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On April 19, “A Quarter Century of Public Religions” will feature Hans Joas and panelists Craig Calhoun, Mirjam Künkler, Rajeev Bhargava, Jocelyne Cesari, Charles Taylor, Nilüfer Göle, and Most Rev. Borys Gudziak. Lunch will be served.
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On April 19-20, “A Quarter Century of Public Religions” is more than a celebration of the 1994 publication of “Public Religions in the Modern World,” by Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova. This conference is an invitation to examine the global transformations of religions in the public sphere in the last 25 years.
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“It was, rather, a paradox: How could they embrace the Western form of nationalism without Westernization that paralyzed their true independence?” Mustafa Gurbuz (Department of Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies) on Islamism and post-colonial psyche.
Islamism and Post-Colonial Psyche Mustafa Gurbuz describes the embrace and rejection of secularism in Middle East nationalism and how the Islamists’ version of nationalism taps into the post-colonial psyche.
“While the pharaoh was both a political and religious ruler, now leaders of nation-states would unify their people through a civic rather than sacred nationalism.” Brian Haggard and Landon Schnabel (Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences) on what god-kings can teach us about balancing religion and politics.
What God-Kings Can Teach Us About Balancing Religion and Politics Brian Haggard and Landon Schnabel reflect on how the time of the pharaohs in Ancient Egypt can provide important lessons for religion and politics in modern-day liberal democracies.
“The empire is understood as the rightful successor of the Roman Empire and ipso facto global in its scope and ambition: A Christian Rome is meant by God to rule the world.” Katherine Kelaidis on understanding religious nationalism as alternative modernity.
The Third Rome and the Caliphate: Understanding Religious Nationalism as Alternative Modernity Katherine Kelaidis argues that the rhetoric of Vladimir Putin and his ally Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, suggests a type of religious nationalism that underlines the Russian invasion of Ukraine and is most comparable to the ideologies that animate the Taliban i...
in 2021, author and Jesuit Fr. James Martin, SJ talked with Paul Elie, author and Berkley Center senior fellow, about the challenges in writing about the interior life and the notion of writing itself as spiritual practice.
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Writing as Spiritual Practice In this Faith and Culture Series event, Rev. James Martin, S.J., and Paul Elie discussed the challenges in writing about the interior life, the notion of writing itself as spiritual practice, and the tradition of spiritual masters.
“The conception of nationalism that emerged from this democratic consolidation upheld the collective political unity of India’s diverse people.” Shaunna Rodrigues (Columbia University in the City of New York) on the dependence of secularism on nationalism in Indian democracy.
The Dependence of Secularism on Nationalism in Indian Democracy Shaunna Rodrigues considers how the Indian nationalism that depended on secularism at the founding of Indian democracy compares with the Hindu nationalism that dominates India today.
“Maybe it is the imperial rather than the national character of these diverse societies that keeps them together, the mutual relations of citizens defined by neither love nor hatred but by indifference.” Faisal Devji (University of Oxford) on religious violence and national founding.
Religious Violence and National Founding Faisal Devji considers the historical memory of religious violence in the foundation of India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh as modern nation-states, suggesting how these diverse societies are held together not by national character but by imperial culture.
On Literary Hub, Senior Fellow Terrence L. Johnson and Jacques Berlinerblau dissect James Baldwin’s landmark essay “Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They’re Anti-White” on the fifty-fifth anniversary of its publication and argue that, in spite of all the outrage (and confusion) the piece created, it was prescient in many ways.
Blacks and Jews: Fifty-Five Years After James Baldwin’s “Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They’re Anti-White” James Baldwin’s landmark essay “Negroes Are Anti-Semitic Because They’re Anti-White” is alternatively nuanced and strident, exacting and scattershot, hopeful and fatalistic. It’s fairly prophetic t…
“The struggle to define the nation, then, involves both a political conflict over the nature of social order, as well as a religious dispute over how to interpret a shared tradition.” Scott W. Hibbard (DePaul University) on religion, politics, and nationalisms.
Religion, Politics, and Nationalisms Scott W. Hibbard traces the often-problematic history of the relationship between religion and politics and between religious authorities and political authorities. He suggests that if religion has helped to reshape modern politics, the converse is also true: its politicization has changed religion.
Senior Fellow José Casanova will participate in an April 14 UC Berkeley Library webinar to address questions related to Ukraine through its language, literature, and religion in order to provide a counter-narrative to Putin’s “imagined reality.”
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Ukraine: Language, Literature &Religion. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Ukraine: Language, Literature &Religion. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
“Ever since Mao Zedong took control of China in 1949, the country’s leadership has long sought to control religious groups and to argue that religion will one day disappear from society.” Michael J. Walsh (Vassar College) on religion, nationalism, and state violence in China.
Religion, Nationalism, and State Violence in China Michael J. Walsh explores the complex dynamics between religion, nationalism, and state violence in China, highlighting the sacralization of China as a historical parallel between the Chinese Communist Party under Xi Jiping and Chinese imperial rule during the premodern period.
“In order to understand the role of religion in modern nationalism, it’s important to first recognize that nationalism is, at its most fundamental level, a form of identity.” Philip W. Barker (Keene State College) on religion and nationalism in a modern world.
Religion and Nationalism in a Modern World Philip W. Barker considers the history of religion and nationalism in the modern world, highlighting the social ills for exclusionary forms of religious nationalism and suggesting how religious diversity can become an asset for inclusive national identities.
Senior Fellow Paul Elie and Senior Research Fellow Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., will be speaking on the April 21 keynote plenary panel for the "Taking Responsibility: Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of Clergy Sexual Abuse" conference, hosted by Fordham University.
