RELIGION, GENDER AND THE PUBLIC SPHERE
Edited by Niamh Reilly and Stacey Scriver
is an Associate Professor and Director of Insan Centre for Gender and Women’s
Studies and the Department of Development Studies at Al-Quds University in
Jerusalem. She received her PhD and MA in Women’s Studies from the University of
Kent, Canterbury, UK. Al-Labadi was a post-doctoral researcher in International
and Comparative Legal Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies at
London University. She was a founding member of the Women’s Studies Centre in
East Jerusalem. Her areas of interest include gender and development, women’s
rights and law, women and citizenship, gender and social change, and gender and
diaspora. She was a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Michigan
(Dearborn) in the United States, where she taught Gender, Displacement and Oral
History, and was also a visiting Scholar at York University in Canada, working
with on the Major Collaborative Research Initiative (MCRI) “Diaspora, Islam and
Gender: a Comparative Study of Four Displaced Communities from Islamic
is Professor of Catholic Studies and Director of the Digby Stuart Research
Centre for Religion, Society and Human Flourishing at the University of
Roehampton, UK. She received her PhD from Bristol University, which formed the
basis for her book God’s Mother, Eve’s Advocate (2002). Her latest book
is Theology after Postmodernity: Divinising the Void (forthcoming). Her
research interests include gender and symbolism in Roman Catholic theology,
natural law, human rights and women's rights, and Lacanian psychoanalytic theory.
Beattie is a former President of the Catholic Theological Association of
Great Britain and she is a Director of the Catholic weekly The Tablet.
She has published widely in academic and non-academic publications.
Sarah Bracke is Assistant Professor of Sociology of Religion and Culture at the Faculty of
Social Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium. She holds a PhD in Women’s Studies from
Utrecht University (“Women Resisting Secularisation in an Age of Globalisation:
Four Case Studies in a European Context,” 2004), and was a Marie Curie
Fellow at the University of California Santa Cruz and Utrecht University
(2006-2008). Her work is situated at the intersection of religion, secularism,
and gender and draws upon feminist theory, critical theory, and post-colonial
theory. It explores questions of modernity, religion, and (transformations of)
the secular, as well as multiculturalism, in relation to notions of
subjectivity, agency, and gender. She co-authored a book on multiculturalism and
one on how Islam is framed within the social sciences (both in Dutch), directed
a video-essay on how LGB rights figure in contemporary war discourses (Pink
Camouflage, 2009) and has published in Theory, Culture and Society,
The European Journal of Women’s Studies, Feminist Review and
Religion and Gender.
Gürsel is a PhD candidate in Public Law at Marmara
University, Turkey, where she also works as a research assistant at the Human
Right Law Department. Demir Gürsel’s doctoral dissertation addresses the
jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights with regard to religion and
morality. Her research particularly focuses on the patterns that consolidate the
liberal nation states' sovereignty in the Court's application of the democratic
necessity clause in articles 8-11 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Her broader research interests involve theories of rights and state, liberalism,
democracy, secularism, and gender. Her previous work addressed issues such as
women's religious subjectivities before international human rights bodies,
regulation of rape through law, and articulations of universalist and relativist
arguments in the context of human rights law.
Dormor is the President and Dean of Chapel of St
John’s College in the University of Cambridge where he also lectures on
sociology of religion in the Divinity Faculty. He studied Human Sciences at
Magdalen College, Oxford, and Medical Demography at the London School of Hygiene
and Tropical Medicine before working as a Press Officer for the charity One plus
One: Marriage and Partnership Research. He trained for ministry in the Church of
England at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and then served as a curate in St Peter’s
Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, before moving to St John’s College in 1998. He
is a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and sits on a number
of other national church bodies, including the Mission and Public Affairs
Council and Anglican Roman Catholic Committee. He writes primarily on sexual
ethics and is the author of Just Cohabiting? The Church, Sex and Getting
Married (DLT, 2004), and a co-editor of Anglicanism: The Answer to
Modernity (Continuum, 2003) and An Acceptable Sacrifice? Homosexuality
and the Church (SPCK Publishing, 2007).
Goldenberg is Professor of Religious Studies in
the Department of Classics and Religious Studies and former Director of Women’s
Studies at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She obtained her PhD in religious
studies from Yale University in 1976 after having done graduate work at
Princeton University in classical studies. Her areas of specialization include
religion and popular culture, religion and gender, and religion and
psychoanalysis. She has a keen interest in the emerging field of “critical
religion,” which focuses on deconstructing the category of religion and its
relationship to concepts such as “the secular” and “politics.” With co-editors
Timothy Fitzgerald and Trevor Stack, she is compiling a collection of essays to
advance theory in this area. She continues to support feminist scholarship in
religious studies as a member of the editorial board of the Journal of
Feminist Studies in Religion. Her published books include Resurrecting
the Body: Feminism, Religion and Psychoanalysis (Crossroad, 1993) and
Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religions (Beacon,
1979). She is currently writing a book which has as its working title The
Category of Religion in the Technology of Contemporary Statecraft.
is Director of postgraduate programs in Gender, Culture & Society and Senior
Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of Limerick, Ireland.
