Category: research abroad
Partnership with Luce and ICRS-Yogyakarta for Project on Religion and Public Policy in Southeast Asia
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.
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.
Carol Ferrara in front of the Mosquee de Paris, November 8, 2013. In cooperation with CURA and the Kroc Institute for International Peace at Notre Dame, Carol is conducting dissertation research on Muslim education and citizenship in France, with special attention to Muslim, Catholic, and laique perspectives on the refiguring of citizenship ideals and practice.