Body and religion, the big challenges


22/02/2019 - 22/02/2019

Body and religion, the big challenges Body and religion, the big challenges

The body is fertile ground for religion, the locus of religious practice. Religiosity is expressed through the observance of ceremony and dietary customs, through clothing that covers the body and suffering inflicted upon it — sacrifice, even. Religion gives meaning to bodily pain, often believed to be punishment or the path to redemption. The body is therefore central to all religions and spiritualities.


Belgian historian Anne Morelli is professor emeritus at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and former head of the Centre for Religion and Secularism. She is specialized in historical criticism, religious history and minority studies. A great deal of her work focuses on Italian migration.


Belgian philosopher and sexologist Thérèse Hargot is a specialist in gender studies. She focuses on power dynamics surrounding the female body and reproduction. She works as a consultant in France, working with emotional, familial and sexual traumas. On her blog, ‘Chroniques philosophiques d’une sexuologue,’ she addresses themes like contraception, sexual desire and neo-feminism.

Flagey, Le Soir, RTBF, ULB, VUB

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