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Roundtable: Exploring intersections in sexuality, religion and secularity between Africa and Europe

When:Mo 24-10-2016 15:00 - 18:30
Where:Courtroom Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Oude Boteringestraat 38


These days, it is very likely that anything that concerns the topics religion, sexuality and migrants will snowball into a big media fuss, generating public and even political debates in the Netherlands and western Europe. This confronts researchers with challenges and opportunities alike. While most of these media hypes zoom in on an assumed clash of cultures between Europe and the Middle East, this round table will look at these issues within the context of relations between Africa and Europe.

Sexuality, religion and secularity in Europe and Africa have been researched by anthropologists, sociologists and scholars of religion for a long time. This provides a base from which different, critical and less politicized perspective on these topics can be offered, based on sound empirical research and careful contextualisation. However at the same time researchers experience the challenge to research issues that have come under public scrutiny and as a result contributed to producing stereotypes and further marginalizing of people, in particular migrants.

This roundtable brings together scholars from their various disciplinary and research backgrounds to reflect on the intersections of sexuality, religion and secularity between Africa and Europe. They will reflect on the conceptual, methodological as well as practical aspects of researching intersections and cultural encounters based on their own research.


  • Dr. Oskar Verkaaik (Ritual citizenship, secularism in the Netherlands)
  • Dr. Kristine Krause (Religion, health and African migrants in Europe)
  • Dr. Iris Shiripinda (Sexual health and migrants in the Netherlands)
  • Prof. Dr. Benno van der Toren/ Dr. Klaas Bom (Intersections of religion and science in Africa)
  • Dr. Marian Burchardt (Religion, secularity and sexuality in South Africa and Europe)

Chair Dr. Kim Knibbe & Moderator Dr. Brenda Bartelink

This Roundtable is organised by:

  • The NWO project ‘Sexuality, religion and secularism. Cultural encounters in the African Diaspora in the Netherlands’ based at the University of Groningen and the University of Amsterdam
  • The Centre for Religion, Conflict and the Public Domain, Research Cluster on Sexuality, Gender and Multiple Modernities
  • The Amsterdam Research Center for Gender & Sexuality