2016-2021           PhD candidate (promovendus). Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Faculty of Humanities, Utrecht University, the Netherlands.
Joint doctorate with the Centre for Research on Culture and Gender, Faculty of Arts, Ghent University, Belgium.

Title: “Negotiating Secular and Religious Gender Discourses: Women Converting to Judaism, Christianity and Islam in the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain”, subproject of the NWO-funded research “Beyond ‘Religion versus Emancipation‘”.
First supervisor: Prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University); Second supervisor: Prof. dr. Chia Longman (Ghent University).

Academic affiliations

2017-present    Editor-in-Chief of Junctions: Graduate Journal of the Humanities.
2016-present    Communications manager, International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG).
2015-present    Secretary PhD Text Reading Seminar ‘The Challenge of Difference’ (NOSTER)
2015-present    Member of the founding team of ‘Transgender, Religion, Faith.’ Interdisciplinary international research group hosted by the PThU, NL.
2013-present    Conference organisation  (a.o. with the Centre for the Humanities, UU; IARG)
2016-2017    PhD blog editor, Cultures, Citizenship and Human Rights Strategic Theme, Utrecht University (CCHR).
2013-2014    NWO project ‘Contested Privates: The Oppositional Pairing of Homosexuality in Contemporary Public Discourse in the Netherlands


2012-2014     Researchmaster Gender & Ethnicity, MA (cum laude). Department of Media and Culture (Genderstudies). Faculty of Humanities. Utrecht University.
Final thesis: “‘I Can Now Thank God when I Come’: Religion and Sexuality in the Lives of Non-Heterosexual Protestant Women in the Netherlands”. First supervisor dr. Marieke van Eijk (Washington University); Second supervisor prof. dr. Anne-Marie Korte (Utrecht University).
2013                  Graduate exchange program. Women and Gender Studies Institute. Faculty of Arts and Science. University of Toronto, Canada.
2009-2012    Bachelor Cultural Anthropology, BSc. Faculty of Social Sciences. Utrecht University.
2010                 Minor Social Sciences of Morocco. Netherlands Institute in Morocco (NIMAR). Rabat, Morocco.

Complementary education

2018      Summerschool ‘EuroIslam: Secular Public Culture in Question.’  New York City, USA: The New School Institute for Critical Social Inquiry
2017     IARG International Summer School: ‘Critical Approaches to the Study of Religion and Gender: Postcolonial, Post-secular and Queer Perspectives’, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands (organising committee).
2016       U4 Interdisciplinary Summer School in Gender Studies, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Germany.
2013      ‘Critical Theory, Culture, and Citizenship.’ Summerschool with prof. dr. Rosi Braidotti, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

Languages: Dutch (native); English (fluent); Modern Standard Arabic (intermediate); French (intermediate); German (basic); Moroccan Arabic/Derija (basic).


European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJ), since 2018
American Academy for Religion (AAR), since 2016
International Association for the Study of Religion and Gender (IARG), since 2015
Netherlands School for Advanced Studies of Theology and Religion (NOSTER), since 2014
Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG), since 2012

Key publications

Schrijvers, L.L. & Wiering, J. (2018): Religious/secular Discourses and Practices of Good Sex. Culture and Religion 19(2): 139-159. DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2018.1444655

Schrijvers, L. (2015). “I Can Now Thank God when I Come”: Sex, Faith and the Body in the Lives of Non-Heterosexual Dutch Protestant Women. Tijdschrift voor Genderstudies 18(1): 35-53.*

(2014) Schrijvers, Lieke. ‘Demonstrating Dutch: Nationalism and Cultural Racism in the 2013 Anti-Putin and Pro-Black Pete protests in the Netherlands’. Frame: Journal of Literary Studies 27(2)