Call for abstracts: Religion & gender panel at ISSR conference; Barcelona, July 2019

Dear colleagues,

We invite abstracts for a panel entitled:
Religion and gender: on defensive and reflexive developments in religious contexts

Coordinated by Kristin Aune, Anna Fedele and Kim Knibbe
at the upcoming ISSR conference (International Society for the Sociology of Religion) to be held in Barcelona between July 9th and 12th, 2019
The deadline for submissions is December 16th . Abstracts should be no more than 250 words.

Full description:

Kristin Aune, Coventry University
Anna Fedele, CRIA-ISCTE/IUL, Lisbon
Kim Knibbe, University of Groningen

Abstract (English):
The sociological study of religion has long moved past the cliché that religion is inherently patriarchal. There is the observation that religious contexts are at least numerically dominated by women and are therefore also an important site for studying female agency. There are the challenges to western feminist notions of the liberal subject that have emerged from in-depth ethnographic research on women in religious contexts (notably the work of Saba Mahmood). There are numerous studies that highlight how religious actors have moved forward feminist causes and contributed to rethinking gender relations in daily life and religious life. Furthermore, there are the critiques of secularism’s claim to be inherently progressive when it comes to women and minorities, most recently in the book of Joan Scott (2017) and a recent special issue of Social Compass (2017). Yet, the present-day political landscape undeniably shows that religious constituencies and institutional actors are mobilized for a reactionary agenda when it comes to the position of women and sexual minorities. This panel calls for papers that can contribute to a conversation on these contradictory movements.

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Thank you and we hope to see you in July in Barcelona.
Anna,  Kim and Kristin

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