Field School in Gender Dialogues
Religious views of gender have far reaching implications that often define political views and events. Understanding gender in religions not only leads to a better understanding of the world but also helps establish women’s rights, and assists in fighting those crimes and violence against women, which are based on interpretations of religion. This program examines the historical and contemporary contextual background of the view of gender in Abrahamic religions. Students will participate in workshops to learn and engage in the different styles of religious gender dialogues. Students will also visit locations that are important for understanding gender in these three religions: such as mosques, synagogues, mikvehs and churches, and religious gendered organizations.
Links to both Career and Graduate Studies
Students who are interested in women’s issues, gender studies, cultural studies, political studies, peace studies, religious studies and cross-cultural religious dialogue will find the skills and knowledge gained in this program useful in their future career or graduate studies.
GNDS 365/3.0 Gender Dialogues: Jewish, Muslim, and Christian Experiences
Gender Dialogues across difference, focusing on Jewish and Muslim experiences. Contemporary understandings and misunderstandings, in post 9/11 global conditions, and historical perspectives addressed. Intersection of gender norms, expectations, stereotypes, religious traditions and practices, and/or state policies considered.
GNDS 465/6.0 Gender Dialogues: Religion, Rights and Experiences
Using tools provided by diverse critical theories, practices, and textual traditions this course emphasizes reading for gender in Jewish contexts. We explore how these skills transfer to personal, political or purely academic engagement with other forms of boundary-crossing. This course contains an intensive and independent study component.
- Students will be able to discuss the different views on women and men’s role and place in these three religions as based on scriptures and religious laws.
- Students will gain insight into the complexities of the history of women and men’s s religious role, rights and place in society and culture.
A component of the course comprises of reading from the sources of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We will have daily discussion and dialogue sessions about relevant topics and welcome visiting speakers to the class from various religious dialogue groups. We will view a number of documentaries about the intersection of religious issues and women and men. We will also go on field study trips to London, Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, where we will meet with different women’s dialogue groups and participate in their projects. We will take these cities as case studies and see how the different national and urban settings enable and foster religious dialogue.
Examples of Field Studies*
Women’s Mosque in Amsterdam
Please refer to the document, Field Studies in Gender Dialogues, for additional field study examples.
*subject to change.
Program Schedule 2014 Dates
June 23 – July 27
Enrollment / Deadline
20 students. Apply by March 15th, 2014
Undergraduate students Level 3 standing
$9,900 CAD which includes tuition, residence and meal plan, transport and entrance fees for field studies. Students will need additional funds for personal spending, some meals while on field studies, health and travel insurance, and transport to and from UK.
Amended October 2013