CRCS & ICRS Wednesday Forum: “Protest through Pictures Gendered Forms of Coptic Christian Visual Culture”

Dear CRCS & ICRS students, faculty and guests, We kindly invite you to participate in the CRCS & ICRS Wednesday Forum of this week. Wednesday forum will have Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder (Religion Dept., Wake Forest University, North Carolina) as the speaker who will talk about “Protest through Pictures: Gendered Forms of Coptic Christian Visual Culture.” Some information about this forum can be read as follows.

Date: Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Time: 12.30 pm – 2.30 pm (free lunch)
Venue: Room 306, UGM Graduate School Teknika Utara, Pogung
Speaker: Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder


Reacting to internal needs for reform and external pressures from radical Muslim groups, a revival movement has been developing within the Coptic Orthodox Church of Egypt since the second half of the twentieth century.

Concurrently strengthening religious and Egyptian identity, Copts engaged in remembering and re-inventing their past, infusing the present with newly found collective memories.

New themes and representations thus produced resulted in new forms of Coptic visual culture which opened up venues for women to take on active roles in these reform processes. This talk will present some of the strategies used by Coptic women to strengthen their position and agency in a traditionally male-oriented church.


The forum is free of charge and on a first-come-first serve basis.

About the Speaker:

Dr. Nelly van Doorn-Harder is a profesor from Religion Departemen, Wake Forest University, North Carolina.

Contact Persons:

Maufur(ICRS):; Elis Z. Anis (ICRS):,; Lina Pary (CRCS):; Maria Ingrid (CRCS/ICRS):


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