Recent news and happenings

New Working Paper on Modernity and Virtue

By Arlene Brennan
April 27th, 2016 in Events at CURA, Uncategorized.

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.

New Paper about The “ISIS Bandwagon”

By Arlene Brennan
March 22nd, 2016 in Events at CURA, Professor News.

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.

Listen to our latest talk: Young Egyptians in Search of Love and Marriage

By Arlene Brennan
February 10th, 2016 in Events at CURA.

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 hereIMG_0132IMG_0133

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Hefner Speaks in Indonesia

By Arlene Brennan
February 8th, 2016 in Conference, Professor News, research abroad.

Check out the Pardee School news item on Director Bob Hefner’s most recent trip to Indonesia. Hefner Speaks in Indonesia

Why Hasn’t Religion Died Out

By Arlene Brennan
October 2nd, 2015 in Professor News.

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.

International Religious Freedom: Toward a Model of Transatlantic Cooperation

By Arlene Brennan
October 2nd, 2015 in Conference, Professor News, Uncategorized.

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.

Menchik Awarded APSA SE Asian Politics Paper Award

By Arlene Brennan
September 10th, 2015 in Professor News.

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.

CURA Hosts International Conference on Women and Religious Change in Southeast Asia

By Arlene Brennan
May 8th, 2015 in Conference, Professor News.

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.



CURA officially joins the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies

By Arlene Brennan
March 10th, 2015 in Events at CURA, Professor News.

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.

New Faculty Publication on Religion and Citizenship in Latin America’s Zones of Crisis

By Arlene Brennan
February 6th, 2015 in Professor News.

jeffrubinProfessor 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.

Click here to check out the publication.