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Gender Studies and Religious Subjects Conference (2007)
Gender Studies and Religious Subjects: Perspectives Across Disciplines (2007)
Friday, February 23, 2007
What happens when the study of women, gender, sexuality and feminism encounter—or clash with—religion and the academic study of religion? Scholars bring a variety of disciplinary concerns to the challenges of bridging discussions of gender and feminist theory with discussions of religion. Harvard faculty in the humanities and social sciences joined faculty of Harvard Divinity School and past and present scholars in the Women's Studies in Religion Program (WSRP) at the Divinity School for a one-day conversation to address these questions.
Participants contemplated together the current issues facing women's and gender studies at Harvard, as well as in the academy at large, and considered multiple ways that religion figures in our various fields, the potential contribution of the study of religion for sexuality, gender, queer, or feminist theory, and the special problems academics face in writing or teaching about religion. Participants were interested in a range of theoretical reflections as well as a broad array of historical issues and practical questions, and hoped that the focus on religion broadly conceived would serve to catalyze a discussion leading to greater awareness across fields of common issues and interests among colleagues working in women's and gender studies.
This conference was co-sponsored by the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University.