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About us Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies Research ESA RN34-Sociology of Religion biennial conference, Groningen, 26-28 August 2020

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Giulia Evolvi (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

Giulia Evolvi is a Lecturer in Media and Communication at Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Previously, she worked as Research Associate at the Center for Religious Studies (CERES) at Ruhr University Bochum, Germany, coordinating the focus group “Media and Materiality” for the Käte Hamburger Kolleg project. Giulia obtained her Ph.D. in Media Studies from the University of Colorado Boulder, U.S., where she was affiliated with the Center for Media, Religion and Culture, and also holds an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Padua, Italy. Her research interests are religious change in Europe, secularization, digital media, Catholicism, Islam, and Islamophobia.

Selected Publications

Evolvi, G. (2018). Blogging my Religion: Secular, Muslim, and Catholic Media Spaces in Europe. New York: Routledge.
Evolvi, G. (2018). #Islamexit: Inter-group Antagonism on Twitter. Information, Communication & Society, 22(3), 386–401.
Evolvi, G. (2019). The veil and its materiality: Muslim women’s digital narratives about the burkini ban. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 34(3), 469–487.

Dr. Giulia Evolvi
Dr. Giulia Evolvi

Prof. Dr. Jens Köhrsen (University of Basel)

Jens Koehrsen (Köhrsen) is professor of religion and economics at University of Basel’s Centre for Religion, Economy and Politics. His research interests include the sociological study of climate change and sustainability transitions, the relationship between social inequality and religion, as well as religion and sustainable development. He is the principal investigator of the Swiss National Science Foundation project “Urban Green Religions” that explores the role of religion in urban sustainability transitions.

Selected Publications

Koehrsen, J. (2018). Religious Agency in Sustainability Transitions: Between Experimentation, Upscaling, and Regime Support, Environmental Innovation and Societal Transitions 27: 4-15.
Koehrsen, J. (2018). Religious Tastes and Styles as Markers of Class Belonging: A Bourdieuian Perspective on Pentecostalism in South America, Sociology 52 (6): 1237–1253.
Koehrsen, J.; Heuser, A. (2020) Faith Based Organizations in Development Discourses and Practices, London: Routledge.

Dr. Jens Köhrsen
Dr. Jens Köhrsen

Dr. Pooyan Tamimi Arab (Utrecht University)

Pooyan Tamimi Arab is Assistant Professor of religious studies at Utrecht University. He is the author of Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape (Bloomsbury, 2017) and co-editor of the forthcoming Routledge Handbook of Material Religion. In Utrecht he is part of the eight-year long research project "Religious Matters in an Entangled World: Things, Food, Bodies and Texts as Entry Points to the Material Study of Religion in Plural Settings," led by prof. Birgit Meyer ( www.religiousmatters.nl ). Since 2019, Tamimi Arab is conducting a three-year NWO-Veni research titled "Pictures That Divide: Islam, Visual Culture, and Diversity in The Netherlands". Previously, he worked as assistant curator West-Asia and North-Africa at the National Museum of World Cultures. His long-term ambition is to combine political philosophy, especially concerning secularism and religious tolerance, with social-scientific research of material religion in plural settings. The forthcoming book Why Do Religious Forms Matter? deals with philosophical concepts such as tolerance, neutrality, and reason, analyzed from a material perspective, focusing on the politics of religious aesthetics.

Selected Publications

Tamimi Arab, P. (2019, forthcoming). Strict Neutrality Reconsidered: Religion and Political Belonging in the Netherlands. In Leerom Medovoi & Elizabeth Bentley (Eds.), Religion, Secularism, and Political Belonging. Duke University Press.
Tamimi Arab, P. (2019). Spinoza, Arch-Father of the Material Religion Approach and New Materialisms. Material Religion, 15 (5).
Tamimi Arab, P. (2017). Amplifying Islam in the European Soundscape: Religious pluralism and secularism in the Netherlands. London: Bloomsbury Academics.

Dr. Pooyan Tamimi Arab
Dr. Pooyan Tamimi Arab
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