Confronting Gender Polarity and Nationalism

Interdisciplinary conference on Feminist Theologies, Religion and Sustainable Democracy. 

August 25 - 28, 2022  Oslo, Norway

Conference theme

The rights of women and queer people have come under new pressure in modern democracies by conservative religion and right-wing nationalists and extremists. Gender discourse is polarized and the patriarchal family reclaimed as foundational to church and nation. These new-old voices challenge the core understanding of the rights and liberties of women, as well as religious, sexual, and ethnic minorities, and therefore of Western perceptions of democracy. In this conference we will employ a variety of theoretical and practical strategies to analyze, critique, and construct new feminist & theological support for a plurality of sustainable democratic practices and cultures.

The conference is hosted by the European Society of Women in Theological Research (ESWTR)ESWTR is a network of women involved in academic research in the areas of theology and religious studies. The Society hosts a European conference every two years to discuss relevant feminist topics in these fields. In close collaboration with ESWTR, the Oslo conference is organised by the Faculty of Theology at the University of OsloMF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society and VID Specialized UniversityThe organizing committee consists of members from all 3 host institutions. 


Detailed information on the conference program for each day of the conference. 

You can also read about the conference sessions and design.

Online registration

The conference is now open for registration. 

Early bird deadline: April 10, 2022

Final deadline: July 28, 2022 

Call for paper or panel proposals

We call on paper and panel proposals to address the conference topics from scholars, researchers, phd and graduate level students, ministers, artists, practitioners and activist.

Hotels in Oslo/ practical information

  • Hotels in Oslo: Rooms have been reserved in different price categories. Use the codes provided, and contact the hotels directly. 
  • Practical information: Maps of Oslo and of the university campus, how to get around, exploring Oslo etc.
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