Political and public approaches to gender, secularism and multiculturalism
CIUL (Centro de informação urbana de Lisboa) – Lisbon, 11-13 November 2015.
DEADLINE EXTENDED – 25th September 2015
This workshop is the third of a series of international workshops on the theme “Is secularism bad for women? Women, Religion and Multiculturalism in contemporary Europe” focusing on the relation between the role of religion in women’s lives and gender equality (https:
This workshop will approach these issues by focusing on the public and political spheres, as well as on the theoretical debate. The first workshop at Uppsala University (May 2015) examined the individual or everyday level, while the second one at Coventry University (June 2015) addressed the organisational or group level. In the Lisbon workshop we will investigate the political and public approaches to gender, secularism and multiculturalism. We will focus on how the issues of gender equality, secularism and multiculturalism are treated in three forms of public spheres (1) the mass media sphere, (2) the political sphere, and (3) the theoretical discourse on public religion. How do gender equality, secularism and multiculturalism become public matters? What kind of issues are they intertwined with? What values and controversies do they involve? How are these different spheres intertwined with one another? What kind of understandings of the public do they involve? How are these issues politicized? What kind of challenges do they pose to the theoretical debate? What they may tell us about the contemporary conceptions of religious/female agency and citizenship? What do they tell us about democracy?
Keynote speakers: Dr. Paola Bacchetta (University of California, Berkley); Dr. Teresa Toldy (University Fernando Pessoa, Porto and Centre for Social Studies, Coimbra).
We invite papers that discuss these questions, at the theoretical and empirical level. Abstracts should be sent by 25th September. Abstracts should be written in English and not exceed 300 words. Notification of acceptance will be given by September 30th. Please send abstracts to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Practical information: The workshop will run from 2 pm on 11 November to 5 pm on 13 November in CIUL (Lisbon, http: