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Fall 2024 Graduate Conference: Desire and Intimacy in the Study of Religion

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When: Sunday, October 27, 2024
All day  

Where: Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Religious Studies GSA   (847) 491-3611

Group: Religious Studies Graduate Students Events

Category: Academic


Religious Studies Graduate Conference

This conference will explore how desire and intimacy shape religious lives and the scholars who study them. Expanding on two formative areas of development in the study of religion - studies of politics, law, and religion, and queer and trans studies of religion - this conference will feature keynote addresses from Mona Oraby, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Howard University and author of Devotion to the Authoritative State: Religion and Social Order in Egypt (2023), and Omar Kasmani, Postdoctoral Research Associate in Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin and author of Queer Companions: Religion, Public Intimacy, and Saintly Affects in Pakistan (2022).

This conference is oriented around a set of questions. First, attuned to bodily intimacies, we ask: How do touch, glances, and words create intimacies and desires between religious subjects? How do religious institutions, texts, and families foreclose certain forms of desire, especially that of marginalized people? Second, this conference is invested in the realm of the political. How do religious subjects navigate and fight for their political desires? How are politico-religious desires forged within such locations as poetry, literature, activism, and art? 

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