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Organization of conferences, panels, workshops and other academic events

March 26-27, 2021 (to be confirmed)

Organization of the workshop “In/visible bodies: religion, gender and politics”, with the support of a Connexion Grant of the SSHRC and the Université Laval,  co-organised with Prof. Catherine Larouche (FSS, Université Laval).

January to April 2021 (series of conferences)

Organization of a series of conferences on the anthropology of religions (details to be announced). 

January 10 & January 13 to March 10, 2021 (series of conferences)

Organisation du colloque en série de conférences-midi “Maternités mystiques, spirituelles, ascétiques, monastiques : explorations à l’intersection du religieux et du maternel”, avec le soutien du Fonds Gérard Dion (Université Laval). Series of 9 online conferences and an evening for the general public, with a film. 

December 8, 2020

Participation in the Autor-Meets-Critics session A8-108 on Oliver Freiberger’s book Considering Comparison : A Method for Religious Studies (2019) at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), held online. 

November 29, 2020

Organization of the AAR pre-conference workshop on Motherhood and Religion : A Comparative, Interdisciplinary, Matricentric Feminist Approach” at the 2020 Virtual Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion (AAR), held online. 180 minutes workshop with 2 keynote speakers and 30 participants, co-organized with Prof. Pascale Engelmajer (Carroll University), held online.

Invited talks and research presentations

November 2, 2020

“Maternités fantasmées, réelles et spirituelles dans le roman Cittakobrā (1979) de Mṛdulā Garg.” Discussion of a work in progress in the framework of the Centre d’études et de recherche sur l’Inde, l’Asie du Sud et sa diaspora (CERIAS, UQAM) research group.

January 26, 2019

“Trusting Almighty Algorithms: Faith, Fertility, and Feminism”. Chapter discussion at the Handbook of Religion, Medicine, and Health Contributors Writing Workshop.

December 4, 2018

“Spiritual sexualities and sexual spiritualities: New lines of research beyond boundaries and binaries?”. Research talk given at Ryerson University, Arts Faculty, Department of Philosophy’s Brown Bag Faculty Showcase.

December 1st, 2017 

« Contextes et contrastes dans l’expérience de recherche: questions méthodologiques et épistémologiques dans la recherche sur le genre, le corps et les religions » dans le cadre de l’atelier pour les doctorant.e.s lors de l’Atelier méthodologique du PDHSR avec la collaboration des Etudes Genre CUSO sur le thème « Genre et religions: quelle intégration d’une perspective de genre dans nos recherches en sciences des religions ?», Université de Genève. 

November 28, 2017

« Ni religieux, ni spirituel, ni féministe, ni écolo? Aspects “religieux” du parentage naturel en contextes francophones européens » dans le cadre du Colloque de recherche de l’Institut suisse des sciences sociales des religions, Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, Université de Lausanne. 

March 30, 2017

« Entre expérience et expertise : pratiques intimes et discours publics sur le parentage naturel dans l’espace francophone contemporain » (Between experience and expertise: intimate practices and public discourses on natural parenting in contemporary francophone spaces). Research presentation as part of the course “Gender, medicine, health”,  Université de Lausanne, Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques.

November 28, 2016 

Research talk (Forschungseminar) at the Université de Fribourg, based on my book chapter Mediated Babywearing as Aesthetic Orthodoxy

December 14, 2016

Guest lecture (to be) given to midwifery students at the HESAV (Haute Ecole de Santé Vaud). An introduction to fertility, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum rituals across cultures and religions and a presentation of my research on “Natural Parenting in the Digital Age.”

June 18-19, 2015

« Espaces, temporalités et médiations maternelles. Discours sur l’allaitement dans les milieux francophones du parentage naturel » (Maternal spaces, temporalities and mediations: Discourses on breastfeeding in francophone natural parenting), paper presented at the Workshop of the research team Lactation in History, “L’allaitement entre normes et transgressions. Lieux, espaces, temporalités d’une pratique: approches anthropologiques et historiques”, supported through a Sinergia grant of the Swiss National Foundation, at the University of Geneva (Switzerland).

