By Arlene Brennan
Former CURA director Peter L. Berger will be speaking at Harvard Divinity School October 15 as part of a grant given to CURA by the Templeton Foundation. The title is “Why Hasn’t Religion Died Out?” Click here for more details.
Funded by a generous donation to CURA, Peter L. Berger will be speaking at Georgetown University next week, with response from David Brooks, NY Times columnist. For more information, here is the event page.
CURA associate faculty member Jeremy Menchik, Assistant Professor in the Pardee School of Global Studies was awarded the Southeast Asian Politics Paper Prize from the American Political Science Association’s Southeast Asian Politics Group for his 2014 paper, “Productive Intolerance: Godly Nationalism in Indonesia”. Read more here.
On April 21 and 22, Professor Bob Hefner hosted an International Research Conference at Georgetown University, entitled “Religious Change and Gender Relations in Southeast Asia: What the Policy Community Needs to Know.” Sponsored by the Luce Foundation and co-hosted by Katherine Marshall of the Berkeley Center at Georgetown, the conference was the second of three international research conferences CURA is co-organizing with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The conferences bring together scholars and policy analysts from eight countries in Southeast Asia, in an effort to provide state-of-the-field perspectives on religious change for policy analysts working on within the Southeast Asian region.
Click here for a video of the panel discussion.
It’s been announced that CURA has officially joined several other prestigious institutes within the new Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. We are looking forward to many fruitful collaborations cross discipline in the future. Read the announcement here.
Professor Jeffrey Rubin guest-edited a special issue of the Latin American Research Review entitled, “Lived Religion and Lived Citizenship in Latin America’s Zones of Crisis,” along with David Smilde of Tulane University and Ben Junge of SUNY-New Paltz.
Rubin directed the four-year collaborative project, based at CURA, that examined the ways in which religious and political meanings and practices are constituted in social movements and locations of poverty and exclusion in Latin America. Case studies include Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, and the borderlands between the United States and Mexico. Contributors are scholars from anthropology, history, political science, and sociology.
Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu is a Research Fellow for the Public Ethics and Citizenship in Plural Societies research cluster of Contending Modernities program, funded by CURA and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame. Ahmet carried out research in Boston, San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles over the last 2 years. The following photos are from Bob Hefner and Ahmet’s follow-up visit to the San Francisco Bay Area in November 2014.
Carol Ferrara is a Research Fellow for the Contending Modernities project funded by CURA and the Kroc Institute for Peace at Notre Dame. Carol has been carrying out research in Paris, Lyon and Lille, France over the past 15 months. The following photos are from Bob Hefner’s visit to Paris in early October 2014.
Contrary to some media mis-impressions, Islamic education in most countries of the world is dynamic and forward-looking. On October 29-31, the Faculty of Tarbiya and Teacher Training at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Indonesia, hosted an international conference on innovation in Islamic education. Bob Hefner was invited to present the conference’s keynote address. He spoke on, “Mediating Modernity through Educational Innovation: The Cultural Past and Pivotal Future of Islamic Schooling.”