Like a network of bus lanes leaves its marks on the map of Münster with its routes meeting and crossing each other, categories of social difference are imprinted in biographies, their contexts, and finally, in theology itself. Over the last decades, feminist theology and theological gender studies have contributed to the inclusion of gender as a category into theological reflection. However, they increasingly realize that questions of gender cannot capture experiences of discrimination as well as power structures completely. For doing so, the complex network of social differences in its multifaceted interconnectedness of social categories such as race, class, gender, (dis)ability, religion and many more needs to be considered.
The Centre for Theological Gender Studies of the Catholic-Theological Faculty at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster invites you to our attempt to broaden the horizon towards intersectionality. International experts of theological gender studies with different biographical backgrounds and from various theological disciplines focus on examples of intersections in this network. They discuss, how categories of social difference are intersectionally connected in their biography and influence their theology. In interactive formats based on these reflections, we want to work on the following questions: How can the claim of a gender-sensitive theology be fulfilled when intersectionality is taken into account? How can an intersectional perspective complement and enrich theological gender studies? In other words: For what and how should theology in general, but also theological gender studies in particular, adapt an intersectional approach?
Conference Language: English