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9-11 November 2016 | Women, Religions and Gender Relations

Interest in the subject of “Women, Religions and Gender Relations” has intensified especially from the mid-1990s in Europe – more recently in Italy – spreading beyond the borders of the sociology of religion and gender studies. Specifically, attention has been focussed on three critical points that we shall address: First, the study of transformations of religious expression within traditional religions and, at the same time, the analysis of contemporary forms of spirituality demonstrate a “feminine specificity” which raises various questions and highlights the necessity to dedicate more attention to the different religious experiences of men and women and to re-interpret critically the basic analytical categories of the sociology of religion. Secondly, comparison with non-Christian traditions reveals the importance of a critical reading of women’s role in various forms of religion and spirituality. Finally, the development of a gender lens in religion allows analysis of the variegated constructions of the male and the female in different religious traditions. 

Designed as a space of dialogue and encounter, the conference promotes original models of interpretation based on different contexts and experiences. It strongly welcomes contributions based on empirical researches (both single cases studies or larger analyses), envisaging an interdisciplinary perspective and employing ethnographic and comparative methodologies.

The conference will host the annual board meeting of the International Association for the study of Religion and Gender (IARG) – everybody’s welcome to join.

Event date: 
Wednesday, 9 November, 2016 (All day) to Friday, 11 November, 2016 (All day)
University of Torino – Campus Luigi Einaudi – Lungo Dora Siena 100 sala lauree blu grande | blu piccola