Subgroup: Religion, Gender and Sexualities

After historical neglect, the study of sexuality is now a recognised field within the sociology of religion. Yet gaps remain. Studying religion and sexualities in relation to gender is of paramount importance, especially due to the theoretical and experiential linkages. For example, gender has a large influence on how sexualities are understood and experienced, and power dynamics related to concepts such as heteronormativity often have gendered dimensions. This research network showcases the emerging work that is being undertaken on religion, gender and sexualities, both at Aston University and around the world. Our inaugural event was on 1st July 2016, which included scholars from across the UK and beyond [insert photo and link]. Watch this space for future events.

If you would like to join the network, please contact its organisers – Dr Sarah-Jane Page ( and Dr Katy Pilcher ( 

Religion, Gender and Sexualities One-Day Conference

Friday 1st July 2016, 10.00-16.30, Cadbury Room, Aston University, Birmingham, UK

An inaugural event to celebrate the formation of the “Gender, Sexualities and the Body” and “Religion, Ethnicity and Nationhood” research streams.

Dr Katy Pilcher and Dr Sarah-Jane Page held a one-day conference entitled Religion, Gender and Sexualities.

"We were inundated with abstracts, and we had presenters attending from across the UK, as well as further afield."

Download the event programme HERE.