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History - International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender

History

IARG is the result of a three year networking programme called ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the study of religion and gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’, which started in 2012.

The project and IARG was initiated and coordinated by Prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte, professor of Religion, Gender and Modernity at Utrecht University (the Netherlands). She also took the initiative of establishing the journal Religion and Gender, which is the first international refereed online journal dedicated to the systematic study of gender and religion in an interdisciplinary perspective. From 2012 until 2018, Korte was president of the board. In November 2018, Korte was followed by Prof. dr. Ulrike Auga.

Dr. Adriaan van Klinken, Lecturer in African Christianity at University of Leeds (UK), and previously a PhD student at Utrecht University, assisted Anne-Marie Korte in developing this project and the grant application and was involved as a co-coordinator. He is also one of the executive editors of the journal Religion and Gender.

‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’

The project ‘Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’ is an international research and networking project. It was initiated and coordinated by the Chair of Religion, Gender and Modernity at the Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University (the Netherlands). The project was funded by the Netherlands Organisation of Scientific Research (NWO) in the programme Internationalisation in the Humanities.

The project was aimed to make an innovative contribution to the further development of the interdisciplinary study of religion and gender from a range of contemporary critical perspectives in the humanities: postcolonial criticism, post-secularism and queer theory. The project brought together a selection of leading scholars from internationally renowned research institutions with excellent programs in the field with the objective of developing research project proposals and grant applications and establishing a structural research network for the study of religion and gender. As part of the project, three workshop-conferences were organized, each resulted in a special issue of the journal Religion and Gender.

 Publications and events

The project has held four expert meetings (2012, 2013, 2014) and a final conference in February 2015. As a result, several special issues were published in the journal Religion and Gender. For more information on the publications and the journal, please visit the journal page.