CURA Colloquium | Religion & Empire (Fall 2023)

CURA announces the fall 2023 colloquium schedule. This year-long conversation brings together an interdisciplinary community of scholars of Religion & Empire. Please register below for the session(s) you plan to attend.

20 years after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, scholars of religion are again examining the place of empire in history and international relations. We also live in an age of public religion, with American evangelical Christians and transnational Islamic movements being key international power brokers. What is the relationship between religion and empire? How do religious ideas, and ideas about religion, sustain projects of imperialism? What resources might these traditions offer in surviving and resisting imperial projects? How are religious nationalisms and internationalisms challenging imperial domination?

Meetings take place at the Pardee School of Global Studies, 154 Bay State Road, 2nd floor (Eilts Room) on the Fridays indicated, from 12 to 1:30 PM. Please note that reading the paper in advance is required for attendance. A link to download the paper(s) will be sent to registered participants in advance of each session.

Fall 2023 Colloquium Registration

September 15 | A Cross-Border Colonial Ummah: Clerics, Qur’anic Schooling, and Migrant Farmers in the Making of a Transnational Islam | David Glovsky, Assistant Professor, History, Boston University

September 22 | ”We Are Their Teachers. You Have No Permission“: Orthodox Christian, Protestant Christian, and Muslim Teachers in Western Ethiopia, 1880-1930 | Ethan Key, PhD Candidate, History, Boston University

October 6 | The Venture of Islam in the Age of European Empires: Race,Religion and Geopolitics | Cemil Aydin, Professor, History, University of North Carolina

October 20 | From “Open” Space to Innerspace: The Contested Genetic Frontier | Nicholas Covaleski, PhD Student, Dept. of Religion, Boston University

November 17 | The Politics of Food and Religious Identity in Contemporary India | Radha Sarkar, PhD Candidate, Political Science, Yale University

December 8 | Road-Tripping the Settler Colonial Secular in Imperial Oil's Maps of Canada | Judith Brunton, William Lyon Mackenzie King Postdoctoral Fellow at the Weatherhead Center, Harvard University

Please indicate which lectures you plan to attend.(Required)
The CURA colloquium is held on Fridays, from 12 to 1:30 PM, at 154 Bay State Road (2nd floor, Eilts Room). Reading the paper in advance is required for attendance. A link to download the paper will be sent to you upon registration (or in advance of the seminar if not available at the time of registration).
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