Intersectionality. In-Between Spaces. Authority. Some concepts to reflect on the relations between insider and outsider.

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In her contribution to the round-table discussion 'African Female Theologians Telling Stories: 'Connected but Disconnected', the author reflects upon her double positionality as a white female Dutch, feminist theologian: an insider as a white, Dutch female theologian in relation to African Female Theologians in Europe, but an outsider as a female feminist theologian in relation to the Dutch (masculine) theological community.

Here you find the abstract of the Round-table discussion mentioned in the above.
The most well-known voices on the Dutch theological landscape are generally those of Dutch citizens with a European background. As African women theologians, we have had to navigate the space of "insider-outsiders" as we engage the Dutch and Flemish theological and academic landscapes. African Female Theologians in Europe (AFTE) was formed to help support the visibility of theologians who experience being "outsider-insiders". It is a space designed to specifically recognise and support the contribution of women theologians in the Netherlands and Belgium. In June 2021, AFTE organised its first symposium in order to explore the theme "Connected but Disconnected". The symposium sought to critically explore how African Female Theologians (as insiders-outsiders), in discussion with some Dutch sisters, negotiate the (dis)connections we encounter as we participate in Dutch/Flemish theological discourse. This special collection of essays presents some of the discussions that took place at this first symposium.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)153-159
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the European Society of Women in Theological Research
Issue number30
Publication statusPublished - 16 Sept 2022


  • Insider/outsider, (dis)connectedness, female theologians, African, Europe.

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