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Workshops, conferences and other events on religion and politics.

Conference: Ten year of publishing the Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)

Conference: Ten year of publishing the Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ)

The Center for Study of Religion and Religious Tolerance and the Faculty of Political Science University of Belgrade jointly organized an international scientific conference dedicated to the tenth consecutive year of publishing the Politics and Religion Journal (PRJ). The Conference was held on November 25th 2016 and around 30 researchers had a chance to present their work in 7 different panels. Prof. Miroljub Jevtic, editor-in-chief, together with Prof. Dejan Milenkovic, opened the conference.

For the full program, and photos of the event, check the journal website:

Conference on Populisms and Religion in Europe

Conference on Populisms and Religion in Europe

2nd conference concerning the Populism in Europe, part of our research funded notably by the Council of Europe.



3-4 JUNE 2016

Collège des Bernardins, 20 rue de Poissy, 75005 Paris

The third and last international conference will be held in November 2016 at the University of Luxembourg with the research question on Populisms and Economy in Europe.

The conference proceedings will be published in winter 2016-17 in the parliamentary studies collection from Larcier in French and in English (

For more information contact Prof Philippe Poirier:

International Seminar on Theology, Religion and Politics (Buenos Aires, November 26, 2015)

International Seminar on Theology, Religion and Politics (Buenos Aires, November 26, 2015)

November 26, 2015, Florencio Varela, Buenos Aires, Argentina

PEC (Cultural Studies Program) part of IEI (Initial Studies Institute)

Institutional support:
CLACSO (Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales)
IPSA (International Political Science Association)-RC43 Politics and Religion

Academic coordination: Dra. Emilce Cuda

Presentation of international jounal: Politics and Religion.
Director: Dr. Miroljub Jevtic. Special Number 2015 about Latin America

10:00 – 10:30 Brekfast Conference
Dr. Miroljub Jevtic. University of Belgrade: “Politics of religions”

10:30 – 12:30 Panel/Theology and Politics

-Dr. Emmanuel Taub. UBA/Political Science-CONICET: “Jewish Philosophy and Education: Reflecting on the diáspora to Argentina from the theology of Franz Rosenzweig”
-Dr. Hernán Borisonic. UBA/ Political Science: “Notes about faiting between catholics and pratestants”
-Dr. Omar Albado, Lic. Enrique Bianchi, Lic. Fabrizio Forcat.. UCA/Theology College: “Theology of the People”

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch/ Conference
Dr. Hans Aasmundsen. University of Bergen: “Religión and Politics in Argentina, a contemporary-historical perspective”

14:30 – 16:30 Mesa redonda/Religión y Política

-Dr. Fortunato Mallimaci. UBA/Social-CEIL/CONICET: “Pluralism and Individualism in the religious argetininen context”
-Dr. Néstor Miguez. ISEDET: “L
The political ambiguity of popular religión in Latin America: Francis and the political”
-Dr. José Fernández Vega. UBA/Fhilosophy-CONICET: “The legitimacy of the pontifical”

Research Sessions 2016 – Call for Proposals

Research Sessions 2016 – Call for Proposals

The 2016 ECPR Research Sessions will take place at Radboud University Nijmegen, from 28 June – 1 July 2016.

The Research Sessions offers established collaborative groups the opportunity to step away from their hectic work schedules and focus on commencing, or completing, their research in an environment conducive to concentrated discussion.

The proposal, which should be no longer than 3000 words, should specify the research question and locate it within the relevant scientific debate and theories. It should include:

the guiding hypothesis;
the main ‘message’ or the major and innovative contribution that the research group wants to make;
research steps;
a rough publication plan; and
a list of members.

The deadline is 23 February 2016. For more information on criteria for groups and proposals please see our website. To submit your proposal, click here. For any further questions please email

Call for sections: 2016 ECPR Graduate Student Conference

Call for sections: 2016 ECPR Graduate Student Conference

The next Graduate Student Conference will take place at the University of Tartu in Estonia from 10-13 July 2016. The Call for Sections is open until 30 September, and the board of the standing group on ‘religion and politics’ invites young scholars to propose a section related to our field of expertise.

If you have any questions about the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organization at and/or the standing group convenor, Prof. Jeff Haynes, at

2015 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”

2015 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society”

Call for applications for the 2015 UCSIA summer school on “Religion, Culture and Society: Entanglement and Confrontation”. This summer school is a one-week course taking place from Sunday 23rd of August until Sunday 30th of August 2015 (dates of arrival and departure). This year the programme will focus on the topic: Is Faith-based Violence Religious?


