Presentations


spacesofshame(62) “Poverty and Spaces of Shame in South Africa.” 2018 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research. University of Salzburg, Austria, 13-14.09.2018.

Keywords: Education, Morality, South Africa


(61) “Before Rhodes Fell: Black Ambition and White Privilege in the South African University Novels of Niq Mhlongo.” Mapping Cultural Identities: Translations and Intersections. Dimitrie Cantemir Christian University, Bucharest, Romania. 25-26.05.2018.

Keywords: Class, Education, Literature, Race, Recognition, South Africa


AIaTiPEwCYC(60) “Ambiguity, Instability, and Translatability in Pentecostal Engagements with Contemporary Youth Culture.” Strong Religion and Mainstream Culture: Youth, Education and Technology. Umeå University, Sweden, 09-10.11.2017.

Keywords: Christianity, Pentecostalism, Popular music, Youth


(59) “Black Magic across the Black Atlantic: A Pentecostal Ecology of Hip Hop.” Hip Hop Ecologies and Politics. University of Turku, Finland, 05-06.10.2017. (I was a co-organizer of this small seminar, along with colleagues involved with the Hip Hop in Finland network.)

Keywords: Africa; Hip hop; Morality; Pentecostalism


Salzburg Poverty(58) “Race, Class, and Recognition in South African Churches.” 2017 Salzburg Conference in Interdisciplinary Poverty Research: Religion and Poverty. University of Salzburg, Austria. 21-22.09.2017.

Keywords: Christianity, Class, Morality, Race, Recognition, South Africa


(57) “Spirituality After Work: Integrating Religion and Spirituality into the Serious Leisure Perspective.” The New Subjectivities of Global Capitalism: Spirituality, Personal Development and the World of Work. Babeș-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania. 18-19.09.2017.

Keywords: Religion, Serious leisure, South Africa, Sport, Unemployment


(56) “Value Monism and Pluralism in Contemporary Worship and Evangelical Musicianship.” Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives. Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom. 18-21.07.2017.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Morality, Popular music, Joel Robbins, Value, Worship music


(55) “Evangelical Popular Musicianship and the Burdens of Sacred and Secular Authenticity.” Apocalypse and Authenticity conference. Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network and University of Hull, United Kingdom. 11-13.07.2017.

Keywords: Apocalypticism, Christianity, Evangelicalism, Popular music, Charles Taylor


UNIPID-FinCEAL ppt(54) “Project Report – Youth Music and the Construction of Social Subjectivities and Communities in Post-apartheid South Africa. Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture / UNIPID / FinCEAL+ workshop From Research to Sustainable Innovations for Education, Sheraton hotel, Pretoria, South Africa. 29.05.2017.

Keywords: Education, South Africa, Social Sciences, Youth


(53) “Rituals of Rupture in Pentecostal Rap Careers.” Hip Hop Studies in Finland: Genres and Generations seminar. Tieteiden talo (House of Science & Letters), Helsinki, Finland. 30-31.05.2016. (I was a co-organizer of this small seminar, along with colleagues involved with the Hip Hop in Finland network.)

Keywords: Christianity Hip hop, Pentecostalism, South Africa


Public Witness Post-Apartheid Whiteness(52)Public Witness and Post-Apartheid Whiteness in Contemporary South African Pentecostalism.” Alternative Visions in the Public Sphere. Faithxchange / Faiths and Civil Society Unit, Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom, 05.02.2016.

Keywords: Apocalypticism, Christianity, Crapanzano, Pentecostalism, South Africa


(51)Fear of a Black Magic: Anti-Hip Hop Discourse across the Evangelical Black Atlantic.” Hip Hop Studies: North and South. Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, 19-20.11.2015. (I was a co-organizer of this conference, along with colleagues involved with the Hip Hop in Finland network.)

