Call for papers open now!

Religion, Gender and Body Politics
Post-secular, post-colonial and queer perspectives

From 12 till 14 February 2015 the internationalisation project will be closed with an international conference in Utrecht, the Netherlands under the title: ‘Religion, Gender and Body Politics: post-colonial, post-secular and queer perspectives’. At this conference the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG) will be launched. The call for papers is open and we invite all scholars to submit papers, panels and posters that are related to the central theme of the conference: ‘Religion, Gender and Body Politics’.

For more information:

  • You can find the call for papers here
  • You can find the preliminary programme here
  • You can submit a paper, poster or pre-arranged panel session here

The registration for the conference starts at 15 December 2014 via this website.


Religion, Gender & Activism | Fourth Expert meeting | 15-16 december 2014 | Ghent University, Belgium

Aim: This international expert meeting aims to discuss the study of religion and gender in relation to social movements and activism. For this purpose, a one and a half day intensive meeting will bring together scholars from different fields, such as religious studies, theology, sociology, anthropology and gender and women’s studies. The topics of the keynote lectures, the roundtable discussion and the workshops will address the study of religion and gender from multiple critical postcolonial, postsecular and queer perspectives. The thematic focus is social movements and activism in contemporary multicultural societies, related to contemporary debates on multiculturalism, human rights, and social inequalities and exclusions. The meeting will discuss the complex dynamics of religion and gender in our contemporary world with regard to the perspectives of activists and at the level of autonomous movements, civil society and critique within the institutions. Activism is broadly conceived as the critique of forms of inequality experienced or articulated by autonomous groups as well as by civil society actors and social movements and actors within the institutions in order to work towards progressive change.

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Constructive Discussions in a Convivial Setting

Impression of the Start Meeting of the Religion and Gender Project
By An van Raemdonck, PhD Fellow at Ghent University, Belgium

As one of the PhD researchers attending the first introductory meeting, I am happy to give you a small impression. Central aim of the two days-meeting was for all participating institutions to get to know each other better. Anne-Marie Korte, one of the initiators of this project, highlighted the general framework and theoretical context that urged the organizing team of scholars in ‘gender’ and ‘religion’, and especially in the intersection of both fields, to start this new initiative.

Research Students Start Meeting 2012

An Exciting Opportunity

Impression of the project’s Start Meeting in Utrecht, August 29-30, 2012
By Jenny Loh, PhD Student at SOAS, University of London (UK)

It was a pleasure to be invited to participate in the first Research and Networking Project for ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’.  Held in the beautiful and historical city of Utrecht, this event gave an opportunity for those belonging to the participating research institutions—both senior scholars and junior researchers alike—to meet one another, learn about one another’s work and interests, and take part in informative and important discussions about the future plans for this three-year project.

Research Students Start Meeting 2012

Inspired and Grateful

Impression of the project’s Start Meeting in Utrecht, August 29-30, 2012

By Rahil Roodsaz

PhD Student at the Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands)

These two days were very interesting and inspiring to me. It was amazing to see how despite differences in disciplinary background and not knowing each other (very well), participants connected so quickly. I think that intellectually this had to do with a shared concern to bring in a more gender-sensitive and a historically and contextually better informed perspective on the role of religion in the modern world. The urgency to do something about this seemed to result in the willingness to find a mutual ground upon which interesting and relevant projects can be build. Also the practical difficulties of finding the financial sources in these not-so-favorable economic circumstances were perceived as yet another reason to be creative. More than anything I felt grateful to be part of such great initiative represented by a wonderful group of people. I very much look forward to future developments of this promising network and hope to be able to somehow contribute to that.

Research Students Start Meeting 2012


Impression of the project’s Start Meeting in Utrecht, August 29-30, 2012

By Alexandra Rijke

RMA Student Gender and Ethnicity & International Development Studies, Utrecht University

On the 29th and 30th of August the first conference concerning the NWO project ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the study of religion and gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’ took place in Utrecht. Being invited while being (only) a master student was surprising, exciting and raised certain questions, ‘what will my place in this project be?’, ’what do they expect from me?’. On the first day of the conference the main goal was getting to know each other and we heard a lot about each other’s research. My question concerning my place in the project changed from ‘what will my place be’ to ‘will there be a place for me?’. While studying International Development Studies and Gender Studies religion always played a factor in my research, but was never the leading subject. Secondly, my knowledge of religion was restricted to knowledge of Islam, while Christianity seemed to become dominant in this European project. I went to bed thinking I met wonderful people, but that this project would not relate to my upcoming research or experience in the past.

During the second day the goal was to come up with themes and ideas for further collaboration. Because the research interests discussed on the first day were all very different, I wondered whether or not a shared theme would be discovered during just one brainstorm meeting. However, when the brainstorm started, something very special happened and I felt truly lucky to be present. It could be seen how great minds came together, listened to each other, respected each other and all wanted to discover a shared passion. The participants started discussing topics they would find interesting, which at first sounded (again) very different, but this time they not only listened to each other but incorporated the ideas of the others in the topics they brought forward themselves. In an incredibly fast pace they came up with truly interesting and innovative problem statements. At the end of the brainstorm meeting the general theme was agreed upon: ‘(Re)-Imaginations’ and everyone seemed excited to be part of this project. I went home happy because I do see a possible place for my own research in the theme discussed and I truly hope to stay connected to this fascinating and inspiring group of women and men.

Research Students Start Meeting 2012