April 16-17, 2015

“Splitting the Difference, Following Doniger, Comparing Gender and Religion”, invited presentation for the Workshop “Comparison in the Study of Religion: Method and Methodology” organized at the Käte Hamburger Kolleg, Ruhr-Universität Bochum (Germany) by Prof. Oliver Freiberger.

February 25, 2015

“Ritualizing Reproduction in the Digital Age. Technology, Maternity, and Materiality”, invited talk to be given at the Department of Women’s Studies at Thorneloe University as part of a course on “Mothering and Reproduction”.

May 19, 2014

“Sharp Knives, Pink Saris and Helpless Prayers. Answers to Violence against Women in Contemporary India”, talk given at the Universität St.Gallen (Switzerland)

February 3, 2014

“Flight, Fight, Fool… or Pray! Differential Comparative Perspectives on Gendered Violence in Religious Contexts”, talk given at York University (Canada) for the Women’s Studies Seminar Series.

December 16, 2013

„(Mutter)kuchen, Mediatisierte Körper und Offenbarungen. Rituelle Dynamik der “Gender-Reveal” Party“. Talk (Probevorlesung) given at the Ernst Moritz Arndt Universität Greifswald (Germany)

April 19, 2013

“Gender and Violence in Religious Contexts: Differential Comparisons of Ancient Greece and Early Modern India”, talk given at the Department of Religious Studies, The University of Texas at Austin (USA)

March 9, 2010

Invitation to give a lecture « Poison, serpent et lit de ronces. Le corps féminin entre violence et sacrifice dans la bhakti de Mirabai » (Poison, snake and bed of thorns. The female body between violence and sacrifice in the bhakti of Mirabai) at the symposium Victime : substantif féminin, organized by Prof. Francesca Prescendi, University of Geneva (Switzerland; written contribution).

April 30, 2009

“The female voice and religious language in medieval poetry of India. Examples of female expressions in Mirabai’s Padavali”, in a joint seminar organized by Dr Monika Schrimpf (study of religions) and Dr Gabrielle Sommer (linguistics) about religion and language, at the University of Bayreuth (Germany; Invited in the framework of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS program).

April 29, 2009

“Imitation and travesty in ritual and poetic contexts. A contrastive comparison of Greek and Indian examples” at the interdisciplinary advanced research seminar of the Lehrstuhl Religionswissenschaft at the University of Bayreuth (Germany; Invited in the framework of the SOCRATES/ERASMUS program).

February 20, 2008

« Krishna seigneur du Braj. Des mythes aux pèlerinages » (Krishna, Lord of Braj. From myth to pilgrimages) in the framework of the SHS (Sciences, Histoire, Société) Humanities Course entitled « Méditerranée : mythes et grands textes fondateurs » taught by Prof. Philippe Borgeaud at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL, Lausanne).

Papers given at conferences, workshops and symposiums (peer-reviewed)

December 8, 2020 (forthcoming)

Participant in an author meets critics panel on Oliver Freiberger’s book Considering Comparison: A Method for Religious Studies (2019), as part of the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, held online due to COVID-19.  

November 25, 2019

Response to the seven papers included in “Motherhood and Mothering across Religious Traditions: A Comparative Roundtable,” by the Comparative Studies in Religion Unit at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion, in San Diego (USA).

April 12, 2019

“Health and Spirituality in the Francophone Contexts of
Natural Parenting”. Paper presented at the conference on Mothers, Mothering, Health, and Well-Being: Physical, Psychological, Social, Spiritual, Cultural and Environmental. Organized at York University, Toronto (Canada), by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI).

January 31, 2019

Spiritual, religious, anti-religious and secular discourses on homebirth and “natural” childbirth in francophone contexts”. Research talk given at the International Workshop
Pregnancies, Childbirths, and Religions: Rituals, Normative Perspectives, and Individual Appropriations. A Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspective from Antiquity to the Present” organized at the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt (Germany).

