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Nella van den Brandt startte per 1 september 2016 een postdoctoraal onderzoek als onderdeel van het NWO-gefinancierd project “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’. Gender and  Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe”, onder leiding van prof. Anne-Marie Korte. Ze studeerde Culturele Antropologie, Arabische Talen en Culturen en Vrouwenstudies aan de Universiteit Utrecht (2002-2010), en schreef een proefschrift aan de Universiteit Gent (2010-2014) over huidige discoursen over religie geconstrueerd door feministische activisten en middenveldsactoren in Vlaanderen. Haar huidige postdoctoraal onderzoek (2016-2020) onderzoekt publieke controversen over religieuze minderheden (joods, christelijk en islamitisch) in Nederland, Belgie en Groot Brittannie met een focus op debatten waarin vrouwenemancipatie een rol speelt.  

Strategische thema's / focusgebieden
Betrokken bij de opleiding(en)
Wetenschappelijke expertises
religiestudies
sociale bewegingen / middenveld
publieke debatten
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Sleutelpublicaties

van den Brandt, H.P. (2017). Public Renderings of Islam and the Jihadi Threat - Political, Social, and Religious Critique in Civil Society in Flanders, Belgium. In Jose Mapril, Ruy Blanes, Emerson Giumbelli & Erin Wilson (Eds.), Secularisms in a Postsecular Age? Religiosities and Subjectivities in Comparative Perspective (pp. 107-146).

van den Brandt, H.P. (2015). Feminist Practice and Solidarity in Secular Societies - Case Studies on Feminists Crossing Religious–Secular Divides in Politics and Practice in Antwerp, Belgium. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 14 (4), (pp. 493-508).

van den Brandt, H.P. (2014). Secular Feminisms and Attitudes towards Religion in the Context of a West-European Society – Flanders, Belgium. Women's Studies International Forum, 44, (pp. 35-45).

Alle publicaties
  Editorial
Martinho Toldy, Theresa, Georgi, Alberta & van den Brandt, H.P. (2015). Gendering the Secular: Interventions in Politics, Philosophy and Movements. Religion and Gender, 5 (2), (pp. 129-134).
Longman, Chia, Midden, E. & van den Brandt, H.P. (2012). Editorial: Gender and Religiosity in Multicultural Societies. Religion and Gender, 2 (1), (pp. 1-8).
  Boekdelen / hoofdstukken
van den Brandt, H.P. (2017). Public Renderings of Islam and the Jihadi Threat - Political, Social, and Religious Critique in Civil Society in Flanders, Belgium. In Jose Mapril, Ruy Blanes, Emerson Giumbelli & Erin Wilson (Eds.), Secularisms in a Postsecular Age? Religiosities and Subjectivities in Comparative Perspective (pp. 107-146).
van den Brandt, H.P. & Huygens, Eline (2015). Humanisme, Feminisme en Religie in Vlaanderen - Een Exploratie van Humanistisch Feministische Houdingen ten aanzien van Religie met een Focus op de 'Islamkwestie'. In Gily Coene & Marc Van Den Bossche (Eds.), Vrij(heid) van Religie (pp. 155-177). VUB Press.
  Artikelen
van den Brandt, H.P., Roodsaz, Rahil & van Kerckem, Klaartje (2015). Emancipatie op het Kruispunt van Seksuele en Etnisch-Culturele Diversiteit - In gesprek met Merhaba en Respect2Love. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 18 (2), (pp. 197-216).
van den Brandt, H.P. (2015). Feminist Practice and Solidarity in Secular Societies - Case Studies on Feminists Crossing Religious–Secular Divides in Politics and Practice in Antwerp, Belgium. Social Movement Studies: Journal of Social, Cultural and Political Protest, 14 (4), (pp. 493-508).
van den Brandt, H.P., Geerts, Evelien & Bracke, Sarah (2014). De verbeelding van het feminisme - Interview met Sarah Bracke . Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 17 (1), (pp. 65-80).
van den Brandt, H.P. (2014). Secular Feminisms and Attitudes towards Religion in the Context of a West-European Society – Flanders, Belgium. Women's Studies International Forum, 44, (pp. 35-45).
van den Brandt, H.P. (2012). Religie Splijt Vlaamse Vrouwenbeweging. Tijdschrift voor Geestelijk leven, 68, (pp. 49-57).
van den Brandt, H.P. (2011). De wording van een feminist - een analyse van het narratief van een moslim activiste in Antwerpen. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 15 (2), (pp. 19-31) (3 p.).
  Boekbesprekingen
  Websites / portals
Van Raemdonck, An, Longman, Chia, Miri, Amal, De Graeve, Katrien, van den Brandt, H.P., Brouckaert, Tine, Huygens, Eline, Gordier, An, Akhandaf, Yasmina, Bracke, Sarah, Terlien, Merel, Geerts, Evelien, Arikoglu, Fatma, Van Royen, Robin, Hackethal, Ilse, Topolski, Anya, Fadil, Nadia, Purnelle, Bieke, Hoet, Ciska & Maly, Ico (01-09-2016). Een Boerkiniverbod Voedt Enkel de Identiteitspolitiek en Helpt Niemand.
van den Brandt, H.P. (04-03-2013). Reclaiming the F-Word - Een Interview met Kristin Aune.
Geerts, Evelien, van den Brandt, H.P., Arikoglu, Fatma & Scheepers, Sarah (11-09-2013). Visietekst Summerschool - Naar Antiracistische, Feministische Kritiek en Perspectieven via het Kruispuntdenken..
van den Brandt, H.P. (17-08-2012). Relatiepolitiek - Een Zaak voor Feministen.
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Project:
Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’. Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe.
01-06-2016 tot 01-06-2021
Algemene projectbeschrijving 

