Off Campus MIIS related event

Open to the Public

The conference will highlight the complex relationships between religion and gender in a global context. It seeks to explore conflicts that arise at the nexus of gender and religion while simultaneously promoting spaces for empowerment that arise in these interactions. This conference will examine the assertion that religious identity in a particular historical context shapes gender identity and, at the same time, presents ideas for how gender identity can re-shape religious identity.

The conference will furthermore emphasize the impact human agency has on the construction of identities and the resulting opportunity it provides for challenging power structures within religion and religious institutions. Building capacities for human beings to act freely, morally, and justly is the first step in positively transforming relationships among those divided by identity conflicts.

Our Keynote Speaker is Hauwa Ibrahim, who works as a lead attorney with a team devoted to the cause of human rights for women in Nigeria. She has won a number of precedent-setting cases before Islamic Shariah courts.

Location: Monterey Marriott 350 Calle Principal, Monterey, CA 93940


November 8, 2012

5:00pm Keynote speech and reception

November 9, 2012

8:00am Registration

Morning Panel of Scholars and Practitioners

11:30-1:00pm Panel I: Gender Empowerment and Religions of Asia

1:00-2:00pm Break

2:00-3:30pm Panel II: Religion, Violence and Sexual Identity

3:30-4:00pm Break

4:00-5:30pm Panel III: Gender, Power, and Agency

November 10, 2012

8:30-10:00am Panel IV: Gender, Culture, and Roles in Christianity

10:00-10:15am Break

10:15-11:45am Panel V: Patriarchy and Gender Roles in Christianity

11:45-12:00pm Break

12:00-1:30pm Panel VI: Gender, Religion, and Politics

1:30-2:00pm Break

2:30-4:00pm Publication related meeting

Contact Organizer

Pushpa Iyer