She is also Co-Convener of the University of Limerick and National University of
Ireland, Galway, research consortium, Gender ARC (http://www.genderarc.org/).
She is author of Women and the Irish Diaspora (Routledge, 2004), editor
of the Irish Journal of Sociology 18.3, a special issue on the
transnational turn in sociology, and joint editor of the journal Mobilities 6.2
on methodological innovations in mobilities research. She has also published
widely on themes of gender and migration and the politics of emotion in feminist
politics. She is principal investigator for the Irish Research Council for
Humanities and Social Sciences (IRCHSS)-funded research project “The Irish
Catholic Church and the Politics of Migration” and joint principal investigator
on the Irish Social Science Platform project “Nomadic Work/Life in the Knowledge
Grzywacz is Programme Coordinator dealing with
sexual and reproductive health and rights at the Federation for Women and Family
Planning. Previously she was the International Executive Secretary of the
Democratic Left Alliance (SLD), Poland’s largest social democratic party, where
she also serves as a member of the National Executive Committee and General
Secretary of the Women's Organization. She is one of the European advisors of
the US-based organization Catholics for Choice, which challenges the official
views of Roman Catholic hierarchy on abortion, condom use, and sexuality, and
works to ensure that all people have access to safe and affordable reproductive
healthcare services. She has been providing and advocating for comprehensive
sexuality education with the Ponton Group of Sex Educators since 2002. Her areas
of interest include education, health, human rights, and politics. She holds an
MA in Applied Linguistics from Warsaw University and a postgraduate degree in
clinical sexology. She lives in Warsaw.
is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the School of Humanities and Social
Science at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She was
previously Research Fellow in the Religions and Development Research Programme,
University of Birmingham. Kirmani completed her PhD in 2007 at University of
Manchester. Her primary research interests are related to religion, urban space,
gender, and development in South Asia. She has contributed to multiple
journals and edited collections, including The Journal of Gender Studies,
Contributions to Indian Sociology, and Progress in Development Studies.
Her latest book is Questioning the Muslim Woman: Space, Identity and
Insecurity in an Urban Locality (Routledge, 2013, forthcoming).
is Professor of Legal Theory at Utrecht University. Previous to this post she
was Professor of Gender and Law. She received her PhD from Leiden University on
the topic “Difference in Equality” in 1992. Her research interests include
equality and law, human rights, gender, and multicultural issues. She is the
co-editor of the Dutch Journal of Human Rights and the NJCM-Bulletin,
and is a member on the Board of the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM).
Loenen has been published in Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights and
has published extensively on the non-discrimination law and sex equality.
Malesevic is Lecturer at the School of Political
Science and Sociology at National University of Ireland, Galway. She obtained
her PhD from University College Cork, Ireland. Her areas of research cover
religion and religious organizations, especially the Catholic Church, sexuality,
and LGBT issues, civil society, Irish society, and Central and Eastern Europe.
She has over a decade’s experience in research projects on subjects including
ethnicity, sexuality, and religion. Malesevic is on the editorial board of the
Irish Journal of Feminist Studies and the scholarly journal Gender,
Sexuality and Feminism. She has published refereed articles dealing with the
topics of ethnicity, sexuality, and religion.
is a Senior Research Associate at the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional
Studies at Carsten Niebuhr Institute at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
She holds a PhD in law from the Faculty of Law, Copenhagen. Her field of
research is Islamic law, legal pluralism, and South Asia. Mehdi has written
several articles and books, including Islamization of Laws in Pakistan
(Curzen Press, 1994), Women’s Law in Legal Education and Practice in
Pakistan: North-South Cooperation, edited with Farida Shaheed (New Social
Science Monograph, 1997), Gender and Property Law in Pakistan (DJØF
Publishing, Copenhagen & Vanguard Lahore, 2001), Integration and
Retsudvikling (DJØF Publishing, 2007), Law and Religion in Multicultural
Societies, with Hanna Petersen, Erik Reenberg Sand, and Gordon R. Woodman
(DJØF Publishing, 2008), and Embedding Mahr in the European Legal
System, edited with Jørgen S. Nielsen (DJØF Publishing, 2011). She is editor
in-chief of the Journal of Law and Social Research (JLSR). She is an
expert in Islamic law and in 2006 she received the Kafkatten Award for her work
on Muslim women’s rights from the Danish Association on Legal Affairs. Presently
she is visiting professor at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan.
