Gender as a social and religious construct is continually produced, consumed and represented in scholarship, popular culture, national legislation, educational resources, missionary fields and a multitude of religious communities, as well as communities shaped by experiences deemed religious (Taves, 2009). How have women, non-binary and gender queer people portrayed themselves or others throughout the centuries in transnational, diasporic, and trans-historical spaces, especially religious spaces? How are their struggles, battles, and successes depicted in the context of fluid linguistic, trans-historical, and transnational cultural identities? How do women, non-binary and gender queer people use, interact with, shape, act without regard for, or reject religion or experiences deemed religious to interpolate, challenge, frame, and negotiate the patriarchal, or other, system with its societal and cultural expectations about them? Moreover, what role does the body (abled or disabled), cultural capital, geographic movement / displacement, cultural changes or desires, political will or resistance, or class privilege or displacement play in the context of female, non-binary and gender queer subjectivity and agency?
Scholarship demonstrates the vital importance of exploring agency and representation in relation to gender and religion, or experiences deemed religious. For example, Moultrie (2017) explores the impact of faith-based sexual ministries on Black women's sexual agency to trace how these women navigate sexuality, religious authority, and their spiritual walk with God. Advancing a womanist sexual ethics, Moultrie reframes biblical interpretations and conceptions of what constitutes a healthy relationship to provide a basis for sexual decision making that does not privilege monogamy or deny female pleasure. Snorton (2017) identifies multiple intersections between blackness and transness from the mid-nineteenth century to present-day anti-black and anti-trans legislation and violence. Snorton attends to how enslavement and the production of racialised gender provided the foundations for an understanding of gender as mutable, making it clear the multitude of roles that religion played within this.
How can we as scholars of religion better understand the gendered practices and identities that those we study are engaged in or attempt to force onto others if we incorporate agency and representation into our research design and analysis? What role can the analytical tools of Implicit Religion: Commitment, Integrating Foci, & Intensive Concerns with Extensive Effects, play in helping us to better undertake that research design and analysis
We are interested in, but not limited to, proposals that address one or more of the following:
Please note successful proposals will incorporate an Implicit Religion perspective in the design of the underlying study and address in part or in concert: Commitment, Integrating Foci, & Intensive Concerns with Extensive Effects,
Moultrie, Monique. 2017. Passionate and Pious: Religious Media and Black Women's Sexuality. Duke University Press.
Snorton, Riley C. 2017, Black on Both Sides: A Racial History of Trans Identity. Minnesota University Press.
Taves, Ann. 2009, Religious Experiences Reconsidered. Princeton University Press.
Please submit your proposals by 6 March 2024
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