Gender relations lie at the heart of these transformative processes. In Europe, gender relations have over the last 20 years become the focal point of controversies over the contested separation of religion and politics - the various “Hijab affairs” in many European countries attest to this fact. Faced with the (sometimes openly) racist agendas behind many of these affairs, a critical approach is needed. Through a deep-reaching and contextually sensitive discussion, the summer school will thus refine our understanding of how secularism and democracy interrelate with gender issues today. This broad theme will be discussed on the three days of the summer school along the following lines:
- We will look into contemporary configurations of secular regimes from a comparative and historical perspective.
- We will scrutinize the manifold and complex ways in which gender is affected by, and at the same time itself affects, modes of religious governance in modern societies.
- We will focus on the democratic challenges and opportunities that religious diversity creates within liberal political regimes.
In terms of teaching methodology, this summer school is based on the idea that only a productive dialogue between the faculty and the participants can promote the flourishing of democratic scholarship. Therefore, each of the three days of the summer school will consist of a morning session, with interactive presentations by the faculty, and of an afternoon session, featuring the individual presentations of the participants. Participants will hence have the unique opportunity to engage in critical conversations with the faculty, and discuss their own research projects. Faculty members will present original contributions to the topic as well as comment on the participants’ papers.
Centro de Estudos Sociais, Lisbon, Portugal
The working language of the summer school is English.
Veit Bader is Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Professor Emeritus of Social and Political Philosophy at the Amsterdam University. He is also a member of the Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies (IMES). He is currently involved in the IMES research line on the Governance of Ethnic and Religious Diversity. He is also the coordinator of the Dutch partnerships in the FP7 funded projects Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe (ACCEPT) and RELIGARE — Religious Diversity and Secular Models in Europe – Innovative Approaches to Law and Policy. Bader's research interests lie within the fields of social theory, class theory, critical theory, institutional pluralism and multiculturalism. In his book Secularism or Democracy? Associational Governance of Religious Diversity Bader gives an alternative to the predominant contemporary regimes of governance of religious diversity.
Chia Longman is Lecturer in Gender and Diversity Studies at Ghent University, Belgium. Her research interests include the anthropology of gender, kinship, ethnicity and religion, particularly women's identity politics among religious traditionalist minorities in Western Europe, including Orthodox Jewish and Muslim women. She has published in Dutch and internationally including in the European Journal of Women's Studies, Social Compass, Ethnicities and Social Anthropology. A co-edited book in French on feminism and multiculturalism Féminisme et multiculturalisme: Les ambiguïtés du débat, appeared with Peter Lang Publishers in 2010. She is chief editor of the Dutch Journal of Gender Studies and executive editor of the new European journal Religion and Gender.
Mathias Thaler is a senior researcher at the Centro de Estudos Sociais, Universidade de Coimbra (Portugal). His areas of specialization are contemporary theories of global justice as well as intercultural philosophy. Thaler’s recent papers have been published in Diacrítica, European Journal of Political Theory and Philosophy & Social Criticism. He is also author, in German, of Moralische Politik oder politische Moral? Eine Analyse aktueller Debatten zur internationalen Gerechtigkeit. Frankfurt/New York: Campus, 2008.
Teresa Toldy is a full time Associate Professor for Ethics at the University Fernando Pessoa in Porto. She obtained her BA in Theology from the Portuguese Catholic University, in Lisbon, and her PhD in Theology and Gender Studies from the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule Sankt Georgen (Frankfurt). Postdoctortoral research on religion, secularism and human rights of women. She has been an Assistant Professor of Theology at the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon. Currently her research interests include religion and gender studies; postcolonial theory; epistemology of knowledge; articulations between religion and politics; discourses and practices of citizenship in the universities; ethics in an intercultural perspective. She is involved in a research project at the University Fernando Pessoa on the impact of university careers on the discourses and practices of university students and on citizenship education. Among here recent journal publications are: (2011), "Outras crenças, outras consciências - a era do "Cisne Negro"?", Cons-ciências, 4, 197-207; (2011), "'Secularist Dreams' and 'Women’s Rights': Notes on an 'Ambiguous Relationship'", RCCS - Annual Review. An online journal for the social sciences and humanities, 3; (2010), "A violência e o poder da(s) palavra(s): a religião cristã e as mulheres", Revista Crítica de Ciências Sociais, 89, 171-183; (2009), "Contributos da hermenêutica feminista para a(s) teologia(s)", Didaskalia - Revista da Faculdade de Teologia / Lisboa, 39, 2, 145-156; "Allah in Deutschland?: Representações da comunidade islâmica na revista Der Spiegel", Comunicação, Mídia e Consumo, V, 14, 33-53.