International Conference „Theology: Biographical – Contextual – Intersectional“

20th to 21st of October 2022 in Münster (Germany)
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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

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  • Call for Posters

    Alongside the keynote lectures, different projects and research ideas on gender, feminist theology, intersectionality etc. can be presented. We invite professors, researchers in bigger and smaller projects as well as young scholars to present posters about their projects and to enrich the conference this way. We are looking forward to contributions from different theological disciplines, various theologies – Christian, Islamic etc. –, religious studies and other related disciplines. The posters (DIN-A1; language English or German) will be presented during the conference in a reserved time slot. Additionally, the projects can be presented in the conference-blog on the conference-website after the conference (texts of about 5000-7500 characters).

    We are looking forward to seeing your poster! Please send the formular to gender.theologie@uni-muenster by the 30th of September 2022. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via this email address. To raise the visibility of the contributions, we will provide all participants of the conference with title and abstract of all posters shortly before the 20th of October 2022.

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  • Basic Information

    Contact

    Arbeitsstelle für Theologische Genderforschung/Centre for Theological Gender Studies
    Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster
    Robert-Koch-Straße 40
    48149 Münster
    Contact person: Verena Suchhart-Kroll
    E-Mail: gender.theologie@uni-muenster.de

    Conference Venue

    Katholisch-soziale Akademie
    Franz Hitze Haus
    Kardinal-von-Galen-Ring 50
    48149 Münster
    Tel. +49 251 9818-480
    E-Mail: info@franz-hitze-haus.de

    Time-Frame

    Beginning: Thursday, 20th of October, 2022, 09.30 am
    End: Friday, 21st of October 2022, 1.30 pm or 3.00 pm for young scholars

    You can find further information in the flyer.

  • Registration

    Here you can register for the conference.

  • Schedule

    Thursday, 20th of October 2022

    09:30–10:00      Arrival and Welcome Coffee

    10:00–10:30      Opening and Welcome Address 
                                (Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins, Prof. Dr. Judith Könemann, Verena Suchhart-Kroll)

    10:30–18:00      CONTEXT-PORTRAITS

    10:30–12:00      Stop 1: Gender in the Catholic Church, Theology and Society/ies
                                (Dr. Jadranka Anić, Prof. Dr. Tina Beattie)

    12:00–13:30      Lunch

    13:30–15:00       Stop 2: Gender, Contextual and Partisan Hermeneutics of Scripture(s)
                                (Dr. Maricel Ibita, PD Dr. Dina El Omari)

    15:00–16:00      Coffee Break and Poster Presentations

    16:00–18:00      Stop 3: Gender, Intercontinental Perspectives und Postcolonialism
                                (Ass.-Prof. Dr. Judith Gruber, Prof. Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, Dr. Damaris Parsitau)

    18:30–20:00      Dinner

    From 20:00        City Tours

    Friday, 21st of October 2022

    09:00–12:00      COMPARATIVE INTERSECTIONAL ANALYSIS

    09:00–10:00      Observations of the Conference

                                  (Ass.-Prof. Dr. Maren Behrensen, Carolin Hohmann, Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Wacker)

    10:00–11:00      Small Groups

    11:00-11:15       Coffee Break

    11:15–12:15      Concluding Discussion                               

    12:15–12:30      Closing Remarks
                                (Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins, Prof. Dr. Judith Könemann, Verena Suchhart-Kroll)

    12:30–13:30      Lunch

    13:30–15:00      Forum for Female and Other Interested Young Scholars

     

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  • Further Information

    Accomodation

    The Akademie Franz Hitze Haus provides accommodation for you. If you require accommodation, please, include this in your registration.

    Journey to the Conference Venue

    You can reach Franz Hitze Haus from Münster Central Station in approx. 15 minutes by bus or by taxi. If you arrive by car, there are parking spaces available. You can find further information here.

