February 1st, 2017

Jeffrey Stout to give Gifford Lectures

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Religion Unbound: Ideals and Powers from Cicero to King
May 1 – May 11, 2017, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Business School Auditorium, University of Edinburgh

In “Religion Unbound,” a 2017 Gifford Lecture Series hosted by the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, Professor Jeffrey Stout (Princeton University) will trace the ideal’s history and explain how its defenders have defined and criticized religion.

November 1st, 2016

Beyond the Secular State? Secularism, Empire, and Hegemony

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ICLS | Columbia UniversityMonday, November 14, 6:15 to 8:00 p.m.
403 Jerome Greene Hall, Columbia University

Three orders of questions regarding secularism—genealogical, philosophical, and political—will be envisaged during an upcoming public debate at the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society (ICLS) at Columbia University. Talal Asad, Mohamed Amer-Meziane, and Etienne Balibar will be speaking on these questions in the conversation titled, “Beyond the Secular State? Secularism, Empire, Hegemony.”

April 6th, 2016

CFP: Putting Truth in the Second Place: On Compromise, Religion and Politics

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As part of the COMPROMISE research project at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen will host an international conference on December 6-7, 2016.

March 10th, 2016

Robert P. Benedict Lectures on the History of Political Philosophy

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University of Cambridge historian John Robertson will be delivering this year’s Robert P. Benedict Lectures on the History of Political Thought at Boston College entitled, The Sacred and the Social: 1650-1790.

February 16th, 2016

Conference: A Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society

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On July 27-30, the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion in conjunction with St. Anne’s College at Oxford will be hosting a conference entitled, Postsecular Age? New Narratives of Religion, Science, and Society.

February 4th, 2015

Conference: Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

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What can the study of prayer tell us about social life, religious institutions and practices, ethical self-formation, and our concepts of communication, both shared and unique? The Social Science Research Council’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere announces Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer, a two-day gathering that will showcase the work of over 30 scholars and journalists who have explored these questions and more.

December 9th, 2014

Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer

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The Social Science Research Council’s program on Religion and the Public Sphere announces Why Prayer? A Conference on New Directions in the Study of Prayer (February 6-7, 2015).

October 22nd, 2014

Futures of the American Religious Past

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On January 3, 2015, as part of the winter meeting of American Society for Church History, four interlocutors will speak on TIF contributor John Lardas Modern‘s book Secularism in Antebellum America, and Mark Noll’s book America’s God, with comments from both authors.

October 21st, 2014

Conference: Toward a Critique of Secular Reason?

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On December 10-11, 2014, the Institute of Philosophy (KU Leuven) will host the international conference Towards a Critique of Secular Reason? in Leuven, Belgium.

March 26th, 2013

Credulity: Enchantment and Modernity in the 19th-Century U.S.

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The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University is co-sponsoring a conference later this week on “credulity.”

December 6th, 2012

Upcoming talks by Robert Bellah

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Robert Bellah, the eminent American sociologist whose latest book, Religion in Human Evolution, was the subject of a recent discussion series on this blog, will be delivering two talks in the coming week.

December 6th, 2012

Conference on René Girard and international relations

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On May 23-24, 2013, the University of Central Lancashire will convene a conference on “Politics, Violence and the Sacred: Exploring René Girard’s thought in Security and International Studies.”

May 31st, 2012

Conference: Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion

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From Thursday, June 14th, to Sunday, June 17th, the Philosophy Department at Ryerson University will host Varieties of Continental Thought and Religion, featuring speakers John Caputo, Bettina Bergo, Morny Joy, Nikolas Kompridis, Ron Kuipers, and Robert Sinnerbrink.

April 25th, 2012

Book launch: Rethinking Religion and World Affairs

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On Tuesday, May 1, the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs will host the launch of Rethinking Religion and World Affairs, featuring a panel discussion with the volume’s editors, Timothy Samuel Shah, Alfred Stepan, and Monica Duffy Toft, and three of its contributors, Michael Barnett, Thomas Farr, and Katherine Marshall.

April 17th, 2012

Why religious studies?

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On April 18th, Columbia University’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life will host Nathan Schneider for a talk on “Why the World Needs Religious Studies (and Why Religious Studies Needs the World).”

March 28th, 2012

Durkheim and belief

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This Friday, March 30, at 12:30pm, the Committee for the Study of Religion at the City University of New York Graduate Center is hosting a lecture by Steven Lukes with the title “Is Durkheim’s Understanding of Religion Compatible with Believing?” The lecture marks the centenary of the publication of Émile Durkheim’s classical work, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life.

March 15th, 2012

Syposium on Derrida and religion

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“Of Miracles and Machines: A Symposium on Derrida and Religion” will take place Thursday, March 22, at Fordham University, New York, NY.

January 17th, 2012

Conference: Reworking Political Concepts

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On Friday-Saturday, Feb. 3-4, the Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University will host Reworking Political Concepts II: A Lexicon in Formation, featuring presentations by Gil Anidjar, Susan Buck-Morss, Stathis Gourgouris, Jacques Lezra, and Uday Mehta, among others.