July 12, 2018

“Breastfeeding, ethics, morality, and motherhood as religion: An analysis of lactivist discourses in natural parenting in European francophone contexts”,  International Workshop  Breastfeeding(s) and Religions: Normative Prescriptions and Individual Appropriations. Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Perspectives from Antiquity to the Present organized at the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt (Germany).

June 19, 2018

“Multiple religious and maternal identities as male mothers and othermothers: case studies from the ancient Greek and Roman world.” Paper and general introduction to the panel on “Multiple religious and maternal identities: othermothers, self-conceptions, conformity and non-conformity” (conveyed by Giulia Pedrucci and myself) at the EASR conference in Bern (Switzerland).

November 24,  2017

« ‘Sexualités sacrées’ et idées féministes dans les spiritualités contemporaines du bien-être» in the framework of the symposium “Féminismes religieux – spiritualités féministes“,  colloque international et interdisciplinaire organisé par la revue Nouvelles Questions Féministes, la PlaGE (plate-forme en études genre de l’UNIL) et l’institut des sciences sociales des religions, Faculté de théologie et de sciences des religions, Université de Lausanne

September 21, 2017

“Yoni Eggs and Shakti Wands: A “Material Religion” Perspective on Discussing and Selling Feminine Spiritual Sexualities and Sexual Spiritualities.” Paper presented as part of the three sessions panel on “Communicative Challenges in Contemporary Women’s Spirituality” (conveyed by Carine Plancke, Chia Longman and myself) at the EASR conference in Leuwen (Belgium).

November 9-11, 2016

“Motherhood/s and Polytheisms: Epistemological and Methodological Reflections on the Study of Religions, Gender, and Women.” In collaboration with Giulia Pedrucci. Paper presented at the conference Women, Religions and Gender Relations, organized at the University of Turin (Italy) as part of the panel “Mysticism, Spiritualism, Polytheism”.

July 20-23, 2016

“Neither spiritual, nor religious. Natural parenting and religion in francophone countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Canada).” Paper presented at the conference of the European Association of Social Anthropologists, organized at the University of Milano Biccoca, as part of the panel Religion, maternal identities and practices [Anthropology of Religion network] [Network for the Anthropology of Gender and Sexuality].

October 21-23, 2015

“You Have to Taste Everything! Negotiating 21st Century French Foodways, Religion, and Parenting from Maternal Perspectives.” Paper presented at the conference on Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood in 21st Century: Culture, Society, Literature and the Arts, organized at Ryerson University, Toronto (Canada), by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI).

August 23-27, 2015

A “Mother Turn” for Study of Religion\s? A Literature Review on the Study of Mothers, Motherhood and Mothering in Religious Traditions”. Paper presented at the 2015 21st World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt (Germany) as part of the panel “The Study of Religions and Motherhood Studies: A Fruitful Interdisciplinary Potential?”.

June 15-17, 2015

A Maternal Forum of One’s Own. Natural Parenting and Media in Francophone Contexts”, paper presented at the conference Motherhood and Culture. Identity, Diversity, and Values, organized at Maynooth University (Ireland).

May 7-8, 2015

“In/Visible Maternal Labour: Mediating the Material Aspects of Natural Parenting in Francophone Contexts.” Paper presented as part of the panel “Materialities of the Body” at the Workshop “Materialisms Unbound: Flows, Temporalities, Formations” organized at York University (Toronto, Canada).

December 3-7, 2014

“Debating Pregnancy Online: Alternative Experts and the Reclaiming of Maternal Experience over Medical Expertise among Francophone Mamans Nature”, paper presented as part of the invited session on “Producing Knowledge on Pregnancy: Anthropologists and Expertise” organized by Edmée Ballif, Université de Lausanne at the conference of the American Anthropological Association, Washington DC (USA).

