Category: Events at CURA
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paul Freston, Professor and Chair of Religion and Politics in the Global Context at Wilfred Laurier University, and one of the world’s leading authorities on Latin American religions, Christian
Pentecostal and Evangelical politics. On March 3 Freston spoke to a rapt audience on the impact of Pentecostals on Brazilian politics, suggesting that Pentecostal influence may well have peaked.
A renowned cultural psychologist, anthropologist of religion, and New York Times op-ed author, Tanya M. Luhrmann of Stanford University visited CURA on February 12 to present the third annual Peter L. Berger Lecture in the Sociology and Anthropology of Religion. The event is sponsored by the School of Theology, the Departments of Sociology and Anthropology, the Center for the Study of Global Christianity and Mission, and CURA. Luhrmann’s talk built on the topic of her best selling book, When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God (Knopf 2012), examining the cultural and psychological logic of the American turn toward a deeply personalized and loving God. The presentation was followed by a lively question-and-answer period and reception.
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.
On December 6 James Hoesterey, Assistant Professor in the department of religious studies at Emory University, visited CURA and gave a fascinating talk on ‘Shaming the State: Subjectivity and Islamic Ethics in Indonesia’s Playboy Debate’.