Keywords: Christianity, Contemporary Christian music, G. Craige Lewis, Hip hop, Pentecostalism, Popular music, Youth culture


Evangelical Surfing Moral Capital(50)South African Evangelical Extreme Sports Youth Culture and the Accumulation of Moral Capital.” Rhythms of Life: Youth and Popular Culture in a Changing South Africa. Human Sciences Research Council, Skytower Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa, 13-14.11.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Extreme sport, Moral capital, Skateboarding, South Africa, Sport, Surfing, Youth culture


serious leisure spiritual anxiety(49)Serious Leisure and Spiritual Anxiety in Evangelical Youth Culture.” Third International Conference of the Lithuanian Society for the Study of Religions. Vilnius University, Lithuania, 23-24.10.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Popular music, Serious leisure, Sport, Stebbins, Youth culture


(48)(G)local is Lekker: Unity and Division in Contemporary Christian Worship and Popular Music in South Africa.” Christian Congregational Music: Local and Global Perspectives. Ripon College Cuddesdon, Oxford, United Kingdom, 4-7.08.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Contemporary Christian music, Evangelicalism, Popular music, South Africa, Worship music


Stoke We Found(47) ‘The Stoke We Found When We Found Jesus’: Exploring Evangelical Extreme Sports Youth Subcultures.” Religion and Fandom. Theology, Religion and Popular Culture Network and University of Leicester, United Kingdom, 28-30.07.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Extreme Sport, Skateboarding, Sport, Subculture, Surfing, Youth culture


(46) Christian Hip Hop and the Multifaceted Americanization of South African Popular Culture.” Keep It Simple, Make it Fast: Crossing Borders of Underground Music Scenes. University of Porto, Portugal, 15-18.07.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Globalization, Glocalization, Hip hop, Popular music, South Africa, Youth culture


(45) Innovation and Standardization in Christian Metalcore: The Influences of Church and Market.” Modern Heavy Metal: Markets, Practices and Cultures. Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland, 08-12.06.2015.

(See resulting publication here)

Keywords: Christianity, Contemporary Christian music, Culture industry, Evangelicalism, Heavy metal, Popular music


(44)Evangelical Youth Culture in South Africa’s Moral Economy.” Accountable Leadership and Sustainability in Africa: Religion, Democracy and Civil Society. University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa, 21-24.04.2015.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Morality, Moral capital, South Africa, Youth culture


(43)Moral Development in a Developing Economy in Moral Crisis: South African Evangelical Youth Culture.” Between East and West: Youth, Religion and Politics. University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia, 16-17.10.2014.

(See resulting publication here)

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, South Africa, Youth culture


(42)Christian Hip Hop in Namibia and South Africa.” Co-authored with Tuomas Järvenpää. Hip Hop Studies: Global and Local. Finnish Jazz and Pop Archive, Helsinki, Finland, 13.09.2014. (I was a co-organizer of this conference, along with colleagues involved with the Hip Hop in Finland network.)

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Hip hop, Namibia, Pentecostalism, South Africa, Youth culture


(41)Religious Rock Music and Cultural Change in Post-Apartheid South Africa.” Struggle and Style: African Youth Cultures Today. University of Helsinki, Finland, 12.09.2014. (I was a co-organizer of this conference, along with colleagues involved with the Academy of Finland-funded project Youth music and the construction of social subjectivities and communities in post-apartheid South Africa.)

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Popular music, South Africa, Youth culture


Pentecostal muscians genre crossing(40)Saturday Night and Sunday Morning: Pentecostal Musicians and Reflexive Genre-Crossing.” Eighth GloPent Conference: Pentecostalism and Development. SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom, 05-06.08.2014.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Popular music, Worship music


(39)Glocalizing Pentevangelical Youth Culture in South Africa.” Holy Crap! Intersections of the Popular and the Sacred in Youth Cultures. University of Helsinki, Finland, 28-29.08.2014. (I was a co-organizer of this conference along with colleagues from various departments at the University of Helsinki and Music Archive JAPA.)

