Contributions of the Conference Speakers and Working Groups

Friday, June 5, 2009

Welcome addresses

Keynote speeches and discussion

  • José Casanova (Georgetown University, Washington, DC):
    "The Politicization of Religion: Public Religions Revisited" [ » pdf file]
  • Anne Phillips (London School of Economics and Political Science, London):
    "Religion: Ally, threat, or just religion?"


Saturday, June 6, 2009


Working groups

  1. Religious Feminists – Allies in the struggle for women’s rights? [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Homa Hoodfar (Concordia University, Montreal, Canada)
  2. Welfare provision by faith-based organizations – danger to women’s rights or necessary addition to the state? [ » pdf file]
    Chairs: Asef Bayat (Leiden University, the Netherlands) and Azza Karam (UNFPA)
  3. Multiculturalism and Muslim immigrant women’s rights and choices in Western Europe [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Gökce Yurdakul (Humboldt-University Berlin)
  4. Religious fundamentalisms – feminist understandings and counter strategies [ » pdf file]
    Chair: Cassandra Balchin (Consultant for the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, UK)
  5. Religion, politics and family laws [ » pdf file]
    Chairs: Mariz Tadros (Institute of Development Studies, UK) and Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (CEDAW Experts Committee and Bar-Ilan University, Israel)