BAHAR Lecture by Naomi Goldenberg, Thursday Mar 17, 2011: Gender and the Vestigial State of Religion: Toward Feminist Renewal in Global Politics

Gender and the Vestigial State of Religion: Toward Feminist Renewal in Global Politics

Lecture by Professor Naomi Goldenberg to RT1217 Gender and Religion in Humanities 2.03, 3 to 4 p.m., Thursday March 17, 2011. All welcome. Enquiries to Geoffrey Samuel.

Naomi Goldenberg is Professor at the Department of Classics and Religious Studies of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Ottawa, Canada. She is a founding member of the Women’s Studies program at the University of Ottawa and was director of the program from 1989 to 1992.

Professor Goldenberg is the author of The Changing of the Gods: Feminism and the End of Traditional Religion (1979), Returning Words to Flesh: Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and the Resurrection of the Body (1990) and Resurrecting the Body: Feminism, Religion, and Psychoanalysis (1993) and has given innovative lectures, such as her psychoanalytic reading of Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat, throughout the world. She has a particular interest in the intersection of religion and psychoanalytic theory, gender, and popular culture. Her recent work seeks to bridge the religious/secular divide in social theory.

In the lecture, Professor Goldenberg hypothesizes understanding ‘religions’ as former states and thus states – in – waiting. Through this novel approach, she suggests that the mystification of religion works against women when states support sexist community/religious leaders who are given power and authority over such areas as ’the family’. This lecture is sure to prove original and challenging and will be of interest to those working/studying in the areas of religious studies, social and political studies, and psychoanalysis and gender studies.


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