Conference: The Spirit and the Flesh
Transregional Perspectives on Religion, Race, and Gender in History
Understanding the political requires taking spiritual and religious influences into account. Likewise, religious beliefs can have strong political significance. By perceiving race, gender, and sexuality as politically powerful categories, and by employing them as analytical tools, this international conference (18-19 June, Erfurt) seeks to explore the interdependencies of the spiritual and the secular – of the spirit and the flesh. By calling attention to transregional perspectives, historical relations take on different shades and dimensions. Scholars from Europe and the United States will discuss processes of subjectivity and collective identity formation in multiple religious and political cultures including Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Australia and North America.