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Love Stories: Youth Aspirations & the New Ethics of Intimacy

By Arlene Brennan
February 7th, 2017 in Conference, Events at CURA, Professor News, Uncategorized.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day! We are proud to announce a new collection of working papers supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The papers are based on a conference that took place at CURA last semester, and focuses on Sex, Gender, and Contemporary Sexualities. 

Click here to read the papers.

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Titles

“Too Educated for Love? Women and the Marriage Market in Indonesia”

“The New Kazakhstani Woman: Balancing Dual Expectations of Family and Career”

“Where Does All that Cynacism Come From? Reasons behind the Pessimistic Attitudes toward Marriage among Emerging Adults in Urban Iran”

“Between the Mirage of Love & the Burden of Commitment: Courtship and Marriage among Iranian Youth in the US”

“Moroccan Romance 2.0: Upholding Traditional Religious and Gendered Norms in the Digital Era”

“‘A Strange Kind of a Relationship’: New Possibilities for Thinking about and Experienceing Love in Urban North India”

“Fantasy in the Sugar Bowl: Sugar Baby Narratives of Love, Money, and Agency”

“Virtual Love: Technology and the Struggle for Gay Romance in Contemporary Vietnam”

Homosexuality and Humanitarianism: The case of Rick Warren in Africa

By Arlene Brennan
December 7th, 2016 in Events at CURA, Uncategorized.

Check out our latest paper in the ongoing Luce Foundation funded series, “Working Papers on Key Issues in Religion and World Affairs” We have a paper from Melani McAlister, Associate Professor of American Studies & International Affairs, George Washington University. Its called Homosexuality and Humanitarianism: The case of Rick Warren in Africa, and follows a talk she gave at CURA in September. Click here to find her paper.

Normativity and Social Criticism in the Study of Religion

By Arlene Brennan
November 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

The working papers are flooding in as we finish up our grant with the Henry R. Luce Foundation. Our latest is from Richard B. Miller, scholar of religion and ethics, of the University of Chicago. You can read his paper entitled “Normativity and Social Criticism in the Study of Religion” here.


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Working Paper: How Morality Looks from a God’s Eye Point of View

By Arlene Brennan
October 28th, 2016 in Events at CURA.

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Check out our latest paper in the ongoing Luce Foundation funded series, “Working Papers on Key Issues in Religion and World Affairs” Last week we had a talk and paper from Webb Keane, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. You can read his paper, entitled “How Morality Looks from a God’s-Eye Point of View” by clicking here.

Hefner Named to Indonesia-U.S. Council on Religion and Pluralism

By Arlene Brennan
August 22nd, 2016 in Professor News, research abroad.

Bob Hefner has been named to the executive board of the newly-formed Indonesia-US Council on Religion and Pluralism. Click here for more info.

Interview: Santoso’s Death and the Future of ISIS in Indonesia

By Arlene Brennan
July 26th, 2016 in Professor News.

CURA Director Robert W. Hefner was interviewed on July 19th on live television on Singapore’s Channel News Asia. The program, called “First Look Asia”, focused on the killing of Santoso (real name Abu Wardah), the most-wanted terrorist in Indonesia, who died in an anti-terrorist raid. Hefner addressed questions around whether Santoso’s death represents a turning point in the fight against terrorism and ISIS in Indonesia. Hefner suggests the event was a testimony to the skill and professionalism of the Indonesian police and anti-terror units, but said that, unfortunately, the war against ISIS still had a very long way to go.

Find out more about this story.

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Catholics, Muslims and secularists in Quebec: Citizenships in tension in the aftermath of the Quiet Revolution

By Arlene Brennan
July 19th, 2016 in Blog, research abroad.

A two year project between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and CURA has resulted in a series of blog post articles on topics of “Global Migration and the New Cosmopolitanisms: Religion, Public Ethics, and Citizenship in Plural Societies”.

Find researcher Azeddine Hmimssa’s article on “Catholics, Muslims and secularists in Quebec: Citizenships in tension in the aftermath of the Quiet Revolution” on the University of Notre Dame’s blog Contending Modernities.

