In public discourse in Europe, religion and homosexuality are increasingly seen as each other’s opposites, and seem to be caught in an apparently necessary, self-evident tension. This implies that religion and homosexuality are imbued with a specific, exemplary meaning in relation to each other in heavily polarized debates which are driven by (political) questions on (national) identity, social coherence and the recognition of cultural differences. This conference aims to investigate how this oppositional pairing functions in the representation and positioning of religious and/or sexual minorities in the Netherlands and other European countries.
It is organized in the context of the NWO funded research project Contested Privates: the oppositional pairing of religion and homosexuality in public debates in the Netherlands (2013-2017), carried out at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Utrecht University.
The conference aims to provide perspectives from and on different European countries or regions as well as to provide reflections on the constructions of Europe and its others or allies.
- Prof. Yvette Taylor, Professor of Education, University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
- Dr Roberto Kulpa, independent researcher in Queer Studies, Post-Colonial Theory and Nationalism, Plymouth, United Kingdom
- Dr Erin Runions, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Religious Studies, Pomona College, Claremont, California, United States.