CURA Announces Spring Religion and World Affairs Colloquium Schedule


The Institute on Culture, Religion and World Affairs (CURA), an affiliated regional studies center of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, announced the spring schedule for their 2017-18 Religion and World Affairs Colloquium. 

The colloquium, which is co-sponsored by the Boston University School of Theology, features CURA Fellows sharing critiques and providing valuable insight of in-progress papers. The theme of this year’s colloquium is “Religion and Social Engagement.” The topics will explore the ways in which religious institutions engage with their states and societies, the impact of religious social engagement, the theological and moral ideas behind various forms of social engagement, and other topics related to this broad theme.

Timothy Longman, CURA Director and Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science, said the colloquium will help prepare working papers for publication with the aim being to collect the best papers from the 2017-2018 year into an edited volume.

“The new Religion and World Affairs Colloquium will present and discuss working papers to prepare them for publication. We hope to put together a group of the papers in a collected volume or an edition of a journal. The theme for this year’s Colloquium is religion and social engagement. We’re bringing together a fantastic group of BU faculty, staff, and graduate students with scholars from outside BU doing cutting edge work on religion in anthropology, political science, international affairs, theology, and religious studies.”

The first installment of the spring colloquium will take place on January 26, 2017 and will feature Lawrence Whitney, doctoral candidate in Philosophical and Comparative Theology at the Boston University School of Theology and University Chaplain for Community Life at Marsh Chapel. Whitney will discuss “The Ultimate Concern of Liberal Modernity: Perils of Conflict and Promise of Collaboration.” View the full schedule for the 2017-18 Religion and World Affairs Colloquium