Mekonnen obtained his primary legal education in
Eritrea, where he served, among other things, as Judge of the Zoba Maekel
Provincial Court in Asmara. He obtained his LLM from the University of
Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 2003 and his LLD from the University of the Free
State, South Africa, in 2008. Currently, he is a Research Fellow at the Felsberg
Institute for Education and Academic Research (FIBW) in Germany, where he is
involved in a research project funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.
He is also a Research Associate at the Department of Constitutional Law and
Philosophy of Law, University of the Free State. His teaching and research
interests include human rights, transitional justice, international criminal
law, peace and conflict studies, nonviolent struggle, and development
cooperation, as well as the intersection between health and human rights. He has
worked in several universities as a post-doctoral researcher and lecturer,
including serving as a Bank of Ireland Fellow at the Irish Centre for Human
Rights (National University of Ireland, Galway), where he taught a graduate
course on International Security Law. He has a proven track record of
publications in peer-reviewed academic journals and books.
Mitchem is Professor and Chair of the Department
of Religious Studies, University of South Carolina, USA. She is also jointly
appointed to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Her research interests
include the intersections of social class, gender constructions, racisms, and
religions. Mitchem was the founding director of the African American Program at
the University of Detroit Mercy, in Detroit, Michigan, USA. She is a
contributing editor of Crosscurrents magazine. She is the author
of numerous essays and her most recent book is titled Faith, Health and
Healing among African Americans, co-edited with Emilie M. Townes (Praeger,
Pokora is Professor of Communication at Nebraska
Wesleyan University in the United States. Originally from Grand Rapids,
Michigan, Pokora earned her BA in Communication in 1990 from Michigan State
University. She received both her MA and PhD degrees from Purdue University in
1993 and 1996, respectively. Pokora joined the faculty at Nebraska Wesleyan
University in 1996. Her first sabbatical took her to Florence, Italy, for the
2003-2004 academic year. Pokora spent 2010-2011 in Ireland, where she was a
Visiting Research Associate with the Global Women’s Studies Centre at the
National University of Ireland, Galway. While there, Pokora completed work on
her book, A Fire on Our Bones, which addresses power, authority, and
structure in the Roman Catholic Church. Pokora’s research and academic interests
include organizational communication with a focus on gender, religion, dialogue,
power, and authority. Pokora teaches courses on theory, leadership, gender, and
communication in contemporary society. She was awarded the United Methodist
Exemplary Teacher Award in 2001.
is Co-Director of the Global Women's Studies Centre and a Senior Lecturer in the
School of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland,
Galway. She is also Co-Convener of the NUI Galway–University of Limerick
research network, Gender ARC (http://www.genderarc.org/). Reilly earned a PhD in
Politics from Rutgers University (2000), where she worked for several years at
the Center for Women's Global Leadership. She has published widely on
transnational women's movements, feminist theory, and human rights and is author
of Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalising Age
(Polity Press, 2009), which was selected as an "Outstanding Academic Title for
2010" by the American Library Association/CHOICE. Reilly has many years'
experience working with United Nations processes and civil society organizations
internationally and in Ireland and has served as an independent expert on the
Irish government's Department of Foreign Affairs Standing Committee on Human
Rights (1997-1999) and its Consultative Group to draft Ireland's National Action
Plan on UN Security Council 1325 (2010-2011). Before joining NUI Galway in 2007,
Niamh was UK Research Council Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Transitional
Justice Institute, University of Ulster (2005-2007) and a postdoctoral fellow in
Women's Studies and Politics at the University of Limerick, Ireland (2003-2005).
Saharso is Professor of Intercultural Governance
at the School of Management and Governance of the University of Twente and
Associate Professor at the Department of Sociology of the VU University
Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She was the Visiting Professor for “Democracy and
Difference in Europe” at the University of Vienna, Austria in 2006-2007. She is
general editor of the open access journal Comparative Migration Studies.
Saharso is a member of the Council of European Studies (CES) and member of the
IMISCOE Research Network. Her research fields include the governance of
migration, religious diversity, and citizenship within a European comparative
perspective, and migration, care, and participation.
Scriver is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in
the School of Political Science and Sociology at the National University of
Ireland, Galway, working with the Global Women's Studies Centre and the Centre
for the Study of Nationalism and Organised Violence. She has published in the
Journal of Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, the Journal of
Power and Organisation, and is co-author of Rape and Justice in Ireland
(Liffey Press, 2009). Her research interests lie in the intersection of gender,
religion, nationalism, and political identity.