Despite the predicted secularization process that would make religion less salient in the global world, the topic of faith biased violence remains hugely relevant, both from a societal and an academic perspective. Whether the movements are pro-democracy or pro-theocracy, religious movements are often instrumental in political change. Political tensions mapped onto religious discourse may also de-contextualize historical events, mythologize agendas and transform neighbours into ‘others’ while the struggle for ‘Truth’ renders defence into an act of aggression. Given UCSIA’s mission to delve into academically timely and challenging topics we will approach this phenomenon from an interdisciplinary perspective. More specifically, the UCSIA summer school will investigate both sides of the subject matter: Is religion inductive of or instrumental for violence?

Guest lecturers are Jonathan Fox (Religion and State Project, Faculty of the Political Studies, Bar-Ilan University); Peter Neumann (Department of War Studies, King’s College London, and International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation); Marat Shterin (Department of Theology and Religious Studies, King’s College London); & Thijl Sunier (Cultural Anthropology, Faculty of Social Sciences, VU University Amsterdam).

Practical details:

Participation and stay for young scholars and researchers are free of charge. Participants should pay for their own travel expenses to Antwerp.

You can submit your application via the electronic submission on the summer school website. The completed file as well as all other required application documents must be submitted to the UCSIA Selection Committee not later than Sunday 19 April 2015.

For further information regarding the programme and application procedure, please have a look at our website:

Conference: Islam and Democracy. Exploring the Strategies of Political Islam

Conference: Islam and Democracy. Exploring the Strategies of Political Islam

The Cordoba Foundation

Exploring the Strategies of Political Islam and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Contribution

On the back of a trending upsurge in interest and critique of political Islam following the Arab Spring, and particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, this timely conference seeks to unpick the nature and manifestation of political Islam in Britain today. The conference will principally explore whether the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood is congruent with the values and principles of democracy; the orientation of the Brotherhood towards violence, extremism and radicalisation in Britain and abroad; the repressive measures targeting the group globally, and the increasing pressure placed on the political space by more extremist actors such as al-Qa’ida and ISIS.

Speakers (LATEST):

Leading academics, experts and scholars, including:

Prof. John Esposito – Georgetown University, USA

Prof. George Joffé – Kings College, London

Prof. Rosemary Hollis – City University

Prof. Yasin Aktay – Deputy Chairman, AK PartyTurkey

Jeremy Corbyn – MP for Islington North, London

Dr Maha Azzam – Egyptians Abroad for Democracy

Dr Anas Altikriti – The Cordoba Foundation

Dr Madawi Rashid – London School of Economics

Victoria Brittain – Former Associate Foreign Editor, The Guardian

Prof. Abdelwahab El-Affendi – Westminster University

Dr Barbara Zollner – Birkbeck, University of London

Mohammad Soudan – Freedom and Justice Party

Mona al-Qazzaz – Muslim Brotherhood

Oliver McTernan – Forward Thinkin

Dr Azzam Tamimi – Al-Hiwar TV

Prof. Jeffrey Haynes – London Metropolitan University

Dr Daud Abdullah – Middle East Monitor

Toby Cadman – Nine Bedford Row, London

Dr Omar el-Hamdoon – Muslim Association of Britain

Thu 12 February, 2015

Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum
97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN

Nearest tube: Gloucester Road.

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15

Religion and Political Theory Centre Lecture Series 2014-15
Multidisciplinary Engagements with Religion

Wednesday 24 September 2014, Council Room
‘Spiritual Governance: The Chaplain as Priest of the Secular’
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan , Indiana University Bloomington

Thursday 30 October 2014, Council Room
‘Religious Divisions After the Reformation: A Spur to Secularization?’
Ben Kaplan, UCL (University College London)

Thursday 4 December 2015, Council Room
‘Equality and Discrimination Law: What has Religious Conscience Got to Do with It?’
Maleiha Malik, King’s College London

Tuesday 3 February 2015, Committee Room
‘The Sociology of Religion and its Cultured Despisers: A Modest Defence’
James A. Beckford, University of Warwick

Tuesday 3 March 2015, Committee Room
‘Multiculturalising Secularism, Multiculturalising State-Religion Connexions’
Tariq Modood, University of Bristol

Monday 23 March 2015, room TBC
‘Moral Majority and Moral Minority: The Values and Beliefs of Religious and Non-religious People in the UK Today’
Linda Woodhead, Lancaster University

Thursday 9 July 2015
Title TBA
Saba Mahmood, University of California, Berkeley

The RAPT lecture series showcases the work of prominent international scholars in, and in relation to, the study of religion and political theory. It is organised by UCL’s Religion and Political Theory (RAPT) Centre. RAPT is a 5-year project funded by the European Research Council and led by Professor Cécile Laborde. It aims to interrogate the special status of religion (ethics, epistemology and practices) in western political and legal theory.