The Speakers of the Conference

Dr. Jadranka Rebeka Anić
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Dr. Jadranka Rebeka Anić

Jadranka Rebeka Anić works at the Institute of Social Sciences Ivo Pilar– Regional Centre Split, as a Scientific Advisor. She taught Religion and Gender as part of the MA Religious Studies program at the University of Sarajevo. As a visiting professor, she taught a course at the Department of Sociology, University of Zadar, at the Faculty of Theology Matija Vlačić Ilirik and the Catholic Faculty of Theology, University of Split. Her main fields of interest are: feministic theology, anti-gender movement and homelessness. She has published a number of papers and books including How to understand gender? The history of discussions and different understandings in the Church (2011).

Dr. Ini Dorcas Dah
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Dr. Ini Dorcas Dah

Ini Dorcas Dah is a lay preacher of l’Eglise Protestante Evangélique du Burkina Faso. She is the founder and president of l’Association Evangélique Sowtaa (Association Evangélique pour la Joie et le Développement de la Femme, Burkina Faso). She is also a Professeur Associée (Visiteur) of l’Institut Pastoral Hébron (IPH), Bouaflé, Côte d’Ivoire and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the Akrofi-Christaller Institute of Theology, Mission and Culture (ACI), Akropong-Akuapem, Ghana from where she received a PhD. She has published Women Do More Work Than Men: Birifor Women as Change Agents in the Mission and Expansion of the Church in West Africa [Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana] (2017 and 2018), and articles on women in Christian mission, theology, human need and environment, and spirituality and hope in Africa. Her research interests are Christian history, Gospel and Culture, Gender Study, and Holistic Mission and Development.

Prof. Dr. Tina Beattie
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Prof. Dr. Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie left her post as Professor of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in 2020, to focus on independent research and writing. Her research interests include sacramental theology and art, psychoanalytic and gender theories, and women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights. Her book Theology After Postmodernity: Divining the Void – a Lacanian Reading of Thomas Aquinas (2013), addresses questions of desire, gender and embodiment. She is now working on a book focusing on language, gender and desire in relation to environmental theology. She has published two novels, The Good Priest (2019) and Between Two Rivers (2022).

Prof. Dr. Dina El Omari
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Prof. Dr. Dina El Omari

Dina El Omari is professor of Interkulturelle Religionspädagogik (Intercultural Religious Pedagogy) at the Centre for Islamic Theology in Münster. In addition, since October of 2019, she is the head of the project “The Ambiguity of Islamic-Emancipatory Discourses in Past and Present” at the Cluster of Excellence “Religion and Politics” at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. In May 2021 she finished her habilitation with her postdoctoral thesis Das koranische Menschenpaar in Schöpfung und Eschatologie – Versuch einer historisch-literaturwissenschaftlichen Kommentierung (The Quranic Human Couple in Creation and Eschatology – An Attempt at a Historical-Literary Commentary). It was published in Winter of 2021 by Herder Verlag. Her main research interests are: Islamic feminism, gender, interreligious and intercultural learning, feminist Quran exegesis, Quran and exegesis.

Prof. Dr. Judith Gruber
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Prof. Dr. Judith Gruber

Judith Gruber is professor of Systematic Theology and director of the Centre for Liberation Theologies at KU Leuven, Belgium. She received her PhD in Systematic Theology from Salzburg University, Austria. From 2012-2017, she was assistant professor of Systematic Theology at Loyola University, New Orleans. Her research is situated at the intersection of theology and critical cultural studies, with a particular focus on Intercultural Theology and Postcolonial Theology. Relevant publications include, for example, Intercultural Theology. Exploring World Christianity after the Cultural Turn (2017) or her recent article, “White Innocence/White Supremacy. Exploring the Theo-political Intersections of Race and Salvation” (JRAT 2022 7/2, p. 515-538).

Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins
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Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins

Marianne Heimbach-Steins is professor of Christian Social Sciences and Director of the Institute for Christian Social Sciences at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Together with Prof. Dr. Judith Könemann, she is director of the Center for Theological Gender Studies. Her research focuses on the foundations of contextual Christian social ethics, political ethics, especially human rights ethics, the ethics of international migration, and social-ethical women’s and gender studies. In this context, she is currently leading the projects “Zukunftsfähige Altenpflege” (“Viable and Sustainable Care for the Elderly”), “Genderfragen im Horizont rechts-populistischer Anti-Gender-Diskurse” (“Gender Issues in the Horizon of Right-Wing Populist Anti-Gender Discourses”) and “Geschlecht, Anerkennung und Recht” (“Gender, Recognition and Law”), among others, at the Institute for Christian Social Sciences. 