Shanneik is a research fellow at the Study of
Religions Department at University College Cork, Ireland. From 2009 to 2010 she
was a post-doctoral researcher in an Irish Research Council for Humanities and
Social Sciences (IRCHSS) project on Islam in Ireland, focusing on Muslim women,
migrants, and converts. She holds a PhD from the Department of English
Literature and Cultural Studies of the University of Würzburg, Germany. Her
areas of interest include gender and Islam, migrant identities in Europe, and
postcolonial literature. Her articles have been published in Religion and
Gender, the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs and the Journal of
Muslims in Europe.
Nikky-Guninder Kaur Singh is the Chair of the
Department of Religious Studies and Crawford Family Professor at Colby College
in Waterville, Maine, USA. She received her PhD from Temple University in 1987.
Singh has published extensively in the field of Sikhism. Her areas of interest
include poetics, Indian women's issues, major religions of northern India, and
the role of women in religious literature. Her latest publications include Of
Sacred and Secular Desire (I.B. Tauris, 2012), Sikhism: An Introduction (I.B.
Tauris, 2011), and The Birth of the Khalsa: A Feminist Re-memory of Sikh
Identity (State University of New York Press, 2005).
Stuart is a Lecturer of Law at Robert Gordon
University, Aberdeen, Scotland, and a qualified solicitor. Before joining the
Department of Law at the Aberdeen Business School she practiced law in both
England and Scotland and also worked in the non-profit sector. Stuart is a
member of the Governance and Society research group within the Institute for
Management Governance and Society (IMAGES) Research Institute. Her research
interests are in the areas of international human rights law, specifically
equality, regional human rights systems, and the law relating to refugees. She
has published articles in Human Rights Law Review and Refugee Survey
Quarterly, among other journals.
is a Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Leeds in the
United Kingdom. Her main research interests are focused around religions and
global development and religion, gender, and society. In 2006 she received an
“Outstanding Women in Buddhism” award at the United Nations, Bangkok, Thailand,
for her fieldwork with Buddhist nuns campaigning for full ordination for women
in Thailand. She has been elected to the Steering Committee of the newly formed
Religion and International Development group of the American Academy of
Religion. Her articles have been published in Oxford Development Studies
and Gender and Development, among other journals. Her latest book is
entitled: Religions and Development (Routledge, forthcoming).
Mirjam van Reisen is Professor of International Social Responsibility and holds the Marga Klompé
Endowed Chair at the School of Humanities, Department of Culture Studies,
Tilburg University in the Netherlands. She is the Founding Director of Europe
External Policy Advisors (EEPA) in Brussels. Van Reisen obtained her PhD from
the University of Maastricht in 2009. Her research interests include social
poverty policy and cooperation between religion and cultures. She has published
widely in these areas and is an expert in European foreign policy. In 2012 she
was awarded a Golden Image Award in recognition
of her efforts to help women end conflict in Liberia and other countries.
is a lecturer at the school of Political Science and Sociology at National University of Ireland,
Galway. She has taught at University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin,
Villanova University in Philadelphia, and Northeastern University in Boston, in
the areas of international relations, politics, and women’s studies. Her main
research interests are cosmopolitanism and Buddhist social theory as applied in
the context of normative international relations theory and prostitution and sex
trafficking from a policy and human rights perspective. She is a founder member
of the Irish Network for Studies in Buddhism (INSB).
is a Lecturer in Human Geography at the University of Liverpool, UK. His
research interests include gender participation, social capital, and citizenship
and his research areas include south China and South Asia (Bangladesh and
India). He is the author of Exploring Unseen Social Capital in Community
Participation (Amsterdam University Press, 2007) and co-editor of
Identity in Crossroad Civilisations: Ethnicity, Nationalism and Globalism in
Asia (Amsterdam University Press, 2009).
Yuval-Davis is the Director of the Research Centre
on Migration, Refugees and Belonging (CMRB) at the University of East London.
She has been the President of the Research Committee 05 (on racism, nationalism,
and ethnic relations) of the International Sociological Association and a member
of the Sociology sub-panel of the British Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) for
2008 and the Research Excellence Framework (REF) for 2014. Yuval-Davis is one of
the founding members of the international research network of Women in
Militarized Conflict Zones and of Women against Fundamentalism. She has served
as an expert and consultant to various international organizations such as
Amnesty International, the UNDP, and the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence
against Women. Her areas of research include nationalism, racism, citizenship,
fundamentalism, identities, and gender relations. Her work has been published in
over ten languages. Her most recent book is entitled The Politics of
Belonging: Intersectional Contestations (Sage Publications, 2011).