Cite as: Gero Bauer, Introduction to the conference Confronting Gender and Faith, ICI Berlin, 10–11 December 2015, video recording, mp4, 06:38 <>
10 – 11 Dec 2015


By Gero Bauer

Video in English

Format: mp4
Length: 00:06:38
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Part of the Conference

Confronting Gender and Faith

Despite generations of feminist and queer deconstructions of gender and sexual binarisms in diverse disciplines, the modern/colonial belief in the heteronormative sexual (and thus gender) binary between ‘man’ and ‘woman’ seems to still be strongly held in contemporary society. In this conference, we ask if the binary gender system works as a kind of belief, a question that leads us to explore the relationship between ‘gender’ and systems of ‘faith’ by focusing on three different relations between the two: ‘gender as faith’, ‘gender against faith’, and ‘gender in faith’. The convergences and conflicts between gender and faith also ask us to look more closely at the complex and diverse articulations of gender within different religious ‘faiths’.

Questions to be addressed by the conference include the following: Is the analogy of gender heteornormativity and ‘faith’ still relevant in a cultural and religious context not focused on faith?  Are ‘queerness’ and ‘faith’ compatible? How do actual non-heteronormative gender positions within religious traditions contradict conservative religious demonizations of gender theory as ‘gender ideology’?


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Marcin Sroczynski
Azeezah Kanji
Aurica Nutt
Willem Flinterman
Keri Day
Piro Rexhepi
Blossom Stefaniw
Surat Shaan Rathgeber Knan
Maheshvari Naidu
An ICI Berlin event, in collaboration with the Zentrum für Gender- und Diversitätsforschung of the University of Tübingen (ZGD Tübingen)