CURA Events




With the 2014 academic year coming to an end, we are planning an exciting line up of talks for the fall. Stay tuned!


Past Events – Spring 2014

Thursday, January 30
5:00 PM  |  Reconciliation in Politics: How Religion is Reshaping the Global Conversation About Justice
Daniel Philpott, Political Science and Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame
Summary of Seminar

Monday, February 10
3:00  | 
International Relations & Religion MA Thesis Workshop
Louise Klann, Mary Kate Long, and Matisse Reischl for Social Science and Religion Network

Wednesday, February 12
5:00 PM  | Why God talks back so loudly now: anthropological reflections on the American charismatic evangelical experience in belief
Tanya M. Luhrmann will give the Third Annual Peter L. Berger Lecture in the Sociology and  Anthropology of  Religion.
Boston University School of Theology B-19

Wednesday, February 26
4:00 PM  |  On the ‘Subject’ of Medical Anthropology: Subjectivity, Violence and Haunting in Indonesia
Professor Byron Good, Harvard University
Department of Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd.

Monday, March 3
4:00 PM  |  Pentecostalism and Politics in Brazil: An Emerging Player in an Emerging Power
Paul Freston, Professor and Chair of Religion and Politics in the Global Context at Wilfred Laurier University

Wednesday, March 5
4:00 PM  | Eating an Elephant, Imagining a Community: Culinary Nationalism and the Memory of the Senses
Dr. Mary Steedy, Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd.

Thursday, March 20
4:00 PM  |  Sectarianism in the Middle East
Dr. Toby Matthiesen, Abdullah al-Mubarak Research Fellow in Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies, Pembroke College

Monday, March 31st
3:30 PM  |  The Cold War End to Global Ecumenism in the US
Ada Focer, PhD student in the BU Graduate Division of Religious Studies

Wednesday, April 2
4:00 PM  | Aceh’s Women Warriors: Narratives on Defending Children, Homes, Community
Mary Jo Delvecchio-Good, Harvard University
Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd.

Thursday, April 10
4:00 PM  | International Religious Freedom and the Politics of Religious Difference
Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, Associate Professor of Political Science at Northwestern University

Wednesday, April 16
4:00 PM  |  How liberal can France be? Islam, politics and public order
John R. Bowen, Dunbar-Van Cleve Professor in Arts & Sciences, Washington University of St. Louis
Department of Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd.

Thursday, April 17
3:30 PM  |  Character and Citizenship Education in Islamic Secondary Schools in the US
Munirah Alaboudi, Amna al-Eisaei, Dr. Katherine Moran, and Rukhsana Nazir, Boston University School of Education

Wednesday, April 30
4:00 PM  |  Shari’a and Social Engineering in Aceh, Indonesia
R. Michael Feener, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Visiting Professor of Islamic Studies (FAS) at Harvard Divinity School
Department of Anthropology Seminar Room, 232 Bay State Rd.

Friday, May 2
9:30 AM  |  Workshop on sexual and gender based violence and Syrian refugees
Institute for the Study of Muslim Societies and Civilizations, the Institute for Iraqi Studies, and the Boston Consortium on Arab Region Studies

Monday, May 5
3:30 PM Relational Spirituality and Intercultural Competence: Barriers and Pathways to Mature Alterity
Steve Sandage, Boston University School of Theology, Albert and Jessie Danielsen, Professor of Pastoral Psychology and Theology

Past Events – Fall 2013

Friday, September 27
4:00 PM  |  Book Launch: Symbolic Power, Politics, and Intellectuals: The Political Sociology of Pierre Bourdieu with Assistant Professor David L. Swartz, Department of Sociology

Monday, October 7
3:30 PM  |  Studying Lived Religion: Challenges and Prospects
hosted by the Social Science and Religion Network and featuring Dr. Nancy Ammerman, Department of Sociology.

Thursday, October 10
5:00 PM  |  On the Immanence of Ethics
Michael Lambek, Professor of Anthropology & Canada Research Chair, University of Toronto
Summary of Seminar

Wednesday, October 16
4:00 PM  | 
The Muslim Brotherhood: Evolution of an Islamist Movement
Carrie Rosefsky Wickham, Associate Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Summary of Seminar

Thursday & Friday, October 17-18
8:30 AM-4:00 PM  |  Formulas of Peace: The Political Management of Pluralism

Friday, October 18
1:30 PM  | Issues in World Christianity
World Christianity Forum
9th floor, Photonics Center

Monday, October 28
3:30 PM  | 
Conversion at Camp Meetings
hosted by the Social Science and Religion Network and featuring Sarah Mount Elewononi, School of Theology.

Monday, November 18
3:30 PM  |  After Secularization: Third Generation Research on Religion and Politics
Professor Jeremy Menchik, hosted by the Social Science and Religion Network

Friday, December 6
5:00 PM  | 
Shaming the State: Subjectivity and Islamic Ethics in Indonesia’s Pornography Debate
Dr. James Hoesterey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Religion at Emory University
Summary of Seminar

Monday, December 9
3:30 PM  |  Professor Charles Glenn: Works in Progress, hosted by the Social Science and Religion Network


Archive of events past

The seminars on Religion and World Affairs are held in the first floor conference room at 10 Lenox Street unless otherwise noted.