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Gemzöe, L. (2021). “The future lives with us”: Diversity work and processes of change in the Church of Sweden [Review]. Anthropology Book Forum
Open this publication in new window or tab >>“The future lives with us”: Diversity work and processes of change in the Church of Sweden
2021 (English)In: Anthropology Book Forum, E-ISSN 2380-7725Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

Kristina Helgesson Kjellin introduces her book A Good Place to Be. An Anthropological Study of Diversity Work and Identity formation in the Church of Sweden with the story of how a small Marian side altar suddenly appears in a church in the suburb Skärholmen outside Stockholm. This type of side altar, common in Catholic and Orthodox Churches, is usually not seen in the Lutheran Church of Sweden. Its appearance in the suburban church can be related to the presence of migrant communities with their roots in other (Christian) traditions, members of which today make up a considerable part of the churchgoers in Sweden. The story of how the side altar became integrated in this Swedish church is one of the examples offered by Helgesson Kjellin of the multifaceted encounters between the tradition of the Church of Sweden and different migrant communities. Through ethnographic studies of such encounters, Helgesson Kjellin aims to illuminate what she refers to as “diversity work” [mångfaldsarbete]. As the term can signify the promotion of diversity regarding a range of categories such as gender, age, sexuality, functionality, ethnicity and religion, the author clarifies that her focus is the “cultural and religious diversity, mainly the Christian diversity” p.15) that characterize the congregations she has studied. These all belong to a network named “The future lives with us” [Framtiden bor hos oss] formed in 2001 by congregations in a number of urban centers in Sweden around a common vision of the Church of Sweden as “a church for everyone, irrespective of cultural and/or religious background” (p. 15). Fieldwork was conducted among employees and volunteers active in the network, with a special focus on the church in Skärholmen.

The criteria for joining the network is to be a minority congregation (meaning that less than 70% of the inhabitants are members of the Church of Sweden) and to be located in an urban, culturally and religious diverse community. An important feature of these congregations is that in spite of low numbers of members, the level of activity is high with many people coming to the church to pray, to ask for aid and to attend church services. For the churches in the network the burning issue is how to be relevant in their communities under these conditions, including the economic challenge for a post-state church that now depends on membership fees.

Keywords
Church of Sweden, migrant communities, diversity work
National Category
Social Anthropology
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-202702 (URN)
Note

Publicerad 2021-11-15 i Anthropology Book Forum, OPEN ACCESS BOOK REVIEWS, ISSN: 2380-7725

Available from: 2022-03-09 Created: 2022-03-09 Last updated: 2022-05-03Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2020). In Nature’s Cathedral: Caminoization and Cultural Critique in Swedish Pilgrim Spirituality. Numen, 67(5-6), 483-507
Open this publication in new window or tab >>In Nature’s Cathedral: Caminoization and Cultural Critique in Swedish Pilgrim Spirituality
2020 (English)In: Numen, ISSN 0029-5973, E-ISSN 1568-5276, Vol. 67, no 5-6, p. 483-507Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two parallel, interrelated waves of interest in pilgrimage on foot has surged in Sweden since the 1990s: participation in the international Camino pilgrimage and a vernacular pilgrimage movement in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Sweden. In this article, the interconnections between the two strands are explored. In both settings, attention is paid primarily to walking itself, illustrating a key facet of Caminoization: the stress on the journey rather than the destination. It is argued here that the pilgrimage walks in the Church of Sweden are modeled on a Caminoized notion of pilgrimage, built into the Swedish word pilgrimsvandring. This notion of pilgrimage functions as an open category that can connect to both religious heritages and social and cultural trends in new ways. A key outcome of the spread of Caminoized pilgrimage is the rise of a pilgrim spirituality that celebrates simplicity and communing with nature, and carries with it a cultural critique of postindustrial society, further accentuated in the pilgrimage movement’s recent turn to ecology and climate action.

