Workshop invitation: Women negotiating secularism and multiculturalism through civil society organisations
Coventry University, 30th June – 1st July 2015
Sponsored by the International Society for the Sociology of Religion & organised by Coventry University, Uppsala University, University of Helsinki & the Centre for Social Studies, Lisbon.
The second of three workshops asking “Is secularism bad for women? Women, Religion and Multiculturalism in contemporary Europe”, this workshop will explore how European societies can secure religious women’s freedom and flourishing. How can societies ensure both gender equality and religious freedom, without sacrificing either? What political arrangements offer the most to those who are religious and female? Is religion an impediment to women’s freedom, or can it be a force for social justice, and how should societies negotiate these issues?
This workshop approaches these questions by focusing on what women’s and religious organisations are doing to address faith, gender, secularism and multiculturalism. How do these differ by geography or faith group? To what extent do faith-based organisations working for religious inclusion in civil society press for gender equality? How do women’s organisations approach religion, and do they consider religion to be an equality issue alongside ethnicity, gender, sexuality or disability? How are women’s faith-based organisations’ working across secular/religious spheres and with other civil society organisations? How do theological/hermeneutical approaches inform religious organisations’ work on gender and women’s issues?
Programme: Featuring 15 speakers (academic and from women’s organisations) from the UK, Netherlands, USA, Mauritania, Belgium, Germany & Sweden. Topics include: Muslim women’s organisations, Christian feminism, FGM, non-religion & gender, Hindu nationalism, legal regulation of women’s dress and new media and religion. Keynote lectures by Dr Line Nyhagen & Dr Niamh Reilly. Details via: https://womenreligionandsecularism.wordpress.com/coventry-university-programme/
Practical information & how to register: Participation fee (includes lunch & refreshments): £15 (standard), £10 (unwaged, PhD, post-doc or civil society organizations). Details via: https://womenreligionandsecularism.wordpress.com/coventry-university-practical-information/
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