Taking Responsibility: Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of Clerical Sexual Abuse Taking Responsibility: Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of Clergy Sexual Abuse Keynote Plenary Panel Thursday April 21, 2022 5:30-7:30 p.m. Eastern Time Register here to receive Zoom link Fordham faculty, staff, and students may attend in person on the 12th floor of the...
“The intergenerational memory of persecution and religious violence in Egypt is maintained as it is remapped onto a new national (and geopolitical) terrain.” Candace Lukasik (John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics) on minority (trans)nationalism between Egypt and the United States.
Minority (Trans)Nationalism between Egypt and the United States Lukasik compares Coptic Christian Nationalism as a minority religious political movement in Egypt and as an assimilated Christian group in the Untied States.
“From my vantage point, as a scholar who studies the transnational dimensions of Christian nationalism and far-right political ideologies, the embrace of Putin’s post-Soviet vision for Russian expansion is just as much about political authority as it is about notions of moral purity, social separation, and hegemonic preservation of conservative power structures at both the micro and macro levels of society.” Sarah Riccardi-Swartz on Christian nationalism for the Berkley Forum.
Christian Nationalisms and Building New Social Realities Sarah Riccardi-Swartz argues that anger, fears, and outrage about diversity, about human rights, and about difference in Russia and the United States are activated and weaponized forms of religiously inflected nationalism that are transforming democracy and creating tense state relations globally.
“Any gains in demographic representation within formal state institutions at this time cannot be celebrated on their own terms.” Mona Oraby (Howard University) on Christians and waning judicial independence in Egypt.
A Trickster’s Tokens: Christians and Waning Judicial Independence in Egypt Mona Oraby argues that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's tricksterism aims to align state institutions previously in productive tension and offers key segments of the population token gestures to prevent mass mobilization. It uses purported novelty to justify executive actions that subvert democratic norms.
“Anti-pluralist populism is percolating in every world region. And its champions learn from—and support each other—in their attempts to downgrade democracy” Nora Fisher Onar (University of San Francisco) on global right-wing populism as the great leveler.
A New Paradigm in Political Religion? Global Right-Wing Populism as the Great Leveler Nora Fisher-Onar offers a new paradigm in the study and practice of political religion to make sense of right-wing populism on the global scale.
The interface between religion and the nation-state is complex and influences a wide range of critical issues, from national governance to international relations. To complement the launch of Senior Fellow Jocelyne Cesari's book "We God's People," the Berkley Forum invites an interdisciplinary host of experts who specialize in different national and religious contexts to reflect on religion and nationalism worldwide.
Religion and Nationalism in Global Perspective What historical, sociological, or theological factors help to explain the contemporary relationship between religion and politics in various national contexts? How does religion and nation-state formation impact critical issues, from national governance to international relations?
The Berkley Center and greater Georgetown community mourn the loss of Senior Fellow Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J. (School of Foreign Service - Georgetown University), who passed away on Wednesday, April 6. A dedicated Jesuit priest, scholar, advocate, and community member, he devoted his life to applying the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching to issues of human rights, interreligious dialogue, nuclear disarmament, and peace.
Berkley Center Remembers Rev. Drew Christiansen, S.J. The Berkley Center and greater Georgetown community mourn the loss of scholar, colleague, and friend Rev. Andrew (Drew) Christiansen, S.J., who passed away on Wednesday, April 6.
On April 12 and 13, Senior Research Fellow Rev. Gerard J. McGlone, S.J., will join Paula Kaempffer in facilitating reflections and meditations for an interfaith, reflective, and contemplative series during Holy Week. The event is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Holy Week Interfaith Encounter in the Upper Room for Survivors. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Holy Week Interfaith Encounter in the Upper Room for Survivors. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.
Research Fellow Eric Patterson has written a multi-part series for Providence: A Journal of Christianity & American Foreign Policy about how the jus post bellum (the ethics of ending war and building peace) categories of order, justice, and conciliation can help us think through many of the policy alternatives for ending the war in Ukraine well—from the humanitarian needs of average citizens to the need for reconstructing a new security architecture for Eastern Europe.
Justice for War Crimes | Jus Post Bellum Series, Part 4 When we bandy about war crimes, assassination, and other terms, we ought to consider what we are talking about and, if appropriate, what the available mechanisms for justice are.
The 1994 publication of "Public Religions in the Modern World," by Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova, marked a paradigm shift in the study and understanding of religion in the modern world.
Our April 19-20 conference on "A Quarter Century of Public Religions” is an invitation to examine the global transformations of religions in the public sphere in the last twenty-five years. Leading experts in sociology, philosophy, anthropology, religion, history, and political science will evaluate these transformations from their own area of expertise and research.
Get the details and RSVP for this in-person event on our website:
A Quarter Century of Public Religions The 1994 publication of Public Religions in the Modern World, by Berkley Center Senior Fellow José Casanova, marked a paradigm shift in the study and understanding of religion in the modern world. Leading experts in sociology, philosophy, anthropology, religion, history, and political science will ...
The Berkley Center condemns the criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest terms. The unprovoked attack is an illicit assault on national sovereignty, human rights, and human dignity.
Read our full statement and see how our faculty are sharing their expertise in the media.
The War in Ukraine The Berkley Center condemns the criminal Russian invasion of Ukraine in the strongest terms. It will continue to sponsor events and programs related to the war and work with partners inside and outside Ukraine to strengthen academic cooperation during the conflict and once reconstruction begins.
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