Keywords
Swedish pilgrimage, Caminoization, pilgrim spirituality, nature, ecology
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-185481 (URN)10.1163/15685276-12341599 (DOI)000565963500003 ()
Available from: 2020-09-22 Created: 2020-09-22 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2018). Solidarity in Head-Scarf and Pussy Bow Blouse: Reflections on Feminist Activism and Knowledge Production. Social Inclusion, 6(4), 67-81
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Solidarity in Head-Scarf and Pussy Bow Blouse: Reflections on Feminist Activism and Knowledge Production
2018 (English)In: Social Inclusion, ISSN 2183-2803, E-ISSN 2183-2803, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 67-81Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The author of this article discusses the ways in which gender equality and intersectionality are understood and enacted in two recent feminist campaigns in Sweden that use similar techniques to mobilise support for different causes. The first campaign is the so-called Hijab Call-to-Action, a solidarity action that took place in 2013 in which women in Sweden wore a hijab (the Muslim headscarf) for one day in defence of Muslim women's rights. This campaign manifests the ways in which the notion of gender equality brings with it a norm of secularity, but also how the equation of equality and secularity is contested. The second feminist campaign discussed is the so-called Pussy Bow Blouse manifestation that aimed at taking a stand in the controversies surrounding the Swedish Academy as a result of the Metoo campaign in Sweden. The author looks at the political and discursive processes enfolded in these campaigns as a sort of collective learning processes that connect feminist activism and scholarship. A key concern is to critically analyse a binary model of powerless versus gender-equal or feminist women that figure in both debates. Further, the author shows that both campaigns appeal to solidarity through identification, but at the same time underscore the contingent and coalitional nature of identity in the act of dressing in a scarf or a blouse to take on a (political) identity for a day.

Keywords
gender equality, headscarf, feminism, Metoo campaign, Muslim, pussy bow blouse, religion, secularity, solidarity, women
National Category
Sociology Other Social Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-162965 (URN)10.17645/si.v6i4.1563 (DOI)000450926100008 ()
Available from: 2018-12-12 Created: 2018-12-12 Last updated: 2022-03-23Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2017). La femminilizzazione della guarigione nel pellegrinaggio a Fátima. Annali di Studi Religiosi, 18
Open this publication in new window or tab >>La femminilizzazione della guarigione nel pellegrinaggio a Fátima
2017 (Italian)In: Annali di Studi Religiosi, ISSN 1592-5927, Vol. 18Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the meanings ascribed to the pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of Fátima by mainly female Portuguese pilgrims. The article builds on ethnographic fieldwork in Vila Branca, a small pseudonymous town on the northwestern coast of Portugal. The author shows how women’s interpretation of the Fátima shrine is deeply embedded in local forms of Marian devotion, in particular the practice of making vows to Mary. It is argued that the vow can be understood as a healing ritual (carried out by both women and men) and that the predominance of female pilgrims at Fátima mirrors their responsibilities as mothers and housewives to secure the health and well-being of others. The article describes a typical, popular pilgrimage journey from Vila Branca to Fátima, undertaken by bus in a large group. The journey includes various elements of the typical Portuguese festa, as well as the ritual reenactment of Mary’s apparition in a farewell ceremony manifesting the materiality and visual aspects of popular religious experience. Furthermore, the author discusses the various tensions between orthodox and popular interpretations of Fátima, one of which centers around the belief in the materialization of divine power in the form of an ordinary woman.

Keywords
Mariakult, feminisering, helande uppenbarelser, materialitet
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-155112 (URN)10.14598/Annali_studi_relig_18201709 (DOI)
Note

Översättning till italienska av "The feminization of healing in pilgrimage to Fátima" , i Dubisch and Winkelman (eds. 2005), Pilgrimage and healing University of Arizona Press

