Visibility is a social process that combines the domains of aesthetics and politics; it emerges from intersecting relations of perception and power. Social visibility is always relational – seeing and being seen simultaneously affect the observed and the beholder. The particular relations of visibility, in any context, depend on a multitude of social, cultural, technical and political arrangements. These “regimes of visibility” determine who is in/visible, in what contexts and networks, and regulate access to participation and resources in societies. And while we might strive for ‘intervisibility’ (a reciprocity of vision) as the ideal form for social relations, relationships of in/visibility are often asymmetric. Social in/visibility is thus never free from power, yet the relationship between power and visibility is complex: power does not simply rest either with visibility or with invisibility. Visibility is not inherently liberating, nor does it necessarily imply oppression of others. It can be empowering but also disempowering.

Together with the ESWTR Conference 2019, the ESWTR Journal 2020 aims to investigate how the categories of religion, gender and race intersect to produce social in/visibility. Some of the main questions that will be touched upon in the 2019 ESWTR conference are the following: How do religious communities and traditions function as regimes of in/visibility? How do processes of sexualisation, gendering, racialisation and ‘religionisation’ give shape to social regimes of in/visibility? How are religious symbols used as resources to produce or contest social visibility, invisibility or hypervisibility?

We would like to receive your article, based on paper or poster presentation, on the questions mentioned above or on general topics related to the conference theme. We anticipate receiving reflections on the construction of race, gender and religion. We hope to receive articles on intersectionalist studies and on topics such as privileges, power and rights related to gender, race and religion. We also welcome articles more generally related to gender and interreligious dialogue or minorities. Your contribution can deal with politics of representation, gender, race and religion in the media and other related areas.

Scholars from across disciplines with a special interest on the above-mentioned issues are invited to submit their article including an abstract and a short biography to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October 31, 2019.