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Events of NAGS



Starting in january 2016, Kim Knibbe, one of the network convenors, and Rachel Spronk will be leading a five-year research programme funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Scientific Research (NWO) on Sexuality, Religion and Secularism, Cultural Encounters in the African Diaspora in the Netherlands. The project will be based at Groningen University and the University of Amsterdam.

We are in the process of recruiting PhD candidates and a post-doc for this project, and will maintain a mailing list to keep interested parties up to date on events organised as part of the programme. If you wish to sign up,



(En)gendering new conversations: ethnographic research and its contribution to politicized debates on gender and sexuality
23-24th of November
Faculty of Theology Groningen, the Netherlands
Read the theme and programme PDF

Panel at EASA2016: P139 Religion, maternal identities and practices
URL: nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2016/panels.php5?PanelID=4137
Convenors: Florence Pasche Guignard (Université de Fribourg)Dawn Llewellyn (Chester)

Panel: The role of gender in the distinctions between religion, secularity and spirituality
Anna Fedele and Kim Knibbe organized a panel at the IAHR conference in Erfurt titled “The role of gender in the distinctions between religion, secularity and spirituality”, which generated quite a lot of interest.
URL: www.iahr2015.org/iahr/2036.html

Panel: Innovation and continuity in the anthropology of gender and sexuality EASA conference, Tallinn 2014
URL: www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=3108

The inaugural panel of the network entitled “Innovation and continuity in the anthropology of gender and sexuality” received many paper proposals and we had to turn down very good papers. The 11 papers that were selected touched upon a diversity of topics and attracted more audience than we expected, we had difficulties accommodating them all. We are planning to publish an edited volume based on the outcomes of this panel.

Panel: Same-sex sexualities and ethnic minorities in Europe EASA conference Tallinn 2014.
URL: www.nomadit.co.uk/easa/easa2014/panels.php5?PanelID=3065

This panel was co-ordinated by Wim Peumans, Luca Bartozzi and Linda Sólveigar Guðmundsdóttir. It was associated also with the European Network for Queer Anthropology)

Network meeting at the EASA conference in Tallinn, 2014

The first network meeting was attended by some 30 colleagues and some of them offered to
help us organize the network and develop the list serv as well as a webpage.

Brief summary of the main points we discussed

Future plans: Organization for 2017 of a network meeting, a conference about the anthropology of gender and sexuality, following the example of other networks (e.g. medical anthropology network) holding their meetings in the years when there is no EASA conference taking place Creation of subgroups: we encouraged the creation of subgroups within NAGS focusing on certain geographical or thematic areas.

Laura Stark has proposed the creation of a subgroup on Africa. Her email:


Future possible collaborations proposed by participants during the network meeting