October 22-24, 2014

“Helplessness as Victory. Maternal Dharma in Representations of Mothers, Motherhood and Mothering in Modern Hindi Literature”, presented at the conference Mothers, Mothering and Motherhood in Literature. Fiction, Poetry, Drama, Life Writing, Creative Non-Fiction, Social Media, organized by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), at Heaslip House, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

May 24-27, 2014

“A Convergence of Agendas? Natural Parenting in Francophone Contexts”, presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, held during the Congress2014 of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University, Canada.

May 24-27, 2014

Participation in a Roundtable Discussion on “Food, Gender and the Productive/Consumption Order” during the meeting of the Women and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, held during the Congress2014 of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Brock University, Canada.

January 9-12, 2014

“Natural Parenting as an Expression of “Dark Green Religion” in the Digital Age”, paper presented at the conference “Media and Religion: The Global View”, organized by the Center for Media, Religion, and Culture at the University of Colorado, Boulder, USA.

October 5, 2013

“Demonizing the “Bad Natural Mom”. A Comparison of Representations of Natural Parenting in Francophone Media”, paper presented at the One-Day Symposium “Demonizing Mothers/Demonized Motherhoods: Oppression and Resistance”, organized by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), Toronto, Canada.

July 19, 2013

(As co-author, with Nathalie Collins and Jamie Murphy) “Of Geeks and Achievers: Exploring Brand Community Tourism and the Infinite Game”, paper presented (by co-authors) at the 2013 World Marketing Congress, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

June 24-27, 2013

“Online transmission and dissemination of  “natural parenting” practices and discourses. A case study about French-speaking mothers using a popular forum about health and well being” presented at the International Conference on Communicating Motherhood / Mothers communicating: “High Culture” to Pop Culture to New Social Media, organized by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), Toronto, Canada.

June 1-4, 2013

“It’s no fun just being told! Gender-Reveal Parties as An Example of A New Ritualization of Pregnancy”, presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, held during the Congress2013 of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University, Canada.

June 1-4, 2013

“At a double (cutting) edge? Discourses about maternal body practices by French-speaking mothers participating to online forums about natural parenting”, presented at the meeting of the Women and Gender Studies et Recherches Féministes, held during the Congress2013 of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences at Victoria University, Canada.

May 10-12, 2013

“From Sharing Bread and Beads to Printing Placentas. On some aspects of natural Parenting and Material Religion” presented at the American Academy of Religion’s Eastern Regional conference held at the University of Toronto, Canada.

April 11-12, 2013

“Natural Parenting in the Digital Age. Online communities discussing Mothering, Religion, Environmentalism and Technology” presented at the graduate students conference Media Fever: Religion as Mediation, organized by the Department for the Study of Religion, University of Toronto, Canada.

February 22-23, 2013

“Divine, human, and gendered desires. A case in cross-cultural differential comparison through the Padāvalī attributed to Mīrābāī and Greek literary material” presented at the graduate students conference on Religion and Desire, organized by the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University Bloomington, USA.

October 18-20, 2012

“Relationship to technology and to “the experts” in the discourses of French-speaking mothers on online forums dedicated to “natural parenting” à la “International Conference on Mothering and Reproduction, featuring an embedded conference on Mothering, Science, and Technology”, organized by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), Toronto, Canada.

October 20-23, 2011

“Is Yashoda a role-model for mothers ? Representations of motherhood in Hindu devotional poetry” paper presented at the International Conference on Mothering, Motherhood and Education, featuring an embedded conference on Motherhood Studies: Developing and Disseminating a New Academic Discipline for a New Century, organized by the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement (MIRCI), Toronto, Canada.

August 10-12, 2011

“Representations of female bodies in relationship to male gods in ritual, devotional, poetic and performative contexts. An exploration through differential comparison in selected texts of Greek literature and in the Padāvalī of Mīrābāī”  and “The invulnerable body of Mīrābāī. A comparative exploration of the (in)vulnerability of the female body and strategies of defense and protection in religious contexts” workshop and research presentation in the framework of the Workshop-cum-conference The Archaeology of Bhakti, North and South: the cults of Kṛṣṇa/Viṣṇu and Skanda/Murukaṉ in their infancy, organized at the center Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient by Emmanuel Francis, Charlotte Schmid and Valérie Gillet, in Pondicherry, India.

