Recent news and happenings

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.

 

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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.

CURA researcher Ahmet Tekelioglu

By Arlene Brennan
January 6th, 2015 in Uncategorized.

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.

Ahmet with Murat Bilici, a Master of Islamic Studies candidate at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), pictured inside the key GTU member instituion Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) on Berkeley's "Holly Hill."

Ahmet with Murat Bilici, a Master of Islamic Studies candidate at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU), pictured inside the key GTU member institution, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology (DSPT) on Berkeley’s “Holy Hill.”

Professor Hefner addressed students and faculty at Zaytuna College, in Berkeley, California in an event entitled, "Islamic ethics, law, and subjectivity: The challenge of religious diversity and coexistence in in a pluralist age." To his left are Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College, and Imam Zaid Shakir,  senior faculty member and co-founder of Zaytuna College.

Professor Hefner addressed students and faculty at Zaytuna College, in Berkeley, California in an event entitled, “Islamic ethics, law, and subjectivity: The challenge of religious diversity and coexistence in in a pluralist age.” To his left are Dr. Mahan Mirza, Dean of Faculty at Zaytuna College, and Imam Zaid Shakir, senior faculty member and co-founder of Zaytuna College.

Ahmet Selim with imam Tahir Anwar, religious Director of South Bay Islamic Association, one of the largest mosques in San Jose, CA

Ahmet Selim with imam Tahir Anwar, religious Director of South Bay Islamic Association, one of the largest mosques in San Jose, CA

CURA researcher Carol Ferrara in Paris

By Arlene Brennan
December 22nd, 2014 in research abroad.

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.

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Carol Ferrara with Antoine Arjakovsky, co-Director of Collège des Bernardins’ research department “Société, Liberté, Paix” The Collège’s research branch “Société, Liberté, Paix” focuses on the intersection of religion and politics, seeking new solutions for peace building and the establishment of politically just democratic regimes.

 

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Father Christophe Roucou in front of his office at the Service Nationale pour les relations avec Islam (SRI) in Paris. Father Roucou has been the Catholic Church’s appointed Director of SRI since 2006. In this role, he is responsible for maintaining and building relationships with Muslim leaders throughout France and for fostering amicably engaged relations between Muslims and Catholics. Carol has had the opportunity to work with Father Roucou over the past year on numerous occasions, from visits to Catholic schools to national level interreligious dialogues.

 

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Carol Ferrara with Ghaleb Bencheikh in his office at private high school Foyer de Cachan just outside of Paris. Mr. Bencheikh is the Chair of World Religions for Peace, anchor for the weekly France 2 television program about Islam, and frequent interlocuteur in interreligious dialogue in France. Both Father Roucou (above) and Mr. Bencheikh were in attendance at the 4th Annual Forum Islamo-Chrétien at the end of November in which Carol took part. The Forum, this year held in Lyon, France, is a chance for French Muslim and Christian leaders to come together to discuss pressing issues, problems, and solutions, as well as to brainstorm progress and steps toward better dialogue and relationships between the two religious groups throughout France.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

International Conference on Education in Muslim Society

By Arlene Brennan
December 19th, 2014 in Conference, Professor News, research abroad.

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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.”

Religion Fellows Program 2014-2015

By Arlene Brennan
August 19th, 2014 in Conference, Professor News.

Information is now available for the Religion Fellows Program for Faculty who include religion in their academic research area. The seminar series is funded by stipend.

Click here for information on the program.

Religious Freedom and the Politics of Difference

By Arlene Brennan
April 14th, 2014 in Events at CURA.

On April 10, Elizabeth Shakman Hurd, professor of political science at Northwestern University and the author of The Politics of Secularism in International Relations (Princeton 2008), spoke to a audience on the politics of religious freedom.  Hurd is co-organizer of a multiyear project of the same name, funded by the Luce Foundation.

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Partnership with Luce and ICRS-Yogyakarta for Project on Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia

By Arlene Brennan
April 3rd, 2014 in Conference, research abroad.

With funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, CURA joined with the Indonesian Consortium for Religious Studies (ICRS) at Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia to organize the first international conference in a three year project on how states and societies are responding to religious change in eight Southeast Asian Countries: Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.  The ICRS heads the project, and has brought together research teams in each of the Southeast Asian countries.  CURA is coordinating the U.S.-based wing of the project, focusing on how U.S. policy analysts and think tanks perceive and respond to religious change in the Southeast Asian region. Next year’s conference will be held in Washington DC; the 2016 conference will take place in Bangkok, Thailand.  This year’s conference included visits from ministers in Indonesia’s Ministry of Religion as well as the U.S. Embassy.  It also featured a speech on the challenge of pluralism from the much-respected Sultan of Yogyakarta, as well as a two-hour appearance on a nationally-broadcast Indonesian talk show.

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Toby Matthiesen speaks on the evolution of sectarianism in the Middle East

By Arlene Brennan
March 21st, 2014 in Events at CURA.

Toby Matthiesen, research fellow at Pembroke College at the University of Cambridge in England joined us for a talk on the 20th of March, entitled ‘Sectarianism in the Middle East’.  Matthiesen argues that gulf state regimes pit citizens against each other with the narrative of a “Shia threat”.  He estimates that this is an attempt to quash demands for democratic reform and accountability. To learn more about Matthiesen’s work, check out the event information, or the speaker’s website.

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