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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
he Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue is currently hosting its ninth annual conference on interfaith dialogue from October 24-26.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?”
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Columbia University Religion Graduate Students Association is sponsoring a conference in New York City this weekend on the relationships between media, mediation, and religion. Find details about the conference, “Divining the Message, Mediating the Divine,” here.
From April 12-17, Montreal will play host to two international symposia organized by Concordia University, the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. The first, organized by UQAM, will take place April12-15 and will gather numerous scholars and artists for a discussion of the theme of “sacrifiction.” Organized by the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, in collaboration with Concordia University, the second symposium is the Fourth International Max and Iris Stern Symposium, which will explore the relationship between contemporary art and religion and will be held April 15-17. On April 15, a joint session is planned.
On April 28, the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy will hold its eleventh annual conference, “U.S. Relations with the Muslim World: One Year After Cairo.” Participants include leading scholars, policy analysts, and public intellectuals, including Tariq Ramadan, Brian Katulis, and Reza Aslan. In addition, there will be a concluding keynote address by Senator John Kerry.