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Glocalization, Pentecostalism, Popular culture, South Africa, Youth culture


(38)From Pub to Pulpit: Punks Playing Praise and Worship.” Keep It Simple, Make It Fast: Underground Music Scenes and DIY Cultures. University of Porto, Portugal, 09-11.07.2014.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Popular music, Punk, Worship music


(37)Youth, Music and Cultures of Inequality in South Africa.” Music Archive JAPA, Helsinki, Finland, 12.06.2014.

Keywords: Popular music, Rancière, South Africa, Youth culture


(36)Glocalizing Pentevangelical Youth Subjectivities through Popular Music.” Social and Cultural Anthropology seminar series. University of Helsinki, Finland, 13.11.2013.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, South Africa, Youth culture


(35)Pentecostal Punk Rock and Postsecular Translation.” Pentecostal Politics of Space and Power: A Global Perspective. University of Padova, Italy, 07-09.06.2012.

Keywords: Christianity, Habermas, Pentecostalism, Postsecularism, Punk, Secularization, Charles Taylor, Youth culture


Pentecostal punk rock(34) Contradiction and Compromise in Pentecostal Punk Rock.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Moscone Centre, San Francisco, USA, 19-22.11.2011.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Punk, Popular music, Secularization


Islam finance globalization backlash(33)Islamic Finance: Globalization and Backlash – Selling Sekuk in South Korea.” Tenth Conference of the European Association for the Study of Religions. Hungarian Cultural Foundation, Budapest, Hungary, 18-22.09.2011.

Keywords: Globalization, Islam, Islamic finance, Islamophobia, Multiculturalism, Pentecostalism, South Korea


(32)Christian Punk, Subcultural Resistance and Populist Traditionalism.” Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. London Metropolitan University, United Kingdom, 15-16.09.2011.

(See the resulting publication, “Christian Punk and Populist Traditionalism” here.)

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Populist traditionalism, Popular music, Punk, Youth culture


Glocalization Christian Punk(31)The ‘Glocalization’ of Christian Punk: A Qualitative Study in the UK and USA.” Nordic Youth Research Symposium. University of Turku, Finland, 13-15.06.2011.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Glocalization, Popular music, Punk, Youth culture


(30)Contesting Religious Youth Culture: The Case of Evangelical Punk Rock.” Copenhagen Colloquium on Children and Religion. Aarhus University, Copenhagen Campus, Denmark, 18-19.05.2011.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Popular music, Punk, Subculture, Youth culture


(29) “Model Minority Muslim Subjectivity: Australian (De)constructions of a Political Myth.” The Politics of Negotiation: Muslim Subjectivities in ‘Western’ Contexts. Aga Khan University – Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, London, United Kingdom, 11.04.2011.

Keywords: Australia, Class, Islam, Multiculturalism


Islam finance perfomance piety(28) Regulating Risk and Performing Piety in Islamic Financial Discourse and Practice.” Christianity and Islam: Between Love, Law and Secularity. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom, 12-13.10.2010.

Keywords: Capitalism, Cultural studies, Islam, Islamic finance, Financial ethics, Multiculturalism


(27)Punk Rock and the Everyday Apocalyptic.” Contemporary Conflicts: Class / Culture / Environment. University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 13.10.2010. (I was a co-organizer of this conference, along with other PhD students from the University of Bristol’s department of sociology.)

Keywords: Apocalypticism, Christianity, Pentecostalism, Popular music, Punk.


(26)The Co-ordinates of Praxis in Christian Punk: Youth, Belief and Performance.” Young People and the Cultural Performance of Belief. University of Oxford, United Kingdom, 19-22.07.2010.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Punk, Subculture, Youth culture


(25)Christian Punk and Youth Subculture Theory.” Seventeenth International Sociological Association conference. Svenska Mässan, Gothenburg, Sweden, 11-17.07.2010.

Keywords: Christianity, Cultural studies, Evangelicalism, Punk, Subculture, Youth culture


(24)Christian Subcultural Aesthetics.” Aesthetics Through Theory. Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. 10-11.12.2009.

