The Institute of Cultural History and Theory, the PhD Research Group of the German Research Foundation "Gender as a Category of Knowledge" and the Faculty of Theology of Humboldt University of Berlin
Prof. Dr. Ulrike Auga, Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns, Dr. des. Jana Husmann
December 2-4, 2010
Humboldt-Universitšt zu Berlin
Abstract/ Brief Description:
The nexus of ‚fundamentalism‘ and ‚gender‘ has been an issue in western media for several years. ‚Islamism‘ and ‚oppression of women‘ are perhaps the alliance that most readily springs to mind, yet, equally, the pre-marital sexual abstinence, homophobia and conservative family values propagated in Christian fundamentalism have become increasingly a focus of public interest in recent years. The conference seeks to explore the issue ‚Fundamentalism and Gender‘ on several levels and to address it critically from inter- and trans-disciplinary perspectives. The focus will be on the historical and current specifics of religious fundamentalisms. Consideration will be given also to those western secular means and methods of self-affirmation that are structured with recourse to discursive knowledge production regarding the issue fundamentalism.
The conference is organized around three different thematic strands:
1. Literalism/ Religion/ Science
2. Nation/ State/ Community
3. Body/ Life/ Biopolitics
The overarching research interest lies in the analytical diversification of the term ‚fundamentalism‘ and its intersection with the category ‚gender‘. The focus will be on the following questions: for what reasons are all (religious) fundamentalisms constituted to a substantial degree by (normative) definitions of sexuality, gender roles and intergender relations? Why do sexual politics constitute a common denominator of religious fundamentalisms that otherwise radically differ? To what extent and why does the category ‚gender‘ play a role (or not) in definitions of fundamentalism? What understanding of religion, politics, society and of the individual subject are implied in discussions of fundamentalism? Who, what, when, where is declared feminist in this context, or rejected as such, and by whom?