Contesting Religious Identities

Venue: Academiegebouw

Location: Utrecht, Netherlands

Event Date/Time: Oct 13, 2010 End Date/Time: Oct 15, 2010
Registration Date: Oct 10, 2010
Early Registration Date: May 15, 2010
Abstract Submission Date: Apr 01, 2010
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In the Western world, religion has come strongly to the fore again. It is back on the public stages of ‘secular’ society, influencing political and social discourses by raising questions about identity, power, rationality, law and safety. Its ‘return’ however is rather ambiguous. On the one hand, shifting cultural and political frameworks (re-)shape, (re)invent and appropriate religious identities. On the other hand these identities enhance and re-inform cultural and political frameworks. How to understand these different roles religions play? How to understand the ambiguous return of religion on the stages of Western society?
To explore these questions, the Research Institute for Theology and Religion (Integon) of Utrecht University organizes the international conference ‘Contesting Religious Identities’. The aim of the conference is to build on interdisciplinary insights to analyse the historical and cultural production of religious identities. The organizing committee has chosen three foci:
1. Bodies, Gestures & Rituals,
2. Media, Images & Texts, and
3. Territories, Movements & Diasporas.

Keynote Speakers:

Main Theme:
- Prof. Nilüfer Göle (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Paris),
- Prof. Joerg Rieger (Southern Methodist University, Dallas)

Bodies, Gestures & Rituals:
- Prof. Tina Pippin (Agnes Scott College)

Media, Images & Texts
- Prof. dr. Jolyon Mitchell (Edinburgh University)

Territories, Movements & Diasporas
- Prof. Claudia Camp (Texas University),
- Prof. Patrick Eisenlohr (Utrecht University)

Closing session
- Dr Christoph Baumgartner (Utrecht University).


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