Check out our paper series sponsored by a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Our new entry is from Professor James Laidlaw of Cambridge University. Laidlaw is a professor of social anthropology and this work is looking at how people can be both modern and virtuous. Click here to read his new work.
Professor Joel Day submitted a new working paper on terrorist cells that pledge allegiance to ISIS. What are their motivations? Read his interesting paper as part of our series.
Amidst heavy snow showers this past Monday, Dr. Samuli Schielke of the Zentrum Moderner Orient spoke on the subject of how money, morals and destiny come together when young Egyptians Search for Love and Marriage. If you missed the talk but are interested in the topic, you can stream it here.
Check out the Pardee School news item on Director Bob Hefner’s most recent trip to Indonesia. Hefner Speaks in Indonesia
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.