Conference: Contested Privates: Religion and Homosexuality in Public Discourse, 26.-28.10.2017, Utrecht

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam and Utrecht University (Web)
Time: October 26-28, 2017
Venue: Utrecht, the Netherlands
In public discourse in Europe, religion and homosexuality are increasingly seen as each other’s opposites, and seem to be caught in an apparently necessary, self-evident tension. This implies that religion and homosexuality are imbued with a specific, exemplary meaning in relation to each other in heavily polarized debates which are driven by (political) questions on (national) identity, social coherence and the recognition of cultural differences. This conference aims to investigate how this oppositional pairing functions in the representation and positioning of religious and/or sexual minorities in the Netherlands and other European countries. It is organized in the context of the NWO funded research project Contested Privates: the oppositional pairing of religion and homosexuality in public debates in the Netherlands (2013-2017), carried out at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Utrecht University. Read more … (Web)