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

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

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

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

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.”

The new western plurality and citizen co-existence

June 24th, 2016 in Blog, Professor News, 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 Director Bob Hefner’s article on “The new western plurality and citizen co-existence” on the University of Notre Dame’s blog Contending Modernities.

An excerpt from the article:

Two developments over the past generation have presented serious challenges to the ideals and practice of Western citizenship. The first has been an unprecedented expansion of migration to Western countries, including that from Muslim societies and the broader global south. It goes without saying that the migratory vectors of our age pass not just from south to north, but across countries of the developing world. But the late-modern march of humanity to Western lands is of such a scale and complexity that it has raised questions about existing models of pluralist citizenship—a challenge which has been exacerbated by its cultural timing. In the aftermath of the great secularist surges of the 1960s and 1970s, most Western European and North American countries had reached a new consensus on the place of religion in public life. But many new immigrants brought with them, or discovered in their new homelands, different ideas as to how and where to be religiously observant.”

Dan Philpott Speaks on Reconciliation and Justice

February 6th, 2014 in Blog, Events at CURA, Uncategorized

On January 30, Daniel Philpott, Professor of Political Science and Peace Studies at Notre Dame University’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, spoke to a packed seminar audience on “Reconciliation in Politics: How Religion is Reshaping the Global Conversation about Justice. ”   The presentation was lively, touching on issues raised in Dan’s much-acclaimed 2012 book, Just and Unjust Peace: An Ethic of Political Reconciliation.  Both the book and Dan’s talk compare the relative merits of secular and religious discourses in promoting reconciliation and a sustainable “operating consensus” in the aftermath of civil war, genocide, and political authoritarianism.

 

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