Religion, Gender, and the Politics of State Security

September 14-16, 2017.

This inter-disciplinary conference will examine how policies and practices of state security shape gendered relations and citizenship dynamics among religious minorities across the world.  The objective will be to deepen understandings of how state-led surveillance and policing of religious minorities is felt not only in the realm of the public sphere, but also extends to gender and family relations and intimate spaces within and across communities.

The conference, with a combination of keynotes, panels, and roundtable discussions will hope to bring together a range of disciplinary and regional perspectives to build a comprehensive conversation that examines how insurgencies and their counter-movements enables states to gender themselves— or produce gendered state-effects — in changing ways. As such, the conference will contend with historical as well as contemporary security practices that (re)produce insecurities and violences.

This conference is supported by the Henry Luce Foundation and the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Memorial Fund.

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