In West-Europa worden religie en vrouwenemancipatie vaak als tegengestelden gezien. De onderzoekers bevragen dit spanningsveld door bekeringen van seculiere, stedelijke hoogopgeleide vrouwen naar monotheïstische religies te analyseren, met een focus op opvattingen over gender en seksualiteit. Er wordt vergelijkend onderzoek gedaan naar publieke beeldvorming, religieuze tradities en ervaringen van bekeerlingen.

Rol: Uitvoerder
Individuele projectbeschrijving

Postdoctoral project – ‘Contemporary Controversies about Religion and Women’s Emancipation in West-European Contexts: Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium’


In the first postdoctoral research project, contemporary controversial cases from public debates about religion, gender and sexuality will be analysed. In the selected cases, set in Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium, women’s ‘emancipation’ is an important issue of contention. Of central importance to this project is the assumption that public debates predominantly constitute secular discourses about religion, gender and sexuality that emphasise women’s equality and sexual freedom (Gerhards et.al. 2009). An analysis of controversies in public debates, therefore, reveals secular normative understandings about women’s emancipation and the presuppositions underlying them. A second assumption is that these understandings about women’s emancipation are constituted partly through scrutinising and critiquing the norms, positions and roles laid out for women in monotheistic religious traditions and communities. Secular normative statements about women’s equality and emancipation can, therefore, be studied as ‘identity markers’ over and against religious communities. These are often casted in highly significant and evocative expressions, images and gestures, and articulated at the intersection of identity and alterity, marginality and dominance, privilege and exclusion (Ahmed 2004, Baumann & Gingrich 2004). As such, these controversies can be assessed for their effects in public arenas in terms of their contribution to the creation of ‘imagined others’, as well as to the formation of collective national and cultural identities. Voices from the religious communities scrutinised by ‘outsiders’ do, however, ‘speak back’. The controversies will therefore moreover be approached as constructing ‘liberal’ and ‘conservative’ religious identities through religious voices positing differences between religious communities and taking distance from mainstream secularised society (Anderson 1991, Aune 2011, van den Brandt 2014).


Following the angles described above, the main questions are: What are the interests, stakes and affective resonances of present-day constructions of women’s emancipation in public debates? How is women’s emancipation and equality discussed and presented in relation to religions that profile themselves with strict rules on gender relations and sexuality? These main questions are operationalised through focusing on questions such as: which oppositions are created? Which ‘problems’ are identified and which ‘solutions’ are provided? Which positions and identities are constructed, and how are they (dis)claimed? How do these constructions simultaneously shape and limit public discourse? Finally, comparative analysis of public debates is made through explaining and elaborating on the differences existing between national contexts and the ways in which different religious traditions and communities are framed.


By studying current controversies in public debates, the project aims to clarify the secular discourses which women converting to different religious traditions in West-European contexts have to negotiate. The main hypothesis holds that secular discourses position monotheistic religious traditions in various ways as ‘the other’ of modern, liberal-secular identities and civilisation, based in large part on their supposedly deviating gender and sexuality norms and practices.

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