Venue: Board Room, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, London NW4 4BT

9.45-10.15 Registration

10.15 Opening Prof Waqar Ahmad

10.30-12.30 Morning session chaired by Prof John Eade

1. Dr Claire Dwyer, University College London, ‘Highway to Heaven’: the making of a transnational suburban religious landscape

2. Dr Louise Ryan, and Dr Elena Vacchelli, Middlesex University, ‘Mothering Through Islam: Narratives of Religious Identity’

3. Dr Bindi Shah, Southampton University, 'Gender convergence in contemporary religious practice among second-generation Jain women and men in the UK and USA'

4. Dr Ann David, Roehampton University, 'Gendered dynamics of the divine: new forms of feminine Hindu worship?'

12.30-13.30 Lunch

13.30-15.30 Afternoon session chaired by Prof Sophie Watson

5. Dr Mattia Fumanti, St Andrews University, ‘A light hearted bunch of ladies’: Gendered Power and irreverent piety in the Ghanaian Methodist Diaspora

6. Katrin Maier, University of Sussex, 'If your husband is backing you up, you can go anywhere!' Female Agency Through Submission to Male Authority in Nigerian Pentecostalism in London

7. Dr Chia Longman, Ghent University, 'Migration, Local and Transnational Belonging among Orthodox Jewish Women'

Dr Nick Gill, University of Exeter, 'Mobility, Faith and Networks: The Role of The Polish Catholic Church of England and Wales in the Lives of Polish Migrants'

15.30 Final Thoughts & Conclusion lead by Prof Eleonore Kofman

16.00 End

Click on chairs and speakers names for their bios

Organisers: Dr. Louise Ryan, Dr. Elena Vacchelli and Clare Choak, Social Policy Research Centre, Middlesex University


Click here for the booking form

The deadline is Oct 14th. Please email it to Clare on

Getting here

The symposium will take place in the Board Room, College Building. Below are the details of where to find the Hendon Campus in London, please click on the printable guide to getting to us for transport information:

For further info about how to find us please contact the switchboard on +44 (0) 20 8411 5555