Category: research abroad

Hefner Speaks in Indonesia

February 8th, 2016 in Conference, Professor News, research abroad

Check out the Pardee School news item on Director Bob Hefner’s most recent trip to Indonesia. Hefner Speaks in Indonesia

CURA researcher Carol Ferrara in Paris

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.


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.



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.



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

December 19th, 2014 in Conference, Professor News, research abroad












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.”

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

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.


International Conference on Religious Freedom in Vatican City

January 8th, 2014 in Conference, Professor News, research abroad

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.

Audience with the pope

Audience with the pope

Dr. Hefner visits CURA scholars in Paris

December 6th, 2013 in research abroad

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.

scholar Carol Ferrara