August 15-21, 2010

Organization of a panel entitled “Religion and the Body: Gender Issues and Comparative Perspectives” and presentation of a paper entitled “Vulnerability, honor and defense strategies of female bodies as represented in religious contexts” at the 20th World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions / Association Internationale pour l’Histoire des Religions (IAHR), in Toronto, Canada.

August 9-13, 2010

“Worshipping God(desses) on Video Sharing Websites” paper presented at the 7th International Conference on Media, Religion and Culture, Toronto, Canada, organized by Prof. Joyce Smith, Ryerson University.

June 3-5, 2010

“Child’s Play ? Constructing identity, transmitting values and learning ritual through ‘religious toys’”, paper presented at the international symposium Homo Ludens. Play, Culture and Religion, organized at the University of Lausanne by  Prof. Maya Burger and Dr Philippe Bornet. Administrative assistant for the preparation of this symposium.

July 22-24, 2009

“Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend. Female Body and Ornaments in Mirabai’s Padavali”, paper presented at the 10th International Bhakti Conference held at Sapientia University, Miercurea Ciuc, Romania, organized by Dr Imre Bangha.

October 1st – December 1st, 2008

Online presentation of the paper “Women and Funeral Pyres. An exercice in Contrastive Comparison” in the framework of the Second International Online Conference on Religious Studies on the topic Comparative Religion : from Subject to Problem, organized by the Moscow Society for Study of Religions.

November 6-8, 2008

“Go West, Mira! Prudish Translations and Global Mysticism” papaer presented at the symposium “Translating India. The Construction of Cultural India through Translating Hindi Literature” organized at the University of Lausanne by Prof. Maya Burger and MER Nicola Pozza. Administrative assistant for the preparation of this symposium.

September 29 – October 2, 2008

“Rituals on the Video Sharing Website” paper presented at the international conference Ritual Dynamics and the Science of Ritual organized by the Collaborative Research Centre Ritual Dynamics in Heidelberg.

November 9, 2007

« La vie dans l’oeuvre? Le biographique et l’hagiographique dans les récits sur la vie et l’oeuvre de la poétesse indienne Mirabai » présentation dans le cadre du colloque “La vie et l’œuvre” de la Formation doctorale interdisciplinaire de la Faculté des Lettres, IRIS4, organisé par le MER Jérôme Meizoz et alii à l’Université de Lausanne

October 1st – December 1st, 2007

Online presentation of the paper “Representations of Religions on the Video Sharing Websites” at the online conference Human@Religion@Internet organized by the Moscow Society for Study of Religions.

September 23-26, 2007

“Representations of Religions on the Video Sharing Websites” paper presented in the panel organized by Prof. Michael Pye at the 7th conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions / EASR and the  Deutsche Vereinigung für Religionswissenschaft (DVRW) in Bremen, on the topic “Plurality and Representation. Religion in Education, Culture and Society”.

June 20-23, 2007

“Roman Sibyl, Greek Maenads and Indian gopis. Females bodies described in texts” paper presented at the  Symposium Cumanum organized by the Vergilian Society in Cumae (Italy) on the topic “Vergil’s Goddesses, Heroines and Peoples: Authenticating the Early Goddesses and Establishing the Roman Common Identity”, directed by Prof. Patricia Johnston, Prof. Giancarlo Abbamonte, and Prof. Giovanni Casadio.

Présentations de la recherche de thèse / Doctoral research presentations (in French; selection)

8 juin 2012

Présentation d’une contribution intitulée “Violence et invulnérabilité de figures féminines en transaction avec des dieux masculins. Quelques questions de recherche” dans le cadre de l’Atelier de l’Ecole doctorale des Sciences de l’Antiquité : « Méthodologie des études genre appliquée aux sources antiques », organisé par Claude-Emmanuelle Centlivres, à l’UNIL.