Here’s an excerpt from Azeddine’s article:

The introduction of a proposed “Charter of Quebec values” ​​by the Government of Quebec on September 10, 2013 was as a major event which can be considered part of a long process of secularization in Quebecois society, dating back to the so-called “Quiet Revolution” of the 1960s, which achieved its last success in the late 1990s by denominating schools based on languages (French versus English) rather than religion (Catholic versus Protestant). Throughout its history, Quebecois society has been strongly tied to the Catholic Church, which historically maintained a powerful presence in education, healthcare, and even political parties. In the wake of the “Quiet Revolution”, French Canadians, who represent the majority of the province’s Catholics, have become less religiously observant. At the same time, the Quebecois national movement that had its birth within a Catholic movement—“Action sociale catholique,” which was active between 1905 and 1962—has itself become increasingly secular.”

The un-Dutchable challenge of pluralism

By Arlene Brennan
July 13th, 2016 in Blog, research abroad.

A two year project between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and CURA has resulted in a series of blog post articles on topics of “Global Migration and the New Cosmopolitanisms: Religion, Public Ethics, and Citizenship in Plural Societies”.

Find researcher Ahmet Yukleyen’s article on “The Un-Dutchable challenge of pluralism” on the University of Notre Dame’s blog Contending Modernities.

Here’s an excerpt from Ahmet’s article:

“Every year on December 5th, tens of thousands of Dutch people paint their faces black, dress up in antique costume, and assume the persona of Zwarte Piet (“Black Pete”) to help Sinterklaas (St. Nicholas) distribute candy and presents to children throughout the Netherlands. In recent years, Dutch citizens of Caribbean ancestry have spoken out against the portrayal of Black Pete as a racist caricature. In early October of 2013, Quinsy Gario, a Curaçao-born Dutch performance artist, argued on TV that Black Pete perpetuates a stereotype of African people as second-class citizens in Dutch society. The following week, the mayor of Amsterdam met with residents who asked that Black Pete be removed from the city’s Sinterklaas parade. Most white Dutch reacted angrily to accusations that the Black Pete tradition is racist, and the character continues to be popular in society. According to a 2013 survey, 92% of the Dutch public do not perceive Black Pete as racist or associate him with slavery, and 91% are opposed to altering the character’s appearance.”

Struggling to mieux vivre ensemble: The sobering reality of France’s new plurality

By Arlene Brennan
June 28th, 2016 in Blog, research abroad.

A two year project between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and CURA has resulted in a series of blog post articles on topics of “Global Migration and the New Cosmopolitanisms: Religion, Public Ethics, and Citizenship in Plural Societies”.

Find researcher Carol Ferrara’s article on “Struggling to mieux vivre ensemble: The sobering reality of France’s new plurality” on the University of Notre Dame’s blog Contending Modernities.

An excerpt from the article:

2015 was a devastating year for France. At the end of my 15-month fieldwork research in December of 2014, the country was already dealing with an ongoing economic recession, a wildly unpopular president, and a fervent and growing far-right political party. Furthermore, social tensions surrounding Islam, laïcité, and immigration had been escalating over the past few decades, with same-sex marriage being added to the heated public debates in recent years. The Charlie Hebdo attacks of January 2015 took a heavy toll on the already vulnerable state of the country. But ensuing unifying events such as the Marche Republicane – the biggest rally (~3.7 million people nationwide) in France since the liberation in 1944 – helped France to pull together and brush off at least some of the dust.”

Los Angeles: A microcosm for national conversations on religion, public life and deep diversity

By Arlene Brennan
June 27th, 2016 in Blog.

A two year project between the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and CURA has resulted in a series of blog post articles on topics of “Global Migration and the New Cosmopolitanisms: Religion, Public Ethics, and Citizenship in Plural Societies”.

Find researcher Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu’s article on “Los Angeles: A microcosm for national conversations on religion, public life and deep diversity” on the University of Notre Dame’s blog Contending Modernities.

An excerpt from the article:

“The intellectual enterprise of talking about multiculturalism and pluralist co-existence carries an inherent tension. On the one hand, the gap between theorizing and empirical research points to the need to embed ourselves in a dialectical understanding of both spheres. On the other hand, the field carries the exciting and yet traumatizing effects of a dynamically changing landscape, rendering long-term analysis difficult. The public debate often becomes overly focused on the day-to-day developments and makes co-imbricated realities all the more complex. Having experienced this difficulty during my fieldwork within the Muslim communities in Boston and the San Francisco Bay Area, where I spent considerable time among six Muslim communities, I wanted my research in Los Angeles to focus more exclusively on the wider narratives that defined the public conversation on religion in Southern California.”