**Provisional Programme**


Please see the provisional programme for GRAW below:

9:00-10:00    Registration
10:00-10:15    Welcome

10:15-11:45    Panel 1: Negotiating “Alternative” Leadership
Philippe Murillo, Université de Toulouse, ‘Cult vs. Religion: The Female Leadership in the American Metaphysical Religion, “New Thought”’
Kathryn Falvo, Pennsylvania State University, ‘Gender and the Work of Community Cohesion in the Quaker Church, 1780-1820’
Suzanne Gannon, Lancaster University, ‘Memoirs of Women in NRMs and their Cognitive Reframing of Gender Inequality’

11:45-12:00    Tea/Coffee Break
12:00-13:30    Panel 2: Freedom, Ecstasy and Marginality
Vieann Ragoonanan, University of the West Indies, St Augustine, ‘Shaktism: The Divine Power of (Wo)man’
Barbara Bush, Sheffield Hallam University, ‘The Voyage the Spirit Goddesses:  Gender and religion in African and African Diaspora cultures from the Eighteenth to the Twentieth Centuries’
Carlton Turner, University of Gloucestershire, ‘Towards Ecclesial Marginality: Women Speak, Men Share, and Everyone Rush!’

13:30-14:30    Lunch
14:30-15:30    Keynote
        Professor Joan Anim-Addo, Goldsmiths (University of London) – Title TBC

15:30-15:45    Tea/Coffee Break
15:45-17:15    Panel 3: Persecution, Exploitation and Legislation
Sam Campbell, University of York, ‘Exploring Sodomy: Encountering Sodomy in the New World, 1500-1700’
Monica Najar, Lehigh University, ‘Gender, Seduction, and Anti-Catholicism in the Eighteenth Century’
João de Castro Maia Veiga Figueiredo, University of Coimbra, ‘Hidden Slavery, Gender Roles and Witchcraft Accusations during the Establishment of the First Holy Spirit Missions in Angola’

17:15-17:30    Close
17:30-19:00    Wine Reception, Northern Stage

Don’t forget to email me at j.rodriques@newcastle.ac.uk to register – registration is free for all attendees!


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Please tell everyone you know that registration is now OPEN for Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World!

Registration and attendance are free, but please email j.rodriques@newcastle.ac.uk by Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

Hope to see you there!

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KEYNOTE – Prof. Joan Anim-Addo!

I am overjoyed to announce that Prof. Joan Anim-Addo, of Goldsmiths, University of London, has agreed to be GRAW’s keynote!

Prof. Anim-Addo is the Director of the Centre for Caribbean Studies at Goldsmiths; Member of the Caribbean and African Research Network(CARN); and Founder-Editor of Mango Season, the Journal of Caribbean Women’s Writing. She is also co-editor, with Suzanne Scafe, of I am black/white/yellow : an introduction to the Black body in Europe.

See you in May!

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Americas Research Group Funding!

Newcastle University’s Americas Research Group has agreed to lend us their support, too! Check them out here:


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The Newcastle University Postcolonial Research Group

We’re also being funded by the Newcastle University Postcolonial Research Group, whose work can be found above this post.

See you in May :)!

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The Newcastle University Gender Research Group

Hi everybody!

GRAW is being supported by the Newcastle University Gender Reasearch Group. You can find the link to them and their work above!

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Good news!!

The Postcolonial Studies Association has agreed to support Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World!

See you in May :)!

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Call for Papers!

Gender, Religion and the Atlantic World
Newcastle University
May 15, 2014

The relationship between religious experience and gender remains underexplored in academic scholarship. While it is largely held that the ‘victims’ of religion, in all its manifestations, are female, and the ‘perpetrators’ male, the reality is clearly less straightforward. This assumption does, however, beg further investigation into the dynamics attendant upon religious experience and/or practice, and gender.

Religion, generally, as a mode of identity production, is currently understudied in postcolonial studies (not least in its intersection with gender), and is richly varied in its manifestations in the formerly colonised – and colonising – Atlantic World. This symposium seeks to address this critical lacuna.

In 1937, Jamaican feminist journalist, poet and playwright Una Marson argued that religion appealed more to women than to men; at the same time, a male colleague lamented that Jamaican manhood was “not progressing as it should.” This symposium will ask: is there is a connection between a perceived ‘crisis of masculinity,’ ‘feminisation of culture,’ and religion? What is the nature of the intersection between religious practice and gender identification? Furthermore, this symposium hopes to explore how religion has been and continues to be used in processes of masculinisation and feminisation, and in discourses of intimacy, sexuality and affectivity, which have gained critical currency in recent postcolonial scholarship.

The dynamic between men and women, gender and sexuality, is often fluid and unstable in religious expression. Often, praxis and doctrine are not equally aligned. This symposium will explore the religiosity of everyday public and private life by re-evaluating the role religion (in all its forms, canonical or otherwise) has in cultural discourses of the once-colonised world, particularly highlighting its role in gender identity production. It will encourage researchers from all disciplines and levels to discuss questions raised by their own research in an informal atmosphere, suggest best practices and foster networks of communication for further research.

Researchers are invited to present papers, not to exceed 20 minutes, on (but not limited to) the following topics:

-          Masculinity and/or femininity and religion

-          Religion and postcoloniality

-          Religious syncretism

-          Evolution of religious doctrine

-          ‘Cult’ vs. ‘Religion’

-          Histories of particular religious practices

-          Afro-religions/religious practices

-          Religion and gender(ed) identity

-          Religious affiliation and sexual expression

-          Queer religiosity/ies.

Please send short abstracts of no more than 250 words, plus a short bio of no more than 100 words to Janelle Rodriques at j.rodriques@newcastle.ac.uk by February 17, 2014.

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