Advanced Research Consortium on Gender, Culture and the Knowledge Society

Project

Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere

Project Description

The re-emergence of religion as a significant cultural, social and political, force is not gender neutral and poses renewed challenges for the realisation of women's human rights. Tensions between claims for women’s equality and the rights of sexual minorities on one side and the claims of religions on the other side are well-documented across all major religions and regions. It is also well recognized in feminist scholarship that gender identities and ethno-religious identities work together in complex ways that are often exploited by dominant groups. Hence, a more comprehensive understanding of the changing role and influence of religion in the public sphere more widely requires complex, multidisciplinary and comparative gender analyses. Most recent discussion on these matters, however, especially in Europe, has focused predominantly on the perceived subordinate status of Muslim women. These debates are a reminder of the deep interrelation of questions of gender, identity, human rights and religious freedom more generally. The relatively narrow scope of such discussions so far, however, underscores the need to extend the horizon of enquiry vis--vis religion, gender and the public sphere beyond the binary of ‘Islam versus the West’. Research undertaken in this thematic area aims to move gender from the periphery to the centre of contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life. Research activity to date has included an international research conference (Linkoping, Sweden, June 2012) funded by the European Science Foundation and co-sponsored by the Global Women's Studies Centre NUI Galway. Selected paper from the conference along with additional invited pieces appear in the edited volume: N Reillly and S Scriver (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (Routledge, 2013, forthcoming). The book offers a timely, multidisciplinary collection of gender-focused essays that address an array of challenges arising from the changing role and influence of religious organisations, identities, actors and values in the public sphere in contemporary multicultural and democratic societies.

Project Details

Principal Investigator:

Dr Niamh Reilly

Co-Investigator:

Dr Stacey Scriver, Dr Vesna Malesevic

External Partners:

 

Dates:

2011-

Grant Source:

 

Grant Amount:

European Science Foundation, Research Conference Grant: €40,000.00 (2011)
NUI Galway Grant in Aid of Publication €1,800.00 (2013)

Project Outputs

BOOK:

N Reilly and S Scriver  (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

ARTICLES/CHAPTERS:

Malesevic, Vesna, "Exploring Religion, Sexuality, and Identity in Context: Reflections on Sociological Perspectives" in N Reilly and S Scriver (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

Reilly, Niamh, "Religion, Gender, and the Public Sphere: Mapping the Terrain" in N Reilly and S Scriver  (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

Reilly, Niamh, "Religion, Law, and Human Rights: Introduction" in N Reilly and S Scriver  (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

Reilly, Niamh, 'Rethinking the Interplay of Feminism and Secularism in a Neo-secular Age', Feminist Review 97 (2011): 5-31.

Reilly, Niamh, "Secularity, women, and feminism" in The Oxford Handbook of Secularism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014, forthcoming)

Reilly, N and S Scriver, "Gender Justice and the 'Postsecular' Public Sphere: Toward Non-Oppressive Reconfigurations' in N Reilly and S Scriver  (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

Scriver, Stacey, "Researching Religion, Constructing Knowledge: Theoretical Revisions and Methodological Challenges - Introduction" in N Reilly and S Scriver  (eds) Religion, Gender and the Public Sphere (New York: Routledge, 2013, forthcoming)

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