Mariecke van den Berg
Mariecke van den Berg is a postdoctoral researcher in the NWO-programme Beyond ‚Religion versus Emancipation‘. Gender and Sexuality in Women’s Conversion to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in Contemporary Western Europe. She obtained a BA in Theology and an RMA in Gender Studies from Utrecht University. In 2014 she finished her PhD research on ethnicity and informal care at Twente University. From 2014-2016 she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Theology at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in the NWO-project Contested Privates. The Oppositional Pairing of Religion and Homosexuality in Contemporary Public Discourse.
Her current research is focused on religious and gender ’scripts‘ that underlie conceptions of conversion. Conversions often follow certain expectations about the appropriate way to dress and behave, about rituals that need to be performed and, importantly, about the way in which converts shouls narrate their own conversions. These expectations are often strongly related to gender: female converts are expected to behave, dress and narrate differently from male converts.
Mariecke uses various case studies to uncover the entanglements of religion and gender in the ways in which conversion is perceived. For instance: why are there so many similarities in the narratives of converts and those of transgender persons who undergo a gender transformation? But also: why is the conversion of women (especially to Islam) so often understood as a form of forsaking autonomy while the conversion of famous soccer players such as Wesley Sneijder and Franck Ribéry is seen as an idiosyncrasy that accentuates their uniqueness?
Die Bücher von Mariecke van den Berg erscheinen bei Springer International Publishing. Zu den Veröffentlichungen des/der Autors/Autorin gehören Sachbücher zu Schwulen Themen wie „Public Discourses about Homosexuality and Religion in Europe and Beyond“.