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Matthias Deininger Wins Prize for Best Poster

Mar 07, 2015

Matthias Deininger, member of Junior Research Group “Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism", has been awarded the prize for the best poster presentation at the conference "Religion, Gender and Body Politics, Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives" at Utrecht University. His paper examined the topic of "Preserving the Heteronormative Status Quo: Public Morality, Evangelical Christians and the State in Singapore."

The prize-winning poster presents findings of Matthias Deininger’s PhD project on “Building the ‘Antioch of Asia’: Christian Heterotopias and the State in Singapore” in which he explores different Christian mission practices and societal engagement in Singapore. The project seeks to understand how evangelical Christians re-engage and realize their imaginary of Singapore as the Christian "Antioch of Asia" and how the formation of these alternative visions of social orders and spaces challenge the very ideas of the public sphere and the secular nature within the pluralist cityscape of Singapore. Examining both local and transnational mission practices, as well as following recent public discourses on family values and sexual morality, Deininger analyses the ways Christians locate themselves within the nation as rooted aspect of the national community without losing their evangelical and outward-oriented character.

The poster was presented at the conference "Religion, Gender and Body Politics, Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives" which took place from 12-14 February. It was organised by Prof. Anne-Marie Korte and Dr. Adriaan van Klinken on behalf of the international research project “Interdisciplinary Innovations in the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives” at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. The conference explored why and how the gendered body has become a highly contested and constitutive site of identity politics, ideologies and practices in societies worldwide.

Matthias Deininger is a member of the Junior Research Group B21 on "Transcultural Dynamics of Pentecostalism" headed by Dr. Katja Rakow.  


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