12.10.20 update, COVID-19 circumstances: as announced on the 05.03.20, the International Conference, which was scheduled to take place, 3-5 April 2020, Weingarten Abbey, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, had to be postponed. It was then scheduled to take place 16-18 October 2020 in Stuttgart-Hohenheim, Germany, in presence and online. Due to rising Corona cases in Stuttgart and a temporary accomodation ban, the Conference will now take place only online.

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Drawing on recent research regarding the visual-material turn in the study of religion, this interdisciplinary conference will focus on the often-overlooked role of women in contemporary Islamic mysticism and in the socially-engaged dimension of Sufi belief and practice. This trend in visual-material studies has been accompanied by a broadening of analytical perspectives. Attention is now increasingly paid to religious practices, rituals, and discourses in terms of their connection to certain types of artefacts. Scholars have also begun to focus on the sensory perceptions and the social effects or atmospheres evoked by visual-material engagements. The conference focusses on the sensorium in visual-material culture and on its religious, cultural, and social connections/ implications. In doing so, we hope to present a more nuanced and polyvocal understanding of the role and place of women within mystical Islam and Sufism, a tradition that is in constant dialogue with society and its political, cultural, and economic dynamics.


In collaboration with

The Centre for Islamic Theology (ZiTH), University of Tübingen, and Institut d’ethnologie méditerranéenne, européenne et comparative (IDEMEC), Aix Marseille/Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS)

This conference was organised in the framework of Sara Kuehn’s project “The Visual Culture of Sufism in France and in Germany” and has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 794958 (SufiVisual).


Dr. Christian Ströbele

Dr. Sara Kuehn

Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow, project “The Visual Culture of Sufism in France and Germany” at IDEMEC/MMSH-CNRS, Aix-en-Provence, and the ZITH, University of Tübingen

Tel.: +43-1-4277-42501