Transformative Religion
Religion as Situated Knowledge in Processes of Social Transformation

International Research Training Group

Project title: Gender and Orders of Creation. A Comparison between Germany and South Africa (National Identity)

2019-2022: M.A. Religion and Culture, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany

2021-2022: Participant of „Dialogueperspectives. Discussing Religions and Worldviews“, Dialogperspektiven e.V.

2008-2012: B.A. German Literatur/Cultural Studies and Protestant Theology, Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

2001-2005: Diploma Housing Economics, Hochschule für Technik, Wirtschaft und Sozialwesen Zittau/Görlitz, Germany

Recent years have seen an extending debate on particular family constellations, gender identities and sexual orientations outside heteronormativity, also on body autonomy and feminism. The study I propose will take a closer look on these debates and discourses looking at the entanglements between questions of gender, orders of creation and national identity/(neo-)nationalism. Firstly, I intend to look at different politico-religious agents in Germany and South Africa about if and how they content wise or rhetorically link gender, orders of creation and national identity. Secondly, I intend to look at the idea of orders of creations in Germany and South Africa from a historical perspective. And thirdly I hope to find a systematically link by looking at gender, orders of creation and national identities through the concept of founding myths as one possible imagination in the imagined communities we call nations. As a method I propose a hermeneutical literature study based on a discourse analysis mainly following the critique of power by Michel Foucault, because there is a strong link between gender and todays’ anti-genderistic attitudes and Foucaults thoughts on biopolitics, and because his power-critical analysis might allow me to gain a decolonial perspective. Finaly I hope to answer my leadquestion: If and how can anti-liberal concepts of creational orders regarding gender work as identity markers of religious (neo-)nationalism?