November 9th, 2011

Gary Shteyngart: Rewiring the Real, at Columbia University

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Tomorrow evening, at Columbia University’s Rennert Hall, Kraft Center for Jewish Life, author Gary Shteyngart will engage in a conversation with McKenzie Wark, professor of media and cultural studies at The New School, as part of Rewiring the Real, a yearlong series of conversations with writers about the interplay of literature, technology and religion, organized by Columbia’s Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life.

November 4th, 2011

Paradigms for Peacebuilding

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Next Thursday, November 10, the the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, the SSRC, and a range of other institutions will co-present a public event, “Paradigms for Peacebuilding: The Need for New Thinking,” in New York City.

November 2nd, 2011

Jürgen Habermas on myth and ritual

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This video is an excerpt of a lecture by Jürgen Habermas, delievered at the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs on October 19th.

November 2nd, 2011

Shared sovereignty

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On October 21, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, an interdisciplinary group of scholars from Europe, India, and the United States met for a workshop, “Shared Sovereignty:  Rights, Religion and the Problem of Authority,” organized by Leslie Vinjamuri, Matt Nelson, Stephen Hopgood, and Rochana Bajpai.

October 29th, 2011

Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings: closing ceremony and panel discussion

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On November 5, 2011, there will be a closing ceremony for the Sacred Spaces in Profane Buildings exhibition curated by Matilde Cassani, hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture. The event will feature a panel discussion with Courtney Bender, Columbia University, Department of Religion; Maria Gonzales Pendas, GSAPP Columbia University; Patricia Bellucci, Fordham Center on Religion and Culture; along with representatives from religious communities and individuals who submitted to the project’s open call.

October 26th, 2011

Qatar hosts interfaith dialogue conference

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he Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue is currently hosting its ninth annual conference on interfaith dialogue from October 24-26.

September 29th, 2011

Symposium on restorative justice, reconciliation and peacebuilding

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In collaboration with the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame, the Institute for International Law and Justice at New York University’s School of Law will host an International Symposium on Restorative Justice, Reconciliation and Peacebuilding on Friday and Saturday, November 11-12.

September 13th, 2011

A discussion on religious freedom, Islam, and American Muslims

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On September 15, New York University will hold a discussion on “religious freedom, possibilities for reform in Islam, and the paths being taken by American Muslims in the context of a post-9/11 rise in bias against Muslims” with U.S. Representative Keith Ellison of Minnesota and Irshad Manji.

August 15th, 2011

An interdisciplinary exploration of death

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This September 24th, historian, writer, and artist Dr. Paul Koudounaris will open the doors to his first exhibit and book signing of The Empire of Death.

July 22nd, 2011

Event: The Interplay between Religious Freedom, Extremism, and Security

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On July 29—one week from today—the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs at Georgetown University and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom will host The Interplay between Religious Freedom, Extremism, and Security: Implications for U.S. Policy, which will feature a panel discussion among Ziya Meral, Daniel Philpott, Timothy Samuel Shah, and Monica Duffy Toft.

May 5th, 2011

CFP: Conference on Inter-Asian Connections III

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The Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences, the University of Hong Kong, the National University of Singapore, and the Social Science Research Council have announced plans for the third Conference on Inter-Asian Connections, to be held June 6-8, 2012. This year’s conference will include a workshop directed by Christophe Jaffrelot and Mirjam Künkler on Networks of Religious Learning and the Dissemination of Religious Knowledge in Asia.

April 21st, 2011

Event: Islam in Europe and America, CUNY, May 4-6, 2011

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The Committee for the Study of Religion at CUNY Graduate Center in New York is holding a conference on Islam in Europe and America, May 4-6, 2011. Conference papers and workshops include, “Can Muslims Live in a Liberal Society?” (Christian Joppke) and “Is Critique Secular?” (Saba Mahmood). Speakers will include Ulrich Beck, Saba Mahmood, and Bryan Turner. Social Science Research Council President Craig Calhoun will give a lecture entitled “The SSRC and The Study of Religion.” Admission is free.

April 19th, 2011

Book Launch: Religion and International Relations Theory

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There will be a book launch and panel discussion at Columbia University tomorrow, April 20th,  for a new volume entitled Religion and International Relation Theory.

April 11th, 2011

Talking about religion

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This Friday, as soon as you are done filing your taxes, consider attending a very interesting event at Marymount Manhattan College called “Talking About Religion: Contested Meanings.” It features two sessions of presentations by scholars of religious studies and anthropology (including Immanent Frame contributor Gil Anidjar) followed by a keynote address by Eugene Gallagher entitled “What is Religion? Who’s Asking?”

March 18th, 2011

Lives of Great Religious Books

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Next Thursday, March, 24, NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge and the SSRC’s Program on Religion and the Public Sphere will host the launch of Princeton University Press’ new book series, “The Lives of Great Religious Books.”