Keywords: Christianity, Contemporary Christian music, Cultural studies, Evangelicalism, Pentecostalism, Subculture, Youth culture


(23)Thirty Years of Christian Punk: Style over Substance?Religious Communication. Monash University Conference Centre, Melbourne, Australia, 26-27.11.2009.

Keywords: Christianity, Culture industry, Contemporary Christian music, Evangelicalism, Popular music, Punk, Subculture, Youth culture


(22)Religion as Counterculture: The Sociology of J. Milton Yinger.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Palais des Congrès, Montréal, Canada, 07-10.11.2009.

Keywords: Christianity, Counterculture, Emerging church, Sociology of religion, Subculture, Yinger


(21)Punk Pluralism: Punk Rock, Religious Youth and (Sub)cultural Citizenship.” Religion, Society and Culture. UCSIA, University of Antwerp, Belgium, 31.08-05.09.2009.

Keywords: Christianity, Evangelicalism, Secularization, Subculture, Youth culture


Confessional Commodities(20) Confessional Commodities: Religious Analogues in Culture and Finance.” Connections 8. University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 22-23.05.2009.

Keywords: Capitalism, Christianity, Consumerism, Evangelicalism, Islam, Islamic finance, Prosperity theology


(19)The Politics of Muslim Punk in North America.” Negotiating Multiple Islams: Societies, Traditions, and Cultures in Context. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, 04-05.04.2009.

Keywords: Islam, Multiculturalism, Popular music, Punk, Subculture, Taqwacore, War on terror, Youth culture


(18) We are all Bourgeois Now, or, the Death and Life of a Model Minority Muslim.” Negotiating the Sacred V: Governing the Family, Monash University, 14-15.08.2008.

Keywords: Australia, Capitalism, Class, Islam, Multiculturalism


religion finance multiculturalism(17)Riba and Recognition: Religion, Finance and Multiculturalism.” Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. University of Auckland, New Zealand, 06-11.07.2008.

(See the resulting publication here)

Keywords: Financial ethics, Islam, Islamic finance, Multiculturalism


(16)‘A Very Complex Mix’: Hybridizing Australian Queer Muslim Identities.” Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego, USA, 17-20.11.2007.

Keywords: Australia, Homosexuality, Homophobia, Hybridity, Islam, Multiculturalism


(15)‘No Big Jihad’: Australian Queer Muslims’ Strategies for Acceptance.” Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. Hyatt Regency, Tampa, USA, 02-04.11.2008.

Keywords: Australia, Homosexuality, Homophobia, Islam, Islamophobia, Multiculturalism


(14)‘Out to Get Us’: Islam, Security and Queer Sexuality.” Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. New York Hilton, 11-14.08.2007.

(A version of this article was published in 2009 as “‘Out to Get Us’: Queer Muslims and the Clash of Sexual Civilisations in Australia” in Contemporary Islam 3(1): 79-97, and republished in 2015 in Stephen Hunt (ed.)  Religion and LGBTQ Sexualities: Critical Essays, pp. 317-335. Farnham: Ashgate.)

Keywords: Australia, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Islam, Islamophobia, Multiculturalism, War on terror


(13)‘A Small Part of a Bigger Problem’: Queer Muslims Activating Social Change in Australia.” Annual Meeting of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. Marriott Marquis, NYC, 10-12.08.2007.

Keywords: Australia, Gender, Homophobia, Homosexuality, Islam, Multiculturalism,


(12) Queer Muslims and Hegemonic Desires in Lacanian-Marxist Perspectives.” Spirituality in Australia: Psychological, Social and Religious Perspectives. Psychology and Spirituality Society and the Metanexus Institute, University of Western Sydney, Australia, 20.07.2007.

(A version of this paper was published in the conference proceedings, which I no longer have access to.)

Keywords: Homosexuality, Homophobia, Islam, Marxism, Psychoanalysis, Žižek


(11)‘Overlookers, Bailiffs and Shopmen’: Model Minority Muslims in Marxist Perspective.” Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, 06-08.07.2007. (I was a co-organizer of this conference with colleagues from the Australian Catholic University and Monash University.)

