Panel ‘Contested Privates’ accepted for AAR 2014

Four researchers from the ‘Contested Privates’ project will be organizing a panel session at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion held in San Diego, November 22-25.

The panel session is titled ‘Nuptial Symbolics beyond the law. The construction of religion and sexuality in debates on the legalization of same-sex marriage’. The goal is to analyze the social, political, cultural and spiritual dimensions of framing religion and homosexuality as polarized constructs. The panel will address various time frames and national contexts.

Presider for the session will be Prof. Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University); papers will be delivered by David Bos (post-doc VU University Amsterdam, on Dutch celebrations of same-sex marriages in 1969-1970), Marco Derks (PhD candidate Utrecht University, on debates on marriage registrars in the Netherlands) and Mariecke van den Berg (post-doc VU University Amsterdam, on religious opposition to the introduction of same-sex marriage in Sweden). A response will be given by Heather White (visiting assistant professor of religion, New College of Florida).