Paths need not be linear nor our place on them stagnant, rather we can draw from the past and draw it into the present moment, revisiting and revising as we ask new questions in enduring, and uniting, struggles over ethics in sexuality and beyond.
Sexual ethics and Islam? How might one begin to study such a vast and “problematic” topic? What are some of the most prescient issues that recur in this contested field? And what is the broader significance of this discussion for Religious Studies in general?
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Every discipline has both power and responsibility to contribute to the dismantling of the Patriarchy by declaring its valorization of avarice, egotism, and violence to be wrong. The particular duty and power of religious studies and theology, is to point out that that valorization is hypocritical—that the culture of Patriarchy is itself inimical to the values of the sacred social order from which it claims its authority and for which it claims to offer protection
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‘Religion’ and ‘Feminism’ are two concepts that have a complex relationship in the popular imaginary. But what do academics mean by these two concepts? And how can we study their interrelationship? What can we say about ‘religion and feminism’, about the academic study of ‘religion and feminism’, or about the ‘academic study of religion’ and feminism? To discuss these basic conceptual issues, and delve deeper into the topic, we are joined by a long-time friend of the RSP, Dr Dawn Llewellyn of the University of Chester.
While perspectives about conversion are Christian-centric, the idea of conversion itself is religion-centric.
“There’s always the risk in popular culture studies – first of all, it’s so fluid, you know, things change so fast – that the minute you’ve said something, it’s obsolete. And there’s always the risk that the material can’t bear the weight of analysis,” said Kate McCarthy in 2013, shortly after the re-release of her co-edited volume God in the Details. However, listening back to this unreleased interview, her commentary both on the metamorphic nature of popular culture studies and on the music of Bruce Springsteen remain salient and fresh even today
Calls for papers
Journal: Open Theology
Special issue: Alternative Religiosities in the Soviet Union and the Communist
East-Central Europe: Formations, Resistances and Manifestations
Deadline: June 30, 2016
Journal: Culture and Society: Journal of Social Research
Special issue: Religion and Belief in the Public Sphere of Eastern Europe
Deadline: February 28, 2016
Conference: ISASR: Religion and Revolution
June 16–17, 2016
What might a queer feminist engagement with Latour’s proposals look like?
In this interview, Dr. Mary Jo Neitz continues the conversation about religion and gender by focusing on theories from LGBT studies and queer studies. Using her work as an ethnographer, as well as the work of American philosopher Judith Butler, Neitz distinguishes the categories of gender and sex by showing how performance and experiences are at the heart of the social construction of gender and sexual identities.
Calls for papers
Conference: Art Approaching Science and Religion
May 11–13, 2016
Åbo Akademi University, Sweden
Deadline: June 15, 2016
Conference: AAG 2016
March 29–April 2, 2016
San Francisco, CA, USA
Deadline: November 6, 2015
Conference: Moral Horizons
December 1–4, 2015
University of Melbourne, Australia
Conference: New Zealand Association for the Study of Religions
December 8–10, 2015
Queenstown, New Zealand
Fedele emphasizes that an academic researcher must acknowledge the power issues present in a researcher-interviewee relationship: the academic doesn’t know everything, nor is the participant ignorant.
How can religious studies be informed by theories around gender and corporeality? How is gender expressed in today’s women’s spirituality and in religions that consider femininity to be a way to access power around sexuality and procreation? When it comes to the study of gender and religion, what are the major factors which can help understand how people embody the relationship between identity and religiosity? What is gender, exactly, and how does it manifest in religious traditions? How do we access it without assuming people’s identities on the basis of their “sex”?
In Part 2 of this week’s interview, Meredith McGuire continues to speak to Martin about the multiple issues of power, normativity and embodiment of religious life that can be observed through her concept of Lived Religion.