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KIM KNIBBE is an anthropologist who researches various forms of religion and spirituality in the Netherlands and Europe. She is currently directing the project “Sexuality, Religion and Secularism” (funded by the Netherlands Foundation for Research, NWO) and is based at the University of Groningen. E-mail:

BRENDA BARTELINK is a Senior Researcher and Fellow with the Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalization of the University of Groningen. Over the past 10 years, she has been engaged in various research projects on sexuality, religion, and secularity in the context of international development and of cultural and religious diversity in the Netherlands. E-mail:

JELLE WIERING is a cultural anthropologist whose main interest lies in religious studies. Currently, he works as a PhD Researcher at the University of Groningen, focusing on the intersection of religion, secularism, and sexuality in the Netherlands. E-mail:

KARIN B. NEUTEL researches ancient and contemporary attitudes toward male circumcision. She has held postdoctoral positions at the VU University Amsterdam and the Max Weber Centre, University of Erfurt, and is currently on the faculty of theology at the University of Oslo. E-mail:

MARIAN BURCHARDT is a Professor of Sociology at the Center for Area Studies and the Department of Sociology at Leipzig University. As a cultural sociologist, he explores how power and institutions shape social life in the culturally diverse societies of Africa and Europe. E-mail:

JOAN WALLACH SCOTT is a historian with groundbreaking contributions in gender history and intellectual history. She is a Professor Emerita in the School of Social Science in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Her most famous works include Gender and the Politics of History (1988), Only Paradoxes to Offer: French Feminists and the Rights of Man (1996), Parite: Sexual Equality and the Crisis of French Universalism (2005) ,The Politics of the Veil (2007) ,The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011), and Sex and Secularism (2017). E-mail:

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