Unless otherwise stated, all lectures take place at 5.15pm and will be held in the Council or Committee Rooms (as stated) at the School of Public Policy, The Rubin Building, 29-30 Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9QU.

All are welcome. If you wish to be added to our mailing list, please email Aurelia Bardon ( or Lois Lee ( To attend, please register at

RC43 panels at the IPSA Montreal Conference

RC43 panels at the IPSA Montreal Conference

Towards the end of July, Political Scientists from all over the world will gather in Montreal for the 23rd World Congress of Political Science. The Research Committee 43 on Religion and Politics hosts the following 12 panels*

Civil Society and Religion
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Haynes
Palais des congrès – 512d
Wednesday, July 23rd – 13:00-14:45

Governance Implications of EU Integration for Post-communist States
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Haynes
Palais des congrès – 522b
Tuesday, July 22nd – 11:00-12:45

Individual Attitudes towards Religion and Politics
Chair: Mr. Lieuwe Kalkhoven
Palais des congrès – 514a
Sunday, July 20th – 17:00-18:45

Political Leaders’ End Games and Military Engagement: Political-Military Relations in Mobilizing Societies
Chair: Prof. Aurel Croissant
Palais des congrès – 522c
Monday, July 21st – 13:00-14:45

Religion, Democratization and Democracy
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Haynes
Palais des congrès – 513c
Sunday, July 20th – 15:00-16:45

Religion, International Relations, and Foreign Policy
Chair: Dr. Carimo Mohomed
Palais des congrès – 522c
Monday, July 21st – 11:00-12:45

Religious Criticism and Protest: Two Driving Forces for Socio-Political Change?
Chair: Dr. Julia Enxing
Palais des congrès – 522b
Tuesday, July 22nd – 13:00-14:45

Religious-motivated Criticism and Democratic Protest Movements
Chair: Dr. Massimiliano Livi
Palais des congrès – 515a
Tuesday, July 22nd – 15:00-16:45

Secularization and Its Discontents: Debates over the Legitimacy of a Historical Category
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Haynes
Palais des congrès – 512g
Thursday, July 24th – 9:00-10:45

The Arab Spring: Three Years On
Chair: Prof. Jeffrey Haynes
Palais des congrès – 512g
Thursday, July 24th – 11:00-12:45

Thought, Action and Faith in an Age of Governance
Chair: Mr. Colin Cordner
Palais des congrès – 522c
Monday, July 21st – 9:00-10:45

Turkey: Politics, State, and Governance
Chair: Dr. Yusuf Sarfati
Palais des congrès – 512g
Thursday, July 24th – 13:00-14:45

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium

The University of Western Sydney’s Religion and Society Research Centre invites you to attend the:

Religion, Nation(alism) and Transnationalism Symposium


Saïd Arjomand, State University of New York

Julia Day Howell, University of Western Sydney

Mark Hutchinson, University of Western Sydney

Patrick Michel, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales

Enzo Pace, University of Padua

Bryan Turner, Australian Catholic University and City University of New York

Firdaus Wajdi, State University of Jakarta and University of Western Sydney

Date: Wednesday, 09 July 2014

Time: 09:00 AM – 16:30 PM

Venue: UWS Bankstown Campus, Building 5, Lecture Theatre 15

RSVP: by Wednesday, 2 July 2014 – for catering purposes (please advise of any special dietary requirements)

Symposium Introduction

With the permeability of borders and the greatly increased speed and volume of international communication and transportation, we have entered a new era of transnationalism. In this post-Westphalian world, religions are taking part in a network society that cuts across borders. If world religions have dominated the global sphere for centuries, today we are faced with a plethora of new religious recompositions. This symposium will explore the impact of globalisation on the relationship between religion and nation, religion and nationalism, and the changes that transnationalism has brought on religious groups (and vice versa).

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