Keywords: Australia, Class, Islam, Multiculturalism


(10)The Veil and the Closet: Islam and the Production of Queer Space.Queer Space: Centres and Peripheries. University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, 20-21.02.2007.

(A version of this paper was published in the conference proceedings and a French version of this article was published in 2009 as “Du Voile et du Placard” in issue one of La Revue Monstre, pp. 33-37.)

Keywords: Gender, Homosexuality, Homophobia, Islam, Islamophobia, Hijab, Queer theory.


(09)Political Myths, or, the Antinomies of Christian Zionism.” Co-authored with Roland Boer. Annual Meeting of the Society for Biblical Literature. Washington D.C. Convention Centre, USA, 18-21.11.2006.

(Versions of this paper were published as “The Antinomies of Christian Zionism” in Sociologija 49(3): 193-204, and “God Doesn’t Care’: The Contradictions of Christian Zionism” in Religion & Theology 16(1-2): 90-110.)

Keywords: Apocalypticism, Christian Zionism, Evangelicalism, Israel, Middle East, United States


Punk Pulpit(08) Punk Pulpit: Religion, Punk Rock and Counter (Sub)cultures.Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Religion. Washington D.C. Convention Centre, USA, 18-21.11.2006.

(A version of this paper was published in 2008 as “Punk Pulpit: Religion, Punk Rock and Counter (Sub)cultures” in the Council of the Societies for the Study of Religion Bulletin 37(1): 3-7.)

Keywords: Literature, Popular music, Punk, Religion, Subculture


(07) ‘Hamza Don’t Surf’: Comparative Masculinities and the Cronulla Riots.Everyday Multiculturalism. Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 28-29.09.2006.

Keywords: Australia, Gender, Masculinity, Multiculturalism, Surfing


(06) Moral Minorities: Queer Communities, Muslim Communities and the Building of Multicultural States.Islamic Culture(s), Nation-Building and the Media. Windsor Hotel, Melbourne, Australia. 22-23.09.2006.

Keywords: Australia, Islam, Multiculturalism, Sexuality


(05)‘Sodomized by Religion’: Fictional Explorations of the Gay Muslim ‘Other’.Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia, 07-09.07.2006.

(A version of this paper was published in 2008 as“‘Sodomized by Religion’: Fictional Representations of Queer Muslims in the ‘West’” in Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies 19: 137-152.)

Keywords: Homophobia, Homosexuality, Islam, Literature, Multiculturalism, Popular culture


(04) Alternative Islamic Identities: Race, Sexuality, Subculture.” Islamic Studies Postgraduate Conference. University of Melbourne, 21-22.11.2005.

Keywords: Islam, Literature, Multiculturalism, Popular culture, Sexuality, Subculture, Youth culture


(03) ‘Muhammad was a Punk Rocker’: Subversive Islamic Identities.Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for the Study of Religions. University of Sydney, Australia, 01-02.10.2005.

Keywords: Islam, Popular culture, Popular music, Subculture, Youth culture


(02) Agents of Change: Theology, Culture, and Identity Politics.” Politics of Recognition: Identity, Respect and Justice. Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, 30-31.07.2005.

(A version of this paper was published under the same title as a chapter in J. Connolly, et al. (eds) (2007) Recognition in Politics: Theory, Policy and Practice, pp. 175-191. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.)

Keywords: Christianity, Identity politics


(01) “‘On the Doorstep of the Work’: Ricoeurian Hermeneutics, Queer Hermeneutics and Scripture.” Annual ANZATS/ANZSTS conference. University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, 04-08.07.2005.

(A version of this paper was published in 2007 as “‘On the Doorstep of the Work’: Ricoeurian Hermeneutics, Queer Hermeneutics and Scripture” in The Bible & Critical Theory 3(1): 04.1-04.12.)

Keywords: Bible, Christianity, Homosexuality, Islam, Ricoeur, Queer theory

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