Coventry University: Programme

Women Negotiating Secularism and Multiculturalism Through Civil Society Organisations

Coventry University

30th June – 1st July 2015


Tuesday 30th June 2015

Room: JA118

16.00  Introduction to workshop theme and participants

Dr Kristin Aune, Coventry University


17.00  Refreshments


17.30 – 19.00 Keynote: Dr Niamh Reilly – National University of Ireland Galway

Can Secularism be Reclaimed as a Non-Oppressive Feminist Principle?

Chair: Dr Kristin Aune


19.00 Walk to restaurant (optional)

Habibi Restaurant, 142 Far Gosford Street, Coventry, West Midlands CV1 5DY



Room: JA118

9.00  Keynote: Dr Line Nyhagen – Loughborough University

Religion, Gender Equality and Citizenship: A Battleground Without Scope for Common Ground?

Chair: Dr Teresa Toldy – Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra


10.30  Refreshments

11.00  Paper sessions 1 & 2


Session 1    Room: JA118

11.00 – 11.30   Dr Nella van den Brandt – Ghent University

Bridging Divides: A Secular Women’s Organisation Supporting Progressive Religious Understandings of Gender and Sexual Diversity. A Case Study of ella, Brussels

11.30– 12.00    Dr Eva Midden – Utrecht University

Religious Practices in Secular Societies: Thinking towards a Postsecular Agency

12.00 – 12.30    Prof Jill Marshall – University of Leicester

Legally Regulating women’s religious dress in the Twenty First Century

12.30 – 13.00    Charlotte Rachael Proudman  – University of Cambridge

Constructing the Legal Boundaries of Sexuality: Failing to Criminalise labiaplasty is undermining our Commitment to ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the UK.


Session 2    Room: JA114

11.00 – 11.30    Bettina Sirén – University of Gothenburg

Actions and reactions Christian women’s counteractions against Femen’s actions in a protest movement on the Internet

11.30 – 12.00    Dr Sarah J. Jahn – Ruhr-Universität Bochum

The Organization of Women as ‘Beguine’

12.00 -12.30    Louisa Acciari – London School of Economics

Religious Feminist: A Paradoxical Identity? The case of Catholic Feminist Women in Brazil

12.30 – 13.00    Dr Lois Lee – University College London

Religion’s Others and ‘Postsecular’ Publics: Inegalitarian Approaches to Gender Equality and Inclusion


13.00  Lunch   Room JA118


14.00  Paper sessions 3 & 4

Session 3    Room: JA118

14.00 – 14.40    Holly Jones and Fiona Ranford – Three Faiths Forum (3FF)

Food, Art & Encounter:  Bridging the gap in informal settings

14.40 – 15.20    Alaya Forte – SOAS, University of London

Constructing a new British Imagery for the Hijabi Muslim Woman: Inspire, symbol making and the language of empowerment

15.20 – 16.00    Nazia Hussein – University of Warwick

Indian Women’s Encounter with Neoliberal vs. Hindu Nationalism: Beauty Queens and Hindu Militants


Session 4    Room: JA114

14.00 – 14.30    Katie Gaddini – University of Cambridge

Practicing Purity: Constructions of Female Sexuality in Evangelicalism

14.30 – 15.00    Dr Sarah F. Fischer – Marymount University

AK-DER: How One Turkish Muslim Women’s NGO Works to Bridge the Secular-Religious Divide

15.00 – 15.30    Dr Sariya Cheruvallil-Contractor – University of Derby

Muslim Women in Pluralist Europe: Between Secularism and Religion

15.30 – 16.00    Ahlam Akram – BASIRA: British Arabs Supporting Universal Women’s Rights

BASIRA’s work on gender equality, democracy and religion


16.00  Refreshments

Room: JA114

16.15   Closing session

17.00  End


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