Profile

Lieke Schrijvers (1991) graduated from the researchmaster gender and ethnicity at Utrecht University after a obtaining a bachelor's degree in cultural anthropology. She wrote her final masterthesis about non-heterosexual Protestant women in the Netherlands. In her research, she focuses on de relations of religion, gender and sexuality from an interdisciplinary perspective. She started her PhD at Utrecht University in 2016 in the NWO-funded researchproject "Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’: Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe", supervised by prof. Anne-Marie Korte.

Strategic themes / Focus areas
Scientific expertise
religious conversion
religion and sexuality
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Curriculum vitae

Education

- 2012-2014 RMA Gender and Ethnicity, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University
- 2013 Graduate exchange program, Women and Gender Studies Institute. University of Toronto, CA
- 2009-2013 BSc Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, Utrecht University

Additional functions

- Editor-in-chief of Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities (link)
- Communications manager of the International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG) (link)
- Secretary of the PhD intensive textreading seminar 'the Challenge of Difference', NOSTER (link)

- Organisation of conferences and summerschools  (a.o. with the Centre for the Humanities, UU; IARG)

 

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All publications
  2017 - Scholarly publications
Schrijvers, L.L. (2017). Review of Andrew Kam-Tuck Yip and Sarah-Jane Page, Religious and Sexual Identities: A Multi-Faith Exploration of Young Adults. Farnham and Burlington: Ashgate Publishing, 2013, xii + 266 pp., ISBN 978-1-4094-2637-0. Religion and Gender, 6 (2), (pp. 326) (328 p.).
  2015 - Scholarly publications
Schrijvers, L.L. (2015). 'I can now thank God when I come' - Sex, faith and the body in the lives of non-heterosexual Dutch Protestant women. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 18 (1), (pp. 35-53).
  2014 - Scholarly publications
Schrijvers, L.L. (2014). Demonstrating Dutch: Nationalism and Cultural Racism in the 2013 Anti-Putin and Pro-Black Pete Protests in the Netherlands. Frame: Tijdschrift voor Literatuurwetenschap, 27 (2), (pp. 119-133).
Schrijvers, L.L. (2014). Review of “Queer in Europe: Contemporary Case Studies.” Edited by Lisa Downing and Robert Gillett. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies, 17 (2), (pp. 187-191).
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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 to 01.06.2021
General project description 

In post-9/11 Western societies and academic debates, the notion that religion and women’s emancipation are fundamentally conflicting has regained


 


In post-9/11 Western societies and academic debates, the notion that religion and women’s emancipation are fundamentally conflicting has regained plausibility. Consequently, women’s deliberate religious conversions are a pertinent academic, religious and socio-political issue. In face of this religion/emancipation paradox, this research project will apply interdisciplinary methods to study women’s processes of conversion as the acquisition of new religious subjectivities in which gender and sexuality play a formative role. The project hypothesises that gender equality and women’s sexuality are ‘battlefields’ on which converting women negotiate their position and subjectivity. It assumes that the conversion process is notably acted out in the context of public debates and religious prescriptions that highlight women’s positions and sexualities in adversative directions. By studying female conversion as an ongoing and multi-layered negotiation between secular and religious gender discourses, the project develops an innovative model of interpretation, based on a diversification of notions of choice, embodiment and religion. Its operationalisation takes place through three subprojects: a qualitative empirical PhD research on women’s embodied conversion processes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a postdoctoral cultural analysis of British, Dutch and Flemish public debates on controversies about traditional religious groups, gender and sexuality; and a postdoctoral religious studies approach investigating women’s positions and practices as narrated and regulated within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions. This comparative interdisciplinary project will contribute substantially to the public and academic understandings of tensions between religious and secular gender discourses through in-depth analysis of the experiences of women positioned at the intersection of both.


plausibility.


 

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’. Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe.
01.06.2016 to 01.06.2021
General project description 

 


In post-9/11 Western societies and academic debates, the notion that religion and women’s emancipation are fundamentally conflicting has regained plausibility. Consequently, women’s deliberate religious conversions are a pertinent academic, religious and socio-political issue. In face of this religion/emancipation paradox, this research project will apply interdisciplinary methods to study women’s processes of conversion as the acquisition of new religious subjectivities in which gender and sexuality play a formative role. The project hypothesises that gender equality and women’s sexuality are ‘battlefields’ on which converting women negotiate their position and subjectivity. It assumes that the conversion process is notably acted out in the context of public debates and religious prescriptions that highlight women’s positions and sexualities in adversative directions. By studying female conversion as an ongoing and multi-layered negotiation between secular and religious gender discourses, the project develops an innovative model of interpretation, based on a diversification of notions of choice, embodiment and religion. Its operationalisation takes place through three subprojects: a qualitative empirical PhD research on women’s embodied conversion processes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a postdoctoral cultural analysis of British, Dutch and Flemish public debates on controversies about traditional religious groups, gender and sexuality; and a postdoctoral religious studies approach investigating women’s positions and practices as narrated and regulated within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions. This comparative interdisciplinary project will contribute substantially to the public and academic understandings of tensions between religious and secular gender discourses through in-depth analysis of the experiences of women positioned at the intersection of both.

Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU
Project:
Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation’. Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversions to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe.
01.06.2016 to 31.05.2021
General project description 

In post-9/11 Western societies and academic debates, the notion that religion and women’s emancipation are fundamentally conflicting has regained plausibility. Consequently, women’s deliberate religious conversions are a pertinent academic, religious and socio-political issue. In face of this religion/emancipation paradox, this research project will apply interdisciplinary methods to study women’s processes of conversion as the acquisition of new religious subjectivities in which gender and sexuality play a formative role. The project hypothesises that gender equality and women’s sexuality are ‘battlefields’ on which converting women negotiate their position and subjectivity. It assumes that the conversion process is notably acted out in the context of public debates and religious prescriptions that highlight women’s positions and sexualities in adversative directions. By studying female conversion as an ongoing and multi-layered negotiation between secular and religious gender discourses, the project develops an innovative model of interpretation, based on a diversification of notions of choice, embodiment and religion. Its operationalisation takes place through three subprojects: a qualitative empirical PhD research on women’s embodied conversion processes in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; a postdoctoral cultural analysis of British, Dutch and Flemish public debates on controversies about traditional religious groups, gender and sexuality; and a postdoctoral religious studies approach investigating women’s positions and practices as narrated and regulated within Jewish, Christian, and Islamic traditions. This comparative interdisciplinary project will contribute substantially to the public and academic understandings of tensions between religious and secular gender discourses through in-depth analysis of the experiences of women positioned at the intersection of both.

Role PhD Candidate & Researcher
Individual project description

The PhD subproject is titled ‘Negotiating Secular and Religious Gender Discourses: Women Converting to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain’ and generates the main body of qualitative emperical material by analysing experiences of female converts in the Netherlands, and in smaller comparative cases in Great Britain and Belgium. This project researches if and how gender and sexuality become terrains of negotiation for women in the process of conversion and their daily lives. Alltogether, in this project I aim to produce insight into the various ways in which gender discourses, encompassing authoritative regulations, representations and bodily practices, are lived, negotiated and shaped by female converts both as individual subjects and as members of religious communities in different national secularised contexts.

Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU

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Full name
L.L. Schrijvers MA Contact details
Janskerkhof 13

Janskerkhof 13A
Room 2.03/2.04
3512 BL  UTRECHT
The Netherlands


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Last updated 21.06.2017