16 septembre 2011

Présentation d’une contribution intitulée “De quelques difficultés à présenter des sources grecques dans un travail comparatif en histoire des religions” dans le cadre de l’Atelier de l’Ecole doctorale des Sciences de l’Antiquité en langue et littérature grecques et philosophie antique : « Entre philologie, philosophie et littérature. Jusqu’où expliquer une oeuvre ? », organisé par David Bouvier, Michael Hertig, Aurélie Matthey, Thomas Schmidt, et Alexandrine Schniewind, à l’UNIL.

25 février 2011

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours dans le cadre du cours de connaissances générales des religions, pour étudiants de première année, UNIL.

22 avril 2009

Présentation d’une partie de recherche dans le cadre du séminaire des hellénistes avancés organisé par l’Institut d’archéologie et des sciences de l’Antiquité (IASA) de l’UNIL, séminaire avancé du Prof. David Bouvier.

6-9 juin 2007

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours dans le cadre des 5èmes journées de la relève de la Société Suisse-Asie et de la Société Suisse Moyen-Orient et Civilisation Islamique organisées à Bâle par le Orientalisches Seminar de l’Université de Bâle.

2 mai 2007

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours, avec accent sur la problématique du genre, dans le cadre d’une journée « Femmes-UNIL » (Femmes, religion et société de l’antiquité à nos jours: problématiques et méthodes en études genre) organisée par l’Institut d’archéologie et des sciences de l’Antiquité (IASA) de l’UNIL.

29-30 mars 2007

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours, avec accent sur la problématique du genre, dans le cadre des journées Work in Progress organisées par le Laboratoire Interdisciplinaire d’Etudes Genre (LIEGE) de l’UNIL.

17-18 mars 2007

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours dans le cadre de la rencontre des doctorant-e-s suisses en histoire des religions organisée à Bigorio (Tessin) organisé par la SGR-SSSR (Société suisse pour la science des religions).

15 décembre 2006

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours dans le cadre de la Formation doctorale interdisciplinaire de la Faculté des Lettres de l’UNIL, IRIS4, organisée par le MER Jérôme Meizoz.

18-20 mai 2006

Présentation de recherche de thèse en cours dans le cadre du colloque pour doctorant-e-s, en préambule du colloque “La construction du genre dans les systèmes symboliques religieux” sous la direction de la prof. Daria Pezzoli-Olgiati (Universität Zürich, Theologisches Seminar, Religionswissenschaft) et de la prof. Maya Burger (UNIL, FTSR, sect. de sciences des religions). Organisation de ce colloque pour doctorants.

Participations (at attendee or respondent) in academic conferences and events (selection)

November 29, 2017
Partage sur l’expérience de séjour de recherche postdoctorale à l’étranger, dans le cadre des rencontres des doctorant.e.s du STSLab, Faculté des sciences sociales et politiques, UNIL, 12h15-14h00, Géopolis. 

October 8-9, 2015

Third Biennal Graduate Student Conference on South Asian Religions, University of Toronto (Canada); respondent.

May 22-25, 2014

Sixteenth Berkshire Conference on the History of Women, University of Toronto (Canada).

May 8-9, 2014

Second Annual International Conference on “Social Media – Implications for Politics, Religion, Gender”, York University, Toronto (Canada).

May 10-12, 2012

University of Fribourg (Switzerland),
Faculty of Arts and Humanities 7th Forum of Religion, “Mystic Media. The Religious Reception of Historical and Contemporary Media”.

October 1st, 2010

Respondent at the conference « Les Evangiles de l’enfance, ou comment raconter une origine », organized by Prof. Claire Clivaz, UNIL, in the framework of the doctoral research program in theology of the Conférence des Universités de Suisse Orientale (CUSO).