Program

Williams Hall, Lehigh University
(Anna Simoneau/B&W Photo)

All Sessions are held in WILLIAMS HALL, Herbert A. Rommele '53 Global Commons unless indicated otherwise.
31 Williams Drive (Building #31 on campus map)
Program is subject to change.

Monday, March 21 

11:30 a.m.              Conference Check-in 

12:00 p.m.               Welcome and Opening Remarks: Donald E. Hall, Herbert J. and Anne L. Siegel Dean,
                                College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University 

                                Introduction by Jackie Krasas, Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives,
                  ​              College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University 

12:15 p.m.                Lunch is provided for all Conference registrants.

  1:15 p.m.                Keynote: "The Trouble is Marriage: The Afterlife of Feminist Legal Reform in India" 
                                 Srimati Basu, Professor, Anthropology and Gender and Women's Studies, University of Kentucky 
                               Introduction by Suzanne Edwards, Associate Professor, English and Director, Humanities Center, Lehigh University

  2:30 p.m.                Panel - "What's Religion Got to Do With It? Gender, Sexuality and 
                                 Techniques of Sacralizing/ Secularizing Difference"
                                 Moderator: Jackie Krasas, Associate Dean, Interdisciplinary Programs and International Initiatives,
                                College of Arts and Sciences, Lehigh University
             

  4:00 p.m.                Break

  4:15 p.m.                Panel - "Humanism in a Post-Human World? On Making Lives Matter In
                                 Transnational and Postcolonial Contexts"

                                 Moderator:
 James B. Peterson, Associate Professor English and Director, Africana Studies, Lehigh University

STEPS, Concourse
1W. Packer Avenue (Building #9A on campus map              

  5:30 p.m.               Reception 

STEPS, Room 101
1 W. Packer Avenue (Building #9A on campus map)

  7:00 p.m.               Keynote: "From Performative to Prehensive: Gender and Occupation"
                                Jasbir Puar, Associate Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies, Rutgers University
                                Introduction by Monica Miller, Assistant Professor, Religion Studies and Africana Studies,
                                Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Lehigh University

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Tuesday, March 22

  8:30 a.m.               Continental Breakfast is provided for all Conference registrants.

  9:00 a.m.               Keynote: "The Crisis of Secularism and its Aftermath"
                                Neera Chandhoke, Visiting Professorial Fellow, Centre for the Study of Law and Governance
                                Jawaharlal Nehru University / Former Professor, Political Science, Delhi University
                                Introduction by 
Nandini Deo, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Lehigh University

10:00 a.m.               Break

10:15 a.m.               Panel - "Always the Exception? Islam, Gender and the Politics of Secularism" 
                               
Moderator: Khurram Hussain, Assistant Professor, Religion Studies, Lehigh University

11:45 a.m.               Lunch provided for all Conference registrants.

  1:15 p.m.               Panel - "Democratic Desires in a Secular Age: Global Politics, Nationalism, and the Promise/Peril of Religion"
                               
Moderator: Amardeep Singh, Associate Professor, English, Lehigh University

  2:45 p.m.               Break

  3:00 p.m.               Panel - "Spirituality and Materiality: Putting Bodies, Minds, and Spirits Together"
                                Moderator: 
Annabella Pitkin, Assistant Professor, Religion Studies and Asian Studies, Lehigh University

  4:30 p.m.               Dinner Break. Suggested dining locations provided. 

WHITAKER LABORATORY, Room 303
5 E. Packer Avenue (Building #5 on campus map)

  7:00 p.m.              A Livestream Presentation: "The Future of Black Feminisms"
                               Brittney Cooper, Assistant Professor, Women's and Gender Studies and Africana Studies, Rutgers University
                               Treva Lindsey, Assistant Professor of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Ohio State University
                               Joan Morgan, Writer, Cultural Critic, New York University
                               Introductions: James B. Peterson, Associate Professor, English and Director, Africana Studies, Lehigh University
                              Moderator: 
Belinda Peterson, Ph.D. Candidate, English, Lehigh University

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Wednesday, March 23

  8:30 a.m.               Continental Breakfast is provided for all Conference registrants.

  9:00 a.m.               Panel - "Righteous Text: Religion, Performance and Visual Culture"
                                
Moderator: Jodi Eichler-Levine, Philip and Muriel Berman Professor of Jewish Civilization,
                                Associate Professor, Religion Studies, Lehigh University
             

10:30 a.m.               Break

10:45 a.m.               Panel - "Advancing a Feminist Agenda Across the Religious/Secular Divide: Reports on Activism and Theory"
                             Moderator: Monica Miller, Assistant Professor of Religion Studies and Africana Studies,
                               Director of Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies, Lehigh University

12:15 p.m.               Lunch provided for all Conference participants
                               
Panel - "Reflections: Feminism Beyond the Secular"
                                Moderator: Nandini Deo, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Lehigh University 

  1:45 p.m.               Closing Remarks: Nandini Deo, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Lehigh University