Category: 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.
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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.
Professor 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.
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.”
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.
Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu’s ongoing research on Catholics, Muslims, and the New Pluralist Citizenship in Southern California
Ahmet Selim Tekelioglu is a Research Fellow in the ongoing project on Catholics, Muslims, and the New Pluralist Citizenship in the U.S, Canada, Netherlands, and France. The project is sponsored by the Kroc Institute for Peace at Notre Dame University and CURA.
Ahmet has been carrying out research on inter-faith relations in Los Angeles and Orange Counties since July 2013. From March 9 through 15th, Bob Hefner visited Ahmet and met with some of the many extraordinary Muslim, Catholic, and secular leaders active in interfaith affairs in southern California.
Southern California has the largest Catholic archdiocese in the United States, and, under the leadership of Rt. Rev Archimandrite Alexei Smith, it also has one of the most remarkable and active offices for Ecumenical and Interfaith Affairs. The Los Angeles and Orange Counties also has one of the oldest and largest Muslim communities in the United States; its network of Muslim schools, councils, and inter-faith programs, as well as its Shura Council, are among the most dynamic in North America. Ahmet has also been active in the African American Muslim community, also among the oldest and largest in the United States.
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 31, Bob Hefner, CURA Director, and Bernie Ardeney-Risakotta, CURA Visiting Scholar, traveled to Georgetown University to launch the first in a series of workshops and conferences to take place over the next three years on “Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia.” The program is funded by the Luce Foundation; the portion under the direction of Hefner and CURA represents the American wing of an eight-country project on religion and policy in the Southeast Asia Region. The larger project is being carried out under the auspices of the Institute on Culture and Religious Studies (ICRS) at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta, Indonesia Dr. Dicky Sofyan is the director of the larger project; Bernie Ardeney-Risakotta is the former director of the ICRS. Katherine Marshall of the Berkley Center at Georgetown University kindly hosted the Georgetown event. Other participants in this first-stage workshop included Peter Phan and Crystal Corman of Georgetown, Charles Keyes of the University of Washington Seattle, Juliane Schober of Arizona State University, and Vivienne Angeles of LaSalle University. The next conference, in Mach 2014, will take place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and will bring together teams of researchers and policy analysts from across Southeast Asia to address the question of how governments and policy makers are, and are not, engaging the far-reaching changes taking place in Southeast Asian nations.
On December 14, 2013, Marthen Tahun, Zainal Abidin Bagir, and Bob Hefner presented a paper on Islam, Christianity, and Religious Freedom in Indonesia. The presentation was part of Georgetown University’s international conference on religious freedom, under the direction of Dr. Thomas Farr and Dr. Timothy S. Shah. Participants from the conference had the pleasure of a private audience with Pope Francis, who greeted the group with his trademark mix of warmth and wit.
On October 17th and 18th Professor Peter Berger hosted a conference at CURA on Religious Puralism: Formulas of Peace. The conference brought together experts on religion and politics from North America and Europe to discuss examples of religious pluralism throughout history in the different regions of the world. Topics of talks included the Errors of Vatican II, the Varieties of Eurosecularism, Religious Clauses of the US Constitution, and the journey from Caste System to the Secular Republic.