session 1: Religious Conversion: Gender, Sexuality and Migration
Panel session 2: Gender & Religious Transformation in South Asia, organised by Prof. dr. Ute Hüsken
Panel session 3: Sexual Enchantment: Experiences of the Ordinary and the extra-Ordinary, organised by dr. Jelle Wiering
12:45 PM Lunch break
1:45 PM Panel session 4: Thinking about Religion, Race and Coloniality through Gender and Sexuality
Panel Session 5: Book launch Transforming Bodies and Religions: Powers and Agencies in Europe
Panel session 6: Religious Traditions and their Gendered Conflicts and Transformations
3:15 PM Coffee break
3:45 PM Panel session 7: Contemporary Gendered Religiosities and Spiritualities
Panel Session 8: Religious Transformation and Abortion Contestations in the UK, organised by dr. Sarah-Jane Page
Panel session 9: IARG Roundtable
5:15 PM End of second day

Friday March 12, 2021

9:00 AM Opening day 3
9:15 AM Panel session 10: Religion, Gender and Cultural/Racial Difference in Media and Cultural Representation
Panel session 11: Religiosities Beyond Liberation or Oppression: Exploring Intersections between Religiosity, Gender, Race, Ethnicity and Sexuality in Different Times and Places, organised by Mia Liinason
11:00 AM Coffee Break
11:15 AM Panel session 12: Social Movements and Activism Addressing Religion, Gender, Ethnicity, Sexuality
Panel session 13: Transformative Perspectives on Gendered Bodies and Intimacies
Panel session 9: IARG General Assembly
12:45 PM Lunch Break
1:45 PM Keynote address by Prof. dr. Miranda Klaver & discussion
Title: The Evangelical Gendered Conversion Paradox
: prof. dr. Mariecke van den Berg
Respondent: drs. Eline Huygens
3:00 PM Coffee Break
3:30 PM Final remarks by dr. Maria Vliek & Prof. dr. Laurel Zwissler
4:30 PM End of conference