Second Aasta Hansteen Lecture on Gender and Religion
Professor Morny Joy from the University of Calgary, Canada will give the second annual Aasta Hansteen Lecture: "Women and the Gift: The 'Given' and the 'All-Giving'".
The annual lecture will be followed by an open seminar,with a prepared respons from postdoctoral fellow Thorgeir Kolshus, Department of Social Anthropology, University of Oslo.
Lecture: Monday 27 August 2012 11:15-12:00, auditorium U40, Domus Theologica
Seminar: Moncay 27 August 2012 13:15-15:00, room U214, Domus Theologica
About Professor Morny Joy
Morny Joy is University Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, University of Calgary. She has garnered an international reputation for her work in both philosophy of religion and women and religion. She has an extensive publication list, the most recent being: After Appropriation: Explorations in Intercultural Philosophy and Religion, ed. Morny Joy (Calgary: University of Calgary Press, 2011); Continental Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion, ed. Morny Joy. (Dordrecht: Springer, 2011); Divine Love: Luce Irigaray, Women, Gender and Religion; Series in Gender and Religion (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007); Religion in French Feminist Thought: Critical Essays, ed. with K. O’Grady and J. Poxon (New York: Routledge, 2003), and French Feminists on Religion: A Reader, ed. with K. O’Grady and J. Poxon (New York: Routledge: 2001).
Her most recent project is a two volume work on Women and the Gift with Indiana University Press. While these books examine the subject from anthropologivalphilosophical ad religious perspectives, they are also intended to help understand how women are today defining their roles and responding to the challenges of contemporary existence. These challenges include relationships of care, fidelity, generosity, and trust, and dependence/independence, such as the gift often evokes. The crucial question is how such issues can engage the hearts and intellects of women in this allegedly postmodern, postcolonial, and postfeminist age.
Morny Joy received an Honorary Doctorate in Theology for her work from the University of Helsinki in 2011. She is on the Executive of the International Association for the History of Religions and is a past President of the Canadian Association for the Study of Religions. Professor Joy has visited the University of Oslo on several occasions, and was one of the keynote speakers for the "Broken Women, Healing Traditions?" conference at the Faculty of Theology in 2010
About the annual Aasta Hansteen lecture
The Aasta Hansteen Lecture on Gender and Religion is an annual event at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, inaugurated in September 2011 as part of celebrating 200 years of academic theology at the University of Oslo. The lecture series is named after Aasta Hansteen (1824-1908), an early Norwegian feminist and activist who had the courage to engage in critical discourse on gender, culture and theology to help promote women’s rights in Scandinavia and North America.