SOAS University of London

Centre for Gender Studies

Why Fundamentalism? Debate with new journal FEMINIST DISSENT

Stephen Cowden, Pragna Patel, Rashmi Varma

Date: 9 December 2017Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 9 December 2017Time: 4:00 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B102

Type of Event: Seminar

Please join us on Saturday 9th December, for a debate with members of the Editorial Collective of Feminist Dissent, a new journal on gender and fundamentalism:

Why Fundamentalism?

This seminar will generate discussion about religious fundamentalist movements, their rise in recent years and the need to challenge them both here in the UK and around the world.

The speakers will propose a definition of fundamentalism and explain the value of ‘fundamentalism’ as an analytical category that enables understanding of common political discourses, interventions and practices across different religions and diverse contexts. They will talk about the relevance of anti-fundamentalist politics for anti-racist and feminist theory and activism. By way of example, they will specifically discuss the rise and incidence of religious fundamentalism in the UK and in India.

Stephen Cowden is a Senior Lecturer in Social Work at Coventry University;
Pragna Patel is Director of Southall Black Sisters and one of the founders of Women Against Fundamentalism;
Rashmi Varma is an Associate Professor in English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick.

This event is hosted by CMRB (Centre for research on Migration, Refugees and Belonging), University of East London, and the Centre for Gender Studies (SOAS).

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