Dr. Ma. Maricel S. Ibita
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Dr. Ma. Maricel S. Ibita

Maricel S. Ibita is associate professor at the Ateneo de Manila University, Philippines. Her 2015 dissertation at the KU Leuven, Micah 6:1–8: Rereading the Metaphors for YHWH, Israel and Non-Human Creation and her article “The Great Flood in Genesis 6–9: An Ecological Reading of the J and P Traditions” (BTB 50/2, 2020, p. 68-76), show her work on narrative, poetry and metaphor studies; feminist, liberation, social science and sustainability hermeneutics; and Jewish-Christian sources. As “Global Minds projects” promoter from 2018, with her twin sister, she will publish #ChooseToChallenge: COVID-19, Community Research and the Canaanite Woman, their presentation at the 10th Ecclesia of Women in Asia Conference on February 25, 2022 with the theme Toward Life-Giving Communities in a Time of Pandemic: Asian Feminist Theological Perspectives.

Prof. Dr. Judith Könemann
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Prof. Dr. Judith Könemann

Judith Könemann is professor of Religionspädagogik, Bildungs- und Genderforschung (Religious Pedagogy, Education and Gender Studies) at the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Theology at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. Together with Prof. Dr. Marianne Heimbach-Steins, she is also director of the Center for Theological Gender Studies. Her research interests include the theoretical foundation of religious education, intersectionality and education with a special focus on the category of gender and educational justice, intercultural and interreligious education, and ethical learning. Recent publications on issues of gender and interreligious dialogue include, for example, Gender (Studies) in der Theologie. Begründungen und Perspektiven (Gender (Studies) in Theology. Foundations and Perspectives) (2021) together with Marianne Heimbach-Steins and Verena Suchhart-Kroll as well as Wandel als Thema religiöser Selbstdeutung. Perspektiven aus Judentum, Christentum und Islam (Change as a Topic of Religious Self-Interpretation. Perspectives from Judaism, Christianity and Islam) (2021) together with Michael Seewald.

Dr. Damaris Parsitau
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Dr. Damaris Parsitau

Damaris Parsitau is senior lecturer of Religion and Gender Studies at Egerton University in Kenya and the current president of the African Association for the Study of Religion in Africa and the African Diaspora (AASR). She is also professor extraordinary at the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of Western Cape and the University of South Africa (UNISA), Institute of Gender Studies (IGS) respectively. Damaris Parsitau has also been a research associate and visiting professor at Harvard’s Divinity School (HDS) at the “Women Studies in Religion Programme” (WSRP). Further, Damaris Parsitau is an Echidna Global Scholar alumna at the Brookings Institutions, Washington DC. She has also served as the director of the Institute of Women, Gender and Development Studies (IWGDS) at Egerton University for seven years. Damaris Parsitau has published over 70 articles and book chapters and other entries and is co-author of two forthcoming books. Besides her academic work, she is an advocate for social justice and gender equality, a community mobilizer, career educationalist, mentor and the founder of the “Let Maasai Girls Learn” Foundation in Kenya.

Prof. Dr. Adriaan van Klinken
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Prof. Dr. Adriaan van Klinken

Adriaan van Klinken (PhD, Utrecht University, 2011) is professor of Religion and African Studies at the University of Leeds (UK), and extraordinary professor in the Desmond Tutu Centre for Religion and Social Justice at the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). His research focuses on religion, gender and sexuality in contemporary African contexts. His latest books are Kenyan, Christian, Queer: Religion, LGBT Activism, and Arts of Resistance in Africa (2019); with Ezra Chitando: Reimagining Christianity and Sexual Diversity in Africa (2021); and with Johanna Stiebert, Sebyala Brian, and Fredrick Hudson: Sacred Queer Stories: Ugandan LGBTQ+ Refugee Lives and the Bible (2021). Adriaan van Klinken also was co-producer of the documentary film Kenyan, Christian, Queer (2020).