Available from: 2018-04-11 Created: 2018-04-11 Last updated: 2022-02-26Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2016). Anna Fedele, Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France, Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 2013 [Review]. The European Journal of Women's Studies, 23(2), 228-229
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Anna Fedele, Looking for Mary Magdalene: Alternative Pilgrimage and Ritual Creativity at Catholic Shrines in France, Oxford University Press: Oxford and New York, 2013
2016 (English)In: The European Journal of Women's Studies, ISSN 1350-5068, E-ISSN 1461-7420, Vol. 23, no 2, p. 228-229Article, book review (Other academic) Published
Keywords
goddess, feminism, gender, religion
National Category
History of Religions Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-123454 (URN)10.1177/1350506816632170d (DOI)000374793700012 ()
Available from: 2015-11-26 Created: 2015-11-26 Last updated: 2022-02-23Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L., Keinänen, M.-L. & Maddrell, A. (Eds.). (2016). Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: European Perspectives. Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: European Perspectives
2016 (English)Collection (editor) (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The fields of gender and religious studies have often been criticized for neglecting to engage with one another, and this volume responds to this dearth of interaction by placing the fields in an intimate dialogue. Taking a multi-disciplinary approach and drawing on feminist scholarship, the book undertakes theoretical and empirical explorations of relational and co-constitutive encounters of gender and religion. Through varied perspectives, the chapters address three interrelated themes: religion as practice, the relationship between religious practice and religion as prescribed by formal religious institutions, and the feminization of religion in Europe.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. p. 364
Keywords
gender, religion, agency, religious practice, post-secularity, feminism, Europe, genus, religion, agens, religiös praktik, post-sekularitet, feminism, Europa
National Category
Gender Studies Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136887 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-42598-6 (DOI)978-3-319-42597-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-42598-6 (ISBN)
Funder
Swedish Research Council
Available from: 2016-12-18 Created: 2016-12-18 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. & Keinänen, M.-L. (2016). Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: Introduction. In: Lena Gemzöe, Marja-Liisa Keinänen, Avril Maddrell (Ed.), Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: European Perspectives (pp. 1-28). Palgrave Macmillan
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: Introduction
2016 (English)In: Contemporary Encounters in Gender and Religion: European Perspectives / [ed] Lena Gemzöe, Marja-Liisa Keinänen, Avril Maddrell, Palgrave Macmillan, 2016, p. 1-28Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The introduction points out how until recently the relationship between feminist studies and studies of religion has been marked by mutual blindness. In the present moment of encounter between the fields, the veiled Muslim woman is at the center of attention. In critical response to the view of “the religious woman” as the epitome of female submission, feminist theorists argue that new approaches to agency, power and resistance are needed. The authors of this introduction show, however, that these debates are not new in the study of gender and religion, and point to significant continuities in feminist theorizing. The volume engages with the post-secular turn by opening the door to gendered religious and spiritual worlds in present-day Europe. Furthermore, the continuing relevance of concepts such as religion as practice and the feminization of religion in Europe are stressed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palgrave Macmillan, 2016
Keywords
Post-secular turn, Feminist theory, Agency, Double blindness, Religion as practice, Feminization of religion
National Category
Gender Studies Religious Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-138518 (URN)10.1007/978-3-319-42598-6_1 (DOI)978-3-319-42597-9 (ISBN)978-3-319-42598-6 (ISBN)
Projects
Gender and Religion in present-day society
Available from: 2017-01-22 Created: 2017-01-22 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2016). Efterord: från teologiska läsarter till fiktionernas etnografi. In: Anna Bohlin, Lena Gemzöe (Ed.), Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten. Göteborg: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Efterord: från teologiska läsarter till fiktionernas etnografi
2016 (Swedish)In: Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten / [ed] Anna Bohlin, Lena Gemzöe, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016
Keywords
mångvetenskap, historia och litteratur, autofiktion, mediestudier, celebritetsstudier, författare, läsare
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136891 (URN)9789170611988 (ISBN)
Funder
Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation
Available from: 2016-12-18 Created: 2016-12-18 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Bohlin, A. & Gemzöe, L. (Eds.). (2016). Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten. Göteborg: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten
2016 (Swedish)Collection (editor) (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016. p. 284
Keywords
fiktionsbegrepp, mångvetenskaplighet, etnografi, mediestudier, litteratur, autofitkion, pilgrimsstudier
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136892 (URN)9789170611988 (ISBN)
Funder
Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation
Available from: 2016-12-18 Created: 2016-12-18 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
Gemzöe, L. (2016). I skrivande pilgrimers fotspår: kulturell affinitet i litteratur och praktik. In: Anna Bohlin, Lena Gemzöe (Ed.), Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten. Göteborg: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>I skrivande pilgrimers fotspår: kulturell affinitet i litteratur och praktik
2016 (Swedish)In: Fiktion och verklighet: mångvetenskapliga möten / [ed] Anna Bohlin, Lena Gemzöe, Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Makadam Förlag, 2016
Keywords
etnografi, pilgrimslitteratur, läsarter, Santiago de Compostela, votivgåva, helgonkult, celebritetsstudier
National Category
Gender Studies
Research subject
Gender Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:su:diva-136890 (URN)9789170611988 (ISBN)
Funder
Lars Hierta Memorial Foundation
Available from: 2016-12-18 Created: 2016-12-18 Last updated: 2022-02-28Bibliographically approved
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