Creating a New Sex: Women Bodies in Conversion
The Complexity of Conversion - Intersectional Perspectives on Religious Change in Antiquity and Beyond - Valérie Nicolet
Valérie Nicolet [+]
Institut protestant de théologie, faculté de Paris
In the book of Acts, one finds conversions of individuals, in the sense defined by William James at the beginning of the 20th century. These personal conversions are sometimes coupled with the baptism of the household surrounding each single individual. Relying on reflections on the body inspired by Judith Butler, this contribution imagines how conversion can impact the silent, invisible and nameless bodies mentioned in stories of household conversion. This article looks at the way conversion affects gender and how conversion can inform a theoretical reflection on agency, subjectivity and power.