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School of Gender Studies & Centre for Cross-National Communication in South Asia, in Collaboration with MAR CHRYSOSTOM CHAIR, is organizing an International Conference and Call for papers on “Belonging/Unbelonging: Religion, Gender & Everyday” on 8 & 9 March, 2024 at Mahatma Gandhi University, Kottayam, Kerala.
The intersection of religion, individuation and belongingness is a complex and multidimensional issue that has spawned many interesting academic debates recently. These debates, in general, have centred or problematised the continuous relevance and political force of religion in the face of modernity and rationality and the post-secular
reformulation of their basic presumptions. The issue is more expressive and pertinent in the current attempts of scrutinising the intimate connections and contradictions in presupposing Submission and Agency, Sacred and Profane, Private and Public. Recent scholarship has focused on interactions between religion and political institutions, the vast repertoire of religious traditions and practices, and the distinctiveness of sacred belongings from other forms of belonging. There is also an emerging emphasis on the ‘everyday’ and religion and its reflection on articulations of believing, behaving, and belonging. Especially with a phenomenological turn in the study of religion, the religious texts, symbols and practices, therefore, are not understood independently of their social extensions. This development is crucial to studying the interface between the region and gender. The continuous
acknowledgement of patriarchy in feminist scholarship has given rise to a gender perspective that has a nuanced understanding of belonging and un-belonging. Another site where gender meets religion is protests of various sorts by women’s movements in South Asia for claiming citizenry rights and social and political spaces (Sabarimala Issue, Nuns fight against sexual harassment, multiple debates and contexts around Hijab in Iran, France and Karnataka, women’s gathering in Shaheen Bagh against CAA etc.). It is in this context the School of Gender Studies,
Mahatma Gandhi University, in collaboration with the Centre for Cross-national Communication in South Asia, Mahatma Gandhi University is organising a two-day national seminar with a particular focus on the theme Belonging/Unbelonging: Religion, Gender and Everyday Politics in South Asia.
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