February 22nd, 2011

Panel discussion on Iran’s Green Movement and the upheaval in the Middle East

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This Friday, February 25, at 6:00 PM, there will be a panel discussion of the resurgence of the Iranian Green Movement in relation to the recent uprisings across North Africa and the Middle East. The panel will feature Hamid Dabashi, Ervand Abrahamian, Nader Hashemi, Golbarg Bashi, and Danny Postel—all contributors to The People Reloaded: The Green Movement and the Struggle for Iran’s Future (Melville House, 2011), edited by Hashemi and Postel.For more information, see here.

November 2nd, 2010

“States of Devotion” conference, Nov. 4-5, Hemispheric Institute, NYU

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The Hemispheric Institute of New York is holding a conference this Thursday-Friday (Nov. 4-5), called “States of Devotion: Religion, Neoliberalism and the Politics of the Body in the Americas,” on “the changing role of religious discourses and practices in the wake of the transformations wrought by neoliberal globalization upon communities, societies, and polities across the Hemisphere.”

October 29th, 2010

An intellectual and political memorial for Claude Lefort, tomorrow at the New School

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In memory of philosopher and political theorist Claude Lefort, who died on October 3, Constellations and the New School will hold a memorial symposium tomorrow. For details, including the program, see here.

October 26th, 2010

Prothero and Bacevich to discuss religion and foreign policy

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On Wednesday night, Oct 27, from 7 to 8pm, Boston University professors Stephen Prothero and Andrew Bacevich will discuss “the role played by religious ideas in U.S. public policy today, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ debate.”

October 14th, 2010

Contending Modernities

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November 18-19, 2010, will mark the kickoff of Contending Modernities, “a multi-year, interdisciplinary research, public education, and peacebuilding initiative,” based primarily out of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies. Led by Scott Appleby, co-chair of the SSRC’s Advisory Committee on Religion and International Affairs, the initiative will explore the varieties of relationships between religious and secular institutions and actors throughout the world.

October 4th, 2010

AA Bronson lecture on art, religion, and social justice

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AA Bronson—artist, curator, writer, teacher, and activist—will speak at Union Theological Seminary in New York City on Wednesday, October 6, as part of Union’s 2010 Forum on Art, Religion and Social Justice.

September 27th, 2010

Alberto Toscano on fanaticism

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Alberto Toscano, author of the recently published Fanaticism: The Uses of an Idea, will be speaking at New York University tomorrow, 5–7pm, on the fifth floor of 20 Cooper Square East. The book has been reviewed in the UK, and Toscano has also appeared in a video interview with The Guardian to speak about his book. Keep your eyes peeled for a review on The Immanent Frame soon.

September 13th, 2010

Bron Taylor at the New York Open Center

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Next Thursday, September 23, at 8:00 PM, Bron Taylor will discuss Dark Green Religion: Nature, Spirituality and the Planetary Future at the Open Center in New York City.

July 16th, 2010

Rethinking Secularism (AAR video)

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At last November’s AAR meeting in Montreal, a plenary session presided over by AAR President and SSRC Working Group Chair Mark Juergensmeyer featured a discussion between Craig Calhoun, José Casanova, Saba Mahmood, and Charles Taylor on the need to rethink the category of ‘secularism’ given religion’s enduring significance in the modern world. Watch the video

June 4th, 2010

CFP: “Social Policy & Religion in the Middle East”

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The 12th Mediterranean Research Meeting of the European University Institute—to be held in Florence, Italy, from April 6-9, 2011—will include a workshop on Social Policy and Religion in the Middle East: Questioning Existing Paradigms. The organizers have released a call for papers for the workshop.

April 26th, 2010

U.S. Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo

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The Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy will hold it’s 11th annual conference this Wednesday, April 28, on “U.S. Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo.”

April 26th, 2010

Symposium: The Traffic in Policy

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This Friday, April 30, the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics at New York University will hold a day-long symposium entitled “The Traffic in Policy: Religion, Sexuality, and the State.” Complete details are available here.

April 22nd, 2010

Colloquium: secularism and its discontents

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Event: Secularism and Its Discontents: The View from Jewish Studies. Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, 16th Annual Gruss Colloquium, May 3-4, 2010. More details here.

April 20th, 2010

Lecture: Michael Warner on “Sex and Secularity” at NYU

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On Thursday evening, Michael Warner will give the annual LeBoff Lecture at New York University, for which he will draw on his ongoing work on secularism in antebellum America. The lecture, entitled “Sex and Secularity,” will be hosted by NYU’s Council for Media and Culture. Details are available here.

April 20th, 2010

Talk: architecture, technology, and “mediated congregation”

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Tomorrow at New York University’s Institute for Public Knowledge, Erica Robles will present “The Crystal Cathedral Megachurch: Architecting the Rise of Mediated Congregation.” The talk, which runs from 12-2pm, will focus on the confluence of architectural postmodernism and emergent media technologies in the reconfiguration of sacred space under the glittering arches of the American megachurch.

April 6th, 2010

The Politics of Religion

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On April 16-17, 2010, Macaulay Honors College of The City University of New York is hosting an international conference on The Politics of Religion.

April 5th, 2010

Nicholas Kristof to discuss “covering conflict”

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On April 12, the Institute for Religion, Culture, and Public Life at Columbia University will host a conversation and book signing with Nicholas D. Kristof, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and columnist for the New York Times.